AJ MACLEAN/Herald photoThe No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis split a pair of closely contested weekend conference matches, falling 4-3 to No. 54 Illinois Saturday before flipping the score on No. 50 Purdue Sunday. The difference between the two contests for the Badgers was the same doubles point that has proven all-too elusive this season, with Wisconsin dropping it to the Illini before snagging it against the Boilermakers en route to victory.“We’ve been knocking on the door [for] the last three [doubles] points, and been so close and to finally get that doubles point was just great because it just shows their resilience and that they’re going to go out there, and they’re going to fight, and they’re going to continue to try to find a way,” head coach Patti Henderson said after the Purdue victory. “And we found a way to get that point today.”Against Illinois, the Badgers’ third-flight doubles team of Nicole Beck and Chelsea Nusslock defeated Momei Qu and Pavlina Akritas 8-4 while Wisconsin’s second squad of Lindsay Martin and Kaylan Caiati fell 8-5 to Brianna Knue and Macall Harkins. With the doubles affair split at one point apiece, all eyes turned to the top court where Katie McGaffigan and Caitlin Burke were representing the Badgers against Cynthya Goulet and Emily Wang.The first break of the contest came in the third game when the Illini went up 2-1, but the Badgers quickly responded claiming the next serve. There were two more breaks in the next eight games — with one going to each team. From there each team held until the affair knotted at eight games apiece. In the ensuing tiebreaker, the Illini went up 5-1 before Wisconsin battled back with the next three points, highlighted by an ace from McGaffigan, bringing the score to 5-4 in favor of Illinois. But Wisconsin could only claim one of the next three points, dropping the tiebreak 7-5 and losing the set 9-8(5), giving Illinois the doubles point.The second and third flight matches fell the same way Sunday, but this time McGaffigan and Burke would avoid the spotlight by quickly handling Purdue’s Lara Bugarello and Shawna Zuccarini 8-3 in a match that started off with the Badgers taking a clean sweep of the initial round of serves and going up 4-0.On the singles front, Wisconsin needed four matches out of six to claim victory against Illinois and came up one short with only No. 83 Burke, Caiati and Nusslock proving winners on the day. But the Badgers would need only three singles points to emerge victorious Sunday.Caiati was the first Wisconsin winner off the court against Purdue, making quick work of Brooke Beier 6-4, 6-1. The next successful Badger was Martin, a senior, who made the most of her final home match by coming up with a decisive 6-4, 6-3 win over Shawna Zuccarini.“I haven’t had too many [wins] in the past couple of weeks,” Martin said. “So I guess if I had to come have one anytime, this was a good time to have it.”With Nusslock, Lexi Goldin and McGaffigan coming up short in their matches, attention shifted to Burke’s match against Stephanie Wooten, which, by the time Nusslock finished the penultimate contest, was only half-way through its second set. Burke had claimed the first frame 6-4 before falling behind in the second set 4-1.From there, Burke rallied, holding serve to bring the affair to 4-2 before breaking Wooten in the following game and then holding serve to tie the set at 4-4. The players proceeded to trade games until Burke found herself down 6-5 needing to hold serve to bring the matter to a tiebreak. When the 12th game knotted at deuce, things became eerily similar to the first game of the players’ first set when Burke would force the matter to deuce nine times en route to breaking Wooten.But this time the game ended quickly, as Burke claimed the first advantage and Wooten returned a shot into the net on the ensuing point. In the tiebreaker, it was all Burke, as the Badger sophomore went up 4-0 before ceding a single point. Then, at 6-1, Wooten double-faulted to give Burke the second set and Wisconsin a collective victory on the day.“I definitely did not want to go into a third set,” Burke said. “I was getting tired toward the end, so I really picked up the momentum in the last few games.” read more
Published on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Brielle DeJoe crouched behind the goal in her front yard and watched her older brother Derek fire shot after shot into the netting. She braved the oncoming barrage of lacrosse balls for the thrill of watching the numbers flash on the radar gun in her outstretched arm.104. 105. 106.“I was always excited to see how fast it was,” Brielle said. “… I would suck it up and stand back there, but I was definitely scared.”When it wasn’t Brielle standing behind the cage, it was her father, Steve, who was testing the speed of Derek’s shots. And if it wasn’t at home, Derek was showcasing his high-velocity shot at camps, tournaments and other lacrosse events.DeJoe’s shot has defined his lacrosse career. It’s fast — topping out at 111 mph at an official Major League Lacrosse radar test in the summer of 2014, which is only 8.9 mph shy of a world record — and why head coach John Desko tabbed him as the team’s “3-point shooter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut three years into his Syracuse career, DeJoe is tired of answering questions about his shot. He’s tired of being stuck, for much of his career, as a man-up specialist. He has a chance to be a mainstay in the midfield and display parts of his arsenal not defined by triple digits.“I don’t think he’s gotten to show a lot of that stuff,” Steve DeJoe said, “Because when you’re just on man-up you just have a certain role. Once he gets more consistency out on the field, he’s going to rise to the top and do a lot better because he’s been waiting.”Phillip Elgie | Staff PhotographerDeJoe lines his chin up over his right shoulder, extends his arms fully back to his left and crow-hops forward before ripping a shot toward the cage. It’s his mechanics that give him such high speeds on his shots, he said, joking that he’s “not that big of a guy” at the prospect of it being pure strength.The now 6-foot-1, 215-pound midfielder was a mechanically sound player from the start, his former high school coach and current Rochester Rattler’s (MLL) coach, Tim Soudan, said. He was a natural. He never had a problem shooting with his arms tight to his body or limiting his strength to just his elbows like many players do.What he did have was larger thighs than his teammates, which allowed him to generate power through his lower body and put torque on the ball.It’s rare that you get a guy that … you can see how significantly faster he shoots the ball than other guysTim SoudanAt home, DeJoe constantly shattered his own windows and the neighbors’. The neighborhood didn’t mind too much, his dad said, but when DeJoe nearly shredded a hole in a neighbor’s garage door, his father set up a 20-foot high and 60-foot wide screen to confine the balls to their front yard.Warming up before a game during his sophomore year of high school, DeJoe rocketed a ball near post toward his teammate, Blaze Riorden, in net. His hand stood about as much of a chance as any of the windows.The ball struck near the goalie’s thumb and broke the side of his hand, sending him to the hospital. DeJoe’s coaches had to talk to him about easing up in practice.“Basically, what I told him was just shoot for the corners, “ Soudan said. “We don’t want to hurt any more of our guys. … He’s just a guy that shoots it hard.”When DeJoe was younger, he watched Soudan shoot in the low-100s at clinics that Soudan ran. It was the fastest DeJoe had ever seen and he wanted to emulate it.In time, he did. DeJoe started winning every fastest shot competition he could enter. Crowds gathered at the annual Ithaca Turkeyshoot Lacrosse Tournament to watch him win lacrosse stick heads each year. At tournaments, his teammates would take the money their parents gave them for the $1 shot speed competitions and give it to DeJoe to use.“He’d win a bunch of prizes for doing it,” Riorden said. “… We knew he was going to win.”Emma Comtois | Design EditorIn games, though, a quick release is more important than the velocity on the ball, he said. That was something that came naturally to him, too.From 15 yards out, DeJoe can catch a pass while taking a step forward and shoot on net all in one fluid motion. Most players struggle to find the cage from beyond 12 yards.“I usually tell people to let up shots outside of 12 yards. Twelve yards is fine with me,” said Riorden, now the starting goalie at Albany. “But when it comes to Derek, I have to tell them to push out to at least 15 yards.”His shot and ability to stretch opposing defenses has been mostly limited to man-up opportunities. Eight of his 13 career goals have come during a man advantage. In the stands, his father would anxiously await opposing penalties because they signaled DeJoe’s time on the field.DeJoe focused on dodging this offseason and improved his shooting with his non-dominant right hand. Each skill is better showcased in the normal run of play than limited to the designated man-up role.During Syracuse’s scrimmage against Le Moyne on Jan. 30, DeJoe played with the second line of midfielders. Now that midfielders like Nicky Galasso, Henry Schoonmaker and Hakeem Lecky are gone, there are spots in the midfield for the taking.That’s what he’s been waiting for. That’s what he’s been trying to do.Steve DeJoeStanding on the block S in the middle of the Carrier Dome field, DeJoe is the only player on the team that can fire the ball straight up 165 feet and hit the top of the Dome.His shot has gotten him this far in his Orange career. It’s given him a reputation in the lacrosse community, causing defenders and even sometimes goalies to duck out of the way.But even though he can tag the inflated roof with lacrosse balls, he hasn’t yet reached his own ceiling. His first, and last, chance to show his dodging, improved offhand and effect he can have beyond the extra man role all hinge on this season.