Basketball

26 Jun 19
WATN
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Junior made a guest appearance Wednesday at the first-ever Nike all-girls summer basketball camp at Independent Presbyterian Church. Jaren is the face of the Memphis Grizzlies now that Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are gone. Mike, who’s now a member of the Utah Jazz, gave Jaren a vote of confidence and passed the torch to the young player. “I mean that’s, that’s words coming from big chief right there, that’s Mike,” said Jaren. “So, um that just means he’s instilling confidence in me that I can go out there and do my job every day, whatever that is. You know I’m able to do whatever the coach needs. You know we’ve got a new coach, coach Taylor, my guy, but whatever he needs, whatever we need to do to win, I’m going to do.”
26 Jun 19
Lake County Record-Bee
This is the sixth in a six-part series profiling the boys and girls finalists for the Lake County Record-Bee’s Athlete of the Year awards for the recently completed 2018-19 high school sports season. LAKE COUNTY— Upper Lake High School senior Junior Fernandez and Kelseyville High School junior Allison Bryant have been named finalists for the Lake County Record-Bee Athlete of the Year awards based on their play during the recently completed 2018-19 high school sports season. Athlete of the Year candidates are required to play a minimum of two varsity sports, be juniors or seniors, and be in good academic standing at their respective schools. Six boys and six girls from different county high schools are being considered for the award. The Record-Bee also honors Coach of the Year winners in boys and girls sports. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks. The Record-Bee began the Athlete of the Year program following the 1987-88 sports season. The inaugural winners were Tammi Tuttle and Mike Wright, both of Kelseyville High School. Last season’s winners, both from Middletown, were seniors Colton Hall and Aly Ferguson. The finalists and winners are selected solely by the Lake County Record-Bee with a season’s worth of input from both Lake County and out-of-county coaches. Individual as well as team success are taken into account during the selection process. Finalists and winners are based on results from the 2018-19 sports season and not on the athlete’s career record (it’s not a career achievement award). Junior Fernandez Capping a brilliant wrestling career at Upper Lake High School, Fernandez brought home medals from both the North Coast Section and CIF State championship tournaments, earning runner-up honors at 132 pounds in the section and a fifth-place state medal. Of the three combined losses Fernandez experienced in the sectional and state tournaments, two of them came to nemesis Kyle Parco of Concord’s De La Salle High School. And both were hard-fought decisions. Parco beat Fernandez in a battle of No. 1 and No. 2 seeds 7-5 to capture the sectional championship. The two wrestlers met up again the state semifinals and it was Parco emerging with a 6-2 victory that ended Fernandez’s bid for a state championship. Fernandez then lost 1-0 to Giano Petrucelli of Clovis in the consolation semifinals before bouncing back with a 4-2 victory over Marcos Polanco of Bishop Amat High School in the fifth-place match. At 24-4 on the season, Fernandez lost only one match prior to the sectional championships, that coming on a 10-5 decision to none other than Parco in the semifinals of the Doc Buchanan Tournament in early January at Clovis, that after Fernandez upset No. 1 seed Ryan Franco earlier in the tournament. Fernandez sustained a concussion in that loss to Parco, an injury that sidelined him most of January and much of February. During