Nine people have been killed and 27 injured in a shooting in downtown Dayton.Police say the shooting began at about 1AM this morning on East Fifth Street in the Oregon district of the city.The shooter, who has not been identified, fired multiple rounds using a long gun, was killed by police outside of Ned Peppers Bar. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and had extra magazines. Mayor Nan Whaley said that police responded to the shooting in less than a minute. The motive is unknown at this time President Donald Trump, tweeted “The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!”Victims have been treated at four different hospitals and it is believed that number is risingThis was the second mass shooting in less than 1 day. The first happened El Paso where 20 people were killed
“The school district is sending out an email to all juniors and seniors in high school because if you’re pre-registered or registered to vote, you can be a poll worker,” says Sartory Link. “Those students tend to be very tech-savvy, and they need hours and money.”So far, about 200 students have indicated they want to train to be poll workers. The office has already 4,300 committed poll workers.The goal is to train more poll workers than are needed, in an effort to prepare for any unforeseen circumstances.All poll worker jobs are paid positions.If you are interested in working the polls, visit www.pbcelections.org, email email@example.com or call the Palm Beach County Elections Office at (561) 656-6200 and ask to speak with the Poll Worker Department.Meanwhile, Palm Beach County is still urging the public to vote by mail. Ballots must be requested by Aug. 8 for the next month’s primary election.There have been more than 280,000 requests for mail-in ballots for the August and November elections. With the primary and general elections inching ever so closer, local officials are looking for some extra help.Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link says her office needs poll workers for both the primary on Aug. 18 and the general election on Nov. 3.“The virus does make things uncertain because it’s one thing we don’t have control over,” Sartory Link explains.It takes around 4,000 poll workers to staff more than 400 Election Day polling locations and phone banks, according to elections officials.“We are hoping to keep as many locations open as possible. We have replacement sites for most of the polling locations that have pulled out, but we need poll workers to staff those and others,” Sartory Link adds.She goes on to say that the more locations they can keep open, the fewer lines and wait times voters will experience on Election Day.“We have PPE and are instituting many safeguards to protect our poll workers and voters,” according to Sartory Link.Many people who typically work at the polls are in the age group of those who are most vulnerable to coronavirus, prompting the demand for workers.To that end, the elections office is also recruiting younger poll workers, after more than 1,500 poll workers failed to show up for last March’s primary, as the outbreak started.
Charges have been filed against a California Highway Patrol officer for apparently trying to force himself onto a child.According to a District Attorney, Brian Pardue is charged for allegedly attempting to commit a sexual offense against a minor.He is officially charged with a felony for attempting to contact a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.Additionally, Pardue is facing a misdemeanor for arranging a meeting with a person believed to be a minor intending to commit a sexual offense.The encounter is believed to have happened on July 3 of this year, and involved digital communications with an undercover law enforcement officer who was pretending to be an underage minor.Pardue has entered a not guilty plea.He posted bail for $52,500, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 16.
24 Apr 2012 Hampshire’s Chris Quinn wins fourth English senior championship Hampshire’s Chris Quinn won the English women’s senior championship for the fourth time when she beat Surrey’s Roz Adams 2/1 in a gripping final at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.The victory extends her superb senior record. Chris has now won six English titles, including her two stroke play victories, and one British championship. “To win so many is beyond your wildest dreams – and it’s all fresh, it still means everything to me,” she said.Chris played the championship with a new set of irons which had just one outing before the event began. “I think they probably suit me,” she laughed.They certainly proved to be weapons of great accuracy during the final which Chris described as “A brilliant game – Roz just doesn’t let go.”The first half was quite spectacular with three holes halved with birdies: the second, seventh and eighth. Between them, the two players had eight birdies over the nine holes and Chris reached the turn at three-under par and one-up.Highlights included the downhill par four seventh, where Roz almost drove the green to set up her birdie. Chris matched her score with a delicate pitch over a bunker and a confident putt. On the next, Roz played her approach to within 3ft of the pin to set up yet another birdie; Chris was 30ft away – and rolled the ball straight in the cup.On the 12th, Chris extended her lead to two up with an excellent pitch, which finished stone dead for a par.The intensity of the battle was captured on the par three 13th, where both players hit the pin with their tee shots and went on to halve the hole. They shared the next two