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first_imgI 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.last_img read more

Susan E. Bowles Lancaster

first_imgSusan 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 to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

OA to host informational week

first_imgOldenburg, 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.last_img

Ellsworth softball team edges MDI in last regular-season game

first_imgELLSWORTH — 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.last_img read more

UW builds momentum

first_imgGREG 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.”last_img read more

Florence Omagbemi: Her Crowning Glory

first_imgAfter 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:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Alfred Nelson nears Liberty exit to AshGold

first_imgReigning Ghanaian premier league champions Ashanti Gold are on the verge of signing Liberty Professionals defender Alfred Nelson.The 23 year old defender who captained Liberty Professionals last season has arrived at Obuasi to complete his protracted move to the Miners.However, Nelson before moving to Obuasi was in talks with Hearts of Oak and Aduana stars but the move stalled after the two clubs failed to meet his asking price.“It is true I am in Obuasi now to seal my move to AshantiGold,” he confirmed to Happy FM.“Two teams were in contention but AshGold have won the race and are now halfway through toward sealing the move.”Nelson will therefore be Liberty Professionals fourth player departing the club after Edwin Tuffuor Frimpong, Kennedy Ashia and Karim Alhassan. –last_img read more

Billy Eppler vows to improve Angels’ OBP in 2018

first_imgANAHEIM — The Angels’ plan for improving in 2018 is just about as simple as it gets, so rooted in the basics of modern analytics that the words might as well have been uttered by Brad Pitt.“Something I learned a long time ago: get that on-base percentage up,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “Don’t make so many outs.”One of the core changes in the game over the past 15 years has been a focus on on-base percentage instead of batting average, as espoused by A’s general manager Billy Beane and repeated on the silver screen by Pitt in the film adaptation of Moneyball.Related Articles “The metric that has the strongest correlation to run scoring is on-base percentage,” Eppler said Monday, the first day of the Angels’ offseason. “It’s been sliced and diced every single which way under the sun.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error `Puddle’ to make big splash Prep track and field roundup: Peninsula takes 2 in coach’s return PREP TRACK: CIF-SS prelims today center_img No holding back the Jackrabbits at Mt. SAC Relays The Angels’ .315 on-base percentage in 2017 ranked 11th in the American League. Not surprisingly, they had the same rank in runs scored.“I want our team on-base percentage to be .330 or higher,” Eppler said.They were particularly deficient at first base (.294) and designated hitter (.290), which are supposed to be two of a team’s most productive offensive positions. They also lagged at catcher (.263) and second base (.274), but those are more defensive positions, and the Angels got the defense they wanted for much of the season at both spots, at the expense of offense.As for which particular holes Eppler plans to fill with higher on-base percentage players, he was predictably noncommittal.“I’m going to look to improve anywhere possible,” he said. You can rule out the Angels upgrading at center field or shortstop, patrolled by Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons. They also seem to be content with Martin Maldonado behind the plate, believing that he can bring his offense up to match his defense with a year of adjustment to the heavy workload.If Justin Upton chooses not to exercise his opt-out, that takes care of left field. It’s also likely, although less certain, that the Angels are satisfied with Kole Calhoun in right field.And the designated hitter, Albert Pujols, is obviously not going anywhere. The Angels hope the improvement there can come simply from Pujols being healthier and in better shape.So that leaves three spots: first, second and third base.The Angels have Luis Valbuena to play first or third, and streaky C.J. Cron at first, but there is room to upgrade. At second, the Angels don’t really have an in-house option, with Kaleb Cowart still showing his offensive shortcomings in his brief trial in 2017.Free agent infielders Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Zack Cozart could all be fits for the Angels, as could free agent outfielders J.D. Martinez and Jay Bruce, if the Angels need to replace Upton.Don’t expect the Angels to use all of their available cash — perhaps $50 million to $75 million, before exceeding the luxury tax threshold — on free agents to fill those holes, though.“It can’t all be solved through free agency, and I don’t think that’s a very productive way to go for the health of the organization,” Eppler said. “My goal is to use the free agent market to supplement.”Whatever big-ticket players the Angels acquire — whether from trades or free agency — are likely to be position players. Eppler and Manager Mike Scioscia both expressed confidence on Monday that the answer to most of their pitching issues are currently in-house.Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs — arguably the Angels’ three most talented pitchers — combined to start 27 games in 2017. While all missed significant time during the season, they all finished it healthy.“I don’t think it’s a wing and a prayer to think Garrett Richards is going to go out and start 25 games,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Andrew Heaney will start 20, even if he has setbacks. You hope they never do. You hope for 33 starts.“You are talking about just those three guys, an extra 40 starts. I think you’re looking at a deeper pitching staff with the probability that you’ll get to a certain point in the game more often.”Eppler also seems to have modest goals for a more competitive rotation. He said said if the Angels can get just 600 innings out of their top five starters, “it’s going to be a real positive outcome.” That’s only 120 innings per starter, a rather low threshold that they still haven’t been able to meet.“I don’t look at it as blind optimism, like we’re closing our eyes and blowing out candles on a birthday cake to get better,” Eppler said. “It’s the players giving us that belief.”In addition to Richards, Heaney and Skaggs, Eppler added Matt Shoemaker, JC Ramirez, Parker Bridwell, Nick Tropeano and prospect Jaime Barria to what he considers his eight-man starting depth chart. He said he also hopes to add a couple more, although it doesn’t sound like that would include a marquee free agent like Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta.“Do I need more starting pitching to emerge? Yes,” Eppler said. “Does that mean it has to be a major league bona fide starter that doesn’t have flexibility? No it doesn’t. It just has to be a starting pitcher that we feel could go into Triple-A or the major leagues.” Etiwanda in the zone for 62-43 win last_img

Clippers’ Austin Rivers might have parlayed courage into a payday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t know,” Doc Rivers said. But the more he spoke, the more it was obvious his son had put himself in a desirable position because of the courage he displayed.“It’s funny how blinded coaches are, like during the game,” Doc Rivers said. “I was yelling at JP (Jason Powell) the trainer, like, ‘Where the hell is Austin?’”He was getting stitches in his eye.“I thought the doctors were taking forever to do what … I didn’t know what they were doing,” Doc Rivers said. “And then when he came out, I looked at his eye, but I just said, ‘You ready?’ And then he went out and played. And I think because of the way he was playing, I wasn’t thinking about his eye.”It hit him following the loss, though. “Then after the game, obviously, I mean, when you look at it now, you think, ‘Wow, don’t know if I would have done that, or could have done that,’” Doc Rivers said. “And so that was good. It was good for him. But that’s who he is. That’s what makes him good.“It’s not just his defense, it’s just his toughness.”Doc Rivers would not get into specifics, other than to say his son is one of the players on the team he expects will “get deals this summer, and we’re hoping they’re here.”The salary cap is an issue. The Clippers — not including player options — have roughly $78 million in guaranteed contracts for 2016-17, when the cap is expected to rise to about $89 million. Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green, Pablo Prigioni and Jeff Ayers are free agents and Cole Aldrich and Wes Johnson have player options, so there are those considerations.One thing’s certain: Doc Rivers is proud as a peacock.“More, I guess, the next day because of all the texts and calls,” he said. “I got a lot of calls from other coaches around the league. They kept saying, ‘Your son,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’”center_img Austin Rivers at some point may actually want to thank Al-Farouq Aminu of the Portland Trail Blazers. It was an errant elbow by Aminu in the second quarter of the Clippers’ season-ending 106-103 Game 6 loss at Portland on Friday that busted up the left eye of Rivers.Rivers missed a quarter of action and came back with 11 stitches around the nearly shut eye. He went on to play an almost unbelievable game considering the circumstances. He scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and had eight assists.Rivers, just 23, has a player option for $3,344,106 for next season. Considering he made $3,110,796 this season, it’s not likely he’ll exercise it, not with Game 6 now in his negotiating bag.His father, Doc Rivers, is head coach and president of basketball operations for the Clippers, The elder Rivers was asked Monday if his son’s stock rose with his gallant performance.last_img read more