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Watts draws motivation from grandma

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Before Stephanie Watts’ first at-bat every game for the Syracuse softball team, she leans over to the ground. She writes something, gets up and goes to the plate. The initials ‘DJS’ are left behind in the dirt.‘My grandmother passed away and she never got to see me play in college,’ Watts said. ‘It’s in memory, so she can always see me play.’A little tribute for someone that meant a lot.Watts’ grandmother, Dolores, died on Aug. 5, 2008, due to complications from diabetes. Her death occurred just a few weeks before Watts moved to Syracuse for her freshman year. It was a huge loss for the sophomore, who had a very close relationship with her grandmother.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘She told me she does that, and I bawled my eyes out,’ said Mary Watts, Stephanie’s mother. ‘She was very proud of (Stephanie’s) accomplishments. When Steph played during summer ball, she always called to find out how (the team) did.’Watts has started all 81 games that Syracuse has played since she’s been on the team, and every single time she has written ‘DJS’ in the dirt before she bats. She’ll pay her tribute twice more today as the Orange (15-15) hosts St. John’s (13-16) in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at SU Softball Stadium. Syracuse is coming home and looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend at Georgetown, where the team lost two of three. Watts will be a key factor when Syracuse tries to turn things around against the Red Storm Wednesday. Despite being only a sophomore, the second baseman is growing both as a player and as a leader. ‘She’s a kid that is open to growing,’ head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘She is looked at as a leader as only a sophomore. That’s tough for a kid that’s still trying to grow and find herself, but she’s willing to take that on.’Since the first time she stepped on the field for the Orange, Watts has been one of SU’s primary offensive players. She homered in each of her first three games of her collegiate career last season at New Mexico and finished tied for the team lead in home runs with seven as a freshman. She’s continued her contributions this season, hitting two home runs and driving in 14 runs through 30 games.Grandma would be proud.‘She was very excited, very proud that Stephanie got a scholarship and was really excited to see her do well in college,’ Mary Watts said. ‘Then she took a turn for the worse and passed away before all this happened.’Watts was the first person in her family to get an athletic scholarship. The tribute to her grandmother before the game is just one sign that she is growing more mature, Ross said. She has also done away with tossing her helmet after a strikeout, a bad habit that hindered her ability to be a leader for the Orange.‘She kind of reminds me of myself with her passion,’ Ross said. ‘Sometimes when you’re young, you don’t quite understand how to use that passion. Whenever you get so angry you want to throw something, you need to turn it into a positive. I see her doing that now.’During Spring Break, Watts could not find the earpieces for her helmet. The earpieces usually fell out of her helmet when she would slam it down. Ross poked fun at her, ‘Did you throw it again?’ A former sign of immaturity became a joke.In the stretch run of her second season for Syracuse, Watts has harnessed her passion and is now one of the leaders of a young Orange team looking to climb to the top of the Big East. Her will to win and love for the game facilitate her success, and they are the reasons why she will leave a lasting image on Syracuse softball by the time she’s done, Ross said.For now, Watts will leave an image in the dirt next to home plate for someone who left a lasting image on her life. ‘My mom would be very pleased and touched that Stephanie would think of her to do something like that,’ Mary Watts said. ‘She would realize how much Stephanie has matured. (Stephanie) has accepted her challenges and deals with them.’mcooperj@syr.edu  last_img read more

Dave Kline, Cicero-North Syracuse aim for 4th-straight sectional title

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Bob Campese wasn’t in the mood to give a pregame pep talk. Despite it being the 1997 Section III, Class AA title championship in the Carrier Dome and Campese’s 11th year as Henninger High School’s football head coach, one of his assistants needed to fill in.“I got it,” Dave Kline said.Kline hyped up the Black Knights in their locker room with a speech about what it meant to represent Henninger. He knew of its importance, having attended the school and played for the Black Knights. The speech involved “a lot of cursing, a lot of screaming and getting them ready to go,” Kline said.Henninger went to the field and beat Rome Free Academy, a top football school in New York state that year. For 24 years, Kline served as Campese’s line coach and top assistant, eventually becoming head coach for the final 11. Then, the opportunity arose in 2015 to coach at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC-NS was one of the largest football programs in New York state, but was one without a section title to its name. But since taking over in 2015, Kline’s flipped a 3-5 record the year before he arrived into three consecutive sectional titles. He’s aiming for a fourth, if the 2020 season happens.“For him, it doesn’t matter if it’s the preseasons scrimmage or the sectional championship game,” said Tim Bednarski, C-NS’ athletic director. “He coaches the same way. He treats every play the same. Whoever is in there.”Kline learned about that discipline by experiencing it firsthand. Tom Acee, his high school football coach at Henninger, instilled toughness in him. Kline played any position on the offensive line, from center to guard, and even some defensive line assignments.Campese, who served as an assistant coach under Acee, said Kline would always be the first lineman putting out the practice equipment and leading by example. Campese never needed to worry about him.Kline played Division-III football for Saint Lawrence after high school before experiencing nerve damage in his neck that ended his career. But his passion for football continued. He began to break games by watching local football schools’ tape and talking with established local coaches. He transferred to SUNY Cortland for his final two years of college and continued consuming knowledge of the game.The Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School where the Northstars play.Emily Steinberger | Photo EditorCampese, who became Henninger’s head coach after Acee retired, “gobbled up” Kline after graduation to serve as the Black Knights’ line coach. Starting in 1988, Kline ascended the coaching ladder from freshman to varsity. During the 1990 playoffs, he was instrumental in leading Henninger to a state championship, Campese said.Kline’s line players were always in order, and the line coach was one of the best Campese has ever had, he said.In Campese’s final two years of coaching for the Black Knights, he started giving Kline more responsibility. And when the opportunity came for Campese to become an administrator at East Syracuse Minoa, he let Kline take over at the helm. “He was ready,” Campese said. While Kline was a head coach for the Black Knights, he led Henninger to two sectional titles. But unlike at Henninger, C-NS provided him with a chance to build up his own program. Kline brought staff from Henninger to C-NS, including Campese, who serves as an assistant coach.He doesn’t even know if C-NS or anyone in New York state will play a football season this year. But he’s been hosting Zoom calls with players and making sure they’re keeping up with conditioning workouts. He even plans on having a parents’ meeting in September to make sure they’re staying on top of things. Published on September 2, 2020 at 10:11 pm Contact Christopher: cscargla@syr.edu | @chrisscargs Commentscenter_img “We gotta trust that we taught them over the years, they’ve seen the success we’ve had, they’ve seen the hard work that it takes,” Kline said. “They have enough discipline to do what they do.”At C-NS’ football stadium Monday, Kline stood in the end zone observing a current and former player work out. It was the end zone where plenty of plays, both joyous and upsetting for Kline, have happened. It’s the place where he celebrated his 100th win two years ago. The place where the Northstars snapped a two-game losing streak last year when Kline’s running back switch paid off. But now, it was almost empty.Kline’s eyeing his fourth consecutive sectional title this year, and “the program of football (has) his name on it,” Bednarski said. So do the section titles. The regionals. The states. Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address *last_img read more