Wyatt Russell Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith Hagner

first_img– Advertisement – The athlete was previously married to stylist Sanne Hamers from 2012 to 2017.Russell has been an uncle since 2004 when Hudson gave birth to son Ryder, now 16, with her then-husband, Chris Robinson. The actress is also the mother of Bingham, 9, and Rani, 2, with Matt Bellamy and Danny Fujikawa, respectively.Kate Hudson Brother Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith HagnerKate Hudson and Wyatt Russell Shutterstock (2)- Advertisement – In the social media upload, the Fabletics creator kissed Hagner’s bump while wearing a flower crown. Blue balloons were visible in the background, alongside silver ones spelling “BABY.”Kate Hudson Brother Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith Hagner Kissing Baby BumpMeredith Hagner and Kate Hudson Courtesy of Kate Hudson/Instagram“Ahhhh,” Amy Schumer commented on the party pic.Russell, 34, and Hagner, 33, tied the knot in September 2019 in Aspen, Colorado, one year after the former professional ice hockey player proposed. The couple met and fell in love on the 2016 set of Folk Hero & Funny Guy.- Advertisement – Baby on the way! Kate Hudson revealed on Sunday, November 15, that her sister-in-law, actress Meredith Hagner, is pregnant with her and Wyatt Russell’s first child.“Celebrating our next family member today,” the Almost Famous star, 41, captioned her Instagram announcement. “First for my bro Wy and @merediththeweasel. We are over the moon and can’t wait!!!!”- Advertisement – As for her and Russell’s brother, Oliver Hudson, the actor, 44, shares Wilder, 13, Bodhi, 10, and Rio, 7, with wife Erinn Bartlett.In November 2018, Oliver exclusively told Us Weekly that he is the “cool uncle” to Kate’s kids, explaining, “I let my kids watch movies that I probably shouldn’t, so when Kate’s kids come to my house, I’m sure they’re pretty excited because I let them watch things that Kate will not let them watch. Worth the risk. You need an uncle that’s gonna let them do things. That’s the point of being a cool uncle!”The Nashville alum, who “sometimes” does get in trouble with his sister for that decision, went on to tell Us at the time that Rani was a “great” addition to their family.Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith HagnerWyatt Russell and Meredith Hagner Courtesy of Meredith Hagner/Instagram“Beautiful, healthy, happy,” the Splitting Up Together star gushed of his niece. “She’s doing great.”Oliver and Kate’s parents are Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, but they were ultimately raised by Hawn, 74, and her longtime partner Kurt Russell, after their parents’ divorce in 1980. Wyatt was born six years later.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Bacterial coinfections boosting child flu deaths

