Sonkin set ITA Championships

first_imgWisconsin tennis star Jeremy Sonkin will fire up his 2006 tennis season at Tulsa University this week. The junior will face the best college tennis players, including 36 out of the top 40 players in the nation, at the ITA Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships. The tournament will include last year’s winner who is also this year’s No. 1 seed, John Isner, from the University of Georgia. Last year’s NCAA single’s finalist Somdev Devvarman, from the University of Virginia, will also be at the tournament. These two players are only a fraction of the star-studded list of players heading to Tulsa, but Sonkin remains confident and excited.”I want to win in the qualifying rounds, and then make my way through the first couple of rounds in the main draw,” Sonkin said. “I’m very confident in my game right now and I’ve been working very hard.” Sonkin’s goals for himself will fuel him throughout the tournament, and keep him focused on winning. Last year, his promising season was cut short by an elbow injury, right before competing for the Big Ten singles championship as the No. 1 seed. “I’ve worked hard these past couple of weeks and have been trying to start good habits, and get over last year’s injuries,” Sonkin related. “The whole team has been practicing very hard, I’m just trying to get better every day and start this year’s season off on a good note, I’m really excited to get going.”Although his season ended early last year, he will have a chance to show he has healed from his injuries this week in Tulsa by starting off his first competition of the 2006 fall tennis season with a bang.”I’m feeling good going into this tournament, I’m hitting the ball really well, and I’m definitely ready to go,” Sonkin said. “It’s very important to me to start off on the right foot, and I’ve been working hard to achieve that.” Despite the prestige of the tournament and all the talented players participating, Sonkin keeps a level head and stays confident. “I have some butterflies before every match just because I want to get out there and play. This tournament will be very exciting for me, and I’m excited to compete,” Sonkin said. “I want to win every match and keep a positive attitude, no matter who I play.” In the end, he is just trying to echo the advice men’s tennis coach Greg Van Emburgh gives the team every day on the tennis court. “He loves to encourage us and keep things positive,” Sonkin said of Van Emburgh. “If you have passion and fight on the court, anything can happen.”Sonkin will be the only Badger in the tournament, and opens play in a qualifying tournament, which contains a 128-player draw and is held from Monday Oct. 2 to Wednesday Oct. 4. If he should emerge from the qualifying round, Sonkin will go on to the 64-player main tournament draw, which will be held from Thursday Oct. 5 through Sunday Oct. 8.last_img read more

Quick tips for incoming frosh

first_imgI don’t want to sound like your mother. Trust me, I know how that is.By this point, you’ve already made some great decisions. You’re enrolled as a University of Wisconsin student. You’re coming to Madison. You’ve decided to become a Badger.Great start.You’ve heard all the advice 1,001 times. Manage your time, don’t drink too much beer, remember to study, don’t become a small fish in a large pond.Take note of that last one.Two years ago I received an e-mail inviting me to attend The Badger Herald sports section meeting for new writers. I was interested in sports writing, as I had written for my local newspaper during my senior year of high school. So I walked in, met the editors, grabbed a women’s hockey story, and off I went. Simple as that.The more I wrote, the more I enjoyed it. I applied for the women’s basketball beat writer position and shared the duties with Tyler Mason, my current co-editor. My hard work and perseverance paid off as I was promoted to statistics editor for the fall 2007. Just a year later, I now help Tyler in running the department, have a radio show, cover the Badgers football team and get to talk to Joe Paterno, Jim Tressel, and Rich Rodriguez, people I only dreamed of meeting 24 months ago.So what? I’m sure you could care less about my sports writing career and future aspirations. But the point is, don’t believe the myths about big schools like Wisconsin. There are countless opportunities here. You just have to go out and find them.Every day I think about where I’d be had I simply ignored that first Herald e-mail. Not where I am today, that’s for sure. Instead, I put down the PlayStation controller for a bit and opened a new door for myself. The repercussions? A life-changing experience, tons of new friends and a whole lot of fun.This isn’t about sports, or writing, or newspapers at all. It certainly isn’t about me. People say that college is the time to find one’s self. A little clich?, yes, but