Ellsworth, MDI, Sumner, qualify for state cheer championships

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BANGOR — January has been an excellent month for competition cheer teams throughout Hancock County. On the biggest stage, three of those teams kept their seasons going with some of their best performances yet.Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Sumner put exclamation points on a strong month at Saturday’s Northern Maine championships at the Cross Insurance Center by qualifying for the upcoming state meet. The teams finished in the top halves of their respective fields following a full day of action in Bangor.Members of the Ellsworth competition cheer hoist junior Kristen Omlor (middle) to the top of a pyramid during the Northern Maine championships Jan. 27 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Ellsworth has finished in the top-two spots at all four meets so far this season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY SALLY HUTCHINSIn the morning session, Ellsworth finished second of 15 teams in Class B North. The Eagles’ 81.4 points were second only to defending champion Hermon, which scored 85.5.Through four meets, Ellsworth has yet to finish below the top-two spots. The Eagles claimed second at the Maine Cheer Coaches Association Showcase and Penobscot Valley Conference championships Jan. 6 and Jan. 20, respectively, and took first place at the Jan. 12 Big East championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our theme this season has been about one word: work,” Ellsworth co-coach Kat Dickens said. “They’ve put in so much effort, and it’s been paying off for them every week.”Ellsworth has been one of Class B North’s best teams for years now, and this year’s team has been no different. Amidst a changing cheer scene that has included a new score sheet and various other developments, the Eagles have cemented their place among the state’s elite.“The girls feed off each other’s friendship and energy,” Dickens said. “They have a special bond on and off the mat, and that’s helped them be very successful.”MDI finished fourth at the competition with 65.9 points. That result was the achievement of a season-long goal for the Trojans, who have narrowly missed out on top-six finishes in recent years.“We hit on nearly all of our stunts, which is really something we’ve been doing well the entire year,” MDI head coach Missy Leland said. “There was one where we were a bit early, but we were still able to stick with it and have the finish to the routine we needed.”Old Town (third place), Gardiner (fifth) and Erskine Academy (sixth) joined Ellsworth, MDI and Hermon as state meet qualifiers in Class B. John Bapst, Foxcroft, Mount View, Caribou, Nokomis, Washington Academy, Winslow and Waterville rounded the rest of the field.The Mount Desert Island competition cheer team poses after completing its routine during the Northern Maine regional championships Jan. 27 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Trojans finished fourth to qualify for the Class B state championships. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY SALLY HUTCHINSSumner placed third in Class C North in the afternoon with 65.5 points to book its own trip to the state championships. That finish continued an outstanding year for a Sumner team that won the Downeast Athletic Conference championships Jan. 12 and took second in Class C at PVCs.Mattanawcook Academy (first place), Central (second), Houlton (fourth), Calais (fifth) and Orono (sixth) also qualified for the state meet in Class C. Seventh-place Bucksport finished just short of qualification, scoring 50.7 points to fall 2.4 short of the Red Riots.In Class D North, the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners qualified with 42.5 points. The team’s fifth-place finish sent it to states along with Penobscot Valley (first), Central Aroostook (second), Machias (third), Bangor Christian (fourth) and Woodland (sixth).The state championship meet will be held Feb. 10. Warm-ups will begin at 8:45 a.m., and competition for Class B and Class C teams will follow at 10. The Class D competition will begin at 2 p.m. following an intermission.“It’s going be a very competitive field this year across the state,” Dickens said. “A lot of teams have stepped it up, and everyone is out with something to prove.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Uganda names 23 for AFCON 2019

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Robert Odongkara (1)Joseph Benson Ochaya (2)Timothy Denis Awany (3)Murushid Jjuuko(4)Bevis Mugabi (5)Tadeo Lwanga (6)Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (7)Khalid Aucho (8)Patrick Henry Kaddu (9)William Kizito Luwagga (10)Derrick Nsibambi (11)Ronald Mukiibi (12)Allan Kateregga (13)Wakiro Nico Wadada (14)Godfrey Walusimbi (15)Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (16)Faruku Miya (17)Denis Onyango (18)Jamal Salim Magoola(19)Isaac Muleme (20)Allan Kyambadde (21)Lumala Abdu (22)Mike Azira (23) Okwi – PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cranes coach Seb Desabre has named the final official list of 23 players to travel for the the Total AFCON Finals in Egypt this month.There were no surprises, with all the key players led by Denis Onyango, included. Emmanuel Okwi finally makes the cut after missing out on AFCON Gabon 2017.Twelve players are making a return, after their debut at the 2017 Uganda Cranes Squad in Gabon.The players according to shirt line up are:last_img read more

