Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Cross Country had a strong showing finishing 5th place at Union County High School Invite @ Union County High School.They placed 5th and had two top ten finishers. Seniors Evan Apsley and Cody Moore placed 8th and 9th. Freshman, Drew Grant and sophomore, Kyle Seibert, also received awards.The FC girls cross country team had a phenomenal first cross country meet for the seasonplacing 2nd at The Union County Invite.They had two top ten finishers. Freshman, Lauren Kelley placed 5th and junior, Taylor Stewart, earned the 10th place spot. Sophomore, Kairee Hodapp was right behind her, with 13th place. Novalynne Beck, Kat Putnick, Devyn Kerr, and Josie Selm all earned awards. The whole team gave an excellent performance.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.
Three months ago, Madison Drescher had no clue she’d soon be making the 22-hour and 1,500-mile drive to Syracuse. Drescher knew she wanted to get into coaching after graduating from Oklahoma. She “tested the waters” on becoming a graduate assistant, but ultimately never found the right opportunity, she said. Back in Southlake, Texas, she even began looking at high school teaching jobs that would also allow her to coach volleyball. That search ended when Oklahoma assistant coach Jake Barreau texted Drescher asking if she was still looking for a job. Barreau told her it was at Syracuse, and soon after Drescher spoke with SU assistant coach Derryk Williams. A week later, the 22-year-old landed her first college coaching gig. “A lot of praying went on,” Drescher said. “But I knew that if I wanted to go into coaching, a power-five school, assistant coach right out of school was something I knew I couldn’t pass up.”Drescher has brought her playing and coaching experience to the Orange, where she’s become a resource on and off the court. Drescher is expected to be a key member of Syracuse’s (3-4) coaching staff following the departure of associate head coach Erin Little, who was named head coach at Cortland in late March. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrescher admitted the quick transition from being a player to assistant coach will force her to learn on the fly. So far, Williams said she’s adjusted well, which “is not always easy for people to do.” Still, this isn’t Drescher’s first time coaching. In the summer of 2016, Drescher coached Oklahoma Elite Volleyball Club, a club team for girls based in Norman, Oklahoma. Drescher said her mindset was more “Why not?” while coaching Oklahoma Elite, given she did not have many plans that summer. At the beginning of the season, some of her players didn’t know how to serve but eventually improved to the point of hitting aces. That “rewarding” experience made Drescher want to pursue coaching as a career, she said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital EditorAfter Drescher’s junior year at Oklahoma, she had surgery on a shoulder injury which plagued her since she was 16. As a result, she appeared in only six matches during her senior year as her shoulder never fully recovered. Accepting a decreased role during her senior season was tough at first, but it also presented another opportunity for Drescher to coach, this time by mentoring Oklahoma’s younger players. She’s brought that skill from Norman to Syracuse. “It’s awesome just having her on our team in general,” senior Aliah Bowllan said. “Because I would say in comparison to having an older coach, it’s really helpful to have someone younger that can connect with us more.”As a coach, Drescher has primarily been working with the middle blockers, where her recent playing experience helped demonstrate skills SU’s coaching staff is looking for, such as arm swing on hits, Bowllan said. While Drescher has made a difference for SU players on the court, Bowllan said Drescher has been equally as impactful off of it. Drescher is closely involved with the team during study hours and has become an outlet for players to talk about any issues they may be having on the court, or in their personal lives, Bowllan said. At times, Drescher said it’s been difficult to not become the “friendship coach,” as she aims to establish strong relationships with players, while still expecting them to meet the standards the coaching staff expects of them. Having just concluded a playing career that dates back to when she was in third grade, Drescher has seen the various impacts of coaches, particularly the negative impacts of coaches who constantly berate players. When Drescher sees players make a mistake, she reminds herself not to get mad, remembering that she would make similar mistakes a year ago at Oklahoma. “I just know as a volleyball player I went through a lot mentally and physically,” Drescher said. “I know it’s hard, especially when you’re 18 years old coming in and getting so much demanded of you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8
The national women’s senior team, the D’Tigress, failed to arrive Lagos yesterday from the United States of America to continue the build up to the FIBA 2018 World Cup due to logistic reasons.According to an earlier schedule released by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), D’Tigress who are currently in Atlanta, USA, were to arrive Lagos on Tuesday night but flight cancellations forced the stay back.NBBF Board Member, Col. Sam Ahmedu (rtd) who is with the team said, “There are no suitable flights as their travel plans are being done all the way to Spain for ease of movement of the players.” Since the team’s movement is hinged on availability of flight, Ahmedu admitted that no date has been fixed for the team’s arrival in Lagos for now.“We are aware that a lot of people are eager to see the team train back home, but the continued delay is nobody’s fault,” Ahmedu continued.He assured basketball stakeholders that the delay will in no way affect the team’s training as the Coach Otis Hughley-led technical crew have continued with their training sessions as they await the next directive.The current African champion will tip off their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, September 22 at the Arena Santiago Martin, San Cristobal De La Laguna, Spain.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MIDDLETOWN –The township committee is seeking volunteers to help them preserve Middletown’s rich history and chart a course for a vibrant economic future. Volunteers would be appointed to one of two new advisory bodies – the historic preservation commission or the economic development committee.“It’s necessary to preserve the remnants of our storied past for future generations. It’s equally as important that we take steps to ensure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of life we enjoy in Middletown today,” Mayor Anthony P. Fiore said.The Middletown Historic Preservation Commission is charged with fostering awareness and appreciation of the community’s history, advancing public knowledge through outreach programs and education, and encouraging the growth of heritage tourism in the township. Members also will be dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and archiving documents and artifacts that tell a tale about the founding of Middletown as one of the state’s earliest colonial settlements as well as its continuing evolution.The historic preservation commission will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee, a landmark commission member and five public members appointed by the township committee. The commission is expected to meet six times a year.The Middletown Economic Development Committee will focus on fostering new economic growth and the retention of existing businesses and industries. Members will be charged with uniting business leaders and local elected officials so that they may pool resources and ideas that benefit all residents and businesses. The committee’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a desirable business climate that promotes economic growth, job development and the expansion of the commercial tax base.The economic development committee will consist of seven volunteer members – the mayor’s designee and six public members, including three from the business community. The committee is expected to meet monthly.“There’s an incredible wealth of talented residents and business leaders here in Middletown,” the mayor said. “I’m looking forward to meeting people who can donate some time to help us preserve the past and protect the future.”Residents interested in volunteering their time and experience are encouraged to submit an application on the Middletown Citizen Leadership Form. Applications should be sent to Middletown Citizen Leadership Act, c/o Township Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.Additional information is available by calling 732-615-2015. The application can be downloaded from www.middletownnj.org. Look under the “Boards and Commissions” section of the website.