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And when we post on any of these boards it doesn't increase our posting total. I had 6402 before my last post and this post and instead of having 6404 I still have 6402.

So now we have our own category and a separate board for each league. It would appear that it has cost me 2896 posts off my total.

I'm looking at the SUNYAC teams' non-conference schedules to see who will have the toughest out of conference games this year. I'll give my report when the schools have filled n a few more games. 

Pat's deleted threads before. I don't think moving threads would effect the count.

That's true Greek. Moving our fantasy games to a separate spot has nothing to do with the number of our posts. I have 9296 posts when you go to my profile info and click on "show posts", that's how many show up. Yet there is only 6402 showing up as my total posts, on this post I'm making right now. Something strange going on. ???

And to further complicate things. I've made 3 or 4 posts today and every time the same number 6401 shows up as my post total. It's not adding to my total posts as  I make more responses. It's been 6401 for at least the last 4 posts I've done and it may even be more like the last 7 I've posted.  ??? ???

Pat's deleted threads before. I don't think moving threads would effect the count.

That's true Greek. Moving our fantasy games to a separate spot has nothing to do with the number of our posts. I have 9296 posts when you go to my profile info and click on "show posts", that's how many show up. Yet there is only 6402 showing up as my total posts, on this post I'm making right now. Something strange going on. ???

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: September 23, 2016, 03:59:44 pm »
Has anyone else noticed that the number of posts that they had, has been reduced by a sizeable number. I had almost 10,000 posts but now am only showing 6401. I somehow have lost nearly 3600 posts.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: September 23, 2016, 03:48:00 pm »
2016-2017 tentative schedule. All weeks run from Monday through Sunday.

Each poster gets only ONE WEEK at this time. If we fail to fill all 14 weeks, posters will be allowed to add another week.

This year, posters picking the weekly slate will be responsible for posting the weekly records as well as the total season records.

Week 1: November 14-November 20
Week 2: November 21-November 27
Week 3: November 28-December 4
Week 4: December 5-December 11
Week 5: December 12-December 18
Week 6: December 19-December 25
Week 7: December 26-January 1
Week 8: January 2-January 8
Week 9: January 9-January 15
Week 10: January 16-January 22
Week 11: January 23-January 29
Week 12: January 30-February 5 - magicman
Week 13: February 6-February 12
Week 14: February 13-February 20 - Greek Tragedy

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:28:27 am »
Had a pretty reliable source tell me the other day that former Potsdam State coach Sherry Dobbs has been hired by St. Lawrence University to be the assistant coach for the Saints. When Chris Manning left SLU to become the new assistant at Plattsburgh State that left an opening to be filled and who better than a former head basketball coach at a D3 college who happens to live in the area. Sure hope this story is true. Coach Dobbs will bring quite a bit more to the table than the average assistant coach and should be a good hire for SLU coach Chris Downs.   

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:15:38 am »
I got a chance to meet with the new head coach of Men's Basketball at Potsdam State, Jim Bechtel, this summer when I returned to Potsdam for Alumni Weekend and my annual bash with my fraternity brothers. It was the 50th anniversary of my induction into my fraternity and we had over 20 guys show up to enjoy the weekend.

Coach Bechtel seems like a good hire for the Bears and knows that he has his work cut out for him. Recruiting will be the primary focus to get the talent level back up so Potsdam will be competitive with the rest of the conference. He did well at Canton, especially last year, but the YAC is a step up from the teams that the Kangaroos played for a large part of their schedule. It will be hard to go from 1-24 to a winning record in a single year and I don't think the Bears can pull that off. (Unless Coach Bechtel really as a couple of horses coming in that I don't know about.) I'll be happy to see some decent improvement, hopefully a handful of wins, and some talent that the Bears can build a future on. Hoping my Alma Mater can return to the glory years of Coach Welsh is obviously too much to ask, respectability however, and an occasional run at the SUNYAC championship is what most Potsdam supporters would like to see.         

Also on campus that weekend was Potsdam legend Jerry Welsh who was honored along with former Wrestling coach Neil Johnson. What a wonderful night it was to see these two great coaches honored for their outstanding careers at Potsdam State. Both men are in their 80's now but both look years younger than their actual age. I nearly spilled a glass of coke all over Coach Welsh as he was sitting next to me as we listened to Coach Johnson speaking. You never saw an 80 year old man move so fast as Coach Welsh did as that spilled drink headed for his lap. He didn't get a single drop on him as he lept up and away from the table in a flash.
Coach Welsh lives in Durham North Carolina and still teaches at Duke University, so it was probably the last time I will get a chance to see him as he doesn't get back to Potsdam that often any more. In his speech to the gathered faithful he said he was most proud, not of the accomplishments of his players on the court, but of the outstanding men those players have turned out to be.   

Coach Welsh's appearance on campus brought back many of the players that were responsible for the great teams that were National Champions in 1981 and 1986 and also were national runners up on 3 other occasions. The Bears put together an undefeated season in 1985-86 and then continued unbeaten well into the 86-87 season winning 60 straight games which is the 2nd longest men's basketball winning streak in college basketball history.

