Submitted by Olympic National ForestThe Christmas season is fast approaching and you are invited to visit beautiful Olympic National Forest to enjoy the winter splendor and cut your own Christmas tree. “You-Cut” Christmas tree permits are available from now until December 24 at various locations around the Olympic Peninsula. The permits cost $5.00 each and credit cards are now accepted as well as cash and checks.Permits are available during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, with special weekend hours at some locations. The permits are valid only in specified areas of Olympic National Forest. Maps and a list of cutting locations will be provided with each permit sale.Please contact your local office for hours and additional information, as well as for current road and weather conditions. Please be prepared to drive in winter conditions, wear warm clothing, and bring extra food and water. Note that all offices will be closed on November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.Olympic National Forest Headquarters in Olympia (360-956-2300)Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene (360-765-2200)Pacific Ranger District Office in Quinault (360-288-2525)Hoodsport Visitor Information Center (360-877-2021)Forks Visitor Information Center (360-374-6522) Facebook54Tweet0Pin0
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rotary Club of West OlympiaAfter 23 years of providing more than $275,000 in college scholarships to 331 Thurston County student athletes, Rotary Club of West Olympia is retiring the Dick Nichols Scholarship program.“This is a difficult decision given the success and impact of this communitywide event; however, we believe it is a good time for our club to shift gears and focus our efforts on serving students and our community in new ways,” said Dan Young, West Olympia Rotary president. “The award was established and named after former Thurston County Commissioner Dick Nichols, a longtime announcer for high school sports, who has since retired. Students receiving the scholarship were recognized for their athletic achievements, outstanding academics and community volunteerism.“This program was a great partnership between our seven local high schools (Black Hills, Capital, North Thurston, Olympia, River Ridge, Timberline, and Tumwater); all the Rotary Clubs in Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey; and many local business sponsors,” Young said. “This was truly a unique community collaboration and we are so grateful for all the support we received from so many people and organizations over the years.”West Olympia Rotary will continue its long tradition of awarding scholarships to Capital High School students and has a new dueling pianos fundraiser, which will celebrate its second anniversary on Friday, January 24, 2020.The dueling pianos event will be held at South Puget Sound Community College, Lacey Campus from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and will raise funds for local nonprofits. For more information contact Rocco Turpin at (360) 943-2191.
Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@domcalvertlewin)Advertisement 2381e6bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsamxe7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewog( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uvjWould you ever consider trying this?😱aoCan your students do this? 🌚9ambRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the age of internet, footballers have been subjects of crazy photoshops. Fans, news outlets and sometimes even the clubs themselves indulge in editing their players with bizarre ideas. But, Everton forward Dominic Calvert Lewin has eclipsed everybody. Why, you ask? He edited six pack abs on his stomach all by himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@domcalvertlewin)The 22 year old attacker scored a brace last Saturday as the Toffees thrashed Chelsea FC 3-1 at home. He was seen celebrating with kissing the club badge on his jersey, which exposed his tummy.On his official Instagram @domcalvertlewin, the England under 21 international posted a picture, where he is seen flaunting his abs after netting one in against the blues. Check it out below-Advertisement Now, compare this picture with Calvert Lewin doing the same, but this time from the club’s official Instagram account-You got caught, Dominic!Although supporters and teammates were going gaga over the imaginary abs on the player’s post, everybody noticed Everton’s version of the same photo, and were able to detect the crazy photoshop.A Sheffield United youth, Calvert Lewin arrived at Goodison Park in 2016, after two loan spells at Northern Premier League side Stalybridge Celtic and EFL League Two clubNorthampton Town. He was also called up for the England under 21 line up in 2017, after a year with the under 20 team.Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Lampard’s side has brought the spirit back in the team, following their 5-2 rout against Liverpool on 5th December at the Anfield stadium.The game saw a 5th minute opener from club superstar Richarlison, before Calvert Lewin made it 2-0 by the 49th minute. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovačić scored the solo in the 52nd minute, but Dominic gave the hosts their final score in the 84th minute.Soon after the match, the forward revealed to BT Sport that the brace was dedicated to the club’s current interim manager Duncan Ferguson.“It was a massive win for us and obviously for Dunc, he loves the club. I’ve got a very close relationship with him, I’m happy to score two goals in this big occasion,” he told reporters.Ferguson, who is a club legend, was appointed at the helm after Marco Silva was sacked after the Liverpool game.With 17 points from 5 games, Everton are down in the 16th position in the league table. Advertisement
Advertisement 2mmNBA Finals | Brooklyn VslpvmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E671jk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kbqc3Would you ever consider trying this?😱12wbhCan your students do this? 🌚1qb6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly sat down for a chat in his hometown, Kolkata where he talked about India and Pakistan’s relationship in the cricketing world and also spoke about Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s retirement plans. While the public and fans are questioning about India playing Pakistan during this stressful time, Sourav quickly laid all the questions to rest after he revealed that the decision to play Pakistan is not in his hands. The decision lies entirely in the hands of the Government. If the Government decides that India will play a match with Pakistan, then they have no choice but to do as they are told.Advertisement Regarding MS Dhoni’s retirement, the former India team captain is currently enjoying his time off the field. While his retirement rumours are increasing day by day, the cricketer does not seem to be too concerned by it. When Sourav was asked about Dhoni’s plans and when he is going to come back, he replied, “It is up to him, with so much of experience I am sure he knows what’s best for him.” The 38-year-old cricketer has not played a single match after his stint at the World Cup.Advertisement While he did drive his team to victory in the 2011 World Cup, MS Dhoni’s has not been able to keep with young players in the current India team. In the Wolrd Cup held last year, Dhoni received some harsh comments from both fans and critics alike for his performance at the event. The batsman wicketkeeper was known for his batting technique, but his latest performance has fans worried. He was slow in his approach and it was clear to anyone that he was not his best shape. Nevertheless, the cricketer is now enjoying his time with his family and fans may get to hear more from him once he returns from his vacation.Sourav Ganguly was also questioned about last year’s IPL that was riddled with errors and mistakes on the part of the umpires. As the BCCI head, Sourav has decided that this year to keep the same mistakes from happening again, there will be a third umpire who will monitor all the matches.Advertisement 48-year-old Pravin Tambe reacts to being picked up by KKR in the IPL auctionThe Ones That Got Away: A quick look at the unsold players after the end of 2020 IPL Auctions Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AP/BCCIAdvertisement 247eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbwdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Etn2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) v6gWould you ever consider trying this?😱us7aqgCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework While the One Day International and T20 formats have been the go to formats for nascant cricket fans to enjoy the sport, Test cricket has been regaining its lost charm. In the subcontinent, the Team India skipper Virat Kohli’s love for the red ball cricket has been the main factor, as head coach Ravi Shastri said himself. Now, India’s star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara speaks likewise.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/BCCIPujara scored two double centuries in the recent two match Test series against Bangladesh back in November. In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, the player opened up about how much he cherishes the format over white ball cricket.“Times are changing and white-ball cricket has become popular. But Test cricket is always special and it will always remain special. And let us hope it continues for as much time as possible,” Pujara told reporters.Advertisement Despite his age that might slow him down in the fear future, the 31 year old stated that he still prefers Tests over limited overs cricket: “Yes, it would, But your priority is always to play Test cricket as much as possible. It is still a long way to go. Luckily I am young and I still love playing this format.”Pujara, who plays for Saurashtra, Pujara scored an astounding knock of 248 consisting of 24 boundaries and 1 over boundary in the first innings of the match against Karnataka yesterday.Advertisement As India will be heading to New Zealand for their upcoming Test tour next month, Pujara expects his stunning domestic spell is leaving a positive impact: “If you achieve such a thing before such tours, you feel confident and you start trusting your game again.”Pujara continued: “That is because when you are going abroad and you are playing in challenging conditions, you need to trust your game, trust your preparation.”In his 57 Test appearances for the Men in Blues, Pujara has scored 5740 runs, with an impressive batting average of 49.48. With 18 centuries and 24 half centuries to his name, Pujara is also in the top 10 list of the ICC’s Test Batting rankings, securing no. 6th spot with a rating of 791.“It is the right time actually – we are going to New Zealand soon so it is good for the preparation. Whenever you score runs, you are high on confidence and you also get back your rhythm.” Pujara concluded.The Black Caps Test series will kick off on 21st February at the Basin Reserve Cricket Ground in Wellington.Also read-Ravi Shastri heaps praise on Virat Kohli for his endorsement of test cricketCheteshwar Pujara reveals the biggest challenge batsmen will face playing D/N tests with pink ball Advertisement
Greater Van was led by Adam Musil of Delta.Sunday, the Canadian romped to a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back.The scoring was spread through the Canadians roster with Justion Szeto scoring twice in the game.Kootenay, 2-11-1 on the season, is in Castlegar this weekend to host league-leading Vancouver Northwest Giants in a twin bill at the Arena Complex.Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m. The teams return to action Sunday at 10 a.m.The Giants have dropped just one point in 14 games to lead the league by a point over the Cariboo Courgars. However, the Prince George based team has played two more games. The Kootenay Ice took two on the chin from the Greater Vancouver Canadians in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action at the Richmond Oval.The Canadians blasted the Ice 6-1 Saturday and 11-0 Sunday to sweep the series in convincing fashion.Brendan Smith of Nelson from Kimberley’s Coy Prevost early in the final period was the only goal scored for the Ice.
Selkirk, 2013 regular season champs with a 21-3 record, now hosts the University of Victoria in round one of the BCIHL playoffs beginning Friday in Castlegar.Game one begins at 7:30 p.m.Eastern Washington entered the game needing a win combined with a University of Victoria loss to secure the fourth and final place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League playoffs. The Saints jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes on goals by Logan Proulx, Jackson Garrett and Connor McLaughlin, while Nick Redding countered for the Eagles on a power-play.Proulx and Tyler Mort then exchanged markers in the second to send Selkirk up 4-2 heading into the third. Proulx completed his hat trick early in the final frame when he converted a cross ice pass from Garrett with the Saints on a 5-on-3 man-advantage. Kam Crawford and Beau Taylor capped the scoring late in the game. “We were looking for our offence to get back on track after a couple of tough efforts against Eastern and we accomplished that,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”You want to be firing on all cylinders heading into playoffs, so this was a solid performance overall and a good way to cap off the regular season.” Alex Sirard picked up his 13th win of the season in net for Selkirk, stopping 25 shots on the night. Jason Greenwell, who had stoned the Saints on the road a night earlier, was busy throughout and allowed seven goals on 54 shots. Selkirk captain Jordan Wood picked up two assists on the night and wrapped up the BCIHL scoring title with 43 points. Proulx had three goals and an assist Saturday and finished in a tie for second place with UVic forward Shawn Mueller. Game two of the semi final series goes Saturday with Game thre, if necessary, slated for Sunday.SAINTS NOTES: Selkirk handed out their team awards in a pre-game ceremony. The winners were Jordan Wood (MVP), Logan Proulx (Rookie of the Year), Kam Crawford (Top Defenceman), Lucas Hildebrand (Unsung Hero) and Connor McLaughlin/Scott Swiston (Coaches Award). Selkirk College closed out a historic regular season on a high note Saturday, topping Eastern Washington University 7-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action in front of a lively crowd at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Eastern dumped the Saints 4-1 Friday in Cheney, Washington.
“I was a little nervous about the condition of the track today, and she set some fast early fractions, and they were coming off the pace later in the day, but Flavien did a great job, and we got it done.” FLAVIEN PRAT, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “I prefer a fair track. She wasn’t really comfortable on this sloppy track today but she has so much talent that didn’t even matter. Her talent made all the difference.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOE CIAGLIA, PACIFIC HEAT, WINNER: “She won at Del Mar, she won on the grass, she won the dirt, she won going short, she won going long – so she’s very versatile. She’s got a lot of talent. We might wait two months and go to the Acorn Stakes. Before Del Mar starts and we go back to turf, the Acorn is a definite possibility. It’s a nice progression.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Mike Burns; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland. TRAINER QUOTES -30-
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE PEGRAM, PART OWNER OF PRETTY N COOL, WINNER: “She ran nice and we really like the price (she got) too.”“If you look at her work pattern, she was ready to run today and Bobby is pretty good off the layoff.“She looked pretty good today. With this rain, this one was for the love of the game!” NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. MARTIN GARCIA, PRETTY N COOL, WINNER: “She was ready today and I think this is her best distance, six furlongs. She has a lot of natural speed.“She likes to with time in between races and does well when she gets it. It was a tough race today but she was pretty impressive. She came back strong.”TRAINER QUOTES
Kiefer expects the Lions to develop an identity early in his tenure. Kiefer’s hire is pending the approval of the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has been the Lions’ interim head coach since previous head coach Jay Ladner resigned and took the same position at Southern Miss in April. Kiefer started his coaching career as a student manager at Cincinnati and Kansas State, working under coaches Frank Martin, Bob Huggins and Andy Kennedy. In Kiefer’s final season before coming to SLU, he spent a year on Martin’s staff at South Carolina, serving as the director of video services and coordinated Martin’s summer camps. Kiefer’s career also includes stops at Central Florida, Arlington Country Day High School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Maryland. A 2007 graduate of Kansas State, Kiefer earned his master’s degree from Salem International in 2013. Kiefer has been running the program this offseason since Ladner’s departure and is excited to officially take the reins. “We’re pleased to have David Kiefer lead the Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball program,” Artigues commented. “We have steadily improved on and off the court over the past several years and Coach Kiefer has played a large part in that progress. We’re expecting the Lions’ dedication to excellence in competition, in the classroom and in the community to continue under Coach Kiefer’s direction.” Kiefer’s recruiting efforts not only paid dividends for the Lions, but his recruiting classes at two of his previous stops, Northwest Florida State College and Jones County Junior College, provided the foundation for national championships. His lone season at Northwest Florida State saw all eight Raider sophomores sign to play Division I. In addition to overseeing the recruiting efforts that led SLU to post a combined 27-9 conference mark over the past two seasons, one of Kiefer’s primary roles at Southeastern has been his work with the Lion guards. Among Kiefer’s backcourt charges was multi-time All-Southland Conference performer Marlain Veal, who finished his Southland career in March as the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals, as well as the second-leading scorer in school history. “We’re going to put forth maximum effort in everything we do and develop good habits,” Kiefer said. “We will be a tough, defensive-minded team and grow together. The teams that have been successful in our league are the ones who play with the most energy and effort on a consistent basis. We’re going to set that tone and expectation from day one.” Courtesy of Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Media RelationsHAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana University has named David Kiefer the 13th head men’s basketball coach in school history, SLU Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced on Tuesday. “I’m extremely thankful to (university president) Dr. John Crain, Mr. Jay Artigues and our administration for the opportunity to lead the Southeastern men’s basketball program,” Kiefer said. “Coach Ladner left our program in tremendous shape and I’ll always be appreciative to him for bringing myself and my family to Hammond. I’m blessed to have the chance to build on our initial success and am eager to continue to grow our program on and off the court.” Kiefer’s first year as Lion head coach will be his fifth with the SLU program. He has been the program’s associate head coach for the past three seasons after starting as an assistant coach on Ladner’s staff in 2015-16. Kiefer has been Southeastern’s lead recruiter during his tenure, helping the Lions to the 2017-18 Southland Conference championship and the first NIT appearance in program history. Kiefer and his wife, Mia, reside in Hammond with their three children: son, Austin and twin daughters, Kayden and Nola.