Facebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondNominations have flooded in from community members shining the light on local athletes and sports leaders in Thurston County. The 2018 Sports Awards, hosted by Thurston County’s Sports Commission, recognizes local athletes and game changers in our community.Seven award winners will be announced at the Sports Awards from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on June 19 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. The awards are emceed by local broadcasting personality Jon Jensen and guests will hear a special keynote from Marco Azurdia, executive director of the Northwest Athletic Conference. Representing some of the Northwest’s premier community colleges, Azurdia is a driver in bringing tournaments to the region. His success as a college basketball coach still fuels coaching techniques for teams around the state.“Sports and sports tourism are important to our local economy. We want to honor the athletes, coaches and leaders that give it their all to the sport they love. Recognizing our local athletes and sports contributors at not only the high school level, but the collegiate and recreational levels captures the breadth of talent in our region and the important role sports plays in our destination,” said Shauna Stewart, chief experience officer at Experience Olympia & Beyond.2018 Sports AwardsMen’s Sport Star of the Year (College) and Women’s Sport Star of the Year (College)Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time at any time during the 2017-2018 school year in a Thurston County college or a native to Thurston County. Nominees must also have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one collegiate sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.Men’s Sport Star of the Year (College) Nominees:Nolan Black, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballLuke Chavez, Saint Martin’s University, BasketballIssa Hassan, The Evergreen State College, SoccerAubrey (AJ) Hodges, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballBrandon Madsen, Saint Martin’s University, SoccerCade Otton, University of Washington, FootballWesley (Wes) Reynolds, South Puget Sound Community College, BasketballBrad Wallace, Western Washington University, BasketballWomen’s Sports Star of the Year (College) Nominees:Brianna Attwood, Bellevue College, SoftballDeanna Avalos, Saint Martin’s University, Track and FieldCheyenne Baird, The Evergreen State College, VolleyballJamie Connally, Centralia College, Women’s BasketballHaley Harn, South Puget Sound Community College, Volleyball and BasketballBoy’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) and Girl’s Sport Star of the Year (High School)Nominees must be a female or male athlete enrolled full-time in a Thurston County high school. Nominees must have participated for a minimum of one year in at least one high school sport, exemplify strong leadership, dedication and sportsmanship with good school behavior.Boy’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) Nominees:Michael Barnes, Timberline High School, Track and FootballCato Cannizzo, River Ridge High School, Cross Country, Track and SwimmingIbi Ceesay, Pope John Paul II, Basketball and FootballAlex Wright, Olympia High School, SwimmingGirl’s Sport Star of the Year (High School) Nominees:Elianna Summers, Northwest Christian High School, Track and Cross CountryJadynne Thomas, River Ridge High School, SoccerContributor of the YearNominees must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County and can include coaches, nonprofit organizations providing access to sports for individuals and/or large monetary donors to sports initiatives. Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to sports for a minimum of one year.Nominees:Eddie Gentry, North Thurston High School, Athletic DirectorAaron Landon, South Puget Sound Community College, Head Coach Men’s BasketballAndrew Mohl, Yelm Youth Tornados, Head Coach Football & CheerAlex Pribble, Saint Martin’s University, Head Coach Men’s BasketballSports Moment of the YearNominees can be a team or individual that has achieved national or local recognition for their sports moment during the 2017-2018 academic year. This moment would have taken place during a play in a single game or individual match or event for an individual or team. Nominees can include individuals with either inspiring stories, remarkable sports moments and or outstanding performances throughout the 2017-2018 season.Nominees:Luke Chavez, Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University Men’s Basketball TeamTimberline High School Boy’s Basketball TeamAlex Wright, Olympia High SchoolYelm High School Football TeamThurston County Sports LegendNominees must be an individual (over the age of 18) that was born or resided in Thurston County for a minimum of five years and must be passionate about the growth and success of sports in Thurston County. The nominee must have maintained and continue to maintain ties to Thurston County through philanthropic events and/or financial donations to support sports in the community. Ideally, nominees would have played either collegiate or professional sports or had a significant impact in the Thurston County sports community.Nominees:Jeff Carpenter, Olympia School DistrictJohn Kiley, Olympia High SchoolSid Otton, Tumwater High SchoolThe Thurston County Sports Commission, a division of Experience Olympia & Beyond, helps drive sports events to the region through direct outreach and assisting event organizers in finding venues, hotels and services. The Thurston County Sports Commission works in partnership with our local cities, schools and facilities to drive sports tourism to the region.
By John BurtonWALL – For the veterans who are working to restore a Vietnam–era combat helicopter, the experience is bringing back strong emotions and memories.Carl Burns, veteran helicopter pilot and volunteer on the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation’s Huey project, holds the tail section cover, signed by all the volunteers, that will be part of the Huey when it is installed next May at thefoundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel.“You’re talking about a pretty intense part of my life,” said Ken Gurbisz, a former U.S. Army warrant officer who flew a similar helicopter in-country more than 40 years ago.Gurbisz was on hand Monday in a hangar with about 15 other veterans at Monmouth Executive Airport, Highway 34.The veterans, mostly from the Vietnam War – two served in Afghanistan – are working to restore a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, which is usually referred to as a “Huey.”They have been working since winter to put back into reasonable shape the helicopter that for them – and probably countless others – holds emotional significance.The type of helicopter is “not only a physical symbol of the Vietnam War,” said volunteer Carl Burns, but it is also “an emotional symbol.“The sights and the smells” of the craft have brought back all sorts of thoughts and feelings for those working on it, acknowledged Burns, a Manalapan resident who flew one as an Army captain in 1966-67.The volunteers “all had tears in our eyes,” when they first saw it, even though it was nothing but a hollowed shell at the time, Gurbisz said.A large group of Army veterans are volunteering their time to restore a deactivated Hueyhelicopter that served two tours in Vietnam. Sarah Hagarty (front) is the program director for the memorial foundation.In January, the New Jersey National Guard offered the helicopter to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation for its permanent display at the foundation’s Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center, located on the grounds of PNC Arts Center, Holmdel.The craft, which served two tours of duty in Vietnam, first from October 1966 through September 1967 when it was assigned to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company and then from November 1968 to February 1970 with the 25th Infantry Division. While with the 25th, it was located at Cu Chi, which was 30 miles northwest of Saigon, said Burns, who also served in that area with the 25th during his tour.The helicopter was seriously deteriorated.“You have to remember it sat in a field for 20 years,” at Fort Dix, Gurbisz said. “We had many bird’s nests and hornet’s nests to get rid of.”The volunteers all have connections to this style of aircraft. That “has been great, because they know how to work on them or know how to fly them,” said Sarah Hagarty, program director for the memorial foundation.So far the group, which meets every week at the airport hangar to work on the project, has spent a collective 1,500 hours to restore it, Hagarty said.Volunteers restoring a 1964 Bell UH-1D Iroquois helicopter, commonly known as a Huey, clean it in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport.The project began with removing the Desert Storm-era tan camouflage, to restore it to its original olive drab exterior. “That was a lot of sanding,” Gurbisz said. Afterward, the work has been cleaning and refurbishing to make the interior presentable for what will be an authentic, fixed display for visitors, especially for the school-age children, who visit the memorial and museum.The group has been collecting spare parts from wherever it can get them, Hagarty and Gurbisz said.It looks as though there will be enough parts to sufficiently restore the craft’s cockpit to allow visitors to sit in it. The volunteers hope to be able to raise enough money to restore it and have it ready for an unveiling on May 7, 2014, which is the state Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. The group also hopes to also be able to afford to install a simulator in the cockpit to give visitors a realistic appreciation of what it was like to fly in such an aircraft.“It’s a pretty tall order,” Hagarty said about the work that needs to be done.While the project has received some support with organizations and individuals contributing funds and parts, the overall project will cost between $150,000-$200,000, according to Hagarty.This week the museum is beginning its KickStarter campaign to assist in fundraising efforts for the project’s completion.For these guys – the group of volunteers is all male – this is an important project in terms of the nation’s history and their own.“When I first saw this, it was a ton of flashbacks,” Gurbisz said. “I was one of those 20-year-old warrant officers” assigned to Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, flying Hueys on rescue and recovery missions.Burns, who authored the memoir Centaurs in Vietnam: Untold Stories of the First Year, remembered how he was flying a Huey during his tour of Vietnam when he, his crew and the craft started taking on enemy fire.“They were in their spider holes firing – ping, ping, ping,” went the shots as it hit the helicopter shell, Burns said, noting his crew was operating the helicopter’s machine guns, strafing the area. Enemy fire then caught the tail rudder and the craft began twisting, eventually crashing in a rice paddy. Thankfully, he and the four-member crew all survived, he said.There were about 3,000 of these helicopters at any given time operating in Vietnam, playing a vital role in that conflict, Gurbisz said. There were a total of roughly 14,000 in use over the course of the war of which about 6,000 didn’t make it out, Burns said.“I left one there,” he said.Young visitors to the museum will “get a sense of the war,” and its significance from the site’s multimedia presentations and existing displays. “But, they don’t really understand the role of the helicopter, the magnitude of it,” Gurbisz. “It brought guys in. It carried them out. It brought supplies” and transported the wounded during its active combat role, Burns said. “It brought them beer,” he said with a slight smile.“It was part of you,” for that time in their lives, Burns said.For more information about the project, visit www.njvvmf.org.
Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the government and An Post to reverse their decision to close the Kilcar Post Office at the end of the month. It comes following last week’s decision to close the only post office in the entire Parish of Kilcar.And now, the Donegal Deputy has urged the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh to personally intervene and save Kilcar Post Office. He said: “I am calling on Minister McHugh to use his cabinet influence for the greater good of the people of Kilcar and reverse this decision of closing the local post office.“The survival of Kilcar Post Office is key to the overall future development of the parish, as both locals and tourists depend on it along with the numerous businesses located within the community,” he added.“The original package, which is facilitating the closure of Kilcar Post Office, was agreed by and signed off on by the very government and cabinet of which Minister McHugh is a member of.“Whilst the scheme of post office closures may have been agreed with by An Post members and the present government – it certainly never had the backing of the general public or communities such as Kilcar and the various other areas which have already lost their post offices since this government has allowed this scheme of post office closures to be implemented,” Gallagher said. Deputy Gallagher said that the decision had come as a huge shock to the entire community in Kilcar.“The post office is the only one in the entire Parish with a population of around 1,740 people, notwithstanding the importance of the post office to numerous businesses in the area that depend on the post office for dispatching their goods and services.“This closure of the Kilcar Post Office by the An Post and government back scheme of closures is going to leave a devastating effect on Kilcar and similar to other closures elsewhere it is ripping the very hearts out of our rural communities.“This scheme of post office closures was introduced without any consideration for the long-term consequences for people, business or future development prospects of areas and communities,” he added.“Minister McHugh as a Cabinet Minister and a TD for Donegal has a duty of care and responsibility to intervene in this closure and ensure that Kilcar Post Office is saved for the entire Parish. “I understand that other locations for the post office can be found in the village,” Gallagher continued.“It is a matter for the government and An Post to now come together and find a solution to avoid the devastating effects of this post office closure in Kilcar.”Calls for Kilcar post office closure to be reversed was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:An PostJoe McHughkilcarPat the Cope
Spalletti hails Mourinho: His legacy still felt at Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has no problems with Jose Mourinho being linked to his job.The former Manchester United manager has been mentioned as Spalletti’s successor – and the Italian has no problem with it.He stated, “A possible return of (José) Mourinho to Inter? “It seems to me to be a good thing. Because thanks to its 18 months, Inter has become a team coveted by the best players and the best coaches at the European level.”Without these 18 months (Mourinho) we would not be here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@duke_athleticsMike Krzyzewski is 68 years old, but coming off of the 2015 national championship, don’t expect the Hall of Famer to hang up his whistle in the near future. When asked about any potential retirement plans, Coach K had a simple answer: he doesn’t have any.“I have no thoughts on retiring right now.” -Coach K #FanTownHall pic.twitter.com/oIX80NPU5i— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) July 2, 2015We don’t think Coach K can coach forever, but the way he’s been recruiting, it wouldn’t be wise to doubt him.
