The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgThe August issue is live! Pick up your copy or read online today to check out our annual swimming hole round up, learn about the upcoming ‘Great American Eclipse’, plan for the year ahead with our 2018 Bucket List Adventure guide and much more!Quick HitsWater women plan Green River Takeover • 112 attached runners complete a marathon • A.T. hikers protest pipeline • America’s fittest citiesThe DirtWatch the Southeast’s first total solar eclipse in centuries • Virginia towns transform abandoned coal mines into outdoor oasesThe GoodsMultisport must-haves—Joe Moerschbaecher’s favorite adventure gear.Trail MixJimmy Herring unveils new band • Allman tribute Hard Working Americans heads southSouthern Adventure Bucket ListGear up for 2018 and beyond with this year-long calendar of over 100 must-do adventures in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Athletes and experts from across the region provide their favorite picks.Earn Your SplashSave the roadside dips for the tourists and avoid the crowds with these 10 hike-in swimming holes that make you work for your play.Your 1 Million AcresThe Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest belongs to you, and this year, you will decide its future. A new forest plan could bring together hikers and hunters, timber and recreation, rural and urban, locals and newcomers. So far, however, the contentious planning process has only deepened the chasms.last_img read more

Argentine Bishop Bargallo quits over ‘amorous ties’ row

first_img Share 86 Views   one comment FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Argentine Bishop Bargallo quits over ‘amorous ties’ row by: – June 27, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Monsignor Bargallo had been leading the diocese of Merlo-Moreno since 1997The Pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop after the publication of pictures showing him embracing a woman on a Mexican beach. Bishop Fernando Bargallo, 57, was photographed in the sea, hugging a woman in a bikini. He initially said she was a childhood friend, but later admitted to having had “amorous ties” with her. Bishop Bargallo was in charge of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, in the province of Buenos Aires.The scandal broke last week, when an Argentine television station broadcast pictures of Monsignor Bargallo on holiday at a beach resort in Mexico in the company of a woman.‘Childhood friend’In one of the pictures, he is seen half-submerged in the water, embracing a woman in a bikini. Shortly after the pictures were published, Monsignor Bargallo gave a public statement saying that the woman was a childhood friend, whom he had known all of his life.He said the situation in which he had been photographed was “imprudent, as it could lead people to jump to the wrong conclusion”.He asked his flock to forgive him for “the ambiguity of the pictures” and urged them to view the photos “in the context of a long friendship”.But later that same week, Monsignor Bargallo convened the priests of his diocese and told them he had had “amorous ties” with the woman and would resign.The Vatican said he would be replaced by Monsignor Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto. BBC Newslast_img read more

Other Sports Caeleb Dressel overcomes poor start, win hat-trick of swimming world titles

first_imghighlights Caeleb Dressel won a hat-trick of gold medals in the world swimming event.Michael Phelps holds the record for most Olympic gold medals with eight in 2008.Dressel only managed a silver in the 4x100m mixed medley. Gwangju: Everything he touches turns to gold, but American swim sensation Caeleb Dressel beat himself up over a less-than-perfect start Saturday after completing a stunning hat-trick of world titles. The 22-year-old retained his 50 metres freestyle and 100m butterfly crowns in Gwangju with plenty to spare, before leading the American mixed 4x100m freestyle team to a new world record for good measure. “I probably sound like a broken record but every time I race I always look for the bad,” said Dressel, who became the first swimmer to capture at least six gold medals at two world championships.     “It wasn’t easy tonight. I don’t want it to be easy, I really don’t.”      But despite leaving Brazilian Bruno Fratus and Greek Kristian Gkolomeev for dead in the 50m free, which he won in a championship best 21.04 seconds, Dressel was still fretting about his start.     “It was so bad, I wish I could have that one back,” said the tattooed pin-up, who swept to seven gold medals at the 2017 world championships in Budapest.     “There’s a lot of parts of my race that I can improve on,” added Dressel in a comment that will bring a collective gulp from rivals in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve never had a perfect race in my life and I certainly don’t think I will.”      In reality, Dressel is beginning to look like Michael Phelps in his pomp. And, whisper it, maybe even better.     Dressel obliterated Phelps’s 10-year-old 100m butterfly world record in Friday’s semi-finals, clocking a jaw-dropping 49.50 seconds to lop 0.32 off the American legend’s old bodysuit mark and rob him of a second world record in 48 hours.     ‘No accident’     The final was little more than a formality as Dressel exploded from the blocks in a signature fast start to win in 49.66 — only the second-quickest swim ever.     “It doesn’t just come together by accident,” he shrugged. “It’s just about getting in every day and learning event to event, practice to practice.     “But I’m glad it’s over — I certainly don’t want to swim any more than this tonight,” added Dressel, who could pocket the seventh gold — and eighth medal of the week — in Sunday’s 4x100m mixed medley.     “Tomorrow I will be ready to swim one more, and one more fast.”      The only blot on Dressel’s copy-book in Gwangju was a silver medal behind Australia in the 4x100m mixed medley earlier this week. But in the individual races, the American looks untouchable, also winning the 50m fly and retaining his title in swimming’s blue riband event, the 100m freestyle. Dressel’s challenge will be to play down the massive expectation on him to emulate Phelps’s record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Tokyo next summer.     “I’ve never been one to buy into all the hype,” he insisted. “It’s really just between myself and my coach and getting ready. But I’ll be ready for it next year.”center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Winning ways: Messere employs consistent approach to set high school lacrosse record for victories

