Plain Dealing’s Carper signs with Texas A&M

first_imgPlain Dealing football standout Keldrick Carper signed a financial aid agreement with Texas A&M during a ceremony Monday morning in the school’s gym.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carper played a variety of positions at Plain Dealing over the past four years including quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back. One of the top recruits in the state in the Class of 2017, he could play wide receiver or defensive back at A&M.Carper helped Plain Dealing reach the quarterfinals of the Class 1A playoffs this season. The Lions upset No. 4 seed Oberlin 14-6 in the second round before falling to No. 5 Oak Grove 46-20 in the quarterfinals last Friday.Carper is a two-time All-Parish selection and was one of the MVPs on last season’s team. He was also named first-team Class 1A All-State. Carper is also a standout basketball player and track athlete. He was a first-team All-Parish basketball selection last season. As a sophomore, Carper was named Outstanding Performer in the Class 1A track and field meet in Baton Rouge.But he will not be playing basketball or competing in track and field this season. Carper is graduating from Plain Dealing in December and enrolling in Texas A&M in the spring.Carper thanked his parents, teachers, principal and anyone else that has helped him along the way during the ceremony.“I want to thank every university that has given me the opportunity to play for their respective schools,” he said. “That was probably the hardest thing to do in this process is say no.”He also thanked Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and secondary coach Terry Joseph, who recruited him. “They treated me like family from Day One,” he said. “The gave me a chance to be part of something special at Texas A&M not just as an athlete but as a person.”Carper also offered his classmates some advice at the end of his speech.“Be diligent in your craft, work hard — work, work, work,” he said. “Nothing comes easy in life; you have to work for it. Have confidence in yourself. Believe that you can do it. You have to have confidence in yourself or nobody else will. And last, have a vision. Envision yourself beyond what your eyes can see. Envision yourself beyond that Plain Dealing sign a couple of miles down the road. Envision yourself anywhere in this world, as many places as you can go, but you’ve got to see yourself out.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWomen's MethodThese were the most covered celeb breakups ever. You’ll never believe #3!Women’s Method|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomens|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

2014 Subaru Forester: Don’t mess with success, unless your name is…

first_imgNot content with leaving well enough alone, Subaru decided that the 2014 Forester — a car that was selling well up to this point — needed a makeover.If you’re looking for an analogous situation, try asking your new bride to get a makeover the day after the wedding.2014 Subaru Forester (Courtesy photo)“Wouldn’t you feel better as a redhead?”Better yet: Build a backyard deck. Stain it, seal it, tear it down and use the lumber to construct a redwood Millennium Falcon.“You sure you don’t want to be a redhead, honey?”Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but redesigning a car three years into its life cycle is certainly rushed. Especially considering 2012 sales of the Forester were among the best the Japanese automaker had seen for the compact ute. Sales for the Forester comprise around 25 percent of overall sales for the brand in total. Behind the Outback, Forester is neck-in-neck with the Impreza for second best-selling car for Subaru.I’m not one to argue with success, but I will here. For 2014, Subaru took the same 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four and a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four and planted both front and center into a new body. Engineers, who obviously thought you’d be gawking at the engine for too long, thought to minimize reflection from the hood to keep your eyes on the road. Good thinking.The aforementioned turbocharged mill is the initial attractive option here, replete with 250 horsepower and a turbo, which means something to someone. I’m all for speed — and despite Subaru’s best effort to assure me that engine wouldn’t absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt fit into the upcoming Impreza WRX, despite sharing a similar chassis — the naturally aspirated version is what I’m here to see.That engine, a 2.5-liter carryover from the old model produces 170 horsepower, and will likely be the more popular option with buyers. Up here at altitude, that’s a big thing for you and I, our clean, high-altitude air saps vigor like chain-smoking Pall Malls for 20 years.Particularly mountain passes. Which is precisely how I find myself in Vail, during the summer — because why else would you pay these prices any other time than the winter?With symmetrical all-wheel drive, Subaru’s Forester has been on the short list of compact utes for the past few years. With recent overhauls to the Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4, the Subaru finds itself in crowded company of the worst kind: recently updated crowded company, that is.Perhaps that’s why Subaru accelerated the time schedule to stay ahead of the dramatically changed 2014 Toyota Rav4, unveiled last year at the LA Auto Show and the upcoming redesign to the CR-V. Both of those utes have enjoyed similar sales success to the Forester and for good reason, they’re both very good cars.To compete, Subaru focused almost solely on the interior experience. Engineers moved the A-pillar forward more than 9 inches and added a front quarter window to the driver and passenger side to enhance outward visibility. Additionally, the front seats have been raised 1.4 inches for a higher driving position with better visibility. Mirror-tint all the windows and I feel like somewhere a Japanese engineer will have a stroke.To stem the rising rumor that Subarus battle with gas mileage, the new Forester manages a 24/32 mpg rating for the small engine mated to their continuously variable transmission. CVTs aren’t new, and are replacing traditional six-speed automatics everywhere at an alarming rate. (Almost equally alarming is how much fun a CVT can sap out of a car — and the Forester is no different.) Toyota’s all-wheel drive Rav4 manages 22/29 mpg and Honda’s similar CR-V produces 22/30 mpg, comparatively. That bubble was a big one for Subaru to bust, and so far it seems to have paid off. July sales for the Forester show it 40 percent ahead of last year’s model in cars sold year-to-date.That’s where differences from last year’s model really fall off. The 2014 Forester resembles the outgoing model in almost every respect, same goes for the dimensions. This year’s model is only 1.4 inches longer, with 1 inch added to the wheelbase and 1.4 inches to the height.The overall effect isn’t dramatic on the ride quality. The Forester is still 8.7 inches off the ground, which help it traverse just about anything. This year’s inclusion of “X-mode” a programming function with hill-descent control and gearing allow the Forester to climb truly hairy stuff, then go back down again. The turbo model, which I enjoy, isn’t strictly necessary to have fun in a Forester; all you need for that is a mountain town like Vail and an imagination.Additionally the 2014 model starts at $21,995 (destination not included), which is $730 more than the outgoing 2013 model. That’s certainly not Vail money, by any stretch, but it is affordable for a capable ute.Certainly Subaru won’t change this one anytime soon. I mean, you would think so, right?Aaron Cole is managing editor of the Aurora Sentinel. He knows he’s wrong, but he’d rather hear it from you. Reach him at [email protected]last_img read more

New Zealand double World Cup winner Franks to join Northampton

first_img0Shares0000New Saint: New Zealand’s Owen Franks will join brother Ben at English club Northampton next season © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – The All Blacks’ double World Cup-winning prop Owen Franks will join Northampton next season, the English Premiership club and New Zealand Rugby both announced Thursday.His move will see the 31-year-old Canterbury Crusaders tighthead linking up at the Saints with brother Ben, already on Northampton’s books. Franks, who will be based outside of New Zealand for the first time in his career, is now set to end his Test career at this year’s World Cup in Japan before joining the East Midlands club.Franks has been capped 106 times by the All Blacks but New Zealand have a longstanding policy of not selecting overseas-based players for Test duty.“The Crusaders, All Blacks and Canterbury Rugby have been a big part of my life, and my family’s lives, for more than a decade now, and I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to live my dream in those jerseys,” Franks said in a NZR statement.“New Zealand will always be home, but Northampton presents a great opportunity for me to test myself in a new rugby environment, and reconnect with family there,” he added.“While I know I’ll look back at the end of my time in New Zealand with an immense amount of pride, I still have a lot I want to achieve this year and some big goals to tick off before I leave.”And in a statement issued by Northampton, Franks explained his reasons for moving to England by saying: “I’ve always taken a keen interest in northern hemisphere rugby so I’m looking forward to coming to the UK and proving myself, while the prospect of playing at Franklin’s Gardens in front of Northampton’s passionate supporters is hugely exciting for me and my family.”He also played in all three Tests of a dramatic drawn series against the British and Irish Lions in 2017, where future Saints team-mate Courtney Lawes was an opponent.Meanwhile NZR chief executive Steve Tew said Franks “will leave our shores as an All Blacks legend” while head coach Steve Hansen added: “Owie is one of the most professional players I’ve had the privilege of coaching.“The standards he sets for himself — and others — are exemplary.”Northampton are currently ninth in the 12-team Premiership but only six points adrift of the top four who will contest the title-deciding play-offs.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more