first_imgIn Journey to the Savage Planet you play as a new recruit for Kindred Aerospace, the 4th best interstellar space exploration company. They’ve sent you off to an uncharted planet named AR-Y 26 to see if it might be fit for humans. Your mission is to explore and document what you find there.With little experience and even less equipment you need to find and make use of the resources on AR-Y 26. After leaving your damaged Javelin spaceship you soon realise that this is a very different world to earth. Pressing Up on the D-Pad activates your scanner which is used to highlight and examine things of interest.Watch the Journey to the Savage Planet launch trailer below:Collecting resources is key to progressing so you need to be on the look out for veins of materials such as carbon and silicon. Resources that you collect can be deposited back at your ship and used to 3D print new items and upgrades. Another key element is identifying plants of interest and learning how to best make use of them. The many plants contain different seeds that can be used in a variety of ways. For example there’s some that are sticky, some that explode and others that can be used to help you climb.As you progress you’ll also find a mix of alien creatures. Many of these are variations of incredibly cute Pufferbirds and most of them are friendly. Some are more aggressive and force you to use some of the different items you find in order to defeat them.The only weapon you have available throughout the game is a blaster. This can be used to destroy certain breakable environmental objects such as crystals and grass. It can also be used to kill the various alien life and take on the few bosses the game throws at you. When you’re forced to fight with the blaster it can often be a frustrating and clumsy affair. Refreshingly though there isn’t a focus on combat in Journey to the Savage Planet. Credit: 505 Games / Typhoon StudiosThe game is quite lenient when it comes to dying. Often you’ll slip off a ledge but you’ll be saved by your ship’s flying robot. If you fall too far onto a hard surface or take too much damage against an enemy then your ship with print another you. Like many other games if you make your way back to where you died you can grab all the stuff you were carrying. Here you can also bury your previous self too.Most of your time is spent simply exploring the alien planet. It’s full of variety and many areas are split up into smaller islands and rely on verticality. The game definitely falls into the Metroidvania genre. Often you can see things that you need to obtain but they are out of your reach or require you to have access to a specific item or ability. There are neat audio cues that let you know when you’re closing in on a secret or collectible. If you don’t have the right upgrades then you’ll need to make a note and come back later. Upgrades include the ability to hold and use different seeds as well as jump and stomp thrusters. My favourite was probably the proton tether which is a kind of grapple hook.The game demands a fair amount of backtracking but each area you discover has its own teleport that you can use to fast travel if you wish. I often found myself skipping fast travel so that I could explore more. The main reason for backtracking is to return to your Javelin.Credit: 505 Games / Typhoon StudiosYour Javelin features a large TV screen that plays video updates from your boss back home. These are always quirky and humourous and I genuinely looked forward to seeing the next one. The TV also plays a variety of fake adverts for crazy products which are well done and I found many of them hilarious. There’s also a lot of other neat touches in your Javelin which I won’t spoil here.There’s a few different ways to beat the game. The most simple requires you to find five fuel sources around the world. A first playthrough of the game is going to take most players upwards of 10 hours. There’s plenty of reasons to come back though such as tracking down all the secrets and collectibles. There’s also a great photo mode and an “Old Game Minus” mode that gives you 3 lives. Overall I absolutely loved my time with Journey to the Savage Planet. It’s a fun and compelling game that can be taken at your own pace both solo or co-op. It also caters to player who like to speedrun with an achievement for beating the game in under 4 hours. I’m already looking forward to the upcoming Hot Garbage expansion.Journey to the Savage Planet was reviewed using a digital code provided by the publisher.Publisher: 505 Games Developer: Typhoon Studios Release Date: 28th January 2020 Reviewed On: Xbox One Also Available On: PC, PS4last_img read more

