Sam Houston State Voted to Top Spot in 2018 Football Preseason Poll

first_imgThe 2018 season kicks off Thursday, Aug. 30, with Southeastern Louisiana facing ULM on the road at 7 p.m. CT and Northwestern State traveling to College Station to take on Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. The bulk of the league gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 1, while Sam Houston State’s opening game is set for Sept. 8 at home against Prairie View. 86 Southeastern Louisiana (119) is slated as the fifth-place team, followed by Stephen F. Austin (90), Abilene Christian (89), Northwestern State (86), UIW (53), Lamar (52) and Houston Baptist (32). Nicholls was voted second with 173 total points and six first-place tabs. Defending champion Central Arkansas follows closely in third place, earning five first-place votes and 170 points. McNeese earned a top vote and 159 points to rank fourth in the preseason poll. Houston Baptist Stephen F. Austin 89 2018 Southland Conference Football Preseason Poll Despite the hole left at quarterback by the graduation of two-time Walter Payton Award winner Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston returns the core of a potent offensive unit. Wide receivers Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart headline six first team preseason all-conference offense picks for 2018. The pair combined for 2,854 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns last season. The Bearkats reached the FCS playoff semifinals last season and are ranked first in the preseason poll for the fourth consecutive year. 173 Central Arkansas (5) Southeastern Louisiana Nicholls (6) 90 Sam Houston State (10) Team (First-place votes) Total Lamar The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and football sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 10 points, second-place votes are worth nine and so on to one point for 10th place. 119 McNeese (1) FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State is the preseason favorite for the 2018 Southland Conference football season, the league announced Thursday. The Bearkats earned 10 first-place votes and 187 total points to garner the top spot. Abilene Christian Nicholls enters 2018 with a league-high 14 total preseason all-conference picks, highlighted by junior quarterback Chase Fourcade. He passed for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2017, helping lead Nicholls to its first FCS playoffs appearance since 2005. Northwestern State 187 52 170 53 UIW 159 32last_img read more

Pacific Games Closing Ceremony venue confirmed

first_imgThe Ceremony, due to take place on July 18, had originally been planned for the Bisini Sports Grounds, where a rugby league stadium will be built following the conclusion of the Games.It has not been declared fit to stage the Closing Ceremony, although it will still host preliminary football matches, as well as cricket, softball and lawn bowls.The venue, which Papua New Guinea’s Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko described as “a mess six months ago” has undergone a large-scale transformation, but has still attracted criticism for its lack of grandstands.The Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was then proposed as an alternative but concerns over its readiness meant Port Moresby 2015 decided instead to have the Ceremony at the Sir John Guise Stadium, which stage the Opening Ceremony.“Our original plan was to hold it at Bisini Sports Grounds and we thought that we would have the Ceremony there but it is not ready,” Minogue told insidethegames.“The Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was identified as an alternative but that’s not complete.“We are now back at Sir John Guise, which no one is unhappy about as it is the premier stadium of the Games.“It would have been nice to use them all and to use one of these venues for a big occasion like the Closing Ceremony.”Minogue also confirmed that despite not being ready to stage the spectacle which will bring the 15th Pacific Games to a close, the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, where construction is behind schedule, is “99 per cent certain” to hold the football finals.Concerns have been raised in the build-up to the event that the grass is not suitable, prompting complaints from the New Zealand team, who will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament here.The proposal to have the main matches at the venue has been approved by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and Minogue expects competition to take place there as planned.“The Organising Committee are happy with things at the moment and they have written to the OFC to say they are ready to host matches at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium,” he said.last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Ignores Sports in State of Nation Address

first_imgDear Editor:President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in fulfillment of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution, last Monday delivered her 10th State of the Nation address to the 53rd National Legislature.She highlighted cardinal issues relating to various sectors of the country, including security, education, health, economy and infrastructural development, amongst others, but without mentioning a single word about one of the most important sectors in the country for the second consecutive address – sports.During her 9th State of the Nation address, President Sirleaf, as the Chief Patron of Sports, did not mention sports in a single paragraph, as she did on Monday.She failed to do just a week after the County Meet when government officials and stakeholders of Grand Bassa County assembled in the county to celebrate their victory in the just ended national meet.In my own opinion as an emerging sports writer, this does not in any way represent a good reflection of the President as the Chief Patron of Sports.Different languages and vernaculars are spoken by people around the globe, but there is only one langue that everyone understands, that is SPORTS.Anthony Kokoi is a freshman student at the University of Liberia reading Public Administration and Mass Communications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Who Were We Before We Were?

