Five local prep football teams set to play at home during busy football weekend

first_imgWeek 4 of the high school football season is already here.With it comes the first league game of the year, which will be taking place tonight in the Friendly City.Fortuna and McKinleyville open up Big 5 play tonight at Husky Field, with the Huskies putting an early-season winning streak on the line while the Panthers look to get their 2017 campaign back on track.The Fortuna-Mack matchup — the first league game of the season regardless of it being in the Big 5 or Little 3 — is one of five …last_img

Raiders combine preview: Who to watch, when Gruden talks and more

The NFL world descends on Indianapolis this week for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, the epicenter for prospective draftees, executives, coaches, agents and reporters from Tuesday through Monday.The Raiders own 10 picks in this year’s draft, including a league-high three in the first round, so this week of interviews and evaluations are crucial for Jon Gruden, new general manager Mike Mayock and the future of the franchise that will have one more season in Oakland before relocating to Vegas.Her …

Soweto’s football derby frenzy

first_imgSoweto was bustling with excitementahead of the football derby betweenKaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, SouthAfrica’s biggest football teams.(Image: Nosimilo Ndlovu)Soweto was full of excitement on Saturday 31 October ahead of the much-anticipated football derby between top local teams Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, which both call the township home.Lying in the southwest of Johannesburg, Soweto is South Africa’s largest and most famous township, home to over 1-million people.The Soweto derby is the biggest game in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League and always attracts a huge following of fans. But Saturday’s face-off was particularly significant because it was the first time in 26 years that the giants battled it out on home turf, where their rivalry began.The match was played at Orlando Stadium, newly refurbished as a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Over the past two decades the derby venue has mostly been Soccer City in Nasrec, outside Soweto, but that stadium was unavailable because it is also undergoing World Cup renovations.When news broke that the Soweto teams would be returning home, Joburgers of all kinds wanted in on the action.Driving through downtown Johannesburg on the morning of the game, dressed in my Kaizer Chiefs yellow T-shirt and matching black pants, derby frenzy was in the air.Almost everyone on the streets was dressed in their favourite team kit. Minibus taxis, draped with either Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates flags, hooted as they drove past fans, who were waving and blowing on vuvuzelas, plastic trumpets used as noisemakers at local matches, to announce the big game. Even my car radio pumped our blasts of vuvuzelas.Queues snaked around the corner at all the shisa nyamas, isiZulu for the informal pavement restaurants where you can buy meat and have it cooked on site, on an open fire. Fans were filling up on pap en vleis (Afrikaans for stiff porridge and meat) before making their way to the stadium, chanting in unison.By midday the city centre was almost empty – everyone had rushed to Soweto to see the big clash. Traffic heading to Soweto was flowing, but as we got closer to the stadium it almost ground to a halt. Traffic officers quickly stepped in to get the cars moving again, much to the relief of the fans.In Orlando East, where the stadium is situated, the rainbow nation filled the streets as football supporters from both teams marched along with vuvuzelas and flags in hand. Black, white, coloured, and Indian South Africans shared stories and laughed as they approached the stadium gates.Business boomingBusiness was booming outside the stadium, with vendors lining the road to sell branded flags, vuvuzelas, umbrellas, hats, assorted sweets, food and cigarettes – anything a fan may need before, during or after the game.Young car guards ran up and down whistling and waving at drivers, hoping to score a decent tip for pointing out a good parking spot.Yoliswa Ndaba sat a short distance from the stadium with her pots and gas stove, selling hot pig trotters – a culinary hit with the locals.“I arrived here early in the morning hoping to secure a good spot and catch supporters as they started arriving and wanted something to eat before the game,” she said.It was the first time she had sold food at a game. “I usually sell at the local train station, but decided to come here today. This is a big match – everyone will be coming here so I think business will be good.”Next to her three men had also set up tables and a gas stove, selling another local favourite – cow liver and pap.The rich aromas stopped a number of passing fans, who stared longingly at the huge frying pan sizzling with mounds of liver. Cooks Mxolisi Sithole, Lesego Mokoena and Thandanani Mbambo cajoled them with, “Come on my brother, just R30 for a plate. Come, my sister, come, we’ll do it quickly for you.”It was also their first time to sell to match-day crowds. “Business is really good here,” said Mokoena. “Next time we are going to make salads and come earlier. They’ll find us here when they arrive and we’ll be waiting for them when they come out.”Mbambo added: “People are excited when they come here. Their pockets are loose. Some come with children –and children always want food.“We’ll be here in 2010. We’ll be selling this food to tourists who want to experience truly South African cuisine. The tourists are used to rice and shawarmas – they’re not going to come all the way here just to eat the same food they eat back home. They will want something unique, and we’ll be here to give it to them.”It was five minutes before kickoff, but supporters were still queuing at the stadium gates. As they waited they were entertained by local ball jugglers showing off their best skills, hoping for a tip, and a young gymnast pulling off remarkable contortions as he spun around in the air.A band of photographers cut in, promising fans free entry to the game if they bought a photo of themselves. “Same time memories, same time photos and free tickets,” they shouted as they ran up and down through the crowds. Inevitably, the tickets never materialised.Football nationFootball is the most widely played sport in South Africa, particularly popular among the country’s black community. Local teams are followed with passion by fans across all nine provinces.In Soweto on the day of the derby, the streets emptied out as the game began. Many people headed indoors to catch the action on TV, while the diehard fans who couldn’t get tickets – the match was sold out three days before the event – gathered at local hot spots where the match was being screened.The game ended with a draw, probably the best outcome for the fans, and for Soweto. With no-one disappointed, the celebration continued. Crowds cheerfully shared beers and analysed the game, while the more energetic headed to nearby parties that raged on until the next morning.last_img read more

