Local residents published in Guideposts Magazine

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A member of the Whitewater Valley Retired Teachers Association (affiliated with Indiana Retired Teachers Association) has a short story published in the February 2017 issue of Guideposts Magazine.In this current issue, Mary-Alice Helms shares an experience she had as she began to fall down the steep basement stairs at her home.Previously, Mary Alice had a story published in Guideposts’, The Joys of Christmas.In that story, she describes an experience of her early years in teaching music at Laurel School.This February issue of Guideposts also has a story by another Franklin County resident, Mike Bogan.Guideposts Magazine stated this is the first time it has had an issue with stories by two individuals from the same town.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss whether Syracuse-Georgetown is still a rivalry

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse (6-3) faces off against Georgetown (6-4) on Saturday, the first time the Orange will play the Hoyas in the Carrier Dome since 2013. It’s just the second time the two teams are playing since, as Georgetown beat Syracuse last year at the Verizon Center.Our beat writers Connor Grossman, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson discuss whether this rivalry still has the same juice and preview the upcoming matchup.center_img Published on December 14, 2016 at 3:14 pmlast_img read more

Lacrosse finds win streak midway through season

first_imgSophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan shoots against Jacksonville Feb. 24. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) Donovan recorded her third hat trick of the season against Colorado and picked up an assist to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover, earning her Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. USC’s 6-goal winning margin matches the largest in the series’ history with the Buffaloes, who entered the match on a two-game winning streak with a pair of Pac-12 road victories over Stanford and Cal. The Trojans last faced the Buffaloes in 2017 at McAlister Field, a match they won 11-5. “I think the biggest thing we’ve done throughout the season is keeping a good morale,” Concialdi said. “We’ve developed such a good team culture and it makes the long hours worth it.” The Trojans faced Virginia Tech over spring break and came out on top, 13-11. The teams traded goals for much of the first half, but USC established a lead and picked up momentum going into halftime by scoring 3 goals in the final four minutes of the half. This outburst came after a nearly eight minute-long scoring drought. USC’s five-game winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since it had 12 consecutive wins in the 2017 season. Although the team seems to be hitting a stride, its players always see room for improvement. The Women of Troy opened the game strong, with a 4-0 run on goals by senior attacker Emily Concialdi, who returned after a two-game absence. Concialdi dished out three assists to go with 1 goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover, making her the key player in the Trojans’ win. After halftime, the Trojans didn’t look back. Sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored the first 2 goals of the second half to put USC up 9-5. USC didn’t slow down, and Virginia Tech could not close the scoring gap. The two victories over top-ranked teams helped the Trojans jump the ranks from No. 22 to No. 13 this week. USC holds a four-game win streak, improving to 8-1 for a Pac-12 best. Donovan led the team with 4 goals and one assist against the Hokies. She is currently the leading scorer for the Trojans, already matching her season-high record of 20 goals from last season — a feat she attributes to the entire team. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertfod racked up two saves against Oregon to lead the Trojan defense.center_img Concialdi added 2 goals for the Trojans before the match was minutes away from giving USC its fifth win. But USC took its foot off the gas and held the Ducks to 3 goals before the final horn for a 14-5 final score. No. 13 USC lacrosse capped off a dominant week of competition with a win over Pac-12 rival Oregon, marking the third victory of the week for the Trojans, who also beat No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Colorado. Donovan is shooting markedly better than USC’s team average of .422 at .556, demonstrating her individual value to the team. The Trojans finished their Pac-12 road trip with a win against the Ducks that not only extended USC’s season-long five-game winning streak with a 14-5 victory over Oregon, but also avenged an 18-11 loss to the Ducks suffered in Eugene last spring. “Making plays and scoring goals is never a one-person process, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of this offense,” Donovan said. “We have focused since August on building an offense that plays to our strengths,” Donovan said. “One of our main focuses has been making simple plays and working to make each other look good on the field.” With the Trojans strong, the team scored 5 unanswered goals throughout the first eight minutes of the game. But the Ducks answered by putting a stop to the run with a goal from sophomore attacker Lillian Stump. Following their matchup against the Hokies, USC won their fourth consecutive contest in a decisive 11-5 victory over No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes at Kittredge Field March 16. Despite a minor setback due to possible inclement weather conditions in the area, the Trojans improved to 6-2 all-time against Colorado. “Each and every day at practice is a chance to improve, and I think collectively, we have bought into that mindset,” Donovan said. “As long as we keep playing simple together there’s no limit to what we could accomplish this season.”last_img read more

NFL requiring coaches, staff near bench to wear masks

first_img The NFL has updated its gameday protocols by requiring every coach and staff member in the bench area to wear a mask and reducing the size of each team’s travel party.Owners also will have to follow COVID-19 testing requirements to gain access to the locker room, field or team charter.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league, the NFL Players Association and medical experts have “developed a comprehensive set of protocols that put us in the best possible position to complete the season, culminating with the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.”There were four new confirmed positive tests among players and six new confirmed positives among other personnel from 58,621 tests administered to a total of 8,739 players and team personnel between August 21-29.“We have been really fortunate that cases of COVID-19 are very low across the league,” Goodell said Tuesday. “It is a testament to the plans, but most importantly to the diligence of the players, the teams and their staffs. I would tell you that we still have more work to do. We are not going to get comfortable. We will remain vigilant, resilient, flexible and basically adapt to circumstances as needed with public health as our No. 1 priority as we have all this offseason.”Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, says the league is monitoring new developments in testing technology and continues to adapt to new information.“We have a relentless opponent here, which is this virus, and we know that there can be new cases that occur no matter how diligent we are with all of our protocols and our personnel,” Sills said. “So we just have to remain very vigilant and realize that we’re still very early on, but we’re encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.”The league is working with public health officials to determine whether fans will be allowed into stadiums. A few teams will be allowed to begin the season with limited fans in the stands.“I believe that we may be having a lot of teams that will start with no fans in the beginning this season, and then evolve to fans,” Goodell said.Some coaches have voiced displeasure with the inconsistent policy.Bills coach Sean McDermott called it “ridiculous” and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it’s “unfair” that some teams will have fans and others won’t.“We do not believe it’s a competitive advantage,” Goodell said. “We discussed it very early on with our competition committee and with our clubs. We do not see that. We obviously have varying capacity across the league. And from our standpoint, we want to invite our fans in if we can do it safely and we can do it with the full support of local officials.”NFL executive Troy Vincent said the league’s competition committee is still finalizing details on decibel levels for artificial crowdImage credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 2nd September, 2020 06:55 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 06:55 IST NFL Requiring Coaches, Staff Near Bench To Wear Masks The NFL has updated its gameday protocols by requiring every coach and staff member in the bench area to wear a mask and reducing the size of each team’s travel partylast_img read more