C-NS football reloads; Liverpool aims to topple them

first_img“We’re babies right now”, said head coach Dave Kline, comparing his new lineup to his old one. “They need to believe in themselves, can’t be afraid to accept challenges and must be willing to compete every single day.”Hayes leaves the largest void, having started at quarterback for three-plus years before going to Ithaca College. Though three have vied to replace him, J.J. Razmovski has emerged as the favorite to be under center for Friday night’s opener at CBA, with Dom Isbell and Anthony Testa also taking snaps in last week’s scrimmage.The ground game should remain a strong point with 235-pound junior Da-Ron Brown taking over to pound away yardage, helped by Quamir Jenkins, back after missing most of 2018 due to injury. Utica-Notre Dame transfer Mike Washington, along with Joe Penizotto and Adron Pafford, form a new corps of wide receivers. Three undefeated regular seasons, two consecutive Section III and regional Class AA championships, and a combined 31 wins in 34 games – that’s what the Cicero-North Syracuse football team has accomplished.Continuing this utter domination of the area large-school ranks is a tall order, but in 2019 the Northstars will attempt to do so, knowing that it will require a new set of standouts all over the field to make it so.Gone are Conner Hayes, Jaiquawn McGriff, Nate Geloff, Shyrel Broadwater and Jeremiah Willis, who accounted for most of the Northstars’ offensive production the last two seasons. Most of the defense graduated, too. In all, 17 starters need to be replaced. At least C-NS has a chance to dominate up front. There’s 260-pound  left tackle Matt Hogan and 280-pound left guard Rob Ottaviano, with 280-pound Drew Alvarez moving from center to right guard. Clay McNitt (270 pounds) takes over at center, with Max White (250 pounds) starting at right tackle.Plenty of new faces occupy C-NS’s defensive front, putting more on established players like Elijah Knight and Jerrod Hills, and the linebacker corps is brand-new, too, featuring Alex Nobles, Dom Cavelli and Dennis Green. Washington and Vincenzo Lattanzio pair up at cornerback next to Jenkins and Farouk Ibrahaim at safety.New faces or old, every opponent will want to grab C-NS’s crown, none more so than  its neighbors from Liverpool.The Warriors almost had a chance to do so in 2018, claiming the Class AA-1 division regular-season crown, but falling 17-14 in a tight sectional semifinal to West Genesee, the second straight year Liverpool was stopped one step short of the title game..Taking that last step and getting back to the Carrier Dome in November is all that Warriors players and coaches have worked for in the last 10 months or so, and it is in prime position.“That (the loss to West Genesee) left a sour taste,” said senior captain Jacob Vacco.”We’re definitely motivated, and we have one of the best defenses in Section III”.And it’s Vacco, along with fellow senior captain Bryce Mills, who anchor the Liverpool defense, a pair of inside linebackers flanked outside by two more solid players, Malachi Upshur and Damien Nixon.Combine them with ends Damonte Bell and Huhmier Williams, and the Warriors have an imposing front seven, even more so if Zach Lee and Ryan Safiotti blend in at end. And it makes things easier for a secondary that includes Max Michalak and Christian Matthews at cornerback, flanking free safety Brayden McClain.There are far more questions on offense, where Vacco, Mills and Upshur form a deep and potent backfield, aided by Dakari Mack, but the starting quarterback is new – junior Brendan Mancuso, the son of head coach Dave Mancuso.The older Mancuso said that Brendan does a good job running the offense, yet could still improve his timing on throws. When that happens, receivers Dominic Scro and Kyle Caves, along with tight end Noah Silfer, should benefit.Up front, the line is big on the left side thanks to 300-pound tackle Nate Graser and 280-pound guard Ryan Scifratti, while Nick Hall and Jon Worthen rotate at center. Guard Nick Reed and tackle Jake Ronan work on the other side of the line.Again, Liverpool is favored in AA-1, where there’s just five teams, unlike AA-2, where C-NS is part of a six-team league that includes the likes of West Genesee, Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville.A great indication of where these rivals stand will come Sept. 13 at Bragman Stadium when, once again, Liverpool attempts to wrest way the “Star Wars” Cup from C-NS.“Our players have a great work ethic and leadership,” said Dave Mancuso. “Our goal is to make them disciplined. I hope we are ready, but you never know.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSfootballliverpoollast_img read more

Syracuse blows 2-run lead in the 4th inning of loss to Colgate

first_imgAfter a seven-run Syracuse win over Colgate in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and a two-run first inning for the Orange in the second game, Syracuse was looking great.That was until the fourth inning, when disaster struck for the Orange in its 3-2 loss to the Raiders. Syracuse (24-19, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) gave up all three runs on one hit in the fourth inning to Colgate (8-22, 3-5 Patriot). As Brigit Ieuter’s screwball toyed with the Orange, Katie Bushee’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded hit buried the Orange.“We thought we could just roll over this team,” Corinne Ozanne said, “and obviously we couldn’t.”After throwing three scoreless innings for the Orange to start the second game, starting pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti walked into the circle and eyed Colgate leadoff hitter Tara Grennan to start the fourth inning.As Grennan dug in, Gatti went into her windup. Ball one. The right-hander followed with four more pitches, three of them balls, walking Grennan on just five pitches total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti admitted after the game that in the fourth inning, she wasn’t as consistent as she usually is. At times she felt like herself, but she wasn’t 100% there.Meghan Romero followed Grennan with a single down the third base line. The single put runners on first and second. Gatti then got the next two batters out, bringing up nine-hole hitter and Colgate starting pitcher Ieuter.As Ieuter walked to plate, a wave of uneasiness came over the crowd. Gatti had already gotten the Orange out of two jams earlier in the game, stranding a runner on base in both the second and third innings, but she wasn’t looking like herself on the mound.“I tried to be tougher and carry over the innings before,” Gatti said. “… But I just didn’t feel like myself.”Ieuter steadied herself at the plate and Gatti came at her with everything she had, but nothing seemed to hit the strike zone. After a high pitch out of the zone landed in catcher Olivia Martinez’s glove, home plate umpire Danny Everson called ball four.A hush fell over the crowd as Ieuter jogged to first base, flipping her bat towards the cheering Raider dugout as she went past. A few Syracuse players shouted words of encouragement to Gatti, who was beginning to look flustered on the mound.As Colgate leadoff hitter Bushee stepped into the right handed batter’s box with the bases loaded, Gatti looked down at the rubber and took a deep breath. Bushee was already 3-of-5 on the day, with a run scored in the first game.“You walk the nine-hole hitter to get to the girl on top who had the best day (of any Colgate player),” Bosch said. “So with the bases loaded, you’re going after their best hitter.”Early in the at bat, Gatti made a mistake.She floated a changeup high in the zone and Bushee made her pay for it. The junior pounded a two-out double to deep left field that rolled under the glove of Alyssa Dewes and all the way to the fence.“(Bushee’s RBI double) was kind of a gut shot, because that inning led off with a walk,” Ozanne said. ”Things just kind of trickled into play — it’s tough to come back from that.”Grennan scored. Romero scored. Ieuter scored.Just like that, the Orange was down, 3-2, a score it wouldn’t come back from the rest of the game.As the Orange filed off the field after the game, the scoreboard in left field showed a line of zeroes in the Colgate row, flanked by one three in the fourth inning. It was the only inning the Raiders scored in all game.Gatti finished with three runs allowed on four hits, five strikeouts and one misplaced changeup, a changeup that ended up costing the Orange the game.“I hung the changeup. If I would have left it a little bit lower, (the three run double) probably wouldn’t have happened, but I hung it,” Gatti said. “Stupid me.” Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tom Strand rues poor defending for the defeat to Sundowns

first_imgMedeama SC coach Tom Strand admits it was painful to see his side lose concentration in the dying moments of his side’s first leg CAF Confederation Cup game with Sundowns in South Africa on Saturday.Medeama were leading 1-0 up to the 80th minute but the Brazillians scored 3 goals under 10 minutes to finish off the game with a 3-1 victory.Many expected the Tarkwa based side to hold onto that 1-0 lead but mistakes on the part of goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe and the defenders caused them This Tom Strand says it is hurting but hopes to make amends in the second leg which will be played at the Essipong stadium on May 18.“It was very painful to see my team go through what happened in the last minute of the game, I thought we could have hold on but poor defending caused us,” he said“Unfortunately we got tired and we were out of position but I hope in all these we are able to change things in the home game. “That is the only chance we have now, we must ensure we get a good result at home, one that will ensure our passage to the next stage of the competition.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more