New Track Surface

first_imgThank you to athletic director, Bryan Helvie, and principal, Andy Allen, and the Batesville School Board for the beautiful restoration of the Batesville High School track surface.  At the football game on Friday night I saw the new track and learned that there were 3 new layers of surface added to the base.Again, the Batesville Community Schools have found an economical way to provide our young students with a complete education–physical as well as mental.  This will provide a safe surface for the track team and others who use the track until funds are available to completely re-do the facility.last_img read more

Tilford and Naomi Brunner

first_imgMr. Tilford Louis Brunner, age 93 of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, passed away January 19, 2018. He was born in Ripley County, Indiana on September 28, 1924. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Naomi Jean Brunner, age 79 on August 22, 2004. She was born in Osgood, Indiana on May 8, 1924. Both Tilford and Naomi were members of the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain. Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark Louis Brunner and wife Brenda, Todd Eugene Brunner and wife Karen; a grandson, Troy Brunner; a granddaughter Megan Edge.An 11:00 am graveside service will be conducted on December 1, 2018, for Tilford and Naomi, at Greendale Cemetery of Osgood, with Pastor Donald Buck officiating. Services are being handled by Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Farley Speedway to host March 18 informational meeting

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – The new ownership group of Farley Speedway will host a meet and greet informational meeting this Saturday, March 18 at the Farley Speedway in the Palace Ballroom beginning at 1 p.m.The ownership group will be represented by Jason Rauen at this meeting. All drivers and crew members interested in competing at any of the three speedways under the direction of Farley Speedway Promotions are encouraged to attend.Racing events will be conducted on Fridays at Farley Speedway, Saturdays at West Liberty Raceway and Sundays at Dubuque Speedway.Special events and the entire schedules will be available and discussed. In addition, all in attendance will meet the new track manager. An open question and answer session will be held.For more information, log on to the official website at read more

Mignolet keen to bounce back

first_img “I think we have more than enough players in the squad with more than enough ability and different types of players to create chances and score goals,” he said. “I don’t think that is the reason we didn’t manage to score. It was more about us conceding very early and Villa sitting back with two lines of five people, very much like last season against Chelsea. “I am sure if we got one, there would be more than one, and that is why it is a frustrating night. “It is something we have to take on the chin, move on, forget about it and make sure we score some goals on Tuesday (in the Reds’ opening Champions League fixture against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets). “For me it is the first time in the Champions League so I am looking forward to seeing what it is like. “I’ve heard the atmosphere inside the stadium is something special so I will look forward to it, but the most important thing is the three points. “We have to do our jobs as professional players and get a good result because a good start in the Champions League is always important. “We have to try to forget (the occasion), we have to look at it as a game to get three points and step onto the pitch and do our jobs. “Once kick-off starts it is a game of 11 men against 11 men.” Saturday was the first time since December 2012 Liverpool lined up without last season’s two leading scorers Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona in the summer, and Daniel Sturridge, out after getting injured on international duty. The pair contributed 56 league goals between them last season as the Reds ran champions Manchester City a close second but Mario Balotelli, a £16million arrival from AC Milan, never looked like coming close to emulating either during the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Anfield. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet does not believe the team’s failure to score was purely down to their absences, for one reason or another. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

59th Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_imgGuyana team arrive, serve into action todayGUYANA’S national senior women’s and men’s table tennis teams arrived in Havana, Cuba early yesterday morning ahead of their participation in the 59th Senior Caribbean Championships, which began yesterday and continues until next Monday at the ‘The Sports City Coliseum’ in La Habana.The contingent had departed from Guyana and the USA on Monday en route to Cuba,Christopher Franklin, Nigel Bryan, Joel Alleyne and women’s player Natalie Cummings left Guyana on a Copa Airlines flight while travelling from the USA were Shemar Britton, Trenace Lowe, Chelsea Edghill, Priscilla Greaves, Dianne Chance, who will also act as team manager. George Nicholas and Cardo Williams will be in the men’s veterans category.Edghill and Greaves, who recently completed one-month training stints in China, will be in the women’s Under-21 category while Britton will lead Guyana’s charge in the men’s Under-21 category.Britton is coming off a campaign in the USA, where he won the Asian American Culture Table Tennis championships (AACTT) Open Under-24 category on July 9, in Flushing New York.Overall, 52 men and 44 women are scheduled to be competing in Havana, representing 13 associations from Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia as well as Trinidad and Tobago.A total of 10 events will be held – Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Under 21 Men’s Singles, Under-21 Women’s Singles, Over-45 Men’s Singles.last_img read more

