More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Maidment marketing and sales manager Nick Ryle at Harris Crossing, about how developers are building estates because they are confident in the Townsville market.“Maidment Group is offering home buyers the option to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 Home Battery System for a fraction of the normal retail price,” he said.“A Tesla Powerwall enables you to capture and store excess solar energy produced during the day for use at night, so consumers can enjoy the energy-saving advantages of the unit 24/7. “With an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville is the perfect place to harness the sun’s energy.”The estate caters for all lifestyles and budgets and features a variety of sites ranging from 383sq m courtyard lots up to 1000sq m lifestyle lots. There is also a display village at Harris Crossing showcasing 14 designs from award-winning builders in Townsville. When complete, over 800 families will call Harris Crossing home. There will also be more than 70ha of open space to ensure residents can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. For more information visit www.harriscrossing.com.au. Harris CrossingRESIDENTIAL estate Harris Crossing has just released Stage 5 with lots overlooking six hectares of open space.The Ellington release overlooks the landscaped banks of the Bohle River and is next to North Queensland’s first Disc Golf course, now under construction, and future playground facilities. Four lots were sold before Stage 5 was released to the public, including the estate’s largest sale, a 1000sq m block that sold for $329,000. Harris Crossing was developed by Maidment Group and is in the heart of the regional hub of Thuringowa and only 12km from Townsville CBD.Maidment marketing and sales manager Nick Ryle said on its release, Harris Crossing launched an energy-saving initiative that would notably reduce energy costs to home buyers.
USC’s long search for a new women’s basketball head coach ended on Friday, as Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced Mark Trakh would return after an eight-year absence to lead the Trojans.“We are thrilled to welcome Mark back to USC,” Swann said. “It was important for us to hire a coach who really wanted to be at USC, who truly cares about our student-athletes and who believes in the Trojan way of excelling. We found that coach in Mark Trakh. He has the experience and maturity to help our young team grow and develop.”Photo from TwitterTrakh, 61, previously coached USC for five seasons, from 2005 to 2009, guiding the Trojans to two NCAA Tournament berths and four Pac-12 Tournament semifinals (one final). The NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005, Trakh’s first season, was the program’s first in seven years, and USC progressed past the first round, losing on a last-second basket against top-seeded Michigan State in the Round of 32.After departing USC in 2009 for personal reasons, Trakh spent two years away from basketball before coaching the past six years at New Mexico State, where he compiled a 104-80 record. The Aggies were 24-7 overall last season and boasted a perfect 14-0 record in conference play. They lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual finalist Stanford.“I’m excited to once again be a part of the great tradition at USC,” Trakh said. “I feel that there is a ton of potential in this team, and I look forward to start working with them.”Trakh takes the place of former head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who resigned last month after four years at USC. The Trojans finished 14-16 and lost to Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Cooper-Dyke’s final season.USC finished with a 15-14 record in Trakh’s final season, falling to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship in the Trojans’ first-ever tournament final.“The goal and expectation is always to get to the Final Four,” Trakh said. “I really want to reignite the tradition of excellence that we have at USC. It all starts with recruiting and coaching up the women and helping them succeed. I also look forward to coaching again in the Pac-12, which is filled with great teams and coaches and is really a conference of national contenders.”Trakh’s arrival brings an end to an extended coaching search during which multiple candidates linked to USC took positions at different programs — some at rival Pac-12 schools.“Mark is a great teacher of the game,” Swann said. “Players enjoy playing for him. He is a very effective recruiter. And he has a knack for taking teams to the NCAA Tournament, which we look for him to continue doing.”