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“Click It or Ticket” for Memorial Day travel

September 23, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgVersailles, In. — State traffic safety offices and law enforcement agencies across the nation are kicking off “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of summer vacation season.AAA predicts that 37.6 million Americans will travel by car this weekend to destinations including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, marking a 3.6 percent increase from last year.Highly visible police patrols are watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks, both children and adults, the front seat and back, both day and night. Overtime enforcement is paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children under age eight must be properly restrained in child car seat or booster seat.Don’t be a statisticThe share of Hoosiers not buckling up has dropped to 6.6 percent, below the national average of 10.4 percent. But new data from ICJI and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute show that unrestrained motorists still make up 53 percent of traffic deaths.Unrestrained motorists are more likely to die in crashes by 10 times in cars and SUVs, 14 times in pickup trucks and 15 times in vans.Male drivers, particularly those age 15-44, are the least likely to be buckled during a crash. Injury rates among unrestrained motorists are also higher:In rural counties,When a driver is speeding or impaired, andOn weekend nights between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.More seat-belt statistics are in the first of several 2018 Crash Fact Sheets Make It ClickThe Governors Highway Safety Association is partnering with Uber and Volvo North America on a “Make It Click” campaign to promote rear seat belt use. According to the latest national data, nearly half of back-seat passengers who die in crashes would survive if they buckle up. Unrestrained passengers also become projectiles during crashes, and can injure or kill others in the car.Don’t buckle up just for yourselfTraffic crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, and adults set the example. Parents and caregivers who do not buckle up are more likely to have kids who are improperly restrained. That means one ticket for the driver and one for each unrestrained child.Choose the safest car seat for your child’s height and weight here. Find a certified car-seat safety technician to assist with installation and proper usage here  or through the SaferCar app on the App Store or Google Play.Seat-belt tipsWhat is the best way to reduce your chances of injury or death? Buckle up! Below are tips for proper seat-belt use:Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach.Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck.Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.If your seat belt doesn’t fit you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits.last_img read more

Cahir woman wins Tipp marathon

September 16, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgThe Cahir native who is living in Moyglass completed in a time of 00:39: 43 and was followed closely by Linda Grogan of Dundrum Athletes club who completed the race in 00:40:20Up to 700 people participated in the marathon now in its 7th year with many raising funds for charity.Speaking to Tipp FM after winning Áine Roche said she was absolutely delighted as its been a long term goallast_img

Capleton’s bail extended

August 31, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgPopular entertainer Capleton’s legal woes continue as his bail related to rape charges has been extended. The artiste was ordered to return to court on July 13 when his case was presented in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday morning.Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, is out on J$250,000 bail.Related: Jamaican artiste Capleton arrested on rape chargesThe prosecution was also ordered to make disclosure to the defence by next Thursday, June 21.Capleton, 51, was charged on May 11 on allegations that he sexually assaulted a hairdresser that he hired at a hotel in New Kingston on April 28.last_img

first_img The government has launched a campaign to encourage the public to return round £1 coins after it was announced that the new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation on March 28.The Treasury, which estimates that £1 coins’ account for almost a third of £1.3 billion of coins stored in saving jars across the UK, has confirmed that the old-style coin will be defunct from October 15.The Royal Mint will make more than 1.5 billion of the new coins, which have been designed based on the threepenny bit that went out of circulation in 1971. It is claimed that the new coin, the first of its kind since 1983, will be the most secure in the world with security features including a hologram.David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “28 March should be an important date in everybody’s calendar – as we will have a new quid on the block. Our message is clear: if you have a round £1 coin you need to spend it or return it to your bank before 15 October.”Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, believes businesses will be ready: “While there will be a natural transition period where some vending systems may only be able to accept the existing coin, our industry is committed to ensuring we’re fully prepared ahead of the launch.”About 40% of vending and other cash-receiving machines must be upgraded as part of the launch. The British Parking Association says each meter change will cost £90-£130 for the simplest software upgrade, but considerably more if they are to issue change. Meanwhile, The Royal Mint has estimated the cost of changing all the UK’s machines at £15 to £20 million. Related Articles “You might as well shout at the moon” – Hammond set to issue RGD hike October 26, 2018 Submit Share Winning Post: Changing perceptions of animal betting sports November 12, 2018 Government issues racing assurances over ‘no deal’ Brexit February 22, 2019 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgPrior to the start of the ANA Inspiration, Park’s golf clubs and bag were stole from her rental car. The incident occurred at the hotel where Park was staying. When she reached her car to make the 20-or-so minute drive to Mission Hills Country Club, she noticed the back window of the car was broken and her equipment was missing.”I couldn’t believe it at first, then I kind of had to believe it real quick,” Park said after Friday’s round, via USA Today. “They stole my clubs, bag, balls, glove, hat and sweater. Pretty much everything.”Instead of getting to the course early for practice, Park had to file a report with the police, call the rental car company as well as the insurance and find a new set of clubs to use with a tee time looming.Park’s caddie Josh Williams admitted he didn’t think the two were going to tee off.”I got the text yesterday morning, and I didn’t think we were going to tee it up,” Williams said. “But she said, ‘No, of course we’re going to play.’ So we put some clubs together, and she just stuck with it and grinded hard.”It was impressive.”Park used Williams’ irons and two new wedges she had just ordered that were delivered to her locker. She found a putter at the country club’s pro shop. She got a custom 3-wood and pieced together a drive with a hybrid club and a shaft she left with Williams.”It was kind of a stressful two days,” Park said. “But things happen. I actually played well on the front nine on Thursday, so I guess it really didn’t affect me that much.” Park shot back-to-back rounds over par to finish 10 over for the tournament.In-Kyung Kim enters the weekend in the lead (8 under) and sits at least three strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Annie Park had a dreadful start to the LPGA’s first major of the season.The fourth-year professional didn’t make the cut after the second round, but Park was at a great disadvantage.last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy PPR RB Rankings

August 14, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgThree players had nine or more receptions last Sunday (along with Anthony Miller on Thanksgiving). They were receivers Robert Woods and Alshon Jeffery along with running back… Leonard Fournette. It still feels weird, even in Week 14, to slide Fournette up when adjusting the RB rankings for PPR formats, but that’s what happened yet again this week (and it’s fully deserved). Even without a bunch of touchdowns, Fournette has probably helped numerous PPR fantasy owners make it to the fantasy playoffs.Another player who probably feels vastly different to PPR owners from standard leagues is Alvin Kamara. The carries haven’t really been there since his return from injury, but the targets and catches still have. He’s an every-week start no matter the format, but you can remain especially confident in Kamara in PPR formats this week despite the tough matchup with the 49ers.  WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIf you’re looking to cash in on the waiver wire this week, there’ll be the obvious names that non-PPR owners will see, too: Derrius Guice, Raheem Mostert, Benny Snell Jr. and even Bo Scarbrough. Those aren’t bad options in PPR (especially Mostert, who gets used on various screen plays for the Niners but has an uncertain role). However, the PPR sleeper that could wind up in your fantasy lineup come championship Sunday is Patrick Laird.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Wide receiver | Tight endThe Dolphins back will see more playing time down the stretch, assuming Kalen Ballage’s leg injury keeps him out. Laird was already playing in a receiving back role, and now he added 10 carries Sunday, too. Yeah, he only ran for five yards, but as with Ballage, we’ll take those rushes where we can get them as long as the five catches Laird saw continue, too. Miami takes on both New York teams and the Bengals in the next three weeks, so opportunity for numbers will be there.