Notre Dame sophomore to have crossword published in The New York Times

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer Notre Dame sophomore Jack Mowat solves crossword puzzles that he constructed, one of which will appear in Friday’s edition of the New York Times.So when Mowat received an email this June informing him his own crossword puzzle would be published in this Friday’s edition of one of America’s largest newspapers, Mowat couldn’t control his excitement.“All of a sudden I saw that and I was like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god,’” Mowat said. “So I showed my whole family and then took a screenshot and texted all my friends. I was like, ‘This is it.’”Mowat said the New York Times informed him three months ago about the decision, but he was only just recently told about the exact date it’ll be printed.“It was crazy,” he said. “It was crazy.”True to his childhood, Mowat brought his love of crosswords to Notre Dame his freshman year, solving every day’s New York Times puzzle with his roommate and hanging them, completed, on their wall.“My friends all knew that I was a fanatic,” he said. He transitioned from avid solver to “constructor” one year ago, he remembered, after stumbling upon a New York Times article meant to teach others the basics behind it. “I dove in and I made my first puzzle [and sent it in],” he said. “… It takes about four months for [the New York Times] to let you know by email. But … a couple weeks after my first one they were like, ‘this is no good’ and it did get rejected.”Mowat’s first published piece happened a few months later, after he found a mentorship program that paired him with veteran constructor Jeff Chen. They collaborated on a puzzle that was eventually picked up by the Wall Street Journal.But Mowat was set on one mission.“When I picked [the New York Times article] up last year, I kind of set the goal for myself,” Mowat said. “I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to get a puzzle in the New York Times. I’m going to do this. This is going to be fun, I love doing this.’ But I didn’t think I’d be sitting here a year later like, ‘OK, I’m in the Wall Street Journal and here’s my [New York] Times debut.’ It’s just — it’s been absolutely wild.”Despite the initial struggles Mowat faced — he sent the New York Times multiple crosswords over the last year, all of which were rejected — he said the final puzzle, which he created solo, only took him “about two weeks.”“Some of it is luck, especially with themeless puzzles,” he said. “And that’s one of the things that Jeff Chen had told me … a lot of this was learning how to have that gut feeling and be like ‘this is not going to work.’”The process of creating a puzzle is “very iterative,” he said.“You sit down and there’s three to four parts, depending on whether you’re building a themeless puzzle or themed puzzle,” Mowat said. “… [Then] you’re like, OK, here’s my idea. OK, here’s an entry. Here’s a couple more entries. Am I satisfied with these — what’s my strongest, what’s my weakest entry? You know, going over that, again and again, then moving on to the grid.”The creative part is trying to give people an “aha moment” through the cleverness of his word choice and clues, he noted, which is what he finds hardest.“It’s kind of like digging for gold — this giant expanse of all the different possibilities and words that could fit into that specific grid,” Mowat said.A civil engineering major, building crosswords has translated into Mowat’s academic life as well, with a variety of skills crossing over between his two passions.“[With crossword constructing] I have this final product, and I feel good about it,” Mowat said. “… It’s like civil engineering for me. You start building, design the building, that whole process happens. The building gets built. There it is. I’m proud of this thing. That’s what lives in me, that’s what I like doing.”Mowat said the acceptance rate for getting a crossword published in the New York Times is around 7%, with the publication receiving about “125 submissions a day.” “I’m a little nervous [about Friday], yeah,” he said. “I want people to enjoy — I want people to do the puzzle and finish the Friday puzzle. Because a lot of people really love themeless puzzles … I want them to do it, and as they’re doing it, finish and go, ‘That was a good puzzle.’ Because I do that.”Beyond Friday, however, he said he’ll “definitely” continue constructing crosswords — all with the dream of becoming like one of his favorite constructors, with more than 50 puzzles published in the New York Times.“I don’t think I have the gift that some of them have, but I have the will,” Mowat said. “I have the love of it. So hopefully I’ll be able to keep this as a hobby, have a number of puzzles published and just kind of be part of that.”Tags: crossword, jack mowat, New York Times Jack Mowat loves crossword puzzles.A Notre Dame sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, Mowat grew up bent over puzzle after puzzle with his grandmother. They started with word searches, but once Mowat was old enough to advance to crosswords, the duo discovered a new passion.last_img read more

