Returning Romeo still re-adjusting to physicality in PBA

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m still adjusting to the PBA game because when I was out the only workout routine I did was jogging,” said Romeo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after the Batang Pier lost to Phoenix 104-100.“Now that I’m back on the floor, I’m bumping against other guys who are really strong so my body was surprised with all this physicality.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt can be noted that, prior to the game against the Fuel Masters, Romeo’s last official PBA game was still under the commissionership of Chito Narvasa who tried to limit the physicality in the game.Current commissioner Willie Marcial has given more leeway to physical play when he was named as the PBA’s boss at the start of the 2017-2018 season. GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo. PBA IMAGESIt took four months for Terrence Romeo to get back to a PBA court again, and he admitted that he wasn’t prepared for the physicality in his return.Romeo was sidelined due to a knee injury since the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup and only returned to action in Globalport’s final elimination game in the Philippine Cup last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina ‘Siklab Atleta’ looks to help make Olympic gold dream a reality Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Romeo, despite finishing 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, said he was at odds when he threw his shots up.“I’m quite shocked because this is the first time that I’ve seen the defenses again, the traps and all that, before I already knew what to do but now I’m still adjusting,” said Romeo who shot 1-of-7 from deep.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Let’s read between the lines and say what cannot be said

first_imgDear EditorLincoln Lewis’s letter carried on Sunday 25 February in the Stabroek News laments the Governments silence and stance on the matter of the EXXON contract and the public demand, including mine. I stepped back and, as always, rely for explanations from history, while taking a deeper look at all that is going on. I, too, am self employed, and bread and butter gets in the way of applying those hours of going over the evidence to evolve with what seems irrational from very rational people; in this case the APNU-AFC administration, as you indicated that, “Government may very well have justifiable reasons […]” you do understand that there are no freebees in real life in the world we live in over the past hundred years to put a bracket. Things don’t happen from altruism. So let’s read between the lines Lincoln, and say what the Government can’t say.Two things are going on here, a border dispute and Exxon. It is not by magic that so far a repeat of what happened with the first appearance of EXXON has not so far occurred, that Venezuela by force has not removed Exxon as they did before. I’ve been going over oil and conflict from the time Hitler invaded Russia to Iraq. Oil is not a commodity powerful nations play with. If a not-so-favourable contract enables us to be free of the dooku that Venezuela has placed on our backs, and has used time and time again to intimidate and to economically suffocate us, then so be it with me. We will benefit, and you know as well as I do that we have other important resources that can be tapped into, once the money is available.If my research is accurate, and I am certain it is — the evidence is glaring before us — should we step back and pay attention? We lost our manufacturing industry because of that border controversy, and the oil crisis of the 70s coupled with our choice in the Cold War politics. In the 80s, I took rice and sugar to trade with Venezuelan traders. One told me in a shop at Morawhanna, the stop before Kumaka, that the border dispute was the Government’s, and that they say “that Venezuela is beautiful without the Venezuelans”. That was before Chavez. They are still fighting ethnic colonisation, but this claim to our Essequibo, though ridiculously porous, is intoxicating political mythology in that country.Our responsibility may be to explain to our countrymen that we have the best that our country has to offer in leadership, and some hard choices stand before them and us; it’s not as simple as it seems.Sincerely,Barry Braithwaitelast_img read more

