Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Ramos FamilyVictoria Ramos, 16 a sophomore at Timberline High is proud to represent our State Capitol in the 2014 Miss Teen USA pageant. Victoria has been very busy preparing for this once in a lifetime event. She hopes to use the Miss Teen USA platform to encourage and inspire youth to be positive role models in their community.Victoria recently represented Olympia at the 2013 Boeing Classic Golf tournament and has attended seminars with Microsoft and Amazon professionals preparing for the Miss Teen USA pageant. Victoria has remained committed to her studies at Timberline High School, where she is taking AP courses.Victoria’s demanding schedule also includes playing for Timberline High School’s Varsity soccer team where the team is competing to win a league title. Victoria also plays club soccer for TC United where she helped her team reach 3 tournament finals in the Seattle Cup, Rainier Valley Slam and the Federal Way blast. She has coached youth teams as a means to give back and share her love of soccer with younger generations. Victoria aspires to study Occupational Therapy and plans to play for her college soccer team.This year’s pageant will showcase contestants from all across the state of Washington, and the prizes, cash, scholarships and awards will probably be similar to last year, which was valued at over $900,000. The Miss Washington USA® and Miss Washington Teen USA® pageants will be held October 18 – 19, 2013 at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.The contestants may be found online here. Look for “Contestants” and click on Miss Washington Teen USA® Contestants. The most online votes for the People’s Choice will automatically make the Semi-Finals of the pageant and the Miss Photogenic voting is also live. Please log on and vote for Victoria Ramos, Miss Olympia Teen USA.
Facebook116Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Yelm Community Schools DistrictRepresentatives from RES (Renewable Energy Systems), the developers and construction firm for the Skookumchuck Wind project, presented the Yelm Community Schools District with a check for $17,000 this evening at the monthly meeting of the school board. The $17,000 donation will support nine schools in the district, with $5,000 set aside for the high school football field’s renovation and maintenance, $1,500 to each of the two middle schools, and $1,500 to each of six elementary schools. From left: Brian Wharton, Superintendent; Denise Hendrickson, School Board Vice President; Kurt Schwarting, RES Site Manager; Jessica Coffey, RES Project Manager; Debbie Edwards, School Board President; Doug Clark, RES Project Superintendent; Bill Hauss, School Board Member. Photo courtesy: essica CoffeySkookumchuck Wind is a 137-megawatt wind project located across 22,000 acres in Lewis and Thurston Counties and once fully operational, will power approximately 48,000 homes with clean, renewable energy. The wind project is a key element in helping Washington State achieve its new mandate to reach 100% clean energy by 2045. The Skookumchuck Wind project is a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES. The donation to the Yelm Community School District was made on behalf of RES.“We believe that we have an obligation to deliver clean energy and make a positive impact in communities like Yelm where we are working, which is why we’re so proud to make this donation to the school district,” said Jessica Coffey, RES project manager at the Skookumchuck Wind project. “We are excited to bring significant benefits to the local communities of Thurston and Lewis counties.” “On behalf of our students, we are so grateful to RES and the Skookumchuck Wind project for this timely and substantial donation to our schools,” said Brian Wharton, Superintendent of the Yelm Community School District. “These funds will go far in supporting not only our high school athletic program, but also activity programs at all schools in the district. We also look forward to partnering with the Skookumchuck Wind project on educational projects, classroom experiences and future employment opportunities for our students.”
From the Halls of Lincroft to the Shores of Little Silver, the 6th Motor Transport Battalion, represented by Sergeant Sayaid and five of the Few and the Proud, arrived in their seven-ton military truck.The LZ: Two River Orthodontics in Little Silver. The Mission: Extraction of contraband — 1,013 pounds of Halloween candy – and its successful redeployment to appreciative American troops. The Objective: Saving the teeth of young trick-or-treaters.The 6th Motor Transport recently returned from Afghanistan so navigating down Newman Springs Rd was much less stressful.Marines from the 6th Motor Transport Battalion visited Two River Orthodontics to collect candy for the troops. Pictured are: Corporal Katina (in front); (l-r) Sgt Sayied, PFC Legrand, PFC Conklin, PFC Cropper, PFC Isabella and Dr. Gregory Coakley.The Battalion’s Staff Sergeant Courter is overseeing the distribution of the candy to get it to where it will be most appreciated. “A portion of the candy has already been sent to American Recreational Military Services (ARMS), a grassroots organization run by Ronnie Micciulla here in Eatontown that does so much to help our military families here in the tri-state area and those serving overseas. The remainder will be thoroughly enjoyed at a holiday party for recent returnees from Afghanistan and their families.”Dr. Gregory Coakley of Two River Orthodontics instituted a candy buy-back program a few years ago to encourage his young patients to give up their Halloween stash. This year, as an incentive to encourage this anti-cavity swap, Dr Coakley gave the kids an offer they couldn’t refuse: a chance to win an Apple iPad. Children received a raffle ticket for every pound of candy delivered. This year Bridgin Murrer, was the winner.“I’m still overwhelmed by the response,” said Coakley. “The first year, about 475 pounds of candy was delivered to our offices. Last year we almost doubled that to 866 pounds. This year, we crossed over half a ton. I felt like I captured big bags of trouble that meant nothing but tooth decay and broken braces for my patients and all of the kids in the community.”For more information call (732) 741-9090 or visit tworiverortho.com. To help the troops, visit www.supportarms.org.
LINCROFT – The Monmouth Museum is holding two special events on Sunday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the holidays and the newest exhibit in the Becker Children’s Wing.The Monmouth Museum’s annual holiday exhibition opens Nov. 18 with a reception.A reception to mark the annual holiday exhibition, called “A Golden Holiday Celebration” this year, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The exhibition features trees and trimmings decorated by local garden clubs and the Friends of the Monmouth Museum to celebrate the museum’s 50th Anniversary in 2013. The refurbished train layout will play a prominent role in the holiday festivities.Those attending will enjoy songs with local musicians Kyle Ward and Taylor Tote, an acoustic duo from Ardvark, and be able to sample sweet treats and join in fun activities.The reception is free and open to the public.“A Golden Holiday Celebration” will be on display through Dec. 30 at the Monmouth Museum, which is located at 765 Newman Springs Road on the campus of Brookdale Community College.The other event for Sunday, Nov. 18, is a grand opening reception from noon to 5 p.m. for “Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate” in the children’s wing.Attendees will be able to explore the theme of communication through four exhibitions featuring hands-on, interactive displays and activities on different subjects. Visitors will explore “Changing Climate: Changing Weather” through multi-sensory, interactive displays; and “Blast Off” in a Friendship 7 capsule in our space exhibition; be transported to Ancient Egypt in a time machine; and make a craft from recycled materials in the popular Green Arts Studio. Special activities include a scavenger hunt and planetarium shows.“Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate” will be on display through August 2014.Both receptions are free and open to the public.Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2266 or by visiting www.monmouthmuseum.org.
Connor McLaughlin spent a few seasons getting kicked around by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks as a member of the Nelson Leafs hockey club.Sunday night in Fruitvale McLaughlin got a little revenge.The Arizona native scored twice to lead the Fernie Ghostriders to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory.The win squares the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final at 1-1 and gives the Riders the all-important split with game’s three and four back in Fernie Tuesday and Wednesday.Beaver Valley won the series opener 5-2.Fernie won game two by out scoring the Hawks 4-2 in the second period to grab a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes.Marty Wicks also scored twice for the Eddie Mountain champs with singles going to Patrick Webb and Brandon Burge.Dallas Calvin scored twice and Max Flanagan added a single for Beaver Valley. Fernie kept Beaver Valley’s top line in check in game two after the trio of Ryan Edwards, Chris Derochie and rookie Craig Martin finished game one with a combined total of eight points.Beaver Valley out shot the Riders 35-29 Sunday.Saturday, Beaver Valley build a 5-0 lead before the Riders came back late in the game to make the score respectable.Martin, with a pair, Derochie, Mason Spear and Aire Postmus scored for Beaver Valley.McLaughlin and Stefen Seel replied for Fernie.Chiefs take command in Okanagan The Kelowna Chiefs exploded for 13 goals in two games en route to grabbing a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Conference Final.Landon Andrusiak had four points, including three goals during Saturday’s opener.Sunday Scott Renner scored twice to lead the Chiefs,The series resumes Tuesday in Sicamous.
