Recruits, schools need better plan

first_imgYour dream school seems to be coming around. They’re calling more often, sending you text messages. An assistant coach even mentions a recruiting trip after the season. But still no scholarship offer. What do you do? Do you wait on the dream school and risk losing the threeoffers? Do you tell one of the three schools that want you now you will commit to them and say goodbye to your dream school? Or do you play both sides a little, tell one of those schools you will commit to them but let your dream school know that you’re still open to being recruited if things change? Those are the choices high school football players across the country have been weighing for months. They are the kinds of choices most adults would lose sleep over. But that’s the kind of pressure that’s been put on today’s elite prep athletes. “It’s not good for the kids or the schools,” said Westlake High football coach Jim Benkert, who guided two players through the recruiting process this year. “The system is not working, and it’s going to get worse.” No, it’s worse than not working. It’s creating impossible choices for 17- and 18-year-olds. Take Anthony Gildon, a defensive back from Oaks Christian, for example. Over the summer, he said he would commit to Oregon. His commitment plans were considered rock-solid. But after his senior season, USC called him up and offered him a scholarship. He loved Oregon, but USC is USC. “He was solid to Oregon, but ‘SC hadn’t recruited him yet,” Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. “When ‘SC comes in there, a kid from Southern California has to consider it.” Gildon listened, and even took a trip to USC a few weeks ago. The coaches from Oregon went into full-on panic mode. They called him every night, sent him text messages. Anything they could do to keep him in the fold. Last week, Redell told Gildon he needed to make up his mind, not just for the schools but for his own peace of mind. In the end, Gildon stayed with the Ducks. Florida never let it get that far with Gildon’s teammate, defensive lineman Duke Lemmens. Lemmens said he would commit to the Gators a few months ago, but it didn’t keep other schools from trying to sway him. Notre Dame made a late push, so Florida sent an assistant coach to Oaks Christian to check in on Lemmens and keep him on board. Lemmens stayed, but it wasn’t an easy choice. How did we get to this place? The problem began, Benkert said, when schools started offering more scholarships than they actually had available. A school might have 22 scholarships available for a particular recruiting class but might make offers to 60 kids. Basically, it’s an offer with an expiration date. “They can’t take all their trips and then decide what school is best for them anymore because the offer they get on one trip may not be there next week,” Benkert said. “The kids are stuck, and the schools are stuck. “And if the kid ends up at a university they’re not happy at, they end up leaving and everyone loses. The kid, the school, everyone.” So how can this dilemma be solved? Or can it even be solved? One idea that’s gaining traction amongst those in the recruiting intelligensia is creating a second signing day in the fall of recruits’ senior year. “Coaches would love to have an earlier signing period,” said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting expert with “If they did that, you’d probably see more early offers, but you’d also see less players commit early because the commitment would really mean something. “And if a kid committed early but didn’t really want to sign a letter of intent, it would throw red flags up to the school about how strong the commitment really is.” Benkert poses another idea. How about allowing schools to offer only scholarships that they really have? In other words, you have 22 scholarships and you can only have 22 offers out at one time. Or, if you want to be more realistic, 30 or 40. Just not 100, like some programs are known to do nowadays. Each plan addresses a different side of the problem. Moving signing day up would keep kids from saying the will make commitments, the so-called “soft-verbals,” they don’t necessarily intend to honor. Enforcing a maximum number of offers would keep schools from making promises they don’t intend to keep. Either way, something needs to be done, because the way it stands now, kids are being forced to make major life decisions under tremendous time pressure, without all the facts and with little margin for error. There is hope, though. Samson Szakacsy is a quarterback from Camarillo High who will sign with Arizona State today. Szakacsy said he would commit to USC over the summer, when the Trojans’ quarterback situation seemed a lot more unsettled than it does now. John David Booty was recovering from back surgery, Mark Sanchez was dealing with legal issues and Aaron Corp was just another good high school quarterback. Over the next few months, Booty played his way into Heisman Trophy consideration for next season, Sanchez dealt with his legal issues and Corp became the California Player of the Year. Szakacsy saw the writing on the wall. He met with USC coach Pete Carroll, who leveled with him about the stiff competition he’d face at USC. Last weekend, Szakacsy took a trip to Arizona State and switched his plans. “Sam’s not afraid of competition or anything,” Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller said. “But they’ve got three of the top quarterbacks in the country at USC. Pete Carroll was very candid with him about that. At Arizona State, he could realistically start as a redshirt sophomore. “So I think he made the best decision for himself. And in the end, everybody’s happy.” ramona.shelburne@ (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img OK, let’s say you’re a high school senior and a top prospect in football. In August, three different schools are offering you a football scholarship. They’re all good programs, but your dream school is only sending letters. By September, the three schools offering you a scholarship are getting antsy, telling you that they need an answer in the next couple of weeks or they’ll have to move on to someone else. last_img read more

Artists remove works after Mao piece pulled

first_img“If this place is not interested in us, we are not interested in this place,” artist John Kong said. “I understand people can have strong personal reactions to certain things. It’s not wrong to express what he thinks when he sees this art. “The wrong thing is that City Hall took the piece down.” It was described as “innocent, thoughtless censorship, but censorship nonetheless” by Peter Scheer, executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition. Alhambra resident Henry Zhang, 41, said Mao is China’s equivalent of Adolf Hitler and his portrait should not be displayed in public buildings. “He took away other people’s freedom,” Zhang said. ALHAMBRA – Artists featured in a Chinese New Year exhibit at City Hall removed their works in anger over the city’s banishment of a piece depicting Communist leader Mao next to George Washington. The remaining 30 prints were taken down by the artists Tuesday after city staff removed a Jeffrey Ma piece pairing Mao and Washington. It was pulled because some observers found it offensive, the city said. “They don’t respect art and they don’t respect artists,” Ma said. Ma and the three other artists in the exhibit decided to take everything down after the city balked at putting the piece back up. The artists also retrieved the Mao piece stored in the City Clerk’s Office. 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

David De Gea has the ‘right profile’ for Real Madrid, claims Hunter

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has the “right profile” to play for Real Madrid, according to talkSPORT’s Spanish correspondent Graham Hunter.The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu and has just 18 months remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford.However, despite the arrival of Victor Valdes at United, Hunter does not believe Real Madrid would be willing to sign the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper due to the two “high-class goalkeepers” already at the club.“It would be David De Gea, he’s the right profile,” said Hunter. “His talent has never been in question.“It would be a devastating blow to the neighbours Atletico Madrid to bring back the keeper who was brought through as an Atletico fan prodigy.“But for the people who want credibility in transfer stories you have to put into the case that Madrid have two high class keepers at the moment.He added: “Do Real Madrid genuinely cause another fuss by bringing in De Gea and relegating [Iker] Casillas? I’m absolutely clear from briefings that Manchester United want to keep De Gea.” Manchester United David De Gea last_img read more