true. Wisconsin is a place where you can do just about anything, most of which I am unaware of — and I’ve lived in Madison for two school years and a summer.My advice to you? Go ice fishing. Join Hoofers. Rush a fraternity. Become a member of one of the million and a half clubs that exist on campus. Go to football games. Meet people. Have fun.You are about to experience freedom like you never have before. Classes aren’t mandatory. Teachers won’t know your name unless you tell them. Food isn’t waiting for you after practice. And no one is going to tell you to do your homework.Scary? Perhaps. Exciting? I sure hope so.I must clarify one thing. The myths I mentioned earlier can be true. Plenty of my Badger peers are simply numbers, the thing their high school guidance counselors warned them about. It is easy to get lost in the confusion of this campus. You can eat breakfast, go to class (or not), eat lunch, take a nap, eat dinner, watch six episodes of “The Office” and go to bed. Trust me, I’ve seen it. But the key to succeeding at a big school is surrounding yourself with people like you and finding your niche. Mine, I quickly learned, is sports writing. Yours? Go find out.You can never make a small school feel big, but you can always make a big school feel small. For you, the former is irrelevant at this point. The latter, I suggest you give a try.Derek is a junior majoring in economics. He will be covering the Wisconsin football team this fall, so make sure you read The Badger Herald for complete coverage of your beloved Badgers. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Just want to talk sports? E-mail him at read more

Karel fills Badgers’ scoring void

first_imgGREG DIXON/ Herald photoIn the late minutes of a game, Alyssa Karel has the ball in her hands more often than not for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team. Karel has become the go-to player for the Badgers this season with the departure of Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks.Despite the pressure such responsibility brings, Karel thrives in late-game opportunities, all while remaining cool, calm and collected.“Alyssa is a real chill person,” team captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “She brings a lot of calmness to the team. She could go off and score 30 and act no differently than if she has an off night.”Karel, a native of St. Paul, Minn., has started every game for the Badgers this season as a sophomore after averaging just 18 minutes per game in her freshman season. In addition to seeing her playing time increase, Karel has found a new position on the court as well.Although the Badgers’ leading scorer has played point guard all her life, she moved to the off guard position this year, playing alongside D’Alie rather than competing with her for playing time.“So far the transition has gone great. I like playing the two-guard a lot,” Karel said. “It helps to have someone like Rae Lin at the point guard position who is so capable of creating shots and finding people who are open.”Karel’s scoring ability has been one of the biggest reasons for the surprising success Wisconsin has had so far this season. The Badgers were chosen to finish 10th in the conference, largely due to the void left by the graduation of Anderson, Banks and Danielle Ward — UW’s three leading scorers from a year ago.That void, however, has been filled by Karel, who has only failed to score in double digits once this season in a nine-point effort at UW-Green Bay. The 5-foot-7-inch guard was honored as the 2008 Paradise Jam tournament MVP after hitting the game-winning jump shot against then-No. 6 Baylor.Much of Karel’s success — according to head coach Lisa Stone — has come through the offensive freedom she has been granted by the Wisconsin coaching staff.“I think Alyssa’s whole approach to the season was freedom,” Stone said. “I’ve always told her just to play because she is a great player. Entering the season, her attitude of freedom and her ability just to play is what I’ve noticed.”Such freedom is evident in Karel’s ability to make moves offensively, drive to the basket and score in the lane. In fact, aside from the outside jumper, one of her most common shots this season has been a short runner in the lane.“I have the green light, as [Stone] calls it,” Karel said. “I try not to take advantage of it, and I try to still take my shots within the offense. I just take my shots in the flow of the game and take what’s open to me.”With such impressive offensive numbers, Karel’s other abilities often go unnoticed. For example, her tough defense has played a large part in the Badgers’ new pack-style defense. In fact, the St. Paul Pioneer Press named Karel defensive player of the year in high school.