Former Orange star Jamie Archer leads Jamesville-DeWitt boy’s lacrosse program that feeds SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2017 at 11:48 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco UPDATED: April 18, 2017 at 2:17 a.m.Editor’s Note: SU’s men’s lacrosse team has consistently been a national powerhouse. The Daily Orange took a look at the local high schools that feed players to the program. You can view the series here.Scott Firman started putting on his pads. The soon-to-be Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School sophomore was playing pickup lacrosse with his teammates. Usually his head coach, Jamie Archer, stood off on the side and watched. But one day, Archer came out with pads himself and suited up. Firman had to guard his coach, a former Syracuse All-American.“I tried to play defense on him,” said Firman, now one of the best defenders in the country. “… He had old man strength. I never believed it until I guarded him.”“I’ve retired my stuff,” Archer quipped.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe former Syracuse All-American has been the head coach of Jamesville-Dewitt’s varsity team since 2006, producing some of lacrosse’s top talent. Three current players — Firman, Jordan Evans and Connor Flanagan — on the top-ranked Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) went through Archer’s program at J-D. Griffin Cook, a junior at J-D, recently committed to Syracuse. The high school is just six miles away from SU’s campus.J-D alumni at Syracuse include the Orange’s best defensive player, Firman, and offensive weapon that dons the legendary No. 22 jersey, Evans. Since graduating SU in 1993, Archer stays close to the lacrosse program as an assistant in the summer and an attendee as often as he can in the spring.“If I can help it, I don’t miss a game,” Archer said. “I go to every Syracuse game I can go to. I haven’t missed a game unless I’m out of town.”On April 8, Archer stood with his arms crossed on the sideline, analyzing his team before J-D’s game against West Genesee (New York) High School, another local feeder program for Syracuse. In the two-hour contest, Archer was relaxed throughout. He rarely spoke to the referee, and his team never trailed in an eventual 13-7 win.Evans knows that quiet confidence. “He doesn’t get out of whack,” the Syracuse senior attack said.When Evans and Firman played at J-D, they said Archer and assistant coach Bob Elmer had contrasting coaching personalities. Archer was the “good cop” and Elmer the “bad cop.”Elmer focused on the defensive side of the field and called out players, loudly, for mistakes. Archer was level-headed, critiquing players one-on-one rather than in front of the team, Evans said. But if needed, Archer stopped practice to point out errors.“(Archer’s) pretty low key and analytical in his coaching style,” Firman, a senior at Syracuse, said. “But he wasn’t afraid to be upfront and tell you that you were doing a bad job.”His analytical coaching style developed into a run-and-gun offense, a trait commonly associated with Syracuse. Archer had taken what he learned at SU and put his own spin on it: he wanted to push harder in transition and play even faster.“It’s always a transition game for us,” Archer said. “We don’t like to slow things down.”His strategy played out perfectly in the 2011 state championship game.Tied 7-7 in overtime, Garden City (New York) High School held the ball on J-D for about a minute and 20 seconds. Garden City wanted to tire out J-D and take its time finding a defensive weak point. Then, GCHS passed it to the middle for Brian Coleman and J-D sprung its double-team. Firman approached from the backside and tomahawked his stick toward the head of Coleman’s. Suddenly, the ball was on the ground.Firman scooped it up and flung to his cutting teammate, long-stick midfielder Matt Kopp. The high pass forced Kopp to extend his pole over his head on the run. And he caught it in one of the best high school plays Archer has ever seen. But J-D had only crossed the ball over midfield. Now, they needed to score.“Most coaches when you get the ball back with little time,” Evans said, “they’re going to call that timeout and try to set up some random play, but just like I said, he let us play and he let us make the plays.”Earlier in the game, Evans had slipped and fallen in a similar situation and given the ball away behind the goal. After the play, Archer pulled Evans aside on the sideline. He told his star player, who would eventually be ranked the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the nation, to forget about the turnover. He’d get another chance.Seeing Kopp on the run, Evans broke backdoor on his defender toward the goal. With three seconds left, Evans capped J-D’s perfect season with a state title. Archer received a familiar Gatorade shower.“I’ve had a couple of those,” Archer said. “(The players) win a championship with the guys you grow up with, there’s nothing better.”He’d experienced similar success as a feeding attack for SU in the early 1990s. He won the 1990 and 1993 NCAA titles after then-Syracuse assistant coach John Desko recruited him almost 30 years ago. In four seasons, Archer finished top 10 in career assists and became an All-American, like his father before him.“Lot of Orange blood runs through that family’s veins,” Desko said.