Registration Available For 5K That Benefits Batesville’s Trails

first_imgRegistration forms available in multiple locations around town. (Image: Batesville Liberty Park/Liberty Trail/Brum Woods Facebook Page)Pre-registration forms are now available for a walk/run that benefits the trail system in Batesville.The Mayors Youth Council is sponsoring the 2nd annual Trail Trek 5K on the morning of the Applefest, Sept. 28.The event is open to walkers and runners of all ages. Participants have the option of taking either the 1.75 mile route or the 5K.Pre-registration forms are currently available at the Batesville Memorial Building, along the trail route, or at forms can be mailed or dropped off at the Memorial Building. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family of three or more. The Trail Trek starts at 9:00 a.m. and registration forms will also be available the morning of the race.Proceeds go to Batesville’s Trail Fund for future improvements and maintenance.last_img read more

With retooled shot, Brendan Curry assumes larger role

first_imgBefore his college lacrosse trainees return home for the summer, shooting coach Torre Kasemeyer spends his Saturday nights watching game film. He calls players on Sunday with feedback and they discuss off-season goals. Through five games, Kasemeyer saw the same themes in Brendan Curry’s game. The sophomore saw himself as a facilitator, Kasemeyer said, and his speed often forced slides and opened passing lanes.With a quick first step, Curry could always shoot on the run. But what if he modified his release motion, changed the pacing of his stride and stepped into slides?“You can be a 20 goal scorer and stay where you are,” Kasemeyer said. “Or you can be close to a 30 and pick this up.”When Curry left campus for the summer, SU head coach John Desko told the rising sophomore to improve his shooting. He favored a sidearm on the run shot, and still does sometimes in moving situations. Last year, Curry had played hero for Syracuse against North Carolina when he scored two goals in the final minutes of regulation and assisted the overtime winner. But Kasemeyer saw the opportunity for Curry to build on his usual sweep down the right alley. And that training — combined with an injury to midfielder Tucker Dordevic — vaulted Curry’s production to a projected second-team All-American midway through the season while leading the midfield in points (27) ahead of the Orange’s game on Saturday against North Carolina.“My shooting’s been subpar,” Curry said after scoring on one of 12 shots against Duke. “I’m getting a lot of shots off and they’re not really falling, not all of them so I just got to keep working on that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurry’s worked with Kasemeyer since his freshman of high school at Calvert Hall College (Baltimore) High School, where Kasemeyer is the team’s offensive coordinator. Kasmeyer noted Curry’s biggest improvement since he’s first met him was strength development, but this summer he coupled that with technical practices. Over the past summer, Curry worked with Kasemeyer through Gotskillz Lacrosse, where Kasemeyer trains lacrosse’s top shooters.This year, Curry’s moved his hands further away from his body to elongate the shooting motion, therefore generating more power. Kasemeyer compared it to a rubber band: the further back you pull the band, the more velocity upon release.Curry’s shooting motion is different, too. With time and space, Curry’s shooting more overhand. It provides more options in changing planes, Kasemeyer said, like starting with a stick high and shooting the ball low, or starting with the stick on the right and shooting to the left. Shooting overhand also limits the goalie’s ability to read the shot’s direction. When the shot comes from the side, the goalie can follow it all the way through the motion. When it’s overhand, the goalie can’t see the ball until it’s being released.“You usually try to go far pipe,” Curry said, “change your plan, drop your shoulder a little bit.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorKasemeyer had Curry perform normal shooting on the run drills, but instead of traveling six or seven yards in a few strides after catching the ball, Curry stretched his steps. Stepping eight or nine yards in the same amount of paces meant a bigger step into his motion. Over the course of the off-season, Kasemeyer estimated Curry went from shots in the upper 80s to the low 90s in miles per hour.In Syracuse’s most recent game against Cornell, Curry caught a pass about 14 yards out from the goalie. With a moment before a defender came, he switched from his left hand to his right and stomped nearly three yards forward. His stick swung through and rocketed the ball into the left corner of the net.“He’s got a good first step,” Desko said. “He’s got good speed after the first step which gives him distance from the defender. And the bottom line then is, hit the back of the net. And I think he worked hard at that.”And there’s more to add to his game. Kasemeyer thinks with Curry’s speed, which forces defenses to slide, and the more powerful shot he could be scoring six or seven points a game. Curry wasn’t fond of his 1-of-12 shooting performance against Duke, despite scoring the game winner.Kasemeyer wants to work on inverting Curry, meaning he’d dodge from an attack spot though playing midfield. And he wants him to learn the step-down shot once more, this time left handed.“I think he’s a world team guy,” Kasemeyer said. “I’ve said since his junior year of high school, his game is tailored made for it and he doesn’t do anything but get better every year.” Comments Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Four Wellington USD 353 teachers at state capitol this weekend as statehouse legislators hammer out school finance bill

