Acadia Fire soccer team makes it to the State Cup

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Postscenter_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 ELLSWORTH — This year’s U12 coed Acadia Fire soccer team was just the second one in the academy’s eight-year history to make it to the State Cup.The team was also the only one in the league of some eight teams to have girls on its roster.Sixth graders Lelia Weir of Bar Harbor and Addi Laslie of Ellsworth have been showing boys what it means to play like a girl for the past several years. The team just wrapped up its season, losing to the Velocity Soccer Club from Portland 3-1 in the championship on June 13 at Thomas College. Acadia Fire entered the final undefeated.“Our teams are pretty competitive,” said Michael Curless, founder of the Acadia Fire FC Soccer Academy, at a practice on June 2. “Our youth teams have only lost twice in 50 games.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSince starting the academy in 2007, Curless said his club has grown from 30 players to 175 boys and girls ages 6-18 from all over Downeast Maine. It blossomed quickly once Curless started operating out of the Fire House in Trenton — an indoor facility that allows for year-round practice.“I like practicing year-round and not just in the fall,” Weir said. “It’s fun to practice indoors, too, because it helps with skills and quickness.”Lelia Weir puts on a move while practicing with the Acadia Fire U12 coed soccer team on June 2. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSWeir is a midfielder, and Laslie plays forward. Weir is quick to note that Laslie is “really fast.” They’re the only two girls on the team, and they’re best friends.“Playing coed really helped my daughter,” Curless said of the Mount Desert Island High School standout, Opal, who recently graduated and received a scholarship to play for Syracuse University in New York. “They [Weir and Laslie] have made a lot of improvements.”Playing with boys no longer seems to faze the girls.Weir said players on opposing teams take her and Laslie seriously “most of the time,” but she uses the idea of them not doing so as motivation.“Normally, you think that they’re not as strong,” Weir said, referring to the perception of female athletes. “I always picture them not taking me seriously. I feel like I do better when I do that.”Weir also participated in the academy’s SoccerFit! program, where she worked on improving her strength. She can now dead lift 160 pounds.“She loves it,” said her father, Jaime Weir, also an Acadia Fire coach. “They’re a really tight-knit group.”It shows.While answering questions, one of the girls’ teammates interrupted to offer his support.“No pressure!” he called out. Lelia Weir and Laslie both smiled and rolled their eyes.“Sometimes they’re annoying,” Lelia Weir said.For more information about Acadia Fire and its upcoming programs, visit acadiafiresoccer.com.PHOTO COURTESY OF JAIME WEIR EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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Bill says schools must provide digital versions of textbooks

first_imgLong lines at the bookstore and high textbook prices could eventually be a thing of the past thanks to a California bill that will require universities to offer texts through electronic readers such as the Kindle or the Nook.Senate Bill 48 adds a section to the California Education Code, mandating that all textbooks be offered “in whole or in part” through electronic readers by 2020. Initially, the bill only targeted public colleges, but it was amended to include private universities as well. The bill is aimed at lowering the financial burden of buying textbooks. Though students will be required to purchase an electronic reader to access these texts and may run into additional fees, the overall costs will be less than buying traditional textbooks.Smart shoppers · A state bill mandates that schools provide an option for students to buy textbooks on electronic readers, allowing them to avoid the bookstore and potentially save money. – Heather Lee | Daily Trojan Susan Metros, USC’s deputy chief information officer and associate vice provost for technology-enhanced learning, said USC is already exploring alternative ways to offer textbooks.“Our faculty are looking closely at electronic textbooks as an alternative, when appropriate, to replace print,” said Metros, who is also a professor of visual design and clinical education.She noted that current digital readers lack some of the capabilities necessary to display textbooks.“There are issues with the first generation of readers and the content that they support,” she said.Despite the push from the state to increase access via digital readers, Director of the USC Bookstores Daniel Archer said the core issue is lowering costs, whether through electronic readers or some other medium.“To me, the larger issue is how we control cost,” Archer said. “The bookstore, for the last 20 years, has been on this path of migration. There have been so many movements to try to nip the price problem in the bud.”Though the increase in digital textbooks might cause a decrease in textbook sales at the bookstore, Archer said the bookstore would be able to fill any missing revenue with other products, such as those offered in the basement of the store.Still, Archer said he does not think the bill will have much of an impact, he believes students prefer reading texts in print. He added that the bookstore is already looking at other ways to keep costs down, including relying more on custom publishing.Though students supported the effort to decrease textbook costs, most thought the bill would be better if the texts could be viewed on a computer, so they could be printed.“In one of my [communication] classes the professor told us there was no need to buy the textbook because all of the readings were going to be articles she was going to send us,” said Laura Escobar-Vallecillo, a sophomore majoring in communication. “It made me really happy because it was an $100 textbook.”She added that she still prefers printed texts.Samuel Treviño, a freshman majoring in archeology, said he enjoys using online sources in his classes, but he also likes to interact with textbooks by writing in and highlighting them.“I think as long as students have the option to have the physical textbook too, [this bill] would be fine with me,” Treviño said.last_img read more

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Seton Hall suffers slew of frontcourt injuries in heart of Big East play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard watched as sophomore forward Brandon Mobley left the court Sunday against Providence, his once-promising frontcourt rotation shrinking before his eyes. Mobley’s shoulder injury left the Pirates’ guards boxing out forwards, forwards boxing out centers. His team was outmanned in the post, as Providence dominated the offensive glass 22-10 in a 67-55 win.Mobley’s departure from the court was a sight that has become all too familiar for the Pirates and Willard this season.“We went that two-week stretch when we only had seven healthy bodies, and we just couldn’t lose another guy or we had no chance of winning any games,” Willard said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. “It was a rough two weeks.”Seton Hall (12-5, 1-3 Big East) is amid a three-game slide in Big East play that includes losses to No. 1 Louisville and No. 20 Notre Dame. After a slew of demoralizing injuries, the Pirates are shorthanded. They aren’t the same team that won 21 games and nearly earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament last season. Willard and his team are digging deep to stay competitive in the Big East.“Seton Hall is a very well-coached basketball team,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said in the teleconference after the Cardinals’ victory against Seton Hall. “They’re just banged up right now, so we were excited to come away with a victory.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Pirates’ injuries piled up early in the season, and the team hasn’t been able to stay healthy since. Junior Patrik Auda, a starting forward, is out for the entire year after he fractured his foot on Nov. 21. Junior forward Brian Oliver has missed all of Seton Hall’s Big East games with a sprained ankle.Freshman center Kevin Johnson played sparingly Sunday after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26. Sophomore guard Freddie Wilson left the team after nonconference play and reportedly plans to transfer to Drexel.Mobley is the latest player in the Pirates’ depleted frontcourt to go down. The prognosis is a dislocated shoulder, pending an MRI Monday. The injury will likely keep him out for the rest of the season, with a reported four-to-five-month recovery time.Junior center Eugene Teague said Sunday that he’s stunned by the injuries.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Teague said. “It’s like a curse.”Willard now faces the task of keeping the team afloat in the Big East with a weakened lineup. Adjusting to the lack of personnel has required some unexpected game planning.The Pirates typically press on defense, creating offense by forcing turnovers and fast breaks. Seton Hall hasn’t been able to sustain the taxing defensive strategy without depth. Players have had to take on unfamiliar roles, which Willard said could be detrimental to a team’s success.“The hardest thing about when you’re all banged up is that you ask guys who aren’t used to doing things to do new things,” Willard said. “And that’s usually when kids don’t play well, because they’re just not comfortable on the floor.”Willard said simplifying the game plan is his priority, since his players are playing outside of their comfort zones.“I think if anything we’ve just made it a lot simpler and simplified the game plan,” Willard said. “You know, we have two or three guys now that have to play three or four different positions.”Willard said the frequency of the injuries is something he hasn’t seen in his career. The depth of Seton Hall’s frontcourt, which Willard said was a strength at the beginning of the season, has dwindled week by week.The injuries are something his team has to learn to overlook, he said.“It’s been a little crazy, but that’s part of sports,” Willard said. “You’ve just got to deal with it, and I think we’ve dealt with it pretty well, considering the fact that we still have 15 conference games left and we’re still in pretty good shape for the rest of the season.” Commentslast_img read more

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More gold for Ireland in London

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Michael McKillop added to his medal collection last night by securing the T-37 1500-metres title at the Para-Athletics World Championship in London.It’s a double at the games for the Antrim man, having already won the T-38 800-metres.McKillop is now a nine-time World champion as well as a four time Paralympic gold medal winner.last_img

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Qatar Says ‘No Delays’ on World Cup 2022 Preparations

