AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to 5,700 high school students nationwide, including 18 from the San Fernando and surrounding valleys. They are: Jenna Oestreicher of Agoura Hills; Jeffrey Kurges, Burbank; Emily Kallen, Calabasas; Stephanie Lillibridge, Canyon Country; Jackson Lau, Chatsworth; Jasmyn Nolasco, Granada Hills; Charlene Dower and Maria Navarro, Lancaster; Amanda Holden and Elisa Sanchez, Littlerock; Glecy Baquirin and Sherynn Ghazarosian, Palmdale; Corinne Cho and Tabitha An, Reseda; Juhee Kim, Santa Clarita; Jason Wells and Melissa Bernardo, Saugus; and Justin Young, Van Nuys. A panel of judges chose them based on their financial need, academic record, ACT/SAT scores and school and community involvement. Penny Lane, a mentoring program for emancipated foster youth based in North Hills, is sending 20 children to summer camp in Big Bear. The nonprofit organization is seeking donations to help supply kids with hygiene equipment and camping gear. Two teenage brothers from Moorpark got their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony last month at the Simi Valley Elks Lodge. Davey Freeman, 18, and Jeffrey Freeman, 16, have been Scouting since 1994 and 1995, respectively. Davey has earned 32 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. For a community service project, Davey beautified the campus of Moorpark High School and carved the letters “MHS” in a hedge. He plans to enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and study law and society. Jeffrey earned 26 merit badges and also provided leadership for his troop. For his project, he added a drinking fountain at the Moorpark High School track stadium. His interest is in aerospace engineering. Send checks to Penny Lane Centers, Attn: Send a Penny Lane Child to Camp, 15317 Rayen St., North Hills. CA 91343. For more information, call (818) 332-8260 or see www.pennylane.org. The El Camino Parent Teacher Student Association will host the Woodland Hills Experience, a fundraiser for the campus, from noon to 4 p.m. today in the quad at El Camino Real High School, 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Food sellers, providers of personal services and individual vendors from throughout Woodland Hills will attend. Admission is $1 for students and adults, free for children younger than 12. Retired geology professor Gene Fritsche is leading a series of fundraising hikes for the Geological Sciences Department at California State University, Northridge. The 10 hikes began Thursday near the Newhall Pass and will end June 19 at Cajon Pass. “Because the cost of education today is so high, many geology students need financial aid if they’re going to complete their degrees in a timely fashion and become the geologists of the future,” said Fritsche, 69, who retired in 2000. Send checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with Geology Endowment in the memo line. Mail them to the Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8266. For more information on the hikes, see www.csun.edu/~hcgeo007/sgmhikeindex.htm. Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, an oncologist who lives in Woodland Hills, was the recipient Saturday of the David A. Karnovsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award recognizes those who have changed the way doctors think about the general practice of oncology through clinical research. Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors. Slamon is a professor of medicine, chief of the division of hematology/oncology and executive vice chairman for research at the UCLA Department of Medicine. He’s written or co-written more than 150 scientific publications, and President Bill Clinton appointed him to the President’s Cancer Panel in 2000. The Karnovsky award is named for a pioneer in the field of oncology. The Community Column is published Sundays. Submit items via e-mail to [email protected]; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sam Allardyce has defended England manager Gareth Southgate and says the Three Lions’ finishing from open play let them down throughout the World Cup.Dreams of reaching a first World Cup final since 1966 were shattered on Wednesday, as England fell to a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in a nerve-shredding semi-final.England took an early 1-0 lead through Kieran Trippier’s free-kick but were left ruing a series of missed chances in a dominant first-half, as Croatia took control after the break.They piled pressure on the Three Lions and Ivan Perisic’s 68th minute goal took the game to extra-time, before Mario Mandzukic netted with just ten minutes left to seal their place in the final.Southgate has become a cult hero back in Blighty during England’s run in Russia, but a number of fans criticised the boss for his late substitutions and tactics – which were also slated by Croatian players after the game. England manager Gareth Southgate after Wednesday’s defeat to Croatia Allardyce says the England captain should have squad the ball to Sterling for a tap-in But Allardyce insists the Three Lions boss couldn’t have done much more.Instead he said a key moment in the first-half, where captain Harry Kane hit the post with the goal at his mercy, was a great example of where it went wrong for England in Russia.Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “What went against us was that the quality of our own finishing in open play – it let us down.“Had we gone in 2-0 up, I don’t think there was any chance Croatia would have recovered from that.“Particularly the double miss from Harry – as a striker, you’re employed not to miss those chances when they come along.“I don’t want to be unkind to Harry Kane, because he’s an absolutely brilliant striker, but Raheem Sterling was in a much better position and that little ball across the box and a little tap in would have made it more certain. 3 3 3 “But those margins were so small, I wouldn’t put it down to wrong tactics by Gareth or Gareth not being reactive quick enough.“He might well think that himself, because we all do that as managers.“We all come off the field when we’ve lost and think, ‘what did we contribute to try and help the team to win, did we make it worse or could we have done better?’“We all go through that process as managers.“But I couldn’t see much in terms of the tactics that we could have done better.”Listen back to Sam Allardyce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Kane hit the post with this effort from a tight angle against Croatia