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  • West Demerara hopes encampment for athletes will improve standings at Nationals

    first_imgWITH the 57th National Cycling, Swimming and Track & Field Championships (Nationals) being held on the West Demerara for the first time in its history, the home district is really hoping to improve its standings and put on a good show at this year’s event.According to head of West Demerara District 3, Gem Bowman, the District is hoping that a three-day encampment of some of its athletes will help to improve its standings at the week-long event.“We’re hoping for a lot this year because it’s the first time that we’re actually using the track in Region Three, so we’re hoping to come out successful,” an enthusiastic Bowman shared.After sharing fifth place with South Georgetown (District 13) in 2015, West Demerara improved to finish fourth place last year at the national competition.The District has already ensured a full complement of teachers, to put up a successful defence of their longstanding title in the teachers’ competition of the Championships.Bowman also hopes to see improvement from the track and field athletes, where the District also will be fielding a full complement.However, she admitted that the team struggled for yet another year to source sufficient athletes for its swimming and cycling teams.“We don’t have the full team for the cycling and the swimming. We tried but at the end some persons pulled out and so on. We were really hoping to get the cyclists from the Islands, Wakenaam and Leguan, but for several reasons that didn’t work out. The swimmers would be few and they are not very strong swimmers.“We have mostly the smaller age groups, we have the full complement for Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, but the Under-16, Under-18 and those higher age groups, we don’t have all,” she explained.Bowman noted that the lack of swimming facilities may play a role, there not being a large enough pool of swimmers on the West Demerara to meet the District’s needs“Even when we had to have trials, we had to get permission to use the Liliendaal pool (National Aquatic Centre) to take the few who turned up to do our selection,” said Bowman. The NAC is all the way on the East Coast of Demerara.Bowman is nonetheless optimistic, that the teachers and track & field competitions will be able to buoy them over, hoping to put as much focus as possible on these areas so they can eke out as many points as possible.“At least with the teachers we want to maintain our first place, and in the track and field we hope to be among the top,” she anticipated.“Right now we’re planning to have a three-day training session for the athletes from November 22 to 24. But we’re still only in the process of organising it. We still have to get it approved because of the funds.“We’re hoping to have it right at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora. We’re hoping we get the teachers too but the main focus will be on the athletes.”last_img read more

  • Badgers close out regular season with 70-56 win

    first_imgSenior guards. Rob Wilson (33) and Jordan Taylor (11) both played their last game on the Kohl Center hardwood Sunday. Taylor scored 16 points, dished out three assists and committed zero turnovers. Wilson, the first man off the bench, chipped in another eight points.[/media-credit]The win might not have meant much, but the Wisconsin men’s basketball team sure looked sweet in its regular season curtain call all the same.Powered by four players scoring double-digits, No. 15 Wisconsin cruised past Illinois, 70-56, Sunday at the Kohl Center, its final tune up before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.Since events elsewhere in the Big Ten had locked the Badgers into its fourth-place finish prior to the final buzzer, the Badgers (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten) didn’t have much to play for other than to give its two seniors, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson, a proper sendoff as they played on the Kohl Center floor for the final time.Meanwhile, Illinois (17-14, 6-12 Big Ten) further stunted its NCAA resume by losing the 11th of its final 13 games and sunk to 10th place in the Big Ten.Taylor and sophomore guard Josh Gasser led UW with 16 points apiece. Forward Jared Berggren knocked back 12, and Ryan Evans, for the 10th consecutive game, scored in double-digits, with 10.Wilson chipped in another eight points in coming off the bench to play 26 minutes. He went 3-for-8 from the field and 2-for-6 from behind the arc.Brandon Paul led Illinois with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while Joseph Bertrand backed him up with 10 more.The Illini struggled immensely to put together an efficient and functioning offense in the first half. The Badgers shot merely 38.5 percent in the opening period but led by as many as 17 points nevertheless.The Badgers quickly pounced on the Illini, establishing a 14-2 lead with 3-pointers coming from Taylor and Wilson after five-and-a-half minutes.Wisconsin held its ground early as well, conceding just three points in the painted area. Led by Berggren, the Badger defense limited the touches of Illini center Meyers Leonard and kept him silenced until deep into the second half.He remained scoreless until 9:21 remained in the game and entered the locker room at halftime flashing six rebounds, one foul and a turnover.“I got to try to limit [Leonard’s] touches and get to the front as much as possible, and then we got good help on the backside,” Berggren said. “There was a few times where they did throw a lob and my teammates came in behind and either got a steal or tied him up or get a tip – anything to get the ball out of his hands.”After coming back onto the floor after halftime down 31-18, Illinois managed to shake off its out-of-sorts, first-half demeanor. Though the Illini never came closer than nine points to the Badgers, they made sure UW didn’t just sit back and wait for the final 20 minutes to tick away.Leonard found the hoop several times in the second and continued dominating the glass – finishing with eight points and 12 rebounds – while Paul went on to score 17 of his 22 points. The Illini hit 51.7 percent of its field goals, minimized turnovers and scored 38 points in the final half.Unfortunately for the Illini, though, Wisconsin upped its game in the final period as well, shooting 52.4 percent from the field. Coupled with the lead it had already built, Wisconsin had little to fret about in the second half.Eight players scored for the cardinal and white, with five hitting at least one 3-pointer – good for a collective 36.8 clip from behind the perimeter. UW also dished out 12 assists and committed seven turnovers – five of which came in the first half.“It means we’re distributing the ball and guys are taking their looks,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said, whose 265th victory tied Bud Foster at the top spot of the school’s all-time wins list. “There was only a couple shots in there I was unhappy with. The rest of them, 90 percent of them, were good shots.”The Illini crept back into the game late, with its deficit bouncing around between 10-14 points, but the Badgers kept their visitors at bay with a solid showing from the free throw line to ensure the win.Fourteen of 16 free throws fell for Wisconsin during the last three minutes, and the Badgers hit 21 of 27 throughout the game, compared to Illinois’ 10 of 14.“We always have to play hard against a team like that,” Gasser said. “We knew we had to keep a foot on the pedal and keep going with it, and that started on the defensive end.”last_img read more

  • Paul Morrison Celebration of Life Information

    first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – A Celebration of the Life of Paul Morrison will be held Wednesday, Dec 6, at 11 a.m. in the Knapp Center on the campus of Drake University. The celebration is open to the public.The Knapp Center will open at 9 a.m. and those attending should enter through the Knapp Center main entrance located on Forest Avenue. The Celebration will be streamed online live via live.drake.eduFree public parking will be available in the parking lots surrounding the Knapp Center, including Lots 1 and 2 on a first come first served basis. Those with an ADA parking pass may park in Lot 10.Following the Celebration of Life, the funeral procession will circle the Drake campus via Paul F. Morrison Way at 2 p.m. en route to a public burial with military honors at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.A visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 4-7 p.m. at Dunn’s Funeral Home (2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312).Paul Morrison, who earlier this year celebrated his 100th birthday, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, in Des Moines.last_img read more