Many people thrifted, found, and gathered the perfect 80s outfit for a totally tubular throwback weekend on the slopes. Outfits usually included such accessories as neon jackets, leggings and leg warmers, Grateful Dead goggle straps, and wooden skis with bamboo poles. Beech Mountain Resort held their fourth annual Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend last month on February 20-22. Many people traveled far and wide to partake in a time warp experience like no other. With more than eight fresh inches of snow the week prior and Madonna look-alikes skiing besides you, what more could a shredder want from a weekend on the slopes?The resort planned many activities for skiers and snowboarders to partake in over the course of the weekend including live music, contests, and discount prices. The scheduled events started on Friday with Carolina Ghostbusters playing at Fast Eddies. Another retro 80s band, Buick MacKane, played at the Mile High Tavern with a Madonna look-alike contest to close out the night. Events continued with a full day of activities starting on Saturday afternoon with several iconic 80s cars located in the ski village. The Breakfast Club band played at Beech Tree where a totally retro 80s apparel contest took place — the winner would receive $500. The band played from 7:30pm-2am, making this is the largest weekend event that Beech Mountain holds all season. Additionally, to make matters more festive, the resort had specials on lodging, rentals, and food around town which all ended in $0.80.DID YOU KNOW: Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in Eastern America with the peak elevation reaching 5,506 feet. At the peak of the mountain there is a one of a kind amenity that gets its name from the elevation of the resort — 5506’ Skybar. It’s only accessible by taking the longest lift the resort has, and the sky bar offers food, drinks, snacks, and a deck for hanging loose. In the winter it offers a place to defrost and in the summer months it offers a place of relaxation for mountain bikers. The resort has seven total lifts and 16 total trails. They also offer a terrain park for the more gnarly shredders and ice-skating for those that wish to stay off the slopes. A village of several different shops surrounds the ice rink, including the resort’s namesake, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. For a full list of upcoming events hosted by the resort or to plan a last minute trip, visit their website here.
August 1, 2005 Regular News Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132 The Florida Supreme Court invites all interested persons to comment on Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 (Pretrial Release) and 3.132 (Pretrial Detention), which the court temporarily readopted, after the Florida Legislature repealed the rules to the extent they were inconsistent with Chapter 2000-178, Laws of Florida. See In re: Fla. Rules of Crim. Pro. 3.131 & 3.132, No. SC05-739 (Fla. June 30, 2005); ch. 2000-178, §5, at 1909, Laws of Fla. The court specifically seeks comments concerning whether the rules, which require trial judges to consider nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for defendants charged with dangerous crimes, including domestic violence, should be amended to reflect the Legislature’s intent as demonstrated in section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes (2000), which the Court recently found unconstitutional. See State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005). Before taking final action on the rules, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b). The court also invites comments from the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Rules 3.131 and 3.132 are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 29, along with a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.131 AND 3.132, CASE NO. SCO5-739 Rule 3.131 Pretrial Release a) Right to Pretrial Release. Unless charged with a capital offense or an offense punishable by life imprisonment and the proof of guilt is evident or the presumption is great, every person charged with a crime or violation of municipal or county ordinance shall be entitled to pretrial release on reasonable conditions. If no conditions of release can reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process, the accused may be detained. (b) Hearing at First Appearance—Conditions of Release. (1) Unless the state has filed a motion for pretrial detention pursuant to rule 3.132, the court shall conduct a hearing to determine pretrial release. For the purpose of this rule, bail is defined as any of the forms of release stated below. There is a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release. The judicial officer shall impose the first of the following conditions of release that will reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process; or, if no single condition gives that assurance, shall impose any combination of the following conditions: (A) personal recognizance of the defendant; (B) execution of an unsecured appearance bond in an amount specified by the judge; (C) placement of restrictions