Share GSC Basketball Tournament brackets confirmed BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The final brackets for the 2014 Gulf South Conference men’s and women’s basketball championship tournaments were announced on Sunday. The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams will both play their quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 6. The UWF women will be the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Valdosta State at 2:45 p.m., and the UWF men will be the No. 8 seed and face No. 1 seed Delta State at 7:30 p.m.The tournament will be played at Samford University’s Pete Hanna Center in Homewood, Ala. for the second straight year. All tickets are general admission and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students at GSC schools, senior citizens and active military. Children under the age of five will be admitted free. Fans not able to attend the tournament in person will be able to follow with live video, live stats and a live blog on the tournament website at www.GSCSports.org.The UWF women’s team finished the regular season with a record of 16-10 overall and 11-9 in GSC play to earn the tournament’s No. 2 seed. The second place regular season finish is the highest for the UWF women since finishing first in the GSC East Division in 2005-06. The 16 wins for UWF are also the most for the team since 2005-06 when the Argos finished the year 23-7 with an NCAA Tournament appearance.The West Florida men’s team posted a regular season record of 7-19 with a GSC mark of 6-14, but the Argos finished the season with wins in three of its last four games and four of its last six. UWF finished the regular season on a high note with a road win at first place and No. 22 ranked Delta State on Saturday. The Argos and Statesmen will face each other for the third time this season in the quarterfinals on Thursday.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version
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At 125 pounds, Roy Hardy felt he was too small to play high school football.But at age 90, he doesn’t feel that he is too old to be on the field.Hardy is a member of the crew that keeps the down markers at Pope John Paul II home football games, where he works with other men half his age and players the age of his great-grandchildren.Hardy helped put the lines on the field when JPII opened in 2002, when his grandson Chase was playing linebacker for the Knights, and he has felt a connection ever since.“I just enjoy doing it,” he said. “I feel like I’m still in just as good of shape as I was back then, so why stop?”Hardy, who graduated from Antioch in 1942, first got involved in high school athletics in the 1960s when his daughters Judy, Donna and Cathy played basketball at old Donelson High.His interest in working on football fields came when his son Tim played at McGavock (1974-76).“I like doing whatever needs doing: lining the field, making the templates for the numbers, whatever,” Hardy said.JPII coach Jerry Joslin said he could not imagine still being on the sideline when he is Hardy’s age.“I admire the young man that he is in heart and in spirit and in the way he treats everybody. He is the kindest person in the world to still be doing what he does for us,” Joslin said. “All the players know him; he is a fixture out here.”Hardy doesn’t plan to leave the chain gang any time soon.“I take care of myself,” he said. “I drink cranberry juice with apple cider vinegar in it. When I get up every morning, I drink a hot glass of water. That’s what has kept me in good shape.”Gaines not a fan of ‘The Boz‘ESPN’s next “30 for 30” will air Tuesday (8 p.m.) featuring former Oklahoma and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth.In a recent radio interview, Bosworth blamed the media for making him out to be something he was not during the peak of his popularity.Bosworth said the media portrayed him as someone who relished the spotlight, when in fact he was “just a kid who had a great passion for playing the game.”Greg Gaines, a Franklin resident who played with Bosworth at Seattle, had trouble stomaching that claim.“I like Brian, but he got what he deserved from the media,” Gaines said. “I mean you don’t have a helicopter bring you in to your new team (Seattle) and then take showers with your sunglasses on. He brought all that stuff on himself.”Gaines, who played at old DuPont High and UT, also blamed Bosworth for playing a big role in the Seahawks’ struggles.Seattle went to the playoffs four of the six years before Bosworth arrived, advancing to the AFC championship game in 1983 and the division championship the next year.In the three years in which Bosworth played, the Seahawks went 9-7, 7-9 and 9-7 and never got beyond the first round of the playoffs.“I feel like he had a lot to do with us losing a lot of camaraderie because of the distraction that he caused; the older guys didn’t like it,” Gaines said. “He was an average football player in the NFL, and he could not live up to the hype that he created for himself.”Three set for induction into Fairgrounds Speedway HallPete Page, Jimmy Allen and Charles Stofel will be inducted into the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Hall of Fame before the start of the All America 400 Saturday.Page, whose son Kurt was a Vanderbilt quarterback, was a successful driver (1948-64) in the Midstate who finished his career at the Fairgrounds.He and Faron Young transformed Sulphur Dell Baseball Park into a speedway the year after the Nashville Vols stopped playing in 1965.Allen raced at the Fairgrounds through 1966 and also served as the track promoter and president along with Boyd Adams.Stofel is considered a founding father of the Fairgrounds. He raced there from 1959-68.Maraniss making rounds for new bookAuthor Andrew Maraniss has several local events scheduled in connection with his recently completed book “Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.”Wallace was a former Pearl High basketball standout who went on to play at Vanderbilt where he became the first black player in the SEC.Maraniss will talk about the book and have a signing at Parnassus Books at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.Maraniss will be joined by Wallace at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the McNeely Pigott & Fox Speaker Series at the Nashville Public Library downtown.Then at 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Maraniss and Wallace will be on the panel for a discussion at the Vanderbilt Library.Wallace will be honored that night during the Vanderbilt-Baylor basketball game at Memorial Gym.Fundraiser for Lonnie Sadler Jr.A fundraising dinner for former Beech High running back Lonnie Sadler Jr. is set for Nov. 2 at the VFW on New Shackle Island Road in Hendersonville.Sadler, the son of former Madison High and Vanderbilt running back Lonnie Sr., suffers from the rare blood disorder Protein C Deficiency, for which there is no cure or specific treatment.Sadler has lost his job and all insurance benefits.The dinner is open to the public.For more information, contact Rachel Sadler at 615-218-9781 or Patricia Sadler at 615-268-9751.Local golfers help West win Junior CupGrayson Davis (Franklin), Scotty Hudson (Brentwood), Hanley Long (Clarksville), Brock Ochsenreiter (Nashville), Riley Rennell (Columbia) and Hunter Wolcott (Burns) helped lead the West to a 15.5-12.5 win in the Tennessee Junior Golf Cup last week at The Grove Club in College Grove.The West was captained by “The Big Break” contestant Brent Long.Ultra marathon features 50-mile courseThe Nashville Ultra Marathon is Saturday and features races ranging from 50 kilometers to 50 miles.Last year the Pieroni family set a Guinness World Record for the most family members (11) to complete an ultra marathon.The starting line for the 7 a.m. race is in the parking lot of Wave Country off of Briley Parkway.An optional 5 a.m. start is available for 50-mile runners who are unsure they can finish in the 12-hour cutoff.There also are 60K and 70K races.For more information, visit nashvilleultra.com.Cumberland baseball garage saleThe Cumberland baseball team’s annual pancake breakfast and garage sale is 6 a.m.-noon Saturday.The public is invited for the $5 breakfast inside Phillips Dining Hall on campus.Some of the items available at the garage sale at the Benton Jennings Hitting Facility include uniforms, baseball equipment and furniture.For more information, contact coach Woody Hunt at 615-547-1366 or [email protected] you have an item for Midstate Chatter contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.SPORTS ON NASHVILLE TVThe top 5 local sporting event television ratings for Oct. 13-19.1. NFL: Titans-Redskins, 22.3 rating2. NFL: 49ers-Broncos, 15.0 rating3. College football: UT-Ole Miss, 12.2 rating4. NFL: Jets-Patriots, 11.6 rating5. NFL: Giants-Cowboys, 11.4 ratingEach rating point is equal to 10,028 Nashville homes.Source: Mark Binda, WTVF-5 program & research director