before Roz won the 16th and reduced the deficit to one hole. On this occasion it was her turn to show a magical touch around the green, running a low chip up to the pin.The 17th was the decider. Roz was just short of the green and this time her chip pulled up a little too quickly and she just missed the putt, while Chris two-putted for a par and the title.Afterwards Roz commented: “I’m happy. I gave it my best but I came up against Chris Quinn at her best.”Flight Two was won by another former English senior champion when Buckinghamshire’s Christine Watson beat Barbara Laird of Cheshire by 4/2.This success marked Christine’s return to competitive golf after an absence of three years due to family commitments. “It’s nice to be back and nice to think I’ve got the energy to do it,” she remarked at the end of the five-round marathon.She had hoped to make the championship matchplay but just missed out after one of the qualifying rounds was abandoned because of torrential rain. “I was disappointed but once that’s happened the only thing to do is try to win,” she said.In the final she played steady golf, driving well and putting herself in good positions. Barbara won the first hole but Christine came straight back with wins on the second and third and stayed ahead for the rest of the match. “I was outgunned today,” said Barbara.The Tidworth Garrison golf course won the praise of players for its condition and the way it recovered from the deluge on the second qualifying day. “We wouldn’t have been able to play this on many courses,” said Chris Quinn.ChampionshipSemi-finalsRoz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) beat Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) 4/3Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Carol Cass (Broadstone) 5/3FinalQuinn beat Adams 2/1Flight TwoSemi-finalsChris Watson (Beaconsfield) beat Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) 1 upBarbara Laird (Sandiway) beat Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 2 upFinalWatson beat Laird 4/2View championship images at: www.leaderboardphotography.comRoz Adams eagles into English senior championship semi-finals26th April, 2012Surrey’s Roz Adams won a ding-dong battle of the internationals to claim her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the English women’s senior championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.She eagled the 18th to square her quarter final match against Janet Melville – and then parred the 19th to claim her place in the final four.She will play Berkshire’s Linda Hunt, who is playing in the event for the first time. The other semi-final will be contested by three-times champion Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Dorset’s Carol Cass.The competitors had to contend with rain, mainly in the morning, and increasingly strong winds which became very blustery in the afternoon. But they replied with plenty of fine golf.Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) came through two tight matches, first beating Joan Pullen (Basingstoke) on the 18th before taking on Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest).Roz appeared to have the upper hand after three consecutive birdies took her to the turn two up. But Janet pulled her back and won the 17th to go one up, before losing the 18th to that eagle.“After those three birdies I thought all I had to do was par in, but Janet just kept going, she never lets you go,” said Roz.Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) is 51 and has played only one other senior event – and is making a quick impact, having finished 10th in last year’s English senior stroke play championship. She played near-par golf this morning to beat Yorkshire’s Pat Wrightson and then took on Somerset champion Amanda Mayne, who was making her senior debut.Their quarter final was very tight, with only two holes changing hands on the outward half. Linda critically moved one up with a birdie at 14 and then won the 15th to go two up. Two halved holes were enough to take her through to the next round.Chris Quinn (Hockley) made short work of her morning match, which she won on the 13th, and looked to be heading to another big-margin win in the afternoon against Lulu Housman (Highgate).Chris, who had a chip-in birdie and an eagle in the front nine, was five up after 12. But Lulu narrowed the gap to three with a fine short game display on the next two holes, before Chris won the 15th to take the match.Carol Cass (Broadstone) takes her place in the quarter-finals after defeating Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) 2/1. Carol had a walkover in the first round after her opponent withdrew. Jeannie won her first round match on the 19th.In Flight Two, two former English senior champions are through to the last four. The 2006 champion, Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) will play Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County), while 2010 champion Caroline Berry, formerly Marron, (Bromborough) will play Barbara Laird (Sandiway).The shot of the day was played by Oxfordshire county captain Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) who had a hole in one on the 11th in her first round match in Flight Two. She won the game but was knocked out in the quarter finals by Karen Lobb.The consolation stableford for players who did not reach the matchplay stages was won by Jill Edwardes (Newbury & Crookham), who scored 34 points. The 73-year-old is playing only her second senior event and joked “The old girl done good!”Championship flightFirst roundJanet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat Pat West (Spalding) 6/5Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) beat Joan Pullen (Basingstoke) 1 upLinda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) beat Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) 4/3Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park) 6/5Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County) 5/4Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor) 6/5Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) beat Sarah Arnold (Henley) at the 19thCarol Cass (Broadstone) w/o Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent)Quarter finalsAdams beat Melville at 19thHunt beat Mayne 2/1Quinn beat Housman 4/3Cass beat O’Keeffe 2/1Semi-finalsAdams v HuntQuinn v CassFlight two First roundChristine Watson (Beaconsfield) beat Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham) 1upAirlie Dyson (Batchworth Park) beat Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) 4/2Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) beat Debbie Richards (Burhill) 6/5Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) beat Sandra Paul (Huddersfield) 5/4Sandra Moses (Knebworth) beat Jane Shergold (Blackmoor) 1upCaroline Berry (Bromborough) beat Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) 4/3Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison) beat Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath) 1 upBarbara Laird (Sandiway) beat Judie Lewis (Hockley) 4/2Quarter finalsWatson beat Dyson 6/5Lobb beat Gowing 4/3Berry beat Moses 6/5Laird beat Long 5/3Semi finalsWatson v LobbBerry v LairdView championship images at www.leaderboardphotography.comPlay abandoned in English women’s senior championship25th April, 2012The second qualifying round at the English women’s senior championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire, was abandoned this morning, before play began, because of high winds and torrential rain.Several holes were already flooded, despite the best efforts of the green staff and volunteers, and the weather forecast was for worsening conditions.The soggy ground conditions caused the championship scoreboard to become unstable and decorative flower pots were blown across the course.Championship manager Emma Lowe commented: “We just can’t work fast enough to keep the course open. It’s sad because this is a course which drains really well but the rain is just coming down too heavily.”The draw for tomorrow’s championship matchplay and the second flight knockout was made on the basis of yesterday’s first round scores. Players who do not qualify for either will be able to enter the consolation stableford which also will take place tomorrow. Play starts at 8am and spectators are welcome.Championship drawJanet Melville (Sherwood Forest) v Pat West (Spalding)Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) v Joan Pullen (Basingstoke)Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) v Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham)Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park) v Amanda Mayne (Saltford)Lulu Housman (Highgate) v Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County)Chris Quinn (Hockley) v Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor)Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) v Sarah Arnold (Henley)Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent) v Carol Cass (Broadstone)Flight TwoChristine Watson (Beaconsfield) v Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham)Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) v Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park)Debbie Richards (Burhill) v Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath)Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) v Sandra Paul (Huddersfield)Sandra Moses (Knebworth) v Jane Shergold (Blackmoor)Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) v Caroline Berry (Bromborough)Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison) v Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath)Judie Lewis (Hockley) v Barbara Laird (Sandiway)Four players share lead at English senior championship24 April 2012Four players share the lead after the first qualifying round of the English senior women’s amateur golf championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.Senior international Janet Melville of Nottinghamshire (pictured) is joined in pole position by Lulu Housman of Middlesex, Somerset champion Amanda Mayne and Dorset’s Carol Cass. They all returned scores of four-over par 76 on a day which, for the most part, was sunny and dry with a chilly wind.This was Amanda’s debut in senior golf, after she turned 50 last October. She was in the first group out and set a standard which was never passed: “It was definitely unexpected! I started with a nervy three-putt but held it together after that,” she remarked.