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPYou also have to be encouraged by the performance of James White in Week 13, as he caught eight passes including two touchdowns. He’s pretty darn consistent for PPR owners over his career but had been struggling as of late. Of course, his role is somewhat gameflow affected, but against the Chiefs in Week 14, there’s a decent chance New England falls behind and needs to pass to White to keep up.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS Reminder: Check back for frequent updates during the week. For individual RB analysis, click here.MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 14 Fantasy PPR Rankings: RBsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ ATL2Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DET3Nick Chubb, CLE vs. CIN4Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. LAC5Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. TEN6Derrick Henry, TEN @ OAK7Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ CHI8Saquon Barkley, NYG @ PHI9Melvin Gordon, LAC @ JAX10Todd Gurley, LAR vs. SEA11Aaron Jones, GB vs. WAS12Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. CAR13Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG14Alvin Kamara, NO vs. SF15Joe Mixon, CIN @ CLE16Devin Singletary, BUF vs. BAL17Bilal Powell, NYJ vs. MIA18Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ HOU19Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. CIN20Derrius Guice, WAS @ GB21Chris Carson, SEA @ LAR22James White, NE vs. KC23Austin Ekeler, LAC @ JAX24Mark Ingram, BAL @ BUF25Benny Snell Jr., PIT @ ARZ26Sony Michel, NE vs. KC27Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. DEN28David Montgomery, CHI vs. DAL29LeSean McCoy, KC @ NE30Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. PIT31Bo Scarbrough, DET @ MIN32Marlon Mack, IND @ TB33Patrick Laird, MIA @ NYJ34Jamaal Williams, GB vs. WAS35Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. DEN36Adrian Peterson, WAS @ GB37Darwin Thompson, KC @ NE38Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. DAL39Ronald Jones, TB vs. IND40Rashaad Penny, SEA @ LAR41Matt Breida, SF @ NO42Peyton Barber, TB vs. IND43Tevin Coleman, SF @ NO44Royce Freeman, DEN @ HOU45Nyheim Hines, IND @ TB46Raheem Mostert, SF @ NO47Ty Montgomery, NYJ vs. MIA48Jaylen Samuels, PIT @ ARZ49David Johnson, ARZ vs. PIT50Rex Burkhead, NE vs. KC51Latavius Murray, NO vs. SF52Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. IND53Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DET54Frank Gore, BUF vs. BAL55Gus Edwards, BAL @ BUF56Brian Hill, ATL vs. CAR57Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NYJ58Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SEA59Giovani Bernard, CIN @ CLE60Ty Johnson, DET @ MIN61J.D. McKissic, DET @ MIN62Dion Lewis, TEN @ OAK63Wayne Gallman, NYG @ PHIlast_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2016)–Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven sophomore colts and geldings, I Will Score made the lead while securing the rail and virtually made every pole a winning one as he took Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes by a neck under Martin Garcia. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred colt by Roman Ruler prevailed over Mrazek late and got seven furlongs in 1:21.30.“You know, I wanted him to get away from the gate good, which he did,” said Hollendorfer. “Martin thought they were going a bit fast so he took hold of him, to save horse. They got up (at the wire) and finished it.”Second at odds of 3-2 in a six furlong stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 15, I Will Score, who is owned by his breeder, Hans Poetsch, was the 3-1 second choice in the race and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.20. In garnering his first stakes win, I Will Score improved his overall mark to 6-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $173,145.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill, Reddam Racing’s homebred Mrazek, a California-bred colt by Square Eddie, broke sharply but soon found himself between dueling leaders I Will Score and Smokey Image.“He wins that race nine out of 10 times, I’d say,” said Paul Reddam. “Smokey Image came to us on the outside, so Mario decided he didn’t want to be in between two guys in the middle of a three-way duel. If he comes out of this good, we’ll probably ship to New York and run in the Woody Stephens (Grade II, seven furlongs) on Belmont Day (June 11).A winner versus statebreds of the 5 ½ furlong Graduation Stakes two starts back on Aug. 5, Mrazek, who finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Smokey Image, was off at 7-2 and paid $3.60 and $3.00.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Smokey Image was also off at 7-2 and paid $3.80 to show.O’Neill’s Denman’s Call, who was the solid 8-5 favorite, was never a factor and finished fifth, 6 ¾ lengths behind the winner.Fractions on the race were 22.62, 44.68 and 1:08.83.Earlier in the day, 3-5 favorite Arcature prevailed by a diminishing head over Tristan’s Trilogy to win the $75,000 Singletary Stakes at one mile on turf. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Arcature, who was ridden by Flavien Prat and is trained by Simon Callaghan, paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Arnold Zetcher, LLC, Arcature picked up his first stakes win and his second win from four overall starts. Second early, Arcature took over from pacesetter Mr. Roary a quarter mile out and was all-out to hold off the runner-up late. Fractions on the race were 23.76, 48.03, 1:12.06 and 1:23.95.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio not just another game MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alec Burks (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Cleveland. Miami won 117-92. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade’s absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 BIG MARGINMiami ended the game with a 47-22 rebounding advantage with Whiteside grabbing a game-high 12.“We knew we had to be a little more vigilant, and we have been the last few games,” Spoelstra said. “We were able to do that again tonight.”TIP-INSHeat: Richardson has hit multiple 3-pointers in a career-high 12 straight games. He was 4 of 7 against Cleveland. … Waiters hadn’t appeared in a game since Dec. 22, 2017 when he injured his left ankle and had surgery in January of last year. He played for Cleveland from 2012-15.Cavaliers: Thompson missed the last 10 games because of a sore left foot. Hood was out four games because of a sore left Achilles. …. G Patrick McCaw, signed to an offer sheet Dec. 28, scored two points in 18 minutes in his first appearance with Cleveland. He played the last two seasons with Golden State.UP NEXTHeat: Host Washington on Friday night.Cavaliers: Host Utah on Friday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t surprised so many players made key contributions without their third-leading scorer.“One of our biggest strengths is our depth and versatility,” he said. “We should be a team with 7-8 guys in double figures every night. It shows we have a lot of guys that can hurt you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMiami hit 16 of 31 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 16 points, and Derrick Jones Jr. had 13. The Heat have won seven of nine to reach the .500 mark at 18-18.“Everyone was just kind of in a groove,” Richardson said. “I was taking what the defense was giving me, but yeah, I was feeling it.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Cleveland dropped to 8-30 — the worst record in the NBA — with its season-worst seventh straight loss.Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team must show more toughness physically and mentally.“We’ve got to be grimy as far as our style of play,” he said. “We can’t play cute. We can’t play pretty. We’ve got to get on the floor for loose balls. We’ve got to get our body on people when they go in (the lane). We’ve got to do all the little things, which add up to be big things.”Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood returned from injuries and started for the Cavaliers, but it mattered little in their ninth loss in 10 games. Thompson had 14 points, and Hood added 13.The Heat grabbed control in the second quarter, turning a one-point deficit into a 17-point lead. Jones scored 11 points in the period while Dion Waiters, playing in his first game in over a year, had seven points in six minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “I was just really excited to get back,” Waiters said. It was nice — all the hard work you put in — to have those shots fall, it felt good. I had fun.”Miami outrebounded Cleveland 25-9 in the first half. Heat center Hassan Whiteside had nine boards, matching the Cavaliers’ total for the first two quarters.Cleveland led 30-29 early in the second when Miami took over. The Heat hit six 3-pointers in the quarter, including three by Jones. Waiters added a 30-footer while Richardson and Tyler Johnson also hit from beyond the arc.Miami led 58-43 at halftime and continued to pad the margin. Whiteside scored on an alley-oop from James Johnson, who added a pair of 3-pointers. Richardson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer pushed the lead to 93-73.The Heat can move over .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 with a win over Washington at home Friday.NIGHT OFFWade is averaging 14.1 points in 27 games in his 16thand final season. He played in 46 games last season with Cleveland, where he was reunited with LeBron James, before being traded to Miami. Wade is one 3-pointer shy of 500 for his career.SHOOTING AROUNDDrew said forward Kevin Love, who had surgery on his left foot in November, has begun shooting drills, but has yet to practice. The team doesn’t have a definitive timeline for when Love will return, but it’s hoped he’s back later in the month.Drew said Love will visit a doctor soon as he continues to rehab his injury. 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first_imgActing Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine disclosed on Saturday that there has been an increase of applications from former members of Guyana Police Force (GPF) who want to rejoin the Force.Speaking on Saturday where he addressed junior ranks on corrupt practices within the GPF, Ramnarine pointed out that most of these applications are from persons who claimed to have been wrongfully dismissed.“Within the recent past, we have seen an increase in applications to rejoin the Force but I’ll tell you what, 99 per cent (of the applications) no way!” he stated.Acting Top Cop David RamnarineAccording to the acting Top Cop, these persons have written to senior government officials claiming that they were “unjustifiably dismissed” among other reasons but a look at their file, a different story is often told.“When the staff officer brings up the file and you see a constable, with small number of years of service, has 40 charge sheets and has over 400 days sick leave, are you telling me that this is someone we should reemploy in the Guyana Police Force? That must be the height of stupidity for me to agree for reinstatement,” declared Ramnarine.He further noted that from six applications from ex-members with questionable characters that he has responded to, there has since been no word from the applicants.“I thank God for that, because there ought to be no reply,” he stated.Ramnarine remarked that persons can write to whomever they want, pointing out that the Force is now a public place with nothing to hide. He outlined too that he has no problems with former members turning to government officials instead of approaching the Force itself for reinstatement; however, the acting Police Commissioner cautioned that there would be repercussions.“There is no problem, that’s the way things are now and it’s been so for a while but it’s the response that will be given, where your dirty conduct will be exposed now. It was remaining quiet in a file but it will go public now because you want it that way, you didn’t give me any choice,” he posited.Moreover, Ramnarine stated that because the applications were sent to the government, he would hand over the files to the Public Security Minister so that it can be seen how they lied about their dismissals from the GPF.“So the Minister would see how lying you are when you wrote about the injustices. The file is there as proof, I didn’t put anything in the file and your officers didn’t put anything in the file… so there it is. That’s the way forward,” he said.According to the acting Commissioner, this same practice obtains within the Police Force, whereby ranks go over their Divisional Commanders and write to the Commissioner of Police about issues that can be dealt with at the divisional level. Ramnarine noted that he will not encourage such practice where ranks undermine their commanders.last_img read more

Jordan is now looking for Moore wins

December 29, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’m going to Cal next year and they’ve already retired Jason Kidd’s No. 5 jersey,” Christopher said. “So I had to pick another one. Hopefully one day, they’ll retire that one as well.” Artesia has a full schedule this week. The top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division III-AA hosts Cerritos on Wednesday, plays at Mayfair on Friday and then comes back the next night on Saturday to host Taft. “This is a big week for us, the biggest we’ve had since the preseason,” Pioneers coach Scott Pera said. “And Friday’s game at Mayfair is huge. “They’re beating teams by a lot of points just like we are and even though they have a young team, they’re playing well. It’s going to be quite a challenge for us and it’s a great rivalry.” Jordan has another big game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Compton. Last year at Mayfair, Patrick Christopher wore No. 5 but after transferring to Dominguez this season, he’s now wearing No. 23, and the reason is simple. Even though the Jordan High boys basketball team defeated Poly, 66-44, last week to take over sole possession of first place in the Moore League, Panthers coach Ron Massey took the win in stride. “It was a big win but not because it was Poly,” Massey said. “After coaching 25 years, you don’t have any arch-rivals anymore. I’ve coached so many times against all these teams, I’ve lost count. But I do know everybody still wants to beat Massey.” center_img Friday’s game at Mayfair begins at 6:30 p.m. Valley Christian doesn’t play until it travels to Village Christian on Friday and with a day off because of Monday’s holiday, the Crusaders should know by now what they’re in store for all week long. “Practice,” Valley Christian coach Dan Leffler said. “We’ll be practicing a lot, three straight days. Anytime we can get on the court is beneficial.” After Gahr lost to Dominguez last week 93-75, it only restored Gladiators coach Bob Becker’s belief in just how tough the San Gabriel Valley League really is. “Every game in the SGVL is big because all of the teams are so good,” Becker said. “In this league, you either come ready or you get hammered. If you don’t play for a full 32 minutes, you will get beat, it’s as simple as that. “But I like the fact we play Dominguez and Lynwood twice a year in league. We aren’t going to play anybody tougher all year, not even in the playoffs, so we’ll be