Project Blue Light Gearing Up For 18th Year in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFor Project Blue Light’s 18th annual event, Michigan State Police Alpena Post, and local firefighters will be honoring the lives of law enforcement and fire officials who have been lost in duty.All who serve in such positions across the state will be recognized and thanked for their commitment to keeping their communities safe. Hoping for another great turnout, Lt. Grimshaw said that the support from the community is always there for the men and women who serve in uniform.“This year I kind of want it to be a little different. I want it to be a celebration about their life. This needs to be an opportunity for us to look at what they’ve done and of course we know it’s sad that they are gone, but we need to remember all of the good things that they’ve done and make this a celebration instead of a sad moment that it always seems to be,” Lt. Grimshaw said.Losing her own son, in 1994, Gloria Egelski said there will be some new presentations during Project Blue Light this year. Project Blue Light will be held Tuesday, December 5th at the Aplex at 7 pm.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle County Jail Experiencing an Inmate IncreaseNext Firefighters Unique Day of Traininglast_img read more

Angels’ Justin Upton to rest tight quad through the All-Star break

first_imgHOUSTON — It seems that Justin Upton’s All-Star break has started early.Upton was not in the lineup for the third straight game on Saturday, and he said the plan is to give him Sunday off, too, which will allow him more than a week for his tight left quad to improve.Upton, who came out of Wednesday’s game with the injury, said he felt “good” on Saturday, but the team wouldn’t even let him try to run.“At this point they want to give me as much time as they can,” Upton said Saturday. “With the break right around the corner, they think if they err on the cautious side, when Friday comes around I won’t have any issues.” Upton missed the first two and a half months of the season with a sprained toe. Since returning, he hit .269 with three homers and an .806 OPS.“I felt great,” Upton said. “I was putting the ball in play and giving myself a chance. Obviously, it’s a round bat, round ball, so you can mis-hit some balls. For the most part, I feel like I’m making good swings.”LEADOFF SHUFFLETommy La Stella’s injury has left the Angels with a question mark in the leadoff spot.Manager Brad Ausmus indicated earlier in the week that he would likely have Kole Calhoun bat leadoff against righties and David Fletcher against lefties. However, on Saturday he put Fletcher at the top against a righty, with Calhoun in the cleanup spot.Ausmus normally wouldn’t want the left-handed hitting Calhoun to bat behind Shohei Ohtani, also a lefty, but the Houston Astros don’t currently have a lefty in their bullpen. He also put lefties Justin Bour and Jarrett Parker back-to-back. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels leadoff spot could eventually go to Luís Rengifo, who profiles almost perfectly for that job. He’s a switch hitter with speed and he is disciplined at the plate.Lately, Rengifo has been particularly hot. He came into Saturday’s game hitting .328 with a .397 on-base percentage in his previous 18 games.Ausmus said Rengifo has improved lately, especially in his plate discipline, but he’d still like to keep him at the bottom of the order because of his inexperience. He was playing in his 51st big league game on Saturday.“He’s getting comfortable at the major league level,” Ausmus said.Related Articlescenter_img ALSOJC Ramírez will have at least one more rehab outing at Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Ausmus said. Ramírez, who has nearly completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery, gave up three runs in six innings on Friday night, after allowing two runs in five innings in his previous start. Even if the Angels believed Ramírez was ready for the majors now, they could have him pitch again at Triple-A because the All-Star break pushes back the need for him in the majors…Keynan Middleton, who is also coming back from Tommy John surgery, was “good,” Ausmus said, in his the first game of his rehab, on Friday night. Middleton pitched in the Arizona League on Friday night, but he is likely to move up to Class-A Inland Empire next, Ausmus said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 2-1, 5.40) at Astros (RHP José Urquidy, 0-0, 4.91), 11:10 a.m. PT, Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oaks’ Queen of Pain

