Argonauts Leave Wonder Boys Amazed

first_img Share March 27, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida (26-10) completed the first day double header sweep over Arkansas Tech (16-20-1) with a 5-0 victory in Tuesday’s seven-inning night cap at Pelican Park on the UWF campus. The Argonauts out scored the Wonder Boys 15-1 in the double header.West Florida jumped on the scored board early with a two-run first inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted, Ohio/ St. Edward HS) lead off the inning with a single to right field. After Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second, Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) singled through the right side of the infield scoring Antoske from second. DeBos would score the second Argonauts run of the inning on a wild pitch.The Argonauts extended their lead to 4-0 with a two-run fourth inning. Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Fort Walton Beach HS) opened the inning with an infield single when he hustle out a softly hit chopper to short stop. Andrews would score from first when Logan Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Jefferson Davis CC) double down the right field line. Hundley would score on a successful suicide squeeze bunt by DeBos.West Florida padded their lead with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on second Hundley hit an RBI double to left center making the score 5-0.Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) extended his hitting streak to 10-straight games with a single up the middle of the infield to lead off the fifth inning.For the second-straight game a West Florida pitcher threw a complete game. Nick Presley (Milton, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) got the win tossing seven innings of shut out ball surrendering only three hits. He had three walks and three strike outs in the game.West Florida and Arkansas Tech will complete their three game series with a nine inning affair tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Argonauts Leave Wonder Boys Amazedlast_img read more


Syracuse upsets No. 1 seed South Carolina for first-ever bid to the Elite Eight

first_imgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Alexis Peterson ran to half court, bent her knees and brought her palms together. She dropped her back and looked to the top of the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Syracuse’s bench spilled onto the court, too. South Carolina’s players walked off, some with their heads tucked inside their jersey, coming to the realization that their season was over.Peterson jumped into Briana Day’s arms and Brianna Butler stood by their side. 64 percent of Syracuse’s scoring, 43 percent of the Orange’s rebounding and 57 percent of SU’s assists met on the court.Only minutes had passed before Peterson’s aunt, Carla Norris was on her cell phone and yelled, “Huge upset! Huge! Huge!”SU improbably knocked off the one-loss Gamecocks in an 80-72 win to advance to its first-ever Elite Eight. Seven percent of voters in a Twitter poll chose Syracuse to advance out of the Sioux Falls region. 6.1 percent of participants in ESPN’s Bracket Challenge picked the Orange to advance past the Sweet 16. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img “I feel that our coaching staff and the 15 people dressed in uniform are the only ones that believe that we can pull off an upset of this magnitude at this time of year,” Peterson said. “I was overcome with joy.”After being blown out by South Carolina in the Round of 32 and losing to USC by four during the regular season last year, No. 4 seed Syracuse (28-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) got revenge against the No. 1 seed Gamecocks (33-2, 16-0 Southeastern) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SU will face No. 7 seed Tennessee on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.Following Syracuse’s loss to second-ranked Notre Dame in the ACC tournament championship — its only loss since Jan. 25 — Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said his team could win a national title. Nineteen days later, SU got another step closer.“Coach said as long as we keep the game close, we’ll have the opportunity to win,” Butler said. “He gave us confidence and told us to play the game the way we’ve been playing all year. That’s what we did.”The Orange knocked off No. 13 seed Army and No. 12 seed Albany in the first two rounds of the tournament. But SU was seeded significantly higher than those teams and the matchup with the Gamecocks was SU’s biggest challenge yet.With just over five minutes left to play, Butler tied it at 61 with a jump shot. Peterson looked up at the scoreboard and thought back to last season’s matchup with South Carolina in the Bahamas. That game was tied at 60 with just over two minutes to play. But in that time, SU committed two turnovers and USC hit a 3 and a layup to take a four-point lead for good.“I looked up and was like, ‘You got to be solid. At all costs, this is it,’” Peterson said. “If we were solid, I knew we had a chance to finish it out.”Syracuse didn’t commit a single turnover in the final five minutes. Butler, who started the game 4-of-13 from the field, hit two 3s in that period. Hillsman has told her throughout her entire career to shoot the ball even when her shots aren’t falling. Down the stretch, it paid off.The first came in transition from the top of the key. The second came out of an SU timeout and Butler got open curling around a screen.“I just told Butler (at halftime), you got to make some shots or we’re going home,” Hillsman said. “Second half she was amazing. She was amazing.”South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said that’s what happens when players get into foul trouble. Four of her players had four fouls and couldn’t play as aggressively on defense at the end of the game.With each make, Syracuse’s bench jumped up even more explosively than the last. SU’s players on the court scrambled to get back into its full-court press. And the small Syracuse contingent in the Premier Center repeatedly rose to its feet and let out cheers of “Let’s go Orange!”The Gamecocks turned to its go-to players, Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson for layups down the stretch. But its 2s couldn’t match Syracuse’s 3s.“We had 7 percent. That’s not a lot, you know,” Hillsman said of the poll. “We just said, We’re just going to go and play basketball. They can give us the 7 percent. We were 100 percent confident if we played our game we had a chance to win the basketball game.”When Syracuse was placed in the Sioux Falls region on Selection Monday, Hillsman said he was looking forward to learning more about the city located in South Dakota. With Friday night’s win, he’ll have an extra two days to do just that. Commentslast_img read more


Men’s basketball: Badgers head to New York for 2K Classic

first_imgAfter three straight home games, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will travel to New York City to play in Madison Square Garden as part of the this year’s 2K Classic.The Badgers are one of four teams participating in the tournament, and they will kick off the event Friday when they take on Georgetown. Here is a breakdown of the other three teams Wisconsin could potentially face this weekend.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin tops North Dakota behind big day from HappThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team had one final tuneup Tuesday night before hitting the road to New York, and they Read…Georgetown (0-2)This is the one team Wisconsin is guaranteed to play this weekend, and despite the Hoyas’ disappointing 0-2 start, the team is nothing to scoff at this early in the season. While the double overtime loss to Radford in their season-opener surely came as a shock and disappointment for the club, their effort just three days later on the road against No. 3 Maryland showed Georgetown has some fight in them — as they fell by just four points.A pair of seniors, center Bradley Hayes and guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, will lead the Hoyas. After appearing in just 17 games his junior season, Hayes’ senior campaign has been off to a great start, averaging a double-double of 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game through the team’s first two outings. Standing at a massive 7-feet, 275 pounds, he could create real issues for an undersized Wisconsin frontcourt.Smith-Rivera, on the other hand, was a pivotal part of the Hoyas’ offense attack last season, and he put on a show against the Badgers in the Bahamas last season when he shot 61 percent from the field and scored 29 points. As both a slasher and shooter, he’ll look to wreak havoc on the Wisconsin backcourt, which has at times struggled this season from keeping guards out of the paint.VCU (2-0)The Rams have cruised through their first two games of the season, defeating Prairie View A&M and Radford by a combined 43 points. It is the team’s first season under head coach Will Wade, who replaced Shaka Smart after he lead the program to tremendous success. But Wade was Smart’s first assistant coaching hire at VCU and the personality of the program has mostly remained unchanged.Aggressiveness is at the foundation of the Rams’ game plan, with senior guard Melvin Johnson leading the way, who leads the team in both points (18.5) and steals (3.0) per game. In fact, three different VCU players have recorded six steals in their first two games, as the team will always look to make a living off turnovers and fast break points.This will be the biggest issue Wisconsin could potentially face, as other than junior guard Bronson Koenig, the Badgers are very light on true ball handlers. The team’s current guard rotation other than Koenig consists of redshirt junior Zak Showalter, redshirt sophomore Jordan Hill and freshman Khalil Iverson — all of whom have very limited experience running UW’s offense.But if VCU’s aggressive play has a kryptonite, it’s Bo Ryan’s methodical offensive approach. Rarely does a Ryan-coached team turn the ball over and lose control of the game. Should the Badgers face the Rams on Saturday, that ball control will most certainly be put to the test.Duke (2-1)If the Badgers and Blue Devils meet Saturday, it will be the third time in a calendar year that the two programs will square off against each other. While Duke won both meetings last season, both squads bring an entirely new rotation to the table after sending a combined six players to the NBA.The Blue Devils are coming off a loss to a revamped Kentucky team, but are still looking to prove that they are one of the most dangerous teams in the country once again. Despite losing their four best players from last year’s team, a familiar face — especially for Wisconsin — is leading the way for Duke through their first three games.Grayson Allen, the hero of last year’s national championship game, is currently averaging 20.0 points in 30 minutes through three games this season. After hardly seeing the court last year, Allen is taking full advantage of his expanded role, displaying his good outside touch and his overwhelming athleticism in the open floor.In addition to Allen, Duke boasts a legitimate threat in the post on both ends of the floor in Amile Jefferson, who is averaging 15.3 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, and Matt Jones, a sharp-shooting guard who is averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting a remarkable 56.3 percent from three. They also possess a standout freshman, Brandon Ingram, whose athleticism allows him to be equally gifted on defense as he is on offense.Duke brings a lot of firepower to the table, and while they may not have the talent of last year’s team, they will surely look to give these inexperienced Badgers more than they can handle should the two face off.last_img read more