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California Raiders win NDPFL football Championship

raiders 1By Dwaine Radden Jr. (University of New Mexico Sports Blog) 

The California Raiders captured their fourth Championship in ten years Saturday night with a 24-14 victory over the Las Vegas Trojans. The Raiders started the opening drive with their prolific rushing attack led by running back Eric Marshall who had 15 carries for 105 yards and 1 touchdown. The Raider offense struggled the previous two weeks and had key injuries coming into the Championship game but still managed to put points on the board.

Former Utah State commit Quarterback Robert Fuller threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Mikael Bowden to put the Raiders up 7-0. The Raider defense came into the game with high expectations and continued to create turnovers against the Trojans. Defensive back Lamar Jones picked off the Trojans quarterback to give the Raiders offense another opportunity to score.

The Raiders who are currently ranked #2 in the Western Rankings according to Amateur Football Power rankings continue to drive the ball down the field with a pass from Robert Fuller to veteran wide receiver Kiyron Brokendough which led to a touchdown, but the Raiders failed to convert the PAT.

The Trojans would not go down without a fight, they continued to move the ball down the field after halftime taking the lead 14-13. Former San Bernardino High school football standout Mike Fields forced a huge fumble giving the Raiders a chance to regain the lead. Running back Eric Marshall who has been a torture for opposing defenses during the playoffs had a huge 60 yard touchdown run to lift the Raiders ahead 21-14. The Raider defense played tough hardnose football to hold the Trojans to 14 points. Kicker/punter Tim Parker put his foot on display again

Saturday night with a field goal to put the Raiders up 24-14 with 2 minutes left for the Trojans to score.

In those classic football movies it’s always that last drive that tells the ultimate comeback story. The Trojans had one last shot to create that comeback story. Raider defensive back Damien Hale created a moment of his own with an interception to seal the deal. Owner Dwaine Radden Sr. said, “I’m proud of the players and the staff for believing and buying into our Franchise and team code, “Discipline, Determination, Dedication Equals Winner always on and off the field.” Raider Head Coach Antonio Marshall said, “We played great, it was a close battled but in the second half we made adjustments.” He also talked about winning the coveted NDPFL Championship, “I feel like a 1200 lb gorilla is off my back, having to follow in the footsteps of Owner and former Head coach Dwaine Radden Sr.”

The California Raiders are ranked #2 only behind the #1 Colorado Greyhawks and will have an opportunity to play for a National championship. Coach Marshall talked about the ranking after the game stating, “It’s a blessing to even be ranked, we could be ranked #1 but we’ll take #2 for now.” The Vegas Trojans finished ranked # 8 but still had a very good season and showed signs of promise. The Raiders have been one of the most dominant semi-pro teams in the state of California, and in the country.

Ballerina Misty Copeland to Speak at UC Riverside

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

The first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Misty Copeland, will visit UC Riverside to present a free public lecture on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the University Theatre. Admission will be based on a first come, first served basis. Line-up begins at 5 p.m., doors will open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lot 6.

Copeland’s appearance has been more than a year in the making, said Ken Simons, the director of African Student Programs, who reached out to the dancer’s agent in September 2014.

“I have been looking forward to bringing Misty to UCR for quite some time. It’s great to have our co-sponsors share this epic moment in timewith our campus and community,” said Simons. “Not often do we witness something that is a global first, and the UCR community will have that rare opportunity to see an international icon at the top of her profession. Misty drew a line in her own sand, leaped over insurmountable adversity and landed on greatness!”

A rising star in the ballet world, Copeland gained notice in 2007 when she became ABT’s first African American female soloist (a rank below principal dancer) in 20 years. In 2014, she was featured in an Under Armour ad that went viral, gaining over 9 million views to date, and in April 2015 Time Magazine named her one of the “100 most influential people.” But perhaps she is best known for being the first African American female promoted to principal dancer at ABT this past June. Even as her promotion was celebrated, it raised all-too-familiar questions about why African American dancers, particularly women, remain so underrepresented at top ballet companies in the 21st century, despite the work of pioneering black dancers who broke racial barriers in the past, said Anthea Kraut, chair of the dance department at UCR.

“Misty Copeland is a role model to many, not only because of her phenomenal dancing but also for overcoming so many obstacles and for challenging ideas about what a ballerina should look like,” said Kraut. “Her presence at UCR will energize all dancers to pursue their dreams and to speak out against racial stereotypes.”

Xiomora Forbes, a Ph.D. student in critical dance studies, agreed.

“I’m excited to have Misty Copeland come to UCR and share her experiences with navigating the ballet world. I’ve always looked up to her because she started ballet late and because she never let anyone stop her from reaching her goals. It is an honor to have her on campus with us,” Forbes explained.

The visit is being coordinated by UCR’s African Student Programs and supported by the Highlander Empowerment Referendum. Co-sponsors of the event include the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Dance, Department of Athletics, Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and the Voice News.

The trailer of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” a documentary about Copeland, will be played prior to the talk, and there will be a performance by Bre Dance Studio in Riverside. Copeland will perform in “The Nutcracker” at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Hall on December 16 and 19.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Y4 event brings over 600 youth together

Participants attended workshops, listened to motivational speakers, shared stories of personal struggles

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center.  Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center. Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event.  Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking.  His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event. Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking. His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event.  Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill.  Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature.  “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event. Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill. Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature. “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”