Early goal, stout defense paves the way for Wisconsin win

first_imgAn early goal from freshman Tom Barlow gave the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team the spark it needed to win against Green Bay Tuesday night.Barlow’s goal in the 22nd minute from teammate Mark Segbers was the first early goal for the Badgers in well over two weeks.With Barlow scoring an early goal in the match, Wisconsin was able to control many aspects of the game and keep attacking the Phoenix.“We are in control of the game, so we can do what we want and play how we want,” Barlow said. “It’s a big advantage, we just have to make sure we keep the lead.”Even after scoring the goal, Wisconsin head coach John Trask said he still wanted to see more out of his team.“It’s nice to see that they respond to some motivation,” Trask said. “On game day, I’ve been pretty understanding of what we’ve been going through. Today, I let them have it a little bit at halftime, and compliments to them, I thought they all picked it up.”With the entire team excited about the early goal, the Badgers played an overall better game, especially in the second half.“We kept our discipline. We didn’t just start fouling them and giving them more chances, but usually that’s what you see in a college soccer game,” Trask said. “When one team has the 1-0 lead, the other team all of the sudden gets real aggressive, and sometimes the momentum can switch.”Keeping the lead has been a big challenge for the Badgers this season, as they have conceded goals quickly after scoring goals of their own against Michigan and Rutgers. Allowing a quick response to a goal can greatly shift the momentum of the match, as seen against Michigan and Rutgers  — games that UW ended up losing.Because of games like that, the Badgers have been working on drills where they have to keep the lead without fouling the opposing players.“One of the things that was one of our weaknesses early in the year was giving up the late goal,” Segbers said. “Finally, everyone was tuned in and we kept each other accountable, and we kept the 1-0 lead.”They avoided that weakness by consistently attacking throughout the second half, and the pressure in Green Bay’s half of the field allowed them to dominate time of possession in the second half.Trask was also able to seamlessly get a few new players into the mix at halftime, which kept other players fresh while still playing a strong game.“I always felt that as the game wore on, especially in the second half, we looked like the more likely team to get the second [goal],” Trask said.Freshman goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk also kept a clean sheet on the night, keeping the Badgers in the game from the beginning, when Green Bay was at their strongest attacking.The Badger defense played another clean game as well, allowing only three shots on goal throughout the entire match.Offensively, Wisconsin had eight shots on target, with one of those being the goal from Barlow.The team’s aggressive nature was possible in part because of the formation Green Bay played. They were in a 3-5-2, which left fewer defenders in the back, and made it easier for the connection between Segbers, Barlow, and the rest of the Badgers. Wisconsin had not played a team with that formation yet this year, which may have been the reason they felt they could consistently attack.After a rough stretch for the Badgers in which they had lost their last seven games, an early goal was exactly what they needed to get their confidence back up, especially for a young team who was looking for an early morale booster.“I think it gave us so much more confidence. We’ve been coming off some tough losses, so to jump out early and start early boosts team morale,” Segbers said.Trask said he’s happy to get out of the slump, but said he wants to see more urgency to put the opponent away by scoring that second goal. Getting another goal would put the game away and show that the Badgers played an overall solid game.“We weren’t [able to get the second goal] tonight, but that’s the continued journey these guys are on. They can be a bit more ruthless because there were some opportunities presented,” Trask said.This in-state rivalry energized the team and should propel the Badgers as they continue with Big Ten play at Michigan State on Saturday.last_img read more

Dennis Liske Faces Judge in a Status Conference Following Sexual Assault Allegations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA status conference docket call…was held inside of the Alpena County Courthouse Monday in regards to the Dennis Albert Liske case. The 67–year–old allegedly assaulted his young granddaughter on two separate occasions.The Ossineke Township clerk was charged with a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The final status conference will be held on Monday, August 7th, at the Alpena County Courthouse due to a second criminal sexual case in Midland County, where Liske has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.“August 7th for the final status conference. We have the trial date set. I presume if it doesn’t go in Midland. August 7th at 9 am.”Liske allegedly assaulted his granddaughter back in January inside of his home. He also allegedly assaulted the same victim at a Midland hotel during a family gathering for Christmas back in December of 2016.A trial has been set in regards to the Alpena assault case for September 26th through September 29th. Details in regards to Liske’s Midland case have not been released yet.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Courthouse, Dennis Albert Liske, Dennis Liske, status conferenceContinue ReadingPrevious Diocese of Gaylord Release Statement on Rev. Obwaka ‘Not Guilty’ TrialNext Supreme Court Denies Alpena Man’s Request For Appeallast_img read more

Steve Ballmer, Clippers fixing L.A.’s neighborhood basketball courts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When the project is complete, basketball players throughout L.A. – as well as volleyball and badminton players, square dancers, bingo aficionados and all other visitors to these popular community spaces – might associate their favorite pastimes with the Clippers, whose logo is displayed on every court renovated with the Ballmers’ donation.“I do love those, I have to admit,” Zucker said. “The idea that at your court, where you are, your dream of perhaps one day playing in the NBA, or pursuing some other profession, when you see (the logo), I think it helps with reminding you of those dreams.”Recently, the teens and 20-somethings hustling back and forth over the center court “LAC” monogram during open gym at Jim Gilliam Recreation Center said they were thankful to everyone involved with restoring their neighborhood court. That job required replacing the faded, lumpy, twice-water-damaged surface with shiny new hardwood and new padding beneath it.“When I first saw it, all I said was, ‘Wow,’ ” Jamar Luttrell, 15, said. “And then I started playing on it, and now when you run and try to stop, you stop. You don’t slide like you used to.”It’s safer that way, but also in other ways, 22-year-old David Sharp said.“It’s good to finally get a new floor, finally give the kids a reason to come back and play in the gym,” said Sharp, who grew up playing in the Jr. Clippers youth basketball league in the facility, where he now coaches.“It’s important because I believe it keeps everybody out of trouble, keeps the smaller kids out of trouble, gives them a place to come here without having to worry about outside problems,” Sharp said. “After they come out of school, instead of going and doing something they’re not supposed to, they come in here and play, you know? Keeps ’em safe like it kept me from a lot of the outside problems that go on in just this community.”“This is a very at-risk community,” said Denise Stansell, senior recreation director, noting that just in the prior six weeks, three people had been killed in close proximity to the gym.“So to have them come inside, it’s a safe shelter, you know? It’s one way in and one way out, so if they’re gonna start some trouble, they know they’re gonna be caught.”Because the polished new surface is drawing young people inside, Stansell is serious about keeping it pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym.They guys playing pick-up games said they’re happy to honor the new rules, even to police themselves, though they’re not yet ready to switch their NBA loyalties – whether it’s to the Lakers, the Golden State Warriors or Kyrie Irving.Garcetti gets it.“As a lifelong Lakers fan, I told Steve, ‘I now root for the Clippers every single time they’re playing – except those times they’re playing the Lakers,’ ” the mayor said.Garcetti said the city has committed to the Clippers that, thanks to the team’s donation, it will be able to maintain all of the remodeled courts.“We were on a cycle, scraping together as much as we could each year,” he said. “This would’ve taken a couple of decades to do and (in the meantime) other courts would have been falling apart. So instead of us spending that money to fix 10 percent of the courts, we’ll be maintaining all of them.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The gift was spurred by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of improving access to sports for children – especially girls – across the city ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games.Initially, he planned to recruit multiple donors to help finance the refurbishing of just L.A.’s indoor courts ahead of the Olympics, starting with a donation from the Annenberg Foundation to help restore gym floors at three L.A. city parks that needed it most. But the plan shifted after he reached the Clippers, who told him they wanted to fix all of L.A.’s courts.“It was a phone call from the Mayor’s office,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations. “He called and laid out his excitement around all of the money that was being committed by the International Olympic Committee for the sake of sports programming for youth, and his belief that with that money, they were providing L.A. an opportunity to become the healthiest city in America – which was really exciting and inspiring when you have a vision that’s that big.”Especially for someone such as, say, Steve Ballmer.But before she filled in her boss, Zucker wanted to know more: How many courts, and where? Who would use them? PreviousClippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Denise Stansell, senior recreation director of the Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, is serious about keeping the facility’s newly refurbished basketball court pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDenise Stansell, senior recreation director of the Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, is serious about keeping the facility’s newly refurbished basketball court pristine: “No Food or Drink” signs are taped every few feet along the walls inside the gym. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)“I do love those (Clippers logos), I have to admit,” Clippers president of business operations Gillian Zucker said of the logo that is emblazoned on all of the 140-plus courts the team has already helped refurbish in L.A. “The idea that at your court, where you are, your dream of perhaps one day playing in the NBA, or pursuing some other profession, when you see (the logo), I think it helps with reminding you of those dreams.” (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers guard Lou Williams speaks at the ribbon cutting for one of the basketball courts the organization has renovated for the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks over the past year. So far, the work on at least 140 of the 343 that are part of the plan has been completed. (Photo by courtesy of the Clippers)Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the unveiling of one of the Clippers courts that the team has paid to refurbish. “I was blown away,” Garcetti said of the Clippers’ $10 million donation to refurbish the 300-plus public courts run by the L.A. Recreation and Parks Department. “We’ve never had such a huge commitment in such a short period of time.” (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts (indoor and outdoor) operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Martin Luther King Recreation Center’s coordinator Paul Nichols, left, facility director Eric Griffin, center, and recreation coordinator Haymen Gebru pose next to the facility’s new concrete basketball court, part of the project the Clippers are paying for. (Photo by Mirjam Swanson, SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers guard Patrick Beverley works with some of the kids at the ribbon cutting for one of the basketball courts the organization has renovated for the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks over the past year. So far, the work on at least 140 of the 343 that are part of the plan has been completed. (Photo by courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. So far, at least 140 have been completed. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)NextShow Caption1 of 12Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo courtesy of the Clippers)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It’s fitting, Clippers coach Doc Rivers says, that the team with a roster full of gritty, lace-’em-up-and-go-play gamers would sponsor a program to refurbish all the public basketball courts in the city.“We call ourselves the ‘blacktop team,’ ” Rivers said. “So I think it connects that the blacktop team is refurbishing courts so kids can get outside and play on the blacktop.”With his wife, Connie, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer last year donated $10 million to the L.A. Parks Foundation for renovations at all of Los Angeles’ public basketball courts.“I met some of my best friends at the basketball court, even if they didn’t play basketball, so I feel like that’s important when it comes to growing up,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “It helps you stay out of trouble – and social media’s so big now, so getting out for a pickup game in L.A., that’s all you can ask for.” Less than a year after the project was announced, 142 courts are finished being fixed, said Kieffer, adding that all of them are expected to be completed before the stated three-year timetable is up.The organization will unveil an additional batch of “Clippers Courts” on Tuesday at the shared campus of University Pathways Public Service Academy High School (“The U”) and Charles Drew Middle School.The facilities include an updated gymnasium with a full-size indoor basketball court and more than 110,000 square feet of refurbished outdoor space, which includes 9-1/2 basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, two four-square courts, four handball courts, new garden space and a walking path, plus a new exterior paint job for the school gym.Garcetti said he remembers a visit from Connie and Steve Ballmer, who is reportedly valued at $41.2 billion, making him the wealthiest team owner in American sports, soon after he purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014.The mayor said the Ballmers wanted to know how they might get involved in the city in a meaningful, long-term way. Still, he couldn’t have imagined such a substantial contribution.“I was blown away,” Garcetti said. “We’ve never had such a huge commitment in such a short period of time; we wanted to make sure it would get done.” In response, the Department of Recreation and Parks delivered a couple of “crazy enormous” binders, she said, detailing the status of every public court throughout the city, including all of the indoor wooden courts as well as those outdoors with asphalt or concrete surfaces.Each received an A, B or C grade determined by the amount of renovation needed, whether it was a court requiring just some sanding, repainting, sealing and staining, or one that needed to be entirely torn out and rebuilt.“We put it all together and I went over it with Steve,” Zucker said. “I said, ‘There’s a number of directions we can go. We can chip in to the level that other community members will … or we can do something disproportionate. Why don’t you take a look at the scope of this and let me know?’ ”The Ballmers took the materials with them on a flight.“And when they landed,” Zucker said, “he called me and said, ‘Let’s do them all.’ ”Connecting the dots between and youth sports opportunities and the successful pursuit of “the American Dream,” the Ballmers made a contribution last spring that will, by 2021, have covered the renovation of 343 basketball courts operated by the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks.“This is so far and away the largest corporate donation to the city in many, many years, and certainly to the Rec and Parks Department altogether,” said Judith Kieffer, co-founder, special projects for the L.A. Parks Foundation, which is coordinating the multi-stage projects around the busy schedules at each community center, from Van Nuys to Sunland to South L.A.“And it’s been seamless working with the Clippers,” Kieffer added. “They knew their niche – its basketball, obviously – and we have all the public facilities in the city, so why not? Let’s make a match.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

