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Vermont ‘tar sands’ pipeline opponents cautiously hail delay

Vermont ‘tar sands’ pipeline opponents cautiously hail delay

first_imgThe US Department of State is delaying its decision on a controversial pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Texas. In a statement issued today, it said that it needed more time to review the environmental implications, especially those in Nebraska. Vermont’s congressional delegation has been opposed to the pipeline, which would bring “tar sands” oil into the United States for refining.Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the below statement following the announcement by the State Department that it will delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. ‘The State Department today raised the correct concerns, but reached the wrong conclusion. The catastrophic environmental risks of this proposed pipeline dictate the project be rejected, not delayed. I look forward to a swift and thorough investigation by the inspector general into the State Department’s review process.’ Welch led efforts in the House demanding an investigation into whether conflicts of interest tainted the State Department’s process for reviewing the proposed crude oil pipeline. On Monday, the State Department Inspector General agreed to open an investigation. US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) also commented: ‘While this is a sign that the State Department has been listening during the comment period, there are many problems with this pipeline, and the tar sands project behind it, that go far beyond the particular route it would take.  This pollution-ridden project and its path through our country should not go forward at all.  The environmental harm and risks that are inseparable from this project far outweigh any benefits, and I hope the Administration will pull the plug on an inherently bad idea.” Vermont Governor Shumlin said in a statement: ‘The State Department’s announcement to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. Our nation should be moving away from our dependency on fossil fuels, not building a pipeline without adequate knowledge of the project’s environmental impacts. I will continue to urge the Administration to reject this project.’State Department statement reads in part:”Since 2008, the Department has been conducting a transparent, thorough and rigorous review of TransCanada’s application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project. As a result of this process, particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, the Department has determined it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska.”As part of the National Interest Determination process, the State Department held a public comment period, including public meetings in the six potentially affected states and Washington, D.C., to increase the opportunity for public comments. During this time, the Department also received input from state, local, and tribal officials. We received comments on a wide range of issues including the proposed project’s impact on jobs, pipeline safety, health concerns, the societal impact of the project, the oil extraction in Canada, and the proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, which was one of the most common issues raised. The comments were consistent with the information in the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) about the unique combination of characteristics in the Sand Hills (which includes a high concentration of wetlands of special concern, a sensitive ecosystem, and extensive areas of very shallow groundwater) and provided additional context and information about those characteristics. The concern about the proposed route’s impact on the Sand Hills of Nebraska has increased significantly over time, and has resulted in the Nebraska legislature convening a special session to consider the issue.”State law primarily governs routes for interstate petroleum pipelines; however, Nebraska currently has no such law or regulatory framework authorizing state or local authorities to determine where a pipeline goes. Taken together with the national concern about the pipeline’s route, the Department has determined it is necessary to examine in-depth alternative routes that would avoid the Sand Hills in Nebraska in order to move forward with a National Interest Determination for the Presidential Permit.”Based on the Department’s experience with pipeline project reviews and the time typically required for environmental reviews of similar scope by other agencies, it is reasonable to expect that this process including a public comment period on a supplement to the final EIS consistent with NEPA could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2013. After obtaining the additional information, the Department would determine, in consultation with the eight other agencies identified in the Executive Order, whether the proposed pipeline was in the national interest, considering all of the relevant issues together. Among the relevant issues that would be considered are environmental concerns (including climate change), energy security, economic impacts, and foreign policy.”US Department of State. 11.10.2011last_img read more

Experience Charlottesville and Albemarle County at Its Natural Best, No Matter the Season

Experience Charlottesville and Albemarle County at Its Natural Best, No Matter the Season

