New opportunity in turning closed mine sites into solar installations

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:As U.S. coal consumption continues to decline, there’s slowly growing acceptance that more mine closures are inevitable and that the system meant to help clean up and repurpose the sites is underfunded. One ray of hope for reclaiming the sites: renewable energy.Patrick Molloy, an associate at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Sunshine for Mines program, said there has been more talk than action in covering disused mine waste piles with solar arrays or other forms of renewable energy generation. He said only two such sites are currently operating in the U.S.“There is an untapped opportunity that can be developed,” Molloy said. “You give an opportunity for local communities to see a road past closure.”The Rocky Mountain Institute published a report last year analyzing the potential to convert abandoned mine sites to renewable energy hubs. It found that using contaminated mined land for electricity generation could “transform these liabilities into revenue-generating assets.”Molloy said that innovative approaches to cleaning up mined land could take advantage of decreasing renewable energy costs. China, for example, opened a massive floating solar project last year on a lake that formed on old mine workings. “Use the market — and it’s incredibly competitive right now — to find the right solution,” Molloy said.Until recently, mined lands weren’t an attractive prospect for investors and developers. Molloy said that’s beginning to shift in the renewable sector. “Solar developers have come on board as well with the view of developing commercial-scale solar,” Molloy said.More: As coal declines, solar offers possible path for reclaiming old mining sites New opportunity in turning closed mine sites into solar installationslast_img read more

Newsday Omission in Story on Owner’s Rival Raises Questions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Newsday headquarters in Melville.Newsday printed a story recently blasting a firm competing with the newspaper’s owners over the opposing business’ political spending without disclosing campaign donations made by the paper’s parent company—a new low.Long Island’s lone daily wrote of nonprofit Cause of Action’s report on Forest City Enterprises gifts to politicians but did not mention the millions given to lawmakers by the Dolan family that owns Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns Newsday. The Dolans also own The Madison Square Garden Co., which is a finalist versus Forest City in a bid to renovate Nassau Coliseum—a deal potentially worth millions.“It is an error, and highly suspect,” Jaci Clement, executive director of Bethpage-based Fair Media Council, a local media watchdog group, said of the omission in the Aug. 7 article titled “Forest City’s political spending.”Newsday noted in the piece that Forest City hasn’t donated to the re-election campaign of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who will decide Thursday which company he wants to renovate the aging Uniondale arena. But, it didn’t mention in that same story that Cablevision’s political action committee has donated thousands to Mangano, a Republican.Cablevision has also donated tens of thousands to Tom Suozzi, the Democratic former county executive seeking a rematch against Mangano, who unseated Suozzi four years ago, and would have a say in the coliseum redevelopment if he wins. Newsday did note Cablevision’s donations to both candidates in another story earlier last month—although the paper’s link to their parent company’s owners was only mentioned in an editor’s note at the end of the story.Paul Fleishman, spokesman for Newsday, said: “We stand behind our coverage.”Newsday Muzzled Under Cablevision Control, Insiders ChargeForest City declined to comment on the omission. A company spokesman told Newsday in the story that the findings in the report were “baseless and absurd.”The report found that Forrest City spent $23 million on political contributions and lobbying over the past decade helped the company garner $2.6 billion in government subsidies and financial benefits, which made up 23 percent of their revenue for the same time period. The report released last week was the first of a three-part series.Cablevision’s PAC has donated $3.2 million to dozens of New York State, Nassau and Suffolk county as well as town-level lawmakers over the past decade, according to the New York State elections board. That’s not including donations made by individual Cablevision executives.Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, suggested such omissions are par for the course when corporations wield their media assets as weapons in high-stakes battles to sway public opinion.“Some people may find it shocking that that amount of money is being spent, but taking into consideration what’s done on a statewide and a national basis, it’s basically a cost of doing business,” he said. “In this age of transparency…all parties involved in the process are responsible for disclosing their campaign contributions and depending on what media outlet, [it] can get extremely subjective.”Kevin Schultz, a blogger for Islanders Point Blank—an online outlet posting regular updates on the coliseum decision and its impact on the hockey team they cover ahead of their move to Brooklyn in 2015—first reported the omission, but shrugged it off.“To provide balanced coverage, here is a side-by-side of the two companies’ campaign contributions,” he wrote before citing a line in the Newsday story reporting Forest City donated in districts where it was developing real estate projects.He then compared that figure with Cablevision’s campaign donations pulled from New York and New Jersey state election board websites as well as Open Secrets, a political transparency website.How Cablevision Is Destroying Newsday“I think they should have mentioned the other side, but I can see how it got skipped,” Schultz told the Press, conceding that he has become jaded to corporate political spending.“Either way, Nassau will choose a company that gets subsidies and contributes money to political campaigns,” he wrote in the post. “But there will at least be a much-needed renovation of the coliseum and the promise of a revitalized hub. You can’t have one without the other in today’s world.”Clement, the local media watchdog, was less forgiving.“The whole product clearly screams who the owner is, and that it’s meant to be little more than a marketing vehicle for what it has to sell,” she said of Newsday‘s coverage since Cablevision took over. “And that may include seats at Nassau Coliseum.”last_img read more

Hamptons style stunner in Kedron makes handsome sum at auction

first_imgThe home at 39 Sport St, Kedron“The auction was fast-paced and extremely competitive,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“Bidding started at $600,000 and it ended up going $52,000 over the reserve.”Ms Amor said that Hamptons-style homes were popular in the area. Inside 39 Sport St, Kedron“There’s a uniform look to the area that everyone who wants to buy in Kedron wants,” she said.“And there’s not nearly enough stock to keep up with the demand.“People are getting priced out of places like Wilston and Windsor, but realising that more affordable areas like Kedron aren’t that much further out, and are still delivering quality, very stylish homes.” 39 Sport St, KedronThis Hamptons-style home in Kedron has sold under the hammer for $952,000.Marketing agent Hayley Amor of Ray White, Wilston, said there were 15 registered bidders ready to snap up the home at 39 Sport St, Kedron. center_img Inside 39 Sport St, Kedron“Kedron’s got a look going for it that people are really into at the moment,” she said.Ms Amor said the sale of another Hamptons-inspired property at 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron, which set a new record price for the suburb at $1.65 million, helped put similar styled homes for sale in the area high on buyers’ radars.last_img read more

Amphibious Excavators Busy Working in Houston

first_imgAfter Hurricane Harvey, the shutdown of air, rail, and port operations had an impact well outside the region due to Houston being a multi-modal interchange point.Wind damage from Hurricane Harvey to shipping and port infrastructure was minimal, but an enormous influx of water, sediment and debris entered the Houston Ship Channel, meaning it needed to be surveyed for navigational hazards before it was cleared to reopen to limited traffic.Port Commission Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, Janiece Longoria, recently spoke at the Port Commission monthly meeting, saying, “We are in desperate need of additional relief to properly dredge the channel so that it can accommodate normal commerce at its authorized depth and width.”The sediment that is dredged in order to maintain the channel needs to go somewhere. It’s always preferential to beneficially reuse dredged materials when possible, however the estimated 1.39 million cubic yards of sediment removed from the Houston channel is destined for upland disposal in a Dredged Area Management Program (DAMP) placement site. Over time, the sediment naturally dewaters and can later be harvested.DAMP sites are areas enclosed by a levee that accept sediments that have been dredged from nearby ship channels. A few islands also serve this purpose. The sediment is hydraulically dredged and transported as a slurry to the site by a pipeline and spread out in layers approximately a foot deep.The slurry that is pumped into DAMP sites resembles a shallow lake. When the sediment settles, the excess water is carefully drained off. A continuous cycle of ditching, draining, and drying is needed to remove water from the sediment and maintain capacity of the site.With the larger footprint and lower ground pressure, amphibious excavators provide a simple, cost effective solution with increased mobility in wet work sites. An excavator with a standard steel undercarriage would be unable to maintain flotation in these wet underfoot conditions, CAT reports on its blog.Steve, an operator with 25 years of experience, has been using a Cat® 324E with an EIK AM250 amphibious undercarriage and a 60 foot (18.5 m) EIK long reach front to maintain one of the DAMP sites near the Houston Ship Channel.“The best feature is that this machine does not get stuck. There is plenty of power with the 4 motor multi-synchronous hydraulic motor direct drive system, and with the enclosed hydraulic drive there is not an exposed rusty drive chain to seize up like most other machines.”Maintenance dredging is typically an ongoing process required to keep the ship channel at a minimum depth of 45 feet to allow large ships access. Without the port and ship channel being fully operational, petrochemical tanker ships’ routes have been cut off, restricting their ability to reach refineries and chemical docks in the upper portions of the channel.Working in the water will become more and more necessary as restoration efforts continue in areas affected by storms such as Harvey, and equipment that is built to withstand those conditions is essential not only from a maintenance standpoint but also from a safety perspective.Specialty equipment, such as these amphibious excavators, are an essential part of recovery and restoration efforts, just as they have been essential for the maintenance of DAMP sites for a long time.last_img read more

Sunman-Dearborn Considers Changes After Enrollment Drop

first_imgSUNMAN, Ind. – With a decline in anticipated enrollment numbers, officials at Sunman-Dearborn Schools are considering closing a school or reconfiguring the corporation.A recent count of students revealed 3,758 opposed to the anticipated 3,800, according to the Dearborn County Register.Schools in Indiana receive funding based on the amount of students, so the smaller numbers lead to less funding.The declining enrollment and reduced state funding is scheduled to be on the agenda at the next school board meeting at East Central High School on October 9.last_img read more

Local Publix employee tests positive for the Coronavirus

first_imgA Publix in West Boca Raton has undergone a deep cleaning of it’s establishment after one if it’s employees tested positive for the coronavirus.The employee worked at the store on the corner of Clint Moore Road and U.S. Highway 441.“The store has completed a disinfection-level deep cleaning in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in addition to our daily cleaning and sanitation protocols,” Publix spokeswoman Nicole Krauss told our news partners at WPTV.Publix also announced on Monday that it will supply employees with facemask and gloves which they can choose to wear if it makes them feel more comfortable. They also reported, however, that they have a limited supply of gloves for associates and that they will not supply masks as they are in short supply and are needed for medical staff.Some stores have also begun putting up plexiglass barriers between cashiers and customers to prevent the spread of the virus.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Multiple contributors fill void left by Kobe King

first_imgFollowing a frustrating Jan. 27 loss to Iowa on the road, the Badgers were slammed with more bad news just two days later when redshirt sophomore guard Kobe King announced he was leaving the team. At the time, the move seemed detrimental to the Badgers. Wisconsin was reeling after losing back-to-back games, falling to 12-9 and only 5-5 in the Big Ten. With King gone — the team’s second-highest leading scorer at that time — some questioned whether the Badgers had enough weapons to make the NCAA tournament or even finish the regular season in a strong fashion.  The Badgers have answered the critics by winning four of their last five games, including victories against Michigan State and The Ohio State University, both of which are top-ranked teams both in the conference and nationally. Although the team misses King’s presence, the Badgers are getting contributions from a multitude of players to fill the void. Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin takes down Purdue at home behind Ford, PritzlThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-10, 9-6 Big Ten) extended their win streak to three games Tuesday night Read…One of the players that has stepped up in the wake of King’s departure is redshirt junior forward Aleem Ford. Despite battling midseason struggles in which he failed to record double-digit scoring in eight consecutive games from Jan. 3 to Jan. 27, Ford stepped up following King’s decision to transfer. As a 6-foot-8-inch stretch forward, Ford has always shown flashes of being a marquee player for Wisconsin. As a freshman, Wisconsin fans were able to see Ford’s potential as the junior from Lawrenceville, Georgia appeared in 33 games and made 20 starts. While Ford has shown glimpses of solid play, he is finally starting to put it all together. In the five games prior to the win over Rutgers Sunday, Ford finished with double-digit points four times. He gives Wisconsin a tremendous inside-out presence, hitting 12 threes in those five games. Ford has been much more aggressive, averaging 11.2 points per game during the stretch.In Wisconsin’s win Tuesday against Purdue, Ford played his best game of the year. He exploded out of the gates — scoring 14 first-half points on four 3-pointers. Ford finished with a season-high 19 points, giving the Badgers a much needed offensive spark.Men’s Basketball: Don’t attack Kobe King for his decision to leave UWUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans, before you read this, I need you to understand — I get it. It Read…Along with Ford, the Badgers have gotten contributions from a wide variety of players in their rotation. What has made Wisconsin so successful over the past couple of weeks has been that different players have stepped up in different games — effectively making it quite difficult for opposing defenses to concoct a comprehensive scheme. In their impressive Feb. 9 win against Ohio State, it was the lone senior on the team, Brevin Pritzl, that stepped up for the Badgers. Pritzl came off the bench firing, scoring 19 points with five three-pointers in 33 minutes of action. As a key member off the bench, Pritzl is one of the reasons why Greg Gard has so much faith in their reserves. In an article released Jan. 14, Gard recognized the contributions of his second unit. “In order to have a good team, you’ve got to hopefully have contributions coming from many areas,” Gard told the Wisconsin State Journal. “This group is starting to understand what everybody’s role is and embrace that.” Another key contribution from the Badgers’ bench in the absence of King is the junior transfer from Ohio State, Micah Potter. Coming off the bench, Potter has been one of the NCAA’s most efficient players. Potter ranks No. 14 nationally, with a player efficiency per minute rating of 0.14. This mark remains higher than Wooden Award candidate Daniel Oturu and multiple other top players in the nation. Men’s Basketball: Badgers continue to show resiliency after loss of Kobe KingFirst day of class in the fall semester, I got to class with a few minutes until the professor would Read…In the backcourt since King left, juniors Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice have stepped up as well. Trice now acts as a stoic presence — offering consistent production stability, good decision making and, ultimately, stability to the Badgers. In the five games prior to the matchup with Rutgers, Trice averaged a team-best 5.8 assists per game. Trice also avoided mistakes on the offensive end during that same stretch, as he only averaged 1.8 turnovers per game. Trice’s ball control has made it easier for counterpart Davison to get going offensively. Though Davison had struggled as of late, shooting a dismal 3-for-15 in a three-game stretch against Purdue, Minnesota and Ohio State, he caught fire Saturday against Nebraska. Davison went off for 30 total points and nailed eight threes in the contest. Davison was also a key factor in the Feb. 18 win against Purdue, scoring 13 points with four crucial free throws to seal the game. Getting Trice and Davison going is another element that makes Wisconsin so dangerous — even without Kobe King. Men’s Basketball: Making case for increasing Micah Potter’s playing timeSince being deemed eligible by the NCAA, Wisconsin forward Micah Potter has been extremely efficient for the Badgers. The junior Read…A reason for the Badgers’ success is resilience. Gard has noticed the obstacles that his team has faced and has appreciated their relentlessness. “The one thing is they’re resilient, they learn and they’re always ready for the next challenge,” Gard said in a Feb. 9 Associated Press article.Though losing a star like Kobe King is always difficult, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has  stepped up to the plate — not individually but as a team. By having each player contribute, the Badgers have shown their resilience and toughness, proving that they are going to be a strong candidate for a March Madness bid.last_img read more

