Competitive climbing show to feature USC contestants

first_imgIt began with a post on the USC Climbing Team Facebook group. Two months later they were filming for the reality show Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness. Antonio Ayala, Noelle Crowley and Julian Olea, all members of the Climbing Team at USC, spent a weekend in August competing for the show, which is set to air Nov. 22 on the Esquire Network.Though the contestants could not disclose specifics of the obstacle course, Crowley, a junior majoring in environmental studies, described the competition as a relay with two identical obstacle courses for each team consisting of ropes, nets and bar obstacles. According to Olea, a junior majoring in biological sciences, each run took three to four minutes.Contestants filled out an application online in order to be on the show and sent videos of themselves working out and climbing. Crowley said she “didn’t feel as confident” when she sent in the first half of her application, but was gratified when the show’s producers called her and urged her to submit her application as soon as possible.“The producers called and personally asked me to be on the show,” Crowley said. “What an incredible opportunity, and I was being personally invited to do it.”Since the contestants had only a month to train before filming for the competition began, Crowley said she continued climbing as normal, while Olea said he worked out for 15 to 20 hours a week and “tailored his workouts to endurance ones.”Along with working out on their own, the USC contestants practiced once on an American Ninja Warrior imitation obstacle course owned by Arnold Hernandez, a former contestant on the show.“It was super cool to be able to test out similar type of obstacles before the show,” Crowley said. “They were challenging, but I’m glad I got to practice there and get some tips from [Hernandez] before we filmed.”After practicing, the team faced UCLA in late August. Ayala, a sophomore majoring in psychology and journalism, said the schools’ rivalry added to the pressure. “It was a lot of fun to face UCLA,” Ayala said. “We got to know the UCLA team, and they were some really cool people. We were competitive but friendly, and we bantered back and forth.”Having the show recorded in Los Angeles added to the USC vs. UCLA pressure; however, Olea said that USC had more people supporting them during filming.“It was super awesome because we had a lot of USC people coming out to support us in the crowd,” Olea said.Ayala described the competition as grueling, due to the people rooting them on and the added pressure of being on television, but ultimately enjoyed being on the show.“It was tiring and stressful to have to do the best we could, but it was truly a great experience,” Ayala said. “The people were my favorite part. Everyone was so open and happy to be there, so we all clicked and had a great time just being there.”Crowley was proud to serve as a role model for women and was excited for the opportunity to show young women what they are capable of achieving.“It’s really cool to be a strong inspiration for young women,” Crowley said. “I always hear that girls can’t do pullups, but no, girls can do pullups and have a lot of upper body strength.”Jona Siegel, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering who has been watching American Ninja Warrior for four years, said that this new edition is “very exciting.”“I enjoy watching what people can do in American Ninja Warrior, and it’s really cool they’re doing a collegiate version of it,” Siegel said. “It will be nice to root on the Trojans.”Though the actual competition was filmed two months ago, Crowley said she plans to have a watch party with her group of friends and Olea said he still gets excited thinking about seeing himself on TV.“The more I think about it, I get super psyched knowing that it’s coming up,” Olea said.last_img read more

Syracuse unable to stop Boston College’s top player, Sam Apuzzo

first_img Published on February 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Comments Syracuse knew going into the game against Boston College, it was going to be challenged. Not just because the Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the country but because of reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Sam Apuzzo.Apuzzo’s last-second goal against the Orange last season handed SU a 13-12 loss. Two years ago, it was Apuzzo’s five goals and two assists that led Boston College over SU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. She’s an offensive weapon the Orange have seen multiple times before, and one they still haven’t figured out how to stop. In what could be the last time No. 11 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) faces a No. 1 Boston College (2-0, 1-0) team led by Apuzzo, the Orange allowed seven goals to the senior attacker, as well as two assists. She helped BC dominate in draw controls —18-10 over SU — and accounted for a third of the won draws. While the defense was successful in the opening 20 minutes, it was unable to contain Apuzzo for the full 60 minutes. “Basically everything about her makes her dangerous,” SU goalie Asa Goldstock said. “She’s so creative.” Syracuse was the first on the board but Apuzzo responded during the Eagles ensuing possession. The defense worked to shut her down for the first 15 minutes of the game as the Orange went on a 7-2 scoring run. Apuzzo didn’t record a shot during the run before she put another goal on the board for the Eagles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGait gave the defense credit after the game for its performance in the first half, holding the top-ranked team to two goals in the opening 20 minutes. Goldstock recorded seven saves in the first half, more than double the three saves per game she averaged in SU’s first two matchups. Once Apuzzo scored her second goal, BC was able to go on a three-goal run to end the half and a 6-1 run through most of the second half. “As a player, she’s very shifty.” Alexa Radziewicz said. “We as a unit did very well against her,” Apuzzo’s first goal of the second frame gave BC its first lead, one it would maintain for the final 24 minutes of the game. Dancing the crease near SU’s goal, the attacker swung her stick around her body and shot the ball past Goldstock and into the net.  She hit two more before SU was able to retaliate. It was Apuzzo’s ability to catch and shoot that made her a threat to SU’s defense. There were times when she’d be open and a teammate would pass her the ball before anyone in Orange could tell Apuzzo had possession.“We needed to talk a little more,” Radziewicz said. “In that second half they obviously made an adjustment. I think we did really well in the defense we were in but if we had just made a bit of an adjustment then we’d be fine.”Apuzzo dominated in draw control, too. Junior Emily Hawryschuk started the game in the center, lining up against Apuzzo. When the whistle blew, Apuzzo flicked her stick, knocking the ball toward her teammate, giving BC the opening possession. Based on how the draw control is set, players can figure out which direction the ball is most likely going, Hawryschuk said,  something Apuzzo was able to take advantage of. Apuzzo won six of BC’s 18 draw controls and helped in the majority of the team’s other 12 controls. The three players that lined up at the draw for SU against her combined for one draw control. After she scored BC’s 14th goal, Syracuse was able to get in two more goals and cut BC’s lead to two with 40 seconds left. It was Apuzzo’s skill during the final draw control that sealed the victory for the Eagles. The whistle blew and she reached her stick up quicky, tipping the ball toward a teammate. BC won its final possession, and held onto the ball to win. “She has the ability to completely fake me out or be everywhere on the field at once,” Goldstock said. “We were trying to find her. She scored seven goals on us. It was really important for us to find her on the field but once we’d find her, two seconds later she’d be on the other side of the field.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Origin II: NSW player ratings

first_imgHere are the NSW player ratings from Origin II at ANZ Stadium. 1. James TedescoAllowed the big boys to belt each other for 20 minutes and then burst into the game, providing the final pass for Hayne’s try and burst through the middle of the Maroons defence before putting Pearce away. Forced off with a head knock 20 minutes from full-time and only got back on in the dying stages. 6.5/10. 2. Brett MorrisConfined to carries from deep early but showed great polish to score the Blues’ second try and worked well with Hayne to keep Chambers and Gagai in check for much of the night until Gagai’s two tries stole the game away from them. 7/10.3. Josh DuganStruggled to assert himself in attack but when his team needed a tackle in the final seconds of the first half he was there to get under Morgan and hold him up. Grew in stature as the game wore on and moved to fullback to cover for Tedesco late, producing a timely kick return to give his side momentum and pick-up in his in-goal. 7/10. 4. Jarryd HayneSpeed and strength to force Chambers over the sideline early and then powered through tackle of Cronk to score Blues’ first try. Should have passed to an unmarked Morris eight minutes from half-time and flick midway through the second half was careless and put his side under pressure. Went for big plays when conservative would have served his side better. 5/10. 5. Blake FergusonCaught in no man’s land for Queensland’s first try but started to make up for it with a tackle on Holmes midway through first half that forced an error. Good first-up contact to help stop Morgan scoring with final play of the first half. Strong carries in second half helped NSW out of territory. 5.5/10.6. James MaloneyGave away two early penalties to cede territory to the Maroons and first points but showed deft hands to put Blues in motion for their first try. Kick on fourth tackle to earn repeat set in first half was clever and glided past Glasby to set up the try for Brett Morris. Running battle with Slater was very fun to watch but couldn’t finish it off for his side. 7/10.7. Mitchell PearceEarly kicking game was on point and was prominent in two of the Blues’ first half tries, backing up a bust from Tedesco like all good halfbacks should. Kick that resulted in Gagai being caught in-goal was class but he didn’t take a stranglehold of the contest when he had the chance. 6.5/10. 8. Aaron WoodsTwo hit-ups in opening set and followed up with hit on Valentine Holmes to force an error got his team on the front foot and he continued to push through the Maroons defence with each charge. Offloads caused the Maroons some issues but came on in the second half with his team on the back foot and couldn’t turn it around. 7/10.9. Nathan PeatsPoor option on last tackle early in the piece but set an aggressive early tone defensively in the Blues’ middle third. Made 56 tackles, double the next best for the Blues and was courageous with every one of them. 7.5/10. 10. Andrew FifitaWas a marked man from the outset but drew enough attention and caused enough havoc to allow the likes of Woods and Jackson to make inroads. Four offloads kept the Maroons honest but by and large they handled what the big guy threw at them. 6.5/10. 11. Boyd Cordner  The skipper tried to inspire his troops by spearing in behind the ruck with each run and battled on although he appeared to be injured late in the game. 6.5/10. 12. Josh JacksonPoked nose through twice early to get on front foot and worked tirelessly and extremely effectively for his 34-minute first half stint. Pound-for-pound must be close to the most effective forward in the NRL today. 8/10. 13. Tyson FrizellGot at Thurston early with customary charge and forced the great man to wince in pain late in the first half. Replaced after 56 minutes and didn’t return. 6/10. 14. David KlemmerTook on the responsibility of carrying on the work of the starting props and ran with it. Hard. Topped the Blues metre count with 173m from 16 carries. 7.5/10. 15. Wade GrahamRushing out on Josh McGuire early in the second half allowed Queensland to get back within four. Kicking game was a handy option on the Blues’ left but careless penalty for a strip on Napa invited Queensland to attack again five minutes from time. 5.5/10.16. Jake TrbojevicTurned the game on its head with a strong first carry and then two tackles later a superb inside pass for Tedesco in the lead-up to Pearce’s try. Stunning try-saver on Cronk in the final minute of the first half. Destined to be a Blues Origin great. 8/10.   17. Jack Bird Only given 19 minutes as Queensland surged in the second half and had little influence on the result. 5/10. Related articleOrigin II: Queensland player ratings – http://bit.ly/2spzsO2last_img read more

Maguire gives Man Utd plenty of cause for optimism

first_img0Shares0000Marshal Maguire: Harry Maguire’s physical presence helped Manchester United to a 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – After a chastening few months following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment on a permanent basis as Manchester United manager, there is cause for optimism again at Old Trafford after romping to a 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.Solskjaer insisted ahead of the match that he did not sense the negativity that appeared online from fans in the wake of Thursday’s transfer deadline passing with only three new arrivals in the form of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, while no replacement was brought in for the departing Romelu Lukaku up front. And the Norwegian was initially proved right as all three new boys played their part in a resounding victory, while the wantaway Paul Pogba came to life after half-time and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial showed their capability to cope without Lukaku.Maguire’s presence pays offUnited paid a world-record fee for a defender to match Leicester’s demands for Maguire at £80 million ($96.2 million) last week and the hope that the England centre-back can match the transformative impact made by Virgil van Dijk on Liverpool got off to a good start.United recorded just two clean sheets at home in the league all of last season, and are already halfway to that tally as Maguire marshalled the back line, while at right-back, 21-year-old Wan-Bissaka played with a maturity beyond his years.“He’s done exactly what we signed him for — his presence in both boxes, his composure and calmness on the ball, and he is a leader,” said Solskjaer of Maguire.The Red Devils still needed to ride their luck at times. Chelsea twice hit the woodwork in the first half through Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri, but crucially David de Gea also played his part in keeping a clean sheet.De Gea made a string of uncharacteristic errors towards the end of last season, including against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw in April that realistically ended United’s hopes of Champions League qualification.Named captain with Ashley Young demoted to the bench to make way for Wan-Bissaka, the Spaniard embraced that responsibility with important saves from Ross Barkley and Emerson to preserve United’s lead either side of half-time.“He’s contributed on and off the ball today,” said Solskjaer of De Gea’s steadying influence.Pogba plays providerPaul Pogba provided two assists in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea © AFP / Oli SCARFFThe other cloud hanging over United’s summer has been Pogba’s public declarations that he would like a move away from the club.Despite the transfer window remaining open in Spain until September 2, it is inconceivable United could let the French World Cup winner leave for Real Madrid given their lack of midfield cover.Pogba has been an infuriating presence for many United fans and coaches over the past three years. With the talent to dominate games, he can too often be a peripheral figure, but showed what he is capable of with two moments of magic to create the final two goals.A long pass picked out Rashford’s run perfectly for United’s third before he showed both his power and poise to burst through the Chelsea defence before teeing up James for the fourth.Rashford and Martial clinicalAt the double: Marcus Rashford scored twice for Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFThe failure to replace Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez’s loss of form means the pressure is on Rashford and Martial to drastically improve on the 13 and 12 goals they scored respectively last season.“I’m so pleased for Anthony scoring from five yards after a cross,” said Solskjaer, a clinical striker himself in his playing days, who has emphasised the need for both to spend more time in the box rather than out wide.The clinical finishing on show from Rashford and Martial proved to be the difference between the sides as Chelsea suffered a humiliating scoreline despite having more shots on goal.“We made four mistakes and they were clinical in the way they put them away,” said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after a dreadful start to his reign in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kimsey will run for a fifth term as Clark County auditor

first_imgClark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Tuesday he will seek re-election this fall.Kimsey, 58, was first elected in 1998.The Republican trounced an opponent in 2002 and ran unopposed in 2006 and 2010.“I care deeply about our community,” Kimsey said Tuesday. “It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve as the Clark County auditor. If I’m re-elected I will continue to apply my experience, skills and knowledge to serve what I believe are the best long-term interests of Clark County citizens.”Before becoming a public official, Kimsey was chief financial officer for Vancouver Oil Co. and had been vice president of U.S. Bancorp’s Investment Banking Office.As auditor, he’s the county’s primary financial officer, tracking the $360 million budget and reporting back to the Board of County Commissioners and the public. He’s also responsible for conducting elections, registering voters, recording legal documents, issuing marriage licenses and licensing motor vehicles.Kimsey, whom Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed recognized as Auditor of the Year in 2006, manages a staff of 48 people and an annual budget of $6 million.In 2005, at his request, county commissioners approved switching to all-mail balloting.The auditor earns $100,913 annually.The Committee to Re-Elect Greg Kimsey will host the 14th annual “Pre-St. Paddy’s Day” fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Club Green Meadows, 7703 N.E. 72nd Ave. in Vancouver.last_img read more