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Caseys enjoyed spectacular season on baseball diamond

first_imgBYWARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent The Red Bank Catholic High School baseball team put together an amazing spring that saw the Caseys post a 26-3 record, including a 24-game winning streak.The magical season ended on a winning note Monday night at FirstEngergy Park in Lakewood as the Caseys won their first-ever Shore Conference Tournament championship, defeating Jackson Memorial, 2-1.Brendan McGann picked up his ninth win of the season, holding the Jaguars’ high-powered offense to a single run, and Jack Whaley provided all the offense McGann needed with his basesloaded, two-RBI single in the bottom of the second . The Caseys also made their way to the finals of the Monmouth County tourney and the semifinals of the NJSIAA Non-Public A South Tournament in this postseason.Coach Buddy Hausmann’s team got to the SCT finale with a marathon come-from-behind victory against Manalapan in the semifinals. The contest took nearly five hours to complete because of rain delays. In an interesting twist, the game began at Manalapan High School, but with darkness approaching, was moved to the lighted Manalapan Recreation Complex.The Braves jumped ahead by a 3-0 count in the first inning, but an impressive power display brought the Caseys back. Junior outfielder Nick Liggett hit his fifth homer of the campaign for two runs, and Joe Kissinger had a solo shot. C.J. Lucia, the DH, blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to put RBC ahead to stay and send the Caseys to the championship game.RBC is coming off a 14-4 loss on Saturday to St. Augustine in the semifinals of the Non-Public ASouth tourney. Hausmann’s team edged Notre Dame, 3-2, and Sam McGovern went the distance on the hill for his sixth win.“Defensively, this is the best team I’ve coached,” said Hausmann, whose team has allowed only 22 unearned runs. “In high school it’s really all about limiting mistakes, and that’s what we’ve done. Our guys have been consistent with their gloves all year. We don’t give teams extra outs. That helps prevent big innings, and that’s often the difference between winning and losing.”That being said, the RBC offense has been a thorn in the side of opposition pitchers. The Caseys have piled up 224 runs while allowing just 122. Junior outfielderAndrew LaMura leads the team with a .415 average to go with a pair of home runs and 32 RBIs. Liggett is also above the .400 mark (.402) with 25 RBIs and five homers.Lucia is hitting .367 and leads the team with eight home runs, and his 33 RBIs also top the Caseys. Shortstop Joe Kissinger is right behind at .367 and 22 RBIs, followed by first baseman Dylan Chayes, who has 30 RBIs and a .320 batting average. VinnyTranchina, TrevorBrain, Joe Iacobellis and Mike Recigno are also above the .300 mark.On the mound, McGann posted nine wins against a lone defeat to go with a 2.86 ERA. Mc- Govern is 6-1with 32 strikeouts in 34 innings and a 1.83 ERA. He also has three saves. Ryan Slate has six victories; Ryan Spahr has won five games.“I think people thought we’d have a good team because we had a lot of players coming back,” Hausmann said. “I don’t think they thought we’d be among the best teams in the state. Our guys really worked hard, and everyone has contributed.”last_img read more

Apollon thumped by five-star Gladbach

first_imgBy Andreas VouNewly appointed Apollon manager Ioan Andone got off to a nightmare start as his side were dealt a 5-0 thumping by Borussia Monchengladbach on Thursday night, their second straight Europa League defeat.Apollon started the game confidently but their good early work was cancelled out by a moment of madness from midfielder Hugo Lopez, who rather than clear the ball out of defence, opted for a horizontal pass across his own penalty box which was dispossessed. Branimir Hrgota then laid the ball off to Ibrahima Traore who hit a sweet left-footed strike which wrong-footed goalkeeper Bruno Vale to give Gladbach the lead after just eleven minutes. Early in the second half, Lopez had a good chance to atone for his error as a hopeful up-and-under pass played the former Barcelona youth player through on goal but his tame effort was easily stopped by Yann Sommer in the Germans’ goal.The Cypriots had Vale to thank for keeping the scoreline at just 1-0 in the first-half following a number of excellent saves but the Portuguese stopper was helpless to prevent Apollon’s second-half capitulation.Just five minutes after Lopez’s chance to level the game, Apollon were 2-0 down. Another top save from Vale to deny Traore only fell as far as Hrgota whose rebound trickled over the line.Traore, who had terrorised the Apollon defence throughout the night, scored his second on 67 minutes with another left-footed strike coming in from right-hand side of the box. Second half substitute Patrick Hermann got in on the act seven minutes from time with a close range effort before Thorgan Hazard completed the rout with a deflected effort in injury time to seal a 5-0 thrashing. Elsewhere in Group A, Villarreal comfortably dealt with the challenge of FC Zurich, defeating the Swiss side 4-1. The result means the Spaniards preserve their lead at the top of the group while Apollon’s defeat drops them to third place.last_img read more

