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Gary Neville wants Valencia to vary their style based on opponent

first_img He said: “I was very happy on Saturday night. Obviously Barcelona are a fantastic opponent, one of the best teams in Europe. I think the players set themselves a standard, hard work, organaisation, spirit, endurance. Suarez scored and they didn’t drop their heads, they showed fight. I do want the Mestalla to be a horrible place for opposition to play.” Neville says he doesn’t want his side either to be one that counter-attacks or one that likes having the ball all the time, but a blend, depending on who they are facing and the scenario. Neville was delighted with the atmosphere the fans created against Barcelona and wants more in midweek. CET “There’s a fascination nowadays with style of play. Do you want to play possession or counter attack – can we play both?” he asked.  Sport ENcenter_img 08/12/2015 at 23:06 New Valencia manager Gary Neville says his side gave Barcelona a tough time at the weekend and looked forward to the Lyon clash on Wednesday. His side must beat the French outfit to stay in the Champions League, while hoping Gent don’t topple Group H leaders Zenit St Petersburg. “Against Barcelona we had a lot of counter attacks, maybe tomorrow night it’s different. I believe in possession, of course I do, but I also believe in counter attacks. To say you are this style or that, very dangerous.”last_img read more

Sport Shorts

first_imgThe Hazlet Wave U14 Premier soccer team tied the Ocean Flames 4-4 in their second encounter of the season May 5. The Flames came out quickly with a score, and the Wave countered with goals to keep the game close. The Wave came through with scores from Conrad Symber, Tommy Friscia, and two goals from Jimmy Pineda. The midfielders and forwards, Greg Godzwon, Scott Latham, and Sean Lennon, did an outstanding job of keeping the ball in the possession of the Wave’s offense. The defensive team of Tommy Devlin, Ritchie Gautier, Angel Martinez, Matt Richards, and Mike Sullivan showed their good defensive skills in a very physical game. The Wave also got several saves from Robby Hollywood in goal, ensuring the Wave a tie. Gene Lennon and Randy Richards coach Hazlet. The Hazlet United Soccer Association is having registration for the 2002/2003 season June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the soccer fields on Green Acres Drive, and June 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cullen Center in Veterans Memorial Park on Union Avenue. Birth certificates are required for first-time players and you need not be a Hazlet resident to play. Bring a check for registration fees plus a check for the work deposit. Call Fred Liquori for more information at (732) 739-6493. The Middletown Pride U12 boys’ premier travel soccer team will be holding tryouts June 4 from 8-10 p.m. at Lincroft Acres off Route 520. The Pride is looking for experienced travel players born between 8/1/90 and 7/31/91 who are committed to regular season games and tournaments. Contact John DeGenito at mrjohnad@att.net, or call (732) 663-1005 for more information. St. Mary’s Athletic Association, New Monmouth, will beholding sign-ups for its summer basketball program May 22 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Grammar School. The program will begin the week of June 23, and will run approximately seven weeks. It is open to all children entering grades 2-8 in the fall. Cost is $50 for one child, $90 for two, and is free for the third child. To request a registration form or for any questions, call (732) 671-7179. The Central Jersey Hawks girls’ 14-year old AAU basketball team beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 49-46 at Rutgers Prep to capture the New Jersey AAU championship. The Hawks went undefeated in the double-elimination tournament. The team consists of 10 girls — nine freshmen at area high schools, and one eighth-grader. The Hawks had a bye in the first round, then beat the Bergen Jazz 43-37. Katie Kalb of Holmdel was among the leading scorers with eight points. In the semifinals, the Hawks beat the New Jersey Rising Stars 63-32, behind 11 points and four steals from Middletown North’s Laura Depko, five points and six rebounds from Rumson-Fair Haven’s Ali Folker, four points from Colleen Thomas of Howell, and seven points and four rebounds from RBC’s Sara Grimsgaard. Southern Regional’s Katie Brown led all scorers with 14 points. In the finals of the winner’s bracket, the Hawks came from behind to beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 51-46 in overtime. The key to the game was containing the Lightning’s point guard, Shantel Brown of St. John Vianney. The Hawks’ defensive effort was led by Holmdel’s Jackie Klatsky, who also contributed five points, six assists and five rebounds, and Grimsgaard. The Hawks’ point guard, Carly Golden of Rumson-Fair Haven, controlled the offense and chipped in with six points and three steals. The offensive punch came from Depko, who scored 13 points, and Monroe’s Colleen Kilmurray, who scored 13 points in the paint. Kilmurray had nine points and nine rebounds. In the finals of the double elimination tourney, the Hawks again beat the Jersey Shore Lightning 49-46. This is the Hawks’ third state title in the last five years. The Hawks are led by veteran coach John Rivera, who had previously coached the CJ Hawks boys to four state title and two national titles. In preparation for their run to the state title, the Hawks played tournaments against national teams in Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va., and New York. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew edged the Point Pleasant Thunderbirds 5-4. The half-time score was 3-1 in Hazlet’s favor. First half goals were scored by Danny Della Pietro (2) and Dan Fortier. Goalie Brian Hedges held the Thunderbirds to one goal, making several saves. Forwards James Ricchione and halfbacks Nick Dulin, Dustin Hanos, Matt Rodriguez and Sean Wentz controlled the midfield, while fullbacks David Gonzalez, Corey Hahn and Kevin Hedges played hustling defense to stop several breakaway opportunities. In the second half, the Thunderbirds scored to make the score 3-2, but Wentz responded with a goal for Hazlet, before Della Pietro notched his third goal of the game to build the lead to 5-2. From there, Point Pleasant added two goals, but the Wrecking Crew held strong for the win. The Crew are coached by Bill Wentz. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew is having tryouts for the fall season at the beginning of June. The Crew is currently a U12 team that will be playing U13 in the fall. Player’s birth date must be after 7/31/89 to be eligible. Call Bill Wentz at (732) 888-1550.last_img read more

