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3 Dead, Two Injured after Boat Capsizes

first_imgA boat carrying passengers from Clara Town to the West Point Community on April 7, at about 9 a.m. capsized, leaving three dead and two in critical but stable condition, according to police reports.Liberian National Police officers on the scene report that five victims were pulled from the Mesurado River, behind a number of stores in Clara Town. Amongst the five victims were two women, one pregnant, and three students who were all in uniform.“All were women; what’s sad about it is that two of the deceased were students because you can physically see them in their school uniforms,” stated an officer of Public Safety at the LNP.According to witnesses who were preparing to fish along the shore, the bodies of the deceased began surfacing when one man ran to inform neighbors.“It’s sorrowful oh, I saw something floating in the water just like old clothes, but when we looked real close, I saw more floating around, and that’s when I called for attention,” said J-Boy, a fisherman, who is familiar with the waters.Deputy Commissioner Nelson Freeman, stated that the LNP was informed shortly after the first signs of a human body was seen in the shore by an unidentified person(s).“We got a call around 9:30 this morning that there was a situation involving a boat from this side of the river and that’s when we responded. We weren’t here so we can’t be exact to you when this incident occurred,” he added.According to witnesses at the scene, no one actually knows what occurred to cause the passengers to go over board, but relatives say they were aware of the victims getting aboard the canoe.“I lost my aunty and my big sister. She was going home to go change to come back on ATS to go witness the game, and my aunty was going to go sell bread,” cried Clara, a distraught relative of two of the deceased.Mr. Nelson Freeman also informed this paper that the LNP has not been aware of such commercial transport that normally carries people from Clara Town to WestPoint in less then 20 minutes.“Actually that’s the puzzle we are all trying to solve, why they were on the boat? I am in charge of Public Safety for the Liberian National Police and to be frank with you, we don’t even know of such commercial activity going on behind here with a boat, when we got the call this morning we thought it was just a ordinary fishing canoe and we were all astonished when we got here and it was established that this is a boat that’s used for commercial purposes on this river, its strange for us and we hope that we can all collectively from this moment on put in some measures to make sure to deal with this situation so that it can’t happen again,” he assured.Meanwhile, the LNP held to push back sad and frustrated onlookers as they (officers) secured the area to allow security officials who specialize in water rescues a chance to look for missing persons/survivors.“We were informed by bystanders that one of the survivors and a couple of victims are at the Mawah Clinic across the road and we visited there, yes it as established that there were victims, and the doctor also confirmed to us that three persons have passed off as a result of the accident and the other two were there receiving medication. We are still hoping to find those who are said to still be missing,” he added.Further more, a woman who seemed incoherent due to her grieve cried out for a sister-in-law that was nowhere to be found at the moment. An unidentified man who tried assisting the women to calm her down stated that her sister was on the canoe and still presumed missing.“We can’t find her sister-in-law!”Morris G. Miller, the assistance assigned in the ER at Mawah Clinic under strenuous conditions tried describing to this paper the condition of the surviving victims.“The two survivors, their condition has improved considerably because when they came they were not like that. Five victims were brought here around 9:15 a.m. by a car. Three were dead on arrival. We didn’t detect the survivors swallowing water, while one deceased has been identified by a relative,” he said.The driver of the canoe has not been found nor has there been any further information on how the canoe managed to sink. LNP are still investigating and ask that anyone with information should please report to their nearest police station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eight new forest fires in the Fort Nelson area

first_imgThe Prince George Fire Centre is dealing with a number of forest fires in the Fort Nelson area.  The Fire Centre has responded to eight new fire starts in the past 48 hours, two of which have reached over 200 hectares in size.All but one of the fires were started by lightning, and the fires are currently being assessed and prioritized as needed.The Dunedin River Fire, located 95 km west of Fort Nelson, is 240 hectares in size. The smoke from this fire may be visible in Fort Nelson. There are currently no values immediately threatened and the fire is in modified response and will be closely monitored.- Advertisement -The Grayling River fire, located 75 km north of Toad River, is 200 hectares in size. The smoke may be visible from the Alaska Highway. There are currently no values immediately threatened, and this fire is in modified response and will be closely monitored.The Thetlaandoa Creek fire, located 100 km northeast of Fort Nelson is 120 hectares in size. The fire is currently very active and response officers are on route to assess the fire.Open fires larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide are currently prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre. Campfires are permitted but must be fully extinguished with the ashes cold to the touch before leaving the area for any amount of time.Advertisement The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” through the entire Fort Nelson Fire Zone.last_img read more

