SU women’s club ski team prepares for nationals in Oregon after 1st place win at regionals

first_img Published on March 2, 2015 at 12:01 am Contact Eva: [email protected] Syracuse University’s Women’s Club Ski Race Team qualified for nationals in Oregon after taking first place at regionals last week. The ladies are set to compete in Mount Bachelor in Oregon March 2 through March 7.Practicing two to three times a week, for at least two hours a practice session, skiing has become a way of life for individuals on the team who have been training for an opportunity such as nationals since a young age.Kelsey Dignes, a senior health and exercise science major and captain of the team, attended a ski academy and has been racing since she was a young girl.“This is going to be my last real race ever in the 17 years I’ve been racing,” Dignes said. “I’d say 80 percent of my life has been dedicated to this. It’s going to be bittersweet for me, but I have a great group of girls out there.” Dignes said the team puts in a huge amount of time and sacrifice to prepare for its competition. Despite the fact that the team is a club team, it is a misconception that they don’t work hard to reach their goals. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of what people don’t notice, is how much of (our time during) the week we put into this,” Dignes said. “We pay for the trips out of pocket. Even as a club, we put a lot of stock into the sport.”Jocelyn Werle, a sophomore advertising major, said she was drawn to Syracuse University partially because of her lifelong passion. “I started skiing at age 6, later going to a ski academy where the day was split between academics and skiing,” Werle said.Werle also said excitement for the national competition stems from the dedication that she has put toward the sport, the chance to go out west and from the opportunity to race against worthy competitors. Isabella Lynch, a sophomore television, radio and film major, and a first-season competitor on the team, said it is not just a chance to showcase the team’s dedication, but an opportunity to have fun. “I am happy with the stacked lineup, and I’m honestly just excited to be here,” Lynch said. “It’ll be fun to ski in a beautiful area, out in the sunshine.”Besides the chance to replace the smaller hills of central New York with the high slopes of the West Coast, Lynch said she and the girls are excited to reunite with other teams.No matter the outcome of this week’s nationals, Dignes said that just getting to this point with such a tight-knit group is a win itself.For Werle, it is not only skill level, but an expressed love of the sport that has brought the team to nationals. Said Werle: “Skiing is unique. It’s such an individual sport, but at the same time, it’s the team effort that really counts in the end.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Torres released from hospital after being knocked out

first_imgHe needed treatment for several minutes, before being stretchered off, in Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.Torres has tweeted to thank fans for their messages of support.last_img

Max Scherzer does his job again, and in typical hard-nosed fashion

first_imgScherzer expected to work deep Wednesday, especially after the first few frames. He got the seventh inning from manager Davey Martinez and, in typical fashion, finished with a flourish. MLB.com says he threw 13 four-seam fastballs in the inning; his slowest was 94.3 mph and his fastest was 97.6. He struck out his last three batters.He long ago earned respect from teammates with his competitive fire and his ability to put up numbers, but this game, and Scherzer’s 2019 season, should lift him to a higher perch, even if he is counted on to be indestructible. Scherzer leads the National League with 146 Ks and 106 1/3 innings pitched, and his 2.62 ERA is fourth-best. He’s right in the heart of what is now a crowded Cy Young race.If the Nats’ promotions people were smart (or just feeling mischievous), they’d rush to create a new batch of Scherzer bobbleheads for their scheduled Friday giveaway. Show the type of commitment their ace does and add a splotch of purple paint below every right eye. Show that the organization can get the job done, too, no matter what might get in the way. Max Scherzer wasn’t hurt Wednesday even though his bruised face indicated otherwise. He had all he needed: clear eyes and a right arm full of gas.The Nationals’ ace took the mound one night after he busted his nose by bunting a batting practice pitch into his face. The bunt was executed with, shall we say, less than total gusto. Scherzer’s pitching, on the other hand, was quintessential . . . Max effort. He limited the Phillies to four hits and a pair of walks over seven scoreless innings and 117 pitches. He struck out 10. He got the win and the Nats (35-38) completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader, which pushed them to four games behind the Phils for the National League’s second wild-card berth.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNNow, while it’s true that Scherzer’s performance wasn’t a Bloody Sock Game or a gem thrown by someone whose elbow (or hamstring) could unravel at any second, it was still a forceful reminder to teammates and opponents alike: Answer the call, do your job, no excuses.”This is just going to be part of what you got to do. You take the ball every fifth time,” Scherzer told reporters after the game, per The Washington Post . He said he felt “zero” pain on the mound and minimal discomfort. Scherzer also said he would have lobbied to stay in if the break had occurred during a game.Nats second baseman Brian Dozier was of a similar mind.”Well, I hate to kind of undercut it by any means,” Dozier said, per the Post, “but we expect that from him.”last_img read more

NAIRN AND DUNGLOE ON HIGH ALERT AFTER NEW GORSE FIRES BREAK OUT

first_img7PM UPDATE: EMERGENCY teams have now been deployed after two serious gorse fires broke out in both Nairn and Muckish within the past couple of hours.Today has proved another dramatic day for the army, the fire service and locals across the county as high winds whipped up fresh fires despite hopes that they had been contained.Flames have come within yards of many houses in the Dungloe and Nairn are with many still uder threat. Although a raging fire was brought under control in Ardara yesterday, locals were up against it again today as further fires broke out in the region.More than 50 fire officers, four fire brigades and many standby-officers battled all afternoon to bring the fire under control in and around Dungloe.They were backed up by three army helicopters – two of which were dropping water on the blaze with Bambi buckets containing up to 1,200 at a time.A new fire has now also spread to the seaside area of Nairn and has already burned hundreds of acres of hillside there. Local woman Siobhan McNeilas has already been moved twice from accommodation as thick smoke covers the area blown about by contrasting winds.“It’s frightening. To see the fires burn up so much ground so quickly is something I will never forget.“We have already moved form our own house to a neighbour’s and now there is talk we may have to move again because the smoke is covering the place,” she said.The fire on Muckish, which has been raging since early morning, continues to burn strongly and still poses a threat to nearby Glenveagh National Park.At one stage earlier today dozens of homes in Falcarragh had to be evacuated after changing winds blew huge plumes of thick smoke into the direction of the town. EndsNAIRN AND DUNGLOE ON HIGH ALERT AFTER NEW GORSE FIRES BREAK OUT was last modified: May 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more