Gothic masterpiece del Toro would be proud of

first_imgTimbers were repurposed from around town to build 90b Lascelles St, Brighton.IT was supposed to be Brighton’s straw-bale house, but when the drought hit 10 years ago, straw and water were in short supply.Kath Hooper, a horticulturalist and Brian Hooper, a local builder, continued with the house, building it over a year and using ordinary building materials on the exposed Cyprus framing.The word “ordinary” has not been used since.<<>>“It’s a bit like going into the Tardis,” Mrs Hooper said.Step inside the Tardis that is 90b Lascelles St at Brighton.“From the outside it doesn’t look much but when you come in …”Perfect living areas to host your next Halloween party, or any party we think.With 90b Lascelles St, Brighton now on the market, Mrs Hooper said the door is open to a buyer “who doesn’t want what everyone else wants”.The house has four gables and you can walk around in the v-part of the gabling from upstairs and feel connected to the architecture.Interesting angles from every room.Chandeliers are suspended by a twine of wrought iron vines and leaves anchored to the ceiling with tendrils that disappear into the gable.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“My favourite part of the house is the wrought iron work,” Mrs Hooper said.An exposed gable punctuates the bathroom which has local wrought iron work around the hand basin.“We got a blacksmith from the Northpine Country Markets who did all the wrought iron for us. I wanted something different but he put his own spin on it.”In other features, the handrails come from an 1860s Shorncliffe house.The house took 12 months to build and features timbers sourced locally.And the island bench is timber from an old paint factory in Geebung.The country-style kitchen overlooks the main living area.There’s wood from Indonesian fishing boats in the wet bar and the ironbark floorboards are specially milled from telephone poles and old bridges.A wide deck offers private garden views.The house was going to be the Hoopers’ home into retirement, however family circumstances saw a change of plans, and the couple are now moving to New Zealand where they have found an 1880s mansion in original condition in Taranaki on the west coast of the North Island.last_img read more

Data shows you don’t need to be a millionaire to be elite in QLD

first_img MORE: What a $1.5m renovation looks like In Queensland, the highest 98th percentile house value was at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, where you need to have bought a home for $1.87million or more to be the cream of the crop, according to CoreLogic data.In Brisbane council region the figure was much less at $1.52m while the Gold Coast was $1.33m and Sunshine Coast was $1.06m.But the real surprise was Redland council region where you have to spend about a million to be among the elite top 2 per cent of homes in the area, with the minimum spend required at $1.079m, about $20,0000 more than the Sunshine Coast.CoreLogic research headTim Lawless said that what stood out the most was the affordability within Queensland’s richlist areas. James Bond house the hottest in QLD right now North Burnett $288,866Paroo $75,928Quilpie $147,131 Redland $1,079,043 Bundaberg $453,106Burdekin $358,406Burke $184,833 Cairns $870,501Carpentaria $252,646Cassowary Coast $482,986Central Highlands $405,143Charters Towers $419,131Cloncurry $314,795Cook $483,395Croydon $168,164 Diamantina $252,785 Douglas $942,948 (Source: CoreLogic) Etheridge $187,508 Flinders $170,672 Fraser Coast $528,902Gladstone $527,374 Gold Coast $1,333,354 Balonne $535,037Banana $331,847Barcaldine $198,735Barcoo $144,442 Blackall-Tambo $122,987 Goondiwindi $692,222Gympie $539,984Hinchinbrook $405,996Hope Vale $554,932 Ipswich $592,542Isaac $329,606Livingstone $649,887Lockyer Valley $520,059Logan $783,613More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoLongreach $253,805Mackay $577,540Maranoa $431,754Mareeba $567,497McKinlay $224,167Moreton Bay $889,483Mount Isa $333,116Murweh $139,885 Noosa $1,865,702 Boulia $216,161 Brisbane $1,516,055 Richmond $168,974 Rockhampton $466,779Scenic Rim $808,953Somerset $648,148South Burnett $351,457Southern Downs $500,081 Sunshine Coast $1,062,828 If your house is worth $1.5m or more in the Brisbane City Council region, you are among the top 2 per cent in the city.YOU don’t have to be a millionaire to be top dog in your neighbourhood, with latest figures showing only five Queensland councils where owning a $1m-plus home is compulsory to be elite.In fact in some council regions like Bulloo, all you need is a spend of $102,829 on a house, and you are the elite. 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He said while Sydney’s median house value was 67 per cent higher than Brisbane’s, at the top end of the housing market the value difference was 148 per cent.Melbourne’s median was 35 per cent higher than Brisbane, he said, while among the top 2 per cent of homes, its value was 95 per cent higher.“Brisbane hasn’t seen the same level of value appreciation in housing values that has been evident in Sydney and Melbourne over the past decade,” Mr Lawless said.The factors helping keep Brisbane affordable were weaker economic conditions in SEQ compared to the other two big capitals, and not having as high a global profile or iconic locations. That was not likely to change over the next few years, he said.“To see the 98th percentile rise above $2m implies growth of 55 per cent. Brisbane may get there eventually, but not over the next few years.”A 98th percentile house would set you back at least $3.21m in Sydney ($2.3m above the median) and $2.53m in Melbourne ($1.8m above its median), according to CoreLogic. If you paid this much for your house in these areas, you are top dog there: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop 5 hot Brisbane suburbs 01:43 Bulloo $102,829 Tablelands $543,084Toowoomba $682,870Torres $890,574Townsville $537,560Weipa $653,103Western Downs $398,943Whitsunday $577,803Winton $148,113 Yarrabah $360,238 Why Andrew Winter’s home popslast_img read more

