Nigel Hayes finally looked like an All-American.Unfortunately for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, they needed him to be a superhero Wednesday night.While the junior forward looked absolutely unstoppable at times, Hayes’s 32 points were simply not enough to avoid the upset, as the Badgers were unable to hold off UW-Milwaukee, losing 68-67 after a Bronson Koenig three-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.It was a tale of two halves, as the Badgers came out active and aggressive in the first period, starting the game on a 12-3 run as a product of good outside and determined offensive rebounding.And while the Badgers were unable to really extend their lead, they didn’t let the Panthers crawl back into the game, as they never held a lead under nine points after that moment in the first 20 minutes. At the end of the half, Wisconsin had a comfortable 40-29 lead.A big part of that was Wisconsin’s work on the defensive end, as they allowed UWM to shoot just 29.6 percent from the field and limited their second-chance opportunities. The Badgers ended the half winning the rebound margin 25-13.The second half was a different story, as it was UWM that came out hot, opening the half on a quick 7-0 run. The Badgers lacked the urgency and aggressive play they had to start the first half.“We said that in the locker room at halftime, that the first four minutes of the second half would determine the rest of the game,” Hayes said. “We didn’t come out with a big enough sense of urgency.”But it didn’t take long for Wisconsin to counter, as a Hayes layup and an Ethan Happ dunk brought Wisconsin’s league back to eight and set off what would be a 9-2 run for UW.That dunk gave Happ his fourth double-double of the season with 15:45 still left to play in the game — he finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds — and the Badgers appeared to have regained control of the game after a 9-2 run.But the Panthers would storm back again. This time, even stronger than before, as an 8-0 run brought UWM to within two with around nine minutes remaining, and the Badgers were hanging on for dear life, a situation Hayes said the team was in because they failed to execute a scouting report.“We did not do our job well enough for our coaches who work extremely hard to give us the recipes for wins,” Hayes said. “When you don’t execute, this is what happens.”What happened was with just over three minutes remaining, the Panthers had tied the game, and just a minute later, they had taken the lead, a lead they would hold on to until the final buzzer sounded.UWM road on the coattails of starting point guard Jordan Johnson, who scored a team-high 22 points and dished out four assists in 39 minutes.“[Johnson] was fabulous tonight,” UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. “He really attacked the rim and aligned the giants and really made some plays for us.”Forward and leading scorer Matt Tiby also performed admirably, recording a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes.But despite Milwaukee’s efforts, the Badgers still had one more chance, as they were only down one point following a Koenig triple. On the ensuing inbounds play, UWM was called for a travel after J.J. Panoske mishandled the inbounds pass.Wisconsin was unable to take advantage, as Koenig, who finished with 16 points on a poor 5-of-16 shooting from the field, could not be the hero for a second time in a row, and UWM pulled off the unthinkable.“We were in the double bonus,” Koenig said. “I probably should have drove and got some contact and got to the line.”The Badgers have a quick turnaround, as another in-state rival in Marquette comes to the Kohl Center Saturday with tip-off set for 12:30 p.m.
Jamaicans are either among the world’s most fickle people, or those accustomed to the best of times.Responding to relatively poor performances of Jamaican athletes at the recently concluded London World Championships the comments of some Jamaicans were very ungracious, to say the least. These included the same people who cheered and jumped hoops when Jamaicans had superlative performances at Olympics and World Championships over the past decade.Lulled into high expectationsThere’s no doubt about it. The performance of Jamaican athletes in London was disappointing. It was particularly disappointing because Jamaicans have developed very high expectations. They were lulled into expecting nothing but the best from the legendary Usain Bolt, and the brilliance of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and more recently Elaine Thompson.Only four medalsIn London, Jamaica won only four medals, the worst medal haul since the 1993 Helsinki World Champs, when Jamaica won three medals. Before Dion Hemmings won gold in the 400 meters hurdles at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Jamaica hadn’t won an Olympic gold medal since 1976 when sprinter Donald Quarrie won gold at the Montreal Olympics.In between, Jamaicans grew accustomed to celebrating bronze and silver medals, or just an athlete making it to an Olympic final.Then since the Athens Olympics in 2004, through intervening Olympics and World Championships to the Rio Olympics in 2016, Jamaica became a team to reckon with especially in the sprints.Father Time and injuriesHowever, in life, time and injuries take their toll. Father-Time reached out its withered hands to embrace the seemingly unbeatable Bolt. His bronze