USC travels to face Loyola Marymount

first_imgDespite losing the weekend series to No. 9 Arizona State, the USC baseball team heads into an afternoon game at Loyola Marymount with a certain amount of good vibes partly thanks to junior left-hander Sean Silva.Silva was named the Pac-12 pitcher of the week after allowing only one hit over six innings in his second-ever career start on Friday against ASU. Silva’s strong outing set up freshman right-hander Brent Wheatley to contribute three hitless innings in relief and led the Trojans to a 5-0 victory. The combined one-hitter is a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at USC since 1996.“We’re going to need more of that from him,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said about Silva’s start.In fact, the Trojans are going to need more of that dominance in the clutch from another pitcher, but Hubbs doesn’t know who that will be yet.Silva stepped in for the start to replace injured junior pitcher Bob Wheatley, and the resulting substitutions have left the midweek starter slot to be determined on a week-to-week basis. As of Monday afternoon, Hubbs still didn’t know who he was going to send to the mound against the Lions.“If I had to guess right now I’d say [freshman Brooks] Kriske, but I don’t know yet,” Hubbs said. “I’m working on it.”Kriske made his first start last month against Louisville and has a 3.31 ERA over just 16.1 innings of work, primarily out of the bullpen. Hubbs also tossed around Brent Wheatley’s name in consideration.In any case, USC will be testing its luck on the dish Wednesday, and the rest of the team’s strategy similarly relies on a series of ifs.“If we throw strikes and are able to mix and match, I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Hubbs said. “Sometimes you just don’t know how those Tuesdays are going to pan out.”But uncertainty and hypotheticals don’t end there. The team is currently licking its wounds after starting pitchers who surrendered dreaded “big innings.”Against Cal State Fullerton, the Trojans jumped ahead to an early 2-0 lead, only to give up six runs in the next inning in what would be a 6-4 loss. In the rubber match against the Sun Devils on Sunday, USC allowed a five-run second inning, ultimately losing 6-5. The effect that those two innings had on the outcomes of the games speaks for itself.“If we limit that to one or two runs, we win the game both times,” Hubbs said.In both “big-inning” games, the Trojans let the game slip away early but were able to fight back each time and cut the deficit to within a couple of runs. Even if it showcases the team’s resilience, those come-from-behind situations are ones Hubbs prefers to avoid, especially since most of them occur because of missed opportunities.In compliance with the ongoing theme of the season, USC left runners stranded on third base with fewer than two outs multiple times in Sunday’s loss and were only able to plate one run on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and no outs. For the time being, that clutch hit remains elusive.“If we get that big hit instead of that sac fly, we win the game,” Hubbs said.It’s not enough for the Trojans to say they can turn things around if everything goes right. The same could be said for any team. Instead, what USC needs is consistent performance.And there’s reason for hope. Some young players are starting to step out of that “if” shadow and show that they have more than just the potential to do well.Hubbs praised freshmen outfielders Timmy Robinson, who went 2-for-4 on Sunday and knocked in the team’s first run, and Turner Clouse for his competitive at-bats.“We’re getting a lot of production out of younger players, guys we’re going to have back next year,” Hubbs said.The keys for the game against LMU — and for the rest of the season for that matter — are to capitalize on their consistency and continue to repeat their successes.The Trojans don’t know yet which pitcher they’ll be behind on the mound tomorrow but will take the field at 3 p.m. regardless.last_img read more


Wildcats face many uphill battles this high school volleyball season

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWhat the Mount Sentinel Wildcat lack in experience, the team makes up in hard work.That’s what head coach Glen Campbell witnessed at the opening tournament of the season in Creston.The Cats played hard but inexperience cost the team as Mount Sentinel lost in the semi finals of the Prince Charles Comets Invitational High School Boy’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the East Kootenay City.Selkirk Storm of Kimberley defeated the Cats 2-0 in the bronze medal game.“We are a young inexperienced team with only two returning starters from last year’s team,” Campbell said. “One of our returning players is Team B.C. player (Zach Grigg) who gives us that experience and leadership in a re-building year.”Mount Sentinel finished with a 1-2 mark in the four-team tip-off tournament to the B.C. High School Boy’s Volleyball season. Each match went three sets.Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook defeated Mount Sentinel semi final action for the right to meet host Prince Charles in the final.Next up for the Cats is the UBC/O High School Invitational Tournament in Kelowna Oct. [email protected]last_img read more


Leafs eager to bounce back after dismal start

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorAccording to Chris Shaw it’s not about how you start the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, but what is important is how you finish.So two losses out of the gate, even to rival Castlegar, isn’t going to set the rookie Leaf coach into a state of panic. “We had a late camp and only had two practices before we played our first games and it showed,” Shaw said on the eve of a three-game weekend starting Friday night against the 2-0 Beaver Valley Nitehawks.“We lacked conditioning and it showed because Castlegar was in better shape in the third periods (of both games).”Which is why the players spent most of the week working a little harder than if the team won both games against the Rebels.“We concentrated conditioning Monday and Tuesday and have been working on systematic stuff . . . team stuff to help better prepare the kids on the ice.”After Beaver Valley, Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the winless, and hurting, Bruins Saturday. Sunday the Leafs conclude the three-game set against Shaw’s old club, the Penticton Lakers.Shaw promises Leaf faithful there will be a different team on the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena.“We have 13 new players on the team who had yet to figure out their teammates,” Shaw said. “But I believe we have firepower here and fans will see that once the players start to jell.”Shaw comes with many of the same coaching philosophies the franchise enjoyed under the leadership of former coach and GM Simon Wheeldon.So there will be no revolving door no matter what the result is on the ice.“I may make one or two moves but I definitely won’t be burning through cards,” Shaw admitted. “Once I make a team selection I stick with those players. I’m pretty confident in this group and know what this team is capable of doing.”ICE CHIPS: Defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk is the only Leaf out of the lineup due to injury. The Kelowna product injured a shoulder during the season opener and looks to be at least two weeks away before playing again. . . .Look for goalies Marcus Beesley and Darren Hogg to split the weekend games between the pipes. . . .A new promotion by the Leaf executive has a minor hockey player skating during the National Anthem skate. The promotion called, The Seventh Man, selects players at random. Nelson Minor Hockey players can enter online at the Leaf [email protected]last_img read more


OK Tire back on top of Nelson Mixed Slopitch League in 2015

first_imgOK Tire lost to Unknowns in the 2014 finale.OK Tire advanced as the top seed last season before getting blasted by Unknowns in the final.This time around the final score would be different as OK Tire took the title from The Competition.Louie’s, now OK Tire, won the title in 2013.Unknowns, edging out regular-season champion Total Chaos in the semi final round, defeated Molson Finley’s to win the B final while DeVito’s Cardinals defeated Ripping Giraffe for the C-Division Crown.Trailing 2-1, DeVito’s Cardinals scored two five-running frames to blow open the tightly played contest. Louie’s did not win the Nelson Mixed Slopitch title in 2014.However, with a new name Louie’s, now OK Tire, defeated The Competition 20-15 to capture the 2015 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.The seesaw battle came down to the final inning with OK Tire leading 20-13.The Competition was able to stage a bit of a rally, but was only able to muster a pair of runs.The Competition advanced to the final with a thrilling 7-6 extra-innings win over Uptown Tavern.last_img read more


