Emotional Senior Day Highlights 77-68 Win vs Miami

The Syracuse Women’s Basketball team currently sits on the bubble of getting into the field of 68 that make it to the NCAA Tournament. With a key win against #14 North Carolina just 10 days before, the orange went on a two-game skid against #10 Notre Dame and #24 Florida State. The message from Coach Jack was clear entering the game… “Fight on!”

The Orange did fight on taking care of the Miami Hurricanes with ease by a score of 77-68. The Hurricanes only held the lead once before the Orange pulled away without a rearview mirror.

Asia Strong returned from an injury and played like she had not missed anytime on the floor. Strong finished with 10 points, all coming in the first half, she had 9 points from beyond the arc.

Asia Strong takes a three point shot against Miami. 

This team is described as fighters by their coach and Miami dealt with that when they stepped in the ring of competition, 5 different Orange scored in double figures. Blow after blow Miami did not have answer for what Syracuse brought in one of their most well-rounded performances of the season.

Coach Jack often talks about how she is often learning from and listening to her players, Sunday afternoon was no different. Entering halftime senior Dyasiha Fair only had 4 points, something that is out of place for the team leader in points and the player that has scored double digits in every game this season.

Coach Jack noticed this same trend and during halftime asked Fair what was going and why she was not scoring like she normally does. The answer from Fair… “Coach, I’m not open but my teammates are… You got to trust the team.”

The player that was open for the Orange? Freshman Kennedi Perkins. Perkins had 13-points, a career high, only missing 1 shot on the floor in her coming out party.

Kennedi Perkins takes a contested shot against Miami during career game. 

Even with so many players getting on the score card, the Orange were still led by the strong pairing of Dyasiha Fair and Georgia Woolley who each had 14-points.

The Hurricanes did dominate the paint scoring 52 points below the basket. Destiny Hardin had a game high 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Syracuse Fan holds up “thank you Seniors” sign in the JMA Wireless Dome against Miami.

Syracuse after the game celebrated the five seniors on the roster. Aliana Rice, Asia Strong, Dariauna Lewis, Dyaisha Fair and Ava Irvin all had their moment in front of over 4,000 fans.

After the game and ceremony Georgia Woolley was asked what she has learned from the senior class, “Everyone has come from a different place, there is something different that everyone brings that is unique… They have all helped us in so many ways and (we are) so thankful for that.”

Syracuse improves to 17-11 this season and just one game below .500 in ACC play at 8-9. The Orange have a chance at one more win before the post-season rolls around when they take on Pitt Thursday.

Blue Devils Shut Down Edwards While Taking Down Orange 77-55

First-year Blue Devil head coach John Scheyer said it best in the opening statement of his postgame press conference, “Our defense really carried the way for us.” Duke held Syracuse to making just 34-percent of their shots and their lowest point total this season.

The Orange and Blue Devils tipped off inside JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday to a sold-out crowd of 31,063. The largest and loudest crowd of the season. Duke was unphased by the Syracuse faithful shooting over 50-percent from the floor.

Duke had a game plan to shut down Syracuse’s biggest threat down-low with the 6’11” Edwards on the blocks. Every time Edwards got possession down low, he was immediately given a double-team. The Duke tandem of Filipowski and Lively II managed to hold Edwards to just 5 points in 37 minutes on the floor. It was Edwards second lowest point total this season.

Edwards goes up for a contested shot against Duke. 

Edwards was physically outmatched in his postgame press conference Coach Boeheim said, “It is something he has had problems with, and we need him to be a factor on the offensive end… Bottomline Jesse has to score for us to be effective.”

Offensively for Duke, Jeremy Roach led the way scoring 17. The freshman Kyle Filipowski had 14 points and game-high 11 rebounds, the five-star freshman and former Syracuse recruit also hit two three-pointers to silence the sellout crowd. As a team the Blue Devils dominated points in the paint with 34 and points from their bench with 24. Duke also took advantage of the Syracuse 2-3 zone by shooting exactly 50-percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Jeremy Roach shoots over top of Syracuse at the JMA Wireless Dome.

For Syracuse it was a rotation game at the three position with nothing working from any of the 5 different players that checked in. Where the Orange did not struggle was in the production from their guards, Joe Girard III had a game high 21-points and Judah Mintz closely followed behind with 18-points.

After the game Coach Boeheim had praise for his star freshman that averages 15-points a game, “Judah has played as well as you could ask a point guard to play.”

Mintz slams a basket against Duke. 

