Oldenburg Students Enjoy Upgraded Gymnasium Amenities

first_imgA refurbished wood floor highlights upgrades to Oldenburg Academy’s gym.OLDENBURG – Oldenburg Academy recently acknowledged new upgrades and refurbishments in the school’s gymnasium that have taken place over the past year.The school now has a refinished and redesigned gym floor, underwritten by Oasis, the Alumni Assocation and many students, alums, parents, friends and faculty.The project was launched at an annual dinner auction when many people sponsored letters, logos, and various athletic markings on the floor. Oldenburg Coach Ace Moorman later led a student effort to sponsor a “piece of the floor” competition.Other accomplishments recognized at the August 28 celebration include:motion-sensor” lights, new sound system and new backboard were purchased with funds raised from OASIS athletic booster organizationScorers’ table was made possible by an exclusive Main Source Bank sponsorshipScoreboard which has numerous sponsorsSenior banners are courtesy of Agresta, Storms, O’Leary, CPA’sPresident Diane Laake stated: “Altogether, over $35,000 worth of improvements that benefit every OA student in PE class, when they play on a team or take part in our new conditioning program held on Tuesday mornings, when we gather for assemblies and events such as the club carnival yesterday or back to school registration and opening dance a few weeks ago; in addition, we host our annual alumni homecoming luncheon here in October, our dinner auction in February, a speech meet for area elementary students in the fall, placement test and scholarship programs, senior luncheon, etc. etc.  This is a true multi-purpose facility!  And it looks marvelous!”last_img read more

Ozil wants Arsenal to lay marker

first_img Press Association Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend. Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner. “Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn’t know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn’t know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not,” Wenger said. “I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club.” The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley. Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of. “I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time,” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday. “We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That’s what we will have to do on Monday again. “We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday.” Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal. It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013. last_img read more

Receivers take center stage during Tuesday’s football practice

first_imgFollowing a scrimmage on Howard Jones Field Saturday, the Trojans were back to regular practice on Tuesday. In the early weeks of camp, the USC defense stood out with its speed and forced turnovers. But on Tuesday, the offense took center stage. “Offensively, it’s probably been our best practice of spring thus far,” head coach Clay Helton said. The Trojans have holes to fill at the wide receiver position. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney leaving, younger players now have an opportunity to step up, and they impressed their head coach with a strong practice.“I was really proud of the young wide receivers,” Helton said. “The light really clicked on for them today.”After redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold struggled the first few weeks with interceptions, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton stressed that timing develops over time, and at this point in the spring, mistakes are understandable.“You’ve got to talk things over about what the quarterback sees, what the receiver sees,” Helton said. “It’s timing more than anything. The receiver has to understand what the quarterback’s thinking, where he’s going to go and the timing of all of that.”While spring practice has been a transition phase, Darnold appears to be getting more comfortable with the younger targets. When asked who has stood out the most to him in spring practice thus far, Darnold did not single anyone out.“All the receivers have been standing out the most to me,” Darnold said. While Darnold already has chemistry with junior wideout Deontay Burnett and his tight ends, redshirt sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe and junior Tyler Petite, the likes of sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt freshmen Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns look to make strides in the receiving game.“We’re looking forward to keeping it going and keep rolling through spring,” Darnold said. “And then hopefully it continues into summer workouts.”Pittman impressed in practice on Tuesday, consistently making plays and catching several of Darnold’s passes in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. One of the more experienced wideouts, Pittman drew praise from his coaches.“[Michael] had a good scrimmage on Saturday,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “He made some, what I like to say, ‘Big boy plays’ … and today he was really strong [and] played physical.”Jones has also continued to impress coaches with his playmaking ability. In the 7-on-7 portion of practice, Jones made an impressive touchdown catch over junior safety Marvell Tell III. With so many pass catchers turning heads, Helton praised Darnold’s work.“He’s really playing against the defense, and he’s not focused on one particular guy,” Helton said. “He’s really mixing the ball around nicely, and he did that again today.” While it will take time for chemistry to develop in the passing game, Darnold will rely on his talented supporting cast to power the Trojans through the upcoming campaign — one with championship aspirations.last_img read more

Jamaica Diaspora Board members elected

first_imgThe Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board election processes for the West/Mid-West, Southern and Northeast regions are now complete.Jamaicans and those of Jamaican descent living in these regions were invited to participate in this important process by reviewing candidate bios and casting votes for their chosen candidate.The candidate who secures the majority of votes is declared the duly elected Diaspora Advisory Board Representative. The candidate with the second most votes is declared the Alternate Advisory Board Member.The persons elected by majority vote are as follows:Diaspora Advisory Board Member Northeast Akelia Lawrence-Maitland South Wayne C. Golding, Sr., Esq. West and Mid-West Dr. Rupert FrancisThe Alternate Diaspora Advisory Board Members are Ronald Ingleton, Oliver Falloon-Reid and Marie Kellier respectively.The Diaspora Advisory Board arose out of the first Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Kingston, Jamaica in 2004. The Advisory Board represents the interests of Jamaica Diaspora populated communities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more