In the skin of Maradona in La Bombonera: within the series ‘Dream blessed’ by Amazon

first_imgThe challenge.The team faces the challenge of embodying Maradona in the different phases of his complex personal and professional life. From Villa Fiorito and Argentinos Jrs. to Boca, the Albiceleste and its adventures in Spain and Italy. And from there to his problems with the drug, the US positive. and the elite’s withdrawal to the arrhythmia with which he bordered death and the treatment of his addictions in Cuba. Later will come the wide phase as a coach. A role that three actors with a similarity, in some cases, amazing.Nicolás Goldschmitt gives life to the youngest Maradona. “I come from the dance, so for the series I had to enlarge my thighs. Then I spent time learning some of his gestures. Shoulders back or wet lips with tongue every so often when I speak, ” account.More complex mission was the turn of Nazareno Casero, who, being right-handed, plays left-handed, for many, the greatest of all time. “Now I’m practically left handed. I can charge some fault … The gambeta I studied the most is the hitch inside, but Maradona is indecipherable. It has a unique movement of the body, ”explains the adult Maradona. To illustrate their football and exploits the team will also resort to archival images. Amazon Prime Video ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Frame from the series ‘Blessed Dream’Amazon Prime Video It’s 2019, but it could be 2001. Maradona, in the skin of actor Juan Palomino, says goodbye to La Bombonera and Boca Juniors, the team of his life. Grant Diego After his homage party (The ball is not stained) his last interview on foot of field with the xeneize shirt accompanied by his daughters Dalma and Giannina. And the stands shout: “Diego! Give me the captain’s tape! Make me a son, Diego! ” A journey through time through one of the scenes of Maradona: Blessed Dream, the biographical series of The fuzz in which Amazon Prime Video has been working with extreme zeal for over a year.AS, the only Spanish media present in the filming in Argentina, followed the action from the stands, spoke with the actors and the director and discovered some of the secrets of a work that will give prominence to the Maradona stage in Spain. “There will be Barcelona and Seville, which for him represented crossing the limits,” says director Alejandro Aimetta.Amazon Prime Video ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Frame from the series ‘Blessed Dream’Amazon Prime Videocenter_img Juan Palomino takes care of the current Maradona, which transformed his body to gain 20 kilos. He speaks convinced of the “Maradonian concept”. “Maradona is a pasture, liveliness, the drive to break the established. It reminds me of Ali. It is politically incorrect. Read reality and stand in front of it. He falls and rises. Like the fenix bird. And we all talk about Maradona. Because we are all children of God, ”he laughs.Telling something new about Maradona will be part of the challenge, but from Prime Video they insist. A new vision will be offered. “There will be things that Maradona doesn’t like. We will not avoid the moments when he bit the ground. It would be hypocrisy. Far from what everyone thinks, he neither limited us nor there were warnings, ”confesses Aimetta, who refuses to reveal whether the royal Maradona will appear in any chapter:“ It was not my turn to get there, but it is not ruled out. I would like. Who doesn’t want to have him around?Maradona is still a reef. We will see how far Blessed Dream comes. 2020 and a legion of fans await its premiere.Another vision of Maradona.Maradona: Blessed Dream will feature two seasons of ten chapters each. Spain, a fundamental part of his career, will also have his space. The scriptwriter team, as director Aimetta confirmed to AS, He worked in collaboration with Maradona, as well as with forty people from his circle. “All versions did not match. We tell by contrast what each one lived, ”he says. Amazon has not confirmed release date, but 2020 is emerging as the year of release.Rodrigo Alonso ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The actors of ‘Sueño bendito’ in La BomboneraRodrigo Alonsolast_img read more

‘An absolute joke’: Roma furious over referee’s decisions

first_imgRoma’s Aleksandar Kolarov, right, reacts at the end of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Roma and Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Liverpool advanced to its first Champions League final in more than a decade despite a 4-2 loss at Roma on Wednesday. The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance 7-6 on aggregate after a 5-2 win in the first leg. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)ROME — First it was Juventus. Now it’s Roma.Both Italian clubs were eliminated from the Champions League following questionable decisions by the referee. And both are demanding that the video assistant referee (VAR) be installed immediately in the top club competition.ADVERTISEMENT The VAR has already been introduced in Serie A this season and will also be used at the upcoming World Cup in Russia for the first time.“There were two clear penalties not given — and a red card,” Roma sporting director Monchi said after the Giallorossi were eliminated from the semifinals on 7-6 aggregate despite a 4-2 win over Liverpool on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The time has come for Italian football to raise its voice. Well done to Liverpool, of course. But these things need to be reviewed. I do not understand why VAR is not used in the most important club competition there is.”Roma protested to no avail for a hand ball on Dejan Lovren in the first half, a potential penalty committed on Edin Dzeko after the break, then a clear handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold shortly after the hour mark. MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UEFA’s hesitation is due to the fact that the Champions League involves so many countries, many of which — like in the English Premier League — don’t use the VAR domestically.Still, a bigger problem for Roma was conceding two goals in the first half of both legs against Liverpool.“We gifted them two goals thanks in part to our naivety,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said, referring to defensive lapses. “But after that we had them on the ropes. The boys did something amazing. It was almost the perfect game — which we didn’t manage at Anfield.“But the mentality we need for this competition has improved,” the coach added.It was the first time Roma reached the semifinals since getting beat by Liverpool in the 1984 final, which was held in its stadium. And it came in the season after long-time Roma captain Francesco Totti retired.“I congratulate my teammates. I am so proud of them all. To be captain of this group of great players is an incredible privilege,” said new Roma captain Daniele De Rossi. “But now to make this run even more memorable we have to make sure we qualify for the competition again next year.”With three matches remaining in Serie A, Roma sits third, level on points with fourth-place Lazio and four ahead of fifth-place Inter Milan. The top four finishers qualify for the Champions League.“This has got to be something we continue, year on year,” defender Federico Fazio said. “We need to learn from our mistakes. We’ve got to think positively. We need to lift our heads and carry on.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If the problem is instructing the referees from all of the federations then let’s take some of them aside and set up a quick course.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Jittery consumers feel lack of economic confidence

first_imgNEW YORK – The economy provided a sobering reminder Tuesday that consumers are jittery and the housing market is still a major cloud over growth. In February, U.S. home prices fell their steepest in almost 15 years. Sales of existing homes plunged in March by the largest amount in nearly two decades. And consumer confidence in April crumbled to its lowest since August. It was a hat trick of bad economic data that analysts said would trap the Federal Reserve between inflation pressures and tepid growth. “The Fed is still talking tough on inflation but I think they are watching the slowdown in the economy. They would not want to raise rates if the economy remains weak,” said Gary Thayer, chief economist at AG Edwards & Sons Inc. The poor economic data also offset the positive feeling investors were getting about better-than-expected first-quarterly reports from the likes of International Business Machines Corp. and DuPont Co. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped in early trading before recovering in the afternoon, adding 34.05, or 0.26 percent, to 12,953.46. The National Association of Realtors reported on Tuesday that sales of existing homes plunged in March, reflecting bad weather and increasing problems from loans to people with poor credit. The group said that sales of existing homes fell by 8.4 percent in March, compared to February. It marked the biggest one-month decline since a 12.6 percent drop in January 1989. Also on Tuesday, a housing index released by Standard & Poor showed that U.S. home prices fell 1.5 percent in February from a year ago, the steepest decline in nearly 15 years. The New York-based Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index dropped to 104.0, in April, down from a revised 108.2 in March. Analysts had expected a reading of 105. The April reading was the lowest since August, when the index was at 100.2. Given the plunge in housing, and higher prices at the gas pump, consumers have reduced their long-term and short-term expectations for the economy. The Conference Board said that its Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about economic conditions, decreased to 131.3 from 138.5 in March. The Expectations Index, which measures consumers’ outlook for the next six months, declined to 85.8 from 87.9. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sharks bite off Bandari to move sixth