Senegalese hat trick fuels Ceres-Negros rout of Air Force booters

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Bienve Marañon, OJ Porteria, Mike Ott and the returning Dennis Villanueva all found the back of the net for a Ceres side that improved its haul to 43 points, six ahead of Kaya-Iloilo.It took Ceres just 32 minutes to unlock the Air Force defense as Marañon fired home a header to the bottom corner for his 24th goal of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Porteria doubled the lead just before halftime and teed up Mendy for his first goal in the 40th minute. Mendy grabbed two more goals after halftime to increase his tally to 10 for fourth spot in the scoring charts this season. Ott hiked his total to 13.“It’s not easy to play after the long break,” said Ceres-Negros coach Risto Vidakovic, whose team faces Kaya-Iloilo on Wednesday also in Lipa. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy fired a late hat trick as Ceres-Negros FC completed a season sweep of Philippine Air Force with a 7-0 demolition last Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Aboitiz pitch in Lipa.Coming off an 18-day break following the international window, the Busmen hardly missed a beat as they pummeled the Airmen for the fourth time this season and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Twice a champ, Pacio looks to get even better No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “It’s normal that we start slow, but later it became a very easy game after the fifth goal. It’s always difficult to switch on the competitive level but we always tried to play the way we did.”In the other match, Global Cebu and Mendiola FC battled to a 1-1 stalemate with Nimrod Balabat salvaging the draw with an 85th minute goal.Global took the lead through a penalty by Paolo Salenga in the 37th minute. Mendiola moved up to fifth spot with 12 points, ahead of Air Force, while Global remained at the bottom with just six points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Govt’s propaganda cannot erase sugar workers’ pains and trials

