GSA sweeps Seacoast Invitational; EHS girls 2nd, boys 3rd at sectional meet

first_imgSULLIVAN — Hancock County cross-country runners got one last tune-up before championship season Friday and Saturday at meets in Sullivan and Old Town.On Friday, Sumner hosted runners from Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington in the Seacoast Invitational. Calais, Jonesport-Beals, Lee Academy, Machias, Narraguagus, Searsport and Shead also participated.On the boys’ side, GSA stole the show to place first with 22 points. Caden Mattson finished fourth with a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds for the Eagles, who also got top-10 finishes from Ian Renwick (fifth), Andrew Szwez (seventh) and Clark Morrison (eighth).Third-place finisher Luke Barnes of Sumner was Hancock County’s top individual runner in the Seacoast Invitational with a time of 18:30, though the Tigers did not field enough runners to place as a team. Calais earned second place with 64 points with Lee Academy (74), Bucksport (101), Machias (118) and Searsport (157) rounding out the rest of the teams.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA also took first place as a team on the girls’ side. The Eagles recorded 15 points to beat out Machias, which posted 40.Individually, GSA’s Eleanor Williamson took second behind Shead’s Katherine Bartlett with a time of 23:22. Grace Broughton (fifth place), Lanny Zentz (sixth), Josie Czuj (seventh) and Jenna Eldridge (eighth) gave the Eagles five top-10 finishers.Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island competed Saturday in the Old Town Invitational. The meet pitted the Eagles and Trojans against the host team as well as runners from Bangor Christian, Brewer, Caribou, Dexter, Foxcroft, Hermon, Houlton, John Bapst, Mattanawcook Academy, Orono, Presque Isle and Washington Academy.In the boys’ race, Ellsworth’s Matt Shea crossed the finish line in 17:52.76 to finish third of 80 finishers. The Eagles also earned top-20 finishes from Nick Cormier (11th), Mark Berry (12th), Beckett Markosian (14th) and Calvin Nelson (15th) to place third behind Hermon and Caribou with 55 points.On the girls’ side, Caitlin MacPherson finished with a time of 20:34.08 to place third of 64 finishers for the Eagles. Teammate Abby Mazgaj posted a time of 21:19.38 to finish sixth for the Eagles, who placed second behind Orono with 56 points.Ellsworth has about 30 runners this season, a big step up from past years. The Eagles will only lose five of those runners to graduation, and head coach Louie Luchini believes his current crop of young athletes will provide a strong foundation for the team in the seasons to come.“We have a big freshman crop this year and a pretty big team overall,” Luchini said. “It kind of goes in waves as to what sports kids do, and we’re riding one of those good waves with a lot of young cross-country runners coming up right now. I think that will provide us with a lot of stability.”MDI finished third on the girls’ side and fifth on the boys’ side. Olivia Johnson and Katelyn Osborne finished a respective 10th and 11th for the Trojans in the girls’ race, and senior Alex Eason took 16th for the boys.The next meet for Hancock County runners will be the Festival of Champions next Saturday, Sept. 29, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The first race will begin at 10:30 a.m. with boys’ and girls’ unseeded, freshman and seeded races lasting throughout the late morning and early afternoon leading up to the awards ceremony at 3:15. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Strong singles play sends Syracuse to win over Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Luke Jensen wasn’t satisfied with his players’ efforts. During the break between doubles and singles play, Jensen huddled his players around him and demonstratively instructed them to focus on their matches.“The mind is the biggest thing,” the Syracuse head coach said after the match. “When you’re going into competition, it can be your greatest enemy or your greatest strength.”The Orange took Jensen’s words to heart.Syracuse used a strong effort from its top singles players to dominate its match against Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1 Big East) on Sunday morning at Drumlins. The win was the fourth straight for Syracuse (4-5, 1-1), and the first of the year in conference play.The top three singles players propelled the Orange, making quick work of their opponents to ensure the 6-1 victory. Sophomore Amanda Rodgers led the way for Syracuse at the No. 1 singles spot for the second time this season, taking a 7-5, 6-2 win over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Washington.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think I just needed to weather the storm a little bit,” Rodgers said. “I played her last year, and I knew I was in for a fight today.”Like Rodgers, both Maddie Kobelt and Jimena Wu didn’t spend much time on the court before getting the win. All three top singles players were the first on the court to finish their matches.“It’s a really good sign that we have a really tough top three or top four,” Jensen said. “We can battle, and we’ve got to be able to battle.”Syracuse earned its fourth straight doubles point on Sunday, taking two of the three matches to jump out to the early lead.Kobelt and Wu each dropped four games en route to their respective victories. Brittany Lashway also stepped up in her second match since recovering from injury. She went on to win 6-3, 6-4.Lashway’s return allowed junior Aleah Marrow to get a breather. She suffered a mild sprain in her foot in the match against Binghamton on Friday.With Syracuse’s win Sunday, the Orange now has four straight wins at home. Syracuse entered the stretch with a record of 0-5.“We’re really big about how this is our house,” Rodgers said. “We don’t lose here.”The win over Pittsburgh comes on the heels of Friday’s victory over Binghamton. Syracuse dominated the Bearcats, not dropping a single set. Both Kobelt and Lashway cruised to 6-0, 6-0 finals.Overall, in the four matches at home this year, Syracuse has lost only three head-to-head matchups.“Drumlins has always been amazing to us. Our crowd has always been amazing to us,” Jensen said. “Look at what we do in other sports. It’s tough to play us here in Syracuse. It’s tough to get up here. It’s tough to live around here. It wears on [our opponents], and I think our athletes feed on that.” Comments Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:24 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Another Look at Successful Aging

first_imgby, Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShare309ShareEmail309 SharesTwo and a half years ago, I wrote a piece for this blog called “Successful” Aging –– On Whose Terms?, mistakenly assuming that I had covered all of the points I wanted to make on the subject. I asserted at the time that “there’s an inherent problem with equating aging with the kind of success that is solely based on conscious individual achievement.” I argued that even if an older person has made the effort to secure adequate health and wealth, as well as to be socially interactive and passionately engaged in living, such success is never solely due to that person’s choices, actions, and abilities. Luck and uncontrollable external factors play equally influential roles in the outcome.But even now, if I do a Google search for “successful aging” or merely sample the feature articles in newspapers and magazines, it appears that the term, with all its attached misconceptions, is slow to die.And I wish it would. Quickly. Here’s why.Every time we assign the sole responsibility of aging well to an individual, we disregard that person’s uniqueness in a very unrealistic and unjust way. Each of us has gone through a combination of biological and socioeconomic experiences that have affected us at every turn.Are you a male or a female? Are you a member of an ethnic or racial majority or minority? Females and minorities in general are economically disadvantaged throughout their lifespan, earning less than their white, male counterparts and subsequently receiving smaller pensions and Social Security benefits. In addition, more women than men leave the job market, becoming unpaid laborers who raise children and/or care for elder parents.Have you spent most of your life on a farm or in the middle of a big city? Did you inherit great wealth or have you had to earn all or most of your income? How much education were you able to afford and receive? What career paths were open to you? Did you ever experience serious health problems that affected your ability to work? How many children, if any, do you have, and are they willing and able to help you in your later years if you need support? Do you have easy access to nearby and affordable housing, transportation, and other vital services for older adults?Somehow questions such as these are still not factored into definitions of successful aging in most media discussions. And because these factors aren’t foremost in the public’s consciousness as issues to address, they are often ignored or considered irrelevant in government and private-sector policy decisions. This situation must change.For “success” implies accomplishment within an established system. But what if that system is outmoded, disjointed, or worse, deliberately fostering social inequality? Then successful agers who have been lucky, wealthy, and in the majority are aging well because of our social policies and cultural norms. But agers in other categories who have managed nevertheless to age well are successful despite those same policies and norms. Their challenge has been far greater.And let’s not forget that there is a huge population of older adults who struggle to stay economically and physically stable as well as purposefully and socially engaged. In many cases their difficulties could be significantly eased if our society would only redefine “successful aging” in less polarizing terms. Let’s stop evaluating aging as either the result of being ambitious and productive or being negligent and irresponsible.In fact, let’s totally ban the term “successful aging.” We need to replace that unproductive and discriminatory paradigm with one that is realistic, compassionate, and fair –– one requiring an equal commitment between the individual and society.Let’s coin a new term: “Empowered Aging.”Why “empowered”? Because it moves the focus away from the static goal of accomplishment and toward an ongoing process of maintaining autonomy, dignity, and self-worth through interdependence.This bilateral commitment should be fostered throughout a person’s life, starting from childhood. We should be raising children to appreciate every age through which they pass, and expecting our cultural values to honor and support them all along the way, in their education, careers, personal relationships, and social contributions.When an individual’s skills, values, aspirations, personal history, and beliefs are continuously supported by a pro-aging society’s common goals, expectations, opportunities, and public policies, empowerment becomes the inevitable human condition.And isn’t that the kind of success we should aim to achieve?Related Posts“Successful” Aging –– on Whose Terms?How we perceive aging and the viability of older adults determines our willingness –– or reluctance –– to tackle social inequity, lack of access to services and opportunities, and other common challenges our elders face.Successful Aging Does Not Equal Aging without DisabilityWhat does successful aging look like? In one of the more influential papers on the subject published in 1987, Rowe and Kahn describe successful aging as involving freedom from disease and disability. This definition has been adapted over time but is still being used today. Take a recent study published…Wise Up: Study AgingI am certainly not blind to how fortuitously my interest in aging aligns with the needs of an aging world—and I certainly don’t need additional convincing that my decision to forgo law school was in equal measure, wise and slightly prescient. But maybe you do.TweetShare309ShareEmail309 SharesTags: culture change perception Successful Aginglast_img read more