By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUN PRAIRIE – The Marshfield volleyball team continued play at the Sun Prairie Invitational on Saturday, finishing 0-3.The Tigers lost a pair of matches 2-1 after winning the first game, and was swept in the other.Marshfield lost to De Pere 15-25, 25-22, 15-13; Beaver Dam 25-10, 25-21; and Fond du Lac 21-25, 25-23, 15-12.The Tigers went 3-2 on Friday.Stephanie Rhodes had 23 kills, Natalie Zuelke added 19 kills and 23 digs, and setter Sara Dasler had 38 assists for the Tigers.Jenny Scheppler topped Marshfield with 38 digs and Ellie Fehrenbach added six blocks.“We go to this tournament because it offers us a chance to play some of the best competition in the state,” Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska said. “It gives us an opportunity to see what we need to improve on if our goal is to be able to compete in the state tournament. We learned this weekend that offensively we are pretty solid. Once we are able to improve our serve receive, that offense is only going to get better.”Marshfield opens its Wisconsin Valley Conference season Thursday at Merrill.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun is confident that the team’s speed merchants Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav will take up the challenge to “maintain speed as well as be accurate” in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting August 12 at Galle.Asked if India’s fast men need to sacrifice a bit of pace in order to be more accurate, Arun said, “Sacrificing pace, I would not definitely want. I believe it is a wrong concept that people who generally bowl fast are erratic. It’s about efficient action and thought process, you can be fast as well as accurate. So the challenge for these two (Aaron and Umesh) would be to not compromise on speed and be a lot more accurate.”Bhuvi rediscovering himself The former Tamil Nadu seamer also seemed excited about Bhuvneshwar Kumar “rediscovering himself” after a lean patch.When queried about what went wrong with Bhuvneshwar, the bowling coach said, “There were no problems as such. Just that he used to bring the ball back in (to the left handers) and he was having trouble with that. Question was the release point. He worked pretty hard and that made a huge difference as he could again bring the ball back in. That made him a potent force.”Arun also seemed ecstatic about the current bowling group, terming it as one with “great potential”.”There is great potential in our fast bowling unit. We have couple of bowlers, who can clock 145 plus on a consistent basis. We have Ishant (Sharma) who is pretty experienced and can extract the bounce off the wicket.advertisementIshant has been consistent “Of late, Ishant has been pretty consistent. That’s a very encouraging fact. We have variety with someone who can move and seam the ball, someone who can extract bounce and couple, who can clock 145 plus. Gives us enough variety to battle any conditions.”Backs Kohli’s five-bowler strategy Arun also advocated captain Virat Kohli’s theory of playing with five bowlers in order to win Test matches. “If you look at world cricket, any Test team that dominated always had five bowlers. Probably if we get an all-rounder, preferably a batting all-rounder, it would be very very beneficial for the side.”Both Ashwin and Harbhajan have two Test centuries and Bhuvi is more than capable with the bat. Our lower-order needs to live up to this challenge.”Similar conditions Sri Lanka have not been a happy hunting place for the Indian cricket team historically, but Arun does not want to dwell on the past. “Well, I don’t look at too much of what happened in the past. The conditions are pretty similar to that in our country and I believe we have variety in our batting and bowling to adapt to these conditions. The challenge would be to do it as fast as possible to get the best results.”Save Murali Vijay, none of the top-order batsmen have played a Test match in the island nation, but Arun feels that it’s hardly going to be a problem.”Well, it was the same scenario when we did go to Australia. There were a lot of players playing for the first time in Australia. But in all four Tests, we put up 400 runs. Not many teams have done that in Australia. It all depends on mentality, how quickly we can overcome shortcomings.”This team is pretty experienced and have done well over last one year. They should come really good in this series.” The bowling coach also seemed non-committal about the surfaces that will be on offer. “Very difficult to speculate unless we get there and inspect the conditions. In the series against Pakistan, the wickets were spinner-friendly. Unless we have a look at the wicket, it is difficult to say. But we are pretty well-equipped to deal with any conditions.”Overseas Test win He also sidestepped the issue about whether this is the best chance for India to record a rare overseas Test series win in recent years.”The question is about accepting things as they are. Achieve what we want to achieve. It is all about collectively doing well. It is a challenge for us and we will take that head on.”Asked about expectations from the upcoming Board President’s XI warm-up game starting tomorrow, Arun said,” It is a wonderful opportunity to get into match atmosphere. There is no greater preparation than playing a match.”
