Ocean City High School Tennis Champs are Winners on Court and Off

first_imgHolding their trophies, Rosalie Graham, left, a senior, and junior Brynn Bowman celebrate their Cape Atlantic League doubles crown with veteran Ocean City High School tennis coach Samantha DiMatteo. (Photos courtesy Brynn Bowman) By Tim KellyIf it was easy to define what makes a champion, maybe it would be easy to be one. In the case of Ocean City High School tennis champs Rosalie Graham and Brynn Bowman, the Cape Atlantic League girls’ doubles top guns, there is no mystery.“I think their friendship is the major reason for their success,” said Samantha DiMatteo, the Red Raiders’ 10-year veteran coach.  “You can see it on the court,” DiMatteo continued. “They talk about things happening in the match. They have great communication and they are aware of each other’s strengths. I always preach how having fun and enjoying yourself is an important part (of being successful) and these girls embody the philosophy.”Graham and Bowman went 17-2 as a doubles team and were an integral part of the Raiders’ 17-3 overall team record and Cape Atlantic League tri-championship with Mainland and EHT. It was Ocean City’s first Cape Atlantic girls’ championship since winning it outright in 2011.Rosalie, a senior, and Brynn, a junior, closed out their days as a doubles team recently at the CAL Championship tourney at Vineland. Their exciting 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win over Egg Harbor Township’s tandem of Angelina Lee and Gabrielle Guimapang was one for the ages. Graham, left, and Bowman share a light moment off the court.After Graham and Bowman cruised to an easy win in the first set, Lee and Guimapang came back with an equally easy victory in the second to tie the match and force a deciding third set. That’s when the friendship and communication became a factor and paid off big time for Graham and Bowman. “It was kind of funny,” Bowman said. “I don’t want to say we played sloppy, but after that first set, (EHT) really showed some energy and made it a match.”Instead of panicking, pointing fingers or losing composure, Graham and Bowman took a walk. “We had a 10-minute break after the second set and we walked away from the court and talked it over,” Brynn explained. “We came back and played the way we knew we can play.”DiMatteo also offered a piece of valuable coaching advice. “I reminded the girls they had beaten them before and they could do it again,” she said. “I told them to keep focusing on the point they were in at the time and not to think about winning or losing.” The third set proved to be a hard-fought battle of teams that knew each other well.“It wasn’t just that the set was close, every point seemed to be long,” said DiMatteo, who was on the edge of her seat along with the OC fans.Graham and Bowman proceeded to out-grind Lee and Guimapang, achieving the ultimate goal.“When I started playing with Brynn when she was a freshman and I was a sophomore, I couldn’t have dreamed it would end with us winning the CAL championship,” Graham said.Bowman and Graham dominated the Cape Atlantic League in 2018.But their growth as players and students of the game progressed through their OC career from unbeatable jayvees, then Cape Atlantic semi-finalists in 2017 and finishing on the top step of the podium this year.“They are a phenomenal team,” DiMatteo said. “Rosalie is one of our captains and she wears it well. She provides leadership and always works hard. She really likes playing doubles, and was really excited this year to be playing again with Brynn. She understands the game and how to place the ball. She’s a great doubles partner to Brynn and a great girl to coach.” As for Brynn, “She is a great natural athlete, a three-sport athlete and also one of the best surfers on the Coast,” DiMatteo said. “At times she is effortless out there, but it’s a lot of fun as a coach to see her growth.” “We have good chemistry,” Brynn said. “We can communicate without speaking. This championship was big because we knew it was the last match we would ever play together. And it was great to go out with the CAL title, to have that memory.” Tennis and championships are not the only thing the girls share. They live in the same Ocean City neighborhood just two blocks from each other, and both are excellent students. Both are planning for careers in health care. Rosalie is looking into nursing and Brynn is currently leaning toward physical therapy. They also hang out together off the court. “We were always friendly, but not that close until we began playing tennis,” said Brynn. “Once we became doubles partners, we became inseparable.”The pair enjoy going out to breakfast together and just hanging out. Next year will seem different with Rosalie graduated and Brynn heading into her senior year. Rosalie has already been accepted at Stockton University and Seton Hall, and is waiting on decisions from Towson and Rutgers universities. She said she will concentrate on her studies and play tennis only at the intramural or club level.Brynn is excited for her last year of high school tennis, and doubts it will be with a new doubles partner. “I think I will be trying to earn a spot playing singles,” she said. “After three years with Rosalie, it would be hard (to break in a new partner). She will be truly missed.”Graham’s take: “Brynn is going to work hard and be a great singles player,” said Rosalie. “Her athleticism and ability to play so well at the net will serve her well in the singles game.”In future years, fans of the program will look back on the girls as one of the great tandems in school history – as well as the very definition of champions and friends.Friends off the court as well as on, Graham and Bowman attended the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.last_img read more

High Wind Watch Issued For Area

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a High Wind Watch for Chautauqua County effective from Monday morning to Monday evening.Forecasters say winds will blow from the Southwest at 25 to 35 m.p.h. with gusts up to 60 m.p.h. possible.Officials warn that damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines.Widespread power outages are possible, and travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. For updates, download the WNYNewsNow Mobile App on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.Viewers can submit weather photos and videos via email ([email protected]) or on social media.last_img read more

Safe dishes

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaCooking and sharing meals with loved ones is a traditional part of the holiday season. But don’t forget to take care of the leftovers, or you could invite foodborne illnesses to your holiday party, says a University of Georgia food safety expert.”It’s great to spend time with family members after a holiday dinner. Just take the time to put away food dishes first,” said Michael Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga.Refrigerate or freeze holiday meals within two hours of serving them, he said. Refrigerators should be set at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Freezers should be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.”Temperatures are critical when it comes to keeping food safely stored and cooking food,” Doyle said. “Many home refrigerators are way out of the safe zone of 41 degrees Fahrenheit. A refrigerator set at 50 degrees Fahrenheit is what we microbiologists call an incubator. That’s where we grow bacteria for research.”Whether you’re making leftover ham or turkey dishes, be sure to reheat leftovers to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, Doyle said.After four days, though, leftovers should be eaten, frozen or thrown away, he said.“Americans like to share food along with their good times and celebrations. But without using proper handling rules, you could share foodborne illness with your family and friends,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.She offers these tips for proper food handling:* Wash your hands before and during food preparation.* Defrost frozen meats, poultry and fish inside your refrigerator or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and thoroughly cook food immediately after defrosting in a microwave.* Clean and sanitize food preparation surfaces after exposure to raw meats, poultry, fish or eggs.* Cook ground beef and other meats, poultry and eggs thoroughly.* To store food, divide into smaller quantities that will cool quickly.* Transport food in insulated carriers designed for hot or cold foods. Keep hot foods above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.last_img read more

Robin Turnau Named VPR President; Mark Vogelzang Moves To Public Radio Nationally

first_imgVermont Public Radio,Vermont Public Radio announced today that Robin Turnau, a 20-year veteran at Vermont Public Radio, will become the new President and CEO. She will replace Mark Vogelzang, who will resign on February 1 to assist in a new effort to raise support for public radio stations.The leadership change at Vermont Public Radio, one of the most successful statewide, independent public radio networks in the country, was announced live at noon today on Vermont Edition, VPR s daily news magazine. Turnau was unanimously selected by the VPR Board of Directors to replace Vogelzang, who will be helping create a new approach to philanthropic giving across the country in partnership with stations.Vogelzang, 53, has led VPR since 1993 and is credited with VPR s expansion to two distinct FM networks, one an award-winning news and information service and the other devoted to classical music. When Vogelzang started, VPR broadcast a single service on three transmitters. Today, through growth by strategic acquisitions, the VPR network consists of nine full-power FM stations throughout Vermont. Vermont Public Radio listenership per capita consistently ranks the network as one of the top ten NPR stations in the country, and is one of the top-rated among all commercial and non-commercial stations in Vermont.”It is with deep regret that the VPR Board reluctantly accepts Mark s resignation. He has been a visionary leader who has helped us create and build the important Vermont-wide community resource that is VPR,” said Board Chair Deborah Granquist of Weston. “While Mark is leaving Vermont Public Radio, we are excited that he will be moving to a larger national stage to work with stations across the country, bringing his talent and energy and some of VPR s success.”We are thrilled to be able to promote Robin to the top job. One of the many lasting legacies of Mark s leadership is that while growing the Vermont Public Radio network, he simultaneously developed a strong management team with deep bench strength. Mark is leaving us well-positioned to meet our future challenges. With Robin s demonstrated leadership skills and determination, the Board is highly confident that she is ready to guide Vermont Public Radio to its next level of success,” Granquist said.Turnau said today that she is very honored and pleased to succeed Mark Vogelzang. “We have worked side-by-side for many years and as a result VPR is now in great shape to face the future. Vermonters and others donate their financial support because they trust and value VPR. That is the strong foundation we will build on for future success and in implementing VPR s mission while being faithful to our core values,” Turnau said.Vogelzang said: “The decision to leave VPR was not easy. It s a terrific place with such wonderful staff, listeners, and supporters, so it s a bittersweet moment. I m incredibly proud of the accomplishments we ve had in building this organization over the last 15 years. The people of Vermont and the surrounding region have come to count on VPR and NPR as their trusted source.”VPR is in great hands with Robin as its new President and CEO. It s a wise and important decision by the Board. Robin is so well-respected inside VPR, in this region, and across the public radio community for her leadership and experience. She is the major reason for the stability of VPR s annual membership support as well as the recent successful completion of our endowment campaign. It s a remarkable achievement, and Robin has delivered year in and year out.”I m leaving VPR, but not public radio. Change is in the air these days, so I m eager to take our development success in Vermont and replicate it across the country,” Vogelzang added.Turnau, 43, currently serves as VPR s Vice President of Development, a post she has held since 2004. She joined VPR in 1989 as Membership Coordinator, after graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Anthropology. She has also served as VPR Development Manager and Director of Development during her career. Turnau s work at VPR was recognized nationally when in 2006 she was awarded the Development Professional of the Year by the Public Radio Association of Development Officers. She is also a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Chapter. Robin lives with her family in Charlotte.last_img read more

USC coach, parent plead guilty in admissions case

first_imgAccording to a statement from USC, Janke left the University when a new coaching staff took over for the women’s soccer team. The U.S. Attorney’s office said she has agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation and will testify in trial if needed. Janke’s lawyer declined to comment. MacFarlane’s lawyer did not respond in time for publication. According to the memo, Janke and MacFarlane will each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of at least $250,000. MacFarlane is among 13 USC parents indicted in the scheme — the most of any University named in the FBI affidavit. So far, 13 parents from eight universities, including USC, UCLA, Stanford and Yale, have pleaded guilty to the charges. USC parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, who paid $500,000 to create false athletic profiles to have their two daughters admitted to the University, filed a not guilty plea April 15. The Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit college counseling business founded by businessman William “Rick” Singer, is accused of running the student-athlete recruitment scam. The U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote that Singer emailed MacFarlane’s daughter’s high school transcript and college exam scores to Janke in October 2013 and soon after, The Edge College & Career Network wire transferred $50,000 and $100,000 on two separate occasions to a private soccer club controlled by Janke and another defendant named in the charges.center_img Janke, who worked at the University from 2007 to 2014, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering due to her involvement in creating false athletic profiles for students whose parents bribed athletics officials. MacFarlane, who paid $450,000 to have his son admitted to USC as a purported basketball recruit, will plead guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the memo. Janke helped create fake athlete recruiting profiles for some of the students who were admitted to USC through the scheme, including MacFarlane’s son. MacFarlane’s daughter was admitted to the University as a soccer recruit and graduated in 2018 without playing soccer. In 2016, Singer sent $50,000 to USC Athletics and in 2017, MacFarlane paid $200,000 to The Edge College & Career Network. Former USC women’s assistant soccer coach Laura Janke and San Diego businessman Toby MacFarlane will plead guilty Tuesday for their involvement in the college admissions bribery scheme, according to a memo from the Department of Justice. last_img read more

Dr. Bour Resigns as LICC President

first_imgThe President of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), Dr. Sei Bour, has resigned for what he referred to as ‘administrative reason.’Located in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County LICC is one of the newly established colleges in Liberia. The college Board is yet to inform the public the official reason for Dr. Bour’s resignation, but in email exchanges, where his letter of resignation, dated July 4, was attached, Dr. Bour said he cared deeply about the college, “but the issues of negativity have forced me to reassess my position as the president of LICC. Therefore I must make the difficult, but necessary choices that the best for the college, me and my family is to resign.” Earlier, he said in the opening paragraph of his letter, “When I accepted to serve as president of LICC, I did so with a vision to build this institution into excellence with a focus on the success of the academy and its students.”He maintained that despite all his achievements, which included the purchase of 24 acres of land, erecting multipurpose buildings on the campus, and the hiring of competent faculty and staff, it appeared there was a lack of agreement between him and the Board of Directors – a situation which, he said, likely undermined LICC’s mission to help rebuild Liberia’s educational standards.“There is no doubt the recent lack of agreement between myself and the ULICAF Board of Directors has been significant and distracting to our mission of helping to rebuild our nation through education at LICC,” Dr. Bour said. ULICAF is the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends. He thanked the Board of Directors and all ULICAF members who gave him the opportunity to serve, congratulating them for their achievement since the LICC was established.Dr. Sei Bour, who has since left for the United States of America, expressed appreciation for the time and experiences with the college.There has been no response from the Board, since the news of Bour’s resignation started circulating in the county, as efforts since Sunday, October 9, to get a comment from Acting Board Chair Dehpue Zuo through Facebook messages have so far not materialized. However, an administrative assistant in the president’s office, Henrietta Barhn, posted on her Facebook page that a man identified as Dr. James N. Kermue was introduced by Rev. Karney Dunah, founding member of ULICAF, as interim president of the college.Established by the United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends (ULICAF), the LICC was launched in 2009 with a vision to make available Christ-centered, affordable, and relevant educational opportunities and programs to Liberian students.The visionary leaders of UNICAF began their ministry in the United States of America with the intention to help Liberian refugees settle in their new culture and community in the USA. The LICC has a complex built on 24 acres of land in Ganta City, including a modern community research center (library and technology center), an academic building and an under-construction three storey building for the College of Agriculture.The institution has held four graduations since it was established, and offers Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in Pastoral Theology/Mission, Education, Management, Accounting and Agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Middlesbrough 1-3 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ dramatic victory

first_imgInjury-time goals by Bobby Zamora and Ravel Morrison gave QPR a dramatic win at the Riverside Stadium.See also:Late goals earn QPR win at MiddlesbroughQPR looked like a team again – RedknappMiddlesbrough v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Chelsea among clubs said to be chasing German midfielder Kramer

first_imgChelsea are among the clubs chasing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, according to the Express. The Blues and Tottenham are said to have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in a battle to sign the 23-year-old, who featured for Germany at this year’s World Cup.Chelsea are also said to be keen to sign Barcelona’s former United defender Gerard Pique.The Daily Star have picked up on a report on Spanish website Fichajes which claimed the Blues are considering offering £24m for the 27-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.Pique has therefore been touted as a possible long-term replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry, while United have been linked with a bid to re-sign him.The Star have also linked Chelsea with Stephan Lichtsteine and say their supposed pursuit of the defender has been boosted because Juventus are lining up a replacement.Meanwhile, QPR’s on-loan right-back Mauricio Isla has dismissed speculation he could return to Juve.The Chile international has had a difficult start for Rangers since arriving on a season-long loan and there were reports in the Italian media that the deal could be cut short.But Isla told the Evening Standard: “That was never going to happen.“People talk but I’ve never spoken about it. I’ve not spoken to a single director at Juventus since I came to England.“It is important for me to stay here a long while because I need to get match fitness back after the cruciate knee ligament injury I had.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea v Man City: Zouma starts

first_imgKurt Zouma starts for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Victor Moses again misses out.Moses is still struggling with the toe injury which kept him out of Saturday’s defeat against his former club Crystal Palace, while Nemanja Matic drops to the bench.Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany returns to the starting line-up for Manchester City, who are still without the injured Bacary Sagna.Chelsea: Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.Man City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UWC takes the lead in physics research

first_imgA team of students from the University of Western Cape (UWC), led by Professor Nico Orce, is the first African research team to lead an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).The day when the shosholoza was sung inside the heart of CERN! (Image: Nico Orce)Sulaiman PhilipBetter known as the home of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN is one of the most prestigious science research facilities in the world. It attracts the crème de la crème of international researchers, and now a team from UWC has joined their ranks.Led by the university’s Professor Nico Orce, the team of postgraduate students fired a selenium beam into a platinum target. The idea was to smash two nuclei into each other in the hope of causing an excitation in the selenium isotope.Selenium 70 lives for about 42 minutes and is produced during x-ray bursts, most commonly found in the stellar explosions of neutron stars. The new research facility at CERN, the Isotope Separator On-Line facility (ISOLDE), has an unstable selenium beam that is necessary for the experiments the UWC team is undertaking.UWC PhD student Kenzo Abrahams at CERN setting up the experiment. (Image: Nico Orce)South Africa joined the Isolde Collaboration — an agreement between nations and CERN to conduct experiments in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences — in 2017. This allows the country to benefit from ISOLDE’s beams of unstable exotic particles, such as selenium 70 and germanium 66.Orce explains: “So far, we can only accelerate stable beams at iThemba LABS, so we needed to go to CERN to complete these experiments. Soon enough we may be doing these kinds of measurements for the first time at iThemba LABS, here in South Africa. That will be great.”At the South African facility, in Somerset West, scientists in the physical, medical and biologial sciences undertake research for advanced education, the treatment of cancers and the production of unique radioisotopes.The goal of the UWC experiment was to discover how unstable exotic elements were created. “Above iron ore we do not know how elements are produced. Question marks still remain over how these elements are created,” says the professor.The team’s experiments did not produce the results for which they had hoped; however, instead of selenium 70, they were able to measure the creation of a different exotic particle, germanium 66. “We can still say we were successful. It’s the first time that germanium 66 was produced on Earth. We were able to study the decay of germanium 66 until we find a stable isotope.”Science, Orce says, “is like fighting Mike Tyson. You jab and jab until you can land a clean shot.”The small peak on the right is the first excitation in 66Ge. Evidence of the UWC teams success. (Image: Nico Orce)The benefits to UWC and the countryTo encourage his students to reach for the stars, Orce, a Spaniard, uses the experience of the Spanish team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team that arrived in the country were underdogs. “We made history because we believed in ourselves. Afterwards the team were feared, respected.”The physics postgraduate programme at UWC consists of 50 previously disadvantaged students. It attracts, Orce says, not necessarily the best students but they all dream of lifting themselves up. To encourage their dreams he insisted that the best of his students were part of his research team.“I wanted them to know that dreams come true if you work hard. I believe that having them work with the best scientists will show them the world beyond their own circumstances. It was life changing. Some of these students will be professors one day.”In an interview with the CERN newsletter, Master’s student Senamile Masango said: “I am a role model now. You will hardly find any women doing physics in South Africa, and you will hardly find any black physicists. Nico treats us all equally and he’s making us hungry to break every barrier. We’re making history.”As the lead research team, the UWC students and their professor were responsible for setting parameters and monitoring controls. Team member Sifiso Ntshangase was team leader, which gives him the opportunity to suggest further experiments that can be conducted at CERN. “There is a responsibility that goes along with being the first African team, of being from UWC. We will keep proposing new experiments; we want to go back.”Going back is not simply a matter of proposing innovative experiments, however. To run the facilities at CERN is expensive. Orce explains: “To get beam time is not easy, or cheap. It costs €100,000 (R1.5-million) per day. We have to thank the Department of Science and Technology for helping to make our trip possible.”It was important that the team from UWC led the research, he adds. Now that the experiment is completed, teams from UWC and their research partners at the University of York in the UK will analyse the data before publishing results in scientific journals. “We will be lead authors. This will impact on the quality of visiting professors we can attract. Already we have leading nuclear physicists interested in doing a sabbatical at the university.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more