Big Ten Tournament on line at Minnesota, Iowa

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoFollowing a huge victory over Michigan State, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team takes its three-game winning streak on the road this weekend to face No. 25 Minnesota and Iowa.After defeating the Big Ten’s third-ranked team last Sunday, the schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Badgers (9-6-1, 3-4-0 in the Big Ten) as they hit the road for the last time this season.Minnesota (15-2-0, 5-2-0) boasts the conference’s best defense, having allowed only six goals on the year for an average of just 0.35 goals against per game. In contrast, the Badger defense has allowed 19 goals in 16 games for an average of 1.19 goals against.“We need to get numbers forward, and we need to put them under some pressure,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think we need to match their competitive spirit.”The Gophers’ stifling defense has helped them in outshooting opponents 340-126 this season. Additionally, they have drawn nearly four times as many corner kicks as their opponents, by a count of 121-33.In preparation for the weekend, the Badgers focused on their transitional play, something that has hurt them on the road this season.“We’re just trying to get better every day with little things,” Wilkins said. “We’re talking a lot about transition [and] making sure we’re prepared for a physical confrontation on Friday against Minnesota, and we want to stay organized as much as we can.”In addition to a strong defense, the Gophers have gotten goals from all but six players on their roster this season, a stark contrast to the offense the Badgers faced last Sunday against the Spartans.Leading the way for Minnesota are senior Lindsey Schwartz and sophomore Molly Rouse. Schwartz and Rouse lead the team with 15 and 12 points, respectively.In order to deal with the Gophers’ offensive distribution, the Badgers will need to stay organized in the back and the midfield to deal with their pressure, according to Wilkins.“I think that’s always tougher because you don’t know where it’s going to come from,” Wilkins said. “It will be a different challenge than Michigan State because their offense was focused on two of their front players; [Minnesota] is going to come from all different directions, so that means everyone needs to be good.”Despite the differences in their styles of play, Wisconsin still hopes to use the shutout of Michigan State to build confidence in its ability going in to the match with Minnesota.“They’re both among the best teams in the nation. We know that since we beat Michigan State, we can beat anybody in the Big Ten,” freshman Laurie Nosbusch said. “I think there’s a lot of parity amongst the teams, and I think any game is going to be a good game.”Wisconsin’s second game on the weekend features a trip to Iowa City, a place where the Badgers hope to return in two weeks for the Big Ten Tournament.“Hopefully we can get a win there and come back again and see them in the tournament,” Nosbusch said.Iowa is led by sophomore Keli McLaughlin and freshman Alyssa Cosnek with 17 and 14 points, respectively, and a combined 13 goals.The Hawkeyes will be giving everything they’ve got against the Badgers as they currently sit in ninth place with seven points — two shy of a tournament berth. With Wisconsin looming in a three-way tie for sixth with nine points, an Iowa win could go a long way toward earning a spot in the tournament.Wisconsin has a lot to play for this weekend as well — they sit just three points behind Ohio State for fifth place. A Badger victory over the Hawkeyes would keep Iowa on the outside looking in and all but assure a tournament berth for Wisconsin. “This weekend is going to be huge for us,” Nosbusch said. “If we can get two wins this weekend, that will help us considerably to get into the Big Ten tournament.”last_img read more

Women of Troy fall victim to poor play, conditions

first_imgThe No. 5 USC women’s golf team struggled through two days of wind, rain and 40-degree temperatures on its way to a 12th place finish at the Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.The Women of Troy finished at 50-over-par 618 (308-310), 42 strokes behind No. 3 Arizona State. The finish is their second worst of the year, after the 16th place finish at the UNCW Fall Preview in October.For that tournament, the Women of Troy were missing No. 1 golfer sophomore Jennifer Song and lost senior Belen Mozo in the final round to injury. This week, the team had its lineup at full strength but struggled in conditions so poor the tournament was forced to cancel the second round of play.The break in action and the poor conditions wreaked havoc on scores across the board, as Arizona State’s winning combined score was an 8-over-par 576. Second place and host team Arizona recorded two rounds of 10-over-par to finish 12 strokes back of the Sun Devils at its own event.Not even the No. 2 team in the nation, the Auburn Tigers, could handle the conditions, finishing a combined 37-over-par.Mozo finished as the team’s low scorer for the week at eight-over-par 150 (77-73). Mozo, seeking her team-record fourth All-American award this year, balanced her four bogeys with two birdies to have the lowest round of the tournament for any of the Women of Troy. Mozo finished tied for 22nd, 16 places up from her finish in the first round.Song had her worst finish of the season with a tie for 40th at 12-over-par 154 (74-80). Her final round, which was marred by three double bogeys, is the first time Song has not scored below 80 in her USC career.Junior Lizette Salas, seeking a third All-American award this season, finished tied for 53rd at 15-over-par 157 (79-78). Two birdies in the final round were not enough to overcome five bogeys and two double bogeys. Salas shot three over par on the last three holes in the final round.Senior Caroline Kim (79-79) and sophomore Inah Park (78-80) tied for 57th at 16-over-par 158. Kim finished her final round with three double bogeys, three bogeys and a birdie, while Park had two double bogeys, five bogeys and a birdie.  Freshman Cyna Rodriguez entered as an individual and tied for 86th at 25-over-par 167 (84-83).The Women of Troy have six days to regroup before competing at the Bruin-Wave Invitational at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country, Calif., from March 1-3.last_img read more

Damaris Tuffuoh to represent UniBank in Brazil

first_imgThe official bankers of the Black Stars UniBank will be represented by Madam Damaris Tuffuoh of the Spintex branch of the bank in Brazil after she came as tops in the UniBank special quiz for staff for Brazil held  at the main auditorium of GIMPA on Saturday The contest which  saw each representative of the bank’s over 20 branches represented all the country saw over thirty staff members battle over a just a slot for the Brazil trip.The quiz which lasted over four hours saw branches like the Harper Road,Spintex, Kosoa, Techiman, legal department, Treasury, North Industrial Area  all making it to the final with a representative each.Questions were well answered by all representatives to the surprise of the top hierarchy of the Bank but some mistakes from some the finalist were disappointing but saw madam Tuffour of the Spintex branch being precise and accurate on the day and ended up with the ultimate.Madam Tuffuor was cheered and congratulated by all members of the other losing branches and was grateful for the support from her branch members.“I am very happy to be the chosen one especially the only female for Brazil I will surely make UniBank proud there in Brazil because am going sell the bank’s image grand style since it is the only bank that cares for you”. She said. The Bank will therefore pay for all her expenses during her stay in Brazil from June 12 to July 13last_img read more

Sumner Weekly bookings for Sept. 15 – Sept. 22, 2014:

first_imgKHP1 Deloria, Kevin E.30Wellington, KS501 N Washington, WellingtonSUSOProbation Violation9/19/14 Sedgwick Co43 Wellington PD4 Way, Destiny A.20Derby, KS113 N. Chisholm St. Caldwell, KSCAPDAssault, Criminal Trespass9/16/14 Elliot, Barbara M.59Manhattan, KS400 N. US 81 Wellington, KSSUSODUI, TOC9/21/14 Bookings Long, Tori An.20Wichita, KS113 N. Chisholm St. Caldwell, KSCAPDViolation of a Protection Order, Endangering a Child, Criminal Trespass9/16/14 Cantrell, Joshua L.35Wellington, KS501 N Washington, KSSUSOProbation Violation9/17/14 Seyfert, Cheyne M.24Wellington, KS315 E 15th Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation9/17/14 Brown, Richard C.35Conway Springs, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSODV Battery, Agg Assualt, Endangering a child, Disorderly Conduct9/20/14 Osborne, Edwood B.19Wellington, KS1400 E 16th Street Wellington, KSWPDOperate a motor vehicle without a valid license9/19/14 Brown, Richard C.35Conway Springs, KS7th Woodlawn Wellington, KSWPDDriving While Suspended9/20/14 Bryan, Lecrisha P.32Caldwell, KSChisolm & Central Caldwell, KSCAPDProbation Violation9/19/14 Norris, Gregory B.38Blackwell, OKCowley County Detention FacilitySUSOProbation Violation X29/16/14 Sumner Co7 Sumner Newscow report — The following are weekly bookings at the Sumner County jail by the sheriff’s office:  Total57 Pearson, Ashley N.25Wellington, KS610 N. 7th St Wellinton, KSWPDBurglary, Theft9/18/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 09/15/2014 thru 09/22/2014 Schlect, Joshua B.30Wellington, KS1000 E. 16th Wellington, KSWPDDriving While Suspended9/18/14 Peoples, Sean M.25Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Drive Mulvane, KSKHPPossession of Opiates, TOC, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Insurance,9/16/14 Brown, Shay D.22Wellington, KS300 E. Lincoln Wellington, KSSUSODUI, Maximum Speed Limits9/21/14 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Caldwell PD3last_img read more