NMG&F News:SANTA FE ― Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:Kayla Brauer;Travis Bessett; andMontana Tidwell.Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.In addition to attending the law enforcement academy, conservation officers undergo four weeks of departmental training in wildlife laws and department policies and procedures. They also undergo a year of on-the-job training under the supervision of a field training officer before being assigned to a district.For more information about a career as a conservation officer with the Department of Game & Fish, visit the department website. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&F
The Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (NRFCC) has launched its business plan for 2016/17, which will include more than £24 million for work at Blyth, Killingworth, Hartlepool Headland Walls and Greatham South.It also announced in its 2015/16 annual report that it’s overseen 125 projects costing £27 million over the past year.The upcoming projects include the completion of the Port Clarence scheme at Wilton Engineering’s site in Teesside, the Morpeth flood alleviation scheme’s upstream dam and storage area – which operated for the first time in January – the Fellgate Estate scheme in South Tyneside, as well as the coastal scheme at Skinningrove.NRFCC Chairman Jon Hargeaves said: “On completion of the £27 million program of works from 2015/16, we will see a reduction in flood and coastal erosion risk to 1,458 houses in the region, as well as delivering seven environmental projects.”Currently, a £3 million package of recovery projects to repair flood defenses damaged in the winter flooding is taking place across the region, with a particular focus on the Tyne Valley in Northumberland.Leila Huntington, Flood and Coastal Risk Manager with the Environment Agency in the North East, added: “We’re working hard to carry out permanent repairs to our damaged flood defenses across the region. We’re also continuing to investigate where new or improved defenses can be incorporated into our works program and will be discussing this process in detail with the committee.”The NRFCC consists of elected and independent members and plays an important part in deciding local priorities for the flood and coastal risk management program in North East England.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Above: St. John Vianney point guard Jackie Kates (r) and Neptune’s Nahja Carter battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinal played March 17 at the Poland Springs Arena in Toms River. The Lancers lost in a doubleovertime marathon, 63-51. Left: St. John Vianney’s Jackie Kates (r) and Neptune’s Nahja Carter battle for the ball. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff The success that St. John Vianney High School’s girls basketball team has enjoyed the last four years can be credited to a special group of seniors.Jackie Kates, Missy Repoli, Katie O’Reilly and Aaron Zimmerman have been the cornerstones of four state championships and one Tournament of Champions title. According to shooting guard Repoli, the Lancers all had one thing in common.“We’re a really competitive group,” she said.It’s that competitiveness and never-giveup approach to every game that helped the seniors return SJV to its familiar perch as one of the state’s premier programs.The 2010-11 season was a fitting swan song for the Lancers’Core Four as they rang up their fourth straight NJSIAA Non-Public A South and Non-Public A State championshipsBut all good things must come to an end, and for the Lancers it was on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in the TOC semifinals at the Poland Springs Arena in Toms River against their Shore Conference rivals and nemesis, Neptune.The Scarlet Fliers outlasted the Lancers in a double-overtime marathon, 63-51, in which both teams displayed the fortitude that made them champions. When both teams were on the ropes, they somehow managed to come back time and again and slip out of the jaws of defeat.The Fliers, led by Shakena Richardson and Syessence Davis, who are headed to Rutgers University, had beaten the Lancers last month in the Shore Conference Tournament final as well as last year’s TOC championship game. Leading by seven in the third quarter in a game ruled by defense, the Fliers appeared to be in control of the game.But the Lancers didn’t think so.Asteal off an inbounds basket and resulting basket by Zimmerman in the last 10 seconds of the third period and O’Reilly’s basket at the start of the fourth pulled the Lancers to within three, 27-24, and it was anybody’s game.Repoli, who hit one big three-point shot from the corner after another all night, tied the game at 29-29 with a three.Neptune went back up by five on a three from Morgan Thompson and two free throws by Chyna Golden.A put-back off a missed Golden free throw by Nahja Carter put the Fliers back up by five, 36-31, with just 1:08 remaining in the game. The lead appeared safe.But Repoli knocked down yet another trey thatmade it 36-34 with 57 seconds left. Then the Lancers’ O’Reilly stole the ball from Davis and was fouled on her layup attempt. She sank both free throws, and just like that it was tied at 36 with 46 seconds remaining. Neptune held for the last shot, and Richardson misfired on a baseline jumper. Zimmerman pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 1.2 seconds left in the game. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, and the game went into overtimeIt was SJV’s turn to seize control in the overtime. Repoli knocked down a quick three to put the Lancers up. They would lead by four, 45-41, with 24 seconds left in the extra session on a free throw by O’Reilly.This time it was the Fliers’ turn to escape defeat. Richardson was fouled with 18 seconds remaining and sank both free throws. As the Lancers tried to break the Fliers’ full-court pressure, Davis made a steal at midcourt. She drove into the paint and put up a short jumper that fell, and the game was tied once again and was headed to a second overtime.If there was one difference between the two teams in this TOC semifinal, it was turnovers. Both defenses forced a lot of them, but the Lancers tuned the ball over 32 times to the Fliers’ 18.In the second overtime, Zimmerman, O’Reilly and Repoli were on the bench, having fouled out, and the Fliers took full advantage to pour it on and win by 12.“It was a great effort by both sides,” said SJV head coach Dawn Karpell. “We didn’t execute enough down the stretch.“Credit Neptune,” she added. “They’re fighters and they made the plays.”Repoli said the Lancers gave it their all.“We left it all on the floor,” she said. “It was a great team effort. We never gave up.”Neptune (29-1) was led by Davis with 18 and Richardson with 16. Golden added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Neptune would go on to lose the TOC final to Trenton Catholic on March 21 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, 54-49.For SJV, which ended its season at 28-4, Repoli netted a game-high 22. She was 6-8 frombeyond the arc. She was the only Lancer in double figures, but O’Reilly chipped in with nine. Kathleen Egan, the lone non-senior starter in the lineup, pulled down 11 rebounds.Karpell, herself a star at SJV, couldn’t say enough positive things about the impact that the Core Four had on SJV.“They showed character right down to the end,” she said. “I told them how proud I am of them and that I appreciate the great things they’ve done.“They brought SJV back to the top spot in the state,” she added. “Four state championships are an unbelievable accomplishment.”As great as Kates, Repoli, Zimmerman and O’Reilly were on the basketball floor, their greatest impact was on the Lancers’ underclassmen. Karpell said they provided outstanding leadership and were a great example for the others to follow. The underclassmen, she said, “learned so much this year.”That may be the Core Four’s ultimate legacy, but for now, bringing the Lancers back to the top is what they will be remembered for. It’s a legacy they can be very proud of as they head off to college next fall. Lancers fall in double OT to Neptune