Quentin Hillsman is beating Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers in the social media race

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Merriam-Webster has two definitions for “meme,” both being nouns. One is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture,” while the other is “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.”The latter definition surely applies to Hillsman’s practices, but the former does, too, because both Grant and redshirt junior guard Isis Young said they follow Hillsman on social media. They see his posts and are more motivated than amused because the messages of Hillsman’s memes are familiar. They’re the same lessons he preaches during practice.“You just see (the memes) and you reinforce,” Young said. “Like, ‘OK coach likes toughness.’ But we know that.” The content of these meme-lessons isn’t on a calculated schedule. It’s “random,” Hillsman said. Still, there are people who don’t even believe he’s tech-savvy enough to do any of this himself.“They’re sleeping on my abilities here, right?” he joked last week.But the people who do believe are the ones who matter the most. They’re the ones who run his plays and follow his rules. They’re the ones who came to Syracuse to play for @CoachQatSU. Comments Recruiting hatched Hillsman’s web presence. If the kids were using it, he figured he ought to as well. From there, it grew into a convenient way to stay in touch with players who have graduated and moved on.“He knows what this generation is all about and he’s a part of it,” junior guard Abby Grant said.Retweeting — essentially the reposting of another account’s original content — is not what sets Hillsman apart from the the likes of Boeheim and Babers. Rather, Hillsman also posts photos of himself and players captioned with large block lettering of an inspirational phrase.They often end up on his Instagram account as well. In a sense, they’re memes.center_img Published on November 14, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Jim Boeheim hasn’t sent out a tweet in the month of November. Neither has Dino Babers, aside from an obligatory Veterans’ Day post with a graphic made by the SU football social media team. As popular as these coaches are — the billboards and TV commercials will show you they are quite popular in central New York — they are not Quentin Hillsman.Hillsman, or “Coach Q” as his Syracuse (1-0) women’s basketball players call him, is instead a man of memes. He inundates the Twittersphere, sharing loads of news from SU Athletics and producing original material of his own. Just as you’ll rarely spot him on the sideline wearing something as standard as Boeheim’s usual blue coat-grey pants combo, you’ll seldom see a day go by where he isn’t active on Twitter.“This new age, you guys don’t talk on the phone anymore,” Hillsman said. “You have to tweet and text and Instagram and all this.”He’s right. Nearly a quarter of teens admit to going online “almost constantly,” according to a 2015 report released by the Pew Research Center. A whopping 92 percent of teens hop online at least once a day, the report said, adding that this mania of internet usage is possible because nearly three-quarters of teens own or have access to smartphones. In a world where those phones are becoming increasingly multidimensional, Hillsman is using his to connect with his players of the past, present and future.last_img read more

Badgers seek to break winless streak at B1G tournament

first_imgA high-level performance from Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren will be essential against Indiana’s leading scorer, forward Cody Zeller. Zeller leads IU with 15.5 points per game.[/media-credit]It’s no secret that the Badgers have struggled in the Big Ten Tournament the past three years, failing to register a single win. On Friday, Wisconsin will seek to end its streak of three consecutive one-and-done conference tournament appearances when it takes on Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, will face Indiana (25-7, 11-7 Big Ten), the No. 5 seed, for just the second time this season. The Badgers previously bested the Hoosiers – who reached Friday’s matchup with a 75-58 trouncing of Penn State in the first round of the conference tournament – by a score of 57-50 Jan. 26 at the Kohl Center.In a tale of two sides of basketball, the best scoring defense in the nation will face off against the best scoring offense in the conference. Wisconsin currently allows opponents on average to score just 51.9 points per game, while Indiana scores an average of 77.5 points per game. Come Friday afternoon, something will have to give.If the Badgers hope to break their cold streak in the conference tournament they will need another solid game from junior big men Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans. The two combined last time around to hold Indiana’s two leading scorers, freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford, to a combined 19 points. Berggren displayed an aggressive style of defense rarely seen, swatting five Indiana shots while Evans nearly earned a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.Currently, Indiana’s frontcourt duo averages a total of 27.3 points per game, with Zeller and Watford averaging 15.5 and 11.8 points a game, respectively. The Hoosiers also contain an extremely balanced offense, with four players averaging double figures.Indiana, who currently ranks tops in the conference for 3-point shooting at 43 percent, features six players who shoot over 40 percent. Leading the Hoosiers in three-point prowess is senior Matt Roth, who leads the entire Big Ten with an outrageous 57 percent conversion rate from behind the arc. Complimenting Roth is junior Jordan Hull, who is second in the Big Ten behind his senior classmate with a 3-point accuracy rating of 48 percent. Their success will face a stern test in the Badger defense, which currently holds opponents on average to 27 percent a game from three, good for tops in the nation.The game could be decided on how the Badgers, not the Hoosiers, shoot from beyond the arc. While Wisconsin beat Indiana in their previous meeting shooting just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc (23 percent) there haven’t been many instances the Badgers have escaped with a win while shooting poorly. In the Badgers’ 23 wins, the team has shot on average 39 percent from deep, compared to 25 percent on average in their eight losses. In games where the Badgers have shot 35 percent or more from three, the team is 18-2 compared to 5-6 in games they shoot below 35 percent.The Badgers – whose offense ranks in the bottom three of the conference at 63.8 points a game – will look to benefit offensively from the recent emergence of senior Rob Wilson, who came on nicely in the final stretch of Wisconsin’s conference schedule. In the past six games, Wilson has averaged 17 minutes on the floor while contributing six points per contest. Wilson’s recent contributions have been a major shot in the arm for a Badger offense that struggles at times, as the team comes into the tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Badgers will hope Wilson compliments star point guard Jordan Taylor’s offensive production, as the leader of the Badgers puts in a team-best 14.6 points per game.The winner of Friday afternoon’s game will face either No. 1 seed Michigan State or No. 8 seed Iowa.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Giants Monday night with several key players out on both sides.

