Shootout ready for its 22nd year

first_imgSOUTHWEST HARBOR — From Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16, Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor, will host the 22nd annual “Great Harbor Shoot-Out” basketball tournament.The event boasts 80 teams in four divisions making it the largest post-season basketball tournament in the state.Games are held at gymnasiums on Mount Desert Island and in Ellsworth and Trenton.Every participant will get a t-shirt. The winning teams from the junior high and high school girls’ and boys’ divisions will each receive a trophy. Players on the winning teams also get backpacks filled with prizes and individual medals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textProceeds from the tournament support Harbor House programming.Individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate as sponsors to help raise funds for the community center.Visit or call Diana Novella at 207-244-3713 or email in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio Latest Posts Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Meet Boeheim’s Army: Eric Devendorf

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of SU head coach Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Eric DevendorfOne of the more iconic Syracuse players of the past decade, Devendorf became a fan-favorite for his on-court demeanor bordering the line between tenacious and controversial. He’s perhaps most well-known for a shot that didn’t count — his 3-pointer at the end of regulation that preceded six overtimes against Connecticut in the 2009 Big East tournament. Devendorf averaged a stellar 14.5 points per game in his four years at SU, along with over three helpers while shooting almost 38 percent from behind the arc. After playing for the Orange, Devendorf spent a brief time playing for the NBA D-League’s Reno Big Horns. Since then, he’s played for nine other teams and currently plays on New Zealand’s Super City Rangers along with former Syracuse teammate Terrence Roberts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn last year’s tournament, Devendorf averaged 15.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. He was ejected in an 89-89 game in the second round against Philadelphia-based 20th & Olney, but was Boeheim’s Army’s best player throughout the four games. This year, he’ll anchor the backcourt again with friend and former Purdue guard Willie Deane and former Syracuse guard Brandon Triche.Meet Boeheim’s Army: Rick JacksonTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Commentscenter_img Published on July 14, 2016 at 9:46 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Taylor Hall trade grades: New Jersey Devils lose out in deal sending star to Arizona Coyotes

first_imgAfter months of speculation amid a disastrous season in New Jersey, Devils general manager Ray Shero finally pulled the trigger by trading pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall to the upstart Arizona Coyotes. In the deal that also saw Blake Speers go to the desert, the Devils received three prospects, a 2020 first-round pick (top-3 protected) and a conditional third-round selection in 2021. New Jersey also retained 50 percent of Hall’s remaining contract, which expires on July 1. Hall, the 2018 Hart Trophy winner who turned 28 in November, is a former first-overall pick who began his career in Edmonton and was acquired by Shero for defenseman Adam Larsson in 2016. In his second year with New Jersey, Hall established career-best marks in goals (39), assists (54), and points (93), and he was critical that season in leading the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. He missed 49 games last season, however, and as the Devils failed to qualify for the postseason, questions regarding his future with the organization began to intensify. Although Hall has rebounded to lead New Jersey in scoring this season (25 points in 30 games), the Devils’ inability to get him to sign a contract extension, coupled with New Jersey’s terrible first half that led to the firing of head coach John Hynes, convinced Shero to open the phone lines and begin shopping his top performer. For Arizona, the move is just another example of the franchise strengthening its commitment to the community by adding more star power to their playoff-contending roster. Since 2017, GM John Chayka has shown a willingness to deal draft picks and prospects for high-priced talent. On Monday, he dipped into his prospect pool again, sending physical defenseman Kevin Bahl and AHL-tested forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr to the Garden State. Chayka also traded a first-round pick for the second time in three years.The prospectsKevin Bahl, defensemanAge: 19 | 6-7, 230 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2018 (55th overall)The most defense-oriented defenseman for Team Canada for the upcoming world junior hockey championship, Bahl is a big body with a long reach who on occasion will display good mobility and skate the puck out of harm’s way. The Ottawa (OHL) defenseman owns a very hard shot but projects more as a shutdown type than a defenseman who can provide consistent offense.Nick Merkley, forwardAge: 22 | 5-10, 195 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2015 (30th)A shifty, agile playmaker with a low center of gravity, Merkley has spent most of his pro career in the AHL (Tuscon) and when healthy, he has been one of Arizona’s most promising prospects. Unfortunately, injuries forced him to miss half of each of the last two seasons. This year, however, he looks healthy and ready for a full-time NHL role.Nate Schnarr, centerAge: 20 | 6-3, 180 pounds | Right-handed | Drafted: 2017 (75th)A versatile two-way center with size and strong stickhandling skills, Schnarr is a right-handed shot who starred for the OHL’s Guelph Storm, helping them win the league championship and a spot in the 2019 Memorial Cup. He can run a power play from the half-wall, but also has a hard shot if he mans the point. Schnarr is a very good penalty killer and wins big faceoffs in key situations. His skating is average, but his deliberate style suits him well and gives him the chance to carve up poorly-positioned opponents once inside the offensive zone.MORE: P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds could join Taylor Hall on trade blockGrading the tradeArizona: AThe Yotes can taste their first playoff berth since 2012. They sit in first place in the Pacific Division with 42 points and their 82 goals against is the second-lowest allowed in the Western Conference. Their attack has been more timely and opportunistic than it has been consistent, as they sit tied for 25th in shooting percentage (8.5 percent) and 5-on-5 scoring chances for (47.8 percent). Hall brings them a dimension they haven’t enjoyed in some time — an individual who can carry a line by himself while producing at close to a point-per-game rate. Arizona’s scoring by committee might work in the regular season but adding Hall ensures they have a bonafide star to lean on when the going gets tough. The fact that they were able to retain prized prospects Barrett Hayton and Victor Soderstrom, in addition to making New Jersey retain half of Hall’s remaining $6 million salary, makes the move even sweeter for Coyotes fans.New Jersey: C+You rarely win a trade when your team is in the doldrums and you are forced to move a star with an expiring contract. This was the situation Shero was in and while some might say he got the best deal available, the truth is that he’s had 37 draft picks since 2016 and is in desperate need of NHL-caliber support or anything resembling a goalie prospect — or both. Instead, he got three B-level prospects and a potential late first-round pick.The only team in the organization which benefits from this move is the AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Long-term, the biggest prize of this deal is the first-round pick with opinions on Bahl’s upside all over the place. Shero’s probably glad the deal is done and the team can move forward with Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier leading the way; unfortunately, he couldn’t trade his megastar for high-upside goal-scoring prospects who would compliment them.last_img read more