Volleyball wins one, loses one in San Diego

first_imgHead coach Brent Crouch was proud of the effort his squad displayed despite injuries and is confident in its abilities going forward. With 10 of their 20 remaining matches coming against ranked opponents, the squad will be challenged to respond to adversity as it has done early on this season if it wants to build on last year’s strong performance. “We are not 100% [health-wise],” Crouch said. “We are getting there … We are looking forward to getting everyone practicing at 100% and really [hitting] the Pac-12 schedule in stride.”  This is USC’s third 3-0 sweep this season, and it hopes to carry this momentum into Pac-12 play beginning Wednesday against UCLA. The Bruins were swept in their last two matches by No. 11 Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara, while the Trojans enter conference play ranked No. 25 in the nation. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a season-high 18 kills along with 19.5 points against the Toreros. USC regained its strength in the second game of the week against Long Beach State. The Trojans had 15 kills and four aces in the first set, taking it 25-21. They easily won the second set 25-11 with an additional 15 kills. The third set proved to be more difficult, but USC held the lead, finishing the sweep 25-20.  The match against San Diego was a tough fight throughout the full five sets. USD won the first two sets, and USC struggled to keep up given the Toreros’ effective blocking. However, the Trojans stayed resilient after going down 2-0 and were able to battle back in the third and fourth sets to tie it up 2-2.  Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a combined 39.5 points in the Trojans’ two games this past weekend. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) The fifth set was tight, but USC fell behind 14-11 due to an overturned call. The Trojans couldn’t come back from the deficit, losing 15-13 and ending in a three-games-to-two loss.  Lanier led the Trojans in the second match with 20 points and 17 kills. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin had a career high with six kills, six digs and four of the Trojans’ 12 service aces.  Following its three-win performance at the Trojan Invitational — including a sweep of Villanova, which entered the game with a 5-1 record on the season — No. 20 women’s volleyball fell to San Diego 3-2 Thursday before swiftly defeating Long Beach State 3-0 Friday.last_img read more

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Suns tap 76ers assistant Monty Williams as new coach

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN had reported this week that Williams was the first choice of the Lakers. That leaves former Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue as the frontrunner. Lue took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals three straight years with the star who is now with the Lakers: LeBron James.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PHOENIX (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams will be the new coach of the Phoenix Suns, replacing Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after one disappointing season.The Suns announced Friday that they had come to terms with Williams, who will join Phoenix after the 76ers complete their run in the NBA playoffs.The 47-year-old Williams has previous head coaching experience, spending five seasons in charge in New Orleans from 2010 to 2015, a stint during which he led the franchise to two postseason appearances. He is in his first season as an assistant coach with the 76ers. He also played nine years in the NBA.Williams takes over a team that has been mired in mediocrity, missing the playoffs for nine straight seasons. The Suns finished 19-63 this season, Kokoskov’s only season in the desert.last_img read more

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Wellington 16-18 year old State tournament to start Friday at Sellers Park

first_img 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 Comment (1) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 264 weeks ago And the girls are playing at Worden Park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago 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 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2015 Kansas Babe Ruth League, 16-18 year old State Tournament will be held at Wellington’s Sellers Park.The tournament will consist of eight teams including: Riverton, Arma, Hesston, Lyons, Liberal, Walnut Ark Valley, Parsons and Wellington.The opening ceremonies will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.There is a picnic at Knight of Columbus at 6 p.m. with the boys watching the Wellington Heat game thereafter.Pool play begins on Friday, July 17 and will proceed to Sunday, July 19. There will be a championship bracket involving the top two teams from each pool. Full bracket can be found here: Pool A will consist of Arma, Riverton, Liberal and Walnut Ark Valley. Pool B will be Hesston, Lyons (regional host), Parsons and Wellington.Wellington will be hosting Parsons at 8 p.m. on Friday, Lyons at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and Hesston at 3 p.m.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Everybody plays this game

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Let the Winners soccer team trying to score a goal on the Dragons touch your heart. Let the Rock ‘n’ Rollers lining up across from the Blue Lightning make you feel like you’ve just been invited to something very special. Because you have. The hottest sports ticket in town. The VIPs. Very Important Players. Nanette Hauser knew it wasn’t right. All the parents did. Why did able-bodied kids get to play and have all the fun while the special-needs kids never get invited to the party? Who says that with a little help – maybe an older buddy to hold their hand – a child with Down Syndrome couldn’t be out there on that youth soccer field kicking the ball around and having fun? They even had soccer balls with bells in them now, so why couldn’t the blind kids play, too? They didn’t have to see the ball to kick it. They could hear where it was. So, to their credit, three years ago the parents in AYSO Region 33 reached out to the schools, regional centers and doctors who serve children with special needs and invited those kids to play in their league, too. The first year, 30 kids with special needs showed up – enough to field three teams. The second year, 60 kids showed up. This year, 72 special-needs children are playing on six teams with the help of buddies. Teenagers like Nicole Thompson, a student at Montclair Prep, spends part of her Saturday helping 4-year-old Jorge Lara, a Down syndrome child, wind his way down the field kicking a soccer ball. A few yards away, on a field for the older kids, Eryn Albright, 15, of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, is helping 13-year-old Laura Betancourt, who is blind, run down the field kicking a soccer ball she can’t see, but can hear. Both teenage girls are here as part of their community service projects at school, but the lessons they’ve learned from their VIP special buddies are worth a lot more than any grade or extra credit they will earn at school, they say. Nearby on another field, Matthew Nickel stands on the sideline watching his 6-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who has Down syndrome, hug her teenage buddy, Mayan Ruimy, after scoring a goal. “You have no idea how much this has meant to my daughter,” Matthew says. Being invited to the party with the other kids. “Every morning Kaylee brings me her soccer bag, and I have to tell her not today, honey, soon. Well, today’s the day. Just look at her.” Look at all the VIPs. Every last one of them is smiling, laughing and having the time of their lives. “It’s my son’s third year playing,” Diane Sullada says, watching her 16-year-old Down syndrome child, Jason, wave to her as he warms up with his teammates on the Winners team. Her son never wanted to do much outside the house before, she says. Now he can’t wait to go to Balboa Park every Saturday morning to play with his VIP buddies. “The truth is, if Jason wasn’t here, he’d be at home playing his video games alone right now. And I’d be home with him instead of out here talking with all the other moms in the park. “You don’t know how much this means to so many families,” she said. Finally being invited to the party. Where everybody plays. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com For more information on the VIP soccer program, call (818) 785-2353, or visit www.ayso33.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our motto is ‘Everybody plays,’ but everybody wasn’t playing.” -Nanette Hauser, director of the VIP league for AYSO Region 33 in the San Fernando Valley. No, they weren’t. There was a very important segment of the population – special-needs kids – who were being shut out from playing youth soccer only because no one thought they could. Well, they can, and they are. See for yourself over at Balboa Park in Encino every Saturday morning, where some of the most inspiring sports teams in town are packing them in. Forget the Dodgers, Lakers and Kings. If you like to cheer – I mean really cheer – and leave a sporting event feeling great inside, check out the Red Hot Gophers playing the Balboa Stars. last_img read more

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