Senior Knight leads final charge into postseason

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldWinning back-to-back championships is an incredibly tough feat in any sport. It takes players with extraordinary skill and leadership to accomplish such a achievement.The Wisconsin women’s hockey team eagerly awaits that very challenge this postseason. The team will play just two more regular season series before seeking its second straight National Championship, which would mark an unprecedented five championships in seven seasons for the Badgers.If the Badgers hope to have success this postseason the team will look to lean on the leadership and play of senior forward Hilary Knight, who boasts incredible amounts of extremely valuable hockey experience at the collegiate and international level. Knight has been through it all during her career at Wisconsin, especially her freshman year when she was second on the team with 20 goals but endured the devastation of losing the NCAA championship game to Minnesota-Duluth.“I had that [loss] as a motivation coming in my sophomore year, knowing I need to work harder and bring more to the table than my freshman year,” Knight said. “I think looking back on my freshman year, it was a good learning experience, but I kind of feel like I let myself down.”Knight recalled the season as “exciting” but a “heartbreaker” at the same time. Nevertheless, she played a vital role in UW’s championship season the following year, leading the nation with 45 goals.“We were an unstoppable team that year and it was just a lot of fun playing with Angie Keseley (2005-09) and Erika Lawler (2005-09),” Knight said. “Those two really guided me through my collegiate career.”Knight played for the U.S. Senior National Team in high school and the annual Four Nations Cup, but she added to her international experience the following year by representing the U.S. in the Olympics. She took an entire year off from school to train and perform in the Olympics, assuring herself another two years of eligibility at Wisconsin.“It was a huge learning experience; definitely a lot of those girls took me under their wing and the Wisconsin combination [of players] over there definitely helped bring [my play] back to the collegiate level,” Knight said.“The Olympic year where she got to train and practice with the best players certainly elevated her game to a new height,” head coach Mark Johnson said.Johnson has seen vast growth and improvement in Knight’s game through the duration of her career.“She’ll be the first to tell you she’s gotten better,” Johnson said. “You got to give her credit. She’s been very dedicated to conditioning and off-ice training, working hard in practices. The nice thing for her is she’s gotten opportunities to play in the international level whether the Four Nations [Cup], the Olympics, those type of things.”Knight joked that returning to academics at Wisconsin was more difficult than returning to collegiate play from the Olympics. She certainly didn’t show any jetlag from her year away, leading the nation with 47 goals on her way to her second national title just one year ago.“Her preparation has been very, very strong for a long time and when she’s gotten opportunities she’s made the most of them,” Johnson said. “We’ve certainly enjoyed the four years she’s played at Wisconsin.”Knight now closes in on the end of her long career as a Badger, one marked with consistent dominance and development into a team leader. As the team captain, Knight will utilize her experiences to teach her younger teammates how to prepare for the high-pressure situations that come with the playoffs.“When it gets to playoff time, people try doing more than they’ve been doing all year,” Knight said. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can definitely take away from the steady play that we’ve been expecting from each player throughout the year. So [we] just make sure each of our players is calm and ready to go.”Even though Knight is the all-time leading goal scorer at Wisconsin and has national championships to call her own, the senior continues to eye the ultimate prize in college hockey with even more desire then her previous two.“I want to win a national championship, and I don’t think anyone in our room will tell you that they don’t,” Knight said. “As a senior, I think it’s even more memorable because it’s my last run at it and we definitely want to go out with a win in our last game because that’s important to us. Whatever we have to do, we’re going to do it in order to win.”last_img read more

Player welfare concerns raised again

first_imgPhoto: Tipperary GAA While Clare footballer Ciaran Russell played 6 games in 12 days – but fatigue took hold during the final game and he was taken off at half time.Damien Lawlor, selector with the Tipp U20’s, says he doesn’t want what happened to these players to happen to his… The issue of player welfare is again raising it’s head in the GAA.It comes as many of Tipp’s inter-county players are playing league, as well as college Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup games.Kerry’s David Clifford – in his first year of college in Tralee IT, played 3 games in 7 days, resulting in a hamstring injury.last_img read more

