Photo courtesy U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wyatt L. Anthony.Shawnee Mission Northwest grad promoted to Chief Petty Officer in U.S. Navy. Nick Kolakowski, a 2002 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest, in September was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Kolakowski, who previously served as a Chief Aviation Electronics Technician, took part in a CPO pinning ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Sept. 15. As a CPO, he will serve in a role that includes both technical expertise and leadership. CPOs are the senior non-commissioned officers in the Navy.Shawnee Mission East swimmer Emma Linscott commits to Minnesota. Shawnee Mission East swimmer Emma Linscott this weekend announced she had verbally committed to the University of Minnesota for her collegiate career. A butterfly and freestyle specialist, Linscott took 2nd place in the 100-fly at the state championships in 2016 and 2017 and 4th place in the 50-freestyle in 2017.
The Washington Redskins lost to the Minnesota Vikings 38-30 at home. Injuries continued to hurt the Redskins this week on both sides of the ball, but this was a winnable game. Today’s loss dropped them below .500 to four wins and five losses. The battle for a playoff spot will be uphill from here on out.Quarterback: Kirk Cousins continues to not be the Redskins’ problem, but could have played better. Cousins threw for 327 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, and added two touchdowns rushing. Even though we would have liked to see Cousins throw for more than one TD, it’s hard to blame a QB who puts up 30 points with little to no help from his RBs. Grade BRunning Backs: Lead back Rob Kelley went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return. Even with Kelley, the Redskins rushing attack has been atrocious, routinely averaging around three yards per carry. Today saw a similar pattern, with Kelley, Chris Thompson, and rookie Samaje Perine combining for 71 yards rushing on 22 attempts (3.23 YPC). Thompson continued to be involved in the passing game, racking up 41 yards receiving. Grade CReceivers: Former practice squad player Maurice Harris had what might be the catch of the year for the Redskins only receiving TD in the first quarter. Other than Harris’ gem, Redskins receivers were nothing to write home about. They were again led in yards by a tight end; Vernon Davis racked up 76 yards on seven receptions with Jordan Reed out. Jamison Crowder also added 76 yards to lead WRs in yards. Terrelle Pryor continued to be a complete non-factor this week. Grade B-Offensive Line: Kirk Cousins was sacked only once this week for fourteen yards lost, an improvement on past weeks. While the RB committee’s 3.23 YPC is still poor, it is up from past weeks as well. Considering how injury plagued the OL is, this week was not horrendous. Grade BDefensive Line: Case Keenum was sacked zero times. He had all the time needed to drop back and throw for four touchdowns. The DL is riddled with injuries, but the Redskins need to find a way to deal with it soon, as it is a major problem in their defense. Grade FLinebackers: The Linebackers were not any better than the DL. Partially responsible for Keenum’s ample pocket time, and partially responsible for poor coverage, the Linebackers were a problem this week. Grade FSecondary: DJ Swearinger had two INTs late in the game. Other than that, it would be difficult to find positives in the secondary. All four of Keenum’s TD passes were to different receivers, and Adam Thielen tore them apart for 166 yards and a touchdown. Grade DSpecial teams: Kicker Nick Rose was three for three on field goals and three for three on extra points, including a 55 yard FG. It would have been nice to see Rose pull off an onside kick to get the ball back for a final drive, but that might be asking too much. Grade A-Coaching staff: Giving Terrelle Pryor’s snaps to Maurice Harris paid off nicely this week. It was also a good call to have Samaje Perine run it on 4th and 1; his conversion led to a Cousins rush TD. When it comes down to it, there’s little a coach can do to make his secondary not get torn apart, which is what happened today. Grade A-Overall: Today’s loss boiled down to bad defense. Corners and safeties were routinely beat and Case Keenum had nothing but time to work. Grade CPlease follow and like us:
A motorcyclist had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital after he slammed into a minibus at Houston, Georgetown.The seriously injured motorcyclist has been identified as Rawle Hugh, 43, a contractor of Georgetown.According to reports, the incident occurred at about 19:00h as the man was returning from a staff party.When this newspaper arrived on the scene, eyewitnesses related that the motorcyclist was heading to the city at a fast rate when he lost control of motorcycle, CE 7479, and slammed into the minibus.Public spirited persons rushed to his assistance and managed to pull him from the wreckage.Hugh was taken to the hospital where it was reported that he suffered neck injuries and lost most of his teeth.According to a friend of the injured man, just a few minutes before the accident, he was told not to ride home as he was consuming alcohol but he persisted and left.The Police have launched an investigation.