first_imgDear Editor,The Government in Action column titled “GuySuCo and Sugar creating a viable future” which appeared in the December 30, 2018 Guyana Chronicle spent an inordinate amount of time in seeking to convince readers that the Administration’s actions regarding the sugar industry were correct. For the thousands of Guyanese who have been affected by the callous, immoral actions of the Administration, no amount of placating can really erase the pain, trials and tribulations that they have to now face up to.The column begins by invoking the industry’s indebtedness. It seems the Government has employed the trick whereby it seeks to repeat a fallacy with the hope that it be accepted as reality. Our Union, on several occasions, has pointed out that, using figures at our disposal, that industry’s immediately payable debt is really around $13B, and if sums owing to the GRA are written off – as has been done for other enterprises – debt would decline to just over $7B.The Government points to the opportunity cost of its investment in sugar, lamenting more monies could have been invested in other areas of the State. While the Government seems to decry its support to the industry, it seems not to recall that it was sugar that provided billions to the Treasury by way of levy that supported the nation in perilous times; that billions more were earned by taxes (direct and indirect); that scores of low-lying coastal villages benefit from its drainage and irrigation services; that thousands of Guyanese have a skill through the GuySuCo Training Centre; that the nation’s health care was augmented by the industry’s dispensaries, and that many Guyanese enjoy the industry’s recreational facilities that saw some rising to the highest ranks of international cricket. We recall Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, speaking at the GAWU Conference on September 04, 2018, where he shared that he himself benefitted from sugar’s contribution to his community.Today, what is the opportunity cost of not investing in sugar? Thousands of unemployed Guyanese, depressed communities, higher incidences of criminality and other anti-social behavior, more broken homes and families being split-up, among so many other challenges. While not wanting to invest in sugar, the Administration is now forced to spend just for drainage in the closed estate areas, a billion dollars more apart from monies that will have to be found to address the other difficulties that will arise.The column also says that Guyana received from the European Union (EU) $348.5B to support to the local industry. This is yet another falsehood.The public is told that GuySuCo had estimated that it would have required $17B per year for an unnamed four-year period to keep the industry fully operable. This is again, in our view, another attempt to fudge the truth. The Corporation had told GAWU, NAACIE and the GLU at a meeting on September 29, 2016, that it required $10B and not $17B as the column, obviously incorrectly, conveys. But, according to the column, the Government could not use 3 per cent of the 2019 Budget to keep thousands of Guyanese gainfully employed. Moreover, through the consumption of workers and their families, as GAWU pointed out previously, some $100B in economic activity would have been generated. In other words, the Government, through taxes, would have recouped its investment and the economy would have been even more robust.The Administration then praises itself for the consultations which it held with the sugar unions and the political opposition. On this matter, the GAWU wishes to point out that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) opined that “[i]n a matter of such national importance impacting such large number of workers the process could have been more extensive and more responsive to the concerns of the Applicants [GAWU and NAACIE]”. The Justices opined that “[n]otwithstading the absence of a statutory obligation the Respondents ought to have given a considered response (whether written or oral) to the GAWU’s proposals explaining why they were not adopted”. It is hardly something that the Government should pat itself on the back for.The column next speaks about the January, 2018 engagement between the Government, GAWU and NAACIE. While the unions, in good faith, committed to working in the interest of the industry and more so the workers, since the inaugural meeting, now nearly a year ago, we have not heard from the Granger Government. Undoubtedly, it allows a little doubt as to the Administration’s ‘concern’ about the now jobless sugar workers.The Administration also takes, perplexingly, kudos for providing monies to offset severance payments to the workers making it seem that the process was smooth and without difficulty. But as the public well knows, it was anything but that. The Administration, in the first place, did not budget for the severance payments and then, contrary to the law, proceeded to withhold half of the payments to some workers. This forced our Union to approach the Courts which agreed the workers were wronged and awarded interests to them. Similarly, at Wales, the Government and GuySuCo denied severance pay to some 350 cane cutters in spite of the clarity of the law. It required again the Judiciary to intervene and right the wrong being committed against the beleaguered ex-workers.The column also speaks about training opportunities and loans available through Government schemes. On this score, we hasten to ask how many redundant workers have really benefitted? How many with their training have been able to get a job? How many have opened businesses? While indeed there may be a few, the reality is, however, that a large number of workers remain right there on the breadline, looking for the soft landing the President promised. Today, they remain caught between a rock and a hard place not knowing where next to turn, what new challenges tomorrow will bring and how they will put food on their tables or to send their children to school, among life’s other basic needs. Today, no amount of propaganda can give the Government the positive spin it so desperately wants. Thousands have been indelibly scarred and entire communities have been thrown into disarray.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Courtois gets all-clear after head injury

first_img“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all-clear,” Chelsea said in a statement published on their website.“Thibaut was treated for a minor cut to his ear and was released from hospital last night. He is expected to report for international duty later this week.”Courtois wrote on Twitter: “Thanks for all the messages! I’m already feeling better. Now I’m resting to be recovered and back on the pitch soon. Great victory yesterday.”Sanchez caught Courtois’s head with his hip as he chased a pass from Jack Wilshere into the Chelsea box in the 10th minute of the match at Stamford Bridge.Courtois continued playing after receiving treatment, but he was eventually obliged to give way to Petr Cech in the 24th minute, with television pictures showing blood running from his right ear.The Football Association introduced new rules in August obliging clubs to substitute any player suspected of having lost consciousness during a Premier League game.“If there has been a confirmed or suspected period of loss of consciousness, the player must be removed from the field of play, and not be allowed to return,” the new guidelines state.But Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that he felt his medical staff had made the “correct” decision when they initially allowed Courtois to remain on the pitch.“We have Dr (Paco) Biosca, which is the head of the medical department, and he has his people,” Mourinho told his post-match press conference.“I always tell them that when I’m on the bench, I don’t want to communicate with them. I don’t want them to tell me, ‘The player has this, the player has that.’ I just want them to give me a decision.“And they gave me the decision and for me, that’s correct — the club doctor or the club medical department to take control and take responsiblity.”Courtois, 22, has supplanted Cech as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper this season after spending the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, October 6- Chelsea announced on Monday that their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been given the all-clear after he sustained a head injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal.The Belgium international had to go off in the first half of Sunday’s Premier League game after a collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and was taken to hospital for tests.last_img read more

