From the daily archives: Thursday, June 16, 2011

By Bob Hurst

Wasn’t it just a matter of time before the Boston Red Sox took over the lead in the AL East and started to live up to preseason expectations?

Boston had a day off on Monday after ripping off nine straight wins and taking a two-game lead over the New York Yankees. The Red Sox were 39-26 before beginning a three-game trip to Tampa Bay this week.

It seems like light years since they started the season 0-6, Boston’s worst start since 1945.

The Red Sox clobbered Toronto last weekend, outscoring the Blue Jays on the road 30-5 in the last two games of the series. It was the ninth consecutive game Boston had scored at least five runs.

Offensively, the team has exploded to lead the majors in every major category except home runs. The Red Sox were first in hits (635), batting average (.276), runs (350), on-base percentage (.349) and slugging (.450) going into Tuesday’s game.

“That’s why everybody was going crazy when we were losing all those games at the beginning of the season,” designated hitter David Ortiz said after Sunday’s 14-1 blowout. “Because you go position by position, this team can match against anybody.”

The streak started after a four-game losing skid, including three straight at home to the Chicago White Sox. Boston then swept Oakland, the Yankees and Blue Jays.

The Red Sox outscored those three clubs 83-36. Against the Yankees, they had a 25-13 advantage.

“I don’t think I’ve ever really seen a stretch like these past nine games that we’ve been playing as far as scoring runs and the way our pitchers have been throwing the ball,” said Jon Lester, who leads the AL with nine wins.

Josh Beckett, who led the AL with a 2.06 ERA, has five wins along with Clay Buchholz.

But it’s Boston’s blazing bats that’s gotten everyone’s attention.

Adrian Gonzalez topped the big leagues with a .341 average and 60 RBIs. He drove in at least one run in each game of the nine-game streak.

David Ortiz, who is batting 42 points above his career average at .325, slugged two homers with seven RBIs in the final two contests of the series with Toronto. He had a pair of home runs and knocked in six runs in the Yankees series.

 

Carl Crawford was hitting .338 in 17 games since moving to the sixth spot in the order on May 25. And Jacoby Ellsbury, who missed most of last season with broken ribs, was the third straight Red Sox player to win AL Player of the Week honors.

Ellsbury hit .467 (14-for-30) with three doubles, a home run, four RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games. He followed Ortiz and Crawford, who won the award the previous two weeks.

The Red Sox are right where everyone thought they would be.

Rest does wonders for Suzuki: Seattle Mariners right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki was not in the lineup last Friday, snapping a streak of 255 consecutive starts.

Suzuki was hitting just .149 since May 19, and his batting average was down to .252, the lowest it’s been that far into the season in his 11 years in the major leagues.

But the rest seemed to be the fix for Suzuki, who collected two hits in each of his next three games.

“He’s headed in the right direction,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I think we have to be pleased with what we’re seeing the last three or four games with Ichiro.”

Suzuki was batting .262 going into Tuesday’s game. He has never finished a season hitting lower than .303 in the majors, and has a lifetime .328 average.

StatsWatch: Recent milestones in the major leagues —

 

  • Orlando Cabrera, Indians SS, got his 2,000th career hit on Sunday, becoming the 262nd player in major league history to do so.
  • Roy Oswalt, Phillies SP, reached 1,700 career strikeouts, the seventh active pitcher to reach the mark.
  • Coco Crisp, A’s OF, got his 1,000th career hit.
  • Johnny Damon, Rays OF, set team record by reaching base for the 38th consecutive game.
  • Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, managed the 5,000th game of his career, joining Connie Mack as the only managers or coaches in American pro sports to achieve that milestone.

Diamond Notes: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter got his 2,994th career hit on Monday night, but left the game with a strained calf…The Dodgers owe recently retired outfielder Manny Ramirez $8.33 million by June 30. Ramirez is owed the same amount in each of the next two years as part of deferred money from the $42 million contract he signed before the 2009 season…San Diego has placed pitcher Aaron Harang on the disabled list with a sore right foot…The Giants activated 3B Pablo Sandoval on Monday, a day after 2B Freddy Sanchez went on the DL with a dislocated right shoulder. They also signed infielder Bill Hall, who had been released by Houston…Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista ended a 13-game homerless streak with his major league-leading 21st of the season in Sunday’s loss to Boston.

