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Selwyn Times: June 06, 2018

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24 Wednesday June 6 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Cross-country battle ELLESMERE College students went head to head in their recent cross-country. There was no rain in spite of the overcast weather. However, those who weren’t running did feel the bite of the southerly wind as they watched on. The course wound its way around the college’s border and contained a couple of hurdles and a fence which the students had to scramble over. The junior, year 9 and 10 races were all compulsory, with a competitive two-lap race and a SCHOOLS non-competitive 1.3km fun run or walk. Results: •Senior girls – Sarah McClure (first), Kaiya Ford (second), Emily Carter/ Sophie Allan (third) •Senior boys – Iain Wright (first), Connor Dann (second), Taylor Ford (third) •Year 9 and 10 girls – Lily McClure (first), Paige Fea (second), Jennifer Barnett (third) •Year 9 and 10 boys – Cameron Lukas (first), Deigo Gilbert (second), Zeke Ball (third) •Year 7 and 8 girls – Emma Tanner (first), Paige Matthews (second), Keira Wolff (third) •Year 7 and 8 boys – Kahu Murchie (first), Jack Lough (second), Charlie Rainey (third) BALANCE: Kahu Murchie takes the hurdle and the lead, PHOTOS: DEAN MOWER REST: Chloe Hayman (left) and Shannon Gilmour taking a well earned break. RACE: Year 7 and 8 pupils during their cross-country at Ellesmere College. JOIN US NOW! See website for details BONDS OUTLET 40% Off All Marked Prices Storewide. BENDON OUTLET Nothing Over $20 on All Sale Items. COTTON ON KIDS Mid Year Sale, Up to 50% Off All Sale Stock. UNDER ARMOUR Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on Women’s Apparel. CUTLER & CO Winter Jackets, were up to $399.95, Now $199.95. FIBRE Everything At Least 50% Off. STYLES MAY DIFFER TO IMAGE SHOWN SCRIBER & MARKS School Formal Deal; Slim Fit Suit with Free Shirt, Tie & Belt $279. Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750 www.dress-smart.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 6 2018 25 at Ellesmere Major league mentors help Selwyn pitcher get NZ call-up FRONT RUNNER: Emma Tanner leads the girls at the jump. COACH: Teacher Chris O’Connell delivering pre-race instructions. SPORTS • By Jacob Page SELWYN BRAVES baseball pitcher Jacob Davidson throws the ball so hard, he hurts his dad’s hand in practice. The talented 15-year-old will be part of the New Zealand under-15 team to tour Taiwan next month. Jacob, who attend Riccarton High, has been clocked at 112km/h off the mound and his dad Neil admits his pitches can sting when they hit his mitt. “He throws pretty hard,” he said. “I certainly feel it on my hand after a while.” Neil was a key part in setting up the Selwyn baseball club in Rolleston, with many of the teams known as the Selwyn Braves. Jacob has already been mentored by former New York Mets Major League Baseball pitcher DJ Corasco and that trend looks set to continue. Former Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter travels with the national age-group team. TALENT: Jacob Davidson (left) with his mentor DJ Corasco and DJ’s wife Autumn Lopez. Jacob is off to Taiwan next month with the New Zealand under-15 team. PHOTO CARMEN DAVIDSON Collmenter, 32, spent seven years playing in the major leagues, with a 38-35 win-loss record and starting in a third of his 214 MLB games. Davidson has already spent time in the national setup, earning a silver medal at the Oceania championships in January. It was there he formed a bond with Corasco and his wife Autumn Lopez “I look up to DJ, not only for what he has achieved but how cool he was to me,” he said. “He showed me so much and gave me a lot of advice on how to deal with pressure situations.” Davidson, who is already 185cm tall, used to be a catcher, and still catches occasionally when he plays softball. “Autumn showed him skills to be a better catcher but at his height he’s probably better suited to pitching,” Mr Davidson said. Jacob said he was eager to improve his four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, curve ball and change-up, to become a more dominant pitcher. “I don’t know how far I want to go, but I just want to play as much as possible,” he said. Ventilation Equipment Suppliers to Smooth-Air also has a wide range of ventilation equipment to bring fresh air into your home. Domestic Commercial Industrial trade & retail Transfer the excess from your heat log burner to your bedrooms 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) sales@smooth-air.co.nz 351c Blenheim Rd Riccarton Christchurch 03 343 6184 Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5pm www.smooth-air.co.nz