MDI Trojan girls dominate at Presque Isle Invitational

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Bio Latest Posts Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img PRESQUE ISLE — With all seven runners placing among the top 15, the Mount Desert Island Trojans dominated the girls’ varsity competition at Saturday’s Presque Isle Invitational.The Trojans finished with just 18 points, well ahead of runner-up Washburn with 71 points.MDI’s Maggie Painter left the rest of the field behind with her winning time of 19 minutes and 49.03 seconds over the three-mile course.Also for the Trojans, Isabel Erickson was second in 20:11.20; Waylon Henggeler was third in 20:15.06; Olivia Erickson was fifth in 21:21.67; Caroline Driscoll was seventh in 21:52.09; Lydia Dacorte was 10th in 22:03.22; and Eli Hinerfeld was 13th in 22:21.63.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Trojan varsity boys also turned in a strong performance with six of seven runners placing among the top 20.But that wasn’t good enough to overcome the John Bapst Crusaders, whose top five runners finished in the top 12.The Crusaders finished with 37 points and the Trojans were runners-up with 60.Jordan Harris led MDI with a fourth place finish of 18:21.79 in the field of 62 runners.Other Trojans included Ralph Magnani, 11th in 18:57.44; Ethan Craigo, 14th in 19:05.51; Peter Philbrook, 15th in 19:06.54; Dylan Harris, 16th in 19:13.82; William Richard, 20th in 19:30.24; and Ransom Burgess, 46th in 21:55.45.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Syracuse doesn’t care about rankings, why should it?

first_imgThe way Jim Boeheim stopped the reporter mid-question on Saturday, it was easy to tell he saw this one coming a mile away.Well, Jim (No. 1) Kansas and (No. 2) Kentucky lost today …‘Yeah,’ Syracuse’s head coach interrupted. ‘I don’t care. It doesn’t matter at all in our game where you’re rated, it really doesn’t.’Of course, the point was to get Boeheim to talk about his first potential regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1990. An emphatic win over No. 7 Villanova Saturday, in addition to a colossal upheaval in the front end of the Top 25, left the Orange a prime candidate to fill the vacancy at the top. But he wasn’t biting. Just like most of his players in postgame interviews weren’t. You see, it’s common speak among coaches and athletes to say they don’t believe in rankings. It’s like saying you treat every practice like game day, or that you believe in your coach after a 1-12 season — it’s a filtered and ultimately fallacious statement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in Syracuse’s case, we should all be inclined to believe them. This Orange team has seen firsthand the deceptive façade the Top 25 can be. Before the season started, it was shut out of the Associated Press poll and was picked to finish sixth in a conference where it just clinched at least a share of the title.And now players are supposed to be excited about potentially reaching the apex of the one thing they’ve dismissed all season? No. They have the right to say, without question, that they don’t care about rankings. ‘We’re not concerned about anything except St. John’s,’ Boeheim said. ‘Whatever happens (regarding the rankings) happens and all the other stuff. This team has never thought for a minute this year whether we are ranked or not ranked or where our ranking is.’Let me make one thing clear: This is not a series of jabs against the writers who vote in the AP Top 25, or the coaches in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 — seven out of the last 10 NCAA national champions were, at one point, ranked No. 1 in those polls. Better than I could do.For Syracuse, this is more about taking what’s read and heard with a grain of salt, something that will be exponentially more difficult if they earn the No. 1 ranking, and, for how long they keep it.Here’s a preview: Following the Villanova game, at least four different reporters popped in front of Wes Johnson’s locker, shined the bright camera lights in his face and said definitively: Wes, are you guys the best team in the country?Diligently, he entertained every single person who asked.‘I’ll let everybody else decide that,’ Johnson said. ‘We’ll take it one game at a time. We had a good win tonight and we’ve got a good St. John’s team coming in. They’re playing well this year, so we need to prepare for them. But I think we’ll let everybody else decide that.’And this will go on for the days, or weeks, Syracuse keeps the ranking. People will ask the Orange if it feels it has a target on its back. Whether or not the pressure mounts each and every game now that it’s the top dog.With a loss, Syracuse’s weaknesses and failures will be magnified. Relinquishing the top spot will earn that dunce-cap NO.1 TEAM UPSET spot on SportsCenter’s daily rundown. It’s a Mack-sized shot to the Orange’s confidence the team won’t need, or deserve. But only if it buys into the hype, believes that these polls actually mean something.Instead, Syracuse players and fans need to listen to Boeheim. The rankings, in this case, really don’t matter. Getting too caught up in something so menial will only damage the team in the long run. Playing up to someone else’s standard damages team psyche during a time of year when it needs to be strongest. When people ask Syracuse players if they think they’re No. 1, they should all respond the way Rick Jackson did Saturday.‘I love these guys, I see these guys every day,’ Jackson said. ‘I think they’re all a great bunch of guys. I think we go out and play hard.’Pressed for more of an answer, he rolled his eyes and said of course he thinks he plays on the best team in the country, wouldn’t anyone?And as far as the polls go, don’t worry — these things have a way of working themselves out without stressing. Remember those three teams in the last 10 years that won the national championship and were never No. 1 in the Top 25?One was Maryland in 2002.Another was Florida in 2006.And then there was Syracuse, back in 2003. Comments Published on March 8, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 37) (REOPENS DEL 37) Sushil has also argued that the government has spent a substantial amount of money on his training and even the federation has been asking him to keep practising. “If it was already decided that the athlete winning the quota place would be the one going to Rio Games, then WFI should have told me and also my name should have been omitted from the TOP scheme. “Then I would not have worked so hard in the last one year and also the government should not have wasted so much money and time on my training in India as well as abroad,” Sushil said. With Sushils letter lying with the PMO, WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh Sharan has said that the federation would wait for the government to give directions on the matter. Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he had secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. While Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. PTI CM PM PMlast_img read more