Sunday, April 26, 2015

Best explanation of what the temperature felt like today in Broward County.

Ransom Everglades Alumna Johnson Dominates

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NCAA BOUND! Princeton Knocks Off #11 Indiana to Capture CWPA Championship

By: Princeton Athletic CommunicationsRelease: 04/26/2015

PRINCETON, N.J. – For the third time in four seasons, the 12th-ranked Princeton University women's water polo team laid claim to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) crown, ousting defending champion Indiana University in a thriller at DeNunzio Pool, 7-6.

Having dropped seven-straight match-ups (including two by one goal this season) to the 11th-ranked Hoosiers since a 10-5 win in 2007, Princeton avenged last year’s 11-10 setback against Indiana in the CWPA finale. Winning their fourth CWPA championship, the Tigers earned the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Anchoring the Tigers’ defensive efforts, Ashleigh Johnson recorded 17 saves, surpassing CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Goga Vukmirovic (990) for the most career saves in program history. Now with 1,003 saves, Johnson is the only player in Princeton women’s water polo history to stop at least 1,000 shots.

Netting four goals, Ashley Hatcher upped her season total to 78, while moving into fifth-place on the program’s career charts (194). Emily Smith and Haley Wan accounted for the Tigers’ other three scores.

After Pippa Temple hit the left post just inside of the six-minute mark of the opening period, Wan took advantage of an Indiana exclusion, staking the Tigers to a 1-0 lead. Coming right back, the HoosiersKelly Matthews netted the equalizer at 4:30.

Approaching the three-minute mark, Hatcher took advantage of another Indiana exclusion, netting her 74th goal of the season. Once again pulling the Hoosiers even, Matthews put away her second of the contest to make it 2-2.

Forcing Johnson to make a lunging save at the far post and another stop from point-blank range, Indiana looked to take its first lead early in the second quarter. Successfully converting a 5-meter penalty, Matthews did just that, putting the Hoosiers up 3-2.

Once again tested inside of the five-minute mark, Johnson turned away another good Indiana scoring opportunity before starting a Princeton counter. Racing forward with numbers, Smith rifled a shot into the Hoosier cage at 4:16 to momentarily tie it at 3-3. Retaking the lead, Indiana corralled a rebound in front before putting it away with 2:04 left in the half.  

Winning possession early in the third, Hatcher wasted little time pulling Princeton even, putting her first shot of the period into the left corner of the Hoosier net. Drawing a Princeton exclusion, Indiana regained the lead, recording the go-ahead goal at 5:13. With less than two minutes to go in the quarter, Smith picked an opportune time to notch her second of the game, beating Indiana goalie Mary Campbell on the near post to make it 5-5.

Going on the offensive, Hatcher helped the Tigers go back on top with a goal at 6:55. Racing forward on a counter-attack moments later, Hatcher again beat Campbell, giving Princeton its first two-goal lead of the final. Candyce Schroeder brought Indiana back within one with a goal at 2:23, but that was as close as the Hoosiers would get with the Orange and Black doing just enough down the stretch to lock-up the victory.

Johnson, Hatcher and Jessie Holechek each earned a spot on the CWPA All-Tournament first team for their efforts, while Taylor Dunstan was named to the second team. Hatcher had eight goals, four steals and three assists in three CWPA games, while Dunstan and six goals and four helpers. Holechek collected four helpers, while Johnson finished with 29 saves and a 0.725 save percentage.

Goals: Hatcher 4, Smith 2, Wan 1
Assists: Holechek 3, Dunstan 2, Hallock 1
Steals: Hatcher 3, Wan 2, Temple 1, Holechek 1, Smith 1
Ejections Drawn: Hatcher 3, Holechek 2, Dunstan 1, Lapkin 1, Hallock 1
Blocks: Smith 1
Saves: Johnson 17

Old School

Photo of Petre "The Bear" Mshvenieradze who played water polo for the Russian team in the 1952, 1956, & 1960 Summer Olympic Games.


These dried strawberries might be better than Twizzlers?!?!

Not everyone has access to a dehydrator but not to worry, your oven and a few tips will result in some deliciously tasty dried strawberries.

This isn’t an exact recipe because there are many variables that impact cook time and final out come. You just have to experiment a bit until you get it right using your own oven.
The size and ripeness of the berries, how thin they are sliced, the consistency of your oven temp. and even relative humidity of your climate can all play a role in how your berries turn out.  Some will take longer to dehydrate than others so keep a close eye on them.
Dried strawberrries can make a great snack to satisfy a craving for something sweet. Just like most fruits they do contain a lot of  sugar so should be eaten in moderation and my diabetic readers should consider how much sugar they’ve had throughout the day before opting for these.


Two Pints Of Fresh Strawberries


Rinse fresh strawberries
Remove stems
Slice the berries so that they are about 1/4″ thick
Spread berries flat on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
Place them in the oven using low heat. I use 200 -210 F
Turn on oven’s hood vent and crack the oven door to allow moisture to escape
Keep a close eye on your berries but I usually cook mine for about 3 and a half hours
When they appear to be mostly dried, remove from oven and allow then to cool
Use a spatula to carefully remove the dried berries (some will still be a bit sticky)


Be sure to wait until berries are completely cooled.
Can be stored in zipped plastic bag or sealed jars.
Best to store in a dark, dry location at about 60 degrees F

They can be stored in the fridge but when removed there may be some condensation and become stickier but still tasty.
Hope you enjoy this project and the delicious dried strawberries. They are a perfect treat for the kids as an alternative to candy too.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Girls Florida High School State Champs: Ransom Everglades

