Ex-Vikings punter: Coach made anti-gay remarks

first_imgIn this July 27, 2013, photo, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to reporters following practice at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings.In a scathing article posted Thursday on the website Deadspin, Kluwe wrote that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.Kluwe also says former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his rhetoric in an effort to reduce distractions to the team. At the same time, Kluwe said, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expressed support for Kluwe’s championing of gay rights.The Vikings said in a statement that they take the allegations “very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.”“As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel,” the team said. “We do not tolerate discrimination at any level.“The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.”Kluwe called Priefer “a bigot” and Spielman and Frazier “two cowards” for releasing him in May after eight seasons with the Vikings.He was due to make $1.45 million, which was more than the cap-strapped Vikings wanted to spend on a punter. So they drafted Jeff Locke in the fifth round and parted ways with Kluwe, bringing to an end his colorful and outspoken stay in Minnesota.“Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy,” the Vikings said Thursday. “Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.”In his article, Kluwe alleged that Priefer grew more and more impatient with the various causes Kluwe supported and several times made anti-gay remarks during team meetings.Kluwe said wanted to post his article now in hopes of discouraging the Vikings, or any other team, from employing Priefer, who is widely respected at Vikings headquarters and is viewed by some as a potential head coach one day.  Priefer was hired by the Vikings in 2011. He served previously as the special teams coach in Denver and Kansas City.“If there’s one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story,” Kluwe wrote, “it’s to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.”The Vikings did not respond directly to allegations against Priefer in their statement, but did say they “will have further comment at the appropriate time.”Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota, including a career-high 39.7 yard net average in 2012. But he ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting that season before he was cut and he lost a competition for the punting job with the Oakland Raiders in the preseason in 2013. He had several tryouts during the season, but was never signed.Kluwe said he wanted to wait to air his grievances until after the season so as not to provide a distraction to his friends on the team during the season.The Vikings finished this year 5-10-1 and Frazier was fired on Monday.last_img read more

