If you watch a Butler game today, you may not know what Sean McDermott went through just to be able to walk again, much less play basketball. In 2013 when he was a junior at Pendleton Heights High School he went through a terrible night of practice. On the way home from school he was too tired to even go into Wendy’s to eat with his brother. He stayed in the car and slept. The next morning his mom took him to the ER in Anderson which started a series of hospital visits and the eventual trip to Riley Hospital. It was here that the doctors discovered a staph infection in his blood stream. Had this gotten to his heart, it could have been fatal. The skin-born virus that he had usually causes minor irritations, but to Sean it became a life and death experience.Sean is now at Butler University where his basketball skills are again delighting basketball fans. It wasn’t until Sean was healthy and able to play basketball again that they revealed to him how sick he really was. If you think you have had a tough time, just check with the McDermott family. Not only did Sean have all of his problems, but his mom dealt with cancer during this time as well.Next time you see Butler on TV, remember the journey of Sean McDermott!!I want to thank the Indianapolis Star for some of this information.
Bharrat, Jagdeo and Fordyce star in Mahaicony Combine’s big winLED by two spells of decisive medium pace bowling from Omprakash Bharrat and Kapeshwar Jagdeo, along with an unbeaten half-century from Windell Fordyce, Mahaicony Combine easily disposed of Mahaica Combine by 160 runs when play in the Combine Elite PhaseWindell Fordycecontinued yesterday at the Fairfield Community Centre ground.Set 178 for victory, Mahaica Combine were blown away for 17 in 9.1 overs, with Bharrat claiming 4-2 off four overs, including a hat-trick, while Jagdeo had 3-4 in his spell of two overs.None of the Mahaica Combine batsmen offered any meaningful resistance in a complete batting shutdown.Chatterpaul Durga, Shoaib Shaw and Fordyce also contributed to the wicket column.Earlier the game was reduced to 40 overs aside after the Mahaica Combine arrived late at the venue. But when play eventually commenced, Fordyce made a patient unbeaten 68 to anchor a shaky Mahaicony Combine after they decided to bat first after winning the toss.The Mahaicony Combine lost opener Bharrat (3), in the second over when he was bowled by Cordel Martins, but the left-handed Fordyce then joined Shaw and put together 57 for the second-wicket.However, the dismissal of Shaw (9) started a collapse in which eight wickets fell for 48 runs. Off-spinner Sudesh David was the chief destroyer during that period, claiming 4-48 from his eight overs.Fordyce, who played a marathon innings, batted for 107 balls, hitting seven fours and a six, but more importantly he shared three excellent partnerships, which saw them pose a challenging total.The Mahaicony Secondary School’s fourth form student was particularly watchful, and his composure allowed him to share 37 for the ninth wicket with Joshua Tappin, who made 15, and 39 for the final wicket, with Alistair Bovel (7), to the back-end of the innings.Martins was the other most successful bowler, with 2-28. Meanwhile, a selective Mahaica-Mahaicony Combine District team was selected soon after the game. They will compete with the East Coast Demerara District team tomorrow at the same venue.
Published on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments NEW YORK — Nathaniel Hackett saw something click in Marcus Sales four weeks ago in practice. Something changed, in his work ethic and preparation.And when he saw Sales standing in the end zone for the third time on the day, with 7:53 remaining, it was clear something did click. After a season in which the junior wide receiver scored just one touchdown, Sales tripled his scoring output in one game.‘It feels real good,’ Sales said. ‘Finally, I got a chance and I just made the plays when they counted.’Behind a strong rushing attack led by Delone Carter and a big-play passing attack led by Sales, the offensive play-caller Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone’s offense opened up Thursday. In a wild inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium in front of 38,274, Syracuse (8-5, 4-3 Big East) was able to keep up and win a 36-34 shootout over Kansas State (7-6, 3-5 Big 12).The win gave SU its first bowl victory since the 2001 Insight.com Bowl — also against Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They made a young kid from the Bronx’s dream come true,’ Marrone said of his players while accepting the Pinstripe Bowl trophy. ‘And win this trophy at Yankee Stadium!’The Orange defense bent but did not break late in the fourth quarter, which sealed the victory. With 1:13 remaining, KSU quarterback Carson Coffman tossed a 30-yard touchdown strike to Adrian Hilburn, who flashed a celebratory salute after scoring. The officials issued a personal foul for excessive celebration. Down by two, the Wildcats couldn’t convert the two-point conversion from 18 yards out.When asked about the penalty after the game, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder paused four seconds before saying, ‘I can’t comment on that.’Though the Syracuse defense ultimately preserved the win, it was the SU’s offense that uncharacteristically brought the team to that point.Carter and the combination of quarterback Ryan Nassib and Sales carried Syracuse throughout the game. Twenty-seven carries, a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns for the senior running back Carter in his swan song for the Orange.Five catches, 172 yards and three touchdowns all added up to a career game for the once-forgotten Sales. Nassib was happy to feed him the ball, as 172 of Nassib’s 239 passing yards and all three of his touchdowns went to Sales.Marrone singled Sales out in Wednesday’s pre-Pinstripe Bowl meeting with his team, reflecting upon the progress he saw in Sales.‘I pointed out Marcus Sales and how well he’s worked and the practices he’s had,’ Marrone said of that meeting. ‘And he came out and had a big game.’An SU offense that had only one play go more than 50 yards all year long would double that total Thursday.The first of those plays that came late in the first quarter. The Orange marched close to the 50-yard line, Hackett’s target point to open up the offense. And as Hackett looked at the KSU coverage, he knew the safety would bite.So as Antwon Bailey ran up the middle for what looked like a simple, straight-ahead running play, Hackett broke out the trickery. Bailey flung the ball back to Nassib on a flea flicker, and Nassib hung a perfect spiraling throw 52 yards to Sales to tie the game at 7-7.‘We practiced it all week,’ Sales said. ‘I knew it had a chance to come to me when the safety came down. So I just put my head down and ran, and looked for the ball when it came. And I caught it.’Behind another long Sales touchdown catch — this time from 36 yards out — SU went into the half tied at 14-14. The second half quickly turned into a shootout, with Syracuse and Kansas State trading offensive blows. Carter barreled in for two touchdowns, but the Wildcats answered with two touchdown scores of their own.The Orange found itself trailing by a point with 11 minutes left when Sales’ number was called again on the game-changing drive. First, he caught a crucial 18-yard pass to extend Syracuse’s drive on third down.And his second act came with the Orange on the KSU 44-yard line. Sales’ defender slipped, setting him wide open down the field, and Nassib found him again for the long touchdown score that gave SU the lead for good.The receiver who wasn’t on the depth chart at the beginning of SU’s season carried the team and program to its biggest victory in a decade.Flashing an uncharacteristic grin that was reminiscent of the boy from the Bronx, Marrone thought it was a fitting resemblance for where his program has come in just two short years.‘It’s about creating challenges and goals for your players,’ Marrone said. ‘And they responded.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+