Sports Correction

A story on Jeff Locke working his way back to Miami Marlins, incorrectly identified a source. Michael Napoles of the Marlin Maniac.com, not the Jupiter Hammerheads, should be credited with details on Locke from his May 9 start.

Napoles full report from two weeks ago can be found here: http://marlinmaniac.com/2017/05/09/miami-marlins-jeff-locke/

We apologize for the error.

 

Livingstons pass the baton to Bamsey

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — After 13 years of being the faces of the track and field program for the Conway Parks & Recreation Department, Eileen and Bernie Livingston, are stepping away to spend more time traveling, visiting family, and, well, relaxing a little bit.

The dynamic duo coach the cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams at Kennett High School.

"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bernie and Eileen," said Michael Lane, assistant recreation director for the town of Conway. " They've helped grow this into one of the most successful programs we offer. The time and effort the two of them put into the program is phenomenal. They're going to be extremely hard to replace. They pretty much have been coaching year-round and deserve a little time for themselves."

"It's a long year, and was beginning to get too tiring," Bernie Livingston said. "We want to go do some visiting this summer. A little down time won't be a bad thing for us."

The program is for boys and girls aged 9-14, who are residents of Conway and Albany. Last year, there were 49 participants, while in 2015 there were 67.

Spearheading the program this summer will be Steve Bamsey, who has volunteered for a number of years, and as a teacher at Conway Elementary School, has a natural rapport with children.

"Steve will do a great job," said Director John Eastman.

The program will begin on May 31, and will run every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Gary Millen Stadium at Kennett High School.

All participants must sign up at the Conway Parks & Recreation Department. The registration deadline is this Wednesday.

The program is designed to teach children the fundamentals of track and field events, which include running dashes, relays and softball throws.

The program will run approximately five weeks and will include two local track meets. Registration fee is $10, which covers the cost of a T-shirt to wear in the track meets.

All participants must sign up at the Conway Rec in Center Conway.

Eastman said Conway had a track program that participated in the Hershey Track and Field Program in 1997 when Jake Russell qualified for the national championships in the sprints.

There were a few years after that where the program sat stagnant, Eastman said, but in 2003, "Bernie approached me about rejuvenating it. I was all for it."

The first year, Eastman recalled the Livingstons attracted about 20 youngsters.

"He and Eileen mentored and developed the program," he said. "Conway Rec served as the catalyst. It just evolved over the years. A lot of the kids Bernie and Eileen mentored have come back and now volunteer. It's been the perfect match. I know the key to a track and field program being successful is having good coaching. This was beyond mine, Todd (Gallagher's) and Mike's expertise. We were baseball guys who were lucky Bernie and Eileen wanted to take this on.

Bernie's reputation as a track coach and a human being speak for itself," Eastman added. "There's not a better family than the Livingstons. We could never repay them for all they have done."

Eastman said it will be a smooth transition to the Bamsey era.

"Steve has been an icon here for quite a few years," he said. "He's helped coach girls' softball both here and at the North Conway Community Center. And, as a teacher, he has a lot of contacts with dealing with elementary schools. I think he's worked the last six or seven years with Bernie. I think Eileen and Bernie's unselfish desire to serve rubs off on people."

"Steve will do a phenomenal job," Livingston said. "He's been with us for a number of years and knows the kids."

 

Locke is one more rehab start away from joining the Marlins

CONWAY — Jeff Locke is closing in on his debut for the Miami Marlins. The 2006 Kennett High graduate is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start of the spring on Wednesday when he takes to the mound for the team's Class AA affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Locke, who came down with bicep tendonitis during the opening week of spring training with his new team Miami, said in an email he feels good and is ready to help the Fish.

"I'm feeling much, much better," he wrote.

According to the Jumbo Shrimp website, "(Locke) labored through the first inning, facing five batters and surrendering the first run of the game before settling in. Locke consistently sat between 88-92 with his two seam fastball and off-speed pitches showing plenty of movement. Locke made quick work in the second, third, and fourth innings facing only 10 batters and throwing 32 pitches before giving a run in the fifth and sixth inning."

Aaccording to the Jumbo Shrimp's website, after the game Locke, who felt like he accomplished what he wanted to Friday night in his start with Jacksonville, addressed the media.

"We came in with the objective of trying to get at least six ups, make some good pitches, move the ball around a little bit, have the defense work behind me. We did a pretty good job of that, but really just wanted to feel good. You want to feel like you're progressing in the right direction. Tonight was definitely a move in the right direction," Locke said.

Locke said that filling up the strike zone has been a focus of his in all his rehab appearances. He's yet to walk a hitter in 14 innings.

"That's a big goal," he told the website. "If a guy is going to lead off an inning with a hit, so be it. But a lead-off walk, I don't think so. It's tough to win many ball games like that."

Miami, which currently resides in the basement in the National League East at 15-28, is in need of starting pitching with Edinson Volquez nursing a blister on his pitching hand, Dan Straily out with a bruised elbow and Wei-Yin Chen sidelined with arm fatigue.

 

LaRusso lifts Elmira to second-half surge

ELMIRA, N.Y. — The Elmira College men's lacrosse team tallied 12 goals in the second half of Wednesday's Empire 8 Conference tilt against Houghton College to break a halftime stalemate and earn its first victory of the season, winning 16-5. Leading the late charge was senior Anthony LaRusso of North Conway, who had a career day with six second-half goals and a career-high seven points. For his effort, LaRusso was named the Elmira College Male Athlete of the Week.

On hand to watch the game were Anthony's parents, Andrea and Steve LaRusso.

The two sides played an evenly-matched 30 minutes to begin the game, as the Soaring Eagles and Highlanders both netted a pair of goals in each quarter, entering the halftime intermission knotted at 4-all. However, in the second half, EC outshot its conference counterpart (26-to-8), gather more ground balls (31-to-12), won the battle at the X (10-to-5), and was perfect on clears.

Elmira needed only 1:08 in the second half to break the tie. On EC's first possession of the half following a Houghton turnover, Colby Runk '18 raced down the field to successfully clear the ball, before dishing it off to Nevin Olney '18, who buried his fourth goal of the game passed Highlander goalie Jorge Medina.

That goal sparked the beginning of a dominate 9-0 run for the Soaring Eagles, one that bridged the third and fourth quarters, putting the game out of reach for good. Following Olney's tiebreaker, third-year midfielder Jacob Magnoli '18 brought the Elmira faithful to their feet with back-to-back goals, the first two tallies of his collegiate career.

LaRusso single-handedly turned the game into a rout from there. The senior registered all of his game- and career-high six goals in the final 15:16 of action, beginning with consecutive scores a mere 12 seconds apart to cap off the third quarter. After LaRusso posted his first goal with just 16 ticks left in the period, Kevin Schutt '19 secured the ground ball just outside the offensive zone on the ensuing faceoff, and the second-year long-stick middie quickly dumped it over the top of the Houghton defenders to LaRusso. The fourth-year attacker hauled in the pass and beat Medina low, increasing the lead to 9-4.

LaRusso is tied for the team lead in both goals (10) and points (12) on the season.

Just over a minute into the fourth, Wyatt Katsos '17 ripped a bullet of a shot from the left slot to give the Soaring Eagles a six-goal cushion. LaRusso then light up the scoreboard with a natural hat trick, scoring three in a row in a span of 3:04. The senior duo connected for EC's 12th goal, as Katsos fed LaRusso in the slot and the pride of North Conway, New Hampshire, deked out Medina on the doorstep of the crease.

Head Coach Preston Chapman on what fueled his team's offensive success in the second half: "They were sharing the ball and making the extra pass, and we shot the ball much better in the second half. Anthony LaRusso, in particular, answered the challenge that we gave him at halftime and stepped up."

Seven points are the most by a Soaring Eagle in a single game since David Evert '14 and Brady Richards '14 notched eight and seven, respectively, against Alfred State on April 26, 2014.

Last season, LaRusso paced the Purple and Gold with 11 assists, a single-season career high, and was tied for third on the team with 19 points.

Houghton's Cole Chapman finally snapped the Highlanders' nearly 30-minute long scoreless drought to reduce the deficit to 13-5.

In the final seven-and-a-half minutes, Elmira received three more goals, one each from LaRusso, Joe Greene '17, and Sal Magliocco '17, with the latter marking the first of Magliocco's lacrosse career.

LaRusso is an Economics and Business Administration double-major with a concentration in Finance.