The Mens, Womens and Mixed 18 Years Australian squads for the Youth World Cup were selected at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships. 18 players were selected in each of the three squads. The ATA sent letters of offer to each of the players following the Championships. All players were advised of their requirements in that correspondence. A final selection camp will be held at the Sports Super Centre, Runaway Bay, Qld on November 12-15 with the teams being named following this camp. Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the Australian 18 Years Mens, Womens or Mixed squads for the 2005 Youth World Cup. The following players listed are those who have responded to their offer. 18 YEARS YWC squads: MENS: Ji Bonner- QLD Josh Dwyer- QLD Dane Evans- QLD Michael Fairweather- QLD Gian Guerra- QLD Dylan Hennessey- NSW Chris Lukins- NSW Scott Naughton- NSW Alyd Owen- NSW Ashley Shepherd- QLD Chris Small- QLD Mitchel Smith- QLD Dean Springfield- NSW Nicholas Sward- QLD Aaron Tandek- NSW Dean Taylor- QLD Brendan Thimble- QLD Mens 18 years Coach: Colm Maguire Mens 18 years Assistant Coach: Peter Robinson Mens 18 years Manager: Ron Connolly WOMENS: Lauren Barclay- QLD Kelly Basford- NSW Dearne Cooper- NSW Nikita Daley- QLD Ashleigh Dobbins- NSW Gemma Etheridge- QLD Nikki Etheridge- QLD Natasha Fry- QLD Courtney Hipperson- QLD Emily Hopkin- QLD Alyce Hulbert- QLD Kelly Pepper- NSW Teneille Shaw- QLD Charli Simpkins- WA Amanda Skwarko- NSW Delwyn Tupuhi- QLD Melissa Tyack- QLD Womens 18 years Coach: Mick Kelly Womens 18 years Assistant Coach: Mick McCall Womens 18 years Manager: Karon Boston MIXED: Meg Ballon- QLD Harry Berryman- NSW Deanna Calicetto- NSW Megan Campbell- NSW Kelvin Caspani- NT Toni Eltherington- QLD Claire Giarola- QLD Belinda Hammett- QLD Justin Heuser- QLD Tiffeny Hipperson- QLD Ricky Morris- NSW Ben Nercessian- NSW Cameron Nicholls- NSW Emily Powell- QLD Leia Smith- NSW Jerome Waitohi- QLD Mixed 18 years Coach: Michael McDonald Mixed 18 years Assistant Coach: Peter Shefford Mixed 18 years Manager: Wade Jenkins
Story Highlights The Government has received additional funding support for its Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through a €9.17-million (US$10-million) grant from the European Union (EU). The Government has received additional funding support for its Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through a €9.17-million (US$10-million) grant from the European Union (EU).This is being allocated through the European Union-Caribbean Investment Fund Facility (EU-CIF) and will serve to promote more efficient use of energy resources by the State that would free up public funds through the reduction of oil imports.The EMEP will target a reduction in electricity consumption in public buildings and support capacity building for energy planning.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Director-General for International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, signed the agreement formalising the grant allocation, during a ceremony at the Ministry in Kingston on February 2.The money is in addition to loans totalling US$30 million that were provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has been appointed administrator of the grant. Total investments in the EMEP now stand at US$40 million.Mr. Shaw, in welcoming the EU’s allocation, noted that the organisation is the largest provider of grant assistance to Jamaica and “remains an invaluable partner in achieving our development aspirations”.He pointed out that the Jamaica-EU partnership commenced in 1975 when the country joined the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of Nations, and since then, the organisation has provided over €1.2 billion in funding support, mainly grants.This, the Minister explained, excluded funding received under the Caribbean Regional Programmes, and bilateral programmes with several EU Member States, including the United Kingdom and Germany.“The GOJ-EU Cooperation Programme is, therefore, directly aligned with the country’s priorities articulated in its successive Medium-Term Socio-economic Policy Frameworks, utilised to implement the National Development Plan…Vision 2030 Jamaica,” he said.“Importantly, the EU has led the way with programming its resources through budget support, which is a clear indication of confidence in the Government’s continuing reform of the public sector and public finance management,” Mr. Shaw added.For his part, Mr. Manservisi underscored the importance of energy efficiency in facilitating macroeconomic development, while lauding the roles of the IDB and JICA in partnering with the EU to support the EMEP.“I can assure you that the EU is committed to remaining in Jamaica, and to do better than we have done in the period since 1975 in which we have been working together,” he added.In her remarks, IDB General Manager, Country Department, Caribbean Group, Therese Turner-Jones, described the signing as the “ultimate coming together of partners” in a far-reaching project.“This project is extremely important because not only will Jamaica be saving around US$6 million a year on its electricity bill, but the EU part will bring savings of just under US$2.5 million in the seven hospitals (targeted)… so that’s tremendous,” the General Manager said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hilary Alexander, who represented Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the initiative is “an important step forward, and it is going to build on the achievements of the earlier energy efficiency and conservation programmes”. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Director-General for International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, signed the agreement formalising the grant allocation, during a ceremony at the Ministry in Kingston on February 2. The money is in addition to loans totalling US$30 million that were provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has been appointed administrator of the grant. Total investments in the EMEP now stand at US$40 million.