first_img Share Share Tweet Executive Director of the DAPD, Nathalie MurphyA three day workshop geared at establishing a business enterprise for the disable movement in Dominica has begun.The forum which is dubbed a “Management and Training Retreat” is currently ongoing at the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD).Executive Director of the DAPD Nathalie Murphy says the project, once operational, will “generate” income for the association “We are looking at a project that will generate income for us. Something that is sustainable and will ensure that the association will continue for a very long time. We are giving our members a chance to come up with ideas and then we will look at the ideas and see how we can implement them,” Murphy said.According to the Director, the organization is also working with several resource persons who will be making presentations.“They will be there to give us practical examples of the real development, management, viability and sustainability of an enterprise,” she explained.The Small Business Support Unit, the National Development Foundation of Dominica and several other stakeholders have been invited to participate in the exercise.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share 9 Views   no discussions LocalNews DAPD to focus on establishing a business enterprise by: – November 14, 2012last_img read more

first_imgDr. Mac Prowlers continued their winning ways on Friday 3rd May, in the Lime National Basketball League, in the Domlec Premier Division.Having won the Ballarama Championship the Prowlers from Trafalgar have pulled of 3 straight wins. The latest victim of their high level of play was the defending champions Signman X-Men. The X-Men led the all through the game until the last 4 minutes of the game when Prowlers took a 6 points lead, but the X-Men were able to overcome the set back and take a 4 point lead with about 2 minutes play. After some costly mistakes by the champions and some clutch shooting by Ronald Bruno and Craig St Rose, Dr Mac Prowlers was able to tie the game at 64 a piece just as the game concluded forcing an overtime period. In Overtime Signman X-Men took an early lead but Prowlers quickly caught up and it was a back and forth tussle and with about 2 seconds left in the game tied at 72 to 72, Craig St Rose got fouled and was able to make one out two free throws and take a one point lead with 1.4 seconds left to play.Time ran out on X-Men giving Prowlers the victory. Final scores Prowlers 73 points to X-Men 72 points, leading the way for prowlers were Craig St Rose 21 pts, Fitzgerald Daniel 18 pts and Ronald Bruno 16 pts, while Peter Ricketts had a game high 25 pts, Simon Joseph 14 pts and Joseph Hypolite 12 pts for X-Men. Prowlers now boast of a 3 and 0 record best in the Domlec Premier Division.Meantime in the first game of the evening La Plaine Avengers had an easy victory over Ronald Charles Rangers from Trafalgar 71 pts to 38 pts.Top scorers for Avengers were Ridge Blaize 14 pts, Harris St Ville 12 pts, Roderick Blaize 12 pts and for Rangers, Randy Dejean 12 pts and Clinton Charles 10 pts.Games will continue tonight at the Lindo Park in the Lime National League with two games in the Pizza Hut Delivery Division 1.Game 1 – Goodwill Starz vs. Kelvar Darroux Hurricanes Game 2 – Paix Bouche Snipers vs. Fashion Line Falcons.Game one begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by game twoDominica Vibes News 34 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsSports Prowlers on a winning streak by: – May 4, 2013 Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Special to the PRESS(Photo by Greg Syverson)CORPUS CHRISTI — There was a light chill in the air on Saturday night in Calallen, but there was also some Port Isabel Tarpon magic, too.In front on a charged up Tarpon crowd, the boys dug deep several times to win a back-and-forth thriller over Geronimo Navarro 35-28 in overtime at Phil Danaher Field.Port Isabel advanced to the fourth round of the state football playoffs for the fourth time since 1981. Now, Port Isabel (10-3) continues its December football run and will take on Bellville in the 3A Region IV final next Saturday at Cabaniss Stadium in Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. Navarro saw its season close with a 10-3 record.