C-NS girls basketball starts 1-2; Liverpool earns opening-week split

first_imgIn their own ways, the girls basketball teams at Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool enter the 2019-20 season with intense hunger and quite aware of the challenges ahead.For the Northstars, the main task is simple – dislodge West Genesee and reclaim its place atop the area Class AA ranks. Having most of its roster back, including top forwards Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe, helps in that effort.Knowing how consistent Cook and Rowe are in the paint, all of the C-NS players have said that, if it can find some consistent outside shooting, it could really be tough to beat.All of those elements were on display for C-NS in last Thursday’s opener, a 74-16 romp over Henninger that served as a tune-up for much tougher games on the weekend in the Albany area.Up against Shenendehowa on Saturday afternoon, the Northstars met a severe challenge and could not get past it, falling 80-46 to the Plainsmen.Cook gained 20 points and newcomer Alita Carey-Santagelo added 13 points, but Rowe was kept off the board and Shen was unstoppable in the first half, roaring to a 46-24 advantage.Following that, C-NS challenged Class A powerhouse Averill Park on Sunday afternoon at Shen, AP had already defeated Jamesville-DeWitt the day before, avenging six straight defeats to the Red Rams in Class A regional finals dating back to 2014.Not letting down at all, AP then beat the Northstars 54-42 behind 23 points from Anna Jankovic and 18 points from Kelsey Wood, meaning that C-NS was 1-2 with just its Tuesday game with Nottingham left before a trip to a large holiday national tournament in Arizona late this month.Liverpool’s challenge is a different one. The reconstruction of the high school gymnasium means most of the Warriors’ “home” games will take place at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.However, for last Tuesday’s season opener against Rochester Mercy (Section V), Liverpool played at Le Moyne College’s Henninger Athletic Center, where it lost, 53-35, to the Monarchs.Held to just 10 points in the first half, Liverpool did improve as the game went on, even though Mercy maintained its comfortable lead. Victoria Morgan led with 12 points, while freshman Naveah Wingate had nine points and Karlyssa Shiflett had six points.From there, the Warriors went to Corcoran on Friday for its SCAC Metro division opener. The Cougars are now coached by one-time great Camille Murphy, who replaced the retiring Jim Marsh.None of this fazed Liverpool, who got its first win of the season by putting away Corcoran 52-30. Holding the Cougars to a single free throw in the first quarter, the Warriors then got its attack going.During the last two periods, Liverpool outscored Corcoran 31-11, with Shiflett earning 13 points as Sarah Miles got 11 points and Jim’Marya Hunter contributed 10 points. Morgan helped out with six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpoollast_img read more

Mike Vrabel discusses Marcus Mariota’s future with Titans

first_img“I think everybody has a contract, and we’re very aware of players who are in the last year of the deal,” Vrabel said. “Marcus is obviously one of those. When you make a commitment to the QB you want to make sure that this is going to be your guy for the next 7-10 years when you look at the percentage of the cap quarterbacks are driving.”Mariota completed 68.9% of his passes and threw for 11 touchdowns, along with eight interceptions, in 14 games for Tennessee last season. He also added two scores on the ground. Related News Titans coach Mike Vrabel reiterates Ryan Tannehill’s role with team The Titans finished with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs.“Nobody is more proud of what Marcus has done in the offseason than me,” Vrabel said. “He’s come back stronger, bigger, with greater understanding of what we’re doing offensively, being able to communicate it to players (on) the field. I don’t look at the lack of a long-term extension as a negative, though that’s what people try to make it.”Tennessee originally selected Mariota out of Oregon with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. However, he has registered just a 27-28 record as a starter over his four NFL seasons. The Titans have not committed to Marcus Mariota long term.Tennessee picked up the fifth-year option on the 25-year-old quarterback’s rookie contract, but the sides have yet to agree to a new deal. Titans coach Mike Vrabel discussed Mariota’s future with the team during a recent interview with the MMQB.center_img Titans’ Adam Humphries explains decision to pass on Patriots “I know Marcus’s demeanor and that won’t change whether he’s on a 10-year contract or it’s up after the season,” Vrabel said. “He’s that type of person. So, I know it’ll work because of how he is.”The Titans are set to begin training camp next week.last_img read more

Residents Construct Roads with Bare Hands

first_imgSeveral young men have embarked on a self-help to reconstruct a 20-mile stretch of road linking Paynesville’s Pipeline Community with Mount Coffee, through Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.The youths, under the umbrella of the “Concerned Guys Organization,” said they are cognizant of the deplorable road networks across the country, wherein the government struggles to raise revenue to meet up with the challenges of infrastructure development.Members of the Concerned Guys Organization— who sing in unison to their recorded music— go about their work with the aid of manual implements such as shovels, diggers, hoes and cutlasses.The youthful and non-political “Concerned Guys Organization,” is headed by Konah Marweah, who is its chairman.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend at one of their working sites, Mr. Marweah said the organization’s campaign to recondition the stretch of road linking Pipeline Community with Lower Johnsonville is based on their desire to help support government’s effort to achieve its developmental objectives; particularly the construction of road networks.“We feel for the thousands of residents who are commuting along this route daily. Drivers of motorcycles and other vehicles that manage to travel here overcharge due to the bad condition of the road,” Mr. Marweah lamented.According to him, the campaign is being done without any political intent, “because our source of support is the little handouts we receive from motorists and passersby.”He said since the area is not covered by the central government’s developmental objectives through the Ministry of Public Works, the residents, mainly the youths, have intervened by building the road with their bare hands.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more