Infinity picks up ‘substantial’ engineering contract from Apache

first_imgEngineering company Infinity has been awarded a ‘substantial’ contract from oil and gas company Apache for work on the Seagull development in the North Sea.Infinity said on Monday that the contract entailed support for the pre-FEED & FEED work, provision of production assurance, pipeline integrity engineering, and subsea technical assurance on behalf of Apache.The company added that the Seagull win came during a period of growth. Namely, Infinity added four engineers to their team in recent months, moved to larger premises in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, and it is expected to add ten more employees over the next 12 months.Infinity also said that its recent contracts were secured from existing clients as well as from two new customers, one of which is an undisclosed “major E&P company.”According to the company, this is a record-breaking year turnover-wise and a positive forecast for Infinity in the coming months and years.Patrick Duggan, subsea projects and operations manager at Apache, said: “Apache has worked closely with Infinity and their team on a number of projects over the past two years. […] Infinity has provided us with a range of engineering solutions which have quickly aligned with the Apache pace and method of delivering projects and operations scopes. We look forward to building on the positive relationship with Infinity on our current and future projects.”As for the Seagull development, it will consist of a multi-well subsea tieback project to existing nearby facilities that will start during 2019 with the first production expected prior to Q1 2022.On the same day, Neptune Energy announced it would buy 35% working interest in the Seagull development and a 50% working interest in the Isabella prospect from Apache for an undisclosed price.Neptune said the acquisition provided it with a low cost, near-term development in close proximity to existing infrastructure, as well as a material undrilled prospect both located in the Central North Sea.last_img read more

Trials held for autonomous manoeuvring vessel in North Sea

first_imgThe demonstration provided input for an autonomous shipping roadmap, which will define the lessons learned and the obstacles, technology and potential as well as the steps to be taken towards further realization.The roadmap will guide development of technology within the Netherlands maritime industry, the knowledge institutions, the academia and the government. These include not only technical issues but also those in the regulatory field and aspects such as risk management.Mark van der Star, managing partner at SeaZip Offshore Service, says that the impact of autonomous shipping and the possibilities it offers are enormous: “We are continually busy with innovation at SeaZip Offshore Service and proud that our offshore service vessel SeaZip 3 is the first ship to carry out a fully autonomous test on the North Sea. Participating in this project has enhanced our knowledge in a wide range of fields and will help us grow further as a shipping company in the future.”This Joint Industry Project is supported by a broad consortium of stakeholders: shipping companies SeaZip Offshore Service, Fugro, and the Dutch Pilotage organization, Damen Shipyards and Feadship, naval architects DEKC Maritime, technology suppliers Bosch Rexroth, Robosys Automation, knowledge institutions MARIN, TNO, Technical University of Delft, classification society Bureau Veritas, maritime academies Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz – NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam Mainport Institute (STC & Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and project coordinator Netherlands Maritime Technology.The Dutch government is represented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Ministry of Defence (Defence Materiel Organisation). It is partly funded by the TKI-Maritiem allowance of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. A series of autonomous operations trials were held in the North Sea on 19 and 20 March, about five nautical miles off the coast of Den Helder, the Netherlands.SeaZip 3, a Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610 ‘Twin Axe’, from SeaZip Offshore Services was outfitted with collision avoidance technology and took part in several nautical scenarios to determine how the vessel would interact with seagoing traffic.The trials were part of the Joint Industry Project Autonomous Shipping, a two-year research & innovation project started in 2017 and focused on autonomous operations of seagoing vessels.“We are proud that our consortium of 17 partners established the first ever autonomous operations with seagoing vessels held at the North Sea,” commented Marnix Krikke, innovation director at Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) and project leader of the Joint Industry Project.“A total of 11 scenarios were run in which SeaZip 3 interacted with two other vessels, Octans, a training vessel of the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz and Guardian, an Emergency Towage Vessel operated by The Netherlands Coastguard. These scenarios are the outcome of research by Technical University of Delft, MARIN and TNO. The scenarios were first tested in the MARIN simulator center in Wageningen and now, last week, in a real-life environment on the North Sea.”By testing the scenarios on the North Sea, the partners involved were able to show the decision-making process of an autonomous system in ensuring safe sailing and avoiding collisions with other vessels.The autonomous system provided by Robosys Automation, connected to the on-board autopilot and machinery control system, performed the evasive manoeuvres in a safe way. According to the JIP, it was concluded that further development of autonomous systems is needed, to cope with complex marine traffic situations in a more efficient way. Autonomous shipping roadmaplast_img read more

