USC has opened the season by going 1-3, its worst start in 15 years, since 2001, ironically the same year that a relatively unknown and unproven Pete Carroll got his shot as a Trojan. Flash forward several years, and USC is in a place it hasn’t been for some time, and not in a good way.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanGetting JuJu involved · Junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s turns upfield after a reception against Utah State. He had just four combined catches against Alabama and Stanford, but caught eight passes last Friday.Just four games into the season, the season is already filled with an air of desperation and hopelessness in which the team must win five of their remaining eight games in order to be comfortably in bowl eligibility.USC is 1-6 in its last seven games against Power-5 opponents, the losses from this season being Friday’s 31-27 meltdown against Utah, the previous week’s 27-10 loss at Stanford and the season opening 52-6 blowout at the hands of Alabama. Additionally, the Trojans lost in the Holiday Bowl last December to Wisconsin, 23-21; lost to Stanford again in the Pac-12 Championship game, 41-22 and lost at Oregon in November, 48-28. The lone victory in the last seven games against Power-5 opponents was a 40-21 victory over UCLA in the Coliseum last November.Since November 14, the Trojans have only won two games: The win over UCLA last season and the single victory this year being a 45-7 trouncing of an inferior Utah State team.Head coach Clay Helton is 1-5 as a full time head coach, and with USC’s recent penchant for short leashes with football coaches, media members and fans alike are beginning to speculate how long USC will ride the Helton wave.The Trojans are currently last in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, averaging just 22.0 points per game. The leader, Arizona State, which USC will face next week, is averaging 48.8 points per game. USC is ninth in both rushing offense and passing offense.USC has not scored a touchdown against a ranked opponent on a pass. The Trojans have only scored four touchdowns against ranked opponents, and all have been on the ground. On the season, USC has 10 total touchdowns, tied for second to last with Oregon State and ahead of only Stanford.Through the offensive struggles, the Trojans have used two different quarterbacks. Redshirt junior Max Browne was named the starter to begin the season and after the offense sputtered through three games, Helton switched over to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold.In his first start (Friday’s game against Utah), Darnold went 18-26 for 253 yards, running for 41 yards and one touchdown. Darnold targeted top wide receiver junior JuJu Smith-Schuster and connected for eight catches totaling 98 yards. Darnold was the spark the offense was looking for, but only to a certain extent.The offense fumbled the ball three times — Darnold fumbled once — which was a contributing factor in time of possession. Utah had possession of the football for 15 more minutes than the Trojans. This directly influenced the ability of the defense to perform because they were constantly on the field.After the loss to Stanford, graduate transfer defensive end Stevie Tu’ikolovatu spoke about the defensive unit’s frustration.“It’s frustrating staying on the field when we know we should be off,” Tu’ikolovatu said.Defensively, USC is still in the lower half with its defense ranking seventh overall. For rush and pass defense, the Trojans are 10th and sixth, respectively. The team is also tied for fewest interceptions this season, with only three.In fact, of all the offensive and defensive team statistics, USC is only in the top half of the conference in pass defense, kickoff returns (3) and punt returns (1). Junior cornerback and return specialist Adoree’ Jackson is directly involved in all three.
