It was history in the making as PNG has not even won a gold medal in any Pacific Games Va’a event.The women clocked 2min:26sec:61 while Tahiti clocked 2:26:70.Fiji won bronze in a time of 2:42:51. PNG women’s coach Jonathan Kassman praised the ladies and dedicated the win to them. “For 18 solid months the ladies have been practising and sacrificing their time and the win is absolutely something worth it.”He thanked the ladies and most of all the Lord who gave them the courage and strength to win.
Split second win to PNG Va’a women
Bloodied Nieto willing to ‘sacrifice anything’
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith a championship on the line, anyone is more than ready to lay everything on the table.And for Matt Nieto, he’s even willing to risk it all even his face.ADVERTISEMENT Melecio says La Salle lacked communication in Game 1 loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nieto took an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala just above his right eye with 36.6 seconds left in the second quarter of Game 1 between Ateneo and La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.READ: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“I was just anticipating his spin, and I think he’s just too tall for me so his elbow was smack in front of my face,” said Nieto of the 6-foot-8 MbalaMbala’s hit left Nieto bloodied, disoriented, and downright pissed, as he went to the Blue Eagles’ locker room at Mall of Asia Arena a few minutes before his teammates did. Nieto was able to start the second half and he eventually finished with 11 points.“Even though I was down, even though they did call the charging on me, I just wanted to let everyone know that I was going to sacrifice anything, even my face for that possession,” said Nieto, who added that Mbala did not apologize to him after the game.READ: Mbala says ‘I did not intend to hit or hurt’ Nieto“No, he didn’t, although the coaching staff did,” said Nieto. “Coach Aldin [Ayo] and Prince [Rivero] asked me how I was and asked if it needed stitches.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments
Chattergoon brothers in OSCL All-Star teams
By Ravi Madholall in TorontoHemnarine Chattergoon, the eldest of the Chattergoon brothers and his youngest sibling Harrinenarine Chattergoon, will compete against each other on Saturday when the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) runs off its annual Family Day Event with an All-Star 15-over competition.Sewnarine ChattergoonHemnarine ChattergoonThe action is billed for the Ashtonbee facility in Scarborough where Hemnarine will be representing the Conference A All-Star team and Harrienarine is set to turn out for the Conference B side.Before this encounter, the Caribbean Sensation-sponsored 10-10 final will be played between top team Dant and Betterhope at the same venue. In the consolation category, East Coast will collide with Caribbean Sensation X1 commencing at 09:00 am on two separate pitches.Hemnarine, a former Guyana and West Indies Under-19 batsman, will also be featuring for Dant. Dant has been in phenomenal form since the commencement of the OSCL season in all three versions (10, 15 and 20-overs).Ex-West Indies opening batsman Sewnarine Chattergoon, is the second of the four brothers while Ramnarine Chattergoon, another first-class player, is the other Chattergoon brother.Apart from the Chattergoon brothers on show, several players with national status for Guyana at both the youth and senior levels will also be participating for various teams throughout the day. Those included Damodar Daesrath, Krishna Deosaran, Rovendra Mandolall, Trevon Garraway, Shaun Deonandan, Riaz Kadir, Aftab Shamsudeen (Canada International player), Eion Katchay among others.Meanwhile, president of the OSCL, Albert Ramcharran commented that the day’s event promised to be exciting with these two games along with a Kids 5-over match.The Canadian-based Guyanese stated that the yearly cricket matches are able to attract a large Canadian-based Guyanese to witness the traditionally entertaining softball extravaganza.“We [are] delighted to have another Family Day Event and with these two matches in place, we can expect the same level of excitement come Saturday; we have invited representatives from the Guyana Consulate in Toronto and the wider Guyanese diaspora to be part of the event,” Ramcharran declared.Conference A All-Star team reads: Ian Baldeo, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Pradeep Singh, Sunil Ramkissoon, Shaun Deonandan, Zakir Khan, Kumar Doodnauth, Damian Kissoon, Bobby Parasnauth, Dan Patram and Gopaulchand Beharry.Conference B All-Stars side reads: Danold Hariprashad, Robin Kanhai, Rovendra Mandolall, Vishal Balram, Rawl Scott, Harienarine Chattergoon, Dinanauth Mangru, Ashok Ramjass, Richard Rossan, Surendra Sukhram and Ron Etwaroo.
Elderly couple nabbed with large amount of “bush rum” at Suddie
A letter was recently published in a section of the media under the caption “Bush rum sold under the noses of the police”. That letter precipitated an investigation which has resulted in two persons being arrested.Based on reports received, an elderly couple was arrested on July 27 after several bottles of spirited liquor and a five-gallon jar with what is suspected to be illicitly distilled liquor (bush rum) were found at their Suddie Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast home. The couple was, however, released on bail pending legal advice.It was reported in the letter that a woman was operating her bush rum business in close proximity to the Suddie Police Station.The woman, who also lives a few houses away from the Deputy Vice Chairperson for the Region, was reportedly engaged in open selling of bush rum and shop rum.The letter writer stated that the woman was a large scale dealer in bush rum operating from her home, and many underage persons were purchasing and imbibing the illegal substance.“While it is against the law for a juvenile to make purchases of any alcoholic beverage from a licensed shop, alcohol can be made readily available from the “illegal selling” of the commodity, with detrimental effects more so on the youngsters”, the author of the letter related.He added that the woman was doing a lucrative business in violation of the law. As such, he made an appeal to the Police to protect the community, and moreover, requested that the Customs and Excise Department take the appropriate action against the perpetrator.
Permaul confident of team’s ability despite non-selection
Following another thriller at the Providence National Stadium, this time involving the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the St. Lucia Stars, the local team is looking to secure 3 in 3 for their first segment of home matches. The hope of leaving for their Caribbean tour with a clean slate resonated far beyond the pitch, field and boundaries, even to the dressing room where Guyanese bowler Veerasammy Permaul has spent the first two home games.Permaul who is waiting on his chance to don the Warrior’s outfit on the field, related to the media that he is confident in the current team’s ability ahead of Sunday’s match up.“I think the guys really played well for the past two nights and it’s very important to win the home games. If you can win all you home games, it makes it easier going outside and ending in the top two,” Permaul said.The left arm spinner described the atmosphere in the dressing room when the match was almost taken from them by a solid partnership between Trinidadian natives Kieran Pollard and Lendl Simmons. “I think that everybody believed that we could’ve won, we know that Pollard and Simmons are destructive players and we knew if we could get either one out, it would pull the game back in our favour,” he stated.With the Providence pitch looking a bit slow in Saturday evening’s matchup, Permaul noted that the time of play is often times crucial to the way the pitch plays. “During the day, the wicket will be a little more favoured to spin bowling, but in the night the dew get the ball to come on a little bit more to that bat. I think that was the reason why we had par score this game, and hopefully next game we got more runs on the board,” the spinner disclosed.Speaking on his fellow countryman Keemo Paul’s stunning last over which steered the team to a nail biting victory, Permaul revealed that he has been observant of Paul’s ability. He noted that the young man id doing well and like most of the country he is looking forward to more exhilarating bowling from him. “I think he’s an exceptional talent. Looking at him from last year, I think he really developed as a player.”Guyana will play their third home match today against the Barbados Tridents, after which they will depart to the Caribbean and Lauderhill Florida for their away games, before returning to their homeland for their final two home matches.
DWP overtime scam
So if, for example, a 9-to-5 employee takes personal time off in the morning, then works in the afternoon and into evening, the worker could charge for overtime. The same rules apply if a Monday-Friday worker took off Friday and then came into work Saturday at the overtime rate, according to the audit. The audit’s findings come as DWP overtime costs have continued to soar amid staffing shortages, even as the utility has raised water rates and union workers have earned regular pay under a 2005 contract in which city officials granted them raises up to 28 percent over five years, making them the best-paid city employees. “We can’t do in this department without overtime,” said the Board of Water and Power Commission president, David Nahai. “It’s very corrosive to have some workers who commit fraud in the system while other workers are being honest. “We have to delve into the issue to determine if there is widespread abuse and then come up with a discipline system.” In an effort to rein in the utility’s giant overtime bill, the commissioners requested the audit last year to ensure that overtime spending by DWP’s 8,985 full-time and temporary employees was legitimate. Since then, DWP managers have begun scrutinizing overtime payouts each month, but the review raises new questions about the system. Of particular concern, the auditors said, were the number of employees who took absences and claimed overtime on the same day. In their report, auditors found that the overtime payroll process had insufficient oversight, poor scheduling systems and not enough manpower. DWP officials have defended the OT as necessary in a complex organization that operates around the clock. Officials also have said the high OT payments are partly the legacy of DWP downsizing from 11,600 workers in the early 1990s to as low as 6,700 near the end of the decade. About 75 percent of employees charged for OT in the same week they took an absence. In other cases, some employees charged overtime for in-house training beyond their normal schedule. “It’s a scam,” said Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, who said he saw similar overtime abuse while overseeing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “It’s like the wild, wild West in there. Nobody questions anything. Some employees charge overtime for attending an in-house training? What’s going on here? It’s crazy.” While most of the overtime is allowed by labor agreements and approved by department supervisors, auditors recommended managers refuse to allow nonemergency or nonunion-mandated overtime on the same day as an absence. They also recommended minimizing the use of OT in the same week as absences. Auditors further recommended that the DWP establish a policy to limit how much an employee could charge for nonemergency overtime. Some 3,442 employees charged overtime that exceeded 15 percent of their regular pay. About 90 employees each earned $65,000 in overtime pay over the study period. Auditors recommended that employees with more than 800 hours of OT in a year be required to receive permission from the general manager to work any additional nonemergency hours. The DWP budget director, Jeff Peltola, said department leadership adopted a new policy on overtime last year in response to concerns. Managers now review overtime every month. Any division manager who spends more than 10 percent of labor costs on overtime must explain in writing why OT was up and what is being done to reduce it. Still, Peltola said the utility is so short-staffed that even with the big overtime payout, the department comes in under budget for labor. The utility has 8,150 permanent employees, but needs 8,960 to do the work, he said. “In the short term, it’s cost-effective, but in the long run we’re going to burn out employees,” he said. The shortages are especially acute for the power-distribution system. Electrical outages and a shortage of linemen – national phenomena – result in hundreds of overtime hours. During last summer’s heat wave and the following months of 2006, the power division spent $31 million in overtime – $17 million more than its overtime budget. “In a heat storm, we worry about turning the lights on first. Then we start looking at the fiscal impact versus our financial plan,” Peltola said. But other divisions have had unusually high overtime budgets without emergencies. The audit found that poor scheduling and lax management allowed security employees to charge excessive overtime at double rates. Overtime was racked up by 228 of 232 security officers, totaling $5 million during the review period. Forty-five employees each charged 1,000 hours of overtime – the equivalent of 25 workweeks – or more. The security manager and the janitorial staff manager, who also had problems with overtime, have been replaced, DWP officials said. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers racked up more than $100 million in overtime pay in just one 11-month period, with some employees claiming extra pay even on days when they took some time off, according to an internal audit of the utility. The audit found that employees charged nearly 2 million hours of OT from March 2005 to February 2006, with roughly 14 percent of employees charging the utility for overtime on the same day they took an absence. The analysis also found that 32 individuals reported same-day overtime and absences more than 10 times each. Under labor agreements, DWP workers can charge at least time-and-a-half of their regular hourly wage for working outside their normal work schedule.
Arnold’s lottery plan would help the state
I don’t like the California State Lottery. I didn’t vote for it when it was an initiative on the ballot 24 years ago, and I wish it would go away. As a matter of fact, I wrote legislation that required the lottery to warn consumers about the risks involved with playing the game. The government should not be in the business of gambling, and state employees should not make a living off the backs of the poor, who are the majority of lottery players. But the reality is the state is firmly embedded in the operation of gambling. The good news is California now has the opportunity to get out of the business of operating the lottery, thanks to an innovative idea that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set forth earlier this month. Some conservatives argue that the plan is not true privatization and skirts the bidding process. Meanwhile, public unions fear the loss of lottery jobs. But both of these arguments lack merit and can be addressed through the contract discussions and an open bidding process. That being said, I have strong objections to the lottery proceeds being used to paper over the current budget gap. That would be a fiscally imprudent decision, and we cannot continue to overspend and rely on windfalls to rescue us from our poor habits. It’s fine to use the proceeds to pay down the long-term structural deficit, but again, this will only work if we get our spending in check to avoid future financial crisis, like the one that started during the days of Gov. Gray Davis. The governor’s lottery plan may not be perfect, but the detractors ought to give it the serious debate and consideration it deserves. And legislators and the governor ought to recognize that in privatizing the lottery, we have a chance to do something good for California by using these dollars wisely. Let’s not blow it by falling back to reckless and wasteful spending habits. George Runner, R-Lancaster, represents the 17th District in the state Senate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes to lease the lottery to private operators over the next 40 years for a lump-sum payment of somewhere between $14 billion and $37 billion, thereby creating a public-private partnership. This could be a worthwhile plan that deserves serious debate. Let’s face it: Operating the lottery is outside the realm of the government’s mission and competency. Turning the operation over to a private business would not only be a great business move for the state, it would make for good policy by removing an operational distraction from the state’s core mission of providing public services. That’s why the transfer of the lottery’s operation to a private firm might have positive results for California. The private sector is positioned to run tighter, more efficient operations. Under the watch of private business, the lottery would most likely reduce operating expenses and produce higher revenues. Higher profits have the potential to benefit schools, those who play the lottery and the operators. But already, the governor’s plan has been attacked from both sides.
DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR
Donegal is steeped in talent in the food sector and with some of the best produce the country has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before people begin to realise it.Gary, right, preparing some food with Donegal’s Community Chef Brian McDermott at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.That’s according to the county’s Food Ambassador Gary O’Hanlon who is head chef at Viewmount Country House in Co. Longford and winner of the ‘Best Chef’ award for Leinster in the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2013.O’Hanlon was in Donegal at the weekend for the ‘A Taste of Donegal Food Festival’ when an estimated 35,000 visitors got a brief glimpse of the ongoing development of the food-sector in the county. Over 100 exhibitors made use of the opportunity to showcase their products to the huge audience and according to the county’s Food Ambassador to have a festival of such magnitude in Donegal is an indication of the growing importance of the food sector here.“To have a festival of this magnitude in Donegal is huge, I go to them all over the country, but this is fantastic for Donegal.“In conjunction with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy it’s giving all these producers that we keep trying to get out there into market, a big platform in their own county to see exactly how successful they can be.”Carl Diver of Irish Natural Honey is one such producer. They launched their product ‘Active Irish Honey’ at the ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival last weekend and with huge interest from the public he was full of praise for the County Enterprise Board and The Food Coast for the help they had received in getting off the ground.Joe Doherty of Inishowen Country Kitchen described the support from The Food Coast as core to their success.“They have worked with us and invested in us and put in support systems to help us get our product into places like Tesco”Declan McConnellogue of The Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart, another new Donegal food business described the artisan food course organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board as having been invaluable and similar sentiments were echoed time and again by food businesses exhibiting last weekend.The county’s Food Ambassador, Gary O’Hanlon, said he is delighted that there is such investment now in food in Donegal. “We are going into our second year now with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy and Eve Anne McCarron has come on board, it is really starting to drive it.“That’s just a whole department now within the County Enterprise Board and I tip my hat to them for investing and focusing upon food sector within the county.“At this stage we are starting to see more and more products developed and to see more and more businesses now come out the other end of it.“Just look for instance at the O’Rourke brothers, Enda and Gavin, they have years of experience between the two of them and even they needed the help. Even chefs of that level and calibre still need the help and the County Enterprise Board is there, all the people are there now within the whole food strategy to drive that on.” Community Chef Brian McDermott said he felt there is something happening and changing now in the county in terms of the food industry.