WESTERN BUREAU:Rodene Morris was on fire in Thursday’s final of the Western Basketball Association-ISSA Girls’ Open Championship top-scoring with 32 points to lead Rhodes Hall High to their first-ever title, a 50-37 victory over Spot Valley High at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.Holland High edged Mt. Alvernia High 28-27 in a tense third-place match that preceded the final.Morris’ all-round athletic ability was on full display as she not only scored at will, but also made herself useful as part of a strong Rhodes Hall second-half defensive effort, grabbing two rebounds to go with two blocked shots and three steals. Her teammate, Keron Brown, added 12 points and two steals in the historic win.The bulk of Spot Valley’s points came from Nassan-Gay Ricketts, who had 18 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, mostly in the first two quarters. But her endeavour was outdone by the talented Morris.easy lay-upHer easy lay-up, immediately after the tip-off, gave Rhodes Hall the first bucket of the afternoon and thereafter Morris needed little invitation to shoot as she took full advantage of some indecisive Spot Valley defending, especially in the last quarter.Notwithstanding, it was Spot Valley who held the lead at the end of the first quarter, with Ricketts doing the bulk of the work early on for a 12-9 margin.Ricketts and Brown combined well in the second quarter and it looked then that they were well on their way to the crown, outscoring Rhodes Hall 11-8 in the second stanza for a 23-17 lead at the half-time break.It was a completely different scenario in the third quarter, however, as Rhodes Hall, led by Morris, found their groove, making shots after shots to pull the game back after three keenly contested quarters at 29-28.Spot Valley never recovered and it gave Brown and Morris the fuel needed to win it for their school with a flurry of points in the paint, to waltz to a first-ever high school title, boy or girl, in the school’s history.Both schools will now turn their attention to the all-island play-offs set for GC Foster College.
Santa Clarita’s film office was among 10 finalists for the award, competing against such cities as Long Beach, Vista, Fresno, Riverside and Santa Rosa. “Five years ago, we recognized the need to develop a film office to help keep jobs and film work local, while growing the industry,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “And in just a few short years, we’ve been able to create a model for a successful film program, an example that can be applied to a variety of industries in cities around the state.” The office was created in 2002 to help attract and retain the filming industry, including location filming and film-related businesses. The office currently issues permits for all location filming within Santa Clarita. Southern California lost some its appeal for film production in the past decade as the entertainment industry sought more affordable locations in Canada and the South. Santa Clarita fought back by promoting its proximity to Los Angeles and an affordable and simple permit process. SANTA CLARITA – The city’s film office, formed five years ago to combat runaway production, won a top state award this week for economic development. Santa Clarita won the grand prize in the California Association for Local Economic Development’s annual award for the agency, credited with bringing more than $16 million to the Santa Clarita Valley each year. Santa Clarita is home to television productions that include Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” HBO’s “Big Love” and “John from Cincinnati,” CBS’ “The Unit” and “NCIS,” and FX’s “Drive” and “The Riches.” State Assemblyman Juan Arambula and CALED chief Wayne Schell presented the award Thursday in Monterey to Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin and film associate Jason Crawford. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BERLIN — Security staff at Berlin’s two airports are staging a strike that is causing disruption to flights.The ver.di union called on staff at the German capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to walk off the job from 5 to 8:45 a.m. (0400 to 0745 GMT) Monday.German news agency dpa reported that airlines including Lufthansa, Easyjet, Ryanair and Aeroflot cancelled flights ahead of the walkout. Several flights were significantly delayed.Ver.di has said employers “provoked” the strike by offering a pay increase of 2 per cent over two years.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($22.81). Employer association BDLS says this could amount to a 30 per cent increase in some cases.The next round of talks is due on Jan. 23. Share By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airport, Berlin, Strike Berlin airport security staff strike disrupts flights Monday, January 7, 2019