Hazlet swimming team seeks 1st season victory

first_imgBy Warren Rappleyea TThe Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club swim team will be looking for its first win of the season when it meets neighboring Holmdel today. Hazlet, under third-year coach Jean Marie Gillen, opened the campaign with a tie against Howell’s Candlewood Saturday. Following the Holmdel meet, the team will be back in action this Saturday against the YMCA of Western Monmouth County. As always, Gillen has a large team, 170 competitors to be exact, including a handful of 5- and 6-year-olds. And everyone competes. “We just want them to do the best they can, learn and to have fun competing,” the Raritan High School graduate explained. “One of our main goals is to teach good sportsmanship so that we’ll be good to other teams and they’ll be good to us in return.” All of Hazlet’s swimmers compete in four events: breaststroke, butterfly, back stroke and freestyle. For Wednesday meets, the girls compete in breaststroke and butterfly, while the boys compete in freestyle and backstroke. They switch events for Saturday meets. Having such a large number of participants does, however, create unique circumstances. The team practices five days a week, but there are three practices per day with team members split by ability and age. According to Gillen, who began coaching following her senior year at Raritan, coaching such a large number of swimmers takes some getting used to. “It was kind of overwhelming at first,” said Gillen, now entering her junior year at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. “Now that I’ve been the coach for a while, I know the kids and I see a lot of brothers and sisters coming along. They’re very respectful and they want to learn.” Competitions are broken up by age group: 8 and under; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; and 15-18. Following are Hazlet’s top scorers by age group: 8 and under: Carly Bissett, Gina Del Russo, Brian Lendini, Lindsay Zuffanti, Kyle Bergslein, Brendan Costello, Michael Langan and T.J. Miara. 9-10: Casey Crist, Kara Kelsey, Helen McDonald, Kim Renna, Timothy Bergslein, Steven Dillulio, Patrick Langan and Joe Panullo. 11-12: Paige Bissett, Kelly Crist, Stephanie Del Russo, Monique Zuffanti, Chriss Coccaro, Peter Sadecki and Sean Walsh.last_img read more

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Draxler double helps Wolfsburg sink Gent

first_imgJulian Draxler scored twice as VfL Wolfsburg took a big step towards reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Gent in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.Draxler, who joined from Schalke 04 at the start of the season, struck in the 44th minute after a classy dribble past midfielder Thomas Foket and a quick one-two with Vierinha before tucking the ball past the keeper.Gent started the second half much improved, pushing for an equaliser, but Draxler netted again in the 54th minute as he capitalised on one of many errant passes by the Gent defence.Max Kruse then made it 3-0 and also came close to adding a fourth goal before the home team rallied with two strikes in the last 10 minutes from Sven Kums and Kalifa Coulibaly.The Belgian top-flight champions, making their first appearance at this stage of the competition, appeared nervous at times.Gent defended sloppily from the start and only began putting pressure on Wolfsburg’s inexperienced keeper Koen Casteels towards the end of the match.The Germans will now fancy their chances of going through when the teams meet in the second leg on March 8.last_img read more

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Aru signals Tour ambitions as Froome takes yellow

first_imgFabio Aru claimed his maiden Tour de France win on Wednesday, as defending champion Chris Froome snatched a yellow jersey he intends to wear all the way back to Paris.Italian champion Aru launched a blistering attack in the final stretches of the fifth stage, jumping away from the leading group with 2.3km left of the 5.9km climb at a lung-busting average gradient of 8.5 per cent.On a searing hot day in eastern France, the 2015 Vuelta champion of the Astana team became the third winner at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, where Team Sky’s Froome came to prominence in 2012 and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali prevailed in 2014, the year he won the Tour.“I had seen a video of Nibali’s win and I tried to do the same to see what would happen,” said the 27-year-old Aru.“I wanted to test my rivals, I did not have the stage win in mind but obviously it’s a great day.”Ireland’s Dan Martin took second place on Wednesday, 16 seconds behind, while Froome was 20 seconds off the pace in third, with his rival Richie Porte in his tracks.Another top contender, last year’s runner-up Romain Bardet of France, took fifth place, a further four seconds behind.“When Aru went, I still had team mates (to do the work) so I waited for the others to react. Nobody moved so I thought I had to go to see what I could do,” said Froome, who added he felt fresher than on his previous dominant rides on the Tour.DOMINANT SKYColombian Nairo Quintana, tipped as one of Froome’s main challengers, struggled to finish ninth, 36 seconds back, while Spain’s Alberto Contador limited the damage in eighth place, 26 seconds behind Aru.Froome took the yellow jersey from team mate Geraint Thomas, who could not sustain the pace on the climb’s steepest parts.Overall, three-time champion Froome leads Thomas by 12 seconds with Aru in third a further two seconds behind.Froome believes he can defend his lead until the last day in Paris, although no team has kept the yellow jersey from day one all the way to the finish of the three-week race since Eddy Merckx’s Faemimo-Faema held it throughout.“I’m used to being in that position,” he warned.While Aru emerged as the sharper climber, Porte said that the road to Paris was still very long and that the Italian would have to deal with the pressure of being tipped as a major favourite alongside Froome.“Aru slipped away (a) bit I’m still happy with my ride … he’s going to have more pressure – we saw it last year he exploded in one of the last stages,” the BMC rider said.last_img read more

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Lady Spikers’ turn to play catch up

first_imgDe Jesus could only hope they will just in time for the start of the UAAP season. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books LATEST STORIES “All of them are excelling,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “We set this level of game so other teams were catching up.  Now they reached this level and it’s our turn to catch up.”He admitted that the loss of Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo to graduation would  take its toll on the Lady Spikers.“We lost many players, it’s hard to match the character of Mika and Ara inside the court,” said De Jesus.Nevertheless, he will still have top setter Kim Fajardo, who will play her her final tour of duty for La Salle as she finishes her post-graduate degree.“Hopefully we reach at least 70 percent of our movements from last year,” said De Jesus. “We will try to reach their level but I still don’t know when.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De Jesus said they set a high level of standard in the UAAP after unseating the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo Lady Eagles last April.Observers also pick 15-time champion University of Santo Tomas and National University as title contenders because of their formidable rosters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Tigresses will have battle-tested Cherry Rondina, EJ Laure, Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses, who played together in the Shakey’s V-League and for different clubs in the Philippine Superliga.But the Lady Bulldogs will have Jaja Santiago on their side which practically tilted the balance in favor of NU, which last won in the 1956-57 season. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Diaz, other elite athletes to train in Japan Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Lady Spikers team captain Kim Fajardo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor coach Ramil de Jesus, reigning champion La Salle is coming in as the underdog in the UAAP Season 79 volleyball season which begins Feb. 4.“All of them,” said De Jesus, when asked which team would pose as their biggest problem.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Caricom/US relations will not change – Granger

first_img…Grenadian PM says “wait and see”, uncertainties will clearAs there continues to be speculations about the future of relations between the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA) under the Donald Trump administration, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) President David Granger has assured that no change is anticipated in the relations between the Region and the North American country.Speaking with reporters following the Caricom Inter-sessional Meeting, the Guyanese Leader noted that the Region has a “cordial and respectful” relationship with the US and this is expected to continue under the Trump regime.Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Caricom Chairman David Granger; and Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell at Friday’s press briefing“We did take a decision to embark on an engagement with the present (Trump) Administration. So all I can say at this time is that there is no indication that there is going to be any change in Caricom/US relations,” Granger told reporters at the end of two-day confab on Friday.The Caricom Chairman further pointed out that both the Region and the US enjoy fruitful and mutual benefits from the relation, hence, pasts US Presidents from since the Clinton regime has sought to strengthen ties with the Region.“We have traditionally been regarded as the fourth frontier of the United States. After the Pacific Frontier, the Canadian Frontier and the Atlantic Frontier, the Caribbean is the fourth Frontier and we are sure that the United States understands the strategic significance of the Caribbean. We appreciate the role of the United States; we have ongoing relationships with the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, we have trade and other economic relations and we do not anticipate that there is going to be any significant disruption under the new administration,’ Granger explained.During the two-day confab, the Regional Heads of Government recognised the importance of the recently adopted bipartisan US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 that seeks to increase US engagement with the governments and civil society of the Region.Moreover, emphasis was placed on the importance of the long-standing relationship between the Community and the US, particularly in light of the strong family links between its peoples.To this end, Grenadian Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, who along with Caricom Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, joined President Granger at the press briefing on Friday and pointed out that the recent immigrant directives handed down by President Trump have raised concerns among Caribbean citizens not only here but in the US as well. This situation, he added, will also affect tourism, which is one of the Region’s main economic pillars.“We are concerned with the recent issue relating to immigration, where a directive was done overnight and the impact on that for us, is an impact on tourism. Because let’s face it, many citizens in the United States who are permanent residences… won’t go anywhere,” he asserted.Prime Minister Mitchell further posited that the existing uncertainties surrounding the US exists the world over and not just in the Caribbean region. In fact, he noted that even within the US Republican Party, there are some uncertainties. To this end, the Prime Minister noted that the Region needs to adopt a ‘wait and watch’ approach.“We have to accept that there are uncertainties and therefore, we have to have a wait and see attitude in the Region and the world community at large… So I believe when the dust is settle, things must improve because our borders are too close to the United States for them to risk uncertainty or problems in our direction and so the whole issue of immigration must be seen as crucial also, not just for us but the United States so it must be deal with,” he outlined.The Grenadian Leader, who will take over the Caricom Chairmanship from President Granger later this year, continued that he is positive the authorities in the US will reciprocate the Caribbean’s willingness to build its relations since, historically, there has been good bilateral collaborations.last_img read more

