The Red Raiders slug it out against Highland last Friday in rainy and windy conditions. (Photos courtesy OCHSfootball.com) By Tim KellyOcean City High School’s football team received a nice surprise when it was informed it would host Washington Township on Thursday.It was originally believed the Red Raiders (3-5) would be on the road for their New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 4 tournament consolation game. But when the word came down from the state’s governing body of high school sports, the Raiders were assigned to face Washington Township in a 6 p.m. contest at Carey Stadium.In his weekly email to friends of the program, Head Coach Kevin Smith thanked the fans who braved the hour’s drive, the rain and the wind last Friday for Ocean City’s near miss against heavily favored Highland and urged supporters to come out for the final home game.The Raiders were one yard and one play away from tying or taking the lead at the end of the first-round playoff game, and Smith indicated he would have gone for the win. “I really believed we were going to score on the fourth-and-goal and then go for it and make it and pull off the upset,” Smith said. “It’s a shame we couldn’t get it done. Our guys really played their hearts out.”Quarterback Ian Aungst, seen here in a pre-season drill, went on to compile the most single-season passing yardage in Ocean City history.If there was a silver lining to the game, there was a major school record set. Senior quarterback Ian Aungst’s 242 passing yards against Highland brought him to 1,633 for the season, the most passing yardage in a season in Ocean City history. It shattered the old mark of 1,567 yards set in 2009 by Chris Curran. Aungst figures to add to that total on Thursday night.“Congrats to Ian (and to) all the receivers and linemen who helped make this happen,” Smith said. “It is truly a team accomplishment.”The Washington Township Minutemen (3-6) have one common opponent with the Red Raiders, Egg Harbor Township. The Eagles lost 19-12 to Washington Township and 25-6 to Ocean City.Washington Township is coming off a 34-3 blowout loss to powerhouse Williamstown in its first round playoff game. They also lost to the Braves in the regular season and to other quality opponents such as Holy Spirit and Kingsway in the West Jersey Football League’s tough Royal Division. In their first round game the Minutemen hung tough, to trail 13-3 at halftime. But Williamstown reeled off 21 unanswered third quarter points to virtually settle the issue. Ocean City has not tasted victory since blanking Absegami 9-0 on Sept. 21. However, they have been in every game and lost in heartbreaking fashion to Oakcrest in overtime, Mainland on a walk-off 41-yard field goal and Triton after leading in the fourth quarter.It is a tribute to the players and coaches that OC bounced back from each of these tough losses and continued to play hard-nosed football. The Raiders have one more game after Thursday. They will play their traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game against Pleasantville. Jaden Tocci-Rogers (6) and Brandon Lin (50) scramble for a loose ball against Highland.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is the Traditional Credit Union Resume Obsolete?Is the old-fashioned, printed resume an anachronism in the age of Linkedin and personal websites? Not in the least, according to staffing firm The Creative Group. In fact, an old-school resume can be your secret weapon.The company recently polled advertising and marketing executives, and found that nearly eight in 10 said they would rather receive traditional CVs in Word or PDF format from candidates applying for creative roles at their company.In fact, far fewer executives favored online profiles (14%) and video or infographic resumes (3% each) as their format of choice.These executives say they go through stacks of resumes, spending just seconds on each one. They’re looking for specific qualities in the applicants, and say that the traditional form of resume is what works best. continue reading »
Nicky Adams couldn’t understand her team’s mentality coming out for the second half against Miami. Syracuse had outshot the Hurricanes in the first half, 9-1, and the Orange went into the break tied at one apiece. No signs pointed to a second-half domination from the Hurricanes, but that’s what happened on Oct. 13.Miami didn’t change anything for the second half, Adams said, but “outworked” SU to the tune of a 16-1 shot advantage. SU’s second half performance was inexplicable, both for Adams and her team, she said.Nine days and another loss removed from their matchup against Miami, the Orange (3-9-2, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) are still searching for answers. Before its most recent two losses, Syracuse had won its first ACC game in nearly a year against Wake Forest, coming back from a goal down to do so. But since, the Orange have struggled to put together a full 90-minute performance and reverted to their earlier-season form when they went winless between Aug. 29 to Oct. 10.“We’re still trying to figure out why there was a drop when there shouldn’t have been a drop,” defender turned midfielder Shannon Aviza said. “And we know we can play with these teams when we’re at our best.”Under Adams, who took over in March of this year, the Orange have looked to possess the ball more than in past years under previous head coach Phil Wheddon. They aren’t reliant on sitting back and they’re pressing for large portions of games. SU has already equaled its win total from last year (three), but otherwise have struggled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe possession has only led to nine goals this season, though. Syracuse has three games, two against top-10 teams, to reach the 11 goals it scored last year.The issues have started at the back and in transition. Miami’s game-winning goal came after an SU free kick was sent into the box. After clearing the danger, the Hurricanes found a run in behind by Miami’s Kristina Fisher who was one-on-one with Lysianne Proulx. The keeper stopped the initial shot, but it bounced to Miami’s Michelle Giamportone. Her shot came off the top of the bar and bounced back into the six-yard box, where, surrounded by Syracuse defenders, Hurricanes defender Bayleigh Chaviers headed it home.Players tracked back, but three Miami players had looks on goal because SU players didn’t know who to pick up in transition. The Orange don’t need to work harder, Taylor Bennett said, just smarter and for longer.Part of SU’s struggles are due to injuriesand inexperience. Without many substitutes, players get tired in the second half and drop back instead of pressing. That gave Miami, Clemson and Wake Forest the chance to break down the SU defense with short passes. When Syracuse pressed Miami in the first half, the Hurricanes keeper played the ball out of bounds multiple times and it didn’t create any sustained attack. After halftime, when SU pressed, it couldn’t match the pace of the Miami counterattack, like on the game-winning goal.“It’s just a lot of the mental part of it and the heart and not giving up and just piecing together a full game,” Aviza said.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorIn its last three games, SU has tried to possess the ball more against weaker opponents. Against Wake Forest, it worked in the second half as Syracuse came back to tie and then eventually win in overtime. With time at the back, Bennett and Jenna Tivnan, two of the best in the conference at playing long balls, Adams said, were able to find the Orange wingers and forwards making runs in behind.But the two have often become reliant on long balls instead of swinging it around the backline. When the midfielders and forwards did receive the ball, they didn’t look ahead, instead choosing to lay it off back to the defenders. Unlike against Wake Forest, there was no interplay between the attackers to create holes in the Miami defense.SU also doesn’t have many options for long ball outlets besides Sydney Brackett. Even Brackett isn’t a proper striker and is more of a winger, Adams said, which hurts SU’s ability to sustain possession and build attacks.At Clemson last weekend, Syracuse had several prime chances, but headed into halftime down 2-0. In the second half, the Orange started dropping back and soaking pressure. SU didn’t generate any chances until Stephanie deLaforcade toe-poked in an 88th minute goal. “It didn’t matter what we were saying from afar,” Adams said of the 4-1 loss. “They just kept dropping and dropping and trying to protect the goal instead of stepping up and pressure and trying to win it higher, and when you get into that type of funk, it’s very, very hard to get out of.”Despite it being a development year for a rebuilding program, there have been flashes of potential — Meghan Root’s first-half goal against Miami, SU’s first ACC win in nearly a year and two-straight wins at home to start the season. They just have to work on being more consistent.“Come out with the same energy we did against Wake Forest and the first half of Miami against every single team,” Bennett said. “Not just hold it for 20 minutes.”“Hold it for a whole 90.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder
The 2017 edition of the MILO® Under-13 Champions League ended last Friday with three schools, Bagabaga Annex, Mother Theresa Primary and Funsi R/C Basic representing the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions respectively qualifying to play in the National finals. The three-day event started with a soccer clinic for players of all the competing schools as well as over five hundred (500) school pupils drawn from the Tamale Metropolis. The clinic which forms part of Nestlé’s effort to enrich the skills of young talents with the basics of football was facilitated by Tournament Icon Stephen Appiah, former Captain of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars and coaches drawn from the Regional Football Association. (RFA).Speaking at the closing ceremony, Miss Abena Abrefa, a Management Trainee at Nestlé Ghana Limited expressed satisfaction with the great relationship the brand is enjoying with the Ghana Education (GES) in their quest to help build future champions for the country.“Various sporting events have been organized through this partnership and this is in demonstration of our continuous contribution to the development of grassroots sports in Ghana”. “As a brand, we believe through participation in grassroots sports, children are taught indispensable values of respect, confidence and teamwork. These values picked up on the sports field help shape individuals for eventual success in any professional field. Also pupils learn that winning is more than just coming first but is about a sense of achievement and the joy of taking part, knowing they have done their best,” she added. Speaking to the media after the clinic, Stephen Appiah, the Tournament Icon expressed his excitement over the high standard of training facilities the Brand has invested to give the young talents a feel of what they are likely to enjoy across Europe should they choose to play football to the highest level.“Any time I see these facilities I get excited because, these are the very basic training equipment you will find in all the advanced football nations across Europe and the Americas. I have been there before and I can tell you these will cost the brand a fortune but MILO being the number one promoter of grass root sports I am not surprise”.In all, 12 schools drawn from the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions of Ghana competed in the tournament with Funsi R/C Basic school from the Upper West region emerging Zonal champions. In all ten (10) schools will battle for supremacy at the National Finals to be held from the 21st to the 24th of June 2017 at the Nduom Stadium in Cape Coast. Meanwhile twelve schools from different districts in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions are preparing feverishly to take their turn in their Zonal qualifier come the Wednesday the 24th and Friday 26th of May 2017 at the Sunyani Senior High School Park.