Medley looks to end collegiate journey on a high note

first_imgLinkedin Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Facebook Frogs’ guard Zahna Medley takes the ball up the court against Kansas State on Feb. 28, 2015 Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship printThe Horned Frog women’s basketball team begins its season on Friday night, and Frogs guard Zahna Medley hopes to make her final season with the team a memorable one.The senior from Springfield, Illinois, has been named an All-American candidate for the season, and looks to continue a path of success that has led her to earning fist team all conference honors the last two seasons. Medley led the Frogs last season with 484 points, 129 assists and 72 three pointers.“The journey has been amazing,” Medley said. “I’ve been really blessed to have the sucess that I have had over the past four years, and even in high school. It’s all been nothing but God’s works.”Medley was nothing short of an all star during her time at Springfield High School before becoming a Horned Frog. Medley recorded 2,617 points during her high school career, and holds several school records including 531 assists, 435 steals and 525 executed free throws.“I love to win, I love the game, I just to go out there and have fun on the court and know that I have the best team,” Medley said. “I have great teammates who get me motivated and help make me the player I have. I give a ton of credit to them and my coaches.”Medley said that her opportunity to play with the program is not something to be taken for granted.“I can’t believe the four years have gone by so fast, but I’ve very grateful for every year.”As Medley takes the court, she knows the competition will be competitive as usual.“It’s anyone’s game. This is one of the most competitive conferences and it will be a fight for everyone. There are no gimme wins.”In the end, Medley wants to help lead her team to going out on a high note.“I really want to make it to the NCAA postseason. It’s my senior year and I’ve never been there and I think our team can and will definitely accomplish that this year. We need to come in to conference play, stick to our game plan, and come out with good wins.” Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Previous articleSteel City Pops sparks talk about franchises on campusNext articleWater scams threaten Fort Worth residents Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Straka Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Straka Twitter Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Dean Straka TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships ReddIt Dean Straka + posts Dean Straka Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Movie to be filmed on ND’s campus

first_imgNotre Dame gave approval for the filming of a motion picture on campus beginning this year, according to a Tuesday press release. The film, which will be the third to be filmed on campus in Notre Dame’s history, is about Haley Scott DeMaria, a Notre Dame swimmer who was paralyzed for a week after a 1992 bus accident that killed two of her teammates, the press release stated. “Though we receive many requests, the University has allowed just two movies to be filmed on our campus, — ‘Knute Rockne, All American’ and ‘Rudy,’” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “The perseverance, courage and faith that Haley demonstrated in overcoming the critical injuries and medical setbacks she suffered can inspire many and so should be told to the widest audience possible.” The movie’s tentative title is “Two Miles from Home,” and it is based on DeMaria’s book, “What Though the Odds: Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph.” The bus accident on which the film is based occurred Jan. 24, 1992. DeMaria, a freshman at the time, and her Notre Dane teammates were on their way back to South Bend from a meet at Northwestern University, according to the press release. Due to heavy snow, the bus slid off the Indiana Toll Road two miles before the exit to return to campus. Meghan Beeler and Colleen Hipp, both freshman swimmers, died in the crash. After two operations at South Bend’s Memorial Hospital and several days without sensation in her legs, doctors told DeMaria that she would likely spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, the press release stated. One week after the accident, DeMaria regained some feeling in her legs, was able to walk with a cane one month later and returned to classes on Notre Dame’s campus in the spring of 1992. That summer, the rods in DeMaria’s legs meant to keep her spine straight came lose and she was rushed to San Diego for three more surgeries. She almost died during one of the surgeries, according to the press release. DeMaria returned to classes in the fall of 1992 and slowly began to swim again. On Oct. 29, 1993 she swam a 50-meter race and won her heat. DeMaria and co-producers Chris Jones and Dan Waterhouse are raising money and hope to begin filming this year, according to the press release. They plan to release the film in 2012, the 20th anniversary of the accident. Robert C. Thompson, who produced the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, “The Paper Chase,” will serve as executive producer for “Two Miles From Home.” Waterhouse wrote the script and is also the director. Former Irish head football coach Lou Holtz said in the press release that DeMaria’s story has inspired him. “I don’t know of any story more heartwarming, encouraging or motivating than Haley’s story,” Holtz said. “She is a very special young lady and has had a positive influence on my life as well as many others.” DeMaria and her husband, Jamie, who also graduated from Notre Dame, live in Annapolis, Md., with their two children, according to the press release. She is also a board member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club.last_img read more


