Loren Ziegler scores twice for Syracuse in win over Cornell, continues to provide spark in senior season

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Midway through the first half of Syracuse’s game against Cornell, Loren Ziegler embraced teammate Devon Parker.Ziegler had just finished streaking down the left alley next to the net and scoring her first goal of the game. Although the game was largely out of reach, Ziegler’s benefited from SU head coach Gary Gait giving her more playing time in the last few games.“We’ve just been mixing it up,” Gait said, “we’re just looking for players to step up and give them a chance and make sure that we get to truly evaluate everybody.”By Gait’s estimation, Ziegler, a senior, has played well. She registered the first multi-point game of her career against Cornell on Tuesday, scoring two goals. After playing a total of 20 games in the first three seasons of her career — tallying just four points during that time — she’s appeared in eight this year and has surpassed her scoring total from her first three seasons combined.“It’s definitely awesome,” attack Halle Majorana said after No. 5 SU’s (8-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 14-8 win over the Big Red (5-2, 2-0 Ivy) in the Carrier Dome. “… To see her getting time out there and making progress out there is just great.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd for Ziegler, it’s been just that: progress. Her journey to quality playing time has been a winding one.Before Ziegler even made her way to SU, she didn’t want to play lacrosse. She wanted to play soccer and before she visited SU, she was looking at Virginia and Boston College to play lacrosse.A trip to the Carrier Dome in her sophomore year of high school helped persuade her. So did the fact that both her parents came to SU — her father Brent played on the football team as a fullback.“I just remember walking in and being speechless,” Ziegler said. “Looking up and seeing how big it was and how amazing it was to just even walk on the turf and I could just imagine playing here.”Since Ziegler’s come to SU, she’s seen little more than the bench. To keep herself motivated she took comfort in her role of making her teammates better by pushing them in practice. She continually worked on her dodging and her lacrosse IQ in hopes that she would see the field.Even this season, Ziegler’s role on the team as primarily a backup changed only days before SU played Maryland on March 7.
Ziegler said Gait and the coaching staff told her she would be moved to the second line a day or two before the game, and she immediately went to work. The midfielder watched games Maryland had played last season and studied the scouting report the coaches gave their players.“At first I was very nervous when they said to be ready,” Ziegler said. “My stomach dropped a little bit, but then my teammates, the coaches, everyone said they had confidence in me.”Ziegler’s seen action in all four games since then. Less than three minutes into the second half of Tuesday’s contest, she took a check to the head inside the 8-meter arc and tumbled to the ground.She tied her shoe, stood up and scored on her free-position shot. Teammates flocked to hug her. After Ziegler embraced SU attack Kayla Treanor, she broke into a smile.“It’s a great feeling,” Ziegler said, “… It’s a little bit of seeing a good taste, so I just want to keep going and get some more for the next game.” Commentslast_img

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‘No idea this would happen’: Freddie Gillespie’s rise from a D-III player to an important Baylor big

first_img Comments Published on March 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 SALT LAKE CITY — Freddie Gillespie sat at his locker on Wednesday, with “March Madness” signs adorning the walls of the NBA’s Utah Jazz’s arena. Three years ago, he hardly played minutes at a Division III school. He tried to imagine what he would’ve thought if someone told him that three years down the line, he’d be sitting in that chair, wearing a Baylor practice jersey, a day away from his NCAA Tournament debut.“I probably would’ve thought they were either crazy or out of their mind,” Gillespie said. “I had no idea (this would happen).”Gillespie has started Baylor’s (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) last two games heading into an NCAA Tournament opener against Syracuse on Thursday, in part because BU’s Tristan Clark suffered a season-ending injury in January. In the 2015-16 season, Gillespie played 16 minutes total as a freshman at Division III Carleton (Minnesota) College, then averaged 10 points as a sophomore. But he left his home state to become a preferred walk-on at Baylor, and now the 6-foot-8, 240 pound forward is preparing for the biggest game of his life. “He deserves a lot of credit,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “Sometimes bigs don’t like to spend a lot of time in the gym, and Freddie, in that year out, he spent more time in the gym than any other player we had.”Gillespie didn’t pick up basketball until eighth grade. He broke his ankle as a high school freshman and tore his ACL late in his junior year. There was limited time for the big man to develop, and even less time for high-level coaches to scout him. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe was frustrated that he’d sat under two veterans in his freshman season, and so he relied on the Mikan drill to improve his finishing. Lefty layup, righty layup, lefty layup, righty layup. Over and over again.“For me, I was so raw,” Gillespie said. “I feel like when you get really good, it becomes boring. Now it’s more boring. Back then, I just really couldn’t even finish that well. It was just more of a challenge.”Midway through Gillespie’s sophomore season, he was watching a North Carolina game. As the announcers praised the strength and size of ACC players, Gillespie thought to himself, “OK, I have all those tools. I think I can play there. So it was kind of like a revelation.”He called his mother and asked if he was crazy. She didn’t trust her basketball acumen, so she turned to a high school coach in Minnesota, Al Nuness. Nuness had starred at the University of Minnesota in the 1960s, and his son, Jared, was on the Baylor coaching staff. Nuness thought Gillespie had the requisite athleticism to play at the Division I level, and he let Jared know.Later that season, as Drew visited Minnesota to recruit now-Duke point guard Tre Jones, he stopped in to see Gillespie and asked him to visit Baylor in Waco, Texas. Once there, Gillespie was offered a preferred walk-on spot.“To me, it was just a no-brainer,” Gillespie said. “I was like, they’ve developed big men, and they have a history of developing big men, from dudes who were unranked into NBA Draft picks.”Gillespie redshirted his first season with the Bears. During that time, Baylor’s director of basketball operations Bill Peterson advised Gillespie to focus on immediate improvements. So he worked on catching the ball, setting screens, contesting vertically. Put on scholarship to start this season, Gillespie still wasn’t in position to play a huge role. But then Clark, the Bears’ second-leading scorer, suffered a season-ending knee injury in early January. Before then, Gillespie hadn’t scored or rebounded in double figures. Since then, he’s had four double-digit scoring outputs and two double-digit rebounding games.Now Gillespie focuses on the things he feels he can excel at: rebounding and blocking shots. The coaches handed out a Charles Barkley quote, which Gillespie relayed as Barkley saying “you gotta just want the blank ball.”“One thing that was told to me is to be elite in your role,” Gillespie added. “Take what you’re good at and go from being a seven out of 10 to a 9.5 out of 10. So that’s what I try to do.”Less than a decade ago, Gillespie had never played basketball. Three years ago, he played less minutes in a full season at a Division III school than he did last week against Iowa State. The lights will be brighter than they’ve ever been on Thursday night when Baylor tips against Syracuse. Gillespie will be lined up with players who were highly ranked on recruiting lists, have earned national accolades and will never know what a cramped Division III locker room might be like. But Thursday, he’ll be the same as one of them: A high-major Division I basketball player in the NCAA Tournament.“I just put it that I was gonna stay D-III four years, go get an office job somewhere,” Gillespie said. “I had no clue this was gonna happen.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman announces 2020 Cycle of Mom and Pop…

first_imgMIAMI – Small business owners in Miami-Dade’s District 4 are invited to apply for Commissioner Sally Heyman’s Annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program.Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $5,000, depending on the number of applicants, which can be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, inventory, commercial liability insurance, security systems, advertising and marketing and making minor renovations. Applications will be accepted February 3 through February 21, 2020.Business owners interested in applying for the 2020 District 4 Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program must meet the following criteria:existed for at least two year(s)has not been awarded this grant three or more timesemploy no more than seven employeescurrently not in default or non-compliance with any County loan or grant programis not affiliated with a national chaindoes not own more than two businessesdoes not engage in illegal activity at the stated business locationApplications must be received no later than 12 noon on Feb. 21, 2020 or they will not be accepted. Completed original applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4 Office1100 NE 163rd Street, #303North Miami Beach, FL 33162Only one application per business will be accepted. Non-profit agencies are not eligible for funding. Home-based businesses are welcome to apply. Businesses that received funding less than three times in the past can apply. Applications must be typed or printed. Illegible, incomplete, faxed or scanned applications will be disqualified.Guidelines for the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program require that each approved recipient attend a mandatory business training workshop to be scheduled at a later date.last_img

Clippers getting a crash course in playoff experience

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Down 2-1, Rivers on Saturday identified areas needing improvement – and cautioned that the game isn’t going to be graded on a curve.“I like Sham more than Shai so far, to be honest,” said Rivers of Shamet and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the precocious pair who compose the Clippers’ all-rookie backcourt. “Sham, he’s had a couple instances where he’s made shots, but I like his competition; Sham has absolutely competed every possession.”Although Gilgeous-Alexander has eight assists and just two turnovers, to go with five steals and four blocks through three playoff games, Rivers said he thinks the mild-mannered 20-year-old from Kentucky can sharpen his sense of urgency: “Get into the competition more.”“Have you ever tried to teach your kids how to have urgency? And do they have it?” Rivers asked. “That’s the point. Our guys have to have urgency, and I don’t care what age they are. You have to all have it.”That doesn’t mean Rivers wants to turn Gilgeous-Alexander – who’s been limited to seven points or fewer in the past two games – into a fiery clone of Patrick Beverley.“I don’t want him to be expressive, I don’t want him to change,” Rivers said. “The one thing I’ve learned as a coach: You are who you are, emotionally. There’s some non-emotional guys who can play hard and be physical and then there’s (Montrezl Harrell). But they both can do the same thing.”With the right competitive spirit, Rivers said his up-and-coming contributors are capable of handling the postseason workload before them.Related Articles “Every possession is important. Everything matters, you know?” Zubac said. “Every single decision you make is going to matter in the end. You have to pay attention to every little detail in the scouting and the tactics and the walkthroughs. You have to be focused.”And you have to focus only on that moment, he said.“Every time I make a mistake, I put some pressure on myself. That’s not really good. I’m trying not to do that,” Zubac said. “So before Game 2, I was putting pressure on myself. But now I started to learn how to have a next-play mentality.”Playoff basketball also requires increasing toughness, rookie shooting guard Landry Shamet has learned.“They were just physical,” Shamet said after the Warriors dispatched the Clippers 132-105 in Game 3, when he missed all four of his 3-point attempts and finished with just six points. “(They) heightened their level of physicality and intensity.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PLAYA VISTA — In February, before the Clippers had a playoff spot locked up or an inkling they’d be up against the two-time defending champions in the first round, Doc Rivers’ eyes lit up at the thought of the team’s young players gaining postseason experience.“You learn how to play,” Rivers said then. “(You learn) the importance of possessions. It’s learning how to be a pro, learning how to prepare for a single game.”That sounded good to the Clippers’ youngsters, who did all they could to make sure they were registered for the 400-level NBA course – and who now are learning that it’s as challenging as upperclassmen told them it would be.“It’s not hard, but it’s a lot of stuff,” said third-year center Ivica Zubac, who came on strong when Thursday’s game was out of hand, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds. He said he’s hoping that performance will pave the way for more meaningful production in Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Staples Center.center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “This has not been rocket science,” Rivers said. “There’s really not been a lot of big adjustments. Defensively, I don’t know if they’ve made any adjustments other than with Lou, they’re staying with him a little longer. (But) Lou’s been trapped all year, so again, this is not like something that we’ve got to go into a lab and figure it out. It really isn’t.”Not rocket science, but still it’s a whole new ballgame for his three young starters, as well as the other three first- or second-year players on the roster – and that’s a notion that continues to thrill Rivers.“It’s a great challenge, a great coaching challenge,” he said. “It’s a great challenge for them too, and you can see them learning on the fly, possession by possession, so it’s been a lot of fun.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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