Premiere funk band Lettuce washed up on the shores of the Dominican Republic, as the band joined their jam scene contemporaries at the 2016 edition of this glorious tropical event. It doesn’t get much better than great music on the beach, and Lettuce certainly delivered a memorable performance at Dominican Holidaze last December.Fortunately, the organizers of Holidaze have been sharing videos from the event. After premiereing “Sounds Like A Party” with us early last week, Dominican Holidaze and TourGigs have teamed up to share the latest installment – “Do It Like You Do.” With Nigel Hall crushing vocals, Lettuce sounds as fresh as ever on this Fly track.Check out “Do It Like You Do,” streaming in the video below.Like seeing Lettuce on the beach? Don’t miss their upcoming Fool’s Paradise event on March 31st and April 1st in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce will be hosting bands like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.[Photo by Josh Timmermans]
England regional squad players Charlie Hilton and Jess Baker came through nerve-tingling finishes to scoop the honours in the Midland U16 boys’ and girls’ championships at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire. For both players (pictured) it was their first big win – and both demonstrated how well they can cope with pressure. Hilton, from Ifield, Sussex, played the final three holes in one-under to force a play-off against Yorkshire’s Tom Osborne (Lindrick). He won the boys’ title on the first extra hole. Baker, from Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland, was one-under for the last nine holes, overtaking the long-time girls’ leader, Mia Eales-Smith (Lindrick), and winning by a single stroke. Hilton, an England U16 international, was leading by two shots after 36 holes but after three holes of the final round he was three over and he dropped another shot on the seventh. “I just told myself to stay positive and keep going and I held it together well,” said the 16-year-old. He kick-started his round when he holed a confidence-boosting 9ft putt for birdie four on the 8th but, with three holes left, he knew he trailed Osborne by one. The 16th, a short par four, offered Hilton a chance to catch up – and he took it, playing his pitch to about 3ft and holing the birdie putt to draw level. Two pars at 17 and 18 gave him a 54-hole total of level par and took him into the play-off which he won with a par on the first hole. “It was good, I was really happy,” said Hilton, who now faces “revision, revision, revision” before taking his GCSE exams. Baker, meanwhile, trailed the girls’ leader by three with nine holes left to play. But the 14-year-old began her charge with birdies on 10 and 11, followed by a string of pars which took her into the lead and even allowed her the luxury of a last-hole bogey. Baker drew on the experience of last year’s English U14 girls’ championship when she was in contention, only to fall away and finish in a tie for seventh place. “I crumbled a bit under the pressure, but I’ve learned from that and I just went for pars. I didn’t try to do anything extraordinary, I just ground out a round,” she said. Both players have also been helped by their England Golf regional U16 squad training which helps the players deal with pressure situations. Hilton trains with the South East squad while Baker is in the North squad. Third place in the boys’ championship went to Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog, Cambridgeshire). Four players tied fourth: Ben Schmidt (Rotherham, Yorkshire), Remy Miller (Prestbury, Cheshire), Charlie Daughtrey (Rotherham, Yorkshire) and Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, BB&O). In the girls’ championship Mia Eales-Smith (Lindrick, Yorkshire) was runner-up; Harriet Barker (Carus Green, Cumbria) was third and Katie Sibley (Carlisle, Cumbria) was fourth. The team prize was won by Thames Valley regional squad represented by: Dominic Clemons, Conor Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O) Tom Gregory and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire). The runners-up were Yorkshire, followed by the South East. Click here for the full results 21 Apr 2017 Hilton and Baker hold their nerve to win U16 titles
by Stephen D. RileyFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Howard Bison, who continue to make strides as the season winds down.Howard’s most recent high came as they trumped longtime rival Hampton 10-7, claiming their first victory in the rivalry since 1995. In the classic battle of the “Real HU,” Howard stole a road win at Hampton’s Armstrong Stadium to improve their Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) record to 4-3, and even their overall record at 5-5.Freshman quarterback Greg McGhee from Perry High School in Pittsburgh passed for 132 yards, but his two-yard rush in the second quarter gave the Bison their lone touchdown of the day, enough to hold off the overconfident Pirates. Howard was able to control the game behind senior running back Terrence Leffall, whose career-high 42 carries and 131 rushing yards, kept the Bison offense steady on a cold afternoon.While Howard’s running game was dominant, their defense was even more impressive. Hampton’s only score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone in the third quarter. Howard’s defense forced two interceptions and held their opponent to just 16 rushing yards.The jubilance from snapping a 14-game losing streak allowed Howard’s players to douse first-year head coach Gary Harrell with a Gatorade bath on the sidelines after the game.It’s been a long time since the Bison were able to claim the title of the Real HU on the gridiron, and their win should ring bells on their city campus for the rest of the season.“We don’t get caught up in defending any title like that because in our opinion there’s only one HU and that’s Howard University,” Harrell told dailypress.com. “But no question this is a great win. We feel as though we’ve finally turned the corner.”
Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) in action in an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the national leader in tackles for loss, has been selected the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA).This is the latest honor for Donald, who earlier this week was named first team All-ACC by ACSMA. The Pittsburgh native is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.Donald led the ACC Defensive Player of the Year balloting with 44 votes. Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock followed with 10, and Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner placed third with eight votes. Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis received two votes, while Florida State safety Terrence Brooks had one.“There are some great defensive players in the ACC, so to be selected for this award is a tremendous honor,” Donald said. “I would like to thank my Pitt coaches and teammates because they share in this award. I’d also like to thank ACSMA for recognizing not only me but also Pitt with this honor.”The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald is the Panthers’ first conference player of the year since 2010 when end Jabaal Sheard, now of the Cleveland Browns, was named the Big East’s top defensive player.One of the most disruptive players in the country, Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.2 per game), while ranking 12th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 per game) and 16th in sacks (tied, 0.83 per game). Perhaps his most impressive statistic this season: of his 54 total tackles, nearly half have been behind the line of scrimmage (26.5).A graduate of Penn Hills High School, Donald has 28.5 sacks for his collegiate career, the second most among active players and the highest total by an interior lineman.Donald’s senior year production compares remarkably with former Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who swept the Lombardi, Outland, Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik awards in 2009 and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.Through 12 games, Donald has 26.5 TFLs and 10 sacks. Suh had 20.5 TFLs and 12 sacks in 14 games.Aaron Donald (Courier Photo/William McBride/File)Donald will be attending three national awards functions next week.On Monday, Dec. 9, he will be in Charlotte, N.C., for the presentation of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. Donald is one of five finalists for the honor, joining Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Donald will be in Houston, Texas, for the Rotary Lombardi Award banquet, which honors college football’s top lineman or linebacker. The other finalists are Mosley, Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.On Thursday, Dec. 12, Donald will attend ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards telecast from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Donald is a finalist for two awards that will be presented on the show (which airs from 7 to 9 p.m.): the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year, and Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman.Donald is one of three finalists for each award. The other Bednarik finalists are Barr and Mosley. Donald’s competition for the Outland Trophy includes Texas A&M senior offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor senior offensive guard Cyril Richardson.
Trail Smoke Eaters forward Brent Baltus has been named to the 2012-13 BCHL Interior Conference Second All-Star Team.Baltus, 20, leads the Smoke Eaters in scoring this season with 24 goals and 51 points from 46 games played. The Nanaimo product also leads the Smokies in short-handed goals with two this season. In 115 career BCHL games with Trail, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley, Baltus has amassed 38 goals and 82 points, 81 of which have come in a Smoke Eaters uniform. Baltus is committed to NCAA Division I Alaska-Anchorage for the 2013-14 season.“Brent’s been a model of consistency and a real leader since arriving in Trail,” stated Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks. “This honour is a testament to his hard work with our program and I’m thrilled to see him named an all-star by the BCHL.”Baltus was also named a co-winner of the Smoke Eaters’ Most Valuable Player award at a team banquet Tuesday.The BCHL announced its first and second all-star teams, and all-rookie team Wednesday morning.Baltus and the Smoke Eaters’ final regular-season home game is this March 10 against thePenticton Vees at 3 p.m. For ticket information call (250) 368-5000.