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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 9:35 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 1:58 PM
SIDNEY — A season of firsts continues to decorate the Sidney High School football program. There are rushing records, kicking records, an undefeated season record and a non-stop buzz around this Shelby County centerpiece that is turning into a championship roar.
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And then there’s this: “I don’t think we’ve tail-gated since 2000,” beamed junior quarterback Andre Gordon. “That’s pretty good.”
That good stuff hit a new high on Thursday night, when Sidney outlasted visiting Tippecanoe 49-42 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Week 7 showdown. The contest wasn’t settled until Sidney super back Isaiah Bowser bolted 71 yards for the winning touchdown on 4th-and-1 with less than two minutes left.
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Bowser went for 266 yards rushing and scored twice. And Sidney (7-0) needed all that firepower to offset an equally masterful performance by Tipp senior Cole Barhorst. Here are the major highlights in a shootout that Twitter had a hard time keeping up with:
• The area’s rushing leader, Bowser pushed his seven-game total to 1,900 yards and surpassed his own program single-season rushing record he set last year. He also has 24 touchdowns.
• Barhorst rushed for 237 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return that pulled the teams even at 42-all with less than three minutes left. He accounted for more than 300 yards of offense for Tipp (3-4) and had three runs of 50-plus yards.
“(Barhorst) is a home run threat every time we give him the ball,” said Tipp coach Joel Derge.
• Gordon figured in on four touchdowns. He scored twice on runs of 25 and 5 yards and connected with Lathan Jones (39 yards) and Ratez Roberts (13 yards) on TD passes. A gifted junior who also excels in basketball, Gordon also ran for 123 yards.
• Sidney sophomore kicker Hallie Truesdale reset the program’s single-season record for most extra-point kicks. She converted all five attempts, which makes her 37 for 38 overall.
• Sidney is 7-0 for the first time since 1974 when the great Kris Haines was running wild in the Yellow Jackets’ backfield.
• Sidney (2-0) is in contention for a rare conference title with three games remaining.
• Sidney (Division II, Region 8) appears destined to join its 1989 team as the only other squad to qualify for the playoffs. Sidney is No. 4 in the region. Unbeaten Belmont, which beat Ponitz 41-0 also on Thursday, is No. 5.
Memorial Stadium was rocking throughout and reached a partisan peak on Caleb Harris’ interception to clinch the clutch win in the final minute. Sidney students rushed 30-&-0 Field and joined the Yellow Jackets for a long celebration and choreographed calisthenics display.
Overtime seemed inevitable until Bowser blew through the middle of Tipp’s defense.
“We’ve got to make plays,” said Bowser, who’s verbally committed to Northwestern University. “We know that. The community, they’re all behind us. (Making the playoffs) hasn’t been done in forever. That’s what we’re trying to do, show the GWOC and state we’re a good team.”
Tipp (3-4) is likely out of D-III, Region 12 playoff contention.
This is the season Sidney thought it was going to have last year. Injuries and other setbacks postponed the envisioned success. It wasn’t so long ago that Sidney was an easy out in the GWOC. Not now.
“It takes a little bit longer now to go to the grocery story,” Sidney coach Adam Doenges said. “People used to turn and go the other way down the aisle to avoid me. Now, everywhere you go, people want to talk about (Sidney football). There is an excitement, no matter where you go in town. It’s neat. That’s what high school football should be like.”
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:13 PM
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball extended its win streak to three Saturday night at Rupp Arena with an 87-66 win against Missouri. Here’s everything Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the win.
Q. With the stress of what was going on this week with Kevin Knox?
JOHN CALIPARI: You know, I don’t think — I think he was great all week. The team’s getting better. What you’re seeing is a team that can play fast and a team that can grind it out. You’re seeing when I put Jarred and PJ in there, a team that can really, really rebound. Our assist to turnover ratio, which was under water now is going the right way.
We’ve kind of figured out Quade (Green) and Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander), and I gave Hami (Diallo) a hug in front of the team. They gave him a standing ovation. You know, it’s been hard, and I wasn’t going to kick him to the curb. I wasn’t going to throw him under the bus. It’s been hard. I’ve been spending, I told the team, 90% of my team has been figuring out how to I get this kid going, but I’ve got to win games. And I told them, if someone’s not playing great, it’s okay, just be better next game. But don’t expect to play when someone’s playing better.
Here’s the thing, Jarred had 15 rebounds, he would have had 20 if I went with one hand. But if he’s playing in front of you and he’s getting 15 rebounds, if you go in, you better rebound or he’s going back in. That’s just how it is. But we need Nick, we need Sacha.
Shai was good again, eight assists, one turn. I mean, you know, we right before your eyes, we’re becoming a better basketball team. It wore me out. But yesterday in practice, what I said to him, at one point I stopped him and I said, the reason I’m so relaxed and having fun coaching you, I’m not fighting everybody. It was only a month ago, three weeks ago half the team, it was a fight to get them to play how we were trying to get them to play. But the other side of it is it took us a while to figure out the team, and figure out Kevin Knox, and how we were going to play Jarred and what we were going to do, and Jarred joining us mid season made it hard.
Q. How much of a boost is it for any player and for any team to have the ball go into the basket again and again?
JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah, I didn’t realize at halftime somebody said we shot 80% from the three. Really? I told you guys we had a pro scout, we had a couple in the other day, and one guy had been in ten times. He grabbed me and he said, Here’s what I don’t understand. I sit here and watch your team shoot in practice and they’re like unbelievable. Then they get in games and guys are shooting air balls. The same guy I saw make 15 in a row gets in the game and shoots an air ball. How is that?
And I told the players that. It’s more mental. Because, again, and it’s contagious. If one guy makes it another guy makes it, it’s a little bit contagious. But making free throws and doing the stuff that we’re doing, just getting better. We’re an athletic, long team. We can block shots, can play different ways, can play a bigger team and smaller team, and your smaller teams are still 6’9″, 6’9″, 6’8″.
Q. You talk every year how your best teams become empowered. Is this team close to that?
JOHN CALIPARI: Getting closer. Getting closer. PJ becomes that beast of a guy. Shai and Quade wants to do it. And now because he’s playing the way we need him to play, not now he played in high school, but this is how you need to play. Now all of a sudden you have guard that’s can kind of talk and do it. Jarred gives you a little bit of that too. Because leadership that you want on your team and the empowerment you want is not one guy. You’re trying to teach every one of these guys what it means to be a servant leader. What it means to be about each other. If you can have a team of four, five, six guys that are capable of leading, you have room for error.
A guy’s not playing well, guys get sick, a guy just struggling, then someone else picks it up and takes the mantel.
Q. When did you learn Kevin didn’t have any issues with eligibility, and did you talk to him about that today before the game?
JOHN CALIPARI: I didn’t. I mean, that was all the University dealing with it. I wasn’t involved in any way. But I felt good about it.
Q. What did you think of how your team kind of continued to pass well even when Missouri seemed to change up their defensive looks?
JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah, we were good. Guys were good today. That, like I said, Missouri is one of the top 25 defensive teams and one of the top 25 offensive teams in the country, and they played the same kind of schedule we have. Maybe ours is a little bit harder, but they played a tough schedule. So you’re looking at a team that we ended up shooting 54 and 62 and 73, and only turned it over nine times. That’s why the score was what it was.
I’ll say it again, in March you’ve got to be able to score more than 60. There was a time in this season we were — 62 was a big number, 63. I kept telling these guys you can’t win in that tournament. You’ve got to be able to get 75, 80 on the board against a good team because they may get the same on you because they’re a good team. We’re starting to play and figure it out and I’m proud of them.