on the travel, association, or place of abode of the defendant during the period of release; (D) placement of the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant; (E) execution of a bail bond with sufficient solvent sureties, or the deposit of cash in lieu thereof; provided, however, that any criminal defendant who is required to meet monetary bail or bail with any monetary component may satisfy the bail by providing an appearance bond; or (F) any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours. (2) The judge shall at the defendant’s first appearance consider all available relevant factors to determine what form of release is necessary to assure the defendant’s appearance. If a monetary bail is required, the judge shall determine the amount. (3) In determining whether to release a defendant on bail or other conditions, and what that bail or those conditions may be, the court may consider the nature and circumstances of the offense charged and the penalty provided by law; the weight of the evidence against the defendant; the defendant’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition; the defendant’s past and present conduct, including any record of convictions, previous flight to avoid prosecution, or failure to appear at court proceedings; the nature and probability of danger that the defendant’s release poses to the community; the source of funds used to post bail; whether the defendant is already on release pending resolution of another criminal proceeding or is on probation, parole, or other release pending completion of sentence; and any other facts the court considers relevant. (4) All information provided by a defendant in connection with any application for or attempt to secure bail, to any court, court personnel, or individual soliciting or recording such information for the purpose of evaluating eligibility for or securing bail for the defendant, under circumstances such that the defendant knew or should have known that the information was to be used in connection with an application for bail, shall be accurate, truthful, and complete, without omissions, to the best knowledge of the defendant. Failure to comply with the provisions of this subdivision may result in the revocation or modification of bail. However, no defendant shall be compelled to provide information regarding his or her criminal record. (5) Information stated in, or offered in connection with, any order entered pursuant to this rule need not strictly conform to the rules of evidence. (c) Consequences of Failure to Appear. (1) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who voluntarily appears or surrenders shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond. (2) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who is arrested at any time following forfeiture shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond or any form of bond that does not require a monetary undertaking or commitment equal to or greater than $2,000 or twice the value of the monetary commitment or undertaking of the original bond, whichever is greater. (d) Subsequent Application for Setting or Modification of Bail. (1) When a judicial officer not possessing trial jurisdiction orders a defendant held to answer before a court having jurisdiction to try the defendant, and bail has been denied or sought to be modified, application by motion may be made to the court having jurisdiction to try the defendant or, in the absence of the judge of the trial court, to the circuit court. The motion shall be determined promptly. No judge or a court of equal or inferior jurisdiction may modify or set a condition of release, unless the judge: (A) imposed the conditions of bail or set the amount of bond required; (B) is the chief judge of the circuit in which the defendant is to be tried; (C) has been assigned to preside over the criminal trial of the defendant; or (D) is the first appearance judge and was authorized by the judge initially setting or denying bail to modify or set conditions of release. (2) Applications by the defendant for modification of bail on any felony charge must be heard by a court in person at a hearing, with the defendant present and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the state attorney and county attorney, if bond forfeiture proceedings are handled by the county attorney. The state may apply for modification of bail by showing good cause and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the attorney for the defendant. (3) If any trial court fixes bail and refuses its reduction before trial, the defendant may institute habeas corpus proceedings seeking reduction of bail. If application is made to the supreme court or district court of appeal, notice and a copy of such application shall be given to the attorney general and the state attorney. Such proceedings shall be determined promptly. (e) Bail Before Conviction; Condition of Undertaking. (1) If a person is admitted to bail for appearance for a preliminary hearing or on a charge that a judge is empowered to try, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear for the hearing or to answer the charge and will submit to the orders and process of the judge trying the same and will not depart without leave. (2) If a person is admitted to bail after being held to answer by a judge or after an indictment or information on which the person is to be tried has been filed, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear to answer the charges before the court in which he or she may be prosecuted and submit to the orders and process of the court and will not depart without leave. (f) Revocation of Bail. The court in its discretion for good cause, any time after a defendant who is at large on bail appears for trial, may commit the defendant to the custody of the proper official to abide by the judgment, sentence, and any further order of the court. (g) Arrest and Commitment by Court. The court in which the cause is pending may direct the arrest and commitment of the defendant who is at large on bail when: (1) there has been a breach of the undertaking; (2) it appears that the defendant’s sureties or any of them are dead or cannot be found or are insufficient or have ceased to be residents of the state; or (3) the court is satisfied that the bail should be increased or new or additional security required. The order for the commitment of the defendant shall recite generally the facts on which it is based and shall direct that the defendant be arrested by any official authorized to make arrests and that the defendant be committed to the official in whose custody he or she would be if he or she had not been given bail, to be detained by such official until legally discharged. The defendant shall be arrested pursuant to such order on a certified copy thereof, in any county, in the same manner as on a warrant of arrest. If the order provided for is made because of the failure of the defendant to appear for judgment, the defendant shall be committed. If the order is made for any other cause, the court may determine the conditions of release, if any. (h) Bail after Recommitment. If the defendant applies to be admitted to bail after recommitment, the court that recommitted the defendant shall determine conditions of release, if any, subject to the limitations of (b) above. (i) Qualifications of Surety after Order of Recommitment. If the defendant offers bail after recommitment, each surety shall possess the qualifications and sufficiency and the bail shall be furnished in all respects in the manner prescribed for admission to bail before recommitment. (j) Issuance of Capias; Bail Specified. On the filing of either an indictment or information charging the commission of a crime, if the person named therein is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall issue or shall direct the clerk to issue, either immediately or when so directed by the prosecuting attorney, a capias for the arrest of the person. If the person named in the indictment or information is a child and the child has been served with a promise to appear under the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, capias need not be issued. Upon the filing of the indictment or information, the judge shall endorse the amount of bail, if any, and may authorize the setting or modification of bail by the judge presiding over the defendant’s first appearance hearing. This endorsement shall be made on the capias and signed by the judge. (k) Summons on Misdemeanor Charge. When a complaint is filed charging the commission of a misdemeanor only and the judge deems that process should issue as a result, or when an indictment or information on which the defendant is to be tried charging the commission of a misdemeanor only, and the person named in it is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall direct the clerk to issue a summons instead of a capias unless the judge has reasonable ground to believe that the person will not appear in response to a summons, in which event an arrest warrant or a capias shall be issued with the amount of bail endorsed on it. The summons shall state substantially the nature of the offense and shall command the person against whom the complaint was made to appear before the judge issuing the summons or the judge having jurisdiction of the offense at a time and place stated in it. (l) Summons When Defendant Is Corporation. On the filing of an indictment or information or complaint charging a corporation with the commission of a crime, whether felony Rule 3.132 Pretrial Detention (a) Motion Filed at First Appearance. A person arrested for an offense for which detention may be ordered under section 907.041, Florida Statutes, shall be taken before a judicial officer for a first appearance within 24 hours of arrest. The state may file with the judicial officer at first appearance a motion seeking pretrial detention, signed by the state attorney or an assistant, setting forth with particularity the grounds and the essential facts on which pretrial detention is sought and certifying that the state attorney has received testimony under oath supporting the grounds and the essential facts alleged in the motion. If no such motion is filed, or the motion is facially insufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine the conditions of release pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.131(b)(1). If the motion for pretrial detention is facially sufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine whether there is probable cause that the person committed the offense. If probable cause is found, the person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. If probable cause is established after first appearance pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.133 and the person has been released from custody, the person may be recommitted to custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (b) Motion Filed after First Appearance. A motion for pretrial detention may be filed at any time prior to trial. The motion shall be made to the court with trial jurisdiction. On receipt of a facially sufficient motion and a determination of probable cause, unless otherwise previously established, that an offense eligible for pretrial detention has been committed, the following shall occur: (1) In the event of exigent circumstances, the court shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the named person, if the person has been released from custody. The person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (2) In the absence of exigent circumstances, the court shall order a hearing on the motion as provided in (c) below. (c) Final Order. (1) Hearing Required. A final order of pretrial detention shall be entered only after a hearing in the court of trial jurisdiction. The hearing shall be held within 5 days of the filing of the motion or the date of taking the person in custody pursuant to a motion for pretrial detention, whichever is later. The state attorney has the burden of showing beyond a reasonable doubt the need for pretrial detention pursuant to the criteria in section 907.041, Florida Statutes. The defendant may request a continuance. The state shall be entitled to 1 continuance for good cause. No continuance shall exceed 5 days unless there are extenuating circumstances. The defendant may be detained pending the hearing, but in no case shall the defendant be detained in excess of 10 days, unless the delay is sought by the defendant. The person sought to be detained is entitled to representation by counsel, to present witnesses and evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses. The court may admit relevant evidence and testimony under oath without complying with the rules of evidence, but evidence secured in violation of the United States Constitution or the Constitution of the State of Florida shall not be admissible. A final order of pretrial detention shall not be based exclusively on hearsay evidence. No testimony by the defendant shall be admissible to prove the guilt of the defendant at any other judicial proceeding, but may be admitted in an action for perjury based on the defendant’s statements made at the pretrial detention hearing or for impeachment. (2) Findings and Conclusions to Be Recorded. The court’s pretrial detention order shall be based solely on evidence produced at the hearing and shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law to support it. The order shall be made either in writing or orally on the record. The court shall render its findings within 24 hours of the pretrial detention hearing. (3) Dissolution of Order. The defendant shall be entitled to dissolution of the pretrial detention order whenever the court finds that a subsequent event has eliminated the basis for detention. (4) Further Proceedings on Order. If any trial court enters a final order of pretrial detention, the defendant may obtain review by motion to the appropriate appellate court. If motion for review is taken to the supreme court or the district court of appeal, notice and a copy of the motion shall be served on the attorney general and the state attorney; if review is taken to the circuit court, service shall be on the state attorney. (d) Length of Detention. If ordered detained pending trial pursuant to section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes, the defendant may not be held more than 90 days. Failure of the state to bring the defendant to trial within that time shall result in the defendant’s release from detention subject to any conditions of release, unless the trial delay was requested or caused by the defendant or the defendant’s counsel. Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132
Trump impeachment articles underplayedWe are in the middle of the impeachment of the president of the United States of America.By any account, it is a proceeding with implications not only for every New Yorker, but every American, the very existence of our country and consequences for the entire world. It is an event that has only occurred three times before in the history of our country.Yet, on Jan. 23, this momentous proceeding was relegated to a story in the lower right-hand corner of your front page. More important apparently, were stories about a school budget gap and state prosecutors struggling under a new law.Not to diminish either story, but they pale in comparison to the crisis our country is facing.On Jan. 24, the impeachment coverage not only did not make the headline but was buried in a 4×5 small article on page 4. What in the world are you thinking?The only thing I can surmise is that you hope that few people read about this historic event that will change the course of history. Do better.Linda McDermottClifton ParkGive judges power to assess risk on bailRegarding the new bail law, how many Capital Region cases have there been that have raised the sky-is-falling reaction of sheriffs and Republican legislators?A couple? Five, six? It doesn’t seem more than that.On the other hand, how many people are free to continue working, supporting families or otherwise going about their lives as they await court cases?I’m not sure what the number is, but it is enough that a local bail bondsman has said he’s losing 80-90% of his business getting people out of jail who can’t afford the bail.There is no need to repeal the law as Sen. Jim Tedisco has called for. It just needs to be changed to allow judges to decide in a case where there is a clear risk or the need for a cooling-off period, as Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo suggested.Jim MurphyScotiaEnjoyed reading the historic informationI miss the 125 Years of news. I looked forward each day to reading the tidbits of news from The Daily Gazette’s history. Thank you for providing an interesting glimpse into our local past.Suzanne KingScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionClean Lady Liberty and bring her homeReturning Lady Liberty to her former home in Gateway Park will not detract from the new sculptures there. Her old spot is still vacant, waiting for her to return to her place of honor.It is a disgrace to Schenectady for an iconic national symbol to be wedged into a tiny, dangerous corner. Furthermore, was she as dirty as she is now when Mayor Gary McCarthy had her put there?Give her a good cleaning and bring her home.Joyce M. CockerhamSchenectady
The explosion was the most powerful ever to rip through Beirut, leaving the port district a wreck of mangled masonry and disabling the main entry port for imports to feed a nation of more than 6 million people.The Beirut silo was capable of holding 120,000 tons of grain, said Ahmed Tamer, the director of the port of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest city.The port in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest port, is not equipped with grain storage facilities but wheat could be transferred to warehouses 2 km (about one mile) away, he said.At the time of the blast, the Beirut silo held no more than 15,000 tons of wheat as some millers had unloaded cargoes directly because of a delay in issuing letters of credit for payment, Ahmed Hattit, the head of the wheat importers union, told the local Al-Akhbar newspaper.Hattit said existing reserves of flour were sufficient to cover market needs for a month and a half and said there were four ships carrying cargoes totaling 28,000 tons of wheat that had not docked at the port yet.Lebanon is trying to immediately transfer four vessels carrying 25,000 tons of flour to the port in Tripoli, an economy ministry official told news channel LBCI. Lebanon’s main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast along with the wheat inside, leaving the nation with less than a month’s reserves of the grain although other vessels with supplies are on the way, the economy minister said on Wednesday.Raoul Nehme told Reuters a day after Tuesday’s devastating blast that Lebanon needed reserves for at least three months to ensure food security and was looking at other storage areas.He said reserves now stood at “a bit less than a month”. Topics :
I was reminiscing about the “good old days” with a friend the other day, and the topic of rainy day activities came up. We know what a kid would do today–he/she would pull out an electronic device and spend the next 4 hours playing on it. Since my party-line phone didn’t have any of these game features on it, I had to improvise.My brother and I had a favorite game, and it was an oatmeal box tied to the top of a door and used as a basketball goal. Sometimes we used a sponge ball, but most of the time it was an old washcloth that we used to do the dishes. It was usually still wet, so it left splotches on the wall paper. Not only did we get in trouble for playing ball in the house, but for messing up the wall as well. Since I was the oldest, I usually won the games but also took the brunt of the punishment. Before that, however, there were many cries of “this is the winning basket” which could be heard throughout the house.
