One of my readers, Terry Giesting, suggested a topic for Coaches’ Corner. It dealt with family histories in the Batesville High School basketball program. We will be doing that program for Coaches’ Corner with the Bob Walsman family right before the basketball season.This blog will give you an idea on some of the families that have 3 generations of basketball players who played for some of our local schools. The Bob Walsman family includes Bob, Sr.; Bob, Jr. (better known as Snork); and Nathan, the grandson of Bob Sr. and son of Snork.Another family that comes to mind is the Louie Dickman family. Louie played for Batesville. His daughter, Melissa, played for JCD, and Melissa’s son, Nick, completed the trilogy with Batesville Bulldogs.I hope this will jog some of your memories. Contact me if you know of other families who have this kind of history with local basketball programs.
AFTER successfully launching his Solid Rock Academy in Kenya, Peter Barry returned to South East London, England and was greeted with great news. He was hired by English Premier League (EPL) side Crystal Palace.According to Barry his position at the club requires scouting players, coaching and preparing the U-15 – U-18 Boys and Girls for entry into Crystal Palace Club at various levels not excluding the Premiership level. Barry was appointed to one of the coaching positions at the U-18 level at the Crystal Palace Foundation.Barry, who was a member of the Santos Football Club before migrating to England said he hopes that in the future, young players from Guyana would be able to benefit from his knowledge and achievements as well as to be channelled into international clubs.When Barry resided in Guyana, he had also shown a great interest in coaching. While he was a teacher at East Ruimveldt Secondary School he taught classes in Business and Accounting Principles. He also taught at Central High School and St. Stanislaus College.At East Ruimveldt Secondary School’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Barry was recognised for his outstanding contributions to the institution.Barry is currently pursuing his PHD in Theology and is still open to one day work with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).
It may only have been a friendly and Arsenal emerged victorious, but it made for painful viewing at times for manager Arsene Wenger, whose side suffered a 10-2 aggregate drubbing to Bayern in last season’s Champions League.Robert Lewandowski needed just nine minutes to fire Bayern ahead from the penalty spot as the German champions dominated before Iwobi headed in at the death.There will be no Champions League for Arsenal this term and a gulf in class was evident.At one point in the opening period at Shanghai Stadium, where temperatures hovered around 36 degrees Celsius (97F), Wenger had his arms outstretched in frustration.And at the end of a first half in which Bayern could have scored another five times but for goalkeeper Petr Cech, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil booted the ball high into the air in anger.The future of the German international, and that of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, is in major doubt with both stalling over new contracts.Sanchez is enjoying extra time off and is not in China after his involvement in the Confederations Cup.But he may not have made a difference against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who took the lead after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had brought down Bernat in the box and Lewandowski did the rest.Iwobi’s injury-time leveller sent the game straight to penalties.Both sides fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves, with new Bayern signing James Rodriguez and new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette starting.Arsenal face Chelsea in Beijing in their next warm-up game at the weekend, while Bayern play AC Milan in Shenzhen, southern China.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso (left) and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi in action during a pre-season friendly in Shanghai, on July 19, 2017 © AFP / Johannes EISELESHANGHAI, China, Jul 19 – Arsenal were outplayed for long periods by Bayern Munich before salvaging a last-gasp draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties in a Shanghai friendly on Wednesday.Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for the Premier League side, saving Juan Bernat’s soft spot kick after Arsenal substitute Alex Iwobi made it 1-1 right at the end of normal time.