Big help is being provided for some so-called small sports through a thrust from the national sports agency, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). The initiative, called the Minor Sports Development Programme, will see the state body partnering with rugby, volleyball, softball, table tennis and basketball in several areas. Leaders of several of the national sporting associations recently met with INSPORTS’ administrative director, Ian Andrews, and discussed ways of improving the growth and development of the respective sports. “All of these organisations say they have these programmes going, but they don’t have the technical capacity,” Andrews noted. “If we can help them with the technical expertise and to get proper venues, then it would go a far way in lifting their sport,” he added, further explaining the need of raising their profile to spark interest and participation. Arising out of the meeting at the agency’s head office, consensus was arrived at with regards to critical areas of need. These are: – Technical support in the form of training coaches and game officials; – Facilities (playing fields and courts); – Equipment; – Primary school age-group competitions; – Meeting facility; – Administrative development capacity. “They’ve been pressuring us for help,” continued Andrews, who outlined that the associations welcomed the Minor Sports Development Programme initiative and pledged their support and cooperation to ensure that maximum benefits to the nation’s youths were forthcoming. Part of the development, he explains, is reciprocal, as they intend to increase the knowledge base to have more persons involved in the training process. “They can train our officers so that they can be certified and help with instituting these programmes,” Andrews said. Calvin Martin, vice-president of the Jamaica Basketball Association and president of the Southern Conference Basketball Association, “thinks the initiative is long overdue” and implored other sporting bodies to work hard at improving their game. “I’m hoping that all the other sports, besides basketball, push for more support,” said Martin. “We don’t have the networking, the resources and personnel and when INSPORTS comes on board, it helps to grow and develop some more. We want to host seminars and learn more about carrying out the day-to-day activities.” He added: “Their youth programmme should benefit mainly. For us, we have mini basketball for the Under-13s, which is our focus this year, and INSPORTS has pledged to support that. We’re starting out in Kingston, St Catherine and Montego Bay. We’re hoping to get into Mandeville as well, but we’re starting out small and see if we can grow. “Mini basketball has two components, one is aimed at the community and the other for prep and primary schools.” Martin, who is also a sports officer at INSPORTS, further noted that “basketball has always gotten support from INSPORTS”, but said they are shooting for increased backing. “We’ll also be looking for additional private partners. What the programme needs cannot be supplied by one entity,” he stated.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’ve been in our away uniforms all year,” coach Mike Kane said. With only freshmen and sophomores, West Ranch (0-1) has scheduled two varsity games and seven JV games. After the game with Lakeside, the Wildcats finish with four home JV games, beginning Oct. 22 against Verbum Dei of Los Angeles at Valencia High. SPOTLIGHT Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Jared Dennis has established himself among eight-man football’s most productive players. In a 60-21 victory last week over Avalon, from Santa Catalina Island, Dennis completed 15 of 19 passes for 238 yards and three TDs, and he rushed for 158 yards and four TDs. In four games, Dennis has passed for 685 yards, rushed for 599 yards and accounted for 24 TDs for Santa Clarita Christian (3-1). “I’m really pleased. Jared has worked very hard,” coach Garrick Moss said. “We haven’t seen defenses as good as we’re going to see over the next few weeks, but teams were still hitting, and Jared’s rushing yards were especially hard yards.” OFFBEAT A few moments before the start of the second half of Friday’s Valencia-Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks game, Vikings quarterback Michael Herrick needed a protein fix, so the team manager rushed to the snack stand to buy him a hamburger. He took a few quick bites, then smiled when the manager asked if someone was going to reimburse her for the burger. OFF THE CHART Since the start of the 2002 season, Canyon is 4-0 the week after a loss. How Canyon compares to the rest of the Foothill League: SchoolRecPct. Canyon4-01.000 Valencia6-2.750 Hart6-2.750 Burbank6-12.333 Burroughs5-12.294 Saugus4-15.211 NUMBERS GAME 63Percentage of Canyon’s touchdowns scored by J.J. DiLuigi (17 of 27). The junior running back has scored 15 rushing touchdowns, one receiving and one returning a kick. THIS WEEK’S GAMES HART (4-1) vs. SAUGUS (2-3) at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: James Wheeler, DB, Hart. Wheeler will look to shut down Saugus WR Casey Stevenson (21 receptions, one TD), who caught a career-best seven passes in a loss last week at St. Francis of La Canada. Outlook: These are programs headed in opposite directions. Hart has won three in a row since falling 33-21 to St. Bonaventure of Ventura in Week 2. Saugus has lost three in a row. Hart is 13-0 against the Centurions since 1991. “A victory would be great,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, and we want to compete. We’ve discussed the fact that we didn’t play up to our ability last week. I thought we’d be a lot more competitive against St. Francis, but we had some turnovers, which was frustrating.” Hart QB Tyler Lyon, who has missed three games because of injuries, is expected to play. DL Wilfred Aka and LB Griffin Cannon have helped the Indians hold opponents to an average of 17.2 points. Saugus has been outscored by an average margin of 20.3 points during its losing streak. Centurions DB P.J. Sweigart, a second-team all-league selection last year, made his season debut last week after recovering from a leg injury. Zach Summers has passed for 544 yards and four TDs, and rushed for four TDs. VALENCIA (4-1) at BURROUGHS of Burbank (3-2) , 7 p.m. Player to watch: Thomas Kyle, RB, Burroughs. Kyle rushed for 218 yards and two long TDs last week, breaking Mike Perez‘s school career rushing record. Kyle is considered one of the league’s fastest breakaway threats. Outlook: After last week’s disappointing loss at three-time Div. III champion Notre Dame, Valencia has a soft place to fall in what is expected to be an easy victory to begin league competition. “It was a tough night against Notre Dame, but it was a good game,” coach Larry Muir said. “I would think our kids put in as much effort as they could.” Valencia’s Michael Herrick, closing in on the state career passing yardage record, has completed 61.4 percent of his throws for 1,580 yards and nine TDs. He suffered a minor bruise to his throwing hand against Notre Dame but is isn’t expected to be hampered. Shane Vereen has rushed for 618 yards (10.0 avg.), caught 26 passes and scored 13 TDs. Kyle has rushed for 601 yards (8.3 avg.), caught seven passes for 132 yards and scored seven of Burroughs’ 13 TDs. He’s also a top cornerback. Tony Banuelos has passed for 524 yards (46.8 pct.) and five TDs. LB Josh Baladeros has 48 tackles. Valencia holds an 8-2 series advantage, with eight consecutive victories. BURBANK (3-2) at CANYON (4-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Robert Linda, QB, Burbank. The pressure is on Linda, who was pushed into emergency QB duty following an injury to starter Jason Barbic three weeks ago. Linda is 2-0 as a QB but has completed just three passes. Outlook: Canyon bounced back after a surprising upset loss at Simi Valley three weeks ago, winning two in a row. A 20-0 victory last week over Crespi of Encino was impressive – many expected a close game. J.J. DiLuigi is Canyon’s key player. He has rushed for 646 yards (6.4 avg.) and scored 17 TDs, many on long breakaways. He also plays a role in an underrated defense led by DL Garrett Leary and LBs Tyler Hawkins, Matt Brown and Nick Jurado and DBs Blake McMartin, Chris Kingsbury and Michael Montano. Since Harry Welch began his second stint as Canyon coach in 2001, the Cowboys have defeated Burbank four times, scoring an average of 48.5 points. Burbank’s Marcus Hood has rushed for 637 yards – 406 over the past two games – and scored eight TDs. Multipurpose back Jason McNeil also is a breakaway threat. In a 25-0 victory over Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta last week, McNeil scored on an 80-yard run and also had a 48-yard reception. WEST RANCH (0-1) at LAKESIDE of Lake Elsinore (1-5), Saturday, 7 p.m. Outlook: This is the second and final varsity game of the season for West Ranch, primarily a JV team of freshmen and sophomores. West Ranch, led by RBs Joe Spell and Tyler O’Brien, is seeking the first official victory in school history. Lakeside, also freshmen and sophomores, lost five in a row by an average margin of 43.2 points before defeating winless Silver Valley of Yermo 35-8 last week. SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (3-1) at THACHER of Ojai (2-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. Outlook: Santa Clarita Christian, led by QB Jared Dennis and OL/DL John Grayem, has averaged 53.7 points per game, but annual eight-man playoff contender Thacher has played much stronger competition. STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE TeamRecord Valencia4-1 Hart4-1 Canyon4-1 Burroughs3-2 Burbank3-2 Saugus2-3 Others: Golden Valley 0-5 (freelance); West Ranch 0-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League/Eight-man) 3-1. SEASON LOGS CANYON (4-1) 55at Leuzinger0 42Burroughs/R21 27Simi Valley34 42South Torrance6 21Crespi0 TonightBurbank Oct. 21at Saugus Oct. 28Burroughs/B Nov. 4Valencia Nov. 10at Hart GOLDEN VALLEY (0-5) Home: Canyon HS 0Burbank66 14Knight24 14Pioneer Valley67 7Alemany38 14Palos Verdes62 Oct. 13Quartz Hill Oct. 21at Ontario Christian Oct. 29Salesian Nov. 4at Carpenteria Nov. 11St. Genevieve HART (4-1) Home: College of the Canyons 7Moorpark6 21at St. Bonaventure33 38Westlake7 23at Birmingham13 34Loyola27 TonightSaugus Oct. 21at Burroughs Oct. 28at Valencia Nov. 4at Burbank Nov. 10Canyon SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (3-1) Home: Canyon HS 46Discovery52 48Hillcrest/TO30 61Accelerated6 60Avalon22 Saturdayat Thacher Oct. 22*L.A. Lutheran Oct. 29#Hillcrest (GH) Nov. 5Faith Baptist *at L.A. Baptist #at Valencia SAUGUS (2-3) Home: College of the Canyons 57at Blair 0 48Pasadena7 21Chino48 7Notre Dame21 0at St. Francis20 Tonightat Hart Oct. 21Canyon Oct. 28at Burbank Nov. 4Burroughs Nov. 11Valencia VALENCIA (4-1) 35at Bishop Amat21 51Birmingham30 48El Toro20 30St. John Bosco3 28at Notre Dame35 Tonightat Burroughs/B Oct. 21Burbank Oct. 30Hart Nov. 4at Canyon Nov. 11at Saugus160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HE SAID “We have to come out and make a statement and do what we know how to do. Whatever happened before is over and done with. Everyone is 0-0 again.” – Saugus safety Kyle Monson, on tonight’s Foothill League opener against Hart. DID YOU KNOW? West Ranch, on the road for the fifth consecutive week for Saturday’s varsity game at Lakeside of Lake Elsinore, has yet to play a home game this season.