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first_imgFrom 13 rounds, the Hunters are on 18 points (8 wins, 4 losses and 1 bye).Points difference of a 100 is what separates the Hunters from the third placed Redcliffe Dolphins who are also on 18 competition points.The top team- Townsville Blackhawks have maintained their dominance in the competition having only lost one game so far this season, that loss was to the Hunters.The progressive points ladder:Townsville Blackhawks (21), Burleigh Bears (19), Redcliffe Dolphins (18), SP Hunters (18), Easts Tigers (17), Sunshine Coast Falcons (15).The Hunters will play the Souths Logan Magpies this Saturday at home at the National Football Stadium. The game will kick off at 6:30pm.last_img read more

first_imgGonzalo Higuain has insisted he wants to stay at Chelsea next season.The Argentina striker joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January but has mustered just three goals in 11 appearances for the Blues.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels Higuain must sharpen up to make a real fist of life in the Premier League but still wants the 31-year-old in his squad next term.Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban will be heard by FIFA on Thursday and if that cannot be overturned the Stamford Bridge club may not be able to make Higuain’s move permanent.“From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season,” Higuain said. “That’s my intention.“I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself. So my intention is to stay here.“I’m happy here. It’s always nice to try a new league and it’s my first taste of the Premier League.”Higuain remains confident he can thrive in the Premier League after recently retiring from international duty in a bid to focus on adapting to England’s top flight.Chelsea continue to chase a top-four league finish and Europa League glory in a bid to secure Champions League football for next term, with Higuain suggesting that push remains crucial to future successes in west London.“Obviously, it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well,” Higuain told Chelsea’s official club website.“The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League, too.“We’re coming towards the end, so it’s about finishing as strongly as possible.“The main objective is to finish in the top four so we can play in the Champions League, and also to encourage other players to come and play for the club.“That’s what the squad are hoping for, so that we can add players next season, and to finish the season well and make people happy.”last_img read more

first_imgThe pavement of the Gbarnga – Ganta road is at the point of completion with the first layer already reaching the Guinean border.It was previously announced that the pavement would have been completed last October, but there appears to be several obstacles that have delayed the completion.The Daily Observer learned that among the problems is the location of the light poles and the delay and even refusal of some owners of buildings marked for demolition to relocate. There are also some institutions which are yet to be relocated to give way for their structures to be demolished to get the road project completed. They include the building housing the United Bank for Africa (UBA) on the main street of Ganta and the Jungle Water Distribution Store at Guinea Road Junction.The two were marked for demolition but occupants are yet to relocate.“When our building was marked, they forced us to cut a portion from there and we did that twice, but see the UBA, the Jungle Water and other stores still remain intact as the road work is almost at the peak,” said a businessman in Ganta who asked not to be named. “We will still be part of the business community here, despite all of these challenges,” he added. When contacted, resident Public Works engineer in Nimba County, Mr. Lahaison Waritay, said all the buildings that were marked by Public Works will be demolished.He said a demolition team from the Ministry of Public Works in Monrovia is expected in Nimba County to complete the demolition exercise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 26 – Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is hoping for a happy ending to a troublesome week when QPR visit the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.A dispiriting few days for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger began with a 1-0 defeat at struggling Norwich last weekend that left his side 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Then on Wednesday the Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by Schalke in the Champions League, with Wenger watching helplessly from the stands as he served out a European touchline ban.The following day saw Wenger take the stage at the club’s annual meeting and suffer criticism from supporters who are upset that a club that sold star forward Robin van Persie in pre-season and hasn’t won a trophy since 2005 nevertheless charges the highest ticket prices in England and refuses to spend big transfer fees on star signings.QPR would appear to be the ideal opponents for a quick change of fortunes as they are currently rock bottom of the table and have yet to record a league victory this season.Yet, as Germany centre-back Mertesacker admitted, that had also been the case for Norwich until they broke their duck with last week’s win over the Gunners.“We have great players with great potential but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad,” Mertesacker said. “We have to learn quickly from what happened in the last two matches.“If we do not find these solutions, it is going to be difficult both in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well.“The international break was a bit of a killer for us and we have to find our strength again quickly.