Brookdale baseball ranked No. 4 in the nation

first_imgBrookdale Community College’s baseball team has a tough act to follow. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Above: The Brookdale baseball team greets first baseman Ryan Smyth at home plate during the game. The team is ranked fourth in America and is looking for its fourth trip to the College World Series later this spring. Below: Brookdale starting pitcher Jeff Frost pitches to an Ocean County College batter during the first inning of the teams’ game at Brookdale on March 28. The sophomores who dominated the 2007 have graduated, and with them, an era, in a way. They led the Blues to two straight Junior CollegeWorld Series appearances that include a fourth place last year. The Blues were 82-20 over the those two seasons, winning the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX crowns back-toback. Among the graduated players wereAll- Americans Paddy Matera and Jimmy Principie. Principie was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, andMatera made the All-College World Series twice. Even though the 2008 Jersey Blues are a young teamwith only three starters, Brookdale started the season ranked No. 4 in the country. That’s because coach Johnny Johnson is always bringing top talent to the Brookdale campus. That’s why he is looking for a fourth straight trip to theWorld Series. Among the key recruits this year is Keith Weinkofsky, the Ocean Township High School grad who set a Shore Conference record last spring for career home runs.He’s slated to start at first base. WestwoodHigh School southpawpitcher Dylan Cacciola was an all-stater like Weinkofsky and bolsters the pitching staff. Right-hander Ryan Casey fromManchester adds depth to the pitching rotation. Transfers Andy Vega (New York City Player of the Year) and Gabe Torres are expected to make big contributions. The returning starters are Ryan Smith, Julian Media (Long Island, N.Y.) and Nick Alberino (Monroe). Smith, a co-captain, was a pre-season All-American. He batted .365 with five home runs and 26 RBI last year. He is a product of Don Bosco Prep. Johnson likes his team’s offensive balance. Smith, Eddie Galante (Wall) and Weinkofsky provide the middle of the lineup with power while Vega, Gabe Torres, Media, Ivan Rodriquez and Alberino can shake things up at the top of the lineup with their speed. They can create runs with their baserunning or be table-setters for the power hitters. Cacciola, Matt Padgett (Toms River), Ryan Casey and Chris Giblin began the season as the starting rotation. Padgett is the lone returner. Brookdale certainly lived up to its national ranking down in Florida. The Blues went 10-3 in the Sunshine State. The Blues started play in the Garden State Conference with an impressive 12-5 win over Union. Weinkofsky’s two-RBI double and Alberino’s two-run home run staked the Blues to a 4-0 lead in the first, and there was no looking back. Brookdale begins a three-game home stand on Friday hosting Monroe (N.Y.) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Blues play Del- Tech-Owns, a Region rival, in a twin bill that starts at noon. On Monday, they play the College of New Jersey JV. Brookdale is hosting this year’s Region XIX tournament finals May 9-11. The tournament begins May 3-4 at the home of the higher-seeded team.last_img read more

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FNRL awaits confirmation on Radradra’s move

first_imgVodafone Fiji Bati assistant coach Josaia Rabele confirmed that they still have the Paramatta Eels’ winger in their list for the May Pacific Test against the Kumuls of Papua New Guinea. “We haven’t heard anything and we will keep his name for the May Test until we get confirmation, then we will have to look for someone else to replace Semi,” Rabele said. The Somosomo, Taveuni man’s agent George Christodolou told Fox Sports Radradra wants to try and claim the mantle as the world’s best winger and playing in the green and gold will provide the international platform to truly showcase his status. Now that he is eligible to switch status after he was given a residential visa by the Australian Government, Radradra’s move to the Kangaroos is expected to give Kangaroos coach and former Canberra Raiders’ centre Mal Meninga a wealth of selection options for the mid-season trans-Tasman Test match. Fox Sports reported that the winger’s agent said a deal is to be penned this week by NRL’s general manager of League Integration and Development Andrew Hill to stipulate the former Fiji 7s rep’s desire to play for the Kangaroos. Rabele, in an earlier interview said the move to be made by Radradra was something they would not be able to put a stop to, considering the player’s future, as the FNRL would not be able to put in the amount to be paid to Radradra should he don the green and gold jumper of the Kangaroos.last_img read more

