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first_imgAs a rule, she said, an outer shell of washable nylon or polyester is more likely to repelwater after cleaning and is less likely to tear than one of 100 percent cotton or amicrofiber. Parkas may have a drawstring at the waist or the bottom. Both keep warm air in andcold air out. Drawstrings on the outside, Hibbs said, are easier to use than those on theinside. And the next few weeks aren’t a bad time to buy one. “The best cuffs are snug, knitted and tucked under a longer sleeve,” she said. “Theykeep out the cold and fit comfortably over gloves.” “As the winter wears on, parkas will be going on sale,” said Judy Hibbs, a family andconsumer scientist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “The selectionwon’t be as good as in the fall. But you can get some good buys.” * Thicker fill is warmer. That’s true whether the filling is costly down or inexpensivepolyester, Hibbs said. “Some parkas have a zip-out liner,” Hibbs said. “You can wear the liner alone, theshell alone or both.” “Parkas that must be dry-cleaned tend to lose their water-repelling ability sooner thanthose that are washed,” Hibbs said. * Make sure it’s roomy enough to allow for layers of clothing. “Men’s or unisex parkas may be too large for small women,” Hibbs said. “But theirextra-long sleeves are an advantage for tall women. The longer the parka, the morebody it covers. All other factors being equal, the more body it covers, the warmeryou’ll be.” These hooded, pullover garments have long been prized in more frozen climates. Overtime, parkas’ popularity has spread southward into places like Georgia. Georgia winters aren’t exactly arctic. But February winds often have enough of an icyedge to make you wish for a warm new parka. Most parkas have a cargo pocket on each side that opens from the top and ahand-warmer pocket that opens from the side. “An angled hand-warmer pocket is easierto use than one with a vertical opening,” she said.center_img Other features can affect how happy you’ll be with your new parka. A hood that rolls up and stores in the parka’s collar can be convenient, she said, if itdoesn’t make the collar too bulky. Hoods that zip on and off are more convenient thatthose attached by snaps. With catalog parkas, use temperature designations as a rough guide to makecomparisons within the same company. “This method won’t work when comparing parkas from different catalog companies,since the terminology is rarely the same,” Hibbs said. “If you’re in a store considering parkas, fluff them up and compare the fillingthickness,” she said. “Those that have the most loft and are the longest should be thewarmest.” * Decide how much warmth you need. Take into account the climate, how sensitiveyou are to cold and what you’ll be doing when you wear it. But there are so many styles and makes of parkas. How do you know which is best foryou? * How it’s cleaned has a lot to do with how long a parka will stay water-repellent. Hibbs has some tips to help you decide. “Generally, the warmer the parka, the better,” she said. “You can always unzip ajacket if you’re too warm. But you may not be able to add layers if you get chilled.” A zipper with a double row of stitching on each side is best, she said. An oversizedzipper tab is easy to grasp even when you’re wearing gloves or mittens.last_img read more

first_imgWhen those kids are younger, it can be a challenge. (WBNG) — With kids out of school due to the COVID-19 crisis, many parents are finding themselves being a teacher and a parent. “I’ve learned a lot about my child and how that he can read like a champ things like that that you don’t see at home you only see in school, so if you’re not in the classroom you don’t usually get to see that,” she says. “Knowing that he likes construction I can take construction trucks and put it in front of him while he’s learning adding and subtracting,” she says. “You just drive a car away if you’re subtracting,” “The first few days I think my son thought it was kind of like a game and he was all for it,” she says. “Then the next week was when it kind of spiraled a bit and I had to figure out what the best way for him to learn was.” On the other hand Tiffany stresses that mother-son relationship does have it’s drawbacks when it’s time to learn. “I think the biggest challenge is trying to keep him on the view of I’m not just his mom anymore I’m his teacher and he tries to get away with a lot,” she says. For her son that means less time sitting at a desk and more time outside using play as a vehicle for learning. center_img She says while the basis of that learning still comes from his homeroom teacher, one of the biggest benefits of homeschooling is that she is able to tailor the rest specifically to her own child. “I’m actually training to be a school teacher,” she says. Despite the challenges that have come from homeschooling for the first time, Tiffany says as the two worlds blend together in a sense it provides clarity. Even so, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and schools close, the idea of homeschooling her own son who is in kindergarten was a concept new to both of them. Tiffany says her biggest piece of advice for other parents taking on the challenge of homeschooling young kids are drink coffee and be patient, she says this is just as new to them as it is to us. For Julie Tiffany of Deposit the idea of teaching younger kids isn’t a new one. last_img read more

