Federation President Commends Jacob Esuene Sports Club as Teenage Tourney Ends

first_imgIn the Under 10 Boys event final, Emmanuel Ogbemi of Edo State defeated Bright David Monday of Jacob Esuene Sports Club by three sets to two with Udeme Esuene and Mitchel Ibanga Okon, both of the host club emerging joint third.Delight Temple of Jacob Esuene Sports Club won the Under 15 Girls category by winning all three straight sets against Edo State’s Osas Ogbemi. Both Emediong Usoro of the host club and Bayelsa State’s Victory Lucky came joint third.In the Under 15 Boys category, Monday Anthony of Delta State won 3-0 set to leave Harold Whyte of Bayelsa State as first runner-up, and both Treasure Temple of the host club and Edo State’s Timothy Albert were joint third placed winners.The Under 20 Male category produced Miracle Amadi of Charlie’s Club Port Harcourt as the champion beating Victor Effiong of 13 Brigade, Cross River State, while both Isaiah Friday and Junior Joseph placed third.In all, 10 clubs from the South-south region competed at the inaugural edition of the tournament. They include: Canaan Club Calabar, Uyo Club, Shell Club Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt Club, Benin Club and Police Officers’ Mess Squash Club Benin.Others are: Yenagoa Sports Club, NAK Club Calabar, NNPC Squash Club Warri and Government House Squash Asaba and the host club.In line with the rules of the World Squash Federation, the organisers upgraded participants who fell short of their desired category to the next age grade.To guarantee the safety and security of the children, there was a 24-hour police coverage at the hotel where they camped while nurses and first aiders were present at the tournament venue with a rapid response medical unit available overnight.Prizes included squash rackets, for all medal positions in the age grade.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President of the Nigerian Squash Federation, Boye Oyerinde and Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko have commended the organisers of Jacob Esuene Sports Club Squash tournament for their commitment to the grooming of young squash talents.Oyerinde and Uko, who was represented by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Lawrence Iquaibom, urged other organisations to emulate the example of Jacob Esuene Sports Club Squash section, Eket in developing the interest of young enthusiasts in the sport.At the end of the intensive three-day tournament, God’s Finger Temple of Jacob Esuene Sports Club beat Kelechi Onyekaozuru from Bayelsa State in the final of the Under 10 Girls competition, while Favour David Monday also of the host club picked the bronze medal. Boye Oyerinde last_img read more

Hughes, Bohannon relish in senior day victory

first_imgThe Badgers took advantage of their final regular season game, polishing off Iowa 67-40.[/media-credit]Last time Twanna Hutchinson, a parent coordinator for P.S. 251 in Queens, N.Y., saw her son play in person was nearly four years ago on March 17, 2006.Trevon Hughes and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy lost that game, the 2006 Division 2 State Championship game at the Kohl Center, 57-48 to the Seymour Thunder.Hughes did not perform well in that game, shooting just 3-of-17 from the floor, including 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. He finished with 13 points and three assists to two turnovers.With his mother in town again Wednesday night, Hughes wanted to make sure the result was different this time as Wisconsin battled Iowa on Senior Night.“(It was) nerve-wracking,” Hughes said. “We didn’t win that game, and I didn’t play well. So, it was a good thing we ended up on the left-hand side (tonight). I did OK. So, we’re taking baby steps. I’ve got to crawl before I walk.”Hughes finished with 15 points on the night, second only to leading-scorer Jon Leuer’s 18, while shooting 5-for-14 and hitting 3-of-5 three-point attempts. The 6-foot guard from Queens, N.Y., also added two blocks, three steals, four rebounds and four assists.When Hughes exited the game to an extended standing ovation late in the second half, it was clear the Badgers would finish with a better result than Hughes and the Lancers had nearly four years ago when Hutchinson last saw him play in person.For Hughes, though the emotion of the night was there, he used it to fuel his on-court play.“It’s very tough,” he said of handling the emotion. “You just have to suck it up sometimes. … The emotion did play a role in tonight’s game, and that’s the kind of energy you’ve got to come out and play with in every game.”Hughes was not the only one playing his last home game, of course.Fellow senior guard Jason Bohannon also suited up for the last time in front of a home crowd of 17,230 at the Kohl Center. For the 6-foot-2 native of Marion, Iowa, that moment — when he and Hughes exited the court together for the last time at home — meant a lot, especially since the team finished up the home slate with a victory.What meant the most to Bohannon was that he exited the game with Hughes, with whom he came to Wisconsin at the same time back in 2006.“It was a great feeling to know that we finished up our career here with a victory,” Bohannon said. “We played very well tonight. But looking back over our entire career, [we] went through a lot together. And for us to come off the floor together in that situation it meant a lot. We really appreciate how all the fans reacted toward us.”Bohannon and Hughes have won 76 percent of the games they’ve played together at Wisconsin, including 74 percent of Big Ten contests. In those games, they’ve combined for more than 2,000 points while helping lead UW to a regular season Big Ten title and Big Ten tournament title as sophomores.“Just think about two guys going over 1,000 points in the same year, playing on NCAA Tournament teams, conference championship teams (and) conference tournament champion teams,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “That’s pretty exciting. There are a lot of people who would like to be Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes. I would.”Bohannon finished his final home game as a Badger with an efficient 11 points, marking the eighth straight game he’s had 10 or more points. He did so while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 1-for-3 beyond the arc.More impressively, though, he pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.Bohannon, the oldest son of former Iowa quarterback Gordy Bohannon, finished his career having lost just once in seven tries against his father’s alma mater.When asked about it after the game, Bohannon acknowledged the intrigue of facing Iowa on Senior Night, but did not believe it factored into his enjoyment of the evening.“It didn’t add anything, but it was kind of a cool situation how it played out,” he said. “To play Iowa on Senior Night and to get a victory like we did tonight … it was very fun to be a part of. Hopefully we continue to play the way we did tonight and that momentum leads on for the rest of the year and into the tournament.”last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson steps up in 1st match, guides Syracuse to win against Columbia

first_img Published on January 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm Contact Chris: cplucey@syr.edu Gabriela Knutson dropped her racket and let out a shriek as she saw her volley go into the net and double match point slip through her fingers near the end of her second-set victory.The freshman won both her singles and doubles matches in her Syracuse (1-0) debut against Columbia (1-2) on Friday afternoon, helping SU get a win against the Lions. Still, in that instant, Knutson was concerned, but not because of her play. She was on the verge of fainting on the court.“I was panicking,” Knutson said of when she returned to the court, after getting sick in the Syracuse locker room. “If I lose this point, I’ll have to play more games and I’ll probably collapse … I gotta get this.”Knutson returned to the baseline and served match point almost immediately. The shot was an ace, right down the midline on the service box. Knutson won 6-3, 6-4.The winning shot against her singles opponent, Star Makarome, punctuated a debut marked by Knutson’s powerful groundstrokes and aggressive style of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring her doubles match, Knutson was on the attack. Dina Hegab — another freshman — was her partner in the number two spot of the lineup, and spent the majority of their match on the baseline. Knutson finished points at the service line with her flat, searing forehand.The freshman charged the net so aggressively on one point of the 6-2 win that she didn’t give herself the time to react to her opponents return, and was hit in the stomach by the shot when it came over the net.“I’ve played that way since I was a little girl,” Knutson said. “That’s my game, ripping it. I got hit in the belly once but we won… I got back at her for that.”However, near the end of the second set of her singles match in the third spot against Makarome, Knutson realized that power alone wouldn’t be the difference.Her opponent, weary of trying to match Knutson’s power, began to return with high, arcing shots in order to keep her off balance on the baseline. Knutson adjusted quickly, mixing her blistering pace with spin and drop shots to keep her opponent at bay.“I had to start creating a bit more motion,” Knutson said. “More short balls and spin. In the end, the variety made me better than her.”That brought Knutson to the “return and volley,” which she used to break serve and go up, 5-4, in the second set.On break point, Knutson brought pace on the first hit and then drew Makarome to the service line as she followed her shot. From there, Knutson went up the line for the winning hit.Knutson recalled SU head coach Younes Limam telling her and other players not to be nervous before the game, but that was never a problem for the freshman.And her performance Friday proved to be a source of even more confidence.“She stepped up, as a freshman,” Limam said, “and played some really good tennis.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more