San Pedro, Banning prepare for dogfight

first_imgAs the San Pedro and Banning softball teams prepared for their highly anticipated L.A. City Section final this past week, two vastly different but equally effective practice methods were on display.On one side, there’s the polished San Pedro program.The Pirates, making their seventh straight trip to the City title game, are remarkably proficient and focused, going through drills with extraordinary efficiency.Then there’s the upstart Banning softball program, playing in its first City title game since 1993 and in the school’s first championship game in any sport since 2000. It’s San Pedro freshman Holly Stevens versus Banning’s Brianna Moeai, both of whom have delivered in the clutch in their team’s biggest games.It’s two proud programs not holding anything back.“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Banning coach Jesse Espinoza said. “Our girls honestly believe we can win. I know we can win. I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I know that our girls can win this game.“They want to do it for themselves for sure, but honestly, I think they want to do it for me because I’ve never been here either, and I’m touched by that.” San Pedro and Banning played in the 1992 and 1993 finals, with San Pedro winning both times. On paper, San Pedro would be considered the favorite, but the teams split during the regular season and shared the Marine League title.Plus, Banning has proved it knows how to win big games.“At first, we were living in the moment, just happy to be here,” Banning first baseman Jackie Reyes said.“But as the game gets closer, it’s getting more serious. We’re going there to win, to give them a fight.” Since San Pedro beat Banning in the 1993 final, the Pirates have won seven City titles, including five straight from 2000 to 2004. Banning has won just one City title, in 1978.But only three Pirates starters — Cecelia Orozco, Vanessa Sphychaj and Kayleigh Raciak — have won City titles. El Camino Real stopped San Pedro, 2-0, in eight innings last year.“Everyone said Pedro would not make it to the championship game this year, and that made us work harder,” Cuico said. “El Camino took it from us last year, and we feel it belongs to us. Now, if we win the City title, we take back our Marine League title.” Orozco, the Pirates’ only four-year varsity letter-winner, said San Pedro’s culture of winning has shaped the Pirates’ youngsters.“There has always been confidence with this team from the beginning,” Orozco said. “We always have someone different come through for us, too. Taylor is always Taylor on the mound, but we have her back offensively and defensively.”Banning, meanwhile, builds off the energy of Espinoza as it tries to build its own tradition.“Jesse’s pumped, and that gets us pumped, too,” Banning outfielder Priscilla Satete said with “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background. “We’re ready for this game. This is big for us and big for the program.”Espindola, who usually wears black eye makeup for big games, said she will be ready for the biggest game of her career. “We’re going there to win, to take what’s ours,” Espindola said. “Everything is revolving around this game. We can’t wait to get out of school to practice.“If we’re feeling this good right now, I can only imagine the celebration if we win. We’ll have to party all weekend, get a parade or something.”Cameo: Three-time Daily Breeze Player of the Year Ashley Esparza returned to San Pedro to throw live batting practice Wednesday, giving the young Pirates squad a chance to see one of the greatest Pirates ever. The biggest matchup seemed to be when Esparza faced Koria, San Pedro’s most feared slugger. Dobra told Esparza not to hold back and she got Koria on a great offspeed pitch. “That was great to have Ashley come back, especially with the success she’s had,” Dobra said. “She volunteered, and am I going to say no to that? No way. I think our girls will be a little more relaxed against anyone else now after facing her.”Role reversal: San Pedro shortstop Brittney Banania, who was granted a hardship waiver to transfer from Banning in October, said it won’t feel weird to compete against her former coach and teammates. Banania got the jitters out of the way in the first meeting, when she made two of her four errors on the season in a 6-2 loss to Banning. She was much more relaxed in the rematch, won by San Pedro, 6-0. She said there won’t be any issues this time around. “I’m going to be nothing but smiles,” Banania said. “I’m excited and pumped for this game. I know I’m going to be fine. It’s not going to bother me. My teammates helped me relax after that first game with their words of encouragement. I have to approach it like any other game, but I do want this game more than ever.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champInspirational music from the movie Rocky IV is blaring from a car parked next to the Jaycee Complex, providing a soundtrack for an intense workout.All eyes in the Harbor area will be on this matchup Wednesday at UCLA at 4:15 p.m., a game that is sure to go down for the ages.“I’m sure both towns will close down for this game,” San Pedro coach Tony Dobra said. “The longshoremen will certainly have bets on this one.” It will be San Pedro ace Taylor Petty, coming off a no-hitter in a semifinal against top-seeded El Camino Real, versus Banning pitcher Wendy Espindola, a gamer who has made some big-time pitches in big-time games.It’s San Pedro sluggers Perelini Koria, Korin Cuico and Katelyn Oro against Banning sluggers Ui Judd, Maritza Mejia and Mika Cruz, providing some serious firepower for two of the top offenses in the South Bay.last_img read more

Senator warns unfixed Inishowen water problems will pass on to Letterkenny

first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says he was ‘astounded’ to learn that very little progress has been made on fixing water pipes in South Inishowen – just as the supply is due to be extended to Letterkenny.The Donegal Senator conveyed his disappointment at the latest response from Irish Water on the replacement of water pipes in the Slab Lands in Burnfoot and Burt that supply water from the Eddie Fullerton Dam reservoir to homes in South Inishowen.Even though the works to extend this water supply to Letterkenny is approaching completion, Irish Water have confirmed that they are continuing to work on the assessment, design and planning of the pipe replacement on the Slab Lands and they have not provided a timeline for the completion of the works. Senator Mac Lochlainn said:“Irish Water know that there is a real problem with the pipes along this stretch. They have repeatedly burst over recent years, causing huge inconvenience for home owners and businesses in South Inishowen.“A year ago, I arranged a meeting between Irish Water and local public representatives and we were pleased when Irish Water confirmed that they intended to replace these problem pipes.“However, a year on and it appears that little progress has been made. This is astounding when we consider that the works to extend this water supply on to Letterkenny are almost complete”. “As it stands, these regular pipe bursts in this area are now going to inconvenience homes and businesses in Letterkenny too. This doesn’t make sense and I am calling on Irish Water to review this whole issue and prioritise the replacement of these problem pipes as a matter of urgency.“The bottom line is that Irish Water should have fixed this problem water supply to South Inishowen before sending it on to Letterkenny”. Senator warns unfixed Inishowen water problems will pass on to Letterkenny was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

GMSA still going strong

first_imgGeneral Motors South Africa is confident that it is business as usual despite its parent company filing for bankruptcy. (Image: Metromedia SA)Khanyi MagubaneGeneral Motors South Africa (GMSA) has assured its customers and employees that it is not affected by the bankruptcy filing of its parent company in the United States.On 1 June General Motors (GM) officially declared bankruptcy, making it the largest bankruptcy filing in the history of US auto manufacturing.GMSA’s managing director Steve Koch says the South African company is completely independent and will not be negatively affected by the parent company’s financial downfall.“GM South Africa is not part of this filing in the US and will not be affected by the measures announced,” said Koch in a statement. “Creditors of GM in the US would have no claims on GMSA as we have not guaranteed any US obligations nor are any of our assets [being] used as security for their obligations.”According to Koch, GMSA has been anticipating the bankruptcy since early 2008, and subsequently took the necessary steps. “We have successfully stabilised our cash balance, reduced inventory levels and [we] continue to make progress reducing our structural costs, all directed at ensuring profitable growth in South Africa.”Koch announced that not only is GMSA doing well financially, but that it is going ahead with plans to expand its business.GMSA will soon be introducing its new US$31-million (R250-million) Pan-African Parts Distribution Centre.In addition, the company recently welcomed its first shipment of the Chevrolet Cruze, which is due for validation testing before hitting the South African market.The company expects to increase investment in its South African operations, with plans for the production facilities in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province, still on track.GMSA currently sells Chevrolet, Isuzu, Opel, Hummer, Saab and Cadilac in South Africa and has been operational in the country since 1926.The company has had some successes with its Opel Corsa Utility bakkie (pickup truck), which has been the top selling utility vehicle in its size category for the past four years.  General Motors Australia and Thailand have also revealed that they are financially stable and that no job losses or company closures are in sight as a result of the parent company’s business woes.Obama to the rescueUS president Barack Obama’s administration is now set to provide the car manufacturer with a $30-billion (R242-billion) bail out plan to restructure the company.Speaking on the bankruptcy filing, Obama expressed his confidence in the group’s ability to turn itself around, “Our goal is to get GM back on its feet, take a hands off approach and get out quickly.”The US government is now a controlling shareholder of the auto group. GM has also been de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.Speaking to news agency Reuters, automotive historian Bob Elton says GM’s bankruptcy has been a long time coming. “This is proof GM has failed. They have been failing for years but have covered it up. Now they’ve come to the end of the line.”In an attempt to resuscitate its financial position, GM will divide the company in two.   The “new GM” will consist of the core essential parts of the business that will be kept for restructuring. The “old GM” will include the company’s excess plants and equipment, which will be liquidated.In its court files, GM stated that it was important to restructure the company as soon as possible in order to save some of its assets.“The vicious cycle of frozen credit markets, growing supplier uncertainty and lack of consumer confidence has the potential to unravel the automotive industry and short-circuit the creation of new GM,” said GM chief executive Fritz Henderson in court documents.For the next 30 days, GM will embark on a vigorous move to sell off its strongest assets. Italian auto manufacturer, Fiat Spa, has bought GM’s Chrysler assets.Under its bankruptcy terms, GM has been allowed to use up to $15-billion (R121-billion) of the credit facility from government to deal with its liquidation requirements. This includes paying out employee wages, healthcare benefits, supplier payments as well as other operating expenses.Related articlesBusiness, govt launch crisis plan SA banks overtake global giants South Africa upbeat on economy Useful linksGeneral Motors south Africa General Motors corporationlast_img read more

Next Up: Moore, Sanders Shine in Week 4 High School Action

first_imgCJ Moore, Wide ReceiverTulsa Union cruised to an easy 35-9 win over Edmond North despite committing five turnovers. C.J. Moore hauled in two touchdowns on the night and the Union Redskins will get a nice challenge from Owasso next week.Jahmyl Jeter, Running BackJeter’s Brennan Bears defeated San Antonio MacArthur 49-28 for their first win of the season and he was a big reason why. Jahmyl carried the ball 11 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns and an impressive 13 yards per carry.Jonathon Shepard, Wide ReceiverKilgore lost one of the better games of the week to Texas HS 44-41. Shepard only had two catches but both went for scores. His first touchdown went for 66 yards and the second went for 86 yards.Jaelyn Nolan, AthleteBrownfield was defeated 51-19 this past weekend to drop to 1-3 on the season. Nolan sat out due to an undisclosed injury.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Spencer Sanders went up against one of the top teams in the DFW metroplex last Thursday, and Jahmyl Jeter had an impressive day on the ground. Here’s a look at how OSU’s 2018 recruiting class performed in Week 4.Here are the Week 1 and Week 2 recaps.Spencer Sanders, QuarterbackSanders and his Denton Ryan squad faced their first real test this year in 2015 5A state runner-up Frisco Lone Star. Sanders played a masterful game throwing for 302 yards and four scores against one interception on 19-of-29 passing.He was also the leading rusher for the Raiders with 51 yards on the ground.last_img read more