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Flowers ‘blossoming’ in second year as key reserve

first_imgIn a winter with what has felt like spring weather, sophomore guard Michael Flowers is blossoming into one of the top options coming off the bench for head coach Bo Ryan’s squad.”Right now he might be in the top-10 defensive players in the league,” Ryan said. “And offensively, his decision-making, his shot selection, and he’s feeling more confident now with his shot, that’s definitely improved too.”The goal-oriented Flowers says that while he may be a good defender now, he can always improve until he’s the best.”That is definitely a personal goal of mine,” Flowers said. “And it’s not a bad personal goal to have because if I do good that means that the team is doing good, but you know I just want to go out there and every time I step out on the court I want to produce for the team and I just want to make the team as successful as I possibly can.”Growing up dribbling a basketball around his house in Madison, the generally unselfish Flowers said playing in front of hometown fans weighed heavily on his decision to attend the University of Wisconsin — Madison and the chance to play for Ryan.”It’s the greatest thing in the world,” Flowers said. “I’m from around here and support and a lot of friendly faces and all, I mean if you’re comfortable, you’re going to have the potential to succeed.”Succeed he has, compiling 5.7 points per game, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists all while playing 24 minutes per contest. The Madison La Follette High graduate has appeared in all 20 games, and he is likely to play in tonight’s matchup against Illinois despite suffering a knee injury late in Saturday’s game against Michigan. “[Flowers] brings an intense competitive nature,” said Ryan. “Everyday at practice, diving for balls, taking charges, he just plays hard on every possession. And he does the same in the games — his intensity is always at a high level, he’s the student of the game, he’s gotten better in his decision making, in his reads, so it’s fun coaching guys who continually show that they have a passion for the game and that they want to get better and that’s Mike.”Even with all the positive impressions Flowers has made on his coaches with the intensity and mental toughness he brings to the court every night, he is hungry for more.”You know I’m never satisfied with my play,” Flowers said. “So you know, to crack the starting lineup is an individual goal that I’m working towards and it’s the best compliment that I can receive from the coaches and so I’m just trying to get the confidence up and have them trust me to be one of the five starters.”With more playing time have come higher expectations. Like the up-and-down game of basketball, the grind and pressure on Flowers can sometimes be too much to bear, so like many before him, Coach Ryan has helped him iron out the rough spots.”Bo Ryan has taught me to never have a bad day,” Flowers said. “As simple as that sounds, but it’s really hard to never have a bad day, I mean you face a lot of adversity out there on and off the court, you just have to handle it, and just the way you handle yourself and carry yourself about is really important. Plus, basketball is a big part of my life — I’m never going to get away from that.”When he’s not on the court, Flowers likes to, always with a basketball in hand, spend time with his family, listen to music, hang out and watch movies all at the same time. His favorite genre of movies is comedy.”If it’s funny, it’s funny no matter when it was made,” Flowers said. “I like, you know, ‘Old School.’ I like ‘Wedding Crashers,’ ‘Dodgeball,’ Ben Stiller movies, Vince Vaughn movies, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, all those great comedians, I like them all.”Being a man of a thousand facial expressions himself, Flowers said there’s only one comedian that can portray what he represents to his friends and family.”I’d have to go with Martin Lawrence,” Flowers said. “He’s the more physical funny comedians, makes faces, just his gestures is really hilarious.”Despite all the pressure of being a Division-I basketball player, the fun-loving Flowers loves the game and is always readying himself to ignite his team to victory.last_img read more