first_imgBut despite the overall win, Sharks head coach William Muluya would feel aggrieved for his side’s first half performance.His charges spurned chance after chance and to add insult to injury lost many balls to their opponents when they would have killed them off early enough.Harrison Mwenda had the first chance of the mid-morning kick off, the former Mathare United man drifting from the left to a shooting position from the edge of the area but his effort went wide.Two minutes later, Eric Kapaito had a golden chance after being put through on the right by Duka Abuya but his shot with a clear view of goal hit the side netting.Sharks continued their dominance and Abuya this time had an opportunity when he broke through into the box one on one with keeper Farouk Shikhalo, but he was denied by the shot stopper who rushed off his line to narrow the angle.The home side thought they had broken the deadlock in the 20th minute when Francis Manoah had the ball inside the box off a Michael Bodo cross, but the assistant referee’s flag was up as Abuya who had raced into the ball first did so from an offside position.Bandari FC’s Fred Nkata controls the ball under pressure from Kariobangi Sharks defender Michael Bodo during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo ground on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMuluya’s men continued to pound and on the half hour mark, Kapaito missed a golden chance when he brushed a header wide unmarked at the edge of the six yard box off a Mwenda cross from the left.Bandari’s chances weren’t as clinical, the closest they had come being with a Collins Agade long range shot which flew straight to John Oyemba’s arms. Defender Iddi Hassan had two chances off freekicks, one which was punched away by Oyemba for a corner while the second flew over the bar.In the second half, Sharks sought to bury their chances early and they did so 10 minutes after the restart when Yidah gave the ball a slight touch enough to take it off Shikhalo off an Abuya freekick from the left.It was just the goal that Sharks needed especially on a day that their usual free-flowing kind of football was not clicking.The visitors turned the pile of pressure on their hosts, planting balls on either win in an attempt to use their pace on the flanks and Wycliffe Ochomo’s physical presence inside the box in the event of cross balls.However, Sharks defended resolutely and the only other occasion Bandari came close was with a Hassan freekick that went inches over the bar from the right flank.The dockers had a late chance with a freekick from a good goal scoring range, but substitute David King’atua sent it straight to the wall.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC’s Iddi Hassan puts pressure on Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo ground on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 27- Sven Yidah gave the ball the slightest of touches in the 55th minute to hand Kariobangi Sharks a 1-0 win over Bandari FC at the Camp Toyoyo ground in Jericho on Sunday and move sixth in the Kenyan Premier League standings.It was a similar result between the two sides from last season when Sharks won both home and away legs by a similar 1-0 score-line.last_img read more


first_imgThe original lab, about 300 square feet, had recently become cramped and busy, serving about 1,500 patients each year. The new 1,200-square-foot facility will allow the hospital to comfortably expand to 2,500 procedures annually. With the addition of the second room, the old lab can also be used for cardiac electrophysiology, which delivers electric pulses to spur abnormal heart rhythms back to normalcy. Also, some surgeries, including the insertion of pacemakers, will be moved from the surgical ward to the new lab. Having just one lab meant that if an emergency patient were brought to the hospital, scheduled procedures might have to be stopped and the patient have to wait for the lab to be cleared. “Sometimes having two of anything is really good,” Lee said. “What we’ll try to do is split some of that work into two labs.” This is especially important because the hospital has recently been designated a segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) site by Los Angeles County. This means PIH is one of several facilities within the county where emergency heart patients are taken on a priority basis. According to Lee, work with STEMI began at the hospital in February. Under program standards, emergency heart patients must receive treatment within 90 minutes of an initial screening by paramedics in the field, meaning the staff for the cath lab is on call 24 hours a day. Dr. Sudhaker Nayak, interventional cardiologist and cath lab medical director, said time is critical