7 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgMorris Marian, 23, Renate Lopez, 42,Jesus Carlos Ejercito, 36, Charby Segovia, 29, and Cristita Mamac, 50, yieldedthe suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Seven sachets ofsuspected shabu valued around P60,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 4, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the San Carlos City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN They were nabbed after they soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, thereport added. Aside from suspected illegal drugs,five cellphones were also recovered from them, police said.last_img read more

Full-time goalie Drinkwater fights off stomach virus, prepares for CHA tournament

first_img Published on February 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm Syracuse goalie Jenesica Drinkwater encountered a roadblock as she began preparing for the final postseason run of her career this week — missing practice Monday and Tuesday with a stomach virus.But Drinkwater is not going to let her final opportunity at a Conference Hockey America championship slip away by missing SU’s upcoming weekend series against Lindenwood.“It sucks being sick but with the big games coming up, I’m not going to let my team down,” Drinkwater said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to keep them in the game.”Drinkwater has played every single game during the second half of the regular season, and has provided stability and toughness to the goalie position. She leads the Orange (18-13-3, 9-8-3 CHA) into the first round of the CHA playoffs against the Tigers (5-24-3, 5-13-2), which will be a three-game series at Tennity Ice Pavilion this weekend. Head coach Paul Flanagan gave the nod to Drinkwater when Kallie Billadeau sustained an injury in December, and has not looked back. Drinkwater could potentially play three consecutive days this weekend — Flanagan said there is no other option.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Her confidence should be really high. She’s been playing as well as she has ever played,” he added. ”Drinkwater has known for a while that she has been the go-to goalie, and she is accepting that.”Flanagan shows faith in Drinkwater because she has experience playing in the postseason. Her most notable postseason performance was when she saved a career-high 38 shots against conference foe Mercyhurst during the CHA semifinals in 2012.Drinkwater’s prior experience in the playoffs allows her to stay calm and focus on her normal routine as she prepares for Lindenwood.“Personally, I just try to take it as another game,” Drinkwater said. “At the same time, it’s a big game. I’m going to come out and keep them from the back of the net.”The defense in front of her, compiled of veterans who also possess playoff experience, is confident in Drinkwater’s ability to handle the goaltending duties for the entire postseason. Defender Caitlin Roach has seen the way Drinkwater preps her body before and after games, and that makes her very confident in the goalie’s ability to stay fresh throughout the playoffs. “I think she takes care of herself really well after games,” Roach said. “If she didn’t go and do that I think she would be fatigued throughout the weekend, but that isn’t a concern.”Since becoming the lone goalie in 2014, she hasn’t received much rest, if any at all. But that’s not a concern, as she has allowed an average of fewer than two goals per game. “I’m going to give it all I have. I’m not going to think about getting fatigued,” Drinkwater said. “I’ve trained really hard over these last four years.”Flanagan believes that the team’s focus does not need to be on Drinkwater, but instead on the lack of scoring from her teammates. SU’s offense stalled last week against Rochester Institute of Technology, when the Orange scored two goals combined in the last two games. But Syracuse will need to give Drinkwater just a little support, as she has a record of 10-5-1 since becoming the full-time starter. “It’s a bonus for us that she has been playing down the stretch. We would be going back and forth (at goalie) if Billadeau was still here,” Flanagan said. “But we don’t have that decision. “It makes it easy for us since Drink is back there and hopefully she continues to stay healthy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kielan Whitner’s transition from defensive back to linebacker gives Syracuse a more balanced defense

first_img Published on August 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Kielan Whitner may have been the starting strong safety last season, but the Syracuse coaching staff feels like the secondary is a lot deeper this year.This season, Whitner must compete against multiple players to try and see the field in the secondary, but the coaches still wanted him to be on the field. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brian Ward approached him after spring ball and suggested a switch to outside linebacker. Whitner’s versatility should help bolster and make the Syracuse’s defense more dynamic this season.“There’s certain guys that we want to get in the game because they can help us win,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “And if he’s one of those guys, then we’ll get him in the game. … I think it was a good move for him, and I think he’ll contribute in 2017.”The starting linebackers have been fairly consistent for SU. Parris Bennett and Zaire Franklin, who started every game and Jonathan Thomas — who started nine of 12 games last year — will start again this season. Bennett and Franklin finished in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles per game a year ago.Whitner played both strong safety and free safety in his two years at SU, including starts at each position last season. As of now, Whitner is pegged as backup strong-side linebacker, behind Thomas. And although he is technically playing a new position, he said he already feels comfortable there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At strong safety, they had me roll down to the box,” Whitner said. “It’s very similar to playing outside linebacker.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorWhile Whitner was a defensive back in high school, he said he had a little bit of experience playing outside linebacker. His task was usually to guard the opposing team’s best receiver. If that player happened to be a slot receiver, then Whitner would drop down and match up.The skillset Whitner brings could also help with disguising the defense. Last season, on nearly every third down, there was a nickel package in which Whitner would come in, he said. Now, with him at linebacker, SU could conceivably keep him on the field for third downs. This would make it tough for defenses to tell whether Whitner would be acting as a nickel defensive back or whether he would just be playing his standard outside linebacker role.While Franklin knows that changing positions can be a challenge, he echoed Whitner in saying that switch should not being too difficult and praised his improvement. Franklin is in charge of communicating with the rest of the defense on the field, telling players where to move or how to disguise a certain look. He said Whitner consistently asks questions if he’s unsure about a certain play or look, which has made the transition run smoothly.“He’s one of those guys who prides himself on knowing everything,” Franklin said. “He already had a kind of decent knowledge of the SAM anyway. I think he’s made a really good transition.“He’s going to be a baller.” Commentslast_img read more