Nelson Neptunes BCSSA Results

first_imgKallie Badry 100m Individual Medley,14th 50m Butterfly, 19th 50m Backstroke, 12th 50m Breaststroke, 20thKeira Badry 50m Backstroke, 23rd 100m Freestyle, 24thImogen Cowan 100m Individual Medley, 21st 50m Freestyle, 21st 50m Backstroke, 17thElla Chouinard 100IM,  22nd 50m Backstroke, 21st 100m Freestyle, 23rdEvan Chouinard 50m Freestyle, 23rd 50m Breaststroke, 22nd 100m Freestyle, 22ndElissa Centrone 200m Individual Medley, 24th 50m Freestyle, 23rd 100m Breaststroke, 24thOlivia Cowan 200m Individual Medley, 9th 50m Freestyle, 11th 100m Backstroke, 8th 100m Freestyle, 11thCynthia Pfeiffer 200m Individual Medley, 10th 50m Freestyle, 10th 100m Backstroke, bronze medalLachlan Bibby-Fox 100m Individual Medley, bronze medal 50m Butterfly, 6th 50m Backstroke, 6th 50m Breaststroke, silver medalEnna Cowan 50m Butterfly, 24thMorgan Robterson-Weir 50m Butterfly, 22nd 50m Breaststroke, 23rdJoanna Blishen 100m Butterfly, 24th 100m Breaststroke, 24thJaylen Rushton 100m Individual Medley, 2nd 50m Freestyle, bronze medal 50m Butterfly, bronze medal 50m Breaststroke, 4thRELAYS:4x50m Medley Relay Division 3 Girls, 12th (Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, Enna Cowan)4x50m Medley Relay Division 8 Girls, 8th (Cynthia Pfeiffer, Jaylen Rushton, Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen) 4x50m Freestyle Relay Division 3 Girls, 13th (Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, Enna Cowan)4x50m Freestyle Relay Division 6 Girls, 12th (Olivia Cowan, Elissa Centrone, Joanna Blishen, Jaylen Rushton)4x50m Freestyle Relay Division 8 Girls, 12th (Cynthia Pfeiffer, Elissa Centrone, Kallie Badry, Keira Badry) The Nelson Neptunes took a core group of swimmers to the BC Summer Swim Association Championships this past weekend in Coquitlam.Here is a capsule look at the Neptune Results:INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:last_img read more


Dreher back on the course for Stage III of Q-School

first_imgDreher begins the five round tournament on the course’s Legends Course, and started her first round today at 9:17 a.m. ET.She began her tournament on the first hole in group #37, along side P.K. Kongkraphan of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, as well as Lacey Agnew of Jonesboro, Georgia.It’s a big weekend for Dreher, who is playing for her second straight LPGA membership, earning her first membership at last year’s 2011 Q-School qualifying tournament.- Advertisement -Players who finish the tournament within the top 40 rankings, as well as those tied for 40 place receive LPGA memberships for the 2013 LPGA Tour season. All other players competing in Stage III will receive Symetra Tour Memberships.last_img read more