After a scoreless third-period and first overtime period, Nelson got the chance they needed with a Columbia Valley defenceman fell at the visitor’s blueline.Piva jumped on the loose puck before roofing a shot over the shoulder of Rockies goalie Will McCreight.“I guess it was a little bit of luck,” Piva said. “When I saw he fell I got pretty excited. . .. I saw (Rockies goalie McCreight) cheating to the left side so then the top corner was open.”Dale Howell scored both goals for Nelson while Nicholas Wihak and Quinn Sobus replied for the Rockies.Nelson finished the game out shooting Columbia Valley 35-16.Ben Kelsch earned the win in goal for the Leafs.Nelson lost the services of sniper Andy Fitzpatrick in the second period after the Calgary native was involved in a dust up with Davin Burton to Columbia Valley.Both players were handed fighting majors and game misconducts.Friday in Fruitvale, Beaver Valley jumped to a 3-0 lead before rolling to a 4-2 victory.Tyler Hartman scored twice for the Hawks while Dylan Heppler and Aiden Browell added singles.Piva and Howell replied for the Leafs, out shot 35-26 in the contest.LEAF NOTES: The win allows Nelson to keep pace with the Nitehawks. Beaver Valley leads the Murdoch Division by three points over second place Nelson. The Hawks have won six straight games. Grand Forks is third and Castlegar fourth. . . . It’s only October and the Leafs are already dealing with an abundance of injuries. Nelson started the game with only 15 skaters before losing forwards Andy Fitzpatrick and Kolten Nelson during the game. The list out of the lineup include Jack Karran, Zach Morey, Noah Looman, Dash Thompson, goalie Jason Sandhu and Austin Steger. . . . Nelson, which did get defenceman Jacob Karran back from in the injury list, takes to the road for a swing through the Eddie Mountain Division. Friday, the Leafs face Creston before travelling to Kimberley Saturday to meet the Dynamiters. It appears this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season nothing is going to come easy for the Nelson Leafs.Despite out shooting their opponents by a 2-1 margin, the Leafs needed an overtime marker from Ryan Piva in the second period of extra time to edge the Columbia Valley Rockies 3-2 in KIJHL action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win allows Nelson to gain a weekend split in KIJHL action.Friday, the Leafs did not play well, falling 4-2 to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.“We had a slow start but realized we couldn’t drop to play at their level so we had to pick it up a notch,” Piva said from outside the Leafs jubilant dressing room.”It was a tough game last night so to come back and rebound like we did tonight shows a lot of character on this team,” Piva added.Nelson dominated the opening 40 minutes out shooting the Rockies 27-11.However, the Leafs, squandering to many chances to score, were tied 2-2 entering the third.
Chandler Klein, Kobe Scott and Taylor Schubada also scored for Wainwright, winners of the Alberta Junior B Hockey League.Jaxen Gemmell replied for Beaver Valley.During the round robin draw Wainwright and Beaver Valley played to a 3-3 tie.The Hawks, advancing to the Keystone Cup after capturing the Cyclone Taylor Cup last week, came within a whisker of following in the footstep of the 100 Mile Wranglers.The Wranglers won the 2016 Keystone Cup last season.The Nitehawks finished the Junior B season with an impressive record.Beaver Valley won the KIJHL regular season and playoff championships before claiming the BC Junior B Hockey League title in Creston.The Hawks complete the season with a 59-9-2-0-3 record. Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.However, in the extra period, the Bisons got the winner when Woodward beat Tallon Kramer in the Beaver Valley nets with the Championship-winning marker.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – A wide open field of 13 three-year-old fillies are set to go in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs as part of the Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.Though she has never run on natural dirt in her three lifetime starts, Long Hot Summer could be the one to beat Saturday. A two-time winner at Del Mar, breaking her maiden going 5 ½ furlongs August 9 in a maiden special weight and then following that with a win in the Aug. 27 Generous Portion Stakes, Long Hot Summer ran a solid second in a downhill turf allowance at Santa Anita March 19.