Throughout the second half, the Gaelic Knights’ trio of Amarah Streiff (18 points), Kaitlyn Kibling (17 points) and Keiara Odune (13 points) combined to match what the Rams produced, and kept the game close to the end.Only up by three as the final seconds ticked down, J-D had to sweat out one more Ludden opportunity and a tying 3-point shot that glanced off the rim as the horn sounded.Momo LaClair carried the Rams’ attack for long stretches, finishing with 26 points off 10 field goals and six free throws. Some help came from Sydney Baker, who had 12 points, but no other J-D player had more than five points. Tags: CBAF-Mgirls basketballJ-D Meanwhile, Christian Brothers Academy, bent on dethroning J-D after a narrow defeat to the Rams in last year’s sectional semifinals, had captured the top seed in Class A with a 16-4 regular-season mark.And unlike J-D, the Brothers would not have much stress during its sectional quarterfinal last Tuesday night, handling no. 8 seed Indian River in a 69-42 decision.Having rolled past Fulton 64-37 in the opening round, IR quickly got itself in trouble, its defense unable to stop anything CBA tried as it steadily increased its production and led 40-27 by halftime.Then the Brothers improved on defense to make sure IR didn’t rally, all the while ably spreading out its offense beyond the program’s all-time leading scorer, Brooke Jarvis, who had 20 points.Leana Heitmann gained 17 points, with twin sisters Emily and Tori Hall each getting 10 points. By contrast, only LaKaya Butcher hit double figures for IR, matching Heitmann’s total of 17 points.Both J-D and CBA advance to sectional semifinals Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall – the Red Rams against no. 6 seed New Hartford, who ousted no. 3 seed Central Square, and the Brothers against no. 5 seed Whitesboro, who topped no. 4 seed Cortland 41-26.Up in Class AA, Fayetteville-Manlius almost joined its two neighbors in the sectional semifinal round, but the no. 6 seed Hornets lost its sectional quarterfinal to no. 3 seed West Genesee 53-46 in overtime.They had met twice in the regular season, WG winning both times including a 53-43 decision on Feb. 15 where Lexie Roe again was injured, knocking out F-M’s leading scorer for the sectional tournament.Yet the Hornets did not let this setback derail them. Instead, in the playoff rematch it relied on tough half-court defense to force a string of Wildcats turnovers in the first half.Meanwhile, Lily Fish picked up nine of team-high 15 points in the second quarter, and the Hornets led through much of the game’s middle stages, stretching that margin out to five twice in the third period.WG fought back, and it remained tight through the home stretch. They entered the final minute tied, 37-37, but WG appeared to put it away with a Catie Cunnigham basket, defensive stop and Meredith James free throw.Down three, 40-37, F-M worked it to the outside where Lexi Kellish, scoreless to that point, drilled a 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left, tying the game and sending it to overtime.Somehow, WG regrouped from this blow, scored the first six points of the four-minute extra period and never got caught, led by James, who earned 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and OT, and Cunningham, who got 16 points.Other than Fish, Ava Angello was the Hornets’ top scorer, with nine points, while Kendra Broddus had eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Right from the outset of the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team’s eight-year championship run seemed in peril.Unlike seasons past, the Red Rams did not breeze through the quarterfinal round on Tuesday night, instead seeing Bishop Ludden nearly rally to force overtime before J-D held on to win 58-55.Ludden had gone 10-10 against a tough regular-season slate before a 66-47 first-round win over Oswego. So the Gaelic Knights were not rattled when J-D moved out to a first-half lead and ultimately took a 31-24 lead to the break.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | English third-tier footballer Joe Thompson will enjoy a “special” Christmas after his second return from battling cancer on Saturday, exactly a year since being diagnosed.The 28-year-old Rochdale midfielder has twice beaten Hodgkin lymphoma and came off the bench for the last 18 minutes of his club’s 1-1 draw with Walsall in League One.He was first diagnosed in 2013 before being given the all clear in 2014, and is now in complete remission again.Thompson’s day almost got even better, but the substitute saw a shot blocked on the line as he made his first appearance since March.“I don’t make promises I can’t keep. Unbelievable feeling be back out there,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone for the support through it all! Thank you to everyone at @officiallydale for ovation it brought a tear and smile to my face …. Christmas made special for me and my family #grateful.“Here Is Fact For You ….. I was diagnosed with cancer to the day a year ago! 365 Days, 12 months, But I want you to understand, don’t underestimate what you can achieve in a year.”Thompson is back with his hometown club, where he made over 100 appearances from 2006-2012.“Joe deserved his place on the bench for the way he has been performing on the training pitch,” Rochdale manager Keith Hill said.“It’s small steps for him. We don’t know how significant his return today was — I’ll tell you in 10 years because it’s about Joe’s life, not his football.”Share on: WhatsApp
By John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – Mayor Dina Long is insisting that rumors about a planned redevelopment for the borough’s downtown business district are simply that – just rumors.“I’ll tell you what, I’m on the warpath about it,” she said, referring to the persistent flurry of rumors about what will happen to the stretch of Ocean Avenue businesses, as those locations work to recover from devastation caused by Sandy. “I’ve been nothing but up-front and transparent about saying over and over again there is no redevelopment plan.“Anything we come up with is going to be the product of working together,” Long said.What has Long so upset is the popular growing notion around the community that the area will be developed as an elevated commercial district.Another rumor is that new structures would be built at a higher elevation, as a preventive step for future storms and flooding. Plus, as the story goes, there would be an elevated boardwalk and parking available under the buildings.While there is no plan, Long said there is an artist’s rendering of the concept that has been making the rounds. The picture was done more than a decade ago by an architect at the behest of individual property owners. Following the effects of Sandy, with property owners – residential and business – and officials contemplating where to go from here, that image was taken down from the shelf by the architect and offered as a possibility. The image or the concept, “was unsolicited by the borough,” Long stressed, and “was never discussed by the borough council as a body.”The concept plan has not been discussed by the borough council but it has been discussed by the Recovery Action Team, she said. The team was formed after the storm and consists of borough citizens “to talk about the recovery of Sea Bright and talk about different ideas,” team member and Borough Councilman Marc Leckstein said.Leckstein, like Long, insists the idea does not represent anything under consideration or being advocated by the council.