Q. What options are you considering about getting Nick going and how important is he for the long-term goals?
JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah, he’s important. He and Sacha (Killeya-Jones) both. I mean, one of those guys, and again, you put one in and then you try the other, and whoever has it going you can go with him. Because we’re going to play some teams that have a guy that they can guard better than Jarred or PJ (Washington) because of size, or Wenyen (Gabriel), because of physique.
But, again, just like Hami, they’re responsible for their performance. We’re going to continue to work with them and figure stuff out. You know, but we’re not — just the way these kids are playing right now, Jarred and PJ, they’re playing better than the other guys. So, guess what, this isn’t communism. That’s not what this is.
Q. What did you like best about Kevin’s play tonight?
JOHN CALIPARI: Well, he was patient in the second half when he didn’t play much in the first half. He came out and it’s amazing in the last three weeks how much he’s learned to read screens, to where he can bump two to get shots. How he can get in the middle, where he can find PJ, which he did on the baseline.
Just we’re doing this stuff every single day, and he needs it badly. Hami we’re doing it with every single day. You know, there are certain things and we’re scrimmaging every single day. We scrimmage.
Now you say this late in the season you’re scrimmaging? Yes. And I’m scrimmaging with different lineups, so they’re four-minute segments. Scrimmage, let’s go. So we’re doing drills for 45 minutes that we need and different things we’re getting them to think about, and then an hour of 45 minutes of scrimmaging and then shooting and other things that we’re trying to get done.
This team is different. It’s a different team for me. It’s taken me a while, and it’s not their fault. I mean, I’ll say it again. Jarred coming at mid-season put us in a scramble mode. But this team is playing more like my UMASS teams than some of my teams here or even my Memphis teams. This team is playing a little bit like that. And again, we only had nine offensive rebounds. But it’s hard. We didn’t miss that many shots. You know, you’re not going to have as many when you’re making that many shots.
Q. Cal, you’ve always talked about demonstrative performance quite a bit. It seems to be having an impact on the body language and just how they’re carrying themselves on the court during these last three games.
JOHN CALIPARI: Well, here’s what you’ve got. It started with Shai. Shai comes in at 7:00 a.m. in the morning and workout, shoot, he would then watch video. He never missed a class. Never late, never late for a tutor, did everything he was supposed to. And every day when we practice, here he comes, teeth and feet, enthusiastic.
I looked at the guys and I said who is our best player? This is about three, four weeks ago. Who is our best player? Shai, it ain’t even close.
Well, let me tell you what he’s doing. Let me ask you, what are you doing? Any of you come in at night? Why don’t you join him in the morning? How about some of you that are late or miss a tutor or do that? He doesn’t. Well, you’re tired? What? He’s not? Has he got a different body than you? Maybe you’re not getting enough rest? Maybe that’s what it is. Maybe you’re not eating right.
Who is the best in the weight room, Robert? Shai. So he’s also the best in the weight room. Do you wonder why he’s making himself the player he is? How about people join him?
So we’ve had some guys. Hami, I’ve been in the office 10, 11 at night, I look out and he’s out there shooting. I feel so good that I can stick with him.
Listen, I’ve said this before, kid’s playing poorly and a parent — is he working hard, Coach? Is he spending extra time, because if he isn’t, that’s on him. Coach, is he listening to you? Is he doing what you’re asking him to do? Because if he isn’t, he shouldn’t be playing.
This is a parent that does not enable. That doesn’t say, well, you take him out but you don’t take him out and you do this. Why is he playing. No, that’s enabling.
Then the other side of it is okay, Coach, please love him and stick with him and don’t kick him to the curb. Let him know you’re with him and let him keep fighting. And that’s what we try to do with all these kids.
But I’m telling you, if they don’t listen, if they’re not doing all the stuff off the court they’re supposed to do, don’t blame me. I don’t even want to hear it. But if they are trying and doing everything right, they deserve to keep getting opportunities because I’ve done this 35 years. They will breakthrough. It just takes time and it’s torturous.