Susan E. Bowles Lancaster, 48 of Sunman, IN passed away Thursday July 26, 2018 at U.C. Medical Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born Tuesday December 16, 1969 in Orange County, CA; the daughter of Jerry and Glenda (Duckett) Bowles. Susan worked as a clerk for Meduit in Greensburg. Susan was a member of the Milan Ladies Auxiliary Post #235. Susan was a BIG avid fan of the Alabama Football-Crimson Tide-. She enjoyed motorcycle rides and hanging out with her family and friends. She will be missed by many; especially her two dogs: Coco and Molly. Susan was an organ donor and by doing so she helped out three families.Susan is survived by father: Jerry Bowles and step-mother: Mary Ann Bowles of Sarasota; FL; best friend/boyfriend: John Brown of Sunman; brother: Matthew (Donna) Bowles of Cumming, GA; sisters: Christina Kremer of Cumming, GA; Catherine Fellarth of Covington, Ky. She was preceded in death by her mother: Glenda Bowles.Memorial Services will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday August 9, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 3-5 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Green Hills Cemetery in Ashville, NC. Memorials may be given to the Milan Ladies Auxiliary Post #235. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243 Milan, In 47031. (812)654-2141, Milan, Indiana 47031. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Oldenburg, IN — Are you interested in what Oldenburg Academy (OA) offers for your child’s education? OA Go Week is September 28th through October 4th. The informational week will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Registration for the tour is required due to COVID-19 restrictions and is only open to 8th grade or transfer students. Click here for more information, or contact the admissions office at 812-934-4440 x.231.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth softball team ended its season on a high note by edging its rival Mount Desert Island 2-1 on Tuesday.Abby Lynch’s RBI double to right center in the sixth inning gave Ellsworth (11-5) the winning edge over MDI (3-13).Breann Cummings chipped in with a double for Ellsworth while Leah Stevens and Hannah Sargent each added a single.Kate Whitney earned the complete-game win after striking out six and just walking one.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor MDI, Ally Bender, Maddie Thornton, Avalon Kerley and Natasha Olearcek each had a single. Avalon Kerley had three stolen bases, including stealing home in the first.Lindsey McEachern pitched a complete game for MDI striking out five and walking just one.Ellsworth — currently the No. 6 seed in the Class B North standings — will compete in the preliminary round of the playoffs on Tuesday.Callie Hammer hits the ball in Ellsworth’s loss to Hermon on Saturday.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSSumner 14, DI-S 7Brittany Dyer smacked a triple, double and a single to help lead Sumner (3-12) past Deer Isle-Stonington (1-14) on Monday.Ashley Church chipped in with a single and double for Sumner.Jessalyn Gove notched three singles for DI-S.MDI 3, John Bapst 1MDI and John Bapst (7-9) battled to a 1-1 tie through the top of the eighth when MDI scored two runs and held on to win on Saturday. Avalon Kerly singled and scored the go-ahead run.Alaina Duley singled and drove in a run while Natasha Olearcek chipped in a single for MDI. Lindsay McEachern had eight strikeouts to earn the win.Hermon 6, Ellsworth 1Callie Hammer had a triple, single and scored a run while Breann Cummings chipped in an RBI single for Ellsworth in its loss to Hermon (16-0) on Saturday. Kate Whitney struck out eight in a complete-game effort.WA 17, Sumner 5Washington Academy (8-8) rolled past Sumner on Saturday.Katahdin 14, DI-S 0Katahdin (10-4) shut out Deer Isle-Stonington in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Abigail Stinson had two of the three DI-S hits, and Haley Hardy chipped in the other.Katahdin 13, DI-S 1Amy Friedell singled twice and scored the lone run for DI-S in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Lillian Gray also had two singles for DI-S.Bucksport 13, Dexter 0Bucksport (14-1) scored three runs in the first inning and ran away with the win over Dexter (8-7) on Thursday.Bucksport’s Katelin Saunders struck out 10 and had three hits, including a two-run double in that first inning. Tyler Dupont and Kaylee Grindle also had two hits for the Bucks.Ellsworth 6, WA 0Ellsworth shut out Washington Academy on Thursday.Bucksport 11, GSA 1Katelin Saunders pitched a four-hitter while striking out eight to lead Bucksport past George Stevens Academy (7-8) on Thursday.Saunders also doubled, singled and had two RBIs for Bucksport.Makenzie Smith (three singles) and Tyler Dupont (two singles) each drove in a pair of runs while Julia Zavalza doubled, singled and had an RBI.For GSA, Lily Cox, Olivia Stevenson, Sarah Mullen and Katrin Cote each singled.Mattanawcook 21, Sumner 0Ashley Church singled in the third inning for Sumner in its loss to Mattanawcook (12-3) on Thursday.Bucksport 10, MDI 3Maggie Bires and Katelin Saunders combined for 11 strikeouts while giving up five hits to lead Bucksport to a come-from-behind win over MDI on Wednesday.Bucksport scored three runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit before MDI came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. In the eighth, Bucksport capitalized on three MDI errors and took the lead for good.Madysen Robichaud paced the Bucksport offense with a double.For MDI, Maddie Thornton led the way with two doubles. Lindsey McEachern had eight strikeouts.
GREG DIXON/Herald photoWith every victory, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is making a name for itself. The excitement about the team is building as more and more Badger fans get to see them play.“I think we’re beginning to create a great product,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said at her Monday press conference. “We hope people are out there to support us, especially in our Big Ten run.”Wisconsin (6-2-1) has given its home fans plenty to cheer about this season, getting off to a 4-0 start at home while outscoring opponents 11-1. Currently in the middle of a four-game home stand, the Badgers begin Big Ten play this weekend.Much of the success for Wisconsin has come through the strong play of its young core of players. The starting lineup Sunday for the Badgers featured three sophomore defenders and four freshmen in the midfield and up front.“The enthusiasm this group is bringing and the ability that they’re taking baby steps […] is so exciting, I think, for the upperclassmen and for myself,” Wilkins said. “If your freshmen are doing most of the scoring or producing most of the scoring, I think for the future of the program that looks great.”Confidence is key in conference playSince confidence is one of the most important aspects of the game for such a young UW team, Wilkins has given it more emphasis .“We’ve had slow starts because they sort of wait for other teams to dictate the pace, and I’m trying to convince them to do different,” Wilkins said. “So, I think for the Big Ten, [confidence] is going to be important.”The start of the Big Ten season will be a tough test for the team’s psyche as they face some of the top schools in the conference. Wisconsin opens its conference slate this weekend against No. 23 Illinois (6-3-1) and Purdue (6-3-1).“If you look at our Big Ten schedule, the start is probably the best teams in the conference,” Wilkins said. “We’re going to get our feet wet really fast, and I think that’s going to help us at the end of the season.”Walsh leading young teamOne person who has been essential to the progression of the young Badgers is senior co-captain Taylor Walsh. Walsh has been a great vocal leader for Wisconsin as well as leading by example as the team’s leading goal scorer, despite missing the last three games with a knee injury.“Taylor has been one of the reasons why we’ve been successful,” Wilkins said. “When young players come in… upperclassmen can feel threatened. I think she has done the exact opposite; I think she truly believes in building this program and leaving a legacy as a leader.”More specifically, Wilkins said, Walsh has developed a great on-field relationship with freshman Laurie Nosbusch. The two have worked well together thus far, combining for 11 of the Badgers’ 21 goals.“[Taylor] is the biggest fan of Laurie Nosbusch right now, who is doing quite well,” Wilkins said. “It’s great to see that because I think it’s when they buy into the program and not just their own accolades. I think most of Taylor’s goals have come from Laurie, so I think that sort of relationship has paid off.”UW improving every gameAs the Badgers get set to begin conference play, they hope to find their place among the top teams in the Big Ten. So far, however, the team’s play has not been consistent enough for Wilkins’ liking.“It’s sort of any given day right now; it’s been an exciting roller coaster ride,” Wilkins said. “I always say that we put together 45 minutes of a good half and then 45 minutes of a poor game.”Based on her team’s play so far, Wilkins believes Wisconsin could play an important role in how the conference shapes up toward the end of the season.“Every game they make me believe more and more, and they do some amazing things and sometimes you go like, ‘What the heck just happened there?’” Wilkins said. “But that’s part of why I came here is building the program and like I’ve said before, these guys — they make you want to get out there and coach and make them better. You can’t ask for anything more as a coach.”