Duke improves to 18-8 (10-6) and has now won the last 8-games versus Syracuse. The Blue Devils also handed the Orange their largest margin of defeat this season at 22-points.

Syracuse now sits at 16-11 (9-7) and will be back in action on Wednesday when they look to bounce back as they take on Clemson on the road.

Notre Dame’s strong fourth quarter halts Syracuse’s three game win streak

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse welcomed another top 10 opponent into the JMA Wireless Dome on Sunday afternoon. The Orange had a chance to extend their 3-game win streak, while Notre Dame has been winners of 4 of their last 5.

The first three quarters of the game could not have been scripted better for the Orange. Syracuse constantly kept the game close and even took the lead a few times. That was before the Irish would pull away with a 22-point fourth quarter that would be all the difference.

It started in the first quarter when Syracuse couldn’t get the offense going, but did not need to because the defense was able to stand tall with three blocks delivered to the Irish. The first 10 minutes would end with both teams tied at 16.

The second quarter would be another back-and-forth affair, with the Irish pulling ahead. Notre Dame would take a 5-point lead into halftime, 31-26.

Only one player was in the double-digits in points after the first 20 minutes, and that was Notre Dame’s Olivia Miles with 10.

#5 Miles takes a Mid-range jumper en route to her 23 points against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th
#5 Miles takes a Mid-range jumper en route to her 23 points against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th

As the second half got underway, the game plan did not change for the Orange. The defense stayed pesky and made it difficult to pull away. The Irish and Orange once again tied quarter points each with 19, keeping the lead at just five for Notre Dame.

The fourth quarter is where everything changed for the Orange. The Irish have been one of the best teams in the country in the fourth quarter all season long, and on Sunday, it was no different. Before the Orange could blink, the Irish quickly went on a 7-0 run to start the final frame of action. Notre Dame would end up outscoring the Syracuse by 11 points in the fourth quarter alone.

After looking like the Orange had the potential to pull of the upset through the first 30 minutes, in the final 10 minutes, the Irish proved why they are the number seven team in the country, and walked out of the JMA Wireless Dome with a 16 point victory.

The Irish were led in the scoring column by the pair of Olivia Miles and Dara Mabrey. Miles led all scorers with 23 points and was 11-15 from the field. Mabrey followed with 15 points and hit three from beyond the arch. Lauren Ebo was all over the boards for the Irish, securing eight rebounds.

#1 Mabrey shoots one of her 3 pointers against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15
#1 Mabrey shoots one of her 3 pointers against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15

On the other side, the Orange were led by Dyaisha Fiar and Asia Strong. Fair had a team high 14 points and Strong followed with 11. Kyra Wood worked hard in the point and was rewarded with nine rebounds.

#15 Strong gets ready to shoot a free throw against Notre Dame at the JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th
#15 Strong gets ready to shoot a free throw against Notre Dame at the JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th 

Nothing More Left to Prove, Men’s Soccer is the National Champion

Cary, N.C. — Lets set the scene. It is 6:00 p.m. and a cool 45 degrees in North Carolina. There is pryo going off behind you as “The Star-Spangled Banner” echoes throughout WakeMed Soccer Park. You’re standing on the pitch getting ready to play in your first ever National Championship. That is exactly what the Syracuse Orange went through on Monday night.

Fireworks launch into the sky as National Anthem ends before National Championship game in Cary. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022 

The Orange were back in the College Cup for the first time since 2015, when they lost to Clemson in the semi-finals. That game would end in a scoreless tie and be decided on penalty kicks. This script would get a few altercations in Cary, including the team the Orange would take on.

The Indiana Hoosiers were making their recording-breaking 17th appearance in the National Championship, one of the most impressive runs that the soccer world has seen. Entering the game, the Hoosiers had not given up a goal in any tournament game. 360 minutes, zero goals. That would be because of JT Harms in net, making nine saves through the first four games for the Hoosiers.

JT Harms makes a diving save in the National Championship Game. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The Orange would break the shutout streak for the Hoosiers, scoring when Nathan Opoku would make some pretty moves inside the box and take a shot with his left foot, finding the back of the net. Make it 1-0 Orange in the 24th minute.

About eight minutes later, the Hoosiers would tie the game up. Patrick McDonald found the set piece in the air and sent it past Russell Shealy. But the game would not stay tied for long. Just 86 seconds later, Curt Calov would take the cross and settle the ball before snapping it past the goalkeeper.

Syracuse players celebrate Curt Calov’s goal that gave them a 2-1 lead. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

Syracuse would hold the lead all way until the 80th minute. Indiana’s Herbert Endeley would rifle a shot past the outstretched arms of Shealy into the top left corner of the net. A winner was not in sight as the game would remain tied all the way to the 90th minute. Overtime.

Indiana bench and fans celebrate the game tying goal late in 2nd half of National Championship. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

With both teams visibly exhausted throughout the entire overtime periods, it still would not be enough to determine a National Champion. Just like that Friday night in 2015 the overtime periods would end and the Orange would head to PKs.

Here are the Full PKs from the NCAA Twitter:

Re-watch all the PKs that propelled @CuseMSOC to its first National Championship! 🏆#MCollegeCup pic.twitter.com/hN4NOXYlVK— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 13, 2022

The two teams would match each other through the first seven attempts, each having a miss in the 2nd round. Maouloune Goumballe would step up in the 8th round for the Hoosiers. He would try and go just to the left of Shealy, but Shealy would take a step to his left and a dive to make the stop and put Syracuse in position to win the title with a goal.

Syracuse goalkeeper Russell Shealy makes the game winning save to put his team on the advantage. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The Orange faithful did not know who was going to step up for the chance to win a National Championship. As the fans and team settled from the energy of the save, team captain Amferny Sinclair would emerge from the midfield and make his way to the PK spot.

Amferny Sinclair approaches his PK attempt in the National Championship game. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

With the title on the line, he would approach from six yards away. Sinclair would take the shot to the right side of the net. AJ Harms would guess correctly, but what he did not guess was that Sinclair would go high instead of low.


For the first time in program history, the Orange are NCAA National Champions, beating Indiana 7-6 in the penalty shootout! 

WE LOVE THIS TEAM 🧡🧡#DareToDream pic.twitter.com/74WsRgvSjS— Syracuse Men’s Soccer (@CuseMSOC) December 13, 2022

The PK attempt would soar past Harms and hit the back of the net securing the first National Championship in program history for the Syracuse Orange. It would be the 80th National Championship in school history.

Syracuse players and coaches huge during the celebration after winning the 2022 National Championship. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

Shealy was named the 2022 Men’s College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player, while Opoku earned Most Outstanding Offensive Player. They were joined on the All-Tournament Team by Levonte Johnson, Curt Calov, Christian Curti and Jeorgio Kocevski.

Russell Shealy celebrates with teammates and trophy after winning College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The celebration would be plentiful for the Orange, who were projected to finish fourth out of six in the ACC Atlantic division. Coach McIntyre talked about the success of his team after the game with the ESPNU team.

🎥 Our National Champion Head Coach, @IanSMcIntyrepic.twitter.com/rmvyXBoV4l— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 13, 2022

Back in Syracuse, the Dome was hosting a watch party with the men’s basketball team playing. As the stars would align, PKs would happen during halftime of the hoops game. Sinclair would put the game away with the entire attention of JMA Wireless Dome watching. 

Syracuse Graduate Student Karl Winter captured the moment on twitter:


SYRACUSE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. 🍊🏆⚽️ pic.twitter.com/I1rNRufhQj— Karl Winter (@karlwinter23) December 13, 2022

Syracuse finished the season 19-2-4. On their path to the National Championship, they would upset #1 Clemson on the road and only lose one ranked matchup all season. In the NCAA tournament, they wouldn’t leave Syracuse until the semi-finals, taking down Penn in OT, getting revenge on Cornell, and then beating Vermont to head to Cary. In the semis, Syracuse would go back and forth with Creighton before winning 3-2.

Here are the full Cinematic highlights of the contest from NCAA Soccer on Twitter:

Last night, we witnessed a classic. #MCollegeCup pic.twitter.com/BahOnkHe3I— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 13, 2022

Onondaga County Veterans Day Ceremony

SYRACUSE , N.Y. (NCC News) — Taps echoed throughout the crowd at the hallowed hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial, patrons looked on and honored the sacrifice so many have made for our country. Anne Marie Mancilla, who served in Iraq, had her kids in attendance at the event.

“Maya was born while I was still serving, and it’s important for them to see and just all generations of people that I’ve served, you know, outside of us,” said Mancilla. “But yeah, just to, you know, be able to to be part of these ceremonies.”

Friends of Veterans Award recipient Cindy Meili said that it’s important to remember and thank those who put our country ahead of themselves right.

“We just need to show them that they what they’ve done will be reflected in the future,” said Meili

With Vets in attendance who are running for congress like Brandon Williams and from all around New York,  those from Wounded Warrior projected and even from serving in the navy on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Mancilla says the having these events are meaningful, “That’s what it’s about. We all did this to protect our freedoms.”

The purpose of the event was to honor vets and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh read a proclamation to cement the day in history.

New Solar Farm Approved For Conquest

CONQUEST,  N.Y.  (NCC News) — Conquest New York will be the new home of the Garnet Energy solar farm. The future 200-megawatt facility was approved by the state and will be one of largest of its kind. The project will cover nearly 2,300 acres in the town as part of the state’s climate and clean energy initiative. The project will cost nearly $215 million.

Charles Knapp, the town supervisor, said there will be an adjustment, “this changes our whole landscape. I mean we’re a farming community.”

Some residents in farming community have voiced their concerns at various public comments. Residents have cited complaints of future property value with solar panels in their backyards.

Rory Christian, the siting board chair, sent out a statement through the department of environmental conservation earlier this week showing support for the new facility saying that the project is vital in meeting carbon reduction targets in the state.

“The Garnet Energy solar farm and other renewable energy projects built or currently under development are vital to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s aggressive carbon reduction and clean energy targets to combat climate change,” said Christian. “This solar farm will benefit all New Yorkers by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, boosting clean-energy investment, creating clean-energy jobs, and improving our environment.”

Even though the project has already been approved, Knapp said the state never gave Conquest the proper representation on the siting board,  “the Article 10 process clearly states that two people from the town would be on that board to represent the town, and that never happened.”

Although conquest was never able to gain those seats on the board Knapp said the project still brings some positives. “I’m going to be pushing to help everybody we can with that funding.”

The project will bring in an extra nearly 300,000 dollars a year used for improvements at places like the fire department and the municipal center. The project set to begin in 2023.

Knapp said he has one goal in mind,  “If we’re going to be forced to take this thing and we’ve got to make it the best possible, beneficial project for the town across.”

From Russia to Syracuse: How Polina Shemanova Found Success Becoming an Orange

You may know her as the team captain for the Orange on the volleyball court or maybe you know her as the former ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC first team, second team, and all-academic team member. But how did Polina Shemanova get this good?

It starts at a young age for Shemanova who grew up in Russia. Surprisingly it wasn’t always volleyball, her parents, who both have a volleyball background, didn’t want to “force” the sport on their oldest of 3. Instead, Shemanova took up a variety of different actives like drama, and then tennis and swimming, and even ballroom dancing before finally settling into volleyball in 3rd grad under the guidance of the same coach her mother had all those years ago. 

During that first season of volleyball Shemanova also kept the tradition of Russian folk music alive when she joined the folk choir at school, which she did until she graduated. Having a passion for music joining the choir was a no brainer, even though the music wasn’t popular or mainstream it was something that Shemanova was proud of and committed too. 

Shemanova knew from a young age that she was going to be someone that thrived with a spotlight on her and now being enrolled in the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Master’s Program at Syracuse that realization gets closer and closer. Her mom even saw this future for her daughter at a young age. 

“My mom was always telling me that I didn’t have any problems making friends,” Shemanova said. “Or asking random people on the street just random things.” 

It is no surprise you will often see Shemanova walking around campus with a smile on her face and talking to everyone. Even if it is the simple question of: how is your day? Shemanova takes the time to talk to everyone. 

Once volleyball was chosen it was an “all-in” mentality. Shemanova’s father would go as far as spending time everyday practicing at home with his daughter acting as an unofficial assistant coach. That was on top of driving 40 minutes each way to get to official practice. During those trips that is where homework was done, and lunch was eaten. 

In the summer, Shemanova would even compete with her parents playing in beach volleyball tournaments. 

The seven day a week grind would pay off for Shemanova as she would play for the Russian Junior National Team. While playing for the national team Shemanova would find her love for travel, getting a chance to play across Europe, China, and Mexico. She would even be presented with the opportunity to play professionally in her home country. 

Caring for her education, as well as her passion for the sport, she would turn down that offer… for now. However, a former teammate is the reason she came to the states and Syracuse specifically. Being reunited with a friend helped make the transition easier, plus studying English since 2nd grade, a decision made by her parents, would help the adjustment too.

There is a lifestyle away from the court, rather a place, for Shemanova to take her mind off life and her sport.  Finland is only a 3 hour a drive from her home and a frequent family vacation spot. The life outdoors in the beautiful landscape would include fishing and the popular practice of picking mushrooms. Shemanova hasn’t been in 5 years but looks forward to getting back to her “sanctuary.” 

Unfortunately, Shemanova doesn’t know the next time she’ll be able to get back home. With graduate school and visa rules the process has become a lot more complicated. 

Shemanova will enter her 5th year at Syracuse University. She will serve again as the team captain. She will still hold one more year of eligibility after this season that she said could be used down in a warmer state on a beach volleyball team. 

The season begins at home for the Cuse Volleyball team on Aug. 20th when the Orange take on Binghamton at 1:00 P.M. 

Extreme Heat in Central New York Leads to Extreme Caution

Live report from the field on Thursday, Aug. 4th.

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  (NCCNews) — A heat advisory is in effect for the city of  Syracuse as temperatures are expected to hit triple digits with humidity, something Central New Yorkers have unfortunately been getting used to.

It’s not easy to stay cool, especially with the humidity cutting through the clouds like a knife.

Trying to beat the heat can be a challenge, but some are starting to figure it out.

Pat Tato is a local musician and was out walking his dog today during the cooler part of the day. Tato said it was a quick decision to try to get around the heat today.

“I was going to test it out, and I saw that  at 10 o’clock it was going to be the hottest and it’s going to stay this way all day. We’ve been in front of the fan quite honestly,” Tato said.

The New York State Department of Health recommends drinking plenty of water and avoiding unnecessary activities outside.

Also, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned building or visit the nearest cooling center, which may include a public library or even some community centers. You can find a full list of cooling centers in our area here:  https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/ 

Other tips from the New York State Department of Health:

-Wear sunscreen
-Slow your pace
-Drink water and rest more often
-Seek shade and avoid long periods in direct sunlight
-Do not hike in extremely hot weather

It is also important to pay attention for signs of heat stroke.  Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. These heat-related deaths and illness are preventable.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

Hot, dry, red skin
A rapid pulse
Rapid and shallow breathing
A body temperature higher than 105 degrees
Loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness

Exhibit Explores Harriet Tubman’s Life in Auburn

AUBURN, N.Y. (NCC News)  — Harriet Tubman spent 54 years in New York. Essentially it was another life from the one she previously lived working the underground railroad.

Why here? That question is being answered by the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in an exhibit titled, “Auburn in Harriet Tubman’s Time.”

Karyn Radcliffe serves as the institution’s collections manager and she was part of the team that did some of the research to put the display together.

For Tubman Central New York was an ideal area for her to live out the rest of her life even though it scared her family due to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Radcliffe said that even with those worries Tubman had support in the area.

“There’s a big abolition support network here, especially Cayuga County,” Radcliffe said.  “There were a lot of Quakers so there was already this network set up that made it easy for her to come here.”

Throughout the second story bedroom turned historic display, photos line the walls highlighting Tubman’s support for elderly care and woman’s suffrage. Radcliffe said visitors are going to learn more about Tubman outside of what the history books say.

“She kind of takes on the mythical persona and I think that takes away a little bit because she was this ordinary person who obviously did extraordinary things,” Radcliffe said.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the exhibit is on display until Saturday, Oct. 1.

More information and tours are available at  Cayugamuseum.org.

Central New York Farmers are Looking to use Their Voices

FABIUS,  N.Y. (NCC News) – Local Farmer Bret Bossard gets into his tractor every day to check around his farm in Fabius, making sure his product is up to standard. In this case, the farm produces dairy goods. Bossard and his team face different challenges day in and day out and he wants more people to know that it is not easy to be a farmer.

“It’s hard, it’s a struggle every day,” Bossard said. “We face the same challenges as every other industry…labor shortages, inflation, rising costs.”

Governor Hochul, who grew up in a farming family, knows that change is needed. The legislation that is simply known as the Farm Bill is set to expire next year and the governor wants to hear directly from the people the bill affects most.

“People from elsewhere think of New York, they don’t always think agriculture. But, that’s what we live and breathe in our state,” Gov. Hochul said.

The state will be hosting a series of roundtables inviting the farming community to give their thoughts on where the future of farming is heading.

For an industry that accounts for nearly $7 million acres of land in New York or a quarter of the state, Bossard said he wants local farmers to have a seat at the table.

“As long as those that are making the laws are, you know,  can hear the voices and hopefully we can have an equal say,” Bossard said.

The dairy farmer has 75 people employees. They all depend on the farm to put the product they help produce on their own tables. Bossard said the upcoming changes are important to get right.