CBA’s Buddy Wleklinski earns 500th coaching victory

first_imgSeveral of Wleklinski’s players were on hand for this game to help him celebrate, though a more formal ceremony will take place next Tuesday prior to the Brothers’ game against Bishop Grimes.For 36 seasons as head coach, Wleklinski has symbolized continuity at the school, from having Ed Leone as his assistant coach for most of his tenure to handling the dual role as the school’s athletic director since 1989.Winning nearly 64 percent of his games and going 500-284 overall, Wleklinski has led CBA to eight sectional titles and the 1997 state Class C championship, and is honored in several ways, including the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the home court that bears his name. And it was there that the Brothers, once 1-4 this season, got to the milestone with its fourth win in five games, even though Wleklinski said he never brought it up with his players until the day of the game against Solvay.The Bearcats arrived at this game 7-2 and sporting a five-game win streak, but was without leading scorer Justin Scott, who was injured earlier in the week in Solvay’s win over Marcellus.Without Scott, the Bearcats managed to hang close for a while, even though CBA bolted out in front helped by Sam Haas hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Haas finished with 17 points.Dan Anderson’s eight points in the second period helped the Brothers build a 35-28 halftime edge, and then CBA got away in the third quarter with a 12-1 run, sparked by Jason Boule, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.Anderson produced a team-high 19 points as CBA pointed ahead to Tuesday’s game against Grimes – where the Cobras’ head coach, Bob McKenney, could get to 600 career wins.The Cobras, even without A.J. Burnett in the lineup,rolled past Chittenango 74-45 last Thursday night to get McKenney to 599 wins.Having beat Buffalo’s Cardinal O’Hara 73-68 earlier that week, Grimes returned to OHSL Liberty division action and built a 32-15 lead on the Bears with stifling defensive pressure.Then it got further away as Byam Mugushu, with a season-high 17 points, was one of four Cobras in double figures. Sylvester Seton had 11 points, with Ian Denton and Joe Wike getting 10 points apiece.Originally, Grimes was set to face Mekeel Christian Saturday, but its cancellation meant that it could happen at CBA just as Wleklinski is honored, a rare instance of two historical markers overlapping into a single night.Manlius-Pebble Hill took a 2-4 record into last Wednesday’s game at Tully and played a superb first half, especially on the defensive end, the Trojans steadily building a 25-17 lead.Yet the Black Knights turned it around with a 20-9 third-quarter push, eventually holding off MPH 55-49 as James Kelly still had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans. Alex Abrams had 12 points, with Shontez Anderson getting nine points and 12 rebounds.MPH lost Friday to Onondaga 64-50, the Trojans dropping to 2-6 overall as Logan Nordman (17 points) and Nate Recor (14 points) led the way for the Tigers. In 1984, the assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy was promoted to the head coaching position at his alma mater. He has stayed there ever since.And on Saturday night, when the Brothers defeated Solvay 67-47, Buddy Wleklinski reached 500 career victories, a mark only a handful of other Section III coaches have reached.“To be around for 500 wins is very fortunate and humbling,” said Wleklinski. “But I haven’t scored a basket or made an assist. The players have done that, so this is humbling.” Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys basketballCBAlast_img read more

Trojans end up-and-down season with Holiday Bowl defeat to Wisconsin

first_imgIn a season full of ups and downs, it seemed fitting for the the Trojans to end their 2015 campaign with a 23-21 loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl in a wild affair Wednesday night at Qualcomm Stadium.After the Badgers went ahead 23-21 with less than three minutes remaining in the game on a field goal, redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler was intercepted by Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton on the third play of USC’s next drive.The Trojans forced a punt, leaving them with 35 seconds and no timeouts to work with. They advanced to midfield before Kessler threw incomplete to junior wide receiver Darreus Rogers on a fourth-and-10 pass that would have been short of the first down anyway.Kessler noted after the game that Rogers misread the down and distance.“I probably should have just thrown the Hail Mary,” Kessler said. “Honestly it was not on [Rogers]. We were trying to get a quick 10 yards and get it out and make it an easier. I called the play and he came up after and said, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know what down and distance it was.’”“The team that made the least amount of mistakes won the game,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Really credit [Wisconsin] Coach [Paul] Chryst, his staff on a well-earned, hard-fought victory. We had enough mistakes in that game to get beat.”The Trojans took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter on a methodical drive with three third-down conversions. On third-and-four from the Badgers’ 23-yard line, Kessler found sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10-yard gain, and then on third-and-four from the seven-yard line, Kessler waited and patiently found Rogers for the touchdown to give the Trojans a 21-20 advantage.After USC went three-and-out on its opening drive of the second half, the Badgers went on a 12-play, six-minute drive capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joel Stave to tight end Austin Traylor to put Wisconsin up 20-7.But the Trojans answered with a quick drive that took just over two minutes, sparked by a 39-yard completion from Kessler to Smith-Schuster and a clever first down run by Jalen Greene on a lateral. On first and goal from the four-yard line, junior running back Justin Davis ran it in to cut the Badgers’ advantage to 20-14 with five minutes to play in the third quarter.USC outgained Wisconsin 221-217 in the air but struggled to implement the run game with just 65 rushing yards to the Badgers’ 177.“They’ve got a solid front five and the tackles and the guards that I was going against were competitive and physical on the run,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Delvon Simmons said. “It was a competitive game. They came out ready to work, we came out ready to work and they came out on top and that’s unfortunate.”Wisconsin took a 10-0 lead with just under nine minutes to play in the first half on a 74-yard drive that took just six plays. Stave completed all three of his pass attempts on the drive, the latter of which was a 26-yard completion to Traylor that set up a first and goal. On the next play, Corey Clement ran it in from six yards out – a play that was deemed a touchdown upon video review – to open up a two score advantage for the Badgers.The Trojans’ offense finally showed signs of life midway through the second quarter when it crossed midfield for the first time. The drive featured two fourth down conversions, the first a 34-yard catch-and-run by sophomore Adoree’ Jackson to the two-yard line of Wisconsin and the second a leaping touchdown by Davis on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line to put USC on the board and cut the lead to 10-7.The score came after freshman Ronald Jones II’s two-yard touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty and Smith-Schuster was tackled just short of the goal line on a third-down catch.The Badgers answered with a 33-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.The first quarter was scoreless and featured just 107 yards of total offense from each team. Both USC and Wisconsin punted twice after their drives stalled.“I thought our offensive line in that first quarter had some missed assignments in that set us back,” Helton said on the slow start. “And once again we came out just like [in the Stanford game] and started off a little slow assignment wise, and it cost us.”The Badgers got on the board first with a 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter by Gaglianone, set up by a one-handed 21-yard catch by Robert Wheelwright that put Wisconsin in the red zone.Wisconsin entered the game boasting the nation’s top defense, which allowed just 13.1 points per game prior to Wednesday night. The Trojans came into the night averaging 34.9 points per game.The Trojans end the season with an 8-6 record, finishing 5-4 under Helton, who took over midway through the year after Steve Sarkisian’s dismissal. Helton, who was given the permanent head coaching job before the Pac-12 Championship game, does not see the sour end to the season affecting the team’s future.“[We] won a Pac-12 South Championship,” Helton said. “We haven’t done that in a while, and to be able to do that and go to the Pac-12 Championship game and come to the Holiday Bowl, I think we’re on the rise. I think our future is very, very bright, and I do not let this game deter it. It was two really good teams that had a very hard-fought game, and we just came out on the short end of the stick.”Kessler, the redshirt senior whose final game as a Trojan did not go to according to plan, concurred that the future is promising under Helton.“We went through the darkest times so that there could be a bright future,” Kessler said. “I really believe that this team is going to make some noise next year and a lot of that’s due to Coach Helton. I know he’s going to get these guys ready next year, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”last_img read more