the course of the regular season, Fernandez won the Green and Gold Tournament where he earned outstanding wrestler honors; won the Bill Martell Invitational where he earned outstanding wrestler honors; won the Lou Bronzan Tournament for the fourth straight year, only the second wrestler ever to do that, while also earning outstanding wrestler honors; and won the Coastal Mountain Conference Tournament where he again won outstanding wrestler honors. “He has an extreme passion for the sport, loves to compete at a high level,” said Junior’s dad and coach at Upper Lake, Joe Fernandez. “The better the competition the more he loves the battle. “He was an absolute blessing to coach, he loves the sport inside and out and knows how to adjust himself to fix any problems. I have never coached a kid like him or been around a kid like him in my entire life.” When Fernandez stepped onto the wrestling mat for the first time during the 2018-19 sports season, he had already distinguished himself during the 2018 football season by earning All-North Central League III first-team honors as a running back for the Cougars during their 4-6 campaign in eight-man action. He was second on the team in rushing and averaged 7.1 yards a carry. Allison Bryant No one dominated in the front row like Bryant as she led the Knights to a fourth straight NCL I volleyball championship. A rare combination of power and finesse, Bryant split time between outside hitter and setter while guiding the Knights into the NorCal playoffs. Allison Bryant, a Kelseyville High School junior, earned co-most valuable player honors while leading the Knights to another league title. (Photo courtesy of Trett Bishop) A starter since her freshman year, Bryant and the Knights have improved every season. They were 14-0 in league and 25-7 overall in 2016, 13-1 and 26-4 in 2017, and 14-0 and 33-7 last season. A basketball and softball player her freshman and sophomore years, Bryant passed on both sports this past season although she did play on Kelseyville’s tennis team, earning an All-Conference honorable mention. “She’s a pretty phenomenal athlete,” Kelseyville High volleyball coach Donelle McCallister said. “She has the body type, the heart, the genetics and the work ethic.” Playing for the Empire Volleyball Club over the summer, the versatile Bryant has improved her setting/back row play to the point where she may end up playing that position in college, according to McCallister. “She’s attracted the attention of colleges,” McCallister said. “Playing for Redwood Empire gives her good exposure (to the college ranks).” As a hard-hitting outside hitter for the Knights, Bryant recorded the second-most kills in a single season behind Kelseyville legend Kristen Andre (Record-Bee Athlete of the Year, 2001-02), who started for the University of Tennessee after her playing days ended at Kelseyville. “Andre had been No. 1 and No. 2 on that (single-season) list,” McCallister said. “For Allison to get that many kills, that’s saying something. We haven’t anyone touch that list in a lot of years.” McCallister said there are many intangibles about Bryant that make her the special player she is for the Knights. “She is humble and I like that about her,” McCallister said. “She loves the game and she always wants to get better.” Athletic talent certainly runs in the family. Her aunt, Shannon Melville Coxen, was the first athlete in the history of the Athlete of the Year award to earn back-to-back awards (1988-89 and 1989-90) for Upper Lake High School. Another aunt, Jen Bryant, won Athlete of the Year honors following the 1992-93 season, also for Upper Lake, and later had her number retired as part of the great Upper Lake teams from 1990-94.
26 Jun 19
Zone Coverage

