Linden Mayor appointed patron of Martinique clash

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation(GFF) has appointed Mayor of Linden,Carwyn Holland,as the official patron of the upcoming international friendly match between Guyana and Martinique to be played on Tuesday, 28th March in Linden.The clash between the Golden Jaguars and a powerful Martinique side,warming up for its fifth appearance at the CONCACAF Gold Cup,marks the return of international football to Lindenafter a six-year hiatus.GFF president Wayne Forde made the patronage announcement during a preparatory inspectionvisit to Linden on Friday.“Mayor Carwyn Holland, on behalf of the Guyana Football Federation Executive Committee,you are now the official patron of the international friendly – Guyana versus Martinique,” GFFpresident Forde said following a meeting with Mayor Holland.“Congratulations to the Linden community. This is an exciting opportunity for Linden to show itself a worthy recipient of such an important friendly match.”The game is scheduled for 20.0hrs on Tuesday, 28th March at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground,with tickets priced at 1500 GYD.The GFF is encouraging all fans to wear yellow to show their support for the Golden Jaguars.“We want to thank you on behalf of the people of Linden – the home of football in Guyana – andI can assure the people will be coming out in full numbers and we will be looking forward towearing our yellow,” Mayor Holland said. “It should be a great day for all of Linden and a greatday for football in Guyana.”The GFF delegation, including Executive Committee member Keith Ojeer; Technical DirectorIan Greenwood;Competitions Director Ian Alves and Marketing and Sponsorship Director DarioMcklmon also met representatives of the Mackenzie Sports Club to discuss logistical planningfor the clash.last_img read more

After injury, Bellingham tunes up for SU women’s soccer season with summer in Charlotte

first_img Comments After missing out on her would-be senior season in 2009 with a season-ending injury, Megan Bellingham found her Syracuse soccer career’s salvation in Charlotte, N.C., this summer. Salvation didn’t come easy. ‘To be honest, when I got there, I was kicked around for a while,’ Bellingham said. ‘It wasn’t an environment to make an initial impact.’ Healthy again this summer, Bellingham — a redshirt senior forward on the Syracuse women’s soccer team — returned to soccer with the Charlotte Eagles of a United States-Canadian Pro-Am league. The Eagles, a women’s elite soccer team based in North Carolina, was the medium for Bellingham’s tough return to the soccer field. And now, she is back with her full-time team — that other team, the Orange — at 100 percent. She says she is ready to build on her successful SU career, consisting of the highest point total for any Syracuse soccer player since 2003 (she had 17 points in 2008), in her last go-around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Well, she’s back to 100 percent right now. Her surgery was very successful,’ SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘In her situation, we made sure that she took it easy. Our philosophy here is to make sure the players are 100 percent fit before they step back on the field. I don’t want a player that’s 80 percent fit. I want a player that’s 100 percent fit.’ Two games into last season, disaster struck for the forward. Bellingham suffered the season-ending knee injury, and the newly appointed team captain was restricted to medical redshirt duties during 2009. Wheddon said Bellingham means a lot to this season’s SU team. Few players in the history of the program have seen the ups and downs that she has in her first three years. But one of Bellingham’s teammates has seen for herself the entirety of Bellingham’s trials and tribulations. Marjory Elwell, the only SU teammate with the Orange who was there for Bellingham’s freshman season, is happy to see Bellingham back on the practice field and also recognizes the value of a unified roster. ‘(Bellingham) contributed a lot last year even though she didn’t play, just because she’s such a great leader,’ Elwell said. ‘She keeps the team focused and keeps the team together.’ Just getting back into game speed while in Charlotte — while playing on a team with an already strong veteran presence — Bellingham found herself in the newfound position of role player. Boasting considerably fewer responsibilities, she was forced to push those ahead of her on the depth chart in order to keep competitive. ‘Since coming back (to Syracuse), I’ve been trying to keep that same mindset, because that’s what makes a good team great,’ Bellingham said. At the end of practice on Tuesday, the scene wasn’t much out of the norm: positioning drills during set pieces. Discussion about upcoming opponents Washington and Portland’s strengths and weaknesses at midfield. Team suicide drills to close out the last 10 minutes. And some interjection from the head coach. ‘Who wants to be in the top five?’ Wheddon shouted to his team regarding the top-five finishers in the suicide drills. Set pieces. Discussion. Sprinting. Shouting. They are commonplace at any soccer practice, whether it is Syracuse or Charlotte. Just another day on the pitch. But one day on the pitch is one more day than Bellingham had for almost the entirety of last season. She can thank Charlotte. Said Bellingham: ‘They had a bunch of really great players. … I feel like I learned a ton.’ zoirvin@syr.edu Published on August 31, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Campbell’s 5-foot-9 guard Chris Clemons is among the nation’s top scorers

first_img Published on February 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 UPDATED: March 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.The words follow Chris Clemons of Campbell University wherever he goes. Too small. He didn’t start on his AAU team because of it and, in high school, he didn’t talk to a single coach from a Power 5 program.“Chris is a crazy good shooter and he’s crazy athletic,” said Clemons’ high school coach, Scott McInnes. “But it’s hard because a lot of schools saw his size and they are very concerned.”The 5-foot-9, 165-pound sophomore’s stature isn’t an issue. He earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors last season, averaging 18.5 points per game. This season, his 23.1 points per game average ranks sixth in the nation. Campbell’s (14-16, 7-11 Big South) all-time leading underclassman scorer has posted more than 20 points in 21 of 29 games this season, and his 16 dunks are 10 more than any other player below 6 feet, according to a Feb. 23 article on Kenpom.com.Despite his gaudy numbers, Clemons hasn’t received the same recognition as other leading scorers have. In high school, he notched 36 points against North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr., the top-rated point guard in the 2016 class, per ESPN. Earlier this season, Clemons scored a career-high 37 points against Charleston Southern.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a chip on your shoulder to do something like I’m doing right here with points,” Clemons said. “Maybe (coaches) go back and think maybe we shouldn’t have overlooked this kid down here from Buies Creek (North Carolina).”Clemons grew up 30 miles north of Buies Creek in Raleigh, where he dominated games in much the same way as he does now. In his senior year at Millbrook (North Carolina) High School, Clemons once scored 40 points, which he thought had cemented himself as the school’s top single-game scorer. But the next day, a local member of the town brought in a newspaper article stating that he had scored 40 points during the 1966-67 season.A few weeks later, Clemons put up 41 in a state tournament game to snap the record.“Chris believes he can hit any shot he takes,” his father, Carlyton, said. “He doesn’t second guess about a shot. He is that confident in his ability.”Clemons compensates for his height with freakish jumping ability that runs in the family. His older brother Carlee jumped over three players, including current Duke player Harry Giles, as a high school senior at the Triad All-Star dunk contest. Chasing Carlee soon became forefront of Clemons’ aspirations. He dunked for the first time as a junior and has since made SportsCenter’s Top 10 three times, one more than CarleeClemons had the No. 5 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Jan. 24, 2015, when he tossed the ball off the backboard, caught it back with his right hand and finished with a slam. He dunked 33 other times that year while setting the single-season points record, with 699. In one game, he clanked a jumper off the rim, followed his shot and jumped past two opponents to flush home the dunk, sending the crowd into delirium.“I was just trying stuff I’d never tried before,” Clemons said.At Millbrook, he played in the same conference as Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham. He also matched up against former Duke standout Brandon Ingram.Now at Campbell, Clemons is still turning heads. Earlier this season in a game against Samford, Clemons used a pick to free himself from his defender. Charging down the lane, he elevated above a 6-foot-8 defender to slam the ball. The video ran on CBSsports.com.Clemons scores in bunches. Two weeks ago at Charleston Southern, Clemons racked up 10 points in the first five minutes of play. He went on to score 21 in the first half and finished the evening with 30.“For a small school like us,” Clemons said, “it’s great to be that person that helps us get our name out there.”For now, he remains in the Big South. But he hopes to once again play against big time opponents. Maybe, in the NBA.“I am able to play with any of these guys, you know Power 5, ACC,” Clemons said. “I’m confident I can go to the next play level.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the name of Campbell University was misstated. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more