A section of Newcastle supporters were calling for Pardew to be sacked last month but five consecutive victories have transformed the mood in the north east. The Magpies, whose remarkable run includes wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, have climbed to eighth in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has praised the resilience of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ahead of the teams’ Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday. “Alan was coming under all kinds of grief there but he’s done a great job at Newcastle,” Redknapp said. “They’ve picked up. Newcastle is a great club, one of the great clubs in English football – the 50,000 fans every week with their black and white shirts on. “I think he’s doing a really good job and full credit to the chairman who has never looked like buckling under pressure. “I’m pleased for Alan but hopefully we can go up there and get a good result this weekend.” QPR have enjoyed a slight resurgence themselves in the last four games as n arrow defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea came between a 2-0 win over Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. The commitment of the Rangers players was questioned during a miserable start to the campaign but Redknapp believes it was only a matter of time before his squad found their fitness and form. “It was a case of new players coming in from abroad and settling into the country,” Redknapp said. “It was a bad pre-season. We didn’t have the players here to do pre-season together.
With just a 6-6 regular-season record, the Baldwinsville boys bowling team did not generate much attention going into Sunday’s Section III championships at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama – which only made the Bees’ performance in this high-pressure situation that much better.And by the time six games were in the books, the Bees were sectional Division I champions, led by individual medalist Tanner Rozyczko and sixth-place Dylan Williams, but getting plenty of help from the rest of the roster as B’ville secured a berth in next month’s state tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.At the outset, the Bees jumped into contention with a first-game pinfall of 1,083, and the only reason it was in second place was because Oswego (1,124) had Eric Carson bowl the day’s lone perfect 300 game.But in the second game, as the Buccaneers fell to 921, B’ville improved to 1,107 and took the lead for good, adding a 1,091 in the third game to end the morning session 145 pins ahead of second-place Whitesboro.Opening the afternoon session, the Bees stayed in front with a 1,042 in the fourth game. A fifth-game 892 brought a brief lull, but B’ville still had a big margin over Liverpool, the undefeated SCAC Metro division regular-season champions.Staying cool and poised, B’ville delivered a 1,080 final game to clinch it as, with its total pinfall of 6,294, it was 250 pins clear of Oswego (6,044), who climbed into second as Liverpool setttled for third place with 2,970.So much of it had to do with Rozyczko, who began well enough with a 247 but then really stepped it up with a 10-strike 278 in his second game and a 256 third game to earn a 781 series in the morning.After a fourth-game 239, Rozyczko had his lone bad game, a 184 in the fifth, but he finished with 246, and his six-game 1,450 was 25 pins ahead of Central Square’s Dimitri Queior, who had a 1,423 series with every game between 207 and 266. Rozyczko averaged 241.67 to Queior’s 237.17.Williams didn’t quite reach Rozyczko’s level, but his 226, 244 and 222 in the morning session produced a 692 series and was followed by games of 181 and 177 before his closing 246 helped clinch the Bees’ title and gave Williams an overall pinfall of 1,296.Eric Hildreth, Dylan Love and Zach Evans all finished close to each other, with Hildreth getting a 222 in his fourth game as part of a steady 1,189 series. Love opened with a 235, had a morning series of 640 and an overall total of 1,189 as Evans had a 225, never shot lower than 179 and finished with an overall total of 1,170.Three other Bees bowlers – Dawson Bigtree, Hunter Garrett and Luke Marketta – took part as alternates, ready to go if any of the top quintet needed a rest.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillebowling