Wack leads defensive charge for experienced Badgers

first_imgNot all was lost when the University of Wisconsin volleyball squad ended its NCAA tournament run with a three-game loss to Washington in the Elite Eight.The Huskies, who went on to win the national title, gave the Badgers the chance to experience a different kind of defense than what they had previously employed, and the 2006 defensive players have been working hard during spring sessions to mimic that style in preparation for the next Big Ten season.”We changed our defense, doing more of what Washington does, it’s just being more ‘still on contact’ instead of moving before [the play],” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “You could just tell that Washington was a very composed, very mature team, and that’s always something you look up to.”What won’t change, luckily for Wisconsin, is the personnel running the backcourt under UW head coach Pete Waite. Wack, who surpassed the NCAA record for consecutive double-figure dig matches with her 64th straight such effort against Washington, rejoins fellow juniors Megan Mills and Amanda Berkley in the backcourt.Besides picking up a few tips from the champs, Wisconsin plans to utilize its backrow defense for its first full season, which accounts for one strong hitter — mostly sophomore Audra Jeffers, the Badgers’ Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 — to lurk in the backcourt, allowing for another attacking option coming out of a defensive transition.Jeffers has been pleased with the new system thus far, which was experimented with during UW’s recent home tournament, the Wisconsin Spring Classic, last Saturday.”If the pass is a little bit off, then the setter can give it to the back row, and we’ll still have a hitter back there,” Jeffers said. “It’s even good in transition in a play, just to throw it in the back because the[ir] blockers aren’t expecting it. So it’s been pretty effective.”Mills, who teams with Berkley off the bench during games to beef up the defense and give offensive players a rest, said that UW’s improvement over the course of two years has enabled the team to utilize the style more often.”When our freshman class came in, since we were so new, passing was a very important part that we needed to make sure that we got before we worried about anything else,” Mills said. “Now that we’re starting to get better passing, it’s easier to have that fourth option and get that dimension added in.”Speaking of a fourth option, the Badger backcourt could be seeing more of sophomore Faye McCormack. When asked about the return of the three junior defenders for UW, players and coach alike were quick and sure to mention McCormack as a strong candidate to leave a mark on the 2006 season.”She’s been playing really well in the spring,” Wack said. “She brings a lot of fire, a lot of energy that really helps us when it comes to clutch time. She’s doing a great job.””She had to learn some things coming into the fall as a freshman, just about the speed of the game,” Waite added. “She’s so quick at times, she needs to slow down a little bit and just be a little more calm on defense. I think she’s doing that much more this spring.”We’ve got four good defenders, and if we need them in there, we can go with anybody.”As team libero, Wack is the focal point of the defense, which has allowed her to create such a string of success in the digs department. But anyone who knows Wack is aware of her tendency to avoid the subject of the national record.To say the least, now that Wack is officially number one on the all-time list, it’s safe to assume that the pressure will be lessened this fall, and she can officially proceed with her goals of helping the team first and foremost above any individual accomplishment.”I think she never goes into a game thinking about that record,” Waite said. “Sometimes, the team and the staff wants to make sure she keeps going with it and so they want to help her as much as possible, but I know she doesn’t put any stock into getting the highest [record] ever, she just wants to contribute to the team.”Records aside, the Badgers know that in order to break the barrier that has stood between them and the Final Four during the past two years, they’ll have to not only uphold their reputation as a blocking juggernaut, but step up their backcourt defense to match up with the likes of Washington and other national powerhouses.Jeffers put it into perspective as good as any member of the UW squad possibly could.”Defense is going to be the key to our success as a team, so everyone’s just going to have to play really solid.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, October 30, 2013:•4:10 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1700 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Deborah L. May-Rader, 54, Wellington and Janice K. Stewart, 44, Wellington.•5:35 p.m. Officers took a report of an impounded vehicle in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.•6:41 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone in the 1400 block Superior Court, Wellington.•11:09 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery of known suspect(s) in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.last_img read more

Rumson Police Make Arrest In Vehicle Burglary

first_imgRUMSON _ Detective Christopher J. Isherwood of the Rumson Police Department arrested Kimberly Campo, 26, of Bay Avenue Highlands after an investigation into a motor vehicle burglary which occurred in Rumson in the early morning hours of March 15. Campo was charged with multiple offenses including burglary, three counts of forgery, and two counts of credit card theft. Judge Richard Thompson set bail at $12,500 with no ten percent payment for release permitted. Campo was unable to post bail and was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.Additional charges are pending, police said.last_img read more

VYJACK REELS IN LEADERS LATE TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) BY HALF LENGTH IN COURSE RECORD 1:31.69; RIDDEN BY PRAT & TRAINED BY D’AMATO, 6-YEAR-OLD GELDING MAY RUN IN BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOV. 5

