Country Park – Colchester Camping http://colchestercamping.co.uk/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Country Park – Colchester Camping http://colchestercamping.co.uk/ 32 32 Dog-friendly places in Torbay to eat and drink after walks https://colchestercamping.co.uk/dog-friendly-places-in-torbay-to-eat-and-drink-after-walks/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/dog-friendly-places-in-torbay-to-eat-and-drink-after-walks/ After the overindulgence of the holiday season, many of us start the new year with a resolve to improve our health and fitness, but it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside when it’s so cold, damp and dark. That’s why January has been chosen as National Walk Your Dog Month. Fresh […]]]>

After the overindulgence of the holiday season, many of us start the new year with a resolve to improve our health and fitness, but it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside when it’s so cold, damp and dark.

That’s why January has been chosen as National Walk Your Dog Month. Fresh air and exercise with your dog is good for both of you, and not just for physical and mental health reasons – it also improves your bond.

According to British Association of Veterinary Nurses (BVNA), the initiative was created to combat pet obesity. Almost 12% of dogs in the UK are overweight which can contribute to a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and joint problems.

The BVNA also reports that one in five dogs do not walk daily, and for those who do, the walk typically lasts less than 20 minutes.

Lack of adequate mental stimulation and physical activity can lead not only to health problems, but also to destructive behaviors.

The amount of exercise dogs need depends on their breed, age and health. the Kennel club website contains information about each breed, including the amount of exercise they typically need each day.

Many people like to recover from walking their dog to a pub or cafe, especially if the weather isn’t good. Luckily, there are plenty of pubs and cafes in Torbay that allow dogs everywhere, or at least in a designated area. Here you and your four-legged friend can warm up and enjoy a well-deserved meal and drink after your exertions.

You will also be supporting a local business, many of which have not only faced challenges caused by the pandemic, but are now also expecting a drop in income due to the popularity of ‘Dry January’ which sees people abandoning the alcohol for the month. .

If you go for a walk in the dark, think about your safety. Consider wearing a reflective jacket, grabbing a torch and putting your dog in a reflective harness or collar, or adding a flashing light. Avoid gravel paths or wash your dog’s paws immediately afterwards, as the gravel can burn the paw pads.

Here are some of the best places to eat with a dog in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

The Drum Inn, Cockington, Torquay



The Drum Inn is a dog-friendly thatched-roof pub in the heart of Cockington

This country pub was originally designed to be the focal point of the quaint and historic village of Cockington.

There’s no shortage of routes to choose from for your dog walk in the 450-acre country park, and the thatched-roof pub is a delight no matter when you visit, with a lovely outdoor cafe air to enjoy in the summer and fireplaces to keep you warm during the winter.

The staff always make time to take care of the dogs and there is water and treats available for them.

The Thatched Tavern, Maidencombe, Torquay



Dog in front of a fireplace
The Thatched Tavern is a cozy, dog-friendly pub in Maidencombe

This 17th century pub and restaurant on the outskirts of Torquay is the perfect place to relax after a stroll down the steps to Maidencombe beach, one of Torbay’s year-round dog-friendly beaches.

The Thatched Tavern has great food and drink and on my last visit the staff kindly brought a bed to my table to make my dog ​​more comfortable.

Visto Lounge, Torquay

Visto Lounge is located directly across from Torre Abbey Sands, a dog-friendly beach in the winter (May 1 to September 30), but disappears completely at high tide.

Livermead Sands, which is dog-friendly year-round, is within walking distance.

Visto Lounge is often a popular choice for groups due to its varied menu offering something for everyone.

It can get busy and noisy, but at quiet times it’s a great place to take your dog, which is likely to attract a lot of attention from staff and customers.

However, there is a canine code to follow, with rules such as no legs on furniture and no dogs on laps. Dog bowls with water and treats are available.

Twenty1, Torquay



View of Torquay Harbor from Twenty1
There are fantastic views of Torquay Harbor from Twenty1

Twenty1, which opened in the summer of 2018, has stunning views over Torquay Harbor and is a great place to visit whether you’re looking for a morning coffee, an evening cocktail or good food with good friends .

Not only is it dog-friendly, but you can also meet resident Hugo Cockapoo during your stay.

Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Torquay



Dog in front of Babbacombe Beach and Cary Arms
The Cary Arms overlooks dog-friendly Babbacombe Beach

This luxurious boutique hotel, spa and restaurant enjoys a spectacular location overlooking Babbacombe Beach, which is dog-friendly year-round.

It is a very steep walk or drive, but can also be accessed from Oddicombe beach.

Dogs are welcome in the Inn area and outside on the sunny terrace.

Water bowls and dog treats are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for a seal dancing in the water as they are often spotted in this part of the bay.

The Buccaneer, Babbacombe, Torquay

If you don’t fancy tackling the steep road to the Cary Arms, The Buccaneer, located on the clifftop promenade, is a good bet, especially if you’ve just taken your dog for a walk in Walls Hill, nearby.

It offers people and dogs a warm welcome and all the food and drink you’d expect to see on a typical pub menu.

Shoreline, Paignton

Shoreline, located very close to Paignton Pier, offers panoramic sea views to admire while enjoying artisan pizzas, burgers and coffee.

It’s probably the most dog-friendly place in Torbay, with a dog station – offering dog bowls, towels and emergency poop bags, and a just-for-dogs menu with a sausage, a hamburger, cookie or ice cream.

He runs a dog club which helps raise money for animals in need and there are monthly dog ​​walks to help bring dog lovers together.

Harbor Lighthouse, Paignton

the stunner restoration of this historic building made it a must-visit venue last year.

It has a fantastic view, but dogs are only allowed in the bar.

Still, it’s a cozy and welcoming space and the menu features ‘pub classics reimagined’ and fresh seafood. Harbor Light is a great place to refuel after a walk along Paignton Sands – although in summer dogs are not allowed on the beach.

Canteen, Goodrington, Paignton

Cantina Kitchen and Bar provides a cool environment for the whole family, including children and dogs.

Since it’s so close to the dog-friendly part of Goodrington Sands, it’s handy to have towels to dry off pooches who’ve bathed in the sea.

You can buy Frozzys dog ice cream so that every member of the family can enjoy it.

The Boathouse, Paignton

The Boathouse Bar and Grill is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments after you and your dog have exercised on Preston Sands.

Dogs are prohibited on the beach in the summer, but Preston Green, just behind the beach, is an alternative place where they can run.

The Boathouse has a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, but note that it’s closed on Mondays.

Guardhouse Cafe, Brixham



Dog looking out to sea from Berry Head
It is advisable to keep dogs on a leash at Berry Head

This friendly cafe is located in a Napoleonic fort on Berry Head.

It is a wonderful place to walk, although often very windy, and porpoises can often be spotted from the top of the cliff.

