Donnie Simmons paves way for fellow Stepinac grad, URI lineman Dwayne Scott

first_imgIn 20 years at Archbishop (New York) Stepinac High School, Mike O’Donnell had never had a player offered a scholarship before his senior season.That was until Donnie Simmons, a 17-year-old speedy defensive lineman, grew into his frame and started garnering early interest from colleges. Simmons received an offer from Akron and also attracted Ohio, but ended up committing to Syracuse before playing his way to all-league and all-state honors as a senior.“Donnie helped put us on the map more of being a football program and since then, more and more kids are going to play in college,” O’Donnell said. “Since then, we got kids to want to come to the school because of the level of football we’re playing. I think Donnie was a pioneer for us.”Of the kids who’ve benefited since Simmons graduated in 2010, one will play his first college game against Simmons and Syracuse when Rhode Island visits the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Friday. Dwayne Scott, a freshman offensive lineman for the Rams, was a standout at Archbishop Stepinac and was inspired by Simmons and his state championship-winning team.And while it’s unlikely that Scott will see the field and find himself blocking Simmons — who is expected to be a Week 1 starter for the first time in his five-year career — he’ll be in the same building as the player who helped pave his football future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We always said it, ‘We want to be like that 2010 team,’” Scott said. “It’s hard to put into words how good they were. We knew it and guys like Donnie, he pushed us to put in work.”Simmons and Scott are completely opposite players. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 264 pounds, Simmons uses speed around the edge to mask his small frame for a defensive end. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 304 pounds, Scott uses strength first and is always polishing his athleticism. Simmons’ goal is to run around players. Scott’s goal is to hold them in front of him.But their high school selves shared the common goal of playing college football, and Simmons visited White Plains, New York during breaks and told Scott and his teammates what the experience at Syracuse was like. The training, the facilities, the competition — Scott and his teammates sat around the weight room and listened intently to Simmons’ stories.Then Simmons would work out with the team, and Scott saw what it took to be a D-I football player.“Any time you get to work with a college player and you’re in high school, it can only make you better,” Scott said. “When Donnie came back to work out those times, you saw what it took.”On Friday, Simmons’and Scott’s paths will converge before they go entirely separate ways.After redshirting as a freshman and then missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Simmons sees 2015 as his chance to finally prove what he can do. Scott, on the other hand, is joining an offensive line that returned four starters and seven players with college playing experience. It will be the beginning of the end for Simmons, and the beginning of it all for Scott.For both of them, it all took root with Simmons’ success.“I tried my best to lead the way, so others could implement that same mindset to achieve great things,” Simmons said. “Not just staying at one level, just going for that highest peak and the best of your ability.” Comments Published on September 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Let’s try this again: Wellington board approves selling the junior high building for $150,000

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s on, it’s off, now it’s on again. So goes the proposed purchase of the Wellington junior high building by Garrison Properties of Prairie Village, Kans.The Wellington school board approved Garrison owner/broker Gary Hassenflu’s request to purchase the building for $150,000 so he can turn it into a 42-unit apartment complex, at Thursday night’s meeting provided he gets federal funding in May. Hassenflu was in attendance to make the request. The motion passed 5-2 with David Peck and Larry Mangan voting against the proposed purchase.It’s a waiting game for both the purchaser and the seller. The Wellington school board passed the exact same motion in January, 2013, but financing fell through. Hassenflu said he will submit another application for federal housing tax credits in February. But he won’t know the status of that grant until May. If he receives the grant then the purchase will be a go. If he does not then it may be back to the drawing board or he may walk away.Garrison Properties did not get the approval of a federal grant in May, and therefore did not have the means to develop the property.Wellington board member Angie Ratcliff asked Hassenflu what will be the difference this time around.Hassenflu said he is lowering the rent in the application. He said upon the urging of a housing authority which thought it was too high the first time around in Wellington, he said the rent rates will be lowered. That should give the application a better chance of approval.“We took that into consideration, and agreed that if we lowered the rent, we could still make it work,” Hassenflu said. No proposed rent rates were presented to the news media at Thursday’s meeting.The question for the board wasn’t so much getting rid of the junior high as it was tying up the building that long of time for a proposed purchase that might not go through. Peck said his big concern was that it would be hard to justify holding the building back if there was someone else interested in purchasing the building.But waiting has been the norm for a building that has been mostly vacant since 2006 when students vacated the premises for the newly remodeled Wellington Middle School to the north. The building has been used for community theater, game time locker rooms and athletic practices.Garrison Property first approached the board in January, 2013 with the desire to buy the building. The board agreed for the same price of $150,000 which included the parking lot. His proposal was (and still is) to build 600-700 square foot one bedroom apartments; 700 square foot two-bedroom apartments and 1,100 square foot three bedroom apartments. The gymnasium would be turned into apartments but the auditorium would remain intact for the community.Hassenflu then got the approval of the Wellington Planning Commission and the Wellington City Council to rezone it into a multi-family residential zone.However, once the financing fell through in May, the board was left with the junior high building again. A couple of developers expressed lukewarm interest over the summer but nothing materialized from the talks, said Rick Weiss, Wellington School Superintendent.The purchase property is significantly lower than what then Sumner County Appraiser Della Rowley appraised it for at $641,570 as a single family R1 building in 2012.Wellington board president Jackie Berryman said its appraised value isn’t the significant issue here.“We are looking at a difference between $0 and $150,000,” Berryman said. “That doesn’t begin to address the issue of the costs of maintaining the building. We can’t afford to do that.”Hassenflu said asbestos removal alone could cost $200,000.“You are looking at a building with a negative value,” Hassenflu said.Ratcliff said one of her patrons was worried about a group that donated a trophy case in the building and if they can still retrieve it. Hassenflu said anything that isn’t bolted down can be removed.“I’m sure this is a maintenance headache and you can use the school funds for other uses,” Hassenflu said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 360 weeks ago let me get this straight. Without our federal tax dollars this guy cant buy a building and convert into apartments that even the government said his rent was to high. Does the school board not know how to spell shister Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Whs86 · 360 weeks ago I hope this board is planning ahead for loss of locker rooms and practice facility. This also means we lose our only tennis court parking and a lot of event parking for football games. Our community needs to look into a combined facility built in that area with a gym,locker rooms and workout facility. This would help fill a need in this community Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Basinga19 · 360 weeks ago If this property is removed from the market, why doesn’t he put down a non refundable deposit??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 360 weeks ago You are right WHS86. Something has to be done and it has to done now. Locker facilities just don’t pop up over night—building, lockers, showers, toilets, lights, heat/ac, etc. etc. Don’t forget, it has to be a building big enough for 2 teams. Let’s go school board, somebody on the board be the first to step forward and address this situation. Wellington is already the only AVCTL and Pioneer League member that does not have enough gym facilities for basketball. Never though Wellington would be last in anything. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down little bits · 360 weeks ago The board had an opportunity several years ago to sell this building and let it slip through their fingers. If they had acted then they wouldn’t be in this situation again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down RedDemo · 331 weeks ago Abatement is the only solution for asbestos, which means either removing or encasement of asbestos containing material. Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Hazard wants to be a Chelsea ‘legend’ after hitting century mark

first_imgWatford were level within two minutes as Jose Holebas’s corner perfectly picked out Pereyra on the edge of the Chelsea box and the Argentine connected sweetly on the volley to find the bottom corner.The hosts had claims for a penalty waved away when Gerard Deulofeu tumbled under a shoulder barge from David Luiz, but there was no controversy when at the other end moments later Hazard was hauled down by Foster.Hazard picked himself up to dispatch the penalty confidently and by the end Chelsea’s margin of victory should have been greater.Willian and N’Golo Kante drilled low shots inches wide and Foster had to race back to his goal after going forward for a late Watford corner to deny Hazard his hat-trick with the last action of the game.“We could have won with another result because in the last 20-25 minutes we missed opportunities,” added Sarri. “At the end of the match, we did very well, especially mentally.” Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Eden Hazard offered Chelsea fans hope his future may remain with the Londoners by stating he wants to become a club “legend” like former team-mates Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba.Hazard scored his 100th and 101st Chelsea goals as Maurizio Sarri’s men moved back into the Premier League top four by grinding out a 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day.However, doubts remain over the Belgian’s future with his contract set to expire in 2020 and persistent rumours over interest from European champions Real Madrid.“It means a lot, especially because we won today also,” said Hazard on reaching his Chelsea century.“100th and 101st goal with this amazing club is something I will never forget, but now the fans, me, the staff, the players, we want more.“I want to score more goals for this club and be a legend like Lampard, Terry or Drogba.”Two of the three goals came in first-half stoppage time as Hazard’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Roberto Pereyra’s spectacular strike.However, Hazard made sure he was the match-winner as he was brought down by Ben Foster and then converted the resulting spot-kick early in the second half to move Chelsea two points ahead of Arsenal in the battle for Champions League qualification.Despite fuming at Chelsea’s lack of focus in losing at Stamford Bridge for the first time in charge of the Blues to Leicester on Saturday, Sarri named the same starting line-up with Hazard again serving as the focal point of the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.“Hazard can play in every position,” said Sarri. “Today he played very well with two goals and could have had a two or three assists.”Chelsea’s top scorer had to wait for his chances to come, but showed why Sarri persists with him through the middle as he coolly rounded Foster from Matteo Kovacic’s pass to give Chelsea the lead.last_img read more

Community Christian Academy Preschool And Childcare Announce Open House

first_imgSubmitted by The Foundation CampusIf you are looking for a solid, Biblically based preschool or childcare for your child, please consider Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare.Join us on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a free barbeque and open house! Come see our recent remodeled facilities as well as receive $50.00 off of registration when enrolling your child in our center during our Grand Re-Opening/Open House event.You can also schedule a tour of our Preschool and Childcare at your convenience by calling us at (360) 493-ABCD or  (360) 951-3054.Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare is located on The Foundation Campus in Lacey, Washington at 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516. The Foundation Campus consists of a Preschool and Childcare Center, our Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School home of the Navigators.Community Christian Preschool and Childcare offers small class sizes and individual attention for your child.  As a Christian Preschool and Childcare Center, your child will also learn values essential for success in life.  Our teachers are experienced, qualified, and serve as role models to your child in a loving and nurturing environment. We provide a Biblically based education, provide a Christian atmosphere, demonstrate love, care, and support to your child, and teach strong age appropriate academics.  Our preschool and childcare are also implementing provisions of the Early Achievers Program. The Early Achievers Program is a voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer High-quality child care.If you are looking for a safe, warm, loving school where your child can flourish, come visit us at our Open House on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or call today for a tour.  Our director, Michelle Jewett can answer your questions about our programs.For the success of your child!For more detailed information about our Preschool and Childcare Programs click here or to learn about all the schools on The Foundation Campus, please click here. Facebook66Tweet0Pin0last_img read more