Penn men's swimming looks to new talent in the wake of Mark Andrew's departure


Every so often, there comes a generational talent. A person that can redefine a program. For Penn men’s swimming, that person was Mark Andrew.

Andrew’s graduation last May left a large gap for the Quakers and meant the loss of a captain. In his time with the Quakers, Andrew broke countless program and Ivy League records and was named a first team All-American his senior season.

“You can’t replace Mr. [Mark] Andrew, Mr. [Thomas] Dillinger or Mr. [Mark] Blinstrub. They are three of the best we have ever had,” coach Mike Schnur said of the recently departed seniors. “We just try to incorporate the younger guys and teach them how to work out, how to train, and how to do things our way. It is impossible to replace those three guys.”

“I guess the biggest thing that we miss is what [Andrew] brings to the table for our team,” agreed. “Obviously, him leaving is a huge loss, but we are going to have to find ways to move forward without him. The freshman class this year has been doing a great job, so it is looking great for the future.”

After the Red and Blue graduated a large class last year, the current smaller group of seniors, along with the larger group of 10 new freshmen, will force the team to rely more on newcomers.

“This year we have a senior class of three people, which he could’ve joined Liverpool during his career. The Dutch goalkeeper was with Juventus in 2001 when he received an offer to join the Anfield club.”I had two options and could have transferred to Liverpool or Dortmund,” he told t-online. reflecting uis very small compared to what we normally have,” junior Boris Yang said. “We are definitely a very young team. Our team is smaller than last season, but potential-wise the team atmosphere is much better than last year.”

Schnur is extremely proud of how three rookie swimmers in particular have stepped up.

“Mark McCrary has had to replace Blinstrub, and his swim last Saturday was just as good as Blinstrub,” Schnur said. “Matt Bonell is coming in as a freshman [and] winning all of his races. So they’re doing a great job. Jason Schreiber is already stepping in as one of our breaststrokers. … He isn’t Mark Andrew yet, but he’s finishing in the same place as Mark did.”

Lee has taken it upon himself to step up in new ways after Andrew’s departure, not just in the pool swimming, but also as a leader outside of the water.

“I try to lead by example. I take what I learned from the upperclassmen last year and the year before to give to the freshmen now,” said Lee. “[I try to do that by] mainly being a great leader in the best way possible and trying to set them up for success.”

Schnur knows that in order to be successful this season, he needs to rely upon older team members like Lee and Yang to lead.

“I think that Sean will step up this year. Boris Yang is a great breaststroker. The only guy that beaty to ignore transfer rumours swirling around him.The likes of Manchester United and Tottenham have been linked with a £60m swoop for the midfielder this summer, but speaking to Sky Sports Maddison said he was not interested in the rumours.When asked his last year was Mark,” Schnur said. “With Mark gone, we expect Boris to be an Ivy champion. We expect our distance guys — [senior] Matt Haigh [and sophomores] CJ Hinckley, Will Kamps, and Jacob Furlong — to step up and replace what we lost. It’s not going to be easy.”

While Andrew will be dearly missed by Penn men’s swimming, the cycle is continuing with this ychester United defender Harry Maguire has urged fans to judge him over the long-term.Maguire, who became the world’s most expensive defender with his £80m summer switch from Leicester, has endured a difficult start to his United career.”I think it’sear’s freshmen, who are picking up right where he left off.

Late equalizer allows Penn women's soccer to escape Senior Day with draw


The adage normally goes that you win some, and you lose some. But when you are Penn women’s soccer, apparently you also tie some.

After 110 minutes, there was nothing to separate the Quakers (9-3-3, 2-2-2 Ivy) and Brown (8-2-5, 3-1-2), as the two teams fought to a 1-1 draw this Saturday at Rhodes Field.

The day started off with a Senior Day pregame ceremony honoring Penn’s six seniors, where the players were recognized on the field with their families for their contributions to the program. The game also represented the last time those seniors would don the Red and Blue at home. Despite that, the seniors and the rest of the team were unfazed.

“I don’t think it really affected us too much,” coach Nicole Van Dyke said. “It was just another opportunity for us to celebrate more Penn women’s soccer. Even though it was a draw, that one game doesn’t define who they are as people and what their contributions to Penn women’s soccer was. I think we tried our best to stay even-keeled.”

After a scoreless first half, the Bears kicked off the scoring in the 54th minute with a header from sophomore Amanda Lane. The goal represented the first score in the run of play that Penn had given up since 12 minutes into the first game of the season, as all other goals came from free kicks, corner kicks, or penalty kicks. The streak has defined the Quakers’ season, as their hallmark throughout the year has been a stingy defense that refuses to give up goals.

Penn responded quickly, with a goal of their own in the 69th minute, courtesy of sophomore Allie Trzaska. The Yardley, Pa., native found the ball on her foot af senior teammates.The rising Toon star came off the bench against Wolves and started against West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China.Watts said: “Whilst playing alongside Fede (Fernández), he talked to me a lot and when I first came on, ter it had been sent in on a corner, and she promptly snuck it inside the right post to tie th of Josh Brownhill from Bristol City.The Clarets were on the hunt for a midfielder in the transfer window, and Sean Dyche has got his man.Brownhill joins on a four-and-a-half year deal, which will see him play for the club during the best years of hie game up at one.

“I thought we had some good opportunities, a few in the first half and few in the second,” Van Dyke said. “I think we definitely could have won the game, but there are also times where you think a draw is a fair result. To get the equalizing goal in the second half showed some great character from our players.”

Despite a push from the Bears in the final minutes of the second half, regulation play ended all knotted up at one, sending the two teams into overtime. Brown had several chances in both overtime periods, including a ball that knocked off the crossbar, but ultimately came up empty handed. Likewise, the Quakers had a few opportunities, namely a shot from junior Erica Higa on a one-timer that sailed just high.

Yet again, one of the Red and Blue’s brightest spots was the performance of freshman goalie Kitty Qu, who put together a stellarel Alves has hit out at former Barcelona teammate Leo Messi.Alves is furious with Messi after the Argentina captain claimed corruption at the Copa America as Brazil won the tournament.Currently a free agent after leaving PSG, Brazil fullback Alves ba effort.

The Foster City, Calif., native tallied eight saves on the day, including three in the two overtime periods. Qu has been nothing short of spectacular for the Quakers this year, as she has posted a paltry 0.48 goals against average in 15 games, and has been instrumental in the team’s success this year.

“I think Kitty has done a great job coming in and settling in quickly,” Van Dyke said. “She’s constantly and consistently been able to make those saves when we need them, she’s calm and confident in the net. The fact that she’s doing this while just being a freshman bodes well for her future and the future of the team.”

The draw essentially locks the Quakers into the middle of the Ivy League standings. With only one game left next weekend at fifth place Princeton, Penn currently sits in fourth with eight points. The Quakers would need both a win and a loss from Brown to move into a tie for third place, which is the best the Quakers can do.

Only one game remains this year for the Quakers, and they will look to close out the season with a strong effort next Saturday.

Football Supplement | With all eyes on the passing game, Penn's ground game is one to watch


Halfbacks Brian Schoenauer and Tre Solomon specialize in one thing: Title runs.

During Penn football’s Ivy League championship season in 2015, much of the attention — both from defenders on the field and spectators off of it — was focused on quarterback Alek Torgersen, who had a breakout season as a junior, and wideout Justin Watson, who as a sophomore established himself as the best receiver in the league.

The long ball is sexy, and not just in baseball. That’s why the Red and Blue aerial assault, led by “Torg” and “J-Wat,” was such a storyline last year. But the Quakers owed a huge part of their success to the ground game, which was possibly more dominant, albeit more quietly so.

Penn led the Ivy League during conference play in rushing yards (1,194), yards-per-carry (4.5, tied with Harvard) and rushing touchdowns (16) in 2015, so itrazilian has returned to training with the Reds and is being earmarked for a start in a huge upcoming game.Klopp revealed that it is the clash with Manchester United later in October that should mark Alisson’s return to the first team from a torn cal’s not a stretch to say the Quakers’ ground attack was the best in the Ancient Eight. The charge was led by two running backs who, like most of the team, had done very little in 2014.

Brian Schoenauer, coming off a sophomore campaign in which he rushed for just 206 yards on a very pedestrian 3.4 YPC, burst on the scene as a junior, leading the team with 652 yards on the ground and finishing second in the Ivy League with 5.3 YPC while finding the end zone six times in 10 games.

Tre Solomon, after suffering a season-ending knee injury that derailed a promising freshman season, managed to stay on the field as a sophomore and, like his backfield mate Schoenauer, was very effective, finishing with 535 all-purpose yards, 4.53 YPC, seven touchdowns on the ground and two more in the receiving game.

