Wolf Administration Releases Warm Handoff Guidance to Emergency Room Doctors and Healthcare Professionals

first_img December 21, 2016 Wolf Administration Releases Warm Handoff Guidance to Emergency Room Doctors and Healthcare Professionals Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf released guidance developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol programs in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians to help emergency room doctors and healthcare professionals identify individuals with substance use disorder, including those who have been saved by naloxone, and get them into treatment – a process known as a warm handoff.“Over the last few years, heroin and opioid overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than motor vehicle accidents – 10 Pennsylvanians per day,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We must do everything we can to destigmatize the disease of addiction and get patients into treatment so they can begin the recovery process.”A warm-handoff is a process in which a person who is identified as having a substance use disorder is transferred from a hospital emergency room or other healthcare provider to a drug treatment provider.“Ensuring overdose victims and other patients who seek help for opioid use disorders get into treatment is essential,” said Physician General Rachel Levine. “One of the best ways to help people enter treatment is for them to be properly identified by doctors and other medical personnel when they arrive in an emergency room, and referred immediately to treatment.”“The Wolf Administration has been working with emergency room doctors to develop a ‘clinical pathways’ guide to help determine how to get a patient into treatment for substance use disorders,” said Secretary Gary Tennis. “We believe this guidance is critical to getting those who suffer from the disease of addiction the help that they need.”Below are the steps physicians and healthcare professionals are advised to follow:PermissionAsking permission to talk about the issue shows respect for the patient’s autonomy, which can help to minimize resistance. It keeps the conversation focused on the patient.Open-ended questionsUsing open-ended questions can help the conversation move forward. Open-ended questions encourage patients to tell their story. Generally, try to avoid questions that can be answered with yes, no or other one-word answers. And listen when the patient responds.Listen reflectivelyThe provider should focus on listening to the patient, using reflective listening as a tool. Reflective tools such as repeating, rephrasing and paraphrasing keep the focus on the patient and reveal behavioral change opportunities. Listening with an attitude of respectful curiosity is easier when the patient is held up as expert and the physician recognizes him or herself to be more of a companion in the process of change.AffirmationAffirmation allows the provider to work with the patients’ strengths and acknowledge his/her  efforts. Affirmation can build confidence. Affirmations must be sincere to be effective.Roll with ambivalenceAs the patient talks, listen for information that could assist the patient in developing a plan to put them on course for less risky behavior. Listen for change talk, opportunities where the patient is willing and able to make changes. Talk of change often produces “but” or “if” statements indicating ambivalence. Ambivalence is not indecision but rather the equal desire for two opposing realities at the same time. Acknowledging the ambivalence can be the first step to finding a way out of it. The interviewer should use techniques to illicit “importance” and “confidence” statements from the patient. When you hear ambivalence, help the patient identify the ambivalence.Summarize plansSummarizing, or restating what you have heard, can be helpful at transitions or near the end of the conversation. If the patient has used a change statement, make sure to include it in your summary.Contact number for the single county authority and/or substance use disorder referral and warm handoff personal: http://www.pa.gov/collections/opioid-epidemic/#GetTreatmentLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf to Highlight Pennsylvania’s Opioid Response to New Governors at National Summit

