NFL Monday lateral: 5 Week 5 storylines to watch into Week 6 Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby revealed Monday he couldn’t move for 30 minutes after a hit that sent him off the field Sunday on a backboard.Bausby collided with a teammate during the Broncos’ 20-13 win over the Chargers and has since been placed on injured reserve. “I was never unconscious, I just couldn’t move, but I was still talking and everything,” he told reporters. “The doc, the neurologist said I was going to be fine and I just trusted that, and after about 30 minutes I was able to wiggle my toes and after a couple hours I was able to regain full mobility so I was straight, I was fine.”They said I was paralyzed for 30 minutes, after 30 minutes I could wiggle my toes and after two hours I could move everything else.” Related News Rob Gronkowski joins Fox as NFL analyst He was motionless on the field as Broncos medical staff tended to him.De’Vante Bausby gets rocked by a teammate and suffers a serious injury, needing to be carted off the field #broncos pic.twitter.com/WYmzPOGMRk— Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_gifs) October 6, 2019″I was just happy (to return with the team),” Bausby said. “I was ready to get up out of there … Los Angeles Trauma Center, I was ready to get up out of there, happy to rejoin my team on the plane ride back here … I was just calm, and I just trusted what the doc was saying.”Denver signed veteran cornerback Coty Sensabaugh in a corresponding move, according to ESPN. De’Vante Bausby said he was told he was paralyzed for 30 minutes. #9sports pic.twitter.com/fQLepEJqF4— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 8, 2019The injury, which was categorized as a cervical sprain, occurred in the second quarter when Bausby tackled Los Angeles running back Austin Ekeler and as Bausby was making contact with Ekeler, causing him to fall to the ground, teammate Alexander Johnson hit Bausby. NFL trade rumors: Raiders acquiring receiver Zay Jones from Bills
Patrick Mahomes injury update: Chiefs QB (knee) out 3-5 weeks, avoids ‘major injury,’ report says Saquon’s back, tell a friend 😏👋 pic.twitter.com/GaM4GcldEJ— New York Giants (@Giants) October 20, 2019Barkley’s return comes after he missed the last three weeks due to a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 3’s win over the Buccaneers. Antonio Brown texted Raiders owner seeking release, grievance evidence reportedly shows Mitchell Trubisky injury update: Bears QB (shoulder) to play vs. Saints, report says After Barkley was injured, he vowed to come back sooner than his 4-6 week timetable, which appears to be the case. Related News Saquon Barkley is back.The Giants running back is listed as active for the team’s game against the Cardinals Sunday afternoon. RB Saquon Barkley and TE Evan Engram are ACTIVE for #AZvsNYG.Details: https://t.co/gMyDfKWXXe pic.twitter.com/Yy32tCAVzX— Dan Salomone (@NYGsalomone) October 20, 2019According to ESPN Stats and Info, in the first three games for the Giants with Barkley in the lineup, the team averaged 6.3 yards per carry. In the three games Barkley has been out, that average dropped to 3.8 yards per carry.The Giants will host the Cardinals at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
With most of Alabama’s nonconference schedule locked up for the foreseeable future, Byrne said Alabama is not working on many additional home-and-home series.It’s just as well: Alabama has more than enough home-and-home spectacles over the next decade — the kind fans have been clamoring for.“There will be a chance to get (College GameDay), there’s a chance you’re going to be a national broadcast, and a lot of attention will be coming with excitement on our campuses and with our teams,” Byrne said. “And so those types of games are good for college football.” Enter Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne, who, since his hiring in January 2017, has worked with Saban to secure seven high-profile home-and-home series through the 2032-33 season.AL-KHATEEB: Biggest winner from A-Day? The defenseA driving force in this change, apart from improved fan experience and Saban’s openness to tweaking Alabama’s nonconference scheduling, is what Byrne called a changing marketability of neutral-site games.“I think there’s more teams that are wanting to play home-and-home series, and I think the novelty of these neutral games, while we still are interested and willing to do them, there isn’t quite as many teams that are quite as willing to do them,” Byrne told Sporting News. “So the marketplace has changed.”It should be noted Alabama stands to make $15.5 million in payouts over its next three nonconference games against Duke (2019), USC (2020) and Miami (2021), equalling what it made against USC, Florida State and Louisville in neutral-site games from 2016-18, respectively.