I love the fact that our fans gave Hami a standing ovation. That’s what fans should do. Instead of being down on a kid, that’s someone’s son. That’s someone’s child. And if it were their child, how would you want them to be treated? And you should see the smile on his face in there. And the players love it. They knew he was struggling.
Q. Defensive effort it seems like has been growing. Now it looks like they’re even enjoying it. Are they having fun with that?
JOHN CALIPARI: You probably have to ask them. But any breakdowns we have, because these teams we’re playing in our league are really good. They score. So if there’s a lack of communication, if a guy runs a gap when he’s supposed to be chasing, if a guy on a pick-and-roll, we were switching and he’s back even today, number three comes off, bang, bang, and where are you? You’re supposed to be higher.
But the reality of it is we’re scrambling now. Now all of a sudden there are effort plays we’re making. Out of nowhere a guy’s covering for another guy.
What happens when that’s your team and you can trust each other? You can risk more. The more you can risk, the better you’re going to be, especially turning people over, getting some breakouts and getting some free baskets. But no one will risk if they think they’re on the court by themselves. I’m just going to guard my man. I’m not going to help anybody. No one’s helping me, and it’s really difficult when you play that way.
We did for a while. This team is beginning to know that we’ve got to do this together. We’ve got to be about each other.
Q. You mentioned the UMass team. Cuonzo just came in here and said, We could not match their toughness. What goes into a team developing that?
JOHN CALIPARI: Sometimes you’ve got to put different guys on the floor. Dudes that are out there playing the most minutes are the toughest guys we have. They told me after Arkansas your bench scored 36 points, yeah, because three of my best players are coming off the bench. We’re going to score a lot of points.
So, again, this team, I love the fact — PJ didn’t care that he’s not starting. Hasn’t said one word, and he’s playing his best right now. I didn’t start Wenyen in the second half, he didn’t say anything. These guys are all right now bought into what we have to do. We’ve got a couple guys thinking they should play more. But look at the guy in front of you. If I really think that, I’ll say who do you think you should be playing in front of? Tell him to his face, and that dude would probably laugh at him. You’re out of your mind. Lucky you played at all.
That’s how — this is the competitiveness. But we’re all for you. Be ready for your opportunity. We need you. This team, we’ve only got ten guys. How about Brad’s three by the way? He missed the first one. I told him, you shoot this next one. You shoot it, you hear me. He started laughing. Happy for him though.
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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:10 AM
Five years after they helped lead Kettering Fairmont High School to a state basketball championship, Kathryn Westbeld and Makayla Waterman will play their college regular-season finales Sunday on national TV.
Waterman’s 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes go on the road to play Penn State, in a game televised by ESPN2 at noon. Waterman, a redshirt junior, is back on the court after a scary neck injury a few weeks ago, and is averaging 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench. OSU can wrap up the Big Ten regular-season title with a win.
For Westbeld, Sunday marks Senior Day at Notre Dame, with a 2 p.m. ESPN2 game vs. No. 21 North Carolina State. Westbeld, who averages 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, hit the 1,000-point mark in her Notre Dame career in Thursday night’s home win over Virginia Tech. Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 in the nation and can clinch a tie for the ACC regular-season crown with a win.
Fairmont made it to four straight state Final Fours earlier this decade. The other top star of those teams, Chelsea Welch, also plays her final regular-season game at 2 p.m. Sunday for Wright State. The Raiders, 20-9 this year, go on the road to face struggling Illinois-Chicago. Welch, a senior, leads WSU with 21 points per game.
LOOK BACK: Video of Fairmont state title victory
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continues this Saturday, Feb. 24, with the men’s hockey gold and bronze medal games
Canada beat the Czech Republic for the bronze medal. The Olympic Athletes from Russia play Germany for the gold.
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Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts 2018 are out. You can check out projections, players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles