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Shore Regional High School girls lacrosse team

first_imgThe Shore Regional High School girls lacrosse team runs through a practice routine before the start of a game against St. John Vianney held at Shore Regional in West Long Branch on April 29. ERIC SUCAR staff Above: Shore Regional’s Kerry Sullivan (l) and St. John Vianney’s Victoria Freeman chase after a loose ball during the first half of their lacrosse game in West Long Branch. Right: St. John Vianney’s Shannon Mc- Dermott (l) tries to follow Shore Regional’s Alissa Watts. The host Shore Blue Devils were victorious, 16-7. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR stafflast_img read more

History beckons for Man City against PSG

first_imgMANCHESTER City look to take an important step in their transformation into one of the world’s leading clubs on Tuesday (9.45pm) by reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time.To do so England’s last survivors need a win or a 0-0 or 1-1 draw at home to Paris St Germain after holding the Ligue 1 champions 2-2 at the Stade de France last week.For three successive seasons since first qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition, City were frustrated in their attempts to make significant progress.They failed to come out of the group stage in 2012-13 and then lost in the last 16 in the following two years.This time City won Group D ahead of Juventus before knocking out Dinamo Kiev 3-1 on aggregate.Goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho in Paris mean that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have an excellent chance of qualifying for the last four.Their hopes were boosted when coach Pellegrini said leading scorer Sergio Aguero would be fit despite limping off in the 2-1 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.“He had just a kick, it’s not a problem,” the Chilean told reporters.City captain Vincent Kompany though will not make his return from injury Pellegrini added. Central defender Kompany, who took part in the open section of a training session, has endured an injury-disrupted campaign and a recurrence of a calf problem has kept the Belgium international on the sidelines for nearly a month.“He is not 100 per cent. It is not possible,” Pellegrini said.Midfielder David Silva, who missed Saturday’s win over West Brom due to a persistent ankle injury, has also returned to training. Winger Raheem Sterling and defender Nicolas Otamendi are still sidelined.France midfielder Samir Nasri returned for the West Brom game but is not in the Champions League squad because of the lengthy thigh injury he suffered in October.“The most important aspect of this team is to score. Do we think we need to draw 0-0? That’s not the way we normally play,” Pellegrini said.“I don’t think one of the team is favourites. We went there to try and win the game and tomorrow we’ll do exactly the same.“The important thing is to focus on getting to semi. After that you look at your opponent. We must play with the same trust.”Defender Bacary Sagna believes the Citizens will be able to cope with the continued absence of Kompany. “Mangala has been strong in recent games so with or without Kompany we have a good team,” said Sagna.“The first leg is in the past. You can only look forward. We’re at home in front of our fans. I’m sure we can deal with the pressure.“To qualify would be amazing, I know Paris are going to come here to give us problems. I’m sure we can do it again.”PSG coach Laurent Blanc was dismayed at conceding a scrappy second goal in the first leg and at losing defender David Luiz and midfielder Blaise Matuidi through suspension.One bonus could be the return of Marco Verratti who is recovering faster than expected from a groin injury.Blanc made nine changes, resting a number of players including striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for their 2-0 victory over Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday.Defender Marquinhos was included and then said he was fit to act as a possible replacement for Luiz on Tuesday.The French club won 2-1 in England in the last round to knock out Chelsea and reach their fourth successive quarter-final.PSG need a similar result to go one step further this time.last_img read more

Cavaliers beat Raptors

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: LeBron James and Kevin Love Cleveland have won nine of their last 10 games following Tuesday’s victory in the NBA.Cavs star LeBron James led the way with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Cleveland, who are third in the east with a 48-30 record.Kevin Love added 18 points and 15 rebounds in a double-double display, while Rodney Hood put up 17 points.Point guard Jose Calderon has been playing a lot more minutes in recent weeks and scored 19 against the Raptors.Kevin Durant scored 34 points against former team the Oklahoma City Thunder as defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors won 111-107.Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook had 44 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder.SIXERS DUO HELP EXTEND STREAKJ.J. Redick scored 19 points and Ben Simmons added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia Sixers to their 11th straight win – a 121-95 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic came up big in a 107-104 win over the Indiana Pacers, with 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds.WOEFUL WALL STRUGGLESJohn Wall had almost as many turnovers (eight) as points (nine) and a terrible minus-18 rating in an ugly 120-104 loss to the Houston Rockets. The Washington Wizards guard, who returned to action on Saturday after being sidelined since January 25, hit three of 10 from the floor. SMITH SHINESDennis Smith Jr. looked like he was participating in the NBA Slam Dunk competition as he bounced an alley-oop to himself.Dennis Smith Jr. SELF BOUNCE alley-oop! #MFFL #NBARooks— NBA (@NBA) April 4, 2018last_img read more

Court Snubs Urey, Cllr. Dunbar’s Appeal

first_imgAn appeal to have charges dropped against two ex-senior officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) was yesterday denied by the Criminal Court ‘C.’Defendants Clemenceau Urey, former chairman, Board of Directors of NOCAL and Cllr. Stephen Dunbar former member, Board of Directors, were among eight other senior officials of NOCAL that were jointly indicted for the commission of economic sabotage.But lawyers representing Urey and Dunbar were pushing for the charges to be dropped against them, on grounds that the state failed to commence prosecution within five years, as mandated by Section 4.2 (a) of the Criminal Procedural Law.They were initially indicted in 2014, with economic sabotage, bribery and criminal conspiracy by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.Their lawyers further contended that they should not be tried because their prosecution is barred by what they considered as a “statute of limitation”.However, the prosecution in counter argument appealed to the court to deny and dismiss the request and that the trial must proceed on its merit.They were charged May 2006 to May 2007 in connection with their alleged involvement in a US$40,000 bribe, offered to members of the 52nd House of Representatives as “lobby” fees.At yesterday’s hearing, none of the accused, including Urey and Dunbar was at the Temple of Justice, but Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh went ahead to deny their request.Judge Gbeneweleh stated, “We are in agreement with the contention of the prosecution that this court cannot determine the issue of statute of limitation raised by the defendants, who have not been granted severance (separate trial) from the rest of the eight co-defendants.”He explained that the defendants and the rest of the other co-defendants were jointly indicted.“The records before the court revealed that they did not file a motion for severance (separate trial) from the rest of the other eight co-defendants, before filling their motion to dismiss the indictment on grounds that their prosecution is barred by statute of limitation,” he further clarified.“In fact the determination will definitely have an effect on the other co-defendants, since ten of them were jointly indicted and charged for the commission of the crimes,” he said.In his conclusion, Judge Gbeneweleh declared, “Prosecution’s resistance is sustained, and the court is declined to determine the issue of statute of limitation and the motion to dismiss the indictment should be and the same is hereby denied and dismissed without prejudice to the defendants.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PH skateboarding manages expectations ahead of SEA Games

first_img2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust View comments NU showing no signs of slowing down with another UAAP cheerdance crown MOST READ Star recruits like Christiana Means, Jericho “Kiko” Francisco and other talented Filipino-foreign athletes are also suiting up for the team.“We have a diverse team. Some of them are ranked in the top 10, 15 in the world and some are top 10 in Europe or in Asia. We have the best team and skaters representing the PH, but that being said every country in bringing their best.”Claravall said he’s making the clarifications “for the athletes” after some of them felt bothered by the golden sweep pronouncement.“These are really young athletes, 17 to 20-years-old and we have some guys who have been thrust into the limelight and it’s a lot of pressure and a lot of hardship to have this on them,” added Claravall.Claravall admitted that support for the sport remains a problem with the lack of Olympic-standard skate parks in the country which affects athletes’ preparations.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw While the NSA’s leadership is confident that the country can perform well and bring home medals, a guarantee of a golden sweep is “foolhardy,” according to its vice president Anthony Claravall.“It’d be a real disservice to come out and say that we are going to sweep all the gold medals,” said Claravall in an interview with the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We have to be realistic, this is a sport in its infancy especially in this arena of this kind. I just want to make sure that the Filipino public understands, looking at every other sport, nothing is guaranteed.”The Philippine skateboarding team will be led by Margielyn Didal, who rose to fame after her sensational performance in the Asian Games that earned her a gold medal. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “All of the athletes have to train overseas or travel if they’re PH-based athletes they’re overseas to train or they won’t have to the opportunity to train in Olympic facilities.”According to Claravall, this is what the PH skateboarding association is also looking to focus on.“Some of these athletes could be world-class but with no facility at home and no funds the potential you might fall short of the potential,” he said. “We’re here to stay and our intention is to build a successful program and successful programs are not built overnight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) FILE – Asian Games gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Philippine skateboarding is tempering expectations for its campaign for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, acknowledging that other countries are likewise bringing their respective teams to rule the competition.An earlier report quoted Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines president Monty Mendigoria as saying that the Philippines “is unbeatable in all of the events we have included.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleelast_img read more