Charles Flanagan High School (Original Oratory) – Neuteyshe FelizorCharles Flanagan High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Jayley Halpern-DrockCypress Bay High School (Policy Debate) – Roberto Fernandez and Reilly MarkowitzNova High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Eleanor BockNova High School (Public Forum Debate) – Rafey Khan and Cornelia FraserWestern High School (Group Interpretation) – Kayla Terry, Sofia Paez, Rebecca Claudio, Monica Claudio, Sophie Ross and Mickenzie DonnellyCharles Flanagan High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – David Rodriguez, Third Place Cypress Bay High School (Oral Interpretation) – Sterling Wertanzl , Second PlaceCypress Bay High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Brian Levy, Third PlaceCypress Bay High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – Maya Hedrick, Fourth PlaceCypress Bay High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Dylan Lyon, Fifth PlaceFort Lauderdale High School (Public Forum Debate) – Kevin Hautigan and Danny Siegel, Second PlaceMiramar High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Daliss Hicks, Sixth PlaceNova High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – Christine Tao, Second PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Nick Grosso, Second PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Jacob Lieberman, Fourth PlaceNova High School (Congressional Debate) – Anthony Walton, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Dramatic Interpretation) – Nick Grosso, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Abigail Goldstein, Fifth PlaceNova High School (Duo Interpretation) – Christine Tao and Amanda Berger, Sixth PlaceWest Broward High School (Duo Interpretation) – Preston Galban and Rock Navamuel, Seventh PlaceWestern High School (Duo Interpretation) – Jessica Laurence and Dylan Davis, Second PlaceWestern High School (Duo Interpretation) – Jared Hurwit and Josh Benbasat, Fourth PlaceWestern High School (Congressional Debate) – Mohammad Naeem, Fourth PlaceWestern High School (Program of Oral Interpretation) – Brian Inerfeld, Fifth PlaceWestern High School (Extemporaneous Speaking) – Tam Pham, Fifth Place; andWestern High School (Humorous Interpretation) – Camille Tate, Sixth Place Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) debate students won six state championship titles at the Florida Forensics League State Tournament.The state championship competition took place recently, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and included more than 600 students from public and private high schools across the state.In addition to winning the six championship titles, BCPS students ranked among the best in the state in numerous other categories. Taking top honors:proud Broward debater display their trophiesBelow are the achievements of the debaters:
Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Ryleigh Buck is officially on the Team USA Women’s Baseball team, and will represent the country at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.USA Baseball announced the 18 players named to the 2015 U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team following the completion of three days of on-field trials in North Carolina. Buck is on the roster as an infielder/right hand pitcher from Wellington, Kansas.She is the only player from Kansas and one of just two in the whole Midwest. Jenna Marston of from St. Louis, Mo. is also on the roster. Team USA will have representatives from eight different states.Buck is the daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck, and will be a WHS senior this fall. She is a three-time starting shortstop for the Wellington High School girls softball team.Buck recently helped the USA womenâ€™s team post a perfect 5-0 record at the Pan American Games Qualifier at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic in March, completing the undefeated week with a 3-0 victory over Venezuela.Now the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team will reconvene on July 8 to prepare for the Pan American Games with 10 days of training both domestically and in Canada. Team USA will meet Venezuela on July 20 at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark in Ajax, Ontario, in the historical first-ever women’s baseball game in the Pan American Games. It will also be the first women’s baseball game contested at a multi-sport, multi-national event.Team USA’s pool play schedule includes Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada. Pan American Games semifinals are scheduled on July 25 with the medal round games on July 26.The Women’s National Team will be led by Jonathan Pollard, who returns as manager after guiding the 2014 USA Baseball Women’s National Team to a silver medal at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan, last September. Pollard will be joined on the staff by pitching coach, Matt Weagle, and assistant coaches, Kerry Kincaid and Mike Morgan. Cameron Harris will serve as press officer for the U.S. delegation during the Toronto Pan American Games.The 18-woman U.S. Women’s Baseball Pan American Games roster is as follows:Name, Position, HometownVeronica Alvarez, C, Miami, Fla.Ryleigh Buck, IF/RHP, Wellington, Kan.Samantha Cobb, OF/RHP, Garland, TexasVeronica Gajownik, IF/RHP, Chuluota, Fla.Brittany Gomez, OF, New Braunfels, TexasJade Gortarez, IF/RHP, Riverside, Calif.Tara Harbert, OF, Boulder, Colo.Tamara Holmes, OF, Albany, Calif.Sarah Hudek, LHP/OF, Sugar Land, TexasAnna Kimbrell, C/RHP, Fort Mill, S.C.Jenna Marston, RHP/IF, St. Louis, Mo.Stacy Piagno, RHP, St. Augustine, Fla.Nicole Rivera, IF/RHP, Lakeside, Calif.Cydnee Sanders, IF/RHP, Magnolia, TexasMarti Sementelli, RHP, Sherman Oak, Calif.Michelle Snyder, IF/RHP, Wenatchee, Wash.Malaika Underwood, IF, San Diego, Calif.Kelsie Whitmore, OF/RHP, Temecula, Calif.