Girls’ basketball: Where his Hart belongs

first_imgDave Munroe will remember moments like tonight. After 33 years pacing the sidelines in high school gyms across the Southland, the Hart High of Newhall girls’ basketball coach will remember how the faces of young athletes light up on the basketball court. It’s what Munroe will take with him in the coming months to suburban Denver, where the fiery 57-year-old will retire after becoming one of the most accomplished prep coaches in area history. “It’s something I’m going to miss dearly,” says Munroe, 57, who also teaches driver’s education and health at Hart. “Teaching is my life, and I look at the basketball court as an extension of the classroom. “I’ve been coaching for years, though, and at this stage it’s time for me to try other things in my life.” In his 18 seasons as girls’ basketball coach, Munroe’s record is 383-112. He has gone 86-5 in the Foothill League, winning 15 of 18 league titles. He was named the California Interscholastic Federation coach of the year in 2003, and his team added its second Southern Section title last season. The Indians (27-2) face Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the Southern Section Div. I-A semifinals at 7:30 tonight at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch. “Dave has had a fantastic tenure at Hart as a coach, but his time here has meant much more than that,” Hart football coach and athletic director Mike Herrington said. “His door has always been open to the girls. He has helped them quite a bit, and he has also kicked them in the butt.” Munroe developed a particularly close bond with former standout Taylor Lilley, who transferred from Saugus High to Hart as a sophomore following the sudden death of her father. Under Munroe’s tutelage, Lilley became one of the top 3-point shooters in area history while leading the Indians to the Southern Section title last year. “I have so much to thank Dave for,” said Lilley, now a freshman at Oregon. “He has helped me become the player and the person that I am today, and I really mean that. I always felt that he was willing to do anything for me and the rest of the girls on the team.” Lilley is one of many athletes Munroe has sent to NCAA Division I colleges. The list includes three-time Daily News Player of the Year Ashlee Trebilcock, who recently worked her way into the starting lineup as a sophomore at No. 5-ranked Ohio State. Trebilcock entered Hart as something of a basketball prodigy, having been considered a prize prospect as early as in middle school. Munroe’s passionate coaching style immediately appealed to the shooting guard, and they combined to win four consecutive Foothill League titles from 2002-05. “I always got the same treatment from Dave as everyone else,” Trebilcock said. “He was never afraid to get in my face and yell at me. But I listened to everything he had to say because I respected him. “Dave has better coaching skills than a lot of people coaching at the college level.” Munroe has been offered college coaching jobs at L.A. Valley College and Pasadena City City College. But he prefers the stability at the high school level, where his wife, Jan, has been the team scorekeeper for more than a decade. Munroe’s daughter, Jenny, was a nationally ranked tennis player at Hart, earning herself a college scholarship to the University of Colorado. “In high school, the players come to you,” Munroe said. “College is a whole separate animal. It definitely interested me at one time, but I’ve always been happy at Hart. I have taken a lot of pride in this program.” Valencia coach Jerry Mike considers himself an admirer of Munroe after spending the past eight years fighting to compete with the powerhouse Indians in the Foothill League. Mike admits being disappointed – partially, at least – to see his rival leave. “The selfish part of me will be glad to see him go because he’s such a talented coach,” Mike laughed. “But in reality, it’s saddening because his passion for the game and his attention to detail is something that has improved the level of play out here dramatically.” Munroe has ruled out the idea of being a head coach elsewhere – although the seed already seems to be planted. His daughter is a middle-school teacher in Colorado, and she has already asked if him to help coach the girls’ basketball team there. Munroe accepted, yet he insists his head-coaching days will end when this season ends. In the meantime, Munroe will finish out the playoffs at Hart. He could be around to coach at least one more game, should Hart qualify for next week’s CIF state tournament. Although Munroe would love to make a run at another title, he stopped defining success by wins and losses years ago. “I’ll be going out on top no matter what,” Munroe said. “I’ll always look back at my experience here as a complete success.” [email protected] (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!center_img The wins have made it fun, he admits. So have the championship runs. But Munroe’s job became more than that many years ago, when he realized the type of impact a good coach could make on somebody’s life. It has made all of those long bus rides worth it. last_img read more

