The organisers of the just concluded Principalâ€™s Cup Football Competition for all secondary schools in Delta State have applauded the standard exhibited at the annual competition.Marvel International School at the weekend defeated St. Paul College 5-4 on penalties to emerge the winners of the second edition of the competition which was only revived last year courtesy of the partnership between Delta State Government and the sponsors, Zenith Bank.The competition started on November 1 in Asaba with over 700 private and public schools and it ended on March 2 at the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and top officials of Zenith Bank in attendance. Head of the organising team, Tony Pemu, told newsmen that he was impressed with the skills exhibited by the youngsters at the event.He said: â€œWe are very happy about the performances of the students. So much work was done at the preliminary stage to ensure fair play. We had to stop some desperate schools that fielded ineligible students but the quality is my joy.â€œFrom the3 zonal stage, we saw good football from the young lads. We are very happy and we believe the competition will get better.â€Pemu showered praises on the sponsors and the government of Delta State for reviving the youth football competition 28 years after being in doldrums.â€œThis competition is one of the best things happening to sports in the state for a long time. It is always good to catch talents young. I commend the state government and Zenith Bank for investing in the youth,â€ he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on September 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim Lester threatened to take Zack Mahoney out of the game if he didn’t start having fun.The sophomore fluttered passes to the turf well short of his targets. He struggled to string together completions. Syracuse failed to get a first down until the middle of the second quarter.Earlier in the week, in front of a small group of reporters, Mahoney said he had no nerves before facing No. 8 Louisiana State. But when he trotted out under center in front of over 40,000 fans, it was different.“Those nerves kind of messed up my motion a little bit,” Mahoney said. “… and I kind of reverted back to old habits where I was not nearly as consistent as I should be.”Mahoney’s first half: 5-of-13 for 35 yards and no rushing yards. His second 30 minutes: 11-of-25 for 119 yards, three touchdowns and 40 yards on the ground. In the end, it wasn’t enough to dig Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) out of a hole he helped put them in. But in a 34-24 loss to the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, the walk-on’s starting debut was capped off with reason for optimism after a tumultuous start.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“All in all I’ve been pleased with his progress including the second half today,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “He threw for three touchdowns … that’s not too damn bad for a young man that we were just figuring out his name here a few months ago.”On the fourth play of the game, Mahoney scrambled within the pocket and was sacked from behind. The ball spurted out of his hands and to the turf — it was picked up by SU’s Nick Robinson — and Riley Dixon trotted out to punt.Inconsistency reaching his targets plagued SU early, with Mahoney often short-arming receivers who flanked out to the sides. On passes down the middle, he’d throw well in front, leaving the ball bouncing on the turf in front of an oncoming LSU defensive back.The Tigers weren’t doing much better — aside from Leonard Fournette being Leonard Fournette — but Mahoney couldn’t capitalize and the first four drives resulted in no first downs.“I missed a lot of open throws,” Mahoney said. “… and I just wish I could get those back.”The first time Mahoney aired it out down the middle, after two and a half quarters of mostly handoffs and short out routes, Brisly Estime hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass. That brought Syracuse within seven.Then two drives later, Mahoney found Ben Lewis for a 2-yard score, bringing the Orange within a touchdown again. Gone were the runs up the gut and short passes slowed down by an offense that trailed by single digits. In its place was a pass-happy walk-on who was in the game in the first place because of his mobility.“Hopefully next game we incorporate a lot more passes so we can get in a rhythm a lot earlier,” wide receiver Steve Ishmael said.The nail in the coffin came when Mahoney had his pass tipped and intercepted by LSU linebacker Deion Jones. Syracuse trailed by 14 and gave the Tigers the ball with 26 yards to the end zone. The drive finished with a field goal and Syracuse couldn’t scratch back to within single digits.On the last drive, Mahoney completed five passes and ran for 26 yards. The game was already decided, but he flashed his potential.After talks throughout the game with Terrel Hunt and quarterbacks graduate assistant Joe Furco, Mahoney loosened up. It’s what allowed him to get back to what earned him the starter’s job, even if it came too late.“I feel like I played OK,” Mahoney said. “Not nearly as well as I can and should.” Comments
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the new outdoor Atlanta Hawks community basketball court at Selena S. Butler Park, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center. Principal Owner Tony Ressler, CEO Steve Koonin, Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, first-year guard Trae Young, Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and Atlanta Hawks Foundation Executive Director David Lee were all on site for the ceremony.Also in attendance were John Dargle, Jr., City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong as well as Dr. Elder Bernice King.“Dr. King’s legacy is one of service, selflessness and universal human dignity,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “The Atlanta Hawks’ investment in our communities continues his legacy, and Atlanta is fortunate to have a hometown team that gives so much to its neighbors and fans.”The Selena S. Butler Park outdoor courts mark the sixth Atlanta Hawks court renovation project completed in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation. These courts will be the first that feature a special black-and-gold color scheme marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Hawks. The unique color scheme also pays tribute and honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contributions to the City of Atlanta and the country. Previous Atlanta Hawks basketball court renovations include Grant Park, Bessie Branham Park, William Walker Recreation Center, Coan Park and Central Park basketball courts.© Kat Goduco Photo“Thank you to the Atlanta Hawks, Dr. Elder Bernice King, and partners for being here today and for helping make this project a reality,” said John Dargle. “Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. King and the recreation center and these courts represent his legacy. Through our work and our partnerships Atlanta Parks and Rec works to offer exceptional amenities, programs, and facilities to residents and visitors and these courts are an example of that.”“We are humbled to partake in honoring Dr. King and his legacy as our team celebrates 50 years in the city of Atlanta,” Steve Koonin said. “On behalf of our fans and our partners at the city, State Farm and UPS, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy than by putting a commemorative 50th anniversary court next to the MLK Recreation Center, and we are delighted to find another meaningful way to unite this city through the sport of basketball.”At the event, both State Farm and Goodr teamed up to provide a free pop-up grocery “store” for more than 100 seniors in attendance as part of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good activation. Hawks and UPS co-branded basketballs were handed out to the youth in attendance. UPS shipped and delivered the court.The event had special appearances from team mascot Harry The Hawk, the Hawks ATL Dancers and the Hawks’ Flight Crew. The brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity from Morehouse College also performed a step routine.In 2015, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation pledged to revamp 25 metro Atlanta basketball courts by 2020. These renovations will positively affect approximately 465,000 residents throughout Atlanta. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms continues to work to ensure our neighborhoods and communities thrive and provide world-class infrastructure and services.