Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansOly Town Artesians defender Collin LaBranche was named the Evergreen Premier League Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Olympia High School alum was playing in his first game for the Artesians this season after graduating from Saint Martin’s last week and led the club to a 3-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance in Pasco.Despite a talented squad, the Artesians got off to a rough start to the season but got a nice boost with the return of LaBranche and a couple of other Saint Martin’s players. They played their most complete game on Sunday at Edgar Brown Stadium and picked up their first win of the season and are very much alive in the EPLWA’S Cascade Conference. LaBranche, who will return for one more season with the Saints this fall, won every challenge that came his way and solidified a backline that had struggled over the first two weeks.This is the sixth time that an Oly Town player has been honored with a Defensive POTW award in their three seasons in the EPLWA. Nate Boatright and Kyle Wiese won the award in 2017 and JJ Olson, Crisantos Chavez and Marcos Borja were all honored during the 2018 season.The Artesians will give LaBranche and their players a well deserved break for the Memorial Day weekend but will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 p.m.Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Brandon Sparks at 360-561-7252.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
Advertisement 8wz03iksNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscq9z2q3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eacb1jh4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cmjdoWould you ever consider trying this?😱cuaCan your students do this? 🌚0ofRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dipa Karmakar is going to miss out on World Gymnastics Championships because of her long standing knee injury. This is a big blow for India in the World Gymnastics Championships. Dipa Karmakar finished at the fourth position in the Rio Olympics in vault. She was the biggest hope for India in the World Gymnastics Championships.Advertisement As Dipa will not be able to take part in this competition, three women gymnasts Pranati Nayak, Pranati Das and Aruna Budda Reddy will hold the baton of India in World Gymnastics Championships. The event is going to begin at Stuttgart on Friday. The chances of winning medals in this event are almost nil for Indian women team.Advertisement The men’s team consists of three players named Ashish Kumar, Yogeshwar Singh and Aditya Singh Rana. Amongst them, Ashish Kumar has a bronze medal under his belts in the Asian Games held in 2010.Indian team will hope that Ashish Kumar, Pranati Nayak and Aruna Budda Reddy will at least reach the final round of the event. However, it will be very tough ask to finish in the top three. Previously Dipa Karmakar once finished at the fifth position in vault 4 years back. So, the injury of Dipa is certainly going to be costly for India.Advertisement Boxing: India finish with eight medals in Thailand Open Advertisement
Advertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg6aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E355hd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2pvg9Would you ever consider trying this?😱9txnCan your students do this? 🌚qdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The national selection committee on Thursday, officially confirmed that Virat Kohli will be rested for the upcoming T20Is against Bangladesh, with Rohit Sharma being selected as the captain in his absence. The MSK Prasad led national selection committee, has emphasized on young players for next month’s series; as Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Samson along with Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube have been called up.Advertisement “It is important to have all-rounders in the T20s. He (Dube) had a bit of edge over Vijay Shankar. His performance against West Indies A and South Africa was phenomenal. I am sure he will do well,” Prasad said.Advertisement Navdeep Saini is out injured and will be unavailable for the series. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has been called to take his place.The committee also had a meeting with the new BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly and Prasad appeared to be satisfied with Dada’s appointment.Advertisement “It is good to have a cricketer at the helm and he also pointed a few of his observations and we will take note of that,” he said after the meeting.For the test series though, the selectors did not make any changes; keeping the same side which recently whitewashed South Africa 3-0. Wriddhiman Saha who picked up an injury, will continue with the team. But Shahbaz Nadeem gets the axe as the selectors preffered Kuldeep Yadav over him.Squad:T20IsRohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur.TestVirat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Puma/MediasetAdvertisement 4y42xnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs44zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7864( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) alWould you ever consider trying this?😱51if4vCan your students do this? 🌚9evdRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a career that has been spanning over two decades, Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has achieved alot, from winning the Serie A 9 times to lifting the FIFA World Cup in 2006. But did you know once he won the heart of a Giantess and saved Italy from destruction? Puma knows.