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 05, 2019 Gov. Wolf to Highlight Pennsylvania’s Opioid Response to New Governors at National Summitcenter_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will be a featured participant at the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Opioid Summit for New Administrations, Monday in Washington, D.C., presenting Pennsylvania’s efforts to address the opioid crisis in a 45-minute question-and-answer session with NGA CEO Scott Pattison. Pennsylvania’s response has been hailed as a national model by the American Medical Association.“I’m really pleased to be able to take the initiatives, successes and lessons learned in Pennsylvania to my fellow governors at the NGA Opioid Summit,” Gov. Wolf said. “While there is still a lot of work to do, Pennsylvania is beginning to see positive results of the efforts of state agencies and organizations working together on fighting the opioid crisis at every level. My hope is that what we are doing in Pennsylvania can be both instructive and inspirational to states struggling with this national health crisis.”Since Gov. Wolf took office, his administration has been fighting the opioid epidemic with a multi-pronged approach, focused on multiple initiatives. Here’s what Gov. Wolf has done:• Expanded Medicaid in 2015 so now more than 125,000 Pennsylvania Medicaid recipients are receiving treatment for substance use disorder.• Signed a statewide disaster declaration to enhance state response, increase access to treatment and save lives. The Opioid Operational Command Center is the hub of activity for coordinating the fight against this health crisis.• Implemented 45 Centers of Excellence to provide whole-person-centered care for people suffering from substance use disorder. To date, more than 11,000 people are receiving care in their communities thanks to the Centers of Excellence.• Expanded the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to practically eliminate doctor-shopping for opioids and reduce the number of prescriptions written for these medications.• Equipped first responders with live-saving naloxone to reverse overdoses. To date emergency medical service providers have administered 18,560 doses of naloxone, leaving behind 657 doses.• Added non-fatal overdoses and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as reportable conditions. So far, hospitals and birthing centers have reported 2,359 cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns so that state efforts can focus on the epidemic’s youngest sufferers.• More than 1,500 birth certificate fees have been waived for patients to get into treatment.• More than 5,000 people have been connected to treatment after an overdose via the warm handoff program.• The 24/7 Get Help Now hotline has received more than 40,000 calls looking for information or to connect someone with a local treatment provider. Of those callers, 45 percent have been directly connected to treatment.• More than 269 tons of drugs were collected and destroyed by law enforcement from the more than 800 drug take-back boxes across the commonwealth.• Awarded $15 million in housing grants to help individuals overcome barriers to treatment and recovery.Gov. Wolf will detail these and other efforts the state has planned and under way to continue to battle this crisis.The NGA Opioid Summit is a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C. that will bring together health and public safety leaders from 33 states and territories to discuss best practices and learn from other state and national experts.The summit is designed to support states that are pursuing a coordinated and effective response to the opioid epidemic. Discussions will focus on best practices for prevention, treatment and recovery, as well as funding and governance structures to support state efforts.last_img read more

Subsea 7 scoops up Aker BP Hod contract

first_imgSubsea 7 has won a contract from Aker BP for the Hod field development project, in the North Sea. Finally, Subsea 7 said the contract is worth between $50 and $150 million. “It acknowledges Subsea 7 as a key partner in the delivery of pioneering technology, transforming the economics of field development. Aker BP hands in Hod development plans Project & Tenders Fabrication of the pipelines will further take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway. It will also include the world’s first application of mechanically lined pipe based on GluBi technology from Butting. Bjørkmann also noted that the company is looking forward to continuing their alliance with Aker BP for the Hod Field Development, with safety, reliability and quality at the forefront throughout. Posted: 3 months ago Monica Bjørkmann, vice president for Subsea 7 Norway, said: The contract scope includes EPCI for pipelines, umbilicals and tie-ins using key vessels from Subsea 7’s fleet. center_img The production pipeline is a pipe-in-pipe design. Eventually, offshore operations will occur in 2020 and 2021.  Categories: Posted: 3 months ago “Subsea 7 is very pleased with this award by Aker BP, through the Aker BP Subsea Alliance. Project management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway. The re-development includes a new wellhead platform (Hod B) linked to Valhall field centre with rigid pipelines and an umbilical. The Hod development locates 12 kilometres from the Valhall area. It is also worth reminding that Aker BP has recently awarded Kvaerner a contract for delivering the topside and steel substructure for the unmanned wellhead platform at the Hod field.last_img read more

Fairmont date will be Minnesota first for IMCA Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights

first_imgGrandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students ages 13-17 and kids 12 and under are free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30  Final tour dates of 2019 are Sept. 21 at 34 Raceway and Sept. 28 at Benton County Speedway. FAIRMONT, Minn. – Regardless of who stands in victory lane, history will be made Wednes­day night at Fairmont Raceway. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Fairmont. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa, 198; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 174; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 160; 4. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 141; 5. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 139; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 136; 7. Corey Dripps, Rein­beck, Iowa, 130; 8. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 111; 9. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 106; 10. Chris Abel­son, Sioux City, Iowa, 101; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 95; 12. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek, Iowa, 88; 13. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 87; 14. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 77; 15. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa, 73; 16. Al Bohlman, Isanti, Minn., 72; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, and Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake, Iowa, both 70; 19. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth, Iowa, 69; 20. Austin Wolf, Algona, Iowa, 68.center_img IMCA.TV broadcasts Wednesday’s Dirt Knights program. The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour makes its first-ever visit to Minne­sota on Aug. 7, with IMCA Modifieds running for $1,500 to win and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot during the Bob Shryock Memorial program. All but three of the previous 91 events in the tour’s 10-year history have been held in Iowa, with two in South Dakota and a single foray to Wisconsin.last_img read more

