Despite loss, Lions still among Shore’s elite

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Middletown High School North field hockey team looks to return to its winning ways after ending last week with a tough overtime loss to Ocean on a penalty stroke. Coach Bill Lafalce’s Lions are slated for three games this week with Middletown South, Manasquan and St. John Vianney providing the opposition. The loss to Ocean snapped a season-opening four-game winning streak for North, which finished last season at 15-5. “That was a tough loss, but our team has been playing very well,” Lafalce said. “Our goal from day one has been to win the division [Shore Conference Class A North]. Overall we have good balance, excellent defense and we can put the ball in the net. That should keep us in contention.” Forward Kelly Crist spearheads the offense with a team-leading eight goals. Junior Daniella Tarallo has three goals and midfielder Joanna DiPeiro has played a key role in getting the ball to the forwards and in sharing the penalty corners with Crist. Becca Flynn and junior Brittany Sticetta round out the front line. In addition, Alyssa Hansen, who splits her time between forward and midfield, is about to return to the lineup after recovering from a torn ACL. Joining DiPeiro in the middle are Lauren Janiac, junior Lisa Dean and freshman Joanna Pichardo, Sophomore Danielle Susi has been solid at sweeper. Nicole Mahoney, juniors Jess Chepauskas, Janna Harrington and Ashley Jeleniewski are the fullbacks. Junior Ashley Frick and sophomore Megan Trivett are sharing the goaltending duties. Lafalce noted that both netminders have been playing well. “We have the ability to control a game and that’s a big advantage, particularly with the Shore Conference being so wide open this year,” Lafalce said. “There are quite a few teams that are capable of winning the conference tournament and we want to be right there.” Notes… The race for the A North title should be a good one, as the Lions expect to battle with Ocean and an upstart Freehold Township team the rest of the way for the top spot. While the Spartans have established themselves early on as the team to beat in both the division and the conference, Freehold Township has proved to be much better than expected. The Patriots have been proving themselves to be more than the break-even team they’ve been (last year they were 8-8-2 and missed the state playoffs). They were unbeaten through the first seven games of the season (6-0-1), displaying a knack for winning one-goal games. “Every game has been a battle,” Kuras said. “The key game was a 1-0 win over Middletown South. We felt good about ourselves. It showed we are capable of playing at a higher level. “It gave us momentum and showed the girls we have an ability to win,” she added. As for the aforementioned Eagles, they improved to 2-3-1 with a 1-1 tie with Howell on Saturday. While not out of the A North race, they have some work to do if they hope to be a factor down the stretch. In the Class A Central race, Red Bank Catholic and St. John Vianney are setting the stage for a three-way battle with Manasquan for the title. RBC has the early edge, boasting a 5-0 divisional mark, including Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Lancers. Freshman forward Mara Catlaw scored the game’s only goal just 12 minutes into the contest, and the RBC defense did the rest. Vianney dropped to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the division, and will be looking forward to a rematch with the Caseys, scheduled for Oct. 11 in Colts Neck. The Class B Central race certainly has a different look to it this year. For the past 34 years, it has been Shore Regional on top, and everyone else playing for second place. The storied Blue Devil program had lost just two divisional games in its history, with the last coming to Monmouth in 1982. But on Sept. 16, Rumson-Fair Haven sent shock waves through the Shore with a 5-0 win over the Blue Devils, and the result is a divisional race that has been a long time coming. Shore has since rebounded nicely, and is still in the thick of the race at 5-1 (4-1 in the division), just one game behind the 6-0 Bulldogs. But lurking in the shadows are two other teams capable of joining the fray in Henry Hudson and Keyport. Hudson entered the week at 4-2 overall, while the Red Raiders are 5-3. While both teams will need to beat both Shore and RFH to have a shot at the divisional title, they will also need some help. It should be an interesting finish in the B Central race — which is something nobody’s been able to say in 34 years. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer Midd. North team falls in OT to No. 1 Ocean last_img read more

Sports Shorts

first_imgOn Saturday, June 24, the Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation (RAKMF) along with the Jersey Shore Running Club, will hold a 5K run starting at the Mountain Hill School in Middletown. The event will be a 3.1-mile race/walk meandering through Middletown’s scenic horse country. Kid’s race will follow. The event will start at 9 a.m. followed by an award ceremony, drinks, food and fun for the whole family. The Mountain Hill School is located on a very private 12 acres that includes a small farm and new playground. Ryan’s Run is the sole fundraising effort for the RAKMF. The RAKMF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2003 after the sudden and unexpected death of Ryan Kaiser. Ryan, the 6-year-old son of Andy and Lauren Kaiser, was born with congenital heart disease; Ryan had three open-heart surgeries before he was 2 years old. The Foundation has three goals: Financially assist local families of critically ill children, who may not otherwise be able to afford proper healthcare; donate funds to hospitals and doctor groups that specialize in the cure and care of pediatric heart patients (according to the March of Dimes, the No. 1 birth defect today is heart disease); and build a children’s park, dedicated in Ryan’s name in the town of Middletown, to provide children and their families with a safe and fun place to play and enjoy themselves. Entry fee is $25. The fee is $10 for the Kid’s Run. There will be awards for the top male and female finishers in each age groups, and medals for all kids. There are also cash prizes for overall top male and female winners (electronically timed results). To register, log on www.ryansrun.org and follow prompts.last_img read more