“I think the neutral games have been good for us to get into Texas into Georgia and Florida. And we’ll still look into those options in the future,” Byrne said. “But we also think a good home game and the good atmosphere that comes along with that, having recruits for those games as well, is a real positive.”Indeed, all of Alabama’s 10 neutral-site games have taken place in Arlington, Atlanta, Jacksonville or Orlando. That trend will continue as the Tide play in Atlanta in 2019, Arlington in 2020 and Atlanta again in 2021.Conversely, Alabama has had two true nonconference road games during the Saban era, when the Tide visited Duke in 2010 and Penn State in 2011. That will change with series against Texas (2022-23), South Florida (2023-24, ’26), Wisconsin (2024-25), Florida State (2025-26) West Virginia (2026-27), Notre Dame (2028-29) and Oklahoma (2032-33). That’s good new for Alabama fans who have bemoaned the Tide’s lack of true nonconference road games.The process of scheduling these home-and-homes, however, has been anything but simple.MORE: Alabama 2019 lookahead: Schedule, roster, 3 things to watchIt all starts, Byrne said, by determining which schools may have potential openings for a home-and-home series. In that effort, he uses the FBS scheduling tool “Gridiron” — spearheaded by ESPN executive Dave Brown, who helped kickstart the popular marquee neutral-site games in the first place — to find quality teams with potential openings in their schedule.From there, Byrne discusses with Saban the potential value in scheduling opponents from several different standpoints: How much will the team have to travel? What recruits would be good to invite to this game? How often has Alabama visited this stadium?From there, Byrne reaches out to other ADs, gauging their interest. In order to work out a deal, he has to ensure mutual interest from Alabama’s potential opponent, find dates that work for both schools and make sure details of TV deals are fully understood.Even then, some rogue factor may derail the whole deal.“I’ve asked ADs if they’d have interest and they did not,” Byrne said. “And I’ve had schools reach out to us where we didn’t have an interest. So that is, for whatever reason — it may be geography, it may be timing, it may be philosophically where we are from a scheduling standpoint — so it has to be mutual interest. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve had some really good programs have that interest.”BENDER: Saban going ‘back to the well’ with latest coaching staffOne interesting quirk of Alabama’s future home-and-home schedules has been the Tide’s willingness to be the first team to travel in the series. Alabama will travel first to Austin, Morgantown, South Bend and Norman before Texas, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Oklahoma visit Tuscaloosa, respectively.The reason for that, Byrne said, is to ensure the Tide have a home nonconference game every other year. When he and Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte worked out the teams’ 2022-23 series in May, the Tide happened to be the visiting team first. With every series since, Byrne has ensured Alabama will be the visiting team first.“As much as you’d like to have back-to back-years as home games,” he said, “you don’t want to be gone for two straight years for those nonconference games.” Alabama fans have not wanted for much during the Nick Saban era. The future Hall of Fame coach has secured five national titles in Tuscaloosa, six Southeastern Conference championships, a 141-21 overall record and 11 consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins as part of the most dominant run in college football history.But if Crimson Tide fans have had one thing to complain about during his reign in Tuscaloosa, it’s this: a noticeable lack of nonconference home-and-home series, the last of which occurred against Big Ten opponent Penn State in 2010-2011.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Just when it was looking like the Utah basketball team might be looking like the 1985-86 or 2000-01 Ute teams, which both made dramatic February turnarounds, the Utes took a step backward Wednesday night, losing to a 1-9 Colorado State team.The Utes were hoping to finish out the rest of the regular season with victories after consecutive wins over BYU and San Diego State, but laid an egg at home on Wednesday.In the aforementioned seasons, the Utes produced unbeaten months in February to turn mediocre seasons into pretty good ones.In 1986, the Utes were languishing at 12-8 and had just come off a crushing road loss to Notre Dame when they suddenly caught fire and won eight straight games, tied for the WAC title and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.Then in 2001, the Utes were in the midst of a tough year in which coach Rick Majerus took a “sabbatical” after the first game.Dick Hunsaker had taken over and suffered some early losses at home to Weber State and Southern Utah. By the time February rolled around, the Utes were 11-9 in the middle of the MWC pack. However in February, Utah won all seven games and ended up tying for the MWC championship and making the NIT. Utah can still can finish off with four victories before the tournament in Denver, but the next two games are tough, at home against 20-5 Air Force and on the road against second-place UNLV. LIKE 1991-92: While we’re comparing seasons, this one has a few things in common with the 1991-92 season, which was Majerus’ second full season.That was the year after the Utes had made it to the Sweet 16, like last year’s team. Like this year’s team, the ’91-92 Utes lost twice to Colorado State and lost three league games at home. Actually those losses were by larger margins than this year’s team as CSU beat the Utes by 19 at the Huntsman Center, BYU won by 14 and