J-D girls soccer reaches sectional Class A semifinals

first_imgJust to get to Central Suare, CBA first had to beat no. 9 seed Indian River in last Tuesday night’s opening-round game at Alibrandi Stadium, and did so, shutting out the Warriors 3-0.It proved a showcase for Kennedy Paciaga, who twice scored in the first half and then added a third goal in the second half for the hat trick. The Brothers’ defense held IR to five shots.As CBA was getting knocked out at Central Square, J-D had its own sectional quarterfinal to get through against no. 7 seed Whitesboro, a familiar playoff match-up as three of the Rams’ 10 straight sectional titles had come through beating the Warriors in the title game.This version was challenging, too, but J-D earned its 31st straight sectional playoff win, edging Whitesboro 2-1 after neither team scored in the first half, the Rams threatening plenty, but getting thwarted by Warriors goalie Nora Vick, who would finish with 13 saves.Then the Rams broke through after intermission thanks to Tonia Kousmanidis and Ava Brazie, both of whom netted goals. Gracie Stuhlman got on the board for Whitesboro, but Katie Cappelletti turned everything else back, finishing with five saves.East Syracuse Minoa, holding the no. 6 seed, met up with no. 3 seed New Hartford on Thursday night, the prize a semifinal date against J-D on Tuesday at Chittenango High School.And it was those other Spartans prevailing 2-0, Anna Rayhill’s goal in the 24th minutes putting New Hartford in front and then her sister, Erin Rayhill, getting the insurance goal early in the second half.Though ESM goalie Isabelle Chavoustie finished with 10 saves, none of her teammates’ eight shots got past New Hartford’s freshman goalie, Savannah Cole.Those semifinal games, which involve J-D and New Hartford on one side and Central Square and Cortland on the other side, will determine who plays for the sectional title this Friday at SUNY-Cortland.It was a quick run in the Class C sectional tournament for Bishop Grimes as the no. 11 seed Cobras dropped a 3-1 decision to no. 6 seed Westmoreland in last Tuesday’s rain-soaked opening round.Abby Tweedale did put in a goal for the Cobras, but the Bulldogs countered with Mary Muller getting one goal and one assist as Mia Lazzara and Samantha Dee also had goals. Natalie Musolino had nine saves as Grimes finished its season with a 7-7 record.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story As it set out to try and claim an 11th consecutive Section III Class A championship, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team had an unlikely ally emerge in the opening week of the sectional tournament.The Red Rams had the no. 2 seed due to its 14-2 record. Central Square, whose 14-1-1 mark included an overtime win over J-D late in September, earned the top seed.But that didn’t make the Redhawks’ post-season path an easy one, for in its sectional quarterfinal Thursday night it would have to face J-D’s neighbors from Christian Brothers Academy, which loomed as a tricky test for a Central Square side unaccustomed to this favorite’s perch. Or at least that’s what it seemed before the game.When things got started, the Redhawks proved up to that challenge, putting an end to CBA’s season in a 4-0 decision where Central Square scored twice in each half to overcome Erin Jones’ six saves.Erin Herrmann led the charge, giving the Redhawks a three-goal hat trick, while Allyson Isereau earned the other goal. Assists went to Cora Keohane and Ryan Colton.center_img Tags: CBAESMgirls soccerJ-Dlast_img read more

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Meltdown Bar’s Sophia Metz: Esports starts at home