“I don’t want to leave any questions,” DeJoe said, “anything unanswered.” Comments This is placeholder text Advertisement Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Derek DeJoe’s shot has been clocked at 111 mph, but he wants to be known for more than just his fast shot Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Tipperary interest is few and far between with only 3 runners across 7 races.Joseph Murphy saddles up Zemario in the first race of the day at 2.15, while Aidan O’Brien’s Lone Star runs two races later in the Go Racing In Kildare 3 year old Maiden Hurdle at 3.15.The John Nicholson trained Ma Garrett completes Tipp involvement at Punchestown when he runs in the last race of the day at 5.30.
…contractor blames Communities Ministry engineersOnce again, works on the Kitty Market are being stalled, this time on account of the interference of Engineers from the Communities Ministry, according to Councillor Oscar Clarke.At Monday’s statutory meeting of the Mayor and City Council, Clarke said that he recently visited the Kitty Market where works were currently ongoing and was informed by the contractor that engineers from the Ministry were stymieing theThe Kitty Marketwork.“I visited Kitty Market and I met the contractor on the job and the contractor informed me that his work on the project is being stymied by the engineers from the Ministry of Communities. He called a particular name, but I won’t refer to the engineer’s name, but he said that the engineer stopped him from working on both outside and inside,” Clarke reported.“They told him that he had to complete outside before he could start inside. But if a contractor have a job, I don’t know how the contractor can be told not to do work inside when we can do both outside and inside and if he does that, then he can have the project could be completed ahead of time and at less cost, but this contractor is being held up,” he added.The Councillor also questioned the work of the City’s Engineer Department and whether they were overseeing the work being done there. He also reported that the contractor related that the visits from the engineers have been few and far in between.“The man telling me the work stalling up because of cash flow, but we all know that $25 million has been budgeted and it is available, so what is happening here, is there a deliberate attempt to have this project held back?” Clarke questioned.In response to the Councillor’s questions, Engineer Colvern Venture related that they were aware of delays in payments and other issues affecting the work at Kitty Market.Additionally, Venture said that a report was submitted to him outlining the issues, but he was yet to review the document and submit it to the Council.However, this did not go down well with Councillor Clarke, who said that the Mayor and City Councillors have a responsibility to ensure that the project was being monitored closely.“We are responsible for the supervision of the work being undertaken by the contractor…. work so when I heard that the engineer was assigned and he submitted a report, we should send for that report to see whether the engineers are in touch with each other… this is a serious matter,” he noted.Town Clerk Royston King said that he was unaware of such issues affecting the project and committed to contacting the Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry to address the issue.Efforts to contact the Ministry’s engineer department proved futile.The Kitty Market rehabilitation project commenced over two years ago, but was stalled several times owing to unavailability of funds and materials. As a result, City Hall was forced to approach the Communities Ministry for assistance since the first phase of the works was about 70 per cent completed for the upper flat and 45 per cent for the lower flat.During a site visit to the Market, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan pledged $25 million to complete the project. The Ministry said that phase one of the project was expected to cost in the vicinity of $25 million and the scope of works include the construction of 15 external stalls, the sanitary block, and the administrative office, inclusive of a revenue collection section. read more
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