SB : Syracuse begins year with underdog mentality despite national attention

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Leigh Ross has no reason to play the underdog card with this Syracuse team. Not when the Orange won 45 games, earned its first-ever NCAA tournament victory and returns seven starters from its historic 2011 season.Ross knows Syracuse isn’t sneaking up on anyone this year. Still, the sixth-year head coach is sticking with what works, instilling an underdog attitude in the preseason despite some national attention surrounding the program.‘The underdog mentality is still there,’ Ross said. ‘There’s no reason it should be. Even if someone is picking us, they’ll be someone picking against us.’Syracuse enters the season hoping to build off last season with its core group of players back. Even with that experience back, the Orange is also looking to gain more respect. Though Syracuse received more first-place votes than any other Big East team in the preseason coaches poll, it was picked to finish second behind DePaul — a team the Orange shut out in the Big East tournament semifinals last season en route to its second straight conference title.The Orange returns five seniors who have been at the center of the program’s rise. Lisaira Daniels, Lacey Kohl, Kelly Saco and Stephanie Watts can all hit for average and power. They lead a solid lineup that averaged 5.4 runs per game last season in support of returning Big East Pitcher of the Year Jenna Caira. Caira boasted a 1.51 ERA and won 35 games behind the strength of the offense and her renowned changeup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse does have one major hole to fill on the roster, though. SU lost third baseman Hallie Gibbs to graduation. Gibbs finished her career second all-time at SU in home runs and led the Orange in home runs and RBI last season.Gibbs was the team’s consistent power threat, but Ross said losing her won’t make or break the chances of this year’s experienced team.‘She was a huge loss,’ Ross said. ‘But I know we have players ready to step up on the field, and we have players who are ready to play in an expanded role.’More importantly, this year’s team has more than just Gibbs as a leader. SU will trust its seniors to carry the Orange into the 2012 postseason.‘The older kids have shown strong leadership,’ Ross said. ‘That’s something that really excites me, seeing how our five seniors have made this their team and put this season in their hands.’ And Watts said even the freshmen players look ready to step up. But though this year’s team may be more ‘well-rounded,’ Watts said the underdog theme will stick around.The senior second baseman keeps her freshman season in the back of her mind as a reminder of how far the Orange still has to go. Three years ago, SU went to the Big East tournament and was knocked out in the first round by South Florida.That failure stuck with Watts despite helping SU win the last two conference tournaments.Ross said the high expectations only motivate her team. Not long ago, no one knew about SU’s talented roster except the players who believed they could turn around what was a once struggling program.‘We always said, ‘Hey, we can compete with some good teams,” Ross said. ‘It’s great that we’re getting attention, but it really doesn’t matter right now. Being projected to win and actually winning are two separate things entirely.’With that in mind, the head coach said her players have been told to steer clear of the hype generated by the program’s recent success.And Ross said her players have bought in. Even Caira was surprised to hear the team has been picked by some as a top-20 team in the country.‘Someone picked us? That’s great,’ Caira said. ‘That’s intense and that’s what we strive to do every year. We want to be a contender, but until we are, we’re the underdog.’[email protected]last_img read more

Sušić: Our Aim Was to Provide As Stronger Resistance as Possible

first_imgThe coach of football representation of B&H Safet Sušić after the defeat of our team from Argentina with the result 2:1 during the first performance at the World Cup said that hi is satisfied with the game of his team.“One thing is to watch Argentina play, and another thing is to play against them. That is a great team. They have one player that every time that receives the ball there is chance of scoring a goal. We are satisfied. We should be realistic, our aim was to provide as stronger resistance as possible against Argentina that is one of the favorites for the title of champions. I think player did what we expected them to do. They played very well. The physiological pressures had its impact as well”, said Sušić.They will play next matches of F group with Nigeria and Iran and Sušic estimated them as very important.“We will play against both opponents. Most likely, we will need four points, maybe even 6 to be qualified among the best 16 teams. I told to players that this match is not a key match but matches to come are key ones. We did not lose anything yet regardless of the defeat. I hope that the goal that we scored means a lot”, said Sušić for BHT.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Aileen seals senior title with birdie, birdie finish

first_img A birdie, birdie finish sealed a five shot victory for Aileen Greenfield in the English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship at St Enodoc in Cornwall.Greenfield, from Pyecombe in Sussex, came from a shot behind to beat Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), ahead of a three-way tie for third place.The new champion, who finished on 10-over par, has been very close to this title before, notably getting into a play-off in 2015 when she made her debut in senior ranks. The following year she was again runner-up.This time there were no mistakes and she adds the title to the English Senior Women’s Amateur which she won last year and she commented: “I’m over the moon, absolutely over the moon.”She trailed Foster, a two-times winner, by a stroke going into today’s final round and after two holes had dropped three further back. At the turn, Foster was still three shots clear, but it all changed on the back nine.Greenfield came home in two-under par, with three birdies in the last four holes, while Foster struggled back in six-over.“I didn’t look at the scoreboard, I was playing with Jackie but I hadn’t a clue about the scores, I’d just have got too excited otherwise,” said Greenfield.“It was just a game of patience. The front nine was playing a lot harder than the back and I got though those holes trying to do no worse than a bogey and then I hoped to get the birdies later on.”Third place was shared by Julie Wheeldon (Wakefield, Yorkshire), former champion Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) and Australia’s Sue Wooster.St Enodoc’s Caroline Hume-Kendall finished in a tie for 19th place.Click here for final scoresCaption: Aileen Greenfield, third left, with England Golf President Jenny Clink (next right) and other prize winners Tags: Aileen Greenfield, English Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play, St Enodoc 20 Jun 2019 Aileen seals senior title with birdie, birdie finish last_img read more

Greene Realty Group Welcomes Olympia Native Cathy Mah

first_imgSubmitted by Greene Realty GroupGreene Realty Group is proud to welcome Cathy Mah.Cathy is uniquely qualified to represent you.  A native Olympian, she knows the Thurston County community in ways far beyond your typical market analysis.Cathy has witnessed the community grow and transform from a small town centered around the State Capitol, where she once worked, into an expansive and diverse community that includes our military, higher education, healthcare, and tribal enterprises.  She understands what brings people to the area and the homes that keep people here.Cathy has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sector as the assistant to financial CEO’s, running non-profit entities, and as the office manager for the Visitor and Convention Bureau.  Everyone, from longtime residents to first time visitors to the community, recognize that Cathy is someone you can count on to be successful in Thurston County.  She pays attention to the details so that you can focus on the big decisions.Cathy and her husband, former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, raised their daughter in Olympia.  As a parent, she understands the important considerations families must place on schools.   Cathy stays connected to the local schools through her work on the Olympia School District Education Foundation, helping to ensure all kids get the assistance they need to succeed.  She understands what families look for and the reasons why they fall in love with our neighborhoods here in Thurston County.Home buyers and sellers expect their Realtor to understand their needs, be knowledgeable of the market, and close the deal.  More importantly, you expect your Realtor to provide exceptional service, focus, and dedication.  You can count on Cathy to do this.Cathy Mah looks forward to working with you and is confident you’ll be pleased with the outcome. Facebook52Tweet0Pin0last_img read more