Family First name used to trick people to gay website

first_imgMr Matthews says Rainbow Youth supports the message of ‘family first’ but not the core values of the lobby group.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/family-first-name-used-trick-people-gay-website Mr McCoskrie says Family First has never owned the domain name and instead uses www.familyfirst.org.nz. Rainbow Youth Executive Director Duncan Matthews says he had “no idea” that his website had been linked to the domain name. He says while he thought it was “quite funny”, he did not support those who did it.center_img “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” he said. TVNZ One News 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Hee! As they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. They also say – small things amuse small minds By the way, the website address is simply FAMILYFIRST.NZ The name of a Christian lobby group is being used to trick people to go to a gay website.Family First is well known for its conservative views, including its opposition to same-sex marriage.Now the domain name www.familyfirst.co.nz redirects internet users to the Rainbow Youth homepage.Rainbow Youth is a charitable organisation “dedicated to helping young queer and gender diverse people”.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says it has happened before, with the website promoting issues that his group is against like pro-abortion or pro-euthanasia.last_img read more

Chimney installed for pope election

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Chimney installed for pope election by: – March 9, 2013 Share Share Tweet Thousands of faithful are expected to watch the chimney to track the progress of the conclaveFirefighters have fitted a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican ahead of the conclave which will elect a new pope.The election of a new pope will be marked by white smoke appearing from the chimney.Roman Catholic cardinals will begin electing a new pope on 12 March.Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month after nearly eight years in office, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.The 85-year-old blamed his failing health for his inability to carry on.Strict secrecyThe vote will be preceded by Mass on Tuesday morning, with the first ballot due in the afternoon, the Vatican press office has said. The first smoke will drift out of the chapel’s rust-coloured chimney early that evening, after the first vote is taken. It is likely to be black – meaning no Pope – as no frontrunner has emerged in the five days of general discussions so far among the 115 cardinals.From Wednesday, two votes will be held each morning and afternoon – with ballots burned after each session at about 12:00 (11:00 GMT) and 18:00 – until one candidate attains 77 votes – a two-thirds majority. And then the smoke will be white.Other preparations have been taking place at the Sistine Chapel this week.Two stoves that will produce the white smoke from burnt ballot papers have been fitted in the chapel.Tables and seating have been set under Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling for the cardinals – and special technology has been installed to jam any mobile phones or other devices which could breach the strict secrecy of the process, the BBC’s James Robbins reports from Rome.Leaked detailsCorrespondents say no one candidate stands out as Benedict XVI’s likely successor. The last election in 2005 took two days, and correspondents say the number of meetings this time is being seen as a reflection of the many challenges facing the Church. Despite the vows of secrecy, Italian newspapers have been publishing what they say are leaked details of debate among cardinals on problems faced by the Church. Reform of the Vatican’s bureaucracy – known as the Curia – and the Vatican bank have both been on the agenda, the reports say. Last year, European regulators said the bank was not doing enough to combat money laundering, while intrigue in the Vatican was revealed by documents leaked by Pope Benedict’s butler. US Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote on a blog that most of the discussions covered preaching and teaching the Catholic faith, tending to Catholic schools and hospitals, protecting families and the unborn, and supporting and recruiting priests.During Benedict’s reign, the Catholic Church was wracked by a worldwide scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. There are also tensions between traditionalists and reformers over issues including priestly celibacy, gay rights and the role of women. BBC Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 38 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Balotelli opens talks over two-year Galatasaray switch

first_imgBalotelli still has two years left to run on his deal at Brescia, but it has been claimed that he could be on the move again.Journalist Nicola Schira tweeted: “Mario Balotelli could leave Brescia this summer.“Galatasaray are really interested in the Italian striker.“Gala are ready to offer 2-years contract with option for another season. Talks ongoing with Mino Raiola.”Balotelli was a target for Galatasaray in the winter transfer window after an apparent falling out with boss Fabio Grosso, but a move away failed to materialise.And due to the coronavirus crisis, Balotelli could have even played his last game for Brescia, with the forward demanding the season to be scrapped.In an online post prior to the campaign being postponed, he said: “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: ‘But you are protected!’“What difference does it make if you play or not? Nothing happens to you behind closed doors! Don’t take away the only fun that people have at the weekend in the red zones!“I LOVE FOOTBALL MORE THAN YOU… but playing means travelling by bus, train, aeroplane, sleeping in a hotel, in any case entering into contact with other people outside of your working environment.“I already don’t get to see my children because of this damned coronavirus, because as you know they do not live in Lombardy, so it’s already infuriating and sad. The 29-year-old former Liverpool and Man City striker – who only joined the Serie A side last summer – has found the back of the net five times in 19 top-flight games. Brescia striker Mario Balotelli is a reported target for Turkish side GalatasarayRead Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workouts“I certainly don’t want my mother, who I see and eat with almost every day, to catch anything from me. She is not the same age as me and as much as I love football (which I owe everything to), I won’t risk her getting ill!“Why would I? To entertain someone else? Or to stop them losing money? Don’t be ridiculous! GET OVER YOURSELVES, WE’VE HAD ENOUGH NOW. Guys, you can’t joke around with health.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Galatasaray have reportedly opened talks with Mario Balotelli over a possible deal to bring the Brescia striker to Turkey.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Datelast_img read more

School officials investigating widespread illness in Fayette County

first_imgCONNERSVILLE, Ind. — School officials in Fayette County are investigating what caused several students and faculty to become sick.More than 100 students and 10 staff members went home sick from Connersville Middle School on Friday.School officials say they are working with the health department to determine the cause of the illness, but preliminary indications are that it appears to have been a viral illness.The superintendent says there is no indication of the cause being food related.Over the weekend crews sanitized the entire school and food service staff conducted a quality control review.Parents were notified on Friday as soon as staff realized the number of students being sent home sick.last_img

Lambert urges fans: Cancel protest

first_img Press Association “I understand the fans’ frustrations, but we’ll have a better chance of winning a game of football if they don’t protest, if they stick with the lads, no matter how hard it gets at times. “When the stadium is behind the players it’s a great place to play football, and we’ve a better chance of winning if they don’t do it. “Whoever has planned it, I hope the guy next to them tries to keep them on their seat. “I don’t want Aston Villa fans to come to Villa Park – or even away from home – and not see the team win or not be entertained.” Lambert insists he can weather the storm of abuse from the fans as he is determined to instead shield his players. Asked as to how he felt about calls for him to be sacked, he replied: “It’s not great. I’m human, like everybody else, but I’m also big enough and strong enough mentally to handle it. “But what I don’t want it to do is affect the players. “The fans have been great with me up until late, and I guess now they are waiting for something to go wrong. “All I would say to them is stay behind the side. We need their support when times are tough.” Lambert has also made it clear he will not quit, adding: “I want to make a success of this. “I’m obviously not happy with the way things are going, with what’s happening in the last third of the pitch. But anybody that knows me knows I’m not one for downing tools and walking away. “I’ve never done that in my football career, and I don’t intend to do it now.” To rub salt into the wounds of the Villa fans, they have so far seen their side score just 11 league goals this season in 21 games, easily the worst record in the top flight. Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at rock-bottom Leicester the patience of the fans snapped and they turned on Lambert, calling for him to be sacked. One local newspaper has this week conducted a poll asking whether the Scot should be axed or given more time, with 67 per cent demanding he go. It is an unsavoury and unsettling build up for Lambert ahead of the game with Liverpool. “I understand the frustration, and nobody is more frustrated than myself,” said Lambert. “Everybody involved with Aston Villa is frustrated at what has happened over the last five or six years since Martin O’Neill left and the team was in the top six. “Martin had this club buzzing at that time, vying for Europe, going great, and what’s happened has happened. “But I don’t think you can look at the chairman and say it’s one guy’s fault. It’s unfair. He has the club’s interest at heart. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged frustrated fans to call off a planned protest at the start of Saturday’s clash at home to Liverpool. Three unofficial fans’ websites – Villa Blog, My Old Man Said and A Villa Fan – have called on fellow supporters to boycott the opening eight minutes of the Barclays Premier League clash with the Reds via an open letter entitled ‘We Want Our Villa Back’. They claim each minute represents one year for the eight owner Randy Lerner has been in charge as they are fed up at the way the club is being run and the direction it is going. last_img read more

Student team makes bacteria sing

first_imgThe USC International Genetically Engineered Machine team recently had its project sing its way to an award at the iGEM 2012 Americas West Jamboree hosted at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.In the project, titled E. Musici, the team stimulated E. coli bacteria with different environmental conditions to move its  flagella (whip-like tails) at a rate that translated into an audible frequency. The rate of flagella movement corresponds with the bacteria’s level of distress, which gave the bacteria the ability to respond to the scientists’ stimulation.These sound waves created “music.” The team even created a music video that can be viewed on the iGEM website.The team is composed of undergraduate students Megan Bernstein, Rachel Kohan, Ellen Park, Stephen Genyk, Eric Siryj, Luke Quinto, Kevin Le and Rebecca Gao. The students are studying a variety of different subjects related to biology, from biomedical engineering to biological sciences. Percy Genyk of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering served as a graduate student advisor, and Professor Sean Curran of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences served as faculty advisor for the team.“iGEM is basically an undergraduate synthetic biology team,” Bernstein, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said.Percy Genyk said he decided to become an advisor to continue participating in iGEM in a different role.“The year before I was part of the team and so I figured, especially since the team only had one veteran, it would be a great idea if I would step in as an advisor and show them all the ropes,” Genyk said.The idea of having bacteria make music came about during a brainstorming session when students were encouraged to suggest any crazy but cool topics they thought up.“As exciting as a project can be, it also has to be feasible,” Genyk said. “At first I didn’t know how they were going to do it, but they did it.”Bernstein admitted that translating this idea into action wasn’t always easy.“It took us a really long time in order to get these functioning parts, but we kind of pulled through in the last month and a half,” she said.Colleges from all around the western United States, including Harvey Mudd College, University of Texas Austin, Colorado State, Colorado University Boulder, Arizona State, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, attended the competition. The event had two types of awards. The USC team won a gold medal, indicating that they achieved certain benchmarks specified in the judging criteria. These include creating a new BioBrick and improving the function of an additional BioBrick, helping another team and discussing a new approach to synthetic biology.Bernstein believes that the team’s research can be useful to scientists in the future, as bacteria’s frequencies are based off of how they respond to their environment.“If a researcher knows the type of bacteria they are using and they want to know if it’s happy, they can know the different frequencies,” Bernstein said.last_img read more

