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Wrestling Warriors rip B’ville, lock up league title

first_imgIt began at 152 pounds with Dom Ianno pinning Ryan Hemund midway through the second period and continued with Chris Ianno (160 pounds) holding off Connor Kral 7-2.Three of the next four bouts were forfeits to Jeremy Valerio (170 pounds), Hamier Williams-Borges (195 pounds) and Jake Ronan (220 pounds), but Naz Kelly wrestled at 182 pounds and beat Fred Pickard 11-5.After J.J. Guindy, at 285 pounds, pinned Korban Haney early in the third period, B’ville won the next three bouts, though Rocco Degiormo wrestled well at 113 pounds in a 14-9 loss to Aidan Cali. Though it had to hold most of its competitions away from home this winter, the Liverpool wrestling team turned this into an opportunity to demonstrate that it could succeed anywhere.The Warriors clinched the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division regular-season title last Monday night when it traveled to Baldwinsville and dominated the Bees, prevailing by a score of 59-15.What made this win so unique for the Warriors was that it won the first seven bouts on the card, and then swept the last five. Once Jeremy Ianno, at 120 pounds, used an overtime takedown to beat Mason Clark 8-6, the Warriors didn’t lose again, Jacob Ianno following up at 126 pounds with a 9-1 win over Max Naples.Jeremiah Paulson (132 pounds) got a third-period pin over Brandon Levin and Jonah Gellar, at 138 pounds, handled Jaden Prince 13-3 as Paul Marquis (145 pounds) claimed a forfeit.With that league title secure, Liverpool had a unique meet against New Hartford 24 hours later, with Zogg Middle School serving as the venue for the Warriors’ lone “home” meet of the winter.This served as Senior Night to honor the current Liverpool wrestlers and a chance to welcome back alumni, too, and the Warriors celebrated by defeating the Spartans 69-15 with pins earned by Isaiah Cordova (145) along with Jacob Ianno, Dom Ianno and Chris Ianno.At Cazenovia on Thursday, it was more of the same, the Warriors handling the Lakers 61-12. Pins were earned by Degiormo, Cordova, Jeremy Ianno and Dom Ianno.There were some close bouts, too, whether it was Williams-Borges topping John Frega 4-1 or Guindy claiming a 2-0 decision over Carter Polhamus. Gellar beat Lucca Ferreira 9-2 and Chris Ianno handled Alex Rodriguez 13-3.Cicero-North Syracuse had its own meet against Baldwinsville last Wednesday night, and by claiming the first seven bouts on the card, the Northstars built an insurmountable advantage and earned a 54-27 win over the Bees.Dan Sweeney got it going at 113 with an 8-4 win over Clark, followed at 120 by Harrison Portorsnok fighting into overtime to edge Naples 2-0.In between forfeits to Dominick Racht (126) and John Sherbourne (145), Gaetano Julian (132) and Vincent Ciciarelli (138) both earned pins – Julian over Prince, Ciciarelli over Levin.Adam Brown’s pin of Ryan Hemund at 152 completed the run, and though Dylan Firenze (160) lost 7-3 to Connor Kral, Adam Rush (220) pinned Jacob Mitts, with forfeits going to Zach Overton (170) and Kamdin Bembry (195).And it all leads C-NS and Liverpool to this Saturday’s Section III Class AA championships, held at Auburn, which get underway at 10 a.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSliverpoolwrestlinglast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Wisconsin soars to championship game with dominating win over Purdue

first_imgCHICAGO — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team used a dominant second-half effort Saturday in a 71-51 win over Purdue to advance to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.The Badgers were led by sophomore guard Bronson Koenig who scored 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting in the second half on his way to a career-high 19 points.Wisconsin was able to get out to a strong start in the first half, hitting its first three shots from the field, as two easy layups and a three from sophomore forward Nigel Hayes helped them jump out to an early 7-2 lead.However, Purdue responded with authority on both ends of the floor. After those two quick layups, Purdue junior forward and Big Ten blocks leader A.J. Hammond held his own in the paint, rejecting senior forward Frank Kaminsky twice at the rim.After starting the game shooting 3-for-3 from the field, Wisconsin missed its next five shots and 11 of its next 13.Purdue took advantage.In stepping up their defensive effort and continuing to get open looks on offense, the Boilermakers were able to go on a 10-0 run, take a four-point lead and maintain that lead for the majority of the first half.“We were kind of letting them get easy post touches and get two feet in the paint too easily, and they’re too big inside, and if you let them do that, they’re going to win,” junior forward Sam Dekker said.Following the final media timeout of the first half and with Purdue up 28-21, the Badgers made one final push. Five straight UW points from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig and a 9-2 Wisconsin run tied the game with just over a minute remaining.It appeared the Badgers would be heading into the locker room with momentum on their side, but a quick 5-0 burst from the Boilermakers gave all the momentum back to Purdue.That, however, ended up not mattering.The second half was a completely different story for both teams. After allowing Hammons and Purdue to have their way offensively in the first half, Wisconsin took their defensive effort to another level in the second half.Hammons looked lost for the entire second half, as Wisconsin switched on screens, played more aggressively down low and limited his opportunities on the block.After recording 10 points, five rebounds in the first half, Hammons shot 0-for-4 in the second half, scoring zero points and grabbing just two rebounds.“We just tried to make it a little tougher for them to get inside, to stay physical,” Dekker said. “In the second half, we talked it out and we were all on the same page, and when we’re all on the same page like that, we become pretty good defensively.”After recording no steals in the first half, the Badgers had five in the second, and it appeared that UW was taking the ball away every time the Boilermakers touched the ball in the post.Wisconsin’s strong defensive effort helped everything else come easier to them in the second half. The Badgers opened the half on a 10-0 run to take a lead that the team never looked back on.“Defense leads to good offense and we finally got some steals, got out in transition and started running on them, which I wish we would do the whole game, but at least we started doing it in the second half,” Koenig said. “That really gave us a spark.”Koenig was the catalyst of the offensive push in the second half. After scoring just five total points in the first 20 minutes, he matched that mark just five minutes into the second period, scoring five of Wisconsin’s first eight points.From there, Koenig kept rolling, hitting four of his next six shots, with a few of them coming in isolated situations at the end of the shot clock. He finished the half with 14 points and a total of 19 for the game.“I was really confident when the shots finally started falling for me,” Koenig said.As a team, Wisconsin shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game with 18 assists on 26 field goals to go along with just three turnovers.10 of those assists came from Kaminsky and Hayes, who recorded five each, and passing out of the post and double teams has become a real strength for the both of them.“The way Purdue was playing, we had to do some different things,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Our bigs being able to find people has been one of our keys for a long time.”Kaminsky and Hayes finished with 12 and 15 points respectively, while Sam Dekker scored 15 points to go along with 8 rebounds.With the victory, Wisconsin is just one win shy of their single-season record of 31, and tying that record would not only mean a Big Ten tournament title, but also the very real possibility of the Badgers getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.Despite Wisconsin’s chances of earning a top seed in the tournament, that’s not exactly what is on the mind of Ryan and his team. Their main concern is the next challenge they face.“I never really have talked about seeds ever,” Ryan said. “I stay away from it because I want all my energies to go towards the game tomorrow, and then we find out who we play, and then all our energy is going into, boom, that first opponent. “The next challenge for the Badgers and the final tune-up before the NCAA tournament will be the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State. Tip-off is set for 2:30 on Sunday at the United Center.last_img read more

“Speak out against errant minibus drivers” – Minister Ferguson

first_imgCommuters are being urged to speak out against errant minibus drivers. The call was made by Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson at a Road Safety Education awareness village hosted at the Stabroek Market Square on Wednesday.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette FergusonTraffic Chief Dion MooreAt the event to observe the end of Road Safety Month, Minister Ferguson said despite continuous awareness campaigns on road safety, road users, particularly minibus drivers, were still undisciplined when utilising the roads.“They (minibus drivers) do not observe the rules of the road; they continue to double up the minibuses; they continue triple up the minibuses. These are things that I observe on a daily basis when using the road, and we have the users of these transportation services that do not speak out; they remain silent,” the Minister was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.She opined that remaining silent has contributed to the many road fatalities. She noted that the Government could not afford to lose valuable human resources because of the negligence of others.Traffic Chief Dion Moore cited statistics which indicate there have been 84 fatal accidents resulting in 95 deaths, against 104 accidents with 114 deaths for the corresponding period in 2016. Moore said that while there was a significant decrease, more road users need to speak out against reckless driving, thereby ensuring less needless deaths.“If we need our roads to be safe, then we must change our attitude when we use the road. Many times we see other persons doing things that are not in keeping with road safety practices, but what we do?  We sit, relax or we go about our journey without saying a word. If we speak out, we can make a difference,” Moore said.The Traffic Chief revealed that with the Department’s recent receipt of four new vehicles, the presence of traffic officers at nights would be further enhanced. Moore reminded persons to use the five Cs – care, courtesy, caution, consideration and common sense – when using the roadways.This year’s Road Safety Month theme was “Making roads safer for everyone starts with you. Observe, think, drive, a second is all it takes to save a life.”last_img read more

Edu back at Arsenal as technical director

first_img0Shares0000Former midfielder Edu has returned to Arsenal as the club’s new technical director © AFP / CARL DE SOUZALONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 9 – Former Arsenal midfielder Edu returned to the club on Tuesday to take up the role of technical director with the Gunners.“Edu will coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment,” Arsenal said in a statement. Edu will leave his role as general coordinator for the Brazilian Football Confederation after the team won the Copa America on home soil.The 41-year-old, a member of Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League winning squad in 2003/04, will become the club’s first ever sporting director as they continue to modernise their recruitment structure following the departure of Arsene Wenger last year.“His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward,” said Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.“He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision.”Edu played under Arsenal manager Emery at Valencia and believes the future is bright for the club despite failing to qualify for the Champions League for three seasons in a row.“Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role,” he said.“We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more