Boxing: Joseph tops IBF world ratings

first_imgThe IBF Intercontinental Female Featherweight champion retains her number one ranking in following the latest rankings of the International Boxing FederationAll is well with the Princess of African Boxing Helen Joseph as she tops the IBF world ratings in February for the 12 consecutive months. Helen is the boxing’s greatest star from the African continent.She has dominated #1 world ranking for a year and now that she prepares for the world diadem against American Princess Jennifer Han, nothing has been taken for chances here! The February ranking also saw a number of African greats on the IBF Intercontinental List and this including but not limited to;Ilunga Makabu from DRC Congo is rated at #4 in the Cruiserweight division while Vikapita Meroro of Namibia is rated at # 10 in the same weight. Another Congo man Doudou Ngumbu is rated at # 12 in the Light heavyweight division.South African Chris Van Heerden is rated at # 2 in the welterweight division while Julius Indogo of Namibia is rated at # 5 in the Jr. Welterweight division respectively. Tunisian Hedi Slimane take #13 in the Lightweight division while Richard Commey of Ghana in the same division as #1. Comemy is now rated at #10 in the IBF world ratings respectively. Another Ghanaian Maxwell Awuku is rated at # 9 in the Jr. Lightweight division.Former IBF International Featherweight King, Gottlieb Ndokosho from Namibia is rated at # 6 in the featherweight division while another Namibian Sakaria Lucas is rated at # 11 in the same division.Qatari Kid Galahad is rated at # 2 in the Jr. Featherweight division while Immanuel Naidjala from Namibia is rated at # 4 and Ghanaian Duke Micah is rated at # 13 in the bantamweight division.last_img read more

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Nate Ybarra and Peyton Witham named Lord and Lady of Wellington’s Prom

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nate Ybarra and Peyton Witham were named the Lord and Lady of Wellington at this year’s 2016 Wellington High School Prom. Other special winners included:Most Gorgeous gown: McKenna Oathout.Gorgeous tux: Jaden Dycus.Unique gown: Hayley Farley.Whacky Wheels: Julian Cornejo, Allison McCue (click video)Power Couple: Wesley Gilmore, Kayla Brand.The weather was perfect and the walk in as always was well attended.For all the prom pictures click here or visit wellington.cc.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Swain leads Courier All-City boys’ basketball team

first_imgThe biggest surprise was the Westinghouse Bulldogs, who have been a consistent member of the bottom half club for the past several seasons. But since Kenny Roebuck took over, the team has rapidly improved each year to the point where they finished with a winning 10-6, 14-10 record behind All-City selections Fleming Davis, DeAundre Epperson, Darrell Cosby and Marcus Falls.The great play of the Bulldogs led many coaches to select Roebuck as the city’s best coach which led to his finishing a very close second to Andre McDonald of Allderdice for Coach of the Year. Finishing third in the balloting was Carey White from Oliver, who had the best overall record at 20-5.McDonald took a very talented team and kept them focused after a slow start and a third place finish in the regular season to a very impressive City League playoff run in which they captured the City championship, after being blown out last year by Perry.The Oliver Bears have been consistently under the radar the past few years because they generally depend on their defense to carry them which doesn’t lend itself to a lot of publicity, but under the leadership of Coach White they’ve been one of the top teams in the City the past few years, losing to Allderdice in the championship game this season.The bottom of the standings were the Schenley Spartans and the Brashear Bulls, finishing with unheard of 4-12 City, only beating out lowly 1-15 Langley. In the past the bulk of the players feeding these two schools generally came from the Hill District, however, with the school board moving Schenley out to East Liberty, most of the Hill District students are probably going to Milliones which didn’t have a team this season, instead of traveling way out to East Liberty for Schenley or to Brashear. Milliones will have a varsity team next season, which will make things very interesting if Schenley remains open next season, which is not likely, in East Liberty, right in the middle of Peabody and Westinghouse.The All-City team is a very solid team with a group of players very close in talent with Swain and Henri Chatman from Brashear, Davis from Westinghouse and Schell from Oliver who are on just about every coach’s first team. The others ranged from first team to third team. The top underclassman this year is 6-5 sophomore Ken Mickens from Allderdice, who scored 15.3 points per game. This kid should eventually be better than Swain or Will Clarke who starred for the Dragons last season. He has the potential to be one of the best the City has seen, and that’s saying a lot.We at the Courier once again congratulate all 26 players who made the team from the first team to honorable mention and commend all the coaches for the time and effort they put into making these young men responsible team players.The players and coaches will be honored at the third annual All-City Awards Banquet to be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, May 2. The guest speaker will be former Steeler great and Court of Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff. The selection of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s third annual All-City boys’ basketball team is a reflection of the overall team play of the nine teams in the city. It was a collective team effort that led most of the teams to success this season, as there were no individuals who stood out from the rest. Eventual City champion Allderdice is a perfect example. Even though Ishmael Swain (16.5 ppg) was selected by most coaches as the best player in the City, his team won the championship because of outstanding team play. All five starters made the All-City team.The same was true of Oliver, Perry and Westinghouse, the other three teams with winning records. With the graduation of Morgan it was not known how good Perry would be even though they were considered favorites along with Allderdice. But behind a balanced attack headed by Greg McGhee, Darryl Harrington, Marcus Smith and Bruce Grover, the Commodores rolled to a 13-3 City record, finishing behind the surprising Oliver Bulls for the best record. Oliver’s balanced attack was headed by Evan Schell, Tawayne Steele, Phil Ferguson and Delvon Murray, all earning spots on the All City team. ISHMAEL SWAIN, BEN MICKENS, EVAN SCHELLcenter_img In the beginning it was all Perry Commodores in boys’ basketball as they jumped off to a 7-0 start. It appeared that they didn’t miss City League Player of the Year Vaughn Morgan at all. But then came the snow and a long delay. Once play began again Perry lost their first game and struggled to a 6-3 finish that dropped them behind the surprising Oliver Bears who finished a game ahead of them with a 14-2 record. Lost in this battle were the Allderdice Dragons who had an outstanding team but started off very slowly finishing the season at 11-5, barely beating out the surprise team of the season, the 10-6 Westinghouse Bulldogs. last_img read more

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Pitt signs Dixon to extension through 2022-23

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP) — Jamie Dixon isn’t going anywhere but back to work.The Pittsburgh head coach signed a 10-year contract on Saturday that could keep him with the Panthers well into the next decade. The deal comes after speculation surfaced USC was targeting Dixon, a Southern California native, for its open job.“Pitt and Pittsburgh are home,” Dixon said in a statement. “My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better players, staff and administration.”Dixon is 262-86 in 10 years at Pitt and has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Big East history. The Panthers went 24-9 this season including 12-6 in their final year in the league before heading to the ACC this summer.Despite the gaudy conference record, Pitt was given a No. 8 seed by the NCAA selection committee, the school’s lowest since 2005.While the players expressed dismay over the seeding, Dixon pressed onward. Still, the Panthers were thoroughly outplayed by Wichita State in a 73-55 loss, the program’s worst in the tournament in 20 years.The defeat marked Pitt’s third straight early exit from the NCAAs. Dixon is 11-9 in the tournament but the Panthers — who missed the NCAAs entirely last spring — have not advanced past the opening weekend since 2009, when they lost to Villanova in the regional finals. Dixon expressed disappointment in his team’s play but optimism about the future in the immediate aftermath. Pitt loses just two players to graduation and has one of the most promising big men in the country in freshman center Steven Adams.Having Adams in the middle and Dixon on the sideline should help Pitt in its transition to the ACC. Dixon has been diplomatic about the move and joked earlier this month he didn’t have any family in Greensboro, N.C., the frequent home of the ACC tournament.Still, Dixon also understood the reasons behind Pitt’s decision and can now focus on how to elbow aside Duke and North Carolina for ACC supremacy much the way the Panthers have done to the likes of Syracuse and Connecticut over the last 12 years in the Big East.Dixon came to Pitt as an assistant under Ben Howland in 1999 and then took over in 2003 when his mentor left for UCLA. All Dixon has done is lead the Panthers to two Big East regular-season titles and a Big East tournament championship.Though Dixon has done nothing but continue to deepen his roots in Pittsburgh, he understands that his name is floated out whenever a high-profile job opens. He called it an annual rite of spring, earlier this week.Still, Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson acted aggressively to make sure Dixon remains as the face of one of the nation’s most consistently competitive programs.“In order to maintain and build upon our past success, it was important to our university and athletic department that we make a strong long-term commitment to Jamie,” Pederson said in a statement. “He has been far more than a basketball coach at Pitt and we are fortunate to have such a high-caliber person representing our university. I look forward to continuing to work with Jamie as he leads our program into an exciting new era in the ACC.” STAYING AT PITT–Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon shouts to his team during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Wichita State in Salt Lake City, March 21. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)last_img read more

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