Rockets wrestlers are getting better every day

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer With five wins in its first six matches, the Raritan High School wrestling team appears to be well on its way to bettering last winter’s 15-7 mark. Coach Ron Nucci’s team is also 3-0 in division play, having defeated Holmdel, St. John Vianney and Manasquan, as the Rockets look to defend their Shore Conference Class A Central title. Raritan’s other triumphs came in nonconference matches against Middletown North and Toms River South. Their lone loss came against powerful Jackson in a nonconference match. Raritan opened the campaign with a fourth-place finish at the Richmond Invitational Tournament in Virginia. While Nucci termed last season successful, the team fell short of the 20-4 mark it compiled in 2003-04, when Raritan upset Delaware Valley to reach the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II finals. “We’re getting back to where we want to be,” the fifth-year coach said. “Our guys are all working very hard and pushing each other, while also supporting each other, and everything seems to be clicking. Our goal is to get back to where we were two years ago and make our presence felt in CJ Group II.” The Rockets have several key veterans back, including District 22 champions T.J. Mitchell (119 pounds) and Jeff King (HW). Mitchell, a junior and a two-time District 22 titlist, is currently 13-1, while King owns a 12-1 mark, after posting 22 wins a year ago. Raritan’s other top competitors include junior Kevin Moore (125), 11-5; sophomores Bill Voutsinas (120),10-2, and Bob Kolb (135), 9-5; and freshman Dan Seidenberg (140), 15-0, who won his weight class at the recent Manchester Hawk Tournament. Nucci’s team has had to do without junior Dave Seidenberg (135), a 20-match winner last year who suffered an ankle injury in the Richmond Invitational and has been out ever since, while Bryant, 1-0, who won 25 times last season, has been out with a knee injury. Both grapplers are expected to return to the lineup later this week. “Getting them both back will give us a boost,” Nucci said. “We’re heading into the heart of our schedule, so the timing couldn’t be better. They’re quality guys and I know they’ll put some wins on the board for us.” Kolb, who has filled in admirably in the absence of Dave Seidenberg at 135 pounds, will remain in the lineup, but Nucci said he will likely move to another weight class. Other members of the Raritan team include seniors Kevin Gilgannon (160), 5-7, Anthony Kinzel (171), 7-7, and Jim Curry (189), 8-6; junior Greg Alexander (103), 4-7; sophomore Dan Bilowus (152), 4-3; and freshmen Cody Mooney (112), 5-5, and Marcus Mandeville (145), 4-5. Nucci also noted that little things can mean a lot for a successful team. This season the Rockets have access to an all-purpose room that enables them to begin practice sessions right after school and end them earlier, whereas practices began at 4:30 p.m. a year ago. In addition, the influx of talented young wrestlers like Dan Seidenberg, Mooney, Mandeville and Voutsinas has been a boon to the program. “Because of young guys like them, our program has been improving every year,” Nucci explained. “Our recreation wrestling program is now up and running and it’s turning out quality competitors. It’s a big help when guys come into the program already knowing technique.” The Rockets are back in action this afternoon at Holmdel and are slated to visit Long Branch on Saturday. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

Javee Mocon last-second tip lifts Rookies-Sophomores past Juniors

first_imgP260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US MANILA, Philippines—Javee Mocon skied in at the nick of time and his heroic tip-in lifted the Rookies and Sophomores from the Juniors, 141-1400 in the RSJ Game of the PBA All-Star Weekend Friday in Calasiao.ADVERTISEMENT Perez made the offensive rebound but he rushed his shot. Fortunately for him, there was Mocon who timed his tip perfectly.Although he missed his last second shot, Perez proved that he was the best of the bunch winning the MVP of the game after putting up 32 points and eight rebounds.Jeron Teng had 19 points and seven rebounds for theRookies-Sophomores with Mocon adding in 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists.Rashawn McCarthy had 24 points for the Juniors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang unfazed by Japan crowd in ONE title rematch with hometown bet Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mocon’s tip-in, though, was just part of the crazy final seconds of the game that saw a late-game foul, three missed free throws, and a blanked last-second heave.Robert Bolick stole the ball from Mac Belo who turned the ball over with around 16 seconds left after the Juniors’ timeout, leading to a frantic transition basket attempt on the part of the Rookies-Sophomores.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCJ Perez put up a baseline three that bounced off the rim, but luckily for Rookies-Sophomores there was Jason Perkins who grabbed the rebound and forced a three-point attempt while drawing a foul on Jio Jalalon.Perkins needed to shoot just two of those freebies to give the Rookies-Sophomores, who were trailing 140-139, the victory but he botched all three. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View commentslast_img read more

Mister Jones

first_imgLeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ “We can probably try playing him for this game, but he’ll definitely be far from his usual self,” Jarencio said of his ace point guard, who had bone spurs removed from his foot and was out of action for close to one month.Tony Mitchell, meanwhile, makes his much-awaited debut with NLEX in the 7 p.m. contest when the winless Road Warriors battle an equally struggling Alaska five.Mitchell has been kept in the freezer because of documentation issue. And now that he has finally cleared everything, the Road Warriors—despite coming into this game with a 0-2 record—are given a more than fair chance to deal Alaska a third straight loss in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Pido Jarencio knows what his NorthPort crew will be going up against.“He’s very good, a legitimate NBA veteran,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday afternoon, minutes after finalizing preparations for his Batang Pier, who will be clashing with TNT and its talented import, Terrence Jones, for a share of the early lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Intrepid Toronto a dangerous underdog Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That guy is special,” Jarencio said of Jones, who is averaging 42 points in his first three games as a KaTropa. “But we have something planned for him (defensively). We just hope it works.”Jones is also averaging 18 rebounds a game, and can punish teams with his perimeter game despite his size.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a secret,” Jarencio ended with a laugh when asked how they intend to play Jones, who has easily stood out as the early yardstick among imports here.Both squads will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay undefeated, and there’s no doubt that the KaTropa are the favorites in this one with Stanley Pringle to make his tournament debut for NorthPort but at less than 100 percent capacity after just coming out of the injured list. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Father of 9 Month-old Flees after Being Accused of Rape

first_imgSusan Kamara, who gave birth to her only child at the young age of 15, is committing the most hardhearted act: she is refusing to take care of her baby.Susan says she is unaware where the father of her 9-month-old son is and that’s because he was driven away when Susan’s pregnancy came to light.“My community ran his father away because they said he had raped me, but since he left, the same community people have turned their backs on me and this baby,” she added.Never acknowledging the child by name, nor holding him when he is in need of care, Susan says it’s not her duty to care for a child whose father has been chased away.“I don’t have any feeling for the child, at least not now. When I was pregnant with him, I did a lot of singing to him because I liked him deeply then. I guess now I realize that life is hard already and now I have to take care of a child too,” she added.According to relatives living in the yard, whenever Susan’s child Anthony moans with hunger and is given food by family members, Susan throws a fit of anger.“She doesn’t want anyone helping her with this baby and it’s sorrowful. Everyday we all want to take the child and hide him from his mother, but Susan can’t give us a chance,” lamented Ma Dabbah, the child’s aunt.Our reporter saw Anthony sitting stiffly on the ground in silence in front of an apparently empty house. He seemed hungry. When asked where the child spends his entire day, his mother says he sits on the ground in the same spot everyday, crying.“He was a sickly child and is unable to crawl or anything like that now. Plus, I took him off breast milk when he was 5 months old. I just don’t want to waste my time. I already told my people they can have the baby, but they shouldn’t carry him away.  He should always be where I can see him,” Susan added.Dressed in a skirt that was too small and wearing a shirt that exposed her breast cleavage, Susan says she knows that she is not a good mother because she’s not ready to take care of children.“For now, I have no (other) children.  I’m only letting him stay here because I know maybe one day his father will come back and he needs to know that his son is still alive. I don’t care what people are saying behind me, but none of them are helping me.  So, let the boy sit down there. He’ll be able to walk away one day,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Hotskull” slapped with murder charge

first_imgAlvin Jones, also known as “Hotskull”, was on Wednesday charged and remanded to prison for the murder of Paul Daniels. Jones, a fish cleaner, of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown, is accused of killing the footballer on February 2, 2017 at Independence Boulevard.Dead: Paul DanielsPolice Prosecutor Arvin Moore indicted that the case file is still incomplete. As such, the matter stands adjourn June 12. Reports are Daniels was shot by bandits during a robbery.At the time of the killing, the 39-year-old man of Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, was reportedly visiting his girlfriend.Based on reports received, two armed men entered Daniels’ girlfriend home through a door located on the northern side of the building, which was left open.Upon entering the house, the men allegedly held Daniels and his fiancée at gunpoint and relieved him of a gold chain, which he was wearing at the time and an undisclosed sum of cash, after which the men exited the house. Daniels, reportedly went in pursuit of the men and during the chase, he was shot.He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

L.A. Housing Department criticized

first_imgThe department is also quick to write off loans and has unnecessarily lost money on some projects, the audit found. In one example, it wrote off $1.4 million owed by the developer of the Tupper Tobias Village housing project in Panorama City. In 2001, the city loaned the developer $3.4 million to build 14 houses that would be sold to low-income homebuyers, but Tupper-Tobias LLC had financial problems and couldn’t recoup construction costs through the home sales. Then the Housing Department provided mortgage assistance to the homebuyers, but did not require equity sharing or any requirement that the homes be resold to low-income residents. One buyer bought one of the new four-bedroom homes in 2003 for $182,000 and sold the house six months later for $348,000. “To me there’s something wrong with selling houses at such a low price, and then the folks who buy it in a year or two turning around (selling) and making a big profit,” Chick said. “This program is about helping families of limited means get their foot in their door. If they are benefiting by hundreds of thousands of dollars, let’s help the next family out.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Housing General Manager Mercedes Marquez, who has led the department since 2004, disputed some of Chick’s assertions and pointed out that her staff has collected $50 million by cracking down on delinquent loans and stalled projects. But she said she agreed with the spirit of the audit. “The direction that the controller goes in, I would agree with because it’s the same direction I’ve been going in for three years,” she said. “We have to be public sector entrepreneurs.” The audit found that the Housing Department concentrates too much money among a pool of 30 developers – many of whom have defaulted on loans. And the department continues to loan developers money after they have failed to pay back loans on time – contrary to city policy. Marquez said the department has recruited for-profit developers to apply for loans, and had 26 more applications for funding in the beginning of 2007 than in all of 2003. Plus, the department now checks the loan history and performance of every borrower before approving new loans. In addition, the audit found the department is slow to collect on delinquent borrowers. Auditors found 101 loans worth $34 million that were behind payment and unresolved. Despite a tight budget to build and maintain affordable homes, the Los Angeles Housing Department has lost millions of dollars by failing to ensure borrowers comply with loan promises and sometimes lends money to developers who have defaulted on previous city loans, according to an audit released Monday. The Housing Department has made big improvements in how it manages and monitors loans, but the agency still loses an estimated $6 million a year in potential income because it doesn’t have the staff to review annual financial statements submitted by borrowers, City Controller Laura Chick wrote in the audit. “These very important public dollars are needed to provide safe and livable neighborhoods through the development and preservation of decent and affordable housing,” Chick said. “It is essential that we ensure the public that these monies are meeting their intended targets.” The Housing Department provides loans to first-time homebuyers and seed money to developers to build low-income rentals. The agency oversees a $100 million affordable trust fund, which helped fund 4,765 new units from 2004-2006, and manages a $735 million loan portfolio. last_img read more

