17 Sep
2020

Kessler stays poised as USC readies for BC

first_imgFor the second week in a row the Trojans will match up against a less talented team they are expected to beat — this time, the Boston College Eagles. Unlike the Washington State Cougars and their air raid attack, however, the Eagles feature a power run offense, mirroring the tactics of traditional SEC squads. USC head coach Lane Kiffin, even among rampant cries for his dismissal, is excited for that challenge and believes it should be a good test for his squad, which is trying to rebound from its shocking loss to Washington State last weekend.Ready to go · Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said he is excited about the chance to seize the starting job. “It was very exciting for me,” Kessler said. “[Kiffin] gave me the keys to the car … the keys to the team.” – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“They have a great physical running back and the offensive line is well-coached,” Kiffin said about the Eagles. “They have a great playmaker at receiver and an extremely mobile defense. They’re heavy on the run and try to open it up with the play action. It’s a Stanford type of offense.”The Trojan defense has played phenomenally up to this point under the direction of the new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, but this week, it will face its toughest test yet against Boston College tailback Andre Williams. The senior is averaging 5.5 yards a carry this season, but will most certainly be going up against the most talented defense he’s seen this season on Saturday.Though the Eagles certainly have a number of playmakers on offense, most Trojan fans will have their eyes glued to the USC offense to see if it can rebound after an awful performance against Washington State.“Lets Roll.”That was the simple message delivered to quarterback Cody Kessler from Kiffin on Sunday night when he told the redshirt sophomore he would be Trojans’ starter going forward, ending the indecision that seemed to plague the offense in its first two games.“I’m not trying to make excuses, but those first two weeks I would be lying if I said it wasn’t affecting me,” Kessler said. “It’s tough to focus on winning the game when you’re worrying about other things. [Being named the starter] instills a confidence I didn’t have in the first two weeks.”The news is obviously a dream come true for Kessler, but he quickly needs to turn his attention to fixing up the anemic USC offense, which has mustered just 226 total passing yards during the Trojans’ first two games of the 2013 season against Hawai’i and Washington State.“I don’t feel accomplished those last two games when [I didn’t] play like [I] wanted to,” Kessler said. “It’s great everyone’s behind me, and now we’re ready to go.”Coach’s dream Possibly the most concerning number for the Trojans from the game against the Cougars is 27.Twenty-seven is the number of yards that Heisman hopeful Marqise Lee had Saturday, far below his baseline productivity from last season. Questions and concerns have been swirling about the standout junior wideout and how Kiffin is wasting his talents calling screen after screen, picking up only a handful of yards at a time.Lee, however, does not seem  at all flustered, either about his performance or Kiffin’s playcalling.“I’ll keep running screens or doing whatever Kiffin and the coaches need me to do,” Lee said. “It’s not about [getting Lee the ball more often], it’s more about involving everyone else.”Players only One thing Lee touched on after practice was how great the last two days have been for the Trojans and how focused everyone has seemed following the loss. Aiding in that cause, in Lee and Kiffin’s opinion, is a players-only meeting that was conducted Sunday.“We had an open conversation and some guys said the things they haven’t been able to say,” Lee said.When asked if the players were worried about the crowd chanting “Fire Kiffin” on Saturday, Lee did not seem phased.“Kiffin’s gonna be there,” Lee said. “I don’t pay attention to it … As a team we’re going to continue to do what we’ve got to do.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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6 Aug
2020

Mobile Food Carts Coming to Artesian Commons

first_imgFacebook109Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is accepting proposals from interested parties for the operations of a Mobile Food Unit at the Artesian Commons. The park is scheduled to open in early May, and vendors will be an important partner in the success of this location. Responsibilities will include operating a mobile food unit, opening and securing the park each day, and providing support for daily functions required to keep the location clean and vibrant. For details and a copy of the packet you can:Visit the Artesian Commons webpage.Visit The Olympia Center at 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA  98502.Call Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at 360.753.8506 to have the packet mailed or emailed to you.Questions may be directed to Scott River, Associate Director for Parks, Arts and Recreation, at 360.753.8506last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Minor Baseball Season in full swing

first_imgThe minor baseball season is in full swing throughout the West Kootenay, and in the Heritage City, the Nelson Jays are out to defend West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship won in 2015.The Jays met Castlegar this past week at Queen Elizabeth Park. Both teams battle the opposition, and the weather, during this mid-week contest with the host team coming out on top.The NDBA has fields teams in six divisions — Tee-Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth.The teams play at Queen Elizabeth Lions Park.Nelson plays in the West Kootenay Minor Baseball leaqgue, which  runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Countdown is on for MS Bike Challengers — still time to register

first_img“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.last_img read more

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