Kicking and defense advance Fayetteville-Manlius to second round in 22-14 win

first_imgOn Aug. 21, Fayetteville-Manlius head coach Paul Muench laid out what it would take for the Hornets to achieve their goals this season: an improved defense. Almost two months later, those words proved prophetic. With seconds remaining, Corcoran faced a fourth down from the six-yard line, down eight points. Dewayne Young dropped back but was quickly pressured. Three F-M defenders brought Young to the ground. He stayed there, head to the turf, his junior season over. The Hornets defenders sprinted to the sideline, arms raised, and their season alive for one more week.“It shows a lot of character,” Muench said. “I think with this team, we kind of do what we had to do.”The F-M (6-2) defense won the field position battle and the Hornets cashed in when they needed to. Massimo Giacona added two game-changing plays in the kicking game. And when all was said and done, Fayetteville-Manlius beat Corcoran (3-5), 22-14 on Friday night to set up a semifinal meeting with defending Section III Class AA champ, Cicero-North Syracuse. “We’re gonna practice as hard as we ever have, watch film, get in the weight room,” said senior Tim Shaw. “We’re excited and looking forward to Friday.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game couldn’t have started much better for the Hornets. Zack Page received the opening kickoff inside his own 20, broke through a gap on the right side and dashed all the way to the Corcoran 18-yard line. Five runs later and Shaw was powering his way into the end zone from a yard out to take the lead. The Cougars answered early in the second when Jerome Davis bounced left, to the outside, and scampered in from 19 yards out. A two-point conversion sent the Hornets into the break down two points.That’s when Giacona spoke up. The Hornets’ kicker spent Thursday night watching film of how the Cougars align on kickoffs. He noticed a gap near the 40-yard line along the left sideline. On Friday before heading to Corcoran, he told the coaching staff what he saw. With half the game gone, Giacona knew it was time.“We went into the locker room for the halftime and I just told him we have to do this,” Giacona said. “It’s wide open.”He pooched the ball right into that space. It was bobbled by an onrushing Corcoran player, and Benjamin Delmarsh fell on it for F-M. That possession set Shaw up again. The senior captain had never carried the ball in his first two years of varsity football. But this season, he’s become a short yardage weapon for the Hornets, and for the second time on Friday night, he achieved his goal of “keep the legs moving.” Shaw pushed it in from one yard out, taking the lead back for F-M.After the F-M defense got another stop — the Hornets held the Cougars to 205 yards of total offense — Mitchell Seabury burst up the middle and into the end zone from 26 yards out to take a two-score lead. Giacona once more pulled out a trick. The call was “squib left,” meant to just send the ball skidding down the field. But he didn’t see a good lane, so he pounded it at the front man on Corcoran’s return team, Giacona said. It bounced off the Cougar player’s helmet and was recovered by F-M, allowing the Hornets to burn valuable time off the clock. In a game that came down to the penultimate play, those extra seconds Giacona’s squib turned fumble bought were crucial. “Kickers are people, too,” he remarked after the game.“To be able to create offense out of a kick is something that you don’t see a lot,” Shaw said. “And twice, especially. That was huge for us.”F-M took on C-NS on Sept. 22, and the Northstars won 35-21. Shaw recalled reading postgame coverage that day in which a C-NS player said “they didn’t think it would be that close.” For the seniors that have grown up together in the Hornets’ program, 26 in all on the roster, this is an exciting time, Shaw said. The F-M backfield was missing key contributors to injury in that game. The backs are all healthy now.And as Shaw said that mid-August day, “this is a season we’ve all been kind of talking about since we were young.” This group of Hornets hasn’t made it to a sectional final in the Carrier Dome. An upset of the top-seeded Northstars would do that. As F-M knelt in a postgame huddle after Friday’s win, an assistant coach stepped into the circle. His message was brief.“In the distance behind those trees is the Dome,” he said. “One step closer.” Comments What a play by @FMHornets @FMstudentsectio to start the second half. That’s Hornets ball. pic.twitter.com/N5EcsxlmcE— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) October 19, 2018 Published on October 19, 2018 at 10:59 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Katie Anderson: “Youthreach is a unique and fun way to get an education”

first_imgLifford woman Katie Anderson spoke to Donegal Daily about how Youthreach helped her reach her full potential and has set her on the right track towards her dream career.A busy woman, Katie (20) is currently working very hard towards completing her final topics in her Level 4 QQI, as well as volunteering at Donegal Donkey Sanctuary.Leaving school at 16, Katie studied Travel and Tourism in the Northwest Regional College, but after beginning the course she realised it wasn’t for her. “Once I had finished my GCSEs I was indecisive whether to continue on with my A-Levels or to go to North West Regional College, in the end I decided that the NWRC was the best choice for me due to the use of coursework instead of exams.”After seeing Youthreach advertised on social media and conducting some research, Katie enrolled – and hasn’t looked back since.“I thought it seemed like a unique and fun way to get an education.” “In my class there are currently 6 other learners studying their Level 4 QQI. There are also learners studying their Level 3 QQI and a class for Transition learners. In the centre, we have a mixture of practical and written subjects. Practical things such as Art and Dress Making down to our written work in the likes of Maths and Communications.”Donegal ETB’s Youthreach programme provides Level 2, 3 and 4 education, training and work experience programmes to help young people between the ages of 16 and 20 to progress to employment or college.Youthreach tutors employ a balanced programme of education, training and personal development whilst teaching.“In the centre we have a total of 6 tutors. Each tutor has a different personality which makes them unique but one thing that makes them all similar is that in a time of need they would be right by your side. Our tutors don’t only teach us subjects, they also teach us how to better ourselves.“Since I started Youthreach I have changed as a person, I find myself to be much more confident and approachable, I will be forever thankful to the learners and staff at Youthreach for this.“We have a team working class once a week. When I first started Youthreach I was quite nervous to approach others but a year on and I could talk to anybody. Last year we held a Bake Sale in aid of Donegal Hospice. This required an awful lot of time, effort and preparation but it was worth it. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves on the day, including me. Working with my classmates has now become second nature to me. “I love Art and Dress Making the most but I also like Communications, which is like studying English.”As part of her course Katie has also gotten hands-on work experience – and due to this, has decided that either nursing or perhaps criminology are her callings.“In July 2016 I went to Donegal Donkey Sanctuary. I loved it so much up there that I frequently go back. I also did work experience in Dano’s Pet Shop in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. This was such an amazing and informative experience, I absolutely adored getting hands-on with all the animals!”After completing work experience at LUH, now feels surer than ever about studying nursing with the future goal of specialising in criminology. “In February 2017 I did my work experience in Letterkenny University Hospital. This was so interesting and fun. I had such a good time there and found that I would like to work in that sector in the future.“My work experience is definitely a benefit to my career prospects. I was indecisive whether I wanted to study nursing to become a criminologist or a veterinary nurse. After two placements being with animals and one being in the hospital, I feel that nursing is for me. I have grown to love animals even more than I did before though.”Katie says that although there aren’t any particular challenges she has encountered in the programme, but when she struggles with mathematics, her tutor takes her through the problems and ensures she is up to speed.“I have had a bit of trouble with my maths as it is definitely my weakest subject. My maths teacher is always there to help in a time of need, she has made me feel more confident during my Maths classes.”The use of continuous assessment means that 100% of grades aren’t based off examinations, which takes the pressure off of learners.“The programme is accessed through continuous intake, which means learners can join the programme at any stage throughout the year. Most of our work throughout the year is assessment based. In maths, we have two exams and in Information Technology we also have two exams. I feel much more comfortable doing it this way compared to the dreaded walk into the exam hall in school.“Because of Youthreach, I will have gained a qualification I never had before, my Level 4 QQI and will be able to go on and do courses that I wouldn’t have been able to do before.“I have obtained my certificate in First Aid which I am extremely proud of. I have also made some art pieces that I am super proud of also.”Since beginning the programme, Katie says that countless opportunities have come her way – both career-wise and recreational!“The Youthreach programme has given me tonnes of opportunities. Everything from gaining intelligence to zip lining 40 foot over a forest. We have done art competitions and given the chance to meet people from other centres. Youthreach has given me the opportunity to go out on work experience in places that I am interested in working in the future. This has given me the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge along the way that will stick with me forever.“The allowance is very helpful, especially as I have just recently moved out with my partner so I am able to pay my rent and bills with this allowance. It also gives you a sense of freedom as you don’t have to keep asking your parents for money.”After completion, Katie will begin her path towards fulfilling her dream job.“My dream job in the future is to become either a nurse or a criminologist. To achieve this I am going to study nursing by doing a 2-year course when I am finished Youthreach this will then help me to get to university and to get into the area that I want to study.”About YouthreachYouthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities. A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) qualifications are provided including Level 2 General Learning, Level 3 Employability Skills and Level 4 General Learning.Subjects, varying from centre to centre, include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more.Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach programme. Other qualifications include basic food hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.Centres also provide an extensive health promotion programme covering areas such as positive mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, road safety, citizenship and money management.Fun is also an important part of Youthreach and regular trips and events such as an annual county-wide table quiz, MasterChef, pool, bowling and football competitions also take place throughout the year.For more information you can follow this link: http://www.donegaletb.ie/schools-youth-services/youthreach/.You can also call the Youthreach Centres on the following numbers:Ballyshannon (Antoinette) – 071 98 51286Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62466Gortahork (Ciaran) – 074 91 35218Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114Youthreach is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.Katie Anderson: “Youthreach is a unique and fun way to get an education” was last modified: April 19th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal ETBkatie andersonLiffordlast_img read more

RCB beat Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets to enter IPL final

first_imgKarnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU Karnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU IPL 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL × May 24, 2016 SHAREcenter_img Published on Ab de Villiers played a breathtaking knock to singlehandedly lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions here today.Chasing 159, RCB looked down and out at 29 for five before de Villiers smashed 79 off 47 balls to script a sensational comeback and take the team home in 18.2 overs. The Lions were outdone by one man’s class as the efforts of Dhawal Kulkarani and Dwayne Smith went in vain.With the spectacular win, RCB are into their third IPL final and one step away from their maiden title. Lions on other hand will have another chance to make the summit clash in the Qualifier 2 in Delhi on Friday.The RCB were expected to overcome the target with minimum fuss but tricky batting conditions at the normally batting friendly Chinnaswamy made the job tougher for them.Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle can close the game in a space of a few overs but the devastating opening pair had an off day. Kohli, who has been in sensational form this IPL, suffered a rare failure when he dragged a wide one off Kulkarni on to his stumps, stunning the crowd into silence.The disappointment on the face of India’s star batsman was evident as he walked back into the dressing room. The two of his four hundreds in the competition had come against the Lions.The odd ball stopping on a slower surface made the task more challenging. Gayle too was out in Kulkarni’s over as he attempted a whack over midwicket to see his stumps rattled.Kulkarni kept bowling in the off stump corridor and that worked brilliantly for him. Lokesh Rahul was caught at first slip the following ball and Kulkarni was on a hat-trick.Kulkarni ended up with a career best figures of 4 for 14, albeit in a losing cause.Soon after, RCB had lost half their side with de Villiers left to pull off a herculean task. The South African, as he often he does, brought his team back into the game and involved Iqbal Abdulla (33 not out off 25) in a unbeaten 91-run stand for the seventh wicket.The team needed 49 off the last 30 balls but de Villiers paced his innings perfectly to take the team with 10 balls to spare. He ended with five sixes and as many boundaries in his special knockBrief scores: Gujarat Lions 158 all out (Dwayne Smith 73; Shane Watson 4/29). RCB 159/6 in 18.2 overs (AB De Villiers 79 not out, Iqbal Abdulla 33 not out). cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more