Joy Marie Huffner

first_imgJoy Marie Huffner, 82, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 7:38 PM, Friday, January 22nd, 201 at Select Specialty Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. Joy was born in Rising Sun, IN on November 3, 1933, a daughter of the late Betty Marie (Michael) and Charles McCardle.  She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School. Joy worked for Seagrams Distillery in Lawrenceburg, IN for over 50 years. She was the widow of Robert Huffner who passed away in 1998.  Joy loved taking care of her home where she could enjoy the view of the Ohio River from her living room or yard. She also loved traveling to Florida and enjoying the beaches there.Joy is  survived by two daughters, Kathie Saylor, of Rising Sun, IN and Donna Brameier (Joe), of Rising Sun, IN; by three sons, Bobby Trader, of Evansville, IN; David  Huffner, of Rising Sun, IN and Steve Huffner, of Rising Sun, IN; by 5 grand children and 7 great grandchildren and by special family friend Gloria Sebastian of Burlington, KY. Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, by a daughter, Connie Sue Lyons (Sue Huffner) and by a brother, Jerry Cochran.Funeral services will be 7 PM, Tuesday, January 26 at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday 5-7 PM at Markland Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the family for funeral expense. marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Lady Trojans Win Union County Tourney

first_imgOn Saturday, EC volleyball traveled to Union County for their annual invite. We finished 4-0 on the day, defeating some very strong teams to walk out as champs!We opened the day against Jay County. We won 30-28 and 25-19.We started really slow, making a lot of serving and passing errors. Before we knew it, we were down 17-23 in the first set. One thing you can never do is count this team out. They starting doing what we do- taking the other team out of system with our serve and then pushing our offense with our passing. It was an exciting match against a very talented team.After a two match break, we faced Shenandoah. We won 25-23 & 28-26.We played better in this match to start. They had some strong hitters and servers that challenged us to find different ways to score points. Both teams went on big runs, but we found a way to finish when it mattered.Immediately following that, we play a top 30 ranked team in Alexandria. We won 25-23 & 25-19.We can out pushing with our serve. They have some big hitters and strong passing, but we kept them out of system by serving tough and forcing the to play out of their comfort zone. We got in their heads early by getting some big blocks. Our defense picked up everything on our side, no matter where the ball was. It was incredible to watch.We then faced Seton Catholic in the championship after a long break to get our 30th win of the season. Both teams were 3-0 on they day, but we pulled out the win 25-17 & 25-16.They came out fired up, determined to win. We moved the ball well on offense and continued doing what we had been doing all day.Overall, we just played solid volleyball all day. Of course we had our moments, but that’s what’s great about this team. They are never out of anything, no matter the score. When everyone else thinks the game is over, these girls won’t quit until it’s over. We played 7 matches in 5 days. They could have folded due to exhaustion, but they didn’t. They didn’t even think twice about it. No one wanted that championship more than this group- and they earned it. It was a great way to end the season and head into sectionals. Hopefully we can continue to build on this and come in fired up on Thursday.Varsity is now 30-3 on the season.Next: Bloomington North at Columbus North for sectionals at 6pm on Thursday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

United show Moyes no mercy

first_img Moyes slipped into United’s training base unnoticed early on Tuesday morning and met with United vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Just after 8am, Woodward informed the Scot he had been sacked. Press Association Manchester United have ruthlessly brought the axe down on David Moyes’ reign just 10 months into his six-year contract. United issued a statement soon after which read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club. “The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.” The club confirmed veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs had been placed in charge “until a permanent appointment can be made”. Neither 40-year-old Giggs, nor any of the other United playing squad, stopped to speak to the media who had gathered outside United’s training ground in anticipation of Moyes’ sacking. An Everton fan dressed up as the Grim Reaper mocked Moyes from behind the Goodison Park dugout on Sunday, And United’s 11th defeat of the campaign proved enough for the club’s owners, the Glazer family, who had previously stood by their man despite his woeful debut campaign. Moyes’ departure came a year to the day after United won a record 20th title. Now they sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League, some 23 points behind leaders Liverpool. Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 league titles during his 26 years at the club, was always going to be difficult, but few expected Moyes to have done so badly. The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long. United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades, while Moyes’ home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge. That is why the Scot, who won 27, drew nine and lost 15 of his 51 games, is now the third shortest-serving manager in the club’s history, behind Walter Crickmer (1931-32) and Lal Hilditch (1926-27). Moyes had enjoyed 11 critically acclaimed years at Everton, leading the club to five top-six finishes. The Toffees were set to play in the Champions League for the first time in 2005 until they lost in the qualifying stages of the competition, and Moyes also took the Merseyside club to the FA Cup final in 2009. But all those achievements were small fry compared to what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved. The enormity of the task in hand seemed to overwhelm Moyes from day one. Moyes upset some within the club by bringing in his own coaching staff, while the likes of Rene Meulensteen, Eric Steele, and Mike Phelan departed. The futures of the men he brought in – Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden, Chris Woods and Phil Neville – remains unclear. Moyes’ reputation took its first hit when he botched his first transfer window as United boss. The Scot pursued Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas when the midfielder had no intention of leaving the Spanish giants. Thiago Alcantara joined Bayern Munich ahead of United, while the club made a real hash of their attempts to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines on the cheap. United’s bid of £28million for the pair was branded “derisory and insulting” by Everton. Baines stayed and United ended up buying Fellaini for £27.5million when they could have bought him for £4million less had they acted quicker. There will be no shortage of interest when it comes to seeking a successor for Moyes, who turns 51 on Friday. Louis van Gaal is the bookmakers’ favourite. The former Barcelona manager has an impressive CV and will be available this summer when he leaves his post as Holland coach after the World Cup. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running. Diego Simeone is a highly-regarded figure in European football after taking Atletico Madrid to the top of the Spanish league and into the semi-finals of the Champions League. However, many fans would like to see Giggs take the post on a long-term basis, despite his lack of managerial experience. For the meantime, United hope Giggs will restore some passion and unity in a season which has been tainted by rumours of disharmony in the dressing room. In December, Rio Ferdinand questioned Moyes’ policy of naming his starting XI on the day of the game, claiming it turned him into a “madman” wondering whether he was to be selected. Shortly after United’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat at Olympiacos, Robin van Persie complained about his team-mates running into his space on the pitch. Moyes always denied he had any problems with his playing staff. But the shock news that Danny Welbeck, an academy graduate born in Manchester, wanted to leave the club, did not go down well with the United hierarchy. Moyes’ reputation was tarnished when he oversaw the exit of highly-respected club captain Nemanja Vidic, who will leave for Inter Milan in the summer. Another senior figure and dressing room stalwart in Patrice Evra may follow the Serbian out the door when his contract expires. Moyes succeeded where Ferguson failed in tying Wayne Rooney down to a long-term contract. Goalkeeper David de Gea and Adnan Januzaj also developed well during Moyes’ reign, but that cannot be said for the rest of the squad and many supporters became disenchanted with the slow and methodical style of play on show at Old Trafford this season. The United players started leaving Carrington at around 1.30pm, but there was no sign of Moyes, who was suspected to have left the site via a back exit away from the cameras. Coach Nicky Butt, who is expected to form part of Giggs’ interim backroom staff, left via the main exit shortly after 2pm. last_img read more