General Imran – aka “GI” tops CSM24 Semis

first_imgSaturday evening’s Chutney Soca Monarch 24 Semi-Finals can only be described as one of the best in the competition’s history.General ImranThe RIG, Gulf View, in Trinidad was packed to capacity, the atmosphere was electric with the crowd moving and singing to every song. Patrons spilled over into the side and back car parks as fans tried to steal a glimpse of their favourites performing on stage.General Imran, aka, “GI”, topped the semi-final round with his mega-hit “Divorce”, followed very closely by the biggest surprise of the night, young newcomer, Amit Sagram at a close second place.For the very first time in the history of the CSM, more than 20 persons scored over 200 points by the judges, crystalising the fact that the quality of the songs and performances by artistes this year are of a higher standard than past years.Former CSM Monarch, Ravi B made a guest appearance; flattering the arena, with the crowd singing along with him word for word, proving that he is definitely one of the top stars in the industry.It must also be mentioned that the outstanding performances from the female contestants who have proved without a doubt that they will also be a force to reckoned with on Saturday, February 16, at the Grand Finals of CSM24 slated for Skinner Park, San Fernando.Due to the overwhelming results and the quality of music, the producers of the show have decided to create a special opportunity and reward artistes by admitting 21 people to the Grand Final this year. They will now face off against defending champions Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal.Prize monies will not be affected by this move but instead, the producers hope to motivate and create incentives to an industry that is clearly on an upward swing.The following are the 21 names of the artistes that have made it to the Grand Finals of CSM24.They are Veekash Sahadeo; Wakaman – Keiron Tyron Williams; Adesh Samaroo; Amit; Sagram; Surendra Ramoutar; Nisha Ramsook; Veejai Ramkissoon and Rome; Russel Mohammed; Hitman – Neeshan Prabhu; Andy Singh; Hemlatha Dindial; Kenneth Supersad; Kavita Maharaj; Kavita Ramkissoon; Nigel Gobin; Gi – Imran Beharry; Rikki Jai; Amit Sooknanan and Amit D; Avinash Sookraj – Climaxx; Omardath Maraj And Daddy Chinee.last_img read more

Extra truck in race gives team extra feedback

first_imgKevin Harvick Inc. brought two trucks to California Speedway. Harvick, who owns the team, was in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for the team. “With KHI racing two trucks, we will get twice the information and feedback,” Ren said. “We also feel like the pre-season testing at Homestead has given us some direction for this event.” “Things are going really good all the way around,” said Sprague, driver of the No. 60 Toyota for Wyler Racing, “so I certainly think we got a chance to fight for a win here.” Indy Racing League: Dan Wheldon was the fastest driver in two days of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday. Wheldon, the 2005 Indy Racing League champion, wrecked his car for Chip Ganassi Racing on the first day of testing. His fastest lap on the second day of testing on the 1.5-mile oval was 24.905 seconds at 214.350 mph. “It was a very good test in terms of outright speed, but I did destroy a car the first day,” Wheldon said. “That was my first crash since 2003. I’m performing well, but there are still some improvements that we can make.” Sam Hornish Jr., a driver for Team Penske, was among the fastest drivers on Thursday. His best lap of the day came in 24.960 seconds and 214.178 mph. Hornish went from testing at Homestead to California Speedway to race in today’s NASCAR Busch Series race. Tony Kanaan, driver for Andretti Green Racing, was third fastest at 214.119 mph. His teammate Marco Andretti was fourth at 213.944 mph and Helio Castroneves, Hornish’s teammate at Team Penske, was fifth at 213.869 mph. “I know Kanaan is quicker than he’s letting on, and Sam is always quick,” Wheldon said. “Scott (Dixon) had a little bit of trouble with his car, but it will be fixed and he’ll