Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is the best Ghanaian coach ever – Derek Boateng

first_imgEx-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng has named the late Cecil Jones Attuquayefio as the best Ghanaian coach ever.The former Black Stars player worked under Jones Attuquayefio in 1999 when the team was preparing for the World Youth Championships.However, Derek Boateng did not make it to the final team list that represented the country in Australia.The 37-year-old says Jones Attuquayefio’s works speak for itself and he was as good as any foreign coach.“Every player knows, all my colleagues know that whatever Jones shows us during our time in the team, whenever we go to Europe, we see the same things being done by the white coaches. So for me, he is the best coach,” he said on Joy FM.Cecil Jones Attuquayefio led Hearts of Oak to an unprecedented treble in 2000, winning the CAF Champions League, the Ghana Premier League and the CAF Super Cup.The late coach also handled Ghana’s U-17 team that won bronze in the 1999 World Youth Champions in Australia.Background of Derek BoatengDerek Boateng played for the Black Stars from 2001 to 2013.Earning for himself over 40 appearances and scoring a goal. He also played for several club sides insides including Panathinaikos, Getafe and Fulham.last_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan run should motivate Big Ten to become baseball power

first_imgWhere does Michigan — and Big Ten baseball as a whole — go from here?  That is the question after the Wolverines fell short in the finals of the College World Series on Wednesday. Vanderbilt took the best-of-three series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 that gave the Southeastern Conference another national championship at the Big Ten’s expense.   That does not diminish what the Wolverines accomplished in the last month under head coach Eric Bakich. Michigan beat UCLA, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, in a best-of-three series in the super regionals. Tommy Henry dominated in his College World Series starts, including Game 1 vs. the Commodores on Monday. MORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show  The top seed failed to reach the College World Series for the first time since 2015. The Wolverines were the first Big Ten team to reach the championship series since 1966, and they did it with a diverse roster led by stars Jimmy Kerr and Jordan Brewer. The run didn’t just evoke memories of their CWS teams in the 1980s that featured Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo and Hal Morris, it also prompted a question the Big Ten should be asking more often: Why not go for it in baseball? For Michigan, that should be an easy answer. The longer Bakich stays, the more chances this team should have. The Wolverines last won a national championship in hockey in 1998, in football in 1997 and in basketball (men’s or women’s) in 1989. The baseball team won in 1953 and 1962 and nearly broke that 21-year drought among the four programs. It should be positioned to make another run with an improved roster after the recruiting boost that comes with a College World Series appearance.  The rest of the Big Ten should follow suit. That means places like Ohio State, which won the conference tournament and keeps score with the Wolverines at birth, and Nebraska, which has yet to get back to Omaha since joining the conference. The process won’t be perfect. Weather is a legitimate factor in scheduling and recruiting, but Michigan proved that it was an excuse only for so long.When you look at other sports, the only one the Big Ten dominates is wrestling. Iowa (2000) and Minnesota (2001, 2002) won the first three wrestling national championships of the millennium and the Gophers, Hawkeyes, Penn State and Ohio State have combined for every national championship in the sport since 2007.  The conference’s major sports have combined for one national championship this decade, and that was Ohio State’s run to the first College Football Playoff title in 2014. Men’s basketball hasn’t brought home a national championship since Michigan State in 2000.   Minnesota (2002, 2003), Wisconsin (2006) and Michigan State (2007) have combined for four national championships in men’s ice hockey, but that sport does not have a true Power 5 presence.  Baseball could, if Michigan and the Big Ten build on what has happened in Omaha the past few weeks. The run didn’t end with a national championship, but the publicity Michigan generated opened a lot of eyes in a part of the country where baseball can succeed.  We’ll see where it goes from here.last_img read more

Francene (Lantz) Proctor, 79, Milan: Dec. 24, 1935 – July 17, 2015

first_imgFrancene ProctorFrancene (Lantz) Proctor, 79, of Milton, KS, formerly of South Haven, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at Via Christi-St. Francis, Wichita. She was born December 24, 1935 at Wellington, Kansas to Francis Loren Lantz and Wanda May (Titus) Lantz. Francene grew up in South Haven, Kansas where she attended the South Haven schools.She was united in marriage to Henry Clay Snyder on December 26, 1951. To this union three children were born Deborah, Daniel and Dennis. The family made their home in Caldwell, South Haven and Mulvane Kansas.Francene later married Clarence Proctor on May 26, 1991 in Dallas, Texas. They made their home in Milton Kansas. Clarence died April 16, 2011.She was also preceded in death by her parents and her infant daughter Deborah.Francene is survived by two sons: Daniel Snyder and his wife Sue of South Haven, KS; Dennis Snyder and his wife Tammera of Goddard, KS; one sister Joanne Pritchett and her husband Chuck of Enid, OK; three grandchildren: Steven Snyder of South Haven, KS; Michelle Snyder and Sarah Snyder both of Wichita, KS; aunt, Marjy Cottle and husband Fred of South Haven, KS and a number of other relatives and friends.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from the South Haven Christian Church, South Haven, with Pastor Darrin Williams, officiating.  Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, South Haven, Kansas.  Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.A memorial has been established to the South Haven Christian Church, South Haven.Âlast_img read more