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Food Bank mobile distribution schedule for the week

first_img Google+ Twitter By 95.3 MNC – August 2, 2020 1 357 (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) Food Bank of Northern Indiana Mobile Food Distributions – Week of August 3 – 6, 2020Monday, August 3, 2020 – Elkhart County: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The Arena, 2401 Middlebury Street, Elkhart, IN 46516Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – LaPorte County: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CDT at LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street, LaPorte, IN 46350Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Kosciusko County: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street (front parking lot), Warsaw, IN 46580Thursday, August 6, 2020 – St. Joseph County: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601Fresh perishable items and dry goods offered free of charge. All items will be pre-boxed and pre-bagged. First come, first served, for up to 400 households while supplies last for those in need of food assistance.One per household. This will be a drive-thru distribution. Those in need can remain in their vehicle and pop open their trunk to receive their items. An area will be available to load items if your trunk does not open. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Food Bank mobile distribution schedule for the week Google+ Facebook Previous articleIvy Tech giving away free computers to students registering for fall classesNext articleWoman arrested on meth-related charges after traffic stop in Cass County 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApplast_img read more

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Announces Extensive Spring Tour

first_imgSoul rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced a new string of tour dates. The band will head out on a Spring Tour from March 25th through April 22nd, culminating in the band’s two-day Freaks For The Festival event. After releasing two albums in 2016, the CRB has a ton of music new and old to share with their fans.Check out the band’s full tour schedule below, and head to their website for details. Newly announced dates appear in bold.Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Full Tour Schedule2/7 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room (sold out)2/8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room (sold out)2/10 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House (sold out)2/11 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House (sold out)2/12 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen2/14 – El Prado, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing2/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom2/17 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery (sold out)2/18 – Redding, CA – Redding Veteran Memorial Hall2/19 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino3/11 – Longmont, CO – Hops & Handrails3/24 – McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground3/25 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall 3/28 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Hall 3/30 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen 4/1 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre 4/2 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall 4/5 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room 4/6 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom 4/7 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater 4/8 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note 4/10 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge 4/12 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater 4/14 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall 4/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall 4/18 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater 4/20 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater 4/21 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The Festival 4/22 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The Festivallast_img read more

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Soil Sensors

first_imgFarmers know water is a valuable resource, and many farmers are now using soil sensors in their fields to control soil moisture content.Small-plot and home gardeners can take a cue from professional farmers by becoming more conscientious about when they apply irrigation to home landscapes and gardens throughout spring and summer, says Andre da Silva, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.Just as soil moisture sensors help farmers to understand when additional irrigation is needed, da Silva believes that home gardeners should use similar sensors on a smaller scale. He says even sensors with minimal technology are adequate to tell someone if and when water needs to be applied.“Nowadays, homeowners have manual control panels in place for their irrigation systems and it’s easy to just turn them on and keep them on automatically,” da Silva said. “We have access to better technology where you can install small sensors that can be synced up with your control panel. These sensors can tell your sprinkler system if water needs to be applied or not.”Such sensors range in cost from $30 for simple watermark sensors to $1,500 or more for advanced capacitance soil moisture sensors, depending on the level of technology. A higher level of technology allows more expensive sensors additional capabilities, such as systems that sync to smart phones.“We have the technology available, so let’s use it,” da Silva said.One misconception da Silva hopes to clear up about irrigation involves “field capacity,” or how much moisture remains in the soil after excess water has drained away.“Usually people see that it rained one day, but believe they still need to apply water the next day because it’s been a day and it hasn’t rained. When you have had rainfall, if your soil is full of water, it usually takes two or three days for it to return to field capacity. This means the soil still has enough water to supply the demand of your plants,” da Silva said.Watering plants too much can be as harmful as underwatering, as excessive watering creates ideal environmental conditions for plant diseases, he said.For more information about home gardening, see UGA Extension Bulletin 577, “Home Gardening,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger poaches Arsenal’s long-serving analytics guru to join him in new role at FIFA

