high school – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 13:56:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png high school – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ 32 32 Former FSU football player denied ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense in murder trial – NBC 6 South Florida https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-fsu-football-player-denied-stand-your-ground-defense-in-murder-trial-nbc-6-south-florida/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 13:56:08 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-fsu-football-player-denied-stand-your-ground-defense-in-murder-trial-nbc-6-south-florida/ A former Florida State University star football player will not be able to use the state’s “Stand Your Ground” defense in his first-degree murder trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reported the decision after Travis Rudolph, 26, walked into a West Palm Beach courtroom last week to testify at a hearing. Rudolph faces […]]]>

A former Florida State University star football player will not be able to use the state’s “Stand Your Ground” defense in his first-degree murder trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reported the decision after Travis Rudolph, 26, walked into a West Palm Beach courtroom last week to testify at a hearing. Rudolph faces one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder for the Lake Park shooting in April 2021.

Rudolph appeared in a courtroom in November 2021 when hearings began, where his lawyers argued Rudolph used self-defense after ‘fearing for his life’ and claimed he was coerced into open fire following a confrontation outside his home.

At the November hearing, Rudolph’s ex-girlfriend, Dominique Jones, said she argued with him before the shooting after finding out he had cheated on her. A police affidavit reportedly said one of the four victims told police he had been in contact with Jones.

The man and three others drove to Rudolph’s home where he was “immediately combative and confrontational” according to the affidavit.

After physically fighting for several minutes, Rudolph reportedly returned home and grabbed a gun and ran behind the car before shooting him.

One person at the scene was injured and taken to hospital. A passenger in the car was shot and killed while the driver and another passenger were uninjured.

Detectives said witnesses told them Rudolph was holding a gun shortly after reporting hearing the gunshots. Rudolph refused to speak to detectives, according to the affidavit.

Rudolph was a high school star in West Palm Beach before signing with the Seminoles, where he played for three seasons and finished his career with 18 touchdown receptions and helped lead FSU to an Orange Bowl victory to finish the 2016 season.

Rudolph was Florida State’s leading receiver in 2015 and 2016 and left the team early to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He was not drafted but eventually signed with the New York Giants, then the Miami Dolphins. He also spent time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. The team released him on Wednesday.

Rudolph gained national attention in 2016 when a video of him having lunch with an autistic student during a team visit to a middle school in Tallahassee went viral. Rudolph’s father died a year later after a gun was accidentally discharged at a West Palm Beach strip club.

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Powder Puff football game scheduled for Saturday at Hamilton Sports Complex | Local News https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/powder-puff-football-game-scheduled-for-saturday-at-hamilton-sports-complex-local-news/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:45:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/powder-puff-football-game-scheduled-for-saturday-at-hamilton-sports-complex-local-news/ Bitter Root Health They call him “Coach R.” State champion quarterback Tyson Rostad takes over as coach of the junior women’s team for a puff game scheduled for this Saturday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Sports Complex. “Don’t underestimate the girls,” he said during their first team practice on Monday night. “They […]]]>

Bitter Root Health

They call him “Coach R.”

State champion quarterback Tyson Rostad takes over as coach of the junior women’s team for a puff game scheduled for this Saturday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at the Hamilton Sports Complex.

“Don’t underestimate the girls,” he said during their first team practice on Monday night. “They get the game fast after a certain point. You just need a little patience and to come up with memorable names for the rooms.

Several of the girls on the junior and senior teams were cheerleaders last fall and watched their fair share of quality football during a championship season.

Cheerleader Sidney DeLong hosts the unique puff game for her senior community project and raises funds for “Team Pink” for the Colors of Cancer campaign. First Montana Title sponsored the event and donated funds to purchase dark pink shirts for the senior team and light pink shirts for the junior team.

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“It was fun to bring back an old tradition to Hamilton High School,” DeLong said. “Everyone begged me to organize a flag football match and the girls at our school were dying to play football.

“Footballers wanted the chance to get into a coaching job and they’re very passionate about it,” she said, “maybe a little too much, but it will be a lot of fun.”

Coach Rostad is joined by football teammates Caleb Bauder, Jonas Johnson, Tyler Jones, Isaiah VanDebaan and Noah Johnson. Drew Carmody also helps coach the senior girls.

“We’re learning four offensive plays,” Carmody said in Monday’s practice. “Once we have the rosters, we’ll perfect the plays more at our next practice.”

Former basketball cheerleader Catalina Alcrudo is an exchange student from Spain who skipped ballet practice on Monday to join the power puff team.

“I’m learning American football for the first time and it’s fun,” she said after practice. “I’m the one who says ‘grrrrr’ and protects Nat the quarterback.”

The seniors are the self-proclaimed underdogs of the game but are solidly led by cheerleader Natalie Orr who said it was great to learn more about the game and try some passing plays.

“The seniors are definitely the underdogs for this game,” DeLong said, “but we’re going to fight hard against the juniors. Layne Kearns will win everything for the juniors if she can. She’s played football before.

At halftime, those who have battled breast cancer will be recognized by a standing ovation in the stands.

“We encourage everyone who is or has been diagnosed with breast cancer to come out, wear pink and be an inspiration to each other and to us as students,” DeLong said. “We want to support those who have been through something so difficult and celebrate their victories.”

Also at half time there will be a pink football raffle for prizes. Fans can purchase pink soccer balls for $1 each at the fundraising tent near the bleachers. Pink cookies, bottled water and other concessions will also be on sale. Donations and ticket sales will be possible at the door or online at bitterroothealth.org/calendar/events/colors-of-cancer-powderpuff.

The cost to participate is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Kickoff will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Sports Complex near Hamilton High School.

“Hopefully we’ll have a really good turnout,” DeLong said. “It should be sunny and it’s for a good cause.”

Proceeds will be used to build a new $4 million cancer and infusion center at Bitterroot Health’s Daly Hospital in Hamilton.

Other senior projects benefiting the cancer and infusion center include:

  • A Colors of Cancer doubles tennis tournament on April 16 at Westview Courts hosted by HHS seniors Maria Kanenwisher and Brynn Lehtola.
  • A Colors of Cancer golf course on May 13 at Hamilton Golf Club hosted by HHS seniors Jack Ellis and Colter Kirkland

Registrations for the three events can be found at bitterroothealth.org/EVENTS.

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Football player Marshall seeks a career in sports medicine | News https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/football-player-marshall-seeks-a-career-in-sports-medicine-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/football-player-marshall-seeks-a-career-in-sports-medicine-news/ Marshall County High School senior Braden Clough has played football for most of his life, and it has always been his sport. While shoulder injuries as a senior ultimately ended his playing days, Clough’s interest in sports medicine first surfaced after an ankle injury in college football . “I remember in eighth grade it was […]]]>

Marshall County High School senior Braden Clough has played football for most of his life, and it has always been his sport. While shoulder injuries as a senior ultimately ended his playing days, Clough’s interest in sports medicine first surfaced after an ankle injury in college football .

“I remember in eighth grade it was the first time I seriously twisted my ankle – it popped and everything,” he said. “I had to wrap it up. … We were playing this game, but the next week, in training or whatever, it really fascinated me – I wanted to know what was hurting, why was it hurting and how could I fix it?

As Clough says, he would later delve into learning the mechanics of the human body, and it all really “clicked” with him. He is looking to study exercise science in college and will eventually become a sports doctor to help people.

“It really started with this little fascination and what really showed me that ‘Hey, I think this might be the right direction’ is that the more I learned about it the closer I got to it, c It didn’t make sense anymore and I just wanted to do it more, and so it really excites me and it makes sense to me,” he explained.

The 17-year-old recently said he was considering the University of Louisville or Western Kentucky University for college, and plans to make a decision soon.

Clough, son of Jon and Janella Clough of Benton, is Paducah Bank’s Teen of the Week.

Every Tuesday, The Sun publishes stories about area high school students who have been chosen from a pool of nominees for Teen of the Week recognition. Toward the end of the school year, a selection committee will nominate one of these students as Teen of the Year, who carries a $5,000 scholarship. Another student will receive the Inspiration Prize and a $1,000 scholarship.

In Marshall County, Clough earned a 4.30 grade point average. He is also an AP Scholar and attended the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program at Morehead State University last summer.

He has served on the school’s football team and track team, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, HOSA, Young Americans for Freedom, and Interact Club.

He was manager of the boys’ basketball team during his senior year and teaches other students. He also worked as a pharmacy technician at a local pharmacy. A self-proclaimed “sneakerhead,” Clough launched his own company last fall, “Clough’s Kick Collective.” It cleans shoes and has also branched out into other services, such as shoe repair, painting and customization.

“You always hear coaches talk about ‘We want to win football games, obviously, but we want to make you better young men’ and that’s really what it did to me,” Clough said, about soccer.

He noted that he was “never the most naturally talented” on the pitch.

“The summer between eighth grade and first grade, I would get up at 5 a.m. every day in the summer to go practice because that’s how badly I wanted to, and what it gave me. learned is that nothing worth having will be easy,” he added.

Having suffered a shoulder injury as a senior, Clough shared that football also helped him learn to roll with the punches and make the most of an unexpected situation.

“I broke my shoulder twice, but I started a business that I love now. It’s all about mindset,” he said.

Graduating from high school isn’t far off, and Clough is currently focused on enjoying her senior year, “absorbing it and living in the moment.” He is also trying to prepare for his future in college and build that next step for himself.

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Competitive juices flow in Ventura County All-Star Football game https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/competitive-juices-flow-in-ventura-county-all-star-football-game/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 19:11:48 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/competitive-juices-flow-in-ventura-county-all-star-football-game/ Big plays are a sure thing for an All-Star game, and the 48th Annual East/West Ventura County All-Star Football Game produced its share Saturday afternoon. St. Bonaventure High’s Darrius Shirley-Moore had a 25-yard run, followed by his own 3-yard touchdown, which was the deciding fourth quarter of the West’s 23-7 win at Ventura College. Cody […]]]>

Big plays are a sure thing for an All-Star game, and the 48th Annual East/West Ventura County All-Star Football Game produced its share Saturday afternoon.

St. Bonaventure High’s Darrius Shirley-Moore had a 25-yard run, followed by his own 3-yard touchdown, which was the deciding fourth quarter of the West’s 23-7 win at Ventura College.

Cody Hoffman, another St. Bonaventure stalwart, outplayed a defender in the end zone to carry a 25-yard touchdown pass from Hueneme’s Stanley Espinoza with 5:34 left in the third quarter that gave West an advance he would not renounce.

When Thousand Oaks’ Jackson Volk produced a striped sack midway through the second quarter, it was Lancers teammate Ben Knox who jumped on the loose football in the end zone for what turned out to be the only points of the competition for the East.

Thousand Oaks East's Ben Knox (center) celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown during the second quarter of the 48th Annual East/West Ventura County All-Star Football Game at Ventura College on Saturday March 12, 2022. The West won 23-7.

You know what else is a certainty in an all-star match?

The competition juices will flow.

This also happened when the two teams traded interceptions in the fourth quarter on back-to-back possessions.

The second, by Richie Vega of Santa Paula, was met with a hard tackle, woofing by a number of players, and a heated exchange of jostling on the pitch. Both teams were sidelined by their coaches.

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Accused Kansas school shooter identified as senior football player – Crime Online https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/accused-kansas-school-shooter-identified-as-senior-football-player-crime-online/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 22:36:44 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/accused-kansas-school-shooter-identified-as-senior-football-player-crime-online/ Vice-Principal Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Manager Erik Clark were injured in Friday’s shooting. Authorities have identified the student who opened fire at a Kansas high school on Friday as a senior and a member of the school’s varsity football team. Jaylon Desean Elmore, 18, remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by a […]]]>

Vice-Principal Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Manager Erik Clark were injured in Friday’s shooting.

Authorities have identified the student who opened fire at a Kansas high school on Friday as a senior and a member of the school’s varsity football team.

Jaylon Desean Elmore, 18, remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by a school resource officer, KMBC reports.

Elmore, who was charged with attempted capital murder, injured the officer and an administrator at Olanthe East High School. They were discharged from hospital on Friday, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

According to KMBC, the incident occurred when the administrator learned that Elmore had a gun in his backpack and removed the student from the class. When Elmore refused to open the backpack, the administrator called the officer, who was identified as Erik Clark.