Conditions holding steady in late July Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe probably had about 4 inches last week and we are too wet again. We got the heat too. It was terrible. North of me about 25 miles they got 6 inches of rain around Kinsman in northern Trumbull County Saturday morning. It washed roads out. It was unbelievable.Today is nice, about 65 degrees here now, but by the end of the week it is supposed to be right back up to 88 here. The humidity is just terrible. I’m surprised how the cows kept going really. It dinged production some but not like I thought. I don’t know how they hung in like they did in that heat.We got some straw made. Wheat straw quality was good. We got the second crop hay made too. The second cutting was not anything special, about average. It was definitely better than the first cutting but the yield was not there. Tons were below normal. I think it will take another year to get those tons back and get this hay crop going. We dried out there and that helped, but the ground is getting wet again.We have not seen disease issues yet. I have never sprayed fungicides. The last few years I have been hearing about some fungicides sprayed around here.The corn silage is still a long ways off. We are just starting to see some tasseling. If we get more extreme heat it will speed the process up for the silage though. I can’t believe how bad these fields looked at the end of June and how much better they are now. They really evened out, but are still uneven across the board.Weed control has been alright so far, but I haven’t sprayed my later planted beans yet. The corn has excellent weed control. Hopefully we can get those later beans sprayed this week or we will have some problems with weed pressure.Nathan Brown — Highland CountyThe heat has brought things on. It is looking a lot better. We got all of our beans post- sprayed. We are getting ready to start on some fungicide applications on soybeans tomorrow. Probably the first part of next week we will be looking at fungicides on corn too. Crop development has really progressed with the heat we’ve had the last week. Several of our first-planted corn fields are starting to tassel right now. We were not in full tassel during the heat so I hope going into the cooler weather this week will be good for pollination for this corn crop. Late last week we had over an inch of rain and we had about a half-inch last night so things are looking pretty decent moisture wise for right now.On the wheat ground we are waiting for the weeds to green up and we’ll do a burndown today. We are then hoping to plant the cover crops on that ground this week. We are hoping to do some soil health building this year to prepare for next year’s corn crop.The corn is maturing but it is still very uneven. The soybeans are thin and there is still a lot of uncertainty about what this crop will make. The markets do not seem to be reflecting how poor this crop is around the countryside and guys are still nervous about how this will play out.We are definitely seeing some frogeye in the soybeans with these warm temperatures. I looked out last week and saw a little southern rust in the corn. We are seeing some gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight in places too. With the year we’ve had, every disease imaginable could be out there in these fields. We have some frogeye resistant varieties so we may not spray all of our soybean acres. We are going to spray our early maturities that are more susceptible. The corn is variety specific, but with the year we’ve had I think we’ll spray the majority of our corn acres with fungicide too.Andrew Armstrong — Clark CountyEverything is progressing in a positive direction. We got some rain yesterday and we got the heat and humidity. The corn is loving it and we are finally seeing beans taking off.We definitely needed yesterday’s rain. It was one of the first widespread rains that hit every farm of ours. The last couple of weeks we’d had some pop-up showers that came pretty fast and didn’t really soak in, but kept everything going. This last rain was a really good one. It was a couple of showers here and there and it had time to really soak into the ground and do something.We haven’t had too much disease pressure, but we are seeing a tremendous amount of weed pressure in some of our lower river-bottom soybean ground. We have waterhemp rearing its ugly head. We have been over some bean fields at least three times trying to do what we can with different mixtures to try and kill it before it is too bad. It is not out of hand, but we don’t want it to get out of hand so we are spending some extra time to get that taken care of.I’m pretty sure it came in from all of the water we got. Most of the areas are where the rivers and creeks flooded and the seed has come from up river. Most of it is Roundup resistant so we have to try some other things. We are also dealing with some marestail. It looks like we fry them at first. They struggle for a bit and then they come right out of it. We are trying to get those marestail plants taken care of before canopy.We were bushhogging some CRP ground and found a swarm of beetles. At first they looked like stink bugs, but they are not. We checked on the threshold and we are Ok right now but we have been watching the insects too.All of the corn around here is at least shoulder high now. There have been some guys trying to sidedress with hi-boys for some late N and there is a lot of crop dusting going on too.Dylan Baer — Wood CountyWe got our wheat off last week and finished just ahead of a 3-inch rainfall over a couple of days. I ended up being rained out most of the hot days of baling, which I was OK with. We were pretty dry before that rain came and that rain really set us up. The corn has been dark green and growing fast and last night we got another 1.2 inches, which is holding up the baling.It actually did the little bit of crop we have in the field a lot of good. The crops actually look pretty good. If it was the end of June instead of the end of July we’d be right on track for some good crops, but we are still a month behind.The hay was below average quality and amount for the first cutting. There was too much alfalfa missing and too many weeds. People like to buy bales of hay not bales of weeds. Everything is coming back pretty well and I have been selling it. People are buying whatever they can find. I had an ad up online for 24 hours and everything I was selling was gone. So it is worth something. I think the second cutting will be higher quality for sure. Tons might still be down but it does look like the alfalfa is taking over again.The last several years we have been privileged to have some pretty decent yields. We saw 65 to 90 bushels so it is below what we’ve had but we still feel good about that and we were thankful to have it off before sprouting started to set in. We were pretty happy with Prosaro keeping the wheat healthy all the way through.Weed control has been a real battle. The prevented planting acres have nothing growing but weeds. While we were baling we were trying to spray in the morning and bale in the afternoon. Now that the wheat is off we’ll get busy applying manure to wheat ground and planting cover crops on the prevented planting ground. There is no shortage of work around here. Even our bean fields we got planted are not canopied yet and the weed pressure is a real battle now.last_img read more

