September 23

Batesville Freshman Boys Basketball Invitational Results

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Freshman Basketball team lost their first game in the Batesville Invitational to Jac-Cen-Del 46-30. The Bulldogs were led by Willy Sherwood with 10.     In the Consolation game, the Bulldogs (4-5) faced Hauser and won 48-40. Nate Vankirk led the team with 16, followed by Ben Harmeyer with 9 and Cole Pride with 7. The Freshman Boys will play Whiteland away on January 4th.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Scott Henderson.last_img

September 19

Army’s supreme Elite march above the rest

first_img… to be joined by Conquerors, Kings and Buxton in top fourBy Ras WadadaTHE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) completed an unblemished run on the final play-day of the first round of competition in the GFF-STAG Elite League with another convincing victory,while there were also wins for Victoria Kings and home team Buxton United in last Monday’s triple-header.Led by an early brace from forward Jeffrey Perreira and one by Eusi Phillips in the first half, the Army dominated the young Fruta Conquerors who were non-existent and disorganised in defence during the first period.The 6-foot tall Perreira first ran onto a perfectly measured pass by Phillips that dissected captain Delon Williams and Cecil Jackman down the middle as early as the 7th minute of the game.Eusie Phillips of the GDF dives forward to head past Derrick Carter for goal number 3 against Fruta Conquerors last Monday.A hesitant Derrick Carter left his line, but Perreira kept his composure as he made inroads into the box before hitting low to the custodian’s left as he advanced.Perreira broke free again in the 11th minute, but clearly this time he was off-side, to beat the advancing Carter and double the score while the Conquerors’ players appealed for off-side as referee Sherwin Johnson pointed to the spot.Eon Alleyne then muffed a golden opportunity to reduce the lead as his effort from close up, in the 13th minute, was denied by the boot of goalkeeper Enoch Carmichael. The Army’s attack in the meantime were having things their way against a Conquerors defence in disarray.Coach Sampson Gilbert replaced left back, Lennox Cush in the 16th minute with Steve Nelson but the Army still dominated. Against the run of play Conquerors were awarded a penalty kick after the referee blew against Phillips for handling the ball in the box. Jermin ‘Pankey’ Junor then placed the spot kick hard and along the ground to the keeper’s far right corner.The GDF regained the two-goal cushion four minutes before the interval, thanks to a diving header by Phillips from a rebound off the far post. Captain Williams and Reshaun Sandiford then each picked up a yellow card as the game heated up towards the end of the first period.The Tucville-based unit gave a much improved and spirited performance after the break, but still found it difficult to breach the Army’s defence, solidly marshalled by Jerome Richardson and Aubrey Greene. In the end they got some consolation as they became the first side to hold the Army score-less in a half this season.It was the first loss for Conquerors but they retained 2nd position on ten points while the soldiers stretched their lead at the top with their 5th consecutive win from as many games for a maximum 15 points. In a post-game fracas on the sideline three players received red cards from referee Johnson – Junor and Dwayne Lindie of Conquerors and the Army’s captain, Delwin Fraser.The second game produced a solitary goal that came just before the half-time whistle and assured Victoria Kings of three vital points to move to 8 and third in the points table.The decisive strike came off the right boot of Seon Robinson coming in, unchallenged, at the far side to meet a determined and well calculated cross, inches from the goal line on the left, by the evergreen Aubrey Gibson.It was the fourth defeat for Monedderlust FC as they occupy second place from the bottom on 3 points.The ‘nightcap’ resulted in the home side’s 2nd win and a place in the final four after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Linden’s Topp XX.A brilliant tip over the crossbar by Buxton custodian Darren Marks, who was fully extended as he leapt to his left ‘V’, to deny a direct free-kick from Travis Waterton about 25 metres out, in the 14th minute, was an inspiration to his side and the several hundred fans.In the very next play, Nixon Robertson worked his way down the left flank and drew goalkeeper Jamal Caster off his goal line, as he crashed into a teammate. Robertson found an unmarked Dillon Wright in the right place, at the far post, at the right time to give the home side the lead in the 15th minute.Captain Denvor Dennis made it 2-0 in the 37th minute as he blasted a direct free-kick from just outside the penalty arc into the roof of the net before Caster knew what passed him. Caster left the game after the goal and was replaced by Carlous Brown.In the 60th minute 16-year-old Robertson ran onto a fine through pass from midfielder Clive Andries and his attempted shot on goal took a deflection before hitting the far post and ending up in the ‘onion bag’ for his first goal of the season and the 50th of the competition.It was 13th goal scored on Topp XX and the most conceded by any side. The defeat was the 4th and left the Lindeners at the bottom on one point while Buxton moved to 4th position with 6 points.The ‘Big Four’ playoff will match GDF against Conquerors with the winners advancing to the final while the losers will confront the winners of the Kings versus Buxton match-up for the other place in the championship game.The ‘Big Four’ will be played next year February, ahead of the start of the second round of the Elite League.last_img read more

September 17

Badger teammates throw down

first_imgBy Jordan SchellingAlthough they participate in events that are quite dissimilar, the throwers and runners on the Wisconsin track and field team have a great relationship with one another. As throwers on the Wisconsin women’s track team, Amanda Hoeppner and Kayla Schultz do more than just participate in their events — they participate in good-natured ribbing of their more mobile counterparts.”It is mainly a joking relationship, but it is also one of great respect because we can’t do what they can do and they can’t do what we can do,” Hoeppner said.Even with their close relationship, there of course are some distinct differences between the two groups.”They run — a lot,” Schultz said jokingly.However, once a meet begins and Hoeppner and Schultz step into the ring, the two cease to be jokesters and become two of the best throwers in the Big Ten Conference.Amanda Hoeppner, a sophomore from Lake Mills, is an art education major and she has a younger sister, Jaimi, who soon too may become a thrower for the Badgers. Kayla Schultz is a junior from Clinton, majoring in social work.As a senior in high school, Schultz was state champion in shot put and discus after being runner-up in both as a junior.In last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Hoeppner and Schultz both finished in the top ten in the discus and the top 15 in the shot put. Moreover, Schultz won the shot put at the Badger Classic in 2005 and 2006 and finished second in this year’s event.Perhaps most impressive has been Amanda’s performance this season in the weight throw. She has improved her personal best twice with throws of 56-0 and 56-2. At 56-2, Hoeppner holds the second-best throw in Badger women’s history behind Cortney Bauer’s record of 57-2 3/4.It appears to be only a matter of time before she breaks Bauer’s record since she has thrown for over 60 feet in an intrasquad meet.While an obvious goal for both would be to reach the NCAA Championships, Hoeppner and Schultz insist their main goal is a much smaller one. That is, to perform well in both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships.”[My goal is] to score in the Big Tens,” Hoeppner said. “I’ve always wanted to do that, and I haven’t yet.”The Big Ten meet this weekend is a very important one for both athletes and for the team as a whole.”I’m very excited,” Schultz said. “It should be fun.”Furthermore, coach Will Wabaunsee was very clear about the goal for this weekend.”The goal on the weekend is to be in the top four,” Wabaunsee said. “If they do their part, we can score more points than we ever have before.”Regardless of the results this weekend, Coach Wabaunsee holds high expectations for Schultz.”I think Kayla is going to be a national qualifier this year outdoors and top four in the Big Ten indoors,” Wabaunsee said.Although it will have to wait until March, April and May, Coach Wabaunsee also commented that Schultz’s discus is going “like gangbusters” right now.While many people may see throwing events as very easy and simple, it is a lot more difficult than it appears.”It’s actually really technical and really hard to do,” Schultz said. “It takes about three seconds, but there is a lot in that three seconds.”With something so technical, it certainly is important to have a good coach to help make sure you are doing everything right. As far as the Wisconsin track coaches are concerned, they have done a great job in helping athletes like Hoeppner and Schultz develop their skills.”They’re awesome and they put a lot of time and energy into coaching us,” Hoeppner said in regard to the coaches.Coaching them to be throwers, of course — not sprinters — though Hoeppner jokes that she and Schultz could have a career in the running business.”We’re just like the sprinters, and we’re just like the long-distance people,” Hoeppner said. “We just look different, I think.”last_img read more

