Young receivers showing mettle in spring practices

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoA year ago, Wisconsin wide receiver Jarvis Minton was a high school senior. Nowadays, Minton is turning heads during the Badgers’ spring practices.Minton played sparingly this fall after the team’s coaching staff decided not to redshirt the Arlington, Texas, native. And while he failed to catch a pass, Minton took the season to learn from Wisconsin’s bevy of experienced receivers and adjust to the speed of the college game.“I just took it as a learning experience,” Minton said of last season. “I got to watch Darrin Charles play — he did a lot to open up the field, spread it out for everybody, Brandon Williams, Brandon White, all of them doing their little things. And then Jonathan Orr, he’s more like me, more of a speedy guy. So, I noticed the things he’d do so I could relate them to myself. Then I’ve got to find my game, because I can’t be Jonathan Orr. I’ve got to do mine.”Minton entered the spring as a bit of an enigma. The sophomore played on a high school team that ran the ball extensively and did not get the chance to show his skill much during the fall season while playing behind upperclassmen. However, he has earned plenty of practice time thus far in the spring.“I didn’t know how many reps I was going to get coming into spring ball, so when I got out there I was just like, before spring even started, I was like, ‘I’m going to do my thing. I’m going to handle it’,” Minton said. “So, when I went out there, I did what I said I was going to do.”Minton has made quite an impression in that time this spring, flashing his combination of size, speed and hands. The sophomore has shown a penchant for making big plays during team passing drills and low-contact scrimmages.“[Minton has] made a lot of plays,” wide receivers coach Henry Mason said. “He’s still not where he’s supposed to be all the time, but he’s made a ton of plays — probably as many as anyone during spring. So, you’re always looking for playmaking ability, and it’s my job to get him where he’s supposed to be.”Minton is one of a number of inexperienced wide receivers behind the senior trio of Williams, White and Orr. Junior Jeff Holzbauer, who has yet to see extensive playing time in his career, and sophomores Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard have also shown ability this spring. Hubbard has had an up-and-down spring session thus far, but is one of the most physically gifted players on the Wisconsin roster, regardless of position. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is also a talented athlete for the UW track team and won the 2003 Big Ten outdoor long jump title.“The second-line guys, they’re really coming and putting themselves in the position to where they can help us, where they can help us next year,” Mason said. “That’s the biggest thing — the top three guys are the top three guys, but these other guys are getting better and they’re starting to push them and it’s not out of the realm of possibility they could get beat out. So that’s how we feel. It’s nice to create some competition.”The receiving corps received a pair of boosts this past weekend with the returns of Williams and sophomore Marcus Randle-El. Williams practiced for part of Saturday’s session after missing the first part of spring with a stress fracture in one of his shins. The return of the feisty senior provided an emotional lift for the whole group.“Guys follow [Williams] because his enthusiasm is contagious, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Mason said. “I wish we had more guys like him.”Randle-El returned Sunday after serving a suspension for violating the UW Student-Athlete Discipline Policy.Williams, Orr and White combined for 72 receptions a season ago, with Williams leading the way with 42 receptions. The only receiver currently on the UW roster who recorded any catches last season was Randle-El, with just two. Now, the veteran trio finds itself in a more pronounced leadership role amongst a considerable number of youngsters.“Just to take it one play at a time,” Orr said of his advice for the younger players. “Always go full speed. If you happen to mess up or something, you’ve got to come back. So, just telling them to stay focused and just keep learning. Every practice we’re putting in new plays and stuff so you’ve got to stay on top of it.”A year from now, Orr, Williams and White will all be departing, and the Badgers will rely on Minton and the other new blood at the position. Minton, for his part, is preparing for the impending loss now rather than later.“I just look up to all them guys because this is their last year,” Minton said. “Honestly, I’m trying to pick that up. When they leave, we’re going to have to have somebody keep it going. I’m just paying attention to what they do to keep us motivated, keep us going to do our thing and I want to do that next year.”last_img read more

Badgers look to end skid against Phoenix

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team will have another chance to gain momentum Thursday as the Badgers head north to face in-state rival UW-Green Bay. A spell of bad luck as plagued the Badgers this season. So far they have lost seven matches by just one goal. Most recently, they endured a 1-0 loss to Purdue in the final two minutes last Friday.Head Purdue coach Rob Klatte admitted after the game that Wisconsin was the best team the Boilermakers have faced all year and should not have one Big Ten win.UW head coach Dean Duerst pointed out that Klatte has not been the only coach to notice Wisconsin’s slump. “[Klatte] is about the fourth coach to say that,” Duerst added. “[Losing close games] is very frustrating from a coaching standpoint. Unfortunately for this team right now, [a win] has been there, but we have not been able to get the job done.”The Badgers are currently ranked ninth in the Big Ten and have found themselves in a scramble to win games. The Big Ten Tournament only takes the top eight Big Ten teams.Wisconsin is hoping a win against UW-Green Bay will help boost team morale.”This is definitely a game where we need to gain some confidence so we can qualify for Big Tens,” midfielder Allison Preiss said. “We just need to get a win and this could be a big win.””[To win] is the goal,” Duerst added. “It is one of those goals that we set at the beginning of the year. There is a lot of intensity in this game; [Green Bay] really gets up for it. You can never overlook an in-state team. We are a team that is supposed to win this game, and we will win this game, but you need to go in knowing that they will be excited to play.”Wisconsin leads the all-time series against Green Bay 11-0-0. Despite upending the Phoenix 5-1 last year, the Badgers plan to take the game very seriously. “We know from past results that we can beat them, but we obviously have to take this [game] really seriously,” senior Marissa Brown said. “At this point, we really need wins. It’s important. If we can get some goals and come out with a good result, then we can gain some confidence which is what this team needs.””From what we have seen this season so far anything can happen,” Brown continued. “We need to take this [game] seriously and come out and play strong.”The Phoenix is led by junior Stephanie Gross, who has notched eight goals in 15 games thus far. Green Bay has also found consistent performances from goalkeepers Brooke Wikgren and Pam Luckow. Both goalkeepers have teamed up to record six shutouts this season and should provide plenty of competition for UW seniors Amy Vermeulen and Katy Lindenmuth. During last year’s match-up between the schools, Lindenmuth recorded two goals against Wikgren, while Vermeulen had two assists. Both Vermeulen and Lindenmuth lead Wisconsin this season with five goals apiece. Juniors Kara Kabellis and Preiss are tied for third on the scoring list with four goals each. Although the Badgers will be searching to gain momentum following a victory, Green Bay has been on a roll, winning five of their last six games.Duerst is expecting his squad to show up ready to play with confidence. He is also hoping his team will unleash some built up frustration against the in-state rivals.”We want to go out and play with a lot of confidence,” Duerst said. “We will get a lot of chances on goal and it will be a game that hopefully will allow us to take a lot of frustration out from this season.””We want to just take it to them, but not in a bad way,” Duerst continued with a grin. “I think our team has some anger and we really need a win right now to turn things around. It should be fun.”Though the Badgers are hoping to have a lot of chances to score, the question remains whether they can last the full 90 minutes against the Phoenix.This season, Duerst has repeatedly said his team has only played 45 minutes of soccer. Thursday, he hopes for the full 90 minutes of aggressive play. He also wants to see his players play with heart and determination.”I hope to see our players play with love and passion because that is what this is all about,” Duerst said.last_img read more

Women’s soccer returns home after tough road loss

first_imgUSC will look to get back to its winning ways as it takes on Washington State Thursday at McAlister Field for a 3 p.m. kickoff and Washington Sunday at 1 p.m. Cal capitalized on virtually every opportunity from start to finish, scoring three times on 10 attempts. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking has 9 goals so far this season — the second most on her team after junior forward Tara McKeown. She also has four assists. ( Yannick Peterhans / Daily Trojan) “I think we’re going to take it one game at a time and work on things we need to work on going into the postseason,” Hocking said. “We’ll be fine.”  USC will have the week to try to hit the reset button before facing two of the highest ranked teams in the Pac-12. Washington State ranks No. 4 and Washington comes in at No. 2 in the conference. “I didn’t think we matched the competitiveness they brought to the game,” McAlpine said in an interview with USC Athletics. “As such, they were able to capitalize on all the mistakes that we made.” This has been a trend for the Trojans in games where they have fallen behind. No one doubts the Trojans’ talent and skill, but at times it seems as though USC’s competitive play takes a while to get going. The Trojans have won their last five matches against the Cougars and their last three against the Huskies, but the team’s focus is on the present.  The No. 7 USC women’s soccer team is preparing for its final home games of the regular season against No. 18 Washington State and No. 12 Washington.  “We’re not playing the best we can,” she said. “After the Cal loss, I think that was kind of a wake up call for us. We’re not there yet, we need to work on a lot of things to get where we want to be.”center_img Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking said the loss to the Bears should kick the Trojans into high gear The Trojans are coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss to Cal Friday in Berkeley. It was USC’s first loss to the Bears in two seasons and the first time the high-scoring Trojan offense has been shutout this season.  There are no cakewalks in the Pac-12 this season. It has been one of the tougher years in the conference’s history, with all but one team boasting a record over .500 and eight schools ranked in the Top 40 according to RPI rankings.  The Trojans switched goalkeepers in the second half, as head coach Keidane McAlpine brought in former Pac-12 Keeper of the Year redshirt junior Kaylie Collins to replace sophomore Anna Smith. Collins saw her first action since suffering an injury in August and allowed two goals in the second half as Cal padded its lead on its way to the upset win.  Hocking said it will be crucial for USC to approach the remainder of its schedule one game at a time instead of looking ahead to the playoffs.  “For the rest of the season, we’re just really focused on each game,” Hocking said. “Taking each game one game at a time, and really focusing for the Washington State game.” The Trojans have struggled this season on the road with an overtime win, an overtime tie and now a loss in six games away from McAlister Field. USC will be happy to be back at home where it has been dominant, outscoring opponents a combined 11-5. The race for the Pac-12 championship may be out of reach for the Trojans, who have two losses already in conference play and are looking up at a terrific Stanford team holding first place. Still, USC’s confidence in its future success has not wavered.last_img read more

Race “Wings for Life World Run” to be held in four BH Cities on Sunday

first_imgGroup race “Wings for Life World Run” will be held for the second year in a row in BiH, and for the first time in four BH cities, on Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. Last year, it was organized only in Sarajevo but one of the most prominent events in the world will be also held in Mostar, Zenica and Tuzla this year. More than 400 registered participants will start the most beautiful story of “Wings for Life World Run” with mobile applications. Runners will be able to run in a group with a mobile application.“Wings for Life World Run” is a specific type of race. Participants start running at the same time at several locations all around the world. Some of them start at midnight, others at noon, but half an hour after the race starts, a vehicle (interceptor) is started in all locations in the world. The interceptors then come after runners and eliminate them from the race. The winner is the one who is the last to run in front of the interceptors.Around 120 participants have been registered for the race in the city of Neretva, mainly younger people. Moreover, about 100 participants are registered for the race in the city of Zenica. Of course, there is a lot of interest in the Wings for Life World Run race in Tuzla, and there are about 100 registered participants in that city for now. When it comes to Sarajevo, more than 100 people confirmed their participation. Vedad Ibisevic, former BH football representative invited everyone to submit their application for this race and run with the application.” This is a global story and I believe that it is a big thing for group racing to be organized through application. I would like to invite all people to apply and become part of such a great story,” stated Ibisevic.If you would like to be part of the most beautiful story this year, you can register at http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/int/en/. For group running in BiH click HERE.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Women’s Soccer League roundup

first_imgThe scores from standard league play from the past week are as follows:Fort Motors 7 Alchoballics 1D & D 1 Ironhide 0- Advertisement -Royal Rebels 5 Vipers 3Vipers 1 The Crush 0Highmark 7 Energetic 0Advertisement Highmark 6 Crush 0D & D 5 Ironhide 1Maxim 3 AltaGas 0Richmond 3 Sharp 0Vipers 3 Energetic 2Advertisement Highmark 7 Alchoballics 1 D & D 6 Sharp 0Richmond 2 AltaGas 0 Fort Motors 1 Vipers 0 Royal Rebels 7 Alchoballics 1 Advertisement Games continue this week for the ladies of the Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League with games on Friday and Sunday. Below are the scores from the Icebreaker Tournament:Fort Motors 2 Icebreakers 0 Ironhide 8 Maxim 3Royal Rebels 2 Energetic 0Advertisementlast_img read more

