Western Bureau:While reigning champions Clarendon College and other contenders are looking good after two rounds of matches in this year’s ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup, last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), have been ordinary in Group E.But with another edition of their storied derby on the horizon, STETHS and Munro College are gearing up for the clash, which will be played at Alpart Sports Ground in Gutters with kick-off slated for 3:30 p.m.It is a home match away from the cool comforts of Munro’s usual home in the hills of Malvern, which is undergoing renovation. But the shift in location will not take anything from what is expected to be a super-charged atmosphere.STETHS head coach Omar Wedderburn says confidence remains high within his squad, in spite of results that have not been favourable.”The two matches we failed to win [were] because of some mishaps in goal for us. We are still confident and are looking at this game earnestly. Three points are available; we want all of them,” Wedderburn said.”This is a big time derby – one of the truest derbies out there in schoolboy football – and just to know this game is scheduled, with the history between both schools, it’s motivation enough,” he stated.UNCHARTED WATERSSTETHS are in uncharted waters down in fourth place in the standings, trailing Lacovia, surprise team Maggotty, and B.B. Coke – all on four points. Munro have also failed to light up the park thus far either, and are fifth in the group after one draw and a 2-0 loss to Maggotty on Wednesday.They will want to get the edge on STETHS, who have enjoyed success in this fixture for a number of years running.Newell High sit at the foot of the group without a point and will have to be much better than in previous matches to stop the much-improved Maggotty. That game will be played at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.Another potentially hot derby pits Group H leaders Clarendon College against second-place Lennon High, while Edwin Allen tackle Kellits. Clarendon are perfect after two matches for six points, scoring 12 goals and are favourites to make it three from three.In Group A, St James High, coached by former national captain Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, take on Cornwall College in a key Montego Bay derby at Jarrett Park. Cornwall (four points) were held to a draw by plucky Green Pond last time out and are seeking a return to winning ways.But it won’t be easy against a St James High team (three points), who always seem to perform at their best when facing the former many-time champions. The game has all the elements to be the match of the round.
• Photo Gallery: Operation Safe StreetsPICO RIVERA – As dusk turned to night one recent evening, two lone Sheriff’s Department gang investigators cruised the city’s streets, shouldering a nearly overwhelming responsibility. Sgt. Eric Giambalvo and Detective John Clark were the 8-square-mile city’s main defense that night against hundreds of violent gang members responsible for much of Pico Rivera’s crime. But luckily for the city’s 64,000 or so residents, the investigators assigned to the department’s Operation Safe Streets are part of an elite unit that, in spite of myriad obstacles, are able to identify gang leaders on sight, OSS Capt. Mike Ford said. In addition, they must also be ready to conduct early-morning search warrants as needed. It’s a tall order for a staff that is already stretched thin, with only 67 gang investigators for the entire county. While sheriff’s officials said they expect to add 30 new OSS investigators, they have not said when that will happen. For now, “detectives will have to adjust,” said Ford. “We have to maintain some level of flexibility.” Investigators will log overtime when appearing in court during the day or performing other daytime duties, he added. Pico Rivera has four OSS investigators and one sergeant – Giambalvo, who is also responsible for the Norwalk Station’s OSS team. On a recent Wednesday, he put in more than 16 hours on a single shift. As night fell, he and Clark drove between Whittier, Norwalk and Pico Rivera, responding to call after call involving gangs. They stopped to talk to residents who lived near a home where a suspected gang-related shooting occurred earlier in the week in unincorporated West Whittier. A group of men gathered around their unmarked car. Giambalvo fired off the usual questions: Did they hear anything about the shooting? Are gangsters bothering them? Do they see gang member driving through the neighborhood at night? Then it was on to Norwalk to assist OSS investigators there in a probation-compliance search. Investigators wanted to search an 18-year-old on probation, who they believed recently witnessed a shooting and might know the gunman. They were in the midst of searching the man’s Norwalk home when Giambalvo and Clark received a call about a man in Pico Rivera who had just been assaulted by a group of suspected gangsters. The two investigators rushed to the scene. Even as they drove, they worked. They discussed other cases they were working on while scanning the streets in search of a vehicle described in a recent shooting. Arriving in Pico Rivera, the two partners set about interviewing witnesses and deputies, who had arrived earlier. “We back patrol,” said Clark, referring to the deputies. “They don’t know if Rivera 13 is at war with Canta Ranas. A regular patrol guy is not going to know if a Canta Ranas member just got shot near here. But we know.” By 9 p.m., he and Giambalvo were ready to go back to their offices, where more work was waiting. There were reports to complete and calls to make on yet more cases. “I have eight open cases on my desk,” said Clark. Giambalvo believes working more nights will help OSS’ enforcement efforts. But the unit badly need more investigators, he added. “The issue now is the amount of personnel,” said Giambalovo. “If we had a full-complement team, we wouldn’t be going back and forth.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our gang detectives know all the major players in our gangs. They know gang territories, rivalries and the criminal business they’re occupied in,” he said. “Investigating gang crime is a real specialty. Not only do suspects not want to talk to you, frequently witnesses and victims do not talk to you. Investigators must have the ability to gather informants, talk to people. Having people develop trust in you is paramount to a gang investigator,” Ford added. Sheriff Lee Baca recently announced sweeping changes in the OSS unit. Baca transferred the gang unit out of the Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Division and into the Region II Bureau, which covers such high-crime areas as Compton and Lennox. Baca said he was concerned that gang investigators were spending too much time behind their desks and not enough hours out in the field. For the OSS investigators, the change has mostly meant working more night shifts and spending more time patrolling. But investigators still are responsible for filing court cases, a job that requires working days. And they must still appear in court when their cases are in trial.
Story Links PDF Box Score Next Game: In the second period, Drake hit back-to-back three-pointers by Hittner and Monahan. Monahan’s three gave Drake its largest lead of 20 points. The Leathernecks made a late three-pointer before the halftime break, but the Bulldogs held a 49-34 advantage. Hittner paced all scorers with 14 points while Kierra Collier, Monahan and Rhine each had eight points. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball raced past Western Illinois, 94-75, Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. vs. Purdue 11/29/2019 – 6:30 PM Olivia Kaufmann led Western Illinois with 20 points. Muscatine native Annabel Graettinger was the other Leatherneck in double-digits with 10 points. HTML Box Score Photo Gallery Preview Watch Live Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines FloHoops $ Following Sunday’s home game, Drake heads to Estero, Fla. for the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Bulldogs play Purdue Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the first of the three scheduled game at the three-day Sunshine State eight-team tournament. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and the Boilermakers. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Drake (4-1) won the tip and Rhine scored on the game’s first possession, a fade away jumper from the left block, for a 2-0 Drake lead. Western Illinois (3-4) made a three-pointer on its first possession and on the next knocked down a jumper to lead 5-3. It would be its last lead as the Bulldogs later went on a 7-0 closing run for a 25-17 lead after one quarter. Becca Hittner recorded her second-straight double-double with a season-high 25 points and career-best 12 rebounds. Sara Rhine added 15 points and six rebounds. Maddie Monahan matched her career-high of 14 points and filled the stat sheet with eight assists and four steals. Monahan’s assists total was one shy of her career-high. Western pulled within 12 points late in the third before Drake closed on a 6-0 run, the last points on a buzzer-beating layup by Monahan that extended score to 69-51. In the final quarter, Western Illinois cut the lead to nine with 5:31 left in the game. Monahan, Rhine and Brenni Rose each hit a field goal in a 6-0 spurt that pushed the Bulldogs’ lead back to double-digits. Later, another scoring run, this is a 7-0 run, that included five-straight points from freshman Sarah Beth Gueldner helped Drake cruise to the victory.