Crusader Club to host hamburger scrimmage on Thursday night

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first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Crusader Club will be hosting its annual hamburger scrimmage at the Wellington High School football field at Sellers Park.The event will allow Crusader fans to get their first sneak preview look at the youth, middle school and high school football team in Wellington. The Crusader Club will also have several booths, not to mention great tasting burgers.Here is the schedule for Thursday night:6:15 p.m. – Middle School scrimmage.6:35 p.m. – Team stretch.6:50 p.m. – Cheerleading performance.6:55 p.m. – After prom kick.7 p.m. – 1st and 2nd grade football teams scrimmage; third and fourth grade team scrimmage.7:20 p.m. – 5th and 6th football team scrimmage.7:40 p.m. – Wellington High School scrimmage. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 363 weeks ago As a parent I get bored after about 30 minutes. I love football but really, little league and middle school? I guess I will get bored and end up going home early. Report Reply 0 replies · active 363 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ann · 363 weeks ago Don’t go that is all there is to it. Or stay and yell for the team Report Reply 0 replies · active 363 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Portugal climb to fifth in FIFA rankings as Belgium remain top

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first_imgFIFA rankingsBelgiumFranceBrazilEnglandPortugal (+2)Croatia (-1)Spain (+2)Uruguay (-2)Switzerland (-1)DenmarkSelected:Germany (+2)= ArgentinaColombia (-1)Italy (+3)= The Netherlands (+2)Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Portugal win Nations League titleLausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Portugal climbed two places to fifth in the latest FIFA rankings on Friday after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.Fernando Santos’ side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay.Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half strike from Goncalo Guedes, after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick had seen them past Switzerland in the semis.The Dutch, who failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last year’s World Cup, also gained two spots, rising to a tie for 14th.Belgium remain atop the rankings ahead of world champions France after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.last_img read more

Pirate’s booty: McCutchen the pick for NL MVP

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first_imgby Mike FitzpatrickAP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) – There was a time when MVP awards were practically passed around the Pittsburgh clubhouse, from one generation to the next.Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente in the 1960s. Dave Parker and Willie Stargell in the late ’70s. Barry Bonds twice in the early ’90s.And now, Andrew McCutchen appears poised to pick up that torch.The dynamic center fielder was the centerpiece of a long-awaited turnaround for the Pirates, back in the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh’s charming revival after 20 straight losing records, the longest drought in any of the four major pro sports, has been the feel-good story of this baseball season.So if McCutchen’s statistics weren’t quite enough to warrant Most Valuable Player honors in the National League, the warm-and-fuzzy sentiment might have pushed him over the top.His performance alone was plenty – especially when defense and baserunning get factored in as much as they should.Hardly a clear-cut choice, though.McCutchen has legitimate challengers in Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Maybe even Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter, too.Together they evoke all the classic questions when it comes to MVP debates.Goldschmidt is the slugger with prodigious power numbers for a .500 team. Should he beat out worthy candidates headed to the postseason? Is it fair to downgrade him simply because his teammates didn’t provide enough help?“Goldschmidt’s probably more deserving than anybody if they were winning,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “But then you have to weigh, is he that much better than anybody else?”Goldschmidt led the league in RBIs (125), slugging percentage (.551), total bases (332) and OPS (.952). He shared the home run title with 36 and finished tied for third in runs (103). He even stole 15 bases and supplied a steady glove.“This guy’s been a one-man wrecking crew at times for them,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “How many games has he won in the ninth?”But there’s no getting around it: MVP voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America tend to lean toward playoff participants.Kershaw dominated on the mound for the NL West champions, compiling the lowest ERA (1.83) for a major league pitcher in 13 years. He started 33 of 162 games, however, so could he possibly do enough to outdistance the best everyday players?Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander won the AL MVP award two years ago, but no NL pitcher has won since Bob Gibson in 1968.Molina’s contributions to the Cardinals, who had the NL’s top record at 97-65, are more difficult to quantify. He had an excellent season at the plate – a .359 on-base percentage with 12 homers, 44 doubles and 80 RBIs in 136 games – but it’s his presence behind the dish that makes him a serious contender.Almost universally regarded as the game’s best defensive catcher, Molina did a masterful job handling St. Louis’ young pitching staff. He shuts down opponents’ running games with his rocket arm and textbook technique.So how do you attach a specific value to all that?Kershaw led the NL in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) this season, according to baseball-reference.com. McCutchen was tied for second, Goldschmidt was fifth and Carpenter tied for sixth.Molina was not in the top 10. Still, he has vocal supporters.“I like Molina, and this is just because I know what he does defensively, how he runs their pitching staff,” Roenicke said. “I know what he saves those guys in runs behind the plate. No other position can do as much defensively as he does.”The biggest argument against McCutchen lies in his power numbers: 21 homers and 84 RBIs. But he makes up for that with Gold Glove defense, brilliant baserunning (27 steals, 97 runs) and a .912 OPS in 157 games.Third in MVP balloting last year, McCutchen didn’t lead the league in any of the major offensive categories this season – but he ranked among the top six or seven in most of them. His all-around play is what makes him the MVP.“It’s going to be one of the tougher calls,” Bochy said.We’ll go with warm and fuzzy.___A look at the other big awards:AL MVP: A two-man race all year, even though Mike Trout had another amazing season for the disappointing Angels. Baltimore bopper Chris Davis led the league in homers (53) and RBIs (138), preventing a repeat Triple Crown for Miguel Cabrera. But the Detroit slugger deserves his second consecutive MVP after playing through several injuries to post the highest OPS in the majors (1.078) and lead his team to its third straight AL Central crown. “They’re neck and neck,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.NL Cy Young: Kershaw takes home his second prize in three years.AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, hands down. He went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts for Detroit.NL Rookie of the Year: What a freshman class! The bumper crop included pitchers Shelby Miller (Cardinals), Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) and Julio Teheran (Braves) to go along with Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig, Atlanta slugger Evan Gattis and more.“There’s better rookies this year I think than I’ve ever seen,” Roenicke said. “Some of these pitchers coming up and doing what they’re doing their first year … these guys are unbelievable.”At the top of the heap, however, was Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez. He finished second in the majors in ERA (2.19) and went 12-6 for a team that lost 100 games and scored 85 fewer runs than any other club in the big leagues.AL Rookie of the Year: Not nearly as deep a field as in the National League. Rays outfielder Wil Myers gets the nod.NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle of the Pirates gets rewarded for a patient rebuilding job, beating out Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez.AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin in Oakland, last year’s winner, remains the game’s most underrated skipper. But it’s impossible to overlook the turnaround Terry Francona produced in his first season with playoff-bound Cleveland.___AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report. Andrew McCutchen watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Truth or Consequences

