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IHOC : Freshmen Knerr, Hirsch record first career goals to lead SU to victory

first_imgJulie Knerr waited in front of the net as Megan Skelly sent a shot toward the New Hampshire goaltender. After the puck deflected off the goaltender, the freshman forward put the rebound in the back of the net for her first career goal.‘It was a bouncy puck, and I felt like it was never going to go in. When it did, Skelly tackled me, like my helmet almost flew off,’ Knerr said. ‘My first goal, I just couldn’t believe it.’Casey Hirsch, a fellow freshman, felt a similar rush when she matched Knerr’s accomplishment to put the Orange up for good early in the third period.SU head coach Paul Flanagan said Hirsch and Knerr played with great energy all night and provided a spark that seemed to be missing in Syracuse’s previous game against Northeastern. Their first career goals led Syracuse (2-2) to victory and helped them relax while boosting their confidence. The freshmen forwards are starting to understand their roles in the Syracuse system, and it showed as they capitalized in key moments in a 2-1 win over the Wildcats last Saturday.Hirsch and Knerr will be crucial to SU’s success on offense moving forward. They provided a first glimpse of their potential with their impressive play last weekend. After losing to Northeastern last Friday, Flanagan decided to experiment with his line groupings to force his team to play hard for all three periods. Hirsch and Knerr had played sparingly in the team’s first three games, but got a chance to play as part of the line changes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd they seized the opportunity.‘We shook up the lines a bit on Friday night, giving people chances and seeing what they can do,’ Flanagan said. ‘Both goals were very opportunistic, a result of being in the right place at the right time. I think you’ll see all these freshmen start scoring goals and contributing a little more offensively.’But what Flanagan admires most about his freshmen duo is its ability to create competition on the ice. He stressed that they are both confident in making plays and add a level of depth to the lineup. Hirsch and Knerr also bring a stronger sense of character in the locker room, Flanagan said.Their confidence is built during practice. Both Hirsch and Knerr understand the importance of repetition in ice hockey, especially when transitioning to the next level.Flanagan said the veteran players have helped the freshmen adjust to the change in competition from high school to college. The four seniors have provided guidance to the freshmen in balancing their classes and arriving to practices and meetings on time.‘The older players have done a real good job being role models for them and giving them expectations both on and off the ice,’ Flanagan said. ‘So I give kudos to the upperclassmen for leading the way.’Syracuse goaltender Kallie Billadeau said some incoming freshmen struggle to fit in on the team, but said Hirsch and Knerr have adapted well.‘Coming from high school, the game was much slower-paced,’ Hirsch said. ‘Practicing with these girls at this level has made a big difference and definitely helped me with my speed.’Hirsch and Knerr have adjusted to the faster game at the college level by attending morning sessions for the players held by the SU coaching staff. It is a chance for them to receive further instructional help. They practice one on one with members of the coaching staff before the rest of the team arrives for practice at 10 a.m.The sessions are not mandatory, but both freshmen have taken advantage of the extra attention. Flanagan said Knerr is specifically working on face-offs and shooting.The freshman duo’s eagerness to improve has created a higher level of intensity for SU early in the season. And after leading the team to a win Saturday, Hirsch and Knerr left an impression on their teammates and coaches.As the season goes on, Flanagan and the Orange will be relying on them to provide a level of depth and continue to make plays on the ice.‘For that second game, we had to change up the lines and the freshmen really stepped up,’ Billadeau said. ‘They’re the reason we won that game.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Andy Murray leads Great Britain to first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years

first_imgAndy Murray inspired Great Britain to Davis Cup glory with a straight-sets win over Belgium’s David Goffin to clinch a 3-1 victory and end a 79-year wait to lift one of the most sought-after trophies in tennis.Britain headed into the final day leading 2-1 after Murray and his brother Jamie secured a crucial win in the doubles on Saturday with Leon Smith’s team counting on the world number two to secure a famous win.Murray delivered in emphatic fashion winning 6-3 7-5 6-3, despite a dogged resistance from a fiercely-determined Goffin, to clinch an 11th personal victory in this year’s competition and Britain’s first Davis Cup title since 1936.For Murray, who clinched victory with a breathtaking point, it was another memorable career highlight with his team-mates on hand to join the wild celebrations.The 28-year-old did not wait to put Goffin under immense pressure from the outset and secured a crucial break of serve with a stunning display of power hitting from the back of the court in the sixth game of the match to seize control.The world number two broke to love with an imperious string of points and went on to take the opening set 6-3 in commanding fashion, despite fierce resistance from Goffin on the indoor clay of Flanders Expo. Murray, who has a formidable record from one-set up in matches, saw Goffin force a break point in his first service game of the second set, but the Belgian could not capitalise to seize an early advantage.The Brit proceeded to power through a series of games winning an astonishing 18 successive points on serve to keep pace with Goffin before eventually breaking with the set finely poised at 5-5.Murray refused to let his level drop at all as he took the second set with unerring confidence to give himself a cushion with Britain expectant at just one set away from glory.With Goffin able to play with greater freedom from a losing position, the 24-year-old put Murray under considerable pressure in the third set, repeatedly taking the Brit to deuce on his serve.But when it really mattered Murray, who had won both previous matches against Goffin in straight sets, was able to repel his obdurate opponent and secure an inspired break in the seventh game with a flurry of brutal groundstrokes. It was ultimately fitting that Murray, who has been Britain’s reliable and consistently brilliant leader throughout the Davis Cup campaign, was the man to close out a famous triumph in tennis’s premier team competition.Murray, who already had Wimbledon and US Open titles to his name, as well as an Olympic gold, has now inspired Britain to yet another memorable and historic crown. For the Scot and his team-mates, this was a most magnificent way to end the year.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Brandon Figueroa on stepping out of his brother’s shadow with a breakthrough 2019