Cinderellas fly under national radar

first_imgIt’s been a wacky road thus far in the land of college football, to say the least. This season has featured not only an absurd amount of jaw-dropping upsets, but has also had an abundance of Cinderella-like teams still vying for BCS Bowl bids. These teams have come out of virtually nowhere and with just four weeks left in the regular season, have transformed from preseason unknowns into top 15 contenders in the BCS standings. Just how good are these teams, and what are their actual chances of playing in a BCS Bowl? Let’s take a look:No. 2 Boston College (8-0)If it weren’t for Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, BC senior quarterback Matt Ryan may have locked up the Heisman Trophy last Thursday night with his come-from-behind fourth quarter victory against then-No. 8 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.Aside from Thursday’s 14-10 victory over the Hokies, the Eagles have beaten their remaining seven opponents by double digits each week, which always helps in wooing the BCS computers. Because there is now an ACC championship game prior to the bowl season, the Eagles most likely control their own destiny. Should they finish 13-0, it would be criminal if they did not play for the national championship, especially if their ACC championship victory comes over the Hokies.However, if the Eagles drop a game before the season ends, their chances of playing for the title are slim, as they only play one currently ranked team in their final four games (No. 25 Clemson, not including the aforementioned championship game), which will hurt their BCS status. The ACC’s overall weakness this season (in large part due to Miami and Florida State) could really hurt the Eagles come December. If Arizona State, Oregon, LSU, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas or even Missouri finishes with only one loss, they would have the upper hand over BC because of schedule strength. That said, finishing 12-1 would earn the Eagles a spot in a BCS Bowl of some kind, probably the FedEx Orange Bowl.No. 4 Arizona State (8-0)With USC, Oregon, UCLA, and Cal all in the Pac-10, no one really even gave Arizona State a chance at competing out West before the season began. Well, the Sun Devils are for real and now lead the Pac-10 outright. Believe it or not, they have a legitimate shot at a national title, should they win out. But with a trip to Oregon Saturday and a date with USC still looming, that will be easier said than done. However, should the Devils beat the Ducks and the Trojans and finish 12-0, odds are they will find themselves playing for the title in January.If for some reason ASU, BC and Ohio State finish undefeated, that would present a serious problem. It’s wildly unlikely, but if that scenario were to happen, BC would most likely be the unlucky one, again because of the ACC’s weakness this season.Finishing with one loss would most likely still be enough for the Sun Devils to earn a BCS Bowl bid, however.No. 8 Kansas (8-0)Due to the perennial depth in the Big XII, Kansas, in recent years, has never been in the mix for a conference title. No one would have thought that come Nov. 1, Kansas, not Oklahoma or Texas, would be leading the Big XII. The Jayhawks have edged out Colorado and Texas A&M over the past two weeks by five and eight points, respectively, but a favorable schedule featuring only one currently ranked team (No. 9 Missouri at home) plays into KU’s favor. However, before hoping for a chance at a national title (assuming the previously mentioned undefeated teams all lose), the Jayhawks would have to come away with a victory in the Big XII championship game, which at this point looks like it’s going to be against Oklahoma, a team Kansas has yet to play this season.Finishing with one loss is more realistic, which would most likely earn them a BCS Bowl bid, especially if they represent the Big XII North in the conference championship game.No. 13 Connecticut (7-1)One loss in a diminished Big East Conference is not enough for even an outside chance for the Huskies to earn a spot in the national championship game. But even being mentioned in the BCS race is an accomplishment for a team that became a Division I program only four years ago. It’s safe to say that no one, maybe not even the Huskies themselves, saw UConn leading the Big East this late in the season. West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers certainly would have laughed at that proposition.Despite its perfect conference record (3-0), UConn has a tough road ahead of them, including at Cincinnati, Rutgers and finishing the season at No. 7 West Virginia. Should the Huskies finish their Cinderella season 11-1, they have a very good shot at landing a BCS Bowl bid. Unfortunately, anything short of that won’t cut it. Nonetheless, it’s been a successful year in Storrs.No. 14 Hawaii (8-0)Hawaii is different than the previously mentioned teams; people knew about Colt Brennan and the Rainbow Warrior offense before the season began. Last season, undefeated Boise State stole a “major” team’s spot in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and ultimately beat Oklahoma in one of the most exciting college football games ever played. Should Hawaii finish perfectly this season, which is quite likely, they deserve to follow in the men of the blue turf’s footsteps and play in a BCS Bowl; it would be unfair and hypocritical if they didn’t. Hawaii beat Boise State this season, and if going undefeated in Division I isn’t enough to play in a BCS Bowl (even if it is the WAC), then something is wrong with the system.Can anyone say “playoffs”?last_img read more

