Swift Arrives In Jamaica For SPS 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo May 13, 2010 High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Port Antonio Jamaica, May 8, 2010, to kick off Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010. SPS is a recurring deployment of various specialty platforms to the Caribbean and Latin America, with the primary goal of information sharing with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region. “We share common interests and participation in multinational maritime partnership missions like this one,” said Capt. Kurt Hedberg, mission commander for SPS 2010. “It’s an opportunity for us to foster friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding by coming together to enhance regional maritime security.” While deployed in support of SPS 2010, Swift will visit various countries in the Caribbean island nations, Central and South America over the upcoming months. During the ship’s stay in Jamaica, the crew will meet with the regions civil and maritime services. “The U.S. Navy and USSOUTHCOM are committed to this type of lasting partnership,” said Hedberg. “SPS will give all of us a chance to exchange ideas and mission-focused knowledge and expertise to improve capabilities in key mission areas. Only by communicating and working together can we hope to have the relationships we need in the event of a crisis which requires a multinational effort.” Some of the topics of discussion during the visit are port security, non-commissioned officer professional development, operational risk management, medical readiness, and outboard motor maintenance and patrol craft operation. The U.S. Marine Corps also has an eight-man mobile training team on board Swift to participate in the exchanges. The team will provide instruction in martial arts, non-lethal weapons, and military operations in urban terrain, check-point security, marksmanship and small unit tactics.” This is the fourth SPS deployment in the region and the vision is to continue this effort to maintain a persistent presence in the region as a way to further enhance strong relationships. The ship’s crew is operated and navigated by 17 civilian contract mariners working for a private company under charter to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The ship is scheduled to return to the United States in early October 2010.last_img read more

Ennis plays well against Western Michigan’s various defensive looks

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Steve Hawkins had a plan. Throw multiple defenders at Tyler Ennis and try to fluster him with a bunch of different looks.But it didn’t matter what the Western Michigan coach did or whom he had guarding Ennis. The freshman point guard wasn’t to be denied in his first NCAA Tournament game. Ennis finished with 16 points and six assists in 36 minutes, slicing through the WMU (23-10, 14-4 Mid-American Conference) defense with ease in Syracuse’s (27-5, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) 77-53 win on Thursday.Ennis showcased a smooth mid-range jumper. When the Bronco defense played off him, he nailed shots and looked comfortable pulling up off the dribble. “He’s being more aggressive,” SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “It’s good for our offense. Anytime he has open shots he needs to shoot them because he’s more than capable of making it.”At times this year, Ennis has deferred and served as a pass-first point guard. That works well for Syracuse, but the Orange is even more lethal when he’s draining jump shots. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnnis said he hasn’t changed his approach at all. He’s playing the same style he has all season. When a shot’s there, he’ll take it. “I’m just getting open shots and I’m just taking them,” Ennis said. “I don’t think there’s more of a focus for me.”In the first half, he dribbled toward the corner and found himself wide open. Instead of looking for a slashing Jerami Grant or C.J. Fair — which has worked perfectly fine this season — Ennis drilled a baseline jumper. Later on, he curled off a Rakeem Christmas screen and nailed another mid-range jumper. Ennis didn’t just help SU with his jump shot, though. In the first half, he penetrated and spun his body toward the basket. The ball swirled around the rim before eventually falling. Every time he shot, Ennis looked smooth, as he was able to help the Orange blow by the Broncos.“It’s great for us,” Grant said. “Just like Trevor, it opens up the court. When they’re hitting shots we definitely need that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

USC will lose great senior athletes

first_imgOn Saturday, I went to the men’s volleyball game against California Baptist University. It was Senior Night for the Trojans, and I decided to go because I figured it would be the last time I’d get to see one of the greatest setters in the game play in cardinal and gold. The way the team and the fans celebrated Micah was one of the most palpable emotions I’ve ever experienced.Senior Night made me think about some of the other incredible seniors who will be graduating in 2015. In addition to Micah Christenson, USC will say goodbye to Elizabeth Eddy, Monica Vavic and Garrett Stubbs. That’s not to say the entire class of 2015 won’t be sorely missed, but these four athletes are the ones that have stood out to me in my semester as a sports editor.Christenson led the Trojans as a co-captain for three seasons. In addition to his success at the collegiate level, Christenson has made a name for himself as one of the best setters in the world. Last summer, Christenson was the starting setter for the U.S. Men’s National Team that won an FIVB World League gold medal. He was the only collegian on that team. In 2013, he also served for the national team at the NORCECA Continental Championships and was named as the tournament’s Best Server and Best Setter. Next summer, he will rejoin the men’s national team in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics.Christenson will graduate with a degree in human biology. His leadership and skill will be big shoes to fill for the men’s volleyball team next season.Eddy is one of the most talented Women of Troy to play for USC. She excelled in not only one, but two sports during her time at USC. Eddy’s natural athletic ability has brought her success in soccer as well as lacrosse. Her athleticism allowed room for versatility on the soccer pitch, as Eddy has played nearly every position for the Women of Troy, aside from keeper.Though she was recruited for soccer, Eddy’s love for sports compelled her to take up lacrosse, and she joined the newly formed women’s lacrosse team. Though new to the sport, Eddy earned MPSF honors for her defensive performance.She will leave USC with a degree in business administration. In January 2014, she was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League draft.Vavic of the women’s water polo team has had an outstanding collegiate career, topped off by a senior season during which she became USC’s all-time leading scorer with 257 career goals. She is the daughter of Jovan Vavic, the head coach of the men’s and women’s water polo teams. Aside from her sheer talent, she is a team leader whom the Women of Troy will miss. Vavic will graduate with a degree in communication.The baseball team is having one of the best seasons in recent years and is poised to go deep into the playoffs. This year, catcher Garrett Stubbs has emerged as a team leader.Stubbs is batting .354 on the season, with the third highest average on the team. When he isn’t hitting, Stubbs is making heads-up plays behind the plate and leading his pitchers and the rest of the team.Last season, the Baseball Draft Report ranked Stubbs as No. 40 on its 2014 MLB Draft College Catcher to Watch list. The baseball team still has a fair number of games to play this season, but behind the leadership of Stubbs, I am confident that the team will go far.Though graduation is less than a month away, these seniors will be a part of the Trojan family forever. Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.Regan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of  the Daily Trojan. Her column “Wild Wild Westes,” runs on Tuesdays.last_img read more