Related Stories On her feet: After 2 ACL recoveries in 2 years, Brittney Sykes is primed to play for SUBrittney Sykes is still reshaping her game in 1st full season back from ACL tearsBrittney Sykes thrives atop Syracuse’s pressBrittney Sykes shows evolved skill set in Syracuse’s 91-32 win against Texas Rio Grande Valley Published on March 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Brittney Sykes couldn’t wait for the buzzer to celebrate the highest moment of her career. With 10 seconds standing between Syracuse and its first-ever Sweet 16 berth, she swallowed Cornelia Fondren in a hug at midcourt.It was Sykes’ final moment on the Carrier Dome floor this season, and possibly of her career as next year looms with uncertainty. Syracuse jubilantly spilled out onto the court, celebrating both a historic program win and a season-best 24-point performance from their embattled veteran leader.Just don’t ask Sykes about a small stumble or trip on the court. Thirty-four games into the season, she’s annoyed that others haven’t moved on from her twice-torn right ACL like she has. She proved it Sunday with the biggest performance of her career in SU’s second-round NCAA tournament game, one she’s missed out on each of the last two years because of injuries.“I look at her and I just go, ‘Wow,’” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “For her to do that today on national TV, in the biggest game of our season, has to just make her heart feel so good.“The moment isn’t too big for her. Lights. Camera. Action. That’s Brittney Sykes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was Sykes’ first 20-point game in more than two years, and she pioneered Syracuse (27-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) to a 76-59 win against Albany (28-5, 15-1 America East) to send the program to its furthest-ever point in the NCAA tournament. She complemented her scoring eruption with five steals and a season-best 9-of-10 day at the free-throw line.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse advances to first-ever Sweet 16 with win over AlbanyBria Day steps up as ‘MVP’ in Round of 32 winThree observations from Syracuse’s 76-59 victory over the Great Danes At times this year she was a shadow of her former self, the player who drove the paint with reckless abandon and weaved effortlessly through defenders. But against the Great Danes she was back in the limelight. Driving the paint. Splitting defenders. Carrying SU like she once could.“I told a couple of teammates,” Sykes said, “that it felt like the old me. I felt like the old Brittney when it came to attacking the basket and just being confident.”She knew the challenges that awaited her at the start of this season, fully acknowledging the “right of passage” endured by basketball players with torn ACLs. They become shooters. Sykes carved out extra time before the season to refine her jumper and long-range shots, knowing she’d have to compensate for not driving the paint as frequently.Her shooting success has teetered, with a field-goal percentage nearly eight points worse than either of her other two full seasons. But if nothing else, Sykes has been timely. And on Sunday she picked the start of the second half to be her moment, scoring SU’s first seven points of the third quarter.When Sykes pulled up and hit her first jumper in that stretch, she subtly nodded her head toward the basket. On Syracuse’s next possession she leaked outside the Great Danes’ perimeter and swished a 3. This time, a little more demonstratively, she tilted her head to the right as she stretched the Orange’s lead to 10.To cap off the hectic 90-second stretch, she corralled an errant Albany shot. And as if a 2013-14 highlight reel was playing out on the court, she split three defenders en route to rattling down a layup.“The first half I had my four points,” Sykes said. “Second half it was like, ‘You know what? It’s time to make my mark.’”Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff PhotographerThe 5-foot-9 fourth-year player erupted in the latter 20 minutes, scoring 20 of her 24 points in crunch time. In addition to her seven-point run in the third quarter, she went on a six-point tear to push the Orange’s lead to 15, its biggest of the game with three minutes remaining.As the final result grew more inevitable, Sykes’ hand steadied. She sunk all nine of her free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, twice stole the ball from Albany in the final five minutes and both led to scoring possessions.“All in all, yeah, probably her most complete game,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said of where Sykes’ performance stacks up in her career. “(It was) her most timely game because we needed all of those points to be successful.”It’s a career that started with so much promise before crashing down near career-ending lows. Sykes knows she has freshmen teammates who haven’t seen a performance like this out of her, and she joked with them that this used to be a nightly occurrence. Without a drop of cockiness, she reaffirmed her point on the court: this is who she used to be.But with Sunday’s win came an injection of new life, or in Sykes’ case, old life. And it’s never been a more opportune moment.“’Just ride with me. I’m going to be there for you,’” Sykes recalled telling her teammates after the game. “This isn’t anything shocking for me. I know I can do this.’“’It’s just a matter of doing it.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Dan Kennedy is calling for the establishment of a Junior C competition, which would be contested by 11-a-side teams.He made the suggestion during a debate at last month’s County Board meeting on whether or not talented underage players should be allowed to make up the numbers on adult sides.Dan Kennedy believes his proposal is worth trying out.
DES MOINES — The legal age for buying nicotine-infused merchandise — including cigarettes and “vaping” products — would jump from 18 to 21 under a bill that has cleared its first hurdle in the Iowa Senate.Senate President Charles Schneider of West Des Moines is the Republican who’s sponsoring the bill. “I’ve got two of the largest, if not the largest public high schools in my district and probably the largest private high school in my senate district and I’ve been hearing more and more from parents and teachers about kids in high school who are using, particularly, vape products,” Schneider said, “and that it’s becoming an epidemic.”Senator Tom Shipley, a Republican from Nodaway who also supports the move, has a daughter who teaches middle school in West Omaha.“When I told her what I was thinking about doing, she said: ‘Oh, dad, you can’t believe it,’” Shipley said. “‘It’s just pervasive through this place. It’s just everywhere and most of their parents don’t even know they’re doing it. Here at school even.’”Illinois and 10 other states have already raised the legal age for buying tobacco products. The move has the backing of the company that makes the JUUL nicotine pods as well as traditional tobacco companies.“Youth access to tobacco products primarily comes from their social access and their friends who happen to be of age, but they are not,” Jeff Boeyink, a lobbyist for the parent company of Phillip Morris, said during a senate subcommittee hearing on the bill. “Moving from 18 to 21 removes most of this access out of the high school area, which is what we are trying to target here.”The owners of the shops that sell electronic cigarettes and vaping products oppose raising the nicotine purchasing age to 21.“You have to be 21 to buy alcohol. Thirty percent of teens drink alcohol, so if raising the age to 21 to buy alcohol didn’t fix teens drinking alcohol, it’s probably not going to fix teens vaping,” said Sarah Linden, the CEO of Generation V, with shops in Council Bluffs, Davenport and five others in Nebraska.Health advocacy groups also oppose the bill. They want lawmakers to make the penalties for selling nicotine-infused products to minors tougher. They want an increase in the state’s tobacco tax and they want the state to spend more on programs that help smokers quit.“Our goal is to improve upon the current bill and we are asking to be part of the solution,” Danielle Oswald-Thole, a lobbyist for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, told senators.She pointed to what she called “scary” statistics, like a 2018 survey that found 23 percent of 11th graders in Iowa had used an e-cigarette in the past month.
The Linden Special Needs Centre performed exceedingly well at this year’s Annual Signing Bee Competition. The Centre won first place in both categories of the competition which was held on Wednesday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).In Category One, Troy Scott from the Linden Special Needs Centre placed first, while Abigail Jairam and Samuel Foo from the New Amsterdam Special School placed second and third respectively.Meanwhile, in Category Two, Ulancy Emanuel from the Linden Special Needs Centre placed first, with Satesh Rajkumar from the New Amsterdam Special School placing second and Tamar Klaus from the Diamond Special Needs School placing third.The other schools which participated in the competition were the David RoseThe winners of the 3rd Annual Signing Bee Competition displaying their winnings in the company of Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and other senior education officersSpecial School and Harmony Secondary School.According to National Special Education Needs (SEN) Officer, Savvie Hopkinson, the Signing Bee Competition is an incredible way for students who are deaf to demonstrate their academic progress, justify financial investment in an appropriate education and demand equitable treatment, having in the past suffered benign neglect.She said the competition bears linguistic similarities with “Singing Bees” and “Spelling Bees”. She said the competition intends to stimulate the language faculty of students by expanding their vocabulary and augmenting the stock of words they possess and can employ in their work and lives.“This competition provides a platform for Special Schools to stage their educational quality, expand the capacity of students to perform well in the curriculum while having fun. Through a decentralised approach, it permits students in regions to compete and prove themselves against their counterparts in Georgetown,” Hopkinson is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.She added that sign language is crucial to members of the deaf community since it is the means through which their ideas, imagination, creativity and achievements flow out to the rest of the society and among themselves.Moreover, Hopkinson reminded those in attendance that Wednesday’s competition celebrates the education policy of inclusiveness and the education philosophy of the right to an appropriate education. “It demonstrates that all students are valuable and must be empowered to see themselves and take their places in an emerging, expanding, competitive, global community”.Marcel Hutson echoed sentiments shared by Hopkinson and added that the competition demonstrates that there are no boundaries to learning and achievement.He said the Education Ministry is pleased to continue hosting the event by making it a feature as part of Education Month. Hutson explained that over the years, the Education Ministry has sought many ways to provide inclusivity for children with special needs.He said the participation of the children in the competition serves as an indicator of their academic achievement. Hutson enlightened the audience that SEN takes precedence in the Education Ministry’s Strategic Plan. He said that a large part of the Strategic Plan has been dedicated to ensuring that there is movement in the SEN area.