Common goal: No. 1 Syracuse employs rotation of Costantino, Richardson in net as team looks to return to national championship

first_img Published on February 14, 2013 at 3:08 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Where the light is: With more experience, Syracuse searches for way to reclaim past gloryLong way home: Maltz living boyhood dream after years on lacrosse outskirtsBall hawk: After decorated high school football career, Mullins thrives as defender on lacrosse fieldNet natural: Wardwell becomes force in cage after years of preparing for Division-I spotlightLighting it up: Syracuse’s new-look attack anchors offense, scoring responsibilities The two-goaltender system isn’t popular with many other teams. But Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell wouldn’t have any other system in the cage behind her.“I like it this way,” Glanell said. “Having two goalies is an advantage. If one of them is having an off day, switch them out. Or you know, both of them might be on fire, saving goals left and right. We look at it positively, not negatively.”A year removed from posting the best save percentage (.489) in the Big East, the No. 1 Orange (1-0) is set to begin the 2013 season with junior Alyssa Costantino and sophomore Kelsey Richardson splitting time at goalie – just as they did last season. Costantino managed to log nearly 933 minutes in 2012, and her .494 save percentage ranked best in the Big East. But the platoon system fluctuated enough for Richardson to accumulate almost 470 minutes of playing time.Although most other teams across the country stick to one goalie, Syracuse’s team save percentage ranked in the top 10 nationally.And the two-goalie platoon didn’t stop the Orange from reaching the NCAA championship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re just lucky we’re in a position where we have two very strong goalies,” said SU head coach Gary Gait, who never used a two-goalie system before last season. “And they were both fighting for the starting position last year and we didn’t get clear separation between them. When we have one clear starting goalie, it’ll be a one-goalie system.Out of the 16 teams that reached last year’s NCAA Tournament, only one other team had two goalies that each racked up 400 minutes in the cage – Navy used a number of goalies throughout the season, but switched to Michelle Verbeeck as the primary starter for the last seven games, including all but three minutes of the Midshipmen’s four postseason contests.Costantino started each of the Orange’s 23 games and Richardson appeared in all but six of them. Syracuse was the only contending program that truly utilized two goalies all season.“We played a lot of the top goalies in the country,” Gait said. “And we blow them out of the water and they don’t have an opportunity to switch it up when there’s a three, four, five-goal run. That’s something we can always do.”With the knowledge that they’ll be sharing the goal for most of this season, Costantino and Richardson aren’t bothered by the instability of being pulled at any moment. Costantino instead takes solace in the consistency of taking assignments one half at a time.Costantino and Richardson both said they knew going into the Orange’s season-opener at Jacksonville on Jan. 13 that they would split the first and second halves. Costantino started and Richardson took over after halftime.But that won’t be the case every game. The coaches make substitutions not entirely because of performances, but also based on matchups and their “gut,” Gait said. SU wants both goalies to have their opportunities in the cage.Gait believes both of his goalies are solid at handling any shot levels, but said Costantino is slightly better with the high shots and Richardson slightly better at defending the low shots.That’s when Gait likes to take advantage of his two-goalie system.“What I like is they both have a little different strengths,” Gait said. “And you can kind of use that and the shooters have to change up the way they shoot. It definitely allows us some flexibility in there and create momentum changes in games. And I think that’s key.”Even though both goalies see the field often, the rotation doesn’t throw off the defense’s communication.The Orange learns defense as a unit, Glanell said, not as individuals, so the interaction doesn’t waver when a new goalie takes over the cage. Gait said both goalies receive plenty of time in practice to develop rapports with the defense, so the risk of a miscommunication is a “non-issue.”“I trust our defensive goalie coaches,” Glanell said. “And I trust both Kelsey and A-Cos, so no matter who’s behind us, we know they got our backs and we got their backs.”In this two-goalie scheme, Costantino said, it’s difficult to prepare for games since she doesn’t know exactly how long she’ll be protecting SU’s goal.It’s just as hard for Richardson coming in from the sideline.“Every game I just mentally prepared myself like I was playing and then when you did get in you just had to be ready to play,” Richardson said. “You had to come every game, ready to play.”While the system has its unknowns, it keeps the goalies on their toes and forces them to play their best. When Costantino is on the field, she said, her intensity and focus are always up in hopes of staying on as long as she can.Syracuse is confident its rare two-goalie strategy will work for the second consecutive season, as the goalies have improved from last year. Costantino and Richardson are carrying themselves with more confidence, SU assistant coach Brett Queener said, and they’ve taken leadership roles now that another year is under their belts.But Queener is especially thrilled with the progress the goalies are making in the cage, particularly in their understanding of the position and their tighter footwork.“That was something, when I came in last spring, we had to immediately work on because they had never really worked on that kind of stuff,” Queener said. “So it’s now become second nature … They’re seeing better shots every day, so I think in all context or all facets of their game, they’ve accelerated.”Costantino said she and Richardson work off of each other’s energy well. One goalie’s improvement motivates the other one to work harder, she said, and vice versa.Syracuse hopes Costantino and Richardson maintain their development as the Orange continues to run a two-goalie system that few other teams across the nation use.“So, people like ‘Oh, we don’t have a goalie’ or whatever it is – it’s the best system, I think, in the country last year. So we’re going to continue with it,” Queener said. “It’s a good problem to have, having two goalies who are the best in the country.“Want to use them both, right?” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trustee Gin Wong remembered for la architecture

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC NewsGin Wong, trustee and architect of many Southern California buildings, died Sept. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 94. Wong designed buildings such as a 33-story skyscraper and the Automobile Club of Southern California headquarters in Orange County and a roadway at the Los Angeles International Airport. Wong was born in Guangzhou, China, and received a degree from the USC School of Architecture. “Gin Wong was a visionary architect who left an indelible mark on our beloved alma mater and our vibrant southern California landscape,” President C. L. Max Nikias told USC News. “He was also an exemplary Trojan who was always looking forward to his next endeavor.”Wong helped design the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the USC City Center in downtown Los Angeles.Wong’s company Gin Wong Associates helped restore USC’s original building, which became the Widney Alumni House after Wong completed the restoration in 1977.Gin Wong is survived by his wife, Louise Wong; children, Terrina, Janna and Kimberlee; and four grandchildren, three of whom attended USC. Memorial services for Wong will be private, but Wong’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, funds be donated to the Gin Wong Scholarship at the USC School of Architecture.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Badgers split series against Merrimack 1-1, continue impressive start

first_imgIt was a tale of two nights as the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team returned to action this weekend against Merrimack University, splitting the series 1-1 with a win on Friday before falling short Saturday.After 12 days off, the Badgers returned to the ice looking well rested on Friday. UW captain Luke Kunin scored just 21 seconds into the game off of a deflected pass by Ryan Wagner.“The first shift is a big one and tonight it went our way,” Wagner said. “I thought we got the start we wanted and we just need to keep building off of that.”Wisconsin continued their strong start with a power-play goal from junior defenseman Jake Linhart, extending their lead to two entering the second period.The Warriors fought back in the second, however, putting one past freshman Jack Berry with just under 14 minutes left period. The goal marked the first given up by Berry as a starter, ending his 144 minute shutout streak to begin his career — a Wisconsin record.UW responded less than two minutes into the final period with another power-play goal, this one from freshman Max Zimmer, his first ever as a Badger. The goal brought the UW lead to two until Brett Seney responded four minutes later with his second goal of the game. The Badgers and Berry stifled a last ditch effort with their goalie pulled to hang on for their second straight win.The winning streak was short lived, however, as the Badgers fell 2-0 to the Warriors the following night, failing to score for the first time all season.Unlike the first game, Wisconsin didn’t look so sharp to begin the game Saturday.“I gotta give them credit I wasn’t happy with the way we started,” Granato said. “You gotta play 60 minutes at any level to be successful.”Wisconsin started Saturday with sophomore Matt Jurusik in goal for the first time in three games. Jurusik allowed one goal on 14 shots before being forced to leave the game late in the first period due to injury.The Warriors added to their lead five minutes into the second period when Mathieu Tibbet found himself looking at an empty net after the puck took an unfortunate deflection.Men’s hockey: Granato doesn’t want Wisconsin to be players’ final stopThere’s an intrinsic competitiveness in hockey players which drives them to the extremes. It’s shown in years of 6 a.m. Read…The Badgers responded with an offensive surge after going down 2-0, outshooting the Warriors 26-13 in the final two periods, however they were unable to beat goalkeeper Collin Delia, who picked up his first shutout of the season.Wisconsin’s failure to score can partially be attributed to their power-play struggles Saturday night. The Badgers failed to score a power play for only the second time this season after scoring two on Friday.Wisconsin now travels Colorado to take on Colorado College Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. CT.last_img read more

