Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Mount Hermon, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Mount Hermon, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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Team scoring1 Blair Academy 269.5; 2 Delbarton 226.5; 3. Malvern Prep 213.5; 4. Nazareth 162.0; 5. Lake Highland Prep 160.5; 6. Bethlehem Catholic 154.5; 7. Notre Dame 109.0; 8. Wyoming Seminary 102.0; 9. Perry (Massillon) 81.5; 10. Saucon Valley 80.5; 11. Caravel Academy 79.5; 12. Greeneville 75.5; 13. Mount St Joes 73.5; 14. Waynesburg 72.0; 15. St. Peter Prepatory 67.0; 16. Great Bridge 62.5; 17 St. Augustine 62.0; 18. Christian Brothers Academy 59.5; 19. Brooke Point 59.0; 20. Faith Christian Academy 58.5; 21. Smyrna 55.0; 22. L...
1 Blair Academy 269.5; 2 Delbarton 226.5; 3. Malvern Prep 213.5; 4. Nazareth 162.0; 5. Lake Highland Prep 160.5; 6. Bethlehem Catholic 154.5; 7. Notre Dame 109.0; 8. Wyoming Seminary 102.0; 9. Perry (Massillon) 81.5; 10. Saucon Valley 80.5; 11. Caravel Academy 79.5; 12. Greeneville 75.5; 13. Mount St Joes 73.5; 14. Waynesburg 72.0; 15. St. Peter Prepatory 67.0; 16. Great Bridge 62.5; 17 St. Augustine 62.0; 18. Christian Brothers Academy 59.5; 19. Brooke Point 59.0; 20. Faith Christian Academy 58.5; 21. Smyrna 55.0; 22. Loyola Blakefield 52.0; 22. Staunton River 52.0; 22. Sussex Central 52.0; 25. Archbishop Spalding 50.0; 25. New Kent 50.0; 27. Uintah 49.0; 28. Cleveland 47.0; 28. JW Robinson 47.0; 28. Salesianum 47.0; 31. Cape Henlopen 46.0; 31. Christiansburg 46.0; 31. Lower Cape May Regional 46.0; 34. St Francis DeSales 45.0; 35. Eastside 44.5;; 36. Hunterdon Central Regional 43.0; 36. Jensen Beach 43.0; 38. Kingsway Regional 41.5; 38. Pope John XXIII 41.5; 38. St John Vianney 41.5; 38. The HIll School 41.5; 42. Middletown South 40.0; 43. Fauquier 35.0; 44. Timberlane 34.0; 45. Downingtown West 33.0; 46. Brick Memorial 31.5; 46. McDonogh 31.5; 48. Delaware Military Academy 29.5; 49. Hanover Park 27.0; 49. Sanford 27.0; 49. St Joseph Metuchen 27.0; 52. Kinnelon 26.5; 53. Lakeway Christian Academy 26.0; 54. Clearview Regional 25.5; 54. Danbury 25.5; 56. Don Bosco Prep 25.0; 56. SLAM 25.0; 56. Woodbridge 25.0; 59. Central Dauphin HS 24.0; 59. Northfield Mount Hermon 24.0; 61. Collingswood 23.0; 62. Caesar Rodney 22.5; 62. Nashoba Regional 22.5; 64. St Christophers 22.0; 65. Benedictine College Prep 21.0; 65. Pingry School 21.0; 67. Nansemond River 20.5; 68. Camden Catholic 20.0; 68. Holy Spirit 20.0; 68. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional 20.0; 71. Scituate 19.5; 72. Frank W Cox 19.0; 72. Wantagh 19.0; 74. Seton Hall Prep 18.0; 75. Sherando 17.5; 76. St. Georges 17.0; 77. Milford 16.0; 77. Ponaganset Chieftains 16.0; 79. Bullis 14.0; 79. Maggie Walker Gov School 14.0; 79. Norfolk Academy 14.0; 79. Shawnee 14.0; 83. Landon School 13.5; 84. Massapequa 13.0; 84. Xavier 13.0; 86. DePaul Catholic 12.0; 86. Roselle Park 12.0; 88. Audubon 11.0; 88. Liberty Christian Academy 11.0; 88. The Kiski School 11.0; 91. Belmont Hill 10.5; 92. Collegiate School 9.0; 92. St. John`s College 9.0; 94. Washington Township 8.5; 95. Charlotte Christian School 8.0; 95. Forrest Park 8.0; 95. Gloucester 8.0; 95. South County 8.0; 99. Bound Brook 7.5; 100. Grassfield 7.0; 100. Haverford School 7.0; 100, Sussex Tech 