first_img The report also echoes other recent proposals in calling for appointing one person to manage all the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But it does not call for splitting the FDA into separate food and drug agencies or for consolidating all federal food safety activities in a single agency. The recommendations include providing federal food safety block grants to states; setting up federally funded, regional outbreak response centers; establishing an interagency food safety leadership council; writing a model state and local food safety law; establishing protocols for managing multistate outbreaks; providing food traceability requirements; and establishing a food safety training institute, among other steps. Apr 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Part of the answer to the nation’s food safety troubles lies in strengthening state and local food safety efforts and better integrating them with federal activities, according to a new report prepared by academic experts in collaboration with state and local public health groups. In addition, Congress should direct HHS to put the management of all of the FDA’s food safety functions under one person with clear authority and responsibility for them, the document states. This proposal echoes one made by the Trust for America’s Health in a report released in March. Full text of report · Congress should set up a “Food Safety Leadership Council” to foster federal, state, and local collaboration in designing an integrated food safety system. The council would include top federal food safety officials and representatives of state and local agencies. It would oversee many of the other recommendations and monitor progress, among other tasks. Apr 17 press release about the report State and local agencies handle the great majority of government food safety activities, including inspecting more than a million restaurants and grocery stores, as well as many food processing plants, says the report. While this decentralization is a good thing, state and local agencies “are hampered by chronic underfunding, wide disparities in capacity and practice in all areas of food safety, and substantial legal, resource, and institutional barriers to collaboration,” it states. · Congress should direct the HHS secretary to cooperate with states in setting up a “National Foodborne Illness Data program.” The aim would be to better integrate efforts at all levels to generate and analyze the data needed to understand and prevent foodborne illness. Further, HHS should foster the use of best practices for outbreak response on the basis of the CIFOR guidelines and should set protocols for managing multistate outbreaks, the report states. It also recommends that Congress establish food traceability requirements so that officials can quickly obtain reliable information on the sources of commodities and ingredients. Describing the current food safety regulatory landscape, Taylor and David write that states conduct more than 80% of all inspections of nonretail food establishments (other than meat and poultry facilities inspected by the US Department of Agriculture). The majority of FDA inspections of food processing facilities are actually handled by the states under contracts with the FDA—about 10,500 inspections in fiscal year 2008. To shore up funding, Taylor and David say Congress should (1) authorize the FDA to set up a block grant program to support state and local capacity building and (2) establish a matching grant program to promote additional state and local improvement and innovation. Taylor and David wrote the report in collaboration with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, titled “Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation’s Food Safety System,” was written by Michael R. Taylor and Stephanie David of George Washington University. It offers a long list of recommendations for shoring up state and local food safety programs and harmonizing them with one another and federal efforts. A 1998 report by the National Academy of Sciences, “Ensuring Safe Food,” sounded the call for a more integrated food safety system, the report notes. Subsequently, the FDA and its state and local partners launched the National Food Safety System Project, which made important strides toward a more integrated food safety system between 1999 and 2002. But the project stalled in 2002 because of lack of funding. Recently, the push for improving food safety coordination has gathered new strength, the report says. In 2006, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its state and local counterparts founded the interagency Council for Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR). Last June CIFOR issued draft guidelines for responding to foodborne disease outbreaks. In other recommendations, the authors say: A shared visionThey write that federal, state, and local agencies have expanded their collaboration in some areas, especially illness surveillance and inspections, since the 1990s. Moreover, food safety officials today at all levels have “a widely shared vision of an integrated national food safety system that operates as a full partnership among federal, state, and local agencies.” But the authors say many changes are needed to fulfill that vision. The report comes in the wake of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella, including last summer’s illnesses tied to hot peppers from Mexico and the past winter’s episode blamed on peanut products from Peanut Corp. of America. The pepper-related