Although he’s probably recognized more for his prowess as an offensive lineman in football, already having secured a scholarship to NCAA Division II Pace University in the fall, Elyezer Olivery is also a highly touted and successful wrestler.Just how good? Well, Olivery, the Union City High School senior, capped his second straight undefeated regular season by rolling through the NJSIAA Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School. Olivery, who has won all 34 of his matches this season, defeated Joe Andes of Hackettstown, 1-0, to win his second straight regional gold medal.Olivery, who wrestles in the heavyweight (285 pounds and up) is the only Soaring Eagle wrestler to ever capture consecutive regional titles.Maybe he’s not just a football player any more.“I started wrestling when I was about five years old,” Olivery said. “It’s one of the first sports that I fell in love with. The first time I watched WWE [considered to be the top professional wrestling circuit], it intrigued me and that’s what got me involved.”Three years later, Olivery won his first major wrestling gold medal, taking home first prize in the New Jersey state recreation championship.“I won the states at age eight,” Olivery said. “It felt great, winning at that level.”Olivery then joined the Soaring Eagles’ wrestling program once he enrolled in high school.“My main problem was always looking ahead,” Olivery said. “Instead of taking one match at a time, I started looking ahead instead of taking one match at a time.”One match, Olivery had a 5-1 lead and was looking strong.“But my opponent caught me with a leg drop and rolled me over,” Olivery said. “I fell to my back and I was pinned. Even though I lost, it taught me a valuable lesson to stop looking ahead. I wasn’t going to wrestle cautiously anymore. I was more of a wise wrestler. I knew what I had to do.”Union City’s first-year head coach Matt Marquart knew that Olivery was a good one.“I was very impressed with the way he developed his offense from his feet, that he knew his top game on down,” Marquart said. “I think it also goes along with the fact that he has a great attitude. He always comes to practice to work hard. He believes he’s going to be standing on the podium [in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall with the top eight finishers in the state]. When you believe that and expect that, it means he’s all business.”In fact, it has given Marquart a very trusty nickname — one originated by rock music star Bruce Springsteen.“We call him ‘The Boss,’” Marquart said. “He just comes in and takes care of business. He has the right attitude. He wears this gold watch and wears it as a reminder to what he has at stake this weekend.”Gold is the color of the medal given to the eventual state champion _ and the unbeaten Olivery is headed to Boardwalk Hall this Sunday with the state title at stake.“He’s a big, strong kid,” Marquart said. “He’s able to get guys much bigger than he is and take them to their backs. He’s more athletic than most heavyweights. For his weight class, he uses that quickness to his advantage.”Olivery thought about going to a school where he could compete in both football and wrestling in college.“But Pace doesn’t offer wrestling,” Olivery said. “So this is it. I’m going to the states with the intention of this is my last chance to wrestle.”“I’m interested in seeing what he might be able to do,” Marquart said. “I want to see how he competes in the state tournament. In the back of his mind, I know this kid doesn’t want to give up wrestling.”Olivery is not ready to walk away from the sport.“I’m heading to Atlantic City with the mentality that it’s coming to an end,” Olivery said. “I don’t pay attention to predictions or rankings. I do it for fun. I’m having fun. I’ve wrestled all my life. Wrestling has become more of a lifestyle than a sport. And I like to win in all aspects of my life, on the football field, on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. I just want to be a winner in all aspects.”Marquart applauds Olivery’s approach.“He’s very sharp,” Marquart said. “He knows what we ask of him and he sticks to the plan. He has a game plan, sticks to the game plan and wins. He knew he was going to have a good year this year if he just stuck to his plan.”Just like his nickname, Olivery is truly “The Boss.”“I do believe I have been a little overlooked,” said Olivery, who has a stellar career mark of 108-13. “I just put in my work and go home. I’m looking to led my actions speak for me.”“He’s a great kid with a ton of respect for everyone around him,” Marquart said. “Younger kids always come up to him and ask him advice on a bunch of things. No question, he will be missed when he graduates.”For now, Olivery is hoping to capture one more title — that being Union City’s first-ever state champion in wrestling. “I’m going there [Atlantic City] to win,” Olivery said. “I’m doing nothing but winning.” – Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] ×Union City senior Eleyzer Olivery Union City senior Eleyzer Olivery
What good is sitting alone in your room? That’s fine if you’re studying, but otherwise you could be at the Harvard Cabaret, a collaboration by College undergrads and graduate students at the A.R.T. Institute that blends song, dance, mischief, and monologue and that organizers hope will become an annual tradition.At this increasingly stress-filled time of year, it’s also a chance to relax and blow off steam. The cabaret’s various performances, including scenes from established plays as well as original compositions, songs, and dance numbers, all have been organized around the theme of stress.“We figured that’s something that everyone in the Harvard community can relate to,” said sophomore Sam Hagen, a Theater, Dance & Media concentrator who conceived of the show along with A.R.T. Institute student Aida Rocci Ruiz.The two, who met last summer while working at the American Repertory Theater, discussed the idea one day over coffee. Two hours later, they decided “we are going to make this happen,” said Rocci Ruiz. They brought the idea to the institute’s administrative director, Julia Smeliansky, who backed their plan. Then they got to work, sending out a call for proposals from students, finding a performance space, partnering graduates with undergrads on different pieces, and letting the collaborations and the creativity begin. The cabaret includes eight numbers and 30 performers.“We wanted them to collaborate to realize that they can depend on each other’s talents,” said Rocci Ruiz.The cabaret builds on the spirit engendered by the new Theater, Dance & Media concentration, said David Chambers, a longtime professor of directing at the Yale University School of Drama and a visiting Harvard professor who is consulting on the show.“The new concentration and the American Repertory Theater are a major breakthrough for Harvard, and I think it has opened the floodgates. … An idea like this, which was immediately picked up by Julia at the A.R.T. Institute, I think has to do with the new climate.”Chambers is well versed in the Yale Cabaret, a playground for subversion and artistic expression now in its 48th year, with alumni such as Henry Winkler, Sigourney Weaver, and Meryl Streep.“[Cabaret] implies a certain kind of freedom, a challenge to the status quo,” said Chambers. “It’s filled with risk, and that’s why people keep coming back.”With luck, the Harvard Cabaret will keep coming back, too.The Harvard Cabaret plays tonight at 7 and 9:30 at the Signet Society, 46 Dunster St.