first_img– Advertisement – A review of C. Patrick Burrowes’ Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea, A History of the Liberian People Before 1800(Published by Know Your Self Press, Bomi County, Liberia.)To the uninitiated, not much has been written about what is known as present day Liberia; that is, before the American Colonization Society offloaded several African Americans off our shores. But to those in the know, the history of this stretch of land goes back to antiquity. But before going any further, who were the people that shaped present day Liberia? Where did they come from? And what brought them here?In his seminal work, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea, Liberian academic C. Patrick Burrowes traced the history of the region and presented answers to the prevailing questions this review hopes to answer. But before delving into Professor Burrowes’ historical treasure trove, let it be made clear that, according to the historical record, which included anthropological, archaeological and oral traditions, the ethnic fabric of present day Liberia is the result of the blending of various ethnic groupings. Therefore, any and all claims of cultural or ethnic purity should at once be viewed as an enervating miasma of fear and suspicion on the side of the proponents – meaning, they are only meant to cause problems.Carl Patrick Burrowes, PhD, author of the book, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty SeaAccording to painstaking research by Dr. Burrowes, our story started 1.5 million years ago in East Africa, from where humanity fanned out to Asia and the various corners of the world. But before the various ethnic groupings forayed into the coastline of West Africa, there was a boom in activities in the present day Sahara desert, as archeological discoveries revealed that plant and animal life were in abundance in what is today a vast sea of sand. Archeological digs showed thousands of rock paintings, bones of sharks and other animals, over 200 graves with jewelry and other handmade objects from present day Tunisia to Niger – all signs of human activity in this part of the world dating as far back as 60,000 years ago. But as climatic conditions deteriorated, the peoples of the region fanned out, following the ever retreating bodies of water, which were central to their very existence.In 15 sections, including illustrations, Burrowes gave a chronology of how Liberia came to be peopled, starting with strictly patrilineal societies where life was centered on the trade of salt, kola and malagueta spice, and societies controlled by landholding families. From the “Eden of West Africa,” “The Way of the Ancestors,” “Egypt and Religions of the Book,” Burrowes detailed the way of life of a race of people that encompassed all aspects of civilized society trying to come to terms with the forces of nature and organized society, the zenith of which was established in Egypt. Religion was focused on veneration of the ancestors and the control of the life force. In “The Rise of Empires” and “Down from the Niger,” Burrowes detailed how the rise and fall of Songhai, Mali and Ghana as empires would contribute more to the peopling of present day Liberia than any other circumstance of history. At this period in West African history, Dr. Burrowes listed plenty of evidence of trade with the Mediterranean world, going as far back as 1214 AD, long before the advent of the debilitating Transatlantic Slave Trade, which was fuelled first by the need for gold, malagueta spice, salt and ivory, but later morphed into the trade in humans after the discovery of the New World and the subsequent colonies that sprang up on that side of the world, with the need to produce more sugar, more tobacco and more cotton resulting in the depopulation of West Africa. He also detailed the movements of the people of present day Liberia. From “The World Turned Upside Down” to “A New World Order,” we see how trade became a byword for the pillage of a region, continent and race of people for the betterment of Europe and America; how the financial development of Europe and the Americas was accomplished at the backs of and to the detriment of Africa and her children.According to Burrowes, after several continental migrations, the first groups of African people that came to present day Liberia did in search of salt, kola, iron ore and other resources traded from the forest regions of West Africa all the way to North Africa and Europe. The first group consisted of the Dyula (also Juula) caste, who formed the core of what became the Vai, Dama and Kono of the Sierra Leone-Liberia border. The ancestors of Dei, Gola and Kru were among the first to settle there. They were selling salt, kola and malagueta spice north. Their goods