Foreign athletes face unique challenges

first_imgFollow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe With college sports becoming a booming business in the United States, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the players who are often viewed as celebrities or “big men on campus” are, for the most part, no different from any other college student.Though most student-athletes are recognized primarily for their athletic endeavors, all of them have schoolwork, social lives and families to focus on, along with the complex maturation process that every college student must go through.This transitional phase can be tough, as nearly all students will attest. But the challenge becomes much more difficult when the commute from hometown to campus is not merely a quick drive up the 110 freeway or the cheapest flight Southwest Airlines can offer. For international students coming from overseas, the adjustment to life as a college student — and student-athlete — in the United States can be a daunting one.At USC, there are currently more than 55 international student-athletes on varsity rosters, according to the Athletic Department’s website. Many of them arrived on campus under similar circumstances — with excitement for a new challenge, but unsure of how to adapt.“The first [semester] was really rough,” said Ivan Kustic, a redshirt junior from Croatia who plays utility on the men’s water polo team. “I wasn’t very good at English. I would say the language barrier was the hardest thing at the beginning, but everybody helped me, so [the transition] was pretty smooth.”Kustic, like many international student-athletes, was drawn to USC’s athletic tradition and location in sunny and eclectic Los Angeles, but didn’t know how to best acclimate to his new surroundings. Fortunately for him, the structured routine student-athletes are subject to helped him grow accustomed to life as a college student.“Freshman year was just amazing,” Kustic said. “I would do tutoring five hours a week and they were all helping me. It was really, really helpful. It was kind of hard because I was out all the time, either in class, tutoring or practice, but it helped me a lot.”Even more helpful for Kustic than the academic resources were his teammates, who gave him an already-established initial group of friends.“It wasn’t too hard, to be honest,” Kustic said. “All the guys were really nice to me and ready to help all the time, so it was a really easy adjustment.”Creating a strong team bond early in the school year is crucial for making international student-athletes feel at home, said Magdi El Shahawy, director of the USC Student-Athlete Academic Services. Unity is the easiest way for international student-athletes to quickly feel relaxed in their new environment.“We encourage the coaching staffs to foster some team-building opportunities so that their domestic student-athletes will intermingle with international student-athletes more,” El Shahawy said.Though players can adjust to life in America on their own, the SAAS takes measures to ensure that international student-athletes receive sufficient help upon arriving in the United States.“The one thing you will find more when dealing with an international student-athlete is a cultural adjustment,” El Shahawy said. “We spend time addressing that with our international student-athlete population during their orientation session, talking about the different resources that are available to them on campus, like the Office of International Students.”In addition to helping student-athletes become comfortable on campus once they arrive at USC, El Shahawy is also looking into how and why these foreign students chose USC, of all places in the world, to go to college.“I looked up water polo in the United States, and USC was the top one, so that was immediately my first choice,” said Kostas Genidounias, a junior from Athens, Greece, who plays driver for the men’s water polo team, adding that the prevalence of foreign players in the program played little to no role in his decision-making process.For others, the motivation to go out and explore the world comes from the desire to continue both athletic and academic pursuits. Other parts of the world do not offer college sports to students, meaning that once high school ends, many have to choose between attending college or becoming a professional athlete. The United States and the National Collegiate Athletic Association give international students the chance to do both, a fact that students and administrators are well aware of.“I think they come to an American institution to get an education and further develop their skills in their sport,” El Shahawy said. “Our coaches go out and recruit and make USC sound very appealing. They get a chance to get a free education, where sports don’t provide that for them in their own country.”For Strahinja Gavrilovic, a sophomore from Serbia who plays forward on the men’s basketball team, USC gave him the chance to follow his dream of pursuing a career in professional basketball while still allowing him to prepare for life after his basketball career comes to an end.“I like the system here. In my country, you have to choose either to play professionally or go to school,” Gavrilovic said. “Here, I have the opportunity to do both — study and play basketball.”Like Kustic, Gavrilovic initially had difficulties adjusting to life in the United States, but is now comfortable in Los Angeles and feels at home at USC. His travel experience has paid dividends for his teammate, freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic, who is also from Serbia. Jovanovic credits Gavrilovic in helping ease the sometimes awkward growing pains that come with leaving home for the first time.“He’s done a really great job,” Jovanovic said of Gavrilovic. “This is his second year, and he’s kind of shown me around and made my life much easier and helped me adapt.”Which is often really what any new college student is looking for — friends that will make the four (or five) years in between youth and adulthood as memorable as possible. When their years at USC end, many international student-athletes enjoy their time at USC so much that they want to stay in the United States after graduation rather than return to their home country.“Over the course of their experiences at USC, a lot of them fall in love with Los Angeles,” El Shahawy said. “There is a desire to stay here a little while longer, and that is not atypical from any other student who’s not from overseas. They come here, and they don’t want to go back because they enjoy their time in California.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about Pittsburgh matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2017 at 9:09 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse will look to extend its winning streak to six games when it takes on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) beat the Panthers, 77-66, on Jan. 7 in the Carrier Dome. Now, SU will go for the season sweep of Pitt at the Petersen Events Center.Here are answers to your pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-Pitt will air on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, it’ll air on NBC affiliates. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 1203 (high-definition) and 3 (suburbs) or 4 (city) for non-digital subscribers• DirecTV: 3• Verizon Fios: 503 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)• Dish Network: 3• New Visions: 603 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)Here are channels the game will be on throughout the rest of New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Buffalo (WNLO)Burlington-Plattsburgh (WPTZ-D3)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Rochester (WHAM-D2)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI)For nationwide listings, click here.What do our beat writers predict? Find out, here.How does walk-on Adrian Autry Jr. contribute to the Orange? By serving as SU’s ‘Handshake Guy.’What must Taurean Thompson improve? The next step for him is to avoid foul trouble.What else should you know about Pitt? Here’s a preview of the Panthers. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse heckles opposing pitchers to throw them off

