Week in Sports: Men’s soccer wins ACC, basketball returns, field hockey to final four and more

first_img Published on November 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Men’s soccer win the ACC championshipRead how Syracuse scored in a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame, which led to SU capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference crown.You can follow The Daily Orange’s continuing coverage of the team here.Back to BasketballBefore the season started Friday, The Daily Orange released its 2015 basketball guide, profiling a big man’s return from injury, the new SU point guard, a refined now-backup point guard and a reserved big man expanding his game. From’s the woman’s team, the guide included a player returning from two ACL surgeries in two years and the woman who will keep shooting 3s despite a disappointing 2014-15.You can follow all of The Daily Orange’s men’s basketball coverage here, and the women’s basketball coverage here.You can also read the full basketball guide, Back to Basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textField hockey advances to the final fourWith a Liz Sack-fueled 5-0 victory over Princeton Sunday, Syracuse field hockey made travel plans to drive the 501.5 miles from J.S. Coyne Stadium to the final four in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Laura Hurff and Lies Lagerweij led the defense in Sunday’s win.Follow all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the SU field hockey team here.Football competes with No. 1 ClemsonFor just a moment on Saturday, college football mattered in Syracuse, football beat writer Sam Blum wrote. That’s because Syracuse (3-7) took the nation’s No. 1 squad, Clemson, into the fourth quarter down by just a touchdown. But in the end, the team couldn’t capitalize. Also, running back George Morris  made the most of his opportunities in the game.Read all of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the game here. Commentslast_img read more

Rochester’s Lauryn Williams in USA-1 at Sochi Games

first_imgLauryn Williams with the United States team, gets out of her sled after a training run for the two-man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Lauryn Williams thought about quitting bobsledding after her very first ride four months ago.She stuck around, and another Olympic medal may be her reward.Williams’ improbable story grew Saturday when she was selected to push the USA-1 sled driven by Elana Meyers at the Sochi Olympics. That decision legitimizes her chance of becoming only the second person to win gold in two sports at the summer and winter games, after she helped the U.S. win the 4×100-meter relay at the London Games two years ago.“Incredible,” U.S. coach Todd Hays said after the decisions were made. “I would have bet anybody any amount of money that no person could walk on this team as a rookie and make the team, let alone actually be in USA-1. But you look at Lauryn’s resume and it tells you what type of athlete she is. She’s one of the greatest U.S. sprinters of all time, incredibly talented, incredibly powerful with an incredible work ethic.”Lolo Jones, another track Olympian-turned-bobsledder, and the person who recruited Williams to sliding, will push the USA-3 sled driven by Jazmine Fenlator of Wayne, N.J. In USA-2, it’s Jamie Greubel of Newtown, Pa. driving with brakeman Aja Evans of Chicago.Jones, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Williams, of Rochester, Pa., are becoming the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter Olympics.“I came here to help this team, and wherever the coaches think is the best place for me to help is where I’m going to be,” Williams said before the pairings were known. “And I’m going to push as hard as I can. … I’m excited. I love everyone on this team and I’m going to do the best job that I can.”Meyers, from Douglasville, Ga., drove to either gold or silver medals in seven of the eight World Cup races this season, finishing one point behind Kaillie Humphries of Canada in the season long standings. Meyers and Williams were paired together once, earning silver.Greubel and Evans also raced together once this season, finishing fourth. Fenlator was with Jones — who missed medals in the hurdles at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 — three times in World Cup races this winter, with seventh being their top finish.“We have three great brakemen. That’s the best-case scenario,” Meyers said. “Regardless of who’s in my sled, I’m going to have a great push, so that’s a very comforting feeling going in.”The American women came into the season talking about sweeping the podium, something the U.S. has done only twice in any event at the Winter Olympics, claiming gold, silver and bronze in men’s figure skating in 1956, then again in a men’s snowboard event in 2002.It’s not totally farfetched. In the World Cup standings, Greubel finished third, Fenlator was seventh, and the U.S. swept one podium — a gold for Meyers and a two-way tie between Greubel and Fenlator for silver — in a World Cup race at Park City earlier this season.“We’re going to go for it,” Meyers said. “I think we have the brakemen, we have the equipment and now it’s just figuring out this track.”The men’s two-man pairings also were revealed Saturday, with Steve Langton tabbed to push the USA-1 two-man sled driven by Steven Holcomb. Holcomb and Langton won a world title together in 2012.The other two-man pairings for the U.S. include Nick Cunningham driving with Dallas Robinson, along with Cory Butner driving with brakeman Chris Fogt.None of those picks were particularly surprising.Williams being in USA-1 for the women’s race, that one will surely raise eyebrows. She was going to be a financial planner a few months ago before deciding almost on a whim to go to Lake Placid, N.Y. and see what bobsledding was all about.It’s now within the realm of possibility that she can join Eddie Eagan — an American who won gold as a boxer at the 1920 Summer Olympics, then as a bobsledder at the 1932 Winter Olympics — on one of the most elite Olympic lists.“You combine that everything she is together,” Hays said, “and you find a girl who can make herself great at just about anything.”last_img read more

