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Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders will miss the rest of the regular season after thumb surgery this week, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

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Sanders suffered the injury on a pass attempt last Saturday, when his right hand hit an opposing player’s helmet on a follow-through in a 31-13 home win over Kansas. His backup, Dru Brown, replaced him and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

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Brown should start Saturday as the No. 21 Cowboys (7-3) take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (4-6) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Sanders, a redshirt freshman, has thrown for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has struggled with interceptions, throwing 11, but has thrown only two in the Cowboys’ current three-game winning streak. Sanders has also rushed for 625 yards, second on the team to the nation’s leading rusher, Chuba Hubbard (1,726).

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Sanders rebounded from his worst start, a 45-27 home loss to Baylor Oct. 19, engineering consecutive wins over Iowa State, TCU and Kansas. Against the Bears, he threw for just 157 yards and accounted for three turnovers.

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Brown, a transfer from Hawai’i, was the primary backup last season to Cowboys starter Taylor Cornelius, while Sanders redshirted. He started two seasons with the Warriors, throwing for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns before his transfer.

In primarily late-game duty for the Cowboys, Brown has thrown for 223 yards and three touchdowns this season. One big difference between the two quarterbacks might be Sanders’ explosiveness as a runner. Sanders was a significant complement to Hubbard in the run game for a team that is averaging 46.5 carries a game.

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Brown is mobile, however, if not as explosive as Sanders. In 2016, with Hawai’i, he ran for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 88 carries.

On Monday, in his weekly news conference, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy spoke highly of Brown for patiently waiting his turn through nearly two seasons in Stillwater.

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“We were pleased with Dru. He has been a great illustration of the culture at Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “I mentioned it after the [Kansas] game — he was a captain in that game because of all of the hard work and effort he has put in, and the commitment he has had to our program. We enjoy seeing him have success, and he came out and played well.”

Oklahoma State closes the regular season Nov. 30 at home vs. No. 9 Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam Series game.

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Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra is retiring from football because of multiple concussions, including a recent one in practice.

Calcaterra announced his decision Thursday in a video posted on Twitter. He hasn’t played since Oct. 5 against Kansas. The junior said in the video he has had his “fair share of concussions” during his career and consulted with doctors at Oklahoma, and specialists around the country, before reaching the decision to retire. Calcaterra recorded five receptions for 79 yards this season.

“Football has been the biggest thrill of my life, and it kills me to know it’s over,” Calcaterra said on the video. “But I’m confident God does everything for a reason, and he has a plan for me. I believe football was preparing me for this moment my entire career.”

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Calcaterra earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018 after recording 26 receptions for 396 yards and six touchdowns, starting 11 games. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2017. Before this season, he appeared fourth on Mel Kiper’s list of top non-senior tight ends for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Calacaterra said he’s on track to graduate from Oklahoma in May and plans to return home to California. He intends to pursue a career as a firefighter.

“I gave everything I had to this team and this game,” Calcaterra said. “I’d like to think it might have caused an impact on this university, this football program and all the people around me.”

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Nov. 7: Karen Daley Oliver, C.W. Trimble, Larry Newbill, Cynthia Holberton, Lula Mae Stanfield, Briley James Moore, Michael Ferrell

Nov. 8: Herbert Pregnall, John Easley Richie, Henry M. Shiflett, Charles Parker, Tracy Cathryn Clarke, Sammy “Huck” Smith, Larry Stovall, Crystal Clary, Kristin Newcomb

Nov. 9: Jennifer Clark, Timothy Wade, Beth R. Tingen, Theodore D. Watkins, Jason Owen, Jessica Cary Shelton, Henry Hurt Edmunds II, Audrey J. Hudson, Trent Hundley Gilliland, Derwin Blanks, Duane Allen Murphy, Christopher Michael Fallen, Gus Thomas Fallen, John Page Gravitt, Louise Spangler

Nov. 10: Jayla Jeffress, Freida Virginia Dalton, Bill Greenwood, William Thomas Yates, Linda Hughes, Emmett Tuck, Pete Ingram, Marvin Ligon, Sara L. Throckmorton, Shannon Forlines

Nov. 11: Mabel Calvin, A.B. Jones, Diane P. Conner, Anne Walton, Mary N. Bomar, Frank Woltz, Eddie Royster, Issac C. Comer, Elmo H. Whitlow, John H. Watts, Allen U. Gravitt, Melvin W. Price, Russell Puckett Jr., R. Henry Stanfield, Lester Smith

Nov. 12: Garnett J. Bomar, Edward Conner Jr., Mary B. Medley

Nov. 13: Allison C. Dunn, Tommy Wilborn, Charlie H. Guill, Peggy L. Wazeka, Buck Thaxton, John Humphries Jr., Bethanie Tucker, Jhaquill Holmes-Wooden

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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. We made it to December! That means that four months from now, we’ll be in a month that has baseball! As fun as that sounds, I’m still opposed to Opening Day being in March. I will not stop complaining about this.