“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, although they say it’s going to be bad weather – but I’ve got umpteen waterproofs.”Carol Cass, meanwhile, was “just enjoying the moment” at the top of the leaderboard. She’s a regular in English senior events and this is the first time she’s held the lead: “I’ve come off in a bit of shock,” she laughed after she birdied the last.She’s a former Dorset county player who says: “I absolutely love senior golf. I’ve made so many friends and we get to play really nice courses. I’m enjoying Tidworth, it lets you hit out and have a go at it – but you’ve got to watch the bounces and the greens.”The top of the leaderboard is tightly packed. Another group of four is just one shot behind the leaders: Yorkshire’s Pat Wrightson, Surrey’s Jeannie O’Keeffe, and the Hampshire pair of Elaine Barrow and Joan Pullen.Two senior internationals are in yet another quartet who are a further stroke back: Chris Quinn of Hampshire – who has won this title three times – and Roz Adams of Surrey.The Wiltshire challenge is led by second team captain Jayne Long, who is also a member of the host club. She returned a score of 80 and is currently placed joint 17th, just outside the top 16 who will qualify for the championship matchplay flight at the end of tomorrow’s second qualifying round. The next 16 will contest the second flight.The stroke of the day was played by Norfolk’s Eppie Zandvoort who holed out from 165 yards for an eagle two on the 398-yard par four 8th hole. She finished with a score of 82 and is among nine players sharing 34th place, including British senior champion Felicity Christine. The event is contested by a full field of 120 players.Leading first round scores:76 Amanda Mayne (Saltford), Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest), Lulu Housman (Highgate), Carol Cass (Broadstone)77 Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor), Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common), Joan Pullen (Basingstoke)78 Chris Quinn (Hockley), Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Sarah Arnold (Henley),79 Pat West (Spalding), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent), Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County), Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park).80 Christine Watson (Beaconsfield), Caroline Berry (Bromborough), Debbie Richards (Burhill), Barbara Laird (Sandiway), Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison), Sandra Paul (Huddersfield), Sandra Moses (Knebworth)81 Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley), Lindsey Shaw (Chevin), Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest), Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park), Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath), Jane Shergold (Blackmoor), Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County), Judie Lewis ( Hockley), Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham)82 Felicity Christine (Woking Ladies’), Ally Hansen (Alnmouth), Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom), Hilary Smyth (Pannal), Sue Westall (Copt Heath), Jo Rumsey (Rochford Hundred), Sue Penfold (Mapperley Ladies), Eppie Zandvoort (Eaton, Norwich), Caroline Caswell (Stoneham)Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
2 Apr 2015 Top marks for golf delegates A management development course for golf club managers and senior staff was a huge success when it was hosted by England Golf at the Avon Conference Centre in Warwick. Twenty-seven delegates from the golf industry took and passed part one of the Management Development Programme, the highly regarded course provided by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE). England Golf is partnering CMAE and the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) to strengthen and develop clubs by promoting progressive education for club managers, both those already in the industry and those coming into the profession. The initiative reflects the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “It is fantastic news that all delegates passed the course and I congratulate the club managers and senior staff who successfully took the opportunity to improve their skills and their knowledge of the industry. This will undoubtedly lead to stronger clubs which are better able to meet the needs of existing members and new players. “This week-long course was well subscribed due to the quality of the education and the exceptional testimonies provided by previous delegates.” The MDP programme was launched in 2011 and courses have been held throughout the UK and Europe, delivering top class education to club managers and senior staff on all 10 core competencies of modern club management. Delegates at Warwick enjoyed presentations by leading educators, including Bill Sanderson, Steven Brown and Duncan Ritchie, along with specialist technical presentations by England Golf’s Rules and Handicapping department, the PGA, BIGGA, 59 Club, XACT and Golf HR consultants. The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and generosity has been given to CMAE who have adapted the materials for the European golf, sports and city club markets. For more information about training and education for club managers visit: www.cmaeurope.org and www.gcma.org.uk Caption: Some of the successful delegates on the course.
22 Aug 2019 Three Walker Cup players selected in strong England squad for home internationals England Golf has announced a strong team for the defence of its title at the Men’s Home Internationals, to be played at Lahinch in Ireland on 11-13 September.The team includes Harry Hall, Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb, who were all among the five Englishmen selected for the GB&I team for the forthcoming Walker Cup match at Royal Liverpool, as well as Ben Schmidt and Ben Jones who were listed as first and second reserves for the biennial transatlantic fixture against the USA.The 2019 team also includes Jake Burnage (pictured) and Bailey Gill who were part of the 2018 English Men’s Home International team that beat this year’s hosts Ireland in the deciding match 12 months ago at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. Plumb and Sloman were also part of that winning squad.Schmidt is a newcomer to the Home International team and is joined by fellow home