Mark Ferguson Retirement

first_imgAt the end of this current school year, Mark Ferguson will retire as the Batesville Athletic Director.  Mark has been the A.D. at Batesville for the passed 21 years.  During this time, not only has the number of the student body increased, but so has the number who participate in one or more sport activities.  There are 19 high school sports alone for which Mark has to schedule, hire officials, and hire enough workers for the home contests.  Add to this the liability issues that are so prevalent today, which means that every athlete must have a complete health record on file at the school.  It is the A.D.’s job to make sure every coach has a copy of these at every event.  A few years ago, the Middle School duties were added to the high school A.D.’s job description.  This complicates the job, because they are in different buildings.Ask any coach at Batesville and they will tell you that Mark has been a student/athlete advocate; and if you can justify a need that will help the athletes perform better, he will do everything he can to provide it.  I worked for two A.D.’s at BHS and was very lucky because both Mark and his predecessor, Glen Butt, made my job easy.  Good luck, Mark, in your retirement.  I hope they find someone to fill those large shoes.last_img read more

Area High School Boys Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores.Wednesday (2-4)East Central  48     Lawrenceburg  35last_img

Falcao blow for United

first_img Press Association Falcao has had a difficult start to life at the club since his dramatic deadline-day loan move from Monaco. The 28-year-old, who is among the top earners at Old Trafford, has scored only one goal so far and he is yet to play 90 minutes for the Red Devils. Van Gaal said initial tests on the player’s left knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for. The United boss said: “He has a brace on his knee and 10 days’ rest and then we have to make another scan and then we can say more about his injury. “It is not so bad as the doctor thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something like that. Blind was one of five United players injured on international duty. Luke Shaw felt a tight hamstring and groin while away with England. “Shaw is a question mark,” Van Gaal added. Michael Carrick also suffered a groin problem on international duty, and he will be assessed before Van Gaal decides whether to include the player in the squad for the game at the Emirates. “I have to wait for how he reacts in training, but I expect that he is also ready to play,” Van Gaal said. There was better news about Angel di Maria and David de Gea, who suffered foot and finger injuries while away with Argentina and Spain respectively. “Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark,” Van Gaal said. “David De Gea is good, no problem.” Van Gaal’s squad was already hit by injuries to key players before the international break. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Radamel Falcao all missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and it looks like they will miss Saturday’s game against the Gunners too. When asked whether any player who missed the Palace match was available for this weekend, Van Gaal seemed to suggest it would be highly unlikely. “It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for tomorrow’s training session to decide if players are coming back,” he said. “But the players are not coming back in the squad – that’s a different thing. My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, but better two.” Danny Welbeck will face his boyhood club for the first time on Saturday since his £16million move. Welbeck has scored 10 goals for Arsenal and England since leaving Old Trafford. Van Gaal, who said in September that he sold Welbeck because of his poor scoring record, thinks the 23-year-old is benefittng from an extended run of first-team matches at his new club. “I think that a player always who is playing mostly fixed in a team, he develops always better,” he said. “So he takes all the benefit that he plays every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. So it’s very good to see him doing what I thought.” Falcao has not played for United for a month because of a calf problem and he has now suffered another setback, the club confirmed on Thursday afternoon. “Van Gaal tells #MUTV that @Falcao “has a new injury” and is at least two weeks away from a first-team return. #mufc,” a post from the United’s official Twitter account read. “I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Falcao told United’s website. “It is disappointing that I can’t play but I have to be calm and recover because that is important to help the team when I return to the games.” The Colombian frontman said reports that he was struggling for fitness because of a knee injury he suffered last season were “pure speculation”. Even if Falcao had been fit, Van Gaal would still be facing a severe shortage of players for Saturday’s crucial match against Arsenal. The Dutchman could be without seven players after a damaging international break. The biggest casualty was midfielder Daley Blind, who came off in the 20th minute of Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia with a knee injury. Louis van Gaal’s selection problems deepened on Thursday after it emerged Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for at least a fortnight because of a new injury. last_img read more

Remi Garde staying optimistic despite continued Aston Villa slump

first_imgAston Villa equalled an unwanted record after defeat to Watford but Remi Garde still believes he can revive the club’s fortunes this season. Saturday’s 3-2 loss leaves Villa rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points – matching the lowest haul after 14 Barclays Premier League matches. Swindon in 1993-94, Sunderland in 2005-06 and QPR in 2012-13 also had only five points at this stage of the campaign and all three were relegated come May. Villa are five points adrift of safety and Garde, after three games as manager, is acutely aware of the task facing him but remains optimistic. Told that some will now be writing off Villa’s chance, the Frenchman said: “I heard that already and it will be over if we carry on that way but today I think we deserved a point, to be fair. “Not in terms of the result, but the play was better. And I believe we must play well if we are to win points. “When you always have to run behind in the score it is difficult but we had spells where we were good and I think we deserve better. “But there were mistakes. We lack efficiency in both boxes and maybe we had lack of patience because we knew it was important to win. “Because of this we didn’t keep the balance like we did in first half, giving them chance to counter-attack so easily. “It is difficult as obviously we have a lack of confidence both defensively and offensively. “It is not a criticism but everybody has to improve their levels, and we can.” Press Association It was Troy Deeney who piled on the misery for his boyhood club. Despite being a lifelong Villa fan, Deeney, who began his career at the midlands club before leaving aged 15, clearly enjoyed his 85th-minute header, sliding on his knees in celebration at the Holte End after putting his side 3-1 up. A fourth goal in his last five games looked like giving Watford a comfortable victory but Jordan Ayew got Villa back within a goal in the 89th minute. Garde’s team were then unable to find an equaliser in the 10 minutes of injury time allowed for a second-half injury to Heurelho Gomes. Odion Ighalo gave Watford the lead but Micah Richards levelled just before half-time, before Alan Hutton’s own goal gave the visitors the advantage once more and set up the dramatic closing stages. Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores praised his strike force of Ighalo and Deeney. He said: ” It’s amazing the connection they had during the match. They are able to play on the long ball or on the floor. They cope well with whatever way we play. “It’s amazing what they are doing different. “I have the impression he (Deeney) enjoyed his goal but it’s normal when you come back to play against one team. You try to win always.” The game was stopped for almost 10 minutes following an injury to Gomes, who collided with team-mate Craig Cathcart when trying to cut out a low Hutton cross. The Brazilian received treatment for a lengthy spell before being fitted with a neck brace and carried from the pitch on a stretcher. Giedrius Arlauskis, who played for Lithuania against England in last month’s European Championship qualifier, came on for his Premier League debut. Flores said: “He had a kick to the head but felt something in his neck. I don’t know exactly but we will have scans and see the results.” Gomes was taken to a Birmingham hospital but was able to return home with the rest of the squad on the team coach. last_img read more

NOAA Predicts Near Normal 2019 Hurricane Season

first_imgThe National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration issued an updated forecast Thursday afternoon predicting 9 to 15 named storms with as many as 8 becoming hurricanes.Between 2-3 are expected to grow into major hurricanes of category 3 strength or greater.A Category 3 storm can pack winds of up to 110 MPH.2018 was considered to be an above average hurricane season with 8 hurricanes and 15 named storms.2 of the storms, Florence and Michael, became major hurricanes with Cat. 4 Florence hitting the Carolinas with 150 MPH winds and Michael slamming into Florida’s panhandle with Category 5 winds of over 160 MPH.Hurricane Season runs June 1 to November 30 but for the fifth year in a row a sub-tropical system formed out of season with Andrea forming near Bermuda earlier in the week.Residents are urged to prepare for the upcoming season by getting a hurricane plan together.Stay with News Talk 850 WFTL and our Storm Central page for the latest on the tropics.last_img read more

Franchise League 3-day tournament East Bank, Upper Corentyne take first day honours

first_img… Reifer hit even 100 against GeorgetownBOTH East Bank and Upper Corentyne took first day honours in round five of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day tournament, which commenced yesterday, with three matches.At the Bush Lot ground, East Bank franchise closed on 161-7, leading West Berbice’s first-innings total of 140 by 21 runs.Sherefane RutherfordThe visitors’ bowlers dominated proceedings and took wickets at regular intervals, with medium pacers Sherefane Rutherford (3-29), Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed (3-49), and off-spinner Steven Jacobs (3-30), being the most successful bowlers. Darshan Persaud took the other wicket.East Bank won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision which proved to go their way. West Berbice openers Raffle Estriado (15) and Arthley Bailey (16), added 31 for the first wicket, but after Estriado’s dismissal, the home team plunged to new depths of misery with an inept batting display as the wickets tumbled quickly thereafter.Javid Karim made 19 before Gudakesh Motie (21) and Andrew Dutchin (28) provided a brief late-order resistance, and were the three other batsmen to have reached double figures.In reply, Jacobs made 61, with eleven fours. Sachin Singh contributed 29 while Rutherford chipped in with 23.At Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne replying to Essequibo’s first inning of 153, were 190-3 with a first-inning lead of 37 runs. For Essequibo, opener Kevon Boodie top-scored with 50. Off-spinner Eon Hooper claimed 5-63 while Shawn Pereira had 3-34.For Upper Corentyne, David Latchya was unbeaten on 66, with Anthony Bramble on 43. Kandasammy Surujnarine (34), Balchand Baldeo (28) and Joshua Ramsammy (5) were the batsmen dismissed so far. Anthony Adams has two wickets while Keemo Paul took the other wicket.Raymon ReiferAt Tuschen; Georgetown closed on one without loss replying to West Demerara’s 333 all out. Raymon Reifer made a composed 100 for West Demerara. He received support from Romario Shepherd (52), Mahendra Dhanpaul (31), Tevin Imlach (28), and 28 runs each from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Travis Persaud. Bowling for Georgetown, Leon Johnson took 3-67, Robin Bacchus 3-40, Ashmead Nedd 2-40, while Christopher Barnwell and Steven Sankar took a wicket apiece.Meanwhile, the other fifth round game between Lower Corentyne and East Coast will start today at the Lusignan ground.last_img read more

