The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats skipper Mario DiBella has been selected to one of the two assistant coaching positions for the upcoming Female Midget AAA All Star Game at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.DiBella, who has coached at the Nelson Minor Hockey and Provincial levels as well as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, joins Jason Garneau of the Prince George Cougars as the two assistant coaches selected from the five-team league.Mark Elder of the Thompson/Okanagan Rockets and Dean Reed of Fraser Valley Phantom will serve as head coaches.The game is set for December 3 in Coquitlam. The contest begins at 6:45 p.m..During the first and second intermission a skills competition will be held for all the participating players. The skill competition will include fastest skater and a breakaway challenge.The Female Midget AAA League was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite Female Midget teams.Players for the All Star contest will be announced this email@example.com
The National U22 Mens and Womens Championship Finals takes place at the National stadium in Dublin tonight with three Galway Boxers all looking to add U22 Titles to the National Senior Titles they won before Christmas. Monivea’s Adam Hession faces Mark Corcoran from Corinthians in the 52 Kg Final followed by Gabriel Dossen in the 75Kg Final where he faces John Joe Nevin from Crumlin. The final fight of the night is the 91+ Kg Final between Gytis Lisinskas from Celtic Eagles and Luke Hall from Crumlin. Gabriel Dossen, Adam Hession and Gytis Lisinskas who all fight for Irish U22 Titles this evening at the National Stadium.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The Trail Smoke Eaters held leads three separate times but couldn’t find a way to hold them as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Merritt Centennials on Saturday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. It took until the game’s opening power play to find a goal scorer and came in the way of defender Trevor Zins to give the visiting Smoke Eaters a 1-0 lead. Kent Johnson played the puck from the left wing up to the point for Zins as he let a wrist shot go through heavy traffic in front of the net and beat Centennials netminder Austin Roden for his 12th goal of the season and gave Trail a 1-0 advantage at the 10:02 mark of the opening frame. Merritt had an answer just over two minutes later after a power play had expired as Mike Van Unen tied the game at 1-1. Van Unen took a pass from Bradley Cocca at the left point and wristed a shot to the net that beat Smoke Eaters goaltender Donovan Buskey through traffic on the glove side at the 12:36 mark to even the game.Before the period was out, the Smoke Eaters regained their one-goal lead off a turnover in the neutral zone after a Centennial defender lost his footing just outside the blue line. Carter Jones picked the loose puck up, trying to go through the legs of Roden but was denied before the rebound was chipped in by Owen Ozar following the play for his 13th goal of the season and a 2-1 lead for Trail into the 1st intermission. The Centennials battled back to begin the 2nd period with an early power play and got the game on even terms once again courtesy of the man advantage. Matthew Kopperud sent a puck from the left point down to the goal line for a streaking Nick Granowicz as he deflected the puck in past the glove side of Buskey just seven seconds into the power play and at the 1:45 mark tied the game at 2-2. Trail once again would take the lead at the 6:49 mark of the middle stanza courtesy of another power play marker, their second of the game. Chase Stevenson started the play with a pass to the midpoint for Diarmad DiMurro as he fed the right wing where Braeden Tuck let a shot go from the right face-off circle for his 14th goal of the season and a 3-2 Smoke Eaters advantage. As they did for the night, the Centennials had an answer as Kopperud knotted the game up at 3-3 at the 13:43 mark. After some sustained time in the offensive zone, Kopperud threw the puck on goal from the right corner and snuck past the blocker side of Buskey to even the game heading into the final period of regulation. The Centennials took their first lead of the game at the 5:27 mark of the final period with Peyton Matsui finding the back of the net with a nice deflection. Talon Zakall took the shot from the right point that was tipped in from the right face-off circle by Matsui to give Merritt a 4-3 advantage. That lead didn’t last long as Chase Stevenson got the game evened up at 4-4 at the 6:06 mark, coming just 39 seconds after Merritt took the lead. Trevor Zins got his own rebound down the right wing and left the puck at