“We have the potential in us but first we have to fight. We are playing QPR on Saturday but it will be the same as at Norwich.“They were at the bottom of the table as well and we did not find solutions against a defensive side.“We’ve had a difficult week and our results were kind of an accident, so now we have to find our game again.“We have to be positive ahead of the QPR match. Sometimes you need one game to find your qualities again, so let’s make sure it’s Saturday.”Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta agrees with Mertesacker’s assessment of the situation.“The way we are giving the points away is not good enough,” he said. “We are controlling most of the games but then make mistakes which are costing us points and we cannot allow that to happen.“When we face teams such as QPR and Norwich, they make it hard for us but we have to bounce back.“We have only two days now to put the Schalke defeat behind us and hopefully we can get a win on Saturday.”QPR could claim they have exactly the same problem as their hosts as manager Mark Hughes has spent heavily on assembling a squad of experienced campaigners who have yet to come close to gelling as a unit.However, one recent recruit, the former Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero is confident QPR will soon start to move up the table.“When we win that first game everything will fall into place for us,” he said. “Saturday presents us with another opportunity. We don’t feel as though we are too far away.“We want the first three points of the season, so we’ll work hard and, hopefully, cause them problems.”Granero conceded that a wounded Arsenal might not be the ideal opponents this weekend however.“Arsenal are a great team with very high-class, quality players,” he said. “They are one of the best teams in the league.“They wouldn’t have expected to lose to Norwich last weekend, so they will want to respond. Arsenal won’t want to lose two league games in a row.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon’s defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui celebrates after scoring a goal on January 18, 2017Libreville, Gabon, Jan 19- Defender Michael Ngadeu smashed in the winning goal as Cameroon came from behind to beat minnows Guinea-Bissau 2-1 at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.Guinea-Bissau had gone in front in the Group A game in Libreville when Piqueti produced a contender for goal of the tournament in the 13th minute. But the Indomitable Lions, four-time winners of the continental trophy, produced two fine goals of their own to turn things around in the second period at the Stade de l’Amitie.Sebastien Siani smashed in the equaliser just after the hour mark and Ngadeu emerged as the unlikely hero as he netted the decisive goal with 12 minutes remaining.After a build-up marred by the refusal of several marquee names to come to Gabon, suddenly Cameroon know a draw against hosts Gabon in their final group game on Sunday will see them progress to the last eight.Guinea-Bissau had announced their arrival on the continental stage by coming back to hold Gabon in the tournament’s opening game.But their hopes of getting out of their group are in the balance after this reverse.They prop up the section, three points behind Cameroon and two behind both Gabon and Burkina Faso, who drew 1-1 earlier in the day.Guinea-Bissau, nicknamed the ‘Wild Dogs’, caused a sensation as they took the lead thanks to a goal that is bound to be remembered as one of the best of this Cup of Nations, if not the best.Piqueti, who plays for Sporting Braga’s B team in the Portuguese second tier, lifted the ball over one opponent deep inside his own half and then set off towards goal.The 23-year-old then outpaced Georges Mandjeck as he charged towards goal before smashing his shot past Fabrice Ondoa from inside the area.Cameroon were stunned but they could have drawn level just before the interval — the recalled Vincent Aboubakar headed the ball down for skipper Benjamin Moukandjo, whose volley from the edge of the box was saved by Jonas Mendes.Aboubakar then failed to make a proper connection with a great opportunity inside the area, and it was Guinea-Bissau who almost went further in front early in the second half.Frederic Mendy robbed Adolphe Teikeu on the edge of the box and then lobbed goalkeeper Ondoa, but Ngadeu got back to clear off the line.Having survived that scare, Hugo Broos’s side equalised as Moukandjo laid the ball off for midfielder Siani to hammer a first-time effort into the net from 20 yards.Now with the momentum, Cameroon won it when Christian Bassogog set up Ngadeu, the Slavia Prague defender, to beat Mendes low at his near post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Three of Fort St. John’s Directors on the Peace River Regional District Board are saying that the process of the District signing a new contract for fire dispatch services with a Vancouver Island-based company was flawed.Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and Councillor Byron Stewart were both present during closed Board meetings on the topic. Councillor Bruce Christensen was also present as an Alternate Director during meetings that were held while Ackerman was working out of the country. The three say that the Regional District’s process of searching for a new fire dispatch service provider should have been held in open meetings, and should have included more consultation with the public.Ackerman says that to begin with, the entire process of searching for a new provider should have been held in open meetings. “Under the Community Charter, there are certain things that must be held in a closed meeting, and there are certain things that may be held in a closed meeting. This was one of those that may be in a closed meeting. Those of us who felt that it didn’t really require a closed meeting were not successful in changing that around,” said Ackerman. This is in contrast to comments made by PRRD Board Chair and Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling during an interview with CBC Daybreak North on January 12th. “Our policy and procedure moves contract negotiations to closed meetings,” Sperling told the CBC.