first_img Written by November 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 11/27 Tags: Prep Roundup Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballUVU Tip-OffOREM, Utah-Isaac Maughan’s 18 points led the Timpanogos Timberwolves to an 83-42 rout of the Juab Wasps during the UVU Tip-off Wednesday at Utah Valley University. Kollin Robertson had 12 points in the loss for the Wasps.Enterprise Blue & Gold TournamentENTERPRISE, Utah-Mathew Bowler netted 12 points and the Enterprise Wolves edged the North Sevier Wolves 54-52 Wednesday at the Enterprise Blue & Gold Tournament. Burke Mickelsen’s 13 points led North Sevier in defeat in the battle of the Wolves.Non-RegionDELTA, Utah-Derek Smith posted 28 points as the Delta Rabbits earned their first win of the season, prevailing 53-41 over the Millard Eagles in non-region boys basketball action Wednesday. Kael Myers paced the Eagles in defeat with 21 points.KANAB, Utah-The Kanab Cowboys outlasted the Valley Buffaloes 71-67 Wednesday in non-region boys basketball action to win the battle of Kane County.Girls BasketballEnterprise Blue & Gold TournamentENTERPRISE, Utah-Kenzie Jones and Leah Torgersen had 12 points apiece as the South Sevier Rams clobbered Providence Hall 49-13 Wednesday during the Enterprise Blue & Gold Tournament at Enterprise High School. Trinide Holt had 4 points in defeat for the Patriots.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Kenzie Jones led the way with 13 points as the South Sevier Rams waxed Enterprise 42-30 in the Enterprise Blue & Gold Tournament finale at Enterprise High School Wednesday. Presley Chappell added 12 points in the win for the Rams. Sofie Shurtleff had 12 points in the loss for the Wolves.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: World Championship medallists Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik have been exempted from participating at the Senior National Boxing Championship to be held in Shimla from October 4 to 10. Panghal (52kg) became the first Indian male boxer to claim a silver medal at the World Championships, while Kaushik (63kg) returned with a bronze at the event which concluded in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Saturday. “We are not playing Nationals,” Panghal told PTI during an interaction after returning from the World Championship on Monday.  “The team that went for the World Championships is not playing at the Nationals. Since, it was a high level tournament, so we have been given rest,” he added.Confirming this, High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva said all but one boxer returning from the world championship will be allowed to skip the Nationals. “Ashish Kumar (75kg) is the only boxer to play at the Nationals. No other boxer from the World Championship team will play at the Nationals,” he said.  Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish had lost to China’s Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan in a split 2-3 verdict in the second round at the tournament. An eight-member squad led by Panghal represented India at the World Championships. Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg) were also part of the team which competed at the event. “It is a great feeling to win this medal. Given the preparation that I had, I was confident that I won’t return without a medal. No Indian boxer has gone beyond the bronze, so I wanted to do something different, change the colour of the medal,” Panghal said.  “I want to keep repeating what is working for me and keep improving on my weaknesses. I want to practice so much, put in so much effort in my training that I not only return with a medal but also change the colour of the medal at Tokyo,” he added referring to bronze medal won by Vijender Singh back in 2008.Also Read | Amit Panghal Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Silver In Boxing World ChampionshipsThe world championships in Russia no longer have Olympic qualifier status after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from conducting the event in the 2020 Tokyo Games.  “At least 3-4 of us would have qualified if World Championships were still the Olympic qualifiers. It would have been a big achievement. Now the Asian Olympic qualifiers is the next big tournament for us. All the focus will be on that,” said Panghal.Also Read | Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik Assured Of Spot In Olympic Qualifiers After World Boxing MedalsThe Olympic qualifiers will start in February next year with the Asia/Oceania zone qualifiers in China.  “For us who are in the lower weight category, the level of competition at Asian qualifiers is same as world championships. Most of the Asian boxers win medal at the Olympics or World Championships. So it will be tough,” Panghal said. “Of course, the World qualifiers will be tougher as US and European boxers will also participate.”  Panghal, who had shifted to the 52kg category after a stellar run in the 49kg division, said he needs to work on his strength and power. “I will work on my strength and stamina. We will improve as we inch towards the qualifiers. We have to held on to our top form, we can’t effort to let it slip a bit till the Olympics.”  Talking about his next assignment, Panghal said: “I am participating at the World Military Games next month. Also I will compete at the Indian Boxing League. These competitions will help in our preparations for the qualifiers as we will get the chance of playing many world level boxers with different styles, different strategies and mental strength, so we it will only boost our performance.”  Panghal emerged as the face of Indian boxing in the last few years after winning medals at the big events and he says it has been an unbelievable journey. “I never thought that in a few years, I would win medals in big events. It is not easy because in the past also I have been to World Championships, failed and even cried after missing out on a medal,” he said.  “In the initial days, I couldn’t improve my performance despite  training but things changed after the Asian Championship where I won bronze. It gave self confidence. It brought change in my game and life as well.”  Panghal and his colleagues were given a warm welcome after they returned to the country early on Monday after the best-ever show at the World Championships. “It was quite overwhelming to see so many people come to welcome us. I had to stop a lot of my friends from coming to the airport,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_img‘I felt that I became a stranger to myself’Bartoletta, who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, struggled with her form in the early part of this season and was suffering torment away from athletics, too. There were things that I loved in the beginning that I completely walked away from. I just lost sight of what I wanted.Other people would say ‘oh, that’s just what it took to be elite, it was a sacrifice, she’s just the ultimate professional’ but really, it was just me withering away.I lost my personality. I felt that I became a stranger to myself. I didn’t trust myself to make the right decisions. It felt like I was just getting broken down and I just couldn’t take much more of the negativity. It got so dark last season that it got me contemplating walking off a train platform in front of a train. It just started to feel that I had no way out of the feelings of frustration and shame.Last season, I wasn’t competing very well until my trials in July. To deal with that on top of what I thought was an overwhelming personal situation… I felt like I got no break from the universe and it was so tempting to just call it quits.‘It’s hard to ask for help’For Bartoletta, reaching out to friends and admitting that she needed help to change her situation was a difficult step.My relationship with my mum wasn’t very close to start with, so we were already at arm’s length, but when this situation started to happen, I withdrew and was isolated from friends and family.My personality completely changed, and the most difficult thing was that while all of that was going on was that I was still being successful on the track.Asking for help was the thing that required the most strength for me. A lot of people look at me and they’re like: ‘you’re such a fierce athlete’, ‘you’re such a strong woman’, so it’s hard to ask for help, right? It was one of the hardest calls I had to make because I had to ask for help from people I didn’t think were necessarily going to be there for me, because they hadn’t been in the past.When I first reached out, it wasn’t to leave – it was just for the emotional support, to get a second opinion whether this was normal or if other people were going through this.And then once I started to understand, because they were my mirrors reflecting my situation back to me, I was able to see that I needed to move on.‘You are not alone’Bartoletta has been renting rooms to live in across Holland – where she trains – via a website. She does not regret speaking out about the struggles she has faced.This has been my therapy – sharing this story with you, sharing the Instagram post, blogging. It has kind of been my way of healing.What I love about this, even though it’s incredibly uncomfortable for me to do, is that the responses I get are not just ones of encouragement, but people telling me their stories.It validates my hurt a little bit in a way that says ‘OK, you were strong enough to make it through’, even though at times I didn’t think that I was. For this person, to hear from you, that they can do it too. The most important thing is, you’re not alone. You know that, but you don’t know it in your heart. You can be strong, or weak and it’s not a reflection on you as a person. You’re not any less of a person because you can’t get out.It’s a very difficult situation, It’s complex, it’s confusing, and hard for a lot of people that aren’t in one to understand. But take the time you need to look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘you’re worth more than that’. And even though it is going to be scary, just keep making those decisions and you’ll strengthen that muscle and it will become a little easier and lot less scary.‘I’m figuring it out’After making the decision to start afresh, Bartoletta threw herself into her training to refocus.I think that that is one of my biggest strengths as an athlete – I’m mentally tough and I knew that I could put all of this in a box and deal with it later.I’m no stranger to traumatic situations and bad situations unfortunately so this is something I knew I would be able to kind of handle. When you’re at practice, you’re at practice and you’re safe, this is what you need to do… in a strange way, it forced me to be present because that was the only way I could to get through. When I sit back and allow myself to think about the what ifs, it gets overwhelming and I freak out a little bit, but I’ve just been one foot in front of the other.This [World Championships] was the finish line for me. The thing that I’ve been focused on so much till now, I’m a little bit lost again. Because I don’t have that routine to fall back on but I’m figuring it out.‘Amicable divorce’In a statement to BBC Sport, her husband, John Bartoletta, said that in their time together they “made an incredible team” and that he would be “forever grateful” for having been a part of her success which included three world championship gold medals.He said that it was his understanding that they were going through an amicable divorce, that he was very proud of Tianna and wished her “theShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The sight of an athlete in tears on a podium is not a rare one in sport. But Tianna Bartoletta has said the World Championship long jump bronze that she won in London was so much more than a medal.In an emotional social media post, made just hours after the final, Bartoletta revealed that she had been homeless for the past three months, having run away to give herself a chance at a life without “fear or fighting, threats and abuse”.While her husband John Bartoletta says the divorce they are now going through is “amicable”, Tianna Bartotella tells BBC World Service about what she says was the biggest gamble of her life.last_img read more