Pedro Hails King Moses!

first_imgMuch of Moses’ success in the current Chelsea side has been the 25-year-old’s ability and willingness to take on the right wing-back role that Conte asked him to occupy in September, which sees the winger play just in front of Pedro and carry out both defensive and attacking work.Moses and Pedro have enjoyed a good relationship on the right flank, and the latter believes that Moses has developed into a “complete” player under the watchful eye of Conte.“Victor is playing very well, he’s on fire and performing well in every game,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“In the last few matches he’s been our best player and it’s a pleasure for me to play with him on the right-hand side.“He’s very compact, really strong and he has a lot of skill, he’s a complete player.”Also yesterday, New African Soccer magazine named Moses as the English Premier League African Player of the Month of November.The Nigeria star edged Kenya’s Victor Wanyama from Tottenham Hotspur and fellow Nigerian Victor Anichebe of Sunderland to win a second straight award in two consecutive months; the first player to perform such a feat since the award programme started in 2014.New African Soccer in a statement, congratulated the Nigeria winger but also mentioned the competitiveness of the November award, especially in the votes.‘Victor Wanyama, also a one-time winner of the award, put up a strong showing and this was rightly justified, considering his role in Tottenham Hotspur’s early surge which made them the last to be beaten in the League. His move from Southampton was a positive one,” Tunde Adelakun, CEO of New African Soccer noted.He added, “As for Victor Anichebe, it is just pleasing to see this player come back into form after years of uncertainty, loss of form and injuries that looked like will curtail his career. His three goals in November made him a worthy nominee”.The November award will be handed to Victor Moses in the coming days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Says: Moses is Chelsea’s best – and most complete – playerIkhazuagbe with agency reportNigeria and Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, has been described as the best player in the Blues’ Stamford Bridge.Former Barcelona star, Pedro praised his Chelsea teammate for his scintillating performances this season, insisting that Moses is the club’s best – and most complete – player.Moses’ resurgence under Italian manager, Antonio Conte, has been awesome, scoring three league goals – including the winner against Tottenham penultimate Saturday – to comfortably be named as the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for November.last_img read more

Badgers have 1 last chance to play ‘A’ game

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team picked up a hard-fought, 35-10 win over Bowling Green. In the minutes following the game, head coach Bret Bielema spoke of satisfaction in victory, but also said there was a lot more work to do. He also noted his belief that most teams make the biggest jump from their first game to their second.But that turned out not to be the case with the Badgers this season, as the team went on to turn in an uninspiring blowout over I-AA opponent Western Illinois.This has left Wisconsin with only one more chance to get primed for the Big Ten season before conference play begins, as they welcome San Diego State into Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday’s contest.”It is extremely important, because all the preparation phases are almost over,” said Badgers wide receiver Paul Hubbard. “This is our last game before the Big Ten season. So we need to go out and play a crisp game, hit on all cylinders on offense and defense so that we can make sure that we are ready for the opening Big Ten game in a hostile environment.”However, while the Badgers will have a great deal of focus on cleaning up their own house, they can’t afford to look past San Diego State, who will almost certainly represent the most formidable opponent UW has seen to date on both sides of the ball.”I know this, they have an experienced group of guys coming back on the defensive side,” Bielema said. “Offensively, they lost one of their key players in their starting quarterback, but [Darren] Mougey came in and did some things to ignite that offense. I think he kind of brought a little spark and brought them back in that UTEP game.”Indeed, Mougey did spark a turnaround for the Aztecs, as he engineered three straight scoring drives late in the game, after coming in for injured starter Kevin O’Connell, who is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. Mougey finished the game 12-for-16 for 178 yards and two rushing touchdowns and appears undaunted by the task of having sole control of the huddle now as the lead signal-caller for SDSU.”I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Mougey said. “I’ve been here for a couple years now and gotten some playing experience, but this is my first real test. I’m excited for my first test to be a big test, against the best in Wisconsin. I’m excited to prove to my teammates, myself and this community that I can play at this level.”Bielema doesn’t foresee any drop-off in the quality of quarterback play from O’Connell to Mougey.”The guys from San Diego State, both quarterbacks combine for [an] almost 80-percent completion percentage,” said the first-year head coach. “And both of them had good numbers while they were in there.”Mougey, a mobile, dual-threat quarterback, will also have had two weeks of practice to get comfortable in the starting role and also to prepare for Wisconsin. This has to be something of a worry to Bielema, considering their offense probably was dynamic enough without double the preparation time.”What I expect Saturday is they’re coming in with the idea and the philosophy that they’re going to be able to be probably very fast,” Bielema said. “I like the team speed that they show. Their two wide receivers have done good things. I like their running backs. It’ll be interesting to see how the game unfolds, and only Saturday will tell that.”While the Badgers are heading into the game with their minds set on improving and taking the next step forward in their evolution into a conference contender, the Aztecs are looking to send a message throughout the world of college football that SDSU is for real, with an upset victory on the road.”We’re excited to play,” said Aztec head coach Chuck Long, who coached with Bielema at the University of Iowa from 1995-99. “This is the type of game that puts you on the map as a program not only for your own confidence, but also for recruiting. It gives you that national exposure that every football coach covets.”In order to get that coveted upset victory, the Aztecs will first have to figure out how to slow down UW tailback P.J. Hill, who has been impressive in his first two career starts, rushing for over 100 yards both games and breaking into the end zone four times.”He reminds me a lot of (former Badger running back) Ron Dayne,” Long said. “He’s very strong and compact, and he runs hard. We have to do a good job of gang-tackling (him). That’s going to be a big focus for us.”They do have some guys up front that are 320-pounds-plus, and we know that they want to smash that football in there a number of times,” said Long of a UW offensive line boasting five Badgers that weigh in at 314 pounds or more. “We have to make sure that we are very sound in our gaps defensively, because that’s where they’ll take advantage.”The Aztecs do realize that playing in Camp Randall can be quite harrowing for opponents and are mentally preparing for the hostile environment.”I think the biggest thing is not getting overwhelmed by the environment,” said Aztec wide receiver Chaz Schilens. “It’s easy to go into a place and have more butterflies than you would in a regular game. We have to block out the crowd and realize it’s just a football game, and when the crowd does get into it, we have to thrive on that.”Wisconsin, on the other hand, just wants to see its young team continue to grow. The team believes that if it takes the next step versus San Diego State, everything will finally fall into place. “I’ve said that I believe that teams make the most improvement between Week 1 and Week 2,” Bielema said. “That hasn’t happened with us, so we’ll just have to see if we can do that [this] weekend.”last_img read more

