Prep football predictions

first_img Opposing teams will contemplate pumping helium into their footballs to give kickers the advantage against Saugus return specialist Juan Hamilton, easily the league’s fastest player. Speaking of kick returners, Hart coach Mike Herrington will be so pleased with his team’s comeback season that he’ll consider allowing Joe Joo, a 5-4, 250-pound reserve lineman, an opportunity to return a kickoff just to see everyone’s reaction. West Ranch’s new frosh coach Jeff Engilman, known through the years at City Section power Sylmar High as a yeller and screamer, will keep his promise to mellow out for about five minutes of the first game until somebody misses a block or drops a pass. Freelance school Golden Valley will win about half its games, giving coach Rob Swartz more victories in one season than he had in four years at Hoover of Glendale, where he went 3-35-2. The area’s other freelance school, West Ranch, will be the region’s only perfect team in varsity competition, going 2-0 (against first-year varsity Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria in Week 2 and Salesian of L.A. in Week 8), while playing JV opponents during the other weeks. A 160-pound center from one of Santa Clarita Christian’s eight-man opponents will spend a sleepless night worrying about facing 6-4, 295-pound noseguard John Grayem. Canyon will find a player who boots kickoffs into the end zone and proves near-perfect on extra points, but, as usual, field goals will be a rarity because coach Harry Welch will almost always go for a first on fourth down inside the opponent’s 30. Hart’s Paul Weinstein, who had six field goals as a junior, will be the league’s top kicker. The most anticipated event of the regular season will be the Hart-Valencia game Oct. 28 at Valencia. This year, the contest will come down to the final play for only the second time in series history. No matter the weather conditions, not a hair will fall out of place on the head of Hart’s well-coiffed offensive coordinator, Davis Delmatoff. An anonymous Internet poster named Hart Dad will again supply the community with some of the most insightful and accurate observations on Foothill League football. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the L.A. Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or The fax is (661) 257-5262. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The big debate among Canyon followers will be who will win the starting quarterback job returning senior Austin Civita or promising junior Ben Longshore, who is the brother of Canyon’s career leading passer, Nate Longshore (now at Cal). Despite the presence of two of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Herrick and Lyon, 2005 will be remembered as the Year of the Running Back thanks to Valencia’s Shane Vereen, Hart’s Delano Howell, Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi and Burroughs’ Thomas Kyle, all of whom will rush for more than 1,000 yards this season. Vereen will be the first player in Foothill League history to have 150 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards in the same game. Howell, a powerful 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore, will break tackles and move on a level not seen at Hart since the awesome splendor of Ted Iacenda in 1995. A dazed defender will mutter the phrase, “Did you get the license number of that truck?” after being run over by Canyon’s beefy lineman Nick Madia. Bound to happen this football season: History will be made when two quarterbacks from the same league Valencia’s Michael Herrick and Hart’s Tyler Lyon pass for more than 4,000 yards in the same season the first time in the nation such a feat ever has been accomplished. By the time Mississippi-bound Herrick breaks California’s all-time prep passing record probably around the eighth game of the season Pac-10 coaches will be kicking themselves for not offering the undersized, gutsy player an early scholarship offer. Lyon, who passed for more than 3,100 yards as a junior last season but was criticized after Hart finished 7-5 and failed to advance to a section final for the first time in seven years, will be the Foothill League’s most improved player. It will be national news when he announces his college choice. last_img read more

After adversity, Sharks’ Joe Thornton is enjoying the moment

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton darted around the ice as he and the Sharks went through a brief but brisk practice Saturday morning before they departed for Las Vegas. Situational drills, power play and penalty kill work — the scene was nothing out the ordinary.Neither was Thornton’s demeanor: all business when there was work to be done, smiling and having fun as practice began to wind down.The Sharks’ season will once again on the line Sunday when they face the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena …last_img

Will Ohio Break A Soybean Yield Record in 2018?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, USDA pegged Ohio’s soybean crop at a record 56 bushels per acre. Is that realistic? In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins asked Field Agronomist Alexandra Knight about yield potential in her part of the state and some of the factors in August that may take some potential away from those top end numbers.last_img

Let There Be Light — on the GU24 base for CFLs and LEDs

first_imgAre we really ready to say goodbye to incandescent light bulbs? The ones that give off 10% light and 90% heat? The ones with the shortest life span? The ones that have the lowest initial price, don’t flicker, are always instant on-instant off, and give off the “right” color and quality of light? Not so fast and not so easy…We have been here before: 2- and 4-pin CFL fixtures!Many of us have been here: wired a project with 2- or 4-pin CFL fixtures so that the lighting STAYED efficient when lamps (bulbs) needed to be replaced, only to hear complaints about the quality of the CFL pin lamps, the lack of wattage flexibility of the pin CFL lamps, the price of the CFL pin lamp replacements; or even worse, hear (at very high decibel levels) that there were no replacement pin lamps even being stocked by local retail.GU24 base lamps are the future of energy-efficient lightingI think we have it right this time: the relatively new GU24 base (see attached images). This new base has a 2-pin base that you simply twist and click to replace the lamp (bulb). It eliminates inappropriate incandescent lamp (bulb) replacement but allows replacement with ANY wattage of CFL OR LED. And the GU24 makes for a shorter base than the standard medium screw base (E26) so no worries over new CFL or LED lamps fitting into tight fixtures.Are Energy Star and industry embracing the new exclusively CFL/LED GU24 base?Yes, they are. As of this writing, the majority of Energy Star fixtures are using the GU24 base and there are a full range of CFLs and a growing number of LED lamps with the GU24 configuration, both in local retail and online. When I checked online, GU24 lamps of all types and wattages were widely available and our local True Value hardware store carries them. (The local Ace hardware store is not yet stocking them, but employees reported a growing interest and special orders for GU24 lamps).Energy Star stated that the new draft of their GU24 product criteria will be out in early September of this year and the GU24 base is becoming more popular with LED lighting manufacturers as well.What should affordable housing providers do about GU24?In states with strict energy codes, you will probably be more and more “pressured” or motivated to consider GU24 — it’s the way to go, at least for new construction. In retrofit, depending on how the building code applies, you may want to go to GU24 as part of going green, moving your homes to GU24-base light fixtures.The slightly higher first cost of a GU24-base CFL will be more than covered by the energy savings and longer life of the CFL compared to any incandescent bulb. And maybe you will want to offer rebate vouchers for GU24 lamps as a way of sharing your commitment to energy-efficient lighting with your clients.What about LEDs and affordable housing?LEDs are really not yet a good fit for affordable housing. While many lighting experts feel that LEDs are the bulb of the future and the LED market share is growing rapidly, LEDs are changing all the time and their first cost is still too high for the affordable housing market.Most importantly, LED performance metrics need to change, to better separate out the LED wheat from the chaff. The new Energy Star product criteria for CFLs do a much better job in this respect, but LED product criteria are just not there yet.last_img read more

Talent or Hard Work

first_imgAnonymous asks, “Which is more important to success, talent or hard work?”When Talent FailsCountless talented people fail. They are better equipped through some natural gift, some set of experiences, or through training. It is clear to everyone around them that they have greater competencies and greater abilities. Almost all of these talented people recognize that they are more talented than their peers.The reason these talented people fail has nothing to do with their lack of talent and everything to do with their unwillingness to put that talent to work. Talented people sometimes believe that talent alone is enough to succeed. But being unwilling to do the work, they fail.When Hard Work FailsSome people who work very hard fail, but not nearly as often as the talented person who is unwilling. A hard worker tends to produce results through the sheer force of will. They’re willing to just keep at something until they produce some result.When hard workers fail it is because they believe that working hard alone is enough. Because they don’t work at learning more and improving their effectiveness, they fail. I have seen many a hard-working salesperson fail because, despite their willingness to work, they wouldn’t work on developing their chops.Talent + Hard WorkThe question anonymous asks supposes that talent and hard work are mutually exclusive, that you can be one or the other. But the most successful people are the talented people who work hard putting those talents to good use. They are matched only by the hard worker who is thoughtful enough to learn quickly, make distinctions that produce better results, and hustle to grow their overall competencies.The only choice to made is whether you are going to work hard if you are gifted with some talent, or whether you are going to develop yourself and learn if you are a hard worker who lacks the natural talent.last_img read more

