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Waiting list for Kootenay Lake B.C. Family Day Fishing Derby

first_img“After conducting a quick survey we estimate that the average out of town anglers will spend $400 on accommodation, gas, food, supplies, boat rentals, fishing charters, fishing equipment and so on,” Di Pietro explains.”As of today we have a waiting list of over 150 people wanting to participate in the 2013 derby and more are calling every day.Di Pietro said there are more than $30,000 in prizes with $15,000 of it cash. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. on Monday February 10 at Duck and Dock in Balfour BC.Those include $10,000 Cash for the Longest Rainbow Trout; $1,000 for second,$500 for third and $2,000 cash for the longest Dolly Varden, $1,000 for second, and $500.00 for third. The event is so popular, the 2014 derby is already sold out.So for those lucky fishermen, dig out the best hook for the second annual Kootenay Lake B.C. Family Day Fishing Derby, February 8-10.”The 2012 Fishing derby was a huge success,” said organizer Robert Di Pietro.”(The event) was also completely sold out and we had fantastic weather on the lake that weekend.  During the (first) derby we opened our 2013 online derby pre-registration and within a few days we received over 500 pre-registrations, effectively selling out the 2014 derby.” Di Pietro said more than 350 of these participants are coming from out of town or country, which is great for the local economy. There are many other prizes including an outboard motor, all-inclusive fishing trips to the West coast and Northern Saskatchewan, and multiple draws during the weekend for $100 vouchers from local businesses helping them to promote their business. Di Pietro said anyone can win this derby.You don’t have to be a pro angler,” he said.”Last year the $5,000.00 first place rainbow trout winner, Mr. Higgins of Vernon, told us that he had never caught a fish and Bill Miller from Twin Bay was first place Dolly.”All people have to do is to pre-register there is no cost to do so – pre-registration for 2015 will be open the weekend of the 2014 derby.last_img read more

Southland Gives Back: Central Arkansas

first_imgThe trailer full of toys was unloaded at Toy Hill by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. The mission of the nationwide USMCR Toys for Tots Program, which began in 1947, is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. “It was amazing how many toys our student-athletes collected for Toys for Tots,” Shock said. “There is nothing better than putting a smile on a child’s face at Christmas time, and we hope we were able to do that for many children this year. Toys for Tots is a great program that we were proud to partner with this holiday season.” Natalie Shock, UCA Associate Athletic Director and advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was interviewed at Toy Hill by legendary Arkansas deejay Bob Robbins on The Wolf 105.1, highlighting the philanthropic efforts of UCA’s student-athletes. CONWAY, Ark. – More than 400 student-athletes from the University of Central Arkansas bought and collected toys during the month of November to donate to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program as part of the annual Southland Gives Back community service project. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable natural resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. UCA’s football equipment truck delivered more than 2,000 individual toys to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots “Toy Hill Weekend” collection event on Dec. 3 in Little Rock. UCA’s athletes used their own money to purchase toys to deliver to Toy Hill. The collection of toys included numerous bicycles, over 80 stuffed animals, more than 30 basketballs, footballs and playground balls, fire trucks and dump trucks, puzzles, Barbie dolls, tennis racquets, scooters, Hot Wheels cars, Frisbees, Nerf guns, kitchen play sets and more.last_img read more

Trackers win at home, lose in Peace River

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The NEBC/Yukon Trackers went 1-and-1 this past weekend.On Saturday, the Trackers hosted the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Dawson Creek at the Memorial Arena. The Oil Barons managed to get on the board first just over two minutes into the first period with a breakaway, in what would be the highlight of a tame first frame. The Trackers managed 12 shots on net in the first, none of them able to find the mesh behind Oil Barons netminder Ethan Paulin-Hatch.Things picked up in the second period. Reid Jacobs took a major penalty for charging the goaltender, but the Trackers managed to kill the off Fort Mac’s 5-minute man advantage. The Trackers continued their assault, and were finally able to finish plays. Connor Bowie got the Trackers on the board with 2:18 left in the second to tie things up, assisted by Connor Kindrat and Keenan Halverson. Halverson would tally another assist before the end of the period, as Cooper Willms got the go-ahead goal with just nineteen seconds left.- Advertisement -The Trackers held the Oil Barons at bay in the third, getting 23 shots on net to the Barons’ eight. Aiden Craig-Steele added some insurance for the Trackers, after taking a pass from Garyn Waldie. Final score of the match was 3-1 for the team from Northeast BC.The Trackers unfortunately were not able to repeat on Sunday morning in Peace River. Facing a very tough opponent in the Royals, the Trackers came out of the box at full speed for the first 6 minutes. The Royals scored their first goal 5:44 into the frame, and the Trackers ran out of gas. Peace River was able to outshoot the Trackers 41-26, and shut the Trackers out with a 5-0 win.The Trackers are on the road once again this coming long weekend, playing a trio of games in St. Albert and Edmonton.Advertisementlast_img read more

Churches to begin providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants

first_imgOrganizers don’t believe immigration agents will make arrests inside the churches. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has not tried to arrest Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who has taken shelter at a Methodist church in Chicago since August. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice declined to say if agents would attempt to arrest others who take sanctuary in churches, although she did say agents have “the authority to arrest those who are in violation of our immigration laws anywhere in the United States.” Participating churches in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and New York won’t initially house illegal immigrants. Instead, leaders will provide legal counsel, accompany people to court hearings and prepare plans to house them in churches if authorities try to deport them. In New York, religious leaders gathered at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul the Apostle and said their promise of sanctuary could include financial assistance, legal help and physical protection, if necessary. LOS ANGELES – Two churches intend to give sanctuary to illegal immigrants to protect them from deportation and pressure lawmakers to provide a chance at U.S. citizenship. Beginning Wednesday afternoon, a Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles and a Lutheran church in North Hollywood each intend to shelter one person as part of the “New Sanctuary Movement.” A handful of churches in other U.S. cities plan similar efforts in the months ahead to spotlight the plight of illegal immigrants. “We want to put a human face to very complex immigration laws and awaken the consciousness of the human spirit,” said Father Richard Estrada of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where one illegal immigrant will live. “For us, sanctuary is an act of radical hospitality, the welcoming of the stranger who is like ourselves, the stranger in our midst, our neighbors, our friends,” said Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. Two families facing deportation stood with the religious leaders. Jani, a U.S. citizen who did not give her last name, said her Haitian-born husband Jean is facing deportation because of a 1989 drug conviction in the U.S. that put him in prison for 11 years. She said the family would take refuge in a church, if necessary, rather than be separated. Anti-illegal immigration groups called the sanctuary effort misguided. The faith groups “don’t seem to realize that they are being charitable with someone else’s resources, and that’s not charity,” said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors limits on immigration. “We are talking about illegal immigrants taking someone else’s job, filling up the classroom of someone else’s child,” he said. The sanctuary effort is loosely based on a movement in the 1980s, when churches harbored Central American refugees fleeing wars in their home countries. Organizers of the current movement include members of the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and other faiths. The plans come as immigration reform legislation has been stalled since last summer, and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have been detained and deported in stepped-up immigration raids in recent months. The first to receive refuge in Los Angeles will be a single father from Mexico who has two children who are U.S. citizens, said Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, an interfaith association spearheading the national plans. The man, whose name was not released, worked 17 years as a cook at Los Angeles International Airport before getting injured on the job more than a year ago, she said. He has been unable to work and is facing deportation. “If he goes back to Mexico, the family will literally not have enough food to eat,” she said. The other church will shelter an unidentified Guatemalan man who runs a small gardening business and has two U.S. citizen children. He fled Guatemala in the 1990s during its civil war. He has been denied political asylum and is facing deportation. The churches put out calls for immigrants who were willing and wanted to take part in the sanctuary movement. Immigrants were screened to make sure they paid taxes and didn’t have criminal backgrounds, Salvatierra said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Weaver bright spot of series, future

