GAME NOTES: No. 18 West Florida Prepares for Two GSC Weekend Matches

first_imgGAME NOTES: No. 18 West Florida Prepares for Two GSC Weekend Matches Share Marissa Love picked up her first assist last Saturday vs. Christian Brothers (Photo by Ron Besser) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. –  The No. 18 West Florida women’s soccer team heads into this weekend with a record of 10-2 and an undefeated 3-0 mark in Gulf South Conference play.  UWF will first host Alabama-Huntsville on Friday night at 5 p.m., and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. the Argos will battle Delta State to close out the homestand.COMPLETE GAME NOTESNOTES & PROGRAMS PAGEGSC WINNING STREAK: The Argos extended their Gulf South Conference regular season winning streak to 45 games last weekend in a 4-0 shutout win over Christian Brothers.  UWF has gone undefeated in regular season GSC play since 2003, and the team has lost just three games in GSC play in 10 seasons under head coach Joe Bartlinski.  The team’s last regular season GSC loss was Oct. 19, 2003 in a 2-1 match at Harding.RECORDS WATCH: Shakira Duncan has now moved into fourth place in UWF history with 47 career goals and third with 117 points.  Dernelle Mascall is the all-time leader in both categories with 56 goals and 146 points.  Brianna Oeser ranks second in goals at 54 and Shaneka Gordon is third at 48.  Duncan also entered the top ten in assists, as she now ranks ninth with 23 in her career.  Jodi-Ann Robinson has 14 goals, and despite this being her first year she is already the team’s active leading goal-scorer behind Duncan.REGIONAL RANKINGS: The first set of NCAA regional rankings came out this week, and West Florida is third in the South Region behind Rollins and Florida Southern, in that order.  Of the top five teams in the region, UWF has already faced the other four, and the team’s only two losses this year have been to the two teams ranked above them.  The top six teams in the region, including automatic qualifying conference champions from the GSC and Sunshine State Conference, will advance to NCAA postseason play.  The two top-rated teams are eligible to host the first and second rounds, providing they placed a bid to host and have adequate facilities and accommodations for teams and fans.CONFERENCE STANDINGS: UWF is one of two teams undefeated in conference play, as the Argos are 3-0 and North Alabama is 4-0.  Last year’s race came down to the same two teams; UWF finished the year 7-0 in conference play and UNA was second at 6-1, and the Argos also defeated the Lions in the GSC Tournament finals.  The Argos’ opponents this week, UAH and Delta State, are 2-2 and 0-4 in GSC play this year, respectively.IMPACT FRESHMEN: Kaitlyn Kutemeyer and Ann Ilin Osland each had multi-goal games over the last week.  Kutemeyer, a freshman from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., scored twice in the 4-0 win over Christian Brothers.  On the road at Montevallo on Tuesday, Osland, a freshman out of Norway, scored twice with two assists as well.  Both players have taken over spots in the starting lineup, as Kutemeyer holds down the defensive center midfield spot and Osland as an attacking midfielder.DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS: Shakira Duncan (14) and Jodi-Ann Robinson (14) give West Florida two players with 10 goals or more this season, marking the fourth straight year UWF has had two double-digit scorers.  The Argos had four double digit scorers in 2009 (Duncan 33, Shaneka Gordon 25, Dernelle Mascall 14, Marcela Franco 10) and 2008 (Gordon 23, Franco 20, Mascall 18, Jodi Galucci 10) and two in 2007 (Mascall 24, Galucci 10).MALAVASSI VS. MONTEVALLO: Sophomore Monica Malavassi has faced Montevallo twice in her career, and in both games versus the Falcons she has scored twice, marking her career high.  The Costa Rica native scored twice and added one assist in Tuesday’s 7-1 win against at UM.  Malavassi now has five goals this season and 11 in her two-year career.MOVIN’ UP: The Argos moved up two spots in this week’s NSCAA national poll, going from No. 20 to No. 18.  UWF started the year ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll.  After two losses during the second week of the year, the Argos dropped out of the top 25 and have since been working to get back into the national spotlight.WIN NUMBER 350: Head coach Joe Bartlinski picked up career win number 350 on Sept. 24 against Lynn.  Bartlinski went 195-30-5 at his previous school Brevard College, and at West Florida he is now 158-23-9 (.855).  Between both schools, Bartlinski now is 353-53-14 (.857).NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS: Entering this week, West Florida is fourth in the country with 3.73 goals per game.  Individually, Shakira Duncan ranks second (3.09) and Jodi-Ann Robinson third (3.00) in points per game.  Robinson is also second in goals per game (1.27) and Duncan is fourth (1.18).  Duncan finished last season as the NCAA Division II leader in points per game (3.43) and goals per game (1.435), leading to her Daktronics National Player of the Year award.GSC ALL-TIME TEAM: UWF boasted 21 total selections to the GSC All-Time Soccer Team, including 13 women’s players, it was announced by the conference office over the summer.  Joe Bartlinski was named the top coach in the 14-year history of the GSC, and six former Argos were first team selections.UWF Selections to GSC All-Time Team:First Team: Courtney Jones (2006-09) First Team: Shameka Gordon (2008-09)First Team: Marcela Franco (2005-09) First Team: Dernelle Mascall (2007-09)First Team: Brook Pace (1997-00) First Team: Shaneka Gordon (2008-09)Second Team: Mandy Harland (1996-99) Second Team: CiCi Marrero (2002-05)Second Team: Lindsay Nemanich (2002-06) Honorable Mention: Anna Thorsteinsdottir (2003-04)Honorable Mention: Shakira Duncan (2009) Honorable Mention: Mauricia Nicholson (2002-06)NCAA LEADER: Joe Bartlinski began his career at West Florida in 2001, and entering this season UWF has won more games (150) and held a higher winning percentage (.858) than all other NCAA schools in the state of Florida over that span.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland visits Muskegon, marvels at the USHL’s young talent

