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Mater Dei and SJV football begin their seasons

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer Ron Raymond, Mater Dei High School’s new coach, is looking to get the football program back on its feet after consecutive 0-10 campaigns. Raymond believes he has a talented and athletic group of players, but with only 25 of them, depth is a challenge. The Seraphs opened the season on Friday against Point Pleasant Beach and lost, 35-0. Mater Dei returns to action this Friday in its home opener against Cardinal McCarrick High School, which dropped a 13-12 decision to Keansburg in its opener. “I really think our team can compete if we stay healthy,” said Raymond, who formerly coached at Cardinal McCarrick and led the Eagles to their only winning season. “But we have to also change the mind-set. And I don’t mean just the players. That includes the parents and everyone associated with our program. To turn things around, we need their support and commitment.” Due to its limited roster, most of Mater Dei’s players will be seeing plenty of action on both sides of the ball. Raymond expects to use both A.J. Knusten and sophomore Jesse Meyer, a transfer student from Old Bridge, at quarterback. Bart DiMattina and juniors Mike Eckert and Casey Malloy will be the slotbacks, with Matt Mandile and Mark Sudziarski at fullback. The Seraphs have a pair of sizable targets in wideouts Mick Ault (6-5, 225) and junior Parker Lampe (6-2, 160). Ault and Eckert will also see playing time at tight end. The line includes a trio of 6-footers: tackles Jim Ferber (6-1, 225) and Greg Charbek (6-2, 190) and junior guard Dwight Sheehan (6-2, 205). Kevin Quinn (5-7, 180), a junior, is at center, with sophomore Mike Miles (5-11, 190) at the other guard. Ryan Critti (5-10, 240) provides depth. Sudziarski will handle place-kicking and kickoffs, with Eckert doing the punting. Defensively, Raymond plans to use Ferber and Ault at the ends with Sheehan and Miles at tackle. Charbek and Critti will also man the line. DiMattina, Eckert, Mandile and Quinn are the linebackers, with Knusten, Lampe, Malloy and Sudziarski in the secondary. “A lot of our guys paid their dues over the last few seasons, so we have a lot of varsity experience,” said Raymond, who was the defensive coordinator at Middlesex High School last season. “They’ve taken their lumps, and they know the speed of the game and they know game situations. That will help them quite a bit.” The St. John Vianney High School football team will be looking to make its presence felt this fall in the Shore Conference National Division as it puts a veteran lineup on the field. Eight starters are back under new coach Skip Edwards, whose team will open the season Thursday night at Raritan. Edwards, the former Holmdel coach, returns to the Lancers, where he began his coaching career as an assistant in the late 1970s and early ’80s. “One of my main goals is to put pride back in the program,” he said. “To do that, our players need to function as a team and act as one. It will take everyone pushing in same direction to win again.” The Lancers last posted a winning season in 2006 when they were 6-4. Last year SJV went 3-7 after posting a 4-6 mark in 2007. Edwards is emphasizing defense, where he has several key returnees, including tackle Alec Alspach (6-2, 265) and end Chris Mason (6-0, 185) and junior middle linebacker Nick Dragonetti (6-0, 175). The secondary is experienced as well with cornerback Kevin Mercurio, free safety Ralph Joseph and strong safety Anthony Corona back. Joining Alspach and Mason on the line are ends Matt Brown (5-9, 235) and junior Ryan Gille (6-4, 254) along with sophomore tackle Colton Bigelow (5-11, 212). Juniors Adezji Badru (6-1, 265) and Nick Leonte (6-0, 245) will also see duty up front. Flanking Dragonetti are Gil Keough (6- 0, 205) and junior Sean Tobin (6-2, 180). Nick Falco (5-10, 170), a sophomore, provides depth at linebacker. In addition, Rob Donahue and junior Marco Recchio will play in the secondary. “So far they’re handling everything we’ve given them,” said Edwards. “They’re really flowing to the ball. That’s a huge plus, because defense wins games.” Certainly the Lancers’ big-play offense will have a hand in that as well. Corona and Falco give SJV a pair of speedy halfbacks who can break away. Strong-armed quarterback Joe Carlucci provides another threat, and he has veteran receivers in Mercurio and Joseph, who can catch the ball. Donahue and juniors Marco Recchio and Tommy Tropeano are additional threats. Falco and Joseph will also see time in the backfield, and Keough and Bigelow give the Lancers two good-size fullbacks. Junior Charlie Marchese (5-9, 205) is the center, with Badru and Dragonetti on his left at tackle and guard, respectively. Mason is the right guard and Leonte the right tackle. Brown will play throughout the line, depending on where he is needed, Edwards said. Gille, Alspach and Tobin will alternate at tight end. Edwards is expecting a strong kicking game thanks to the presence of junior Anthony DiPaula, who showed promise as a place-kicker last season. DiPaula will also handle kickoffs and punts. Edwards has previously been a head coach at four other schools: Holmdel, Dunellen, Lakewood and Hightstown. At Holmdel, his team shared the Shore Conference Class C title with Asbury Park in 1988 and went to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship game three years later. While at Hightstown, his teams won three Colonial Valley Conference crowns. He was also on the SJV staff when the Lancers won the Non-Public A South championship in 1980. “I’m really glad to be back,” said Edwards, who teaches at Holmdel High School. “There’s a lot of talented kids here, and the school is committed to the program.”last_img read more

