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

“Field Trip Friday”: Shipwreck Tours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis In this week’s Field Trip Friday we climbed aboard the Lady Michigan and toured the many shipwrecks on Thunder Bay.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New Parking Changes DowntownNext Local Residents are ‘Tasting the Difference’last_img

Kerber downs pocket rocket Doi to reach quarter-finals

first_imgSuperior court craft proved decisive for Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber on Monday as she motored past Japanese pocket rocket Misaki Doi 6-3 6-1 in a full-blooded fourth-round match on Wimbledon’s Court Two.German fourth seed Kerber, who reached the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2012, risked being overpowered early in the first set as her 5-foot-3 (1.59 metre) opponent bludgeoned forehand winners to both sides of the court.But Kerber, who shocked world number one Serena Williams to win her maiden grand slam title in Melbourne in January, gradually found her range on her groundstrokes while 49th-ranked Doi’s radar began to slip.In a match full of mesmerising rallies, Kerber broke twice in the first set, winning it on her third set point, before cruising through the second as Doi’s challenge fizzled out.   – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Jets to sign WR Jamison Crowder

first_imgThe Jets are adding a new slot receiver to their roster.New York is signing former Redskins wideout Jamison Crowder to a three-year, $28.5 million deal that includes $17 million guaranteed, according to an ESPN report.  NFL trade rumors: Jets to acquire guard Kelechi Osemele from Raiders NFL free agency rumors: Jets divided over Le’Veon Bell decision New York could be poised to pursue some elite talent moving forward as it looks to improve upon last season’s 4-12 finish. Jets are giving WR Jamison Crowder a 3-year, $28.5 million deal that includes $17 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019Crowder, 25, posted a career-low 29 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins in 2018. He appeared in nine games and become an unrestricted free agent after the season.The Jets ranked 25th in passing yards last season and have the second-most cap space in the NFL entering free agency. Related Newslast_img read more