Blin wins three gold medals at fencing tournament

first_imgPool results are determined by taking the total number of wins and losses for each fencer and ranking each fencer overall. The rankings are used to construct a bracket for the DE round to ensure that higher ranked fencers do not meet until later in the tournament.DEs are fenced to 15 points in a nine-minute time period. The loser of each DE is eliminated from the tournament, while the winner moves on to the next round.A fencer’s final placement in the tournament is determined based on the round in which they were defeated.Between the pools and DEs, Blin sparred 20 separate bouts and swept the Cadet (ages 13-16), Junior (ages 13-19) and Division I-A (ages 14 and up) women’s épée events, earning first place in each and a score sheet counting zero losses.Épée (meaning “sword” in French) is one of three disciplines of modern fencing, along with foil and saber. Each discipline uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules and strategies.Blin trains at the Syracuse Musketeers Fencing Center in Dewitt, where she is coached by Maître d’Armes Lubo Kalpaktchiev — a former elite fencer and pentathlete (swimming, running, horseback riding, shooting and fencing) from Bulgaria.“I think she did really amazing,” said Kalpaktchiev in a press release on the tournament. “For two days and three events, she didn’t lose a single bout.”Blin took up fencing four years ago at the suggestion of her father.“It [just] looked like fun,” she said. “I liked Zorro and the Three Musketeers, so when my dad found Lubo’s club I decided to try it.”Blin now trains four times a week for two hours. She also takes 20-minute private lessons once or twice a week.“At first, I went because it was fun and the people at the club were fun to be around,” she said. “After a few months, I started going because I loved the sport. I loved how strategic it was, it was like playing physical chess. Bouts go at an extremely fast pace, meaning that you have to think quickly about your next move, keeping in mind your opponent’s fencing style, how they will react to different things, and what their next move will most likely be. It also requires a lot of physical ability, which I liked because I had a lot of energy and fencing was a good outlet. At first, it was a bit difficult to get into because there’s a lot of information to remember and it takes a lot of time to feel as though any progress is being made.”Blin plans to compete in several regional competitions each month for the foreseeable future.“[I love] being able to apply concepts that I’ve spent weeks working on at practice in an actual competition, and seeing my work has paid off,” Blin said. “I also love fencing new people, because I never know what to expect.”According to Blin, the U.S. has six fencing regions, and New York falls into Region III.While individuals from anywhere in the U.S. or from outside the country can compete in any regional event, only fencers from that region can earn points during the tournament. Points are necessary to qualify for larger events, such as Nationals.The Ben Gutenberg Memorial Fencing Tournament — which draws fencers from all over the United States and Canada — is a qualifying tournament for the Junior Olympics.The next Junior Olympics will take place in February 2020 in Columbus, Ohio, where athletes will compete for a spot on the U.S national team.Blin qualified for the Junior Olympics cadet event at a tournament last August, and she is optimistic that her most recent results will qualify her for the junior event as well.In addition to competing in the Junior Olympics, Blin plans to fence in the March North American Cup (NAC) in Detroit, and in both the junior and cadet events at the 2020 Summer Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.“We’re so proud of what Margaux has accomplished,” Blin’s mother, Kimberly Bliss, said “She practices hard, and takes care of everything: managing her practice schedule, tournament schedules and registration deadlines, qualification and ranking criteria, maintaining her equipment, studying the terms and strategies, finding new challenges. And she’s tough — she keeps going when the stabs hurt (and bleed) or when the losses sting . . . She keeps improving and asking ‘What’s next?’”To learn more about the Syracuse Musketeers Fencing Center, visit syracusemusketeers.org.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story By Kate HillStaff WriterEarlier this month, Margaux Blin, a 10th grader at Cazenovia High School, took home three gold medals from the annual Ben Gutenberg Memorial Fencing Tournament at Brockport College.Blin competed in three events, each of which ran in two rounds: pools and direct eliminations (DEs). Tags: Ben Gutenberg Memorial Fencing TournamentCazenovia High SchoolFencingfencing competitionFencing TournamentJunior OlympicsLubo KalpaktchievMargaux BlinSyracuse Musketeers Fencing Centercenter_img “Each duel was a battle of minds, and what really impressed me was how she was able to stay focused the entire weekend . . .” said Blin’s father, Arnaud Blin.According to the fencer, tournaments are organized by first splitting up the competitors into groups of five to seven, called pools.Individuals fence everyone in their pool once. The first to win five points within a three-minute timeframe wins the bout (fencing match).last_img read more

