WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after failing to meet its enlistment goal for the first time in 13 years, the U.S. Army is now on track to meet a lower 2019 target after revamping its recruitment effort. Army leaders tell The Associated Press that they expect to sign up more than 68,000 active duty soldiers for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, as the largest branch of the U.S. military increasingly turns to social media and other new online methods to find potential recruits. Last year, the Army brought in about 70,000 new active duty recruits, well below the 76,500 it needed amid low unemployment and tough competition from higher-paying civilian companies. Meeting the lower 2019 figure is considered a victory for a service that has struggled to compete for young people who are less familiar with the military and that was criticized last year for using more bad conduct waivers and other waivers to meet enlistment goals. “We’re smoothing out the Army’s growth,” … [Read more...] about Army revamps recruiting, hits lower enlistment goal for 2019
Torrington at Woodland When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. Where: Woodland High, Beacon Falls Last year’s meeting: Woodland, 35-0; 2017: Woodland, 39-28 Last year’s records: Torrington, 4-6; Woodand, 9-2, Class S quarterfinalist Key players: Torrington — Christian Estefani (Sr., RB-DB), Jacob Coleman (Sr., WR-SS), Zach Sweeney (Sr., OL-DL), Woodland — Tyler Bulinski (Sr., QB), Alek Tolboe (Sr., OL-DL), Jason Palmerie (Soph., RB-DB) Keys for Torrington: Defense will be a key for the Red Raiders, who will need to contain the versatile Hawks’ offense, led by three-year starting quarterback Tyler Bulinski. Another key for the Red Raiders is controlling the ball and managing the clock without turning the ball over. Christian Estefani combines speed and power and will get a lot of opportunities to carry the ball, along with sophomore Exodus Rosado. They must limit penalties and turnovers. Keys for Woodland: The Hawks’ offensive line is one of the main … [Read more...] about Preview: Raiders visit Hawks
Here are the teams that the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association think are the best in the state as the regular season begins on Thursday: Class LL/L (listed with 1st place votes) Glastonbury (11) Daniel Hand Hall (2) Danbury (2) Farmington East Hartford Whethersfield Fairfield Warde Avon Staples Others receiving votes: Cheshire 19, Fairfield Prep 19, Trumbull 9, Joel Barlow 9, Maloney 8, Shelton 8, Greenwich 5, Pomperaug 4, Norwalk 4, Naugatuck 3, Fairfield Ludlowe 3, Xavier 2, Bassick 2, Branford 1 Coaches voting: Dave Yanosy, Southington; Joe Mancini, Pomperaug; Art Branco, Cheshire Class M/S (listed with 1st place votes) Plainville (9) Ellington (3) Old Saybrook (1) Granby Memorial (1) Morgan Watertown Stonington Lewis Mills Tolland Litchfield Others receiving votes: Northwestern 18, Brookfield 15, Somers 10, Weston 8, Nonnewaug 6, Notre Dame Fairfield 6, Suffield 5, Canton 3, Haddem Killingworth 3, Woodland 1, Valley Regional 1 Coaches voting: Rob Andrulis, Litchfield; Andy … [Read more...] about Several area boys soccer teams among state’s best (say coaches)
The high school football season begins Thursday night with the defending NVL champion Ansonia Chargers hosting WCA. Here is how our experts think the first week will go: Picking high school football Mark JaffeeRoger Cleaveland GameWinnerWinner WCA at AnsoniaAnsonia, 36-14Ansonia, 48-6 Chargers have a lot of new faces, but continue to roll.Not much reason to think things will be different than 2018 Holy Cross at CrosbyHoly Cross, 24-12Holy Cross, 48-0 Crusaders get off to a really good start.Perfect opponent for young Crusaders to gain confidence Wolcott at NaugatuckNaugatuck, 32-16Naugatuck, 30-14 Greyhounds play on all cylinders.Too much talent for Greyhounds, too much change for Wolcott Wilby at OxfordOxford, 21-12Oxford, 42-8 Young Wolverines get much needed win.QB Cayden Mitchell is primed for an outstanding senior year Torrington at WoodlandWoodland, 28-14Woodland, 42-14 The Hawks continue to soar.Hawks looking for double-figure win total this year … [Read more...] about Who will win? Football predictions for Week 1 are here!
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Before the practice session Belichick declined to answer additional questions about Brown, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.” “Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those,” Belichick said. “They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to enter into a discussion about that.” Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a … [Read more...] about Patriots’ Brown practices, status for Sunday’s game unclear