Flyers win wild one in Spirit River

first_imgBut, before the final horn sounded, there would be one more fight, between Tyler Loney and Trevor Mazurek.  The two had tried to scrap late in the second, but the fight never really developed before they crashed to the ice, and the referee assessed the pair only minor penalties, allowing them to stay in the game, and have one more crack at some fisticuffs.  After the game, Loney said was glad the ref allowed them to come back and finish what they had started.  “We played in midget against each other, so it’s just an ongoing battle,” adding “He doesn’t mind that stuff, and I sure don’t.”Likewise, coach Adam Brash wasn’t too surprised with the physicality of the game.  “You always expect coming to Spirit River it’s going to be a physical game – anything can break out at any time.”  But, Brash was more than happy to have a fight on his hands.  “We’re all competitors, and you want to compete every night, and if that means the gloves come off, then that happens.”  “It was a great team-builder for us,” he added, “We needed this.”In the end, the final score was 9-6 in favor of the Flyers.  The total penalty minutes between the two teams was close to 300.  And there was plenty of bad blood remaining for a potential semi-final matchup between the two teams. Listen to this highlights package Advertisement [asset|aid=907|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1924b186f14c879a57e07bae7643abe-Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirt River Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]And so, the NPHL regular season comes to a close.  The Flyers finish the season with a 24-1-1 record, and will await the winner of the first round mini-series between Valleyview and Lakeland. Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirit River RangersTo call Saturday night’s Flyers / Rangers game dramatic and intense would be underselling it.  On the opening faceoff, Spirit River’s Shane McCormick went after David Alexander, leading to 14 minutes in penalties for each player.  By the end of the first, more than 100 minutes in penalties had been assessed.  And there were also seven goals.Craig Venhola opened the scoring, firing a point shot past Troy Hunt, to give the Rangers a lead, just 30 second in.  The Flyers would fight back, with 3 in a row, from Jeff Shipton, and a pair from Jeff Fast.   Goals from Mike Lefley and Mark Wallman would get Spirit River back to even, but before the first was over, Clayton Bahm put the Flyers back in front.- Advertisement -In the second, tempers continued to boil over, and 3 of the games 4 fights broke out.  Aaron Scheppers fought with DJ Barbarich, Matt Shuya took exception to a hit from behind from Colin Lefley, and dropped with gloves with Lefley, and David Alexander stuck up for his cousin Todd, after Todd took a nasty high-stick from Chad Wilchynski, though Wilchynski seemed uneager to fight.  By the time the second period was over, there were 224 minutes in penalties on the scoresheet.  3 players from each team had been thrown out of the game.  And, while Todd Alexander got a concussion from the Wilchinski high-stick, Matt Shuya got a broken nose and put his bottom teeth through his bottom lip, and earned a trip to the hospital.There was also more scoring in the second, as the Flyers got goals courtesy of Kip Noble (2), and Mike Shipton, all three of which came on the powerplays assessed to the Rangers for thier stickwork.  Spirit River got just one goal, scored by Mike Lefley, his second of the game.Finally, things settled down in the third, possibly because both teams were getting a little short-benched.  Spirit River looked like they might make a game of it, after scoring two straight goals (Shane McCormick and Trevor Mazurek).  But, within minutes, Kip Noble shelfed a backhander over Rangers goalie Darin Allen, to complete his hat-trick, and put the Flyers back up by 3. Advertisementlast_img read more


The Return of the Energy Quiz

first_imgWhen I published my first Energy Quiz over a year ago, a reader posted the comment: “I want another quiz.” Okay — we aim to please.Remember, using Google for research is cheating. Answers are at the bottom of the page.1. Evaporative coolers:a. Perform better in a dry climate than a humid climate.b. Perform better in a humid climate than a dry climate.c. Don’t work very well anywhere in the U.S.2. To insulate basement walls in Climate Zone 6 with XPS, what is the minimum thickness required by the 2006 IRC?a. One inch.b. Two inches.c. Three inches.3. When home inspectors see tongue-and-groove ceiling boards:a. They smile, because tongue-and-groove boards are a natural (and green) choice for ceilings.b. They smile, because 3/4-inch-thick boards add to a ceiling’s R-value.c. They become concerned, because such ceilings often lack an air barrier.4. The wall and roof insulation used in the hut erected in 1910 by Robert Falcon Scott at Cape Evans in Antarctica was:a. Strawb. Quilted seaweedc. Sealskin5. In a Florida home with an unconditioned attic:a. It’s helpful to bury attic ducts in a deep layer of cellulose insulation.b. Burying attic ducts in cellulose insulation can lead to moisture problems.6. The soil used in a typical “green” (vegetated) roof:a. Has a significant R-value, greatly improving the insulating value of the roof.b. Has a low R-value — less than required for a typical roof — and is more expensive to install than conventional insulation.7. The process whereby the moisture content of a porous (hygroscopic) building material increases is referred to as:a. Capillary action.b. Permeance.c. Sorption.8. Of all the windows sold in Sweden in 2002:a. 20% were triple-glazed.b. 50% were triple-glazed.c. 80% were triple-glazed.9. The 2009 IRC requires builders:a. To… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more


Points Table

first_imgFirst RoundGroup ATeamM WLPtsNRRChennai Super Kings 4316+2.050Warriors 4316+0.588Victoria4316+0.366Wayamba4132-1.126Central Districts4040-1.844Group BTeamM WLPtsNRRSouth Australia 4408+0.589Royal Challengers Bangalore 4224+0.759Lions4224+0.401Mumbai Indians4224+0.221Guyana4040-2.083last_img