What promised to be a memorable Section III Class A boys basketball tournament would intertwine the fortunes of four area teams – one defending the title, the other three bent on dethroning them.Jamesville-DeWitt had won its last 11 regular-season games and picked up the no. 2 seed. It would face no. 7 seed Fulton, whom it beat twice in the regular season, in the quarterfinals after the Red Raiders ousted Watertown 59-46.Meanwhile, East Syracuse Minoa altered its playoff fate after last Tuesday’s important game at Central Square, where the Spartans shut down the Redhawks and prevailed 49-39. Tags: Bishop Grimesboys basketballCBAESMJ-D Central Square had won 55-36 when these teams first met Jan. 14. The rematch had the Spartans down 12-6 through one period, but making up that ground and then outscoring the Redhawks 18-7 in a decisive fourth quarter.The duo of Nick Peterson and Devin Mascato-Buffaloe led the way, each producing 16 points as Jimmy Ferns added nine points. Brandon Kulakowski led Central Square with 17 points.Because of that win, ESM snagged the no. 3 seed and had a first-round bye, while Central Square fell to the no. 5 seed and would have to play in the opening round amid a 12-team bracket. Christian Brothers Academy, who had won 13 of 15 games following a 1-4 start, earned the no. 4 seed and the other first-round bye.When Central Square breezed past Carthage 73-43, it set up Tuesday’s quarterfinal between the Redhawks and Brothers at the tail end of a doubleheader also featuring the top-seeded CBA girls.Bishop Grimes was in the toughest spot, having gone 2-7 in the regular-season homestretch, including last Monday’s 80-70 defeat to Bishop Ludden.After leading early 17-12, the Cobras were outscored 45-32 in the next two quarters, despite 20 points from A.J. Burnett and 17 points from Joe Wike. For Ludden, Mykell Kaigler had 25 points and Monte Johnson added 19 points.Moving into the sectional tournament, Grimes had the no. 8 seed, meaning that, if it beat no. 9 seed Syracuse Academy of Science, it would get a chance to challenge 20-0 Whitesboro in the quarterfinals.Having lost 57-54 to this same Atoms team exactly one week earlier, the Cobras made the necessary adjustments and, with post-season stakes, won this time, ousting SAS 63-53.Most important was the work of Grimes’ defense, which mostly kept the Atoms well-contained throughout the first half as the Cobras steadily gained a 33-25 advantage.SAS never went away, thanks to the 19 points and 16 rebounds from Zacchaeus Smith and the 18 points and eight rebounds put up by Augustine Jusu, but Grimes had a bit more depth in its attack.In particular, A.J. Burnett stepped up, burning the Atoms for 27 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Inside, Jack Gutchess worked his way to 17 points, while Ian Denton had 11 points and Joe Wike got six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.However, after the Leafs appealed the rulings, the KIJHL, in consultation with BC Hockey Referee in chief Sean Rapheal, reversed the original decisions thanks to the beauty of having all games video taped by the home club.“The appeal process (was handled by) Referee in Chief, Sean Rapheal,” Neil Murdoch Vice-president Larry Martel said in an email.“He reviewed video from the game and overturned two of the calls.”Martel said the call to Leafs Levi Hulston and Castlegar’s Tyler Barrett were deemed correct.However, video revealed the calls to Matthew Sokol of Nelson as the instigator in a fight with Daniel Petten to be incorrect.“Sokol should have had a kneeing call that was missed but video shows Petten was the instigator not Sokol,” Martel explained.Martel also said in the fight between Rayce Miller of Nelson and Barrett, the scoresheet was changed to add instigator to Barrett.“The changes in the instigators therefore change the suspension as per the Junior B supplement,” Martel said. “Two of the three fighting majors and instigator calls were overturned by the referee in Chief Sean Rapheal, (with) BC Hockey,” Martel added.All three Leafs players were in the lineup for Friday’s game against Castlegar, a contest won 5-3 by Nelson.One step forward, two back for LeafsThe on-again, off-again, Nelson Leafs, well, took a step back after dropping a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League decision to the Spokane Braves Saturday in the Lilac City.The setback comes after the team played one of its best games of the season Friday against rival Castlegar Rebels at the NDCC Arena.Nelson captain Rayce Miller scored twice and added an assist to lead the Leafs past the Rebels 5-3.Kurtis Redding rained on the Leafs parade Saturday, scoring two goals in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.Miller scored a power play marker late in the frame but Nelson was unable to find the equalizer.Kyle Donaldson and Paxton Malone also scored for the Braves.Blair Andrews and Levi Hulston replied for Nelson.Spokane was the better team in the third period, firing 20 shots at Friday Hulston, Brendan Smith and Miller scored in the first period to give the Leafs a commanding 3-1 lead.Ed Lindsey cut the margin to 3-2 early in the second period but Miller and Andrews restored the lead.Lindsey and Tayden Woods also scored for Castlegar.Nelson, 18-25-0-0-2, returns to action Tuesday with a road date in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.The game is the first of four games in six days for the Leafs as the Green and White plays out the KIJHL 2015-16 regular season.
