Before I get to the latest results of the hoops filled zone that is my life these days, I thought I'd take a moment to salute some of my ex-players who enjoyed some academic success recently at the DECA competition in Boston. DECA is a business curriculum thing in the schools.
Amongst the many participants from Wareham High were:
Paige (on the left):
Brianna (on the right):
Gina (3rd from left):
ORR JV Girls - I finally got to cross off the ORR JV team off my list of teams to see this season as I went to their Sunday afternoon game this past week to see Jillian play. Her parents were telling me about the struggles Jillian has been going through with a coach who seems to have a problem with everything the girl does and is rather nasty in his comments about her style of play.
For the sake of argument, we'll say that everything they told me was true. If so, how they haven't taken their complaints to the school is beyond me.
A couple of times during the Sunday game against New Bedford she did indeed screw up and should've been chastised. But for the majority of the game, when she was on the court, she could do NOTHING right. I looked at her parents and said, "She's not out there playing, she's out there waiting to see what she's going to get yelled at about." Basically, I agreed with their assessment that the coach is an ass.
The team ended up winning 37-29. Jillian was 1-6 from the floor and 1-2 from the foul line for 3 points. She had 5 rebounds, forced two jump balls and committed two fouls.
Their next game was against Bourne and they won that game as well. According to her mom, Jillian got yelled at the whole game, despite scoring 8 points in the victory.
ORR Boys Varsity - The Bulldogs got off to a slow start but rallied back fast and cruised to a 73-49 win over Bourne. Raekwon scored 21 points to lead the team to their 4th straight win. They are 7-2 (5-2 in the SCC).
Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The Storm finally got their first win of the season (now 1-8) beating Sturgis West 30-12. Isabella had 1 point in the game. (More on Sturgis East below)
Wareham Boys Varsity - The Vikings dropped their second game in a row, losing to North Quincy 64-53. Latroy (pictured below) had 5 points.
Before their next game, there was a players only meeting and while it didn't pay immediate dividends on the court, it fired up the team enough that last night's game against Apponequet turned into a blowout win.
The Vikings were down by 10 points when the coach benched his starters. The reserves fired off a 20-2 run to push Wareham ahead. Latroy finished the game with 18 points.
Wareham his now 6-3 (4-1 in conference).
Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - Against Westport on the road last night, B-P lost 50-35. Savahna didn't score in the game.
Wareham Girls Varsity - Though the coach said in the newspaper article that it was the first time the team had given a full effort for the whole game in a while, the Vikings lost to Apponequet 50-42. Amber scored 15 points to lead the team. Gina added 7, Breanna had 5 points and Erica chipped in with 1 point.
Wareham Girls JV - The Vikings jayvee squad ended up losing to Apponequet 40-31. Four of my players were in the game stat line.
Tieyanna was 1-4 (0-1 3pt range) from the floor for 2 points. She had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers and 2 fouls.
Saje had 2 rebounds and a turnover
Kendall shot 1-3 from the floor for 2 points and grabbed a rebound. She committed 1 foul.
Gabby shot 2-8 (2-4 3 point range) and 4-10 from the foul line for 10 points. She had 4 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and a block. She had 1 turnover and a foul as well.
Upper Cape Girls Varsity vs. Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The first of back to back games for the Rams of Upper Cape saw two of my ex-players squaring off in a game that was recorded for broadcast on cable TV. Isabella on Sturgis East and Michaela on Upper Cape.
The start of the game was rough with neither team able to get their offense going at the beginning. But with the score tied at 4 all, Upper Cape went on a 21-0 run over the majority of the first and second quarters to take control of the game and make things relatively academic on their way to a 54-23 win.
The win drops Sturgis East to 1-9 on the season while Upper Cape is a totally fantastic, and utterly surprising 9-0!
For Sturgis, they had one consistent offensive player and she did the majority of their scoring for this game. She's good enough that despite being their only real threat, she cut through the interior defense of the Rams a number of times for baskets.
