Batesville man killed in Friday crash

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Friday crash on State Road 46 east of Batesville claimed the life a local man. Police say a car driven by Gerald Heppner, 79, of Batesville, left the roadway for an unknown reason at 3 p.m. and struck a parked vehicle in front of Enneking’s Autobody.Heppner was transported to Margaret Mary Health where died later.The Batesville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Batesville Fire Department, Rescue 10 and Ripley County paramedics responded to the crash.last_img

First-time feature winner Erickson turns focus to rookie points chase

first_img“He had some bad luck at the beginning of the year and I actually passed him when I got the win at Canyon,” Erickson said. “We respect each other but it’s no different than when I’m racing against anyone else.” Erickson had recorded seven top five finishes in 13 starts before topping the March 7 main event at Canyon Speedway Park. He’d been the runner-up in two of the three outings that preceded that first-ever win. Erickson’s father David had raced in a local stock class at Manzanita Speedway. He ran a go-kart for a single season as a youngster, then followed friend Tony Miller into the Northern SportMod class on the final weekend of the 2019 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season. Erickson plans to resume a regular race schedule at home state tracks – Canyon and USA Raceway top his list of favorites. He’ll also chase national rookie and E3 Spark Plugs State points, where his completion will include younger brother and fellow BMS Chassis driver Justin, who will contend for the National Junior Championship as well. “We had kind of a rough start but I really like the competition in the SportMods. They keep you on your toes,” he said. “I got to talk to (2019 national runner-up) Cody Thompson about setup during the tour and I’ve had a lot of fun in this class.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – His career first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win in hand, Clay Erickson can now sharpen his focus on chasing points.center_img Clay Erickson was joined in victory lane by parents Wendy and David following his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod career-first feature win March 7 at Canyon Speedway Park. (Photo by Ben Thrasher) “We were so happy. So many people who have supported us we’re there that night,” he added, “and everybody was excited.” “We had gained a lot of confidence and knew we could run up there. It’s just been a matter of seat time and finishing races,” said Erickson, from Glendale and consistent throughout February’s Arizona Dirt Track Tour. “We’d come close a couple times and it was just a relief to win. We were finally able to finish.” Twenty years old, Erickson works at the family-owned fleet maintenance shop. Among the specials on his late-season calendar is the Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.last_img read more

I-74 Accidents Cause Delays

first_imgState Police report two accidents on I-74 in Southeastern Indiana this afternoon.  One was between New Point and Batesville, where a flatbed lumber truck ran into the ditch, involving entrapment.  Aircare responded and landed on the interstate, resulting in a temporary closure of all eastbound traffic.  The second was a vehicle fire near mile marker 168 (near U.S. 52), which affected westbound traffic.last_img

Harlem Ambassadors bring hoops and hijinks to MDI High School

first_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staff Th e Harlem Ambassadors are set to off er their comedy basketball show on Saturday, April 5 at Mount Desert Island High School.The show features high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks, comedy routines, music, dancing and games. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Lad Majic said. Local challengers, the Island Talent, will take on the visiting team in the game/show. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Diana@harborhousemdi.org or call 207-244-3713.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Biolast_img read more

Class of 2018 power forward Nate Roberts puts Syracuse in final 3

first_imgRoberts is rated as a three-star prospect, according to 247sports.com and is the fifth-ranked player from the state of Maryland.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-9, 210-pound big man from Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy reportedly will take his official visit to Syracuse on Sept. 22. He has already visited Nebraska and Washington, where former SU associate head coach Mike Hopkins is now the head coach.Syracuse currently has two commits in the 2018 class, including Buddy Boeheim, Roberts’ new teammate and son of SU head coach Jim Boeheim. The other is Darius Bazley, ESPN’s No. 9 recruit in the country. Comments Published on September 20, 2017 at 12:42 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Class of 2018 power forward Nate Roberts released his final three schools on his Twitter account Tuesday night. The list includes Syracuse, Washington and Nebraska. #thebigchoice A2L pic.twitter.com/bN3yvOH1fR— #longlivepops (@nateupnext) September 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s soccer closes out home slate against new foes

first_imgIn its final weekend of home games, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team prepares to host conference opponents Rutgers and Maryland, in what will no doubt prove to be two games that could alter where the teams stand in the conference when the Big Ten tournament starts in a couple weeks.Wisconsin (13-2-1, 7-2-1 Big Ten) will play Rutgers (11-2-1, 7-2-1 Big Ten) Friday night, a team that has worked its way up to third place in the Big Ten standings, just behind the Badgers. The Scarlet Knights have been working extremely well together this year, achieving success as a unit rather than relying on individual players, which makes preparing for them difficult, according to UW head coach Paula Wilkins.“[Rutgers] doesn’t really have one weak area to exploit. Collectively, they are a very good team,” Wilkins said.But one potential weakness Wisconsin can exploit is Rutgers’ trouble finishing around the net. The Scarlet Knights have tallied 24 goals in total this season, in contrast to Wisconsin’s 34, along with averaging fewer overall shots than most top competitors in the league. Even the Scarlet Knights’ top scorer Madison Tiernan has scored only five goals this year, while UW’s top goal-scorer Cara Walls is already in the double-digits with her 11 goals.However, with Rutgers trailing UW by only two wins, the Scarlet Knights’ low offensive numbers speak to how consistent the New Jersey squad’s backline has been. While the Badgers boasted a strong defensive unit all season, Rutgers remained neck-and-neck with them since the beginning, with a nearly identical goals-against average and shutout total.“Rutgers isn’t giving up many goals,” Wilkins said. “They have a really good defense, work really hard and are just solid all over the field.”Sunday afternoon Maryland comes out to McClimon Soccer Complex in what will be the final home game for the Badgers. Maryland (5-4-6, 3-2-5 Big Ten) may be sitting a bit lower than Wisconsin and Rutgers in the conference standings, currently occupying seventh place in the Big Ten, but that may be due to its unusually high number of ties. Considering Maryland has the same number of losses on its record as Wisconsin, it’s understandable why Wilkins and the UW roster aren’t taking the Terrapins lightly.In discussing specific strengths of Maryland, Wilkins mentioned that unlike Rutgers, Maryland thrives on its players being able to stand individually.“Maryland is very good with their individual players on the ball, and good at keeping individual possession,” Wilkins said.But when it comes to offense, Maryland looks to be slightly less of a threat than Rutgers. The Terrapins’ top goal-scorer, Shade Pratt, has notched three goals this season out of Maryland’s 17 total goals.Again, when looking at records and seeing that Maryland has fallen to only two conference opponents this season, each goal scored has been an important one.Wilkins seems to think so, saying that this week in practice she had her team work specifically on its defense and holding possession of the ball.“The biggest thing that we’ve been focusing on is … our ball movement and moving on the ball a little quicker,” Wilkins said. “We need to be organized a bit more defensively.”Coming off a big win against Minnesota last weekend, who they hadn’t beaten since 2010, the Badgers will no doubt have the advantage of momentum carrying them into the weekend. Rutgers, meanwhile, will be fresh off a tough loss to Northwestern, with Maryland winless since Oct. 2.Many of Wisconsin’s top point-scorers contributed to the Minnesota win. Sophomore Rose Lavelle racked up three points and Walls tallied two, pointing to signs that the squad is at its peak right now and ready for its two conference opponents.While it might seem like a huge advantage that Wisconsin is hosting these two games at home, potentially giving the bench extra incentive or even just an extra hour of sleep, Wilkins said that at this point in the season and with such a competitive conference, it might not be enough to give UW a leg up.“Any time you get to play in front of your home crowd there’s a positive effect, but [in] these Big Ten games, the margin for error is so narrow, I think home or away right now, it doesn’t have much effect,” Wilkins said.last_img read more

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Djokovic Beats Nadal to Win Record Seventh Title

first_imgDjokovic, 31, won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men’s winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.A forehand winner down the line brought up two championship points, Djokovic taking the second when Nadal clubbed a backhand long.Djokovic, who was the top seed, fell to his knees after sealing another triumph on Rod Laver Arena, smacking the court with both hands and screaming towards the sky.The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him outright third ahead of American Pete Sampras in the all-time list, closing in on Switzerland’s Federer (20) and Nadal (17).Djokovic has now won 13 of his past 16 meetings with Nadal, who has not beaten the Serb on a hard court since the US Open final in 2013.He leads 28-25 in their record 53 meetings between two male players.Djokovic continued his fine record of going on to win the tournament every time he has reached the semi-finals, while Nadal lost for a fourth time in the Melbourne showpiece.The result meant the 2009 winner was unable to become the first man in the Open era to win all the Grand Slams at least twice and was the first time he had lost a major final in straight sets.Djokovic said his clinical semi-final win over French 28th seed Lucas Pouille on Friday was one of his best performances on Rod Laver Arena.Two days later, he surpassed that against the man with whom he shares what many consider to be the greatest male rivalry.Most expected a much closer encounter between the pair, whose previous meeting at Melbourne Park had been the epic 2012 final, which lasted five sets and almost six hours.Quickly it became apparent that a repeat was unlikely in front of a stunned crowd.Djokovic was as close to flawless as he could have been – dominating on serve, controlling the rallies with crisp groundstrokes, rarely making a mistake and showing incredible athleticism around the court.His tally of 34 winners and nine unforced errors highlights how high his level was.The Serb made a fast start by breaking in Nadal’s first service game and, although that was the only break in the opener, the gulf between the players felt much wider.He took his first set point after landing a first serve which Nadal could only bat back into the net, wrapping up the opener in only 38 minutes.More pressure came on Nadal’s serve immediately in the second set, Djokovic eventually going a break up in the fifth game and, after surviving Nadal taking him to deuce in the following game, broke again to leave him serving for a two-set lead.Djokovic then underlined his dominance by firing down three aces to leave him one set away from the title.Another break for a 2-1 lead in the third put Djokovic on his way to a comfortable win, before he fought off a break point in the sixth game and then sealed victory on the Nadal serve.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam yesterday as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.The Serb, rarely troubled on his serve, won 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his biggest victory in a major final over his great rival.Spanish second seed Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one’s intensity and made 28 unforced errors. Novak-Djokoviclast_img read more

COVID-19: Stranded Ghanaian players in Ethiopia arrive in Ghana

first_imgThe Ghanaian players who made a video to complain about being stranded in Ethiopia as a result of the coronavirus induced lockdown have arrived in Ghana, Citi Sports can confirm.With Ghana’s borders closed to international travel since March, 2020, the players had been stuck in Ethiopia for more than two months following the decision of the Ethiopian football federation to cancel 2019/2020 league season on May 5, 2020 andA contingent of 21 players arrived late Friday night via a bus from Lome, having arrived in the Togolese capital with a flight from Addis Ababa early Friday morning.They were immediately taken to the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence in Prampram where they will now undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine.BackgroundOn June 23, 2020, a video surfaced on social media of a group of Ghanaian players led by former Medeama goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe and former Black Stars defender Lee Addy who passionately appealed to government to come to their aide in helping to transport them to Ghana.Ghanaian footballers in Ethiopia appealing to Ghana Gov’t to evacuate them to Accra.Lee Addy, Muntari Tagoe etc pic.twitter.com/opCBKWyf8l— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) June 23, 2020“We beg the government, we are footballers and now our season has been cancelled.“Our teams have sorted us out and we have also squandered all the money with have for food and rent.“On the 30th our rent will also expire.“We have our own return tickets, we are not asking anyone to do anything extraordinary for us.“We beg the officials to come to our aid to rescue us because after our resident permit expires that will further complicate the situation.” Muntari Tagoe said in the video.Lee Addy then revealed that the Ghanaian Embassy in Ethiopia demanded an amount of two thousand US dollars to evacuate a number of Ghanaian players who ply their trade in Ethiopia.“We have made contact with the Ghanaian embassy here and the only thing they are telling us is that we should pay two thousand dollars so that they can put us in a cargo plane.They say unless we do that there is nothing that can be done about our situation,” he explained.Right after the video emerged, GFA President, Kurt Okraku took to social media to assure that his outfit was working closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as the Ghana Embassy in Ethiopia to ensure the players were brought home.It appears the efforts have since yielded results following the players’ arrival on Friday.Aside Tagoe and Lee Addy, other players include Yakubu Mohammed, Abdul Latif Mohammed, Fuseini Nuhu, Alhassan Nuhu, Rahim Osumanu, Aaron Amoah, Edwin Frimpong Manso, Osei Mawuli among a host of others.last_img read more

