Playoff picture complete in the City League

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The “Dragon Wars” will continue into this year’s City League playoffs.The preseason favorite, the Allderdice Dragons, clinched a postseason appearance—for the second straight year—with a 55-0 win over winless Langley at Cupples Stadium on Oct. 28.With their a 41-0 win on Sept. 30, Allderdice is assured of the final spot  even if Westinghouse wins and they lose in the final week of the season.They leapfrogged Westinghouse to take over the League’s fourth place standing leaving Westinghouse out of the postseason picture, yet again.“We need to stop giving games away,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “We’ve given 52 points, and have only given up three touchdowns on defense. On the other side of the coin, the offense has given up five touchdowns on offense.”Allderdice’s three wins have come against League opponents, but none against those they will face in the postseason. Haslett is confident that with a slew of his players returning from injuries, his team will have a legitimate shot to go deep in the playoffs.“We’re healthy now and that is going to be a big deal for us moving forward,” he said. “It’s the right time for us to turn the corner—right now. There are no more excuses for us to not rise to the top.”“Defense wins games:” USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) 36, Jefferson Area (Ohio) 0.USO has given up an astounding 22 points to City opponents this season. Out of the eight games they’ve played in 2011, all 22 points happened in their City Lea­gue ­opening loss at Brashear, 22-13, back on Sept. 8. That loss is the only thing that separates them from first place in the city.This has all come in the very first year of existence as a program.“It’s just amazing to watch them come together,” said Andre McGhee, the team’s athletic director who’s spending a lot of time with the team. “They motivate each other to be the best that they can be. They’re learning of manhood and the value of education. They’re in the midst of transformation, being champions, on and off the field.”The Panthers have one more conditioning test before going into the league’s postseason when they face defending champs, Perry, on the evening of Nov. 4.“I think they’ll be ready for Perry,” McGhee added.McGhee is confident that his team will do whatever is possible for a strong championship chase.“I think that they’re taking the time out to focus,” he said. “It’s not just about the winning on the field; it’s basically being together with the feeling of sportsmanship and brotherhood. That’s what will make this team a winner.”OTHER GAMES*Brashear defeated nonconference Linsly School (WV), 33-8, on Oct. 29.*Perry defeated Westinghouse, 39-0, at Cupples Stadium on Oct. 27.*Oliver beat Carrick, 18-14, on Oct. 28 in conference action.(Send comments to mvincent­@­new­pitts­burghcourier.com.)last_img read more

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Overtime…Anji Corley new co-host of national show ‘Vacation Creation’

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier ANJI CORLEY, right, and Andrea Feczko are the co-hosts of “Vacation Creation,” a nationally-syndicated show which airs on ABC stations each weekend. In Pittsburgh, it airs on WTAE-TV Channel 4 most Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Corley, a Pitt graduate, formerly hosted mornings on WAMO Radio. by BILL NEAL, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—Look, Look, Look…I know you’re still waiting for the next music memory to be bestowed upon you. And here it is (and you know it’s the bomb because I’m starting off with it). If you lived anytime between 1968 and 1978 you’ve got this in your mix somewhere…The legendary Four Tops classic and underrated, “Still Waters.” One of the greatest and most underappreciated LP’s of all-time. Mannnn, I am talking about a serious stroll down memory lane that will put a smile on your face and “Joy” in your heart. Now go get it. And you’re welcome.:09—Now that the Lakers have truly lost their NBA minds I’ll commit early to Golden State for the next three years. Are you kidding me? Frank Who? Oh, Frank Vogel! No, I had it right… Frank Who?:08—As far as the NBA East goes, my pick was the 76ers, but can you believe that last-second buzzer beater Kawhi Leonard hit for Toronto??!! CRAZY! So it’s Toronto vs. Milwaukee for the East title. And needless to say, if the Warriors can take out Houston even without Kevin Durant…yea, I got the Warriors to win it all. They’re playing Portland in the West finals.:07—Here’s the good news…Your Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp July 25. First game without “B & B,” preseason opener Friday, Aug. 9 versus Tampa Bay at home – 7:30 p.m. “Here we go, Steelers, Here we go!”:06—A little shoutout to one Albert Pujols, clean Albert, non-steroid Albert for accomplishing something only one other player has ever accomplished in Major League history. That’s right, two men in the entirety of Major League Baseball have 3,000 hits, 2,000 runs batted in and 600 home runs—Albert, after driving in his 2,000th run last Friday night and the inestimable Hank Aaron. Take that, you Advanced Metric nerds.:05—Pittsburgh, here’s a proud and well-deserved atta-girl to our very own Anji Corley, formerly of WAMO. If you haven’t seen it, she’s co-hosting a national travel program called “Vacation Creation” that airs on most Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WTAE-TV (Channel 4). And she’s beautiful and fabulous. Another Pittsburgh champion. Corley formerly hosted the WAMO morning show with Sly Jock, and later with GQ, along with hosting the midday show. She also was a radio personality in Washington, D.C., New York, and Sirius XM. Corley also hosted a digital travel series, “Local Eyes.” She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.:04—Speaking of champions, the 45th consecutive Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards and Connie Hawkins Pro/Am Summer Basketball League Hall of Fame Inductions will be held Saturday, June 15. Here’s to you, “Pops!” We are still “Fam-I-lee!” For information call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:03—How about your boy Tiger Woods going to the White House to kiss Donald Trump’s butt. C’mon, Tiger, represent at least once, will ya!?!:02—Say what you want about the Pittsburgh Pirates, they’re in the fight and they give you what they got, especially “Cool” Josh Bell. And trust me when I tell ya, there’s not a better time to be had than a night at PNC Park. Try it, you’ll like it.:01—It’s “on” and poppin’ now, to be sure. “Soul Take—Champions Live!” Western PA’s #1 sports talk show. Starring Kevin Cameron, Bill Neal and a cast of celebs and sports V.I.P’s. Tune in every Saturday on urbanmediatoday.com. If you want to come on the show call me at 412-628-4856.:00—GAME OVER!last_img read more

