The women behind the athletes

first_img“Whenever things have got tough, my mother has always been behind me, no matter what,” said Austin Civita, who quarterbacked Canyon High to a Southern Section Div. II championship in December. “She was always there even before the season started at every passing-league game, taking stats. All summer long, she’d tell me the truth, good or bad, and tell me if she thought I needed to work harder.” Civita’s mother, Joey, often went above and beyond the call of duty. On Thursdays before every game, she’d cook massive platters of food to serve dinner for Canyon’s linemen – a subtle reminder not just to eat well and be healthy, but perhaps to give an extra effort to protect her precious son from oncoming tacklers the following night. “Actually, she wouldn’t just cook all the food. She’d also serve the dinner and do all the cleanup, too,” Austin said. “She always has wanted to invite more and more players and make the dinners bigger and bigger. Now she even wants to make a reunion dinner.” Alyssa Ishibashi, a shortstop on Valencia High’s softball team that is ranked No. 1 by the Daily News, has done all she can to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Debbie Brozovich, a former top prep athlete at West High in Torrance. “In high school, my mom was the captain of the volleyball team and the first freshman to make the varsity softball team,” Ishibashi said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without her. She used to practice out in the street with me if I didn’t want to by having me throw into a circle. If I didn’t do it 25 times, she wouldn’t let me back in the house – and now I appreciate it.” Valencia baseball coach Jared Snyder, who’s among the area’s most successful coaches in any sport, knows full well his teams wouldn’t have won as many games over the years without the support of so many great moms. “They have a big influence,” Snyder said. “They’re the nurturing part of the kids, the ones who really look out for the interests of their children. I think kids would be lost without the support of their mothers, especially at this level and especially boys. Let’s face it: We’re all momma’s boys at heart.” So here’s to you, moms. Our greatest fans, our most understanding and compassionate supporters and the universal dispensers of unconditional love. Our legs run to win races. Our arms throw footballs to score touchdowns. Our eyes focus on basketball hoops to score points. Our heads knock soccer balls into a net to score goals. But our hearts beat for you. [email protected] (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey’re there to drive us and pick us up from soccer practice every day. And they’re there to buy us a hot fudge sundae after scoring the first goal of our lives. They give us a soft place to fall when we don’t make the final cut when rosters are posted, and they’re there to encourage us not to give up when we don’t make the cheerleading squad. They’re there to host parties for our whole team to celebrate the end of the season – whether we’ve won every game or, as usually is the case, not been so fortunate. They’re our mothers, the lifeblood of youth sports, and today we salute them on Mother’s Day. Such overdue recognition seems more than fair considering so many of our sacrificing mothers make every other day of the year feel like our day. They’re there for us from the first instant of life. They feed us, warm us with their embrace and provide total security with a simple hug when we need it the most – and not just as infants or toddlers or children or teenagers or college students or adults or even in our golden years. They’re there for us at our first Little League tryout. They’re there to console us and wipe away our tears after our first strikeout – with the bases loaded and the tying run on third. They’re also the first one to jump up and down to cheer our first home run. last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES

first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubOur first outing will be this Sat 13th Oct to Century Cinemas, Letterkenny. Bus times will be sent to you by text on Wed/Thurs, no youth club this Fri night 12th Oct. Drumkeen National School Reunion 1969To coincide with the gathering of 2013, a meeting will be held in Jameson’s bar Drumkeen on Thurs 18th Oct at 8pm for anyone wishing to help in organising this reunion.One of the objectives of the reunion is to recreate the photo taken back in 1969 of the pupils on the steps at the parochial house.Contact Henry on 087 2914267 or Aidan on 086 4083625 for further information. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 04th Oct 01, 09, 11, 23. No jackpot winner 3 Match 3 Numbers €35 each Dylan Mc Lochlainn, Buncrana. Sophia Friel, Gweedore. Fred, Buncrana, Sinn Fein Office.Next weeks jackpot €3,500 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.Afternoon Tea PartyAn afternoon Tea Party with entertainment Door Prizes, Raffle etc. in St Marys Hall Convoy on Sunday 21st October from 4.00 p.m. to 7.OO p.m. Proceeds to Neo Natal Unit General Hospital Letterkenny with donation also to Neo Natal Unit Rotunda Hospital Dublin .Tickets €10 each. Your support would be much appreciated, tickets from Jean O’Brien Convoy telephone 086/2380159 or Anne Kelly Raphoe telephone 087/9644865Slimming World Slimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am, 12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. New members always welcome. Contact Catherine on 0863962666 for further information.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc. Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to [email protected] NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please Email [email protected] (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: October 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more