East Central and Greensburg faced off in the season open at East Central on Monday night. The Lady Trojans came out on top with the scores of 25-19, 25-21, and 25-19.“This was one of the best Greensburg teams I’ve seen in several years. They put up a good fight. We fell flat half way through game one managed to squeak by enough to win the match in three.” -Coach Laker.EC started off with an ankle injury to senior middle Nicole Sandmann during warm-ups, so adjustments had to be made at the last minute. “All in all, I think the girls took the challenge head on and adjusted quickly, but we still didn’t play to our potential. This is a great group and I have very high expectations for the season.”For The Lady Trojans, Becca Eckstein led with 31 sets, Brianne Fox had 10 attacks with 4 of them kills, Erin Wilhelm 8 digs, and Kendall Gindling 7 serves with 2 of them aces.EC is 1-0 on the season and in conference.Next game for EC will be on Thursday, August 21 at 5pm at EC against South Dearborn.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s kind of a running question of the season which doesn’t have a clear answer. The Lakers have no strategy in place to sit James for any games. He’s played every night so far, including back-to-backs. There is a bit of an effort to reduce his overall minutes, but the challenge has been that the Lakers have played a lot of close games lately, and LeBron is the most critical player to their success.Frank Vogel admitted on Saturday, after LeBron played for 39 minutes, that he wished he had been able to play fewer. Obviously the Lakers needed him to win a one-point game. The one concession was that LeBron subbed out in the middle of the fourth quarter, which he doesn’t like to do.In fact, you could interpret LeBron’s desire to play as the biggest obstacle to actually managing his minutes and reducing his workload. He wants the ball in critical situations, and the Lakers haven’t built enough solid leads lately to avoid playing LeBron deep in the fourth quarter. I asked him the other night if he’s focused on reducing his minutes to focus on the bigger picture, and his answer was telling:“What’s the bigger picture when you’re living in the moment? We’re not promised tomorrow. I love Coach (Vogel) and what the coaching staff are doing, and I think he’s doing what’s best for the team and obviously I respect that, for sure. We’re going to go with what Coach says, but at the end of the day, you think too much about the future, you lose sight of what’s going on in the present and that’s just who I am.”@15_simba wants to know: “Do the NTC multiple players on the team have really mean anything or is it just there as a formality?” This question is about no-trade clauses, which are confidential parts of players’ contracts. I can’t speak to who specifically has a no-trade clause in his contract because I don’t have the documents, but a big part of that are player options.According to Spotrac, the following players have options for next season: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee (Anthony Davis also has a player option, but it’s widely understood that he will decline it next summer to be able to secure a larger percent of the salary cap on his expected max contract). The problem with trading those contracts is that the CBA doesn’t allow one-year deals with a second year as a player option to be traded: The player and team have to agree to exercise the option for any trade to happen, which gives the player a kind of veto power over any trade.This restricts the moves the Lakers can make for the next year or so, given most of their contracts are new anyway and they couldn’t even explore moving most of their players until Dec. 15. Any of those vets would have to be fully on board with a trade for it to happen, and a team would want to have to take on a second year of that player on the books. But with a 14-2 start, there’s not a lot of reason for the team to move off those vets yet, and it’s hard to see any of those vets wanting to move off a team that has a legitimate championship shot.A short answer: It matters, and it makes moves harder for the Lakers. But it’s not an immovable roadblock to making changes down the [email protected]_WhiteNYC wants to know: “Would you please tell Vogel it’s criminal and against the Law to lineup a backcourts of Rondo & Cook or Rondo & Troy Daniel no matter who’s available or not ???”Dubious legality aside, it’s understandable that seeing these bench pairings struggle on certain nights can make some fans want to break out the cuffs. Lineups with both Rajon Rondo and either Troy Daniels or Quinn Cook have been outscored for sure. But let’s keep it in perspective: They’ve only played 47 minutes this season, primarily because of injuries. Bench play tends to be more uneven than starters.When Avery Bradley and Alex Caruso are hurt, those minutes have to go somewhere. And unless you think Zach Norvell is a better option (hint: his small sample-size lineup numbers in NBA action have been worse than Rondo/Daniels/Cook), then there’s not much else the Lakers can do except [email protected] wants to know: “Who are your top 16 + 1 MVP candidates”This is a reference to a tweet by Magic Johnson, who is enjoying his departure from the front office by tweeting out his lists for just about everything from films, to travel destinations to athletes-turned-entrepreneurs. All of these lists are just about too long. I can give you a top five, though, in no particular order.James Harden, Houston (37.9 ppg, 8.0 apg, 6.1 rpg) – It would be criminal to look past the production he’s provided for the Rockets, even though I have personal doubts about how the pairing with Russell Westbrook will turn out come the postseason.Pascal Siakam, Toronto (25.7 ppg, 4.1 apg, 8.5 rpg) – You have to give last year’s Most Improved Player some love for how he’s kept the defending champions looking like they could actually defend. His versatility and his scoring leap have been two of the biggest surprises of the season early.Luka Doncic, Dallas (30.6 ppg, 9.8 apg, 10.1 rpg) – It’s just year two for this 20-year-old wunderkind who has delivered early as maybe the closest thing to LeBron since LeBron. He can score and make plays with equally impressive skill.Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee (29.9 ppg, 6.4 apg, 13.9 rpg) – The most physically domineering player in the league has increased his points, rebounds and assists while keeping the Bucks near the top of the Eastern Conference.LeBron James, Lakers (25.2 ppg, 10.8 apg, 7.6 rpg) – In Year 17, he’s leading the league in assists and is the most important player for the team with the best record in the NBA. I mean, come on.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purpler & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.From the WeekendCan a King get some whistles? – LeBron and the Lakers have been frustrated by the decline in foul calls for their star.Rajon Rondo won’t mince words – After an ejection in Oklahoma City, the Lakers point guard had more to say despite his $35,000 fine.Last gasp by Grizzlies crushed – The Lakers didn’t play their best in Memphis, but they got the key turnover that won the game.Rumbling over the Thunder – Anthony Davis showcased all parts of his game, including his 3-point range.Cousins court update – Charges have been dismissed against the Lakers big man.A father’s aching heart – LeBron wished sorely he could be at his son’s Sierra Canyon debut.Cruising through the schedule – Mirjam meditated on how the Lakers have tackled their winning ways so far. Editor’s note: This is the Nov. 25 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.I’m writing to you from the balcony of a San Antonio hotel with a sunny view of the Riverwalk. It’s as good a place as any to answer your burning Lakers questions, which we’ll do every other Monday with questions we get from e-mail and social media.I hunt for questions the weekend before we release the newsletter, but feel free to drop me a line anytime. Here’s this week’s batch:@czarkingdom wants to know: “Are there any plans to give LeBron a break or lower his minutes? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error