Former mayor honored

first_imgShe wanted to remind people to focus on what they have, she said. She turned to Christiansen’s four grandsons. “Every time you take a bite of a doughnut,” she said, “think of Opa.” Christiansen died at the age of 64 on Aug. 29 while undergoing treatment for cancer. He is survived by his wife, Jolanda, daughters Claudia and Silvia, four grandsons, a brother and a sister. His death was somewhat unexpected, Jolanda Christiansen said in an earlier interview. “He did have cancer and complications, but he was still on chemo and it wasn’t expected that quickly,” she said. “When we’re a certain age, 64 is nothing. At 34 it’s old, but at 64 there’s still so much time left.” Photo Gallery: Memorial for Christian Christiansen COVINA – Family, friends and colleagues of former Covina mayor Christian Christiansen gathered at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church to say goodbye Friday. In one of the more personal reminiscences of Chris Christiansen, as he was known, his daughter Claudia Pearson’s mother-in-law, Linda, pulled a doughnut out of her purse. Christiansen, who owned the doughnut shop “Donuts Galore,” was often seen carrying a pink box of the sugary treats. “Chris loves donuts,” Linda Pearson said, then read a poem. “As you travel life’s road, whatever your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.” Christiansen emigrated from Germany in 1956 at the age of 13 with his parents, who were bakers. He served in the Army from 1963 to 1966, was a California Highway Patrol officer from 1967 to 1997, a councilman from 1993 to 2001, and a member of the Covina Breakfast Lions Club for 25 years. Among the mourners in the church pews were Christiansen’s City Council colleagues, uniformed CHP officers and Lions Club members. Jim Parker, a family friend, recalled Christiansen’s frequent visits to the city’s senior center. “We have lost a good friend,” Parker said. “(He) gave of himself constantly so that others might have a better way of life.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want 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

Allardyce exclusive: Martinez ‘will bounce back and come stronger than ever’

first_imgSunderland manager Sam Allardyce has backed Roberto Martinez to ‘bounce back and come stronger than ever’ after he was sacked by Everton on Thursday.Big Sam’s Black Cats secured Premier League survival with a 3-0 victory over the Toffees, which was the final straw in the Spaniard’s reign on Merseyside.The Blues will finish no higher than 11th in the Premier League this season after a disappointing campaign. The 42-year-old had lost the backing of the Goodison Park faithful – just two years after guiding them to a highest-ever points total.“Managers understand the stresses and strains and I would have hoped Everton would remain a bit more patient,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“His third season might not have been as good as he wanted but maybe he’d have taken it on next year and sorted it out.“But of course we know there’s not a lot of patience today in football so I am sure he will bounce back and come stronger than ever, somewhere probably in the Premier League.”A number of big names have been touted to replace Martinez in the Goodison hotseat – former Everton striker Andy Gray tipped Mark Hughes for the post on talkSPORT on Friday.Former Ajax manager Frank De Boer is the bookies’ favourite, while current Premier League bosses Ronald Koeman and Eddie Howe have also been tipped.  Allardyce continued: “I think Everton have got a chance – if they have got a bigger pot and fund before – they have got a fantastic team.“I think someone with Premier League experience would be suited to Everton, as David [Moyes] and Roberto [Martinez] have done recently.“Moyesey built a great side, Roberto seemed to take it on and just slipped up this year so if they follow the same route with a manager with Premier League experience that might move them forward and take them to the next level.“last_img read more

