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First Official Contest Dates Moved Up In Six Fall Sports

first_imgThe IHSAA Board of Directors approved 13 rules proposals, five failed and one was tabled for further study during its annual review of the By‐Laws and Articles of Incorporation Monday morning in Indianapolis.Chief among them were a pair of 19‐0 votes approving changes to the first official contest dates in six fall sports – boys tennis, girls and boys cross country, girls and boys soccer and volleyball.Submitted by Commissioner Bobby Cox on behalf of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA), the changes to Rules 50 and 101 move up the opening dates of competition in those sports by two days from Monday of Week 7 to Saturday of Week 6 giving those teams an extra Saturday to schedule potential contests if they choose. The rule goes into effect immediately.2017 IHSAA Board Fall Sportslast_img read more

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UW shifts into 2nd gear with playoffs approaching

first_imgSophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel (front) and Co. will look to extend their season when they open up the first round of the WCHA playoffs at home Friday at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]It feels like a completely different season.Looking back on the Badgers’ atrocious 1-7-2 start to the 2012-13 season, it’s hard to imagine how quickly things can change. Sure, October and November don’t seem so far away in retrospect, but now, by mid-March, that 10-game streak started about five months ago.It’s been 26 games since that fateful 4-2 home loss to Minnesota State capped one of the most heart-wrenching starts to a season. Twenty-six games. That’s 13 weekends of hockey, plus two weeks off for break. It’s been three and a half months since the Badgers essentially hit rock bottom.“Regardless of where they end up in the season, you always have storms that appear on your journey,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “Our storms just came right out of the gate and they were big storms. Our ship could have sunk then, but with the leadership we had in the locker room and the coaches and that leadership working together, we persevered through that tough time and picked up a very precious commodity: resilience.”Since it’s end, no. 14 Wisconsin turned that ugly start into a 17-12-7, 13-8-7 WCHA season. With that record, they finished fourth in the conference and will host their first playoff series in three years.Looking back on Nov. 24, 2012 after their seventh loss, the Badgers weren’t sure they would be able to be where they are today – in fact junior forward Michael Mersch admitted they probably didn’t think they could at all, at the time.But with a little perseverance, persistence and resiliency Wisconsin started to win – and won big going on an impressive 11-game unbeaten streak and an 11-game conference unbeaten streak, ultimately claiming the fourth place finish they were expected to have in preseason predictions.“We never really lost hope and we just kept on battling,” sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel said. “We knew that it was going to be a tough road ahead of us, but we all knew that we could do it. I think that’s what attributed to us being able to be in the position we are right now, from second-to-last in the league at the start of the year to finishing in fourth place – which is pretty special on our part.”It wasn’t just resiliency that helped the Badgers finish the regular season sitting fourth in the WCHA. At the beginning of the season, Wisconsin implemented a new forecheck and different offensive system.While these aspects certainly took some time getting comfortable with, both the offense and defense have found their groove – leading to UW’s recent success.“Both have gotten so much better since the start of the season,” Rumpel said. “At the start, both our defense and offense, and myself, struggled a little bit. Towards midseason our defense started getting a lot stronger -which helped me out – and coming into the home stretch here our offense has picked up quite a bit.“Coming into playoffs is when you want your team to be at your best and I think we’re at that right now.”Over the course of those streaks and the push toward the post season over the final games of the season, the Badgers have admittedly been playing desperate. Every weekend has had some sort of impact on their postseason hopes and keeping those hopes alive – whether it was a potential boost in the PairWise rankings or a much needed three-point weekend from a conference opponent.That being said, Wisconsin started fighting for its season Nov. 30 at Denver and has played with a playoff mentality ever since.Now, with the playoffs finally upon them, Wisconsin isn’t changing pace.“We’ve been rolling, we just have to keep rolling,” Eaves said.But where the Badgers had room to lose a game in the regular season, there isn’t leeway this weekend – something Mersch was keen to point out.“We’ve lost a few games, obviously,” Mersch said. “Now it’s coming down to the time of the season where you can’t lose. We have to take those out of our repertoire and keep winning.”Kicking off their postseason, the Badgers host the UMD Bulldogs (14-17-5, 10-13-5 WCHA) – a team they have only seen once this season. When the Badgers squared off with the Bulldogs, it was the second week of the season, Oct. 26-27, 2012. UW took game one 2-0 – its only win in its 1-7-2 stretch – and tied game two, 2-2.Four and half months later Wisconsin considers Minnesota-Duluth to be just as different as it is.“It’s two different teams at this point,” Eaves said. “They have a young team that’s grown up a lot. The guys that are the most of an offensive threat are their young kids. They’re not freshmen anymore. They’ve played in all key situations, and they have talent. We need to be ready for that.”While the Badgers prepare to host UMD for the first time this year in only their second meeting of the season – in the playoffs no less – UW is just happy to return home for postseason play, a luxury which a majority of the team has never experienced.“It’s a little bit of a relief to the point that we haven’t done it before,” Mersch said. “It’s a good feeling after the 1-7-2 start that we had, but it doesn’t mean much unless we play well and have a couple wins this weekend.”last_img read more

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Kyrie Irving causing problems in Brooklyn? Nets’ Jarrett Allen shoots down mood swing rumors

first_img“He acts like a normal teammate,” Allen said. “People say that he has mood swings, but that’s a complete lie. He wants to see us succeed and do well if anything.”MORE: Irving opens up on personal struggles with CelticsESPN’s Stephen A. Smith brought concerns back to the surface on a recent episode of “First Take” during a discussion about Boston’s impressive start. After Max Kellerman pointed out how well the Celtics have played without Irving, Smith noted there are already rumblings about Irving’s attitude.”I am not hearing good things about Kyrie in Brooklyn,” Smith said. “I’m talking about — you’re hearing, you’re just hearing about the mood. People are putting stuff out there. I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t know how accurate it is. But I am telling — if Kyrie’s listening — I am telling you there is stuff circulating out there about him from an attitude perspective.”Irving, who has missed Brooklyn’s last three games with a shoulder injury, dismissed a separate ESPN report from earlier this season that detailed the team’s discomfort regarding his “infamous mood swings.””Who cares what ESPN or anyone says?” Irving said back in October. “I love myself. I love my family. I love my friends. I love playing basketball… I kind of expect that at this point, for everybody to say things like that. And I’m going to keep on smiling and doing me. I’m happy where I am, and that comes with it I guess. Jarrett Allen is coming to the defense of his point guard.The Nets center addressed rumors about Kyrie Irving on Thursday as part of a Bleacher Report AMA. Allen was asked how Irving acts in the locker room, a constant topic of conversation following Irving’s tumultuous 2018-19 season with the Celtics. “They try to tear down some of the most peaceful people in the world, still, to this day, so it’s gonna happen.”The Nets will certainly continue to monitor Irving throughout the year, but they have bigger issues at the moment. Brooklyn is just 6-8 overall and has lost four of its last six games heading into Friday night’s contest against the Kings. In addition to Irving, the Nets are also waiting on the return of Caris LeVert, who will likely be out until mid-December following thumb surgery.Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson has the tough task of guiding this group through an early rough patch — and staying on the same page with Irving should any issues arise.last_img read more