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Allen, Bloomfield storm into NCAA 400m final

first_img Competing in Heat Two, Allen won in 44.83 seconds to advance as the fourth fastest qualifier for Friday’s final. In the following heat Bloomfield went close to his personal best of 44.70  as he stopped the clock at 44.72 to be the third fastest to advance. Three other Jamaicans,  Kemar Mowatt, Raheem Chambers and Damion Thomas, also advanced to Friday’s finals. Competing for the University of Arkansas,  Mowatt win his 400m hurdles semi-final in 49.98 to move forward as the fifth best qualifier. Twenty-year-old American Michael Norman of the University of Southern California is the fastest qualifier. He won his heat in  44.66 ahead of Tyrell Richard of South Carolina State 44.70. All eight finalists have gone under 45 seconds. Sprint hurdler Damion Thomas competing for Louisiana  State University, was a close second in his semi-final of the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.44 seconds. He has the fourth fastest time. Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen, competing for the University of Auburn, won  their 400  metres semi-finals tonight at the NCAA Division 1 Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  Former St Jago High sprinter Chambers of  Auburn is through to the 100m final. He  clocked a wind-aided 10.05 seconds (wind 2.3 mps) in finishing third. Andre Ewars of Florida State won the heat in 10.00 to advance as the fastest qualifier.  Waseem Williams, competing for Purdue University, finished fifth in Chambers’ heat in 10.07 and did not advance.last_img read more

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first_img…on Cricket!His regular readers would know their Eyewitness is a cricket nut. In the beginning – fifteen years ago – T-20 didn’t grab him the way Test cricket had for so many years. But just like how he ate boiled rice but had come to love it in all its variations – pilaf, fried, puffed, Spanish, etc, etc…- T-20 rose in his estimation as he realised it had its own dynamics and charm. It was his home-grown Amazon Warriors that did the trick, when the Caribbean Premier League was formed.As he went to every one of their games since 2013 at Providence Stadium, he realised that the phrase “more than just a game” wasn’t simply a merchandising cliché, but a reality for what unfolded at those events. A half a century before, CLR James had written “Beyond a Boundary” to explain what cricket had meant to us as a colonial people in the Caribbean — as we struggled to earn some respect in a world where the decks were stacked against us.More recently, in 2007 – the year Providence Stadium was opened for the One-day World Cup cricket tournament — there was the semi-documentary, “More than a game”, about the football “League” formed by the Apartheid prisoners at Robben Island Prison, using the organisation of their games to retain their agency and some dignity. And it was this wider role to address a contradiction in our social relations that T-20 was playing here.As your Eyewitness sat in the stands, he saw everyone around him shedding those narrow walls they erected when “outside”, and which kept them from appreciating their essential commonality as “Guyanese”. At the Warriors’ “home” games, every man-jack (and woman-jackie!) were rooting for their “boys” out in the field. With every boundary hit, high-fives were spontaneously exchanged; with every wicket falling, groans were also spontaneously expelled.And so, when his Warriors took on the table-topping TKR — which had beaten them before — and then whupped them on both occasions to be the first to qualify for the finals, your Eyewitness wasn’t surprised when complete “strangers” hugged each other. But in truth, they weren’t really strangers – they were Guyanese who were already bonded by their love for the team. And that their opponents were “The Trinis” made their bonding even more intense. Who among them hadn’t been dissed by a Trini at one point or another??But the Warriors have one more mountain to climb to get to the summit of victory — one that has eluded them up to now — to win it all. Your Eyewitness believes they’ll be facing the Trinis once again for that.And they’ll fulfil their destiny this time!!…on OilWith Exxon announcing new oil strikes with such regularity, most of us have forgotten there are a lot of other players prospecting for oil under our Atlantic waters. And now Total and its partner Eco have just announced — on the same day the Warriors clawed their way to the Finals – that they’ve struck a formation that contains the equivalent of 3 billion barrels of oil!! It’s too bad all this action’s underwater; your Eyewitness always wanted to yell when the black gold gushed – as he saw in those movies of oil roustabouts – “Thar she blows!!”Anyhow, this has to be good news for Guyana, and your Eyewitness hopes the Government has learnt from its experience (or its LACK thereof) with the Exxon negotiations, and will negotiate a better deal for Guyana. And that therefore we won’t be catapulted into another acrimonious round of debate and “cuss down” on “bonuses”, “local content”, and tax holidays.Isn’t it time, perhaps, the Government invite the opposition to be on the Guyanese Oil Team??…not on wind powerWith all this oil to be pumped, why does the Government not at least TRY to make its ‘green’ claims credible by encouraging “green power” generation? Why are its officials foiling that Berbice wind venture?Passing wind?last_img read more