It is advisable to keep your dog on a leash so that it does not risk overflowing.

The award-winning cafe offers a range of local and homemade hot and cold dishes, and is well known for its cream teas.

Breakwater Bistro, Brixham

You and your dog can enjoy the sea views from this laid-back bistro which overlooks, as the name suggests, the Breakwater and Breakwater Beach.

It is currently operating as a take-out due to Covid, but you are welcome to eat your food inside – in other words, there is no table service.

Dogs are allowed on Breakwater Beach in the winter.

The Old Market House, Brixham

This atmospheric restaurant and bar overlooking Brixham Harbor allows dogs downstairs and is ideal for everyone, whether you’re looking for a casual lunch with the family or a special dinner.

Sometimes you can enjoy live music here.

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Parks seen as lasting memorial following baby ash scandal https://colchestercamping.co.uk/parks-seen-as-lasting-memorial-following-baby-ash-scandal/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:08:21 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/parks-seen-as-lasting-memorial-following-baby-ash-scandal/ A lasting memorial to all the babies in Fife whose ashes may not have been returned to their families looks likely to find a home in Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline. Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park and Dunfermline Public Park have emerged as favorites to host the tribute, which was promised by Fife Council following the baby ashes scandal […]]]>

A lasting memorial to all the babies in Fife whose ashes may not have been returned to their families looks likely to find a home in Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline.

Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park and Dunfermline Public Park have emerged as favorites to host the tribute, which was promised by Fife Council following the baby ashes scandal which first surfaced in 2012 .

Riverside Park in Glenrothes, Townhill Park in Dunfermline and Lochore Meadows Country Park were also on the shortlist, but it is understood those involved in creating the memorial consider the other two to be preferable.

Work on the detailed designs will now be intensified over the coming months, with architects to provide sketches of possible memorial areas most likely to feature a statue as a focal point and garden.

Fife Council chief executive Alan Paul said the council was continuing to work with a small group of parents on the appearance of the important memorial – hoping to use the outcome to engage more widely with the parents.

He added: “Unfortunately we were unable to consult face to face so we will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the proposals in the coming weeks.”

Following revelations of shocking practices at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh, subsequent investigation revealed that the remains of babies in Fife were either scattered around the crematorium gardens or in many cases unfortunately due to the cremation process at when no remains were recovered.

Dozens of parents from all over the region have been compensated.

Fife Council has apologized for the distress caused and pledged to work with parents and stakeholders on a suitable baby memorial – with a special task force set up to look at where and what should look like the memorial.

A “weeping angel” memorial had originally been considered, but this design was ruled out after further consultation with parents.

During this process, the parents expressed a strong preference for a private but not secluded space in a public place where they could seek peace and reflect, but urged the board not to dither on where the memorial would take him. -even was more important.

Nevertheless, a privileged site will have to emerge and work will be done on taking into account the relevance and accessibility of the locations chosen, as well as on public transport, safety and the risk of incivility, when taking final decision.

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Terrible conditions fail to cool the minds of parkrunners during the events of Lee-on-the-Solent, Southsea, Havant, Portsmouth Lakeside, Fareham and Whiteley https://colchestercamping.co.uk/terrible-conditions-fail-to-cool-the-minds-of-parkrunners-during-the-events-of-lee-on-the-solent-southsea-havant-portsmouth-lakeside-fareham-and-whiteley/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:07:00 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/terrible-conditions-fail-to-cool-the-minds-of-parkrunners-during-the-events-of-lee-on-the-solent-southsea-havant-portsmouth-lakeside-fareham-and-whiteley/ A strong wind was accompanied by persistent rains, but the seaside course still saw 318 finishers for the last part of their 5 km race on Saturday morning. In fact, Lee’s popular course has now seen over 300 finishers in each of the previous four events. In the last run-out before Christmas, 310 runners completed […]]]>

A strong wind was accompanied by persistent rains, but the seaside course still saw 318 finishers for the last part of their 5 km race on Saturday morning.

In fact, Lee’s popular course has now seen over 300 finishers in each of the previous four events.

In the last run-out before Christmas, 310 runners completed the course, while on Christmas Day (419) and New Years (434) there were over 400 runners.

This time around, in what was only the second leg of the 5k Lee parkrun in 2022, another strong contingent pulled through despite the appalling conditions.

Luke Willis of Gosport Road Runners clocked a personal best 17 minutes and 31 seconds as he was the first to return to the finish at the seaside.

While the Stubbington Green Runners’ team-mates Tim Rolfe (17:55) and Brandon Chaplin (19:08) were the next to complete the 5km course, coming in second and third respectively. Amie Morgan, a member of the Stubbington team, was the first woman to return in 22:36.

n Conditions were windy and wet on the Southsea parkrun course, but there was still a good turnout for the last race.

There was a high number of 460 finishers for the New Year’s 5k Waterfront and although finishing numbers were down from that total last weekend, they still managed to attract 351 on the course on Saturday.

Portsmouth pair of triathletes Ross Patridge (18:26) and Neil Collins (19:05) were first and second behind respectively, while Southsea debutant Neil Moffitt (19:29) followed club teammates.

n Fareham parkrun regular Thomas Wallace started running in 2022 and was the first to complete the Cams Hall 5k course for a second straight week.

After dominating the field of 207 finishers on New Years Day, Wallace was the first of 234 who walked out to Fareham last weekend to return home (17:57).

n Havant faced 192 finishers in the muddy conditions of Staunton Country Park in their second parkrun event of the new year.

Luke Brooks was the first to go through the test conditions and return (19:33).

n The Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun returned after a break over the holiday season, with 180 finishers completing what was the first installment of 2022 at this particular site.

Whiteley parkrun had just over 200 runners involved in their second parkrun of 2022 as 202 finishers returned home.

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Woodlawn Church Seeks to Develop Hub for Black Life and Culture https://colchestercamping.co.uk/woodlawn-church-seeks-to-develop-hub-for-black-life-and-culture/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 16:25:46 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/woodlawn-church-seeks-to-develop-hub-for-black-life-and-culture/ The Apostolic Church of God has been in Woodlawn for almost 70 years. Now he is looking to use part of his property to create a center of black life, culture and entertainment for the community. Developed by the Network of Woodlawn and run by the church’s pastor, Reverend Byron Brazier, and his son, developer […]]]>

The Apostolic Church of God has been in Woodlawn for almost 70 years. Now he is looking to use part of his property to create a center of black life, culture and entertainment for the community.

Developed by the Network of Woodlawn and run by the church’s pastor, Reverend Byron Brazier, and his son, developer J. Byron Brazier, Woodlawn Central, as it is called, would be an “Indigenous place” for culture. black.

“Even in the face of gentrification, the best way to develop the black community is from the inside out,” J. Byron Brazier said. “We want to share our unique experiences and perspectives with the world, just like any other culture has the opportunity to do.”