September 17

Hemer grabs opportunity to make impact

first_imgFreshman defensive tackle Ethan Hemer had six tackles against the Hawkeyes in his first start. The walk-on has given UW much-needed depth at the DT position.[/media-credit]A quick glance at Ethan Hemer’s stats in the box score from Wisconsin’s recent win over Iowa would reveal an above-average six tackles. This would satisfy most who knew he was filling in for the injured Jordan Kohout at defensive tackle.The more important note, which one wouldn’t see in the neat, concise statistic columns, is that this performance came from a redshirt freshman in his first career start as a Badger.For Hemer, however, his play was just a matter of handling his assignments for the team.“You watch enough film. You do enough reps in practice. I felt very confident going in. I felt our coaches had us really well prepared for me to be in that position,” Hemer said.That his starting debut came in a hostile environment against a ranked team seemed almost irrelevant to Hemer.“I kind of treated it like every other game. You go into it and for that first snap you’re thinking about [the fact that it’s your first start], but then after that it just becomes like any other game,” Hemer said.Although Hemer had not started a game before he got the call against Iowa, he did have the opportunity to acclimate last season, in which he was awarded defensive scout team player of the year while redshirting.But a good number of players, if placed in Hemer’s shoes after high school, would likely choose a different path.Hemer had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), South Dakota and Illinois State, among other schools. Instead of accepting a chance to attend a post-secondary institution for free, however, he opted to walk-on for the Badgers.“I figured it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…I came here just to give it a shot and see what happens,” Hemer said.Despite his confidence and poise, Hemer admitted he didn’t expect to be presented with an opportunity like this so early in his college football career.“Honestly, I feel very blessed to be where I’m at. A lot of it is coaching… My technique has improved so much. [I’m] Just getting used to everything and growing as a player,” Hemer said.Hemer has drawn praise from his coach and fellow defensive linemen for his performance and progression.“He did a nice job production-wise. He showed how much his fundamentals have improved, and I’m happy with his first start,” defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said.“We weren’t surprised by the way he played…He’s a talented player and he’s fundamentally sound,” added redshirt junior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym.Defensive tackle Jordan Kohout, who was forced to watch Hemer start in his place from the sidelines, also lauded Hemer for his capabilities.“He’s very slippery in his pass rush… He brings a lot of strength to the defensive line to help us win,” Kohout said.Kohout acknowledged Hemer’s performance but explained it was reflective of the Wisconsin defensive line in general. A wealth of talent is readily available; many players, although they don’t currently start, are fully capable of contributing when needed.Kohout himself is a redshirt freshman who has started in every game besides the Iowa contest. True freshman Beau Allen is another young player who has seen considerable game action.“The thing about our defensive line is we have a lot of guys that are able to play and can start and do a good job if they’re asked to do so. [Ethan] works hard and does a good job just like any other starter we have,” Kohout said.And while Hemer made his first major contribution to the D-line starting and playing well against Iowa, Partridge believes Hemer is just scratching the surface of his potential.“He’ll continue to compete for a starting role through his career here; I think he has a bright future,” Partridge said. “He’s got a lot of football ahead of him but I’m really proud of how far he’s come in the year he’s been here.”last_img read more

September 16

Syracuse sat usual starter Hendrik Hilpert, but then his backup got hurt

first_img Published on September 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 5, 2017 at 5:12 p.m.Syracuse senior goalkeeper Pat Castle made his first career appearance when he started in Syracuse’s 3-1 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night at SU Soccer Stadium.SU head coach Ian McIntyre said a decision was made “based on team rules” to sit usual starter Hendrik Hilpert. The switch up came just two days after Hilpert tied a career-high with six saves against Princeton. Prior to Sunday, Hilpert had started 39 straight games for SU.“We made this decision together with the team and coaching staff,” Hilpert said. “I support it 100 percent.”Hilpert entered the game following an injury to Castle in the 40th minute. Castle, a Schuylerville, New York, native appeared to hurt his leg while slipping on the wet field. He had no wrap or ice on following the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s just got a bit of stiffness in there,” McIntyre said. He later added Castle is “day to day.”Neither Castle nor Hilpert made a save in the match. Castle did not face a shot on goal, and Hilpert allowed a Jake Roberge shot past him in the 64th minute for Northwestern’s lone goal of the game.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, SU head coach Ian McIntyre was misquoted. McIntyre said the decision to sit Hendrik Hilpert was “based on team rules,” not a “violation of team rules.” The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

September 16

Track and field looks to build on a successful season

first_imgHe broke the indoor world record for the 400-meter dash early in the season, reaching a blistering time of 44.52 seconds, and his dominance in the event carried through every meet of the season. Norman went on to win first place in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 43.61 — a collegiate record — also helping the men’s 4×400 team win the event with a time of 2:59:00, another collegiate record. Norman made the decision to go pro in July, though he will continue his studies at USC to complete his degree. Sophomore All-American sprinter Twanisha Terry will also look to improve on a tremendous freshman season, in which she set a USC record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99. Named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, Terry also earned First Team All-American honors in both the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 relay. Last season saw the Women of Troy secure their place as the best unit in the country — they clinched the national championship title. Kendall Ellis’ effort in the final leg of the 4×400 gave the Trojan women an improbable come-from-behind victory, and with it, their second national title. The men’s team also had an incredible season, finishing fourth in the nation with a record-breaking performance in the 4×400 relay. Redshirt senior All-American high jumper Randall Cunningham will return for his final season after winning the 2018 indoor high jump title with a clearance of 7-foot-6. A fractured tibia cut Cunningham’s season short and held him out for the season’s outdoor half. Sophomore jumper Earnest Sears earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships by placing seventh in the high jump. (Photo courtesy of John McGillen/USC Athletics) The departures of Ellis and Norman, along with other members of last year’s team like Bowerman finalist Rai Benjamin, will undoubtedly hurt. However, the Trojans still have a roster loaded with talented athletes. center_img Ellis’ departure is also a huge blow to the team, as she was a Bowerman semifinalist herself. Along with her remarkable performance in the 4×400, Ellis took second place in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 50.19 and was named a first-team outdoor All-American for the second time. She set a USA indoor record in the women’s 400-meter dash in her first-place finish, running an incredible 50.34 to secure her title. Ellis also won an outdoor Pac-12 title in the 400-meter dash. Both the men’s and women’s teams will have to cope with the departure of their best performers from last year, as sprinters Kendall Ellis and Michael Norman have moved on from the team. Both were crucial in 2018, securing numerous individual victories and leading the Trojans to great team success. The Trojan track and field teams return to action this Friday when they compete in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Norman was arguably the best athlete in collegiate track and field last year. He was rewarded with the prestigious Bowerman trophy, an award that is presented annually to the best performer in the sport. Norman was a force all year long, dominating in the 400-meter dash as well as in the 4×400-meter relay. last_img read more

September 9

Silver Winning D’Tigers Back to Lagos from Tunis Â

first_imgAfter their silver medal exploit at the just concluded 2017 AfroBasket tournament, D’Tigers were scheduled to return Lagos early this morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight with the exception of team captain, Ike Diogu, who headed for United States of America due to family commitments.The delegation led by President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Musa Kida,was expected to arrive the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 3:30am.The 2015 champions who were just in camp for about two weeks before their title defence surpassed their pre-tournament expectations by getting to the finals, defeating continental powerhouses like Senegal and Cameroon in the quarter final and semi final.Although, Tunisia claimed the FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Nigeria 77-65 in Saturday’s Final in Tunis, D’Tigers and their fans still have something to cheer with Diogu awarded the Most Valuable Player Award.The D’Tigers captain who led by example emerged the tournament’s leading scorer with an average of 22 points per game while Nigerian guard Ikenna Iroegbu who made his AfroBasket debut for Nigeria was also named in the tournament’s Best 5.The 34-year old power forward who recorded a tournament-high also averaged 8.7 rebounds per game at the 16-team FIBA Africa’s most important competition.Despite the loss against the host, it will be a tournament to remember for Diogu who was the tournament’s highest scorer with a total of 132 points as he powered the D’Tigers to the finals after emerging as the team’s highest points scorer in four of their six games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

August 13

Uganda Cranes wins awards

first_img**** on: WhatsApp Since the National Team Uganda Cranes beat Comoros last year to qualify for the African Cup of Nations set to take place in Gabon, they have been making success after success. Goal Keeper Denis Masinde Onyango was recognized as the African player of the year 2016 based in Africa category beating off competition from Zambia and Zimbabwe at the Glo CAF awards. At the same event, the Uganda Cranes was crowned the National Team of the Year at the Abuja International Conference Center. The recent achievements by the Cranes are cited as a motivation that will inspire players to work harder to achieve greater heights especially the upcoming 2018 FIFA world cup set to take place in Russia. At parliament, speaker Kadaga said each MP will contribute Shs500,000 to support the team.last_img read more

August 3

Christmas Co-Ed tournament back by popular demand

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe highly successful Co-Ed Indoor Soccer Tournament during the Christmas Holiday break is back at the Soccer Quest facility in the old Civic Centre Children’s rink in Nelson.The tourney is set for December 28 & 29 and is open to ladies over 30 and men over 35 years of age.Each team is guaranteed four, 50-minute games minimum. Each team must have at least two females on the pitch at one time.Cost is $350 per team of $40 for individual players, who will then be dispersed onto teams.
 Registration deadline is December 20th at Soccer Quest. There are prizes to the winning team.Calling all Masters PlayersPrior to the Co-Ed event is the Men’s Master’s One-day Holiday Tourney on Thursday, December 23. The tournament is open to the first four teams entered. The tourney runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per team.For more information or to register go to or call 352-GOAL.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

January 20

Dr Paul Wright: New thinking, vision for football needed

first_imgThe well-researched editorial in this newspaper on November 14 this year titled ‘Horace Burrell needs to shape up’ has elicited the expected response/defence from the general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The general secretary uses a lot of space to: – (a) remind us of our qualification to the 1998 World Cup finals; – (b) to gloss over the inability of the JFF to finalise ‘draft’ contracts with the players after months and months of ‘discussion’; – (c) refuses to acknowledge the disrespect shown to a reporter (and indeed the nation) in the flippant response of the president to queries regarding a shouting match during a meeting of the squad and the president before a practice at the National Stadium prior to the home game against Panama; – (d) blames FIFA for the lack of published financials of the JFF; – and (e) ignores the fact that the present international rating of Jamaica done by FIFA negates the possibility of native Jamaicans of acceptable standard being able to obtain contracts to play in the prestigious English Premier League. It should be obvious to the hierarchy of the JFF that the constant use of the formula that enabled us to qualify for the finals of the World Cup many, many years ago (use locals to qualify for the preliminary stages of the qualification competition, then travel around the world to any country where a footballer whose ancestors have a Jamaican connection and try to persuade them to represent our country a few weeks before match time) is not working and will not work. What is needed is for the JFF to develop and BUILD local football and footballers by recognising talent, contracting them, and then giving them the opportunity to develop by playing games against superior teams. These local footballers are more likely to have Jamaica’s interest at heart when their skills are required for important games and the ‘money short’. Captain Horace Burrell has done well as the leader of Jamaica’s football in the past. We now need a new way of thinking and vision, as football in Jamaica desperately needs to identify and harness the skills paraded by our teenagers in local competitions.last_img read more