Started at the campus of University of Liberia, the National Handball Association, NHA, has made a stride that many of his players, mostly students from the various schools are proud of. When Professor J. Mayson Saweler thought of the need to encourage the formation of the sport, he was aware of the challenges ahead.As a professor of physical education, Saweler realized that a healthy body is a happy person, and therefore he went ahead, with support from sports lovers to get the organization off the ground.“I proceeded nonetheless,” Saweler, who is also president of the Liberia National Handball Association, told the Daily Observer last Tuesday in Monrovia, “because I knew there was more that the sport can do for Liberian youths.”That was four years ago. Fast forward it to the year 2014 and after successful handling of the sport’s affairs, several schools in Monsterrado County, Grand Bassa, and Margibi County are part of it.“Liberia is not Monrovia,” Saweler said, “so we decided to take the sport to other counties.” And his administration is considering further expansion, after the successful defeat of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Regular leagues are organized and awareness about discipline has also been encouraged.In the organization’s first ever international assistance, Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee, through the Liberia National Olympic Committee, LNOC, provided sponsorship, along with a foreign expert that took participants through the sport’s fundamentals.“It was that support that moved our sport to another level,” Saweler said. He now pleads for more Liberian government’s support.He said, “We completed Ebola awareness for student athletes in Monrovia and we had hoped to extend it outside Montserrado County,” which could not continue due to lack of material support.Meanwhile, at the end of its successful leagues before the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, “We have six schools to award prizes at a convenient period,” he said.The schools, he said are Sarah Barclay in both male and female categories, (senior high); Melvin Sonnii (junior high) female division and Newport (male).“Slipway won both male and female versions in the elementary division,” he said.He said the six schools would receive a total amount of Ld30, 000.00, along with one set of jersey.One of the major setbacks for handball, he said, was the recent cancellation of both male and female teams to have participated in the Lome, Togo youth tournament.“Despite the disappointment,” Saweler said, “the grant of U$11,400.00 from the International Handball Federation is being spent for the development of handball, with the blessing of the International Handball Federation.”“It was good news for us,” he said. During the preparation for the abortive trip to Togo, the Ministry of Youth and Sports could not honor a budgeted U$16,000.00, since the ministry did not have money for the trip; a source told the Daily Observer.Among other activities, Saweler said his administration has purchased a vehicle for the organization to ease transportation difficulties. Needed support, he said was provided for three students, recently quarantined in West Point, and another is planned for three players in Dolo Town, in Margibi County who are also quarantined as a result of the fight of Ebola.Said head Coach Arthur N. Dormoh, “We are excited about the progress of handball so far because we can now travel to other counties and make deliveries of 100 handballs.”Coach Dormoh has been with handball from its formation. His colleague is (coach) Phillip Mansaray, who handles the male team.President Saweler meanwhile noted his appreciation to the LNOC for providing an office space for the association. “We have a contact point on By-Pass in Monrovia and we thank LNOC and its president Phillibert Browne for their support,” he said.He meanwhile expressed further appreciation to a foreign national who has been financially supportive to the development of handball in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Quinlan in left?: If Anderson sees more time at DH, that could open up more playing time in left field for Robb Quinlan, who is also in the mix for the job at first base. “Obviously it’s probably easier to settle in at one position, but I know I have to be ready to play maybe a couple of different positions,” said Quinlan. “If you’re in that role you really have to have that attitude to be ready to play every day, which means you have to get in your extra work. It definitely can be tough.” Tightening things up: Scioscia said he was impressed with a throwing session by Ervin Santana, who has been working on “tightening up” his slider. Last year, Santana’s slider had a tendency to break more like a curveball. “It had a lot of depth, and it was big and I think that still can be effective,” Scioscia said. “But what he wants to do with a slider is get hard to the zone, and then get out of the zone or under a bat. It would roll at times and hang a little bit.” Also: After throwing on flat ground for three consecutive days, Bartolo Colon had the day off. … Jered Weaver had another flat-ground throwing session and is in line to throw from a mound this week for the first time this spring. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels are keenly aware that it was here in the desert a year ago Garret Anderson’s foot troubles began, so extra precautions will be made this spring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anderson is feeling great and has recovered from the plantar fasciitis that plagued him last season. Still, Anderson was held out of base-running drills Saturday. After hitting 29 home runs in 2003 with 116 RBIs, Anderson has not reached the 20-homer or 100-RBI plateaus since. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged 16 home runs and 85 RBIs. After batting .309 in April last season, Anderson tailed off to bat .241 in May and then .224 in June. He rebounded in the final three months to bat .302 after the All-Star break. While his home-run totals were up in the second half, when he hit 10, he had just 38 RBIs, compared to 47 before the All-Star Game. Some DH duty for Vlad: Vladimir Guerrero, who played with sore knees most of last season, does not have any running restrictions. He took part in base-running drills Friday and hit some mammoth home runs while taking batting practice on the stadium field. Scioscia’s plan is to use the designated-hitter role as a way of getting Anderson and Guerrero off their feet more often. “I don’t think anybody wants to DH at all,” Scioscia said. “I think these guys take pride in playing the field. They feel good that they can contribute on both ends, but they also understand the need at times (to take) a preventative day to DH.” “I think Garret is one of the guys that needs his work and needs to get ready, but also you have to balance it with some of the things that flared up on him over the last couple of years and we’re going to monitor that very closely,” Scioscia said. Hamstring and knee issues also have plagued the veteran in recent seasons, so if there is a way for Anderson to take it easy on his legs, the Angels will lean that direction. Anderson also had back trouble in 2004.