Needing to win to secure their place in the semi-final of FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) defeated Wolmer’s Boys’ 3-1 at the Constant Spring Field in their top-of-the-table Group H football match.They now join Denham Town and Jonathan Grant in the last four.Wolmer’s, who needed only a point to claim top spot, had only themselves to blame as they wasted a number of easy-scoring opportunities in the first half.Zeron Sewell fired the ‘Dark Blues’ in front from the penalty spot at the 52nd minute, after Chevaun Crooks was fouled inside the area.WASTEDOPPORTUNITYHowever, minutes earlier, Wolmer’s wasted the best opportunity of the game when Rivaldo English slipped through the JC defence, but hit his shot on to the goalpost. However, the ball fell kindly to Alphanso Gooden who had an empty goal at his mercy, but he slammed the ball against the same goalpost, before the rebound was cleared by a defender.Tyreek Magee made it 2-0 four minutes after Sewell’s opener, when his free kick caught Shawn Jemison flat-footed and bounced inside the far post.Wolmer’s were given a lifeline in the 61st minute when the Heroes’ Circle-based school received a penalty and Rojay Smith made no mistake from the spot.However, the champions restored their two-goal cushion when Donovan Segree played in Malik Howell, who slotted past Jemison from close range.Donald Stewart, JC’s assistant coach, who organised the team on the day in coach Miguel Coley’s absence, said they executed well.”Wolmer’s and JC have a big rivalry from long years ago, and as the defending champions we wanted the opportunity to defend our title and to do that we have to move to the next stage, which is the semi-finals,” he said.Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, said his team lost its composure.”We should have gotten one or two goals first half, but we were in the game at the end of the first half. But we didn’t recover from that penalty and the second goal caught us thinking about that and we got agitated and lost our composure,” he said.In the first game, which was purely of academic interest, Holy Trinity High beat Vauxhall High 2-1 on goals from Jabari Howell (11th) and Keno Chance (42nd). Jordan Batson had given Vauxhall a two-minute lead.The last semi-finalist will be decided this afternoon.Yesterday’s Results• JC 3, Wolmer’s 1• Holy Trinity 2 ,Vauxhall 1Today’s games• St George’s vs KC at Constant Spring• Haile Selassie vs St Jago at Prison OvalBoth matches start at 3 p.m.
But not everyone’s turning to the automated Easter Bunny for their weekend egg hunts. In Azusa, about 150 children on a youth baseball league dyed 900 real eggs. In Diamond Bar, the city purchased 11,000 plastic, toy-and- candy-filled eggs. A West Covina church will fill 15,000 eggs with candy, La Puente has 8,000 plastic eggs, and San Dimas had more than 3,000 plastic eggs scattered among chocolate eggs at its hunt last week. While some egg hunt organizers said the labor involved in boiling and decorating thousands of eggs was the reason to turn to plastic, others said plastic, treat-filled eggs were better. “We used to do real eggs,” said Diamond Bar’s special events coordinator, Andee Tarazon. “The real eggs are more traditional, but they’re just colored, and how many hard boiled eggs can you possibly eat? The kids are a lot happier with the toys and candy. It’s very cute.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dying Easter eggs may be a time-honored tradition, but for community egg hunts involving thousands of eggs, honoring tradition can be a daunting prospect. That’s why Glendora is turning to something new: pre-decorated egg suppliers. “We’re one of the last cities that still use real eggs, instead of going over to the plastic eggs,” recreation supervisor Annie Warner said. “It used to be a lot of work to dye all the eggs, but now we buy them already dyed. That’s really nice.” The 6,000 eggs for Saturday’s Easter egg hunt arrived Thursday at Glendora’s Sellers Elementary School, where 30 crates were packed into one of the cafeteria’s walk-in freezers. “In the old days, we actually used to boil them for the city,” said Michelle Curry, the school’s director of food services. “We just can’t do that anymore. It was like, two days of one employee boiling eggs.” The Easter Bunny’s secret backup is an egg factory in Riverside County. Golden Oval Eggs Co. spends most of the year making pre-shelled, hard-boiled eggs for restaurants (think Cobb salad) and grocery stores. But come Easter, some of their boiling vats become dying vats, where hard-boiled eggs are submerged and dyed one of six vibrant colors, marketing manager Henry Markowicz said. “The trick is to be able to do a large amount of eggs without breaking them,” he said. “It goes back to all of us wanting convenience and tradition. People don’t have time to decorate.” The factory produces about 25,000 Easter eggs daily, Markowicz said, for a total of a half-million this season. Glendora bought the eggs via Gelson’s supermarket, which supplies them in crates of 180 eggs, or in individual packs of a dozen for anyone to buy as part of their grocery shopping.