first_imgAdvertisement Wenger wants to make football a more level playing field in his new role at FIFA (Picture: Getty)However, their role has diminished more recently, particularly in the transfer market, with new head of football Raul Sanllehi ‘preferring a contract-led approach to transfer business’ rather than analytics.Nevertheless, Rosenfeld – who remains highly thought of around the Emirates despite his departure – is still held in high esteem by Wenger, who hopes he can close the gap between the bigger and smaller nations in terms of their access to and application of data.MORE: Arsenal deliver Mikel Arteta update and reveal his talks with coaches and players during coronavirus crisisMORE: Hector Bellerin backs himself to be Arsenal captain amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit fearsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The two men have an excellent working relationship, with Rosenfeld having overseen StatDNA – the analytics company that Arsenal bought in 2012 having been so impressed with their work.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveThat £2million purchase saw statDNA move in-house – and they have since been rebranded to Arsenal Data Analytics – with the department playing a key role in the club being regarded as one of the best at harnessing data in the Premier League.In fact, when Rosenfeld first pitched to Arsenal back in 2011 – having worked on a consultancy basis before the buyout – he explained how analytics could dramatically improve the Gunners’ recruitment.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFlop Marouane Chamakh, who was signed from Bordeaux, was used as an example of the kind of lacklustre deal a strong analytics and data department could avoid.The Athletic report that Wenger was hugely impressed by the work of Rosenfeld and his team, using their data to decide transfer targets, scout opponents and tailor training. Comment The Frenchman has raided his old club to take up a new role at football’s governing body (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has raided his old club to recruit Jason Rosenfeld for a new role at FIFA, the man who has headed up the Gunners’ data and analytics for almost a decade.Wenger left the Emirates in 2018, bringing to an end his 22-year reign at the club, and after briefly flirting with a return to management eventually called quits on his coaching career to take up a role as head of global football development with FIFA.According to The Athletic, Wenger has identified analytics as an area that needs improvement in the global game and has brought in old pal Rosenfeld to assist him.center_img Arsene Wenger poaches Arsenal’s long-serving analytics guru to join him in new role at FIFA Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 12:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Jun 2020 7:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Nketiah scored a hat-trick (Picture: MB Media/Getty)Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton on Saturday. Arsenal controlled proceedings at the Emirates, taking a 2-0 lead at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Lacazette struck from outside the box to open the scoring, with Aubameyang scoring a curled effort after a darting run from the left-hand side to double the Gunners’ lead.The second half was the Nketiah show. ADVERTISEMENTHis first goal was a scrappy one. He reacted quickest to a goalmouth scramble that came from a Dani Ceballos free-kick. He then coolly slotted home a one-on-one to put Arsenal 4-0 up. Comment Advertisement Arteta’s side got the win (Picture: Getty)He completed his hat-trick by heading home a cross from Joe Willock. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillock then grabbed a goal of his own, finding the top-left corner from outside the area to cap off an impressive day at the office for Mikel Arteta’s side. Arsenal return to Premier League action a week on Wednesday when they face defending champions Manchester City. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThey will hope to make a last dash for a top-four spot but they are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in ninth. Should they win their game in hand against City, however, they will be right back in the mix, leapfrogging Spurs, Wolves and Sheffield United – although the Blades also have a game in hand against relegation-threatened Aston Villa – into sixth, just two points behind Manchester United.Should Eddie Nketiah start vs Man City?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restartlast_img read more

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Long Horns defeat Lily Valley Sharks in Trafalgar Basketball League

first_img Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussions Share The Morne Prosper Long Horns on Tuesday evening defeated the Lily Valley Sharks by 7 points in the Trafalgar Basketball League which began on the 26th of February.For Long Horns points Emile Cadeau, Kendel Isles and Jenner Deschamps scored a total of 69 points.Their scores were; Emile Cadeau – 22 PTS, 5 REB, Kendel Isles – 14 PTS, 4 ASTS and Jenner Deschamps – 11 PTS, 4 REBCraig St. Rose scored 34 PTS, 8 REB, Lester Dennis 13 PTS, 4 ASTS, Mathias Douglas and Ray Charles both scored 6 PTS, 2 REB making a total of 62 points for the Lily Valley Sharks.On Thursday night R.C. Bullets will face the Bath Estate Huskies at 7:30 P.M.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet Share NewsSports Long Horns defeat Lily Valley Sharks in Trafalgar Basketball League by: – March 7, 2012last_img read more

