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If only not cancelled, College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers were just two matches away from grabbing an outright finals berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 Women’s Volleyball. ABS-CBN SPORTS MANILA – With the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) outbreak worsening by the day, the National Collegiate AthleticAssociation (NCAA) have decided to cancel the remainder of the Season 95action. Cayco added that they will also discussthe possibilities of allowing the graduating players who didn’t finish theirlast playing year to represent their respective schools next season. Prior to the cancellation, thevolleyball tournaments had two more playdates in the eliminations withUniversity of Perpetual Help Altas earning an outright finals berth in themen’s division after sweeping its nine matches. NCAA’s Management Committee, headed bychairman Peter Cayco of host school Arellano University, said in a statementthat the Policy Board has approved the cancellation of the remaining sportsevents. College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, onthe other hand, were just two matches away from grabbing an outright finals entryin women’s volleyball, while defending champion Arellano Lady Chiefs, San BedaLady Red Lionesses and Perpetual Help Lady Altas have completed the semifinalspicture. Aside from volleyball, other sportingevents that were not able to complete the season were basketball, chess,swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, demo sport 3×3, football, lawn tennis, softtennis, track and field, under-15 basketball, and beach volleyball./PN “NCAA Season 95 is terminated,” saidCayco in a statement. “This was arrived at after consulting the Policy Boardmembers. First and foremost that was considered was the safety of the athletes,students, fans, and officials.”
Bossier High added another chapter to its remarkable history in boys basketball last week.Chris Davenport’s layup as time expired gave the No. 4 seed Bearkats a 63-61 victory over No. 5 A.J. Ellender in the quarterfnals of the Class 4A state playoffs.Bossier (25-10) faces No. 1 St. Thomas More (30-7) at the Boys Top 28 Thursday at 1 p.m. at McNeese State’s Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.The winner the winner of the other semifinal between No. 2 Edna Karr (25-12) and No. 3 Washington-Marion (22-7) for the 4A title Saturday night.This marks the seventh time in the last eight years that Bossier has reached at least the semifinals.Technically, though, it’s Bossier’s first trip to the Top 28 since the 2012-13 season.Last year, the Bearkats lost in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Two years ago, Bossier made it to the Class 3A semifinals but that year the semifinals were played at regional sites with the boys and girls title games played at the same site during the same week.The LHSAA went back to the Boys and Girls Top 28 format last season.“It’s special,” Bossier coach Jeremiah Williams said. “It’s always special to make it there. It’s a credit to our coaching staff and all the work we’ve put in and the efforts of the kids. It kind of culminates the season to have an opportunity to be in the high school final four. We’re excited about it.”Bossier is back in the semifinals despite moving up to Class 4A this season after four years in Class 3A.The Bearkats made it to the 3A championship game in 2012 after winning the 4A state title in 2011.If Bossier can upset St. Thomas More, it will be the school’s sixth title game appearance since 2008.That’s a record few programs in the state can match.And unlike some years where there’s a dominant team, that isn’t the case this season.“We’ve got a good opportunity,” Williams said after the win over Ellender. “We got by a tough team. It’s a great opportunity. We’re excited. We’ve got a shot.”The Top 28 will be a new experience for most of the Bossier players, including leading scorer Larry Robinson III, a senior.While Robinson has been the team’s most consistent scorer, junior guard Tyrese English has stepped up. He led the team with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, against Ellender.Junior forward Antonio Davis grabbed 18 rebounds before fouling out. Davis, who goes by Rudy, will be playing with a heavy heart. His sister, Kenyoua, a 2015 graduate of Bossier and former Lady Kat, passed away Tuesday.Senior guard Travis Manning, senior guard Donnell Mason, senior guard Quantavious Capers, senior forward Dontaveous Washington, freshman guard Jacoby Decker and Davenport, a junior forward, have all been significant contributors to Bossier’s success.Decker dished to Davenport for the winning bucket against Ellender.Williams said Isaiah Wallace, senior Torrian Brocks, junior CJ Jarman and senior Abarreion Johnson have played key roles on the practice scout team helping the Bearkats