EHS pitcher hopes to mold arms of the future through clinics

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — For seniors at Hancock County high schools, graduation is only one semester away. Conner Wagstaff wants to make the time he has left time count.Between getting his house in order for college and graduation and pitching his final season for the Ellsworth baseball team, the next few months will be plenty busy for Wagstaff. Yet there’s something else on Wagstaff’s to-do list: ensuring the Eagles have a foundation for the future on the mound.“Looking back on it, there are just so many things I wish I had learned at a younger age when it came to pitching and technique,” Wagstaff said. “It’s important for them to learn the mental aspect of the game and have us to look up to.”To give younger players hands-on experience, Wagstaff is running a once-a-week pitching clinic at Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium. The five-week clinics began Sunday morning with separate sessions being held for the 7-11 and 12-15 age groups.Ellsworth senior Conner Wagstaff instructs a young player during a pitching clinic Jan. 27 at Ellsworth High School. Wagstaff, a senior, will be playing college baseball at Southern New Hampshire University next year after he pitches his final season for the Eagles this spring. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff, a two-time All-Penobscot Valley Conference selection, has made pitching look easy in his three years at Ellsworth. As a junior last season, he went 6-0 in the regular season as he struck out 65 batters and posted a 2.25 ERA.Originally, Wagstaff’s plan for getting involved at the youth level was to coach in the Ellsworth Little League program in the spring. With the Little League International season coinciding with varsity baseball, though, there simply wasn’t enough time.“I thought about it, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it,” Wagstaff said. “I also wasn’t sure what I age group I wanted to work with. I thought these clinics would be a good idea because I knew I could do them in the winter and solve both those problems.”There is much to be learned about pitching at the youth level, where many players are still learning the basic rules and fundamentals of the game. Yet the No. 1 sticking point for young pitchers, Wagstaff said, is muscle memory.“Thinking is the worst thing you can do as a pitcher,” Wagstaff said. “You want to not have to think about having the ball back, getting your knee up or getting your toe pointed so you can focus on the batter.”After the last clinic is held Feb. 24, Wagstaff will turn his attention to his final season as an Eagle. In the fall, he will head to Southern New Hampshire University on a baseball scholarship.“It’s kind of surreal to think I’ll be going up against college-level players,” Wagstaff said. “Whether you’re teaching or playing, you’re always learning, and that’s what this is all about.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Deepa Malik Basks in Khel Ratna Glory, Bajrang Punia Misses Ceremony

first_imgNew Delhi: Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan. Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour.World Championships bronze-medallist shuttler B Sai Praneeth, woman cricketer Poonam Yadav, Asian Games gold-winner heptathlete Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, two-time world silver-medallist boxer Sonia Lather, Asian Games silver-medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza, motorsports ace Gaurav Gill and Kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur were among the 19 sportspersons who received the Arjuna Award from President Ram Nath Kovind here.Malik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision.Prominent absentees from the event apart from Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, and silver-winner quarter-miler Mohammed Anas, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year.Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean, while Toor and Anas are competing in the national inter-state athletics meet in Lucknow right now.The National Sports Awards are given on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.”I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability,” Malik said.”I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win medal in Paralympic,” she added.While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each along with citations.Besides the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.List of Awardees:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling)Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports).Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey).Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey). arjuna awardsBajrang Puniadeepa malikDhyan Chand Award First Published: August 29, 2019, 6:55 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio Coming in March

first_imgAngry Birds maker Rovio has teamed up with 20th Century Fox for the latest version of its insanely popular Angry Birds series. The game, a tie-in with Fox’s upcoming movie, Rio (a CGI movie due out in April), is “like the original with a few new twists,” according to Rovio.The company added that the game will be available “app stores everywhere in March.” So, iPhone and Android for sure, right? Probably Nokia’s Ovi store. And maybe Windows Phone 7 and HP’s webOS store? At launch, the game will offer 45 levels and improved graphics over the original. Future updates will bring “more levels and a surprise or two.” The game will hit the market in March. Check out a trailer after the jump.last_img

Canada names new chief science adviser

first_imgMona Nemer in 2008. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, knows Nemer well and called her an excellent choice for the job. “Mona’s fantastic, she has a very good reputation among Canadian researchers and has had a long and productive career,” he says. “She’s got all the cred.”He added that during her 10 years in university administration, she has picked up political skills as well. “In my interactions with her she has always listened, asked questions and then came to her own decisions, she’s not the kind of person who makes rash decisions,” he says.But Woodgett cautioned his scientific colleagues not to expect the creation of the new position to lead to a big boost in research funding. A report commissioned by Duncan recommended earlier this year that the government increase funding for fundamental science by CA$1.3 billion over the next four years. “A lot of Canadian scientists have an unrealistic idea of the role. She’s not there to advocate for research funding, but to provide advice,” he said.Neither the prime minister nor the science minister made any reference to that report, known as the Naylor report, in their remarks today.But Katie Gibbs, executive director of the science campaign group Evidence for Democracy in Ottawa, was encouraged by Nemer’s own words at the announcement. “She talked a lot about making Canadian science the best in the world,” Gibbs said. “I’m hopeful that she will take up the Naylor report as part of her mandate.”Gibbs said she was thrilled with the choice, especially because she thinks Nemer’s experience as vice president of research gives her an understanding of administration and funding, as well as fundamental research. “She understands the science community and will be a strong voice for us,” Gibbs said. Phillip Jeffrey/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Ottawa, Ontario The Government of Canada is committed to strengthen science in government decision-making and to support scientists’ vital work.In keeping with these commitments, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Dr. Mona Nemer as Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor, following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process.  We know Canadians value science. As the new Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Nemer will help promote science and its real benefits for Canadians—new knowledge, novel technologies, and advanced skills for future jobs. These breakthroughs and new opportunities form an essential part of the Government’s strategy to secure a better future for Canadian families and to grow Canada’s middle class.Dr. Nemer is a distinguished medical researcher whose focus has been on the heart, particularly on the mechanisms of heart failure and congenital heart diseases. In addition to publishing over 200 scholarly articles, her research has led to new diagnostic tests for heart failure and the genetics of cardiac birth defects. Dr. Nemer has spent more than ten years as the Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa, has served on many national and international scientific advisory boards, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec.As Canada’s new top scientist, Dr. Nemer will provide impartial scientific advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science. She will also make recommendations to help ensure that government science is fully available and accessible to the public, and that federal scientists remain free to speak about their work. Once a year, she will submit a report about the state of federal government science in Canada to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science, which will also be made public.Quotes“We have taken great strides to fulfill our promise to restore science as a pillar of government decision-making. Today, we took another big step forward by announcing Dr. Mona Nemer as our Chief Science Advisor. Dr. Nemer brings a wealth of expertise to the role. Her advice will be invaluable and inform decisions made at the highest levels. I look forward to working with her to promote a culture of scientific excellence in Canada.”— The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada“A respect for science and for Canada’s remarkable scientists is a core value for our government. I look forward to working with Dr. Nemer, Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor, who will provide us with the evidence we need to make decisions about what matters most to Canadians: their health and safety, their families and communities, their jobs, environment and future prosperity.” — The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science“I am honoured and excited to be Canada’s Chief Science Advisor. I am very pleased to be representing Canadian science and research – work that plays a crucial role in protecting and improving the lives of people everywhere. I look forward to advising the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and working with the science community, policy makers, and the public to make science part of government policy making.”— Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor, Canada By Brian OwensSep. 26, 2017 , 4:08 PM Mona Nemer, a cardiology researcher and vice president of research at the University of Ottawa, has been named Canada’s new chief science adviser by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“Scientists need to have a voice,” Trudeau said, making the announcement in Ottawa today.Nemer’s office will have a CA$2 million budget, and she will report to both Trudeau and Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. Her mandate includes providing scientific advice to government ministers, helping keep government-funded science accessible to the public, and protecting government scientists from being muzzled.She will also deliver an annual report to the prime minister and science minister on the state of federal government science. 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Country Email Canada names new chief science adviser The appointment comes almost two years after Trudeau first instructed Duncan to appoint a science adviser, and fulfills a promise made by Trudeau during the 2015 campaign.  Canada’s first chief science adviser was appointed in 2004 by Prime Minister Paul Martin of the Liberal Party; the position was eliminated in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party.Here is the government’s official statement:last_img read more