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Valencia’s Maricle quits softball team

first_imgVALENCIA – Just days after signing a Division I softball scholarship to Villanova, Valencia High senior Danielle Maricle has quit the school softball team. Maricle didn’t show up last week for a mandatory meeting for Valencia returnees, and the 5-foot-11 infielder confirmed Tuesday that she won’t play for Valencia, which reached the Southern Section Division I final last year. “There’s no way I’ll be back. I think I’m going to try to broaden my horizons and focus on my grades,” Maricle said. “I love the girls. That’s going to be the biggest thing I’ll miss. They’re great.” Valencia coach Donna Lee said Maricle never told her she was leaving, but the coach was informed by other players. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s her choice. My feeling is I want girls who want to be out there,” Lee said. “I’ve got to abide by the kid’s choice. I don’t beg anyone to play. She’ll be a loss to our program but we have younger girls who will have to pick up the slack.” The season doesn’t start until March but Lee said Maricle is no longer welcome back if she changes her mind. Maricle batted .349 with one home run, 15 RBI and six stolen bases in 86 at-bats as a junior, helping Valencia to a school-record 29 victories. She’s also a travel ballplayer who helped the Orange County Batbusters to an 18-under national championship two years ago, followed by a fourth-place finish in Gold competition this past summer. Maricle is an honors student who plans to take two Advanced Placement courses at Valencia plus a physics course at College of the Canyons next semester. She’s also a top volleyball player, and she said she might run track this spring to stay in shape. “I think Danielle is just kind of winding down with the volleyball playoffs and a major scouting tournament (in travel softball) and all that good stuff,” said her father, Mike. “Right now she’s just more into supporting the football team and cheering them on.” With standout kicker/punter Paul Weinstein among three Hart High football starters dismissed last week for disciplinary reasons, the Indians (9-2) are hoping to shore up their kicking game in time for Friday’s Division II quarterfinal against Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga (9-2) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at College of the Canyons. Chris Gill, who was Hart’s primary junior varsity kicker, wasn’t available during last week’s 32-27 victory over Glendora because he had joined the JV basketball team. But after two botched extra points and several short kickoffs against Glendora, Hart has brought Gill onto the team this week. “At first, Chris went out for basketball because we figured it would be a waste of time to miss basketball just to be a backup kicker,” Hart coach Mike Herrington said. Gill kicked 10 extra points for Hart’s JV this season. Steve Burton, a starting defensive lineman who has experience as a punter, averaged 33 yards on five punts against Glendora – despite a cast on his hand because of a broken thumb. Canyon High’s J.J. DiLuigi has rushed for a school single-season record 1,602 yards entering Friday’s Division II football quarterfinal at San Clemente (7-4), breaking Louis Montano’s 2003 record last week with a 159-yard, two-touchdown performance against Damien of La Verne. DiLuigi, a junior, has scored a school-record 39 touchdowns in 11 games, two shy of Ted Iacenda’s Foothill League mark of 41 (Hart, 1995, 14 games). In other Division II quarterfinal action Friday, Valencia (8-3) will play host to Chino Hills (11-0). Former Valencia football standout Geoff Tisdale, who set a league single-season record with 12 interceptions and was also a league track champion in the 100 meters, played two seasons at L.A. Valley College and said he is hoping to sign with Nebraska, the University of Southern California or perhaps Florida State. Tisdale, a defensive back who totaled 11 interceptions over two JC seasons, said Nebraska has offered a scholarship and USC has expressed interest. “Since Nebraska offered, nothing has changed, but I just got a call from USC,” Tisdale said. “I would love to go to USC – but Florida State is still my dream school.” Tisdale’s cousin, Chris Green, who played at Sylmar High before joining Tisdale at L.A. Valley College, also has received interest from Division I schools. “Chris and I were just about the only sophomores at Valley. That’s why we went 2-8,” Tisdale said. Things haven’t gone so smoothly in college for former Santa Clarita Christian High multisport standouts Orlandi Pena and Stephen Mercier, who dominated small-schools competition in football, baseball and soccer. Pena was limited to just one soccer game at The Master’s after breaking his foot, and now Mercier’s freshman baseball season is in jeopardy because of a serious foot injury after accidentally stepping on a stingray while surfing at Newport Beach. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected]ws.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Buncrana ‘pools together’ for colourful St Patrick Day parade – Pic special

first_img Buncrana ‘pools together’ for colourful St Patrick Day parade – Pic special was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Some residents in Buncrana used its St Patrick’s Day parade to send out a message that the townspeople want their swimming pool open again.The float was one of several colourful attractions for what proved to be a great parade for the Inishowen town.Joe Boland of Northwest Newspix was on hand to catch all the action.last_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Sharks lose to Blues in Game 6, ending their season

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 6 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Enterprise Center.The Sharks have lost two straight games, most recently Sunday’s 5-0 shellacking at home, and now must battle to stay alive while down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. It will be tougher than ever for San Jose to be resilient as it will be without stars Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson, and perhaps, …last_img read more

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Geocaching Class – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgTeachers are using geocaching to take their lesson plans out of the classroom and into the real world. Students learn about GPS technology, navigation, spatial concepts, math and more through geocaching. Watch how one teacher from McKinney, Texas, USA employees geocaching to educate her students about science. The Lost & Found video takes you along during a typical school day as Mrs. Burford’s elementary school class learns through geocaching.You can find even more resources for educators in our GPS in Education Forum.Watch all the Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak’s ‘Kitchen of Affirmation’October 14, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Support GPS Education through ReferralsJuly 7, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”last_img read more

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Bindra asks Rathore to relieve him from Natl Observers post

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Abhinav Bindra has requested Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to relieve him from posts of National Observer (Shooting) and chairman of TOP Committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest as he is also involved in private projects.”As I will now be involving myself more deeply in private projects, including the establishment and operation of Abhinav Bindra Traget Performance Centre across the country, I believe there could be a potential Conflict of Interest between these positions as more athletes start training at these centres,” Bindra wrote in his letter to Rathore.Bindra stressed on the need to maintain sanctity of government positions.The Beijing Olympic gold medallist further wrote: “I therefore sincerely request you to relieve me of these two posts so that any potential conflict of interest can be avoided before it arises and the sanctity of these posts is fully retained.”Recently, Olympic medallists boxer MC Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar also resigned from their respective National Observers post. PTI AT KHS AH AHlast_img read more

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