attracted long-distance traders like the Dyula to the area.Between 1200 and 1235, the fall of the Ghana Empire would see a defeated king and his Mande troops fleeing to Kissidugu in present day Guinea, including ancestors of Kpelle and Loma. A third group resulted from the fall of the Soso Kingdom in 1235 by Sundita Keita of Mali; among them were ancestors of Bande, Mende and Loko. The Kissi and Gola then lived in the highlands of Guinea, along the western rim of Liberia. Along the eastern edge of the forest were the Kru speakers.The progress and life of these people who came to dominate the region was thrown topsy-turvy with the advent of the first Europeans, the Portuguese in 1462 under Captain Pedro de Sintra, who anchored near the Junk River. This first interaction for trade would lead to the spoiling of the coast for gold, rice and spice that ended, between 1514 and 1866, in the abduction and shipping of over 12 million captives from Africa, including, from names of Africans captured from the Windward Coast (Guinea to Ivory Coast), Kru speakers, who were mostly taken to Suriname and Guyana.Between the kola forest and the salty sea, a people sought refuge; between the kola forest and the salty sea, ways of life mushroomed and were nurtured; between the kola forest and the salty sea, empires rose and fell; between the kola forest and the salty sea, a race was pillaged; between the kola forest and the salty sea, a nation was formed, providentially, by descendants of those stolen centuries before; between the kola forest and the salty sea, a nation still grapples with the ghosts of its past, trying to live up to its name.About the ‘founding’ of Liberia, much has been written, but in Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea, Dr. Burrowes tried to fill in the gaps of our collective past, thereby giving it a voice. Proper restoration of history should be foremost on the minds of the people of any nation. The telling of this our Liberian story should not be left in the hands of non-Liberian academics; this should be the ‘Great Work of Ages’ for any and all Liberians interested in the future of this land. By telling this great story, thereby setting many a myth, and ghost to rest, Dr. Burrowes has given us a start to the greatest debate of our time: the restoration, telling and projection of a true identity of self.The million dollar question now would be: Should this book be on the middle school to college curriculum? The answer is a resounding yes! The only drawback is that, as with most self-published books, there were notable typographical errors and layout inconsistencies in the book, one in particular on page 34 that might call for a reprint. These negatives, however, do not in any way diminish the weight and depth of the materials in this work, which should be a must-read for all Liberians, from the very young to the aged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Eyewitnesses’: Executive Mansion Press Vehicle was Speeding in Wrong Lane

first_imgExecutive Mansion Press vehicle in a fatal collision with a vehicle belonging to former Associate Justice Wilkins Wright.-Contrary to police accounts of fatal accident along Monrovia-Gbarnga highwaryAbout eight lawyers claiming to be eyewitnesses to the February 10, 2019, tragic motor accident which involved the Executive Mansion Press vehicle and a vehicle belonging to former Associate Justice Wilkins M. Wright, on February 25, say the incident as reported by the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Executive Mansion are far from the real story.Gabriel Wilson, a former employee of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, aka “Executive Horn”, and Reverend Victoria Wlue, both of whom were riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, were the two that died at the Phebe Hospital where they had been taken for treatment.Gabriel Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn was an employee of the Ministry of State and the traditional horn blower to the PresidentImmediately after the incident that left the two dead, along with several other persons who were seriously wounded, the Executive Mansion, in a statement, said Wright, a former Solicitor General, “intruded into the presidential motorcade” around Donfa, near former President Charles Taylor’s Supermarket”, on the Gbarnga/Kakata Highway.For the LNP, they said though they were still conducting an investigation surrounding the accident, their initial reports at that time had it that Cllr. Wright and his driver were under the “influence of alcohol.”Rev. Victoria Wlue lost her life in the accident involving the Executive Mansion Press vehicle and that of Cllr. Wilkins Wright, whose vehicle she was riding in.However, addressing a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, the lawyers, who are members of the Nimba County Bar Association, a segment of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), recommended that the Presidential Security Detail take measures to avert accidents of such nature, as it performs its responsibility of protecting the President.