Fake currency unit unearthed in Odisha

first_imgA fake currency printing unit was unearthed by the police in Parlakhemundi of Odisha’s Gajapati district on Monday. Police suspect the unit was being used to print counterfeit notes to be distributed during the elections in the State.Fake currencies with the face value of ₹2,50,000 in ₹500 denomination was seized from a rented house, where the counterfeit printing unit was operating. Equipments, chemicals and paper for fake currency notes were seized.Two persons — one from Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh and the other, a resident of Parlakhemundi — were arrested from the spot. Another accused from Bihar managed to escape during the police raid.According to investigating police officers, seizure of such large amount fake currencies suggests that those involved in the racket might be planning to circulate them in rural areas during the election process, when cash transactions increases many folds.Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sara Sharma said further investigation is on to find out if the busted fake currency printing unit is a part of a larger inter-State racket.last_img read more

On the move

first_imgLATEST STORIES A few minutes into the presentation, the company’s vision are flashed on the screen: F2 Logistics wants to be faster. Better. Stronger. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it wings at the Olympic credo. And it figures. Uy, the company’s president and CEO is a sportsman.“I’ve always been involved in sports; I was an athlete when I was younger,” said Uy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd outside the business circles, inside the sporting arena, F2 Logistics is proving to be faster, better and stronger than the rest of the field in the Philippine Superliga.With already two titles in their trophy case, the Cargo Movers are more than equipped to defend their Grand Prix crown despite a bulk of their stars struck out of the roster while they’re on duty for La Salle in the UAAP. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving And the inspiration goes a long way in an industry that bleeds the clock dry with its nonstop activity. Whether it’s delivering life-saving medicines on time to where it is needed to keeping supermarkets stocked with fresh produce, logistics and cargo giant, F2 Logistics delivers to the Filipino public providing them with their needs on a daily basis.But the Cargo Movers have done their share of pumping up the energy of the workforce with their smashing victories on court. And they provide inspiration elsewhere too.“Believe it or not, these girls volunteer for a lot of our outreach programs,” Uy revealed. “A lot of our players know what it is like to grow up amid hardships so some of the girls, like Abby and Cha, they really want to open doors for others and volunteer to do clinics for us for free.”In a way, the Cargo Movers are a perfect reflection of the company they represent. From its humble southern roots “where we started with three branches and just a handful of trucks,” F2 Logistics has grown to more than a thousand trucks nationwide, providing world class warehousing and logistics services.The Cargo Movers traced more or less the same route in the PSL. They began “just wanting to be competitive,” said Uy, hiring such standouts as Cha Cruz, Aby Marano and Paneng Mercado to lead the young team.But after a third-place finish in their first year, Uy felt he needed “to beef up the roster.” While shopping for added talents, Uy made a partnership the De La Salle volleyball squad, which did not have a company to back them up yet; “with an already established team and led by one of the best coaches in the Philippine scene, we always aim to be the best ” said Uy.And the rest is history. The partnership has resulted in not just two PSL titles, but a championship for La Salle as well in the UAAP—the Lady Spikers are also backed by F2 Logistics in the collegiate league.With the PSL now in full swing, the Cargo Movers are now chasing for more success in a season that holds a lot of promise for the squad. Lee waxes hot for Hotshots Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “We will lack some key players, but we will be fine,” said head coach Ramil de Jesus.Uy brims with the same amount of confidence, pinning his hopes on former La Salle stars Aby Marano, skipper Cha Cruz, peerless setter Kim Fajardo and the ultra talented Ara Galang as the Cargo Movers hope for a repeat of their dramatic conquest of Petron in last year’s Finals.“That was such a memorable win,” said Uy. “We were already behind in Game 2, 0-9, and I remember some fans were already readying banners but we fought back and forced a fifth set. And then we won that fifth set and the momentum had already shifted to our side in Game 3.”More than the victory itself, Uy is appreciative of what the Cargo Movers have done for F2 Logistics as a company.“You know, after that win, people in the office started using that victory as an inspiration,” he said. “They keep telling themselves that if [the Cargo Movers] can do it, then nothing is impossible in work.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Efren Uy leans back on his chair and stares at a projector screen inside the F2 Logistics office boardroom. This is how he first introduces the company to people who are not fully acquainted with the logistics industry—through a presentation of their company profile.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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