first_imgOn Broadway, the playbill always has this disclaimer: “Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.”That doesn’t soothe the wound if the guy who served you an omelet in the morning is filling in for Dustin Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” that night, but it’s there.They don’t print such things on MLB tickets. Perhaps they should.Some of the Dodgers met some of the Giants on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series. The Dodgers were up by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said beforehand that it might be more fun to be the chaser than the chasee. Giants manager Bruce Bochy considered that and drawled, “Well, we’d be glad to trade with him.” Both managers would have been much happier with healthier players.This is the Year Of The Hamstring on the Dodgers’ medical calendar. At the moment Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez are out with hamstring pulls. Mattingly admitted it might be “a couple of weeks” before any and all come back. A couple of weeks is a half-season right now.The Giants welcomed back shortstop Brandon Crawford, a true weapon with 75 RBIs, for Monday night’s game. But they don’t have second baseman Joe Panik. Crawford is coming off an oblique strain, Panik a lower back inflammation.Then there’s Hunter Pence, who runs into things and was just getting over a concussion when he had oblique problems. He’s the right fielder, and center fielder Angel Pagan has patella tendinitis.“It’s tough when your defense is affected in the middle of the field like that,” Bochy said. He could have included the mound, too. Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are all disabled. That’s 445 major league wins and two Cy Young Awards, and reliever Jeremy Affeldt is down, too.The Dodgers traded away quality prospects, second baseman Darnell Sweeney and pitcher John Richy, to Philadelphia for Chase Utley, to fill in for Kendrick. The Giants sent pitcher Stephen Johnson to Cincinnati for the ever-productive Marlon Byrd, who drove in 11 runs in the four games that preceded Monday. (Angels? Angels?)Injuries are part of the ongoing saga, of course, and the Cardinals are nearly 40 games over .500 with Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams out. But look at 1997, when the Dodgers and Giants brawled into the final week of the season.On that L.A. team, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile all had 630 plate appearances or more. For the Giants, Barry Bonds, Jose Vizcaino, Jeff Kent and J.T. Snow duplicated that.With 32 games left, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt seem to be the only Giants with a shot at 630-plus, and Adrian Gonzalez and Jimmy Rollins have that opportunity for the Dodgers, as does Joc Pederson if his performance allows.There are 45 NL batters who have played in 120 games this year. That’s three per team. An Orioles’ third baseman leads baseball in consecutive games by an active player. Just don’t tell Cal Ripken that it’s Manny Machado, with 130. But don’t blame Machado, either. He’s the only player who has punched the clock in every game this season.Players are better-prepared than they have ever been. The players of two generations ago could never hope to get through their workout routine, let alone extend it through the calendar. But today’s talent doesn’t have to play on the unforgiving turf fields that used to populate the National League, doesn’t rise at 6 a.m. to take commercial flights, doesn’t have a club nutritionist or a massage therapist to consult. Everything that can be done to prevent injuries, including testing for steroids that accumulate muscle mass in scary proportions, is being done. And it isn’t working.Maybe baseball players shouldn’t be baseball players 12 months a year. Their predecessors were dockworkers and delivery men and construction workers during the winter, because they had to have the money. No one is nostalgic for those days, but ballplayers dabbled in other sports more frequently.The other day, Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber was remembering his days as a high school linebacker. “Playing football, I learned the difference between being sore and being hurt,” Schwarber said.The current player, having used only baseball muscles, might not know that difference.Anyway, the fans still got to see Gonzalez and Posey, and tonight they’ll see Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke. Refunds were never an issue anyway.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Open House on Proposed Changes to Chehalis Basin Area Flood Maps