Grinding Gears: College basketball is built on exploitation

first_imgUnfortunately, there’s not much that can be done. Like football, March Madness is too embedded in sports culture for it to be canceled. We will watch the Super Bowl knowing that there is a scientifically proven link between football and brain damage. And we will fill out our brackets during the NCAA Tournament for the chance to make some quick cash, knowing that it will be more than what the players laboring on the court will make trying to extend their 15 minutes of fame.Eric He is a senior writing about current events in sports. He is also the features editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays. Let’s make two things clear here. First, college athletes should absolutely be paid — period, full stop. It is ridiculous for the NCAA to rake in upward of $1 billion per year in revenue off the backs of its athletes while insisting upon the sanctity of amateurism and the value of a free education. This tournament is — without a doubt — the most thrilling four-week stretch in sports. Placing 68 teams in one bracket and having them play winner-takes-all elimination games until one team remains is inherently exciting. According to the American Gaming Association, nearly $8.5 billion will be wagered on this year’s tournament. From gambling to friendly office pools, we have an insatiable thirst for predicting winners of games between college basketball teams, half of which casual sports fans have never seen play. The latter possibility is a problem. When we start valuing programs more than the players that make them great, when we recognize the names of coaches — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams, Izzo — more than those of the players who actually win games for them, it enables the continued exploitation of college athletes. Fair trade off? Not even close. Yet, we still eat it up. We eagerly fill out brackets, grab a beer and tune in to support the hypocrisy that is the NCAA. This is how the NCAA continues to thrive. This is how something so fun and exciting can be run by an institution so corrupt and bad. This is how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo can berate and humiliate one of his players on the sideline in a viral meltdown, refuse to apologize and get away with it — because Izzo is Michigan State, and he knows it. We all know it. Second, college basketball is far from the best brand of basketball out there. The worst NBA team would still blow out the NCAA national champion easily. So would most teams in the G-League, the NBA’s developmental league. But there is not nearly as much interest in the NBA playoffs or the G-League as there is in the NCAA tournament. And the EuroLeague, widely regarded as the second-best basketball league in the world behind the NBA, barely registers on Americans’ radars. Which brings us to an often discussed Catch-22: How do we go about enjoying and betting on what is objectively an incredible sports tournament, given the fact that none of the players (ahem, “student-athletes”) who are pouring their blood, sweat and tears into these games receive a cent of compensation for their efforts? And what is it about college sports specifically that draws our attention? There is just something about the college game that makes us pay attention to what is essentially mediocre basketball being played by people we have never heard of. Aside from Duke’s Zion Williamson, what true household name is there in college basketball? The calendar might read April, but we are entering the final week of March Madness in the NCAA Tournament  — and this year’s field has once again resulted in excitement, upsets and highlights heading into the Final Four this weekend. Perhaps it is the excitement that comes with single-game elimination, the fact that we can go from casually following a game to becoming fully invested in a thrilling finish (as I write this column, Purdue and Virginia are playing in overtime for a spot in the Final Four, and I do not care that I will be late for my dinner plans). Or maybe we care more about the programs than the players themselves — we are constantly intrigued by teams like Duke, North Carolina and Gonzaga that seem to be on top every year. These athletes are drawn to programs like Duke and North Carolina because of the history, lured in by the chance to play for a well-known coach and on national television every night. In return, they get their 15 minutes of fame during March Madness, with just a small percentage of them actually being good enough to make it to the professional ranks and become household names. last_img read more

Friend of Jim Boeheim details hours after Wednesday crash

first_imgWhen Adam Weitsman, one of Jim Boeheim’s best friends, got notification after notification on his phone about the head coach striking and killing a Syracuse man late Wednesday, Weitsman’s immediate thought was to text him. He didn’t know if Boeheim would respond, but he tried anyway. Boeheim, 74, responded and called Weitsman back right away, Weitsman said. The two were on and off the phone until noon Thursday as Weitsman tried to console his friend, he said. Weitsman, the owner of the Owego-based Upstate Shredding company, met Boeheim in 2015 and the two have been friends since.“I know how he is. I know everything,” said Weitsman, in an interview with The Daily Orange on Thursday. “This is a big hit for him. I just know how he talks because I talk to him all the time. He’s very down.”The Syracuse Police Department on Thursday identified the crash victim as 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, according to SPD Sgt. Matthew Malinowski. On Wednesday, Jimenez was in a vehicle that had lost control, swerved into a divider and landed in the middle of Interstate 690 eastbound near Thompson Road in Syracuse, Malinowski said. The oncoming vehicle, driven by Boeheim, tried to avoid the other vehicle but hit Jimenez, who was standing on the side of the road, police said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJimenez was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Malinowski.Adam Weitsman attended Syracuse’s last matchup against Duke and donated $175,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs around central New York after the win. Him and Jim Boeheim have been friends since 2015. Courtesy of Adam WeitsmanBefore the crash, Weitsman attended Syracuse’s Wednesday home game against No. 18 Louisville with friends. Boeheim and Weitsman usually get dinner after home games, typically at Pastabilities because they stay open late, Weitsman said, but the two decided to opt against it Wednesday, according to Weitsman. Because of the weather, he and Boeheim didn’t go out for a post-game meal, Weitsman said.“Last night, the weather was really bad,” Weitsman said. “It took me to get back — the Dome to Binghamton — over two hours. That’s how bad it was.”At 11 p.m., it was 32 degrees Fahrenheit with light freezing rain, per the National Weather Service. Weitsman didn’t initially know about the crash Thursday morning, he said. He said he knew that Juli Boeheim, Jim’s wife, was at the game and that Boeheim did go out for dinner with other people, but didn’t know with who. Police responded to the scene at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, almost two hours after Boeheim’s press conference following the Louisville game, police said Thursday. Weitsman said he was told the car Boeheim swerved around was in the middle of the road. He was also unsure if Juli was in the car with him, he said. Comments Published on February 21, 2019 at 1:24 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Boeheim was tested for alcohol consumption, and it registered 0.0, Weitsman said. Malinowski, the SPD spokesman, in a statement Thursday said there was no alcohol involved in the crash.“I told him this is a tragedy, but the kids need you,” Weitsman said. “Think hard about what you want to do. He’s just gonna take it day by day.”It’s likely that Boeheim will not coach practice Thursday and assistant head coach Gerry McNamara will probably take his place, according to Weitsman. But Boeheim is expected to meet with his players later Thursday afternoon to discuss the crash.“I do think he felt he owed it to the kids to go and talk to them,” Weitsman said. “I think he wanted the comfort.”Weitsman doesn’t put any fault on Boeheim: “It was icy, there was no excessive speed, there was no drinking. You know, it was the horrible weather,” he said. The two friends will remain in contact the rest of Thursday and Weitsman plans to support Boeheim as much as he can, he said.“He has his family’s support, the boys and the daughter, they’ll be supportive,” Weitsman said. “I think he’s just going to lay low and be respectful.”MORE COVERAGE: Jim Boeheim hits, kills man in I-690 crashSU Athletics announces Jim Boeheim will coach against No. 1 Duke after crashAudio: Dispatcher outlines Jim Boeheim crash sceneFriends, family remember Jorge Jimenez, victim of I-690 crash involving Jim Boeheimcenter_img I want everyone to know that I fully support my best friend and mentor Coach #Boeheim in regards to the tragic accident that happened last night in Syracuse from the bottom of my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by this tragic event. pic.twitter.com/nv9ysBLTii— Adam Weitsman (@AdamWeitsman) February 21, 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman Kailey Brenner having up-and-down year learning a new position

