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

After giving up early lead, Brewers bested by Braves

first_imgYovani Gallardo (2-2) left the game Monday in the 6th inning after giving up a home run to David Ross.[/media-credit]ATLANTA (AP) – Chipper Jones said it might have taken a little more than a big hit from Alex Gonzalez, a strong start from Jair Jurrjens and a homer from backup catcher David Ross for the Braves to finally beat Yovani Gallardo.Jones kidded a little witchcraft might have been involved.Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead and the Braves finally solved Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Monday night.Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April 5 in Milwaukee.“We snapped the head off a chicken and, I don’t know, exorcised a demon,” said Jones joking around.Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves knocked Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez cleared the bases with his double before scoring on a single by Nate McLouth.The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the Braves.“He’s been scuffling a little as of late,” said Jones, who had two hits.Jurrjens appears to be gaining momentum.Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts as he continues his comeback from a frustrating 2010 season shortened by injuries.“It’s not so much what I’m doing, I’m just pain-free,” Jurrjens said.Gallardo allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus innings. He matched his season high with four walks while striking out seven.The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.“I thought he looked better this time than he did his last outing,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of Gallardo. “Still isn’t like we saw in the first couple games, but we thought it was better. Rhythm was better.“The walks hurt him but I didn’t think they hit the ball that hard. This guy is used to being in every ball game that he pitches. He’s used to keeping that run total down. I’m sure he’s getting a little frustrated with it but I think there is improvement there.”The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky Betancourt’s two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez in the eighth.The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Jones, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from Gallardo.Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to third on Jones’ double and scored on a head-first slide on Freeman’s broken-bat fly ball to center field.Ross hit his third homer in his 19th at-bat. Ross plays behind All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers in 97 at-bats.“It’s nice to give Mac a night off and perform well,” said Ross, who added that his work behind the plate wasn’t difficult.“Jair Jurrjens, when he’s pitching like that, it makes my job easy,” Ross said.Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five games.Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.last_img read more

Arsenal avenge Liverpool rout to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

first_imgArsenal have set up an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Everton after overcoming Liverpool 2-1 in a feisty and gripping fifth-round match at the Emirates Stadium.Liverpool had trounced Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend, but the London club took revenge through goals in each half by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.Steven Gerrard halved Arsenal’s advantage with a 59th-minute penalty after Podolski was adjudged to have tripped Luis Suarez.The visitors felt they should have been awarded a second spot-kick moments later after Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to foul Suarez, but their appeals were dismissed by referee Howard Webb.Victory in a game splattered with yellow cards means that Arsenal will host Everton in the last eight, but they will have bruises to nurse ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16.While Arsenal brought seven new faces into their team, Liverpool made only three changes, and the opening exchanges threatened a repeat of last weekend’s game, when the Merseysiders had raced 4-0 up inside 20 minutes. Daniel Sturridge spurned two excellent chances to put Liverpool ahead in the first five minutes, first drawing a near-post save from Lukasz Fabianski after racing onto Gerrard’s slide-rule pass.The England striker then squandered an even clearer opportunity, gathering a scooped pass from Suarez and rounding Fabianski, only to shoot into the side netting with his weaker right foot.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that his side’s demolition at Anfield had made them “nervous” during their mid-week 0-0 draw with Manchester United, but they were not cowed by Liverpool’s bright opening.Instead they took the game to the visitors, and after Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones had tipped a Per Mertesacker header over the bar, they took the lead in the 16th minute.As evening fell and the tension in the stadium mounted, Fabianski had to save at Sturridge’s feet and Liverpool were then denied what appeared a clear penalty when Oxlade-Chamberlain felled Suarez.last_img read more

