BARRETT SHINES AS BLUES COME UP SHORT

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Matchup History The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fell 77-71 to the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year guard Christopher Barrett registered a career-high 23 points, while fellow guard Evan Shadkami chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.Fourth-year forward Nikola Paradina grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added six points on the day.HOW IT HAPPENED: Barrett recorded the Blues first eight points of the contest, to help them get out to an early 13-2 advantage. Ottawa responded with a 13-4 streak to only trail 17-15 after the opening 10 minutes. Toronto outscored the Gee-Gees 15-13 in the second quarter to head into the locker room up 32-28. Barrett led all scorers with 13 points in the opening half.The two teams continued to go punch for punch after the break, but this time the Gee-Gees took the round 19-17. The Blues remained in front though, 49-47, after three quarters. Ottawa started the fourth on a 10-2 run to take the lead for the first time in the afternoon, and they didn’t look back.UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 6) at home against the No. 1 Carleton Ravens. Tip off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version Next Game: Carleton University 1/6/2019 | 4:00 p.m. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Juma stunned by KCB sacking

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 14 – Sacked KCB head coach, Abdallah Juma, is at pains to explain the club’s poor form that led to his dismissal on Sunday night.The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Coach of the Year earned plaudits by leading the Bankers to the top four last season but the team slumped to their sixth defeat in nine games on Saturday in a 2-1 reverse to visiting Bandari to remain rooted at the bottom. “It’s a nightmare. Since I started coaching, I have never witnessed something like this, I was at Thika United for nine years and I never had a bad run like this season, same as when I was at Bidco United and Congo United that’s why I suspect something must have gone wrong in the technical bench,” the axed coach told Capital Sport on Monday.“In fact today (Monday) I decided to stay indoors to try and convince myself that I’m no longer the coach of KCB. “It’s very painful and I was actually stressed, I tried to look left, right and centre to find a solution why I was not winning but could not find an answer. May be I did not have luck because I tried my best but it was not working,” Abdallah who was appointed in December 2012 narrated after failing to notch a win this term.However, the coach was proud to leave the club with his head high having led the Bankers to the Top 8 for the first time and boast of nurturing top players like midfielder Brian Osumba and forward Clifford Alwanga who are currently at Tusker.“We had a meeting with the chairman yesterday (Sunday) and since I had not performed well I had no option but to accept and give someone else a chance and who knows, maybe they will start winning.“I’m not the first coach to be sacked, and I don’t feel bad to exit the league early since I’m last year’s coach of the year. My regret is I will miss the Top 8 this weekend against Ulinzi Stars since it was my desire to lead the team in the competition.“I’m sure coach Robert Matano will come knowing KCB are demoralised and that’s why I’m cautioning the players to be ready for anything,” the former Under 20 national coach added.Juma becomes the fourth coach to shown the door the door this season after newcomers Top Fry Nakuru fired German Oliver Page, Western Stima parting ways with Francis Baraza and recently AFC Leopards sacking James Nandwa.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Special ed takeover expensive

first_imgFourteen school districts in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys potentially stand to lose about $15 million. Officials say a new law would unfairly penalize the districts for taking over the operation of special education programs for severely disabled students from Los Angeles County. School officials said the law, Assembly Bill 2947, would require districts to repay the state for part of the cost of constructing special education classrooms that were built with 100 percent state funding given to the county when it ran the programs. “The law is saying the money that was approved by the state to build the classrooms, since you did a program transfer after the fact, you have to give money back. We believe there is no reasonable basis for that,” Wilsona School District Superintendent Ned McNabb said. “The districts don’t have that kind of money.” The special education programs were transferred from LACOE to the districts between 2000 and 2004. At the time school officials said the districts had grown to such a point that they commanded the resources to assume responsibility for providing such services. The law was authored by termed-out state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and approved last year. Several superintendents are traveling to Sacramento at the end of this week to discuss the law with the Office of Public School Construction. The districts are also seeking assistance from state Sen. George Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, Republicans from Lancaster. “The way the law was written, there was some retroactivity to it and they put in a reimbursement requirement that doesn’t make a lot of sense,” George Runner said. “The problem with the retroactivity, if they all knew, they would have either not done it (the program transfer) or made a different kind of agreement.” Goldberg was not sympathetic to the districts’ plight. She said the payback provision was put in the bill at the request of the OPSC. “Let’s say the county builds $7 million dollars worth of funding for schools. We have a program where districts pay 50 percent of the cost. Later the districts say, `We want to run it county, we are kicking you out and we will run it ourselves,”‘ Goldberg said. “They are only entitled to $3.5 million. They had no eligibility to get 100 percent of the money. If they are going to run it instead of the county, they have to go by the rules as if they built it themselves.” Goldberg said if the districts don’t have the money to reimburse the state, they can give control of the special education programs back to the county. “The inequity is people who run their own programs in their own districts for special education had to pay 50 percent. It doesn’t matter they had no malicious intent. They would get an advantage over every school district who didn’t do it that way.” LACOE officials said they sought the legislation but did not intend for it to affect the districts. The transfer of the special education programs led the OPSC to consider LACOE as having declining enrollment, which LACOE considered to be “erroneous methodology.” “It basically tanked LACOE’s eligibility,” said Kenneth Shelton, LACOE’s assistant superintendent for business services. When the local officials told the state of its dilemma, OPSC officials said the problem could be corrected through legislation, Shelton said. The legislation included a provision where OPSC would recalculate LACOE’s eligibility going back three years, Shelton said. LACOE also suggested Goldberg insert language that when new county school facilities are built with hardship funding from the state, that no special education program transfer take place to a district for five years. Shelton said that was proposed because there was a “belief in Sacramento that there was collusion to scam the state. “It was let’s be reasonable and try to address the concern. If that was a true concern, then make a proposed way of dealing with it.” What ended up in the final version of the bill was a surprise to LACOE officials, according to a letter from LACOE Superintendent Darline Robles to Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger. “We had no advance knowledge of this approach. It was never our intent or expectation that the funding model for previously completed facilities projects be impacted while solving the calculation error with the status of our construction eligibility,” Robles wrote. OPSC officials disputed LACOE’s version and said LACOE was fully aware of the amendment to the bill that contained the payback provision. “OPSC has long been concerned with preserving a level playing field for all school districts in the use of those bond funds and making sure the potential doesn’t exist for anyone to game the system unfairly and obtain bond money they are not entitled to,” OPSC spokesman Bill Branch said. “I want to be absolutely clear that, in saying this, we are not accusing anyone of gaming the system – we are merely trying to make certain that adequate safeguards are in place.” Any suggestion that the districts in north Los Angeles County did something intentional to gain classroom space free of charge couldn’t be further from the truth, officials said. “They think there was collusion, which wasn’t the case. We took the program back. We didn’t do it to try to get free buildings,” former Lancaster School District Superintendent Steve Gocke said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is going to be devastating to my districts,” said Margaret Cherene, director of the Santa Clarita Valley special education local plan area, or SELPA. “The districts would have to repay the state out of general fund money, out of money that we need to operate the schools and teach students.” AB 2947 states that if the Los Angeles County Office of Education transfers title of the classrooms to the districts within 10 years of it being occupied, then the districts would have pay the state back. The county still has title to the classrooms but wants to transfer it to the districts because the law says LACOE’s eligibility for special education school construction funding, which was hurt by the transfer, can’t be restored until the title transfer occurs. County offices of education generally receive hardship funding from the state in which the state pays for the total cost of constructing school facilities when other resources aren’t available. School districts pay 50 percent of the cost unless they qualify for hardship funding. Ten Antelope Valley school districts could be out more than $12 million, and four elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley could lose $2.3 million, based on the number of classrooms that were built. last_img

Mao-era pianist to honor Mozart

first_imgMONTEREY PARK – At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Yin Cheng-Zong owned one of the few pianos in China. At the time, revolutionaries sought to destroy Western artifacts across the nation, and Yin’s piano was in danger of becoming kindling. So he hauled his piano out to the middle of Tiananmen Square, sat down, and started playing. He incorporated the Western instrument into a revolutionary classic, “The Legend of the Red Lantern.” “Everybody over 40 years old from Mainland China, I think they know this music,” Yin said. Yin will perform at 7:30p.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. He will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 40. “Mozart is one of my favorite composers,” said Yin, 64, who makes his home in New York. After his Tiananmen Square performance, Yin became a favorite of Chairman Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing. But when she was arrested after the chairman’s death in 1976, Yin was rounded up and thrown in jail. In 1983, Yin was freed and allowed to move to the United States. He has released more than 20 albums and gained mainstream popularity for his “Yellow River Concerto” recording. a tribute to Mozart in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday jason.kosareff@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ferry will helm school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFerry will replace John Monnig, who is retiring. Currently an assistant principal at Saugus High, Ferry was the man behind Valencia High’s school spirit when he served the fledgling campus as associated student body director. He orchestrated circus-like homecomings and at Saugus tossed “Ferry” dust on the crowd during a rally. Ferry also was re-elected earlier this year to his third four-year term on the Santa Clarita City Council. A father of two, Ferry holds a master’s degree in education and a law degree. As an Alemany student Ferry was junior class president, ASB president, a member of the band and goalie for the school’s CIF championship soccer team. SANTA CLARITA – Councilman Frank Ferry, the assistant school principal who once donned fairy wings and “flew” across the Saugus High gym, was named principal Friday of Alemany High School. A 1983 graduate of the Catholic school in Mission Hills, Ferry said he will take the job July 1, the day after his contract expires with the William S. Hart Union High School District. “I had such a great experience there,” he said. “I’m returning home to a great place as principal. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited.” Alemany is operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and boasts an enrollment of about 1,500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

N. Korea vote may be delayed

first_imgNEW YORK – The United States pressed for a vote today on a Security Council resolution that would sanction North Korea for its nuclear test, but questions from China and Russia on Friday evening cast the timing and possibly the content of the document into doubt. The terms of the resolution have already been softened three times this week to meet objections from China and Russia, and earlier Friday there appeared to be agreement on holding a vote this morning. John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the new problems appeared “technical” rather than “substantial,” but said they would require another conference of Japan and the five permanent council members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, today before the full 15 member panel would meet later in the day. While the wording of the resolution was still being worked out, U.S. intelligence officials said Friday evening they had found radioactive material in air samples taken over the region, providing more evidence that North Korea did indeed detonate a nuclear bomb. “An overwhelming majority of the council members want to vote as soon as possible,” Bolton said. “They still think it is important to send a swift and strong signal, and I’m confident we’re going to be able to do that.” Wang Guangya, the Chinese ambassador, said, “It all depends on the final text, because we are not at the final text yet.” The United States and Japan, the driving forces behind the resolution, had earlier thought they had surmounted the Chinese and Russian objections to the resolution when they submitted a revision Thursday night that softened some of the earlier provisions. Bolton said the United States was “very satisfied” with the document as it stood Friday morning and was prepared to vote for it immediately. But Wang, while asserting his country was happy with the progress that had been made, said his country was still studying the text before officially pronouncing on it. “With progress we are always satisfied, but if we work harder, we might make more progress,” he said. Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador said, “I think we are on the right track, but we are not there yet.” In Washington, officials, apparently confident of imminent passage of the measure, announced that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would travel to Asia next week to discuss how to implement the resolution, as well as to discuss other efforts to deter North Korean proliferation of a nuclear bomb or bomb-making materials. Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said Rice would travel to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. The trip, he said, is “an opportunity for her in the region to reaffirm and talk about the strength of our existing alliances there, and also to have a bit more of a wider conversation with others in the region about the current situation, about the security situation, and also to talk broadly about nonproliferation efforts.” Senior State Department officials portrayed the U.N. momentum toward a resolution as evidence of a united, multilateral front agreeing to punish North Korea. “So the first issue we need to do is to make clear that the sense of outrage and condemnation by the international community to have a resolution in the Security Council, which will not only be a resolution condemning North Korea, but actually a resolution with some teeth to it,” said Christopher Hill, the assistant secretary of state for east Asia and Pacific affairs. “North Korea needs to understand that this is indeed a very, very costly decision that will leave North Korea far worse off and far more isolated than ever before,” said Hill, speaking at a conference in Washington. “We need to give that message very clearly and make sure that North Korea cannot find any differences in our views. So I think so far so good.” The resolution condemns the nuclear test claimed by North Korea on Oct. 9 as a “flagrant disregard” of Security Council warnings, orders it not to conduct nuclear or missile tests and urges North Korea to return to six-nations talks with South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States. It freezes funds overseas of people or businesses connected to the unconventional weapons programs and bans the sale of luxury goods to North Korea. “I think the North Korean population has been losing height and weight over the years,” Bolton said. “Maybe this will be a little diet for Kim Jong Il,” he said, referring to the North Korean dictator. Under the resolution, member states are to report to the Security Council within 30 days on steps they have taken to comply with its demands.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe new draft dropped or softened several provisions to placate China and Russia. It eliminated explicit mention of military enforcement of the sanctions; placed more limits on inspecting cargo going in and out of North Korea; and dropped a blanket embargo on conventional weapons. Bolton indicated one area of dispute remained the methods and legalities of how to inspect cargo moving into and out of North Korea, which the resolution is expected to authorize. The new draft resolution limits the weapons ban to large-size arms, military systems and weapons of mass destruction. The measure, drafted by the United States, still requires all countries to prevent the sale or transfer of material related to North Korea’s nuclear, ballistic missile and unconventional weapons programs and maintains a ban on travel by persons associated with those programs. It also bars North Korea from exporting such weapons, a provision aimed at the international concern over the possibility of unconventional arms from North Korea ending up with terrorist groups or rogue states. Kenzo Oshima, the Japanese ambassador and president of the Security Council, announced the council would gather at noon Saturday, but could not say whether they would vote. last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey scores on Serie A debut for Juventus to spark comeback

first_imgAaron Ramsey scored for Juventus on his Serie A debut as he sparked a comeback victory against Verona.The 28-year-old officially joined Juve for free over the summer following the expiration of his contract with Arsenal. Getty Images – Getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas ⚽ Juve back on level terms with Verona!⚫⚪ Aaron Ramsey gets his first goal since his move from Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Pr4O0qb54g— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) September 21, 2019Ramsey got them back on level terms in the 31st minute when his shot from distance deflected into the bottom corner.Cristiano Ronaldo then completed the comeback in the second half as they won 2-1 to remain unbeaten after four games. rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target latest Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman BIG PRESENTS UP TOP stalemate center_img Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Aaron Ramsey made his Serie A debut against Verona 1 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement The Wales international made his debut for the club with a short cameo in the Champions League during the week.Ramsey made an instant impact on his first start for the Turin club as he scored.Verona had taken an unlikely lead when Miguel Veloso volleyed in from 25 yards against the Serie A champions. appointed Returning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had to produce a good save late on to make sure they got all three points with the 41-year-old making his second debut.Verona’s Marash Kumbulla received a red card in added time after he brought down Blaise Matuidi, which is the club’s third red in four games.Ramsey had been prevented from making an earlier debut for the club because of a hamstring injury and subsequent fitness issues. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

Neil McCann sacked as Dundee manager, club announces

first_imgNeil McCann has been sacked as Dundee manager, the club has announced. The move comes as the team sits at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership after a string of poor performances.Dundee have lost seven of their eight league games and also suffered home defeats against both Dunfermline and Ayr in the Betfred Cup.A club statement read: “The club can confirm that manager Neil McCann has today left the club. “We have explored alternative options to support the management staff recently but unfortunately these did not come to fruition.“Assistant manager Graham Gartland has been relieved from his role.”McCann, who played for Dundee in the 1990s and again in 2011, had been in the role since June 2017. He initially took charge on an interim basis, steering Dundee away from relegation danger in the final five matches of the 2016-17 season.  The Tayside club finished ninth last term but some summer signings have struggled to make a significant impact this season. McCann’s final game in charge was a 2-1 home defeat by Kilmarnock, the winner coming courtesy of a penalty which cost visiting winger Jordan Jones a two-match ban for diving. Dundee have made no announcement on who will take caretaker charge ahead of their Premiership clash with Livingston on Saturday. Recent Livi manager Kenny Miller is their most experienced player but they also have former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as reserve-team coach and head of their youth academy, while former skipper James McPake is under-18s coach. McCann is the third Premiership boss to lose his job this season following Miller and Alan Stubbs at St Mirren.last_img read more

Tenants announced for WCU’s mixed-used facility Noble Hall

first_imgA full-service restaurant, an outdoor equipment outfitter, a combination bookstore and coffee cafe, a popular convenience store and a nationally known sandwich shop are among the expected occupants of Noble Hall, the mixed-use facility being constructed on the site of a structure damaged by fire in 2013 at Western Carolina University.Signed lease contracts are in hand for three out of five business tenants of the facility, said Mary Ann Lochner, WCU’s legal counsel. They are a new convenience store to replace the iconic Bob’s Mini-Mart, an upgraded Subway sandwich restaurant and a Cullowhee outpost for the Sylva-based Blackrock Outdoor Co.Negotiations are still in progress for the building’s anchor establishment, a restaurant that would be operated by Aramark (WCU’s food service provider), and for the combined bookstore and coffee shop, Lochner said.“We are pleased that we are able to bring back at least two of the original business owners from the old commercial strip on Centennial Drive, with Bob Hooper of Bob’s Mini-Mart and local Subway owner Scott Welch,” she said. “And we are glad to be able to welcome a new local business, as Blackrock Outdoor Co. will be a great fit on a campus that is home to the top outdoor adventure school in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.”Construction is well underway on the 120,000-square-foot building that will feature a mix of residential units and commercial and dining establishments on the ground floor with student residential spaces on the upper floors. The facility will include a total of about 420 student beds. Work began last spring, and the building is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the 2016 fall semester in August.The building, which will consist of three segments, is named Noble Hall in honor of the Noble Nine, the group of nine trustees from the late 1800s who were instrumental in the development of the school that evolved into WCU.The yet-to-be-announced restaurant, with seating capacity for about 200 people, will be located in 4,197 square feet of the building’s east end toward Central Drive. The establishment will be adjacent to a patio providing outdoor dining options. Blackrock Outdoor will occupy about 1,615 square feet of retail space beside the restaurant.Three retail establishments will be located in the building’s middle section – the convenience store in 2,197 square feet of space, the 1,595-square-foot Subway, and the 2,037-square-foot bookstore and coffee shop. The west end of the building, located toward the Central Plaza and fountain area, will feature student housing on the ground floor and upper floors.Although construction of the mixed-use facility was an element of the university’s master plan, it was originally envisioned as a project that would not see the light of day for several years. That changed when fire broke out in the morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, severely damaging three restaurants on the ground floor of the two-story structure – a Subway sandwich shop, Rolling Stone Burrito, and Mad Batter Bakery and Cafe.The second story of the building, which had contained apartments until several years ago, was unoccupied. The section of the building that housed Bob’s Mini Mart was not damaged, nor were other nearby commercial properties.Owners of the affected businesses and other existing establishments along the commercial strip were afforded the right of first refusal for commercial space in the new building.The building damaged by the fire was formerly the site of the Townhouse restaurant, a longtime campus landmark and popular gathering place for students, faculty and staff from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s.The Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund, owner of the property, decided in February 2014 against replacing or repairing the structure after reviewing cost estimates, tax assessments and anticipated insurance settlement proceeds, choosing instead to proceed with demolition of the property followed by private development of a new mixed-use facility on the site.The board weighed factors such as the historic significance of the property to the campus community, the contributions to WCU culture made by private businesses operating in the center of campus, and ongoing support by members of the campus community for owners and employees of the affected businesses.An independent architectural and engineering firm estimated the cost to replace or repair the damaged building, including additional expenses associated with bringing a structure originally built in the 1940s up to current building codes, would be more than $1.5 million. According to Jackson County records, the tax value of the structure was assessed at $254,430.last_img read more

What a catch: Marshfield wins bid to host 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball State Tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball program is bringing the best teams in the state to the city.Wisconsin American Legion Baseball has awarded the 2016 Class AAA state tournament to Marshfield, a first for the program.The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be held July 26-30 at Jack Hackman Field, bringing seven regional winners to Marshfield with a state title and a berth in the Class AAA Great Lakes regional on the line. Marshfield Clinic Post 54, as the host team, earns an automatic bid into the tournament.Marshfield Legion Baseball board member Mark Decker got the ball rolling last year. The Blue Devils played in the state tournament last July in Plover, and Decker said he was impressed with how that event was run. With similar facilities to Plover, Decker felt Marshfield could host a future state tournament.“Why not try to get it here?” Decker said. “We have a nice park. We are in the center of the state, so it is easy for everyone to get here. We applied for the 2016 tournament in the fall, made a presentation at the state meeting in Portage, and found out earlier this month that we were awarded the tournament.”A lot of work went into the presentation, which included bringing in the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department.Matt McLean, director of the Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the experience of putting together the bid and the execution of putting on the five-day tournament are similar to what they already do with Small Town Baseball.Small Town Baseball will hold the Wisconsin State Tournament in Marshfield for the fourth-straight year this June and will host the World Series for the second year in a row, bringing in teams from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.“We worked with the Legion baseball program and looked at the economic benefits it could bring to Marshfield,” McLean said. “Hotels, retail, restaurants, attractions for visitors, … we started working with Mark Decker, Ed Englehart at the Parks and Rec department, who will be responsible for maintaining the facilities, and the hotels and put the bid together.“Five days of baseball should do a good job of filling up our hotels and will bring a lot of people to the area.”McLean said he does not have a definitive number on the total economic impact to Marshfield, but he said similar tournaments in the state can bring as much as $220,000 to $300,000 into the city’s economy.Decker said he is constantly thinking about the tournament even though it is 18 months away. He knows it will be a big task for the Legion baseball program but has no worries that they will be able to put on a topnotch experience for the teams coming into Marshfield.“There are always things I am jotting down, and I have a plan of attack,” Decker said. “After we get this season underway, we will really get things rolling. The state (Legion board) wants progress reports to see how things are going, so we have a lot to do. From concessions, selling shirts, admissions, scorekeepers, getting the field ready, running the scoreboard, it’s going to take a lot of people.“All of the baseball programs in the city, the Varsho League, Marshfield Area Baseball, the Chaparrals, we will all see part of the benefits one way or another. This will bring everyone together. I really think it’s going to be good for the city.”What: 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball TournamentWhen: July 26-30, 2016Where: Jack Hackman Field, MarshfieldHost: Marshfield Clinic Post 54 American Legion baseballOn the line: The Wisconsin Class AAA state championship and a berth in the Great Lakes Regional at Alton, Illinois. The winner of the regional moves on to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.last_img read more