Skaneateles girls hockey stopped in sectional final

first_imgThough it took a far longer and far more difficult path to this point, and would not be on home ice, the Skaneateles girls hockey team still found itself playing for another Section III championship.It came down to the no. 3 seed Lakers defending its title against top seed Clinton Thursday night at Cicero Twin Rinks.And while Sknaeateles finally broke a long shutout streak by the Warriors, it could not keep Clinton from breaking through for its first-ever sectional title, prevailing 4-1 to avenge losses to the Lakers in the 2018 and 2019 finals. Tags: girls hockeyskaneateles Rebecca Cain and Rachelle Cain both picked up assists, too, and though Shea Baker scored for Ithaca, Evie Sheridan, accustomed to post-season pressure, turned everything else back, finishing with 19 saves.In the other semifinal, Clinton blanked Oswego 2-0, setting up the title clash as the Warriors entered the night unbeaten in 11 straight games.Skaneateles knew that pulling off this win would require a big turnaround from their two earlier encounters in January, where Clinton had twice shut out the Lakers by margins of 4-0 and 3-0.Applying pressure from the outset, the Warriors got an early power play that Skanetaeles killed off thanks to a pair of Sheridan stops.But at the eight-minute mark of the first period Mia Lopata won a face-off and passed it to Drew Kopek, who alone in front of the net beat Sheridan to put Clinton in front.Far more important was Ella Greico tipping in Hailey Kwiatkowski’s shot from the right circle with 1:33 left in the period.That, along with the Warriors killing off a five-on-three Lakers advantage early in the second period, proved a turning point, Clinton extending its margin to 3-0 when Lopata scored at the 10:01 mark.It wasn’t until the Lakers’ fifth power play with 3:59 left in regulation that it finally got a goal against the Warriors, scored by Rebecca Cain off a feed from Torrey, but Greico sealed it with an empty-netter in the final minute.Overall, Sheridan had 27 saves and was named a first-team All-League selection in goal, with Torrey earning second-team honors as Lopata was chosen as the league’s Player of the Year.Skaneateles finished at 6-8-1, but with just one senior on its roster it should be poised for another championship run in 2020-21.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Just getting here, though, required Skaneateles to go on the road in last Tuesday night’s semifinal round and take out no. 2 seed Ithaca – which the Lakers did, defeating the Little Red 3-1.During their regular-season meetings, Skaneateles had tied Ithaca 1-1 on Dec. 20 and then beat them 2-1 on Jan. 16, less than two weeks before the playoff encounter.Here, the Lakers were more productive, with Adriana Barbuto getting one goal and one assist as Lizzy Sachar and Campbell Torrey also found the net.last_img read more

Hullinger, Scrivens, Decker, Meridith named 2015 Wall of Recognition inductees

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Rick Phelps, Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition chairman — Garrison Hullinger, president of an interior design company in Portland, Ore.; Dale Scrivens, a national championship college wrestler; Russ Decker, a former Wellington head wrestling coach and administrator; and Bill Meridith, a Wellington High School supporter and contributor have been named to the 2015 Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition.All four inductees will be honored with an awards presentation at Wellington’s Class Day ceremony tonight at the high school gymnasium at 7 p.m.The inductees will also attend the Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. at the Daylight Donut Shop and at an all school assembly at 2:15 p.m. The following is a biography of each of the inductees: Garrison Hullinger – WHS Class of 1983Garrison Hullinger is the President of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Inc. located in Portland, OR. Garrison grew up in Wellington and attended local schools through graduation at WHS in 1983.Since college proved not to be in Garrison’s future, he jumped excitedly into the retail field and excelled with jobs at Dillard’s, Foley’s, Neiman Marcus and The Gap. He was one of the founding employees of a new Gap division called Old Navy and eventually worked his way up to Store Technology Project Manager.He was an integral part of the Old Navy team that helped them become the first retailer to do more than $1 billion in its first four years of business in 500 stores nationwide.Garrison is a prime example of how life’s misfortune can guide us to our ultimate purpose. He suffered a serious work-related accident in 1999 where he suffered a traumatic brain injury, which caused him to hit the reset button on life…spending four years relearning how to read, write and walk again.As part of his recovery he began managing small projects like replacing the kitchen sink and faucet to help regain motor skills. As his improvement progressed, he began buying and remodeling homes in San Francisco, which led to increased confidence in his design skills. At that point he knew he found his true career, so he officially launched his design business from his home attic with one part-time employee.That particular home was published in more than seven magazines and highlighted on a couple different TV shows, which caused his design business to skyrocket. Today GHID has 19 employees and in 2014 was recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington.Garrison is well respected within the design industry because of his generous ability to share best business practices and for embracing a forward-thinking philosophy in creating a working business model.He is proud to say he is an ‘early adapter’ and is quick to adapt his business needs that have taken a $75,000 company in 2009 to over $2 million in 2014. Garrison is known within the building industry as a marketing genius with his company’s online and social media presence. GHID has over 30,000 twitter followers and is listed in the top 25 Interior Design firms (out of 3 million professionals listed) in the U.S. by houzz.com.Garrison’s design work continues to be featured in magazines across the country each year.Dale Scrivens WHS Class of 1934Dale Scrivens grew up in Wellington and attended Wellington schools graduating from WHS in 1934.  While at WHS Dale was an outstanding athlete in football and wrestling but it was in wrestling that he made his mark.Dale was a three time AVL Champion  and was a state runner-up in 1932 and 34 and was a state champion in 1933.  Dale helped lead the Crusaders to state runner-up in 1933 and 34.  The WHS Yearbook Megaphone  in 1934 said: “Scrivens possesses all the speed and muscular strength of a champion, besides his hard-fighting attitude and quick-thinking”After graduation Dale took his wrestling talents to Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State) and wrestled for the Hall of Fame coach Ed Gallagher .  Dale helped lead the Cowboys to national championships  in 1937 and 38.  As a junior Dale placed third in the nation and in 1938 became only the second wrestler from the state of Kansas to win a National wrestling title. Since then there have only been four other Kansans to be NCAA wrestling champions.After graduation Dale became the county extension agent in Marion County, Kans. until duty called.  Dale enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WW II and was the bombardier on the Sad Sack II a B-24 in the 44th Bomb Group known as the “Flying Eight Balls” of the United States Eighth Air Force.While stationed in Libya North Africa, Dale and his crew were sent out on August 1, 1943 on a crucial and extremely dangerous mission.  This, their seventh mission as a crew was part of the ill-fated operation known as “Tidal Wave”.The objective was to destroy the rich oil fields at Ploesti in Romania which supplied the Nazis with 60 percent of their oil.  The planes flew in at tree top level under radio silence but the Nazis were prepared.  Through thick clouds of smoke and under heavy fire from the ground and Nazi fighter planes Dale was able to direct the pilot to their target and drop their payload on target.Riddled with bullet holes, some as the pilot said, “the size of a mans fist” caused the plane to crash and Dale was killed on impact.  The Sad Sack II was one of the 54 planes lost out of 177 that took off on a day that became known as “Black Sunday” and Dale was one of the 532 men of the 1,726 that did not return. For his bravery and service to his country 2nd Lt Dales Scrivens was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.In 1987, Dale Scrivens became the second WHS alum to be inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of FameRuss Decker – WHS Teacher and Coach 1982 – 1995;  WJHS Administrator  1995 – 1998; WHS Administrator 1999 – 2007Russ Decker has been wrestling since his youth.  Although Russ’s wrestling career as a competitor was not stellar, he recognized and was able to use wrestling as a springboard to influencing kids and to achieve career goals.Russ began his wrestling career as a seventh grade novice in 1964 at Oakley, Kansas. After a self-described sub-par career as a wrestler in high school, Russ graduated in 1970 from Oakley. He went on to attend Ft. Hays State University where he joined the wrestling team as a walk-on.Russ struggled as a collegiate wrestler, but it was at Ft. Hays State that he began to build his future and to examine the lessons taught by his experiences. He was quoted by the Wellington Daily News upon his retirement from coaching that, “There’s a lesson, there. No matter what you do, no matter how talented you are, you must work hard. I think that is what I learned most …”Consequently, he made education his career choice and used wrestling to secure his future. The lessons he learned were first put to use at Belleville High School where Russ began his teaching and coaching career. He guided the Buffalo wrestling program to three league championships, two regional team championships, and three regional team runners-up. Russ’s Buffaloes had 45 individual state qualifiers, 10 state placers, and two individual state champions. Belleville also finished in the top ten in the state three times.In 1982, Russ, his wife Rita and their two young daughters Rusti and Kelley made the move to Wellington. He successfully built upon the Wellington tradition compiling a remarkable 125-14-1 dual record along with eight Chisholm Trail League titles. The Crusaders were regional champions four times and regional runners-up five times under Coach Decker.Wellington qualified 91 wrestlers to state competition during his tenure with 44 earning state medals and 10 winning state championships. The Crusaders claimed the 1991 4A state championship and were state team runners-up twice.In addition, five Wellington teams placed in the top five in state under Coach Decker’s guidance. Coach Decker’s efforts earned him recognition as the Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1984 and Class 4A Coach of the Year in 1991. Russ’s success in wrestling was recognized by his peers when he was inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.Russ was very well liked and respected by his wrestlers but he also  had the same high expectations of his students in the classroom as he did for his wrestlers and consequently gained the same respect and success as a classroom teacher with his students in the classroom.Russ retired as wrestling coach after the 1995 season and left the classroom but continued in USD 353 as an administrator, which included doing double duty as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director from 2000 until his retirement after 25 years of service to USD 353 in 2007.To this day Russ continues to support the Crusaders by listening to games, reading articles and spending time with the coaches and he frequently attends ball games and of course Crusader wrestling.Bill Meridith – WHS Supporter and ContributorMr. Meridith graduated from Argonia High School in 1957 and began his career working in machine shops learning the business from the ground up. In 1966 Bill decided to run a machine shop of his own and became a founding partner in Precision Machining Inc.For 33 years Bill used his good business sense and a strong faith to build “Pre-Mac”, as it became known, into a very successful business that was also an integral part of the Wellington economy.  Through the years “Pre-Mac”  employed over 700 employees many who were WHS graduates that were grateful to have the opportunity to work for a great company with a fair, honest, generous and caring ownerBill knows that the reason he was blessed with success in business is because of his strong faith and he has returned these blessing to the community of Wellington by generously supporting and contributing to many churches, organizations and individuals.Along with faith Bill also knows that education is important to individual and community success and he has been a great supporter and contributor of education in Wellington.  Mr. Meridith founded the Wellington Christian Academy in 2003 supporting education beginning in pre-school. WCA and its students have had high achievement scores and obtained many academic awardsMr. Meridith has five children all of whom attended Wellington public schools and are WHS graduates  Through Pre-Mac many WHS graduates were awarded scholarships upon their graduation to help further their education and attend the college of their choice.In 2001 after two bond initiatives to build a new high school  had failed Mr. Meridith as President of the D.S.S.R Foundation stepped forward and gave a donation to USD 353 to purchase the land where WHS sits today and as a result this helped the next bond issue to pass.  The foundation also gave money to the USD 353 technology department in 2000 and 2001 to purchase fiber optics between buildings.WHS is proud and grateful to acknowledge Mr. Meridith’s contributions and support of education in Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Fans, sponsors make it a World Cup with Chinese characteristics

first_img0Shares0000Chinese football fans celebrate after Germany beat Argentina 2014 World Cup final © AFP/File / JOHANNES EISELESHANGHAI, China, Jun 4 – True to form, China failed to qualify for the World Cup but the planet’s most populous country will be far from absent: thousands of its fans will fly to Russia, and Chinese sponsors will loom large on global TV screens.Despite not being able to cheer on their home side, many Chinese supporters are undeterred, and they are expected to arrive in numbers that will dwarf the followers of many competing teams. The growing presence of fans and sponsors can be linked to China’s consumer boom, while excitement for football has been spurred on by President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to make 73rd-ranked China a world power in the sport.China have only qualified once for the World Cup — when they exited goalless in 2002 — but expectations are high that it will bid to hold the tournament, with 2030 and 2034 often mentioned as possibilities.One Chinese fan, Dai Qian, said he will spend nearly $10,000 to visit Russia and watch the tournament.“We appreciate football as an art and we like the feeling of watching live football,” said the 38-year-old, a university professor in energy engineering who will travel as part of a 400-strong Chinese tour group.According to the latest FIFA figures, nearly 37,000 tickets out of 1.7 million went to Chinese fans, the second-largest showing from countries that didn’t make the tournament, after the United States.Dai said that in the absence of their own team, Chinese fans back the countries of their favourite players. For him, it’s Argentina because he grew up watching Italy’s Serie A on TV and was a fan of Gabriel Batistuta, the former Fiorentina and Roma striker.– ‘Jump to be a global brand’ –The World Cup is a major advertising vehicle in China © AFP / WANG ZhaoAccording to research by Britain’s Professor Simon Chadwick, Germany are the most popular foreign team in China, with some female fans swayed by the players’ looks.It helps that Germany are reigning world champions and among the favourites in Russia.“There is something about ‘brand Germany’ and the relationship between Germany and China,” said Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at University of Salford.“There are sections of the Chinese population who like to be conspicuous consumers — who like to be seen to be consuming the best brands, the best-quality brands, and that confers a particular status on them. The same is true of their football.“So if you can be a fan, why not pick the best?”Mark Dreyer, Beijing-based founder of the China Sports Insider website, said the growing ability of Chinese to afford overseas travel is a major reason for the large numbers going to the World Cup.Russia is also much closer geographically to China than, for example, the World Cup in Brazil four years ago.Television viewers across the globe and fans in World Cup stadiums will also become familiar with three tournament sponsors from China — tech company Vivo, electrical appliance and electronics supplier Hisense, and Mengniu Dairy.There is also FIFA sponsor Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate and formerly a major stakeholder in Spain’s Atletico Madrid.Zhu Shuqin, brand director at Hisense, declined to tell AFP how much the company paid for its sponsorship.But she said a similar deal at football’s 2016 European Championship in France “helped us greatly in our global market expansion”.That included a 60 percent surge in television sales in Europe in one quarter, Zhu said.Already well known in China, Hisense are eyeing the North American, European and Japanese markets.“We want to use such sponsorship to realise our globalisation goal,” said Zhu, outlining the company’s hopes from the World Cup.“Secondly, we can see in the global market of consumer electronics that the top companies, such as Samsung and Sony, all choose this kind of top event to sponsor so that they can jump to be a global brand from a regional one.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lacklustre Man Utd seal second with stalemate at West Ham

first_imgA third blank in their last five league games for United means local rivals Manchester City can seal another Premier League record by winning the league by at least 19 points if they win at Southampton on the last day of the season on Sunday.“We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams,” said Mourinho.“We came second. I am not totally happy (because) that is not my nature, but since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first, we had the target to finish second and it is done today.”In United’s first game since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson had to have emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage, the visiting fans showed their support to the 76-year-old Scot with persist chants of “we all love Alex Ferguson”.There was a more subdued atmosphere from the home fans at the end of another deeply frustrating campaign for the Hammers. Two years ago to the day, West Ham waved goodbye to Upton Park in a thrilling 3-2 win over United on a night of high emotion in East London.That victory also helped secure European football, but the move to the London Stadium, sold to supporters as West Ham’s chance to compete with the Premier League elite, has so far proved a false dawn.Survival was only mathematically secured last weekend and West Ham remain in lowly 15th place.“It’s a big achievement for us,” insisted West Ham manager David Moyes of keeping his side in the top flight.“We had to get the players in order a little bit after we came in, and we have done that. This is a big club and there are big expectations from the supporters so they will need to improve.”Mourinho reacted to Friday’s meek 1-0 defeat at Brighton by making eight changes with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial relegated to the bench despite the continued absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku.However, that failed to provoke an immediate response as West Ham posed the early threat.Marko Arnautovic’s goals have kept Moyes’s men up and the Austrian muscled his way into a good shooting position on six minutes but placed his shot too close to David de Gea.Adrian has been restored in the West Ham goal for the past three games in place of England international Joe Hart, and showed why with a hat-trick of fine saves.Jesse Lingard was first to be denied with a fiercely struck long-range effort before Adrian showed quick reflexes to save from Alexis Sanchez and then get back on his feet to turn Shaw’s effort onto the post.A lacklustre United display was reflected in Pogba again failing to take control of the game.The £89 million midfielder did have the visitors’ best chance when he headed wide just after the hour mark from Antonio Valencia’s pin-point cross.The Frenchman came a lot closer moments later with a strike that curled just past the post from a narrow angle.Pogba’s frustration then spilled over when he was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after grappling with West Ham captain Mark Noble as tempers flared in the latter stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham goalkeeper Adrian kept Manchester United at bay © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his side despite another display lacking inspiration in attacking areas as they sealed second place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thursday.In a game of precious few clear-cut chances, Luke Shaw hit the post and Paul Pogba headed wide with United’s best opening.last_img read more

Neil Warnock cannot wait for Brexit to happen already

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has revealed he cannot wait to see the United Kingdom get out of the European Union, as citizens wait to see how the nation’s Brexit pans out.The details of the UK’s departure from the EU have been a major conversation in the media ever since a slim majority voted in favour of Brexit back in 2016.Now, as the deadline for the referendum approaches the United Kingdom’s parliament remains at a halt, while calls for a second referendum have become louder.It is undoubtedly a topic that demands patience and a lot of sensitivity; however Warnock, known for his blunt public statements insists he can’t wait for the 2016 decision to become a reality.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to make signings] … Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one,” he told reporters, according to Goal.“I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest.”“They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?”“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect.” “Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”last_img read more

Four killed in a series of Nepal blasts

first_imgNepalFour men died and seven were injured Sunday in three separate explosions in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place.A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the explosion at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.Two more were injured when an explosive they were carrying on a motorcycle in the outskirts of Kathmandu exploded.Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.”We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security,” police spokesman Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.Pokharel said that seven people have been arrested so far.The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.Nepal has enjoyed a relatively peaceful environment since the end of a decade-long civil war which concluded with a peace deal struck in 2006.But some former guerrillas, have broken away, accusing its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.In February, the group was implicated in an explosion that killed one person outside the office of a telecom company Ncell, part of Malaysia-based Axiata Group Berhad.The government outlawed the group following the incident, banning their activities.last_img read more