New Health Minister Faces Colossal Challenges

first_imgThe new Health Minister comes into office facing more serious, even colossal challenges than any of his predecessors.Not even Dr. Joseph N. Togba, who first took over this awesome portfolio right out of medical school in 1945, faced so stupendous a set of challenges as today’s incoming Health Minister, whoever that may be.True, when Dr. Togba returned home he faced all the childhood and other diseases.  Among these were chickenpox, diarrhea, whooping cough, measles, mumps, sleeping sickness, smallpox, tuberculosis, worms, yaws and yellow fever.Yet every one of those diseases was unlike the deadly Ebola virus. None of them had people dying in the thousands.  None of them was so vicious as to shatter our lives, our way of life, our economy, our cultural and social traditions and our good neighborliness. Ebola has separated us from our next door neighbors of Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Cote d’Ivoire, to the extent that we can no longer trade with one another.  When the Ivorians had their political crisis a few years ago, they streamed across the border into Liberia in the hundreds of thousands and were wholeheartedly welcomed by their Liberian brothers and sisters.  For after all, the same languages, Gio, Mano, Grebo and Krahn are spoken across the borders. There are relatives on both sides of the border, divided by France when it seized huge portions of Liberian territory that became parts of Guinea and La Cote d’Ivoire.Yet in this Ebola season, the Ivorians effectively closed their air, land and sea borders with Liberia and the two other grievously affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But the Ebola virus went further to   devastate our international relations.  So many other countries stigmatized our three countries, causing our citizens great embarrassment and humiliation.No, even though Dr. Togba faced the task of building from scratch the National Public Health Service (NPHS) that later became the MOH, it was far from what the incoming Minister of Health faces today.For starts, even though we face an awesome health and medical crisis, our Minister-designate, Mr. George T. Werner, has spent not a day in medical school.  But that need not be to his disadvantage.  Several others served though they were not doctors.  The first was Madam Mai Padmore, for many years President Tubman’s Special Assistant, whom President W.R. Tolbert appointed his first Health Minister.  She was succeeded by Counselor Oliver Bright, and after him another lawyer, Cllr. Estrada Bernard.  Then came Dr. Abeodu Jones, a historian, and after her Dr. Kate Bryant, MD, a pediatrician. Given this historical background, the Senate should not be too quick to reject Mr. Warner as the new Health Minister.  What he will need is all the help he can get from those who know about the business—medical practitioners and related persons who can help him put together a program to finish the fight against the Ebola virus.This hopefully last stage in the anti-Ebola crusade is critical; for the new Minister will have to work closely with the Chief Medical Officer the Incident Management System that handles the Ebola crisis, the World Health Organization and all the partners, including the Americans, Chinese, Europeans, Africans, Asians, etc.  He will need all the help he can get in taking the fight to the finish, which he does not have much time to achieve, since President Sirleaf and the Liberian people are hoping that Liberia can be Ebola free before Christmas.The new Minister’s next challenge is to develop a Master Plan for the rebuilding of Liberia’s entire Healthcare Delivery System.  This must ensure that modern hospitals are built in places where they do not yet exist, including Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, River Cess and Sinoe Counties.  And where they do exist, the hospitals must be seriously revamped and modern equipment installed, including specialized equipment for radiology, dialyses, heart, dental surgery and ophthalmology procedures,  to list a few.The Master Plan should also include healthcare centers throughout the country, especially in remote villages, making lack of access to healthcare a thing of the past.The new Minister will have to work closely with the Dean and Faculty of the A.M. Dioglotti College of Medicine, the West African Post Graduate College of Physicians and Surgeons and all the other partners to develop a comprehensive plan to train medical doctors, nurses and paramedics to man the new health system. Well-conceived and sustainable terms of service and remuneration structures are necessary components of medical personnel development planning so that the focus will remain where it is critically needed – on saving and enhancing lives, instead of constant fights over pay, benefits and the horrendous conditions in most medical facilities around the country.Not to be ignored is the need for a healthcare delivery system to be trusted and embraced by the people.  That trust must be earned by good customer service delivered by doctors, nurses and other medical staff from janitors to CMO who are inculcated (instilled) with the culture of empathy and unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of those needing and seeking their care. There is rampant egregious (extremely bad) treatment of patients by many hospital staff and this must be thoroughly and uncompromisingly reversed.Furthermore, the people’s trust must be earned by a healthcare delivery system that makes informed decisions and acts expeditiously in the people’s interest.  That kind of system ensures that those hired are indeed qualified to serve in their posts, that medications on the local market are rigorously inspected for safety and authenticity.  That kind of system is also seen to be enforcing without prejudice all the rules, laws and regulations to prevent medical crises and move quickly to control crises as it is now doing to prevent further spread of the Ebola virus.To win the people’s confidence and trust, the well-conceived healthcare delivery system will allocate funding to teach, monitor and engage the communities it serves across the country.  Messages targeting prevention such as pre and post natal care, good hygiene, healthy eating, fitness, vaccination, environmental cleanliness must be seriously and relentlessly promoted by every effective means possible until disease and death rates in the country are far lower than they are today.It is a tall order and we wish the new Minister well.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Google Play Music for Android Crash Issue Fix Rolling Out

first_imggoogle-play-music. Image Credit: droid-life Advertisement Online reports earlier reported that Google Play Music for Android in an update brought along an issue that was causing the app to crash for several users. The Mountain View-based internet firm according to reports by Gadgets 360 says the reason behind the crashes appears to have been found, and Google has already started rolling out a newer bug-fixing update for the app, which is reported said to carry along the fix for the problem.In its testing, 9To5Google figured out that the Google Play Music app was crashing for users only when a Bluetooth device was already connected to the device. When the device was connected after launching the app, it seemed to work just fine, as per the report. While this fix seems simple, Google has already rolling out the version 7.9.4921 update, said to bring a fix for the issue.The latest update appears to fixes the crashing issue that plagued the earlier version. According to Gadgets 360, “while the issue should not have existed in the first place, the search giant should be commended for acting quickly and issuing the fix right away for the problem.” – Advertisement – Notably, Google Play Music started offering a four-month free subscription for new subscribers, allowing them to scan up to over 50,000 songs from their music library.source: Gadgets 360 and 9To5Googlelast_img read more