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorAfter graduating from Syracuse in 1993, Archer wanted to become a gym teacher while also coaching lacrosse. He returned to his alma mater, Nottingham (New York) High School, and spent six years there before joining J-D in 2000.Archer didn’t coach at J-D right away, though, spending one last spring with his final senior class. Then, he became the junior varsity head coach for a season before becoming an assistant to long-time head coach Jim Pistello.Since 2006, when Archer took over, the Red Rams have been to six state championships, and Archer owns a career record of 218-27. In the past five years, J-D has never lost more than three times in a single season.Over the past few years, five players from Jamesville-DeWitt have ended up at Syracuse. Others have gone on to Virginia, Villanova and other schools. But none have found more success than Firman and Evans.Firman wears Syracuse’s No. 11 jersey, given to the best defender on the team. The senior transitioned from long-stick midfield to close defense this season and has limited nearly every matchup he’s faced, often the opponent’s best player, to under his season average. Six years ago, Archer had Firman, the No. 17 recruit in his class, make the same position switch in high school. That led to a seamless transition in college.“Look what Scott’s doing for us now,” Desko said. “His high school experience has helped him because he played some long stick for J-D and close defense … He’s done an unbelievable job.”Then there’s Evans. The attack wears the same No. 22 as SU legends Gary Gait and the Powell brothers. He was the No. 1 recruit in the 2013 recruiting class and led J-D to undefeated seasons in 2010 and 2011. He lost six times in four years.The IQ that analysts praise Evans for now originated from J-D and Archer. A lot of that knowledge came from study sessions, practice and one-on-ones with Archer.“I was really close with him,” Evans said. “He wasn’t afraid to go hard on me. With him allowing me to try to make plays, it also came with ‘You shouldn’t be trying to do that’ … There’s a time and place for everything and sometimes you’re going to try to overdo it.”Archer still texts Firman and Evans before games because he wants to keep close with his former players. But that’s as far as he usually goes. He lets Desko and the SU coaching staff handle the coaching, unless he thinks he can help.But he likes just offering pointers. Archer said he wants to stay put at Jamesville-DeWitt for the foreseeable future, because while jumping to the collegiate level of coaching comes with a bigger paycheck, there’s less job security and higher stakes.“I’m pretty convinced he can be a very effective college coach,” Firman said. “He prepared us like we were a college team in terms of scouting, giving us a look at their offense and knowing their players.”But Archer, for now, remains interested in dominating New York high school lacrosse. Just like he has the past 11 years. And maybe a few more of his players will end up playing in college just down the road.View part one of the series hereCORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Jamie Archer was misidentified in the dominant photo. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

Sunday feature: Michelle and Makayla Brownlee come home with a big trophy and an International championship

first_imgIt was an interesting ride to get the first place trophy.The road there…Michelle and Makayla represented Meadow Lanes at the state family twosome tournament in Great Bend on May 3. In qualifying for the state level, the Brownlees first competed at the House Level competition at Meadow Lanes and again at the Zone Level competition against regional family twosome pairs.The state competition in Great Bend this year was a three weekend tournament. The Brownlees bowled during the first weekend then had to wait two more weeks to learn their fate. Michelle bowled her two best games of the season, while Makayla beat her own average by at least 20 pins in all three games.Realizing that Kansas sends the first and second place teams to the international tournament, Michelle and Makayla left Great Bend thinking they had a chance. As it turned out, their scores were good enough to put them in first place after the first weekend. However, after the last weekend of the tournament they were disappointed to learn they had fallen to third place in the final standings, missing out of second place by only 16 pins. As good fortune goes, they soon learned that they had qualified after it was discovered that the same youth had bowled on two different teams. Only the team with the highest total score could advance, so Makayla and Michelle’s third highest total score qualified them by default.This wasn’t the first time the Brownlees already had experience bowling at the highest level of this tournament. In 2009, Michelle and her then 12-year-old son Dutch Brownlee earned a spot at the Quibica International Finals in Fort Worth, Texas.Michelle and Dutch finished somewhere near the middle of the pack in Fort Worth. But considering all their competition from across the U.S. and several foreign countries, they were pleased with their finish. Dutch received a $575 scholarship.The Brownlee family is no stranger to the sport of bowling. Much of their free time is spent at Meadow Lanes in Wellington – either bowling in adult leagues or youth leagues, or enjoying the “Dollar Night” open bowling on Friday nights and Rock n’ Bowl on Saturday nights, they often take advantage of what the local lanes have to offer.All the Brownlee kids started bowling in Meadow Lanes youth leagues as soon as they were old enough to roll a ball. Michelle’s oldest son, Shay, bowled a perfect 300 game during league play when he was 18.“Bill Day, owner of Meadow Lanes, deserves a lot of credit for keeping the bowling leagues going in Wellington,” Michelle said. “Bill is especially awesome with the kids. The youth leagues provide a fun and healthy activity for local kids from September through April every year.