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
Soccer BY KEVIN TEME They are a surprise pack. And for FC Morobe Wawens, they will be going to the OFC Champions League challenge as underdogs. They are one of two teams from Papua New Guinea who will be competing at the regional event held in Fiji. But with time ticking away, the club still has a shortfall of at least K150,000 to make the trip a possibility and in the hope will give some of the raw talents an exposure at this level of competition. They have knocked on several doors for financial support but their appeals for help have fallen on deaf ears. “We started this team to give the opportunity to the youths at the grassroots level in the city and see where they are now; they have changed,” FC Morobe Wawens owner Andrew Namuesh, said. “We still need at least K150,000 to make the trip possible. Most of our boys will use this tournament to help themselves and, hopefully get scouted by other countries. “My main focus and aim also and not only that, they all will learn from the other countries and when they return, they will become good citizens of this country.” The other is the current National Soccer League champions Toti City FC who left for New Caledonia on Tuesday. Interestingly, it will be the first time to have two teams from Morobe province representing PNG at the event which starts next week. In Fiji, FC Morobe Wawens will meet Lautoka FC in their opening encounter on Sunday, February 2, then they face AS Central Sports in their next game on February 13 followed by their third game against Hendersen Eels on February 16. Namuesh said the team started in 2014 as Eriku Wawens attracting players from the rural areas and suburbs of Kamkumung, Bumbu, Bumayong to make the team to compete in the Lae Football Association. Since 2014, the team has been winning minor premiers and premiers and was promoted to the B-League and was elevated to the premier league in 2015. The club then opted to become an affiliate of the Morobe Football Association after political turmoil erupted with two new football bodies including PNG Football Association and Football Federation of PNG. “We wanted to stay on with PNGFA so we moved to Morobe Football Association. That’s when we tried to have a team in the NSL in 2017. That year was our first year and we won the MSA title and came second in the NSL to qualify for the OFC Champions League,” Morobe Wawens owner Andrew Namuesh said. Wawens are thankful to individuals who have chipped in to support the club. With a bulk of the players having little or no experience at that level of competition, seven juniors who were part of the PNG Kapuls have are likely to step up. The club will have a friendly match against Port Moresby United FC today. They are expected to leave tomorrow.
Kobe Robert Grandstaff had the best seat in Philips Arena to watch his namesake drill four jumpers after checking back into the game, then wag his finger and dismiss the Atlanta Hawks in a 90-83 victory. “I was a Lakers fan my whole life,” father Tim Grandstaff said, “and from when they drafted (Kobe Bryant), I liked the fact that he was a kid and nobody thought he could do anything. He proved the world wrong.” What’s in a name? Bryant scored 27 points, made 10 of 18 shots, and delivered the Lakers a victory they had to have on this eight-game road trip. Afterward he met the Grandstaffs in the locker room, greeting little Kobe with a “What’s up, sir?” “I’ve heard of a few,” Bryant said when asked about fans naming their kids after him. “I’ve never seen one quite that old before. Father time, I guess. It’s very humbling.” Tandy Grandstaff, the boy’s mother, told Bryant, “You made our life.” Bryant also carried the night for the Lakers, who swept the Hawks for the first time since 1999-2000 and held a team to fewer than 90 points for the first time since Dec. 4. He returned with 8:10 remaining and the Lakers holding a 68-65 lead, which could have been even smaller had Josh Childress not missed two free throws. Lakers coach Phil Jackson thought Bryant finished the third quarter with tired legs and rested him to start the fourth. The first time he touched the ball after returning, Bryant hit a 19-footer over Joe Johnson, starting him on a memorable roll. He connected on two more jumpers, including a 3-pointer from the corner with the 24-second clock expiring. With the crowd on its feet, Bryant then answered a 3-pointer by Johnson with a shot straight out of his highlight films. With Johnson and Speedy Claxton trying everything to stop him, Bryant buried an 18-footer on the move to put the Lakers ahead 77-71 with 5:07 remaining. The Lakers shot 42.7 percent, committed 17 turnovers and improved to 3-2 on this trip. Jackson joked afterward that the Lakers took Super Bowl Monday off, something they can’t afford with games left at Detroit, Toronto and Cleveland. Center Andrew Bynum finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 02/05: Lakers vs. Hawks ATLANTA – In the fifth row across from the Lakers bench, a 5-year-old boy stood during the fourth quarter Monday night with a No. 24 jersey, a matching pair of Nike sneakers and a sign: “Kobe My Parents Named Me After You.”