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo May 22, 2017 In early 2016, Nicaraguan Army General Julio César Avilés, commander-in-chief of the Army, and Honduran Army Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina, chief of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, signed a working protocol creating the Sandino-Morazán Joint Task Force. This represented one more step in the fight against transnational organized crime by Central American countries. To discuss this and other matters, Diálogo spoke with Maj. Gen. Álvarez during the 2017 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in Cozumel, Mexico, last April.Diálogo: What is your main challenge as chief of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces?Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina: One of the main challenges faced by any chief of staff is having a force that is capable of confronting threats. It’s having a force that is capable of efficiently completing its missions. That’s what we’re working on – guiding our forces so that they can confront threats. Of course, you have to study and understand the threat in order to develop forces and capabilities to be able to operate.Diálogo: Are you referring to transnational organized crime?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Yes, and I think it’s not just in Honduras. It’s a very big threat, especially drug trafficking. Looking at drug trafficking in and of itself, it’s the head of the beast, very powerful, with lots of financial resources. It transcends the territory of any single state; it has no borders. Its financial resources enable it to influence the authorities, to buy people’s wills… So I think we’re facing a very strong opponent. It’s a force that must be fought with resolve. Soldiers confronting the drug-trafficking threat have to know what they are facing. They must also reject any temptation that might come from this monstrosity.Diálogo: And do you agree with Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, and with other CENTSEC participants that this is a common challenge that all nations have and that they must work together to fight this scourge?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Yes. I believe that we all share the same view, and we are also glad that there are nations interested in this joint struggle. The Northern Triangle, comprising Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, presented an initiative at the highest level, with our shared responsibility to face any threats. It is our people who are suffering. So they have a responsibility. So a concern was aroused at the highest level. We assume that concern, which is then conveyed to our institutions. We train ourselves to confront it, and indeed we are confronting it. We have mounted a united front, not only in Central America but there are also other countries with shared responsibilities on this issue of drug trafficking that are working with us. Colombia is a great help to Central America. The United States is a great help to Central America. Canada is a great help. Brazil is a great help to us. That’s why I think that it is precisely these meetings that allow us to see how big the threat we are facing is. [We must] be aware of the global perspective. It’s larger than what we can perceive as a state or as a country. And we can draw lessons from that to confront it in the best way possible.Diálogo: How is this struggle going in Honduras?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: In Honduras, we are doing this as a joint operation. We created an interagency task force in which we in the Armed Forces are just cooperating with those forces, with our soldiers, and with our resources. That’s where we are. But in reality, it’s not exactly the Armed Forces running this in Honduras. The struggle is being fought by a national interagency security force in which all state institutions associated with our justice officials are involved. What’s happening, I think, is that people see a visible and highly credible face in the Armed Forces. But we cannot underestimate the hard work that is being done by our justice officials, such as public prosecutors at the Office of the Attorney General, judges, the investigative bodies of the state, and the National Police.Diálogo: In 2016 you held bilateral meetings with Nicaraguan Army General Julio César Avilés Castillo, chief of the Army, in which you formalized compliance with the agreements for conducting coordinated operations in border zones. Can you talk a little about that?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: We have agreements with all of the nations with which we share a border, in order to confront that threat in all spheres, from the political sphere to the economic sphere and the national security sphere. Military forces are operating at the border, on the international frontier, in order to keep not-so-nice people from crossing over from one country to another. So that is the agreement that we have with these countries. With Nicaragua, we have reached some similar agreements within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), which Nicaragua is also a party to so that we can conduct certain operations. We carried out Operation Sandino-Morazán in the first, second, third, and fourth phases. As needed, we exchange information. That’s something that we do within the framework of CFAC, not only with Nicaragua. We do it with Guatemala and El Salvador as well. I mean, that’s part of the trust-building effort –patrolling and conducting operations in border zones. Each on their own side, so that the people in the area can also feel that they are being supported by the security and defense agencies.Diálogo: What is the importance of Mexico co-hosting this security conference for the first time?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Look, we see it as a very good thing. Just today Minister Díaz Celaya, the Honduran minister of defense, was saying that “we hope that Mexico will be an integral part of CFAC.” It’s extremely important when the government and the armed forces can join these regional bodies to fight these threats. So Mexico is always welcomed. We have always looked at Mexico, and also Brazil, as having tremendous potential for cooperation. We already have that in the area of education. Here, as I was saying, we must join forces to confront this common threat.
Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed After Siakam blocked a layup attempt by LeBron James, rookie Terence Davis II of Ole Miss swished a 3-pointer that put the Raptors up 12 with 3:50 left.Davis was undrafted. Siakam went 27th in the first round. Powell was a second-round pick. Last year the Raptors were the first NBA champs who didn’t have a lottery pick on their roster.This year they picked up Stanley Johnson, of Mater Dei and Arizona, who went eighth in his draft class. He played three minutes on Sunday, bringing his season total to 14.“It’s been fun,” Siakam said. “Anytime you get to shoot more, it’s good, and we still have that chemistry. Guys might have left, but most of these guys have been around for years, and we know each other and we’ve practiced together.”In this game, they flat outworked the Lakers, but there was strategy, too. Coach Nick Nurse ordered double-teams on Anthony Davis early. Whether that’s the reason Davis devolved into a long shooter in this game isn’t clear, but the offense dehydrated in a second half in which the Lakers shot 32 percent.Green didn’t get early looks and went 0-for-5. LeBron James probably deferred too much and had five field goals.“They’re the fastest team in the league,” coach Frank Vogel said of Toronto, “and when you don’t execute offensively, they take advantage of it.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhether the 2019 world champions have become a perennial, dropping blooms in the spring and then regenerating in the fall, will be decided as we go.But the Raptors again are a nightmare sight for the NBA personnel directors who somehow didn’t draft them, and they showed the Lakers, even some Lakers who should have known better, that portfolios don’t win every game.“We wanted to attack them,” said Norman Powell, who spent four years at UCLA and is now a five-year man in Toronto, waiting and working. “We wanted to make sure they knew this was going to be a hard night for them. There are a lot of guys in the league that are like the guys you saw tonight, just waiting for an opportunity. I’ve been in that spot. You’ve got some of the best players in America sitting behind some of the other best players in America.”Siakam played through a tough shooting night and had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and his two run-outs off missed shots blunted the Lakers’ comeback at the end. VanVleet, the undrafted and nerveless guard, was brilliant with 23 points and 10 assists.Boucher is a 6-foot-10 sliver from Montreal who played on Oregon’s Final Four team and was the G-League Player of the Year in 2019. He scored 18 with three blocks, and the Lakers’ famed rim-protectors could not control him. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Clippers took Leonard’s strength and skill away from Toronto, but the seeds he planted are still there. His relentlessness and stoicism helped the Raptors cast aside years of playoff derailment.“I think we all learned a lot from him,” Siakam said. “He never seems to get rattled. I’ve added that to my game, too. When I miss a couple of shots, Freddie will get in my ear and tell me to keep shooting them, and I play with more confidence. I’m trying to be more of a leader, too. We still have some leaders, and I’m trying to be more vocal.”On Monday night the Raptors play Leonard and the Clippers, with the added subplot of Paul George’s possible L.A. debut.“We don’t get no break,” Siakam said, smiling as he moved toward the door, wearing the team colors of a pick-me-up bouquet. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) dunks over Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso (4) is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsToronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet (23) scores against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) works for a rebound next to Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, scores against the Lakers during the second half of an NBA game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis shoots over Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel talks to Anthony Davis during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) scores against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, left, blocks a shot from Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, rear, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, center, drives past Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers’ LeBron James dribbles between Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, and Marc Gasol during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) dunks over Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso (4) is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso (4) is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Pascal Siakam was wearing a printed, flowery shirt that evoked images of the Panama City rainforest.“Nice shirt, P,” called out Fred VanVleet, his Toronto Raptors’ teammate. “No, don’t button it. Not when you got that 130.”As in $130 million, which was Siakam’s recent four-year contract extension.His team is 7-2, without Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. His team broke the Lakers’ seven-game win streak Sunday night, 113-104, without Leonard, Green and the injured Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. Instead, mystery guests like Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came to the fore and thrashed the Lakers by 18 points in the second half. That made the Lakers 7-2, too. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error