Football mentor has hands full during virus lockdown

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Wayne Richardson (left) pictured with Manchester United’s Odion IghaloLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Fitness coach and mentor Wayne Richardson has had his hands full dealing with footballers’ mental health issues in a period of unprecedented uncertainty during the coronavirus lockdown.Richardson and his staff have spoken to about 150 players, from professionals all the way down to the grassroots during football’s hiatus.Players have reported a number of issues, from being unable to play PlayStation with their friends to a lack of training facilities at home, but there is a common thread.“Commonplace from grassroots, academy, scholar to first-team, players are finding it boring,” he told AFP by phone from his home in Manchester in northern England.“‘I cannot go to my girlfriend’s, I cannot drive here or there, go to the shop.’ We have to try and keep that in check and tell them it won’t last forever.”Richardson set up his company, Richardson Sport, with Emma Hughes in 2010. His team including fitness coaches, nutritionists, psychologists and sports mentors.Richardson, whose recent clients include Manchester United player Odion Ighalo, says uncertainty is rife among players, although some are now preparing for a return to action.“We work on some areas we don’t usually spend a lot of time on, listening to their worries,” he said.“Some don’t know if they will be asked to sign a new contract and we focus on ‘are there other options for you like another career, further education?’”– Mental health –The Professional Footballers’ Association released figures earlier this month from a survey carried out during the pandemic that showed more than a fifth of current and former players had reported being depressed or had considered self-harm.Richardson himself experienced a profoundly upsetting episode in 2006.He had spent hours talking to a footballer whose girlfriend had told him she was pregnant by somebody else. Richardson advised the player to take a paternity test.“I received a text message off one of the guys (friend of the footballer) ‘Wayne, he won’t be in tomorrow’,” said Richardson.“I will never forget this part — ‘x has been found hanged’. It just shows you don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.” Richardson said players also needed practical help.“They might have been offered new contracts and then got injured and the coach might have said unfortunately ‘we don’t know whether we can keep you on’,” he said.“That creates doubt for that player firstly in getting himself fit and what will happen next.”Richardson said one of the players he has talked to had plans to go to Scotland but the move hit trouble because two of the clubs who were interested had put their players on the government’s furlough scheme.Richardson, who previously worked in projects to tackle gang crime, grew up in the tough Manchester inner-city neighbourhood of Moss Side — plagued by high unemployment and drug problems.He overcame his family’s scepticism that he would have a career in football and has worked with a number of high-profile clubs including Manchester City and Leeds United.Richardson said having a career observing footballers up close had shown him that they have to deal with the same issues as everybody else“The amount of money they are being paid, everyone will always look at the negative side of football,” he said.“No matter what, they are all human beings, they still eat and go to the toilet and go through other daily routines we do.“However, in the public’s eyes they are in a privileged position.”Despite all the help he can offer, Richardson is aware of the stark reality that this can only go so far.Speaking about the players he helps, he said: “He will shake your hand or hug you when he leaves but you can’t control their life.“Sometimes it is overwhelming dealing with everything and you can’t save the whole world.”last_img read more

Concert to Help Rebuild Highlands Jan. 20 at Count Basie…

first_imgHIGHLANDS – The Hope for Highlands concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Count Basie Theatre on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.The concert is being presented by Brian Kirk and will feature the G Band, Pat Guadagno, Jukebox Criminals and Brian Kirk and the Jirks.Bob Small has donated the cost of the Count Basie Theatre so that 100 percent of all ticket sales are going toward Hope For Highlands. Small has organized a charity to provide residents with a direct, local channel for aid.“The needs of the High­lands community are immediate and will continue for quite some time,” Small said,“Like the rest of these small towns up and down my beloved Jersey Shore, the devastation to Highlands is no different,” Brian Kirk said. “My idea is to bring in musical acts that perform often in this town and give them a larger stage to present their talent while raising money for the place they love.”Highlands has been devastated with severe damages to more than 1,200 of its 1,500 downtown homes and almost all of its businesses. High­lands, the first stop on the Jersey Shore, is known for its spectacular restaurants, Sandy Hook, Historic Twin Lights and its fishing and clamming industry.The loss of these homes and businesses has had a ripple effect on the community beyond the norm because many of the residents worked and lived in the town. An economically challenged town before the storm, this community is now faced with not only the loss of their homes but many have also lost their jobs.The money raised will be administered by Hope for Highlands, set up through the non-profit Highlands Busi­ness Partnership under the direction of Mayor Frank Nolan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kane, the organization’s liaison.The effort was designed to have donations go directly to the people and businesses in Highlands that need it most, said Rick Korn, the Hope for Highlands committee chair.Highlands residents are eager to return home and Hope for Highlands has already begun providing goods and services needed to expedite the process.Reimbursement checks will soon be distributed for qualified applicants who produce paid receipts and plan to return home. Business merchants and restaurants are working diligently to reopen and get the residents back to work.There are presently nine of the severely damaged businesses that have been able to reopen, but there is many more to go.Tickets are $35. All concert proceeds will directly benefit Highlands residents and businesses.Additional information is available by visiting www. highlandsnj.com or calling 732-291-4713.last_img read more