OSU freshman guard Jensen Caretti (33) outlasts Duquesne senior forward Amadea Szamosi’s (15) block in the second quarter of the Buckeyes 89-69 win over the Dukes at St. John’s Arena on Nov. 11. Credit: Angelia Heimsoth | For The LanternFrom the outset of Ohio State’s 89-69 win over Duquesne University on Friday, it was evident that the Buckeyes’ recent efforts to shore up defensive and rebounding issues paid off.OSU coach Kevin McGuff was unhappy with these two areas of his team’s play following a subpar exhibition performance against Ashland on Sunday. So much so that the Buckeyes worked almost entirely on rebounding and defense this week in practice.The increased effort and intensity was noticeable from the opening tip, as the Buckeyes used a full-court press to bother the Dukes throughout the game. Duquesne shot just 36.9 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.“Coach was really harping on defense after last game, and I feel like we locked in and took the message and did a really good job with defense and rebounding,” redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun said.At times against Ashland, the Buckeyes played loose and weren’t as aggressive as McGuff would have liked on the defensive end. That wasn’t the case this time around.“We’ve been really locked in on that; finding your man and being aggressive,” redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga said. “Continue to go after rebounds, whether it’s offense or defense because that stops their second chance opportunities and then gives us our chance to get second-chance opportunities.”OSU also turned up its intensity on the boards. The Buckeyes were outrebounded 47-38 against Ashland, but they completely flipped the switch against the Dukes. OSU pulled down 55 boards and allowed Duquesne to grab just 33, and all 10 Buckeyes to see regular minutes grabbed at least two rebounds.Leading the way was Mavunga, who attributed her 15-point and 14-rebound performance to the efforts of her teammates.“They were boxing out other players, so then that gave me the opportunity to go into the open gaps and get the rebounds,” Mavunga said.The Buckeyes’ defensive and rebounding efforts caused several scoring droughts for the Dukes that allowed OSU to pull away. To finish the second quarter, Duquesne made just two of its last 11 shots and scored just seven points in the final seven minutes of the half.Duquesne sophomore forward Kadri-Ann Lass buried a three-pointer 15 seconds into the second half, but OSU then used a flurry of scoring and defensive pressure to go on a 9-0 run and build a 55-29 lead. The Dukes pushed back, mounting a 13-4 run of their own, but the Buckeyes again clamped down defensively and outscored Duquesne 30-27 the rest of the way.“We made plenty of mistakes, but we played hard,” McGuff said. “Our effort and intensity was so much better.”Balanced attackThe Buckeyes also used a balanced scoring attack to down the Dukes. 10 different players scored for OSU and four – junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (18 points), Mavunga (15), Calhoun (13) and junior guard Asia Doss (12) – were in double figures.Mitchell, despite scoring a team-high 18 points, struggled again from the field. She went 6-for-17 overall, including a 2-for-9 mark from three-point territory. Mitchell also struggled against Ashland, going 5-for-20 from the field and 0-for-8 from the three-point line.Despite the early season struggles, McGuff isn’t worried.“When she’s not her normal self, she can get down on herself,” McGuff said. “You’ve just got to remind her, ‘Hey, you’re a great player, just keep playing.’”The Buckeyes shot 44.6 percent from the field, including 27.2 percent (8-for-29) from the three-point line. The overall effort on both ends of the floor left McGuff feeling much more pleased than following the Ashland contest.“It’s very simple,” McGuff said. “You practice a certain way, you play a certain way.”Up nextThe South Carolina Gamecocks, a consensus top-five team that defeated the Buckeyes 88-80 in Columbia, South Carolina a season ago, will head to Columbus for a 6:00 p.m. tilt against OSU on Monday.
Junior midfielder David Planning (12) takes a shot during a game against Michigan April 12 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 15-6.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerIn a clash of the only remaining unbeaten teams left in ECAC play, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-6, 2-0) is scheduled to host the Air Force Falcons (8-3, 3-0) inside Ohio Stadium Saturday with first place on the line.Getting hot at the right time, the Buckeyes have won four of their last five after starting the season 1-5, including a convincing win over archrival Michigan in front of more than 17,000 fans last Saturday inside Ohio Stadium.However, OSU coach Nick Myers said the team has put the Michigan game behind them and they are now focused on taking an Air Force squad that is currently one of the hottest teams in the country.“For our men, it’s the next play, next game mentality,” Myers said. “We understand what’s on the line this weekend. You got an opportunity at a share of the conference championship, Air Force is looking at an opportunity to win it outright. Right now, it’s as close to a playoff mentality as you can get against a team that is red hot, very well coached, and has a lot of seniors.”Going into its last game against No. 17 Fairfield, Air Force had yet to record a victory over a team ranked in the top 20, but that didn’t stop them from handling the Stags for a 16-8 win.Now winners of six straight, Air Force sits atop the ECAC with the chance to win the regular season title for the first time under coach Eric Seremet.The Falcons are led by 14 seniors, who have the offense rolling right now after having scored 13 or more goals in five of their last six games.OSU senior goalie Scott Spencer said the team is just focused on themselves and playing the fundamentals well this weekend.