It is expected that attendance will be over 20,000 and as such high traffic volumes are expected in Galway, Salthill and Pearse Stadium areas as a result. Galway City Council and An Garda Síochána have met with the Galway GAA and Pearse Stadium Committees in preparation for the fixtures. A Traffic Management Plan is being put in place to ensure that delays are minimised. Bus Éireann will operate an increase public transport service between Eyre Square and Salthill and GAA clubs are organising private buses also to the match. This will include priority to all traffic on the Threadneedle Road, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Seamus Quirke Road, Quincentenary Bridge, Headford Road and Bothar na dTreabh as per attached map. Galway City Council will monitor our Traffic Control System and the Gardaí will direct traffic at all primary junctions along this route. All Supporters and Patrons are advised to use this route to and from the Stadium and to avoid the City Centre.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pearse Stadium will host two games this Sunday 11th June. Kick Off at 1:30pm and 4pm. All Supporters and Patrons are urged to plan their journey and to arrive early, in order to avoid traffic congestion and delays. An Garda Síochána will be policing traffic and parking violations. The GAA are requesting, through clubs and media, that all Patrons arrive early, to park in the designated Car Parks and to park legally and responsibly at all times. Local Food and Beverage businesses in Salthill will be offering discounted prices to Match Day ticket holders before and after the games.
Monteverde knows Serrano won’t allow the controversy to define his budding career: “He didn’t do anything wrong. He just really wants to play and help the team win a championship.”Serrano, who dreams of making the PBA, knows he is far from the player he wants to be. But these trials that he’s faced early in his life has equipped him to deal with challenges that will come his way.“I have moved on,” he says. “I learned to be strong. I want to give Adamson a championship. That’s the only way I can give back for all the support they’ve given me.” Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “Coach told us there are just things beyond our control,” Serrano says. “But how we react is something we can control. I kept that in mind.”But if there’s someone who’s strong enough to deal with life’s punches, it’s Serrano, who, at 17, has experienced being a provider for his two siblings.It’s easy to understand why Serrano already has a muscular and chiseled figure even as a teenager. When he dropped out of Grade 7 when he was 14, Serrano worked in construction six days a week for four months, putting his education and his love for basketball on hold. Later that year, he took another job as a tricycle driver in Apalit to help ends meet for his family. He also worked as a porter for a steel company.“I insisted on working,” says Serrano. “My older sister was about to enter college and our parents could not support the two of us studying, so I made that decision to sacrifice for the family. I told them I can wait. But eventually, I wanted to move to Manila so I could play basketball.”Long before that, however, Serrano was already making his mark on the hardcourt in Sitio San Juan.“They called me HB, short for HanapBuhay,” Serrano says with a laugh. “We would bet on our games and I used my winnings to buy food and help out my family.”Serrano’s parents are separated and he lived with his grandmother at that time. Growing up, Serrano looked up to Marc Pingris, the energetic Gilas Pilipinas forward. Pampanga-born cager Calvin Abueva is also another player whom Serrano patterns his game after. Serrano recalls playing with Abueva in a “Ligang Labas” game a few years ago in San Juan. “Still one of the most memorable moments of my life,” says Serrano, who turns 18 in September.The first time Monteverde saw Serrano play for Mapua in one of the pre-season games, he was impressed. “He was very explosive and he has shown maturity in his game,” says Monteverde, who was then rebuilding the Adamson program after the graduation of the majority of the players in the team that reached the UAAP Final Four in Season 77.As soon as Serrano moved to the San Marcelino campus, he began showing the skills that made him a star back in Sitio San Juan.“As a player he is very competitive on both ends, and even in scrimmages he doesn’t want to lose,” Monteverde says. “As a person he is laid-back and willing to adjust and learn the system. He gives us energy, but he’s going to have to work on his skills when he plays the wing position later in his career.” Late in the second round of the high school basketball tournament last January, the Baby Falcons were playing the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan when Serrano, the frontrunner in the the Most Valuable Player race in the juniors division and the spearhead of Adamson’s best season in years, learned about his fate.“I was preparing to sub into the game when coach Goldwin (Monteverde) told me I couldn’t play,” Serrano recalls in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Baby Falcons ended up winning the game to improve to 12-1, but Serrano was reduced to tears as news broke that he had been declared ineligible to play for the season. Worse, the 11 wins the pacesetting Baby Falcons had registered were also forfeited since Serrano played in those games, ending Adamson’s title hopes.The UAAP board cited the school’s failure to submit the complete high school records of Serrano, who had dropped out of St. Vincent’s Academy in Apalit, Pampanga, in Grade 7 before transferring to Mapua and later, to Adamson. Curiously, the records from St. Vincent were not submitted to the UAAP board. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Ateneo shocks defending champ La Salle Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Florencio “Encho” Serrano learned how tough life can be at an early age. But the Adamson juniors basketball star still felt like a needle pierced his heart when he was told he could no longer play for the Baby Falcons in UAAP Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson appealed, but the league stood pat in its decision and instead blamed officials of the school for not following the rules after failing to submit a correct and signed Varsity Athletes Information System to the league.The school later secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a Regional Trial Court in Manila, but the league chose to ignore it and pushed through with the tournament, won by Far Eastern University-Diliman at the expense of National University.Monteverde, in his fourth season at the helm of the Baby Falcons, insists that Adamson had no intention to break the rules, saying they only submitted documents that were given to them by Mapua.Throughout the controversy, Serrano battled to keep his emotions in check. He found strength from his teammates and Monteverde. “The team embraced Encho,” Monteverde says. “This is a very tight-knit team. This was their true test and they never let Encho feel bad about what happened, although they also suffered because all their hard work came to nothing.”“We’re a family in this team and I felt that more during that most difficult time,” says Serrano, who was in tears as he sang the school hymn in Adamson’s final game of the season—a win over title contender National U.ADVERTISEMENT
‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media The last man to win the award, 29-year-old sharpshooter Curry chimed in on this season’s biggest debate.“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Curry told NBC Sports. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him out just off of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHistorically, Curry’s sentiments are spot on, as past MVP winners tend to belong to winning teams that top the standings.Currently, Harden’s Rockets (46-21) are ranked third in the tough Western Conference, while Westbrook’s Thunder (37-29) is at sixth place. Westbrook leads the league in triple doubles this year, reaching the mark 32 times and is on pace to break Oscar Robertson’s season record 41 triple-doubles. He holds season averages of 31.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists.Harden, on the other hand, has 16 triple-doubles this year with an impressive stat line of 29.1 points, 7.9 boards and 11.2 dimes per game. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Mavs owner Mark Cuban says Westbrook isn’t MVP candidateADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 View comments NBA: Sanders returns to sign with Cavs ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry (R) thinks James Harden should win the award this season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player winner Stephen Curry knows he won’t be in the running for the award this year. But he did give his two cents on who should be awarded the Maurice Podoloff trophy.With multiple triple double performances this season, former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden are pegged as the MVP front runners.ADVERTISEMENT
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): The West Indies, who are not taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy in the One Day International format of cricket, will host Afghanistan in the first of three T20 internationals tonight at Warner Park. The reigning champions in the format have looked anything but over the last 10 months with six defeats in their last seven matches but the Afghanistan assignment presents the opportunity for the Caribbean side to turn their fortunes around. West Indies boast a strong squad for the series with some of the world’s leading T20 specialists in batsmen Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, along with spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree all involved. Captain Carlos Brathwaite said on Thursday that even though they were not taking the Afghans for granted, they were confident of imposing themselves on the series. “We need to get back on the winning track. We pride ourselves in our T20 cricket and as usual we want to go out there and give the fans a spectacle, playing that Caribbean way, playing that exciting way to get fans off their seat,” the all-rounder said. “We are not underestimating Afghanistan, they were actually the only team to beat us in the recent World Cup triumph so we’re not underestimating them. “We are focussing on ourselves, we want to get back to the winning ways we are capable of and individually a lot of guys have stuff to prove in West Indies colours and I’m sure everyone is ready and raring to go.” Afghanistan, coached by Phil Simmons who was axed as West Indies head coach last September, have been impressive in their recent outings going unbeaten in their last 11 T20 Internationals. The match is set to bowl off at 6:30 pm. SQUADS: WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. AFGHANISTAN – Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeeb Zadran, Gulbaddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Farid Malik, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat.
Kingston College (KC) principal Dave Myrie up to yesterday morning had not received any official resignation from the reportedly departing Neil Harrison, who is expected to be confirmed soon as the new track and field head coach at Jamaica College.However, Myrie was also quick to deny rumours that St Jago’s male team coach, Rahnsomn Edwards, who guided the St Catherine-based school to fourth place at the 2018 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, would be taking over from Harrison, who he admitted, is likely to leave the North Street institution ahead of the new term.Edwards, he explained, only applied for a physical education teacher position and has not been contracted to coach the school’s track and field team.He did, however, admit that Edwards could play a role in the future.”Mr Rahnsomn Edwards applied for a job as PE teacher at Kingston College based on an ad we put in The Gleaner,” Myrie insisted.”Obviously he is involved in track and field, and if wants to be part of the programme, then he will be involved. But that’s not why he came to Kingston College; he sent an application for a PE teacher post,” he further explained. “He applied for a job as a PE teacher, because we have a PE vacancy. He was interviewed along with others as a PE teacher, not as a coach.”Now if he wants to be part of the coaching fraternity and if he is on staff, then there is no issue. But he will come on board, if he does, as a PE teacher,” said Myrie.Meanwhile, the KC principal noted that he has received nothing official from Harrison concerning a departure.”I have not received a resignation from him (Harrison) yet, but from all indications, he will be going,” said Myrie, when contacted yesterday morning.’No letter yet'”Mr Harrison indicated he will be moving to Jamaica College, but he needs to follow that up with a formal letter. We cannot act on verbal,” said Myrie, who also stated that they will not rush to appoint a new coach.”We are not looking for anybody. I am not rushing that, I am not looking for any head coach.We are working with the structure we have until we find a head coach. Mr Harrison is also head of the Physical Education Department, so we await his formal letter and then we will take it from there,” he said.However, according to sources close to the Kingston College track and field team, Edwards is being recruited to take over the programme and will also directly coach 400 metres, 800 metres and hurdles.Checks with persons close to the St Jago programme also revealed that Edwards, who has received offers from multiple schools, has already handed in his resignation to St Jago, missed several meetings, and has sought email@example.com
Dear Editor,On January 15, 2016 in another section of the media one of my letters was published under the caption “The story of a missing Heat Machine.” This equipment went missing about two months ago, before a report was made to the police, also missing was a piece of dental equipment from the Anna Regina Health Centre, and again no report was made. I am not sure if any disciplinary action was taken against these persons or person whose responsibility it was to report this incident to the police as soon as this discovery was made because from all appearances, it would have been a clear case of break and enter and larceny or simple larceny and, failing to report demonstrates clearly how carefree and unconcerned the administration of that institutions is.Quite recently I received the good news from a usually reliable source that the heat machine in question is back and is servicing the people well, of course that is the purpose we the tax payers bought it for.I was later told this vital piece of equipment was in the possession of a Cuban doctor that left, but same was not handed over to the authorities. Well if this is so, then that situation can only be described as gross mismanagement. I am very much concerned when these things happen and I have every right to be so, you see I am in that large group of persons who find it very difficult to travel to Georgetown to have a medical examination done at a private hospital when it can be done at Suddie Public Hospital. I was taught not to envy people, because there would always be lesser and greater persons than myself. There would always be persons who can go to North America and Europe for minor ailments such as fever and diarrhoea and to have their dentures redone.This letter in written not only on behalf of myself and the people of Region Two but all across the country, where there is gross mismanagement at our health institutions. The story of the missing heat machine and dental equipment needs to be investigated and the report made public, and those who are found to be negligent should face the consequences of their actions or inactions.Sincerely,Archie Cordis
PurposeThe work is meant to give an introspective analysis of the initiatives and efforts made so far to retrack Liberia on a peaceful path. Since 1979, the foundation of peace in Liberia has been shaky. Hence, an in-depth analysis of efforts in post war Liberia is logical for the purpose of history.IntroductionNo one living in Liberia during its best days of peace and progressive development in the 1960s and 1970s would have believed that we could wreck our own country. But it did happen. Great enmity befell us; we were torn apart, gnashing our teeth at one another and flexing our muscles and swords at one another. Indeed, “Things Fell Apart”. Warring factions sprang up, wicked war lords were born and destructions upon vivid destructions raged. In the end, we reached the never-promised land of divisions and animosities. And so, great and tireless efforts have to be made to mend our broken pieces. Periscoping these efforts, reviewing their methods and results, with the view of learning and pointing out our mistakes and building new frontiers and methods of peace are the aims of this work.For definition, a periscope is a telescopic instrument mounted on vessels and ships for viewing their environments of travel. As for us Liberians, our eyes, ears and minds as well as the situations of life we find ourselves in post-war Liberia make us an instrument of viewing our fragile peace.And this work discusses five major components of the peace we have carved. The stakeholders have been both local and international actors. There may be other minor components, but we believe that they can be interwoven in these major ones.I. The Security SectorThe foundation of peace in any nation rests on its security sector. The details have to do with its loyalty to the state and people, its professional training and maturity, its modernization in terms of equipment and its pro-active intellect in defending its people. Most importantly, it must be a unified force without internal divisions, for divisions breed insecurity. However, all of the above qualities of our old AFL diminished beginning from the 1990s when our civil crisis ensued and intensified. Many top bras crossed over to various warring factions, giving up their loyalty to the state and that posed serious security problem for the nation. In fact, more than fifty percent of the remaining remnants became loyal to the government only on tribal or personal interests. That is why during the final sessions of the peace conferences, the AFL was considered as a warring faction in Accra.Logically then, it had to be dissolved and be reformed for the sake of sustainable peace. And so it was. That is why in its place, an international force had to come and keep the peace until its reformation. And the security sector was so reformed. The biggest question now is, “in the absence of an international security force, can the reformed security sector keep the needed peace?” We can squarely say that many efforts have been made. But we think that answers to this great concern rest solely on other intelligent questions:• Was the reform done by force or negotiations and consensus of the former security men?• Have they been well settled in terms of compensations for their services rendered before the wars?• Are they satisfied or disgruntled?• What have been the benefit packages for the widows and orphans of those securities personnel who died during the crisis?• What kind of sustainable civilian life program has been put in place for those former security personnel?As we periscope the peace initiatives and efforts, serious considerations must be given to these questions. From history, we know that when Fidel Castro took over the mantle of power in Cuba, he transformed all of the prostitutes and drugs addicts into doctors and nurses. Not only that, but he also transformed most members of the former security sectors into useful technicians. And they became useful civilians. These were aimed at securing and keeping Cuba’s peace.When we periscope our peace, we need to consider the feelings and aspirations of our people. What are they saying about the reformed security sector? Is police harassment of drivers on the increase? Is the immigration working well or are we having more influx of illegal immigrants because we have certain interest group at these check points?Our reformed army is then expected to be peaceful and not as the brutal days of the 1980s or as inhumane as the days of the rebels. Such viewings of our entire reformed security sector are necessary for maintaining our peace. It all boils down to the point where we want our reformed security sector to be civilian friendly, constructive in terms of peace maintenance and pro-active in defense of our Mother land and its people.The truth is that from any national security sector world-wide, peace reigns when that sector is serviceable and dependable and not only a mounted presidential clique that reins brutality and death against its people as were the days of the 1980s and 1990s in Liberia.II. The EconomyThe second component of peace maintenance in any nation is its economy. What Liberians did experience between the Tubman and Tolbert regimes was a growing economy. Tubman opened the door and laid the foundation; Tolbert then built upon the foundation and buttressed it.Between the two eras, mining companies like LAMCO flourished; rubber plantations including LAC were established, good banks like ITC and Chase Mathatan were opened; and well established airlines like Pan Am and UTA were here. While the doors of better supermarkets like Sinkor Shopping Center and the best of department stores like Brawico were opened, our governments of the days also opened the doors of many public corporations like LPRC and LPMC. Our air and sea ports were growing and improving annually in economic terms. And so employment was on the increase. Thus, there were jobs for the skilled and unskilled, for the professionals-in-training, the cadets and students. And so, there was growing peace and happiness. In sharp contrast, the days of the 1980s started the destruction upon the economy. Banks and some department stores closed and left. Airlines shut their doors and flourishing public corporations began to sink economically. As if these woes were not enough, war-lords of the 1990s came and wrecked the economy to the ground. Seeing