Visnovsky back; Garon OK

first_imgThe Kings seem to be receiving a break from their lengthy run of bad news on the injury front. Goaltender Mathieu Garon, who had to leave Tuesday’s game after the first period because of a shoulder injury, apparently has nothing more than a bruise and likely will play tonight against Atlanta. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Garon went for a MRI, the results of which were normal, and he was cleared to play. Garon was examined by the team’s training staff before the MRI, and reported significant improvement from the previous night. Garon was hit in the left shoulder by a shot from Tampa Bay’s Ruslan Fedotenko. “He had a pretty good range of motion in the shoulder (Wednesday), so we think he would play (tonight),” Murray said, at that point still unaware of the MRI results. Roster move: Visnovksy’s impending return left the Kings with an extra defenseman, and the choice wasn’t hard to make. Denis Grebeshkov was sent to Manchester of the AHL on Wednesday. Grebeshkov, 22, long has been considered one of the Kings’ most promising defensive prospects, but he didn’t impress in this most recent stint with the Kings. Grebeshkov played in the Kings’ last eight games but totaled more minor penalties (six) than points (two assists) and had a minus-four rating. “We just didn’t think he was ready to contribute right now,” Murray said. “We wanted to make sure we gave him a chance.” Coach Andy Murray said the Kings also expect to regain the services of perhaps their most valuable defenseman, Lubomir Visnovsky, who has missed the past two games with a cervical strain. The Kings took a day off from practice Wednesday but Visnovsky skated and reported no problems. Alexander Frolov, who missed Tuesday’s game with flu, also should return tonight. center_img With Visnovsky’s return, Richard Petiot will stay with the Kings as a seventh defenseman, at least until the return of Aaron Miller (sore back), a timetable for which has not yet been set. There apparently is no imminent return set for any other Kings. Pavol Demitra continues to be bothered by a sore right leg that is making little progress and Jeremy Roenick is two weeks away from returning. Powerless play: To no surprise, the Kings’ power play faltered again Wednesday. That unit has been a season-long problem, but the symptoms were a bit different against Tampa Bay. The Kings failed on all five of their power-play chances, but could have broken through, Murray said. “We generated some chances,” Murray said. “They were there, but our defensemen made some poor decisions bringing the puck up the ice and that led to some turnovers. We generated quite a few chances once we got the puck in the zone, but we had some trouble getting it there.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 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

Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City players dominate Premier League team of the month

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 2. Right back: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) has a rating of 7.9 for October Who do you think were the best performing players of October?We’ve all got our own opinions on the Premier League’s standout performers, which causes plenty of debate and, often, disagreement.So opted to rely on the stats – scroll through the gallery above to see the Premier League team of October, according to ratings.HERE’S WHY HARRY KANE IS THE BEST IN THE PREMIER LEAGUEAre there any player selections you disagree with? 3. Centre back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) has a rating of 7.4 for October 5. Left back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) has a rating of 7.4 for October 8. Centre midfield: Tiémoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) has a rating of 7.9 for October 11 11 6. Right midfield: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) has a rating of 8.4 for October 4. Centre back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) has a rating of 7.4 for October 7. Centre midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City) has a rating of 8 for October 11 10. Forward: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) has a rating of 8.4 for October 11 11. Forward: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) has a rating of 7.9 for October 11 1. Goalkeeper: Nick Pope (Burnley) has a rating of 7.3/10 for October – see the Premier League team of the month by clicking the arrow above 9. Left midfield: Leroy Sane (Manchester City) has a rating of 8.5 for October 11last_img read more

Every vote counts?

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR $25 million, Los Angeles County now has a new InkaVote Plus voting system. That should, in theory anyway, make our elections more reliable and fair. But not everyone is so hopeful. You see, the software that counts the votes is proprietary information, so it can’t be scrutinized by the public at large. We just have to take it on faith and governmental assurance that the company that makes the equipment is aboveboard and honest. Which isn’t all that easy, seeing the company, Election Systems & Software, is majority-owned by an international gambling firm based in Hong Kong. And when people think of fair elections, they don’t usually think of China. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAll of which has election watchdog groups like Black Box Voting suspicious. But the alternatives aren’t obvious. Publicizing the software code would carry its own set of risks. Most significantly, it would make life a lot easier for would-be hackers. And the pre-eminent American voting-systems manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, is under a cloud of controversy of its own. It’s enough to make us nostalgic for the old punchcards – which, by the way, served California just fine for decades. But after the election 2000 Florida debacle, state and federal officials rushed to upgrade all voting equipment, even though California’s punchcard system had none of the problems that wreaked such havoc in Florida. In the zeal to do “something” as quickly as possible, California replaced a perfectly good system with a newer and pricier, but not necessarily better, one. Only time will tell whether in the rush to avert a “crisis,” we’ve created one where one never before existed.last_img read more

Krispy Kreme reports losses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a long-delayed quarterly filing, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said sales for the first quarter of its 2007 fiscal year were down 16.6 percent from the comparable quarter, while average weekly sales per store were down 10.3 percent. Just in time for Christmas, Krispy Kreme released its quarterly report — for the quarter ended April 30. The loss for the quarter was $6 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with a loss of $53.4 million, or 86 cents pershare, in the year-earlier quarter. A year ago, Krispy Kreme posted a charge of $35.8 million to settle litigation. Revenue dipped nearly 22 percent to $119.4 million from $152.5 million.last_img read more