“It’s not about any one guy. We just really want to hone in on supporting each other and focusing on the little things,” Spencer said. “These last two weeks, we’ve really been focused on fundamentals and the basics and not trying to get too fancy, but really knowing who we are and what we do best.”Spencer, who has started four games for the Buckeyes since fellow senior goalie Greg Dutton went down with an injury, is 3-1 on the season and is the reigning ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after holding Michigan to only six goals while making nine saves in the Showdown in the Shoe.Myers said Spencer, along with the rest of the Buckeye defense, will have to build on their momentum and confidence to slow down a potent Falcons offense led by senior attackman Mike Crampton (33 goals, 16 assists).“He’s been really steady. Scotty is a guy that brings a great deal of consistency to the lineup. He’s got a great work ethic,” Myers said. “Every day, Scotty is going to come to practice ready to go and I’m really happy to see him having success. I think his success is a product certainly of the defense as well. He’s doing his job in there and defensively, we are slowly starting to get more confidence as the year goes on together.”Offensively, junior midfielder Jesse King will hope to continue his stellar play, as he has 21 points in his last three games and 45 on the season. Junior attackman Reegan Comeault will also look to build on his scoring streak as the only Buckeye to tally a point in every game this season.Game time is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. and is slated to be Senior Day for 10 Buckeyes, including senior midfielder Jake Sharick, who won’t be able to play because of an ACL tear that has kept him sidelined all year. Despite the injury, Sharick said the game will be just as special as if he was playing.“We are all working for the same thing,” Sharick said. “Everyone’s trying to get one job done, so I feel just as part of the team as if I was on the field. We’re all gonna take that mindset in for this day, so it’ll be a fun day.”
The Brazilian legend’s son, Joao Mendes, is only 13 years old and was presented by PSG until he was signed by CruzeiroTo be the son of legendary football player Ronaldinho Gaucho must be awesome!But to play football after your dad awe the whole world in club and international settings would be terrifying.But this Thursday, Ronaldinho’s son Joao Mendes has signed a contract with Cruzeiro, as was reported by Marca.“In the last days PSG contacted the player but Cruzeiro accelerated the deal for the striker,” wrote Marca.Paris Saint-Germain wanted to contract the 13-year-old in their Brasilia school and to flight him to France when he was ready.Quiz: What do you know about Ronaldinho at Barcelona? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 3, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us what you know about Ronaldinho at FC Barcelona. We will ask you 10 questions about the Brazilian…But during this week, Joao and his mother traveled to Belo Horizonte to sign with Cruzeiro.Brazilian law does not allow him to sign any professional contract until he’s 14 years old, and it will be next year when he actually joins the Brazilian team.Filho de @10Ronaldinho Gaúcho é aprovado em teste no @Cruzeirohttps://t.co/9arMqDtOJu pic.twitter.com/gkYdvSOlbm— FLA-adidas® ?? (@bocafla12) August 16, 2018
Wales manager Ryan Giggs is expecting an extra motivated Gareth Bale ahead of their games with Spain and the Republic of IrelandThe Real Madrid winger had been a doubt for Wales after sustaining an apparent groin injury in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Despite missing Real’s Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, Bale was reportedly given the all-clear after a medical examination and is hopeful of making a comeback for Saturday’s La Liga game with Alaves.Now Bale’s inclusion in the Wales team all but confirms the reports with Giggs insisting that he had no hesitation on naming Bale in the squad.“He (Bale) had a little groin strain but the scan came back all clear and he expects to be involved at the weekend, which is good,” Giggs said in a press conference.“Every player’s motivation will be high for a number of reasons.“You’re playing for your country first and foremost, playing against a very good team and it’s a chance to test yourself.“It’s also at the Millennium (where Wales have not played since 2011), so it’s a different stadium and all the players will be motivated).Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“But with Gareth playing in Spain there’ll be added motivation for him, I’m sure.”Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also been included in the 25-man Wales squad, despite missing the Gunners’ Europa League trip to Azerbaijan to stay with his pregnant wife.Wales will face Spain on October 11 at Cardiff in a friendly before travelling to the Republic of Ireland five days later for a UEFA Nations League game.Wales Squad:Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Barnsley)Defenders: Ashley Williams (Stoke City, on loan from Everton), James Hester (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Gunter (Reading), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Christopher Mepham (Brentford), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Paul Dummett (Newcastle United), Declan John (Swansea City)Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andy King (Leicester City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Matthew Smith (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City)Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United, on loan from Liverpool), Harry Wilson (Derby County), Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Sam Vokes (Burnley), George Thomas (Scunthorpe United, on loan from Leicester City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United)