NYE Best of the Week: As we near the start of SU football camp, three different Orange players – linebacker Mikel Jones, offensive linemen Matthew Bergeron and kicker Andre Szmyt – were named to the Shrine Bowl 1000 List, which features 1,000 top players that are draft-eligible in 2023. They will all be leaders for SU as it attempts to improve upon last year’s 5-7 mark.
SOS Rewind and Archive: Next week brings back The Basketball Tournament and the return of Boeheim’s Army, the team mostly composed of former SU stars. Of course in 2021, Boeheim’s Army used a series of comebacks to ultimately take the championship in Dayton, Ohio, defeating Team 23 69-67 in the championship to snare the $1 million winner-take-all event.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Happy birthday this week to Sue Ludwig! After playing at Syracuse University in the late 1980s, she went into coaching and won a string of championships at Westhill High school, ultimately claiming more victories than any other Section III girls basketball coach. And now she is back at SU, serving as an assistant coach to her former teammate, Felisha Leggette-Jack.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: Joseph Girard III is doing much more than just return to Syracuse University for his senior year. He is further endearing himself with the Central New York community by making an appearance last week at Baldwinsville’s boys basketball summer camp. Girard, of course, holds all of the New York State career scoring records after his record-setting tenure at Glens Falls High School that included a pair of state championships.
Empower/Mooney Marketing Group Money Performer: Liz Hogan, a 2018 SU graduate, was the goalie on the United States women’s lacrosse team that claimed the gold medal at the recent World Championships in Towson, Maryland. In fact, Hogan played in goal in the championship game, making four saves in Team USA’s 11-8 win over Canada.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: It sure looks like Buddy Boeheim is taking advantage of the opportunity he is getting with the Detroit PIstons in the NBA Summer League. On July 12, Boeheim hit six of his eight 3-point shots with 18 points overall against the Indiana Pacers. He then had nine points in a close defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers a couple of nights later.