Learn how to properly prune ornamentals at an upcoming University of Georgia course offered on its campus in Griffin, Ga. The one-day course will be offered Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UGA Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road.The course will also briefly cover how to prune fruit trees. In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when, where and how to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Participants will also learn pest prevention through pruning.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturists Bodie Pennisi and Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The cost of the course is $59, which includes lunch and break refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling (770) 228-7214.
By Shawn MillerJACKSON, Minn. – With more than 24 inches of snow accumulating a little more than a week ago, which further hindered the ability to get any track preparation done thus far this season, Jackson Motorplex officials were forced to postpone the IMCA Frostbuster.The event was originally scheduled for April 28 and pushed back to May 5 because of the weather. Now the five IMCA divisions will compete on Saturday, June 16.Jackson Motorplex will now kick off its season on Friday, May 11, with the Great Lakes Shootout presented by Tweeter Contracting and Harvey’s Five Star Roofing. Heartland Steel-sponsored IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are on the program for the lidlifter.Hot laps are slated for 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
Alando Tucker and Joe Chrnelich are separated by 23 seasons on the UW basketball floor, but the two still share something in common. While Tucker can still be found leaping and looping through the lane for leaners, Chrnelich was the hard-nosed floor leader ripping down rebounds of the Badgers back in the day, as a four-year starter from 1976-1980.However, both are a part of Bo Ryan’s first recruiting class, as Tucker was the cream of the crop in Ryan’s first year as head coach, Chrnelich (pronounced Kren-el-ick) was the gem of Ryan’s freshman corps as a rookie assistant in Madison. That common thread shared between Tucker and Chrnelich is emblematic of the tight relationship the 2006-07 Wisconsin team has created with the Badger hoops alumni, through the unprecedented levels of success the team has been able to reach. “We are all part of one big family,” Chrnelich said. “I might not have ever thrown Tucker one of those lobs, but him and I, we are teammates.”That relationship extends far beyond Tucker and Chrnelich. “There is always a common bond, even if you didn’t play with each other or know each other personally, there is a bond there,” said Dave Vander Meulen, a member of the 1960-61 UW team, who went on to coach UW-Whitewater for 23-years — often butting heads with Ryan, who was coaching at UW-Platteville. The alumni, who have always been close to the program, have been given even more reason this season to bust out the old cardinal and white sweaters. With UW setting records so often it almost feels like a weekly routine, such as the school’s longest winning streak (17), most wins (26) and several highest-AP ranking-ever-achieved moments — culminating in the school’s first-ever No. 1 ranking this week. “I hear it from … alumni, how proud they are to represent the school right now, because of how well we are representing the colors today,” Tucker said. “They are enjoying it almost as much as we are.”The excitement level of the many Badger alumni is higher than a Vegas point-spread featuring Northwestern, being generated by the historic season Wisconsin has put together thus far. Much of that enthusiasm stems from the former players living almost vicariously through the current squad, as they reach levels of success that were only pipe-dreams for many previous generations of UW teams. “I’ve been a season ticket holder for about six or seven years, going back to the last one or two years in the Field House,” said Rod Ripley (1984-87). “I’m just impressed at how the team just keeps getting better. It’s been a blast to watch them.” Once such former Wisconsin hoopster even uses UW’s success as ammo for trash talk, cross-country no less.”It’s been great watching the team. I’ve been gloating a lot out there in L.A.,” said Ike Ukawuba (2001-2004). “A lot of UCLA fans are tired of hearing from me by now.”Even Devin Harris, who starred for UW from 2002-04 finds time in his busy NBA schedule to keep up with his alma mater.”Man, they are just playing so good right now,” Harris said when he returned to the Kohl Center to take in Wisconsin’s game against Michigan Jan. 24. “I truly feel they could go all the way, and man, that would be just amazing.”Many of the Badger hardwood alumni credit Ryan for keeping his ties to the UW varsity basketball fraternity closer than most trout are to water. “Bo Ryan believes in keeping us coming back,” said Rick Olson (1983-86), who also played under Ryan before the coach got his first head-coaching gig at Platteville. Olson, like many, believes the accomplishments of the Wisconsin basketball team are directly attributable to Ryan, who has been a key catalyst in the slow turnaround from perennial Big Ten also-ran to conference power. “Knowing coach Ryan as long as I have, I’m not surprised at all by what he has done and what he continues to do. He’s got guys that come out and play hard, and they’re fun to watch,” said Olson, who currently ranks fifth on the all-time UW scoring list, tallying up 1,736 points. Olson was a necessity on the court for Wisconsin, logging more minutes than any player in history, save Mike Wilkinson. Cylde Gaines (1977-80) is another former Ryan pupil who has had the pleasure of watching his former coach carry the UW program to new heights. “Watching Bo — one of my coaches when I played here — and the whole program mature and have great success this year has just been fantastic,” said the 1978 team MVP. While Olson, Chrnelich, Gaines and many other former Badger ballers realized Ryan’s talent as an assistant, they would have to wait for 17 years for the Chester, Penn., native just to go from racking up national titles at Platteville to finally coming home to Madison.”We just wondered if he would ever get that opportunity,” Olson said. “We could see from the beginning that he that had what it takes, and then we watched how he just raked in titles at Platteville. The only question was when and if.” “It’s kind of a double delight for us, to not only watch the team succeed but to watch Bo be the one leading them,” Chrnelich added. “It draws a direct parallel between us and them.”Chrnelich isn’t the only one who notices that parallel. Tucker, who on his own time attended the annual UW alumni game last month, recognizes that many of the same former players who walk up to him to shake his hand and congratulate him are the same people who made it possible for the Wooden Award candidate to be in the position he is in now. “I always try and pay my respects to the alumni for all the things they have done on the court to pave the way for us to do what we are doing right now,” Tucker said. So how far has the program come, exactly? If you listen to Olson, light years, as just evidenced on Tuesday. “Some of us guys were talking: When’s the last time you’d ever see somebody beat Wisconsin and all the students would come running on the floor?” Olson said. “You can tell that it’s been a long climb back to the top and get the recognition they deserve.”While Tucker and the Badgers are trying to make their own legacy and write their very own chapter in the history books, the senior forward can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride of where he has advanced the program.”For me it feels good to carry on that tradition,” Tucker said. “One day, I’m going to be one of those guys, and I’m going to be just as big into the program.”
This is not an article I believed I would have to write, at least not at this point in my college career. I am leaving The Badger Herald, and this is my goodbye and thank you for everything, from start to finish.The reasons for my departure are complicated, but boil down to a new beginning in the Wisconsin Athletic Department as a reporter, which will prevent me from continuing on at the Herald. I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing a piece like this if I didn’t know that my dream position is waiting for me next semester and that this paper was the biggest reason for getting me there.When I first walked into the Herald offices at as a bright-eyed freshman, I sat down on a couch in front of my future bosses and mentors, Chris Bumbaca, Eric Goldsobel and Nick Brazzoni as they opened a package. Inside that package was a signed football from the ESPN “College Gameday” crew, and I knew right then and there that I wanted to do whatever it was these guys were doing on a daily basis.I started as a men’s soccer beat reporter and experienced what it was like to write for a team that didn’t seem to win home games, especially when wind chill didn’t reach more than 10 F, and I couldn’t figure out the bus system. Despite the struggles, the enjoyment I felt from writing about that team and publishing stories for a probable audience of three people convinced me I was doing something right or losing my mind.I went on to men’s hockey in the winter, football in the spring and was thrown into an editor position I had no proper training for, or was probably right for, the third week back on campus this year. That first month, the phrase “learning curve” took on a whole new meaning to me.Just by saying yes to an editor position, I suddenly had six articles to publish, two meetings, one print issue and my own personal beat to cover weekly.Through it all, however, my own personal friend and superior editor David Hayes, alongside the unending wisdom of Bumbaca, got me through probably the toughest adjustment of my college career. I got to visit The Big House for a game against Michigan, step on the field of The Camp during an Ohio State game overtime and watch in agony as the Badgers fell in Indianapolis.The experiences I have had over this short two year period are some of the most amazing moments of my life, but don’t even compare to the relationships I have had with my colleagues and friends along the way. I still have my credential tags from Lucas Oil Stadium, and I still scroll through pictures of the memories I will never forget, but the relationships I built are what will truly be carried with me as I move on to the next chapter.From the editors I mentioned, to the amazing writers I had, to every other staff member that helped me along the way, the Herald has pushed me to become a professional and a journalist, in every sense of the words. Two years ago, I would have never believed the skills I would develop in the second floor office of an otherwise abandoned restaurant complex would be second to none, but nothing is closer to the truth.I understand my words won’t, and shouldn’t, mean as much as Bumbaca’s or Nolan Beilstein’s, but I hope those who read this know how much I truly loved working at this paper. I got the opportunity, as an underclassman, to experience sights that my 8-year-old self, watching SportsCenter every day before school, wouldn’t believe.I am now working in the Athletic Department of my dream school, something my soon-to-be 21-year-old self still can’t even believe. That dream, however, comes at a price: leaving a job that has given me nothing but joy two years too short.Thank you to everyone who read my articles and supported my work. The positive feedback I have received over what seems like a long, but not long enough, two years is overwhelming.I hope those who make it this far, especially at the Herald, know that I put just about everything I had into this paper, from Day 1 to today. I didn’t finish what I had originally set out to, but I started something that I never intend to finish: becoming the best journalist I can be and representing the Herald along the way.