“It was just a great effort by our kids,” Tarpons head coach Monty Stumbaugh said. “I’m happy for our kids, our coaching staff and the entire town of Port Isabel. The fans packed the stands tonight.”Things didn’t start so well for the boys in blue as they quickly trailed 13-0 in the first quarter. Navarro’s Evan DeLeon scored on two touchdowns thanks to the Panthers’ powerful running game which had over 380 total yards rushing.Meanwhile, PI struggled on offense and could not get going. They punted back to Navarro but pinned them deep and needed a stop.They got that stand and it served as a springboard to a comeback. A couple of plays later, running back Javier Vela ran for a 55-yard touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, PI’s Esteven Montelongo recovered a fumble and the Tarpons cashed it in on Isaiah Martinez’s 1-yard score. Marcelo Sanchez hit the extra point and the Tarpons led 14-13 with just 3:19 left before halftime.“We got some stops when we needed them,” Stumbaugh said. “We had some big stops.”A tough Panther squad answered when L.J. Anderson rushed in a 14-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion try was stopped and Navarro went ahead 19-14. Just before half, the Tarpons’ Kenneth Herrera recorded an interception and almost ran it the distance but it was stopped.After halftime, the Tarpons picked up where they left off. They got good field position thanks to a nice return plus a personal foul on Navarro. A couple of plays later, Martinez was at it again when he notched a 25-yard touchdown. Despite a missed extra point, the Tarpons had the lead at 20-19 with only 18 seconds off the clock.Again, Navarro got a big play of its own when Anderson scored on a 68-yard run. The two-point try failed to leave it 25-20 Panthers still in the third.The Panthers mounted a good drive that PI’s defense stopped and Anderson kicked a 29-yard field goal to push the Panthers edge to 28-20.Trailing by eight, the Tarpons took over at their own 5 yard line with about four minutes to go. Slowly but surely, they drove down the field and scored on a dramatic five-yard touchdown from Vela, who had well over 200 yards on the ground for the night. The senior pushed the pile (with help from Juan Aguilera and the boys) and scored with just one tick left. Vela also caught the two-point try to tie the game 28-28.“That was huge,” Stumbaugh said. “We felt like we could run some option a little bit on them. We got a big play and then it was an unbelievable run and that was pure want to (by Vela and the offense).”In overtime, the Tarpons got the ball first and made it interesting, converting a fourth down and and scoring on a one-yard sneak by Martinez. Then it was up to the defense and on fourth down, Navarro’s pass in the flat fell incomplete and the celebration was on. RelatedThe Matchup: Port Isabel vs. NavarroBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS A send-off/rally for the PI Tarpon Football Team will be held at the Port Isabel High School student parking lot on Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m. Snacks and refreshments will be available for everyone. Fans who wish to have their vehicles decorated…November 27, 2012In “News”VALIANT EFFORT: Tarpons fight hard but fall to Bellville, 22-0By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS CORPUS CHRISTI – The Port Isabel Tarpons’ 2012 playoff run has come to an end. The Bellville Brahmas defeated the last Valley team left standing in the post-season 22-0 in the Region IV final Saturday night at Cabaniss Stadium in Corpus Christi. Bellville…December 9, 2012In “News”THE YEAR THAT WAS: Looking back at the 2012 TarponsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The 2012 season has come to an end for the Port Isabel High football team. The Tarpons were shut out, 22-0, by the Bellville Brahmas in the Region IV championship game Saturday night at Cabaniss Stadium. Bellville scored on their first two possessions…December 13, 2012In “News”last_img read more

first_imgIn the report from ADEC, the oil traveled beneath the snow covered surface and came out near the head of Berth 4 into Port Valdez. A tanker was loading at Berth 5 at the time of the incident, but was not affected by the spill. Sheen has been seen east of Berth 4 to the VMT small boat harbor. Most of the sheen is contained behind the Berth 4 area with sorbent boom and sweeps, and two layers of hard yellow boom. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued a report on Monday regarding an oil spill that contains a mixture of North Slope crude oil and water in a boat harbor outside of Valdez. Oily water is being skimmed from a corralled 30ft by 30ft area inside the boom. Two Current Buster boom systems are being deployed outside of the boomed area, with trained fishing vessels to catch any escapement. Overflights and vessel surveillance of the area are ongoing. Crews are working to determine the amount of contamination in and around the sump. The USCG and ADEC have been on scene to observe Alyeska’s response actions. The spill is contained behind Berth 4 near the shore. Sensitive area protection task forces are on standby in case the sheen changes location or expands. Future plans are to clean up the existing spill site and continue monitoring the situation to evaluate the need to deploy additional response equipment and personnel. The cause is under investigation, but early indicators suggest that the crude/water mixture was leaking from a sump that overflowed. The potential responsible party according to the ADEC is Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The type of product spilled is primarily a mixture of Alaska North Slope crude with water. The amount released is unknown at this time and will be estimated based on recovery numbers.last_img read more

