Emma Back: Rookie of YearAlyssa Wanstrath: JV MVPAlexa Miles/GiGi Dreyer: Most improvedKathryn Wilder: MVPSarah Price: Twister AwardHanna Hurm/Sarah Preston: most all-time career doubles winsSeason record 20-2District rank 3State rank 30All District: Hanna, Sarah, KathrynAll-State: Kathryn (2nd team)Academic All State: Sarah PrestonCourtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.
He said: “Steven is a very good player. I signed him for Sunderland and my own view was that his goals were instrumental in keeping the side up, as well as Simon Mignolet’s performances in goal, so the two of them can take great credit for that. “But he has had a few injury problems – he was injured for Scotland at the back end of that particular season and he has fought his way back, so he is in very good form at the moment.” If O’Neill is wary of the threat posed by Gordon Strachan’s men at Celtic Park, he has little time to dwell upon it as he tries to put together a team capable of maintaining an unbeaten start to the Group D campaign despite injuries taking their toll. Ireland, of course, emerged from their trip to world champions Germany last month with a point despite being unable to call upon Seamus Coleman or James McCarthy, and while the full-back is back in business, McCarthy has been ruled out of the game as he continues to manage a hamstring problem. With Glenn Whelan also having failed to recover sufficiently from the leg fracture he suffered in Gelsenkirchen, O’Neill faces a series of tough decisions with Darron Gibson, Stephen Quinn and Jeff Hendrick all in his thoughts. Derby’s Hendrick has just eight senior caps to his name, but O’Neill is confident the 22-year-old could do a job against Scotland if he was asked to. He said: “He is a talented players and every single week he plays for Derby County, he is getting more experience. But I think these type of matches will test even (the) most experienced players. “They will still have a nervousness about them and sometimes games like this, remarkably, the irony of it all is that young players step through it and just dismiss the nervousness and fly through the game. “But it’s a big game for everyone regardless of the number of times they have played for their country.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has warned his players to be wary of Scotland striker Steven Fletcher as they attempt to maintain their Euro 2016 momentum. Press Association The in-form Sunderland frontman could stand between the Republic and their hopes of adding three more points to their qualification fund in Glasgow on Friday night having finally shaken off the run of injuries which have hampered him in recent seasons. It was O’Neill who, during his spell as Black Cats manager, paid Wolves £12million for the 27-year-old’s services in August 2012, and he remains convinced that the 11 goals he scored before joining the casualty list in his first season kept the club in the Barclays Premier League.
I skipped the Arizona State game and instead went to see the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers with my dad. I love watching USC sports, but the Cardinals are definitively my No. 1 team, so it wasn’t too tough of a decision. Even though the Redbirds fell 3-2, I’m happy with my choice. Not just because I avoided seeing the Trojans’ what-just-happened 38-34 loss, but also because the Cardinals clinched the series in four games yesterday and I got to see almost all of it.The weekend was a perfect reminder of why I love sports. Though I didn’t see a miraculous comeback win in Game 2 of the NLDS, I saw just that during Game 1 on Friday. Down 6-1 against the Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, the Cardinals came back to take a 10-6 lead and held on to win by a final score of 10-9. Matt Carpenter stroked an epic three-run double that turned out to be the game-winning hit, and that at-bat alone was worth the price of admission from both games.There were plenty of upset Dodger fans on Friday, just as there were plenty of upset USC fans Saturday. Both were games that the home team let slip away, and both fan bases placed plenty of blame on the coaching staff for costing their team a win. There are definitely parallels in these L.A. sports stories, but I would attribute both results to the natural idiosyncrasies of sports and not to any major coaching blunder.About every single caller on the Dodger talk radio show after Game 1 blamed the loss on Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. He should have brought in a reliever much earlier during the Cardinals’ rally, callers and hosts agreed, because Kershaw was clearly running out of gas and the bullpen would have prevented the Cards from taking the lead. Of course, once Mattingly did call in Pedro Baez to relieve Kershaw, Baez walked the first batter he faced then served up a three-run homer to Matt Holliday. But every Dodger caller was still pretty confident that the bullpen should have been trusted earlier over the defending Cy Young Award winner.Then in Game 2, after Zack Greinke pitched a solid seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, Mattingly called in reliever J.P. Howell. The bases were empty, and Greinke didn’t appear to be in any trouble. But Mattingly obviously wanted to give the ball to bullpen to prevent Greinke from getting in trouble if he were to run out of stamina that inning. Not only did Howell have a scoreless appearance in Game 1, but he also matched up well against the next three left-handed Cardinal hitters as a lefty himself.Sure enough, the first batter Howell faced singled, Carpenter then tied the game with a two-run homer and Howell was finally chased after Jon Jay followed with a single. The stadium echoed with boos as Mattingly took the ball from Howell and called in a new reliever. Plenty of fans in earshot shouted expletives at the Dodger skipper, incredulous that Mattingly could possibly throw away another game by mismanaging the bullpen. On Friday, he obviously called the bullpen too late, and on Saturday, he obviously called it too early.By Game 3 of the series, the postgame commentary had reached a much more rational conclusion. Mattingly wasn’t mismanaging the bullpen, the Dodger bullpen was simply underperforming. After surrendering a two-run home run in the eighth inning to Kolten Wong, the Dodgers bullpen had an ERA of over 8.50 in three games, more than double the 3.80 ERA the team had in the regular season. No matter what he did, Mattingly couldn’t rely on anyone other than his starters, and even his best starter, who was so dominant all season, was underperforming. As SB Nation’s Steven Goldman said so perfectly in a headline, “Maybe God hates Don Mattingly, but you don’t have to.”So with that in mind, I’m going to respectfully disagree with some of the assessments made by fellow Daily Trojan sports columnists Jake Davidson and Euno Lee. I’ll play the devil’s advocate in this case. And by devil’s advocate, I actually do mean the Sun Devils’ advocate, because I think Saturday has much more to do with Arizona State playing really well than USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox making mistakes.It’s been five games. The USC defense has looked really good in three of them and really bad in two of them — OK, maybe Fresno State’s lackluster offense diminishes some of the value of the season opener, but big performances against Stanford and Oregon State should be weighed just as heavily as disappointing performances against BC and Arizona State.As both Jake and Euno discussed, Wilcox’s defense is a relatively conservative “bend, don’t break” scheme without a ton of pass rushing. It’s very different from former dominating USC defenses that lived and died by pressure and forcing turnovers. Though it may not be as exciting to watch, I don’t think this scheme is inherently flawed.Physically and aggressively overpowering teams is very hard with sanction-limited depth. Though sitting back in coverage might mean getting picked apart by a red-hot opposing QB, as we saw with ASU’s Mike Bercovici, calling a bunch of blitzes might not even get penetration with the injuries ’SC has suffered on defense.And yes, the last-second Hail Mary was brutal, but I still wouldn’t necessarily put that on the coaching staff. You can practice that play over and over again, but no environment will ever be able to simulate the mental pressure and chaos of the final play of a game. Ever been explained something in a lecture then forget to put in your essay during a two-hour midterm? (I don’t have a 4.0, either). Likewise, no amount of regular season experience can prepare an All-Star pitcher for the pressure of a playoff atmosphere. I can’t sit here and say I expect any athlete to be immune to this pressure when I can’t even passively watch the action without getting really nervous.Ultimately, in competition, your opponent’s performance has just as big of an impact on the results as yours. Sure, there are always problems to fix and improvements to make, but there isn’t necessarily a problem with a process because of its result. USC doesn’t need to fire Wilcox after the loss; we just all have to applaud the Sun Devils. Similarly, the Dodgers don’t need to trade Kershaw and fire Mattingly; they just need to tip their caps to the high-flying Cardinals. It was a controversial call.I knew a lot of the student body would disagree with it. But when my father made the offer, I knew I couldn’t pass it down.On Saturday, I decided to take my talents to Chavez Ravine.Fail Mary · Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard led the Trojans in tackles against ASU, but failed to defend the Hail Mary pass as time expired. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan Luke Holthouse is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and policy, planning and development. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays.
There’s no place in the match-day squad for Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell despite a strong performance against England. He’s replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy who drops out of the starting fifteen to make way for the returning Heaslip. An unbeaten Ireland take on Wales this Saturday and will be looking to keep their Grandslam aspirations alive. Paul O’Connell, will captain the side and win his 100th Test cap for Ireland and lines out alongside second row partner Devin Toner. The front-row is made up of Jack McGrath, Mike Ross and Rory Best. Heaslip is joined in the backrow byPeter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien.The backline is unchanged with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, who will win his 50th cap, paired at half-back and the combination of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne links up again in midfield. Rob Kearney is joined in the back three by Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo.Cahir’s O’Donnell is replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy with the remainder of the replacements unchanged: Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones.
Don SchmittDon Schmitt, of Winfield, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Winfield at the age of 80.Donald was born the son of Maxine (Cox) and Carroll Pete Schmitt on November 14, 1933 in Salina.Donald served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He will be miss by all that knew him.Survivors include daughters, Melisa Carmicheal and her husband Robert of South Haven, Dana Keithley of Winfield, granddaughters, Michelle Decaire and her husband Andy of Washington State, Mandy Curry and her husband Bryan of Casa Grande, Arizona, grandsons, Crew and Kalon DeVine of Washington State.He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dick Schmitt.A private Inurnment will take place at the Geuda Springs Cemetery, Geuda Springs. Cremation has taken place.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Cowley County Humane Society, 7648 222nd road, Winfield 67156. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.