Fast start not enough for Arroyo Valley in semis

first_imgWeathersby, the hero of the Hawks’ upset Friday of second-seeded Bishop Montgomery, made his first three shots and had 11 points after one quarter. He was 2-for-14 from the field the rest of the way, several of his shots coming up short. “I wasn’t tired,” Weathersby said, “it was me rushing my shot.” Alazin said St. Bernard made a point of “getting a hand in (Weathersby’s) face the rest of the time, and not let him get his feet set.” James Sanders scored 14 points for Arroyo Valley, which trailed by as many as 10 points (47-37) before 6-foot-6 junior center Joseph Richard led a fourth-quarter rally. Richard finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots after rarely seeing the ball early. St. Bernard won despite making only 7 of 20 free throws and missing the front end of three 1-and-1 opportunities down the stretch. Arroyo Valley was unable to take advantage, however, and junior guard Devin Price (16 points) got a breakaway layup after a Weathersby miss inside to give St. Bernard a 54-48 lead with 59 seconds left. The Hawks clawed to 54-52 with 14 seconds left on a layup by Charles Grays, but Price hit two free throws, Weathersby lost a ball off his leg on a layup attempt, and Price clinched it with another free throw. Smith has taken San Bernardino teams to the CIF semifinals six times (the first five at Pacific), and five times his teams have lost. “People don’t know how hard it is, especially when you’ve never been here before, like our kids,” he said. “It’a a lot of pressure.” Arroyo Valley could still make the state tournament, Smith said. At any rate, four key contributors Tuesday are juniors – 6-6 Demetrius Sneed, Jermane Anderson, Richard and Sanders – and figure to make the Hawks a formidable unit next season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – For 105 giddy seconds, it seemed too good to be true. It was. After their opening flurry, the Hawks had severe trouble getting inside the big and active St. Bernard defense, rarely getting a decent look at the basket. “We knew once we got the ball over midcourt we would be OK,” St. Bernard coach Robert Alaniz said. “But that’s a hell of a team we beat.” Arroyo Valley, champion of the San Andreas League, fell to 23-7. St. Bernard, the No. 3 team out of the Del Rey League, improved to 20-10 and faces top-seeded Pasadena for the section title Saturday in Anaheim. “That was our dream all season, to get there, and we got this far, one step away,” Arroyo Valley’s Weathersby said wistfully. “Just fell short.” center_img Arroyo Valley sprinted to a 10-0 lead, but Playa del Rey St. Bernard didn’t panic, began handling the Hawks’ pressure, choked off the visitors’ offense and went on to a 57-52 victory in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA semifinals Tuesday night before a near-capacity crowd at El Segundo High School. “Sometimes you lose your focus when you start like that,” Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith said. “You forget that you’re not an offensive team, you’re a defensive team.” last_img read more

DPP TO APPEAL SENTENCE OF DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL WOMAN

first_imgThe DPP is to appeal a sentence against a drunk driver who killed a Co Donegal woman and her unborn child.The late Roisin and her husband Stephen.Roisin Connolly, from Fanad, was killed when returning to Dublin after spending Christmas in her native county in 2010. Kevin McArdle of Longfield, Carrickmacross was released from prison last month.McArdle was three times over the legal alcohol limit and on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into a car on the Carrickmacross by-pass on December 27th.Two of his friends were killed along with the passenger in the other car 39 year old teach Roisin and her unborn daughter.Kevin McArdle was jailed for 4 years and disqualified from driving for 12 years at Carrickmacross Circuit Court in 2011.The DPP is now appealing against the sentence claiming that it is too lenient as the accused had previous driving convictions and showed limited insight into the devastating consequences of his actions.McArdle’ s lawyers say he knows his actions were wrong, he has served his time and the appeal should fail.Ms Connolly was in the car with her husband Stephen at the time.DPP TO APPEAL SENTENCE OF DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drunk driverFanadKevin McArdleroisin connollystephenlast_img read more