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FB : The centerpiece: Mackey shines at linebacker for struggling Tulane

first_imgBryan Ellis practically handed the ball to Trent Mackey. As the University of Alabama-Birmingham quarterback threw a shovel pass right into the waiting hands of Mackey in the backfield, all the Tulane middle linebacker had to do was run as fast as he could toward the end zone.For one play, Mackey’s sure tackling skills were not needed. The 39-yard interception return for a touchdown was an even simpler play to make than his usual defensive stop.‘I didn’t think the guy was going to throw the ball,’ Mackey said. ‘It was just too easy. I was standing right in front of the running back when it happened, so I didn’t expect him to try and deliver that ball. When he did it, I just grabbed it and ran for a touchdown.’Mackey’s nose for the ball — highlighted on that play — has made him a standout player on a mediocre Green Wave defense. In a unit that allows opposing offenses to score 33.4 points per game — ranking eighth in the 12-team Conference USA — Mackey gives the defense a strong presence at middle linebacker.Mackey spent a year at Duke before transferring to Tulane. And in his first year with the Green Wave after sitting out a season, he led Tulane with 124 tackles last year while playing with multiple injuries — knee, elbow and ankle ailments plagued him for parts of the season. Tulane defensive coordinator Steve Stanard joked Mackey wore more braces than he had appendages.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo for Stanard to say he’s better and healthier this year could be a scary thought for Tulane’s opponents.‘He’s tough,’ Stanard said. ‘He plays with injuries, he can really run, he has a good nose for the football. He’s made good strides from last year to this year.’His 55 tackles through five games are by far the most on the team and put him in a tie for 11th among all Football Bowl Subdivision players. Thirty-one of those 55 tackles are solo tackles. These are eye-popping statistics for a player on an up-and-down Tulane (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) team heading into a game against Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Big East) on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome.Aside from the UAB game, when the Green Wave defense held the Blazers to 10 points, Tulane has allowed at least 31 points to its other four opponents in 2011. But Mackey provides the Green Wave with a glimmer of hope its defense can improve.His toughness is perhaps the most important attribute on the Tulane defense.That toughness all started only an hour away from Tulane. Growing up in Port Sulphur, La., Mackey was just a ‘straight football player,’ said Randall Mackey, Trent’s cousin and a quarterback for the University of Mississippi.‘That’s all we did, was play football,’ Randall Mackey said. ‘The one thing you do to keep you out of trouble was play football. And that’s what we did.’In high school, Mackey was a linebacker and running back for Carencro (La.) High School. During Mackey’s senior season, he had multiple games in which he rushed for nearly 200 yards, Tulane recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger said.And that efficiency running the ball years ago has given the Tulane coaching staff other ways they think they can use him. Mackey has occasionally lined up at fullback in goal-line situations. He caught a 3-yard touchdown pass on offense in the team’s season opener, a 47-33 win against Southeastern Louisiana. It was Mackey’s first college reception.‘When he had that interception at UAB that got returned for a touchdown,’ Lichtenberger said, ‘you kind of just start thinking about it, and you laugh to yourself thinking that he scored a touchdown on both sides of the ball. And I think that tells a lot about what type of player he is.’But Tulane didn’t always have Mackey to turn to. Although the Green Wave recruited the middle linebacker coming out of high school, he ultimately chose to go to Duke. But one year later, Mackey decided to return home and go to Tulane.‘Obviously, we were very disappointed when we didn’t get him the first time around,’ Lichtenberger said. ‘He’s just a guy. The first thing you look at his height and maybe you think he doesn’t fit as far as height is concerned. But he morphed and maybe doubled and tripled just how hard he plays.’Mackey is working to improve the Tulane defense from a year ago, a unit that ranked 74th in total defense. He said the team went away from its technique and played ‘yardball,’ just running around instead of focusing on making the plays the team practiced.