Top line clicking early for UW

first_imgSophomore assistant captain Craig Smith and linemates Jordy Murray and Mark Zengerle have clicked early and have already put up seven goals and 13 assists for UW in four games this season.[/media-credit]The question coming into the season was where the Wisconsinmen’s hockey team was going to get its points. UW lost four 50-point scorersfrom last season’s squad, and its leading returning scorer had just one year ofcollege under his belt.But for a team that lost almost three quarters of itsscoring from last season, the Badgers aren’t struggling to find the back of the net. Granted, it’sonly four games into the season, and three of those games came against thelikes of Alabama-Huntsville and Holy Cross, but Wisconsin is tied for third inthe nation in scoring offense, with 21 goals.It looked like head coach Mike Eaves would need to rely onhis top line, with returning forwards Craig Smith and Jordy Murray to take uponthe bulk of the scoring load. Wisconsin’s other returning forwards accountedfor just nine goals and 16 assists last season.“You always, as a player coming back, want to be one of thego-to players, especially with the guys we lost last year,” Murray said. “Weboth had really good summers training and we thought we were ready for a littleadded pressure.”Instead of crumbling under expectations, the Badgers’ topline of Murray, Smith and freshman Mark Zengerle has excelled, posting a combined7-13-20 to begin the season – roughly 33 percent of UW’s points.So far, so good.“It’s been good. I think Zengerle’s a nice kid, brings anatmosphere on the bench, where we both can talk to each other during a hardtime in a game,” Smith said. “I’ve been playing with Jordy for about a yearnow, so things are really clicking well.”After the first UW hat trick since Blake Geoffrion’sthree-goal game against Michigan Tech last year, Murray leads the team withfour total goals, two of them coming courtesy of Zengerle. The freshman leadsthe team with six assists, three of them to his linemates.One came in Sunday’s 5-2 win over UAH. Zengerle had the puckin the corner and fed a centering pass to Murray, who crashed the net andscored.“I don’t think we really had a guy like him last year – wehad Mike Davies, who’s similar,” Murray said. “He sees the ice so well, he’llfind you – I know on my second goal, I don’t know if anyone else on the teamcould find me like that easily.”So far, each of the three’s playing styles have complementedeach other’s nicely.“They have their own distinct personalities. Mark is a passer,Craig Smith is going to shoot first, and Jordy is somewhere in between,” Eavessaid. “They all bring something like that to the table, and they feed well offof each other.”And not only have the three manned UW’s top line all season,but they are also the forwards on Wisconsin’s first-unit power play. Thesuccess on the power play has been just as notable, with the Badgers converting11 times this season with the man-advantage. Zengerle’s three other assistswere to power-play point men Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner.The added opportunities to play with each other has onlyhelped the trio, both at even strength and on the power play.“You’re playing with someone on the power play, you kind ofknow what you do when you have time and space, know what kind of passes eachother are looking for,” Zengerle said.With his power play and top line clicking so early in theseason, there’s not a lot Eaves could ask for offensively. On the other side ofthe puck, it’s a different story.Murray admits the three are more “offensive” players, andall three acknowledge the need to play strong defensively. He and Smith haveexperience with the team’s systems, but Zengerle has faced a learning curve, asfar as his responsibilities off the puck.“[Zengerle] wants to be a 60-foot player and we want him tobe a 200-foot player,” Eaves said. “A lot like Michael Davies had to learnthose things. Michael did and I’m sure Mark wants to be as good as he can andhe’s listening and willing. He’s just got to get some new habits.”By his senior year, Davies blossomed into one of the WCHA’sbiggest offensive forces, and comparisons between him and Zengerle seem to bodewell for the UW offense. But any Eaves-coached team needs to be sounddefensively, and that, as it was with Davies, could be the struggle for thefreshman.On the other hand, it’s hard to argue with the pointproduction, even when considering the opposition it came against. The Badgerscould get a wake-up call when they head west to take on Denver this weekend toopen conference play. Or maybe the top line will continue to roll against thePioneers.Either way, it’s early in the season.“We’re getting the chemistry going, I’m starting to knowwhere they’re going to be without even looking,” Murray said. “I’m sure we’ll justget better as the season goes on.”last_img read more

Class of 2017 sets the bar high for USC

first_imgFollow Camille on @camilleshoosh USC’s admission rate for this year’s freshman class was the lowest in its 133-year history at 19.8 percent, according to recently released statistics.The freshman class is also the most ethnically, geographically and socioeconomically diverse. More than 22 percent of the student body is part of a minority, including 19 percent Asian students, 14 percent Latino students, 6 percent black students and 2 percent Native American and Pacific Islander students.According to a press release, USC enrolls more underrepresented minority students than most other research universities in the country. Thirteen percent of matriculating students are the first in their families to attend college.The university received more than 47,300 applications for 2,922 places in the freshman class and had a 33 percent yield rate. The average standardized test scores for the class of 2017 are in the 95th percentile and the average SAT score rose about eight to 10 points, according to Director of Admission Kirk Brennan. The average unweighted GPA of the class was 3.73. Most incoming freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.“Our entering freshmen have set new standards of quality and diversity for USC. Each year, we seek to enroll students who bring diverse perspectives and myriad strengths to our student body. We have attracted 2,922 talented young adults who are sure to someday have a profound impact on the world,” Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold said in a press release.About 47 percent of the class is from California, and 33 percent is from Southern California. Approximately 15 percent of the freshman class is made up of international students from 48 different countries, an increase from the previous year.The new Marshall World Bachelor of Business program, where students spend at least two years abroad, attracted many international students, particularly Italians.Listed from most to least, Illinois, Texas, New York, Washington and Massachusetts were the states with the largest number of incoming freshmen, aside from California. The countries that contributed the most international students are China, India, Canada, South Korea, Italy and Taiwan.USC also enrolls more than 4,200 low-income undergraduate students.last_img read more

Minor leaguer teaches students baseball after school

first_img Instantly, about 60 tiny arms reached out to do the same. When Rohan grabbed his heel, pulling his foot toward his back to stretch his quadricep, the kids did the same. Some wobbled about, trying to maintain their balance but kept a steady eye on their sure-footed coach. In September, Rohan finished his fourth season in Florida with the minor league team. The former Valencia High School student signed on as a nondrafted free agent with the Dodgers after graduation in 2002. Days at the six-month training camp start around 9 a.m. and include a three-hour practice with drills and simulated games. Then it’s off to the gym to lift weights and do conditioning exercises until 3 p.m. It was Rohan’s mother, Erika Cuellar, who first taught him how to play. She coached his T-ball team, and the sport stuck with him. As a freshman, Rohan didn’t want to play for his high school’s team. But his mother encouraged him to continue and even paid him $20 a week to keep it up. His father, Jim, also supported his son’s talent and pushed for him to keep it up. So Rohan did. And he’s played practically nonstop ever since. Although these days, more of Rohan’s time on the field as coach is spent tying shoe laces and fastening helmets for his young athletes than doing drills and hitting home runs. But, as Rohan says, the baseball tradition continues. “I wanted to give something back, especially in Santa Clarita, which is my hometown,” Rohan said. “I like teaching the kids a little something that I grew up learning.” For some kids, such as 12-year-old Rochelle Murrieta, the class has taught her an organized sport. The sixth-grader has physical education class in school but said it mainly involves playing outside and doesn’t teach sports like baseball. Parents pay for their children to participate in these after-school activities. Costs vary depending on the class. Baseball costs about $60 for a six-week session, while chess is about $45. District officials piloted these programs after they began early dismissals on Tuesdays, then discovered that some parents had problems getting to the school an hour earlier than usual to pick up their kids, said Roni Andrus, Valley View Community School assistant principal. Rochelle’s mother Kyrie Murrieta is grateful for the baseball class because it takes place right after school and saves a trip across town for practice. “Rochelle has always loved sports, but we have three kids and can’t do it all on weekends,” she said. “I think this is an awesome thing. It’s so convenient.” Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The 21-year-old teaches one of a few afternoon classes at the district’s schools on Tuesdays, when doors close an hour early for staff development. He has been teaching at Valley View Community School, but he and teachers of dance, chess and Spanish do rotate to other schools in the district. The soft-spoken Valencia man totally rules his 30 or so pint-size fans. “The teacher is so cool,” said Giddeon Vossler, 11. “He can hit the ball almost over the fence with one arm.” Students piled onto the field after school one afternoon to warm up before breaking into teams to play ball. With his arms outstretched, Rohan then swung them around, making rings in the air and showing students how to stretch. CANYON COUNTRY – The second Jimmy Rohan walked onto the school’s baseball field, kids mobbed him for autographs. Not bad for a first day of work. The frenzy has since worn down a bit for the Dodgers minor league player and after-school baseball coach for the Sulphur Springs School District. But still, words such as “superstar,” “cool” and “famous” pop up today in conversations his students have about him. last_img read more

Erik Karlsson will need to shake off the rust in playoffs

first_imgSAN JOSE — A seemingly-meaningless game of shinny produced what could end up being two valuable points if the Sharks eventually go where they’re trying to go this spring.The Sharks finished the 2018-19 season with 101 points by beating the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Saturday, a win that allowed them to pass the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins in the standings.As a result, the Sharks finished second in the Western Conference, giving the …last_img read more

Tendulkar starts new initiative with Kit Up Challenge

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar has taken to social media to launch #KitupChallenge to encourage people to start playing sports. Posting a video of himself putting on his cricketing gear and getting ready to play, Tendulkar asked the viewers to take up a sport of their choice. As part of the challenge, Sachin called upon the viewers to post a short video of themselves on social media while getting ready to play a sport and use the hashtag to nominate others in the process. Sachins new initiative aims to promote overall fitness and encourage Indians to inculcate an active lifestyle through the joy of playing sports. The challenge has been positively received from the sports community with noted personalities like Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu and Devendra Jhajharia already participating in the challenge. Other noted sports personalities like Srikanth Kidambi and Suresh Raina have also shown support. Last month, the government of India launched the #HumFitToIndiaFit initiative which also received a tremendous response from across the country. Earlier, in his Rajya Sabha speech, Sachin had proposed a framework for Sports for All under Right To Play. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-back

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-backby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football.The Dutchman recently finished second behind Lionel Messi in the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Season award.Despite making a crucial mistake in the loss to Napoli two weeks ago, Klopp still has faith in his defensive stalwart.”Yep, I think so. I’m really happy with all my other defenders but yeah, he is the best at the moment,” Klopp said on Tuesday when asked if he felt Van Dijk was the best in the world.”We conceded in Napoli… which country are you from? Italy? I thought so… I still think it was not a penalty!”Napoli have to come to Liverpool, so it’s not decided yet, but we lost the game, that’s a fact as well and we have to start winning.”We don’t even have a little bit of a feeling that this game tomorrow is half done. It’s not. They will surprise a lot of people. But if there is anybody in the world who knows most about how they do what they do, it’s me.”I have a pretty good side as well and we want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are that tomorrow it’s not easy for Salzburg.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more