As usual for this time of year, there isn’t much going on with the Orioles today. But the winter meetings are coming up in a week and maybe we’ll finally get some news! In the meantime, you have plenty of good Maryland sporting events to choose from. The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are facing off in what some are saying could be a Super Bowl preview. Is anyone attending the annual Purple Tailgate, with its new host Trey Mancini?

If football isn’t your thing, the Maryland Terps men’s basketball team is playing Marquette in the finals of the Orlando Invitational, looking to preserve their undefeated record.

Or you could listen to Christmas music and decorate the tree! That’s what I’ll be doing.

Links

Gary Kendall talks about Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer – Steve Melewski
The Tides’ manager gave his thoughts on two Orioles prospects to Steve Melewski.

Mancini ready to host Purple Tailgate – School of Roch
Trey Mancini has taken over Adam Jones’s tradition of Purple Tailgate at a Ravens home game. Some nice quotes from Trey in here about it, and Adam Jones has hinted he might make an appearance. That would make ma happy.

MLB rumors: Yankees’ Clint Frazier on block? Here are 4 trades that make sense – nj.com
How would you feel about a Clint Frazier for Mychal Givens trade?

Dumping Jonathan Villar might make sense from a rebuilding perspective, but Orioles fans don’t have to like it – Baltimore Sun
Oh look, now the Orioles have got me agreeing with Peter Schmuck. What a world.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies, Jeff Tackett and Dan Straily. Tackett, who turns 54 today, was the backup catcher to Chris Hoiles from 1991-94. If you watched the 2019 Oriole (and no one judges you if you didn’t), you might remember Straily (31) from his 14 games this year. Since it’s his birthday, I won’t mention his ERA.

On this day in 1998, the Orioles signed Albert Belle to a five-year contract, of which he played two before retiring with a degenerative hip condition. Also in 1998, the Orioles traded pitcher Armando Benitez for catcher Charles Johnson.

And Rafael Palmeiro, who had just spent five seasons with the Orioles, turned down a bigger contract from the Orioles to sign with the Texas Rangers.

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Students were able to select classes from a course catalogue filled with both beloved classics (Political Theory, Jane Austen, Deconstructing Racism, etc.) and sixty-one classes new to Bowdoin.
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We focused on a handful of new courses—in digital and computational studies, economics, history, religion, and Russian—chosen somewhat arbitrarily to highlight the ways visiting or new professors are sharing their expertise and how tenured professors are recrafting their intellectual interests into new offerings.

DCS: 3450 Cognition in Analog and Digital Environments
Eric Chown, Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
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Though his class is new, Chown says his fascination with the intersection of human cognition and computation dates back to his graduate school days, when he studied with an environmental psychologist who investigated how our natural and constructed environments shape us.

This topic is perhaps even more pressing today, since it’s not just the physical world around us but also our digital world that has the capacity to profoundly influence how and what we think. In some ways, our brains weren’t designed to cope with today’s frenetic bursts of enticing stimuli. “Most of us are suffering from damaged attention,” Chown said.

In his class, students study Reed Johnson evolution and the brain—how we process information—and also how we are susceptible to digital misinformation and manipulation. Importantly, they also address what can be done about it.

“We discuss how virtual environments could be designed to be supportive, to be cognitively helpful so people can thrive in them,” Chown said. “And we’ll talk about ways of optimizing learning and how to use things like the digital world effectively,” he added. In the end, he hopes the students leave with an understanding that “there are ways they can take ownership of their attention.”

ECON: 3501 Poverty and Economic Development
Marc Rockmore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
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In Poverty and Economic Development, students study economic systems on large and small scales, zooming in as close as looking at how poverty influences individuals’ decision-making and fates. While the class focuses primarily on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, it also touches on poverty in other parts of the world, including the United States.

“Within this seminar, we’re moving a little bit outside of economics,” Rockmore said. He lays other academic disciplines, like biology, epidemiology, and climate science, on top of the traditional study of economics. For instance, the class is considering the biology of learning—how the first two years of life are critical to life outcomes—and they are reading studies on how a slight increase in temperature can affect people’s mental health and life outcomes.

“What I try to do in this process is give students a broader sense of not only how these different forces come together and shape poverty, but also how poverty interacts with these forces and can make them worse,” Rockmore said.

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OXFORD, Ohio — Dantez Walton, that beardless version of James Harden who plays forward at Northern Kentucky University, continued his prolific scoring binge Tuesday night inside Millett Hall.

Walton poured in 32 points as NKU impressively rolled to a 76-54 win over Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot-6 senior converted 13 field goals in 20 attempts, including 4-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. He netted 20 points in the second half and keyed a 21-4 run that turned a 33-31 lead into a 54-35 blowout with 8:16 left on the clock.

It marked the third 30-point performance in four games for Walton, who is averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds during the last six contests. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists as NKU improved to 6-3.