Briana Day scores a career-best 26 points to push Syracuse past Drexel, 83-62

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 29, 2015 at 11:12 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Briana Day crossed her arms and set a pick at the 3-point line for Cornelia Fondren. Day spun into the lane, caught a pass from Fondren and rolled in a right-handed layup.“Too easy,” someone yelled from the Orange bench as reserve freshman Savannah Crocetti ran to the scorer’s table to check into just her fourth game all season.Things did look easy for Day. Her basket with 1:24 left accounted for her game-high and career-high 26th point. Her 13 rebounds marked the first time all season she’s been able to break double digits. The junior center salvaged the Orange’s efforts on a night that it struggled to shoot the ball and led Syracuse (8-3) to an 83-62 win over the Drexel Dragons (4-7) in the Carrier Dome.“Briana Day had a monster game inside,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We knew that if we could get the ball inside to her we had some advantages.”Syracuse started the game shooting an abysmal 1-for-17 for the floor, ended the first quarter 3-for-21 and faced a 22-9 deficit on the scoreboard. A layup and jumper by Day accounted for two of the baskets. She had five of the team’s nine points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStarting point guard Alexis Peterson banked shots wide off the backboard, airballed others and even got a ball lodged between the rim and backboard. Brianna Butler, who hardly ever celebrates, was pointing to the sky with one finger every time she made a shot.Day, meanwhile, ran into the lane off pick-and-rolls for open layups and hit two jumpers outside of the lane. Each Syracuse miss was a chance for an offensive rebound. Day grabbed six and the team totaled 28. Even as everything clicked for her, and her only, Day insisted she “didn’t really do anything that special.”She muscled her way to the foul line nine times and converted on eight of the shots — another career-high.“I think she made a conscious effort of coming out, setting screens and rolling hard to the rim,” Hillsman said. “We got her on the (pick-and-roll) move a lot.”When Syracuse took the lead over Drexel in the third quarter — the first time since SU lead, 4-2 — it was Day who scored 11 of its 29 points.With 8:10 left in the third, she spotted up at the 3-point line to the right of the basket, drove inside and finger rolled the ball into the net — something guard Brittney Sykes has never seen her do before.“And on that play she looked me off,” Sykes said after pausing for a few seconds, “So yeah I’m just happy she made the layup.”Earlier in the season, Day said she wasn’t happy with the way she was rebounding the ball. After a standout sophomore season in which she averaged over 10 rebounds a game, opponents started throwing multiple players at Day to prevent easy rebounds.But Drexel used just one player taller than 6 feet — forward Jackie Schluth — who Day still had a three-inch advantage over and was able to take advantage of.“I just went in there and tried to play as hard as I could and I think that’s what worked well for me,” Day said.The more success she had inside, the more Dragons defense focused on stopping her, which opened the floor for the rest of the Orange and allowed SU to stretch what was once a tie game at halftime into a 21-point win.As Day, Sykes and Peterson approached their seats at the post-game press conference table, Sykes patted the chair in the middle and said, “Come on double-double,” to Day.Sykes scanned the box score that lay in front of her with her finger, looked up at Day and gave her thumbs up.“When you get that kind of productivity,” Hillsman said of Day, “you’re going to have a great game.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball storylines to watch this season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm After its best season in program history, advancing all the way to the national championship game, Syracuse opens its season tomorrow against Rhode Island. The Orange has four returning starters but also lost four key contributors from last season’s team, including some big 3-point shooters.Here are three storylines to watch as the season begins:Will the Orange be able to rely on 3-pointers as heavily?One of the biggest question marks surrounding this year’s squad is be its ability to rely on 3-pointers as heavily as it did last year. Head coach Quentin Hillsman said that his team has “no other choice,” but to shoot a lot of 3-pointers, after reliance on the 3-ball carried the Orange to the national championship game last season. However, the Orange lost two of its top three 3-point shooters in Brianna Butler and Maggie Morrison. The two accounted for 180 of the Orange’s 334 3-pointers on the season, and their absence will force the Orange to rely heavily on seniors Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson. Peterson’s 3-point percentage sat at nearly 31% last season, but Sykes’ posted a dismal 23%, a number that will need to improve for the Orange to thrive again from beyond the arc.Can Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes carry Syracuse as one of the premier backcourts in the country?At basketball media day, Hillsman dubbed Peterson and Sykes as the ‘best backcourt in the country.’ He asked rhetorically, “How are you going to guard that?” adding that the duo is All-American caliber. While there’s no telling how good they can be, both must weather the demands of 35 to 40 minutes a game in what’s likely a 35-plus game season. And considering Brianna Butler’s absence, Peterson needs to inch closer to 20 points per game, Sykes closer to 15, for any shot at ‘best backcourt in the country.’Which player will step up for Syracuse?With Syracuse losing so many key players from last year’s team, SU needs somebody to step up and fill a big role. Four starters — Peterson, Sykes, Briana Day and Isabella Slim — return, and the Orange has a few options. One of is Julia Chandler, the sophomore forward who played in 32 games last year. The other returning player is Abby Grant, as mentioned earlier. There are two guards who haven’t played yet — redshirt freshman Davida Dale and freshman Desiree Elmore — who could be promising, but it remains to be seen how much oppurtunity they’ll be given playing behind the nation’s best backcourt, at least according to Hillsman. And freshman Gabby Cooper is slated to start the season opener. Whichever young player manages to impress early could develop a stronghold on the position for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more