“By this narration, we are hopeful that the truth will be established; the investigation will be transparent and the report credible and authentic; thereby ensuring that justice is done,” the lawyers maintained.The lawyers, who signed yesterday’s press statement, are Cllr. Awia Vankan, president of Nimba Bar Association, as well as attorneys T. Emmanuel Tomah, Aaron Dayeker Kartee, Musa S. Sidibey, and Preston N.G. Karkerzeah.Others include attorneys Allen F. Gweh, Evelyn Kou Lah and Kim A. Harris.According to the lawyers, during the fateful Sunday, February 10, 2019, they were traveling from Monrovia to Sanniquellie, Nimba County, to attend the turnover ceremony of the leadership of Nimba County Bar Association (“Nimba Bar”) and the opening of the February Term of Court.“We were traveling in a three-car convoy,” the lawyers said.They claimed that the first car had four persons, including the  secretary general of Nimba County Bar Association Attorney T. Emmanuel Tomah, attorneys Aaron Dayeker Kartee, Musa S. Sidibey and a rider (not named). The vehicle was driven by Attorney Sidibey.The second car, they claimed, carried the President of Nimba County Bar Association Cllr. J. Awia Vankan and Attorney Karkerzeah, who was driving.The third vehicle, the lawyers said, had four occupants, including vice president of Nimba County Bar Association Attorney Allen F. Gweh, attorney Evelyn Kou Lah, Kim A. Harris and a rider.  The vice president, Attorney Gweh,  was driving.In their explanation, the lawyers alleged that somewhere towards Zeanzue, a town along the highway, “we encountered a navy and sky-blue Nissan Patrol jeep, which we identified as a Presidential Escort vehicle, heading towards Monrovia on the opposite lane, with the occupants waving at us to get off the road.”This vehicle, the lawyers said, was on excessive speed; “a second vehicle, clearly marked Executive Mansion Press Car, a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep, was driving very close behind the Presidential Escort vehicle, but on the lane designated for vehicles traveling from Monrovia to Gbarnga, and traveling at the same excessive speed as the Presidential Escort vehicle.”“The first vehicle in their three-car convoy encountered the Presidential Escort vehicle on a straight stretch of the road. But when the driver, Attorney Sidibey, saw the Executive Mansion Press car, which was behind the Presidential Escort car, coming head-on to his vehicle, he abruptly swerved off the road, thereby avoiding a collision,” the lawyers said in the press statement. “The second car in our vehicle had a similar experience,” they added.They said the third vehicle in their convoy was the nearest miss of the three vehicles, “because it had just emerged from a curve when the driver, Attorney Gweh, encountered the Presidential Escort vehicle; immediately the Executive Mansion Press car followed at very high speed on Attorney Gweh’s side of the road,” the lawyers, claiming to be eyewitnesses, said of the accident.At this point, they said, the Executive Mansion Press car made no attempt to avoid colliding with Attorney Gweh’s vehicle, “while the female occupants began to scream, and Attorney Gweh, with the intervention of God, miraculously dodged the Executive Mansion Press car.”“He was still struggling to park the vehicle off the road when the sound of the collision involving the Executive Mansion Press car and a Black Jeep was heard,” the lawyers claimed, adding: “We heard the collision and saw the impact of the accident, the ejection of the passengers through the windshields of the vehicles, the terrible injuries inflicted on the riders, etc.”They alleged that it was only after the riders were removed from the vehicles and former Associate Justice Wilkins M. Wright, who was identified as one of the occupants, did they know that he (Justice Wright) was involved in the accident.The former Justice was apparently also en-route to Nimba for the opening of court, according to the lawyers.They said within about a minute of the accident, a large convoy of vehicles, preceded by another Presidential Escort car, arrived on the scene. “We saw President Weah disembark his presidential vehicle and personally participated in removing some of the victims.”The lawyers said President Weah also reached over to their third vehicle where a group of them were standing and narrating the experience, and expressed his regret about the accident.