Dantez Walton drives past Miami’s Elijah McNamara (22) for a basket during the first half of NKU’s 76-54 win. Walton finished with 32 points. (Photo by Jeff McCurry)

“Honestly, it’s a confidence thing,” Walton said of his scoring outbursts, which include a 30-point performance against unbeaten Arkansas. “My teammates and coaching staff put it in me. I knew I had it in me, so I’m just trying to keep this thing going.”
Miami (4-4) had no answers for Walton, who dominated the paint with an assortment of drives to the basket and pull-up jumpers. The RedHawks’ only defense against the native Ohioan was to send him to the charity stripe, where he converted just twice in eight attempts.

But other than the free throws, Walton’s performance ranked somewhere between Harden and Luka Doncic at the collegiate level. NKU head coach Darrin Horn has certainly noticed the impressive performances.

“We really challenged him from Day One, going all the way back to June workouts, that you got to get yourself in great shape and be a guy we look to. A focal point,” Horn said. “Not to get 30 (points) a game, but a guy we can play through.”

Walton netted 12 points in the first half as NKU took a 29-22 lead into the locker room. The Norse held the RedHawks to 30.4 percent shooting from the field during the opening half and limited the hosts to just 4-for-24 accuracy from 3-point range for the game.

Horn pointed out that he was especially pleased with NKU’s defense and toughness.

“We really challenged our guys to build on what we did against Arkansas, even though we didn’t win,” Horn said. “We felt like we took a step with our defense, with our toughness, grabbing the ball and getting loose balls.”

Tyler Sharpe finished with 18 points and keyed the NKU defense with three steals. Adrian Nelson grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored six points, including a 17-footer from straightaway that bounced off the rim and through the net in the second half.

“That was not a play we were running,” Horn quipped, chuckling about Nelson’s jumper.

Tyler Sharpe launches a 3-pointer over Miami defender Isaiah Coleman-Lands (4) in the first half. Sharpe finished with 18 points and three steals. (Photo by Jeff McCurry)

Horn praised Nelson’s dominance on the glass. “As a coach, that’s something you love to see because here’s a guy who hasn’t played much,” he said. “He’s coming off a knee injury, but he’s come out and practiced hard every single day. He has a great attitude, a high-character guy.
“I thought he played with terrific energy tonight, and did a good job in our defense. Grabbing 12 boards is a huge number. I almost lost my mind when he shot the pull-up jump shot, but it went in, so everything’s OK.”

Trevon Faulkner added six points and six rebounds for NKU, which made 61.5 percent of its shots in the second half to run away from Miami. Silas Adheke finished with four points and five rebounds, while Adham Eleeda also grabbed five boards.

NKU held Miami’s Nike Sibande to just five points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field. Sibande entered Tuesday averaging 16.6 points per game.

“I felt like (Miami) had two guys who are capable of being dynamic scorers from the perimeter, so we were worried about that,” Horn said. “It was easier, as crazy as this sounds, against Arkansas because they only had one dude that you knew wanted to shoot. (Miami) has five guys who can hit multiple threes in a game.

“We thought this was a greater challenge for our team collectively on defense. That was a real concern, but I thought our guys really responded to the challenge.”

Dalonte Brown led Miami with 17 points and was the only RedHawk in double figures. NKU held 3-point specialist Milos Jovic scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting from the field.

Walton, the only player in Division I basketball this season to record 30-point double-doubles twice, needed just two rebounds on Tuesday to notch another one. Did he ever glance at the electronic statistics on the scoreboard above Millett Hall, which indicated he was two boards away from another double-double?

“I honestly didn’t [look up at the scoreboard],” Walton laughed. “I promise you I didn’t. I just keep on going in motion and if a rebound comes to me, I try to be aggressive. We had help on the glass with Adrian Nelson coming in and making huge plays.”

NKU is now 10-3 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Earlier this season, the Norse also defeated MAC opponent Ball State on the road. NKU is 3-0 all-time against Miami, including a pair of wins at Millett Hall.

NKU plays host to Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Sunday. A year ago, the Colonels pulled out a last-second 76-74 win against the Norse in Richmond. Nick Mayo hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to give Eastern Kentucky that victory in McBrayer Arena.

Eastern Kentucky owns a 6-3 lead in the all-time series with NKU.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 76, MIAMI (Ohio) 54
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Sharpe 6-15 5-6 18, Adheke 2-2 0-0 4, Walton 13-20 2-8 32, Faulkner 2-4 1-2 6, Langdon 0-4 2-2 2, Eleeda 1-5 0-0 3, Nelson 3-3 0-0 6, Mocaby 1-3 1-2 3, Djoko 0-0 0-0 0, Cobbs 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 28-56 13-22 76.
MIAMI (54)
Bowman 2-2 0-1 4, Sibande 2-7 1-2 5, Brown 5-12 5-5 17, Grant 3-9 3-3 9, Jovic 0-4 0-0 0, Coleman-Lands 0-5 3-3 3, Lairy 3-6 2-2 9, McNamara 0-0 0-0 0, Ayah 1-2 0-0 2, Brewer 2-5 0-0 5, White 0-1 0-0 0, Litteken 0-1 0-0 0, Ritchie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 14-16 54.
HALFTIME: NKU 29-22. 3-POINTERS: (NKU 7-29, MU 4-24). REBOUNDS: NKU 38 (Nelson 12), MU 36 (Brown, Sibande 7).
RECORDS: NKU 6-3, Miami 4-4.