Jeff appeal, tax issues to test mayor’s rapport with council

first_imgFor City Hall watchers, the next few weeks promise to be a harmonic convergence of politics and policy. But not in the “Kumbaya” kind of way. And they will serve as a test for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – coming off a summer of scandal at the midpoint of his first term and as the City Council seeks to flex its independence and shed the image of being a rubber stamp. The most dramatic issue is expected to be the appeal by fired Transportation Chief Gloria Jeff, who has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred to represent her. If the past offers any foreshadowing, Jeff can expect city officials to offer her a consulting contract – much as they did to former Animal Services Chief Guerdon Stuckey when he appealed his firing. More than a few council members said they were upset with the last-minute “urgency” on a telephone tax. Take Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who has been publicly pitching a parcel tax estimated at $30 to $40 to pay for gang-prevention programs. Apparently the mayor neglected to call and warn her of his decision until minutes before the council meeting last Wednesday, when the council voted to draft the ballot language for the telephone tax measure. Hahn has since decided to postpone her tax proposal. The city might as well declare Oct. 25 Bill Bratton Day. That’s when the Los Angeles Police Department chief will take the oath of office for his second, five-year term, and city officials are pulling out all the stops to honor him. With color guards and the LAPD band at 8:30 a.m. ceremonies at the Police Academy, city officials, officers and guests will witness the oath of office and hear from Villaraigosa, police commissioners and Bratton on all that he has accomplished and all that he wants to do. Events honoring Bratton throughout the day will conclude with a private reception at the Brentwood home of former Police Commission President Rick Caruso. Caruso, developer of The Grove and other shopping centers, is often mentioned as a potential future candidate for mayor. Caruso has invited 300 to 400 people to his home to honor Bratton and Bratton’s wife, Rikki Klieman. Among invited guests are a host of celebrities and political stars, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hell hath no fury like a politician witnessing change to his legislation. Last week, Councilman Tony C rdenas became the latest to voice his frustration at a meeting of the ad hoc Committee on Gangs and Youth Violence. Told that the state will not provide full funding for the Schiff-C rdenas anti-gang legislation approved some years ago when he served in the state Assembly, the Valley councilman voiced his displeasure. “I’m not an anarchist or anything like that,” C rdenas said. “I only hold one office at a time. But I am contemplating leaving this job and returning to the state Legislature. I’m not leaving anytime soon, but I am considering taking action to prevent the bastardization of my legislation.” Another lesson for political reformers: No matter how much you try to limit the influence of money in politics, it finds a way in. Consider Proposition 34, which was approved by voters last year and was designed to limit donations to state officials to $22,300. The Sacramento Bee looked at contributions and found that, instead of the money going directly to officials, it is simply now being given to and funneled from the state Democratic and Republican parties. Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies noted: “No longer can you give unlimited amounts to the candidates, so the message is that the parties are the main way to support candidates. The parties have done very well under Proposition 34.” Staff writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fact that both Stuckey and Jeff are African-American is expected to highlight racial issues. There is fear in the African-American community that Villaraigosa has no long-range plan for promoting blacks to major positions – even though he has replaced Jeff with Rita Robinson, who is African-American. “The question a lot of us have, however, is what happens when these folks retire in a couple of years,” Councilwoman Jan Perry said. “We want to know the long-range plans of the mayor.” Aides to Villaraigosa insist that he does not consider race during his hirings and that his record shows his support of qualified African-Americans. Three of his last promotions to department heads went to African-Americans. Other issues expected to test the mayor include his call to put a 9 percent telephone users’ tax on the Feb. 5 ballot – for which he will need unanimous council support – and a proposed double whammy of hikes to both water and power rates. If last week was any indication, the mayor and his staff are stumbling in initial efforts to get support. last_img read more

