Area athletes shoot, score at Special Olympics Texas basketball event

first_img By admin – February 25, 2018 Team Monahans Lobos’ Alan Ramos (3) high fives Team ECISD’s David Prudencio (17) after their game during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. Team Monahans Lobos’ Alan Ramos (3) high fives Team ECISD’s David Prudencio (17) after their game during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. Twitter Home Local News Area athletes shoot, score at Special Olympics Texas basketball event 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter Previous articleGOOD NEWS: Junior League GraduatesNext articleBoom brings renewed push for water projects admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Team ECISD’s Christian Ussery (32) dribbles down court against Team Midland during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. Team ECISD’s Alan Herra (15) shoots against Team Midland’s Mykal Megginson(22) during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. 1 of 5 Team ECISD’s Johnny Lara (1) shoots against Team Monahans Lobos during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. Gladys Qualls nodded.“It’s wonderful,” she said, standing on the side gym floor after one of those ceremonies Saturday. “It warms my heart to see.”More than 100 area athletes competed in Special Olympics Texas’ region-wide basketball competition on Saturday at Odessa College, to mark the culmination of weeks of practice and work for dozens of athletes in the organization’s Permian Basin and Big Bend area.The tournament saw 111 athletes register to play, from ages ranging from eight years old to over 60, in events including an individual skills competition, a team skills competition, 3-on-3 team basketball and 5-on-5 full-court basketball.“They’re just like any other athlete,” said Qualls, a volunteer coach with a Midland team that competed in each of the days’ team competitions. “They work hard, and this is the end result of their training, just like the Olympics right now that’s going on. They have the same goals, maybe on the smaller scale here, but their feelings are the same, their excitement is the same.“And they love winning that medal,” she smiled.Qualls, whose son competed and who has been involved in area Special Olympics events for more than 20 years, called Saturday’s competition a major success, as did Norm Arias, Special Olympics Texas’ state-wide Director of Field Services.“It’s been really good,” Arias said, as the event winded down Saturday afternoon.This event was one of 19 taking place across the state in each of Special Olympics Texas’ 19 areas. The participants in Saturday’s event qualified to participate in the State Games on the campus of Texas-Arlington at the end of May.Here in the organization’s Permian Basin and Big Bend area, Arias said entry numbers kept steady this year, but volunteer support has only gotten better.“Community support has grown,” Arias said. “Volunteers over here, it’s just overwhelmingly larger than what we’ve had in the past.“It shows that the community is starting to get aware of our athletes, their capabilities, and want to be part of it.”Arias noted that events like Saturday’s provide the opportunity to teach athletes sportsmanship and teamwork, while also building self-esteem and self-confidence.At the same time, the event brings local families together to meet and pool resources in the area’s community.“It shows our families, when they have a chance to come out here for big events like this, that they’re not alone,” Arias said. “Other families are in the same situation.“It’s a good resource. They exchange names and numbers and they’re able to share experiences.”Special Olympics Texas’ next event scheduled in the area is its track and field Spring Games event, set for April 21. The organization’s area soccer competition event is set for May 12. Those interested in the organization or its upcoming events can visit sotx.org.Until then, Saturday’s competition was a winner.“I’m excited,” Qualls said. “All in all, I see the enthusiasm of the athletes, and it always warms my heart to see them being happy.” OC employee of the year always learning Facebook From every dribble and every pass, to every blast of the buzzer and every swish of nylon, Saturday had the look and sound of any other day of competition in the OC Sports Center.Lights shined overhead onto the same kind of contest. The court floor would’ve felt a familiar thrill of competition in each of the sneakers passing over.It was all the same, from the pre-game jitters to the sportsmanship in each post-game handshake. All the same — until, perhaps, the award ceremonies after.There, as congratulations were offered, and hard work was recognized, the smiles might’ve been just a little wider. Facebook WhatsApp Team ECISD’s Angel Martinez (10) shoots against Team Midland’s Tre Govan(20) during the Special Olympics Texas area-wide basketball competition Saturday in the OC Sports Center. Virgin Coco MojitoTexas Fried ChickenSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Pinterest ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ WhatsApp Local News Area athletes shoot, score at Special Olympics Texas basketball eventlast_img read more

Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny Releases Initial Lineup

first_imgBreckenridge Brewery has announced its initial lineup for their 2016 Hootenanny, which will take place at its brewery in Littleton, CO on Saturday, July 9th. Headlining the event will be Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who will be joined by Larry and Jenny Keel w/ Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Head for the Hills, and local Colorao acts Zolopht, Grant Farm, We Dream Dawn, Sweet Lillies and Caribou Mountain Collective. An additional headliner is scheduled to be announced mid-June.A special allotment of 200 tickets can be purchased at the $26 anniversary price, which also include access to a late-night celebration featuring Robert Randolph and Zolopht at Cervantes Masterpiece in Denver. The show will also benefit Conscious Alliance, a local non-profit that helps to fight hunger.To purchase tickets, click HERE.last_img read more