outbreak pointed up weaknesses in governmental outbreak response, while the peanut-linked outbreak revealed breakdowns in prevention, Taylor and David note. Key findings and recommendations The report lays out 27 “key findings” on state and local food safety roles and activities, which provide the basis for the 19 recommendations. To improve outbreak response, the report suggests that HHS, working with the CDC, FDA, and state and local governments, set up a network of regional, federally funded outbreak response centers. With the aim of ensuring an integrated approach to outbreak response, the centers would be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of federal, state, and local specialists. · HHS should set up a “Food Safety Leadership and Training Institute” to promote a common vision for the national system and to build the skills and relationships needed to help the system succeed. States and localities should do their part by providing adequate and stable funding and should improve coordination of their own food safety activities, the report asserts. That should include providing a “focal point” for linking the state’s activities with the national system. See also: Further, state and local governments should join to develop and adopt a model state and local food safety law to parallel pending federal reforms, clarify state and local roles, and empower state and local agencies to cooperate with one another and with the federal government. Mar 25 CIDRAP News story “Policy group says FDA needs single food safety chief” First, the report says, Congress should give the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “a legislative mandate to lead the development of an integrated, national food safety system.”last_img read more

first_imgThree hundred drones took to the evening sky over the Han River in South Korea to dispense coronavirus prevention advice through a synchronized light display featuring images of hand-washing and social distancing.A horde of pin-point lights lifted into the air in military-like formation on Saturday before rearranging themselves to form the image of a white face mask, with red circles symbolizing the new virus which has led to almost 300 deaths in the country.The 10-minute display, organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, also showed images of medical workers in protective suits and messages of support including “#ThanksToChallenge” written above a hand cradling a another flashing a thumbs-up, in reference to a social media campaign encouraging people to express their gratitude to health staff. Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2020. Picture taken July 4, 2020. (REUTERS /Yonhap )The 900-gram drones employed real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite positioning with additional antennae to increase accuracy, said the Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology, which led the project.South Korea was praised for quickly containing its initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus but has recently experienced sporadic cases, such as from small gatherings at religious facilities and door-to-door sales practices outside Seoul.Asia’s fourth-largest economy reported 63 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 33 of which were imported.  Topics :last_img read more

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first_img Ireland got off to a shaky start, with keeper Aaron McCarey having to keep out a miscued third-minute header by team-mate Derrick Williams before Dutch skipper Alex Schalk hit the post with a deflected shot. But O’Brien set them on their way when he tapped home from Forde’s cross after it eluded the entire Netherlands defence. The teenager might have claimed a second with 22 minutes gone, but dragged his shot wide. However, he did not have to wait long to extend Ireland’s lead, turning home Everton defender Shane Duffy’s flick-on from a Forde free-kick. O’Brien hobbled off 11 minutes after the restart after falling awkwardly as he challenged for a high ball, but the game was effectively over seconds later when Forde was fouled by Stefano Denswil and he picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty. Substitute keeper Sean McDermott had to make an important save at the death to deny Joel Veltman a consolation goal but Ireland were worthy winners over a Dutch side who qualified for this summer’s Euro 2013 finals as group winners. The victory will give King’s men a massive boost in confidence as they prepare for the new qualifying campaign, which gets underway in the Faroe Islands in August. Press Association Debutant Aiden O’Brien claimed a double as Ireland Under-21s surged to an impressive 3-0 friendly victory over the Netherlands.center_img The 19-year-old Millwall striker scored twice before the break, firing his side ahead after 10 minutes and then increasing their advantage eight minutes before half-time. Wolves midfielder Anthony Forde completed the job when he converted a 57th-minute penalty to cap a second successive victory for Noel King’s side, who ended the qualifying campaign for the 2013 European Championships with a 4-2 win in Italy in September last year. read more