“It’s simply not true and we’ve made that clear at every single meeting we’ve been at,” he said.During a recent public meeting at Borough Hall, Long stood before the audience and tore up a copy of the drawing, telling them the concept wasn’t an actual plan or anything under consideration.“Whoever is putting it out there right now is working their own agenda,” Long said. “Whoever is putting it out there is directly sabotaging our long-term recovery process and causing a lot of cynicism and suspicion that’s threatening the unity of the community.“Wherever this is coming from, it’s starting to become harmful,” she said.Business owners who she has spoken to have weighed in on the concept, and “pretty much rejected it out of hand,” believing it would be too expensive an undertaking, she said.What is being discussed are various flood-proofing technologies, like the flood panels officials in New York City are considering installing in the Wall Street area, the mayor said.She and other local officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on its National Disaster Recovery Framework. It is a conceptual guide, drafted by FEMA, coordinating recovery efforts on all levels of government, according to FEMA information.Sea Bright is also in the process of hiring a professional disaster recovery specialist urban planner to help steer the borough through the process of creating a long-term recovery plan. Officials are looking for alternative ways to cover the cost of the planner, Long said.Long acknowledged there is “an offer on the table” for Donovan’s Reef. The popular beachfront bar on Ocean Avenue was destroyed by Sandy. Now, Besen and Associates and the property owner are in discussions for the sale, Long said.Besen has been inquiring about other Ocean Avenue commercial properties, as well, according to the mayor.Representatives from Besen have declined the mayor’s offer to appear at an upcoming town hall meeting as the firm has yet to make any purchases, she said.Besen and Associates, which has a Red Bank office in addition to New York locations, is described on its website as a realty investment brokerage, established in 1988 and with annual sales reaching $1 billion. The firm works with clients for the disposition of commercial real estate, according to the site.Repeated calls to the firm’s New York and Red Bank offices were not returned.
By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe first round of the Murdoch playoffs have been set.And now Terry Jones and the Hawk players can sit back and watch the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels pound the daylights out of each other during the first round of the playoffs while Beaver Valley toys with the Spokane Braves.While nothing is set in stone come playoff time, during the past handful of seasons the team surviving the regular season test in the Murdoch Division usually wins the playoff title.“It’s really important to win the division and avoid that tough first round matchup,” Hawks’ head coach Terry Jones told The Nelson Daily earlier this season.“Last year we played Nelson in the first round and had nothing really left for Castlegar in the next round,” Jones added. “So it’s important to win the division.”Castlegar defeated Spokane in the first round of the playoffs last season, then dominated Beaver Valley in the next round en route to the KIJHL final under the guidance of head coach Steve Junker.The Hawks managed the feat during the weekend by taking three points from the Rebels in two very close overtime games between the two West Kootenay rivals.Christian Johnson was the hero Friday for Beaver Valley, scoring at 3:26 of the second overtime period to edge the Rebels 4-3.Saturday Castlegar returned the favour, winning 4-3 on a Scott Morriseau overtime marker.But the three-point weekend by the Hawks secured the Murdoch Division title as Beaver Valley leads by 11 points with only five games remaining for Castlegar. Beaver Valley now plays out the string before hosting Spokane Braves in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.The Hawks have owned the Braves this season.Meanwhile, Castlegar and Nelson continue their season rivalry this weekend with a home-and-home series before opening in the best-of-seven series in the Sunflower City.The Leafs, currently 7-1-0-2 in the last 10 games, have played the Rebels tough this season with the teams splitting the series each winning three times.Nelson survived a tough Super Bowl Sunday game against Spokane. Uriah Machuga had six points but Nelson still won 8-7.James Sorrey, who had not scored a goal since before Christmas, potted the winner in the last two minutes to send the fans home happy.Colton Schell led the Leafs with three points.Beaver Valley hosts Golden and Spokane Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Hawks Nest.Grand Forks travels to Castlegar Tuesday to meet the Rebels.Trio of Hawks chase Hubscher for the KIJHL leadThe three-headed Monster in Beaver Valley — Ryan Edwards, rookie Craig Martin and Chris Derochie — are currently chasing Nitro sniper Richard Hubscher for the KIJHL lead in scoring.The Kimberley player leads the league in scoring with 93 points, two in front of Derochie.Martin is one point in back of his Beaver Valley teammate at 90 and three in front of Edwards.Martin owns the goal scoring lead by a wide margin over Rylan Duley of Kimberley and Chase Edwards of Kamloops. Martin has 45 goals, five in front of Duley and [email protected]
The Brewers are fourth in the league with a 1-4 mark.Vikings, defending league champs, kept pace with the Mates by posting a 30-12 victory over Hour Glass.Quarterback Steve Mota tossed three touchdown passes for Vikings to John Lloyd, John Foley and Jay Trower.Mota also rushed for the major and picked off one interception.Teams take a week off from the schedule as the league is hosting a Pro Bowl Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.This game is an open invitation for new players to come out and test their flag football skills. The South Slocan Mates hold down top spot in the West Kootenay Flag Football League standings at the mid-season mark of the schedule.Mates, undefeated in five games, lead Castlegar Vikings and Nelson Hour Glass by two games in league standings.