Listen Tuesday Night (9-10) for exciting Boys Soccer action as The Batesville Bulldogs will be battling The Shelbyville Golden Bears.Varsity kickoff will be around 8. JV starts at 6.Tracey Fox, Mike Robertson, and Uncle Randy Mullins will have the call.
Published on February 5, 2015 at 8:11 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Everyone on Syracuse knew about Kayla Treanor before she knew about them.Gary Gait, the head coach, bragged about her before she graduated high school. He talked about her stick skills. He talked about how she could fit into SU’s offense. He talked about how great of a player she could be.But before she had to play a significant role for the Orange as an attack, it was just talk.“She came in and had that swagger like, ‘I’m a freshman, but I’m going to play with these people in D-I lacrosse,’” former SU attack Michelle Tumolo said. “… You’d never know if she was a freshman or a senior.“She just plays her heart out.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Tumolo tore her ACL in April 2013, Treanor, a freshman at the time, filled in at the left attack position and was forced to use her left hand as effectively as her naturally dominant right hand. All Treanor had were expectations then, but nothing tangible.But this year, there’s a reputation for her to uphold. There is no Tumolo, and there is no Alyssa Murray. Treanor is the centerpiece of the No. 4 SU offense and if Syracuse were to win its first national title in a women’s sport, it would likely be because of her. Treanor’s 117 points last season led the country and her 79 goals ranked second nationwide.Treanor developed her stick skills, the strongest point of her game, by receiving feedback from Gait. Treanor says Gait, a former SU lacrosse player, has the best stick skills of any player she’s ever seen. In previous seasons, Treanor could also learn from dynamic attacks like Tumolo and Murray on an everyday basis and model her own game after them.“Now it’s her opportunity to lead the offense,” Gait said, “and I think the experience she’s gained by playing on attack is valuable and you’re going to see the results of it this year.”The day before Syracuse’s final four game against Maryland in 2013, Gait mentioned a move to Treanor during a walk-through that he thought she could be successful with. The next day, Treanor scored twice with that exact move, coming from behind the goal, running toward one side of the net, reversing direction behind the crease, attacking the opposite side and scoring with a clinical dip-and-dunk over the goalie.“I use (that move) all the time now,” Treanor said.Because Treanor’s ambidextrous, defenders don’t know which hand to defend. When she charges toward one side, they don’t know if she’ll continue that way or reverse into the opposite direction.On the rare occasion that defenders do slow Treanor down, she’ll throw a behind-the-back pass — something Gait made a career out of — or maybe even fake the fancy play and keep running. In high school, she would throw passes to teammates who weren’t even ready to catch. Treanor has even made a habit of scoring while standing behind goal line extended and curving the ball in.“She’s so dominant because you literally don’t know what’s going to come next,” Tumolo said. “… It’s really almost impossible to shut her down.”Before she got to college, Treanor played midfield. And though it’s common for college coaches to recruit high school midfielders and move them around the field, Treanor spent more time focusing on the endurance needed to play on both sides of the field.At Syracuse, she’s dedicated all of her time to the attack position, which is centered more on controlling the offense with the ball in her stick and taking on defenders one-on-one.While Treanor also has an uncanny ability to pass, too — her 38 assists last season tied her for 14th best in the country — it’s her killer instinct to take over games that separates her.The summer before her sophomore year of high school, the goalie on Albany Elite, her travel team, couldn’t play in the second half of a game during a tournament and there was no backup. With no one in goal, Treanor won the first eight draw controls after halftime and each time, Albany Elite scored in the eventual blowout win.“It was just like bing, bing, bing, bing,” said Peter Melito, Treanor’s travel coach and varsity coach at Niskayuna (New York) High School. “… That to me was just like wow. It was unheard of.”And though Melito says Treanor put on performances like this game after game, she was never satisfied. Treanor played soccer and basketball for most of her life and only picked up lacrosse in seventh grade, so she felt she had to make up for the missed time by working even harder.After practices in high school, she would go home and play wall ball against the bounce-back net in her front yard. During this past Winter Break, Treanor would work out up to three times a day.“You never want to stay the same, you never want to plateau,” Treanor said. “So I have so much to work on.”In the fall of her junior year of high school, Treanor tore the ligaments in her left ankle and felt the pain for the rest of the school year.But it didn’t stop her. She played through her soccer, basketball and lacrosse seasons with the injury.“I just love sports so much, you don’t even think about it,” Treanor said.She grew up idolizing athletes like Bo Jackson — a former professional football and baseball player — whose documentary she watched as a child.But now the roles have shifted. She’s the idol. She’s a frontrunner for this year’s Tewaaraton Award, which is given to college lacrosse’s best player.She’s a product of centerpiece players that have come before her. But Treanor is looking to do something that no one else has done before: lead Syracuse to a national championship.Said Treanor: “The hope is the better I am, the better our team will be.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ This is placeholder text Advertisement Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.