Greek and Turkish Cypriot football officials to meet for talks

first_imgGreek and Turkish Cypriot officials will meet at FIFA next month to discuss the future of soccer on the divided island, the two sides said on Friday.The two sides issued simultaneous statements saying they had been invited by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to discuss and finalise a “provisional arrangement for football in Cyprus” which would be based on the FIFA and UEFA statutes.“It is expected that at the end of the deliberations the two delegations will sign a document outlining the steps for the progress of football in the whole of Cyprus, with the approval of FIFA and UEFA,” the statements said.“The arrangement will need to be ratified by the general assemblies of both the Cyprus FA and the Cyprus Turkish FA.”The meeting will take place on November 5. The statements gave no further details on what the agreement might contain.Turkish Cypriot teams withdrew from the CFA in 1955, following the beginning of the armed EOKA struggle for union with Greece.The last match to take place was between Larnaca side Pezoporikos and Cetinkaya in the semi-final of the Cyprus Cup.Cetinkaya, the most successful Turkish Cypriot side, had been crowned champions four years earlier in 1951.They won the cup three times.In 1955, the Turkish Cypriot association was formed, and the unified league disbanded as Cetinkaya left to join the inaugural league for Turkish Cypriots.The CFA and the Cypriot first division were founded in 1934 by eight clubs whose supporter base reflected the ethnic composition of the island.They played together for over 20 years and at the time selection of the national team was commonly arranged to ensure proportionate representation from the Greek, Turkish and small Armenian community.last_img read more

Halep, Bouchard offer glimpse of future in semis

first_imgBy Sam HoldenThe women’s semi-finals at Wimbledon later on today will provide a glimpse into the future of the women’s game and a nod to its recent past.Rising stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard will meet in one semi-final after they impressed in quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while Czech pair Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova complete the contrasting semi-final line-up.With only one grand slam title between the quartet, there might be some raised eyebrows on Centre Court, yet it is the presence of veterans Safarova and Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, that is perhaps most surprising.Romanian Halep and Canada’s Bouchard have been in sparkling form and are the only players to have reached at least the last eight of all three grand slams so far in 2014.They are also the only women from Romania and Canada to make it this far at Wimbledon.However, sixth-seeded Kvitova has not been in a grand slam semi-final since the 2012 French Open, and 23rd seed Safarova will be making her first ever grand slam semi-final appearance at the 37th attempt.Halep, the third seed, came back from losing the first three games of the match to trounce last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-0 and continue the great championship form that has seen her record career-best results in consecutive grand slams.Not to be outdone, 13th seed Bouchard overcame her ninth-seeded opponent Angelique Kerber – who shocked Centre Court with a victory over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday – 6-3 6-4.The 20-year-old’s victory meant she became the only woman on the tour to make the last four at all three grand slam events so far this year.“I am excited (but) she is a very good player so I am definitely ready for another tough match,” Bouchard told the BBC of her challenge against Halep, who is the highest seed left in the draw.“I am so pleased to reach the semi-finals again but I want to go one step further this time around.”While considered bright talents, not many would have predicted the rapid rise of both Halep and Bouchard this year.World No.6 Kvitova is trying to get back to the top of the game after winning Wimbledon as a 21-year-old.She beat another Czech opponent, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-1 7-5 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Safarova, 27, beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-1.Kvitova and Safarova met at Eastbourne, the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, last month, with Kvitova edging a three-setter.“It’s going to be my third match against a Czech girl during Wimbledon, which is unusual,” Kvitova said.“We played last time in Eastbourne. It was a big fight until the end. I’m expecting a tough battle again.”last_img read more

