Revenge on minds of volleyball team

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team (22-3, 14-2 Big Ten)will have a lot on the line when it hits the road for the final time in theregular season this weekend. Revenge is on the minds of the Badgers as they take ontop-ranked Penn State (24-2, 16-0) Friday night in match that will be streamedlive on the Nittany Lions’ athletic website www.gopsusports.com.The last time these two teams faced off, Oct. 19, theBadgers and Nittany Lions were playing for the Big Ten lead in front of asold-out Field House crowd. Penn State left Madison with the win after ahard-fought five-game match. Now Wisconsin is looking to return the favor bydefeating Penn State on its home court.”We’ve made some improvements since (the last meeting),”senior co-captain Jocelyn Wack said. “Just how the game ended last time and howwe should have beaten [Penn State] in four and how we kind of let the matchslip away has been motivation this whole time to get back in the gym every dayand improve on the little things.”Since their last meeting, both teams have been playing atdifferent levels. Penn State has not dropped a game, going 6-0 and ascending tothe top of the national rankings. Wisconsin during that time has gone 5-1 andswept only one opponent. However, many Badgers see an advantage in going the distancein several matches of late, as it has allowed Wisconsin to develop andstrengthen its bench.”Although we have gone five, it has been really good becausewe have gotten a lot of players out on the court,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “We’ve really shown that it doesn’t matter if I’m out there or Nikki(Klingsporn)’s out there, Megan (Mills) or Kim (Kuzma), Al (Wack) or (Caity)DuPont. No matter who is out on the court, we are still going to be solid andwe are still going to pull out wins.”The Big Ten title will also be on the line when the Badgerstake on the Nittany Lions. With only four matches remaining and trailing PennState by two games, it is now or never for Wisconsin, especially the seniorclass, if it still wants to have a shot at the conference championship. With awin, the Badgers will keep their title hopes alive, but a loss would clinch afifth-straight Big Ten title for the Nittany Lions.”We’re getting down to where there are only four matchesleft,” head coach Pete Waite said. “In order to have a shot to tie for thetitle, we need to get the win, and somebody else needs to beat Penn State. Thisis an important one for us.”After taking on Penn State Friday, Wisconsin will fly homefor the weekend before flying to Columbus Sunday to get ready for its Mondaynight matchup against Ohio State, which will air live on the Big Ten Network. Following its Oct. 17 loss to Wisconsin, Ohio State has beenup and down, winning the next four before dropping the last three to fall intoninth place in the Big Ten. However, Waite knows Ohio State plays better athome and will provide a challenging matchup.”Early in theseason [Ohio State was] changing their lineup around a little bit,” Waite said.”I think they have been staying withBrianaMcCarthysetting so they should be a little bit more stable. They’realways strong at home, and I think they have a better crowd than they have hadin the past. We know that is going to be a good environment.”The last thing on the line this weekend is Wisconsin’sundefeated road record in conference play, which the Badgers know they have tomaintain with the title on the line.”Obviouslywe’ve won a couple close ones and fought hard to win those,” Waite said abouthis team’s play on the road. “What is more important is that it counts for theshot at the title so we want to get it done.”last_img read more

Humboldt Crabs take weekend series with 5-0 win over California Expos

first_imgARCATA >> With their 1-0 lead hanging in the balance entering the late stages Sunday afternoon, the Crabs’ offense was able to provide some much-needed breathing room.They did it in rather loud fashion, too.Shortstop Michael Perri and left fielder James Outman homered in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, to back a Humboldt pitching staff that allowed just three hits and threw its first shutout of the season in the Crabs’ 5-0 win over the California Expos in front of 1,046 …last_img

District Job Interview sees Miami East-MVCTC FFA’ers compete

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.The Job Interview Career Development consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.last_img read more

Northeast groups to protest against govt’s bid to reintroduce Citizenship Bill

first_imgNon-Governmental Organisations across the northeastern States have lined up protest programmes against the Narendra Modi government’s bid to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said a few days ago that the Centre would reintroduce the Bill in Parliament in November. The proposed legislation was cleared by the Lok Sabha in January but not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 and grant citizenship to people from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in India even if they do not possess any proper document. The current requirement is 12 years of stay.In Nagaland capital Kohima, the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) has scheduled a ‘public protest’ on October 3 to mark the beginning of the campaign against the Bill perceived to be a demographic threat to indigenous communities, some of whom number less than 1,000.NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha said the organisation had asked all the Legislative Assemblies of the eight north-eastern States to adopt a resolution against the Bill and urge the Centre to take necessary steps to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The NEFIP is a conglomerate of 250 social organisations in the northeast.Student organisations Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Khasi Students’ Union and All Manipur Students’ Union have pledged support to the protests.In Assam, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has sought a united protest by the State’s indigenous organisations against any attempt to pass the Bill. “We will not accept the Bill under any circumstances. It poses a huge threat, which will affect the spirit of democracy. We cannot let this kind of Bill destroy our society,” its leader Akhil Gogoi said.last_img read more

Kemba Walker expects ‘crazy’ reaction as NBA All-Star starter at home

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The 28-year-old Walker was named to the All-Star team for the third time Thursday, but it was his first selection as a starter.He becomes another big story line for the All-Star weekend, along with Stephen Curry returning to the city where he grew up, and former North Carolina college basketball star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan hosting the game in his own state.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker didn’t win the fan vote, finishing third among Eastern Conference guards behind Kyrie Irving and Dwayne Wade. It was the media and his fellow NBA players — both picked him second, ahead of Wade — that got him over the top and earned him the start.“The respect from my peers is what means a lot to me,” Walker said. “The guys I go up against each and every night. You know, to have their respect, I think that’s huge. And that’s what I care most about, to have the respect of my peers.” US Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian has testicular cancer but still eyes Tokyo 2020 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Walker is set to become a free agent after this season, but has repeatedly said he wants to return to the Hornets, where he is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.Walker is averaging a career-best 25 points this season along with 5.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds.His 3-point shooting has dipped to 35.8 percent — down from 38.4 percent last season — but he is still the man carrying the load for the Hornets night in and night out.“I feel very deserving,” said Walker, who is listed as a generous 6-foot-1. “I’ve been playing really well this season. Yeah, I feel like I deserve to be in the position I am today and I think that is why I am. I don’t think they would (give) a starters position in the All-Star Game to a guy who doesn’t deserve it.”Walker said he hadn’t even been thinking about being named an NBA All-Star starter the past few weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) shoots between Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and center Marc Gasol in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets point guard Kemba Walker can’t imagine what the atmosphere will be like when he’s introduced as an NBA All-Star game starter next month on his home court.“I haven’t given it any thought, but I’m sure it will be an unbelievable moment being that the game is in Charlotte,” Walker said. “I’ve been here for eight years now, so it’s going to be crazy.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES He said a few family members had pointed it out to him that he was third in the voting, but Walker said his focus has been on the season and helping Charlotte get to the postseason.The man who once walked off the court early this year after a game-winning shot shouting “This is my city!” is now the toast of the town in Charlotte.“It’s up there,” Walker said of the accomplishment. “I don’t know where to put it yet, but it’s pretty high on the accomplishments in my career. This one right here is definitely top of the line, man. It’s an unbelievable accomplishment.”He said his first NBA All-Star selection in 2017 was special, but this one might be more important.“I don’t know if a lot of players can actually say they played in the All-Star Game in their actual city, their team’s city,” Walker said. “It is definitely up there with my first for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more