first_img Published on October 16, 2019 at 10:13 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Nicky Adams threw her arms up in frustration and walked toward the SU bench.Freshman Kailey Brenner had lost her mark of Miami’s leading scorer Tia Dupont. Dupont then redirected a floating cross with her left foot past Lysianne Proulx and into the bottom right corner to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.Twelve minutes later, Sydney Brackett subbed in for Brenner, who trotted dejectedly over toward the bench. Adams motioned for Brenner to take a seat between her and assistant coach Kelly Madsen. The head coach put her arm around Brenner, speaking softly and gesturing to the part of the field where Dupont made her run from.“I’m consistently talking to her and keep her motivated,” Adams said of Brenner, “but at the ACC level a lot goes on the student-athlete in terms of maturity and discipline.”It’s been an up-and-down freshman campaign for Brenner, who has started all but two matches at outside back this season for the Orange (3-8-2, 1-4-1 Atlantic Coast). But like senior defender Taylor Bennett, Brenner has yet to start at forward, the position she was recruited to play. Brenner worked all offseason to make herself as versatile as possible, but Adams said “growing pains” still remain.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrenner played her freshman and sophomore year of high school at Suffern (New York) High School. She then spent her final two years in New York City FC’s Development Academy, keeping her out of high school competition. She amassed 74 goals and 55 assists across those four years.But since Nov. 14, 2018, the day she signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Syracuse, former head coach Phil Wheddon wanted her to be a forward. Adams had other ideas for Brenner when she took over the head coaching job in March 2019.“Based off of lack of numbers and lack of backs, I think that she had the best ability to turn her into an attacking outside back for us,” Adams said.Adams knew when she took the job she’d be without four players for the entire season, Adams said. Two of the four — juniors Abby Jonathan and Molly Nethercott — were defenders.The new coaching staff didn’t initially tell Brenner their plan to move her to the back, but Brenner knew there were open positions and remembers Adams reminding her, “fitness is all in your control.” In the months leading up to her departure for SU, Brenner ran “whenever she could.” She ran up hills, 100-yard sprints at Suffern High School and ran up and down her road.She was one of the only players who passed the beep test – running 21 yards back-and-forth 40 times at timed intervals — on the first day of preseason.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBrenner began training with the defenders but appeared in Syracuse’s first match of the season subbing in for junior midfielder Laurel Ness. Following an injury to another one of the team’s defenders, Jenna Tivnan, Adams was forced to start the freshman at outside back in her second-ever collegiate match against Siena on Aug. 29.The Orange won 3-0, and Brenner has stayed back there ever since, starting all but one match. She’s usually played on the left side, sometimes switching with Clarke Brown so that the freshman is not overmatched against a top ACC forward.“The first few minutes I’m always nervous,” Brenner said.While playing in a new position doesn’t help, she’s felt this way early in matches for a while, Brenner said. And it periodically results in lapses of focus like the one she had while marking Dupont on Sunday.“It’s hard, especially being a freshman,” Bennett said. “But she’s not a freshman anymore. We don’t have classes on the field.”As the match wears on, though, Brenner’s talent becomes more apparent. Adams will occasionally switch to three defenders to allow Brenner — along with opposite outside back Brown— to push forward in a more natural position, joining offensive rushes.Against Pittsburgh on Sept. 20, Brenner used this to her advantage, driving down the sideline and into the box to draw a penalty kick in the 61st minute. This resulted in SU’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with the Panthers.Three weeks later, she was again one of the catalysts in a pivotal Syracuse comeback. Her ability to stretch the field pinned Wake Forest deep in its own third and won the Orange six corners in the second half. Brenner then delivered the corner on Meghan Root’s equalizer in a dramatic 2-1 win.“I think just playing and practicing you get more comfortable,” Brenner said, “but I think I still have a lot to learn.”last_img read more