Lady Bulldogs Middle School Teams Win Season Opener

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Bulldogs went on the road and defeated Waldron Mohawks 25-15 to open the season.The Bulldogs started slow, but finished strong outscoring the Waldon 15-7 in the second half.  Leading the way scoring was Kaylin Hinners with 15 points; followed by Alyssa Nobbe with 4 points; and Rachel Lamping, Sara Lamping, Elaney McGuire chipping in two points a piece.   On the defensive side of the floor the Bulldogs were led by Billie Puente, Renee Lecher, and Elana Kuisel.   The girls will have their home opener tonight vs. the Milan Indians at 5:30 pm.   Come out and support the Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs opened their season on the road Monday night by defeating Waldron 36 to 15.The Lady Bulldogs opened the game with a stifling defense which took the Lady Mohawks out of their offense, and held them to only 2 first half points.  Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were very unselfish, and had many tremendous passes to teammates. Overall, it was a total team victory.Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were lead by Emma Weiler with 10.  Other scorers for the Bulldogs were Ava Hanson with 8, Timbrè Davies had 8, Makayla Granger added 4, Megan Meyer scored 3, and Tiffany Hawker and Madelyn Pohlman each scored 2. Scoring for the Lady Mohawks were Lyndsay Shonk with 8, and Josee Larrison added 7.The Lady Bulldogs will host Milan on Tuesday, and Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday.  The 7th grade game tips off at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jack Smith.last_img read more

Offensive woes continue as losing streak reaches 5

first_imgJanelle Gabrielsen (6) lets out her frustration during UW\’s loss to Minnesota.[/media-credit]Kill percentage in volleyball can often times be compared to batting average in baseball. Just like a .300 average is an indication of a good baseball player, that same number is a mark of quality for a volleyball player as well.But Sunday afternoon at the Field House, the Wisconsin volleyball team didn’t come close to that mark, hitting a measly .026 in its three-set loss to the rival Golden Gophers.The loss pushes the Badgers’ season-high losing streak to five games, and in three of those matches, Wisconsin was unable to take a set from its opponent.Evidently, the Badgers’ biggest problem has been their inability to convert on the attack. Against Minnesota, Wisconsin tallied 36 kills — one more than the Gophers — but once again, the Badgers’ attack errors were devastating in the Minnesota sweep. The Badgers had 33 attack errors compared to only 16 from the Gophers.“Our ball control was not with us today,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “I think over the course of the entire match, you look at our hitting percentage and it’s way too low to compete in the Big Ten. So, we have to come together here in the next couple of matches coming up and clean things up.”But not only was the ball control lacking Sunday but over the past five games. That fact can only be exemplified by the team’s losing streak, something it had yet to experience before losing to Ohio State on Nov. 7. Before that loss, the Badgers had not lost more than two games in a row all season, but that trend has abruptly ended.“Somehow, I think the group needs to find a way and find the leaders who are going to step up and do that, because it’s something that, this late in the season, we should be playing better ball than we played today,” Waite said.The first set was all Minnesota, as the Gophers quickly got out to a 6-0 lead and led by as many as 14 points at 23-9. Throughout the set, the Badgers committed 11 errors and had only eight kills. Making things even more difficult was the Gophers’ superb blocking, which tallied seven stuffs in the first set.Sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen believes the team’s poor serve-receive affected her passing ability, which in turn led to Minnesota blocks and Wisconsin unforced errors.“It made me set to a certain spot that the blockers knew, because I could only set to one option,” she said. “It’s kind of hard for hitters to go against two blockers with the double block, so I guess it did affect us.”The Badgers had a bit more energy in the second and third sets, scoring 21 and 22 points, respectively. However, they were never able to put a halt to the relentless Minnesota attack, which was led by a match-high 14 kills from junior Lauren Gibbemeyer. The blocks also kept coming from the Gophers, who ended with 16 for the game compared to the Badgers’ four.“[Gibbemeyer] is a great athlete,” UW junior Allison Wack said. “She’s always been the type of player who can take her team on her back. … She’s a gamer. She shows up all the time, and you have to find a way to stop her.”Also making things more difficult for the Badgers was the ineffectiveness of freshman Kirby Toon, who had been a strong force on offense until the losing streak. According to Waite, the knee injury Toon suffered last season is finally starting to take a toll on the young athlete’s ability to perform.“I think late in the season here, her knee is really starting to tire, so we want to be careful and cautious,” Waite said. “I think it’s affected her first step to the ball, and she knows that. She would love to be out there, but physically, it’s not time for her right now.”While Toon’s injury may be a factor in the Badgers’ slide from fifth place in the Big Ten, the Badgers’ poor performance has truly been a result of the entire team’s struggles. Against Minnesota, the Badgers’ first-set troubles were reason enough for Waite to abandon the 5-1 offensive scheme in favor of the 6-2, which was used last season.“We’re just trying to find a way for things to start clicking for them right now, for them to get into a rhythm and find some people who can swing and score, and Nellie is generally very good at that,” Waite said. “We gave her the opportunity today and she stepped up a number of times and had some good shots. We just need more people stepping up their games.”With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Badgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes have all but disappeared. However, despite the team’s struggles, Waite is confident in its ability, and he believes its recent results are not a reflection on the talent level of the team but rather its inability to consistently perform well against strong conference opponents.“We played like crud. Bottom line,” Waite said. “We have to play better, and that’s a team we can beat.”last_img read more

Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about 2016-17 bowl season

first_imgPeach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 WashingtonWhere: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GAWhen: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Alabama (-15.0)I hope earning a spot in the College Football Playoff’s top 4 was enough to celebrate in Seattle a couple weeks ago, because come New Year’s Eve, there may not be much to cheer for when the Huskies line up against No. 1 University of Alabama. Now that the pre-bowl season has taken its course, undefeated Alabama’s perceived dominance has only grown more daunting. Only two teams managed to score more than 14 points against Alabama during the entire regular season, and the Tide’s defense has allowed only 11.8 points per game — the lowest average in the country. The Crimson Tide also held the No. 2 offense (Western Kentucky University) to an explosive 10 points, which is just slightly below the Hilltoppers’ 45.1 points per game season average. Washington, however, boasts the fourth-highest scoring offense in the nation on the other side of the ball. While many think Bama’s offense is their lone Achilles heel, Alabama still put 54 in their last game against the eighth-best nationally ranked defense, University of Florida. The Tide keep rolling, sorry Washington. — David HayesGeistlinger: Alabama 36, Washington 16Hayes: Alabama 37, Washington 24Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 ClemsonWhere: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZWhen: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Ohio State (-3.0)The second of the national semifinal games features two squads boasting extensive postseason experience: Ohio State University captured the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2015, while Clemson University narrowly lost to Alabama in the title game last season. In this matchup of blue bloods, the Buckeyes will try to stifle Clemson’s rushing attack and force star QB Deshuan Watson to beat them with the aerial game. Although Watson can be a wizard with the pigskin, he has also shown a tendency to turn it over, with 15 interceptions on the season. If Watson can avoid succumbing to the spirt of giving so prevalent at this time of year, Clemson may be able to keep the game close, but ultimately I believe Ohio State’s gritty style will win the day. Look for the Buckeyes to control the game in the trenches and cover comfortably with help from a late turnover. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Ohio State 34, Clemson 24Hayes: Ohio State 38, Clemson 31Football: Malik Zaire reportedly narrows transfer to Wisconsin and UNCFormer Notre Dame star quarterback, Malik Zaire, has made a final decision on where the graduate transfer will most likely Read…CFP National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLWhen: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Although Ohio State University was victorious in the meeting between these teams two years ago, this is an Alabama team that has evolved past the simple game of football and is now playing another game entirely. At this point it is simply hard to even fathom Alabama losing a game at all, and the Tide’s march to a second straight national championship seems inevitable, regardless of opponent. Although the Buckeyes are certainly qualified to play spoiler, it is difficult to envision a scenario where the Crimson Tide is not celebrating on January 9th. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Alabama 31, Ohio State 20Hayes: Alabama 28, Ohio State 23Cotton Bowl: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 WisconsinWhere: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXWhen: Noon, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Wisconsin (-7.5)After surrendering a 21-point lead in a crushing loss against Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Badgers’ postseason aspirations were quickly rerouted from Pasadena to Dallas. Wisconsin takes on a non-Power Five conference Western Michigan team in a matchup that many UW fans have mixed feelings about, but get one thing straight: the Broncos can play. This game may not be the kind of lopsided affair many people are expecting it to be in the Badgers’ favor; WMU is undefeated for a reason. Group of Five teams are 8-2 overall against the Power Five in their last 10 matchups in New Year’s Six bowl games. – David HayesGeistlinger: Wisconsin 27, Western Michigan 21Hayes: Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 17Hayes: Why Badger fans should reconsider Wisconsin’s ‘disappointing’ Cotton Bowl berthAfter a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin Read…Rose Bowl: No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn StateWhere: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CAWhen: 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: USC (-6.5)The 2017 Rose Bowl may be the most intriguing matchup of the entire bowl season, considering both teams combined for a 3-5 record heading into October. Fast forward to mid-December, No. 5 Penn State University and No. 9 University of Southern California are two of the hottest teams in all of college football. Neither team has lost since September, with the Nittany Lions winning their last nine in a row and the Trojans rattling off eight straight. Both teams boast explosive offenses and pride themselves on their big-play capability — just ask Wisconsin. Expect this season’s chapter of “The Grand Daddy of Them All” to prove a much better game than last year’s meeting, when Christian McCaffrey and Stanford trashed Iowa 45-16. — David HayesGeistlinger: USC 41, Penn State 28Hayes: Penn State 45, USC 38Orange Bowl:  No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FLWhen: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30TV: ESPN & WatchESPN (Streaming)Line: Michigan (-7.0)This season’s Orange Bowl pits University of Michigan against Florida State University. While there is also a top 15 matchup happening between two of college football’s blue-blood programs, the real drama in this game will play out on the sidelines, where the over-under on tantrums by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is set at 3.5. Harbaugh has shown remarkable versatility this season, with an ability to completely lose his composure over even the slightest of perceived wrongs against his team. After a penalty call during Michigan’s loss to Ohio State Harbaugh was forced to call upon his halcyon days as a star quarterback and delivered, beautifully tossing his clipboard across the field in a tight spiral. Look for the Harbaugh to have his squad motivated for this game, even if it is little more than a consolation prize for a team that had higher aspirations. – Luke GeistlingerGeistlinger: Michigan 42, Florida State 17Hayes: Michigan 24, Florida State 20last_img read more

Mixed bag for the Irish in Dubai

first_imgMcIlroy who leads the race to Dubai is 3 off the lead on 3 under with 5 to play while Lowry is 4 over after 13.Marcus Fraser , Ian Poulter , Andy Sullivan and Martin Kaymer share a 1 shot clubhouse lead on 6 under .last_img