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Lady Cats Defeat Lady Lions In Volleyball

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wlidcats defeated The Rushville Lady Lions 25-16, 25-21, 25-13 in Volleyball action.It was a great start to the season to beat a conference team. The girls looked good but still has things to work on. Kaitlyn Obert led the team with 5 ace serves with Jenna Orschell not far behind by adding 4 ace serves. Jenna also had 4 great digs. Kayley Schoettelkotte and Kamryn McCool shared the led with 7 kills each and Meredith Bohman added 5 kills as well. Megan Getz led with 7 digs.The Lady Wildcats take on Hagerstown Tuesday night at home with start time at 5:30. Come out and support the teams.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.last_img read more

Switzerland County lifts ban

first_imgVevay, IN—Switzerland County Commissioners lifted the countywide burn ban as of Monday.  Clark County remains the only county in southeastern Indiana with a ban still in place.last_img

Serena leads semi-final charge of thirtysomethings

first_imgBy Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Only three women can now prevent Serena Williams from clinching a 23rd grand slam title on Saturday – her sister Venus, a younger compatriot and a 34-year-old Croatian she last played nearly two decades ago.The quartet take to Rod Laver Arena today with Serena playing Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Venus facing Coco Vandeweghe at the business end of an Australian Open where upsets have been a daily occurrence.The seedings have not proved much of a guide in the women’s draw this year, with world number two Serena the sole survivor of the top 12 at the start the tournament.The head-to-head will not provide much help either when assessing Serena’s matchup against Lucic-Baroni, given their last meeting came in 1998 at Wimbledon when they were both 16.“It was on Centre Court. That’s all I remember. I remember winning. I was so excited because I was so young. She obviously was super young, too. That’s all,” Serena said yesterday after beating Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.“We have totally different games now, the both of us. We both have gone through a lot. We both have survived, and here we are, which I think is a really remarkable story.”As six-time Melbourne Park champion, Serena will be clear favourite, of course, more so because she has reached her 34th grand slam semi-final without losing a set.Lucic-Baroni’s path to the last four has been more of a battle, as befits a woman who has overcome huge adversity to get back to the top of the game after years in the wilderness.While Serena missed the back end last season with a shoulder problem, Lucic-Baroni has more immediate concerns about an injury to her left leg.“I’m going to be just fine,” said the world number 79. “I’m going to recover, do some therapy, and I’ll be fine. I’ll just put some extra tapes on and hopefully it will hold me together. I’ll fight hard. I’ll be okay.”The first semi-final is an all-American affair pitching Venus, the oldest woman in the draw, against 25-year-old surprise package Vandeweghe.Venus does not have an Australian Open crown in her collection of seven grand slam titles and has reached the final just once, losing to Serena in 2003.Vandeweghe has got to the last four of a grand slam for the first time here by blowing opponents off the court with her booming serve and big winners.Venus might be hoping that the occasion gets the better of the world number 35 but promised nevertheless that the power tennis would not be coming from just one side of the net.Power is her game, her strength. She’s putting the ball in with it, it’s awesome to see really,” Venus said.“(But) I play a power game as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to play good defence and have good movement around the court. Hopefully this will be a plus for me.”Vandeweghe was seven years old when Venus first played at the Australian Open and said it is remarkable to think she was about to face a player she once asked for an autograph.“It’s a dream to play someone you grew up watching,” she said. “To play an unbelievable player, future Hall of Famer, Venus, to be on the court with her but to do it at this stage of a grand slam is kind of crazy.”last_img read more

Rovers offered Orr as Connolly joins Royals

first_imgQPR have offered Bradley Orr to Blackburn and loaned Matt Connolly to Championship side Reading for the rest of the season.Orr, 29, is discussing a possible move to Rovers after being made available by R’s boss Mark Hughes this week.Like Orr, Connolly has been pushed further down the pecking order at Loftus Road by the recent signing of Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City.AdChoices广告Connolly, who joined Rangers from Arsenal four years ago, will be reunited with former QPR team-mate Kaspars Gorkss at the Madejski Stadium.Related story: Defender Orr set for Loftus Road exit (29 January)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nationwide, faculty pay sees smallest increase in at least 50 years

first_imgProfessors’ salaries nationwide increased less this year than ever in recent history, and this was especially true at USC, though the move was intentional.An annual study from the American Association of University Professors revealed a miniscule 1.2 percent increase in academic salaries across the United States in 2009-2010. USC raised its salaries less than half that amount.“We instituted a pay freeze,” said Martin Levine, vice provost of faculty affairs. “The economic recession hit everyone hard, but we are increasing salaries over the two-year period to counteract it.”The pay freeze meant that administrative staff earning salaries above $57,000 did not receive an increase in salary during the 2009-2010 school year.“Our endowment dropped almost a third in value, so we would either have had to let valuable staff and faculty go or have raised tuition substantially,” said Alex Capron, president of the Academic Senate. “We didn’t want to resort to either.”Capron said the Academic Senate agreed to the pay freeze after reviewing the university’s circumstances.“It was the best solution in a bad situation,” he said.Thanks to the pay freeze, USC was able to keep its faculty members and raise tuition by just 3.95 percent, the smallest percentage since 1969.“Our main source of revenue is tuition, so we’re grateful that families and students continue to love us and to apply,” Levine said. “Our budget did very well compared to that of our peer institutions.”USC plans to resume its salary increases next year.“We set our salaries individually on the basis of merit, and we’re now determining the faculty salaries for next year,” Levine said. “The average increase will be appreciably greater than inflation over the last two years. We want to pay our faculty what they’re worth.”The 1.2 percent national salary increase reported by the AAUP is the smallest jump in at least 50 years, falling even below the rate of inflation for the year, which was 2.7 percent.According to Levine, USC’s faculty pay increases for the 2010-2011 school year will exceed the inflation rate for the same two-year period.“Some universities always give increases on a two-year cycle,” he said. “We usually do it every year, but this time we’re doing it on a two-year basis.”The AAUP report also did not include the effects of midyear salary cuts and furloughs at public universities.“We use the data provided by universities at the beginning of their school year, and they weren’t anticipating furloughs and state budget cuts,” said John Curtis, AAUP director of research and public policy.Curtis is currently working to find how much the furloughs at institutions like the University of California schools affected the AAUP’s average. The UC system reports that furloughs could account for anywhere from 4 to 10 percent of unreported salary decrease.“Many of our peer universities across the country had furloughs not reflected in the [AAUP report’s] numbers,” Levine said. “We’re quite proud that we did not have furloughs or pay cuts.”Curtis said the AAUP was expecting the drop in salary increases given the nation’s economic condition.“We knew this year would be tough — our last report was titled ‘On the Brink,’” he said. “Higher education tends to take longer to recover from recessions than the economy as a whole does.”last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Eastern Illinois to offer first home test of season

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will play their home opener this Friday at the Kohl Center against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Both teams will be in search of their first win after each dropping the first game of the season to their respective opponents.The Badgers are coming off a tough overtime loss in their season opener against No. 20 Saint Mary’s. The Gaels’ senior point guard Jordan Ford was just too much to handle with 26 points and three assists in their 65–63 defeat of the Badgers.Men’s Basketball: Reuvers, Davison not enough to secure victory in heartbreaking season openerIn their first game of the season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost in heartbreaking fashion in overtime Read…There is reason for optimism after the Badgers’ first outing as their defense played strong and stingy, forcing the Gaels to shoot under 40 percent from the field. The only sight of concern for the Badgers was a stretch in the first half where they were unable to score a bucket for six consecutive minutes. This allowed the Gaels to go on a 21–3 as well as erase an eight point deficit and take a 10 point lead.Nate Reuvers led the Badgers with 22 points and six rebounds and Brad Davison followed that up with 16 points and four rebounds. D’Mitrik Trice finished with 10 points and three assists.The Eastern Illinois Panthers are currently 0-1 after a 25 point loss to No. 13 Texas Tech. The Panthers play a guard heavy lineup but that does mean that they are undersized. The average height of their starting lineup is still 6-foot-5 with a whole lot of speed to complement their height.Men’s Basketball: Diving deep into Badgers’ prospects for 2019-2020Ethan Happ has been the unquestioned leader of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team over the past three seasons. Read…George Dixon of Eastern Illinois led his team with 13 points in their season opener. The only other player scoring in double figures was Jordan Skipper-Brown with 10 points. The Panthers are prone to take the ball inside rather than shoot the three. They attempted 16 three-pointers and converted only six of those attempts in their first game.Eastern Illinois plays with pressure defense and then gets out and runs in transition. During their game against Texas Tech, Dixon and Jordan Skipper-Brown both had multiple emphatic dunks in transition off steals from the defensive end.Men’s Basketball: Badgers absent from AP top 25 rankingsDisappointingly, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball team is not ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country in the Read…The Panthers play with tremendous amount of depth, 11 players saw the floor in their opener and nine received considerable minutes. Junior guard Deang Deang contributed nine points and five assists coming off the bench for the Panthers.The Badgers will be looking to get back on track with an arguably easier matchup than their last contest. Tipoff from the Kohl Center is 7 p.m. this Friday. You can watch the action on Big Ten Plus or listen in live with the Badger Radio Network.last_img read more

Syracuse commit Buddy Boeheim on Sweet 16 run: ‘What they’re doing is a big goal of mine’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 There is no telling how many shots Buddy has made in the Carrier Dome and Carmelo K. Anthony Center. When he wasn’t at school or playing in a game of his own, he practically lived in Melo, Buddy said. He and his older brother, Jimmy, a freshman at Cornell, routinely competed in drills with SU players during the summer.Buddy, a 6-foot-5, 170-pound shooting guard, progressed from high school reserve to Division-I bound standout, averaging 26.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game at Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School in 2016-17. He earned All-CNY Player of the Year honors because of an intense work ethic, his coach at J-D, Brad Ike, said. His father, SU head coach Jim Boeheim, told ESPN last year that he has never seen anyone in his 49 years of coaching work harder than Buddy.“He’s as focused as he’s ever been,” his mother, Juli, said.Buddy said he focused on his jumpshot and strength this season at Brewster in preparation for his years playing under his dad. But for now, he’s seeking the thrill of another Final Four run.“What they’re doing,” Buddy said, “is a big goal of mine.” Commentscenter_img Syracuse commit Buddy Boeheim, who’s wrapping up his high school career at Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy, has sat a few rows from the court for each of SU’s first three NCAA Tournament games. He’s only missed a handful of Tournament games over the past few years. And he will cheer on Syracuse near the floor again on Friday night, when 11th-seeded Syracuse looks to continue its run, this time against No. 2 seed Duke from CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.“This run has been amazing,” Buddy said on Wednesday. “We know we have a chance every time. These guys are handling everything, playing together, never giving up. It’s awesome to watch this, knowing I’ll be a part of it soon.”Buddy officially committed on Sept. 8, 2017 to play for his father and suit up for the Orange this fall. He attended several SU games this season, and he watched practices and played pick-up games with team managers and assistant coaches. But his focus over the past week has been on the one goal he has for his time at SU: a national title alongside his dad.last_img read more

Data breakdown: Syracuse’s defensive strain, exceptional special teams

first_img Published on August 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm Contact Anthony: Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.In this two-part series, The Daily Orange looked at where Syracuse’s offense and defense went wrong in 2019 and how they can improve their efficiency in 2020. Read the first part about Syracuse’s offense here.After Syracuse head coach Dino Babers fired defensive coordinator Brian Ward following a Nov. 2 blowout 58-27 loss to Boston College, the Orange’s defense continued to struggle. Louisville and Wake Forest moved the ball routinely against SU. The Cardinals ran for 370 yards, and the Demon Deacons passed for 421.In the offseason, SU hired Tony White from Arizona State to implement a 3-3-5 defense in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic stalled progress in learning the new system leading up to the Orange’s season-opener on Sept. 12, Babers said.Most notably, SU is replacing Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson — its top two pass rushers who combined for 8.5 sacks in 2019 — and at least five starters from the group that began the final game against Wake Forest last season. The secondary might be the strongest point on the Orange’s entire roster with returning safety Andre Cisco and corners Trill Williams and Ifeatu Melifonwu.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBelow is part two of The D.O.’s analytical season preview, which highlights Syracuse’s defense and special teams, with data from Football Outsiders and regression after a remarkable 2018 seasonWhile better teams who are ahead will generally force more turnovers than worse ones or ones often trailing, it’s rare for a team to be consistently excellent in both turnover margin and points off turnovers. Syracuse had a +13 turnover margin in 2018, fifth-best in the nation. This was one season after finishing with 12 total takeaways in the entire 2017 season and a -12 margin. Syracuse’s 31 takeaways were not only extremely difficult to replicate, but its third-highest number in the nation inflated the quality of that 2018 Syracuse team by multiple points per game.In 2019, the Orange forced 25 turnovers, which kept SU in multiple games that they otherwise wouldn’t have been in. The Orange finished 13th nationally with a +9 turnover margin. It’s unusual for a team who saw a one-year spike in turnovers forced to continue that into the ensuing season, but the Orange were able to force 12 fumbles and intercept 13 passes. If opponents take care of the football better, it could force the SU offense into longer fields.Yiwei He | Digital EditorAs Syracuse transitions to a 3-3-5 defense under Tony White, they’ll get an extra player on the field at arguably their best position group.Syracuse’s defense was built to play with a lead in 2019, and the offense didn’t produce enough for the Orange to successfully play that way. The Orange were able to continue to turn teams over, an encouraging sign that they can potentially stave off regression in that category. SU was extremely vulnerable to the run in 2019, and switching to a 3-3-5 doesn’t necessarily help that.Before leaving for Arizona State as cornerbacks coach and then defensive coordinator, Tony White was the Cornerbacks/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator at San Diego State, whose 3-3-5 defense has consistently been one of the best in the country in recent seasons. Their numbers are near the top in almost every category. SDSU ranked No. 1 in defensive line yards, No. 4 in defensive opportunity rate and No. 2 in stuff rate in 2019. Only one other team was able to stop a higher percentage of runs for either no gain or a loss. And 2019 wasn’t the only year SDSU was near the top of the charts in line yards and stuff rate, as the Aztecs were also near the top of the rushing defense rankings in 2017 and 2018. SDSU was middle of the nation in sack numbers, according to Football Outsiders. In 2019, ASU’s defense was No. 58 in defensive line yards, but struggled to generate pressure as they were 95th in sack rate.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s defense was No. 104 out of 130 in defensive line yards and No. 101 in power success rate. The Orange had lost nose tackle Chris Slayton before 2019, and this year, there will be even more onus on NT Josh Black as he learns the 3-3-5 and is likely the primary nose tackle in the middle of the defense. How well he does against double-teams will be one of the most important factors in improving the SU run defense.Syracuse’s secondary is its strongest unit defensively, with All-American Cisco and big corners Williams and Melifonwu on the outside. Cisco said that multiple players have been sharing time at the “rover” role, which is the extra member in the “5” of the 3-3-5 defense.Only Florida State committed more penalties per game than Syracuse in 2019Syracuse’s 9.1 penalties per game was a few ticks behind FSU at 9.3, but this is a recurring trend since Babers arrived at SU. In three of the past four seasons, the Orange have been on the top 20 for most penalized teams. Only in 2017-18 did the Orange not finish near the top of the national list in penalties. Against Holy Cross last year, two players were ejected for targeting. When Babers was asked about it last season, he didn’t cite inexperienced players.“That’s the thing that’s troubling,” Babers said last November. “We’ve got too many older guys having penalties, and we can’t have that with them.”If Syracuse wants to improve its record in 2020, the efficiency inside both 20-yard lines cannot be near the bottom of the list nationallySU’s offense had 46 red zone trips last season, per, and scored on 35 of them. That 76.09% metric ranked 110 out of 130 FBS teams offensively, and the 24 touchdowns ranked them 103rd in red zone TD efficiency. Most SU fans remember when the Orange came up empty on back-to-back possessions in a 17-6 game against Clemson during the third quarter. A 3rd down stop and a DeVito interception turned what could have been an SU lead against the defending national champions into a 41-6 defeat.Syracuse’s defense was above average in overall red zone efficiency in stopping opponents from scoring, but when those opponents did score, it was too often for touchdowns. The Orange were 99th in touchdown prevention rate. In 2018, SU was 21st in offensive red zone efficiency and 20th in defensive touchdown rate. The Orange gave up plenty of yards in 2018 but managed to hold teams to field goals more often than not. In 2019, Syracuse couldn’t keep enough teams out of the endzone.While the Orange struggled on both offense and defense, their special teams was once again one of the nation’s best.According to Bill Connelly’s SP+ ratings, the Orange had the best special teams unit in the ACC and the fifth-best in the country.Football Outsiders also has a metric to judge how valuable special teams are on a per possession basis. According to their numbers, Syracuse was fifth in punting efficiency. The Orange could do better to improve at punt returner with the departure of Sean Riley. Even though Riley had plenty of punt return volume for SU, he was No. 115 nationally in punt return efficiency. Most of SU’s efficiency in special teams came from punter Sterling Hohfrichter and kicker Andre Szmyt. Hohfrichter isn’t returning in 2020, after being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 7th round, and Szmyt wasn’t as effective in 2019 as he was in 2018 when he ranked 12th in kicking efficiency and won the Lou Groza award. Even still, he ranked in the top half of the country in field goal kicking last season.Graphic from collegefootballdata.comWithout improvements on defense, in the red zone and a cleaner game penalty-wise, Syracuse could inch down the same path toward a losing season in 2020.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp focus on Kildare challenge