prepare for games.St. Thomas More, a private school located in Lafayette, shared the District 4-4A championship with Northside.The Cougars’ lone district loss was to Northside 42-41. St. Thomas More defeated Northside 79-64 in the regular-season finale and 57-53 in a playoff to determine the district’s No. 1 playoff seed.The Cougars’ other losses to state teams were to Madison Prep 73-41 in the season opener, Karr 71-67 on Dec. 19, North Caddo 64-48 on Dec. 28 and Chalmette 60-50 on Jan. 8. They lost to St. Pius (Texas) 88-87 on Dec. 5 at a tournament in Houston.Madison Prep, North Caddo and Karr all made it to the Top 28.St. Thomas More lost to Plaquemine in the second round last year after reaching the semifinals in 2014.The Cougars got some revenge on Friday, rallying from a late eighth-point deficit. Will Vincent hit the first of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left in overtime for the margin of victory.Jonathan Joseph sent the game into OT with a layup with less than two seconds left.Devante Benjamim has been the Cougars leader on the season, averaging around 15 per game. But he averaged almost 20 per game in the final month of the season, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.Defense has been Bossier’s trademark in Williams’ nine seasons as head coach.The Bearkats will need an outstanding defensive effort against Benjamin and the Cougars to pull off the upset.If they do, it will add to the school’s already substantial winning tradition. And more history could be made Saturday night.Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He may be reached at [email protected]ossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? 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LAS VEGAS — Defending champion BYU was picked for second place and Utah was picked to finish fourth in Tuesday’s preseason poll for Mountain West Conference men’s basketball teams.Among the women, Utah was picked to defend its title, while BYU was predicted to finish fifth in the media polls.UNLV, which won the MWC men’s tournament, was selected No. 1 by the 24 voters, collecting 16 first-place votes and 206 points. BYU got five first-place votes and 181 points, followed by San Diego State with three first-place votes and 170 points. Utah received 148 points, ahead of New Mexico with 132. Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State and TCU rounded out the pack.BYU senior Lee Cummard was selected as the preseason co-player of the year along with UNLV’s Wink Adams. Joining those two on the preseason all-MWC team are Utah’s Luke Nevill, San Diego State’s Lorenzo Wade and Wyoming’s Brandon Ewing.On the women’s side, Utah’s Morgan Warburton was selected as the preseason player of the year and teammate Kalee Whipple joined her on the preseason all-conference team along with San Diego State’s Paris Johnson and Jene Morris and TCU’s Helena Sverrisdottir. BYU’s Kristen Riley was selected as preseason freshman of the year.The Ute women received 16 first-place votes and 206 points, ahead of San Diego State with 184 and TCU with 161. New Mexico was picked for fourth, followed by BYU, Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State and Air Force.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Pan-African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John will be holding an event this weekend to commemorate Black History Month in the Energetic City.Association President Panebi Oboh said this year’s event will be taking place at the Stonebridge Hotel on Saturday, February 24th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will feature Caribbean and African cuisine, dancing, and a fashion show. Dawson Creek band Earth, Wind and Snow will be bringing the funk to this year’s event, while Calgary-based comedian Kome Eto will help contribute to the light-hearted atmosphere.The event is open to the public. Tickets range from $20 for kids to $40 for adults and can be picked up at Whole Wheat and Honey, or at the door.- Advertisement –
Tiago Ilori in action for Bordeuax Liverpool have told Bordeuax that they must play on-loan defender Tiago Ilori at least 30 times this season – according to sources in France.Ilori joined Liverpool in 2013 from Sporting Lisbon for £7m, but he is still yet to make an appearance for his new club.The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Granada, making just nine appearance for the La Liga side.Ilori has been sent out on loan again by Brendan Rodgers this season, with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux offering to take the Portuguese under-21 international for the year.And, according to French radio station Gold FM, Bordeaux have been told by Liverpool that Ilori must make at least 30 appearances during his time in the south of France.The clause has reportedly been inserted by the Reds to ensure that the defender gets the action his development requires. 1