first_imgArizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) shoots as he is defended by Southern California Trojans forward Malik Martin (2) and guard Elijah Stewart (30) during the second half at McKale Center. Arizona won 57-87. —Casey Sapio, USA TODAY SportsTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Kaleb Tarczewski scored 15 points, Stanley Johnson added 13 in another strong all-around game and No. 7 Arizona jumped on Southern California early in an 87-57 rout Thursday night.Arizona (23-3, 11-2 Pac-12) did what it was supposed to at home against the conference’s last-place team, overwhelming the Trojans with a slew of dunks and easy baskets at the rim. The Wildcats led by 18 at halftime and didn’t let up to win their 35th straight home game.Johnson had seven rebounds and six assists, and Tarczewski finished with 10 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 points, and T.J. McConnell had 10 points and seven assists. USC (10-16, 2-12) held its own through the opening 10 minutes. Once the Wildcats hit the throttle, the Trojans stood no chance.Malik Martin had 15 points to lead USC, which shot 31 percent and was 5 of 22 from 3-point range.Arizona’s main objective against the young Trojans was to avoid a letdown with a showdown against UCLA coming up on Saturday.The Wildcats have already had three unexpected losses to unranked opponents: UNLV, Oregon State and rival Arizona State.USC entered Thursday’s game with two Pac-12 wins, the latest over Oregon State on Saturday to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Trojans have had trouble finishing games, losing by single digits in five of their past seven.No need to worry about closing this one out.USC did manage to keep it close early by knocking down shots, tying the game at 18-all after hitting seven of their first 14 shots.Then the blowout began.Overpowering the Trojans inside and getting out on the break after turnovers, Arizona reeled off an 18-4 run to take a 36-22 lead.Tarczewski did the most damage, throwing down a one-handed dunk over Nikola Jovanovich and a soaring two-hander in transition to score 13 points by halftime.The Wildcats were at their sharing best, too, with 13 assists — six each by McConnell and Johnson — on their 19 first-half field goals to lead 49-31.USC missed its first five shots of the second half as Arizona opened with a 12-0 run, making sure the Wildcats could cruise the rest of the way.ALL THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL ACTION THIS WEEKlast_img read more

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – As he left Bryant-Denny Stadium a year ago following one of his worst performances of his career, Blake Sims’ mind was full of conflicting thoughts.Many involved outside criticism following a disappointing two-interception performance in last year’s A-Day spring game.But the one thing not floating around Sims’ head were doubts.“If I don’t have confidence in myself, who will?” Sims said Saturday after imprinting his hand and cleat print in Alabama’s Walk of Fame beneath Denny Chimes prior to Saturday’s A-Day game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.And so with that confidence, Sims went about proving those doubters and second-guessers wrong, rededicating himself to proving he’s the most deserving of being Alabama’s starting quarterback.“(There was) a lot in my mind going on, just wanting to prove to Coach (Nick) Saban that he should call my number,” Sims said. “And that I just wanted to be the best.”Only, Sims’ spring game performance was less than “the best,” completing 13-of-30 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, leaving many Alabama fans wanting more.But while the Crimson Tide fanbase eagerly anticipated the summer arrival of Jake Coker, who is now once again entrenched in a quarterback competition, Sims simply went about his business to assure himself of winning the starting job.A year later Sims was one of four team-voted permanent captains — along with receiver Amari Cooper, fullback Jalston Fowler and safety Landon Collins — to go through the tradition of securing their indelible marks in stone beneath the shadow of Denny Chimes, where future generations of fans will forever know the mark they left of the Crimson Tide program.