Dear Editor,The nation is still reeling from the startling disclosure of the US$18 million golden handshake between ExxonMobil and the Government of Guyana which was found to be stashed away in a secret bank account.The brazen attempt by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change to whitewash the expose and its disastrous tsunamic impact at home and abroad, continues to encounter old and new persistent and unanswered questions.Lies and more lies are being churned out by the coalition Administration, before and after the publication of the contract, to fend off a volley of searching questions fired by the political Opposition, sections of the media and other national stakeholders.One of the more pressing questions which the Administration has refused to answer thus far is; who were the members of the team that re-negotiated the modified ExxonMobil contract in 2016.At a press conference held on December 29, 2017, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman announced that: “It was a team of professionals that conducted the discussions with ExxonMobil.”Trotman went on to add that: “I did not take it upon myself to do so” and that “he never proposed to be the negotiator of the contract…”Trotman’s confession, however, flies in the face of statements by his Cabinet colleague Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, who, answering questions about the negotiations with ExxonMobil at a press conference held in July this year, had stated;“The matter is led by the competent Minister of Natural Resources…The Government has all the confidence in that Minister to lead the sector and to lead any negotiations.”Later, in an attempt at covering up a previous statement, Harmon went on to state that “the names of key figures negotiating with ExxonMobil are under wraps.”“Government” Harmon said, “is not ready for the Guyanese people to know the names of the main professionals negotiating with the oil giant.”Earlier, President Granger had announced the establishment of a shadowy group branded the Quintet+1 comprising five Ministers plus one other person. The team, according to Granger, had been established to cover all areas of negotiations with ExxonMobil.This announcement was later obfuscated by Granger in a public declaration in August 2017 in the presence of ExxonMobil’s Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods when Granger said: “We have got to keep the public informed to ensure that civil society does not feel there is some underhand relationship between the Government and ExxonMobil.”Three months later, the disclosure that the Government had deposited a signing bonus to the tune of US$18 million in a secret bank account exposed the deceptive and cynical nature of the President’s assurances.As pressure mounted on the Granger Administration and events began to unfold an important development took place overseas that attracted significant media and political attention.In August 2017, a high-level ministerial delegation accompanied by two named officials paid a two-day official visit to the Headquarters of ExxonMobil in Texas.The ministerial delegation comprised Carl Greenidge, Raphael Trotman, David Patterson, Dominic Gaskin and Winston Jordan. Jan Mangal formed part of the official delegation.Questions arose about who funded the airfares, hotel accommodation, meals and out of pocket allowances for each member of the delegation including the two officials accompanying the five Ministers.With the composition of the Quintet+1 still ‘under wraps’ by government it was reasonable to assume that the 5 ministers who travelled to Texas were in fact the ‘Quintet’ and that the ‘plus one’ was Dr Jan Mangal.As subsequent events unfolded, the Government’s propaganda about ‘full disclosure’ rang hollow, leaving much to be desired.To this day, the Granger Administration stubbornly refuses to disclose what the public deserves to know, that is, who are the members of the shadowy Quintet+ 1 negotiating team and what was the role this team, with Trotman as lead negotiator, play in clinching the modified contract with ExxonMobil.Another matter of grave concern to the Guyanese nation are the much touted ‘National Security’ implications which we were told are inherent in the release of the contract.Heavy weather was made of these ‘national security’ concerns by the President himself so much so that they were used as a pretext for keeping the contract close to their chests.Now that the contact is in the public domain it follows that our country’s national security is vulnerable and at serious risk.Clarification of these national security vulnerabilities, assuming they exist, must be of grave importance to the Guyanese people as a whole.Matters of national security, in the context of the Guyanese body politic, should not be exclusive to the small coterie of ex-Army officers who now parade the corridors of power at the Ministry of the Presidency.If the threat level to the nation is indeed high and authentic, then it behoves the coalition Administration to come clean and in the spirit of transparency and accountability, and as a basic minimum, alert the parliamentary Opposition to the nature and seriousness of the threat to our nation’s security.Yours faithfully,Clement J Rohee