“The President remained on the scene for about 45 minutes until all the victims were removed from the wrecked vehicles, and then he directed several vehicles from his convoy to take the victims to Phebe Hospital, with the hope of helping them survive,” the lawyers said, speaking about Weah’s assistance after the accident. “We thanked the President for his humility, care and concern,” they added.“We are very saddened that the accident claimed the lives of two of our compatriots.  We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray that God will heal their grief,” the lawyers said.“We give eternal gratitude to God for saving our lives and the lives of those who survived the accident, including Justice Wilkins M. Wright.  We wish speedy recovery to those nursing injuries. Indeed, many precious lives would have been cut short had it not been for the miraculous work of God Almighty,” the lawyers said.“We give this account, as eye-witnesses, to the tragic motor accident, so that the Presidential Security Detail can take measures to avert accidents of such nature as it performs its responsibility of protecting the President,” the lawyers said.“We are hopeful that the truth will be established, the investigation transparent and the report credible and authentic, thereby ensuring that justice is done,” the lawyers concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Levee repairs wrap up as hurricane season draws near

first_img“You don’t know what kind of storm you’ll get,” he said in a recent interview, emphasizing the need for good evacuation planning. Gen. Robert Crear, the head of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps, said, “We know Katrina was not the worst possible case.” What happens from here onward, Crear said, “is a continuous program to improve” the system over time. The Corps’ race to complete the $800 million in projects that it took on after last year’s storms has been a 24/7 marathon rich with tension, apprehension, slipping deadlines and quick-and-dirty work-arounds. The sheer scope of the work can only be fully appreciated from the air. Where levees were breached and battered away by Hurricane Katrina’s surge and waves, millions of cubic yards of new soil have been put into place along more than half of the 350-mile levee system, from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to the swamps at the southern tip of Louisiana. Sturdy new gates stand at the mouths of the city’s three major drainage canals. Storm-damaged pumps are being renewed, along with New Orleanians’ capacity to hope. In the city’s ruined Lower 9th Ward, 4,000 feet of new levee stands, the old weak I-shaped flood wall replaced with stronger walls that resemble an inverted T.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Some of these things were poorly designed and were almost preordained to fail,” said Wayne Clough, the head of a National Research Council team that formed at the request of the Department of Defense in order to assess the Corps’ investigation of the disaster. Portions that did not fail in Katrina, he said, could still have been weakened by the stress of last year’s storms. “Just because they’ve been restored to their condition pre-Katrina doesn’t mean they are perfectly safe,” he said. Raymond Seed, a professor of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, who is one of the Corps’ most consistent critics, said he does not doubt that the system is, to use the mantra of the Corps, “better and stronger” in many ways. But, he asked, “Better enough?” Seed and other experts who have studied the crazy quilt of levees, flood walls, pumps and gates that have been in the process of being built for more than 40 years now say they were never adequate to protect hundreds of thousands of people in an urban setting, and the levees themselves are now known to be fundamentally flawed. Corps officials say that repairing the damage of the last storm while preparing for new ones is a challenge that their organization is up to. But Maj. Gen. Don T. Riley, the director of civil works for the Corps, said he could not guarantee that the system would not fail again. NEW ORLEANS – In a breathless finale that has been called one of this generation’s greatest adventures in civil engineering, the Army Corps of Engineers has all but completed its repairs to this city’s ruined levee system. With just days to go before the beginning of the hurricane season, the Corps’ $800 million effort has even improved the system in many ways, engineering experts say, with tougher concrete flood walls, brawny new canal gates, and more than 150 miles of new or repaired levees. But even though all sides agree that the Corps has largely achieved its goal, independent engineers say it is the goal that is the real problem. New Orleans is still very much at risk, they say, because the level of protection the Corps has reached is still not as strong as the city needs. Many experts view the coming hurricane season with trepidation, and hope that the system is not put to a test like Katrina before further improvements can be made. last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING VIDEO NEWS: Footage from tonight’s gorse fire between Loughanure and Crolly.Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair are at the scene.Residents of the area are also helping where they can to tackle the fire/Click Play to watch>  DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MILE-WIDE GORSE FIRE IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: April 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MILE-WIDE GORSE FIRE IN WEST DONEGALlast_img read more

Former news editor’s father dies

first_imgCharles Elliott, whose son, Charles Elliott Jr. is a former news editor for the Whittier Daily News, died Nov. 15 in Fort Collins, Colo., where he had lived since 1998. He was 85.Charles Elliott Jr., who is now a media coordinator for Whittier College, said his father had been under care for dementia for the past two years.The elder Elliott was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 11, 1920, the son of Walker and Catherine Elliott.He attended public schools and Hofstra College in New York, and worked as an electrical engineer for Servomechanisms (later Teledyne Systems), an electronic feedback controls aerospace contractor.When the company moved to El Segundo in 1958, Elliott relocated his family from Levittown, N.Y., to Redondo Beach.He was active for many years in South Bay Baptist Church in Torrance, serving at various times as superintendent of the Sunday School and chairman of the board of deacons there. He also volunteered for several years in Torrance schools.Retired for about 25 years, he continued to enjoy walking and running and participated annually in the Tom Sullivan 10K Marathon in Torrance, competing in his last race in 1997 at age 76. He also hiked, climbed mountains, camped and rock-climbed with his children and grandchildren.Elliott is also survived by two daughters, Judith Lillian Jaffe of Wellington, Colo., and Jean Kathy Beucler, Fort Collins, Colo.; his brother, John, of Millport, N.Y.; his sister, Kathy, of Portland, Maine; and five grandchildren.His wife, Ruth Anna Elliott, preceded him in death in 1979 and was interred at Green Hills Memorial Park in San Pedro.His memorial service and interment are scheduled at Green Hills at 1 p.m. Dec. 3.Memorial donations can be made to the Sierra Club or the Nature Conservancy. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Men’s Basketball Defeats In-State Rival UNI, 71-64

first_imgStory Links Box Score (HTML) Photos Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Photo Recap Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom/The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – Led by 17 points from junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.), the Drake University men’s basketball team held off in-state rival UNI, 71-64, Saturday afternoon in the Knapp Center in front of a crowd of 5,121.McGlynn helped Drake (14-13, 8-6 MVC) to its first victory over the Panthers since the 2013-14 season with a 7-of-8 shooting performance and six rebounds. Senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) added 15 points while C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) matched a season-high 12 points while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds to help the team improve to 9-2 at the Knapp Center this season.”I’m really proud of our guys and the way we played,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “There was great energy in the crowd and defensively we did a great job guarding the interior better than we did in Cedar Falls.UNI (12-14, 4-10 MVC) was led by Wyatt Lohaus with 17 points off the bench and a 4-of-8 three-point performance. The Panthers leading scorer, Bennett Koch, recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Drake held UNI to 37.9 percent shooting to improve to make Drake 8-0 when holding an opponent under 40 percent this season.”I thought we had a lot more confidence on the defensive end,” Timmer said. “When you a group of guys you can count on defensively, it creates that confidence to convert on the other end.” Indiana State 2/14/2018 – 7 p.m. Drake was unable to break away and extend a comfortable lead as the Panthers held on throughout the second half, never allowing the Bulldogs larger than a 10-point lead. Midway through the second half, a 7-0 run for the Panthers brought them within two points, 48-46, before Drake responded with three-straight baskets to hold a 54-46 lead. UNI continued