10 injured in Guimbal road crash

first_imgHe was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Guimbal police station./PN Jerson Torrato; Lovely Jocel Tuvilla;Rojelso Revilles; Girlie Caguia; Salvador Evalle; Carl Lester Duran; NoelErasvelo; Arlene Duran; Ashaneth Myles Duran; and Rondio Fernandez wereinjured, a police report showed. They were all rushed to the Guimbal DistrictHospital for medical treatment. ILOILO City – The passenger jeepney theywere riding crashed against a delivery truck in Barangay Nanga, Guimbal,Iloilo. According to Guimbal police station chiefLieutenant Nelson Caro, the incident happened around 8:40 a.m. The jeepney driven by Michael JohnErasmo plunged into a canal when it was hit by a wayward truck. It was carryingpassengers on its way to Igbaras, Iloilo. The truck driver Wilbert Gayagaya claimedthe brake of the vehicle malfunctioned thus he lost control. This passenger jeepney plying Igrabaras-Iloilo City route plunges into a canal after getting hit by a truck in Barangay Nanga, Guimbal, Iloilo on Jan. 6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

Champions League qualifier called off after players test positive for COVID-19

first_img According to La Liga protocol for returning teams, training at all three clubs will have to be done individually until the second round of tests is carried out. It continues rise in the number of confirmed infections among La Liga sides after Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko and Angel Correa both tested positive on Saturday. Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz and Sevilla midfielder Nemanja Gudelj have also been infected in the last two weeks. La Liga’s top flight completed the 2019/20 season on July 19 and the plan is for the 2020/21 campaign to begin on September 12, following the conclusion of the Champions League and Europa League. Spain is one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic and has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks. The Spanish health ministry on Monday reported 8,618 new coronavirus infections since Friday and 65 deaths from the virus over the previous seven days. Valencia were starting their pre-season preparations this week under new coach Javi Gracia, who was appointed two weeks ago following the sacking of Albert Celades in June. read also:Atalanta shoulder Serie A hopes in Champions League They were one of the first clubs to confirm cases of coronavirus in March, when 35 percent of the squad, including players and coaches, tested positive after playing a Champions League match against Atalanta in Italy at the end of February. Valencia finished ninth in La Liga after a miserable season for the club, during which supporters grew increasingly disillusioned with the ownership of Singaporean businessman Peter Lim. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 2020/21 Champions League preliminary round match between KF Drita and Linfield in Nyon on Tuesday has been postponed after a second player from the Kosovo club tested positive for coronavirus, UEFA announced. Swiss health authorities took the decision to place Drita’s entire team into quarantine as the player had been in contact with other squad members. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, having initially returned a negative result last week. Another player had contracted the virus on the eve of Drita’s game on Saturday against Inter Escaldes of Andorra. That player was quarantined at the time along with another teammate. The whole squad had originally tested negative before arriving in Switzerland. UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body will decide whether the match can be rescheduled for a later date. Under the UEFA protocol for European competitions, a team must have 13 healthy players, including a goalkeeper, for a match to go ahead. Espanyol’s Chinese star Wu Lei in action during their La Liga clash with Celta de Vigo at the RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Spain, July 19, 2020. /VCG Meanwhile, Valencia, Espanyol, and Real Mallorca all reported positive cases for coronavirus on Tuesday, as Spanish clubs begin returning for pre-season. Valencia confirmed two individuals have been infected while tests at Espanyol and Mallorca, who have both been relegated to the second division, revealed one positive case each. The identities of the individuals have been kept anonymous. They are all isolating at home and the Spanish health authorities have been notified.center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVlast_img read more

