Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket newcomers Nazareth Primary, out of Manchester, dethroned defending champions Hastings, from Trelawny, on Friday at the cricket festival at Sabina Park, where the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final were held.In the final, Nazareth made 144 for four off their allotted 10 overs while Hastings replied with 133 for 5 in their 10 overs.The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket competition is a modified version of the game, where each team plays ten overs on a smaller field and shorter pitch (18 yards). During the game, every player bowls, fields and bats. The fielders are rotated after each over. All teams must include at least four girls.Nazareth’s coach Dean Lalor was very elated to win the competition despite the challenges along the way. He pointed to the challenge of teaching the sport to the girls and including them in all the matches.Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president of marketing at title sponsor Scotiabank, was very pleased with this year’s staging of the festival. She said that the fact that newcomers topped the competition showed that the programme works and that the kids are learning the sport well.Several players got awards after the final.The best bowler (female) award went to Kade Wilmoth of New Works and the male award went to Chrismar McDonald of Priory.BEST PLAYERSBest batter (female) was Annalese Johnson of Priory and the male awardee was Ethan Henry of Hastings.Best fielder (female) was Janeil Deer and the male, Jordane Morrison. Both players hail from Hastings Primary.The parish champions are St Mary – Goshen; St Catherine – St John’s; St Elizabeth – Barbary Hall; Westmoreland – New Works; St Ann – Priory; Clarendon – Brandon Hill; St Andrew – Duhaney Park; Portland – Windsor; St James – Cambridge; Hanover – Church Hill; Kingston – St Benedict; St Thomas – Middleton; Trelawny – Hastings; and Manchester – Nazareth.
Melanie Lidle recalls landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Oct. 11 and being surprised her sister, Brandie Peters, was waiting at the gate. Peters and others took Lidle into a room and told her that the plane her husband, Cory Lidle, and his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger, were flying had gone down. Stanger’s wife had accompanied Melanie Lidle on the flight from New York. “I asked \ if Cory was dead and she said `Yes,”‘ Melanie said Friday. “The first thing I thought of was Stephanie Stanger. Just after that, I heard Stephanie scream and that’s when I began to lose it.” Cory Lidle, 34, was flying back to California in a Cirrus SR-20 after finishing last season with the New York Yankees. Tyler Stanger, 26, of Walnut had flown to New York to accompany Lidle. The plane crashed into a Manhattan apartment building and killed both. Stephanie Stanger was pregnant with the couple’s second child at the time of the plane crash. Monday, more than five months after Cory Lidle and Tyler Stanger’s deaths, Melanie and the couple’s son Christopher, 6, will stand in front of about 50,000 fans and throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Along with Melanie, the New York Yankees are flying Cory Lidle’s parents, Doug and Lisa, and his twin brother, Kevin, to the ceremony. Stephanie Stanger will also be there. The Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, where Cory Lidle also played, have both been incredibly supportive to her family and the Stangers, Melanie said. Cory’s West Covina youth baseball coach, Dave Bletcher, a lifelong family friend of the Lidles’, will also attend. “It is so meaningful to all of us who love Cory that he meant enough to people to have this honor,” he said. Melanie said she is still trying to get back to a normal life, though her husband’s birthday and the couple’s wedding anniversary were tough. On Cory’s birthday, March 22, she called his twin brother. “I called Kevin just to make sure he was OK, but also to hear his voice because he sounds so much like Cory,” Melanie said. Kevin Lidle said the day was difficult for both. “But I am doing well and I am in awe of how strong a woman and mother Melanie is and how she’s dealt with this,” he said. Melanie and Christopher attend therapy, and her mother, Mary Varela, is moving to the family’s Glendora home to help. “Its overwhelming being a single mom and a widow,” Melanie said. “And I wish I just had that to deal with and not any of these lawsuits.” She has filed a lawsuit against an insurance company, claiming she is owed money under baseball’s benefit plan, and last month, the Lidle and Stanger families filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the maker of the airplane. Earlier this month, a resident who lived in the building the plane crashed into filed a lawsuit against Cory’s estate. Melanie declined to comment about the lawsuits, referring those questions to her lawyer. The trip to New York will be therapeutic in many ways for all of the Lidle family. “It will be great to be in a ballpark again,” Melanie said. “I’ve been used to going to one for the last 15 years. I am so happy that people are keeping his name alive and all recognizing all the good things he did for others.” Melanie Lidle said her son, despite his young age, has been the major reason she has been able to move forward with her life. “He has an understanding that Dad is in heaven,” Melanie said. “We talk about Cory every day and that is also something that makes it possible for me to move forward each day. “If not for my son, I’d probably be sitting in my room every day and never come out and would have had a much harder time dealing with this.” Cory Lidle was well known in the San Gabriel Valley for giving his time to help young players and his No. 30 is on the back of both Charter Oak and Northview high schools’ baseball hats. The Lidles were building a home in the South Hills area of West Covina and were planning to renew their wedding vows this year. The couple had been together since 1992 and married Jan. 7, 1997. “This home in Glendora is the only one Christopher knows and is comfortable with, so we plan to be here for a while,” Melanie said. She credits her sister, Brandie, among many that have played a crucial role in her recovery. “My sister, my mom and my friends have done more for me than I could ever have asked for and it means the world to me,” she said. Yankee manager Joe Torre said Monday will be an emotional day. “You realize how fragile life is,” he said. “I say goodbye to everyone at the end of the year, assuming you’ll see them next year. It’s tough stuff when you lose someone so young, so quickly.” So on Opening Day, before a game Cory Lidle loved, the fans will finally be able to give their own goodbye. “Seeing 50,000 Yankee fans on their feet honoring my brother will be something I will never forget,” Kevin Lidle said. 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