“It took Alyssa some time adjusting defensively, but I think this year she has become a terrific defender,” Stone said. “It’s particularly important in our system for her to do what she does on the defensive end.”Not only is Karel a strong defender, she also leads the team in defensive rebounds despite her small stature as a guard. Karel possesses a 24-inch vertical leap and often finds herself in the right place at the right time to grab the defensive rebound.“Alyssa’s rebounding ability is huge for our team,” D’Alie said. “Jolene and Janese also were our leading rebounders last season. To have somebody at the two-guard grabbing rebounds is definitely an advantage.”Karel, not one to boast of her ownabilities or accomplishments, gives most of the credit to the work done by the Badgers’ post players like Lin Zastrow, Tara Steinbauer and Mariah Dunham, to name a few.“All the posts are in there boxing out the other team’s big girls,” Karel said. “Sometimes the guards just sneak in there and grab the boards. Honestly, I think that the posts do all the work, and sometimes I just get the credit for it.”Of course, everything comes back to offense for Alyssa Karel, with good reason. Karel has good shooting range, leading the team in three-point field goals made this season and often impressing her teammates with her shooting ability.“Sometimes in the summer, she’s just amazing,” D’Alie said of Karel. “Some days, she just goes off and it seems like she can’t miss.”last_img read more

Fight for ice time only improves Badgers

first_imgAaron Bendickson scored twice Friday night against Alaska Anchorage. They were his first two goals of the season.[/media-credit]The WCHA may be one of the most competitive college hockey conferences in the country, but during the week, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team experiences that level of competitiveness inside its very own locker room.It’s the daily battles among teammates that go a long way in determining who will face-off against those conference foes.Before head coach Mike Eaves prepares for the weekend’s opponent, he must set his own lineup — something that’s been made increasingly difficult due to the depth on his hockey team.Eaves continually takes advantage of the options he has, and as a result, UW’s fourth line has had a number of different players take the ice in recent weeks.“Without question our depth has been one of our strengths all season,” Eaves said. “The guys that haven’t played up to our expectations thus far we’ve been able to put other guys in because the competition every day in practice is at such a high level.”Cracking the UW lineup has proven to be no easy task. Regular contributors like John Mitchell and Patrick Johnson have been removed when they failed to meet the coaches’ standards, and Johnson is well aware that his spot on the bench is by no means guaranteed.“There is a little bit of added pressure because you have to perform otherwise you’re not going to be in the lineup,” Johnson said. “It keeps you focused and on top of your game all the time, because if you’re not, someone will step in and replace you.”Johnson responded well this past weekend, notching his first goal of the season while adding an assist playing on the fourth line. But according to Eaves, the Madison native is now bringing much more to the table than goal-scoring ability, and that is keeping him in the lineup.“That was the Patrick Johnson that we need to see all of the time,” Eaves said. “He gave us energy, he was a leader on the bench and in the locker room. It’s nice to see him play good hockey again.”But Johnson wasn’t the only fourth-liner who made an impact this past weekend.Aaron Bendickson, a senior forward who has established himself as the fourth center, ended the weekend with two goals to his name. But while Bendickson has started all 10 games for UW, it’s the wingers to his left and right that regularly change.Fortunately for UW coaching staff, that’s not something that phases Bendickson.“It’s not too big of a change for me,” Bendickson said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of the guys on the team pretty well, so it’s not a big deal and I can adapt to it.”So what does Eaves expect from the fourth line that displayed such a strong performance this time around?“Just what you saw this past weekend,” he said. “Every time they came on the ice they gave us energy, and they chipped in offensively. We don’t ask them to carry the weight offensively, but they chipped in and did their job to almost perfection.”Wednesday, Eaves and his staff will determine the lineup for the upcoming series with St. Cloud, but after a solid performance against Alaska Anchorage, it will be difficult for the head coach to make any significant changes. Each player will need to make his case in practice to earn playing time on this talented roster.