Remi Garde needs to produce something special to get Aston Villa out of trouble

first_imgAs a player Remi Garde was dependable but never astonishing. Aston Villa need something special from him now. The new Villa boss returns to England after 16 years away with the side bottom of the Barclays Premier League – a world away from the familiarity of France. He was born in L’Arbresle, also the birthplace of French composer Claude Terrasse, and began his career at Lyon. During his time he earned plaudits for Lyon’s style, a fluid 4-3-1-2 system which allowed the full-backs to push on – something which should suit Villa. PSG’s growing financial clout made it difficult for Garde but w hile in France, he managed Hugo Lloris, selling him to Tottenham in 2012, Bafetimbi Gomis, Kim Kallstrom and Dejan Lovren. Under Garde, Gomis scored 54 goals in three seasons before joining Swansea in 2014. Perhaps his greatest find was Anthony Martial. The teenager – bought by Manchester United for a reported £58million from Monaco in the summer – was spotted by Garde’s chief scout, Gerard Bonneau, when he was academy manager at Lyon. He planned a gentle integration for Martial – something which is likely to benefit Villa’s youngsters – and eventually gave him his debut as a 16-year-old before the forward joined Monaco in 2013 for 5million euros – a move which Garde tried to block but Lyon needed the money. He returns to management with Villa desperate to survive and Garde has never been in this position as a manager. He has been backed by Wenger and Houllier to succeed, a hint of the esteem he is held in, but he must dig them out of a huge hole. Garde has patience and faith in youngsters and his style – along with Villa’s summer recruitment from France – will be greatly valued at Villa Park. They need stability before success. The defensive midfielder played for the club for six years after breaking into the first team at 22 and helped them to promotion to Ligue 1 in 1989. Garde won six caps for France between 1990 and 1992, making his debut in a friendly against Kuwait, and was part of France’s Euro 92 squad under Michel Platini. They qualified with a 100 per cent record but crashed out at the group stage, with Garde not playing a single minute at the finals in Sweden. A year after his Euro disappointment he joined Strasbourg. Garde then moved to Arsenal on the same day as Patrick Vieira – following the recommendation of boss-in-waiting Arsene Wenger – in 1996 and went on to make 45 appearances for the Gunners, although he never played more than 11 league games in a season. Despite this, Garde won the title with Arsenal in 1998, although he was left out of their FA Cup final-winning squad against Newcastle that year. He only made one appearance in the Gunners’ successful cup run – in the quarter-final replay against West Ham. It finished 1-1 after extra time and Arsenal won 4-3 on penalties, with Garde missing for the Gunners in the shoot-out. After retiring in 1999 he became assistant to Paul Le Guen at Lyon and helped them to titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 before becoming Gerard Houllier’s right-hand man between 2005-07 and then manager himself in 2011. Lyon finished fourth, third and fifth under the 49-year-old in Ligue 1 but did win the Coupe de France in 2012 – their first piece of silverware since 2008 – before the manager left in 2014. “The reasons are personal and family. I feel the need to take a break,” he said at the time. Press Associationlast_img read more

