Chargers And Eagles Harriers Battle It Out

first_imgGirls CC Score: JCD 22, ND 36Race winner: Chloe Simon (J) 25:19ND: 3. Gracie Osting 27:33, 4. Jenna Walton 27:42, 7. Cami Dolhen 28:07, 10. Lauren Holloway 31:06, 17. Paige Wesseler 36:58.Boys CC Score: JCD 16, ND 44Race winner: Damon Hughes (J) 19:19ND: 5. Daniel Dollinger 21:36, 8. Owen Geis 23:53, 9, Brandan Gearhart 24:10, 10, Caleb Bowles 24:19, 15,  Adam Mack 28:49, 18,  Cameron Medsker 31:33, 19, Andru Warrick 33:55, 20. Collin Bryant 35:24.“Tonight was one of the hottest, most humid nights that I can remember for a varsity cross country meet.  Our times were quite a bit slower than what we have been running but that is simply a product of the hot weather.  I told the kids not to worry about their time – to just be proud that the finished the race and didn’t let the heat get the best of them.” Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.Next: at East Central Invitational this Saturdaylast_img read more

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UFC Fortaleza: What do Saturday’s main card results mean for Moraes, Aldo?

first_imgSaturday night in Fortaleza, the UFC kicked off a run of nine consecutive weekends featuring action inside the Octagon with a 13-fight affair featuring a number of hopefuls, a few emerging prospects and a pair of high-level matchups closing things out.With the dust barely settled and Saturday night on the verge of turning into Sunday morning, here’s a look at what the results of the UFC’s second fight card of the mean for the men and women who had their hands raised inside the cage and the divisions they represent. This was a difficult matchup in terms of style and Frota’s miscue and Souza managed to come away with the win, one that will continue to move her forward in the rankings and set up bigger matchups later this year.UFC Fortaleza ResultsMain CardDemian Maia def. Lyman Good by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 1Charles Oliveira def. David Teymur by submission (anaconda choke) at 0:55 of Round 2Johnny Walker def. Justin Ledet by TKO (strikes) at 0:15 of Round 1LIvia Renata Souza def. Sarah Frota by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Preliminary CardMarkus Perez def. Anthony Hernandez by submission (anaconda choke) at 1:07 of Round 2Mara Romero Borella def. Talia Santos by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Thiago Alves def. Max Griffin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Junior Albini by TKO (strikes) at 0:54 of Round 2Geraldo de Freitas def. Felipe Colares by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)Said Nurmagomedov def. Ricardo Ramos by TKO (spinning back kick and punches) at 2:28 of Round 1Rogerio Bontarin def. Magomed Bibulatov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Marlon Moraes def. Raphael Assuncao by submission (mounted guillotine choke) at 3:17 of Round 1The first time these two fought, it was a 15-minute affair where the two men trade shots at range, neither gaining a significant advantage. In the end, two of the three judges sides with Assuncao.There would be no need for judges in this one.A little over a minute into the first, Moraes connected with a right hand that wobbled Assuncao. The follow-up right put him on the deck and after chasing him down, Moraes jumped on a guillotine choke, floating over into mount to seal the deal, avenge his only loss in the last seven years and seemingly earn himself a shot at the bantamweight title later this year.What It Means: This is both the best and worst result possible for Moraes, the UFC and the bantamweight division.It’s great because now they have options when it comes to booking TJ Dillashaw’s next title defense, but at the same time, having Moraes dominate and finish Assuncao makes it really hard to force him to the sidelines or into a matchup with another contender before he fights for the title. The tricky thing is that no matter who the UFC tabs to take on Dillashaw next, someone is going to be disgruntled.This is also a heartbreaking result for Assuncao who honestly deserved better. He’d done more than enough to merit a title shot, but it never materialized and now, instead of getting to fight for gold, he’s coming off a first-round loss.Jose Aldo def. Renato Moicano by TKO (strikes) at 0:44 of Round 2Reports of Jose Aldo’s decline have been greatly exaggerated.Following a five-minute feeling out process in the first round, the former featherweight champion came out in the second, stung Moicano and never let him off the hook — attacking with the kind of ferocity we haven’t seen from the 32-year-old Brazilian in a number of years. As Moicano retreated and looked to cover up, Aldo swarmed, unloading punches to the head and body, a knee up the middle that found a home and a torrent of offense that prompted referee Jerin Valel to step in and stop the fight with Moicano covering up along the cage.After rebounding with a strong performance against Jeremy Stephens last summer in Calgary, the 32-year-old Brazilian icon showed on Saturday that he’s still one of the top contenders in the 145-pound weight class and wildly entertaining to watch inside the Octagon.What It Means: For starters, it means all you fools that said Aldo was washed and questioned his place in the pantheon of all-time greats owe the man an apology. He’s the best fighter in the division’s history and one of the best to ever bless the cage with his presence — then, now, still, forever.In terms of his future, it gives Aldo options as he embarks on what he’s said will be the final year of his career. Two straight stoppage wins put him right back into the thick of the chase at the top of the division, but his star power also makes him an interesting “fun matchup” option at lightweight should the UFC look to avoid putting him in there with another featherweight contender.Lastly, Aldo’s performance here further illustrates how good Max Holloway is right now because the Hawaiian champion dominated the former titleholder in both of their meetings. Moicano is a legitimate Top 5 fighter and Aldo put him away as soon as he had him hurt. Holloway did the same thing to Aldo, twice, including once in his backyard.”Blessed” really is best and Aldo is far from finished.Demian Maia def. Lyman Good by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 1Seconds into the bout, Maia dropped down and attacked a single leg takedown. He didn’t let go of Good until a little over two minutes later after the former Bellator champion had tapped out.This was a vintage performance for the 41-year-old Brazilian, who entered on a three-fight slide. During that skid, which started with his title loss to Tyron Woodley and continued with setbacks against top contenders Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman, Maia didn’t get a chance to grapple, spending the majority of the fight getting rebuffed or playing defense.On Saturday, however, he closed the distance quickly and once he locked onto Good, it was a wrap… literally.What It Means: First and foremost, it means that Maia isn’t done.Many would have questioned his decision to continue had he lost on Saturday night, but by getting back into the win column — and doing so in impressive fashion — should silence the critics and allow the Brazilian veteran to finish out the final two fights on his career on his own terms and in fun matchups against fellow veterans.The other thing this result does — or at least should do — is further underscore just how good Woodley, Covington and Usman are because all three shut Maia down completely. Prior to this fight, you could have made the argument that the submission specialist was slipping, but when he goes out and storms through Good like this, it’s clear he’s still got something left and those three are just outstanding when it comes to defending takedowns and dictating the terms of engagement inside the Octagon.Charles Oliveira def. David Teymur by submission (anaconda choke) at 0:55 of Round 2This one started off rocky, with Teymur accidentally sticking a finger or two in Oliveira’s right eye, prompting a long pause and referee Jerin Valel to immediately deduct a point from the Swedish lightweight.When the action restarted, Oliveira called Teymur forward and Teymur obliged, dropping “Do Bronx” with a clean left. But the Brazilian was able to recover and counter, taking the fight to Teymur on the feet and threatening with leg locks as they scrambled on the ground.Early in the second, Oliveira connected with an up elbow in close that wobbled Teymur and followed it up with a short elbow inside that forced him to turn into the fence and cover up. After a flurry of punches, Oliveira latched onto the choke, dragged his opponent to the floor and secured the finish, adding to his record for the most submission wins in UFC history.What It Means: For the first time in several fights, Oliveira didn’t lobby to return to featherweight, so in that regard, it means the Brazilian finisher is sticking around at lightweight.Now that he’s won four straight, all by submission, Oliveira has to be considered an intriguing addition to the 155-pound ranks. He’s made clear and obvious improvements over the last several years and he’s skilled in every facet, which makes him a tough out for anyone who opts to step into the cage with him. Oliveira still has some flaky moments from time-to-time — like when he tried to call timeout following the restart after Teymur poked him in the eye for a second time — but he seems to have grown out of looking for exits whenever things get rough for him, which is crucial because the fights are only going to get tougher going forward.From a matchup standpoint, Oliveira should get another step up in competition next time out, with many suggesting a bout with Gregor Gillespie, which sounds about right. What will be interesting to see is if after more than eight years on the roster, Oliveira has figured things out and is finally starting to fight up to his full potential.Johnny Walker def. Justin Ledet by TKO (strikes) at 0:15 of Round 1This one didn’t take long and added to the growing legend of the famously named Brazilian light heavyweight.After clowning and chilling in the corner during introductions, Walker strolled into the center of the cage, connected with a hook kick and then dropped Ledet with a spinning backfist. Walker instinctually launched a soccer kick at Ledet’s head while he was on the canvas, but, thankfully, he missed, otherwise he likely would have been disqualified. Instead, he was able to follow up with a series of quick, clean coffin nails and put Ledet away.What It Means: First and foremost, it means the Johnny Walker hype train will continue chugging along, gathering steam. His debut win over Khalil Rountree got everyone pumped and needing just 15 seconds to secure his second UFC victory is only going to increase the hype surrounding the Brazilian newcomer.It’s going to be interesting to see how the UFC opts to book the towering 26-year-old going forward. On one hand, light heavyweight is always in need of fresh names in the Top 15 and his two highlight reel wins are the kind of performancesthatn can get a fighter fast-tracked to being a contender. On the other hand, Rountree and Ledet are a combined 6-5 in 11 UFC starts and rushing him into the cage with a far more established fighter could result in quickly killing his momentum.Walker oozes star potential, so it makes sense to get him back in there as quickly as possible and to continue giving him opportunities to shine on the main card. Personally, I’d slow play things a little and let Walker get a couple wins over more experienced, more accomplished competition before hustling into a Top 10 pairing, but it would be hard to fault the UFC for looking to strike while the iron is hot and see what he can do against a legitimate contender.Livia Renata Souza def. Sarah Frota by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)A battle between Brazilian strawweights got things underway on the main card — or at least that was the expectation before Frota missed weight by an insane seven pounds on Friday. Eager to get back in the cage and compete at home in Brazil, Souza accepted the catchweight terms (and 40 percent of Frota’s purse) and the fight went forward.With both women boasting soilid grappling skills and developing striking, this turned into a tactic, sluggish battle where both fighters had their moments, but neither was able to dominate for long stretches. As the scores indicate, it was a close fight and while Frota was surprised to land on the wrong side of the results, most seemed to believe the right fighter won.What It Means: This fight makes you really think about the penalties for missing weight, as Frota was clearly the fresher of the two heading into the final round and in a tight contest, having a little more in the gas tank is a major factor. Souza did an excellent job early using her judo skills to get Frota to the canvas, but she clearly struggled to control her throughout the bout, which is understandable given that Frota basically weighed in at flyweight.In terms of the result itself, the victory keeps Souza moving forward in the strawweight divisoin, where she has to be considered a dark horse contender entering 2019. The former Invicta FC champ is very good on the ground and swings hammers when standing and she’s continuing to get better.last_img read more

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