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Centro Olympia Traverse Challenges Athletes

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Port of OlympiaAthletes will bike, paddle, run and trek from Capital Forest to Port Plaza in the Centro Olympia Traverse on July 26. Join the cheering crowd at the Port Plaza finish line to see who comes in first in their division!Solo, tandem, relay and company teams challenge themselves and one another on a course that highlights the recreational opportunities of the Olympia area. The journey is also designed to celebrate the life cycle of wild salmon through their natural and urban challenges.The Port is proud to be a partner in the Centro Olympia Traverse. This year the event’s chosen beneficiary is Capitol Land Trust. Schedule12:00 pm: Start at Capital Forest12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Watch at the traverse transitions2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:·        Watch the finishers at the Fish Tale Finish Line at Port Plaza·        Hands On Children’s Museum hosts activities for the Kids of the Traverse4:30 pm: Awards Ceremony at Port PlazaCourseMountain Bike: 7.4 miles in Capitol Forest out of Mima Falls TrailheadRoad Bike: 22 miles from Capitol Forest, through The Evergreen State College campus to West Bay Park in downtown Olympia.Paddle: 3.5 miles from West Bay Park around Budd Inlet to Swantown BoatworksRun: 4.5 miles from Swantown out to Priest Point Park and back to East Bay Public Plaza.Trek: .5 miles by teams from East Bay Public Plaza to Port Plaza.For the traverse route and other information: http://www.recreationnorthwest.org/olympia-traverse/last_img read more

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TALAMO & CALLAGHAN TEAM WITH LONGSHOT DIVINA COMEDIA TO WIN $75,000 SOUTHERN TRUCE STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS AS FRENCH-BRED MARE COVERS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:42.89

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 3, 2016)–A close fourth into the first turn behind a three-horse scramble that included favored Living The Life, Belle Hill and Gloryzapper, longshot Divina Comedia sat a close fourth down the backside, overtook Living The Life three furlongs out, wheeled three-wide turning for home and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo in Sunday’s $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Simon Callaghan, Divina Comedia got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.89.“We had an absolutely perfect trip today,” said Talamo. “It was a great set up. Those two fillies (Gloryzapper and Belle Hill) went head and head the whole way and they went fairly quickly, so the set up was in our favor. My mare was all heart down the lane.”Fifth, beaten 7 ¾ lengths by the mighty Beholder in the Grade I Vanity Mile here on June 4, French-bred Divina Comedia was off at 16-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $35.00, $12.40 and $7.00.Owned by Marsha Naify, Divina Comedia notched her first stakes win and her fourth victory overall from 18 starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, she increased her earnings to $218,272.“Joe took care of her in her last race against Beholder because he knew what a tough spot that was,” said Carlos Santamaria, assistant to Callaghan. “She came out of that race great and she was ready to go today.”Caught three-wide into the first turn, Gloryzapper took a narrow half length advantage on Belle Hill when the two of them straightened out down the backside, remained two off the fence into and around the far turn and just held the place by a head over a fast finishing Show Stealer.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Gloryzapper was the second choice in the wagering and paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer rallied from well off the pace to finish third, 3 ½ lengths clear of Moyo Honey. Off at 15-1, Show Stealer paid $4.80 to show.Off at 8-5, Living The Life fell out of contention quickly on the far turn and was eased.Fractions on the race were 23.01, 46.50, 1:11.00 and 1:36.37.First post time for a nine-race card on Independence Day, Monday, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

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