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first_imgAUBREY BRUCEtr.v. ma•ligned, ma•lign•ing, ma•ligns  “To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of. adj.1. Evil in disposition, nature, or intent. 2. Evil in influence; injurious. 3. Having or showing malice or ill will; malevolent.”  There are many ways to slay the will and hopes of those who are just trying to do the right thing. Take the case of the Pirates super utility man Josh Harrison. Some writers cannot even pen an article about one of his Pirates teammates without a slight jab at him.Jerry Crasnick  an ESPN.com MLB Sr. writer recently penned an article about Pirates catcher Russell Martin.  In an excerpt from the article that Crasnik wrote he said that; “the Pirates have relied on some exceptional performances in their push for a second straight playoff berth. Franchise pillar Andrew McCutchen and everyman Josh Harrison — a maligned All-Star who has taken his game to a higher level since the break, but no player on the roster has a bigger stealth impact than Martin, who, at age 31, is enjoying one of his best career seasons.”Throughout the entire piece in my opinion, the only direct negative was about Josh Harrison. Harrison has been forced to scrap, fight and fume just to get on the field to excel.  “Josh Harrison — a maligned All-Star who has taken his game to a higher level since the [All Star] break.”This is my second article about Josh Harrison because there are those fans and writers  that continue to believe that Josh Harrison did not deserve to be named to the All Star game over Pirates hometown hero second baseman Neil Walker by the Mike Matheny manager of the St. Louis Cardinals who managed the 2014 NL All-Star squad.One of the fans that did not quite agree with Harrison’s selection was blogger NapoleonBlownapart87. A couple of months ago he wrote this. “Be careful talking about how well he’s been playing defensively. His versatility has value, but also understand that a lot of those diving plays he makes in the outfield are a result of not taking good routes and not getting good jumps on the ball. The diving catch he made in right on Monday was great…. until you remember that Polanco and most everyday RFs get under that ball and make a simple on the run catch. I’m no JHaytheist – I’m glad he’s there. With that being said, if McGee or Upton, or a host of other guys would have made it instead, I’d be totally fine with it. Just want to make sure we’re looking at context.”If NapoleonBlownapart87 was such an authority on the game and truly believed in his analysis, then why doesn’t he use his real name so he can be held responsible for the BS that he spews forth? If 87 indicates “Blownaparts” birth year (1987) that would make him out to be around twenty seven years of age. If that is truly the case then there are many fans and writers out here that have probably forgotten more about MLB than Mr. “Blownafart00” will ever know.I define these knuckleheads as computer geeks/cowards or in bloggers terms, “internet imbeciles” who envision themselves as “fantasy” owners that direct “imaginary” GM’s of “fantasy” teams that never quite allow them to exit, “la, la land.”  How does “Napoleon”  know the correct route to take to get to the ball without diving or sliding?There is lighting, field conditions and a host of other factors that may determine an outfielders approach on a particular play.Does he, (Blownafart) use a slide rule or a calculator to work out mathematical equations figuring out MLB outfield play and all of its components?  I think not.   He may not be a “serial” killer but here is a distinct possibility that he may be a “serial” hater and even a bit more!I also think that his grand finale bears repeating. NapoleonBlownapart87 finished by saying. “Just want to make sure we’re looking at context.” It seems that “Blownapart” (how clever) wanted to make sure that anyone reading his garbage would view Josh Harrison and his skill set in the wrong context.”Oh I’m sorry, since Mr. “Blownapart” is French,  I must consult my English-French dictionary in order to communicate with him. “Il dit des sottises.” In other words, what you say Mr. Blownapart is “rubbish.”  Before sports was sucked in to the black hole of the “bloggosphere” the internet was commonly referred to as the “information superhighway.” It is now a fact that these pseudo-intellectuals are using computers as missiles using various websites as anonymous launching pads, to project their “non” sense of  reality.Those of us who are charged to honor, write and print the truth are fast becoming a dying breed; not that there were that many in the first place.When it comes to his value, Josh Harrison must always remember what the great Toni Morrison once said, “definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”Whether we write about, talk about sports, politics. entertainment or any other subject, we must understand the privilege and the process of truth and fairness.If we don’t we should always have to face the consequences.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or  412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more