4 underclassmen step up as role players in place of injured offensive starters

first_img Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:50 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim Barber stood on the sideline, clutching his helmet in his hand. The starting midfielder, who had started at attack in place of an injured Nick Piroli, just watched as his teammates played.“It’s a luxury, I mean, for our whole team,” Barber said on Feb. 18 — three days before the game. “If someone goes down, you have people that you can pull down from the midfield. … You don’t miss a beat.”But Barber had been flattened with a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of the first half against Albany on Sunday. He stayed on one knee as the teams jogged off the field and stayed on the sideline when the game resumed.Syracuse knew it’d have to replace 63 percent of its scoring coming into the season, including its entire starting midfield. But what it couldn’t have known is that just a game and a half into the year, it’d have to replace two starters sidelined with injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiroli, a graduate attacker, is “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury, head coach John Desko said, and he expects to have him back before the end of the year. Barber, a senior, is expected back “pretty quick,” but as of Sunday, Desko didn’t know whether or not he’d miss any games.Redshirt sophomore attack Matt Lane stepped in when Barber had to move positions to replace Piroli. Freshman attack Devin Shewell entered when Barber went down. If both Piroli and Barber can’t go, Lane and Shewell will likely be in the starting lineup when the No. 3 Orange (2-0) faces Army on Sunday in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.“You probably saw somewhat of the pecking order today,” Desko said after the game on Sunday, “with Shewell and (Nate) Solomon, and we want to get (Gale) Thorpe in also.”Lane was the first in. Standing in a circle near midfield, he towered over the rest of the starting lineup. At 6 feet 7 inches, the tallest player in the Carrier Dome used his size to his advantage, muscling past a 7-inches shorter Albany midfielder, Ky Tarbell, before tossing the ball to Shewell for a goal.Lane finished with two goals and two assists on the day.“I really just took it as any other game,” Lane said of his first career start. “I was just happy to be out there and help the team win. I don’t really think I was that successful.”Just over a minute into Shewell’s one half of play, he had already scored. SU caught Albany keeper Blaze Riorden out of the cage going after a groundball and Shewell cut to the net and caught a pass from Dylan Donahue for the goal.Shewell ended the game with two goals on six shots.Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor“I thought he fit in very well,” Desko said. “One of his strengths is his shot. … He’s finding the back of the net as a freshman and that’s a good thing.”Solomon, another freshman, was next off the bench after Shewell and Thorpe, a redshirt freshman, followed in the final minutes of the game.Desko has praised Thorpe, labeling him as a scorer and saying he’d be the first player on the field on offense in the man-up situation. But because Donahue and Jordan Evans, both left-handed, were the two attacks remaining, righties Shewell and Solomon got the nod before the left-handed Thorpe to add variety to the lineup.After Syracuse’s first game, a win over Siena on Feb. 13, Desko answered a question on if his players were all healthy with one word: “Yes.”One game later, it took six sentences, 75 words, and the sentiment was more a matter of “we’ll see.”“They’re our future,” Desko said of Shewell, Solomon, Thorpe and others on Feb. 13.If Piroli and Barber can’t return for Sunday, they’ll also be the present. Commentslast_img read more

2015 Sumner County Wheat Harvest is about to start… and the prognosis is iffy

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down The Royals · 270 weeks ago “But the good news is, football season is just two months away.” What about us? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Zeka Farms Inc. get stated with the 2015 Wheat Harvest.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Looking as mediocre as a bad football team, the 2015 Wheat Harvest is about to begin in Sumner County. As of Wednesday afternoon, Wellington Co-op has taken in a few truckloads and the test weight for wheat is ranging from 52 to 54 pounds a bushel. Normal test weight is 60 pounds per bushel. In Caldwell, the Co-op elevator has taken in one truckload yesterday and four truckloads from a farmer east of Caldwell, and the test weight is a little better, coming in at 58. Harvest could start in earnest on Friday depending, of course, on the weather. The Weather Channel is projecting a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Friday with 50 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.  Zeka Farms, Inc. is one of the few farming operations, who have pulled out a combine and has test cut today. The Zeka knocked out a wheat parcel on 50th St. just east of U.S. 81 north of the Wellington Industrial Park. The outcome? Not very good. Marty Zeka estimated the field averaged about 20 bushels an acre and the test weight was around 52. He expects that wheat will get better as the harvest progresses. This field was drenched with moisture for most of May. Curt Guinn, manager of the Wellington Co-op, said the few samples the elevator has brought in has been from mostly drowned out wheat that has been setting in water for sometime and is considered pretty much DOA. He said nobody is getting real excited about the harvest ahead. “I think you will find some fields average in the 30 to 40 bushels an acre average,” Guinn said. “But it is going to be a comparable harvest to last year.” And that’s not good news. Last year’s crop was around 1.5 million bushels at the Co-op Association accounting for one of the worst crops in 25 years.Guinn said the conventional wisdom amongst his staff that about 2 million bushels will be taken in at the five elevators under the Wellington Co-op umbrella at Mayfield, Rome, South Haven, Oxford and Wellington. Two years ago, when Sumner County had a bumper crop it was about 4 million. “I’m thinking this year will be better (than 2014), but not by much,” Guinn said. And Sumner County farmers aren’t getting any help elsewhere. The crops are looking better in northern Kansas and Nebraska. Also, custom cutters will be few and far between. Cutting hasn’t gone well in Oklahoma or Texas either and some have chosen to either stay home or head north. As far as the price of wheat is concerned. It is hovering at $5.27, nothing to shout out, either. But the good news is, football season is just two months away. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Over 1000 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iowa over weekend, 11 more deaths — three more cases in our listening area

first_imgDES MOINES — Over the weekend, the state of Iowa reported over 1000 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths.The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 648 new cases and five deaths in their report on Saturday, with another 384 positive cases and six deaths in their Sunday report. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Iowa to 5475 with 118 deaths. 1900 people statewide have recovered.Three more local cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Two of the new cases are in Butler County, one adult aged 41-60, and one adult aged 61-80. The other area case is in Franklin County in an adult aged 18-40.That brings the total number of cases in our immediate listening area to 31: 14 of the cases are in Cerro Gordo County; four in Butler; three in Hancock; two apiece in Franklin, Mitchell, Winnebago and Wright; and single cases in Kossuth and Worth. No cases have been reported so far in Floyd County. Of those 31 cases, 22 have recovered. Worth 12 Area Total071410031022 Winnebago11 40 Floyd 11 Kossuth1 Source — https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ Butler112 Mitchell 1412 11center_img Wright11 21 32 22 Cerro Gordo266 Confirmed CasesChildAdult (18-40)Middle (40-60)Older (60-80)Elderly (81+)TotalDeathsRecovered 2 21 Franklin11 Hancock 1 22last_img read more