when trying to save portions of the heart muscle. “If you don’t open the artery immediately, you can have irreversible damage to the heart,” Nayak said. “If there is a situation where one of the labs is occupied, you can’t keep the patient waiting.” One Whittier man can attest to the lifesaving power of racing against the clock. Joe Roman, 57, was about to leave for his job in Fullterton, where he makes equipment for airplanes. He began feeling numbness in his arms, and his wife drove him to the hospital on Sept. 11 of this year. Roman said he was cared for within minutes. “They say I had a heart attack,” Roman said. “My wife told me there were 10 or 15 people working on me.” Roman said doctors working fast in the new cath lab saved his life. “They did a fantastic job,” Roman said. “I couldn’t believe it.” According to Roman, he will not return to work for another month, but is making a recovery. “I have to heal and everything,” Roman said. “But after being here at Presbyterian, it was like nothing ever happened.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One local hospital is making heartening gains to combat disease and medical emergencies. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier recently opened a new catheterization laboratory, allowing the facility to increase capacity and services for heart patients. The new cath lab is the second on the PIH campus, and cost the hospital about $2.5 million, representative Terri Starkman said. New equipment and space will allow cardiologists and lab team members to serve emergency heart-attack patients faster and to begin performing procedures previously done at other hospitals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“Patients shouldn’t have to leave Whittier anymore,” said Robin Lee, director of cardiology and radiology at the hospital. “We should have the right equipment and the right staff here.” Starkman said community leaders were introduced to the new facility at an open house Sept. 27. “We had invited elected officials from the city of Whittier, chamber members, physicians and our staff to come and see the new lab and a demonstration of our equipment,” Starkman said. Lee said the hospital began doing cardiocatheterization procedures in 1977. This includes injecting dye into the vessels of the heart for diagnostic purposes. The lab also performs angioplasty, the insertion of stints and balloons to open vessels around the heart after a clot or collapse. last_img read more

10 underrated Premier League strikers that don’t get the credit they deserve

first_imgArsenal striker Olivier Giroud may be off to pastures new this season, with the likes of West Ham interested, but is the French forward underrated?Despite seemingly coming under a barrage of criticism constantly he has one of the best goalscoring records in the Premier League.So who else can find themselves on a list of under-appreciated and under-valued strikers to have played in England’s top tier?Here, talkSPORT takes a look at ten strikers that are hugely underrated.Scroll through the gallery above to see the players we have come up with – starting with Giroud. Javier Hernandez – The Mexican is hugely underrated despite finding the net on a regular basis everywhere he’s been. Hernandez averaged a goal every 130.2 minutes in the Premier League with Manchester United and he has continued to grab goals at his current club Bayer Leverkusen. However, for whatever reason then-United boss Louis van Gaal didn’t see the point in keeping the striker and sold him in 2015. Could he be on his way back to the Premier League with West Ham? 10 10 10 10 Peter Crouch – Jokes are often forthcoming about the striker’s height but Crouch has shown himself to be a more than adequate forward at the top level. As you would expect from a man that has turned out for Tottenham and Liverpool he knows how to find the back of the net and he hit the 100 Premier League goals landmark last season when scoring for Stoke against Everton. Crouch also boasts an impressive international goalscoring record with 22 goals in 42 appearances. 10 10 Andy Carroll – Much maligned for the £35million fee Liverpool spent on his transfer from Newcastle, and he has seemingly spent more time injured at West Ham than fit, but, the fact remains, Andy Carroll is a force. When fit his strength is a massive weapon in his armoury and, as his goal against Crystal Palace last season showed, he is capable of the spectacular as well. Sadly his proneness to injury means the big number nine might never fulfil his potential but he remains a striker of real quality. 10 10 10 Olivier Giroud – read all about it, below, then click right to see if you agree with our selection of strikers who don’t get the credit they deserve – The Arsenal man seems to get a public grilling whenever he takes to the field. Despite scoring on a regular basis – averaging a goal every 157.8 minutes for Arsenal – and being just two away from reaching 100 goals for the Gunners, the Frenchman is far from a first choice. The 30-year-old could be leaving the club this summer but, considering he cost around £10million in 2012, would seem to be something of an underrated forward. Christian Benteke – The Belgian striker was impressive at Aston Villa but his stock seemed to fall during his ill-fated spell as Liverpool’s number nine. However, now that he has moved to Crystal Palace, Benteke has started scoring goals again despite the continued criticism still coming his way. Will probably always be associated with his Anfield spell but Benteke remains a serious goal threat in the Premier League. Demba Ba – The Senegal forward turned out for West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea in the Premier League and scored on regular basis – particularly at the first two clubs. With an average strike rate of 159.5 minutes per goal Ba managed to fire in some impressive goals but was never truly appreciated as a top Premier League striker. Will forever be remembered for scoring the goal after Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in the 2013/14 season. Shinji Okazaki – The Japanese forward might not be the greatest goalscorer in the league, but his work rate demands respect. While other names took the spotlight in Leicester City’s incredible title season Okazaki more than played his part as he darted around the pitch closing down the opposition. The 31-year-old is often left out of the headlines but he has an attitude that any manager would welcome. Jon Walters – Since arriving at Stoke City in 2010 Walters has fast become a fan favourite with his honest work and never say die attitude. The Republic of Ireland international has continued to be a part of the first team throughout his time at Stoke, despite a number of signings incoming as the club cemented themselves in the top tier, and has proved his worth frequently. Definitely one of the Premier League’s most underrated forward men. Edin Dzeko – In a similar fashion to Giroud at Arsenal, the Bosnian striker didn’t get the best press during his four-year stint at Manchester City. But Dzeko knew where the net was and he found it on a regular basis as he helped City to two Premier League titles. He averaged a goal every 141.6 minutes in the Premier League and scored on crucial occasions before he was loaned to Roma – who he subsequently joined permanently in 2016. 10 Jermain Defoe – It seems Premier League audiences are only now appreciating Defoe after his stint at Sunderland. Despite now being 34, goals have continued to come for the former West Ham and Tottenham striker and he will hope to keep firing them in at new club Bournemouth. While the England man had success at Spurs he always faced competition and you wonder what he might have been able to achieve had he ever been granted the opportunity to play with one of the league’s giants.last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER GRAND FINAL: The Donegal Soccer Academy Primary Soccer 7s (sponsored by returns to action this Friday 11th December in Ballyare, Letterkenny.Each area winner will come together to compete in the competition’s Grand Finals. The 10 school teams who have navigated a tough qualifying campaign will battle it out to claim the inaugural Primary Soccer 7s title and the prize of a set of 10 jerseys for their school.The winners of the Boy’s section will receive the Blue DSA kit (above left), whilst the Girl’s section winners will receive the White DSA Kit (above right), both emblazoned with the competition sponsors and manufactured by Adidas.The runners up of each section will also receive an assortment of soccer equipment for their school.The first schools to guarantee their place in the Grand Finals were St Patrick’s NS (Lurgybrack) and Woodland NS, who won the boys and girls sections, respectively, in the Letterkenny Town Area on the 6th October. They were soon followed by St Cronas NS (Boys) and Scoil Mhuire (Glenties – Girls) who persevered through the West Donegal Area at Keadue Rovers.The following week saw schools from East Donegal compete for a Grand Final spot and it was Scoil an Coimin (Boys) and Dooish NS (Girls) who took the spoils.The competition returned to Ballyare for the North Donegal Area qualifying and it saw Scoil Mhuire (Milford) complete the double as both their boys and girls team advanced to the Grand Finals.Finally it was down to South Donegal where 12 teams battled it out for the remaining places. It was Scoil an Linbh Íosa (boys) and St Nauls NS (girls) who progressed from a highly competitive area.The Grand Finals will kick of at 10:45am and it promises to be a highly entertaining day of primary school soccer.Owner of the Donegal Soccer Academy, and Finn Harps star Kevin McHugh told Donegal Daily, ” We want to say a massive thanks to for sponsoring all of the below prizes. “We’ve had a hugely successful 1st year, and we would like to thank all schools who participated in 2015 and good luck to all schools who have reached the finals.“We will hopefully be in a position to open up to more schools and include Inishowen area in 2016.”GRAND FINALS OF DONEGAL SOCCER PRIMARY 7’S COMPETITON TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitionDonegal Soccer AcademyGrand FinalnewsPrimary 7’ssoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgGLENTIES star Leo McLoone will be included in the squad for Donegal’s All-Ireland Senior Football semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park on August 28th.McLoone missed the Ulster final against Derry after fracturing an eye socket in a club clash.The dreadful injury came as he returned to the game after breaking an ankle in March. He has featured for only about 40 minutes in the Championship so far.McLoone played against Cavan and Tyrone but missed the opener against Antrim and the wins over Derry and Kildare.Donegal team insiders are also confident that Christy Toye will also be in the squad after his super-sub role against Kildare.He scored a goal just second after being brought on, and added a point to finish as his side’s top scorer. Toye has endured a two-year battle to recover fitness from an achilles tendon rupture.Michael Murphy, Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty also came through weekend club games unscathed.Murphy did not start the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kildare because of a niggling hamstring while Kavanagh and Rafferty were both doubts for the game, but did play.The captain is now said ti be very fit.GAA: BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS McLOONE DECLARED FIT FOR DUBS CLASH was last modified: August 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:mcloone back for donegallast_img read more

Quartz Hill soph reaching potential

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – Carolyn Smith’s potential was apparent during her freshman season last year on Quartz Hill High’s varsity girls’ tennis team. Her emergence as one of the Golden League’s top players has come more quickly than expected. After going from Quartz Hill’s No. 1 doubles team to the No. 3 singles spot, Smith, who relied primarily on her powerful shot as a freshman, has added smarts to her repertoire. Her transformation has produced impressive results. Smith (47-1 overall, 26-1 Golden heading into Tuesday’s match) was undefeated until Oct. 25, when she lost to Highland standout Zahra Ghorbani in Quartz Hill’s 10-8 victory. “We knew that she was working hard to improve her game, but the degree to which she’s improved has been surprising,” Quartz Hill coach Bill Lenaway said. Sophomores Rachel Kubel (Minnesota Twins outfielder/Highland alum Jason Kubel’s younger sister) and Stephanie Lemus won all three of their matches. “You hate to lose, but I’m really proud of those kids,” Highland coach Linda Ruiz said. “They played awesome.” Nice fit: With Quartz Hill’s doubles teams struggling to start the season, Lenaway was looking to shake up his lineup. He found freshman Navolita Ikahihifo on the junior varsity team, and she has been a perfect match for junior Renuka Rudra on the Rebels’ No. 1 doubles team. Ikahihifo’s low and powerful ground strokes fit the doubles game well. Rudra is 46-5 (28-2 Golden) in doubles play, and Ikahihifo is 27-2 (22-2). Playoffs: Quartz Hill (16-1, 10-0) soon turns its focus to individual and team playoffs. The Rebels, who advanced to the Southern Section Div. IV quarterfinals last season and are ranked No. 9 this year, open team playoffs Nov. 10. No. 1 singles player Ashley Litchfield (51-0, 30-0), No. 52 in the USTA Southern California 18-under rankings, is a prohibitive favorite to win the league’s individual tournament Monday at Palmdale. The top two singles players and doubles teams advance to the Southern Section individual tournament later this month. Highland’s Kubel and Lemus and Quartz Hill’s Rudra and Ikahihifo are among the doubles favorites. Gideon Rubin, (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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Her season highlights included an upset of Ghorbani on Sept. 29, and she also has defeated several other highly regarded opponents, including Valencia’s Michelle Stock. Her rapid progression would have been unlikely but for a more advanced approach. “The big thing is she’s been a lot more consistent and a lot more controlled,” Lenaway said. “Last year she just wanted to be a big hitter and go after everything, but I think she realized she needed to be a smarter player.” Strong showing: Highland’s loss last week to Quartz Hill was arguably the best showing in school history. The narrow defeat included two 7-5 losses. Quartz Hill, which hasn’t lost a league match since the early 1990s, clinched at least a share of its 17th consecutive league title. Ghorbani won two of three of her matches after being swept in the first meeting. last_img read more