Fernando Alonso: Still Formula 1’s Gold Standard

first_imgFernando Alonso won the second of his two world titles 10 long years ago last weekend. In the decade that has passed since then, the man many in Formula 1 still regard as the best driver on the grid has come agonisingly close another three times. And his quest for that elusive third crown has led to the two most trying seasons of his career with his current team McLaren-Honda, who he joined in 2015 after losing faith that Ferrari would ever get him there. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview at the US Grand Prix, he tells BBC SPORT that a third title would mean “probably less than people think”.“It would be nice obviously to win three, to have the same as Ayrton (Senna),” Alonso says. “To win five would be even better, to win seven… It is always a non-stop wish. “But it will mean a lot more than the number three. It would mean winning for McLaren-Honda – how the project grew up in such a short time. That would be the biggest thing for me now.”Alonso admits that the past two years, fighting to even make it into the top 10 on the grid, have been: “Tough definitely – [I’m] missing the podiums a lot, missing the victories.“But we work hard, we took that challenge and when we see progress like this year everyone is even more motivated.“The day that arrives the first victory or the first win for McLaren-Honda will be a massive achievement for all of us. That chase is probably the motivation we are finding now because as you said missing the victories is very frustrating.”Although driving a car unbefitting of his talent, Alonso remains a gold standard, a man admired throughout his sport for the unrelenting excellence of his performances.It is there almost every weekend – in the incredible first laps, often making up huge numbers of places; in sometimes freakish performances where he can seem to transcend the performance of his car.One of those came in Austin last year. In a car usually 2.5 seconds off the pace, in the first 20 laps of a wet race he was faster on nine of them than leader Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.How does he do it?“Last year here we had definitely a very difficult weekend – a difficult season – and here [Austin] we had some penalties and some things that didn’t work and then in the first corner we had an incident and we were last.“So when you are last, you are frustrated and then you risk a little bit more.“The explanation of the fastest laps in the beginning of the race in a wet circuit is probably more about doing something out of the limits because you don’t care any more.“You are not fighting for the championship, you are not fighting for the race even because you are last and so you attack a little bit more. For Hamilton, you don’t need to do these kind of things when you are leading the race.“And then for the recovering places at the beginning of the races, when you start at the back it is easier.“I would like not to recover any places, start first and be first, but it is a way of probably experience, intuition. I know the circuits quite well after 16 years in F1 and I know where sometimes the incidents happen or what lines to take in which corners, so probably I have a little advantage on those.”Some argue that McLaren have wasted Alonso’s $40m (£32m) annual salary while they have an uncompetitive car. But racing director Eric Boullier, who was instrumental in attracting him to the team from Ferrari, says he would do it all over again.“This guy, first of all, I never saw him being in the wrong place in any session in the last two years – he is always on top,” Boullier says. “He is a marker for the car. He is never off his game. He is always there.“You trust him when he’s on the track. And off it, he doesn’t waste time with details because he can adapt. He trusts us and he knows we will correct them. He just focuses on what stops him going faster. That’s priceless.”This consistency – the ability to drive any car, no matter how it is behaving, to its limit – is something very few drivers can match. And Alonso is well aware of it.Ask him what is his biggest strength, and he says: “Probably in the car to be fast in most of the conditions, let’s say, or with any of the cars. I adapt my driving style more or less to anything, from go-kart to motorbike to wet, more downforce, less downforce, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin, V8, V6, whatever.“It seems I adapt a little bit quicker than some of my team-mates, at least, who are my only comparison because the other cars it’s difficult. Some weak points I won’t say obviously because then everyone will know.“Out of the car, probably I remain more or less focused on the important things, try to always be motivated all the time, training all the time, don’t get any distractions. I don’t have an exuberant lifestyle or anything like that. I try to concentrate on my job and after I finish F1 one day I will live life differently but now it is time to work.”The roots of his skills, he says, lie in his very early days in motor racing.“The start of your career has some implications for the rest of your life,” he explained. “I did my first go-kart race in Spain at three years old and at 17 I switched to single-seaters.“I was racing in go-karts in many different conditions, in many different categories. I was always like four or five years younger than any of my competitors.“So you have to find your way or adapt your way – you can’t reach the pedals, you can’t reach the steering wheel, you don’t have strength to turn the steering wheel, things like that probably put you in a way that defines your future career.“My mother worked in a shopping mall, my father in an explosive company, and we didn’t have money to pay for wet tyres for go-karts. So every time it was raining, I raced with the dry tyres while all the others were racing with the wet tyres.“Obviously, I was lapped like eight times. It’s not like I was winning with the dry tyres – I am not superman; I was losing by a long way. But I had to drive with those tyres because we didn’t have any other tyres. So even if you are last, they switch on the engine and you race. So it has been probably a continuous evolution of my style, adapting.”Alonso’s career has spanned many eras of F1 – V10 engines, V8s, hybrid V6s, a tyre war, control tyres from Bridgestone and now Pirelli. And he has raced against three generations of drivers.He was the man who ended Michael Schumacher’s reign, and he still regards the great German as the best driver he has raced against. He has battled with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for the past 10 years; now he faces a new generation.His best year, he says, was 2012, when he came oh-so-close to winning the championship in what was probably the third or fourth best car on the grid, in a season’s performance that ranks with any achieved by any driver in history.His best race? He chooses two from his Ferrari era. “I would say Valencia 2012 – very emotional win starting 11th.“But in terms of pure driving probably Malaysia 2010 was more difficult. I had no clutch and I had to drive touching the throttle in every downshift. We were fighting other cars. I didn’t have sixth so from fifth I was changing to seventh all the time. All these things were very demanding, so that was the most difficult race I did.”Ask him who he thinks is currently the best driver, himself excluded, and he says it’s a “very difficult question” before picking Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.“In the way he approaches racing, he is always very committed to everything he does. On the track, you cannot see any mistakes when you are together with him,” Alsono said.“In the overtaking manoeuvres probably he is the best out there. When he commits to one movement, 99% of the time he will achieve the result he wanted.“Obviously 2014 together (as team-mate) with Vettel it was an amazing performance he showed. He was way ahead of Vettel in every single point in the driving, in the approach, in the starts, in the pit stops, in the overtaking, he was beating Vettel so easily. So I have to say he will be right now my choice.”Alonso has kept his patience well over these past two years, but the determination to add to his 32 victories – sixth in the all-time list – remains as intense as ever.Ask him what winning means to him, and he says: “It is everything. Everything we do in life is a competition, or it is for me. F1 is no different.“When you win, everything you work on, everything you did for the last ‘X’ days, everything you dream, everything you eat that morning, you do in your life was a preparation for that moment. So winning is everything. But if you are at school, winning means doing the exam better than anyone else. Everything in life you need these little victories here and there.”He has a contract with McLaren until the end of next season – when he “has to be confident” of returning to winning ways.He has said many times this year that he will not decide his future until he has tried next year’s new cars – and particularly the redesigned tyres from Pirelli, which has been asked to enable the drivers to push flat-out throughout a race again. This, Alonso says, will be crucial to whether he extends his career.“How the cars will behave is completely unknown. We know they will be four of five seconds quicker. But if it is four or five seconds quicker on the first lap and then two seconds quicker the second lap, it is not any more fun.“So we need something that is consistent and it gives you adrenaline to drive, and you attack and you drive in an attacking mode. Now we are driving in a safe mode – we save fuel, we save tyres, we save everything. So that is not any more fun to drive.“In 2017, if the cars are really fun to drive and we are enjoying it, I could stay in F1 for a couple more years. I am 34, er, 35 right now.”He laughs at the fact he has forgotten his own age: “And I will be 35 also next year and the following years and the following year…“It is not that I am older than Kimi, who is 37 right now, I read. So it is not a problem of age; it is a problem of enjoyment.“I will not know exactly until mid-next year how much I will enjoy it, and if I keep enjoying, I love motor racing so I will stay for a couple more years. If it’s still a ‘safe’ formula, let’s say, I will think of some other alternatives.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cazenovia hockey secures spot in Section III playoffs

