CBA harriers break record on way to 17th MOC crown

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Christian Brothers Academy’s George Kelly sprints to the finish line at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions held Nov. 19 at Holmdel Park. Kelly was second overall with a personal best 15:37 for the 5K, helping CBA extend its state record to 17 MOC crowns. The Colts also broke the team average course record. ERIC SUCAR staff The Christian Brothers Academy cross country team painted another masterpiece on Saturday.The Colts took down their Holmdel Park course record while extending their staterecord NJSIAA Meet of Champions titles to 17 on Saturday, Nov. 19.Led by George Kelly’s second-place time of 15:37, the Colts had a team average of 16:04.4, breaking the record set last year by the Colts, of 16:05.23.“They did well,” said head coach Tom Heath, the one constant in all 17 of CBA’s MOC titles. “We got the record.“We didn’t start too well, but they didn’t panic,” he added. The Colts put on their usual display of destroying the competition in the second half of the 5K race. Heath pointed out that the Colts gained more than 100 points on the field from the first mile to the finish.CBA’s team score of 45 points was well ahead of runner up Don Bosco with 111.Mike McClemens (15:59), Bill Bragg (16:06), Jack Boyle (16:14) and Conrad Lippert (16:25) were CBA’s scorers. In team scoring they were 6-9-11-18.Kelly became CBA’s second fastest runner at Holmdel Park as he and PascackValley’s Ben Malone (15:40) fought it out over the second half of the race for second place behind 2011 champion Tim Ball of Piscataway (15:31). “Iwas 25th at three-quarters, but I never settled in, I kept pushing,” said Kelly, who finished first in team scoring. “I caught up with Ben Malone and followed him all the way. We had a nice battle at the end.”In comparing this year’s CBA team to the equally great 2010 squad, Kelly said you only had to look at the Colts’ fifth runner.“What separates this team is that we are so much deeper,” he explained. “We have a stronger fifth guy.“Last year we had a first runner in Mazz [Mike Mazzaccaro], who brought the average down,” he added.Mazzaccaro, who is now running for Princeton University, also finished second in 2010, but his time was 15:20.The gap this year between the Colts’ first to fifth runners is much smaller. The Colts’ sixth and seventh runners, Aaron Libertore (16:31) and Scott Zapcic (16:38), are right there with the others. They would have been the third and fourth scorers on Don Bosco. That’s how deep and talented these Colts are.Last year at this time, Mike McClemens was a freshman watching this race. This time around, he was a main cog in the CBA machine as its No. 2 scorer and broke 16:00 for the first time.“I was so excited for this race,” he pointed out. “It feels so good [getting the course record]. I ran pretty well.”Mazzaccaro was in attendance Saturday and said he wasn’t surprised this group got the record that he spearheaded last year.“It was awesome to see guys you’ve run with the last three years get the record,” he said. “It was easy for me to see them getting the record.“I know how good they are from running with them,” he added. “They’ve been very good all year. They’re older and wiser.”Mazzaccaro said now that he is a CBA alumni he understands why so many of the former Colts come to the MOC and follow the team. It’s the tradition he and those before have established and are proud to be a part of.“For me, this [MOC championship] is very big,” he said.Of course, as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, the Colts have more on their plate.“It’s great to win this [MOC], but our goal is the nationals,” said Kelly.That goal begins this Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., with the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional. The top two teams automatically qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals the following Saturday, Dec. 3, in Portland, Ore., at Portland Meadows.The Colts won the Northeast title last year en route to a fifth place at the national championships.“We talked about the nationals all year,” said Heath. “It’s time to step up and do it.”Kelly, Bragg, Liberatore and Zapcic all ran in the NXN last year for the Colts.Holmdel’s boys finished 11th (256) in the MOC, led by Jack Baisely (16:42) and Travis Fodor (16:46), who were 28th and 35th in team scoring for the Group II state championsIt was a big day for the Shore Conference. In addition to CBA’s win, Rumson- Fair Haven’s girls won their first-ever MOC title over two-time defending champion Hillsborough, 126-142.Rachel Christ led the Bulldogs in ninth place overall (18:35).Holmdel’s Lennon Cooper (19:42) and St. John Vianney’s Courtney Thompson (19:50) both qualified individually via the wild card and finished 42nd and 56th overall.last_img read more

