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Mills, Andrews aim for prestigious award

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first_imgIt only took five minutes for defender Kayla Mills to find fellow senior Morgan Andrews in the box against the University of North Carolina. An arching corner kick and a flick of a header sent the ball into the back of the net, kicking off a 3-0 upset for one of the top teams in the country.Both players have found their rhythm in their final seasons as Trojans, and with that rhythm has come serious attention from across the country. This summer, both Mills and Andrews were named to a watch list of 36 players for this year’s MAC Hermann trophy.The distinction sets Mills and Andrews apart as some of the greatest college players in the country. But for the two seniors, this final season is about much more than personal achievements.The MAC Hermann award is to college soccer what the Heisman is to football. Recent winners include World Cup champions like Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara and Mia Hamm.So, it came as a slight surprise to both Mills and Andrews this summer when their phones lit up with texts from friends congratulating them on the distinction.“It’s the greatest honor any collegiate soccer player can earn,” Andrews said. “When you look at the people who have come before, who have won it in the past, it’s pretty incredible to even be considered on that level.”But the news came as no surprise to head coach Keidane McAlpine that Mills and Andrews stood out on a national level. In their years at USC, both players have come through on and off the field as McAlpine shaped his young program.“It’s a true testament to the level of respect that they’ve earned throughout their time here,” McAlpine said. “It’s a huge step forward for them and for our program. But I think, for those who see them practicing and working day in and day out, it’s something we get to see every day. These are world- class players.”In a well-spread offense that finds scoring opportunities with a variety of players, Andrews has already netted three goals this year, including the opening point against the University of North Carolina. Moving up to midfielder after spending last year on the defense, Mills connected to assist two of those three goals.It’s a chemistry that McAlpine has seen develop over the past two years of playing together. And it’s a relationship that has been growing for most of the years that Mills and Andrews have played soccer.The two first met in the U.S. national team system when they were 14 years old. They played with and against each other off and on throughout their high school careers, until Mills became a Trojan and Andrews headed to Notre Dame. Two years later, Andrews transferred to USC and the two became everyday teammates, both for the Trojans and for the U.S. U-23 team.Though they only played together on a daily basis for the past two years, spending eight years as teammates has formed a bond of trust and respect between the two seniors.“I love playing next to her,” Andrews said. “We’ve worked off of each other well. Honestly, she’s just one of the best players I’ve ever seen play. She makes it fun to play alongside her.”Earning a spot on the watch list had a mixed effect on Mills and Andrews. On one hand, it bolstered their confidence, confirming that they are among the top players in the country. Of course, it wasn’t the first confirmation of their status among the best of the best — Mills was named the top youth defender in the country by TopDrawer in August, and Andrews was ranked among the top five midfielders in the same report.It also created a pressure to perform among the best.“I think I always expect the best of myself, whether I’m on a list or whether I’m not,” Mills said. “That pressure comes from myself, from wanting to be my best for my team. And that’s on and off the field. If I need to be the best at cheering on the sidelines, that’s what I’m going to do, and I’m always going to put that pressure on myself.”As Mills and Andrews head into their final regular season at USC, however, personal accolades are the last thing on their minds. Mills approaches each game with the mindset of contributing as much as she can to the team, in whatever way she is needed, whether that means sitting on the bench or playing every second.This feeling is echoed by Andrews. Her goals for the season are simple yet difficult to execute: Win a Pac-12 championship, and follow it up with an NCAA championship. It won’t be easy. The last time they won the national championship was in 2007, and the Trojans have never taken a solo Pac-12 title.Andrews never shies away from saying that the team is a contender for the national championship. If the MAC Hermann trophy comes along the way, so be it. But for both Mills and Andrews, the team is more important than anything else.“There’s no such thing as an individual when you’re playing with 11 people on the field,” Andrews said. “If I win any accolade or if I’m on any list, it’s because of the girls around me. Everyone wants everyone next to them to succeed. It doesn’t matter who puts the ball in the back of the net as long as we win the game.”last_img read more

“Coronavirus is really hurting our finances”- Kotoko PRO

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first_imgPublic Relations Officer of Asante Kotoko, Kennedy Boakye Ansah, admits that the club is feeling the financial strain of the absence of regular football activity in Ghana due to the Coronavirus pandemic.The Ghana Premier League has been on a break since March 15 when the President, Nana Akufo Addo, announced a ban on all public gatherings in the wake of the spread of the pandemic.Since most football clubs in Ghana rake in income from gate proceeds and transfers, the absence of football means clubs are struggling to survive and Boakye Ansah says Kotoko is no different.However, he remains hopeful that the situation will be resolved in coming months.“Kotoko, like any other Ghanaian club, has been feeling the strain for some time especially when our major source of revenue is from the gates.We are a bit lucky to have some sponsorship but even that can only take care of about 30 to 40 percent of our monthly expenditure. So we have to find other means of mobilising funds to run the club.We have had some great support from the Executive Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei. In these times, it is not easy for all the clubs but we will survive.The situation is under control but the only thing we want is to overcome the current pandemic so our football comes back.”The strain Kotoko is feeling in terms of finance has also been heightened by the fact that their main sponsors, MTN, has suspended its monthly financial obligations to the club.Under the terms of a sponsorship agreement between the entities, MTN is supposed to give the club an amount of GHS 70,000 but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have also been put under some stress and MTN has asked for a freeze of their duties to Kotoko.last_img read more

Wellington’s Jason Haydon, Taylan Lamkin qualify for Class 4A state wrestling tournament

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first_img160 – Jason Haydon (20-5) placed 4th and scored 9.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-5 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-5 won by decision over Caleb Wallsmith (El Dorado) 21-13 (Dec 11-7)Semifinal – Kyle Armstrong (Andale) 34-3 won by injury default over Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-5 (I-D 0:00)Cons. Semi – Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-5 won by decision over Chase Miller (Mulvane) 23-8 (Dec 7-4)3rd Place Match – Scott Whitson (Buhler) 31-9 won by injury default over Jason Haydon (Wellington) 20-5 (I-D 0:00) 126 – Andrew Horn (23-12) did not place and scored 1.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Horn (Wellington) 23-12 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Dylan Eck (Andale) 13-16 won by decision over Andrew Horn (Wellington) 23-12 (Dec 9-4)Cons. Round 2 – Andrew Horn (Wellington) 23-12 won by decision over Elijah White (Mulvane) 17-15 (Dec 9-2)Cons. Round 3 – Payton Smith (Winfield) 12-11 won by tech fall over Andrew Horn (Wellington) 23-12 (TF 15-0) Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down No one special · 390 weeks ago Great job boys. Jason I’m so proud of you wrestling your best with a whole lot of pain. Way to do Wellington proud. This is a clear case of love for the game and determination. The coaching staff this year has made all the difference. They moved wrestlers around, push them hard, believed in them, and got the job done. Thank you McComb and Day. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest · 390 weeks ago Great job guys. You make Wellington proud! Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Shawn DJ · 390 weeks ago Congrats to qualifiers and all wrestlers. Future looks bright for this program and underclassmen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down local · 390 weeks ago Congratulations and best wishes at State! Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Proud aunt · 390 weeks ago Way to go Jason. I am beyond proud! Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 220 – Mitchell Lowe (10-17) did not place and scored 0.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Trever Buckner (Andale) 10-13 won by pin over Mitchell Lowe (Wellington) 10-17 (Pin 3:31)Cons. Round 1 – Mitchell Lowe (Wellington) 10-17 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Jordan Moore (Towanda-Circle) 18-13 won by pin over Mitchell Lowe (Wellington) 10-17 (Pin 1:54) 145 – Ben DeJarnett (15-22) did not place and scored 3.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Ben DeJarnett (Wellington) 15-22 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Patrick Weaver (Hugoton) 29-3 won by pin over Ben DeJarnett (Wellington) 15-22 (Pin 3:12)Cons. Round 2 – Ben DeJarnett (Wellington) 15-22 won by pin over Dalton Anderson (Hesston) 13-14 (Pin 1:59)Cons. Round 3 – Tanner Terrell (Rose Hill) 23-13 won by pin over Ben DeJarnett (Wellington) 15-22 (Pin 0:49) 195 – Taylon Lamkin (21-16) placed 4th and scored 11.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Derrick Gates (Andale) 21-6 won by pin over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 (Pin 1:44)Cons. Round 2 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 3 – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 won by pin over Colby Willis (Augusta) 18-8 (Pin 3:58)Cons. Semi – Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 won by pin over Manny Martinez (El Dorado) 14-13 (Pin 1:35)3rd Place Match – Diego Maravilla (Ulysses) 25-14 won by pin over Taylon Lamkin (Wellington) 21-16 (Pin 1:18) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington got two wrestlers into the Class 4A state tournament on Feb. 22-23 in Salina.Wellington senior Jason Haydon will return to the state tournament at 160 pounds, and Taylan Lamkin, a junior, advances at 195 after the two day Class 4A Regional in Augusta Friday and today.Both boys will go into the state tournament as a fourth seed.The Crusaders were eliminated elsewhere during a rather rough two days for the team at the regional which also included Andale, Augusta, Buhler, Clearwater, El Dorado, Hesston, Hugoton, Mulvane, Nickerson, Pratt, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, Ulysses and Winfield.As of Saturday evening, Wellington was in 10th place with 38 points. That could change as there are no Crusaders in the championship finals being held tonight.Haydon will return to the state tournament for a third consecutive year. The senior has been fighting a shoulder injury all season. But he wrestled twice, enough to get himself qualified. After receiving a bye, he decisioned Caleb Wallsmith of El Dorado 11-7. After injury defaulting, he then qualified for state with a 7-4 victory over Chase Miller of Mulvane to get into the consolation finals. He would injury default in the third-place match at 160.Taylan Lamkin place fourth after receiving a bye in the first round. He then was pinned by Derrick Gates of Andale 1:44. After getting a bye, Lamkin pinned Colby Willis of Augusta 3:58. And then in the qualifying round, Lamkin pinned Manny Martinez of El Dorado at 1:35. He finished the night getting pinned by Diego Maravilla of Ulysses 1:18.The final standings for Wellington wrestlers are as follows:KSHSAA 4A – Augusta Regional Results for Wellington106 – Sage Ferguson (2-9) did not place and scored 0.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Sage Ferguson (Wellington) 2-9 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Jake Goldenstein (Augusta) 35-0 won by pin over Sage Ferguson (Wellington) 2-9 (Pin 0:43)Cons. Round 2 – Sage Ferguson (Wellington) 2-9 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 3 – Josh Long (Clearwater) 29-11 won by pin over Sage Ferguson (Wellington) 2-9 (Pin 4:24) 152 – Justin Bruns (18-9) did not place and scored 1.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Justin Bruns (Wellington) 18-9 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Lawson Fiss (Hugoton) 30-6 won by tech fall over Justin Bruns (Wellington) 18-9 (TF 15-0)Cons. Round 2 – Justin Bruns (Wellington) 18-9 won by decision over AJ Hein (Andale) 4-15 (Dec 6-3)Cons. Round 3 – Jon Graham (Rose Hill) 21-12 won by decision over Justin Bruns (Wellington) 18-9 (Dec 9-5) 120 – Bradley Wiens (10-15) did not place and scored 0.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Mason Schweitzer (Hesston) 24-10 won by pin over Bradley Wiens (Wellington) 10-15 (Pin 3:30)Cons. Round 1 – Bradley Wiens (Wellington) 10-15 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Toby Gray (Rose Hill) 22-17 won by pin over Bradley Wiens (Wellington) 10-15 (Pin 1:43) 182 – Aaron Fair (5-9) did not place and scored 4.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 5-9 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Armando Sandoval (Ulysses) 30-8 won by pin over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 5-9 (Pin 0:39)Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 5-9 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 5-9 won by pin over Ashtyn Cody (Rose Hill) 8-17 (Pin 1:28)Cons. Semi – Evan Elston (Mulvane) 18-10 won by pin over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 5-9 (Pin 2:51) 138 – Andrew Pelkey (20-10) did not place and scored 3.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 20-10 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Logan Elliott (Mulvane) 23-15 won by decision over Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 20-10 (Dec 3-2)Cons. Round 2 – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 20-10 won by pin over Cale Renolds (Andale) 1-15 (Pin 1:25)Cons. Round 3 – Brandon Bertholf (Buhler) 22-14 won by decision over Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 20-10 (Dec 2-1) 285 – Tyson Hodson (20-16) did not place and scored 6.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Tyson Hodson (Wellington) 20-16 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Steven Degollado (Ulysses) 22-14 won by decision over Tyson Hodson (Wellington) 20-16 (Dec 9-3)Cons. Round 2 – Tyson Hodson (Wellington) 20-16 won by pin over Nick Evans (Hugoton) 7-15 (Pin 3:33)Cons. Round 3 – Tyson Hodson (Wellington) 20-16 won by pin over Patrick Deegan (Hesston) 7-16 (Pin 3:19)Cons. Semi – Jacobb Burnett (El Dorado) 17-9 won by pin over Tyson Hodson (Wellington) 20-16 (Pin 2:55). 113 – Graysen DeJarnett (11-12) did not place and scored 0.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Cole Conover (Winfield) 9-16 won by decision over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 11-12 (Dec 5-4)Cons. Round 1 – Dalton Chambers (Clearwater) 18-22 won by decision over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 11-12 (Dec 8-3)last_img read more