Student senate requests information on sexual assault

first_imgStudent senate gathered Wednesday night to discuss and approve a resolution requesting the publication of a quarterly report detailing instances of sexual violence on campus.The resolution was proposed by Keenan Hall senator, sophomore Wilson Barrett, and Cavanaugh Hall senator, sophomore Kathleen Rocks.Rocks said because the student body does not receive a crime alert in response to every act of sexual violence reported on campus, students receive a false impression of how many instances of sexual violence are reported each year.“The point of having these quarterly reports is so that students can understand the gravity and extent of this problem and hopefully be spurred to act on it,” she said. “We find it very important for students to be aware of what’s going on … When you go by the emails you think there’s only three, four, five [incidents]. It’s terrible to get those emails, but you don’t realize the extent of the problem.”Barrett said he and Rocks hope this resolution helps students realize sexual violence is a community issue.“It’s all public [information], so theoretically every student could do this, but this just makes students more aware and gets the information out there,” Barrett said.Additionally, the group discussed and approved a proposal to amend the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the composition of the Club Coordination Council (CCC).CCC president, senior Marisa Thompson, said the amendment would allow members of the CCC to hold a position on the Student Union, which was previously banned due to a perceived conflict of interest.“Right now, as it stands, anyone who is on the Club Coordination Council cannot hold any other position within the Student Union,” Thompson said. “We didn’t think [this] was necessarily within the spirit of delineating those members within the constitution because we didn’t see there to be a conflict of interest in having those members explicitly defined in the constitution itself.”Judicial Council president, senior Zach Waterson, said the amendment gives students more freedom to join clubs that interest them.“The real crux of [the] amendment is whether or not they’re representing a body to the rest of the Student Union,” he said. “As the CCC reps represent a club to the CCC, it was Marisa’s judgment that holding that position isn’t going to put you in a conflict of interest because we don’t keep people in the Student Union from joining clubs.”The senate also approved an amendment to the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the procedure for amendment.Waterson, who proposed the amendment, said it states that before an amendment is proposed to Senate, the Judicial Council president and the director of the Department of Internal Affairs must be consulted about it, “specifically how consistent it is with the constitution.”“Over the last year I have continued to … [move] Judicial Council to a collaborative role and as a resource for the other Student Union organizations, and collaborating especially in efforts pertaining to the Student Union constitution,” he said. “[This] also ensures that we don’t pass amendments that perhaps haven’t been fully considered or introduce further inconsistencies into the constitution.”The Senate also voted to approve junior Paulina Eberts as next year’s CCC president. Thompson said in a letter that Eberts’ enthusiasm shows through her work with the CCC.“[Eberts] has actively made an effort to engage in a wide variety of enriching extracurriculars as a member of the Notre Dame student body,” the letter said. “Her dedication to the CCC and its efforts on campus makes her well-equipped to serve as its president.”Because this was the final senate meeting for the Ricketts-Ruelas administration, student body president Bryan Ricketts gave his State of the Student Union speech to the senate. Ricketts said over the course of the past year, he has learned what it means to be a student leader.“It’s someone who actually has a desire to do something,” he said. “They believe in the ability of students to collectively make a difference. They believe in the value of engaging with difficult issues and that a commitment to change means that students can and should be partners in that change.”Ricketts said he has also repeatedly asked himself, and challenged the members of senate to ask themselves, “Where were you when it happened?”“As this term comes to a close, I’m happy with my answer to that question,” he said. “I hope you are too.”Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Ricketts-Ruelas, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

ICC World Cup Ricky Ponting surprised on Pant’s exclusion; says could have been India’s X factor

first_imgPonting had a chat with Rishabh Pant after his exclusion from World Cup squad. Ponting believes that Pant could have been the X factor in India squad. Post-IPL, Ponting will be seen working closely with Australia squad for the World Cup 2019.  Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player. “One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three World Cups before his career is over.” I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially, he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.”What is a negative thing for the Indian team is positive for Delhi Capitals. Really happy that the decision has been made and he can focus on the back half of the tournament.” Pant at times has been criticized for throwing away a good start. Asked if that could be the reason selectors did not pick Pant, Ponting said: “I don’t know the selection criteria. Don’t know why he is not being picked. I don’t why the other guys have been picked ahead of him. To be honest it is none of my business.”Though I don’t think he is impatient, he is a very smart player. I think he sums up situations and conditions really well. But they obviously have their reasons for not picking him and I am not going to comment on that.”I actually think he missing out you will see a different player in the IPL. His determination will shine through and I am sure he will score heavily in the back half of the tournament,” he said.On the game against Mumbai Indians, Ponting said his team has adjusted to the wicket and the opposition will have a tough time on a slow and low Kotla pitch.”It should not be difficult for us anymore. We have an understanding of how the wicket is going to play. It is going to be quite slow and slow and we expect it to turn a little bit. I feel it would be difficult for Mumbai to come to play on this wicket. The last wicket caught us a bit off guard, we thought it was going to play better.”Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting will be seen working closely with Australian squad after the conclusion of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. He will be seen sharing his experience with the chosen Australian squad and his experience can be vital for Australia to defend their title.  New Delhi: Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed his thoughts on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven. Ponting made an effort to meet Rishabh Pant on Monday night after he was excluded from the World Cup squad. He further said that he was happy to see that Pant has taken this sportingly. “Yes, I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Deja view – Joe Panik homer again sends Dodgers to a 1-0 defeat