first_imgOrtiz and Ramirez hit solo home runs in the fourth off Weaver, and he left on the wrong end of a 2-0 score in the sixth. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth, and the offense scratched out one consolation run in the ninth. When the Angels find the time and fortitude to assess their postseason work, Weaver will likely be considered the bright spot. The Angels hit .192 as a team, scored four runs, had six extra-base hits and had more strikeouts (20) than hits (19). The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 82/3 innings of work. “The game plan was don’t throw any fastballs inside and stay in rhythm,” Weaver said. “I left that one pitch (to Ortiz) inside. There are no excuses. I felt good and thought I battled. I made some good pitches, but they have a great lineup. What are you going to do? People hit home runs.” If you pitch long enough in the American League, you’re going to eventually watch Ortiz and Ramirez tear a seam on your best fastball and relocate the ball into a different zip code. Between them, the Red Sox sluggers have hit 787 career home runs, including the postseason, off some of the greatest pitchers in baseball. When Ramirez bounced a ball off the rocks in center field, he tied Bernie Williams for the most postseason home runs in a career. Some of the pitchers on his personal top-10 list are Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and C.C. Sabathia. There’s no shame joining that crowd, and home runs are a part of baseball. There are 10 Hall of Famers on the all-time top 20 list for home runs allowed, not including three pitchers who will or should be in Cooperstown: Johnson, Clemens and Bert Blyleven. “I don’t know if they feed off each other,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the Big Papi/Man-Ram entry. “They’re trying to hit every time up whether the guy in front of them has made an out or (hit a home run). But they’re as good a 1-2 punch as there is in baseball. “I thought Jered did a terrific job out there today. He didn’t make many mistakes, but the couple he did they didn’t miss. He didn’t get his fastball to Ortiz in the zone he wanted, and with Manny he left a 3-2 curveball up in the zone, and Manny didn’t miss it.” There are more and better Octobers ahead for Weaver. He has the makeup to be a No. 1 starter and he will get better as he gains experience. In two seasons, Weaver is 24-9 with a 3.33 ERA playing in the run-happy AL. He allowed four runs or less in 23 of his 29 starts this season and he was 6-2 in August and September. He’ll really do well if the Angels can avoid the Red Sox in the postseason. The Angels don’t see red when they face the Sox, they merely go blind. They’ve now lost nine consecutive playoff games to the Sox by a combined score of 69-27 dating back to the last three games of the 1986 AL Championship Series, also known as the prequel to “Saw” for its gore and blood. The House that Ruth Built holds no spell on the Angels, but the Green Monster has beaucoup voodoo. There are easy-to-tab reasons why the Angels lost this series – the injury that sidelined Gary Matthews, Garret Anderson’s pinkeye, Casey Kotchman’s mystery illness and a sense that they’re intimidated by the Red Sox. It’s also possible to say the Angels lost this playoff series for the same reasons their seasons ended prematurely the past two seasons: The lack of a second big bat in the lineup behind Vladimir Guerrero. They’ve scored 14 runs in their past eight playoff games. “It’s a team game,” Weaver said. “We missed a lot of key players, but we have a lot of depth. We didn’t make many bad pitches but those we did hurt. We didn’t get the key hits. And when you start a series in Boston, you put a little extra weight on your shoulders. “(Mike) said there was nothing for us to hang our heads about. We were the AL West champs and had the best home record in baseball. There were a lot of positives.” Then he said something about looking forward to spring training and next season. The season’s over, but he’s still competing. bob.keisser@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bob Keisser STAFF WRITER It was 31/2 hours after his day started and a few minutes after his season ended, but Jered Weaver was still in a competitive mood. When a radio reporter said the home runs hit by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez off Weaver on Sunday traveled 1,000 feet, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State pitcher said, “A thousand feet. You sure? You mapped it off?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd when he was told Ramirez has tattooed 322 different pitchers in his career, a note meant to reflect the Boston Red Sox slugger’s Bomb Club has many well-known members, it was no consolation. “Thanks for that,” Weaver said. It’s Weaver’s competitive spirit that fed optimism in the Angels and their fans that they could come back from a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit against the Red Sox, and his effort supported that belief. He struck out five in the first three innings, pitched superbly out of a pair of two-on jams in the second and fifth, and only exited in the sixth because he had thrown 95 pitches on a hot, blustery day and the Angels had no margin for error. The Angels had nothing, it turns out. last_img read more