7.0; 100. West Springfield 7.0; 100.William Penn 7.0; 105. Brentsville 6.0; 105. Hopatcong 6.0; 105. James A Garfield 6.0; 105. Liberty Bealton 6.0; 105. Loudon County 6.0; 110. Penncrest 5.5; 111. Delcastle 5.0; 111. Potomac 5.0; 113. Westfield 4.5; 114. Appoquinimink 4.0; 114. Lafayette 4.0; 114. St Paul`s School 4.0; 117. Cinnaminson 3.0; 117. Germantown Academy 3.0; 119. Hanover 2.0; 119-Valwood School 2.0; 121. Heritage HS 1.0; 121. Mercersburg Academy 1.0; 123. Atlee 0.0; 123. Cape Henry Colligiate 0.0; 123. Heritage 0.0; 123. Peninsula Catholic 0.0; 123. Pope John Paull II 0.0; 123. St Stephens School 0.0; 123. Tuscarora 0.0
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The 73rd Annual Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament will be held December 17-19 and hosted by Lawrenceville Schoool. All but two games will be held at the school’s Loucks Ice Center. The other two games will be at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.Belmont Hill, Choate, Northfield Mt. Hermon and Stanstead College will make up the Bernard Division.The Schonheiter Division has host Lawrenceville, Nichols, Taft and Upper Canada College.Here is the schedule: F...
The 73rd Annual Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament will be held December 17-19 and hosted by Lawrenceville Schoool. All but two games will be held at the school’s Loucks Ice Center. The other two games will be at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.
Belmont Hill, Choate, Northfield Mt. Hermon and Stanstead College will make up the Bernard Division.
The Schonheiter Division has host Lawrenceville, Nichols, Taft and Upper Canada College.
Here is the schedule:
|Friday, December 17|
|1||1:00pm||Choate vs Belmont Hill||Loucks Ice Center|
|2||3:00pm||Lawrenceville vs. Upper Canada College||Loucks Ice Center|
|3||5:00pm||Northfielld Mt. Hermon vs Stanstead College||Loucks Ice Center|
|4||7:00pm||Nichols vs Taft||Loucks Ice Center|
|Saturday, December 18|
|5||9:30am||Choate vs Northfield Mt. Hermon||Loucks Ice Center|
|6||9:30am||Stanstead College vs Belmont Hill||Cure Insurance Center|
|7||11:30am||Lawrenceville vs Taft||Loucks Ice Center|
|8||11:30am||Upper Canada College vs. Nichols||Cure Insurance Center|
|9||2:30pm||Belmont Hill vs Northfield Mt. Hermon||Loucks Ice Center|
|10||4:30pm||Stanstead College vs Choate||Loucks Ice Center|
|11||6:30pm||Nichols vs Lawrenceville||Loucks Ice Center|
|12||8:30pm||Taft vs Upper Canada College||Loucks Ice Center|
|Sunday, December 19|
|13||8:00am||4th Bernard vs. 4th Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|14||10:00am||3rd Bernard vs 3rd Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|15||12:00pm||2nd Bernard vs 2nd Schonheiter||Loucks Ice Center|
|16||2:15pm||1st Bernard vs 1st Schonheiter (Championship Game)||Loucks Ice Center|
Mt. Hermon trail mapMy ski buddy Bob Dever, a semi-retired businessman fromwho has been filling us in on the business side of snowsports, has returned from a trip to theHere is his update:One does not necessarily associate the Middle East and thewith winter sports but the attraction of sliding down snow covered hills on either skis or boards is truly international.On a vacation toandwe were advised by our tour guide that a one day trip towas not only possible, but doable and inex...