Winning ways: Messere employs consistent approach to set high school lacrosse record for victories

first_imgMike Messere was never one to bask in the glory of individual accolades. The thought of personal pride violates every principle he believes in. The West Genesee head boys’ lacrosse coach prefers to deflect all of the credit for the success of his program to his players and coaching staff. Even after becoming the all-time winningest high school lacrosse coach, Messere remained steadfast in his core beliefs, praising others rather than himself. ‘It means a lot of kids and a lot of coaches have done a lot of work for a long time,’ Messere said. ‘It’s about our program and the individuals that won those games through the years. It’s something for them to be very proud of.’ Messere won the 748th game of his head coaching career against Oswego last Thursday, moving him past former Ward Melville/Mount Sinai head coach Joe Cuozzo for the most wins by a high school lacrosse coach in history. The record is a testament to the 68-year-old Messere’s expectation of commitment and structure from his players and assistant coaches that have led to unrivaled success for West Genesee since he became the Wildcats’ head coach in 1976.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The West Genesee head coach’s newest mark is among a laundry list of numerous honors and accomplishments during his 36-year career. Messere has won 15 New York state titles and 29 Section III championships. He led the Wildcats to 91 consecutive wins between 1981 and 1984 and was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994. Messere’s West Genesee program has served as a launching pad for hundreds of collegiate and professional lacrosse careers. Messere has coached 96 players that have gone on to become collegiate All-Americans. Current Syracuse players Tim Desko, Ryan Barber, Joe Fazio, Collin and Dylan Donahue, and Luke Cometti all played for Messere at West Genesee. All his success on the sidelines can be traced back to his simple, team-first philosophy. ‘He’s more for the individuals on the team playing as one big unit,’ West Genesee junior midfielder Ted Glesener said. ‘He really discourages playing as an individual out there.’ Messere emphasizes unity as a primary component in West Genesee’s formula for success. It filters throughout Messere’s entire program and forms the foundation for many long-standing traditions and a sharp disciplinary code. Each year, players must meet specific standards before they can step foot on the lacrosse field. ‘They have to make a commitment, they have to have a strong effort every day, and they have to do a lot of hard work,’ Messere said. ‘You don’t get anywhere without hard work, and they understand they have to sacrifice a lot of things, get good grades, all those terrible things.’ Every player is held accountable and must be committed to the cause. Players are required to have good grades before they step on the lacrosse field. Messere assesses players’ performance in school at the midpoint and end of each marking period. Players with low grades are forced to meet with assistant coach Bob Deegan after school to improve their performance. Each player’s appearance is important as well. They are not allowed to have long hair. And as a part of the team’s uniform, each player wears high white socks just below the knee to symbolize that no individual is more important than the next. ‘I think what he’s done is he’s created a climate where kids know from day one this is what you’re going to have to do, and it’s teaching first,’ Deegan said. ‘You have to be a good kid, that’s the bottom line. You have to be a good person.’ Barber, a former player at West Genesee, described Messere as a disciplinarian, but he said that most of the running is done with the ball in the stick. He said he can count on two hands the number of times he had to run sprints during his high school career. Running for the sake of running is only performed in the most extreme circumstances. Otherwise, the arduous tasks are done during drills in an effort to build up each player’s skill sets. Messere has always focused on teaching first. In 1975, Messere founded and developed the Shove Park Recreational Lacrosse Program, which is still instrumental in garnering interest for lacrosse in the Camillus community. The summer program begins teaching children as young as 7 years old the fundamentals of the game. Many former West Genesee players return home and contribute as coaches in the program, helping to develop the next generation of lacrosse players in the community. ‘We’re one of the first ones around, even in the country, that had a large program like that to bring up our youth,’ Messere said. ‘We’ve had some outstanding players that have graduated from West Genesee and gone on to college to be so successful, come back and teach in the program through the years.’ The intensive summer program has been crucial to West Genesee’s success as many go on to play for Messere in high school. By the time players reach Messere at the high school level, their bad habits have already been corrected. ‘He has a great respect for the game and his players as we do him,’ said Barber, whose brother, Tim, is a captain for the current West Genesee team. ‘He’s a great teacher and some of the things I learned from him I kind of took for granted at the time, but now that I’m older, I realize the life lessons that he’s given us are pretty remarkable.’ At 68 years old, Messere is still giving life lessons while finding success on the lacrosse field. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 23 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Rankings. West Genesee lost its first game of the season Saturday to Jamesville-DeWitt, dropping to 8-1 on the season. Glesener said the energy at practice is as high as ever as the Wildcats strive to win their 16th state championship under Messere. The players have bought into Messere’s teachings and results have followed. ‘Usually, we’re sprinting around everywhere because he has a high energy and we feed off him,’ Glesener said. ‘Even at his age, he’s still running around demonstrating drills and could probably beat me in a footrace.’ His passion for the game and commitment to the cause has led to another successful team on the field this season. And his current players feel privileged to contribute to Messere’s historic feat. But Messere has already moved on from his most recent accomplishment. There’s no need to remain fixated on his record-setting triumph. With the end goal of the season still within sight, Messere is still preaching the same message to his players that he has for 36 years. ‘You just say you need to take care of what happens today and then the next day,’ Messere said. ‘You don’t want to ever be looking too far. You have your goals, you want to set those and then you focus on the step-by-step approach.’ adtredin@syr.edu Published on April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse zeroes in on limiting Quinnipiac scoring threat Babstock

first_imgWhen the Orange hits the ice this weekend for a series against Quinnipiac, it will need to be able to stop one of the best players in women’s collegiate ice hockey, Kelly Babstock.The junior forward for Quinnipiac already won Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey Player of the Week two weeks in a row, and was also named to the preseason All-ECAC First Team. In her junior season, she’s already racked up 100 career points.“She’s really good,” junior defender Brittney Krebs said. “She’s quick and has a good knowledge of the ice. She’s going to be tough to battle against, but we’ll do our best.”The Orange knows that due to the presence of the hard-to-stop forward, playing solid defense will be critical this week. For the Orange to have any chance to win this game, it needs to figure out a way to at least slow her down.The captain of Syracuse’s defense, Jacquie Greco, will be facing a familiar foe in Babstock. The two have been in national camps throughout the years. As a senior, Greco said she has heard about the things Babstock has done on the ice for several seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a veteran player, Greco has experience dealing with talented opponents on the ice, and knows the team needs to keep it simple on Friday and Saturday.“Sometimes playing simpler is better against really good teams,” Greco said. “We’re just going to tell our defense, ‘Be simple. Don’t play the body. Don’t try and fish for the pucks or you might get beat around.’”While no specific game plan has been formed to stop her yet, head coach Paul Flanagan has a general idea of what the Orange must do to stop her.“When we’re on defense we need to try to get to her and stick with her as much as you can,” Flanagan said. “For our defensemen, as a group, to just have an awareness that you can’t give her a lot of space and time to do things.”Part of the reason Babstock has so much talent is because of her family’s hockey background. Her brother, who played ice hockey, influenced her to play the sport and her father mentored her.Babstock said without her father, she would not be playing at the high level she’s been playing at this season.“My dad was the one who taught me everything and I give him all the credit because if it wasn’t for his skills he had and the knowledge of the game he gave to me I don’t think I would be where I am right now,” Babstock said in an email.Babstock’s coaches have also been instrumental in her being able to expand her talent. They taught her skills in practice to help her continue to improve into the player she is now.“Practice,” Babstock said. “Just practicing and learning from my coaches of the various different situations is what improved my skills.”Now Syracuse is going to look to limit some of her skills and scoring opportunities.The Orange played well last week, beating Penn State twice in back-to-back shutouts. This performance and Syracuse’s tough performances in its first two games — both losses — gave Flanagan confidence in the team he has seen so far on the ice.Come Friday and Saturday, Flanagan knows this team will have to work hard defensively to have any chance of beating Quinnipiac and Babstock.“This early into a season, you try to identify a culture of the kind of team you’re going to be,” Flanagan said. “This team knows we’re going to have to be a hard-working team. We’re not good enough to take a night off. We have to consistently be a hard-working team, stay positive and stay focused. I think we can play with anybody.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2012 at 1:49 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edulast_img read more

