All Terrain Landscaping came in with a great plan for the upgrade and the local Lions Club were on also board with the improvements. NBA meet with the city staff and eventually the city council to talk about the upgrades throughout 2011 on how the improved diamond fits with the cities recreational plan. The final go ahead was given in late November of 2011All Terrain started the project once the snow melted in mid April.Due to the wet spring and other minor delays, turf was not ready to be laid until early September.“Thanks to All Terrain Landscaping, Karen McDonald and the staff at Nelson public works and to Mayor John Dooley and Councillor Bob Adams for championing this project,” Martel said.“The field looks amazing and will be a great place for local athletes to play for many years to come.” There’s a new ball diamond in Nelson . . . which has the feel of Boston’s Fenway Park.The Nelson and District Baseball Association recently took the wrappings off the new diamond at Lions Park in Uphill.“The new diamond is ready for ready play for the 2013 season for our 11 and under baseball players in the Little League Minor and Youth Baseball Rookie and T-ball divisions which is about 85 players in 2012,” said Larry Martel of the NDBA.Martel said the new diamond has been in the planning since 1997. Money was raised through donations from local businesses and grants from the BC gaming grants.The NDBA considered other locations in the city but those proved to be suitable or cost effective so Lions Park was put back into the mix.The Lions Park diamond was in the NDBA system for 20 years before it became unsafe and for two years sat unused by local baseball.
So close, but yet so far away for the Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka rink.Craig Lepine of Langley scored three in the ninth to break open a close game and defeat Shypitka 5-2 in the final of the im Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling Championship Saturday at the Trail Curling Club.The win avenged a loss to Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale. Lepine now advances to the Canadian Senior Men’s Finals.In the women’s championships played at the same time in Trail, Karen Lepine defeated Brenda Ridgeway of Nanaimo 9-5.Shypitka advanced to the final by defeating Kootenay rival Myron Nichol 8-4 in nine ends Friday during the semi final.The two rinks exchanged ends of three before Shypitka reeled off points in four consecutive ends to build an 8-3 advantage.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, advance to the semi final by blasting Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club 7-3 Friday afternoon.The win came on the heels of Nichol’s amazing comeback win during the final round robin game against Kelowna’s Garry Gelowitz.Trailing 8-4 after eight ends, Nichol scored two in the ninth before shocking the tournament with a steal of four in the tenth to knock the Kelowna rink out of the championships.
Zietek played overseas in Germany and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Zietek verbally committed to Temple June 16 and is the fourth Owls’ offensive lineman from out of the country. Kobe Wilson: Trask attended Evans High School in Evans, Georgia and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Trask verbally committed to Temple on July 4. Clary attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, NJ and is rated as a two-star recruit by 247sports. Clary verbally committed to Temple on Feb. 23 and was recruited by Brown. Defensive Back: Defensive End: D.J. Woodbury: Hawkins attended The Haverford School in Havertown, PA and is listed as a two-star recruit, according to Rivals. Hawkins verbally committed to Temple on Dec. 15 and recorded two interceptions this season. Defensive Tackle: Blair is a three-star recruit according to 247sports and attended Haverford High School in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Blair verbally committed to Temple on Dec. 13. He recorded 26 carries for 258 yards against Upper Darby High School on Nov. 28, according to MaxPreps. Muheem McCargo: Linebacker: Nick Bagashvili: Woodbury attended Burlington City High School in Burlington, NJ and is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals. Woodbury verbally committed to Temple on June 25 and was recruited by Brown. Matthew Duncan: Chevez Trask: Offensive Line: Here is a breakdown by position of the players who committed to Temple. Miles Zietek: Garrett Williams: Odom attended Kingsway High School in Swedesboro, NJ and is listed as a two-star recruit by 247sports. Odom verbally committed to the Owls on April 6 and was also recruited by Brown University. Ware is transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Starkville, MS and is listed as a zero-star recruit by 247sports. Ware plays safety and was recruited by safeties coach Melvin Rice. Ware verbally committed to Temple on Dec. 12. Morris attended Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Morris verbally committed to Temple on June 10 and was recruited by Rice. Athlete: Bryce Thoman: Davis attended Geneva High School in Geneva, Ohio and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Davis verbally committed to Temple on June 27 and was also recruited by Tripodi. Zae Baines: Bagashvili attended Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Bagashvili verbally committed to Temple on Dec. 17 over Rutgers. Jalen Ware: Quarterback: Daiyaan Hawkins: James Della Pesca: McCargo attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey and is listed as a three-star recruit by 247sports. McCargo verbally committed to Temple on Aug. 1 and was recruited by former coach Fran Brown who joined Rutgers University’s staff on Dec. 7. Temple University football announced its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday. The team will welcome 19 new players to the program this upcoming season. This is coach Rod Carey’s first recruiting class since joining the Owls. Williams attended King’s Fork High School in Suffolk, VA and is listed as a two-star recruit, according to 247sports. Williams verbally committed to Temple on Aug. 3 and played safety. Darian Varner: Wilson attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA and is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Wilson received an offer from the University of Georgia and originally committed to Memphis but decided to sign with Temple on Dec. 18. Thoman attended Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, PA and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Thoman verbally committed to Temple on June 29 and was recruited by offensive line coach Joe Tripodi and quarterbacks coach Craig Harmon. Sam Davis: Alex Odom: Della Pesca attended Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, NJ and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Della Pesca verbally committed to Temple on May 30 and also played tight end. Baines attended North Cross School in Roanoke, VA and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Baines verbally committed to Temple on Sept. 8 and was recruited by wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Thad Ward. Duncan attended Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Duncan verbally committed to Temple on April 17 and recorded 1,172 passing yards and four touchdowns in his senior season. Wide Receiver: Dyshier Clary: Trey Blair: Demerick Morris: Varner attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia and is rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports. Varner verbally committed to Temple on July 19 and was recruited by defensive line coach Walter Stewart.
KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “He was coming off the bridle today, there’s no way in the last month or two that he let me ride him like he let me ride him today. I think the horse is starting to figure (Kenny and me) out more than the other way around. He can obviously run and the time on the track shows you how tough the going is today. He ran a mile in 1:35 last time and he stuck his neck out and got a mile in 1:39 today. True champion, heart of a champion.“I’m feeling like more trainers ought to put me on more horses (laughs).” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. He likes the rain, he likes everything. The rain didn’t bother him one bit.(On seeing the red and white silks coming in first) . . . “It gives you a little thump in your heart. It’s always just as exciting as our first race. It really is just unbelievable. That horse, when he’s going around there, it’s just like the first time you ever saw him. Just as exciting as when I was only 13 years old.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES KENNETH BLACK, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “What a ride. I would have never given those instructions. I didn’t give him instructions – he knows the horse better than me. But going into the first turn, I was questioning his tactics. There was no speed in the race, and he’s sitting fifth or sixth and three off him. I would have bet every dime I had that he’d be on the lead when he turned down the backside. I think this horse will run longer if we want him to. We aren’t going to fix what’s not broken.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al.
MANDELLA’S WILD AT HEART MUCH BEST IN GRADE III, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 3 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; INDIAN CHARLIE MARE GETS MILE ON FAST MAIN TRACK IN 1:36.48
SWITCH FROM TURF TO DIRT RESULTS IN SIX SCRATCHES, GRADED STATUS TO BE DETERMINED ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2017)–Originally categorized as a Grade II and scheduled for a mile on turf, Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes was shifted to the main track due to heavy rains on Friday, resulting in six late scratches, but Richard Mandella’s Wild At Heart was undeterred, as she streaked to a 3 ½ length win under Flavien Prat while getting a flat mile on a fast track in 1:36.48.A close third moving into the far turn, Wild At Heart pounced on pacesetters Hillhouse High and Lily Pod three furlongs from home, shook loose of the latter straightening for home and won as much best while notching her first added money victory.The 3-2 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, Wild At Heart, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Indian Charlie, paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.60.“After the scratches, the race got a bit easier,” said Mandella, who was also instrumental in Prat’s development as one of America’s bright young riding stars. “We were anxious to see what she could do on the turf, but I’ll take what happened here today…You know I’m partial to Flavien. To me, he looked great when he was 18 years old (now 24). I think he does make a difference. I think he’s one of the best that we’ve seen in a long time.”Owned by Ramona S. Bass, LLC, Wild At Heart, who was a well beaten fourth here in the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 14, got her third win from 11 starts and with the winner’s check of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $331,305.“The pace was fast, but that’s the way it set up today,” said Prat, who is also Santa Anita’s leading rider through 31 days with 35 wins. “She won pretty easy though. She was much better today than last time out.”Ridden by Martin Garcia, Lily Pod sat a close second most of the trip and maintained that position late, finishing 6 ¼ lengths in front of Hillhouse High. Off at 7-2, Lily Pod paid $4.00 and $3.00.Hillhouse High, who had no answer for the winner around the far turn, held third by a nose over Jeremy’s Legacy. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hillhouse High was off at 5-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.97, 45.89, 1:10.22 and 1:23.00.Note: The American Graded Stakes Committee will review the result of the Buena Vista in the next week and will determine whether it will remain a Grade III or be restored to its original Grade II status.