UWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season

first_imgUWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season Share Nov. 7, 2007 Box Score  MOBILE, Ala. – The West Florida Volleyball team defeated Spring Hill College 30-14, 31-29, 30-18, and then fell to the University of Mobile 30-23, 20-30, 28-30, 32-30, 13-15. The two matches were played back to back on Monday night at the Outlaw Center on the Spring Hill College campus in Mobile, Alabama. The Argonauts are 30-5 on the season, and have now tuned up for the Gulf South Conference tournament that begins on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas.The University of Mobile moved to 30-4 on the season with their win over the Argos in a five set thrilling match. The Argos lead 12-10 in the deciding game, but Mobile scored five of the last six points to pull out the win. Meanwhile, Spring Hill dropped to 16-16 on the season with their third loss this year to West Florida.Seniors Isabela Gualberto and Danielle Spitzer both hit above .400 in the win over Spring Hill. The two were very efficient, making the most of their attack opportunities. Meanwhile, Junior Luciana Rapach led the team with 10 kills. Junior Setter Madeline Gonzalez dished out 36 assists and added nine digs to help set up the middle and outside hitters. Junior Libero Jerica Carter led the defense with 14 digs, while Spitzer was responsible for 10 blocks. Spitzer’s block total was a team best for this season.In the Mobile match, Kimberly Clark put down 18 kills, seven blocks, and recorded 19 digs; however, Whitney Knight of Mobile had the best night with 20 kills and an attack percentage of .370, along with 13 digs. Mobile out hit the Argos by a .247 to .162 margin, and squeezed out the victory in a tough five game match. Rapach and Gualberto added 18 and 17 kills respectively, while Gonzalez recorded 55 assists.West Florida travels to Searcy, Arkansas this week for the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Argonauts play at 2:30 Friday against Ouachita Baptist. If they win that match, they will play either Henderson State or West Alabama in the Semifinal match at noon on Saturday. The final is scheduled for 7:00 pm Saturday night. All UWF matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right tool bar. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff Friday

first_imgImage from PixabayStatewide— Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff on Friday to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day.last_img