Bright Star, Express share spoils in open encounter

first_img Tags: bright stars fcExpress FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Bright Stars are now second on the log (photos by Bright Stars media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBright Stars 1-1 Express Champion Stadium, MwerereTuesday, 13-11-2018MATUGGA – Bright Stars missed a host of chances as they drew 1-1 with Express FC at the Champions Stadium in Mwerere.Unbeaten in their last 5 games going into Tuesday’s fixture, Express took an early lead through Eric Kambale but Brian Kayanja replied before the break for the sides to end the day with a point apiece.The game started with both sides having moments in front of goal which materialized to nothing meaningful.The first real chance of the game came on seven minutes when Bright Stars’ Captain Nelson Ssenkatuka blazed over Dan Bilikwalira’s cross from the left.Three minutes later, Kambale made Ssenkatuka pay for his missed opportunity when the Express striker turned in Ibrahim Kayiwa’s well cut-back cross to put the visitors 1-0 up.A minute after the re-start, the home side had a glorious opportunity to level matters but Kayanja’s shot was expertly pushed away by Tony Kyamera in Express’ goal.With 18 minutes played, Shafic Kaketo brought Kayanja down inside the area but penalty appeals by Bright Stars were waved away by referee Ali Sabira.At the other end, the Red Eagles also saw Sabir wave away a penalty appeal of their own after Badru Nsubuga was bundled over inside the area.Two minutes later, Bilikwalira who was lively on the left all day sent in a delightful cross from the left but Kayanja headed over.The hosts were in control of proceedings,asking all the questions and moments later Mahad Kiseka shot straight at Kyamera after good work by Kayanja.On 27 minutes, Express left back Disan Galiwango went into Sabira’s black book following a foul on Kiseka. From the resulting free-kick, Kayanja again headed over Bilikwalira’s delivery.A minute after the hour mark, Ssenkatuka ran through on goal but failed to find the back of the net as Kyamera dived left to push away the striker’s curling effort.However, the hosts would not be denied again as Kayanja’s ferocious effort from just inside the area found the back of the net following a weak headed clearance by Express Captain Julius Ntambi.Just before the break, the host could have doubled their tally but Ssenkatuka again saw his effort saved expertly by Kyamera who in the process injured himself and would be replaced at the start of the second half by Ronnie Mutebi.At the start of the second half, both teams played more conservatively leaving less room for the other to operate while in the opposing third.On 54 minutes, the home side made their first switch in terms of substitution as Jungu Tadius came on for Kiseka.With little positive impact made even after the introduction of Jungu, the Matugga based side made another substitution as Kokas Opejo replaced Andrew Kaggwa.Opejo nearly made instant impact as he controlled Bilikwalira’s cross two minutes later at the back post but could not find Ssenkatuka while unmarked in the area.The home side continued to press for a winner but Ssenkatuka headed Bilikwalira’s free-kick agonisingly wide on 64 minutes.Express’ best chance of the second half came with 14 minutes to play when Michael Birungi ran through on goal but shot tamely at Hamza Muwonge in the host’s goal.With 10 minutes to play, Bilikwalira sent in a long throw-in which eluded everyone but Ssenkatuka but the striker’s poor show in front of goal continued as he headed over from close range.Like Ssenkatuka earlier, Kayanja had two quick chances in succession to win it for Bright Stars but could not capitalize.First he was played in by Ssenkatuka but could only blaze over and then looked on in dis-belief as his force effort from distance went inches wide of the target.In the end, both sides had settle for a point apiece despite missing several chances.The draw means Bright Stars move into second on the log with 15 points from 8 games while Express now sit 5th after accumulating 13 points.The other SUPL games played on Tuesday:– Mbarara City 1-0 Bul FC– Kirinya JSS 0-0 MaroonsComments last_img read more

Selling for cash prices means leaving money on the table

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCorn yield estimates were reduced, slightly shrinking supply, while harvested acres were unchanged in USDA’s November report.Three weeks ago, I suggested there were demand issues within the USDA’s Feed, Ethanol and Export categories. This week’s report reduced demand in every category and with the ethanol grind and export data under-pacing USDA estimates the past couple months, this was probably justified.The feed category will be difficult to track. I’ve suggested the large wheat supply will likely replace some corn for feed if cash corn values remain strong while cash wheat prices remain at 10-year lows. However, over the last month feed ingredient prices have increased dramatically. Normally these by-products from corn, bean and wheat processing trade at values that encourage some livestock producers to replace corn and/or bean meal in the feed ration. The prices are so high now that many of these by-products should actually be replaced with corn and bean meal. While the amount of grain displaced probably isn’t huge, it could suggest that corn and bean prices might be a little low.The slow and late harvest is helping prices right now because end users have used about 10% of their yearly grind during the 4- to 6-week harvest delay. This creates a 10% increase in their storage capacity and has kept basis values strong and futures from dipping back to $3.50.During last week’s big harvest push across the Midwest for corn there was a pullback in futures and basis levels. Once harvest is complete and bin doors are locked, I wonder how aggressive farmers will be selling at current prices.For beans, there were almost no changes this month. Bean futures have pulled back some, but with harvest nearly over, some processors are getting more aggressive with basis bids. It varies though. My local processor is bidding 12 cents better than last week, but my local coop is only 2 cents better. This kind of spread difference should motivate farmers to get 100% on-farm storage to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities. The December corn basis – Is it a good level to sell?Recently, farmers have been asking about the strong basis levels for December delivery across the Midwest. Following shows recent bids and factors to consider when deciding if and when to set basis.Current basis bids near my farmNov: -16 (Dec)Dec: -7 (Dec)Jan: -16 (Mar)Feb: -15 (Mar)Based upon these numbers alone, December looks to have the best bid. But is it a good sale? Here are some things to consider: SpreadsIt’s important to look at the spread between December corn futures ($3.7725) and March ($3.865), which is currently a 9.25-cent spread. This means I need to take the -7 December bid and subtract the 9.25 cent spread difference to make the bids comparable with the January and February bids. So, the -7 December is actually the same as -16.25 against the March futures, but for December shipment. Spread historical trendsSpreads are about demand in the market. Since 2013 the spread between the December and March futures in the month of November has ranged between 8 and 14 cents. In years with larger corn carryouts (2.1-2.4 billion bushels) the spread trades between 13-14 cents. This is because when there is a lot of grain produced there is less demand and it usually means a wider spread between futures contracts. This is because the market needs someone to hold the grain longer until it’s needed at some point in the future and the market is willing to pay for that to occur.In years with smaller carryouts (1.3-1.7 billion bushels) the spread trades around 8-9 cents. This is caused by a pull in demand to take the grain out of storage sooner. This summer when the market took off to the mid $4s the basis rallied 40 cents and the spreads narrowed significantly. The market wanted all the cash corn it could find and not for it to be stored for later use.Now with current carryout estimates in the middle range (1.9 billion), the market seems to suggest the spread should be trading around 11 cents. While the spread today is trading at closer to 9, by the end of the month it could be closer to 11 cents. If that occurs it would make my local basis bid (shown above) for December delivery worse than the January bid. There is a cost to hold grainThe cost to hold the grain beyond December is determined by taking the operating loan rate of the farm times the value of cash grain divided by 12 months. Assuming a 5% loan rate, and the $3.70 current cash price, it costs 1.54 cents per month to hold grain (5% x 3.70 / 12 = 1.54 cents/mo) at this location. Where will basis values go?Just like futures, it’s hard to predict where basis values will go. There are a lot of external factors impacting basis bids, plus it can vary by location. Still, basis values usually trend higher from harvest until the following summer. Last year from November 1st basis values increased 5 cents by late November and there was another 5-cent increase by late January. If futures don’t rally in the next few months, and farmers wait for better prices, end users may have to increase basis to motivate farmers to sell. There could be another 10-20 cent rally in basis values between now and the end of January. Selling for cash prices means leaving money on the tableMost farmers only focus on cash prices when selling grain, but I find that is almost always a mistake. While futures and basis values make up cash prices, they almost never hit their highs at the same time because they are based upon different market variables. Instead farmers should decide on the best day and price to sell futures, and the best day and price to set basis, independently of each other. However, when deciding the best time to set the basis and move grain, farmers need to look at the spread along with basis bids. Selling for cash is like doing all three trades at the same time and it means leaving money on the table.Even though basis levels right now are the highest since the drought years, it still may not be the best time to set basis. Basis usually improves after harvest through the following summer, but it’s been a very unusual year. If the futures values are range bound the next few months basis values might have to do all the work to pry the grain out of the bins.last_img read more