I managed to run into 2 time All American(1980 and 1981), Derrick Rowland, the 2nd leading scorer (1847 pts) and 2nd leading rebounder (834) in the Bears program. Derrick has a business called "The Perfect Sports Group" and features "The Perfect Shooting" system which is designed to make a shooter out of you. Here is a link to his website:

With him was All American Maurice Woods(1982), #9 all time pts per game-career (13..4 ppg) and #10 all time rebounds per game-career (6.6) I remember watching Derrick and Maurice play back in the early 80's and would travel back to Potsdam every year at tournament time because almost every year the Bears were hosting NCAA games the 1st and 2nd weekends of the tournament. 

2 time All American Steve Babiarz (1988 and 1989) was present and was in such great shape he played in the alumni basketball game on Saturday and could probably still start at most of the YAC schools and he's pushing 50 years old now. Steve is the All-Time leading scorer in program history with 2089 points during his 4 year career at Potsdam. He is 2nd on the career ppg list with 17.1, trailing only another Potsdam legend Mike Deane who averaged 18.1 ppg for his 3 year career. Deane had 1447 points in his 3 years as the Bears point guard but also averaged over 10 assists per game during that 3 year career as well. That's a number that blows away every other SUNYAC career assist leader. I think the "official SUNYAC career assist leader" has about half as many assists as Deane had in 3 years. 8-)

The recipient of many of those assists by Deane was 2 time All Conference, Ted Bence, 6'7" center on those Deane led teams and he was also on hand for the weekend. Ted is the all time leading rebounder for the Bears with 887 boards and is also tops on the list in rebounds per game with 8.8. Ted is the 10th leading scorer in Bears' history with 1307 points.

Bill Merna another great player for Potsdam was back as well. Bill was a starter on a number of teams in the late 60's and went on to become one of the premier high school coaches in New York State at Ogdensburg High School before retiring a few years ago.

Joe Topa was an All Conference performer, also in the 60's, and as a freshman hit the game tying shot against Plattsburgh in 1966 to send the game into overtime and then made the game winning free throws in the extra session to win it and send the Bears to the NCAA tournament. He came back all the way from Texas for the weekend. I hadn't seen Joe since 1969 so it was good to renew that old friendship.

Coach Welsh's longtime assistant during the glory years, Steve Kmack, was on hand as well. Steve went on to be the very successful coach of Potsdam High School for many years before retiring a few years ago.     

The Alumni game was the next day on Saturday afternoon followed by a cookout for the fans and players to socialize. It was all put together by Assistant Athletic Director Bill Mitchell and the testimonial for the coaches on Friday night followed by the Alumni Game on Saturday made for an enjoyable weekend. The fraternity golf outing on Friday and the rock band that's been together for 50 years.. "Double Axel" playing downtown on Friday and Saturday night from 10 till 2 didn't hurt either. ;D               

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 23, 2016, 05:35:16 am »
A little SUNYAC coaching news to report.

Former 2 time SUNYAC All Conference performer Chris Manning of Plattsburgh State is coming back to his alma mater as Coach Tom Curle's top assistant to take the job that was vacated when former Cardinal Assistant Coach Cameron Conover left to take the Oneonta State head coaching job.

Manning was the NCAA leader his junior year when he led the nation in steals per game. He was the ultimate pass first, shoot when necessary, point guard and consistently filled up the stat sheet in every game he played. He could beat you a number of ways but none were so dramatic as his ability to relieve an opposing player of the basketball. His senior season he led the NCAA in total steals for the season. During his career at Plattsburgh State, he averaged 5.8 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.5 steals per game. Although he only played at Plattsburgh State for two years his 206 total steals is 4th on the all time college list.

He was a student assistant coach at Plattsburgh 2 years ago and last year he was the top assistant coach at St Lawrence University who came within 1 game of winning the Liberty League last season.

Chris will be counted on heavily by Coach Curle to be in the forefront of the recruiting program and his experience as one of the premier point guards in the SUNYAC will play a large part in the development of the Cardinal ball handlers, now and in the future.
Coach Curle had this to say about his new assistant: "I thought that once Cam left, Chris was a natural fit for this position. He knows what our program stands for, and he knows our recruiting base well and how to identify with them. As a player here, he was outstanding. Chris was a great team leader and captain. Chris worked on staff here as a student assistant for a season, and he provided insight well beyond his years. At St. Lawrence, he gained outside experience and perspective that helped him tremendously as a basketball coach. The bottom line is that I'm excited to have him here as a part of the program, and I'm proud to bring home a former player to Cardinal Basketball."

I know Chris was my number one choice and I'm glad to see him back in Plattsburgh. 

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: September 10, 2016, 11:40:30 pm »
That is a very lost golf ball... haha.

It was probably sent there by this guy:

Big hitter, the Lama.

Says Carl but I'd have to see him tee it up to believe it.