first_imgJulia Humphries never expected to play goalkeeper at Oaks Christian School of Westlake Village, especially after her first venture in net nine years ago resulted in a ball rolling between her legs and across the line for a goal. Oaks Christian coach Jan Hethcock didn’t know if he could find an athlete capable of replacing Katie Lorier, a three-year starter in goal for the Lions’ girls’ soccer team. In Humphries, a 17-year-old senior, Hethcock might have discovered an even better one. “When Katie graduated, I told Julia I needed a goalie, and she agreed to play there, even though she was a field player on JV as a freshman,” Hethcock said. “Her attitude is, ‘I’ll do what I need to do to help the team.’” Despite several injuries playing soccer and softball in high school, most recently a dislocated left kneecap, Humphries has continued to bounce back to add to her legacy as one of the school’s most revered athletes. “Julia’s probably the most gifted all-around athlete that’s ever played at the school,” Lions softball coach Pete Ackermann said of his starting second baseman. “She might not always get the recognition, but her teammates know how valuable she is.” In five previous varsity seasons – two in soccer, three in softball – Humphries reached five Southern Section finals and was part of four championship teams, two in each sport. She also had a profound impact on the success of the school’s junior-varsity track and field team as a freshman. Following softball practice one day, Ackermann recalled Humphries walking up to the stadium in her tennis shoes and winning the triple jump. She had never before competed in the event. Her victory led Oaks Christian to an upset of Nordhoff of Ojai, which had captured the JV title in the Frontier League for several years without a loss. “Julia asked how far she needed to jump to win, and the coach drew a line in the pit, and she jumped past that line,” Ackermann said. “She wanted to do something to help her friends on the track team. Those are the types of kids you love to coach.” Hethcock, who has coached numerous all-section and all-state players at Christian High in San Diego and Oaks Christian, considers Humphries one of the best he’s ever coached. “You don’t get very many kids like this in your coaching career. She’s one of a kind,” said Hethcock, whose team brings a 24-game league unbeaten streak into today’s Frontier opener at rival Nordhoff. “I don’t know very many kids who have the tenacity she does. She has a huge commitment to her team because she doesn’t want to let them down.” Humphries has demonstrated her dedication on several occasions this season, most recently in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Rio Mesa of Oxnard. She returned to play for the Lions (8-2-1) less than 48 hours after a doctor took X-rays to determine if she had suffered a torn meniscus in her left knee. “(My mom, Jill) made me go to the doctor, and the doctor said I shouldn’t play,” said Humphries, who has 61 saves and 69 takeaways in nine games this season. “But the doctor said it wasn’t torn, so my attitude was, ‘I’ve already played this far, so I’m not doing anything I haven’t already done.’ I figure it can’t get much worse.” Humphries suffered the injury in the first half of a 2-0 nonleague loss Dec. 6 against Buena of Ventura. Despite playing on one good leg during the final 40 minutes, she still finished with 10 saves and eight takeaways. “It all happened so fast. There were like three shots in a row, and I tried to get up and walk, and it was really painful,” Humphries said. “That was like the worst day ever. It was horrible.” It wasn’t the first time Hethcock thought he might have lost Humphries for an extended time, if not the season. During the 2004 Southern Section Div. V soccer semifinals, Humphries hyperextended her back after landing awkwardly following an acrobatic save against Marymount of Los Angeles. The game was stopped for 10 minutes, but Humphries continued in goal to help the Lions to the division final. “I’ve learned that Julia is going to have to be broken to not play,” Hethcock said. “Her approach is ‘It’s going to hurt whether I play or not, so why not play.’” That spring, she tore both groin muscles during softball season, although she fought through the pain and continued to play. Last year, she suffered a concussion in a soccer game against Alemany of Mission Hills and had to be taken off the field. She dislocated her left thumb in practice earlier this season. “If you get an injury, you’re thinking as long as you can walk it off, it’s fine,” said Humphries, who is Oaks Christian’s all-time leader in takeaways (361) and second in career saves (228) and shutouts (34). “Sometimes, it’s not always perfect. My thumb is almost down to its normal size, and my knee doesn’t hurt at all, as long as I don’t straighten my leg.” Through it all, Humphries – who carries a 3.7 grade-point average – said she wouldn’t trade the bumps, bruises and battle scars for anything. “I’m out there because I love playing with the girls, and I love the game,” Humphries said. “I never want to sit and watch. It kills me to not be out there playing.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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