Boeheim, Syracuse seniors reflect on 1st season in ACC, move from Big East

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — More than any other coach leading a team in Buffalo for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, Jim Boeheim gets asked to reminisce.He looked back at some milestone wins on Wednesday, and even recalled his first NCAA Tournament.But after coaching Syracuse during its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year, Boeheim had something new to reminisce about: the Big East and how it compared to his first season in the new league.“The restaurants were pretty good,” the SU head coach joked. “It surprised me. They were really pretty good.”Otherwise, though, Boeheim and seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita said the conferences aren’t so different.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textComing into the league, Fair heard all about how different the styles of the leagues were. The Big East was a physical, grind-it-out conference. The ACC was all about up-and-down, high-speed hoops.Instead, the ACC looked even more like the Big East than the Big East sometimes did. The additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, as well as Virginia finding an identity as a slow team, gave the conference a variety of looks and styles.“I think the physicality of the ACC was underestimated, or underrated,” Fair said. “It’s just you get a taste of everything in the ACC, not just one style.”Unanimously, both players said the biggest thing that they missed from the Big East was the postseason play. The ACC Tournament is a highly competitive week of play, but it doesn’t induce the same nostalgia as the tournament in Madison Square Garden.“You have the opportunity to go and see different places. But the one thing I would miss is the Big East tournament, the rivalry between us and different schools,” Keita said. “We were just watching the Georgetown game again, us and them, so it’s just a big rivalry. But now you have to make new rivalries starting this year.”But while the Tournament may have been the same as it has been, the league the Orange left was far different than the one that SU helped found in 1979.That league — the one with Providence, St. John’s, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Boston College, Villanova and Pittsburgh — is the one that Boeheim is nostalgic about. Not the one that had ballooned to feature Rutgers, West Virginia, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech, DePaul and Marquette.“You didn’t know who was going to be where,” Boeheim said. “It just wasn’t the same.”His only worry was about how the fans would react, and they turned out in droves and gave Syracuse its best attendance since 1993.The Big East was an old, familiar ship, but old ships begin to sink at some point, and the Orange got off in time to find solid ground.“We got to a league that is going to be stable, as stable as you can be,” Boeheim said. “And given the people that run college basketball or athletics, I think it will be stable.“You never know how things are going to be, but it turned out really good. Really good.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

