Cashel’s Paddy Butler lines out at 7 while Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan starts at 6.Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony miss out on selection through injuryMurray met with a specialist yesterday and is required to rehab a medial ligament knee injury for the next 6 weeks. The team in full is Felix Jones at full back with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo on the wings.Andrew Smith forms a centre partnership with Captain Dennis Hurley while Ian Keatley is paired with Duncan Williams in the half backs.Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha are in the front row while Billy Holland and Toulon bound Paul O’Connell are in the second row.Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Butler and CJ Stander form a formidable back row.The bench consists of Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Sean Dougall, Jack O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan and Ronan O’Mahony.The game kicks off at 6.30pm
Class 4ABooker T. Washington Senior vs. Bolles (Jacksonville)Wednesday, December 117:00 PMClass 6AMiami Central Senior vs. Jones (Orlando)Thursday, December 127:00 PMClass 5AMiami Northwestern Senior vs. Jones (Orlando),Saturday, December 14Noon Miami Northwestern Senior High Football team. MIAMI DADE – Three Miami-Dade senior high schools will compete in the 2019 Florida High School Football State Championships. The three schools are Booker T. Washington Senior High, Miami Central Senior High, and Miami Northwestern Senior High.“These remarkable athletes have given our community an early holiday present. They have proven that Miami-Dade County Public Schools students are stars in the classroom and on the field,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “We congratulate them and their families, as well as the staff of Booker T. Washington, Miami Central, and Miami Northwestern senior high schools.”“It fills me with great pride to think of the enormous success these amazing scholar-athletes representing District 2 schools have achieved,” stated School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. “We must celebrate the children and salute the parents, administrators, coaches, faculty, staff, the community, and alumni for their never-ending support.”The three championship games will be played at Daytona Stadium, 3917 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Following is the schedule:
BOSTON—Depth was a key ingredient for the Boston Bruins in winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, and it’s a strength on this Bruins team as well. But we’ll find out in the Eastern Conference finals whether it’s a blueprint that will deliver another chance at a championship.Unlike vanquished foes Toronto and New York, top-seeded Pittsburgh can match the Bruins’ depth. The Penguins won all three games against the Bruins in the regular season, all by a single goal.“No doubt they’re a great hockey club. In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power they got,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “Probably the two best players in the world and a 40-goal scorer and the former 50-goal scorer, a future Hall of Famer and a Norris Trophy candidate on their team.“So, they definitely have a lot of weapons and in saying all that, I think what makes them successful is they play real well as a team and I think that’s what you’re going to probably see going into this next series, is two well-rounded teams going at it and for us we’ve got to be ready and excited for the challenge.”For each team, scoring production has been spread throughout their lines.The Bruins’ top line of Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has combined for 39 points in 12 games. Krejci has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, which leads all players in the Stanley Cup playoffs. PENQUINS GET READY FOR EASTERM CONFERENCE FINALS (AP PHOTO)
Facebook53Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Business BankAfter a nationwide search for a Chief Executive Officer, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County is proud to announce the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEO.Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County announces the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEOThe 8- member board and community leader search committee conducted an extensive, nationwide search with the help of a professional search firm. “We are extremely grateful for the committee’s dedication and expertise to select Craig as our new CEO from a field of very competitive candidates”, says Search Committee Chair, Christie Agtarap.“We wanted to leverage our growth and impact, to serve more kids and recognized that we needed a transformational leader to take the organization to another performance level and we found that leader in Craig,” says Sam Bovard, Board Chair.McElfresh cultivated his drive for excellence in organizational leadership and management during his 36 years at The Boeing Company. There he held various technical and senior management roles in process engineering, product development, project management, quality assurance, business operations, program management, and technology planning for commercial, space, and defense sectors. He led regional, national, and international teams and projects, including support for the advanced technology 787 commercial airplane.In 2015, McElfresh joined the non-profit, Pioneer Human Services, a company focused on treatment, employment, and housing for youth and adults with criminal histories or justice involved. There he held increasing roles of executive level responsibility.His passion and leadership in youth development in his community is evident in the leadership and volunteer roles he has assumed during his career. He has coached youth of all ages, boys and girls, in baseball and basketball. He originated a 501c3 community-centered baseball program for youth, and co-developed a community-centered youth basketball program. He was on the Auburn Youth Career Advisory Council, the Auburn YMCA Board of Managers, and mentored youth in a leadership program supporting the regional youth career fair.Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Project Management emphasis, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and holds an active Certification in Project Management from Project Management Institute.Craig is excited about his new role in a vibrant community saying, “Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County are located in towns and cities, in the heartbeat of the community, where precious kids are supported and served by compassionate adults who commit their resources to provide quality facilities and life-enriching programs. This is an exciting, pinnacle opportunity for me to work with diverse people and organizations, build upon the club-level success of the past 17 years, and grow our ability to positively impact the lives of more kids. Converging almost 40 years of career and professional experience with parallel community service for kids is a dream come true. My wife and I are absolutely thrilled to live in this community and join this amazing organization!”Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s mission is to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness. They provide safe places to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life enhancing programs; character development experiences; hope and opportunity. The Clubs promote academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles so they are better prepared to graduate from high school and thrive as adults. Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County has grown to five Clubs in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Tenino and Rochester in 17 years serving on average 700 youth per day and over 3,000 youth annually.