Syracuse 2nd baseman Johnson offers versatility, leadership in freshman season


first_imgCurt Johnson has been coaching high school and travel softball in the Rochester, N.Y., area for more than 20 years.He enjoys the sport itself, in addition to helping young players develop their skills. Johnson has come to know talent when he sees it, so when his daughter Riley started making strides at a young age, he took notice.“She started playing around 9 and I really saw how good she was when she was 12,” Johnson said. “I could see she knew how to play the game and that she could handle a lot of different positions.”Six years after her father noticed her immense potential, freshman Riley Johnson finds herself earning significant playing time for the Orange (4-5). She’s already appeared in Leigh Ross’ lineup as a second baseman or designated hitter, and is proving right away she can play at the collegiate level.“Every step of the way is going to be a challenge as you get older,” Curt Johnson said. “She’s playing against better competition, but she is used to that. I’m proud of her so far.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaking the leap from high school to college is not the only obstacle Riley Johnson has faced in her softball career. She was a pitcher before shoulder surgery forced a move to shortstop. Her high school play, though, shows she never missed a beat.Johnson was a six-year starter at Greece Athena High School in Rochester and two-time MVP. As a high school junior, she was the Class AA Player of the Year after hitting .514 with 25 RBIs. She finished high school with a .404 batting average, and Ross already likes her left-handed bat in the Syracuse order.“I like that she is a lefty hitter,” Ross said. “She is a contact hitter that is making adjustments and learning more of the power game, which will definitely be a threat.“But right now, we told her to focus on being a contact hitter, pushing runs across and getting on. If she focuses on the average the power will come.”Johnson has the ability to hit with contact and power in any part of the lineup, and can play multiple positions on the field. Ross said she has the option to play Johnson at second base, shortstop or in the outfield.Her vast skill set aside, Johnson’s greatest strength is her leadership ability, Ross said. Ross is already seeing the freshman lead.Curt Johnson’s seen it all along.“She was always taking charge and being a great leader,” Johnson said. “When you don’t have a leader, you notice that on the field and in the dugout, but a team with her on it has never had that problem.”Playing as a freshman, Riley Johnson doesn’t deny that nerves occasionally set in. Regardless, she trusts the skills that have gotten her this far, and is staying focused on the tasks that will help her team win.“I get a little nervous before games,” Johnson said. “But I know I have a job to do, and coach (Wallace) King and coach Ross have been working with us all fall and all winter, so I feel prepared.”In Syracuse’s first game of the season against Eastern Tennessee State at the Cougar Classic on Feb. 15, Johnson’s months of preparation paid off immediately. She doubled to right center field in her first collegiate at-bat, plating Corinne Ozanne and Veronica Grant to give the Orange a 3-0 lead in the first inning.When asked about the hit, Johnson didn’t think it was too big of a deal. These are the kinds of results she has come to expect.“I wasn’t thinking about who was on base at the time, I just saw the pitch and hit it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t need to slide into second, I went in standing up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: INTERMITTENT FASTING


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We have long been told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.Whether your intention was weight loss or muscle gain, not eating breakfast was a complete no, no.The old adage goes that breakfast ‘kick-starts’ our metabolism and then eating small and often throughout the day keeps it ticking over. The idea was that if you eat too little or miss meals, your metabolism would slow down to a crawl and fat loss would stall altogether.Over the last few years a number of nutrition and fitness experts have been championing the idea that eating LESS OFTEN is the best way to not only burn more fat, but also to live a healthier life.John Romaniello author of ‘Engineering the Alpha’ describes Intermittent Fasting as alternating intervals of not eating (fasting) with times when you are allowed to eat.Sound confusing? It’s not really a difficult a concept to grasp.Why fasting?Researchers have found that after a few hours of fasting, the body breaks cholesterol into bile acids. 
At the same time the liver shuts down glucose production, which lowers blood glucose levels. 
This excess stored liver glucose is now used to repair damaged cells and make new DNA. 
While this is happening, liver enzymes are helping in the creation of brown fat, which converts extra calories to heat.What does this mean for you??What the science tells us is, that in a fasted state you are enhancing your body’s ability to burn fat as an energy source. 

You are basically teaching your body to become more adept at shifting back to burning fat after a meal. Intermittent Fasting has also been thought to have anti-aging effects and can help regulate blood glucose levels, and can ‘treat’ asthma, autoimmune diseases and cardiac arrhythmias.Sounds like a win-win situation doesn’t it?There are a few methods of Intermittent Fasting that the top proponents use.Brad Pilon, author of ‘Eat Stop Eat’, uses a 24 hour fasting model. He recommends it 1-2 times per week.Once per week as a full 24 hour fast or using 2, 12 hour fasts on 2 separate days.The 12 hour fasts can be done easily; 
You can simply sort your schedule so you have your last meal shortly before bed, sleep through the majority of the fasting period and have your first meal after the 12 hours are up.Pilon advocates a ‘lunch to lunch’ or a ‘dinner to dinner fast’.This kind of fasting has also been shown to help stave off degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons.Another type of fasting is Martin Berkhan’s 16-8 model.Berkhan advises condensing your nutritional intake into an 8 hour ‘eating window’ to maximise hormonal benefits.The idea behind the 16 hour fast is that you produce Growth Hormone when you sleep.Eating shuts down the body’s ability to produce Growth hormone because of spikes in insulin levels.By pushing back when your first meal and avoiding eating at night, you can maximise growth hormone production.10am to 6pm eating window.What does this mean for you?Hugh Jackman used this model of Intermittent fasting for the last ‘Wolverine’ Movie.Jackman credits this style of eating for getting him as lean and muscular as he ever has been.John Romaniello also uses the 16-8 model but with a slight difference.Romaniello adds in ‘cheat days’ which he calls the ‘Feast/Fast model with clients who have become used to the fasting model.On the cheat days you can eat whatever you like but you follow this up with a 36 hour fast.Romaniello states that this has not only physical benefits but also physiological and emotional benefits.Dieting causes Leptin levels to drop which will slow down fat loss, the cheat day allows for the boosting of leptin which in turn increases the rate of fat loss.Romaniello also says that putting a fast day after a cheat day does 2 things;1: ‘Prevents any fat gain from the extra calories of the cheat day by creating an immediate deficit the following day.’ 
2: ‘Prevents the slowing of fat loss and allows the hormonal benefits of the fast to proceed uninterrupted.’What does this mean for you as a beginner to this way of eating?These methods of fasting, when advised and monitored by an educated professional, could potentially help you to burn more fat and build lean muscle while getting some hormonal and even anti-aging effects, and did I mention that Wolverine uses it?
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