the glove side as Stevenson stuffed his 19th goal of the season past Roden to even the score. The eventual game winning goal came at the 11:09 mark of the 3rd period with Granowicz tallying his second goal of the night on the power play. Nick Wicks passed from below the goal line on the blocker side as Granowicz was alone in the slot to bury the goal that gave Merritt a 5-4 lead. Trail had a late power play in the 3rd period with just over two and a half minutes remaining and pulled the goaltender but couldn’t find the back of the net as Wicks added an empty netter with 30 seconds left to finish the scoring in a 6-4 Centennials win. Donovan Buskey turned aside 22 of the 27 shots he faced in the game in his 3rd loss of the season while Austin Roden stopped 20 of the 24 shots thrown his way in his 24th victory of the season. FINAL SCORE: 6-4 CentennialsSHOTS ON GOAL: 28-24 Centennials
The season could not have ended any better for Nelson native Reece Hunt — except for Bemidji State University women’s hockey team dropping a 2-1 series decision to No. 9 University of Minnesota Duluth in Western Collegiate Hockey Association Quarterfinals.Hunt, a forward for Bemidji State, was selected as the WCHA Rookie of the Week after leading all freshman with four points off of three goals and one assist.The award comes on the heels of Hunt being named WCHA Rookie of the Month for February after leading all league rookies in scoring.This past weekend against University of Minnesota Duluth Hunt began the series by assisting on the Beavers’ lone goal in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. She then responded by scoring both goals in BSU’s 2-1 four-overtime victory in game two.In game three, Hunt scored the Beavers’ lone goal in their 4-1 loss on Sunday. Her three goals over the weekend were tied for the most in the WCHA. Hunt finished the series with 15 shots on goal which tied for third most in the league and was +1 on the ice.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad paced all WCHA rookies with five goals during the month and tied for the overall lead with seven points. She scored all of her goals at even strength and posted two multi-goal games during the month including her first career hat trick versus No. 4/3 University of Minnesota.Hunt finishes her freshman campaign tied for third on the team and third among league rookies in scoring with 19 points off of seven goals and 12 assists.Hunt played Minor Hockey in Nelson before advancing to the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild.The 5’5” forward played in two consecutive seasons for Team BC, helping the squad capture the bronze medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB.
MATTHIJS DE LIGT is firmly on European football’s most wanted list after a stellar rise to stardom which has seen him become Ajax captain and an international, aged 18.Centre-back De Ligt only made his debut for Ajax in October last year but is being pursued by a host of clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham and Barcelona.7 Matthijs de Ligt is preparing himself for a big-money move this summerCredit: GettyAnd reports in the Netherlands claim de Ligt has told Ajax he wants a move this summer.Our friends at Football Whispers have studied the Dutch dynamo to see what the fuss is all about.Who is Matthijs de Ligt?7 Matthijs de Ligt is already Ajax captain and a Holland international, aged 18Credit: AFPIt’s easy to get carried away by hype surrounding young talent but everything points towards De Ligt becoming one of the world’s best defenders.As so many Dutch legends before him, he is a product of the Ajax academy and at 18 has already accumulated 60 first-team appearances as well as five international caps.When he lined up against Manchester United in last year’s Europa League final at the age of 17 years and 285 days he became the youngest Dutchman to play in a European final in history.Considering the volume of talent the country has churned out down the decades, that is some accolade and if his development continues at the same rate he will become very special indeed.Born in Leiderdorp, just 20 miles outside Amsterdam, De Ligt’s first love was tennis before he took up football when he was six.7 Man City, United and Tottenham are three Prem teams interested in Matthijs de LigtCredit: GettyHe joined Ajax aged nine and spent his early years as a midfielder before eventually moving into defence where his physical attributes were an obvious fit.That schooling helped deliver the footballer we have to today as De Ligt looks as smooth and comfortable on the ball as any young midfielder.He made his first appearance for Jong Ajax – the club’s reserve team – in August 2016, playing 90 minutes of a second division