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2016)–Far back off a scintillating early pace, 6-year-old gelding Vyjack kept to his task the final sixteenth of a mile and wore down well-fancied Om and heavily favored stablemate, Obviously, to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile by a half length in a course record 1:31.69. Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Vyjack will be pointed to either the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4, or the Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf), on Nov. 5.With longshots Frank Conversation and St. Joe Bay both gunning from their inside post positions, Om, ridden by Gary Stevens, saved ground into the first turn as Obviously, breaking from post eight, joined and then overtook the two speed merchants in the run down the backside. From there, Obviously, who was ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, held the advantage until the winner and Om overtook him 50 yards from the wire.“Vyjack is so professional,” said D’Amato. “In many ways, he reminds me of Obviously. He has a different style of running but both are very professional and you can put them where they want to run. I have to give Flavien a lot of credit. He’s breezed him since he’s been here in California (he had been based in the east with trainer Bill Mott) and I think that’s helped a lot.“I thought the fractions were suicidal. Obviously was a victim of circumstances and there were two horses that maybe didn’t belong in here and our guy still fought valiantly…The original plan was the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for Vyjack, but with the way he ran today, we’ll see. The turf milers here have such a tremendous turn of foot and Vyjack showed that today and it set up for him. I don’t take anything away from Obviously today. I don’t think they’ll go (that fast) in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, so between the Mile and the Turf Sprint, I think one of those spots will be right up his alley.”Off at 4-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up, Vyjack paid $10.60, $4.80 and $2.80. Owned by Pick Six Racing, the Kentucky-bred by Into Mischief got his eighth win from 27 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $1,321,900.“With the fast pace I knew I would be farther back but it was fast enough and we fought,” said Prat. “There were some good horses in here and to catch those types of horses, you’ve to be good and you’ve got to be brave. I knew I was able to put up a fight, but when you’re racing horses that are good, you never know for sure if you’ll beat them.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, Om, who overtook St. Joe Bay midway around the far turn and eventually outran the favorite by a half length, was off at 5-2 and paid $4.40 and $2.40.“We ran big,” said Stevens. “We kinda got double-teamed there but he ran a good race.”Idle since cruising to victory in a Grade III mile turf stakes on June 18 at Belmont Park, Obviously, who was 5 ¼ lengths clear of the fourth horse, was off at even money under Tyler Baze and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.40, 43.97, 1:07.86 and 1:19.72.The City of Hope Mile was the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday at Santa Anita.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Non-League round-up

first_imgAnother big weekend looms for our local sides with all five engaged in matches against teams with as much to play for as they do.Nas Bashir’s Hayes & Yeading United have had a disappointing week, picking up only one point from matches against relegation rivals AFC Telford United and Lincoln City – results which have left them in the bottom four.Although only one point behind 20th placed Newport County, the Welsh side have three games in hand following their run to the FA Trophy final.Things are unlikely to get much better for the west London side on Saturday as they face a long trip to promotion chasing Southport who have only lost one of their last 10 league games, a run which began with a 2-0 win at United”s temporary Kingfield home back in January.Possibly the match of the weekend sees Hampton & Richmond Borough host rivals Sutton United in a crucial Blue Square Bet South game.Unlike Hayes, the Beavers have had a great few days winning back-to-back away matches against Weston-Super-Mare and Dover Athletic to give their chances of avoiding the drop a huge boost.Harrow boss Anderson will want his team to bounce back.Only goal difference is keeping them in the relegation zone and they still have games in hand on those immediately above them.Sutton, meanwhile, are at the other end of the table going for their second consecutive promotion after being crowned Ryman League champions last season.Their form has dipped a bit in recent weeks, meaning that going up automatically now looks beyond them but a play-off place seems certain. With this in mind, expect a decent game and a big crowd.Another side chasing promotion is Ryman League Hendon.Last Saturday they dropped a couple of points at home to struggling Carshalton Athletic which provided further evidence that their play-off campaign might be running out of steam.However, they bounced back on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Cray Wanderers, who they leapfrogged to get back into fifth place.Whether they hold on to it will depend greatly on how they do at Lewes on Saturday. The Rooks are snapping at the Greens’ heels and will go level on points with them if they win.When they met at Vale Farm earlier in the season they fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw and with pretty similar form coming into this one, we could see more of the same.Wealdstone are perhaps starting to show signs of a successful season catching up with them.After their run to the FA Trophy semi-finals and Middlesex Senior Cup final, the fixtures are coming thick and fast. Since Saturday they have played twice in the league and failed to win either, a sequence which has not occurred since January.They also received news that goalkeeper Jonathan North (pictured above) suffered a double-leg break in the defeat at Canvey Island on Tuesday to further hit their promotion hopes.They are currently eight points off a play-off place but with three games in hand on Hendon, it remains a mathematical possibility.A win at fourth placed Bury Town on Saturday will raise spirits no end but the hosts are unbeaten at home in the league since September and come into this match having just won the Ryman League Cup, so it appears a tough ask.Dave Anderson’s Harrow Borough went into last weekend’s fixture against Aveley knowing a win would effectively relegate their opponents while going a long way to keeping themselves in the Ryman Premier.The Essex club lost their previous match 6-0 at home to Billericay but somehow managed to raise themselves and win 3-2.With fellow strugglers Leatherhead picking up a surprise win at Cray on Sunday, it was a bad weekend all round for Boro who now sit only three points above the relegation places.On Saturday they host Canvey Island – another team who are involved in the battle for fifth place.Boro narrowly lost 1-0 to them on Non-League Day back in September and their form (two wins from five) is patchy. With Leatherhead playing Aveley on the same day, there will be little margin for error.All Premier and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half price at all our local teams’ home league games. Check their websites for details.last_img read more

Let Them Make Web Comics: Bitstrips Comes to Schools

first_imgBitstrips for Schools makes us want to go back to the third grade.Bitstrips is an online tool for quickly and simply creating web comics, and the company has just launched a new product custom-tailored for the classroom. Kids get to be creative; teachers get a new, interactive tool to reinforce learning; and everyone goes home smarter and happier.A year and a half ago, Bitstrips launched at SxSW. At the time, we wrote that it was the “YouTube of web comics” and speculated on whether the app could become the breakout app of the show.While the service has remained relatively under-the-radar, Bitstrips has managed to suss out their revenue streams and remains 100 percent bootstrapped, according to an email we received from co-founder Jesse Brown today. With Bitstrips for Schools, the company is offering a subscription-based service, adding even more revenue to their budget.“We sold a license to the Ontario Ministry of Education,” he wrote. “It just launched six days ago, and over 15,000 students have already signed up. They’ve been making over 1,000 comic strips a day.”Basic accounts give users (a.k.a. teachers) one private and secure virtual classroom; space for up to 40 students in each class; unlimited saved activities, comic strips, and characters; and unlimited use of the Shared Activities Library. They’re also remarkably affordable at a $.9.95 monthly subscription rate. For $29.95 a month, users (a.k.a. schools) can purchase a package that includes up to six classrooms with space for 40 students each.Now for the fun part: the comics! Check out this promo/demo video showing the software hard at work in a real classroom environment: Students, individually or as collaborators, create characters and choose from a variety of scenes and props to create comic strips, which they can then share, print, and comment on. Teachers can review comics as they are created.We can see kids having a ton of fun with this tool and learning a lot about design, content creation, and media while they’re at it. The site also points out that comics could be an especially good tool for students of foreign languages.Finally, we had to take the app for a test drive. We had a lot of fun – the interface is extremely intuitive and works well for kids of all ages. We’ll be showing it to the kids in our lives, and we recommend that teachers give the 14-day free trial a shot, as well! For those of you who are not teachers, we suggest taking a look at classic Bitstrips, where you can create your very own tech scene-themed versions of Family Circus. Or something less nerdy/ironic, if you prefer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Video: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Hit The Dab In Iowa State’s Locker Room After Win Over Kansas

first_imgA Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears.AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.last_img read more

Judge wont dismiss suit filed by brother of JonBenet Ramsey

first_imgBOULDER, Colo. – A judge declined to dismiss a $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by JonBenet Ramsey’s brother.The Boulder Daily Camera reports a circuit court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and other defendants who asked that he toss the case.Burke Ramsey sued CBS in December 2016, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister more than two decades ago.The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence.Lawyers for CBS argue the statement that Burke Ramsey killed JonBenet “was never made in the series.”___Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/last_img read more

Victorias Secret show tumbles to lowest ratings

first_imgNEW YORK — As a television event, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show appears headed for the remainder bin.The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown on ABC on Sunday after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming a holiday season TV event in 2001. The Nielsen company said the show has lost more than half its television audience in two years.The runway-style show of models in underwear was hurt when the company’s head of marketing said in an interview that it would not include transgender or plus-sized models because Victoria’s Secret was selling a fantasy. The company later apologized.In a review, the Washington Post said the show was “too boring to even argue about.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wokeley pleads not guilty of murdering Pamela Napoleon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Leon Wokeley has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.Wokeley appeared at an arraignment in Fort St. John this afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, which occurred in 2014. Her and Wokeley were last seen together on July 8, 2014, leaving the Blueberry First Nations. This was the last time that Napoleon was seen alive. After her family reported Napoleon missing later that month, her body was discovered in a burned-down cabin near Buick on August 4th of that year.At Wednesday’s arraignment hearing, Wokeley’s defence lawyer Georges Rivard told the judge that his client was pleading not guilty to all three charges, and has elected to have the trial heard by judge alone in B.C. Supreme Court. “That’s his constitutional right, and basically he’s entitled to challenge the evidence,” said Rivard. “So that’s why he entered to plead not guilty.”Rivard also said that his client would be waiving his right to a preliminary hearing where Wokeley would be able to challenge some of the evidence gathered by police, and to instead proceed directly to trial. Rivard said that his client decided against the preliminary hearing and to proceed directly to trial to avoid any further delays.Wokeley’s next court appearance is set for Monday, June 11th, at 10:00 a.m., when a date for the trial will be set.last_img read more