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Thursday, November 10, 2005 

Is No. 1 Duke as good as advertised?

Tom O'Toole: Hey, before we get too far into this, can we all agree that basketball season starts too early? Some schools have three football games left.
Tim Gardner: I agree. But with Duke, there's no need to worry about the football team.
Erick Smith: You mean there wasn't a ton of interest in Cornell-St. Francis last night?
Tom O'Toole: Good point on Duke football. As for the basketball squad, they will be at least as good as we expect. Seniors. Star freshmen. Cameron. Krzyzewski. Dick Vitale on your side. What else do you need? Shavlik Randolph is addition by subtraction. Plus there's added motivation after the Tar Heels won last year.
Jeff Zillgitt: As someone who prefers college hoops to college football, I'm ready for the season now — as long as teams schedule some decent nonconference games.
Jeff Zillgitt: And Duke is deserving of its ranking. The Blue Devils have the nucleus and touted freshman; without a doubt, they will be dangerous in March, as is the case most every spring.

The News & Observer via AP
Greg Paulus, front, could take over as the starting point guard for Duke.

Tim Gardner: They have to be among the top several teams, but I think their season rests on the shoulders of two players you wouldn't expect: Greg Paulus and Lee Melchionni.
Tim Gardner: To me, Coach K needs Paulus to get into the starting lineup. That'll give the Devils a seasoned veteran in Sean Dockery to come off the bench and run the show while Redick, Williams & Co. get some rest.
Tom O'Toole: Apparently Paulus is making some plays in practice, like precision passes, that Coach K says he hasn't seen in a while. And he's had a few guys who can play.
Erick Smith: You make a good point about Paulus. The point guard spot is definitely the biggest area of concern. Dockery hasn't been great in his first three years. And when he went down last year, J.J. Redick was forced to handle the ball a lot. At least they finally have some depth so guys are not playing 35-40 minutes each game. It seemed they wore down late in the year.
Jeff Zillgitt: Yes, depth was a problem for them at the end of last season, though Krzyzewski did not want to admit that at the time
Tim Gardner: The scary part is if Josh McRoberts is as good as the Dukies think he can be, then I don't see much stopping them from cutting down the nets.
Tom O'Toole: Actually, I'm just getting juiced for the field hockey tournament. My school Wake Forest is going for an unprecedented fourth straight title.



North Carolina reloads with top-rated men's class

Defending men's national champion North Carolina is nowhere to be found in the polls after losing its top seven players from the title team, but if the Tar Heels' recruiting haul is an indication, their absence will be only temporary. (Recruiting roundup: Texas starts off signings)
UNC has received commitments from three top-10 players and three other solid prospects to rise to the top of the nation's recruiting classes.

Point guard Tywon Lawson of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) leads the parade and is joined by 6-9 forward Brandan Wright of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy and 6-4 guard Wayne Ellington of Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa.

Also heading for Chapel Hill: Deon Thompson, a 6-8 forward from Torrance, Calif.; Alex Stepheson, a 6-8 forward from North Hollywood, Calif.; and William Graves, a 6-5 wing from Greensboro, N.C.

"It was important for (coach) Roy Williams to get a class this good coming off the national championship in April," said analyst Bob Gibbons of All Star Sports Report. "After losing seven players, the cupboard was bare. They were able to sign three frontline players, complementing a great backcourt that can play right away."

Ohio State coach Thad Matta also signed a highly regarded class, including Greg Oden, the 7-foot center from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis who was USA TODAY's player of the year last season. (Related item: Oden chooses Ohio State)

He'll be joined on the Buckeyes by his teammate, point guard Mike Conley. The pair led Lawrence North to a 24-2 record a year ago and the school's second consecutive Class 4A state championship.

Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar's Daequan Cook, a 6-5 guard, and Cleveland native David Lighty, a 6-5 guard, are also headed for Ohio State, as is 6-9 Othello Hunter from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.

Oden, however, is expected to be NBA-bound after next season. "Greg Oden makes this class very special, but they'll only have him one year," Gibbons said.

Among women's programs, Southern California landed the premier class. It included Jacki Gemelos, 5-10, of St. Mary's in Stockton, Calif.; Hailey Dunham, 6-1, from Winward in Los Angeles; Morghan Medlock, 6-0, from Narbonne in Harbor City, Calif., and Aarika Hughes, 6-1, from Southridge in Beaverton, Ore.

"USC was coming off a good season, and to follow it up with the top recruiting class will have them knocking on the door of national prominence," said analyst Dan Olson of All-Star Girls Report. "Getting a highly rated player like Jacki Gemelos is a dramatic step forward."


Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), No. 1 in the Super 25 final boys rankings last season, had four players sign: 6-0 Tywon Lawson (North Carolina), 6-7 Jeff Allen (Virginia Tech), 6-10 Albert Jackson (Georgia) and 6-61/2 Landon Milbourne (Maryland). ... Austin Freeman, a 6-5 junior at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), said Wednesday that he would sign next year with Georgetown. DeMatha coach Mike Williams said Freeman's early decision will relieve him of non-stop phone calls and letters he receives daily. "Austin wasn't able to be a normal student-athlete at DeMatha. He was overwhelmed by the schools," Williams said. ... Abi Olajuwon, a 6-3 center at Marlborough School (Los Angeles), signed with Oklahoma. She is the daughter of Hakeem Olajuwon, formerly of the Houston Rockets and University of Houston.



UConn-bound Charles has 'great years ahead'

NEW YORK — Tina Charles charged down the court on a fast break, took a pass at the free throw line and threw down a one-handed dunk. The signature moment, against Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic, came last January, when the 6-4 Charles was a junior at Christ the King (Queens, N.Y.) High School.

"She doesn't understand how special a player she is," Charles' coach, Bob Mackey says.
By Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

Teammate Kelly Barrett braced for it by clutching her seat on the sideline.

"I knew what was coming," Barrett says. "The whole team was excited. Even people from Red Bank stood and cheered."

Even for the well-grounded Charles, considered the nation's top player this season, the dunk was a thrill. She averaged 21.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots as a junior. Her Royals (27-0) won the New York State Federation Class AA championship.

"I always hoped it (the dunk) would raise the awareness of the women's game," she says. "Unfortunately, the girls don't get enough recognition in this sport."

Charles hopes to help change that next season when she plays for the University of Connecticut; she signed Wednesday.

Christ the King coach Bob Mackey is impressed by Charles' ability: "She doesn't understand how special a player she is. Tina's a big, quick post player who can beat the defender off the dribble. She's only 17 with many great years ahead."

Last June, Charles was selected to participate in the USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival, an international training ground for the nation's top 34 seniors in Colorado Springs. Charles' team was 3-2, good for the bronze medal, but she topped all players in scoring (21 points a game) and rebounding (13.4).

Analysts "labeled her the franchise back in the eighth grade," says Gameball Magazine's Winston Kelly, who has scouted her since the seventh grade. "It was the first time I saw a female player whose skills reminded me of Kevin Garnett. She possessed a fadeaway jumper like K.G., handled the ball deftly in the open court and had the ability at a young age to dribble end to end."

Charles relishes comparisons to the Minnesota Timberwolves' great. "That means I'm not a one-dimensional player," she says.

Last season she had an opportunity to meet Garnett when the Timberwolves played at Madison Square Garden. "He gave me a big hug," she says.

Charles chose Connecticut over Duke and Rutgers. She is the first player from Christ the King to sign with the Huskies since Sue Bird during the 1998-99 season. "Tina will be the next face of women's basketball," Kelly says.

Mackey says Charles is a natural fit for Connecticut's up-tempo style and made a wise call by announcing her college intention early.

"Tina decided before going through the whole recruiting process, where she'd get plenty of phone calls and coaches asking her to visit their school," Mackey says.

Says Charles: "Coach (Geno) Auriemma told me, 'You'll earn minutes by working hard in practice.' That's fine by me."


Wednesday, November 09, 2005 

Pink Beach Volley ball

Summer Social Competitions

Season info
Dee Why
Brighton le Sands

Grab some friends and join our social competitions! We run 4 and 2-a-side leagues at Dee Why and Brighton le Sands.

Dee Why
The competitions at Dee Why are held during the evenings at our outdoor venue called Courtsportz. All games are played under lights. The address is 26 Campbell Ave Dee Why. Facilities include change rooms, kiosk, parking and a city bus stop out the front.

Brighton le Sands
Brighton le Sands is beautiful beach south of Sydney City on the foreshore Botany Bay (near the airport) It is beautiful flat beach with fine white sand. There are cafe's and shops nearby. This popularity of beach volleyball at this beach is growing everyday and we are excited about this! The courts are on Grand Parade, Brighton le Sands Beach, opposite the Novotel.

To register a team in our competitions all players in that team must be at least seasonal members ($15) or annual members ($50). You can become a member by clicking REGISTER HERE
Make sure you have your credit card handy. If you feel the need to speak to a human being about it, just call 1300 865 539 and our friendly (and often cheeky) staff will help you.

Need more detailed information? Click below.

Dee Why

Brighton le Sands

If you dont have a team click on Single Player Information.

Looks like rain?
SBVBL's wet weather procedure is as follows: if we have to cancel games we we will post a message at the top of this page and leave a message on our answering machine (call 1300 865 539) two hours before the start of the League.
To view the Bureau of Meteorology rain radar click here.

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