Mt. Hermon trail map
My ski buddy Bob Dever, a semi-retired businessman from
who has been filling us in on the business side of snowsports, has returned from a trip to the
Here is his update:
One does not necessarily associate the Middle East and the
with winter sports but the attraction of sliding down snow covered hills on either skis or boards is truly international.
On a vacation to
we were advised by our tour guide that a one day trip to
was not only possible, but doable and inexpensive. For a guy who counts countries visited (64 so far) the opportunity to go to Syria, make that country number sixty-five, experience its history, and see where so much of the foundation of Christianity happened, the opportunity was irresistible.
For thirty dinar (the Jordanian currency currently trading at about $.70 to the dollar) a cab took us from downtown
to the Jordanian-Syrian border.
The plan was to
cross the border, find a Syrian cab, see
, and return to the border later in the day where our Jordanian cab for the return trip to
would be waiting.
As usually happens the best laid plans went a bit astray.
One of our party failed to mention that she had gotten an Israeli stamp on her passport when she visited
passport containing an Israeli border stamp guarantees one will not get entry into
We had a cab hired for the day.
We could not get into
so we did the logical thing - we decided to check out
’s primary ski area -
sub-tropical climate does not lend itself to winter sports although cooler temperatures and sporadic snow are not uncommon during the winter.
LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE, an Israeli publication out of Tel Aviv, estimates that
has approximately 40,000 active skiers.
In their winter getaway issue they also estimate seventy-five percent of these skiers and boarders vacation in
The preferred destinations are the expected
Also economic advantages offered by some eastern European countries, specifically
, are showing increased popularity. One should probably note that
is 870 miles closer to Tel Aviv than
Locals I spoke with - read that as two guys in a sporting goods store - claim that skiing is growing “exponentially” in
Local areas when they are open - which is really not very often - provide opportunities for families to introduce coming generations to skiing and boarding.
A relatively affluent population along with a significant number of immigrants, who bring their interest in winter sports with them, account for most of this growth.
- it was closed, which should not be a surprise since it was 65 degrees and raining.
has 440 meters or approximately 1,400 feet of vertical, five chair lifts and a number of surface lifts.
Ten different trails provide a variety of beginner to intermediate skiing.
It is located in the Golan Heights and, not counting time at various border crossings, would be less than an hour from both
Sorry to say in this part of the world border crossings are a major problem and time deterrent.
That fact means that
draws its skiers almost exclusively from the Israeli population and sees few, if any, Syrian, Jordanian, or Lebanese winter sports enthusiast. The closest major airport is Tel Aviv.
Did I get to ski it - no.Maybe the next time.
Photo by Bob Dever
With freshman guard Annie Ryan (2) looking on, junior guard Kait Alliegro (32) fights for a loose ball against Montgomery earlier this season. WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls basketball head coach Liz McKeon knows what her team is capable of.Even with a 6-5 record against some strong competition, she knows her team is headed in the right direction. The Lady Blue Devils are on a two-game winning streak following wins over Cranford and Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) over the past week.&l...
With freshman guard Annie Ryan (2) looking on, junior guard Kait Alliegro (32) fights for a loose ball against Montgomery earlier this season.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls basketball head coach Liz McKeon knows what her team is capable of.
Even with a 6-5 record against some strong competition, she knows her team is headed in the right direction. The Lady Blue Devils are on a two-game winning streak following wins over Cranford and Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) over the past week.
“I am very proud of this team thus far,” McKeon said. “Our record doesn’t indicate how hard these ladies work and how tough they are. We might not win every game, but we are never going to give up or be out-hustled.”
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Westfield has taken a team-first mentality through its opening set of games. The Union County group has seen a balanced attack on the offensive end.
“We pride ourselves on the team-first mentality,” McKeon added. “There is not one girl on this team who puts herself first. In order to be successful we know we need to play as a team and with that, it offers the chance for any player to step up on any given day, whether that is through defense, rebounding, assists, scoring or motivation. Every single girl is capable of stepping up.”
One of those players who have stepped up is sophomore Chloe Kreusser. Kreusser has been in double figures in six games and has also been strong as an all-around threat. Listed as a guard/forward, the sophomore has recorded 10 or more rebounds in three games. She has shown the ability to facilitate, get blocks and make steals.
Kresusser has 27 steals in 11 games, including a six-steal performance against rival Summit in a 64-57 victory on Jan. 7.
“Chloe has been a great leader for our team,” McKeon stated. “She really stepped up as a freshman last year so even though she’s only a sophomore, she’s someone the girls on the team look up to and someone the coaching staff relies on to be a leader. Her knowledge and game sense are things that don’t show up in the box score. Chloe brings it every day and is a huge asset to not only our team, but our program as a whole.”
There has been no shortage of challenges early on for Westfield. Against a daunting schedule against the likes of Elizabeth, Montgomery, Bayonne, West Morris, Summit, Chatham and Oak Knoll, the Blue Devils have been tested early and often.
Westfield battled against Hudson County’s Bayonne and only lost by five back in December. Bayonne is 13-2 and sits in the top-20 in the girls' basketball state rankings.
“The point of scheduling games against strong competition is so that we are ready to compete at any level come county and state tournament time,” McKeon said. “We have a young team, so these experiences early on are set to prepare us for the intensity of the end of the season.”
Other players who have made contributions for Westfield include senior guard Ali Lisanti, freshman guard Paige Gorczyca, freshman guard Annie Ryan, senior guard Caroline Dwyer, senior guard/forward Faith Dobosiewicz, junior guard Emma Pietrewicz and junior guard Charlotte Dursee.
With a young team, often the most important thing is just building that cohesiveness on the floor. McKeon believes consistency will come with time.
“The more this team plays together and continues to learn how to play with each other, the stronger they will become,” the coach said.
Westfield will look to keep its winning streak going with a home game against Roselle Catholic on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils will then have upcoming games against Bloomfield and Newark Collegiate before opening February against Union Catholic.
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The Universal Church wrapped up the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel spiritual movement focused on spiritual change with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain located on the border between Syria and Lebanon.The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God completed the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel on August 26, 2018 with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain on the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The Universal Church&rs...
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God completed the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel on August 26, 2018 with a prayer service on Mount Hermon, the Holy Mountain on the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. The Universal Church’s founder, Bishop Edir Macedo, came together with other Universal Church bishops to conduct the prayer service and minister the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to participants who have been forever changed from this spiritual experience. The service took place at 10 am on the last day of the fast and was broadcasted live worldwide.
The 21 Day – Fast of Daniel is normally done once or twice a year where people are taken to detoxify and change from what is within. The outer part of our life is a reflection of what is within. We cannot deal with the problems we face in the exterior if we first don’t solve those that are interior that can only be done by the Holy Spirit. In order to guide this change, the Universal Church worldwide holds the 21 Days – Fast of Daniel for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Bira Fonseca writes a daily post on his blog during the movement, there are daily videos posted on the Universal Church’s website, and bishops and pastors are available to explain who the Holy Spirit is and how the Holy Spirit can help individuals make big changes from within.
Unlike other fasts that involve resisting food and drink for a set period of time, the Universal Church asks people to take a break from social media, secular information, and entertainment and use that time, instead, to invest in their relationship with God. It is a time of detoxification, spiritual reawakening and change, and it is a movement that has helped so many start anew with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. Individuals who did not get a chance to participate in the 21 Days are encouraged to attend a Sunday Service in their area to discover what the Universal Church is all about.
About The Universal Church: The Universal Church believes in the Word of God and the power of faith. Locations are open 365 days a year and the passionate about reaching those in need of spiritual guidance and restoration. We believe anyone can change for the better.
The Beast is back.The Beast of the East, one of the country’s premier in-season high school wrestling tournaments, returns to the University of Delaware Saturday and Sunday after a one-year absence because of COVID-19.As always, New Jersey will be well-represented at the tournament and could have one of its strongest fields of Garden State talent ever. So check out below to find out what you will need to know before you go as we give you the top storylines, schedule, seeds and more to get you ready for this weekend....
The Beast is back.
The Beast of the East, one of the country’s premier in-season high school wrestling tournaments, returns to the University of Delaware Saturday and Sunday after a one-year absence because of COVID-19.
As always, New Jersey will be well-represented at the tournament and could have one of its strongest fields of Garden State talent ever. So check out below to find out what you will need to know before you go as we give you the top storylines, schedule, seeds and more to get you ready for this weekend.
SPECTATORS: All spectators 12 and older must be vaccinated or show a PCR negative COVID test which was taken within 72 hours of the tournament. All spectators must complete the University of Delaware’s COVID Check List. You can fill out the form here. Masks must be worn inside the Bob Carpenter Center. Tickets must be purchased on-line. Complete information can be found on the tournament web site, beastwrestling.com.
ATHLETES: Delaware is one of the only states which require wrestlers to wear masks during competition, but the rule will not apply to the Beast of the East.
ELITE WRESTLERS COMPETING WITHOUT FULL TEAMS: The NJSIAA added a rule this year that teams could split their squads if wrestlers were competing in Elite Events. There are three such events on the calendar - the Beast of the East, Sam Cali and Escape the Rock.
So several New Jersey programs who previously didn’t send wrestlers because only a handful would be able to handle the rugged competition can now have their best wrestlers compete. For example, Clearview state champion Ty Whalen will compete at the Beast of the East - where he is the No. 1 seed at 152 pounds - but the rest of the Pioneers will be at the John and Betty Vogeding Tournament at Paulsboro.
CHAMP VS. CHAMP: Whalen could find himself in one of the marquee finals of the weekend. The 132-pound state champion a year ago, he is up at 152 pounds for the Beast of the East where the No. 3 seed is Delbarton’s Andrew Troczynski, the reigning state champion at the weight.
SIX STATE CHAMPS AT 132: According to the Beast of the East press conference released on the tournament site, the 132-pound weight class has six state champions. One of those is top seed and New Jersey 120-pound state champion Anthony Santaniello.
NO NEW WEIGHT CLASSES: New Jersey changed its weight classes this year. While there are still 14, they are spread out differently particularly in the upper weights. But the Beast of the East weight classes still reflect the weights New Jersey wrestlers and fans have been accustomed to.
BLAIR DYNASTY: Blair Academy won its 20th consecutive team title in 2019 despite only crowning one champion. Blair won the Ironman team title last week and has four No. 1 seeds and nine seeded wrestlers overall this weekend, making it the favorite. No. 1 Delbarton is the New Jersey team likely to give Blair its stiffest competition.
WHO’S NOT HERE?: St. John Vianney freshman Anthony Knox, a Fargo and Super 32 champion and No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country at 106 pounds, was expected to make his high school debut at this tournament, possibly at 113 pounds in a field that also includes Fargo champ and Blair freshman Leo Deluca and Super 32 third-place finisher and another freshman standout Adrian DeJesus of St. Peter’s Prep. Knox, however, is not entered in the tournament, leaving Deluca and DeJesus to possibly meet up in a still enticing final.
Camden Catholic’s Martin Cosgrove, a 2019 state champion at 195 pounds, is also not competing this weekend.