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Puma/MediasetThe German sports and clothing brand released the commercial in 2003 starring Italian model and actress Valentina Biancospino alongside a 25 year old Buffon, who had just joined the Old Lady 2 seasons prior. Check out the ad below, posted on YouTube channel GiantessFanatico.Advertisement In the clip, Valentina, portraying a huge giantess, is shown causing havoc around a city, from destroying cars to devouring citizens. The military, who’s rockets and missiles are no match for the giantess, contacts Buffon, who arrives as the giantess is using her eye rays to burn down buildings. However, as Buffon calls her “Hey, Bella!” the giantess falls in love with the player, picks him up and gives him a kiss.The ad was a huge success for Puma as the usage of giantesses in the media was becoming a mainstream at the time. Max Power London, a car show also tried the same with Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt, and CSL too campaigned the same starring English actress Claire Forlani.Advertisement Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyAdvertisement 17m1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ymWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j3kWould you ever consider trying this?😱dgt6Can your students do this? 🌚zuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s tour of New Zealand is going downhill since the 3-0 ODI whitewash, and now adding salt to the wound, the hosts have snatched victory in the first Test with an easy 10-wicket chase win in the second innings today at the Basin Reserve cricket ground. Starting from 144 for 4, India’s middle to lower batting order gave up in front of a dominating Kiwi bowling attack, ending their run on a score of 191. In the second innings, it was a walk in the park for New Zealand as they had to score just 9 runs.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyIndian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari resumed the visitors’ innings, and a late effort was seen from India’s wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, but all fell victim to the astounding performance from New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee.Boult secured his 4th wicket of the Test by picking up Rahane at 29, while Southee secured his 10th 5-wicket haul in the red ball format.Advertisement Along with picking Mayank Agarwal yesterday, the 31 year old veteran pacer dismissed Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah in the end.Pant only managed to score 25 runs with four boundaries, and the in-form Ishant Sharma had some input in the later overs with scoring 12 with two fours. However, the latter was sent to the pavilion against Colin de Grandhomme.Advertisement With just a minuscule target of 9 runs, the Black Caps had a prompt finish with just 10 balls, as openers Tom Latham (7) and Tom Blundell (2) wrapped up the innings.The win marks a historical feat for New Zealand as their 100th Test cricket victory. On the other hand, this was India’s first defeat in the World Test Championship. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not taking the defeat heavily.“We know we haven’t played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” Kohli said in the post match interview.Ranked 1st in the ICC Test batting rankings, Kohli scored 19 in India’s second innings. However, the 31 year old is keeping a positive mindset for the next games to come. “For some people, it might be the end of the world but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high,” he added.The second Test, concluding India’s tour of New Zealand is scheduled on 29th February at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-India vs New Zealand Day 3: Hosts press advantage as Virat Kohli falters againVirat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI series Advertisement
In addition to the library, the second floor will have an outside ticket booth for selling beach passes. There will be outdoor bathrooms and changing sections for beachgoers. These will be accessed via the deck, and do not connect to the library, which will have its own bathrooms, he said.There will be a ramp from the parking lot to the second story of the building and an elevator. The ramp will also give access to the beach.The third floor of the building will be used by the mayor and Borough Council for meetings or for other borough events, said Settembrino, a resident of Middletown Township, who has served on its governing body and various boards since 2010. The room can also be rented for social events, and is equipped with a warming kitchen.The building is one of two that are planned to replace the library, beach facility, firehouse, police department and first aid headquarters – all of which were damaged by Super Storm Sandy – and to provide administrative facilities and storage of the town’s records. In April, the council awarded the $3.85 million contract for the project to Kelso Construction Company, Manasquan, the low bidder for the library project.The proposal to replace the damaged buildings ran into opposition after the council approved the plan by a 4-2 vote in June 2016, when a petition signed by qualified, registered voters in the town met the threshold to require a referendum on the bonds to finance the project.In October, shortly before the fourth anniversary of Sandy, voters approved the bonds for the library/community center building by 340 to 169 and for the fire house, police headquarters, and first aid space and the town’s administrative space and record storage by 349 to 162.The library is for residents of the town but others can join for a $35 yearly fee, said assistant librarian Patty Andriola. The seawall and the library level of the building will be above the base flood elevation (BFE), which is the anticipated height waters would rise to during a base flood. The National Flood Insurance Program requires buildings in flood hazard areas to be at or above the BFE.In addition, Settembrino said, there will be a drainage system installed that will funnel any water that might come over the seawall down to the parking lot.He said the ground floor would be used for vehicle storage, which will be emptied when storms are expected. The structure of the first floor, and the large doors that can be opened, will allow water to flow through it without damage if flooding occurs, Settembrino said. By Liz Sheehan The library has been housed in a spacious room at the church, where the presentation was given, since July 2015. The previous library, which was in the municipal parking lot, was demolished in June of 2013, eight months after Sandy, upsetting some residents who did not expect the building to be torn down so quickly.The original plans were to rehabilitate the old library but these were changed because the estimates for the work were so high – around $200,000 – when costs for conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements were included.Prior to hearing from the architect of the library, those at the meeting listened to an organ and voice presentation by organist Don Carolina and soprano Dannielle Wolf. This program was part of a series of music concerts given at the church that will continue. SEA BRIGHT – The borough’s new oceanfront library, with a deck overlooking the beach, will be completed by Memorial Day, 2018, according to project architect Kevin Settembrino.Settembrino announced the news to about 60 people who braved the strong, northeast wind, heavy rain and local flood condition warnings at a project presentation at the Sea Bright United Methodist Church Saturday morning, May 13.Monmouth County’s only oceanfront library will be housed on the second floor of a three-story building in the municipal parking lot that is situated just west of the sea wall being constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The library portion of the building will be at the same level as the sea wall and will have doors opening to both a covered and uncovered deck extending over the seawall.
A rendering of the proposed future marine station.The proposed marine station will likely be about 4,000-5,000 square feet and could cost roughly $1.5 million. Those projections are very tentative at this point, Bachrach advised, with the university preparing to under take fundraising efforts to make it happen.Monmouth University has been able to access the municipal boat launch area on the borough property for about 10 years for boats used in university research projects.The university’s Urban Coast Institute has two boats available and will shortly take ownership of a third, acquiring it from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will be kept on the property of the future marine station, Bachrach said.Kastning followed up by noting the Monmouth Conservation Foundation has not given up on Picnic and Dorn islands, hoping to eventually obtain them for future preservation.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |RUMSON – A partnership between the borough and Monmouth University will provide students an opportunity to study the rich ecosystems of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and surrounding waterways.Officials from the borough and the university on Tuesday, Sept. 26, conducted a press conference to make public their plans to cooperate in establishing a marine field station on municipal-owned property.“Rumson has embraced the agreement,” Mayor John Ekdahl told the audience of university representatives, elected officials and other individuals interested in the long-term plans for the project.In the rear of Borough Hall property, off Avenue of Two Rivers, the borough has a sewer pump station in the vicinity of a boat ramp allowing access to the Navesink River and, by extension, other area tributaries in the surrounding Two River area.This agreement will have Monmouth University, West Long Branch, through the school’s Urban Coastal Institute, construct a marine field house above the pump house. The station, officials said, is expected to have laboratory space, classrooms and meeting rooms. The location will be used by university students to explore the ecological diversity the area provides. Area high school and younger students attending borough public schools will have access to the facility as well, offering hands-on educational experiences in the future, officials said. “We’re excited for what the future holds for us,” Ekdahl concluded about the project.Monmouth Conservation Foundation worked with the par ties to facilitate the project, according to the foundation’s executive director, William Kastning. The foundation, which works to preserve open space around the county, had hoped to acquire two islands located in the river for the marine station. However, the islands, Picnic Island and Dorn Island, as they’re commonly known, totaling about 15 acres and owned by the Dorn family, weren’t suited for the use due to environmental considerations, Kastning explained.“This is truly a win-win-win, opportunity,” said Steven Bachrach, dean of the university’s School of Science. Students and academics can conduct scientific study of the shore area that will “provide guidance and help to protect our shoreline,” Bachrach added.“This is truly an exciting time for the School of Science,” he said.