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Hart furious with City about his future

first_imgAnd he feels that by not informing him of his future earlier, the club he has spent a decade with has severely damaged his chance of a move elsewhere in this transfer window.Guardiola has started former understudy Willy Caballero in all City’s matches so far this season and is set to bring Barcelona stopper Claudio Bravo to Manchester later this week, a move that would demote Hart to number three in the pecking order.While publicly keeping his counsel, Hart has privately told friends that he should have been made aware of the situation before the start of the summer which would have given himself and his agent time to find a new club and that he thinks City chose not to sell him for fear of showing their hand and risking the price of goalkeeping targets rocketing as a result.However, the fact that Hart only found out he was not in Guardiola’s plans when he returned for pre-season training, following an ill-fated European Championship with England, meant that potential buyers had already fixed themselves up with new goalkeepers and has left him somewhat in limbo.While the former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper feels his new manager is entitled to make his choices, he has been left saddened by what he perceives to be a lack of consideration over his own career.Chile international Bravo, 33, is expected to complete a £17m switch from the Nou Camp shortly.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3755290/Joe-Hart-furious-Manchester-City-left-dark-future.htmlFollowing his omission from the City starting XI, Hart had been linked with a season-long loan move to Ronald Koeman’s Everton but his £135,000-a-week salary is thought to have been a price the Toffees were unwilling to pay.Neighbours Liverpool, whose goalkeeping issues continue, would appear to be a likely destination.However, it is understood that prior to this weekend’s shocking 2-0 defeat at Burnley, Hart was not on the radar of the club’s coaching and scouting team who still hold Simon Mignolet, who signed a new contract in January, in high esteem.Whether that situation changes before now and the end of the window is unclear.Seville were also monitoring the situation but their interest has cooled. Hart would be open to a move abroad if he can be assured of first-team football.He is also keen to win Guardiola over but he is aware that the pending arrival of Bravo would suggest that this is a battle he cannot win.A season spent on the bench is viewed as a worst-case scenario and something Hart, who has won 63 caps for his country, is very keen to avoid.He is also mindful of the comments new England manager Sam Allardyce made over the situation.‘It’s a big concern,’ Allardyce told BBC Radio 5 Live. Last week, Guardiola said that Hart could leave the club if he was unhappy. ‘I don’t want players to stay if they don’t want,’ he said. ‘If they want to stay, stay and we will fight together.’0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola appeared deep in conversation with Joe Hart during training on Tuesday.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, August 24 – Joe Hart has been left furious at his treatment by Manchester City, with the England goalkeeper now facing a race against time to find a new club.Sportsmail understands Hart, a sudden-outcast, believes new boss Pep Guardiola decided that he was going to replace him before the end of last season.last_img read more

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Math grant to help struggling pupils

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Part of the first year’s allocation of $168,265 will go toward outfitting a math lab with computers for the spring semester. The program will also try to better monitor students in math classes to identify those in need of help, according to Gordi, who along with colleagues Lynda Little and Fenggang Zhang were instrumental in developing the grant proposal. The effort will target remedial and basic math courses, such as pre-algebra and algebra, to establish a solid foundation for students to succeed in other courses. “Hopefully, it’ll pay off,” Gordi said. The college has used math instruction software for a number of years. The grant will help expand the use of that software, Gordi said. “The grant helps us spread it more and get more students involved and make it more universal,” Gordi said. This is the second major federal grant received by AVC in the past three months. In August, the college was awarded a $3.5 million, five-year grant to increase the number of homegrown engineers, teachers and business professionals through a partnership with California State University, Bakersfield-Antelope Valley and California State University, Fresno, college officials said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College will receive a $340,000 federal grant to help students who are struggling in math. The college will receive the funding over a three-year period under the Education Department’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The program is aimed at helping institutions with large minority enrollments to develop long-range improvement programs in science and engineering and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic groups into those career fields. College officials said a key element of their grant proposal is the creation of a centralized math lab where students can get assistance from faculty members, lab assistants and student tutors every weekday and possibly Saturdays. The goal is to have the lab open at least 35 hours a week. “We give them the lecture, then they can go to the lab and do their homework right there before they go home,” said math instructor Tooraj Gordi. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Watch: Eoghan Boyce’s incredible entry for Irish dancing scholarship

first_img16 year old Eoghan Boyce from Ramelton has entered a competition to be in with the chance of winning a free scholarship to the Fusion Dance Fest in August.The video with the most views on the Fusion Fighters page wins a much coveted scholarship to the Irish dancing workshop – can you help Eoghan by sharing the video?Eoghan is currently in second place with 38,000 views, 10,000 views behind Cathal Doughan. Tuition to the Fusion Dance Fest isn’t cheap at €770, but with enough views Eoghan could win his scholarship.Watch: Eoghan Boyce’s incredible entry for Irish dancing scholarship was last modified: April 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eoghan boycefusion dance festfusion fightersIrish Dancinglast_img read more