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Janette Moser · 315 weeks ago Way to go to the Brownlees….and have to agree…Bill Day is great with the bowlers of Wellington… Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan · 315 weeks ago What a great story! Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Swimmers13 · 315 weeks ago Congrats girls !!! Quite an accomplishment !! Report Reply 0 replies · active 315 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Apk Earthquack · 104 weeks ago Informative story thank for sharing with us Report Reply 0 replies · active 104 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SaktiQQ · 92 weeks ago Thank you for this informative post Report Reply 0 replies · active 92 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Brownlee family decided to rent a car and drive to the 39th annual Quibica International Family Bowling Tournament in Rockford, Ill. last weekend. It turned out to be a very wise decision. How else could they bring home the five-foot tall 18-pound first-place trophy?There are bowling trophies. And then there is this bowling trophy that towers just above 11-year-old Makayla’s head and over the shoulder’s of her mother Michelle in their home west of Wellington.Makayla and Michelle Brownlee — a mother-daughter team representing Wellington’s Meadow Lanes — won the towering trophy last weekend when it bested 35 other parent/youth teams from 25 states and the U.S. Navy at the Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. Makayla, a Wellington sixth grader, also received a $5,000 scholarship from a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool for participants in the tournament.The Brownlees pictured with the second place team.The Brownlees took the fully paid trip to finish first by 12 pins beating out another Kansas team Brayil Bozarth and her dad, Brian, from Ness City 237-225. Suffice it to say, for being an International tournament, this tournament ended up being a battle for the Kansas State Championship.The tournament is considered the most prestigious family bowling tournament in the nation.The Brownlees opened the tournament, which ran July 19-21 on fire and never really looked back. In the first round of competition, every parent-child bowled six games. Throughout the tournament the two never looked back.“Makayla bowled her best game of her life in the second game,” Michelle said. “She bowled a 205 which was 95 over her average. So that most certainly helped.”Once the teams’ totals were tallied the Brownlees were second and battled eight other teams in a round robin second round. They finished 6-2 and that put them on top of the standing. The top three teams would play in the finals with the second and third ranked team playing one another before battling the Brownlees for the championship.“I was never nervous the whole time I was up there until the finals,” Michelle said. Makayla said she wasn’t nervous once.The thing is, they almost didn’t quality in Kansas.last_img read more

Ex-Liverpool star urges Rashford to stay at ‘biggest club in the world’ Man United

first_img revealed Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? tense Marcus Rashford has been urged to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United by Charlie Adam, the former Liverpool midfielder.Rashford, the forward, has been the subject of a huge discussion that has taken place this week, having scored in both of England’s recent matches, a Nations League loss to Spain and a friendly defeat of Switzerland. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Despite Carragher telling Rashford to leave, The Sun say, on Thursday, that Rashford has vowed to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.And Adam believes the young forward has made the correct decision, as he should be doing all he can to start for the ‘biggest club in the world’.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam said: “If I’m him I’m kicking the door down as I want to play – I want to play for Man United. For me, it’s the biggest club in the world, and I think he’s got the potential to be one of the best.“Everything he’s got – he’s got pace, power, he’ll learn as he’s still young.“Everybody’s getting frustrated as he’s not playing much, but he is playing for England. latest SORRY whoops Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2015/16: 18 apps / 8 goals2016/17: 53 apps / 11 goals2017/18: 52 apps / 13 goals2018/19: 3 apps/ 0 goals Rashford netted England’s only goals of the international break Gareth Southgate selected Rashford to start both fixtures, and in playing the full match on both occasions, the 20-year-old has played more minutes (180) for England this season than he has for Man United (121).Jamie Carragher launched the discussion by telling Sky Sports Rashford should leave Old Trafford for the sake of his career, before joining talkSPORT to further explain his comments; Carragher said Rashford does not deserve to play for United as he’s not as good as Romelu Lukaku, the club’s first-choice striker, but he asked how will Rashford improve unless afforded the chance to start for Jose Mourinho’s side. REVEALED 1 gameday cracker Most read in Premier League silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Marcus Rashford’s Man United career “If you’re at Man United and not getting a game then you have to think about it, but he is playing parts of the season. They play a lot of games so he will get his opportunity.“So I think he should stay there and fight for his place.”last_img read more