Auburndale moves on with win over Crivitz in WIAA Division 4 boys basketball sectional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterANTIGO — The Auburndale boys basketball team is in the sectional finals for the third-straight season after beating Crivitz 55-44 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Antigo High School.Auburndale (18-7) will get a rematch with Brillion (21-4) in the sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Appleton East High School. Brillion handed the Apaches just their second loss of last season in a sectional final 47-42 a year ago, which was also played at Appleton East.Auburndale led 23-21 at halftime before Crivitz pulled ahead by four with a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half.The Apaches recovered, going on a 12-2 run to close the quarter and outscored Crivitz 20-15 in the fourth quarter by making 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch.Matt Nikolay scored 14 points and had seven steals, Josh VanSchoick added 14 points, and Alex Marth had 11 points for Auburndale.Crivitz ends its season with an 18-7 record.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 55, Wolverines 44Auburndale 15 8 12 20 – 55Crivitz 10 11 8 15 – 44AUBURNDALE (55): Jake Lewis 2 1-2 5, Matt Nikolay 4 5-6 14, Cooper Krings 1 2-2 4, Tyler Weber 2 0-0 4, Alex Marth 5 1-2 11, Matt Lang 1 1-2 3, Josh VanSchoick 6 2-2 14. FG: 21. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 1 (Nikolay 1). Record: 18-7.CRIVITZ (44): Statistics not provided. FG: 17. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: 8. Record: 18-7.last_img read more

Stratford football blanks Pittsville to clinch at least a share of conference title

first_imgTigers win seventh game in a rowBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — The Stratford football team clinched at least a tie for the Marawood Conference championship with a 43-0 shutout of Pittsville on Friday night at Pittsville High School.The Tigers are now 7-1 overall and 7-0 in the Marawood Conference after winning their seventh game in a row. The victory assures Stratford of at least a share of the conference title for the first time since finishing in a three-way tie with Edgar and Marathon in 2013.Stratford’s season finale is next Friday at home against winless Phillips. A victory would give the Tigers their first outright title since 2007.Pittsville drops to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the Marawood. The Panthers must win at Marathon (7-1, 6-1 Marawood) next Friday to qualify for the WIAA playoffs.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Para-canoeist Stu Hogg leads the way

first_imgCompeting in the K1 200 metres LTA (legs, trunk, arms), he finished eighth in his heat and missed the semi-finals by one place. “My results this year weren’t great, but all I wanted this year was to get in the system. They have spoken about changing my class. I’ll know about that next year.” Feeling normal Vertebrae fused “I am a lot slower than I used to be, but other than that everyone treats me the same as they did before the accident. I would rather be treated how they treated me before than have people trying to make special arrangements for me. They help out, but make me feel that I’m just one of the guys again.” “Luckily, the guy who operated on me, one of the top neuro-surgeons, was available that next morning,” Hogg, now 24, told SAinfo during an interview this week. “He and another neuro-surgeon did the operation, and apparently it was quite a thing because they had to operate through the front and the back of my neck. They had to put a cage-like device into my neck to fuse the vertebrae. 4 October 2013 South Africa had just one participant at the first ever ICF Para-Canoe World Championships in Duisberg, Germany in August. Stu Hogg is taking the country’s rich paddling tradition in a new direction. “Then I found out about para-canoeing. It was a new sport, so I thought I might as well give that a bash, so last year I started training – just very basic, getting into a boat, but I was very weak. It took me a long time to just being able to paddle.” Five years ago, while studying in Durban, Hogg was asleep as a passenger in a car when it was involved in an accident. He was thrown out of the back window of the vehicle, suffering a broken neck, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae in his lower back and a head injury. He was in a deep coma for a short while. He has since undergone two operations on his neck. “The paddling guys have been a big help to me. Everyone has been really nice.” Walkingcenter_img “It took me a good three years to get walking. I could walk within a couple of months, but not comfortably. It took me a while to get walking properly and comfortable with myself,” he explained. The reward for Hogg’s hard work has been wonderful, he said. “Now, being able to compete, once I am on the water and training I don’t really feel disabled anymore. I feel like part of the paddling community again, regardless of my disability. I feel like a normal paddler now. Hogg had won national colours as a junior, but wearing them again appeared to be a distant memory because para-canoeing did not exist when he suffered his injury. And it took some time before he was able to take to the water again. In Duisberg, Hogg was back in the green-and-gold, and after all the effort it had taken to once again represent South Africa he truly appreciated the experience. “I had really missed that feeling [of sporting the national colours]. It was special,” he said. “Straight away, when I went to rehab, what kept me going was the thought of paddling again. They were telling me that I might not walk again. My mental drive was to try and get back in a boat, and to walk out of the hospital.” “This year was a start. I know where I stand, what I’ve got to work on. For now I’m going to work to get as fast as I can be. If they change the classes, that’s a bonus. If not, I am just going to have to work harder.” Looking back on his experiences at the first ICF Para-canoe World Championships, Hogg said: “This year it was very hard to compete because they put me in a very difficult class. I was racing with guys who had, for example, a problem with a leg, and it’s very hard for me to have half my body – an arm, my trunk and leg issues – to compete with someone missing a foot, especially because of a lot of spasticity in the nerve function. It’s a big disadvantage. Someone with a leg problem has an upper body that is still 100 percent. ‘A big disadvantage’ “In the long term, I am hoping that they change the whole classification system by putting in more classes for guys with different disabilities, just to try and even the competition out,” he said. “That feeling helps me with the rest of my life because if I feel normal on the water I can feel a bit more normal when I am not on the water.last_img read more

Google Plans Adsense for Maps

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Infoworld magazine is reporting that Google is planning to integrate Adsense ads into their Google Maps service. The ads would be embedded into the push-pin popup graphics that are used to mark locations. Google does not know when these ads will go live.Google also said that the ads could be integrated into their new Mapplets map mashup making service on a revenue sharing basis. Users would be paid by the click, similar to the current Adsense offerings, and could limit the number of sponsor ads that would appear in their Mapplets or turn them off completely. “This is something you will completely control,” said Google engineer Andrew Eland at Google’s Developer Day in London yesterday.The ads will probably resemble the look and feel of Google Maps more than in this mockup.Google’s preview Mapplets might give a hint of how the service could work. Two of Google’s example Mapplets are commerce-oriented: movie showtimes and real estate search. It is easy to see how Google could offer company’s paid preferential treatment on this type of maps mashup. These paid placements would not necessarily resemble current Adsense text ads, but could be more fluidly integrated into the look and feel of Google Maps.Like other Adwords ads, map ads could be highly targeted, not only by subject matter or keyword, but also by location. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

IPL 2012: Rajasthan Royals look to build on good start against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgIt will take a few more matches for teams to strike the right balance as the Indian Premier League gathers pace.The sooner they do it, the better it would be.Often it has been seen in this format that a bad stretch could be just around the corner. A team like Rajasthan Royals, who made a promising start against Kings XI Punjab, will be eager to build momentum while a combination like Kolkata Knight Riders, who suffered a loss in their inaugural match against Delhi Daredevils, will be desperate to log their first points.Knight Riders, one of the fancied teams in the competition, did reasonably well under Gautam Gambhir in the previous season.However, it was not the kind of start they were looking for at home. As Gambhir pointed out, their batsmen faltered in not being able to build partnerships. The top order collapsed in the face of some fine seam bowling by South African speedster Morne Morkel.They could manage 97/ 9 in 12 overs which Daredevils easily overhauled.A line up that has Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan has enough firepower in its batting ranks.If the first match at Sawai Man Singh Stadium is any indication, the pitch looks a batting paradise where Kolkata can prosper on its batting prowess. The 4pm match means there will be no dew factor and fans can hope for a scorcher of a game.”It is very difficult to set a target in a rain-curtailed match. Our top three batsmen were out early against Delhi. We are looking forward to a good game tomorrow,” Laxmi Ratan Shukla said on the eve of the match.advertisementAs Kolkata prepare to take on the Rajasthan Royals, they would take heart from the fact that they won both their matches against them last season. The team hit the nets in the afternoon and had a long practice session. Bowling coach Wasim Akram spent a lot of time in action. Gambhir, in particular, batted against different bowlers.Rajasthan looked in great touch against Kings XI Punjab and new captain Rahul Dravid marshalled his resources well.Dravid, who is also the mentor of the team, has pointed out that he is there to guide the young talent and that’s what he looked to do while opening the batting with Ajinkya Rahane.The Mumbai opener was a treat to watch in the opening match and flourished in the company of the veteran.”Rahane was very impressive against Kings XI Punjab. He is a good player and we will do everything possible to stop him from giving Rajasthan an explosive start,” Shukla added.The Royals bowling, too, looked good. Kevon Cooper, their new recruit, took four wickets on his IPL debut.Cooper, an unsung all-rounder from Trinidad, impressed with his controlled bowling. He will have to do it consistently to become a match-winner in the big league.last_img read more