"E" WINS FLIGHT..FINISHED THIRD IN NCAA DISCUS FINALS
Louisville track and field coach Dale Cowper has been impressed with Emmonnie Henderson's discus improvement this season. She threw for a personal best and beat the UofL record for the toss Saturday in the NCAA Championships at Hawyard Field in Eugene, OR. "E" sent the discus 58.34m (191-5) to edge out Tera Novy (USC) by two inches for third place in the finals.
The second set of flights had the first, second and fourth best throws of the day...Henderson had the best toss in the first flight and led by seven feet before the winning toss of Shelbi Vaughn of Texas A&M of 61.29m (201-5). Kelsey Card (Wisconsin) got second with a throw of 59.38m (194-10).
The throw by Henderson was good enough to qualify her for the U.S. Championships that take place in a couple of weeks in Eugene, OR. She has improved almost 50 feet in the discus toss since the season began.
Congratulations to Emmonnie for capturing the bronze in the NCAA Championships!
WALZ SKILLS CAMP BRINGS THEM IN
A check of the roster yesterday at the June 13th. Louisville Basketball Elite Camp show 87 participants. While watching the Cardinal Arena facility action, I noticed several numbers not on the roster...so who knows how many 9-12 grade high school girls actually took part in the action.
I arrived in time to catch some of the first round scrimmages...prior to my arrival the girls had already been through introductions, warm ups, full court drills, ball handling and passing stations. I limited my viewing to Cardinal Arena and spent time watching scrimmages and the drills and work with the "bigs" in attendance.
During the scrimmages I saw, I was impressed with:
- Oneisha Turner (2016- Bowling Green, KY) a talented paint player with size and a good inside game.
- Amber Thompson (2016 - Dyer County, TN guard/wing) with a nice three point shot.
- Minyon Moore (2016 - Salesian, CA) Mariya's little sister has big time game...shoots well and hustles all over the court.
Ellie Davenport (St. Francis, KY), Jazmine Jones (Tallahassee, FL) and Deja Cage (Fenwick Academy, IL) were Class of 2016 attendees who also caught my eye.
Owensboro H.S. (KY) really believes in the event...they brought a total of 14 listed players. There were a dozen or so participants from the Louisville area.
Four to watch in the future? I'll toss these names out.
- Michaela Bethel (2017 - Broken Arrow, OK). A very soft shot inside and good moves in the paint for a girl who could probably lose 20-30 pounds.
- Sydney Kidd (2017 - Wartburg Central, TN). All over the court and would be interesting to have "Syd the Kid Brackemyer" and Sydney Kidd both on the UofL roster, right?
-Antoniette Mussorici (2018- St Pius X, Kansas City, MO) Aggressive guard who gets out on the break and passes well in transition.
- Blair Green (2018 - Harlan Co. KY) Goes to the boards well, runs the court well and smooth shot.
Cardinals helping with the camp (that I saw) were Mariya
Moore, Sydney Brackemyer, Arica Carter, Cortnee Walton and recent graduate Shawnta' Dyer. Moore, Walton and Syd were active in the skill drills with the "bigs" and showed no mobility problems after sitting out last year.
Syd is a born coach, working with the younger girls on positioning, ball placement and foot movement.
My two hours at Cardinal Arena were fun. Best moment?
Samantha Williams stops both scrimmages taking place and informs the participants:
""I'm seeing way too much dribbling and not enough passing. I assure you the balls have plenty of air in them. Ten dribbles in the half court set are too many! Involve your teammates! "
Our Saturday show should be posted today at the Crescent Hill Radio SoundCloud. We burned Sam in the quiz and got into a great discussion on the top UofL WBB players of all time. Sam and I chose a "all-time Walz team" and the results may surprise you. Link below:
CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR