Area Girls Basketball Scores (1-19)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Scores.Thursday (1-19)Oldenburg  52     Switz. County  45Rushville  64     Batesville  56Lady Lions JV won 35-33 (OT)East Central  61     Franklin County  37Jac-Cen-Del  66     Rising Sun  34South Ripley  60     SW Hanover  30South Decatur  45     North Decatur  44Lawrenceburg  57     South Dearborn  47Shawe Memorial  58     RC Academy  36Hauser  47     Morristown  46Indy Lutheran  46     Waldron  45last_img

Lady Raiders 3-Peat! Girls Area Basketball Sectional Scores (2-2)

first_imgGirls Area Basketball Sectional ScoresSaturday (2-2)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South DecaturChampionshipSouth Ripley  55     Switz. County  29Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronWaldron  55     Oldenburg  44Jac-Cen-Del  62     SW-Shelby  36Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ LawrenceburgGreensburg  58     Rushville  54Lawrenceburg  41     Madison  39Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus EastChampionshipBloomington South  50     Columbus North  45last_img

UW has room for progress

first_imgFour years ago, I began writing rather meaningless stories for The Badger Herald at an R.L. Stine level. A lot has changed since then. It’s been a truly enjoyable ride covering the view of press row from the Field House, Camp Randall, the Kohl Center and almost every imaginable destination on the road, from Philadelphia to South Padre Island, Texas. Still, there’s always room for improvement, and such is the case with Wisconsin athletics. UW sports had a great year — four sports (football, women’s hockey and both basketball teams) set school records for most wins, and the Badgers brought home two national titles (men’s indoor track and women’s hockey — for the second consecutive season nonetheless). Yet, there are plenty of aspects UW could work on in the near future… UW football: Hire a special teams coach In winning a school record of 12 games last season, Wisconsin had a complete football team — the Badgers’ rock-solid defense was complimented by a steady offense. But there was one area in which UW dropped the ball, literally: special teams. Save for kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin’s special teams could’ve used much improvement. After being a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2005, punter Ken DeBauche’s productivity dropped off a bit in ’06. DeBauche wasn’t bad by any means, but he certainly didn’t live up to his preseason billing as one of the best punters in the nation. Yet, DeBauche had little to do with Wisconsin’s special teams woes. The Badgers’ kickoff and punt coverage was less than stellar, and their return game was just downright atrocious. After Jarvis Minton returned Wisconsin’s first kickoff for 23 yards, the Badgers didn’t have another 20-yard return until five games later against Indiana. That kickoff was returned 20 yards by Josh Nettles, who then fumbled, allowing Hoosiers special teams player Troy Grosfield to recover the ball for a touchdown. While Minton came around by midseason and turned into a reliable return man, the punt return game was the real problem. Fumble after fumble, Zach Hampton proved he didn’t belong as a punt returner. Yet, he was never yanked from his position. The reason? Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema does not have a special teams coach on staff. Instead, the Badgers’ staff coaches the special teams by committee each week. It’s just so painfully obvious Wisconsin needs someone to head the special teams department and tweak the minor problems that snowballed last season. Hey, maybe Joe Stellmacher would be up for the job after deciding against pursuing a pro-football career. Hold Lisa Stone accountable Stone, Wisconsin’s women’s basketball head coach, recently received a contract renewal and one-year extension, meaning her contract will run through 2011. Now I’m not condemning the job Stone did this past season because the UW women’s basketball team had a pretty solid year. The Badgers finished with a 23-13 overall record (7-9 Big Ten) after making a run to the WNIT championship game. But that’s just saying Wisconsin’s expectations aren’t all that high. In men’s basketball, an NIT-berth is absolutely nothing to brag about, and it shouldn’t be in women’s basketball either. Sure, the women’s team hasn’t experienced much postseason success in recent years while the men’s team has made nine straight NCAA tournament appearances. Nevertheless, Wisconsin’s goal for its women’s basketball team should be the NCAA tournament or bust — there are no moral victories whatsoever in making it to the WNIT. Last year, the UW Athletic Board was right on in handling Stone’s contract. After finishing the 2005-06 season with an 11-18 record, the board renewed Stone’s contract, but didn’t extend it. The message was clear: Wisconsin wanted to see vast improvements sooner rather than later. And for the most part, it did. But the fact of the matter is Stone just does enough each season to get by. Having covered the team during the 2005-06 season, I know Stone isn’t satisfied with her sub-.500 record in four seasons at UW; she has high expectations of herself and her team. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not calling for Stone’s job or anything. Stone’s a solid recruiter, and, if anything, the recent contract extension will only help her in that aspect. However, two of the best players in school history — Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks — will be seniors next season and, so far, don’t have anything to show for everything they’ve given to the program. Give UW soccer some love While the UW men and women’s soccer teams haven’t been anything to brag about in recent years, both squads have been solid as of late. Plus, the UW women’s team will get a major boost this upcoming season with Paula Wilkins, who holds the second-highest winning percentage in the nation among active coaches, taking over. But regardless of how good or bad either team is in years to come, both are still stuck in the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex. While McClimon may be one of the best outdoor track facilities in the nation, it’s no better than a high school soccer field. For starters, it sits on a pretty steep slope. The seating is also very unfavorable for spectators with the bleachers sitting on a hill far behind the field. Furthermore, it doesn’t even have an up-to-date scoreboard. Time in soccer is supposed to count up to 45 minutes for each half, but McClimon’s age-old scoreboard is only able to count down — or at least that’s how the operators choose to work it. Wisconsin’s soccer programs deserve better — whether that means creating a new field or somehow renovating McClimon to upgrade its soccer field, I don’t know. Either way, UW should start to appreciate both men and women’s soccer teams a little bit more. Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. 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South Florida storms Syracuse’s defense to thwart comeback attempt

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The ingredients of a comeback were there.Jordan Fredericks made three defenders miss before outrunning the South Florida defense for a 30-yard touchdown reception. A sack-fumble two plays later set up a 7-yard touchdown run for Eric Dungey. In less than five minutes the Orange sliced South Florida’s three-touchdown lead to seven points with 5:41 left in the third quarter and an entire fourth to play.The wheels were turning, and then they stopped. A key ingredient was missing. Syracuse needed its defense to show up. Outside of that sack-fumble, it never did.“We got outplayed, out-coached, everything,” said Chuck Bullough, SU’s defensive coordinator. “When the score is like that there is nothing else you can say.”The score was 45-24, with the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic) offense sprinting past the Orange (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. South Florida attacked SU’s defense on the edge and, when it found success, never deviated from that plan. The result was 536 total yards, 179 on the ground for USF running back Marlon Mack and 35 second-half points that stiff-armed SU in the third before burying it in the fourth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Syracuse could have described the loss in a lot of ways. There was a painfully slow offensive start. Unfamiliar heat and humidity. It was the first road game of the season for a young team. A late-hit penalty by freshman safety Kielan Whitner extended a Bulls scoring drive when the Orange trailed 31-24 and still had a puncher’s chance in the fourth.But none of that could change the fact that SU gave up more points than it was ever going to score, and no one denied that.“They were just getting to the edge. They really have a lot of good athletes,” Zaire Franklin, SU’s middle linebacker, said. “… They definitely had the ability to get the edge before we could contain and they did that really well all game. I think they had a strong game plan coming in and I think they just executed it to the best of their abilities.”USF starting quarterback Quinton Flowers couldn’t throw downfield consistently. His only big passing gains, aside from screens, came on back-to-back plays in the third when a 28-yard completion led to a 42-yard touchdown on a reverse flea flicker. Other than that, the Bulls were equally predictable and clinical, dialing up stretch handoffs and screen passes that Syracuse could anticipate but not stop.On the last play of the first quarter, Flowers hit Tyre McCants with a wide receiver screen on second-and-15. SU cornerback Julian Whigham was sealed by a block and McCants sprinted 56 yards to the Syracuse 2-yard line. USF then scored on the second play of the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead.It was more of the same in the fourth quarter, with the Orange down a score and the Bulls setting the edge with strong blocking. USF converted a third-and-14 with an 18-yard wide receiver screen. Then collected back-to-back first downs on outside runs to the left side. Whitner’s penalty came three plays later and a 2-yard touchdown run from Flowers sealed Syracuse’s fate.“I thought they blocked better than we got off blocks,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “There’s a lot of instances where it’s man-on-man and you have to win that battle. Across the board, they beat us far more times than we beat them.”With the rest of the team in the locker room after the game, SU linebackers coach Clark Lea talked to his unit in the hallway. On that 18-yard screen in the fourth, outside linebacker Parris Bennett had a clear shot at Ryeshene Bronson but didn’t bring him down. Marqez Hodge, opposite Bennett, whiffed on a few chances to bring Flowers down in eventual scoring drives. The consistent success on bubble screens and outside runs was, in part, the linebackers’ faults.So Lea told them to stay the course, that missteps happen and that the next performance has the ability to erase this one. When his teammates went to change out of their uniforms, Franklin hung around to talk to Lea one-on-one. Lea patted him twice on the left shoulder pad when they finished and offered some final advice.“There’s always going to be some tough times,” Lea said to Franklin.Then Franklin dipped into the locker room and the metal door clicked behind him. In the coming weeks, the captain can only hope the defense will do the same. Comments Related Stories Fast Reaction: Syracuse defense falters in 45-24 loss at South Florida Published on October 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

