Athletes Reunion Blazes Atlanta with Red, White and Blue

first_imgFull of fun at the Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee, Georgia as the above action indicatesThe national colors: red, white and blue, will be on display in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States from June 23-25 as former and current Liberian sports promoters gather in a major reunion to celebrate what binds them together: sports.The three-day event will begin today, Friday, at the Monte Carlo Event Hall on 2077 Beaver Ruin Road in the city of Norcross with the arrival of delegates from other US cities, Europe, parts of Africa and Liberia. More than 500 delegates, including women and children, are expected, according to the organizers, who launched the event more than three years ago.According to the itinerary, tomorrow, Saturday, will witness an executive plenary meeting at Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee in the morning and sports, including soccer, basketball and kickball will be held from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee.From 8:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. on Saturday, a dinner and awards night will be held at Monte Carlo Event Hall at 2077 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. Several former athletes, journalists, sports administrators, and others will be honored with certificates for their contribution to the development of sports in their various disciplines in Liberia.On Sunday, the final day of the gathering, a financial report will be submitted to the body at 2036 Alcovy Trace Way in Lawrenceville.To climax the occasion, the third of such since the need for the gathering was put in motion, there will be a sumptuous Farewell Cookout at Peachtree Ridge Park from 2-7p.m. at 3170 Suwanee Creek Road in Suwanee.The gathering is aimed at rekindling old friendships, reexamining the future of Liberian sports, and what the delegates can do to contribute to the progress of soccer, basketball, kickball, track and field and other sports in the country.In the past, the delegates contributed funds to assist former athletes in Liberian who either fell sick or faced any other such difficulty.The athletes’ reunion was first held in the twin cities of Minnesota. Philadelphia was to follow, and the celebration returned to Minnesota. Now it is being held in Atlanta, Georgia.At the end of the meeting, a position paper is expected to be released with an overview of sports development and suggestions to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for onward distribution to the heads of the various disciplines in Liberia.Ahmadu Sarnor, Wisseh Nyankun (Mama Musa), Sarkpa Nyanseor, the proverbial ‘rock of Gibraltar’ and Dave JackleyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chiefs shoot down ‘Dogs

first_img• Photo Gallery: Santa Fe vs. West Covina SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe High School guard Jaycob Camacho led the Chiefs’ scoring charge Wednesday night in their 61-45 victory over visiting West Covina. But it wasn’t how many points he scored as much as how he scored them that upset Bulldogs coach Gary Prestesater. Camacho is listed at 5-foot-8, 140 pounds. West Covina center Ralph Nevarrez is 6-4, 210. Most of Camacho’s points came on layups off drives through the lane, body twisting, gravity-defying, sleight-of-hand efforts between defenders who took shots at him and then watched the ball glance softly off the glass into the net. “We couldn’t guard them,” Prestesater said. “No defense.” The CIF-Southern Section, Division III-A first-round victory advanced the Chiefs (21-7) to a game Friday against the Santa Ana-Apple Valley winner. West Covina finished with a 16-12 record. Nevarrez managed to redirect four Santa Fe shots, but only one of them was Camacho’s. Nevarrez also led the Bulldogs with 15 points and nine rebounds, but failed to score in the fourth quarter. center_img Santa Fe wasted little time in taking control of the game. Camacho sank a 3-pointer and came right back with a steal and fast break layup for a 6-0 lead just a minute into the game. A late run negated six points by Nevarrez and Santa Fe led, 20-8 after one quarter. “We had nine turnovers in the first quarter,” Prestesater said. “You can’t have nine turnovers against good teams.” Guard Maurice Cole scored eight points, including a 3-pointer, in the second quarter as Santa Fe built a 33-21 halftime margin. Prestesater felt the Bulldogs had a problem from the start, saying, “I don’t think we came out with a very good attitude.” That was something Santa Fe coach Mike Geren was concerned about before the game. “I was a little worried that maybe we exerted a lot of energy and emotion \,” Geren said. “But the players came out tonight with a new goal, to win this game today and move on tomorrow.” Santa Fe played without starter Jim Toon, who was declared ineligible earlier in the day, and starter Marco Sabino had a 103-degree temperature prior to the game. Sabino took awhile to get into his rhythm in going scoreless for two quarters. But he picked up the pace with 10 points and some strong help defense against Nevarrez in the second half. Santa Fe led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter which helped eliminate some concern Geren might have had when the Chiefs struggled in the fourth period. After committing six turnovers through three periods, they had seven in the fourth. Geren cited Sabino’s gutsy performance, Camacho’s floor show and a strong contribution from his reserves. “Michael Munoz hasn’t started all season, but with Toon gone, he was called on to start and he responded really well,” Geren said. “He’s not used to being in there at crunch time.” Munoz scored six points in the Chiefs’ big opening quarter, then added 3-point baskets in the third and fourth periods. Santa Fe shot 50 percent (27 for 54) from the field, including 42 percent (5 for 12) from 3-point range. West Covina shot 38 percent overall, but just 17 percent on 3-point attempts. The Bulldogs had a slight 26-25 edge in rebounds. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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