Vermont Business Magazine The board of directors of the Vermont-NEA, the state’s largest union, has authorized a donation of $12,200 to the unions representing 2,000 Fairpoint Communications workers in northern New England who have been on strike for nearly two months. FairPoint has implemented a plan to realign benefit packages with non-union workers and to give itself the ability to hire non-union workers under certain conditions. The unions have agreed to some benefit concessions. Non-binding arbitration in November failed to resolve the issue or move it closer to a resolution. Political pressure also has been unsuccessful. The contract with unionized workers expired last summer.“What Fairpoint is doing to our brothers and sisters is unconscionable and unacceptable,” said Martha Allen, president of Vermont-NEA, which represents 12,000 public education workers in Vermont. “These working men and women have offered millions of dollars’ worth of concessions to Fairpoint only to be met with silence and a refusal to compromise.”RELATED: FairPoint strikers rally at Vermont State HouseVermont Public Service Department seeks investigation into FairPoint service qualityVermont-NEA’s board authorized the donation on behalf of the union’s members and locals, including the South Burlington Educators Association. “As all of us – particularly our recently-on-strike members in South Burlington – know, a strike is a last resort,” Allen said. “We implore Fairpoint to rejoin their loyal employees back at the negotiating table and stay there until a fair contract resolution is reached.”Allen was pleased to add Vermont-NEA to the list of unions donating to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Solidarity Fund. The FairPoint IBEW workers do not have a dedicated strike fund; the CWA does have a strike fund.“When workers strike for fair compensation, working conditions and benefits, it’s not just about them,” Allen said. “Our brothers and sisters walking the picket lines do so on behalf of all union members everywhere.” She pointed out that the striking workers have been without pay or health insurance coverage for many weeks now.Vermont-NEA also noted that a special CWA Local 1400 wish list on amazon.com has been established, and Allen urged union members statewide to help the children of striking workers have presents under the tree this holiday season. The wish list has toys and other items costing less than $25.Source: Vermont-NEA. Vermont Business Magazine. 12.10.2014
Texans defensive lineman Christian Covington took time out of his schedule to visit Japan this spring. | KAZ NAGATSUKA KEYWORDS Tokyo, NFL, Osaka, Kyoto, vacations, Houston Texans, Christian Covington, Rice University Japan treated Christian Covington as well as he could have hoped.The Houston Texans defensive lineman took a private trip here along with a few friends, including former Rice University teammates, earlier this month. RELATED PHOTOS Christian Covington (left) poses for a photo with friends during his trip to Japan. | CHRISTIAN COVINGTON All of them agreed they had a blast during their stay in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.One night before they traveled back to the United States, they shared one last Japanese meal, chanko-nabe (one-pot dish), commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers, near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo venue in Tokyo.Speaking to The Japan Times, Covington said coming to Japan had been “a dream of ours” since he and his friends met during their freshman football season at Rice.“It’s been a country that we’ve always had an interest in,” said Covington, a Vancouver native who was selected by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. “It’s a country I’ve always admired with just the significant culture and history, art forms . . . the many different art forms are something that’s always really appealed to me.”During their trip, the 24-year-old and his friends had many unforgettable experiences, visiting some of the historical attractions in the three cities.In Tokyo, they were awed by the size of Nakamise-dori, a long, store-lined street from the Kaminarimon gate all the way to Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district.In Osaka, they had their breath taken away by Osaka Castle, which solemnly and majestically sits in the middle of the western capital of Japan. They were also able to “catch the tail end” of the cherry blossoms, which came a little earlier this year because of warmer temperatures.“That was gorgeous, especially at Osaka Castle,” Covington said. “That was tremendous to be able to see the beauty and it’s such a delicate flower.”But what wound up being Covington’s favorite of the three cities was Kyoto. He said he was thrilled to see some of its historic and one-of-a-kind sites, such as the Thousand Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Bamboo Forest Street.“That is the city that really spoke to me,” Covington said of Kyoto, where he would like to spend more time next time he visits Japan. “I just really felt a connection with it.”Actually, Covington already has a genetic connection to Asia and Japan. He said that he had recently taken a DNA test and found out he is partially Japanese.