… Banks DIH once again on boardTWENTY-FIVE schools from across the capital city of Guyana will do battle in this year’s Petra Organisation’s COURTS Pee Wee football tournament, which will kick off tomorrow, September 21 at Thirst Park ground. COURTS Guyana Inc. yesterday handed over a cheque to the tune of $4.4M to the organisers at its Main Street location, with the company’s Digital Marketing Officer, Roberta Ferguson, telling the gathering of other sponsors and officials of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), that the investment is one that transcends beyond the sport of football.Ferguson pointed out that over the years, the COURTS Pee Wee tournament has grown to become the cornerstone of football development in Guyana, but, apart from a number of players going on to represent Guyana at various levels, a number of players would have gone on to become exemplary student-athletes and members of society.Troy Mendonca, co-Director of Petra Organisation, the entity responsible for the seven-weeklong competition, added that he’s pleased that COURTS Guyana Inc. has once again decided to continue the tournament, which he said has grown to become a tradition at the U-11 football level.Mendonca, a former National player himself, thanked COURTS and Banks DIH under its Malta Supreme and Rain Forest Water Brand, for showing their commitment to the development of football from the nursery level.Brian Joseph, one of the developmental coaches attached to the GFF, also thanked both COURTS and Petra Organisation for once again hosting the tournament, pointing out that indirectly, the local governing body for the sport in Guyana has benefitted tremendously from a number of players who once competed in the tournament.
The Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team made a big leap in the rankings all the way to No. 2 in the polls after knocking off the previously second-ranked Longhorns Saturday night. However, as sophomore setter Sydney Hilley explained, “rankings are just rankings,” which is the mindset the girls need to have for this upcoming road trip down to Waco. Friday at 6 p.m. the Badgers will square off against No. 15 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Baylor is sporting a 4-2 record after dropping their last two games to ranked opponents. The Bears came out strong winning their first four games, including a big win over the now-25th-ranked Marquette. After the hot start to the season, Baylor lost in five sets to ninth-ranked UCLA before losing again the next day to No. 16 San Diego in the USD Invitational out in San Diego California. Although they are now 1-2 against ranked opponents, there is nothing to take lightly about this Baylor team, especially when playing in Waco, where the Bears are undefeated this season. The Badgers will have to focus on containing the stealthy six-foot sophomore, Yossiana Pressley. Pressley has already made a significant impact for the Bears this season recording 116 kills through the first six games. Pressley also has her name on the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Watch List, which is not an unfamiliar sight for the Texas native. Football: Safety Patrick Johnson leaves programPatrick Johnson, a safety for the University of Wisconsin football team, left the program Wednesday morning citing personal reasons. The Read…As a freshman, Pressley raked in the awards as she earned herself the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of The Year award, and she was a unanimous pick for the All-Big 12 First team and the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Pressley was also a five-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and a four-time Big 12 Freshman of the week, leading to an eventual AVCA All-American honorable mention. Pressley will be looking to make the difference on Friday but she still must go through a red-hot Badger team. This game will be another great test for the Badgers as they look to build off their 4-0 start to the season and begin preparation for Big Ten play. Baylor will be a tournament team this year which means these two foes may even meet again come November. As for Friday, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Go or you can listen to the game on the Badger Sports Network, channel 100.9FM.