Spencer softball outlasts Stratford in slugfest

first_imgWeber earns win, hits home run for RocketsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Spencer scored in every inning and held off a rally from Stratford to beat the Tigers 15-9 in a nonconference game Tuesday at Hilgemann Field.Spencer (8-2) smashed 16 hits as eight of its nine starters collected at least one hit and one RBI.The Rockets led 7-0 after 2 ½ innings before Stratford (9-3) scored five times in the bottom of the third to make a game of it.Spencer pulled ahead 14-8 after scoring three times in the top of the sixth and kept the Tigers at bay.Macie Weber earned the win on the mound for the Rockets, striking out six and walking seven in seven innings. She also hit a home run and scored twice.Kallie Reckner went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, Lexi Baehr added three hits and three RBIs and scored four times, and Jenna Schober had four RBIs for the Rockets.Kaylee Geiger and Sammy Kaiser each had two hits and three RBIs for Stratford.“Both teams certainly hit the ball very well tonight,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “I give Stratford a lot of credit the way they battled back after being down 7-0. They are a well-coached team, and there is a good chance we will meet again (in the playoffs).“All of our girls were on a tear tonight. Kallie Reckner is really seeing the ball well right now.”Stratford hosts Auburndale, and Spencer is at Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 15, Tigers 9Spencer 241 223 1 – 15 16 0Stratford 005 211 0 – 9 11 0WP: Macie Weber. LP: Lorrie Luepke.SO: Weber 6; Luepke 1. BB: Weber 7; Luepke 9.Top hitters: SP, Courtney Buss 2 runs; Weber 2×5, HR, 2 runs; Cinnamin Harwood 2×5, 2 runs; Lexi Baehr 3×4, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Kallie Reckner 4×4, 2B, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Jenna Schober 4 RBIs; Lindsay Vaughan 2×4. ST, Macey Kilty 2 runs; Luepke 2×3, 2B; Kaylee Geiger 2×4, 3 RBIs; Val Liccardi 2×3, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Sammy Kaiser 2×4, 2B, 3 RBIs.Records: Spencer 8-2; Stratford 9-3.last_img read more


14th Australian Masters Games

first_imgApproximately 8,000 people will travel to Geelong over the next week to take part in the 14th Australian Masters Games. Touch Football is one of 40 sports on offer at the event, with the Touch Football component of the event being held from Sunday, 6 October through to Wednesday, 9 October. The Touch Football competition will see two divisions compete – Men’s and Mixed – at King Lloyd Reserve in Geelong. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Australian Masters Games, please click on the link below:www.australianmastersgames.com.au.  Related LinksAus Masters Gameslast_img read more


9 months agoJuventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.” last_img read more


PRRD opens emergency operations centre after landslide

first_imgEarly Sunday, YRB said any residents that need help could also contact them or call the RCMP.For more pictures and video of the slide, click here. UPDATE – A small number of residents living near the Peace River Lookout have been evacuated.  Read more by clicking here.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has opened it’s emergency operations centre after a landslide on the Old Fort Road.The landslide happened sometime overnight Saturday and has blocked the Old Fort Road and residents who live in the Old Fort from accessing Fort St. John. The Peace River Regional District says a preliminary assessment from an engineer says there is no immediate risk to the community.Road access could be limited for 1-2 days. Residents are being asked to shelter in place (stay at home) unless advised by emergency personnel.  The Peace River Regional District is asking that the public stay clear of the slide area and do not cross as it is still active and continues to move.The Peace River Regional District is also asking the public to stay away from the Peace River Lookout on 265 Road (end of 100th Street).  Although the landslide can be seen from the Peace River Lookout, the area is unstable and still active and those viewing the slide from this area could be putting themselves at risk.  The Peace River Regional District will be putting measures in place to control and prohibit movement in this area for the safety of the public.The public needs to stay clear of the slide area and do not cross it as it is still active and continues to move.Residents requiring information or assistance may call the Peace River Regional District 250 784-3200.last_img read more


