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11 DEFY gymnasts are State Champions

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Biocenter_img OLD TOWN — In their best showing ever, the Down East Family YMCA gymnastics team captured 11 individual first places and its Level 5 and Level 6 teams each placed second in the YMCA State Championships.The 28 Ellsworth area girls, who train at Springers’ Gymnastics Center, faced off against more than 200 gymnasts from eight other teams across Maine.{gallery}gynastics{/gallery} “We have never had this much success individually or for our teams,” said coach Doug Springer. “I think we shocked a lot of teams this weekend.”The Level 5 team of six girls squeaked past the third place team by just half a point, said Springer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our Level 6 team consists of only three gymnasts [Katherine McKee, Paige Sawyer and Sarah Danby],” said Springer, “so that means every one of their scores counted. There was no room for error with them and they just nailed it.”The Level 4 and Excel Platinum DEFY teams each placed fourth.“I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts,” said Springer, “and could not expect more from them individually. The reality is that they did their absolute best, but the other teams were better.”As the only DEFY competitors at their levels, Briana Clark at Level 7 was champion on the floor and second on vault, bars and beam to win second all-around; and at Level 8, Ellie Mason was champion on vault and floor, second on beam and fourth on bars for third all-around.At Level 6, McKee was floor champion and placed third on beam, fifth on vault and sixth on bars for fourth all-around.At Level 5 for age 9, Gilly Rice was all-around and bars champion and placed second on vault and floor and fifth on beam.At Level 5 for age 11, Eleanor Bannerman won the floor championship and was fourth on beam, eighth on vault and ninth on bars for fifth all-around.At Level 4 for age 6, Riley Crowley won championships on vault, bars and beam and was second on floor for second all-around by a scant .025 of a point.At Level 4 in the age 10a division, Syra Gutow was beam champion and placed second on vault, fifth on floor and 13th on bars for fifth all-around.Other scoring:Excel Platinum, ages 12-14Natalie Klaver – second on floor, fifth on vault and beam, ninth on bars, sixth all-around.Excel Platinum, ages 15 and overMary Lou Ross – second on floor, third on vault, sixth on bars and beam, fifth all-around.Kassidy Robidoux – fourth on beam, fifth on vault, sixth on floor, seventh on bars, sixth all-around.Level 6, ages 8-11Paige Sawyer – third on vault, fourth on bars, sixth on floor, 10th on beam, sixth all-around.Sarah Danby – second on beam, sixth on vault, seventh on bars and floor, seventh all-around.Level 5, age 11Maddie Nida – second on vault and floor, third on beam, fourth on bars, second all-around.Anna Brown – fifth on floor, sixth on beam, 10th on bars, 12th on vault, seventh all-around.Chloe Politte – ninth on beam, 10th on floor and bars, 12th on vault, 11th all-around.Level 4, age 7aGenevieve Muise – fourth on floor, sixth on bars and beam, eighth on vault, fifth all-around.Kaela Springer – fifth on bars and beam, sixth on vault and floor, sixth all-around.Kiera Springer – third on vault, fourth on bars, seventh on beam and floor, seventh all-around.Level 4, age 7bLily James – second on vault, bars and floor, third on beam, second all-around.Mercedes Ulichny – second on beam, third on floor and bars, fourth on vault, third all-around.Level 4, age 8aEleanor Tyne – second on beam, third on vault and floor, fifth on bars, second all-around.Ellie Kane – fourth on floor, fifth on beam, eighth on bars, ninth on vault, eighth all-around.Level 4, age 9aElena Springer – fourth on vault, eighth on beam and floor, ninth on bars, ninth all-around.Level 4, age 10bOlivia West – third on vault and beam, fifth on bars, seventh on floor, fifth all-around.Jialan Deal – fifth on floor, sixth on vault, ninth on bars, 10th on beam, ninth all-around.Level 4, age 11Kajsa Brown-Morrison – third on beam and floor, fourth on bars, fifth on vault, second all-around.Dezirae Zaman – 10th on vault and floor, 11th on bars, 12th on beam, 10th all-around.Nineteen DEFY gymnasts will compete at the Northeast Regional YMCA Championships hosted th the Waterville YMCA at the Kents Hill College in Augusta in May.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board looks to involve former players as match officials

first_imgLAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is inviting and encouraging former cricketers to return to the field by seriously considering various roles, including that of match officials in the 2020-21 domestic season.While this opens up career opportunities for retired players as umpires or match referees, this also sets a pathway for them to become international match officials by climbing up the ladder after honing their skills at different rungs of domestic structure. Presently, only Aleem Dar represents Pakistan in the ICC’s elite panel of match officials and has grown into one of the most respected, valued and admired match officials on the international circuit. Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Mohammad Asif Yaqoob and Rashid Riaz Waqar are in the ICC’s international panel. While there is no Pakistani in the ICC’s elite panel of match referees, the international panel includes Mohammad Anees and Muhammad Javid Malik. The creation of these opportunities is in line with the PCB’s strategic decision to increase the involvement of former players in the domestic cricket set-up and to train and develop the local talent in all facets of the game. The opportunities as match officials have come after the PCB recently encouraged former cricketers to apply for various coaching roles in the High Performance Programme. While the role details are available here, the PCB is looking for former international cricketers or first-class cricketers with a minimum of 75-match experience with a PCB Level-II accreditation. Separately, the PCB is also planning to loop in former international and first-class cricketers in media roles as it is planning to live-stream and televise domestic matches. These roles may potentially include commentary and studio shows. Further details will be confirmed closer to time. Meanwhile, the High Performance department is conducting a 360-degree review of 142 match officials, which includes 112 umpires and 30 match referees. The robust review includes analyses of reports from match referees and captains from the 2019-20 season and examination of their critical decisions. The High Performance department will also conduct eyesight and hearing tests of these match officials after Eid-ul-Adha as part of the review process. PCB Director — High Performance, Nadeem Khan said: “Pakistan cricket has produced some of the great cricketing minds and it is time we utilise them. A cricketer understands nitty-gritty of the game and with proper training can play a big role in elevating the standards as a match official. “Our decision to invite cricketers who are under the age of 40 and have at least 50 first-class matches results from a comprehensive plan to involve more former players in the system and set a pathway for aspiring umpires and match referees to make a mark at the highest level. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Amending EIA Notification, 2020 Impact on NorthEastlast_img read more

TOUR Championship daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgEven in such a small field, I think Rickie Fowler will go overlooked at East Lake. He has modest odds at 2%, but I think the real value in Fowler is his ownership. The new scoring system has resulted in some weird prices, and I expect other underpriced golfers in Fowler’s salary range, like Dustin Johnson, to soak up far more interest. Fowler is one of the few golfers with the talent to win this week that may go for legitimately low ownership. You can do a lot worse than Fowler, and with ownership leverage at a premium, it may be worth it to pivot away from a chalky golfer like Johnson.It’s almost hard to believe Bryson DeChambeau’s price is so low. DeChambeau is undoubtedly too talented for his price, but starting ten strokes behind Justin Thomas is keeping his odds at a measly 0.5%. Still, while it’s unlikely DeChambeau wins the tournament this week, a huge performance is not out of the question. DeChambeau has won twice this year and can certainly go off and make his way up the leaderboard. At such a low price, even just finishing in the top half of the field may pay off his salary, especially considering the scoring it would take for him to do so. At the bottom of the barrel, DeChambeau may go ignored compared to more popular and more expensive bargains like Justin Rose. This may be a big mistake, as DeChambeau will give you a significant ownership and salary advantage, potentially even allowing you to pay up for a golfer like Justin ThomasAaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. MORE:  TOUR Championship betting advice | RotoQL Lineup Builder*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry .TOUR Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersJustin Thomas is my favorite play of the week. He’s being given massive odds to win at 29.4%, and he’s obviously in outstanding form coming off a win last week at the BMW Championship. What makes Thomas particularly appealing to me is that I don’t expect his ownership to be astronomically high, despite his odds and the size of the field, for one main reason: his price. The price for Thomas is steep, far higher than any other golfer, and it practically forces you to select mostly duds in the rest of your lineup just by rostering Thomas alone. This is probably the highest price ever seen for a golfer in DFS, but based on his odds, I believe it’s justified. Others will skip over Thomas due to his salary, leaving leverage and an advantage to be gained by playing the golfer with the best odds in any tournament this season. The Tour Championship features a never-before-seen format in which each golfer will start with a score relative to their FedEx Cup ranking. Although this won’t translate directly into fantasy points, the new setup drastically changes each player’s odds of winning, and therefore has a huge impact on your DFS golf contests. The field this week is only 30 golfers, which is the smallest number you’ll see in the PGA.As with any new system, there will be a ton of confusion regarding how best to approach this week in terms of DFS. In my opinion, the most important thing to remember is that the starting scores are simply a new representation of odds. Try not to speculate on whether a certain starting stroke disadvantage is too significant to overcome, or the value of one versus two strokes and so on. If instead you focus on each golfer’s odds (which are accounting for starting scores) as usual, you may be able to simplify and optimize your process at a much higher level than the field. Allowing your competition to get bogged down in useless details while you focus on the numbers that matter may enable you to gain an edgelast_img read more