Sadly, I'm not talking about Isabella. Despite getting 20:06 in playing time, she had only a minor effect on the game. She was 0-3 from the floor and 1-2 from the line for 1 point. She had 2 rebounds and 2 turnovers while forcing 1 jump ball. A lot of the time she looked like she was just out on the floor running up and down. I don't know where her aggressiveness has gone.
As for Michaela, she had about 15-16 minutes in playing time but was a BIG factor in the game despite most of her stats coming after the game had turned into a blowout. She shot 5-9 from the floor and 1-1 from the line for what I believe is her career high of 11 points. She grabbed 3 rebounds and a steal while forcing two jump balls before fouling out.
There will be more about events surrounding this game in Sunday Musings this week.
Scott can’t shut up today…I got a lot to say so lets get started with
I’m Just saying…..
Mark Skiba came within 13 seconds of winning $50,000, as Florida State beat Auburn, in an exciting game, 34-31. Last January Mark’s dad was on vacation in Las Vegas when he placed a $100 bet for his son on Auburn to win the National Title at 500-to-1 odds.
Congratulations to Florida State. Thanks goodness the SEC streak is over!!
Not again. DeSean Jackson is seeking another pay raise. He has three years remaining on his contract which pays him $50 million over the duration of the contract. This is the same guy who came out, a couple of years ago, and said he wasn’t giving it all he had because he wanted a new contract. I hope the Eagles don’t renegotiate.
As a Yankee fan, I hope New York eats the contract of A-Roid and release him. Let another team sign him and have all the headaches that follow him around.
Seven-year, $126 million dollar contract. Wow, what great quarterback got that contract? Jay Cutler!! What the %&(@#%*. If he is worth that much, how much is Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck worth???? Stand buy for huge pay for elite, or above average quarterbacks.
Does Dion Sanders have to play in the pro bowl??? Please say it ain’t so.
This is Clark and he is the new mascot of the Chicago Cubs. Oh boy, like this is going to help them win.
Christian Laettner’s famous shirt was sold at auction for $119,500. Believe-it-or-not, this is the second-highest price for a game-worn basketball jersey. In 2011, a DR. J Virginia Squires game-used jersey sold for $190,414.
The Hall of Fame has three new outstanding players entering the shrine in Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
Thomas had a .301 average, 2,468 hits, 521 homeruns, 1,494 runs and 1,704 Rbi’s, 1,667 walks and 1,397 strikeouts. 1993, 1994 AL MVP, 1993 MLB Player of the Year.
Glavine won 60% of his games he started with a record of 305-203. He had a era of 3.54 with 25 shutouts, 2,607 strikeouts and 1,500 walks. Glavine won 2 Cy Young awards and was 1995 World Series MVP.
In his 23 years, Maddux won 61% of his games started with a record of 355-227 and a ERA of 3.16. He pitched 35 shoutouts, walked 999 batters and 3,371 strikeouts. Maddux won 4 consecutive CY Young awards, 4 time Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.
It is ashamed that Craig Biggio missed it by 2 votes.
Speaking of Hall of Fame, I agree with TheBeezer (did I just say that). Read his rant on the HOF selection here
He is right. There is no reason why a player who has a outstanding career can’t receive 100% of the votes. Aaron, Mays, Ruth, Maddux…etc, etc. all deserved to be admitted with 100% of the votes. There has got to be a better way to select players.
While waiting in anticipation of the full season trailer for Game of Thrones Season 4...
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
In the lead up to last night's playoff game between the Patriots and Colts, there were more than a few pundits who thought the Colts would win this game.
And while I had no illusions that Indy was going to roll over and play dead for New England, I thought anyone picking the Colts outside of their hometown newspaper reporters were utterly insane.
And it turned out that I was a bit more on the money than usual. The Colts didn't roll over and play dead, but they got their collective butts handed to them nonetheless.
The final score of 43-22 doesn't really do justice to how the Patriots dominated this game.
It was a game where Tom Brady was essentially a game manager. I don't know if the game plan included planning around the forecasted crappy weather, but Brady was just 13-25 for 198 yards last night. There were no TD passes and no INTs.
Instead he spent most of the night handing off to a battering ram run game led by LeGarrette Blount's (pictured below) 166 yards and 4 TDS (including a 73 yard scamper that broke the Colts back). The yardage total tied a team playoff record held by Curtis Martin and the four touchdowns are a new team playoff record.
