first_imgThough it’s both of West Genesee’s basketball teams that are defending Section III Class AA titles when the playoffs hit full gear early next week, it’s the boys Wildcats in the best position to prevail again.And the Wildcats were further buoyed by earning the outright Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division regular-season title, helped by its own play and events elsewhere.WG took care of Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday, roaring to an 87-53 victory that was a stark contrast to the tense 64-61 win the Wildcats had over the Northstars less than a month earlier. Up 41-21 by halftime, WG had a complete team effort, reflected by the fact that all 13 players on the roster finished with at least one field goal, a rare achievement.Adam Dudzinski took the lead, earning 18 points, while Kam Jones had 14 points. Will Amica got 10 points as John Benson had eight points. Sam Gallager, Dan Bennetti and Max Dennington had seven points apiece.As that went on, Baldwinsville fell to Corcoran 66-64 on a last-second basket from De’Jour Reaves. This meant that if the Wildcats beat Fayetteville-Manlius on Saturday, it would clinch the league championship. With that on the line, plus F-M’s own playoff fate, WG jumped all over the Hornets and grabbed a 26-12 lead by the end of the first quarter and was up 46-27 by halftime.Though the Hornets made up some ground late, the Wildcats still prevailed 76-68 as its win streak grew to 12 and, at 17-3 overall, it would await Wednesday’s release of the sectional playoff bracket.By contrast, West Genesee’s girls team remains just a step below the top two sides of Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse, neither of whom it beat during the regular season.But the Wildcats got quite close to the Northstars last Tuesday night in a tough battle that C-NS pulled out, 60-52, largely because it had Jessica Cook on the floor and WG could not contain her.For three periods, it went back and forth, the Wildcats far more effective against the Northstars’ defense than it went it lost to them 46-32 in January.Down by just a point, 51-50, going to the fourth quarter, WG ultimately fell back because Cook kept making baskets, not letting up until she had amassed 36 points.That was nearly twice the total of the Wildcats’ Meredith James, whose 19 points included five 3-pointers. Catie Cunningham put in 17 points, with Molly Coyne adding nine points.On Saturday, WG traveled to Fayetteville-Manlius, whom it beat 56-54 in a Jan. 10 thriller. This one was not as close, and again the Wildcats prevailed, 56-46, to end its regular season at 14-6 overall.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: basketballWest Geneseelast_img read more


first_img Published on November 29, 2015 at 7:31 pm Scott Shafer fought back tears as silence permeated throughout the room. Missy Shafer voiced words of encouragement from the back, helping her husband through his choked-up final words at Syracuse. The often-stern 48-year-old was the most vulnerable he’d been in three seasons as head coach, if only for a minute and 40 seconds.And just like that, as Shafer descended the steps from the podium with haste, the public got its last look at a man who was fired five days prior.“He’s an emotional person, as you know,” Floyd Little said. “I like him as a person. He did the best he could for the most part.”For the most part, it wasn’t good enough. Seven combined wins in the last two seasons. A defense that surrendered 40-plus points in each of its five road games. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on him in two of the last three weeks. The recent demerits leading to Shafer’s demise will, from the outside, define a tenure that seemed to lose hope with each passing week.That’s the side of Shafer most have seen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis firing before Saturday’s game against Boston College provided a glimpse into what many haven’t. Parents posted pictures of Shafer in their homes, arms extended around the shoulders of their children and a smile across his face. Players both past and current expressed their support, some saying Shafer was the one who gave them a chance in life.In some ways, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle’s decision took a backseat to the human aspect as the week progressed. Outside the results-driven business of coaching emerged a man with layers beyond a 14-23 overall record.“When we would go to his house in the offseason, he would treat us just like family,” sophomore wideout Steve Ishmael said. “He was never a greedy guy and always treated us great. I love him.”Just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Shafer trotted onto the Carrier Dome turf for the last time before a game. He spoke with Boston College assistants, aggressively clapped when a manager caught a Riley Dixon punt and chatted with two fans for about a minute before fading into the tunnel.During Senior Day ceremonies, he posed for pictures with the families of 23 players and managers honored. He raised both fists just six seconds into his postgame press conference and the emotion began pouring out. His daughter, Elsa, pressed her head against Missy’s shoulder and his son, Wolfgang, got red in his eyes.“I want to thank the community and the communities both on campus and in Syracuse, especially in Fayetteville,” Shafer said, “and all the people that have been there for Missy and I and helping us raise our two kids for the past seven years.”There are 27 children of coaches on the Syracuse staff. Some, if not most or all, will have to relocate after their fathers were displaced from jobs. The fallout from firing a coach extends beyond the race to find a replacement. It trickles into families and that may be where the brunt of the move is felt most.When Shafer kept Eric Dungey in a blowout against Louisville and the freshman suffered another head injury, Shafer was rightfully lambasted for his reasoning. When he cost Syracuse 15 yards against No. 1 Clemson, he was exposed for not sticking to his mantra of “control the controllables.” When he drew another flag for unsportsmanlike conduct against North Carolina State, he didn’t even wait to be asked about the slip-up before explaining himself.The tension surrounding his job status built up and it was justified.But even if he’s a coach with flaws plastered on him throughout an eight-game losing streak, there’s a human side.Ishmael will remember Shafer most for his enthusiasm and positivity. Zaire Franklin for his fire and emotion. Little for his “hard-nosed” style and ability to inspire. Offensive coordinator Tim Lester for a level of care for players that can’t be found in most coaches.The final evaluations had little to do with football.And after a week, and season, littered with well-documented faults that led to Shafer’s downfall, that’s how he should go out.Matt Schneidman is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcschnei@syr.edu or @matt_schneidman. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgGlengoole United hosted Clonmel Celtic, the full-time result was Glengoole 1 Clonmel 5.That result puts Kenny O’Shea Celtic side top of the Premier Division League on 29 points with three games at hand. In the South Tipp Premier League Clonmel Town took on St Michaels this afternoon. That game finished Clonmel Town 2-3 St Michaels.  Carrick United have beaten Newmarket Celtic by three goals to nil to reach the final of this year’s competition. They’ll play Tralee in the final.last_img read more


first_imgFilipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has repeated his opposition to homosexuality, after earlier apologising for saying that gay people were “worse than animals”.”What I am saying is right. I mean I am just stating the truth, what the Bible says,” he said at training in his hometown of General Santos.The boxer said his only mistake had been to compare people to animals.Nike ended its deal after his initial comments, calling them “abhorrent”.Mr Pacquiao had said during a TV interview that animals were better than gay people “because they can distinguish male from female”.His remarks were condemned across the world – including by gay basketball star Jason Collins and the boxer who defeated him last May, Floyd Mayweather. Mr Pacquiao then apologized on Facebook, saying he was sorry for hurting people and was “not condemning LGBT” but was still against gay marriage.But on Thursday, a Bible quote appeared on his Instagram account, reading: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”Local Filipino media captured a screenshot of the image before it was deleted and Mr Pacquiao’s staff in General Santos confirmed that the post had been published on the boxer’s account.However, Mr Pacquiao – still wearing his Nike sports gear – insisted the row had not affected him.”I’m happy. I’m always happy because God is with me,” he said. Mr Pacquiao intends to retire from boxing after his April fight against Timothy Bradley from the US, and will step up his career in politics.The boxer, who has converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith, has said he wants to be president.Homosexuality is not a crime in the Philippines, but gay marriage is against the law in the strongly Catholic country.last_img read more


first_imgEdwin V. Barclay, the man who was reported to be on the run because he was a ‘fake’ customs broker has denied the claim, and has threatened legal action against his accuser, the chief executive officer of the NEW VISION Media Publishing Network and African Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, Josephus M. Gray.Mr. Barclay told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday that contrary to the allegation, he did not dupe Mr. Gray of US$800 and neither did he dupe unidentified “individuals more than US$9,000 and other valuables pretending to be a member of the Customs Brokers Association of Liberia.”He also refuted the claim that he is wanted by the Liberia National Police (LNP), because of his involvement in forgery and impersonation, as alleged in the reports published widely in the media on December 13, allegations that he forged land deeds by falsifying signatures of officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy; and that he is involved with criminal gangs.“I am talking to my lawyer to seek legal redress from Mr. Gray,” he said about the man who claimed that Barclay allegedly duped him.Barclay told this newspaper that Mr. Gray was recommended to him by a man identified only as ‘Gbarlee’ to help him release his 2003 Citroen imported from Paris, France, from the Freeport of Monrovia.“I charged Mr. Gray US$50, but he told me he could get me US$20 to start the process and a day later he gave me the remaining US$30,” Barclay said. “Also the cost for the Delivery Order that gives authorization of ownership is US$175 and Mr. Gray further gave it to me and I used it to complete the Delivery Order and brought him receipts.”Barclay said he did not receive any additional money from Mr. Gray as he alleged; and after nearly three weeks of interaction, he was shocked to learn that Mr. Gray had claimed that he was on the run from justice and that he was involved in illegal activities and defrauding people.“It is a complete lie,” Barclay said, “I turned over every document to him when he told me that he did not want to use my services anymore.”Barclay said when he heard the news he consulted his lawyer who held a conference with him to ascertain what he knows about the allegations. “I told my lawyer that the only money I received from Mr. Gray was the US$50 and the US$175 that I used to process his documents for the delivery of his vehicle,” he said.He said though he is yet to face justice in a competent court of law, information provided by Mr. Gray to the media has ruined him and he would seek redress in court to reclaim his honor. Barclay said because of the media reports, his clients have withdrawn contracts because “they are convinced that I am a criminal because of what Mr. Gray released to the media.”In a telephone conversation with Mr. Gray yesterday, he insisted that the report against Barclay is true but admitted he has no receipts of the US$800 he claimed Barclay took from him.Mr. Gray meanwhile recommended that the Daily Observer invite him to a conference with Mr. Barclay, possibly today, that he promised to attend.In a letter, Barclay expressed displeasure with the report published in the Daily Observer, saying that he, along with his family, is embarrassed by the report and that the only redress to reclaim his honor is to seek legal action against Mr. Gray.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more