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Columbus Catholic girls basketball starts strong, beats Greenwood in WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — On a night when Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s leading scorer Jess Trad was bottled up by the Greenwood defense, fellow junior Abby Baierl stepped to the forefront.Baierl made 6 of 10 shots from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Dons to a comfortable 59-40 victory in a WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus Catholic (12-11) advances to a regional semifinal at No. 1 seed Loyal (20-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m.Baierl hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help Columbus take an 11-2 lead.Greenwood (5-18) missed on its final eight shots and turned the ball over six times in the quarter to fall behind quickly. The Indians played better after that point but were never able to make a game of it.Two baskets by Alexandra Hutchison, another 3-pointer from Baierl, and a three-point play by Natalie Pospyhalla allowed the Dons to push their lead to 21-6 three minutes into the second quarter. Columbus led by double figures the rest of the way.“We got off to a quick start and did a real good job with a lot of players contributing,” Columbus Catholic coach Bryan DeVries said. “Abby Baierl shot the ball quite well for us, and that makes a big difference. We were a little bit soft inside, and we need to get a little bit stronger in the post, especially against Loyal on Friday night. All in all, it was a pretty good win for us tonight.”Baierl hit her fourth 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in half and drilled another one on the Dons’ first possession of the third quarter to push their advantage to 29-12.Greenwood would only get as close as 12 points in the second half and finished with 21 turnovers. The Dons shot 44 percent (23 of 52) while holding Greenwood to 32 percent (17 of 52) from the field. With Trad making just 2 of 14 shots from the field, Columbus found other ways to score, which it will have to do again Friday against high-powered Loyal.“There are an elite bunch of teams on the top of our division, and Loyal is one of them,” DeVries said. “It’s going to be a struggle. We let them go on a big run against us the first time. If we can play good, consistent basketball, I think we can be competitive with them. If you watch them play, they are so talented, so quick and relentless.“Our girls are going to have to value every possession, they’re going to have to take care of the basketball on the offensive end and be alert for kids coming in from behind them, and we have to be physical inside.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 59, Indians 40Greenwood 2 10 16 12 – 40Columbus Catholic 11 15 19 14 – 59GREENWOOD (40): Madison Lucas 0-2 0-0 0, Kassidy Lamovec 1-4 0-0 2, Kaylee Meyer 2-4 1-2 5, Kelly Nielsen 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Hackel 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Opelt 7-20 2-6 17, Renee Herdrich 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Hinker 3-7 0-0 6, Kristyn Nigon 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Hinker 0-6 1-2 1, Kaylee Learman 2-2 0-0 4, Ashley Walker 2-7 0-0 5. FG: 17-52. FT: 4-10. 3-pointers: 2-13 (Walker 1-5, Opelt 1-4, L. HInker 0-3, Lamovec 0-1). Rebounds: 34 (Opelt 8). Turnovers: 21. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-18.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (45): Meena Thill 3-6 1-2 8, Morgan Albrecht 0-0 0-2 0, Alexandra Hutchison 4-6 0-1 8, Baylie Neider 0-0 0-0 0, Alishia Reigel 3-3 0-0 6, Kendra Baierl 0-1 0-0 0, Jess Trad 2-14 2-3 6, Abby Baierl 7-14 1-2 21, Natalie Pospyhalla 1-2 2-3 4, Neale Tracy 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Stratman 2-5 0-0 4, Marissa Immerfall 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 23-52. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 7-19 (A. Baierl 6-10, Thill 1-2, Trad 0-7). Rebuonds: 33 (Trad 5). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-11.last_img read more

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Police say 49 dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

first_img(AP) – New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the death toll has increased to 49 in shootings at two mosques.Bush told a news conference that a man has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow. He would not say whether the same shooter was responsible for both attacks.A man who earlier claimed responsibility said he was a 28-year-old Australian and described anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto.Police earlier said four people had been taken into custody, and one had been identified as Australian. However, Bush didn’t mention the other people.Bush clarified that police had found two improvised explosive devices in one car. He said they had disabled one and were in the process of disabling the second.last_img read more

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