NORTH WESTERN ALLIANCE GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgNorth Western Alliance Played on Saturday 4th February 2012 at Portsalon Golf ClubPar 72 s.s.s 72. 55 played.1ST Nett Garret Mallon (1) North West G.C. 79 B.O.T. 2ND Nett Clive Davison (15) Letterkenny G.C. 79 B.O.T.3RD Nett Connor McGettigan (13) Portsalon G.C. 794TH Nett Michael O’Donnell (13) Letterkenny G.C. 825th Nett George McCay (21) Strabane G.C. 84 6TH Kieran Martin (12) Strabane G.C. 871st Gross Enda Kennedy (Scr) Rosapenna G.C. 822ND Gross Ben Corry (4) Strabane G.C. 87 B.O.T.3rd John McBride (Scr) Portsalon G.C. 874TH John Sweeney (6) Portsalon G.C. 89 5TH Eddie McHugh (11) Strabane G.C. 98There was no card returned to award a 6th prize.Garry Duffy had a 2 and will get 4 Golf Balls.In perusing the results of the North Western Alliance competition played at Portsalon Golf club at the week end you could be forgiven for thinking that the competitors had really more than over indulged themselves over the break that they had over the Christmas period or even that they were still imbibing. Alas, nothing could be further from the truth. It was just an awful day to be out doors never mind playing Golf. When you consider that there were downpours of Biblical Proportions interspersed with sunny interludes and that the wind was blowing across the course from the sea and frequent hail showers for good measure. Then you are beginning to get some appreciation of the conditions that the 55 competitors set out in .There were only 11 cards returned .In the long history of the Alliance this was the single worst result a nett 79 and Gross 82 taking the top prizes .As only 11 completed cards were in returned the 6th Gross could not be awarded.The course itself was in excellent condition .Players were appreciative of the changes that the Club in consultation with Paul McGinley are making to “the Banks”.Great credit is given to Johnny Shields the Course Superintendent who is demonstrating that he has the skill and expertise to lead his team of Greenkeepers to translate Paul’s vision from a dream to reality.In looking at the cards little positive can be taken from them given the conditions. Garret Mallon was 5 over after 9 pursued by Enda Kennedy 6 over. John G. McBride was third at this stage on 7 over but his race was run when double bogies at the 15th and 16th while the hail stones made their presence felt undid his best efforts.It was a two horse race between Garret and Enda after 14. After the 10th they were level as Enda pared the par 3 10th to Garrets bogey. A hole later they were level again. They stayed like that until the par 3 15th when Enda again fell into arrears by the 16th they were level again but it was over the last two holes that Garret went away from him a birdie at the par 5 17TH and a par at the 18TH was too good for Edna’s par on 17 and bogey at the 18th.When one considers that an inter Club matchplay competition on a local course had to be abandoned one can gauge the effect of the dreadful conditions.In the Golfer of the season Enda Kennedy with only two further counting events to come is on 54, his nearest pursuer is Sean Quigg, City of Derry G.C. On 31 and with 10 points available in each event means that Enda has won this title .Enda last year was runner up in the Nett award.The Nett the position is not so clear cut. Odran McGettigan, Strabane G.C. Is on 33 and there are two opponents on 26, Michael O’Donnell from, Letterkenny G.C. and James Callan from Ballycastle G.C.Clive Davison, Letterkenny G.C. is on 23 while Eddie McHugh formerly Letterkenny G.C. and now playing out of Strabane G.C.retains an interest on 18 .Delwyn Montgomery of Strabane G.C. also has a mathematical chance of winning this prestigious title.The next competition is on 18th February in Rosapenna G.C. on 18th February 2012.NORTH WESTERN ALLIANCE GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North Western Golf Club Alliance noteslast_img read more

NO-ONE GETS TURNED AWAY FROM DRUMKEEN CHARITY CAR WASH!