And they called it the Streak

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – It’s the 20-year anniversary of the end of Canyon High’s 46-game football winning streak, and it seems like a long time ago only for those who don’t understand the frenzied passion of Cowboy football back in the 1980s. It was then that the team reached the pinnacle of success – including three consecutive section titles beginning in 1983 – under a fiery young coach named Harry Welch. At the time, Canyon’s winning streak was the longest in the nation. But in 1986, the Cowboys faced a difficult challenge against fellow state power Antelope Valley in a rematch of the 1985 Northwestern Conference championship, which Canyon won 9-7. It was a typical November evening in Lancaster: cold, windy and buzzing with excitement, as revenge-hungry Antelope Valley – which returned most of its key starters from the previous season – faced a Canyon team that, like always, believed it could not lose. Antelope Valley (6-1-1), averaging 30 points per game, was also terrific. Eighteen starters returned, including BYU-bound running back Eric Mortensen, legendary multipurpose star Shon Grimes, quarterback Ron Whipple, and standout linebackers Mike Stewart and Billy Wilson. It also had sophomore defensive lineman Tommie Smith, whom many consider to this day to be California’s greatest all-around prep player. “Obviously, it was a big night,” recalled Cross, who now lives in Colorado and works in the computer business. “With the success we had over the years, there were an awful lot of teams that wanted to beat us, Antelope Valley in particular. “They were very, very hungry to beat us, but by that time, I had never really considered the possibility of losing.” The winter conditions were just the way Antelope Valley liked it. Stiff cold winds gusted, and a capacity crowd packed Moyse Field to see if this was finally the night the mighty Cowboys would be knocked off their horses. Antelope Valley, under coach Brent Newcomb, had won several section titles through the years. But Canyon had defeated its Golden League rival five times in a row, and none of the games was closer than Canyon’s two-point victory the previous December. “I remember the night well. It was a big game for us up here and a big game for the whole community,” recalled Newcomb, who has been retired for three years. Grimes had told the Daily News: “I’ve been waiting the whole season for this. We thought we could beat them in last year’s title game, and we almost did, and we have a lot better team this year. We’re way better this year.” Welch, then 41 with a career record of 57-5, believed Canyon was the underdog – and he said so in the newspaper. “Antelope Valley will probably win the game,” Welch told the Daily News. “They are bigger, stronger, faster and more motivated than us. Heck, they almost beat us in the championship game, and 80percent of our players from that team graduated, and not too many of theirs did. They’ve waited a year for revenge, and they’ll probably get it.” Brian Stiman, then Canyon’s top assistant, recalled Antelope Valley as “a very intense group.” “They were a very good football team, and there was no question about it,” Stiman said. But Canyon, which had yet to lose a Golden League game under Welch, was not going to make it easy. A team on a mission Antelope Valley played like a team on a mission that night, jumping to a two-touchdown halftime lead on Travis Kurtz’s 24-yard return of a blocked punt, followed by Grimes’ 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. On its first six offensive possessions, Canyon totaled 60 yards and was twice stopped on fourth down. What many remember most about the game wasn’t that Canyon had fallen behind by three touchdowns, but that some terrible calls went against Canyon. During Grimes’ 81-yard touchdown return, it appeared at least two Canyon players were clipped, and Welch argued bitterly – to the tune of two 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties. A Canyon player also was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the touchdown, so, amazingly, Antelope Valley kicked off from Canyon’s 15-yard line. “I remember one of the officials actually threw a flag on the play when he saw the clip, then put it back in his pocket after it was returned for a touchdown,” Welch recalled. “That ended up being the difference in the game. On another play, our punter, Tom Gahry, had his leg broken, but no one made a call. How could that be?” Later, Canyon learned two of the officials that night were members of Antelope Valley’s faculty, Stiman said. “It was definitely not a favorable situation for us,” Stiman said. Canyon had difficulty stopping Mortensen, who carried 39 times for 252 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown that gave Antelope Valley a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. Canyon’s vaunted veer offense had trouble moving the ball, and when the score remained 21-0 midway through the fourth, it did not look good for the Cowboys. But a team doesn’t win 46 in a row by giving up, and Canyon, which had come back from large deficits several times during the streak, didn’t fold. Sollom hit Zeigler on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 7:45 remaining. Then, with Antelope Valley driving again, Mortensen fumbled and Canyon recovered on its own 27 with just more than two minutes left. Sollom engineered a five-play, 73-yard touchdown drive, culminating on Cross’ 8-yard touchdown run. Canyon then stopped Antelope Valley on three downs, forced a punt and took over on the Antelopes’ 41 with 31 seconds left. Sollom hit Zeigler on a 28-yard pass, then found Ernie Figueroa – at 5 feet 4 the smallest player on the field – on a 13-yard touchdown pass with a five seconds remaining to pull within a