NEW ORLEANS — When LSU coach Ed Orgeron accepted Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Saturday — presented by the Football Writers Association of America — he was quick to point out the lasting lesson he learned from the Grambling coaching icon.”You try to mold yourself to emulate guys like this,” Orgeron said while motioning to the Robinson bust at a presentation at the Sazerac House. “In order for you to have success, your players have to know that you love them. You have to treat them like your sons. That’s our No. 1 philosophy — the No. 1 philosophy at LSU.” Before Orgeron held up Robinson’s bust, he shared a promise he made to his family:”I promised my mama one thing,” he said. “I was going to go to college. I was the first in my family to get an education. It allowed me to do what I love to do, and that’s coaching.”Football and family. In Louisiana, that’s all you need to know. That explains how the native of Larose, La., has emerged as the state’s favorite son this season. He leads No. 1 LSU (14-0) into a matchup with No. 3 Clemson (14-0) in a battle of undefeated teams in the College Football Playoff championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday. It’s a big game, but for Orgeron it is more than that.MORE: LSU-Clemson odds, predictions and betting trendsHe played at Northwestern State. He coaches at LSU. Eddie Robinson III, the grandson of the coach who won 408 games at Grambling from 1941-97, pointed out a long line of coaching and family ties among the three schools that exist at LSU today. That is Orgeron’s doing.”From the top of the state to the bottom to the middle, his success at LSU speaks volumes,” Robinson III said. “He’s not only touching lives with his student-athletes; in a sense, he’s unifying the state.”At College Football Playoff Championship Media Day, Orgeron was asked what winning a national championship for LSU would mean. He used the same word three times.”Everything. Everything,” he said. “Everything that we’ve done up until now is good, but it’s not great. We want to be great. To finish the season strong with a win is our goal, and that’s going to be a tough task. But we didn’t look at it as, ‘Hey, man, we’ve got to go down there and win the national championship; it’s going to be bigger than ever.’ We’ve got to play well enough to beat Clemson, and that’s been our focus.”Orgeron represents all things Louisiana. He’s a college football Popeye with an unmistakable voice that emanates a culture only those who live in the Bayou can truly understand. Take Orgeron’s assessment of his success with in-state recruiting:”It’s not an official home visit, it’s a party,” he said. “There’s 30, 40 people there, there’s jambalaya, there’s gumbo, food, music and it’s just a festivity. That’s the great part about being in Louisiana.”Orgeron isn’t the first LSU coach to enjoy high-level success. Nick Saban and Les Miles won national championships with the Tigers in 2003 and 2007, respectively, in the Bowl Championship Series era. But it was Saban who kept Miles from tacking on more in a one-sided rivalry between the Alabama and LSU, which spilled into the College Football Playoff era. The Crimson Tide won eight straight games against the Tigers starting with the 2012 BCS championship game in New Orleans.Orgeron took over in 2016 as the interim coach with a 16-27 career record after a head coaching stint at Ole Miss and an interim stint at USC. What was perceived as a questionable hire turned out to be the perfect fit over time. After all, this is a sport where fit means everything, too.MORE: Sporting News’ expert picks for CFP title gameHe set the tone for that after a 24-10 loss to Alabama on Nov. 4, 2017. Orgeron simply said, “We’re coming. We’re coming, and we aren’t backing down.”It’s the message LSU players — such as All-American safety Grant Delpit, himself a New Orleans native — have absorbed and parroted.”I tend to start repeating stuff he says,” Delpit said. “Just stuff that he always says during practice, the meetings, stuff like that. Block out the noise and stuff that he preaches. It’s definitely huge.”That brevity is the soul of the GIFs Orgeron generates, even if he’s the first to admit he won’t be on social media. They are the mantras that helped LSU pile up six victories against top-10 teams this season — none bigger than the 46-41 shootout win over Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9. That came with a viral postgame speech Orgeron needlessly had to address afterward.For Orgeron, that was a “family moment at the dinner table.”It wasn’t the moment that defined this season, however. Orgeron repeatedly pointed out one play — a 61-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Justin Jefferson — that clinched LSU’s 45-38 victory over Texas on Sept. 7. Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger told Orgeron the Tigers were going to throw the ball on third-and-17. Orgeron said, “Have at it.””That third-and-17 against Texas was the defining play in my mind in our season,” Orgeron said. “It goes to show you that we have some big-time players, especially at the quarterback position and the receiver position, along with the protection that can make plays in tight quarters, in a tight spot in the game. … If they get the ball back, no telling what happens.”Instead, everything happened.Ensminger and Joe Brady crafted an offense that has averaged an FBS-best 48.9 points per game. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and a host of other postseason awards, including Sporting News’ Player of the Year. “It seemed like we got every award in the country,” Orgeron said.And while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Ohio State’s Ryan Day stumped for which of their undefeated teams should be No. 1 in the final Playoff rankings, Orgeron said simply, “We’ll be ready. Any place, anytime.”That’s what championship teams do.MORE: LSU leads SEC as biggest bowl season winnersLSU scored 100 points combined in blowouts of Georgia in the SEC championship game and Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Now, Orgeron is on the big stage with a no-frills philosophy that contrasts the always-quotable Swinney, who turned to the standard “Rocky IV” analogy complete with Clemson being Rocky and LSU being Ivan Drago.Orgeron’s response?”I couldn’t even tell you who those two guys are, to be honest with you, but I just know this: that it’s going to be an emotional night when we do run out of the tunnel. I believe it’s going to be a home-field advantage, but we have to take care of it. We have to use it to our advantage, and as you know, those fans are going to be fired up.”So will Northwestern State fans. And Grambling fans. That is what Orgeron has accomplished. Robinson III assured that his grandfather is “up in heaven smiling down.””It comes full circle Monday,” Robinson III said. “Coach O and this LSU Tiger program; it’s the best. I like them to bring home the win.”That opportunity was made possible by Orgeron, who spent the weekend in his natural habitat. He will have a chance to join that exclusive club of active coaches with a national championship. That group consists of Saban, Swinney, Miles, Jimbo Fisher and Mack Brown. Saban and Swinney are the only ones at their current schools, but Orgeron is the only one who is coaching in his native state.
MORE: Damian Lillard pays Kobe the competitor a fitting tributeDuring an Olympic matchup with Nigeria, coach Mike Krzyzewski called Davis’ number. Team USA had built an enormous lead, so this was a rare opportunity for Davis to log a few minutes and boost his stats. Unfortunately, he made a key mistake before he even reached the floor.”I was just so happy to be around all these guys, you know, all these future Hall of Famers, and I forgot to put my jersey on before the game,” Davis said. “So when Coach K called me to get in the game, I’m going up to the table and I’m about to take my warm-up shirt off, and I look down, and there’s just a white T-shirt underneath. So I kind of creep back to the bench, and Coach K asked me like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I kind of whispered to him because I didn’t want these guys to hear me. And I was like, ‘I forgot my jersey.'”I go sit down, and Kobe, he got on me. Like, I can’t say what he said, but, you know, basically like, ‘Why are you not going in the game? This is your chance.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t got my jersey on.’ And there’s a picture where he’s kind of looking into my warm-up. And he said some more things after that. So now before every game, I kind of just check to make sure I got my jersey on to this day. So he told me how to get dressed for a game, basically.” Long before he became one of the best players in the NBA, Anthony Davis was just a 19-year-old trying to find his place on Team USA. Davis was a member of the gold medal-winning squad back in 2012, easily the youngest player on a roster loaded with superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and, of course, Kobe Bryant. After Friday night’s game at Staples Center, which featured multiple tributes to Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the Lakers forward was asked about his favorite Kobe memory. Davis instantly pulled out a story that he will never forget. View this post on Instagram Look very closely at this photo…notice anything? The Rookie Didn’t put his jersey on!!!A post shared by Kevin Love (@kevinlove) on Aug 3, 2012 at 4:54am PDTOnly Kobe Bryant could turn something as basic as wearing a jersey into a lasting life lesson. “He taught me how to dress for a game.” Anthony Davis reflects on his favorite Kobe memory.More Kobe memories on 710 AM ESPN https://t.co/lFLD88TuIk pic.twitter.com/s7LadADN26— ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) February 1, 2020Photographers caught Bryant and other established veterans laughing at Davis, who eventually played in that game once he properly dressed himself.So much for that whispering strategy.Anthony Davis told a story about forgetting to put on his jersey at the Olympics and Kobe giving him a hard time for not being able to check into the game because of it.AD checks his jersey before every game now. pic.twitter.com/FjlfZVQz5p— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 1, 2020