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Redondo still a fine pick

first_imgBAY LEAGUE: Hosley’s 100-yard interception return lifts Sea Hawks. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The final play of the first half did not go as Leuzinger intended it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Then again, it wasn’t exactly what Redondo anticipated, either. On a play that defined host Redondo’s 17-3 Bay League victory Friday night, senior Jason Hosley raced down the field and found himself in front of a gamble of a pass by Leuzinger quarterback Te’Shon Burton. Hosley intercepted the ball in the end zone as time expired in the half. He began a trek the other way, proceeding downfield with a slew of bodyguards, including three lead blockers who parted the way. His 100-yard interception return gave Redondo a 14-0 halftime lead and signified another step toward what Redondo hopes will be a league championship. In other ways, Hosley’s interception reflected how first-place Redondo has remained the only undefeated team in the Bay League. A different night. A different hero. Or in this case, a pack of Sea Hawks making certain that Hosley completed the play that broke Leuzinger’s hopes. “I definitely think (the interception) picked us up,” Hosley said. “It was a big momentum shift because our offense was slow. Once we got the interception, it really boosted our team. I wouldn’t have had it without the blocking.” Hosley intercepted the pass about 1 yard in the end zone, but high school rules mandate that any interception returned for a touchdown from anywhere in the end zone is ruled a 100-yard return. Cyke Penn made the first block, about 20 yards upfield, allowing Hosley to make his first move. About 15 yards later, Nick Jones threw a second block that provided more running space. Finally lineman Kyle Sharman added the final blow, putting a Leuzinger defender on the turf along the Redondo sideline at midfield. ” Redondo (5-3, 3-0) didn’t exactly rack up the yardage against a fairly solid Leuzinger defense. But it made three key plays to account for all its offense and further solidify itself as a team that can win behind more than one person in more than one way. “It’s different people each week,” Hosley said. “We all just want to come out and make plays. We have one goal – to be Bay League champions.” Redondo isn’t there yet. It must face Palos Verdes (5-2-1, 2-1) and Mira Costa (2-5-1, 0-2-1) in its final two league games. It was a confidence builder for Redondo to win after a victory the previous week at West Torrance, as the Sea Hawks showed consistency and avoided second-guessing. “It was very important to play well after West, because some people thought that it was a fluke,” Hosley said. “We had to come out and play well and I think we did.” It wasn’t a dominating effort. Redondo had only 163 yards of offense. Richie Hoover’s diving catch of Wilson’s pass in the second quarter gave Redondo a 6-0 lead with 10:04 to play. The only other offense Redondo generated was Nick Diaz’s 35-yard field goal in the third quarter. Leuzinger’s only points came from Gyasi Zardes’ 33-yard field goal in the third quarter. Leuzinger was frustrated by 14 penalties for 100 yards. The Olympians also had a fourth-quarter touchdown pass nullified by a penalty. Trumell Mitchell led Leuzinger with 79 yards rushing on . Leuzinger played strong defense, limiting Redondo running back Hayward Gray to 83 yards . Still, Redondo found a way to win in league again. “Right when he made the interception, I thought he was going to get tackled,” Redondo quarterback Erik Wilson said. “All of the sudden, (Hosley) started juking people. Sharman made an intense hit. The guy was gone. All three guys threw great blocks. (5-3, 1-2) 13 carries on 15 carries Redondo continues to forge a reputation as a team that learns from enough of its mistakes to minimize the same kind of errors the following week. “This team is pretty disciplined this year,” Gray said. “We want to win Bay League, but the way we’re going to do it is to go back, look at the last game, and start looking at the next game.” That outlook has worked thus far for the Sea Hawks, as they gather for another push up the field. “Every guy,” Gray said, “contributes every night.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Italys Mount Etna could be collapsing into the sea

first_imgFelix Gross By Sid PerkinsOct. 10, 2018 , 2:00 PM Italy’s Mount Etna could be collapsing into the seacenter_img For decades, scientists have known that the southeastern slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano on the eastern shore of Sicily in Italy, are shifting toward the sea about 2 or 3 centimeters each year. Now, they have a better idea of why this is happening, and it’s making them worried.In a new study, scientists gathered data from seafloor instruments that allowed them to track the movement of the volcano’s submarine slopes over time. For most of the 15-month period they studied, nothing happened. But during an 8-day period in May 2017, Mount Etna’s southeastern flank moved 4 centimeters to the east, the researchers report online today in Science Advances.That’s a much larger movement than has been recorded on land, suggesting the southeastern flank of the volcano is collapsing under its own weight. There’s no telling whether, or when, this slow-motion landslide will really let loose, but the researchers note that sudden slumps of undersea material have created locally devastating tsunamis in other parts of the world.last_img read more

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