Wyoming Cowboys Dismantle Girard Indians 42-14 To Capture Division IV State Championship

first_img Related TopicsHigh School Football Vince McKee CANTON, OHIO – In a blowout that few people saw coming, the Wyoming Cowboys dismantled the Girard Indians 42-14 to capture the Division IV State Championship. It was 28-7 at halftime, and never close from that point on.The game featured two of the best running quarterbacks in OHSAA history with Mark Waid of Girard and Evan Prater of Wyoming. Both young men had incredible seasons and gave defenses fits all season long. Tonight, was their first head to head meeting, and Prater won easily.When it was all said and done, Prater finished with 242 yards on 35 carries with 2 touchdowns. He also found a way to throw for 149 yards and two more scores. Waid was held in check, finishing with only 31 yards on 13 carries with 1 touchdown. Waid and the Indians got down early and were forced to throw, he finished with 194 yards and a touchdown.Helping the Cowboys dominant rushing attack was tailback Pierson Rogers who tallied 97 yards on 28 carries. All in all, the Cowboys chalked up 355 rushing yards on the night while the Indians were stoned to 46. Again, a lopsided stat that few envisioned.Six minutes into the game, both Prater and Waid already had touchdown runs, and it appeared as if we were headed for a classic. From there, it was never close again as the Cowboys took over and didn’t look back.The remainder of the first half became the Prater show as he passed for two touchdowns and ran for one. Both touchdown passes were too Joey Edmonds of 16 and 29 yards. His second touchdown run of the night was for 8 yards.The Indians attempted a small comeback in the third quarter, scoring first and cutting the deficit to 28-14. The score came on a Waid to Nick Malito 95-yard touchdown pass. It was a one play drive after being pinned on their 5-yard line.  It brought the Girard contingent of fans to their feet and provided a glimmer of hope.It was a great moment, but not nearly enough to turn the game around as the Cowboys scored the next 14 points and put it away.It was a great weekend in Canton, NEOSI would like to congratulate all the winners!last_img read more

Golf’s Webb living up to billing as ‘female Tiger’

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Annika Sorenstam may be on a roll, but the woman they call the “female Tiger Woods” is still No. 1 — and still winning.Australian Karrie Webb popped into Japan last week to boost her bank balance and defend her title in the Nichirei Cup World Ladies — and show her fans here just how good she is. How good is she?Well, in the past five seasons, she was first, second, fourth, first and first in the money rankings. She won seven times last year, including two majors, and made nearly $2 million.In the second round of the Nichirei, I followed Webb’s group around the back nine and watched her match her skills against top Japanese pros Yuri Fudo and Aki Nakano (Fudo won six tournaments and made more than 120 million yen last year; Nakano won two tournaments and took home more than 70 million yen).Webb was hot on the par-5s, making three birdies out of four in the second round. The key to these birdies was her superb driving.“The tee shot is very important strategically,” Webb told me later. “Because a good tee shot opens up your chances on the course.”On the 11th hole on the hilly Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club course, she slammed her tee shot down the middle of the fairway, leaving her a slight downhill shot of around 195 yards on the 489-yard hole.More significantly, I paced the distance she outdrove her playing partners and found that she had out-hit Nakano by 49 steps and Fudo by 39. I reckon my steps are pretty close to 1 yard, so that’s a fair whack off the tee.On the second par-5 on the back nine — the 473-yard 17th — she was even longer, beating Fudo by 45 paces and Nakano by 50.Where does she get her power?It comes from her posture. She bends over quite deeply and stays very square at the top of her swing. She then pulls her upper body around through impact and her follow-through gives her a strong right-to-left draw. It’s a sweet shot, despite the power, and produces the kind of high trajectory that I can only compare to Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.Karrie hit a 4-iron for her second shots at both the par-5 holes I saw her play, although she was pretty loose on the 17th, hitting the ball fat.Later, she admitted getting her stance wrong on that one due to an uneven lie.(One of my teaching pro friends, Hank Haney, emphasizes how important it is to check your lie, noting that it’s rare to get a decent flat lie once you’re off the tee.)Another technical point to take note of in Karrie’s game is her putting. She has been using the cross-hands technique and been getting spectacular results.But, she says, it might not work for everyone.“Putting is always an individual thing,” she told me. “The most important thing is to feel comfortable when you are ready to putt your ball.”She looked pretty comfortable last week and she didn’t appear to carry any extra pressure as the defending champion.“Having won the tournament means I have already played the course well,” she pointed out. “That always brings back good memories and makes me feel comfortable. In fact, it gives you a big advantage.”That’s the opposite of what most Japanese golfers think. Usually, the Japanese feel being a champion makes for more pressure, not less.But Webb said it’s more a kind of positive tension, a good thing. It can heighten your awareness and give you an edge over your opponents.As an example, Webb missed the greens with both her 4-iron shots at the par-5s, but she still managed to come up with birdies as a result of two excellent chip shots.She smiled and said: “That’s also a big key to scoring.”There’s a lot to learn from the female Tiger. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Nishikori makes solid start at Indian Wells

first_img Kei Nishikori plays a shot during his second-round win over Daniel Evans at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kei Nishikori, Indian Wells RELATED PHOTOS With the victory on the hard-court surface, the fourth-seeded Nishikori, who made a first-round exit from the Rio Open clay court tournament last month, set himself up for a third-round matchup with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.“I was watching out because my opponent has forehand offensive skills and plays well at the net,” Nishikori said of the world No. 41.“I hit good returns and broke twice (in both sets), and was able to maintain my pace until the end. Getting a two-set win is a good start,” he said.Nishikori converted a break point at 4-4 in the second set and never looked back, getting off to a positive start in his bid to improve on his quarterfinal finish here last year, when he was eliminated by three-time BNP Paribas Open champion Rafael Nadal.“I don’t like it (the court) here but I’m trying to make myself believe that I do,” said Nishikori. center_img KEYWORDS INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – World No. 5 Kei Nishikori safely advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 6-4 straight-sets victory over Daniel Evans in the men’s singles on Sunday.After allowing his British opponent to seize the first break point in the opening game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Nishikori, one of 32 top seeds who received first-round byes, turned the tide and hardly broke a sweat in the 1 hour, 24-minute match. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Kelly pens new City deal

first_imgThe 19-year-old – who has six caps for England Under-20s – hasn’t looked back since making his first-team bow in last season’s Carabao Cup first round victory over Plymouth Argyle.“I’m delighted to extend my time at Bristol City,” the left-back told bcfc.co.uk. “We’re heading in the right direction as a club and I want to be a part of this exciting journey.“I feel I’ve developed substantially over the past two seasons but of course I can still improve and offer more to the team.“Having come through the Academy, this contract extension is extremely rewarding on a personal level, but huge credit must also be given to the people who helped me get here.”last_img read more

Armour: Bob Huggins doesn’t know how he keeps winning

first_imgWest Virginia coach Bob Huggins has a 8-2 record against John Calipari, who he will face on Thursday. —Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports USA TODAYKentucky brushes off West Virginia’s bravado USA TODAYArmour: Bracket mayhem? Here’s your Sweet 16 do-over Calipari isn’t just saying that as Huggins’ longtime friend. He is just 2-8 against Huggins, with one of those victories coming in their last meeting, in 2011. In fact, the rivalry was so lopsided at one point that they credit it for saving Huggins’ life.It was fall of 2002, Huggins had just returned his rental car to the Pittsburgh airport and he was sweating profusely and having chest pains. As he neared the terminal, he collapsed, having suffered a heart attack.Drifting in and out of consciousness in the ambulance, Huggins knew the situation was dire. But someone in the ambulance had recognized Huggins, and assured the coach he would make it.“He said, `Coach, listen, I can’t let you die. I’m John Calipari’s cousin, and you can’t die until we beat you at least once,’ ” Huggins recalled, drawing chuckles.True story, Calipari said.“He calls me, (my cousin) Mark, and said, `What should I do?’ ” Calipari said. “I said, `Save him, I haven’t beaten him yet.’ ” CLEVELAND — Listen to Bob Huggins long enough, and you start to wonder how he’s ever won a game, let alone 765 of them.Breaking the press, a topic so near and dear to his heart he once wrote a book about it?“Honestly, I don’t remember what I wrote. I was bored, needed something to do.”How about the 1-3-1 defense, which West Virginia used to great effect in beating top-seeded and star-studded Kentucky in the 2010 NCAA tournament?“I didn’t know very much about it, honestly. My players knew more about it than I did.”OK, well, how does he plan to attack these Wildcats, who have four players 6-10 or taller?VIDEO PREVIEW: Kentucky vs. West Virginia“I don’t know what you do about that. I’ve thought about that, but I haven’t really come up with an answer.”Don’t buy it for a second.Beneath the self-deprecation and the schlubby sweatsuit is one of the best coaches in the game. Huggins has made a career out of getting more out of his rosters than most, and never has that been more true than this season.“He’s doing stuff this year I’ve not seen him do, and that tells you the kind of coach he is,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Wednesday.At a record 36-0, Calipari’s Wildcats are streaking toward becoming the first team to go unbeaten since Indiana in 1976. Their roster makes NBA GMs drool, with so much talent Calipari has had to go to a platoon system.center_img USA TODAYFor West Virginia, the uglier the better vs. Kentucky All jokes aside, Calipari makes no secret of his respect for Huggins. If there is a weakness to exploit, a new wrinkle to be found, he knows Huggins will do it.He has not had a winning record in all but three of his 33 seasons as a head coach, made the NCAA tournament 21 times or reached two Final Fours by being lucky. Or by catching breaks from the opponent, as Huggins chalked up that victory over Kentucky in 2010 to.“If Cal promises to miss his first 20 threes like they did in 2010, that would help if we could get him to do that,” Huggins cracked.Don’t be fooled. Huggins may not have Calipari’s talent, but he’s as good a coach as anyone out there. But if anyone is going to have Kentucky’s number, it might just be Calipari’s old friend, Huggins.It’s not just the ferocious press that Huggins installed at West Virginia, 40 minutes of in-your-face, lung-busting, psyche-shattering harassment. The Mountaineers are only shooting 41%, but they lead the nation in steals (372) and steals per game (10.9), and are in second in turnover margin (6.7).They also lead the country in offensive rebounds (16.5 per game).It’s the ferocity in attitude Huggins has instilled.Asked about being intimidated at facing Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, the West Virginia players pretty much scoffed at the idea. No team has managed to hang with Kentucky for 40 minutes. But no team has had the Mountaineers’ press, either.“He’s got them believing,” Calipari said. “They’re a talented team, they’ve got talent. But he’s got them believing, which is special.”last_img

Premier League – Fulham became the last to advance to the…

first_img© skysports.com, fotbalportal.cz – Fulham celebrates promotion to the Premier League Yesterday 06:15 – Last night, a very important match took place at the sacred Wembley. It was the final of the play-off Championship, in which the last place in the Premier League was played. Fulham and Brentford met in it. So two clubs from London. Basic playing time was lifeless. Only goals came in overtime. Fulham was happier in the end. Cottagers return to the highest English competition after a one-year hiatus. Defender Joe Bryan in particular helped them with that. He scored both goals of his team. Ninety minutes later, the score was 0: 0. No wonder. The basic playing time did not offer too excitement. It had to be extended.In it came the first hit in the last minute of the opening part. Joe Bryan came close to extending the visitors’ lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle, but he lifted the ball over Rayu and it was a little too high and hit the bar. Then in the 117th minute he went on a trip, collided with Mitrovič and increased to 2: 0 for Fulham. In the very end, Brenford managed to reduce to the final 2: 1.Fulham celebrates his immediate return to the Premier League. Brentford will continue to wait. He last played the highest English competition 73 years ago.So the Premier League will return to Craven Cottage. Fulham is the sixth London club among the elite. Manager Scott Parker has completed the task. Chelsea can look forward to a great rival. The gate of Fulham is guarded by Marek Rodák. After Martin Dúbravek, he will be another Slovak goalkeeper in the Premier League.On the side of Brentford, nineteen-year-old Jan Žambůrek spent the whole match only on the bench.Where now?More information about Chelsea FC can be found here.Michal Cermak / skysports.com, fotbalportal.cz, youtube.comlast_img read more

Victoria ‘Victory’; Serena’s 24th Grand Slam title setback

first_imgVictoria made a strong comeback after the first set and secured the final Superstar Serena Williamson’s title hopes at the US Open ended in the semifinals. He also lost his record 24th Grand Slam title after losing to Victoria Ashram. Victoria made a strong comeback after the first set and secured the final. In the final, Victoria’s opponent will be young Naomi Osaka.Also Read: IPL 2020: Where is the ball? Dhoni hits a huge six and Murali Vijay hits the ground runningAlthough Serena won the first set 6-1, Victoria won the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 in a battle that lasted 1.56 minutes. This is the first time since the 2013 US Open final that former world number one Victoria has reached the final of a major tour. In 2013, Victoria lost the title to Serena in the final.Also Read: IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians Squad and Schedule: Mumbai to retain title; The Indian trinity as a decisive forceThis is the first time Victoria has beaten Serena. The U.S. Open is set to be the strongest comeback for 31 – year – old Victoria. Even after her mother returned to court in 2016, Victoria continues to work wonders. Meanwhile, Serena, who shares Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, still has a long way to go before she can rewrite it. Get all the Latest Malayalam News and Kerala News at Indian Express Malayalam. You can also catch all the Sports News in Malayalam by following us on Twitter and Facebook Web Title:Victoria azarenka beats serena williams in us openlast_img read more