Vancouver needs to stick to their game. While their compete level wasn’t perfect at all times tonight, the Canucks have been the better team at even strength in this series. If they can clean up the special teams, score occasionally on the power play, and not give up copious amounts of shorthanded goals, they will be successful. The Canucks put a much better effort on the ice tonight, but special teams were their Achilles heel, to the point that I think it’s more appropriate to refer to them as “Special Needs Teams”. The power play, struggling as far back as mid-December, was again 0 for 5. While the power play generated 10 shots on net, at times it was ridiculously poor. The Canucks had trouble gaining the Kings’ zone on multiple occasions, and continually made bad passes and other mistakes which prevented them from generating a lot of scoring chances.Not only did the power play fail to generate offense, it allowed the two shorthanded goals. Alex Edler, who is playing his worst hockey of the season at exactly the wrong time, gave the puck to Anze Kopitar in the defensive zone, a gaffe that led to the Kings’ first goal. Dan Hamhuis, one of the Canucks’ steadiest defensemen, stumbled at the point which allowed Brown to speed past him, and score on a breakaway to put the Kings in front for good early in the second period. Truly, it’s at the point that the Canucks should not ice their fifth skater, it’s better if they play even-up if the other team takes a penalty.The Kings’ power play added a goal of its own midway through the third period, which effectively iced the game.So far in this series, the Kings have scored seven non-empty net goals. Of those, they have scored three on the power play in 12 opportunities, and have two shorthanded goals in 10 Canuck power plays. On the flip side, the Canucks are 0 for 10 on the power play. At even strength, the Canucks have badly outshot L.A., and have actually outscored them 4-2. GAME OBSERVATIONS After watching tonight’s game, one really wonders what is going on with this team. What happened to the team that we iced last season in the playoffs? These guys just appear disinterested and for the second night in a row, the Canucks were outworked too often, losing puck battles, and generally not moving their legs and losing races to the puck. In the playoffs, desire is what is required, as a team’s will is more important than its skill. The Kings have appeared the hungrier team thus far in the series and that is why they are ahead 2-0. Their forecheck has been right on top of our D-men and they’ve been turning the puck over. It’s ugly to watch, and the Canucks need to work harder and think more quickly. Alex Edler. In my mind, coach Alain Vigneault needs to seriously consider making him a healthy scratch and having him watch from the press box. Saying that is something, Edler was an all-star this year and had a great first half. His play in the second half has been just this side of horrible and tonight, it was even worse. Brutal giveaway on the first goal, and another on the third goal when he was unable to clear the puck. He just doesn’t look right. Roberto Luongo was good in net for the Canucks tonight. That said, his numbers in the first two games are now as follows: GAA – 3.62, SV% – .891. Those numbers are not good enough to win. I’m certainly NOT “blaming” Luongo, his performance tonight was not like we have seen in his meltdowns – this is NOT his fault. However, the goals tonight were all stoppable, if he were able to come up with a big save. He wasn’t his best tonight. Two games is a small sample size, and I get that, but at some point the numbers don’t lie. We saw a classic “Luongo on his belly” on the Brown breakaway, and a bad “leak through” goal in the third. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks entered game 2 against the L.A. Kings knowing that another effort like they had in game one wouldn’t be good enough. On Friday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks played better, but special teams absolutely killed them as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the L.A. Kings, as they went down 2-0 in the series. The Canucks are now facing a monumental uphill battle, as they will have to win four games out of the next five with three of those coming on the road.Dustin Brown led the Kings offensively and was a deserving recipient of the game’s first star, as he scored twice shorthanded and added another assist. No other Kings tallied more than one point. Generally, the Kopitar-Brown-Williams line has been a beast in the first two games. The Richards-Carter-King line, dominant in game one, pretty much disappeared tonight, finishing minus-6 while recording no points.Overall, the Canucks were pretty dominant 5 on 5 against the Kings. The Canucks ended up outshooting L.A. 48-26 in the game, and 38-26 in the second and third periods. While everyone is ruing the Canucks’ inability to score, the team built itself to win tight, low scoring games and started playing a more conservative style coming down the stretch. Similar to last year’s finals, I’m not pinning these losses on an inability to score – rather, the Canucks are not keeping the puck out of the net. The team needs to score more, for sure – but as they were built and the style they have been playing, four goals against is too many if they want to win. I lambasted Ryan Kesler in this space after game 1 – and tonight, he was way better. He was the Canucks’ best player, worked hard all night, and was the only forward who consistently made things happen in the Kings’ zone. Also, he didn’t dive, chirp the referees, or the other team. It was an infinitely better performance from him and tonight he gave the team what it needed. More games like this, and the puck will start going in for him and his linemates. What is happening to the Canucks is not reflecting well on the coaching staff. If the Canucks lose this series, there are a lot of questions that will be asked about Vigneault and his ability to motivate this group of players. In my opinion, only a Stanley Cup win should save his job; but more realistically, if the Canucks lose in the first round, I think it’s virtually assured that he’ll be heading up the Montreal Canadiens next year. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night: Bruce Boudreau has been a nice addition to the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. He obviously knows the game, and even though he’s employed in the league, he’s not afraid to speak his mind and tell it like he is. He’s a very affable sort of guy and I think he’s great, his analysis is sound, and the fact he’s a current NHL coach lends him an aura of respectability. He’s a great addition to their coverage. Two things on the power play: 1) The neutral-zone drop pass – this hasn’t worked well for MONTHS. It worked well early in the season, but around Christmas (when the power play went into the tank), teams were figuring it out and giving the Canucks fits in the neutral zone. They need to just get rid of it – it led directly to the Kings first goal. 2) One thing I’ve noticed is that the teams having success killing our penalties are being extremely aggressive on the puck while they’re killing the penalty, and our guys just aren’t moving the puck fast enough. I’m not a coach in the NHL, and it’s obvious to me – I don’t understand why it’s not obvious to the team’s coaching staff. Every team is doing the same thing, and it’s working. Newell Brown – crunch time – you need to earn your paycheque. Make some adjustments and get it working. TAKING STOCK OF WHERE WE’RE AT It’s too early to write the Canucks off. Just last year, the Boston Bruins lost the first two games of the playoffs at home, and we all know how that turned out for them. In addition, Cam Charron at Canucks Army noted that back in 2001, the upstart Canucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Presidents’ Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings, before Detroit found their game and steamrolled the Canucks in the next four games straight. Statistics show that a team going down 2-0 still has an approximate 25% chance of winning, so this series is far from over. In recent years, we’ve seen numerous series look over but then the momentum changes and the team that’s down comes back – consider the Blackhawks against the Canucks last year in the first round. Perhaps freshest in their minds will be the Stanley Cup Final – the Canucks won the first two games and Boston came back to win. It’s very easy to get discouraged after losing a couple games like this, but this mountain in front of the Canucks right now is not too big to climb. I predicted a seven game series here and I still think the Canucks are going to play better on the road and hopefully climb back into the series. At this point, they need to take things “one game at a time” – it’s the only way to go forward. Lots of chatter after the game tonight about who should start in net in game 3. Last year, in the first round after two consecutive losses, Vigneault started Schneider to mix things up. I am very confident that Schneider will be the starter for game 3. As noted, Luongo wasn’t bad tonight – but he wasn’t that great either. The team does seem to play better and tighter defensively in front of Schneider, and at this point, a change is needed. There were many warning signs of this type of performance as the team came down the stretch. However, at all times I had faith that the team, having learned lessons in playoff years past, knew what it would take to get the job done. At this point, I have to seriously question whether I was right. So far, it appears I wasn’t.
“They gave the Columbia Valley defence all they could handle throughout the entire game.”The third game featured the younger U16 Columbia Valley team, but Nelson stayed with their same attacking style and crisp passing to once again come out the stronger side.Seven minutes into the game, Julia Burkart delivered a perfect pass to team captain Sofia Arcuri in the middle who launched a 25 yard shot that sailed over the Columbia Valley keeper.At the 20 minute mark striker Abby Beauchamp put away a rebound to make the game 2-0 and the U15s held onto the lead for the rest of the game.Needing a win to secure top spot, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the U15s faced their toughest challenge of the tournament, the Nelson Selects U16 Girls.With both teams playing a similar style of possession soccer taught by the Nelson Whitecaps Program, the game was a treat for soccer purists.Two minutes into the game, the younger Nelson side shocked the U16s when Beauchamp juked the older defender and struck a perfect shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box that sailed in under the crossbar.The U16s then went onto to gain the edge in play for the remainder of the first half but could not penetrate the strong U15 defence.The second half featured great play by both teams with an even half. With time running out, U16 forward Laurel Halleran had the best opportunity of the half when she fired a beautiful shot on net that tested U15 keeper Hanna Quinn who preserved the shutout and her perfect weekend.