Spanning eight acres of church-owned property near 63rd Street and Dorchester Avenue, the plan includes a technology center, hotel, commercial spaces, theater, and private residential buildings.

Also included is a vertical farm on Kenwood Avenue and 63rd Street, built on top of a parking structure.

Brazier said the development is intended to benefit Woodlawn – and that it will benefit tourists drawn to the area by the Obama Presidential Center, being built just steps from Jackson Park.

Already a transportation hub and with the construction of the Obama Presidential Center nearby, Brazier said it was “no brainer” to several investors who have already offered full funding for the $ 600 million project.
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Brazier said occupants of the commercial spaces will be announced soon and will include a hotel chain. The residences will include units designated as senior housing.

If the zoning is changed, as Brazier hopes, the development could include up to 870 units, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. The current zoning allows buildings up to 15 stories; Brazier wants the site to be dezoned to allow a building of 25 floors maximum. This building would have a rooftop pool with a view of the lake, he said.

While rents have not been determined, the Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance states that 30% of units should be affordable for families earning 30% to 50% of the region’s median income, which is $ 25,450.

Although the definition of “affordable” rent varies, the Woodlawn Affordable Housing Initiative states that a development of 100 units should have 15 available at $ 543 per month and another 15 units at $ 942 per month.

Brazier said the development is also intended to attract higher income tenants.

“It has to be a multi-income community,” Brazier said. “We need to determine what are the best opportunities for this to ensure the sustainability of the church and the sustainability of the community. “

By “sustainable”, Brazier means that development must bring in money, which can be reinvested in the community, while being respectful of the environment and providing indoor and outdoor spaces that “speak to the community and to the community. community culture ”.

The environmental component will include solar power and a rainwater storage system, allowing it to be used later for watering gardens and landscaping.

The schedule is aggressive, he said. Details, including architects, design team and business partners, will be announced this year, with the grand opening in 2023. All aspects of the project would be completed by 2028.

Woodlawn's central master plan calls for a technology center, hotel, commercial spaces, agents, greenhouse, theater, and several private residential buildings.

Woodlawn’s central master plan calls for a technology center, hotel, commercial spaces, agents, greenhouse, theater, and several private residential buildings.
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Brazier hopes to use modular technology to drive this timeline. Individual dwellings would be fully completed off-site and then stacked on top of each other after arriving on-site.

This approach, Brazier said, would be up to 45% faster and around 35% more cost effective. Among the companies using this technology is FullStack Modular in Brooklyn, New York.

The cost of development is high, ranging from $ 300 million to $ 600 million. Many potential investors have offered to fully fund the project, Brazier said, and he hopes to announce a partnership by the end of the year.

It is all worth it, he said, to promote black entrepreneurship and success.

“The lack of accessibility to monetization and securing capital support for black entrepreneurs, creators and innovators is probably the thing I miss the most,” Brazier said.

The 63rd Street Dorchester Avenue Apostolic Church of God has been in Woodlawn for almost 70 years.

The 63rd Street Dorchester Avenue Apostolic Church of God has been in Woodlawn for almost 70 years.
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Ownership of black businesses is inferior to ownership of Asian, Latin and White businesses across the country, he said, and “based on our contributions to this country, we should own at least. minus 25% “.

To address these disparities, the Woodlawn Plan will include a program on developing black business infrastructure and cultural skills. This program will take “a significant portion of the overall investment” and reinvest in emerging and established black businesses and then bring them onto campus, Brazier said.

“You can’t have a black community without black businesses,” he said. “If this can be a process to catalyze the growth of black property in the country… the structure that we have created is a viable option to see how we create not only in Chicago, but in Detroit and Ohio and in California and in New York.”

Brazier said he hopes the development will lead to

Brazier said he hopes the development will lead to “self-determination” in the black community. “If we see ourselves doing it, others will be inspired,” he said.
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White Sands National Park sees record number of visitors in 2021 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/white-sands-national-park-sees-record-number-of-visitors-in-2021/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 00:58:01 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/white-sands-national-park-sees-record-number-of-visitors-in-2021/ ALAMOGORDO, NM (KRQE) – Despite the ongoing pandemic, an attraction in New Mexico is once again seeing record visits. In the second year of the pandemic, White Sands National Park welcomed more than 780,000 visitors – a number that continues to grow year on year. “It’s an extremely magical place and I think it has […]]]>

ALAMOGORDO, NM (KRQE) – Despite the ongoing pandemic, an attraction in New Mexico is once again seeing record visits. In the second year of the pandemic, White Sands National Park welcomed more than 780,000 visitors – a number that continues to grow year on year. “It’s an extremely magical place and I think it has become so popular with people. It’s definitely a destination not just for citizens here in New Mexico, but for people across the country and even overseas, ”said park warden Kelly Carroll.

In 2020, White Sands National Park welcomed approximately 415,000 visitors. The National Parks Service says this nearly doubled in 2021 with more than 782,000 visitors from around the world. Carroll says the designation of White Sands as a national park in 2019 is likely the reason for the increase.

Unlike many places right now, you won’t notice a difference in your visit due to the pandemic. “It’s a place we can go out and we can be safe with the family. And we can go out and we can let the problems that we face all the time maybe go away for a few hours, ”Carroll said.

Neighboring towns are also feeling the boost. According to a National Park Service report, in 2020 visitors spent $ 22.5 million in neighboring communities with more than 360,000 more guests in 2021, spending of course also expected to have jumped. Carroll says they see the most visitors in the spring, summer, and love the vacations when a lot of people are traveling. The previous record of visits was pre-pandemic in 2019, when the park welcomed more than 608,000 visitors.


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Saint-Paul seeks to toughen catalytic converter law, making possession a crime https://colchestercamping.co.uk/saint-paul-seeks-to-toughen-catalytic-converter-law-making-possession-a-crime/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 01:00:26 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/saint-paul-seeks-to-toughen-catalytic-converter-law-making-possession-a-crime/ Sam Hermann realized that his catalytic converter had been stolen one morning in late November on his way to work. His car was very noisy and had difficulty starting – telltale signs of the theft overnight. Hermann, a 22-year-old who lives in the St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood, said his insurance covered the repair, leaving […]]]>

Sam Hermann realized that his catalytic converter had been stolen one morning in late November on his way to work. His car was very noisy and had difficulty starting – telltale signs of the theft overnight.

Hermann, a 22-year-old who lives in the St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood, said his insurance covered the repair, leaving him $ 500 for his deductible. The experience was not fun, but he knows it would be more difficult for others.

“It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I know if I was in different circumstances with less help from my parents, and if I had a lower income, it would be a much bigger deal,” Hermann said. . “It seems like a small thing to steal. But I can see it really ruins someone’s life for a while.”

The prevalence of such thefts in the capital – despite earlier efforts to crack down – prompted St. Paul City Council to explore a change to an existing ordinance that would make it a crime to own a catalytic converter not attached to a motor vehicle without proof of ownership.

“Our law enforcement officers have a hard time arresting people who have clearly removed their catalytic converters, who have a Sawzall in their car. But then they’ll say, ‘These are ours’ or’ We have them. received from a friend “” Council President Amy Brendmoen told the council at a meeting on Dec. 15.

The council is due to vote on the amendment to the ordinance on Jan. 19, after further review by the city attorney’s office.

Brendmoen and a majority of board members sponsored a May 2020 order that made it a crime for an unlicensed person or business to buy or sell a detached catalytic converter.

Flights have increased in St. Paul and Minneapolis and across the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Saint-Paul in 2021, there were 1,947 catalytic flights, or more than five per day – compared to more than 1,000 thefts in 2020, less than 500 in 2019 and only 144 in 2018, according to Steve Linders, agent of police information.

Thieves are looking for the precious metals inside the catalytic converter, which looks like a honeycomb, said Brandon Trondson of Glasgow Auto in St. Paul. A “bad” converter looks dirty and won’t cost much, but a thief could get as much as $ 700 for a clean, newer converter, he said.

Replacing the catalytic converter costs about $ 1,500, which cost St. Paul residents about $ 3 million in repairs last year, said Senior Cmdr. Kurt Hallstrom told the board on Dec.15.

“If we can’t specifically tie this catalytic converter to the vehicle… we can’t prove for sure that it is in fact a theft,” he said. “So we basically let this individual go.”

In Highland Park, Jennifer Jones had her catalytic converter stolen not once but twice in December 2020. She had had her car for less than three months when it was first taken. The second time this happened, shortly after her vehicle was returned by the mechanic, she tearfully watched from her home as her catalytic converter was stolen again.

“I just sat by my window crying, I was so traumatized by it all,” said Jones, 44.

The perpetrators are difficult to locate, Hallstrom said.

“These are truly crimes of opportunity that happen in the wee hours of the night in the dark,” he said. “The trends of the past two years show that we have peaks during the winter … when the nights are longer.”

The police department invited 5,700 residents to a catalytic converter painting program over the summer months, and 1,600 people had their converters painted with the department’s logo, Hallstrom said.

But this symbol was not enough to protect Hermann’s car. “I’m just theorizing, but I think they can steal them and sell them to people who don’t care if there’s paint on them,” he said.

A little spray paint doesn’t make much of a difference to people buying stolen catalytic converters, Trondson said, because the metals are immediately melted.

For Jones, making owning a catalytic converter a crime is just the start. She said she paid $ 1,400 for the repairs and wanted to see more officers on patrol to avoid future thefts.

“They don’t realize how much they hurt people,” Jones said of the thieves. “Some people don’t have that kind of money to spend on fixing their cars.”


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High school boys and girls TABC basketball ranking https://colchestercamping.co.uk/high-school-boys-and-girls-tabc-basketball-ranking/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 01:20:11 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/high-school-boys-and-girls-tabc-basketball-ranking/ SUGAR LAND, Texas Texas Association of Basketball Coaches high school ranking for the week of January 3. PUBLIC BOYS Class 6A 1. Richardson, 17-1; 2. Duncanville, 15-1; 3. Spring Westfield, 14-1; 4. McKinney, 20-2; 5. Dickinson, 21-2; 6. Fort Bend Elkins, 16-5; 7. Cy Falls, 18-3; 8. Austin Westlake, 20-1; 9. League City Clear Brook, […]]]>

Texas Association of Basketball Coaches high school ranking for the week of January 3.

PUBLIC BOYS

Class 6A

1. Richardson, 17-1; 2. Duncanville, 15-1; 3. Spring Westfield, 14-1; 4. McKinney, 20-2; 5. Dickinson, 21-2; 6. Fort Bend Elkins, 16-5; 7. Cy Falls, 18-3; 8. Austin Westlake, 20-1; 9. League City Clear Brook, 21-3; 10. Arlington Martin, 15-5; 11. Humble Atascocita, 18-5; 12. DeSoto, 16-5; 13. Richardson Lake Highlands, 19-2; 14. Denton Guyer, 20-3; 15. Killeen Harker Heights, 19-3; 16. North Crowley, 15-5; 17. Pearland Dawson, 11-5; 18. Waxahachie, 7-7; 19. Alvin Shadow Creek, 12-2; 20. Katy Seven Lakes, 20-3; 21. Coppell, 14-8; 22. EP Americas, 20-1; 23. Plano, 19-0; 24. Schertz Clemens, 18-2; 25. San Marcos, 18-4.

Class 5A

1. Dallas Kimball, 13-5; 2. Beaumont United, 16-2; 3. Mansfield Timberview, 18-3; 4. Amarillo, 16-6; 5. Crosby, 7-10; 6. Memorial of Frisco, 16-3; 7. Katy Paetow, 16-5 years old; 8. Lancaster, 13-9; 9. Mansfield Legacy, 14-5; 10. Mansfield Summit, 15-4; 11. Fort Bend Marshall, 15-2; 12. Fort Bend Hightower, 14-8; 13. NRH Richland, 13-4; 14. EP Chapin, 15-4; 15. Sulfur Springs, 17-7; 16. Dallas Highland Park, 12-4; 17. Baytown Goose Creek Memorial, 13-7; 18. SA Jefferson, 12-7; 19. Lucas Lovejoy, 16-2; 20. Buda Johnson, 20-2; 21. Boerne Champion, 17-5; 22. Vine, 14-6; 23. NRH Birdville, 10-9; 24. Frisco Independence, 15-5; 25. Hill of Liberty, 17-4.

Class 4A

1. Dallas Faith Family, 18-3; 2. Dallas Carter, 18-5; 3. Silsbee, 16-6; 4. Houston Washington, 14-4; 5. Stafford, 14-7; 6. Dallas Roosevelt, 14-6; 7. The Mark, 12-8; 8. Van Alstyne, 15-5; 9. Boerne, 15-6; 10. Waco Connally, 17-2; 11. Somerset, 19-4; 12. Argyle, 14-6; 13. Hardin-Jefferson, 14-4; 14. CC Miller, 14-6; 15. Waco La Vega, 17-3; 16. Canyon, 14-4; 17. WF Hirschi, 12-4; 18. Lubbock Estacado, 14-8; 19. Austin LBJ, 10-7; 20. CC West Oso, 16-5; 21. Pleasanton, 16-6; 22. Freeport Brazosport, 9-11; 23. Paris, 18-7; 24. Center, 12-6; 25. Hudson, 16-7.

Class 3A

1. Dallas Madison, 18-7; 2. SA Cole, 13-8; 3. Hitchcock, 12-5; 4. Brock, 14-5; 5. Shallot, 16-1; 6. Diboll, 8-4; 7. Tatum, 11-4; 8. City view from WF, 17-4; 9. CC London, 15-5; 10. Little River Academy, 12-7; 11. Lytle, 14-4; 12. Nacogdoches Central Heights, 12-10; 13. Franklin, 4-2; 14. Lorena, 7-13; 15. Abernathy, 6-4; 16. Crockett, 13-5; 17. Peaster, 12-7; 18. New Waverly, 13-3; 19. Child, 6-10; 20. Sainte Rose, 11-10; 21. North IDEA Mission, 10-7; 22. Think, 16-3; 23. Winnie East Chambers, 14-3; 24. Commerce, 10-13; 25. Stockdale, 13-6.

Class 2A

1. Clarendon, 11-2; 2. Lipan, 19-0; 3. Douglass, 18-3; 4. Mumford, 14-6; 5. Timson, 9-3; 6. Rue La Poynor, 20-3; 7. Flatonia, 18-4; 8. New house, 16-3; 9. Dallardsville Big Sandy, 14-6; 10. Tolar, 18-3; 11. Martins Mill, 16-4; 12. New pact, 13-4; 13. Thorndale, 15-6; 14. Port Aransas, 13-8; 15. Gruver, 15-5; 16. Olton, 17-3; 17. Farwell, 15-3; 18. Grapeland, 14-9; 19. Italy, 9-3; 20. Beckville, 16-3; 21. Frankston, 14-4; 22. SA Lee Academy, 16-3; 23. Cisco, 7-3; 24. Bland, 20-3; 25. Hearne, 4-7.

Class 1A

1. Texline, 15-2; 2. Calvert, 8-4; 3. Graford, 18-3; 4. County of Tilden McMullen, 19-4; 5. Dime Box, 13-5; 6. San Perlita, 16-7; 7. Wildorado, 18-2; 8. Jayton, 15-3; 9. Mertzon Irion County, 15-3; 10. City of Dodd, 14-5; 11. Lingleville, 7-10; 12. Nazareth, 11-7; 13. Avinger, 15-5; 14. Chireno, 9-10; 15. Water Valley, 10-4; 16. Springlake Land, 5-6; 17. Rankin, 8-5; 18. Huckabay, 14-7; 19. Trinity, 11-6; 20. Monday, 12-5; 21. Eula, 13-5; 22. Halfway, 10-8; 23. Paducah, 14-3; 24. Wells, 7-12; 25. Westbrook, 1-1.

PRIVATE BOYS

TAPS 6A / SPC

1. SA Antonian, 25-1; 2. Plan John Paul II, 19-6; 3. Houston Episcopal Bellaire, 18-5; 4. Addison Greenhill, 13-8; 5. Tomball Concordia Lutheran, 14-7; 6. Dallas Episcopal School, 14-6; 7. Dallas Bishop Lynch, 16-8; 8. Plano Prestonwood Christian, 15-8; 9. SA Central Catholic, 18-6; 10. Houston Christian, 13-11.

TAPS 5A

1. McKinney Christian, 24-5; 2. The Christian of the Woods, 12-7; 3. Christian of the faith of the grape, 16-7; 4. Brownsville St. Joseph, 20-4; 5. Austin St. Michaels, 13-8; 6. Tyler The Brook Hill, 19-4; 7. SA TMI episcopal, 15-13; 8. Laredo Saint-Augustin, 19-5; 9. Austin Brentwood Christian, 15-3; 10. FW Southwest Christian, 15-7.

TAPS 4A

1. Arlington Grace Prep, 17-3; T2. Lubbock Trinity Christian, 14-5; T2. Houston Westbury Christian, 17-10; T4. Houston St. Thomas Episcopal, 7-9; T4. Colleyville Pact, 14-4; 6. Schertz John Paul II, 7-7; 7. FW Lake Country Christian, 14-6; T8. Lubbock Christian, 11-4; T8. Christian Pantego, 13-2; 10. SA Lutheran, 13-7.

TAP 3A

T1. Midland Classic, 9-3; T1. Austin Hill Country, 20-2; 3. Dallas Yavneh, 11-3; 4. Houston Lutheran North, 0-0; 5. Richardson North Dallas Adventist, 6-3; 6. Huntsville Alpha Omega, 9-3; 7. Denton Calvary Christian, 11-6; 8. Braunfels New Christian, 15-6; 9. Tombball Rosehill, 12-5; 10. Lucas Christian, 1-0.

TAPS 2A

1. Houston Grace Christian, 17-6; 2. Galveston O’Connell, 14-3; 3. Red Oak Ovilla Christian, 12-8; 4. Episcopal of All Saints’ Day of Lubbock, 13-8; 5. Christian garland, 6-2; 6. Longview Christian, 17-3; 7. Sherman Texoma Christian, 9-5; 8. Lubbock Christ the King, 8-0; 9. Preparation of the Kingdom of Lubbock, 6-5; 10. Bryan Saint-Joseph, 9-2.

TAPS 1A

1. Alliance Cypress, 9-2; 2. DeSoto Canterbury Kingdom, 3-3; 3. Irving Faustine, 2-1; 4. WF Christ, 6-1; 5. Cornerstone of San Angelo, 8-6; 6. Longview Christian Heritage, 4-3; 7. Fredericksburg Heritage, 2-2; 8. Houston Beren, 5-0; 9. Dallas Alcuin, 6-0; 10. Spring Founders Christian, 10-6.

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PUBLIC GIRLS

Class 6A

1. DeSoto, 16-1; 2. Katy Tompkins, 23-1; 3. Humble Summer Creek, 23-2; 4. SA Northside Clark, 20-2; 5. Duncanville, 20-4; 6. Alvin Shadow Creek, 18-2; 7. Coppell, 25-0; 8. Plano East, 21-3; 9. South of Grand Prairie, 17-3; 10. Austin High, 17-2; 11. Laredo South united, 22-4; 12. Denton Braswell, 22-2; 13. Houston Memorial, 15-4; 14. League City Clear Brook, 21-4; 15. Cedar Hill, 16-7; 16. Tomball Memorial, 17-3; 17. Deer Park, 15-3; 18. Plano, 18-4; 19. Langham Creek, 14-6; 20. FW Boswell, 17-5; 21. Converse Judson, 20-5; 22. SA Johnson, 15-7; 23. Katy Seven Lakes, 23-3; 24. Wolfforth Frenship, 16-5; 25. Southlake Carroll, 12-3.

Class 5A

1. Parc des Cèdres, 19-0; 2. Frisco Liberty, 21-4; 3. McKinney North, 19-1; 4. Memorial of Frisco, 20-5; 5. Manvel, 23-2; 6. Amarillo, 17-5; 7. Pflugerville Hendrickson, 17-2; 8. Lubbock Cooper, 15-4; 9. Georgetown, 17-6; 10. CC Veterans Memorial, 24-2; 11. Lake Dallas, 18-4; 12. EP Chapin, 20-2; 13. Pflugerville, 21-4; 14. Mansfield Timberview, 12-8; 15. EP Burges, 17-2; 16. Frisco Lone Star, 13-6; 17. EP Andress, 17-2; 18. Royse City, 20-3; 19. Lubbock Monterey, 18-4; 20. Ruisseau du lac Montgomery, 17-5; 21. Dallas Highland Park, 14-8; 22. Frisco Reedy, 13-7; 23. Wylie East, 11-6; 24. Boerne Champion, 18-5; 25. Montgomery, 20-3.

Class 4A

1. Argyle, 22-0; 2. Hardin-Jefferson, 19-4; 3. Fredericksburg, 22-3; 4. Canyon, 15-5; 5. Brownsboro, 22-2; 6. Kennedale, 21-5; 7. Midlothian Heritage, 18-5; 8. Waco La Vega, 19-4; 9. Levelland, 18-2; 10. Sunnyvale, 17-6; 11. Boerne, 17-3; 12. Glen Rose, 21-4; 13. Geronimo Navarro, 22-4; 14. Beeville Jones, 21-2; 15. Sanger, 17-4; 16. EP Mountain View, 15-4; 17. Decatur, 15-3; 18. Rockport-Fulton, 19-6; 19. CC West Oso, 15-5; 20. Seminole, 16-5; 21. Stephenville, 16-7; 22. Devine, 16-6; 23. Mexia, 15-5; 24. Palestine, 23-4; 25. Canton, 16-6.

Class 3A

1. Canadian, 20-1; 2. Shallot, 20-1; 3. Fairfield, 22-1; 4. Brownfield, 13-3; 5. Peaster, 20-4; 6. Tuscola Jim Ned, 19-1; 7. Winnsboro, 17-5; 8. Idalou, 17-5; 9. Woodville, 19-4; 10. Poth, 17-2; 11. Bishop, 17-6; 12. Pottsboro, 20-3; 13. Lyford, 21-3; 14. Columbus, 22-0; 15. Franklin, 11-4; 16. Nocona, 22-4; 17. New Waverly, 18-0; 18. Nacogdoches Central Heights, 21-3; 19. Gunter, 15-7; 20. Holliday, 17-2; 21. Little River Academy, 16-6; 22. Whitesboro, 17-6; 23. Think, 10-11; 24. Col d’Aransas, 16-8; 25. Edgewood, 18-7.

Class 2A

1. Gruver, 17-0; 2. Martins Mill, 20-3; 3. Lipan, 17-5; 4. Douglass, 19-3; 5. In love, 20-4; 6. Panhandle, 15-7; 7. Wellington, 17-4; 8. New house, 17-5; 9. Münster, 18-3; 10. La Rue La Poynor, 16-4; 11. Alvord, 16-8; 12. Sudan, 13-10; 13. Sunset, 16-7; 14. Port Aransas, 17-5; 15. San Saba, 19-4; 16. Cisco, 15-6; 17. Harper, 12-4; 18. Woden, 15-8; 19. Goldthwaite, 17-7; 20. Anson, 15-5; 21. Farwell, 19-3; 22. Archer City, 13-7; 23. Quana, 14-3; 24. Frankston, 17-5; 25. Weimar, 14-7.

Class 1A

1. Sables d’Ackerly, 19-3; 2. Nazareth, 10-8; 3. Huckabay, 21-5; 4. Gail Borden County, 13-5; 5. Robert Lee, 18-2; 6. Chireno, 14-4; 7. Priddy, 15-3; 8. Roscoe Highland, 16-4; 9. Neches, 15-3; 10. Hermleigh, 16-7; 11. Jayton, 15-6; 12. Mertzon Irion County, 19-2; 13. Tilden McMullen County, 19-5; 14. Slidell, 15-6; 14. Graford, 15-4; 15. Veribest, 4-3; 16. Lingleville, 14-4; 17. Moulton, 15-6; 18. Klondike, 18-4; 19. Westbrook, 16-6; 20. Wells, 16-7; 21. Richland Springs, 14-5; 22. Eden, 17-4; 23. Rocksprings, 15-7; 25. Spur, 12-6.

PRIVATE GIRLS

TAPS 6A / SPC

1. Houston Christian, 21-0; 2. Bishop of Dallas Lynch, 19-6; 3. Plan John Paul II, 21-6; 4. Argyle Liberty Christian, 20-6; 5. SA Antonian, 22-11; 6. Houston Sainte-Agnès, 17-6; 7. Village of Houston, 14-8; 8. Dallas Ursuline, 16-6; 9. Houston Saint Pius X, 13-6; 10. Plano Prestonwood Christian, 12-9.

TAPS 5A

1. Boerne Geneva, 15-1; 2. Austin Hyde Park, 13-1; 3. FW Christian, 10-5; 4. Houston second Baptist, 8-7; 5. Frisco Legacy Christian, 9-4; 6. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian, 11-5; 7. SA St. Mary’s Hall, 11-6; 8. Dallas Christian, 6-12 years old; 9. Faith of the vine, 16-8; 10. FW Southwest Christian, 8-7.

TAPS 4A

1. Lubbock Christian, 12-5; 2. SA Lutheran, 8-5; 3. Dallas Le Shelton, 4-1; 4. Tyler Gorman, 16-6; 5. FW Lake Country Christian, 8-11; 6. Magnolia Legacy Prep Christian, 8-9; 7. Lubbock Trinity Christian, 7-15 years old; 8. Midland Trinity, 5-0; 9. Houston Cypress Christian, 7-6; 10. Willow Park Trinity Christian, 6-8.

TAP 3A

1. Houston Lutheran North, 10-5; 2. Tombal Rosehill Christian, 8-4; 3. Kennedale Scholarship, 10-4; 4. Austin San Juan Diego Catholic, 9-0; 5. Waco Live Oak Classic, 8-5; 6. Calvary of Denton, 8-4; 7. Round Rock Christian–, 7-4; 8. Austin Hill Country Christian, 11-9; 9. Beaumont Legacy Christian, 7-8; 10. Dallas Lutheran, 3-3.

TAPS 2A

1. Sacred Heart of Halletsville, 9-6; 2. Méné Saint-Paul, 4-5; 3. Edinburgh Harvest Christian, 15-6; 4. Dallas First Baptist, 10-5; 5. Ovilla Christian, 7-2; 6. Christian Weatherford, 9-5; 7. Sherman Texoma Christian, 3-10; 8. Lubbock Southcrest, 2-3; 9. Bryan Allen, 5-8; 10. Victoria Faith, 1-5.

TAPS 1A

1. Cornerstone of San Angelo, 5-2; 2. WF Christ, 6-4; 3. Christian Plainview, 7-6; 4. Christian of Athens, 11-5; 5. Preparation Waxahachie, 4-3; 6. Baptist of Calvary Conroe, 4-3; 7. Wichita Christian, 5-6; 8. Fredericksburg Heritage, 4-2; 9. Weatherford victory Baptist, 4-3; 10. Longview St Mary, 1-1.


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How Grade I-listed ‘Victorian Jurassic Park’ in London ended up on historic England’s risk list https://colchestercamping.co.uk/how-grade-i-listed-victorian-jurassic-park-in-london-ended-up-on-historic-englands-risk-list/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 07:00:35 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/how-grade-i-listed-victorian-jurassic-park-in-london-ended-up-on-historic-englands-risk-list/ The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace and besieged Gunnersbury Park are under threat. We must work to save them, says Jack Watkins. Crystal Palace dinosaurs have delighted children and adults for generations. So when news leaked last year of their listing on the Heritage Register, Historic England’s annual list of historic sites and structures with uncertain […]]]>

The dinosaurs of Crystal Palace and besieged Gunnersbury Park are under threat. We must work to save them, says Jack Watkins.

Crystal Palace dinosaurs have delighted children and adults for generations. So when news leaked last year of their listing on the Heritage Register, Historic England’s annual list of historic sites and structures with uncertain futures, it drew a public backlash.

“People were shocked at the condition of the sculptures, but happy that the site was recognized as in need of attention,” said Ellinor Michel, president of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. She reveals that they even had a letter from Sir David Attenborough, who described the dinosaurs as “the first attempt to visualize the dramatic creatures of the distant past in the land where they were discovered, recognized and first named”. A sort of Victorian era jurassic park, if you want.

The 30 sculptures are found on a 20-acre island site in an atmospheric location deep in Crystal Palace Park. Only four of the sculptures are dinosaurs in the strict zoological sense (two Iguanodon, a Hylaeosaurus and a Megalosaurus. Others include pterodactyls, crocodiles and a giant sloth). However, as the President says, as a whole they are “huge, menacing and exciting”.

“The Megalosaurus, the largest and most famous of the statues, recently lost its jaw and the antlers fell from one of the Irish elk deer.”

Created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins between 1852 and 1855 as part of the work to mark the move of Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to Sydenham Hill, they effectively kicked off our ongoing dinomania.

The first attempt at modeling extinct animals as active three-dimensional creatures in their geological environment, the collection of international significance is listed as Grade I. Yet despite repeated efforts to stabilize the site, the lichen-encrusted creatures are diseased. . The megalosaurus, the largest and most famous of the statues, recently lost its jaw and the antlers fell from one of the Irish elk deer.

A temporary jaw was created for the Megalosaurus, thanks to public donations that Historic England matched. But, explains Dr Michel, “the sculptures require regular checks, monitoring and maintenance by professional restorers to identify and repair any damage so that it does not spread.” In the long term, we don’t know where the funding will come from ”. While she hopes the site will eventually drop off the register, by their nature outdoor sculptures require regular attention. “The sculptures are there to delight us today because people of the past cared. We want to pass this coat on to future generations.

Streatham Hill Theater, a new addition to the list. © Historic England

Gunnersbury Park, on the outskirts of Ealing, has been on the register since the list was created in 1998. A treasure trove of old buildings, including a museum, mad gardens, towering cedars, flowered walks and amenities. Standard recreation, it was the home of George II’s daughter, Princess Amelia in the 18th century, and rivaled Kew in prestige. Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson Crusoe and a regular visitor, stood on the terrace of his Palladian villa and greeted “an extremely beautiful prospect of Surrey, the Thames and all the border meadows for a few miles”. The romantic setting was depicted in the watercolors of William Payne.

The estate was subdivided in the 19th century, and what is now known as the Grand et Petit Manoir replaced the villa of Princess Amelia. The Rothschilds owned most of the estate at that time, but the park was in serious degradation when it was purchased for the nation as a public park – Neville Chamberlain, then Minister of Health, held his opening ceremony in 1926 (an event captured in an Excerpt from the film Pathé News, now on YouTube.)

However, underfunding has long been a major problem. “We created the Friends of Gunnersbury Park in 1981 because the park was in terrible shape,” said President James Wisdom. “Various buildings have been demolished and the temple designed by William Kent only survives because permission to demolish it was refused.” The register noted that the landscape was “generally in poor condition”, but a conservation plan has been developed and progress has been made over the past decade.

Gunnersbury Park, Hounslow, designed by Sidney Smirke. © Historic England, Chris Redgrave

“The big picture is that we’re halfway there, with the restored grand mansion and the returning museum,” says Wisdom. The public baths and the orangery of Princess Amelia have been restored. A herb garden has been planted between the old and the false Gothic arches that resemble the ruins of a medieval abbey. Plaques name notable trees, such as the rare daimyo oak and a Japanese pagoda tree, survivors of the ancient Japanese garden which, when it opened in 1901, was hailed “as the most strictly true and magnificent design garden and of Japanese composition “, in Great Britain by the Horticultural Journal.

Although another folly, the ghostly, crenellated Gothic boathouse, still looks like a real ruin and the little mansion presents a sad sight, Mr. Wisdom reveals that the latter is “the next to restore.” The scaffolding is a sign of money spent on the roof and various structural elements essential to prepare it for a better future, thanks to funding from Historic England ”.

Mr. Wisdom, who wrote a brief description of the park, explains that it “has a long history of degradation and then recovery.” Each transformation has left its mark on the landscape ”. As the park anticipates the centenary of its opening to the public in five years, it describes ‘Gunnersbury 2026’, the 15-year master plan developed by the borough councils of Ealing and Hounslow, as “the transformation for our generation. “.

Three more places on the risk list

Savoy Cinema, Edgeware

Former Grade II listed cinema with 2,000 seats, designed by Art Deco master George Coles, it retains all of its modern interior fittings, but has been closed since 2014. Authorization has recently been granted to restore the exterior of the building and transform the interior into apartments.

Old St Pancras Church

An immensely historic church, one of the oldest in the capital, next to the former St Pancras labor house. Sir John Soane and Mary Wollstonecraft are buried in his cemetery. The register describes the state of the church as “very bad” and a next millennium project seeks to raise £ 500,000 to complete a restoration program by the end of 2025.

Pope’s Cave, Twickenham

The last surviving element of Alexander Pope’s Villa and Gardens on the Thames. Efforts to halt the decline of the decorated imitation of a natural cave have been underway for 30 years and a recent pilot restoration project, with money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been successful. The goal is to complete the full renovation in 2022.



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Eight high school footballers to represent Houston area in All-America game https://colchestercamping.co.uk/eight-high-school-footballers-to-represent-houston-area-in-all-america-game/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:24:05 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/eight-high-school-footballers-to-represent-houston-area-in-all-america-game/ The nation’s top high school soccer players are flocking to Orlando, Florida this week for the annual Under Armor All-America game after the event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns last January. Houston will be very well represented on the national TV showcase with eight players from the region on the 2022 game roster. Six […]]]>

The nation’s top high school soccer players are flocking to Orlando, Florida this week for the annual Under Armor All-America game after the event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns last January.

Houston will be very well represented on the national TV showcase with eight players from the region on the 2022 game roster. Six of those players signed with Texas A&M in mid-December.

The game will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2 from Camping World Stadium.

The only participating Houston player who hasn’t signed is Cypress Park linebacker Harold Perkins. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound two-way star is the nation’s No. 1 linebacker rookie and No. 5 player overall, according to 247Sports. Perkins is expected to announce his signing between Texas, Texas A&M and LSU during the game.

Perkins has just completed a superb senior season which saw Cypress Park win the 16-6A District Championship. The team ultimately lost to Tomball in the bi-district round. The senior rushed for 1,352 yards and 21 touchdowns in just 80 carries. He also had 35 tackles, including 27 solo, two sacks and three defense interceptions.

Denver Harris, the nation’s No.3 rookie, will be back just weeks after helping North Shore win their third state championship in four years. He signed with Texas A&M.

State semi-finalist Katy has two participating players with defensive back Bobby Taylor and defensive end Malick Sylla. Taylor, who has missed most of his senior season with injury, is the nation’s No. 19 rookie. Sylla, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the defensive linemen rankings. Both signed with Texas A&M.

Bridgeland quarterback Conner Weigman is one of five quarterbacks expected to play in the game. Weigman, who also signed with Texas A&M, is the nation’s second quarterback signing. He was recently named the Touchdown Club of Houston offensive player of the year after collecting 2,276 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Bears.

Kelvin Banks Jr. of Summer Creek and Kam Dewberry of Atascocita will represent Humble ISD in the trenches. Banks, who is heading to Texas, is the nation’s second offensive tackle. Dewberry, who signed with Texas A&M, is ranked third in the national rankings for home offensive linemen.

Dickinson’s Donovan Green, the nation’s No. 4-ranked tight end, will also be on the pitch in Orlando. The Texas A&M signatory ended his senior season with 33 catches for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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Wolfpack and Bruins ready for Holiday Bowl showdown at Petco Park https://colchestercamping.co.uk/wolfpack-and-bruins-ready-for-holiday-bowl-showdown-at-petco-park/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 00:33:45 +0000 https://colchestercamping.co.uk/wolfpack-and-bruins-ready-for-holiday-bowl-showdown-at-petco-park/ SAN DIEGO – – The red painted red zone of the state of North Carolina is in front of the San Diego Padres dugout canoe. UCLA’s painted blue and gold goal crease is in front of the left field wall. The No.18 Wolfpack (9-3) and Bruins (8-4) will face off in the Holiday Bowl on […]]]>
SAN DIEGO – – The red painted red zone of the state of North Carolina is in front of the San Diego Padres dugout canoe. UCLA’s painted blue and gold goal crease is in front of the left field wall.

The No.18 Wolfpack (9-3) and Bruins (8-4) will face off in the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday night, the first football game to be played at Petco Park, the sweet Padres baseball stadium that opened. its doors in 2004.

“They have done a phenomenal job preparing this stadium for a football game,” said NC State coach Dave Doeren.

Doeren and UCLA coach Chip Kelly won’t have to go over the ground rules before kick-off at Petco Park, which has hosted football, rugby, supercross and even a first-round game of Davis Cup between the United States and Great Britain on a clay court built in left field. However, the Padres had to remove several seats along the straight pitch line in order to fit into an end zone for the clash between quarterbacks Devin Leary of NC State and Dorian Thompson-Robinson of UCLA.

After seeing other bowl games canceled due to COVID-19, the Wolfpack and the Bruins have tightened their protocols to ensure the game is played. NC State is trying to finish with double-digit wins for just the second time in school history. His best result was 11-3 in 2002 behind junior quarterback Philip Rivers, who continued to play for the San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers for 16 years before ending his career with Indianapolis.

“Prevention is the best medicine right now,” Doeren said. “Our guys have been through this. They know how to follow the protocols… to protect the mission. We are here to try to win our 10th game. It happened once in the history of the school. There is a lot of it. Game.

“Some of the decisions we make to try to stay healthy are very important decisions,” added the coach. “These are selfless decisions our guys made to have another chance to try and beat the odds. That’s kind of what happens when you watch college football. There are a lot of people who just don’t get done. not. So these two teams did it. “

NEW HOUSE

The Holiday Bowl signed a five-year deal with the Padres after its 42-year-old home, the 70,000-seat SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, was demolished to make way for the new San Diego State Stadium. The Holiday Bowl’s honorary chairman is Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, who grew up in the suburb of El Cajon and started the first hitting game in franchise history on April 9 in Texas on his second start. with the team from his hometown.

THE QBS

Leary threw four touchdown passes in the regular-season final against North Carolina to give him 35, breaking Rivers’ 2003 single-school season record of 34. Thompson-Robinson became the sixth player. of the Bruins to reach 3,000 total attacking yards in one season. He has 2,409 passing yards and 21 touchdowns, and 609 rushing yards with seven touchdowns. Thompson-Robinson threw for 349 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 62-33 rout against rival Southern Cal on Nov. 20, including attacking a Trojans defenseman to score.

BIG MAN

6-foot-4, 320-pound NC State All-American left tackle Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu is considered by many to be the best offensive lineman in the country. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was named to the All-ACC First Team. Asked about Ekwonu, Kelly looked at Doeren and joked, “Did he leave sooner, Dave? No? Outs are something that happens during bowls games. I’m not suggesting that someone should. a little better.”

DEFENSE OF WOLFPACK

The Bruins have scored 44, 62 and 42 points in their last three games. They will be tested by NC State’s 3-3-5 stack defense, 18th nationally in goal defense and 24th in total defense. “I think they are extremely well trained,” said Kelly. “They have a unique pattern that you don’t see every day. But they seem to have the answers on the test before the test is given. It’s a challenge when you go up against a team like this.”

RIVERS

Doeren isn’t sure if Rivers’ connection to NC State and the Charges will help gain more fans for the Wolfpack in San Diego, but he said the former QB is “someone very dear to us. We love them. Philip. He’s been talking to our team a few times now and he’s maybe one of the most competitive guys out there when it comes to mind and everything he does. “

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