first_imgTHEY come in all shapes and sizes.And they even come in sizes for kids.So when this little girl pulled into the charity car wash in Drumkeen today, locals made sure her wheels were shining! The car wash is a fundraiser for the local community.And it wasn’t long before a queue formed….  NO-ONE GETS TURNED AWAY FROM DRUMKEEN CHARITY CAR WASH! was last modified: June 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NO-ONE GETS TURNED AWAY FROM DRUMKEEN CHARITY CAR WASH!last_img read more

Raiders vs. Chargers: Three big things to watch

first_imgThe air quality seems sufficient enough for football to be played in Oakland on Sunday, when the ice cold Raiders will try and slow down the red hot Chargers in their second matchup of the year.Los Angeles took Round 1, 26-10, and now the team playing mostly for pride in the second half of 2018 has the lofty task of finding a way to get win No. 2 against a team that might soon sneak its way into the Super Bowl conversation.Here are three big things to keep an eye on when the Raiders (1-7) and …last_img read more

Misfolded Proteins Cause Cascade of Harmful Effects

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Understanding how proteins fold is at the leading edge of scientific research.  Proteins begin as linear chains of amino acids (polypeptides), but end as complex shapes with loops, sheets, bumps, ridges and grooves that are essential to their functions.  If you imagine a string of beads, some with electrical charges, magnets, oil droplets or other attraction-repulsion attributes on them, what would happen if you dropped it in water?  It would seem there are a myriad ways it could collapse into a shapeless mass.  How many of those possible shapes would make it a machine?  That’s the kind of problem that protein-folding presents to the researcher.    Normally, cells help the newly-assembled polypeptides fold properly with the aid of chaperones, the cellular “dressing rooms” where they can prepare for their debut (05/05/2003).  Mistakes happen, however.  A mutation might put a charge on the wrong amino acid, making it fold the wrong way.  Here again, the cell usually deals with these badly-folded masses and destroys them as part of its “quality control” procedures.  Once in awhile, however, misfolded protein machines get out of control, and some, like chain saws run amok, can cause harm.  Here’s an excerpt from an article in Science by Gillian Bates (King’s College London School of Medicine).  Describing recent work on this subject, he explains the consequences:This work indicates that the chronic expression of a misfolded protein can upset the cellular protein folding homeostasis under physiological conditions.  These results have implications for pathogenic mechanisms in protein conformational diseases.  The human genome harbors a load of polymorphic variants and mutations that might be prevented from exerting deleterious effects by protein folding and clearance quality control mechanisms in the cell.  However, should these mechanisms become overwhelmed, as in a protein conformation disease, mild folding variants might contribute to disease pathogenesis by perturbing an increasing number of cellular pathways…. Therefore, the complexity of pathogenic mechanisms identified for protein conformation diseases could in part result from the imbalance in protein folding homeostasis. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)In other words, one mistake in one protein can have a cascading effect, causing a multitude of mistakes downstream.  The normal dynamic equilibrium of the cell (homeostasis) turns into a disaster scene, as the quality-control cops become overwhelmed by victims, as in a natural disaster.  Examples of degenerative diseases caused by misfolded proteins mentioned in the article: “Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—these neurodegenerative disorders are among many inherited diseases that have been linked to genetic mutations that result in the chronic aggregation of a single specific protein.”  Bates did not mention evolution in his article.1Gillian Bates, “Perspectives: One Misfolded Protein Allows Others to Sneak By,” Science, 10 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5766, pp. 1385 – 1386, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125246.Small perturbations in a highly complex working system can have drastic effects.  Notice how the cell has numerous safeguards to prevent this kind of runaway disaster: mechanisms to prevent misfolding, and procedures to safely capture and dismantle the escapees.  How this system ever arrived at such a high level of complex organization is never described in detail by the evolutionists, but they want us to believe that the escaped convicts are the heroes of the story.  They want us to believe that the mistakes and terror attacks are responsible for all the beauty and complexity of the living world, from peacock’s tails to flight muscles of bees that can flap hundreds of times a second, to the ability of humans to run a marathon.  From all indications, on the contrary, life is in a tenuous balance, and the factors trying to upset that balance are increasing.  The Theory of Devolution would appear to have better empirical support.    What would happen to science if the Theory of Devolution gained dominance?  Science would go on.  Medical knowledge would advance.  Clever researchers would find ways to reinforce cellular quality control processes and develop means to prevent catastrophes.  Life would be seen as a precious commodity to conserve, with the same earnestness of those who try to rescue endangered species and prevent global warming.  In short, science and medical research would continue to thrive and (we think) sail higher and faster without Darwin’s storytelling baggage that only weighs the Beagle down.  An intelligently designed T shirt asks, “Did Darwin Get It Backwards?”  From all indications, such as the article above, yes: the world is running down, and life is facing an ever-growing genetic burden.  Darwinists are all worked up emotionally about their opponents, claiming that by discrediting evolutionary theory they are going to “destroy science.”  Ask yourself, who is the better sailor: the one trying to patch the leaks on the ship, or the slob leaning back against a barrel and speculating, “don’t worry about those holes, matey; given enough time, they will help make the ship stronger!”last_img read more

Wagner downs Sithole in Acsa SA Open final

first_img5 May 2014American David Wagner ended his South African safari with a victory over Lucas Sithole in the final of the quads in the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) SA Open at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.In a showdown between the world number one and two, it was the more experienced Wagner who won 6-2 6-3.Double triumphIt was a double triumph for the American, who also beat Sithole in last week’s Gauteng Open.After securing victory, Wagner paid tribute to the young South African as a man who has rapidly become a force in the quads’ division.‘It’s phenomenal’“I knew Lucas would have a lot of support out there, and it’s phenomenal to see that kind of support in wheelchair tennis. It’s good that they could see him playing at his best at home. But for me, this is great because I lost in the semi-finals here last year to Lucas. I know Lucas will never give up in a match, so I can’t let down my guard,” said Wagner.Sithole lost his serve in the first game of each set, but did well to save three match points before eventually succumbing.‘Very smart tennis’“David played very smart tennis. I knew he was going to go all out and I gave it my best, but it didn’t work out,” Sithole said.“It’s not great losing at home because this is our biggest tournament, but I’m happy for the organisers and sponsors because this is a great event. To get the top players here motivates our young players.”The significance of having so many leading players competing in the event was also not lost on Wagner.“I love the sport and I love what’s going on in the sport, and in countries like South Africa. I love that I get to be a small part of that and to inspire people. As long as I feel competitive and I’m enjoying it, I’ll continue to play,” he enthused.Men’s singles finalIn the men’s singles final, world number two Stephane Houdet of France beat British world number three Gordon Reid 6-3 6-3 to also claim an African double following his victory in last week’s Gauteng Open.“I played smart. I won almost all of the break points and just lost my serve once. I gave him tough balls to play,” said Houdet. ‘The altitude is tough’Both players, however, felt they could have delivered better tennis. “The level of the game could’ve been better. The altitude is tough when it comes to controlling the ball, and I think we both made too many mistakes.” the French star added.Reid had his opportunities, but failed to take advantage of them. “I’m very disappointed, more with the standard of the tennis and not just the result. I had my chances but if you don’t take them against a player like Stephane you’re going to get punished, and that’s what happened,” he said.Women’s singlesThe women’s singles final saw the only upset of the day when Aniek Van Koot of The Netherlands beat world number one Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany 6-4 4-6 6-4, with Ellerbrock suffering from dehydration after the titanic battle.“This is quite special. I didn’t expect this considering how badly I was playing at the beginning of the tournament,” said Van Koot, who defeated South African world number seven KG Montjane on her way to the title.DoublesIn the doubles, Wagner and Sarah Hunter won the quads’ title, beating Antony Cotterill and Andrew Lapthorne 6-1 2-6 7-6 (3).The men’s doubles final was won by Houdet and Frederic Cattaneo, who beat Nicolas Peifer and Reid 6-3 6-1.There was success for South Africa’s Montjane in the women’s doubles final. She and Marjolein Buis of The Netherlands thrashed Van Koot and Lucy Shuker 6-0 6-1 to lift the title.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more