Roger J. Clontz

first_imgRoger J. Clontz of Cedar Grove, was born on August 13, 1996 in Oxford, Ohio, the son of Jim and Becky Davidson Clontz. Roger was a machinist at Clippards in Cincinnati. He was an avid outdoorsmen and enjoyed fishing, hunting and off-roading with his Jeep. On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the age of 19, Roger lost his life in an automobile accident.Those surviving who will cherish Roger’s memory include his parents, Jim and Becky Clontz, brother, Jimmy Clontz, all of Cedar Grove; sister Jen Clontz of Cincinnati, and maternal grandmother, Fran Davidson of Brookville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.Friends may visit with the family on Monday, June 13, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Services, officiated by Pastor Michael Holman will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Roger Clontz.last_img read more

When No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy stymied St. John’s comeback attempts

first_imgNEW YORK — As Syracuse’s offense fell into its worst state of the season and SU’s early lead dissipated with every St. John’s possession in frigid temperatures, the Orange’s staple in net provided much-needed relief. Only two SU goals in the second and third quarters placed an extra reliance on Evan Molloy in goal.When St. John’s won back-to-back faceoffs, fired back-to-back shots or set a series of screens, Molloy was there. When SJU reeled off a few long possessions or recovered a rebound in front of the goal, Molloy was there to make big stops. On Saturday, in a 9-8 victory over St. John’s, Molloy rescued a fledgling SU defense that’s struggled to stop even impotent offenses.Molloy entered Saturday with a 50 percent save percentage, right in the middle of the NCAA leaderboard. But the saves he does have this season — those down the stretch against then-No. 9 Virginia last Saturday and a handful this week — have enabled the Orange to stick around and either stage a comeback or avoid a near upset. The 2016 ACC Tournament MVP spearheaded the Syracuse defense Saturday afternoon in the No. 6 Orange’s (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over SJU (1-5) at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.“In the fourth quarter I stepped up a little bit,” Molloy said, “and made the saves I had to.”The Red Storm entered Saturday 63rd among 69 NCAA teams in scoring offense (7.4 goals per game). Though SJU fell down 5-0 early and committed 15 turnovers, the Red Storm hung around with Syracuse from quarters two through four, outscoring SU 7-4 over that stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTemperatures hovered in the 20s, with 19 mile-per-hour winds and a real-feel of about 12 degrees. Nick Mariano, Brendan Bomberry and Brad Voigt scored two goals apiece to lead Syracuse to victory one week before its annual showdown at No. 7 Johns Hopkins, a game during which SU will likely need a third straight valiant effort from Molloy.The redshirt senior is 11-3 as starting goalie since he earned the starting job only midway through last season. On Saturday, he picked up a ground ball, caused a turnover and saved nine shots. St. John’s tallied 37 total shots, none better than its last score.With 53 seconds on the clock, SJU pulled the game within one score. A pair of players shielded Molloy’s vision and the shot came low and away on the right-handed Molloy, who had to twist his stick to his left. The ball sizzled to the low pipe. For the fourth consecutive game, SU and its opponent traded goals and stayed near-even up until the buzzer sounded.“There’s not a lot you can do with a shot like that,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Molloy’s nine total saves is two fewer than St. John’s and three off his season high (Virginia, 12), but nearly each of his saves Saturday came on an open shot from fewer than 12 yards out. SJU’s screens in front of the goal, fast style of play and attack-centered offense did not relent.In the first half, Molloy made a save but gave up the rebound. An SJU player recovered before a swooping Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman took the ball. One ran into the other amid a scrum. As the ball popped out, Molloy already headed out of the goal to start the clear. An SJU attack picked up the loose ball and let off a quick shot. Molloy laid out to make the save.“He’s a good quarterback, barking out the defense,” Desko said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He sees the ball well. He’s been playing well all year long.”In Syracuse’s only loss of 2017, a 14-13 stunner against Army two weeks ago, Molloy allowed all 14 goals. One of which came as the game-winner from a right-hander going to his weak side. The same happened on Saturday. To get on the board and end SU’s 5-0 streak, a righty darted left and fired a ball past Molloy’s stick.In the second quarter, during which St. John’s tallied 17 shots and three goals, Molloy turned the ball over. Later, he threw a weak outlet pass that led to a turnover and score.“There are times when we have lapses,” Molloy said. “I’m definitely guilty as well.”But when No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy blocked St. John’s comeback attempts. SU avoided an upset against a team it hasn’t lost to in 11 tries since the series began in 1990, and that’s largely credit to Molloy’s play in the cage. He saved three shots in the final minutes to stymie St. John’s last-second rally.“The goalie’s the hardest position in what the weather can issue,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had one goal and one assist. “Standing there in the cold and trying to make quick movements and quick saves? It’s a difficult task. He made some great saves when we needed it.” Comments Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NHL and North Dakota: Everything you need to know about the league’s possible return

first_imgThe 31 NHL teams have between 11 and 14 regular-season games remaining with four playoff rounds to potentially play.Why North Dakota?A Great Plains state, North Dakota has a population of 762,062, per the 2019 census, and the fourth-lowest population density in the United States. The 19th-largest in area, it also has the fourth smallest population.According to CNN, as of April 6, it has the second-lowest number of reported cases among the 50 states with 207 cases, which equates to 27 per 100,000 residents. By comparison, New York which has been the hardest hit state has 672 cases per 100,000.What is the potential venue?The Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks is the home of the University of North Dakota Division I men’s ice hockey team and has served as the host for two international events: the 2005 World Junior Championships and the 2016 World Under-18 men’s tournament.Opened in 2001, the $104 million facility holds a capacity crowd of 11,643 and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. weight room and underwater treadmill, 14 locker rooms, and an extra sheet of ice that is Olympic-sized.Current NHLers including Brock Boeser (Canucks), Aaron Dell (Sharks), Derek Forbort (Flames), Zach Parise (Wild), T.J. Oshie (Capitals) and Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks) played their college hockey for UND at Engelstad Arena.MORE: Instances when Stanley Cup wasn’t awardedReactions around the leagueWinnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice spoke Monday to reporters about the possibility of his team playing in North Dakota and other neutral sites for the Stanley Cup playoffs, stressing the preference is to play in front of hometown fans.”It’s gonna be something unusual,” he said. “The first thought is the Winnipeg Jets fans, I’d like to play in front of them, right? Everybody wants to play in front of their home crowd.”MORE: Maurice envisions healthy playoff hockeyBefore the season was paused, the Jets were sitting in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The veteran head coach added that he just wants to play, no matter the location. “I’m not much of a TV watcher at all, but I’ve been surfing TV recently at night and if there was a hockey game on, man, I’d be watching it,” Maurice said. “I don’t care where games are played. I want it at home in Winnipeg, but we just want to play. It’d be wonderful, maybe partial distraction, for some people who are dealing with tough times to watch a game.”Edmonton Oilers defensemen Darnell Nurse said he would love to play games in front of their fans, but is willing to play anywhere.”It’s kind of conflicting because as players, this is our job. But at the same time, we have a very loyal fanbase who comes out and supports us each and every night, who’s been hungry for us to be in this position that we’ve been in for a long time,” Nurse said. “You want to reward them by being able to play in front of them and that’s kind of the conflict. I’m sure, no matter where it is, they’ll bring out the best now.” It’s been more than three weeks now since the NHL went on pause on March 12. Since then a number of ideas have been tossed out in regards to how and when the league will stage the season if it resumes.One proposal, as reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, has the NHL playing the rest of the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs in North Dakota, if given the all-clear to resume play amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. last_img read more

College football 2020: Preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, All-Americans and more

first_imgThe 2020 college football season remains to be determined because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Sporting News, like most fans, is hoping for the best. We’re rolling out our preseason content in the hopes that we’ll have football in the fall — even if the games don’t start on time.This is the seventh year of the College Football Playoff era. Alabama and Clemson each have claimed two national championships in that stretch, and Ohio State and LSU have one apiece. Is there a school out there that can join that exclusive fraternity in 2020? This year’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff championship game is scheduled for July 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.MORE: Preseason top 25 for 2020SN will have preseason top 25 rankings, bowl projections, Heisman contenders, preseason All-Americans and more to get you ready, we hope, for the upcoming season.COVID-19 and college footballThe impact of COVID-19 on college football remains the leading conversation about college football. The ongoing pandemic has left several questions about whether a season is possible and what alternatives might exist if football can be played in the fall. The Big Ten was the first conference to move to a conference-only schedule. Sporting News also is keeping track of the conferences that will not play football in the fall, and we are tracking where each Power 5 conference stands.What about the schedule?The college football schedule remains up in the air. The Big Ten and SEC lost several nonconference games, and the ACC has announced a conference schedule that includes Notre Dame. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with dates on the games at this moment, and the Big 12 is still making a decision. We will update those schedules as each Power 5 conference makes those big decisions in August.College football rankings: SN’s preseason top 25Sporting News released its preseason top 25 after spring football was canceled, and there are familiar names at the top of the list. Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama hold the top three spots. Georgia — which is looking for its first national championship since 1980 — is at No. 4. Defending national champion LSU is No. 5. SN also looked across other publications to form a composite top 25.1. Clemson2. Ohio State3. Alabama4. Georgia5. LSU6. Oregon7. Oklahoma8. Notre Dame9. Florida10. Penn State11. Auburn12. Texas13. Michigan14. Wisconsin15. Minnesota16. Texas A&M17. Oklahoma State18. North Carolina19. Utah20. Cincinnati21. Arizona State22. Louisville23. Kentucky24. USC25. Boise StateRanking top quarterbacks for 2020Who are the best quarterbacks in college football? The top of the list is easy: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence — who has played in the last two CFP championship games — and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 — take up the top two spots, respectively. But there are surprises among our top 25 quarterbacks. Moreover, SN also looked at the top transfer quarterbacks for 2020, which includes Georgia’s Jamie Newman and Miami’s D’Eriq King.MORE: Heisman Trophy odds for 2020Bowl projectionsSporting News released its bowl projections for all 43 bowl games, including College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 picks. We also looked back at previous bowl projections to see how good (or bad) they were. Coach rankings, 1-130One of SN’s favorite pieces of the season is ranking the FBS coaches from 1-130. It’s a list that starts with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, but where do the other active coaches with national championships — Ed Orgeron, Jimbo Fisher, Mack Brown and Les Miles — fit in? We have Power 5 rankings for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.Preseason All-AmericansSporting News is one of five outlets used to determine consensus All-Americans at the end of the college football season. We have released its annual Preseason All-American team, though Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, a second-team selection, has decided to opt out of the season.Sporting News top 40 playersWho is the best player in college football? Which conference has the most players in that top 40? Sporting News answered those questions when it released its Top 40 Players for the 2020 season. That list starts with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and is filled with several Alabama stars. Find out who else made the list.last_img read more