Published on February 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ When Syracuse needed to get on the board, it turned to its humble goal scorer. With time winding down in Friday’s contest against Robert Morris and the Orange trailing by two goals, Margot Scharfe stepped up once again.After a Caitlin Roach slap shot was turned away, Scharfe, with her back to the net, collected the puck and spun around in one motion to shoot at the cage for a highlight-reel goal.It was arguably the most impressive goal of the season for Syracuse, but Scharfe didn’t think so.‘Oh God, it was a pretty nice bounce I got,’ Scharfe said. ‘ … I don’t think any of my goals are pretty, so I just have to throw it on the net and hopefully something good happens.’And that’s sums up Scharfe in a nutshell. The sophomore forward performs on the ice but deflects attention off it, minimizing her own accomplishments. Scharfe is tied for the team lead in points with 22, scoring 11 goals and giving out 11 assists. While SU head coach Paul Flanagan and teammates realize how valuable Scharfe has become in her second season, the viable scoring threat remains even-keeled, refusing to acknowledge how important she has been to Syracuse (9-18-3, 0-5-3 College Hockey America) this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I don’t know. I think I’ve helped out. I’ve been producing a little more this year, so that helps,’ Scharfe said. ‘But I think I could do a little better in terms of providing for the team.’While Scharfe downplays her crucial role for the Orange this season, her teammates and coaches have no problem describing how much she has meant to the team.Junior Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said without Scharfe’s production this season, the Orange’s results would be ‘devastating.’Flanagan said Scharfe has exceeded his expectations after a freshman campaign in which she netted just seven goals and collected 15 points. Though Flanagan admits Scharfe isn’t the fastest, or most skilled, her intangibles take her a long way.‘She was born with some real good hockey instincts,’ Flanagan said. ‘She does a good job of doing the best she can with what she has.’Scharfe said because she isn’t blessed with a load of natural talent, she tries to anticipate what’s going to happen on the ice.And Scharfe doesn’t just rely on her hockey smarts — she puts in long hours on the ice. She’s usually on the ice before and after practice, and no matter how long she’s out there, Scharfe never lets up.Though Flanagan calls her the Orange’s best all-around player, another distinction she earned is most humble.‘She won’t take credit for anything,’ Flanagan said.Carrie-Mattimoe remembers one time earlier in the season when Scharfe scored on a two-on-one opportunity, and the first thing she did was apologize for not making an extra pass.‘I like to apologize a lot, so I’m trying to stop that,’ Scharfe said.As of late, Scharfe is apologizing less and gaining confidence as the Orange enters its final leg of the season. Her teammates have called her names like ‘superstar’ as a way to break her out of her timid shell. Another way has simply been the play Scharfe has shown on the ice. That’s when she’s most comfortable letting her performance do the talking.And with every puck she deposits in the back of the net, Flanagan sees the confidence growing for a player who was a walk-on entering her freshman year.Scharfe joined the team unheralded. And though her play might not be flashy and she apologizes even when she triumphs, Flanagan wouldn’t have it any other way.‘You just open the door for her and let her play,’ Flanagan said. ‘You hope that the other players are paying attention to her work ethic and her humility as a player and just where it’s gotten her.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments
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Thank you for your input. -8 Vote up Vote down Jim · 222 weeks ago It is good that our school system is not biased or prejudiced in their business practices. If a business executive that ran a business with as large of a budget as the school system, made this kind of comment, they would probably be suspended or released. “It should be noted this is a much better than the State of Kansas has under Governor Brownback and his extremist led legislature,” wrote Rick Weiss, Wellington Superintendent in the agenda packet. “Evidently, they have more faith in USD 353 than the state.” Report Reply 1 reply · active 222 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down james day · 222 weeks ago Now that we have a real superintendent that will actually work, usd 353 might be something we can be proud of again. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Jeff d. · 221 weeks ago Actually, I have to agree with Jim on this one. It’s ok to think things, not always ok to put it “out there.” Weiss should have taken the high road on this one and keep that to himself – even if he is right. Dignity is important, and we have to learn “not to obey those impulses.” Not a good example to students, either. Report Reply 1 reply · active 221 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 221 weeks ago ” Not a good example to students, either.” So we should teach young people to just keep quiet if they have been egregiously wronged? I am going to have to disagree with that one. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Correction â€” According to a previous version of this story it stated that an offer has been made to hire a new Wellington High School football coach. That is not the case. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said a candidate could be hired soon, but no offer has been or was made.On Monday, the Wellington School Board officially accepted the resignation of Tyler Ryan, the four-year head football coach, who announced his resignation in late April. The board also accepted the resignation of T.D. Buck as an assistant football coach so he can become an offensive line coach in Winfield.A committee has been interviewing several candidates for the open position this week. Buchanan said the school district had about 40 applications, and it was weeded down to a handful for interviews which were conducted Tuesday at the school district.Wellington board member Pat Zeka was one of the members on the committee during the early going and said she helped with reviewing the resumes. That sparked a discussion at Mondayâ€™s meeting whether a board member should serve on committees to hire teachers or coaches.Wellington board President Jackie Berryman said this is a precedence as board members have been involved in administrative hirings but never for teachers or coaches which is left to the administrators.Zeka said she wanted to help out and trusted her administrator to steer her in the right direction.It was the boardâ€™s consensus that a board member should only serve on such committees only if he/she gets board approval first.â€”â€”â€”â€”In other school board business:â€¢Susanâ€™s Photography was named the official photographer and will take school pictures for the 2016-17 academic year.â€¢The USD 353 school district has refunded the general obligation bonds for the safety/security construction project after receiving an â€œAâ€ rating by Standards and Poor. The refunding will save taxpayers $1.7 million with better interest rates.â€œIt should be noted this is a much better than the State of Kansas has under Governor Brownback and his extremist led legislature,â€ wrote Rick Weiss, Wellington Superintendent in the agenda packet. â€œEvidently, they have more faith in USD 353 than the state.â€â€¢The following employment changes were approved at USD 353.Resignations include:– Dr. Raj Sharma – USD 353 Special Education Director;– Buck – assistant WHS coach;– Stephanie Ryan – fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary;– Jayme Lowe: WHS assistant cheerleading sponsor;– Ryan – head football coach/ P.E. teacher;– Marcia Dickinson – USD 353 Food Service Employee.Hirings include:– Molly Callaway – WMS Functional Special Education Teacher;– Ann Biles: Title 1 Supplemental Contract for $2,000 – funded by Title 1;– Sabrina Torneden: Title 1 Supplemental Contract for $2,000 – funded by Title 1.– Margarita Barnett: .5 WHS Spanish teacher and .5 District ELL Coordinator;-Chelsea Urban: WHS Spanish Teacher;– Karen Herrington: Secretary at Kennedy Elementary School.â€¢The board heard word that the Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund from the Kansas Star Casino has provided a $35,234.36 grant to fund the Pitzco Education Modular for the sixth through eighth grade classes at WMS.â€¢Three bids have come in for the resurface of the high school track facility. The board tabled the matter until it could hear from the track coaches on what would be the best surface to use.Follow us on Twitter.