Christmas comes early for Maida; big Murdoch weekend for Leafs

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson DailyLeaf coach Frank Maida woke up this week realizing Christmas had arrived early.The Nelson skipper found out via the junior hockey grapevine that former Leaf netminder Marcus Beasley was on the market once again having been released from the Prince George Spruce Kings of the B.C. Hockey League.Nelson held the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League rights to Beasley after he was release from Prince George.Already satisfied with the goaltending duo of Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe, Maida did the next best things — traded the junior B rights of Beasley for cash or future considerations to the Kamloops Storm.“We were really quite happy with our goalie situation,” Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve of a heavy-dose of Murdoch Division competition.“It’s late in the season and we wanted to find Marcus a place to play. We made a call and Kamloops needed a goalie.”The deal is for cash or a player, should the Leafs want anyone the Storm is interested in moving to the Heritage City.“We’re always looking for another player heading down the stretch and into the playoffs,” Maida said.Maida may be more eager to deal should the Leafs falter this weekend.Nelson hosts league-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first of a home-and-home weekend series Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sandwiched in between the two Hawk games — game two is Sunday at 1 p.m. in Fruitvale — is a tilt Saturday in Castlegar against the Rebels.“I don’t feel this is a make a break weekend, but it is a big weekend to position ourselves where I feel we belong at the top of the division with Beaver Valley and Castlegar,” Maida explained.After suffering through the past six weeks of the season plagued by injuries, the Leafs have only two players on the self heading into the weekend — defencemen Tyler Parfeniuk and Blake Arcuri.Maida said Parfeniuk, the Leaf captain, would be held out of the lineup until the New Year’s Eve game against Spokane Braves.The word on Arcuri is less than promising as the Nelson native continues to rehab a hand injury.Nelson enters the three-game set trailing Beaver Valley by 10 points and Castlegar by five. The Hawks have played on less game than the Leaf while Nelson has a game in hand on the Rebels.The Leafs hold the lead in the season series against the Rebels 2-1 but trail the Hawks 3-1.Two of the games Nelson lost to Beaver Valley the Leafs held a lead only to see the Hawks charge back and take the [email protected]last_img read more

Video: South African design showcase

first_imgThe sixth annual Design Indaba Expo took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 February to 1 March 2009, showcasing the best in South African advertising, architecture, craft, decor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, furniture, industrial and product design – all under one roof. Click arrow to play video.last_img

10 days agoAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football man

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football manby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Milan lost four of their first seven Serie A games before the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.“For us, it was a particularly difficult start to the season. The second part will be more positive for Milan,” the goalkeeper told ANSA.“Pioli will bring positivity and tranquility. We must work and get to grips with his ideas quickly so we can be ready as soon as possible to face our next few matches.“He’s a football man who has a lot of experience in Serie A, someone who knows Italian football very well.“In all of us, there’s the desire for redemption and to do better from now on. So far we haven’t lived up to expectations and we also hope to improve quickly for the fans.“I’m always optimistic. Our objective must be to win every game. After that, we’ll take stock in May.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoEx-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be working

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be workingby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton says he would love to be working during the 2019/20 season.The Englishman was sacked the day after keeping Brighton in the Premier League at the end of last term.He said: “It is always difficult adjusting because you are doing something you haven’t done for four-and-a-half years and, of course, for periods before that.”In between jobs, I have had short breaks. It is something you don’t want to happen.”If I had a choice, then I would still be working. What you have to do is make the most if it.”I’m someone who generally has not found it too difficult to keep busy .”I think you sometimes have to go outside your comfort zone and this is a really good opportunity to watch a lot of games.” last_img read more

China says talks on US tariff fight scheduled for Monday

first_imgBEIJING — China’s government says American envoys will visit Beijing on Monday for talks on a tariff fight that threatens to put a drag on global economic growth.The Ministry of Commerce said Friday the two days of talks are aimed at carrying out last month’s agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone new tariff hikes in their battle over Beijing’s technology policy.The ministry said the American side will be led by the deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish. Its one-sentence announcement gave no other details of the agenda or who else would take part.The two governments have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing violates its market-opening obligations by stealing or pressuring companies to hand over technology.The Associated Presslast_img read more

George Canyon Announces Second Show – Presented by Top Notch Oilfield Contracting

first_imgCanyon rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world. For more information on George Canyon please visit: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of Fort St. John’s favourite country acts is returning to the Lido Theatre.  George Canyon announced his “Hit After Hit Tour” last week and the May 1st show sold out in less than 36 hours. Now a second show has been added on May 2nd to ensure all of George’s fans get to see the show this spring.  George is thrilled to hit the road on this National Tour, joined by Doc Walker, Charlie Major and newcomer Manny Blu.  Tickets for May 2nd will go on sale this Friday March 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. through www.energetictickets.ca, or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100TH Street.Tickets will be $55 (plus fees and taxes) for Reserved Dance Floor Seating and $60 (plus fees and taxes) for reserved seating. Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca/newsletter/ to receive the pre-sale access code tomorrow, March 14th.center_img www.georgecanyon.comwww.facebook.com/georgecanyonwww.instagram.com/georgecanyonwww.twitter.com/georgecanyonlast_img read more