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“Humillarme” es el nombre de la canción con la que Nebular regresa a los principales canales de reproducción de música online y a los escenarios, tras un receso de dos años.

El trío formado por Lucas Pino en voz y guitarra, Nicolás Allendes en voz y bajo y Sebastián Sidharta, en la batería y coros, estrena el video que corresponde al primer single de lo que será su esperado segundo disco.

La canción está inspirada en vivencias reales e historias de vida y se caracteriza por un sonido mucho más orgánico y crudo, cuya letra contiene pasajes contingentes.

“Humillarme es una gran síntesis de lo que propone este segundo disco, mucho más rockero”, explica Lucas Pino.

El video que retrata la rabia y lucha personal que provoca un amor mal correspondido, fue dirigido por el reconocido artista visual Pascal Krumm, responsable de algunos videos y un documental para Los Bunkers. Krumm dirigió la primera película de rock desarrollada para internet, y ha ganado diferentes premios como el FVCLIP (Festival del Video Clip Chileno) y el Festival In-Edit.

Nebular lanzó en 2013 su primer disco “Sentir”, cuyo primer single y video “Alejarte Hoy De Mí”, logró gran rotación en MTV, Ritmoson Latino y Via X, además de estar presentes en importantes y variados medios del país.

Debido a su éxito la banda visitó tierras aztecas con una agenda cargada de promoción por Ciudad de México, con presentaciones en el D.F., Puebla y Toluca. Posteriormente, en el año 2016 continuó su promoción por Lima Perú, para dar paso a una gira por Chile.

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Over the past couple seasons I’ve slowly been releasing a series of posts in which I pair the Padres and whatever team they’re playing, look up all the players who spent time with both clubs, and construct a 25-man roster. Since the Friars’ season is over, as are the seasons of 27 other teams, I thought I’d mash up the Royals and the Giants, the participants of this year’s World Series.

As I always do, I used Baseball Reference’s multi-franchise finder tool to pull up all the guys who have played for both teams. In the case of the Royals and Giants, there have been 77. I then separate the wheat from the chaff, first by determining the starting lineup. I make my selections based on the players’ peaks and full careers without taking into account how they performed for either team in question. If I limited myself to guys who did well with both teams, this post would be completely different and titled “Carlos Beltran sure is good at baseball”.

Starting Lineup:
C- Benito Santiago
1B- Orlando Cepeda
2B- Rey Sanchez
SS- Neifi Perez
3B- Miguel Tejada
LF- Jose Cardenal
CF- Carlos Beltran
RF- Reggie Sanders

Santiago, Tejada, and Sanders all show up very frequently in the Padres combined team posts, a testament to both their performance and their tendency toward transiency. As you can see, the Achilles heel of this team is the infield. Due to a lack of any other options, the starting lineup features three shortstops, two of which are historically notable offensive black holes. I sorted them out according to games played by position.

2B SS 3B
Rey Sanchez 480 984 19
Neifi Perez 252 1115 24
Miguel Tejada 30 1946 163
As you can see, Tejada has, by far, the most tenure at shortstop, but he’s also the only one who has anything even resembling significant time at third base. There was a similar situation with the outfielders, where left field is occupied by the center fielder who played left the most.

LF CF RF
Jose Cardenal 432 848 551
Carlos Beltran 2 1572 438
Reggie Sanders 385 210 1165
Bench:
C- Fran Healy
IF- Jeff Keppinger
IF- Steve Scarsone
OF- Dave Henderson
DH/OF- Chili Davis

Healy is far from a household name but he had a solid nine-year career as a backup and hit well in his only season as a starter, 1974. Keppinger and Scarsone are further evidence of the dearth of decent infielders, while Dave Henderson and Chili Davis would be starters on a lot of combined teams. In fact, Chili Davis would be the starting DH for this theoretical team in theoretical games played in American League stadiums. Theoretical.

Starting Rotation:
Gaylord Perry
Vida Blue
Bud Black
Atlee Hammaker
Pat Rapp

The rotation starts out strong with a Hall of Famer and the Black & Blue tandem, and predictably falls off from there. Hammaker did have one great season and a couple decent ones, and Pat Rapp makes the cut thanks to not being Brett Tomko.

Bullpen:
Dan Quisenberry
Lindy McDaniel
Roberto Hernandez
Mark Davis
Luis Aquino
Ramon Ramirez
Jeremy Affeldt

The bullpen is closer-heavy, with Quisenberry, McDaniel, Cy Young Award winner Davis, and the original Roberto Hernandez (not to be confused with The Artist Formerly Known As Fausto Carmona). McDaniel doesn’t come up in the discussion of great closers, but that’s because he was leading the league in saves before saves were even a thing yet. The underrated Aquino, who used to show up in nearly every pack of baseball cards I bought back in his Royals and Marlins days, would serve as the swingman as he had years of success in that role.