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the filly by Street Boss was bought at the May Barretts Sale in 2014 for $260,000. She is 3-2-1-0 overall with earnings of $145,580.Bad Ju Ju goes into Saturday two for two at sprint distances and will retain the services of Kayla Stra in the saddle. A distant fifth in her first career outing at Del Mar Nov. 7, she went on to break her maiden by 9 ¼ lengths at Los Alamitos on Dec. 5 in a maiden special weight. Bad Ju Ju went gate to wire once again Jan. 29 at Santa Anita in an allowance race and will attempt to make it three in a row Saturday off a two month layoff.The filly by Desert Code is trained by Mike Machowsky and owned by Richard Barton and Lo Hi Stable. She is 3-2-0-0 overall with earnings of $61,120.The Peter Miller trained Easter Fever, one of the more experienced in the field with nine lifetime starts will gain Victor Espinoza for the Evening Jewel and will break from the far outside.The daughter of Stormin Fever has recently re-gained top form as she hasn’t been worse than second in her last two races and a win three starts back in a $50,000 claiming race, all at six furlongs. She is owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and is 9-2-4-0 overall with $120,600 in earnings.The complete field for the Evening Jewel Stakes, to be run as the 10th race on a eleven-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 122; Niassa, Martin Garcia, 120, Desert Thief, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 120; Bad Ju Ju, Kayla Stra, 120; Can Can Babe, Elvis Trujillo, 120; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 116; Alwazabridesmaid, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 118; Jenna’s Faith, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Grand Yodeler, Kent Desormeaux, 120; Princess Bertrando, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Easter Fever, Victor Espinoza, 116. –30– COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 13 SOPHOMORE FILLIES SET COMPETE IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES EVENT
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Charoline Erlandsson is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. McNeese returns to the court on Thursday to face Eastern Michigan in a neutral-site match in Beaumont at 10 a.m. CT. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo, Northwestern State; Carrie Casey, Sam Houston State. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Charoline Erlandsson, McNeese – Jr. – Stockholm, Sweden Erlandsson helped the Cowgirls (4-0, 0-0 SLC) keep their perfect record intact as they notched three consecutive home wins on the week. McNeese opened with a 7-0 victory over Prairie View A&M on Friday before defeating UTSA 5-2 on Saturday. The Cowgirls wrapped up the week with a 7-0 sweep against UL Lafayette on Sunday. Beginning the week with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sweep over Prairie View A&M’s Jessica Lackey, Erlandsson set the tone for a perfect weekend at No. 5 singles. The junior from Stockholm, Sweden, did not concede a set in her three singles matches, winning Saturday’s contest against UTSA’s Kylee Kati 6-1, 6-2, and Sunday’s match to UL Lafayette’s Marina Garcia 6-4, 6-3. She also won all three doubles matches for the weekend with Phonexay Chitdara at the No. 3 slot. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Honorable Mention: Leonel Perez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Kade Granier, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – LHP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine threw his first career complete-game shutout, blanking McNeese on Friday night in a 1-0 win. He allowed just four hits and struck out two in the performance. He was in cruise control down the stretch from the fifth to eighth, retiring the side until the ninth. The Cowboys had just three opportunities with a runner in scoring position. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior Hunter Strong and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Jarrod Huber, Stephen F. Austin; Blake Chisolm, Sam Houston State; Nick Anderson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Hitter of the Week: Hunter Strong, Central Arkansas – Jr. – OF – Sheridan, Ark.Strong hit .474 and slugged .789 on the week while going 4-for-5 and 3-for-6 in consecutive games versus New Orleans. He was 8-for-15 with three doubles and a home run in the sweep of the Privateers and had one of UCA’s four hits against Oklahoma State. Nicholls (8-15, 4-5) hosts Mississippi State tomorrow at 6 p.m. before heading west to take on Arizona in a three-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Arkansas (15-9, 7-2 SLC) is tied for second in the conference standings and is coming off a sweep of New Orleans. The Bears host Wichita State tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT before welcoming Northwestern State for a three-game series beginning Thursday at 4 p.m.