A few hours later on Tuesday, the FPN (Fastpitch News) released their poll which has the Cowgirls ranked 23rd. Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week, redshirt freshman Caroline Settle leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record along with a 0.57 ERA in 12.1 innings. Settle is coming off an opening weekend that saw her pick up a win over Virginia and two wins over then ranked no. 20 Tulsa. Settle has given up six hits, four runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts. Sophomores Alexandria Saldivar and Brenique Wright will lead the Cowgirls at the plate against the Lady Techsters. Saldivar has a .750 batting average with three hits in four at bats while Wright has a .571 average with four hits in seven at bats, one home run, one triple and a team high four stolen bases. Junior Justyce McClain has seven hits in 10 at bats for a .500 average. McNeese (4-0) will return home Wednesday to host Louisiana Tech in a single game beginning at 5 p.m. The contest will be the last home game until March 13 when the Cowgirls host Houston. Louisiana Tech enters the game with a 1-4 record at the Puerta Vallarta College Challenge over the weekend with its lone win coming in a 3-2 victory over James Madison in the last game of the tournament. La. Tech will face Southeastern La. Tuesday night before heading to Cowgirl Diamond. “It’s always humbling to be recognized by your peers,” said head coach James Landreneau. “I’m excited for our players and the respect they’ve been shown. Our main focus is to play one game at a time and become the team we believe we’re capable of becoming.” Following Wednesday’s game, McNeese will hit the road for their second of four regular season tournaments at the Southern Miss Black and Gold Tournament this weekend. LAKE CHARLES, La.—After opening the season with a 4-0 start with wins over Virginia and preseason 20th ranked Tulsa last weekend at the Cowgirl Classic, McNeese softball cracked the first USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll of the season, coming in at No. 24. This marks the first time in program history the Cowgirls are ranked in a major poll. The Cowgirls picked up 80 votes in the poll. The poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one vote representing each of the NCAA’s 32 Division I conferences. McNeese did rank as high as No. 6 on March 20, 2012 in the softball Mid-Major poll under former head coach Mike Smith who is the current head coach at Ole Miss. Karlee Jensen leads La. Tech with a .500 average with six hits. Bailey Allen has a 2.00 ERA without a record in seven innings pitched while Preslee Gallaway has the only victory with a 3.34 ERA in 14.2 innings.
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “From being a center to being an off guard, it really takes hearts and guts, and my brother was incredibly motivated,” said Matt, the younger of the twins. “I can say that he’s a one of a kind person because he was very dedicated to his goal and to be able to trust the team and be the leader of the team, he found his role.”Mike eventually changed his style and became an instrumental piece for Ateneo, helping the Blue Eagles’ 78-70 win in the first game of the finals series, scoring 11 points and grabbing five boards.“Winning the title with my twin brother, it’s extra special because we’ve been through a lot. All the doubts, all the haters, we’re glad as a team that we proved them wrong and we just stuck with one another.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins Matt and Mike Nieto have always been a tandem since their days with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, yet when the two moved on to become part of the Blue Eagles, it was clear that Matt was the quicker one to adjust to the collegiate game.Matt was a mainstay in the brothers’ first three years in the seniors’ playing field while Mike struggled, appearing in only five games in their rookie year.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Three years on, and shedding more than 30 pounds off his high school playing weight of 220 lbs, Mike has established himself as a quality player for the Blue Eagles and Matt couldn’t be happier.“I’m super proud of Mike, I don’t know if you guys know, he worked so hard outside of basketball just to adjust to the collegiate level,” said Matt in Filipino when he and Mike helped Ateneo to an 88-86 Game 3 win to win the UAAP Season 80 title for Ateneo Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMike initially played center and power forward in high school despite standing barely above six feet, but got through using his wide body and heft to compensate for his lack of height against other teams’ frontline.And although he was accustomed to playing in the post in high school, a time when he won the MVP award, Mike was forced to adjust and become a wing man. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UE’s Pasaol, FEU’s Tolentino headline 2017 PBA D-League Draft applicants Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia PBA approves deal that sends Erram to NLEX Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OAKLAND, California—Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors, 110-109, in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen—whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson continued struggling. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that,” Lillard said.When Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” —APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
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Tottenham were the only other team to have more than one representative, boasting three players in defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Christian Eriksen and striker Harry Kane.Manchester United’s only inclusion was goalkeeper David de Gea, while left-back Marcos Alonso was the sole player from dethroned champions Chelsea.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with 30 league goals this season, was also included.The six nominees for the men’s PFA players’ player of the year award are De Bruyne, Silva, De Gea, Kane, Salah and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.The PFA Awards ceremony will be held in London on Sunday. PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs get a vote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and his Manchester City team-mates made up almost half of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Premier League team of the year revealed on Wednesday.Right-back Kyle Walker, centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, midfielder David Silva and striker Sergio Aguero were also named in the XI.
All authors are presented with a custom leather-bound version of their shortlisted book at the awards ceremony. Jurors, Margaret Atwood, Coral Ann Howells and Peter Theroux commented: “Both new and veteran jury members among us were dazzled by the over 150 sterling RBC Taylor Prize submissions this year. Distilling these diverse riches, embracing the social, personal, political, and historical into a mere list of ten, was a profound but rewarding challenge — our list could have been much longer, and indeed it is slightly longer than we were asked for! Readers globally can be thankful for a year of such exceptional Canadian contributions.” The longlist books for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize are: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Author Helen Knott’s memoir, In My Own Moccasins is part of the RBC Taylor Prize 2020 longlist for the 20th anniversary, and final, edition of Canada’s most prestigious non-fiction prize. Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire by Ted Barris, published by Harper Collins CanadaBush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson by Mark Bourrie, published by BiblioasisThe Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again by Brin-Jonathan Butler, published by Simon & SchusterHad it Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo by Robyn Doolittle, published by Allen LaneWe Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib, published by Viking CanadaIn My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott, published by University of Regina PressHighway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid, published by Doubleday CanadaThe Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love and Britain Becomes Modern by Robert Morrison, published by W.W. NortonOverrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis by Andrew Reeves, published by ECW PressThe Mongolian Chronicles: A Story of Eagles, Demons and Empires by Allen Smutylo, published by Goose Lane EditionsThe Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World by Ziya Tong, published by Allen LaneThe Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard, published by Allen Lane Established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, the RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. Awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception, the Prize consists of $30,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the remaining finalists. Advertisement – Advertisement -The RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist will be announced Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and the winner revealed at a special 20th Anniversary gala luncheon on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Nathaniel Clyne says Southampton are ready to heap more misery on Chelsea on Saturday – and prove they are still serious contenders to finish in the top four of the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in seven league games heading into the Stamford Bridge clash but suffered huge disappointment in midweek when they crashed out of the Champions League after 120 exhausting minutes against Paris Saint-Germain.“We saw them play against PSG and thought they looked a bit tired. Hopefully, can we capitalise on that,” said Saints full-back Clyne, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.“We are fresh at the moment and, if we take the game to them, we can cause an upset.“If we play the game we can play, it will be a good game, and hopefully we can get the points.“It will be difficult – Chelsea are a good team with quality players, but we are up for the challenge.”Southampton’s form dipped in February, with just one win in five games seeing them slip from third to seventh in the table.That has led many pundits to write off their chances of securing a Champions League spot, but, having kicked off this month with victory over Crystal Palace, Ronald Koeman’s players are not giving up hope.“When people say we can’t do it, it makes us push on, work harder, and fight for it.” said Clyne.“No-one expected a club like Southampton to be fighting for the top four. We are a good team and we are going to keep pushing on.“There are a lot of games left and a lot of points to play for. If we stay positive and keep playing how we are playing, we can fight for it and hopefully we can get in there.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Chelsea v Southampton on Saturday (kick-off 13:30)Listen to the full interview with Nathaniel Clyne on Players’ Lounge on talkSPORT from 7pm on Friday night
From synagogues, churches and mosques to Quaker meeting houses, Buddhist temples and halls for spiritualists, the San Fernando Valley is home to some 650 houses of worship. Religious leaders agree that with such broad-based beliefs, there’s no better place than the Valley to hold interfaith forums, special trips and choir programs. “The Jews, the Muslims and Christians can live together, break bread together and not fear one another. We all have the same dreams,” said Barry Smedberg, president of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council. In the past year, dialogues and discussions have grown among the faiths, said Earl Fagin, chairman for VIC’s board of directors. Members of the New Horizon Performing Arts Club choir join the Shir Aliyah choir during a Valley Interfaith Choir Concert at Temple Aliyah.. Photo by John McCoy / Staff Photographer “I think there’s a lot more reaching out; there’s more a sense of community here,” said Fagin, also a member of Temple Ore Chadash, a Jewish conservative synagogue in Granada Hills. “There’s been a much better relationship established in the community between the Muslim community and the Jewish community and also with other faiths. We stand together more.” One example is the annual Interfaith Choir Concert, in which scores of children and adults join in to sing and bridge the Valley’s diverse faiths. “It’s sort of a common language for all faiths and cultures,” said Rhetta Alexander, a member of VIC’s Choir Concert Committee. “People can come together and enjoy the music of other faiths and celebrate together.” With a hijab over her hair, Safiya Al-Sarraf, 13, of the Children’s Chorus from the New Horizon Muslim School’s Performing Arts Club, was among dozens of Christian, Jewish and Muslim children singing together at Temple Aliyah synagogue in Woodland Hills recently. “This performance is special because you’re singing among people of other faiths and you get to listen to their songs. There’s a sense of peacefulness. “Usually, they look at us strangely because we’re Muslims,” she said. “Here, it’s all normal and peaceful and I like the feeling of that – singing songs about peace around the world.” Galia Backal, 11, a member of Shir Aliyah Children’s Choir, sang the finale number, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” beside Al-Sarraf’s group. “The best part of the concert is that no matter our religion, we can be together without fights or disagreements,” Backal said. Her choir director, Hazzan Michael Stein, couldn’t agree more. “There’s a sense of wonder in how children and their innocence can really poignantly express harmony through music,” Stein said. “Children in a Muslim headdress and a child in a yarmulke – what a beautiful juxtaposition. If we fought wars through singing, we’d do a lot better.” For a weekly listing of religious services, see Saturday’s Daily News or go to dailynews.com/religion160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The violence was triggered by an attempt to isolate gang leaders, who control many of Sao Paulo’s teeming, notoriously corrupt prisons, by transferring eight of them Thursday to a high-security facility hundreds of miles away from this city of 18 million people. The leaders of the First Capital Command gang, or PCC, reportedly used cell phones to order the attacks, which began Friday night. Thousands of drivers refused to work Monday, leaving an estimated 2.9 million people scrambling to find a way to their jobs. While most stores and businesses remained open, almost all shut early, creating one of the city’s worst traffic jams ever as workers struggled in vain to get home early. There was no mention of injuries in the nearly 50 reports of bus burnings. But 21 new killings were reported Sunday night and Monday morning, the state government of Sao Paulo said, putting the death toll at 81 – 39 police officers and prison guards, 38 suspected gang members and four civilians caught in 181 attacks since Friday. Prison officials said they did not know how many inmates may have died in Sao Paulo’s lockups because they were just retaking control of most of them. At least 91 people were arrested since Friday, police said. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva prepared to send in 4,000 federal troops. “What happened in Sao Paulo was a provocation, a show of force by organized crime,” Silva said. He said the gangs’ “tentacles are spread around the world and we must use a lot of intelligence” to quell the chaos their attacks caused. By Monday night, all 73 prison rebellions that broke out had been quelled and police pointed to a grim figure to push their claim that the situation would soon come back to something like normal. Mostly police officers and prison guards were killed Friday and Saturday nights – but the tally of dead in overnight violence from Sunday to Monday was almost exclusively suspected gang members killed in shootouts with police.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWorried parents kept many children out of schools, and many businesses shut by 4 p.m. Monday so workers could get home by dark. Sao Paulo’s main stock exchange, the Bovespa, canceled after-hours trading to let investors and workers leave early. Near hastily shuttered businesses in a blue-collar neighborhood, a dozen officers wielding shotguns, pistols and revolvers said they were not scared of overnight gang attacks. “Everything’s closing up, but we’ll be here waiting,” said a grim Officer Edvan Oliveira, his finger resting on the trigger of his shotgun. “We want them to come.” The attacks on buses marked a new tactic in a wave of violence that has seen masked men attack bars, banks and police stations with machine guns and grenades, and inmates at dozens of prisons take guards hostage. Authorities quelled the prison rebellions by Monday night, but officials worried the violence could spread 220 miles northeast to Rio de Janeiro, where 40,000 police were put on high alert and extra patrols were dispatched to slums where drug gang leaders live. SAO PAULO, Brazil- The explosion jolted Julio Cesar awake. The 19-year-old engineering student saw the public bus engulfed in flames near the modest home where he lives with his mother. Gunmen had ordered passengers from the bus and set it afire with a molotov cocktail. Altogether, dozens of buses were torched overnight in Sao Paulo – part of a four-day wave of violence between police and gang members that has left 81 people dead and sent fear coursing through the urban sprawl of South America’s largest city. The bus burnings left Cesar with a dilemma: Forsake his night college classes and his future, or leave his mother at home, with stray bullets flying as police and masked men shoot at each other after dark. “Of course I’m scared to take the bus, because now they are targeting people and not just police,” he said. “But I’m also scared to leave because my mom lives here.”