first_img Press Association Everton captain Phil Jagielka will not be rushed back to offset the injury to fellow central defender Sylvain Distin, according to manager Roberto Martinez. But the Toffees boss has always been adamant Jagielka will only return when he is 100 per cent. “Phil Jagielka has got his own programme and it is important that we follow that and we don’t rush him back,” he told evertontv. “He has been involved with the first team training now and that is a really good sign. “We want Phil back as quick as we can but not because we have got an injury with Sylvain. “We aren’t going to rush and do the wrong things in his individual programme. “Phil is going to be fully fit very soon and I do expect that he will probably be able to make the squad against Manchester City (on May 3) and that’s always been the plan. “I do believe that we will be able to reach that.” center_img Distin sustained a hamstring problem in last weekend’s win over Manchester United – the same complaint which has kept Jagielka sidelined since the end of February. If the French defender does not recover in time to face Southampton on Saturday Martinez will be left with just John Stones, who himself has been filling in for Jagielka, and Antolin Alcaraz – who has played just five times since making his debut in December following an injury-troubled season after his summer move from Wigan. last_img read more

first_imgEUROPA Manchester United has been boosted by the return of several injured players on the eve of their Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.Defender Eric Bailly trained wednesday despite limping out of Sunday’s draw with Swansea City.Chris Smalling and Phil Jones took part having missed nine games with a knee injury and broken toe respectively.Midfielder Paul Pogba returns from muscle fatigue, while Juan Mata could start after undergoing groin surgery.Manager Jose Mourinho faced the prospect of fielding midfielder Michael Carrick or 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe in central defence at Celta’s Estadio de Balaidos, but either Jones or Smalling will now likely feature alongside Bailly.United is bidding to win the Europa League for the first time and guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League in the process.This will be the English team’s first meeting with Celta, who sits 11th in La Liga and has lost its last three matches.Mourinho’s side, by contrast, is unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions.The second leg is on May 11 at Old Trafford. The winners meet Ajax or Lyon at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday, May 24. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgJust five teams made it to the softball Section III Class AA playoffs, though regardless of the number or sides involved, the path to a championship involved trying to upend Cicero-North Syracuse.And it was Baldwinsville that would earn the right to topple the Northstars in the championship game, though it didn’t prove easy for the Bees to get there.In fact, no. 2 seed B’ville trailed no. 3 seed Syracuse late in Saturday’s sectional semifinal at Carrier Park, but woke up just in time to deliver the runs needed for an 8-3 victory. The Syracuse program, a combination of the city’s high schools, had struggled for a long time before 2019, when it went 10-4 in the regular season and contended within the Salt City Athletic Conference Empire division.Proving that this mark wasn’t a fluke, Syracuse didn’t get fazed when Mattison Phinney’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the first inning put the Bees in front 1-0 and Kayla Young made that slim margin hold early.In the top of the fifth, Syracuse got to Young, tying it 1-1 on Alyssa Mann’s RBI triple, then going in front when Young and her relief replacement, Taylor Tripodi, both threw wild pitches with runners on third, allowing them to score. Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSSoftballcenter_img Now it was B’ville’s turn to rally. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth and trailing 3-1, the Bees got an RBI single from Alyssa Dybacz before a pair of Syracuse errors brought the tying run home.So it was 3-3 going to the bottom of the sixth, when Syracuse’s defense again made a crucial error, which put Phinney on third, and Phinney scored the go-ahead run on Madison Ascioti’s single.Kaycee Hawk followed with an RBI single of her own to make it 5-3. Then, in order, Young doubled, Dybacz singled and Emma Johnson also singled, each of them bringing home three more B’ville runs.Tripodi kept Syracuse off the board in her last two innings of work,  and B’ville advanced to the sectional final against a C-NS team it beat 14-8 the last time they met early in May.Of course, the Northstars remembered that defeat and were bent on avenging it. First, though, it had to get past Fayetteville-Manlius in its sectional semifinal at Carrier Park – which it did 15-0 in just five innings.Having not played in a week, the Northstars only managed a single run in the first two innings on Brandi Feeney’s single that scored Giana Wameling, but big numbers followed.Ten batters came to the plate in the bottom of the third and five runs scored, C-NS patiently wearing down F-M pitcher Paige Murphy as Ally Cifaratta’s two-run double was the big blow.Seven more runs followed in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth ended it due to the mercy rule as Cifaratta went three-for-three with three runs scored and three RBIs, while no. 9 hitter Jenna Imbesi had three hits and drove in four runs.Feeney and Alana Harbaugh also had three-hit outings, Harbaugh contributing a triple and two RBIs. Jordyn Maldonado drove in two runs, with Wameling and Brooke Nicolaos getting one RBI apiece as Arianna Corasaniti held the Hornets to three hits.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