National attention on Trojans as they travel to Seattle

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanTime to lock it down · Junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson and the No. 20 Trojans are traveling to Seattle where they will face the No. 4 Huskies. Jackson and the defense are preparing for the highest scoring offense in the Pac-12.The Trojans have a five-game win streak on the line. The Huskies have a 12-game win streak, but one of these will end on Saturday when No. 4 Washington hosts No. 20 USC.Washington (9-0, 6-0) brings one of the most prolific offenses and stalwart defenses in the country into this game. Behind sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, the Huskies are averaging a conference-high 48.3 points per game. Their defense allows the fewest points per game at only 17.0.“It’s the most balanced team that we’ve played,” head coach Clay Helton said. “You look up and they have 231 yards rushing and 268 passing. They’re able to lean on the run game maybe when the quarterback is off.”The fewest points the Huskies have been held to this season is 31 in their win against Utah, but the Trojan defense is confident after holding both Cal and Oregon to season-lows in scoring. Luckily for USC, Helton said he expects redshirt senior defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to play and isn’t worried about whether or not he will be limited because Washington runs so few plays.“He’s a warrior,” Helton said. “He told me when we walked off the field that he was going to play in the game.” Another boost for the Trojan defense comes with Helton’s announcement that sophomore defensive back Iman Marshall will also be in the lineup.Not only is the Husky attack balanced, but it is also efficient. Washington converts on 46.9 percent of their third downs.“When you’re playing a ball-controlled offense and know you’re going to have limited possessions, Washington averages only 65 plays a game, third downs are going to be key,” Helton said. “We put a lot of concerted effort into that today.”Defensive efforts will be spread thin, as there is no one clear rush or pass threat, but Browning’s favorite target is wide receiver John Ross, who leads the Pac-12 with 14 touchdown receptions.“He does a lot of things well, especially when he gets the ball in his hands,” junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson said. “He’s one of those guys where he can stop on a dime. He can run nice routes. And that’s pretty much what is on film; you just see a good player out there.”Just behind Ross in touchdowns is wide receiver Dante Pettis, who has caught 11 this season.On both sides of the ball, the Trojans need to play well and avoid controllable mistakes. “You better play clean football because you aren’t going to get many possessions in the game,” Helton said. “If you’re not good on third downs, if you have penalties, if you turn it over, you’re going to set yourself back against an offense that averages 48 points off of 65 plays.”USC is 10th in the Pac-12 in penalties, averaging 71.6 yards per game because of them. Washington on the other hand, is first in the conference, with only 44.8 penalty yards per game.Converting on third downs is critical to keeping the chains moving and the Trojan defense off the field. USC is third in the conference, converting on 45.3 percent of their third downs. Washington has 27 sacks this season, tied for second in the Pac-12. Helton has expressed his concern over their pass-rush, especially on third down.Additional good news on the injury front for USC came with the full practice of senior running back Justin Davis and sophomore running back Aca’Cedric Ware. The pair of backs will join sophomore Ronald Jones II, who has been dominant in Davis’ absence. In their past three games, the Trojan running back corps has earned 320, 398 and 270 yards on the ground. During their five-game win streak, USC has averaged 571 yards of total offense, with coaches and players alike praising the performance of the offensive line.“If we’re just able to keep this going, we’re a force to be reckoned with,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Zach Banner said. “I love the pace that we’re going at right now.”The game kicks off at 4:30 from Husky Stadium in Seattle and is being televised by FOX. ESPN’s College Gameday will also be covering the game, broadcasting live from the University of Washington from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m.last_img read more

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