Tough test for senior teams

first_img Tough conditions tested the players in the second day foursomes at the senior men’s English County Championship, where the wind whipped across the links at Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland.Players struggled with their stance on the most exposed tees as the locals explained that the morning’s crosswind was the most testing, offering little relief in the way of downwind shots. What’s more, they predict worse to come tomorrow!But the teams battled through, with Yorkshire and Gloucestershire sharing the honours while Sussex lead Warwickshire 2-1.Gloucestershire’s Bob Broad and Rob Stephens (pictured) snatched a half in the final game for the teams to go in to lunch on level terms. They had trailed Yorkshire’s Johnny Lawrence and Andy Whitworth by two holes with two to play but won 17 and 18 with a birdie and a par.However, Lawrence had the distinction of the playing the most impressive shot of the morning when his second on the par five 11th finished within a foot of the hole. The eagle putt was conceded.Earlier Yorkshire’s Jonathan Plaxton and Ian Clarke had scored a comfortable 5/3 win while Gloucestershire’s Mike Parkin and Hugh Purvis won their game 3/2. Purvis is aged 67, reckons he’s the oldest player in the field and so far has won three points from three games.In the morning’s other match, Martin Galway and Roy Stephenson scored the first point for Sussex, getting ahead early on and staying there. They got to 2up after eight holes and halved the next seven holes before winning the 16th and the match.The other two games were both decided over the last two holes, Sussex gained their second point from Tony Allen and Martin Tell who were never behind in their game, although their opponents got them back to all square with two holes to play. However the Sussex pair finished strongly with a pair of pars to win 2up.The final game went Warwickshire’s way after Rob Soen and Peter Gordon won 17 and 18 to finish 2up. 11 Oct 2017 Tough test for senior teams Tags: County Championships, English, Men, Seniorlast_img read more

Thriving at Home: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with…

first_imgSubmitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight Home Care Shopping for holiday gifts for friends or family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia can be tricky. You may be unsure about what they enjoy or what they’re capable of doing. When choosing a gift, think about their personality, their hobbies, their abilities and their favorite pastimes.As someone trained to care for those with dementia, here are a few gift suggestions I know work well:A family calendar. Give your loved one a personalized calendar that includes pictures your family — grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, cousins, anyone who is close with your loved one. In addition to photos, take the time to fill in special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and family reunions.Buy them a CD full of their favorite songs by their favorite singers. Music can help those with Alzheimer’s to remember enjoyable events and times from their past marked by specific songs or groups.Comfortable clothing. Any clothing that you’re buying for a loved one with Alzheimer’s should be comfortable, easy to put on or take off and machine washable. Consider items like sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, sweaters, slip-on shoes or a warm robe.Identification bracelets. This gift is especially great if your family member is prone to wandering from the house. Identification bracelets are available from many different providers and help to ensure that your loved one makes it home safely if they leave the house unattended.Video entertainment. DVDs of movies, musicals or plays can be a great gift and also rekindle wonderful memories from the past. Make a list of their favorites and pick them up as they’re available. You can also purchase tickets for a movie, play, sporting event or a fun day trip with friends and family.My favorite part of the Holiday Season is the time we get to spend together with extended family.  My family has lived in the Olympia area for four generations, so as you might imagine, I have aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins nearby.  All month long there are wonderful family functions for us to enjoy each other, reminisce and reconnect.As your family gathers at “home” over the holidays, try to involve your loved one suffering from dementia in the festivities. Let them help you put together the decorations, prepare food or set the table for the family meal. They will enjoy the party and feel accomplished because they helped to contribute something to the celebration. For loved ones who are in the later stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, another great activity is to take a car ride around their old neighborhoods looking at holiday light displays.With the family together, you might also want to take the opportunity to collectively assess how things are going for your aging loved one.  Has their cognitive condition worsened?  Is their living situation still healthy and safe for their capabilities?  Should they be receiving some regular, or additional, care? FirstLight HomeCare offersSarah Lanecustomized services based on what they need. Our trained, compassionate caregivers are outstanding, and can help them live a quality and independent life in their home – and give you peace of mind.From our FirstLight HomeCare family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!Sarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound.  To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more