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Local Angle: Boyer still blazing basketball trails

First published: March 25, 2014 at 12:30 am
Last modified: March 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

When Title IX became part of the law of the land as a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 the door to unlimited opportunities opened for women.

One of the doors that opened was equal access to the gym for girls and women’s basketball players.

In Ogdensburg, Lisa Boyer was part of the first group of OFA female athletes who seized upon the opportunity to play interscholastic sports. Female athletes of that era were called “pioneers” who blazed wide trails for others to follow.

Lisa Boyer not only achieved her dream of becoming a championship basketball player at OFA for Coach Penny (Raftis) Sharrow, she also became a collegiate basketball standout at Ithaca College and then joined the NCAA coaching ranks in a 1981 as an assistant at Davidson College.

Thirty-three years later she is still blazing trails while serving as an Associate Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Dawn Staley at the University of South Carolina. A trail that could very well lead to the NCAA Final Four next month.

Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA standout and 2013 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and Coach Boyer came from Temple to begin a remake of the USC program on May of 2008. This season they headed a staff which led the Gamecocks to their second straight 25-win season and the first number one NCAA Tournament seeding in their program’s history.

Eighth ranked South Carolina is seeded first in the Stanford Regional in Seattle Wash. and advanced to the second round with a victory over the University of California at Northridge on Sunday. The Gamecocks will play Middle Tennessee or Oregon State on Tuesday.

Lisa Boyer and Dawn Staley teamed up to elevate the South Carolina program to national prominence after leading Temple to five NCAA Tournaments and three Atlantic 10 Tournament titles in six years including an historic 16-0 conference mark and 25-game winning streak in 2005.

Staley, the SEC Coach of the Year and finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, credits Boyer as a major key in her smooth transition from greatness on the court to immense success in coaching ranks.

“Having Lisa on our my staff says a lot of because she could be a head coach in her own right. I strive for perfection. If you don’t have the knowledge to accomplish perfection, then you get somebody who has that knowledge to pass on to you,” states Staley in her profile on the USC Women’s Basketball website.”

“When I started in coaching, Lisa was that person for me. I wore her down because I knew I needed her. I trust her with my life, and I knew I could trust her with my career, not just as a coach, but as an administrator, a manager and overall as a person.”

An NCAA Final Four appearance would further embellish Lisa Boyer’s already Hall of Fame caliber career. She served as the Head Coach Bradley University from 1986-1996 and also enjoyed success at the professional level.

For two seasons she guided the Richmond/Philadelphia Range in 1996-1997 where she coached Staley, served as an assistant coach for in the WNBA Cleveland Rockers and made history as the first female assistant coach in the NBA when she served on John Lucas’ staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As she has done throughout three decades of coaching Lisa Boyer credits her players for her success.

“It is a tribute to the players who have bought into the process and entrusted with us with their careers. We continue to strive toward a championship, growing as people and family along the way,” she said in her profile on the USC Women’s Basketball website.

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Dave Shea’s Local Angle

First published: March 04, 2014 at 12:30 am
Last modified: March 04, 2014 at 8:17 am

Today The Journal embarks on a new era in its evolution as the hometown newspaper of Ogdensburg and it surrounding communities.

For the first time since the founding of the Daily Journal in 1865 The Journal will not be a daily paper.

Instead The Journal will be published on Tuesday and Thursdays in conjunction with the Advance News on Sunday.

While the new format may be a major change for readers, there will be no change in the The Journal staff’s dedication to bringing extensive local news coverage to the communities its serves.

In the sports section of The Journal has long been known for its concentration on high school and community sports while providing coverage to area colleges and the national scene as space permits.

That concentration will continue in a much larger sports section which will offer the opportunity for larger pictures, more features and a more artistic presentation.

Toward that end, the sports staff is asking the readers to aid in the goal of keeping the paper as a viable resource in the community.

Do you have an event you want publicize or have an idea you will feel would be a good story.?

Let us know about it by calling 393-1003 or dropping us an email at sports@ogd.com.

Quality picture submissions of all kinds are always encouraged and the arrival of the digital age makes it very easy.

Just drop off a print at the office or email digital images in the largest file possible to sports@ogd.com and attach the information.

Remember one picture says a thousand words and words and pictures are our business.

Pictures of all kinds: action or team shots of any sport youth and or adult, images of a great fishing day on the water or a memorable hunting day in the field and in the woods, a hole in one in golf course our a perfect game or huge series in bowling.

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