When Clark arrived, Elmore opened fire and Clark returned fire.

State Senator Cindy Holscher identified the injured administrator as assistant principal Kaleb Stoppel, who is also the school’s athletic director, according to the Kansas City Star. The Star reported that this was to be Stoppel’s final year at Olanthe East. He was slated to become Wichita Public School’s athletic director beginning in July.

Clark had been a school resource officer for seven years and a police officer for 15, KMBC said.

According to WDAF, Elmore is being held on a $1 million bond. Court documents say he will be under house arrest with GPS monitoring if released on bail and must not come within 100 yards of the victims’ residence or school, cannot use illegal drugs or controlled substances and must submit to testing as directed by the court. He is also prohibited from alcohol, firearms or contact with victims or witnesses, whether or not he posts bail.

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[Featured image: Kaleb Stoppel Wichita Public Schools and Erik Clark/Johnson County Sheriff’s Office]

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Controversy continues over former football player Katy ISD’s use of insults https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/controversy-continues-over-former-football-player-katy-isds-use-of-insults/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 04:29:06 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/controversy-continues-over-former-football-player-katy-isds-use-of-insults/ KATY, Texas (KTRK) — Two school board administrators were publicly reprimanded Thursday night during a special Katy ISD school board session. The meeting sparked divisiveness among members, following the release of the findings of an independent investigation by an outside law firm. “If I was an employee, I would be fired immediately,” trustee Lance Redmon […]]]>
KATY, Texas (KTRK) — Two school board administrators were publicly reprimanded Thursday night during a special Katy ISD school board session.

The meeting sparked divisiveness among members, following the release of the findings of an independent investigation by an outside law firm.

“If I was an employee, I would be fired immediately,” trustee Lance Redmon said.

“What you hear tonight is their effort to silence you and me,” administrator Dawn Champagne told a group of supporters in attendance.

This all comes from former Katy High School quarterback Bronson McClelland. In 2019, McClelland was disciplined for using the N-word in a video posted online.

SEE ALSO: College Football Player Katy HS Facing Discipline After Racist Video: Katy ISD

He and his family have publicly apologized.

“I’m not trying to justify my use of the word. I shouldn’t use the word. I haven’t used the word since then,” the teen previously told ABC13.

But he says Katy ISD’s public discipline has cost him scholarships and other opportunities. A year later, during his senior season at Katy High School, he was kicked off the team when Katy ISD said marijuana was found in his car.

His family says it was a product similar to CBD oil. The McClellands have filed several lawsuits, criminal and civil, against the district and the administrators of Katy High School.

And throughout those legal battles, school board chairman Greg Schulte said two trustees, Champagne and Leah Wilson, had inappropriate communication with the football player‘s father, Colburn.

SEE ALSO: Former Katy Tigers star Bronson McClelland wants football team back after racist video

“Laws and ethical standards have definitely been violated,” administrator Ashley Vann said.

In November 2021, the school board engaged an independent law firm to investigate potential communications between board members and complainants, which were not disclosed to Katy ISD’s General Counsel.

The law firm’s findings indicate that Champagne “believed that engaging in ongoing communication with CM would improve her chances of being re-elected and moving into a leadership role on the board.”

But at the school board meeting, Champagne hit back, saying, “It’s an ongoing effort to diminish my community involvement and prevent me from understanding the issues from your perspective.”

“They don’t want me to argue with people who don’t agree with them,” she said.

The findings also accuse trustee Leah Wilson of receiving emails and text messages from Colburn. Outside attorneys say the two women may have violated the law prohibiting the destruction of public information.

They are accused of deleting text messages and emails from Colburn McClelland on their personal devices. But after spending around $30,000 and more than four months on the investigation, at least one administrator has come out critical.

“This process has been a diversion from what we’re supposed to do, take care of children,” Rebecca Fox said.

Champagne was stripped of her role as council secretary after the council voted to reassign that role. Duke Keller was named the new secretary.

Wilson declined to comment.

A spokesperson for Katy ISD said it was unclear whether the council would pursue a criminal investigation.

The attorney representing the McClelland family, Keith Donati, sent the following statement:

KISD has a habit of hiding behind its government immunity and an unlimited budget. Apparently a few board members disagreed with their mishandling of my clients’ case, took a stand and opposed the administration of KISD. As a result, two of these board members were retaliated against at last night’s meeting. My clients are a strong and courageous family and appreciate board members who are willing to take a stand against lies and injustice. We are currently involved in litigation in federal and state courts. As the depositions of the KISD defendants are completed, which will be recorded on audio and video, we will be happy to make them available to the media and the general public. The misbehavior of some KISD administrators will be obvious to all. We remain confident that when all the facts come to light, the public will finally have a clear idea of ​​how far KISD will go to protect themselves from unlawful and inappropriate treatment of a student.

When reached by phone, Bronson McClelland’s mother, Angie McClelland, said her son is “doing the best he can with the hand he’s been dealt”. She told ABC13 he thrives at a University of Texas where he’s captain of the football team and on the Dean’s Honor List. She declined to say where Bronson McClelland is currently registered.

For more on this story, follow Shelley Childers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Ex-footballer convicted of carfentanil overdose death of star athlete https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ex-footballer-convicted-of-carfentanil-overdose-death-of-star-athlete/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 15:21:36 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ex-footballer-convicted-of-carfentanil-overdose-death-of-star-athlete/ HOUSTON, TX – A 27-year-old Katy resident and former football star at both Cinco Ranch High School and Rice University has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing a deadly synthetic opioid, the state reported. American lawyer Jennifer B. Lowery. Stuart Mouchantaf pleaded guilty on February 20, 2020. At that time, he admitted to distributing […]]]>

HOUSTON, TX – A 27-year-old Katy resident and former football star at both Cinco Ranch High School and Rice University has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing a deadly synthetic opioid, the state reported. American lawyer Jennifer B. Lowery.

Stuart Mouchantaf pleaded guilty on February 20, 2020. At that time, he admitted to distributing carfentanil to a former Rice University football star with NFL aspirations which led to his death.

Today, US District Judge Sim Lake ordered Mouchantaf to serve a total of 144 months in federal prison, followed immediately by three years of probation. During the hearing, the court heard statements from the mother, sister and father of the victim. In passing sentence, the court noted that the case was one of the most difficult cases it had heard. He added that the sentence was necessary to promote general deterrence of crime and respect for the law as well as just punishment for the offence.

In March 2018, a Rice University student failed to show up for football practice. Authorities responded to the 1900 block of Norfolk where they found the body. They pronounced him dead at the scene. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences performed an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be the toxic effects of carfentanil.

The investigation revealed that Mouchantaf had provided the victim with pills containing carfentanil, which ultimately led to his death.

Mouchantaf was a former soccer player and captain of Rice’s soccer team. A native of the Houston area, Mouchantaf had played football at Cinco Ranch High School before dating Rice.

Mouchantaf has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a US Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Houston Police Department led this portion of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF) investigation as part of Operation Be That Guy with the assistance of the Department of United States Postal Inspection, Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Corley and Robert Stabe prosecuted the case.

The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach focused on intelligence, which leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks. Additional information about the OECDTF program is available on the Department of Justice’s OECDTF webpage.

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Northern Colorado Hailstorm Football Club announce preseason schedule – Greeley Tribune https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/northern-colorado-hailstorm-football-club-announce-preseason-schedule-greeley-tribune/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 02:31:13 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/northern-colorado-hailstorm-football-club-announce-preseason-schedule-greeley-tribune/ It’s almost time for professional football to begin in Windsor with Northern Colorado Hailstorm Football Club’s preseason kicking off at the end of the month. Hailstorm will face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on February 26 in a closed game to start its first season, just 10 days after the players showed up for official practices. […]]]>

It’s almost time for professional football to begin in Windsor with Northern Colorado Hailstorm Football Club’s preseason kicking off at the end of the month.

Hailstorm will face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on February 26 in a closed game to start its first season, just 10 days after the players showed up for official practices.

The team will face the Switchbacks again in April in the second round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in Colorado Springs, which runs from April 5-7. The final date and time have not been set and will be announced later.

Additionally, Hailstorm will take on Peak XI FC at Centaurus High School in Louisville on March 18. The team will next face Rapids 2, the MLS Next Pro organization of the Colorado Rapids, on March 20 at Jackson Stadium at the University of Northern Colorado.

Both games will be free to all fans, although they are encouraged to donate to the United for Boulder County Wildfire Fund. The fund will support communities that remain impacted by the Marshall Fire, which began Dec. 30. Fans can donate before games or on game days.

Hailstorm FC will begin the USL One regular season on the road on April 9 against the Richmond Kickers. The first home game is scheduled for June 8 when the North Carolina Football Club comes to town.

Additional ticket information, as well as schedules for the remaining pre-season matches, can be found at ailstormfc.com.


Current pre-season schedule

February 26 – Colorado Springs Switchbacks
3 p.m.
Weidner Field, Colorado Springs
Closed door

March 5 – New Mexico United
12 p.m.
Mesa del Sol Training Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tickets

March 18 – Peak XI
7:30 p.m.
Centaurus High School, Louisville
Free participation

March 20 – Colorado Rapids 2
3 p.m.
Jackson Stadium, Greeley
Free participation

March 25 – Regis University
To be determined
Jackson Stadium, Greeley
Free participation

March 29 – Harpos
Time and place TBA
Free participation

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Cambria communities mourn death of 16-year-old hockey and football player | News https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/cambria-communities-mourn-death-of-16-year-old-hockey-and-football-player-news/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/cambria-communities-mourn-death-of-16-year-old-hockey-and-football-player-news/ JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Even off the ice, Maverick Baker had a knack for leading the Johnstown Warriors traveling hockey team, his longtime coach Chris Glessner said. Midway through a championship three years ago, Baker’s teammates found themselves anxious and uncomfortable in a Detroit locker room moments before facing a formidable foe, Glessner recalled. “At one […]]]>

JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – Even off the ice, Maverick Baker had a knack for leading the Johnstown Warriors traveling hockey team, his longtime coach Chris Glessner said.

Midway through a championship three years ago, Baker’s teammates found themselves anxious and uncomfortable in a Detroit locker room moments before facing a formidable foe, Glessner recalled.

“At one point the stage seemed too big for them, Maverick stood up, and I thought he was going to make a speech. But instead he started dancing – skates, his hair flying and a big smile Glessner said, “Within seconds the tension was gone. Everyone was nodding, singing along with him.”

Then, Glessner recalled, “he goes out and scores a hat trick to win it.”

It’s memories like this that the sporting communities of Johnstown and North Cambria clung to on Saturday after the 16-year-old’s sudden death.

Baker was a Northern Cambria High School football and baseball player who also skated for the Bishop McCort Catholic and Johnstown Warriors hockey teams.

Crimson Crushers coach John Bradley was among many area hockey coaches and programs who paid tribute to Baker on social media. Bradley’s post featured a collage of photos of the teenager in his No.88 shirt and the words ‘We will miss you’.

The Northern Cambria football team shared an image on social media of Baker taking a transfer for a win around a pursuit player from Meyersdale last fall.

Northern Cambria football coach Sam Shutty said he first met Baker when the teenager was in eighth grade. His “unforgettable smile”, selfless attitude and drive to succeed were unmistakable, Shutty said.

On the field last fall, the sneaky running back earned regular playing time for the Colts as a sophomore.

“But you could tell he wanted more,” Shutty said, recalling how Baker always found a way to make time in the weight room, even logging ice time each week for two hockey teams.

“He was successful in everything he did, and he will be truly missed,” Shutty said.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Maine Nordiques at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial, the Johnstown Tomahawks held a moment of silence for Baker and Joe Letizia, the father of Johnstown Tomahawks coach Mike Letizia, who died on January 19. A video tribute was played for Baker.

“Please join us in sending our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Shell and Baker families,” the NAHL club wrote in a Facebook tribute. “RIP 88.”

Glessner, who said he’s known Baker since he was 6, said his teammates and the local hockey community are “heartbroken” by Baker’s passing.

Glessner hosted a team breakfast on Saturday morning to allow players and coaches to grieve and share memories.

Officials at Northern Cambria Catholic School and Bishop McCort also contacted pupils to let them know support was available.

“You never expect to lose someone that young,” said Shutty, who met his team at a restaurant on Saturday to speak to them during the “tragic” moment. “Right now it’s about letting these kids know that we’re all here for each other.”

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FORMER UCLA FOOTBALL PLAYER WITH MBA LAUNCHES SPORTS AGENCY FOR WORLD CLASS ATHLETES https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ucla-football-player-with-mba-launches-sports-agency-for-world-class-athletes/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 15:15:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ucla-football-player-with-mba-launches-sports-agency-for-world-class-athletes/ Trae Smith, founder of the Powerhause agency Powerhaus agency founder Trae Smith on his college football days Powerhaus Agency Founder Trae Smith Plays for UCLA THE 27-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER COMBINES A LONG COMPETITIVE ATHLETIC CAREER, SOLID ACADEMIC DEGREES AND EXPERTISE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT My job is to help maximize my clients’ time and compensation playing professional […]]]>

Trae Smith, founder of the Powerhause agency

Powerhaus agency founder Trae Smith on his college football days

Powerhaus Agency Founder Trae Smith Plays for UCLA

THE 27-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER COMBINES A LONG COMPETITIVE ATHLETIC CAREER, SOLID ACADEMIC DEGREES AND EXPERTISE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT

My job is to help maximize my clients’ time and compensation playing professional sports, and to invest wisely so that they are financially prepared for decades to come.

—Trae Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, Feb. 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Trae Smith, a former college football player turned business and career advisor with an undergraduate degree in international development from UCLA and a MBA from Pepperdine University, launched a talent agency for world-class athletes. The Powerhaus agency will be based in Los Angeles.

Initially focusing on football players, Smith believes the combination of his personal high-level playing experience, business education, wealth management experience and real estate license puts him in a unique position to guide players, not just when they’re playing the game, but for the rest of their lives.

“Most people might be surprised to learn that the average seniority for a player in the NFL is only 3.3 years,” Smith explained. “My job is to help maximize my clients’ time and compensation playing professional sports, and to invest wisely so that they are financially prepared for decades to come.”

Smith, a Los Angeles resident who served as both a quarterback and wide receiver for the NCAA’s UCLA while also being on the athletic director’s honor roll, launched his own football career at Birmingham High School, a charter high school in Lake Balboa, where he was named an offensive player. of the year.

Similar to unstoppable Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Smith was also a baseball player before focusing on football and caught the eye of local scouts while coaching his local community college team before moving on. go up to the University of California at Los Angeles. Instead of following Mahomes into the NFL, Smith decided his background, experience and personality were better suited for mentorship and advocacy in the game he loves.

“I think it’s a huge competitive advantage to have played this game because I can immediately empathize with my clients while helping them focus on the big picture, including philanthropy,” Smith said. .

The leadership skills required of an agent are nothing new to Smith, who while at Santa Monica Community College not only led his football team to its first undefeated season in 35 years, but also found the time to start “Generation of the Future”, a group of university students focused on organizing educational and fitness events for underprivileged youth from kindergarten through eighth grade.

For this group, the business-minded Smith was savvy enough to strike partnerships with UNICEF, Nike, Domino’s Pizza and the Boys and Girls Club, and was able to increase membership by more than 500% in three months. and the organization’s financial reserves by 300%. before moving to UCLA. To date, Smith remains a consultant with Generation of the Future and has also volunteered with the Westside Children’s Center, Reading to Kids, Special Olympics, and The Midnight Mission shelter for the homeless.

Prior to launching PowerHaus Agency, Smith also had ongoing relationships with Morgan Stanley for wealth management, brokerage firm Compass for real estate investing, his alma maters from UCLA and Pepperdine, and the Sigma Pi fraternity, where Smith was president of his pledge class. Smith believes this holistic approach to a player’s life, both on and off the pitch, is what will allow Powerhaus to succeed.

“Anyone in life could use a mentor, especially someone who has experienced the same challenges of a fledgling athletic career,” Smith concludes. “My job is to help my clients realize their dreams and plan for the future while giving back to their communities.”

For more information on Powerhaus Agency and Trae Smith, visit his profile on LinkedIn.

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