NECK INJURY Former champions Charlie Smith High will be on the hunt for goals when they face lowly Mona High in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup Group D football match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town today, starting at 3:30 p.m. Charlie Smith have nine points, the same as Waterford High and Holy Trinity High in the group. However, Waterford enjoy a better goal difference ahead of Holy Trinity and Charlie Smith. Mona and Clan Carthy High are in fourth and fifth place, respectively, on one point apiece. With the return games in the preliminary stage set to begin today, Jerome Waite, head coach of Charlie Smith, says the group is competitive for the top spot, so winning the game against Mona by a wide margin is important. “First and foremost, the players have to dig themselves out of the situation. Waterford and Holy Trinity are good teams and that makes the group competitive,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday. “I’m expecting the team to score (many) goals tomorrow (today) as we are currently in third position on goal difference,” he explained. “The Mona team is out of contention, but we can’t take them lightly. We have to go out there in a positive mindset,” Waite added. Charlie Smith will be without first-choice goalkeeper Shamarlee Clayton, who is out for about three weeks because of a neck injury sustained in the team’s 2-0 loss to Holy Trinity last Tuesday. In that game, Clayton was knocked down by a Holy Trinity player. Also, Kemar James was injured in the same game. “It will be a loss as the goalie (Clayton) is very competent. He will be replaced by DeAndre Hutchinson. It is a touch-and-go situation with Kemar James. I’m not sure if he will play,” Waite disclosed. McCauley McIntosh, Mona’s sportsmaster, says the spirit in the team is not high, following three losses and a draw in the first round. “Some of the players (have) lost the spirit of winning, especially the senior ones. The team is in turmoil,” McIntosh disclosed ahead of today’s match. “However, the team gave Charlie a good fight in the first game and promised to also give it their all against them again. I’m expecting another tough game,” he added. In the other Group E game of high interest, joint leaders Waterford and Holy Trinity are engaged in a crucial clash. Waterford edged Holy Trinity 1-0 in the first game two weeks ago. In a Group A encounter, Excelsior High are expected to again get the better of Tarrant High. In the first game, Excelsior drubbed Tarrant 4-0 at Excelsior two weeks ago. Today’s games Tarrant High vs Excelsior High Greater Portmore High vs Tivoli Gardens High Eltham High vs STATHS Holy Trinity vs Waterford Charlie Smith High vs Mona High (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville was recently selected to the Ohio Senate to fill the vacancy created by U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson’s election to Congress. Previously serving the 97th District, Rep. Hill will now represent Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties, as well as portions of Pickaway and Athens counties.As a farmer himself, Rep. Hill has been a good leader and advocate for family farmers in the state. He’s had a sound, science-based approach to issues, and stayed focused on building partnerships among all stakeholders during his tenure as the Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.“We congratulate Rep. Hill on his new position,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association president and Ross County soybean farmer. “We’ve enjoyed working closely with him in the House and look forward to continuing that work with him in the Senate.”House Republicans will now select a successor to Rep. Hill in the 97th District.