Panthers, Hawkeyes looking for legitimacy

first_imgPittsburgh running back James Conner (24) plays against the Delaware in the NCAA football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Paul Chryst doesn’t do hype.If Pittsburgh keeps winning, however, the unassuming third-year head coach knows the Panthers will be unable to avoid it.It’s a notion Chryst can live with. Besides, it beats the alternative. So while he is doing everything he can to downplay his team’s 3-0 start heading into Saturday’s game against scuffling Iowa (2-1) – even bemoaning a rushing attack that ranks fourth in the country behind sophomore James Conner – Chryst is also prepping his program for dealing with the trappings of success.“I think guys when they come, and we talk about it all the time, ‘Why did you come to Pitt?’” Chryst said. “It’s to play in games like we get an opportunity to play in here. You’ve got a chance, if you do stuff, to be recognized.”Forgive Pitt if it’s out of practice. The Panthers haven’t won their first four games since 2000. Find a way to reach that milestone against the Hawkeyes and a solid September has a chance to evolve into something considerably more serious.“I believe we can win our division and go to the ACC championship,” senior safety Ray Vinopal said. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be fighting so hard for it. But it’s not what I believe in, it’s what can we achieve. This week would certainly help our outlook.”So would a victory for Iowa, which is still smarting after a late collapse against rival Iowa State last week.The Hawkeyes have been unable to generate much offense under coordinator Greg Davis. At a time when teams are scoring at an unprecedented rate, Iowa is averaging a modest 21.3 points per game, 102nd in the country.Coach Kirk Ferentz shrugged his shoulders when pressed about the inability to get much traction.“Clearly we’re not operating as well as we need to,” he said. “Seventeen points the other day wasn’t enough to win. That’s the bottom line.”Some things to look for as Pitt attempts to build a case as a legitimate contender in the ACC and the Hawkeyes try to avoid entering Big Ten play on a losing streak.Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd (23) returns a punt against the Delaware in the NCAA football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)CRUISING CONNER: A month ago Chryst talked at length about using Conner as a dual threat at running back and defensive end. Those plans are buried in the back of the playbook. Conner’s 544 yards are a school record through three games and his eight rushing touchdowns lead the country. Iowa is sixth against the run, but has yet to face anyone like Conner.“He’s strong, he’s fast,” Ferentz said of Conner. “He has a good ability to pick holes, see holes. They’re very big and very athletic up front.”ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION: Iowa’s last visit to Heinz Field came in 2008 and ended in a loss that wound up being a turning point for the program. Ferentz chose to go with Jake Christensen over a young Ricky Stanzi at quarterback in the second half, and the Hawkeyes fell 21-20. Iowa started Stanzi the following week, and he led the Hawkeyes to 16 wins in their next 20 games – including an Orange Bowl victory over Georgia Tech following the 2009 season. Iowa also returned the favor in 2011 in Iowa City, rallying from 17 down to beat Pitt 31-27. “We reached our goal that day. It was a good day. It wasn’t easy,” Ferentz said.YINZER FERENTZ: Ferentz attended Upper St. Clair High in suburban Pittsburgh, and his first college job was as a graduate assistant with Pitt in 1980. Ferentz had committed to a second season with the Panthers before Hayden Fry posted an opening for an offensive line coach. Ferentz applied on a lark, got the job and spent the next nine seasons as an assistant in Iowa City. “My only intent was just to interview so I knew how to interview, so when I had to go look for a job the next year, I’d have some clue what I was doing. That was the only reason I came out here. The rest is history,” Ferentz said.STILL SUBBING: While Chad Voytik still has a strong hold on the starting quarterback job, Chryst will continue to insert backup Trey Anderson when he believes Voytik needs a break. Chryst sent Anderson in during the second half last week against Florida International even though Voytik had rallied the Panthers from a 16-0 deficit. “I think there are times when you have to take what the defense gives you,” Chryst said of Voytik. “I thought that he just needed to sit back, see the game, and realize that it’s just a game.”STAYING HUMBLE: Pitt’s start was nearly undone against lowly FIU when the Panthers feel behind by three scores before surging to a 42-25 triumph. The defense considered it a necessary wake-up call they don’t expect to be repeated.“The ball bounces however it’s going to bounce, but we were able to respond and bounce back after a rough start,” defensive tackle Darryl Render said. “This adversity can only help us in the remaining games.”___AP Sports Writer Luke Meredith in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report.last_img read more

South Sound YMCA Announces Power Scholars Academy

first_imgFacebook58Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound YMCAPower Scholars Academy (PSA) starts June 20 and addresses summer learning loss for low-income children living in urban communities, enhancing overall youth development, academic performance, and graduation rates. Mornings focus on academic instruction (provided by certified teachers) in math and reading topics, while the afternoon offers a more traditional “Y camp” experience integrated with STEM and community service projects. On Fridays we’ll take them swimming in our local Y pools, arrange field trips to develop cultural competency, and bring in guest speakers to inspire Scholars to build the best of their potential.Students in the Power Scholars Academy are referred by their schools as needing additional academic help throughout the summer.We’ve partnered with Olympia School District and North Thurston Public Schools to identify 50 Scholars entering 2nd or 3rd grade to participate in the pilot. Each family will receive a scholarship covering 100% of the program cost and each Scholar will bring home a backpack full of books, math manipulatives, and workbooks at the end of the summer. We expect each Scholar to gain 2-3 months of math and reading skills at the end of 5 weeks, measured with a pre- and post-test built into the curriculum. All of our curriculum is developed by BELL (a partner of Scholastic) and is tailored to each grade cluster.We will operate out of Gloria Dei (West Olympia) and St. Mark’s (Lacey) Lutheran churches. Each church is located across the street from a partnered school (Garfield Elementary and Mt. View Elementary, respectively) so Scholars will utilize the community lunch program and have access to the playground for recess. The program at Gloria Dei runs June 20 – August 5, with a one-week break in the middle. St. Mark’s runs from June 20 – July 29.PSA includes a visit to the Y’s pools each Friday.The kids are chosen based on their current academic standing in their own school. These are students who are behind in math, reading or both, and are identified as “low-income” (ie. qualifying for free or reduced lunch).This program is not available to the public for open registration—it is by district invitation only. Parents may inquire about the program with their child’s teacher or school principal, or can contact Kacey Kimmel at kimmelk@ssymca.net for more information.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Fern

