Alpena bands received highest ratings in Friday’s Band Festival

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Alpena bands are rejoicing over their latest performance after banging out high scores in Friday’s Band Festival.Judges ranked bands at Thunder Bay Junior High and Alpena High school with the highest ratings at the district competition. Musicians across Northeast Michigan compete in various categories on an annual basis.Staff say this is an amazing achievement for Alpena Public Schools and the community.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sheriff urging motorist to slow down after one-vehicle rollover on I-75Next 3 Girl Scouts to earn Silver Award on International Nightlast_img

Isaac Bonga enjoys the call-up, but is growing through the G League grind

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs SAN ANTONIO — He was supposed to be an “insurance policy.” But as things turned out, Isaac Bonga did get a chance at his first NBA minutes on Friday night.They came in garbage time, as they often do for rookies. But it’s all gravy for Bonga, who at 19 years old is the youngest Laker and has spent most of his time down in the G League so far.He liked the charter flight and the hotel in San Antonio, he admitted. But his tenure with the South Bay Lakers has gone well, too.“I feel G League experience right now is actually doing pretty good,” he said. “The first couple games maybe kinda get used to everything: speed, people over there. But since I’m getting used to it, I’m actually going well so far.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBonga is averaging 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range in the G League, where he’s started all 12 of his games. A 6-foot-8 wing, the Lakers hope Bonga can develop into a helpful addition to the backcourt in the future.He got the call-up Thursday as the team was reeling from the loss of Brandon Ingram to an ankle sprain. Lakers coach Luke Walton said he’s monitored Bonga closely in the G League through South Bay coach Coby Karl.“We are confident that if we need him,” Walton said, “he can get out there and help us play some defense and handle the ball a little bit for us.”Bonga said he’s still adjusting to the speed of the American game after playing pro in Germany for the last few years. But fellow countryman Moe Wagner said he’s seen Bonga improve by leaps and bounds since the preseason, when he lacked confidence.When they’re in the same locker room, the two can be seen conversing in German. Bonga said it’s been helpful having Wagner around. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “Oh yeah, the really good thing about Moe is he’s also like a guy who will encourage you, motivate you, be honest,” he said. “Especially in this league, I’m really glad to have Moe.”HART GETS THE STARTIn place of Ingram, whose MRI results were not available as of late Friday night, the Lakers turned to Josh Hart, who hadn’t been in the starting lineup since the last road game against San Antonio (Oct. 27).The second-year guard played for long stretches, playing 36 minutes and getting seven points on 3-of-8 shooting and five rebounds. While Hart missed all five of his 3-point attempts, Walton still felt that Hart kept pace with the starting group, for the most part.“His biggest challenge tonight was defensively,” Walton said. “We had him on DeRozan and Rudy, so I thought a lot of his efforts were going there. We can do a better job of getting him more looks, but I thought he looked pretty good with that group.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

College Football Playoff updated rankings: Who are the top four teams in the third CFP poll of 2019?

first_imgThe third set of College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday.LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia should maintain the top four spots, and Alabama held on to the No. 5 spot despite the loss of Tua Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury. Oregon and Utah have the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively, and that is good news for the Pac-12. Oklahoma remains at No. 9 despite beating undefeated Baylor last week. MORE: Why Alabama will (or won’t) make the Playoff with Mac Jones The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 8.The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Dec. 28 at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.With that, the third set of College Football Playoff rankings:College Football Playoff rankings 2019Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 12?RankingTeamRecord1.LSU10-02.Ohio State10-03.Clemson11-04.Georgia9-1Who are the first two teams out of the CFP after Week 12?RankingTeamRecord5.Alabama9-16.Oregon9-1CFP top 25 rankings after Week 12RankingTeamRecord1.LSU10-02.Ohio State10-03.Clemson11-04.Georgia9-15.Alabama9-16.Oregon9-17.Utah9-18.Penn State9-19.Oklahoma9-110.Minnesota9-111.Florida9-212.Wisconsin8-213.Michigan8-214.Baylor9-115.Auburn7-316.Notre Dame8-217.Iowa7-318.Memphis9-119.Cincinnati9-120.Boise State9-121.Oklahoma State7-322.Iowa State6-423.USC7-424.Appalachian State9-125.SMU9-1last_img read more

Mason City woman pleads guilty to federal charges of stealing drugs from patients

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City woman accused of federal charges of stealing drugs and illegally accessing patient information has pleaded guilty.32-year-old Samantha Rogers pleaded guilty on Monday in US District Court in Cedar Rapids to the charges of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud, wrongfully obtaining health information for personal gain, and making false statements related to health care manners. Federal authorities say the charges stemmed from activity between October of 2017 and May of last year.According to the criminal complaint, Rogers was fired in January 2017 from the IOOF home after allegedly being caught on video taking prescription pills from the purse of another employee. She continued to be employed at Mercy-North Iowa when a nursing aide reported pain pills missing from her purse in May 2017.Rogers then was accused of accessing patient records after being hired to work at Northern Iowa Therapy in Waverly in September 2017 in attempts to obtain or steal prescription medication. She’s suspected of taking a patient’s unused Percocet and of breaking into another patient’s home in Forest City in a search for drugs.No sentencing date has been scheduled.last_img read more