It’s just Luke and special guest Daniel House this week to discuss how Gary Kubiak is going to help turn this offense around, how that will help the defense and of course a little Twins talk, they’re so hot right now. In This Episode: We have to talk a little Twins [3:00] How can the […]

26 Jun 19
WCIA.com
CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Illinois men’s basketball team returns nine scholarship players from last season, meaning summer workouts are going a lot smoother this year compared to last. “We’re light-years ahead and I mean we can actually start thinking about schemes and getting guys up and advancing some things quite simply because guys understand,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “So we move thru things much quicker and we’re able to move on to different things. We’re in a nice spot returning so many guys with so much experience.” Underwood and his coaching staff get four hours of on-court time with the players a week, per NCAA summer rules. Illinois signee Bernard Kouma was on campus for the first time on Wednesday, using one of the team’s official visits. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center committed sight unseen earlier this year, then signed a Financial Aid Tender in May. The 3-star prospect is from Chad and just graduated from high school last week. Kouma and fellow international signee Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk await NCAA clearinghouse approval before officially joining the team on the court. Bosmans-Verdonk is from Belgium and also recently graduated from high school.
26 Jun 19
Orange County Register
Dave Wilk was asked to help build a community garden in an under-served Anaheim neighborhood just east of Brookhurst Street and south of Crescent Avenue. Instead, Wilk, executive director of the activity-based program for disadvantaged youth called GOALS, is leading an effort to resurrect the neighborhood itself. #gallery-6875294-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6875294-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6875294-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6875294-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ GOALS Executive Director Dave Wilk stands on a newly constructed deck, which is attached to a renovated structure that is now the GOALS clubhouse in an underserved neighborhood in west Anaheim. A variety of free activities are now available to youngsters in neighborhood. (Courtesy of Lou Ponsi). Dave Wilk, executive director of the youth activities program, GOALS, stands in a sand pit which was once an unused swimming pool. The play space is one of many upgrades that surround the new GOALS clubhouse in an underserved enclave in west Anaheim. (Courtesy of Lou Ponsi) Luis Castro, a coach with the nonprofit GOALS, holds a sign reading “A Better Community,” from the roof of the newly renovated GOALS clubhouse in west Anaheim. (Courtesy of Dave Wilk). The new GOALS clubhouse in west Anaheim serves as the hub for a variety of activities available for free to children in an underserved enclave in west Anaheim. (Courtesy of Lou Ponsi) The so-called ABC Neighborhood, named for its Alameda, Brownwood and Catalina avenues, had become neglected and overridden by gangs, graffiti and crime, Wilk said. “I think there (was) a general acknowledgement that something had to change,” he said. But how to make improvements was “extremely complex.” Still, in less than a year, a previously dilapidated clubhouse in the center of an apartment complex that was a haven for drug use and other illicit activity, has been renovated and now serves as a hub for free children’s activities. An outdoor activities deck has been added. Pathways leading to the clubhouse, once strewn with trash and engulfed by overgrown weeds, are now landscaped and pristine. A crumbling swimming pool with swampy water has been filled in and serves as a mini soccer pitch. An amphitheater has been added, along with a racquetball court and a tetherball court. And, that community garden have been created. The neighborhood’s ABC moniker has been rebranded to stand for “A Better Community.” “This project here is my answer to those who would say it’s all hopeless,” said Wilk, who was originally recruited in the 1990s by the then Disney-owned Mighty Ducks hockey team to lead the development of a nonprofit youth hockey program in another low-income neighborhood near downtown Anaheim. That initial GOALS endeavor, which included learning opportunities along with ice hockey has expanded and is thriving, even though Disney hasn’t owned the Ducks for years and is no longer involved. The mission of GOALS, which stands  for “Growth Opportunities through Athletics, Learning and Service,”  is to improve the lives of Anaheim youngsters ages 6 to 19  through sports programs, mentoring, job training and academics. “This is a good example of pushing an envelope,” Wilk said of GOALS’ new presence in the ABC neighborhood. “I could just be coaching hockey still at  Anaheim Ice with a couple of hundred of kids, which is how I started. We’ve got 1,500 kids in GOALS. I’ve coached tens of thousands of kids.” Along with ice hockey, GOALS has incorporated a variety of team sports into its program, including soccer, basketball, roller hockey and lacrosse. GOALS remains a completely free program that has expanded beyond Anaheim to Placentia, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. “The program did a lot for me,” said Daniel Lopez, 39, part of GOALS’ inaugural hockey program. He is now a coach, mentor and volunteer in the program.  “I came from a neighborhood just like this one where there was nothing. There was no organized sports. GOALS came in a provided a sport, hockey, which was something new to us and it was offered to us for free.” Anaheim native Alex Escobedo was also a GOALS participant as a kid living in an impoverished neighborhood similar to ABC. Now a police officer in Vernon, Escobedo has since  moved to Jurupa Valley, but still serves on the GOALS board of directors. “It was somewhere where I could go,” Escobedo said.  “My parents both were migrant workers. They didn’t know much about schooling and stuff like that. This guy (Wilk) came into our neighborhood, similar to this, gave us a stick and skates and said, ‘C’mon. Let’s go skate,’” Having former participants return as adults to give back to the program is also in line with the GOALS’ mission, Wilk said. “That is our model too, to build this long-term contingent. Not only to develop kids, but those kids come back as adults to come back as role models, mentors and leaders because they understand.” Close to 100 children are enrolled at GOALS’s ABC location, with anywhere from 10 to 50 showing up on a given day, Wilk said, adding he’s thrilled with the progress made in such a short time. But he’s not close to being done. Wilk wants to add more opportunities to the ABC program while continuing to spruce up the area surrounding the clubhouse. “We’ve done so much so fast,” Wilk said. “We’re just scratching the surface.”
26 Jun 19
The Fresh Take

