EHS girls top WA to reach B North tennis semis; GSA boys, girls sweep quarterfinal matches

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Hancock County teams are set to participate in the Northern Maine semifinals after winning their quarterfinal matches.In Class B North, the No. 2 Ellsworth girls improved to 11-2 on the season Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Washington Academy (7-7). Miriam Nelson, Brianna Abbott and Faith Braley won their singles matches for the Eagles, and the duo of Jocelyn Boudreau and Bailey Clarke claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win in doubles play.With the win, Ellsworth clinched its first regional semifinal berth since 2014. The Eagles can advance to their first regional title match since 2013 with a win at home against No. 3 Erskine Academy (11-3) at 11 a.m. tomorrow, June 1.In Class C North, the George Stevens Academy girls’ and boys’ teams advanced with home wins over Van Buren and Houlton, respectively. The girls’ team (11-2) earned a 5-0 win Wednesday over No. 7 Van Buren (8-3), and the boys’ team (10-3) won by the same score Thursday against sixth-ranked Houlton (8-6).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoth GSA teams will be back in action tomorrow for the semifinals. The girls’ team will host No. 6 Piscataquis (10-4) at 2:30 p.m., and the boys will face No. 2 Mattanawcook Academy (11-2) at 4:30 in Lincoln.last_img read more

Coming of age: Bielema ready for Big House test

first_imgThis Saturday, Badgers head coach Bret Bielema will enter the Big House for Wisconsin’s Big Ten season opener, attempting to become just the second UW coach since 1919 to begin his career with four consecutive victories.However, a historic fourth win, elusive to many Wisconsin coaches including the legendary Barry Alvarez, will be difficult to record.The Badgers face many unique obstacles when they travel to Ann Arbor to face the No. 6 Wolverines. To start, the Badgers’ inexperience means most have not played at Michigan Stadium, the largest and one of the most intimidating places to play for a visiting team.But Bielema dispelled concerns about not playing well because of such a distinctively large and hostile atmosphere.”There has been a lot said about Michigan Stadium and all that goes with it,” the first-year head coach said. “I do know that as someone who has been in that stadium, it’s not a place where good things can’t happen for visiting teams.”Week 3 MVPsBielema handed out the coaching staff’s Players of the Week for the third game of the season. Tight end Andy Crooks was the offensive selection, who contributed more than just his one catch for 11 yards on the day.”[It was] probably his most complete game of the year to this point,” Bielema said of the SDSU game. “[He] made a great catch down there in the red zone, as well as did some things in the blocking schemes and protected our quarterback.”On the defensive side, linebacker Mark Zalewski shared honors with defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who Bielema praised for his ball-hawking ability against the Aztecs.”Jason, in particular, of all his games to this point really got off the football, got some penetration,” Bielema said. “He [also] caused that sack later on that really backed them up.”Punt returner Zach Hampton, who also fills in at free safety and on punt coverages, received Special Teams Player of the Week honors.”He gets his most notoriety for his ability to catch the football with a little bit of traffic,” Bielema said. “We have tried to instill in him the thought of a fair catch is not a bad thing every once in a while.”Rounding out the award winners were Offensive Scout Player of the Week Allan Evridge and second-time nomination Terrance Jamison for Defensive Scout Player of the Week.Coming in as the underdogWhile the young Badger coach acknowledges that the talent-laden Wolverines are favored in next week’s game, he downplayed any idea that the Badgers would not be able to compete against the highly ranked Wolverines.”According to the way things work out, every game is going have someone that is favored and somebody who is the underdog,” Bielema said. “So if we are the underdog this week, it’s probably a new position for us, but its not going to change up the approach we have.”The last time the Badgers upset a Michigan team ranked this high was over 25 years ago, when they beat the then top-ranked Wolverines 21-14 in Madison. Even though history is against him, and Bielema acknowledges Michigan as a very worthy and competitive opponent, he sees reason to be optimistic.”What I see from Michigan is there are a group of players that have experience, and they are able to execute,” Bielema said. “The great thing is, the reason we play on Saturday is to give everyone a chance, it’s 11 on 11.”Injury ReportBadgers defensive end Jamal Cooper (shoulder), who sat out last week’s game against San Diego State, has resumed practicing with the team and is expected to play against Michigan, according to Bielema.Meanwhile, defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski (knee) remains out indefinitely.”Justin Ostrowski, on the other hand, will be held out of this game,” Bielema said. “[He’ll be out] for an extended period of time, and that really doesn’t look to change in the near future.”last_img read more

