Syracuse displaying youth, inconsistency early in the season

first_img Published on September 12, 2018 at 11:37 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley stood on the touchline and snapped her fingers, repeatedly.“Pressure! Pressure!” she yelled.She plead for the Orange to increase its intensity in a game that had been decided against Vermont. Syracuse won, 4-1, but Bradley admitted that her team had a long way to go.“We’re slow right now and this is youth,” Bradley said after opening day. “And we’ve got to get pressure on the ball.”No. 12 Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) features nine freshmen and eight sophomores on the 2018 roster, leaving just five upperclassmen — Bradley’s fewest number since 2008. This season, six of Syracuse’s eight goals, and all five assists, are from underclassmen. But with youth comes inconsistencies, Bradley said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore goalkeeper Borg van der Velde has stepped up as a key communicator from the back. Van der Velde and senior Roos Weers work as a tandem to read the game and sense danger before it arises. Van der Velde can be heard calling out to players on the pitch. She helps organize the defense and fill in the gaps, pushing them forward when possible.“It’s helping direct people to read things and move to respond around them,” Bradley said.Weers is the only upperclassmen to register points. She’s scored two goals from penalty corners this season, but both were set up by freshmen Tess Queen and Kira Wimbert.When Wimbert is on the field, she commands the role of inserting the ball on penalty corners — the entry pass into the field of play. SU uses multiple different set plays to generate open shot attempts from corners, but almost always, Queen is the main stopper. She’s won the job for now, she said.Wimbert, a Germany native, stressed fitness as the biggest obstacle in her transition, a challenge she’s embracing and actually enjoys. Queen played at Middletown High School, a small school in Smithsburg, Maryland, where she said the competition level wasn’t great. Her club team, Washington Wolves, best prepared her for the leap to SU. There, she learned from her coach, Joann Engstrom, a former U.S. National team player.Queen said no amount of preparation could prepare her for the ACC, which has five top-10 teams in the NFHCA rankings.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorOn opening day against Vermont, SU’s new talent was on full display. SU scored four goals, all scored or assisted by freshmen, including a backhand finish by Laura Graziosi and a rebound tap-in from Wimbert.That afternoon, Bradley went into the locker room at halftime wanting more from Syracuse. In the second half, Wimbert connected with sophomore and leading goal-scorer Chiara Gutsche. Wimbert came into space with a diagonal run, drawing both defenders before pivoting and finding Gutsche. The pass appeared out of reach, but Gutsche dove and converted the chance. Watching that goal, it seemed as though the two had been playing together for years.“I wasn’t expecting to play that much to be honest,” Wimbert said after the first game. “I’ve had an up-and-down preseason.”Against Virginia and Connecticut, the two highest ranked opponents the Orange have faced this season, the youth showed in critical moments. The freshmen duo of Queen and Graziosi connected on a penalty corner routine to put SU ahead with 7:11 to play.Virginia found the tying goal less than a minute later. In double overtime, an odd-man attack allowed the Cavaliers to find the goal and hand Syracuse its first loss.“That can’t happen, period.” Weers said. “We just need the maturity there and we need to close it off.”Playing No. 1 UConn last Sunday, the margins between the teams proved thin. Twice, the Orange failed to box out in the penalty area, Bradley said. The Huskies scored both times. Freshman Sasha Bull’s errant entry pass was intercepted and turned into a goal seconds later. Bull is one of three freshmen to start every game, and she played every minute Sunday against UConn.SU is still too slow reading the game and understanding which spots to be in, Bradley said. The game against Connecticut gives Syracuse a model to build toward as the season progresses.“Connecticut is the gold standard, they’re number one,” Bradley said. “We’ve got more opportunities to get out there and mature and practice and get better.” Commentslast_img read more

2019 River City Sculptures on Parade winners announced

first_img The “Best in Show” winner is “Lost in a Dream”, created by the late Jack Morford of American Fork Utah. Family members say when Morford lost his wife to cancer, he was so grief-stricken that he stopped creating sculptures for three years. He then had a dream that encouraged him to resume sculpting, with “Lost in a Dream” being his first work. Anderson says his family has offered to have the sculpture as a permanent part of the River City display if a purchaser can be found.   “His family has offered that if we can find a purchaser by March 1st, they would sell it for $17,500. Our committee is really hoping that we could find a purchaser and maybe site this in front of the cancer center and have it stay in Mason City.” Sculptures in the current display that are not purchased will be taken down in April and returned to the artists or sent to other public art programs. A new exhibit of sculptures will be installed in early May. MASON CITY — The annual River City Sculptures on Parade “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show” winners were announced last night at the start of the City Council meeting in Mason City. Sculptures on Parade president Robin Anderson says after over 500 ballots being cast, the “People’s Choice” winner was “Muse-Ic” by Sioux Falls-based artists Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby.  “This is actually the third time that Leuning and Treeby have won the People’s Choice competition. They have two other pieces: “Summer Distractions” which is here at the library, the little girl on the scooter; and “Maestro”,  the one that’s in front of the Commerce Center that is interactive, are two previous People’s Choice winners.” As part of an agreement with the city council, the city purchases the “People’s Choice” winner each year for permanent placement on the sculpture walk. Anderson says organizers hope with its music theme that the sculpture can be placed near the Performing Arts Pavilion that will soon be constructed on the north side of Southbridge Mall.  “So we’ve been working with the architects on that, and once we get the placement nailed down, that will go to the Planning and Zoning Commission and then to the council for final approval. We think having it there by the Performing Arts Pavilion and the fact that it’s interactive would be a good space for that.”last_img read more

Vellano Country Club makes anticipated debut

first_img“It’s working with the environment to produce a quality course.” Beginning from the No. 1 tee box to the No. 4 green, golfers will find an elevation drop of more than 600 feet. It’s a reason why Director of Golf Scott Wilson says, “Vellano is not a walkable course.” Bermudagrass is implemented on the fairways and roughs and nearing the end of dormancy. Cushing said Vellano will not overseed and quipped, “people need to know that brown is a color, too.” A combination of A-1 and A-4 bentgrass – comparable to Augusta National – is on the greens. Crushed walnut shells are used in place of bark or wood chips beneath the wide array of oak trees. And even when oaks needed to be cut down, the remains were made into benches found throughout the property. Among the more notable holes, Nos. 8 and 9 hold special significance. After the city showed concern toward potential slides on the par-3, No. 8 fairway, construction superintendent Dario Olivares and his staff went to work. To guard against potential slides, Olivares and staff redirected “thousands and thousands of tons” of dirt, then placed a liner some 10 to 15 feet below the surface. They laid drainage pipes on top of the liner, then moved the replaced dirt back for grading. At No. 9, the hole features a bridge that crosses a 100-feet deep ravine. To build the 70-ton bridge, a crane had to be dismantled and reconfigured on-site. It took two months to complete the crane’s reconfiguration. When workers were ready to secure the bridge, they found it lost 13 tons of water weight due to last summer’s heat. For information, its Web site is UNFORGETTABLES RETURN One of the area’s more honored charity functions is set for March 5 with the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, played at Redlands Country Club. Champions Tour veterans Dave Stockton of Redlands, Mark Johnson of Helendale, former UC Riverside golfer Gary McCord and former Riverside resident Don Pooley will participate. According to founder Tim Evans, the charity helps to confront and conquer the economic consequences and the danger factor that contributes to childhood death. Before tournament planning got underway for this year’s event, it received a $25,000 head start from McCord, who donated his prize from the ESPN-produced People vs. the Pros contest last year. The 128-member field is sold out, but to place your name on a waiting list, contact 1-800-254-GOLF (4653). Mark Reinhiller covers local golf for the Sun. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Course superintendent Paul Cushing likes to say that he and his staff have completed a masterpiece and they would be right. Even on an overcast day, panoramic views exist of the Inland Empire and beyond. From the No. 1 tee box, one easily could see Mt. San Jacinto – some 80 miles to the east. “We’ve provided a niche that hasn’t existed in quite some time,” Cushing said. “Most of the other private country clubs in the area are established. This course allows people to grow with the course.” Norman and staff broke ground on the 600-acre site that rests west of the 74 freeway in early 2004, and by October, 13 holes were graded. But that fall, inclement weather – that would turn into more than 40 inches of rainfall into 2005 – washed away those holes. After rebuilding the holes, rain again destroyed their work and brought the course back to square one. The course officially opens to members Feb. 28, with members and guests set for April 1. When that time arrives, golfers will find a course where elevation – and a rural, open setting – awaits. That wasn’t an oversight in its development. “Norman’s very much a minimalist,” Cushing said. “He wants to take what the property offers and make the most of what exists. He’s not the kind of designer who is going to move a tree because he can. center_img CHINO HILLS – Tucked deep inside the heart of Chino Hills lies one of Southern California’s newest golf courses. After a series of delays, the long-awaited Greg Norman-designed Vellano Country Club made its debut Tuesday with its first official round of golf for staff members and media. The 6,925-yard, 18-hole layout is the first private course to be developed east of Los Angeles and west of the Coachella Valley in more than 40 years. last_img read more


first_imgA fisherman was rescued off the coast of Donegal this afternoon after a farmer heard his cry for help a half a mile out to sea.John Grant was tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay on the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Grant suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a spec in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy. Mr Grant contacted his mother and she alerted Malin Head Coastguard at around 1.50pm.They alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat.The rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene as was the Greencastle Coast Guard boat, which was later stood down.Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were calm but it was raining heavily. When the Lough Swilly lifeboat arrived on scene, a local boat had already picked up the man.The man, a local lobster fisherman in his 40s, was wrapped in blankets and given attention.A medic from the 118 helicopter was dropped at the scene and a decision was made to take the man to the shore near Clonmany by boat.Once on shore the helicopter flew the man to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he is understood to be in a stable condition.A spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat praised the actions of Mr Grant saying his actions sparked a very successful rescue. “It was simply amazing how John heard the man’s cry for help so far out to sea but thankfully he did.“The phonecall by Mr Grant’s mother set into action a chain of events which undoubtedly saved this man’s life,” he said.FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanyfarmerfishermanhelicopterInishowenLough Swilly LIfeboatlast_img read more