ESM, J-D football look to bounce back in 2019 season

first_img Tags: ESMfootballJ-D The reasons were simple enough. Lineman Logan Cowell said that the Spartans were “playing as individuals, not a team,” while running back Josh Gilkey said it was physical and mental mistakes that proved the main culprit.Head coach Kevin DeParde echoed those thoughts. “”We had a lot of leadership issues and suffered the consequences,” he said.Now, though, said Gilkey, things are fixed. “We’ve got a lot of new guys, and we’ve got everyone in the right spots on the field,” he said. Whether at East Syracuse Minoa or Jamesville-DeWitt, the mission for the varsity football programs at both schools in 2019 is clear – return to a regular habit of winning games.They’re just trying to fulfill that mission in vastly different ways.ESM is taking the conventional route. Having won plenty this decade, reaching at least the Section III Class A semifinals six out of seven years, the 3-6 campaign the Spartans went through in 2018 was jolting.center_img Another key, said Justin Smith, is “getting all of the younger kids to buy into our system. If we do that, we should be set.”One of those younger players takes a central role right way. Tyler Bell, just a sophomore, is ESM’s new starting quarterback, and while he’s just 5-foot-9, DeParde said he has “a high football IQ” and has all the respect of his teammates, newcomers and veterans alike.To make things easier for Bell, much will be put on senior running back Josh Gilkey, who will often be the single back as the Spartans will feature more of a spread offense than in seasons past.That means more work for receivers like Mike Combs, Nolan Palmer and Nate Pullano, with lots of excitement for what sophomore Rocky El can do with pass catches and returns after a standout spring as a freshman on ESM’s track team.They’ll work with an offensive line that has two converted skill players. Joe Copp moved from fullback to tackle, while Logan Lemelbaum switched from tight end and also will play at tackle. They flank sophomore center Chris Todd and Logan Cowell at guard, with Michael Cole and Dakota White rotating at the other guard spot.Cowell returns on ESM’s defensive line, as does Lemelbaum and Cole, while Gilkey anchors the group at linebacker with Copp, Palmer and Jack Hager. Smith and Joe Derby work at cornerback with safeties Warren Canone and Jack Meloling.Over at Jamesville-DeWitt, the Red Rams are also looking to rebound, this after winning just one game in 2018. But it won’t do so in the chief Class A division.Along with Fulton, J-D has moved into Section III’s “Developmental League” for rebuilding programs. PSLA-Fowler, Oswego and Phoenix are the other teams in the division.This means the Rams won’t be going for a sectional title, but there are plans to have a playoff for the top teams in the Developmental League in late October or early November.Head coach Eric Ormond said his players, especially the veterans, have readily accepted this new challenge. “The seniors were very mature in understanding the situation,” he said. “They’ve accepted and embraced it.One of those veterans, Ryan Vespi, returns at quarterback, surrounded in the backfield by the likes of Evan Dougherty and Marcus Payne and throwing to a receiver corps that includes returning starter Logan Wing, though many spots remain up for grabs.Up front, Caleb Patterson and James Richer make for a talented pair of guards, while wrestling standout Alikhan Abdullayev takes over at one of the tackle spots and Jason Pritts lines up at center.Patterson, Richer and Abdullayev will do plenty on the defensive line, too, while at linebacker many players are in the mix, including Scott Reeves and Mo El-Hindi. Vespi goes both ways, too, starting in the secondary with Wing and Dougherty.J-D’s opener is not until Sept. 13 – against none other than  ESM, who it’s beaten each of the last two years, this after the Spartans get underway this Saturday against visiting Rochester Edison Tech.Ormond said success for J-D would get measured as much by the effort it puts out as the wins it might record. As for ESM, DeParde said his team must play tough up front in order to succeed against most of its Class A opponents, and also stay injury-free.“It’s a physical league and the kids understand the challenge,” said DeParde. “If we stay healthy, we can compete with them, and if we can compete, anything is possible.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Commission releases terms for master lease

first_imgUSC took another step on Wednesday toward obtaining day-to-day control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.The university, along with the Coliseum Commission, the stadium’s nine-member governing body, released a list of terms outlining modifications to the existing lease, which was enacted in 2008.Agreement · According to the term sheet, the university would be allowed to sell naming rights for the Coliseum as long as the name includes “Memorial Coliseum.” – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe 16-page terms sheet outlines major provisions that would be included in an amended lease. If agreed upon, the term sheet would be transferred into an amended lease document subject to the commission’s vote.“We are moving toward entering into a long-term master lease with USC, where USC would be the master tenant at the Coliseum and be responsible for operating and maintaining the stadium,” said L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, a member of the commission. “In exchange for this long- term lease, USC will be obligated to undertake several tens of millions of dollars in improvements to the stadium that the Coliseum desperately needs.”Under the proposed list of terms, USC will have the exclusive right to manage the Coliseum, the adjacent Los Angeles Sports Arena, as well as other facilities around Exposition Park. It will also hold first refusal rights to lease the 88-year-old facility and be afforded the opportunity to extend the deal as far as 2054.In 2007, the university lobbied for control of the publicly-owned venue before eventually agreeing upon the current 25-year lease that stipulates that the university annually gives eight percent of ticket sales and $1.8 million to the commission provided the commission supports upgrades to the stadium.The commission, however, acknowledged in June it would be unable to make nearly $60 million in necessary renovations, breaking the terms of the original lease, which has led USC to seek day-to-day operational control of the facility.“Primarily, we believe this facility needs to be improved,” said Tom Sayles, USC’s senior vice president for university relations. “The Coliseum currently has the obligation to make those improvements. We are willing to invest the money to make those improvements.”Under the released terms, USC will be responsible for completing a list of renovations by the end of 2021. The exact cost is unknown.“The Coliseum is at a crossroads,” Yaroslavsky said. “We can either make it a functioning, viable venue for athletic events, or we can make it a museum piece. We don’t want this to become like the Roman Colosseum. We want this to be the 21st century Los Angeles Coliseum.”To help pay for the renovations, the school would be given the option to sell the naming rights of the stadium to a corporate sponsorship provided “Memorial Coliseum” is included in the name.Under the terms of the master lease, USC can also make the Coliseum available to no more than one NFL team for up to four seasons, and outside of football season, the commission can reserve eight days to hold public events such as graduations or Fourth of July celebrations.“What we want to make sure is that the public can continue to have access to this venue,” Sayles said. “They would have the right to come in and utilize the facility for a period of time.”Coliseum Commission Vice President Don Knabe said he was optimistic about successful negotiations between the university and the commission.“At the end of the day, hopefully we can negotiate the terms that are fair to both, fair to the public and preserve this wonderful facility for many years to come,” Knabe said.last_img read more

Trojans’ home win streak snapped by Utah

first_img“We feel like we’re right there.” McLaughlin said. “We have a few things to get better at, but we feel like we’re right there.” The Trojans are back in action this Thursday at 8 PM against the Stanford Cardinal. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 networks. “The teams were playing right now are very physical.” Enfield said. “Darian is our best rebounder per minute, so we definitely miss him. However, our players need to pick up the slack until Darian can get back.” Utah forward Jakob Poeltl scored 29 points with 13 rebounds and four assists and guard Brandon Taylor chipped in 8 points and 10 assists as the Utes defeated the USC Trojans 80-69 on Sunday. The loss was the Trojans’ first home defeat of the season.“I’m proud of our team’s effort, winning 15 straight games at home.” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Unfortunately tonight we got outplayed and lost to a good basketball team.”Guard Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans (19-8, 8-6) with 20 points, three assists and three rebounds as the Trojans lost at the Galen Center for the first time in almost a year. Fellow backcourt mate Julian Jacobs finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.The Utes (21-7, 10-5) outrebounded the Men of Troy 30-24 and outscored them 38-28 in the paint. The Trojans shot 58 percent from 3-point range, but attempted just 17 shots. The Utes finished shooting 53 percent from the field and had 13 second-chance points. The Utes also attempted nine more free throws than the Trojans.Both teams came out running in the first half. The Utes immediately took advantage of their size down low with Poeltl. The second year big man from Austria scored nine of the Utes first 14 points and finished the half with a near double-double.The backcourt duo of McLaughlin and Jacobs scored the first 13 points for the Trojans. The Trojans were able to stay relatively close throughout the first half, but once Poeltl returned the Utes closed on a run to push their lead to double digits.Guard Katin Reinhardt hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer to cut the Utes lead to 10 at the half. The Trojans had 10 first half turnovers that turned into 15 points for the Utes. McLaughlin, Jacobs and forward Bennie Boatwright combined for 25 of the Trojans 30 first half points.It looked like things were going to get away from the Trojans as the Utes opened the second half by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, extending their lead to 16 points.Jacobs had other plans. The third-year guard scored nine points in a flurry that helped ignite a 14-3 run by the Men of Troy. The Trojans got as close as 5 points, before the Utes woke up.Poeltl scored eight of Utah’s next 12 points as the Utes pushed their lead back to double-digits. The Trojans had a late rally that cut the lead back to 10, but they would get no closer. “He’s a pro if I’ve ever seen one. He absolutely dominated us.” Jacobs said. “We did not have an answer for him. Defensively, I think he ended with four steals. Offensively he had his way with us. It was the Jakob Poeltl show, and we did not have any answers.”center_img The trio of McLaughlin, Jacobs, and Boatwright scored 54 of the Trojans 69 points. The rest of the Trojans went 6-20 from the field for 15 points.With the loss, the Trojans now sit two game behind league leaders Arizona and Oregon. The Trojans have a big trip coming up against Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears are one game ahead of the Trojans in the standings. Forward Darian Clark missed his fourth consecutive game with a shoulder injury. As one of USC’s toughest defenders and rebounders, he was sorely missed as the Trojans struggled against the size of Poeltl. The Men of Troy made a spirited comeback but the size of Poeltl ended up being too much the Trojans to handle. Poeltl killed the Trojans inside but also opened up wide open shots for his teammates as USC was forced to double down on various occasions. All eight of the Utes players scored at least four points.last_img read more

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