So, whereas the backfield was a huge question-mark heading into last season, the Quakers can enter the 2016 campaign with huge confidence in their ground game.

“We’ve got a pretty good situation, both guys have a ton of experience,” offensive coordinator John Reagan said. “You’ve got a senior who was really steady all of last year and has a leadership role here, and you’ve got Tre, a junior that finally is healthy and looks like the Tre we all thought he was going to be.”

In such a physical sport, having two quality running backs, as opposed to one, is huge. Both Schoenauer and Solomon appreciate the presence of the other to ease their own burden.

“It definitely does take a lot of pressure off of me, just knowing that he’s gonna be able to come in, and knowing that once he comes in the offense won’t skip a beat,” Solomon said of Schoenauer.

Schoenauer agreed.

“But at the same time,” he added, “if there’s a long run, or somebody’s got the hot hand, you have the ability to ride that, with multiple running backs.”

If the two backs are fighting for carries, it is a friendly competition that can only be beneficial to the team.

“It’s great because you always have someone who’s pushing you,” Schoenauer said. “I keep trying to raise the bar and push our expectations of what we can be and what we can do to be the most productive and reliable unit on the offense.”

With so much talent on the offense, everybody will have to make sacrifices, but that ultimately comes at the expense of the Quakers’ opponents, not the Red and Blue themselves. Far from feeling snubbed by the amount of attention given to Watson and Torgersen, the two running backs are excited about the added opportunities they will have to wrernational has struggled for form since the New Year.But Koke told Marca: “I’ve played with great players with Atletico and Spain. “You have to settle into the group bit by bit. When he was at his best, he got injured, then he returned and he get injeak havoc out of the backfield.

“I think with so much focus on J-Wat and Torg — and rightfully so — that’s gonna give us the opportunity to do something special, because teams are gonna be thinking about the talent we have at quarterback and wide receiver,” Schoenauer said. “And we’re hoping that that’s going to open up the field for us so we can make productive plays and contribute as much as we can.”

“It definitely opens up a lot of running lanes,” Solomon agreed.

Reagan has his work cut out for him, but with “work” being the task of spreading the love between two excellent runningbacks and a deadly receiving threat, he is surely the envy of the other seven Ivy League offensive coordinators.

“It is a challenge,” he said, “but it’s a good problem to have.”

And how exactly does Reagan plan to address this “problem,” to use the threat of Watson to open up space for Solomon and Schoenauer and vice-versa? Like any good coach, he prioritized keeping opposing defenses in the dark over giving the media the bold, fancy quote:

“I guess we’ll see.”

But unlike last year, there are few guessing games to be played. There are hardly any question marks for this offense on the eve of the season, especially in the running game. Brian Schoenauer and Tre Solomon are bringi his breakthrough season at Southampton.Even though it took longer than he would have liked, Gunn revealed he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.“It didn’t start too well, as I wasn’t playing many games,” admitted Gunn to the Daily Echo.“When ng the pain.

Penn men's soccer trumps defending Ivy champ Cornell


The tables have turned.

Coming off of a win against Drexel that snapped a six-game losing streak, Penn surprised 2012 Ivy champion Cornell at Rhodes Field, 1-0.

The Quakers (4-6, 1-0 Ivy) have already won more games than they racked up all of last season, when they went just 3-13 overall. The win marked Penn’s first clean sheet in Ivy play since 2010.

And defending Is he believes he should be playing regularly for Manchester United.Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, was an essential part of the defence on which their incredible automatic promotion campaign was built.”It sounds unbelievable,” Henderson, 22, vy champion Cornell (6-2-2, 0-1) learned this weekend that Penn is not the same team it was a year ago.

“They really kind of are a team that plays to one of our weaknesses … and I thought our guys stood tall and dealt with it really well and deserved to win,” coach Rudy Fuller said.

The match lasted for 80 minutes without a score — both the Red and Blue and the Big Red had many opportunities, yet none proved successful.

In the 81st minute, off of a corner kick from junior captain Duke Lacroix, senior defender Jonny Dolezal posted the only goal of the match and his first of the season.

“It’s great and the guy that got it — Jonny Dolezal — you can’t say enough about that kid,” Fuller said. “He’s a warrior. He’s a captain. He is one of the hardest working guys on our team.”

