Heritage football preview: Timberwolves believe it’s time to shift into a higher gear

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tags Published: August 27, 2018, 6:27pm “We’ve all have teams that have a ton of potential and not be what we expect them to be,” he said.Perhaps this isn’t one of those teams.A year ago, Heritage broke through for its first 4A Greater St. Helens League victory since 2012 with a win over Battle Ground. All season, the Timberwolves started six sophomores on defense.The good news there? That youth is now a year older, making the nine-game varsity experience invaluable. More good news? Heritage returns eight starters on defense, including those six who started as sophomores.Senior Andrew Thom is one of those starters. He is a two-way returnee on the line and believes this could set the stage for a season that will jolt the program out of the “can’t” mode. 2 Photos GO Like the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he owns, Heritage coach Matt Gracey’s analogy for his Timberwolves team could fall right in line with his beloved hog.At times, he wants to torque the handle and rev the accelerator. But other times, like in Heritage’s case, it’s better to take it slow.This is a football team, after all, and not a motorcycle.“You have to build and understand there’s ups and downs,” Gracey said. “Small, incremental improvements are 99 percent of what you’ll see most.”That’s what Gracey has seen over his first three seasons as head coach. Now in year four, with what he describes is his program’s best overall collection of talent, he’s cautiously optimistic. He is using a word in every coach’s vocabulary: potential. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Heritage football preview: Timberwolves believe it’s time to shift into a higher gearcenter_img “It’ll be so much better,” said Thom, a returning all-league player on defense. “Once we get that out of our heads, we can do what we want to do.”“We have higher expectations for ourselves.”And that begins with mentality, Gracey said.“It’s hard to see it when you haven’t been there before.”3 THINGS TO KNOW• Last season, team posted its first 4A GSHL victory since 2012.• Of eight returning defensive starters, six are juniors.• Coach Matt Gracey says team has best talent in his four years at Heritage.2017 record: 4-5, 1-3 in 4A GSHLBest state finish: State preliminary round in 2007ScheduleHome games at McKenzie StadiumLeague games in boldAug. 31 Evergreen 4:30 p.m.Sept. 7 at Hudson’s Bay 5 p.m.Sept. 14 at Kelso 7 p.m.Sept. 21 Mountain View 7:30 p.m.Sept. 28 Camas 4:30 p.m.Oct. 5 at Battle Ground 7 p.m.Oct. 11 Union 7:30 p.m.Oct. 20 at Emerald Ridge 7 p.m.Oct. 26 at Skyview 8 p.m. Share: Heritage linemen perform a snapping drill during a practice. The Timberwolves return eight starters on defense. Nathan Howard/The Columbian Photo Gallery Share: The Columbian This story is part of The Columbian’s High School Fall Sports 2018 special preview section. Find it in the Sunday, August 26 edition of The Columbian. Photo Heritage Timberwolves last_img read more

TSX weighed down by resource stocks loonie remains above 82 cents US

Toronto’s main stock index capped off a negative week with more losses as resource stocks weighed heavily, while the loonie continued to take flight.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 39.21 points to 14,985.32 on Friday, with base metals leading decliners, which included gold, materials and energy.“It’s the same story all year. Energy and materials are a drag and that’s why the TSX continues to underperform,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.The TSX is down more than 206 points since trading resumed on Tuesday following the holiday weekend.Seemingly positive jobs data released Friday did little to assuage markets after Statistics Canada reported the labour force expanded by 22,200 jobs last month.While the numbers helped nudge the unemployment rate to a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent, the August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work as the economy added 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.“You have to read between the lines,” said Jerusalim. “The fundamentals behind that 22,200 jobs increase was not encouraging.”Another story capturing headlines was credit monitoring company Equifax (NYSE:EFX), which saw its shares plunge after it disclosed a data breach that affects 143 million Americans, including an unspecified number of Canadians.Equifax, which hit all-time highs last month, took its biggest one-day loss since 1999, tumbling US$19.49, or 13.7 per cent, to US$123.23.Jerusalim says cyber security is a topic that’s keeping bank CEOs up at night.“It’s top of mind. … There’s real dollars being spent to protect the banks,” he said, adding that efforts are being focused on how to contain problems.“Every bank is going to be hacked at some point,” he said. “So if someone gets into your system, don’t let them take your data.”“Companies need to be preemptively investing in the protection of their data and costs as a result are going to be going up for all organizations,” he added.South of the border, major New York indexes were mixed as hurricane Irma continues to be a going concern as it spins toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index inched down 3.67 points to 2,461.43 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 37.68 points to 6,360.19. The Dow Jones industrial average added 13.01 points to 21,797.79.In commodities news, the October crude contract dropped sharply, skidding $1.61 cents to US$47.48 per barrel.“With energy, there’s a lot of noise in around oil prices given the strain supply demand fundamentals happening as a result of Harvey and now Irma,” said Jerusalim.“But it’s also a little bit of trader skittishness exacerbating the problem. If you look at oil over the last number of quarters, it’s been in a relatively tight band. … It’s had a hard time cracking or staying above $50 US for any extended period of time this year.”In currency markets, the loonie continued its ascent, capping off a sixth straight day of gains.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.43 cents US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the October natural gas contract was down nine cents to US$2.89 per mmBTU while the December gold contract added 90 cents to US$1,351.20 an ounce.The December copper contract lost ten cents at US$3.04 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more