Men’s tennis continues to heat up, defeating Tennessee, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount

first_imgFacebook 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printAlastair Gray readies for a volley against No. 11 Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceThe TCU men’s tennis squad excelled over spring break, crushing the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers 4-0, the Pepperdine Waves 6-1 and the Loyola Marymount Lions 6-0. The Tennessee match is the Frogs’ last non-conference road trip of the season, and they will not leave the friendly confines of Fort Worth until their March 29 trip to Waco, Texas, to face No. 6 Baylor.Neither Pepperdine or Loyola are ranked, and the teams have a combined record of 5-15 on the season. For common opponents, Pepperdine lost to Tulane in New Orleans 1-6, and Loyola lost to SMU 2-5. Juan Martín steadies himself after a serve against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceWinning Road Streak Not Stopped by VolunteersTCU continued to keep their true road game streak alive, going 4-1 on the season, minus the cancelled USF match. The one loss was the season-opener at Tulsa.“What a road win for the boys,” head coach David Roditi said in a statement to GoFrogs. “This match was the furthest from a 4-0 win. If our team hadn’t been ready for a dog fight, then it would have been 4-0 the other way.”The doubles pairing of Alex Rybakov and Alastair Gray took the first doubles match 6-4, followed by another Frogs victory by the team of Reese Stalder and Bertus Kruger. Eduardo Roldan and Juan Martín had their first start of the year in the No. 3 doubles position, winning 5-4 before the doubles point was called for the Frogs. In singles play, TCU had one of their tightest matches of the year. Kruger was the only Frog to win in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Luc Fomba followed Kruger with another victory, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, to get the Frogs within one point of winning.The final win was in the No. 6 singles position, Sander Jong, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Alastair Gray (left) and Alex Rybakov react to a low shot against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceWaves Hit Low Tide against FrogsThe first match of the Saturday double-header was dominated by the Frogs, who pulled out an impressive 6-1 win.In doubles, TCU recorded another sweep, with victories by the Rybakov/Gray and Fomba/Jong teams, both 6-4 wins. Rybakov dominated his opponent in singles play en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win. He’s now on a 5-0 streak since his Florida loss.Roldan recorded his third singles match of the season and the first since his win at UT-Arlington, with a 6-4, 6-4 win.Alex Rybakov (left) takes a swig of water during a break back to back with Reese Stalder on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceFrogs Remain Thorn in the Lion’s PawTCU hosted Loyola Marymount in a rematch of the ITA tournament match back in late January and followed with another big Horned Frog win. “Sometimes when you play a double-header, it helps the players be grooved for the second match and that’s exactly what happened,” Roditi said. “The team played very focused from the first point of the doubles until the last point of singles.”Reese Stalder preps his backhand shot against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceIn doubles play, TCU had one of their most dominant performances, winning 6-1 and 6-2 by the Stalder/Kruger and Rybakov/Gray teams.For singles, the Frogs had one of the best plays by Jong of the season, with a clean 6-1, 6-1 victory. Stalder finished out the Frogs’ win by a 6-2, 6-3 win, and he is nationally-ranked for the first time this season at No. 115.Strong Non-Conference Finish Huge for FrogsTCU is on a seven-game win streak since their loss to No. 8 North Carolina back in mid-Feb and now have three more matches until conference play begins at Baylor. Those will come hosting No. 12 Columbia, No. 35 Arizona State and unranked SMU. This win streak is TCU’s longest since their 16-game streak last season. Up Next:TCU hosts the No. 12 Columbia Lions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a rematch of the 4-0 TCU win last season. ReddIt Twitter + posts Jack Wallace Jack Wallace 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Previous articleTCU Faculty Assembly may be one step closer to DEI voteNext articleHoroscope: March 20, 2019 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack Wallace Alastair Gray readies for a volley against No. 11 Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack Wallace TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallace ReddIt Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Linkedin Jack Wallace TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Council support for Foynes air show

first_img TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyFianna FáilFine GaelfoyneslimerickLimerick City and County Council by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THIS year’s Foynes Air Show moved closer to lift-off as Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan called on the local authority to “respond positively” to a request for a €50,000 grant from the event organisers.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale municipal district meeting, Cllr Sheahan told the council executive that the air show organisers were under pressure and needed a commitment from the local authority.He also suggested a long-term commitment to the air show with Limerick City and County Council putting up €250,000 in funding over the next five years.“We should respond positively. It is a paltry contribution to tourism in West Limerick, a drop in the ocean. People are still talking about the giant granny. If we do this, they’ll be talking the same way about the air show,” he said.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary described last year’s air show as a “spectacular event” and said that a €50,000 allocation from the Council would be “money well spent”.The 2014 airshow, which cost €115,000 to put on, attracted 20,000 spectators to the West Limerick port town, and was worth an estimated €1million to the local economy. This year’s event, due to take place in July or August, will mark the 70th anniversary of the closing of Foynes international seaplane base.Organisers estimated the total cost for this year’s airshow at €140,000.Fianna Fail councillor Richard O’Donoghue said it was great to see people from the city having to come out to rural Ireland for the Foynes event last year.“This could be a success beyond our wildest dreams, creating an income for businesses locally and in the hinterland,” Fine Gael councillor Tom Neville predicted.Director of Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, Tom Gilligan, told council members that he agreed with their sentiments.“It’s an excellent project and we should wholly endorse it. It can only benefit the whole county and city,” he added. WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick team named to face AntrimNext articleHurlers make trip up north Alan Jacques Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Twittercenter_img Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Email NewsLocal NewsCouncil support for Foynes air showBy Alan Jacques – February 20, 2015 959 last_img read more

