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Lakers face promotion rivals in key home game

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National League: Division 1
Scotts Lakers v LYIT Donegal
Tonight at 7.30pm
Killarney Sports Centre

 

The Scotts Lakers have a golden opportunity to move up to joint second in Division 1 of the National League when they welcome promotion rivals LYIT Donegal to Killarney tomorrow night. The Lakers are currently in a tie for third with Fr Mathews but victory over LYIT will see them join their Ulster counterparts on five wins (15 points), just one win behind leaders Ballincollig.

Lakers coach Shane McCarthy will be hoping for a return to winning ways after last weekend’s disappointing cup defeat to Ballincollig but his side certainly won’t have it all their own way against LYIT. The Ulstermen have won all five of their league games to date and they made light work of Tolka Rovers in the first round of the cup, racking up 97 points in an utterly dominant display.

Led by 6’9” German centre Dominique Uhl, American all-rounder Emmanuel Payton, Spanish guard Mario Garcia and hometown hero Andrew McGeever, LYIT have scored at least 94 points in every one of their games so far in this campaign.

Payton, a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is the second most prolific scorer in the division, averaging 30.6 points per game. Uhl, meanwhile, has been a monster on the glass, picking up an incredible 19.4 rebounds per outing. To put that into context, Toby Christensen, the Lakers’ top rebounder and the fifth best rebounder in the league, is averaging 11.3.

If the Lakers can maintain their 100% home league record against such strong opposition it would surely be their biggest victory of the season to date and it could act as a springboard for bigger and better things down the road.

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean  Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean 

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common?You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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