first_imgWhen it’s time to rest up after your outdoor adventures, our area boasts the full range of lodging options, from resorts and boutique hotels, to remote bed and breakfasts and everything in between.  Enjoy the outdoors at an easy pace along a riverside trail, on a hike to a ridge or peak, from the seat of a bike, afloat on one of our rivers, relaxing comfortably in the shade at a winery with a clear view of a sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains… however you’d like to appreciate our spacious countryside, we can point you in the right direction. In an effort to ensure the safety of all, wearing a face covering is now mandatory in all public spaces. Local restaurants, shops and attractions have implemented comprehensive plans to ensure that your visit is both exceptionally enjoyable and appropriately responsible. Visit by car in order to maintain a comfortable social distance and maximize mobility for the duration of your trip: everything mentioned above and detailed below can be enjoyed within a 25-minute drive of downtown Charlottesville. Our part of Virginia has safely reopened. Join us when you can! This video, produced in May 2020, features must-see local landmarks and a socially distanced performance of “Space for Days” by Kendall Street Company (a Charlottesville-based band). The most spectacular season in our part of Virginia in terms of natural beauty has to be fall. Leaves near the peaks of the mountains begin to change in late September. Peak fall color usually arrives in mid to late October. Visit Carter Mountain Orchard, from which you can see the entirety of downtown Charlottesville below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west in all their fall splendor. And, of course, for the ultimate perspective on the area, float overhead in a hot-air balloon.  Be sure to spend some quality time in our parks and natural areas during your visit. The highest and most iconic trails can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Try the Humpback Rocks Trail, a steep, short hike to a 360-degree view atop the rocky peak. There you’ll see as much of the Shenandoah Valley and the mountains of Albemarle County as you would out of the windows of a private jet. The ever-popular Saunders-Monticello Trail, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Carter Mountain Orchard, is another excellent place for a hike, no matter the season. Put the Rustic Highland Trails at nearby James Monroe’s Highland high on your list for consideration as well. Kayak, tube, raft, or paddleboard on the James or Rivanna Rivers. The Rivanna is calm and wide, lined with shaded rocky banks, and close to the heart of downtown. The James, broad and beautiful, is our biggest river. On your way to or from the James, stop by Scottsville’s quaint, historic downtown for a drink or a bite to eat. From the Rivanna, try the pedestrian mall in the heart of Charlottesville, an eight-block stretch of shops, restaurants, cafes and public art. It’s a great place to enjoy a socially-distanced outdoor lunch, dinner or morning coffee. Don’t worry about bringing your own equipment to either river. Look to the Rivanna River Company at the Rivanna, and James River Runners or James River Reeling and Rafting near the James for any rentals you may need. Tubing on the James River Carter Mountain Orchard Cover Photo: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Sunset at Humpback Rocks Should you have any questions when planning your visit, give us a call, visit our website, or stop by one of our visitor centers to speak with our knowledgeable travel specialists. Plan your trip today at www.visitcharlottesville.org. The USA Cycling National Team trained here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County prior to the 2015 UCI Road World Championships for a reason. Scenic and hilly, our roads make for perfect training grounds. The southern end of Skyline Drive, the road at the center of Shenandoah National Park, meets with the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway just west of Albemarle County, and either route is perfect for an intense bike ride. Find flatter, breezier trails and roads closer to the city. The roads and trails in and around downtown Charlottesville are excellent for biking, running, hiking and walking with friends or family.  last_img read more

Sketch Released in Bethpage Grope Attack

Sketch Released in Bethpage Grope Attack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sketch of the suspect police believed accosted a woman in Bethpage Nov. 4.Nassau County police Wednesday released a sketch of a man suspected of accosting a woman in Bethpage who described the harrowing ordeal to the Press last week.The man is suspected of flashing the woman and grabbing her breasts after he had asked her for a lighter and a ride to friend’s house around 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 4. The victim, 45-year-old Eileen Scanlon Christofi, said she had just gotten off a Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station when she noticed the man following her.After she declined to give him a ride, the suspect flashed her, pushed his body against hers and then grabbed her chest. Christofi was able to fight off the suspect, who she said appeared to be high on drugs.“There was no urgency in his walk,” she said.The suspect is described as a while male with dark hair, bad teeth, a slim build, light complexion, brown eyes and is around 23-28 years old. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, police said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-224-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.Crime Stoppers offers a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.last_img read more

California jury convicts former CU employee of insider fraud

California jury convicts former CU employee of insider fraud

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Following a three-day trial, a Los Angeles jury found a former credit union employee guilty Monday of 15 felony counts of conspiracy to commit insider fraud and financial institution fraud that led to more than $1.2 million in losses.Indira Mohabir, 42, of La Palma, who worked as a business loan processor from 2013 to 2015 at the then Western Federal Credit Union — now the $2.9 billion Unify Financial Credit Union in Torrance — is scheduled to be sentenced in April.Trial evidence showed that Mohabir opened in secret and without authority nearly $3 million in lines of credit for her online boyfriend, Phillip Cook, 51, who had been living South Euclid, Ohio during the three-year scheme. Cook quickly drew down on the credit lines opened by Mohabir, which led to more than $1.2 million in losses for the credit union, according to federal prosecutors.Through a dedicated hotline for business members, Mohabir met Cook and they quickly became involved in a romantic relationship. Cook lured the former credit union employee with flowers, promised to take her on exotic trips and mailed her gifts including a $50,000 check drawn on the credit lines that she earlier opened for him – a check that was intercepted at the credit union, according to trial evidence.last_img read more

Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel.You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you.Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He belongs to the person in the seat on the other side of him, and he is a manifestation of a new item, or the metastasizing of an old item, on America’s menu of rights.Fortunately, the federal government is on the case, so you can relax and enjoy the flight.The rapid recent increase of emotional-support animals in airplane cabins is an unanticipated consequence of a federal law passed with the best of intentions, none of which pertained to Dexter the peacock, more about whom anon. In 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told providers of public housing that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandates “reasonable accommodations” for persons who require “assistance animals.”The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 allows access to animals trained to provide emotional support. Federal guidelines say airlines must allow even emotional-support animals that have a potential to “offend or annoy” passengers, but that airlines are allowed to — let us not sugarcoat this — discriminate  —against some “unusual” animals. Studies have purported to show that people living with pets derive myriad benefits, including lower cholesterol.A Washington Post report says “horses are used to treat sex addiction.” Thank you, Post, for not elaborating.But the proliferation of emotional-support animals suggests that a cult of personal fragility is becoming an aspect of the quest for the coveted status of victim.The cult is especially rampant in colleges and universities, which increasingly embrace the therapeutic mission of assuaging the anxieties of the emotionally brittle.There, puppies are deployed to help students cope with otherwise unbearable stresses, such as those caused by final exams or rumors of conservatism.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Southwest rather sternly says that passengers accompanied by emotional-support animals had better have papers from credentialed experts certifying “a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — Fourth Edition.”But the DSM already accords the status of disability to almost every imaginable human trait or quirk and is eager to imagine new ones.Delta experienced a nearly one-year doubling of what it delicately calls “incidents” (urinating, defecating, biting).“Farm poultry,” hedgehogs and creatures with tusks are unwelcome on Delta, which is going to be alert regarding the booming market for forged documents attesting to emotional neediness.The Association of Flight Attendants is pleased, perhaps because one of its members was asked to give a dog oxygen because the dog’s owner said it was having a panic attack.Now, let us, as the lawyers say, stipulate a few things. Quadrupeds, and no-peds like Oscar, have done a lot less damage to the world than have bipeds, and often are better mannered than many of today’s human air travelers.Animals can be comforting to anyone and can be therapeutic to the lonely, the elderly with symptoms of senescence, and soldiers and others suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.center_img Yet a New York photographer and performance artist named, according to The Associated Press, Ventiko recently was denied the right to board her Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her “emotional-support peacock,” for whom Ventiko had bought a ticket.And there is a 29-year-old traveler who insists that she cannot “think about life without” Stormy, her emotional-support parakeet. So, if Oscar’s owner says Oscar provides support, and the owner lawyers up.In contemporary America, where whims swiftly become necessities en route to becoming government-guaranteed entitlements, it is difficult to draw lines.Besides, lines are discouraged lest someone (or some species?) be “stigmatized” by being “marginalized.” The line JetBlue has drawn dehumanizes snakes. Yes, they are not technically human, but don’t quibble.Anyway, soon enough there will be a lobby (“Rights for Reptiles”?), and lobbies are precursors to entitlements.JetBlue is attempting to fly between the Scylla of passengers discomforted by a duck waddling down the aisle (even though it is wearing a diaper; this has happened more than once) and the Charybdis of animal advocates who are hypersensitive to speciesism, aka anti-pet fascism.JetBlue says that “unusual animals” such as “snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders” are verboten, even as emotional-support animals.last_img read more

Developers line up to bid ‘£300m’ for Cutlers Gardens

Developers line up to bid ‘£300m’ for Cutlers Gardens

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Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match

Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match

first_imgTiger Woods and Peyton Manning held off a late challenge to beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 1Up in a charity golf match in Florida on Sunday that raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.Woods, a 15-time major champion, and two-time Super Bowl winner, Manning, jumped out to a three-hole lead on the front nine at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. While Woods’s booming drives and Manning’s solid putting saw the pair dominate the early holes, five-time major winner, Mickelson, and Brady won the 11th and 14th to shave the lead to one.However, they were unable to force extra holes after Woods delivered a dagger putt on 18 as darkness descended on his home course.The shot of the day came from Brady on the seventh when he holed out from the fairway just after NBA great Charles Barkley, working as a commentator, had been giving the quarterback a hard time for his ice cold start.“Shut your mouth, Chuck,” Brady said with a smile.But Brady, who joined Tampa Bay in March after 20 years with New England, had little time to revel in the moment. After giving a short speech where he told his wife and kids he loved them, the six-times Super Bowl winner then split the seat of his pants while retrieving the ball from the cup.Woods, who lost to Mickelson in a $9 million winner-take-all challenge in 2018, congratulated Manning and Brady for their performance in the team match play event, dubbed The Match: Champions for Charity.“We all came together and were able to raise $20 million for those that have been so severely affected,” Woods said.“I take my hat off to Tom and Peyton. This is our arena, this is what we do for a living. I couldn’t imagine going on the field and do what they do,” he added with a laugh.The competition comes 2-1/2 weeks before the PGA Tour plans to resume its season on June 11 at Colonial. Woods last competed in February and then withdrew from a number of tournaments with a back injury before the PGA Tour decided to cancel a slew of events because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.He has said he is healthy and will be ready to go when the Tour resumes.Mickelson finished third in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in early February and missed the cut in his next two starts.Manning, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, retired in 2016 as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and yards and is the only five-time winner of the league’s Most Valuable Player award.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Charity Golf MatchCOVID-19Peyton ManningPhil MickelsonTiger WoodsTom Bradylast_img read more

