As the soldout crowd at the Galen Center chanted down the final seconds to USC’s fourth straight win over UCLA on Sunday, Trojan players, students and fans alike all reveled in the fact that they have owned their bitter crosstown rivals for the last two years.Surging · Junior forward Nikola Vucevic has been instrumental in USC basketball’s strong play as of late, averaging 16.1 points per game. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan But something was lost amid that celebration. Something bigger than beating a mediocre UCLA team.And then it dawned on me. This wasn’t just a win over the Bruins for USC. This was a statement to the entire Pac-10 conference. This was the USC basketball team’s way of saying brand name doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to. Sure, in the grand scheme of things UCLA basketball’s brand will always eclipse that of USC basketball, but not as much in the last two years. With the demise of UCLA, and the entire Pac-10 for that matter, this is the perfect opportunity that only comes around once in a generation, like a really rainy L.A. December, for USC basketball to assert itself, not only in Los Angeles, but on the West Coast.The typically strong Pac-10 is suffering through a few down years. Currently, it only has one ranked team, and barely at that, and the conference is just begging for someone to take it by the leash and lead it. With a blowout win against No. 14 Texas — whose only other two losses have come against top 10 foes — as well as a quality win on the road at Tennessee and a heartbreaking two point loss at No. 3 Kansas, USC has shown it has the ability to be that team. The only thing holding it back is the terrible losses to teams nobody knew existed (I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought when the Trojans were playing Rider, they were playing former NBA player Isaiah Rider and not a school).In fact, the Pac-10 has performed so poorly that a team from the Mountain West Conference is the best team on the West Coast. No disrespect to San Diego State, but its basketball accolades are lacking.Knowing that no school is dramatically outshining any others the way UCLA did for ages, this is the perfect chance for USC go out on the recruiting trail and bring in top notch players who even as little as five years ago probably didn’t know USC had a basketball team. USC coach Kevin O’Neill is already beginning to do that, signing small forward Byron Wesley, who rates 90 out of 100 points on ESPN’s recruiting scale, and point guard Alexis Moore, who rates 88 points. Both these players, as well as Aaron Fuller, a junior transfer from Iowa and winner of the All-Big Ten honorable mention last year, will look to steady a program that has been widely inconsistent in the lastdecade.Nobody expected USC, who was predicted to finish sixth in the Pac-10 this year in the preseason media poll, to rebound from its self-imposed sanctions this quickly. This time last year, the basketball team was learning it couldn’t partake in any postseason tournament and an eight-game winning streak quickly turned south. There’s no doubt that a typically strong Pac-10 conference would’ve swallowed USC and prevented it from making much progress in the near future.But O’Neill has done a great job with the pieces he’s been given. He’s got a transfer who’s given this team the go-to perimeter scorer it was lacking and a big man who I’m convinced is not among the nation’s premier players because announcers are scared of pronouncing his name.So not only is this a great chance for USC to cement itself in the upper tier of Pac-10 basketball, but an opportunity to shed all the negative publicity on the program as well. There’s no doubt O.J. Mayo was a big reason for the team’s success three years ago, and USC violated rules to bring him here. Did the same happen with the next year’s sensation, DeMar DeRozan? There’s no evidence to say that but he might not have ever chosen USC had Mayo not played with the Trojans and brought them to the spotlight.Even though USC has been to the tournament and even been ranked within the last few years, it was under a cloud of illegality. The Trojans are winning again, and have a great opportunity to continue to do so under clean conditions. O’Neill is running a squeaky clean program, and if USC can prove it can consistently win without violating rules, then there’s a strong chance it could contend for a Pac-10 title every year in the near future.This might sound too optimistic and rah-rah to some people, and that’s understandable. The Trojans haven’t really proven anything yet and it is still early in the Pac-10 slate. But the opportunity is there and probably won’t be again until Halley’s Comet appears in the night sky — in 2061. To the Mayans, though, that will be too late.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dailytrojan.com.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Senior Action NetworkThe Senior Action Network (SAN) will present the 14th Annual Caregiver’s Recognition Dinner and Auction on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Olympics West Retirement Inn. With an emphasis theme of Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! the event is slated to be an evening of fun, care and honor to spotlight the many who selflessly provide medical, physical, emotional and loving support to a vast community, which includes a high percentage of senior citizens. Both professional and volunteer caregivers are duly recognized during the night of food, story and thanks.The Caregiver Recognition Dinner welcomes approximately 75 nominees a year from residential communities, family homes and facilities as well as private households. More than 15 will be honored for outstanding service representing their type of caregiver environment. Emcees Linda Terry, brain health learning coach, and Chris Quimby, Senior Centers Director of Senior Services for South Sound, will keep all attendees celebrating in a spirit of fun, prizes and care directed at the Caregivers to be honored.Throughout the evening, stories highlighting the industry and individuals are sure to inspire, delight and unite the caregivers who often serve others in behind-the-scenes fashion. For the recipient of care and their families, the caregiver is actually on the-front-line providing important quality of life health and well being support. “The role of the caregiver is not to be overlooked for his or her contribution to the entire family,” notes Rick Crawford, SAN President, Thurston County Council on Aging, Senior News editor. “Regardless of whether the person works in a home or a facility, if paid or unpaid, outstanding caregivers naturally place others first. The Recognition Dinner is a small gesture to turn the tables by showing them that as family members, co-workers, bosses and related business community we know their contribution is far beyond the day to day care given. We want caregivers to be first on this special night.”The 2014 Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! Recognition Dinner also includes a fundraising raffle and silent auction which supports the Senior Action Network mission and programs. Nominations for Outstanding Caregiver or donations to the auction can be submitted online. The Senior Action Network consists of more than 163 Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties members dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors through business development and services. SAN members meet monthly for professional development, networking, and community service. SAN distributes more than $11,500 annually throughout senior communities and has outreach speakers available to promote awareness on topics important to enhance senior life.
Prince Charles then held off a late charge by LVR to secure the win, the second in a week for the East Kootenay squad.The game was the second time in a week the Bombers led a lead slip away. Prince Charles turned the tables on the host Bombers in the third quarter to edge L.V. Rogers 94-90 in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action Tuesday afternoon at the Hangar.Trailing 46-38 at the half, the Creston-based squad outscored LVR 29-13 to erase the deficit.
TRAINER QUOTES PETER EURTON, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: Did you see how he came out of the gate? He broke too fresh, and that was good. He’s just good right now. He’s the best he’s been in so long. Gary hustled him a little bit and then he kind of let him fall back.”“He’ll probably run next at Churchill Downs on Derby Day (May 7 in the Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs).” TYLER BAZE, COASTLINE, SECOND: “I had a beautiful trip. I didn’t really know how much he would eat the dirt, but I watched the replays from his dirt races and it looked like he had handled dirt in the face just fine. I really kind of let him run his race. I wanted to be patient with him going from six and a half down the hill to seven eighths, I think the distance is never a question with him, but I wanted to make sure I timed it right – especially when I had to thread the needle through a haystack. He ran really good.” JOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, CALCULATOR, THIRD: “I had a good race, he [Calculator] had his shot and he was a little bit aggressive on the back side. That’s my only regret but overall, we had a good trip. He’s a good horse and he’s going to improve anyway so I’m happy with that race.” GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “It was the best he’s ever broken. I’ve been aboard him in a couple of workouts in the mornings, before his last race and again last week and there have been a few times that he’s wanted to go after horses in front of him and I’ve let him. What I found out is that he’s not only a great stretch runner but he’s a good turn runner. And that wasn’t the case last year. With a little time off and the addition of blinkers he seems a lot more focused.“He’s running on the turn so he’s gaining ground and doesn’t have to work so hard in the stretch. It gives me a lot of confidence. I knew at the half-mile pole that they were all in deep water and that’s a pretty good feeling.”“Pete’s got him figured out.” NOTES: The winning owners Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga who race as C R K Stable.