NFL Combine Conclusion

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up Tuesday, February 25th and some guys made their case to be top draft picks. South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, potentially the best player in the draft, proved himself worthy of that title by running a speedy 4.53 forty-yard-dash and have displaying a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, and don’t forget he 6’5″ 266lbs. Another big name defensive lineman made a splash in the combine as well. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald ran a 4.88 in the forty-yard-dash, and although that might not seem very good take into consideration that he is 6’5″ 288 pounds.

The defensivebacks took the field February 25th, and it was Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert who stole the show. Gilbert is part of the new breed of cornerback in the NFL. Tall, long, and fast is what coaches look for nowadays and Justin Gilbert is 6’0″, 202lbs and he ran a 4.34. The other defensiveback that who is speculated a first round pick is Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Dennard is 5’11” 199 and ran a 4.51. In my mind, Gilbert jumped ahead of Dennard as the best defensiveback in the draft.

The number 1 rated linebacker in the draft is University of Buffalo’s Khalil Mack. How can he not be? He is 6’3″ 251lbs and runs a 4.65, also he has a vertical of 40 inches. To put it into perspective, LeBron James also has a vertical of 40 inches. It kind of makes you wonder how Mack only received 1 division 1 scholarship. One guy who still has some questions surrounding him is Ryan Shazier of Ohio State. The outside linebacker is slightly undersized at 6’1″ 237 and did not run at the Combine. However, Shazier did post an astonishing 42 inch vertical jump, the highest of any Combine participant.

Now that the Combine is over, all there is left to do is wait for the players pro-days and speculate who will end up where. Will the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney number 1 overall? Will Johnny Manziel be the first quaterback taken in the draft? Will Sammy Watkins be a top 10 pick? Will Justin Gilbert jump ahead of Darqueze Dennard and be the first defensive back taken? All of these questions will be answered soon enough, but until they are I will keep you updated with my latest opinions on the 2014 NFL Draft.

by Cameron Lamatrice

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NFL Combine Winner/Loser

The NFL Scouting Combine started this past week and I will pick a Combine winner and loser based on their performances thus far.

Winner: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is a projected 2nd round pick, but this passed Sunday he looked like the best WR in the draft. He started his day running the forty-yard-dash and finished with an official time of 4.33. He then went on to the receiver drills where he did not drop a single ball, all the while looking very explosive, quick, and concentrated. So far, Brandin Cooks has boosted his draft stock the most in my mind.

Loser: Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Sammy Watkins is known as the best receiver in the draft with blazing speed and great hands, however his performance on Sunday did not back that up. Sammy Watkins ran an official 4.43 in the forty-yard-dash after claiming he would break Chris Johnson’s Combine record of 4.24. Watkins then went on to drop a pass in the receiver gauntlet. Just to be clear, Sammy Watkins is still the best WR in the draft. His quickness, elusiveness, and good hands have been proven on the field. I personally was just expecting a great performance on his part.

Two other impressive forty-yard-dash times were Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with an official 4.68 and Kent State running back Dri Archer ran an official 4.26.

The NFL Scouting Combine will continue throughout this week, starting with the defensive linemen and linebackers Monday, February 24.

Indian Creek Girls Basketball

The lady Redskins currently defeated the Bellaire Big Reds Thursday, January 9th. The girls used their height to their advantage coming out victorious 42-34. The twin towers Kamarec (14 points) and Berryman (24 points) both put up double digits and Davis contributed 4 points as well. Wednesday the girls (6-4) take on the St. Clairsville Red Devils at home and the Purple Riders of Martins Ferry on Thursday also at home.

OVAC Wrestling

With OVACs approaching, the boys head to wheeling to try to make a push at the OVAC Championship. Many wrestlers from Creek have qualified for the event. Students to watch for are Freshman, Miles Mazik, Junior, Seth Williams, and Junior, Donnie Merritt. Indian Creek has one ranked wrestler, Daniel Hague. Hague is ranked fifth and looks to bring back an OVAC Champion. The days of the event are Thursday the 16th – Saturday 18th.

Women’s College Basketball

Hello! Welcome to the second edition of the NCAA Women’s College Basketball post! As teams bare down and start focusing on March, some very important match-ups have took place over this past week and have shook up the rankings. Here is the Top 10:

  • 1. Connecticut (17-0)
  • 2. Notre Dame (15-0)
  • 3. Duke (16-1)
  • 4. Stanford (15-1)
  • 5. Louisville (16-1)
  • 6. Maryland (14-1)
  • 7. Baylor (14-1)
  • 8. South Carolina (16-1)
  • 9. North Carolina (14-3)
  • 10. Kentucky (14-3)

Here are the top three scorers in the nation:

  1. Odyssey Sims (Baylor) 31.8 PPG
  2. Jerica Coley (Florida International) 28.4 PPG
  3. Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) 27.3 PPG

The top rebounder in the nation: Joy Adams (Iona) 13.9 RPG

Tune in next week for an update on this week’s scores, updated rankings, and nation statistical leaders. For now, enjoy this post and enjoy this week of Women’s College Basketball

By: Mitch Porter

Indian Creek Boys Basketball

The Indian Creek Boys Basketball team plays at Union Local Friday December 20th. Saturday the boys play at Brooke. Their record is (2-1) they had a tough loss against Harrison. They played Bellaire for their home opener and they won 61-54. Andrew Anderson at 15 points, Blake Roar had 14 points, Johnny Haught had 10, Jonathan Woodbury and Aaron Foldi finished with 9.

 

Jonathan Woodbury

 

Redskins boys basketball defeat the Panthers 55-39

Last week, the boys of Indian Creek opened up their basketball season against the Buckeye Local Panthers. Many schedule changes had been made to each basketball schedule due to playoff football games, but the wait was worth it for the Redskins as they came out victorious with a 55-39 win.

The first half the Redskins came out strong and finished the second quarter with a 25-9 lead over the Panthers. The Panthers fought back and managed to put up 30 more points to finish the game. Aaron Foldi, sophomore, finished the game with 8 points. Blake Roar, senior, finished the game with 2 points. Seniors, Johnathan Haught, Andrew Anderson, and Cody Durbin each put up double digits. Also, senior, Jonathan Woodbury shot two 3-pointers and finished the game with 6 points.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

The NCAA basketball season if getting started and there have already been some big games.  The top 25 has been altered already with top programs dropping in the rankings.  The NCAA has a great deal of skill this year with what might be one of the best draft classes ever after this season.  There are many freshman this year who are major factors on there teams and are some of the best players in the nation.  Out of 5 per season all-Americans 3 of them are freshman.

TOP 10 TEAMS IN THE NATION

#1.) Arizona         #6.) Louisville

#2.) Syracuse      #7.) Oklahoma State

#3.) Ohio State   #8.) Duke

#4.) Wisconsin   #9.) Connecticut

#5.) Michigan State    #10.) Villanova

MY TOP 3 PLAYERS IN THE NATION

#3.) Shabazz Napier

-great shooter, good scorer

#2.) Jabari Parker

-big bodied all around player, Lebron James type of player, better shooter than Lebron in his early years

#1.) Marcus Smart

-big point guard, has improved a lot at shooting still could get better, very explosive

WHO I THINK WILL WIN THE MAJOR CONFERENCES

Big Ten- Michigan State

Big 12- Oklahoma State

PAC 12- Arizona

ACC- Duke or Syracuse

SEC- Kentucky

Big East- Villanova

Adam Freshwater

 

Redskins drop to the Huskies 44-41

Second game of the season was a good one for the boys of Creek, but they fell short to the Harrison Huskies by 3 points. It was a good game, and the Redskins fought hard all four quarters. Senior post player, Cody Durbin lead his team in points with 9 to finish the game. Senior point guard, Blake Roar hustled 8 points while Woodbury finished the game with 7. This week the boys take on the Bellaire Big Reds at home Tuesday, Union Local Jets Friday away, and the Brooke Bruins away on Saturday.

NFL Update

The playoffs are inching closer, but who is getting in is still in question. In the AFC the Broncos and Chiefs are still fighting for the West. The Bengals are losing their grip over the North. The Colts have locked up the South. The Patriots seem to have the East all wrapped up. The wild card is still up for grabs, however either the Broncos or the Chiefs are likely to get the first slot. The Ravens and Dolphins are the frontrunners to get the second spot. In the hunt are the Steelers, Chargers, and a few other teams.

In the NFC South the Saints and Panthers are fighting for the lead. The West belongs to the Seahawks. The Eagles and Cowboys are battling for the East. The Lions and Bears are leading in the North. The 49ers seem to have one of the wild card spots locked up and either the Saints or Panthers will get the other.

We are all still waiting for the playoff picture to unfold, but the only way to find out is to tune into the games next! More blogs will be posted weekly to keep you updated.

 

by Cameron Lamatrice