2 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads. 2 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads sold under the hammer for $1.1 million.A BURLEIGH Heads beach property on the market for the first time in more than 21 years has sold under the hammer for $1.1 million.The four-bedroom beach house at 2 Hill Ave neighbours the national park and features ocean views. It spans three levels and is a short stroll from the beach.Lacey West, Burleigh Heads agent Will West negotiated the sale.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“A young couple bought it who are from Burleigh Waters,” he said.“This property was pretty unique as it had national park next to it and ocean views.“It’s pretty rare to just have one neighbour.”The property last changed hands in 1995 for $238,000. 2 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads.
Batesville, In. — Batesville Youth Baseball parents, coaches, volunteers and players are assessing vandalism damage to the field area. It’s believed the damage was done during the evening Saturday. There is no damage estimate at this time.Information about the incident can be left by calling the Batesville Police Department at 812-934-3131.
By all accounts, Sacramento State junior gymnast Nicole Giao is quiet. Standing 5-foot-1, the Etiwanda graduate doesn’t jump out at you physically either. But once Giao gets out on the floor and is ready to compete, the small, quiet gymnast classification gets thrown for a loop. In a sport known for its smooth, classical movements to symphonic, easy-listening music, Giao breaks loose, performing to hard rock/metal groups such as Metallica. Picturing a female gymnast performing doesn’t exactly bring the lyrics of “Enter Sandman” to mind. But Sacramento State coach Kim Hughes thinks it makes perfect sense. “If you know Nicole, you aren’t surprised,” Hughes said. “She is a quiet leader, but she also has a toughness about her. She doesn’t talk much, but when she does, people listen.” Giao, who performed at Crescenta Valley Gymnastics in San Dimas while attending Etiwanda High School, is one of the Hornets’ co-captains as they attempt to win a second straight Western Athletic Conference title. To get in position to do that, Giao has had to overcome a sprained ankle in mid-January that sidelined her for four meets spanning nearly a month. “The injury was pretty tough on me,” Giao said. “It was one of those things where I was just in practice right before we were supposed to go to Alaska-Anchorage and I landed wrong and the ankle rolled. “I just had to wait it out and make sure that it healed properly. I missed the trip to Alaska, but I’m feeling good now and I’m almost all the way back.” Giao has been working her way back slowly, competing in the vault and balance beam in meets against Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage before reintroducing the floor exercise at Feb. 23 at San Jose State. Giao registered season-high marks in all three events against San Jose, scoring a 9.775 on the floor, 9.725 on the beam and 9.700 on the vault. That puts her in perfect position to be 100 percent for the WAC championships March 31 in Cedar City, Utah. That is pretty stellar considering the nature of Giao’s injury. A sprained ankle is a bigger deal in gymnastics than most other sports, as the stress on the joints is severe even when the body is relatively healthy. “I’m pretty sore in general, so the ankle was just another pain I had to overcome,” Giao said. “It’s pretty normal at this point. I’ve been doing gymnastics as long as I can remember so it’s not that big of a deal.” Giao’s high threshold for pain comes from adding mental toughness to go along with being physically tough. The Sacramento State gymnastics team meets with a sports psychologist weekly to work on mental visualizations in certain routines, especially balance beam and floor exercise. When arriving on campus in the fall of 2004, Giao was skeptical of meeting with a sports psychologist. But after a few meetings, she was hooked. “I find it fascinating,” Giao said. “I thought it sounded weird at first, but I’m pretty open-minded about things so I gave it a chance. “I’m really glad that I did. If there’s anything I’ve learned in college it’s how important the mental aspect of gymnastics is. Visualizing my routine before I go out there really helps me focus.” The sessions might have also created a career path for Giao. She quickly took an interest in psychology, selecting it as her major early in her college career. Giao would like to delve into sports psychology when she is done with school, perhaps giving the assistance that she has enjoyed at Sacramento State. “It’s been great for me and I’d like to be able to have that impact on other athletes,” Giao said. “I’d love to help people, whether it be with sports or other aspects of life.” Giao’s mental acuity has been noticed by her coach. When recruiting Giao, Hughes – in his 27th year at Sacramento State – saw a girl that was awkwardly shy at times. But thanks to growth, through psychology and aided by having a big group of gymnasts in her recruiting class, Giao has blossomed nicely at Sacramento State. “Nicole is just a well-rounded, hard-working person who excels athletically, and more importantly, academically,” Hughes said. “It’s great to see her come into her own in school and in the gym. “When she first got here, she was quiet. She still isn’t loud, but she’ll come into my office and we’ll have a great conversation. It’s really great to see.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!