“There is a real unity now in Donegal, I have to pay tribute to the agencies and to the Good Food Initiative from the Enterprise Board. Everyone has got behind this now collectively, the chefs, the producers and we are showcasing now on platforms like the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.“More importantly we needed that opportunity to do that. Maybe there’s a modesty around in Donegal in general but we are coming together and starting to shout and rightly so because we have some of the best produce this country has to offer.”That assertion is one shared by Gary O’Hanlon who says the Good Food Initiative and The Food Coast will lead to fantastic food opportunities for businesses here.“Donegal is steeped in talent, we have some of the best up and coming talents, we have some of the best chefs in Ireland – if not the best chefs in Ireland, we have some of the best food in the country bar none but no one has been shouting about it enough.“All we’ve given them now with the whole food strategy is a medium for their product, and that can only be positive for the whole county,” he concluded.DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary O’HanlonTaste of Donegal
St Michael’s club steward Patsy McGee retires from An Post
St. Michael’s NotesSt. Michael’s AGMThe AGM of St. Michael’s GAA Club will be held in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Friday the 16th December at 7pm. Any adult member who wishes to obtain nomination and motion papers can request them from club Secretary Moses Alcorn by Text 0868832129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Completed nomination and motion papers must be returned to the Secretary Moses Alcorn Hornhead Dunfanaghy by post only by 5pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016.Please ensure that before anyone is nominated for a position, they are willing to accept the nomination.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto There was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 1,5,11,16,17,18. There were no Match 5 winners; were 16 People Matched 4 and their names were drawn, the winner of the €100 was Selena McLaughlin Creeslough. This weeks Jackpot be €2350.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo SessionThe €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Madge Gallagher Devlin; €75 on the 10th Game was won by Mary Langan Masinass Creeslough. The €100 on the Snowball game was won by Willie Doherty Umlagh Carrigart. Please note that there is a new format at the Bingo Session in Creeslough now. All lines €30, 2 Houses at €75, All other Houses at €50, Sheet: €30 Line, €100 House, The Snowball is now €1,000 on 45 Numbers or less. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Best WishesThe club extends their best wishes to Club Steward Patsy McGee who retired as Postman in Falcarragh and Gortahork last Friday and hope that Patsy has a long and happy retirement.National Club Draw St. Michael’s Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks. All support would be greatly appreciated for this important fundraising event for the club. Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw.2017 Season Tickets& Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games.Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to email@example.comPlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardAcademyThe Academy continues on Sunday’s St Michael ‘s Clubhouse, for 4 – 6 year olds from 11 – 12noon and for 7 – 10 year olds from 12 – 1pm .Everyone welcome. Look forward to seeing you there.Clothes BankA clothes bank is now situated on High St, Creeslough ie around the corner from McNultys Bar in aid of St. Michael’s Minor Board. If anyone is clearing out presses etc. all donations of clothes, shoes, bags, curtains etc would be much appreciated.St Michael’s club steward Patsy McGee retires from An Post was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAPatsy McGeeSportSt Michaels
Men’s Tennis Welcomes Michigan State and New Mexico
Following this busy weekend, Drake’s schedule doesn’t get any less rigorous as they host Summit League foe South Dakota State and in-state rivals Iowa on Friday Feb. 9 and Arizona and IUPUI on Saturday, Jan. 10. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University has a busy weekend ahead of them as the Bulldogs host Michigan State and New Mexico before traveling to Omaha for their Summit League opener. Drake and the Spartans square off on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Then on Sunday the Bulldogs faces off against the Lobos at 11 a.m. before take a short two-hour trip to Omaha for Drake’s inaugural Summit League match at 6 p.m. For the second straight week, a Bulldog was named Summit League Player of the Week as Vinny Gillespie received this week’s award. Gillespie earned his second win over a ranked opponent as he beat No. 57 Francisco Cerundolo of South Carolina. New Mexico will square off against Omaha and Michigan State on Saturday before taking on the Bulldogs on Sunday. The Lobos are coming off back-to-back 4-3 losses, falling to Northern Arizona on Jan. 27 and at Texas Tech on Jan. 21. Ricky Hernandez-Tong is ranked No. 72 in the nation in singles. The Bulldogs open Summit League action at Omaha on Sunday evening. The Mavericks will play New Mexico on Saturday morning before hosting Drake. Omaha heads into the weekend 1-2 as the Mavericks fell to Northern Illinois and beat Saint Louis last weekend. Sophomore Razvan Grigorescu leads the team as he finished last year ranked 109 and earned the Summit League’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Singles Championship. Michigan State comes to Des Moines with a 2-3 record and have dropped its last three matches. The Spartans fell to Princeton last week and Notre Dame on Jan. 19 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 21. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough weekend of competition as they fell to No. 3 North Carolina and No. 20 South Carolina at the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. Print Friendly Version