first_imgGalway based musicians TUATH are going on tour and one of their dates is in Letterkenny on the 27th of September.TUATH in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky band the opportunity to open for them when they play in the Greenroom next month.Local act The Pox Men were originally planned to be the opening act for TUATH. However, after much deliberation between band members they decided they wanted to give a younger, less well-known band the opportunity to open for them on the night to give them more exposure than your usual open mic night.If you’re a budding young musician out there or a young band looking for exposure then this competition could be the chance you’ve been looking for.To be in with a chance of winning all you have to is follow the instructions outlined below.Like the TUATH Facebook page, post a video or audio performance of your original music on their wall and they will choose which one they feel is most appropriate for opening the night. deadline to submit your video or audio performances on their Facebook page is Friday the 5th of September.DD COMPETITION: GALWAY ROCKERS ‘TUATH’ SEEK YOUNG BAND TO OPEN FOR THEM IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 19th, 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:concertDD competitionEntertainmentFeaturesnewsOpportunityRockerstourTuathYoung Bandlast_img read more

Arsenal, UJ in SADC football project

first_img2 October 2008London-based Arsenal Football Club is establishing its footprint in SADC (Southern African Development Community) region, by joining the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as official partner of the university’s Grupo Desportivo de Manica (GDM) project in Mozambique.As one of the university’s flagship community engagement projects, GDM uses soccer as a means to develop and grow an extremely rural community in Manica, Mozambique. The project is largely funded by the Laureus Foundation and Barclays, as well as the UJ’s Alumni.Recent project achievements include the renovation the town’s sport clubhouse and the building of a new facility that will be the core of an innovative SADC Research Centre that will house amongst other things a computer school, an internet cafe, an English school and accommodation quarters.The project also supports the local football team, Desportivo de Mancia.GDM founder and president Schalk van Heerden, who is also UJ project manager for the project, said that following the success of a six-week training exchange by two Arsenal community coaches in July 2008, representatives from UJ and GDM formalised their relationship with the famous football club during a visit to London on 19 September 2008.“This partnership will deliver volunteer exchanges, Arsenal Gap Year participants, coaching seminars and research interventions,” said Van Heerden in a statement this week.“This is very exciting for us. We will try to maximise our success in Manica and take the lessons learned forward as the relationship grows.”Expansion plansUJ Pro-Vice Chancellor Derek van der Merwe said he was delighted with the Arsenal relationship, which will start in Mozambique and later expand to Soweto.“We hope that this tie-up between one of the world’s great football clubs, the University of Johannesburg and GDM will eventually impact on the wider SADC region,” said Van der Merwe.Arsenal in the Community head Alan Sefton echoeed that optimism: “To be successful in Africa, we need strong local partners that can deliver – GDM and the University of Johannesburg are obviously such partners.”The GDM project has become an example of the power of sport to change lives, said Van Heerden, while GDM manager Shortcover Chikwandingwa added that the project would use football as the vehicle to deliver socio-economic benefits at grass-roots level.“Six years into its existence, GDM has attracted long-term volunteers from South Africa, the USA and Germany, emphasising that there is ‘something special’ about this project,” Chikwandingwa said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fort Recovery FFA awards Greenhand Degrees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fort Recovery Greenhand MembersThe Fort Recovery FFA Chapter held its Greenhand FFA Degree Ceremony during January regularly scheduled monthly chapter meeting.  The Greenhand FFA Degree was awarded to 37 first-year members enrolled in an Agricultural class.  The Greenhand FFA Degree is the 1st degree that an FFA member can receive and requires members to demonstrate knowledge of FFA history, the FFA Creed, FFA motto, as well as have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.The Fort Recovery FFA program continues to be a very popular program for many, boasting 129 in total membership. Fort Recovery FFA members learn about the vast agricultural industry to include animal, plant, and soil sciences, leadership and communication skills, business, technology, and engineering, as well as woodworking and metal working shop skills that allow students to gain knowledge and confidence while taking pride in their work.This year’s recipients include freshmen Jacob Acheson, Morgan Alt, Cole Bergman, Kayla Briner, Jay Brown, Riley Dilworth, Claire Evers, Garret Faller, Kurt Fisher, Michael Fritz, Jon Green, Ian Homan, Mitchell Huntsman, Claudia Jones, Kenzie Kaiser, Eli Keller, Luke Klingshirn, Brooke Knapke, John Knapke, Troy Kunk, Caleb Lennartz, Walker Leuthold, Ramsey Leverette, Katelin O’Connor, Riley Pearson, Riley Post, Mitchell Pugh, Dylan Ranly, Cole Schmitt, Jason Siefring, Rachel Thien, Jared Timmerman, Kegan Timmerman, Paige Timmerman, Derek Wendel, Lydia Wenning, and Evan Westgerdes.All degree recipients were awarded their bronze Greenhand FFA pin to wear on their FFA jackets.  The members will also be recognized at the annual FFA banquet in April.  The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter would like to congratulate this year’s Greenhands and encourage them to continue to succeed as FFA members.last_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CONTRIBUTED PHOTOZark’s Burger-Lyceum weathered a late flurry by Wangs Basketball-Letran to win, 95-93, for its fourth straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket, nailing a floater off of a MJ Ayaay dish to push his side up by two with 1:03 left before the Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the end, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT “I made the mistake. It’s my responsibility because I wanted to give the others a chance to play. It almost turned into a loss and it’s my responsibility.”Robinson lauded how his boys’ composure in the endgame as the Jawbreakers climbed to 4-1 card.“I know that now, we know how to finish games. These close games, we learn from our mistakes and it makes us sharper,” he said.Bong Quinto led the Couriers, who absorbed their first loss with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, while JP Calvo got 16 markers, three rebounds and five assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery PLAY LIST 01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 95 — Nzeusseu 27, Perez 18, Tansingco 16, Ayaay 11, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 6, Jc. Marcelino 4, Baltazar 3, Santos 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Marata 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 22, Calvo 16, Fajarito 13, Ambohot 11, Batiller 7, Muyang 6, Publico 6, Mandreza 5, Trinidad 3, Balanza 2, Taladua 2, Balagasay 0.Quarters: 18-20, 46-45, 77-67, 95-93. AFP official booed out of forum Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, while CJ Perez got 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and two steals.Ralph Tansingco stepped up big for the Jawbreakers, going 4-of-6 from downtown as he poured in 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where his side slowly built a 10-point cushion, 77-67, and even extended it to 14, 81-67, early in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWangs-Letran made a huge rally to tie the game at 93 after a Batiller undergoal stab with 1:25 left.“We have to give credit to Wangs. They really wanted to win it badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Chemistry still an issue as NLEX struggles in first game with new faces