first_img $0.00 Report a problem This item is… Share Mail Displayed poorly ENDS IN FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… ENDS IN Ads by Amazon × Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Other Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 × Other Bestseller Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Other By Dave HartLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – The L.C. Walker Arena had three special guests at Saturday night’s contest between the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Team USA Under-18 national squad.Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland was present, along with two very well-known former Red Wings – the legendary Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper. Their presence was not announced to the crowd, but plenty of fans noticed them and word spread quickly.Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland talks with LSJ reporter Dave Hart.Holland, who came to scout some of the great young talent that the United States Hockey league has to offer, stood on the concourse and politely chatted with anyone who approached him.He quickly agreed to a between-periods interview with LocalSportsJournal.com, and talked about all the prospects he was watching, particularly on the super-talented Team USA U-18 roster.“Team USA has a number of players who are going to go high in the draft and throughout the draft,” said Holland, who started his off-ice career as a scout, from 1985-97. “These players work hard all year to go to the NHL Combine at the end of the year.“I’m also going to watch the U-18 team on Sunday, before our game against Dallas. They have lots of great players, so I’m going to watch them when I get a chance. I live five minutes away from where Team USA plays (in Plymouth, Michigan), and sometimes I see them when they play other USHL teams.”Holland was happy about what he saw on the ice. Team USA cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Lumberjacks, but it was Muskegon’s first loss of the season. The Jacks are currently 8-1 and have plenty of talent themselves.“It’s a great league that had about 60 players drafted last season,” Holland said. “Many of the players end up playing college hockey.“There are advantages and disadvantages (to drafting young USHL players), One of the advantages is we own the players’ rights for four years while they are in college. You can give them the development time, if needed.”Steve Yzerman takes notes in a suite at the LC Walker Arena during the Lumberjacks game on Saturday.The Red Wings currently need all the young talent they can stock up on, as evidenced by their current struggles on the ice.Through 10 games of the 2018-19 season, Detroit has only managed one win and has four points in the standings, which is last in the entire National Hockey League.“We are obviously building, and we have to build it with young players, so I’ve been out watching more amateurs over the last two years than I have been, but I’ve always liked to go out,” Holland said. “I like to go out to the World Junior tournament at Christmas time, it’s the best junior tournament in the world.”Despite the slow start, Holland is optimist that the Red Wings can turn it around. He doesn’t believe the team is really as bad as its current record indicates.“We expected to have a better record than what we have now.” he said. “It’s been a very disappointing start. We had two games where we got blown out in Boston and in Montreal. But if you take out empty- net goals, the other eight games were basically one-goal contests.“We have some young forwards with a lot of responsibilities that they didn’t have last year, but we want to have a better win-loss record than we have, and I know our guys are digging in. We need to find a way to generate more offense.” ENDS IN Displayed poorly (34271) DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… (822) × × Former Detroit Red Wing Chris Draper talks during the Lumberacks game against Team USA U18 on Saturday. Not relevant Other Bestseller Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. 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Racism: T-shirts No Longer Enough, Says Nigerian Basketballer Aminu

first_imgNigeria international and Orlando Magic power forward Al-Farouq Aminu, has said that having already protested against racism over the years the NBA needs to make even more of a statement.North America’s men’s NBA basketball season resumed Wednesday after it was put on hold on 11 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The intervening months have also seen the Black Lives Matter movement return to prominence following the death in the United States of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while a police officer knelt on his neck. Like other sports around the world the NBA has been discussing how it will show its support in the battle against racism.“We have already taken action, as we’ve had ‘I can’t breathe shirts’” the 29-year-old told BBC Sport Africa, referring to the stance of players in 2014 following the death or Eric Garner at the hands of police in New York.“We’ve seen guys be very vocal about the matters.“I think what a lot of people forget is that we had a black president, we had a black Attorney General and we had let’s say many of the best basketball players in the world are black.“All those different things happened after the Black Lives first happened and the movement first started.“So I don’t believe that these gestures are 100% the remedy, obviously it is nice to bring awareness to different things like that but after a while you have to get the job done.”“And I think that that’s what I’ve been emphasizing to the players, this time is on. I’m not really a one to protest that way.“A dangerous man is one who doesn’t care about the consequences.“We have to make sure that the consequences for doing these egregious acts are very high so that people don’t even think it’s something that they could maybe get away with or even want to consider doing.”Aminu was born in the USA but now plays internationally for Nigeria, helping them win the 2015 African Basketball Championships, and is in contact with friends and family in Africa.He is keen to explain that despite all the problems that Africa faces the Black Lives Matter should also resonate on the continent.“I’ve heard some of those same sentiments and something that I would encourage them to understand is that Nigeria was colonized as well,” he pointed out.“And those same type of rules and tactics are in systematic racism.“Racism was implied for Africa as well and it’s done in different ways.”He explained that when African nations declared independence all they got was actually their own land returned to them.“That isn’t land given, there hasn’t been money given, there hasn’t been resources given after what was being done.“So, I think that the reason that it relates to everybody, because it’s a human thing, I think that humans should be treated equally.“I don’t think that anybody should be underneath the law in the sense of being able to not find any justice and not to be treated as a decent human being.“So whether that is happening in Nigeria, or happening in Antartica and or on another planet, I think that as human we should always understand that there’s no reason to treat each other in an inappropriate way.”The NBA regular season and play-offs are being completed at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.To limit the number of personnel inside the NBA ‘bubble’, only 22 of the league’s 30 teams are taking part. Franchises with no chance of progressing to the post-season are not involved.Aminu’s Orlando Magic side re-start their season on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Oscar Pistorius trial shown in South African classrooms

first_imgLIVE TELEVISION BROADCASTS of the murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius have taken the dramatic case into living rooms around the world – and into classrooms in his home country.When Faith Kholofelo took her exams in June she faced a question about the trial – one of many students being taught legal principles through the courtroom lens.While adults have been quick to judge the innocence or guilt of the star sprinter, students are taught to take a more measured approach and see Pistorius as innocent until proven guilty.“Teachers say we must wait until the court decides,” said Kholofelo, an 18-year-old dressed in the grey and yellow school uniform of Lotus Gardens Secondary School in Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital.Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of Valentine’s Day last year.The double-amputee claims he mistakenly shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door, believing she was an intruder in his upmarket Pretoria home.Prosecutors argue that he deliberately killed the 29-year old law graduate after an argument.“You have the right to fight until you’re found guilty or innocent,” said Donnavan Fourie, a 14-year-old wearing a green tracksuit jacket with a black backpack slung over his shoulder.“Everyone has the right to a fair trial. But you have to speak the truth,” said Fourie, on his way to Laerskool Boerefort in Pretoria. If you don’t speak the truth, someone will find out.‘Reserving judgement’As the Pistorius trial enters its last stages – lawyers presented final arguments this week – the decision to allow the trial to be broadcast live is already reaping educational benefits.“I’m not certain that in his decision to broadcast the trial (the judge) had education in the forefront of his mind, but it has had that unintended side effect and it has been a powerful tool,” said Kelly Phelps, a senior law lecturer at the University of Cape Town.“I think adults have been very quick to jump to judgement, whereas students have been much more open minded, much more sceptical in their approach,” said Phelps, who uses the Pistorius trial to teach legal concepts such as the burden of proof and inferential reasoning.Students are reserving their judgements until they’ve seen all the facts play out.The massive media attention on the trial has been criticised by Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux, who said some potential defence witnesses did not testify because the glare of the international media was too intense.But others say the case has proved instrumental in classrooms as a way to understand and analyse the past.“The positive side is that there has been a far greater awareness of the legal process because it has been played out at such length,” said John Illsley, a history teacher at Pretoria Boys High School where Pistorius was a pupil.Illsley said he was doing a lesson on French military leader Napoleon, when his students drew a parallel between the doomed conqueror and Pistorius.“They regarded it as a fall from grace,” said Illsley. “It’s interesting as to how a couple of the boys latched onto the Oscar trial as an example.”‘Exceptional’ trialOther teachers are incorporating the Pistorius trial into their curriculum.Willem Gravett, a lawyer and law lecturer at the University of Pretoria, says he plans to use tapes of the case to teach hundreds of students trial techniques in his civil procedure course, starting in September.“You have two of the best trial lawyers in South Africa against each other,” said Gravett, referring to Roux and prosecutor Gerrie Nel. “I don’t think you can get a better teaching tool.”It helps that the trial can be shown on the television, he said.“These days students want to see and hear, they don’t just want to hear from me standing in front of the classroom,” he said.“As a teaching tool to show how the criminal justice system works, the trial is exceptional.”- © AFP, 2014Read: The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial will be delivered on 11 SeptemberMore: Oscar Pistorius denies he was drunk during nightclub rowlast_img read more

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