Van Dijk confident Liverpool can withstand Bayern onslaught

first_imgCentre-back Virgil Van Dijk expects Bayern Munich to come at them in the Allianz Arena but believes the defensive resolve shown this season puts Liverpool in a good position.However, he accepts they will have to improve their away record as they have lost the last five Champions League matches not played at Anfield.Manager Jurgen Klopp returns to Germany after a goalless last-16, first leg at home, where Bayern left happiest with the draw.But Liverpool’s defensive record, particularly domestically where they have conceded just 17 goals in 30 Premier League matches, means it will not be easy for the German champions.“They played very well here, kept it tight especially at the back and they obviously showed us a lot of respect,” said Van Dijk.“They changed a bit the way they played I think, so we need to be up for a big fight because they are probably going to come all in, especially in the beginning.“It is going to be tough and we need to do better than we did in the last away games in the Champions League.“The group stage games were not as good as we wanted but we got through to the knockout phase.“To keep a clean sheet in the first leg is always good for both teams but we know if we score they need to score two. That is how it is. We want to win the game and go through.”Van Dijk has been a key part of Liverpool’s huge defensive improvement, justifying the £75 million outlay on him just over a year ago.His commanding presence and organisational skills give the side something they were lacking before and, after being suspended for the first leg, his experience will be vital at the Allianz.“There will times when it is going to be very tough, we are going to be under pressure because they have a lot of quality and they showed that.“But we will definitely have our own moments because of the quality we have as well.”Klopp meanwhile has insisted that only an ‘exceptional’ performance from his side will be enough to reach the quarter finals.“We are strong enough to give them a proper game and that’s the only thing you can expect in a situation like that, in a good situation,” he said.“That’s what I’m thinking about: how can we cause them problems they have never had in the season so far against other opponents?“They have, of course, really strong opponents but if we are at our best we can be exceptional. But we have to be, actually – if we play a normal game there we have no chance and then we should go out.“But if we can push ourselves in a special mood and play a proper football game, then we have a proper chance and that’s all I need.”last_img read more

LeBron goes bald, Green says Warriors made him do it

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. After losing the fifth finals series of his career, LeBron James also succumbed to another battle—with his hairline.It’s not as surprising to see James go bald since his hair follicles have been a favorite topic on social media throughout his NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT James hasn’t said why he decided to go clean-shaven, but his Finals conqueror Draymond Green has a theory: the Warriors made him do it.“Them dubs finally made him go bald!!! Congrats bro @kingjames,” said Green in a post on Instagram.The two have been trading barbs the past few days since Green wore a “Quickie” shirt to the Warriors’ championship parade. But Green said that it’s all in good fun since he and James are “family.”ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working In an Instagram post, the four-time NBA MVP posted a video of him at the gym dancing, rapping and showing off his newly-shaved head. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer McIlroy heading home after erratic round View commentslast_img read more

Govt reserves are for everyone’s benefit

first_imgDear Editor,Around 4:00 pm Wednesday afternoon I used the ATM at the Republic Bank (Rosignol Branch) leaving my vehicle in the parking area.  I proceeded to pick up a drink at the shop opposite the Bank only to be hailed out by a Massy Security Guard who informed me that I can only park my vehicle there if I am conducting business with the Bank. I pointed out to him that my vehicle was the only one in the parking area, so I will not be inconveniencing anyone.The land in front of the Bank happens to be the Government reserve which Republic Bank Limited has no proprietary rights over. Therefore, the Bank must desist from controlling public usage over such.The development of the reserve is mutually beneficial for both the public and the Bank. Therefore, the bank should inform their security personnel of this fact and stop the harassing of the public.Krishna SukhooAccount holderlast_img read more

Clarity for Baliram Persaud

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Revenue Authority wishes to respond to a letter published on February 21, 2018 under the caption “Do pensioners have an entitlement, or does the GRA have discretion?” by Baliram Persaud.The GRA appreciates Mr Persaud’s concern, and is happy to facilitate the editor’s request for a response.In his letter, Mr Persaud explained that his understanding of the Withholding Tax (WHT) exemptions was informed by a press statement issued by the Minister of Finance.Section 8 Paragraph 1 of the Income Tax Act, Chapter 81:01, stipulates that “Notwithstanding the provisions of section 39(1) (c), (d) and (e), any person referred to in subsection (3) whose income from all sources does not exceed seven hundred and twenty thousand dollars per annum shall be exempt from taxation on interest earned on savings accounts”.Additionally, subsection (3) states that “Subsection (1) shall apply to a person who is a resident in Guyana and who is (i) sixty years or over at the commencement of the year preceding the year of assessment; or (ii) incapacitated by illness or infirmity.As you are aware, GRA is constrained by law from divulging specific information on taxpayers, hence the Authority will not respond to Mr Persaud’s case in the public domain. However, it must be clearly understood that even though persons may have attained the stipulated age of sixty (60), all other stipulations outlined in the law must be met; and despite their being senior citizens, the requirement to provide a true and correct return, outlining all sources of income, must be filed.We hope this provides some clarity to Mr Persaud and all other relevant stakeholders who are desirous of understanding these changes. Those requiring additional information are encouraged to contact our Tax Advisory Services Section, or visit our website www.gra.gov.gy.Sincerely,Melissa BairdManagerPublic Relations UnitGuyana RevenueAuthoritylast_img read more

