Discipline and community-wide partnership drive District 10’s athletics dominance – manager Carmen Small

first_imgDISTRICT 10 continues to produce champions because they work hard together and with a plan, their successful manager, Carmen Small, said after her team won their fifth consecutive title and 18th overall at the just concluded 59th edition of the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships.“Talent wins events, but teamwork wins our championship,” Small noted.Carmen Small has won five consecutive titles with District 10 as team manager.At the Nationals, Upper Demerara-Kwakwani were able to dominate the students’ leg of the track and field competition, while they finished second in the cycling and swimming and fourth in the teachers’ competition, which earned them 68 overall points; nine more than second place finishers, North Georgetown.Although several of the districts improved in various disciplines, none showed as much consistency as the champions.According to Small, that consistency is not due to talent alone, but to a systematic approach.“For years, we start preparing for these championships soon after returning from the previous one. We would have Inter-Schools Relay Championships, Relay Festival; we would have U-8 and U-10 Championships in preparation for the next year.”The experienced official, who has managed the side every year over the five years of dominance, added that they are always focused on getting better and, over the years, have concentrated heavily on bettering their weak areas.Additionally, the side has not relied on big names alone and has been able to address their longevity.“In the past five years, we would have used our strategies, we developed a clinic, a nursery…because of the nursery preparations for these championships, we always have someone in line.”Small added that although the aging athletes leave, many of them still help the younger crop whenever they can.“We have those athletes who would come back and coach the other children because we know that we are the defending champions and that we must come to defend our championships.”Teamwork is not just between athletes and coaches, but the wider community.  Small said that there is togetherness in the district, and both the regional democratic council and the Department of Education contribute. “We work hand-in-hand so that Linden must bring home the championship, because our pride would be at stake.”Next year, Small is again looking to win; she is confident that title number 19 is within grasp.last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson, 2 coaches win ITA regional awards

first_img Published on May 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ Three members of the Syracuse tennis program were honored on Saturday in the northeast portion of ITA’s NCAA Division I Regional Awards. Head coach Younes Limam won the Wilson/ITA coach of the year, associate head coach Shelley George took home ITA assistant coach of the year and Gabriela Knutson was awarded ITA senior player of the year. SU’s (14-13, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) season ended with a 4-1 loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament on May 5, and only Knutson qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles championships that begin on Monday in Orlando, Florida.Over the past five months, the Orange constructed one of the most successful seasons in their 44-year history. They swept both matches during ITA Kick-Off Weekend — including a 4-2 victory over then-No. 9 Michigan — and advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the first time. Two four-match winning streaks sandwiched a two-week losing streak to open the season, but during that time SU climbed to No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, its highest ever.In his five seasons at Syracuse, Limam has led the Orange to their only three NCAA tournament appearances in program history alongside George — who completed her 12th season with the Orange this year. The pair has developed All-Americans in Knutson and her doubles partner junior Miranda Ramirez, attracted top transfers in sophomore Guzal Yusupova and established international recruiting connections in countries such as Russia.Knutson, who moved into No. 2 for all-time career wins on Feb. 17 against Harvard, has compiled a 16-10 singles record this year to go along with a 14-11 doubles record, both lower than last season. But SU’s top singles player consistently competed with the top-ranked opponents despite nagging arm issues late in the season. Knutson defeated then-No. 5 Makenna Jones of UNC and took Miami’s then-No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba to two tiebreakers.Behind her backhand, a strength since she first began playing tennis at age 2, Knutson peaked at No. 4 and No. 13 in the singles rankings the past two years. She begins her second consecutive NCAA singles tournament appearance against Washington’s No. 57 Stacey Fung on Monday at 10 a.m. Last year, Knutson advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Pepperdine’s Mayar Sherif in three sets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more