Homophobic crime increasing in Nicaragua

first_imgNo related posts. By David Hutt |  Special to The Tico TimesLEÓN, Nicaragua – The brutal murder of Lenin Moisés Bermúdez last month in the colonial capital of León has been a constant talking point for the Nicaraguan press. Investigators initially believed Bermúdez, openly gay, was a victim of a hate crime. Marcelo Martínez, coordinator of the Sexual Diversity Collective of León, an organization that fights for rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, announced that it was the second hate crime in the city this year. After some good police work, Wilman Wilfredo Sevilla, 19, was arrested for the crime and confessed to the murder. He allegedly stabbed Bermúdez almost 20 times with a piece of broken glass. According to the defendant, he arrived at the home of Bermúdez to exchange sex for money. But the victim asked for too much, an argument ensued, Bermúdez was stabbed and Sevilla fled after stealing a laptop and an iPhone. The leading prosecutor in the case, Freddy Trujillo, does not believe Sevilla’s version of the crime. Speaking at a preliminary hearing, Trujillo said the crime was premeditated and directed against a helpless victim. Whatever the outcome of the case, the murder was on the minds of delegates who met in late October in Managua during the Second Central American Conference for Sexual Diversity. Among the many speakers at the conference was Samira Montiel, ombudswoman for sexual diversity, a position connected to the State’s Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights, created three years ago to protect the rights of more than half a million LGBT Nicaraguans.According to Montiel, government statistics show that in the first nine months of this year, five people have been killed and six have been physically or sexually assaulted as a result of alleged homophobia. This means there has been a 50 percent increase in homophobic violence since 2011. Homophobic Culture or Institutions?But what are the causes of this increase?Away from the conference, LGBT rights organizations protested outside the offices of TV Channel 10 after the station broadcast an inappropriate “joke” on the show “Margarita te voy a Contar.” Demonstrators say the TV channel’s stunt encouraged violence against homosexuals. A statement on the website of the Homosexual Community of Nicaragua, an online organization for LGBT news, stated: “violence increases every day in our country… particularly against homosexual people. We believe that it is wrong to promote the culture of violence and aggression, and we hold Channel 10 responsible for consequences resulting from actions as irresponsible as those promoted on the TV show.” However, some say it would be wrong to place blame on Nicaraguan culture. Montiel sees the country’s society as being one of the region’s most liberal. “Nicaragua has always been considered one of the countries with high levels of tolerance, with high levels of respect for our community,” she said.She also expressed optimism that Nicara-gua will “not tolerate this wave of violence.” According to Montiel, the source of the problems lie in Nicaragua’s institutions, namely religious organizations and police. The dramatic increase in homophobic crimes is linked to the “radical discourse of many religious denominations” against homosexuals, the ombudswoman said during the conference. She also criticized police officers who respond to allegations of homophobic violence, saying, “Many officers continue taking these allegations as if they were a joke. Often if one goes to the police to file a complaint because someone threw rocks in the street, the police say it’s wrong to be gay.”Proving a crime was motivated by homophobia is difficult in Nicaragua, since  records of victims do not include sexual preference.The stance of the government is also not without criticism. In March, Nicaraguan lawmakers drafted a new Family Code with the strict definition of a family as a union of man and woman. However, the Sandinista government has made positive strides since returning to power in 2006. In 2008, the government decriminalized homosexual relations. Changes also were made within the Health Ministry to provide health care without discrimination in hospitals. Also, the Sandinistas in 2009 created Montiel’s position as an ombudswoman for sexual diversity. “In Latin America, the principal advances in the area of respect for sexual diversity have come from governments on the left, so we can’t expect anything less from this government,” Montiel said in an interview with the online English news site Nicaragua Dispatch. Facebook Commentslast_img read more