Germany, Poland fire blanks in Euro Group C

first_img0Shares0000Germany full-back Jonas Hector (left) beats Poland defender Lukasz Piszcek to a header early in the Group C clash.PARIS, France, June 16 – Old rivals Germany and Poland fought a battle of attrition that ended in a goalless draw and edged both countries towards a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Thursday.The stalemate left Germany on top of Group C on goal difference with both sides on four points from two matches. Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik had the best chance when he bundled the ball wide from point-blank range early in the second-half.Germany’s Jerome Boateng complained that his side had been “too rigid” in their play.But a draw was a fair result from a tightly contested encounter.Northern Ireland’s 2-0 win over Ukraine earlier on Thursday leaves Michael O’Neill’s men just a point behind the leaders ahead of their final group game against Germany on Tuesday.Poland take on Ukraine in Marseille in their final pool match with a draw enough to seal their place in the knockout stages.Poland had only beaten Germany once in 20 previous meetings, but that came in qualifying for Euro 2016 and the Poles were full of confidence having won their first ever European Championship finals match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.– Return to night of trauma –Germany were playing at the Stade de France for the first time since they were caught up in the November 13 militant attacks in Paris.Die Mannschaft were forced to spend a traumatic night in the dressing rooms at France’s national stadium when a series of jihadist attacks across Paris left 130 dead on a night they faced the French in a friendly.However, the emotional return did not seem to affect Joachim Loew’s side. They made by far the better start as Mario Goetze headed just over from Julian Draxler’s cross, whilst Toni Kroos also failed to hit the target as he burst into the box.At the other end, Poland’s star man Robert Lewandowski was kept in close check by Bayern Munich teammates Jerome Boateng and the returning Mats Hummels – playing in his first game for a month due to a calf injury.A drab end to the first-half was quickly forgotten by a fast start to the second period.The hordes of Polish supporters watched in amazement when on 48 minutes Milik — scorer of the only goal against Northern Ireland — somehow failed to turn home Kamil Grosicki’s dangerous cross from barely a metre out.Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was not forced into a save in the first-half as he deputised for the injured Wojciech Szczesny.However, the Swansea City stopper was finally called into action as Goetze fired straight at him when well-placed inside the area.Milik drove a well-worked free-kick just wide before Boateng produced a miraculous last-ditch challenge to deny Lewandowski as Poland began to look the more threatening.Ajax striker Milik fluffed his lines again when he failed to make a clean contact when picked out again by Grosicki inside the box.Yet, Fabianski then produced a stunning stop to turn Mesut Ozil’s fierce strike from the edge of the box over the bar.Loew introduced forwards Andre Schuerrle and Mario Gomez to bring more of a cutting edge to Germany’s attacking play in the final quarter.But a lacklustre German display rarely looked like reaping all three points as they had to settle for a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Experts: Alzheimer’s epidemic looms among aging

first_imgWASHINGTON – More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050. At that rate, one in 85 people will have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years, researchers from Johns Hopkins University conclude. The new estimates, being presented Saturday at an Alzheimer’s Association conference in Washington, are not very different from previous projections of the looming global dementia epidemic with the graying of the world’s population. But they serve as a sobering reminder of the toll to come if scientists cannot find better ways to protect aging brains. 160Want 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

‘We need to be patient’ – Jurgen Klopp expects tough West Brom test

first_img1 Klopp’s Liverpool side dropped points against West Brom last season Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to be patient in what he predicts will be a tough test against a resolute West Bromwich Albion side.Last season, Tony Pulis’ side frustrated the Reds when they met, managing to grind out draws in both Premier League fixtures.And Klopp admits he expects a similarly stern test this time around when the two sides meet in the Saturday evening fixture, live on talkSPORT from 5.30.The German said: “West Brom are a very, very experienced team with a very experienced manager.“They don’t come here and want to make it easy for us or make it easy for our crowd to enjoy it. They want a result and I respect this. We need to find a way to play them, that’s all.”Liverpool missed out on last season’s European places after continually dropping points against the so-called lesser sides.This time around however, Klopp is hoping to avoid a similar predicament by opting for a more measured approach against one of the division’s more shrewd operators.“For this we need to be kind of angry but in the same moment we need to be patient again, all of us, the crowd and the players. All that they are doing in defending is to make us feel uncomfortable, not to do what we want to do,” he added.“Early goals would help, three early goals would really help! But they are really experienced, are very good at defending and have had no high (losses) until now.”last_img read more