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Jayjay Helterbrand to play for Imus in MPBL

first_imgJayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Two years after announcing his retirement in the PBA, Jayjay Helterbrand will be back on the court but for a different team and a different league.Helterbrand has signed with the Imus Bandera in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the team announced Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Warriors’ Kevin Durant suffers Achilles injury in Game 5 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN He will team up with actor Gerald Anderson and former pro James Martinez to name a few at Imus.“We’re thrilled to have Jayjay Helterbrand and Gerald Anderson play side-by-side with each other. Their additions, along with the other players that we have, will surely bolster our squad,” said Abad.“It’s a big win not only for our team, but for the whole league as well as we try to help MPBL grow in terms of competition level and our fanbase.”Imus opens its campaign in the 2019 Lakandula Cup on Thursday against Caloocan City at Caloocan Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re happy to have finally signed Jayjay Helterbrand into our roster. His overall experience, basketball IQ, and leadership would definitely provide a huge boost for our bid in the upcoming season,” said team manager Lou Abad.Helterbrand is turning 43 this year but Imus believes the Barangay Ginebra legend can still hang with the big boys at MPBL.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He can still play. As you can see, he is still well-conditioned given that he has not stopped playing regularly in different leagues. He can still keep up with the young guys,” Abad said.The dazzling guard won six PBA championships all with Ginebra, a team he played for from 2000-2017. Helterbrand, a member of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players, was also named Season MVP in 2009 and a Philippine Cup Finals MVP in 2007. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View commentslast_img read more

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Tough turned writer lives his script

first_imgIn the unfinished script of his life, Jesse Carranza trades a criminal past for creativity, the underdog story that audiences love. It goes something like this. Interior – studio office – midday: Carranza, an 18-year-old Latino from Arleta, holds a script and pictures of his characters. He’s surrounded by executives, older guys who don’t look like him. In a smooth, confident voice, he outlines his vision. JESSE: My idea is a 30-minute animated series. The name of the show is “City Bombers” and it’s based on some of the things I went through as a tagger, some of the things I’ve seen and the people I know. … Think `The Boondocks,’ `8 Mile,’ `Training Day.’ Several years ago, the script would have had a much darker ending. Carranza used to graffiti walls and cause trouble. A onetime straight-A student who got sucked into a haze of meth, spray cans and violence, he surrendered several of his teenage years to the life of a tagger. Before he tapped into his creative talents as a screenwriter and earned an internship at Warner Bros., his aspirations were simple. “I wanted respect,” he said, “that veteran-gangster respect.” He got into fights, gave his mom a hard time. She tried to control him but he was too loud, too angry, too disrespectful. For three years, Florinda Montoya lived through hell. “I thought I’d get a phone call telling me he was dead,” she said. “He was hanging out with all the wrong people.” His crew, known by its tag AWC, got into a fight with a rival bunch. Carranza took a baseball-bat blow to the head; a nasty cut required stitches. Eventually, Montoya had enough. She’d heard that a local nonprofit called Communities in Schools helped kids in trouble. She got in touch with Miguel Flores, a mustachioed gang interventionist, who agreed to visit her son. “It was pretty hard to convince him to come around. It took a lot of patience,” Flores recalled. Famed fighter helps Carranza grew up without a father figure when his dad disappeared from the picture, spending time in jail and away from his kid. Flores stood in, taking Carranza with him to car shows, the park, the gym. As his young charge came around, Flores watched Carranza develop into an athlete. The ex-tagger had always wanted to be a boxer, so Flores took him to the Heart of Champions gym in Sylmar. There, Carranza trained under the late Lilly Rodriguez, the famed fighter and wife of Blinky Rodriguez, executive director of Communities in Schools. Carranza bulked up his skinny frame and developed into a respectable amateur boxer. And while his fists and skills in the ring helped give him discipline, it was his mind that ultimately turned his life around. As the interventionists watched him improve as a fighter, they noticed he asked a lot of questions and wrote in a journal. “There’s a lot of people who come around through sports, but Jesse was different,” Flores said. “It was the writing. It was his mind.” Carranza began exploring his skills with a pen, writing poetry, screenplays and articles for the newspaper at San Fernando High. His grades improved. He developed an idea for a Disney movie based on his experiences with Lilly Rodriguez – with a character named Jay standing in for himself. “As he finishes his two-mile run, the montage of him training hard begins,” he wrote in an outline of the project. “Think the song from `Rocky.’ He’s at the gym training with Lilly as she corrects him. Lilly is now with him as he runs and does sprints, and she teaches him to breathe the right way.” So Blinky Rodriguez got on the phone with Scott Budnick, a producer with the Todd Phillips Co., moviemakers based at Warner Bros. As a volunteer spending weekends at juvenile halls, teaching kids how to write, Budnick became friendly with Blinky Rodriguez. The executive agreed to take on the tough kid. Their life circumstances could not be more different, but Budnick began to see flashes of himself in the young, enthusiastic writer. “How do you write this kid off?” he said. “Don’t you want to see a kid who grew up in a tough community make it? Don’t you want to see him beat the odds?” Producer’s protégé Budnick is a plugged-in guy, the kind who has assistants place his phone calls and sort out the minutiae of his day. But the producer helped Carranza with his homework, got him connected with film teachers at Valley College and encouraged him to think about going on to a four-year university. And, more importantly, Budnick began schooling his pupil on how to read scripts and pitch movies. Carranza’s age and background made him a unique commodity in the office, and Budnick began asking him to sit in on script meetings, helping decide which to greenlight and which to reject. “For that minute, he was a studio executive,” Budnick said. “He was important because he had real experience. I would say he’s as influential as any of us because he knows the audience we’re trying to reach.” That confidence paid off. Carranza’s choice of a role model shifted from gangster to Hollywood power player. In Carranza’s old life, taggers competed to get their names into the boldest, hardest-to-reach spots. A quick scribble was known as a throw-up, while an elaborate, skilled paint job was a bomb. The silver screen could prove the most elusive canvas for Carranza’s name yet, the ultimate place to unleash a bomb years in the making. With Budnick’s hand guiding him, the ex-tagger wants much more in life than running from cops and marking up other people’s property. “I look at my producer and see him rolling in a 745 BMW and a red (Chevrolet) Tahoe,” he said. “I want that lifestyle, but more than that, I want to learn how to talk like him. He makes people respect him.” Now Carranza splits his time between community college and interning with Budnick. He’s working on turning his outline of the Lilly Rodriguez story into a full-on script, a memorial of a life cut short by renal failure in January. He dreams of turning the “City Bombers” concept into a show he can pitch to the Cartoon Network or HBO. Things are different at home, too. As Montoya juggles a career change from bus driver to real estate agent, Carranza takes more responsibility at home,helping his younger sisters with their homework. No matter how busy, mom and son try to spend time together each Saturday. The final act of his turnaround will be when Carranza takes the lessons learned with Flores, with the Rodriguezes, with Budnick, and becomes a teacher himself. “Look at a kid who wanted to earn the respect of a veterano and got to experience his dream of being a writer,” Rodriguez said. “Through discipline, sweat and recognizing opportunity, you can make it. … But don’t forget to come back and put some bread in the basket.” Carranza has taken that to heart. As he dreams of life on the big screen, he remains aware that the picture was not so bright for him two years ago. That unfinished script of his life now includes his triumph in Hollywood and his return to the streets where he grew up. “I want to make it in life. I want to be successful,” he said. “When I’m successful, when I make it, I still want to help other kids.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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SUPERB LINE-UP THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S

first_imgJUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: What a superb line-up the dynamic, innovative and hardworking management team at Sister Sara’s have conjured up for patrons this weekend.A superb line-up is on offer and SISTER SARA’S is the ONLY place to kick-start you’re JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND. On Friday we’ll get you in the mood for one of the BIGGEST weekends of the summer with a series of promotional offers on our refreshing cocktails menu! 🙂On Saturday Night, it’s that man DJ MARTY  with all favourite Party Hits and Big Club tracks.WE still have a few VIP Party slots available so call us now on 074-91-22238 to avoid disappointment.On Sunday it’s the BANK HOLIDAY DISCO which will have revellers on the floor ALL night. Don’t miss another SUPERB WEEKEND this Bank holiday at SISTER SARA’S.SUPERB LINE-UP THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeatureslast_img read more

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CFC view: ‘If Costa leaves, it makes sense to spend £75m on this replacement’

first_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Belgium at Euro 2016 and is being linked with a Chelsea transfer 1 Romelu Lukaku could once again be wearing the blue of Chelsea next season.It is being reported Everton rejected a bid of around £60m as the club, who paid Chelsea £28m for him in 2014, hold out for closer to £75m.ONE POSSIBLE WAY CHELSEA COULD LINE UP NEXT SEASON WITH LUKAKU“I do not want to speak about the players of other teams,” Blues manager Antontio Conte said when asked about the rumour.“This is not respectful to the club or to their players. I prefer not to speak.“The transfer market is not the most important thing. The important thing is to build a team – a team that plays in good and bad situations and concentrates and works together.”Chelsea may find themselves in desperate need of a striker if Diego Costa leaves and Conte did not rule out the 27-year-old being sold.“I speak only for today and today Costa is Chelsea’s player,” he said. “Tomorrow if you ask me if Costa will remain with us, I don’t know.”REVEALED: TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PL SIGNINGS UNDER AGE OF 23Here is what a selection of Chelsea fans on Twitter think about the possible arrival of Lukaku.last_img read more

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James Maddison and Norwich keep Ipswich waiting for first derby win since 2009

first_imgIpswich made a double substitution 13 minutes from time in an attempt to find a way back into the game, Bersant Celina and Freddie Sears replacing Garner and Tristan Nydam respectively.But it was not to be for Ipswich, despite Waghorn’s chipped effort nearly grabbing a dramatic late equaliser with Gunn left stranded. The 4th President of the US was James Madison. Our James Maddison @Madders10 can consider himself the President of Norwich after that #ncfc— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) October 22, 2017 A brilliant James Maddison goal gave Norwich all three points in the first East Anglian derby of the season.The win also extended their unbeaten league run over Ipswich to nine games, while it was Daniel Farke’s side their fourth consecutive away victory in the Championship.At Portman Road the hosts were left to rue missed chances in the first half, after Jonas Knudsen hit the woodwork in the opening five minutes and David McGoldrick headed over from close range.But it was an assured performance from the visitors in manager Daniel Farke’s first East Anglian derby and the win moved Norwich into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.In a bright opening for the home side, a searching ball from Martyn Waghorn found Joe Garner on the right but his effort was saved at the near post by Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn.Ipswich left-back Knudsen – who has scored in the last two East Anglian derbies – then robbed Canaries captain Ivo Pinto and fired a fierce diagonal shot against the far post.Waghorn blazed over for the hosts when the ball fell to him following a corner, before Marco Stiepermann cut inside for Norwich but could only fire straight at Bartosz Bialkowski.McGoldrick then fired over from long range as Town continued to play with intensity.Maddison – who was looking increasingly more dangerous – curled wide after cutting in from the left in the 24th minute.Garner then got above Tom Trybull from Waghorn’s deep corner but could only head wide of the mark.The Canaries were exposing Ipswich down the left-hand side and Cameron Jerome headed over after a good delivery from Yanic Wildschut.Ipswich right-back Jordan Spence was booked in the 31st minute after he took a heavy touch and lunged into Trybull.McGoldrick miscued a volley before he was guilty of missing Ipswich’s best chance just before half-time, heading Waghorn’s free-kick over from six yards.Norwich enjoyed the better start to the second half and continued to probe down Ipswich’s right.McGoldrick got across Christoph Zimmermann after 54 minutes but could not direct his header from Spence’s cross on target.Norwich took the lead in the 59th minute when Stiepermann found Maddison, who had the time and space to curl a beautiful effort past Bialkowski. James Maddison’s brilliant goal helped Norwich beat Ipswich 1last_img read more

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Teen shooting probed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager, sheriff’s officials said. The boy was shot just after 10 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Holguin Street, deputies said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Authorities did not immediately release the boy’s name or disclose the circumstances of the shooting.last_img read more

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