Boys indoor track Lakers battle at Utica College meet

first_imgMany ambitions remain for the Cazenovia boys indoor track and field team as, in the weeks ahead, it expects to contend for Onondaga High School League and Section III honors in championship meets at SRC Arena.Before that, though, the Lakers gave itself a full examination against a large and talented field in last Friday’s Central New York “Higher, Farther, Faster” Invitational at Utica College’s Hutton Dome.Cazenovia earned 20 points overall, but put together a series of strong efforts against fields packed with large-school powers from both Section III and beyond.Six of those points were from Joe Spires’ efforts in the 55-meter dash. Having qualified in 6.72 seconds to lead the back, Spires ended up third in in the final in 6.68 seconds as Utica Proctor’s Damoy Allen (6.55) won.And six more points were earned by Dalton Sevier, who in the high jump cleared 6 feet 1 inch, not far away from the winning 6’2” from Pulaski’s Xavier Babcock. Dylan Anderson was 12th, clearing 5’6”,Andrew Kent earned fifth place in the 600-meter run in 1:26.57 as Sevier tied for 11th in the pole vault, clearing 10’6”.Spires, Slater DeLeon, Connor Wilson and Andrew Lee got to seventh place in the 4×200 relay in 1:36.50, a race Proctor won with a meet-record 1:31.53.Then Charlie Aronson, Andrew Lansing, Tim Gibbons and Charles Kubiniec were seventh in the sprint medley relay in 4:11.32. DeLeon, in 37.80 seconds, beat out Spires (37.90) for 11th place in the 300-meter dash.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys indoor trackCazenovialast_img read more

LA Lakers’ young core have varying experiences adjusting to NBA schedule

first_imgThe humble pie that D’Angelo Russell ate this season included a few slices. Lakers coach Byron Scott yanked his starting spot 20 games into the season and remained publicly critical of his progress. Kobe Bryant challenged Russell, including calling him out in a post-game speech to the team. Russell also entered his rookie season unaware of how the NBA’s schedule works. “When you’re in high school and college, you got weekends off,” Russell recalled recently. “When I first came in, I was like ‘Do we get Saturday and Sundays off?’ Everyone laughed at me.” The Lakers usually practice on Saturday and play games on Sunday. Hence, Russell’s recent progression before Tuesday’s game against Orlando at Staples Center went beyond establishing consistency with his starting role. Yet, both Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle and second-year guard Jordan Clarkson dismissed the NBA schedule affecting their play. “The season is still the same time,” Randle said. “It’s just the amount of games. We’d rather play games than practice anyway.” Meanwhile, Scott said that Clarkson’s “never out of shape” after routinely beating teammates in conditioning drills. “It’s kind of easier. I don’t have to wake up for class,” said Clarkson, who has reduced his pre-game workout. “I love what I do. It’s definitely refreshing waking up and coming to work every day.” Pointed wordsAs the Lakers appeared to be headed toward an upset win on Sunday over Golden State, Bryant offered pointed words to his teammates.“Beat the (bleep) out of them,” Bryant said, which a fan captured on a cell phone and posted online. Scott said he’s “not surprised” about Bryant’s words considering he has an “80’s mentality.”“I’m looking at the clock thinking the same thing,” Scott said. “You got your foot on their neck. You don’t let it up.” Injury updateScott said that guard Lou Williams could return for Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center after staying sidelined for the past week with a strained left hamstring. But Williams’ return could hinge on if he can complete at least one practice without any setbacks. Scott conceded Williams’ return will result in fewer minutes for Russell and Marcelo Huertas, but Scott has not yet determined specifics. After playing 35 games in his lone season at Ohio State, Russell has experienced adjustments with a schedule that puts higher emphasis on travel and games and than on practice time and recovery. “It’s tough. I don’t really have a routine,” said Russell, who said he has recently taken pre-game naps. “When you get through that one season, you’ll know what to expect next season.”Scott expects that variable accounting for some of the inconsistency attached to his inexperienced roster.“They’ve adjusted OK,” Scott said. “But I think it has been an adjustment.”Scott reported sharing with his players his pre-game routine during his 14-year NBA career. After morning shoot-around, he watched “Young and the Restless” and “All My Children” while avoiding phone calls. Scott then ate lunch, showered and took a two-hour nap before the game. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more