Registration open for dodge ball league

first_imgELLSWORTH — Union Square is getting ready to launch its second annual adult co-ed dodge ball league.Teams will face off at the Moore Community Center, where there will be an open gym to learn more on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m.The league is capped at 12 teams. Teams need a minimum of six players and a maximum of 12 and must have at least two female players. Eligible participants must be 18 years of age prior to the start of the program. Registration is $150 per team.Official league games will start on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and 30-minute matches will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. A schedule will be provided to the teams after registrations are complete.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration and roster forms will be available Feb. 3 at the Moore Community Center. Teams can also register and pay online at www.UnionSquareME.org.Union Square — a program of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce —also hosts the annual Halloween-themed Dead Run at Woodlawn Museum and, in 2015, launched a city-wide scavenger hunt call the Golden Keg Hunt.For more information about dodge ball, contact Jake Taylor at 460-9935 or jake@wallaceevents.com.last_img read more

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5-foot-8 Raven Fox is the first forward off the bench for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ During an early season practice, Syracuse’s coaching staff situated players around the court in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. The team, stocked with new faces, was learning the playbook and Raven Fox didn’t expect what happened next.Fox is listed as a guard on the Orange roster. She considers herself a guard, and it’s the position she’s played for most of her life. Yet coaches positioned the junior as a forward, giving her a look into what her first season at SU would bring.“I kind of knew,” Fox said. “If I have to learn these plays then this is most likely the position that I’m going to be playing during the season.”Players and coaches alike have admitted that the Orange’s frontcourt is its thinnest position group. Aside from freshman starters Amaya Finklea-Guity and Digna Strautmane, there are no true bigs on the team.Enter Fox, a 5-foot-8 junior-college transfer. Averaging 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, respectively, Fox’s impact transcends the stat sheet. She’s SU’s backup power forward and center, thrust into the paint and in the middle of the Orange’s 2-3 zone by necessity.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFox will continue to work alongside Finklea-Guity and Strautmane as Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) enters the ACC tournament as the eight seed and squares off against No. 9 seed Virginia Tech, the only unranked team to beat the Orange in the Carrier Dome this season.“I guess I fit that spot because of my body size,” Fox said. “I can bump against those bigger players. At first, it was hard for me to get adjusted to it.”The last time Fox was the tallest player on her team, she was 8 years old and in AAU ball. Harold Fox, her father and then-coach, remembers his daughter trying out every position, learning every possible job on the court. He didn’t know that Fox would end up replacing two 6-foot-plus players as the anchor in the Orange’s rotation.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorFox spent her first two collegiate seasons at Gulf Coast State after battling eligibility restrictions. At GC, she was a three guard. Now, she’s had to fill in for Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Marie-Paule Foppossi, two freshman forwards that are redshirting the 2017-18 campaign.“(Fox) wanted to come in and wanted to help us in any facet that we needed to,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s taking on roles that she probably wouldn’t normally have and she’s doing a good job.”Fox has tried to use her natural “guard quickness” to her advantage. She’s acknowledged that most, if not all, of her opponents have a few inches on her, and her speed can be an equalizer. On the offensive end, Fox tries to “wear out” her defender by flying around the baseline and setting screens. Defensively, Fox attempts to rush in front of her assignment so she can win position under the rim and corral a board.She cited SU’s game against then-No. 17 Duke on Feb. 15, when she realized that her quickness was making a drastic impact. Finklea-Guity spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, making Fox the Orange’s anchor in crunch time. Fox finished with eight points and three boards, including a late, game-tying shot in the eventual upset win.“She works really hard to do that even if they are two, three times bigger than her,” Finklea-Guity said. “She just works hard regardless. Whenever she gets the layup or the and-1, everybody goes nuts for her because we all see that she’s working.”The Bladensburg, Maryland, native attacks practice knowing that the competition she faces in the Melo Center will mimic her in-game tasks. Working with assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou, Fox is the smallest in the position group of Finklea-Guity (6-foot-4), Strautmane (6-foot-2), Djaldi-Tabdi (6-foot-2) and Foppossi (6-foot-1).Fox singled out one drill, a 2-on-2 rebounding exercise, that she’s used as her measuring stick. Starting on the baseline, a player runs and has to box out their assignment swiftly. For Fox, going against players like Finklea-Guity can be frustrating because of the height disparity and the latter’s quick feet. With each drill, practice and game, Fox is playing catch-up.“It’s great,” point guard Tiana Mangakahia said of Fox’s production. “Sometimes she doesn’t play that much. But when she’s in, every little thing matters to her.”Against the Blue Devils late in the fourth quarter, Fox stood in the paint and made eye contact with Hillsman. He swung his arm forward and motioned Fox to set a screen for Mangakahia. Fox set the pick, and watched as the designed play resulted in an open 3 for Mangakahia, who nailed the game-winner. The same sequence is normally kicked off with a Finklea-Guity screen, but Fox filled in, just as she had all year.“I think it’s just mainly having heart,” Fox said. “Knowing that I am undersized, I just try to play as hard as I can … I think it’s that part, understanding your role … Taking pride in what you do.”— Assistant Sports Editor Billy Heyen contributed reporting for this article. Comments Published on February 28, 2018 at 9:58 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

