Football Lakers blanked by Oneida, faces Chittenango next

first_imgA long time has passed since the Cazenovia football team dropped its first two games of the regular season.And the frustration the Lakers felt at New Hartford on Sept. 6 multiplied itself in Saturday’s home opener at Buckley-Volo Field, where the Oneida Indians kept Cazenovia off the board and, with a fourth-quarter touchdown, pulled out a 6-0 decision.Like so many others in the Class B East division, Oneida has endured more than its fair share of pain at the Lakers’ expense over the years, and celebrated its victory like it had claimed a league or sectional title. But it remained 0-0 as Cazenovia’s offense sputtered for long stretches. The Lakers only gained 82 yards on the ground, 66 of them by Ryan Romagnoli, yet nearly found itself gaining control late in the third quarter.A good punt, penalties and a poor Indians punt into the wind left Cazenovia at Oneida’s 26 with a short field. The drive stretched into the fourth quarter, where at the Indians’ 16 the Lakers fumbled and Will Merrell returned it 53 yards deep into Cazenovia territory.Now Oneida struck, moving the ball inside the 20, and then  having Andrew Smith go 18 yards to near the goal line, from where Ty D’Arcangelis sneaked in for the scored.Three more times, Cazenovia would have the ball, but never get past midfield and then watched as Oneida celebrated what could prove a breakthrough for a well-regarded program.Defensively, Vito Borio led with three solo and seven assisted tackles. Connor Wilson added nine tackles, five of them solo, with Keegan Bailey getting three tackles and four assists.Now the Lakers turn its attention to Saturday’s Homecoming game against its closest Class B East division neighbors, knowing it was something close to a must-win scenario.Chittenango arrives at Buckley-Volo Field with a 1-1 record, having won its opener over Mexico Sept. 6, but then dropping a tense 6-3 decision to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill at Sheveron Field a week later.Whoever won this game would have a place atop the B East standings, and it would largely hinge on the performances by the defenses on both sides.It helped, no doubt, that heavy winds grounded both passing attacks, and VVS’s defense kept Chittenango one-dimensional and off the board after a first-quarter drive nearly reached the goal line.The Bears drove inside the Red Devils’ five-yard line, but halted. Robert Connell hit a 21-yard field goal, but those would prove to be Chittenango’s lone points of the night.Defensively, there was little wrong with Chittenango, who prevented any points from VVS’s offense. However, one special-teams lapse proved costly.Punting into the stiff breeze in the second quarter, the Bears saw the Red Devils’ Bryce Palmer take that punt at the Chittenango 42 and sprint to the end zone for six points.Even as the second half wore on, VVS controlled the ball thanks to Kyle Burback’s 126 yards on 24 carries. And its defense stifled Chittenango, forcing three turnovers, all interceptions (one each by Burback, Matt Hicks and Derek Tudman), and having Andrew Fox record 10 tackles.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story At the very least, by improving to 2-0 and moving the Lakers to 0-2, Oneida helped to shape the early race in B East as the Indians stand tied with New Hartford and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for first place.Meanwhile, Cazenovia could only take small solace in the admirable way its defense performed throughout the afternoon, constantly thwarting Oneida’s chances while the game was still 0-0.During the first half, the Lakers held the Indians to just two first downs. It also forced two turnovers, Chris Sparks intercepting a pass and Dylan Anderson recovering a fumble.center_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangofootballlast_img read more

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UW set for Nielsen match

first_imgWhen the UW men’s tennis team takes the court this Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium to face Butler, they will do so as one of the best tennis teams the school has seen in a long time. The Badgers are currently 6-3 overall, and 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993. In addition, they are ranked 65th in the country — the first time they have been ranked in several years. Contributing to their success have been three key members of the team: first-year head coach Greg Van Emburgh, sophomore captain Jeremy Sonkin, and junior captain Lachezar Kasarov.Van Emburgh is a former ATP player whose doubles career includes victories over the likes of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, and Boris Becker. Perhaps more impressive is his head coaching career at the University of Kentucky (his alma mater) where his teams ranked no lower than 15th in his four seasons there.While Van Emburgh is quick to credit the players for the team’s great start, the players insist it is Van Emburgh who may have sparked this turnaround.”Obviously, we are way better than we were last year, and it speaks for itself,” Kasarov said. “If people want to question something he does, they just have to look at the results and see that we’re doing way better than in the past.”Kasarov, the No. 4 singles player on the team, has also garnered praise from both his coaches and teammates.”His progress on and off the court has been tremendous,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s done an unbelievable job of building up his confidence, projecting that confidence, winning on the court, and getting behind his teammates. He’s really a great kid.”Co-captain Sonkin had similar extol for Kasarov.”He’s a big reason why this team keeps winning,” Sonkin said. “His fire that he brings to the court, his positivity, and his overall will to win is great and truly inspiring to me and everyone on the team.”Don’t excuse his positivity, however, for satisfaction.”My teammates and I have always believed that we could be 6-3 and 2-0, but we know we can achieve much better results,” Kasarov said. “We are looking forward to winning every single match; it’s a lot of fun.”As the lone junior on a team consisting of five sophomores, one freshman, and himself, Kasarov has had to embrace his role as captain. “Day in and day out with (Sonkin), we’re trying to lead the team by example and build confidence in our teammates,” Kasarov said. “We’re trying to show that we’re good enough to compete with anyone in the country.”While Kasarov’s impact on the team cannot be stressed enough, it may be Sonkin who is most responsible for the team’s success thus far.Sonkin is coming off two consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards and has yet to lose in Big Ten play. His dramatic singles victory over Northwestern’s Christian Tempke after losing the first set and falling behind 5-0 in the second set clinched the first team victory for the Badgers over Northwestern since 1991, and provided a spark that has not gone out yet.”[Sonkin] has done an unbelievable job this year, not just in his playing and improvement, but also in his leadership and his ability to unite this team,” Van Emburgh said. “For him to do what he did (against Northwestern) to not only win his match but win the match for the team shows his heart and dedication.”Van Emburgh also credits Sonkin’s “never give up” attitude, which his co-captain reiterated.”He’s just a great guy, a great teammate to have, and a fierce competitor,” Kasarov said. “He refuses to lose and it’s awesome to have him on the team.Despite the team’s success, they refuse to overlook anyone.”Every match is going to be tough. It would be a big mistake to take any match for granted,” Sonkin said. “We have to prepare the same way for (6-7) Butler as we would for (No. 3-ranked) Illinois.”last_img read more

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OUTRAGE AS PREGNANT DOG DUMPED TO DIE AT REMOTE MOUNTAIN

first_imgThe pups which were born juts hours after the dog was dumped by its owner.A heartless dog-owner dumped a heavily pregnant dog to die at the side of a mountain.Animals In Need (AIN) volunteers were shocked to be called out to rescue near Killybegs at the weekend.Lassie was dumped up a mountain to give birthA local man first noticed the dog there on Thursday last week whilst taking his own dog for a walk off the beaten track. This Good Samaritan began to bring the dog food and rang all the farmers in the area to see if she was a lost sheepdog, but to no avail.However, when he returned on Saturday he was astounded to find she had given birth to five pups.Animals In Need responded to the call for help immediately and went out to find the dog and her pups, who had taken refuge in a forested area on the mountainside.The rescue volunteers found a very friendly though disheveled and matted mother dog waiting for them, with an old rope still dangling from her neck, along with her helpless pups. Named Lassie by her rescuers, the dog had sheltered her pups from the elements as best she could, but as this was an emergency situation, although AIN had absolutely no foster places available, the AIN volunteers had to take this vulnerable family to a safe place.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘That someone could be so cruel as to leave a pregnant dog up a deserted mountain to give birth in December defies belief and the spirit of Christmas. However, Animals In Need couldn’t say there’s no room at the inn, so even though all the dog foster places were full, we had to rescue these dogs who had no chance of survival on their own and they are in fact now being looked after by one of our cat fosterers.’Animals In Need doesn’t have a shelter or a holding place so all the animals have to be looked after by unpaid, voluntary fosterers in their own homes until a permanent home can be found for them.The spokesperson explained ‘The situation with abandoned animals and dogs dumped in the Letterkenny Pound has gotten completely out of hand in Donegal over the past few years with almost 800 animals rescued by Animals In Need in the past year, 535 of them being dogs, mostly from the Pound but also we’re seeing cases of heartless abandonment such as this.’The good news is Lassie and her pups are now safe, cosy and warm, having had a lucky escape from the very different fate that awaited them on that frozen mountainside and when the pups are old enough, they will all be found good homes as will their mum. If you would like to donate towards the care Lassie and her pups will need, please text the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300 to donate €2 or donations can be made via PayPal on Facebook or the website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.comOUTRAGE AS PREGNANT DOG DUMPED TO DIE AT REMOTE MOUNTAIN was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:animals in needDOGdonegaldumpedKillybegspregnantpupslast_img read more

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