“We have to make a decision tomorrow about who is going with us on the road trip,” Eaves said. “Guys are playing for that position. We sat down with every young lad here and we talked about what they need to continue to do to get back in the lineup.”One of those players looking to get back in the lineup is Podge Turnbull, a junior who has seen action in six games this season. Turnbull is working tirelessly to get himself back in the mix, and according to the junior forward, it is his work ethic during practice that he hopes will makes the difference.“Everybody feels a little pressure to get into the lineup,” Turnbull said. “We’re really deep and every day you’ve got to come to work. I always come to the rink ready to compete.”Turnbull works to refine his game and steadily improve during the week of practice, and despite the limited playing time, he and the rest of the Badgers fighting for a spot on that last line know they play an important role on this team.“When, you know, you’re sitting out, it can be tough to get over, but for the good of the team you have got to come out even harder,” Turnbull said. “It’s your job to make sure everyone is ready to go even if you’re not in the lineup.”last_img read more

WBB : SU’s upset bid against Hoyas falls short as defense can’t contain Rodgers in final minutes

first_imgSugar Rodgers held the ball on the left wing and watched as the clock dipped under 45 seconds. Then she made her move.The Georgetown guard sliced into the lane and elevated, drawing the foul on Syracuse guard Phylesha Bullard as her floater in the lane hit squarely off the backboard and rattled through the basket.‘We were just running a play. I took it in my own hands, take it to the basket and make the layup and got the and-one,’ Rodgers said. ‘… I just saw the opening, took her one-on-one and made the and-one.’Rodgers nailed the subsequent free throw to give the Hoyas their first lead since the 13:56 mark of the second half. No. 15 Georgetown (22-6, 11-4 Big East) never relinquished the lead and the Syracuse  (17-12, 6-9) fell to the Hoyas 65-62 in front of 1,579 in the Carrier Dome Saturday. Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer, single-handedly shredded the Orange defense down the stretch, willing the Hoyas back from an eight-point deficit late in the game to earn the victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Rodgers’ three-point play, Rachel Coffey took a contested 3 from the right corner that bounced high off the backboard and was corralled by Rodgers along the left baseline. The Hoyas added two free throws and Carmen Tyson-Thomas missed badly on a 3-pointer from the right wing with four seconds remaining to seal the loss.‘I wish I could say a whole lot, but I can’t,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I thought we played extremely well today and we lost the game.’While SU crumbled under pressure in the closing minutes, Rodgers thrived. With Georgetown trailing by three with under three minutes to go, she launched a 23-foot 3-pointer from the left wing that plunged through the net to tie the game at 58.She added two free throws on the Hoyas’ next possession and after SU forward Iasia Hemingway converted on a putback off a missed 3 by Coffey, Rodgers put Georgetown on top for good.‘She made a long 3 when we’re draped all over her and she’s going to the basket, jumping off the wrong foot and makes the shot,’ Hillsman said. ‘There’s not a whole lot you can really say about her. She’s a great player and she made two huge plays and won the game for them.’Hillsman used a man-to-man defense all game in an attempt to stop Rodgers. And the Orange defense contained her in the first half.Rodgers shot just 1-of-8 from the field and 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.While the Hoyas’ best player struggled, Hemingway led all scorers at halftime with 10 points and Coffey added nine to give Syracuse a 32-27 lead at the break.‘Defensively, we just found (Rodgers) in transition and Coach wanted us to get her early,’ Coffey said, ‘so wherever she was we were out on her.’But in the second half, the SU offense floundered. The Orange turned the ball over 11 times and the Hoyas capitalized, scoring seven points off those turnovers.Still, Syracuse managed to hang around. Hemingway fueled a 7-0 run midway through the second half, contributing four points during that stretch, to push SU’s lead to 54-46 with under nine minutes remaining.But then Rodgers found her shooting stroke. She shot 5-of-8 from the field in the second half, contributing 15 of her game-high 21 points in the final stanza.And as Rodgers got hot, the Syracuse lead slowly dwindled.‘Sugar Rodgers needed to make a late run because she was playing pretty bad,’ Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. ‘She has to understand that when her shot’s not falling that she can’t stop doing other things. She can’t stop playing defense, she can’t stop rebounding and her shot is only a certain percentage of her game.’But her scoring ability is what ultimately doomed the Orange. Rodgers came up with big play after big play down the stretch.It started with a 15-footer to close the gap to 56-53 with six minutes remaining and ended with the three-point play to finish off her stellar performance.In the tense moments, Rodgers closed out the game.‘She just made a play,’ Williams Flournoy said, ‘and that’s what big-time players do.’ Comments Published on February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

