Coming off Big East Championship success, Penney cementing Syracuse legacy

first_img Published on February 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm Contact Bryan: [email protected] Last week, Chris Fox said Syracuse’s Laruen Penney may be the best distance runner in the country right now.After her two most recent performances at the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Big East Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, Penney has a legitimate case to prove her coach right.In Seattle, the post-graduate runner competed in the 3,000-meter race. After building her base in the fall, Penney’s training and determination came together in the race. She ended up placing fifth with a time of 9:06.Her time, however, was good enough to conquer the school record of 9:12, which she set in 2012.“Going into the race, I was really excited,” Penney said. “I think I had a chance to get my best time, but I didn’t know I’d drop it by six seconds. I was just hoping for under 9:10.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Penney is hoping her personal record holds up and gets her to Nationals, she had to quickly put the race behind her with the Big East Indoor Championships coming up the following weekend.In her final time competing in the event, Penney carried her momentum from the week before and finished third in the 3,000-meter run. While her time of 9:24.46 was much slower than at the Husky Classic, she was still able to earn SU six points – one-fifth of the 30 points they would earn total as a team on the weekend.“This meet is not about getting individual fast times,” Penney said. “It’s more about going out there for the team and making Syracuse look good.”The women’s team finished ninth for the second straight year at the meet, and scored six fewer points than a year ago.Even though Syracuse focuses more on the outdoor season, many of the runners feel veteran athletes like Penney are always successful indoors because they have learned to progress as athletes and become more professional.When Penney was a freshman, she suffered a quad strain and didn’t really know what the injury was at the time. All she knew was that something was not right.“At this time freshman year, I wasn’t even running because of the injury,” Penney said. “I would say, ‘I hope I run again at some point.’ And now I have come a really long way since that.”Griff Graves was a teammate who watched her overcome the injury and ultimately run her way into the Syracuse record books.Graves has been Penney’s teammate since 2008. While he has embraced a veteran-like role on the team, Graves knows how important other older runners like Penney are to a program trying to resurrect its indoor reputation.And in the past four and a half seasons, he has been a testament to that.“You look at a girl like Lauren and she is a stud,” Graves said. “She is going to be going to Nationals this year and will tear it up because she’s learned over the years how to take it professionally, step by step. She is probably the best distance runner Syracuse has ever seen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories TRACK : Penney breaks Orange teammate’s mile record at Valentine’s Invitationallast_img read more

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Japan eliminates Israel, reaches WBC championship round

first_imgSeiichi Uchikawa hit a double down the third base line to drive in two more runs in the eighth and Matsuda singled in the final run to complete the rout.Israel won its first four games of the tournament but could not match more experienced baseball powers like Japan and the Netherlands in the second round.The Netherlands beat Israel 12-2 in eight innings Monday.Ike Davis broke the shutout bid with a single in the top of the ninth that scored Sam Fuld from second, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled in two more runs before Kazuhisa Makita retired the side in the ninth.Israel was made up almost entirely of Jewish-American players with major and minor league experience. TOKYO — Yoshitomo Tsutsugo sparked a five-run sixth inning with a solo home run to lead Japan over Israel 8-3 Wednesday and into the championship round of the World Baseball Classic.With a perfect 6-0 record through the first two rounds, two-time champion Japan advances from Pool E along with the Netherlands, which beat Cuba 14-1 at Tokyo Dome. Israel and Cuba were eliminated.Tsutsugo connected off Israel reliever Dylan Axelrod with blast to deep center field. Nobuhiro Matsuda doubled in a run to make it 2-0 and Seiji Kobayashi, Nori Aoki and Ryosuke Kikuchi all added RBI hits to widen the lead.“Our pitchers were doing a great job so I wanted to do something to contribute in that situation,” Tsutsugo said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “We’re disappointed because we lost and won’t be moving on,” Israel manager Jerry Weinstein said. “But we lost to two excellent teams. Japan didn’t give anything away. They got timely hitting and really good pitching.”In Wednesday’s first game, former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien homered twice for the Netherlands.Balentien, who plays in Japan for the Yakult Swallows, hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo blast in the third as the Netherlands jumped out to a 7-0 lead.“We knew this was a needed game so I was focused on every at-bat,” Balentien said. “I was happy to get a chance to put us on the board early with those home runs.”Yurendell Decaster drove in two runs on a single to right in the fourth when the Netherlands scored five more runs to put the game out of reach.Netherlands starter Diegomar Markwell picked up the win after holding Cuba to one run on four hits over six innings.Cuba came to the WBC with a young team and went 0-3 in the second round.“The Netherlands crushed us and we were unable to come back,” Cuba manager Carlos Marti said. “Cuba is a very young team so this was a good experience and we have to prepare for the future.”The March 20-22 championship round will be held at Dodger Stadium. It consists of two semifinal games and the winner-take-all championship game.last_img read more