For the entire game, Cornell outshot Penn, 14-7, but Quakers goalie Max Polkinhorne stood tall in the net, securing his second clean sheet of 2013 and his first ever in Ivy play.

“It’s a dead heat with him and [senior goalkeeper Tyler Kinn],” Fuller said. “We feel very comfortable with either one of them in goal, and I think you will see that in the remainder of the season — you might see Max, you might see Tyler depending on form, health, whatever.

“It was simply a case of … he got his shot against Drexel and we won the game so we wanted to ride that momentum.”

However, Polkinhorne wasn’t the only change in the Red and Blue lineup.

“There are a number of guys that weren’t regular starters,” Fuller said. “Mariano Gonzalez, Alex Reddy, Kamar Saint-Louis, Matt Poplawski … got a start tonight because of how well they did Wednesday.”

“You can relyan signing Jonjoe Kenny still sees his future at Everton.Kenny has moved to Germany on a season-long loan.”It was a big decision but Schalke is a massive club and an opportunity I could not turn down,” said Kenny.”I think I will go there and learn a on almost anyone on the team to come in and play their part, and I think that is really important going forward,” Dolezal said.

One of the regulars, senior forward Stephen Baker, had several chances to put the Quakers on the board early in the game, but he couldn’t finish the job.

As the second half progressed, the Red and Blue began to find their stride, keeping the ball on Cornell’s side and making the Big Red defenders work hard to keep them from putting points on the board.

“Well I think it is really difficult for a team to play the way they play for 90 minutes,” Fuller said. “The first half was very difficult. They were fully juiced. They were putting balls in our box, making us defend really difficult plays.

“But the way they press, the way they attack you with speed, we knew that at some point the game was goinat Chelsea.Mourinho heads to former club Chelsea for their Prem showdown this lunchtime insisting he has already knows how the hosts will line up.Blues boss Lampard went with three at the back when they won 2-0 at Spurs in December.Mourinho, when askg to slow down.”

After losing multiple games this season by allowing late goals, Penn finally got to experience what it feels like to be clutch. Dolezal’s late goal was just what the Quakers needed to shut down Cornell and notch their first Ivy victory.

“It’s a great feeling. Usually we’ve been letting up goals late in the game and on the losing end, but it’s finally good to be on the winning side of things,” Dolezal said.

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Rutgers, Radford sink Penn volleyball at Palestra


Going into the weekend, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr wondered how her team would perform after a subpar week of practice.

The coach’s concerns were affirmed as the Quakers dropped two out of three matches in the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational at the Palestra.

“We did not have a good practice week last week,” Carr said. “We have to have a good practice week to play well. They were not focused last week, and it came back to haunt us.”

Penn (4-5) got out to a sluggish start Friday night against George Mason (2-11), needing four sets to dispatch their lowly opponent.

“We came out slow Friday, but we got out of it Saturday … Just because we lost doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing,” Carr said. “There were growing points from the weekend.”

After a night of rest and some adjustments from the coaching staff, the Quakers played better on Saturday but fell to Radford (8-7) in four sets, 24-26, 25-9, 22-25 and 17-25.

Hoping to bounce back against a highly touted Rutgers (14-1) squad, Penn won the first set of what was perhaps its best match of the tournament, 25-22. But the Quakers were unable to sustain their stellar play and fell the next three sets, 26-28, 19-25 and 16-25.

After the match, Carr reiterated the importance of practice to her team’s play.

“We really cannot waste a week of practice,” Carr said. “We’ll use things we did well this weekend, build on those and take care of what we should have taken care of this weekend.”

Dani Shephard anchored the defensive effort with 36 digs to bring her total to 97 on the weekend, enough to garner All-Tournament honors.

Penn also got valuable contributions from freshman Alex Caldwell, who notched a rare triple-double (13 kills, 11 digs, 10 assists) against Radford and made her presence felt throughout the weekend.

“She played really well Friday night,” Carr said. “The leadership of the junior and senior classes is really bringing the freshmen along. I just have to sneak them in [the game] and keep their confidence high.”

Freshmen have been shuffled in and out of the Quakers’ lineups all season and may see their roles increase with improved play.

“They [the freshmen] e veteran midfielder, 33, was due to see his existing deal run out at the end of this season, and would have been free to discuss terms with a team from England from the beginning of January.But his new contract will now sr-old is closing in on 100 goals in the English top flight – he has 90 in 187 appearances – and is this season’s top scorer with 10.”His best years will be here and if you look at him now there are still a few more to go yet,” said Rodgers. “He’s stiee him stay at Anfield untilare contending foo Werner.The German striker has heavily been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks.But Krosche has said Leipzig aren’t worried about his potential departure.He told Bild: “There aren’t many things that favour him leaving us.“There has br starting roles,” Carr said. “If they keep doing what they are doing in practice, they will either make someone better or take their spot. Starting lineups aren’t set if they keep improving.”

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Penn wrestling puts Harvard back in its place


In their last big test before the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships in March, the Quakers put on a show Saturday against Ivy League foes Harvard and Brown.

The Crimson (4-5, 1-2 Ivy) drove the No. 22 Red and Blue (7-3, 2-1) to the edge in many bouts, but the latter avenged last year’s 23-19 loss by winning eight out of 10 bouts to secure a 24-6 victory at the Palestra.

“We were fired up,” junior Canaan Bethea (184 pounds) said. “We came out here wanting to let them know that it’s a tough sport and we’re not willing to give up anything and we want to win more than they do.”

In perhaps the most suspense-filled match of the day, Bethea defeated Harvard’s Josh Popple, 4-2, with a takedown in the second period of sudden victory. Penn’s grappler took revenge — a recurring theme for the Quakers on Saturday — after losing by technical fall to Popple earlier this year at the Binghamton Open.

“[Bethea] could have been a little bit more aggressive on his feet, because that’s where we knew we were going to win the match,” coach Rob Eiter said. “You just can’t keep it that close with a kid that’s really good on top, you got to separate the score a little bit and make him feel more urgency.”

The Quakers started the day 6-0 after No. 20 Mark Rappo scored a 6-3 victory over Jeffrey Ott at 125 pounds, followed by sophomore Jeff Canfora’s 8-5 win against Shay Warren at 133.

The dual’s most awaited bout came next, as No. 13 Steven Keith (141) of Harvard defeated No. 9 C.J. Cobb, 11-4. Keith dominated the first period, accumulating four points and almost three minutes of riding time, never looking back. The Crimson hold a 4-1 edge over Cobb in the series, and the two will rekindle their rivalry at next month’s EIWA Championships.

“One of the strategies for the Harvard team that was real smart is to get that first takedown and it really forced the match into their hands,” Eiter said. “C.J. didn’t have the same pop … at the end of the match he was scoring and attacking; and we’re trying to get him do that right away — not when you’re in a hole and are playing catch-up.”

Midway through the dual, the Quakers were only up 9-6, but the winds quickly turned in their favor, as they took home the remaining five bouts on their way to victory.

First, at 165 pounds, the Quakers’ Casey Kent defeated fellow true freshman Devon Gobbo, 7-5, reversing the situation after falling behind 4-0 early on.

“I was [really] happy with Casey’s match just because he’s [an] 18-year-old freshman, down four to nothing, and just stuck with the game plan, stuck with what he did well,” Eiter said. “Casey just plugged it away — there was plenty of time left an Ansu Fati.Fati has earned minutes in Messi’s absence and the Argentine is thrilled to see the 16-year-old do so well.”I was impressed by him the first day I saw him train,” Messi said.”Then he was playing with us, he has great quality.”We need to god he didn’t force anything.”

Penn sophomore Ian Korb (174) then took revenge over Cameron Croy — who had defeated him twice in the past — with a 2-0 victory, thanks to an escape and riding time.

“Korb’s had a little bit of a rollercoaster season … and beating the kid that had beaten him earlier in the year is important for Ian,” Eiter said. “It’s important becachester United defender Matteo Darmian admits he’s on his way Parma.Darmian is expected to join Parma on-loan.He told Sky Italia: “I can’t say anything yet, but I’m happy. For me it is also an important opportunity to reach the national team. “Whatuse that weightclass in our class is wiir roles have reversed since Buffon’s return from PSG.The Pole said, “It’s wonderful that Gigi Buffon has returned. I had the best goalkeeper in the world, Alisson Becker, as my understudy at Roma and now I have the best goalkeeper of all time backinde open; there isn’t one guy that’s really separated himself from the pack.”

Later in the day, the Quakers were victorious in all but one match against the Bears, easily winning the dual, 35-4.

And for a team that has one precise goal in mind, namely the NCAA Championships at Des Moines, Iowa from March 21-23, the recent successes make the future look bright. But to Bethea, the season is all about improving.

“I’m slowly getting better and better and that’s the brightest thing about it,” he said. “As I continue to go on throughout the season, I’m seeing myself execute my moves a little better.”SEE ALSO

Leopards have no answer for Naltner


Monica Naltner keeps on getting better.

For the third time this season, Naltner set a new scoring high. Last night, she scored 37 points – 30 in the second half – to propel the Quakers to a comeback victory over Lafayette, 78-74.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Penn (3-3), while Lafayette (2-6) lost its fifth in a row. With three nonconference wins, the Quakers have already exceeded last year’s total.

Naltner was dominant from all over the court. She shot 73 percent from the field and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. She also made four of six three-point attempts, including one with 1:30 remaining that ended the Leopards’ lead for good.

“Everything was feeling pretty good that was going off my hands, especially in the second half,” Naltner said. “I wanted to help my team and contribute.”

Contribute she did: her 37 points were the most since Diana Caramanico dropped a record 42 in 2001, and the sixth-most in Penn hoops’ history.

“It’s quite an honor to be put with the rest of the people who are on that list,” Naltner said.

Yet, despite her breakout, the outcome of yesterday’s game was undecided until the final minute.

The Quakers led for almost the entire first half. But the Leopards opened the second half with a 4-0 run, and later added a 14-4 run. With two minutes left, Penn found itself down by seven.

But the Quakers made up that deficit within 30 seconds. Two Naltner three-pointers, sandwiching a Joey Rhoads jump shot, tied the game. Lafayette forward Brittany Purr turned the ball over for the third possession in a row, and sophomore Kelly Scott took advantage. She nailed her jumper to give the Quakers a lead that they never relinquished.

As usual, Rhoads joined Naltner at the top of the score sheet, scoring 25 points in addition to six assists.

“Joey and Monica are seasoned veterans, and they are rock,” coach Pat Knapp said. “They take advantage of their opportunities. So, my hat’s off to them.”

Knapp was less complimentary of the rest of his team, however. Even though the 78 points were the most that Penn has scored during his three-year tenure, Knapp was far from satisfied. He is still waiting for another player to step up offensively, and he thought the Quakers missed too many open shots in the second half.

But he was most perturbed by the defense.

Lafayette “shot 52 percent against us – that’s terrible,” he said. “I mean, you can be happy when you win and all that, but we can’t let a team drive to the basket and get open shots like they werilla defeated local rivals Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady saw Aston Villa edge past a youthful Wolves side to reach the quarter-finals.Five-time winners Villa last reached this stage of thee getting.”rpool attacker Sadio Mane.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Indaind his feet in the Premier League.Walcott told Goal: “He’s 19 and coming to a whole new country, new culture, language, way of playing. It’s hard, you know!”It feels like we put a lot of pressure on players who don’t ask for it. They just want to en, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed Zidane and president Florentino Perez is at odds over the Frenchman’s transfer recommendations.”Zidane has differences with the board about (Thibaut)

The Quakers will deal with that problem tomorrow, when they begin preparation for their next game against American on Sunday. For now, they are happy to finally emerge victorious.

Seltzer creating a niche at the mic


When commercial timeouts end during radio broadcasts for WXPN, the producer says “cue” to tell the announcers they are back on the air. In Dallas for the NCAA tournament, thBruyne is outperforming Barcelona star Lionel Messi this season, according to statistics.De Bruyne is already leading the assist table in the Premier League with 16, closing down on Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in one season. His tally is also the moe producer said “cue,” but Penn senior and play-by-play Quakers announcer Brian Seltzer was silent. Color announcer Vince Curran saved Seltzer as he awoke from his daze.

“He had no idea we were back; he was checking out the [Texas] cheerleaders,” Curran said. “The leather chaps of the dance team distracted him.”

It was one of the few mistakes Seltzer, who has been the announcer for the Quakers since 2005, has made in his young radio career.

That career began before Seltzer came to Penn, when he was a junior at Cheltenham High School in nearby Elkins Park. Seltzer approached Bob Bumbera, the News, Sports and Public Affairs director of WXPN.

“He was looking for the best practical experience he could find. He had an incredible foresight,” Bumbera said. “He knew he could get a lot of experience at Penn.”

Based on that knowledge, Seltzer chose to attend Penn. Bumbera compared Seltzer’s decision to a coach signing a blue-chip recruit.

But while basketball players are noted for their ability to stroke the three or rebound, Seltzer is noted for his voice.

“We call them ‘pipes’ in the business,” Bumbera said.

Curran calls Seltzer’s voice “terrific,” noting that “he’s got the voice of a seasoned veteran. He has great rhythm, a smooth cadence.”

Curran says that for Seltzer’s age and experience he has never seen talent like his. Much of Seltzer’s talent is natural, but the hard work can’t be discounted as well.

Seltzer’s preparation is “off the charts,” Curran said, and Bumbera added that “he prepares like none other I have ever seow Chelsea had a clear run at originally signing David Luiz.De Visser has long been a talent adviser to Blues owner Roman Abramovich.And he recalled to VBTL: “I scouted him, but nobody wanted him. “Not PSV, not Chelsea, no-one. He went to Benfica (en.” Seltzer admitted that he spends five to six hours preparing for each game.

It may seem logical that Seltzer would eventually be the play-by-play announcer for the Quakers. However, no crystal ball could have told him that he would make it this far.

“I never thought that any undergraduate, let alone me, would be the play-by-play announcer,” Seltzer said. “The breaks just fell the right way.”

When longtime announcer and Penn alumnus Adam Hertzog decided to move on, WXPN needed a replacement. Bumbera viewed that as the perfect opportunity to bring a student back into the fold, and Seltzer was just the student he was looking for. Curran, a 1992 graduate and player under former coach Fran Dunphy, was brought in as the color man.

While Curran knew Seltzer from reporting he had done from for WXPN, they were largely unfamiliar with each other.

But through their constant back-and-forth on the air, the two have forged a dynamic working relationship and friendship. Seltzer describes himself as the straight shooter and Curran as more of a loose cannon.

“I try to use him as a resource and work to bring out the best insights of a color person possible,” Seltzer said. At the same time, he noted that Curran will “throw a good batch of curve balls.”

Seltzer has used his experience at WXPN as a springboard to radio stations outside of Penn and a career in the business. He has jumped from covering sprint football and field hockey games to working as a beat reporter for WPEN, covering the Philadelphia Eagles and working alongside noted announcer Merrill Reese. He has also covered the Yankees while working as an assistant for WCBS.

In November, he won two Achievement in Radio 34-year-old will call time on his City career at the end of the season following 10 trophy-laden years at the Etihad Stadium.”I moved to Eibar a very short time before the beginning of the 2004-05 season and it was the only one available,” he told thAwards, which recognize radio work in Philadelphia. He won for the best sports reporting/play-by-play announcing in college and best sports reporting as a professional.

Yet he refuses to underestimate the importance of his play-by-play announcing for the Quakers.

“It’s not just simulating the experience of what it would be like as a real job, it is a real job.” Seltzer said.

“I see him doing national television or radio game in the future,” Bumbera said. “You don’t run into a kid with such natural talent often. He’s been a real pride point, not only for WXPN, but for the university as well.”

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‘s playing time will come strictly at catcher this season, according to Montero is hitting .395/.435/.674 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 43 at-bats this spring. manager Eric Wedge has been impressed with his performance after a slow start in camp.”From a playing-time standpoint, hiue title this season.He took Liverpool on for the first time as Tottenham boss on Saturday, and came out second best as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ran out 1-0 winners.After the match Mourinho was asked whether he thinks Liverpool will win the title this seas time is going to have to be behind home plate,” said Wedge. “Obviously, I’m comfortable with him DHing, but we have so many other options with thatReal Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is being urged to make up his mind on a move to North London.The Spaniard has offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham.Real are only willing to allow Ceballos to leave on a season-long loan.AS says the decision rests on the 23-year-old on who he wants to join.Losdelines after undergoing knee surgery.Khedira missed the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo last weekend and has decided to go under the knife.Juve confirmed on their official website surgery was “perfectly successful”.However, they added in their statement he Blancos expect the situation to be resolved sometime this week. to get people in the lineup we feel make us a better team.”

PHOTO: Big bump on Jesus Montero’s head


As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):


— Steve Kinsella (@MrNegative1)


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reliever , who is dealing with forearm soreness, saw a hand specialist Monday and has been cleared to start throwing Wednesday, according to .com. Vincent has not appeared in a game since Feb. 28.

“It’s keeper Rob Green insists the manager’s job remai Andres Iniesta is full of praise for Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo. Kubo left FC Tokyo this summer for Real – and Iniesta saw the teen up close while playing for Vissel Kobe.”I know Kubo because I played against him last season,” said Iniesta.ns one of the most coveted.Manuel Pellegrini was sacked by the Hammers yesterday after defeat to Leicester City.Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Green shton is impressed by January signing Jarrod Bowen.Ashton says Bowen looks like he belongs at West Ham.“For me, he’s probably my favourite West Ham signing for as long as I can remember, to be honest,” Ashton told the club’s website. “I know whatinsisted there would be no shortage of managers interestedgood, we should be good to go starting tomorrow,” Vincent said.

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Mets reliever , wearioved since he replaced Unai Emery.Under his watch Arsenal have managed just one league win from eight – a 2-0 victory over Man Utd on New Years Day, although they have progressed in both domestic cups.”There have been a lot of positives,” Arteta toldng a heart monitor around his neck, made his first appearance in a game since 2010 on a back field at the Marlins’ spring training complex Tuesday, reports ESPN. Feliciano allowed a leadoff homer and hit a batter in one inning of work and his fastball registered at 82-83 mph. “It was betn says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long dter than wed to read Michael Owen’s comments about Newcastle, but it’s not something I’m surprised over after sharing the dressing room with him for what was my final season as a player. He didn’t look like a player who was particularly happy at the club and hhat I expected,” Feliciano said.

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Phillies outfielder continued his torrid spring pace on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double andhas helped Algeria defeat Nigeria and book a place in the African Cup of Nations final.The Manchester City winger struck five minutes into injury-time with a precise and fierce set-piece intoy against Arsenal, despite being pushed to leave by Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Odriozola said, “Bale has always looked good to me. “They talk about him a lot, but he knows how to take it and he focuses on his day-to-day work. Today he scored a goal the top corner.Algerialing good after being diagnosed with coronavirus last week.The defender spoke to Juventus TV about having contracted the virus.“I’m fine, I’ve been pretty good. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news,” Rugani said.“I was lucky desp opened the scoring when Nigeria def a run scored.

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Reds outfield prospect has been a standout bat early in spring training. The 20-year-old outfielder is batting .500 (3 for 6) with one homer, two doubles and five RBI in three sbate.Turkish media sources say Leicester are holding out for €3Rodgers’ first summer signing when he arrived for a fee reported to be in the region of £8m – a transfer record for Luton Town.Since Justin’s arrival, the Foxes have splashed out £30m on Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez before Youri Tielemans arrived in am for the winger, but Besiktas are keen to get him for €2m.The Malian international, who joined the Foxes for €2m in January 2018 , impressed on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Sivaspring games. He even has a stolen base. “Talent wasn’t the issue with him,” manager Dusty Baker said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Talent never was an issue. It’s getting the head and attitude right.” Baker said Rodriguez went through a transformation at Class A Dayton in 2012. “It’s part of grod legend Gary Neville says Manchester City could rue not signing Harry Maguire.The England international signed for United instead, and City have now lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I said awing up and being a man,” Baker said. “That’s why he’s in camp. He really didn’t deserve to be in camp. They’re hoping that camp and being around the guys would help put him back on track.”

am United manager David Moyes has revealed how he


Less than 20 hours after having surgery to rterest in AC Milan attacker Fabio Borini.The veteran striker, who has played for Liverpool and Sunderland in the Premier League, is a January target.He has not played for Milan since August 31st, due to injuries or the manager preferring other playerepair a torn meniscus, Athletics relief pitcher started rehabbing his right knee at the team’s spring training facility Friday. Balfour said he is determined to be ready to pitch following his initial timetable — four to six weeks — and be available for opening day. “It will work out fine,” Balfour told The Oakland Tribune. “It’s just that the timing is a lisse Lingard insists he accidentally posted a video from his summer holiday that angered many fans and former players. The United midfielder filmed himself shouting and swearing in his Miami hotel room in July, while also sharing a clip of o to rejoin FC Barcelona, it appears they are determined to talk with everyone else before calling Josep Maria Bartomeu. Neymar knows he is being offered around and one of those sides was Manchester United – but they turned him down.They spoke to Unitne of his ttle unfortunate. I’ve got to get ready (for the season) and the best way to do that is to dive straight into workouts.”