first_img Recent University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field alumna Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finished sixth overall in the women’s 1500m at the 2019 IAAF world championships on Saturday (Oct. 5) in Doha.DeBues-Stafford smashed her own Canadian record, crossing the finish line in 3:56. 12, to place sixth overall.Details to follow.🇨🇦🚨NATIONAL RECORD🚨🇨🇦For her ☝️World Championship Final, Gabriela Debues-Stafford crosses the finish line at 3:56.12 to break her own Canadian record and earn 6th place🔥👏Watch more of the #WorldAthleticsChamps LIVE @cbcsports Gem app or livestream👉— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) October 5, 2019 Gabriela DeBues-Stafford with an incredible 1500m race, beating her own Canadian record (again!) by more than 3 seconds at track and field worlds#Doha2019 @AthleticsCanada— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) October 5, 2019 Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

FKF bans Sony chair, warns Munro

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has suspended Sony Sugar chairman Paul Orato from all football related activities for six months for failing to honour summons before the Executive Committee while his Mathare United counterpart Bob Munro escaped with censure on Thursday.FKF claimed Orato was found culpable of issuing ‘sensational, misleading and unwarranted reports to the media’ regarding the issue of the yet to be played Sony verses AFC Leopards match which has been on hold for five months, after FKF overturned Kenyan Premier League’s (KPL) rule to award the controversial match to Ingwe. “The National Executive Committee noted with great concerns that Mr Paul Orato the Sony Sugar Chairman who had been summoned to appear before the committee failed to heed the summons.“His actions are equivalent to discrediting the federation its employees, and the judicial bodies,” FKF ordered.The federation directed Sony they should desist from involving Orato in any football-related activities for the period of his suspension and failure to act accordingly, FKF will attract severe actions as per the federation’s rules on Kenyan Football.Efforts to reach Otaro were futile by the time we went on press although his coach Zedekiah Otieno told Capital Sport the said summon arrived late on the eve of the meeting to enable him secure leave from his work place. NEC also warned Munro after charging him with ‘malicious efforts to undermine FKF and any other unwarranted attacks that may create disunity between FKF and KPL’ stating further involvement would attract sanctions. “Munro who personally appeared before NEC confirmed contrary to reports emanating from some clubs in the KPL there was no bad blood between FKF and KPL and all clubs were duty bound to respect and honour decisions made by FKF as the supreme body.“It was unfortunate that some clubs resorted to creating an impression that there was a rift between the National Office and KPL. We as the league body strongly condemn those behind such utterances,” the federation underscored in a statement.“Munro added that the issue of the immediate former national team head coach Adel Amrouche was between him and his immediate former employer FKF, and he will play no further role in the matter,” FKF claimed.Last week, FKF president, Sam Nyamweya, fired a long protest letter at Munro accusing him of facilitating Amrouche who was fired in August after Kenya were eliminated from Afcon 2015 by Lesotho to sue them for wrongful dismissal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport for compensation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Prep Roundup: Lilley dominates in Hart’s lopsided victory