first_imgThough it had to go to the last week of the regular season -and beyond – to sweat it out, the Cazenovia ice hockey team was able to get into the Section III Division I playoffs.First, the Lakers had to win last Tuesday’s game against Mohawk Valley at Rome’s Kennedy Arena, where the Lakers had to wait until the third period to get control and ultimately beat the Raiders 4-2.They went through a scoreless first period, Cazenovia taking 10 shots, but unable to get it in the net as Cy McCrink’s seven games kept it 0-0. More pressure followed in the second period, the Lakers amassing 19 shots and getting on the board thanks to goals by Jake Owens and George Labinski.Still, the game wasn’t decided. Mohawk Valley, down 2-1, tied it in the third, requiring Cazenovia to keep its poise and get something late in regulation – or overtime, if it was needed.With four minutes left, it was Tyson Frederiksen putting in the go-ahead tally. Owens tacked on an empty-net goal in the final minute to ice the game. Having finished at 3-8-1 in league competition, Cazenovia was tied for 10th with Watertown IHC. Since only 10 teams reached the playoffs, a play-in game between the Lakers and Cavaliers was required on Saturday to break the tie.So the Lakers hosted the Cavaliers Saturday at Morrisville State IcePlex, where Cazenovia won 4-2 the first time they met on Jan. 14 – and it would win here, too, though it wouldn’t be easy.IHC struck for a pair of goals in the first period and grabbed a 2-1 advantage. From there, though, the Lakers’ defense clamped down and McCrink didn’t allow anything else the rest of the afternoon.During the second period, it was Cazenovia’s turn to convert twice and it moved in front. All through the final period, the Cavaliers tried to pull back even, but the Lakers held on and prevailed 3-2.The reward for Cazenovia is a trip to Onondaga Nation Arena to meet no. 7 seed CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt in Tuesday’s opening round of the sectional tournament.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more