point, 21-20, and the Canyon fans went crazy. “I couldn’t believe we still had a chance to win after falling behind by 21 points,” recalled Figueroa, who still lives in Canyon Country and works as a grocery-store assistant manager. “I think that showed everyone that Canyon was not a quitter. It was a great game and just a great time in my life.” Figueroa’s touchdown set up a make-or-break two-point conversion that people still talk about to this day. Canyon called an option left but from a unique formation, sending Zeigler in motion from left to right in hopes of drawing an Antelope Valley defender or two toward Zeigler and away from the play. Antelope Valley didn’t bite. “I remember it well. We were hanging by the skin of our teeth,” Newcomb said. “We were expecting the option, and when Zeigler went in motion, everyone stayed in their zone. It was a great scheme by our defensive coordinator, Lou Henderson.” Sollom took the snap, headed left and tried to punch it in himself but was tackled just shy of the goal line by James Richards and Harry Morrow. Might the outcome have been different had Sollom pitched to Cross? No one will ever know, and that’s OK because streaks are meant to be broken. “They had the perfect defense for that call,” Welch said. There were no regrets about calling the option play, as Figueroa remembered. “You can’t blame a game like that on one play,” Figueroa said. Cross, honestly, isn’t so sure things would have been different had Sollom pitched him the ball. “As I recall it, the play was just well-defended, and I think Ken saw some people outside that were obviously watching me, so he tried to turn it up field,” Cross said. “I don’t second-guess things like that, and I certainly don’t hold it against Ken Sollom. It was just a case of too little, too late.” Canyon’s players broke into tears but never lost Antelope Valley’s respect in a legendary showdown that fittingly came down to the final moments. “Brent Newcomb was a great coach,” Welch said. “A lot of people used to take shots at me in those days, but I’ll never forget what Brent said. He said Canyon football made everyone else raise their standards to a higher a level. What a great compliment from a guy who had won CIF championships.” The aftermath And they called it the streak. The streak was over, falling one victory shy of the then-state record of 47. “It was a little bit like losing a friend because by that time the streak had literally taken a life of its own. I became attached to it,” Welch said. “But looking back, I think I received too much credit for winning 46 in a row because we had so many great players, and that’s why we won so many games. “And I had arguably the best assistant in Brian Stiman, who was with me for 13 years. That gave us a big advantage.” Instantly, the T-shirts that booster parent Pam Beauer printed – “I Went Streaking With Harry & The Cowboys” – became collector’s items. “We made lots of souvenir items in those days, and I think we did 100 of those shirts that sold out right away,” Beauer recalled. “I still have one left in a drawer somewhere in our house, but I haven’t seen it in a long time.” After the game, a newspaper reporter called Welch at 1a.m. to set up a follow-up story at practice the following morning. “I was very concerned for my players and very protective,” Welch said. “I didn’t want them to lay blame.” Before that Saturday morning practice, Welch stopped at 7-11 in Canyon Country for a cup of coffee, his usual ritual before breaking down game film. “The fellow at the cash register, whom I didn’t know, said: `I can’t accept your money, coach. But why did you run that option?”‘ Looking back, Stiman said there was nothing like being a part of a football team with a “no-lose mentality,” even though Canyon’s invincibility did not last forever. “I’ll never forget this one time when a new assistant joined our staff and we were playing a tough opponent that week, and the new guy kind of blurted out, `Hey, what if we lose?”‘ Stiman said. “One of the other assistants, Bill Bost, just looked at him and said: `We don’t lose. Do you hear me? We don’t lose’ “And we didn’t. Forty-six in a row was just an amazing feeling, so amazing that I don’t think it will ever be repeated by a team from this area. Some teams get into the 20s or 30s, but believe me, it’s hard to keep it going all the way to 46. I was just glad to be part of it because it’s never going to happen again in my lifetime.” The 1986 season ended in the section semifinals when Canyon lost to Muir, 22-14, before 8,000 in Glendale – as Muir extended a winning streak of its own to 23. “I think at the time our thinking was we could always win no matter what the odds,” Cross said. “The system Harry had in place was very methodical. We were like a machine. Obviously, it was great to be a part of something so successful, so when we finally lost, it was heartbreaking. We had never known what it felt like to be vulnerable.” 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 MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system And, oh, what a game it was – every bit as dramatic and exciting as one would expect from two great high school teams facing off with so much on the line. The hype was there How big was this game? So big that an Antelope Valley cable television station sent a limousine to pick up Welch and his wife for a broadcast on the Tuesday before the game. Canyon’s success was well-documented because of the winning streak and three consecutive titles, and the Cowboys (8-0) featured Michigan-bound quarterback Ken Sollom, star running back Lance Cross and star receiver/defensive back Chad Zeigler. It also had several other top players that included safety Brian Schroeder, offensive tackle Justin Fix, defensive end Chris Peery and tight end Clint Beauer. last_img