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates relief pitcher Hunter Strickland after the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger left fielder Matt Kemp #27 makes a running catch on giants’ Brandon Belt #9 fly ball in the fifth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe #11 bobbles a Giants’ Austin Jackson #16 ground ball and makes a throwing error to first base in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe #11 bobbles a Giants’ Austin Jackson #16 ground ball and makes a throwing error to first base in the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 throws Dodger Matt Kemp #27 out at first base during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 catches a bouncing Dodgers Matt Kemp #27 ground ball during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants third baseman Evan Longoria #10 throws to first base for the out during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers Yasiel Puig #66 makes a catch on a fly ball during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill),Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants center fielder Austin Jackson catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Wood, right, reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning of a baseball game as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey walks away from the plate Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, left, jumps as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a single to break up Cueto’s no-hitter during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto walks off the field after completing the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. Cueto had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning until Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hit a single, breaking it up. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, second from left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, pitches and catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, watches along with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, top, runs toward first as he hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Joe Panik #12 is greeted by Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants after hitting a solo home run off the first pitch thrown by Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulates relief pitcher Hunter Strickland after the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in a baseball game Friday, March 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 29The Dodgers Yasmani Grandal #9 reacts after taking a foul ball off of his foot during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Second verse, same as the first.Joe Panik ruined the Opening Day party at Dodger Stadium, striking for the only run of the game and ending Clayton Kershaw’s unbeaten streak in season-opening starts.One night later, it was Panik again who provided the only offense in another 1-0 San Francisco Giants victory over the Dodgers. This time, he broke a scoreless tie when he led off the ninth inning with a solo home run off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.The Dodgers have started the season with their two best pitchers – Kershaw and Jansen – taking consecutive losses. It is the first time since 1968 that the Dodgers have started the season without scoring a run in their first two games. Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez should get most of playing time at second base with Justin Turner out Asked about his two cutters to Panik that registered 88 and 89 mph, Jansen dismissed the queries about out-of-sync mechanics with “Who cares?” repeating it four times.“No, man. It’s not mechanics,” Jansen said. “He just got me.” The game was effectively decided on Jansen’s second pitch of the season, an 89-mph cutter that Panik mashed into the right-field pavilion.“For Kenley, as I’ve learned him over the last couple years, when the velocity is down there’s a mechanical thing that’s not right. He’s not synced up,” Roberts said. “It’s not a health thing. He feels great. He feels strong. It’s not a usage thing. So I think it is a mechanics thing that he and Honey (Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) will work through.“That pitch to Panik was inner third, belt high and 89, I think. Just kind of a cement mixer there, in his nitro zone and very uncharacteristic of Kenley.” Panik has been a giant among Lilliputians when it comes to offensive output in this series.Thursday’s 1-0 Giants win looked like a slugfest compared to Friday’s version. Errors (four, all by the Dodgers) outnumbered hits (three, only one by the Dodgers) and the Dodgers sent the minimum 27 batters to the plate. Starting pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings – and Cueto took a perfect game into the seventh inning.Wood gave up just an infield single in his eight scoreless innings. At the same time, Cueto’s twisting, pausing and quick-pitching kept the Dodgers hitters off balance – not that they have found their sea legs yet this season.“It’s been two well-pitched baseball games,” Roberts said. “We know Cueto. He just executed well tonight, missed barrels and kept us off balance. The thing with Cueto is that if you don’t get baserunners and don’t get him in the stretch, that’s when he’s at his best keeping you off your timing, working you front to back. He’s got that thing in his delivery that he can change and again keep you off balance.”Cueto set the first 18 Dodgers down in order. The closest the Dodgers came to a hit in the first six innings was Yasmani Grandal’s line drive over the head of Giants left fielder Hunter Pence. With his usual hacky-sack player turned outfielder form, Pence went back on the ball, twisted and jumped up in the air to make a catchChris Taylor finally put an end to the perfect game when he led off the seventh inning by dropping a soft single onto the outfield grass. He was immediately erased in a double play and the Dodgers’ search for their first run of 2018 continued.Related Articlescenter_img “No. That’s not how we scripted it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of how things have gone off the rails since the choreographed pre-game ceremony Thursday.Without spelling it out, Friday’s starter, Alex Wood, channeled his inner Aaron Rodgers, reminding everyone that it might have been Panik time these two days but it was hardly panic time.“I’m sure everybody’s freaking out because we’ve lost two games,” Wood said. “But we still have a really, really good team.”Nonetheless, that team has given its followers much to freak out about – like an offense that is batting .121 (7 for 58) without an extra-base hit since the plumbing backed up and an invincible closer who has yet to break 90 mph with a pitch.“It don’t matter. It’s a long season, guys,” Jansen said after Friday’s loss. “Sometimes it’s going to happen. … It’s two games. You can’t be frustrated by it. Stay focused. We all have that goal. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a battle. We just have to go through it.” Dodgers investigate claim fan was beaten by stadium security on Opening Day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more