first_img Montclair Prep 65, Maranatha 28: Indira Kaljo scored 19 points and Kristina Mitchell had 13 as Montclair Prep of Panorama City (17-2, 2-1) defeated Maranatha of Pasadena (6-9, 0-3) in Olympic League play. MMilken Community 54, Faith Baptist 44: Drew Mazur had a game-high 26 points and Sam Else added 12 as host Milken Community of Los Angeles defeated Faith Baptist of Canoga Park in a Heritage League game. Milken (8-8, 2-1) led 25-14 at the end of the first half. Reniassance Academy 89, Pacific Lutheran 63: Archie Robb scored 37 points and Justin Cook had 31 and eight assists as Reniassance Academy of La Canada Flintridge defeated visiting Pacific Lutheran of Torrance in a nonleague game.Freshman Hector Harold added 10 points for the Wildcats (13-4). Hillcrest Chr. GH 91, L.A. Lutheran 22: Dallas Rutherford scored a season-high 32 points as Hillcrest Christian Granada Hills easily defeated visiting L.A. Lutheran of Sylmar in Heritage League play. Ryan Haliday added 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Hillcrest (10-6, 3-0), which outscored L.A. Lutheran (0-8, 0-2) 36-3 in the third quarter. Yeshiva 79, Buckley 61: Richie Polan had 35 points and 13 rebounds but, Buckley of Sherman Oaks (7-6, 3-1) still lost to visiting Yeshiva of Los Angeles (3-3 in league) in Liberty League play. Saugus 56, Hart 54: Mitch Weber scored 14 points and D.J. Smith added 12 as host Saugus defeated Hart of Newhall in a Frontier League game. GIRLS’ SOCCER Village Christian 3, Windward 2: Senior forward Jessica Gordon scored all three goals, including the winning tally off an assist from Brisa Bishop with 20 minutes left, to lift visiting Village Christian (8-3-1, 2-1) to an important Olympic League victory over Windward of Los Angeles (4-7, 0-2). The San Diego State-bound Gordon increased her season total to 28 goals, moving her passed Kristy Krohn (120) – who played at L.A. Baptist of North Hills and Cal State Northridge – and into third on the area’s all-time career scoring list with 121. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ Kandice McLaughlin is the area’s all-time leader with 137 and former Oaks Christian of Westlake Village standout Alysha Hoven is second with 129. Gordon has six more regular-season games to add to her total, including another important league showdown Friday against visiting Valley Christian of Cerritos, which shared the Southern Section Div. V title with Oaks Christian of Westlake Village last season. Hart 5, Burbank 0: Sophomore forward Sarina Coutin scored twice, increasing her area-leading total to 31, to lift host Hart of Newhall (17-3, 4-0) to a Foothill League victory. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ school record for goals in a season, set in 1997. Katie Kuykendall, Lindsay Mills and Aubrie Smith also scored goals for Hart – ranked eighth by the Daily News – which plays host to top-ranked Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0) Friday in a first-place showdown. Brittany Tippet recorded her 12th shutout of the season for the Indians. Saugus 2, Valencia 0: Courtney Moses and Amanda Terry scored for the Centurions (12-1-1, 4-0) – the Daily News’ top-ranked team – who increased their Foothill League unbeaten streak to nine games with the road victory over the Vikings (6-7-4, 2-2). Canyon 7, Burroughs 1: Michelle Moore scored two goals, Haley Rebel had a goal and an assist and Alexia Zatarain had two assists for host Canyon of Canyon Country (9-3-3, 2-2), which scored five second-half goals en route to snapping a two-game losing streak. Courtney Belsheim, Deanna Clegg, Jessi Locke and Gina Walker also scored goals for Canyon, which dropped Burroughs of Burbank to 4-8-1, 0-4. Oaks Christian 11, Santa Clara 0: Kelsea Smith scored less than two minutes into the game and added three assists to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (10-3-1, 2-1) to the Frontier League victory. Kristen Clark and Casey DaSilva each had two goals and Emily Blumenthal, Anna Ramos, Megan Schoppe and Micala MacRae all scored for the Lions, who recorded their 80th all-time shutout and improved to 99-19-19 in the program’s six-year history. Oaks Christian goes for its 100th victory in Monday’s nonleague game against Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Highland 10, Palmdale 1: Freshman forward Samantha Johnson scored four goals, giving her 24 on the season, for host Highland of Palmdale (14-2-2, 5-0) in the Golden League victory. Farryn Townley had three goals and an assist, and Courtney Morrell, Krystal Perkins and Kaylee Sandefer added goals for the Bulldogs, who received assists from Hillary Anderson, Alex Fulladosa and Natalie Miranda. Lancaster 11, Antelope Valley 0: Torie Riley had three goals and Maria Arroyo and Patty Garcia added two goals apiece for Lancaster (13-0-3, 4-0-1), which set up a showdown for first place in the Golden League with Highland of Palmdale on Thursday. MChatsworth 3, Cleveland 0: Jennifer Barrientos, Christina Chopin and Mia Swafford scored goals for visiting Chatsworth (6-8-1, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory over Cleveland of Reseda (2-5, 0-3). Granada Hills 4, Birmingham 0: Melissa Fernandez, Ashley Hill, Gina Kecskes and Marilyn West scored for host Granada Hills (10-4-2, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory. SOCES 10, Fulton College Prep 0: Lauren Sanchez scored three goals as SOCES of Sherman Oaks defeated host Fulton College Prep in a Crosstown League game. Antonia Aljuwani also scored two goals and Phoebe Kuhlman, Kirsti Khachikian, Brenda Sandoval, Margaret Sanchez and Kristian Sanchez each scored a goal for SOCES (7-0). BOYS’ SOCCER Hart 2, Burbank 0:Matt Valiaka scored twice to put his season total at 31 as Hart of Newhall defeating host Burbank in a Foothill League game. Valiaka broke the single-season record Jan. 13 against Burroughs of Burbank of 28, which was held by Jim Hofferber since 1987. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Indians made quick work of Saugus (14-5, 1-3), jumping out to a 42-7 halftime lead. Lilley was the only player on either team to score in double figures on the night. The victory marks Hart’s third straight blowout victory following a stunning 54-53 loss at home Jan. 10 against Burroughs of Burbank. Since, Hart has outscored its opponents by an average of 35 points per game. University of Oregon-bound Tayor Lilley hit her first seven 3-pointers and finished a school-record 9 of 15 from behind the arc as Hart of Newhall, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, crushed host Saugus 60-18 in a Foothill League game. The senior point guard, who was 5-of-6 from 3-point territory Saturday at the Ladies’ New Year’s Ball at Moorpark College, finished with 31 points as Hart (15-4, 3-1) remained in a three-way tie for first place in league with Canyon of Canyon Country and Burroughs of Burbank. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In contrast, the Centurions have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their past six games after beginning the season 11-0. Hart’s next test will come when it visits Canyon, the Daily News’ second-ranked team, Friday at 5 p.m. The game will likely determine which team wins the league title this year. In other girls’ basketball: Canyon 59, Valencia 41: Jessica Guerrero had 16 points and five assists to lead Canyon of Canyon Country, ranked second by the Daily News, to a Foothill League victory over host Valencia (12-9, 0-4). Brittany Thomas added 12 points for the Cowboys (17-4, 3-1). Burroughs 45, Burbank 37: Britney Morgan scored a game-high 15 points and Pham Thompson had five points and 11 rebounds as Burroughs of Burbank defeated visiting Burbank High in Foothill League play. last_img read more

How Man United could look with five signings recommended by ex-Liverpool star

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 huge blow He told the Daily Mail: “If I were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I’d ask Ed Woodward to make five important signings this summer as a matter of priority: two centre-halves and three midfielders.“Manchester United can’t cure their problems in one transfer window but they have to think strategically to get even close to Manchester City and Liverpool.“Their transfer policy should be a mixture of ready-made buys and the best young players in the world.” BEST OF tense 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Things haven’t been easy for new Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took the role permanently. He’s not messing about, either, insisting the Red Devils should attempt to sign players from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.Both N’Golo Kante and Toby Alderweireld are on Murphy’s wishlist for Solskjaer with an £80million bid advised for the former, and the activation of the latter’s £25million release clause.Meanwhile, he reckons the Red Devils should go all out for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs De Ligt and Paris Saint-Germain’s midfield maestro Marco Verratti. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Manchester United have been handed some transfer advice from an unlikely source ahead of the transfer window and many supporters will hope the club follow it.Danny Murphy spent seven seasons at rivals Liverpool and once scored a famous winner against them, but right now he’s handing them tips on who to bring in. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The final piece in the jigsaw? Barcelona star Andre Gomes, currently proving himself a good Premier League addition on loan at Everton.But how would Murphy’s dream team look like if Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward got his chequebook out? Find out below. 3 shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Matthijs de Ligt celebrates after scoring against Juventus in the Champions League Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker Is this how Manchester United could look next season?last_img read more

Max Preps Releases Pre-season High School Football Rankings

first_imgMonday was the official start of fall football practice. Even though not a single game has been played Max Preps has reviewed teams based upon returning players, schedules, coaching performance, and program tradition to come up with the preseason rankings.  In the Single A Division there are several mountain teams and members of the Smoky Mountain Conference who rank in the top 25 these include Murphy at number 2, Swain at number 10, Cherokee at number 14 and Robbinsville at number 21. Also in Single A rankings are some familiar names including top ranked Tarboro, Mitchel is ranked fourth, state champion runner-up Plymouth checks in at number 9.In the Two A division  Shelby returns with the top preseason ranking followed by several mountain teams including Hendersonville at number 11, East Lincoln at number 13, Franklin at number 14, Mountain Heritage is 15th, Pisgah is 18th and Brevard is 20th. Smoky Mountain comes in with a 60 ranking.In Three A Wake Forest is the top ranked team. The highest ranked mountain team is A.C.Reynolds at number 20 and Tuscola at 39th.Teams can participate in organized scrimmages starting August 8th and the first official game can be played on August 18th.last_img read more