Joe Girard III plans to make college decision this week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ He holds Division I offers from Tulane and Massachusetts. Girard III’s father said that Penn State also wanted him to throw in front of their football coaching staff, though Girard III said he only wants to play basketball in college. Midway through the second quarter of Saturday’s game, two Burnt Hills defenders had a free rush to Girard III. He juked both of them and rolled to his left, throwing an off-balance 35-yard strike on 3rd and 10.Early in the second quarter, Girard III made a tackle down near the goal line that caused the receiver to flip in the air. Girard III, though, took a knee to the ribs and stayed down. He walked gingerly to the sideline, but remained in the game when the offense came back on the field.“As long as it’s not a knee,” his father said.It wasn’t a knee, but Girard III was in some pain and discomfort after the game. He played through pain, and he eventually exited the game because the result was decided.He said he’s not worried about getting injured any time he steps on the field.“I’ve always been taught that,” Girard III said. “If you go out there thinking you might get hurt, that’s when it happens.”As he walked off the field, the Burnt Hills student section chanted: “JG3!, JG3!, JG3!” Published on October 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] BURNT HILLS— Joseph Girard III’s college search has entered the final week.On Thursday, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Gerry McNamara traveled to Glens Falls to give a final pitch to Girard III. They arrived Thursday afternoon, watched the end of Girard III’s football practice and then sat down with the basketball recruit and his parents.They sat around a table, where Girard III asked questions about his fit in the program and what their plans for him are. He said that McNamara highlighted Syracuse’s ability to develop combo guards, like McNamara himself, who was a four-year starter at SU from 2002-06.Thursday’s visit was McNamara’s second to Glens Falls in six days. He also attended Girard III’s senior night on Sept. 28.Girard III, the all-time leading scorer in New York state high school basketball history, has been a five-year varsity starter at Glens Falls.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe first received interest in the eighth grade, when he scored 31 points and hit a game-winning shot in his first high school game against Fonda. Girard III announced he’d received an offer from Syracuse on Feb. 2. And SU isn’t the only school closely following Girard III.Four members of Penn State’s coaching staff, including head coach Pat Chambers, visited Girard III three weeks ago. Boston College head coach Jim Christian has visited Girard III this fall as well. Girard III has narrowed his final list to six schools: Penn State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Duke, Michigan and Syracuse.Blessing Emole | Design EditorGirard Jr. said that he thinks his son has narrowed it down to two or three schools in his mind, but Girard III said all six schools remain in consideration. Girard III plans to decide by Oct. 14 so he can focus on the football sectional playoffs, which start on Oct. 20.“Coach Chambers and Penn State are on the right track right now,” Girard III said. “My motto is always to be different, and I can boost them to the next level from the NIT to the NCAA tournament.”Michigan head coach John Beilein, who coached Girard Jr. at Le Moyne, is a family friend.  Girard Jr. played from 1990-94, and tallied the fourth-most three-pointers in school history, with 695.“I don’t know if it’s still true,” Girard Jr. said. “But shooting was the one thing where I would always get him. He’s better at everything else.”His father said Girard III considered going to a preparatory school to face better competition but ultimately decided to stay at Glens Falls and lead the football team for four years and the basketball team for five.In high school, Girard III plays on the ball for the entire game. In college, he’s expecting that to be different. Beilein, Boeheim and Duke head coach Krzyzewski all told him he’ll be used as a combo guard.“I want to play right in the beginning obviously, but you have to think of your fit, of academics, who’s around you,” Girard III said. “I’m a competitor.”Girard III has taken two official visits, Syracuse and Boston College, because he wanted a second look at both schools. Girard Jr. said he plans to study either communications or business, and he toured both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Martin J. Whitman School of Management in his visit to SU.If Girard III chose SU, he’d be joining up with City Rocks AAU teammate and incoming SU freshman Buddy Boeheim. The two have played together for years.Basketball season starts in December, but for now, Girard III is focused on football. On Saturday, he showed why he’s also a Division I recruit on the gridiron. He quarterbacked a shorthanded Indians’ offense, pioneering four touchdowns on the first five drives in an eventual 55-27 loss to Burnt Hills. Commentslast_img read more

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Kyle Kuzma, Lakers put Spurs’ playoff hopes in jeopardy with overtime victory

