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Book bills drop for Sunman-Dearborn learners thanks to endowment

first_imgSunman, In. — The Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools is pleased to announce book bills for the 2018-2019 school year for all students in grades K-12 will be $35. This represents a reduction of $65 to over $200 for students, depending on grade. This is made possible through the generous support of the Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Endowment.According to Andrew Jackson, Superintendent “With the various costs for families around the beginning of the school year, the Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Endowment is excited to provide some financial relief to parents when school starts next year.”In addition, online payment will be part of the online registration process for next year as well.Parents of students in grades 6-12 will still be able to purchase the optional Chromebook Protection Plan for $25.last_img read more

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C-NS’s Cook, Liverpool’s Pento announce college decisions

first_img Tags: C-NSliverpool Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though she still has a year remaining to further boost her credentials, Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball forward Jessica Cook has already made up her mind about her college destination in the fall of 2021.On Thursday, Cook, who led the Northstars to the Section III Class AA championship in March, announced a verbal commitment to the University of Toledo, beating out other Division I schools that included Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s, Marist and Miami (Ohio), the last of which competes with Toledo in the Mid-American Conference.For the last three seasons, the 6-foot-2 Cook has led C-NS in scoring and rebounds. In 2018 and 2019, her work helped C-NS reach the sectional finals, only to take defeats to West Genesee on both occasions. That changed in 2019-20, when after a 3-5 start that included a trio of defeats in a national tournament in Arizona in December, the Northstars went 14-1 the rest of the way to earn the sectional crown.Along the way, Cook had several signature performances. She put up 38 points in a Jan. 3 win over Liverpool that put Cook past the 1,000-career point mark, and got 36 points when C-NS defeated West Genesee on Feb. 11.Then C-NS avenged its lone league loss to Baldwinsville when it knocked off the top-seeded Bees in the March 7 sectional final, Cook notching 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. For the season, Cook averaged 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Also on Thursday, Liverpool High School senior Jack Pento announced that he will play soccer at Ithaca College this fall after he led the Warriors to an unlikely post-season run last fall.“It has been a long process but with the help of family, friends, and coaches I was able to come to (a) decision,” said Pento. “I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life.”A varsity standout in both soccer and basketball, Pento made his biggest mark last October during the Liverpool boys soccer team’s late-season turnaround.Once at 3-10, the Warriors had to win its last three games of the season just to get into the sectional playoffs. Then it stunned top-seeded, state-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius in the quarterfinals, with Pento anchoring the defense during a 0-0 shutout and then converting the winning kick in a penalty shootout.Maintaining that momentum, Liverpool then defeated Henninger in the sectional semifinals, with Pento scoring his team’s first goal, before falling in the title game to Baldwinsville.last_img read more

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Trojans will need maximum protection

first_imgWith concerns over the Trojans’ future looming after the departure of such mainstays as Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Mark Sanchez, the potentially unstable Trojans can look to one reliable unit as a source of balance: the offensive line.The already-experienced unit sacrificed none of its 2008 starters to either the NFL or lasting injury in the offseason. Understandably, such a veteran group of players arrive with hype proclaiming them the best O-line in the nation.Big assets · The Trojans’ offensive line should be one of the deepest in the nation, a huge advantage to whoever ends up playing quarterback. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan Naturally, offensive line coach Pat Ruel doesn’t buy into any of that kind of talk.“Let me tell you something, you’re only as good as your last play and what you did,” Ruel said. “There’s too many times when people talk about how good you are and you start listening to it and then you’re not working as hard as you should.”Regardless, the affable Ruel budged a little when pressed about the talent and experience of his boys.“We have a chance to be a very good offensive line, and it’s going to be determined by how much hard work we put in and how well we prepare, and their attitude,” Ruel said.Sixth-year senior left guard Jeff Byers agreed with Ruel about the real value of hype.“Rankings mean nothing at the beginning of the season. The toughest challenge for a line is to perform week in and week out,” Byers said. “Offensive line’s a real special position in that every week it’s a different challenge.”When asked about any potential weaknesses in the offensive line, Ruel wryly replied “coaching,” before continuing to offer some criticism of his highly touted players.“I think that right now we’re behind in some pass protection stuff. We’re not clean on picking up some stuff. We’re there, but we just need to fundamentally get there,” Ruel said.Despite Ruel’s concerns over his line’s protection against the pass rush, coach Pete Carroll expressed confidence in the unit’s ability to protect the man behind center.“Our quarterbacks couldn’t ask for a better supporting crew around them,” Carroll said.Junior center Kristofer O’Dowd, who was sidelined during spring practices with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, remained the one major question mark on the roster. At summer practice, O’Dowd confirmed he had been fully cleared to play. The 2008 All-Pac-10 player said that he was “confident” in the offensive line’s ability to excel.“No one left and we’re a smarter group. Things come a lot easier and we can work on smaller details of our game to be a better unit and help this offense and help this team become our best,” O’Dowd said.O’Dowd also denied any nervousness among his fellow starters over the upcoming game at Ohio State, simultaneously offering high praise to his daily opponents on the practice field.“The only defensive unit we’re worried about is the defensive unit we go against every day,” O’Dowd said. “That is the best defense in the country. ”Until this season, Ruel said, the offensive line only ever had eight or nine players in total from year to year. Ruel explained that one benefit of the unit’s retention of all of its starters has been the value of their experience to the team’s new recruits.“We’ve finally got our numbers up a little bit, and now everybody’s talking about how we’ve got a really good talent base,” Ruel said. “Well, that’s what we want. We want our older players now to teach our younger players how to play, how to be competitors, how to be winners and how to be champions.”Both Ruel and Carroll expressed satisfaction with the level of competition between veterans like O’Dowd and Byers and freshmen up-and-comers such as Khaled Holmes and Matt Kalil, the younger brother of former All-American Trojan center Ryan Kalil.“We’ve got a lot of guys battling for playing time that are worthy of playing,” Carroll said. “They’re tough. They’re big enough. They’re smart football players … Now it’ll be really interesting to see if they can’t make a pitch for their playing time.”last_img read more

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Akwa Utd Misses Chance to Move to Summit of NPFL

first_imgAkwa United were stunned 2-0 away to Katsina United friday in a rescheduled Match-day 11 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.The defeat costs the Promise Keepers the chance to leapfrog Lobi Stars to the summit of the Nigerian topflight.The win preserved Katsina United’s unbeaten home run in the NPFL this season. Akwa United remains in the second position despite the defeat, while Katsina United moved from 13th to eighth in the table. The Changi Boys have now won six home games in a row following their opening day 2-2 home draw against Kano Pillars. Martins Usule headed the hosts in front in the eighth minute after he was set up by Sani Faisal.Earlier on Wednesday, Enyimba defeated visiting MFM FC 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.Despite going down to 10 men for over half an hour following the sending off of defender Isiaka Oladuntoye, the seven-time league champions held on to their first-half advantage to the very end. In so doing, the People’s Elephant recorded a first-ever win in this league fixture.There were two changes made to the side which drew last weekend in Damaturu against Yobe Desert Stars. Winger and top scorer Stanley Dimgba returned to the starting line-up, as did defender Nelson Ogbonnaya.It was the latter who would have a decisive impact on proceedings, opening the scoring in the 12th minute. Abdulrahman Bashir had, only minutes earlier, come close to turning in the opener from a corner; this time, he turned provider, lobbing a perfect delivery for Ogbonnaya to attack at the far post and power past MFM’s Ospino Egbe.There followed two close shaves for striker Ibrahim Mustapha, before the visitors dug themselves into further trouble by giving away a penalty.Defender Bashiru Monsuru was adjudged to have handled in the box, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Chinonso Okonkwo stepped up, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to double the advantage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more