USC enters final week of regular season

first_imgWith the end of its regular season less than a week away, the No. 2 USC men’s tennis team, will look to close out its home schedule as it hosts UC Irvine at Marks Tennis Stadium today at 3 p.m.Finshing strong · Senior Jaak Poldma looks to lead the Trojans to their 10th match win in a row over the Anteaters at Marks Stadium today. – Daily Trojan file photo As the Trojans’ (19-2, 5-0) Pac-10 schedule winds down with USC just a win away from clinching the conference title, the team is pleased with how its season has gone.“Overall we’re right where we want to be, ranked in the top four,” said senior captain Jaak Poldma.Before reaching such heights, however, the Trojans must contend with an Anteaters team that is surging after a convincing 5-2 win over Pacific and a 7-0 sweep of UC Davis — advancing to 4-0 in the Big West conference.In preparation for its upcoming match, the team has been doing the same thing it has done all season long, practicing hard and working to stay healthy, especially with the Pac-10 championships and NCAA tournament on the horizon.Yet although talk of a possible third consecutive national championship hasn’t subsided, the Trojans insist they haven’t lost their mental edge.“Every match counts, and as its coming to an end, we want to go out on top,” Poldma said.With Poldma and fellow senior Peter Lucassen, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week last week, graduating this spring, it is important for the group’s younger players to perform well down the stretch, solidifying an already strong lineup from No. 1 to No. 6.Poldma said he has been impressed with the younger players’ performances.“[Freshman] Ray [Sarmiento] has a great record and he keeps getting better and better,” Poldma said. “He quickly adjusted to [college competition]. [Freshman] Michael [Grant] is now consistently at the six spot and has stepped up, and [freshman] Emilio [Gomez] is really good as well.”Sarmiento leads the freshmen playing at No. 4, with Gomez and Grant at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Sarmiento has won every match he has not retired from because of injury.last_img read more

Paige Stoner prepares to kick for the homestretch of her Syracuse career

first_img Published on October 17, 2017 at 10:55 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 When Paige Stoner was about 8 years old, she made the Pottsville Minor League little league boys’ baseball all-star team. At the team’s practices, players had a running competition where one took off for first base and then another player, after waiting a couple seconds, tried to make up the difference.“Nobody ever liked to be the guy in front of Paige,” Daniel Stoner, Paige’s father, said. “They didn’t like getting beat by a girl.”Stoner, now a senior at Syracuse, outruns most competitors. In the first three races she’s run this season, Stoner has placed as the top finisher for the Orange. At the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, she finished second overall. At the Battle in Beantown, she finished third. And at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, she finished 24th, running her fastest 6K at Syracuse in 20:16.2. Every bit matters to Stoner, because last season she didn’t qualify for the NCAA Championships. At the Northeast Regional, she finished fifth for a non-NCAA qualifying team. She missed out by one place.Yet this is Stoner’s plan, the one that led her to transfer to SU to chase “big goals.” This season, she and SU head coach Chris Fox decided that meant becoming an All-American, attained by finishing top-40 at the NCAA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 18.“She’s gone from a person that we thought could make it to nationals,” Fox said, “to a person we thought could do really well at nationals.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorStoner didn’t start out as a runner. She played youth soccer, baseball and softball in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, but soon Stoner realized she enjoyed the running part of those sports as much, if not more, than the sport itself. She ran and ran and she seemed to never feel tired. Stoner ran all over the state as a high schooler and then onto the team at Lipscomb University, a private Christian school of about 4,000 undergrads in Nashville. The one constant through Stoner’s journey was her routine and attention to detail: A prerace breakfast of a whole-wheat English muffin topped with peanut butter.“As a kid, she hated having wrinkles in her socks,” Denise Stoner, Paige’s mother, said. “(Paige would say) ‘Oh my god, I can’t move, there’s wrinkles in my socks.’”In seventh grade, Stoner began running cross country and, two years later, she gave up soccer to pursue running full time. As a high school freshman, she finished second in the AAA girl’s cross country race at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships. There, she saw a future in the sport she’d just started.“It was more of a love for her,” Denise said. “(She) realized that it was basically in her nature to run … We’re not sure where that comes from. I’m a walker, I do walk but I’m not a runner.”The recruiting letters from colleges first arrived in Stoner’s sophomore year of high school, her father said. Syracuse expressed interest but Stoner wanted to study nursing, a program SU doesn’t have. She instead ended up at Lipscomb. Stoner, who was raised Catholic, liked the university’s religion and small-school environment. Most runners on the cross country team were Christian.But the method of training at Lipscomb worried Stoner. She called it “a little bit drastic, really intense.” Some of her teammates, she remembered, lost their “love for the sport” because of the training routines. Stoner considered transferring by the end of her freshman year. The next step came the ensuing fall after she stepped off a plane in November 2015.It was Thanksgiving break and Stoner flew from Nashville, Tennessee to Philadelphia, where her father picked her up at the airport. The conversation the father and daughter had shocked Daniel.“She told me she wasn’t happy,” Daniel Stoner said. “And then at the same time, she decided she didn’t really want nursing and was interested in education. So I guess that’s when she started thinking about Syracuse again.”After that discussion, there were more flights to go on. After Stoner returned to Lipscomb to finish the semester, she made three separate trips: To William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, to Syracuse and to Boise State in Boise, Idaho.Stoner knew Syracuse’s Malone sisters, Shannon and Mary, from competing against them in high school. Stoner got in touch with them to check whether Syracuse coaches still had interest in her. They did. Stoner’s professional aspirations, her mother added, paired well with Fox’s “stellar reputation” and professional connections. Those factors outweighed even Stoner’s initial desire to go south for college to avoid running in the cold.“I just knew I had big goals,” Stoner said. “Ultimately that’s why I chose Syracuse, because I know they’re a great program and I knew that I could run well here.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorFox felt comfortable taking in Stoner as a transfer because, generally for runners, the ability easily translates. The Atlantic Sun Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference don’t time miles any differently.Stoner was coming off an injury suffered at Lipscomb when she arrived at Syracuse, so she redshirted track her first semester, the spring of 2016. Then, Fox said, she had trouble running up to the level of her practices in the fall. But, since the ACC Championships during indoor track in Stoner’s junior year, Fox said she’s “really gone to another level.”Since getting to SU, Stoner has felt buoyed by the program’s higher expectations, pushing her harder to improve further. She pointed out the men’s team’s success as something that draws out the best in all the runners. The women’s team also gains leadership from its fastest runner, who displays a trait she honed in high school. At Pottsville Area (Pennsylvania) High School, her father said, some of Stoner’s teammates liked to hide in the woods instead of running the workouts. Eventually, her father remembered, Stoner convinced them to get back on the road without a word. She just ran. She still leads that way, Fox said.“Emotionally, she’s a bulldog. Relentless,” Fox said. “She just goes out and runs every workout hard. She doesn’t take any prisoners. She just does her thing and if you want to follow her that’s great, and if you don’t, she’ll trample you.”It has always been that way. When Stoner was 5 years old, her father remembered, she scored five goals in a soccer game simply because “nobody could catch her.”She hopes the same will be true in a month at the NCAA Championships, because now, Stoner is closing in on the race she wanted to be in all along. She flew across the country two years ago, searching for the school that could get her to that race. Once she’s there, the senior’s “big goals” will be waiting at the starting line, and she’ll just have to catch them, too. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse steamrolls Niagara, 94-45, behind its best overall performance of the season

first_img Published on December 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman turned around and waited his team to jog to its defensive end after a made basket in the second quarter. Instead, behind Hillsman’s left shoulder, Miranda Drummond trapped a Niagara guard. The guard slipped free and charged the lane, where another white jersey stood. The guard panicked, and flipped a pass to center court where Drummond lurked. The ball ricocheted to Gabrielle Cooper, who dished it back to Drummond for the freebie lay-up. By the time Hillsman noticed the score change, Drummond jogged across his view and settled in the Orange’s 2-3 zone. The defensive pressure SU spent a week fine-tuning materialized on Monday afternoon as No. 15 Syracuse (9-2) steamrolled Niagara (3-7), 94-45, in the Carrier Dome in front of 6,093 hollering kids on School Day. The Orange facilitated its best overall performance of the season as no Niagara scorer reached double-digit points and SU produced its third-straight 90-point plus outing. Syracuse rode a 51.4 percent field goal percentage, a 28-0 run in garbage time and five players with double-digit points. Tiana Mangakahia orchestrated the offense with a season-high 15 assists, and Drummond posted a game-high 19 points. “I think we did a really good job of playing fast and getting down the court in transition,” Hillsman said. SU started its current three-game, non-Power 5 opponent homestand with back-to-back 40-point victories. Monday’s matchup was the most dominant, as the Orange controlled all four quarters and never trailed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first frame, Digna Strautmane corralled an offensive board and passed it to Mangakahia at the top of the key for a deep ball. A Strautmane 3 on the next trip pushed the lead to double-digits. On a third-straight trip down the floor, Drummond stepped into another long ball. Niagara used a timeout to halt an 11-0 blitz, capped off by a Amaya Finklea-Guity layup. Then, the Purple Eagles threw the ball away on the inbound, and Emily Engstler muscled into the paint and earned another bucket.By the waning minutes of the quarter, Hillsman was rotating in third-string forwards and the lead ballooned to 15.The Orange offense ran as seamlessly as it did in the second half of their blowout win against Maryland Eastern Shore 12 days earlier. SU featured a four-out, one-in set with Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi or Finklea-Guity patrolling the paint. Syracuse sped passes around the perimeter and created space for open shooters or a lane for a big.SU continued the trend in the second quarter while its defensive full-court press synched in. For weeks, Hillsman said, defenders forgot to communicate once in possession. But on Monday, five-foot Niagara guard Maggie McIntyre sprinted into a few Orange traps near the scorer’s table. As a result, multiple desperation passes were lofted toward mid-court and stolen by the Orange. The layoff between games allowed SU to “clean” its rotation and produce 35 turnovers into 36 SU points. “When (the press) works, it really helps us on the offensive end as well,” Mangakahia said. “Today it was working for us.” The extra possessions masked SU’s eight second-quarter turnovers. Djaldi-Tabdi personally coughed the ball up six times throughout the game, souring Hillsman’s quest for “clean basketball.” But against an inferior opponent, the talent disparity showed.Englster, playing 18 minutes after Hillsman benched her against the Hawks, specifically made an impact, finishing the first half with eight points, five rebounds and an emphatic block that caused the Orange bench to jump up.Syracuse entered the break with a 27-point lead and totaled more 3-pointers (nine) than Niagara’s field goals (eight).The Purple Eagles started the third quarter on a rare 5-0 run, as McIntyre and Emerald Ekpiteta recorded buckets. But then, as SU did all game, it scored. Mangakahia drove baseline, flipped to Drummond and watched as the wing swished one of Syracuse’s 15 3s. The Orange rotation deepened in the fourth, as the bench rocketed the point total to 80 then 85. The 2-3 zone, combined with the ever-present full-court press, blanketed Niagara to its second-lowest point total of the season. And Niagara’s 45 points was the lowest Syracuse’s given up since holding Colgate to 39 a season ago.Like the other two games on this homestand, the fourth quarter served as garbage time. Syracuse inched to 100 points, and the SU sideline — stocked with starters and rotation players — cheered on reserves en route to a third-straight victory. “We had really good balance today,” Hillsman said. “We were able to play multiple players in positions and we got a lot of contributions.” As the clock ticked under 10 seconds in the third quarter, Adila Gathers tossed the ball into the scorer’s table, the ball bouncing into the lap of a Syracuse employee, who flipped it to Hillsman. The 12-year head coach adjusted his jacket, caught the ball, and tossed it back.Confused, the employee gave it to Hillsman who sent it back again. A referee pushed Hillsman’s arm and laughed. Hillsman obliged and handed the ball to the official, smiling as he walked back to the SU bench. With nine wins, two respectable true-road losses, and a top-15 ranking on the Orange’s resume, it’s hard not to joke around as Syracuse breezed through its easiest stretch of the season. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more