Sophomore discovers love for announcing

first_img Paccoini said she announced a few games during her first year, but has worked at almost all of the home games this season. Since then, announcing the beginning part of the game has been the highlight of her job. Additionally, Paccoini said she enjoys trying to engage the crowd with the play-by-play. “My favorite part sometimes is introducing the players and their hometowns because I know that I take pride in my hometown, so I really like to make that special,” Paccoini said. “And then, if they have a back-to-back good play or something, I put more enthusiasm into it.” The crowd seems to appreciate her announcements, Paccoini said. “All the fans usually applaud, and I think it gets them more into it, especially if somebody is coming to watch their friends,” she said.  Paccoini said she has enjoyed basketball her entire life and played from fourth grade through high school. Though she does not play for Saint Mary’s, she still enjoys being a part of the atmosphere. “I played basketball pretty much my whole life so I knew about it and I thought it would just be fun,” she said. Paccoini said she finds it difficult to remain unbiased when an opposing team is winning the game, but said she does her best to keep the atmosphere open and friendly. Paccoini said she enjoys her job and plans to announce the basketball games throughout the rest of her time at the College. “I get so much more into the game because I have to pay attention and it’s so much fun, ” she said. Sophomore Chelsea Paccoini said becoming the voice of Saint Mary’s basketball never crossed her mind when she initially thought about working at the Angela Athletic Center. But when it came time to sign up for a job, she only had two available options. “I wanted to work in Angela, and I decided to do intramurals, and then we have the option to be game day workers,” she said. “By the time I went to sign up the only things that were left were ticket selling or [announcing].” Paccoini said she is pleased she chose to become the basketball announcer. “It’s just fun because I know a lot of the girls on the team and I’m friends with them and so I’ve gotten to know them more,” she said. “It’s fun to be able to announce them when they do something good. I’ve gotten to work with a lot of people at Angela and they’re really nice.”last_img read more


first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is William Koch of Woodland Hills (Little red Feather Racing or RM Racing). Today’s on track attendance was 38,647. EDDIE TRUMAN, GRAND YODELER, SECOND: “I was hoping she had it there at the end. We were solid, even opened up some and I was just hoping we could hang on. I think six and a half is maybe pushing it a little but it’s the first time we’ve run her so hey . . .“I hope she can move forward off of this but even if she stays here, I’d be happy.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, JENNA’S FAITH, SIXTH: “My horse broke pretty sharp from the gate and I let her go. I didn’t even send my horse. I let her go a half-length behind the five (Bad Ju Ju). The other horse (second-place Grand Yodeler) was chasing me. I was really comfortable in the race. I’m really disappointed in the way she stopped. She had been training much better in the morning.” JOCKEY QUOTES PHILIP D’AMATO, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She did what she did last time, only this time with a jockey on her back. Tyler got her out there, swung her wide and she just launched. It was vindication for the last race. I think the longer, the better with this filly. She has a lot of upside to her. I didn’t know if we were going to get there. I know from training her that she gets stronger as the race gets longer. She was picking up steam and we nailed her at the very end. OWNER BILLY KOCH, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “We told Tyler there was a lot of speed and I was a little worried they weren’t going that fast. I saw they posted up 22.1 and I knew we had a lot of horse. He made one move where he went in between horses, right here as they turned for home, and I was like, ‘I know we have run.’ Once he got her in the clear, she just took off and came after that horse. She’s not the biggest filly in the world by any means, but she has such a big heart and she tries so hard and she has so much ability. That was what was so disappointing about the last race. When she dropped the rider at the start, she’s so smart; she galloped out 10 lengths, turned around and came back to the winner’s circle like she won the race.“I’m so lucky to have a trainer like Phil D’Amato and partners like we have in this filly. They are fantastic. I get so much joy out of watching them, I don’t think about me.“For a partnership that is trying to grow and bring new people into the sport, anytime you can have a race like this on a big day, it really draws attention to you. It’s all about winning, let’s be honest. When you win a race like this, it absolutely helps. We want to grow the sport. We want more people to come into the game and experience it and realize you don’t have to be Kaleem Shah to have a huge day. This is a massive day for us for a filly with a really, really bright future.” TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She kind of got lost out there. She was out there by herself and was so wide she almost didn’t see that horse to her inside. I angled her in and let her drift in pretty good. She got down and really took off that last hundred yards. I hit her twice and she really had a burst.“I watched her last race, when she stumbled and Martin (Garcia) fell off. I watched her race at Los Alamitos and I’ve worked her a couple of times in the morning. I just wanted to be patient today. There was a ton of speed in the race and I didn’t know how she would take dirt in her face but really after the first eighth of a mile it didn’t bother her. It was just a matter of pulling the trigger at the right time; she’s really a nice filly.” -30-last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2016)–With a deluge that resulted in approximately one inch of rainfall between 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. PT, Santa Anita officials announced that racing would be cancelled as a result of the downpour following Friday’s sixth race.–Refunds will be paid on all Late Pick Four wagers, the Pick Six, and all rolling Pick Threes involving race 6 through the remainder of the nine-race program.–All Daily Doubles involving races 6 & 7 will be paid out to the winner of race 6 and all runners used in race 7.–Any Pick Three wagers involving races 5, 6 & 7, will be paid out to those tickets with the winners of races 5 & 6, and all runners in race 7.With a zero percent chance of significant rain tonight and tomorrow, Santa Anita will be fully operational on Santa Anita Handicap Day Saturday, with an 11-race card, highlighted by the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, set to begin at 12 noon.For complete morning line information and up to date changes on Saturday’s card, please visit REFUNDS & ADJUSTED PAYOUTS GIVEN ON ALL EXOTIC WAGERS INVOLVING RACES 7, 8 & 9last_img read more

