Rebuilding the Twins

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Head coach Bob Rupp, center left, talks to his team about the weekend’s games after an evening Glacier Twins practice at Memorial Field in Whitefish. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon There’s a revival taking place on the classic baseball diamond of Memorial Field in Whitefish. The bats are hot. The defense and pitching are sound. But most importantly, and most noticeably, the Glacier Twins’ spirits are bright.“It’s just been really fun. I think the boys are actually having fun playing,” said Twins skipper Bob Rupp.It is too soon to declare victory on a season that’s less than two months old, but the excitement surrounding the legion baseball team in Whitefish, which is 14-9 overall and 8-1 in conference, is well deserved.A proud program with roots dating back to the 1930s and tradition built on soaring success in the 1980s, culminating with the 1986 state championship, fell into a sad state over the last decade. The team has not had a winning season in more than 10 years and was 45-183 in conference games between 2002 and 2012. Since Jack Helber resigned midway through the 2006 campaign, after four years with the team, the Twins have had seven different head coaches in eight seasons.When the decision was made last December to drop the Twins Class AA team it appeared to be yet another painful blow for a program with diminishing enrollment. But now in Class A, Glacier is finding signs of encouragement with each game this season. The rebuilding has begun. “The enthusiasm is picking back up. They’re buying into it. That’s what we want,” Rupp said.The Twins have already doubled their win total from all of last season. In their first few games of the season, they scored more runs than in all of 2012. Yes, they’re playing in a different league against smaller programs than before. But that doesn’t diminish the strides the team has made.In the conference opener, Glacier swept the fourth-ranked team in Class A, the Bitterroot Bucs in Florence, 14-1 and 2-1.In early May, the Twins squared off against their longtime rivals, the Kalispell Lakers AA team at home, and picked up an impressive victory, 13-3. Kalispell responded last week by blanking the Twins 7-0 after Dillon Eaves pitched a no-hitter and near-perfect game.Rupp has taken over as the new head coach and, as a former Twins player who grew up in Whitefish, brings with him that proud tradition. His focus is not only on the field but off, where he hopes to find players from Whitefish or Columbia Falls who might be interested in joining the rising program. To help in the rebuilding, Rupp has assembled a coaching staff with other former players and coaches, including Lindsay Fansler, Kyler Blades and Jeremy Nielsen.He can also lean on a group of veterans: Shane Marcille, Jake Slaybaugh, Peter Seymour and Bobby Simmons.“They’ve become leaders,” Rupp said. The Twins have nurtured an exciting style of play thanks to a lineup filled with speed. Glacier stole 10 bases in a 12-5 victory over Kalispell’s A team on June 5.“We got lots of speed and I like to bunt and play small ball,” Rupp said. “These guys are buying into it and it’s fun to watch.”Kalispell LakersThe Lakers are entering into the heart of the conference schedule and swept Great Falls recently with impressive offensive outings. Kalispell is 3-2 in AA.Ryan Malmin, in his eighth season as head coach, has four talented returning starters in the lineup — Dillon Eaves, Sean O’Connell, Dillon Matteson and Adam Frandsen.“There’s a lot of experience in those four kids,” he said. “It’s a nice mixture of veterans and rookies.”The Lakers also have some nice depth on the mound, with a bona fide ace. Eaves recently notched a near-perfect game against the Twins A team. Earlier this month, Eaves struck out 14 batters and allowed no hits. An error in the third inning kept the perfect game from happening, but it was still an impressive performance. Kalispell is faced with a reorganized league now that Glacier and Butte have dropped their AA teams. There are nine AA clubs and the top eight will advance to the state tournament in Billings, July 31-Aug. 4.The Lakers are hoping to return to the state tournament after missing out a year ago, when the club went 29-22.Between 2006 and 2012, the Lakers earned six top-four finishes in the Western AA conference, seven tournament championships and a third-place finish in the 2010 Montana State Baseball Tournament. Emaillast_img read more

Port Arthur man arrested after church defrauded, identity thefts & skimming devices discovered

first_img Deputies observed one of the trucks driving Wednesday on Highway 90 in Sulphur.A traffic stop was conducted and deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Comcepcion.While speaking with Comcepcion, deputies said they learned he was in possession of 28 gift cards with zip codes written on the back. It was later learned the gift cards were recoded and contained numerous individuals’ credit and debit card information.Comcepcion advised deputies he used two of the gift cards to purchase fuel earlier that day, police said. A local man arrested this week in Louisiana has been linked by authorities to a burgeoning credit card scheme that includes a defrauded church, stolen gift cards and gas pump skimming devices.The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Rey A. Moreno-Comcepcion, 30, of Port Arthur on Wednesday for with 28 counts of identity theft; and a traffic violation.He posted a $28,250 bond and was released today (Nov. 20). The case began for Louisiana detectives Aug. 5 when Calcasieu Parish detectives were told a church in Iowa, Louisiana, was incurring unauthorized charges on its account from several different convenience stores in Calcasieu Parish.While obtaining video surveillance from the stores where the fraudulent charges occurred, detectives learned of another victim whose account information had been stolen and was being used by the same suspects.When detectives reviewed the footage they observed two people driving in separate trucks using a card at the gas pumps and fueling a large tank located in the back of one of the trucks.center_img Comcepcion was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.During the investigation, detectives along with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recovered two skimming devices at the gas pumps of a convenience store in Iowa and believe they are connected to these cases.The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely, police said.last_img read more

Win Pokémon Detective Pikachu on Blu-ray

first_imgThe competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 13.Winners will be selected at random.By entering into the competition all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.Entertainment Focus does not allow collective or proxy entries.Entertainment Focus reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition without notice.Entertainment Focus will not pass your details to any third parties and they will be used solely for communication regarding this competition.Winners will be notified via email or social media and prizes must be claimed within 5 working days.Winners will be selected at random.In the unlikely event the prize style has discontinued a similar model to the same value will be provided.There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.Entertainment Focus’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into. Credit: Warner Bros UKThe world of Pokémon comes to life in Ryme City when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu- ray, 4K Ultra HD and 4K Steelbook on 16th September. Get it first on Digital Download now.To celebrate the release, we are giving three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a Blu-ray.When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim (Justice Smith) and Harry’s former Pokémon partner Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) join forces to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together on an epic adventure through Ryme City, they uncover a shocking plot that could destroy the whole Pokémon universe.Pokémon Detective Pikachu also stars Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird, TV’s Big Little Lies, Blockers) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story. The supporting cast includes Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent, Love, Rosie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Omar Chaparro (Overboard, Kung Fu Panda), Chris Geere (TV’s Modern Family, TV’s You’re The Worst, Ill Behavior), multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Rita Ora (TV’s America’s Next Top Model, Fifty Shades Of Grey), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception, Godzilla) and Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest).© 2019 Legendary and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2019 Pokémon.For further information on Pokémon Detective Pikachu, follow @WarnerBrosUK or visit below for a chance to win… The competition closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Wednesday 11th September 2019.Terms & Conditionslast_img read more