TRACK : Hursey develops into elite distance runner during career at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Katie Hursey only started competing in track and field at North Carroll High School (Md.) to stay in shape for soccer. When she started having success, her allegiances switched.But that was only the start.‘I really fell in love with it once I came to college, being around everyone on our team who loves it,’ she said.Now a record-holding, fifth-year senior at Syracuse, Hursey has enjoyed a historically successful career with the Orange. At last weekend’s Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., Hursey finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.57. The distance runner holds the school record in the event, running it in 10:08.44 at the preliminary round of the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships.Hursey said she wants to break the record again this year. When the Orange travels to Philadelphia this week for the Penn Relays, Hursey will stay in Syracuse to prepare for her next chance to break the record at the Big East championships from May 4-6.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s pretty neat,’ she said of having a Syracuse school record. ‘I hope to get it again this year. They’re always getting improved on, so it’s nice to have one.’Hursey said winning the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational has boosted her confidence. In preparation for the conference championships, Hursey said she needs to continue working hard in practice and maintaining the right mindset.In last year’s Big East championship, Hursey finished second and senior Heather Stephens placed third, both just under five seconds behind Connecticut’s Meghan Cunningham.‘I think we have the motivation from last year because both of us know we can be the best,’ Stephens said.If Hursey proves herself as the top steeplechase runner in the conference, the victory will serve as reassurance that she pursued the right sport out of high school.Despite her lack of track experience, Hursey excelled as a runner immediately.Hursey showed she was a raw talent and won Maryland state championships in a multiple events. She also caught the eye of Syracuse head coach Chris Fox.‘She didn’t know anything about the sport,’ Fox said. ‘There was something about her being so inexperienced, but being so good, that was appealing.’The support of the Syracuse coaching staff and her teammates made the transition in college much easier, Hursey said. Under their direction, Hursey has made incredible strides in her time with the Orange.‘Oh, my gosh, I’ve improved so much,’ Hursey said. ‘I’ve accomplished things I never would’ve thought possible coming in.’Fox said the distance runner has enhanced her skills each year, from handling the rigors of practice to taking better care of her body. But he knows she has plenty of room for improvement.Fox said if Hursey runs like she did at Princeton, she is capable of winning the Big East championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Fox said she needs to stay out in front, be patient for the first five laps and then use her strength and hurdling ability to take over the last half-mile of the steeplechase.Aside from earning another shot at a national title, Hursey has her eyes set on something she has wanted her entire college career. Last year, she was named second team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she isn’t going to settle for that.‘Hopefully I can be a real All-American this year,’ Hursey said.pmdabbra@syr.educenter_img Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Syracuse defense rises to occasion, shuts down national goal-scoring leader Haber to beat Cornell in NCAA tournament opening round

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse upsets Cornell to earn 1st NCAA tournament win in program historyGallery: Syracuse upsets Cornell 1-0 in 1st round of NCAA tournament ITHACA, N.Y. — Chris Makowski bounced back up to his feet with a grin on his face and a streak of dirt on his once-orange socks. The Syracuse back had deflected yet another shot from Daniel Haber with a last-minute slide that kept the ball away from the Orange’s goal.Haber – the nation’s leader in goals per game – never warmed up on a cold night for soccer. Makowski and the Syracuse back line stymied the heralded Cornell junior, limiting his offensive output to earn a narrow 1-0 victory over the No. 11 Big Red in the NCAA tournament’s opening round on Thursday night at Berman Field.Averaging over two points and one goal per game, Haber was the player Syracuse had to account for defensively. But he missed his desired target on each of his six shots, and more importantly, never truly threatened Syracuse’s lead.“To keep a prolific team like Cornell to such few chances on net was a collective effort,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It hasn’t been done this year, and it’s a big effort from out guys.”That effort started and ended with limiting Haber’s opportunities. Makowski provided tight defense, but he was rarely alone on his mark. And when he was beat off the ball, other defenders like Nick Bibbs and Tyler Hilliard shifted seamlessly over to strip the ball away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 30th minute, Bibbs and Hilliard teamed up to negate Haber’s greatest asset: his speed. His attempt to accelerate down the right sideline was rebuffed by the freshman Hilliard, who poked the ball away just far enough for the back line to regroup.It did, and when Haber tried again to sprint to the corner for a cross, he met Hilliard and Bibbs there, was pressed up against the sideline, and lost possession.From goal, Alex Bono clapped furiously in approval after the tag-team tackle, happy that a short week of heavy preparation was enough to slow Haber down.“We knew going in that sometimes he takes 17 or 18 shots on his own,” Bono said. “We knew what he liked to do – as soon as he gets an opportunity a half-yard off a defender, he’s going to shoot.”But Bono and the Syracuse back line were ready for Haber’s right foot. Bono said the team practiced more scenarios involving clean shots ongoal, and that paid off for Syracuse immediately when the second half began.In the 46th minute, the Cornell forward poked the ball away from Jordan Murrell and regained possession inside SU’s 18-yard box. He was in point-blank range – the kind of range he had scored many of his 18 goals from this season.Once again, though, his shot was stopped by the joint efforts of a charging Bono and a sliding Makowski. And this time, Haber showed his frustration, placing both hands on his head as he turned his back to the goal he missed.He’d display that same irritated pose again when Makowski slowed him down just long enough for a charged Ted Cribley to steal the ball away from behind.“Ted had to roll his sleeves up on the defensive side tonight,” said McIntyre. “I thought he was exceptional.”The rest of the Syracuse defense was just as exceptional against the best goal scorer in the nation this season. Even Haber’s free kicks ricocheted off a wall of Syracuse defenders with eight minutes left in regulation.From that eight-minute mark to just under two minutes, Haber never touched the ball. He was resigned to wandering around midfield, hoping to find a breakaway opportunity that never came.“It’s difficult, it’s frustrating,” Haber said after the game. “Every team comes up with a different game plan, and they did everything they could to take away our strengths tonight.“We gave it our best shot – hats off to them for stopping it.” Commentscenter_img Published on November 16, 2012 at 12:11 am Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Injured Penn State guard Frazier leads from sidelines

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim Frazier was considered a coach on the floor for Penn State, but this season, he’s been a coach from the sideline.Last year, the point guard put together one of the Nittany Lions’ finest single-season performances, garnering first-team, All-Big Ten honors. But Frazier tore his left Achilles tendon in PSU’s 25-point loss to Akron on Nov. 18, an injury that took him off the court for the rest of the year.“To hear the news you can’t play the game you’ve been playing for your whole life, it was devastating,” Frazier said. “I honestly didn’t know how to handle it.”The Nittany Lions haven’t figured it out, either. After Frazier went down in the fourth game of the year, Penn State (8-13, 0-9 Big Ten) has sunk to the very bottom of the conference, and is still searching for its first conference win of the year. Guards D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall, both averaging 15 points per game or more, have picked up some of the scoring slack, but the Nittany Lions still miss their star.Last season, Frazier topped the Big Ten with 6.2 assists per game and finished second in the league at 18.8 points per contest. His 2.4 steals per game ranked second in the conference and at just 6 feet, 1 inch, the point guard led PSU with 4.7 rebounds per contest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrazier’s only the third Nittany Lion ever to lead PSU in scoring, assists, rebounding and steals in the same season. With him sidelined, the Nittany Lions are next to last in the Big Ten in team offense.