Rose takes Masters heartache on the chin after epic duel

first_imgJustin Rose was bloodied but unbowed after losing to Sergio Garcia in a dramatic playoff at the US Masters on Sunday.The Englishman and Spaniard went toe to toe in a thrilling duel at Augusta which ebbed and flowed until Rose drove into the trees at the first extra hole and Garcia drained a 10-foot birdie putt to win the title.Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, was proud of the way he coped with the pressure-cooker atmosphere, making five birdies and two bogeys in the cauldron of Augusta.“I felt pretty much in control of my game and the tournament for the most part all day,” Rose told reporters. “It is going to sting for sure but I really feel that this is a tournament that I can win.“Masters Sunday, it’s a special day. Being in the final group is an incredible experience. The crowd, there’s a lot of energy out there,” he added.“It came down to the back nine on Sunday here, which is what this tournament is famous for. It must have been fun to watch.”Rose put together rock-solid rounds of 71, 72, 67 and 69 to finish level with Garcia on nine under par and the Englishman was delighted for his opponent to land his first major title at the 74th attempt.“Sergio and I have played a lot of golf together since we were 14 years old,” said Rose, 36, who has been a team mate with Garcia on four European Ryder Cup teams.“We have a great friendship and a good rivalry. It is good for him to have the monkey off his back and I am very pleased for him.”Rose has come a long way since springing to prominence as a 17-year-old amateur when he holed a shot from the rough at the final hole to finish tied fourth in the 1998 British Open.He turned professional but initially struggled, missing 21 consecutive cuts and losing his European Tour card in 2000.Rose regrouped quickly, however, and has established himself as one of the game’s leading players, now ranked 14th in the world.His victory in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion confirmed his place among golf’s elite players and he finished runner-up to Jordan Spieth in the 2015 Masters.He has played in four Ryder Cups, including the 2012 “Miracle at Medinah” when he beat five-times major champion Phil Mickelson in the singles to help Europe recover from 10-6 down to defeat the United States in one of sport’s great comebacks.The Olympic gold medal at last year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro was another significant landmark for Rose who believes he is at the peak of his powers.“When I won at Merion I looked at it as I’ve got 40 majors in my prime and how many can I pick off,” he said.“I still have 20 or so left that I feel really primed and ready for.”last_img read more

Ostapenko blasts past Cibulkova to reach semis

first_imgJelena Ostapenko became the first Latvian to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals after she subdued Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 on Tuesday.After more than a week of sizzling 30 degrees Celsius temperatures, the players struggled to find their range on a chilly and blustery Court One, where the ‘feels like’ temperature dipped to around the 14 degrees mark.Four of the first five games went against serve before 12th seed Ostapenko’s game finally caught fire in the 11th game when she broke Cibulkova to love with a blazing backhand down-the-line winner.Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 mph, gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand winner on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year’s tournament.She will meet German 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in Saturday’s final.last_img read more

Ten-try All Blacks smash Italy to wrap up European tour

first_imgNew Zealand smashed Italy 66-3 in Rome on Saturday, finishing their European tour with an 10-try romp and leaving coach Steve Hansen with plenty to consider as he looks to settle on a squad to defend their World Cup title next year.Hansen retained just four players from the starting team that lost to Ireland last week, and a few of his new picks took full advantage of the opportunity.Winger Jordie Barrett scored four tries and man-of-the-match Damian McKenzie, whose selection at fullback has been questioned by rugby pundits at home, scored three.Fly-half Beauden Barrett, seldom under the kind of pressure he felt last week in Dublin, also scored a try before being substituted in the second half. He opened up the Italians with sharp passing and some clever kicks, including one that picked out his high-flying brother Jordie to score in the corner.last_img read more

Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

Jamaica’s ISKA World Champs booth a big hit at US Open

first_img OPTIMISTIC ISKA President, Cory Schafer, who believes Jamaica could host up to 4,000 visitors staying up to two weeks on the island for the event and holidays after, stopped at the colourful booth to express his optimism based on the good reviews from the 2014 World Cup in Montego Bay. “It’s not a theme-park experience like the US Open, which is held in Disney, making it extremely attractive to children and parents alike. However, for martial arts tournaments, the majority of the competitors are children travelling with parents. In that regard, Montego Bay is a beautiful place to go to a tournament and spend the next week,” he said. Gavin Stewart, a member of the organising committee who also worked on the 2014 ITF World Cup, said pamphlets displaying Jamaican attractions were fast movers. “A lot of interest has been shown, especially from persons already registered and coming from the United States,” he explained. “They are really interested in activities post-tournament and grabbing brochures about tours to Kingston and the different attractions in the Montego Bay area,” Stewart pointed out. Stewart and his team were busy attending to interest being shown by South Africans and Australians, most of whom have already registered, booked flights and enquired about accommodation at the tournament’s partner hotel, the Holiday Inn. “There is Team Trinidad as well, plus England and Germany are in dialogue to finalise their participation. However, the Europeans, from the 2014 World Cup experience, tend to register late, so we are expecting major registrations at the end of July,” Stewart explained. Apart from winning 41 medals – 12 gold, nine silver and 20 bronze – at this year’s International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) United States Open World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, Florida, Jamaica was also a big hit off the mat, showcasing one of the most-visited promotional booths at the Coronado Resort. Decorated with the unmistakable green, gold and black of Jamaican flags, the booth promoting ISKA’s Amateur Members Association World Championships, set for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 13-15, drew more interest from spectators and competitors than that of a major retailer of martial arts equipment, set-up at the opposite end of the competition hall. Jason McKay, Jamaica’s ISKA representative and promoter of the event, said Jamaica’s booths never fail to pull crowds, pointing to the booth that was set up in Benidorm, Spain, at the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Championship in 2013 promoting the World Cup a year later in Jamaica. “It’s always huge, a perfect promotional vehicle for our tournament and to also promote Jamaica at the same time. It created exposure for the product and had a significant [appeal] to push the ITF World Cup, primarily participation from Europe,” he said.last_img read more

For holiday travelers, it’s getaway day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There aren’t many crowds there on Christmas,” the Canoga Park man said with a grin. “It’s pretty sparse.” At least 65.2 million Americans nationwide are revving up for getaways between Christmas Day and Jan. 1 – with about 53 million getting there by car. Although holiday travel hit an all-time record last year – jumping 1.6 percent from the previous year – there’s been little growth since then, said Marie Montgomery, Auto Club spokeswoman. About 0.2 percent more people are expected to travel this season than last – another record-setter – although just a slight increase, said Montgomery. That’s partly because consumers are feeling the pinch on their travel budgets as airfares have increased 16 percent from last year and gasoline prices hover at more than $3 a gallon. Nearly 5.6 million Southern California residents are packing up and heading out of town for the holidays – with most starting their travels today, according to an Automobile Club of Southern California survey. And despite gasoline prices 70 cents higher than a year ago, at least 80 percent of the region’s travelers will be strapping on their seat belts and driving to their celebrations, according to the survey. For Len Taylor, the holiday season means a fishing trip on the Owens River where the trout are plentiful. But it’s a 260-mile trip, so to avoid the madness of Los Angeles traffic the 61-year-old is hitting the road at 4 a.m. Christmas Eve and not looking back. “We’re seeing more people traveling than ever – it’s just not a huge amount of growth,” said Montgomery. Nationwide, 8.9million travelers will hit the skies to head for their holiday celebrations, with the heaviest air travel through Sunday and again Thursday-Dec. 30, according to travel Web site Expedia.com. About 840,000 passengers from Southern California will head to Hawaii, but if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you can see a dusting of snow at 3,000 feet above sea level in local mountains. Die-hard snow enthusiasts can head to 8,000 feet above sea level where 6 inches have piled onto hilltops, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist in the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. For this season’s travelers, local weather shouldn’t be a problem – unlike delays last month when heavy morning fog prevented some flights from leaving Burbank Airport around Thanksgiving. Rain that has sporadically showered the region should clear up by today, although winds out of the north could gust up to 40 mph, said Seto. In addition, chilly temperatures will hang over the San Fernando Valley today and Saturday with highs hovering in the 60-degree range and lows at night dropping to the 40s. Come Sunday, the sun will heat the area up again, with highs through Tuesday expected in a comfortable 70-degree range with nighttime lows around 40 degrees, Seto said. But while millions head out of town for the holidays, the mere thought of staying close to home brings a smile to Anna Khacheryan. The 38-year-old has only a few miles to drive to relatives’ nearby homes for festivities Dec. 31 – the day she and her family celebrate Christmas. “We cook and have a big family feast for the holidays,” said the Canoga Park woman. “We do our big travels during the summer.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com 818-713-3746 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

RUGBY STAR LARISSA HELPS RELAY FOR LIFE GET ‘APPY’!

first_imgLarissa Muldoon, centre, with Relay for Life’s Siobhan Diver and Laura Bennett.Donegal’s Relay for Life has gone all hi-tech in advance of this year’s event after releasing a special phone App.The app was officially launched by Larissa Muldoon, a member of the Irish Rugby team.You can see Larissa endorsing the app on the Relay for Life Donegal Facebook page and on Youtube. The Relay for Life Donegal App can be found at Windows, Android and Apple Stores. The App is free to download. The app is extremely user friendly with social media integration. Relay for Life Donegal Twitter and Facebook pages feed directly to the app.The app facilitates users to sign up a team, register as a Volunteer/Survivor, etc. Details of fundraisers being held can be viewed via the app; thus enabling anyone wishing to attend a Relay for Life Donegal fundraiser to view a schedule of events.Photos of any Relay for Life Donegal function/event or fundraiser can be uploaded directly to the app.The app is constantly updated by Laura Barrett, Marketing Support, Relay for Life Donegal. Donations can also be made through the app. When the Relay for Life Donegal event kicks off on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14, watch it live from the app! On the clip Larissa also asks the question “WHO WILL YOU RELAY FOR?” and informs anyone considering entering a team for Relay for Life Donegal 2014 to “contact Nicola Mc Bride on 086 8880399 or email relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com” RUGBY STAR LARISSA HELPS RELAY FOR LIFE GET ‘APPY’! was last modified: April 25th, 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:AppdonegalLarissa MuldoonRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Dummy booster rocket tests satellite launcher

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE A company vying to develop a new military satellite launch system dropped a 72,000-pound dummy booster rocket from a C-17 transport plane this week, moving the effort closer to a real launch. The dummy booster was dropped Wednesday over Edwards as part of AirLaunch LLC’s efforts to develop a launch vehicle called QuickReach rocket, intended to be able to put small surveillance and communication satellites into space more quickly and for significantly less money than conventional rockets. At just under 66 feet in length and weighing 36 tons, the dummy booster matches the characteristics of an operational rocket. The C-17A aircraft released the dummy at the operational launch altitude of 32,000 feet, the company said. The drop was third in a series of tests to verify the ability of the C-17 to safely deliver AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket to its operational launch altitude. Each test set a new C-17 record for the longest and heaviest single items dropped from the aircraft. “The team has now flown three drop tests, using three separate C-17 aircraft, demonstrating that any C-17 can be used for AirLaunch drops and ultimately for our QuickReach launches,” said Debra Facktor Lepore, president of AirLaunch LLC. “This test also leads to a new spacelift role for the C-17 the aircraft can deliver troops and humanitarian aid one day and launch a satellite the next.” The QuickReach rocket would be carried aloft by an airplane to its launch area, then dropped to fire its rocket motor and fly into space carrying a satellite. The Kirkland, Wash., company is looking to launch a live QuickReach rocket in 2008. AirLaunch wants to create a system capable of launching a 1,000-pound satellite into space within 24 hours of getting an order, and doing it for a cost under $5 million. Now it costs about $20 million to launch a satellite of that size and it can take months to prepare a launch. The test was part of a program that is exploring a new way of launching small satellites into space called the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle program, administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force. “Having a quick reaction launch system that can launch specialized small satellites will provide the warfighter with real-time data and communication during time-urgent situations,” said Steve Walker, DARPA program manager. “This test demonstrates that small companies can successfully work with government agencies to produce low cost, innovative solutions for the warfighter.” AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket would carry satellites equipped with communications, camera and sensor payloads that allow special-purpose support for military activities, hurricanes and forest fires, as well as enable time-urgent communications in remote areas, the company said. AirLaunch’s industry team includes three Mojave companies Scaled Composites, which provided a data acquisition system and truck-mounted model testing; Protoflight, which provided instrumentation, testing, and integration services; and Fiberset, which built the nose cone. The flight testing is being supported by the Air Force Flight Test at Edwards Air Force Base. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743last_img read more

Manchester United team news: Is this how the Red Devils will look against Stoke?

first_img 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 17. Daley Blind (left-back) 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre-back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order… 11 11 Stoke City v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 (BST) on Saturday 9 September.A perfect start to the season for the Red Devils has seen them win all three of their matches, scoring 10 goals, and conceding none. It’s pretty damn impressive.No more major incomings mean Jose Mourinho has a nicely settled squad and the group is also free of any new injuries.This means only long-term absentees, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are out of the game against the Potters.So who will Mourinho pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order…For more match stats, click here, or stream Stoke v Man United here. 11 4. Phil Jones (centre-back) 11 11 11 9. Romelu Lukaku (centre forward) 19. Marcus Rashford (left-wing) 11 25. Antonio Valencia (right-back) 11 8. Juan Mata (right-wing) 31. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (attacking midfield) last_img read more