OUT OF FOCUS

first_img Published on February 11, 2016 at 12:03 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Mariano received attention starting as a first grader by playing against sixth graders. He made it onto his future varsity coach’s radar as a fourth grader. He was the center of defensive game plans as Massachusetts’ leading goal-scorer in his first two collegiate seasons.But Mariano says the turning point of his career, which began when a miniature plastic stick was placed in his hands two hours after birth, came just months ago when he transferred to Syracuse.The focus, for a change, isn’t solely on him. His SU coaches give him more leeway to experiment and make mistakes than his UMass coaches did. He won’t attract the opposition’s No. 1 defender. When he plays midfield, a position he hasn’t played since sixth grade, he’ll only be guarded by a short stick instead of a long pole.I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy playing lacrosse before.Nick MarianoBefore transferring, Mariano totaled 51 goals and 30 assists in two seasons. He was recruited by Syracuse out of high school, but the Orange’s interest wavered. Mariano took a detour, but he is finally at the school he dreamed of attending while growing up.The natural attack brings a dynamic skill set that gives Syracuse flexibility to play him either at attack or midfield. He fits into an offense that also features attention-getters Dylan Donahue, who scored 50 goals last season, and Jordan Evans, who wears Syracuse’s famed No. 22.That leaves Mariano to take advantage of opportunities he hasn’t had since playing at Yorktown (New York) High School, when he played alongside five other All-Americans his senior year and anything less than a section title was considered a failure.“You want to play at the highest level you can possibly play at,” Mariano said. “… and that’s what you get when you come here (to Syracuse).”Courtesy of Phil MarianoNick Mariano (23) led UMass in scoring in each of the past two seasons. But after transferring to Syracuse, he’ll attract less attention than he did with the Minutemen.Even as a first grader going against sixth graders, Mariano had the best stick skills on the field. He threw behind-the-back passes with ease and scored three goals that season in extremely limited playing time to reduce injury risk against bigger kids.After Mariano’s first-ever goal, an announcer at the game proclaimed, “Believe me folks, you’re going to hear about this kid as a Division I player somewhere,” Phil recalled. The 7-year-old continued garnering attention from parents who were upset he was better than their children five years older.Before the spring of Mariano’s second-grade year, a coach told his dad he would no longer be allowed to play in Ossining’s league with the older players because he was too young. Phil Mariano said he thinks the real reason was because several parents complained Nick was too good.Emma Comtois | Design EditorSo he put his house up for sale and moved to Yorktown, which borders Ossining, factoring in both the long-term and short-term ramifications. Nick could play for the Yorktown Athletic Club, which had teams appropriate for his age and, later on, play for a high school that sent 11 All-Americans to Syracuse from 1981 to 2001, including National Lacrosse Hall of Famers Tim Nelson, Roy Colsey and Dom Fin.“It had all to do with lacrosse,” Phil said of the reason why he moved. And the reason Mariano transferred to Syracuse had “absolutely” to do with a chance to win a national title, his dad said.In his second collegiate game, Mariano scored a game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Minutemen over Ohio State in a nationally televised game, immediately introducing him to the college lacrosse world. It’s a goal that his teammates at Syracuse still remind him about.“There’s a reason he was the leading scorer at UMass for the past couple years,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.But on a team that’s only made one final four in program history, Mariano grew from a freshman standout to the focal point of his team’s offense.Now, he won’t be.“There’s five, six, seven other kids as good as him if not more,” Phil said. “It’s not all on (him). Everything’s about Dylan Donahue and it should be, because he’s a star and he’s a phenomenal player. At UMass, everything was about Nick and … it’s tough when you try to carry the whole team.”With two years left to play for Syracuse, the pressure is off of Mariano. He doesn’t know where he’ll fit into the offense or how much offensive production he’ll have.But for Mariano, none of the unknowns matter anymore.“I don’t really have to worry about anything,” Mariano said. “It gives me the swagger to go out and just play the game that I know.” Comments Nick Mariano didn’t need the spotlight. With or without it, he would have been content. But among older teammates who went on to play at Johns Hopkins, Marquette and Towson, the freshman was still the one being talked about.A local TV host nicknamed him ‘Slick Nick, the fearless freshman.’ A newspaper referred to him as ‘Nicky Lax.’ Mariano didn’t like the attention, but it spread quickly.When he traveled to Maryland for the Blue Chip recruiting showcase, Mariano’s roommate already knew him before they met.“‘Oh wow, I know that name,’” his father, Phil Mariano, recalled Nick’s roommate saying. “‘You’re Slick Nick.’“Nick was embarrassed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mariano finds niche role at Syracuse after being the leading scorer at Massachusetts Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is placeholder text Advertisementlast_img read more