Play By Play Classic: Brush Stuns Garfield Heights, 63-60

first_img Related TopicsBrushGarfield HeightsPlay By Play Classic Michael Trivisonno BEREA, OHIO— A swift start for Garfield wasn’t enough down the stretch as Brush upset Garfield 63-60 in the Scholastic Play by Play Classic at Baldwin Wallace University Sunday afternoon. John Hugley would take home the game MVP.Heading into Sunday’s game against Garfield, not many people gave the Brush Arcs a chance against a team like Garfield. They proved to handle the pressure Garfield presented Sunday as they shocked everyone in Rudolph Unsprung Gymnasium.It was sophomore John Hugley that would make his presence known down the stretch to help Brush pull off the upset, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the ball.“Man, something I’ve never seen before,” junior guard DJ Dial said about Hugley’s performance. “I trained him the whole week to be the aggressor. It worked and we had them shook.”Although Hugley got MVP honors, it was a total team effort to take down the top-ranked Bulldogs. DJ Dial contributed with 12 points, Tyler Williams had 11 and Andre Harris scored 10 points. Deion Burton led the Arcs on the offense end as he had a team-high 15 points.Heading into the season, Brush head coach Chet Mason knew his team would be pushed all season long thanks to a tough schedule. After a marquee win Sunday, he feels like his team is ready for any opponent he faces from here-on-out.“I’m not going to let them take steps back,” he said. “ I always say coaches win in practice and players win on the floor. We are going to do our part to win practices so these guys can be ready to perform like that on the floor.”Garfield would control the game early on thanks to the hot start from senior Alex Heath. Turnovers and sloppy play headlined the first half of the Arcs as they trailed 39-28 at halftime.There was no quit in Brush as they would start the second half strong. Battling back all game, Andre Harris would eventually tie the game up at 43 with a strong take to the basket. The comeback effort was all apart of a 15-4 run to start the second half. An inbound steal and layup by Harris would give Brush a slight 47-46 edge heading into the fourth quarter.The fourth quarter would be a battle for both teams. In a back-and-forth game, the winner was determined in the closing seconds. Late free throws from Dial gave the Arcs a three point lead with three seconds left. Meechie Johnson would get the inbound pass and throw up a desperation 3-pointer that would fall just short of the rim.“It was a good win for us,” Dial said. “we train to win these big games. All credit to coach Chet, he prepared us well.”Alonzo Gaffney would lead Garfield as he had a game-high 16 points. Alex Heath had 15 points with TajMaal Toney-Gates contributing 10 points as well.The loss now puts Garfield at a record to 7-1 on the season. Up next for Garfield is a matchup against Western Reserve Academy on Thursday night.The win improves the Arcs to 7-2. They will look to continue their streak on Tuesday night as they host Mayfield.center_img Michael Trivisonno is a current college student at Cleveland State University who covers high school sports throughout Northeast Ohio for NEO Sports Insiders. He’s also been the Lake County Captains beat writer the previous two seasons.last_img read more

Cougar Football and Lady Cougar Soccer get the green light from the governor

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – In  a press conference today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that he will soon sign Executive Order No. 55, which will include TSSAA member schools in an exception to contact sports restrictions. “We appreciate being able to work with Gov. Lee and his staff on this,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “I am pleased that we were able to develop some very specific guidelines for every sport that will allow our kids to get out on their fields and fully participate in football and girls’ soccer this fall.”Campbell Cougar Football Coach Justin Price said, “The governors decision gives us the opportunity to start the season as scheduled. We will continue to follow the TSSAA regulations and the guidelines of our school system as we prepare for the 2020 season.”CCHS had a football player test positive for COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago.  As a result all football, basketball, and cheer-leading practices were suspended for the recommended five practices that encompass a 14-day period of time as a precaution.  That 14-day period is up on Thursday.  Coach Ryan Browning, the new Campbell High Director of Athletics, is expected to meet with coaches on Wednesday.Although contact practice is now permissible, the regulations and requirements for practice and competition adopted by the Board of Control at their July 22 meeting are still in place for all sports and must be followed. Visit the Tennessee Returns to Play page of TSSAA.org for complete details.2020 Campbell County High School FootballAugust 21                  Cocke County – AwayAugust 28                  Carter – HomeSeptember 4            Oak Ridge – AwaySeptember 11          Seymour – AwaySeptember 18          Gibbs – HomeSeptember 24          Karns – Home – Thursday at 7 pmOctober 2                   Powell – AwayOctober 9                   Bye WeekOctober 16                Fulton – AwayOctober 23                Clinton – HomeOctober 30                Knox West – HomeAll games are schedule for Fridays with a 7:30 pm kick-off except the Karns game.  The Karns game kicks off at 7 pm.“Children across the state are counting on us–school administrators and coaches–to proceed with practices and competitions safely while being very mindful of the requirements and modifications that we have put in place,” Childress added. “Our return to play is a partnership, and it’s important for everyone to do their part.”Once the order is signed, contact may take place in girls’ soccer practice. The Date of First Contest remains as originally scheduled, Aug. 17, with the state championships to be held Oct. 28-31 in Murfreesboro.Football teams were allowed to begin heat acclimatization on July 20th. Each athlete must complete heat acclimatization (2 days of helmets only, 3 days in helmets and shoulder pads) before practicing in full equipment, which is now permitted.No changes to the 2020 football schedule, regular season or otherwise, will be made. The contingency plan for football passed by the Board of Control last week stated that if contact practice could resume prior to Aug. 4, then no contests would be rescheduled. Therefore, the Date of First Contest for football remains as Aug. 21 with state championships Dec. 3-5 in Cookeville.“This is good news for many kids and their families,” Childress added, “but the reality is that the virus will continue to be with us and we have to be smart about taming the spread. Every adult and every participant in every sport must do their part and follow the guidelines set forth by TSSAA and the Governor’s office to help mitigate these risks.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2020-7PM)last_img read more

Saban Quaye: player sabotage is real

first_imgTeam Manager for Ghana premier league side Liberty Professionals, Sylvester Nii Saban Quaye says the practice of football players sabotaging their coaches exists.The perennial issue of players ganging up to derail the efforts of their coaches has more often than not been an issue of hearsay but has become ripe in the ongoing Glo premier league, Medeama FC coming up for mention after the compulsory leave given to Coach Bashiru Hayford.However experience Team Manager believes it is real and not anybody’s figment of imagination.In an interview on Asempa Sports Morning Show on Tuesday, he explained that the major reason that is mostly assigned to such behaviour is preferential treatment given to specific players.According to him when some players feel they are been side stepped for some individuals; they normally gang up to deny the team of good results.He admitted that the repercussions for the team are always not good for any of the players but since it is a collective decision they normally do not see it as such. When asked how best we can solve those issues he said the danger of the practice is that it is normally a collective act so it is always difficult to deal with it.He revealed that the situation was more rampant when he was with Accra Hearts of Oak but he does not know if it still exists.last_img read more

Steelers’ trade for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick sends four messages loud and clear

first_imgIt says, loudly:They believe in second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph, in what they saw in his college performances before drafting him in the 2018 third round, what they’ve seen in training since and what they observed when he took over for a little more than a half in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.They expect star QB Ben Roethlisberger to recover at a reasonable pace from elbow surgery that will cost him the remainder of the 2019 season. He’ll have two years remaining on his contract then. If Rudolph excels, they can decide how they want to address the future.They know their defense has been a wreck, particularly in the middle of the field, and Fitzpatrick has excelled in his short time in the league as a slot corner and safety.Most important, they have not surrendered on the 2019 season and believe what remains is salvageable, despite an 0-2 start and the absence of a quarterback who has seen them through 144 wins and two Super Bowl titles since 2004.MORE: Fitzpatrick trade grades for Steelers, DolphinsIt’s a declaration of intent by the Steelers that they refuse to surrender on the season, despite a horrific start in every respect: too many injuries, too many defeats, too few reasons to be optimistic. They perceive no cause at all for surrender.”We feel comfortable with the team we’ve assembled,” coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly Tuesday press conference. “Obviously, we’ve dealt with some circumstances that will force us to adjust and play a certain style that puts us in position to win. Our level of expectations in terms of our performance will not change, and has not changed.”It is our job to keep this train rolling. … If anything, from a competitor’s standpoint, it energizes me and us. We’re excited about balling up our fists and fighting, and fighting together.”Tomlin said Fitzpatrick will immediately move into the free safety position vacated by an injury to veteran Sean Davis, who was placed on injured reserve. As Fitzpatrick gains familiarity with the Steelers’ approach, however, he also might be deployed as a slot corner, where he last season was regarded as one of the most effective in the league. Trading away a first-round pick can give off the scent of a desperate management team trying to remain relevant by selling the future. In this case, though there is no certainty the trade will be a smash, they have risked little of their future and wheedled some financial flexibility under the salary cap. Because the Dolphins paid his signing bonus, the Steelers get three years of Fitzpatrick at an average annual salary of $1.9 million. There also is an option for a fifth year, in 2022. They would have control of their 2020 pick only a smidge longer, and Fitzpatrick is a proven NFL player, not someone who might struggle with the transition from college.He might struggle with the transition to the Steelers, though, and that’s where this becomes a discussion.There are a few scenarios in which this trade becomes disastrous:1. Rudolph proves not to be a worthy successor at quarterback and Roethlisberger’s recovery does not facilitate his return to the field next September, meaning the Steelers will have blown a chance to find a QB with a high 2020 first-rounder.2. The pieces in place this autumn fail so spectacularly that the Steelers find themselves slotted into one of the prime draft positions — say top five — in 2020.3. The deficiencies in the Steelers’ defensive backfield’s schemes and/or training have the same deleterious effect on Fitzpatrick as on safeties Terrell Edmunds and Davis or an army of drafted cornerbacks, most notably 2016 first-rounder Artie Burns.That last one is the most important factor. The current Steelers have given no one a reason to be confident they can make Fitzpatrick a stellar component of an elite unit.MORE: Steelers’ Rudolph pick now seems shrewd at worst, genius at bestThere is a saying in coaching: “It’s not the Xs and the Os, it’s the Jimmies and the Joes.” But if a Minkah flops, joining all the Jimmies and Joes drafted and undeveloped by the Steelers over more than a decade, the cause will be obvious.The Steelers haven’t drafted a long-term starter at corner since William Gay in 2007. They haven’t selected a reliable safety since Troy Polamalu in 2003.With Fitzpatrick stepping into the free safety position, though, three of the team’s four regular DBs will have been acquired from other organizations and had some measure of success elsewhere. In his third season with the team, corner Joe Haden has been very good. First-year corner Steven Nelson, a free agent signed away from the Chiefs, has been adequate at least.Through two games, however, the Steelers do not have a single interception. With two passes defensed, they rank last in the league. Neither stat is an anomaly. They were 28th in interceptions last season and 14th in passes defensed. None of this is a surprise, because their defensive backs almost never are near the ball.Fitzpatrick had nine PDs last season; among the Steelers, only Haden topped that. So it is up to defensive coordinator Keith Butler to put his secondary into positions where they can more commonly disrupt opponents’ passing attacks. If Fitzpatrick does not make a difference, if the nature of Butler’s schemes does more to vex him than the opposition, we’ll know for certain where the issue rests. The Steelers made official early Tuesday morning what the unofficial reports flooding the media late Monday made real for those who follow the league: Pittsburgh traded its 2020 first-round draft choice to Miami in exchange for young defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, a revolutionary transaction for a franchise known for its orthodoxy.It was a deal that made several profound statements at once, about what the Steelers think of themselves and their immediate future.center_img WEEK 3 NFL PICKS: Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsWhile the Ravens were dazzling at 2-0 but claiming only the Dolphins and Cardinals as victims, the Steelers were stuck opening against the reigning Super Bowl champion and a near-perennial playoff team. Their horrid defensive performances must be attributed, at least in part, to the challenge of facing QBs Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.The issues at the back end of the Pittsburgh D, though, were not invented by those two stars. It’s an old problem with a potentially new solution.last_img read more