“That final game was a great effort by both teams,” said Burkart.“Coach Pete Quinn and I were very proud of the way all of our girls played in a game against excellent competition.”Burkart added that the key to their success was team defence, which was anchored by the back line of Allison Bendis, Ruby Seright, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Julia Burkart who were absolutely rock solid, frustrating the opponents with their play.“We accomplished our goal of creating a lot of offence and as a result scored some very nice goals.” said Burkart.“But the defensive play of our whole team and especially that of our back line was what really set us up for the success we had.” Playing against older and bigger competition, the Nelson Selects U15 Girls used speed, determination and stingy defense to fuel them to the U16 Division gold medal in the annual Terry Walgren Memorial Tournament in Nelson past weekend.The U15s came into the tournament hungry for their first wins of the season and didn’t disappoint amassing a perfect 4-0 record and not allowing a single goal against.“Our first tournament of the season was against some really tough older American teams earlier this month at the Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d’Alene and though we played well, we simply did not get the offense we were hoping for,” said U15 coach Paul Burkart.“The goal this weekend was continue to play a defensive game but also create more scoring chances – and that is exactly what the girls did.”The tournament started with a Friday night contest against the Kootenay South U16 squad. Nelson dominated play from the opening whistle and 20 minutes into the opening half Shianne Michalchuk finished a nice play that included great passing between forwards Grace Dehnel, Jodi Surina and Mattea Lorenzo.The Nelson side continued to control play, getting numerous great scoring chances. Sixteen minutes into the second half, determined work by Dehnel led to a turnover and a nice passing play between Michalchuk and Shane Panko Dool who scored from 10 yards out. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for Nelson.Late Saturday morning, the Nelson U15s took on Columbia Valley U16-17s in a game that again saw the home side dominate play. Michalchuk scored 11 minutes into the game when she launched a bullet from just outside the 18-yard box to set the tone for a stellar game for the speedy Nelson striker.Two minutes later, Nelson forward Ruby Creighton landed a shot on net that was saved by the Columbia Valley keeper, but Michalchuk pounced on the rebound to make the score 2-0.Eight minutes into the second half, Michalchuk created a turnover deep in the Columbia Valley zone and roofed a shot for her hat trick goal that ensured her team the 3-0 victory.“It was a real gritty strong performance by Shianne and all of our forwards,” said Burkart.
ALEX SOLIS, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “From the three-eighths pole, it was a battle between these two horses, and my horse didn’t give up an inch. He just kept trying the whole way. He got a clean break, and I was where I wanted to be. (Masochistic) was just a little better today.” TYLER BAZE, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “This was just basically, don’t change anything that ain’t broken. I talked to Victor (Espinoza) yesterday before he left for Arkansas and he said to get him out of the gate and keep him going. We weren’t going fast down the backside, like 22 and change and 44 and change, but we picked it up around the turn. When I asked him turning for home, he pinned his ears and took off.” -30- JOCKEY QUOTES DAN WARD, SAHARA SKY, THIRD: “Glad to have him back. He ran a good race. I really thought they’d run a lot faster. He’s a 7-year-old, and we’ve had him for four years. He’s a personal favorite. There’s the Triple Bend and the Los Angeles – I don’t know if we go to both, because we also have Wild Dude, and he can run in the Los Angeles, and maybe Sahara Sky in the Triple Bend. And then there are good opportunities at Del Mar the rest of the year now that it’s dirt.” RON ELLIS, MASOCHISTIC, WINNER: “I thought he ran awesome. I was really glad to see he could win a dogfight, because all his wins have been pretty easy. You never know until you’re in one. He hooked with a very tough horse around the turn so I’m glad he responded the way he did. He’s a talented sonofagun.“He’s been training great. I’ve been very surprised. It’s been easy to get him to gallop. As we get up higher in graded stakes I think the key with him will be getting him to learn to relax. I think he could go a mile. The Breeders’ Cup Mile would be something we’d consider, but we’ll see how he comes out of this race and go from there.“He had a perfect trip. Tyler (Baze) did a great job. I haven’t run the horse before, Tyler hadn’t ridden the horse before, so we were kind of new faces, but I think Victor (Espinoza) had talked to Tyler and gave him the nuances he needed to know. It was nice that he had an outside post, too. We didn’t have to worry about what everybody else did in the race.” NOTES: The winning owners are William Shamlian of Los Angeles (Los Pellos Hermanos Racing) and Samantha Siegel (Jay Em Ess Stable) of Beverly Hills. TRAINER QUOTES