Rockets snap losing streak with upset playoff victory

first_img By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The Raritan High School football team picked the right time to get back on track.In the wake of five straight losses to close the regular season, the Rockets clearly lacked momentum entering the state playoffs. However, they put the losing streak behind them and picked up their first win since Oct. 2 with a big first-round victory in the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group II playoffs Nov. 13.A strong defensive effort lifted Raritan (4-5), seeded sixth in the section, past No. 3-seed Point Pleasant Borough High School in the sectional quarterfinals played in Point Pleasant Borough. The Rockets also exacted revenge for a Week 6 loss to the Panthers.It was just the Panthers’ (8-2) second loss of the season and proved, once again, that records mean nothing in the postseason.The Rockets exploded for some big plays late in the game, and the defense did the rest to give Raritan a 17-7 upset. The defense kept the Panthers at bay early, highlighted by a third-down stop at the 5-yard line.Going into their final possession of the first half, the Rockets had a mere 37 yards of total offense. But a five-play, 87-yard drive right before halftime culminated in the first score of the game.Senior running back Derek Ernst, who is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season and picked up 122 yards on 27 carries against the Panthers, got the scoring drive started by breaking through for a 31-yard run. Quarterback Marc Carnivale, a junior, then connected with senior wide receiver Jordan Smith for a touchdown from 38 yards out, and the Rockets were up, 7-0, at the half. The Panthers quickly answered Raritan’s touchdown in the opening drive of the second half. The Panthers found the end zone after 12 plays and 64 yards, tying the game with six minutes left in the third quarter.The Rockets again rose to the occasion on defense, stopping the Panthers after Raritan fumbled on the next possession.Raritan followed up with a 74-yard touchdown drive. The decisive play was a 1-yard touchdown run by Carnivale that put the Rockets back in front, 14-7. The drive also featured another long run for Ernst and a 37-yard pass from Carnivale to senior receiver Nick Pasquin.As the clock ticked away in the fourth quarter, the Rockets’ defense continued to stifle Point Pleasant Borough before Raritan padded its lead with three minutes left on the clock. The Rockets made it to the Panthers’ 7-yard line, and freshman kicker Gavin Toth put the ball through the uprights for a 17-7 advantage.Point Pleasant Borough’s final hopes were dashed when Raritan defensive back Jahciere Jones picked off a pass to end a Panthers threat and seal Raritan’s first statetournament victory in six years.Raritan is now one victory away from playing for the sectional championship. The Rockets last appeared in a final in 2006.Raritan is scheduled to visit secondseeded Delaware Valley Regional High School (8-1) in the Central Jersey, Group II semifinals. Top-seeded Lincoln High School will face No. 5-seed Arthur L. Johnson High School in the other semifinal. Both games are scheduled for Nov. 20.The sectional championships will be held at neutral sites yet to be determined Dec. 4-6.The Rockets also look forward to their Thanksgiving Day game against Holmdel High School Nov. 26. RARITAN last_img read more

Phoenix rising

first_imgView comments “I’m just relieved. We lost the last two games by an average of 31 points. It was like sleepless nights for all of us,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose squad improved to 3-3.“But I just challenged the guys. Halfway point of the conference, we just have to be thankful that we’re 2-3 because the way we’re playing we could have been 0-5.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Fuel Masters played without their two key veterans in JC Intal and Willie Wilson.“The guys stepped up with JC and Willie out tonight,” said Vanguardia. “Willie had amoebiasis even during our game against Star and he suffered from numbness due to complications with his meds while JC has a bruised rib.” EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Matthew Wright found his touch late and Phoenix came back to beat Meralco, 94-90, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup yesterday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Wright fired 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, where the shorthanded Fuel Masters rallied from double digit deficits to move back to .500 for the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT The Christmas Day doubleheader will feature Mahindra taking on Blackwater in the first game and crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra taking on Star in the main game.Cyrus Baguio also came through for Phoenix, draining a triple that gave the Fuel Masters the lead for good. Wright then sealed the game with free throws to end the team’s slide, which pushed the squad to a somber celebration of its Christmas party.“Being like the father of this team, it hurt to because we weren’t able to celebrate in a happier way,” addedVanguardia, who said playing at the San Juan arena helped his morale.“This arena brings back a lot of memories,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of wins here,”Mark Borboran added 17 points for Phoenix to back up Wright, who Vanguardia hopes would continue improving with his defense.“I’m not yet happy with the way he played defense tonight so hopefully, he’ll continue to improve,” Vanguardia said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol towncenter_img We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Off-court goals may push Mika out of F2 Logistics MOST READ The Bolts, who led by as many as 12, 71-59, slipped to 2-3 despite drawing a career-high 24 points from rookie Jonathan Grey.Wright, the Filipino-Canadian swingman who was part of the Gilas cadet program, scored 10 points inside the last four minutes, including Phoenix’s last three points, all coming at the free throw line, in the final 30 seconds.Meanwhile, the PBA announced pickup and drop-off points for those who plan to watch the Christmas Day game at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.Those who want to avail of the ride must queue early at Jam Bus Terminals in Gil Puyat Avenue (starting 11 a.m.) and Edsa-Kamuning (starting at noon). Buses will transport ticket holders to and from the Philippine Arena on a first-come, first-served basis.Only fans who have been stamped at the pickup points will be able to avail of the ride back to Manila.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Celestial waterworks spotted