No. 3 St. Joseph Mont and No. 4 Bergen Catholic, which have been annual contenders at the Beast, are not participating this year. Bergen Catholic is instead competing at the Xcalibur Tournament in Pennsylvania and St. Joseph (Mont.) is at the Colt Classic.
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Gatorade has announced the Boys High School Players of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Check out the winners below. Name School City State Commitment Jack Heaps Mountain Brook HS Mountain Brook AL Joseph Butzke Dimond HS Anchorage AK Fort Lewis ...
Gatorade has announced the Boys High School Players of the Year for the 2021-22 season. Check out the winners below.
|Jack Heaps||Mountain Brook HS||Mountain Brook||AL|
|Joseph Butzke||Dimond HS||Anchorage||AK||Fort Lewis|
|Luke Schaefer||Hamilton HS||Chandler||AZ||Cal Poly|
|Fernando Castro||Russellville HS||Russellville||AR||Central Baptist College|
|Eddie Villeda||Servite HS||Anaheim||CA||UC Santa Barbara|
|Ben Beckman||Grandview HS||Aurora||CO||St. Olaf College|
|Kelvin 'KK' Baffour||Taft School||Watertown||CT||Notre Dame|
|Jake Ross||Salesianum School||Wilmington||DE|
|Nicholas Laffey||St. John's College HS||Washington||DC|
|Santiago Castaneda||Tampa Preparatory School||Tampa||FL|
|Quin DeLaMater||Hillgrove HS||Powder Springs||GA||Boston University|
|Ian Ngonethong||Kaiser HS||Honolulu||HI||Oregon State|
|Carlos Camacho||Borah HS||Boise||ID||Columbia Basin Community College|
|Alex Barger||Naperville North HS||Naperville||IL||Indiana|
|Palmer Ault||Noblesville HS||Noblesville||IN||Butler|
|Lucas Newhard||Ankeny HS||Ankeny||IA||Grand View|
|Elyes Ellouz||Olathe West HS||Olathe||KS||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|Nate Traughber||Kentucky Country Day School||Louisville||KY||Transylvania|
|Charlie Garrison||University Laboratory School||Baton Rouge||LA||Alabama-Huntsville|
|Steve Fulton||Yarmouth HS||Yarmouth||ME|
|Jacob Murrell||McDonogh School||Owings Mills||MD||Georgetown|
|Augustine Boadi||Northfield Mount Hermon School||Mount Hermon||MA||Boston College|
|Nick Cassiday||Grand Rapids Christian HS||Grand Rapids||MI||Michigan|
|Carter Hermanson||Academy of Holy Angels||Richfield||MN||St. John's (MN)|
|Luke Hopkins||Clinton HS||Clinton||MS||Pearl River Community College|
|Ryder Barrett||Rockhurst HS||Kansas City||MO||Drake|
|Marcus Anderson||Hellgate HS||Missoula||MT||Fort Lewis College|
|Brett Perkins||Gretna HS||Gretna||NE|
|Yuval Cohen||Palo Verde HS||Las Vegas||NV|
|Eric Ringer||Hanover HS||Hanover||NH|
|Ransford Gyan||St. Benedict's Prep||Newark||NJ|
|Alex Waggoner||Santa Fe HS||Santa Fe||NM|
|Daniel D'Ippolito||Somers HS||Lincolndale||NY||Fordham|
|Aidan Payne||New Hanover HS||Wilmington||NC||NC State|
|Gannon Brooks||Red River HS||Grand Forks||ND||Concordia College (Minn.)|
|Nolan Spicer||Saint Ignatius HS||Cleveland||OH||Notre Dame|
|Will Applegate||Bishop Kelley HS||Tulsa||OK|
|Nani Deperro||Summit HS||Bend||OR||Washington|
|Sebastian Tis||Conestoga HS||Berwyn||PA||Lafayette|
|Michael Hofstetter||La Salle Academy||Providence||RI||Rhode Island|
|Fabian Menendez||Riverside HS||Greer||SC|
|Tyson Reitsma||Sioux Falls Christian HS||Sioux Falls||SD||Dordt University|
|Malachi Jones||Grace Christian Academy||Franklin||TN||Lipscomb|
|Brennan Bezdek||Wakeland HS||Frisco||TX|
|Trevor Walk||Herriman HS||Herriman||UT|
|Sumner Nenninger||South Burlington HS||South Burlington||VT||Elon|
|Parker Sloan||Powhatan HS||Powhatan||VA||Virginia|
|Alex Harris||Columbia River HS||Vancouver||WA|
|Nick Ihnat||George Washington HS||Charleston||WV||Alderson Broaddus|
|Denis Krioutchenkov||Shorewood HS||Shorewood||WI||Davidson|
|Charlie Hoelscher||Jackson Hole HS||Jackson||WY||St. Thomas|
GILL — Five Northfield Mount Hermon School students will find themselves performing in the country’s largest high school jazz competition on Saturday.Electric violinist Cate Byrne, trumpeter Miles Kaming-Thanassi, saxophonist Danny Chen, pianist Edward Pan and drummer Jacob Smith will compete in the “small combo” division of Berklee College of Music’s 50th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, according to Ronald Smith, director of NMH’s band and jazz programs.“It’s a great pl...
GILL — Five Northfield Mount Hermon School students will find themselves performing in the country’s largest high school jazz competition on Saturday.
Electric violinist Cate Byrne, trumpeter Miles Kaming-Thanassi, saxophonist Danny Chen, pianist Edward Pan and drummer Jacob Smith will compete in the “small combo” division of Berklee College of Music’s 50th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival, according to Ronald Smith, director of NMH’s band and jazz programs.
“It’s a great platform for me to bring my students to and give them that experience of this level of music for high school students around the country,” Smith said.
The festival, to be held at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include performances by more than 3,000 high school students who comprise more than 215 bands and vocal ensembles from 13 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, according to the college.
All ensembles — either big bands of 16 to 18 students, or small combos of four to eight students — will be judged by a panel of Berklee’s top faculty, and receive a written critique of their performances, Smith said.
The stakes are high for students looking to pursue music in the long term. Top-ranked groups will be awarded partial scholarships to Berklee’s five-week summer program, and individual students will be invited to audition for tuition scholarships toward the full-time program or the five-week summer program.
Smith, himself a Berklee graduate, said his students are in the S2 category (with “S” standing for small group ensembles), along with six or eight other groups they’ll compete against. First, second and third places are awarded in each category, Smith said, as well as an honorable mention.
Smith said his students will play three selections: “Scrapple From the Apple” and “’Round Midnight,” both by Charlie Parker, and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers’ version of “A Night in Tunisia.”
A life-changing experience
This year will be the third year NMH students have participated, Smith said. NMH has received second place and honorable mention before, having competed with a small combo last year and a big band in 2016, and two NMH students have also been deemed the overall best soloist.
“It has been phenomenal, amazing, almost life-changing,” he said. “It gives (the students) a really good, in-depth look at themselves (and) if they really want to pursue music like jazz.”
To compete, Smith said, band directors register their groups, with the college choosing which ones to accept “based on the size of your school and the instruments you have.” His group, he said, is considered a Grade 5½ advanced jazz combo, with Grade 6 being collegiate level.
NMH also has a jazz ensemble and jazz combo, with students auditioning to be in the advanced group at the start of the school year. The five students specifically train to go to competitions, and Smith thinks they have a good chance at the Berklee festival.
“The unique thing about my group that’s going to make it different from, I feel like any other group, is my jazz violinist. … She probably will be the only jazz violinist in the whole thing.”
Setting herself apart
Violinists, like 17-year-old NMH senior Cate Byrne, aren’t common in jazz, Smith said, with banjos being a more popular string instrument in the genre. Byrne, of Readsboro, Vt., has been playing violin for 13 years, and electric violin since eighth grade.
“When I was young, my parents wanted me to pick up an instrument but I could choose which one,” Byrne said. “Apparently I picked a violin because I thought it was a cute instrument!”
But Byrne quickly found she enjoyed playing, especially jazz music, which she said offers “a really cool way to express one’s own creativity with improvisation.”
When Smith approached Byrne and her classmates about competing in the Berklee festival, she was over the moon.
“I got really excited,” she said. “It could be seen as a little intimidating going up against so many schools and so many talented students, but I’m not viewing it not so much as a competition as going to have fun.”
Because Berklee College of Music is one of her top choices of colleges — and she’s already been accepted — the festival offers a great opportunity for her to earn a scholarship.
Regardless of ranking and awards, Smith said attending the festival is a meaningful, inspiring experience for students.
“Overall, what they take away from it is the quality and exposure,” he said. “It’s guaranteed that they’ll all come back saying, ‘I need to get better. I need to practice my instrument.’”
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Below is the full schedule for the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic from Springfield College in Massachusetts.All Times EasternTHURSDAY, JANUARY 11 (BOYS)4:00 PM Wahconah (Mass.) vs. Hopkins Academy (Mass.)5:30 PM Sabis International Charter School (Mass.) vs. Longmeadow (Mass.)7:00 PM South Hadley (Mass.) vs. Holyoke (Mass.)9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Putnam (Mass.)FRIDAY, JANUARY 1...
Below is the full schedule for the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
All Times Eastern
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 (BOYS)
4:00 PM Wahconah (Mass.) vs. Hopkins Academy (Mass.)
5:30 PM Sabis International Charter School (Mass.) vs. Longmeadow (Mass.)
7:00 PM South Hadley (Mass.) vs. Holyoke (Mass.)
9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Putnam (Mass.)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 (GIRLS)
3:00 PM West Springfield (Mass.) vs. Chicopee (Mass.)
4:30 PM Hampshire Regional (Mass.) vs. Greenfield (Mass.)
6:00 PM Longmeadow (Mass.) vs. Hoosac Valley (Mass.)
7:30 PM Enfield (Conn.) vs. Christ the King (N.Y.)
9:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Rice (Vt.) vs. McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.)
10:30 AM Central Catholic (Mass.) vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.)
12:00 PM Albany Academy (N.Y.) vs. Bishop O’Connell (Va.)
1:30 PM Hillhouse (Conn.) vs. Imhotep Charter School (Pa.)
3:00 PM Sacred Heart (Conn.) vs. Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
4:30 PM Roselle Catholic (N.J.) vs. Oak Ridge (Fla.)
6:00 PM Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Simeon Career Academy (Ill.)
8:00 PM Spartanburg Day School (S.C.) vs. Chino Hills (Calif.)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.) vs. Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)
10:45 AM Brewster Academy (N.H.) vs. Cushing Academy (Mass.)
12:30 PM Vermont Academy (Vt.) vs. IMG Post Grad National (Fla.)
2:15 PM Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) vs. DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
4:00 PM The Ranney School, (N.J) vs. Mount Saint Joseph (Md.)
5:45 PM Immaculate Conception (N.J.) vs. Findlay College Prep (Nev.)
7:30 PM MacDuffie School (Mass.) vs. CBD – Montverde Academy (Fla.)
9:15 PM Woodstock Academy (Conn.) vs. St. Andrew’s School (R.I.)
MONDAY, JANUARY 15 (BOYS)
9:00 AM Mount Vernon , N.Y. vs. Webster Groves (Mo.)
11:00 AM Hudson Catholic (N.J) vs. John Carroll School (Md.)
1:00 PM Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.)
3:00 PM Oak Hill Academy (Va.) vs. University School (Fla.)
5:00 PM Westtown School (Pa.) vs. IMG Varsity National (Fla.)
7:00 PM Springfield Central (Mass.) vs. Newton North (Mass.)