first_imgQatar’s 2022 World Cup preparations have been inconvenienced but not delayed by the political and economic boycott by its neighbours, the country’s most senior tournament organiser insisted on Sunday.Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said alternative suppliers outside those countries involved in the ongoing dispute have been found for tournament-related construction projects.“The impact has been minimal,” Thawadi told Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera English in an interview to be aired later on Sunday.“In terms of stadium progress or stadium construction and infrastructure requirements for the World Cup, progress is being made as well.”He added that the crisis has “caused an inconvenience”.Asked outright if projects had been delayed, Thawadi responded: “Projects are on schedule. No delays have occurred.”Qatar has been isolated since June 5 when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with the World Cup host – accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with Iran – triggering the biggest political crisis in the Gulf for several years.Doha denies the claims.Qatar initially gave priority to Gulf suppliers for the vast construction projects – the country is spending $500m a week on World Cup projects – accompanying the controversial tournament.Since the conflict began some have questioned whether the gas-rich emirate can subsequently meet deadlines to build or renovate the eight stadiums currently earmarked for 2022.But Doha has said it swiftly replaced Saudi and UAE companies with Chinese and Malaysian contractors, among others, since June 5.Since winning the 2022 bid seven years ago, Qatar has been dogged by controversy over allegations of corruption to secure the tournament and the abuse of workers building stadiums, claims which it denies.Also on Sunday, the Supreme Committee published plans for the design of its sixth tournament stadium, Al-Thumama, and the first to use a Qatari architect, Ibrahim Jaidah.The 40 000-seater Doha stadium will be based on a traditional gahfiya head-dress worn throughout the region and matches will be played there up to the quarterfinal stage in 2022.“We’ve always been very careful to combine the past with the future in our designs.” said Thawadi.“The gahfiya is a continuation of that theme.”Construction work will be carried by a Qatari and Turkish company. Turkey is one of Qatar’s strongest allies.Qatar is preparing eight stadiums for 2022, though this may eventually increase to nine.A final decision is expected by governing body Fifa this year.Originally, up to 12 venues were to be used for the tournament. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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How Super Eagles Celebrated World Cup Spot (Video)

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Super Eagles players were understandably in high spirits after they gave their all during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo to help Nigeria book a sixth World Cup final appearance.The players on getting to the dressing room celebrated the huge success in unison with team captain John Mikel Obi at the centre of the celebrations. The wonderful togetherness showed by the players was captured in a 36-sec video. “WhatsApp Video 2017-10-08 at 11.35.01 AM” 1. Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 0:36 Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who went off injured during the game and was promptly replaced by Mikel Agu, was the chief instigator as he started the chanting of the victory song ‘Ole! Ole!! Ole!!!’. He was also the catalyst as other players joined him in getting the aforementioned Mikel Obi wet.With a place in Russia now certain, all attention will now shift to preparations ahead of the tournament starting from next month’s dead rubber against Group B whipping boys Algeria.RelatedEFL: Why Middlesbrough Fans Love Mikel Obi So MuchFebruary 18, 2019In “England”Super Eagles Players Visit President Buhari (Photo)May 31, 2018In “National Team”Greatest Nigerian Player: “No Where In The World” Mikel Better Than Oliseh – Aiyegbeni (AUDIO)August 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Alpena High School to hold FAFSA night for families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — We’re still in February, but the end of school year is approaching. For high school seniors who need to fill out college paperwork, the district is holding a FAFSA  night to help students and parents through the process.Twelfth grade and 13th year early college families are encouraged to stop in. Staff from Alpena Public Schools and Alpena Community College will be in attendance to walk participants through the process. The district is requesting that students register for a FAFSA ID online ahead of the event.Families should bring with them previous year federal 1040 tax forms for parents & student if completed, W-2 statements for parents & students, and if applicable,  disability income statements and child support paid/received.There will be pizza provided, so there’s a little incentive for you to come out and complete your forms. The event is this upcoming Tuesday,     February 11 at Alpena High School.It will be in the B wing megatronics computer lab from 6 to 8 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, College, FAFSA, High School, meetingContinue ReadingPrevious State of Michigan offers resources about auto insurance laws ahead of July 1 changesNext Mayor Matt Waligora discusses progress regarding medical marijuana decisionslast_img read more

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What channel is Saints vs. Vikings on today? Time, TV schedule for NFL wild-card playoff game

