Meet Brian Dahlstrom, the man responsible for stringing Syracuse’s rackets

first_img Comments Published on February 25, 2019 at 11:00 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Brian Dahlstrom stood next to a Wilson Baiardo tennis stringing machine tucked in the corner of Drumlins Country Club’s bigServe Pro Shop. He lined up a black and red racket in the middle of the machine, about 100 feet from the lobby where fans watched Syracuse’s match against Colorado on Feb. 15. He wove and clamped strings, tightening rackets at the proper tension.“I think people are surprised that it’s every string,” he said.As Dahlstrom strung the racket, he recalled his importance to No. 25 Syracuse’s (8-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) program. He’s why SU has intact rackets during its matches. Why the Orange players always have four rackets to carry in their equipment bags. When Syracuse players break a racket, they give it to Dahlstrom and he has it back to them within 24 hours. Before he came to Drumlins, Dahlstrom co-owned a tennis club in Illinois.Now, he’s an hidden asset for Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmy Nakamura | Senior Design EditorJunior transfer Guzal Yusupova doesn’t like to string her rackets. Gabriela Knutson wants to learn, but others claim it’s too hard. “Of course we give it to someone,” sophomore Sofya Golubovskaya said. For SU, it’s Dahlstrom.“It’s one of those things, once again, that if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s a complicated process,” Dahlstrom said.On top of a cabinet in Dahlstrom’s office, the room next to the pro shop, sit two totes. He recently pulled a clear one down, opened the lid and took out tennis racket string. It’s his bin dedicated to SU tennis and holds everything he needs for its rackets. To the right of his cabinet, a label says “TO BE STRUNG GO ORANGE,” and above another hook, “COMPLETED RACKETS GO ‘CUSE.”Sometimes, the hooks will stay empty for two weeks. Suddenly, there could be eight fixes needed in 10 days. Last Friday, the only one on either hook was freshman Sonya Treshcheva’s finished racket.Strings form a pocket that the ball is then sucked into, Dahlstrom said, and if the racket’s tension range is between 52 and 62 pounds, the lower side gives shots more spring. SU head coach Younes Limam’s racket is strung at a very low tension because he has complete control of his shots. If a player wants more control and less power behind balls, the racket is strung closer to 62.“If I was going to jump up and down in the air and try to touch the ceiling, the floor would not give me any energy at all, because it’s stiff,” Dahlstrom said. “If you put me on a trampoline, you get more bungee. But what happens on trampolines? Sometimes people break arms, it can be reckless.”Corey Henry | Staff PhotographerA similar concept applies to tennis strings. Before Dahlstrom starts stringing a racket, he pre-stretches the string right out of the package. In the Drumlins hallway, 20 feet from a side exit, he pulls it around the door handle while SU fans squeeze between Dahlstrom and the wall.Prior to Drumlins, he co-owned the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline, Illinois, and at one point strung current Women’s Tennis Association’s No. 17 Madison Keys’ childhood rackets. He first found out about the Drumlins position from SU associate head coach Shelley George, who Dahlstrom met at a meeting in Kansas City. He coordinated everything from installing a new metal roof to painting the lines in the parking lot. Now, at Drumlins, it’s just tennis.“He’s our string guy, he’s our guy,” George said.The stringing machine at Drumlins was used at a US Open, Dahlstrom said. The best one there is in pounds or kilograms, Dahlstrom slides the string through the grommets, clamps it in place, wraps it around the tension arm and simply pushes a button. When it’s time for cross-strings, he weaves it in-and-out of the main one, before repeating the same process. When finished, he knots the end.Inside a box in the back corner of Dahlstrom’s office, he collects old wooden rackets. His father worked in the military in World War II, deployed in the Philippines and learned tennis from a player ranked top-20 in the world at the time while in charge of recreation activities, he said. Every time he finds an old racket that reminds him of his roots, he buys it.Anyone can claim that they can string a racket, themselves, in 15 minutes, Dahlstrom said. The bottom line, in Dahlstrom’s mind, is that his process is more about quality.Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerWhen Dahlstrom brought his broken racket to his coach while at Illinois State University, Dahlstrom was told to do it himself. An hour-and-a-half later, Dahlstrom’s “ridiculously stringed racket,” loose in the middle and along the edges, is what he avoids today. Now, an average racket takes him about 30 minutes.“Having the opportunity to string thousands and thousands of rackets makes it go faster,” Dahlstrom said.Near the end of Syracuse’s match against Harvard on Feb. 17, Dahlstrom made his way onto the courts and moved toward Knutson’s blue bench. The senior had broken one of her Babolat Pure rackets on the previous rally, set it down and reached inside her blue bag to grab another. After Knutson returned to the court, Dahlstrom went and inspected her racket.Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, shouted: “He’s a stringer. He does special things to them.” After nearly a minute of toying with Knutson’s racket, Dahlstrom, with his hand still gripping it, disappeared into the Drumlins curtains.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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MLS star David Accam organizes Community Soccer Gala in Accra

first_imgPhiladelphia Union star David Accam put together a football tournament for youngsters in the community he grew up here in Accra.  Ten teams comprising Accra Stars, Ghacem Boiz, Sakumono Village FC, Nungua Stars, Atta Stars, Ontouch FC, Multi Stars FC, Saturday Professionals, Star Boiz FC and Chicago Fire FC-partook in the one-day programme.In the end,  Nungua Stars beat Atta Stars 1-0 to lift the maiden David Accam Community Soccer Gala trophy.The event took place at the Sakumono Holy Child School Park on Saturday.Accam reached out ex-Ghana international Yusif Chibsah, Jonathan Mensah of Columbus Crew, Phoenix Rising’s Gladson Awako and Dominic Oduro of San Jose Earthquakes to make the programme a success. ”I organized this tournament to give back to the community I grew up in. Most people have heard or watched me on TV but haven’t really seen me play in person. So I invited some professionals (foreign-based players) to help me grace the events,”  Accam, 28, told Joy Sports.”I have bigger plans. I want to expand it and do something bigger next year.”Accam has also played for Swedish sides Östersunds FK and Helsingborg and Chicago Fire in the MLS.He is a member of the Ghana national team.—last_img read more

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Tate Martell has options, but would another transfer be worth it?

first_imgMartell, meanwhile, could easily get a chance to play quarterback this season knowing Wiliams is a redshirt freshman and Manny Diaz is a first-year coach. Perhaps Martell will get his chance on the field, which never happened at Ohio State once Dwayne Haskins took over the starting job. Haskins, by the way, sat for two years before getting his chance to start.That might be the best course of action for Martell if he wants to stick as a college quarterback. He has waited for two-plus years. He’ll have to wait a little bit longer now, no matter what.In this case, it might be best to stick it out. Tate Martell did not win the starting job at Miami, and the question now becomes, ”What’s next?”Martell, a former four-star recruit, transferred from Ohio State after two seasons and received a transfer waiver to play right away with the Hurricanes. When news broke Jarren Williams would start the opener for Miami against Florida on Aug. 24, social media shredded Martell (a little too much, honestly). Martell didn’t practice Monday, and the speculation began. Where — or at what position — will Martell play next? Sporting News breaks down his options:MORE: Social media reacts to Martell newsTransfer (again)Martell would have to sit out this season, and that would mean a third school in his first three seasons. Perception-wise, this is Martell’s worst move. Martell would be the poster child for too much, too soon. Entitlement, “QB1: Beyond the Lights” and the transfer portal will split the blame.At that point, it would start to look like the Gunner Kiel saga. The former five-star quarterback decommitted from Indiana and LSU before committing to Notre Dame in 2012. He transferred to Cincinnati after getting lost on the depth chart, started two seasons then got benched as a senior. The production never matched the hype.Martell would have that stigma if he transferred again, and there will be questions about his commitment no matter where he lands. The stigma of the transfers from Ohio State and Miami would outweigh his production on the field. Looking for immediate playing time would adversely affect his image as a team player and competitor.That’s why he should consider staying at Miami and pursuing one of two options.Switch positionsMartell was a niche player at Ohio State because of his ability to make plays in space, evidenced by his 5.8 yards per carry in 2018. Knowing that, Martell could fit either as a running back or slot receiver — and that could translate to the next level. Martell is 5-11, 208 pounds, and could decide that not playing quarterback would be best for his NFL potential.Braxton Miller switched to receiver at Ohio State his senior year. Denard Robinson switched to running back toward the end of his senior season at Michigan. Martell could make that move now and have three seasons to develop at one of those positions.The best-case scenario? Just look at Julian Edelman, the 5-10, 200-pound quarterback-turned-receiver who won Super Bowl MVP honors last season. We’re not saying he would go on to similar success, but it’s an option for Martell. At the very least it would get him on the field more this season. That leaves one more option.MORE: Martell’s transfer shows what’s right and wrong with QB transfer shuffleStick it outThe criticism of Martell is a symptom of another problem within college football. Quarterbacks are hyped up too soon — Martell certainly was — and their timetable for development has been thrown off by the transfer portal.Martell took advantage of a waiver, and it didn’t work out. For what it’s worth, Justin Fields has not been named the starter at Ohio State yet and is battling with Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak for the starting job. There is still time for Martell to be a successful college quarterback.last_img read more

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Group Forms To Protect The Navesink River

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – Brian Rice wants to work on improving the Navesink River and has support from neighboring communities.Rice and other like-minded individuals have re-established the Navesink River Municipalities Committee, which intends on working on issues related to the river, especially the rising level of bacteria that has been revealed in recent studies.“I think it’s something that we can’t turn our backs on,” Rice said of the river’s current condition.The committee was active in the early 2000s, involving government representatives and citizens from the communities bordering on the river. But by about 2008, “things kind of fell apart at that time,” and the committee really ceased to continue, observed Zachary Lees, ocean and coastal policy attorney for the environmental group, Clean Ocean Action.“I just think it kind of ran out of steam,” as volunteer groups can on occasion, Rice said.Cindy Burnham, a Red Bank Borough Council member, who is one of Red Bank’s designated committee members, said the original committee had a couple of members die, which contributed to the loss of momentum. On top of that, Lees pointed out, 2008 was the release of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s pollution source-tracking study, which at that time indicated an overall improvement to the water’s condition.But since that time, there have been studies from county and state agencies, as required by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that have shown an increase of bacteria in the river waters, including a rise in fecal contamination. That has caused the DEP to increasingly expand the area where recreational and commercial shelf fishing is prohibited.“There is a bacteria problem in the Navsink,” Lees said, resulting in “hundreds and hundreds of acres” closed to shellfish harvesting.Rice is a fourth generation Fair Haven family, with his parents still living in the family home on the river’s shore where Rice grew up. In addition to operating a financial services firm with his father, Rice is a licensed charter boat captain— “My fun job,” he acknowledged.“So, I have deep roots on the river,” he said, explaining in part his commitment to improve it.The Navesink River plays an important role for not only the area’s environmental health but its recreational and commercial viability. As such, Rice has adopted a motto, he shared: “Keep and maintain the river, leave it better than we found it for the next generation.”The newly-formed committee has had its first meeting, held last month at the Red Bank Municipal Complex, 90 Monmouth St., and will continue to meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., with the meetings open to the public. At its first meeting in May, committee members selected Rice as its chair.The group has established its mission statement involving monitoring the river’s condition to positively impact its health and wellbeing, Rice explained.So far, Red Bank, Tinton Falls, Fair Haven and Rumson have appointed members and the committee is waiting for Middletown and Colts Neck to sign on, Rice said.Burnham said the committee in its earlier iteration was instrumental “in getting things done,” encouraging the river’s dredging to improve its health, among other steps. She hopes the work will aggressively look at the pollution and its source to correct it, Burnham added.“We’re really happy that they’re back,” Lees offered, believing it’s a good forum for environmental discussions and a means of communicating with local governing bodies. “We can get things done in a cooperative way,” working with the committee and local elected officials, Lees said.Rice said he’s committed to improving the water’s condition and the committee’s work. “I’m going to see it through,” he said.last_img read more

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Recruitment coup testament to UP’s commitment to produce results

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Both Paras and Rivero are part of the Gilas program that is being groomed for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Perasol said that there’s a “win-now” mentality with UP, and he wants to see results as soon possible.UP experienced steady development under Perasol in the UAAP with the team winning five games in Season 79, two more than the year before the head coach took over, and six in Season 80.“It’s a process but we all want the result as soon as possible because it’s been so long that we’re in the upper half of the league,” said Perasol. “We just have to do it the right way. The important thing is we give ourselves a chance top barge into the Final 4 for us to have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overallcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ University of the Philippines is arguably the most hyped about team in the UAAP at the moment, but fans have to wait another year to see the team’s top prospects in action.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES With Gilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, two of the most talked-about young talents in Philippine basketball, now on their program, the Diliman team became an instant favorite for years to come.Rivero and Paras can only play in Season 82 but UP head coach Bo Perasol said the recruitment of the two players is a testament to the school’s goal of competing in the highest level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Kobe brings an excitement to the community, to the supporters of the team, because when you have a high caliber player like Kobe or Ricci the thought is you’re serious about what you’re doing,” said Perasol in a phone conversation with INQUIRER.net Thursday.Rivero transferred to UP from De La Salle while Paras, who had a short-lived US NCAA career, moved from Cal State Northridge to Diliman. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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