first_imgHe followed it up with an even better showing in August, notching a spectacular knockout of Javier Nicolas Chacon for his first successful title defense.”My goals were to at least become an interim world champion,” Figueroa told Sporting News. “I became that. I honestly didn’t believe I would be a regular champion for the WBA. But here I am, defending it. It’s an amazing feeling what I’ve accomplished in one year.” Since then, Figueroa was bumped up to WBA “Regular” champion status by the sanctioning body as he looks to defend again, facing Julio Ceja as part of the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz 2 card Saturday night.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a yearSince he was a little kid growing up in Weslaco, Tex., the 22-year-old was always in the shadow of his older brother, former WBC lightweight titlist Omar Jr. Their father, Omar Sr. had always given the majority of his attention to his elder son because he felt the 29-year-old had more potential of the two. However, the tide started to shift a bit when Brandon was 15 and he stopped a Mexican pro fighter during a sparring session. That was Brandon laying the groundwork toward eventually becoming a world champ himself.”I definitely do feel like I’ve carved my own path,” Figueroa admits. “I’m grateful to my brother for paving the way for me and opening up doors. At the end of the day, I’m the one who puts in the hard work in the gym. I’m the one who puts my life on the line every time I’m in the ring. I’ve worked hard to get here. I feel like in my own way. I’m creating my journey. I just know that I’m an action-packed and fan-friendly fighter. I feel like little-by-little I’m starting to get that respect. I’m only 22, and I only have a lot to prove to myself.” Saturday’s fight is the biggest of the year for the rising star because of how quickly he ascended boxing heights and the fact that he’s on the undercard of one of the top names in the sport in Wilder. Figueroa has relied on big brother to help him navigate the waters of what’s been a hectic lead-up. Entering 2019, Brandon Figueroa had one clear goal in mind: Become a world champion. While it’s easier said than done, Figueroa accomplished the feat in April when he stopped Yonfrez Parejo to become the interim WBA super bantamweight champion.  “He helps me out in the little things like keeping me loose, not overthinking about the fight, how to handle the media interviews, which allows me to focus on going out there and giving it my all,” Figueroa said.A win over Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) would make Figueroa 4-0 for 2019 and erase any lingering doubt about him being in the shadow of his brother.”It would make it an amazing year for me,” Figueroa said. “To start off the year becoming the interim champion and then defending the title. Winning on a card like this, I deserve to be the regular champion. I have to win in spectacular fashion and look really, really well to not put any doubt in people’s minds and prove to myself that I belong here.”last_img read more

Rising star Logan Mize takes to the Wellington stage Thursday

first_imgLogan Mize at a recent performance in Colorado.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For four years, Logan Mize, a 2003 Clearwater High School graduate, was a running back for the Indians. And every time his team played the Wellington Crusaders, he was on the losing end.Come this Thursday, Mize returns not with a football helmet but a guitar. And he is on the cusp of being a major country music star.Mize will be the featured performer this Thursday night at 9 p.m. at the Kansas Wheat Festival downtown street dance in Wellington. His performance will be part of what is arguably the best lineup of entertainers to ever perform at the Wheat Festival.Jason Boyd opens for Mize at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Friday “The Banned” will be on the main stage in front of Memorial Auditorium at 9 p.m.Then on Saturday, Kinsey Sandler, who is a country rocker from Oklahoma, will take to the downtown Wellington stage at 9 p.m.The Mize concert has been a two-year deal in the making. He was originally set to perform on stage at Memorial Auditorium around Thanksgiving in 2014, but schedules were unable to mesh.So Mize will instead be her Thursday, set to perform a slew of songs including his latest hit, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Hmmm · 266 weeks ago Can anyone explain to me the need for a button this year? Is this not going to be like all past street dances where you could bring lawn chairs and just sit in the street with your kids to watch the Performer? Is it not going to be kid friendly this year? How is this going to be enforced that the buttons are needed? Does everyone, young and old, need buttons or is there an age limit? Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner County residents can safely call Mize one of their own. Logan’s home is on a river in Peck. His grandfather opened Mize’s Thrifty, a grocery store in Clearwater.“I used to get off work and take the dirt road route to watch the Kansas sunset,” Mize said in the 2015 Official Travel Guide. “As much as I love traveling and meeting new people, there’s definitely a sense of feeling at home.”The Mize stop in Wellington will be a quick one in Kansas this week. It will be his one and only performance this week in his native state. He will be in Nebraska the next night on a tour that has taken him recently through Rhode Island, Delaware, New York City and Milwaukee.Mize is not quite a headliner in Nashville, but he is very close. “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time” reached the Billboard No. 58 position in 2015. His latest album Pawn Shop Guitar peaked at No. 32.He is most certainly working the stage for Country’s biggest acts. He has opened for Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Diers Bentley, the Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton, Stoney LaRue, Hank Williams and was part of a special tribute with Merle Haggard.He also doubles as a song writer for performers like Bucky Covington.“It has been a lot of work getting where I am now,” Mize told Sumner Newscow. “I spent the bulk of my 20s driving a van and playing music in any bar I could find.”Mize signed with Big Yellow Dog Music in April 2009.“Nashville is a funny place and it most certainly is an interesting industry,” Mize said. “I stay in the lane and do what I do. If something doesn’t work, I’ll tweak it a little. But you have to be true to yourself.”To get into the Mize concert requires a Wheat Festival button. You can purchase one at the door for $10 or $5 if you purchase one at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce or at an official Kansas Wheat Festival event.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more