West Ham still pressing for Europe after win at West Brom

first_imgWest Ham set a new club points record in the Premier League with Mark Noble scoring twice in an easy victory at West Bromwich Albion that boosts their hopes of European football next season.Cheikhou Kouyate headed in Dimitri Payet’s cross after 34 minutes and skipper Noble doubled the visitors’ lead in first-half stoppage time from Kouyate’s pass.West Brom offered little in response and Noble added his side’s third late on with a volley as West Ham stretched their unbeaten run to 10 league games, moving above Manchester United on goal difference into fifth place with 59 points.The London club’s previous best points haul in the Premier League era was in 1998-99 when they came fifth with 57 points.A 93rd-minute penalty from Jermain Defoe secured a point for a Sunderland side desperately scrambling to avoid relegation on Saturday.The visitors had looked well beaten against Stoke City before a push on Defoe by Geoff Cameron gave the striker his chance from the spot, the striker duly converting for his 17th goal of the season.But Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace still pushed Sunderland into the bottom three, with three games to play.Mark Hughes’s side had conceded 14 goals in the four games before Saturday but went ahead through Marko Arnautovic after Peter Crouch had appeared to impede Younes Kaboul. Stoke City 1 Marko Arnautovic 50Sunderland 1 Jermain Defoe 90+4penHalftime: 0-0;Attendance: 27,667– – –Newcastle United 1 Andros Townsend 58Crystal Palace 0Missed penalty: Yohan Cabaye 70Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 52,107– – –West Bromwich Albion 0West Ham United 3 Cheikhou Kouyate 34, Mark Noble 45+2,79Halftime: 0-2;Attendance: 25,031– – –Everton 2 Tom Cleverley 7, Leighton Baines 64AFC Bournemouth 1 Marc Pugh 9Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 38,000– – –Watford 3 Almen Abdi 45+2, Troy Deeney 90,90+3Aston Villa 2 Ciaran Clark 28, Jordan Ayew 48Red Card: Aly Cissokho 73Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 20,653– – –Next Fixtures (GMT):Saturday, April 30Arsenal v Norwich City (1630)Sunday, May 1Swansea City v Liverpool (1100)Manchester United v Leicester City (1305)Southampton v Manchester City (1530)Monday, May 2Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (1900)last_img read more

Sights set on sweep

first_imgThe San Beda Red Lions have been on a winning run and the Mapua Cardinals, armed with newfound confidence, hope to put an end to that.That’s why the defending champion Lions don’t plan to give an inch to the streaking Cardinals giving up an inch as they shoot for a first-round sweep on Friday at the resumption of the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “We cannot take them lightly. They are really playing better now as a team,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez of the 2 p.m. match at Cuneta Astrodome.After dropping their first five games, the Cardinals have rolled out a three-game winning streak, a quick turnaround credited largely to coach Randy Alcantara.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Mapua’s core is built around former Mapua Red Robins who captured the past two NCAA junior titles. Alcantara was the architect of those twin championships over the San Beda Red Cubs and has brought his winning formula to the seniors program.Alcantara has drawn key performances from his former high school players Warren Bonifacio, Noah Lugo, Laurenz Victoria and Paolo Hernandez, last year’s junior Finals MVP. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago Citycenter_img MOST READ Can our boxers qualify and win Olympic gold? No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption “It’s been a challenging season for the team and we are slowly getting used to the style of play in the seniors [level],” Alcantara said.Man for man, however, the unbeaten Red Lions still own the edge with veterans Donald Tankoua, Clint Doliguez and Calvin Oftana seamlessly teaming up with highly efficient guards James Kwekuteye and Evan Nelle in their past eight games.In the other game, the College of St. Benilde is looking to wrap up its first-round campaign with a victory at the expense of the Letran Knights (5-3).The Blazers lost twice in eight games and another win will allow them to put a lock on solo second entering the second half of the tournament.San Sebastian (5-3) is likewise seeking a winning record as the Stags tangle with Arellano (2-6) at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first sonlast_img read more

1 arrested for former model’s murder

first_imgA man has been arrested in connection with the murder of former model, 25-year-old Simone Hackett whose body was discovered in a trench at Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, two days after she disappeared.Dead: Simone HackettThis was confirmed by C Division (East Coast Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman during a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday evening. He also noted that a post-mortem examination that was scheduled to be performed on Wednesday was not done.However, a relative of the dead woman explained that indeed one man was arrested and is being questioned for her cousin’s murder.The person, she added, is not the father of the woman’s child. A Police source has confirmed that ranks at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) have been briefed on the matter and are on the lookout for the man who works as a miner in the area.It was reported that upon discovery of the woman’s body, her throat was slashed and at least three stab wounds were seen on her back. She reportedly left home on Saturday evening at about 20:30h to uplift a package that was reportedly sent by the father of her child from Mahdia, but never returned home.She was to be the maid-of-honour at her sister’s wedding on Saturday last and she also missed her son’s birthday on Sunday. Relative from the initial stage thought that something was amiss after they telephoned the woman and heard sounds in the background but when they tried to contact her later in the night, the phone went to voicemail.Relatives are also of the opinion that the father of her son had a hand in her murder. The man would made threats towards the woman after she threatened to take him to court for child support. As such, her relatives are calling on the Police to arrest him but from reports received, he might have gone into hiding.The woman’s body was discovered in a trench among vegetation by two school boys who were on their way to school.last_img read more

Man gets 3 years for ganja possession

first_imgA 40-year-old man who, since November last, has been on trial after Police found him at his home packaging cannabis, was on Tuesday jailed for three years by Magistrate Leron Daly.Louis Byas, of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, originally pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that in November, he was found to be in possession of 105 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.He first appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman, where the charge was charge read to him. However, the matter was transferred to Magistrate Daly’s Courtroom where trial commenced.Magistrate Daly, in handing down the verdict, told the defendant that the evidence provided by the Prosecution was sufficient and she found him guilty as charged.The defendant was also fined $157,500, which is the street value of the drugs.On the day of his arrest, Byas was found by officers cutting up the narcotics and placing it in Ziploc bags.As such, a search was conducted on his home, where more of the drugs were unearthed. Police were also told that the defendant smoked the drug as a hobby. He was taken into Police custody where he was later arrested and charged.last_img read more

Woods one-over in return as Spieth surges to Masters lead

first_imgFrom the practice range to the 18th green, Augusta fans made him more than welcome, although his one-over par 73 gave them few real opportunities to cheer.“It has been awesome this entire comeback,” said Woods, 42. “I got a standing ovation on the range. Coming up to the first tee, the people come out of the clubhouse and the putting green. They’re really into it.”The 14-time major winner grabbed his first birdie with a delicate downhill putt at the third.He followed, however, with back-to-back bogeys.There was more trouble lurking around Amen Corner, where Woods was right off the tee at 11 and his shot from the trees hit a fan and dropped into the rough.“It was a great shot there,” said Woods, who ended up with a bogey. “Unfortunately people ran out and it clipped them. Otherwise it’s just short right of the green, an easy up and down from there.”Tiger Woods plays his third shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Andrew RedingtonA dip in Rae’s Creek at 12 cost him a shot, although he limited the damage with an impressive 18-foot bogey putt.He pulled strokes back at 14 and 16 and produced two crisp tee shots at 17 and 18 as he capped his round with a pair of solid pars.“Seventy-three is fine,” Woods said. “I could have easily let it slip away. And I fought hard to get it back and I’m back in this championship.”That bullish assessment came before Spieth caught fire, stringing together five birdies on the back nine as he seized a two-stroke lead over fellow Americans Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.The 24-year-old Texan, who has struggled to find consistency on the greens this season, was even through seven after two birdies and two bogeys.Spieth rolled in a 14-foot eagle at the eighth, and two-putted from 40-feet for a birdie at 13.He rolled in a nine-footer at 14, and his pitch at 15 left him a four-footer. Birdie putts from within 10 feet followed at 16 and 17 before a terrific bogey save at 18.“I felt like I putted well, but I didn’t putt amazingly well. I just hit some really solid iron shots on that back nine to go with just some solid, inside of 10, 12 feet, putting,” said Spieth, whose wire-to-wire Masters victory in 2015 was sandwiched between runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2016.Spieth, the reigning British Open champion, added that for him the highlights of his round were the eagle and bogey saves at seven and 18.In the trees off the 18th tee, he could only punch out to the fairway. But his fourth shot left him a tap-in.“The way that I hit it is the way that I pictured it,” he said of the chip. “Sometimes that happens, and most of the time it doesn’t.”– Excruciating ankle pain –The course for the 2018 Masters Golf tournament © AFP / Gal ROMAFinau didn’t even know if he’d make it to the first tee after suffering a “pretty excruciating” ankle injury celebrating a hole-in-one in the par-three contest on Wednesday.But once doctors told him he could do no further damage, he was determined to play and was rewarded with a debut Masters round that included six birdies and two bogeys.Kuchar had five birdies on the back nine to join him on 68.Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who can complete a career Grand Slam with a first Masters victory, headed a group of seven players on three-under 69.He was joined by Masters newcomer Li Haotong of China, former British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello, Canadian Adam Hadwin and Americans Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia © Getty/AFP / Andrew RedingtonLi, the first Chinese man to crack the top 50 in the world rankings, moved to four-under with an impressive run of three birdies over Augusta’s Amen Corner trio of holes — 11, 12 and 13 — but dropped a shot at 18.– Garcia nightmare –Spain’s Sergio Garcia endured a nightmare start in his bid to join Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to successfully defend the Masters crown.Garcia matched the most strokes needed on any hole in Masters history with his 13 at the par-five 15th — where he hit five consecutive balls in the water.Garcia signed for a nine-over par 81, tied for next to last place with amateur Matt Parziale.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jordan Spieth of the United States lines up a putt on the 13th hole during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Patrick SmithAUGUSTA, United States, Apr 5 – Tiger Woods felt the love, but it was Jordan Spieth who heard the roars as he surged to a two-stroke lead in the Masters Thursday with a scintillating six-under par 66.Woods was back at Augusta National for the first time in three years, finally ready to challenge for a fifth green jacket after spinal fusion surgery last year.last_img read more

Sevilla offer striker new deal to ward off Premier League interest

first_imgSevilla are ready to hand Carlos Bacca a hefty pay rise after resisting summer interest from Arsenal and Everton.The Colombian striker was strongly linked with both Premier League clubs, who worked hard to bolster their frontlines during the window.It seemed Arsenal came closest to landing him late on in the summer but they eventually moved for Danny Welbeck instead.And, to avoid further speculation when the window opens in January, Sevilla want to reward Bacca with improved terms.The 28-year-old frontman, rated at around £12.5m, has scored 18 La Liga goals in 41 appearances since arriving from Club Brugge last year.And, according to reports in Spain, he will put pen to paper on a contract with a much higher salary, although strangely, it will not increase the length of the deal, which expires in 2018.Nor will his £23.5m minimum fee release clause change when he pens the new contract. 1 Carlos Bacca last_img read more

LYIT MASTERS IN MARKETING IS CRACKING THE ‘EXPERIENCE’ NUT!

first_imgMichael Margey, Head of School of Business LYIT with Shane Magee, Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood and Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism. Photo Clive Wasson.It’s the old chestnut that has weighed down graduates over the years.You can’t get experience without a job and you can’t get a job without experience.But now the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is proving it may have just the solution. The LYIT’s postgraduate programmes in business have a strong track record for graduate employment and all include a mentored work placement.That means, the student not only gets to experience a real work environment but they can also bring genuine business expertise to the employer. It’s proven to be a real asset when it comes to offering employers that all-important experience.Furthermore the most recent LYIT Graduate Survey (2013) shows that having a postgraduate qualification gives a significant boost to securing employment, nearly double the level for undergraduate, where 79% of students on business postgraduate programmes secured employment.Michael Margey Head of School of Business explains, “It’s the old chestnut. Employers want a proven track record and graduates need to gain experience. When our graduates go out in the field and demonstrate the value they can bring to an organization, it’s a valuable exchange for both student and employer. In many cases there’s a connection between the companies that postgrads are placed with and students gaining employment. There’s no doubt that overall, the work placement is a huge boost to helping postgrads secure jobs.” He continues, “The MSc in Marketing Practice at the Business School is a 1 year full-time and 2 years part-time course which aims to grow complementary marketing competencies, alongside the graduate’s primary business skills. The curriculum reflects the skills’ deficits identified in the labour market and aims to equip graduates with essential tools to secure employment.” The most recent Forfas Future Skills Report (2014) points to the fact, marketing related skills are very much in demand for organizations to grow and win business, and are currently in short supply. Marketing plays a key role in driving trade and export performance, managing data and social media campaigns, and in driving the competitive consumer goods sector.Shane Magee is Operations Manager at Errigal Seafood, a successful Donegal company located in Carrick which exports shellfish to mainland Europe and as far away as South Korea and Japan. He studied the MSc in Marketing at LYIT and did work placement with Errigal.“The work experience you get on the course, money can’t buy.” He says, “You get the opportunity to put theory into practice and really understand how a company operates and understand the many challenges faced by companies operating in today’s challenging environment. So the result is, employers get a chance to see the value of marketing first hand and how it can benefit their company directly. It’s all about delivering results and showing what you can offer to the company, to make a job for yourself.”In addition he continues, “It’s a great advantage studying the postgrad in Marketing at LYIT since you build up a strong network of people including lecturers, who are a valuable resource, long after you’re finished. Marketing makes you understand the product and who buys it. The marketing audit you conduct whilst on placement covers many aspects of the company and gives you a grasp of its products, markets and customers. I have no doubt the work placement helped me secure the job with Errigal after my studies.”Shane says he feels he benefited much more by being placed with a local company. “Errigal Seafood celebrates 52 years in business this year, employing local people and sourcing a local product which has continuously adapted to supply new markets. That sort of longevity doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a very knowledgeable and committed team here, I am fortunate to have been able learn from them.”Sarah Meehan who works with Donegal Tourism delivering marketing, says the MSc helped to build her confidence. Sarah also mentors and trains micro-businesses in the North West and NI.“It’s a great investment of your time,” she says, “the MSc in Marketing at LYIT is a brilliant course, very practical, which suited me. You get a real glimpse of business issues and how to solve them. The work placement gives you a chance to apply what you’ve learned but also make yourself invaluable to the employer.”“I also believe the Masters has given me tremendous credibility. I can’t rate it highly enough and the lecturers are excellent and really tuned in. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in marketing and business in general.” LYIT has also recently launched a new ‘Pushing Boundaries’ scholarship scheme which aims to increase access to higher education and postgraduate studies. LYIT is offering up to 30 Masters scholarships if you have the talent, the drive and the initiative to complete your studies. The scholarships have been designed for those students who are in receipt of no other form of financial assistance to study from a grant awarding body. To find out more about the MSc in Marketing Practice and the ‘Pushing Boundraries’ Scholarship scheme, visit lyit.ie, email michael.margey@lyit.ie or contact Rory McMorrow, School of Business Administrator 074 9186211.LYIT MASTERS IN MARKETING IS CRACKING THE ‘EXPERIENCE’ NUT! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:donegalexperiencegraduatesLYITMarketinglast_img read more

Saugus player follows in footsteps

first_imgSAUGUS – While playing on the same youth football team, Kyle Monson repeatedly tried to hit and run over his brother. During practice, the younger and smaller Kyle kept losing the battle against his older brother, Justin Monson. “I remember watching him getting run over and getting up all mad, sometimes with tears in his eyes,” said Scott Monson, who coached his sons. “But he never gave up. He wanted to knock down his brother so bad he continued to try.” Kyle was about 8 when he first strapped on shoulder pads and helmet and went after his 10-year-old brother. A two-year age difference might be a disadvantage in Pop Warner football. But being considered an underdog because of size helped Kyle become aggressive and fueled his competitiveness. Monson is quick to credit his father, who is also the Centurions defensive coordinator, for his talent and understanding of the game. He pays tribute by wearing his dad’s old pink headband on game days until it’s time to suit up. His father also wore the same headband in high school. “There’s a lot of extra pressure having my dad as a coach because I know he expects me to know what I am doing,” Monson said. “He’s been coaching me for a long time and his teachings I have to show on the field.” Almost everything the 17-year-old does with his father is related to football. The Monsons’ videocassette player doesn’t get much of a break. After practice at Saugus, the pair continues to study opponents’ game film at home. In the off season, father and son go over defensive back fundamentals at local parks. Justin, the older brother and former Saugus defensive back also coached by his father, sometimes joins in. If the two brothers are not competing in football, they are challenging each other in snowboarding, hunting and pillow tossing. “Sometimes we sit at home and see how many times we can hit our younger brother (Peyton) while tossing pillows at him,” Monson said. “We’re always competitive.” But the defensive back’s competitiveness is not the only thing that impressed Saugus head coach Jason Bornn. “It’s almost like having another coach on the field with Kyle out there,” Bornn said. “He has a nice calmness and knows what he has to do. He puts himself and others in positions to make plays. He’s a smart kid.” Monson hopes to continue playing football in college, maybe at Oregon State where his father played defensive back in 1985 and 1986. But if football is not in the Saugus senior’s future, he is certain he wants to become a mechanical engineer, just like his father. Maybe even a rocket scientist. Scott Monson is a chief engineer for a company that manufactures and designs rocket engines. For now, Monson will focus on flying around on the football field, knocking down his opponent. ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He’s a little fireball,” his father said. “He’s not the biggest kid out there, but he’s a leader with a lot of emotion.” Now the Saugus High starting strong safety is one of the Foothill League’s top defensive backs. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior still does not back down from larger opponents. That’s because he’s also one of the team’s strongest players. He bench presses 275 pounds and can squat 385 pounds. “It doesn’t matter who I go against,” Monson said. “It doesn’t scare me to go against taller receivers. I can use my speed to beat the bigger guys.” The speedy safety can blanket receivers, has the quickness to break up a jump ball pass and is quick to fill in as a run stopper. He can also play wide receiver. Monson caught three passes for 32 yards during a 20-6 win against Antelope Valley in the Centurions’ season opener last Friday night. last_img read more