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Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Christmas Day performances

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • RELATED: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant intrigued with LSU’s Ben SimmonsFor now, fire up the chestnuts and pour yourself some egg nog.Here are Bryant’s five most memorable Christmas Day performances:2008: Lakers 92, Boston 83Just six months prior, the Lakers were reeling from their 39-point Game 6 thrashing at the hands of the NBA champion Celtics.Here came Boston again, its Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen boasting a 27-2 record and looking like shoo-ins for another title.Bryant had other ideas. Playing a game-high 43 minutes, Bryant shot 13 of 23 for 27 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists.And less than seven months later, it was Bryant & Co. calling themselves NBA champions.2004: Miami 104, Lakers 102 (OT)Dripping in drama, this marked the return of a vengeful Shaquille O’Neal and his first faceoff against the Lakers since he was traded to Miami.Lakers fans got a load of a slimmed-down and bulked-up Shaq, who stuffed Bryant on his first drive to the rim. And after that, the heat was definitely on.Shaq finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Dwyane Wade saved Miami’s hide with a 29-point effort.Yet it was Bryant who had a shot at the end clank off the rim, his 42 points and six assists all for naught.Worth noting: Rounding out the Lakers starting five? Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, Jumaine Jones and Chucky Atkins.2007: Lakers 122, Phoenix 115This one was fun.Led by Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, Phoenix was loaded and could run.As if further motivation was needed, the Suns ousted the Lakers from the first round of the playoffs the two previous seasons.Bryant and the Lakers were up to the challenge. Buoyed by Andrew Bynum’s career-high 28 points, the Lakers pulled away in the second half upon the shoulders of Bryant.He scored 15 points in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer and reverse dunk in the final 33 seconds.Bryant finished with a game-high 38 points to go with five rebounds and seven assists.2009: Cleveland 102, Lakers 87Yes, another loss and a blowout at that.But if there’s anything the NBA loves about its Christmas clashes, it’s intrigue and star power.This one had both. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. And the Cavaliers had some center by the last name of O’Neal.Bryant wound up with 35 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, shooting 11 of 33 from the field but 12 of 12 from the line.Yet it was Bryant with the last laugh. He was hoisting the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy in June.2012: Lakers 100, New York 94This is the last time Bryant played Christmas Day.East met West as the Lakers, stacked with Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, came out on top after a rough start to the season.Under new coach Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers defeated the Knicks for their fifth consecutive win to pull even at 14-14.Bryant racked up 34 points to match New York’s Carmelo Anthony. It was the ninth game in a row in which Bryant, who shot 14 of 24 (58.3 percent), scored at least 30. Consider it the gift that keeps on giving.Kobe Bryant will be playing on Christmas Day for the 16th and final time when the Lakers host the Clippers in a 7:30 p.m. showdown.While this is a game between local rivals, the competitiveness is up for debate. The Clippers have beaten the Lakers seven consecutive times and 11 of their past 12, with a margin of victory nearly 20 points.Therefore, the best staredown Friday night might be between Father Time and the NBA’s version of Father Christmas.center_img Despite Bryant missing the past two Christmas contests with injuries, no one has played more games that day. In fact, pick any day on the calendar, and none has featured Kobe Bryant in an NBA uniform more than Dec. 25.On top of that, no one has scored more Christmas Day points than Bryant, who reached 383 in 2012 to surpass Oscar Robertson’s record of 377.In his 20th season, Bryant has had his struggles. But lately, it’s as if the 38-year-old Lakers star has pulled a rabbit out of Santa’s sack.After dropping 31 points on Denver on Tuesday night, Bryant is averaging 20.6 points on 48.2 percent shooting in his past eight games going into Wednesday night’s game against Oklahoma City.So which Kobe Bryant is dropping down the Staples Center chimney Friday? That remains to be seen.last_img read more

