Chris Nanco eyes late-career push with scoreless streak put to rest

first_imgChris Nanco sketched out a plan at the beginning of the season. Too often, the senior forward admitted, his long run had ended in years prior with near misses and gasps from the disappointed crowd.When attacking the goal, he adopted a new mentality. He’d keep an end result — the ball going through the net — at the forefront of his mind. He increased one-on-one work with Syracuse assistant coach Matt Verni to improve his finishing ability.The senior forward burst to a hot start this season, scoring four goals in the team’s first three games. But until his two-goal outing last week against Pittsburgh, he had been held off the scoreboard, getting no goals since Sept. 9 and no assists since Sept. 16. It had been 55 days since Nanco last found the back of the net, a span covering eight weeks, 11 games and Syracuse’s longest winless streak in five years. Nanco’s scoreless drought was the longest of his career at Syracuse — and his life.“Keep taking shots,” Nanco said last week. “One of them will go in.”One finally did go in, and then another, giving No. 7 Syracuse (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) a new facet to its scoring attack. Over the last four years, the Orange is 16-0 in games Nanco scores. As Syracuse awaits its NCAA tournament seeding, he looks to make an end-of-career push. His next game could be his last at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrifting toward midfield, Nanco is adept at beating defenders to open spots. His long runs up the sidelines set the offense in motion, sucking defenders his way. Asked about Syracuse’s main threat, most opponent coaches mention him before anyone else. Bobby Muuss, the head coach of No. 2 Wake Forest, singled him out, saying he’s “dangerous.”Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerEven in games Nanco doesn’t score, defenders drop back or leave their men to stop him, as was the case against Pittsburgh. Jonathan Hagman benefited from a defense keyed-in on Nanco, as the sophomore followed up Nanco’s two goals with two of his own.“Chris’ contribution to the team without scoring goals has been massive,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I would worry if we weren’t getting that other contribution.”Nanco’s scoring efficiency had gone down since each season from his freshman to junior year. This season (11.8 percent), he’s improved on last year’s mark of just 5.8 percent. He had four goals last year but took 69 shots to do it. In his freshman year, he took only 21 shots to score four times, a success rate of 19 percent.His 44 shots placed him fourth in the conference entering last weekend. He had played almost every minute of every game until he left the ACC quarterfinal against Clemson in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a minor injury to his left leg.While he shrugged off his scoring drought, he acknowledged Syracuse needs him to score to be at its best. He’s Syracuse’s leading active scorer, with 19 goals, and is second on the team only to senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth in games started, with 79.Nanco challenges himself in practice against Kamal Miller, one of Syracuse’s biggest defenders. Jockeying for position and weaving his way against bigger bodies has comprised much of the 5-foot-6, 145-pounder’s career.“Balls hitting the back of the net,” McIntyre said last Monday, “we’re going to take that and put it on Wednesday night. And then we’ll be good to go.”Nanco provided a fresh reminder of how many ways he can influence a game last Wednesday, scoring twice and luring defenders his way. His plan from the start of the year is working again. His career could end with one more loss. But when he scores, Syracuse doesn’t lose. Comments Published on November 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Amel Tuka won 3rd Place at the Race in Italy

first_imgThe best Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) athlete Amel Tuka, won 3rd place at the race in Rovere, in Italy. The 800 meters race Amel Tuka finished with a result of of 1: 44.62.This is his best time of this season as well as the best European result this year.The winner of the race is Wycliffe Kinyamal from Kenya with the result of 1: 43.94, which is a record of the race.The second place was taken by Antoine Gakem from Burundi with a time of 1: 44.49.Tuka’s personal record is still 1: 42.51 from Monaco in 2015.(Source: N1)last_img read more

