ELLSWORTH — A fall sports information meeting for parents of incoming freshman athletes and transfer students will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Ellsworth High School auditorium.At 6:30 p.m., coaches of fall sports will meet with athletes and their parents at the high school.All athletes must turn in signed Activity Code and proof of insurance forms before practicing, and all ninth and 11th grade athletes must provide proof of a physical exam prior to the opening day of practices on Monday.Practice times for the various sports on opening day:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ soccer, 7:30 to 9 a.m.Boys’ soccer, 5 to 7 p.m.Volleyball, 4 to 7 p.m.Cross-country, 3 to 5 p.m.Golf, 4 to 6 p.m.Football, 6:30 to 8 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.For more information, call EHS Athletic Director Jay Brown at 667-4722, ext. 5507.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staff Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014
Let’s all just take a deep breath.I know, it was a tough one to sit through. I was there, too. And go ahead, make that one last nerd joke if you really think it will make you feel better.But now that we’ve had a couple days to sleep on it, let’s remember what actually happened last weekend and where it stands in the grand scheme of things.One game. Not the end of the world, and not even the end of USC’s season. There are still plenty of chances to make up for it and a lot of football left on the schedule.Of course, it was not a good start to the conference slate. The road to the top four is certainly much harder now. The Trojans got halfway there after starting at No. 8, and climbing to No. 6 going into Stanford, but fell all the way to No. 19.But it wasn’t as bad as you probably think. Neither the game itself nor the implications of the result seriously changed my outlook for the season. The Trojans, without a doubt, still have the possibility and capability of making the College Football Playoff.In fact, the advance statistics on USC are still very positive even after the loss. ESPN’s Football Power Index ranks USC as the No. 7 team in the country. That’s best out of the Pac-12, as the Trojans rank ahead of No. 15 Oregon, No. 17 Stanford and No. 18 UCLA. The FPI also says USC still has the best chance of winning the conference. It gives USC a 34.2 percent chance, with Stanford in second at 25 percent, Oregon with a 16.1 percent chance and UCLA with a 15 percent chance. The AP sees it a little differently, with UCLA at No. 9, Oregon at No. 13 and Stanford at No. 21, but I think the FPI is very much worth noting.As expected, there was a lot of criticism directed at USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for the team’s performance. I usually like playing devil’s advocate for unpopular on-field coaching decisions, and I think any calls for his termination, or even demotion, are very premature at this point.My personal perspective on the game is that USC didn’t have any huge problems in the game plan. Plenty have said it was too conservative and didn’t adjust in the second half, but I think a lot of that is unsubstantiated generalization. Part of the first half, I think USC played too much zone coverage, but I remember a lot more man coverage in the second half. Likewise, I can remember enough plays where USC brought five or six guys to pressure the quarterback.What the game comes down to is that Stanford’s offense greatly exceeded expectations. Kevin Hogan had one of his best performances as quarterback. He showed uncanny mobility, with three runs of over 10 yards, two of which were on long third downs and several plays where he escaped pressure to make big throws. Complement that with a strong, well-established running game from Stanford, and you just have to tip your cap to the Cardinal. Stanford was firing on all cylinders.The interesting thing about the result is that in recent history, Wilcox had actually had a lot of success against Stanford. During the three previous meetings, going back to his time at Washington, Wilcox-led defensive units held the Cardinal to only four touchdowns and four field goals. This obviously indicates that Wilcox’s bend-but-don’t-break philosophy is not inherently flawed against power teams. Stanford head coach David Shaw, who himself receives a lot of criticism for conservative play calling, was unusually successful at distributing the ball to all his playmakers. If an evenly matched opponent finally figures out how to beat you after four tries, that doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re doing. We could just as easily criticize coaches who adjust too early and aren’t “sticking to what got you there.”It’s crucial to acknowledge Stanford as a rival. The program has been to two more Rose Bowls than USC has in the past six years, and now holds a 5-2 series advantage since then. USC is still a better team this year, and the Trojans should have won, but the loss shouldn’t have been shocking to anyone. The Stanford student body probably would not have stormed the field if that same result had happened in Palo Alto. The fact that Stanford lost to Northwestern is indication that good teams often underperform at the beginning of the year — not that Stanford is not a good team.The biggest thing to take away from the game is that it’s too early to say anything conclusive about the defense. It was the first real game for many of the talented freshman starters. Stanford’s 8-12 third down conversion rate is still a really small sample size.In fact, it’s too early to say anything about anyone. No. 1 Ohio State was almost upset this weekend by Northern Illinois, No. 3 Ole Miss was gifted five turnovers by Alabama but still only won by one possession, UCLA’s quarterback Josh Rosen looked very much like a freshman against No. 22 BYU and Oregon has since switched starting quarterbacks since its three-point loss to No. 2 Michigan State. The conference, and national playoff, is wide open.With all that being said, USC has a uniquely difficult road. FPI ranked USC’s remaining schedule the third toughest in the country, and only gave the Trojans a 4 percent chance of going undefeated the rest of the year.But the Trojans very much still control their destiny. Winning out guarantees the Trojans will at least win the head-to-head tiebreaker against anyone in the Pac-12 South. Losing to Stanford, a North division team, is honestly not that significant. The Trojan’s matchup with Arizona State this weekend is without a doubt more crucial.The Trojans would possibly earn a rematch with the Cardinal in the Pac-12 championship game if they take care of the Pac-12 South. That game just might be a de facto quarterfinal in the national playoff, and I would feel really confident in this team in that rematch.
Attempted murderAfter spending more than four weeks in prison on an attempted murder charge, businessman Abdul Imran Khan was granted bail in the High Court.Khan is accused of attempting to kill Romario Baljeet, also called “Short Boss”, outside a popular Main Street, Georgetown nightclub.Khan’s lawyer, Glen Hanoman filed the bail application before High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon after his client was remanded on several occasions in the Magistrates’ Courts.He was released on $700,000 bail and warned by Justice Kissoon to stay away from the Virtual Complainant (VC).During Khan’s last court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, relatives of Baljeet had claimed that they were contacted by relatives of the businessman who asked them to “drop the matter”.Attorney-at-Law Latchmi Rahamat, who has been assigned as the Special Prosecutor in the matter, had stated that a male relative of the accused visited Baljeet’s residence to settle the matter.Meanwhile, the court also heard that the matter was still be investigated by Police.The 37-year-old man was arrested after he was reportedly seen on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage beating Baljeet on October 28, 2018 outside the Main Street, Georgetown club.Khan’s Attorney, on his first court appearance, questioned the charge that was instituted against his client. “This was a fight, not attempted murder,” the lawyer had told the court in a bail application.The week prior to his appearance, Khan’s brother, 37-year-old Safraz Khan was brought before the said court on gun-related charges. He was, however, granted $50,000 bail.