Tomorrow’s game: – 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion – Anthony Spaulding Complex Today’s Games: “It has to change. We had a good game against Montego Bay on Monday last and should have won. “The fact is that we are on our way up. The last five games we only lost one, a contentious game against Arnett Gardens, and the five games before, we lost four and drew one so our record bears that out,” Speid explained. Rivoli United, despite their position on the table, are a competitive unit and can get the better of any team in the league on their day. They are capable of scoring goals and with Cory Burke, the second leading scorer in the league on nine, they have a player who will cause problems for any team. A major weak point for Rivoli is the number of goals they concede. Their 19 goals conceded are only better than the promoted UWI FC and Boys’ Town, who struggled at the start of the season. This situation could benefit Cavalier’s leading scorer, Chevone Marsh. A place above the relegation zone is not where Rudolph Speid, coach of Cavalier, thought his team would have been at this stage of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), and this could get worse if they achieve any other result but win when they play away at bottom of the table Rivoli United. Blessed with talent but plagued by injuries, Cavalier will have to go against their season form book to affect their fortunes positively. “We have issues. There are injuries and other things, but I think we are getting over them, but one of the things we have to be aware of going into this game is that we tend to play well against the better teams and have bad results against teams below us. So based on our record, it is going to be a difficult game,” said Speid, summing up his team’s situation. Add to that the fact that Cavalier have not won a single away game this season and the reasons for Cavalier to worry increase. Speid, however, puts a positive spin on things. -3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Boys’ Town – Wespow Park – 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Juici Park, Clarendon – 3 p.m: Rivoli vs Cavalier – Drax Hall, St Ann – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Reno – Edward Seaga Stadium – 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Harbour View – Drewsland Stadium POSITIVE SPIN
At Long Beach City, men’s coach Gary Anderson returns five sophomores from last year’s SCC championship team that went 19-9, although forward Eric Williams won’t join the team until LBCC’s football season is over. Anderson knows his team has experience and talent, but he’s learned over the years that chemistry will determine how far a team goes. “Chemistry has to be developed every year,” said Anderson. “That’s going to be the determining factor (in our success).” Defending SCC MVP Kejuan Johnson has moved on to Long Beach State, but SCC first-teamers Williams (Wilson) and Chris Fields (Poly) are back as are SCC honorable-mention players Chris Hart (Wilson) and Demetrious Hazel. They will be joined by freshmen Isaiah Bridges, a forward/center from Poly, and guard Jason Davis from Jordan. On the mat Cerritos opens its SCC wrestling schedule tonight at 7 at Golden West in the same gym where it placed 10th in the Golden West Tournament on Oct. 1-2. “It will be typical Golden West. They’ll be scrappy,” said second-year Cerritos coach Steve Glassey. “They don’t have a lot of depth. Where they’re good, I think we’re better.” While not fielding a complete squad at the tournament, the Falcons had five wrestlers place in the top four of their weight divisions, including third-place finishes by Jeff Davis at 165 pounds and Louie Audelo at 184. Cerritos received fourth-place finishes from Jimmy Valdivia (133), Nathan Sare (184) and Brandon Doran (heavyweight). The Falcons shared the SCC title a year ago with Santa Ana and then placed third in Southern California and fifth at the state finals, where Eugene Yasutomi claimed the state crown at 125 pounds. Oct. 19 will be Alumni Night when the Falcons host Palomar at 7 p.m. Glassey encourages all former Cerritos wrestlers to attend., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like several other area coaches, Mohr will wait until Monday to begin practice. “It’s a long season, we hope,” she said. At Cerritos, women’s coach Karen Welliver returns seven sophomores and two starters from last year’s team that went 18-13 and tied for the South Coast Conference championship. “We’re really balanced,” said Welliver, who will also start practice Monday. “We’ve got 12 kids working hard.” Point guard Keiyana Carter and forward Ebony Echols return to the starting lineup for the Falcons. Two additions to the team are All-CIF first-teamers Maltresa Neely, a forward from Downey High, and guard Anna Conrad from Glenn. Coach Margaret Mohr returns just two players from a year ago, but one happens to be defending Orange Empire Conference co-MVP and all-state first-teamer Ana Fakatou, a forward from Wilson High. She is joined by forward Paula Reed. “We’re young,” said Mohr, whose team finished with a 28-5 record a year ago. “We have 14 new bodies.” The unmistakable echo of a leather ball pounding against polished hardwood will be coming to a junior college gymnasium near you in just a few short days. Basketball practice for JCs as well as NCAA schools can officially begin Saturday, kicking off months of travel and practice and sweat that every team hopes will culminate the way it did for Cypress College’s women’s team a year ago with a state title.