Gilbert, Wolfe and Hall’s stars shine bright at WPIAL Hall of Fame

first_imgKAREN HALL WITH SEAN GILBERT Sean Gilbert, Kurt Wolfe and Karen Hall were among 16 people inducted June 7 into the WPIAL Hall of Fame at Double Tree Hotel in Greentree.Sean Gilbert, a 1989 graduate of Aliquippa, was a 6-5, 280-pound linebacker who in 1988 was named USA Today’s national Defensive Player of the Year. He won two WPIAL championships at Aliquippa.“When I went to college at Pitt I was moved from linebacker to the defensive line,” said Gilbert. “I should have stayed at linebacker. That’s the position that I loved to play.”Gilbert also was the starting center on the Aliquippa PIAA State championship basketball team in 1989.“Basketball was my favorite sport,” said Gilbert. “Most people don’t know that I had several Division I basketball offers and I was very close to going to Auburn to play basketball.”He went on to play football at Pitt, and was an All-American in 1991. He was was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the third overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft and played 11 seasons in the NFL. He’s the uncle of current NFL star Darrelle Revis.There were some very moving moments as the honorees accepted their awards. Pine Richland high school baseball coach Kurt Wolfe’s award was presented to him by his wife in a beautiful heartwarming fashion.The WPIAL Hall of Fame Committee has organized a WPIAL Courage Award in conjunction with the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Wolfe, since 2009, has battled stage IV colon cancer that spread to his liver and threatened his life. He led his team to the 2010 WPIAL Baseball Championship following two surgeries and on-going chemotherapy treatments while never missing a game. In 2012 his team formed a service group known as the “WOLFE-PACK.”Inductee Karen Hall led Mt. Alvernia Girls’ Basketball team to a championship in 1983. Mt. Alvernia was the first WPIAL team to go through an entire season with an undefeated record. The Lions dominated Class A in 1983 and finished 34-0. Their dominance was apparent in both the WPIAL and PIAA Championship games. In the WPIAL Championship, they defeated Bishop Boyle 81-45 and in the PIAA final, they defeated Camp Hill 78-52.In 34 games the team had an average of 73 points per game and outscored their opponents by an average of 34 points per game. The team was ranked No. 25 in the USA Today. Five members of the team played college basketball.“It’s Howdy Doody Time,” was our theme song,” said Hall. “It may sound corny but the song really pumped us up.”Mt. Alvernia was coached for 48 years by the legendary Dee Porucznik.“Coach Dee was a trailblazer, advocate, mentor for strong women,” said Hall. “She had a great set of eyes, great set of ears and a colorful personality. She would tell us that when you have them down go for the jugular.”Hall was still little, maybe 11 or 12 and playing youth basketball, when other started predicting greatness for the Hill District resident.“Coaches from Mt. Alvernia came to my grade school All-Star game and afterwards I decided to attend Mt. Alvernia instead of St. Paul Cathedral (Now Oakland Catholic),” said Hall. “I played in the Ozanam Basketball League from from the age of 13 to 18. I played on the team with the legendary Mary Meyers and Jennifer Bruce Scott.”Hall still holds the record at UNLV for most career steals and in 1996 she was inducted into the Western PA High School Hall of Fame.She was the first woman to play in the Connie Hawkins Summer League and also was a coach from 1989-1991, winning two league championships.While Hall rose to stardom with her accomplishments on the hardwood, she never forgot where she came from.“I was baptized as a Catholic at a very young age and a proud member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church,” said Hall. “At Mt. Alvernia, we were good Catholic girls but we used to dance to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ at halftime. We didn’t know what we were doing.”Other players joining Gilbert, Wolfe and Hall in the Hall’s seventh class were Jeremy Hunter (McGuffey, 1996); Bimbo Cecconi (Donora, 1945); Christa Harmotto (Hopewell, 2005); Elaine Sobansky-Blackhurst (Trinity, 1980); Megan Schnur (Butler, 2002); Tyler Palko (West Allegheny, 2002); Jack Waltz (Mt. Lebanon, 1963); Coach Don Barth (North Catholic); Coach Lindy Lauro (New Castle); Coach Jack McCurry (North Hills); Coach Donna Richey (Aliquippa); Don “Woody” Woodward (Official); Jack Fullen (Lifetime award);Team. Quaker Valley boys soccer (1996). The 1983 Mt. Alvernia girls basketball team of Hall, Madalyn “Sam” Gottschalk-Rogers, Kim Schreiber-Rothwell, Maureen “Mo” Conley-Kovacish, Patty Breitenbach Simcic, Maria Simonic, Stephanie Stout Stalinowski, Luci DeFranco Casile, Kathy Krebs Keller, Chris Meyer, Asst. coaches Larry McCabe, Mario Cutruzzula, Donna Broskey and Head Coach Dee Porucznik. HONOREES-Front row left to right: Lou “Bimbo” Cecconi, Jack McCurry, Karen Hall, Mary Barth,wife of Don Barth; Elaine Sobansky, Christa Harmotto, Donna Richey, and Jeremy Hunter. Back row: Gene Klein, Dick Black, for Jack Waltz; Lindy Lauro for dad Lindy Lauro; Kurt Wolfe, Sean Gilbert, Tyler Palko, Don Woodward, and Jack Fullen. (Photos by Gail Manker)last_img read more

Leeds United v QPR line-ups: Holloway makes more changes, Leeds man out

first_imgQPR boss Ian Holloway has again made changes to his starting line-up.Idrissa Sylla and Yeni Ngbakoto, who inspired Rangers to victory over Barnsley in midweek, drop back to the substitutes’ bench along with Ryan Manning.Strikers Matt Smith and Conor Washington are restored to the side along with Darnell Furlong and Joel Lynch. Jamie Mackie is again on the bench.Leeds have striker Chris Wood and defender Luke Ayling available again, but Kalvin Phillips is suspended.Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt, Vieira, Roofe, Hernandez, Pedraza, Wood.Subs: Silvestri, Cooper, Sacko, Dallas, Taylor, Doukara, O’Kane. QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Hall, Luongo, Freeman, Smith, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Goss, Mackie, Ngbakoto, Sylla, Manning, Morrison.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘More twists than GoT’: Twitter reacts to Maharashtra political turnaround

first_imgThe political shocker in Maharashtra, as BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis returned as the Chief Minister, may have caused much grief to the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena but the early morning development left netizens amused on Twitter. While some took to comparing the BJP’s turnaround to oft-shocking plot lines in HBO’s show ‘Game of Thrones’, others credited Amit Shah to be the ‘best finisher’ and compared him to ‘Chanakya’ Following up on the recent viral trend of tweeting with ‘I am gonna tell my kids’, Shrishty Sharma, a Twitter user, posted a photo of Amit Shah with former Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni. “I am gonna tell My Kids that they both were the ‘Best Finishers’ of Our Nation in Their Respective Field,” read the tweet. Meme_menaria, another user of the microblogging website, wrote, “Gonna tell my kids that he is the director of Game of Thrones”, with a photo of the BJP president. “The last few hours of #MaharashtraPolitics has more twists than the entire final season of #GameofThrones,” said another Twitter user. The website buzzed with varying hashtags as people reacted to the ongoing political development in the western state. While #DevendraIsBack trended with around 9,000 tweets, #MaharashtraPolitics garnered a whopping 2.5 lakh tweets. #GameofThrones, #BJPNCP, #MotaBhai, #SanjayRaut, #AmitShah, #MahaKhichdiSarkar, #Chanakya, as well as calling back to India’s retaliation across the Line of Control #SurgicalStrike also trended on the website. While Animesh Jain ‘felt sad’ for media houses who said Amit Shah’s politics had failed, Rajesh Nayak found it amusing that the news papers ‘lost importance’ with headlines based on last evening’s development that Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray was to become the state’s chief minister. “Today’s news paper has lost its importance along with #ShivaSena,” Nayak wrote. “When Mota Bhai doesn’t say anything, opposition must worry much more than when he speaks. Feeling sad for those who wrote failed #chanakya articles on @AmitShah,” Jain shared on Twitter. After a month-long impasse over finalising the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, NCP leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy chief minister early morning after he joined hands with Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as the state’s chief minister. Twitterati also drew comparison between Bollywood films as well as TV shows with the current situation in the western state. Responding to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s tweet that read “Paap ke saudagar” (dealers of sin) directed at the BJP, Chirantan said, “This dude is already ready with the title of the Bollywood movie on #MaharashtraGovtFormation starting Akshay Kumar obviously!”. Another user Kartikeya Pandey said elections have “become more interesting than Big Boss” with an advice to entertainment channels. “Our elections have become more interesting than Big Boss. Entertainment channels should start broadcasting it otherwise news channels will bag the whole TRP,” he said. Another twitter user wrote, “Kuch dino se jo suspense,drama,tragedy,love triangle wali movie chal rahi thi waisi movie to #Bollywood kya #Hollywood waale b nahin bana payenge.”last_img read more

Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_img“I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next PBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902

first_imgThe players’ pool included 50 percent of the gate receipts from the two wild-card games, and 60 percent from the first three games of each division series and the first four games of each league championship series and the World Series. MOST READ James has 30 points to lead Cavs in rout of 76ers Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APNEW YORK — The value of a full postseason share on the World Series champion Houston Astros was worth a record $438,902 this year.The previous mark was $388,606 for the 2014 San Francisco Giants. A full share declined to $370,069 for the 2015 Kansas City Royals and $368,872 for the 2016 Chicago Cubs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Major League Baseball said Monday the players’ pool was a record $84.5 million, up from $76.6 million last year and $69.9 million in 2015.Houston split $30.4 million into 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. Last year’s Cubs had 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA full share on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost the Series in seven games, was worth $259,722. That was down from $261,805 for last year’s Cleveland Indians and $300,758 for the 2015 New York Mets, a record for a World Series loser.Full shares were worth $138,898 for the New York Yankees, $133,159 for the Cubs, $40,977 for Arizona, $36,869 for Washington, $36,783 for Cleveland, $36,438 for Boston, $18,990 for Minnesota and $18,879 for Colorado. View commentslast_img read more

Government supports AIFF’s bid to host U-17 FIFA World Cup

first_imgIndia’s bid to host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup got a major boost on Monday when the sports ministry announced its support to the effort.After the Commonwealth Games fiasco, insiders in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had expressed reservations about government support towards hosting another sporting event of that magnitude.But FIFA’s activities in the country and the positive legacy that will be generated from staging the tournament have ensured the government is fully behind the AIFF’s bid.Sports minister Ajay Maken, in a letter, said that the government supports the presence of FIFA and of any FIFA member associations in India in connection with the World Cup.The AIFF will, however, have to ensure world-class infrastructure if it wants to host the World Cup. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke had said in his recent visit to the country that there will not be any compromise on infrastructure and organisational aspects.”We have identified six cities and the secretary (Kushal Das) is looking into the details of hosting the tournament.Now with the government’s support, we are 100 per cent confident of winning the rights to host the event,” Ankur Dutta, vice-president of AIFF, told M AIL T ODAY . However, the bad publicity that the ongoing Federation Cup got has not helped in raising the game’s profile. Dutta realises that a lot of work needs to be done in getting the necessary infrastructure ready within five years.”The stadiums will have to be made world-class and the onus is on us to ensure that it is a major success. The players have been identified and they are being groomed accordingly. If we get the rights to host the tournament, it will be a massive boost for the game,” Dutta added.The FIFA executive committee will name the host country in its executive meeting on December 14 in Tokyo on the sidelines of the World Club Championship.FIFA has conveyed on several occasions that it wants India to host the event and the FIFA regional academies are an indication of the world body’s interest in giving a fillip to the game in the country.The tournament also poses a great challenge for the AIFF, who have not hosted an event of this magnitude before. Since the matches will be played in six cities, there will be a lot of logistical issues and any lapses would show the country in poor light.Sports ministry announces its support to the AIFF and tells it to go ahead with the 2017 world event bid in Tokyo on December 14.advertisementlast_img read more

Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

first_imgView comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The game was the second between the teams since the deal that sent Porter to the Bulls for Parker and Bobby Portis on Feb. 6. The Wizards beat the Bulls 134-125 three days later in Chicago, with Beal scoring 31.This one went to overtime after Beal hit a baseline jumper to tie it with 2.4 seconds left. Markkanen then inbounded to Robin Lopez at the top of the key following a timeout. The Bulls wanted their star to get the ball back, but the Wizards took away that option.Lopez was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.OUCHMarkkanen insisted a blow to the face he took from Portis in the final minute of regulation while trying to score down low was unintentional.Markkanen made two free throws to extend the Bulls’ lead to 112-109 with 50 seconds left. Portis got called for a flagrant foul.“I actually haven’t seen the play yet, but I don’t believe it was intentional,” Markkanen said. “I don’t think he’s like that. The thing about Bobby is that he just always plays so hard so stuff happens.”TIP-INSWizards: Portis had 15 points. … Parker has 10 straight games with 15 or more points.Bulls: Porter missed his second consecutive game. Coach Jim Boylen said an MRI showed no structural damage, but was not sure when his player will return. Porter expects to return this season from the injury, which occurred during the game at Sacramento on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joel Embiid unstoppable as 76ers finally beat Celtics Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “They didn’t get a field goal?” Dunn said. “That’s what I like to hear. That’s what I like to hear. Great team defense.”Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Robin Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.GOING TO OTADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving UP NEXTWizards: Host Denver on Thursday.Bulls: Host Utah on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They were hungry,” Washington’s Bradley Beal said. “When you have a team like that — guys who, a lot of them weren’t on the team last year, weren’t on the team early in the year. Guys who don’t have deals; they’re hungry. They want to play and they’re taking advantage of their opportunity and kicked our (butt).”Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime. Dunn hit two 3’s in OT, and converted a pair of free throws near the end to make it a six-point game.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, logisticsShaquille Harrison scored 18. Cristiano Felicio added 15 points, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards went 0 for 6 from the field in OT, losing for the third time in four games. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, center, celebrates with Robin Lopez, left, and Ryan Arcidiacono after he made a 3-point basket during overtime of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 126-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO— The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It’s fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting.Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia has undertaken for the 2006 NTL Opens finals to be televised on Fox TV Sports Channel.TFA will advise of the dates and times when confirmed by Fox TV. In addition, all 3 Opens finals will be recorded and produced on DVD for sale.TFA are interested in which final the Touch community would like to see in full (rather than a highlights package). Simply go to the poll on the front page and place your vote.last_img

a month agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder keen to hear from Klopp after Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder keen to hear from Klopp after Liverpool clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the door will be open to Jurgen Klopp at the end of tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool.Wilder was named LMA Manager of the Year at the end of last season, while Klopp was nominated for the divisional award.”I’m looking forward to meeting Jurgen and his staff,” Wilder said.”Our door will always be open. I’m sure speaking to people, he’ll step in and have a chat. We’re here and deserve to be here. We’ll give it our best shot and leave everything out there on the pitch as we always have done.” last_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more