first_imgNew Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will make his 16th career postseason start Sunday. He currently ranks in the top five in both postseason completion percentage and passer rating (min. 150 attempts) in league history.SAINTS vs. VIKINGS PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsAdditionally, Brees has 4,759 career postseason passing yards. With at least 241 more against the Vikings, he would become the sixth player in NFL history with at least 5,000 career postseason passing yards, joining Tom Brady (11,179), Peyton Manning (7,339), Brett Favre (5,855) Joe Montana (5,772) and Ben Roethlisberger (5,256).Brees’ QB counterpart in Sunday’s wild-card game is playing in the biggest game of his life. If Kirk Cousins can lead Minnesota to an upset win in New Orleans, it would change the future of both his career and the franchise. Former Vikings general manager and current Sporting News contributor Jeff Diamond recently broke down what’s at stake for Cousins against the Saints.Below is all the info you need to watch Saints vs. Vikings on Sunday, including the TV channel and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for Saints vs. VikingsWhat channel is Saints vs. Vikings on today?TV channel (national): FoxTV channel (New Orleans): WVUETV channel (Minneapolis): KMSPLive stream: Yahoo! | Fox Sports GoSunday’s Saints vs. Vikings game on Fox will be called by the network’s No. 1 crew. That means Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be on the call. Erin Andrews and Chris Meyers will report from the sidelines, and Fox NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira will explain officiating rulings.For those who can’t watch Saints vs. Vikings on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Minnesota call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the New Orleans call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)Saints vs. Vikings: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Jan. 5Start time: 1:05 p.m. ETThe 1:05 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game in New Orleans is a kickoff time unique to this round of the playoffs. It’s the only early afternoon kickoff of the postseason. After half of the NFC divisional playoff bracket is set with the result of the Saints-Vikings game, the other half will be decided by Seahawks at Eagles in the late afternoon window.MORE: Playoff predictions through Super Bowl 54NFL playoff schedule: Wild-card roundBelow is the full NFL wild-card playoff schedule for 2020, complete with TV channels and live stream links.Saturday, Jan. 4MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamBills at Texans4:35 p.m. ETESPNESPN appTexans at Patriots8:15 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Sunday, Jan. 5MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamVikings at Saints1:05 p.m. ETFoxYahoo!Seahawks at Eagles4:40 p.m. ETNBCYahoo! The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with four networks presenting four games over the span of two days in the wild-card round. Today’s Saints vs. Vikings game in New Orleans, scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. ET, will be shown on Fox.As the home team and the No. 3 seed in the NFL playoff bracket for the NFC, the Saints are solid favorites (eight points) over the No. 6-seeded Vikings.last_img read more

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Rob Manfred optimistic MLB will be ‘gearing back up’ in May

first_imgMLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that baseball, which is dark because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will be back “whenever it’s safe to play.” He gave clues as to when he’d like for that to happen.Manfred also offered hints about a reworked 2020 schedule while speaking from Florida with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on “SportsCenter.” He was understandably short on specifics, but he offered enough for others to tease out three key points:  MORE: 15 things we miss most about baseball, rankedThis year’s schedule might get wild.”(W)e’ve had some really positive conversations with our players association about relaxing some of the rules that govern our schedule. They’re very focused on returning to play and playing as many games as possible. And when you have that kind of positive dialogue, it creates an opportunity to do things that are a little different,” Manfred said.That tracks with recent reports that players are on board with playing doubleheaders to make up postponed games and get as close as possible to 162. Manfred did not reject a suggestion by Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins that MLB doubleheaders this year be two seven-inning games, which is how they’re normally played in the minor leagues. The season might begin in late spring.”My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May we’ll be gearing back up. We’ll have to make a determination, depending on what the precise date is, as to how much of a preparation period we need,” Manfred said on the night before the season was to begin.A four-week second spring training in May would mean a June opening, which is what ESPN reported earlier Wednesday was being discussed among team owners and the MLB Players Association. Teams won’t play 162 games. “The goal would be to get as many regular-season games as possible and think creatively about how we can accomplish that goal,” he said.If play were to begin in June, then there would be close to 80 games remaining until the scheduled Sept. 27 end of the regular season. The talk about creative thinking adds credence to speculation that MLB will add days to the season and push the playoffs into November or December. Postseason games could then be played in warm-weather or domed neutral sites.last_img read more

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County Partnerships inspire 54,000 to Get into Golf

first_img England’s network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) are celebrating success after they inspired more than 54,000 people to have a go at golf in the last year. That’s up by an impressive 121 per cent on the previous 12 months and the newcomers are helping to generate additional income for golf clubs, driving ranges and coaches. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, commented: “This is a great success story for the County Golf Partnerships and a satisfying reward for all their hard work.” The partnerships are proving particularly successful at attracting people aged over 16. Almost two-thirds of the total were in this age group and their number (34,458) has increased by a massive 217 per cent on 2010/11. It’s hoped that many of the newcomers will stay in golf. Already, over 19,000 of the total have taken follow-on coaching and over 2,000 have joined golf clubs. The new memberships are equal to an investment of more than £1.44m in golf clubs, before any additional spending on coaching, green fees and refreshments. (Based on an average membership subscription of £688.) The CGP network supports grass roots golf at county level and is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf. These results were achieved in the third year of the current plan, which runs from 2009-2013. All CGPs offer activities, such as taster sessions and coaching programmes, to attract beginners and returners to the game, particularly those aged 16 and over. Each partnership has a development officer and they build strong relationships with local golf clubs, ranges and PGA professionals. A number of partnerships are starting to work with their local universities, colleges and businesses to create even more interest in golf. The EGP anticipates that the county partnerships will encourage even more people to try golf during the next 12 months when their activities will also be highlighted by the new Get into golf promotional campaign. Examples of activities offered by partnerships are detailed in the latest CGP Impact Report which can be downloaded at www.englandgolf.org/cgps 23 May 2012 County Partnerships inspire 54,000 to Get into Golf last_img read more

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