Surfers take advantage of the early-spring swell in Ocean City.Registration is open for the Spring Swing Surf Contest 9 a.m. Saturday (April 26) at Seventh Street Beach.Early forecasts call for no major swell this weekend, but TheSurfersView.com is reporting a chance for a decent bump on Saturday.“Despite the gorgeous spring weather we’re having, there will be no waves to ride until what seems like Saturday, when a projected S/SSE windswell will enter our region jumping the wave heights back up into the thigh to waist high range or so,” the website reported on Tuesday.The “no wave date” for the contest will be Sunday (April 27).Divisions include: male age groups from 13-and-under to masters and over; longboard open; and women open.Entry fee is $10. Register online at www.ocnj.us/recreation under Recreation Activities. The event honors Don Pileggi for his many contributions to the Ocean City surfing community.Pileggi was a 1950 Ocean City High School graduate who later supervised the local Youth Center for eight years and worked for the Ocean City Recreation Department for 28 years.
Published on January 11, 2014 at 12:39 am Facebook Twitter Google+ It was a game of runs, and Syracuse’s best blow was too much for North Carolina to overcome.Already on a 17-1 run to start the second half Wesley Johnson received a swing pass from Andy Rautins at the top of the key. He then hoisted a shot that presented two possibilities: A make would all but seal a gritty Orange win. A miss would allow the Tar Heels to hold on by a thread.Johnson nailed it and sent a dejectedly defeated North Carolina team into a timeout.“We definitely realized it,” Rautins told The Daily Orange, referencing the team’s second-half dominance. “The momentum in the crowd you could feel it shift every ten minutes or so and you know, it was a great atmosphere to play in.”On the heels of its best stretch of the game, No. 24 Syracuse (4-0) upset No. 6 North Carolina (4-1) 87-71 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 20, 2009. The win crowned the Orange 2K Sports Classic champions in front of 15,552 fans, and was its best win of a moderately tough nonconference schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo future first-round NBA draft picks led their respective squads in the contest. Johnson paced the Orange with a game-high 25, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3. Ed Davis collected a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.After an 8-0 start by the Orange, UNC clawed back into the game to a 15-12 advantage behind strong play by Davis and point guard Larry Drew II.“We started great but they came right back at us,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We had another good spurt, they came right back and took the lead at halftime.”The beginning of the first half was a microcosm for a back-and-forth frame.But then Syracuse used halftime to springboard itself to a gutty win. Seconds into the second half Brandon Triche tied the score at 39-39. Then a sharp run, highlighted by post buckets by Arinze Onuaku, pushed SU’s run to 10-1.Then another Triche basket put the run at 15-1 minutes later. The final push was on.“At one point, we were maybe up 19 or 20 and then you tell yourself, well we got this game in the bag,” forward Kris Joseph said.The Orange would get through its nonconference slate unscathed, not losing a game until its second Big East contest against Pittsburgh.Notable nonconference wins against UNC, Florida and California, coupled with a strong showing in the Big East and tough play on both ends of the floor throughout the season, turned into a 30-5 season for Boeheim and Co.Said Rautins: “It’s very tough for teams to beat us when we play aggressive as we do.”compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. sports editor, [email protected] Comments
Still looking for its first win outside of the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) will try to cure its road woes in PNC Arena against North Carolina State (14-8, 3-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.SU head coach Jim Boeheim joined the ACC Coaches Teleconference on Monday afternoon and reiterated that SU has looked better of late, highlighted by an upset of then-No. 6 Florida State on Saturday. Yet, the Orange has played like a different, far more inferior, team on the road.Here’s a brief recap of Boeheim’s comments on Monday.The difficulty of transitioning John Gillon and Andrew WhiteIn coaching 41 different Syracuse teams, Boeheim has plenty of experience in transitioning players to fit his system. Most often that transition has been from high school basketball to college, allowing Boeheim plenty of freedom to mold players how he wants. With fifth-year transfers Gillon and White, that sculpting process was substantially more difficult.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In some ways it’s almost easier to work with a freshmen,” Boeheim said, “because they don’t have any built up, learned behaviors. It’s been much more difficult than I would’ve thought (with fifth-year players)”Both Gillon and White endured their own obstacles as the Orange navigated the first half of its season. White’s shooting ability has stuck with him, but he struggled to find his correct placement in the zone. Gillon shared some of those same defensive struggles, but his hardships have more clearly been illustrated when trying to run the offense.Turnovers and careless ball movement have stagnated Syracuse’s offense at times, and Gillon has drawn the public ire of Boeheim plenty of times. Gillon has still started the last eight games. And against the Seminoles, the Colorado State transfer scored 21 points and dished 11 assists as he strung together one of his best performances of the season.“Andrew White figured it out earlier. I think he’s been pretty solid all year,” Boeheim said. “… I think John Gillon took a while, (but) I think he’s back playing at a much different level now.”Looking ahead to the WolfpackFreshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. has not only been N.C. State’s star — he’s been one of the best players in college basketball’s deepest conference. Smith Jr. leads the ACC with 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game, complemented by his 19 points per game, which ranks fifth in the conference. Without any doubt, he’s the player SU needs to worry about most.N.C. State has also been one of the steadier shooting teams in the ACC. The Wolfpack’s 47.7 percent shooting clip from the field is fifth-best in conference play. After beating only Pitt and Virginia Tech in its first seven ACC games, N.C. State pulled a stunner and upset Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Monday. They’re more than capable of getting the same result against the Orange on Wednesday.“When they play well, they can beat anybody,” Boeheim said. “They’ve demonstrated that.”Can Syracuse be fixed on the road? Boeheim thinks soIt was only a matter of time before one reporter on Monday’s teleconference questioned Boeheim about Syracuse’s dramatic home and road splits. The head coach ran through the basics that have been beaten down: Poor defense, OK offense, no wins.But then it was posed to Boeheim: Can those problems be addressed at this point in the season?“We’ve fixed it,” Boeheim said. “Our defense is better. Our offense is better. We were much better. But the last two road games against North Carolina and Notre Dame, they’re tough teams to beat at home anyway.“I think we’re better. Is it good enough? That’s what we’ll see. I don’t know that. I don’t know if it is or not.” Comments Published on January 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+