Korger: Collins’ decision should be applauded

first_imgFree agent center Jason Collins became a groundbreaker for the LGBTQ community Monday announcing that he is gay. Collins is the first active gay athlete playing a major American sport.[/media-credit]Fear of the unknown. It’s something I’d like to believe that most human beings share. It’s why some of us were afraid of the dark at an early age. That primal fear that comes with being unable to understand or control your surroundings is very basic, and it’s at the heart and soul of resistance to change.Perhaps that’s the reason, among others, why it’s taken until now for someone like NBA center Jason Collins, an active athlete in a major American sport, to publicly come out as gay. Both the player and the public aren’t sure what happens next. Former NBA player John Amaechi came out in 2007, but it was three years after his playing career had ended. He did not have to enter a locker room with teammates the next day. Amaechi did not have to see how it would affect his career.Whether Collins will get a chance to see how his announcement changes his experience in the NBA remains to be seen, since the veteran journeyman is now a free agent. Still, he may get that chance, as an anonymous survey of 14 NBA teams conducted by ESPN’s Marc Stein revealed that six expect Collins in the league next year. The other eight cited overwhelmingly that his age, not sexual orientation, would be the primary reason they believed he wouldn’t play a 13th season.But seriously, for years players and others have said they’ve known of gay teammates. Why is it now, in 2013, that the glass finally shattered?Every action has an equal and opposite reaction and it’s the opposite reaction that men like Amaechi and Collins fear, the part that can’t be anticipated. Being LGBTQ labels you a minority in a time and age where the question of sexuality is more polarizing than ever. The concern becomes how the majority, the people themselves who don’t identify as a member of your community, treat and handle you once you reveal you’re different. How do you come out when you know it will forever change your life and the way that others perceive you?Those are the questions that need to be answered and that’s the reason why we need to embrace Collins’ decision. Perhaps if Collins is widely accepted by his teammates and has a positive experience, it will help other athletes feel comfortable with coming out as well. It can also serve as an inspiration for others. Like Collins said in his article in Sports Illustrated, nobody wants to be the kid in class who raises his hand and says he’s different. But when someone sees a figure publicly embrace that difference, others may find the same strength to do so as well.I’m only 22. But already, throughout my life, certain values and beliefs I hold have changed so many times I’m starting to lose count. Don’t get me wrong; I still hold viewpoints that have remained unaffected during my lifetime. But I believe that challenging beliefs by immersing myself and actively examining different ones from my own help me either modify or solidify previously held notions. And that’s why I believe an active and open discussion about a topic like Collins’ announcement, no matter what people believe, needs to occur.I believe that we shouldn’t define a person by something like sexual orientation, just like we don’t want to be defined by our race or gender. Am I a straight, white male? Yes. Does that drastically shape my identity? You bet it does. But it doesn’t define entirely who I am. I’d rather think my personality, morals, work and ethics make me who I am rather than the categories I was born with.Collins doesn’t want his life to be defined just as a gay man. He’s had a long career playing professional basketball and would rather be known as a caring teammate and hard worker than the first openly gay athlete. It will be a hard association for Collins to shake, but he also shouldn’t run from it. He should take pride in having the strength to do something no one else has before in his situation. He should find joy in knowing that his announcement will have a larger impact than he can even fathom.So kudos to you, Jason Collins. Kudos for being the first active major American sport athlete to come out as gay. Kudos for doing what so many before you were afraid to do while they were still actively pursuing their athletic career. And finally, kudos for bringing the long-standing issue of being LGBTQ in the United States back to the spotlight for discussion in both the public and private spheres.Some people will embrace the news, others will hate it and some will stand indifferent. But one thing is for certain: This represents a significant moment in the history of both sports and the LGBTQ community.Nick is the Badger Herald sports editor and a senior majoring in English and history. What impact do you think Collins’ announcement will have? Email at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Land of opportunity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! We often hear about the costs of immigration and the burden placed on schools, hospitals and other public services. Yet generating far less attention are the benefits. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the nation increased 31 percent between 1997 and 2002, three times the national rate for other businesses. And although the census figures don’t include citizenship data, it’s a safe bet that a good number of these entrepreneurs are immigrants – perhaps even some who entered the U.S. illegally – or their children. It only makes sense. Those who come to the U.S., fleeing the lack of opportunity in their old countries, are usually determined to succeed. They come not to live some sort of parasitic life, but to participate and contribute to the American dream. These entrepreneurs meet a market demand, pay taxes and create jobs. None of this is to downplay the very real problems caused by the nation’s broken immigration system. It’s just to note that the impact of immigration is mixed, not as uniformly bad as some opponents would suggest. Despite obvious problems, the ideal of the American melting pot lives on.last_img read more