medal in the 100 meters wasn’t so much due to the brilliance of his nemesis Justin Gatlin but from legs grown weary. The same weary legs succumbed to an overburdened muscle just when Bolt seemed he would win his final medal in the 4 x 100 relay.Elaine Thompson ruled women sprints since she won the 100 and 200 meters in the Rio Olympics. However, a troublesome Achilles tendon, and stomach problems prevented her from medaling in the 100 meters, and out of the women sprint relay.KudosKudos go to Omar McLeod who gave Jamaica its only gold medal in London in the 110 meters hurdles; 400 meters hurdler Ristianna Tracey and the women 4 x 100 relay team that won win bronze medals.Where blame is justified is to female quarter-miler Stephanie Ann McPherson who refused to compete on the 4 x 400 meters relay team after a row with another athlete. Most likely her indiscipline cost Jamaica a medal in the relay finals. The young athlete who subbed for her pulled up and was out the race possibly because she was insufficiently warmed-up to run.The onus is now on Jamaica’s athletic officials to ensure utmost discipline be maintained on Jamaican teams.Promise of young athletesDespite the injuries, and under performances at London there’s no reason for Jamaicans to believe the pre-1996 days are back. Many of the young athletes who performed in London although they didn’t medal showed promise of being strong contenders in the near future. Plus, there are young athletes who didn’t make the team to London who excelled in the recent Youth Championships in Kenya and are on the periphery for big games competition.A silver lining, of sorts, in London was performance of Jamaicans in non-traditional events like the men 5,000 meters and women steeplechase. Jamaican made the finals in both these events. Promise was also shown in the women 800 meters, women shot-putt where the athlete barely missed a bronze medal, and men discuss.The London championship managed to shake Jamaican athletics out of complacency. The successes since 2008 lent Jamaica the moniker, “Land of Sprinters,” but this doesn’t mean medals come automatically.To maintain standards set since 2004, the young, promising athletes must commit themselves to relentless training, preparation, and self-discipline. This commitment must also come from coaches, and officials who govern track and field in Jamaica.Jamaican athletes took some serious blows in the London World Championships but they are far from out. To quote a popular Jamaican cliché, “Dem just have fi weel an come again.”
28 Aug 2012 Hertfordshire duo among three new faces in Seniors squad England will parade three new caps in their six-man squad for the European Men’s Seniors Team Championships at Estoril Golf Club on 4th – 8th September. The newcomers, all recent recruits to seniors golf, are John Ambridge (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire) (image © Tom Ward) and Martin Galway (Brighton & Hove, Sussex). They will join England seniors regulars Chris Reynolds (Littlestone, Kent), Alan Squires (Oldham, Lancashire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O) in a powerful line-up seeking to regain the title last won at Fairhaven in 2010. Ambridge has been a long-serving Hertfordshire player and a scratch golfer for many years. He has twice played in the Open Championship and reached the Final Qualifying this year. An extremely keen competitor, he has been Herts county champion three times and runner-up last year. Carter is the current Herts seniors champion and lies third on the Titleist/FootJoy English Seniors Order of Merit. Born in Barbados but domiciled in Britain for 45 years, he is a long-hitter with an unorthodox swing. Finished tied 13th in this year’s English Seniors but was the third best English player in the recent Seniors British Amateur Championship. Galway, in his first year as a senior, made his debut in the Seniors British Open in Wales and finished the second highest English player after closing with a round of 70. A stalwart of Sussex golf, he has been Sussex county champion three times and will be playing for England for the first time at any level. Reynolds has been a senior English international since 2006 and this will be his fifth European Seniors Team Championship, including the title-winning team in 2010. He was English senior champion in 2009 and runner-up for the past three years and a member of the Kent squad that has won the English Seniors County Championship four times in the past five years. Squires has been English seniors champion for the past three years, the first man to achieve such a record. He became a seniors international in 2004 and has played in three European Seniors Team Championships including the winning 2010 side. He has been Lancashire seniors champion on several occasions and was runner-up this year. Stracey made his international debut in the 2009 European Seniors Team Championships and has played twice in the Seniors Home Internationals. A member of the triumphant Kent team for the past three years, he has now switched to BB&O. Is enjoying a highly successful 2012 in which he has won the Welsh Open Seniors, finished joint third in the English and joint fifth in the Scottish Open Seniors and currently leads the Titleist/FootJoy English Seniors Order of Merit. England won the European title in 2009 and 2010 but the GB&I zone teams agreed not to compete last year when Sweden was crowned champions.
UP AND COMING COACH—Pittsburgh native and Langley grad Jamar Harp is pictured with his North Carolina Central University Eagles. by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier On Saturdays, one can find as many as 10,000 screaming fans at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC .Jamar Harp, a 1997 graduate of Langley High School in the West End, sends out his offensive line to do battle. The 32-year-old’s Facebook profile picture indicates that he sometimes revs them up before games. Harp, who attended Duquesne University, is in his first season as offensive line coach and video coordinator at his alma-matter. He comes from the now imploded Broadhead Manor housing project that was noted for its high crime rate and impoverished conditions.“I didn’t really feel comfortable in (Pittsburgh) or at Duquesne any longer,” said the former New Pittsburgh Courier All-City football honoree. “There was a lot of gang violence and activity during my high school years and by the time I’d gotten to Duquesne, I felt like I needed a change.”He spent one year at North Carolina A&T, but did not participate in football. After his 2003 graduation from NC Central, another HBCU, Harp moved on to serve as an intern with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in grad school at Grambling in Louisiana and became a graduate assistant with the football team. That’s where he earned his Master’s of Science in Sports Administration in Spring of 2007.Before he returned to his current position at North Carolina Central, he would be involved with four different organizations, including the Atlanta Falcons as a mobile marketing intern, as well as Howard University and the University of Iowa.Harp was a doctoral candidate at Iowa and served as a graduate assistant for one year, before leaving due to what he described as “racial discrimination issues,” in which—as a result— he has filed suit against the University.“There was a topic I did on Afro-Brazilian soccer players in inner-city areas that was too radical for the University of Iowa,” Harp said in an e-mail. “It’s something that I’m currently turning into a non-profit to promote that style (of the game) in, not only the inner-city, but in the Black community as a whole.”He has proven over his professional career that he is interested in enhancing the lives of young people. One way he’d like to do that is get kids from the Pittsburgh City League to play for him at North Carolina Central.“There are several scholarships available for both lineman and skill positions,” he added. “We already have kids from the league in our radar. We plan to also, whenever possible, make another trip to Pittsburgh and evaluate some kids that would work great in our system.”In order to succeed as a Black coach, Harp advises youth that are interested to not be afraid to expand their horizons and to sacrifice and take risks.“Sometimes in order to be successful, you have to take some steps backwards in order to gain some ground,” Harp said.For a guy that’s traveled as much as he has, Harp’s advice—inevitably—lines up with his approach.(Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Health DepartmentSummer break has ended and another school year is underway. The long lists of school supplies have been purchased and new clothing has replaced what kids outgrew over the summer. Despite buying several bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer for the classroom and teaching your child to wash their hands regularly and cover their cough, there seems little we can do to stop the inevitable rise of illness that comes with the start of a new school year!Even with precautionary measures, there’s a good chance that your child will catch a virus and bring it home to you and the rest of your family in the next couple of months. This is partly because certain viruses are more active in the fall, and partly because kids haven’t developed immunity to many viruses yet, so they trade them back and forth and bring them home to share. So, what can you do to keep your children and family healthy?Your first line of defense against a number of illnesses is immunization. News about pertussis (whooping cough) and measles outbreaks in our state remind us that vaccine-preventable diseases are still around, which underscores the importance of keeping your child’s immunizations up-to-date. Schools in Washington State require written proof of immunization or a physician-signed waiver. Immunizations required for the 2014-15 school year include:Hepatitis BDTaP/DT/Td/Tdap – Immunity from Diphtheria, Tetanus, and PertussisPolioMMR – Measles, Mumps, and RubellaVaricella – or verification the child has had the disease (chicken pox)Yearly seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines are also recommended for children starting at age six months (don’t forget to get yours too).According to the Washington State Department of Health, two of the nine school districts in Thurston County, reported immunization exemption rates between 10 to 20 percent during the 2012-2013 school year. This means that these districts have less “community immunity” to vaccine-preventable diseases and are more likely to be impacted in the event of an outbreak. Community immunity helps keep diseases from spreading.Several options exist today for getting your child vaccinated, making it pretty convenient.Children can get their immunizations at their regular health care provider’s office.Several pharmacies in our community offer immunizations. Details vary so inquire ahead of time regarding cost, insurance, which vaccines are available and the ages of children that they will vaccinate.Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Group Health Cooperative will offer a no-cost clinic for school-required immunizations and influenza vaccination on Saturday, September 20. The clinic will be at Group Health Olympia, 700 Lilly Rd NE, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The clinic is open to all children—not just Group Health members. For more information please visit the Thurston County Health Department web site at: www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/.If your child does get sick, keep them home from school and daycare until they are no longer contagious. If we all work together, we can make this the happiest and healthiest school year ever!For more information, follow Thurston County Health Department on Twitter (@ThurstonHealth) or Facebook.