Jarin hopes ‘overwhelmed’ Bulldogs learn from mistakes after another heartbreak

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Nevertheless, Jarin doesn’t want to point fingers at anyone and instead, he wants his players to focus on the lessons learned and be better.“I don’t play the blame game, these are young men, and you teach them the right things,” said Jarin. “I’m sure he’s a smart kid, not only him but everybody, and I’m sure he understands what his mistakes are and it’ll make him better.” Jamike Jarin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Just when National University thought it was about to get its first win, University of Santo Tomas decided to bare its teeth and take the game in overtime, 87-74, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.NU guard Enzo Joson nailed a go-ahead layup, 70-68, with 6.5 seconds left but the Bulldogs celebrated too early, allowing UST’s Mark Nonoy to go the length of floor and find Soulemane Chabiyo for the tying basket with 2.1 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption It was Growling Tigers in the extra frame as they outscored the stunned Bulldogs, 17-4.“You just learn from your mistakes, we were just too overwhelmed with the situation,” said Jarin Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The loss sent the Bulldogs to a 0-3 record with all of their losses coming in heartbreaking fashion.NU opened the season with an 84-83 loss to Adamson University at the buzzer while the second was an 83-82 setback to De La Salle on another game winner. Their latest defeat saw the Bulldogs squander a five-point lead, 68-63, with 42.3 seconds to play after shooting themselves in the foot with careless miscues–a five-second inbound violation and an eight-second violation–both against Joson. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Better late than never: Rhenz Abando delivers in clutch for UST LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Military gay policy may be undone

first_imgWASHINGTON – California Rep. Ellen Tauscher said Wednesday that she’ll be leading a new congressional push to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law governing gays in the military – but acknowledged it’s an uphill battle. “The key is to keep building momentum, to keep building the case, and to give people the sense that it is a significant priority,” Tauscher, D-Alamo, told reporters on a conference call with officials from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Human Rights Campaign. Legislation to overturn the 1994 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law has been championed in the House by Rep. Marty Meehan of Massachusetts, but he’s resigning effective July 1 to become a university chancellor. Tauscher, a six-term incumbent and centrist member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she’ll take up the mantle and push for hearings on the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007 that would undo “don’t ask, don’t tell.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal target wants Premier League stay to break records, believes Cudicini

first_imgPetr Cech could be willing to make the switch between Chelsea and Arsenal because he wants to break the Premier League record for keeping the most clean sheets, Carlo Cudicini has told talkSPORT.The Czech Republic goalkeeper, 32, has been usurped at Stamford Bridge by Belgian sensation Thibaut Courtois this season and has only started four games as a consequence.And with Cech keen to beat David James’ achievement of racking up 170 clean sheets – he currently has 162 – his former team-mate Cudicini believes a move to the Gunners could suit all parties.“Now we are four months into the season the decision the manager [Jose Mourinho] has taken to play Thibaut Courtois has [continued] and he’s doing all right,” said the Italian, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“[Petr Cech] did a fantastic job for Chelsea for ten years and he didn’t put a foot wrong, now he finds himself on the bench and obviously he’s not happy.“Is he going to move? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure he would love to stay in England. I think he has a record to beat [for the most Premier League clean sheets].“There was speculation to Arsenal but I’m not sure. There are a lot of things to take into consideration.”last_img read more