Wyoming by 13. This year’s home league losses were by 12, 5 and 8 in overtime.Utah tied for fourth in the WAC that year at 9-7 and thanks to a 10-2 preseason had enough wins to get invited to the NIT, where it got hot and won four of five games to finish third. This year’s team would have to win its final four games to get to 9-7 and also to get enough wins to make the NIT and perhaps make a run like the ’91-92 team. TURNOVER TROUBLES: All season long, turnovers have plagued the Utes and they played a big factor in Wednesday’s upset loss when they had 21 miscues, second highest of the season.As well as Bryant Markson has played this year, 14.0 points per game, 5.9 rebounds 51 percent shooting from the field and 78.3 from the line, he’s been one of the team’s biggest culprits with turnovers.Markson averages 3.2 turnovers per game and has had seven games with at least five turnovers, including Wednesday night’s game.However, he doesn’t lead the league in that department. Potential player of the year Brandon Heath of San Diego State is the worst with 4.1 TOs per game, followed by Wyoming’s Brad Jones (4.0) and Colorado State’s Jason Smith (3.5). UTE NOTES: The Ute athletic department has invited former Ute lettermen to come back for Saturday night’s game that will honor Andrew Bogut at halftime. Among the 30-plus former players returning are Billy McGill, Danny Vranes, Allen Holmes and Mike Sojourner . . . Upper-bowl tickets are on sale for $4 in honor of Bogut’s number 4 being retired . . . Shaun Green came to Utah known for his shooting, but he’s hitting just 39.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from 3-point range. In his last two games he is just 1 for 12 from the field . . . With 51 3-pointers in 115 attempts, Johnnie Bryant is in the top 10 for a season in percentage (44.3 percent) and needs five more to get into the top 10 for 3-pointers in a season . . . Chris Jackson needs 11 more shot attempts this year to have a chance to be Utah’s all-time best field goal shooter for a season. Jackson is shooting 75.3 percent, but needs 100 attempts for the year to be eligible for the record book.
Related MIDWAY — The golfers who play in this year’s Utah State Amateur at Soldier Hollow Golf Course will be getting a sneak preview of how the course will play for next year’s U.S. Public Links Amateur, the first USGA event ever to come to Utah.The 113th edition of the Men’s State Amateur will be played next week, July 6-10, at Soldier Hollow with 288 golfers competing for 32 match play spots. By Sunday, June 10, just two golfers will be left to compete in a 36-hole final.”It’s great to have the State Amateur here for the third time,” said Soldier Hollow head professional Chris Newson at Wednesday’s Media Day. “We are glad to have it back.”The State Am was contested at Soldier Hollow in 2006 and again in 2008. Tony Finau defeated Daniel Summerhays in 2006, while Dan Horner beat Devin Daniels in 2008.This will be the first State Amateur for new Utah Golf Association director Bill Walker. He said he’s “honored to be part of the event” and said he was attracted to the job because of the long and storied history of the tournament as the longest continuing golf tournament in the world.Horner toured the course Wednesday and said he’s excited the State Am is returning to Solider Hollow. Also playing Wednesday were former champion Todd Barker and former runner-up Kirk Siddens.Because Soldier Hollow has two courses, the Silver and Gold, the State Am field is nearly doubled with 288 contestants.Last year’s champion, Joe Parkinson, won’t be back to defend his title, as he is serving an LDS mission.The U.S. Publinks event will be played July 12-17, 2012, on the Gold Course at Soldier Hollow. Newson said in preparation for the national tournament that several new tees have been built and the course is being mowed differently. Also there is new sand in the bunkers and the collar widths around the greens have been cut back.email: email@example.com Two local golfers win at Publinks
Related It’s nice I guess — you can’t let it get to your head. I pretend it didn’t happen (last year). I’m not No. 1 in the nation, so I have people to chase. I’ve got 10 other people in front of me. – Utah punter Tom HackettSALT LAKE CITY — Perhaps the easiest coaching job for the Utah football team this year belongs to the special teams coach, who gets to work with the two guys who are projected to be all-Pac-12 players, even All-Americans, in the upcoming season — place-kicker Andy Phillips and punter Tom Hackett.Who’s the lucky coach? None other than head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who took over special teams coach duties earlier this year when Jay Hill left to become the head coach at Weber State.When asked what he does to coach Phillips and Hackett, Whittingham laughs and says, “Just stay out of their way and not screw them up.’’The Utah kicking situation is a long way from the days when Ron McBride was the coach and would often hide his face when his kickers were attempting field goals. In fact, Utah might be enjoying its best kicking situation ever, at least on par with the days when Louie Sakoda handled the punting and placekicking duties a few years back.In his first year as the Ute punter, Hackett was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection last year after leading the league in punt yards, average (43.4 ypp), punts inside the 20 (27), 50-yard punts (19) and longest punt (70 yards).Phillips earned the place-kicking job in camp as a walk-on freshman and was a revelation as he made his first 12 field goal tries and was named to midseason All-American teams. He eventually finished with 17 of 20, tying for second in the league in percentage while also making all 41 of his PAT tries. He’s increased his distance this year as he showed in the spring game when he made a 59-yard field goal.The good news for Utah is that both Hackett and Phillips are underclassmen as Hackett will be a junior this year and Phillips a sophomore.The two kickers are close and work out together daily since Hackett is also the holder on place kicks. Both have unusual stories as neither came to Utah the way most players are recruited. In fact, neither had ever played football before coming to Utah.Hackett was an Australian Rules Football player back in his home country, who had been kicking a ball most of his life, but was nothing special in high school. He joined a group called Pro Kick Australia and learned about punting, then sent out a few videos on YouTube. Hill contacted him, and Hackett ended up at Utah.“It took me about a year and two months to get the punting technique down, but now that I got it down, it’s just a matter of concentration and executing what I need to do,’’ he says.Phillips had never played in a football game before walking on to the team last year. His last experience in any sort of game had come as a freshman in high school soccer. He attended the Winter Sports High School in Park City and competed on the U.S. ski team as an alpine racer from 2007-2011, before going on an LDS mission to Norway. At 25, he is the third-oldest player on the team.Both players are aware of some of the preseason hype they are getting but are trying not to let it affect their preparation for the season.“It’s nice I guess — you can’t let it get to your head,’’ Hackett said of being the preseason all-Pac-12 punter. “I pretend it didn’t happen (last year). I’m not No. 1 in the nation, so I have people to chase. I’ve got 10 other people in front of me.’’Phillips is the same, saying he reads things on the Internet or social media, but doesn’t let it get to his head.“I try not to think about it,’’ he says. “It’s nice to get that recognition, but at the same time I have to keep a level head and just remember I can’t ride off my success last year. It’s a whole new year, new team, new attitude, so I have to make sure I do my job, kicking the ball through the uprights.’’As for Whittingham being their position coach, both players praise him, even though he was never a place-kicker, though he punted in high school.“Coach Whit has helped me out going through the motions of my punting technique concentrating on what I can do,’’ said Hackett. “We sit down in film together and go through the mechanics. I teach him a few things, he teaches me a few things. We just go through technique and listen to each other. We have decent conversations about the punting lifestyle, what I need to do because my body is different from everyone else’s (at 5-11, 187 pounds, he’s smaller than most punters).’’Of all things, golf is a major component in the Phillips-Whittingham relationship. Phillips is an excellent golfer and Whittingham is an “improving” golfer and the two golfed a few times during the summer.“I’m lucky because I can relate a lot about kicking to golf and when we go golf, we talk about the different techniques,’’ Phillips says. “Coach Whit knows everything there is to know about football. He admits he doesn’t know about the techniques for kicking, but over time we taught it to him.’’When he was asked about his two outstanding kickers, Whittingham deflects any credit.“It’s not due at all to the position coach, it’s all on to the talent of those two players,’’ he said. “They’re two talented and mentally tough kids.’’So heading into the season, which begins two weeks from today, the least of Utah’s worries on the field should come in the kicking department.“It’s a great weapon to have both a punter and a place-kicker that are potential all-Pac-12 guys,’’ said Whittingham. “They’re both coming off extremely solid years, and that will only make us better if those guys can continue to play up to expectations.’’ Utah camp report: Aug. 13 Utah football notes: Porter out for the season with knee injury Pac-12 All-Stars Roll Past Chinese University All-Stars
FARMINGTON — Salt Lake native Gipper Finau has received one of four sponsor exemptions to next week’s Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship, which will be played at Oakridge Country Club.The 26-year-old, who now lives in St. George, is the younger brother of PGA Tour regular Tony Finau and he has played in the Web.com Utah event three times previously.He missed the cut in 2007 and 2015, but in 2006 as a 16-year-old amateur, he became the youngest player ever to make the cut in a Web.com Tour event.The other exemptions are going to Brendan Todd, who won the 2008 Utah Championship and has one victory on the PGA Tour (2014 Byron Nelson), Frank Adams III and Wade Binfield.The Utah Championship will be played July 13-16 at Oakridge and will feature a purse of $700,000, the second largest on the Web.com Tour.
Morning links: Joe Ingles delivers ‘kiss of death’ to Pistons, fans; Coach Googly Eyes? Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) jumps for a layup against the Detroit Pistons during the first half of the game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Provo on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Related Deseret News LOS ANGELES – As expected, the Utah Jazz are quickly climbing up the crowded Western Conference standings, thanks in part to an easier schedule, which has resulted in four straight home wins over mediocre NBA teams.A month ago, the Jazz found themselves in the No. 14 spot in the West, ahead of only the lowly Phoenix Suns. Just two weeks ago, the Jazz were 18-20 and in the No. 12 position in the conference standings.Following Monday’s 100-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons, the Jazz have moved up to No. 8 in the West at 24-21, which puts them in playoff position for the first time all season, albeit with 39 games still left on the schedule.With their latest win, the Jazz slipped ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been on a downward slide ever since LeBron James was injured in a Dec. 25 game against Golden State. The Lakers have lost seven of 10 games since then to fall to 23-21 going into Tuesday night’s late game against Chicago.With a game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center (8:30 p.m. MT), the Jazz have a chance to make another leap in the standings since the Clippers are just a game ahead of Utah at 24-19, along with San Antonio at 25-20. Just a game ahead of those two teams are two more Western Conference foes, Houston and Portland, meaning the Jazz are just two games out of the No. 4 spot in the West. ‘I think it just shows our character’: Utah Jazz succeeding despite being bit hard by injury bug Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell named Western Conference Player of the Week Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver (26) shoots during the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Spence Checketts’ reality check: Rebuilding his life and career while helping others affected by addiction after DUI Don’t ask Quin Snyder about the Jazz’s recent ascension in the standings. He’s aware of his team’s tough early slate, but is a one-game-at-a-time type of guy who doesn’t look too far ahead.Snyder isn’t getting overly excited about his team’s season-long winning streak, perhaps because he realizes that even the most recent wins didn’t come easy. The record of the four recent home victims, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit was a combined 68-98 and the Jazz trailed three of those teams at halftime.He called Monday’s win “a gutsy effort” after his team fell behind by as many as 12 in the first half. Despite a poor shooting night (38.8 percent), the Jazz were able to surge ahead down the stretch after holding the Pistons to 35 second-half points on just 30 percent shooting.“This was the persistence you have to have if you’re not having a good shooting night. You have to defend and we did that in the second half,” he said.Donovan Mitchell has been on a tear of late, averaging 30 points over the past six games on 47.4 percent shooting and 46.8 percent from 3-point range.On the other hand, Jae Crowder has been a deep slump over the past six games, averaging just 7 points on 18.9 percent shooting and 12.1 percent from 3-point range. Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder takes a clipboard during a timeout in the second half of the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Provo on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Deseret News Snyder made a point of praising Crowder after the Detroit game for a key fourth-quarter pass to Joe Ingles and for his defense.“Jae didn’t shoot well, but he didn’t let it impact his defense,” Snyder said. “He fought like crazy on (Blake) Griffin. If you throw yourself into the game, usually something good happens.”Snyder also praised Kyle Korver, who had his highest-scoring night since joining the Jazz with 19 points and five 3-pointers. “That’s why we felt he would be an excellent addition and I think our guys are getting comfortable with him.”At the start of the season, the Jazz were expected to finish well ahead of teams such as Memphis, Dallas and the Lakers and have now leapfrogged each of those teams. Disgruntled Jabari Parker says he’s thought about playing for the Jazz The Jazz should win Friday night against Cleveland, which has the worst record in the NBA. Then they’ll play home games against two teams ahead of them in the West standings, Portland on Monday and Denver on Wednesday, before playing Minnesota for the first time at home on Friday.Then it’s off to Minnesota and Portland for a pair of road games before still another four-game homestand, this one against Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio, followed by a single road game at Golden State before the All-Star break.JAZZ NOTES: Wednesday’s game is the only road game for Utah over a 19-day period between Jan. 8th and 26th . . . This will mark the first meeting this season against the Clippers with other games scheduled for Feb. 27 in Salt Lake and on April 10 in LA in the regular-season finale . . . The Clippers are on a three-game losing streak coming into the game, including back-to-back home losses against Detroit Saturday and New Orleans Monday . . . Forward Tobias Harris leads the Clippers at 20.8 points and 8 rebounds per game . . . Forward Danilo Gallinari averages 19.7 points and 6.1 rebounds . . . Other likely starters are rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (9.6 ppg), Avery Bradley (7.4 ppg) and center Marcin Gortat (5.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg) . . . Reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell average 18.6 and 16 points, respectively, off the bench. Ex-Ute coach Boylen, back as Bulls head coach, recalls fond memories in Utah
