HOBART, Tasmania (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor suffered a rare double failure with the bat, but her Sydney Thunder did enough to win twice in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday.In the first game of a doubleheader at the Kingston Twin Ovals, Thunder beat Brisbane Heat by five wickets in the first game and returned to defeat Hobart Hurricanes by eight runs in a night encounter.Both Thunder and Hurricanes sit top of the standings on 14 points with identical 7-2 records, but Thunder hold the edge courtesy of net run rate. Chasing an uncomplicated 95 for victory against Heat, Taylor was dismissed for a first-ball ‘duck’ as the visitors stumbled to 20 for three in the fifth over.However, Naomi Stalenburg stroked 42 and captain Alex Blackwell an unbeaten 32 in a 60-run fourth-wicket partnership which rescued the innings.Heat had earlier fallen for 94 all out off their 20 overs, with 19-year-old left-arm spinner Maisy Gibson taking three for 14.Taylor claimed one wicket for six runs from two overs of off-spin.In the second game at Bellerive Oval, Taylor managed just eight as Thunder reached 135 for seven off their 20 overs after opting to bat first.Stalenburg was again among the runs with a cavalier 37 off 16 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes.In reply, Hurricanes were restricted to 127 for eight off their 20 overs, with Taylor’s West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews scoring 11.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 26.Taylor produced a crucial spell, picking up two for 27 from four overs, to help cripple the Hurricanes run chase.
“He told me about getting the Distinguished School honor, which was great. But then I asked if he could check to see if we got the \ award,” Boline said. “So he checked and said, `You saved me from making another phone call to you because you got that award as well.’ “It’s a very big honor for us, and the faculty has worked so hard in our five academies,” Boline added. The academies offer career training in automotive, business, health, culinary/hospitality and architecture/engineering, Boline said. “There are a lot of good things happening at Cal High,” he added. This year’s distinguished schools represent about 7 percent of the state’s middle and high schools, state officials said. Of the 478 eligible schools, only 279 schools completed an application, which included in-depth descriptions of curriculum, instructional program, support for students and school climate. WHITTIER – Whittier Union High School District officials had much to crow about Tuesday after two of the district’s five campuses – California and Santa Fe high schools – were among 171 schools in the state to be named California Distinguished Schools. During his announcement of this year’s distinguished schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell also gave special kudos to 2,960-student Cal High for its five career academies, handing it an Exemplary Career Technical Education Program award. Cal High was among three distinguished schools in the state – and the only one in Los Angeles County – to receive the career tech award, which honors schools that provide a foundation of career programs and services in which all students can participate. “It’s been great,” said Cal High Principal Rich Boline, who said he was personally notified about both honors during a phone call Monday from O’Connell. The Distinguished Schools designation lasts through 2011, officials said. For Santa Fe High, the road to becoming a California Distinguished School wasn’t easy, said Principal Monica Oviedo. The 2,700-student school was initially denied because its application didn’t score high enough. But school officials became suspicious because the areas where judges said they were lacking were among the school’s strongest points. So they appealed, Oviedo said. “We couldn’t write anything new, we just had to show them in our application where we talked about our diversity, how we prepare students for college and the kinds of support services we offer,” Oviedo said. “And one county official told us we were the only school that appealed and was granted the appeal,” Oviedo said. “So we were thrilled. “This is huge for our community, students and staff. We know how hard it is working every day, especially with the recent changes in the state and accountability,” she added. email@example.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!