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ND students cheer Irish on to victory

first_imgJunior Pat Vinett, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wake Forest, returned to Winston-Salem, N.C. for Saturday’s game hoping for an Irish victory. Vinett said he was cautiously optimistic about Notre Dame’s chances, even more so than many of the Wake Forest fans he spoke to. “I know talking to kids down there, they were expecting to lose by like 40. I thought it was going to be pretty close, that we were going to underestimate the ACC,” Vinett said. “I knew we’d win, but I thought it’d be difficult.” Despite the Demon Deacons’ stadium being less than half the size of Notre Dame’s, Vinett said the level of excitement was impressive. “I ended up in the student section, so I don’t know about general admission, but compared to whenever I’ve been there before, it was really loud,” he said. “They had fireworks going when they scored, it was pretty good considering the size of the stadium. It was packed.” While it was a farther trip from South Bend than Purdue or Michigan, Vinett said the Notre Dame turnout was surprisingly large. “There were a ton of ND people,” he said. “I’m not going to say there were more ND people [than Wake Forest fans], but I’d say it was pretty even cheering.” Despite having a friend on the Wake Forest team, Vinett cheered for the Irish throughout. “I was cheering for ND the whole time,” he said. “My buddy’s one of the wide receivers [for Wake Forest] … I was happy when he was doing well, but I was happy ND won.” Vinett said the highlight of the game was senior receiver Michael Floyd’s third quarter touchdown. “It completely sucked the life out of the Wake student section,” he said. Sophomore Ashley Barraza turned down the long drive in favor of on-campus game watch and said she was expecting the Irish to quickly lock in a victory. “I thought the game was going to be a blowout,” she said. “I thought we were going to go in there and dominate, that they’d put it away in the first half like the Navy and Air Force games.” She said the decidedly less impressive victory was due to a series of minor errors. “I thought the two interceptions were pretty bad, especially the one where they were in Cover 3 [zone defense] and Tommy [Rees] threw it anyway,” she said. “Just a bunch of fundamental mistakes we could have avoided … Wake’s not that great a team so we could recover, but if it were a better team it could have cost us.” Junior Andy Boes was also confident in Notre Dame’s odds at the beginning of the game. “We’re athletically superior to them,” he said. “It was just a matter of how much we would win by.” After struggling in the first half, Boes said the defense coming together later in the game was crucial for the victory. “The defense came up with some plays that were pretty important,” he said. Boes said he was happy with the win, despite the close score. “I would have liked to see a bigger point differential, but a win’s a win,” he said. “I’m hoping next week it’s not as close as it was this weekend, but I’m glad we can continue with some momentum.”last_img read more

Volleyball dunks Kennebunk

first_img Latest Posts MDI is 8-1 on the season – second seed in the league after perennial powerhouse Greely. The Trojans are not scheduled to meet Greely in the regular season.At Kennebunk, the Trojans took the first set easily, 25-16. The hard-fought second set went to the Rams 26-24, but MDI recovered to finish out the match with 25-18 and 25-15 victories in the last two sets.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSeniors Sarah Phelps and Elise Robertson led in kills against Kennebunk, with 14 and 7 respectively. Sophomore Grace Higgins had 5 kills and 4 aces. Senior Kayla Ray had 5 aces. Junior Riley Mooers had 15 assists, 4 digs and 3 aces.BIDDEFORD 3 – MDI 1The Trojans suffered their first loss of the season Friday night, falling to the Biddeford Rams three sets to one. Biddeford is fourth seed in Class A, so the match was high-value in tournament points.“They certainly played very well,” MDI Coach Corey Papadopoli said. “We played well at times, but there were moments where our system broke down a bit, and they were at key moments. We certainly weren’t outmatched, but we were outplayed.”Set scores were 15-25, 24-26, 25-23 and 22-25.Biddeford took the first set 25-15. “Our first set was very flat,” Papadopoli said. “We dug a hole.” The second game was much closer, but again went to the Rams 26-24.The Trojans managed to take the third set 25-23 and battled through a close fourth set, but didn’t manage to win. Biddeford won 25-22.Senior Camilla Thomassen-Tai had 12 digs against Biddeford. Phelps added 9 kills and 9 digs. Seniors Ray and Elise Robertson each had 5 kills.The team is set to travel to East Machias Wednesday, Oct. 8, for a rematch against Washington Academy. Tuesday, Oct. 14, they host Ellsworth for a 5:30 p.m. match.In practice this week, Papadopoli said that he’s focusing on “increasing the intensity of how we practice. We’ve got to practice performing under pressure.” Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Bio Mount Desert Island High School volleyball player junior Aubrie Boyce of Bar Harbor goes for the set in a match against Biddeford.KENNEBUNK — Bouncing back from their first loss of the season Friday to Biddeford, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity volleyball team defeated the Kennebunk Rams Saturday 3-1. Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Cedric Solice draws from experiences in NBA D-League to become do-it-all type for Syracuse women’s basketball

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 31, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.In the spring of 2001, Cedric Solice picked up a call from an old mentor. Solice had just completed his basketball career at Charleston Southern when Rob Ross, his former athletic trainer at CSU, asked him if he could join the NBA Development League team he coached. The North Charleston Lowgators, which is no longer operating, needed a player for its practice squad.“He goes, ‘Hey man, I need you to come in and practice,’” recalls Solice, Syracuse’s director of program management and development. “I said: ‘Nah man, I am not coming to play with those guys. Those guys are pros.’”“Listen, just show up and you’ll be fine,” Ross told him.Solice is grateful for the call he received from Ross to join the Lowgators’ practice squad. The opportunity positioned him around basketball and organizational minds from different backgrounds, setting him up for his current role at SU (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSolice came to Syracuse in 2006 after playing and working for the Lowgators from 2001-2004. Solice was named the women’s basketball director of operations in 2009 and helps handle recruiting and scheduling. He served as an assistant coach for the Orange in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons, during which Syracuse went 54-16 and reached its first-ever national championship game.When Solice joined the Lowgators practice team in 2001, he and the rest of the unit ran plays against the starting defense.“All you have to do is hit the first shot, then you’ll be fine,” Ross told Solice. “Don’t worry, the ball will be there in your hands, and all you have to do is catch it and shoot.”“A’ight,” Solice said.On the squad’s first offensive set of the day, Solice ran off a double-staggered screen and caught a pass as he turned toward the hoop. He heaved up a shot. The ball hit the rim, rattled around the edges, then fell through the net.Soon, the Lowgators no longer needed Solice to play. That’s when he joined the team’s staff, a “tremendous” opportunity to learn about basketball and how organizations operate.“(I learned) the insides of pro-level coaching, what it takes to play at that level and how disciplined they are,” Solice said.Solice worked with the team’s head coach, NBA legend Alex English, who retired in 1991 as the league’s seventh leading all-time scorer with 25,613 points. Solice also worked with Ime Udoka, a Lowgators star in 2004 before playing five seasons in the NBA. Udoka is now an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. By surrounding himself with these basketball minds, Solice learned how to mentor players.“Everybody has certain needs, and you have to individualize, at the same time trying to find where it fits the mission of the team,” Solice said. “Because if they’re more comfortable outside of the team, the more comfortable they will be with the team.”In 2006, Solice came to SU as a master’s student in the Setnor School of Music. Justin Mertz, SU’s director of athletic bands, said Solice studied deeply.While pursuing his degree in instrumental conducting, Solice joined the SU women’s basketball team as a graduate manager. He became responsible for assisting the coaching staff with all facets of practices, helping players with individual workouts. It was Solice’s first-ever role in college athletics since playing at CSU nearly a decade earlier, but a job that he had been prepared to take.“These players have their own individual missions and needs,” Solice said, “whether it’s a performance deficiency or a personality deficiency, and all of those needs needed to be addressed differently.”Solice began visiting his former music teacher, Mertz, and helped train the drumline of the SU marching band. Solice also started working with Mertz in scheduling traveling pep bands at NCAA tournament games that the women’s team was playing in — organizing travel, lodging and other logistical hurdles for the group.“Cedric is extremely intelligent and talented in a lot of different areas,” Mertz said. “You see that in the fact that he’s training as a musician, but he makes his living off of college athletics. He’s a very good educator, and he’s a very good person, so he’s a great mentor for our kids.”“It was just a tremendous learning pot, and I really enjoyed the experience,” Solice said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the current state of the North Charleston Lowgators was misstated. The team is no longer operating. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2017 at 10:58 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more