Federer makes winning return in Stuttgart

first_imgWimbledon champion Roger Federer made a winning return to action as he recovered from a set down to beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 3-6 6-4 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday.The Swiss, who skipped the entire European claycourt swing to concentrate on the grasscourt season, showed signs of rust early on against Zverev but it did not take too long for him to rediscover his rhythm.Federer had some early chances but could not take them and it was Zverev who struck first when he broke to love to lead 5-3 before a couple of aces helped him pocket the opening set.It was the first set Zverev, older brother of world number three Alexander, had ever taken from Federer in six attempts and a shock looked on the cards when he had a break point in the opening game of the second set.Federer, who will be seeking a ninth Wimbledon title next month, eventually found some magic with a backhand winner to break for a 4-2 lead but the 36-year-old handed the advantage straight back in the next game.He then broke to love in the 10th game to take the match into a decider that became one-way traffic as Federer surged into a 4-1 lead.last_img read more

Konta clatters Kvitova to reach Wimbledon quarters

first_imgBritain’s Jo Konta staggered away from a head-on collision with twice champion Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon on Monday for a three-set victory which put her in the quarter-finals, and instantly installed her among the favourites for the title.The 4-6 6-2 6-4 win over the Czech had been a brutal affair, and in the end only Konta had been able to produce sufficient subtlety with which to temper the low-trajectory rockets which had been a feature for both players throughout the match.For the purists, rallies were few and far between. But for the thrill-seekers, winners exploded repeatedly like a succession of fireworks in a night sky.Indeed, the used tennis balls from this match, sold as souvenirs to the public, should come with a hefty discount – if there is anything left of them.Like a Ford Escort stuck in high gear, sixth-seeded Kvitova had no change of pace, little nuance or subtlety, just a roaring engine battering the ball as hard as she could muster.Even the sport’s ubiquitous topspin was only an occasional visitor as the Czech opened her grip and slammed each ball flat and hard – for a clean winner or a shot flying out the back.For her part, 19th seed Konta — herself no stranger to the more brutal forms of baseline play — looked to fight firepower with firepower right from the off.It was almost a case of who or what would crack first, a player’s nerve or a racket’s frame as shot after shot was slammed away for a winner and the eerie sonics echoed around Centre Court.Next up Konta will face another Czech – the unseeded Barbora Strycova – with a potential semi-final against Serena Williams perhaps on the horizon. Elsewhere in the women’s draw on Monday, unseeded Karolina Muchova outlasted third seed and fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova to reach the last eight in the longest women’s match at the championships so far this year.Muchova won 4-6 7-5 13-11 in three hours 17 minutes, claiming victory with a netcord as former world number one Pliskova’s wait for a first Grand Slam title continued.In her first Grand Slam quarter-final world number 68 Muchova will face eighth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina after she eased past Croatia’s Petra Martic.last_img read more

More taxes, less incentives fuelling economic woes – warns Edghill

first_img– takes Gov’t to task for lack of economic plans for sectors, dismal mid-year reportThe dismal production figures in some of Guyana’s most reliable sectors are continuing to cause worry. And ahead of a widely touted business summit, the political Opposition is taking the Government to task for not having a clear economic plan for the productive sectors.Member of Parliament Juan Edghill is describing as mismanagement the absence of a plan, coupled with heavy taxes on citizens looking to earn an honest living. He observed that the Government’s policy of taxing before incentivising sectors with a record of top notch production is contributing to the overall economic woes.“In the months that they have been in office, they have not produced a clear plan of how they intend to develop the economy of Guyana. As a matter of fact, the (sectors) that were doing well — like gold — they have taxed that sector so harshly that the gold miners have said they don’t know how they will survive. There is a situation where people are selling their excavators for next to nothing and coming out of the business,” Edghill detailed.“For example,” he continued, “the two per cent final tax — the tributors tax — has been raised by a hundred per cent to 20 per cent. So it’s extremely difficult in a sector that was generating revenue. Where logging and forestry are concerned, a lot of those small loggers are now on the breadline. These were people who were doing well; they owned cars, bus, and they were able to expand their business.”According to Edghill, the impression being given by the Government is one in which the other sectors are on the back burner ahead of the upcoming revenues from oil and gas. He used the Trinidad and Tobago economy as a reference.“Look what is going on in Trinidad. The Trinidad budget was just read. That is a country that (reduced attention) on all its other sectors. (Now) the Trinidad Prime Minister has spoken out against hoarding. And this seems to be the route that Guyana wants to go.”JobsEdghill stressed that while oil will bring in a lot of revenue, the money may not trickle down to the average citizen. And he noted that, compared to oil, productive sectors such as agriculture are much more likely to provide jobs on a large scale.“There is no sector which brings employment more than the agriculture sector. Rice, sugar, other crops (and) expanding tourism (are) important, because tourism is service-oriented and job-creating. Oil, it’s just a few jobs. You’ll get money, but don’t have work. So we need oil, plus what we already have; not forsaking the sectors we already have. Incentivise and lend support to the other sectors,” Edghill expressed.Groups such as the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) have continually urged the Government to revise its economic policy.At the GMSA’s recently held business luncheon, its president, Shyam Nokta, had noted that while oil is a lucrative natural resource, more attention and effective policies were needed in Guyana’s traditional sectors.In his presentation, Nokta had also referred to the resource curse dubbed the “Dutch disease”, which can cause a reduction in the value of other exported commodities, and is often blamed on the sudden development of one sector at the expense of others.“There is much talk about how the imminent oil and gas sector will change everything in our country. That is true, and that is precisely why we need to ensure we build all the institutional defences to defend against the well-known economic governance risk that oil and gas could bring,” he had said.“But on the other hand, our economy could falter if we do not remain focused on the broader imperatives of supporting investments and job-creation across all our economic sectors. We need to prepare for oil and gas, but we also need to stay the course to ensure other sectors continue to grow,” Nokta had warned.Nokta also listed some of the issues affecting manufacturers, including an unstable electricity supply; access to finance on reasonable terms; high freight costs, and market access. He called for specific interventions, including incentives and a review of taxes on industries such as forestry, for the 2018 budget.Half-year reportThe Ministry of Finance’s half-year report was released in July of this year. It had showed that certain sectors were reduced, when compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The declining sectors had included sugar, livestock, forestry, mining and quarrying, and even the bauxite industry.It showed that sugar production was recorded at 49,606 tonnes at the half year, and when compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016, represented a decline of 12.4 per cent. The livestock industry also contracted by 10.9 per cent in the first half of 2017, due to heavy rainfall severely affecting production, especially in the second quarter.The forestry industry also showed an 18.2 per cent contraction in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Declining production within the forestry industry was due to structural changes in the industry.The mining and quarrying sector contracted by 4.0 per cent during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Also, it showed the bauxite industry declined by 11.5 per cent as a result of reduced production of higher valued grades.last_img read more

Mukolwe, Wekesa want to be AFC regulars

first_img“Both youngsters were our best players. Mukolwe did well despite conceding the two goals. Wekesa was also fantastic,” Minnaert said.Mukolwe benched first choice keeper Lukas Indeche who has been struggling with a shoulder injury for the past six weeks.Minnaert says the keeper might be out of action for up to three months and despite being forced to shop for another shot-stopper, Mukolwe did enough to show that in future, he can be a reliable first choice.The 19-year-old, who joined Ingwe at the start of the season, hopes he can build on from his first performance and be a consistent figure between the posts for the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions.“It has been my dream since I started playing football that locally, I would want to play for Leopards. Having my debut was great and though I was a bit jittered, I want to thank my team mates for helping me to settle and have a good match,” Mukolwe told Capital Sport.“It gives me a lot of confidence moving forward and there are other things I need to work on like my ball distribution and hopefully this will be one of many starts to come,” the teenager added.Wekesa scored Leopards’ opener in the match and had several other scoring opportunities but he believes he has a chance to better his performance.“I want to keep on. I have started two matches so far but possibly in the second leg, I want to play more, improve on my skill and do better,” Wekesa said.Minnaert backed the duo to be in his starting squad as he plans to strengthen the team in the June transfer window.“We need to bring in more players into the team. We had Tololwa (Andrew) out and we missed him. I have given the management my list of players and hopefully we can work to bring them in,” the Belgian tactician asserted.Leopards moved to sixth on the standings on 20 points, nine adrift of leaders arch rivals Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards teenage goal keeper Edwin Mukolwe in action against their SPL clash against Tusker FC. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – After having superb performances for AFC Leopards during the club’s 2-2 draw against Tusker FC, goalkeeper Edwin Mukolwe and striker Alfred Wekesa are now longing to be regular starters in Ivan Minnaert’s team.Head Coach Minnaert handed Mukolwe his first ever start for the club while Wekesa was making his third appearance and the second start.last_img read more

REVEALED! English football’s longest unbeaten runs in ALL competitions

first_imgBarcelona’s 2-0 Champions League last 16 first leg victory over Arsenal on Tuesday night has extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to 33 games.The spell of form, which started on October 17 with a 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga also covers matches in the Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and Champions League.Luis Enrique’s side will, though, be wary about their next match as they take on Sevilla, the team who inflicted their last loss, at the Nou Camp.But how does Barcelona’s current run compare to the longest unbeaten spells in English football?Click the right arrow above to find out…NB. We have only included teams that played in the top division of English football. Results in competitions include First Division/Premier League, European competition (including UEFA Super Cup), FA Cup, League Cup and Charity/Community Shield. Friendly matches are not included. 6. Liverpool – 25 games unbeaten in all competitions in 1982! Barcelona are currently on an unbeaten run across all competitions since October 17 covering 33 games. But how does their streak compare to the best English records? Liverpool have the SIXTH longest with 25 games in all competitions (March to September 1982) CLICK THE RIGHT ARROW ABOVE to see which clubs boast even longer unbeaten records! – With Barcelona on an incredible run without defeat, we’ve discovered the longest unbeaten runs by English sides in all competitions, and at number six in our countdown is Liverpool’s early 1980s vintage. After losing 1-0 at home to Brighton on 6 March 1982, the Reds went 25 games unbeaten (23 league, one League Cup final and one Charity Shield), claiming three pieces of silverware in the process. 2. Manchester United – Unbeaten for 33 games in all competitions (December 1998 to August 1999) Click the arrow to see which club is still number one! – The Red Devils’ run from late 1998 through to the end of the 1998/99 season culminated in the most sensational period experienced by any English club. United lost 3-2 at home to Middlesbrough on 19 December 1998, and didn’t lose another game until Arsenal beat them 2-1 in the Charity Shield on 1 August 1999. In between, United went unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches, eight FA Cup games and five Champions League ties. The result was a remarkable treble success in all three competitions. But it’s not the longest unbeaten run in all competitions. 7 Joint 3rd. Arsenal – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (April to November 2007) Click the arrow to see which club shares this record with Arsenal! – Yes, while the 2003/04 Arsenal team went an entire Premier League season unbeaten – and a record 49 league games in total – that team did lose games in Europe and the domestic cups. Perhaps surprisingly, it is the 2007 Gunners that went unbeaten for the longest in all competitions. On 7 April 2007, Arsenal lost 1-0 at home to West Ham to record their third Premier League defeat in a row, but they didn’t lose another match in any competition until 27 November, when they lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Champions League. The unbeaten run included 20 Premier League games, plus six games in Europe and two League Cup ties. Sadly for this side, they blew a great chance of winning the title, and lost in the Champions League quarters to Liverpool, plus Spurs in the League Cup last four. That makes this Gunners team the only one on this list not to pick up trophies as a result of their unbeaten run. 7 Joint 3rd. Everton – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (December 1984 to May 1985) Click the arrow to see the legendary side that’s level with Everton! – Everton’s 1984/85 season was truly miraculous. The Toffees had won the FA Cup in 1984 and marched on during the next campaign to surpass their local rivals Liverpool, coming close to bagging a sensational treble. On 22 December 1984, Everton lost 4-3 at home against Chelsea, but didn’t lose another game until 11 May, away to Nottingham Forest, by which time they had already won the title. The Toffees also reached the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup finals, helping to extend their unbeaten run to 28 matches. They claimed the continental trophy with victory over Rapid Vienna, but succumbed to Man United at Wembley three days later to narrowly miss out on a third piece of silverware. 7 7 1. Nottingham Forest – Unbeaten for 40 games in all competitions (March to December 1978) Click the arrow for a brilliant graphic of Forest’s achievement – At number one, with the longest unbeaten run in top class English football in all competitions, it’s Brian Clough’s brilliant Nottingham Forest team of 1978. On 11 March that year, Forest – who had only been promoted to the top flight the previous May – were top of the league and aiming for a unique domestic treble. West Brom duly beat the Tricky Trees 2-0 in the FA Cup quarters, but Clough’s side bounced back by winning the League Cup final against Liverpool. They added the League title, going unbeaten in the last 26 league games of the 1977/78 season, which contributed to a run of 42 league games unbeaten across two seasons. A 5-0 Charity Shield victory over FA Cup holders Ipswich was recorded in August, and it wasn’t until 9 December 1978 that any team found a way to beat them. On that day, Liverpool triumphed 2-0 at Anfield, bringing to an end a quite remarkable undefeated run. While Liverpool went on to win the title that season, Forest recovered to win the European Cup and League Cup. 7 7 Joint 3rd. Preston North End – Unbeaten for 28 games in all competitions (September 1888 to September 1889) Click the arrow to see which sensational side went 33 games unbeaten! – The original ‘Invincibles’, Preston didn’t lose a single league game in winning the first ever Football League championship. In addition, they won the FA Cup without conceding a single goal in five knockout matches, en route to clinching the double. Preston’s proud record came to an end when they lost their second league game of the 1889/90 season, 5-3 to Aston Villa, having thrashed Stoke 10-0 in their opening game. Preston did go on to retain their title, though. 7 Nottingham Forest – 40 games unbeaten in all competitions!last_img read more

Villaraigosa threatens mandatory water cuts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champOfficials at the utility are reviewing previous plans to determine how a mandatory rationing plan could be put into effect. “We recognize that this would have serious consequences, not only for residents but for businesses,” DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said. “What could be done, and it could be implemented in a couple of weeks, is to step up enforcement of banned uses such as watering off driveways and sidewalks. Right now, we are just giving warnings to people. The next stage would be issuing $50 citations.” The city has activated a limited version of its Drought Busters campaign, with a handful of city workers patrolling the streets to find water wasters and get them to voluntarily cut back. Stepped-up enforcement could mean the city would add more workers to the task force and also arm them with the authority to issue citations and fine violators. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warned Monday that he is prepared to call for mandatory cuts in water usage after the first of the year unless Los Angeles residents begin to sharply cut back. “We made a call for cuts early in the year, and while there hasn’t been a reduction there hasn’t been an increase in water use,” Villaraigosa said. “But if we need to go to a mandatory program after the first of the year, we will. I think people understand that with the fires that surrounded us these last few months, with the fact we had the hottest year on record and the fact the snowpack in the Sierras is down dramatically, that we will have to understand the need to conserve.” Earlier this year, the mayor and city officials asked residents to cut water use by 10percent. But on Monday, Department of Water and Power officials said overall water use is down about 3percent compared with a year ago. Ramallo said a second phase would be mandatory conservation with penalties. That would require City Council approval. The mayor’s comments came during a news conference where he met with Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard and the two signed proclamations renewing a Sister City relationship. Both officials said they hoped to have future meetings to deal with common problems and improve trade. “We already do $3.2billion in trade with Mexico and we have more that we can do mutually, to improve business and education and deal with issues such as immigration,” Villaraigosa said.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

MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD CELEBRATE NEW STATION UNDER AXING CLOUD

first_imgCOAST GUARD STATION MANAGER DEREK FLANAGAN GIVES A TOUR OF THE NEW PREMISESMALIN Head Coast Guard staff celebrated with families and friends last night as a €1.2M investment was unveiled.But celebrations could be short-lived if the Government goes ahead with a recommendation to close the Co Donegal facility in just four weeks’ time.Thirteen jobs could go if the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar moves services to Dublin. Last night politicians from both sides of the Border were in Malin Head to show their support for the Coast Guard team.Representatives of the RNLI from across the North West gathered in a marquee to hear about the work of the Coast Guard staff.TDs Joe McHugh and Padraig MacLochlainn were among those celebrating 207 years of service at the station as new state-of-the art computer equipment was shown off in a newly refurbished HQ.Campaigners believe its closure would cost lives. Lifeboat crews and members of other rescue services who rely on Malin Head staff also attended the event to see the new computer equipment for themselves.“There has been a Coast Guard in Malin Head since 1805,” said station controller Derek Flanagan.“There has been a 24/7 service 365 days a year since 1919, so it has been an important base for seafarers for more than 200 years.“It’s not just a service for people in Ireland but for people all over the world. We have even picked up distress signals in the South China Sea.“Staff are a bit down at the moment because we have these fantastic new facilities and the very latest equipment, yet we don’t know if the station will close or not in October when it is discussed at the cabinet.” Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh has been arguing for the retention of Malin Head.“I have made the argument on the Coast Guard station remaining because of the superb expert staff we have there,” he said, “I don’t believe centralising services in Dublin will provide any real financial savings.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:  “I was at the opening of the newly refurbished centre. There was a large turnout of life saving volunteers, representatives from marine tourism and the fishing community, leaders from the local community and public representatives from both sides of the border.“The centre has been upgraded with state of the art equipment that has cost hundreds of thousands. It would be nonsensical to close it down after this investment. “In recent times, staff at the centre have overseen marine rescue operations that saved literally dozens of lives. Their knowledge of the local coastal geography and ability to direct lifeboat or helicopter crews to the exact location was invaluable.“If that wasn’t reason enough, then proposals from the staff themselves would amount to better efficiencies for the coast guard services overall. The difference being that the efficiency proposals from the staff would keep the centre open.“On every count, there can be no justification for closing the Malin Head Marine Rescue Sub Centre.”MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD CELEBRATE NEW STATION UNDER AXING CLOUD was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Talks of a crisis disappear as Chelsea make light work of limp Everton

first_img1 Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were on target as Chelsea showed their Premier League pedigree by swatting aside Everton.Fabregas fired Chelsea in front after 27 minutes and Morata headed in a second before half-time as the holders moved within three points of leaders Manchester United with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.Everton offered little to show that they could win at Chelsea for the first time in the league since 1994, a run which now spans 23 matches.Chelsea, champions in May, lost on the opening day to Burnley, prompting suggestions of crisis, with head coach Antonio Conte seeking further squad strengthening and striker Diego Costa in exile.Two weeks and two games later, Chelsea have beaten two sides with high aspirations for this season. And the four remaining days of the summer transfer window could see the Blues’ augment their squad.The victory over Tottenham at Wembley was followed up by a convincing win over Everton, who were second best throughout.Fabregas, back from a one-match suspension, and Pedro returned in place of Andreas Christensen and Tiemoue Bakayoko.And both Spaniards were influential. Pedro’s pace and movement tested the Toffees and Fabregas’ guile proved instrumental with N’Golo Kante dominating midfield.Wayne Rooney, concentrating on domestic duty following his international retirement, cut a frustrated figure at times as he tried to rouse the Toffees, who might have been reduced to 10 men inside 10 minutes.Idrissa Gueye was booked after his studs met Fabregas’ shin, but the card could have been red.Chelsea had a flurry of chances. A Pedro overhead kick went over. Willian had a deflected effort clear the target and Jordan Pickford saved from David Luiz and then Pedro.Everton were holding firm, but then Fabregas found an opening. Willian, on the right, played the ball in for the Spaniard, who played a one-two with Morata. The return reached Fabregas at the second attempt after a ricochet off Ashley Williams and he struck the ball on the volley inside the far post.Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored spectacularly on Thursday against Hadjuk Split, dragged an effort wide across goal as Everton made a rare foray forwards, but soon afterwards it was 2-0.Morata went down inside the area and Williams remonstrated with him before offering a hand to help him up.That offer was withdrawn when Williams realised Chelsea were still on the attack after Everton failed to clear as Kante applied pressure.Next Victor Moses went down on the edge of the box, but referee Jonathan Moss played advantage.The ball broke for Azpilicueta, who had time to cross and Morata had space to send a free header in. Everton’s defenders were too busy appealing for offside to mark Morata.Mo Besic replaced Tom Davies at half-time as Everton sought a midfield foothold.Sandro Ramirez should have done better when found by Wayne Rooney, but Antonio Rudiger covered the danger.The first-half order was soon restored as Chelsea pushed the visitors deep into their own territory.Pedro fired narrowly wide and then Moses weakly shot at Pickford when he had time to pick his spot.Rooney mishit a volley and was booked soon afterwards for dissent as another Everton attack disintegrated.Williams hooked an effort on to the roof of the net as Chelsea struggled to clear an Everton free-kick and the defender next headed a Rooney cross wide.Gueye came close soon afterwards, but Chelsea’s defence would not be breached as they recorded a first clean sheet of the season. Alvaro Morata scored Chelsea’s second goal after assisting Cesc Fabregas’ opener last_img read more

Letterkenny Rovers launch annual draw

first_imgLetterkenny Rovers Football Club this week launched their annual draw which will take place in the Station House Hotel on Thursday, 12th December.The club hopes to harness the goodwill and effort of the club members and the local public to build on the success of previous draws at such an important and exciting time for the club.Picture: Letterkenny Rovers vice-chairman Victor Fisher and senior team player Christopher Malseed (centre) launch the club’s annual draw at Leckview Park along with Bernard McGlynn, Rhys McGrath, Troy Preston-Holder and chairman Dessie Kelly. Work will shortly commence on a new state of the art artificial pitch with floodlights at Leckview Park. The club also caters for teams of all ages.“It is a constant challenge for the club to try and improve our facilities”, said club chairman Dessie Kelly at the launch.“Fundraising is such an important element for every club and we hope the local sporting fraternity will again support us as they have done so generously in the past.”The top prize is €2000 cash which will be a timely lift a few weeks out from Christmas. The draw co-ordinator is Kieran McGrath and tickets priced at €10 or 3 for €20 are available from any club member or can be purchased via paypal at Kieranmcgrath50@yahoo.com Letterkenny Rovers launch annual draw was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Leckview ParkletterkennyLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

Hubkey has flair for dramatics

first_imgROSAMOND – Cody Hubkey is a Rosamond High two-way football standout with a propensity for making big plays. Hubkey, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior tight end/defensive lineman, leads the team with eight touchdowns and is the Antelope Valley’s overall leader, averaging 28.32 yards per reception. He has four catches for 50 yards or more, including an 82-yarder in a 27-8 nonleague victory over Vasquez of Acton on Sept. 22. He is also sixth on the team with 43 tackles. His flair for the dramatic extends beyond the football field. “People think it’s kind of funny that the football players are in drama,” Hubkey said. “People stereotype us, and I really don’t like being stereotyped.” Hubkey was a first-team all-league lineman last season. He never played a skilled position in high school before this year, when coach Lon Boyett, who returned to the program after a 10-year hiatus, moved him to tight end. “We saw that he had good hands and we needed (a tight end),” Boyett said. “It’s his first year (at the position), so he’s had to learn to run patterns and release, and he’s done a great job.” Boyett believes tight end is Hubkey’s natural position. Boyett said Hubkey is a potential four-year college prospect, although he said he’ll probably have to add some bulk to his lean frame and will probably have to start out at a junior college. “He’s got good form and he’s a really good blocker,” Boyett said. But although football is Hubkey’s favorite extracurricular activity, it isn’t his only scholarship possibility. He said he hopes to impress colleges with his performance in “The Diviners.” He will also direct a school play in the spring. Hubkey has won over skeptics in the theatre arts department. Rosamond senior Jonathan “Bonesy” Robertson, who’s also involved in the school’s theatre arts program, feared having a “football jock” on stage would be a “catastrophe.” “He proved me wrong,” Robertson said. “He came on stage and he blew me away. “He was able to put his emotions on the stage. He wasn’t just the jock that I knew.” Hubkey’s football teammates have taken note of his ability to bring intensity and a light mood to the team. “He’s a very comedic guy, he’s always telling us jokes and making us laugh,” Rosamond senior receiver/defensive back Jesus Bautista said. “He makes it fun.” Hubkey said that other than memorization and performing before a crowd, the two disciplines don’t directly correlate. He said rewards for achieving success in both, however, are similar. “If you catch the ball and you say the line right, then you feel like you’ve got it done and that’s a good feeling,” Hubkey said.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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Hubkey is also a rising star in Rosamond’s theatre arts department. He was named the school’s rookie actor of the year for his appearance in a Rosamond production of “Mr. Western,” and has a leading role in “The Diviners,” which will open on campus later this month. Hubkey and his defending High Desert League champion Rosamond teammates take center stage in a pivotal High Desert League showdown against Bishop at Bishop tonight at 7 p.m. Rosamond (7-2, 3-1) can win a share of its second consecutive league title for the first time since the late 1970s. Bishop (6-3, 4-0) is ranked No. 6 in the Southern Section’s East Valley Division poll. Rosamond is ranked No. 9. Rosamond senior running back Ricci Davis is involved in the school’s theatre arts program too, and also has a role in “The Diviners.” last_img read more