first_img Isaiah Thomas back in L.A., supporting Lakers while rehabbing from hip surgery PreviousSan Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich discusses a call with referee Derrick Stafford during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game against the Lakers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) drives as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) defends as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton questions a call during overtime in the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during final seconds of overtime in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) dunks against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis (10) defends during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton talks with forward Josh Hart, left, and guard Tyler Ennis in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) splits the defense of San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) and forward/center Pau Gasol (16) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma drives as the Spurs’ Rudy Gay defends during Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich discusses a call with referee Derrick Stafford during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game against the Lakers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Lakers won in overtime 122-112. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma lay on his back, breathing in Staples Center’s electric atmosphere with deep, heaving gulps. He was in the 44th minute of his second straight night of heavy duty and with less than a minute left in overtime had driven into the teeth of San Antonio’s desperate defense to draw a foul that helped clinch a victory in this season’s final breaths.Kuzma earned those extra, exultant moments on the ground after scoring 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 122-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.“He plays to exhaustion,” Luke Walton said, “and then most times plays through it. … There’s been some nights where he’ll tell me, ‘I need a break. I just need one.’ And I’ll get him out. Tonight I could tell he wasn’t going to ask to come out of that game. He was going to fight through it.”The season is all but over and the roster is still ravaged by injuries, but the Lakers (34-44) showed they still have a few tricks left before packing up for the summer, snapping a three-game losing streak and sweeping the season series against the Spurs for the first time since 1997-98. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma, who played 36 minutes and scored 26 points a night earlier against the Jazz, knocked down five 3-pointers and scored the first five points of overtime after Josh Hart missed a layup at the end of regulation that would have secured the unexpected victory.Instead, the Lakers went to overtime for the second time in their last three home games. His mentality entering the extra period should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the first chapter of Kuzma’s career.“Just to kill,” he said. “Just try to win. I didn’t want to lose that game. We have been losing the past couple of games, so I just tried to kill.”Kuzma led the Lakers in scoring for the 17th time in his rookie season, but it was the performances of yet another unfamiliar assemblage of reserves that kept the Lakers alive.Veteran forward Channing Frye scored 19 points in 26 minutes, his most significant contribution since being traded to L.A. on Feb. 8. Tyler Ennis, meanwhile, added 10 points, including the go-ahead layup with 43 seconds left in regulation. The alternative, in a tight playoff race, could be missing the postseason entirely. The Spurs (45-34) are already guaranteed to finish with fewer than 50 wins for the first time in nearly two decades, putting an end to an 18-year streak.“To beat them multiple times in a season for a young team that’s kind of finding itself and building is a nice accomplishment,” Walton said, “but they’re most likely still going to the playoffs and we’re not this year.”The Lakers are finding meaning at the end of the season anyway. And success, too.center_img Ivica Zubac played 28 minutes off the bench, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and six assists, while Hart tallied eight points and 10 boards in 34 minutes.“We needed everyone really, to put that team away,” Walton said.At halftime the Lakers trailed by three, and Walton used the time with his team to tell them to go back to what he told them in the beginning of the season.“I don’t give a damn if we win or lose,” he told them. “I just want us to play as hard as we can and play for each other. That’s it.”After falling behind by eight in the final minute of the third quarter, the Lakers went on an 11-2 run to take a lead at 90-89 on a drive to the basket by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 9:21 left.If the Lakers had not held on to win in overtime, Hart likely would have been haunted by his missed layup at the end of regulation. After he inbounded the Ball to Zubac, Hart came around a screen, took the ball and drove past Dejounte Murray and willed the ball over a challenge from LaMarcus Aldridge.It was oh-so-close, rolling off the back iron of the rim – although much of the viewing public did not see it. ESPN’s broadcast briefly cut to commercial just as Hart prepared to release the ball. The feed returned to show Hart leaning against the stanchion in disbelief, both hands on his head. Julius Randle ran over to playfully hug the rookie in consolation while Brook Lopez rubbed Hart’s head.When Hart was asked what happened on the play, Kuzma interjected before he could answer.“Closed his eyes and got scared,” Kuzma said.“Shut up,” Hart replied. “If I would have tried to dunk it and missed it I would have been you.”Hart redeemed himself in overtime, however, stepping up to take a charge against Rudy Gay with 1:23 left and the Lakers clinging to a four-point lead.On the next possession, Caldwell-Pope, who scored 21, buried a 3-pointer to extend the Lakers’ lead to 117-110.The Lakers are keeping things light, and loose, even as the franchise settles for a fifth straight season with a losing record and no playoff appearance.That’s become the culture around the franchise, in its second season with Walton at the helm. It tied in nicely to the narrative of the Lakers’ growth that the franchise was able to win all of its games (three) against the Spurs for the first time since Kobe Bryant’s second season, when Kuzma was 2 years old.The Spurs never led by more than eight points after the Lakers came back from eight down in the first quarter to pull within 30-29 entering the second. The Spurs were coming off a 113-110 loss to the Clippers as they try to keep pace in a tight Western Conference playoff race in which the bottom five seeds can change dramatically night to night.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Rocket Mortgage Classic: Golf club workers threaten strike before Tour event

first_imgThe PGA Tour schedule could be impacted after employees at the Detroit Golf Club threatened to go on strike before the Rocket Mortgage Classic.Club workers want to bring an end to ongoing negotiations and have a new contract by the start of play Thursday. If it does not happen by then, the union said it is prepared to strike.  Travelers Championship: Chez Reavie ends 11-year winless drought “Come (Thursday) when this tournament starts,” said Kevin Moore, president of the local union (via USA Today), “we’re going to do what we have to do. Demonstrations, strikes, whatever is at our disposal.” Employees have been asking for a contract that includes a “3% pay raise, health care relief and job security language,” according to a news release Monday. Related News Stephen Curry unveils new golf collection, set to launch this fall Phil Mickelson’s realization: ‘Probably … not going to win the U.S. Open’ Detroit Golf Club president Andrew Glassberg said in a statement the club has offered a contract with benefits and salaries 4% higher per year than the current contract.”We believe our offer is more than fair,” Glassberg said Monday. “We are ready to reach a resolution with the union, as we have since the contract expired roughly one year ago. Unfortunately, the union canceled bargaining sessions, delayed the negotiating process, and chose this historic event to make its statement.” The Rocket Mortgage Classic is one of just four events on the Tour schedule before the final major, the Open Championship.The field at Detroit features the No. 2 golfer in the world Dustin Johnson; Chez Reavie, who is coming off a victory at the Travelers Championship; and U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland along with fan favorites Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.last_img read more

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