Disappointing team finish can BY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff St. John Vianney senior Tricia Reingle put together another brilliant season for the Lancers, earning her second consecutive spot on the Associated Press’ All-State First Team. St. John Vianney girls softball coach Kim Lombardi really wishes her record for career pitching victories in the Shore Conference was broken this year. You see, Lombardi was a standout pitcher at Red Bank Catholic for four seasons from 1997-2000, during which she won 83 games, a Shore Conference record. Now fast forward to 2005 and Lombardi is the first-year head coach at St. John Vianney, where her No. 1 pitcher is senior Tricia Reingle, who came into her final season with 57 career victories. The Lancers won their first 18 games of the season and were 29-1 and ranked No. 1 in the state heading into the NJSIAA Parochial A state semifinals. Reingle, 26-1 at that point, had tied Lombardi’s conference record of 83 career wins and was primed to break the mark with one more victory. But Red Bank Catholic, Lombardi’s alma mater, pulled off one of the season’s most stunning upsets by beating St. John Vianney, 5-2, to advance to the Parochial A state championship game. Three days later, RBC beat Mount St. Dominick 3-0 to win the state crown. More importantly, though, they prevented Reingle from breaking Lombardi’s record and the Lancers from advancing to the state final where they could have won their second straight Parochial A title. Now you understand why Lombardi wishes Reingle had not only broken her record, but then added an 85th career win which would’ve given St. John Vianney a fourth state title in five years. “Records are meant to be broken,” Lombardi, who went on to pitch and play first base at Monmouth University, said. “So, yeah. Absolutely, I wish she had broken my record.” It actually took another Lombardi-coached team to protect the record. Red Bank Catholic was coached by Tracey Lombardi, Kim’s sister-in-law, who was also in her first year as a head coach. “We actually saw each other four times this season, and we won three out of four,” Kim noted. “Softball is softball, and family is family; so, we would always leave everything on the softball field.” But even the loss to RBC couldn’t dampen an otherwise outstanding season by the St. John Vianney, which finished 29-2 (the other loss came against Ocean Township in the Monmouth County tournament semifinals) and won its fourth straight Shore Conference championship. In fact, the Lancers defeated Red Bank Catholic 10-0 in the Shore tournament final. “They did a great job, just awesome,” Lombardi, who just graduated from college in January, said of her team. “The girls really worked together. They always remained calm and didn’t get nervous no matter what the situation. They just worked well together.” At the center of the Lancers’ success, of course, was Reingle, who was named all-state for the third straight year after finishing 26-2 with a 0.15 ERA, allowing only four earned runs and 49 hits in 184 2/3 innings. She also broke her own Shore Conference record for strikeouts with 384. This after going a perfect 30-0 with a 0.07 ERA as a junior while recording 364 strikeouts in 194 innings for the 33-0 Lancers. For her career, the right-handed Reingle, who’s headed for St. Peter’s College, was 83-5 with 1,131 strikeouts, the fourth most in state history. “She just went out there fearless every time,” Lombardi said. “She never complained. She just went out there and pitched, and won. She had a very effective change-up. It was one of the best pitches I’ve seen in my life, and I’ve been around the game for a long time. “It was just an awesome pitch,” she added. “You could tell people the change-up was coming, and they still couldn’t hit it.” But Reingle was only one reason for the Lancers’ success this season. Another was junior right fielder Amanda Rooney, who was also named first-team all-state and All-Shore after leading the team with a .411 batting average, collecting 46 hits and scoring 36 runs. “She was our leadoff batter and she did her job,” Lombardi said. “She just gave you 110 percent.” Another key junior was first baseman Katie Eder, who hit .402 and was named All-Shore and second-team all-state. “All year long, she came through with the big hit whenever we needed it,” Lombardi said. “She was very clutch. She had the big hit in the Shore Conference final against RBC with a three-run homer to make it 4-0. “Her and Amanda came up with big hits all year.” Not that it was unexpected of them. Eder hit .400 as a sophomore with 33 RBIs, while Rooney batted .346 a year ago. Lombardi also praised her senior catcher, Lauren Incorvia. “She came up with some pretty big hits, too,” the SJV coach said. “And she had a rocket for an arm, picking off people at first base. People couldn’t steal on her. She was just a great all-around catcher. “And my senior shortstop, Jamie Tupino, was one of the most underrated players in the state of New Jersey. She would steal hits from opponents with her fielding. She made plays where she would dive in the hole, get up and make the throw for the out. She’s the kind of player I would want behind me when I was pitching. “Plus she was a very fast base runner and would steal bases. She was a hardworking kid with a great attitude. She’s gonna do a great job at Cornell.” Tupino was one of several Lancers to graduate, along with Incorvia and the seemingly irreplaceable Reingle. But don’t shed too many tears for the St. John Vianney softball program. Plenty of talent returns, led by Rooney and Eder, one of four other pitchers on the roster besides Reingle. “Tricia was an outstanding pitcher,” Lombardi said, “but we have a few pitchers coming back next year who can get the job done. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG La Salle’s Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s the diminutive anchor of La Salle’s defense and she’s proven she can dance with the big girls.Dawn Macandili once won the Finals MVP of the PSL All-Filipino Conference. Although a rare occurrence, she has shown that defense does win championships.Now that the UAAP has resumed, Macandili has continued her impressive form.READ: La Salle trips pesky UST for second straight winMacandili is averaging five digs per set, the second-best in the league behind University of the East’s Kathleen Arado, and posting an efficiency rating of 41.67 percent in receives, the third-best mark in the league.Patricia Rasmo of University of Santo Tomas and Arado are ranked higher than Macandili in terms of receives but the La Salle libero take the nod here by virtue of the Lady Spikers’ 2-0 start.7. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, opposite hitter)UP’s Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDiana Carlos was part of the vaunted rookie class University of the Philippines paraded in Season 78, teaming up with eventual top freshman Isa Molde, Maristela Layug, Angeli Basarte, and Justine Dorog.Early in Season 79, Carlos has been unleashed and the sophomore has become the 2-0 Lady Maroons’ leading scorer averaging 14.5 points.READ: La Salle, UP grab share of UAAP lead READ: UP blanks UE, stays unbeaten in UAAP Volleyball Estrañero has eased into her new role quite easily and her numbers back that up as she averaged 27.5 excellent sets per match in helping UP to a 2-0 record.5. Bea De Leon (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Ateneo’s Bea de Leon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeing a middle blocker in the UAAP comes with the thought that you will always be compared to Jaja Santiago, but Ateneo’s Bea De Leon has managed to match up by virtue of her production and her intensity.Ateneo is now at 2-1 and that is thanks in large part to De Leon who has taken the mantle of being the Lady Eagles’ emotional leader.READ: Santiago, De Leon exchange praises after match De Leon went toe-to-toe with Santiago during their matchup and boy, was the Atenean junior one mean girl.Every time Santiago scored one for the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth set, De Leon was there to respond with a mean streak that can rival anybody’s.De Leon, for the past three games, has averaged 10.67 points, which is the sixth-best in the league, and 0.67 kill blocks per set.6. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero) WATCH: Get to know La Salle’s Kim Dy in 7 questions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The league’s seventh-best scorer is also it’s third best spiker.Carlos has a success rate of 37.29 percent and that clip is just behind NU’s Santiago and La Salle’s Baron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES READ: Dy, La Salle still adjusting to reach top formDy has transformed herself into La Salle’s talisman and for the past two games she’s averaged 13.5 points as the Lady Spikers tacked on a 2-0 start. That statistical average isn’t much, but Dy makes up for it with her winning attitude and the willingness to carry on the swagger La Salle’s stars have always put on their shoulders.3. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Jasmine Nabor has proven her worth as National University’s setter for the future when she won the Finals MVP in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference and it seems she has become the setter head coach Roger Gorayeb has been looking for.READ: NU pounces on Ateneo for 2nd straight winSantiago has finally reached her true potential as the deadliest collegiate volleyball player and it’s thanks to no small part to Nabor.NU’s duo led the Lady Bulldogs to a 3-0 start, the best in the league, and Nabor has averaged an unreal 42 excellent sets per game.4. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)UP’s Ayel Estranero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe wasn’t a setter initially but when University of the Philippines needed one, she happily took on the role and immediately became the engine that drives the Lady Maroons’ offense.From someone who usually gets up high to punch home some points, Estrañero is now the one setting up her teammates for scoring opportunities. MOST READ Her highest scoring output was against Ateneo when she scored 26 points en route to a four-set win.There really isn’t much to write about the greatness of Santiago, all one has to do is just watch—watch in awe.2. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a virtual toss up between Kim Kianna Dy and Mary Joy Baron but the former had to take this spot.Her quiet demeanor outside the court is replaced with a rampaging mean streak that is no stranger to the big stage. She won the Finals MVP honor when the Lady Spikers won the title from Ateneo in Season 78, and is expected to continue her fearless run this season.ADVERTISEMENT Here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 2, which includes the opening weekend.1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)NU’s Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s ever a player who rightfully deserves the no.1 spot, it has to be Jaja Santiago. It’s hard to think otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSantiago has been NU’s driving force as it opened up the season on a three-game unbeaten streak with the towering middle blocker averaging 21 points per match.READ: NU sweeps Adamson, improves to 3-0 in UAAP volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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So much has happened during this year and what better way to close off the year than with Uncensored. On December 29 and 30, the show will be pushing comedy beyond the boundaries. It is the only one of its kind in Guyana.It’s comedy in its purest form; there is no holding back. All the pertinent issues, all the hot topics, the comedians get an opportunity to express themselves while at the same time feeling comfortable doing so. Of course it’s an adult only show.Uncensored has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public. This annual show has earned a high place as the foremost event in stand-up comedy with overwhelming box office pull.The show is an attempt at removing certain limitations and allowing comedians the liberty of expressing themselves, and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else.The show will be staged at the National Cultural Centre and will see comedians competing for over $1 million in cash and prizes.The line-up of comedians includes defending champion Chris Gopaul, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Michael Ignatius, Kirwyn Mars, Mark Luke Edwards, Mark Kazim, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Kirt “Chubby” Williams, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Jermaine Grimmond, Malcolm “Wickedee” Ferreira and many more.Newcomers are Marlon Jacobs and Paul Burnette. The show is billed to start precisely at 20:00h. Tickets are $1000, $1500 and $2500 and are available at the National Cultural Centre.
Dear Editor,The City Council of Georgetown should consider a smarter alternative to collect more revenue, than by what is considered by many, as an ill-conceived, burdensome and expensive parking meter venture for a small return, even if all the meters are fully used. The negotiating brains in the City Council should have explored the best possible options for revenue generation, and after careful study, canvassed views of the consuming public, residents and businesses in the city. This should have been the decision of a duly constituted full Council meeting, although not the best options.Here is an option: the City Council should negotiate with Central Government for a subvention to cover the estimated net income from the parking meters. Government can institute a small increase in the price for each gallon of fuel, collected up front from the few distributors for this venture. This small increase in the price for fuel can be extended to the entire country as vehicles use and park in other cities and along public roadways. This can contribute to the subventions for other municipalities and Regional Councils. This is a more equitable solution. The parking meters should therefore be abandoned along with Smart City Solutions. The same negotiators of the Council should negotiate the scrapping of this venture.Abolish motor vehicle licencesIt is also proposed that the annual motor vehicle licences be abolished and that the accurate estimate of net revenue from motor vehicle licences be applied by a small increase on each gallon of fuel. This can be collected at source from the few distributors. The control and regulation concerning motor vehicles will reside in the registration and annual road fitness.The revenue generation under these proposals will be garnered easily without additional cost of personnel time, materials and administration, and considerable savings in productive time of all drivers and those purchasing these licences.Let good common sense prevail; bite the bullet, and take the right course of action in the interest of all.Sincerely,Samuel J Goolsarran
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs boost Knights’ strength of schedule. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The last time that Mira Costa came to Bishop Montgomery to play a girls volleyball match? “We don’t see these kinds of teams in league or in tournaments,” Bishop Montgomery coach Carrie Rey said. “We have to go out and invite them to our place. Keep coming to our house and we’ll keep playing the big guys.” Entertaining thoughts of an upset with a loud home crowd, Bishop Montgomery played Mira Costa to a 10-10 tie in the first game before the Mustangs eased in front. Falyn Fonoimoana served four consecutive points and Mira Costa began to pull away. It was similar to its season-opening victory against Marymount, in which Mira Costa started slow in the first game before overpoweing Marymount in the final two games. Fonoimoana had nine kills and four aces. Lane Carico had six kills and 15 digs. Stevi Robinson had 11 kills and five digs, and Kendall Bateman had 31 assists. For Bishop Montgomery, Kristina Cruz had 22 assists, Jen Edmond had eight kills and Sarah Prather had five kills and seven digs. “We get to play a higher level of a team so we can build on what we’ve learned,” Bishop Montgomery’s Teresa Puente said. “We practice to play fast. It was a rough game, but we played the best we could and it will help us in the future.” That was by design, Rey said. “We played a very good team that is going to be able to exploit any weakness that we have,” she said. “It was good for us to see where we have some weaknesses that we need to improve. This can help us learn that we can play with these teams, but we have to experience these teams.” If it’s experience you want, you can’t get much better than Mira Costa. “It’s good for everyone,” Mira Costa coach Lisa Zimmerman said. “(Bishop Montgomery) is always a good, scrappy defensive team. It’s so nice to stay in town and have a strong community with a lot of good volleyball.” Bateman said Mira Costa, the defending state and national champions, appreciated the raucous crowd and the Bishop Montgomery fight. “It’s competitive and we enjoy it, especially because of their loud crowd,” Bateman said. “It’s nice to get a loud crowd early in the year and get used to playing with it. We learn how to coexist and just play our game. email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1994 to be exact. So 13 years later, they met again Thursday night. The outcome wasn’t shocking. Mira Costa battled through the best Bishop Montgomery had to give it in the first game, before distancing itself with a 25-17, 25-12, 25-9 victory. For Mira Costa (4-0) it was a chance to continue to prepare for a strong tournament schedule that will take it to Las Vegas, San Diego and Santa Barbara next month. For Bishop Montgomery (7-4) it was a chance to see a combination of size, speed and skill that a normal opponent would not afford them.
‘Kissing a man without a beard is like eating your chips without salt and vinegar’.Mike Graham and Mike Parry take charge of The Warm Up and add their madness and mayhem to events. Here, Bobby Gould joins the Two Mikes, there is a moan about Tower Bridge and Everton’s start to the season is obviously discussed.
PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a middle-aged woman armed with two pistols in a pre-dawn confrontation Friday outside City Hall . When a half-dozen deputies summoned by maintenance workers’ 911 call ordered the woman to drop her weapons, she ran into a parking lot, then pointed the guns at the deputies, a sheriff’s official said. “They were shouting at her continuously as she was running through the place. Once she pointed the weapons at the deputies they were compelled to fire at that point,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Hartshorne said. The woman, who was not immediately identified but who was described as white and about 40, was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where deputies said she was listed in serious condition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The shooting occurred before 5:30 a.m., or more than 2 1/2 hours before city officers were due to open. Gunfire broke the window in Mayor Jim Ledford’s office. “Good thing I wasn’t there,” the mayor said. “We live in a society where frightening things do happen.” Detectives do not know the woman’s motivation, Hartshorne said. “None of the deputies indicated they’d seen her before,” he said. City spokeswoman Barbara LaFata said she did not know who the woman was and knew of no threats against the city government. The workers who reported the armed woman were not harmed, she said. “Everybody’s OK,” LaFata said. District attorney’s and Office of Independent Review officials will be reviewing the shooting. Deputies strung yellow crime-scene tape around much of civic center’s Poncitlan Square, and around parking lots that border it, because the woman had been moving around the area and authorities didn’t know where evidence might have been left. The City Hall administration building was closed to the public until 1 p.m. because of the crime scene in front of it. The adjoining city development services building and a Social Security Administration courtroom were open, but visitors had to park outside the city hall parking lot and sign in with a deputy manning a table at the parking lot driveway. The woman was shot in the parking lot immediately in front of the administration building. Five markers indicating empty shell casings were visible behind a parked patrol car nearby. Hartshorne said detectives didn’t know yet how many deputies had fired, or if the woman had fired at them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling for form Ronald Koeman feels he has retained the Everton board’s backing having met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Friday, though the Dutchman accepts his position is dependent on results.Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and others in the club’s hierarchy visited Finch Farm last week to assess recent building work at the Toffees’ training ground and while on site spoke with boss Koeman.The renovation of Everton’s own playing squad looked impressive during their summer spending spree but reality has so far not matched expectation, with two Premier League wins from eight leaving them near the relegation zone.Moshiri told talkSPORT earlier this month that Koeman had his “total support” and while he believes that is the case, the manager is mindful that those in his occupation have precarious lives.