Griffin, Pierce help LA Clippers get off to good start

first_imgRedick converted a four-point play in the closing seconds of the half, making a shot from the corner while being fouled by Ben McLemore to give the Clippers a 56-46 lead at the break.NotesLance Stephenson made a 3 on his first possession with Los Angeles. He shot 17 percent from 3-point range last season in Charlotte. … The Clippers have won nine straight regular-season road games dating to last season. SACRAMENTO >> Blake Griffin scored 33 points and Paul Pierce endeared himself to his new teammates by putting the Clippers ahead for good with a late jumper in their 111-104 season-opening victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.Chris Paul had 18 points and 11 assists, J.J. Redick scored 15 and the Clippers blew a 15-point lead before surviving for the win.DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 13 rebounds in the Kings’ final season opener at Sleep Train Arena before moving to their new downtown home next season.The Clippers led 89-76 when DeAndre Jordan was called for a questionable fifth foul. Cousins took advantage with a couple of scores inside, and then back-to-back 3-pointers from Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison cut Los Angeles’ lead to 92-88. Omri Casspi followed with another 3 after Jordan returned, and the Kings took their first lead of the night when Rudy Gay scored inside with just under 7 minutes left.The game stayed tight from there. Pierce, playing his first game with L.A., gave the Clippers the lead for good with a fall-away jumper that made it 102-100 with 2:20 left. Gay missed a shot that could have tied the game, and Cousins threw the ball away for his eighth turnover with 1:33 remaining.Paul then threw a lob to Jordan and made a jumper as the Clippers held on.The Kings were looking for improved defense this season after a full training camp under coach George Karl, who took over last February. But the Clippers started fast by making seven of their first eight shots to take a 15-4 lead. The Kings had no answer for Griffin on the defensive end and committed 12 first-half turnovers, allowing the Kings to stay in control.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ontario Lakers has a ring, but does it have a shot at reality?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ontario Lakers. Nice ring to it, no confusion with the L.A. Lakers; no mistaking the level of play.But will it ever come to pass, or be a slam dunk?At the moment, the potential Ontario Lakers are playing as the L.A. D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League. They are one of 18 teams in the minor league circuit, 17 of whom have an affiliation with an NBA team. For openers, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo seats less 400. Of course, the venue also is the practice home for the Lakers, who own the D-Fenders. Actually, the Buss Family Trusts are listed as the owners and we all know who owns the Lakers.The Toyota Center is the smallest facility in the league, which ranges from the 16,000-seat arena in Des Moines to El Segundo. The Bakersfield Jam isn’t that far ahead of the D-Fenders, playing in the 500-seat Dignity Health Event Center.It’s a far cry from what players experienced in college. Of the current players on the D-Fenders roster, guard Andre Ingram played in the smallest college venue, American University’s 4,600-seat Bender Arena. Eloy Vargas played at Kentucky’s 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, which probably has 400 ushers.There is a quiet effort to attract the D-Fenders to Ontario’s 9,000-seat state-of-the-art venue. Currently, it’s the arena holding some discussions with the team’s organization to gauge if there is indeed any interest. If the move is to become a reality, Ontario city leaders are going to have to support the effort.It makes sense. As usual, the biggest hurdle is one that has stymied many such moves: finances.By playing in El Segundo, the D-Fenders are under the close scrutiny of the Lakers’ coaching staff. Players live within walking distance of the gym and it’s a short trip to LAX for plane flights to such cities as Hidalgo and Frisco, Tex.; Grand Rapids, Mich., Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Sioux, South Dakota and White Plains, N.Y.The Ontario Lakers could easily find nearby housing for players and flights, but would have to move the front office 70 miles east and find a practice site. However, given this areas history of accepting minor league play, the increased attendance could offset some of those financial issues.That’s what drew Rich Barrett from his Glendora home to Ontario Wednesday night. Sons Justin (17) and Jason (15) are big basketball fans and were treated to front row seats by dad to watch the D-Fenders.“We’re big Lakers fans, but I can’t afford Laker tickets, much less the front row,” said Barrett. “We come here all the time, it’s a great place. If (the D-Fenders) play here, I’ll buy season tickets.”That’s the loyalty many fans have toward the arena.In addition to watching the players, it would be great to see the Laker Girls preform. Yes, the Laker Girls, the same ones that dance at Staples Center. Of the 22 on the squad, the rotation is a dozen at D-Fenders games and 18 for the Lakers.If the scenario is to become a reality, negotiations will have to get seriously quickly. The D-League (there’s got to be a better name) usually starts in November and the arena would have to construct a schedule that would include hockey, soccer, Disney shows, EnduroCross and various musical acts. The road to reality would be perhaps a half-season in Ontario for 2015-16 and a permanent move in 2016-17.It can work. The Ontario Lakers can certainly be a reality.center_img So, you might ask, where’s the tie to Ontario?The D-Fenders played a game during the 2013-14 season in Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The team returned last Wednesday night, the first of three dates this season at the arena. In both games, the crowd at the local arena was at least three times bigger than any previous D-Fenders home game.That trend is expected to continue when the D-Fenders play the Westchester Knicks on Feb. 25 and the Texas Legends on March 7. Without much promotion, basketball fans in the area have turned out to watch an offensive-oriented brand of ball. Those who attend soon realize the D does not translate into defense.Imagine how many might show given the effort the Reign and Fury, both of whom call CBBA home, have put forth. Those minor league teams rank among the attendance leaders in their respective leagues.So, why are the crowds at CBBA bigger than the D-Fenders’ regular home venue?last_img read more