Girls’ basketball: Better late than never: Hart rallies for victory

first_imgNEWHALL – For nearly 25 minutes Thursday night, the Hart High of Newhall girls’ basketball team did just about everything it could to lose. The home crowd was prepared to file out. Visiting Perris could taste an upset. The Indians waited until they were down by 11 points two minutes into the fourth quarter before finally showing life, then responded with a ferocious rally which didn’t end until Hart had clinched a 58-53 overtime victory in the second round of the CIF state Div. I regional playoffs. Amanda Ajdari scored five points in the final minute of regulation, including a layup with two seconds left to tie the score at 50-50 and send the game to overtime. Britney Fitchpatrick made a layup to provide Hart its first lead with 3:35 left in overtime, and the No. 5 seed Indians (29-3) finished the game on a 27-9 run. More than 100 Hart fans rushed the court to celebrate the comeback victory. “This is the best thing that has ever happened to me on the basketball court,” said Ajdari, whose 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in regulation closed Hart’s deficit to 50-48. “Tonight was just my night, I guess. I’m proud of everyone on this team for not giving up when it really looked like we were going to lose.” Megan Ford had a team-high 16points for the Indians, while KaLana Inemer (12 points) and Ajdari (11) and Britney Fitchpatrick (10) each scored in double-figures. Hart advances to face top seed Long Beach Poly in Saturday’s Div. I regional semifinal. Long Beach Poly boasts two of the top recruits in the nation, and is the top-ranked team in the state by “I’d like to say we’ve got that (Long Beach Poly) game in the bag,” Hart coach Dave Munroe joked. “But in all honesty, Poly is the best the best team in the state for a reason. To have a shot a beating them, we have to play as hard as we did tonight.” center_img Thursday marked Munroe’s final game coaching in the Hart gym. He is retiring this season after 18 years and nearly 400 victories as the school’s girls’ basketball coach. “What an amazing way to end it. I think I’ll stay here (in the gym) forever,” Munroe said. “This was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone of my starters fought her butt off tonight.” Sophomore guard Kiyana Stamps had a game-high 21 points for No. 12 seed Perris (25-8), which held Hart to a season-low four points in the first quarter. The Panthers took a 18-9 with 6:17remaining in the second quarter after Stamps connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing. The Indians responded with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to 20-19, but Stamps scored 10 second-quarter points as the Panthers took a 30-26 lead into halftime. Perris extended its lead to 44-33 to begin the fourth quarter, when Hart went on its final run. “Did we really outscore them 27-9 after that point? I can’t believe that,” Munroe said. “That means we’re back to playing Hart basketball.” (818) 713-3607 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


first_imgEnjoy the last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal’ today with a festive program of music presented by the dynamic Donegal Camerata String Ensemble.The recital will include a program of music for two violins, cello and double bass from Italy, Russia, Germany, Bohemia and Austria.This last concert takes place at 3pm today at Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny. The Donegal Chamber Music Society closes another successful year with this final recital.Audiences have enjoyed eight recitals in Conwal Parish Church over the year.This year the Music Society brought the 1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival to Glenveagh- a successful weekend of music making by professionals, young musicians and children’s ensembles, directed and inspired by the husband-and-wife team of Victor Yelamo and Orsolya Szabo-Yelamo.The Donegal Chamber Music Society has been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County. The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland.Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for facilitating their concerts in Conwal Church.The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West.They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival.The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny. DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble (Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, Lucia Spacirova, violins; Víctor Yélamo, cello; Michael McGinty. double bass)Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.Programme:Rossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bass Stamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105Tickets can be purchased at the door.Credit. Photo of Donegal Camerata String Ensemble by Paul McGuckin CAMERATA BRINGS FESTIVE SPIRIT TO CONCERT AT CONWAL TODAY was last modified: November 30th, 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:concertconwallast_img read more

Inspired by books and with a respect for nature

first_img“Inspired by books and with a respect for nature” is the mantra of The Library, a unique hotel in the heart of Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui Thailand.Francis Gan, Senior Marketing Manager of The Library, and Sally Morgan of The Unique Tourism Collection hosted a lunch on Tuesday 16 May to present the resort to the media and talk about the 20 new pool villas that will open later this year.Francis Gan, Senior Marketing Manager, The Library, and Sally Morgan, The Unique Tourism CollectionDavid Thompson’s Long Chim in Sydney with its delicious Thai street food menu was the perfect venue for the event.Guests shared several delicious dishes such as beef skewers with cumin, coriander and turmeric, and sour orange curry of ling fish and a spicy duck egg omelette.Koh Samui businessman Mr Kasemtham Sornsong is the owner and Managing Director of The Library. Talented concept designer Ms Tirawan Songsawat helped to create the cool, minimalist spaces with their strict colour palette of grey, white and black with zingy touches of scarlet.The red swimming pool is a talking point. It’s tiled with scarlet, yellow and orange mosaics and seems to glow in the natural tropical surroundings of green velvet lawns and mature trees with pale sand beaches and blue sea beyond.The actual library, the heart of the resort, is a huge space that encourages guests to relax and read. It’s stocked with over 2000 carefully chosen books on many subjects and a collection of 2500 movies and documentaries.Although the theme of the resort is based on classic books and the printed word, guest rooms, villas and suites all have the latest technology and modern fittings.The indoor/outdoor/barbecue restaurant is called The Page. It serves authentic Thai and fusion food and has won many awards.The Library is a member of Design Hotels. The Library Red Poollast_img read more