After playing for the Super Falcons for over a decade, Florence Omagbemi last Saturday in Yaounde, Cameroon, led Nigeria to its eighth victory in the African Women Cup of Nations, to become the first Nigerian to win the trophy as a player and as a coach. Will this feat earn Omagbemi the Falcons’ job on a permanent basis? Kunle Adewale asksShe was given the Super Falcons’ coaching job on an interim basis to lead the team to the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, but she never hid the fact that retaining the trophy won two years earlier would not be an easy task. Omagbemi understood that retaining the title would require more from the technical crew. Heading into the final against Cameroun, she said the team would build on the positives from the win over South Africa.The tactician indeed praised her players for their determination against all odds in retaining the African title at the expense of host, Cameroun at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde. It was a record eighth African title for Nigeria. The 41-year-old insists her side played for pride and prestige to survive their various opponents in spite of many challenges faced enroute the 2016 continental showpiece.“I want to thank the Cameroonian team and the coach for giving us a good game. It was a great final to watch seeing the best two teams in Africa competing.“As regards our journey to the tournament, I will give my players all the credits for achieving these despite all odds because they deserve it. It was a long journey from Nigeria to the final.“At the beginning of our game against Mali, we took it one game at a time and that was my communication in all my press conference; that we must give other teams some respect as they were all here to compete for the trophy.”“Against Mali, it was a good result. We had a good score margin against them as we didn’t take them for granted. Against the Ghanaians, we got a good result but most people didn’t believe in us. I used to say it that we were here to defend our title. All the way to our game against Kenya – the scoreline was different. “Even though in the semifinals, we played against South Africa, it was a different approach and we came out victorious. As defending champion, you have the pride and the prestige – the players understood all this pressure, stick to plan and playing together as a team because every game we play comes with different expectation. “Even though with the crowd here, at the end of the day, we came out victorious. Even though, we only had one or two chances, all I care about is the victory and that’s all that matters right now and I want to celebrate that with everyone”, Omagbemi said.Omagbemi believes African teams at women international tournaments would compete well if CAF provided more competitions for clubs and national sides on the continent.She further lamented the poor showing of African teams at the World Cup and Olympics, urging football administrations to give a helping hand to moving the women’s game forward. “I’m speaking out on behalf of Nigeria and the Africa continent. Coming out to the press conferences all the time, we hear different stories about how different federations are struggling for support to get their teams’ ready in women football. Now, we are done with the Nations Cup. We want to focus again and see how we can prepare these teams for a world cup stage.”Meanwhile, former Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu has congratulated the Super Falcons of Nigeria for doing the nation proud in the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.Chukwu in a telephone interview with NAN in Okutipupa, Ondo State said that the Falcons proved themselves as “Super” by retaining the title.“Although, the Falcons missed so many scoring chances, it is expected in a final match; but they performed excellently since the beginning of the championship. I congratulate the Falcons and Nigerians on the sweet victory because they have proved to the world that they are indeed “Super” for retaining the title,” Chukwu said.In the same vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, commended the Super Falcons for emerging African champions for the eighth time.Dogara said that by winning the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons had made Nigeria proud. “The Super Falcons played classic Nigerian soccer, exhibiting the true Nigerian spirit of resilience and hard work. By weathering the storm in all stages of the competition, the Super Falcons displayed an uncommon spirit of patriotism. You have not only earned yourself a place in our history and advanced your careers as athletes, but your victory today is a victory to all Nigerians. “We are proud of all the players and members of the technical crew more especially Florence Omagbemi, who made history as the first to win the championship as a player and a coach,’’ Dogara stated.Interestingly, Cameroon women coach, Enow Ngachu, conceded that Nigeria prove they remained the best in Africa.Ngachu who watched his Indomitable Lionesses fall to the reigning African champions for the third time in the tournament’s final, rued his side’s lack of scoring in last Saturday’s defeat.“I want to congratulate my counterpart, Florence Omagbemi of Nigeria. I think they have shown they are still the best in Africa. As far as my team is concerned, I think we did all we could and had a lot of chances that we squandered but they converted their single opportunity. That’s what makes a great team.“It is a pity we will keep regretting losing in the final again but after all, this is football. There should be a winner and a loser. Everything went right for us as planned because we had many scoring chances but failed to convert any of them and Nigeria scored their only chance,” ,” Ngachu said in a post-match conference.Omagbemi was born on February 2, 1975. She was part of the Nigerian women’s team across four FIFA Women’s World Cups, several Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and at the 2000 summer Olympics. In 2016, she was named interim coach of the national side, having previously been an assistant coach to the national under-20 team.She played for the national team. As captain, she won the Africa Women Cup of Nations on four occasions1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 and was also part of the Nigerian team which competed in the 2000 Olympics in Australia.She began her coaching career with several American based youth teams, before being called up to be the assistant coach for the Nigeria national under-20 team. While in that position, the team reached the semifinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup before being eliminated by the United States. Omagbemi was named as an interim coach of the senior national side for the 2016 Africa Women Championship, after Nigeria had been without a coach since the sack of Christopher Danjuma following a poor performance of the team at the 2015 All African Games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram