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September 17, 2020

IHOC : National Sports Academy helps freshman Goodnough make smooth transition to Syracuse

first_img Published on November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Nearing the end of a long morning practice, the exhaust and drag of the Syracuse players was evident as they skated suicides from red line to red line. For most freshmen, this strenuous practice is new to their normal athletic rituals.But to Kaillie Goodnough, it is not. The Syracuse freshman defender has a different background from most of her SU teammates.Along with sophomore defender Brittney Krebs, Goodnough played high school hockey at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid. NSA is a school built on the intertwined system of academics and winter sports to educate and prepare future Olympians.‘We have the (rare) ability where girls can come here, focus on the school year for nine months and have an on-ice season of seven months,’ NSA U-19 women’s ice hockey coach Bill Ward said. ‘Training daily, practicing daily, on ice, off ice, weight room and playing 75-80 games.’Goodnough’s athletic education at the NSA has eased the transition into collegiate hockey and made her a standout among Syracuse’s freshmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter finishing her sophomore year at South Jefferson Central School, Goodnough faced a difficult decision. She could continue her education there, or go three hours north to Lake Placid to further pursue her dream of playing hockey in college. Two weeks before the start of her junior year, she decided to leave her friends behind and go to the NSA after being advised by the Syracuse coaches.She never looked back on the decision and said she has yet to feel any regret.Coming into Syracuse, Goodnough had an abundance of skills that separated her from most recruits, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. As a defender, he said she possesses a strong, physical presence in addition to a gifted, offensive instinct that allows her to take over a game at any point.All of those attributes account for her playing in all 16 games so far this season, tallying six points.‘She has a great attitude, which is something that can’t be overlooked,’ Flanagan said. ‘She is always smiling, always wide-eyed and wanting to learn, which is a great thing to have.’But Goodnough would not have flourished so quickly at Syracuse if she didn’t have the polished skills developed at the NSA.Unlike other high schools or prep schools, students at the NSA can embrace their winter sport of preference, such as hockey, and have it incorporated into their academics.‘You practice in the day like it is one of your class times,’ senior Megan Skelly, who attended the NSA in Calgary, said. ‘Go to practice, then you come back and go to physics. I think it prepares you for what you see in the future.’That higher level of intensity presented by the NSA is not just limited to the extra practice. It is extended to its schedules. The academy offers a more difficult schedule that requires players to travel a good amount, preparing them for the college level.But the lavish, strenuous schedule also comes with more training, and the NSA adds that component with a strength and conditioning coach.‘They get them in the weight room and the kids are prepared,’ Flanagan said. ‘They have a strength coach. We are noticing some of the kids coming out of high school programs, sometimes they get here and they think they work out, but they never have.’Flanagan has kept a strong relationship with the NSA throughout the years. It’s allowed the school to become a pipeline for his Syracuse team. Goodnough, Skelly and Krebs are all key contributors on the ice for the Orange this season.Flanagan acknowledges it can become a snowball effect and a feeder school of sorts.‘We get little patterns,’ Flanagan said. ‘You get one girl and then her friend goes there … it helps recruiting-wise.’Goodnough’s time at the NSA, through the haze, whistles and pain, has allowed her to make an easier transition from the high school to collegiate level. She’s already a vital part of the team. And she said she’s going to try to continue to improve at Syracuse to live up to her own expectations.Said Goodnough: ‘I hope to become one of the top (defenders) on the ice.’[email protected] center_img Commentslast_img read more

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August 14, 2020

Wellington Rec Rap: October report

first_imgGoJu-Ryu Karate; November session, Nov. 1-29. Session 2 Fitness Classes; 11/2-12/18 at the WRC.Butz & Gutz, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m.; Zumba Tone, Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. and Zumba Fitness, Mondays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays include Sunrise Yoga, 6:15-6:45 a.m., Gentle Yoga from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and Hi/Lo Power Mix from 5:30-6:30 p.m.Sixth to eighth grade RedLine; Friday, Nov. 7 at the Memorial Auditorium.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WRC rec rapSumner Newscow report — The following is the Wellington Recreation Commission rec report for October.Check out the WRC Fall brochure and register online @ www.wellingtonrec.com. Click on register now to sign-up.October Programs:Fitness Center October Special; Now through Oct. 31. Sign up for three month single and family memberships and receive a discount.       Pumpkin Play; Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Elsass Art Center. 3-5 year olds will have fun painting pumpkins, enjoying story time and yummy snacks.6th-8th grade RedLine; Friday, Oct. 17, from 9 to 11 p.m. after the home football game at the Armory.Halloween Fun Fest; Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the WRC for first to fifth grades. Dress in your favorite costume for games, snacks, treat bags, crafts and a costume contest.Paintball Trip; Friday, Oct. 24 at Graffiti Paintball in Belle Plaine, for sixth to 12th grades. Sign–up, tell your friends and get ready to go!Little Mummies Party; Saturday, Oct. 25, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the WRC for three year olds to Kindergarten. This special Halloween party is geared for the little ghost and goblin! We’ll have games, crafts, treat bags, snacks and a costume contest. It is recommended that children 3 years of age be accompanied by an adult.Monster Mash Costume Contest & Dance; Saturday, 8-10 pm,  for sixth to eighth graders, Oct. 25 at the WRC.Session 3 Fit Camp; Oct. 27 – Nov. 21  at the Memorial Auditorium. Morning classes take place 5:15 to 6:15 a.m. Monday thru Friday. Evening class, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. takes place Monday through Thursdays. Get in the best shape of your life with Fit Camp!Trick or Treat Down the Street; Friday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. for all kids. Visit participating downtown businesses and businesses and organizations set up in the Memorial Auditorium.Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Early Bird Registration through Oct. 31. Skills Assessment, Nov. 8 at WHS gym. Upcoming Programs in early Novemberlast_img read more

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January 10, 2020

Mathare thrash Sofapaka to remain unbeaten

first_imgEdward Seda capped off the fruitful afternoon for Mathare on the hour mark as Francis Kimanzi’s men went to 10 points.By measure of chances, a 2-1 score-line at half time was a fair reflection of the chances each side had in the opening 45 minutes.Mathare showed early intent with Daniel Mwaura having the game’s first chance at goal, his shot from the edge of the 18-yard area being deflected by Mousa Omar for a corner.The slum boys, unbeaten this season had a confident start to the game with the midfield trio of Francis Omondi, Edward Seda and Oduor taking charge of the game, dictating the tempo.Mathare were gifted for their early hunger in the 17th minute when Omondi converted from the penalty spot after Rodgers Aloro swept down Seda inside the box as he attempted to break forward from a Clifford Alwanga nod-down.The goal injected some piece of confidence into the Mathare side who didn’t look even a tad of their relegation-fighting self from last season.Twelve minutes after going one up Mathare doubled their advantage, and in sublime fashion.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi celebrates with Chris Oduor after his wonder goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOduor took an audacious effort striking the ball into the net from close to the halfway line after keeper Kigonya’s half hearted clearance from out of his box fell kindly on the Mathare United midfielder’s path.Sensing that the game was dragging out of their reach, Sofapaka upped their tempo and began to play more purposeful.They should have halved the deficit in the 37th minute when Umaru Kassumba was sighted with a brilliant dipping ball played behind the defense by Omar, but he couldn’t direct his header on target with no defender on his shoulders.Four minutes on the turn, the 2009 champions claimed one back from the penalty spot, keeper Kigonya stepping forward to beat his opposite number after Johnstone Omurwa handled the ball as he attempted to control.However, the Mathare players protested the decision, arguing that the young centre half was outside the box, but referee Peter Waweru stood by his decision.Sensing that the score-line was within reach, Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa started the second half with an offensive change, taking off Ezekiel Okare for Kepha Aswani.But, it was Mathare who still had the appetite for goals. Three minutes after the restart, Cliff Nyakeya had a shot from the edge of the box come off the upright while his chase for the rebound ended up in a Kigonya save.But on the hour mark, Mathare made it 3-1, Seda taking in a wonderful goal from close range. The midfielder took a nifty touch off a Mwaura pass taking the ball off Alori’s path and with only Kigonya to beat smashed the ball into the bottom right.Sofapaka’s Ezekiel Okare vies for the ball with Mathare United’s David Owino during a KPL match on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSsimbwa reacted to the goal with a double change, bringing off midfielder Humphrey Okoti for Mohammed Kilume while Waruru was brought off for Kevin Kimani.Kimani faving the side he played for most of his early career had an immediate impact and he had two efforts at goal within 10 minutes of coming on.First his volley from the right came off the side netting while his second attempt was with a shot from distance which sailed wide.Sofapaka who had thrown bodies up in attack were almost caught on the counter in the 76th minute but thanks to Kigonya’s double save from Nyakeya’s efforts on the right,, they remained within balance.On the other end, Robert Mboya was busy in the Mathare goal and he had to be at his best to keep out Kimani’s freekick and a low curling effort from Elli Asieche late on.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United players mill around Chris Oduor to celebrate his goal against Sofapaka on February 25, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya Feb 25- Chris Oduor’s first half wonder strike was the highlight as Mathare United remained unbeaten in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season, picking their third win in four matches with a convincing 3-1 win over Sofapaka at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.Oduor struck a beauty from almost 45 yards out to score Mathare’s second goal after Francis Omondi’s penalty had taken them ahead. Keeper Mathias Kigonya halved the deficit for Batoto ba Mungu late in the first half also from the penalty spot but it only counted as consolation.last_img read more

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