Lampard breaks goals record

Lampard breaks goals record

first_img Press Association The England midfielder, restored to the starting XI ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final, cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener with a sweet left-footed effort just after the hour mark before sealing the points – and the record – with close-range effort three minutes from time. That left him with 203 career goals for the Blues, a fitting landmark forged over 12 years at Stamford Bridge. Victory in a dramatic match that saw both Ramires and Benteke sent off for two yellow cards effectively assures Chelsea’s Champions League status next season, while leaving Villa still in the relegation equation. The first half had been such a different story, Villa ending it 1-0 up and with a man advantage. Benteke was proving his usual handful in attack too, winning nearly everything in the air, and it was no surprise to see him on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. He beat Gary Cahill to a Brad Guzan clearance and then peeled off at speed to take Yacouba Sylla’s return pass. The Belgian then glided past Cahill with ball at feet and slipped his shot past Petr Cech at the near post. On the half-hour Lampard came desperately close to his landmark goal, seeing a low free-kick squirm out of Guzan’s hands and roll gently against a post. Chelsea were starting to find their feet in the game when a series of refereeing decisions took centre stage. The first saw Benteke booked rather than sent off for an elbow on Cesar Azpilicueta, before Terry also shown yellow despite seeming to be the last man when he felled Sylla. Lee Mason did flourish red just before the interval though, with the struggling Ramires earning a second booking for high feet on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Villa’s extra man lasted only until the 58th minute, Benteke the man to go this time, again for a second yellow and again for high feet. Within two minutes the scores were level and Lampard was celebrating his long-awaited record-equalling goal. Eden Hazard rolled him the ball from the right flank, he shepherded it into a more central position and then fired home a curling left-footed effort. He was duly mobbed by team-mates as he ran to the away support to take in the moment. Terry departed on a stretcher after suffering an injury which will place his own Europa League final hopes in severe doubt, but Lampard was yet to have his final say on proceedings. The winner came from a fine Chelsea move, Hazard taking in a one-two in left channel before cutting the ball across goal for Lampard. As so often in his Chelsea career, he was in the right place at the right time and he tapped home with ease. center_img Frank Lampard etched his name into the history books by deposing Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s record goalscorer with a brace as his side beat Aston Villa 2-1.last_img read more

Rainoil Tennis: Oiza Yakubu Upsets Top Seed, Osewa

Rainoil Tennis: Oiza Yakubu Upsets Top Seed, Osewa

first_imgYakubu had similarly put up eye-catching display in the same tournament last year when she won two qualifying matches to berth in the Main Draw. Although she lost in the first round, she no doubt created an impression in the minds of tennis aficionados.Her performance since then has been very impressive posting some podium finishing at ITF Junior tournaments.In some other women’s singles matches decided yesterday, Bunmi Are coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Esther Chidiebere, a wild card entrant, while second seeded, Blessing Samuel bagged an easy 6-0 6-1 win over Toyin Asogba.Mary Tenu-Michael and Aanu Aiyegbusi were ruthless in their matches against Ramota Odeyemi and Blessing Danjuma after 6-0, 6-0 wins but Oluchi Ozurumba needed to be on top of her game to advance by beating Temitope Fashanu 6-3, 6-7 (1), 10-5.Blessing Anuna also bested Ngozi Dirisu 6-0, 6-4 while Ronke Akingbade stopped Omolade Aderemi, a qualifier, 6-4, 6-1.In the men’s singles, top seed Joseph Imeh bagged a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tochukwu Ezeh to move to the third round and he is joined by his nearest rival, Sylvester Emmanuel who was merciless in his clash with Oche Adehi winning 6-0, 6-0. He will face Joseph Iyorovbe for a place in the quarterfinal.Martin Abamu gave former top ranked player Shehu Lawal a huge fight before the latter pulled through 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.Former Nigeria top ranked player Thomas Otu was walked over by John Henry due to his late arrival for their match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s junior female tennis player, Oiza Yakubu, caused a major upset yesterday at the on-going 2nd Rainoil Open Tennis Championship at Ikoyi Club in Lagos when she defeated former national tennis star, Omotayo Osewa.Yakubu who gained wild card to play in the Rainoil Tournament, took the first set easily with a 6-2 score-line before Osewa formerly known as Omotayo Ibrahim dug deep into experience to claim the second set in 6-4. The left-handed Yakubu, with support from neutrals, took the super tie break 10-3 to progress to the next round.Now guaranteed a few national rankings, Yakubu will now face Oluchi Ozurumba, another of the seeded players in the second round this afternoon.last_img read more

Boys soccer Mustangs knock off Westhill, 1-0

Boys soccer Mustangs knock off Westhill, 1-0

first_imgIn Friday’s game against 5-1 Chittenango, the Mustangs made it seven wins in a row, beating the Bears 4-1 as it was Matt Kershaw twice finding the net, helped by single goals from Jarvi and Josh Wilkinson. Baker and Lundrigan had one assist apiece.Skaneateles had little trouble rebounding from its defeat to Westhill, the Lakers racing out to a comfortable lead on Mexico last Tuesday night and going on to blank the Tigers 2-0.Mexico could not contain Tylar Moss, who notched three goals for the hat trick. Jack Donovan  had the other goal, with assists credited to Noah O’Connor, Landon Hellwig and Colin Gaglione.While Marcellus was beating Westhill, West Genesee was at home, trying to upend Baldwinsville, who won the sectional and regional Class AA titles a year ago.And it almost worked, the Wildcats keeping the Bees off the scoreboard for most of the night despite only having five shots to the opponents’ 2-0. Only a goal in the final minutes of regulation by Gavin O’Connor allowed B’ville to prevail 1-0.In an overtime thriller, Bishop Ludden beat Tully 2-1, having surrendered a 1-0 lead in the second half but still getting the overtime game-winner, set up by Michael Gaughan, who assisted on both of the Gaelic Knights’ goals, one by Roberto Scutari, the other by Charlie Colella. Each of Jim McGarvey’s five saves proved important.Ludden had an easier time of it in Thursday’s 5-0 shutout of Cato-Meridian, getting four of those goals in the first half as Gaughan finished with two goals and one assist. Colella, Luke Infanti and Liam  Mahar also found the net.Jordan-Elbridge was shut down by Chittenango last Tuesday in a 7-0 defeat, with Keegan Ferris and Jon Salmonsen having to make 16 saves between them as Sean Larsson, Owen Bailey and Arthur Paul each scored twice for the Bears.Solvay broke open a scoreless battle with Phoenix last Tuesday by getting a big second half to defeat the Firebirds 3-0.David O’Toole led the Bearcats’ late push, not only getting a goal, but assisting on both of Solvay’s other scoring plays as Ed Matysuk and Jacob Barndollar found the net. Goalie Jonathan  Gonzalez Perez stopped all five Phoenix shots he faced.Against Homer on Friday, an early goal proved enough for Solvay to edge the Trojans 1-0. Matysuk’s first-half tally held up as, once more, Gonzalez Perez made five saves to gain the shutout.J-E, Meanwhile, was at Cazenovia, giving up five goals in the first half of a 5-1 defeat to the Eagles as Max Michael led those other Lakers by scoring twice.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Despite its own 4-0 start, Marcellus was unranked going into the game, and perhaps that fact motivated the visitors because, in the first half, it took full advantage of a rare opportunity as Brett Beal put a shot past Westhill goalie Ian Prebish.From there, it belonged to the defenses. The Mustangs rarely got another scoring chance, but its back line did such a good job of protection that Cory Cangemi only had to make two saves for the shutout.Not having a letdown, Marcellus ripped Oneida 6-0 two days later, and it was a showcase for Ryan Lundrigan, who took the Indians’ defense apart as he poured in a career-best four goals. Dakota Baker and Quinten Weaver also scored, with assists going to Beal, Tristan Jarvi and Ryan Moses. When it earned back-to-back victories over Cazenovia an d Skaneateles, the Westhill boys soccer team found itself in the same position as it was during its 2018 state title run – in front, and everyone’s biggest target.The Warriors’ climb to the top of the state Class B rankings only added to that pressure, and it didn’t help that another main rival, Marcellus, would arrive to challenge them last Monday night, sporting its own 4-0 record.As it turned out, it was the Mustangs that would solve the Warriors, claiming a tense 1-0 decision to stake its own claim as the area’s Class B team to beat.center_img Tags: boys soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more