‘After a while, we’re down, everybody just wants to be the man to make the plays to help the team win, and somehow that hurt the team a lot more times than it helped,’ Mackey said. ‘So we just need to stay focused.’Perhaps the most focused the Tulane defense has been was in that game against UAB, when it held the Blazers to 10 points. It was a step in the right direction, but one defensively stout game over an otherwise inconsistent season won’t bring wins.But with experienced seniors on the defensive line and another junior linebacker in Darryl Farley, the Tulane defense is attempting to take its struggles from last year and turn them into learning tools for this year. And Stanard can see a difference in Mackey from last year — when he was looking for big-time plays — to this year’s more consistent approach.‘He’s really kind of settled into being a consistent, team defense guy,’ Stanard said. ‘And he’s actually probably making more big plays and more impact plays like the interception he ran back for a touchdown.’Damien Jackson spoke to Mackey earlier this season, and the Ole Miss safety, who is also Mackey’s cousin, couldn’t believe it when Mackey told him his stats from Tulane’s season opener.Sixteen tackles in a win over Southeastern Louisiana.‘Some crazy, crazy number,’ Jackson said.Jackson mentions Mackey’s instinct, and so does Farley, second on the team in tackles among linebackers behind Mackey. Farley knows the Tulane defense must finish games. That didn’t always happen last season. This season, he’s working with Mackey to improve upon the team’s defensive fundamentals.And even though the results haven’t been as good as the team has hoped, Farley thinks it will come. And Mackey is a big reason for that.‘Every game the plays that he makes are outstanding,’ Farley said. ‘He has a knack for the ball.’Lichtenberger agrees. Happy to have Mackey on the team after getting a second shot at recruiting him, the coach knows that Tulane has a unique talent. When he makes mistakes, he makes sure never to repeat them.Since the spring, Mackey has added another personal gym workout in addition to the team’s workouts. Because as good as he may have been last year, he isn’t content with the status quo, especially with the struggles of the overall defense.‘You don’t settle for just equal to less than what you did the previous season,’ Mackey said. ‘You only look for the things you like and try to improve on those things and get better as a player.’Mackey, now completely healthy, is on his way to putting up big-time numbers that rival last season’s. He’s a constant for the Tulane defense the next two years, whether the rest of the defense improves or continues to get torched.The way Lichtenberger sees it, Mackey is in a good place now at Tulane. Mackey learned from his experience at Duke and now he’s wreaking havoc for a Tulane defense that needed a star.‘He can see things before they happen,’ Lichtenberger said. ‘And he just has a way of wherever that ball is, he’s going to find a way to get to it.’[email protected] Published on October 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington girls win sub-state first round over Winfield 53-42

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Getting 23 points from Lauryn Snipes and 18 from Carlie McComb, the Wellington Crusaders opened the post season with a monstrous 53-42 victory against Winfield Thursday evening at Rose Hill.Going on a 14-3 run to start the third quarter, Wellington would break open a tight ball game to win by double digits. Winfield would never get within 9 in the fourth quarter for the win.“It was a great team effort,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “When you start in November, you just want to give yourself a shot at getting to Salina and the girls have done that. I’m a very proud coach.”Wellington would maintain a lead for all but 30 seconds of the second quarter over Winfield – a team it beat during the regular season by a similar score. “We started off slowly in a really sloppy start to the game,” Adams said. “But we played physical ball and that kept us in the game early.”The score was 4-all after 4 minutes in the game, but Wellington picked it up and got a Snipes trey at the buzzer to put the Lady Dukes in front 11-6.Winfield would start the second with a 8-2 run and took its only lead at the 4:34 mark of the second 14-13. Senior McComb would get two driving layups to stop the momentum and put Wellington up by five, 19-14. The Crusaders led 21-16 at the half.The Crusaders couldn’t have started better in the second half as Kelsey Whaley and Snipes set the wheels in motion with two deuces to open the half. McComb’s trey completed the 10-0 start for Wellington, and really that was your game. Wellington had turned it to a 31-16 lead.Winfield never made much of a run in the fourth quarter. Aside from two easy layups off turnovers, Wellington controlled the tempo offensively. The Crusaders then helped itself immensely at the foul line going 12-of-18 in the fourth quarter alone. For the game, Wellington was a solid 20-of-30 from the charity stripe.Wellington will play the winner of Mulvane-Rose Hill. It appears to be Mulvane, which is leading Rose Hill 37-18 in the third quarter at this writing. Wellington stats: FGM-A(3FGM-A): French 1-2, Wright 0-2, Snipes 7-11 (2-3), Whaley 2-4 (1-2), McComb 4-11 (2-4), Ledesma 0-1, Salvador 0-3. Total: 14-34(5-9).Rebounds: French 10, Wright 2, Snipes 4, Whaley 1, McComb 7, Ledesma 5, Salvador 6. Steals: Wright 1, Snipes 1, Whaley 2, McComb 2, Ledesma 1.Assists: French 3, Snipes 1, McComb 1, Ledesma 2, Salvador 2. 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 (3) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +2 Vote up Vote down WHS mom · 336 weeks ago Good Job Ladies!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down wearefamily · 335 weeks ago Great job Lauryn Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Denver Connection · 335 weeks ago We’re proud of you Lauryn ! Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 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 commentscenter_img Winfield 6 10 7 19 — 42Wellington 11 10 14 18 — 53Scoring: Winfield – Griffith 14, Bertholf 13, Pingry 3, McNutt 4, Wingett 8. Winfield 8 (6) 8-15 42. Wellington – French 6, Wright 1, Snipes 23, Whaley 5, McComb 18. Total 9 (5) 20-30 53.last_img read more

Former champion Caroline Berry leads match play qualifiers

first_img16 May 2017 Former champion Caroline Berry leads match play qualifiers Past winner Caroline Berry steered a skillful course around South Staffordshire Golf Club to lead the qualifiers for the match play stages of the English senior women’s championship. She pipped Lulu Housman to the top spot on countback, thanks to her second round of three-over 76. Meanwhile Jackie Foster, the English senior stroke play champion, shot the low score of the qualifying rounds with one under-par 72, to become third seed. They head the 32 qualifiers for the championship knockout, while another 16 players aged over 60, go forward to Flight Two. Click here for the Flight One matchplay draw for the Wendy Taylor Salver. Click here for the Flight Two draw for the Ann Howard Trophy. Berry, the 2010 champion (pictured top), is carrying on the fine form she demonstrated in last week’s French senior international open, where she was second amateur and fourth overall. “It was very good practice for here because the greens were very, very quick and undulating, like these,” said Berry, from Bromborough, Cheshire. She negotiated them well, even holing a tricky downhill putt for a birdie on 17. “The 17thand the fourth were my friends – I birdied them both in both rounds!” Housman was supported by her identical twin, Georgie, (pictured bottom) as she added 79 to her opening 75 and appreciated her intuitive caddying. “She makes the right remarks at the right moments,” she said. Nevertheless Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) found it tougher today, finding herself out of position on occasion and watching putts slip by. “I would have liked better today but I’m really happy with two scores in the 70s.” Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) reversed her fortunes of yesterday when she came home in two-under par. In the first round she was two over par after 12 holes and appeared to be cruising in, only to drop eight shots over the last six holes. “I’m just relieved,” she said after posting today’s score. The leading qualifiers also include Staffordshire’s Julie Brown (Trentham) who won this title in 2014. She shot one-over 74 today, improving on her first day by seven shots. “I wasn’t very happy yesterday, I just struggled and was out of sync, but I played much better today.” Overnight co-leader Aileen Greenfield, pictured left, (Pyecombe, Sussex) joins her on 155, one shot ahead of playing partner Fiona Edmond, pictured right, (Ipswich, Suffolk). The pair last saw each other over 25 years ago in keenly contested county games. Back then Edmond was an England international who had made headlines as the first woman to play in the Cambridge University team. But injury and ME – which left her bedbound for six months and housebound for three years – put paid to her golf. After her recovery her energies were spent on her six children and her garden design business and she returned to golf only a few years ago when one of her sons asked her to play. She loved it, immediately applied to join the club and six weeks later shot a course record 67. This is her first big championship in many years and she said: “I’m loving it, I think I’m really lucky to be able to play again and to come here and meet up with old friends.” South Staffordshire’s own Annette Deeley qualified comfortably in seventh place. The championship has a new format this season, with 32 qualifying places in the first flight knock out and 16 place for the top players aged over 60 in flight two, who play for the Ann Howard Trophy. Ann, from Lancashire, was present for the first two rounds, watching her daughter Debbie Finch, compete for the first time. “I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Debbie and I can’t wait to be older and play in mum’s trophy.” The top qualifier for the Ann Howard Trophy is Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire), who finished ahead of Alison Hansen (Alnmouth, Northumberland) on countback. Click here for full qualifying scores Images © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Edwards, Milligan lead Selkirk Saints past Eagles

first_imgEastern Washington started to chip away in the second period after a shorthanded goal by Cody Ogrin made the score 4-1. But just three minutes later, Saints first year forward Ryan Edwards returned the favour, also with a man down, to regain the four goal lead.Milligan got his second of the night to build a 6-1 Saints lead heading into the final break.The home side continued to pound Eastern Washington in the last 20 minutes, outshooting the Eagles 13-3 and 41-15 overall. Edwards scored his second of the night with just over a minute left to cap off the convincing win.James Prigione earned the win in goal, his second of the year and seventh out of 10 over the past two seasons.The win evens the Saints season record at 3-3-0-1. Selkirk is four points behind league leading Trinity Western and one in back of second-place Simon Fraser and University of Victoria.The Saints biggest test of the year will come this Friday and Saturday as they host a double header versus longtime rival Simon Fraser University. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. The defending BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) Champion Selkirk College Saints have proven they are tough to beat at home after defeating the Eastern Washington University Eagles for the third straight time in as many games.Unlike in the previous week when a dramatic victory was earned in the final seconds, on Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Community Complex it was all Saints, all game as the hosts blasted the Eagles 7-1.Selkirk College flew out of the gates with a relentless attack that saw them find the scoreboard four times in the first nine minutes. Matt Martin, Alex Milligan, Thomas Hardy and Mason Spear notched the first period goals for the Saints who outshot the Eagles 12-6.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED BIG BOOK PREVAILS BY A HEAD UNDER PEDROZA TO WIN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; TRAINED BY YAKTEEN, KRIKORIAN HOMEBRED GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:44.76

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2016)–Idle since facing the mighty Beholder in late September, California-bred Big Book was all heart late as she prevailed by a head under Martin Pedroza to win Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Owned and bred in California by George Krikorian and conditioned by Tim Yakteen, Big Book covered a mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.76.Racing in the middle of a three-horse spread leaving the three furlong pole, Big Book appeared to ease back for several strides but when longshot Slip of the Tongue tired suddenly to her outside, Pedroza angled three-wide turning for home and in a rousing stretch duel, outdid runner-up Savannah Sky.Off at 5-2 with Pedroza in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up (six of which were Kentucky-bred), Big Book paid $7.60, $3.40 and $3.00. Pedroza, who was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his 21-year-old son, Tyler, notched his second win of the afternoon.When asked if he was concerned about overcoming crowded conditions, Yakteen responded, “I was concerned, but she overcame my training. We were hoping for a good, clean race and hoping this could be a steppingstone to bigger things. She’s got a lotta heart and she’s a racehorse, for sure.”As for Krikorian, who also serves as a commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board, he was understandably elated with Big Book’s return to action.“It’s nice to have her back,” he said. “She got a little tired, but she tried really hard.”A well beaten fifth to three-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 26, Big Book, a 4-year-old filly by the Dynaformer stallion Mr. Big (also owned by Krikorian), got her first win in open company and improved her overall mark to 6-3-1-0. With the winner’s share of $45,240, Big Book increased her earnings to $139,640.Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Savannah Sky moved into contention leaving the half mile pole but proved second best as she finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Light Striker. The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Savannah Sky paid $3.40 and $2.80.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Light Striker, who was a distant last with a quarter mile to run, finished with a rush to be third, 1 ½ lengths in front of Swissarella. Off at 63-1, she paid $9.40 to show.Ridden by Mike Smith, Street Surrender, who added blinkers today, appeared rank early and faded badly to finish last as the 8-5 favorite.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46.42, 1:10.76 and 1:37.70.Santa Anita will open early, at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Preakness Day, for simulcast wagering in the Paddock Room, located under the Grandstand. First live race post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.last_img read more