to fight back, remaining within eight points as the Bulldogs continued to go to the free throw line, earning 27 attempts on the day. After a pair of missed free throws from the Bulldogs, who rank 10th nationally in three-point percentage, UNI responded with back-to-back layups to pull within five points before Timmer sank two final free throws to secure the Bulldog victory.”We held them off and had some opportunities to push the lead out,” Medved said. “But they hung tough. We made the plays and free throws we needed to get it done.”The Bulldogs opened the game by jumping out a quick 9-0 lead after forcing five UNI turnovers. The Bulldogs opened the game shooting 8-of-10 before building a 17-9 lead. UNI briefly pulled within one possession on a three-pointer before Drake redshirt junior Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 28-21 Drake lead. Drake went scoreless for over four minutes to allow UNI to tie the game for the only time at 28-28. However, the Bulldogs ended the half with seven straight points, including a buzzer-beating tip-in from Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.), for a 35-28 lead at halftime. Those were Arogundade’s only points of the night, but they were significant in fueling the victory.”We got off to fast start,” Medved said. “They came back and I thought that run we made at the end of the first half was huge and Ore made a huge hustle play for us and we went into halftime with some momentum.”Following Saturday’s victory, the Bulldogs remain home to host Indiana State, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgCllrs Paddy Mc Gowan and Martin Harley cuts the ribbon to officially open the NewCamp Gym watched by John Starrett, Vice Chairman, DLDC and Leader Project Officer Martian Whoriskey, Gym Instructors and members of the committee and Gym Members . Photo by Gerard Mc HughThe community of the Finn Valley and particularly those in the Crossroads and Killygordon areas will now have no excuse if their New Year’s resolution is to be fitter and healthier in 2014.A new state of the art gym has been officially opened and the membership is quickly growing.The gym is located at the newly named NewCamp Sports Complex at Killygordon and will complement and enhance the already excellent facilities at the centre. Funding for the facility was provided by LEADER which is administered by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).Speaking at the official opening, Vice Chairman of DLDC said, “The Board was thrilled to be involved in such a tremendous investment in this facility which will benefit the entire community.Cllr Martin Harley tries out the Gym Equipment watched closely be Dean Mc Devitt (Tus), Michael Doherty, Hugh Doherty, Gym Members, Stephen Mc Namee (Tus), Cllr Paddy Mc Gowan, Nathan Harran and John Devine Gym Members.Photo by Gerard Mc HughHe congratulated the committee and paid tribute to their hard work in making the NewCamp complex such a tremendous amenity for the area.He also noted that in this programme alone, LEADER had provided funding to over 200 projects administering €12.7M in funding with a total investment of over €20M including match funding. John O Loughlin on behalf of the local committee thanked everyone involved, but particularly the Board members and staff of Donegal Local Development Company and in particular Martina Whoriskey for her help and said without them we would not be here today.He also thanked the contractor Johnny Bradley including his workmen and Barry Mc Cullagh, the architect for the project. In closing, he also stated that he wished to thank DLDC again for their ongoing support this time through the “Tus” scheme and the “Jobs Initiative”, and in particular Ruth Cleary, Kate Campbell, Stephen Mc Namee, Bridget O Brien, Dean Mc Devitt and Eunan Brolly.Cllrs Paddy Mc Gowan and Martin Harley who jointly officially cut the ribbon to open the Gym, also paid tribute to the committee and the local community who have developed the complex from a green field site to a state of the art facility.The facility already hosts several outdoor amenities including the walking track, which is used, extensively by walkers and joggers, an astro-turf facility, playing fields as well as an indoor sports hall and meeting rooms.This new facility will certainly complement the several other recreational amenities. The gym is open 9.00am – 9.30pm weekly and Saturday 9.00am – 3.30pm. Membership is now open for 2014 at very keen rates with Christmas Gift Cards available on request. For further information please call 0749193788 or email newcampgym@gmail.comGYM’LL FIX IT FOR PEOPLE OF KILLYGORDON was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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:KillygordonNewCamp Gymlast_img read more