first_img“We still have to make a little bit of adjustment because we didn’t look like a team in that game,” said Erram in Filipino. “But we’re okay, it’s just that we didn’t look like a team out there when we’re playing.”Rain or Shine took a 35-26 lead off a 15-1 run in the second quarter and it never looked back throughout the remainder of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We didn’t have the chemistry but the good thing about it is it’s just the first game and we still have a lot of games to make the adjustments. We learned from our mistakes today and it’s time to move on,” added Erram who had 10 points and five rebounds.Erram was dealt to NLEX on Dec. 28 in exchange for Paul Desiderio, the no. 4 overall pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft, and no.7 pick Abu Tratter. It wasn’t just Erram, though, that struggled in the Road Warriors’ season opener with the returning Kevin Alas also finding a hard time in his first game after nearly a year of absence.Both Erram and Alas were expected to produce for the Road Warriors but it just so happened that the two were still finding their places in NLEX’ system,Alas injured tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last year’s Philippine Cup and he was able to put up 12 points and dish out four assists in his first game back.“I think we have to improve on the chemistry of the team, that’s what I think we should work on,” said Alas in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting JP Erram debuts for NLEX. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Poy Erram’s debut with NLEX hit a little bit of a roadblock as his new team lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Elasto Painters completely stifled the Road Warriors from the midway the second quarter, never relinquishing the lead all the way to the end and Erram said it could’ve been the lack of familiarity factored in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Brazil will be team to watch out for at home, predicts S. Kannan