EJ Obiena wins pole vault gold in record fashion

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES EJ Obiena, center, with Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico and Patafa official Edward Kho. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Ernest John Obiena bagged the men’s pole vault gold medal in the ongoing 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.The country’s premier pole vaulter cleared 5.71 meters, setting a new Asian championship record and beating China’s Wei Zhang and Bokai Huang in the process.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Phoenix rising Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Son of former pole vault great Emerson Obiena, the 23-year-old failed to hurdle 5.76 meters but the effort hardly mattered for him to seal the fate of his rivals.Zhang found the 5.71m elevation just too high and fumbled thrice while Huang wasn’t able to overcome the same height twice before trying his luck at 5.76 that also ultimately led to failure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith his splendid performance, Obiena qualified to the world championships in September in Doha and eclipsed his national record of 5.55 meters achieved in the Singapore Open Championships two years ago. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Rep Bizon Recreation grant for trailhead recommended

first_img Categories: Bizon News,News State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended to purchase land for a trailhead in Albion Township.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the recommended grant will help expand the Iron Belle Trail through the city of Albion and the Albion College’s Equestrian Center. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The grant announcement coincides with the ribbon cutting for the Community-College Trail in the city of Albion, which was partially funded by a $294,000 Trust Fund grant.“This new land purchase will increase the recreational opportunities for local families and for visitors to our communities,” Bizon said. “We have a wealth of natural resources in this area, and development of the site will give people easy access to those resources, the city and the Kalamazoo River. In concert with the Community College Trail, this new project will further connect the region.”Acquisition of the 65 acres in Albion Township is the start of a development that will eventually be a trailhead and public recreational area for eastern Calhoun County. The trailhead will serve several recreational assets, including the Iron Belle Trail.The Legislature will consider the recommendations later this year.##### 10Jan Rep. Bizon: Recreation grant for trailhead recommendedlast_img read more