But Blount wasn't the only object of trauma used against the Colts last night. During the rotation of backs in the game, Stevan Ridley (pictured below) got his chance to shine. The yardage total of 52 yards might not be all that impressive but his two rushing TDs were a nice additional bit of scoring. The six rushing TDs by the Patriots are now tied for second in playoff history.
And while the tendency is to overlook an important part of establishing any kind of run game, a big shout out has to go to the Patriots offensive line. They did give up two sacks of Brady, but otherwise, their job was magnificently performed as the opened up holes in the defense for the run game to burst their way through.
The Patriots defense was a bit rough in the first half of the game. Giving up 22 points means you won't grade out as an A plus but Colts QB Andrew Luck passing for 331 yards on the evening were mitigated by the four INTs picked up by the Patriots (two by Alfonzo Dennard). Also, between the score of the game and the fact that the defensive line shut down the Indy run game (69 net yards), Luck HAD to be throwing the ball a lot.
Luck (pictured below) is going to be a big star in the league, I think that much is obvious from how his first two seasons have gone. But last night showed that he has a ways to go before he is the king muckety muck in the AFC. While they survived his three INTs the previous week in their comeback against the Chiefs, Indy's luck ran out when he followed that up with four picks this week. Turnovers will come back to bite you in the ass sooner or later.
So the Patriots put on a power run and smack you in the mouth defensive performance last night and head off to their third straight AFC title game next week. They don't find out if it will be Denver or San Diego until later this afternoon, but if they can continue to play this kind of football, they can continue to be the most surprising edition of themselves in a number of years.
BOSTON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Women's Basketball - The Eagles picked up their 7th win a row with a 70-63 win over Virginia Tech. They had a 13 point at one point in the second half only to let the Hokies climb back to within 2 points at 65-63 before finally putting them away. It was freshman Kelly Hughes (pictured below) that hit a big 3 point shot with 26.2 seconds left that helped ice the game. Hughes finishes with 12 points in all.
Kristen Doherty (pictured below 1st) had 16 points as did Nicole Boudreau (pictured below 2nd). Katie Zenevitch finished with 13 points and 9 boards.
With those seven straight wins, I had hopes that going into their matchup with #2 Notre Dame that they would give the Irish a game. Alas, it was not to be as the Eagles got crushed 95-53 to end their run of victories and leave them at 10-6 on the season.
Doherty (pictured below 1st) had 13 points, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead BC. Zenevitch (pictured below 2nd) scored 11 points and grabbed 7 boards. She topped the 1,000 point mark for her career. Lauren Engeln scored 10 points but turned the ball over 6 times.
By the way, next week I'll be headed up to Conte Forum to see the women's team take on North Carolina.
Men's Basketball - The men's team was on the road to play Virginia Tech yesterday afternoon. The game was on TV so I postponed my plans to go out and run some errands so that I could watch the game.
And I got to see a pretty decent ball game. It wasn't pretty by any means, but the Eagles ended up coming away with a 62-59 victory. They are 5-11 on the season but the win is their first in 3 tries this season in ACC games.
Lonnie Jackson (pictured below) led the team with 17 points and 6 boards. Olivier Hanlan finished with 14 points. Ryan Anderson had a hard time finding his stroke yesterday. He ended up with 6 points but made up for the lack of offense by grabbing 11 rebounds.
The best thing for the Eagles was seeing Dennis Clifford (pictured below) on the court. He's been out for the majority of the season with chronic knee problems. But yesterday he gave them 21 minutes. His numbers were a respectable 6 points and 6 boards, but more importantly he gave them some size on the court and solid defense.
Just a quick update. I was in a College Bowl Pick 'Em over on Yahoo. I finished 5th overall in yet another example of my total mediocrity in fantasy sports this season.
Hartford - The Hawks rough season continued as the team dropped a 61-57 decision to Stony Brook. They are now 4-11 on the season. The loss dropped them to 1-1 in America East conference play.
Cherelle Moore (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Amber Bepko (12 points) led the team
Missouri State - In their Missouri Valley Conference opener, the Lady Bears squared off against Wichita State and got their heads handed to them by the Shockers 98-68. The loss ended their four game win streak.
The game was close in the first half but the rout was in the second half. The Bears shot 57.1% from the foul line and just 2-13 from three point range.
Bry Snow had 19 points and 7 boards to lead MSU. Kenzie Williams and Tyonna Snow finished with 18 points apiece.
The Bears bounced back on Friday night with an 85-56 win over Bradley. The big win saw all 12 players score for Missouri State led by a career high 16 points from Katie Palmer (pictured below)
Bry Snow had 13 points to go with career highs in steals (4) and blocks (3). Kenzie Williams scored 11 points, which is her 13 straight game in double figures. Tyonna Snow hit for 10 points.
Tennessee - The Lady Vols picked up two more wins this week. But one of those wins came tough while the other was a strong blowout.
Against Georgia, Tennessee won 85-70, but not before nearly blowing a 27 point lead after Georgia went on a 21-0 run from the 7:20 mark in the second half to just under the 2 minute mark. Ariel Massengale led the team with 28 points and Isabelle Harrison finished with 18 points and 10 boards. Meighan Simmons added 11 points.
In their game against Ole Miss, Tennessee rolled to a 94-70 victory. Massengale (pictured below 1st) was again the leading scorer for the game. She finished with 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Harrison had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Andraya Carter (pictured below 2nd) had 14 points and 6 boards. Simmons tallied 12 points and Cierra Burdick had 7 points to go with a team high 9 boards.
The team is now 12-2 on the season.
I dropped the Celtics down from the top of the post this week to slightly mix up the order of things and because they've continued their losing skid over the last week and it is mostly painful to watch. It has been four more losses for Boston as they dropped to 13-24.
They got blown out 119-96 by the Thunder with Avery Bradley and Jeff Green scoring 19 points. Kris Humphries added 14 points.
Before the Nuggets game, the team traded Courtney Lee to the Grizzlies for guard Jerry Bayless. Lee has been unhappy with his role on the team and while he didn't make a pest of himself about it, the move is probably best for all concerned. The problem is that Bayless wasn't exactly lighting it up in Memphis. He was hitting just 37.7% of his shots before the trade.
To make the numbers work for the salary cap, the Celtics sent a 2nd round draft choice to the Thunder for Ryan Gomes but he was waived immediately in a strictly financial move.
And then there was that Nuggets game. So to speak, because the Celtics got run out of the building 129-98. Green had 17 points to lead the team's offense. Brandon Bass had 15 points and 7 boards. Before fouling out of the game, the seemingly forgotten Vitor Faverani had 10 points and 5 boards.
On the road, Boston got 24 points from Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley but came away from their game with the Clippers with a 111-105 defeat. Bayless added 11 points in support.
On Friday night, the game was much closer and intense. The Warriors still ended up prevailing over Gang Green though when Stephen Curry hit a jumper over Kris Humphries with 2.1 seconds left. Final score 99-97. Green had 24 points and 11 boards and Humphries scored 16 points and grabbed 14 boards. Jared Sullinger came off the bench for 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The seven game losing streak has the club in a free fall and I'm at a loss to figure out what might help them get back on the winning side of things.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
There's been a lot of kvetching back and forth over the Dan Le Batard story this week. He's the Florida sports columnist who gave his baseball Hall of Fame voting ballot to the Deadspin.com website so the fans could vote for who they thought should be in the HOF.
This is in direct opposition to the rules of voting for the HOF and while the majority of people I have read online over the last few days support what Le Batard did, I find it to be just another case of Le Batard being a gigantic penis as he always has been when I've seen him on TV.
If you don't want to vote, don't vote. If you think the process of selecting who goes to the Hall of Fame is flawed, work to fix it. But don't go around being an ass about things. You will get support, but only from like minded people rather than converting those not already on your side.
For his crimes of journalistic integrity, his membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America was suspended for a year and his Hall of Fame voting privileges were permanently yanked.
I'm in the minority opinion but I say good riddance to bad rubbish. Now if only ESPN and his home Florida newspaper would stop polluting the airwaves and print newspaper with his self serving pinheaded ways.
Music - The new Adrenaline Mob CD Men of Honor isn't due out until February 18 but you can check out the lyric video for the song "Feel The Adrenaline" below.
Books - I finished reading the Hank Phillippi Ryan thriller The Wrong Girl this past week. I loved it and I'm already eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.
Of course, I also picked up some new books to grow my "to be read" pile a little more. I got two books from Laurie R. King called The Pirate King and Garment of Shadows. The books tell a tale of an older Sherlock Holmes and his wife Mary Russell. This series has been a marvel since the first book The Beekeeper's Apprentice and though I'm behind in my reading of the books, they are always highly anticipated.
The other book I picked up was the science fiction novel by David Weber called A Rising Thunder. It is the latest paperback release in his Honor Harrington series. This is another series that grabbed me from the first book and never let go. He's continued the main series, but Weber has had two spinoff series as well as a young adult series to go with it. There's a comic series coming out soon and I believe there will be a movie at some point too.
That is three-time Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria....He was hospitalized with skull injuries, and a bruised lung on Friday after this crash training for this weekend’s Ski Flying World Cup....
It was a big week for the high school hoops action, but let's get the track news out of the way first.
The Wareham girls track team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 50-31 victory over Apponequet this week. They are doing this with an across the board effort and without one of their top performers, my ex-player Paige. She's been out with a knee injury for the past three weeks.
The ORR girls track team is 5-0 after beating Dighton-Reheboth 63-23.
I didn't go to any basketball games this week. I was planning on attending games last night, but I was pretty beat after work so I just went home instead.
But the newspaper recaps, Twitter feeds and stats that were emailed to me kept me in the loop regardless of where I was.
In boys hoops action:
Bishop Stang Varsity - The Spartans lost to Bishop Feehan last night 61-42. Jake had 2 points in the game.
ORR Varsity - The season high 19 points from Raekwon helped power ORR to a huge 83-42 win over Seekonk. The team is now 6-2 on the season (4-2 in conference).
In their game last night against Bristol Aggie, Richie had 4 points as UCT rolled to a 66-27 victory.
Wareham Varsity - The Vikings were on a 39 game winning streak in conference play. But last night, things just did not go their way as Case closed the game on a 14-0 run to take 57-46 victory. The loss drops Wareham to 5-2 (4-1 in conference). It was the first loss in SCC play for Wareham since February 11, 2011. Latroy had 8 points in the game.
As for the girls results:
Sturgis East Varsity - After their early week game against Nantucket was postponed due to bad weather, the Storm faced off against Falmouth Academy last night. But the team remained winless after a 40-21 loss. Isabella had 3 points in the game.
Bristol-Plymouth Varsity - Savahna didn't score in Thursday's game against Old Colony, but her team did pick up the 34-30 victory. I don't have any stats for Friday's game against Southeastern but B-P did lose by 4 points there.
Wareham Girls Varsity - The Vikings picked up a 61-52 win over Case last night to improve to 6-3 (5-2 in SCC play) on the season. Amber had 15 points in the victory. Gina added 14 points and Breanna had 13.
Wareham Girls JV - The jayvees picked up another win last night, beating Case 48-27. I got the stats emailed to me from Gabby's father this morning and here's how my players did in the game:
Kali shot 0-4 from the floor and had a steal.
Saje had a rebound and a turnover.
Emily had 2 points, 2 rebounds and a foul.
Kiara was 2-7 from the field for 4 points. She had 3 rebounds, 1 steal and a turnover.
Kendall was 3-8 shooting (1-1 3pt FG) for 7 points. She had 2 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and a foul.
Gabby was 2-8 in the game (0-2 3pt FG) and 0-4 from the foul line for 4 points. She had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks and 2 turnovers.
Upper Cape Varsity - Tied at 30 after 3 quarters last night, the Rams got their full court pressure defense on track and blew out Bristol Aggie in the fourth quarter to win 55-35. Michaela hit a three pointer in the game as UCT raised their record to 8-0.