Celebrating mankind’s champion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” The difference of opinion regarding the meaning of this verse is having a huge effect on the Republican primaries. (Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney radically disagree on what “God with us” means.) Orthodox Christians, going back to the first church councils, on the other hand, had uniform agreement on what this meant: The eternal son of God became a man. Some mistakenly think Christianity is a 2,000-year-old religion. Not so! The son of God did not become the son of God when he was born in Bethlehem. The son of God became flesh when he was born in Bethlehem. The son of God is eternal with no beginning and no end. One of the non-negotiable tenets of the Christian faith is this (what the eggheads call) hypostatic union – that in Jesus is united the fullness of man with the fullness of God. Why is this so critical? Why was it necessary that God would become flesh and dwell among us? Because mankind needed a champion and everyone came up short. We were all like the Israelites shaking and clattering in our armor while being taunted by Goliath. Our greatest enemy (I would argue that it is the devil and his death) shakes his fist at us and we’re helpless against it. We needed someone like David who, although he didn’t look that impressive, would march down the hill and cut off death’s head. Mankind needed a champion to negotiate peace. As a race we’ve offended the verities. We’ve sullied all that is good and honorable and truthful and beautiful. Mankind offends perfection. And since everything virtuous flows from the character and nature of God (without whom these attributes cannot even be defined), the human race has offended God. The Edict of Milan by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 313 A.D. made Christianity a “legal religion.” Constantine sought to Christianize the empire. (He was the first Christian emperor, and only one after him would not be a Christian.) One method of making Rome a Christian state was to transform pagan holidays into Christian holidays. Although it is difficult to directly attribute it to Constantine, the earliest reference to Christmas being on Dec. 25 was in 360 A.D. It is unlikely an accurate date. For some reason people are under the impression this lessens the credibility of the Christian faith. Do they also think that because we celebrate Washington’s birthday on the third Monday in February rather than on his actual birthday (Feb. 22), it detracts from the reality of his work and existence? That would be silly. Quite frankly the date is meaningless. Evangelical Christians only have one true holy day, Sunday (with all due respect to Seventh Day Adventists). But if the culture wants to celebrate the birth of Jesus, I’m all for it – I love Christmas. So just what is the meaning of Christmas? The Bible says: We need help. We need help because one of the virtues of God is justice. God does not pretend sin didn’t happen. The forgiveness of God is not a matter of ignoring evil. God is a just God. And being true to his own character, he must punish sin. And, according to the Scriptures, the punishment for sin is death. Mankind needed a champion, a mediator who would step between us and what we deserve. (In the Old Testament they called it a scapegoat.) The eternal son of God became a man so that he might die the death that we deserved. We needed someone to represent us. We’re humans, so we needed a human. (Jesus didn’t die for angels.) This is why the baby Jesus was born and laid in a feeding trough. But why is it so critical that the baby Jesus also be God? Though many evangelicals cling for dear life to the deity (godhood) of Christ, few can explain why it is central to their faith. The answer is because of the type of the death Jesus would die – what might be called the fullness of death. The Apostle’s Creed reflects this fullness of death by stating that Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and descended into hell. In short, the hell that men deserved, Jesus took. It adds a new dimension to the idea of his death. Why was it requisite that Jesus should be God? That he might keep the human nature from sinking under the infinite wrath of God in hell, and the power of death. Mankind needed a champion. He was provided in Christ, Immanuel – God with us. The Rev. Paul Viggiano is pastor of the Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Torrance (e-mail: PastorPaul@integrity.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Experienced Painters required by well-established company

first_imgJob Vacancies: McCosker & Sons Limited are seeking experienced painters for immediate start. Full time positions are available for suitable applicants. Successful applicants must have 4 years of work experience and hold a current safe pass. To apply:Email CV to gmcalone@mccoskerpaints.com or contact Grainne on 0719851228Job Vacancies: Experienced Painters required by well-established company was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:McCosker & Sons LimitedPainterslast_img read more

DONEGAL FARMERS CHARGED €500K IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT PENALTIES

first_imgFianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, has revealed that farmers in Co Donegal were forced to pay out nearly €500,000 in penalties under the Single Farm Payment scheme in 2013.Senator O’DomhnaillIn reply to questions from Fianna Fáil, the Department of Agriculture has said admitted that more than €5m was taken in penalties from farm payments last year.Farmers in Co Donegal were hit with among the highest level of penalties in the country, totalling an extortionate €499,118. Senator Ó Domhnaill said the hefty fines are causing real hardship to farmers across Co Donegal.“These fines are extremely harsh and totally unnecessary in most cases. Many of the penalties imposed are for innocent errors made because the process is overly complicated and bureaucratic,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“I know many smaller farmers across Donegal who are already struggling with cuts to supports and increased operating costs. On top of all of this, they are being hit with hefty fines for errors mainly caused by the unreasonable level of red tape they must go through to receive their Single Farm Payment.“It’s disgraceful that in Minister Coveney continues to allow Donegal farmers to pay the highest price when it comes to cuts and penalties. It’s further evidence of the Minister’s failure to stand up for the smaller farmers across the North West who are crippled by cuts to supports and unnecessary bills.” The Donegal Senator said many local farmers are becoming increasingly distressed about the high level of bureaucracy, penalties and inspections for extremely trivial issues.He added that many are choosing not to apply for supports because of the enormous amount of paperwork and procedures involved. Others are fearful of being hit with a penalty because of a minor mistake.“This penalty system is a blunt instrument that makes no consideration of innocent errors and why they occurred. I am appealing to Minister Coveney to immediately review the scale of these penalties with a view to cancelling them or reducing them dramatically.“I am also calling on the Minister to ensure that where innocent errors were made that were not the fault of the farmers themselves, the money taken from them be repaid in full,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. DONEGAL FARMERS CHARGED €500K IN SINGLE FARM PAYMENT PENALTIES was last modified: June 6th, 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:donegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLsingle farm paymentslast_img read more