Bol Bol a 7’3″ Center that was drafted with the 44th pick for the Denver Nuggets late in the second round of the 2019 NBA draft, sunk down the draft boards on June 20th, 2019, due to a foot injury that prevented him from playing and that would evidently cut his collegiate basketball season short […]

26 Jun 19
Flute on the Run

DAY 11 OF 49 SALT LAKE CITY, UT ➡️ POCATELLO, ID Mileage: 12 One year ago, a horrific disease took my grandmother from us. Over the last year, I feel I’ve experienced grief in reverse order- I remember feeling the joy of when she finally died- her terrible suffering was over. She was ready to […]

26 Jun 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7bvi3y” width=”480″ height=”270″] The Boston Celtics chose four high character prospects with their 2019 draft selections, but their top pick is still recovering from an injury to his shooting hand. Indiana’s Romeo Langford played through a torn ligament in his thumb during his lone season for the Hoosiers, which resulted in a surgery […]

26 Jun 19
News Directory

What is the former major Texas basketball star, Jaxson Hayes, who has spent doing one year with this team to make a draft NBA Lottery. As well deserved, the star freshman center for Texas Longhorns basketball program, Jaxson Hayes, is paying great attention for his journey to the eighth full pick in the NBA Draft […]

26 Jun 19
National Post

BASKETBALL-NBA-TOR-GASOL Reuters America Wire Center Marc Gasol will pass on free agency and return to the Toronto Raptors in 2019-20 after exercising his $25.6 million player option on Wednesday. Gasol could have been an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on Sunday, but he will instead play out the final season of […]

26 Jun 19
Canoe

When the NBA celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021-22, it might do so by giving its players — and fans — a shorter regular season as part of a restructured calendar. According to an ESPN report Wednesday, the league has begun exploring options that include a possible midseason tournament, a postseason play-in tournament and an […]

26 Jun 19
JVS OSL

The past 3 days’ service learning taught me how to deal with hyperactive kids XD and how to try and communicate with people with a language barrier. I Also learnt That hardwork pays off as 3 days of painting later the basketball court was looking like new, allowing the Students of Ban Mae Sa School […]

26 Jun 19
CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTV

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted an invitation to move its basketball and most other athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference. University President Susan Herbst signed a contract with the Big East that includes a $3.5 million entry fee, and […]

26 Jun 19
News Directory

“Tthe festival has my best imagination, ”says Marc Morial from the 25th Anniversary of the Heart Festival. Morial, currently President of the National Urban League, was Mayor of New Orleans at the very beginning of the highly successful and economically successful event. “This is a great thing,” said Morial. He remembers how a fall came […]

26 Jun 19
FOX59

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted an invitation to move its basketball and most other athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference. University President Susan Herbst signed a contract with the Big East that includes a $3.5 million entry fee, and […]

26 Jun 19
Dancing Review

Wolfing it up [Un]leashed constitutes the first part of David Bintley’s last foray to Sadler’s Wells as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (his Full-length Hobson’s Choice comes later in the week) and it features a trio of works all by female choreographers. Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces is up first and is a pretty slice of […]

26 Jun 19
Nachrichten Welt

Der spanische Stürmer Marc Gasol hat seine Vertragsoption in Höhe von 25,6 Mio. USD für eine weitere Saison ausgeübt und wird in der nächsten Saison bei den Toronto Raptors bleiben, dem aktuellen NBA-Meister, wie der kanadische Club am Mittwoch bekannt gab. Benzin, das von den Raptors von den Memphis Grizzlies zum NBA-Transfertermin in der vergangenen […]