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first_imgA recent Indianapolis Star article listed past runner-ups to Mr. Basketball in Indiana.  In 1997 Batesville’s Michael Menser was the runner-up to Luke Recker of DeKalb hHgh School.  Recker went on to play at 3 different universities including Iowa.  Michael Menser starred at Indiana State.  Menser led the Sycamores to 2 NCAA appearances.Michael coached and taught in the Terre Haute area for several years, and he is now an administrator in the Plainfield School system.  He works alongside Melvin Siefert who is the principal at Plainfield.Not listed in this article, but another Batesville High School graduate who was also an Indiana High School All-Star runner-up, was Cindy Lamping in 1991.  Cindy went on to star at Purdue University and helped lead the Boilermakers to an NCAA runner-up title in basketball.last_img read more

Acadia Fire offers soccer fun and fitness all year long

first_img MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Latest Posts The 2014 Acadia Fire U12 team finished as runner-up at the state cup finals recently, the first co-ed team to make it to the state final in the boys’ division. Team members include (back, from left) coach Michael Curless, Sarah Shea, Aidan Stearns, Will Larson, Finn Sheehan, Leao Nelson, Treyan Nelson, Spencer Dominy, Riley Evans and Brian Dominy; and (front, from left) Keegan Omlor, Mason Tupper, Colin Lacasse, Ryder Watson, Daisy Granholm and Julian Walls. Photo courtesy of Acadia Fire.TRENTON — The Acadia Fire FC soccer academy is gearing up for its winter-spring season. It will be the first full winter in its new “Fire House” indoor turf field across from the Hancock County SPCA.Programs for the upcoming 10-week season begin Dec. 1 and include groups for ages 5-18.“For all the kids, it’s really about improving their skills,” said AFFC founder and coach Michael Curless. “Every age group can get better. We call it deliberate practice, meaning we’re strongly focused on helping each player learn. It’s a unique program that way. We believe that if you have a positive environment, you’ll learn better. They more they learn the more they like it.”Programs include agility and speed training, drills for running at different angles, stopping and starting quickly. “The more agile you are, the fewer injuries you’re going to have,” Curless said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe program has supported competitive success, for its own teams, the Mount Desert Island High School teams, and beyond. “Most of the MDI boys and several of the girls played Acadia Fire for a lot of years,” Curless said.Youth Academy and Advanced Academy programs meet once or twice per week. High-schoolers are often able to participate in a school winter sport and participate in Acadia Fire as well. Scrimmage games are held Sundays and no travel is expected.League play including travel is set to begin again in February 2015, with teams selected from participants in winter clinics and February tryouts.A new Soccer Fit program is planned for early afternoons after the school day ends for high schoolers, four days per week. Curless and a professional trainer will lead soccer-specific strength training and conditioning.The fall season ended on a high note for the Acadia Fire U12 (under-12) team at a Portland-area Soccer Maine tournament two weekends ago.They young players were the first ever co-ed team to play in a boys’ division and make it to the finals, Curless said. They entered the playoffs seeded third in the state.Acadia Fire won all three of its bracket games including the quarterfinal in October. The finals, planned for Nov. 2, were postponed to Nov. 9 due to a storm.“As we got deeper into the state cup tournament, the teams were bigger, stronger and faster, but we were able to outplay them,” Curless said.The squad defeated Bonny Eagle 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 9, with the winning goal coming on a free kick by Finn Sheehan.The win qualified the team for the state cup final that afternoon against York. The final was tied at halftime, but York pulled out three quick goals to become state champions.More information is available at the group’s website, acadiafiresoccer.com.center_img Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020 Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020last_img read more

Several stalls at Stabroek Market without power since Wednesday

first_imgThe electricity supply of several vendors at Stabroek Market was disrupted since Wednesday and despite several calls to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the situation remains the same.Further, on Thursday, confusion broke out after a small transformer in the Market caught fire thus injuring a few persons who were present in the area.Guyana Times understands that the merchants turned up to work on Wednesday and later recognised that over 15 stalls were not receiving electricity. As such, the power company was contacted and the officials promised to look into the matter.However, it was only on Thursday, a small crew of technicians arrived at the location, but they could not make a pronouncement on the power outage situation beyond stating that there was a ‘fault’ in the transformer.The stallholders were later informed that they should hire a private technician to address the issue.Speaking with this publication, one of the concerned stall owners, Travez Piaralall explained: “Yesterday when we came to work, some of the shops inside the Stabroek Market don’t have power. We usually get power supply from GPL. We have made multiple reports during the course of yesterday about the situation and that some of the shops are not having power.”He added, “This morning (Thursday), they send some technicians over and found a fault and the box started to spark. They’re not taking any blame for it. The office called us back at the Market and said that we need to find an electrician to fix the problem. They said they can’t do anything about the issue and behaved very rude.”He explained that many stalls were without power and complete negligence was shown on the part of GPL for not addressing the issue.“We cannot do that because we don’t have power in the first place. Secondly, GPL has to give permission before someone can interfere with the set-up. There are many shops that are not getting electricity in the market. We don’t have power to do anything, so how can we fix our problem?”It was indicated that vendors and shop owners are paying a monthly fee for power and should be able to receive quality service.“Every month we’re paying a bill and as soon as you miss a deadline, they come into the Market and cut off the power. This has nothing to do with anybody cutting the power. We simply haven’t been receiving electricity from GPL.”This publication visited the Market and was informed that some persons were injured when the transformer box “sparked”. Additionally, it created a small fire, which caused persons to run for their lives.The flames were later doused and no major damage was recorded.A vegetable vendor, Sahadeo Ramgopaul, whose stall is mere inches from the transformer, related that he received injuries to his back when the incident occurred.Nevertheless, the situation remains dangerous, since the transformer can cause an uncontrollable fire when persons are not monitoring the area. Moreover, many fear that their customers can be injured.last_img read more