Zac Dalpe was told to report to practice early last week. “I knew something was up, because I don’t usually come in that early,” he said. When Dalpe arrived, he was greeted with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Player of the Month award.Dalpe was honored for the month of January as he led the conference with five goals and three assists.“It’s flattering,” Dalpe said. “It’s a reflection of my team and its play.” The Buckeyes played at an all-conference level throughout January, posting a 4-1-1 record. For Dalpe, the award is just the most recent of many accolades he’s accumulated in his short career as a Buckeye. As a freshman, Dalpe was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team and was a top-three finalist for Rookie of the Year honors in the conference. His 13 goals ranked seventh in the NCAA for all freshmen and tied him for third on the team. But that wasn’t enough for him. The 6-foot-1-inch forward added 15 pounds to his frame in the offseason. Now in his sophomore campaign, Dalpe leads the team with 15 goals. He has also chipped in 16 assists totaling 31 points, which is also a team high. The assistant captain has played brilliantly all season and is playing his best hockey now as the Buckeyes near the postseason.However, the Buckeyes almost missed out on seeing Dalpe suit up in scarlet and gray. Dalpe, who is a native of Paris, Ontario, had to decide between Ohio State and the Ontario Hockey League.“There was a lot of talk of me going to play in the OHL and I was going to be an older guy [in that league],” Dalpe said. “I didn’t really want to be that. I wanted to be a small fish at first and try and get bigger.” For being a small fish, Dalpe has been a big catch for the Buckeyes.Another factor in Dalpe’s decision to come to Columbus was that he’d be joined by teammates Cory Schneider and Devon Krogh. Dalpe teamed up with the duo in 2007 as a member of the Penticton Vees in British Columbia. “I knew coming in as a freshman I wasn’t going to not know anyone,” Dalpe said. “I was obviously going to have a friend to start out with. That made the transition a little smoother.”Regardless of the reason Dalpe decided to become a Buckeye, the team and fans alike are glad he did and enjoy his ability to light the lamp. But for coach John Markell, Dalpe’s most redeeming quality isn’t his ability to score or to distribute the puck, like he did in a four-assist night Friday. Rather, it’s how hard he works every day in practice.“What I like about him is [that] he and his line mates are [assistant captains] but they’re practicing the way they want to play and it’s making it easier in the games,” Markell said. Dalpe’s effort on the ice – both in practice or during games – sets the tone for the Buckeyes. “He provides us with energy and leadership, even at a young age,” Markell said. “He’s got a lot of passion for the game and that’s what you need at this level.”Growing up in Canada, Dalpe has long since possessed that passion. Dalpe started playing hockey when he was 3 and says he played as much hockey as he could with his brothers Phil and Ben.“We spent a lot of time at the rink growing up, maybe too much for my mom and dad,” Dalpe said. “My brothers have a passion for the game and you can relate to them like no one else through hockey.”It goes without saying that Dalpe’s brothers were ecstatic for him when he was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 NHL entry draft. Dalpe said getting drafted was a life-long dream come true.“That’s all I wanted growing up. Sharing it with two brothers, who also play hockey, is something special,” Dalpe said. “Obviously to play in the NHL is my dream and I’m still working on it. Hopefully it can come true.”
Uncertainty has surrounded many positions through Ohio State’s first three games. While the quarterback spot has received most of the attention, one of the few models of consistency for the Buckeyes this year has been No. 54. John Simon, a junior defensive lineman, has come up big for the Buckeyes in crucial situations. After being carted off the field in the second half as Toledo threatened to become the first Ohio school to beat the Buckeyes since 1921, Simon returned to the field to sack Rockets’ quarterback Austin Dantin on third-and-nine, forcing a Toledo punt with less than six minutes remaining. “The thing about John is, you know he’s going to be there, working every single day to get better at what he does,” OSU coach Luke Fickell said. Simon understands that his role amongst his younger teammates is important. With senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams missing last week’s game at Miami, Simon knew he had turn his leadership role up a notch. “I had to step in to that (leadership) role, losing Nate (Williams),” Simon said on Tuesday. “I’m doing my best. Anything I can do to help the team, I’m just trying to do my job out there. But it’s really a team sport, so what I’m doing doesn’t matter if we’re not getting the win.” Simon’s leadership role will have to continue this week, as OSU plans to start five underclassmen on defense, two of whom will be playing alongside Simon on the defensive line, this Saturday. Sophomore Johnathan Hankins is set to start at right tackle, while redshirt freshman J.T. Moore and freshman Steve Miller are expected to split time at the defensive end position. As a result of so many young names and different personnel schemes on defense, Simon has been asked to do more than usual on the field this season. “We’ve moved (Simon) around a lot, asked him to do a lot of different things,” Fickell said. “He’s going to get better at everything he does. He’s a great example for the other guys on the team.” Simon has as much faith in his young teammates as his coach does in him. “Seeing guys go out there and compete is what it’s all about,” Simon said. “I think we have a very competitive defense, some aggressive guys, and I think it’s going to pay off for us.”
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: November 7, 2012 An earlier version of this story stated that Ohio State’s basketball team helped coach Geoff Carlston achieve a milestone victory. In fact, it was the volleyball team. The Ohio State women’s volleyball team helped coach Geoff Carlston achieve a milestone victory but had its four-match winning streak snapped immediately thereafter. OSU helped Carlston to his 100th career win as coach with a 3-1 triumph against Wisconsin on Friday at St. John Arena. The No. 15 Buckeyes then fell at home to No. 10 Minnesota, 3-2. Despite OSU’s fast start, the Golden Gophers rallied for the victory, leaving the Buckeyes with an 18-8 overall record and 9-5 record in Big Ten Conference play. It seemed the Buckeyes were clicking on all cylinders, knocking the Gophers out in set one. The Buckeyes won their second set before perhaps letting their guard down against Minnesota. “We got a big lead in the second game and we kind of let them catch up to us a little bit, so that kind of gave them their mojo and the energy back,” said senior outside hitter Mari Hole. The game might have been a story of two halves, as senior middle blocker Mariah Booth said OSU didn’t match the Gophers’ energy. The Buckeyes “died down,” she said. “I feel like Minnesota took it up a notch, and we didn’t kick it in gear,” Booth said. “I think that was the big difference in the match as a whole.” Unlike the Buckeyes’ Oct. 26 win against No. 4 Nebraska, OSU lost out on a chance to beat a ranked team. “They were high-ranking, so it would have been great to beat them,” Hole said. “We knew we were so close when we played at their place earlier in the year, so of course it’s a bummer to lose.” Carlston said the fourth set was a huge disappointment because he saw Minnesota become the more assertive team. “We got to check and take a look at the mirror and figure what we need to do in that situation,” Carlston said. Booth said that the difference in aggression might have been the difference in the contest. “I think it’s definitely hard to be on the aggressive side a lot because you don’t want to make mistakes at the same time,” Booth said. “I felt like, for our team, aggressive works. When we started losing the game, it wasn’t because we started not being aggressive. We just didn’t match their energy at all.” Booth said the Buckeyes’ first loss in five conference matches was a learning experience. “I definitely think all losses are lessons,” she said. “We lost the fifth game, we were there.” Carlston is now focused on how OSU will respond in its next game against Northwestern on Wednesday at St. John Arena. “The big thing is going to be how we respond,” Carlston said. “We play again Wednesday at home so that is our focus now, because we can’t do anything about that. This match is over and (we will) get back to work on Tuesday.” Booth said she still believes the Buckeyes haven’t reached their fullest potential. “I’ve always thought our team hasn’t fully peaked yet. There’s always stuff to work on,” Booth said. “I felt like our team has gotten a lot better since the first half, but it’s going to be interesting to see us grow from the beginning of the second half to the end of the second half.”
Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith the end of the 2018 regular season slowly coming to an end, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-5-3, 4-2-3 Big Ten) will matchup against Purdue on Thursday at 6 p.m. and No. 19 Wisconsin on Sunday at 2 p.m.Purdue junior midfielder Ena Sabanagic and sophomore midfielder/forward Kylie Hase continue to be dynamic playmakers for the Boilermakers (6-6-4, 1-5-3 Big Ten) offense so far this season, with Sabanagic notching three goals against Illinois, Louisville and Michigan State, in addition to Hase scoring seven goals on the season. After Ohio State contends with Purdue on Thursday, it will then return back home to play at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for its final game of the regular season versus Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers (11-2-3, 5-1-3 Big Ten) will hope to continue its ongoing success this season when facing the Buckeyes. Its offense remains a reliable strength, recently scoring three goals against Minnesota and gaining its 11th win of the year. Sophomore forward Lauren Rice and junior goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer are key players on the Badgers offense, with Rice totaling six goals and Bloomer tallying 47 saves with a 0.770 save percentage on the year. After a pair of ties against Rutgers and Maryland, the Buckeyes will hope to capture a pair of wins before heading to the Big Ten tournament. Senior forward Eleanor Gabriel said defending remains a strength with any team in this league and that both teams this upcoming weekend were always the top teams in the past. “I think Purdue, they’re playing their hearts out,” Gabriel said. “They’re trying to salvage their season as well as Wisconsin. They’re trying to stay at the top of the table in the Big Ten, so I think that each team is equally as difficult and every game in the Big Ten is always decided by at least only one goal.”She said the team needs to keep its minds sharp for this week of training and not take any games lightly in order to finish out the regular season strong. Among a rollercoaster of a season up to this point, the Buckeyes still struggle to find a way to maintain its consistency game-by-game. The biggest challenge currently facing Ohio State is its offensive unit this year. However, sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez said the team has been playing good soccer overall.“I think sometimes playing effective soccer along with the good soccer,” Rodriguez said. “Not taking one or the other and putting those together is going to be a big thing going into this weekend.”Trying to secure a victory following this weekend’s duo of matches, Gabriel said this will be the ultimate test for the Buckeyes to see if the team will have what it takes to find more success down the stretch before entering the postseason. “I think that one thing we started to notice,” Gabriel said. “Is that we’re almost there, were almost clicking and I just think that finishing our chances this weekend is going to be key.”
Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad this week officially opened his Lansing office to serve White Lake, Highland, Milford, Springfield and Waterford residents, and also announced key contact information for residents to reach him and his staff.“As a new lawmaker, I want to stress the importance of residents contacting my office if they ever have questions or concerns,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “The best way for me to serve local residents is to listen and utilize their feedback while serving in Lansing.”Legislative staffers Joe Martin and Patrick Murray will join Runestad in his Lansing office. Martin previously worked in both the state House and Senate, and will serve as Runestad’s legislative aide. Murray previously worked in the Senate, and will be the constituent relations aide.Rep. Runestad’s office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 893, Lansing, and the office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can contact Rep. Runestad at (517) 373-2616 or by e-mail at [email protected]### 07Jan Runestad opens Lansing office, announces staff
23Apr Rep. García bill to expand emergency loan limits for schools approved by House Categories: Garcia News Multi-bill package establishes early warning program to better aid distressed schoolsSchool districts could more swiftly obtain the funds needed to overcome debilitating financial challenges under Rep. Daniela García’s House Bill 4332, which removes emergency loan limits. It is part of a bill package that establishes an early warning program to help schools in financial distress approved by the Michigan House today.“We want to help our communities before it’s too late,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Working with schools early on to identify budget issues and create deficit elimination plans will preempt unmanageable situations that leave our students without the opportunities they deserve.”The eight-bill package combines financial reporting, deficit elimination guidelines and emergency loan options to establish an early warning system, for public schools, with Department of Treasury oversight.“The goal of this package of bills is to address systemic challenges faced by local school districts with persistent financial concerns,” Rep. García said. “School districts that are in this position need to recognize that significant changes must be made in order to better serve the students and families in Michigan.”García’s bill accompanies HB 4331, which amends the Emergency Municipal Loan Act to increase the amount of loans and revise eligibility criteria for those schools and non-school municipalities in need. HBs 4325-4330 help schools identify budget issues sooner rather than later with the help of financial experts.“Treasury will have the role of assessing the finances of schools and providing the tools to revive them,” Rep. García said. “Keeping these experts close at hand will help them determine which path to recovery will best suit each community.”The entire early warning package will be considered further in the Senate.