Wives of two dons battle it out in Siwan

first_imgKavita Singh. | Photo Credit: Amarnath Tewary In conversation with Hena ShahabIt’s 7.30 a.m. and a motley crowd has gathered outside the modest home of imprisoned “Sultan of Siwan” Mohd. Shahabuddin in Pratapur village. Over two dozen SUVs are parked outside. Some of the occupants are sitting beneath trees, while others form a semi-circle on the verandah of the old house. Fully covered in burkha and hijab, Hena Shahab, Shahabuddin’s wife, is standing on the half-closed doorsill and instructing a group about the day’s campaign. Contesting the Lok Sabha poll on an RJD ticket, Ms. Shahab takes some time off to respond to questions.You have become mature now… earlier in the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls you were a contestant with very few words on your lips.Paristhithi sab kuch sikha deti hai (The situation makes you learn everything).This time your fight is against the wife of another don… how do you see the challenge?I don’t see any challenge. And moreover, I do not wish to make any comment on others. I want to focus only on my work and leave the rest to the people of Siwan who know well what my husband has done for them and what others have done.After losing twice, how do you think you’ll win this time?I lost in the 2009 parliamentary poll because I got very little time and I was a new entrant in politics… I could hardly speak at that time. In 2014 it was “Modi wave” that swept the poll. But this time, I’ve got experience and people too have realised what PM Modi promised them and what he has fulfilled. All the people cannot be cheated all the time.Who do you find a better politician — Lalu Prasad or Nitish Kumar? And why?Lalu Prasad always. He is the only mass leader of Bihar who cares for the downtrodden and becomes their voice. He doesn’t change, he doesn’t betray his people.Do you miss your husband?Yes, I miss him a lot… the people of Siwan miss him a lot.In conversation with Kavita SinghIt’s 11. 30 a.m. and the blistering heat has forced everyone indoors, including Kavita Singh, the NDA candidate and wife of gangster Ajay Singh. Mr. Singh has been challenging Mohd. Shahabuddin’s sway in Siwan for several years. The couple are inside a local BJP leader’s house in the town. Mr. Singh, surrounded by a few of his men, is busy on his mobile phone asking people to ensure his wife’s victory. Ms. Singh, who has been MLA twice, comes out after some time. Resplendent in yellow sari, bangles, gold earrings, finger rings, mangal sutra and a tattoo of her husband’s name on her right hand, she appears more articulate than her husband. She speaks like a seasoned politician.center_img  How do you feel contesting the Lok Sabha poll for the first time?Not much difference, except that we have to visit more people in more areas. But I’m getting an overwhelming response everywhere as people have made up their mind to bring Ram Rajya in Siwan with Modi ji as Prime Minister.How do you find Hena Shahab as a challenger?Everyone knows in Siwan who she is. She has been defeated twice in the last two parliamentary polls and she will be defeated for the third time as well.But you too are a wife of a don accused in several criminal cases.All the cases lodged against my husband are false and politically motivated. He is a desh-bhakt (patriot) and has been challenging the reign of terror unleashed in Siwan. If he is a gangster, why have people voted to elect me as an MLA twice? I feel bad when people call him a don.What are the issues you raise when asking people to vote for you?Desh ko bachana hai, Modi ji ko phir ek baar PM banana hain (We’ve to protect our country and make Modi ji our Prime Minister again). I also tell people about the development work done by Nitish Kumar’s government in the State.Who is a better leader Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad or PM Modi?In the country it is Modi ji and in the State it is Nitish ji.last_img read more

SC panel asks Odisha to plug road safety gaps

first_imgA Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety has observed that Odisha lacks road signage, markings and traffic signals conforming to the Indian Road Congress specifications.The committee headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan made the observations based on a report of Institute of Road Traffic Education, which had conducted training on road safety for traffic police personnel deployed in Bhubaneswar, and for civil engineers on standard installation of traffic-control devices, types of road traffic violations and identification of black spots.Although the IRTE conducted the survey in Bhubaneswar, the committee wanted the Odisha government to “treat it as a sample study and implement the recommended actions throughout the State”.11% rise in fatalitiesThe committee’s observation becomes significant as there has been a rise of 11% in road accident fatalities in Odisha. According to State Road Safety Council, which met here earlier this week, 5,315 people were killed in road accidents in Odisha in 2018, 525 more than 2017 when 4,790 people lost their lives. The average growth in road accident fatalities in the country has been below 1% in this period.“A large percentage of road signage, road markings and traffic signals do not conform to IRC specifications,” the SC committee said in a letter to the State government.“Police personnel were not fully conversant in Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations, 2017. These regulations have been notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on June 23, 2017, and have superseded the rules of the Road Regulations, 1989,” the letter addressed to the State Transport Secretary said.The committee recommended that all the road signage, markings and traffic signals should conform to the IRC specifications.“Traffic police, transport officers and road engineers should be imparted training in Motor Vehicle Acts, 1988, Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 and all the rules and regulations made thereunder,” it added. Enforcement of traffic laws by the State agencies should be as per the extant law and evidence, the committee emphasised.last_img read more