St. Louis lost to Laurel Thursday night by a final score of 44 to 24.Charlie Dice led St. Louis in scoring with 8 points. Johnathan Deal followed with 5 points. Adam Cox and Jacob Deutsch had 4 points each. Evan Vogelsang rounded out the scoring with 3 points.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The St. Louis 7th grade basketball team hosted the visiting hoopsters from Laurel on Thursday night and came away victorious 50-30.The Cardinals came out shooting well in the first half led by Kurt Siefert with three 3-point baskets and Riley Schebler also knocking in 3-pointer in addition to several other shots from the outside. Offensively the Cardinals did a good job of moving the ball to create some wide open looks, and on defense, the team defended well together preventing Laurel from any easy shots. The Cardinals took a 29-15 lead at half time and were able to finish the game with a 50-30 victory.The Cardinals had several players make it to the scoring column as Jack Aplanalp had 2, Kurt Siefert 9, Wil Freeland 2, Riley Schebler 9, Andrew Oesterling 10, Karsen Macke 2, Lleyton Ratcliffe 8, and Same Voegele 8.St Louis next game is this Monday at St Louis against Batesville. Game time is 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis boys 6th grade team travelled to St. Nicholas and came homewith a 20-8 victory.The Cardinals had 6 players make it into the scoring column with Kyle Salatin leading the way. Cayden Pohlman put up some points and really came through with a tough defensive assignment. Joseph Suttman, Ryan Reder, CJ Grote, Spencer Mack and Luke Wilson put forth a good team effort to keep the winning streak rolling.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis Cardinals 5th grade boys basketball pushed their record to 6-3 on the season with a win over St. Nicholas tonight by a score of 30-12.Defensively, the Cardinals shut down the offensive weapons of St. Nicholas and put on an impressive performance. The Cardinals only allowed two points in the first half! Offensively, the Cardinals demonstrated a balanced attack with eight different players scoring in the game.The team was led in scoring by Ben Harmeyer (8), Conner Ertel (6), Noah Tuveson (4), Charlie Schebler (4), Luke Meyer (3), Aiden Geers (2), Cy Muckerheide (2) and Frank Forbeck (1). Another key aspect of the win was the effort of Nate Reder who played aggressive on both ends of the court!The 5th grade will play again this weekend as they put their skills on display in the St. Louis tournament which will be held in the Activity Center on Saturday. The first game is scheduled for 9:00am so come out and cheer on the Cardinals!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ryan Schebler.
I join my fellow nationals and friends of the Jamaican Diaspora to celebrate the Christmas Season and welcome another year. As we reflect on the year gone by, let us give thanks to God Almighty for taking us through challenges and success. Let us come together to focus our minds, hearts and energies on the work that lies ahead. I am deeply grateful for the warm welcome my family and I received since I assumed my new role as Consul General to the Southern USA. As I follow in the footsteps of my predecessors, I look forward to continuing to serve my Jamaican nationals and our friends. We thank you all. The spirit of this festive Season is now with us. As Jamaicans, the unity and strength of our people resonate through our prominence on the global stage. Jamaica continues to enjoy success in sports, education, culture and entertainment. We have seen the spirit of our Reggae Girls qualifying for the World Cup; the grit of Brianna Williams Jamaica’s new sprint sensation; and the perseverance of swimmer Alia Atkinson. Reggae music was recently declared a global cultural treasure by UNESCO. And here in our South Florida, eleven (11) persons of Jamaican heritage were elected to public office, while two persons were similarly elected in Georgia State. There is so much to be thankful for. At the recent Jamaica Diaspora USA Leadership Summit in Georgia, a large number of nationals convened to formulate a plan to strengthen us as Jamaicans overseas. Accordingly, we are encouraging all nationals in good standing to legalize their status as citizens here in our host country. The continued theme of unity “Jamaica 56…..One Love, One Family” was celebrated at our 56th Independence celebrations. As such, let’s give thanks and praises for our many blessings, and let us share with family and friends, and especially the less fortunate among us. Now we must look ahead to 2019, as we remain engaged, reaffirming our commitment to personal development and building better diaspora communities, while striving to make Jamaica a better place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business. I wish to express sincere gratitude to the various groups and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Jamaica’s national development. Our team at the Consulate General remains committed to our partnership with individuals, corporations and community groups during the coming year and beyond. On behalf of the staff of the Consulate General of Jamaica, and my family, I wish you all a very blessed Christmas Season filled with peace, love and happiness, and a New Year that is filled with countless blessings. And as the good Book says in Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him.”Happy holidays!Oliver MairConsul General Southeastern United States of America,The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands
The Nelson Leafs are currently the best team in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Green and White boast a league-best 32-11-2-1 record heading into the final three weeks of the season.However, the season could fall like a house of cards should the Leafs falter in the final six games, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the defending KIJHL champs.“I believe so,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida when asked about the February games.“We’ve got a big weekend coming up against BV and (at the end of the season against Castlegar) these are the top three teams in the league I think those games will go a long way to deciding who wins the Murdoch.”Nelson hosts the Hawks in a return engagement Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs then travel to meet Revelstoke and Sicamous on the road next weekend before concluding the season with a home-and-home series against the rival Rebels from Castlegar.Nelson missed out on a great opportunity to make the final six-game ride a little easier when the club lost 4-0 at home to Revelstoke Grizzlies.Once again the Leafs outshot the Grizzlies but could score when it counted.“We’re focusing not just on the offence but also playing a full game in all facets of the game,” Maida, trying to sugarcoat the fact the Leafs have difficulty scoring of late, including Sunday’s shutout loss. “We just want to play our game and everything will take care of itself.”It’s now or never for the Leafs.First up is the Hawks, a team Nelson holds a 4-2 season series against and has outscored 41-26.Beaver Valley is a much different team than the one Nelson smoked 12-0 earlier this season.The Hawks, trailing Nelson by five points, now have one of the most potent offences in the league thanks to the addition of Ryan Edwards (18 points in six games) and high-scoring Dallas Calvin (second in league scoring with 70 points).Nelson may get some much-needed infusion into the lineup with the return of center Matthew Naka.The Vanderhoof star has been sorely missed since breaking an ankle in a freak accident before Christmas.“We’ve got guys coming back off injury and everyone is skating so hopefully we’ll have a full lineup for Friday,” Maida explained.ICE CHIPS: Expect to see a lot of Marcus Beesley down the stretch in goal. The 20-year-old Prince George native was traded for to backstop the Leafs in the playoffs. . . . Castlegar travels to the East Kootenay to face the Columbia Valley Rockies Friday and Golden Rockets Saturday. . . . One player the Leafs must get going is captain and leading scorer Colton Schell. The veteran winger has nine points and two goals since Christmas.