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Victory for Victoria – Argonia-Attica’s magical season ends with state championship game loss

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Titans’ season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  After spending the season overwhelming its opposition, Argonia-Attica was overwhelmed by Victoria 52-8 in the Class 1A Division II eight man state championship game in Newton Saturday.Taking advantage of a blocked punt, three turnovers, and a potent offensive and defensive line, the Knights would take a 36-0 lead into half time en route to a 44-point victory. The Titans finish their Cinderella year at 12-1 during a season where they nearly broke the all-time state eight-man touchdown record while posting 50 points or more in all but two games.But on a foggy Saturday morning, A&A’s spectacular offense was missing as Victoria’s heavily advertised defensive line put the clamps on the Titans for four quarters. Defensively, Argonia-Attica could not come up with the big stop. Victoria came up with five fourth down conversions in the first half to lead by five touchdowns at the half.Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.And on top of the Knights’ proficiencies, they had luck on their side.One play in the first half epitomized the kind of day both teams were having. Victoria quarterback Brady Dinkel was in a 4th and 18 situation when he threw an ill-advised pass to receiver Taylor Corley deep in the end zone. There were three Titan defenders in the vicinity.Somehow, someway the ball landed in the four-player mass of confusion and finally in the hands of Corley for a touchdown. At that point Victoria was in front 30-0. One doubts if A&A would have made a comeback against this talented team with a fourth down stop. But it would have given the Titans a spark of something to rally around.The Knights never would provide that spark to the Titans.Titan co-head coach Luke Greenwood said a lot of the game would hinge on the first few plays to determine if A&A could match with Victoria’s physicality.The first drive was promising. Victoria was forced to punt. A&A had a good opportunity to snag a first down on its first drive but a 10-yard crossing pattern pass was dropped. Forced to punt, A&A’s snap was as disastrous as Axtell’s first punt the week before. The ball sailed over the head of the punter, who ran back and tried to punt on the run only to get it blocked.Victoria ended up with the ball at the one. Two plays later, quarterback Brady Dinkel was in the end zone to give Victoria an 8-0 lead.Victoria’s Bryan Dome rushed for more than 200 yards Saturday.A&A was forced to punt again and Victoria pieced together a 54-yard drive which included two fourth down conversions to eventually score on a Dinkel 3-yard quarterback keeper.Down by two touchdowns, A&A’s third drive started promising with a 15-yard run by senior Doss Grigsy. But on the drive’s fourth play, Victoria intercepted the ball and returned it to the 18. That led to another Dinkel touchdown.After another Titan punt, Victoria would score on another drive that featured two more fourth-down conversions to make it 30-0.A&A then fumbled the kickoff and that led to the sensational Victoria passing touchdown.A&A played a much better second half. Three times the Titans would drive deep into enemy territory. While the Knight defense would eventually stiffen and deny the Titans touchdowns on two possessions, A&A would score on one. At the end of the third quarter Alec McDaniel would hit Andrew Mages for a 19-yard touchdown. Garrett Wells scored the two-point conversion to make it a 36-8 game.The Titans would give up a big 73 yard touchdown run by Bryan Dome who rushed for more than 210 yards in the game. He would get another TD with a 36-yard rumble on the next possession to secure the 52-8 win.Argonia-Attica will now graduate six seniors, but brings quite a few key starters back for next season.Argonia-Attica players Austin Tracy and Rayden Nemecheck before the state championship game. (Photos by Eric Rinehart). For more photos of the game by Eric Rinehart click here. Victoria 52 Argonia-Attica 8A&A 0 0 8 0— 8Victoria 14 22 0 14— 52V- 3 run by Dinkel (PAT no good).V- 3 run by Dinkel (PAT no good).V- 2 run by Dinkel (Dinkel run).V- 1 run by Dinkel (Dome run).V- 43 pass from Dinkel to Corley.A- 19 pass McDaniel to Mages (Wells run).V- 73 run by Dome (Dome run).V- 56 run by Dome (Dinkel pass to Engel).Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Barca board members resign over closed doors decision

first_imgA section of Barca fan groups had threatened a peaceful pitch invasion to interrupt the match.“I decided to play behind closed doors because we believed that the image of a football match being played in a completely empty Camp Nou…would have been a way of showing how we utterly reject the exceptional and inadmissible situation going on in Catalonia.”Bartomeu also confirmed that Barcelona will join a general strike called across Catalonia on Tuesday in protest at the police crackdown.“The board of directors has decided to support the call for strike action tomorrow led by Taula per la Democracia. The club shall cease all activities for the whole day and none of the professionals or amateur teams will train.”The vast majority of Barcelona’s stars, including five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, who has been an outspoken defender of Catalonia’s right to self-determination, wouldn’t have trained with Barca on Tuesday in any case as they are on international duty with their respective nations.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona president Josep Maria BartomeuBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Monday two of the club’s board members resigned in the wake of his decision to play a match behind closed doors after a violent crackdown by police of an independence referendum for Catalonia on Sunday.Police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into polling stations, often violently removing activists, to confiscate ballots leaving at least 92 people confirmed injured out of a total of 844 who needed medical attention, according to Catalan authorities.In light of the incidents, Barca played their match against Las Palmas behind closed doors with Bartomeu insisting that decision was made as a protest against the violence rather than security concerns.“Today the board of directors has accepted the resignations of vice-president Carles Vilarrubi and the commissioner of the Barca Innovation Hub, Jordi Mones,” Bartomeu told a press conference after an extraordinary board meeting.Vilarrubi and Mones are believed to have been in favour of Barca refusing to play, even if it meant incurring a sporting sanction of forfeiting the match against Las Palmas and being docked a further three points by La Liga.Barca attempted to have the match postponed, but their request was rejected by La Liga as Catalan police insisted it was safe for the match to go ahead.“We perfectly understand that many of our members and fans would have preferred the option of calling off the match,” added Bartomeu.last_img read more

Dembélé trains with the group

first_imgThe French tip, which has been discharged for two months due to a biceps femoris injury of the right leg, is in the final phase of his recovery, and this morning he did part of the work with his teammates.In the session, which was of recovery for the headlines against Valencia, the available players of the first team and the players of Barça B participated Iñaki Peña, Ronald Araujo, Riqui Puig, Alex Collado, Abel Ruiz, Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati. The staff of Barcelona returned to exercise this Monday at the Joan Gamper Sports City, after losing in Mestalla (2-0), with the reinstatement of striker Ousmane Dembélé to training as a positive note after the painful defeat against Valencia.last_img read more

Vai, The Key to Varney’s Victory: Liberians, Please Teach the Children Our Languages

first_imgThere is a certain Paynesville resident who every morning makes it his duty to pick up students and drop them at their schools in Monrovia.  He usually asks their names, whereupon, he detects the ethnic group from which each hails.He also asks, “Do you speak the language?  To the child named Juah,” he asks, “Do you speak Kru?”  To the name Korvah comes the question: “Do you speak Lorma?”  Sia, “Do you speak Kissi?” Fanta, “Do you speak Mandingo?”  Wede, “Do you speak Grebo?” Yormie, “Do you speak Gio?”It is most unfortunate that for 98 per cent of these children, the answer each morning is “No!” or, “I don’t know that thing, oh.”What a national tragedy—Liberians are not teaching our children their languages.However, for most of the Mandingo students this Paynesville resident picks up, the answer is YES!  The Paynesville resident then asks each with the answer No to make him a promise: “When you go home today, please ask your ma, pa, aunty or grandmother to teach you your language.  It is very important for one to speak his or her own language.”At this point in this Editorial, we say a joyful   Thank God for four people: Senator Varney Sherman, his maternal grandfather, grandmother and grandaunt!These are the people who raised Varney Sherman from infancy through high school.  His maternal grandfather, a traditionalist, spoke Vai fluently and cared for his relatives, including his sisters, who were Varney’s grand aunts.  But none of them spoke English.  So since they were responsible to raise this child—his mother, shortly after his birth, traveled to Monrovia to complete her education—the grand aunts spoke nothing but Vai to Varney.  So from early childhood he grew up speaking Vai—before he learned English. Varney was very bright and studious.  In our recent interview with him, he told our team of reporters, “I did not only learn to speak Vai.  I studied it.”Is there any wonder that because he was bright and studious he excelled academically, becoming valedictorian at St. John’s Episcopal High School and graduating from Cuttington, excelling in Science and Mathematics?His St. John’s teachers, especially Ms. Banarby, the school’s legendary American   Science instructor, wanted him to become a medical doctor because he excelled in Chemistry, Biology and Math.  What they probably did not know was that Law was in Varney’s genes.  Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers were lawyers.  Both were also elected Grand Cape Mount Senators.  The paternal grandfather founded the Wakolo Law Firm in Robertsport in 1928.  Varney’s father inherited that firm and several of Varney’s brothers became lawyers.  A younger brother also graduated from Harvard Law School.Today, Varney Sherman is one of Liberia’s most successful corporate lawyers and many believe he is Liberia’s richest lawyer.  His firm ranks, along with the nation’s oldest—the Henries Law Firm (1944)—as the second firm in its own building.  Others are Pierre and Tweh Law Firm and The International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants.All of these successes—and legacies—would naturally lead Varney into politics. His 2005 presidential bid was unsuccessful; but that could not possibly have been the political end for this talented, wealthy, ambitious young man.  So, like his grandfathers, he decided to enter Cape Mount’s 2014 Senatorial race.  And that is when his linguistic legacy laid in. Varney is modest, never boastful.  So only a few knew of his Vai linguistic prowess (ability, competence, dexterity).  So when he appeared before his proud Cape Mount people, the vast majority of whom—whether Dey, Gola, Mende or Mandingo—speak Vai—he addressed them in the classical Vai he learned from his grannies. When the votes were counted, he had won by a wide margin.We have taken pains today to explain how one man’s example convincingly demonstrates the importance of learning to speak one’s indigenous language.  Liberian parents, PLEASE TEACH OUR CHILDREN OUR LANGUAGES!  Look how far it has brought   Varney Sherman!Ministry of Education, please start teaching our languages in our primary and secondary schools throughout the country—NOW!   All Liberian universities should also require every student to be able to speak at least one Liberian language before graduation.Remember, language is the bearer of culture.  Lose it, you lose your culture.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI to drill well at Port Kaituma

first_img…after mercury found in waterwayRelief will soon be given to residents of Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD) as the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) on Friday announced that a well will be drilled to supply water to the community.This comes after water from the Port Kaituma River tested positive for mercury a few weeks ago.Addressing media operatives, GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles explained that the samples collected from the Port Kaituma River contained traces of mercury.As such, emergency interventions had to be put in place by drilling a well after it was realised that the well at Turn Basin was not functional. Presently, he noted that works were underway to have another well drilled at Turn Basin.“The Kaituma River, we’ve tested the water and it has proven to be high in mercury. In addition, the one well at Ten Basin is not functional and we have had to take emergency actions to have another well drilled, which has commenced at Turn Basin… we hope that within another three to four weeks, that situation will beGWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charleshave a significant relief,” he said.The official stated that while the well would be completed in a few weeks’ time, filters and jerry cans were provided to persons in the community, so that they can filter water that is obtained from the nearby rivers and creeks.He further noted that in relation to treatment plants across the country, 22 of the 24 have complied with standards set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).“With respect to the treatment plants, 22 out of the 24 treatment plants were consistently compliant with WHO’s standards. We had fluctuations in two cases – Vergenoegen and Central. In essence, we’re working and monitoring and testing very frequently to ensure that the water that is available, that leaves our treatment plants are all in compliance with WHO standard,” said Van West-Charles.Apart from these projects, works are also underway for the completion of a new well at Arakaka and the installation of a C2 Lifesaver filter tank at the Port Kaituma Hospital.A new well was also drilled at Koko, Moruca, North West District (NWD) to provide potable water for approximately 500 persons in 102 households at a total cost of $8.7 million.Additional works are currently being undertaken in Hosororo and Mabaruma to enable residents to obtain access to treated water for the first time. The works include the construction of filters and a new pumping system.Preparatory works have commenced for the drilling of a new well at Kamwatta which will see approximately 600 persons gaining access to potable water for the first time.last_img read more

Year end tourney caps most successful little league season to date

first_imgPlayers and volunteers concluded this year’s North Peace Little League season with a year end tournament over the weekend. The season saw a big jump in registration as about 325 players took part versus 230 last year.League president Forrest Liddicoat said the competition in the games was solid as everyone taking part wanted to end the season on a positive note.“Kids are having fun but it’s quite competitive now that they’re playing for something. Their skill level has gone up. They’re really enjoying it.”- Advertisement -He added that feedback from parents has been very good over the year, and that may translate into extra help for 2016.“We were a lot more organized this year. Parents have seen that we’ve put a lot of effort into it and it’s really shown in the numbers. I’ve had lots of parents and people want to volunteer and sponsor for next year,” Liddicoat said.Next season the league hopes to add a spring training component at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse leading up to the start of the year. The league also intends to add a few more teams to the age groups and explore the possibility of playing games against Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, and Peace River.Advertisementlast_img read more

Angry Buffon blasts talk of Benatia rift

first_img0Shares0000Buffon dismissed talk of a rift with Benatia as ‘invented gossip’ © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMILAN, Italy, Apr 24 – Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday blasted talk of a row with Juventus teammate Medhi Benatia as “invented gossip” to try and unnerve the champions in the title race.Buffon, 40, was reported to have let rip at centre-back Benatia after Kalidou Koulibaly scored in the final minute in Turin as Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 on Sunday, cutting Juve’s lead to just one point at the top of Serie A with four games to play. It was also a foul by the Moroccan defender which resulted in the controversial late penalty which gave Real Madrid a place in the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of the Italians.“It’s the kind of gossip, patently invented, that comes after the defeat of teams like Juventus who don’t have an Achilles heel,” Buffon told Juventus TV.“They try to destabilise the environment and undermine the certainty and the union of the group,” he continued.“No-one, at least in my 17 years at Juventus, is allowed to point the finger at someone and blame an error for a defeat.“What’s more, as long as I’m captain of this team that will never happen.“I’d like to add that Medhi is an extremely respectful lad and that he’s tied to our cause with an education and way of being in an exceptional group.“I’m sorry to be forced to point it out, but I have to because in the face of news which is, if not defamatory at least false, I think a clarification is needed to protect the group and Medhi, who is a splendid lad.”Goalkeeping legend Buffon insisted his side were united as they push for a seventh consecutive Serie A title and a fourth straight Italian Cup.“We’ve dropped five very important points in recent days, but we’re still first with a very small advantage,” said the Italian.“There are 20 days to go, in which we’ll have to return to the pitch with ferocity and sporting brutality and to be united.“The match with Inter (on Saturday) is a decisive one, but the ones with Bologna, Roma, and Verona will be too and then there’s the Italian Cup final.“If not we’ll play into the hands of our opponents and those who, in our few moments of difficulty, have always tried to create problems with ill-founded news, without ever succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham chief tells Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ over Michail Antonio links

first_imgWest Ham chairman David Gold has told Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ if they want to sign Michail Antonio this summer.Boro finished second in the Championship last season and will return to the Premier League for the first time in seven years this August.The club have now set about formulating a list of transfer targets for the upcoming summer transfer window to bolster their squad for the new season.Antonio is reportedly high on Middlesbrough’s shortlist after manager Aitor Karanka sent scouts to watch him in action last month.But Gold has now poured cold water on the rumour by tweeting his surprise at Boro’s belief that they can sign the 26-year-old. Michail Antonio scored 13 goals for West Ham this season Evening Standard – Newly promoted Middlesbrough have reportedly identified Michail Antonio as a key target this summer. (Dream on. dg)— David Gold (@davidgold) May 25, 2016center_img 1last_img read more

49ers to take the court tonight

first_imgThe Long Beach State men’s volleyball team, expected to make a strong push for a national championship, plays an exhibition match against a squad from the University of Alberta at 7:30 tonight in the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers open their season Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock against USC in a two-day tournament at UC Santa Barbara. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The championship match is set for 6:30 Saturday evening. Alan Knipe, in his sixth season as his alma mater’s head coach, returned much of the personnel including setter Tyler Hildebrand, outside hitter Robert Tarr and middle blocker Duncan Budinger from a team that finished 22-10 and ranked No. 3 last season. last_img read more


first_imgThe decision to keep Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain open is “a mighty victory for parents and Irish language activists in Inishowen,” says Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn.Padraig Mac Lochlainn TDThe Sinn Fein TD said that when he heard the news that Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain was to close, he made it clear that the people of Inishowen would not accept the loss of their Irish language secondary school.“Local parents and Irish language activists have since fought like tigers for their school and this news is a mighty victory for them. “I again refute any suggestion that there is not the demand for an Irish language secondary school in Inishowen.“There are three Irish language nursery schools across Inishowen in Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville, namely Naiónra Bhun Cranncha, Náiscoil Dhomhnach Óg and Naíscoil Cois Feabhail. And there are two Irish language primary schools in Buncrana and Moville, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail. All of these have been established and supported by their communities for years.”He added that the reality is that for a number of years, it has been widely known that there are ongoing serious disputes between staff at Gaelchloláiste Chineál Eoghain.The failure of first Donegal VEC and more recently Donegal ETB to ensure that these disputes were amicably resolved has severely undermined the confidence of the people of Inishowen in the school, he said. “The challenge for the ETB and the Department of Education is to now deal with the internal difficulties at the school once and for all.“If this challenge is addressed and plans advanced for the new three school campus in Buncrana incorporating, new school buildings for Crana College, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain, I believe that we can make Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain the same great success that Gaelcholáiste Ailigh in Letterkenny is today and no doubt moving forward” BUNCRANA SCHOOL RULING A MIGHTY VICTORY FOR PARENTS AND IRISH LANGUAGE ACTIVISTS – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:buncranadonegalInishowenPadraig Mac Lochlainn TDSCHOOLlast_img read more