A TOTAL OF 58 STAKES, INCLUDING NINE GRADE I EVENTS, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY, APRIL 8 For a complete roster of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet stakes, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional Winter Meet on Dec. 26, has announced that the prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, which was most recently run in May, 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31. Santa Anita’s 72-day Winter stand will conclude on April 9 and be followed by its Spring Meet, which will run from April 14 through July 4.A blockbuster card consisting of four graded stakes will await fans on opening day, with a pair of Grade I, $300,000 races at seven furlongs–the Malibu for 3-year-old colts and geldings and the La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies, highlighting a 10-race program. The Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, will round out the graded stakes action.Heading Santa Anita’s Grade I Winter Meet stakes lineup is the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners, and will be run on April 8. The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested for the 81st time, will be run on March 11.Additionally, there will again be a similar number of $75,000 overnight stakes as well as a robust menu of California-bred stakes offered throughout the meeting.HERE IS A COMPLETE ROSTER OF SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I WINTER MEET STAKES: Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes Dec. 26 $300,000 La Brea Stakes Dec. 31 $300,000 American Oaks March 11 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) March 11 $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes March 11 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap March 18 $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes April 8 $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 8 $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby
Share Photo by Mary Beth Koeth/ReutersA memorial seen outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as students arrive for the first time since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mary Beth Koeth – RC1139018F00The FBI could have and should have done more to investigate information it received prior to last month’s massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the agency’s deputy director told a Senate panel on Wednesday.David Bowdich told the Senate Judiciary Committee that authorities will never know if any investigative work would have prevented the shooting, “but we clearly should have done more.”The panel is examining legislative proposals to improve school safety, but much of the early focus was on law enforcement failures. Sen. Charles Grassley, the Republican chairman of the committee, expanded the blame to include local and state officials. He noted that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel declined an invitation to testify Wednesday, as did Michael Carroll, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families.“By thumbing their noses at Congress, Sheriff Israel and Secretary Carroll have let the American people down and also the citizens of Florida they serve,” Grassley said.The FBI has acknowledged it receive separate tips related to the accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Bowdich said the tips occurred on September 25, 2017 and on Jan. 5.The first tip came via email from someone in Mississippi who warned that someone had posted on a YouTube page under the username Nikolas Cruz: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”Bowdich said it was determined that the true identity of the poster could not be determined and work on the tip was closed about two weeks later.In January, the FBI received a call from a woman who identified herself as a close friend of the Cruz family and shared information from Cruz’s social media accounts that concerned her. She also warned that Cruz wanted to kill people, was mutilating small animals and he was going to explode.Bowdich said that upon finishing the call, the FBI operator conducted a search of databases and found the closed lead out of Mississippi. The operator then consulted with her supervisor and the matter was closed. He said he didn’t know why the information was not forwarded to local law enforcement.“When we make mistakes, we will not hide them, and we are committed, with your help, to doing whatever is necessary to correct our mistakes and prevent tragedies like this one from being repeated,” Bowdich said.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that the FBI is getting about 4,100 tips a day, while it has about 160 people on staff. He expressed concern that more people should be dedicated to that task.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the shooting stemmed from a catastrophic and systemic failure of law enforcement at every level.Ryan B. Petty’s daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Parkland shooting. In his written testimony, he tells the committee: “Nikolas Cruz and the deadly danger he posed were the worst-kept secrets in Parkland.”He said every relevant authority knew that Cruz was deeply troubled, but “he was a secret kept from many of the parents” of the Parkland students.Separately, The House is set to vote on a measure Wednesday that authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement.The White House said President Donald Trump strongly supports the measure, which if approved, would be the first gun-related action by Congress since the Feb. 14 attack in Parkland that left 17 dead.