Jersey Boys to Close on Broadway

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgMark Ballas(Photo: SMOG design) Mark Ballas Related Shows from $59.00 View Commentscenter_img Jersey Boys Big guys don’t cry. It’s the end of an era: Jersey Boys will shutter on Broadway on January 15, 2017. The musical began performances on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6 at the August Wilson Theatre. At time of closing, the production will have played 4,642 performances.Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas will be the final actor to take on the iconic role of Frankie Valli and is set to make his Broadway debut in the show on October 18; he will remain with the production until the end of its run. Mauricio Pérez will continue to play the role at certain performances during the week, while Dominic Scaglione Jr. is scheduled to appear as Frankie for the final time on October 16.Ballas is a two-time champion and nine-time finalist of Dancing with the Stars; he earned a 2011 Emmy nod for his work on the show. U.K. stage credits include Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”The Great White Way production also currently stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito, Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio and Matt Bogart as Nick Massi.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Star Fileslast_img read more

Discovery Channel Documentary Reveals US Role in Operation Jaque

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 17 (EFE).- To mark the first anniversary of the “Operation Jaque” in which fifteen FARC hostages including former Colombian presidential candidate were liberated, Discovery Channel will release a documentary on the key role that the United States played in that operation. According to the documentary, presented today to the press in Bogotá, the United States’ played the major role in the covert operation. Washington provided the key technical resources for “Operation Jaque,” carried out on July 2, 2008, which freed Betancourt, American civilians Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell intelligence operators for the Department of Defence , and eleven Colombian military and police officers. An aircraft Platform ( intelligence) was provided by the United States to contribute to the communication network of the operation. The aircraft’s first task was to intercept radio communications of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “We are always monitoring,” admits American Ambassador in Bogotá, William Brownfield, in a fragment of “El Rescate Perfecto” (“The Perfect Rescue”), the title of the documentary that recreates the operation in the Colombian eastern jungles, and that will be released on June 30. The film, directed by Colombian Jaime Escallón, presents in 43 minutes – ten of them of archive images – the details of the “Operation Jaque,” with emphasis on the three Americans. The documentary reconstructs the kidnapping of these Pentagon contractors, abducted on February 2003 in the Colombian southern jungle, after their plane crashed during a “Plan Colombia” mission, an American aid program offered to the South American country in support of the fight against drugs and guerrilla. The former Colombian general Mario Montoya admits in the documentary that the event forced the United States to assign several resources in the search for their citizens. Montoya led the Jaque’s planning and execution team as Army Commander. “El rescate perfecto” includes testimonies of 28 individuals involved in the operation, former hostages Gonsalves and Stansell declarations, as well as American expert in military affairs David Spencer’s statement. “We were interested in summing up what the operation meant (…), and they (Gonsalves and Stansell) also wanted to tell their stories,” said Colombian documentary producer Juan Pablo Santos during the presentation. According to Santos, this “is one of the most incredible stories of the Colombian conflict.” The producers of “El rescate perfecto” recorded approximately eighty hours in military barracks in the centre of the country and on flights over the jungle, among other scenarios. Speaking through a videoconference from Miami , the Director of Production and Development for the Discovery Networks in Latin America, Michela Giorelli, stated that the Colombian armed conflict and the FARC “are of importance for international history”.last_img read more