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Who won the NASCAR race yesterday? Complete results from O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas

first_imgMORE: Highlights from Sunday’s Cup race at TexasDillon, a 130-1 shot on FanDuel’s odds board this weekend, drove away from Reddick on the final restart for his third career victory and his first win of the 2020 season. The win puts Dillon in the Cup Series playoffs for the fourth time in his career. He missed them last season after going winless.This one means so much! 🏁Retweet to congratulate @austindillon3 on his first victory of the 2020 season! pic.twitter.com/D6kbuKz6hL— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 19, 2020Below is more about Dillon’s win, plus the complete results of Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas.Who won the NASCAR race today?Austin Dillon edged RCR teammate Tyler Reddick in a two-lap shootout for the victory, his first of the season.Both drivers benefited from racing luck. They were on the lead lap during green-flag stops when Quin Houff tried to pit from the middle of the track. Houff slammed into Christopher Bell’s car and got in the way of Matt DiBenedetto’s car, causing damage to DiBenedetto’s machine.Reddick took fuel only and Dillon took two tires on the ensuing stop under caution; they restarted 1-2 with 23 to go. The two were then able to hold off some of NASCAR’s best drivers who were racing on fresher tires.”Not bad for a silver spoon kid.”A 1-2 finish for @RCRracing, as @AustinDillon3 WINS at @TXMotorSpeedway! pic.twitter.com/BJtfI238At— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 19, 2020Dillon ended an 88-race winless streak Sunday. His previous triumph was in the 2018 Daytona 500.NASCAR results at TexasThe RCR cars were the only Chevrolets in the top five, and the manufacturer had just one other car in the top 10 (Kurt Busch, eighth).Joey Logano, in third, was the highest-placed Ford, and Kyle Busch led Toyota with an eventful fourth-place finish that included a sort-of “pass in the grass.” Race favorite Kevin Harvick finished fifth in his Ford.Below are the complete results from Sunday’s race at Texas.Pos.Driver1.Austin Dillon2.Tyler Reddick3.Joey Logano4.Kyle Busch5.Kevin Harvick6.Erik Jones7.Ryan Blaney8.Kurt Busch9.Brad Keselowski10.Aric Almirola11.Clint Bowyer12.Chase Elliott13.Ryan Newman14.Bubba Wallace15.Michael McDowell16.Corey LaJoie17.Matt DiBenedetto18.Matt Kenseth19.Chris Buescher20.Denny Hamlin21.Christopher Bell22.John Hunter Nemechek23.Daniel Suarez24.JJ Yeley25.Gray Gaulding26.Jimmie Johnson27.Brennan Poole28.Reed Sorenson29.Martin Truex Jr.30.Alex Bowman31.Josh Bilicki32.Joey Gase33.BJ McLeod34.Quin Houff35.Ty Dillon36.Timmy Hill37.William Byron38.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.39.Cole Custer40.Ryan PreeceAverage speed of race winner: 137.292 mph.Time of race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.149 seconds.Caution flags: 10 for 45 laps.Lead changes: 29 among 12 drivers.Lap leaders: A. Almirola 1-25; K. Harvick 26-55; A. Almirola 56-62; M. Truex Jr. 63-67; K. Busch 68; R. Blaney 69-89; E. Jones 90-94; R. Blaney 95-112; K. Busch 113-122; D. Hamlin 123-125; R. Blaney 126-159; J. Logano 160-167; E. Jones 168-169; K. Harvick 170-176; A. Almirola 177-179; M. Truex Jr. 180-189; R. Blaney 190-217; B. Keselowski 218-232; D. Hamlin 233-237; R. Blaney 238-248; D. Hamlin 249; R. Blaney 250-287; D. Hamlin 288-289; M. DiBenedetto 290; J. Logano 291-304; K. Harvick 305-307; T. Reddick # 308-311; A. Dillon 312-323; T. Reddick # 324; A. Dillon 325-334.Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): Ryan Blaney 6 times for 150 laps; Kevin Harvick 3 times for 40 laps; Aric Almirola 3 times for 35 laps; Joey Logano 2 times for 22 laps; Austin Dillon 2 times for 22 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 2 times for 15 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 15 laps; Denny Hamlin 4 times for 11 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 11 laps; Erik Jones 2 times for 7 laps; Tyler Reddick # 2 times for 5 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 1 lap.Stage 1 Top 10: 12,18,4,8,24,1,48,88,17,19. For the second weekend in a row, there was a surprise winner in the NASCAR Cup Series.This time, Austin Dillon wound up in Victory Lane after getting to the front late in Stage 3 of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Multiple cautions and bold pit strategies shuffled the field such that Dillon and Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick wound up racing for the win in a green-white-checkered finish. Stage 2 Top 10: 12,22,11,1,4,19,9,10,20,18.# Rookie.Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.last_img read more

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