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Tri-Track Late Model Special set at West Liberty Raceway

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – This Saturday, May 21, West Liberty Raceway will host a special night of Late Model racing featuring the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge.The night’s action will be headlined with a 40-lap iWireless IMCA Late Model main event with the winner taking home the $2,000 first place prize money. This special event is expected to draw a good field of dirt Late Model competitors.In addition to the exciting Late Models all regular classes will also be battling it out for weekly points on the very fast ½-mile dirt oval.Hot laps will take to the track at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. West Liberty Raceway is located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds on the southeast side of West Liberty.last_img

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Mix of youth, experience should help KKR, feels Kyle Mills

first_imgABU DHABI: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling coach Kyle Mills feels the team has a good blend of young players and experienced ones that will bode well for them in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Mills, the former New Zealand pacer, has joined the squad after completing his quarantine.On his first day at the job, Mills was seen working closely with Omkar Salvi, the assistant bowling coach, and Abhishek Nayar, KKR’s assistant coach, to set a plan for the season for the team’s bowling unit. “It feels great on a couple of things. I am out of quarantine. So, it’s good to be out of my room and to be finally engaged with the team. Obviously, I have watched a lot of (KKR) matches on Youtube in the last couple of years and also in the lead-up to the auction,” Mills told kkr.in, the franchise’s official website. “But it’s great to get down on the ground and have those one-on-one chats. It’s my first day, so I’m really still building those relationships with the boys. We still have about three weeks before we get into it (IPL). So, that’s nice.” Talking about the players and how they have been doing the lockdown period with not much cricket to play, Mills said: “The boys had been in lockdown and didn’t play any cricket. These are whole different dynamics we are experiencing. So, we have to get the guys up to speed. “Some young guys had injuries in the past. These young lads are eager and keen, so I need to tell them to calm down. It’s just the first week on the ground. We need to build them up to their first game. Match techniques will come into play from the next week onwards. “Omi (Omkar Salvi) has been fantastic because he has been on the ground in India and I have been in New Zealand. Abhishek has been great as well. He has great knowledge of the game and local players in India. He is a vastly experienced First Class cricketer. These two have been instrumental for me to get up to speed with the local boys.” IANS Also Watch: Honouring Retired Teachers at their Homes on Teachers Daylast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Last Renegade had yet to make his racing debut for trainer Peter Eurton. According to the California Horse Racing Board website, the colt died Friday. No further details were provided. A required necropsy is pending.The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALYItalian sports to resume training soonUNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. Garrett Smithley finished fourth and Landon Cassill fifth as less-heralded drivers continue to use the iRacing platform to gain attention. Byron and Brennan Poole were sixth and seventh as Chevrolet drivers claimed six of the top seven spots.Jeff Gordon made his iRacing debut but crashed.HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER KILLEDLouisville recruit killed in shootingORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a high school football star who had signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Louisville was fatally shot late Saturday night. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1.The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear. Orlando police say Dexter Rentz Jr. was the only one killed when four people were shot in a crime called in to authorities shortly after 11 p.m.The senior wide receiver planned to play for Louisville next season. As a sophomore in 2017, he set a state record when he intercepted five passes in a single game.In a radio interview last year, he said his goal was to grow as a leader and help other “young guys see that there’s more to it than football.”COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDNembhard declares for draft again Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiationsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks. UNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt.The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen.The previous high was 6.2 million last yearMLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employees NASCAR-NEWMAN RETURNRyan Newman says he’ll be ready to raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman says he will be ready to race when NASCAR resumes competition.Newman suffered a head injury in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Indiana native spent less than 48 hours in the hospital before walking out holding hands with his two daughters.Ross Chastain drove the No. 6 Ford in place of Newman for three races before the NASCAR season was suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 days Newman said Sunday on Fox Sports he will be ready to race when NASCAR calls drivers back to the track. NASCAR says Newman still must be medically cleared. NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGJeff Gordon ‘crashes’ in first iRaceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR’s invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish at virtual Talladega.The victory is the third consecutive for Hendrick Motorsports, which got back-to-back wins from William Byron headed into Sunday’s esports event. Update on the latest in sports: GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard has declared for the NBA draft for the second consecutive year. The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20.His decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDING Bull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.SANTA ANITA-FATALITYARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old colt has died after what’s being called an accident at Santa Anita, making it the 12th fatality at the Southern California track since late December. April 26, 2020last_img read more

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Highs and lows of Wisconsin sports: Fall 2008

first_imgFootball:What started as unlimited expectations quickly became a disappointment of mass proportions for the UW football team. After starting 3-0 in non-conference play — including an impressive 13-10 victory over then-No. 21 Fresno State in Fresno — the Badgers dropped their first four Big Ten games, starting with a two-point loss to Michigan after blowing a 19-point lead. The wheels really started to fall off for UW after back-to-back, double-digit defeats at the mercy of Penn State (48-7 at home) and Iowa (38-16 on the road), but since that 0-4 conference start, Wisconsin is 4-1 overall and has a chance to end the season with a four-game win streak if it can beat Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27 in Orlando, Fla.The season was highlighted by an inordinate amount of criticism aimed at head coach Bret Bielema, plus the emergence of freshman running back John Clay, sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath and junior quarterback Dustin Sherer, who will all look to contribute in big ways next season.— Derek ZetlinMen’s basketball:The Wisconsin men’s basketball team, led by seniors Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry, got off to a nice start, beginning the season with four straight wins before losing to No. 2 Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Tournament final.Freshmen Rob Wilson and Jordan Taylor have emerged as head coach Bo Ryan’s favorite first-year players, and Trevon Hughes has continued his play from last season, leading the Badgers with an average of 13.2 points per game.The Badgers’ strong play, however, came to an abrupt bump in the road Dec. 6 when Wisconsin traveled east to Milwaukee to take on rival Marquette. While UW led the Golden Eagles for most of the game, Jerel McNeal sparked Marquette to a comeback win, beating the Badgers 61-58 at the Bradley Center.Ryan’s squad survived a scare on Tuesday night, squeaking by Idaho State 60-58 behind junior guard Jason Bohannon’s 18 points.Wisconsin now has two games remaining before the highly anticipated bout with Texas. After that, the Badgers will travel to Ann Arbor, where they will face Michigan, who has beaten two top five teams in the young season.— Jonah BraunMen’s hockey:Talk about a roller coaster first half.The Badgers were dealt a tough blow early in the season, when senior co-captain Ben Street suffered a knee injury in the team’s fourth game of the season. Adding insult to injury was UW’s 0-6-1 start to the year, not earning a win until Nov. 1 against North Dakota.Since then, however, Wisconsin has been one of the hottest teams in the nation and has finally made its way into the national polls after the slow start. Mike Eaves’ team is 9-1-1 in its last 11 games, including a current five-game winning streak heading into the winter break.No one player has stood out offensively for the Badgers, who have seen contributions from the likes of John Mitchell, Tom Gorowsky, Brendan Smith and Jamie McBain.Like the team, goaltender Shane Connelly has settled down since the opening month, allowing just one goal in a three-game span against St. Cloud State, Michigan State and Michigan.— Tyler MasonWomen’s hockey:Undefeated and top-ranked, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has had a very successful first half of the 2008-09 season.The lady Badgers have used a potent offensive attack, stringent defensive play and elite goaltending to stake their claim as the top team in the land. Wisconsin enters Christmas break at 18-0-2.All-American candidates include sophomore wing Hilary Knight, senior center Erika Lawler, junior center/wing Meghan Duggan, freshman center Brooke Ammerman and senior goaltender Jessie Vetter.Aided by great depth that includes six reliable defensemen, three very effective lines and superstar goaltender Jessie Vetter, the Badgers are the surefire midseason favorites to win the National Championship.Wins over top five opponents Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and New Hampshire have toughened Coach Mark Johnson’s squad and prepared them for what is sure to be a grueling second half. Early 2009 trips to Duluth and Minnesota will present tough challenges and ready the talented Badgers for postseason play.Being the No. 1 team in America brings certain burdens, most notably the target Wisconsin carries as the top dog.Every team Wisconsin faces is going to bring their best, and through 20 games, the Badgers look fit to take on all challengers. — Bobby DonohueVolleyball:At the outset of the season, there were high expectations for the Wisconsin volleyball team. They finished second in the Big Ten to eventual national