Which Picks Did NFL Mock Drafts Get Most Wrong

Green BayRashan GaryDE1211.2+0.8 PittsburghDevin BushLB1015.5-5.5 WashingtonDwayne HaskinsQB158.8+6.2 TennesseeJeffery SimmonsDT1929.5-10.5 With the first round of the NFL draft complete, it appears that the wisdom of the crowds wasn’t particularly wise. The first three picks went relatively as expected, but the draft went off script with the Oakland Raiders’ pick at No. 4 overall: defensive end Clelin Ferrell of Clemson — a player who mock drafters believed would go somewhere in the middle of the first round. The Raiders’ pick was the first of many that defied expectations and left amateur GMs scratching their heads.In the case of the New York Giants, some fans were banging their heads against the wall and collapsing in tears. New York, which passed on many quarterbacks a year ago to take running back Saquon Barkley, took Duke QB Daniel Jones at No. 6. Jones averaged a 20.4 pick in mock drafts taken in the last 30 days before the draft but came off the board an eyebrow-raising 14.4 picks earlier. The Giants seemed to be trying to get ahead of a quarterback run that didn’t exist: Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins lasted until Washington took him at No. 15 (6.2 picks later than expected), and no subsequent QBs were taken on Thursday night.But the New York football Giants, armed with three picks in the first round alone, weren’t finished reaching. Using the 17th overall pick they acquired when they dealt Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants selected DT Dexter Lawrence of Clemson, 10.5 picks earlier than expected. The Giants were able to capture some surplus value with their third and final pick of the first round, however: Georgia CB Deandre Baker lasted 3.2 picks longer than expected and should help fill the void in the Giants secondary that was left when Eli Apple was traded to New Orleans last October for picks in the fourth and seventh rounds. Tampa BayDevin WhiteLB57.0-2.0 The NFL draft has been full of surprisesThe first round of the 2019 NFL draft by each player’s pick and his average draft position (ADP) in mock drafts since March 26, 2019 New EnglandN’Keal HarryWR3229.3+2.7 WashingtonMontez SweatDE2610.6+15.4 MiamiChristian WilkinsDT1319.0-6.0 BaltimoreMarquise BrownWR2525.4-0.4 Green BayDarnell SavageS2154.7-33.7 N.Y. GiantsDexter LawrenceDT1727.5-10.5 CincinnatiJonah WilliamsOT1113.3-2.3 The selections of Lawrence and Ferrell were part of a larger trend: NFL GMs appear to have been particularly enamored with Clemson players. Three Tiger defensive standouts from the national championship team were selected in the first round, and they went 10.5 slots earlier on average than mock drafts predicted.A dominant theme of the night, as expected, was NFL teams trying to find the next star pass rusher. But it was a pass rusher who had the biggest slide down the board among the first-round selections. Washington appears to have gotten a substantial value when it selected Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat 26th overall. In a draft class stacked with edge rushing talent, Sweat came off the board 15.4 picks later than expected.1Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition earlier this year, which may have caused his stock to drop, but it was reported Thursday that the diagnosis could have been wrong.When we look at all 32 first-round picks, the correlation between what mock drafters expected and what actually occurred was about the same in 2019 as it was in 2018. In 2019, the average draft position in mock drafts explained 48 percent of variance, down slightly from 49 percent of variance explained in 2018. This year’s first round skewed toward reaches, with six teams trading up on draft day to get their guys. Overall, players came off the board six picks earlier than expected; last year, that difference was five spots.As a result, Day 2 of the draft should be one in which savvy teams can find more value than they may have initially anticipated. That could even drive more pick swapping, as teams look to swoop in and grab coveted players like mock draft darling D.K. Metcalf on the cheap. PhiladelphiaAndre DillardOT2217.6+4.4 CarolinaBrian BurnsLB1616.0+0.0 Sources: NFL, Ben Robinson HoustonTytus HowardOT2360.7-37.7 San FranciscoNick BosaDE22.1-0.1 OaklandJosh JacobsRB2427.2-3.2 N.Y. JetsQuinnen WilliamsDT33.7-0.7 DenverNoah FantTE2022.9-2.9 DetroitTJ HockensonTE813.0-5.0 AtlantaKaleb McGaryOT3143.3-12.3 teamplayerPositionpickADPdiff JacksonvilleJosh AllenLB73.7+3.3 BuffaloEd OliverDT99.3-0.3 L.A. ChargersJerry TilleryDT2831.6-3.6 MinnesotaGarrett BradburyC1825.7-7.7 N.Y. GiantsDaniel JonesQB620.4-14.4 SeattleL.J. CollierDE2962.9-33.9 OaklandJohnathan AbramS2733.6-6.6 OaklandClelin FerrellDE419.0-15.0 N.Y. GiantsDeandre BakerCB3026.8+3.2 AtlantaChris LindstromG1429.3-15.3 ArizonaKyler MurrayQB11.8-0.8 From ABC News: read more


Ohio States Goebel bashfully steps into captaincy spotlight

An admittedly shy Garrett Goebel blushed when first-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced him as one of five captains to lead the Buckeyes this fall. “I walked out there and my face got red,” the fifth-year senior said bashfully. For Goebel, the attention – the mere notion of interest ­­­­- is arguably a novelty. So is dealing with reporters, photographers and the hot lights from camera crews trying to get their scoop. And to the casual fan, the veteran 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman is, in all likelihood, a new face. While Goebel has made 44 tackles in 39 games for the Buckeyes, he’s managed to effectively fly under the radar in Columbus since arriving to campus in 2008. Now, such potential for innocuity seems to have evaporated as his honor as a captain has vaulted the Villa Park, Ill., native into the frenzy surrounding Meyer’s inaugural season at OSU. The lack of stardom isn’t something that often crosses Goebel’s mind, though. “I never really thought about it. I know I was never really too concerned. I just wanted to go out there and play good football,” he said. “I really don’t care too much about myself or being recognized or anything like that.” In fact, the active pursuit of being a captain, he said, wasn’t necessarily his aim. “I mean, I never really thought about it too much. Like, if it happens, it happens – it’s an honor. If it doesn’t, I’m not gonna get my head down or anything, you know, I’m still gonna go out there, work as hard as I can and lead,” Goebel said. “But it was just cool knowing that my teammates, you know, thought that highly of me.” In such a leadership role, Goebel automatically becomes an identifiable name for the Buckeyes – regardless of how much he likes the commotion around it all. And while some might wonder how a player with such a reserved disposition is best fit to lead, Goebel said his leadership is best demonstrated with his play, not his words. “I certainly say that I lead more by example but, you know, I still say stuff to people and, you know, make sure everyone knows what they’re doing and get everyone lined up,” he said. His content with being in the background, though, almost made him invisible to Meyer when he took over the OSU job in November. “I think I made the comment, I didn’t know Garrett. In the first four months I was here, he was just kind of a quiet guy that, you know, doesn’t look real good when we’re running around cones,” Meyer said at a Monday evening press conference. Meyer told reporters that the big man grew on him over time, though. Goebel said giving it his all day-in and day-out, especially during winter strength and conditioning drills, drew the attention of the former Florida coach. “I just worked as hard as I could every day – every day come in no matter what and just give it everything I had and do my best and I think he definitely appreciates guys that go hard all the time,” he said. Interesting enough, it seems that Goebel’s introverted, modest demeanor is nearly a perfect fit for the position he plays for the Buckeyes. Listed as the Buckeyes’ starter at nose tackle – arguably one of the most thankless positions in all of sports – Goebel is, and will be, responsible for doing what junior defensive tackle Johnathan “Big Hank” Hankins calls the “dirty work” for OSU’s “Silver Bullet” defense. “He’s probably one of the biggest pieces on our defense. He does all the dirty work, he takes up all the double teams – even though I take up double teams – but he does more of the dirty work,” Hankins said. “He’s a great leader for us, without him I feel like we would probably be kind of, like, out of shape because he basically knows the defense and he’s smart and he knows the play.” Similarly, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino said Goebel’s position is often unfairly unappreciated. “He’s our nose guard … He doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but he’s actually a very, very good player; for anybody who really knows football and watches him play, he’s actually a very, very good player,” he said. “Taking on 600 pounds every play is not an easy task, by no means, and he does a great job at that.” Despite Goebel’s low-key nature, Hankins said he knew his teammate would be a captain from the get-go, though. “Oh, I already knew he was going to become a captain. Since this year started, he took a leadership role and he just, you know I’m saying, worked hard, and I always looked up to him, watching film and learning from him,” he said. Sabino, who was also named a captain for 2012, said neither he nor the team was particularly surprised when Goebel’s name was called. “I think it’s probably more of a surprise to the media and everybody outside of the team, but Garrett comes to work everyday,” Sabino said. “He’s one of those players you know he’s going to do his assignment, it doesn’t matter whether it’s period one or period 40, he’s going to give it all he has. And you know, you’re going to get that regardless of the circumstances.”  That admiration, however, wasn’t just limited to Goebel’s teammates. Former OSU head coach and current defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Goebel is “that unsung hero.” “I’m just so happy that Coach (Meyer) really points it out. I think (Goebel’s) really grown on him,” Fickell said. “He sees what we try to do as a defense and what we ask that guy sometimes to do and, you know, it doesn’t come up in the stat sheet and you guys might not interview him a whole lot … but he is definitely one of the center points of the defense.” Fickell, who was a nose tackle for the Buckeyes from 1993-1996, seemed to understand the magnitude of Goebel’s honor. “To be named captain, I think – what an unbelievable feat,” Fickell said. For Goebel, it’s still a feat, though, that he didn’t entirely see coming. “My goal was to do everything I can and really didn’t think about it if everything worked out,” he said. “I mean, yeah, it would definitely be cool, but I really wasn’t thinking about it – I was thinking about just giving everything I had and just trying to lead the best I can.” read more


Patrick Kluivert thinks his son needs more time

first_imgThe former Barcelona star has shared his thoughts that his son Justin needs more time to improve and mature on- and off-field before moving on to Barcelona.Kluivert Jr. was told has to wait some more time before moving on to Barcelona by his own father, who himself is a former Catalan striker.Justin, who is currently playing at Ajax, has been certainly following his dad’s footsteps – he has been the center of attention for quite a few clubs ever since entering the football scene in Amsterdam.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The truth is that now is not the time,” Partick Kluivert claimed, according to the42.“He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides.”Barca are reportedly more than ready to make Kluivert Jr.’s dream reality already, but so are Milan and Roma.last_img read more


Bosnich defends Pogba from horror Tweet vs Mourinho

first_imgFormer United goalie Mark Bosnich, came out to defend Paul Pogba from the unfortunate Tweet he posted after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.There is no question that one of the most unfortunate moments in the Pogba vs Mourinho feud was the way in which it ended, but the Frenchman does have people like Mark Bosnich who are coming out in his defense.The former Manchester United goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sports TV to make his case that Paul Pogba never intended to come across as an insensitive player who celebrated that his manager got sacked.The main reason why Bosnich felt the need to defend Pogba was due to the comments of disdain that Gary Neville had against the midfielder, where he stated that Paul was ‘dancing on Jose Mourinho’s grave’ after posting that Tweet.“There’s two sides to every story, I also saw Gary Neville’s response that he thought it was rubbish the fact that it was a tweet that was scheduled,” Bosnich said to Omnisport via Four Four Two.“I think [ex-Arsenal striker] Ian Wright said that it was a scheduled tweet, so we don’t really know but the bottom line is it shouldn’t have been put out there. His people should’ve thought about the fact that somebody had just been sacked.”“I had the experience at Aston Villa with Ron Atkinson, who was a superb manager as well. Six months after winning the EFL Cup he was sacked by the late Doug Ellis and it’s really not a nice situation.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“With hindsight, regardless of whether it was scheduled or not that tweet shouldn’t have gone out.”“Social media wasn’t around in our era and the bottom line is, way back in that day, there were people in that side at Aston Villa who were feeling and acted privately in the way that it came across in the Pogba Instagram,” Bosnich added.“There wouldn’t have been a similar reaction because now you hit Instagram and it goes to the whole world,” he concluded.This is what @paulpogba tweeted and then deletedWas this an ill-timed sponsored tweet or a perfectly timed dig at departing @ManUtd manager Jose Mourinho? pic.twitter.com/XQdwsinxkm— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) December 18, 2018last_img read more


Were underdogs Schalkes Nastasic

first_imgThe German club will play against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, and they know the Citizens are favorites.On Wednesday, German Bundesliga club Schalke is set to play against English Premier League side Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.The game will be played at Veltins-Arena, but still, the Germans are considered the underdogs in the game.Schalke is currently in the 14th position of the Bundesliga table, with only 23 points after six wins, five draws and eleven defeats.Meanwhile, Manchester City is on the first position of the Premier League with 65 points after 21 wins, two draws, and four losses.“We are facing one of the best teams in the whole of Europe”, said Schalke’s Matija Nastasic to the club’s web portal.“City basically don’t have any weaknesses. They score lots of goals, are technically amazing, press effectively and have great players in every position.”“We won’t let ourselves be beaten for kick-off. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy and we know we will go into the game as the underdogs,” he explained.“Despite that, we still have a chance. With our fans behind us, we will give everything we’ve got.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For me, they have continually improved. The football they play is sometimes incredible. There’s barely a team that is as good as them,” he continued.“Their squad has changed just like ours has, but there are a number of backroom staff who are still at the club.”“I hope we will have some time to meet up before the game though. At the moment the only important thing is the 90 minutes, which I am fully focused on!” the Serb concluded.Before joining Schalke in 2015, Matija Nastasic played for three years with Manchester City in the EPL.The former Fiorentina, Teleoptik and Partizan player has enjoyed his best football with the Bundesliga team.Prep for the @ChampionsLeague is underway ✨#s04 #S04MCI #UCL pic.twitter.com/UvMhBcBMMX— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) February 18, 2019last_img read more


WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN THE AREA Pizza Wars Set For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 3rd Annual Pizza Wars is back by demand to kick off the 2019 Relay for Life of Wilmington-Billerica-Tewksbury season.Come on down to the Wilmington Middle School Cafeteria (25 Carter Lane) on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and be the judge of pizza provided by your local pizza shops from all three towns.For a donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child (ages 5-13), and FREE for 4 and under, you can try a piece from each place. When you’re done, you can vote for which place has the best pizza!RSVP HERE so event organizers can plan on how many will attend and for instructions on advanced payment.Watch video highlights from last year’s Pizza Wars HERE. Last year’s winners can be found HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2nd Annual Taste of Towns Pizza War Set For February 12 At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Community”Wilmington Relay For Life’s Pizza War Kicks Off 2017 EventIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, January 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more