Off and Running

first_imgWhile Gross’ players are somewhat lacking in fundamentals, they are still quick and tall. Several players are 6 feet 2 inches or taller, which will help with rebounds. A few of the team’s strongest players are Scott Coker, Richard Megrete and Devon Smith. “He’s got our best shot and he can jump,” Gross said of Coker, a senior point guard. Megrete and Smith are also strong shooters, he said. In addition to rival St. Anthony, Gross is looking forward to playing in three pre-season tournaments. This past week they played at Valley Christian, which consistently has a strong team. The Cantwell Cardinal Classic starts Monday, and after Christmas they will play at Whittier Christian. Gross said the Stars are matched well with other teams in the Camino Real League, many of which lost their strongest senior players. He hopes to make it to the playoffs this year. “That’s why we’re playing some of these tougher teams in pre-season: to get ready for the league,” he said. The Stars are excited to play in their new campus’s large gym, but even that has been a little challenging so far. “It’s a much nicer facility to play in,” Gross said. “The lighting’s way better; there’s a lot of room in there. They just have to get used to playing on that floor.” He said the regulation-sized floor is 10 feet longer than their old one, and the team got even more winded during its first practice on it. Rolling Hills Prep only has a boys basketball team this season, coached by Mark Fancher. The coach said they’re looking to get back into the playoffs, as they were the last two years. “We want to finish second in the Harbor League,” he said. The team was 4-2 as of Wednesday, with three of those wins coming from a strong appearance in the St. Anthony’s Tournament last week. This week the Huskies beat Summit View West 65-28 on Tuesday, and were scheduled to play Vistamar on Friday. Fancher, in his second year as head coach, said the team is physically strong this season. “We’ve got a lot of big, strong, competitive kids,” he said. But they still have to work on shooting the ball from the outside. In practice, the team has been perfecting pressure defense and getting the ball into the post. Players that have stood out to Fancher so far are seniors Kanoa Defries and Bobby Phillips, both three-year starters. Phillips won first team All-Harbor last year. In addition, Fancher said freshman Kenny Greene “will be a major contributor,” and was already the second leading scorer in the team’s first game. Last year, Fancher lost both Defries and Phillips to ankle injuries. “Then Kanoa came back one or two games and broke his hand,” he recalled, noting that the injuries hurt the team because they were the only players with varsity experience. But because of their absence, other players gained experience. “The majority of our team was freshmen and sophomores last year, so just the physical growth and maturity alone has already been noticeable,” Fancher said. “Being younger players, they saw a lot, and this year they have a better grasp of the system. … That’s going to be huge.” Fancher is looking forward to games against local rivals, such as Chadwick, who they beat 58-50 on Dec. 4 and will face again Jan. 8. They will also face a challenge from league rivals, such as Animo and New Roads. “The majority of our league games are going to be critical this year,” the coach said. “The middle pack of the Harbor League is very, very competitive. … We’re going to have to bring in our game.” The team plays home games at the Oak Street Gym in Torrance, which means not as many students are in the stands. But Fancher said they still receive plenty of parent support. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGross has seven returning starters this season, but he said trying to change habits, particularly with older players, is challenging. Gross said that in their second game of the season, against St. Anthony on Nov. 30, they had an astounding 52 turnovers. The Stars were down by 17 points with five minutes to go, and Gross put in his substitutes. “It was the subs that actually made a run at them,” Gross said. They ended up losing by only four points, so Gross thinks that working on passing in practice will help them eliminate such mistakes and help them win. “We don’t pass the ball very well,” he said. “We dribble too much, and we don’t look down the floor.” Basketball season is in full swing, and boys teams from San Pedro’s two private schools are working on perfecting their game. Mary Star of the Sea High School has had a rough start with an inexperienced team, and Rolling Hills Prep is hoping it can remain injury-free to get to the playoffs. Mary Star coach Richard Gross said his team is still fairly young and must work on developing some of its basic skills. “We’re young; we make a lot of mistakes,” Gross said. “That’s our biggest problem. What I’m trying to do right now is to play more fundamentally.” last_img read more

19yearold woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery

first_img , 19-year-old woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery April 19, 2018 SUNSET CLIFFS (KUSI) — The 19-year-old woman found suffering from gunshot wounds last week after being shot near Sunset Cliffs remains hospitalized but is recovering.Related Link: Passerby finds a 19-year-old woman with gunshot wounds near Sunset CliffsThe woman — who has not been named as a request by the family while the investigation is ongoing — was found by a passerby with multiple gunshot wounds on the morning of April 12.According to a GoFundMe page set up by her family, she sustained a gunshot wound to the hip and a second to her neck. The neck wound ruptured her ear canal and broke her c5, c6 vertebrae and caused damage to her spinal cord.She has already undergone spinal surgery to brace her neck with screws and rods.“She is in good spirits considering what she has been through, however, she has a long road ahead of her,” according to the page.San Diego police are still searching for the suspect(s) responsible and ask anyone with information to contact them at 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154. center_img Posted: April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

An Editors Conundrum Balancing Print and Online Duties

first_imgThat’s really very odd.Why, as I sit here going on and on and on and on about how important online media are to businesses big and small, online and off-, was I so resistant to practice then what I preach now (even though I practiced it then, only on my own time)?It could be that I don’t much like being told what to do. It could be that I’d been online for so long, relatively speaking, that I didn’t entirely agree with the approach that was being taken.But mostly I think it might have been that I didn’t think I could do it right. Where “right” means as myself. With my voice. In my own time. Saying what I wanted to say. Where what I would have wanted to say was sometimes not so shiny-happy-positive, and where some of the positive things I would have said would have been about other companies and not mine.My whole love affair with online media is in good part because of the spontaneity and honesty of it. To be a cog in a larger social media strategy just didn’t remotely turn me on. (To be clear: I was never asked to be a cog. I’m just super bristly.)And so I’m left now to figure out how to amend the stuff I spout off about to accommodate this experience I’d forgotten. Here’s my first shot:If you run a company, you should be online. You should have a blog where you engage with anyone who wants to chat with you. You should be on Twitter and you should use it very little for broadcasting and very much for sharing and conversing. Same with Facebook. And any other site. If you yourself aren’t going to be the person doing the online stuff, you should make sure the person you have do it has the following resources:1. Time. It takes time to write blog posts and to tweet. It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time, but it takes some time. Give the person some time.2. Freedom. Pick someone you trust enough to represent your business and your brand that you can give them a very long leash to say what they need to say how they need to say it. If they mess up, let them clean it up. If they mess up horribly, find someone else to do it. But don’t do anything to prevent the spontaneity, fun and impromptu conversation that are integral parts of successful online media campaigns.3. Trust. See #2.4. Time from you. Things online move fast. In all likelihood—regardless of what kind of business you’re in—they move way faster than they do in the rest of your business. So when your person comes to you and says they need to deal with something, STAT, believe them. If they come to you because some convergence of thinking in your online community presents an opportunity for a big promo next week, see if you can make it happen. Try hard to make it happen.Does any of this make sense? Or have I blathered myself into an atrocious contradiction?[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally appeared here.] Something occurred to me out of the blue today: during my last few months as editor of Interweave Crochet, as the company was beginning to focus more on the possibilities presented by online tools and social media, I wanted nothing to do with any of it in my work as editor. Crazy, hey?As you might have noticed, the whole print publishing industry is struggling to make sense of online media in much the same way the yarn industry is struggling.In my final months at IC, there was a lot more talk around the office about online stuff: blogs, forums, Twitter. And even though I had my own blog and still kept up a bit at the CrochetMe.com blog and I was on  Twitter, I really bristled at being pressured to do more online stuff for the magazine. Even though I was certain we needed to be online more and better than we were.last_img read more

Pentagon Pushing Plan to Consolidate Exchanges Commissaries Sources Say

first_imgDefense Department leaders appear to be moving ahead with a plan to consolidate the military’s commissary and exchange systems, according to multiple sources.The move comes in response to a recommendation from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission in January. Consolidating DOD’s three exchange services with the Defense Commissary Agency into a single Defense Resale Activity would generate savings by combining many of the back-end office and support functions such as logistics and staffing, the panel concluded.A meeting this week at the Pentagon is intended to allow military resale officials to review DOD’s plans for implementing the commission’s recommendation, sources told Military Times.Congress, however, would need to approve a significant restructuring of the commissary and exchange systems.A Pentagon spokesman would not confirm the meetings. Last month, President Obama said he supported the commission’s reforms to military pay and benefits and said DOD would send Congress by April 30 a set of legislative proposals based on the recommendations.DOD proposed its own set of cost-saving reforms to the commissary system in its fiscal 2016 budget request, including trimming staff, store hours and the days stores are open. That plan also called for U.S. commissaries to be operated more like a business, forcing the grocery stores to reduce customer discounts.Opponents of DOD’s proposal — which would cut funding for commissaries by $322 million in fiscal 2016 and by $1 billion the following year — say raising prices would eliminate the shopping benefit for military families. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

KimTrump summit a remarkable breakthrough for peace

first_imgFactfile looking back on the 12 June 2018, summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump. Photo: AFPThe agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a “remarkable breakthrough” for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, president Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.The US president and North Korean leader are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 following their landmark first summit in Singapore last June.That meeting — the first-ever between the leaders of the US and North Korea — produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards “the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.But progress has since stalled with the two sides disagreeing over it means and analysts say tangible progress on denuclearisation will be needed if the talks are to avoid being dismissed as “reality TV”.With the high-stakes summit now two weeks away, Pyongyang has yet to provide any official confirmation of the meeting in the Vietnamese capital.”For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,” said Moon in his first comments since the summit was announced.The meeting was a “remarkable breakthrough in the peace process on the Korean peninsula”, the South Korean president added.But he acknowledged there were “still many doubts about whether the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and peace process can be concluded successfully”.The leaders of the two Koreas and the US have persisted in talks over the issue because of “strong confidence in the direction history should take”, added Moon, who has taken on the role of middle man between Pyongyang and Washington, trying to bridge the gap on denuclearisation talks.Security allies Seoul and Washington have at times pursued divergent approaches toward Pyongyang, with the dovish South Korean leader pursuing engagement while the United States insists pressure must be maintained until the North denuclearises.But Moon expressed gratitude to both Trump and Kim for their “unprecedented, bold diplomatic efforts”, saying they were “crossing a sea of deep mistrust”.last_img read more