Former athlete Rocky McPherson, Guyana’s treasure, remembered

first_imgTHE athletics fraternity was plunged into mourning a few days ago, with the passing of Rocky McPherson, considered by many as one of Guyana’s best athletes in the late 40s through to the 60s.“His impact on track and field in Guyana was significant,” said former Athletics Association president Claude Blackmore, who remembered the ‘pint-size’ athlete after his athletics career was over. He was employed as one of three County coaches by the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Education.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, a former athlete, Neville Denny, who competed during McPherson’s reign on the track, recounted: “Rocky was our champion. Back in those days, you had the 100 yards dash and he used to beat whoever they brought.”“Barry Massy used to keep Games twice a year, around the Easter and the August holidays, when all the top athletes from around the Caribbean used to come to Guyana to compete. Athletes like George Lewis, who used to run for Trinidad and represented them at the 1948 Olympics. He came to Guyana and Rocky used to beat them all of them,” Denny said.“I also remember one time they brought McDonald Bailey to Guyana. Those times, Bailey was a top athlete. He had won an Olympic medal (bronze in 1952), and Rocky was right up there. He was a special talent, Rocky, and everyone loved him,” Denny recalled.According to Denny, McPherson was also very helpful to other athletes. “I used to run the 400m and he used to come to us, help with technique and so on, always there to correct you and always ready to assist in any way. He went to Germany to be a coach and when he came back he was responsible for a lot of athletes back in those days.”Former Prime Minister Hamilton Green, an athlete himself during McPherson’s track career said, “To the older generation Rocky, his household name, was one of our best known athletes. In my early athletic days Rocky was small in stature but technique and speed earned the admiration of many of us.”“Rocky never gave up athletics and won many medals and acclaims as he continued into his later years, never giving up or accepting advancing age as a hindrance or impediment.Rocky’s continuous athletic progress is a sterling example to many of us who gave up our sporting activity as we approached the proverbial middle and later age,” said Green who is also Georgetown’s longest-serving Mayor.Green believes that the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) and the Ministry of Social Cohesion should, “do something to remember this sporting giant. I remember Rocky on and off the athletic track, always pleasant with a smile, and his conversations were always optimistic and uplifting.“He ran an excellent race; he has taken the inside track of the final bend and has now passed the finish line into eternity. May his soul rest peacefully!”last_img read more

Syracuse sweeps weekend series behind Bellefontaine’s 2 goals

first_img Published on October 20, 2018 at 10:32 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman A night after outlasting Lindenwood in overtime for its first win of the season, SU (2-3-0, 2-2-0 College Hockey America) completed the weekend series sweep with a decisive 6-3 win in which it had the shots on goal advantage of 34 to 20. Freshman forward Lauren Bellefontaine led the Orange with two goals and an assist in the victory over Lindenwood University (1-5-0, 0-2-0).Most of the game’s scoring came in the first period. Eight minutes into the game, sophomore defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo put the Orange on the board. She capitalized seven seconds into a power-play with her third goal of the year. DiGirolamo leads SU in points with six—three goals and three assists.Two minutes later, fifth-year senior Dakota Derrer made it 2-0 by scoring her first goal of the season.Syracuse’s lead was short-lived. Lindenwood responded with three minutes left in the first period with a goal from Sierra Burt and then another from Hannah Alt on a power-play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a power-play goal from Emma Polaski, her third of the season, SU took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.In the second period, the Orange pulled away. SU killed two power-plays before extending its lead to 4-2 with a goal from Bellefontaine. Later in the period, SU found its groove and attempted 13 shots in a row before Bellefontaine found the nylon again for her second goal of the night, giving SU a 5-2 cushion.After the second period, SU held a 28-12 advantage in shots on goal. Lindenwood’s goal 14 minutes into the final period made it 5-3, but could not jump-start a serious comeback effort for the Lions. SU junior Anonda Hoppner scored a short-handed empty-net goal late in the third period to secure the victory. The Orange’s goaltending situation did not get any clearer, as Welch recorded 17 saves the night after Ady Cohen allowed four goals on 12 shots. Cohen appeared to have the edge in the positional battle after a strong performance against Mercyhurst in her first career start last Saturday. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan expects one goalie to “emerge,” but plans to play both Welch and Cohen meaningful minutes. It is unclear who Flanagan will give the nod to Tuesday when the Orange travel to Cornell University.   Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more