Ron EstesSubmitted to Sumner Newscow â€”Â State Treasurer Ron Estes secured the Republican nomination for the Fourth Congressional District Thursday evening.Â He will now work to defeat the Democratic and Libertarian nominees in the April 11 special election.Â â€œMy campaign is ready to take our message of changing Washington D.C. throughout the district and earn the support of the voters,â€ Treasurer Estes said. â€œI could not be more excited to use my experience engineering change to serve the people of South-Central Kansas.â€Â Treasurer Estes thanked Fourth District Republican delegates for the support he received during the primary nominating process.Â â€œThis was a grassroots effort from the beginning, and I am so grateful for the groundswell of enthusiasm that made us successful,â€ Treasurer Estes said. â€œOur message of changing Washington resonated strongly with the Republican delegates, and I have no doubts it will also resonate with the people of the Fourth District.â€Treasurer Estes formerly served as Sedgwick County Treasurer before being elected State Treasurer in 2010, beating presumed Democratic nominee Dennis McKinney by 25 points in the Fourth District.Â Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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 Comments 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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
Peyton Nolan scores 16 points to help lift Belle Plaine to victory.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Belle Plaine head coach Joe Newman thought Caleb Sturgeon made two, maybe three, 3-pointers all season. He made two today – both very late. They were essential to the Dragonsâ€™ 63-62 upset of Galena in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson.The Dragons, a seventh seed, will advance to the second round in their first state tournament performance in 11 years.â€œHe wouldnâ€™t have been the first player for me to choose to make a three that late in the game,â€ Newman said. â€œBut he did exactly how he was taught in practice.â€With the game tied at 57-all at the minute mark, Belle Plaine spread the floor and isolated the senior in the corner. His shot beyond the arch was money and the Dragons took a 60-57 lead. They would not relinquish the lead thereafter.Galena would miss its shots on the other end on the next two possessions and Belle Plaine responded on the other end with free throws. After Bo Gooch hit both of his free throws at 17.6 seconds to give the Dragons a six-point lead, the rest of the game was played on the Galena end.One eternity later in which Galena made a lay-up, a stolen inbound pass, and a 3-pointer, time would run out on the Bulldogs.If this was an NCAA tournament game, Belle Plaine would be the bracket buster. The seventh seed topples the No. 2 seed. Galena came into this tournament as the second seed with a 20-3 record.Belle Plaine, now 16-8, has had quite a post season ride having survived two extremely tight games in sub-state, would be in for another one.For much of the first half, Belle Plaine was chasing Galena â€” but not by much. Galena had a seven point lead early in the second quarter and led 31-28 at the half.In the third quarter, Belle Plaine jumped out to the lead, with two key buckets by Peyton Nolan.Then Galena went on a 12-2 lead, and was up by seven, 42-35. The Bulldogs led 47-42 at the end of the third.Going into the fourth, Galena was holding a 53-47 advantage, when Gooch scored and Cale Osgood followed with a trey.Sturgeon then hit his first trey at the 3:20 mark to give Belle Plaine its first lead of the second half, 55-53.Eventually the two teams would have it tied in the final minute at 57-all.For the contest, Patrick Sarwinski was the leading scorer with 22 points.Belle Plaine fans were in full force Thursday.â€œWe did a good job inside rebounding,â€ Newman said. â€œThey were bigger and stronger, but we were very aggressive inside and I think that was the key to winning.â€The stats for both teams were remarkably similar. Both teams had 13 steals, 26 rebounds, and turned the ball over seven times. Belle Plaine would get to the free throw line more and that was the difference. The Dragons were 6 of 11, while the Bulldogs shot once and made it.For the game, Galena was 28 of 55 for 50.9 percent, 31.3 beyond the arch. Belle Plaine was 25 of 51 for 49 percent and 7 of 18 from the arch for 38.9 percent.Belle Plaine will play Marysville in the semifinals Â at 4:45 p.m. Friday. Marysville (20-4) beat Silver Lake 62-44 in the other first round game.