international debutants Matty Lamb, Ben Hutchinson and Joshua McMahon.Two reserve players have also been selected as part of the team these are David Langley and David Hague.The PlayersJake Burnage, 23, Saunton and Devon, produced his performance of the season when he beat Matty Lamb into second place at the St Andrews Links Trophy and more recently he enjoyed a great run at the English Amateur Championship at Hankley Common, where he battled all the way through to the semi-finals before losing in a low-scoring match against eventual winner, Conor Gough. He was a member of the victorious English team at last year’s Men’s Home Internationals at Conwy and this season played for his country in the match against Spain.Callum Farr, 22, Northamptonshire County and Northamptonshire, started the season with a strong second place finish in the Spanish International Amateur but his best performance came at the English Amateur where he reached the final before losing to Conor Gough. He was also seventh at both the English Men’s Open Stroke Play Championship and the Chiberta Grand Prix in France.Bailey Gill, 22, Lindrick and Yorkshire, was part of last year’s winning English Home International team at Conwy in Wales. He returns to the team after a season highlighted by a third place finish at the Chiberta Grand Prix, a fifth place finish at the Portuguese International Amateur and a share of sixth place at the Lytham Trophy. He also reached the last 16 of The Amateur Championship before bowing out to Ben Jones. He was a member of the winning English team in the mixed match against Spain.Harry Hall, 22, West Cornwall and Cornwall, was runner-up in this year’s Brabazon Trophy and represented England in the European Amateur Team Championships and Men’s Home Internationals at Nairn. He recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where his performances earned him several individual titles and a place on the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup team. Since returning from the States this summer, he was also tied-fourth in the stroke play qualifier for The Amateur Championship, tied 15th at the St Andrews Links Trophy and in a share of 16th place at the European Amateur.Ben Hutchinson, 24, Howley Hall and Yorkshire, makes his debut at the Home Internationals at the end of a hugely consistent season in which he has been fourth at the St Andrews Links Trophy and the Lee Westwood Trophy, fifth at the Spanish International Amateur and eighth at the Lytham Trophy. In April, he claimed two victories in three matches as England retained the Seve Ballesteros Trophy in the mixed match against Spain.Ben Jones, 20, Northamptonshire County and Northamptonshire, was a member of the English team that defended its title at this year’s European Nations Cup at Sotogrande and also represented his country in the European Men’s Team Championship and the mixed match against Spain. During the season he has recorded a string of fine individual performances, including reaching the semi-finals of The Amateur Championship, finishing third in the European Amateur Championship, fourth in the Coupe Murat in France and seventh in the Brabazon Trophy.Matty Lamb, 21, Hexham and Northumberland, finished second, one shot behind winner Jake Burnage, at this year’s St Andrews Links Trophy, was third in the Hampshire Salver and reached the last 16 of both the English Amateur and The Amateur Championship.Joshua McMahon, 23, Wallasey and Cheshire, produced the biggest victory of his career when he came from behind to snatch a one-shot victory at this year’s Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham & St Annes. He was also tied-seventh at the Flogas Irish Amateur and tied-13th at the European Amateur before reaching the last 16 of the English Amateur, where he lost to eventual winner Conor Gough.Tom Plumb, 20, Yeovil and Somerset, won the Cape Province Open in South Africa at the start of the season and was part of the English teams that defended their titles at the European Nations Cup and the mixed match against Spain. Since then, he has rattled off a string of consistent performances including a tie for seventh at the St Andrews Links Trophy, a tie for 11th in the individual event at the European Nations Cup and top-20 finishes in the Lytham Trophy and the Coupe Murat in France. He was one of the big success stories in last year’s Home Internationals victory at Conwy, winning four and halving the other two of his six matches.Ben Schmidt, 17, Rotherham and Yorkshire, made history earlier this year when, still aged 16, he became the youngest-ever winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) at The Alwoodley Golf Club in Leeds and he went on to complete a rare double by claiming the Carris Trophy at the English Boys’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park. He also won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, was third at the Fairhaven Trophy and recorded top-ten finishes at the Portuguese International Amateur and the Bernard Darwin Salver.Tom Sloman, 23, Taunton & Pickeridge and Somerset, started the season by reaching the last 16 of the Australian Amateur and finishing eighth at the Avondale Medal before completing a double at the European Nations Cup at RCG Sotogrande where he won the individual event and helped England to defend its team title. Subsequently, he has claimed top-ten finishes in the Coupe Murat in France and the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and also reached the last 16 of the English Amateur Championship at Hankley Common. More recently, he was tied second in qualifying for the US Amateur at Pinehurst.1st Reserve David Langley, 24, Castle Royle and BB&O, a member of the England A Squad has had a consistent season and built on his strong performances of 2018 where he represented England at last year’s Home Internationals. This season’s highlights include finishing 5th at the South African Amateur, 5th at the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley and 4th at last week’s Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Prestatyn.2nd Reserve David Hague, 23, Malton and Norton and Yorkshire, was a member of last year’s winning Home Internationals team in 2018 where he went undefeated winning 6 points from the foursomes and singles. He also represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. 2019 has been a stop start season but a win at last week’s Lee Westwood Trophy showed a welcome return to form and fitness.Photos: Credit Leaderboard Photography. Tags: Bailey Gill, Ben Hutchinson, Ben Jones, Ben Schmidt, Callum Farr, Harry Hall, Jake Burnage, Joshua McMahon, Matty Lamb, Men’s Home Internationals, Tom Plumb, Tom Sloman
Last season, under the direction of head coach Ron Graham, the Indians complied a record of 8-4 and made it all the way to the WPIAL AAAA semifinals where they lost to Gateway Nov. 14, at Gateway High School.“We are very excited with the senior leadership that we display this season with our four captains in Christian, Donald, Davis and Ifill,” said Graham. You can X and O all you want but that is a real plus whenever you can rely on the leaders of your team to lead you out on the field. We still have to fill in some gaps offensively, namely at tailback and quarterback where there is a three-way battle for that position. That is a concern of ours as we get into the start of the season. But hopefully that will be addressed and we can get some wins.”Penn Hills graduate and former Steelers running back Chuck Sanders made a donation of $55,000 this off season to renovate the weight room at the Bill Fralic Center, which is Penn Hills’ athletic training center.The Clairton Bears are out to defend their WPIAL championship in Class A. Offensively, they will be headed by running back and Division I prospect, Deontae Howard and Pitt recruit Kevin Weatherspoon.“Win one more game. That’s what we’re looking for,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said. “The players know they can’t be lazy. Our expectations are high.”Others teams around the WPIAL who expect to have successful campaigns are McKeesport, Gateway, Woodland Hills and Beaver Falls.Pittsburgh City LeagueThe Brashear Bulls are expected to return to prominence as they feature three offensive threats that are coming off of big years in 2008.Senior WR/DB Manasseh Garner is, according to scout.com, the 26th best recruit at his position in the nation. He has a multitude of Division-I offers including, Akron, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Wisconsin. He is 6-2 and 200 pounds and is a threat on both sides of the ball. He is being recruited at receiver, defensive back, linebacker or halfback.Others returning are running back Bruce Patterson and quarterback Henri Chatman as seniors to make it a three-peat as champions of the Pittsburgh City League.“Last year is over. They’ve got to prove they are going to be in a position to do it again,” said Brashear head coach Rick Murphy. “We’ve got a level of success that we’re trying to uphold, and they set the bar really high and push each other on the field.”—According to comments made on WTAE, high school playbook.Last season, this offense was high-powered. Chatman facilitated the offensive scheme, completing at least 58 percent of his passes for 1,624 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for six more scores. Patterson rushed for 1,130 yards on 162 carries and 14 touchdowns, as he looks to finish out his high school football career with a division-1 offer.Garner, however has proven the biggest threat. He was the team’s leading receiver last season with 50 receptions, 702 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had the team lead with 84 tackles and recorded six sacks and three interceptions.“As a football player there’s just so many things he can do,” Murphy said. “He’s probably our top offensive weapon. Our offensive coordinator is always coming up with some idea to get the ball in his hands.” SENIOR LEADERSHIP—Penn Hills captains Myles Davis, No. 6; Cullen Christian, No. 24; Aaron Donald, No. 59; and Brandon Ifill, No. 1, with head coach Ron Graham. They feature a star-studded defense that is led by four-star recruit Cullen Christian—a 6-1, 180-pound senior corner who currently has seven strong offers to Division I programs. These schools include Michigan, Maryland, Pittsburgh, UCLA, West Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina. Others who highlight Penn Hills’ star power are middle linebacker Myles Davis (who’s committed to Syracuse), safety Brandon Ifill (recruited by seven D-1 programs), and Aaron Donald, the 6-1, 270-pound defensive lineman who made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Pittsburgh next year. MANASSEH GARNERBRASHEAR BRUCE PATTERSONBRASHEAR HENRI CHATMANBRASHEAR Friday nights under the lights are back in western Pennsylvania. People will fill the stands in local high school football stadiums all over the region as this fall favorite re-appears. One team receiving national attention are the Indians of Penn Hills Senior High School. Pennsylvania Football News ranks them No. 10 in the state in class AAAA while they are No. 17 in the nation, according to rivals.com.
The Westinghouse girls’ basketball team has been projected by most to win the City League title once again. They currently have a 4-1 overall record and are the only team remaining in the league with an undefeated 2-0 conference record. Their only defeat was suffered at the hands of Rochester in the first game of the season. Schenley (3-4, 2-1) is in second place. Unlike the other City League teams that have two conference wins, they were able to get past Seneca Valley in a 39-37 thriller in the Gateway Tournament. Carrick and Perry are tied with Schenley with matching 2-1 conference records but have suffered losing records thus far by losing to non conference teams. Each team got their two wins within the City League.Carrick beat Peabody and Oliver, by the score of 55-25 on Dec. 12 and 15. Perry defeated Brashear 55-33 on Dec. 16 and then nearly a week later on the 22nd, they topped Langley in a 47-30 thrashing.Allderdice has an overall record of 2-2 and 1-1 in the conference which puts them behind Carrick and Perry with their multiple conference wins.Aside from the top five teams in the City League on the girls’ side, each team only has one win or less going into the fourth week of the season. GIRLS SCHEDULEJANUARY 8Allderdice at CarrickWestinghouse and Langley Schenley at Oliver Perry at Peabody, 7:30 p.m.STANDINGS Schools City OverallWestinghouse 2-0 4-1Schenley 2-1 3-4Carrick 2-1 2-4Perry 2-1 2-6Allderdice 1-1 2-2Langley 1-1 1-1Brashear 1-2 1-5Oliver 1-2 1-6Peabody 0-3 0-7
by Howard FendrichAP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP)—For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months. The high point came Saturday on Centre Court at Wimbledon, when Williams dropped down to the grass, hands covering her face. She was all the way back, a Grand Slam champion yet again.Her serve as good as there is, her grit as good as ever, Williams was dominant at the start and finish, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win a fifth championship at the All England Club and 14th major title overall, ending a two-year drought.“I just remember, I was on the couch and I didn’t leave the whole day, for two days. I was just over it. I was praying, like, ‘I can’t take any more. I’ve endured enough. Let me be able to get through this,’” recalled Williams, a former No. 1 whose ranking slid to 175th after a fourth-round loss at the All England Club last year, her second tournament back.“Coming here and winning today is amazing,” she said. “It’s been an unbelievable journey for me.”Certainly has.That’s why tears flowed during the on-court trophy ceremony. And why Williams squeezed tight during post-victory hugs with her parents and older sister Venus, who has five Wimbledon titles of her own—meaning that one pair of siblings who learned 0to play tennis on public courts in Compton, Calif., now accounts for 10 of the past 13 singles trophies. They added their fifth Wimbledon doubles championship Saturday night, teaming to beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-4.“She hasn’t had an easy road. Things have happened in her life that you can’t predict or control, so it’s hard to be in that situation. Things happen that you didn’t deserve,” said Venus, who is dealing with an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue. “For her to fight through that and come back and be a champion…It was definitely emotional.”A few days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Serena Williams cut both feet on broken glass while leaving a restaurant in Germany. She needed two operations on her right foot. Then she got blood clots in her lungs, for which she needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another procedure.“That made her realize where her life was, really, and where she really belonged and that she really loved the game,” said Williams’ mother, Oracene Price. “You never appreciate anything until you almost lose it.”Against Radwanska, Williams was streaky at times, but also superb. She won the first five games and the last five. She compiled a 58-13 landslide of winners. She swatted 17 aces, including four at 114 mph, 107 mph, 115 mph, 111 mph in one marvelous game to pull even at 2-all in the third set. That was part of a momentum-swinging run when Williams claimed 15 of 18 points, and that quartet of aces raised her total for the fortnight to a tournament-record 102, surpassing her own mark of 89 in 2010; it’s also more than the top number for any man this year at Wimbledon.