first_img FOCAL POINT SPANISH TOWN: Preparations for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Primary Schools football and netball competitions got underway as teachers and coaches participated in a seminar hosted by the state agency at the Social Development Commission offices in St Catherine recently. The session which focused on netball, was led by veteran local coach and one of the most highly regarded international umpires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Campbell. Campbell, who is also an INSPORTS sports officer, held an interactive session with representatives from more than 35 schools ahead of the under-12 netball competition, which will shoot off tomorrow at the Homestead Sports Complex, where each zone in Central St Catherine will participate. “This session’s main focus is to bring participating schools up to speed with the new INF rules to prepare the kids. We are going to discuss the changes and additions as well and strategise how best to interpret and apply them to the game for the under-12 participants,” said Campbell. “It is important for the coaches and kids to have an appreciation of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.” Highlights included a demonstration of new protocol regarding how the area of play is set up, to ensure a smooth game and the safety of the young participants. The safety of children playing the game is a focal point of INF’s new mandate that each team must have a primary medical care provider for the duration of all matches. In support of this, INSPORTS announced that it will provide full medical service for the opening and closing games of the competition. Additional changes included a reduction in the number of whistle blows to potentially one at the start of the game if it proceeds without incidence. New procedures also include all time-outs reduced to 30 seconds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the centre circle for centre passes. “It is important for the kids to get a good foundation as we assume that some of them will become Sunshine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the international level their knowledge of the fundamentals and their skills will be of a high calibre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strategise and work as a team,” Campbell observed. “We are creating that high level of skill at the national level and in our domestic leagues because we are trying to develop a cadre of players that we can choose from to represent Jamaica.” He continued: “We want each parish to get involved in playing netball and from there we will have a grand final. Following the grand final we want to select players for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can select players for the national team.”last_img read more


first_img Perez carried the ball on five of the eight plays, running behind the blocks of center Sean Acuna and guards Felix Romero and Garett Carrillo. On the Dons’ next possession, a 53-yard drive ended with Perez’ 10-yard scoring run. Perez carried the ball three times on the drive while Toscano, running behind tackles Fernando Hernandez and Gabriel Covarrubias, carried the ball four times for 32 yards. On the first possession of the second half, El Rancho increased its lead to 28-0 on Perez’ 53-yard touchdown run. After Whittier’s Jesse Alvarez returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards, the Dons gained possession two plays later when Brian Hernandez intercepted a pass. Five plays later, El Rancho led 34-0 as Toscano ran 15 yards into the end zone. He was given running room by blockers Edwin Batres and Mario Berny. The conversion attempt was intercepted by Whittier’s Joey Torres. The Cardinals then drove 80 yards in eight plays with Nick Romero running the final 8 yards behind the blocks of Roger Rivera and Aaron Queen. The long gains in the drive were two 12-yard runs, one each by Isaac Garcia and Sebastian Sabado. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week El Rancho scored its final touchdown on the next possession. The scoring play came after a 42-yard drive ended with a botched field-goal attempt. A bad snap caused kicker Jose Campos to retrieve the ball and throw a desperation pass to Ezekiel Hernandez, who caught the ball and raced 28 yards into the end zone. During the drive Perez contributed a 20-yard run and Toscano added a 9-yard run. On the final possession of the game, the Cardinals were forced to punt, but the return of the Whittier punt was fumbled twice until Whittier’s Rivera recovered. The Cardinals then drove to the El Rancho 10 with Sabado’s 8-yard run, a 10-yard pass from Alec Campos to Jake Rodriguez and a 16-yard run by Romero highlighting the drive. Whittier’s final threat ended when El Rancho’s Brian Hernandez recovered a fumble with 2:22 left in the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Effective execution of the option offense and a stifling defense carried the visiting El Rancho High School football team to a 41-7 Del Rio League victory over Whittier High at California High on Thursday night. The Dons scored on their first six possessions while they prevented the Cardinals from crossing their 35 until late in the third quarter. Early in the first quarter, El Rancho’s Giovani Sandoval returned a Whittier punt 37 yards to the Whittier 27. Two plays later, A. J. Toscano passed 22 yards to Rene Robledo to give the Dons a 7-0 lead. El Rancho scored again when running back Mike Perez (19 carries for 141 yards) capped an eight-play, 30-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run. last_img read more