first_imgNo expatriate coach will be appointed as coach of champions Asante Kotoko, the club has confirmed to Joy Sports.The Kumasi based club is racing against time to appoint Masud ‘Didi’ Dramani’s successor as they work at defending the league title and also do well in Africa.Some foreign coaches have been linked to the club but its spokesperson Kweku Ahenkorah says the board and management will hand the job to an indigene.“As it stands now it is not part of our consideration. Expatriate coaches will take time to study the terrain and our players and also know what it takes to be a coach in Ghana and also take time to know what is expected of him as a Kotoko coach,” he told Joy Sports.“Meanwhile the local coaches definitely have had a bit of experience either coaching some of our players at different clubs or generally have a fair idea of the players we have now and for that matter a local coach will settle better and earlier than an expatriate coach.“Looking at our situation now we believe a local coach will fit in,” he added. –last_img read more

first_imgEthanRowley9.2861 WMS footballWellington had a strange evening last week in which the seventh grade team, which was undefeated going in, lost. And the one-win eighth grade team won.In the seventh grade, Wellington lost to Circle 24-16.Wellington would take an early lead with Joe Ybarra and Michael Ledbetter finding the end zone and looking to be handling Circle for the most part of the game but in the end Circle would upset the Knights in overtime.The Knights would punch in a score with just over two minutes to go in the game but after the Knights kickoff the Circle offense would just need one play to go 75 cards to score the game tying touchdown.“We did not do our jobs on that play,” said Wellington Middle School Brandon Wilmoth. “We had two players run into each other and their speedy running back was gone.”The Knights would not be able to score before time ran out in regulation.  The Knights where on defense first in overtime and the Circle quarterback would find an open receiver in the end zone on third down to score and Circle would add on the two points with the exact same play.“Our secondary got sucked into the run game,” Wilmoth said. “We can’t say we lost the game on that one play as we had four quarters plus overtime to play like we should have done”.The Knights would be shut down at the 1-yard line on their overtime possession.“This game is a learning lesson for the whole team,” Wilmoth said “We need to come together next week, get better as we still can win the league championship”   The Knights will travel to undefeated Arkansas City this Thursday to play for the league championship.  If the Knights can knock off Arkansas City the Knights would win the tie breaker in the standings as they would have the head to head victory and Circle has two loses already.Seventh grade offense highlight stats:Ybarra 199 yards on 36 carries, one touchdown and two two-point conversions.Ledbetter had the other touchdown.Seventh Grade defensive highlight stats:Ybarra had six solo and two assisted tackles with a fumble recovery.Chi Barton and Graves had three solo tackles each.Caleb Reichenberger had three solo, one assisted tackles and an interception.Ledbetter had two solo, one assisted and forced a fumble.In the eighth grade game, Wellington won 28-20 after dropping the last three games.  TThe pace was quick in the first quarter with the Knights putting pressure on the Circle defense from the first snap.“If you looked at our offense, you can see it is what they are running at the high school level,” Wilmoth said. “It’s an offense that takes time to learn but we as coaches finally felt it was time to run it.”Walton would find the end zone first for the Knights and the Knights would get the ball back as they covered and onside kick.The Knights would march down the field with a Logan Jones touchdown. Circle would not go quietly as it would turn around a score with a long run making the score 14 to 8.  But the Knights were not done in the first as Jones would find the end zone again.After a fast pace first quarter the second quarter would be a battle of defense and the Knights would go into half time with a lead of 20 – 8.In the second half, the Circle defense figured out the Knights game plan and slowed the attack down. But the Knights would punch in another score with Walton finding his second touchdown of the night and Trey Cary would score the two-point conversation for the second time of the night.The Knights would get the ball back after a quick three-and-out and the Knights look to be about to score again when tailback Jones went down after a long run.“Losing Logan hurts that makes three very skilled players out for the season,” Wilmoth said. “Circle would take attack after the injury an put up back to back touchdowns on the Knights making the score 28 – 20.  But the Knights defense would hold off a final drive to give them a victory.“Kids worked hard for this win and we really needed it,” Wilmoth said. “We have had very little go our way this season and it nice to get another win.”The Knight will travel to Arkansas City on Thursday and have a make up game against Winfield next Tuesday to finish out their season.Eighth grade offensive highlight stats:Jones 152 yds on 10 carries and 2 TDs.Walton 135 yds on 16 carries and 2 TDs.Cary had two 2-point conversions.Eighth grade defensive highlight stats:Groom eight solo and two assisted tackles.McComb and Wilson each had three solo tackles.Buresh two solo and two assisted.Phelps fumble recoveryCary had an interception. WMS Cross Country The WMS cross country team traveled to Rose Hill’s Shorty Cox Park during a rainy, windy and cool Monday.Reese Heasty for the seventh girls was the lone medalist for Wellington. During the season, sixth, seventh and eighth graders home 43 medals.The results of the meet are as follows:7th Girls MattRinehart6.4219 7th Boys1 mileTIMEPlace 8th Boys1.5 mileTIMEPlace JacobFriesen7.2546 ReeseHeasty7.057YES JacobMcDonald9.4815 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Middle School falls sports will be winding down this week. The girls tennis team wrapped things up last week. The WMS cross country team finished its season on Monday.The Wellington Middle School football and volleyball teams will be playing at Arkansas City this Thursday in the final regular season games. The volleyball teams will then play the Pioneer League Tournament at the Wellington Middle School on Saturday. 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal WMS TennisThe Wellington Middle School tennis team participated in the Pioneer League Tournament last week. The Lady Knights finished in second place. “Great season, girls,” said Terri Driskell, Wellington Middle School tennis coach.The results are as follows:No. 1 Singles:  Abby Lowe – Second.No. 1 Doubles:  Mekenna Adams and Avery Rusk – First.No. 2 Singles:  Lexi Saffell – Second.No. 2 Doubles:  Chaney Leonard and Hattie Staley – Second.No. 3 Singles:  Carly Kimzey – Second.No. 3 Doubles:  Annika DeJarnett and Madison Brown – Third.No. 4 Singles:  Keylee Bodkins – Second.No. 4 Doubles:  KayCee Pennington and Alexis Tracy – First. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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