Team Debbah in 3rd Week Session

first_imgThe newly appointed coaches of the various Lone Stars yesterday continued their practices with selected neighborhood players at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as part of a program developed by the technical department of the Liberia Football Association.“The team they are working work is from the neighborhood around here,” technical director Henry Browne told the Daily Observer, “they have been working with these players for the last three weeks.”The Daily Observer observed coaches James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh, Joe Nagbe, Jonah Sarwieh, Oliver Markoh, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe and Thomas Kojo at the stadium. Kojo and Sebwe were actively working with a team of players, along with two females, including skipper Kebeh Lamine of Earth Angels.Thomas Kojo said, “Since the fight against the Ebola is still going on, we are now working with a limited number of players that will prepare us (coaches) on what is ahead of us.”Kojo meanwhile took the players into several stretching exercises, as the head coach of the senior national team, James Debbah and others gave him their attention.“Today’s session is being conducted by Kervin,” Kojo said, “and therefore as you can see the rest of the coaches are watching keenly while the LFA technical team of Browne, Tamba and Smith are also observing keenly.”The coaches’ have attended all sessions, since the session began three weeks ago, and the responses of the players have been impressive, Browne said.Because the fight against Ebola is still on-going, fans attendance to the training sessions are restricted, Browne told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, after series of exercise with the men, Coach Sebwe joined two female players and took them through a series of stretching, ball control and possession exercises.“Every time we come here,” Kojo explained, “one of us (coaches) will lead the training while others pay attention to what a coach is doing.”And it was exactly what Kervin Sebwe was doing while the others were observing and taking notes.“Later we examine and critic each other,” Kojo said, “and that way we know what we are doing which will help us when we begin the actual work with our respective groups.”Browne said after the Christmas break, teams would be assigned to the various coaches to begin the actual work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rapper’s son sets Tone for Burroughs

first_imgTop hitter Jon Villarreal (.321, 21 RBIs in 2006) and ace right-hander Justin Burke (5-7, 4.00 ERA) are back, and the team is also excited about freshman phenom Kevin Lenik, a 6-foot-3 outfielder/pitcher with a national travel-ball reputation. “I’m trying to get this team back on the map,” second-year coach Josh Lienhard said. “Granada Hills used to be really good, but the last time we made the (Championship) playoffs was 2001. We’ve won three Invitational titles in five years, but that’s not what we’re shooting for.” Saturday was an eventful day in community baseball circles. El Camino Real’s field in Woodland Hills was named after former coach Mike Maio during a campus ceremony. Also, former Alemany High of Mission Hills standout A.J. Anthony, a rookie in the Dodgers organization, returned to his hometown Mission Hills Little League to give the kids an opening-day pep talk in celebration of the league’s 50-year anniversary. Former Valencia High softball standout Courtney Baughman, now a Hawaii sophomore, returned to Southern California on Wednesday, pitching the Rainbows to a 14-1 victory at Loyola Marymount. The hard-throwing right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. Moorpark High girls’ basketball player Lauren Carter is old school, pulling her socks all the way up to her knees but with a twist. One sock is green, the other gold, matching the school colors. Some local basketball alumni news to report. Monte Marcaccini, a former Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks standout who led the Knights to a 1993 section championship, has launched an Italian ice cream business with brothers Giancarlo (Notre Dame) and Gian-Andre (Crespi). “I love the ice-cream business,” Marcaccini said. “Our best flavor is hazelnut, and no, it’s not low-calorie. I’m trying to stay at my playing weight in high school, but it’s not easy.” Also, David Wright, a Buckley of Sherman Oaks standout during the school’s prime sports years in the mid-1970s, is working as a Tiffany’s executive. His daughter, Kat, a sixth-grader with lots of basketball potential, already is considered a star on the rise. Will we ever see another straight-on kicker in high school football? Today’s generation probably doesn’t even know what one looks like, unless they’ve seen old video of George Blanda. And finally, ever notice an abandoned newspaper is always missing its sports section? Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The big basketball surprise at Burroughs High in Burbank isn’t that the underdog Indians started in the wild-card round and advanced all the way to the Southern Section Div. II-AA quarterfinals, before losing Friday to Murrieta Valley. It’s a well-kept secret that standout senior guard Chris Smith is the son of rapper Tone Loc, who is famous for the hits “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing.” Coach Art Sullivan tells people about Loc if asked, but he hasn’t gone around proclaiming to everyone that he is coaching the son of a well-known rap artist. “I try not to associate a player with who his dad is,” Sullivan said. “Tone is actually pretty demanding on Chris. He makes sure Chris stays on top of things.” A former gang member from Compton who hit the big time, Loc has made sure his son does well in school. Smith, who said he hopes to play college basketball, is Burroughs’ top player and a top student. “I remember my grades slipped a little at the end of my 10th grade year, and my dad wouldn’t let me play basketball all summer,” Smith said. Once among the San Fernando Valley’s most feared high school baseball programs, five-time City Section baseball champion Granada Hills hasn’t won a Championship- division title since 1984. But the Highlanders are hoping to reassert themselves and keep up with the Chatsworths, Kennedys and ECRs of the world, and they just might have the players – and attitude – to do it this season. center_img It has purposely been kept low key, so you wouldn’t have known Smith is Tone Loc’s son unless you happened to catch them cruising together in Loc’s Mercedes. “My dad still wears his gold glasses, so sometimes people recognize him and ask for an autograph,” Smith said. “Me, I don’t really get into singing or any of that myself. I just want to play basketball.” last_img read more