Holiday Shoppers Enjoy Ocean City

first_imgMichael and Rebecca Fitzgerald, of Absecon, and their daughters, Sylvia, 2, Stella, 5, and 7-year-old Izabel, enjoy some last minute gift-buying. By MADDY VITALEWhether there was one more gift to get or a few, holiday shoppers took advantage of deals in Ocean City on the last weekend before Christmas.Rebecca and Michael Fitzgerald, of Absecon, headed downtown Sunday with their three daughters, Izabel, 7, Stella, 5, and 2-year-old Sylvia.The family walked in and out of stores and took advantage of the awnings lining the sidewalks on Asbury Avenue to get out of the rain and buy some gifts.“We got a salt and pepper shaker and this standing sign,” Rebecca Fitzgerald noted as she displayed the merchandise.“Five days until Christmas!” exclaimed Stella.Shoppers in the downtown enjoy a festive scene featuring wreaths decorated with bright red bows and garland-wrapped lamp posts.The Fitzgeralds and their relatives, Abbie Hodgson and Foster Morse, both of Seattle, finished up their downtown shopping and bee-lined for the car.They weren’t going home, though, like other shoppers, while making the most of a dreary, rain-soaked afternoon.“We are going to the Boardwalk next,” Michael Fitzgerald said.“The kids will go on the rides and the Boardwalk,” noted Rebecca.Aside from the rides, Izabel said there was another very important reason for going up there.“Pizza and ice cream and popcorn,” she said with a laugh.But while the Fitzgeralds and their relatives had most of their shopping done before they even ventured to Ocean City on Sunday, others purposely waited until the week before Christmas to make their purchases.Ben Wade and Kyle Forcinito, both of Shamong, N.J., selected bags and boxes of candies from a Boardwalk candy shop, just as they do each year about this time.“These are for cousins and an aunt and uncle,” Wade, whose family has a vacation home in Ocean City, said of boxes of handmade chocolates and fudge that filled his arms. “Who doesn’t like an edible gift?”Kyle Forcinito, left, and Ben Wade, both of Shamong, N.J., stroll down the Boardwalk after buying candies for gift-giving.Forcinito pointed out, “I think it is best to wait until close to the holidays to buy food gifts.”While some families did their gift-buying on Sunday, Haddon Heights, N.J., residents Laura and John Erwin and their daughter, Emma, did most of their shopping on Saturday in downtown Ocean City.On Sunday, they walked for a bit on the Boardwalk toting umbrellas, as John nibbled on a slice of Manco & Manco pizza.The Erwins said they come down to Ocean City for weekends in the summer and visit over Christmas time each year.“Shopping downtown gives you a variety of choices,” Laura Erwin said. “There is so much interesting merchandise. There are beautiful stores. The downtown just has a wonderful feel to it.”Emma Erwin added, “I hadn’t bought a single Christmas present and I said, ‘OK, I will find some good stuff downtown.’ That is exactly what I did.”Emma Erwin, left, and her parents, John and Laura Erwin, all of Haddon Heights, N.J., finish their shopping with days to spare before Christmas.last_img read more

‘Maddening’ Bulls dynasty couldn’t seek ’99 crown — Jordan

first_imgNEW YORK , United States (AFP) — Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s National Basketball Association (NBA) dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed Coach Phil Jackson.The retired legend made his comments in the last chapter of the hit documentary The Last Dance, saying he would have re-signed a one-year deal had management kept the team together, including Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, and Jackson.“If you asked all the guys who won in ’98…’We’ll give you a one-year contract to try for a seventh,’ you think they would have signed? Yes, they would have signed,” Jordan said.“Would I have signed for one year? Yes, I would have signed for one year.“Would Phil have done it? Yes. Now, Pip, you would have had to do some convincing. But if Phil was going to be there, if Dennis was going to be there, if MJ was going to be there, to win our seventh? Pip is not going to miss out on that.”Instead, Jordan and Jackson stepped away from the game, only to return later, while Pippen and Steve Kerr were traded and Rodman was released.The rebuilding Bulls missed the play-offs with losing records for the next six seasons after taking the 1998 title and since then have reached the Eastern Conference finals only once.The 10-part saga concluded with Jordan saying he felt no sense of gratification to leave while on top.It’s maddening“It’s maddening, because I felt like we could have won seven,” Jordan said. “I really believe that. We may not have, but man, just to not be able to try, that’s something that I just can’t accept for whatever reason.”Former Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause had told Jackson before the 1997-98 season that it would be his last campaign as coach, a move that led to Jordan’s exit and the Bulls breakup.“In ’98, Krause already said at the beginning of the season, ‘Phil can go 82-0, and he was never going to be the coach.’ So when Phil said it was the last dance, it was the last dance,” Jordan said.“We knew they weren’t going to keep the team. Now, they could’ve mixed all of it at the beginning of ’98. Why say that statement at the beginning of ’98?”Krause, who died in 2017 at age 77, was concerned about trying to keep the team a contender and hoped for a quick rebuild, fearful of the quick plunge and rapid talent turnover that eventually came.After offering no solace to Jackson during a difficult season, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said he called Jackson following the team’s championship parade and offered him the chance to return for the 1998-99 season.“After the sixth championship, I offered him the opportunity to come back,” Reinsdorf said. “You’ve earned the opportunity to come back, regardless of what was said before now,” he told Jackson.But Jackson said in the documentary that he rejected the offer after having spent the season as a lame duck.“I said, ‘Well, I think I should just take a break. I don’t think it’s fair to Jerry [Krause], and I know it would be difficult for him to accept that,” Jackson said.Reinsdorf, 84, called Jackson’s decision the finish of the dynasty run.“That was the end. It just came to an end on its own,” Reinsdorf said.last_img read more