Students run 5k to fight homelessness

first_imgA group of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and administrators participated in the Homeward Bound 5K for St. Joseph County on Saturday. The Homeward Bound run/walk contributed to local organizations to fight homelessness and provide housing.Saint Mary’s Student Government Sssociation (SGA), organized a group of more than 40 members of the Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event. Saint Mary’s senior Kat Sullivan, who organized the event, said it was fun to dress up as superheroes and help local organizations.“We’re supposed to represent the superheroes of South Bend, the organizations that really give back to the community, so we were representing Center for the Homeless and Hannah’s House, so all the funds that we raised will go to those organizations,” Sullivan said.Duane Wilson, chair of Homeward Bound for St. Joseph County, said this is the seventh annual Homeward Bound 5K in St. Joseph County and the third year the Robinson Community Learning Center has hosted the event.“The Homeward Bound 5K is to bring awareness and raise funds for affordable housing and to support the homeless,” Wilson said. “Last year we raised $16,000 and [the money] gets divided up between five agencies that support the needs of homelessness, specifically Bridges out of Poverty, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.”First year student Elizabeth Chandler said she had a great time participating in the race with her friends and was happy she could contribute to helping Hannah’s House and Center for the Homeless.“The Homeward Bound was my first 5K I’ve ever done, and it felt so great knowing I not only completed this race, but I also helped fight homelessness and poverty,” Chandler said. “It was a really rewarding experience”.First year student Maureen Daday dressed up as Batman.“I thought the atmosphere was awesome because everyone was so excited to help the local organizations in South Bend,” Daday said. “People from Saint Mary’s really wanted to help out, and it was cool seeing all the students come together and run for a good cause, I will definitely participate in the Homeward Bound next year.”Bethel College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s were asked to form groups for the event. Senior Kat Sullivan said that participating in events that benefit local organizations have made her realize how important it is to give back to the community.“I see firsthand what the Center can do for the South Bend community by working with the guests at the Center for the Homeless, so I realize how important events like the Homeward Bound 5K are,” Sullivan said. “… These organizations do so much for the South Bend community, and it’s important for us to give back.”Tags: Homeward Boundlast_img read more

Batesville CC Semi-State Results

first_imgIt was a beautiful morning Saturday for the Cross Country Semi-State competition as the Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Carmel to race in which has been claimed, “the hardest Semi-State in the Nation.”The girls ran very well on the hilly Carmel course and finished there season with a great race. The ladies came into the day with a 16th place seed and finished at 14th place, the highest finished in Batesville history! In fact, the Dogs scored over 100 points less than they were projected to.The girls have been working hard since the beginning of the summer and it was so awesome to see all of their hard work pay off for their final race of the season. I am so proud of them!Finishing top for the Bulldogs was Kelsey Gausman with an overallfinish of 45th place at 20:00. The next 3 dogs crossed within 3 seconds of each other; Mary Poltrack at 91st and 21:10, Sarah Poltrack at 92nd and 21:11 and Maria Wessel crossing at 94th at 21:13. Finishing out the scoring 5 was Emma Gausman with a 133rd place finish at 22:13. Katie Baumer and Kylie Lehman were the other 2 varsity runners finishing at 149th and 161st.Batesville would also like to Congratulate Oldenburg Academy’s Ashley Sedler who finished 29th overall and Curt Eckstein whofinished 4th overall…allowing both of them to individually compete at the State meet on Saturday in Terre Haute. Best of luck to the both of them!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Local talent infuses Syracuse with familiarity

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds It’s all about who you know in Syracuse women’s soccer.Freshman midfielder Eva Gordon was a ball girl for Syracuse when she was 10 years old. Freshman defender Alexis Muraco was coached by Jackie Firenze’s mother, Kelly, in fifth grade. Junior defender Taylor Haenlin’s childhood babysitter, Chelsea Berry, played for the Orange from 2006–09.It goes on and on.Syracuse is chock-full of central New York connections. Ten players on the 2014 roster are from New York, five went to high schools with a “315” Syracuse area code and a handful played for the Syracuse Lady Knights this past summer.Head coach Phil Wheddon is snatching local talent while trying to grow a competitive squad and it could pay dividends in the Orange’s (3-1-2) second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you play together over the summer, it adds to your chemistry,” Wheddon said. “You get to have an understanding and a feel for what the player’s going to do.”Gordon played with senior forward Alexis Koval at nearby Christian Brothers Academy and originally thought she’d leave the area for college. But after Jackie and Emma Firenze — who, like Gordon, Muraco and Haenlin played for the Empire United club team in central New York — joined Syracuse, they persuaded her to give it a chance. Gordon played with the Firenzes throughout much of her childhood and knew it was the right fit when she looked at the school.When Gordon played in her first home game for the Orange against Connecticut on Sept. 1, she searched the crowd to see where her parents were sitting — which she’s always done for local games.“There’s something about having local support and your parents, you know they’re at the game,” Gordon said. “So it’s kind of awesome.”Through six games, Gordon has started four times and is transitioning from outside forward to center midfield to play alongside Jackie Firenze. She was joined by Muraco in overtime of the Connecticut game, another local talent who didn’t need the same push to come to SU.Gordon has played with Muraco since around fifth grade and Muraco has been attending Syracuse soccer games since middle school. Now she plays in them.“I always wanted to be close to home,” Muraco said. “It worked out perfectly.”This year’s incoming recruiting class was ranked 17th nationwide by and Muraco says it’s the best class since she’s been following the team.Having players that are familiar with each other has proved beneficial, Wheddon said. Not only did SU have players on the Lady Knights, but about 15 players in total were in the area to train over the summer.Mike Paolini, who coaches the Lady Knights and is the director of soccer for Syracuse Development Academy, said that it gives him great joy to be able to drive 15 miles and see his players at the SU Soccer Stadium.Against Connecticut at SU Soccer Stadium, a few young fans in the crowd wore Syracuse Development Academy jerseys. And while the current batch of local products competed on the field, the next wave may have been sitting in the stands.“We’re the top university in the area and no disrespect to any other program,” Wheddon said. “So we want to make sure that the best players in central New York come to Syracuse. If they can play at the ACC level, we would like to have them here.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse basketball alumni team up for The Basketball Tournament

first_imgBrandon Reese was in the middle of planning a trip to South America. Eric Devendorf was at Faegan’s Café and Pub. Josh Pace had just announced his retirement from professional basketball.Long gone were their days playing basketball for Syracuse. Or so they may have thought.Over the course of the past year, former SU team manager Kevin Belbey presented former Orange basketball players an opportunity to don the Syracuse colors once again — creating a “Syracuse Alumni” team in The Basketball Tournament, a national winner-take-all, single-elimination tournament for $1 million.With the help of Devendorf, Belbey recruited a squad that’s comprised of at least one player from each SU team from 2001–14: Reese, Pace, Hakim Warrick, Donte Greene, Rick Jackson, Baye Moussa Keita, Demetris Nichols and Devendorf. They see the tournament as one last chance to wear an Orange jersey.“That camaraderie within the Syracuse program is really big; it’s like a family-type atmosphere,” Devendorf said. “Getting back and playing with everybody is pretty exciting.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team begins competition the weekend of July 17–19 in Philadelphia, and if it wins will advance to play the following weekend in Chicago. If it goes unbeaten in Chicago, the team will play in an ESPN-televised semifinal game in New York City on Aug. 1. The championship game takes place on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. on ESPN.“That would obviously be a great opportunity for all the Syracuse fans living in the metropolitan area to come out and see,” said Jesse Leeds, the tournament’s recruiting and public relations director.Reese sees it as a chance to once again compete with teammates he played with in college.“Although I’ve played and trained with a bunch of the guys who weren’t at Syracuse the same time as myself, playing on a high level with guys of this caliber is something that’s hard to come by,” Reese said in a text message from Kuwait, where he’s coaching at a Hoop Mountain basketball academy.Devendorf — who watched one of his good friends, Tory Jackson, win the tournament last year as part of a Notre Dame alumni team — credits everyone’s closeness to Jim Boeheim, who the guard says allows former players to come back and interact with current players.Tournament entries come from teams ranging from ex-NBA players to neighborhood friends. Anyone 18 years or older who doesn’t have college eligibility left can compete. So far, alumni teams from Connecticut, Indiana, Oklahoma, Xavier, Virginia, La Salle, Temple and Villanova have registered.This year there will be up to 97 teams in four regions: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. The top 18 vote-getters, plus six at-large teams chosen by TBT, will comprise each region. ESPNU will carry all four quarterfinal games on July 25, live from Chicago.“We’re a confident bunch,” Devendorf said. “If you look on paper, we’ve got a pretty good team. We know, obviously, that there are guys that can play throughout the country.“We’re really not too worried about anybody else because as basketball players we’ve been doing this our entire lives and we’ve played against the best of the best.”Belbey said he looked into getting one of the Orange’s current assistant coaches to help coach the team — SU’s recent NCAA sanctions prevent one assistant from going on the road to recruit. Belbey, though, said it’s unlikely because Mike Hopkins, Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara still have busy schedules.Belbey also said the team is trying to arrange a time in July for informal practices at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center to re-acquaint themselves.“I always think of Jim Boeheim only playing eight guys, so we’ll probably do the same thing,” Belbey joked. “We were able to put a pretty good team together. I think we’ll be tough to beat.”Since it reached 1,000 fans on its team page on the tournament’s website, the team has the opportunity to submit a fan-designed jersey — something Belbey expressed he wants SU fans to do.As for getting the chance to play Connecticut one last time, Devendorf said it would be an awesome opportunity.And for Syracuse fans who want to see the guard stand on a scorer’s table after hitting a big shot against the Huskies, Devendorf said, “We’ll have to see about that.”-30- Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

Flashback Friday: Nigeria’s best jersey ever?

first_imgOver the years, like every other team in the world, the Nigerian senior men’s national team has had various jerseys at different times. The green and white signature colours of the country have remained, but patterns, designs and even fitting have changed. Some of these jerseys were received very well by Nigerian fans, some not so much. However, Nigerian fans always wear the colours with pride to support their beloved Super Eagles.Looking back at the various jerseys, one seems to be loved more than the others. Adorned by arguably the best set of players Nigeria has ever produced – the Tunisia 1994 African Cup of nations winning team with the likes of Nigeria’s all time leading goalscorer, Rashidi Yekini, Peter Rufai, Stephen Keshi, Finidi George, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Augustine Eguavoen, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Austin ‘JayJay’ Okocha and others. The jersey was also worn at FIFA World Cup in USA, 1994 which was Nigeria’s very first appearance at the tournament.The jersey brings back a lot of pleasant memories to Nigerian football fans. Memories of a great football era. Many other jerseys have been similar in style but this jersey stands out. A lot of Nigerians, especially those who experienced those times would love to have a replica. Is this truly Nigeria’s best jersey ever?RelatedNike Unveil Eagles World Cup Jersey (Photos)February 7, 2018In “National Team”Our Aim Is Perfection For FIBA 2019 Says AminuNovember 2, 2018In “AFCON Insider”T20 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Cricket Team Have “Not Much To Lose” – Ukwenya (AUDIO)October 18, 2019In “Cricket”last_img read more