And at Savannah Country Day School in Georgia, 22 percent of seniors made early decision applications, compared to 10 percent last year. Counselor Mary Beth Fry said early decision wasn’t on parents’ radar screens there even a year ago. Since then, the process has grown noticeably more serious. “Parents are paying attention not just to where their friends’ children are getting in but where their friends’ children from up North are getting in, too,” she said. The basic version of early decision is simple: students apply by Nov. 1 or 15, and usually get word accept, reject or defer by Christmas. Applying early decision commits students to attending the school if accepted. But these days, many colleges have adopted complicated variants, including multiple early decision rounds and different forms of “early action” – in which students apply to a school by mid-autumn but aren’t automatically committed to attending if they get in. Many state schools, meanwhile, accept rolling applications all year. For students, an early verdict can make for a more relaxed senior spring. “If I didn’t get into Dartmouth, I was going to have to fill in something like 10 more applications,” said Frances Dales, a senior at Savannah Country Day. That’s a relief, considering she still has a full class schedule and “all these extracurricular activities that got me into college.” With the admissions process advancing earlier and earlier in high school, some say it’s a good thing students can finish it sooner. Dales said she’s known since freshman year Dartmouth was her top choice. Classmate Render Braswell said he visited and researched a range of schools before settling on Duke, where he was accepted Thursday. “The colleges and universities now literally inundate these kids with informational promotional brochures starting as early as the ninth grade,” said Emily Baer, director of college guidance at Memphis University School, where 15 students used early decision applications this year, about three times the number five years ago. Says Vanderbilt admissions dean William Shain: “A lot of people look at colleges a lot a longer, and they’re exhausted.” But some worry that students feel pressured to apply in the fall. Counselors say they’re seeing more students apply early hoping it will help them get into a better-known school, not because they’ve found the perfect fit. Pilchiek, of the Dallas high school, said he saw more students applying early this year as a “reaching” mechanism. “It’s something that we warn against,” he said. “You still have to be a viable candidate, but they still believe that early will help them.” Early decision can eliminate stress, but students may find themselves disappointed in their financial aid package – or simply change their minds. “It’s really stunning to see how much students can grow and learn about themselves between the end of junior year and the middle of senior year,” said Helen Bodell, counseling director at the Lincoln School in Providence, R.I., where three-quarters of her senior class used early action or early decision this year. “Each one of those months is worth gold. Usually it works out, but usually there’s a student you wish weren’t in a binding situation.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But this fall, 53 percent of colleges got more applications than last year, compared to 25 percent who said they got fewer, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. There were substantial jumps at several Ivy League schools, including the University of Pennsylvania (up 21 percent), Brown (16 percent) and Dartmouth (12 percent). Many of those applicants have been learning over the past week whether they got in. There are also indications more students from the Midwest and Southeast are making early decision applications, joining the large numbers of seniors from the hypercompetitive Northeast and West Coast who have led the trend. Applications were up at several prominent Southern universities, including Rice (15 percent), Vanderbilt (25 percent) and Emory (18 percent over two rounds). At Vanderbilt, the early pool of applicants from the Southeast and Midwest grew by about one-third, but New England applications were up just 5 percent. At Penn, 75 percent of the early pool used to come from Northeast and mid-Atlantic states; that’s rapidly declined to 65 percent. At highly competitive Highland Park High School in Dallas, about a third of seniors applied early this year, up 20 percent from last year, estimated counselor Jeff Pilchiek. After a one-year lull, “early decision” college applications seem to have picked up again this fall around the country, worrying some experts who think the trend shows the admissions process is starting too early in students’ high school years. Using the early decision process allows students to lock in to their top choice as first-semester seniors in high school, making the rest of the year relatively stress-free. It may also boost applicant’s chances by a showing a college it is that student’s top choice. But some worry that too many students apply early to try and beat the system, hoping the tactic will demonstrate enough enthusiasm to sneak them into a tough school. The risk, though, is getting stuck with a bad match or inadequate financial aid. Last year, for the first time since surveys on early decision began in 1999, more colleges reported these applications were down than up from the year before.