be up with us for the race.” The Indy Racing League season opens March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All the cars in the Indy Racing League use Honda engines, which are produced at Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita. “It was a productive two days other than the fact that I did $300,000 worth of damage,” Wheldon said. “Chip was nice about it. I have a good relationship with Chip. I made a mistake (Wednesday). I was working in traffic, and I just lost too much of the car too soon. You’re going to make mistakes. I never said that I was perfect. But when you race on ovals and you make a mistake, it can be expensive.” American Le Mans Series: Valencia’s Bryan Herta will race with Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti in the American Le Mans Series season opener, the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida on March 17. They will be driving the No. 26 Acura-powered LMP2 entry for Andretti Green Racing. The Acura engines are developed and maintained at Honda Performance Development. “We’re excited about the lineup we’ve assembled for our American Le Mans Series debut,” said Andretti Green Racing Chief Executive Officer Kim Green. “Dario, Tony and Bryan have a long history together and have a great chemistry between them, which should be very beneficial to us as we prepare for the 12 Hours of Sebring. Our program is coming along nicely and we’re working extremely hard to put together what we hope can be a winning effort for XM, Acura and all of our partners.” Acura is making its debut in the American Le Mans Series. It has three teams in the LMP2 division. Herta has been with Andretti Green Racing since 2003. He will be racing the entire American Le Mans Series for Andretti Green. Kanaan and Franchitti have also been Andretti Green Racing since 2003. They also drive in the Indy Racing League for Andretti Green. Acura has also signed on as the primary sponsor of the American Le Mans Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla. The Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg will be the feature event on March 31 at the 2007 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “We realized when Acura indicated it was entering the American Le Mans Series, that it would be a very supportive and committed partner,” said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the Series. “Being involved with series events such as the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, as well as providing three top world-class race teams, further demonstrates that commitment. We hope to be involved in the St. Petersburg event for years to come as I think our style of racing is something fans will truly love and enjoy.” timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The new truck was fast. Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, qualified it sixth for the race. Harvick started the race 21st. “We had more than that in our AES HR Chevrolet Silverado, but we had to play it safe,” Hornaday said. “We still have to do some more homework to beat some of those other manufacturers but we definitely are going the right direction and we are looking forward to it.” Hornaday was one of seven former Truck Series champions in the race Friday night. Mike Skinner, Jack Sprague, Mike Bliss, Travis Kvapil, Ted Musgrave and Todd Bodine were the others. Sprague won the Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway last week. That gave him 28 career Truck Series wins, one behind Hornaday who has the record for most wins in series history. There isn’t much technological or mechanical information teams can transfer from Daytona to California Speedway, but Sprague said his team has a great deal of confidence after winning the first race of the year. center_img Ron Hornaday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team brought a new truck for Friday night’s race at California Speedway. Rick Ren, Hornaday’s crew chief on the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., said there are two things working to their team’s advantage. last_img read more

‘If we keep on the way we’re going, we’re going to win the league – and that ain’t going to happen!’

first_imgYou’re still only 27…“Yeah, and the two boys up front are young boys as well. So we have to hold on to our best players, the likes of Reidy [Winston Reid] and James Tompkins. So, together, we still have a few years left in us and we can hopefully move there with a strong squad.”What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?“One was from [former England left-back] Chris Powell, when I played as a young kid with him. I’d just come into the team, I’d just turned 17 and I was playing really well, and [Alan] Pardew dropped me for a game. I was devastated, but he’d done it for my own good. And Chris Powell wrote me a little Post-it Note saying: ‘Mark, always be ready.’ I had it in my soap bag for years. And that game that I was dropped for, I came on after 15 minutes and got man of the match. So I never forget that one. The other one was from Teddy Sheringham, when I was a kid. He said: ‘Whenever it’s going well, Mark, really enjoy it. Because there are not many seasons as a Premier League player that it goes that well.’ And I’ve tried to do that.” 5 Mark Noble 5 5 5 What’s made the biggest difference this year?“Goals. I’ve always said this: you sign good players, you sign players who are hungry and want to play, and we’re getting the benefit of that. The likes of [Diafra] Sakho and Enner [Valencia], Alex [Song], Cheikhou [Kouyate], Jenko [Carl Jenkinson] at right-back. We’ve signed top players this window.”Do you feel like you have played teams at the right time this season, with Liverpool and Manchester City perhaps having one eye on the Champions League, for example?“No – not at all. You’ve still got to beat the teams in front of you, and you have a look at the side we played when we played Liverpool – it was probably their best team. I can’t think of any [top] players that didn’t play. They had Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson. They still had top players out there and you can only beat what’s put in front of you. Obviously City have a massive squad with all their millions. And they still had David Silva, Yaya Toure, [Sergio] Aguero. Top players. And [Edin] Dzeko up front as well. I’d be disrespecting our team and the boys here to say otherwise.”Tell us about Alex Song. What’s it like playing alongside him in the midfield?“He didn’t have much football at Barcelona, but what’s nice about Alex is he’s come here level-headed from probably the best team in the world. And I think you can see on a Saturday that we’re enjoying playing together, and he’s enjoying playing in the Premier League again. And we’re getting the best out of him. I know he’s on a season-long loan, but I think he’s happy in London; I know he has all his family here and I think he loves it here at the club, so hopefully we can do something at the end of the season.” This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukAfter West Ham’s tenth game of last season – a goalless draw with Aston Villa – they sat 14th in the league with just eight goals scored. This Saturday, with ten games of the campaign played, the Hammers face the same opposition but now sit level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, having notched 19 goals so far. Sport asked claret and blue captain Mark Noble what’s changed in east London…After the Manchester City win a fortnight ago you said the team is “full of belief”. Can you keep this run going?“I think we can. We need to keep players fit. But we will obviously have setbacks now and then. If we keep on the way we’re going, we’re going to win the league, and that ain’t going to happen. But we’re a good team at the minute, and we’re enjoying the wave we’re on.”You must feel like you can beat anyone?“That’s what I mean by belief – we had belief that we were going to go into the game against City and get a result. And that’s the most important thing when you go on to a pitch: if you believe you are going to win, and you’re going to score goals, it’s a massive factor. At the minute we have two strikers scoring goals; we have a lot of players confident, at the top of their game.” Is the way West Ham are playing now a vindication of the club having stuck by him when results weren’t going your way?“We had a lot of injuries last year. In my player of the year speech at the end of last season, I said that we were in the same position as other teams and there were managers getting sacked around us. The likes of Norwich, and they went down; Cardiff City, and they went down. We had a lot of setbacks, injuries, and we still managed to come 13th. And that’s a tribute to the boss.”Looking ahead, to the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium, can you picture leading the team out in Stratford?“Obviously I’ve thought about it. We’ve done so much with Karren Brady and the chairmen over there to promote it. It does look fantastic, and I’m pretty sure the lads with contracts long enough are really keen to get over there. It’s going to be one of the best stadiums in Europe, and for a team like West Ham to be playing there, it will be an absolute pleasure.”What are the club’s long-term ambitions, given that West Ham do not have the same backing as, for example, Manchester City?“I think the chairmen have made it clear: we want to be a top-eight club by the time we move there. Obviously, right at the minute, we are there. But there are still a few seasons to go [the club plan to move in for the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign], and the important thing is where you finish. It’s going well at the minute. We’ve signed young players – as I said – in Cresswell, Jenkinson, and even Alex is still quite young [Song turned 27 in September].” Song has to be up for your Hammer of the Year title on his performances so far?“[Laughs] Yeah, after winning two in three years it’s obviously nice, but the way the boys have come in this year – Sakho scoring seven in seven, Enner, even the likes of Stewie Downing, [Aaron] Cresswell. They’re all playing so well. So I think there will be a long list of player of the year [contenders] this year.”What impact has Teddy Sheringham made as attacking coach?“Just having someone of that calibre around the place; the forwards are listening to him because they’ve seen him do it on TV. So what he’s asking them to do, he can do himself. He just lets the forwards know: little movements, little finishes, where to be at the right time. And, as you can see, it’s made a big impact on the squad.”Describe Big Sam Allardyce in three words…“Big [laughs]. Honest and… stoic.” 5last_img read more

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Friday, April 3

first_imgListen to the highlights of Friday’s show as Alan Brazil was joined in the studio by John Hartson, and the guests included Stoke striker Peter Crouch, former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.last_img

Insider Trading: Aston Villa bid for Ghana striker rejected, West Brom chase Europa League winning midfielder

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Contrary to reports, Warren reveals Aston Villa’s bid for Ghana international Jordan Ayew has been rejected by Lorient.The west Midlands club are thought to have bid in the region of £8m, but the Ligue 1 side want around £11m. He also suggests Lorient are unhappy with Villa’s terms of payment, calling them ‘completely unacceptable’.Our man also reveals West Brom have bid around £6m for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra, Champions League winners Barcelona are also thought to be monitoring the Europa League winner.There is also news from Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger insisting the club will only add to the squad if top class players that can take the club forward become available. While former Gunners and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra is close to a move to Marseille.Here are some of the latest transfer stories on talkSPORT.com today:http://talksport.com/football/reports-inter-milan-agree-deal-manchester-city-forward-stevan-jovetic-150723159334http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-qpr-boss-chris-ramsey-admits-charlie-austin-unlikely-stay-club-want-excess-ps15mhttp://talksport.com/football/i-dont-see-how-it-going-happen-la-liga-insider-sensational-ronaldo-man-united-reportshttp://talksport.com/football/lassana-diarra-expected-snub-west-hams-interest-favour-marseille-move-150724159444http://talksport.com/football/reports-aston-villa-make-ps7m-bid-ghanaian-striker-jordan-ayew-150724159446http://talksport.com/football/fernando-llorente-latest-arsenal-emerge-favourites-land-striker-ps85m-deal-150724159447http://talksport.com/football/liverpool-flop-line-move-ligue-1-side-marseille-150724159448http://talksport.com/football/arsenal-set-miss-out-new-nesta-defensive-starlet-attracts-ps21m-bid-150724159451http://talksport.com/football/filipe-luis-move-chelsea-back-atletico-madrid-held-150724159482http://talksport.com/football/inter-milan-set-land-germany-starlet-ahead-west-ham-150724159505http://talksport.com/football/liverpool-blow-transfer-target-denis-cheryshev-told-he-has-future-real-madrid-150724159545http://talksport.com/football/roma-edge-ahead-liverpool-race-barcelona-star-adriano-150724159548http://talksport.com/football/manchester-united-target-zlatan-ibrahimovic-reveals-desire-play-mls-150724159550http://talksport.com/football/juventus-open-contract-talks-chelsea-target-guilherme-siqueira-150724159553http://talksport.com/football/john-obi-mikel-vows-see-out-his-chelsea-contract-he-rules-out-summer-exit-150724159584last_img read more

‘Stop protecting Sturridge and tell Liverpool fans the TRUTH’, demands Istanbul hero

first_imgJurgen Klopp has been urged to ‘stop protecting’ Daniel Sturridge and tell Liverpool fans the truth about the striker’s continued absence.Sturridge has been a virtual ever-present in the treatment room in recent years and has made just six appearances this season, the latest at the start of December.Klopp was reluctant to discuss the 26-year-old’s fitness issues ahead of last weekend’s clash with Manchester United, with the Reds boss giving no indication of when he will return to action.But Anfield legend Dietmar Hamann believes his fellow German is deliberately – and wrongly – keeping supporters in the dark over Sturridge’s ongoing issues, which he is convinced are more psychological than physical.The Champions League winner, a former teammate of Sturridge’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him.“If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.“Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions [ahead of the Manchester United game] I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player. “If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.“He has got three years left on his contract and I don’t see any reason, if there is nothing wrong with the player, why the club should protect him.”In November, Klopp alluded to the idea that Sturridge’s problems could be more mental than physical, telling reporters the England international must learn the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain”.Hamann was in the Manchester City side when Sturridge made his senior debut as a 17-year-old, and he claims it was evident in the early part of his career that the talented hitman was not willing to push himself through the pain barrier.“There was always something wrong with him on the Thursday or the Friday. His back, his hamstring, there was always something,” added Hamann.“If you look at his record since he has played professional football he probably doesn’t average half the games a season – and it has got worse at Liverpool.“I am not saying he is pretending to be injured, I’m not sure. But if he is injured, say it. Nobody knows what is going on with him.“People have spent £800 or £1000 to watch Liverpool at home and sometimes even away and the star player is not playing and nobody knows where he is.“If there isn’t a problem with him, then it is time to stop protecting the player.”last_img read more

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde: ‘It’s my duty to work on next season’

first_img With Aston Villa rock bottom of the Premier League, Remi Garde’s future has been uncertain 1 Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is planning for next season despite refusing to commit his future to the club.Having won just three games in 21 matches since taking charge in November last year, the Frenchman has remained coy over his plans.Villa are rock bottom of the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s visit of title-chasing Tottenham.But, despite the uncertainty surrounding his position, Garde is laying the groundwork for next term – with Villa expected to be in the Sky Bet Championship.He said: “I’m not talking about (my future) but it’s part of the the job and my duty to work on next season as well.”Garde replaced Tim Sherwood five months ago, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal, but has consistently said he will review his position at the end of the season.He has already warned any players expecting to jump ship in the summer they are unlikely to be allowed to leave easily, although he understands their ambition.The 49-year-old said: “It’s not always bad to have personal perspective and motivation that ‘I want to grow in this football club and play for a bigger one’. As long as it’s in the rules of squad, it’s good to be well motivated.”Villa are nine points from safety with nine games left having lost their last four matches, including a 6-0 rout against Liverpool – their worst home defeat for 81 years.They have conceded 15 goals during their recent poor run but Garde, who has the same squad which lost 4-0 at Manchester City last week at his disposal, believes Villa can turn the tide and shock second-placed Spurs.“I’m thinking in 90 minutes everything is possible when you are putting all the passion and commitment you can on the field,” he said.“In a 90-minutes game you could close the gap by your attitude and commitment.”last_img read more

Valencia twins stick together

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Strange sisters first made a splash on the tennis scene two years ago, when they won the 18-under girls’ doubles tournament championship at the prestigious Ojai Invitational. They’ve since dominated Foothill League tennis, and both are undefeated in singles as seniors this season. They’re the first Valencia girls’ tennis players to receive Division I scholarships. So it’s an historic month for the Strange sisters, who stand 5-foot-9 and combine terrific athleticism, an advanced knowledge of the game – and movie-star good looks. “I’m just really happy for them because they really wanted to play for a D1 college,” Valencia coach Anne Kellogg said. “It’s nice that they’ll keep on playing together.” After struggling to an 0-7 start, first-year varsity football program Golden Valley High is switching quarterbacks for the fourth time since spring practice. Corey Bryant, a junior punter, takes over for the seniorless Grizzlies on Saturday night against Salesian of Los Angeles at Canyon High. “Corey played a little bit in the second half last week and didn’t complete a pass, but our plan against Salesian is to keep him in the whole game,” coach Rob Swartz said. Tennis-playing twins Alexa and Cassie Strange, Valencia High’s version of the Williams sisters, are headed to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after verbally committing to full scholarships last weekend. They’ll sign letters of intent next month, and they couldn’t be happier about remaining together for four more years while playing the game they love at an NCAA Division I university. “We like Marist a lot,” Alexa said. “We like the team, the coach, plus we have family in New York.” Added Cassie: “It’s a pretty good school for academics, too. Plus we want to stay together.” Prior to summer practice, starting quarterback Trevon Smith transferred to Crespi of Encino after leading Golden Valley to a 4-4 JV record last year. Smith was Golden Valley’s most productive player, passing for 1,085 yards and accounting for 19 touchdowns (eight passing, 11 rushing). Justin White and Jeremy Carson then shared duties, but White went down with a season-ending leg injury three weeks ago, and Carson has switched to running back, his original position. Golden Valley, which is scheduled to join the Foothill League for the 2006-07 school year, is playing a freelance schedule. Something positive? There are 13 Southern Section freelance schools, and Golden Valley is having a better season than Desert Mirage of Thermal, which is 0-7 and hasn’t scored a point while allowing an average of more than 55 per game. Most high school football players probably would be out for the season after suffering a serious spiral fracture on their hand – but Canyon’s Richie Wirthlin isn’t most players. The tough little receiver/defensive back, who is generously listed at 5-foot-10, 151 pounds, but is an impact player on both sides of the ball, returned after just four weeks – in grand fashion. He caught two passes, one a 42-yard touchdown, and came through with an end-zone interception to spark a 55-7 victory Friday over Saugus, an outcome much more one-sided than expected. “I guess you could call it a ‘breakout’ game, pun intended,” coach Harry Welch said. “We got Richie cleared Thursday by an orthopedic surgeon who’s a hand specialist, and it was nice to have him back, because Richie provides a comfort zone for us that just isn’t there when he’s not around.” Someone is a doing a great job of developing receivers at College of the Canyons. Recent transfers Tyrell Smith and Ramon Perry have developed into two of the most productive receivers in NCAA Division II this season. Smith, who plays for Minnesota State, has 52 receptions for 712 yards and nine touchdowns. Perry (San Fernando High) has emerged as a star for West Texas State, catching 58 passes for 786 yards and five touchdowns. He also is leading the team in punt and kick returns. Another former Canyons receiver, Jason Lance, has 12 receptions for 104 yards at San Jose State. Lance, who played high school football at Crespi, Alemany of Mission Hills and Valencia, made five catches in an Oct. 1 loss to Nevada. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more