- Advertisement -Ackerman says that a resolution to sign a contract with The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation at a closed Board meeting on November 10th was defeated largely because Board members were not able to get certain questions answered about each proposal. “The Board members did not see the full proposals by the proponents,” said Ackerman. “What we got was the consultant’s report. When we asked questions about certain aspects, they couldn’t be answered. And so there was a decision to stop the process, and go back and start over again because not all the answers were clear. The issue for us was ‘you need to put the brakes on and go ask these questions’.”Questions were also raised about the impartiality of Pomax, the consulting firm that was contracted by the Regional District to analyse three submitted proposals. The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation previously hired Pomax to consult on a new 9-1-1 service model for the north half of Vancouver Island in 2014. At that time, initial 9-1-1 calls were answered by the RCMP in Courtenay, but after Pomax’s report, North Island 9-1-1 elected to find a less expensive service provider. However, it was decided that there was no conflict.The Board then passed a motion to get staff to go and consult with fire departments in the Regional District before beginning a new request for proposals, but that process was then stopped at the following open Board meeting on November 24th.Advertisement At the closed meeting on December 9th, a motion to consult with fire services and begin a new process, as well as a motion to negotiate with the City of Fort St. John were both defeated, before a motion to sign the contract with North Island 9-1-1 was moved and seconded by Area ‘E’ Director Dan Rose and Alternate Chetwynd Director Alec Brownlee. The Board subsequently voted in favour of that motion.Ackerman said that the issue for a number of Directors was the cost of the service, since North Island’s bid was roughly half that of the other bids from Fort St. John and E-Comm. “It was clearly stated, and I don’t know if it was captured in the minutes, that there are some areas that do not receive fire service so the cost of the fire service was paramount in their minds,” said Ackerman. “It didn’t matter where the service was coming from, it was all about the cost of it.” The Fire Protection Area of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department. The Fire Protection Area of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department. The Fire Protection Area of the Chetwynd, Moberly Lake, and Hudson's Hope Fire Departments/ The Fire Protection Area of the Chetwynd, Moberly Lake, and Hudson’s Hope Fire Departments/ The Fire Protection Areas of the Arras, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, and Tomslake Fire Departments The Fire Protection Areas of the Arras, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, and Tomslake Fire Departments The Fire Protection Areas of the Charlie Lake, Fort St. John, and Taylor Fire Departments The Fire Protection Areas of the Charlie Lake, Fort St. John, and Taylor Fire Departments Ackerman and Stewart both say that they feel the entire process being held behind closed doors and without consulting either expert or the public was where the Regional District went wrong. The two pointed out that this wasn’t the first time this has happened, citing the Regional District’s building bylaw in 2013.With files from CBC Daybreak NorthAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe risk of runway incursions was attributed to a combination of technological problems, poor federal leadership and overworked air traffic controllers, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. In the report, the GAO called on the FAA to address fatigue among air traffic controllers, who are dealing with more flights since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. However, the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency that employs air traffic controllers, argued that runway incursions reported at LAX are not related to staffing shortages in the control tower. “Controller error is not the leading cause of runway incursions at LAX or anywhere else,” said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman. “In airports where aircraft have to cross active runways, such as LAX, there is a higher chance of an incursion,” Gregor said. “That means LAX needs to do something to fix its runways, not the control tower staffing issue.” The issue has become so contentious that the FAA and the controllers union still can’t agree on the number of air traffic controllers working at LAX: The union says 33 controllers work at LAX tower, and the FAA says there are 34 certified controllers, one trainee and 11 so-called developmentals who can do some work on their own. Just a few years ago, the FAA had authorized 47 controllers for LAX, but that number has dropped to a range of 38 to 46 controllers, Gregor said. The change came after a contract with the union expired, allowing the FAA to more closely examine the needs of the nation’s airports, he said. Foote argued that the FAA “pulls the numbers out of thin air. They make it up.” The decrease, however, did not please local lawmakers, who accused the FAA of making this a labor dispute. “The FAA has not been willing to see this as a safety issue, they only see it as a labor issue,” said Marc Carrell, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo. “We hope putting on the pressure will get the FAA to move forward,” Carrell said. “If they don’t, we may need to enact some type of federal legislation.” Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said he plans to ask the FAA to send more experienced controllers to LAX. “For me, it’s impossible to appreciate why the FAA would cut back air traffic controllers as we increase the number of planes coming into our airport,” said Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. “It appears to me to be a dereliction in duty and causes problems we do not need to have.” Fifty-five runway incursions have been reported at LAX since 2001, eight of which occurred during the 2007 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to the FAA. Eighty percent of those incursions were caused by pilot error, and 17 percent were found be caused by air traffic controller errors, according to Gregor. Three percent of the incursions were blamed on runway-vehicle drivers. The most serious of those incidents occurred Aug. 16, when two jetliners came within 37 feet of each other on the northern airfield at LAX. Foote said an inexperienced controller mistakenly cleared one of the planes to cross a runway where another plane was taking off. “That was a perfect example of an inexperienced controller in the tower,” Foote said. Gregor said that the controller in question was a developmental but was cleared to do some work on his own. “The reason for most runway incursions is airfield geometry, not controller error,” Gregor said. “LAX is a busy airport, and airfield geometry has been a contributing factor to most runway incursions there.” But one state lawmaker from the South Bay disagrees with Gregor’s assessment. Along with hiring more air traffic controllers, Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, said he wants to limit the number of flights coming into LAX and space jetliners farther apart when they come in for a landing. “It’s not a geometry problem with runway configuration, it’s an arithmetic problem with the number of flights at LAX,” said Lieu, whose 53rd District includes LAX. Lieu also wants LAX to hold off on allowing the newest and largest planes, such as the Airbus A-380, to land at the airport until all safety issues are resolved. Gregor said that such a move would lead to airline delays across the country. “With LAX being one of the busiest airports in the world, his plan is just not feasible,” Gregor said. “It would have a ripple effect on air travel in the United States.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Air traffic controllers are overworked and understaffed to the point that serious mistakes could go unnoticed on the runways at Los Angeles International Airport, the head of the controllers’ union said on Wednesday. The shortage at LAX tower often means two overtime shifts every month for each of the controllers, who might not catch close calls on the runways, according to Michael Foote, local president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “No one silver bullet is going to solve the complex issue of runway safety, but the biggest safety concern at the airport is the lack of experienced controllers working at LAX tower,” Foote told the Los Angeles City Council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee. Although the city of Los Angeles has no say in hiring air traffic controllers, Foote aired the union’s grievances two weeks after a scathing congressional report found a “high risk” of close calls among aircraft maneuvering on the ground at the nation’s airports. last_img read more

first_imgLANCASTER – A 24-foot-long mural of an American flag rippling in the wind will honor the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the Lancaster Elks Lodge’s western wall. The mural, created by a local graphics company, joins a flag outside the lodge’s main entrance, where one has flown for decades, and 10 U.S. flags on poles that were added on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the attacks. “We think it’s going to be spectacular,” said lodge member Bob Younkin, who led the effort. The mural will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Monday in a ceremony in honor of the people killed Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon, in an airliner crash in Pennsylvania and in efforts on the ground by firefighters, police and others who died while attempting rescues. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The lodge is at 240 E. Ave. K. More than three dozen lodge members gave $100 or more each to pay for the mural, which cost nearly $4,000, Younkin said. The mural idea came from a visit by the lodge’s Rage of the Sage camping club to an Elks lodge in Vista in San Diego County. The Vista lodge had a similar flag painted on its exterior wall. “We were all struck by it,” Younkin said. Younkin gave a photo of the Vista mural superimposed on the Lancaster lodge building to Underground Graphics in Lancaster. The company came up with a version of the flag for the Lancaster wall. 