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 331 weeks ago I like the new write up and hope it gets schools back on track. If teachers do their job they have nothing to fear with the new funding law. I have never been in favor of tenure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Credence · 331 weeks ago Welcome to the world of private employment! No one in the private sector receives “tenure” and are subject to dismissal under the right to work law. Employment at will allows both employers and employees to terminate employment without notice. In the private sector employees are evaluated on a regular basis and their continued employment can be affected by their personal evaluations unlike the public sector. Also few if any employees receive employment contracts so their positions are not secure due to contract obligations. I have never been in favor of the tenure protection provided to teachers. I understand the concern about the “political” issues, but employees in the private sectors also face these same issues. Having said that, I also believe teachers deserve more in the way of compensation, but it should be based on measurable criteria, just as it is in the private sector. I do not begrudge anyone for trying to get all they can but there has to be some accountability and some concern for those paying the bill. As I understand it, education consumes over 60% of the state budget now. I have no problem paying more taxes for teachers compensation or education in general, but I also believe there has to be accountability for how these tax dollars are spent. Every year we hear the same song that we need to spend more for education, but at some point we are going to reach our limit on how much more we can pay. Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four teachers representing Wellington USD 353 were in attendance at the Kansas State Capitol this weekend as part of a large contingency of Kansas National Education Association who were there as the Kansas House and Senate haggled over a school finance bill.Those attending from Wellington include:•Linda Ballard, Walnut Valley UniServ President,•Brenda Gray Wellington NEA President,•Cynthia Tracy Wellington NEA Vice- President and Sarah House, and member of the 2014/2015 WNEA Negotiations team.Over 475 Local KNEA Delegates were represented. The House voted 67-55 against a bill aimed at answering a state Supreme Court ruling that found wealth disparities between property-rich and property-poor school districts. Teachers at the Kansas State Capitol today.last_img read more

Costs to Cerro Gordo County taxpayers to go up as autopsies to no longer be performed locally

first_imgMASON CITY — It could cost Cerro Gordo County taxpayers an additional $100,000 a year to perform autopsies as they no longer are being done locally. Pathology Associates of Mason City recently notified the county that due to staffing shortages, they no longer have the ability to perform autopsy services locally. The county’s director of administrative services Tom Meyer says all autopsies will now be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, meaning the cost per autopsy for the county will go from $1500 to $1800, plus the county will also have to pick up the additional transportation costs.   “With their smaller staff size and then now the transport down from Mason City to Ankeny, based on past autopsies that have been done, we’ll probably see a budget increase of probably just over $100,000 between all the different costs that will now be entailed in this situation.” An autopsy must be performed when the primary concern is to determine whether the death resulted from disease, from injury, or a combination of the two. Cerro Gordo County was one of the few counties left in Iowa where autopsies were being performed locally. Meyer says if the staffing shortage situation improves in the future with Pathology Associates, they may consider once again doing local autopsies.  “We spoke to them about that. I think their plan is…I don’t know in this field how tight the market is as far as finding people…but there hope is to add people I would imagine by the end of next year. If they get to that place, I think they would consider doing them again.” Counties are required by Iowa law to pick up the costs of autopsies. Supervisor Tim Latham commented about the added cost to the county now that they’ll be performed in Ankeny.   He says when looking through the claims that the supervisors approve each week, it bugged him that some of the people knew they had been sick for a long time, had cancer or some other ailment. “We’re still spending $1500 to have an autopsy done. I guess that’s something that we’ll have to take up with the legislators to look at changing that, because it’s a burden to the county.” Meyer responded that the county performed  about 130 autopsies in 2018. The Board of Supervisors today approved new guidelines and protocols for the use of “medical examiner investigators” in the county. They also approved appointing Angela Konrad as the county’s Chief Medical Examiner, as well as former Mason City police officer Frank Stearns as a Medical Examiner Investigator.last_img read more