first_img Published on February 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm Contact Matt:,Comments are closed. Comments Danny Varello raced to midfield from the Syracuse sidelines, leading a charge of nearly the entire team. Those on the field tackled freshman midfielder Jamie Trimboli, whose acrobatic goal captured a 12-11 overtime win against Duke in the Carrier Dome.Varello reached the dog pile mobbing Trimboli, and leapt on top. Trimboli’s game-winning goal made him the hero in SU’s fourth-straight one-goal victory.But it was Varello that won the possession for the Orange that led to the victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re as good as your last faceoff,” Varello’s father Joe constantly preached. “Very few people in a lifetime will be in a moment like that.”Varello was just a freshman, and a backup to Ben Williams, Syracuse’s greatest faceoff specialist in history. But several times during the 2017 season, the SU coaches called on their freshman specialist for a lift in crunch time. Williams struggled during the middle of the season, after injuring his shoulder. When SU needed something different Varello offered it, Syracuse head coach John Desko said. Williams has since graduated, and Varello, a sophomore, is now the lead faceoff specialist for a young team searching for its first Final Four in five years, the longest drought ever for a Syracuse team since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1979.,Varello faces a demanding challenge, replacing an All-American in Williams. The two-time Tewaaraton nominee broke the program records for faceoffs won and groundballs picked up in just three seasons. Williams was the “physical specimen” of the team, Joe said. He was the strongest and the fastest, and the player everyone wanted to transform themselves into. Varello didn’t just want that, he needed it.“Ben’s my biggest role model,” Varello said last season. “I look at Ben, I’m like, how can I be the player he is?”The position is perhaps the most physically demanding in lacrosse. Williams fit the mold perfectly.“You look at Ben compared to any athlete, his muscle tone, his strength, speed,” Joe added, “you’re comparing (Danny) to an Adonis.”• • •Within the first year of Varello’s soccer career, Joe realized it was not the sport for his son. Rather than playing the game with touch and finesse, a young Varello would track down his opponents and knock them over.“I always got penalties,” Varello added. “I was definitely a little too tenacious out there.”Instead of soccer, Varello preferred football, where he could “ram his head into people.”Around the same time, in 2010, a 12-year-old Varello continued his pursuit of physicality when he began taking lessons at the Fogolax Academy in Huntington, New York, with faceoff specialist coach Matt Schomburg.“He was like a little round mound of rebound,” Schomburg said. “Like a little Charles Barkley.”Varello wasn’t a natural athlete, Schomburg said. But Varello was naturally gifted as a faceoff specialist. He had incredibly quick hands, in part, due to their sheer size. At 12, Varello had bigger hands than some high schoolers, Schomburg said.“I thought, ‘This kid can beat anyone … if (he) can get in shape,’” Schomburg said. “He’s just a naturally gifted, talented kid.”Schomburg considers four key traits in evaluating the skills of a faceoff specialist: speed, balance, technique and power. Within just a few weeks of practicing, Varello had already tackled the first three. The one he lacked, surprisingly, was power.In his youth, Varello had the size, just not the strength to match it.By his sophomore year of high school, though, things were different. Varello became the starting faceoff specialist for Smithtown West (New York) High School. Despite being one of the youngest starting faceoff specialists in the county, he showed promise with his lightning-quick hands and his raw power, which came into form as he aged.“You’re not going to push him off his spot,” Smithtown West head coach Bob Moltisanti said. “He’s a fire hydrant.”But as the strength began to emerge that year, he still wasn’t maximizing his potential. He needed to be quicker. Between his sophomore and junior year, Moltisanti emphasized the importance of footwork and agility in becoming a successful faceoff specialist.Varello listened, visiting the track several times per week to work on his foot speed and explosiveness. By his junior season, Varello combined the power and speed to become one of the best specialists in New York.And he only continued to improve. By the end of his senior year, Varello was Smithtown West’s all-time leader in faceoff wins as well as a two-time All-Division and All-Suffolk County honoree.“To see him transform from a 14-year-old kid to an 18-year-old young man,” Moltisanti said, “that was special.”• • •In high school Varello was the star. When he arrived at Syracuse, that dynamic changed. He wasn’t the top at his position, or even second. Williams was the best, and no one else seemed close.Varello impressed Williams early on in fall practices, though. The two faced off over and over, with Varello winning a few, Williams said. He praised Varello’s “really fast hands,” the quickness with which he clamps his stick down on the ball.“I realized he was going to be a guy that would make me better,” Williams said. “You want to be challenged and have someone to compete with.”Varello earned his opportunity to compete early in the season. An injury forced Williams to miss SU’s home contest with Army. But Syracuse head coach John Desko opted to call on senior Cal Paduda to replace Williams.Paduda won the first faceoff, which led to an SU goal. But he couldn’t do much more. Paduda finished just 3-of-13, and SU found itself down 8-4 toward the end of the second quarter. Desko turned to Varello to win at the faceoff X.He thrived, winning 10-of-17, and leading an SU comeback. Despite the 14-13 SU loss, Varello succeeded, winning 58.8 percent of his faceoffs against Dan Grabher, the fifth-leading faceoff specialist in the country in 2017.“I proved to everyone that not only do I play well in practice,” Varello said, “but I can play in those big games.”Coming off five-straight one-goal games, in which SU went 4-1, the Orange hosted Duke one month after Army. During the previous three contests — all SU victories — Williams struggled after returning from injury, finishing 36-of-69.Against Duke’s Kyle Rowe, Williams’ troubles escalated. Despite winning just four of 17 faceoffs, Syracuse held a two-goal lead entering the fourth quarter. But eight seconds into that frame, Duke scored immediately off a faceoff win.Desko replaced his All-American with Varello. SU needed its unknown freshman to help lead then-No. 5 SU to a win against the 11th-ranked team in the nation.Varello marched out and looked up into the stands. Seventy-three hundred people packed the Carrier Dome, the largest attendance of the year, and of Varello’s life.From the start, Varello consistently beat Rowe. His first faceoff win led to an Orange goal. But SU turnovers handed Duke a two-goal lead.With just more than six minutes left, Syracuse rallied. Varello won the following faceoff with ease, and sprinted directly toward the Duke goal, setting up an easy Brendan Bomberry finish.Following another SU goal, both teams were knotted at 11. Neither side broke the tie in the final 1:30 left in regulation. Instead of going back to Williams in the overtime period, Desko trusted Varello to win the last possession.“When I went in, I knew our coaches were really, really, really betting on this Plan B to work,” Varello said.Varello looked up to the stands one more time before crouching down into position. He and Rowe attacked each other, trying to win the ball, but Varello gained control and gave SU the possession. Forty seconds later, Trimboli netted the game winner before the mob ensued, and Varello, the unsung hero, went unnoticed.The following Monday in practice, Varello approached Williams, who was coming off the worst game of his career.“‘Shake it off,’” Williams remembers Varello saying. “‘We’re going to do great going forward and we’re going to work on things together.’”“That meant a lot to me,” Williams added. “Especially for how well he played in that game. It spoke a lot about him as a teammate.”• • •Syracuse’s conditioning test consists of three sprints of 440 yards, Varello said, which combined, must be completed in 214 seconds — three minutes and 34 seconds. Williams never failed his test. When Varello attempted his first test his freshman year, he finished in 215.“It bothered him,” Joe said. “He wished he was better prepared conditioning-wise.”After Duke, Varello struggled the remainder of the season, winning just five of his remaining 17 attempts, finishing with a season percentage of 52.2.In the offseason, the coaches didn’t want him focusing on his faceoffs though. Instead, they wanted Varello to play lacrosse — midfield, attack and defense — and focus on getting in better shape.“I told him I didn’t want to see him until he was 10 pounds lighter,” Schomburg said.And Varello listened. Every day over the summer, he headed to the track at Smithtown West and did sprinting workouts.Then he would play midfield in tournaments on Long Island to work on his stickhandling and to see the field better once he wins the faceoff. To improve on faceoffs, Varello met up with Gerard Arceri of Penn State, Austin Henningsen from Maryland and both specialists from Hofstra, all of whom live in the area.The five would meet at a small indoor facility, and spend the entire day facing off against each other. It was almost a “top-secret exclusive cub,” Varello joked.“You get five guys in a room and a couple of whistles,” Varello said. “That’s really all you need.”He changed his diet to cut carbs, even though it’s almost impossible coming from an Italian household, Varello said. He quickly shed those 10 pounds and continued working on his technique with Schomburg.Kevin Camelo| Digital Design EditorNow, entering his sophomore season, Varello has improved his all-around game. He has gotten stronger and faster, improved his off-ball skills and his quickness at the faceoff X.“He even may be a hair quicker than Ben,” Desko said.And he passed the fitness test that haunted him since last year.“Danny looks at himself and to a (former) senior like Ben,” Joe said, “‘I’ve got to be in that shape. That’s my goal. I’ve got to eat right, I’ve got to be lean. I have to condition right. My position demands it and my teammates are counting on it.’”Williams finished his career at Syracuse with a faceoff percentage of 61.4 percent.Heading into this season, Schomburg gave Varello a prediction for his season mark: 62 percent. Varello thought the number was too low.“Prove me wrong,” Schomburg said to Varello. “Let me see how good you are.”Banner photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSponsored bylast_img read more