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThurston County government and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will co-host a community open house in Rochester on Thursday, January 17, to present proposed changes to County flood maps that may affect properties near the Skookumchuk, Black, and Chehalis rivers, and Scatter Creek.What:  Open House on Proposed Updates to Thurston County Flood MapsWhen: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Grand Mound Centralia, 6223 197th Way SW, Rochester, Washington, 98579The key change is a proposed redrawing of the flood hazard area which will lead to the removal of 190 structures from the flood hazard area, and the addition of 168 structures. FEMA proposed the flood hazard area revision after completing a study of the Lower Chehalis Watershed using new technologies that provided more accurate details about the location of river flooding.The proposed changes will guide the County’s land-use and building development regulations, and may also affect the cost of flood insurance for some land owners. County staff and FEMA representatives will be available during the open house to explain the proposed changes to preliminary maps, answer questions, and receive public comment.To learn more about the County’s Flood Programs, visit http://www.thurstonplanning.org and select ‘Flood Programs’ under ‘Planning Links’ on the left. Information on the Open House is also available online.You may also email flood-related questions or comments to Tim Rubert, Floodplain Manager, at tim.rubert@co.thurston.wa.us, or call (360) 867-2123.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more

Middletown Turns Its Attention to Route 36

first_img“This is an area of our town that has suffered economically for several decades. I think the idea is to come up with zoning and design ideas that will incentivize developers to come in and work with a lot of vacant lands and underutilized properties. These are properties that are not the most attractive right now,” said township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante. At its June 17 meeting the township committee kicked off a process to determine if the stretch of highway from Palmer Avenue to Leonardville Road is an area in need of redevelopment. So what can the township offer to incentivize economic development in the area? The first section runs from the border of Keansburg at Palmer Avenue to Main Street in Port Monmouth. Section two extends to an area near 9th Street in Belford, just before the beginning of naval base lands. The final section consists of lands spanning from Broadway Avenue in Belford to the intersection of Leonardville Road and Route 36, just shy of the Bayshore Shopping Center in Atlantic Highlands. Though Hazlet’s Airport Plaza Shopping Center on Route 36 is successful – an easily accessible extensive mall with eateries, a Department of Motor Vehicles branch, commercial outlets and a bowling alley – just south sit two vacant parking lots on either side of the highway, one the empty husk of what was once the Bradlees department store complex and the other the vacant site of a former supermarket. Just a short drive south is the vacant Holy Family School and a tract of undeveloped farmland, both of which have been eyed by the township for speculative affordable housing developments. Further south, among gas stations and fast food chains, is the global International Flavors and Fragrances head-quarters in Union Beach, followed by more residential properties, food vendors and small service centers. Mercantante said other Route 36 municipalities will not be included in this study and noted the township would issue an request for proposal for a consulting firm to lead the study this week. MIDDLETOWN – A longstanding vision to create architectural continuity and economic vitality along the township’s Route 36 corridor is headed to the planning board for further investigation. But history is not on the township’s side. Like Middletown, other Bayshore municipalities have struggled to generate economic growth in this area. “We can’t be sure what there is to offer yet,” Mayor Tony Perry said in a June 10 interview. “I want a model that’s unique, just like our town. It could include elements you’re able to find in other towns around the state or it could be some- thing that no one’s ever seen. But whatever it is, it can’t be short-term thinking. This needs to be a model that’s viable for the next 50, 60, 70 years.” According to planningdocuments outlining thestudy area, the townshiphas divided the corridorinto three sections. Naval Weapons Station Earle is another tract of undevelopable acreage that Middletown must contend with, but Mercantante is hopeful the investigation will yield ideas and recommendations to help developers view these quirks as opportunities. “In some ways the trail is a physical constraint and contributes to the narrowness of the area. But on the other hand it’s one of the most heavily utilized trails in Monmouth County. If you can provide services of interest, the trail users are just another captive audience,” Mercantante said. “The same can be said for Earle. It’s an active naval base. How can we provide those servicemen and women more access to businesses and restaurants?” Since December 2016 Middletown has mulled a transformation of the residential and commercial properties spanning the 5-mile portion of state thoroughfare. This complicated corridor is located close to the Sandy Hook Bayshore, an area that includes beachfronts, protected wetlands, waterways like Pews Creek and Compton Creek and other environmental factors that hinder residential development. The neighboring boroughs of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands have had similar issues creating economically viable offerings on their portions of Route 36, with downtown areas located off the state roadway. “It’s a blank canvas right now. You can expand the types of development that are allowed, like mixed-use buildings. You can get creative, and the developers can tell you. The market can dictate what is economically viable,” Monmouth County Freeholder, State Assembly-hopeful and former Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger said. Maybe it’s a model thatdoesn’t exist yet. The following year Maser Consulting unveiled a conceptual rendering of what the Main Street intersection in Belford could look like with Victorian-style mixed-use developments perched at each corner, complete with decorative thermoplastic crosswalks connecting one side of the highway to the other, as well as new curbing and sidewalks with grass cutouts. Another factor that limits development and shrinks the consumer market is the location of the Henry Hudson Trail, a 10-foot-wide biking and walking path that extends from Highlands to part of Freehold. At certain points, the Middletown section of the trail is located just yards from the shoulder of the highway, which would otherwise be valuable real estate for potential developers. “By the end of June we should have responses and we’ll be ready to appoint a consultant for the investigation at our first meeting in July,” Mercantante said.last_img read more

Calling all basketball players to Bomber Camp

first_imgThe camp is open to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 9 — with younger kids from Grades 4-6 ending at noon and the older players continuing through the afternoon.For the cost of $125 before the July 1, 2017 deadline or $150 after July 1, campers receive instruction on basketball fundamentals, including shooting, passing and ball handling skills.There will be 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions through the week and prizes throughout the day.L.V. Rogers Junior Boy’s coaches Bruce Fuhr and Fred Brown are hosting the camp, with additional support from graduating Junior Bomber players. Fuhr has coached and officiated the sport of basketball extensively in the Kootenays while Brown coached high school varsity teams in Ontario.Former LVR Bomber grad Sarah Fuhr is also part of the camper coaching staff.To register send e-transfers to nelsonyouthbasketball@gmail.com or cheques to Nelson Youth Basketball at 5600 Wapple Road, Nelson BC V1L 6Y3.For more information email Bruce Fuhr at sports@thenelsondaily.com or call 250-354-7025. Basketball in Nelson has been a popular as candy over the years in the Heritage City.Young basketball enthusiasts can improve those skills at the 2017 Bomber Basketball Camp set for July 10-13 at the L.V. Rogers gymnasium.The summer camp runs beginning Monday, July 10 at the LVR Hangar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.last_img read more