first_imgFacebook140Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Fern! Are you looking for a spunky, one ear-up, good listener? How about a dog possessing the qualities of intelligence, and beauty?   Does a 2-year old, 54-pound dispenser of love sound appealing?   Is your fancy tickled by speckled legs, eyeliner, and a curly tail?   Did we mention smart? Fern is all these things and more. She is an Akita mix girl who would like to live with an active family, maybe the outdoor type, who are willing to continue her basic training, have lots of love and a fenced yard?   Fern may be just the girl for you!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Fern in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Review all the lip service Manchester United’s Ed Woodward gave investors as he explained…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 7gaaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VslWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E81upk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) t0Would you ever consider trying this?😱17ivCan your students do this? 🌚3wzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since sacking José Mourinho back in December 2018, Manchester United’s performance in the domestic and European competitions hasn’t really been mind blowing with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the helm. Recently, the executive vice chairman of the club, Ed Woodward, has come forward with his opinion, stating that with proper time, the Red Devils will taste success once again.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesFrom finishing 6th in last season of the Premier League and missing out this year Champions League tournament, to the shameful  defeat against West Ham, but Woodward believes that with given time, the Norwegian gaffer will turn things around.“We and our growing fan base demand success. Success means winning trophies. That target and that standard has never changed for Manchester United . The progress we have made on the business side underpins the continued investment in the football side.” The 47 year old’s optimism for the future was noticed, in a recent interview.Advertisement The annual financial revenue at Old Trafford has reached a monumental record of £627.1 million in the last financial year ending in June, which is bound to drop following the expensive transfers and contract renewals at the club.“Much of the progress made around that investment, in the academy, the recruitment department and the training ground facilities, is behind the scenes and therefore isn’t immediately apparent to those on the outside looking in.” Woodward added.Advertisement United are currently in the 8th position in the league table, trailing behind leaders Liverpool by 10 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

36-year old Franck Ribery rips apart AC Milan at the San Siro and is…

first_imgAdvertisement tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsezf1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8ybo7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fvel7Would you ever consider trying this?😱8m6r9Can your students do this? 🌚4lc3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Franck Ribery is at an age where most forwards, especially wingers hang up their boots. While his peers are enjoying retirement, the French veteran is setting Serie A on fire with his performances. RIbery had against Milan what is often called a Masterclass.Advertisement Franck Ribéry’s game by numbers vs. AC Milan:Advertisement 84% pass acc. 63 touches 7 recoveries 3 take-ons 3 shots 2 shots on target 1 chance created 1 goalNot bad at all for a 36 year old!Advertisement “I took Ribery off because I expected they’d give him a standing ovation,” Fiorentina coach Montella said, as per Goal.“He is always in the game, always decisive, and has capabilities well beyond the norm, even if he doesn’t have the change of pace he had five or six years ago.”“Yes, I am old, but I feel young on the pitch,” Ribery told Sky Sport Italia.“Football is my life, I love it. I was hungry when I came to Fiorentina and it excites me to see the team doing so well.“I came to help Fiorentina, the players and the fans. I am happy, but I need to work every day, every week to play the way I did tonight.”Some fans even went on to say that Ribery would start everyday of the week for Bayern even today. Advertisementlast_img read more

Friends and Family Bid Farewell to Judge Peter Locascio

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Hundreds of friends, relatives, and just plain folks visited Posten’s Funeral Home Sunday to pay final respects to the late Judge Peter A. Locascio, who died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 30, at his home. More than 100 mourners also participated in his funeral liturgy at St. Agnes Church Monday morning and accompanied the family to Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, where he was laid to rest.The judge’s nephew, Anthony Locascio, a professional singer, paid a special tribute to his uncle during the Mass, singing the Ave Maria in both Latin and Italian. The Rev. William Lego, pastor, offered the Mass and spoke on the conflict of emotions focusing on the joy of the Christmas season and the grief of Locasio’s death, relating them to the Church’s teachings on the joy of Christmas and the grief of Good Friday.A resident with his wife, Patricia, of Atlantic Highlands for 40 years, where they raised their daughter, Gianna, and son, Peter, Locascio was born in Linden to the late Joseph and Elsie Locascio on Sept. 2, 1946. He attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School and Rutgers University before earning his Juris Doctor degree at Seton Hall School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in both New Jersey and Hawaii and was in private practice in Red Bank. Early in his career, he served as a Union County public defender, Middlesex County prosecutor, and was currently an active member of the Monmouth County Municipal Court Judges’ Association.But Locascio is most remembered by thousands in the Bayshore for his dedication to the bayshore towns and his  reputation for fairness and honesty. He served as borough attorney in Atlantic Highlands, prosecutor in both Highlands and Atlantic Highlands as well as attorney for the Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission before stepping down from that position to become municipal court judge for both boroughs. He was in the second year of his third three-year term as Atlantic Highlands judge at the time of his death.“He was a great man, and a great judge,” said Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast, in recalling his long-term friendship with Locascio.“Pete had a great wit and a good sense of humor,” said Harbor Commission Chairman Jane Frotton. “He served the Harbor Commission with distinction and dedication. I have known Pete for nearly 45 years; he was a great lawyer and a good friend.”“Oh, Pete Locascio was a wonderful man,” said former mayor and longtime friend Helen Marchetti. “He was good at everything he did.  He was fair and honest and always had the good of Atlantic Highlands at heart. He will be sorely missed.”“He was a professional and everyone who appeared before him in court could be confident they would get a fair trial. He was a good listener,” recalled borough administrator Adam Hubeny. Hubeny has also had a long relationship with the judge, and recalled that when he, Hubeny, was a rookie patrolman in Colts Neck in 1982, Attorney Locascio was the first lawyer who defended a motorist issued a ticket from Hubeny. “I can recall all the details of the case,” Hubeny laughed, “including what the ticket was for. And Pete Locascio did a tremendous job in defending his client.”The administrator continued his admiration for the attorney when Hubeny was an officer on the Atlantic Highlands Police Department and Locascio was the borough prosecutor. “I like having him on my side better,” he smiled. And, he continued, he was especially pleased when Locascio was named municipal court judge because “I already knew of his fairness and ability to listen.”In addition to his wife and children, Locascio leaves behind three brothers and their wives, Michael and Susan of Westfield, Joseph and Joyce of Waretown, and retired Superior Court Judge Louis and Sue Anne of Lincroft, as well as four nephews and six great-nephews.  Messages of condolence may be emailed to Postens@comcast.net and will be received by the family. BoldHow will the next Municipal Court Judge in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands be selected?Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny said Judge Locascio’s present term expires in 2015. The procedure set for selecting a municipal court judge includes sending a request to the Administrative Office of the Court in Freehold asking for the names of three possible candidates for the position. Other interested attorneys can also send their biographies and related information to the municipal clerk.The names are then submitted to the borough’s personnel committee which is headed by Councilman Peter Doyle and includes Councilmen Roy Dellosso and Bob Sutton, who make a recommendation to the governing body for appointment by the council to fill the unexpired term of Locascio.Highlands follows a similar pattern; however, since Super Storm Sandy, that borough has been leasing space and holding its court at the Atlantic Highlands courtroom.last_img read more

Ambulance Hits Pedestrian in Red Bank

first_imgThe MONOC ambulance at right hit a pedestrian crossing Broad Street, against the light. The ambulance at left responded to the accident. Photo credit: Jessica LosardoA MONOC ambulance was traveling north on Broad Street in Red Bank when it struck a pedestrian crossing the street against the light, at Monmouth Street.The pedestrian, Thomas Thatcher, 66, of Hackettstown suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene from the crew of a second MONOC ambulance called to the scene less than two minutes later, at 1:17 p.m., said MONOC Director of Operations Andy Caruso.“He was struck and knocked down and immediately got up,” said Caruso. “He refused medical attention and went on his way.”Caruso said the ambulance driver had come from the Spring Street First Aid station in Red Bank, headed to a call in Middletown for a person suffering abdominal pain.“We were traveling within the safe speeds, going through downtown Red Bank with regard to pedestrians when unexpectedly this person stepped out in front of the ambulance,” said Caruso. “Our drivers are well trained in operating emergency vehicles and act with due regard.”He added, “The driver of our ambulance was naturally shaken up.”Police Chief Darren McConnell confirmed the pedestrian was crossing against the light. Police did not issue any summonses, he said.In meetings with civic leaders, The Two River Times is exploring why pedestrian accidents happen in Red Bank, a town that boasts lots of shoppers on foot as well as vehicular traffic. The newspaper is reporting on problems and potential solutions to issues like jaywalking, left-turning vehicle-pedestrian accidents, confusing crosswalk signals and speeding in its Crosswalk series.Kelsey Guthrie, the manager of Yestercades, said crossing Broad Street can be dangerous. “I see a lot of people not stopping for people at the crosswalk — including myself. I’ve almost been hit multiple times,” she said on Wednesday, after witnessing the aftermath of the accident across the street. “People are driving in town definitely have to be more aware that this is a pedestrian town. It’s full of people walking around.”Mayor Pasquale Menna, another stakeholder in the TRT initiative, said Wednesday that pedestrians must be mindful of traffic rules, “How is any government, how is any regulation, how is any rule going to protect someone who’s not looking where they’re going?State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), another participant in the Crossroads initiative with an office on Monmouth Street, said the incident is an important reminder. “It elevates and highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in the popular town of Red Bank.”— Christina Johnson and John Burtonlast_img read more

