16 Sep

Syracuse finishes regular season ranked No. 21 in Top 25 poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite earning two victories in the final week of the regular season, Syracuse (20-9, 11-5) dropped one spot to No. 21 from No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.On Sunday, SU cruised to a 73-57 win over Pittsburgh, marking the program’s eighth straight 20-win season. The Orange won seven of its final nine regular-season games, four of which came against teams ranked in the Top 25. Syracuse finished the regular season 7-8 away from the Carrier Dome, a site it likely won’t play in again this season.Senior point guard Alexis Peterson, redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes and senior center Briana Day has each scored in double figures the last seven games. Against Pitt, SU tallied 19 points off turnovers but Peterson, the ACC’s leading scorer, lead the offense with 25 points for the second straight game, many of which came off of high-middle screens by Day.Save for a four-week stretch during the middle of the season, SU has placed inside the Top 25 every week. Syracuse reached its highest-ever ranking, No. 11, in November. Since then, SU has been unranked or slotted around the No. 20 spot.Seven ACC teams placed in the Week 17 Top 25: No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 8 Florida State, No. 13 Duke, No. 14 Louisville, No. 16 Miami, No. 17 North Carolina State and No. 21 Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU also locked up the No. 6 seed in the ACC tournament. Last year, Syracuse got a double bye, then beat NC State and Louisville before losing to Notre Dame in the tournament championship game.The Orange gets a single bye in this year’s ACC tournament. It takes the floor Thursday at 8 p.m. in Conway, South Carolina, against the winner of 14th-seeded North Carolina and 11th-seeded Pittsburgh. SU has handily beaten both teams this season. Should the Orange win its first round game, it will face Duke, a team it lost to by 17 on Feb. 10. The ACC tournament will run until Sunday, March 5. Comments Published on February 27, 2017 at 4:46 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

13 Aug

Rate of Iowa kids lacking health insurance inches up

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The number of Iowa children without health care insurance is slowing inching up – a red flag, according to children’s advocates who track the impact on families.A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows 2.7% of Iowa children lack health insurance.That’s up about 1,000 children from two years ago.That might not seem like a lot, but Anne Discher, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Iowa Department of Human Services, says it’s a sign that progress has been reversed.“It certainly marks a shift from many years where we’ve been able to decrease the share of children who are uninsured in our state,” she states.Georgetown has compiled the nationwide rates for uninsured children for nine years. The report says continual efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act has made health insurance harder to get, or kept families from enrolling their children.The report notes one group with the most pronounced loss of coverage is Latino children, possibly due to immigrant parents’ fear of interacting with the government.Discher says Iowa children with health insurance are more likely to attend school regularly and because they have access to medicine, they’re less likely to be absent due to chronic diseases such as asthma.“It has long-term effects too, in terms of kids who are insured are more likely to graduate from high school, they’re more likely to go onto to higher education, and they’re more likely to get a good job as adults,” she states. “So, it’s got both immediate ramifications and long-term ramifications.”Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, says the trend of fewer children having health coverage doesn’t bode well for a nation experiencing a strong economy.“This is a time of relatively low unemployment rates, and children really should be gaining health coverage, but they’re not,” she states. “So, should an economic downturn occur, the child uninsured rate would probably increase more rapidly than what we’re seeing now.”The study found the number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, bringing the total number to 4 million nationwide.last_img read more

12 Jan

Fort St John Huskies have tough weekend at home

first_imgThe Huskies would break the tie, at 4:53 left in the period, as Geoff Dick would send one into the net with a feed from Gary Loewen and Brady Marzocco making it a 5-4 lead over the Kings as they headed into the third period.Things would change in the third period as the Kings started to pick up steam as they tied the score at five apiece at 6:48 into the frame on a power play.Things didn’t improve much for the Pups as the Kings would make another goal at 9:07 into the period taking the lead of 6-5 over the Huskies.Then in the final minute of play, the Huskies pulled their goalie to make it a six-man effort on the ice in hopes of making a comeback.This tactic did not work in the Pups favour as the Kings would send the puck into the net with only 14 seconds left in the game.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies had a tough weekend as they played two games at home at the North Peace Arena.On Friday, the Huskies hosted the JDA Kings as part of regular season action.At 3:20 into the game, on a power play, Gary Loewen sent one into the net with a feed from Geoff Dick and Jared Loewen making the score 1-0 over the Kings.- Advertisement -Then at 6:53 into the frame, Jared Loewen would score one for the Huskies with a double assist from Brady Marzocco and Gary Loewen making it a 2-0 lead.But then at 8:23 into the period, in a power play situation, the Kings scored a goal putting the score at 2-1.Following the Kings score, at 9:52 into the frame, Chase Gregory would score a goal with a feed from Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen making it a 3-1 lead over the Kings.Advertisement The scoring for the Navigators didn’t stop there as, at 1:13 left in the period in a power play, they made another goal taking the lead 3-1 over the Huskies as they headed into the second.At 2:50 into the second period, the Navigators would score on the Pups making the score 4-1.Then at 8:00 left in the frame, in a power play, Jared Winkel would score a goal with a feed from Brady Marzocco and Jared Loewen making the score 4-2.With 6:03 left in the period, the Navigators would extend their lead by scoring a goal making the score 5-2 over the Huskies.In period three, at 3:40 into the frame, the Nav’s would score again on the Pups making it a 6-2 lead.The Huskies were unable to catch up on the score, eventually falling to the Navigators 6-2.Up next, the Huskies are at home this Friday, January 18, as they host the Sexsmith Vipers. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. The Huskies would fall 7-5 to the Kings.The Huskies were back again on home ice Saturday night as they hosted the North Peace Navigators.At 3:46 into the game, Nolan Legace would score a goal with assists by Jared Loewen and Gary Loewen making the score 1-0.Then at 6:59 left in the period, the Navigators would score on the Huskies, tying the score at one apiece.The Nav’s would follow it by another goal, at 5:38 left in the frame, making the score 2-1 over the Huskies.Advertisement Then with 8:34 left in the period, the Kings would make the score closer by sending the puck into the net making the score 3-2.In period two, at 7:51 in a power play, the Kings would score on the pups tying the score at three apiece.Then at 49 seconds following that goal, the Kings would score again on the Huskies taking the lead 4-3.Then with 9:29 left in the frame, Jared Winkel would score a goal with a double assist from Chase Gregory Nathan Bragg tying the score at 4-4.Advertisementlast_img read more