first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Guyana Jaguars will begin the defence of their WICB first-class Professional Cricket League crown when they face Windward Islands Volcanoes at home on the opening day of the season on November 6.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced the fixtures for the six-team tournament, which comprises ten home-and-away rounds and runs until March 21 next year.However, the championship is to be punctuated by three breaks – following the third, fifth and eighth rounds – with the longest of these a near two-month hiatus from mid-December to mid-February in which time the Regional Super50 will be contested in January.Jaguars ran away with the inaugural four-day title last season, amassing 148 points to be well clear of second-placed Barbados Pride on 117 points.Good recordThe Georgetown-based franchise won eight of their ten games and lost just once – a freakish two-run defeat to Pride in the third round after being set just 69 to win.In the other first-round matches, Pride will host Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval while Leeward Islands Hurricanes welcome Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.Pride and Scorpions – who eventually finished fourth – failed to garner an outright result in either fixture last season, with both games finishing in draws, and will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.Meanwhile, Hurricanes and Red Force will be focussed on much improved campaigns following nightmare runs last season when they each managed just two wins.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bakersfield is well aware of Marquez, who passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns at the start of October. “Marquez is a tough guy to contain,” Bakersfield coach Jeff Chudy said. “They (COC) have talent on both sides of the ball, but much like us, they’ve got a lot of strength at quarterback.” Bakersfield counters with Thomas Peregrin, a tough quarterback who doesn’t back down from pressure. In the last meeting, Peregrin led the Renegades to 16 unanswered second-half points for a 23-17 lead with less than five minutes remaining. Peregrin, Bakersfield’s career passing leader, gave a strong performance last weekend in a 54-20 win over fifth-seeded Fullerton in the Golden Empire Bowl. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a school-record 27 TD passes this season. “They’re going to do some things different,” Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said. “It’s going to be who adjusts the quickest.” Lyon also is concerned with Renegades kicker Jose Martinez, who is returning from injury. “That could cause us some problems,” Lyon said. Martinez missed the first meeting, and the difference in the game was an extra point missed by backup Nathaniel Berk. Martinez made six of seven extra points and put seven of 10 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks against Fullerton. “He’s such a weapon,” Fullerton offensive coordinator Tim Byrnes said. “He should be the defensive MVP, because he made us start from the 20 so many times.” The winner advances to the Dec. 3 Southern California final against the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal, Grossmont (10-1) at El Camino (11-0). Gomez in top five: Senior Jessica Gomez finished her COC cross-country career last week at the State Championships in Fresno, finishing fourth in the women’s race. Gomez (Saugus High), who is bound for California State University, Northridge, won All-State and Junior College All-America honors. Belinda Kane coached Gomez in cross country and track and watched her steady improvement. “She’s unbelievable,” Kane said. “She’s earned every bit of it.” Gomez is the COC record holder in the 800 meters, is a four-time all-conference, three-time all-state and three-time All-American in cross country and track. “I’m really going to miss (Kane),” Gomez said. “She’s taught me all the little things, like shoes, water, food and everything with running. I’ll be sad to leave them.” Nate Brown, (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! As a map indicates, College of the Canyons’ football team has to pass Bakersfield on its way to Fresno, where the state championship will be played Dec. 10. And in its last meeting on Oct. 1, Marcel Marquez connected with Billy Omahen with a pass over Bakersfield’s defense in the final minute to give the top-ranked Cougars a 24-23 victory. The teams meet again Saturday night in the Southern California Regional semifinals, with Canyons (11-0), the defending state titlist, home against fourth-seeded Bakersfield (9-2). Some of the protagonists have been shuffled and some of the X’s and O’s moved since the first meeting, but the core of both teams remains the same. last_img read more