match against FC Emmen.Within two months he had broken into the first-team set-up under Peter Bosz, making his debut in a cup tie against Willem II.As if his rapid elevation into the full Ajax side wasn’t enough, De Ligt scored 26 minutes into the match with a near-post header from a corner.Justin Kluivert and Matthijs de Ligt The four Ajax wonderkids revealed MORE FOOTBALL FEATURESExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordExclusive’IT’S BEEN TOUGH’Alan Carr reveals lockdown pressures tempted his husband to drink againBUMPING ALONG NICELYKate Ferdinand shows off her growing baby bump during holiday with RioHe became the club’s second youngest goalscorer after Clarence Seedorf and joined the likes of Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten as players who found the net on their first Ajax appearance.His career looks to be taking a similar path to that collection of Dutch icons as since then he’s developed to become a fixture in the first-team and an international regular.The Netherlands may be going through a tough time having not qualified for Russia 2018 but De Ligt, along with team-mates Frenkie De Jong and Justin Kluivert, leads a promising new generation.His international bow came way ahead of schedule after Danny Blind called him up in March last year following just two Eredivisie starts and put him in the XI for a World Cup qualifier in Bulgaria.It was a rude awakening for De Ligt as he was caught out for both Bulgaria goals in a 2-0 defeat and was substituted at half-time.However, that brief set-back has only made him a better player. This season, in his first full campaign for Ajax, he’s impressed with his reading of the game and leadership.7 Matthijs de Ligt has grown more and more comfortable this seasonCredit: GettyThe loss of Davinson Sanchez to Tottenham left a hole in defence in which De Ligt has seamlessly filled while he’s also taken the captaincy from Joel Veltman.He’s always been quick and strong for his age but is now developing the mental side of the game to match his physical and technical attributes.As his agent Barry Hulshoff said: “His mind is constantly occupied with what it takes to be a good defender.”He sets targets for himself, which he will accomplish if there are no injury problems.”Those targets seem to have progressed beyond Ajax after Hulshoff has entered into partnership with Mino Raiola and sure enough this week it was made clear De Ligt wants a move away from Amsterdam.How much will he cost?7 Matthijs de Ligt is said to want a move away from Ajax this summerCredit: GettyDe Ligt is under contract with Ajax until 2021 which will put his price at a premium.As clever as they are in finding and developing talent, the Amsterdam giants are also pretty smart sellers.Sanchez left last summer for a Dutch record £40m and Arek Milik’s departure the previous summer cost Napoli £30m.De Ligt will likely be in the region of €50m given not only how good he is a player now but how special he could become.What else plays in Ajax’s favour is, unlike Sanchez, the volume of clubs who are interest in him which will undoubtedly encourage a bidding war.Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Tottenham are four known suitors but De Ligt’s availability could also bring others into the equation.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final gameWhat’s his most likely destination?7 Matthijs de Ligt could find himself at Barcelona by the start of next seasonCredit: ReutersCity are an obvious fit given Pep Guardiola’s love of defenders who can pass, keep possession and build attacking plays from defence.De Ligt is two-footed and looks comfortable and assertive in a four or three-man defence with Guardiola also a huge admirer of flexible, adaptable players.With John Stones and Aymeric Laporte seen as the present and future of the club, however, there is no obvious place in the first XI.Barcelona also make sense as Gerard Pique turns 32 next season and at 6ft 2ins, De Ligt is of a similar style to the Spain international and would form a formidable future partnership with Samuel Umtiti.But people who have worked with De Ligt comment on how mature and reserved he is as a person and that the promise of a super-club may not necessarily appeal at this stage of his career.7 Matthijs de Ligt is being tipped to have a big future ahead of himCredit: AP:Associated PressRaiola’s influence may push him towards the Champions League elite, where he’ll be more financially rewarded, but De Ligt may find himself more suited to a club like Spurs.He’ll be fully aware of how many matches Sanchez has played under Mauricio Pochettino and how he’s enhanced his game while Spurs have that strong link with Ajax.It would also be a transfer that wouldn’t