J. Richard ‘Dick” Segraves, 91, Mayfield: Aug. 31, 1923 – July 13, 2015

first_imgDick SegravesA life well lived, Richard ‘Dick’ Segraves died peacefully at his home in rural Mayfield on Monday evening July 13, 2015.Dick was born on August 31, 1923 in Broken Arrow, OK to Jim and Mable (Little) Segraves. Dick attended school in Corbin and Caldwell, graduating from Caldwell High School in 1941.Dick served n the U. S. Navy from 1943 – 1946. In July of 1944 he earned his private pilot’s license while stationed in Kokomo, Indiana. In later years he worked in the aircraft industry, first at Boeing, then as a partner in Machine Products. He enjoyed his flying years, owning two airplanes, a J3 Cub and an Ercoupe.Dick had a life-long love of fast pitch softball. Always on a team or two from Kokomo to Wichita, Corbin, and finished his career in Mayfield. Oh, the miles he traveled and people he met. What fun!He spent many years working on the Sumner County Sheriff Reserve. He also enjoyed bass fishing with his brothers and nephews. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the grandkids play sports and rarely missed an event.Dick and Betty Downing were married June 10, 1956 in Mayfield. This union was blessed with two daughters, Debbie Horsch and Dawna Whaley. He was a member of the Mayfield Federated Church and in past years he was an elder in the church. Dick was a faithful and good father and husband. He will be missed.He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Mable Segraves, brother, Carl (Bud) Segraves, and an infant sister.Survivors include his wife, Betty S. Segraves, of Mayfield; daughters, Debbie (Dane) Horsch and Dawna Whaley; grandchildren, Shanna (Clint) Naquin, Deric (Leslie) Tibbs, Dalton Whaley, and Colton Whaley; great grandchildren, Kailey Klein, Kannon Klein, Tyler Naquin, Addelyn Tibbs and Hailey Tibbs; brother Dale (Pat) Segraves; sister, June (Bruce) Dill; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Hershey.Funeral Services will be held at the Mayfield Federated Church on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Val Warman will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m.Memorials have been established with the Mayfield Softball Association and the Caldwell Alumni Association. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Probation for Mason City man who harbored a 15-year-old runaway

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s a suspended prison sentence and probation for a Mason City man charged with harboring a runaway.18-year-old Devyn Belseth was charged on December 6th after Mason City police allege that he allowed a 15-year-old girl to stay at his home multiple times after she was reported missing in October. The girl was finally located in December.Belseth pleaded guilty last month to a charge of harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent. Judge Karen Salic this week sentenced Belseth to a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended, and placed him on two years probation.last_img read more

UMU Pursues Academic Excellence under New President

first_imgDr. Albert B. Coleman, the newly appointed President of the United Methodist UniversityAs dominate enrollment at 61%Dr. Albert B. Coleman, the newly appointed President of the United Methodist University (UMU) says it is interesting to have 61 percent of enrollment at the institution account for women while men account for 39 precent.According to him, there are many more women in Universities today, because of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s tireless efforts in attracting more girls in school.“When I go out of country, people congratulate us for having more girls in our institution,” he recalls.In an interview with Daily Observer shortly after his appointment as President of the university, Dr. Coleman disclosed that his main focus is to ensure that the institution achieves academic excellence and improves academic programs, making the institution recognized both locally and internationally.Dr. Coleman said to make the institution recognized, he will ensure that the learning environment is conducive, by employing qualified faculty with attractive salaries and reduce the numbers of part-time instructors.He said when he took over as acting president of UMU, 95 percent of the instructors were part-time, while 5 percent were on a full time basis.“My hope is that over the next couple of years we will be able to reduce that [percentage] as low as possible. The reason for that is this whole idea of moonlighting — running from one university to the other. Instructors are not spending more time with the student to give the necessary instruction,” Dr. Coleman said. “We are doing an assessment on the credentials of all our instructors so we are asking everyone to bring in theirs.”He said “we are looking for PHD and Master Degree holders. BSc holders could be teacher assistants. When we got there a number of the teachers were BSc holders and, the institution being a university, a BSc cannot teach BSc.”Dr. Coleman said to have those kinds of instructors the institution wants; UMU needs to set up a staff development program to have teachers study abroad through scholarships from other universities and the Methodist office in New York.“As we speak, we just sent one of our instructors to Kenya, so we are planning that every year we can take three to four instructors for study,” he said.Dr. Coleman thanked the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMU of Liberia, Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr., for his preferment after serving as interim President of the UMU, following th election of Prof. Johnson N. Gwaikolo, Dr. Coleman’s predecessor, was elected to the House of Representatives in October 2017.Prior to his appointment, Dr. Coleman served UMU as Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2015, responsible to provide leadership for all academic programs in support of the university’s mission to enhance academic excellence.Before joining the United Methodist University, (UMU) he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Education through a World Bank contract. In this position he supported and coordinated the improvements in the Education Sector and assisted in coordinating and enhancing donors’ confidence for resources mobilization.Dr. Coleman served as Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy with Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia, U.S.A. There, he was responsible for providing strategies and understanding to local CIS affiliates in building relationships with federal and state elected officials and offices in order to increase their awareness and create funding opportunities that will support and enhance efforts to reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate in Georgia.Prior to this position, he served as Director for Community Development, responsible for the expansion of the CIS concept in Georgia and ensuring training and technical assistance were provided to local CIS programs in the area of Community Development.Dr. Coleman was also responsible for Federal Grants, which were passed through to local CISGA affiliates. In 1975, Dr. Coleman completed his B.Sc. in Education at Cuttington University College (now Cuttington University), Suakoko, Bong County and later matriculated to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, U.S.A., where he completed his M.Sc. in Teacher Education and PhD in Educational Administration. He brings his passion for quality education to the UMU to help improve academic excellence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more