Former SU field hockey standout, Laura Hurff, playing lacrosse this spring

first_imgOne day in third grade, Laura Hurff was “it” in a game of tag. After less than two minutes, Hurff had tagged everyone.She came up to her teacher, who happened to be her mother, Linda, and asked, “What’s next?” Linda remembered making sure not to make her daughter “it” again so the game would last longer.“That’s probably her biggest asset,” Linda said. “Her speed. She’s used it. I’ve always said she’s been given a God-given talent and that’s what you need to do, use it.”That speed helped Hurff become a three-time All-American in field hockey at Syracuse. She was part of the first women’s national championship at SU as a member of the 2015 field hockey team. She hopes to continue her field hockey career as an Olympian for the United States. For now, in her last semester as an undergraduate, she’s returned to her first sport, lacrosse, as a defender for the Orange (2-0) women’s lacrosse team. Hurff said she hopes it’s just another stepping stone toward her field hockey goals.“Her former high school coach was an old friend,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “… She mentioned it when she was coming, you’ve got a really good lacrosse player that plays field hockey … Sure enough, we got that opportunity to have her.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLinda played college lacrosse herself at Delaware. She was a member of the second-ever NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse national title team in 1983, her senior year.Syracuse field hockey head coach Ange Bradley, who played both lacrosse and field hockey at UD a few years after Linda graduated, was at that national championship game, Linda remembered. Bradley remembered Linda when Hurff first came to SU, Linda said.Because Linda had devoted much of her life to lacrosse, it was natural for Hurff to pick up a stick early in elementary school, trailing her mother to camps when she couldn’t be left at home. Hurff began playing club lacrosse soon thereafter.“She just pushed me to be the best that I could,” Hurff said, “and to be honest, without my mom coaching me when I was little I don’t know where I would have been.”  Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorIn middle school, Linda was Hurff’s coach, meaning Hurff was never going to have a free pass. One gameday, Hurff went to the nurse’s office and her temperature was around 102 degrees. So Linda brought her daughter to her office in the school, had her sleep all day and made sure Hurff played well enough in the game’s first half that she could sit out the second.“If I told her to go through this wall,” Linda said, “she would have run through it.”In high school, Hurff played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Linda said she thinks her daughter could have played D-I lacrosse, and Hurff said the head coach at Delaware reached out about the possibility. But Hurff always wanted to play in the Olympics, and field hockey is in the Olympics, while lacrosse isn’t.Syracuse, which had turned into an NCAA tournament regular under Bradley, became the place for Hurff to use her speed. Though Hurff didn’t play her mother’s sport, she chose to wear the No. 14 that Linda wore at UD. By Hurff’s sophomore season, she had become the key cog at the heart of SU’s midfield, the year SU won its national title. She had reached the collegiate peak but was still chasing her Olympic dream.As a high schooler, Hurff spent time with the United States under-17 national team. The summer before her junior year, she played with the U.S. under-21 team. All that’s left to reach is the senior team. She’ll be away from Syracuse twice during the season, once for a camp later this week in Chula Vista, California, where the U.S. will take on Canada, and once over spring break.“My hope is that right after college, (U.S. head coach Janneke Schopman will) pull me up officially to the team, and we’re still waiting for that,” Hurff said. “I’m not gonna say that it’s definitely gonna happen because I have no idea but that’s just what I’m hoping will happen.”When Hurff reached out to Gait after the field hockey season ended, first via email and then in his office, she wasn’t sure what to expect. She and Linda had spoken about using a graduate year to play lacrosse, but Hurff took the initiative to finish her senior year with the sport.She feels lacrosse aids her chances of field hockey success. As a defender in lacrosse, Hurff gets opportunities to catch up with attackers, get in front of them and turn them. It’s a skill she hopes will translate to field hockey.Hurff isn’t sure how much she’ll play for SU. Hurff told her mother to get to games early, Linda said, to make sure she can watch her daughter play during warmups.But for the Syracuse senior, it’s not about the playing time. It’s about a chance to further her field hockey career. And it’s coming full circle in the first sport Hurff ever played.Two years from now, in Tokyo, the U.S. field hockey team will be playing in the Olympics. Hurff said she hopes she’ll be there playing, in the sport she chose to reach that peak.“Her mindset is, ‘I’m going, mom. I’m going to be there,’” Linda said. Comments Published on February 19, 2018 at 9:53 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington girls are 3-2 embarking on an important stretch next week

first_imgL SNIPES517101012 J LEDESMA52. SN: You lost to Andale by 4 points. Some of us, including Sumner Newscow, thought that was a good performance.Adams: Our coaching staff was impressed by winning all the hustle stats over another really good Andale team.  Andale always makes it difficult for you to score so when we went to the free throw line, we just didn’t take advantage and the girls know that.Again, we felt like we let one slip away up there.  Our kids played their hearts out and there where tears in the locker room after this one. K WHALEY55110022 C WILLIAMS3010.30.3 A LEWELLEN543003 SN: Looking ahead, what do you think are some of the key match ups you’ll see this month?Adams: Well, we open with a very well coached and talented Clearwater squad at home and will get to see Bryna Vogel for the first time.She is a matchup nightmare so we’ll see what we come up with to try and slow her down. You’re not going to just stop her from scoring but we’ll try and make her earn every point.  I believe we have Augusta and Circle that follow but to be honest, I have only really watched Clearwater.After five road games to start the season, we are anxious for out home opener and would love to see the stands full that night.•••••The stats for the season up to this point are as follows: PLAYERGAMES2 pt FGM2 pt FGA2 pt FG%3 pt FGM3 PT FGA3 pt FG %FTMFTAFT % WELLINGTON LADY CRUSADER BASKETBALL STATSTHRU 5 GAMES H WRIGHT53. J LEDESMA541233%000%3560% SN: You opened with a 16-point loss to Haven, but have played well since. Do you agree? Adams:  I agree.  The staff knew that the Haven game would very difficult for two reasons.  First, they are a 20-win squad from last year and return three starters.  Second, Haven was playing their third game of the season and it was our opener and it showed.Haven came out ready to roll and our girls kinda had the “deer in the headlight” look the first half.  The girls showed in the second half what they are capable of doing this season as the loosened up and played them even the entire 16 minutes.The coaching staff was really impressed with this squad in the third place game two days later against Kingman.  Down by 10 with just over four minutes to go against a really good Kingman squad, the girls fought and scrapped to win the game.  It showed us that even on nights when jump shots aren’t falling, we can really rely on our man to man pressure to cause turnovers and get out on the break. A LEWELLEN51. C WILLIAMS3030%000%020% SN: Are there any girls who have surprised you so far?Adams: No surprises but a few stats we like to see.  Our girls are averaging almost 38 rebounds per game along with 14 steals per game.  They also have a total of 104 deflections through five games, which is outstanding. L SNIPES5102836%61155%72726% T ZIMMERMAN5103102 J LEDESMA5650011 C McCOMB51611029 SHOOTING H WRIGHT5207105 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 Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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K WHALEY541040%030%3743% by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2012-13 Wellington girls basketball team has survived a coaching change and the loss of several starters. In fact the team appears to be flourishing after its first month under the helm of Eric Adams, going 3-2.Wellington opened the season with a 16-point loss to Haven in the first round of the Kingman Tournament. But the Lady Dukes would recover to win the final two games of the tournament including a spirited come-from-behind victory over Kingman.That thrust them into league in which Wellington battled at Andale. The Crusaders would lose by four points, in a game that came down to free throws. But the Lady Dukes would return to form with a nice tail kicking against Wichita Collegiate to go into Christmas break. After an 18-day layoff, Wellington will get back into the groove in a big kind of way hosting Clearwater in the Crusader home opener on Tuesday, Jan. 6. It will be a huge Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV contest, before traveling to Augusta on Friday.We asked Adams a few questions concerning the state of the Crusader girls basketball program as of the end of Christmas break. Also, there is updated stats below:Sumner Newscow: You are 3-2 at this juncture of the season. Are you satisfied with the team’s performance thus far?Adams: I’d say happy, but we are not satisfied.  The girls and the staff know we let one get away at Andale.  We won all the hustle stats, it all came down to the free throw line.  We can not go 9 for 18 and win at Andale.  I thought we really played well versus Collegiate to close out the break.When our primary break wasn’t there, the offense looked very crisp and thegirls really got after it on defense. M SALVADOR51412209 S WRIGHT210000 H WRIGHT571354%000%1250%last_img read more

Yahoo NFL DFS Picks Week 11: Daily fantasy football lineup advice for GPP tournaments

first_imgWho knew it would be Saquon Barkley letting us down in our Yahoo daily fantasy football GPP lineup last week? Everything started so great with our Ravens triple-stack of Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown, and Mark Andrews, and we had Derrick Henry go crazy, too. If only Saquon hadn’t gotten exactly one rushing yard on 13 carries. Yuck. We’ll try to carry the positive momentum of our stack into Week 11 as we try to climb some tournament leaderboards in NFL DFS action on Yahoo.Bear with me this week when we go from Jackson last week to Ryan Finley as our Week 11 QB. It makes some sense, trust me. It also allows us to play Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara and Julio Jones, so all value comes with some equal and opposite studs.  FLEX Julio Jones, Falcons @ Panthers ($29). We’ll grab offensive upside on the other side of CMC here and assume that there will be a lot of points scored in this football game.MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderD/ST Minnesota Vikings vs. Broncos ($16). While Brandon Allen didn’t look terrible before Denver’s bye, he’s still a young QB making a start on the road against a solid defense, and there’s nothing about Allen that scares us. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Week 11: Yahoo GPP Lineup PicksQB Ryan Finley, Bengals @ Raiders ($23). Finley looked passable in his NFL debut, showing off some arm talent and also rushing five times for 22 yards. The Raiders are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs, so we’ll take a shot on Finley to allow us to pay up at running back.RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Falcons ($41). McCaffrey continues to be the highest-priced player and will continue to be popular, but to win a tournament, you need upside from your cheapest and most expensive choices, and McCaffrey should start us off on the right foot.WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Buccaneers ($30). Kamara’s Week 10 numbers are misleading — he played more than three times as much as Latavius Murray. After a down week, the Saints should course correct and give Kamara all the touches he can handle against Tampa Bay. Given last week’s results and Tampa’s tough run defense, Kamara could be low-owned, too.WR Auden Tate, Bengals @ Raiders ($18). Tate is probably the most likely Cincy receiver to catch a touchdown from Finley, and he continues to get consistent targets with A.J. Green out. He’s the most logical stack with Finley at a cheaper price than Tyler Boyd and with Alex Erickson disappearing in Week 10.WR Mohamed Sanu, Patriots @ Eagles ($18). Sanu’s 10-catch Week 9 didn’t appear to be a fluke — he didn’t come off the field and was targeted 14 times. New England should ride Tom Brady’s arm again against a bad Philadelphia defense, giving Sanu a great floor and almost as appealing ceiling.WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWR Robby Anderson, Jets @ Redskins ($12). Anderson’s price has declined after a couple of down weeks, but we know that he can connect on a long touchdown with Sam Darnold at any moment. Washington’s secondary won’t be the one to stop that from happening.TE T.J. Hockenson, Lions vs. Cowboys ($12). The Cowboys allow the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends, and Hockenson remains one of the more matchup-dependent tight ends in the league. If Jeff Driskel plays, that should just deperess Hockenson’s ownership enough to make him more appealing.MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSlast_img read more

Wellington girls win season opening tennis tournament for 1st time since 2012

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls tennis team were victors of a very competitive season opening tennis tournament at Sellers Park. Take a look at these team scores:Wellington   16Buhler   15Goddard Eisenhower  15Conway Springs   14.It doesn’t get much closer than that.In No. 2 singles, player Madison Lewellen led the way going 3-0 on the day – good for first place.  Lewellen only gave up three games on the day.  “I think Madison surprised herself a little bit,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington High School girls tennis coach. “Her experience showed today.”  Newcomers Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk finished second at No. 2 doubles losing only one match to Goddard Eisenhower 8-6.  ‘These two will get better,” Aufdengarten said. “They haven’t even picked a racquet up in two or three years.” Abby Lowe played No. 1 singles and did very well, placing third.  ‘Her first opponent was a 5a state qualifier from last year and she lost 8-1,” Aufdengarten said.Lowe bounced back and beat Buhler 8-4, before losing a close match 8-6 to Ebenkamp from Conway Springs, who placed 12th at state. “Abby did well and battled hard for her first meet of the year,” Aufdengarten said. The No. 1 doubles team of Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten took third also.  They beat Goddard Eisenhower, then lost to a good Buhler team.  “Nachtigal from Buhler hasn’t finished out of the top four in the past three years and was a state champ in 2014,” Aufdengarten said. In their final match they lost to Koch and Bellar from Conway Springs 8-5.  “They wanted that one back,” Aufdengarten said. “They didn’t play consistent and was tied 5-5 before dropping last three games.  Bellar placed sixth at state in singles and Koch finished third in doubles last season.”Aufdengarten continued: I’m excited to win the tournament, everyone did their job, every match counted.  We  haven’t won this tournament outright since 2012, so this was a nice surprise, with some good teams here.last_img read more