Fort Vancouver football preview: Ex-NFL QB Neil Lomax making a difference by first winning over players

first_img Buy this Photo New Fort Vancouver football coach Neil Lomax talks to players on the first day of practice on Aug. 15. More than 50 players turned out for the team, many more than in the previous year. Meg Wochnick/The Columbian This story is part of The Columbian’s High School Fall Sports 2018 special preview section. Find it in the Sunday, August 26 edition of The Columbian. Photo Published: August 28, 2018, 6:58pm Share: Jonavin Salavea is new to Fort Vancouver, but the senior has the next generation of Trappers in mind as one of the reasons why he turned out for football.“We’re trying to help the future,” said Salavea, a lineman and transfer from Portland’s Jefferson High School.Helping the future — and present — is why first-year coach Neil Lomax came to Fort. Hired in March, the ex-Portland State quarterback who played nine NFL seasons is the program’s second consecutive coach to play professional football, following Steve Broussard. And while Lomax might have quarterbacked at football’s top level, he isn’t relying on a stacked resume to build a program that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2004.He and the coaching staff are going beyond Xs and Os. That’s what has gained credibility among players. The Columbian “We’re trying to win over their hearts and trust me, trust the coaches, and trust this process,” Lomax said. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of trust in these kids’ lives.”So far, it’s worked. Turnout numbers continue to climb and more than 50 players out for the team.That’s only part of the reason why Martinez and the Trappers already feel like winners in a program that has a different vibe to it.“They want this,” Martinez said, “and they’re hungry.”3 THINGS TO KNOW— Neil Lomax is Trappers’ second consecutive coach who played in the NFL. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img — More than 40 players cleared on first day of practices.— Program last reached the postseason in 2004.2017 season: 0-9, 0-5 3A GSHL.Best state finish: Quarterfinals in 1973ScheduleHome games at Kiggins BowlLeague games in boldSept. 1 at Seton Catholic NoonSept. 7 Ridgefield 8 p.m.Sept. 14 at Mark Morris 7 p.m.Sept. 21 Centralia 7 p.m.Sept. 28 Evergreen 5 p.m.Oct. 5 at Hudson’s Bay 8 p.m.Oct. 12 Kelso 8 p.m.Oct. 19 at Prairie 7 p.m.Oct. 25 at Mountain View 7 p.m. “They want us to succeed on and off the field and do the best we can,” said junior Isaac Martinez. “They want us to be a good football team, but they also want the best for us.”Fort is Lomax’s first head-coaching job. He previously assisted Columbia River head coach Christian Swain when Swain coached at Portland’s Roosevelt High from 2009-15.But Lomax is far from talking about wins and losses — not yet, anyway — on the football field.Fort went 0-9 in 2017, but what Lomax is stressing in the victory department is winning over the players. Tags Fort Vancouver Trappers Fort Vancouver football preview: Ex-NFL QB Neil Lomax making a difference by first winning over players GO Share:last_img read more

Forland Shipping Takes 100 Pct Ownership of Forland …

first_imgzoom Havyard Ship Invest AS has entered into an agreement with Forland Shipping today to sell Havyard’s 25% stake in Forland Subsea AS.LEWEK INSPECTORForland Subsea AS is the shipowning company of the subsea construction vessel “Lewek Inspector”.The Lewek Inspector is an inspection, maintenance & repair vessel, designed to give low fuel consumption in all operating modes, with North Sea IMR operations in mind.Once the transaction is completed, Forland Shipping will own 100 % of shares in Forland Subsea AS.Press Release, May 6, 2014, Image: emaslast_img read more