West Seneca East’s Vincent Pagliaccio and West Seneca West’s Zachary Walters recently put the finishing touches on their respective winter sports seasons by competing in this past weekend’s indoor track and boys swimming state championship meets.,After winning the 1,000-meter race at the Section VI Championships at Houghton College on Feb. 21 with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 38.23 seconds, Pagliaccio, a junior, went on to place 15th at the state indoor track championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.,“With Vinny coming off of a state meet cross country season and the addition of coach Kevin Arnold to the West Seneca East staff, it was the perfect combination for an outstanding winter season,” head indoor track coach Mike Schermerhorn said.,Walters, a senior on the combined district boys swimming team, was also unable to match what had been a record-setting effort at sectionals when he got to states, finishing 59th overall among public school competitors with his time of 54.78 seconds in the 100 butterfly.,Walters, who did help all three of the team’s relays earn top-eight finishes at sectionals for the first time since the East and West programs merged, is looking to continue his competitive swimming career at the next level, but Papke said the location where that will happen hasn’t been solidified as of yet.

Weather experts said the chilly February doesnt signal a larger change in some of those trends.Even factoring in the cold snap, California is still warmer than average, and swings between periods of severe winter rainstorms and profound drought will probably become more pronounced in the future because of climate change, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.He added that it might not be as cold as locals perceive it to be given how much warmer it has been in the last several years.This year seems anomalous because we have already internalized a lot of the warming thats occurred, he said.On Thursday, a light drizzle blanketed the barren streets of Santa Monica.,The L.A. native pulled on jeans, a thin shirt and a dark denim jacket and capped it off with a beanie, but said she always feels ill-prepared for the cold.I tend to wear one layer because its L.A. and I keep expecting its going to get warmer, but it doesnt, she said.Several factors including a lack of offshore wind and, more broadly, climate change have played into Californias weird winter weather, experts say.The recent cold snap has also brought snow to portions of the Southland that rarely see any.,If it weakens and the air is no longer a continuous band, cold air can spill out of the Arctic and move down to the West Coast, Swain said.The city came close within one degree of hitting the 70 mark, but it never quite warmed up enough to get there.Theres plenty of days in January and February where people want to go to the beach and we usually get a few of those days every winter, Kittell said.,Back-to-back winter storms this year have blanketed Californias mountain ranges with snow, making this a banner winter for skiers and snowboarders.The storms have covered Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood with more than 8 feet of fresh snow this winter, while Big Bear Mountain Resort has received more than 10 feet.,This season has provided the best conditions for snow sports in roughly a decade, said John McColly, vice president of sales and marketing at Mountain High, who added that it feels like a real winter this year.Matt Martinez, 41, is an avid surfer who spends the colder months chasing storms that provide local mountains with a blanket of fresh powder.

There is also the growing superyacht, luxury cruiser and game fishing charter boat markets that also move north during the winter to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and then south in summer to escape the tropical cyclones and to view the spectacular New Year Eve fireworks and the wonders of the Gold Coast waterways, Sydney Harbour and the serenity of the Pittwater Hawkesbury cruising grounds.,Small coastal regional towns are critical for providing safe harbour, reprovisioning and respite to the smaller cruising boats on their north or south journeys, as well as offering spectacular coastal scenery and tourism attractions for these and the larger charter boats seeking out things to see and do whilst cruising in Australia.,Just prior to the GFC, Crown Lands NSW got its act together with a strategy, policy, funding and a team motivated to improve the NSW minor ports through private public partnerships and head lease tenures that promoted investment, jobs and great community outcomes.,As a result, private investment in ‘public’ infrastructure is not possible due to uncertainty around tenure and rent payable for the marine business operator, and the community has restricted access to the waterways and commercial opportunities that are linked to the marine industry.,With clear strategy, policy and motivation by government, these coastal towns could thrive and play a significant role in tourism, business, increased jobs and prosperity, not only locally but for the entire country.

Chairman Ricketts referred to Joe Ricketts emails as unacceptable, stressed that his father has no direct role or economic interest in the team and praised him for his charity work in Islamic East Africa.When asked why the team spent so little money this winter, Ricketts replied, Thats a pretty easy question to answer we dont have any more.,He said the impending launch of a regional sports network with Sinclair Broadcast Group would not compel the team to jump into the pool of high-priced free agents.As much as I would love to have a great, new, exciting player every year, Ricketts said, it just cant happen every year.The Cubs made only minimal upgrades to a team that won 95 games in 2018 but lost the division title in Game 163 to the Milwaukee Brewers.,The owner outlined three points to the players, he said: respect the Cubs by acting well on and off the field, respect the fans and contact the team if interested in doing charity work.Then he spoke about his fathers emails.On Feb. 4, the website Splinter News published emails sent by and forwarded to Joe Ricketts, founder and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, whose children purchased the Cubs in 2009.,Ricketts mentioned the raises accrued by Bryant and infielder Javier Baez in arbitration, plus the teams decision to pick up a $20-million option on pitcher Cole Hamels.Those contracts put us well above what weve ever spent before, Ricketts said.The Cubs have shown little interest in either outfielder Bryce Harper or infielder Manny Machado, the two unsigned stars on the market.,To get this behind him, and become a better person.During his remarks to the media, Ricketts bundled the issues swirling around the team his fathers emails, Russells suspension, the lack of spending into the category of distractions.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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Born from humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT The Alpaca Gnomes cut their teeth in the neighborhood bar scene by playing marathon shows filled with originals and a wide array of songs that were influential to each band member.,The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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