Argenal, Flores reunite as first-time coaches, plan brighter future for California State East Bay

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When then-Chico State assistant basketball coach Gus Argenal first met transfer recruit Jay Flores in 2009, he instantly knew the pair shared the same competitive drive.Now that both are on the same coaching staff at Division II California State East Bay University, East Bay, their intensity has led to a friendly rivalry at team workouts.“(Flores) is always challenging me, but he still can’t out-bench me,” Argenal said. “He beats me one-on-one, but I still have him in the weight room.”On the court, though, the two have forged a friendship that only grew stronger this past season. Argenal coached Flores for two seasons from 2009–11 at Chico State, where Flores would eventually develop into the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player.But after a two-year separation, Argenal and Flores reunited in 2013 at East Bay as first-time head coach and assistant coach, respectively. Even though the Pioneers won just seven games this season, the pair hopes their bond can build the foundation for a successful turnaround in Hayward, Calif.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If I turn out to be half the coach that (Argenal) is, I’ll be good to go in this business,” Flores said. “I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones to have gotten to play for him and get into coaching.”It all began when Flores decided to transfer from Sonoma State after his freshman season. Argenal recruited him heavily and ultimately convinced him to select Chico State.Flores had always respected Argenal based on his high school career and track record of success. And once he joined the team, that respect evolved on a personal level.“He probably was the biggest individual factor in my basketball development,” Flores said. “I knew I wanted to be good, but I didn’t really know how to get there. He had a plan for me.”The plan worked. Flores finished his tenure at Chico with 387 assists and 137 steals, both third in program history. As a senior, he led the Wildcats to their first CCAA championship and the 2012 NCAA Tournament.But Argenal wasn’t able to share the experience. He had returned to his alma mater, UC Davis, as an assistant prior to that season.“I went for a jog, and I was halfway up this hill in the beautiful Santa Barbara hills when I get a call from Jay,” he said. “The team’s yelling out, ‘We’re going to be on ESPN tonight! We just hit a game-winner to go to the championship game!’“It was tough because you wanted to be there, but I still felt a part of what they were doing.”After graduating, Flores played one season for Soles de Mexicali of Mexico’s National Professional Basketball League. He said it was always his dream to coach, though, and Argenal knew it.So when Flores visited Argenal, then an assistant at Rice, during a personal trip to Texas in 2013, Argenal hinted that he might be pursuing a head coaching job elsewhere.As the interview process began for the California State East Bay opening, Argenal started talking specifics. “He didn’t even know if he was going to get it or not, so he said, ‘Don’t take a lot of stock in any of this,’” Flores said. “Then once it happened, it took him a while to be able to fill out the staff.”After speaking to Flores about his time in Mexico, Argenal knew he would be a perfect fit for his staff and made the official offer later in the summer.Although the team struggled to win games this season, both Argenal and Flores said they were able to get through to players and make personal connections.Rising sophomore Kyle Frakes said Flores and Argenal are always in the weight room and working out with everyone else, and explained how the team has already bought into their hands-on method. He even guaranteed the Pioneers will post a winning record by the end of his senior year.“If there were a coaching staff that could guarantee a turnaround, this is the one,” Frakes said. “They put in so much effort and the whole team has grown very close.”Argenal and Flores said the team has started to consider itself a family more than a team, and they are each excited about making Frakes’ goal a reality. “The biggest thing in coaching is you have to trust the person next to you,” Argenal said. “I trust Jay as much as I do anybody.” Comments Published on March 19, 2014 at 12:24 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edulast_img read more

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Single Mingling

first_imgStudents celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday night at Traditions. The “Love in the Club” event, sponsored by USC Hospitality, Traditions and True Colors International, included speed dating and themed drinks.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img

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Badgers win 71-51 against Huskies in 3rd win of season