Greta Morgan, 87, Hillsboro: Jan. 20, 1928 – Oct. 7, 2015

first_imgGreta MorganGreta Charlene Morgan, 87, died in Hillsboro, Kans. on October, 7th, 2015. Greta was born January 20, 1928 in Champion, Neb. to Samuel Fred and Nettie (Steele) Goddard. Greta was the tenth of eleven children. Due to the Depression, this very large family moved many times in order to survive.  After her father died, when Greta was still quite young, she moved with her mother and two of her sisters to Woodward, Okla. It was in Woodward that she met Floyd Lewis Morgan and on March 28, 1945 the two were married in Buffalo, Oklahoma. As they were only 16, their mothers had to give them permission to marry. The couple moved to Oklahoma City where Floyd became a baker and the first of their 4 sons was born. The family moved many times while Floyd worked for the Bond Bread Company. In 1971, Floyd left Bond Bread and went into the restaurant business. He later went to work for Smith International in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Floyd passed away in January 2004. Greta continued living in Ponca City until 2007 when she moved to Valley Center, Kansas to be near her son, DeWayne and his family. Greta moved into assisted living in Hillsboro in 2013. Greta is preceded in death by her husband of almost 59 years; her parents; nine siblings; sons, Donald Fred Morgan and Gary Eugene Morgan and a grandson, Brock Morgan.Survivors include her son, DeWayne Morgan (Erlene) of Valley Center, Kansas; son, Dennis Morgan (Kathy) of Hutto, Texas; daughter-in-law, Brenda Morgan of Ponca City, Oklahoma; sister, Noma Files of Duncan, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.Greta was a long time and very active member of the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ.Graveside services for Greta will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Blackwell Cemetery in Blackwell, Oklahoma. There is no visitation scheduled. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ, Ponca City, Okla. or your choice of charities. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Kans. 67152.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.last_img read more