WHITTIER – Whittier High School probably won’t be playing in next week’s CIF-Southern Section boys soccer playoffs. But the Cardinals weren’t exactly complaining Wednesday afternoon. Whittier, using a commitment to defense, instead was all smiles after scoring a 1-0 victory over host California in a Del Rio League game. The Cardinals, who scored the only goal on a header by Pablo Duarte, finished 7-8-2 overall and tied La Serna for fourth place, both with 4-4-2 league marks. California (11-8-1, 5-5), despite the loss, is the league’s No. 3 playoff representative by virtue of its five league wins. Whittier and La Serna, which tied Santa Fe on Wednesday, can receive at-large bids. “I’m very proud of my kids. They are very happy to beat Cal High,” said Whittier co-head coach Sal Mendoza, whose team swept the Condors in the season series. “This game was not big just because we had a shot at CIF, but we wanted to end the season with a win and beat a team like Cal High.” The Cardinals did it with defense. They held California to eight shots and constantly frustrated the Condors by controlling the middle of the field. “It was a hard day,” California coach Dave Rolfe said. “They shut the door on us. Once they got that goal (in the second half), they just packed it in.” The score in question came early in the second half. Mario Equer started the run by sending in a deep pass down the right sideline to Heder Guillen. The senior forward then dribbled in before launching a crossing pass to Duarte, who was in perfect position to head the ball to the left of goalie Johann Harich in the 42nd minute. Cal’s best chance came in the 66th minute on a throw-in by Michael Paz. The ball first bounced off goalie Gustavo Anaya, but Freddy Limon’s rebound shot was wide. “I did drop everybody back,” Mendoza said. “But I shifted over to Paz because I knew he could decide the game.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The third annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare yesterday where 17 Centra employees were honoured for their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2016.Two of the shortlisted candidates are Donegal employees; Ronan Cunningham from Centra Killybegs was nominated for the Pride of Centra Employee Award category while Máirtín Kelly from Centra Mountain Top was nominated in the Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award category.Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. These 17 Centra employees were selected as finalists out of 11,000 staff employed in Centra stores across the country, demonstrating the significance of their achievement. Ronan Cunningham received his nomination for the customer relationships he has built. 2016 was also a great year for Ronan as he combined his love for music and his role at Centra! He wrote a football song in support of the Ireland team heading to the Euros entitled ‘Nous sommes the Irish’ with customers becoming big fans.Máirtín Kelly was honoured in the Outstanding Contribution category for his work with people with disabilities and under privileged colleagues and customers in his store. He is an inspirational leader that has cemented his business as a truly open and inclusive member of the community in Mountain Top.Four category winners were: • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Sean O’Shea from Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick• Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Celine Cassidy from Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford• Pride of Centra Store Manager Award – Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork• Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Eileen Lynch from Centra Carnmore, Co GalwayThe 17 finalists represented nine counties; Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, HR Director of Centra, said; “It has been a really exciting year for Centra with our new ‘Live Every Day’ brand positioning which encourages people to make the most of every day and the finalists here today have been key in bringing this to life.“We are extremely proud of the 11,000 staff members who represent the Centra brand and these awards are important in recognising outstanding staff members commitment to their customers and their local community. Their dedication is very important to us as we understand the strength they bring to the Centra brand and today we show our appreciation of that. I would like to congratulate all our finalists on this wonderful achievement.”Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Centra