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Hamilton slams ‘white-dominated’ F1 for silence over Floyd death

first_imgLewis Hamilton said the problem of racism was not confined to America But he added: “There can be no peace until our so-called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.“The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same!“We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”Basketball legend Jordan joined a chorus of voices from the NBA, NFL and other US sports demanding change for black Americans, but the calls weren’t limited to the United States.French footballer Marcus Thuram and England international Jadon Sancho both called for justice for Floyd after scoring in Germany’s Bundesliga. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | World champion Lewis Hamilton criticised the “biggest of stars” in “white-dominated” Formula One for failing to speak out against racism as protests erupted around the United States.The Mercedes driver warned “I know who you are and I see you” as he accused his fellow drivers of “staying silent” following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during his arrest in Minneapolis.The videotaped incident has triggered unrest in several cities and led to an outpouring of condemnation from top athletes including Michael Jordan and Serena Williams.“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone.“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are and I see you.”Hamilton, the six-time world champion, said he supported only peaceful protesters, not those who have looted stores and set fire to buildings.last_img read more

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Westport Winery Opens Seaside Retreat

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery and the Roberts’ family have added a luxury lodging component to their already diversified winery offerings. Westport Winery Seaside Retreat is the family’s vacation home on the golf course in Seaside, Oregon, just south of their Seaside tasting room. The residence features the winery’s classic District 13 Coast Guard exterior paint scheme as they do on all their properties.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThis new home constructed over the past twelve months was designed for the family’s primary use as they commute between their Aberdeen and Seaside locations. Winery co-founder, Kim Roberts said, “We all live on property at our Washington location and we don’t have much time away from the business. At the same time, we work when other people play, so our Seaside home is empty all summer and most weekends making it a perfect vacation rental.”The home’s interior reflects the family’s love of wine and the beach, beginning with their own wine labels on the walls to each room having a unique ocean theme. Many of the tables display a private shell collection on loan from a long-time family friend from their days owning Lahaina Divers on Maui. For this reason alone, the property is not suitable for children, nor is it pet-friendly.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe layout features an open-concept living area perfect for vacationers with a large living room, dining room and gourmet kitchen. The living area has sliding doors on each side of the gas fireplace with panoramic views of the fairway and mountains beyond. There is a big screen television above the fireplace. The dining table is perfect for groups of six for everything from holidays meals to games to crafts. It is beautifully lit by a custom chandelier designed by winemaker Dana Roberts.The kitchen is fully equipped including all major appliances, dinnerware, cooking and baking pans, small appliances (rice cooker to waffle iron), and the basics in spices. Plus, there is a propane barbecue grill on the patio complete with six Adirondack chairs and a table for cocktails as guests watch the golfers and wildlife in fenced comfort. In addition to all the features in the kitchen, including a four-seater bar with quartz counters, the home has a large laundry room and pantry.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryFor relaxing slumber, there are three king bedrooms each with its own attached bathroom. All of the bathrooms have step-in showers with an additional tub in the master suite. From pretty linens to luxurious mattresses the bedrooms are built for relaxation. Two bedrooms have regular sized televisions and the master suite features a big screen. With the three bedrooms the absolute top limit is six guests which is also mandated by the special permit issued by the city.On the street side there is a shortcut through the lovely landscaped garden toward The Cove, the prominent surfing and walking beach just a half a block south. In the opposite direction, it’s an easy walk to the golf course club house, restaurant and bar. And heading northwest the property is just a block from a neighborhood grocery, pub and the popular Osprey Café. All guests receive complimentary wine tasting in their tasting room at 810 Broadway.With so many great destinations in easy walking distance it’s especially nice that there is paved on-site parking for three cars, plus a two-car garage. The City of Seaside does not allow on-street parking, so guests need to plan accordingly. There are also “good neighbor” rules, a tsunami evacuation route and an emergency alert radio in the cottage. This is a non-smoking and non-vaping property both inside and out. There are keyless entries for visitors which also have security cameras.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryBookings and inquiries are available exclusively on Airbnb. The link to the property is on the winery website at www.westportwinery.com or directly at https://abnb.me/wm8iVGkHCT. The winery staff is not trained on answering questions or taking bookings, so all inquiries need to work through the online reservations. Family friend Kegan French is the onsite property manager in Seaside. He communicates with all those interested in renting the property. The base rate is $275 per night with a three-night minimum plus a $95 cleaning fee and a refundable deposit. Prices go up in the busy summer season.Westport Winery Seaside just received the Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit the Westport Winery website. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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Portrait of a Rumson Artist