first_imgWhile it was pouring outside, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team made it rain inside the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon.The Badgers shot 38.5 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc en route to a 71-51 victory against an undersized and overmatched Northern Illinois team (1-2). Wisconsin is 3-0 for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. Junior forward Jacki Gulczynski led the charge with a game-high 15 points, dropping 13 in the first half.The first five minutes of the game proved to be frustrating for the Badgers, a span in which UW only scored five points. They were unable to feed junior forward Michala Johnson in the middle because of  the Huskies’ 3-2 zone that took away the passing lanes. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey made a key adjustment during the first media timeout, instructing her guards to rapidly move the ball around the perimeter to get the defense shifting and create more scoring options.“Mick [Johnson] is a great post player, so they have to send two at her on every play, or else she’s gonna go to work,” Gulczynski said. “So we tried to focus on staying spread and getting to the open spot, and when you catch it you gotta make it.”Gulczynski opened the scoring by draining a three from the right wing. Following the adjustments, the Badgers were able to get better looks around the hoop. Fifth-year senior guard Taylor Wurtz knocked down a three-pointer in between a pair of Gulczynski three’s which extended the lead to 21-8 and kicked off a 17-2 run. The first Gulczynski score from beyond the arc was a perfect example of the new “inside-outside” offensive strategy Kelsey wants to employ. Gulczynski fed Johnson down low, who then kicked it back out to Gulczynski in the corner for a wide-open look.The Badgers were firing on all cylinders inside, muscling for four layups to cap off the run. They entered the locker room at halftime up 33-18. Allowing 18 points in one half is no small feat, and it was partially due to NIU’s poor shooting percentage of 28.1 percent and not hitting any of their three attempted three-pointers. They also did not attempt a free throw in the half. NIU’s Alicia Johnson led the Huskies in scoring with a mere six points.“We go into every game with a game plan,” Kelsey said. “If you don’t do that, you allow them to get comfortable and allow them to do what they’re used to doing so we try to take them out of their comfort zone and force them to make adjustments.”Sophomore point guard Dakota Whyte impressed once again while directing the offense. She finished with five assists, one of those feeding Johnson down low who finished with a nice post-move. On the next possession, Whyte drilled a three-pointer from the top of the arc which increased the lead to 20 (38-18). After a pair of Huskie baskets, Wurtz hit a three with 15 minutes, 48 seconds left to bring the lead to 21. Senior guard Morgan Paige, who finished with eight points, drove hard to the hoop and finished strong, putting the Badgers up by 23 with 12:20 remaining. Sophomore guard Nicole Bauman joined the scoring party by converting from beyond the arc, and Paige scored a contested layup in transition after a Wurtz steal.The Badgers then went into a lull, only scoring about six points in about a 10 minute span. UW was getting open looks at the basket and displayed a wide variety in their shot selection. There were several three’s that rattled in and out. Unable to buy a bucket, captain Wurtz got to the charity line and was successful 5-6 times throughout the dry streak. In the final seconds, senior forward Daria Kryuchkova hit a 14-footer for her first field goal of the season which the 3,689 spectators at the Kohl Center greatly enjoyed.“We missed some shots we probably should’ve made,” Kelsey said. “But everybody is taking good shots. It’s not something we can correct, but they’ll fall — they’ll fall eventually.”NIU failed to mount a comeback of any significance. Redshirt junior Danny Pulliam was their only scorer to crack double digits with 11 points. However, their severe lack of height was the most detrimental aspect of the game for the Huskies.“Their size and their length really affected us,” NIU head coach Kathi Bennett said. “Wisconsin is a very smart team and they definitely play well together.”last_img read more

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Syracuse seeks to go perfect 7-for-7 against Wake Forest

first_imgSyracuse opened and closed each practice this week working on its match serves. Individual drills help develop speed and spin. After everyone is loose, serve-receivers are added in so the servers have to worry about placement and trajectory, SU assistant coach Erin Little said. On Friday, Syracuse hopes practice will prevent something that’s never happened before.Syracuse (6-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) has never lost to Wake Forest (5-9, 0-2) in six meetings. The Orange travel to face the Demon Deacons on Friday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Syracuse won the first meeting in 2013 in four sets. Over the past five years, SU has only dropped five sets to Wake Forest, including two in 2016. On Oct. 28, 2016, Syracuse and Wake Forest met for the third time. After the Demon Deacons took a two set to one lead, SU recovered to win the fourth and the match went to a decisive fifth set. The Orange capitalized on the momentum and jumped out to an early lead, 5-1. From there, it held onto its lead and earned a match point at 14-8. Current SU senior Anastasiya Gorelina dug up a whiffed kill from the Demon Deacons. Fellow senior Jalissa Trotter hustled towards the net and passed it right in front of senior Santita Ebangwese. The Rochester, New York native crushed it between two Wake Forest defenders, just inside the baseline. Since the first matchup five years ago, Wake Forest has won 20 conference matches out of 79 played. This year, its struggles have continued. The Demon Deacons dropped its first six sets in ACC play to Florida State and Miami. Still, SU is not taking its opposition lightly, focusing on improving its serving, passing, and blocking, Little said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Wake comes in with the same mentality,” she said. “It’s more what we have to do.”Oct. 1 last year, Syracuse started the match “half asleep,” Trotter said.Tied at 7-7 in the opening set, current Wake Forest sophomore Caroline Kuhn missed a serve wide. The Orange led at 5-4, 6-5, and 7-6, but this time, SU used the lead as a springboard. Trotter and others clapped their hands, trying to motivate their teammates, she said. Immediately, Syracuse picked up its tempo and ripped off 10 of the next 13 points, taking the first set 25-18. Eventually, the match was won in four sets. This weekend, Trotter and Amber Witherspoon want to avoid a similar scenario. The Orange don’t want it to be close.“We know that we need to prepare for ourselves to be in a situation where we do not want to be,” Trotter said. “Teams like this, they’re really scrappy. They’re hustling, they’re always communicating. They have energy all the time. We want to make sure that we don’t go down. We don’t want to be in a position where we lose, and that would be bad for us.”Head coach Leonid Yelin is focusing on aggressive serving in order to force teams to conform to the pace he wants, Witherspoon said. While Syracuse showed improvements last Friday against Georgia Tech, totaling six aces and three errors, Syracuse struggled Sunday with 18 service errors and only four aces. That’s Wake Forest’s strength. It recorded 19 aces in only six sets last weekend. Syracuse will have to match it, Trotter said.“When they’re a little smaller, they can move quicker,” said Trotter. “They get to more balls and they serve receive a little tougher just so they can get those big points.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