This team certainly has its shortcomings, but I think it would win enough games to take a wild card spot. And, as we saw this year, that’s all you need.

Organizational Depth:
C- Brent Mayne, Alberto Castillo, Brian Johnson, Bob Melvin
1B- Dave McCarty, Todd Benzinger
IF- Tony Abreu, Brad Wellman, Wilson Delgado, Bob Heise
3B/OF- Chris James, Billy Sorrell
OF- Melky Cabrera, Jeff Francoeur, Jose Guillen, Gregor Blanco, Tom Goodwin, Trenidad Hubbard, Mike Kingery, Michael Tucker, Jerry Martin, Jim Wohlford, Pat Sheridan
P- Brett Tomko, Jamey Wright, Sidney Ponson, Juan Berenguer, Jonathan Sanchez, Todd Wellemeyer, Jay Witasick, Denny Bautista, Cory Bailey, Enrique Burgos, Rich Gale, Mark Gardner, J.C. Gutierrez, Alan Hargesheimer, Doug Henry, Ryan Jensen, Matt Kinney, Mike LaCoss, Al Levine, Renie Martin, Mike McCormick, Jose Mijares, Andy McGaffigan, Alvin Morman, Ray Sadecki, Dan Schatzeder, Scott Service, Jerry Spradlin, Bob Tufts

These are the guys who didn’t make the cut, and got sent down to the Sacramentomaha Storm Cats River Chasers, the logical AAA affiliate of the Sansas Frity Royants. Is there anyone I demoted who would make your team, or anyone I benched who you would start? Let us know in the comments how your team would look.

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STREETSBORO — He played in front of a packed house.

And some of his biggest fans were practically on top of him.

Thus, Bryce Vecchio had a decision to make.

Should he go for the more conventional honey mustard or should he add some special sauce?

“I was thinking I was going to dunk it and then I was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Vecchio said.

At the very last second, the 6-foot-5 sophomore forward opted for ordinary rather than extraordinary.

Alas, it turned out to be disastrous.

Vecchio’s layup attempt wound up bouncing off the rim and into a frenemy’s hands.

No razzle dazzle. No roar from the well-wishers. Just one distraught young man who wanted to crawl into his own black hole.

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” a befuddled Vecchio said.

In the end, everything turned out OK for the first-year varsity basketball player.

Very OK, as a matter of fact.

Thanks to Vecchio’s game-high 28 points, host Streetsboro made a dazzling 2019-20 debut with a thrilling 67-65 victory over Aurora Tuesday.

Vecchio proved he was human on a couple of occasions. He missed two layups down the stretch that probably could have iced the game for the Rockets.

The rookie sensation was just about unstoppable on every other play, though.

Vecchio converted 13-of-20 shots from the floor, including two 3-pointers. He also added eight rebounds.

And one may want to take this into consideration when it comes to the stellar sophomore’s scintillating performance: It was his first career varsity start.

Unlike many athletes, Vecchio didn’t spend much time working his way through the minor leagues like Crash Davis did.

The precocious sophomore, on the other hand, has taken a much quicker route to “the show.”

And like another hotshot rookie did in the 1988 classic baseball film Bull Durham, this gifted sophomore will continue to bring the “heat.”

“Bryce was tough,” Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini said. “We were excited to see how he was going to do in a real game setting. He had a couple of really good scrimmages. He’s very talented, very skilled.

“Being a sophomore and never even playing in a JV [junior varsity] game before let alone a varsity game, I think he’ll be better.”

That could be a scary thought for the opposition.

Vecchio boldly attacked the basket on a regular basis.

Let’s just say this kind of massive production was necessary. Streetsboro nearly surrendered a 21-point lead against Aurora, which missed chippy after chippy in the first 16 minutes.

“It feels pretty good,” Vecchio said. “We have a younger team and they have an older team. It was pretty fun to work as a team to get back to it.”

The Rockets don’t expect to play their best basketball anytime soon. Streetsboro had just four practices entering Tuesday’s main event. The Rockets also have several new faces and a number of their older faces are tackling new careers without giving two weeks’ notice to their previous employer.

Of course, this drastic life change isn’t such a terrible thing if you make your home along routes 14 and 303.

That’s because Streetsboro’s football team, which featured a number of basketball players, recently completed its most successful season ever.

The Rockets finished 11-1 on the gridiron and reached the second round of the Division III playoffs for the first time.

“These football guys just need to get back in the gym,” Marcini said. “They just need to get their legs. We’re still learning; we’re still getting better. We got new guys all over the place. We’ll figure it out.”

Fortunately, a baby-faced giant can show them the way. Much sooner than expected too.

“We’ve only had a few practices altogether,” Vecchio said. “Coming out with a win [Tuesday] was pretty good.”

It could lead to “pretty good” things down the road, as well. And it hopes to be anything but conventional.