Mexico stun Germany as Brazil are held at World Cup

first_imgToni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back into the match as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.“I don’t know if it’s the biggest win in Mexico’s history but doubtless it is one of the biggest for sure,” said 22-year-old Lozano.Germany coach Joachim Loew did not mince his words about his side’s performance, saying his team had played “very badly” in the first half of the Group F tie.“We weren’t able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective,” he said.Kroos said the Germans had no choice but to win their next two group games as the pressure mounts on Loew to turn their fortunes around against Sweden and South Korea.Neymar started against Switzerland © AFP / JOE KLAMARIf Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round — a perfect chance for the Brazilians to avenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.Brazil, and their star Neymar, made their bow in Russia in Rostov-on-Don but gutsy Switzerland battled back to cancel out a Philippe Coutinho strike midway through the first half of the Group E tie.The Barcelona man found the top corner with a stunning curled effort in the 20th minute but Steven Zuber headed an equaliser from a corner shortly after half time and the five-time champions could not make their superior quality count.Four years after injury cut short his World Cup — Brazil suffered that defeat to Germany without him — Neymar is once again spearheading his country’s hopes.The Paris Saint-Germain striker’s participation at the finals in Russia had been cast into doubt after he suffered a broken bone in his right foot in late February.However, the 26-year-old forward has shown few signs of rustiness since returning for Brazil, scoring in consecutive friendlies in the buildup to the finals and started on Sunday.– German disarray –Germany had breezed through qualifying, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four.Loew has, like the Brazilians, transformed the team from 2014 to the extent that the man who scored the World Cup winning goal in Rio, Mario Goetze, is not in the squad.But his plans to become only the third side in the World Cup’s 88-year history to successfully defend their title were in disarray on Sunday after the Mexicans tore into his defence from the start.Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played.In the first game of the day, Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick in Samara.The victory puts Serbia in a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland as they look to reach the last 16 for the first time since becoming an independent country.Away from the football, Russian authorities said a taxi driver who ploughed into pedestrians on a crowded pavement near Red Square in Moscow on Saturday, injuring at least seven people, had been suffering from exhaustion.The taxi driver, a 28-year-old man from the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, told police during questioning that he had been working for 20 hours solid before the incident and had mixed up the brake pedal and the accelerator.And a space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.Violence against gays in Russia regularly makes global headlines. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hirving Lozano scored the goal that sent defending champions crashing to defeat © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Mexico stunned World Cup holders Germany on Sunday, inflicting a 1-0 defeat that throws the Germans’ title defence into disarray as Neymar’s Brazil stuttered to a draw against Switzerland.The outstanding Hirving Lozano smashed home the Mexican winner in the 35th minute at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, leaving Manuel Neuer clutching at thin air on his return to the German goal after a nine-month injury absence.last_img read more


first_imgLETTERMACAWARD NOTES 225th Church Anniversary Celebration in Leitir:Our Celebration starts on 12th July at 7pm with an opening Service in our Church. You are heartily invited to be with us and we are very delighted that Father Ian Cannon will come as well. Afterwards we have a barbeque in Elliott’s – followed by a session from the Gweebarra Ceili band.Over the weekend we have an exhibition in the old Leitir Rectory showing old photos and historical documents. On Saturday at 6pm there is a classical Concert in the Church and on Sunday at 4pm we will have traditional music in the Church. Followed by a Service with our Bishop Ken Good. Come along and enjoy the Anniversary event with us. In the marquee beside the Rectory we will provide refreshments. For more details please contact Angela 95 44341  Halla Naomh Bríde Hall Activities are Bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm Jackpot € 3.675.00 on 45 numbers or less. Art every Tuesday, 11.00am – 1.00pm All new comers welcome. Unislim every Wednesday 11.00am -12.00pm & 7.00pm – 8.00pm Padre Pio Relic Anyone wishing to pray at home with the Padre Pio Relic please contact Jean 0876385480 Mary 9546889 or Martin 0863459114  Graveyard Blessings Blessings Prayers and the Rosary of both graveyards will be held on Sunday afternoon 14th July. The Old Graveyard at 2pm and Cíle BrídeGraveyard at 3 pm. Kilclooney Country Market The next Country market will be on Saturday 6th July and every Saturday during July and August at 11.00am – 1.00pm in the Dolmen Centre. Come along and get your home baked goodies. Vegetables and Gifts are also available. You can treat yourself to a cup of tea or coffee in the Coffee Dock. Active Seniors Lettermacaward and Doochary The Annual Bus Tour Wednesday will be on the 31st July. The cost including a meal is €27 Please contact Angela 9544341 or Mary 087 6137869. Keys found A set of keys was found in the St Vincent De Paul shop Dungloe. There are 2 key ring pictures attached and a car key. Contact Breda 0n 0879116436 New Arrival Congratulations to Donal and Joanne Trimble, Toome on the birth of their baby recently. A wee sister named Charley for Gracie and Hughie DD LOCAL: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LOCAL: LETTERMACAWARD COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Keelan McGill the hero as Naomh Conaill win Minor Championship

first_imgA late, late goal from Keelan McGill ensured Naomh Conaill would take the Donegal MFC title after a titanic tussle with St Eunan’s. As the game ticked deep into injury-time, it looked like the title was heading back to O’Donnell Park, with St Eunan’s ahead by one.However, there was to be one final twist in the tale with McGill scoring a late goal which resulted in heartbreak for St Eunan’s and euphoria for Naomh Conaill. The talk going in to this match was going to be the battle between St Eunan’s Niall O’Donnell and Naomh Conaill’s Eoghan McGettigan.Both helped Donegal win the Ulster MFC title earlier this summer, and are without doubt two of the hottest prospects in the county.Neither disappointed with O’Donnell scoring eight of St Eunan’s eleven scores, while McGettigan notched five points, with four coming from play.There was nothing between the sides all throughout this brilliant contest, with the sides level on no fewer than seven occasions. With St Eunan’s leading by one point as the game ticked into injury-time, Naomh Conaill went in desperate search of an equaliser.A hopeful ball into the area towards Nathan Byrne from Keelan McMonagle made life extremely difficult for Matthew Gallagher and with the ball breaking off that pair, McGill reacted quickest to hammer into the empty net.St Eunan’s were stunned, and they valiantly tried to respond, but Naomh Conaill added another late point to seal the deal.Final score Naomh Conaill 1-11 St Eunan’s 0-11Keelan McGill the hero as Naomh Conaill win Minor Championship was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Faridah Bulega: Who are we to defeat Kenya

first_img Tags: crested cranesfaridah bulegaLillian Mutuuzo Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega could not believe her side got the better of Kenya (Photo by Agencies)KIGALI – Uganda Crested Cranes head coach, Faridah Bulega has come out and expressed her delight after her team won their opening game at the 2018 CECAFA Women’s Championship.The Crested Cranes defeated Kenya 1-0 courtesy of a Lillian Mutuuzo 7th minute strike in the opening game at the ongoing tournament in Rwanda.Speaking to the press after the game, Bulega could not hide her disbelief that her side had won the game.“Am very happy with my team for this win, said Bulega.“There is nothing like a bad win and we are all so happy to defeat Kenya.” Who are we, who am i in this 2018 to defeat Kenya.“Am happy with my team, technical stuff and the girls for what we have managed to achieve.” We know that we still have a long way to go so we need your prayers so that we can win our next games and probably win the tournament.“What i can promise is that we will try our level best  to try to win the tournament.The win felt more like revenge for Bulega, whose side fell to Kenya 1-0 on aggregate in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers last April.They also lost 4-0 to the same side (Kenya) in the opening game of the 2016 CECAFA Women’s championships that were held in Jinja-Uganda.The Uganda Crested Cranes will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on  Ethiopia at the Stade de Kigali.The round robin tournament will then see Uganda take on Tanzania on Monday and then Rwanda next Wednesday.In the other game played on Thursday, Alice Kalimba scored the only goal of the game as hosts Rwanda defeated Tanzania 1-0 at the same venue.The striker who plays for AS Kigali scored the all-important goal on 34 minutes.Crested Cranes starting XI vs Kenya on Thursday.Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze, Tracy Jones Akiror (Capt), Lilian Mutuuzo, Phiona Nabbumba, Ziana Namuleme, Juliet Nalukenge, Norah Alupo.The remaining Fixtures of the 2018 CECAFA Women’s Championships:*Friday, July 20: Rest DaySaturday, July 21-Ethiopia vs. Uganda – 2:00 pm-Kenya vs. Tanzania – 5:15 pm*Sunday, July 22: Rest DayMonday, July 23-Uganda vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Ethiopia – 5:15 pm*Tuesday, July 24: Rest DayWednesday, July 25-Kenya vs. Ethiopia – 3:00 pm-Uganda vs. Rwanda – 5:15 pm*Thursday, July 26: Rest DayFriday, July 27-Ethiopia vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pmRwanda vs. Kenya 5:15 pmComments last_img read more

Stunning silver as Sommer Lecky breaks new ground on the World stage

first_imgSommer Lecky has won a silver medal at the IAAF World U20 Athletics Championships in Finland after a stunning display.The Finn Valley AC woman cleared 1.90 metres to take silver and her mark is a new personal best that also breaks a new Irish Junior record.Lecky’s silver nugget is Ireland’s first individual medal in history at this level and qualifies her for the European Championships in Berlin later this year. Karyna Taranda from Belarus won gold with a leap of 1.92m whole Colombia’s María Fernanda Murillo took the bronze. Lecky added four centimetres to her PB and vindication of the hours, days, months and years of endeavour with her coach, Niall Wilkinson.On Friday, Lecky had a flawless day in qualification, clearing all six marks at the first attempt, including the magical 1.84m to secure a spot in today’s final in Tampere’s Ratina Stadium. The 17-year-old finished tenth in the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year, but today represents new ground entirely for a woman described by Patsy McGonagle two years ago as ‘a medal zone athlete’. Stunning silver as Sommer Lecky breaks new ground on the World stage was last modified: July 16th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACIAAF World U20 Athletics ChampionshipsNiall Wilkinsonpatsy mcgonagleSommer LeckyTamperelast_img read more

Decision not expected on Naomh Colmcille appeal until ‘later in the week’

first_imgNaomh Colmcille must wait to learn if their appeal against an eight-week suspension has been successful.The Newtowncunningham-based club met with the Donegal Hearings Committee last night in a bid to overturn the sanction after they were found to be in breach of the GAA’s official guide when staging a charity fundraiser at Pairc Colmcille.The club has been advised of the timescale involved and a decision won’t be known today. It is expected that a verdict will be communicated by the end of the week. A fundraising tournament was held in aid of Paul Dillon, a former player and coach at the club, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.The tournament was part of a wide fundraising drive that raised a collective €85,000 to carry out necessary repairs to the Dillon family home.Donegal GAA was alerted to the tournament and last week the club learned of the penalty, which has been roundly criticised since.Naomh Colmcille have been penalised under sections 5.1 and 6.4 of the GAA’s official guide and were handed a proposed eight-week suspension and a €500 fine. Naomh Colmcille were charged for an ‘unauthorised tournament held on Pairc Colmcille on 23rd February 2019 and the use of grounds for this tournament’.Were the Hearings Committee to rule in favour of the Donegal GAA management committee, Naomh Colmcille could appeal to the next available body – the Ulster Hearings Committee.Decision not expected on Naomh Colmcille appeal until ‘later in the week’ was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAADonegal Hearings CommitteeNaomh ColmcilleNewtowncunninghamPaul Dillonlast_img read more

Stunning pictures from on high

first_imgWe have seen many stunning pictures taken from aircraft over the year but these are amongst the best of the best.Taken by Christiaan (JPC) van Heijst a pilot with a major freight airline they are truly spectacular.Christiaan founded in 2013 with colleague Daan Krans and the two world-renowned photographers bring a new dimension to portraying aviation with striking imagery, unrivaled in quality, accuracy and almost always with a flair for the artistic.In this photo essay, we feature the work of Christiaan who has worked for 12 years as an airline pilot and professional photographer. He starting his flying career on the Fokker 50 Turboprop, flying under contract in Africa and Afghanistan for almost two and a half years.Then he moved on to where he flew the Boeing 737NG for almost five years before making his most rewarding step in early 2011 to Europe’s leading All-Cargo-Airline; Cargolux International Airlines.Flying the true Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-400 and the latest 747-8 Freighter as a Senior First Officer on a long haul global network Christiaan always has his camera within reach, ready to capture the magic above the clouds and the world from a unique pilot’s perspective.The captions below each photo are remarks by Christiaan.To order these photos and to see the entire magnificent collection click here;last_img read more