Two Articles On State Champs Belen

***from South Florida High School

Belen Takes Down Aquinas, Wins Water Polo Crown

In sports it’s said that losses leave a “bitter taste” in the mouths of the defeated.
Belen Jesuit got that sour taste out of its mouth Saturday when it defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 14-9 to win the boys water polo championship at the Ransom Everglades Aquatic Center.
The Wolverines (27-1) last won the water polo crown in 2009, but collectively said Saturday’s victory was sweeter because it came over St. Thomas Aquinas – the team that defeated Belen in the 2013 state title game.
Belen senior Ryan Guso, who said after Friday’s state semifinal that he was anticipating going up against Aquinas, left his fingerprints all over Saturday’s game with a game-high six goals.
“This is sweet,” Guso began. “This is something that I’ve been dreaming of for the past four years…seven years really since I’ve been on varsity. It hurt us in 2013 when we lost, so it means a lot to beat [St. Thomas Aquinas] today.”
The game was intense from the onset; partly from the loud near-capacity crowd but mostly from the familiarity between Aquinas and Belen. The two squared off twice in 2015 before Saturday’s final. They split the meetings, with each team claiming a two-point victory – both team’s only loss in 2015.
“They video tape all of our games and we watch all of their games. We know everything about them and they know everything about us so it was tough,” Guso said.
The teams traded goals early for most of the first period, playing to a 3-3 tie with 1:33 left after Parker Strickman made a bouncing shot into the left side of the net.
Belen then ended the first period by scoring three unanswered goals, the first two goals by Alexander Alepuz and Pablo Kurzan respectively, then Guso went on a personal 3-0 run to put the Wolverines ahead 8-3 with 2:39 left in the first half.
That second quarter surge ended up being the difference in the game.
St. Thomas Aquinas (24-2) threatened in the third quarter, cutting Belen’s lead down to 10-8 after an Eric Goldenberg goal. But that would be as close as the Raiders would get as Belen scored the final three goals of the game.
Kurzan scored three goals for Belen, while Alepuz and Santiago Nunez each finished with two goals.
Defensively, Belen was able to keep Aquinas’ UCLA-bound star Goldenberg in check. Goldenberg finished with four goals Saturday and said that his team didn’t do the necessary things to win the game.
“Today we ended up making more mistakes and [Belen] countered on most of them,” Goldenberg said. “[Belen] did deserve to win this game. It looked like they were more prepared to win this game and they played with no fear. It takes nothing away from our season though. I’m done, but hopefully the young guys can keep it going [at St. Thomas Aquinas].”
Strickman also netted four goals for the Raiders and Robert Schulte scored a goal.

****from the Miami Herald:

Ryan Guso, Santiago Nunez lead Belen Jesuit to second state title in boys’ water polo

As sixth-graders just starting in Belen Jesuit’s water polo program, Ryan Guso and Santiago Nunez each remembered what it was like to be a part of the school’s only other state championship water polo team.
After a six-year wait, the two Belen stars, now seniors, recaptured the feeling by leading the Wolverines to another.
Guso scored a game-high six goals and Nunez had two to lead Belen to a 14-9 win over Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday afternoon at Ransom Everglades.
It was Belen’s first state championship since 2009 in what was its third state finals appearance.
“This all started seven years ago when me and Ryan said ‘let’s play water polo and make a name for ourselves at this school,’ ” Nunez said. “It was a mountain to climb but we knew there would be obstacles. It was fitting that it would be Aquinas in the final. As a competitor, that’s what you look forward to, and you want to beat the best.”
For Belen (26-1), it was also the end of a two-year wait for payback against an Aquinas team that defeated it for the 2013 state title.
The Raiders (25-2) captured their lone state title that season, and made their fourth consecutive appearance in the final and were led by senior Eric Goldenberg and sophomore Parker Strickman, who each had four goals.
“Getting here four finals in a row is an accomplishment, but it’s not everything,” St. Thomas coach Michael Goldenberg said. “The experience in this atmosphere playing under pressure and being yelled at by rude fans is an experience all its own and will help these kids.”
Belen’s and St. Thomas’ only losses during the season came against each other.
When both teams were placed on opposite sides of the championship bracket, Nunez said it gave Belen added motivation.
“I love this and I wouldn’t want to end it any other way,” Guso said. “We became a cohesive unit throughout the season and this time we played as a team.”
After both teams traded goals for most of the first quarter, Belen secured control of the match by scoring five unanswered to take an 8-3 lead with two minutes to go in the second. Guso keyed the run with three of the five goals, and Pablo Kurzan and Alexander Alepuz scored the first two.
Aquinas battled back as Goldenberg provided scoring and assists to help it draw within two goals first at 10-8 and later at 11-9 with 53 seconds left in the third quarter.
But Belen’s defense kept Aquinas continually misfiring in the fourth quarter as the Raiders went scoreless in the final period.
“We had opportunities and we just didn’t convert on them,” Michael Goldenberg said. “There’s not much else to say.”
Belen’s journey was rewarding for the extra effort it took a squad that needed to find alternate sites to practice without a regulation-size pool on campus.
Belen coach Jimmy Aguilera expressed his pride in his players and gratitude for the people involved in supporting the team, including former Belen coach Julio Lopez, who passed away from cancer in 2011. Lopez was influential in restarting the water polo program at the school.
An emotional Aguilera — who was part of a world championship team while coaching in Cuba before coming to Miami and coaching Belen the past four seasons — said this was even more special.
“These kids sacrificed every day and we made finding a way to win this game a goal each and every day,” Aguilera said. “We dedicate this win to all the people like Lopez and all our parents for supporting this team.”

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