first_imgOct 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The number of children who have died from a combination of influenza infection and bacterial pneumonia—in many cases due to the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)—has risen sharply over the past few years, federal epidemiologists say in a new report that urges flu shots as a preventative.Overall, the researchers say, child deaths from influenza are relatively uncommon. There were 166 between autumn 2004 and spring 2007, according to a new national reporting system, only a few more than the 153 that occurred in the harsh 2003-04 flu season and prompted the reporting system’s founding. But child deaths from flu are rising, and serious complications from bacterial infections such as MRSA are playing a much larger role.Staph infection is difficult to prevent: The bacterium lives on the skin and in the nostrils and causes disease unpredictably. But “you can’t have this overwhelming catastrophic complication without also having the flu, so if you can prevent the flu, you can prevent the coinfection,” Lyn Finelli, DrPH, chief of influenza surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in an interview.Finelli is lead author of the report in the October issue of Pediatrics, which is co-authored by flu and MRSA researchers from two CDC divisions. The article analyzes reports of child deaths from flu filed by 39 states and two local health departments since the CDC made child death from flu a nationally reportable illness in 2004.Issue emerged 4 years agoThe rate at which children die because of flu is thinly researched; it emerged as an important health issue only after the 153 deaths in the 2003-04 season were tallied. Up to that point, modeling based on flu surveillance reports and death-certificate data had estimated that 28 to 92 children younger than 5 died of flu each year in the United States.The new surveillance system, which the authors acknowledge does not yet report all deaths, found 47 child deaths from flu in the 2004-05 season, 46 in 2005-06, and 73 in 2006-07, all relatively mild flu seasons. (Preliminary reports from 2007-08, not included in the paper, have identified 86 deaths.) The deaths were very rapid: 45% of the children died within 72 hours of their first symptoms and 75% died within a week, while 43% died either at home or in an emergency room.Bacterial infection superimposed on flu was not the only cause of death; children also died from seizures, encephalitis, and shock. But it played an important role: Coinfections were involved in 6%, 15%, and 34% in the three successive seasons, a fivefold increase. Almost all of that increase was due to S aureus: There were one staph infection in 2004-05, 3 in 2005-06, and 22 in 2006-07, and 64% of the staph infections were drug-resistant.(Oddly, very little illness was attributed to Streptococcus pneumoniae [pneumococcus] historically the No. 1 cause of pneumonia in children—a finding that may reflect the influence of new pneumococcal vaccines.)Staph pneumonia is not a new phenomenon; from 3% to 10% of pneumonias that begin outside hospitals have been attributed to staph, but those pneumonias tend to occur in the elderly and immune-impaired. And the severity of simultaneous staph and flu infections has been documented after each influenza pandemic, in which large numbers of deaths were attributed to bacterial pneumonia.But the staph pneumonias recorded by the new reporting system represent an apparently new development, because they occurred in previously healthy children infected with a seasonal flu virus that presumably does less damage to the lungs and immune response than a novel pandemic one. And they appear to be occurring at the same time as a rapid rise in MRSA colonization in the United States, which doubled between 2001 and 2004.Most victims weren’t vaccinatedA troubling aspect of the report is that most of the children who died had not been vaccinated against flu, which would have protected them from primary viral onslaughts such as encephalopathy, as well as from the lethal synergy of flu and bacterial infection. Ninety of the 166 had an underlying condition such as asthma or a seizure disorder, but only 18 of them had received even one of the two flu shots recommended for young children.But, on the other hand, flu-shot recommendations for young children have changed over the past few years; 76 of the children were in age-groups not specifically recommended to receive flu shots in the years they died.This flu season, for the first time, federal guidelines call for all children and teens up to 18 to receive flu shots. But motivating parents to get children vaccinated is proving challenging. A recent CDC report said that only about 21% of children 6 to 23 months old were fully vaccinated in the 2006-07 flu season, 2 years after guidelines recommended they be immunized, and a smaller study this year found only 16.5% of 2- to 5-year-olds were fully vaccinated.Given low levels of vaccine protection, physicians should consider giving influenza antiviral drugs when children are hospitalized with flu, because the drugs have been shown to reduce complications, the article says. And given how rapidly the reported deaths occurred, vancomycin or another antibiotic of last resort should be considered if MRSA is suspected and until it can be ruled out by lab tests.Finelli L, Fiore A, Dhara R, et al. Influenza-associated pediatric mortality in the United States: increase of Staphylococcus aureus coinfection. Pediatrics 2008;122:805-11 [Abstract]See also: Reports on the following topics:Estimates of children’s mortality from flu:Thompson WW, Shay DK, Weintraub E, et al. Mortality associated with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in the United States. JAMA 2003;289:179-86 [Abstract]Influence of pneumococcal vaccines:Whitney CG, Farley MM, Hadler J, et al. Decline in invasive pneumococcal disease after the introduction of protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. N Engl J Med 2003;348:1737-46 [Abstract]Incidence of community-acquired staph pneumonia:Fine MJ, Smith MA, Carson CA, et al. Prognosis and outcomes of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. A meta-analysis. JAMA 1996;275:134-41 [Abstract]Bacterial pneumonia and pandemic flu:Schwarzmann SW, Adler JL, Sullivan RJ, Jr., et al. Bacterial pneumonia during the Hong Kong influenza epidemic of 1968-1969. Arch Intern Med 1971;127:1037-411957:Louria DB, Blumenfeld HL, Ellis JT, et al. Studies on influenza in the pandemic of 1957-1958. II. Pulmonary complications of influenza. J Clin Invest 1959;38:213-65 [Full text]1918:Morens DM, Taubenberger JK, Fauci AS. Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as a cause of death in pandemic influenza: implications for pandemic influenza preparedness. J Infect Dis 2008;198:962-70 [Full text]MRSA colonization statistics:Gorwitz RJ, Kruszon-Moran D, McAllister SK, et al. Changes in the prevalence of nasal colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in the United States, 2001-2004. J Infect Dis 2008;197:1226-34 [Full text]Flu immunization coverage in children:Sep 26 CIDRAP News story “Flu shots for small children slow to catch on”last_img read more

Up in smoke: Ministry to revoke marijuana’s designation as ‘medicinal plant’

first_imgThe ministry responded that it would revise the decree because of Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo’s commitment to “eradicate drug abuse”.“The decree will be revised soon, after we coordinate with the National Narcotics Agency [BNN], the Health Ministry and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences [LIPI],” the ministry’s vegetable and medicinal plant director, Tommy Nugraha, said in a statement on Saturday.He added that marijuana had been listed as a medicinal plant since 2006 because the ministry wanted to help marijuana farmers shift to growing other crops.“Marijuana’s inclusion on the medicinal plant list means that it can only be used for research, as stipulated in Article 67 of Law No. 13/2020 on horticulture. Currently, we record no legal marijuana farmers in Indonesia,” Tommy added. Read also: 420 blaze it? Here’s what you need to know about Indonesia’s marijuana lawMarijuana is illegal in Indonesia. The 2009 Narcotics Law includes the plant as a type-1 narcotic, alongside opium and cocaine, meaning it is forbidden for both recreational and medicinal use.The country’s stringent anti-cannabis enforcement has resulted in the arrests of several people, including Reyndhart Siahaan in East Nusa Tenggara. He was arrested for allegedly using marijuana, which he said relieved the pain caused by a spinal cord disease. The court later declared him guilty and sentenced him to 10 months’ imprisonment. Numerous studies have indicated the effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the plant’s active ingredients, as a medication. Peter Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School wrote that CBD could be used to treat pain, epilepsy, seizures, anxiety and insomnia.The LGN has been pushing for a revision of the Narcotics Law and the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use since 2010.Topics : The Agriculture Ministry will revise a 2020 ministerial decree that lists marijuana as a “medicinal plant” under the ministry’s supervision.Signed on Feb. 3, the decree includes marijuana (Cannabis sativa) as one of 66 medicinal plants whose production is under the supervision of the ministry’s horticulture directorate general.The decree went viral on Friday after the Nusantara Marijuana Network (LGN) posted a photo of the document on its Instagram account, @lgn_id.last_img read more

Arsenal players unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified over pay-cut decision

first_imgMesut Ozil has reported refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut at Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal’s players are unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified after he refused to take a pay cut, according to reports.The midfielder was reportedly one of three players to refuse the club’s request to take a 12-month pay cut of 12.5 per cent.Reports have claimed that Ozil is willing to take an even bigger pay cut than his teammates once Arsenal give him assurances about how the money will be used.But following the decision, Ozil was widely criticised with several high-profile figures including Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher, who described the move as a ‘massive own goal’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on Good Morning Britain, Morgan, who supporters Arsenal, says he was ‘sickened’ by Ozil’s decision.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.According to The Sun, Arsenal’s players are unhappy with the treatment Ozil has received since the announcement.The report also claims that some Arsenal players felt ‘pressured’ into taking a pay cut and the decision was only made after Mikel Arteta intervened.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has also said it is unfair of clubs to ask managers or senior first-team players to be involved in pay-cut negotiations.‘It is not enough for a club to present a proposal to one member of the first team squad and then asked them to go to the rest of the squad and get their consent to do it. That is not how individual contract negotiations should take place,’ Sogut told The Athletic.‘A club may even ask a first team manager to negotiate with players and this may influence some, particularly younger players or those on the fringe who fear there might be personal repercussions for him if he does not agree.‘In those circumstances it could be questionable that any consent from the players would be legally binding anyway as some players are not in a position to give true consent if they are under pressure to do so.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal players unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified over pay-cut decision Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 9:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares View 6 commentscenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Available for Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employers

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 23, 2019 Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that $5 million in grants is available to enable teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness. The investment achieves the governor’s budget goal of nearly doubling funding for the Teacher in the Workplace (TIW) program this year.“The Teacher in the Workplace program lets teachers spend time at local employers to learn about the evolving skills students will need to compete for good local jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Teachers bring that experience back to their classrooms to develop better lesson plans and prepare students for jobs in their community.“This program prepares students for a successful career, creates a stronger workforce for local employers, and builds connections for local economies.”Education agencies and local workforce development boards are eligible to apply for the Teacher in the Workplace grants. Two types of grants are available.Teacher in the Workplace Targeted Grants, administered by the Department of Education, provide up to $25,000 to local education agencies to expand career readiness and work-based learning experiences. The application deadline is November 20, 2019.Teacher in the Workplace Advancing Grants, administered by the Department of Labor & Industry, encourage educators to develop partnerships with businesses with up to $50,000 for local workforce development boards, as well as up to $125,000 for schools and school districts that focus on underserved communities. The application deadline is December 23, 2019.“We know that Pennsylvania’s position in the global economy depends on a workforce with the right skills and relevant training,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Teacher in the Workplace offers K-12 educators real world, employer-based experiences that they can use to inform classroom instruction and prepare students for college, career and community success.”“These programs provide educators with invaluable opportunities to interact with local businesses and provide students with work-relevant skills that put them on a solid career path for future success,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “TIW programs provide teachers with a better understanding of in-demand careers, the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, and how the subjects they teach connect to the world beyond the classroom.”Earlier this year, Governor Wolf announced nearly $2.6 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants supporting 59 programs in Pennsylvania.The Teacher in the Workplace grants from L&I are funded at 100 percent through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and from PDE through Title II, Part A, Every Student Succeeds Act to help all students to have the information and tools needed to gain awareness of college and career pathways to make informed decisions regarding their postsecondary future.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.center_img Governor Wolf Announces $5 Million Available for Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employerslast_img read more

Renewed sales push for Gold Coast’s first “floating house”

first_imgThe design makes the most of a 405sq m block.“I didn’t want to just build a house, I wanted to create something that had an impact on the hill,” she said.Working with an architect and local builder, the home came to life about a year later. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence manages to fit a pool and cinema room and each level has a prominent feature, from a sunken outdoor lounge with fire pit, to Ms Naumoski’s favourite feature — an outdoor concrete bathtub on the top level master retreat. The luxe master ensuite, complete with an outdoor concrete tub. Matt black and copper contrast with timber.The interior is a flow of matt black, copper and timber finishes, with timber framing the stunning coast and city views.Since listing the property through an expressions of interest campaign last November, Ms Naumoski has put a price on the property. 45 Hill Ave, Burleigh HeadsIT’S enough to make you look twice.Cleverly shaded with a black base and planted on artful stilts, the stunning residence appears to float out of a hill. Fireplace? Check. Deck? Check. View? Check! And a cinema room.“I can’t actually believe how it blew up, I wanted to build a floating box on a hill, a nice home that was great for my family,” said Ms Naumoski, who has two young daughters and runs a paraplanning agency. “I was going to stay in it for a while but as I built it, it drew that attention and the market’s been good, I want to test selling it … and it needs to set a benchmark for the hill.” Ms Naumoski has knocked back two offers to swap the property — one in the Whitsundays and one locally — so she can build or renovate her next home. “I want to keep aiming for designs that are going to make that impact and turn people’s heads,” she said.The property is being marketed through Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties.center_img The Gold Coast’s famed “floating house” now has a price tag.“I think people can’t really think outside the box when it comes to building on a slope, but I thrived on the challenge,” said vendor Rozetta Naumoski. Ms Naumoski bought the 405sq m block and then-shambling shack in 2016 and set out on a new build. Considerable effort has gone into the home.“There’s nothing really to compare it to, so that was the biggest challenge, ” Ms Naumoski said. “At the moment I’ve put a price on it, I believe that’s what it’s worth in terms of the land value, the cost of the build and the considerable effort that’s gone into the home and that’s based off the feedback that came through the expressions of interest campaign,” she said. Ms Naumoski also wanted to screen “spectators who aren’t serious buyers” after the property garnered mass attention. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoTimber is a predominant feature. The unique home manages to fit a pool.last_img read more

Byron prepares second Gulf of Mexico well for production

first_imgU.S. oil and gas operator Byron Energy has completed the second of three wells on the South Marsh Island Block 71 (SM 71) lease in the Gulf of Mexico, staying on track to start production at the lease in mid-March.The company said on Monday that the perforation and sand control operations have concluded on the SM 71 F2 well.It is worth reminding that the first well SM 71 F1 was completed in February 2018 and is ready for production.Back to the second well, Byron said that a 72-foot measured depth interval of the B65 Sand was perforated on February 26, 2018 and sand control measures were pumped across the interval on February 28, 2018. After rigging down the pumping equipment, 2 7/8” production tubing was run in the well. After the production tubing was landed, a short flow back to recover completion fluids and oil occurred before the F2 well was shut in by closing a surface controlled subsurface safety valve.No production rates were determined during this phase of the project due to limited oil storage tank capacity currently on location. As each SM71 well is hooked into the production manifold and SM71 lease pipelines, it will be individually tested, and optimal rates will be established based on reservoir pressure drawdown, the company explained.The F2 well is the second of three completions Byron will perform on the SM71 F platform. The Ensco 68 drilling has now skidded into position over the SM71 F3 well and completion operations in the D5 Sand have begun. The D5 Sand in the F3 well will be completed with sand control measures similar to the F1 and F2 wells. These sand control measures are designed to improve the production rate and to minimize reservoir pressure drawdown, resulting in better performance and longevity.The SM71 F3 well will be the last well completed for production during this phase of the project and production will begin shortly after the F3 well is finished.Final piping and instrumentation work on the SM71 F platform is nearing completion. Production start-up is targeted for mid-March. It is anticipated that the three wells will utilize a high percentage of the SM71 F Platform’s oil and gas production capacity.Byron Energy is the operator of SM71 and has a 50% working interest and a 40.625% net revenue interest in SM71. Otto Energy holds the remaining interest in SM71.Maynard Smith, Byron Energy Ltd CEO, had this to say about the SM71 F1 operations: “The completion operations at SM71 have gone to plan and the pressures of both wells have met our expectations. Our team of service companies and our consulting engineers have worked together very well, and we are right on schedule for a start-up of production in mid-March.”last_img read more

Schildroth scores 61 to lead GSA boys past Lee Academy

first_imgBLUE HILL — Junior guard Taylor Schildroth scored a school-record 61 points to lead the George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team to a 97-69 victory over Lee Academy on Friday.Schildroth scored 27 of his 61 in the first quarter to help GSA race out to a 33-10 lead and put the result beyond doubt early for the Class C North-leading Eagles. He shot 20 of 36 overall and made 12 3-pointers to help the team improve to 9-0 on the season.Schildroth’s total shattered current assistant Matt Mattson’s school record of 52. It was the most points by any boys’ player in Maine since at least 1987 and ranks No. 6 on the state’s all-time list.Jarrod Chase and Max Mattson both added double-doubles for GSA (11-0). Chase had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Mattson had 11 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s next game will be at home against the Piscataquis Pirates (3-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.last_img read more

Cricket News Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star as Pakistan crush Australia in first T20I

first_imgNew Delhi: Babar Azam’s magnificent unbeaten 68*, complimented by Imad Wasim’s haul of 3/20 helped Pakistan get their Twenty20 series against Australia off to a great start with a crushing 66-run win in the first match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. (SCORECARD)Azam’s knock proved to be the difference on a sluggish pitch and his 73-run stand for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (39) put Pakistan on course for a huge total. However, a disastrous middle-overs collapse from Pakistan, in which they lost six wickets for 23 runs, gave Australia momentum. Billy Stanlake (3/21) and Andrew Tye (3/24) were in great form and it seemed like Pakistan had thrown away the advantage. Read More| Four ‘suspicious’ men arrested from outside CBI chief Alok Verma’s house Some lusty blows from Hasan Ali (17) in the final over, bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, helped Pakistan cross 150. It was a significant score to cross for the hosts, who had lost only three out of 42 games while defending totals in excess of 150+. Disaster for AustraliaIn response, Australia’s chase got off to a disastrous start. Imad Wasim, who was making a comeback into the Pakistan side after more than a year, ripped through the Australia top order with the wickets of Aaron Finch (0) and D’ Arcy Short (4) in the first over. Wasim was well backed by Faheem Ashraf who bowled the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 2. Wasim continued to torment Australia and his next victim was wicketkeeper Alex Carrey for 1.Ben McDermott’s run-out increased Australia’s woes and when Ashraf accounted for the big-hitting Chris Lynn for 14, Australia were out of the contest at 26/6. Some gritty batting from Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Ashton Agar (19) ensured Australia avoided further humiliation but they could hang on and Pakistan bowled Australia out for 89 to register a crushing win. Read More | Delhi air quality slips to ‘very poor’ category; to remain so for next two daysIn the post-match presentation, Australia skipper Aaron Finch rued the batting collapse of Australia. “That power play was horrific…it was like a car crash in slow motion. Opening the batting, it’s my responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase there. I take full responsibility for that. I think any time that you’re chasing a total like that it’s important you have a solid start and for me to get out in the first over and not give us that was not good enough,” Finch said. The second match of the three-game series will be played in Dubai on October 26. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Former Syracuse midfielder Woolford enjoying switch to Denver

first_imgColin Woolford said he always saw himself playing college lacrosse in Colorado. But when he was rising through the ranks of the nation’s top high school recruits, he was never given the chance.Instead, he commited to Syracuse. But after spending just one semester with the Orange, never playing in a game, Woolford reached out to transfer to the University of Denver. Denver didn’t formally offer him a spot while he was in high school. When he knew the Pioneers would take him, though, Woolford left Syracuse.“I always really saw myself going to college out in Colorado,” Woolford said. “And it just kind of fit all together when I spoke with coach (Bill) Tierney and was given the opportunity to be able to come here.”On Saturday at 5 p.m., Woolford will face the team he once called his own, when the Pioneers take on the Orange in the NCAA tournament semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This season, the freshman midfielder has played sparingly for Denver, appearing in six games.Woolford said he was drawn to Denver by the fast-paced offense that’s a staple of the Pioneers’ attack. And while their attack is high-octane, he said, there is a method to the madness.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Coach Matt Brown) runs our offense extremely fast. There’s a lot of movement,” Woolford said. “The game is just played extremely fast out here, which is what I wanted throughout high school. I wanted to go to a school where the offense is run fast, but not out of control at all.”Woolford never picked up a lacrosse stick until eighth grade, and wasn’t really noticed as having collegiate potential until his sophomore year of high school. In the summer between his junior and senior years of high school big-time Division I offers started rolling in on top of the Division III schools he’d considered.Syracuse’s interest was too much to pass up.“I think when (Syracuse head coach) John Desko called him, he was like ‘Dad, we have to go,’” his father Andrew Woolford said.At the time, Woolford was the lone captain on his Choate Rosemary Hill boarding school team that played its first winning season since 2006 with him leading the charge. At Choate, Woolford also played hockey, baseball, and soccer, along with lacrosse.But when Woolford got to Syracuse, he quickly realized it didn’t suit him well. He had chosen the school because of its strong lacrosse and business management school, but the university didn’t live up to what he envisioned, his high school lacrosse and ice hockey coach Mike Velez said.“I think it was one of those situations where personally, Colin felt like he wasn’t in the best fit,” Velez said. “I think when Colin got to Syracuse there were some personal concerns on his part.“Maybe concern is too strong a word. But I think the vibe that Colin got was that he wasn’t as comfortable as he thought he was going to be.”Desko said Woolford transferred for medical reasons.Woolford said he still keeps in touch with several of the Syracuse players that will be his opponents on Saturday. He’s even received a few text messages from them throughout the week.“See you in Philly,” they said.For Woolford though, this game is less about playing against his old school, and more about being in the final four.“Just the excitement of being the final four is unbelievable,” Woolford said. “It’s been my dream as a kid always to have a chance to go to the final four. I’m just so happy to be a part of this team, part of this great group of guys. So yeah, it is very exciting that we’re playing Syracuse, but it’s just extremely exciting to be in the final four.”His father shares that same sentiment. He said that although Colin could have taken many different paths in his college career, he’s glad to see him on one that has brought him to such a grand stage.“Colin had some really interesting opportunities to play Division III, some very strong academic schools with really good programs,” Andrew Woolford said. “But he always wanted to be on a team that would go to the national championship.“He knows he’s in a program where that’s what they’re working towards the whole time.”Asst. sports editor David Wilson contributed reporting to this story, dbwilson@syr.edu Comments Published on May 24, 2013 at 2:32 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Q&A with Syracuse legend Casey PowellSyracuse, Denver coaches swap traditional styles of play, prepare to meet in final four Syracuse seniors rejoice, reflect ahead of final fourSchoonmaker, Syracuse depth make Tierney’s scouting job nearly impossiblelast_img read more