Mobile bankers equal happy customers

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian DayA new study shows those who use mobile banking are among the most loyal and happy financial institution (FI) customers/members. As consumers become increasingly comfortable with and accustomed to mobile banking, their allegiance and satisfaction is on the rise.The recent survey of U.S. FI consumers revealed 82 percent of mobile banking app users are satisfied with their FI. Further, 76 percent of app users are likely to recommend their FI to others. Not surprisingly, the survey, conducted for FICO, also found younger consumers engaged more with their FIs via mobile devices. Seventy percent of survey respondents between the ages of 25 and 34 use a mobile banking app. Among customers between ages 35 and 49, that number dropped to 54 percent. Just 36 percent of survey participants over the age of 50 said they use mobile banking apps.Additionally, Millennials are more likely to interact with their FIs through text messages. Sixteen percent said they would prefer text messages over other forms of communication, including emails and phone calls. Just 9 percent of the respondents between ages 35 and 49, and 5 percent of those over the age of 50, expressed the same preference. continue reading »last_img read more

Large asset managers fail think tank’s climate engagement test

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe think tank said its study was the first study to analyse the nature of asset managers’ engagement with companies with regard to climate change, “highlighting the fact that the global leaders’ shareholdings and relationships give them huge leverage to drive corporate action to support the Paris Agreement”.O’Neill said previous research had either looked at asset managers’ portfolios or their voting behaviour.“I’ve never seen anyone take an eclectic look at the sum of the engagement activities of the asset managers,” he told IPE.2020 Stewardship Code as benchmarkThe organisation used the UK’s new Stewardship Code – which takes effect from January next year – to benchmark the quality of asset managers’ engagement.The engagement score that InfluenceMap assigned to asset managers has many components. The think tank defines engagement as referring to all investor actions undertaken to influence the management strategy of investee companies, including: questions at AGMs and other company meetings, comments in the media or public fora, and filing of shareholder resolutions and voting.A spokeswoman for BlackRock said the firm “put a priority on engaging with a company on addressing climate-related issues” and engaged with 370 companies globally on the topic of climate risk in the past two years. She also noted that BlackRock had the largest stewardship team in the world.O’Neill said leadership was shown by organisations such as Legal & General because they had “sophisticated frameworks and enforcement mechanisms to transition the behaviour of companies towards Paris alignment”.“BlackRock appears to engage with a large number of companies, pushing them on disclosure and climate risk management,” he said. “This is reflected in our online scoring of BlackRock, which was shared with them.”The BlackRock spokeswoman also pointed to the firm’s activities away from company engagement, saying it offered product choices to investors that wanted to avoid specific sectors, and invested heavily in research demonstrating the relationship between sustainability issues, risk and long-term value creation.Asset owners nextInfluenceMap said the methodology applied by its ‘FinanceMap’ team was developed in consultation with leading global asset managers, with O’Neill naming Hermes Investment Management, LGIM and Sarasin as having provided input.He also said the think tank “iterated” its approach with the wider market, having approached all of the asset managers it ended up identifying in its report and obtaining “a high level of feedback”. “We would have adapted the methodology if we thought we got something wrong,” said O’Neill.O’Neill also told IPE that InfluenceMap had input from individuals at asset owners such as the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) and Sweden’s AP7.AP7 brought the perspective of a universal owner, which was at the heart of InfluenceMap’s work, said O’Neill.In its report, the think tank said it recognised asset owners’ important and growing role in shaping portfolios and driving the corporate engagement process and would probably expand its finance project to cover asset owners.The Principles for Responsible Investment recently said institutional investors were not making the most of the powerful tool of stewardship, and has launched a programme to promote more positive investor action.InfluenceMap’s report can be found here. Large asset managers are “collectively failing” to do enough to drive corporate action in support of international climate goals, according to a think tank.According to UK-based InfluenceMap, of the world’s 15 largest asset managers only Allianz, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and UBS Asset Management “strongly and consistently” engage with investee companies about aligning their business models to meet the Paris Agreement goals.Some other European managers, like AXA, were not far behind in performance on climate engagement, the think tank wrote, while US firms such as BlackRock and Vanguard “call on companies to consider climate risks but do not drive behaviour change around climate models or policy lobbying”.Thomas O’Neill, research director of InfluenceMap, said: “If global asset managers wish to support the Paris Agreement and remain invested in the automotive, power and fossil fuel industries then they must engage robustly with companies in these sectors to accelerate their switch to low carbon technologies and ensure their policy lobbying supports climate targets.”last_img read more

Brookville Resident Arrested for Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBrookville, IN—In the early afternoon hours on Saturday, investigators with the Brookville Police Department executed a residential search warrant. The focus of the search warrant was a residence located in a mobile home park in the southern portion of Brookville.A search of the property resulted in officers with the Brookville Police Department discovering the following items which were seized:A crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine.Multiple items of Drug Paraphernalia. A green leafy substance, identified to be Marijuana.4. Multiple digital scales.The owner of the residence, William Darrell Wooton, of Brookville, Indiana was immediately taken into custody by investigating officers. Wooton was transported to the Franklin County Security Center in lieu of bond and was booked on the charges of Conspiracy to Deal in Methamphetamine with Enhancing Circumstances, Possession of Methamphetamine with Enhancing Circumstances, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.last_img read more

Local Sports Results For Tuesday (8-18)

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys and Girls Soccer teams were victorious in their doubleheader battle against The Union County Patriots that was heard on The Sports Voice of Southeastern Indiana, 103.9 WRBI!The boys won 13-1 while the girls were 5-0 shutout winners.The Batesville Boys Soccer team had their first home match of the season against Union County Tuesday evening winning 13-1.The Bulldogs started off aggressive with the first goal just seconds into the match when Ian Powers sent a diagonal through ball into JJ Kuisel for a one time finish. In the next minute Ian Powers dribbled the defense down the left flank and shot one right into the side netting. 33:30 The third goal was assisted by JJ Kuisel and finished inside the box by Eli Pierson. 22:17 JJ Kuisel sent a through ball to freshman Ian Carpenter, who placed it into the back of the net. 18:07 Ian Carpenter played to Eli Pierson for a close finish placed around the keeper. 8:49 Sebbie Trainor took a shot which was deflected off the keepers gloves and followed up with one touch by sophomore Thomas Hartman. Thomas Harttman scored his second goal of the match which was assisted by Eli Pierson soon after cutting away from his defender and shooting to goal. First half ended with Batesville scoring 7 goals.The second half went on with the Bulldogs focused on possessing the ball. 31:09 Kuisel passed to Kent Meyers for a nice lofted shot over the keeper. 26:49 sophomore Willy Sherwood sent a long diagonal ball from the defense for Eli Pierson to run onto scoring a hat trick. 21:33 Kent Meyers laid the ball off to Ian Powers who ripped it low into the goal. 18:44 Kuisel had a breakaway finish assisted by Ian Powers. 13:49 Kent Meyers crossed the ball into freshman Owen Powers who tapped the ball into the net. 8:07 Freshman Ian Carpenter played a ball through the defensive line to Owen Powers who scored his second goal around the keeper. 6:59 on the clock the Bulldogs gave away a free kick outside the box when Union County played a lofted shot into the goal ending the shutout. The final score was 13-1 for the Batesville win.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Jac-Cen-Del Boys Varsity Soccer beat Milan 4-1.For JCD, 3 goals 1 assist by Jacob Jines. Jordan Meyer 1 assist, Ryan Wilson 1 goal.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Derek Jones.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in dual matches at the hand of the 8th ranked Columbus North Bulldogs at The difficult Harrison Lakes CC by a score of 153 to 197.Nathaly Munica was the match medalist with a 3 under par 33. Batesville scores were Emma Weiler 40 Josie Meyer 49 Tori Harpring 55 Rhea Miller 60. Madelyn Pohlman 53 Chloe Murphy 60.The Bulldogs next match is the Connersville invitational on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.Greensburg Lady Pirates Soccer has started their season off strong. They traveled to Rising Sun to secure their second win 4-1.The defensive line led by Captains Hilary Ernstes and Katie Beam kept the pressure away from Keeper Ella Lowe, who is also a captain. Lowe had 9 saves.At the half, Greensburg led 2-1 and the lead never fell. The final score was Greensburg 4, Rising Sun 1. Captain Emily Rosales led the team in goals securing two. Emilee Ernstes and Natalie Kalinowski both contributed one goal each.The Lady Pirates travel to Oldenburg Thursday. Their record is 2-0.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The Batesville High School girls’ varsity and junior varsity volleyball team increased their record to 2-0 Tuesday evening when they hosted the Madison Cubs,.The Junior Varsity team won in 2 sets. The scores were 25-21 and 25-21. Top server was Kaitlyn Sarringhaus. Maggie Wilson helped the team by dominating the backrow. Belle Westerfeld and Kaylie Raver were amazing up front and lead the team in kills.It was a late night for the varsity as they ended up having to play four sets. The score of the first set was 28-26 with Batesville pulling out the win. In game two, Batesville pulled through again with a score of 26-24. The third set ended with Madison on top 20-25. In the final set, Batesville came through with a score of 25-22. Kylie Laker had an amazing night! She was 20 for 20 serving with 2 aces. Kylie was not finished yet though as she led the team in assists and had 10 kills. Katherine Bedel followed with 9 kills.The undefeated Lady Bulldogs will travel to Shelbyville on Saturday for their next game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil.The 7th grade Batesville Middle School Lady Bulldogs opened the season vs. Greensburg and suffered a 25-12; 25-19 loss despite demonstrating some good offensive play. Serving was inconsistent and prevented the team from gaining any significant momentum on the scoreboard. Highlights included Jade Martin scoring 4 points including 2 aces from the service line. Reesa Zimmerman and Grace Walter were aggressive at the net earning 3 and 2 kills respectively. The team will travel to play Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th grade Volleyball team opened their season with a win against Greensburg 25-23, 25-11. Top servers were Kate Bauer with 18 for 18 serving; earning 17 points including 7 aces. Molly Meer added 6 points with 1 ace. Sophie Gesell added 2 points. From the front line the team was strong. Aly Peters led with 4 kills, Meer added 3 kills. Lydia Haskamp and Kate Bauer contributed 2 kills each. While Ava Williamson, Ava Powner, and Eva Struewing each had a kill. The team plays Thursday at Jac-Cen-Del.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.The Franklin County Lady Wildcats Varsity Volleyball team won in 3 sets against Rushville 26-24, 25-13 and 25-23.Kim Settles had 1 kill and 6 digs. Jenna Bruns had 1 kill, 11 digs and 1 ace serve. Alex Gillman had 3 kills, 13 digs and 3 ace serves. Meredith Hoff had 4 kills, 2 digs and 1 ace serve. Saige Mergenthal had 3 kills. Rae Ertel had 2 kills and 1 dig. Makyah Richardson had 3 kills, 3 blocks and team high 4 ace serves. Kassidy Schell had 13 assists, 1 ace serve, 1 dig and 4 kills. Kacie Williams had 13 assists.Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.The North Decatur Lady Chargers fought hard in sets 2 and 3 but couldn’t pull together to win the match against Union County 25-6, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8.ND Sophomore setter Sami Luttel led the team with 28 assists of 118 attempts; and hitters So. Caroline Stapp had 13 kills followed by So. Madelyn Bohman with 7 kills and Sr. Haley Gorrell with 5 kills. Stapp led digs with 23 and Seniors Anna Burkhart and Brittany Krieger, So. Luttel tied with 12 of 13 attempts.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.  The JCD Eagles host the Shiners on the pitch in Middle School Soccer action. The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead at half time but could not hold on to the lead. Shiners came back and took the lead 2-3. In the 50min mark JCD tied up to finish with a 3-3 tie. The Eagles travel to South Ripley on 8-19 for a 4:30 start.Scoring for the Eagles. Lane Carroll 2 Goals, 7 shots, Brody Huff 1 Goal, 3 shots, Kayden Vachet 1 Assist, 1 shot, Grant Rinear 1 assist, 4 shots. Carson Comer 2 shots, Bethany Ortman 1 shot. Defensive : Sam Simon 5 stops, Cole Patrick 2 stops, Berkley Williams 3 stops.PLAYER OF THE GAME BEN SCHOETTMER 15 saves!!Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

School bus driver admits to molesting young girl

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAuthorities in Gainsville, Florida have arrested a 27-year-old bus driver who reportedly forced a child under the age of 12 to perform oral sex on him. John Albert Martin was arrested Friday sometime after the child described the incident to police.Martin admitted to report stating that he hadn’t had sex in three years and just “wasn’t thinking” when he forced the child to perform the action on him.Martin was taken to the Alachua County Jail where he remains on a $300,000 bond.County officials reported that the 27-year-old began working for the school district in March but did not give a timeline as to when the incident occurred.It was also reported that has been released from is position and will not be allowed to return.last_img read more

MDI girls fall to Gray-New Gloucester in state championship game

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 PORTLAND — It was a spirited effort, but the Gold Ball’s return to Bar Harbor must wait.Looking to win its first state championship in 16 years Saturday afternoon, the Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team went up against the Gray New-Gloucester Patriots in a battle of the No. 1 teams in their respective regions. Although the Trojans stuck with their opponents early and made a game of it late, it wasn’t enough against one of the state’s top defenses.MDI ended the season as Class B runner-up Saturday with a 43-30 loss to Gray-New Gloucester in the state championship game at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The game marked the end for a Trojan team that still ended the year as both Big East Conference and Northern Maine champions after a strong 2018-19 campaign.“We had some good looks today that just didn’t go in the basket,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort or a lack of commitment; we just didn’t make enough shots, and that’s sometimes what happens in basketball.”MDI’s Julia Watras looks to pass against Gray-New Gloucester’s Jordan Grant during the second half of the Class B title game March 2 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Watras led the Trojans with nine points in the loss. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Gray-New Gloucester scored the first two baskets to start the game, MDI took a 6-4 lead after a Julia Watras layup, Hannah Chamberlain 3-pointer and Alexis Clarito free throw. Yet the Patriots (20-2) rebounded from MDI’s six-point spurt with a 12-2 run that gave them a 16-8 lead through one period of play.MDI got back in it to start the second quarter as 3-pointers from Olivia Gray and Watras cut Gray-New Gloucester’s lead to 18-14 with just under four minutes to go. Although Clarito had to sit out the final 2 minutes, 30 seconds after picking up her third foul, MDI (19-3) kept the Patriots at arm’s length the rest of the half and trailed just 23-18 at the break.Gray-New Gloucester scored two of the first three baskets to begin the second half before Clarito picked up her fourth foul of the game just before the halfway point in the third quarter. With Watras earning her fourth with 22 seconds to play in the period on a questionable charge call, MDI trailed 30-22 entering the final quarter.“I think that [foul trouble] changed how we approached the game a little bit,” Barker said. “Throughout the year, we’ve had a little bit of issues with foul trouble and have gotten different people to step up, and I was hoping a couple kids would step up and hit some shots. It just didn’t happen for us today.”After the Patriots got their first double-digit lead of the day when they scored a layup to begin the final period, MDI cut the deficit to 32-28 on a pair of Maddy Candage free throws and baskets from Rachelle Swanson and Clarito. Yet Gray-New Gloucester’s defense was simply too much in the end as the Patriots ended the game on a 13-2 run.“They hunkered down a little bit defensively [late in the game],” Barker said. “We didn’t hit shots, and we turned the ball over. … That’s what it boiled down to.”Watras led MDI with nine points in the loss. The Trojans’ other scorers were Chamberlain with seven points, Candage with six points, Clarito with three, Gray with three and Swanson with two. Bri Jordan had 17 points for Gray-New Gloucester.Members of the MDI girls’ basketball team sport their silver medals as junior Rachelle Swanson carries the runner-up trophy following the Class B championship game March 2 at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMDI proved to be one of the toughest opponents all season for the Patriots, whose 19 wins entering the game had come by an average of 25.9 points. With the Trojans trailing by as few as four points in the fourth quarter, Gray-New Gloucester head coach Mike Andreasen wanted to make sure his team wasn’t the second to fall victim to an MDI rally this postseason.“We were really worried because we weren’t in a lot of close games this year,” Andreasen said. “With MDI, we knew they came back and stole the Winslow game, and we didn’t want to be in that situation where we could be the team that lost on a buzzer-beater. The kids just dug in and said, ‘Let’s make it so one basket at the end doesn’t kill us.’”The Gold Ball win was the second in three years for Gray-New Gloucester, which won its first in program history two years ago when it defeated Houlton’s Kolleen Bouchard-led squad at the Augusta Civic Center. As was the case in that 2017 win over the Shiretowners, a championship game victory against the Trojans this time didn’t come easily.“If there’s a better team than them in [Northern] Maine, I wouldn’t want to see them,” Andreasen said of the Trojans. “They’re not the biggest team, but they’re really, really tough because they always put five kids on the floor who can score. They looked every bit the part.”The game was the last for MDI seniors Candage, Chamberlain, Clarito, Watras, Lindsey McEachern and Zoe Parker. Those seniors spent three seasons as the primary contributors for the Trojans, and their coach won’t let their accomplishments at MDI High School be forgotten.“They have a special place in my heart,” Barker said. “I just can’t say enough to what they’ve done and what they’ve meant for this program. It’s tough to go out like this, but you can’t ask for a better group of kids.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Kallicharan ton keeps T&T unbeaten; wins for Guyana and ICC Americas

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Kirstan Kallicharan’s hundred kept Trinidad and Tobago unbeaten in the Regional Under-19 one-day championship here Tuesday, as they trounced Windward Islands by eight wickets.Chasing a tricky 209 to win at Molyneaux in the fourth round contest, T&T motored to their target in the 39th over, with Kallicharan stroking an unbeaten 102.The 17-year-old right-hander, already a key member of world champions West Indies Under-19s, tore into the Windwards attack striking seven fours and seven sixes in a 79-ball cameo.With his side stumbling at 43 for two in the 11th over, he put on 166 in an unbroken third-wicket stand with Cephas Cooper whose unbeaten 55 came from 93 deliveries and included eight fours.Earlier, Kallicharan’s Windies Under-19s teammate Emmanuel Stewart struck 52 as the Windwards ended on 208 for eight off their 50 overs after opting to bat.He put on 78 for the third wicket with Johnnel Eugene, who made 40 from 63 balls, to help pull Windwards around from 35 for two in the 11th over.Off-spinners Cooper (2-20) and Aaron Maniram (2-30) finished with two wickets apiece.At Conaree, ICC Americas produced a solid batting display to upset Barbados by 48 runs.Opting to bat first, ICC Americas were powered to 258 for five off their 50 overs with Pranav Sharma top-scoring with 79, Arslan Khan getting 66 and Akashdeep Gill, exactly 50.They were tottering on one for one in the first over before Sharma stroked fours in a 109-ball innings and Khan gathered five fours in a 100-ball knock, to rescue their side in a 157-run second-wicket stand.In reply, Barbados were dismissed for 210 in the final over with Dante Niles top-scoring with 35 and Nico Reifer getting 34.At St Paul’s, Raymond Perez carved out a fluent unbeaten 52 as Guyana overhauled Leeward Islands’ 116 to win by eight wickets.Opener Perez faced 71 balls and counted five fours and a six and put on 106 in an unbroken second-wicket partnership with Kevlon Anderson who made an unbeaten 51 off 81 balls, with four fours and a six.West Indies Under-19 star Bhaskar Yadram had earlier taken six for 16 with his off-spin to limit the Leewards to 116 all out off 45.3 overs.last_img read more