For Vecchio and his multisport comrades, the more special sauce, the better.

“We have a lot of promise,” Vecchio said. “I feel really good about it.”

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With the United States at war, the Office of Defense Transportation mandated that baseball teams had to hold spring training near their homes in 1943-44-45. The ODT ‘s travel restrictions limited teams to areas north of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and east of the Mississippi River.

Taking a break during spring training in Hershey, left to right: manager Bucky Harris, coach Earl Whitehill, owner William Cox and coach Chuck Klein. (Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia)

Seventy years ago, the Phillies arranged to hold spring training in Hershey after being in Miami the previous three years.

A team that had lost more than 100 games in five straight seasons starting in 1938 was about to embark on a bizarre spring training and a year that ended in an equally bizarre manner.

The Phillies not only had a new manager, future Hall of Famer Bucky Harris, but a new owner, William Cox. Gerry Nugent, who became the owner in 1932, was so financially unstable that the National League intervened, forcing Nugent to sell the team to Cox, a successful New York lumber company businessman who headed a 30-man syndicate.

Cox, 33, assumed control as spring training began on March 15. He was known to put on the uniform and work out with the team in spring training and interfere throughout the season. He fired Harris after 95 games (40-53-2). A bitter Harris let it be known that Cox had bet on Phillies games. Following a lengthy investigation by MLB, Cox was banned from baseball. The Carpenter family of Wilmington purchased the Phillies that November. Spring training was held in Wilmington in the next two war years, 1944-45.

Phillies waiting to board the train for Hershey and the start of spring training in 1943. Front row (from left): 3B Pinky May, 2B Danny Murtaugh, CH-OF Chuck Klein, MGR Bucky Harris, traveling secretary Jimmy Hagan, RHP Johnny Podgajny behind RHP Si Johnson and trainer Harold Bruce. Back row, C Mickey Livingston, RHP Andy Lapihuska, RHP Frank Seward and RHP George Hennessy. (photo, Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Trying to find information about spring training in Hershey led to stacks of musty, old 18”x18” scrapbooks that somehow survived moves from Connie Mack Stadium to Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park. They were piled on top of files in the photo library. One of the books was labeled 1943.

Newspaper clippings and photos from Philadelphia’s three daily newspapers, Inquirer, Evening Bulletin and Record, had been carefully pasted in the scrapbook.

Browsing through the brittle and yellowed clippings revealed some interesting stories:

** Harris, eight players, the traveling secretary and publicity director boarded a train at the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia at 10:30 a.m. on March 14. At 2 p.m., they arrived in Hershey. Other players went to Hershey directly from their homes.

** Hershey had a small, well-kept high school diamond, a training house for use in wet weather and ample club room facilities (Hershey Arena), reported the Inquirer’s Stan Baumgartner, a former left-handed pitcher who spent eight years in the majors with the Phillies and Philadelphia A’s. Imagine Cole Hamels someday covering major league baseball?

** Housing was split between the Community House and Community Inn.

** Before the first workout, Harris laid out his rules: midnight curfew under penalty of $25.00, no “horse play,” every hitter must sprint to first during batting practice, pitchers must shag fly balls, no card playing for large stakes and most of all, he counseled the players to cast off the defeatist complex.

** Eleven players, including player-coach Chuck Klein, went through the first work out on March 15. Only nine players had signed contracts. Six more players were in uniform two days later.

** Because of World War II, rosters were in flux and the Phillies were a prime example. Of the 42 players that played for the Phillies in 1943, only 12 were in uniform the year before.

** Second baseman Danny Murtaugh, third baseman Pinky May and right fielder Ron Northey were the only returning regulars. A total of 18 Phillies was in the military in 1943, something all teams experienced.

All baseball teams during World War II promoted the sale of War Bonds in the publications, including the Spring Training brochure. Check out the phone number of the hotel, 594.

** In January, Nugent traded first baseman Nick Etten to the Yankees for first baseman Ed Levy, pitcher Al Gettel and $10,000. Levy joined the Army and Gettel decided to stay on his farm. Cox complained but the Yankees initially refused to correct the trade. On March 26, they finally sent catcher Tom Padden and pitcher Al Gearheauser as compensation. Another pitcher, Hilly Flitcraft, also retired to his farm.

** Pitcher Johnny Allen, acquired in a December 1942 trade with the Dodgers, held out and was sold back to Brooklyn on April 16. 1B Ed Murphy was also a holdout and never made it back to the majors. Another rookie, catcher Bill Anske, was lost to the military.

** Evening Bulletin writer Frank Yeutter: “Bill Webb, a loquacious pitcher, wrote his way into a job with the Phillies”. Baumgartner mentioned that George Hennessey “is merely a part-time war pitcher. He will be available only when the Phillies are at home.”

** New players arrived almost daily. Pitcher Charlie Fuchs was acquired on waivers on two days before spring training began.

** Cox constantly tried to make trades or purchase players. According to one report, Cox talked on the phone with Branch Rickey of the Dodgers for 10 minutes, ringing up a $7.00 phone bill.