come with the same political baggage as Barcelona with the pressure to be the “next Pique” who has been a figurehead for the Catalans for the last ten years.Raiola’s close relationship with Ed Woodward may also see Manchester United begin to move into the picture, with Jose Mourinho also keen to add another centre-back.Full Wednesday Premier League preview including Chelsea vs Huddersfield and Leicester vs Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men started the clash strongly and took the lead early thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty.Tottenham, however, suddenly came back into the game thanks to Eric Dier’s header, and even finished the first half 2-1 up.But after the break Spurs’ players could rarely touch the ball as the Gunners completely dominated the match.In fact, Tottenham star Dele Alli made only six passes in the second half… and four of them came from kick-offs.Aaron Ramsey and Dele Alli fight triggers mass Arsenal v Tottenham brawl – even Mauricio Pochettino gets involved!3 Dele Alli completed only six passes in the second half against Arsenal – four of them came from kick-offsCredit: AP:Associated Pressmost read in footballPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsPED’S GONEPedro’s goodbye to Chelsea before Roma move as Cesc takes credit for signing himBANK LAMPARDChelsea scoop £50m Euro bonus as Lamps learns ‘a million things’ in debut yearAlli made only one pass on the opposition’s half after the break.Apart from that, the England international could only get the ball at his feet while restarting the game from the middle of the pitch.That came after three second-half goals from Arsenal, securing the Gunners’ victory over bitter rivals.Both Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira joined Aubameyang on the scoresheet as the Gunners went on to extending their unbeaten run to 19.Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shines as Arsenal come from behind to beat Tottenham in explosive six-goal thriller3 Both Aubameyang and Lacazette scored against Tottenham in the second half taking Arsenal’s tally after the break to 24 goals this seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressEmery’s men seem to transform into a completely different side in the second 45 minutes this season as they have scored 24 goals – the league’s most – after the break so far.That is three more than Manchester City.And also two more than the total Manchester United managed to score in the Premier League in the current campaign.After the victory over Tottenham, Arsenal are now fourth – eight points behind Citizens. ARSENAL managed to turn the tide in the second half yet again, coming from behind and decisively beating Tottenham 4-2.And Dele Alli’s shocking passing stats that emerged after the game perfectly displayed the extent of the Gunners’ dominance in the second period.3 Dele Alli rarely touched the ball as Arsenal came from behind in the second half to win the North London derby 4-2Credit: AFP or licensors
Shaw helped guide the Islanders to two road wins over UIW and Abilene Christian by scoring 28 points against the Cardinals and 26 against the Wildcats. The senior from Cincinnati, Ohio (Winston Woods H.S.), scored 20 of her 26 points against ACU in the second half in only 23 minutes of action. Shaw was very efficient against the Wildcats, shooting 6-for-7 from 3-point range and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. On the week, Shaw averaged 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. She was an impressive 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field, 60.0 percent (9-for-15) from behind the arc and 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the line. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. Honorable mention this week goes to Oral Roberts freshman guard Kaylan Mayberry, Nicholls sophomore guard Emani White and Lamar freshman post player Kiandra Bowers. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard Jasmine Shaw has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Photo Gallery | Tournament WebsiteCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Natalya Krutova’s 6-4, 6-1 win at fifth singles sealed a 4-0 quarterfinal win for the No. 1 Northwestern State over No. 8 seed Lamar in the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament Friday at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Courts on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I think we played well today, and we set the tone in doubles,” said head coach Patric DuBois. “All three courts in doubles all played very well, and we were really confident going into singles. We all stayed focused on each particular court. We did what we wanted to in our process on