2016 Fall Sports Preview

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. CROSS COUNTRYForty-five years after girls cross country was officially sanctioned as a high school sport in Montana, the Treasure State has a remarkable tradition of stellar distance runners.The latest, and one of the greatest, is in our midst — Glacier junior Annie Hill.Hill is one of the nation’s fastest prep runners and the reigning Gatorade Montana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. This fall, the all-class record holder will have a chance at winning her third consecutive Class AA title in her hometown. The state cross country meet comes to Kalispell for the first time on Oct. 22 at Rebecca Farm.This season should be another spectacular one for Hill, who will try to whittle down her current record of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, which she set a year ago in Great Falls. Her top Class AA competitor from last year, Christina Aragon of Billings Senior, has graduated on to Stanford University. Billings Senior sophomore Tiahna Vladic ran exceptionally well last season, clocking 17:08, and could be Hill’s top competition this fall.Flathead junior Kaitlin Wride is also one of the state’s best runners. Wride placed sixth at state last year, running 17:29. She followed up with an impressive track season that saw her run 4:58 in the 1,600-meter race.Bozeman, which has won nine girls team championships in a row, welcomes back its top five runners and will be a force to reckon with.In Bigfork, Bryn Morley is the reigning Class B state champion and the Valkyries are the reigning team champions with three of its top runners returning. Morley, now a junior, won last year’s title in a time of 17:26.15. She also helped Bigfork claim the team trophy for the first time since 2002. Sophomore Anya Young placed third a year ago and classmate Alicia Kalenak was 13th.In the Class A ranks, Polson welcomes back two all-state runners: junior Ryan Harrop placed sixth last year (19:36) and Malia Seeley finished 10th (19:55). Sophomore Molly Sitter (20:02) finished 16th.On the boys side, Flathead sophomore Ben Perrin is ready to emerge from the shadows of his state-champion older brothers, Zach and Jake, and establish his own legacy. As only a freshman, Ben ran 15:51 at the Class AA state meet in Great Falls. During the track season he made even more progress as an all-state runner, setting himself up as a championship contender in the making.The Class AA boys title is largely up for grabs now that the top two finishers from a year ago — champion Jake Perrin and Helena’s Aidan Reed — have graduated.Glacier returns three skilled runners: seniors Tevyn Stetson and Brock Adkins and sophomore Jordan Stetson.Bozeman has the top two returning runners in the state, seniors Riley Collins and Chase Equall, and is seeking its eighth straight team championship.In the Class A ranks, Columbia Falls senior Sage Wanner is back as an all-state talent. Wanner placed eighth a year ago in 16:05.In the Class B ranks, Bigfork’s Logan Morley has graduated after back-to-back championships, leaving the podium open to a new victor.Tiana Johnson hits during Flathead High School volleyball practice on Aug. 27, 2015. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconVOLLEYBALLThe reigning Class A state champions in Columbia Falls are back for more.Head coach Jessy Matthews has almost her entire squad back, including all-state setter Cydney Finberg, all-state middle blocker Morgan Stenger, as well as standouts Kiara Burlage, Kaitlyn Casazza and Anna Nicosia. Last season Columbia Falls defeated Corvallis 25-17, 25-22 and 25-15 to win the team’s first state title since 1996. The Wildkats finished 20-3 overall.Whitefish, which finished 13-8 overall last year, welcomes back all-state middle hitter Cailyn Ross. The Lady Bulldogs will try to return to the state tournament, where the girls lost out to Belgrade in the opening round a year ago.In the Class AA ranks, Flathead would like to keep the momentum rolling with its 10th consecutive trip to the state tournament. Last season under first-year head coach Courtney Baker, the Bravettes went 15-7 in the regular season and earned an automatic bid to the tournament. The girls advanced to the second round before bowing out. Several top players graduated, including all-state libero Jourdon Schultz, but Baker has talented senior Tiana Johnson back, along with Alyssa Wisher and Abbi Chavez.Glacier is in a similar situation after graduating a host of starters, but head coach Christy Harkins has talent waiting in the wings. The Wolfpack finished 15-11 last season after losing in a playoff match and missing out on the state tournament for the first time since 2009. Second-team all-conference middle blocker Nikki Krueger is back as a leader of the Pack.GOLFWho will be the next great golfer from the Flathead Valley?That remains to be seen now that several of the latest top talents have graduated, such as Class A state champion Coral Schulz at Whitefish or Glacier’s Teigan Avery and Tommy Mann.Each school has young talent but now the exciting part will be watching to see who emerges with the championship-caliber abilities.Glacier sophomore McKenna Tinseth placed eighth at the Class AA state tournament last year, shooting 84-83 — 167. The Glacier girls finished second as a team.Whitefish, which has Bill Kahle as its new head coach, is loaded with young talent. The girls are the defending Class A state champs. The boys placed third last year.The Class AA state tournament is at Lake Hills Golf Course in Billings, Sept. 29-30. The Class A state tournament is at Hamilton Golf Course, Oct. 1-2.Whitefish’s Haley Nicholson controls the ball as Whitefish beat Polson 2-0 on Oct. 1, 2015. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead BeaconSOCCERKalispell is hosting the Class AA boys and girls state tournaments, Oct. 27-29, and both Glacier and Flathead would like berths at the home series.The Glacier boys finished third in Western AA a year ago and advanced to the state tournament after defeating Helena Capital in overtime. The Wolfpack lost 3-0 to Bozeman in the opening round and finished the season 6-5-1 overall. Several standouts graduated, leaving open starting roles to be filled by this latest squad of players. Tyler Combs, who scored five goals last season, is one of the top returning players, along with Connor Heil, Parker Bedard and Brady Schultz.Flathead is similarly looking for new leaders to emerge. Last year the Braves finished the season 3-4-5 overall. Sophomore Joey Russel is the team’s leading returning goal scorer. He scored a pair of goals in his freshman season.In the Class AA girls field, both Flathead and Glacier are hoping to make progress from a year ago. The Bravettes finished 3-7-2 and the Wolfpack was 1-9-2. Flathead has a new head coach, Jenni Sipe, and returns a pair of standout underclassmen — sophomores Sadie Wilson and Shaye Thompson, who excelled a year ago. There is also junior Clare Vandenbosch, who will provide experience on the pitch. Glacier graduated several talented players but welcomes back the team’s top goal scorer, junior Cadie Williams, along with standout junior Ellie Stevens and sophomore Gabby Dickson.In the Class A ranks, arguably the best female player in all divisions —Whitefish senior Haley Nicholson — is back on the pitch for one final season. Last year Nicholson scored 31 goals — the most in Montana — and guided Whitefish to the state semifinals. She also kicked field goals for the Bulldog football team, making four of five including a 33-yarder.The Whitefish girls finished 10-3-1 overall after falling 5-3 to Billings Central in the semifinals. Billings Central won its seventh title in eight years last year. The Columbia Falls girls, the reigning Northern A champs, graduated four all-state players and a total of eight starters. Junior Hannah Gedlaman is back along with senior Kendra King, who will try to lead a young team of Wildkats under 20th year head coach Gary Trenerry.Bigfork will try to improve upon its 1-9-2 finish from a year ago.The Columbia Falls boys have a fully loaded team of returning players from last year, when the Wildcats went 5-8 overall. Head coach O’Brien Byrd lost only one starter and is hoping to build a dynasty in his hometown similar to his previous tenure in Whitefish. All-state goalie Brandon Karberg is back, along with standouts Logan Stephens and Paxton Fisher.Polson is the reigning Northern A champ and brings back several key players, including all-staters Mike Mercer and Alex Encizo.Whitefish welcomes back all-conference forward Xander Burger. The Bulldogs finished 3-8-1 overall a year ago.Jay Forsyth is the new head coach in Libby, which went 7-4-1 a year ago.The Bigfork boys graduated several key players, including goalie Ben Russell, from last year’s 2-9 squad.last_img read more

Chancery Lane welcomes coalition government proposals

first_imgThe Law Society welcomed the new coalition government’s pledge to seek a better balance between state surveillance and privacy this week, while legal aid lawyers said they hoped Kenneth Clarke’s appointment as justice secretary will spell good news for access to justice. Among the proposals set out in the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, the parties agreed to implement a programme of measures designed to ‘reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour government and roll back state intrusion’. The government said it intended to create a Freedom or Great Repeal bill designed to scrap superfluous legislation. Other policies include dumping the ID card scheme; a review of the libel laws; extending the Freedom of Information Act; and the introduction of a new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences. Law Society president Robert Heslett said: ‘In respect of its manifesto proposals on seeking a proper balance between state surveillance and the reasonable expectation of privacy, the Society welcomes the coalition’s plans to scrap ID cards, the national identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the storage of internet and email records without good reason. ‘It is very pleased to note further proposals to regulate CCTV, provide safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation and adopt the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.’ Heslett said Chancery Lane also supported the coalition’s commitment to law reform, in particular the repeal bill, and moves to limit the creation of new criminal offences. Meanwhile, the surprise appointment of Kenneth Clarke appears to have proved popular with legal aid lawyers, who hope that having a political heavyweight with financial and business knowledge will assist in battles with the Treasury. Ian Kelcey, chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, said: ‘If anyone can negotiate with the Treasury, he should be able to.’ Legal Aid Practitioners Group director Carol Storer said: ‘We hope he will not just look at the legal aid budget in a vacuum, but consider the impact on clients and lawyers of the recent, and any future, budget cuts.’last_img read more

The obligations of the football clubs to the state have been…

first_imgThe liabilities of the football clubs to the state amount to BGN 8.3 million. This was announced by the National Revenue Agency (NRA) to “Sega”. Due to confidentiality requirements, the agency did not specify the names of the clubs and the amount of their obligations. However, the two biggest debtors are clear – Levski and the bankrupt CSKA in 2016.Levski revealed the amount of their debt themselves, as they are conducting a campaign among the fans to raise funds to repay it. It is about BGN 4.29 million, as at the beginning of the year the club announced that they had to make 34 installments of BGN 143,000 (BGN 4,862,000). So far, thanks to the fans’ money, 4 monthly installments of BGN 143,000 (or BGN 572,000) have been made.Winbet – victory is an emotion! (18+)The NRA also announced that a large part of these debts of clubs (they are mainly for health contributions and social security of employees) were accumulated during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.As of March 10, the football season in Bulgaria was temporarily suspended, as training was resumed only in mid-May, and the championship in efbet League was restarted only this weekend. During this time, many clubs admitted that they were experiencing serious financial difficulties. Many of the second division teams even admitted that they did not have the opportunity to finish the season and the championship in the Second League was terminated. Even Botev (Galabovo) left professional football directly.As for CSKA, its liabilities to the National Revenue Agency amounted to nearly BGN 14 million. However, an agreement was reached to repay part of this amount – BGN 4,486,200. This money was provided after the company “Red Enemies” paid BGN 8 million for the assets of CSKA (including the emblem). The amount in question has not yet been fully paid to the NRA, but the agency commented that progress has been made in this case.Rank in the efbet Leagueefbet League – 2019/2020 seasonCup of Bulgaria – season 2019/2020last_img read more

Georgi Todorov: The grief is over! The most important thing…

first_imgLevski coach Georgi Todorov spoke after the 1: 2 loss to Lokomotiv (Plovdiv). The defeat left the “blues” out of Europe.“The players gave everything they could. But that’s it. We have three reserves. Today we were with 14 people. It’s good that the grief is over. I hope something more stable starts to be built,” Todorov said. “There is still no clarity. There will be talks. This is the situation, there is nothing new. The other teams are making selections, we … First the club must survive, then everything else.”“I have no talks. Sirakov has to do other things, more important than that. If he needs to, I will continue to help. It will be very difficult for anyone to agree to come.”“There are players who would come to Levski, but I don’t know exactly in this situation. We don’t know yet if the club will exist. First it must be clear what we are doing,” the coach continued.“Obviously we didn’t have any chance in terms of the development of the matches. Ludogorets may have celebrated a lot and failed to fight today. It was important for us to win. Today I saw a new man. Mohamed – he scored a goal, but he is in two training sessions.“Roberta wasn’t in the group. His throat hurts. He’s not feeling well. We should be grateful to these guys because we might not exist if they weren’t correct.”“I can’t say when and with which players we will start training. Talks are coming up. It’s important what happens to the club – whether we go to recovery or to the worst. Sirakov has the hardest time. He will need patience, no matter who happens. coach. There is a long period of construction ahead, “the mentor concluded.Levski is out of Europe! Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) turned the “blues” in the middle of “Gerena”Dominic Malonga scalded Sofia with two goalslast_img read more