Locals Bid Farewell To Legendary Lobster House

first_imgarry’s Lobster House in Sea Bright shuttered its doors for good on Sunday. Faithful patrons and friends turned out to say goodbye. Photo: Jay CookBy Jay CookSEA BRIGHT – Harry’s Lobster House, a legendary Sea Bright eatery for the last 70 years, closed its doors for the final time Sunday, Jan. 10. The restaurant, owned by Lou Jacoubs, outlasted a fire and multiple hurricanes that ravaged the Jersey Shore, all while it stayed in his family.An auction was set to occur Sunday night, with everything in the restaurant up for sale, ranging from both dartboards to cooking equipment.The torrential downpours throughout Saturday night could not keep the locals from celebrating Harry’s, instead of saying a final goodbye.A “Party This Way” sign adorned the front window, leading into the restaurant where streamers hung from the ceiling, patrons sporting tie-dye shirts were spotted across the restaurant, and the band Mack and Friends, led by singer and harmonica player Sandy Mack, began the festivities at around 5:30 p.m.“The bands love playing here. They like the pay, it’s better than most places, and it is just a great local place,” said Lynne Szwede, manager/music organizer at Harry’s.Szwede, who has been with Harry’s since 2013, reminisced on what was a great run. “I started working here in the summer after Sandy. I previously knew Lou, and one night he asked me to come in and help. Nobody was really consistently booking the bands, so I decided I was going to keep doing that.”“The business has changed since Hurricane Sandy,” said Szwede. “Harry’s was always known as a white gloves and white tablecloth kind of place, and it really turned into a great spot for the local music scene. The growth of the music in the area really created that change.”Friends turned out to wish Harry’s Lobster House goodbye. Photo: Jay CookSzwede lives in Sea Bright, and mentioned that the ability to either walk or ride her bike to work was a great bargaining chip for her to keep coming back. Despite it being the end of an era in her eyes, she recalled one of her favorite memories. “One of my favorites here has to be when we would have music outside at the Garden during the summer, and people who were stuck in traffic would just park their cars and come over to listen to the music.”While Szwede ran the front end of the restaurant, the mastermind behind the scenes was owner and head chef Lou Jacoubs. The restaurant has been in his family for over 70 years, and while the party transpired in the front of house, Jacoubs was hard at work in the back.As the only cook in the kitchen, Jacoubs donned a sleeveless tee with his wild white hair flowing about. He was hard at work finishing off a pair of crabcake sandwiches while a few more orders came into the kitchen.“My mother, Anna, she really perpetuated it all,” Jacoubs said, recalling how the restaurant grew. “On Easter Sunday in 1963, the restaurant burned to the ground. On Mother’s Day in 1964, she had it back up and running.”Although Jacoubs is not sure what is in store for him next, that did not stop him from giving one last cooking lesson to Susan Arscott, a Little Silver resident. “Lou has been doing the lessons for a long time, and for the past five years I’ve been coming to them,” she said, looking on as Jacoubs diced up celery and carrots for a soup. “He makes everything from scratch, and the way he makes a lobster, nobody does it like him. This place was a hidden gem that we first didn’t know about, but we come all the time.”For the locals in the area, it will be hard to say goodbye to Harry’s, especially for Joe and Sarah Lepis, who live in the North Beach area of Sea Bright. “We’ve been coming here since 1987 when we first moved in, and in our time spent here, we have met a lot of great local people,” remarked Joe Lepis.“Probably my best memory of Harry’s would have to be when they had ‘Friday Night’s with Slick,’ who used to play in Jefferson Starship,” he recalled. “Also, spending Sundays outdoors in the Garden during the summer was great as well.”“This has become one of our own spots, especially since when Donovan’s and the Mad Hatter closed after Sandy,” said Sarah Lepis. “Of course we are going to support all of the local businesses, but it is going to be sad to see Harry’s go.”last_img read more

Thunder grad Taylor Stewart scores first university goal to spark Dinos to 1-1 draw

first_imgIt didn’t take Kootenay Thunder grad Taylor Stewart to make her mark in women’s university soccer.Stewart scored the Dinos only goal sparking the University of Calgary to a 1-1 draw against city-rival Mount Royal in Canada West Women’s Soccer League action Sunday at West Varsity Soccer Pitch in Calgary.In their first ever conference match-up between the two Calgary schools, Stewart opened the scoring at the 25th minute taking a pass from teammate Nikki Furukawa.However, Mount Royal, joining CIS league, tied the game before halftime.The point was the first of the season for the Dinos.The University of Calgary opened on the road with losses to UBC (5-1) and Trinity Western (6-1).Saturday, the Dinos played to a scoreless draw against seventh ranked University of Alberta.The Dinos remain at home next weekend where they will play the University of Victoria and the University of the Fraser Valley on Sept. 22-23.Stewart, the 5’5″ midfielder, is joined on the Dinos by Kootenay Thunder teammate Andrea Stinson. Both players toiled in Nelson Youth Soccer before joining the Thunder the past two seasons.The Thunder is part of the Soccer Quest regional teams.Soccer Quest regional teams play in Showcase tournaments in front of college and university scouts during the winter season.Both Stewart and Stinson, along with fellow teammates Brittany Wheeler and Morag Paterson, were seen and recruited by university coaches at these tournaments.Wheeler and Paterson are currently playing at the University of Lethbridge.All four Thunder players also played on the L.V. Rogers Varsity Girl’s squad.Soccer Quest recently formed a partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps to offer a similar regional academy.The program has approximately 90 players in ages ranging from 10 to 18 years of age.last_img read more