first_imgIt later re-freezes as it becomes incorporated into the planet-forming disk around the star. “What we’re really seeing here is the delivery of water vapor to something that will some day probably become a solar system,” Watson said. In the glowing shock wave of fallen debris that they observed with Spitzer, Watson’s team found enough water to fill the Earth’s oceans five times. And, “there’s more underneath and there’s more to come,” Watson said. “That tells you there’s certainly plenty of water to go around.” Though in their initial study of 30 stars, NGC 1333-IRAS 4B was the only one with visible water, the team believes that was because it was the only star oriented to give Spitzer a head-on view of the disk. Observations of new stars in that orientation also revealed signs of water, he said, although those findings have not been peer-reviewed and published in a scientific journal. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The observations were made on an infant star 1,000 light-years from Earth, NGC 1333-IRAS 4B. The star formed at the heart of a collapsing cloud of interstellar dust, plasma and gas. Around this distant sun is a disk of material from which planets could one day form, and beyond the disk, the outer edge of the interstellar cloud called the envelope. Gas, dust and water ice from the envelope are continuously falling onto the disk because of gravity, said study leader Dan Watson, an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. “By the time it falls (onto the disk), it’s traveling at super sonic speed,” he said. “It falls with a splat, with a sonic boom.” That sonic boom vaporizes the ice, making it visible with the Spitzer telescope’s infrared cameras. PASADENA – Astronomers using the Spitzer Space Telescope have observed oceans worth of water rushing down on a budding solar system in the constellation Perseus. The find, they say, is evidence of how life-giving water reaches new planets and confirmation of a long-held theory of planetary formation. “I think this is a very, very exciting result,” said JPL’s Michael Werner, Spitzer’s project scientists who was not involved in the research. “It’s adding to our understanding of the process of the accumulation of material which eventually – around our sun and other stars – has lead to the formation of planetary systems.” last_img read more

Glaus silent about steroids

first_imgGlaus appeared shaken by the situation when he talked briefly outside the Blue Jays’ clubhouse prior to batting practice. He led the AL with 47 homers in 2000 and was MVP of the 2002 World Series for the Angels, then missed large stretches in 2003 and 2004 because of shoulder problems. Major League Baseball has already asked to meet with him. “At this point I’m just trying to get ready for a game, and help us get into the playoff hunt,” Glaus said. Glaus received shipments at a Corona address that traces to the player, SI.com said, citing a source in Florida with knowledge of a Signature Pharmacy client list. SI.com said its information dealt only with receipt of steroids and not use. Prescriptions written in Glaus’ name were obtained through New Hope Health Center, a California-based clinic and were sent through Signature, SI.com said. The prescribing physician was Dr. Ramon Scruggs, currently on probation and prohibited from prescribing drugs over the Internet, SI.com said. From news services Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus declined to address accusations that he received performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing prescription medications. Glaus, a four-time All-Star, received multiple shipments of nandrolone and testosterone between September 2003 and May 2004, SI.com reported Friday. “I respect the fact that you guys have a job to do. I expect that you certainly have some questions. I am not going to comment on the story,” Glaus told reporters before Saturday night’s game at Tampa Bay. “I hope you respect that at this time.” Signature is at the center of an investigation by the Albany County (N.Y.) district attorney’s office. The probe recently led to the NFL suspensions of New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. A third NFL person involved in the investigation is Dr. Richard Ryzde, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team doctors. He earlier had been fired by the team. Arizona loses Hudson Diamondbacks All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson will have season-ending surgery on Monday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Hudson injured the thumb while sliding head first into third base Tuesday night. He played with the injury Wednesday, but left the game in the seventh inning and has been out since. “It’s not an injury you can play with,” Manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s the right thing to do. We hoped it would get better but it really needs surgery. It’s the type of thing you want to do right away.” Hudson has played in 139 games, hitting .294 with 10 homers, 28 doubles and 63 RBIs, which is second-most on the team. Melvin said Alberto Callaspo will fill in most of the time for Hudson once his sore hamstring is better. Until then, Augie Ojeda will play second base. Around the leagues Pirates: Frank Coonelly, Major League Baseball’s chief labor counsel, has emerged as the top candidate to become the team’s president. Coonelly, who coordinates the arbitration process, would oversee the Pirates’ day-to-day operations – the job held by Kevin McClatchy since 1996. McClatchy, once the Pirates’ primary owner, announced in July he would resign as chief executive officer at the end of the season. Devil Rays: The team picked up Manager Joe Maddon’s two-year option for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The move had been expected since Tampa Bay principal owner Stuart Sternberg spoke highly last month about Maddon’s developmental work with the Devil Rays, the American League’s youngest team. Padres: The team activated outfielder Scott Hairston from the 15-day disabled list. Hairston has been out since Aug. 10 with a strained left oblique muscle. Manager Bud Black said Hairston will be available as a pinch hitter or runner and likely won’t start until later this week. Rockies: The team purchased the contract of left-hander Josh Newman from triple-A Colorado Springs. The team placed reliever Ramon Ramirez, out with right shoulder inflammation, on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Newman on the 40-man roster. Yankees: Mike Mussina, bumped from the rotation last week and then pushed out of a fill-in start for Roger Clemens today, gets his next chance to pitch Wednesday at Toronto. The right-hander, 8-10 with a 5.51 ERA, has no idea what to expect given his struggles and a long layoff. His last start was on Aug. 27. 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

A brilliant story involving Michael Laudrup and the King of Spain

first_img Michael Laudrup’s brilliance with a ball at his feet brought him worldwide fame 1 Not many players have been blessed with the talent Michael Laudrup had and here, retrofootballblog.com reveals just how far his fame stretched with this brilliant anecdote…In 1996, Laudrup was thinking about calling time on an impressive career.His incredible ability had taken him from Brondby in his native Denmark, to Italy with Lazio and Juventus before stints at Barcelona and Real Madrid.It is rare for a player to be loved in equal measure by both Barca and Real supporters, but Laudrup is. He was a master with the ball at his feet.And it was in the Spanish capital where he was pondering his future over some posh grub in a fancy restaurant.Laudrup was discussing leaving Spain when King Juan Carlos I appeared at his shoulder. He had been sitting a few tables away and overheard the conversation, prompting him to walk over to the Real Madrid star.“That’s good news,” he whispered in the player’s ear. “I’ll be the only King in Madrid again.”last_img read more

Report: 64,000 NC School Children “Chronically Absent”

first_imgWhile North Carolina school systems work to make the most of limited funding, a new report highlights another vulnerability in education – not showing up for classes.The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation report says more than 64,000 public school students in Pre-K through third grade were listed as “chronically absent” in the 2015-2016 school year.Mandy Ableidinger, the foundation’s policy and practice leader, explains why the research focuses on younger ages.“It really matters for third-grade reading,” she states. “We know that third-grade reading influences kids’ short-term academic outcomes and also, longer-term life outcomes. There are things that can be done to address chronic absence.”The report highlights school system practices that support attendance, from reward programs to partnerships with community groups. About half the school systems in the state participated in the survey.The state and federal governments define chronic absence as missing 10 percent of the school year, for any reason.Gov. Roy Cooper has declared September Attendance Awareness Month. Ableidinger says in dealing with the issue, it’s important that school systems not shame parents when children miss excessive school days.“We’ve learned that a really punitive approach of, ‘I’m going to call in law enforcement if you don’t get your kid to school,’ is not effective,” she states. “But what’s effective is celebrating positive attendance and giving people positive reinforcement. ”Ableidinger adds health and school environment issues like bullying are common contributors to absence. Nearly 1 in 8 young students in North Carolina misses about two school days a month.Last year, the General Assembly passed a law encouraging districts to adopt student attendance recognition programs to help focus on the problem of chronic absence.last_img read more

Gallery: Training the stars of 2022

first_imgPhotographs by Bongani NkosiNorth West University’s football academy is aiming to produce quality players who can represent South Africa internationally and take the country to the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The academy – established in 2007 – has 56 young footballers enrolled in it, and boasts top-class gym facilities and trainers. Recruitment is based on exceptional talent and sound academic performance.• Read the full storyClick on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image.   • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

3 Professional Development Questions Every Employee Should Ask Themselves

first_imgOrganizations are asking employees to play an active role in their professional development. Employees are embracing the idea as a way to control their career. However, in order for employees to successfully manage their own development, it’s means that they need to regularly monitor their status towards their goals. How exactly can they do that? Well, managers can coach employees on the best way to stay focused on their goals. Here are three questions managers can use during employee coaching sessions:What are you consuming? By consuming, I mean reading, listening, and watching. Employees need to find good resources to challenge their thinking and help them grow. Every once in a while, they need to change what they consume – find new resources and not be afraid to take a break from the ones that they’ve outgrown. By no means does this imply you can’t read a book by the pool just for fun or binge watch the last season of your favorite television show. However, employees should always be on the lookout for a blog or book that will make them think. Who do you spend time with? We all like hanging out with our friends. That’s why they’re our friends. But employees should ask if they ever find themselves hanging out with someone they don’t particularly care for? If that’s the case, ask why and if there a way to change the situation. It’s one thing to spend time with a person who challenges you to the point of being mentally exhausted after an hour. That might be a good kind of tired. But it’s another thing altogether to spend time with people who wear you out with snark or constantly challenge your sensibilities just to get your attention. Where are your role models? One way to learn a new behavior is by watching or connecting with others. When employees think of the things they’re trying to learn, who are those people that perform the skill well? Once they’ve identified those individuals, figure out how to connect with them. In some cases, the employee might be able to meet that person and build a relationship with them. In others, they might need to follow them on social media or even just read their work.When employees control their professional development, the role of the manager changes. They are no longer the person who tells the employee what to do. The manager is the person who coaches the employee so they can better figure it out for themselves.Employees can ask themselves these three questions on an annual, semi-annual or quarterly basis to stay in touch with their career goals and make adjustments as they see fit. The questions really focus on how employees spend their time, making sure it’s being spent in the right ways.  It’s very easy to fill your plate with career development activities that don’t help achieve goals. Employees might do something because everyone else is doing it. It’s a good think for managers to provide a regular reminder to align activities with career goals.last_img read more

A Look Back At 20 Years Of Philadelphia Tourism

first_imgIn 2016, VISIT PHILADELPHIA celebrates the 20th anniversary of spreading the word about the legendary Philadelphia region.The organization that began as a three-year experiment now celebrates 20 years with an annual report that proclaims a record 41 million domestic visitors came to the region in 2015, with 88 percent here for a leisure purpose.That means more people are visiting Philadelphia than ever before — 2015 is the very first time more than 40 million visited the region in a single year.For a visual look at our last 20 years, check out this three-minute video that tells the story of Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and the many people who’ve made Philly the must-visit destination it is today.For more on our 20th anniversary, our annual report and the VISIT PHILADELPHIA story, click here.Here’s to the last 20 years. Here’s to Philly!For more on Visit Philadelphia’s 20th anniversary, go to visitphilly.com/20years.last_img read more

Milligan’s personal heartbreak at missing England move

first_imgAustralia Milligan reveals personal heartbreak at missing England move Kieran Francis Last updated 2 years ago 10:21 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mark Milligan Australia Socceroos Asian Cup 2015 Getty Australia WC Qualification Asia Japan v Australia Australia v Thailand Japan Thailand The Australian enforcer explains his devastation at being denied a dream move because of the national team’s performances Socceroos midfielder Mark Milligan has opened up on his heartbreak after a transfer to Championship side Bolton Wanderers fell through because of the FIFA world rankings.The 32-year-old agreed personal terms with the English club in July but with the national team failing to achieve an average ranking of 50 or less over the past two years, his application for a work permit was rejected.Milligan revealed the pain he felt at the conclusion of the drawn-out process, and explained he re-joined Melbourne Victory shortly after because of the opportunities he lost while waiting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I was absolutely gutted with the final result from the visa board. I was pretty much done and dusted [to join Bolton] and was so close to getting my move to England,” Milligan told ABC Grandstand.”Obviously it dragged on a little bit in the end because we were sort of waiting for new rankings to come out in the hope it will push [the Socceroos] a bit closer to the top 50.”In the end it didn’t but [the visa board] held out for that long and other [opportunities] passed by.”A lot of teams make signings or make offers and when you turn them down, they’re not there days later.”Milligan penned a one-year marquee contract with Victory – the club he captained to an A-League double during the 2014-15 season.The length of deal leaves the Sydney-born star open to another transfer at the end of the upcoming Australian season and when asked if a dream move to England was still a possibility, he said: “Yeah absolutely. I work extremely hard on keeping my body right.”Although I’m getting on a little bit now, I don’t feel like I’ve missed a beat since the off-season and coming back in pre-season.”You could forgive Milligan for having a slighty bitter feeling at the national team for contributing to the downfall of his Bolton move.But the veteran says he still honoured to be selected by Ange Postecoglou and has strong motivation heading into Australia’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.Hopefully [we can get through] these next two games – and we don’t know what’s going to happen after that – but [I’ll be] looking at possibly going to a fourth World Cup,” Milligan said.”There isn’t anyone at the moment that can say they’ve done that.”That’s something that definitely drives me and although we fell short with the national team rankings, and it did hurt me, I still have a lot of passion and pride playing for my country.”As long as I have that, I’ll be over the moon for any selection that I’m picked in going forward.”The Socceroos face Japan in Saitama on Thursday, before hosting Thailand in Melbourne five days later.They currently sit third in group B – behind Japan and Saudi Arabia – and need four points to guarantee automatic qualification.last_img read more