first_imgSophia Metz is the Founder and CEO of Meltdown Bars, a global chain of speciality esports bars.  The company now has 26 bars in seven countries worldwide. There are three run by Meltdown itself (Paris, London and Berlin) whilst the rest are franchises. Interested in opening one yourself? You’re not alone. Metz stated last week that she receives five to ten applications a day. Speaking to attendees at Digital Gaming Revolution in Antwerp, a conference hosted by 4Entertainment, Metz presented the Meltdown business and discussed ‘grassroots esports’. This after all is what Meltdown is all about; bringing together local fans and communities under one roof. The fact that Meltdowns are open everyday means that it offers the constant social element that LANs and standalone events can never supply. In turn, this means that with Meltdowns comes a fairly unique opportunity in terms of reaching people in their cities and towns on a regular basis. Each bar could become a fan’s esports local. Whilst companies frequently look to streaming to reach grassroots fans, or those in a specific region, Metz argued that with Meltdown there are other, more engaging and memorable ways to do so. Moreover she stated that whilst LANs and exhibitions such as Gamescom are great, these aren’t regular enough. Whilst each branch differs, Meltdowns offer nightly viewing parties or tournaments for various titles. In London this week for instance, there are Smash, Dota, Overwatch, League and Hearthstone nights respectively.Metz and the Meltdown team have and are doing a lot of work in terms of harnessing this local opportunity. Each bar for instance has its own crest and team logo, with a view to making regular attendees feel like part of a team. Indeed, Meltdown is taking this idea even further with the introduction of Tribes.Tribes is the ‘world’s first esports club’. Anyone will be able to join and they’ll become a part of a single worldwide club, since Meltdown is both local and global. Members will receive rewards and benefits for attending events, checking in, completing challenges and so on. Tribes is set to go live at the end of June, and we’ll have the news for you when it drops. It’ll first launch in France only, and expand outwards from there. Outside of Tribes, another creative engagement tool at Meltdown is the newspaper. This is a quarterly print edition of esports news and opinion which is available to read at Meltdown branches.Metz and the team opened the first Meltdown Bar in Paris in 2012. An ‘esports bar’ was something so new and intriguing that it saw patrons coming from as far away as South Korea. Fast forward to 2017 and the novelty has worn off. There are now far more bars; they’re dotted around Europe and they’ve reached North America in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec with more set to open in the near future. This means that the company has had to worker harder to become more creative and smart with their local activations.With partners on board including Monster, Discord, Alienware and more however, and some exciting plans for its expansion which Metz is ‘not ready to reveal quite yet’, it’s safe to say Meltdown has great potential. She told DGR attendees “it’s important to reach a wider audience” and Meltdown has a number of plans for how to do just that. Esports Insider says: Metz is spot on when she says there are huge opportunities for brands in regards to local activations and ‘grassroots esports’. We’re excited to see the delivery of Tribe and what other big plans Meltdown has coming up. All we need now is a Meltdown to open in our part of London….last_img read more

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Busy year ahead for PH football

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Azkals are also seeing action in the AFF Suzuki Cup late in 2018.Araneta said that P15 million will be allotted for the Malditas, who will vie in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan in April.“It will be a busy year for us next year,” said Araneta. “We’re hoping to raise more funds for our programs.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The budget proposal was approved during the PFF Congress at L’Fisher Hotel here over the weekend.The bulk of the budget, Araneta said, would go to the technical department, which covers grassroots and age-group teams, and the national teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe construction of a new football center inside the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, was also included in the budget along with the installation of the floodlights for the PFF National Training Center field.For their international campaigns, the Azkals will need P58 million as they try to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in March. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BACOLOD CITY—Bracing for a busy year ahead, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has approved a P167 million budget for projects and programs for 2018, when the men and women’s national teams play in big international tournaments.PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said that while the federation will continue receiving subsidy from the International Football Federation (Fifa), Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Asean Football Federation (AFF), it would still need to raise about P32 million from other sources to meet the budgetary requirements.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Ramsay hands Ceres fitting farewell gift Read Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Best PL keepers in FIFA 19 revealed… and Alisson has lower kicking stat than De Gea

first_img One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW Latest FIFA 19 news One player from every Premier League club who deserves FIFA 19 ratings upgrade The 10 highest rated keepers have been named, with the likes of Jordan Pickford of Everton, Ederson, the Man City star, and Arsenal duo Petr Cech and Bernd Leno includedLiverpool’s summer signing Alisson also makes the cut following his move to the Premier League, though his stats have raised a few eyebrows.When is FIFA 19 released? Release date, demo info and new featuresPlaced fourth in the rankings for his overall rating, Alisson has a kicking stat of 85. Renowned for his quality with the ball at his feet, this is not a surprise. Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him 4 FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars make TOTW One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 4 4. Alisson (Liverpool) – 85 overall rating3. Ederson (Manchester City) – 86 overall rating2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 88 overall rating1. David de Gea (Manchester United) – 91 overall rating STATS NO GOOD The most expensive goalkeeper in the world is only the ninth best glovesman in the Premier League Reality Check 8. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 83 overall rating7. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – 83 overall rating6. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 84 overall rating5. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – 84 overall rating CHANGE DROPPED 4center_img in-form stars Getty 4 IN FORM STARS FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 The 10 best Premier League goalkeepers in FIFA 19 have been revealed as the game draws ever closer to being released.EA Sports are slowly unveiling more and more stats for the players in the new edition of the hit game, and England’s top glovesman have had their ratings put out in the open. Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala Tottenham wonderkid left laughing after huge error SICK AS A PARROTT REFRESH FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players WHAT A SIGNING However, it is a surprise that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has a higher kicking rating (87) than Alisson.How can a player whose biggest strength is his technical ability be rated the same as a goalkeeper known for being distinctly average on the ball?They even have the same skill rating (one star), despite Alisson’s preference for taking opposition players on while in possession!You can see the full ranking of FIFA 19’s best Premier League goalkeepers below…10. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – 82 overall rating9. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – 83 overall rating David de Gea is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League MEN OF THE MOMENT De Gea is the best Premier League goalkeeper in FIFA 19last_img read more

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