Gyan strikes again in France

first_imgAsamoah Gyan struck his eighth League goal of the season to go second in the French scoring charts.The striker, in trouble back home for deserting national team duties recently seem to have put that controversy well behind him, striking for the second straight week as Stade Rennes held former champions Lyon to a 1-1 draw at the Stade Gerland.The Ghanaian drew first blood for the visitors on 13 minutes, picking up a pass from Guinean Ishmael Bangoura before beating Jean Boumsong for pace to finish.Lyon eventually equalised but for Gyan that eighth goal of the season adds to what is turning into a really productive campaign for him.Matthew Amoah has not had the same success rate in front of goal this season but he was also on target in NAC Breda’s 1-3 loss with his third goal in two games and his sixth overall this season.In Italy, Sulley Muntari played for 76 minutes in Inter Milan’s 1-0 victory over Fiorintina before he was replaced. Kwadwo Asamoah played the entire duration of the game as Udinese beat Livorno at home.Derek Boateng may be constantly overlooked by national team selectors but he started yet again this week for Getafe as they mauled Xeres 5-1 in the Spanish La Liga.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

NBA wrap: Bucks beat Nuggets to finish grueling schedule stretch

first_imgThe Bucks, who have been road warriors in November, took their show on the road to Denver on Sunday, roughly 24 hours after losing in overtime to the Clippers in Los Angeles.Playing their sixth game in 11 days, and fifth in eight days, you would have expected the Bucks to be out of gas. Instead, they beat a very good Nuggets squad, 121-114, in a matchup of 9-3 teams. Five of the Bucks’ six games in that 11-day stretch were road games, including stops at Boston, Portland and Golden State. The Bucks finished 3-3 in that brutal run of games, their toughest schedule stretch of the season. Milwaukee now gets a couple of days off before beginning a six-game homestand Wednesday against the Grizzlies.Stud of the nightOne night after a dreadful shooting performance against the Spurs, James Harden was firing on all cylinders against the Pacers on Sunday. Harden scored 40, hitting 9-of-20 shots (including 8-of-18 3-pointers) to key the Rockets’ 115-103 victory.Duds of the nightThe Knicks hit only 5 of 28 3-point attempts (17.9 percent) in a 115-89 loss to the Magic.HighlightsTyson Chandler wins the game for the Lakers with this last-second block.TYSON CHANDLER wins it for the @Lakers with the clutch rejection! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/ApGZOXsewt— NBA (@NBA) November 12, 2018Miles Bridges throws down a monster jam here, sending the Hornets broadcast booth into pandemonium. Carmelo Anthony’s time in Houston could be close to an end, report says Dwyane Wade will miss at least a week to bond with daughtercenter_img Center Brook Lopez led the way with 28 points, with the 7-footer hitting 8-of-13 3-point shots.Brook Lopez RANGE! ☔️28 PTS, 8 3’s for the @Bucks big man on #NBA League Pass.#FearTheDeer 93#MileHighBasketball 87💻📱: https://t.co/NvMjiVFV6V pic.twitter.com/sdmxLWPmEg— NBA (@NBA) November 12, 2018For a team that would have had every excuse to be tired — which often leads to poor shooting — Milwaukee was hot from the field, shooting 57-percent overall and 50-percent beyond the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 points), Khris Middleton (21) and Malcolm Brogdon (20) all scored 20 or more points.  Related News What’s nextWarriors (11-2) at Clippers (7-5) 10:30 p.m. ET – The Warriors will face their second game without Stephen Curry, who’s out with a groin strain — if only they had some other All-Stars around to help pick up the slack, right? The Clippers have won three of four games, including an impressive overtime win against the Bucks on Saturday.last_img read more

Capitals face off with Rangers for start of home and home series

first_img3-26  Washington  (44-24-7)  at  New York  (33-34-8)TV:  730pm  NBC Sports NetworkLast game for Washington:  6-4 win at MontrealNicklas Backstrom-4 assistsEvgeny Kuznetsov-2 goalsTom Wilson-2 goalsAndre Burakovsky-2 assistsJohn Carlson-2 assistsThe Washington Capitals go for their eighth win in nine games tonight as they attempt to give themselves more of a cushion atop of the Metro Division as they visit the New York Rangers for the opener of a home-and-home series. The Capitals, will host the Rangers on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. Captain Alex Ovechkin leads the league with 44 goals and leads the team with 81 points. Ovi has been kept off the scoresheet however in two straight games on the road. Kuznetsov (73 points) has recorded three goals and six assists during his four-game point streak. Expect Phillip Grubaur back between the pipes tonight for the Washington Capitals.Last game for New York:  5-1 win vs. BuffaloJimmy Vesey-2 goals, assistChris Krieder-goal, assistNeal Pionk-goal, assistAlexandar Georgiev-43 savesZibanejad is riding a seven-game point streak. During this streak he has scored eight times. Jesper Fast is in the midst of a career-best eight-game streak of his own (three goals, seven assists). Chris Kreider might be the team’s hottest player of all with three goals and seven assists during a five-game streak, pushing his total to 36 points in 51 contests. according to scores and stats Georgiev, a 22-year-old Russian who was signed as a free agent, is 4-3-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in nine games (eight starts).Please follow and like us:last_img read more