GSA boys topple Lee Academy, DI-S to post 2-0 start to season

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BLUE HILL — The faces of the boys wearing George Stevens Academy’s maroon and white basketball uniforms have changed a lot over the years; the team’s mission, winning the Gold Ball, has not.Long one of Hancock County and Downeast Maine’s top basketball programs, the GSA boys’ success has reached new heights in recent seasons. With the Eagles having won the past three Class C titles, no member of the current team has played a varsity season that didn’t conclude with a state championship.Even without many of the standouts who contributed at one point or another en route to back-to-back-to-back state championships, this year’s Eagles are still capable of putting on quite a show. They’re fast, they’re tough, they’re potent on both ends of the floor and, most importantly, they’re determined to bring another trophy back home.“Everyone thinks we’re not going to be as good as we really are,” team captain Percy Zentz said. “All five starters on our team can score and defend. People just haven’t taken notice because they haven’t seen them yet.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOpposing players, coaches and fans are definitely taking notice now. Although GSA is just two games into the new season, the 2-0 Eagles look for the moment as if they’ve picked up where they left off last winter.“I think we’ve showed a lot of good things in different ways so far,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said after the Eagles’ win over Deer Isle-Stonington on Tuesday. “In the first game, we were able to get a win despite how tight we looked most of the game. Tonight, we showed how good our defense can be and how that defense can transition into offense.”GSA’s first game of the year came at home Saturday against Lee Academy, which gave the Eagles their only loss of the season last year when it beat them 62-47 in the opener. This time, Carter’s team trailed after the first quarter but improved incrementally with each period to secure a 53-41 victory.GSA’s Andrew Szwez attempts a hook shot against Deer Isle-Stonington’s Zach Billings during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 11 in Blue Hill. Szwez scored 12 points against the Mariners after scoring 10 against Lee Academy. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLReece Dannenberg led GSA in scoring against Lee Academy with 21 points, his total coming entirely via 3-pointers. A senior this year, Dannenberg is just one player who will be given a chance to thrive in a more prominent role this year.“A lot of our role players the past few years have been really good 3-point shooters, but they just haven’t shot as much because they’ve been behind other good 3-point shooters,” Zentz said. “I think that’s going to be a problem for other teams because they’re not going to know which guy to guard.”On Tuesday, visiting Deer Isle-Stonington experienced that dilemma firsthand in the latest battle between the two Penobscot Bay foes. Dannenberg, Tanner Ashley, Caden Mattson and Andrew Szwez combined to sink 10 3-pointers for the Eagles, who outscored the Mariners (0-1) 30-0 in the second quarter of a 75-27 win.Mattson, who made five shots from beyond the arc for GSA, led the team with 20 points. The Eagles also got 13 points from Zentz, 12 from Szwez and 11 from Ashley in the victory.As prolific as GSA was from 3-point range against Deer Isle-Stonington, the team’s passing, post play and defense were also on display. Combining quickness and efficient ball movement on offense and unyielding energy on defense, the Eagles sprinted out to a 55-8 lead in the third quarter before the second-stringers entered the game.“It’s a game of runs, and we went on one that just kept on going and going,” Carter said. “Individually, everyone played very solid, and the chemistry and teamwork was there, too.”GSA’s next game will be on the road against Ellsworth at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14. Ellsworth lost 64-55 on the road against Orono on Saturday but improved to 1-1 Tuesday with a 61-49 road win over Old Town (0-2).“It’s never easy against Ellsworth, and going into their place just makes it even more of a challenge,” Carter said. “They’re a well-coached team, and they always have kids who can shoot the ball really well. We’re going to have to put it all together if we want to win.”Sumner boys beat Central, BucksportThe Sumner boys’ basketball team won tight contests against Central and Bucksport to secure a 2-0 start to the 2018-19 season.Sumner earned a win in its first game Saturday when it defeated Central 60-58 in Corinth. The Tigers then beat Bucksport (0-2) 49-46 at home Tuesday. Senior Colby McLean was Sumner’s top scorer in both games with 22 and 16 points, respectively.The Tigers’ next game will be at home against Deer Isle-Stonington at 6:30 p.m Thursday, Dec. 13.center_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Troy Camp is senior gift recipient

first_imgThe class of 2015 voted to support USC Troy Camp with its senior class gift.According to a press release from USC’s Office of Annual Giving, this year’s poll had the closest vote in senior gift history. Out of the four different organizations, USC Troy Camp narrowly won with 35 percent of the total votes.The JEP Community Van was the runner-up with 33 percent, followed by USC Good Neighbors with 19 percent and USC Friends and Neighbors Day with 13 percent of the votes.“The USC senior gift is a time-honored tradition that unifies each graduating class and recognizes its unique contribution to USC,” according to the senior gift page on the USC website. “The USC Senior Gift provides an opportunity for each senior to foster their long identity as a member of the Trojan Family.”Troy Camp is one of the oldest and largest student-run philanthropies on campus, according to its website. It provides mentoring and leadership programs for students in South Los Angeles.This year’s Senior Gift Advisory Board is aiming to set a new record for participation in the senior gift with 97 percent of the graduating class, in hopes of raising $20,000. The senior gift campaign begins on March 23 and will end on June 30.last_img read more