“It’s great, because I always believed in Blake,” Fowler said. “Even when we were in high school coming up here playing Bama ball, I’d seen his potential. And it was great to see Blake accomplish a lot. It’s a really big moment for Blake.”It’s a massive 180-degree turnaround for the career backup Sims, who is once again facing doubters as he prepares to enter the NFL, hopefully as a selection in the NFL Draft at the end of the month.“I just hope that somebody gives me an opportunity to play on a team, to show I’m a team player and I’m willing to do whatever I’ve got to do,” Sims said.It was that same attitude that kept him going while many called for him to lose last year’s quarterback competition a year ago.Instead, Sims finished last season with a single-season record-breaking 3,487 passing yards to go along with 28 touchdowns.“Last year, a lot of people doubted me, didn’t think I’d be able to be where I am today, that I wouldn’t be able to lead the Crimson Tide to the SEC Championship or how far we went,” Sims said. “But it’s all about my teammates, and these guys that helped me out.”And as Sims repeatedly credited his former teammates for his record-breaking turnaround Saturday afternoon, he gave a rave review of Alabama’s newest quarterback competition.“All great guys, they are all willing to do whatever they have to for the team and they all just want to be the best,” Sims said. “It’s a competition right now and everybody’s just trying to be the best they can be.”last_img read more

first_imgLSU's Chris Chinea (26) hits a line drive RBI double in the second inning of a game against UNC Wilmington at the Baton Rouge Regional Monday.LSU’s Chris Chinea (26) hits a line drive RBI double in the second inning of a game against UNC Wilmington at the Baton Rouge Regional Monday.BATON ROUGE – A little sunshine never hurt LSU.No. 1 LSU is warm and dry and in the NCAA Super Regional round after a 2-0 victory over North Carolina Wilmington on a bright and sunny Monday afternoon that won the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in front of about 6,500 at Alex Box Stadium.The Tigers (51-10) advance to a best-of-three Super Regional beginning Friday or Saturday in Alex Box against Louisiana-Lafayette (44-19) for the right to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Cajuns beat Rice, 5-2, Monday afternoon to win the NCAA Regional at Houston. LSU will play an in-state school in a Super Regional for just the second time in history, having lost to Tulane in 2001. The LSU-UNCW game was originally scheduled for Sunday night, but it was postponed to the chagrin of the LSU nation – particularly athletic director Joe Alleva – because of expected bad weather after rain delayed the start of Tulane-UNCW game from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The second batch of rain never materialized, however, so LSU could have played late Sunday night, which just made the Tigers and their fan base angrier about the postponement.“We’re still not real happy about what happened,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Because it can affect us down the road with the shorter rest for the Super Regional. I think the players were all pretty upset last night when I broke the news to them, and I thought they were going to come out firing today. I think they were very determined today.”Starting pitcher Jared Poche, for one, was a man possessed.“It was frustrating, but we got past it,” he said of the postponement.And then some. The sophomore left-hander struck out a career-high eight on the extra night’s rest and limited UNCW to six hits and one walk in eight and two-thirds innings in improving to 8-1 on the season. He got a fly out and a strikeout to open the ninth, but he allowed a double to Corey Dick. Mainieri summoned reliever Parker Bugg with the tying run at the plate. Bugg fanned pinch-hitter Andy Austin to end the game and get his third save.“Great teams have to handle adversity, and I think we did a great job of that today,” Poche said.LSU pitching turned in back-to-back shutouts for the first time in their illustrious NCAA Tournament history as Alex Lange shut out UNCW, 2-0, on a six-hitter as well Saturday night and into Sunday morning.The Tigers, who got just eight hits off three pitchers, took their 2-0 lead in the second inning after two outs. Andrew Stevenson reached on an error by Dick at first base, then reached second on a balk by UNCW starter Justin Crump (1-2). Chris Chinea doubled Stevenson in for a 1-0 lead, and Jake Fraley singled Chinea in for the 2-0 advantage.Stevenson scored the winning run and protected the lead in spectacular fashion in the fourth. With Gavin Stupienski aboard on Poche’s only walk, Luke Dunlap drove one deep into the gap into right-center field for what looked like a RBI double. Not with Stevenson, the junior from Youngsville, on patrol, though.“He’s the best outfielder I’ve ever played with,” left fielder Jake Fraley said. “I really can say wherever the ball’s hit, I feel like he’ll be able to get every single ball.”Stevenson dove and stretched out parallel to the ground, made the catch at the warning track, got up, turned and threw to second baseman Jared Foster, who threw to first for the 8-4-3 double play. Dick popped up to end the inning.“We didn’t hit particularly great, but Andrew Stevenson’s catch basically saved the game,” Mainieri said.The Seahawks (41-17) put a runner in scoring position in the eighth when Zach Shields singled and reached second on a fly out. But Poche struck out leadoff hitter Steven Linkous to end the inning. “Obviously, the star of the game was this guy sitting to my right,” Mainieri said of Poche, who was coming off the worst game of his career at the Southeastern Conference Tournament as he allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and lasted just one inning against Auburn on May 20.“People wonder sometimes why coaches believe in certain kids,” Mainieri said. “Because I know what this kid is made of. I knew today that Jared Poche would go out there and be a man.”Mainieri expected the same from his team.“You have to get the job done, no excuses,” he said. “You have to be able to handle whatever happens – rainouts, rain delays, rescheduled games. Just really proud of our guys because there’s a maturity about them.”Mainieri and Alleva asked the NCAA immediately after the win over UNCW to start the Tigers’ Super Regional on Saturday instead of Friday because of the postponement from Sunday until Monday. Nine other NCAA Regionals were still going on Monday, though, and had the same argument for a Saturday start over Friday because of rest, though Mainieri did not see it that way.“I think that would be the only fair thing, quite frankly,” Mainieri said of a Saturday start. “We were pretty frustrated.”And LSU took it out on UNCW.“LSU is extremely good,” UNCW coach Mark Scalf said. “Their ball club is outstanding up and down the lineup, and their pitching is outstanding. That’s one of the reasons they’re in the position they’re in. They’ll challenge for a national championship.”Rain or shine?last_img read more

first_imgJames Thurman became a head coach for the first time at the age of 28 at Woodlawn. He called it an “eye-opening experience.”“Looking back, I thought I knew everything in the world about football, but now I realize I really didn’t know anything,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot over these last several years.” Eight years later, Thurman, 36, has been named the head football coach at Plain Dealing pending approval by the Bossier Parish School Board. He replaces Coy Brotherton, who was 30-17 in four years with four playoff appearances. Brotherton resigned earlier this summer to become the offensive coordinator at Captain Shreve.Russell Hedges/Press-TribuneNew Plain Dealing head coach James Thurman talks to his team following a 7-on-7 session Tuesday at Airline.Like Brotherton, Thurman is a Haughton alum. A 1997 graduate, he was a standout offensive lineman and kicker for coach Will Marston.After leaving Woodlawn, Thurman had stints as a head coach at Lakeview and Riverdale Academy. He started his coaching career working with the freshman team at Minden High when he was still in college at Louisiana Tech. Head coach David Feaster, now Parkway’s head coach, eventually brought him up to the varsity as offensive coordinator.Thurman’s first job after graduating from Tech was as the offensive coordinator at Sarepta. The job at Woodlawn followed. For the last three years, he has been an assistant coach at Minden’s Glenbrook Academy.“My first two years under (head coach) Greg Tibbit (at Glenbrook) really helped me become more prepared for being a head coach today than when I first started back at Woodlawn,” he said.Thurman said he followed Brotherton’s success at Plain Dealing and became interested in the job when Brotherton stepped down.“I remember when Coy got the job and I thought it was awesome a young man from Haughton could go and take over that program and do the things that he did there,” Thurman said. “I’ve always known there would be talent at Plain Dealing. I just felt like him breathing new life into the program, opening the offense up, throwing the football with all the athletes really kind of accentuated their ability. That’s been intriguing to me the last couple of years.“When I found out he was leaving, I immediately contacted him and asked him about it. He asked if I would be interested in the job and of course I told him I would. I’ve always had a high respect for the Bossier Parish School System. I always told me wife I wasn’t just burning to be a head coach again, but if a good job like that ever came open again i would definitely look into it. Back when I went to Woodlawn I was just interested in being a head coach anywhere I could go. We kind of decided over the last several years that I wouldn’t make that choice again unless it was some place I knew I could go in with some amount of success and not fight a lot of problems like some of these schools have sometimes.”One challenge Brotherton faced at Plain Dealing was just getting enough boys to come out for football. Thurman has faced that challenge before, including at Class 4A Woodlawn.He said anywhere from 32-40 players — eight to 10 in each class from grades 9-12 —would be “great.” “Sometimes you’re below that (in Class 1A) and sometimes you look at the Haynesvilles and they’re above that,” he said. “The key is to try to get every able-bodied boy out to play — find out if they’re not playing, why are they not playing, and what can we do to get them to play. If it’s an issue where it’s just not fun for them or not exciting, if they don’t think they can compete, whatever the issue they have not playing football, try to find out why and try to entice them out.”While Plain Dealing has had plenty of outstanding athletes the last several years, Thurman said the key is finding players who can fill roles and give the team some depth that’s especially needed during the heat of the early season.“Having numbers at practice, just kind of building more support for the program,” he said. “Plain Dealing has had an issue with numbers, but I would venture to say the majority of the 1A schools in the state have that same problem. And I come from private schools that have had similar numbers.”Thurman has had a chance to work with his team some this month at 7-on-7 sessions and other workouts.Plain Dealing lost some outstanding talent to graduation, including All-Parish quarterback Logan Allen and receiver Isaac Jacobs, but Thurman said the cupboard is hardly bare.Plain Dealing will go into the season with one of the best athletes in Class 1A in rising junior Keldrick Carper, who could play anywhere from quarterback to receiver to defensive back.“He’s an outstanding young man,” Thurman said. “That’s what I take away from him. He’s a great football player. He’s smart. You can tell he knows the game. He’s a leader and he’s just a fantastic young man.”Thurman also said there are several sophomores with outstanding potential that could form the nucleus of a successful team for several years. Thurman’s new job isn’t the only exciting thing going on with his family. 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first_imgSee also:Another goal for Abraham as Chelsea Under-21s winHiddink could retain link with ChelseaBegovic error costs Chelsea victory at LiverpoolLiverpool v Chelsea player ratingsEngland calls for five Chelsea youngstersBristol City want Chelsea’s Abraham on loanCosta ruled out but Courtois fit to returnBristol City sign Chelsea’s Abraham on loanChelsea v Leicester City: match preview, team news, facts and figures’£20m’ Chelsea prospect does it again for Bristol City Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Guus Hiddink praised Tammy Abraham after the teenage striker made his senior debut for Chelsea in their 1-1 draw at Liverpool.The 18-year-old came on as a substitute at Anfield after impressing interim boss Hiddink in training.AdChoices广告And the Dutchman believes Abraham, who has been prolific for Chelsea at various age levels, has real potential.“I like the guy’s attitude very much,” Hiddink declared.“‘He is training with us every now and then. He has been with us (the first team squad) for a couple of weeks and you can see his potential.“Of course he must grow. But that’s normal for an 18-year-old boy. He plays already physically like a man, and it’s nice to see those players coming from the academy.”Hiddink, who this week revealed he plans to help develop young players when he leaves Chelsea this summer, is hopeful more academy products will step up to first-level at Stamford Bridge.“The academy is delivering, and other players like Bertrand Traore have been with us for a long time,” he said.“There are other players training with us who I would like to see more of. As soon as possible, they must step up. But it’s not easy.”last_img read more