such destruction, the BBC Focus on Africa reported in 1990 that our country has been set back economically for one hundred years. And we are on that path.This well known historical analysis brought us to where we are today. The concern now is how do we get out of this mess and maintain our peace. What are the priority economic development targets that will help us maintain our peace? What efforts have been made? And how can they be maintained.In practical economic terms, we are feeling the burning pains of recession, although theoretical efforts are being made. When a nation resurrects from war, its basic necessities like better roads – old and new must be its priority to ease the movements of people; electricity must be restored; pipe-borne water or at least community reservoirs must be available. Government taxes and tariffs must be lowered to reduce high costs of living; a man’s wages or salary must be able to sufficiently keep his family up. In addition to these, the costs of medication and education must be free for at least some years to alleviate the cost of post-war economic burdens.Besides, the costs of services like rent and transportation must be low. In Liberia, political commodities such as cement, our staple food, rice, and petroleum must be lowered in prices, especially in a post war situation. In our particular Liberian situations, as long as our post war costs of living are hard and hash, peace cannot be guaranteed – it will always remain fragile. Why? This is simple. When we reflect on the causes of the wars and retrospect on their damaging effects and find ourselves in worse situations than our better yesterdays, then the wars became more and more senseless. And anger raged. As we periscope, we find out that the real change has not yet come; promises are locked up in theory; papa cannot come, and mama staying home is good for-nothing. And we know that when the sacrifices of people yield no fruits, peace is then never guaranteed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Television newscaster Mirthala Salinas, who was having an affiar with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when she broadcast news of his separation from his wife, received a two-month suspension from Telemundo network for violating the station’s conflict-of-interest rules, the network said tonight. Salinas, 35, whose romantic relationship with the mayor was disclosed by the Daily News on July 3, was among four NBC-Telemundo (Channel 52) employees disciplined after a three-week investigation by Telemundo executives with involvement of its parent company NBC Universal. The findings were broadcast on the network’s national newscast tonight. “Her reading of copy during newscasts on June 8 and June 11 regarding the mayor’s separation from his wife was a flagrant violation of these guidelines,” Telemundo President Don Browne said in a statement Thursday. “The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors.” Salinas will be suspended without pay. News director Al Corral also received a two-month suspension, while Channel 52 KVEA General Manager Manuel Abud was reassigned, and Ibra Morales, president of the Telemundo Television Stations Division, was reprimanded. Mutual agreement KVEA management and Salinas at the end of 2006 “mutually agreed” that she should not cover Villaraigosa based on the “friendship” that had grown between the mayor and Salinas. “In April 2007, she was given the role of temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on the mayor and politics. This decision conflicted with our guidelines and with management’s prior decision,” Browne said. Villaraigosa, in a statement responding to the station’s action, said, “I regret that decisions I have made in my personal life have been a distraction for the city, and I am deeply sorry that I have let so many people down, especially my family. “Now that Telemundo’s internal review has reached a conclusion, it is my hope that we can all move forward. I intend to do that by working as hard as I can every day to deliver results on the critical issues we face as a community.” Salinas, who was placed on leave July 5, could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. A source familiar with the situation told the Daily News that Salinas had asked on multiple occasions not to report news of the mayor’s separation, but was directed to do so. Browne said that while the content and accuracy of the newscasts were not compromised, the station’s policies with respect to conflict of interest were “clearly violated.” “In response to these violations, we have instituted disciplinary action affecting several employees. These actions include formal reprimands, job reassignments and unpaid suspensions.” Policy guidelines Browne said faculty members from the Poynter Institute, an institution that supports excellence in journalism, helped the network determine whether their news policy guidelines were violated. “It’s not as great a sanction as it could have been. People have been fired for their relationships with sources,” said Bryce Nelson, professor of journalism ethics at USC Annenberg School for Communication. “I don’t think it’s a slap on the wrist,” Nelson said. “It’s a visible punishment that will cause hardship for her and others involved.” Still, he said, without knowing the details of the investigation, it is difficult to know whether the punishment is sufficient. Browne said mandatory training sessions will be conducted at KVEA. “It has been a difficult time for all involved in this process, but the result will be a stronger news organization that leaves no doubt about our commitment to journalistic integrity.” Staff Writer Rachel Uranga contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Problems continue for Golden Valley High’s beleaguered football program. Just days after new coach Steve Pinkston signed on in the wake of Rob Swartz’s resignation following a difficult 2-8 debut season, multipurpose standout Martel Hammond – perhaps the program’s top returning player – said he’s probably on the way out, too. “It’s just not the way it used to be, and I don’t want to play,” Hammond said. “I might be transferring. I don’t like coach Swartz leaving, because I liked him. When he left, it kind of hurt.” Hammond last season caught 42 passes, scored three touchdowns and started at safety and kick returner. After seniorless Golden Valley experimented with four quarterbacks while losing its first seven games, Hammond switched from receiver to running back, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown in the school’s first football victory, 24-14 over Salesian of Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In January, four Golden Valley returning starters transferred, including offensive lineman Aaron Olivas, the team MVP, and tight end/defensive lineman Mike Spagnola, a promising sophomore. Seven Golden Valley students were arrested Feb. 24 for battery following a campus melee that included more than 20 students and reportedly was racially motivated. At least one football player was involved. “There’s all this racial violence here,” said Hammond, who is black. Hammond, who has joined the track and field team, has continued to work out with the football team under Pinkston, the school’s athletic director and Swartz’s assistant coach last season. “The new coach is the old coach,” Hammond said. “It just doesn’t make sense.” If he transfers, Hammond doesn’t plan to sit out one year, as mandated by Southern Section rules, because he said his family is planning to move into different school boundaries in the Santa Clarita Valley, which would make him eligible immediately. “I have lots of friends at all of the other schools,” he said. Swartz said poor academic performances by the football team was among the the reasons he quit. Hammond said he has a 3.2 grade-point average. Pinkston was surprised to learn of Hammond’s dissatisfaction. “Yes, it’s a bit of a surprise, because Martel has been doing really well,” Pinkston said. Hammond said other teammates also are considering transferring. Santa Clarita Christian High’s baseball team is 3-0, but imagine how strong the Cardinals would be with standout pitchers Augie Detres and Mike Montgomery, who left the school. Detres, a junior right-hander, transferred to Vasquez of Acton after going 17-3 the past two seasons. Detres was 8-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 52 innings last year. Montgomery, a 6-foot-3 sophomore left-hander who attended Santa Clarita Christian during elementary school, is at Hart. He’s 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA and nine strikeouts in 11 innings. His sister, Shayna, was Santa Clarita Christian’s top softball pitcher last season, and his father, Mike, is a former Hart boys’ basketball head coach. Santa Clarita Christian coach Garrick Moss said Detres transferred for financial reasons. Moss considers Montgomery a “lights-out” pitcher. “Mike would probably be one of the best pitchers in the division,” Moss said. “He’s a stud.” Touted softball prospect Jessica Spigner, a Valencia sophomore third baseman, is off to a torrid start. She’s batting .600 with four home runs, five RBIs and a 1.800 slugging percentage in four games. Spigner is among several impressive power hitters for the Vikings (4-0), who have nine home runs. If the team continues to produce runs, Valencia will be hard to beat, especially with right-hander Jordan Taylor pitching. Taylor, a junior who has committed to Michigan, is 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 25 innings. Sarina Coutin, who scored a school-record 38 goals as a sophomore for Hart’s girls’ soccer team this season, is the Foothill League Player of the Year. Other first-team selections include Hart’s Michelle Mason, Brittany Clark, Dominique Panaranda and Kelley Mason, Saugus’ Betsy Kyle, Dani Morin and Melanie Callewaert, Canyon’s Alexia Zatarain and Gina Walker, and Valencia’s Jackie Keeley and Brooke Gavin. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEWHALL – A brush fire erupted Friday in the Newhall Pass, but 200 firefighters and nine helicopters were en route before it could rage out of control. Under a red flag warning signifying a high fire danger, fire officials jumped on the blaze, holding it to 40 acres, said German Aguilar, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “We fight all our brush fires aggressively, especially in conditions like these,” Aguilar said. “We don’t want to be out there for two weeks.” The fear was that conditions were prime for a major fire – hot, dry air and rugged terrain that’s tough to access, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThere were no injuries or damage, but the fire did prompt the closure of The Old Road, an alternate route to Interstate 5. Spectators also caused a miles-long traffic jam on the freeway. Flames broke out shortly before 1 p.m. in Weldon Canyon, near the junction of I-5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway. The fire moved uphill east of I-5, and was still burning four hours later, although firefighters were gaining control. Aguilar said a cause had yet to be determined.