How Man United could line up if they sign two of the best attackers in football

first_img 11 Centre-back: Phil Jones 11 Goalkeeper: David De Gea – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Manchester United line-up with Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann… Left-back: Ashley Young Right-back: Antonio Valencia 11 Central midfield: Paul Pogba Centre-back: Eric Bailly Right wing: Antoine Griezmann Central midfield: Nemanja Matic 11 11 11 11 11 Left-wing: Marcus Rashford 11 11 Attacking midfield: Eden Hazard You know the transfer window is around the corner when Manchester United are being linked with two transfers.In The Sun, it is being reported Jose Mourinho is plotting a British record £90million move to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard.And, as if that wasn’t enough, the Daily Mirror believe Atletico Madrid could sell Antoine Griezmann to the Red Devils after they took issue with Barcelona’s approaches for the player.Bearing in mind they already have a wealth of attacking talent, it might be tricky for Mourinho to fit the duo in his side.But, here at talkSPORT, after some work at the tactics board, we’ve somehow found a way.So, how could Manchester United line up if all this business is completed? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukakulast_img read more

How Man United missed out on €12million payday thanks to ex-Liverpool hero

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? huge blow REPLY Lionel Messi delivered another reminder of his enduring star quality as Barca quashed United’s hopes of another improbable Champions League comeback at the Nou Camp.The Red Devils had overcome a two-goal deficit at Paris St Germain last month but Messi’s first-half brace and a wonder strike from Coutinho ushered Barcelona towards a 4-0 aggregate win at the ground of one of the Premier League side’s greatest triumphs.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was insistent that the 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich would have no bearing on this quarter-final second leg and his remarks proved accurate.But if the Premier League side had been able to pull of an incredible comeback, they would have been in line for UEFA’s lucrative prize money for reaching the last four. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City David De Gea could do nothing to stop Coutinho’s rasping drive gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops tense revealed 2 Manchester United missed out on a whopping €12MILLION pay day thanks to Philippe Coutinho.The former Liverpool midfielder managed to get on the scoresheet as Barcelona romped to a 3-0 win over the Red Devils on Tuesday night.center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ As announced at the end of last season, sides in the last four can expect to win €12m, while those who qualify for the final pocket an additional €15million.To give United credit, they started brightly in Catalonia and could have taken the lead through Marcus Rashford.When played through by Paul Pogba, the striker hit the bar with a toe poke which would have levelled the tie on aggregate. latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Philippe Coutinho’s goal was worth €12million last_img read more