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LA Sparks Go 0-3 On Road Trip!

By Johnni Matthews

The Los Angeles Sparks ended a tough three game road trip in New York on Sunday against the New York Liberty losing 79-70 in another hard fought battle with only eight players available to run on the hardwood.  With All-Star, Nneka Ogwumike back from injury, starting her second straight game another veteran All-Star teammate, Kristi Toliver made her debut this season for the Sparks leading her team in scoring with a career high 30 points on 9-15 from the field.  Oliver was 3-5 from the long range three ball and a perfect 9-9 from the charity stripe.  Jantel Lavender, the most consistent Sparks player this season had another strong game with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

It was a very competitive game for thirty five minutes of the forty minute game as the Liberty took control in the last 5:07 minutes of the game.  The game was tied at 63 a piece with 5:07 in the fourth quarter, but the Sparks had another melt down as the Liberty outscored the Sparks 16-7!  As one Sparks commentator said, “The Sparks ran out of gas; their out of town and out of luck!”

Guard, Sugar Rodgers was special for the Liberty with a team high 23 points.  Sugar got help from teammates, Tina Charles and Tanisha Wright respectively with 14 and 12 points.

The win kept the New York Liberty above .500 with a 5-4 record, while the LA Sparks head home 0-7 to get acquainted with each other and regroup to get ready for the San Antonio Stars who come to town on Thursday, July 2 to play the Sparks.  It is a 7:30 p.m. tip off from Staples Center.

The Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Hosts Annual College Signing Day Ceremony

2015 National Signing Day Man with caption

REDLANDS, CA- The Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted its 2015 College Signing Day event on Saturday, June 20, at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Redlands. The event acknowledged the success of the graduating high school seniors, and each was awarded the Chapter’s $1,000 individual scholarship award.

Parents, friends, relatives, mentors and other supporters applauded the recent graduates and wished them well. There were 7 high school graduates who received scholarships to 6 different colleges and universities.  Two of the graduates, Mr. Myles Jones and Mr. Dezi Williams elected to attend California State University, Pomona.  The remaining graduates will attend as follows:

Mr. Aaron Jamel Berry –Azusa Pacific University; Mr. Brycen Barron-Borden – University of California San Diego; Mr. Jaire Bowen – California State University, Los Angeles; Mr. David Lawson – Humboldt State University and Mr. Aaron Smith – New York University.

“We are so proud of our graduates for their poise and the positive ideals we see in them” said Chapter Polemarch, Demarius Carmichael.

Fifty-year member Phillip Murray served as the master of ceremonies. The program was a huge success. The young men were encouraged to come back and share their college experiences with the next Signing Day class.

Sup. Gonzales awards Girl Scouts at GenCyber Summer Camp

Sup. Gonzales with scout badges in hand, given to those who successfully complete the "GenCyber" summer day camp which helped about 250 girls learn the basics of Internet security and feel comfortable pursuing careers in the tech industry.

Sup. Gonzales with scout badges in hand, given to those who successfully complete the “GenCyber” summer day camp which helped about 250 girls learn the basics of Internet security and feel comfortable pursuing careers in the tech industry.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The world of cyber security was introduced to about 250 Girl Scouts at Cal State San Bernardino last week. Sup. Gonzales joined the closing ceremony to award badges to the girls that completed the weeklong day camp that aims to help girls become more comfortable with math and science.

Fifth-through-eighth grade girls learned the basics of coding, how to take apart and reassemble computers, and became familiar with the tech industry and the career paths it can offer.

Representatives from Google, Apple, Facebook, Mitre Corp., U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Northrop-Grumman met and shared their experiences with the participants as part of the camp. Rep. Pete Aguilar delivered a special message to the camp participants via video.

The event was offered by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council with support from the National Science Foundation. For more information, contact the council at (909) 307-6555 or (800) 400-4475.