Napoli centre-back thanks Maurizio Sarri but snubs transfer interest

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Maksimovic has put in some excellent performances this season The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine season in Italy this term and he is flourishing under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.The Serbian’s form has sparked talk of a reunion with his old manager, Sarri, at Chelsea in January.The Blues are reportedly looking at Maksimovic in case fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen leaves the club.However, the defender has revealed he currently has no desire to leave Napoli in the near future. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 ADVICE “I also want to thank Sarri, he was very attentive,” Maksimovic told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli when asked about his upturn in form. RANKED Latest Football Stories Napoli ace Nikola Maksimovic. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 REPLY Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their hunt for a new centre-back.Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic has admitted that while he is flattered by interest from the his former manager Maurizio Sarri he’s happy in Italy. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining huge blow “Could I join him at Chelsea? I’m fine here! I actually don’t have anything bad to say about him, but I’m happy here, as are my family. I want to show my value.”last_img read more

Lady Panther Classic returns

first_imgFour local girls basketball teams will get their first up-close looks at each other this weekend as the 39th annual Lady Panther Classic begins today at McKinleyville High.St. Bernard’s will get the weekend started with a first-round clash against Redding Christian at 5 p.m. and Fortuna will finish the night up with a contest against Yreka at 8 p.m. while the tournament’s host team, McKinleyville, will face Hoopa in its first-round matchup today at 6:30 p.m.The best offense is a…Good …last_img

South Africa’s cricket grounds

first_imgWhen South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, South Africa, the country’s beautiful and varied cricket grounds were on show, with each of them bringing their own character to the game.The Wanderers exhibited the super-charged atmosphere of the “Bullring”. Newlands revealed one of the most beautiful settings in the world of cricket, while SuperSport Park’s spectator-friendly grass embankments showed off a party vibe.Each and every one of South Africa’s grounds boasts something unique and special. Take a look around the country:OUTsurance Oval, BloemfonteinAt Horak Avenue, BloemfonteinWebsiteLocated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province, OUTsurance Oval is a spectator-friendly ground, with the sizeable grass embankment on the eastern side especially popular with spectators.It is part of a wonderful sporting complex, covering a massive city block that includes facilities of either international of provincial standard for athletics, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.The ground has been used for limited-overs internationals since the fifth one-day international between South Africa and India in December 1992. The pitch is recognised as a good one-day wicket and is usually conducive to high scoring.OUTsurance Oval hosted its first Test in October 1999 when South Africa took on Zimbabwe. It was a good start for the Proteas as they thrashed SA’s northern neighbours by an innings and 13 runs.Willowmoore Park, BenoniWillowmoore Park, Harpur Ave, BenoniWebsiteOne of South Africa’s newer international grounds, Willowmoore Park is a smaller-sized venue and home of the Easterns provincial team. It is also used by the Nashua Titans franchise.Willowmoore Park first hosted a one-day international in February 1997 when India met Zimbabwe and Sachin Tendulker celebrated the new venue’s debut with a century as the Indians won by six wickets, with over 10 overs to spare.Willowmoore Park remains a one-day international venue; it has not yet hosted a test. However, it has become a more and more popular choice as an ODI ground. During the Cricket World Cup in 2003 it hosted two matches.Denis Compton famously scored a triple century in three hours and one minute against North Eastern Transvaal at the ground in 1948. It remains the fastest ever triple century.Sahara Park Newlands, Cape TownMonorgan, 161 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape TownWebsiteNewlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, with the mountains shrouded in clouds overlooking the ground, while tasteful chalets and trees, impressive stands and open grassed areas grace the ground. It is also synonymous with a fantastic atmosphere.Newlands hosted its first one-day international in 1992 when Hansie Cronje captured 5 for 32 to help South Africa to a six-wicket win over India. It was a test ground over a century before that, hosting the second test between England and South Africa in March 1889.South African fans enjoy the fact that Newlands has been a particularly good ground to the national side in limited-overs internationals.The playing surface is highly regarded, but that wasn’t always the case. Pakistan certainly didn’t think so when they were blasted out for just 43 by the West Indies in February 1993. Their woeful batting effort included six ducks!At the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Newlands hosted both the opening ceremony and the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa and the West Indies. In something of a shock, the islanders beat the home side.Newlands was one of the primary venues used during the competition, hosting five matches, including three category-A internationals, featuring established test-playing nations.Supersport Park, CenturionCnr South and West Ave, CenturionWebsiteRated one of the 10 best grounds in the world by Indian legend Kapil Dev, Supersport Park is a 20 000-seater that boasts a wonderful grandstand and superb open grass embankments. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 and its first test in November 1995, a match in which the great Shaun Pollock made his debut for South Africa against England.Supersport Park has always proved to be an excellent one-day cricket ground, with a wicket that is conducive to free scoring but usually has a little in it for bowlers of all kinds. In tests, the character is different, providing a more even contest between bat and ball.The ground hosted five World Cup matches in 2003, including two Super Six clashes.Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban2 Kingsmead Way, DurbanWebsiteSahara Stadium Kingsmead is a 25 000-seater stadium located within walking distance of Durban’s famed Indian Ocean shoreline. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992, but its first test was hosted in January 1923.Kingsmead was also home to the famous “Timeless Test” played in 1939 between England and South Africa. The match lasted from 3 to 13 March, but was eventually declared a draw amid concerns that the English team would miss its ship home!The ground was a semi-final venue during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.Interestingly, it is widely believed that the changing tides of the nearby ocean help swing bowlers move the ball nicely through the air!Buffalo Park, East LondonBuffalo Park Drive, East LondonWebsiteA small ground with plentiful grass embankments, East London’s Buffalo Park, boasts a beautiful view with the ocean in the background.Home to the Border Cricket Union, it first tasted international cricket in December 1992 when India defeated South Africa in the seventh and final one-day international of their series. Since that time it has been regularly used for ODIs.There have been some special moments in limited overs games that Buffalo Park has hosted. In December 1994, Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis claimed a hat-trick against New Zealand, while in January 1999 Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper put on a fourth-wicket stand of 226 for the West Indies against South Africa. Incredibly, Shaun Pollock captured 6 for 35 for the Proteas in the same match!The ground hosted its first test in October 2002 when South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 107 runs as Graeme Smith hit 200 and Gary Kirsten 150.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup Buffalo Park hosted a Super Sixes contest, as well as the match between South Africa and Canada.Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgCorlett Drive, Illovo, JohannesburgWebsiteTo be precise, the Wanderers is in fact the New Wanderers. The Old Wanderers first hosted test cricket in 1896, when South Africa faced England and George Lohmann claimed 9 for 28 in South Africa’s first innings to help the English to a convincing innings victory.The New Wanderers, on the other hand, first hosted test cricket in December 1956, and its first one-day international, between South Africa and India, in December 1992. The stadium also hosted the 2003 Cricket World final.It is known as “the Bullring” for its electric, sometimes intimidating atmosphere. High stands surround most of the field, although there is a small grassed area that is very popular with spectators. The Wanderers’ capacity is about 34 000 people, which includes the occupants of the ground’s 180 corporate suites.De Beers Diamond Oval, KimberleyDickenson Ave, KimberleyA nice, open ground with plenty of the grass banks that are so popular with South African spectators, The De Beers Diamond Oval hosted its first one-day international in April 1998 when Pakistan chased down a Sri Lankan total of 295 to record a four-wicket victory.That has been the pattern in most one-day matches – high scoring. However, England’s Mark Ealham managed figures of 5 for 15 in 10 overs against Zimbabwe in January 2000!The ground hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.City Oval, Pietermaritzburg Alexander Park, PietermaritzburgWebsiteThe Pietermaritzburg Oval, a small, picturesque ground with a touch of old-world, Victorian charm about it, hosted its first one-day internationals during the 2003 World Cup.Chaminda Vaas ensured the first match was a memorable one, capturing four wickets in the very first over of the contest, on his way to figures of 6 for 25, as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets.Bangladesh won’t have good memories of the ground. Apart from their 10-wicket thrashing in the World Cup, they also suffered a 10-wicket loss to a South African Invitation Eleven in October 2000. On that occasion Charl Langeveldt knocked over 5 for 7 as the Bangladeshis were bundled out for just 51!Along with the St Lawrence Ground in Kent, it is the only first-class venue that includes a tree within the boundary.Sahara Oval St George’s Park, Port ElizabethPark Drive, Port ElizabethWebsiteActually The Crusaders Ground, St George’s Park, but commonly known as St George’s Park, the ground first hosted a test match in March 1889 – the first ground to host a test in South Africa.It was hugely improved for the 2003 World Cup, with R11-million of the total allocation of R35-million for improvements being used on it.Saint George’s Park boasts excellent stands as well as grassed embankments. It is also famous for its enthusiastic band that is always in attendance at one-day internationals and test matches.One of the most remarkable results achieved at St George’s Park occurred in October 2001 when lightly regarded Kenya handed India a 70-run thrashing, prompting anti-corruption investigators to look into the match. It was ultimately declared a fair contest.During World Cup 2003, the ground was home to one of the semi-finals, and hosted five games in total, including the high profile England versus Australia clash.Senwes Park, PotchefstroomDie Bult, PotchefstroomWebsiteSenwes Park, sometimes used by the Lions franchise, is one of South Africa’s newer international grounds. It was first used in October 2000 for a match between South Africa and New Zealand. Nicky Boje ensured the occasion would be remembered when he blasted an unbeaten 105 off only 93 deliveries, but the match was ultimately rained out.In October 2002, Senwes Park became a test ground when it hosted the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh. Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis all scored centuries, as the Proteas raced to an innings and 160 runs victory.The excellent rivalry between South Africa and Australia was highlighted at the ground in April 2002. Batting first, the Proteas rattled up 259 for 7 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to 71 from Jacques Kallis and 83 from Jonty Rhodes. Australia, in reply, sneaked a tension-filled tie, ending the match on 259 for 9 after being reduced to 223 for 9 in the forty-sixth over.During the 2003 World Cup, the North West Stadium hosted three contests, including the match between South Africa and Kenya during which Jonty Rhodes broke his hand, bringing an untimely end to his international career; he had planned to retire after the World Cup.Boland Bank Park, PaarlLangehoven Street, PaarlBoland Bank Park’s introduction to one-day international cricket was a memorable one. Zimbabwe and India met at the ground on 27 January 1997, with the match ending in a dramatic tie.Surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees, it offers spectators lovely grassed embankments to relax upon while taking in a match.Back in 2001 the ground was home to one of the biggest turnarounds the game of cricket has ever seen. India thrashed Kenya by 186 runs after tallying a massive 351 for 3, led by 111 from Sourav Ganguly and 146 from Sachin Tendulkar. A week prior to that, the Kenyans had crushed India by 70 runs after bowling them out for just 176.Boland Bank Park hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and is nowadays used by the Cape Cobras franchise.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA reverses decline in matric pass rate

first_img“With resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we will be able to start dealing with inappropriate school structures,” Motshekga said. “We will build and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are none. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. “Between 2011 and 2014, we are committed to addressing all our sanitation and water supply challenges.” Pass rates for the provinces were encouraging in 2010, with all registering an improvement from the previous year: “The Class of 2010 has shown us there is no mountain we can’t climb when we are up for the challenge,” she said, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all citizens should pull together to support all pupils, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. Source: BuaNews “We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unrelenting determination is commendable,” Motshekga said. “The class of 2010 is truly distinctive!” Motshekga added that textbooks and other learning and teaching materials had also been identified as a priority. Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)center_img She said the department’s determination to change the status quo of previous results came from the recognition that education was the driver of national change and played an important role in improving people’s lives. This was a major improvement of 7.2 percentage points from 2009’s 60.6% national pass rate, she said. Motshekga wished the Class of 2011 well, and called on them to further improve on the matric pass rate. She added that there would be an intensified focus on improving performance in maths and science, school infrastructure and the basic functionality of all schools. Calls for improvement “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure that the quality of results is the same as in other years.” 6 January 2011 South Africans have a reason to be proud of the Class of 2010, who have recorded a pass rate of 67.8%.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success Is a By-Product

first_imgYou can’t “be successful.” You can only do the things that produce success.Hustlers are successful because they do certain things of which success is a byproduct.Future-OrientationHustler’s are future-oriented. They don’t allow their past to define their future. For a hustler, their past is just an origin story. Hustlers trade time and energy now for the future they want.Success is what happens when you take the actions that build a better future.Go All InHustlers succeed because they don’t take half measures. They’re all in. If they are going to do something, they become obsessed with that thing. They allow their vision to consume them.Success is what happens when you take massive action in pursuit of some goal or ambition.Grind It OutHustlers love the grind. A non-hustler hates Mondays and can’t wait for Friday. They call driving to the office and doing their job “the grind.” But hustlers define “grind” very differently. To a hustler, grinding means relentlessly doing the work that most needs to be done, and that which leads to the best results.Success is the by-product of hard work. It’s also the result of working smarter.Grow Big EnoughHustlers are growth-oriented, personally and professionally. Hustlers work on developing the only real asset they have for producing the results they want: themselves. Hustlers don’t allow failure or setbacks to dissuade them. Instead, they use it to make adjustments.Success often follows failure. Failure is your teacher, giving you the feedback on what you need to learn before your next attempt.Do What Is UncomfortableHustlers don’t avoid the things that cause non-hustlers to run for the doors. Hustlers are comfortable with conflict, engaging in the difficult conversations that are necessary to getting things done. Hustlers are also comfortable selling themselves and their ideas, in part because they’re obsession is the passion that infects others.Success is what happens when you do the things that make you uncomfortable until they no longer make you uncomfortable.Outcomes Are the By-ProductWhat about the money? Hustlers do make money, even if their real goal is something greater, like freedom. But money is only a by-product of creating value for other people. Unless you inherit money, the money you make has to come from someone else who is willing to exchange it for something you have.Success is a naturally occurring outcome of a set of beliefs and actions. The beliefs and actions that hustlers consistently take are what produces the success. Don’t confuse the by-product with the hard work and sacrifice it takes to produce it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Indian celebrities praise CWG on Twitter!

first_imgThe dazzling opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games was praised by many in the Bollywood. Tweeting on the mega show superstar Amitabh Bachchan said: “India won again. What a spectacular opening to the Games… Thank you!! Proud to be Indian.. Now go win all the medals.” His son Abhishek tweeted: “Saw some glimpses of the CWG opening ceremony on TV. Looked sensational!!!” Actress Preity Zinta tweeted: “Watching the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games… Wow! Its rocking.” Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi tweeted: “Sensational stuff. From an Indian perspective I say this is better then Beijing. Kudos to the CWG team, every one of them!!”last_img

Lady Gaga attends NYC Pride Parade 2018

first_imgNew York, Jun 25 (PTI) Lady Gaga attended this year’s New York City Pride Parade and the pop icon was received by her fans with full vigour.The 32-year-old singer, who is an LGBTQ rights champion, was dressed in a white tank top and torn blue denims which were embellished with belts of rainbow colours.She sported a lemon yellow and striking orange eye shadow and completed her look with bangles representing the VIBGYOR.Gaga also took to social media to show her support to the community.”I love the LGBTQ community more than I can say. So I’ll sing it instead. Forever. And that’s a NY promise. One love! #equality,” she captioned a video in which can be seen holding a placard that read the title of her hit song “Born This Way”.The song was also played at the parade.In another video, the singer can be seen blowing kisses and waving at hundreds of fans from inside her limousine.”#HappyPrideMonth #pride #equality,” she captioned the clip. PTI RDS SHDSHDlast_img read more