“So many aces,” said Radwanska, whose two-week total was 16, “and I couldn’t do much about it.”There had been a moment, ever so brief, when it appeared Williams might let Saturday’s match slip away. After she breezed through the first set on a day when the wind whipped and the temperature was in the mid-50s, rain arrived, causing a delay of about 20 minutes.Radwanska, who has been fighting a respiratory illness and blew her nose at a changeover, quickly fell behind 3-1 in the second set. Right there is where she made a stand.Williams was playing in her 18th major final; Radwanska in her first. So she acknowledged being “a little bit nervous in the beginning.”But the interruption let her “cool down a little bit,” explained Radwanska, who would have risen to No. 1 in the rankings by beating Williams. “When I was going on the court the second time, I just felt like a normal match, so there was not that much pressure.”Radwanska played her usual steady game, and Williams began making more and more errors. A string of mistakes let Radwanska break to even the match at one set apiece. What appeared to be a rather drab final, bereft of any drama, suddenly became interesting.Making her Paris performance really seem like an aberration, Williams regained control down the stretch. She won a 16-stroke point with a forehand putaway to get to break point, then went up 3-2 by smacking a big return that left Radwanska flailing at a running backhand.If Williams is mainly known for her powerful serves and groundstrokes—she produced 23 baseline winners to her opponent’s five—she also showed off a deft touch, the sort of thing Radwanska specializes in. Ahead 4-2, Williams earned a second break with a well-disguised forehand drop shot, then raised both arms aloft.“After that, it was: ‘I can definitely do this,’” Williams said.While Monday’s rankings will have her listed at No. 4, there’s no doubt who is at the top of the game right now. Seeded sixth at the All England Club, she beat the women who were No. 2 (Azarenka), No. 3 (Radwanska) and No. 4 (defending champion Petra Kvitova).At age 30, Williams is the oldest women’s singles champion at any major tournament since Martina Navratilova was 33 when she won Wimbledon in 1990.And Williams sees no end in sight.Asked Saturday evening what more she could possibly want, she replied: “Are you kidding? The U.S. Open. The Australian Open. The French Open. Wimbledon, 2013.”Seconds later, she declared: “I have never felt better.” ALL THE WAY BACK—Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to win the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, July 7. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
At 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Quotes about former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who died Friday at 82.“He was a tough coach to me, and I spent more time with him than anybody, so I know. I learned how to be mentally tough with him, and for that I can never say thank you enough, because that got me through divorces, Super Bowls, and those times when I had bad moments in big games. He made me mentally strong, which I wasn’t. And he instilled in me a great work ethic.” – Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)“The first meeting we ever had, I was a rookie, and I had my notebook out. They had won two Super Bowls already, so I am expecting Chuck to tell us what we need to do to make the team.“Instead, he says: “Gentlemen, welcome to the NFL, you are now being paid to play, football is your profession. But I can tell you it is not your life. You can’t let it be. Part of my job is to help you find your life’s work.’“That is the kind of things that stuck with me about Chuck.” – Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy.Tony Dungy (AP Photo/File)“He never won Coach of the Year until 1989, but he didn’t care about those things. He did what he felt was right, and it carried over obviously to the football team. Chuck Noll was a coach who always was concerned with the basics of the sport. He always used to say, ‘This game is blocking and tackling,’ and to him that was playing the game the way it should be played.” – Steelers owner Dan Rooney.“Chuck was just the ultimate leader. He had truth and belief in what he was saying, and over time all of those things he said were validated, the things about winning football games and being a solid citizen.” – Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene.In this Jan. 20, 1980, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Wendell Tyler (26) is thrown for 4-yard loss by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert (58) as Steelers; L.C. Greenwood (68), Gary Dunn (67) and Joe Greene (75) during first quarter of Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)“He was a father figure, with me being a young African-American growing up in the South and losing my father early in my college career. My father died during my freshman year of college. Just being young and immature, Chuck was a stabilizer; he was a stabilizing figure in my life. He was a great mentor and a great leader. He was special.” – Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount.Former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Fame running back Franco Harris, (32) stands with former cornerback Mel Blount, left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and head coach Mike Tomlin as the national anthem is played before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“He’s the one who turned the thing around. I played for a bunch of coaches, three or four coaches. You could tell it was going nowhere until he came. And you knew he had a plan. He knew what he wanted to do. He had the respect of all the players. A lot of times guys go around and make remarks about coaches and things like that, just kidding around. But nobody ever kidded around. They had the greatest respect for Chuck.” – Former Steelers running back and assistant coach Dick Hoak.