Drug use among students decline Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Monday released the findings of a survey that shows overall drug use by California students has declined for the first time in a decade.,However, the preliminary findings of the Biennial California Student Survey also showed the level of excessive alcohol and drug use by heavy users remained unchanged, and the use of heroin by 11th graders has increased, according to a spokesman.,Marijuana use among freshmen and junior high school students has decreased substantially overall, a trend that peaked in 1995 and leveled out in 1997, Barankin said.,Barankin said the largest declines were found in alcohol use, but noted that although student alcohol consumption has fallen for the first time in 15 years, it still remains high.,High school juniors reporting heroin use in the last six months increased from 1.7 percent in 1997-98 to 5.2 percent this year, and remained rare among other grades.

— Vonda K. Wright, 54, of Wellsville, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after she struck the rear of a stopped vehicle operated by Rozita K. Daugherty, 57, of Steubenville, at the intersection of state Route 39 and Fife Coal Road in Yellow Creek Township at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday.,— Matthew R. McGuire, 27, of Lisbon, was cited for failure to stop an assured cleared distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Randy L. Garretson, 35, of Lisbon at the intersection of state routes 7 and 558 in Fairfield Township at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday.,— Trucker Michael R. Franklin 62, of Canton, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after the semi he was driving struck the bottom of railroad bridge on Georgetown Road in Knox Township at noon Tuesday.,— Samara L. King, 20, of East Liverpool, struck a deer while driving on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 1 p.m. Monday.,— Dustin Mellon, 19, of Hammondsville, was cited for assured clear distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Giovanna Pucci, 16, of Wellsville, while attempting to pass on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 9:33 p.m. Mellon’s vehicle overturned after striking the other vehicle.

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Lear, AFRS Strategic Marketing Division superintendent, and Master Sgt. Daniel Bedford, AFRS National Events program manager, began working together in 2019.,“I was first introduced to ‘Coach Dan’ (Bedford) through Chief Master Sgt. Michael Johnson (AFRS Chief Strategic Marketing Division superintendent),” Lear said.,Bedford served in the U.S Marine Corps before joining the Air Force Reserve and has a master’s degree in sports psychology, but it was Lear who used his instincts to help Bedford get back in the gym.,“Master Sgt. Bedford’s background in sports psychology is exactly what I needed as I age and require a different training perspective,” Lear said.,Since recovering from his car wreck with the help of Lear as his training partner, Bedford has won the USPA (United State Powerlifting Association) Texas State Bench Press Champion 2020 and the USPA Military National Bench Press Championship.

The executive committee for the Central Coast Section, the governing body for high school athletics in five northern California counties — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz — and a few private schools in San Francisco, approved plans this week for sports teams to return to practice amid the coronavirus pandemic.,A handful of sports are scheduled to return to competition Jan. 25, though no competition can be held until local stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the section left it up to leagues to move the seasons of all sports as they see fit.,The only downside for leagues moving low-contact sports — those allowed to play in the state’s purple tier — into the section’s Season 1 (Jan. 25 start date) is missing out on the possibility of playoffs.,The North Coast Section, which announced its plans Thursday to rearrange its whole schedule to allow low-contact sports first, eliminated playoff plans for both seasons.,But the East Bay’s Diablo Athletic League already announced Friday afternoon that it was rearranging its schedule to move purple-tier sports up in its calendar to allow for more competition.

The executive committee for the Central Coast Section, the governing body for high school athletics in five northern California counties — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz — and a few private schools in San Francisco, approved plans this week for sports teams to return to practice amid the coronavirus pandemic.,A handful of sports are scheduled to return to competition Jan. 25, though no competition can be held until local stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the section left it up to leagues to move the seasons of all sports as they see fit.,The only downside for leagues moving low-contact sports — those allowed to play in the state’s purple tier — into the section’s Season 1 (Jan. 25 start date) is missing out on the possibility of playoffs.,The North Coast Section, which announced its plans Thursday to rearrange its whole schedule to allow low-contact sports first, eliminated playoff plans for both seasons.,But the East Bay’s Diablo Athletic League already announced Friday afternoon that it was rearranging its schedule to move purple-tier sports up in its calendar to allow for more competition.

Now, those stadiums are empty, devoid of fans and players due to the coronavirus and the restrictions placed upon youth sports in the state of California.,On Friday, athletes and their families gathered at area high schools to share the unified message as only sports can.,With coronavirus cases reaching record levels, under state health orders, teams are required to practice social distancing and wear masks as a health and safety measure, a practical impossibility in most team sports.,Tracy High School is one of 80-plus high scuools across California today holding #LetThemPlay rallies, in hopes of California high school sports starting.,Coaches and local elected officials are still sharing their open plea to Gov. Newsom to allow California kids to return to competitive play to keep those families close to home with health and safety protocols to guard against the COVID-19 virus.

The UConn women’s basketball team is adding a player into the mix much earlier than expected.Class of 2021 recruit Saylor Poffenbarger, who signed with UConn in November, has finished high school and will be traveling to Storrs this weekend.,She will be able to practice and eligible to play in games with the No. 4 Huskies following a medical quarantine.The Frederick News-Post initially reported the news Friday morning before the school officially announced it later in the day.Storrs, CT - 2/3/20 - Saylor Poffenbarger, left, and Caroline Ducharme watch the UConn women fall to Oregon on Feb. 3, 2020 at Gampel Pavilion.,Poffenbarger, a guard in the Class of 2021, had already committed at the time of the game, while Ducharme, a guard/forward in the same class, announced in April that she will attend UConn.,But as the chances of playing her senior season at Middletown High became less likely, and the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility for all college athletes this year, Poffenbarger decided now was the time to start her next chapter.With several COVID-19 metrics at an all-time high locally, the Frederick County Public School system suspended winter sport practices earlier this month and has delayed implementing its hybrid learning model.Poffenbarger isn’t the only early enrollee on the women’s basketball scene this season.,’”The Huskies’ roster now includes seven freshmen and 12 players overall.Poffenbarger’s fellow 2021 signees Fudd and Caroline Ducharme will be finishing the school year at their respective high schools, they told The Courant, while Amari DeBerry has not shared her plans as of now.The Big East announced another game postponement Friday afternoon: UConn will not longer play Providence on Jan. 26, as the Friars have extended their pause in play due to additional COVID-19 related issues.

Performance classes like band, choir and drama face unique challenges and harsher restrictions than others given the difficulties of singing and playing instruments with a mask, as well as the aerosols created by both activities.,After trying and failing to figure out a way to put on a performance via Zoom, the students now attend drama classes and clubs without the end goal of a show in mind.,In “hybrid” drama school, Kellogg has consistently had only one to three students attending class in person.,On Kellogg’s Zoom screen, LaCroix was one of four students in 7:30 a.m. “Advanced Drama” class.,Rodriguez said that the rising cases and the limits on music classes have caused more and more students to go online, or to quit marching band altogether.

— Vonda K. Wright, 54, of Wellsville, was cited for assured cleared distance violation after she struck the rear of a stopped vehicle operated by Rozita K. Daugherty, 57, of Steubenville, at the intersection of state Route 39 and Fife Coal Road in Yellow Creek Township at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday.,— Matthew R. McGuire, 27, of Lisbon, was cited for failured to stop an assured cleared distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Randy L. Garretson, 35, of Lisbon at the intersection of state routes 7 and 558 in Fairfield Township at 3:31 p.m. Wednesday.,— Dustin Mellon, 19, of Hammondsville, was cited for assured clear distance after he struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Giovanna Pucci, 16, of Wellsville, while attempting to pass on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 9:33 p.m. Mellon’s vehicle overturned after striking the other vehicle.,— An officer responded to the 100 block of Chris Avenue in Washingtonville at 7:31 p.m. Wednesday to assist a Washingtonville officer on a traffic stop in which he stopped the driver for fictitious plates then learned the driver was suspended.,— An officer responded to the 900 block of West Main Street in Washingtonville at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a Washingtonville officer not responding to the radio.

Throw up some 3’s in heaven, Alex.

The community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Alex Sherrill who passed Tuesday Jan. 12 from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident Friday afternoon in the 4300 block of Jefferies Boulevard.,The Sherrills’ story continued in late May as Alex’s mother, Susan Sherrill, was able to make both her and his dreams come true.,Susan Sherrill was determined to stand for Alex’s graduation.,Sadly, tragedy struck the Sherrill household in December when Alex’s father, Anthony, died suddenly, leaving the family heartbroken.,Without doubt, the Sherrill family has suffered much across the past several years with Susan’s accident, the death of Anthony and now the loss of Alex. A GoFundMe (All for Alex Sherrill) has been established to support the cost of Alex’s medical expenses while in ICU and to help cover the cost of his funeral. read more