first_imgFor the developed world, rubbishing underdeveloped and developing countries is nothing new. Yet, in four days’ time, when the brand new Adidas Brazuca ball is kicked when Brazil meet Croatia in Sao Paulo, the FIFA World Cup will roar to life.The hype over Brazil as host has been very high but in recent months, a lot of negative stuff has been written about some venues still not being ready and security being a concern.Today, when most of the top football leagues are in Europe and offer ridiculous salaries to professionals, one tends to forget the nationalities of players. It’s the star value which matters if your favourite club wins or loses.There is no club football for the time being and it will be a matter of pride as the best 32 teams in the world strive to win the world’s most coveted trophy.There could not have been a better venue for football as Brazil symbolises the romanticism of the beautiful game. To borrow a famous line from a former player, after kicking around for 90 minutes in the field, only one team wins. Likewise, for the champion to emerge on July 13, it will require skill, style, guts and immense energy.For romantic relics like me who grew up first hearing about Brazilian football and then seeing it on television, this is a wonderful chance for the hosts to win the World Cup.The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil in 1950, they lost the decider 1- 2 to Uruguay. The entire nation went into mourning and till date they have not been able to come to terms with the loss on home turf.advertisementThere are any number of books which have been written on Brazilian football, yet the ones written in the local language after the 1950 loss vilifying goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa define what passion is all about, even in a negative sense.Today’s young generation of fans who watch satellite TV channels may need to do a Google search on Barbosa, but Brazilians know how the innocent goalkeeper was riled till death.This is indeed a good chance for Brazil to exorcise the ghosts of 1950 as they have a good team.The Samba flavour is essentially about fast pace, attacking style and excitement.Just to jog the readers’ memory, in 1982 when Brazil had giants like Zico and Socrates, they failed to defend against the Italians. A 2- 2 draw would have sufficed but they chose to attack and messed it up. That Brazilian side was probably the best one not to win the World Cup.In 1994, when the World Cup was played in the United States, again Brazil discarded the aggressive style and chose a mixed strategy where players like Romario and Bebeto caught the eye.The fifth World Cup win came in 2002 when they showed what Brazilian flair was all about with Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho hogging the limelight.Nothing can be more special for Brazil than winning at home. Agreed, Spain is the team to beat and their style has been very successful in the last World Cup as well as in two European championships.But if one flips through the annals of history, the strong European teams have struggled when they are playing outside their continent. To discount the chances of Spain or a solid German team would be stupid but you could be sure England does not have the class to go the full distance.Apart from Brazil, another Latin American team to watch out would be Argentina. Playing in familiar conditions, the Argentine side has a fine line- up which boasts of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.Messi has looked low key in club football recently but who knows, he may be preserving the best for the most vital burst in Brazil.At home, even though our own football languishes deep down in the FIFA rankings, the interest level is very high. The World Cup will give many homes from Jammu to Kanyakumari sleepless nights as high voltage football awaits us.Today, you can even pick up World Cup merchandise of various teams through online shopping and not wait for some friend to get you jerseys from abroad.One aspect which cannot be ignored in this World Cup is how many star players are not fully fit. From Franck Ribery to Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to Neymar, injuries have taken their toll with Ribery ruled out.And lastly, when one talks of who will win the Golden Boot award this year, some of the names which come readily to the mind still include Messi, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli.advertisementUnlike a sport like hockey, football is very easy to follow. Even if you are not a regular junkie who watches the EPL, Serie A, La Liga or Bundesliga, you can fall in love with the FIFA World Cup. It sure gives you a [email protected] mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Mahela Jayawardene roped in as England’s batting consultant

first_imgSri Lanka batting great Mahela Jayawardene has joined the England squad as batting consultant for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting in October.The Lankan batsman had discussed with coaches Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss before taking up the job.Also read: ICC clears Sachin-Warne T20 series England have also roped in former all rounder Paul Collingwood as consultant for the limited overs squad. Collingwood will be with the team in India for 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.”We are delighted that Mahela and Paul will be joining the England management team, supporting our existing specialist coaches in this area. Both will bring a vast wealth of cricketing knowledge and expertise to the team, and in Mahela’s case, extensive experience of batting in the sub-continent which will be invaluable as part of our wider preparations for the UAE tour,”  Andrew Strauss, the Director of Cricket for the ECB, was quoted as saying by NDTV.Notably, Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has been working with the team as spin-bowling consultant.last_img read more