first_imgDuring a mound visit against Niagara last Wednesday, a handful of Syracuse players began singing along to the “Jeopardy” theme song in the dugout. In unison, the entire SU bench joined. Head coach Shannon Doepking turned toward the dugout from her position at third base and laughed.From the stands, Niagara parents and fans complained: “That’s a classy team,” one said sarcastically.“Who’s their coach?” one asked. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”While it’s hard to quantify if Syracuse’s taunting affects opposing teams, Doepking encourages the talk, the players enjoy it and Syracuse (14-19, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) embraces the chants. Shouting and jeering in between at-bats and mound pitches during SU’s first home stand have played a part in a stretch of five wins in six games. As the wins continue, its decibel levels in the dugout increase.“It’s hilarious,” Doepking said of SU’s dugout antics. “I think those kinds of things keep this game fun. If you look at the game of baseball, the game is really fun because there’s a lot of heckling, that’s part of the game. You don’t see it as much in softball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange played their first 29 games on the road, but their voices traveled with them. No matter where SU was, they emphasized the taunting, something not previously done under former head coach Mike Bosch, sophomore Gabby Teran said.Now playing at home, the Orange have said they are more comfortable because of travel schedules and playing on their home field. In game two of Saturday’s doubleheader against Notre Dame, UND’s Morgan Ryan struggled to find the strike zone. Down 3-0 in the count to Toni Martin, Ryan looked to her dugout for the pitch. But from the Orange dugout, the entire Syracuse bench shouted.“Three balls!” “Three balls!” “Three balls!” they yelled while motioning one arm forward.The fourth pitch sailed high. Martin walked to first as the Syracuse dugout erupted in more cheers. Ryan continued to misfire on the mound, and the number of consecutive balls increased by one each time. Eventually, it got to seven-straight, and the Orange let Ryan know. Chants of “ball six” immediately became “ball seven” without pause.The trash talk doesn’t go unreciprocated, though. Once the Orange began the “three balls” chant on Wednesday, Niagara’s bench retaliated with chants of its own at SU pitcher Alexa Romero. And Notre Dame fans on Saturday, having complained prior, all moved directly behind home plate in the top of the sixth inning to go after Romero, too.“She can’t throw two strikes in a row,” one fan said. “We can get in her head,” he shouted.Romero said she ignores the chants when she’s on the mound. But when she’s in the dugout, she’s often the most vocals. No one player typically leads the chants, but pitchers like Romero and Sophie Dandola are often more engaged than others.“It was all of ours collectively,” Teran said. “All of the coaches love us cheering, they want us to get in the pitchers head, they love it.”During a full count, the Orange will often repeatedly chant, “Walk,” “Walk,” “Walk,” at a quickening pace. They cheer wildly whenever a batter earns a walk, which SU did 10 times in two games on Saturday against Notre Dame.But when their own hitters come up, the Orange have special chants of encouragement for each of them. The negative comments toward the opposing pitcher are sprinkled in. And Doepking doesn’t care what the chants are, she said, as long as the dugout is making noise, she knows the team is active.“When (the dugout) gets very quiet, it’s very easy to think about everything else,” Doepking said. “As long as they’re engaged.”“It makes me laugh over at third base.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2019 at 11:56 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

‘Unhappy’ Usain Bolt hands relay gold back to Olympic chiefs

first_imgUsain Bolt has handed back his relay 4x100m Olympic Gold from 2008 to the International Olympic Committee following Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter’s failed drug test.Bolt’s ‘triple triple’ of nine golds won at the 2008 Beijing Games, the 2012 Games in London and Rio 2016 have been officially struck from the record books after Carter was found to have failed a doping test after retrospective action was taken by the IOC.Jamaica’s relay team from Beijing of Bolt, the disgraced Carter, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas have all handed their medals back to the Jamaica Olympic Association.”It’s rough that I have to give back one of my medals and I already gave it back because it was of course required by the IOC,” Bolt told The Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica.”I’m not happy about it, but it’s just one of those things that happen in life. but I can’t allow that to deter me from my focus this season, so I am focused but I am not pleased about the situation.””I think I’ve still accomplished a lot, this hasn’t changed what I have done throughout my career. I have worked hard and pushed and done things that no one have done before. “I have won three gold medals over the 100m and 200m, which no one has ever done before.”An appeal could yet be launched to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the costs estimated to be several million, but Bolt has not ruled out contributing to a possible appeal.”That’s up to my management there are a lot of variables so we will discuss that and see where we go from there, but if it’s necessary (I will help).,” said Bolt, who intends to retire after the World Championships in London in September.last_img read more

2018 Africa Men’s Sevens: Ghana gear up for opener against Uganda

first_imgThe national Rugby team, the Eagles will face defending champions Uganda in a Pool B opener at this year’s Africa Men’s Sevens tournament on Saturday, October 13 2018. The Eagles, who have been fine-tuning their preparations in Tunis ahead of the tournament, qualified as one of the top 12 teams on the continent.The team is buoyed by their success at this year’s Bronze Cup but technical advisor Collin Osborne is cautiously optimistic.“We are well aware of the enormity of the task that lies ahead. We are in a group with two of the strongest teams in Africa. We are the underdogs and it means there is no pressure on us. But I am absolutely confident the guys will give their best shot in Tunisia. The boys are proud of the privilege to represent Ghana”, the renowned rugby coach told JoySports. The Eagles are ninth in the tournament’s rankings and President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union Herbert Mensah is urging rugby-loving Ghanaians to be modest in their expectations. “All the other teams have a structure of playing and are supported by their governments and national associations. And most of them took their players from Europe. We are the only ones who took our players from Ghana,” he said.     The 2018 Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament will be staged in Monastir, Tunisia between October 13 and 14.last_img read more

Watch the Cerro Gordo County/MercyOne/City of Mason City weekly news conference

first_imgThe Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center, and the City of Mason City held their weekly news conference on Wednesday afternoon, March 25th.Participating were:= Mason City mayor Bill Schickel= CG Public Health director Brian Hanft= MercyOne North Iowa president Rod Schlader= Mason City city administrator Aaron BurnettWatch the news conference via the video player below:last_img

Larkins, King Voted Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Nathan Jones, McNeese; Garett Cortez, UIW; Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Jr. – Princeton, La.Larkins ran the fastest 100m time in the nation (10.02) after running his season best time of 10.23, behind teammate Amir James’ time of 10.22 in the Texas Relays preliminaries. Larkins’ time is first in the NCAA East Region and leads the conference by 0.06 seconds. He also ran a leg in the 4x100m relay final that tallied the ninth-fastest time in the country (39.45) and fifth in the East Region. This time is also the third-fastest in school history and second all-time in the Southland Conference. Additionally, the NSU 4×1 relay leads the second-fastest team in the conference in the event by 0.26 seconds after its time at the Texas Relays. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Kentwood, La.King broke his own school and the Southland Conference pole vault record after clearing 19-00.25 inches to take second place in the University Elite Division at the Texas Relays on Saturday. King became both the first Lion and first Southland vaulter to clear the 19-foot mark. He tied South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen at the height with Nilsen taking first in fewer attempts. They are tied for the best mark in the country this season. This marks the third straight men’s track award for the Demons and third consecutive field honor for the Lions. It is both Larkins’ and King’s second awards on the season.center_img Honorable Mention: Hiram Morales, McNeese; Javon McCray, Lamar; Zhafear Ray, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State junior Micah Larkins and Southeastern Louisiana senior Devin King are both Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Northwestern State next heads to Nacogdoches, Texas, for the SFA Carl Kight Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Southeastern has an idle week before hosting the Strawberry Relays on Saturday, April 14.last_img read more