UW eyes first two B1G wins in inaugural conference home series against PSU

first_imgA new era of hockey falls upon the Kohl Center Friday night as the No. 17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens the inaugural Big Ten conference at home with a matchup against hockey newcomer Penn State.“We have something that we are excited about. Hopefully we will get our first Big Ten win and be back home here for a while,” senior forward Mark Zengerle said.The Badgers (4-5-1, 0-2 Big Ten) will be looking to pick up that first set of wins in the conference after falling to No. 1 Minnesota (11-2-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on the road last weekend in back-to-back games of the B1G’s inaugural series. Follow a 4-1 loss Friday — despite taking an early 1-0 lead — the Badgers returned to the ice Saturday only to find a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in the final seconds of regulation.“We did more good things than poor things,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We weren’t in our zone very much. We did a lot of good things but we got beat by our mistakes.”Though losses are never taken lightly, especially against the team’s biggest rival, Eaves was especially pleased with the pace his team skated at for the 120 minutes of ice time across the border. He believes that, alongside eliminating the fatal mistakes, maintaining that pace will be the key to Wisconsin victories moving forward.“Hopefully we will be able to play at the same speed and pace that we did and execution other than those four mistakes,” Eaves said. “If you can play with that same speed and pace that we did last weekend at Mariucci [Arena], that is top-level hockey and that is where we want to be.”Eager to get back on the ice to avenge their losses, the Badgers will play on back-to-back weekends for the first time since their opening two series’ of the season back in the middle of October. Having to maintain focus in a peculiar week-on week-off schedule with three bye-weeks has been a challenge both players and coaches have acknowledged.Now, with the recent losses, the Badgers are more ready than ever get back on the ice and collect a pair of wins.“A lot of guys are looking forward to it, especially after last weekend with the couple of losses. You get to go back out and try to get a couple of wins. It’s fun to have something to play for,” junior goaltender Landon Peterson said. “This first half is coming to an end, and I think a couple of big wins especially in the Big Ten is huge. Two wins is a big deal for us.”Aiding UW in its preparation for the Nittany Lions (3-7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) is a not too distant memory of the first time Penn State rolled into Madison last year. Riding a momentous win against the Gophers at the Hockey City Classic, the Badgers entered their first-ever series with the newly-formed Penn State hockey team, soundly winning 5-0 in game one.But a different fate fell upon UW as it saw a 2-0 lead fall to force an overtime period, eventually losing 4-3 to close out the season at the Kohl Center.“That was a pretty emotional killer for us last year. We ended up turning it around in the end but yeah the feelings we had after that game were pretty bummer-like,” Zengerle said. “We definitely don’t want to have that repeated.”Penn State will debut in the B1G conference this weekend after a mediocre start to its second season as a Division I program. Opening with a 3-3-1 record, the Nittany Lions have dropped four-straight games against then-No. 13 Massachusetts-Lowell and then-15 Union.Returning are most of their key players, including goaltender Matthew Skoff and redshirt junior forward Taylor Holstrom, who recorded two goals against UW last season including the game-winner in overtime.Under the direction of head coach Guy Gadowsky, Penn State finished its first Division I season with a near-. 500 record and went 3-2 against its new B1G opponents, splitting series’ with UW and Michigan State and trouncing Ohio State in a single-game meeting.“They shoot from everywhere. They play a simple solid game and can rely on their goaltending to make saves when they need them,” Eaves said. “It will be very similar to last year.”Skoff and the PSU defensemen will be warding off a UW offense that averages three goals-per-game this season, led by a deep and experienced offense. Led by a strong upperclassman core of senior forwards Michel Mersch, Tyler Barnes and Zengerle and junior defenseman Jake McCabe, the veteran Badgers account for 43 percents of the team’s scores and nearly half of all assists this season.Last Saturday, Zengerle recorded his 100th career assist for UW. He will carry the accomplishment into the weekend as momentum, looking to even translate a few of those goal-making opportunities to scores of his own, having notched just one goal so far this season.“It was nice… I’ve got to start shooting the puck more and scoring some goals but it was cool,” Zengerle said. “It just shows how many good players have come through here in my past few years.”The Badgers and Nittany Lions will face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Today’s Local GAA Fixtures

first_imgFirst up is the County Junior B Hurling Final between Rosegreen and Killenaule, which throws in at 12 o’ clock in Boherlahan.Then at two o’ clock we’ll also update you on the County Senior Football Preliminary Quarter-Final in Drombane, where JK Brackens will take on Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill.Éire Óg only got out of their group, due to Killenaule being the South champions. Elsewhere today;Newport Gaels play Shannon Rovers Gaels in Templederry- that’s a North U21 B Hurling Quarter-Final, with throw-in at 11:30At one o’ clock Moyne/Templetuohy and Gortnahoe-Glengoole will contest the County Junior B Football Final in Castleiney. Meanwhile, a number of games will throw-in at 2:00.Clonmel Óg/Clerihan versus Cahir in Group 1 of the South U21 B Hurling, while in Group 2 Anner Gaels play Ballybacon Grange in Ballylooby.In the North U21 A Hurling Championship it’s Roscrea playing Kildangan in Toomevara, while Kilsheelan will host the South Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final between Grangemockler Ballyneale and Carrick Swans.And there’s three further North U21 B Hurling Quarter-Finals down for decision.At 2:00 Ballina meet Borrisokane in Dolla, with Lorrha facing Silvermines in Moneygall, while there’s a 2:30 throw-in in Shallee for the clash of Borris-Ileigh and Portroe.last_img read more