By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Stratford boys basketball team pulled out a big road win on Monday, defeating Stevens Point Pacelli 66-62 in a nonconference game at Pacelli High School.Stratford (2-0) trailed 33-28 at halftime before rallying in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 18-9 to take a 46-42 lead. Both teams scored 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers held on for the win.The Tigers won despite a huge game from Pacelli’s James Gollon, who scored 47 of the Cardinals’ 62 points. Gollon made 13 of 26 shots from the field, including five 3-pointers, and was a perfect 16 of 16 at the free throw line.Jake Reif had 19 points, and Michael Bargender added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Stratford.Stratford is off until Dec. 9 when it plays a nonconference game at Rib Lake.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 66, Cardinals 62Stratford 12 16 18 20 – 66Pacelli 18 15 9 20 – 62STRATFORD (66): Dawson Gebelein 3-6 0-0 6, Nick Stoflet 1-2 2-3 5, Michael Bargender 7-17 2-3 16, Ethan Nagel 0-2 0-0 0, Derek Schmidt 1-5 5-6 8, Jake Reif 5-13 5-9 19, Mitch Gurlaski 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Schmitt 4-9 2-5 10, Tanner Weinfurtner 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 22-56. FT: 16-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Reif 4-8, Schmidt 1-3, Stoflet 1-1, Gebelein 0-1, Nagel 0-2). Rebounds: 38 (Bargender 16). Assists: 14 (Reif 3, Bargender 3). Record: 2-0.PACELLI (62): Troy Flugar 1-7 0-0 3, Jake Elliott 1-3 1-2 4, James Gollon 13-26 16-16 47, Chris Shibilski 1-5 0-0 2, Carl Hintz 2-6 0-0 6, Andrew Blanker 0-1 0-0 0, Trevor Glodowski 0-1 0-0 0, Maxwell Firminhac 0-3 0-0 0, Zach Wysocki 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick Rath 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 18-52. FT: 17-21. 3-pointers: 9-29 (Gollon 5-11, Hintz 2-6, Elliott 1-2, Flugar 1-7, Blanker 0-1, Firminhac 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Shibilski 10). Record: 1-3.
9 June 2011President Jacob Zuma’s visit to assess the state of education in the Eastern Cape had positive spin-offs for at least one school in the province.Principal of Thobani Senior Secondary School in Peddie, Simphiwe Mzayidume, said construction work on a computer lab that was abandoned in May 2008 suddenly resumed, a week before Zuma’s visit to schools in the province on Wednesday.“While I am happy construction has started again, I have to ask why it takes a visit by President Zuma to the province in order for local government to deliver services,” Mzayidume said.Zuma, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Deputy Minister Enver Surty, along with Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet and Education MEC Mandla Makupula, visited Thobani Senior and two other schools in Mdantsane.“The Office of the Presidency has been inundated with reports that education in the province is in a shambles, which is why we have decided to visit,” Zuma said.The feedback the delegation received was the same at all three schools, with staff and pupils complaining about a number of issues, including a lack of resources, poor infrastructure and staff shortages.Mzayidume said his school has had many challenges over the years, 2011 being no exception. The school didn’t have a maths teacher from the beginning of the year until March, when a temporary teacher was employed. The school has also been plagued by problems of insufficient reading and study material, no computer lab and no proper toilets.“We’ve often had to pay for reading material out of our own pockets,” said Mzayidume. “We’ve also had to operate with one toilet for the girls and no toilet at all for the boys.”He said that despite the challenges, the school still performed very well. In 2009, the school achieved a 100% matric pass rate, which he said dropped to 70% in 2010 due to the nationwide strike by teachers.“This school is a shining example of what can be done in the face of adversity,” Zuma said. “I commend them for their dedication in ensuring education is administered despite the odds.”Motshekga promised immediate action to remedy the problems at Thobani Senior and commended the community for their role in the school’s success.“The way that everybody in the community has taken ownership of this school shows that people care about the importance of education in this area.”Motshekga committed herself to finding a permanent maths teacher for the school, providing a science lab and making sure study materials were delivered.Zuma also promised that the new computer lab would be equipped with 20 computers once it was completed.Source: BuaNews
Goalkeeper Bharat Chettri was named captain of the Indian hockey team for the London Olympics on Monday.The 16-member squad and two stand-bys were announced by Hockey India (HI) after a two-day (June 6-7) trial at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.The trials were witnessed by HI selectors B.P. Govinda and Balbir Singh, with chief coach Michael Nobbs, assistant coach Mohammed Riaz, exercise physiologist David John and government observer Harbinder Singh.Sarvanjit Singh and Kothajit Singh are the two stand-bys while Sardar Singh has been named as the vice-captain.Eight-time champions India have been clubbed with Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, New Zealand and Belgium in Group B. Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina and South Africa are in Group A.India start their campaign against the Netherlands, July 30 at the Riverbank Arena. They next face New Zealand, August 1, Olympic champions Germany (August 3), South Korea (August 4) and Belgium (August 7).All the matches will be played on blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls. The pitch has pink runways.The Indian team will reach London July 19 after its Europe tour of France and Spain.India, who missed the 2008 Beijing Games for the first time in 80 years, qualified for the 2012 London Games beating France 8-1 in the final match of the qualifier here earlier this year.The squad for the Europe tour:Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (captain) and P.R. SreejeshDefenders: V.R.Raghunath, Ignace Tirkey, Sandeep SinghMidfielders: Sardar Singh (vice captain), Kothajit Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet SinghForwards: S.V. Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Sarvanjit Singh, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Tushar Khandker, Dharamvir Singh, S.K. UthappaadvertisementTeam officials: Michael Nobbs (chief coach), Mohammed Riaz (coach), Clarence Lobo (coach), David John (physiotherapist), Shrikant Iyengar (manager), Hari Shanker Narayanan (video analyst)
Athens-based tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has reached a time charter agreement with Shell Tankers Singapore Private Limited for one of its product/chemical tankers.Under the deal, the company’s 50,000 dwt M/T Eco Palm Desert would be hired until September 2020.The time charter with Shell consists of a fixed amount per day plus a 50% profit share for earned rates over the fixed amount and replaces a pre-existing charter, TOP Ships explained.“As of today, we have two vessels that offer exposure in the spot market during a period when the prevailing sentiment is bullish. If the positive market expectations materialize, our results will benefit as a result of this profit sharing arrangement,” Evangelos Pistiolis, President and CEO of TOP Ships, said.