A basketball coach at Miami Beach Senior High School has been reassigned by school district officials after he allowed a celebrity dancer to use the school’s gym to film a video.The celebrity “twerker” Nastya Nass, has 6.8 million Instagram followers, and led a group of 47 twerkers to dance in a 13-minute long videoThe video from Nastya Nass’s “Twerk Tour” stop was filmed Feb. 22 and uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 28. It has more than 151,000 views.The Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a problem with the video being filmed at the school, the Miami Herald reported. While the specific location wasn’t tagged in the video and no students were present during the filming, the gym’s scarlet-and-silver championship banners and scarlet hardwood basketball floor made it easy to identify.The school’s basketball coach, Jacob Shaw, allowed Nass and her crew to use the gym for an unauthorized event, district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told the Herald. She said there could be legal ramifications if the video was used for promotional purposes.Coach Jacob Shaw is being investigated by the district’s professional standards department.Shaw had no comment.
26 Jun 2013 Marsh cashes in before an ill wind blows others off course The weather generally plays a key role in golf and it was never truer than on day one of the Brabazon Trophy at Formby which ended with Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh on top of the leaderboard.The 18 year old from Huddersfield posted a two-under-par 70 in the second game out at 7.10am, a score that stood throughout a day in which the early starters gained from the calm conditions before a testing wind added to the questions posed by this superb course.Marsh (image © Tom Ward) has a one shot lead over a group of players on 71, including internationals Nathan Kimsey and Jordan Smith, but many others shot high numbers, while only eight of the 150-strong field finished under par.It wasn’t surprising that Marsh, who was a quarter finalist in last week’s Amateur Championship, was happy with his score. “It wasn’t bad for an opening round,” he said modestly. “It could have better as I had two three-putts but going out early certainly helped. But I gained a lot of confidence from last week at the Amateur.“This is a great course. I love it. It’s only my second time here. I played a county match here against Lancashire a few years ago and the layout is unbelievable. But if you hit it offline you are going to get punished as the rough is tough.”Marsh built his game with a run of three successive birdies from the eighth while another at 17 saw him secure his one shot advantage.Kimsey was not a happy bunny after going out in 40, three over par, then dropping another shot at the tenth. But five birdies in the eight holes from there saw him back in 31 and brought a smile to his face.Smith had four birdies on his card, all in the opening ten holes but bogeys at 15 and 17 brought him back to the field.Alfie Plant, the 20-year-old Kent champion, was another on 71 after coming home in 33. On his first visit to Formby, he was among the also-rans until his birdied the last three holes in style.Also on 71 are two Irishmen, Dermot McElroy and Brian Casey. McElroy, an Irish international from Ballymena, who finished second in the Scottish Open Stroke Play, might have had the lead on his own. But he bogeyed the 16th then missed birdie chances from five feet at the 17th and from 15 feet at the last.Casey, at 22, two years older than McElroy, is on a three-week visit from County Meath, which hasn’t been too successful until now. “I’ve had a run of missed cuts so it is nice to do something decent on a great golf course,” he said.The blustery wind didn’t faze him either. “I’m used to these conditions,” he added. “But it is tough to get the ball near the hole and you can’t afford to press too hard.”The ever reliable Neil Raymond, who could make history this week if he can win the title for the third successive year, opened with a birdie-free 74 containing 16 pars, while Ryan Evans, winner of the Berkshire Trophy last weekend, went one better with 73.Cumbria’s Seb Crookall-Nixon, back from his first year at college in San Francisco, started with 75 in the wind but wasn’t too disappointed. “I hit the ball well but I didn’t putt well which has been my strength in recent times,” he said.Callum Shinkwin, another international, felt he should have been leading and it was hard to disagree after he signed for a level par 72 which included a triple-bogey eight at the 17th where he lost his ball off the tee.“I’d been hitting the driver well all day until then,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for that I would have had the lead,” added the Moor Park man, whose card also included an eagle-three at the third. read more