Three-for-all: UW wins record 26th

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team might be currently ranked No. 3 and may soon jump to No. 2, but in the annals of UW history this team will go down as No. 1. With Saturday’s 75-49 victory over Penn State at the Kohl Center, the Badgers picked up their school-record 26th win of the season, improving to 26-2 (11-2 Big Ten).”I’m so happy for these guys,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “It’s a heck of an accomplishment what these guys have done to this point. … Give credit to these guys.”Senior Wooden Award candidate Alando Tucker again led the way for the Badgers with 22 points for his sixth consecutive 20-plus point game. Tucker also paced the team with six rebounds. Senior guard Kammron Taylor (18) and freshman Jason Bohannon (11) also scored in double figures for UW, while Geary Claxton’s 15 points were the team-high for Penn State (10-15, 1-11 Big Ten).Wisconsin’s record-setting 26th win was won with a decidedly different blueprint, as the Badgers made a season-high 52 percent of their 3’s — tying a season high set against Gardner-Webb with 12 makes — and set a season-low for free throws attempted, only stepping to the charity stripe 15 times.The perimeter explosion came from several sources as Tucker, Taylor and Bohannon all made at least three treys.”When they do that and they can score around the basket so well, they are really hard to stop,” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “It’s a double-edged sword.”It has become a common theme this season: a TBA player stepping up and providing UW with a third scoring option. Saturday it was Bohannon, who scored a career-best 11 points, hitting 3-of-4 from the outside, also dishing off a pair of assists and playing solid defense.”Unbelievable,” Tucker said of Bohannon’s performance. “We see it all the time in practice. … It’s nothing new to us — we just were waiting for him to get in his groove.”The Badgers were able to pull away early and take an 11-point lead into the half on the strength of their deft perimeter shooting and Penn State’s generosity with the ball, as the Nittany Lions committed 12 turnovers in the opening stanza.”Well, we had 18 turnovers in the game; that is hard,” DeChellis said. “I don’t think it was anything special, we just weren’t good with the ball. You can’t come on the road and turn it over 18 times and not get any good shots.”Penn State actually matched Wisconsin three for three early on, hitting 5-of-9 perimeter shots in the first half against UW’s 7-of-12. However, while Wisconsin’s hot shooting persevered, the Nittany Lions weren’t able to keep it up, misfiring on all six of their second half 3-point attempts. Making the Badger’s first half lead even more impressive was that the team had managed to build the advantage despite a slow first half from Tucker, who was just 1-of-6 from the field with just six points to his name.”I knew coming into the second half that I couldn’t have a worse half than I had,” Tucker said. “It kind of renewed my confidence.”The senior came alive in the second half, however, hitting on 7-of-9 shots and putting up 16 points, sparking the Badgers to pull away.”Tucker is obviously a very good player,” DeChellis said. “He made some shots in the second half, got some rolls to go, and felt a little better about himself and that got the team going.””[My teammates] come to me and they always tell me to lead the team, and that’s what I did,” Tucker said. “I let everything slow down, and I started taking the shots that I wanted.”While players expressed feelings of pride at becoming the “winningest” team in UW history, they also made it clear that the team had more yet to accomplish.”I keep telling our seniors that we don’t want to stop here,” Tucker said. “We’ve just broken the tip of the iceberg.””We have a heck of a lot more we’d like to do,” Ryan said.last_img read more

Millenials say online privacy not top priority

first_imgA USC co-sponsored study released Monday found that there is a significant difference in how younger and older generations think about online privacy and security.The study, sponsored by the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and the independent company Bovitz Inc, concluded that millennials, individuals aged 18-34 years old, are more willing to share personal information as long as they receive something in return.“Online privacy is dead — millennials understand that,” said Jeffrey I. Cole, the director of the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. “Older users have not adapted. Millennials recognize that giving up some of their privacy online can provide benefits to them.”As a whole, the survey revealed that those who are 35 years and older were more hesitant in their interactions online. In addition, 77 percent of those aged 35 years and older agreed that “no one should ever be allowed to have access to my personal data or web behavior,” but 70 percent of millennials agreed. Fifty-one percent of millennials were willing to share information with companies as long as they got something in return, compared to 41 percent of those over the age of 35 years and older.For many, including Morley Winograd, a senior fellow at the Annenberg Center on Communication, Leadership and Policy, these results were not surprising.“We’ve known the milliennials have the least concerns with privacy,” Winograd said.Many students agree that online privacy is not one of their priorities.“In general, I don’t really feel like I need to hide information from third- party companies or basic tracking,” said Troy Kozuma, a senior majoring in business administration. “If they send spam mail it’s a problem, but otherwise I’ve never noticed trouble.”Other students said the lack of concern for online privacy is a sign of the times.“Our generation is oblivious,“ said Sanford Reed, a freshman majoring in theatre. “All they care about is social media, myself included.”Though the study has prompted some to wonder if such tracking is a violation of privacy, Winograd said the benefits outweigh the costs, noting how surveillance helped authorities catch the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing as an example.“People would rather be exposed and find the bomber,” Winograd said.Erica Arnold, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said though she agrees that surveillance is useful for protection, it should not be abused.“If I’m in public it’s all right, as long as they don’t abuse it,” Arnold said. “It’s OK for finding terrorists, but not for smaller crimes.”Cole said this shift is extremely telling for the future of online privacy and security.Susan Metros, associate CIO of technology-enhanced learning, said that protecting one’s privacy online requires common sense.“If you put it online, you can’t assume it won’t be seen more broadly,” Metros said.Other students said they are appalled by the millenials’ obsession with online behavior but also understand that it is unavoidable.Bahar Rohani, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said privacy is still necessary when it concerns friends and coworkers.“Obviously, the stuff I put on social networks is for me and my friends,” Rohani said. “I wouldn’t want anyone I work with in a professional setting to see it.”last_img read more