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The SR Varsity Raiders Volleyball lost their first match of the season with a tough loss at Austin against The Lady Eagles.The Raiders took the first game 25-18, but serve receive and service errors dictated the outcome of the next three sets with scores of 25-19, 25-16, and 27-25.Stat leaders: Kiley Sparks: 20/23 attacking with 12 kills, Mercedes Bowling 8/9 attacking with 5 kills, Toria Tucker 19/20 attacking with 4 kills, Laken Farrell 12/14 attacking with 2 kills, Elizabeth Bodenberg 40/40 sets with 15 assists, Kayla King 25/28 sets with 8 assists, Julie Rea 9/11 sets with 3 assists.“It was a tough loss but we learned hard lessons tonight”. “They understand now how important serving and serve receive are”. “We hope to bounce back Friday night when we have our home opener against county rival JCD.” Lady Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.
Facebook Twitter Google+ The memories flooded back for Loren Ziegler.She picked out fall ball games when she didn’t take the shot she wanted, times she didn’t put in extra work after practice and practices she did not work as hard as she said she should have.At that point, nothing could change Syracuse head coach Gary Gait not having room for her on the team’s travel roster. When Ziegler was a sophomore, she hardly even played in the home games. In her first three seasons at SU, she played in just 20 of 69 possible games.“Looking back on that was the hardest thing,” Ziegler said, “knowing I could have done something I didn’t do.”But this year, Ziegler, now a senior, has 18 goals, and has played a key role on No. 3 SU’s second-line midfield late in the season. In the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, she scored a hat trick against Duke in the semifinal game, helping then-No. 7 Syracuse (14-6, 3-4 ACC) advance to the ACC championship game, which it eventually won. Before the tournament, Ziegler exploded for a five-goal outburst against Albany on Senior Day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coaches are always looking for someone to step up,” Ziegler said. “And I’m just trying to embrace that role and pick up our game.“… when the chance is there, I just take it.”But two years ago, she didn’t take advantage of that chance. A few times after not making the travel roster, Ziegler doubted herself and even considered not playing lacrosse anymore. Some upperclassmen told her not to quit.In her apartment after finding out Gait didn’t have room for her, Michelle Tumolo came over to comfort Ziegler, who admitted she was a “mess.”“I was mad at myself, I was mad at things I didn’t do. I didn’t like Gary (Gait) at the moment,” Ziegler said. “But Michelle, she was there and she was supportive and she was like, ‘This gives you the opportunity to work harder, prove him wrong, prove him wrong.’”Ziegler started working with Nicky Galasso, a midfielder on Syracuse’s men’s team and high school friend at the turf field at West Islip (New York) High School, their high school alma mater.Galasso told Ziegler she needed to improve her shooting and stick work. He said the two worked on Ziegler changing the angle of her shot and shooting from high to low or low to high.After the fall season the coaches meet with their players and discuss things to work on for the upcoming season. In the fall season in Ziegler’s junior year, Gait told her she made the travel team.“In my meeting, (Gait) goes, ‘And you’re on the travel team,’” Ziegler said. “I just remember being so happy. I think I had tears in my eyes at the moment.”She still managed to play in only six games last season. But this past fall, Ziegler worked with assistant coach Katie Rowan and volunteer assistant coach Katie Webster on dodging. On a dodge, she tries stepping a foot or two in front of the player ahead of her, stutter stepping and wait until they make a move. Once the player makes their move, Ziegler said she goes the other way.The move has helped her become a better scorer. Against Albany, she earned one free position and scored on the move another time.“We always talked about shooting and dodging and that type of thing,” former teammate Alyssa Murray said of what Ziegler could improve. “… I think she’s done really well this year… really good with her elbow dodging on the wing.”Ziegler traveled to the ACC tournament with the team this weekend, totaling three goals in the three games she played in.She got the opportunity to celebrate SU upsetting three highly-ranked opponents en route to its first ACC tournament title.Something that wouldn’t have happened had she quit two years ago.“She’s built her confidence and her confidence is sky-high right now,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She believes she can score goals and make an impact on this program and she can.” Comments Published on April 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati
This past weekend, the No. 2 University of Wisconsin Women’s hockey team (28-4-0, 18-4 WCHA) traveled up to Duluth, Minnesota where they took on the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (13-15-2, 9-11-2) in their second meeting of the season. Both teams played hard and showed their talents, but the Badgers were able to sweep their opponent for the second weekend in a row.In their matchup Friday, the Badgers took a commanding lead early, going up 4–0 after just two periods with two goals from Emily Clark and one from both Annie Pankowski and Presley Norby.The Badgers were relentless offensively, taking 44 shots on goal opposed to the Bulldogs mere 20.Clark led the way offensively for the Badgers, setting the tone by scoring the opening goal just under four minutes into the game. She continued to assert her offensive dominance later in the second period with another goal, making this her third game of the season scoring more than one goal.Men’s hockey: A look back at Mark Johnson’s legendary careerThousands of Wisconsin fans packed the Kohl Center last Saturday night as the University of Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team was Read…The Bulldogs responded with a goal of their own to start off the third period but it proved to be too late as the Badgers were able to take game one decisively, winning 6–1 with third period Badger goals coming from Sophie Shirley and Sam Cogan.In the second game of the weekend, the Badgers showed that there is more to hockey than just offense. Wisconsin’s defense, led by goalie Kristen Campbell, seemed virtually unstoppable.Campbell recorded her seventh shutout on the season and racked up 24 saves while her teammates attacked the Bulldogs relentlessly. The Badgers had 28 more shots on goal than the Bulldogs, extending their margin from the previous game.After a scoreless first, the Badgers were able to take the lead by scoring two goals in the second period — coming from Alexis Mauermann and Clark.Men’s hockey: Badger seek late season momentum to raise Big Ten tournament rankingWith only four games remaining, the University of Wisconsin Men’s hockey team’s (10-15-5, 6-9-5 Big Ten) 2018-19 regular season is Read…The game ended with the Badgers defeating the Bulldogs 3–0 — the third goal coming from Cogan.Wisconsin left Duluth with a clean sweep of both the weekend and of this season’s matchups against the Bulldogs.With the Badgers’ wins over the Bulldogs, they were able to move past the Minnesota Gophers in the conference standings and are now back on top of the WCHA. Wisconsin has also reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the nation with just one series left to play before the WCHA tournament. The Badgers will play their last regular season series at home next weekend against the No. 10 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday’s game time is at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s is at 3 p.m.Wisconsin will look to extend the win streak to seven as they head into the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Watch the game on BTN plus or listen live on 100.9 FM, Badger Radio Network.
As for myself, I never grew up with hockey or had friends who played. Even though I’m from Seattle, which is known for colder weather and its proximity to Canada, there were not many recreational leagues for kids my age growing up. One of the major reasons the NHL and hockey itself have not grown to the likes of the NFL and football is that hockey is much harder to get involved in. Interested players need an ice rink facility to practice and play games, the cost of equipment is high and there is a lack of recreational teams that people can get involved with. I first watched the movie “Miracle” in middle school when I was 13 years old. Before seeing the film, I did not know much about hockey or the fact that it was a major sport. But after, I realized just how significant hockey was to some people. Even though it may be hard to get involved in hockey or attend an NHL game, it is easy to watch a hockey game on TV. It may be hard to understand the rules at first, but it only takes a little persistence to learn how the game is played and why the sport can be so fascinating. Give it a chance — maybe, just maybe, the game of hockey will surprise some people. This is a good sign for the premiere ice hockey league in the world. Before the Golden Knights, the last time the NHL expanded was in 2000. The NHL adding two teams in five years is definitely a sign that the league is trying to grow its fan base. Even though there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to hockey, there is good news. According to usahockey.com, the number of hockey players in the 2018-2019 year is 567,908 — an all-time high. Viewership for the NHL has increased recently as well. According to NBC Sports, Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues was the most-watched Stanley Cup game in four years, with over 5 million viewers. People are starting to recognize and appreciate hockey more. Hockey players are some of the most hardworking and dedicated athletes, and they play one of the most physical sports in the world. The 1980 U.S. hockey team entered the Winter Olympics as the youngest team in the field, consisting of mostly amateur players. Nonetheless, the team advanced to the semifinals, knocked off the perennial powerhouse Soviet Union 4-3 in what has been dubbed the “Miracle on Ice” and eventually went on to win the gold. It’s one of the most famous teams in American sports history. Hockey is exciting, and I’m sure it’s a great sport to play. I understand that parents may not want their children to get involved with hockey because injuries are far more likely to happen than in less violent sports, but if those same parents get their children involved with football, I do not see much difference. Hockey is a great sport and it is only a matter of time before it gets more exposure. Hopefully, major networks such as ESPN and NBC will show more regular season NHL games in order to increase viewership and fan engagement. I am actually pretty excited to welcome an NHL team to Seattle, though, because there are many NHL fans there who have been waiting for that moment. As a result, I hope to get into hockey as well and devote more time to watching the sport. Currently, the National Hockey League consists of 31 teams — 24 are in the United States and seven are in Canada. The most recent team to join the NHL was the Vegas Golden Knights, who joined the league in 2017. The NHL will even be welcoming its 32nd team to Seattle in 2021. In a country where football, basketball and baseball dominate, hockey is still a part of the “major sports” group. However, out of those, hockey is the sport that people pay the least attention to. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about underrepresented sports. His column, “Hyun-derrated,” ran every other Wednesday.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite dropping the doubles point to start the match, No. 39 Syracuse (11-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) bounced back with strong singles play to beat No. 44 Clemson (7-7, 1-4), 5-2, at Drumlins Country Club. The Orange’s win marks its seventh victory in its last eight matches.After losing in first doubles on Tuesday against Florida Atlantic, SU’s No. 17 Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez looked to rebound from last year against Clemson’s No. 60 Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro. The two pairs squared off last season with Leduc and Navarro taking the match, 6-0.Knutson and Ramirez struggled from the start and only took one game during the match in a 1-6 loss. In second singles, Sofya Golubovskaya and Anna Shkudun could not take advantage of an early lead and fell to Clemson’s Ally Miller-Krasilnikov and Tate Schroeder, 2-6. With the doubles point secured for Clemson, the third doubles match featuring SU’s Masha Tritou and Dina Hegab was cut short after they were up 5-4 against Laura Marti and Sydney Riley.Down a point after the doubles portion, the Orange rallied fast behind a clean sweep from Hegab. Against Clemson’s Daniela Ruiz in sixth singles, Hegab proceeded to take 12-straight games to put Syracuse on the board fast, 6-0, 6-0.Golubovskaya made light work of Navarro in two sets, 6-2, 6-0, to give the Orange the lead in after her third singles win. On the other side of the courts, Ramirez fought off a first-set tiebreaker in second singles to roll past Schroeder, 7-6, 6-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn first singles, Knutson had to face her fourth-straight ranked opponent in as many matches. Coming off her first loss of the season against Florida Atlantic’s No. 6 Aliona Bolsova, No. 11 Knutson held her ground against No. 20 Leduc. After giving up five games in both sets, Knutson responded, 7-5, 7-5, to clinch the match for the Orange.Libi Mesh fought off a tough second set against Miller-Krasilnikov to give Syracuse its fifth point of the day, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Shkudun gave Clemson its only point in singles when she fell in fourth singles to Riley, 4-6, 6-4, (8-10) in a super tiebreaker.The Orange will look to extend its perfect, 7-0 home record on Sunday against No. 16 Wake Forest at Drumlins. Comments Published on March 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm Contact KJ: email@example.com | @KJEdelman
“Getting player of the week is a huge honor and a testament to our team of going 3-1 in that stretch,” he said. “It’s great to be part of this group and great to be able to build on the success we’ve had.”Harris, of course, has contributed notably. He’s averaging 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. In the first two months of the season, he ranked first in effective field goal percentage (59.4 percent) among 38 players with at least 300 field-goal attempts. He shot 52.8 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. It was Clippers’ Appreciation Hour on Monday afternoon when the NBA named Tobias Harris the Western Conference Player of the Month and Doc Rivers the Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November.The honor was the 11th for Rivers, who is coaching his 20th season, and a first for Harris, who is playing his eighth. Harris also was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time in his career on Nov. 26.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Rivers and Harris led the surprising Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season. In that span, the Clippers were tied with the NBA’s second-best record as well as the franchise’s fourth-best record through 21 games. They won 11 of their last 13 games in November, including nine in a row at home, which is the NBA’s longest active home winning streak. They also won all six games decided by five points or less in October and November.Reserve forward Mike Scott praised Rivers when he spoke to media at shootaround before Sunday’s game at Dallas. For the season, the 6-foot-9 New York native is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds while shooting better than 42 percent from 3-point range. He’s also averaging career highs in points (21.4), rebounds (8.5), field-goal percentage (51.6 percent), 3-point percentage (42.9 percent) and minutes played (35).Despite Sunday’s loss on the road to the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers entered Monday’s games tied with Denver atop the Western Conference standings at 15-7.The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference Player of the Month and the Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse was honored as the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. After Harris was awarded conference player of the week a week ago, the 26-year-old credited his team’s performance. “He keeps it real, he’s down to Earth, he lets you play the game,” said Scott, who contributed to a bench that averaged an NBA-best 53.8 points per game during the opening months of the season. “You play hard, you play defense, you play unselfish, you’ll play. We’re a deep team so I know it’s pretty hard for him to manage minutes, and he’s been doing a great job with that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES — National forecasts see the potential for continued flooding across the country as we move further into spring.Iowa Department of Natural Resources hydrologist Tim Hall says it is hard to believe we had some extreme areas of drought in the state back in September. The wet fall washed any dry conditions in a trend that’s been seen across the country. This is the first time in almost a decade that there is no drought in California. In fact — there’s almost no drought in the entire eastern half of the United States. As in zero,” Hall says.The abundance of groundwater is usually welcomed in Iowa. “We went into the winter with a pretty healthy level of soil moisture — which normally is a good thing — because that means when you get out to do the next year’s planting, you’ve got moisture to build of off,” according to Hall. “But once that moisture gets locked in for the winter, that combined with a lot of snowfall, and some untimely rain, has led to some significant flooding conditions.”The water balance is now on the wrong side. “We’re in a tenuous spot. If we get a heavy dose of rain, we could see some at least localize, if not some large scale flood issues,” Hall says.He says the entire state could use some dry days to drain. “Even just a few weeks of dry weather would really, really help. The water can drain out of the stream system fairly quickly — and that’ll give the chance for the tile drains to drain the soil profile where the land has tile under it,” Hall says. “Unfortunately we are coming into the beginning of the time period where we historically have a lot of moisture that comes. April May and June.”Hall says we can only hope there are enough dry days to make some room in the waterways to handle any of the spring rains.
In his first year as a starter, Young has shown gratitude for his new role after platooning with former four-year starter Dontae Forte throughout last year’s playoffs.“I’d anticipated my time to play very heavily,” he said. “I was inserted into the rotation last year and I feel like that was the best preparation for me to do some of the things that I’m able to do this year.”One of Young’s favorite targets, Marcus Johnson, burst onto the scene after making the game-clinching grab against the Dragons in last year’s title game. He admitted that it has been a struggle, but one he’s welcomed to get better.“I’ve really been practicing my route running and I’ve been working in practice to not let go of the ball,” Johnson said. “If I drop one, it usually means 20 pushups.”The 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior snagged his fourth touchdown grab of the year against Allderdice. Despite his long frame, he likes the style of former Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes, who is 4-inches shorter.“I like the way he attacks the ball,” he said. “He works really hard to get there and that’s something that I like to apply to my own game. I’m not afraid to go across the middle and take a hit. I’ll just get up and keep playing.”U.S.O. came from a 15-8 halftime deficit to beat Allderdice who has struggled as of late.“They just poured it on us,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “I thought we did a good job on defense, recognizing that they were going to pass the ball a lot on us. But, they were relentless, just passing it time and time again. We just kind of fell apart at the end.”Brashear 35, Carrick 6Brashear Bulls head coach Rick Murphy emphasized how important it was for his team to stop committing turnovers that was going to hurt them—namely fumbles.His team didn’t commit any against the host Carrick Raiders, who remain winless on the year.“We were shooting each other in the foot too much,” Murphy said. “It was a good win and I’m extremely proud of the way this team was able to run the football and the way we protected it, as well.”DeShaun Roberts, who was recently moved from receiver, rushed for 116 yards and three scores Diondre Farris added two touchdowns on the ground for Brashear (2-1, 2-4).Perry 43,Westinghouse 2The Westinghouse Bulldogs remain winless on the year as the Perry Commodores’ senior quarterback Ahmed Turner led their offense by throwing three touchdown passes. Running back Curtis Edmonds carried the ball 10 times for 164 yards, including an 86-yard score for Perry (3-0, 4-2).(Follow our continuing coverage of City League Football and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourier.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @malikvincent.) PATRICK FERGUSON from Allderdice is hit for a loss by USO’s Neondre Harbour (50) as teammates Virgil McClendon (43) and Jermaine Brown (55) close in to assist, The USO defense held Ferguson to 52 yards rushing. Traditionally known for having run-dominant offenses, the City League rarely features a team as pass-happy as this year’s U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) squad.Senior quarterback Akil Young’s 266 yards on 12 of 31 passing with three scores was a big reason that U.S.O. (3-0, 3-0) rallied to knock off East Side foe Allderdice (1-2, 2-4), 35-15, on Oct. 5.