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EXTRA INNINGS Hoboken heads to RBI Softball World Series again Eighth…

first_imgIf it’s August this week, then it means that the Hoboken Shockers will be headed to the Major League Baseball RBI World Series.For the eighth straight summer, Hoboken High School head softball coach Vinnie Johnson will take an All-Star softball team to the RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner-Cities) World Series, heading this time to Cincinnati for the national tournament. HEADED TO CINCY – The Hoboken Shockers softball team won the RBI Northeast Region championship last week in Rhode Island and will play next weekend at the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, marking Hoboken’s eighth straight trip to the RBI World Series. ×HEADED TO CINCY – The Hoboken Shockers softball team won the RBI Northeast Region championship last week in Rhode Island and will play next weekend at the RBI World Series in Cincinnati, marking Hoboken’s eighth straight trip to the RBI World Series.center_img The team comes from the RBI regular season that took place in Hoboken this summer, sponsored by Hoboken Recreation.“We have an RBI league for girls ages 15 and older,” said Johnson, who has been involved in the Hoboken Shockers program since its initial season nine years ago. “We have six teams in the league. In order to be eligible to try out for the All-Star team, they had to play in 12 of our in-house league games.”The league is played in Hoboken since the beginning of June, with the All-Star team selected by Johnson a few weeks ago.The Shockers began play first on the District level, which the Shockers won two weeks ago in Newark. They moved on to the Northeast Regional Tournament last week in Providence, Rhode Island, with the championship game being played on the campus of Brown University.Ironically, Hoboken faced Roberto Clemente of Jersey City in the regional championship game, with Hoboken coming away with the 13-0 victory.“We played the game in a pouring rain,” Johnson said. “I thought it hurt them. It’s a shame that the two teams that played in the finals were both from the same area.”The Hoboken team is blessed to have a roster that is made up by a bunch of All-Hudson County players, including three from Hudson County Tournament finalist Kearny, namely pitcher/infielder Sydney Pace, pitcher/first baseman Emilee Marshall and catcher Tatiana Fermaint.It’s Fermaint, the Hoboken native, who was the one to get her friends Pace and Marshall to play in the Hoboken Recreation RBI Softball League.The team also features a host of Johnson’s current and former players, including the Henriquez twins, Alizea and Jaeda, who are headed to Goldey-Beacom University in Delaware next month to begin their college careers in both soccer and softball.Alizea is one of the catchers on the Shockers’ roster, along with Fermaint and Gianna Flores of Hudson Catholic. Jaeda is the team’s third baseman.Taylor Barron, the former Redwing great who played last spring at Kean University, is the team’s first baseman.Dayanara Flores, the former Hudson Catholic standout, is the team’s shortstop.Victoria Bravo of Hoboken is the left fielder, with Nicole Cabeza of Memorial in centerfield and Fermaint in right.Others on the roster include Kimberly Flores of Hudson Catholic, a first baseman; Samantha Leon of Memorial, an infielder; and Hailey Mojica of Secaucus, an outfielder.Former Hudson Catholic standout Kristin Cunning as well as Jade Bracero and April Bracero serve as the Shockers’ assistant coaches.The tourney will be held in Cincinnati Aug. 6 through Aug. 11. The team will be treated to a welcome banquet as well as other social activities.Johnson was asked what it meant to have Hoboken represented in the RBI World Series for the eighth straight season at spots all over the country.“It’s a great accomplishment just to get there,” Johnson said. “But we want to win. We’ve done a decent job in the past, but now we have to get over the top.”In the sectional title game, Pace and Kimberly Flores each had three hits.Johnson said that he plans on having an alumni game between now and the Aug. 6 tourney opener.“We’re bringing back some of the former players,” Johnson said. “A lot of them still play and were willing to come back and play this year’s team to get them ready.”We will have more on the exploits of the Hoboken team in the RBI World Series in coming editions…The Washington Park Little League 11-and-12-year-old All-Stars began their quest for a state championship Thursday night, when they faced Holbrook of District 18 (Barnegat) in the first round of the tournament in Kittatinny in Sussex County.Washington Park spent the week practicing and playing scrimmage games, like one against Hoboken, to get ready for the state tourney. It’s Washington Park’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament and the first for a District 7 local squad since West New York American went to the state tournament in Mercerville in 2010. Before that, it was North Bergen who made the trip to the states in Bergenfield in 2008.So as you can see, the local teams don’t necessarily get a chance to compete in the state tourney every year.The other teams in the Final Four are Wayne and Swedesboro-Woolwich. Wayne won the state title in 1970 and went to the Little League World Series and won the overall title that year with the famed “Mop Top Gang.”…Team Havoc, Hudson County’s top youth softball program, is having tryouts for its teams in the 10-and-under, 12-and-under and 14-and-under age groups.The tryout dates are Aug. 7 through 9 (10s at 5 p.m., 12 and 14s at 6:30 p.m.) and Aug. 13 (10 a.m. for the 10s and 11:30 a.m. for the 12s and 14s) at the Braddock Park Field in North Bergen. For more information, e-mail [email protected] INNINGS focuses on the best stories that come from local baseball and softball leagues throughout the area, from Little League action through travel leagues. If you have any noteworthy information to contribute to the EXTRA INNINGS, feel free to contact Jim Hague by phone at (201) 303-5792 or via e-mail at [email protected] e-mail would be the best way of getting in touch.Please include a telephone contact name and number, in order to secure further information for a possible story. Also, if you have a picture to be used with the story, that would be a great help….–Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Drink Water

first_imgDid you know that a 10-percent weight loss due to dehydration can make you disoriented and weak and can cause a potential heat stroke? As the hot Georgia summer continues and fall sports and activities begin, it is essential that you stay hydrated.Your body contains a great amount of water, which makes it critical to drink fluids. The water percentage of the human body ranges from 75 percent for newborns to around 50 percent for older adults. This equates to about 10 to 12 gallons of fluid. Water helps many different parts of the body perform tasks correctly and efficiently. It regulates body temperature, allows transportation of oxygen and nutrients, removes waste, and protects joints and organs.Your body contains a large amount of water, but it also loses water throughout the day due to breathing, sweat and urination. As your body loses water, it needs to be consistently replenished to avoid becoming dehydrated.The ability for your bodies to function revolves around water. Your muscles, body fat and blood all contain water. Even the makeup of your bones is 22 percent water. Unlike fat and excess calories, your body is not able to store surplus water, like a camel does. It’s important to make good choices regarding fluid intake. Certain conditions and environments can increase hydration needs, such as strenuous exercise or extreme weather. When temperatures and activity are increased, you may reach for a sports drink to stay hydrated. Is that the best way to quench your thirst? Perhaps it is time to rethink what you drink. The first sports drink was created by a team of University of Florida physicians when the university’s football coach noticed a decrease in performance during the high humidity and heat conditions after hours of practice. After further research, it was discovered that the football players’ electrolytes and carbohydrates were not being restored at healthy rates for proper hydration. Once implemented and passed throughout the college, this sports drink significantly reduced fatigue and improved performance. It soon took on the name “Gatorade.”   As a former high school athlete, I was taught the importance of replenishing electrolytes and carbohydrates after sporting events and during practice. Gatorade was a staple in my backpack. Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy and are depleted, along with electrolytes, during exercise. Electrolytes are minerals, like potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium, that are naturally present in the body. Carbohydrates and electrolytes are essential to the proper function of our bodies, but may not be a depleted at a rate that warrants consumption of a sports drink.   Today, as a registered dietitian and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I know that electrolyte replacements are usually only needed if you participate in intense, strenuous activity for more than 90 minutes. Most Americans fail to meet the physical activity guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it is safe to say that drinking sports drinks during or after most physical activity is unnecessary. And, most sports drinks contain added sugars and sweeteners that should not be consumed arbitrarily. When it comes to hydration, for most Americans, the solution is to drink water. It’s all natural, has zero calories and is sugar-free. Plain, cold water is the best choice for hydrating your body and it’s the most pocket-friendly method, too. Drinking water is the fastest, easiest way to meet your basic and physical activity hydration needs.According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount of water you should drink every day is based on weight. When calculating how much water to drink, divide your weight in pounds in half. This number represents how many ounces of water you should drink daily. For example, if a child weighs 40 pounds, he or she should drink 20 ounces of water per day.Leave the sports drinks for whom they were created — high-performance and endurance athletes. Rethink your drink and fill your glass with Earth’s all-natural elixir of life, water.last_img read more

Kids avoid cabin fever at Boys & Girls Club

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Area schools were closed today. It’s the third day in a row that schools have kept their doors closed due to the extremely cold weather.That didn’t keep all kids from staying in their homes and getting cabin fever. The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena welcomed children in from these frigid conditions. Children played pop–a–shot, pool, and participated in obstacle courses. Plenty of activities were scheduled throughout the day to keep the kids engaged. Children like William O’Neill and Emma Jo Kruccynski enjoyed heading to the club today.“It keeps me entertained, and a lot of my friends come here,” said Kruccynski.During these conditions, it can be hard for children to stay active, but that was not the case today for all the kids in attendance.“Rather than staying home and watching TV, I could come here and go to the gym and play basketball, have some activities to do,” said O’Neill.Children can also get help with homework, grab a meal, and just have fun being a kid. With schools already canceling Thursday, more children can expect to stretch their legs and have fun at the Boys & Girls Club.“I was pretty happy because the past two days, they’ve [Boys & Girls Club] been closed, and there is really nothing else to do except just sit inside and watch TV because it’s so cold out,” said O’Neill.For more information, visit their website www.bgcalpena.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena schools, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, Children, Obstacle Courses, School Closings, schoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, January 30Next Local doctor encourages eye exams to prevent Glaucomalast_img read more

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