More murders in The Bahamas over the weekend two men dead

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 16, 2017 – Two more people were killed in The Bahamas in shootings over the weekend including last night on West Street in Nassau Police on both New Providence and Grand Bahama are investigating homicides as the killing spate seems unending. Midday on Sunday a shooting in South Beach, Nassau resulted in two men being hospitalized; one in stable, one man was seriously injured. On Grand Bahama Island, Forbisher Drive and Weddel Avenue on Saturday night was the scene of the crime where a man was found dead, police would soon confirm gunshot wounds to the head and body of that man identified as Corderold Wallace. Another shooting in Freeport has resulted in a 26 year old man being in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital. The man was shot in the International Bazaar, according to reports. Related Items:#murderrate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Souness not fully convinced by Fabinho at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool legend Graeme Souness still has some doubts over Fabinho, despite his recent promising displaysThe Brazilian midfielder arrived at Anfield last summer for £43.7m from AS Monaco, but struggled to break into the team at the beginning.Nowadays though, Fabinho has become a prominent member of the Liverpool squad and was praised for his impressive performance in their 3-1 win over Manchester United last month.But Souness still has some surprise doubts over the 25-year-old.“I believe Liverpool will bounce back,” Souness wrote in his Sunday Times column.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“They don’t have what I would call milky players. Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita.“I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.“He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.“Liverpool have a team that is well equipped to deal with the challenges coming their way.”Jurgen Klopp’s side will take on Wolves in the FA Cup tonight at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

One Organizations Vision For Sprucing Up Houston

first_img Share 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterScenic Houston recently completed improvements on Broadway Street near Hobby Airport.Scenic Houston’s efforts near Hobby Airport included the planting of 400 trees. The group also installed new lighting and crosswalks. The organization’s Harry Masterson says they’re now getting calls from other neighborhoods that also want to beautify. Masterson says Houston has a lot of nice places, like Discovery Green and Hermann Park. But traveling between the city’s attractions, you’ll see spots that aren’t so pretty. “What we’re trying to do is make it easier for people to beautify those strips between these great assets the city has,” says Masterson.   But Masterson says to make those improvements, the challenge is always money. “We’d really like to see corporations take that role again and not feel criticized by shareholders or something for being part of the community,” adds Masterson. “It’s really an investment in the community.”Scenic Houston raised over $6 million for its recent improvements along Broadway Street. last_img read more

Color Laser Prices Limbo Lower to 299

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens September 6, 2007 2 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Just when you think that color-laser printer prices can’t get any lower, they do. Dell’s new Color Laser Printer 1320c debuts at the top of our chart this month, with a killer price and competent overall performance. Its most notable achievement: surprisingly smooth photo quality for a low-end laser. Its major drawback: tiny, pricey toner cartridges. Replacing all four of them at once could cost almost as much as the printer itself (though that’s not an unusual phenomenon; many inexpensive color lasers’ toner sets cost as much as or even more than the printer itself).You’ll get a better cost per page out of the other new arrival, the fourth-place Brother HL-4040CN; it also boasts supercrisp text quality (a bit better than the Dell’s). Neither printer is particularly expandable, but that’s the price you pay for the price you pay.Find the Very Latest Printer ChartsClick on the links below for the latest online printer rankings or a comprehensive list of all printers we’ve tested.Most current Top Inkjet Printers chartMost current Top Multifunction Printers chartMost current Top Monochrome Laser Printers chartMost current Top Color Laser Printers chartAll Printers Listen Nowlast_img read more