each individual court, and we will be ready for whoever we play tomorrow and will try to do the same thing.” Singles1. Polina Konop (NSU) vs. Dariya Dashutina 6-2, 4-4, unfinished2. Tatiana Larina (NSU) def. Carolina Masó 6-1, 6-23. Aliona Ladutska (NSU) vs. Alicia Porte 6-1, 5-4, unfinished4. Kateryna Piatakova (NSU) def. Katya Lapayeva 6-3, 6-15. Natalya Krutova (NSU) def. Anna Spengler 6-4, 6-16. Daniela Simonova (NSU) vs. Hanna Elfving 7-5, 2-1, unfinished Konop, Ladutska and Simonova all led in their respective singles slots when the match ended. Piatakova put the Lady Demons up 2-0 in singles as she claimed the fourth slot 6-3, 6-1 over Lapayeva. Larina finished shortly after, defeating Caolina Masó 6-1, 6-2, followed by Krutova. Doubles1. Polina Konop/Tatiana Larina (NSU) vs. Carolina Masó/Alicia Porte 6-4, unfinished2. Natalya Krutova/Kateryna Piatakova (NSU) def. Dariya Dashutina/Hanna Elfving 8-13. Aliona Ladutska/Daniela Simonova (NSU) def. Anna Spengler/Katya Lapayeva 8-2 In the regular season, Northwestern State defeated Nicholls and Stephen F. Austin. The Lady Demons traveled to Thibodaux and handed the Colonels a 5-2 decision just a few weeks ago, and edged SFA 4-3 early in the conference season. The win for the Lady Demons (19-5 overall, 11-1 Southland) propels them into the semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. against No. 5 Stephen F. Austin, a 4-1 winner Friday over No. 4 seed Nicholls. Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,5) Kruotva also got things moving for Northwestern in doubles when she combined with freshman Kateryna Piatakova for an 8-1 triumph at second doubles over Lamar’s (8-14, 5-7 Southland) Dariya Dashutina and Hanna Elfving. Aliona Ladutska and Daniela Simonova clinched the doubles point by defeating Anna Spengler and Katya Lapayeva 8-2. Polina Konop and Tatiana Larina led at No. 1 6-4 and left the game unfinished.
With the lead at 10 points (46-36), Cooke hit three straight 3-pointers on assists from Little to push the lead to 55-38 with 16:40 to play. That seemed to be the key stretch in the run as Cooke found the range from beyond the arc. He finished 5 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and also hit all eight of his free throws. With his 22 points Sunday, Hawkins has scored 75 points in the Wildcats’ last four games since moving back into the starting lineup. Williams has come off the bench in the last four games and with his 16 points on Sunday he’s averaging 15.5 points per game in those four contests. Cooke – whose previous career-high was 14 points – had more than those 14 points in the 30-13 run that started the second half and pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 24 points (71-47) with 10:43 to play. Cooke had 15 points in the run, LaDarrien Williams had seven, Hawkins had five points and Wentz a 3-pointer as ACU opened a big lead. The win evens the Wildcats’ overall mark at 7-7 and they improve to 1-0 in the Southland Conference, while the Bears drop to 0-12 overall and 0-1 in the league. ACU is off until Saturday when it hosts Nicholls at 4 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats shot a blistering 53.7 percent from the field Sunday (29 of 54), including 11 of 18 from 3-point range (61.1 percent). UCA wouldn’t go away as the Bears were able to cut the lead to 12 points on a couple of occasions inside the final five minutes before Hawkins hit a pair of free throws and a a layup, Williams hit a couple of free throws and Little a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to play to make the final 87-70. Abilene Christian 87, Central Arkansas 70 ABILENE, Texas – Austin Cooke poured in a career-high 22 points and Harrison Hawkins continued his tremendous play on the offensive end of the floor Sunday afternoon as the Abilene Christian Wildcats opened Southland Conference play with an 87-70 win over Central Arkansas at Moody Coliseum. The first half was a bit of a back-and-forth affair until the last six minutes when ACU turned a one-point lead into a nine-point lead with an 8-0 run. Hawkins hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Jalen Little hit a layup on a feed from Hawkins to make it 33-24 with 4:09 left in the half. The Bears were able to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 38-34 with 16 seconds to play, but Parker Wentz buried a 3-pointer with six seconds left on a feed from Little to make it a 41-34 game at halftime.
CHRIS KELLY Holmdel’s Brian Walsh makes like a fullback as he charges his way through the Monmouth Regional defense and the efforts of Brian Olsen to get to a loose ball during Thursday’s game in Tinton Falls. The hosting Golden Falcons won 3-1 to improve to 5-6 and keep their state playoff hopes alive.