City go for the kill, United aim to keep in touch

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgTheir Manchester rivals had closed the gap to five points with a 1-0 win against Brighton on Saturday and, with City trailing to a Nicolas Otamendi own goal at half-time against Huddersfield, Jose Mourinho’s men were dreaming of a title lifeline.But City crushed those hopes in gritty fashion as Sergio Aguero’s penalty two minutes after the interval eased any nerves from the leaders, who piled on the pressure and were rewarded with six minutes left when Raheem Sterling netted the winner.City have now won their last 11 Premier League matches and 18 in all competitions.United can again move to within five points of their hated neighbours if they win at Watford on Tuesday, before City return to action at home to Southampton 24 hours later.Guardiola admits City’s scintillating run will end eventually, but he believes the way his team saw off fired-up Huddersfield should serve as a warning to their rivals that they are fully focused on the title.“If you want to win the title you can not expect easy games, so we have to live these kinds of situations and we spoke about at half-time how we are going to react in that situation,” he said.“We are going to lose. That is going to happen – definitely. Today was so close – it’s going to happen.“When you play every few days, when you see the scheduling – December, January – we go to Donetsk to play in the Champions League. It’s impossible.“The 18 games in a row is amazing and we have 11 in the Premier League in a row so that’s good. We have a good moment and with the spirit we can go further.“I am pleased because I know our fans are so happy because they see their players fighting until the end.”– Show of strength –United have no margin for error at Vicarage Road, where Watford will aim for a repeat of last season’s shock 3-1 win over Mourinho’s team.While Watford impressed in a 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, United laboured to see off Brighton at Old Trafford until Lewis Dunk’s own goal from an Ashley Young effort sealed their second successive league win.United defender Victor Lindelof hopes his side can continue to grind out the wins while they search for their peak form.“We tried to do our best out there, we tried to play our game but it didn’t work out so good,” he said.“We got the three points and that is the most important thing. We didn’t play our best game but we got the win and that shows strength.”Champions Chelsea are lagging 11 points behind City in third place and must beat lowly Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to have any chance of catching the leaders.Key to their title defence is Eden Hazard’s ability to maintain the fine form he showed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool.Afer an injury-hit start to the season, the Belgian excelled against Liverpool in the number 10 role behind Alvaro Morata.“The start of this season was full of trouble with Eden because he had an injury with the national team and we started the season without him,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.“Now I think Eden is in really good form and I think he likes to play as a striker. There is a good link with Alvaro.”Fixtures (1945 GMT unless stated)TuesdayBrighton v Crystal Palace, Leicester v Tottenham, Watford v Manchester United (2000 GMT), West Brom v Newcastle (2000 GMT)WednesdayArsenal v Huddersfield, Bournemouth v Burnley, Chelsea v Swansea, Everton v West Ham (2000 GMT), Manchester City v Southampton (2000 GMT), Stoke v Liverpool (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling kicks the ball into the crowd as the final whistle blows in their match against Huddersfield Town in Huddersfield, northern England on November 26, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Manchester City will bid to hammer home their advantage at the top of the Premier League against Southampton, while Manchester United head to Watford hoping to cling onto the leaders’ coat-tails in a crucial midweek programme.City underlined their determination to win the title with a gutsy 2-1 victory at Huddersfield on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s side reestablished an eight-point lead over second placed United.last_img read more