first_imgThe sides meet in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon at 1.30.Tipp overcame Connacht Champions Galway to reach the last four of the competition having lost out to Kerry in the Munster final.A win on Sunday would see them face the Kingdom in the All Ireland final. Charlie McGeever says Kildare have improved as the championship has progressed.last_img

National Senior Day: Meet Posen’s Famous Lady, ‘Ms. B’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOver the weekend was National Senior Day. Honoring some of very own we took a look back into their personal lives.Meet 92-year-old Beatrice Richards of Posen who loves to be called: “Ms. B.” This woman truly has a book of history to tell and that’s just what she does.Over the summer “Ms. B” had her roof replaced thanks to Habit of Humanity of Northeast Michigan, and that’s when all the history poured out.At the age of 17-years-old, “Ms. B” worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant as one of the famous ‘Rosie the Riveter’s.’During World War II women were in high demand replacing men who were drafted to war.“My job was putting the little screws into paint and putting them into big parts that goes into the nose of the B–29 bombers. That was a nice job, I liked it,” she said.To help during the war, the brave young woman took a leap of faith leaving the small town of Posen to move to the city of Detroit.“It was kind of scary you know for a farm girl to go into the city, but I made it, I got use to it,” she added.Looking over 92 years worth of photos “Ms. B” reflected on her favorite hobbies, like sewing, baking and deer hunting; yes that’s a “10 pointer” on her wall.“That’s my deer,” she proudly showed off.If you think her story was finished, it was only the beginning. After losing her first husband in 1958, “Ms. B.” started cooking in 1961, not knowing that her cooking would turn into a world-famous cookbook.“I’ve got cookbooks in England, in France, in North Carolina, I’ve got books there… in Traverse City, and in Gaylord,” she revealed.Oh! And she even has thousand’s of ribbons.“Oh gosh! I never counted them, but I got a box full of them anyway,” she showed us.This little lady has managed to win ribbons from the annual Posen Potato Festival every year thanks to her famous cheeseburger soup. Her secret, “Ms. B” said: ‘It’s all about finding the right red potatoes.”’“Red potatoes are my favorite. They’re a firmer potato and they keep their shape better,” she explained.And if you think “Ms. B sits down at the age of 92? Nope! She still moves daily by herself and says a nap is what helps her keep going.“I manage, I manage, hopefully I can manage until 100, I plan on it,” she laughed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: B-29 Bombers, National Senior Day, Rosie the Riveter, World War IIContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Co. Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help After a Restaurant Break-InNext 2 Men Arrested in Connection with Hale Murderlast_img read more