Wellington adds another victory to its season – now 4-0

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will come a point in this season when Wellington won’t be so dominating, won’t have to contemplate when or if to rest the starters in the second half, or won’t go home feeling invincible. That is likely to happen next week against you-know-who.But for the time being, let’s just relish the moment.  Wellington destroyed Clearwater 47-7 to improve to 4-0 at Sellers Park.In the past three weeks, the first team defense has not allowed a touchdown (except very late when no one was paying attention). And the offense has been dominating – scoring on its opening drive every game.In the first four games, Wellington has outscored its opponent 115-7 in the first half.Winning is fun, indeed.The Crusaders opened this game much like they left off against Circle. The Crusaders would lead 19-0 at the end of the first quarter scoring on all three possessions. It was 40-0 at the half scoring on all six of its possessions.Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger scored four touchdowns.“These guys have been working hard ever since they were freshmen,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “Now the dividends are paying off.”For the fourth consecutive week, Wellington scored on its opening drive. Trevor Nance directed Wellington on an eight-play drive that ended with a 14-yard rollout touchdown.Wellington then scored less than two minutes later after Reichenberger intercepted the ball on the next possession and Nance ran it in two plays later.Then another ineffective Indian drive resulted in a punt and Wellington was backed up at the 18.Connor Phelps then found himself open deep and Nance threw an arrow into his numbers for an 82-yard score. It turned out to be the third longest pass in Wellington history.In the second quarter, Wellington’s stout defense stopped Clearwater and the offense rolled downfield with a drive capped by Reichenberger’s second touchdown of the night on a 10-yard slant. Then on fourth down, Wellington scored again on a Reichenberger one-hand grabber to make it 33-0 with 6:22 in the second.Adam Condit made his debut as running back and soon got his first offensive going in on a 1-yard carry.With the lead 40-0, the second half was a formality. Crusaders scored on Reichenberger’s 5-yard touchdown reception – his fourth reception of the night. He tied the single game touchdown mark held by Larry LeMaster in 1976.Wellington hosts some team from up north next Friday on homecoming weekend Phelps182Rushing110 Nance to Phelps 82 pass (Reichenberger kick) Nance1 Rushing (yards)165182 Penalties1-53-25 Clearwater000747 Beard23100Wright18140 Passing19382 Condit 1 run (Reichenberger kick) Second quarter Nance to Reichenberger 7 pass (Reichenberger kick) Third quarter Gilkey3 Hines2 Wellington 47  Clearwater 7 First downs113 Pfalzgraf3 Rushing: Norris5 Nance to Reichenberger 5 pass (Reichenberger kick) Total10193Wright13 Reichenberger132Thomas429 Hyde1 Total3816532182 Reichenberger9111Rausch217 1234Total Nance to Reichenberger 14 pass (PAT no good) Clearwater Phelps4 Ast4 Team stats:WelligntonClearwater Scoring Wiens435center_img Condit412Bates14 Tackles (Wellington) Witham1 Bruns3 Reichenberger4 Condit5 Whetstone217 Phelps2-7 Struble4 Total offense358264 First quarter Hines411Ellis416 Total1082 Wellington1921707 Passing:att/comp.YardsTDs Ferguson1 Bodkins4 Nance to Reichenberger 10 pass (Reichenberger kick) Receiving Nance 1 run (PAT no good) Brand6 Burnett5 Troutman6 WellingtoncatchesyardsClearwatercatchesyards Hall10-27820 Nance10-171935 Nance417Hail5-7 WellingtonattemptsyardsClearwaterattemptsyards Wellington Fumbles/Int.12 Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago Shout out to Coach Ryan for acknowledging some of the players “behind the scenes” and that Colin Reichenberger is a class act…never once accepted full responsibility for an amazing performance, even though he’s breaking records and taking names almost every game. So proud to be a Crusader Football mom!!! Great game boys!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Football Mom #6 · 306 weeks ago And I forgot to thank Tracy McCue as well for posting up the defensive stats!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 306 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 306 weeks ago You have to give credit to Ken Adams, who was hired on as the Sumner Newscow statistician this week. He did a great job. If I was doing stats, it would be all bad. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Suspect in Lu Verne bank murder is former felon

first_imgLU VERNE — More is being learned about the man being held for Wednesday’s murder of a bank employee in the Kossuth County town of Lu Verne. 35-year-old Valentino Williams of Coralville was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Wednesday’s killing of 43-year-old Jessica Weisharr, of Algona. Williams is accused of shooting Weisharr multiple times outside of the Security State Bank. Weisharr died at the scene.Prosecutors say Williams was on parole, drove across the state in a rental car, and fatally shot Weisharr during the bank robbery. Investigators say in court documents that surveillance video showed a man wearing a dark coat with a hoodie over his head emerge from a black SUV carrying a backpack and a large handgun. He’s shown firing the gun several times before fleeing the scene.Witnesses reported the fleeing vehicle to law enforcement, and officers conducted a traffic stop of a Mazda CX-5 matching the description about an hour after the shooting on Interstate 35. Williams was identified as the driver and detained.An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman says Williams was sentenced to prison in 2010 for a robbery conviction in Johnson County. In 2017, he was granted work release to a Coralville halfway house and was granted parole the following year. He has been under supervision since then and his parole was set to continue until 2023.Investigators said they recovered a dark coat that had been abandoned on a rural road near Lu Verne that contained a laminated card for a Mazda CX-5 with the VIN number that matched the car Williams was driving. A rental car company confirmed that Williams rented the vehicle in Iowa City on Monday, and that it was due back on Thursday.last_img read more