prepared.” — Ben Villa Girls basketball Other than the playoffs, girls basketball doesn’t get any better than this week. In the Moore League, Poly (12-3, 3-0) and Wilson (12-6, 3-0) bump heads on Wednesday to decide the frontrunner for the league crown. Jasmine Dixon, Candice Nichols, Jameia McDuffie and April Cook lead the Jackrabbits against Tenaya Watson, Leandra Sands, Amber Harden and the Bruins. Watson, a 5-foot-9 post player, is really a No. 2 guard who simply outleaps girls who are four or five inches taller than she is and drives the ball up the gut of defenses on the break for acrobatic layups. Sands and Harden can also finish strong at the basket and hit 3-pointers and running floaters in the paint. But this triple threat faces a Jackrabbit team that’s just as athletic, intense and fast. And the talent level hardly drops when Poly coach Carl Buggs goes to his second unit. The scary thing about Poly is that some of its best players won’t see any action. All-American candidate Taja Edwards has been practicing, but she has yet to hit the floor after tearing her ACL in the summer. Brittany Brumfield, an NCAA Division I prospect, is still hampered by a kneecap she broke in practice before the season started. Freshman Kelli Thompson, who can light it up from 3-point range and who is a strong post player, is doubtful because of an eye infection. And Zajve Woods tore an ACL at a holiday tournament in Wyoming. “It’s going to be a real test for our depth,” Buggs said about this week when the team also faces Millikan and Lynwood. Samantha Marez, Marlene Oeurn, Christina Reeder, Trevonna Cannon and the rest of the Millikan Rams (12-6, 2-1) will try to bounce back from a big loss to Wilson last Tuesday. The Rams face Lakewood (12-6, 2-2) on Wednesday before their big showdown with Poly. Lakewood won’t be a pushover for Millikan. Shawne Raiford, Tonisha Phelps, Tammyka Moser and the rest of the Lancers play well as an unit. If the Rams don’t feed the ball into Marez the entire game and can’t get anyone else to provide perimeter shooting other than Oeurn, the Lancers could send their taller and more athletic rivals into fourth place. “We are going to have our work cut out for us. I am going to put some work in (today),” Lakewood coach Douglas Benjamin said. “It would be great if we can go in there and get one. It’s going to be a tough environment. If we can keep the game close, we can win.” Lakewood’s Shaneis Augustus and Ashley Phillips didn’t play against Compton last Friday because of injuries but are expected to return to the lineup against Millikan. Millikan’s schedule gets even tougher on Friday against the Jackrabbits. Rams coach Lorene Morgan has been experimenting with different rotations to see if she can get her bench more experience and to possibly get more production at both ends of the court. If Marez (6-foot-3) isn’t getting the ball in the post or at the top of the key, Millikan struggles offensively. Against Magnolia at last weekend’s Artesia Shootout, Morgan played four guards and a post player to match the speed of quicker teams. Other times, she had three guards and two post players. Her power lineup is two guards and three post players. Oeurn is the best outside shooter, but she also runs the show. Missy Jackson, Reeder, Ashley Mitchell and Kalena Tutt can shoot the ball, but none pulls the trigger often enough to open up the inside game for Marez. Cannon (6-2) is a solid defender and has recently showed signs that she can finish inside. Mayfair (14-5, 5-0) and Artesia (10-4, 3-0) clash on Friday in a game that will likely decide the champion of the Suburban League. Mayfair’s Dijon Franklin is the best point guard in the league and has a go-to player in Tiffany Wilson, who is being recruited by Boise State. Franklin has sacraficed her outside game to feed the ball to 6-1 post player Erica Smith, whose emergence at both ends of the court has given the Monsoons a triple threat. Guards Tierra Hilliard of Mayfair vs. Macey Nortey of Artesia is going to be a good matchup. Hilliard is a thief for the Monsoons and Nortey is managing the court a lot better than she did against Wilson’s trio of guards at the first Artesia Tournament. Nortey’s teammates, Courtney Clements (6-0) and Mollie Williams (6-0) match up well against Wilson and Smith. Against Wilson at the first Artesia Tournament, the Pioneers didn’t have much of a perimeter game. But they do now. Mayfair will have to get its hands in the faces of Artesia’s Arielle McClellan and Sequoia Crandell or it could be a long night for the Monsoons. Gahr (11-4, 2-0) narrowly escaped with a 76-72 win against Downey on Friday. But the Gladiators are going to face their biggest challenge of the season by far on Friday against Lynwood (6-2, 1-0). Gahr’s Raynal Johnson, Amber Finley and Shannan Austin figure to have a challenge against the Knights. Lenita Sanford and Dymond Morgan are All-American candidates. Ivanna Warren, who returned this season from a serious leg injury, and Jazmine Matthews are Division I-caliber players. — Earl Williams 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more