“He makes everyone’s job easier,” said associate head coach Eugene Burroughs in the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “We saw last year that he’s one of the best guards in the conference. You take that away from a team that’s really dependent on his ability to score and run your offense, his void is hard to fill.”Before the season, Frazier was listed as a watch-list candidate for both the John R. Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards, as well as earning a preseason all-Big Ten selection.Now the senior has brought his leadership to the Penn State bench, where he sits next to head coach Patrick Chambers and sees basketball from a new point of view. The game has slowed down for Frazier, he said, and his new perspective is allowing him to keep contributing to the Nittany Lions.“It’s been a different aspect,” Frazier said. “I feel like it’s been a great experience for me to watch it from the sideline.”Senior guard Nick Colella said Frazier is constantly on the PSU sideline during practice, and often pulls his teammates aside to tell them what he sees. Frazier has helped mentor Newbill, who has taken over at the point guard position since Frazier ruptured his Achilles. Frazier is even running drills in practice, Chambers said.The projected recovery time for Frazier’s torn Achilles was 6-12 months, he said. Now 11 weeks removed from surgery, he’s out of the walking boot and rehabbing, he said. The workouts have begun, including both upper-body and leg-strengthening exercises.And the scar looks good, too, the medical staff tells him. The recovery’s going smoothly.“I know he’s motivated to get back to work,” Colella said. “I can see the drive on his face right now – we’re at practice right now.”But whether Frazier can return to Penn State next season has yet to be determined. After this season, Frazier and the Nittany Lions will file paperwork with the NCAA in hopes of receiving a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility.Should the NCAA not grant the request, Frazier will need to be prepared for workouts leading up to the NBA Draft in June.“If that was the case, I know that I have great strength and conditioning (coaches) as well as trainers as well as great coaches that will train me and prepare me for that,” Frazier said. “I’m already on my 11th week and I feel great so I don’t think that would be a problem.”But Frazier likes his chances of obtaining the redshirt, especially considering he only played three games and six minutes of basketball this season.If Frazier does return to Penn State for a fifth year – which he said he would choose over starting his professional career – Chambers doesn’t expect his star guard to be the same player he was when his season ended two and a half months ago.“I think he’ll be better. When you’re a fifth-year senior and when you’re sitting out and you’re next to the head coach most of the time, you start to see things that I see,” Chambers said. “And he’s starting to really understand a lot more.“I think we’re going to see a new and even more improved Tim Frazier.” Comments Published on February 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

Syracuse football looks to improve its goal-line offense at Central Michigan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse offensive line coach Joe Adam calls it the “point of attack.” The split second when the ball is hiked and the offensive line has a chance to create holes and free up running space. In an opening-night win against Villanova, the goal-line “point of attack” belonged to the Wildcats. The result was five straight failed attempts at the end zone and the Orange’s first hurdle of the season. “Every game there are going to be one or two plays and it was unfortunate that those one or two plays happened down on the goal-line situation,” SU offensive coordinator George McDonald said. “We had good looks, we had good plays. We didn’t execute to the ability that we were supposed to.”Adonis Ameen-Moore failed to reach the end zone five times from within the 3-yard line against the Wildcats and blames himself for the Orange’s (1-0) short-yardage woes, but there is more to the picture. Adam said he was “a little pissed off” with SU’s results in that area and that improving upon them has been his major focus in the two weeks since Syracuse narrowly escaped a Villanova upset.The Orange heads to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to face Central Michigan (2-0) at noon on Saturday after the Chippewas held Purdue to 3.6 yards per carry in a CMU win last week. Central Michigan is a more-than-worthy Mid-American Conference opponent and SU’s goal-line troubles have shifted from prevalent to pressing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think a lot of it is just on me,” Adonis Ameen-Moore said. “I just need to make those plays and I think a lot of the adjustments have to be on me.”Adam said that there were multiple breakdowns within Villanova’s 10-yard line and that there isn’t just one player or position to zero in on. Getting to the second level, staying on blocks, winning “the point of attack” and pulling to the outside were all phrases that Adam threw out to explain what the line can do better. Take away Prince-Tyson Gulley’s 65-yard touchdown run against Villanova and Syracuse ran up the middle 19 times for 46 yards — just 2.4 yards per carry. The early-season goal-line problems are a bit of deja vu for the Orange. With Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett calling the offensive shots in 2012, Syracuse couldn’t punch it in during a 1-3 start. That’s when Marrone and Hackett introduced the Tank package, which put Ameen-Moore at running back and linebacker Lewellyn Coker at fullback. Ameen-Moore ran for five touchdowns on 30 carries in the rest of that season, scoring on 16.7 percent of his touches and helping the Orange jump from a middling Big East team to Pinstripe Bowl champions at year’s end. The running back said Tuesday evening that he’s sure that there will be “some” schematic changes ahead of the Central Michigan game, but didn’t know specifics since goal-line work is done on Wednesdays before games. He added, though, that the situation is different this time around. “That was the 32 package and against Villanova we were in an 11 package,” Ameen-Moore said, referring to SU packages that vary by personnel. “But at the same time there were a lot of growing pains with the (Tank package) as well. The first game I got in in 2012, we caught them off guard but then the next game they started to stop us.“It’s a growing pains thing.”Ameen-Moore said that holes were closing fast and that he was allowing his knee to get bumped by the Wildcats’ front. Adam added he was “disappointed” with how his offensive line performed.The first-year coach wasn’t sure if the breadth of the problem makes it easier or harder to mend, but did acknowledge that an answer — Tank package or not — does exist. “There’s really no wondering why we weren’t successful,” Adam said. “Trust me, we’re definitely working on it.” Comments Published on September 11, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Five Guys to open this semester at West 27th Place

first_imgWest 27th Place Apartments on Figueroa Street and 27th Street plans to add five retailers on the Figueroa side of the ground floor.The first to open will be Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a Virginia-based burger restaurant.Bagel · Five Guys and Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will move into the ground floor of West 27th Place. Three more retail locations in the building have not yet been rented. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanTabitha Stevens, property manager of West 27th Place Apartments, said Five Guys should open by the end of the semester and Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. should open in fall 2012.Many students who live in the building said they are excited about the new options.Greg Gunter, a sophomore majoring in history, said he was excited Five Guys was coming to the area.“Five Guys is easily in my top 10 favorite restaurants,” Gunter said. “The burgers are pretty decent and the fries are amazing. It also happens to be pretty affordable.”Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., a small Brooklyn-based bagel company that uses water from Brooklyn, N.Y. as a key ingredient, will also join the complex. Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will offer a variety of New York-style bagels, coffee and a convenient study environment.Katie Roughan, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said having a place to get coffee nearby will be convenient.“It’d be nice for students who have early classes to be able to walk downstairs and get a coffee,” Roughan said. “Coffee and bagel before class? I have nothing against that.”With three spots still open, many students hope healthier food options will occupy the spaces.Max McTee, a junior majoring in business administration, said he agreed healthier options would be a good addition.“I love Five Guys but students want healthy options nowadays,” McTee said.Stevens said the companies that will occupy the other three vacant retail spots  are ultimately up to the building owner.“Our office does not really have a say in it,” Stevens said. “Students have been asked their opinion but the building owners want to make sure that whoever comes in can pay the rent.”Stevens said Whole Foods Market considered occupying a space, but the space was too small to accommodate a supermarket.“There was talk of including a Whole Foods but the spacing is more suited to smaller restaurants,” Stevens said.Hours of operation for Five Guys and Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. have not yet been determined.last_img read more