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CDC Confirms 13th Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

first_imgLOS ANGELES, California – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on February 10, confirmed another infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States that was detected in California.The patient who was under a federal quarantine order recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019.This brings the total number of 2019-nCoV cases in the United States to 13.CDC is conducting a thorough contact investigation of the person who has tested positive to determine contacts and to assess if those contacts had high-risk exposures.last_img read more

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Dede eyes Man United scalp

first_imgAndre Ayew is confident Olympique Marseille can cause a major upset and dump Manchester United out of the European Champions League on Tuesday night.Ayew and his Marseille team mates go into the tie at Old Trafford with the aggregate score at 0-0 and believes the French side have laid the foundation for progress in the competition.“It will be a tough game as most clubs who go to that stadium have learnt,” Ayew told KickOffGhana.com.“We have nothing to lose and we know an away goal will make a major difference. We just have to believe and give it our all.”Ayew has been key for Marseille this season, scoring goals and making them in equal measure. Against United he battled hard on the left flank reducing the effectiveness of their Portuguese winger Nani in the process. He even earned orates for the effort he put in that night but nothing will beat getting into the next stage at their expense.The first leg was hard work but the second leg will be even more difficult. The motivation to get the better of them is so huge. Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

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Alpena Community College to Host a Number of Events for MLK Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMonday, January 15th the nation will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and here in Alpena a number of events will be taking place.Alpena Community College will serve up a chili dinner from 5 until 6:15 pm. All proceeds will go towards the ‘Wash Your Coat’ community program that provides free laundry services to those in need.The college will continue their celebrations at 6:30 pm with winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.At 7 pm attendees can head over to the Newport Center in room 106 to enjoy Thunder Bay Theatre’s MLK performance and discussion: “How Do We Use What Dr. King Taught Us?”For more details on each event, call 989–340–1171.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious U.S. Coast Guard Warns Northern Michiganders Use Caution During Outdoor Winter ActivitiesNext Alpena Senior Citizens Center Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser to Benefit Future Programslast_img read more

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GFA confirms Brazil friendly talks

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed an approach by Brazil to play a friendly against the Black Stars.GFA spokesperson Ibrahim Sanni Daara told Angel FM that even though Brazil has made contact with them, the proposed date for the friendly match clashes with Ghana’s World Cup qualifying play-off game, should the Black Stars edge past Zambia on September 6.“Brazil approached us and expressed interest in playing against us. The date they want to play us (October 15) is around the same time we will play the first leg of the world cup qualifying playoff.”Daara added that whilst the GFA is interested in playing against Brazil, no contract can be signed after the Zambia game, adding that the date will be found after the play off date.“We have told them that whilst we are interested in playing against them, we cannot sign any contract until after the Zambia match.“So we have asked them to find a date after the play off date which will not clash with our programmes. We know that we will beat Zambia to qualify for the play offs. We also do not want any distractions ahead of the Zambia match, so we will speak to them again after the Zambia game.”last_img read more

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Kitty man remanded on rape charge

first_imgA Station Street, Kitty resident was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for raping a 13-year-old girl.Odinga Greene, 42, was not required to plead to the indictable charge after it was read to him by Magistrate Daly.The prosecution is contending that between November 1 and 31, 2016, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.Magistrate Daly remanded Greene to prison. He is expected to make his next court appearance on November 21, 2018.last_img read more

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Albouystown man found dead in apartment

first_imgThe motionless body of a 37-year-old man was found in his rented apartment on Thursday at Albouystown, Georgetown.The body of 37-year-old Neville Anthony Haynes being taken out of the apartment he was found dead in on Thursday afternoonNeville Anthony Haynes was discovered hanging in the bedroom by his neighbour after an unpleasant smell began emanating.Haynes, who lived alone, had last been seen by persons in the area on Wednesday afternoon. Although persons were shocked to learn that the man might have committed suicide, a few believe that he was murdered.However, according to persons who were present at the scene, the man had locked his door from the inside and it had to be broken in order to gain access. There was no other entrance or exit to his apartment.Investigations into the matter are currently ongoing.Just Monday, 17-year-old Cynthia Seth of Vryheid Village, West Canje Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) took her own life after a misunderstanding with boyfriend.She was a teacher at the St Theresa Primary School. It was reported that prior to her taking her life, she and her boyfriend had a heated argument.Her lifeless body was discovered in the family’s home by her younger brother on Monday evening.Statistics show that young people between the ages of 20 and 29-years-old accounted for the most suicide deaths during 2017 and 2018, where the majority of them were a result of pesticide use, followed by persons hanging themselves.According to the National Suicide Plan 2015-2020, Guyana ranked at the top worldwide with an estimated suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000.last_img read more

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