Strike Force, San Diego’s Professional Indoor Football Team, is Holding Tryouts in Pasadena

first_img More Cool Stuff 27 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Sports Strike Force, San Diego’s Professional Indoor Football Team, is Holding Tryouts in Pasadena By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 6:31 pm Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Make a comment Business News San Diego Strike Force, the newest entry into the 10-team Indoor Football League, will be holding open tryouts in Pasadena on Saturday, January 5, at Pasadena High School atheletic field, located at 2564-2622 Cooley Place.A San Diego Strike Force announcement on Thursday said the Pasadena tryouts will be from 12 noon to about 3 p.m. A San Diego tryout is scheduled for next Saturday, January 12.The Indoor Football League grew out of a six-team Intense Football League that two Texas businessmen set up in 2003. The league grew from six to eight to 10 teams for five seasons.In 2004, several veteran team operators in the Midwest formed a league titled the United Indoor Football Association and enjoyed four years of success.In 2008, the two leagues agreed to dissolve their former affiliations and form the new Indoor Football League or IFL.San Diego Strike Force joined the league last November. The team’s home arena will be the former San Diego Sports Arena in Mission Valley, now known as the Valley View Casino Center.Strike Force has already signed several players, including a quarterback from Los Angeles and three players with San Diego ties, according to a Fox Sports report. The list includes quarterback Jihad Vercher, from Salesian High School and Tiffin University; running back Jereke Armstrong from San Pasqual HS and University of San Diego; wide receiver Rashad Ridley from San Diego HS and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; and wide receiver Daniel Walsh, from Cathedral Catholic HS and TCU.The team will report to training camp on February 4 with a 40-man roster to begin preparations for the regular season which begins on February 22 in Moline, Illinois. San Diego will play against the Quad City Steamwheelers.Home games for 2019 will be played at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, with the home opener set for Sunday, March 3 at 5:05 p.m.Saturday’s tryouts at Pasadena High School will accommodate a maximum of 40 players, according to the announcement. A registration fee of $85 per person will be collected on site. Interested players are advised to confirm their attendance through an online registration form available through more information, visit or email Brandon Cox at [email protected] Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

A student-driven performance space

first_img Student singer-songwriter entertains at revamped Barker Arts Café Related During the summer, in Amsterdam, Smith conducted thesis research, and Wetherfield developed musical instruments at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), an electronic music center founded in 1969. STEIM’s place at the center of the musical community in Amsterdam helped shape Wetherfield’s ideas about the space at Harvard. “I liked the way people organized around [STEIM]. Everyone had independent interests and working methods. But they were all orbiting something kind of stable,” he said.Drawing inspiration from STEIM, Amsterdam, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Smith and Wetherfield drafted a proposal for a performance space that would “support independent artists who want to experiment in a low-stakes environment” and be open to everyone on campus, Smith explained.The new space invites artists of all kinds to “curate an experience” — a new set list, a spoken-word project — any kind of performance they want to share with an audience but would like to test-run first. It’s not an open mic, where anyone can sign up to sing a song or perform a poem, and it’s not a known venue, like the Queen’s Head or Barker Café, but something in between.“We want to give every performer the chance to be an experimentalist,” Wetherfield explained. The venue aims to be a safe environment that encourages artists to think through an out-of-the-box idea they’re drawn to but have not had the ability to try. While Smith and Wetherfield are musicians, they are open to a variety of artistic performances, as long as they are premeditated. Regular performances by members of the community are being sought for the semester, and the limit is the imagination. “We hope people get into it and bring themselves to it as listeners, viewers, and performers, and bring something palpably new.”They invite people to be bold and risky, the low barriers to entry attracting artists who might otherwise pass up the chance. Essentially, the venue is like a friend who believes in your latent creativity, and just wants you to go out on a limb.Students enjoy music by Eden Girma ’18 and Alex Graff ’17. Photo by Mattea Mrkusi ’17Eden Girma ’18 opened the venue’s first event casually, relating stories about a Thanksgiving break and inviting audience members to participate in the music. The room was packed, people lining the walls despite the extra chairs being brought in. Alex Graff ’17 accompanied Girma on guitar as they covered songs from Lianne La Havas and Emily King. A sense of kindness and intimacy permeated the space as people snapped and swayed and called out encouragement to the musicians.Each song was introduced by a personal anecdote from other students, ranging from vulnerable to humorous to poignant. Students reflected on overcoming the ghosts of their past, piecing together childhood memories, making mistakes, and feeling caught between life stages. Despite the crowd, the intimacy made it feel like everyone knew each other.The casual mood of the event matched the humility of its creators, who are not overly forthcoming with their impressive accomplishments.Smith, who concentrates in social studies and women’s and gender studies and is enrolled in the dual-degree program at the New England Conservatory, is a California native who worked the Bay Area music scene throughout high school as a self-managed jazz artist. Since then, she has performed worldwide with her band and jazz orchestras. At Harvard, Smith is vice president of the Signet Society and sings with VoxJazz, Harvard’s premier co-ed vocal jazz septet. She is also largely involved in student life, liaising on behalf of the student body with administrators through the Undergraduate Council and the BGLTQ Office.Having been a performer for so long, Smith sees creating the new venue as a natural development. “There are a lot of people who make art, which is amazing, but it’s also quite admirable to take the position of making that possible, which is the dream behind this,” she said.Wetherfield, who is originally from London, studies math with a secondary in music, and has played piano and composed music since around age 7. He has written music for the Harvard Composers Association and was the principal composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2010 he was a winner of the BBC Young Composers Competition for his piece “Word in Edgeways.” As a technician, he worked with Radcliffe Fellows Reiko Yamada on her sound installation “Reflective,” which was later installed at the Met Breuer in New York, and Mauricio Pauly on developing music-notation software. Wetherfield is passionate about giving artists the chance to grow their performance skills, forging connections like those he experienced in Amsterdam. “I like the idea that this might draw some community,” he says.Smith and Wetherfield remain refreshingly genuine and unassuming, invested in giving back to the undergraduate community. Though they have parameters around what they want the venue to be, they are dedicated to the innovation such a broad idea invites. “You talk to people, and they really want and need this,” Smith said excitedly of the project. “I thought there wouldn’t be interest. But people are really excited!” Wetherfield, too, looks forward to the possibilities, adding that “We’re all just trying to learn.”An openness to learn is characteristic of the enterprise. Both Smith and Wetherfield work on the fringes of what they’ve already done, looking for ways to expand and experiment with what they know, and they encourage prospective performers to just try something new. Over the next few months, Smith and Wetherfield will be “piloting the venue in order to get more insight into what we need for this.” With the new space, the duo hopes to open the dynamism of artistic experimentation and the community of creativity to many participants.If you would like to perform at the venue at the SOCH, email Smith and Wetherfield at [email protected] will have a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday with graduate students performing. Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. the Queen’s Head hosts College Night with undergraduate bands.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave With music as his muse “Burgeoning experimental music scene” is not the first thing you’d associate with Harvard College. But it’s quickly becoming a player.It’s a Friday night early in the semester, and on the warmly lit fifth floor of the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), people are trickling in, embracing, and pouring drinks as Laila Smith ’17 and Ben Wetherfield ’17 adjust mics and speakers at the front of the room in preparation for the night’s music. People scramble for a spot on one of the blue couches crammed into the space. Tonight marks the opening of a new experimental performance venue spearheaded by Smith and Wetherfield, in what was once the SOCH Penthouse Café.Smith and Wetherfield, both accomplished musicians, came up with the idea to establish the still-nameless venue last spring while wandering through the SOCH, a former library and current student center in the Radcliffe Quadrangle, in search of a good study spot. The acoustics were ideal, and “There were various spaces we thought could work for performing,” Wetherfield recalled.last_img read more

Pre-war home with the modern touch snapped just after hitting the market

first_imgThis Enoggera home sold for more than $300,000 above the suburb median.A FOUR-BEDROOM home in Enoggera was only on the market for two weeks before it was snapped up for $1.055 million.The double-storey pre-war house at 24 Laurel St was the second biggest sale across the northwest for the week.Agent Carmen Briggs from Harcourts Solutions said they had received a number of offers on the home shortly after it hit the market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoInsode 24 Laurel Street, Enoggera“They loved the fact that it could be used for dual living, that it had beautiful polished floors, a great big shed and room for three or four cars,” Ms Briggs said.The buyers were a young couple renting in the area thathad been on the hunt for their first home.The sale price was well above the median sale price for Enoggera of $700,000.Pre-war charms with a modern makeover.It is also the third highest sale price in Laurel St, behind No.53 that sold for $1.065 million andNo.9 which went for $1.725 million, when they were sold last year.“Enoggera is becoming very popular with its proximity to the city, it’s very close to everything,” she said.“We are getting a lot of first-home buyers.”last_img read more

GPL Preview: All you need to know about matchday seven

first_imgTHIS Weekend  could see the league reach a milestone of 100 goals. With the exception of the Medeama and Hasaacas game, all games will be contested at the respective venues. What are the key numbers ahead of kick off?KOTOKO VS LIBERTY •    Kotoko come into the game on the back of a torrid week where coach Duncan was asked to step aside.•    Kotoko have picked up five points from a possible nine at the Baba Yara this season.•    As a matter of fact, all of Kotoko’s points this season have at Baba Yara.•    Liberty’s last away day was an impressive goalless draw to leaders Wa All Stars.•    Latif Blessing is joint top scorer in the league with 4 goals.TECHIMAN CITY VS HEARTS•    Techiman City have a 100% record at home this season.•    The Techiman side have scored three goals in three games and are yet to concede.•    Techiman City’s Stephen Manu is their leading scorer with two goals.•    Hearts unbeaten run in the league ended last week.•    They will be without influential midfielder Sarbah Laryea after picking up another yellow card.•    Hearts have scored the most goals this season bagging 10 goals in 6 games•    Hearts have picked up seven points on the road this season. One more than at home.•    Their leading scorer is Musah Ibrahim who has scored three goals all from the bench. CHELSEA VS ADUANA   •    Aduana have picked up seven points from nine after picking up zero in their first three games.•    Aduana have scored three goals all season with all three goals coming in their last three games.•    Chelsea have won all games at home this season conceding none •    Saddick Adams is Chelsea’s top scorer with four goals. Three out of these four goals have been scored at Berekum.WAFA VS NEW EDUBIASE•    WAFA have scored eight goals in their three home matches.•    Samuel Tetteh has scored four of these eight goals. The Sogakope side are yet to score away from home.•    New Edubiase have scored three goals all season long.•    All three goals came at their adopted Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.•    At the other end, Edubiase have let in five goals with three of them coming on the road.    ASHANTIGOLD VS DREAMS •    Ashantigold will be going in search of their first win since matchday one.•    The Miners have picked up two successive draws at home to Brong Ahafo sides.•    Ashantigold have conceded 8 goals this season with two of these coming at home.•    Dreams FC have picked up four points on the road so far.•    Akonnour’s side have scored six goals this season and conceded four. •    Three of these four goals have been at home.INTER ALLIES VS BECHEM UNITED•    Inter Allies are without a win since matchday one.•    The Tema side have lost their last two games to Hearts and Dwarfs.•    Six of Inter Allies’ eight goals have been scored at Tema.•    Bechem United are yet to pick a point away from home.•    The Bechem side drew 0-0 at Tema last season. WA ALL STARS VS DWARFS•    Wa All Stars have let in two goals all season.•    Their last home game was a goalless draw against Liberty•    All Stars are yet to concede all season.•    Dwarfs got their first season of the campaign on matchday 6.•    The Cape Coast side have scored two goals away from home this season.•    Dwarfs are yet to pick a point on the road this season. – –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Midget Football Roundup…Season reaches halfway point

first_imgThe Allegheny County Midget Football League season is halfway done and it is turning out to be a good one. Let’s take a look at the leaderboard to see your how your community is faring:*****ACMFL Results This week’s standings: 1. Hill District 4-01. Garfield 4-0 3. Homewood 2-1-1 4. Braddock 2-24. North Shore 2-24. North Side 2-24. Wilkinsburg 2-28. Lincoln 1-2-19. Clairton 0-49. West Pittsburgh 0-4 Termites – 12-12;Mighty Mites – 7-6 Homewood;Midgets – 12-6 LincolnClairton vs. Garfield: Twerps – 33-0 Garfield; Termites – 20-0 Garfield; Mighty Mites – 41-27 Garfield; Midgets – 49-7 – GarfieldOverall Standings: 1. Hill District: 14-1-12. Garfield 13-33. Homewood 10-64. Wilkinsburg 9-6-15. Lincoln 7-7-26. North Shore 7-8-17. Clairton 5-10-18. North Side 3-12-110. Braddock 3-1310. West Pittsburgh 3-13(Take a look at our week-by- week coverage of the ACMFL on our website, and leave your comments; D.W Howze can also be reached at [email protected] .) RESULTS:Braddock vs. North Side- Scores still not reported; Twerps -North Side; Termites- North Side; Mighty Mites– Braddock; Midgets-BraddockHill District vs. West Pittsburgh: Twerps – 33-0 Hill District; Termites – 42-0 Hill District; Mighty Mites – 32-20 Hill District; Midgets – Hill District won by forfeit. Wilkinsburg vs. North Shore: Twerps – 19-0 – Wilkinsburg; Termites – 6-8 – North Shore; Mighty Mites – 0-18 – North Shore; Midgets – 33-19 WilkinsburgLincoln vs. Homewood: Twerps – 28-0 Homewood; HEADS OR TAILS—The captains watch the coin toss by referee Carmen Trobato of Squirrel Hill. Trobato is in his 49th year of officiating. The North Shore Stallions won the toss. On his first of two touchdowns for the day, Shyaire Howard runs for a 41yard score for the North Shore Stallions. last_img read more

Lolo Jones not minding underdog role in Sochi

first_imgIn this Oct. 25, 2013, photo, Jazmine Fenlator, right, and Lolo Jones look up after coming to a stop after racing in the U.S. women’s bobsled team Olympic trials in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Lolo Jones knows weird things can happen at an Olympics.In Beijing and London, that worked against her. In Sochi, it may prove to be her medal breakthrough.The reality is that being in USA-3 with Jazmine Fenlator for the women’s bobsled competition at the Sochi Games quite simply means that Jones is not expected to leave the Olympics with a medal. It’s far from impossible, but it also would be fair to deem it surprising if she and Fenlator are on the podium after four runs next week.“This is the Olympics of the underdogs,” Jones said Friday after a training session. “You think about everybody who was supposed to medal who didn’t medal and then you think about just so many people who have kind of come up and got a first medal. It’s been a really weird Olympics. You go down the line like Shaun White, Shani Davis, who else we have, Heather (Richardson) … it’s been definitely a year of the underdogs. I’ve never seen anything like it.”If that trend continues, USA-3 won’t complain.Jones was surrounded by expectations as a hurdler in the past two Summer Olympics, where she didn’t medal. In Sochi, she still commands attention — naturally — but there’s no huge burden of expectation, either.“It’s completely different. It’s absolutely different,” Jones said. “There’s no pressure. It’s Jaz’s first Olympics. She’s all about just having a good experience and just executing. That’s the two goals for her. And for me it’s just all about being the best teammate and giving her the best, most amazing push and velocity that she could ever ask or hope for.”Does she want a medal? Silly question. It’s why she’s bobsledding.But she also knows that many of the other sleds in the field are consistently faster than USA-3. Hardly anybody would look at results from this season or any training data and say USA-3 “should” medal.Could, yes. Should, that’s a different story.“Yes, it’s my first Olympics,” Fenlator said. “Yes, I’m an underdog or whatever you want to say. But I’m here on a mission. And I have expectations to do well.”Fair enough. And it’s not like Fenlator is some unaccomplished driver — she had three top-four finishes in eight World Cup races this season, including one silver medal, and finished seventh in the overall points standings.It’s why Jones calls the Sochi Games a “weird Olympics,” especially after some big-name American medal favorites struggled, others like Lindsey Vonn were derailed by injury even before the Olympics, and athletes like Sage Kotsenburg, Joss Christensen and Erin Hamlin have been surprise success stories.Jones and Fenlator wouldn’t mind adding themselves to that list.“We’re hoping to sweep the podium,” Fenlator said. “That’s what we want, to see three American flags. But at the end of the day we’re super proud of how far we’ve come and we’ve prepared ourselves as best as possible to represent our nation and everyone at home. So we’re going to hold our heads high and be super proud.”The team selection process was draining, especially after Jones was chosen to the Olympic squad over two longer-tenured brakemen. One was Katie Eberling, who was in Elana Meyers’ USA-1 sled for training on Friday even though Lauryn Williams — like Jones, another track athlete turned bobsledder — will be in that seat for the Olympic races.Eberling, selected as an Olympic alternate, said the team had some meetings, aired some grievances, and have since collectively moved on.“I had to move past the heartbreak and negativity and just realize that if I don’t take this chance to enjoy it, I’ll regret it,” Eberling said.If the drama over selections is bothering Jones, it wasn’t showing Friday.Here, she’s actually having fun, which is a departure from past Olympics.She was one misstep from gold in Beijing, nearly fought her way through injuries to capture a medal in London, and would appreciate nothing more than finally getting that medal in Sochi.And if it doesn’t pan out this time, the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, back in her hurdle element, are very much in her plans.“I think every Olympian goes to the Olympics and thinks about a medal,” Jones said. “If you’re not going and thinking about a medal, you shouldn’t go.”last_img read more