BUSTER BROWN GETS HIS TEAM READY FOR THE NEW SEASON

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first_imgMrs Brown’s Boys star Danny O’Carroll shows he isn’t afraid to muck in when it comes to getting his team fit for the new season. Danny, who is known better as Buster in the hilarious sitcom, is joint manager of Donegal League side Lagan Harps who begin their campaign later this month.Danny put his side through their paces during a pre-season run through the Old Foundry in Lurgybrack outside Letterkenny. Danny O’CarrollBut as you can see from the picture, the players are covered from head to toe in muck, while Buster has managed to steer clear of the mud and keep his managers tracksuit intact.Lagan Harps stalwart Ernie Pollock revealed last year how Danny was no mean player when he got the time to line-out for his local side.But the Dubliner was forced to hang up his boots for a while this season because of work-commitments.Danny will be hoping his side can match the success of the hit TV show he stars in which recently hit the big screens. Rumours that Buster has secured the services of the affable Mrs Brown have not yet been confirmed, although it is believed that initial negotiations have taken place between both parties.It’s believed that her role at the club would involve making sandwiches for after the games, and ensuring the kit is sparkling clean for every match. BUSTER BROWN GETS HIS TEAM READY FOR THE NEW SEASON was last modified: August 8th, 2014 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) Tags:BusterDanny O’CarrollFeaturesLagan Harps FCMrs Brown’s BoysnewsSportlast_img read more