Mali legend Kanouté to visit Kenya this weekend

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Kanouté, a Sevilla FC legend, will be in the country courtesy of global gaming brand SportPesa and LaLiga. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – Retired Malian striker Frédéric Kanouté will tour Kenya this weekend where he will grace the live screening of the El Clasico pitting rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.Now a LaLiga ambassador, Kanouté, who made history in 2007 when he became the first footballer born outside the continent to be crowned the African Footballer of the Year, will arrive in the country on Thursday evening for his visit in Kenya. Kanouté, a Sevilla FC legend, will be in the country courtesy of global gaming brand SportPesa and LaLiga.He will be the star attraction during the formal launch of their partnership on Saturday from 3pm local time (+3GMT) during the live viewing of the El Classico pitting bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona at Uhuru Nairobi’s Gardens.The momentous occasion will give Kenyan football fans the chance to witness for the first time the state-of-art SportPesa display screening truck that landed in the country recently from the United Kingdom.Kanouté, a Sevilla FC legend, will be in the country courtesy of global gaming brand SportPesa and LaLiga. Photo/COURTESY“We are delighted to welcome Kanouté, a modern legend of the game to Kenya for the launch of the LaLiga Experience in Kenya. His career progression is an ideal example of SportPesa’s football development mission we have for Kenya,” SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer, Joyce Kibe, announced.“Freddie was born in a tiny village in France and went on to play at the highest level in LaLiga and England, opting to represent his nation of heritage in international football, the tiny country of Mali where he inspired the nation to their most successful years in international football,” Kibe added.“Having such an icon to formally launch our partnership with LaLiga that was signed eight months ago where football fans will get a first opportunity to witness a revolution in live game viewing in Kenya is another key milestone in what has been a wonderful year for SportPesa,” the marketing chief noted.Kanouté is due to watch the 2017 Koth Biro round of 16 clash between Umeme Bees FC and Opitos FC on Friday evening, where both teams will have coaches from LaLiga on either dugout, as part of the effort to promote grassroots football at the Ziwani Sports Grounds in Nairobi.The LaLiga coaches- Carlos De Las Heras Sanchez-Tembleque and Jose Ignacio Sanchez Becerra- arrived in Kenya on Tuesday night for training sessions with both sides, with Umeme going first on Wednesday and Opitos a day later.Kanouté is due to watch the 2017 Koth Biro round of 16 clash between Umeme Bees FC and Opitos FC on Friday evening, where both teams will have coaches from LaLiga on either dugout, as part of the effort to promote grassroots football at the Ziwani Sports Grounds in Nairobi. Photo/COURTESYPlayers drawn from various parts of the country under the Tujiamini campaign by the gaming giants will also take part in the coaching clinic to learn the skills that gave Spain world famous players such as Kanouté who won the UEFA Cup twice with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007, that marked the start of a golden age at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Besides the UEFA Cup glory, the forward who played six times for the France Under 21s, scoring once for them, also collected the UEFA Super Cup (2006), Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) twice (2007 and 2010) and the Supercopa de Espana (Spanish Super Cup/2007) titles at Sevilla.Kanouté had successful stints at French giants, Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) and English Premier League sides, West Ham United FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC in a career celebrated for his silky skills and classy goals.The retired forward led Mali to the semi-finals of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Tunisia against all odds, having famously beaten Kenya Harambee Stars 3-1 in the group stages of the competition in a tournament where he scored four goals.Kanouté,-born to a Malian father and French mother- retired from international football in 2010 when Mali were eliminated from the AFCON having won the hearts of his chosen nation.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners ‘World Cup’

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgIt wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals.A prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in a mock World Cup tournament at a prison in Huaral, Peru, on May 15, 2018 © AFP / CRIS BOURONCLEAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.– High security –Inmates play soccer © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again.“For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom as anticipation of Peru’s first appearance at World Cup finals in 36 years reached fever pitch © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESLIMA, Peru, Jun 2 – It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.last_img read more

Valencia fall to first defeat at 10-man Getafe

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya Pena reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match Getafe CF vs Valencia CF at the Col. Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain on December 3, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, Dec 3 – Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday.The visitors’ disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara’s deflected effort 24 minutes from time.“Congratulations to them, they won, I don’t think it was a fair result but that is football,” Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don’t think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today.”Barca’s failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons.Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third.Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand.However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita.The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat.Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara’s powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed.Once again Valencia’s biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post.And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler’s piledriver.On a fine Sunday for La Liga’s other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1.Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark.However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year’s World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday’s draw, swung the game Leganes’ way.Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front.And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring.Las Palmas’ first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide.Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Confirmed: Arsenal star out until the New Year

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_imgJack Wilshere has ‘no chance’ of being fit before the end of December, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.The midfielder has been out of action since August after suffering a fractured leg days before the Community Shield final against Chelsea.Reports this week had claimed the England international may make a comeback before the end of December after processing well with his rehabilitation.However, Wenger has now denied that talk and instead Wilshere will not appear until January.“If you ask me if he will be fit before the end of December, no chance,” said Wenger. Arsenal star Jack Wilshere 1last_img

Citizenship event attracts thousands

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by
first_imgThey made their way to the United States from 100 countries with the hope of freedom and the chance to become an American. That dream came true Friday for 7,018 immigrants, who took the oath of citizenship during two joy-filled ceremonies at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “It’s so amazing,” said Maria Elena, 33, a Mexican immigrant who got her green card in 1997, five years after arriving in the United States. “For the right to vote. For my husband. For my children. Everybody in my family is a citizen,” she said, “and I wanted to be one, too.” Omar Espejal was smuggled across the border from Tijuana and into California with his family when he was 13. They later became legal residents, and Friday – 17 years later and after only six months of waiting – he and his wife were able to embrace the “American” in Mexican-American. “It’s a great honor to be part of a nation. There’s not another one like this in the world,” said his wife, Imelda, whose family immigrated with green cards in 1989. Every person spoken to noted one new privilege above all else: the right to vote. “No. 1, I can vote,” said Akeem Lambert, an 18-year-old college student who emigrated six years ago from Guyana in South America. “I already felt like I was part of the community, but it is officially saying, `You are welcomed into society. You are one of us.”‘ That, in fact, was the message from President Bush, who spoke to his newest constituents via videotape. “Today, the United States is not only your home, it is your country,” the president said in a message recorded long before the recent round of immigration-reform discord. “You now go forward as citizens of a free nation.” After the second ceremony, California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference outside the exhibition hall and encouraged people to register to vote. “It’s important that you speak out. Just the other day, some 500,000 people marched for the right to have the American Dream,” Villaraigosa said, referring to the rally in downtown L.A. over a proposed immigration reform bill. In fiscal 2005-06, some 500,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens, including 95,000 in the Los Angeles region. It takes the district Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services an average of seven months to process citizenship applications, according to officer-in-charge Mary Esther Johnson. The more difficult task is getting into the country as a legal resident, which can take years. (818) 713-3436160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs politicians grapple with immigration reform and the debate over immigrants’ rights continues, the citizenship ceremony held each month in Los Angeles was a reminder that people don’t simply want to live in the United States – they want to be a part of the nation’s blood. “It warms my heart to know that so many of you were willing to strive so hard to become part of this country,” Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh said after the afternoon session. “America is a land of immigrants.” Walsh related how his grandparents had arrived at Ellis Island from Ireland, poor and lacking job skills. “Here, in just two generations, their kids have made it,” he said. The new citizens had immigrated from Afghanistan and Australia, China and Colombia. Mexico was the source of the largest number to the Los Angeles region – 1,842 people – followed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Iran and China. last_img


Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgA teacher on part-time hours has told a judge he couldn’t afford rising car insurance prices – and had driven without cover.Christopher Carr, who is 29 and from Meadow Hill in Letterkenny appeared before the district court.Asked by Judge Paul Kelly why he hadn’t insured his vehicle, Mr Carr said he couldn’t afford it. “The car is over 10 years old and there was no way I could afford to pay for the insurance in full,” said the teacher.“I’m a teacher on part-time hours. I did have a policy which was costing €200 per month but I couldn’t afford to keep up the payments.”Judge Kelly said his situation was unfortunate but that every motorist has to have insurance.He fined Carr €200 and gave him four months to pay for the incident at Gortlee in Letterkenny on December 8 last.PART-TIME TEACHER WHO COULDN’T AFFORD CAR INSURANCE IS FINED was last modified: May 30th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgTAX officials are set to trawl through GAA club and county records, it was announced today.County chairmen were told at a meeting at Croke Park last month that the Revenue Commissioners want to double check records to make sure that all expenses have been vouched for.They also want details of anyone paid for operating turnstiles for matches in Co Donegal and other counties. A Donegal county board source told expressed confidence that all records here are in order.Limerick county was audited last year, it was reported today. It took three days and the county board there given a clean bill of health. REVENUE SWOOP ON GAA CLUBS was last modified: January 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: GARDAI in County Donegal have smashed two separate drugs rings after raids today.Officers seized cannabis with an estimated value of €120,000 in the townland of Leitir, Kilmcrennan.More than 150 plants were found in two grow houses after the raid which was led by local detectives investigating organised crime gangs. In a separate investigation officers seized €20,000 worth of cannabis from a house in Milford.The estimated value of the drugs is subject to examination.Donegal Daily understands the seizure in Milford – at a property at Aras Ui Domhnaill – came after a nationwide crackdown on drugs gangs using rural counties to grow cannabis.Sources in Sligo say today’s raids are linked to a seizure there. One man and one woman have been arrested and a quantity of cannabis herb has been seized following a stop and search of a vehicle in Ballymote last night.Gardaí stopped a car on the N4, Castlebaldwin, Ballymote, said a spokesman.When the car was searched Gardaí recovered 4 Kg of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €80,000 subject to analysis.The two occupants of the car, a man in his mid 30s and a woman in her mid 20s, were arrested at the scene. They are currently detained at Ballymote Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 and can be detained for up to seven days.Following today’s raids one man has been detained by Gardai and is being questioned in Letterkenny. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL GARDAI SMASH TWO DRUGS GANGS AFTER RAIDS was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drugs seizedGarda successkilmacrennanMilfordlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Signs Three High School Standouts For 2017-18

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgMonahan, from Silver Lake, Minn., is a multi-sport athlete at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. As a junior, the 5-8 guard set her high school’s all-time scoring and steals record to go along with the assists mark she set as a sophomore. Monahan is a three-time all-conference honoree in basketball. In her final high school basketball season, she will be coached by her father, Jeff, and will play with two of her younger sisters. As a junior, Monahan qualified for the state meet and set the school record in the 300-meter hurdles in track and field. Fuller, a local standout for West Des Moines Valley High School, is a 5-8 guard who helped lead the Tigers to the state tournament twice including a runner-up finish her sophomore season. As a junior, she averaged 14.0 points behind 46.1 percent shooting. Fuller has garnered all-state and all-CIML accolades each of the previous two seasons. She is also a member of the Valley soccer team. “Maddie (Monahan) is the hardest working player that I have had step on the court for me. She is a coach on the court, who put in the time and work to become a Division I player. Going to Drake for the education and to play Division I basketball is a win-win for her. Off the court, she has a big heart that helps her connect with people. I’m excited for her to come to Drake and know she is in good hands going to Drake.”Zach Otto-Fisher – Former Glencoe-Silver Lake Head Coach “Maddie (Monahan) is a tough, hard-nosed and unselfish player. She is the player that basketball purists love. She does all the little things and is all about the team being successful. She will make decisions in chaotic situations. She was the starting point guard for us this past summer and did great. She brought it every time. It didn’t matter if it was a walk through, practice or a game. She is a special player, and a great addition for Drake.”Gerard Coury – North Tartan AAU Head Coach “Not only is Hannah (Fuller) the strongest and toughest player I have ever coached, but she is the most fearless competitor I have coached. She is a winner. I trust the ball in her hands and want it in her hands at crunch time because of her strong desire to win and compete for the team.”Joe Sigrest – West Des Moines Valley Head Coach “Hannah (Fuller) is a flat out winner,” Baranczyk said. “She competes every possession, does the little things and when she is on the floor the game is impacted. She is of high character from an incredible family and no matter what it is she is leading. She is another local player that will continue to help attract other local players and you can’t help but want to be on the same team as Hannah.” Rounding out the 2017-18 class is Van Scyoc (pronounced Van SOYK), a 6-1 forward from Lourdes Academy. She is another multi-sport athlete that excels in cross country and track and field. On the basketball court, Van Scyoc had an outstanding junior campaign being named the Northeast Wisconsin Girls Basketball Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State First Team. In cross country, she is a three-time all-conference selection and in track and field was a member of Lourdes’ 2016 state champion 4×800 relay team. Her older brother, Matt, is a senior on the Indiana State University men’s basketball team. Drake opens the regular season on Nov. 11 at North Dakota. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. “Katie (Van Scyoc) is a versatile player that has a relentless work ethic and plays really hard,” Baranczyk said. “She is the type of player that lives in the gym and when you watch her play it is obvious she loves the game. She comes from a family that has great faith, character and is extremely supportive.”center_img What They Are Saying About The 2017-18 Drake women’s basketball signees… “Maddie (Monahan) is the consummate team player,” Baranczyk said. “She is really tough and fearless with a high motor and basketball IQ. A true point guard who reads what her team needs, whether it be to score the basketball or set her teammates up. She comes from a family of high family values and great Midwest work ethic.” “Hannah (Fuller) is tough as nails with a great attitude who is a hard worker and team player. She is a tremendous addition to the Drake program and community and a great kid from a great family. Hannah does a little bit of everything, can play multiple positions and is strong and physical. She will be a great asset for Drake.” Dickson Jensen – All Iowa Attack Head Coach “Katie (Van Scyoc) is a hard working player. She puts in the hours in the gym. She is extremely coachable and a great teammate. I know she is excited for the opportunity at Drake and looking forward to moving on in her basketball career. At same time, she has lofty goals for herself and her team this year. We have a chance be very good and have a really great senior season for her.”Reed Tyriver – Lourdes Academy Head Coach “I have worked with Katie (Van Scyoc) since the eighth grade and she has a work ethic that is second to none. What Katie represents is what all schools want in their student-athletes because she is not only highly successful on the basketball court but in the classroom as well. She is very goal-oriented and set a goal to play Division I basketball and worked at it for the past four years. I have gotten to know her personally and have seen her lighter side and the competitor in her. Her best basketball is still in front of her.”Ryan Kane – Ripon College Head Men’s Basketball Coach DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team has signed three high school student-athletes, Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa), Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) and Katie Van Scyoc (Markesan, Wis.), to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced Wednesday, Nov. 9.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more