Copyright © 2011  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 

Golf Consumers Beware: Online Counterfeiting on the Rise
Counterfeit Golf Seizures Worth More Than $500K So Far This Year

These counterfeit golf clubs were seized by CBP.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seizing an increasing number of counterfeit golf products ordered by consumers over the internet. Seizures of counterfeit golf goods have increased by 33 percent from fiscal years 2009 to 2010 and 37 percent in 2009 compared to 2008.

CBP is sounding the alarm on a growing trend in the purchase of fake golf equipment,” said Commissioner Alan D. Bersin. “Consumers should know that purchasing a counterfeit product supports an illegal activity, harms U.S. businesses and takes jobs away from Americans.”

Today, the typical golf seizure consists of a set of clubs, a bag, head covers, and maybe a cap. The items usually arrive from China via mail or courier addressed to an individual in the U.S.

Through May of fiscal year 2011, CBP has made 265 counterfeit golf seizures with a total domestic value of $192,000, and an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $589,000.

Traditionally, counterfeit golf products entered the country inside sea containers with other goods. But with the rising popularity of internet shopping, CBP has increasingly seen the ability of counterfeiters to sell directly to consumers. Consumers looking for less expensive products are going online, ordering directly from Chinese suppliers, and shipping the goods home.

To avoid the purchase of counterfeit golf equipment, consumers should consider the following tips:

  • Purchase from a reputable dealer
  • Contact brand owner for list of authorized dealers
  • Be skeptical of “too good to be true” deals
  • Be aware of return policy if not satisfied with product
  • Be aware of money-back policies
  • Research legitimacy of foreign websites
  • Request references
  • If purchasing from an overseas retailer, know import requirements or contact a local CBP office.

CBP is on the frontline of intellectual-property-rights enforcement, partnering with industry, other federal agencies, and foreign governments to fight cross-border trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

In fiscal year 2010, CBP officers were responsible for 19,959 intellectual property rights seizures with a domestic value of $188.1 million. Counterfeit golf equipment accounted for 786 seizures, compared to 519 seizures in fiscal year 2009, and 327 seizures in fiscal year 2008.

Photographs of counterfeit golf equipment are available at the website. ( Counterfeit Golf Equipment )

B-roll is available at the Video: Counterfeit Golf Gear. ( Video: Counterfeit Golf Gear )

 

Holtville Soroptimist elected Betty Predmore as their new president for the year of 2011-2012

Celebrating Holtville Soroptimist Club’s upcoming 60th year, the club themed their annual installation luncheon as “Building on our Birthday”.  This luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Women’s Club with special guest, JoAnn Sidhuara.  JoAnn is from Soroptimist International of La Jolla and serves as the current District III President for the Desert Coast Region of Soroptimist of the Americas.  She was on hand at the event to install the incoming board of directors of Soroptimist International of Holtville.
Incoming officers for the 2011/2012 year will be Treasurer – Donna Brady, Recording Secretary – Jessica Diez, Correspondence Secretary – Katie Turner, 2nd Vice President – Sarah Enz, 1st Vice President – Jamie Vessey, and President – Betty Predmore.  Outgoing President Laura Goodsell will serve as a director on the board.  Each officer was presented a birthday crown by JoAnn in honor of the 60th birthday of Holtville Soroptimist.
New members Anna Dhalliwal and Jamie Strahm were also introduced by Joan Jencks and Betty Predmore.

Laura Goodsell, will now be serving as one of the Soroptimist board member directors.

Jessica Diez, Soroptimist new Correspondence Secretary

Soroptimist Officers for 2011-2012, Recording Secretary - Jessica Diez, Correspondence Secretary - Katie Turner, Treasurer - Donna Brady, 2nd Vice President - Sarah Enz, 1st Vice President - Jamie Vessey Outgoing President Laura Goodsell, and President - Betty Predmore.

Outgoing President, Laura Goodsell receives her pin and certificate from Soroptimist International for her service as President, Presented by the new President - Betty Predmore.

Joan Jencks presents new member Jamie Strahm with her Soroptimist pin and carrot as she is welcomed into the club.

JoAnn Sidhuara was on hand at the event to install the incoming board of directors of Soroptimist International of Holtville. JoAnn is from Soroptimist International of La Jolla

 

Soroptimist International of Calexico will be inducting new members to its club during a
ceremony taking place at Best Western John Jay Inn–2455 Scaroni Road, Calexico at
6:30PM on Thursday June 16, 2011.
New Members will be welcomed into a worldwide organization of members who are
committed to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout
the world.
Soroptimist is a coined Latin word meaning “best for women,” and that’s what the Calexico
Chapter strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other
women to be their best. They believe in dreams and the collective power of working together
to achieve them.
Soroptimist membership celebrates the unique power of women. It’s a gift that women give
to themselves: the chance to help others in an atmosphere of support, friendship and fun. SI
Calexico looks forward to helping the new members explore the gift of membership as they
can now participate in club projects and activities that advance the Chapter’s mission.
As a token of their new membership, each member will be participating in a pinning
ceremony. The pin they will receive represents their commitment to the SI Calexico mission
and to empowering women and girls to live their dreams by giving them the resources to
create positive change for themselves, their families, their communities and the world.
Following the new member induction, the club will be installing a new treasurer and
presenting a donation to the Imperial Valley Food Bank, allowing new members to
experience Soroptimist International of Calexico’s dedication to giving back to the
community. This year the club has donated over $3500 to programs benefitting women and
girls in our local community through scholarships, service projects and donations.

 

Twenty-five local high school graduates will receive the MANA de Imperial Valley scholarship.
El CENTRO, CA – The Imperial Valley Chapter of MANA, a National Latina Organization
announced this week that it has selected twenty-five local Latina high school graduates to
receive the Imperial Valley Chapter College and University Scholarship in the amount of $500.
MANA de Imperial Valley is committed to supporting Latinas in furthering their education and in
recognizing outstanding students in Imperial County. The community’s support at the Las
Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser this past year has allowed MANA to raise
the funds necessary for local scholarships and provide them to young Latinas who are pursuing
higher education.
MANA de Imperial Valley will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, June 15th at 9:00 a.m. at
the Steppling Art Gallery on the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus in Calexico
to award the scholarships to the recipients.
Alicia Armenta, MANA President stated, “MANA de Imperial Valley is thrilled to announce the
2011 MANA Scholarship recipients. The annual scholarship reception is one of the most
rewarding events we have all year because as MANA members we get to meet with the
scholarship recipients and congratulate the students and parents for their hard work and
accomplishments. As MANA de Imperial Valley members we are excited to see that many of
this year’s recipients will be pursuing degrees in nontraditional careers for women in the
sciences such as biology, business economics, computer science, criminal justice, and
mathematics.” This year’s students will be attending public and private colleges and universities
such as Cornell University , San Diego State University, University of California, Los Angeles,
University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Riverside, the Fashion Institute
of Design and Merchandising, California State University, Monterrey Bay, University of
California, Berkeley among others.
The 2011 MANA Scholarship was made available to Latina high school graduates who met the
following requirements: have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or
the equivalent); have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year
U.S. accredited institution during the 2010-2011 academic year; have community
service/school activities involvement and all candidates must have demonstrated leadership
and civic/community involvement.

The following are the 2011 MANA de Imperial Valley Scholarship Recipients:
1. Raquel Aguilar
Raquel is the daughter of Daniel and Angela Aguilar from Imperial. She
attended Imperial High and achieved a G.P.A. of 3.76. Raquel was a member
of Spanish Club, Campus Life, Key Club and Interact. She also participated in
basketball, Cross Country, and Track and Field teams all four years. Raquel
was active in the Central Apostolic Tabernacle Church where she served as
youth leader. Raquel is proud of the fact that she never missed a day of
school since she began kindergarten. She will be attending San Diego State
University, Imperial Valley Campus, pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
2. Samantha Aguirre
Samatha is the daughter of Ramon and Geovanna Aguirre from Calexico.
She is a graduate of Calexico High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.76.
Samantha worked for the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)
as a tutor since her sophomore year. She is a member of the California
Scholarship Federation (CSF) and served as vice-president of AVID for two
years. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in
Criminal Justice.
3. Areli Amador
Areli is the daughter of Elsa Rocha and Valentin Amador. She is a graduate
of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.8. Areli was
President of the French Club, Captain of the Tall Flags Team and she
participated in the MESA Mathematics Competition. She also volunteered at
El Centro Regional Medical Center in the Junior Auxiliary Program. Areli will
attend California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a degree in Biology.
4. Lucia Angulo
Lucia is the daughter of Ernesto and Lucia Vargas. She is a graduate of
Calipatria High School and earned a G.P.A. of 3.52. Lucia was active in
Multicultural and Spanish Club. She also helped with posters, float building,
and fundraising for the Class of 2011. She volunteered as a teacher assistant
and tutored students with special needs. Laura will be attending San Diego
State University, pursuing a degree in Psychology.
5. Raquel Bermejo
Raquel is the daughter of Roberto and Lorena Bermejo from Calipatria. She is
a graduate of Calipatria High with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.40. Raquel was
active as an office assistant, teacher assistant, and tutor. She volunteered as
a clerk in the football and basketball snack bars. She also helped the class of
2011 during float and poster competitions, and fundraisers. Raquel will be
attending Imperial Valley College, pursuing a career in counseling.
6. Jacqueline Bravo
Jacqueline is the daughter of Sofia Gomez and Jorge Bravo from Calexico.
She is a graduate of Calexico High School and achieved a cumulative G.P.A.
of 3.88. Jacqueline has volunteered at the De Leon Driving School for the last
three years. She also excelled as a soccer player. She will be attending
University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing a degree in Business
Economics.

7. Amanda Ruth Brodell
Amanda is the daughter of Robert and Maria del Carmen Brodell. She is a
graduate of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.6.
Since 2007 Amanda has served over 1000 hours in community service which
include the Interact Club, St. Mary’s Parish Altar Service, St. Mary’s Children
Liturgy, Vacation Bible School, Imperial County Sheriff’s Explorers, and St.
Mary’s Faith Formation. Amanda worked as a tutor at IVROP and participated
in FACES for the Future Program. Amanda will attend University of California,
Los Angeles, pursuing a doctorate in Physiological Science.
8. Karina Buenrostro
Karina is the daughter of Lorena and Jose Manuel Buenrostro. She is a
graduate of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.85.
Karina was president of the Mexican American Club, she was a Link Crew
leader, helped in the school library, and was also a mentor. In addition, she
volunteered at the Holtville Rib Cook-Off. Karina will attend the University of
California, Riverside, pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies.
9. Sasha Cota
Sasha is the daughter of Avelino and Vanessa Cota. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.55. Sasha was class
president during her freshman and sophomore years and an ASB officer in
Athletics. She received awards in Varsity Cross Country, Volleyball,
Basketball, and Track. Sasha will attend San Jose State University where she
will pursue a major in Kinesiology.
10. Valeria Flores
Valeria is the daughter of Noemi Vasquez from Calipatria. She is a graduate
of Calipatria High School and earned a G.P.A. of 3.42. Valeria served as
A.S.B. Activity Coordinator. She was also active in volleyball, basketball,
softball, and cheer. She helped with school and community fundraisers and
kept stats for the boy’s varsity basketball team. Valeria will be attending San
Bernardino State, pursuing a major in Psychology.
11. Alexis Lopez
Alexis is the daughter of Mary Perry and Alfredo Lopez from Imperial. She is
a graduate of Imperial High with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.64. Alexis was a
member of the marching Band, concert Band, Percussion and Ensemble,
drum line, chorus, Chamber Singers, Drama Club, Cheer, Key Club, CSF,
swim team, and Mock Trial. Alexis will be attending San Diego State
University, pursuing a degree in Theater Arts.
12. Jazmin Lopez
Jazmin is the daughter of Robert Lopez from Calipatria. She is a graduate of
Calipatria High with a G.P.A. of 3.85. Jazmin participated in Varsity
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Cheer. She was class president for three
years and helped with numerous community fundraisers. Jazmin will be
attending University of California, Riverside, pursuing a major in Psychology.

13. Margot Niebla
Margot is the daughter of Benjamin Niebla II and Juanita Arellano-Niebla. She
is a graduate of Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A. of
3.93. Due to her academic excellence, Margot was selected for membership by
the National Society of High School Scholars. Since 2005, Margot has
volunteered to provide food and clothing for the needy in Mexicali. She will be
attending the Freshman Program at San Diego State, University-Imperial Valley
Campus, pursuing a major in Psychology.
14. Sarah Proo
Sarah is the daughter of Cass and Ernest Proo from Calipatria. She is a
graduate of Brawley Union High School and earned a G.P.A. of 4.64.
Besides being a stellar student, she was a Varsity member of the crosscountry,
soccer, and track teams. She was an ASB officer for four years and
is a lifetime member of CSF. She was president of Hermanitas and was also
active at St. Patrick’s Church where she was Head Altar Server and a
Kindergarten Catechist. She is planning to attend Cornell University,
pursuing a degree in Biology.
15. Karolina Redondo
Karolina is the daughter of Martin and Olivia Redondo. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.73. Karolina’s
activities include Key Club, Seeley Youth Connection, and Green Club. She
volunteered in food drives, bus clean-up, holiday baskets for the needy, and
“Mission Goodbye Graffiti”. Karolina will attend University of Monterey Bay,
pursuing majors in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
16. Kassandra Rivera
Kassandra is the daughter of Maria and Richard Rivera. She is a graduate of
Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.8. Kassandra
served over 400 hours in community service which included the El Centro
Regional Center Junior Auxiliary Program, mathematics tutor, and IVROP’s
FACES for the Future Program. She was also recognized as the Highest
Honor Division Decathlete, and given the Coach’s Award for three consecutive
years in Cross-Country. Kassandra will be attending University of California,
Los Angeles, where she will pursue a degree in Spanish.
17. Mary Ann Sanchez
Mary Ann is the daughter of Martha Arteaga. She is a graduate of Southwest
High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.34. She was Vice-President of
Key Club, and participated in Pediatric Trauma Prevention, Sun Community
Church, and Hotel del Migrante. Her volunteer activities included visiting elderly
homes, cleaning local parks, and helping at soup kitchens. She will attend
University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a degree in Biology.
18. Martel Sandoval
Martel is the daughter of Alfonso and Martha Sandoval. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A of 3.80. Martel was a
volunteer instructional aide at Sacred Heart Mission Church and Servus Domini
Ministerio in Mexicali; she also volunteered at the DIF in Mexicali. She will be
attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she will
pursue a major in Fine Arts.
19. Chantilly Lou Singh
Chantilly is the daughter of Henry and Lourdes Singh. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.43. She served as an
Altar Server at St. Joseph Church and also at El Centro Regional Medical
Center as a Junior Auxiliary. Chantilly was a member of SAVAPA, Majorette,
and Dancing Feet. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing
a major in Psychology.

20. Karina Soto
Karina is the daughter of Martha and Cosme Soto from Holtville. She is a
graduate of Holtville High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.59. Karina
was a member of Yellow Ribbon, Interact, and Pep Club. She participated in
volleyball and track for 4 years and basketball for 3 years. She was the senior
class president, worked as a Link Crew leader, and was the coordinator for
the 2010 spring prom. Karina will be attending California State University,
Fresno where she will pursue a degree in Kinesiology.
21. Katherine Thomas
Katherine is the daughter of Maria and Ezzat Thomas. She is a graduate of
Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.78. Katherine was
a member of Key Club, volunteered in the Pacific Beach Town Council, and
served as a leader in Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Katherine will be attending
University of California, Riverside, pursuing a degree in Psychology.
22. JoAnn Valdivia
JoAnn is the daughter of Paula and Joe Valdiva from Brawley. She is a
graduate of Brawley Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.15. She
participated in IVROP’s work experience program, served as a BUHS class
officer for two years and excelled as an athlete of her high school basket ball
team. She also volunteered as camp leader for Brawley Girls Basket Camp.
She will be attending Imperial Valley College, pursuing a degree in Business.
23. Anjanette Varela
Anjanette is the daughter of Erika Garza and Jose Varela. She is a graduate
of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.1. Anjanette
was active as a Link Crew leader and as a mathematics tutor. She focused her
mathematics tutoring on helping students pass the CAHSEE. She was also a
volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Anjanette will be attending
University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
24. Neida D. Venegas
Neida is the daughter of Gerardo and Minerva Venegas. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A of 3.24. Neida was a
member of the Southwest Key Club, French Club, Culinary Arts Club, and
SAVAPA. She participated in the March Against Domestic Violence, Public
Park Cleaning, and numerous fundraising activities. Neida will be attending San
Diego State University, pursuing a major in English.
25. Leslie Villanueva
Leslie is the daughter of Jose and Amelia Villanueva. She is a graduate of
Imperial High and achieved a G.P.A. of 3.68. Leslie participated in the
Marching, Concert and Jazz Band, Track, Cheer and Key Club. She was also
ASB President during her senior year. She will be attending University of
California, Santa Barbara, pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

 
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