NIYA BUTTS by Janie McCauleyAP Sports WriterSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No doubt Arizona’s women’s basketball players are minding their manners.That is just part of the program for the Wildcats. On and off the court, sixth-year coach Niya Butts wants her players to be at their best in all settings and situations.So, the Wildcats visited a restaurant in Tucson for etiquette training again before this season — a lesson one evening at McMahon’s Prime Steakhouse.Arizona guard Candice Warthen, left, pus up a shot against UCLA forward Christina Nzekwe during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/File)Junior guard Candice Warthen has picked up several tips by participating in the training several times now.“It’s basically how to conduct yourself in a real fancy or fine-and-dine restaurant,” Warthen said. “I learned how to put my forks and how I should put my napkin and do little stuff like that. It’s really helpful, though, because ever since then, every time I go somewhere to eat, I always think about it even though I’m not doing everything right.”And even Butts insists she has things to learn when it comes to where her silverware should be and making sure to keep her napkin in her lap and elbows off the table.Not only does Butts consider it her job to prepare her players for life beyond basketball, the dinner out also became a fun team-building event.During her playing days at Tennessee — she won national titles with the Lady Vols in 1997 and ’98 — the team did this very activity together.“I definitely don’t always do it right but I think it’s important that a lot of these students they go to McDonald’s and they go to these different restaurants, but when they graduate, and hopefully they’re going to have really nice jobs and if they’re not trained and they’re maybe with their bosses or their co-workers … we need to be able to conduct ourselves,” Butts said. “I’ve had my share of meals. We had stuff like this when I was a student-athlete. It’s things like this that were passed on to me that I really appreciated.”Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has done a similar training session in the past.Senior Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike might be up for that.“Ahh, that’d be interesting,” Ogwumike said. “I think that’s a good skill to have, especially going into the real world, like I will be, too.” read more
AUBREY BRUCELast Thursday was Thanksgiving or the day otherwise known to my daughters and most likely 99.99 percent of the global female population of the planet as “Black Friday eve.” I once asked my daughter, “why aren’t you eating any turkey and stuffing? Are you okay?” “Yeah daddy I’m fine, I just don’t want to be sluggish when they open the doors at 12:01 a.m. at Macy’s.”Last Thursday was also the day that I ventured down to M&T Bank Stadium to chronicle the game, I mean bloodbath between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. In my opinion; “golden handcuffs” have been placed on most of the aggressive players in the NFL, especially and particularly those that play defense.In light of these recent restrictions, there may be only two “sacred songs” left in the NFL’s future. The first being our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” The second being the timeless hit from the legendary big man with the “girly” voice, Tiny Tim. For those of you who might remember, he recorded the hit; “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” He was a constant source of entertainment and ridicule for the late Johnny Carson and Tim even married his beloved “Miss Vicky” on “The Tonight Show,” which led the great comedian Don Rickles to ask this question. “Which one is the wife?” read more
Story and photos by Joseph SapiaOne of the first things many of us will learn from a new Monmouth County Historical Association exhibit is that we have been saying the Hartshorne surname incorrectly.The name – originating in Derbyshire, England, and first recorded in 1086 – is pronounced Harts Horne, which means the stag’s horn.But “Hartshorne: Eight Generations and Their Highlands Estate Called Portland,” tells the story of a family that lived from about 1676 to 1952 on the Portland tract, which at its largest in 1720 was 2,411 acres and ran along Sandy Hook Bay from today’s Atlantic Highlands to Sandy Hook and south to the Navesink River. It included land that is today’s Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area and Hartshorne Woods Park in Middletown.“This is a very important exhibition for Monmouth County,” said Linda W. Bricker, historical association president. “Generations of personal papers and objects – the property they owned is so important to Monmouth County.”The exhibit kicked off with a social Thursday, Oct. 6, at the association headquarters in Freehold. It runs until April 29.The exhibit includes photographs, along with such items as a circa 1730 to 1740 powder horn, 1736 armchair, 1745 to 1760 bed hangings, 1745 to 1770 petticoat border, 1760 to 1770 Bible and 1854 document box.“It’s just so amazing to see it all together,” said Mary Minturn Adams, 63, a Hartshorne family member who grew up at Hartshorne Woods on the Portland tract and now lives in upstate New York. “I am very pleased and I think my family would be pleased.”The circa 1830s mansion at Portland still stands, looking over the Navesink River. It is owned by former Middletown Mayor Peter Carton and his wife, Barbara.Richard Hartshorne, the first with the family surname to settle the area, bought the beginnings of the Portland tract in about 1676. Following him were seven generations of Hartshornes, who were farmers, trade ship owners, British loyalists during the Revolutionary War, marine insurers, art collectors and philanthropists.Adams’ grandmother was Mary “Polly” Hartshorne Noonan, a prominent member of the family. When she died in 1978, she willed many family papers to the association, which she served as a trustee from 1954 to 1975.“If I knew what I know now, I would have asked a lot of questions (of Grandmother Polly Noonan),” Adams said.Much of the exhibit is gathered from association papers it received from two Hartshorne family members who lived in Middletown in the Portland tract area: cousins Daniel Ward Seitz, who died in 2008, and Ellen Noonan Adams, who died in 2011. Ellen Noonan Adams is the mother of Mary Minturn Adams.The Monmouth County Park System, which operates Hartshorne Woods Park, also loaned items to the exhibit.Seitz left 74 boxes of materials to the association. Joseph Hammond, association curator of museum collections, finished indexing those materials, opening a door for the exhibit, Bricker said.“It’s always important to tell our stories,” Bricker said.On the last day of 1952, Richard “Dick” Hartshorne VIII sold the Portland tract – then at its smallest, 330 acres in today’s Hartshorne Woods area – to a group of investors, including Middletown Mayor Lawrence A. Carton, Jr.Mary Minturn Adams stands next to a photograph of her mother, Ellen Noonan Adams, both descendants of the historic Hartshorne family.The Carton and his wife, Catherine P., took over the main Portland house, which sits overlooking the Navesink River, in 1953. The circa 1830s Portland house remains in the Carton family – now owned by Lawrence and Catherine’s son, former Middletown Mayor Peter, and his wife, Barbara.“We were lucky enough to grow up there, from ’53 on,” said Peter Carton, who is in his 70s.Peter Carton lived on the property until he married Barbara in 1964. They took over the Portland house in about 1982. Peter Carton, along with his wife, attended the opening night of the exhibit, saying “it’s very interesting to us.”“His father (Lawrence Carton) had the foresight. This (Portland house) is something to cherish, not tear it down,” Barbara Carton said.Portland house has changed over the years and is now 10 rooms over two stories. But it retains the feeling of its 1901 remodeling, according to the historical association. Various other buildings that once composed the main part of the estate remain standing – such as a barn, gardener’s cottage and chauffeur’s cottage – in the Hartshorne Woods area.But, of what was once the Portland tract, only “one very small lot” remains in Hartshorne family ownership, Hammond said.Also, because of such areas as Hartshorne Woods Park and Sandy Hook, many acres of the Portland estate remain preserved. “This is public land,” said Lisa Wilson, a historical association trustee.The Monmouth County Historical Association is at 70 Court St., Freehold; 732-462-1466; www.monmouthhistory.org. read more
It was a very strong contingent of runners from the Kootenay Zone, paced by LVR’s Shawn DeGroot, at the recent B.C. High School Cross Country Championships in Victoria.The contingent excelled with DeGroot leading the way with a 24th place finish. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the runners and coaches with Team of the Week honours. The running contingent includes, Kieran Simpspon (Prince Charles, Creston), Hunter Stanway (J.V. Humphries, Kaslo), Lukas Smith (JVH), Young Jin yu (L.V. Rogers), Luca Sattler (LVR), Oliver Hale (LVR), Shawn DeGroot (LVR), Steven Hernandez (Mount Sentinel), LVR and Salmo coach Jon Francis and Mount Sentinel coach Sacha Kalabis. Front, Neil Jacobsen (Prince Charles), Eli Bukowski (JVH), Tyler Exner (LVR), Roberto Miranda (Mt. Sentinel), Nico Bolter (LVR) and Jackson Hawton (Prince Charles). Missing, Ellie Hewat (JVH), Kiraya Spencer (LVR), Darya Huser (Salmo), Danica Long (LVR) and Kia Weir (Mt. Sentinel). read more
The team includes, back row, L-R, Aroha Taiatini-Senechal, Bekka Schrader, Erica Augsten, Maddy Murphy, Morag Paterson, Laurel Sherriff, Jena Wheeldon and Taylor Stewart.Front, Keegan Paterson, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Chloe Kuch, Brittany Wheeler, Calena Marchand and Hailee Gerun.Goalkeeper is Kat Gabula.The Bombers are scheduled to return to the pitch Wednesday against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks. Field location to be announced. The L.V. Rogers Bombers girl’s soccer team is cutting through the zone like a hot knife through butter as the squad continues to enjoy success in the Kootenays.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the success with Team of the Week honours.