USC eyes Pacific after ending losing skid

first_imgThe word “relief” was a common refrain when the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (16-2) reviewed last Sunday’s hard-fought victory against UC Santa Barbara. Able to quash its losing streak at a modest two games, the Trojans set out anew Saturday, hoping to begin their next winning streak. The team will host No. 7 Pacific (12-6) at 2 p.m., followed by a quick turnaround nonconference game against Concordia (9-9) at 3:30 p.m. in the same afternoon.Ready to fire · Sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal looks to take a shot against Long Beach State. The Trojans will face No. 7 Pacific on Friday. – Courtney Sandlin | Daily Trojan Although No. 3 UCLA looms on the horizon, USC coach Jovan Vavic and his players know better than to overlook a talented Pacific team. After all, the Trojans might have been guilty of overlooking Stanford when anticipating the upcoming game against then-No. 2 Cal. As is well-known at this point, the Trojans wound up losing both games.“We always take it one game at a time,” said sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal. “Especially with the two losses we have this season, we know that every single game is important. It’s not just about winning but also about improving every week.”Vavic also summarily dismissed the notion that his players might overlook these two teams.“I’m not even thinking about UCLA right now,” Vavic said. “Pacific is a very, very dangerous team. They have strong two-meter players, great outside shooting and a very good goalie.”Concordia does not pose as much of a threat to the heavyweight Trojans. But as with any underdog, if Concordia is imbued with the sense early that it can win the game, it might just hang in long enough to steal a win.“Concordia has a pretty good team,” said junior goalie Joel Dennerley. “They have a lot of experienced older guys who we’re looking out for, as well as several dangerous shooters.”One issue Vavic has addressed in this week’s practices is his team’s relative silence when playing. The always vociferous and animated coach expressed a concern that his team’s defense is not communicating well enough, leading to some occasional breakdowns in coverage.“We have a very quiet team and that’s their nature,” Vavic said. “Many of our guys are just not very vocal, and that’s not good for your defense. You need to yell and communicate to your teammates.”Ultimately, the Trojans will have the superior talent in the pool this weekend. But mental lapses and an inability to execute could be the determining factors between a win and a loss.If the team’s win against UC Santa Barbara is any indication, the Trojans will take nothing for granted this weekend.last_img read more

Doc Rivers, Clippers searching for the right mix

first_imgDOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLESThe combination of Marjanovic and Montrezl Harrell in the post proved fruitful for the Clippers.They both notched double-doubles; Marjanovic had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Harrell added 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench — just the second game this season two players on the same squad had double-doubles from the center position.PRECAUTIONARY TALE? BUTLER TO SITThe Timberwolves are coming to town to face the Clippers on Monday, but first they had a game scheduled Sunday in Portland against the Trail Blazers.Late Sunday morning, the team announced that forward Jimmy Butler — the source of trade rumors since before the season began, including some indicating that his preferred destinations included the Clippers — would not play against the Blazers, citing “precautionary rest.”Butler is averaging 22.3 points through seven games for Minnesota, which enters Sunday’s contest with a 4-5 record. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Right now, it says that the team is willing to do that. Good teams are always willing to do that. We have to see how long we can do that and if guys will accept that. If guys don’t accept that, that creates chemistry problems and all that stuff, but this team so far has been very good with change.”Gortat — who is averaging 3.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game in his first season with the Clippers — was supportive on the bench during Friday’s 120-95 victory. But afterward, he retweeted Clipper Darrell, the team’s most famously vocal supporter, who wrote on Twitter: “This Broke My Heart When I Saw This about @LAClippers Center @MGortat Consecutive Game Streak!!! Why Do You Bench Someone Only 8 Games in the Season?!!!” Against the Magic on Friday, that meant giving Boban Marjanovic his first start as a Clipper, a move that proved to be a tall task for host Orlando, which had to contend with the 7-foot-3 center as well as starting forwards Danilo Gallinari (6-10) and Tobias Harris (6-8).“We’re not small, we’re big, so let’s not try to be small,” said Rivers, noting that the Clippers can also present a smaller lineup, with Gallinari at center and Harris at power forward. “I would rather have the versatility that we have than not having it. Some teams, their small lineups give them an advantage. (With) this team, our big lineup can give us an advantage.”Rivers said it’s “most likely” Marjavonic would start again Monday in place of Marcin Gortat, who was in the starting lineup for the Clippers’ first eight games to extend his personal streak of consecutive starts to 172.Gortat never removed his warmups Friday, but he is healthy and available, Rivers said, adding, “this is not like a controversy or anything. I decided to start Boban.”“(Gortat) wasn’t thrilled, but it wasn’t to a point where he was upset, you know?” Rivers added about the 6-foot-11 center, who was shooting nearby. PLAYA VISTA — Nine games in, fresh off a trip that featured a disappointing collapse, a disappointing rally, a delightful blowout, and ultimately, one win and two losses, the Clippers’ head chef said he’s going to keep experimenting with the ingredients, but that he likes what’s brewing.“We’re just still finding each other,” Coach Doc Rivers said before practice Sunday at the Clippers’ training facility, where the team prepared to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I love how we’re playing overall and so I’m satisfied with that. I just like the team, I like how we play, like how we compete. Execution is just gonna keep getting better. Guys are just gonna keep figuring each other out.”Rivers is working on that too, he said, blending analytical data with his own senses to produce the best on-court pairings, depending on the night.last_img read more

Donald Trump campaign rally does not fill Tulsa arena, and Twitter has sports attendance jokes

first_imgMedia, campaign operatives and citizens all tried to spin the turnout for President Donald Trump’s rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla., but one thing was certain: There were still good seats available inside the 19,000-plus-seat BOK Center as Trump began speaking.The lower bowl appeared to be close to full and there was a large gathering on the floor, but large portions of the upper deck were . . . not. There were many theories including COVID-19/social distancing concerns, a rescheduled date from the original June 19, the campaign’s claim of protesters blocking the area outside the arena, and a reported TikTok/BTS ticket trolling scheme.   Here’s a panorama taken by CNN’s @DJJudd as Trump took the stage. pic.twitter.com/o3TU5JsMQV— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 21, 2020MORE: Trump says Drew Brees caved to ‘PR pressure’ in kneeling flip-flopBut in the interest of sticking to sports, this is the point in the article where we compile attendance-related Twitter jokes about the gathering.NHL arenas get a few mentions at the start here: tfw you tout a million tickets sold and end up getting the turnout of a Wednesday night Arizona Coyotes game against the Blue Jackets https://t.co/7nLd2Rnc2j— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2020Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils on a Tuesday night looking crowd https://t.co/2udXNjE9ou— raymond holtz (@HellblazerVice) June 21, 2020And college basketball tournaments get some shoutouts, too:Major ‘1st-round NCAA tournament game between two school from opposite coasts’ Vibe here https://t.co/l2sKs2PTbM— Dane Belbeck (@ZDane7) June 20, 2020This looks like the crowd during the first round of a mid-major conference basketball tournament. https://t.co/KwByPX3jHm— Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) June 21, 2020Looks like a Tuesday night Tulsa vs. Tulane battle for the 9 seed in the AAC conference tournament— Spencer Hughes (@spencerhughes) June 20, 2020Extreme “morning session on this first day of a conference basketball tournament” energy https://t.co/xLZpef3GgL— Curran (Day 99) (@ItsCurran) June 21, 2020I’m thinking more “Conference USA tournament quarterfinals day session” https://t.co/Cxc33mEXgd— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) June 21, 2020Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without a Mets joke, because Mets.After hitting .163 in Triple-A https://t.co/QFOOC0bqjW— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2020The .163 hitter would be Tim Tebow, of course.last_img read more

Guidelines Being Drafted to Reopen Orlando’s Theme Parks in Phases

first_imgLines for rides will include tape markings to keep customers six feet apart.The plans calls for the theme parks to reopen in several phases.Phase one would allow the parks with a 50 percent capacity. Phase two increases to 75 percent capacity, as long as coronavirus conditions improve.Staff members who are 65 years of age and older would be encouraged to stay home during the first two phases.The governor announced during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that his “SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. Plan to Re-Open Florida” will begin with Phase One this Monday, May 4 for most of the state. If you or your children are missing Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Captain America, the Hulk, and the rest of the Disney cast, plans are officially in the works for their comeback.Yes indeed, the major theme parks in Orlando are developing a framework to reopen.The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile, movie releases have been postponed and workers there began taking furloughs last week.Universal Orlando also temporarily closed all of its parks last month.With Gov. DeSantis announcing plans to reopen Florida beginning next week, Orange County leaders are drafting their own guidelines for some of the world’s biggest attractions to get back in business as soon as possible.Those guidelines include face masks for all employees, touchless hand sanitizer stations at all ticket entry locations, turnstiles, and at the entrances and exits to all attractions.In addition, all railings and surfaces must be wiped down after every use.Staff members will be required to undergo temperature checks. Orange County Government also says that anyone with flu-like symptoms must stay home. Courtesy: Orange County Governmentlast_img read more

Ferlaino: “Only Messi would be worthy of the 10 in Naples”

first_imgIf I say Barcelona, ​​what do you think?In a magnificent city, which I love very much, with an exceptional team and a huge player named Messi.A city he met quite a lot in 1984.Well, I only stayed there one night: I arrived, signed the contract, and ran away. The rest was done by my collaborators. A waiter told me we were taking a package, a fat man. I still remember it.How was the negotiation for Maradona born?Núñez wanted to sell him because Diego had a very different character from that of the Catalans. He was a wonderful talent, but undisciplined. Corrado Ferlaino is the president who managed to realize the dreams of the Neapolitans: in 1984, with an infinite negotiation, he took Maradona del Barça and changed the history of football. The one who was the maximum president of the partenopei for 30 years, tells AS his desire: to see Messi with the azzurra shirt. There was a time when he changed his mind …Yes, but as soon as he did so, we launched ourselves for Madrid players. To avoid enriching his rival, he has already negotiated again.Can this Naples beat Barcelona?There are no unbeatable teams, and the Azzurri have more motivations in this type of games. We will see”.Finally Messi arrives at Fuorigrotta. The big question: is it better than Maradona?It is difficult to compare such different times. Of course, Diego won in Spain and was a legend in Naples and with Argentina. Leo is missing some triumph with the selection, or somewhere else …Do you know that this summer you can leave for free?That should tell the president of Naples, not me.What would you say to Leo to convince him?Anyone who comes from Spain, here is happy. He is also Argentine, the heir of Maradona … It would be like resuming a wonderful speech interrupted 30 years ago. And Leo could finally prove that he can be great outside Barça.But Naples no longer has a number 10 …I think the Azzurri fans would allow it to be removed only for Messi. He is the only one worth wearing that shirt after Diego. It’s very difficult, but why not dream …last_img read more

Nadal chases ninth Monte Carlo title

first_imgMONACO (AP):Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman GaÎl Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they’ve met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals.Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing today would be a particularly bitter blow.Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to earn a shot at a record-equalling 28th Masters title – with Novak Djokovic – and a 68th overall.”It’s been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “I increased the speed of the ball and played a little bit more inside the court because Andy had control of the point too many times in the first set.”Monfils has lost the only two Masters finals he has played – both in Paris – the last of which was in 2010.”I expect an enormous match, a huge match. I need to try to have him play badly, or walk all over him,” said Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 career matches against Nadal. “To beat him, I need to take many risks and I need to have some luck.”FRESHMONFILSAt least Monfils will be fresh, having eased past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semi-final, breaking Tsonga’s serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent turning the table on Murray.The last French player to win here was Cedric Pioline in 2000 – who was also the last French finalist – and Monfils is even more of an outsider considering he is 0-4 against Nadal on clay.The 29-year-olds first played each other 11 years ago and that was also at Monte Carlo – with Nadal beating Monfils in the second round – and their last meeting on clay was a quarter-final win for Nadal in Barcelona in 2011.For Murray, meanwhile, it was a missed opportunity to become the first British player in the final in 56 years and to beat Nadal for only the second time on clay – having routed him 6-3, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final last year.”I missed some shots, but you have to take chances against the best players,” Murray said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to lose anyway.”last_img read more