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |RUMSON – For artist Lori Oakes a backyard shed is not a place to store things. It’s a place to make things.Inside her little outbuilding on Forrest Avenue exists a world of art. The walls are papered with published projects and storyboard sketches. Sealed egg cartons keep an assortment of oil paints from drying out and cardboard carriers hold brushes, scissors and glue. A giant Mac computer dominates her desk.“I’m not a ‘realistic artist.’ ” said Oakes during a tour of the sunlit studio, where rock music played softly. “I like thinking of a funny situation, something animated and exciting, and then developing characters.”“But you should learn the rules first and then experiment. For someone like me, I work best that way, by experimenting.”Years ago, with local artist Evelyn Leavens of Red Bank, Oakes dabbled in cel animation. She doodled and created characters inspired by Dr. Seuss, Disney and Peanuts.Oakes attended the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, taking courses in design, painting and illustration. A senior year experience made her realize how she wanted to share her art.“I interned with a school for the deaf in one of the Philly suburbs. I’ll never forget how I used to walk into a cafeteria filled with students with hands flying, lighting up the room,” Oakes remembers. “I illustrated my own interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk and the book was printed and used in the school.”The picture book spoke for itself, delivering the fairy tale’s message without words. “That experience was incredible, and it was then I thought, ‘Wow you can use your art to help others.’ ”She turned that love into a profession.For many years Oakes worked out of a professional studio in Red Bank, collaborating with other design and advertising agencies, notably McCann-Corbran Advertising and Design, formerly of Fair Haven. She worked on projects for the Ringling Brothers, AT&T and developed the firstaid character Maxwell the Mouse for Riverview Medical Center. She designed logos for local businesses like Brennan’s Delicatessen and Cups & Cakes.But in her other job as a Forrest Avenue crossing guard, Oakes continued to draw inspiration from children. She drew little girls in mismatched polka dot outfits with cowgirl boots, hair swinging in ponytails, and huddles of boys heading back with her sons from basketball practice. The characters and storylines began appearing all over everyday life. She enjoyed observing the way her sons, John and Tommy Oakes, viewed the world.Around that time, Oakes was also helping a close family friend write and illustrate a story for his daughter, when she decided, “This is what I want to do.”She embarked on a series of children’s stories with her neighbor, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, (this reporter’s mother) to teach kids about the environment, self-acceptance and following dreams. The team has published two out of five stories, “Suzy the Scene” and “Peter the Polluter.” Their next book will focus on the distractions of texting.“Each book has a lesson,” Oakes says. “It’s simple and poignant.”Each book has a theme, too, about respecting the planet and using your unique talent to live up to your potential.This article was first published in the Around Town: Rumson special section in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Selkirk College Pride Helps Produce Spirited Effort

first_imgA mix of boisterous students, ardent local hockey fans and interested observers help provide an atmosphere unrivalled in the West Kootenay-Boundary.The Saints triumphed over Trinity Western University 6-3 with the fans scoring an assist in the victory.“Every time there is a big hit or a big save or a big play… you hear it,” Heaven says of the support in the stands.“It’s incentive knowing that when you get out there you have that backing behind you, it gives a little more desire to get out there and perform at a higher level. You are getting that support and you want to give them a good show.”The Saints have put together a modest 2-2 start to the 2015-2015 BCIHL regular season as they build towards taking a shot an unprecedented fourth straight league title.With all five teams in the league taking turns earning victories so far this season, the Saints are in a four-way tie atop the league standings in the young season.“If we can continue to build on what I have seen so far from this team, I think we will be in a good spot to get ourselves into the playoffs and move towards our ultimate goal at the end of the year,” says Heaven.The Saturday night game against the Eagles is the only game of the weekend.The Saints will return home on October 31 to take on Simon Fraser University at the Castlegar & District Community Complex. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m. The high octane brand of hockey the Selkirk College Saints showcase on the ice is fuelled by what goes on behind the glass.The Selkirk College hockey team will return to the Castlegar & District Community Complex this Saturday night for a tilt against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) contest will feature great hockey action, but it’s what happens in the stands that helps give the home team an additional boost.“That extra energy they bring is absolutely a benefit,” Saints head coach Brent Heaven says of the fan support the team receives during home games.“We don’t necessarily pay attention to what is being said or what they are doing up there, it’s more of the atmosphere and noise.”The Saints home opener earlier this month brought out more than 500 hockey fans to the Castlegar arena.last_img read more

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There’s something fishy about the Giants’ interest in Bryce Harper

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Spring Training is about to get underway in Arizona and Florida, so it’s strange that 26-year-old Bryce Harper — one of baseball’s best players and arguably the sports’ most marketable star — is unsigned.Despite not being an initial suitor, it’s evident that the San Francisco Giants agree with that sentiment. With the market for Harper stagnant, the Giants reportedly recently met with the ex-Nationals outfielder.It’ …last_img

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49ers analysis: Why it’s OK Jalen Ramsey got traded to Rams

first_imgNo team is allowing fewer passing yards per game than the 49ers.Mortgaging their future drafts for a cornerback would have been bad business, compounded by an expensive contract extension, which they’ve already done at quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and pass rusher (Dee Ford).The 49ers (5-0) are more than fine. As for the Los Angeles Rams, who just lost 20-7 at “home” to the 49ers on Sunday, they felt compelled to go for broke, perhaps literally, by trading Tuesday for cornerback Jalen …last_img

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a month agoKlopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning run

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning runby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s not thinking about their stunning winning run.The Reds’ have now won 15 Premier League matches in a row as they prepare to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday but he insists that is not a factor for them.He said, “We don’t think about it. The only moment when I think about it is in the press conference. Nobody mentions it, we don’t think about it and it’s just about the next game.“Thank God we lost from time to time in the Champions League and other cup competitions so we still know how it feels, because that is really important.“We want to go to Sheffield and make their life as uncomfortable as possible. Maybe we are considered a top team but we don’t want to behave like a top team. Playing, if possible, yes but fighting like a proper challenger.“I don’t see any reason why there should be any advantage for Sheffield apart from playing in their own stadium. Is it allowed that they will fight more than us? No. Is it allowed that they will run more than us? No. Is it allowed that they do more? No.“We have to be spot on. That is the plan. We tried to make sure with how we planned the week that the boys will be ready for the game. Really looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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The SEC Made A Ridiculous Amount Of Money In 2014

first_imgSEC Logo in blue background.SEC Logo MoneyLife is good down south – down in the SEC, specifically. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the SEC made $455 million in 2014, a probable record for revenue among college football conferences. It’s a massive jump in revenue from 2013, when the league made $314.5 million, second that year to the Big Ten, which made $318 million. The conference can thank its new TV network, the SEC Network, for most of the big jump in revenue. That means each school gets a nice $31.07 million gift. SEC will distribute $31.07M per school in revenue, sources told @ESPN. League made record $455M past year— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015The conference made nearly twice as much as the Big 12.SEC made $455M in revenue, Big 12 “little north of $250M” past year, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015College football’s strongest conference in recent seasons now has more money to play with.last_img read more

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