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 06, 2016, 08:52:18 pm »
  In my sporadic part-time work as a contractor on an internet video project, today I came upon a clip of Plattsburgh-SUNYIT bball highlites from 2007 on PSTV. Travis Gorham and A. Williams seemed to be the players of note. They had a record of 12-6 at the time.


They were both excellent players. They finished that year (2006-07) with a 21-9 record and were in 2nd place in the SUNYAC conference with an 11-5 record at the end of the regular season. Brockport was the regular season champs with s 14-2 record. The Cardinals won the SUNYAC conference tournament and the automatic NCAA bid by downing Brockport 80-75, in Brockport, to avenge an earlier 74-72 loss during the regular season in Plattsburgh. They beat Rochester University 61-60 in a first round NCAA game that took place at St John Fisher when Anthony Williams made a jump shot from one step over half court at the final buzzer. They lost to host  St. John Fisher the next night 95-87. Williams was an All American that year and Gorham was the teams 2nd leading scorer and top rebounder. They were both juniors. The next year 2007-2008 Plattsburgh ran the table in the SUNYAC conference going 16-0 and unbeaten also in the East Region They won 3 games to win the SUNYAC tournament as well. The received a first round bye in the NCAA tournament and then beat a very good Kings team to advance to the Sweet 16. They hosted the Sectional that year and lost to Brandeis 74-63. They finished with the best record in the history of the school at 27-3. Williams was once again an All American (2nd team D3hoops and  1st team NABC) and is the only Plattsburgh State player to be a 2 time All American. He is currently the schools all time leading scorer and only played for 3 years as he transferred in his sophomore season. Both he and Travis Gorham were chosen to the first team All Region teams. Travis, I believe, is the 2nd leading rebounder in Plattsburgh State history. Both he and Anthony have returned each year since they graduated to play in the annual alumni game. Travis is married and is the father of 3 girls and a boy I think and lives here in Plattsburgh. Anthony is working as A Dean of Students or something like that at a college in the New York City area. They are two of my all time favorite Cardinal players and I always make sure to meet up with them when the alumni game takes place. I see Travis more often because he will show up at home games but Anthony is only here usually once a year and maybe a 2nd visit if we host an NCAA pod.         

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 26, 2016, 06:24:09 pm »
Oneonta's new head coach Cameron Conover was a terrific hire by the Red Dragons. Coach Conover has proven to be a great recruiter and was the top assistant to Head Coach Tom Curle for most of his tenure at Plattsburgh State. Plattsburgh has been the top school in the East Region over the past 11 years with 7 trips to the NCAA DIII tournament, more than any other school in the East Region during that time span. Cameron also enjoys the distinction of being the only undefeated coach in the SUNYAC conference guiding the Cardinals to an 88-86 victory over Buffalo State back on February 6th 2010 when Coach Curle had to miss that game so he'll take his 1-0 record with him to the Red Dragons. Not only is he an excellent coach he is also a pretty good player so the guys in Oneonta will be getting someone that I'm sure they will be quite happy to play for. Now I'll have to root for Oneonta to do well except when they visit Memorial Hall in Plattsburgh on Friday January 27th. Then Mikey McElroy and company will once again have to feel the agony of defeat. ;)

Good luck to Oneonta and Coach Conover...hope this year you can make the SUNYAC playoffs and put together a decent season.     

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 16, 2016, 04:37:58 pm »
Well, the 3m diving finals are tonight!  Both USA divers..Hixon and Ipsen...are in, with Hixon finishing 4th and Ipsen 6th among the final 12 divers.  Defending Russian gold medal winner did not qualify.  Mike Hixon flirted with medal slots throughout his 6 dives...first after three dives.  He is just a point behind 3 rd place.  China top diver was the most consistent and should be the favorite.  Most of the other divers had one off dive that cost them points...including Mike Hixon.  Did see Coach Hixon in the crowd....early in the event.  Most of the crowd shots showed hometown fans supporting their divers.

Nescac1...the Spain trip should help the team least among the returning players.  Amherst's trip overseas helped the team last season IMO.

Am currently watching the 3M diving on NBC. Michael Hixson just nailed a high degree of difficulty dive giving him over 91 points and a chance at a top 3 finish. I assume I'm watching a replay since you state that he is in 4th place going into the finals. Saw Coach Hixson and family numerous times as they flash to the family after each one of Michael's dives. Hoping he has a good finish tonight. 

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:15:39 am »
My congrats to the Hixon family too!  The youngest son was a multi NCAA title winner as a freshmen at the U of a multi- event Olympian for the USA!  Maybe a mult medal winner.
Will coach Hixon be around for his camps? :)

I remember writing a post on this board quite a while ago about Michael Hixon when he was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section. I believe that was for winning the NCAA Championships in 2014 on the 1 meter and 3 meter boards. Happy to see he has made the Olympic Team and now will be in 2 events. This gives me a real good reason to watch the diving competition more than ever. Hope he can grab a medal. Will be tough with the Chinese divers who won 6 gold, 3 silver and a bronze in the last Olympics. (Men and Women combined.)

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