The Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) player development programme, will have a new twist this year, after the local beer giant’s partnership with Nike.The American sports apparel company will send a team to conduct advance fitness and structured football training for selected players and coaches at the Barbican field in a two-day exercise starting today at 8 a.m.Now in its third year, the RSPL player development programme seeks to develop players’ off-field skills such as appearance, media training, social media skills and financial management.The two-day event will this year be split in two segments with on-the-field training for players and coaches on Friday and a seminar on Saturday.Red Stripe’s head of marketing and innovations, Blandine Paul-Reid said they are totally committed to the RSPL players’ development, which is why they have invest in this project and its continued improvement.COMMITTED TO THE LEAGUE”As we look at moving the Red Stripe Premier League to the next level, projects like this are important. Red Stripe is very dedicated to the league and the development of players,” said Paul-Reid.”Developing players has been a long journey. We have gone from a small execution at Courtleigh hotel, to bringing partners like Nike to help our players become better. Having Nike representing the players and helping them build their skills so they can make it big is probably the best development for the League,” she commented.Jamaica and Trinidad’s Nike sales representative, Michael Bookbinder, leads the three man team consisting of himself, former professional footballer and currently top Panamanian Nike coach, Eilado Mitre and head of sport marketing, Pedro Boyd.”I would like to do something positive and get them to a next level, whether in life or in their careers. I want to leave something positive so that people will talk about the event we did. We’ll see what players need to improve on, if it’s speeds, strength,” said Bookbinder.”The coaches will benefit because they are going to see new techniques they are not using now in their daily or weekly routine, and it will help them incorporate new training techniques they are not using now,” Bookbinder added.
Santa Fe High School already has exceeded expectations. The Chiefs’ boys basketball team now is seeking a little extra. It gets the chance tonight when it travels to Renaissance Academy in La Ca ada Flintridge for a CIF-Southern Section Division III-A quarterfinal game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. This is uncharted territory for Santa Fe, which prior to this run hadn’t won a playoff game in nine seasons, let alone advance to the quarterfinals. That stat is not lost on coach Mike Geren. “It’s a very good feeling,” said Geren, whose Chiefs improved to 22-7 following wins over West Covina and Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. “These are our first two playoff wins in the 10 years I’ve been at the school. “I’m very proud of my boys. It’s a great thing for Santa Fe High and a great thing for the Santa Fe basketball program.” The Chiefs, who have been led by senior guard Jaycob Camacho, point guard Maurice Cole and forward Marco Sabino, now hope to continue their post-season party. But it won’t be easy. The Wildcats, who average close to 85 points per game, have won 20 consecutive games and are the division’s No. 2 seed. Renaissance advanced to the divisional finals last season. “I think we have to play a near-perfect game,” Geren said. “Renaissance scores a lot of points, so our defense will definitely be a key. We must take care of the ball, offensively. We can’t give up points off turnovers.” Here’s a brief look at the other CIF-SS playoff games involving area teams: DIVISION I-AA La Mirada (20-7) at St. John Bosco (16-12) – The Matadores try to continue their successful season when they take on the Braves in a second-round game. La Mirada, which scored wins over Gahr and CIF-SS power Artesia, are led by senior guard/forward Taylor Siemens, who is averaging just over 15 points per game. The Matadores, who beat Lawndale in the first round on Friday, also look to sophomore center/forward Derrick Williams (11.6 ppg) and senior forward Josh Robbins (10.8). St. John Bosco, which upset No. 4 seed Gahr last week, is led by John Garcia and Charles Odum. DIVISION IVA Buckley (21-6) at Whittier Christian (25-4), 7:30 p.m. – The Heralds, who have won 18 of their past 20 games, are led by senior center Tony Granado, who is averaging more than 20 points a game, and junior guard Randy Oronoz (14.5 ppg). Whittier Christian, the No. 1 team from the Alpha League, received a bye in the first round before advancing with a 64-48 win over Faith Baptist on Friday. Buckley, the No. 1 team from the Liberty League, advanced with wins over Calvary Baptist and Big Bear. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
One Saturday morning in April, Bertha Smith, Knight High School coordinator of volunteers, on behalf of the Antelope Valley Union High School District, honored the KHS volunteers at their annual awards breakfast. This event was held at the Cascades Restaurant in Palmdale. This is only one way of expressing our appreciation to our volunteers. Additionally, we want to show our volunteers how much they are truly valued and appreciated for assisting faculty and staff with helping our students to achieve academic excellence. The keynote speaker was Jim Ledford Jr., mayor of Palmdale. Entertainers were Rocko the Magician from Burbank. In addition, Kathleen Edwards sang a solo of “The Greatest Love.” There were approximately 70 guests in attendance. Volunteers received certificates and special service awards for outstanding service to the volunteer program. Patricia Franco, Kathleen Edwards, Eleonor Abrego and Frances Banks-Donatto were recipients of the special service awards. Volunteers of the Month were also honored with special certificates and pins. July – Kerry Thomsen, 2005-06 Volunteer of the Year August, Adrian Wronkowski September, Elaine Mitchell October, Patricia Franco November, Eleonor Abrego December, Terry Peacher January, Deborah Davis-Frey February, David Turner March, Mike Wronkowski April, Hilary Hanes If you are interested in becoming a member of a winning educational team, call Bertha Smith, coordinator of volunteers, at (661) 533-9000, Ext 362, or e-mail email@example.com. Bertha Smith is the volunteer coordinator at Pete Knight High School. She posted this story May 8 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!