Middletown Wants Microgrid Grant for Emergency Power

first_img“Staff is in the process of evaluating the 13 micro-grid feasibility studies that have been submitted and determining next steps,” said BPU spokesman Peter Peretzman in an email Feb. 14. “Through us, we can guarantee a price and a completion date,” he said. “We can have an operating system delivering power in under 30 months.” MIDDLETOWN – A New York-based real estate and infrastructure investment firm said last week that it is interested in partnering with Middletown on the construction of a microgrid to supply the community with backup power. “My interests are aligned with you,” he said to an audience that included township officials and others. “I want this service to get online efficiently and on time, because I don’t make any money otherwise.” The microgrid would supply power to the sites identified in the report, even in non-emergencies. A system relying upon a renewable energy source like solar would help the township immediately in case of an outage or a shortage, one Middletown official said at the information session. By Philip Sean Curran In all, the BPU awarded 13 grants to towns and others to create feasibility reports for microgrids. Middletown was hit hard in 2012 when Super Storm Sandy caused widespread and prolonged power outages. In 2017 Middletown received a $150,000 grant from the state Board of Public Utilities to create a feasibility study for a microgrid to supply power to “critical facilities” located in a 3.5-mile span of the township. Among other places, those include public schools, the municipal Sewage Authority, Naval Weapons Station Earle and traffic signals on Routes 35 and 36 and Leonardville Road.At the information meeting, municipal administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said the report is completed and went to the BPU for review. The project does not have a price tag yet or a location. David R. Soares, president and CEO of Lexden Capital, made his presentation Feb. 13 during an information session at the Middletown Arts Center about the project. He said the firm would work with the township from the pre-construction phase, through such steps as engineering, to building the grid. In an email Feb.15, Mercantante said the “BPU is supposed to select three or four proposals to go to the next phase for more detailed design, along with additional funding.” Paul Heitmann, president of Businovation and consultant on the project, said in a phone interview Feb.14 that the location of the grid would be determined during the upcoming design phase of the project. There was some initial thought of putting the entire grid at Naval Weapons Station Earle, but nothing has been finalized, he said. “So we expect to hear in a couple of months where we stand,” he said. “JCP&L has committed to working with the BPU, municipalities like Middletown and their consultants as they work to conduct feasibility studies related to development of microgrids and is providing information to help inform the studies,” JCP&L spokeswoman Jennifer Young said by email Feb.15. “It’s very early in the process and too soon to say how JCP&L might integrate with a microgrid in the future, but we will continue to engage in the process to determine the microgrid potential in Middletown.” “So there’s no delay and, most importantly, the power gets generated locally,” said township committeeman Kevin M. Settembrino. “We don’t have to wait for power from outside the region.” The township’s normal electricity provider is Jersey Central Power & Light. last_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more