“So I know I’m part Asian on my mother’s side,” said Covington, whose father Grover Covington was a star defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and is the all-time sack leader in the Canadian Football League. “My great-grandmother was born in Hong Kong. I’m assuming that the Japanese may have come from her side of the family. The DNA test showed me to be 5 percent Japanese and the remaining 21 percent of my Asian DNA to be comprised of Chinese and Vietnamese.”Covington was also excited to set foot in urban areas, including the Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo. He got to know that now globally famous place through the action film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”He said visiting the crossing is like “when you go to New York, you take a picture in front of Times Square.”Covington, who is preparing for his fourth NFL season, cherished the opportunity to get away from the stress he is under in the extremely competitive NFL.“This is actually the first personal vacation I’ve been able to take for myself in, I want to say about 10 years,” said Covington, who missed the latter half of last season due to a torn right biceps. “I never really took vacation in college, and this is my first vacation I’ve taken for myself since I’ve been a pro. So this has been such relaxing experience, such a relaxing vacation. A chance to unplug (and) get away from the United States to be able to venture out, be abroad, travel abroad, witness a new culture. . . . It’s truly a way to unwind, relax and just get away from anything that can distract you from simple things.”But of course, once he gets back on the field, Covington will try to make something big happen for the Texans over the upcoming season.Covington said that he is “loving” the Texans’ chances for the 2018 campaign. He’s hopeful the team can rebound from an injury-plagued 2017 season during which both starting quarterback DeShaun Watson and star defensive end J.J. Watt suffered season-ending injuries.“I know a lot of us are hungry, really all of us are hungry,” said Covington, who has made seven starts and racked up four sacks in his pro career.Covington called the Texans “a special team” for which “the sky is the limit.” He suggested that Houston is a Super Bowl-caliber club.“I know every single person on this roster is going to try to fight for it,” he said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
3rd Don Lehmer (23) 38ptsNear Pins: Mick Beresford, Jim BrackettSunday we played the Silky Oak and the course was in fine condition while the weather remained hot and dry with a slight breeze.Peter “the right honorable” LeNoury and Jimmy “AK 47” Bell were co-men of the match, both with excellent 40 point returns as Peter edged Jim on the back-nine count back. This left Don “the ladies man” Lehmer to close the flight with a fine 38 points on the card.Tuesday, August 1, Bangpra – Stableford1st Bill Peach (22) 37 pts2nd Mick Beresford (15) 34 pts3rd Steve Mann (11) 31 ptsNear Pins: Tony OakesBangpra and the resident monkeys welcomed the TPL today and we had three groups of four, so only one flight required. The course on the whole was in fine condition but the greens were a tad slow as they had been lightly sanded. The weather was hot with a slight breeze.Peter LeNoury.Winning the day and tacking the match honours with a fine 37 points was Bill Peach, who by the way was also the only player to better his handicap. Following Bill up the podium steps at a distance was the inform Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford. Steve Mann was left to close the flight with 31 points.Friday, August 4,The Emerald – Stableford1st Tony Oakes (13) 38pts2nd John Cogan (17) 37pts3rd Tim Knight (27) 36pts4th Jim Bell (20) 35pts5th Henri Copperstone (5) 35ptsAn excellent low season crowd played the Emerald golf course on a fine day. Two of the societies big hitters were paired together to see who was the longest, well Gareth Gill’s best was 320 yds, but he four putted the green. Henri Copperstone’s drive was 294 so they called it a draw.Top man on the day was Tony Oakes with a match wining 38 points and he was one stroke clear of John Cogan. Tim ‘the thunder from down under’ Knight filled the third podium spot with a solid even par round. Jim ‘AK-47’ Bell and Henri Copperstone were tied on 35 points for the two remaining podium spots and after the divots had settled it was Jim who got to stand on the higher rung on the ladder. The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, July 30, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (14) 40pts2nd Jim Bell (20) 40pts
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)It’s been a terrible week in America.Maybe if we had just followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick, who had hoped the simple, non-violent act of taking a knee during the national anthem would move us to talk more about some of the serious problems plaguing this country.Maybe if we had just focused on conversation instead of condemnation, it would’ve been a much better week.“I’m not anti-American. I love America,” Kaepernick said nearly a year ago , in the early days of his passive but powerful protest against police brutality and a justice system that treats people of color unfairly. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Unfortunately, far too many people didn’t hear what he was saying.They only focused on what they saw as an act of defiance, a blow against all that America stands for. The non-violent tone of his actions was lost on them.Look where we are now.In the past week, Nazis and KKK members marched through the streets of Charlottesville bearing Tiki torches and chanting anti-Semitic slogans, a display that would’ve made Joseph Goebbels proud. A woman who came to protest the bigotry and hatred was run down by a car in those same streets. The president cast racists and those who oppose them as being equally responsible for the violence , all while defending monuments to those who rebelled against this country in support of slavery. Beyond our shores, a terror attack in Barcelona claimed more than a dozen lives, while a knife-wielding man randomly killed at least two more people Friday on the streets of Finland.Sports figures have weighed in on all the discord.LeBron James referred to Donald Trump as the “so-called president.” Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors said he won’t be accepting an invitation to visit the White House because he doesn’t “respect who’s in office right now.” Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy took to Twitter to mock the idea that both sides were at fault in Charlottesville: “On one hand you had the Nazis who were violent & on the other the allied soldiers were very violent. So it’s a draw. Many sides you see.”Meanwhile, Kaepernick’s continued blackballing from the NFL has drawn the ire of some fellow players, who have carried on his protest by kneeling or raising fists during the national anthem. Some have called for an even stronger stand, with the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP urging a boycott of games if the quarterback isn’t signed by a team before the opening weekend.“We will take a knee, and we will continue to take a knee on the NFL until they act with one voice,” said Gerald Griggs, vice president of the local branch.Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said the divisive issue of race in America, and especially the events of the past week, only sharpen his belief that Kaepernick’s actions were justified.“He made himself vulnerable,” Baldwin said, turning emotional as he spoke. “Especially about a topic that he feels so deeply about, that I feel so deeply about. Injustice and inequality, whether you agree with it or not _ that’s irrelevant. Somebody believes something, so I definitely think the way that he approached it was excellent, very methodical but also very brave.”As grim as things seem at the moment, it’s never too late to start the healing.We can start by talking with each other, instead of yelling at each other.Take a cue from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who grew up in Charlottesville. When teammate Malcolm Jenkins thrust his right fist in the air during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an exhibition game Thursday night, Long put his right hand over his heart, his left hand on Jenkins’ shoulder.Jenkins is black. Long is white.It was a powerful symbol of unity , one that was badly needed in these troubled times.“I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality,” Long said.There is no doubt that Kaepernick should be playing quarterback in the NFL. His ample qualifications have been fully documented by numerous statistical sites and media outlets .There is also no doubt the point he made still resonates _ civil discord without coming to blows, or worse.So let’s try listening _ really listening _ to what he was saying.Next week might be a whole lot better.___Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
:10—Steeler Time… No. 1; It’s that time, alright, and that means I am at my spot. And as I always tell ya…If I told you where I was, I’d have to kill ya. No. 2; For the record, don’t try to find me. I’ve got multiple stops. No. 3; I know it’s Atlanta and I know they went to the Big Dance and gave it away…But say it with me, boys and girls, “It’s only preseason. It’s only preseason.” And we’re playing guys you will never see again in life. No. 4; You only need to get a close-up shot of Martavis Bryant to know he’s been serious about making his comeback. No. 5; T.J. Watt’s the real deal as I told you. The bloodline is legit. Pay no mind to who starts…James Harrison will tell you it’s not who starts, it’s who finishes and how they finish!:09—On the other side of the page…“Ya’ll” know the Pitt basketball season is coming back whether you want it to or not. I’m just sayin’!BILL NEAL:08—Speaking of basketball, here’s a long overdue shoutout and congratulations to T.J. McConnell. He of Chartiers Valley High School, Duquesne University and onto Arizona where he blew up and now with the Philadelphia 76ers. The ultimate achiever. He made it all the way and deserves everything that comes his way. I am proud to know him. Proud to say he played in the Connie Hawkins League. Proud most of all to know his wonderful and iconic family.:07—Sit tight. Be patient and don’t worry. James Conner is the real deal at 6’2” and 230 pounds. He’s bigger than you thought when you watched him on TV at Pitt. He’ll do just fine until Le’Veon returns.:06-Le’Veon will return, and for all you know-it-alls out there who keep wanting to know, “Why won’t Bell come to camp and take the $30 million guaranteed?” The answer is because $35 million is more! Duh!!! And don’t tell me you would play for less and yada, yada, yada. That’s why you’re pushing a broom now. (I’m sorry, my bad!):05—I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this. Mr. Doss has some real tight rules around here and Rob Taylor Jr. backs him up (You know, that new job thing). Anyway, if I was allowed to say it, I would remind you of the judgeship, Super Bowl champion, Steeler MVP greatness and all-around nice guy of one Dwayne Woodruff and remind you that his and our history is in your voting hand. Pennsylvania Supreme Court…right here…right now!:04—What is it with these damn apes? They just won’t go away. Even I’m sick of them. And look, Hollywood, some of that stuff ain’t gonna happen, man. It just won’t. Hell, if it’s me, I just turn the blowtorch up on all that fur. Game over! And go see Logan Lucky. Enjoy and have some long overdue movie fun. It’s fun-nee! (Spoiler alert—Samuel L. “I’ll do any movie, anytime, anywhere, no matter how bad” Jackson in the Hitman’s Bodyguard is not a hit and needs no guarding.):03—Speaking of doing yourself a favor, you already know that the Mayweather-McGregor fight is a PR moneymaker that you and a bunch of other lollipops, aka all-day suckers, will buy into. But you could do a better thing and save some money. Pull up. Dial up. Pull out or go get the Ali-Frazier trilogy and be reminded of what true boxing was like. Ali vs. Frazier I, Ali vs. Frazier II and the legendary Thrilla in Manila. Mmmaaannn, that’s when greatness was great. Oh, by the way, don’t thank me. I’m here for you!:02—I didn’t forget about ya, partner. Met my man, Charlie, in the Emergency Room last week. As I told ya my brother, you are now “In the Locker Room.” (Miss you and love you, Kenny Durrett):01—So you really think you got it, but you don’t. Need I remind you that year 1 you couldn’t find a parking spot down at the Blue Line Grille. Year 2 you and 99 others were left standing in the hallway trying to get in at the Holiday Inn, and last year you were mad cause the 749 people ahead of you got the last chicken wings. So, I’m telling you to lock this in for your own good. The Fourth Pittsburgh City League High School All-Sports Hall of Fame inductions, honoring the best of the best, Friday, October 6, 6 p.m. until pre-reception at the Savoy. All-City welcome. Welcome home. Meet and Greet, Cash Bar and Kitchen, $5 cover charge, Dress to Impress! Saturday, October 7, the Hall of Fame inductions, August Wilson Center, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. awards, Savoy. Celaborate hors d’oeuvres spread, vendors, jazz, 50/50, cash bar, photo ops, $50 adults, $25 youth 12 and under. Go deep in the closet for this one. Call AGI at 412-628-4856 for info. (After party at the Savoy.) City League, it’s your time…It’s your turn!!!:00—GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has resumed kneeling during the national anthem after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in his polarizing protest last season.Reid knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night before the 49ers played at Minnesota in an exhibition game. Reed stood for the anthem during the team’s first two preseason games. He initially said he had stopped because of frustration last year about the way his protest over human rights was portrayed and perceived by some of the public.The change of heart, Reid said after the 32-31 victory by the Vikings , came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injuries to many more.“We’ve got to keep talking about the issues that are happening in this country,” Reid said. “That’s the only way things will change, if we keep shedding light on these topics. Our plan is to continue to do that.”Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was among the 49ers teammates who put a hand on Reid’s shoulder during the anthem.“It’s no secret. All the things that are going on in America, especially being African-American, it’s just hard,” Goodwin said. “When you have somebody who chooses to take a knee, that’s just his right. So as a friend, as a brother, as a teammate, I wouldn’t want him to go through anything like that alone. So I had to go support him and let him and everybody else know that I do support him.”Reid said he appreciated the solidarity. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he had no problem with the demonstration. The strong safety said he thinks he’ll kneel all season, the goal being “change.”“Accountability for officers that step outside the line,” he said. “We want our president to be a president and not threaten to shut down the government over a wall. To change the oppression that happens in this country. It has no place in the world, let alone America.“Our goal is to just keep talking about it. Hopefully we inspire people to do something about it through our protests. And this isn’t something that’s new. I’ve learned a lot of things throughout the past year about athletes that have talked about the same things that we’re talking about. So the goal is just to create some change.”Kaepernick and Reid remain close. After a hard hit on Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen during the game, Reid kissed his flexed biceps as Kaepernick used to do. The quarterback, who helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, became a free agent this spring and has not been signed by another team . Other players around the league, such as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett , have staged their own anthem protests this month.___Associated Press freelance writer Jess Myers contributed to this report.
Vance McDonald (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin scouted Vance McDonald before the 2013 NFL draft and liked what he saw from the big tight end. Though San Francisco grabbed McDonald in the second round that spring, Tomlin kept tabs on McDonald, monitoring his progress from afar.Tomlin’s view will be considerably better going forward. The Steelers acquired McDonald from the rebuilding 49ers on Tuesday, sending a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft to San Francisco for the 27-year-old McDonald and a fifth-round selection next spring.“He’s an NFL-capable tight end, another guy to add to that mix and some competition there,” Tomlin said. “We’ll quickly get him up to speed.”McDonald has struggled with drops during his career but caught 24 passes for San Francisco in 2016, setting career highs with 391 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He’ll join a group that includes Jesse James, who was anointed the starter when the Steelers released Ladarius Green in March after one injury-marred season.James and Xavier Grimble have had uneven training camps. James missed a blocking assignment in last weekend’s loss to Indianapolis, leading to a sequence that ended with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being strip-sacked. Grimble made a leaping touchdown grab in the second half but has yet to make significant inroads on James. There’s a direct correlation to the play of James, Grimble and veteran David Johnson and the decision to bring in McDonald.“The guys haven’t been consistently varsity enough for our comfort,” Tomlin said. “They’ve had some moments positively and some moments negatively and we were in the market for a guy that was NFL capable and McDonald is that. We’re not going to anoint him in any way, going to put him in uniform like the rest of them.”James, a fifth-round pick in 2015, caught 39 passes and three touchdowns last season, but McDonald is more of a downfield threat. He averaged 16.3 yards per reception last season, tops among San Francisco regulars. James learned about the trade early Tuesday and acknowledged it caught him by surprise, later adding he would do what he could to help McDonald adjust while reiterating he considers himself the starter.“I still see myself as the guy, that’s the way the camp has gone,” James said. “I feel really confident in myself that I have the job.”McDonald won’t get an opportunity to practice until after the Steelers wrap up the preseason schedule against Carolina on Thursday night. That gives him barely a week to get ready for the 2017 opener at Cleveland, meaning James and company will have to help give him a crash course in offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s system.“We expect him to be able to come in and contribute to our unit,” James said. “We’ll welcome him aboard and anything that takes to win a Super Bowl here is what we want to do.”___For more AP NFL coverage: http://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a historic moment, and it happened even before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had officially begun.As South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife greeted VIPs in their dignitary box to watch the opening ceremony, they turned to shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, who arrived earlier in the day on an unprecedented visit to the South by a member of the North’s ruling Kim family.All broke out in broad smiles.Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea’s nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam. They are part of an extraordinary diplomatic push by the North aimed at using the Olympics to ease tensions with Seoul and bolster unity between the two Koreas after a year that has been marked by escalating fears of war and increasing angry rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington.As they shook hands, the North and South Koreans spoke briefly. It was not immediately known what they said, but all of them were smiling. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived after the handshakes. They were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife. His office said he did not interact with the North Koreans.The Moons, Nam and Kim all stood again as athletes from both Koreas marched together behind a blue-and-white “unification” flag for the first time since 2007. There was another handshake.The Pences did not stand for the unified Korean team’s entrance. During the parade of nations, they stood only for the U.S. team.Vice President Mike Pence, bottom right, speaks with second lady Karen Pence at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Seated behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam, second from top right, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool) South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)
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The three girl’s clubs compete in the U13, U14 and U15 divisions while the boys are up against teams from throughout the province in the U15, U16 and U18 categories.Each Nelson Select team plays a three-team-round-robin draw before the final games Sunday.There are eight zones in each division with each team playing one game from Thursday to Saturday before the medal games.The top team in each pool advances to play in the gold medal game.The second-place finishers in each division meet for the bronze.The final two teams play off in consolation round action.The Nelson Select teams represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial tourney. It’s time to get ready for the big stage for a handful of Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams.The squads begin quest for medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cups beginning Thursday in Aldergrove and Kelowna.Each team from Nelson — three in the girl’s tourney in Kelowna and three competing in Aldergrove in the boy’s event — enter the tournament seeded seventh.