champions Penn State and had a highly-touted freshman class coming in to replace five seniors who departed after last year’s record setting season.As the season wore on, however, the season became more of a rebuilding year than a continuation of the 2007 season. The Badgers failed to find consistency, only winning three matches between October 17 and November 29, including losing the final four contests of the season.Individually, many of last year’s statistics leaders are down. In 2007, outside hitter Brittney Dolgner averaged 4.63 kills per set on her way to become the first UW sophomore to be named All-American. This year, however, her numbers were down by more than a kill per set, averaging only 3.40 kills per set.While this year may have been disappointing by Wisconsin standards, as they didn’t make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 13 seasons, their future looks bright. Freshmen Janelle Gabrielsen and Elle Ohlander were named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team. It was the first time two members of the Wisconsin volleyball team were named to the roster.— Ben SolochekWomen’s basketball:The Wisconsin women’s basketball team, picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten in preseason polls, has been anything but the team many thought they would be.The Badgers have jumped out to an 9-1 record, including nine straight victories — the team’s longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season. Most of their success has resulted from their excellent defensive play, as they have allowed only 56 points per game.UW has also had a very balanced scoring attack, led by shooting guard Alyssa Karel and point guard and team captain Rae Lin D’Alie, who average 14 and eight points per game, respectively.The team has already had its share of thrills only a month into the season. Wisconsin was able to capture the Paradise Jam title in the Virgin Islands after beating Villanova, Central Florida and upsetting then-No. 6 Baylor 59-58 on a Karel jumper with seven seconds to go. Other key wins for the Badgers included a victory over Drake — Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone’s former team — a double overtime win over in-state rival UW-Milwaukee, and a victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC/ Big Ten challenge.— Sam OlesonMen’s soccer:Although the Wisconsin men’s soccer team finished the season with a winning record, their performance in Big Ten play prevented the team from making the NCAA tournament for the 13th consecutive season.A 1-4-1 record in the Big Ten play this season, culminated by a first round loss to Michigan in the tournament, led to the eventual resignation of seventh year head coach Jeff Rohrman.In their tournament game, the Badgers came one shot away from pulling off the upset over the No. 10 Wolverines. After playing to a scoreless tie after two overtimes, the game was decided by a shootout. After UW forward Scott Lorenz failed to score in his opportunity, Michigan’s Perica Marosevic ended Wisconsin’s season.However, the Badgers did have some bright notes on the season. The biggest story of the year was the emergence of Lorenz, who led the team in goals and points. His 10 goals were good enough for fourth place in the Big Ten, and he was second in the conference in shots. Along with Lorenz, goalkeeper Alex Horwath and forward Brandon Miller will return for their senior seasons.— Tom HagerWomen’s soccer:For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, 2008 was like a tale of two seasons — the non-conference season and the Big Ten season, the former being better than the latter.In the first month of the season, the Badgers enjoyed a four-game winning streak, a tournament victory in the Hoosier Classic and a 6-2-1 record. Senior Taylor Walsh also netted her first career hat trick in a 7-1 victory over Vermont and was on pace with the school season record with six goals in the first five games.Over the final one-and-a-half months, Wisconsin went 3-7 against Big Ten opponents, including losing its last three games to fail to reach the postseason for the second consecutive season.The Badgers’ most glaring problem — throughout both parts of the season — was an inability to win on their opponents’ home field. In seven road games, Wisconsin finished 0-6-1 and was outscored 20-2 in road games.Wisconsin’s brightest point in the 2008 season was the play of its freshmen. Forward Laurie Nosbusch led the team in points with 21 and finished second to Walsh with seven goals. Fellow freshmen Erin Jacobsen and Leigh Williams — both midfielders — were third and fourth, respectively, in both points and goals.— Jordan Schellinglast_img read more

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