Letter to the editor: A devastating injury does not rule out hope

first_imgTo the editor: Tracy, I read your story on the Crusaders Boys win over Kingman and you are so correct we have a team this year (see story here). I wish them the best and will be cheering for them all the way.I also read your report on the Lady Crusaders. You made mention of the devastating season ending injury to Caitie Williams. Devastating is not even close to the words I would like to yell to the world right now! But in the words of Paul Harvey, “Here’s the rest of the story”!Tracy, as you have been covering Wellington sports for several years now you as well as many others were waiting for this 2014-2015 basketball season to get here. As a father I dreamed of the day when my daughter would get the starting nod to show case her talents for all to see. Caitie has been playing basketball since the second grade. Caitie has always been a team player; she is a hard charging, takes control, always following the coaches’ instructions kind of player. When a team mate is having a bad night Caitie would offer words of encouragement. When a team mate was sick or injured and could not make the game she would go see them after the game and give them a game summery.Thursday night’s opening game was to be her shining moment, her time to lead the Lady Crusaders to victory, the start of her senior year.Never in my life would I ever imagine my daughter receiving a knee injury but for it to happen twice in a High School career is just unfair. Caitie worked so hard in the off season with weights, running, attending two basketball camps, plus the WHS summer league. Caitie pushed herself harder than you can imagine so hard at one point both myself and Coach Adams told her to slow down! But Caitie would replay, “it is either going hold or break” and we are going to find out now give me the damn ball!After a successful summer of hard training and a good conditioning with WHS Cross Country Team she was ready for basketball. Basketball practice begins and we would talk about the team and how Coach Adams is going to build it, which is going to be the go to girl and how the sophomore and freshman are going have to step up.We talked about the schedule and Caitie told me she felt the team can go far this year even though they are young.  With most of the teams loosing girls the only team that she was worried about is Andale. Caitie told me those Indians are going down we just got to work hard and find there week spot!When the bracket was published Caitie told me Wellington is playing Sterling in the first round. I asked her if she was nervous, she said nah we got this Dad! So with a new #13 uniform (first ever) and her team mates she headed to the Kingman Classic. On my way to the tournament I stopped at Hibbet Sports to buy her a new knee sleeve. Caitie does not like the scar left from the surgery on her left knee. So she hides it and if she goes down on her left knee it gives some cushion on the scar area.Game time, Caitie meets with the referees and then the moment has come that every parent has waited years for the player introductions. I look at Caitie and she gives me a wink and a smile as her name is called she runs out on the court.On the tip off Sterling gets the ball takes it down for a shot and it is no good. Crusaders rebound and go the other way for a quick strike and it’s a miss Sterling ball. Back to the other end of the court Sterling pass to the wing there is a tip and the ball is going out of bounds. Out of know where comes Caitie flying through the air like a ninja and slaps the ball back in bounds. I look down at my score card and hear the whistle blow as the gym goes silent. I look up and see Caitie hugging the wall tears pouring down her face. Oh my god, no!I left the stands and walked to Caitie were I could see she was holding her right leg off the ground and I am thinking she rolled her ankle? The coaching staff was hugging her telling her it’s going to be okay. I asked her what happened and she told me she felt it pop! What popped, I asked? She says my right knee! As her knee was not swelling and she was able to walk on it I remained optimistic.The following day a visit to the doctor’s office and a MRI later her mother called me with the heart breaking news, torn ACL and meniscus her season is over. All day my phone was blowing up with text messages from people wanting to know about Caitie, how she doing and can she play? In true Caitie fashion she told me not to say anything to anyone because she did not want her team mates to know. All she wanted them to do was concentrate on winning the game to build their confidence. That is a true leader!Here is an interesting fact about the Kingman Classic. It was December 5, 2012, when Caities left knee went down playing on the same court in the same corner of the court playing against the same team, Sterling! Caitie had been in the game less than two minutes on both injuries. Caitie calls it the Kingman Curse!So what is Caitie going to do now? Caitie is still very much a part of the team and like she did the last time will go to every practice and every game help out where she can on and off the court. The knee will get repaired as soon as possible and the road to recovery will begin. She will continue planning for graduation and keep checking out colleges. Will Caitie play basketball at the college level, who knows? Things happen for a reason in life and although we may never find out why this happened to Caitie one thing is for sure she is destined for greatness.Now you know the rest of the story.Steve WilliamsFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Love you Caitie Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Red Day · 294 weeks ago Great story and this young lady will always be a winner in my heart. Hang in there better things on the horizon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan · 294 weeks ago I don’t know this Wellington girl, but everything that was said about her can also be said about Darin Ward of Caldwell. A lot of people were looking so forward to both the Ward boys playing together this year. He can shoot 3’s like nobody else. These types of injuries are so disappointing but to happen in both your junior and senior year is just devastating to a true competitor. Best of luck to all the Sumner County basketball teams this year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Andrea Day · 293 weeks ago As Caitie’s neighbor and friend, I know how hard she has worked. Many hours of practice on my driveway and many more that I don’t even know about. And always does it with determination and a smile. Agree with Steve wholeheartedly, Caitie is a young, beautiful woman who is destined and will achieve greatness. Report Reply 0 replies · active 293 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Liverpool’s Salah is the idol of his Egyptian village

first_imgWhile the house of the player’s father, Salah Ghali, resembles others in the village, it was quieter: no-one was looking out of an open window, and no clothes hung from the house.The village has been the focus of huge media interest as Salah has risen to stardom, but family members at his house in Nagrig refused to talk to reporters “out of respect for his wishes”.– Gruelling daily journey –Salah’s journey, figuratively as well as literally, was anything but easy.“His talent clearly showed from the beginning,” said Ghamri Abdel-Hameed el-Saadani, who was the juniors coach at the Nagrig Youth Centre, where Salah started training at the age of eight.Still, Salah’s success is not just due to his talent, “it’s also a product of a will of steel, effort, and determination”, said Saadani.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 On Wednesday his talent will be on show in the Champions League as Liverpool tackle Porto.Mohamed Abdel-Gawad, 12, gazes in admiration at the three-storey house where Salah was born and raised, which overlooks a narrow dirt road like most of the houses in the village, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Cairo.“I hope to be like Mohamed Salah when I grow up,” Abdel-Gawad told AFP.“Mohamed Salah has become a professional player because of his ethics and humbleness.”In Nagrig as well as in Basyoun, the closest town, the youth centres were renamed after the Egyptian star.Fully aware that his success has become an inspiration for children in Egypt and Africa more widely, Salah addressed them in his acceptance speech when he won the African player of the year accolade in January, telling them: “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing.” Mohamed SalahCairo, Egypt | AFP | Deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player.Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool — his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season.Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key role in leading Egypt to the World Cup finals in Russia later this year.last_img read more

Mayweather dominates Mosley, stays unbeaten

first_imgMASTERFUL PERFORMANCE—“Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, connects against “Sugar” Shane Mosley during their WBA welterweight boxing match May 1, in Las Vegas. by Tim DahlbergAssociate Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP)—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is usually content to just win a fight. This time, though, Money Mayweather wanted to earn his cash.Fighting more aggressively than usual, Mayweather overcame a near knockdown in the second round Saturday night to dominate the rest of the way and win a lopsided 12-round decision over Shane Mosley in their welterweight showdown.“I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see, a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather said. “It wasn’t the same style for me but I wanted to be aggressive and I knew I could do it.” Boxing’s biggest box office draw remained undefeated in 41 fights, but not before giving his fans and his corner a scare when a right hand to the side of his head buckled his knees a minute into the second, and he had to grab Mosley to avoid going down. Mosley landed another right later in the round, but the rest of the night belonged to Mayweather.If he didn’t please everyone, it was because he couldn’t knock out Mosley. But Mayweather won every minute of every round after the second and the normally defensive-minded fighter kept after Mosley until the final bell in a masterful performance that earned him every dollar of his guaranteed $22.5 million payday.“I think we could have pressed the attack a lot earlier, and then we could have got the knockout,” Mayweather said.Fighting before a star-studded crowd that included Muhammad Ali, Mayweather never came close to dropping Mosley, but landed so many more punches that the outcome wasn’t in doubt past the middle rounds. He had an answer for everything Mosley tried to do, landing right hands to the head seemingly at will as the fight progressed.By the end of the night, Mayweather had put so many rounds in the bank that the only question was whether he would stop Mosley or be content to win a lopsided decision. Mayweather kept moving forward and continued to press the issue in a fight that wasn’t in doubt.Two ringside judges scored it 119-109 for Mayweather, while the third had it 118-110. All had him winning every round past the second.The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 117-110.Ringside punch statistics were as one-sided as the scorecards. They showed Mayweather landing 208 of 477 punches to 92 of 452 for Mosley.Mayweather made Mosley look every bit his 38 years as he landed sharp punches to his head, dominating a fighter who had vowed to turn the bout into the fight of the decade. Mosley tried his best, but couldn’t match the speed of the 33-year-old Mayweather, who grew more comfortable with each passing round.Mosley was a substitute for Manny Pacquiao, who was all but signed to meet Mayweather until a dispute over drug testing derailed the megafight. Instead, Pacquiao beat Joshua Clottey on March 13 in Dallas and is campaigning for a seat in Congress in his native Philippines.“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said. “If not, no fight.”Pacquiao, who watched the fight in the Philippines, told Manilla radio station DZBB that he would agree to blood testing, but only if it is not taken within 24 days of the fight. That is basically the same stance that derailed the fight the first time around.“For me, as long as the drug test is not done close to the match, I’ll agree because if they’ll get blood from me close to the match, it will be a disadvantage for me because I’m smaller and he’s big,” Pacquiao said.Mosley almost ruined a lot of Mayweather’s best-laid plans when he landed the big right hand in the second that brought the fans at the MGM Grand Arena to their feet. They chanted “Mosley! Mosley!” as he followed Mayweather around the ring, landing another good right hand before the bell rang to end the round.“It’s a contact sport, and you’re going to get hit,” Mayweather said. “But when you get hit, you suck it up and keep on fighting. That’s what I did. I’m happy we finally had a chance to fight. This is a fight the fans have been looking forward to for a long time, and they deserve it.”Mosley’s second-round flourish was his last hurrah. Mayweather came out in the third and began landing some shots of his own, while Mosley couldn’t find his mark.“I caught him with my big right hand and I tried to move around but by that time he was too quick and I was too tight,” Mosley said. “After the right hand I thought I needed to knock him out and I needed to do it sooner than later. But I couldn’t adjust and he did.”Mosley said he thought the 15-month layoff since his last fight hurt him, as did a stiff neck. But Mayweather had a lot to do with his ineffectiveness, too, fighting his fight and refusing to allow Mosley to dictate the pace.Mosley’s corner kept imploring the fighter to throw his jab more and fight his way inside, but Mosley was content to try to load up to hurt Mayweather with a big punch that didn’t come.“You can’t wait for one big shot, you’ve got to wake up,” Mosley’s trainer told him after the seventh round.By the 10th round, Naazim Richardson was even more frantic, telling Mosley he needed a knockout.Mayweather, who earned $2,500 in his pro debut 14 years ago, was guaranteed $22.5 million but probably will end up with much more once the final pay-per-view buys are added up. Mosley was guaranteed $7 million, and also had a share in the television revenues.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img:10 I told ya a couple of times and I’ll tell you again. It just doesn’t get any better than “Remember The Titans.” Denzel at his best! :09 Sorry Ladies I am gonna zone you out right here. Here’s your Top 10 sports movies of all time: 1. “When We Were Kings” (Ali vs. Forman), 2. “Remember The Titans” 3. “Raging Bull” 4. “Rocky I” 5. “Enter The Dragon” 6. “Bingo-Long and His Traveling All-Stars” (cause I was in it), 7. “Ali” (Will Smith) 8. “The Longest Yard” (the first one) 9. “Slap Shot” 10. “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. “Note: If you don’t like my list send me yours “Champion Enterprise, 412 Springdale Dr., Suite 33, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235. :08 Venus and Serena are healthy and they’re back…that’s all you need to know.:07 Speaking of tennis, and I was. If you don’t know by now you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you haven’t taken your kids to the “free” Highland Park Tennis Association Tennis Clinics. Every Saturday morning at the Highland Park Tennis Courts all you have to bring is you. The racquets, balls and coaches are there for you…yea you…eight to 80. And it’s free…c’mon man! “Tennis Everyone.”:06 U.S. Ladies Soccer Team is playing and the Men’s Soccer Team lost to Mexico. That’s all I got. Oh shut-up…that’s two more things than you knew about soccer and you know it?:05 In case you haven’t noticed your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. You take two out of three from the Boston Red Sox and you’re for real. A shout out to my man Chaz Kellum at the Pirates front office. Thanks for the support. Champions Nite at the game on July 5. Couldn’t have done it without you!!!:04 This is a big…huge…major shout-out to one of Pittsburgh’s finest and I do mean fine. To Michelle Goodman, my long time friend and supporter but more importantly one of Pittsburgh first ever Black models and was bad, broke down all kinds of barriers. Still showcasing her special talents by teaching others the fine art of being fine. If you want to step up your game on how to act, what to do, and where to do it, especially you athletes that can’t put a sentence together…sorry City League, if the ghetto fits just wear it! Hey I’m just kidding, lighten up a little, just having fun—ya’ll can read this though can’t ya??? Anyway call Michelle Goodman’s Studio at 724-656-0321 or the website www.image#1workshop.com or trymern@aol.com—what’s up New Castle? Used to love hoopin’ with ya’ll in the summer back in the day with my main man Ron Hunt and the crew.:03 “Slade” and “Bump” still working on the team records for the Connie Hawkins League. Sit tight…I wanna get it right! I don’t want anybody to get cheated like I was. “The Don’s Forever.”:02 Hey ex-ballers, when you’re near the fire station on Homewood and Braddock stop in and say hi to one of the city’s great in-the-paint men and rebounders…why do you think they called him “Bump Lewis”!!!:01 If you’re reading this now you should be getting ready for the First Friday Par-Tay at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville this Friday July 1. Line Dancing starts at 8 p.m. Par-Tay goes on until 2 a.m. You must be 30 years and older. I.D. will be checked. Starring D.J. Ez-E…one of the city’s great old school D.J.’s. Cash bar, cash kitchen, $10 donation at the door benefits Champions 36th Annual Connie Hawkins Summer Youth Development Basketball League.“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 I said 36th Annual Connie Hawkins League mmmaaaannnn…and still doing it. But now with the middle school boys only. “Going back to the future…to work with the future! “Saving lives one child at a time!!!” Call me if you have a middle school player 412-628-4856.“GAME JUST STARTING” BILL NEALlast_img read more