Middle School Track State Championship results from (5/19)The Batesville Middle School Boys finished 9th out of 44 teams at the State track meet on Saturday. Ean Loichinger won the mile run and finished 2nd in the 800. Vonley Hund, Will Nuhring, Daren Smith, and Ean Loichinger finished 4th in the 4 x 800 relay.The Batesville Middle School Girls finished 10th out of 45 teams at the State track meet on Saturday. Carley Pride finished 4th in the 400. Katie Olsen finished 8th in the 800. Elena Kuisel, Angela Diaz, Nadine Davis, and Madelyn Pohlman finished 7th in the 4 x 100 relay. Madelyn Pohlman, Sarah Ripperger, Ava Hanson, and Carley Pride finished 2nd in the 4 x 400 relay. Lily Pinckley, Sarah Ripperger, Jada Day, and Katie Olsen finished 5th in the 4 x 800 relay.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Versailles, IN—Saturday morning, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident with injury at the intersection of US 421 and County Road 200 South, just south of Versailles. The two vehicles collided ejecting Jolly, who was wearing a helmet, from the motorcycle. Jolly was airlifted from the scene and flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of internal injuries. Copeland and her 3 occupants were not injured in the accident. Arriving on scene deputies found that 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Cameran P. Copeland, 19, of Madison, was traveling west on County Road 200 South, when she failed to yield the right away to Dwight E. Jolly, 53, of Versailles, who was traveling south on US 421 operating 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
He went on: “We need to react in a positive way straight away. We can’t be down in the dumps in training. Everybody needs to be alive and alert, recover well. We’ve got a good run in the Premier League – we can’t forget that. “We’ve had some good points, very important points, so we’ve just got to start believing again. I think that’s one of the main things – believe in how good we are, because we didn’t show it against Bayern.” Arsenal have just one win to their name in 2013 and are in a straight fight for fourth spot, having never previously failed to qualify for the Champions League under Wenger. “If you are a top team, and with the saga of not winning anything for such a long time, it’s always disappointing if that happens,” Walcott said. “But I don’t want to focus on the negativity about that. I just want to focus on the positive side of the team, because I know how good those guys are, and get to where we should be.” One of the biggest recent issues has been Arsenal’s inability to hit the ground running, with early goals too often putting them on the back foot. “It’s happening most weeks,” Walcott said. “We didn’t really have a slow start (against Bayern). It was just sloppy goals – goals that could have been avoidable, I felt. Bayern, we knew how strong they were going to be… they’re very well organised, they did their job, they took their chances which is the most important thing. “We had a few but didn’t manage to take it. In the Champions League you need to take limited opportunities, but, like I say… got to take the positives out of the second half. There’s a lot we can learn from that, learn from Bayern as well because we want to be like that.” Saturday’s shock FA Cup exit to Blackburn was compounded by a Champions League last-16 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Arsenal face the unenviable task of attempting to overcome a 3-1 home defeat in Germany, with failure to do so virtually ensuring they would end an eighth successive season without a trophy. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has come under mounting criticism as a result and Walcott admitted: “We’ve got the best man in the job to get our heads back to where they should be. We’ve played a lot of games in the Champions League and I know how things go.” Theo Walcott knows Arsenal need to make amends for a miserable week when Aston Villa visit on Saturday. Press Association
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has underscored the value of its Under-15 programme after naming a 14-member squad to tour England in August.The tour, which runs from August 8 to 18, marks the fourth straight year a West Indies Under-15 side will be involved in the series and high performance coach Graeme West said the move was a critical one in the regional developmental process.“Selection for the West Indies Under-15s is a significant step on the development pathway to representing the West Indies at the elite level,” West pointed out.“This tour gives these players a great opportunity and experience as a squad to develop their skills in different cricket conditions, also to develop their teamwork and build camaraderie with new teammates.“It’s also an important part of CWI’s ongoing development and investment plans for youth cricket at every age group, especially since some of this group are likely to be wearing the maroon shirt more and more as they aim to progress through to Under-17 and Under-19 levels.”Two captains have been named to lead the squad – left-arm spinners Andrew Rambarran and Nathan Sealy – with former Leeward Islands batsman Steve Liburd named as head coach and manager.West said the decision to name two captains was in an effort to develop the leadership skills of both players.“The panel has identified Nathan and Andrew as two potential leaders and that they should be given the opportunity to share the captaincy during the period of the tour,” the Englishman explained.“When one is captain, the other will be vice-captain. Both young men have led their respective sides during the recent West Indies Under-15 Championship and were impressive.”The squad is scheduled to play four 50-overs matches, four Twenty20s and a 25-over match on the tour.SQUAD – Andrew Rambarran (co-captain), Nathan Sealy (co-captain), Solomon Bascombe, Mavendra Dindyal, Kamario Grant, Justin Jagessar, Jordan Johnson, Divonie Joseph, Joshua Morris, Rampertab Ramnauth, Isaiah Thorne, Devin Tyson, Steven Wedderburn, Rashad Worrell.
… to battle for $600 000 top prizeTHE battle for the $600 000 top prize and winners’ trophy to go with bragging rights will be between Bakewell Topp XX and Coomacka out of the mines area, when the Jermine and Family Store-sponsored Linden MASH Cup football final is played tonight at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.This final is a repeat of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s year-end championship where Topp XX prevailed over Coomacka by a scoreline of 2-1 in the final.In the first semifinal on Wednesday, Bakewell Topp XX earned their final spot with a 1-0 win over Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection in what could have gone either way, but the experienced Topp XX got the result to once again earn a chance to cart off another major trophy after some years in the doldrums.No doubt Winners Connection were without two top players, who have been transferred to Coomacka – Marmalaque Davidson and Shaquille Frank – but they played a tough game against their opponents.Topp XX’s best opportunity up to the 74th minute was when a Topp XX striker headed a chance that was held by the opposing Winners Connection goalkeeper.Once the darling of Linden football, Topp XX managed to come up with a win, scoring in the 85th minute after it was scoreless up to that stage.Striker Keon Hall would slap home a shot from the right side of the penalty box that pierced through, beating Winners Connection goalkeeper although he was guarding his near post, for a 1-0 victory.In the other game Coomacka came through following a nil-all deadlock which became unlocked via the sudden-death penalty route since both teams were locked on 3-3 after the five mandatory penalty kicks, following regulation and extra periods of scoreless play failed to produce a winner.Winners Connection must have counted this loss as they could have gained a clear advantage when Coomacka defender Damian Williams under pressure handled the ball.However, Coomacka goalkeeper Kellon ‘Clean-sheet’ Major was there to bring off a brilliant save in the 55th minute and keep the game on an even keel, even though Winners Connection somehow looked nice in their display throughout the game.Coomacka had their chances also but could not find the back of the net. Marmalaque Davidson had a shot saved by the Botofago goalkeeper and Botofago had a chance to score also in overtime but Coomacka recovered to clear which net down the right inside the 18 yards box.In the end penalty kicks were taken and when the initial five kicks could not produce a winner it was in sudden-death that Coomacka got the better of their opponents and secured a chance to avenge their loss to Topp XX in the final tonight.The top prize is $600 000 and the winners’ trophy while the second-place team will collect $300 000. The third-place game between Botofago and Winners Connection from 19.00hrs has at stake $200 000 for the winners and $100 000 for the fourth-place team. There are also individual prizes for Top Scorer, Best Goalkeeper, Most Goals, Youngest Player and the Most Valuable Player.The final starts at 21.00hrs.
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWisconsin head women’s volleyball coach Pete Waite could not have been more pleased with his team’s efforts at last weekend’s Inntowner Invitational. In the tournament, Wisconsin knocked off all three opponents, including No. 11 UCLA. “It was a great weekend for us,” Waite said. “Starting out on Friday night, our team was just really clicking on the court. I think being home for the first time in three weekends was fantastic for us. The crowd was great. It was probably the biggest student section I’ve seen here on an opening night, probably on any night since I’ve been here, and that just got us rolling through the tournament.”After defeating Villanova and Valparaiso Friday and Saturday night, the No. 13 Badgers readied themselves for the talented Bruins.”Once we got those first two nights done, we could look at UCLA, because we knew that they’re ranked ahead of us and that they’re a big-name national program consistently,” Waite said. “We were pretty pumped for that match, so our kids played great, played hard.”Waite noted the turning point in the Invitational came in the middle of the UCLA match, when the Badgers faced adversity for the first time in the tournament.”UCLA was very good, and I thought it was a great battle. We showed some great composure in the second game, when we came back from down six points [16-22] and won the game,” Waite said.The volleyball team had been looking for a confidence boost after a disappointing finish in the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic, where UW went down against No. 10 Missouri. The UCLA victory provided that boost. This was important with a greater test on the horizon.”There’s a great feeling [among the girls] going into this weekend against Minnesota,” Waite said. “They will be tough; they’re ranked fifth in the country right now. That was a great start for us, beating UCLA, because it really prepares us for this weekend, as we are facing an even tougher Minnesota team.”Blocking to success: Waite could not be more satisfied with the team’s consistent strengths.”Our blocking has been our forte, it’s something that we really stretch our opponents out with,” Waite said. “When they’ve got some pretty big hitters on the other side, if we can put up a big block, a consistent block, then they’re going to hit some shots that they don’t want to, and they’ll have to try something new.”When asked if his Badgers could be considered as one of the best blocking teams in the Big Ten, Waite admitted that while UW’s front line has played very well in the preseason, the team still has some work to do.”I think we’re almost there, but I don’t think we’re quite done working with our blocking games. We can still be better, which is a good thought,” Waite said.UCLA win an upset?: Yes, the Badgers’ win over the higher-ranked Bruins is technically an “upset,” but Waite believes Wisconsin simply outperformed them and didn’t necessarily play over their heads to win a surprising victory.”I think the only reason it was called an upset was the rankings; we were a couple of spots below them,” Waite said. “In general, we were able to watch them two times over the weekend, and we felt as a group that we were the better team. We thought that we were a little more mature, a little more solid in our ball-handling. Our kids are confident enough to go against anybody in the top 10 and have a shot at them right now.”Home court advantage a must: Waite completed his conference by crediting the Wisconsin faithful during the InnTowner Invitational.”With that big crowd, I think the student section realized how much fun the volleyball matches can be,” Waite said. “Just as they are at the football, basketball, and hockey games, they were really fantastic.”Waite revealed his hopes that the crowd, particularly the student section, can keep its intensity going against Minnesota in the Badgers’ chance for another huge victory.He concluded, “When our fans get loud, it makes things very distracting for the opponents, which gives us an even better home court advantage.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman earned his 230th career win Thursday night, breaking the 23-year program record.Hillsman entered his 11th season this fall needing only 11 victories to become the all-time winningest coach in team history. (Barbara Jacobs won 229 games from 1979-93.) Hillsman, 46, has led SU to nine consecutive postseason appearances. His teams have won 20 or more games in eight of his 10 seasons, as well as seven straight. SU has made the NCAA tournament in each of the last four seasons and had made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in the six before.“It’s very humbling. Very grateful, very fortunate just to be in a place long enough to even approach the record. And to go out and break that record … It’s been great,” Hillsman said. “I’ve had some very good players, good coaches, the administration has been awesome. It’s kind of been a perfect storm for me. Things have lined up well for us. We’ve done a good job and taken advantage of our opportunities here. Our players have been awesome.”The Orange finished 2015-16 with a 30-8 record en route to an NCAA championship game appearance, a program first. In June, Hillsman signed a multi-year contract extension with SU. Terms were not disclosed. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text
Wisconsin men’s basketball, I’m really happy for you and I’m going to let you finish, but I just wanted to say that the Wisconsin men’s hockey team just disappeared into irrelevance.In case you’re still hungover from earlier this week and missed the news — or more likely, in case you couldn’t care less about a Badgers hockey team that just finished the worst season in program history — UW men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves fired both of his assistants Tuesday.It’s astonishing news, I know, considering Wisconsin won just four games this year — yes, that’s two plus two — and lost 26. Something had to give after this season, which looked less like a hockey program and more like a 26-car pileup that just kept adding more diesel tankers careering into the wreck at top speed for six months. But that wasn’t the something that most people had in mind.Instead, most people thought that Eaves was going to be the one getting the boot to the fanny, as he would put it.But two days after the dumpster fire finally got extinguished and the season ended, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told the Wisconsin State Journal that he was comfortable saying Eaves would return as head coach next season. However, there was one catch: things had to be torn apart and the problem had to be fixed.But instead of just gently sifting through the evidence to find some solutions, Alvarez poured gasoline on the Kohl Center, lit it on fire and chartered a jet back to his Camp Randall office.The first problem in this whole travesty is that it took Alvarez a month to meet formally with Eaves. Sure, there were a lot of basketball games to attend over the last month, but he should have made time to meet with Eaves after the most embarrassing season in school history and discuss some potential fixes.Most people might not care about hockey, but it’s still a revenue generating sport — although probably not for much longer — and there are still almost 8,000 season ticket holders, or at least there used to be. Alvarez’s non-action shows how he feels about the sport. Can you imagine if basketball went 4-26? Madison would be burning under the fiery rage of Alvarez right about now.But the real issue here is that Eaves now looks like a scapegoat. He said near the end of March that he was planning on keeping both Gary Shuchuk and Matt Walsh on the staff for next season. It wouldn’t make much sense for him to come out and lock in a decision like that to all of a sudden go in the opposite direction.But that’s what happened. There could be a couple of reasons why, but the most likely one is that Alvarez forced Eaves to pick between his job and his assistants’ jobs.It doesn’t matter what the reason is though. Regardless of what took place during the talk between Eaves and Alvarez, Eaves had to let go both of his assistants. He might have tried to save their jobs, but now he looks like he’s throwing them out in the wreck, blaming them for causing it even though he’s the one in charge.It might be a temporary solution to start anew, but don’t think that will stop the horrific crash of Wisconsin hockey. In fact, a 26-car pile up will seem like a not-so-terrible alternative compared to the danger looming on the horizon.First of all, season ticket holders are going to start dropping like flies, even more so than they already are. Wisconsin has lost around 4,000 season ticket holders in the last four years and that number is undoubtedly going to grow by the time next fall rolls around.Then there’s the fact that Wisconsin just lost Shuchuk, who’s in charge of recruiting. UW has a good freshmen class coming in next season, including one of the best overall goaltenders. But it’d be unrealistic to expect that Wisconsin will retain all of its recruits with Shuchuk gone.More importantly than that, recruiting down the road will become an uphill climb with what’s taken place in the last year and a program that seems to be getting lost as it ages.Wisconsin already lost out on one of the best recruits this year in Brock Boeser, who changed his commitment from Wisconsin to North Dakota when he saw the train in its earliest stages of derailment. He’ll probably be the first of many to change his mind in the coming years.But even if Wisconsin manages to make it out of this wreck and return somewhat to previous form, it won’t matter. The attendance numbers in the last several years tell you all you need to know. The sport that used to be the crown jewel of the athletic department is now one that people just scoff at.It might be partially the assistants’ faults for not fulfilling their roles as best they could. It might have a lot to do with Eaves’ defensive-minded teams and sporadic recruiting classes.But the real problem is that Alvarez won’t make meaningful changes to the program, because in the end it doesn’t seem to mean much to him.Until it does, let’s just go watch basketball.Dan is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think firing both assistants was the right move for Wisconsin? Let Dan know by emailing him at email@example.com or tweeting him @DanCoco7.
During the world championships in Moscow last month, sprint king Usain Bolt was asked how long he intended to keep running. He kept reporters guessing and some thought he wouldn’t last until the next Olympics.But on Wednesday Bolt said that he would call it quits after racing at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.“So far it’s after the Olympics in Rio,” the 27-year-old told reporters in Brussels, where he is competing Friday. “If I’m in great shape and I go there and do what I have to do, I think it would be a good time to retire on top and having dominated for so long.”The Jamaican admitted he struggled with his motivation this year and it is little wonder given he has regularly coasted to 100- and 200-meter victories at the Olympics and world championships.“I couldn’t find that goal, that drive to get going again,” Bolt said. “I sat down and thought to myself — what do I really want? And what can I do in this sport some more?”Including relays, Bolt owns a combined 14 gold medals in the sport’s two biggest events and is the world record-holder in both the 100 and 200 meters. In order to ensure his place in the pantheon of sporting legends, Bolt said he needs to go out on a high in Rio — and hopes his powerful body cooperates.“I’ve made up my mind that if I want to be among the greats of Ali, Pele and all these guys I have to continue dominating until I retire,” he added.“I’m really focusing on getting every season correct, trying not to get injured and just continue dominating so at the end of my career people will put me among the greats.”His accomplishments to date already make him one of the best athletes of all time. Not the shy type, Bolt called himself a “legend” after achieving another individual sprint double at the 2012 London Olympics. No one came close to challenging him in Russia.His only misstep since rising to the top took place at the 2011 world championships in South Korea when he false started and was disqualified from the 100-meter final. And in a sport hit hard recently by positive drug tests to sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell — the latter two are fellow Jamaicans — Bolt has never tested positive, always maintaining that he is clean.With a personality larger than his 6-foot-5-inch frame, Bolt is especially popular among fans and sponsors alike. Forbes this year named him the 40th highest-paid athlete in the world with earnings of $24.2 million.He features in commercials for Virgin and is also backed by Puma, Samsung and Nissan, among others.
Inter Allies attacker Lord Ofosuhene has joined Swedish Allsvenskan side Falkenbergs FF on a loan deal with an option to buy until the summer.The fast forward joined the Swedish top-flight side on Sunday and played for their U21 side in their 2-2 draw at home to Kalmar.Falkenbergs head coach Jonas Axeldal was impressed by his new signing after seeing him play: “He looks interesting. Lord has good technique and speed, something we didn’t have in the team before.”Ofosuhene is very fast on and off the ball, he can be at the helm of all the attacking positions: left forward, centre of attack (main striker) right forward and as an attacking midfielder.It’s always a delight to watch an outstanding technical ability of a player who has so much pace. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports