Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA gymnastics team took to the mats at Springers Gymnastics Center on Sunday for the final home competition of the season.Eighteen of the 26 DEFY gymnasts who competed in a dual meet with the Old Town and Orono YMCAs qualified for the YMCA Regional Championships, which will take place in Amherst, Mass., in May.“We had an incredible meet,” said DEFY coach Doug Springer. “We keep seeing the girls getting better and better, which of course, is what you want to see as the season goes on.”Six DEFY gymnasts placed first all-around: Aliyah Washburn and Molly Jennings at Level 3; Lily James at Level 4; Syra Gutow at Level 5; Gilly Rice at Level 7; and Mary Lou Ross at Excel Platinum.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We really try to have the girls peak at the state meet, and we’re right on track,” Springer said. “This meet with Old Town was great because Old Town has such a strong program. It was good to have the girls see some of their toughest competition.”Twenty-four DEFY gymnasts won individual events: Aliyah Washburn, first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Kaela Springer and Violet Davis, first on vault; Molly Jennings, first on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Lily James, first on vault and balance beam; Ellie Kane and Elena Springer, first on vault; Megynn Lord, first on balance beam; Riley Crowley, first on uneven bars; Syra Gutow, first on vault, uneven bars and balance beam; Grace Morey, first on floor exercise; Paige Butler, first on uneven bars; Rachel Whitmore, first on vault; Jialan Deal, first on balance beam; and Mary Lou Ross, first on balance beam and floor exercise.“Coming off the mini-state meet we had two weeks ago, this was an even better reminder that we still have work to do,” Springer said. “It was great to see our girls focus on those problem areas we’ve addressed in the gym.”Down East Family YMCA gymnast Syra Gutow hits 180 degrees on her switch-leap at Sunday’s dual-meet with Old Town and Orono at Springers Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth. Gutow won her Level 5 age group. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMeet Results:Level 3: ages 8-9Aliyah Washburn – 2nd VT, 1st UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AAKaela Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AAViolet Davis – 1st VT, 2nd BB, 3rd, FX, 3rd AAEliza Levin – 3rd UB, 4th AALevel 3: ages 10-12Molly Jennings – 1st on VT, UB, BB, FX, and AANina Rozeff – 2nd VT, 4th AAJolie Deal – 3rd BB, 5th AAKasey Jordan – 6th AALevel 4: ages 8-9Lily James – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 1st AAGenevieve Muise – 3rd VT, 2nd FX, 4th AAMercedes Ulichny – 2nd BB, 5th AAKiera Springer – 9th AA Level 4: ages 10-12Ellie Kane – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd AAMegynn Lord – 3rd VT, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAElena Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 8-10Riley Crowley – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 2nd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 11+Syra Gutow – 1st VT, UB, BB, 2nd Fx, 1st AAKajsa Brown-Morison – 3rd, VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 7Gilly Rice – 1st VT, UB, BB, FX, AAExcel SilverGrace Morey – 2nd VT, 3rd BB, 1st FX, 2nd AAPaige Butler – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 3rd BB, 3rd AARachel Whitmore – 1st VT, 3rd FX, 4th AABrooke Davis – 2nd BB, 6th AAExcel GoldJialan Deal- 2nd VT, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AADezirae Zaman – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAExcel PlatinumMary Lou Ross – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AA Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio
Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanNo. 22-ranked USC had no answer for Oregon’s senior transfer quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns on his way to leading the No. 23-ranked Ducks past the Trojans, 48-28, at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Adams completed 20 of his 25 passes, and his six touchdowns is the most any USC team has ever allowed in a single game.“Tremendous football player. We knew we would have to get him on the ground and we just didn’t get him on the ground enough,” said interim head coach Clay Helton, who drops to 4-2 at the helm this season. “Credit to him, I have a lot of respect for the young man.”The Ducks’ victory (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) gave them their fifth consecutive victory, while it also snapped USC’s (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) four-game winning streak. Playing without two starting linebackers in freshman Cameron Smith and senior Lamar Dawson, who are both out with season-ending injuries, the Trojans defense gave up 578 yards of total offense to the Ducks.“Obviously it was unacceptable and disappointing, and we got to go fix it,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said after the game.The USC offense posted 424 total yards, which was aided by the efforts of junior running back Justin Davis, who rushed for 141 yards on 16 carries, good enough for an average of just under nine yards per carry.Adams connected with different receivers on each of his six touchdowns, as the USC secondary struggled to contain the explosive Ducks passing game , which averaged a little over 20 yards per completion. It was balanced by the legs of running back Royce Freeman, who rushed for 147 of Oregon’s 171 yards yards on the ground.USC fell behind early after Adams and redshirt junior receiver Bralon Addison hooked up for a 48-yard touchdown pass that gave the Ducks an early 7-0 lead. Redshirt junior Cody Kessler and the USC offense tied the game with a 27-yard touchdown strike to junior wide out Darreus Rogers. Kessler threw for two touchdowns, while completing 30 of his 41 passes for 238 yards.“They were getting pressure on me but at the end of the day, we’ve got to make our plays,” Kessler said. “It’s on all of us.”Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanOregon didn’t waste any time on the ensuing drive, scoring on its first play after Adams hit tight end Evan Balylis for a 52-yard score.After Kessler threw a 12-yard score to freshman Tyler Petite for the first touchdown of his USC career, which tied the game at 14 early in the second quarter, the flood gates opened. The Ducks scored 24 consecutive points, including 17 to close out the first half, to take a 38-14 with 11:35 remaining in the third quarter. In the first half alone, Adams threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns.Facing its largest deficit of the season, USC attempted to battle back, beginning with a 12-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Ronald Jones II. The comeback would continue after sophomore Adoree’ Jackson notched his first punt return for a touchdown this season, running it back 41 yards to the house to cut the lead to just 10 heading into the final quarter.Down 38-28 early in the fourth, Kessler and the Trojans were driving with the opportunity to trim the lead to just one score before Kessler was sacked and fumbled. The Ducks recovered and Adams threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Charles Nelson to essentially put the game away for Oregon.Though the fumble was USC’s only turnover of the game, mistakes hindered the Trojans all game long. The team committed 12 penalties for 124 yards.“We made enough mistakes,” Helton said. “It was not a good day and that is my responsibility as a head coach.”The team got a scare when sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Smith-Schuster, who underwent surgery to repair a broken hand earlier this season, stayed in the game and said he was fine postgame.Despite falling to the Ducks in the two teams’ first meeting since 2012, the Trojans were on the receiving end of some good news after the game. Crosstown rival UCLA had just defeated No.18-ranked Utah, 17-9, which meant that USC stills control their own destiny in the race for a Pac-12 South title.USC and UCLA will go head to head in their annual rivalry game with a Pac-12 South crown on the line next Saturday at the Coliseum.“I never though we’d be in that situation after losing a game,” said redshirt junior offensive tackler Chad Wheeler.The Trojans have not defeated the Bruins since 2011, but they will be looking to change that with the high stakes of this year’s game. The winner of next week’s game earns a trip to play in the 2015 Pac-12 Championship Game in Santa Clara the following week.