first_imgMike Messere was never one to bask in the glory of individual accolades. The thought of personal pride violates every principle he believes in. The West Genesee head boys’ lacrosse coach prefers to deflect all of the credit for the success of his program to his players and coaching staff. Even after becoming the all-time winningest high school lacrosse coach, Messere remained steadfast in his core beliefs, praising others rather than himself. ‘It means a lot of kids and a lot of coaches have done a lot of work for a long time,’ Messere said. ‘It’s about our program and the individuals that won those games through the years. It’s something for them to be very proud of.’ Messere won the 748th game of his head coaching career against Oswego last Thursday, moving him past former Ward Melville/Mount Sinai head coach Joe Cuozzo for the most wins by a high school lacrosse coach in history. The record is a testament to the 68-year-old Messere’s expectation of commitment and structure from his players and assistant coaches that have led to unrivaled success for West Genesee since he became the Wildcats’ head coach in 1976.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The West Genesee head coach’s newest mark is among a laundry list of numerous honors and accomplishments during his 36-year career. Messere has won 15 New York state titles and 29 Section III championships. He led the Wildcats to 91 consecutive wins between 1981 and 1984 and was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994. Messere’s West Genesee program has served as a launching pad for hundreds of collegiate and professional lacrosse careers. Messere has coached 96 players that have gone on to become collegiate All-Americans. Current Syracuse players Tim Desko, Ryan Barber, Joe Fazio, Collin and Dylan Donahue, and Luke Cometti all played for Messere at West Genesee. All his success on the sidelines can be traced back to his simple, team-first philosophy. ‘He’s more for the individuals on the team playing as one big unit,’ West Genesee junior midfielder Ted Glesener said. ‘He really discourages playing as an individual out there.’ Messere emphasizes unity as a primary component in West Genesee’s formula for success. It filters throughout Messere’s entire program and forms the foundation for many long-standing traditions and a sharp disciplinary code. Each year, players must meet specific standards before they can step foot on the lacrosse field. ‘They have to make a commitment, they have to have a strong effort every day, and they have to do a lot of hard work,’ Messere said. ‘You don’t get anywhere without hard work, and they understand they have to sacrifice a lot of things, get good grades, all those terrible things.’ Every player is held accountable and must be committed to the cause. Players are required to have good grades before they step on the lacrosse field. Messere assesses players’ performance in school at the midpoint and end of each marking period. Players with low grades are forced to meet with assistant coach Bob Deegan after school to improve their performance. Each player’s appearance is important as well. They are not allowed to have long hair. And as a part of the team’s uniform, each player wears high white socks just below the knee to symbolize that no individual is more important than the next. ‘I think what he’s done is he’s created a climate where kids know from day one this is what you’re going to have to do, and it’s teaching first,’ Deegan said. ‘You have to be a good kid, that’s the bottom line. You have to be a good person.’ Barber, a former player at West Genesee, described Messere as a disciplinarian, but he said that most of the running is done with the ball in the stick. He said he can count on two hands the number of times he had to run sprints during his high school career. Running for the sake of running is only performed in the most extreme circumstances. Otherwise, the arduous tasks are done during drills in an effort to build up each player’s skill sets. Messere has always focused on teaching first. In 1975, Messere founded and developed the Shove Park Recreational Lacrosse Program, which is still instrumental in garnering interest for lacrosse in the Camillus community. The summer program begins teaching children as young as 7 years old the fundamentals of the game. Many former West Genesee players return home and contribute as coaches in the program, helping to develop the next generation of lacrosse players in the community. ‘We’re one of the first ones around, even in the country, that had a large program like that to bring up our youth,’ Messere said. ‘We’ve had some outstanding players that have graduated from West Genesee and gone on to college to be so successful, come back and teach in the program through the years.’ The intensive summer program has been crucial to West Genesee’s success as many go on to play for Messere in high school. By the time players reach Messere at the high school level, their bad habits have already been corrected. ‘He has a great respect for the game and his players as we do him,’ said Barber, whose brother, Tim, is a captain for the current West Genesee team. ‘He’s a great teacher and some of the things I learned from him I kind of took for granted at the time, but now that I’m older, I realize the life lessons that he’s given us are pretty remarkable.’ At 68 years old, Messere is still giving life lessons while finding success on the lacrosse field. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 23 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Rankings. West Genesee lost its first game of the season Saturday to Jamesville-DeWitt, dropping to 8-1 on the season. Glesener said the energy at practice is as high as ever as the Wildcats strive to win their 16th state championship under Messere. The players have bought into Messere’s teachings and results have followed. ‘Usually, we’re sprinting around everywhere because he has a high energy and we feed off him,’ Glesener said. ‘Even at his age, he’s still running around demonstrating drills and could probably beat me in a footrace.’ His passion for the game and commitment to the cause has led to another successful team on the field this season. And his current players feel privileged to contribute to Messere’s historic feat. But Messere has already moved on from his most recent accomplishment. There’s no need to remain fixated on his record-setting triumph. With the end goal of the season still within sight, Messere is still preaching the same message to his players that he has for 36 years. ‘You just say you need to take care of what happens today and then the next day,’ Messere said. ‘You don’t want to ever be looking too far. You have your goals, you want to set those and then you focus on the step-by-step approach.’ [email protected] Published on April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

RJ Barrett records fourth triple-double in school history for Duke

first_img Campbell’s Chris Clemons scores 48, moves past huge names on D-I scoring list 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 FIRST TRIPLE DOUBLE SINCE 2006 @RjBarrett623 points, 11 boards, 10 dimes, 0 TO in 36 minutes (8-16 FG) pic.twitter.com/ZcxYdjDa6m— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) February 17, 2019Barrett is one of the top prospects for the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-7 star helped Duke extend its winning streak to nine games Saturday.The Blue Devils will face the Tar Heels on Wednesday in a highly anticipated rivalry game. Related News Barrett recorded 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the contest. This made him the fourth Blue Devil to ever record a triple-double. He is just the second freshman to accomplish the feat.center_img RJ Barrett put up impressive numbers in Duke’s 94-78 win over NC State on Saturday.last_img read more