Steelers celebrate their history in style

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Turns out they were. Ben Roethlisberger tied the Steelers’ single-game record with five touchdown passes in the first half and Pittsburgh put on a Steel Curtain-like defensive show that forced four turnovers before halftime in a 38-7 win victory over Baltimore on Monday night. The Ravens (4-4) had a chance to tie for the AFC North lead by beating the Steelers (6-2) for a fourth straight time dating to 2005. In reality, they had no chance at all. Not with all the big names – Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw – who gathered to celebrate the Steelers’ 75th season, whooping it up and pounding each others’ backs with every big hit and turnover. “It was a magical night to have those guys come and show their support,” said Hines Ward, himself a member of the Steelers’ all-time team that was honored at halftime. “You want to put on a show for those guys.” NFL: Roethlisberger throws for five TDs in first half. By Alan Robinson The Associated Press PITTSBURGH – Halfway through the first quarter, the overwhelmed Baltimore Ravens probably thought they were playing today’s Steelers and all of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl stars of the past. Did they. The Steelers forced three fumbles in the first quarter, with James Harrison hitting All-Pro safety Ed Reed so hard on a punt return the ball flew nearly 15 feet before Pittsburgh recovered. Four plays later, Roethlisberger found Santonio Holmes for 15 yards on the first of their two opening-half touchdown pass plays and a 14-0 Steelers lead. Holmes had 110 yards on four receptions. Right about then, it was becoming obvious this wouldn’t be a repeat of Baltimore’s two routs of the Steelers by scores of 31-7 and 27-0 a season ago. Then, Roethlisberger was sacked 14 times and threw four interceptions. This time he was near perfect, going 13-for-16 for 209 yards with no interceptions. “I wouldn’t even know how to begin to characterize this,” Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “I’m just glad it’s a short week and we don’t have time to dwell on this.” Harrison, a non-drafted free agent once cut by Baltimore, became a starter this season after former Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter was released. He seemed to torment Ravens quarterback Steve McNair on nearly every down. Harrison had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and interception and 2 sacks before halftime in a Jack Lambert-like performance. Lambert, coincidentally, was one of the few members of the Steelers’ 75th anniversary all-time team who didn’t attend. “I haven’t seen anyone play a game like that since high school – not in college or the NFL,” linebacker Larry Foote said. “But we knew we were going to dominate. You could just tell in practice.” Harrison could tell when the game started. “To tell you the truth, it seemed like everything was working,” Harrison said. “It was a little more satisfying because it was Baltimore and they cut me.” Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher got the crowd going by making an unannounced on-field appearance shortly before the opening kickoff as a steady rain fell. Once they got started, the Steelers lived up to Coach Mike Tomlin’s pregame prediction they would feed off the noise and enthusiasm. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

It’s a mini Golden Gate – sans fog

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 One young couple asked if they could get married on it. A principal of an area high school inquired about getting a class picture taken on it, though Heasley said doesn’t think it was meant to hold 200 people. He’s never taken on this kind of endeavor before, and somehow didn’t run into any problems when it came to construction. He did have a run-in with Clark County Code Enforcement officers. Heasley started work on the bridge before being issued a permit, and got slapped with a $750 fine, said Scott Melville, a code enforcement officer for the Clark County national pollutant discharge elimination system. It forced Heasley to stop work on the bridge for a while, but he said he’s not bitter about it. He simply enjoys taking on the massive task. Heasley expects to finish the bridge this spring. Only some minor details are left on his to-do list. “All I need is a ship to go under it,” he joked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DULUTH, Wash. – The pond on Denny Heasley’s property doesn’t get nearly as fogged in as San Francisco Bay – not that the span he’s building needs to be nestled in fog to bear a striking resemblance to the famed Golden Gate Bridge. The 100-foot-long 17-foot-high replica is painted bright orange – “exactly the same color” as the Golden Gate, Heasley said proudly. A retired excavator, Heasley is getting used to greeting inquisitive passers-by. He estimates that 10 to 12 people drop by on weekends and ask about it. “A lot of people stop and want to know if they can walk on it,” said Heasley, 63, who moved into his home in this tiny southwest Washington town two years ago. Healy obliges the many requests and doesn’t seem to mind the attention. last_img read more


first_imgOileán na Marbh is this SundayJimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community NotesWAR COMMEMORATIONThose from the Lower Rosses who died as a result of World Wars will be commemorated at a series of events to be held in Annagry Community Hall. The commemoration will begin on Monday evening August 25th with an Ecumenical Service at 7.30pm, followed by the opening of a 5 day exhibition run in conjunction with Donegal County Museum. On Wednesday August 27th at 7.30pm a memorial will be unveiled in Kincasslagh Cemetery. On Saturday August 30th there will be a unique display of photos, medals, diaries, letters etc relating to the local men who fought. In this area a heavy price was paid with thirty six men known to have died in the WW1, several more in WW2 along with the civilian victims of the Ballymanus Mine in May 1943. In all it is estimated that many hundreds of persons were caught up in the upheaval in some way or another. If you have material that you would like to display contact 087 1935066 or email Personal memorabilia will be displayed for only one day only in a secure environment. PRAYER SERVICEThe annual prayer service on Oileán na Márbh Carrickfin will be held on Sunday August 17th at 3.30pm. In the 19th century Oileán na Márbh was the final resting place for many unbaptised from the locally.SYMPATHYSympathy of the community is extended to the relatives and friends of Teresa McMonagle Meenaleck, James Ferry Kerrytown, Annie Boyle Mullaghduff and Sarah McGarvey Ranafast who have recently passed to their eternal reward. May they rest in peace. CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONNaomh Muire CLG wish to thank all who subscribed to their recent collections. The monies collected was as follows; Kincasslagh Church €294 and Annagry Church €423. The monies raised will go the ongoing underage development within the club.LOTTOThere was no winner of the €1640 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for August 6th.The number drawn were 1-8-10-16. Sadie Sharkey Glen Road Annagry, Kathleen McGinley Calhame, Nele Herron Ranafast, Johnny Gillespie Braade and John Michael O’Donnell Meenaleck matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on August 13th is €1700. If you’re not in, you can’t win!  DD LOCAL: ANNUAL OILEÁN NA MARBH PRAYER SERVICE was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annagry newscarrickfinoileán na marbhlast_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The summer has finally arrived.This last week has seen fantastic weather with temperatures reaching as high as 27 degrees in some parts of Donegal.Long may it last. With the improvement in weather come the increased desire to be active.More and more people are getting the trainers on and hitting the roads and making the most of the sunshine, and who can blame them?Walking, jogging, Running, cycling, fitness classes are being taken outside to get our yearly dose of vitamin D.With the increase in temperature and activity also comes an increase in perspiration. The importance of hydration shouldn’t be overlooked whenever you increase your activity levels.Water is the most essential component of the human body as it provides an important role in the function of cells.More than half of the human body is composed of water, and it is impossible to sustain life without it.Exercise can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss from sweat leading to dehydration. There can be huge differences in fluid loss ranging from person to person with regard to sweating.The type of exercise, the intensity of the exercise, the duration of the exercise, the weight and fitness levels of the person involved in the exercise, all have an impact on the levels of perspiration and fluid loss. If water and electrolytes are not replaced from these losses, the athlete will have a decrease in performance and perhaps an adverse effect on his or her overall health.Thirst is a signal that your body is headed toward dehydration and it is important to drink before you feel thirsty and to drink throughout the day.However, thirst is not a good indicator of hydration and should not be used to monitor hydration status.One way to check your hydration status is to weigh yourself before and after exercise. Comparing your body weight before and after exercise can be used to estimate your sweat loss and your fluid requirements.Any weight loss is likely from fluid loss, so drinking enough to replenish these losses will maintain hydration.The table below shows us that over a one percent loss in body weight indicates dehydration and over five percent indicates serious dehydration.% Body Weight ChangeWell Hydrated -1 to +1%Minimal Dehydration -1 to -3%Significant Dehydration -3 to -5%Serious Dehydration > -5%Another simple way to judge hydration is to use the urine colour test chart.A large amount of light-coloured urine means you are well hydrated. The darker the colour, the more dehydrated you are.HYDRATION BEFORE EXERCISE Check your hydration status before exercise because there is a wide variability in fluid needs for each person.Use the chart above to determine where you are in regards to your hydration levels.Drink 250-350ml of water or sports beverage at least four hours before exercise to ensure hydration.Drink 450-600ml of water 10-15 minutes before exercise starts.HYDRATION DURING EXERCISESip on 100-200ml of water every 15- 20 minutes when exercising for less than 60 minutes.Sip on a further 100-200ml of a sports beverage (5-8 percent carbohydrate with electrolytes) every 15-20 minutes when exercising greater than 60 minutes.Do not drink more than one litre/hour during exercise.HYDRATION GUIDELINES AFTER EXERCISE Obtain your body weight and check your urine to estimate your fluid losses.The goal is to correct your losses within two hours after exercise.Drink 600-700ml of water or sports beverage for every one pound lost.While an ordinary workout may not require electrolytes post workout, those participating in longer and more intense periods of exertion, such as running a marathon or going through a particularly intense workout, will benefit from electrolytes.Sports drinks, electrolyte tablets or powders, or coconut water can all provide a good source of electrolytes post workout.Fruit and vegetables are another great way to help with your hydration levels.They can be a good source of fluids along with your regular water intake and they also improve the vitamins and mineral content of your diet.Bananas are a great source of potassium and are a great way to refuel during a long workout.Finally, if you feel dizzy or lightheaded during your workout, it can be a sign of slight dehydration.When there’s not enough water in the blood, both blood volume and blood pressure drop, resulting in dizziness.If this happens, stop what you are doing and sip on water or a sports drink and it may be best to leave the session until another day when you are properly hydrated.Keeping well hydrated is a great way to improve your training sessions and your performance.With the summer on its way and the good weather hanging around for a while, if you are intending on getting more active, remember the tips above and you will be having a safe and hydrated workout.#TrainSmartif you would like any more information on this or any other subject be sure to follow me through the link below. EMMET RUSHE FITNESS COLUMN: HYDRATION AND FITNESS was last modified: May 14th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ffitness advicehyrdationlast_img read more

Cantona sports Neymar’s ‘noodle head’ hairstyle

Cantona has a joke at Neymar’s expenseIt no doubt cost a pretty penny to create and didn’t really lose its al dente look despite the best efforts of Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami in the 1-1 draw. Neymar was the focus of some heavy challenges from Switzerland players Cantona had a laugh at Neymar’s ‘noodle head’ Against, Switzerland, the £198million man sported a hairstyle that resemebled a bowl of spaghetti, which Cantona obviously picked up on, captioning his post with: “Neymar style…spaghetti al dente!” Three days ago Eric Cantona posted for the first time on Instagram and he already has more than 80,000 followers.And ever the showman, in his eighth post, the man christened ‘King Eric’ by the Old Trafford faithful mocked Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar in Cantona’s own witty style. 3 3 Cantona joined Man United from Leeds United in 1992 and spent five years wowing fans before he retired from playing football in 1997.His arrival at Old Trafford coincided with the club winning their first four Premier League titles, having previously gone 26 years without finishing top. Ask any Man United fan who saw him play and they will tell you he was a joy to watch; fans just loved his cocky and arrogant style. 3 read more


first_imgFINE Gael election candidate Gay Mitchell will be in Co Donegal today for a whistle-stop tour – as a new poll shows him lagging way behind the other candidates.Mr Mitchell will tour Raphoe Mart at lunchtime before Cranna College Community School in Buncrana in the afternoon.Then it’s off to Letterkenny shopping centre for an hour-long walkabout. Mr Mitchell will then travel to the Supervalu shopping centre in Donegal town for another walkabout.Fine Gael in the county will be out in force tomorrow to support Mr Mitchell as the latest presidential poll gave him just 9% support in the country.The Ipsos MRBI poll for today’s Irish Times shows Michael D Higgins leading in the race for the Áras, with Séan Gallagher and Martin McGuinness also polling strongly.It shows s a big drop in support for David Norris and Mr Mitchell. This poll was carried out on Monday and Tuesday among 1,000 voters in every constitutency in the State and followed the first debates between the candidates on RTÉ’s News at One and the Late Late Show, but not the encounter on TV3.It is the first poll for the Irish Times since July when Martin McGuinness and Dana Rosemary Scallon were not in the race.Since then the proportion of undecided voters has fallen nine points to 18%.Michael D Higgins leads the poll on 23%, five points higher than he was in the last Irish Times poll in July.Séan Gallagher is on 20%, seven points higher than in July, while Martin McGuinness is on 19%. Mary Davis is on 12%, unchanged since July.David Norris has seen his support drop by 14 points to 11%,while Gay Mitchell is behind him on 9%, a 12 point drop. Dana Rosemary Scallon is on 6%.MITCHELL IN DONEGAL TODAY AFTER POLL PUTS HIGGINS IN LEAD was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal visitGay MitchellIrish Times Polllast_img read more

As rivals close in, Poly team to beat

first_imgThe Poly High boys cross country team is in position to celebrate a decade atop the Moore League this fall. It would be a noteworthy accomplishment to say the least. Even more so considering no other school has won more than three league titles in a row. “We’re sticking to our plan,” Fillipow said. “There is a lot of unknown. You can’t take the first meet lightheartedly. You don’t want to train through it and you can’t do a full taper or nothing is going to happen at the end. There is a lot of unknown. But we’re the favorite until somebody beats us.” Here is a look at other area teams: Lakewood: Junior David Ross finished fourth in last year’s Moore League finals and won the league 1,600-meter title in track in May. The Lancers could contend for the title with the development of seniors Jonathan Dillard, Roland Hall and Josh Stockton, junior Kyle Burtzlaff and sophomore John Gaynor. Los Alamitos: Senior Garrett McAllister helped the Griffins finish second in the rugged Sunset League and became the first Los Alamitos runner to advance to the Southern Section final since 1998. Los Alamitos is among the area’s most improved teams with McAllister, senior Daniel Lamm and junior Kyle Frost. Paramount: Senior Jesus Contreras is the two-time defending San Gabriel Valley League champion for the Pirates, who are seeking their eighth consecutive league title. Seniors Mauricio Hernandez and Edgar Vazquez are returning top-10 league finishers. St. John Bosco: It is a rebuilding year for defending Serra League champions, who are seeking their 12th consecutive league title. Junior Victor Bonilla finished second in the 3,200 meters in the Serra League finals during track. The Braves are bunched closely behind Bonilla with juniors Justin Martinez and Tim Bareto, senior Jonathan Batres and sophomore Brett McCoy. San Pedro: The Pirates are the three-time defending L.A. City Section champion. Senior David Soto has finished among the top three in the section finals the last two seasons. Juniors Steve Calise, Kelly Crawford, Chris Franco and Aaron Nunez will add depth along with sophomore Anthony Bebich, the City frosh-soph 1,600-meter champion in track. Wilson: Seniors Casey McCombs and C.J. Brewer helped the Bruins finish a close second to Poly in 2004. McCombs was the Bruins’ top finisher, placing fifth in the league finals. They are complemented by Tony Cairo, winner of the sophomore division of the season-opening Long Beach Invitational, and junior Josh Wright. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Poly has a head start with senior Ethan Durham, a third-year runner who finished third in the 2004 league finals. He is the latest in the Durham legacy at Poly that has included brothers Chad, the 1997 State Division I champion, Aaron and Bryan. Seniors Joe Griego and Victor Muro, who were 11th and 12th as Poly’s Nos. 3 and 4 runners at last year’s league finals, are back for their third season. Poly has been bolstered by the addition of senior Alex Chang, the 2004 league junior varsity runner-up, senior Garrett Alfstad and junior Nick Tan. Freshmen Sean Franklin and Andrew Neff are also competing for a spot among the top seven. Wilson and Lakewood are projected as Poly’s top challengers for the league title. A good gauge will come in the first league meet at Discovery Well Park today. Wilson defeated Poly in last year’s meet, but the Jackrabbits rebounded to claim the overall title. Fillipow, however, doesn’t plan to deter from his training cycle, which is geared toward the league finals and postseason meets in November. Even if it means taking lumps early in the season. center_img But Poly’s decade of dominance saw the Jackrabbits win the 1997, 1998 and 2000 CIF State Division I titles and finish one through seven in the 2002 league finals. Those efforts will be hard to repeat. “It isn’t getting any easier,” third-year Poly coach Mike Fillipow said. “The league is much more balanced and the programs are building. It really is an even playing field and it’s a lot more difficult. I think it’s good for the city and makes runners rise to the occasion.” last_img read more