“We spoke about football,” Koeman said. “There was not really a message but the feeling is that they (Everton’s board) are behind the team, they are behind the manager.“Everybody knows in football that’s a nice thing but in football always, finally, it’s all about results. Until now it’s full, total support from the board, yes.”A manager’s short shelf life was highlighted by Craig Shakespeare at the weekend when the then-Leicester boss suggested those in his profession are only ever four games away from scrutiny.Everton face Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester, who have since axed Shakespeare, in their next quartet of games.Asked whether he was a quartet of results away from a crisis, a smiling Koeman responded: “Maybe I’m in the crisis?“But everybody knows in football the manager’s job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. Most of the time the manager doesn’t get time to improve the team. “It’s football, it’s hard to take for the managers but it’s part of the job.”The Toffees have had equally poor results in the Europa League and sit bottom of their group after two games, having picked up just a point in fixtures with Atalanta and Apollon Limassol.Lyon, who themselves have just two points, are the visitors to Goodison Park on Thursday and former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay will make his first return to England since being sold by Jose Mourinho in January.The 23-year-old’s destination then would have been Merseyside had Koeman got his wish.“Finally the club Everton didn’t get an agreement with Man United,” he said.“Depay chose to make the move to Lyon. He’s still a young player, one of the Dutch talents for the future for the national team.“He’s always dangerous because when he’s not really on his level, he has some individual qualities in free-kicks, shots from outside the box, he’s always a dangerous player that we need to control. “He didn’t play a lot for United. He’s still a young player, I like the player. We tried it but we didn’t reach an agreement for him.”James McCarthy (knee) could return on Sunday against Arsenal with Thursday’s match coming too soon, while full-back Jonjoe Kenny is a doubt to face Lyon. 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Defense attorneys and death penalty opponents were outraged Thursday over an execution in which the condemned man took more than half an hour to die, needed a rare second dose of lethal chemicals, and appeared to grimace in his final moments. “I am definitely appalled at what happened. I have no doubt he suffered unduly,” Angel Nieves Diaz’s attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffer, said after Diaz died by injection. Executions in Florida normally take about 15 minutes, with the inmate rendered unconscious and motionless within the first three to five minutes. But Diaz took 34 minutes to die and appeared to be moving for most of that time. Prison officials promised to investigate but insisted Diaz felt no pain and that it was not unexpected a second dose would be required, because liver disease had affected his ability to metabolize the drugs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, has been named an honorary professor in the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).“I am delighted to be associated in such a meaningful way with Wits, its students and faculty,” Mboweni said in a university statement yesterday.“As one of the leading institutions located in the heart of the financial markets in South Africa and on the continent, Wits has an important contribution to make through its academic endeavours in these relevant areas.”Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib said the university was privileged to welcome Mboweni to the institution.“His knowledge, expertise and political and economic savvy will add value to our teaching and research programmes and will be hugely beneficial to our staff, students and members of the Wits community. We look forward to many debates and robust interactions going forward,” he said.“Given our current economic circumstances and Africa’s role in the global economy, we require many more intellectuals of the calibre of Mr Mboweni to influence young minds and to develop our future leaders.”About MboweniMboweni was appointed to the board of the New Development Bank, the newly established Brics bank, as a non-executive director.He served as the minister of labour from 1994 to 1998, and as the governor of the Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2009. He was the eighth governor of the central bank and the first black South African to hold the post.According to Wits, Mboweni holds a Batchelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Lesotho and a Master of Arts degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.He also served as the chancellor of North-West University from 2002 to 2005 and has been awarded several honorary doctorates locally and abroad.At present, he serves as an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, and is the non-executive chairman of the boards of Nampak Limited, SacOil Holdings, Accelerate Property Fund and the African Centre for Economic Transformation.Source: News24Wire