** Weather was a constant problem. Rain, hail, snow and the thaw of spring were issues. Because of a muddy diamond, the Phillies were forced to work out on a football field at times. On another occasion, high winds forced the Phillies indoors at the Hershey Arena.

** On March 30, it was noted that the entire team went through a physical exam by a physician, a first in baseball history.

** Exhibition games took place in early April. The first was April 5, a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia A’s in Wilmington.

** Two days later, the Phillies beat an Army team at New Cumberland 5-3. Game was called after six innings because of bitter wind and snow flakes.

**Next day, the Phillies played the Indiantown Gap Army Team at the Lebanon High School field. They won a 14-0 no-hitter with the game called after seven innings, again by bad weather.

** April 10, the Phillies beat the A’s 2-0 at Shibe Park before a crowd of 5,000.

** April 12, bad weather canceled a game in Lancaster. Next day, a game in Hagerstown was rained out.

** April 15 was a 1-1 tie in Trenton played before 300 shivering fans.

**The final exhibition game was April 20, a 7-0 win over Yale in New Haven.

** Continuing the bad weather of the spring, the first two regular season games in Boston, April 20-21, were rained out.

** During the season, the Phillies played split doubleheaders, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., to accommodate war workers on swing shifts. They wound up playing a club record 43 doubleheaders, fitting for 1943, a bizarre year.

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During research, I also reached out to the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society. Carole Hite Welch, the librarian, checked with some long-time residents and was able to obtain the following first-hand report from Camilio “Mimi” Gasper, an outstanding football player who graduated from Hershey High School in 1947:

“I saw the Phillies every day at spring training in Hershey and remember seeing Danny Litwhiler hit a long ball over the pine trees in left field, over the parking lot, a long fly that hit the Arena wall. Also remember seeing Schoolboy Preacher Roe throw. Some of the high fly balls went into Spring Creek behind the roller coaster. The young boys retrieved the balls from the creek and then ran so they could keep them.”

Mark Eichhorn Jersey Outlet

Mark Eichhorn turns 59 today. He was drafted by the Jays in the 2nd round, 30th overall, in the 1979 amateur draft, out of Cabrillo College, CA, where he played shortstop and pitched. He quickly rose thru the Jay’s farm system and made 7 starts for the Jays as a September call up in 1982. They didn’t go well, he went 0-3 with a 5.45 ERA and to make matters worse he suffered a shoulder injury. The injury cost him the speed off his fastball.

Returning to the minors he learned to throw submarine style in the fall instructional league in 1984. As a right handed submarine pitcher, Mark threw, quite possibly, the slowest pitches in the majors. He threw an extremely slow change-up, a ‘fastball’ and a slider. And with releasing the ball from very low to the ground, coming from behind a right handed batter, he had a huge split in his stats, righties couldn’t hit him at all, while lefties hit him pretty good. In 1986, his return year to the majors and his best season as a Jay, right handed batters only hit .135/.186/.165 against him, while lefties went .259/.345/.434.

In 1986 Mark had the best season ever for a Jay reliever. He pitched in 69 games, throwing an amazing 157 innings and finishing with a 1.72 ERA. Manager Jimy Williams offered to let him start in one of the season’s final games so that he could have enough innings to get the ERA title, but he passed on it. Had he not spent a couple of weeks on the DL, at the start of the season, he would have likely had the ERA title. Fangraphs has him at a 5.3 WAR and Baseball Reference 7.4 (good for 7th best in Jays history) that year. The Sporting News selected him as the Rookie Pitcher of the Year. He also finished 6th in Cy Young voting and 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting. Williams used him often and generally for multiple innings, pitching as many as 6 innings in a game out of the pen and going 3 or more innings several times. No star reliever would be used like that now.

It is hard to blame Williams for the overuse of Eichhorn. When you have a ‘get some shutout innings free card’ you tend to use it. Mark was terrific finishing the 1986 season 14-6 with 10 saves. He gave up only 105 hits in the 157 innings, striking out 166 while walking 45. He was 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting, trailing Jose Canseco and Wally Joyner, and was 6th in the Cy Young voting. I’d call it the best season ever for a Blue Jays reliever.

In 1987 Mark wasn’t as good, but still was very effective with a 3.17 ERA in 89 games, setting the Jays record for games pitched in a season. Number 2 on the list is Paul Quantrill at 82 games pitched in 1998. He won 10 games and saved 4 more, serving as a setup man for Tom Henke. Even though he pitched in 20 more games than 1986 he pitched 30 less innings. Williams still would have him out there for 3 or more innings on several occasions, he also used him to get one or two right-handers out several times. Jimy used him as an all-propose reliever, sending him out there in any situation. Eichhorn made the most appearances and faced the most batters of any AL reliever. As always he had a large split with a .642 OPS vs. RHB and a .760 OPS vs. lefties.

In 1988 he was on pace to get into a lot of games again but he suffered an injury in early June that kept him out till September. He altered his delivery to try to make it harder for runners to steal on him and that cost him some effectiveness. His ERA jumped to 4.19, but I would kind of think some of that was because of the number of innings he had pitched over the last couple of years. Since some of his effectiveness might have been due unusual delivery, batters may have been able to get comfortable with it and maybe had an easier time picking up the ball when he released it. And, even throwing sidearm, that much work has to cause some wear and tear on an arm.

After the 1988 season, feeling he had lost his effectiveness, the Jays sold Eichhorn to the Braves. After a pretty average season in Atlanta, the Angels signed him as a free agent. There he was again a very useful pitcher. After 2.5 good seasons with the Angels, the Jays traded Rob Ducey and Greg Myers to get him back on July 30, 1992, just in time for Mark to get 2 World Series rings. He pitched 4.1 shutout innings, over 4 games, in the two post seasons.

In 1993, he pitched in 54 games and had a 2.72 ERA. Cito started the season using him as a multiple inning reliever but as the season went on he was used more as a 1 inning or less, late inning setup man. After the second World Series win he signed as a free agent with the Orioles. Near the end of a very good season with the O’s he was injured and missed the whole 1995 season. He signed back with the Angels in 1996 but didn’t do well. Mark bounced around in the minors for a bit after that, including pitching in the Jays farm system in 2000 but didn’t pitch in the majors again.

One of the things I’ve always wondered is why we don’t see more side arm/submarine type pitchers in the majors. The ones we do see have success; I think if I were a minor league pitcher who wasn’t likely to make the majors (the only kind of minor league pitcher I’d be) I’d give it a try, or try a knuckleball. In the 70’s and 80’s Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry were very successful submarine style closers. As a group sidearmer’s tend to have very good control, but beyond that they don’t have much in common. Some have been hard throwers, some have had great curves or sliders, some throw sinkers, Dan Quisenberry even threw a knuckleball for a while and Eichhorn got by with a slow slow change. You can see Mark Eichhorn’s delivery in this YouTube video:

Sidearmers seem to be pretty durable and have, on average, had long careers. The most infamous one is Carl Mays who is the only major league pitcher to have killed a batter with a pitch. Likely the strange delivery had something to do with why Ray Chapman didn’t pick up the pitch and get out of the way. There were a number of other factors, balls were used longer back then and tended to be dirtier. With no lights at the stadium, in late afternoon, the ball would have been hard to see. But I digress, a lot. Mays was a straight underhand pitcher who threw very hard, a very good starting pitcher, just short of being a Hall of Fame type.

My father-in-law threw sidearm, much the same as Eichhorn’s delivery. He tore a muscle in his upper arm and, having a distrust of doctors, he never had it fixed. He couldn’t raise his arm, but man could he whip a ball. Playing catch with him, I’d always back up about as far as I could throw. Course, he was throwing to his son-in-law, and likely wanted to prove a point. He also had a nice natural curve on his throws. But, again I digress.

Mark ended his career with a 3.00 ERA in 885.2 innings over 563 games. He is now a pitching coach for a high school baseball team in California.

Mark coached his son’s Little League team that was featured in a documentary movie called Small Ball, A Little League Story in 2002. It was about their team trying to make the Little League World Series.

And he sings and plays keyboards in a band named “Soulwise”. They do music with a reggae beat. There is a video:

And, of course, Eichhorn was a personal favorite of mine, I always liked the guys with a different throwing style. He pitched a ton of good innings for the Jays and seemed like a good guy.

Happy birthday Mark, I hope it is a good one.

Kim Andrew Jersey Outlet

Concord Chorale will sing in the season with its annual holiday concert on Saturday and Sunday lead by its new music director.

Jenny Cooper will lead the choir in “O Sing Joyfully,” a program that focuses on the Christmas story and the communal joy shared during the season.

“While wonderfully festive, it has a deeper purpose of connecting us to one another and deepening both the singers’ and audience’s awareness of our connectedness,” Cooper said in a statement.

The concert will include the works “The Christmas Alleluias” by Kim Andrew Amesen, “O Sing Joyfully” by Adrian Batten, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” arranged by Keith Christopher, “Make We Joy Now in This Fest” by Matthew Culloton, “In Terra Pax, Op. 39” by Gerald Finzi, “Carols of the British Isles” arranged by Mark Hayes and “The Song We Sing” by Jacob Narverud.

Several of the pieces look at the season through the eyes of poets: “The Christmas Alleluias” draw from Euan Tait and “In Terra Pax” from Robert Bridges.

Cooper, a singer in the Chorale prior to becoming its leader, is the director of music at Lawrence Academy and music director of the Acton Community Chorus. She also co-founded with AJ Coppola the New Hampshire Master Choral Children’s Chorus Festival.

Showtimes will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. at South Congregational Church in Concord. Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 seniors for advance sales, which increase $5 at the door. Students are admitted free and should not get tickets in advance.

Tickets and more information are available at concordchorale.org or at Gibson’s Bookstore or Merrimack County Savings Bank.