FH woman celebrates first year selling sports equipment to femalesBy Anastasia MillickerKendra Boyd runs her A Chic with Stix store, which caters to female lacrosse and field hockey players only, from the top floor of her parents’ Fair Haven florist shop.FAIR HAVEN – Kendra Boyd has had a field hockey stick in her hand since middle school.The Atlantic Highlands native started playing field hockey as a youngster, gradually moving up to play at the high school level for Henry Hudson Regional High School then at the college level for the The College of New Jersey.Today Boyd is still playing but her passion for field hockey has not stopped on the field. Boyd is the founder and owner of the shop A Chic With Stix. Named after her recreational field hockey league, A Chic With Stix offers girls’ only lacrosse and field hockey equipment and apparel.Boyd, 25, said field hockey has always been her passion. She had a dream to set up a store to help educate female athletes – especially those playing field hockey and lacrosse – about finding the right equipment to help them succeed. So she set up shop above her parents’ garden shop, Boxwood Gardens, on River Road.Teaching health and physical education during the day at Carl Sandberg Middle School in Old Bridge, Boyd operates the shop in the evening with the help of her parents, Bill and Pam, and her sister, Christy.Located on the second floor of the two-story Victorian home, A Chic With Stix has a wall lined with a wide range of selections for female athletes, including lacrosse and hockey sticks of all colors and sizes, apparel in bright and fluorescent colors, shin guards and a rack of headbands decorated with lacrosse balls.Unlike large sporting good stores in the area, A Chic With Stix offers firsthand and personalized knowledge about the equipment, Boyd said.“In a large store, you order a stick or a lacrosse stick and you don’t get to try it out and sometimes people working in the large stores aren’t as knowledgeable. But here you can try out the stick and, if it’s your first time, I can show you how to properly hold it and size it,” Boyd said.Boyd also offers field hockey lessons.When the store first opened its doors a year ago, the shop initially offered only field hockey equipment. Today it has expanded its selection offering lacrosse sticks and apparel including some brands typically not offered in large sporting good stores such as Dita, Grays, Gryphon, TK, STX, Harrow, and deBeer.When first purchasing a stick, Boyd said she asks customers if they have played before. Then, based on their experience, height and athletic performance level sought, Boyd tells them the size and shows clients how to use the equipment.Kendra Boyd in her shop, A Chic with Stix, 807 River Road in Fair Haven.Hockey sticks range from $50 to $299 based on style and athletic level while lacrosse sticks range from $45 to $200 depending on brand, types of lacrosse sticks and heads. Teams can receive 10 percent discounts when they place a team order.Many local high school and middle school athletes, including those from Red Bank Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven, Red Bank Catholic and Manasquan high schools, come to try out and purchase sticks, Boyd said.Boyd attributes much of her business’ success to her parents’ and teammates’ support.Friends and members of teams have spread the word about her business by sending email messages to school athletic directors and coaches throughout New Jersey.“The girls I played with all throughout my years, alumni, and coaches at The College of New Jersey and Henry Hudson Regional High School have all been huge supporters and promoters for my store,” Boyd said.A Chic With Stix celebrated its first year anniversary in April. Boyd said the past year has brought many successes and she hopes to continue into the upcoming years.As for future plans, Boyd hopes to expand her business throughout the state by opening locations in North and South Jersey.A Chic with Stix is located at 807 River Road and is open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.Additional information is available on the store’s website at www.achicwithstix.com.
Dave Bry is very sorry and he’s prepared to tell you why at River Road Books at 7:30 p.m. on April 11. Bry’s book, Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples with a Lifetime of Regret One Incident at a Time, is a very funny collection of essays featuring a man (Bry himself) reckoning with a past fraught with bad decisions. Reaching back as far as grade school, Bry draws upon his experiences growing up in Little Silver and shapes his apologies into a unique memoir that remind all of us that our past can define us until we face it, one person at a time.Bry writes regularly for The Awl, a website that discusses news, politics and culture, Vibe, XXL, Spin and True/Slant. He grew up in Little Silver and currently lives in Brooklyn.Copies of Public Apology are available at River Road Books and the author event is free with the purchase of the book. Call River Road Books at 732-747-9455 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
By John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – When Lori Anne Oliwa was planning the township’s annual business–to–business networking event, she realized how well it would work in conjunction with Meridian Health System’s Paint The Town Pink breast cancer awareness effort program.“The timing couldn’t be more perfect,” given the two events traditionally are held around the same time, said Oliwa, who, along with having her own public relations firm, Write Angels, is a member of the township’s Community Affairs Council and township chairwoman for Paint The Town Pink.Middletown’s annual Business is Blooming event, now in its sixth year, has traditionally attracted the representatives of 100 to 125 local businesses as a fun way to network.This year the event also will serve as the kickoff for the township’s initial participation in Paint the Town Pink.Oliwa has been distributing flyers and has sent out about 2,500 invitations for the event, encouraging businesses to participate and individuals to attend.Business is Blooming, which will be hosted by the community affairs council, is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St.Attendees will get kits put together by Oliwa that includes decals and information from Meridian about what businesses can do to be “more pink” and support health awareness programs.“I’m anticipating there is going to be a large crowd this year,” Oliwa said. Eighty businesses have already responded and she has found that “people in town are very, very happy that Middletown decided to participate this year” in the Meridian campaign that has spread to 23 towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties.Naturally, the evening will have a pink theme with participants asked to wear some pink clothing. The event space will be decorated with pink floral arrangements, donated by Silver Tulips Florist in Lincroft, and pink table linen. The event will feature a light buffet, provided by Chiafullo’s restaurant, and the dessert of chocolate covered strawberries and bananas will be courtesy of Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe.Other businesses have notified Oliwa they plan to offer services for the month-long cancer awareness initiative, including Salon La De Da on Route 35 whose owner, Grace Sepe Caputi, will offer free makeovers in May for women undergoing chemotherapy.Meridian representatives will be on hand at the April 30 event to answer questions and breast cancer survivors will be in attendance to offer their support and share experiences.Like the other communities participating in Paint the Town Pink, the township will be informally known as Pinktown for the month.In addition, the township library at 55 New Monmouth Road will be hosting a Pink Physician Panel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with health care professionals offering information and answering questions.While there is a festive, fun component connected to Paint the Town Pink, Oliwa stressed the underlying reason for the campaign is to inform the public about and encourage them to get mammograms and regular exams to save lives.“I’ll tell you, it’s something that touched my life personally,” Oliwa said. “It’s touched women on both sides of my family.”
Ironically, the Cardinals won the title against a crosstown rival, Nelson’s Overland West Tigers 8-4 last month at Queen Elizabeth Park.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Ian McMillan, coach Steve Forte, head coach Tracy Hare, Alexander George, Matthew Bullen, Coach Emma Hare, assistant coach Dave Faehndrich, Felix McMillan and Max Corinth.Middle, Josh Creak, Cameron Parnell, Lukas, Faehndrich, Aiden Osika and Kelton Forte.Front, Alek McMillan and Jack Hare. The Nelson Priority Concrete Cardinals accomplished what few Heritage City teams have done in the past — win a West Kootenay Little League Minor Division title.
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Looking for some game tips? Then the ‘Touchdown Zone’ is for you! Join us each month as we look at different Touch Football skills and tips to help you improve your game. This month, we look at the ‘Dynamic Rollball’ – https://youtu.be/V156XcGjnpU To view other skills and tips, please visit the TFA YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus) or click on the links below: The Wrap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3g_eBdHO3E Half-time tips – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mXWGjbShkw Exit patterns – https://youtu.be/JoX5_gFrSKU Stay tuned to the TFA website and YouTube channel for upcoming editions of the ‘Touchdown Zone’. Related LinksTouchdown Zone
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De’Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari believes that his incoming freshman class is one of the best he’s ever had at Kentucky, and that is saying something. One of that class’ superstars, guard Malik Monk, showed off his elite shooting ability at the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Shootout tonight, catching fire down the stretch to win the entire contest.Malik Monk Weather Report: 100% chance of raining treys. He’s our #McDAAG Boys 3pt champ with 21pts! pic.twitter.com/p53rqzwLmS— All American Games (@McDAAG) March 29, 2016The highlights are incredibly impressive:Malik Monk gets on late 3-point run. pic.twitter.com/fVtyAEpmpv— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016Malik Monk (@AhmadMonk )just won the @McDAAG 3Pt- Contest!!!!!!!!! DEFINITION OF A PURE SHOOTER! https://t.co/mjAEFWhfrL— Kentucky! #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 29, 2016If that wasn’t enough, he can also throw down like this.Malik Monk: pretty capable finisher. pic.twitter.com/FciQGXVMue— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016College basketball’s rich continue to get richer. Enjoy Monk next season, Kentucky fans.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Final Four >>>
Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann has never lost in the Round of 64. Because of the Buckeyes’ 62-59 win against No. 6 Iowa State on Friday, that remains true, remaining 5-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.But to move into the Sweet 16, the Buckeyes will have to go through No. 3 Houston for an attempt at its first Round of 32 win since 2013, something Holtmann has a less successful history in. In the four previous times Holtmann has led a team into the Round of 32, his teams have went 1-3.Projected StartersNo. 11 Ohio State (20-14)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 11.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 3 Houston (32-3)G — Corey Davis — Senior, 16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Galen Robinson — Senior, 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Armoni Brooks — Junior, 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Braeon Brady — Senior, 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Fabian White —Sophomore, 6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apgThe Cougars come in winners of 32 of their 35 games this year, most recently defeating No. 14 Georgia State 84-55.Houston held the Panthers to 30 percent shooting while getting 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from senior guard Corey Davis.Davis is the Cougars’ leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 38.2 percent from 3 and a team-high 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.While Houston averages 77.8 points per game, No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference, its strength is on the defensive end.The Cougars allow 61.1 points per game, seventh-least in the NCAA, forcing opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest in the nation.Teams shoot an NCAA-low 27.5 percent from 3 against Houston on the season.Another strength for Houston is on the boards, with its 1,442 rebounds ranking No. 3 in the NCAA.Against Georgia State, the Cougars outrebounded the Panthers 51-27.The rebounds come from a variety of pieces on the roster, with eight Houston players averaging two rebounds or more.According to KenPom, Houston ranks as the No. 12 team in the country, ranking No. 22 in offensive efficiency and No. 12 in defensive efficiency.The Buckeyes are No. 41 on KenPom, and are given a 32 percent chance to win on the analytics website.No. 11 Ohio State takes on No. 3 Houston in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s life at Dorados from Mexicano has recently been revealed by his former assistant in the club where Diego Maradona just arrived.We got to give it to Mexican Club Dorados from Sinaloa, they sure know how to make an impression by signing high profile people like Diego Maradona or Pep Guardiola in the past. People tend to forget, but the Manchester City manager actually spent some of his final years as a football player at the same club where Maradona just arrived to manage. During his time in Sinaloa with Dorados, Guardiola had an assistant whose name is Eliseo Martine but goes by ‘Chevo’, he was the one who took Pep everywhere during his time in Mexico and took care of important stuff for the Catalan manager. In a recent interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo’ revealed some very interesting details of Guardiola during his final days as a player and he already showed his skills as a manager ever since. The man today works security for Dorados and he will still get to live the inside experience of yet another football legend like Diego Maradona, what a fortunate opportunity to live close to these people.Las figuras que han pasado por @Dorados:✅ Pep Guardiola✅ Loco Abreu ✅ Pedro Larley✅ Jared Borguetti✅ Cuauhtémoc Blanco✅ Diego Armando Maradona???????? pic.twitter.com/4dH7Bm4OEg— Gol Gana (@Gol_Gana_) September 11, 2018During his interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo spoke about the many characteristics that Guardiola had both as a player and as a person: “When he first arrived I didn’t know who he was really, but when I investigated and started watching him play I noticed he was a different class from the rest. The way he touched the ball was quite impressive, I was the one tasked to stay beside him and help him get to know the city in order to get more familiar with it. They mostly asked me to help him move around the city because the Dorados practices were in a training facility located on the south side of town they didn’t know very well, and that’s why I was the one who drove Pep around. He was a very clever man, he studied and read a lot. He spent a lot of time with Lillo (Dorados’ manager at the time) and they both watched a lot of football. I had to buy football magazines for him all the time, the ones published here in Mexico. I even sent them both a box full of those magazines to Spain. They study a lot of football,” said ‘Chevo’ during the interview.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Pep Guardiola en su presentación con #Dorados de Sinaloa, 2005.#MemoriaFutbolera pic.twitter.com/anjNunJWCr— Memoria Futbolera (@MemoriaFutbol_) September 11, 2018‘Chevo’ also described a more private side of Pep Guardiola which people from Europe may have never known, something that describes the type of man that he is a little bit better and leaves him in a very good place in relation to the way he always tried to coexist with the fans or the staff from his club at the time. This personality was a little bit evident in the Amazon documentary he shot with Machester City, but never to this level of humbleness: “He practiced, he slept, then we always went to a kitchen to eat, and then he changed a few things from his gear if he had a double practice on the same day. He always wanted to know Culiacan a bit better, we wanted to eat ‘gorditas’ and always try new restaurants. Pep was also a very generous man, I remember he used to give me envelopes filled with money to give the people who always helped him around the club. I remember that he once gave 500 Mexican pesos to a kid and he said he would use the money to watch him play. I had to explain Pep that wasn’t meant to disrespect him because he didn’t really know how to interpret that reaction from the kid,” added ‘Chevo’ on his ESPN interview.Aprovechando el furor por la llegada de Maradona, así recordó ESPN el paso de otro grande, que jugó con Dorados https://t.co/Ug3uhUFQ5V— Heriberto Murrieta (@Beto_Murrieta) September 10, 2018What do you think about this unknown side of Pep Guardiola during his time in Dorados from Sinaloa, Mexico? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.