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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERY HILLS – George Clooney was hailed Friday night as an actor, director, writer, champion of important causes and all-around great guy as he received the 2006 American Cinematheque Award. The mood of the dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ranged from sober when noting his recent appeal to the United Nations for intervention in Darfur to silly in the spirit of bygone Hollywood roasts. “I think he has made an art of self-deprecating,” Salma Hayek said. But several presenters took that assignment from Clooney, praising his body of work, his great friendship and his integrity while playfully pointing to his less artful efforts, such as “Facts of Life” and that “ER” sitcom that predated the far more successful drama series by that title. “You set off more bombs than North Korea,” said an impersonator of President Bush. “But I like you.” Matt Damon sent a video from Tangiers, where he was shown personally refunding disgruntled moviegoers coming out of a “Batman & Robin” showing. Before the tribute, Clooney greeted a steady stream of well-wishers at his table, including some ordinary film buffs whom he obliged with a posed photo or an autograph. Guests at the fundraiser for the Hollywood-based film preservation and appreciation organization included Ellen Barkin, Carl Reiner, Hugh Hefner, Geoffrey Rush, Harvey Weinstein, Bonnie Hunt and Danny DeVito. Each dig delivered on stage came wrapped in genuine affection. “He taught us that careers are marathons and to pace ourselves,” “ER” co-star Julianna Margulies said. “He taught us how to read lines off hospital bed sheets,” Noah Wyle added. They said Clooney is known in Hollywood for his deep loyalty to his friends. “In fact he hired them time and time again, in front of and behind the camera – we re told,” Wyle said. Some told stories of Clooney s infamous practical jokes, such as the time he paid costumers to take in TV costar Richard Kind s trousers a half inch every day. “Paul Newman once said, To be an actor you have to be a child, ” his friend and frequent costar Don Cheadle said. “Let it be known that no actor is more childish, more juvenile, more downright infantile than George Clooney.” Clooney later repaid that crack by sharing with the audience an out-of-date headshot of Cheadle seductively peeking out from beneath a cowboy hat. David Strathairn, who played the chain-smoking Edward R. Murrow in Clooney s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” appeared on video with a raspy voice and a pseudo-tracheotomy, praising Clooney s dedication as a writer and director. “As far as this goes,” he said, gesturing to his throat, “it s nothing. It was a small price to pay for the pleasure of working with you.” For one video package saluting Clooney s activism, several Washington insiders stepped up to speak, including Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and ex-Vice President Al Gore. Julia Roberts kept her introduction of the guest of honor short and sweet. “Before I met my husband, you were about the best man I ever knew.” Talent and determination play a part in an actor s success, Clooney said, “but for me the factor is luck, as most of you know.” “Had ER gotten a Friday night time slot instead of a Thursday night, I would not be here.” He said he enjoyed the spirited roasting he received. “Thanks for beating the hell out of me,” he said with a smile. “I loved it.”last_img read more

first_imgNEWHALL – The version of The Master’s College women’s basketball team that has defeated opponents by at least 26 points in both of its first two games is not the version that should be expected to be seen later in the season. The Mustangs expect to be even better. Despite its early success, The Master’s is a youthful team in transition, looking forward to how good it can be when a group that includes six freshmen and four sophomores hits its stride. The Mustangs start two freshmen and two sophomores, and two of the first three players off the bench are freshmen. “I don’t think I’ve had a team this young before,” said Master’s coach Ken Sugarman, who has two seniors and one junior on the roster. “The bar was set pretty high last year. Coming in, they wanted to live up to that standard. … Coming in, I think they said, `This is where we want to be, and we want to keep it there.’ They won in high school. They have that winning background. They have that kind of expectations and work ethic. “They’re going to keep getting better. They should be a different team at the end of the season.” GSAC play begins: The Mustangs open Golden State Athletic Conference play Tuesday at Concordia. The Master’s is ranked No. 4 in the nation, but doesn’t anticipate an easy path to a conference title as GSAC rival Vanguard is ranked No. 1 in the country and returns all five of its starters from a team that swept the Mustangs during conference play last season. “We’re going to have our hands full with them,” Sugarman said. `But I like our ability to compete with them.” All-American encore: Amid The Master’s youth is a veteran leader in senior Kinsley Mittel, who earned All-America status as a junior. The guard entered this season as the Mustangs’ fourth all-time leading scorer and has continued to pour in the points. Mittel scored 22 points in the season opener and added a game-high 17 points Thursday against Hawaii Pacific. heather.gripp@dailynews.com (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Sugarman stresses the importance of communication as he tries to remember that most of his players are still adapting to the system and each other. The young players haven’t wasted any time in showing that they plan to do their part in helping the Mustangs repeat last season’s NAIA Final Four appearance. Freshman Annie Gillespie, a 6-foot-1 guard from Fresno, scored The Master’s first points of the season with a three-pointer for her first of 15 points in last weekend’s 75-49 victory over Dominican. She also contributed 10 rebounds and five steals, both game highs. Through two games, Gillespie ranks second on the team on scoring and first with an average of nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Lisa Chenoweth is averaging 10 points a game. Chenoweth and Gillespie tied for the team lead with six assists each in Thursday’s 94-48 victory over Hawaii Pacific. “I expected them to be pretty good,” Sugarman said of the freshman class. “Honestly, I think they had some pretty high expectations themselves. last_img