Owego teen surprised by a special visitor just in time for Christmas

first_imgHer brother and best friend, finally coming home, the duo says it was a much needed visit. “It’s very nice. It’s relaxing, it takes me away from work, keeps me on my feet. It’s nice to be home, I missed this place a lot,” said Hunter. OWEGO (WBNG) — This Christmas, thousands of active duty military personnel will not make the trip home to see their families and loved ones. For one local teenager, Harlea Russell, she planned on spending Christmas away from her brother, who is stationed in Missouri with the Air Force. A special visitor, her brother, Hunter Russell, making the trip all the way to Owego, to surprise her on her birthday, and to celebrate the Christmas season. It was the first time he had been home in a year. center_img “I was like, very speechless to say the least, I didn’t know what to say, or what to do,” said Harlea after seeing her brother. Harlea thought she was going out to dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday. After sitting down at the table, the dinner, became anything but ordinary. last_img read more

Swimming and Diving teams win big over the weekend

first_imgThe men’s and women’s swimming teams flexed their muscles on Friday with commanding victories at the USC Invitational.A number of swimmers set NCAA qualifying marks at the invitational, which included a dual meet and sprint session. Both squads took on Cal State Bakersfield during the dual meet, with the men winning 111-85 and the women posting a 141-52 victory. The Women of Troy also defeated University of San Diego 140-59 in the dual meet.Senior Lyndsay DePaul said it was important for the team to post qualifying marks early in the season.“We want to qualify for NCAAs hopefully by this December,” DePaul said. “That way it takes the pressure off us and allows us train for and focus on the NCAAs.”DePaul starred for the No. 9 women’s team, notching wins in four different events and bettering the NCAA “B” cut in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.45) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.03). Sophomore Tanya Krisman also set a qualifying mark in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.75.“I think we’re doing better than we thought we’d be doing,” DePaul said. “Coach [Dave] Salo has been comparing us to the times we posted last season around this time, and we’re significantly faster across the board.”Several other swimmers came up just short in their bid for a qualifying time. Freshman Kasey Carlson missed the NCAA “B” standard by six-tenths of a second in winning the 100-yard freestyle (50.91). She also took first in the 50-yard breaststroke (28.90). Sophomore Yumi So almost gave USC a third NCAA championship qualifier in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.47.“We did pretty good considering the conditions,” DePaul said. “It was a long meet and we swam a lot of races.”On the men’s side, freshman Vlad Morozov and sophomore Clement Lefert each won three races in their first meet of the season. Morozov set an NCAA “B” mark in the 50-yard freestyle (20.05), while Lefert, a member of the French national team, set “B” marks in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.66) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.87).“I was pretty happy about my results,” Lefert said. “I tried to give my best in every race to get closer to my times [from last season].”Freshman Alex Lendrum won the 200-yard IM (1:53.06) and 50-yard backstroke (23.58) in his USC debut.“We have a great incoming freshman class,” Lefert said. “They have been training hard, and it was time for them to experience a dual meet. They will definitely provide great support for our relays this season.”USC had a significant advantage in numbers for most of the races, with several heats featuring exclusively Trojan swimmers. Still, DePaul said the team is happy with the outcome.“It doesn’t matter who’s in the pool with us,” she said. “We’re going to race and we’re going to swim as fast as we can. We know that our team in some cases is our biggest competition because we have a lot of depth.”The men’s team beat Cal State Bakersfield 104-40 during the sprint session. Scores were not kept for the women’s team during this part of the meet.Next up for the teams is the Distance Swim Challenge on Saturday in Manhattan Beach, Calif.last_img read more

SportPesa and Everton praised for East African efforts

first_img Related Articles SportPesa and Everton Football Club have seen their partnership rewarded, at the recent Sports Industry Awards function held in Johannesburg, South Africa.Scooping the Best African Sponsorship and Pan-Africa Campaign of the Year awards, the sponsorship has been celebrated for bringing Premier League football to East Africa for the first time. Mark Rollings, Head of Partnership Management at Everton Football Club, explained: “We are delighted that our partnership with SportPesa has been recognised on such a prestigious stage as the Sports Industry Awards. “These are the most recognised sports sponsorship and marketing awards in Africa, so to win both Best African Sponsorship and Pan-Africa Campaign of the Year is a testament to the strength of our partnership with SportPesa, and their ethos as a partner. “Everton has a proud history of African players and a special connection to the continent, so this is not only a proud day for the club, but also a demonstration of what the power of Everton can do for commercial partners in the region. “Our two organisations have worked hand-in-hand to bring our partnership to life over the last twelve months, and our activation work in Tanzania last season saw us break new ground together as the first England Premier League team to play in East Africa, an event which captivated the whole of the region.“To deliver what we have within the first 12 months of our partnership is a fantastic achievement, but we are now very much focused on looking forward to ensuring this partnership continues to go from strength to strength.”Referred to as “Everton in Tanzania,” the sponsorship saw the blues travel to Dar es Salaam to take on Kenyan SportPesa Super Cup winners Gor Mahia, in front of a sold out 35,000 capacity crowd. A return tie is pencilled in for November of this year at Everton’s Goodison Park home, which will see Gor Mahia become the first East African club side to play in the UK after retaining their SportPesa Super Cup crown.Tarimba Abbas, Director of Administration and Compliance for SportPesa Tanzania, added: “It’s great for SportPesa and myself to witness such an honour given to our company, the recipients of the awards. SportPesa is now a global company, and these awards will motivate us in our venture to participate in sports development in Africa, and the world at large.” Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more