–NSC promises $2M at launch of National School Basketball FestivalCO-DIRECTOR of Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), Chris Bowman, promised to continue pushing youth development through sport at the launch of the 14th edition of the National School Basketball Festival yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Bowman hailed the commitment of his team of organisers (who run the festival), sponsors and the National Sports Commission, but bemoaned the lack of support from some sections of corporate Guyana.The hardworking administrator told the youngsters, which included the teams that are competing in the U-18 tournament, that they need to seize the opportunities that the festival offers.“…The NSBF is the only platform for you (student athletes) to test, measure and showcase your ability at a national level. In other words, this comes before being seen as a prospective national player. What this means is that you have to seize the moment.”High in praise for the YBG was Director of Sports Christopher Jones, who indicated that the NSBF has helped to develop and unearth numerous talents over the years. Although he admitted that government can do more, he also promised a contribution of $2M from the National Sports Commission to the festival.Jones, like Bowman, also applauded the sponsors at this year’s tournament, especially Beharry LTD, who has been sponsoring the event consistently for 11 years, the last six of which have been as headline sponsors.Other long-serving sponsors include Banks DIH, Bounty Farm, John Fernandes and the NSC.Joining the group this year was Exxon Mobil.Although the festival tipped off yesterday, regional competitions have been ongoing since March over several locations in the country.The U-18 competition was expected to move into the quarter-final stage from this afternoon while from Tuesday, the Boys’ U-14 group format and the Girls round-robin competition will commence.The tournament continues daily up to Sunday (when the semi-finals will be played), while the three finals are scheduled for the following Sunday (July 13).
On a team filled with offensive superstars, the lesser known can sometimes be forgotten. You might have heard names like Sara Bauer, Bobbi-Jo Slusar and Sharon Cole, but you probably haven’t heard about the freshman contingency that produces night-in and night-out for the 2005-06 Wisconsin women’s hockey team. The No. 4-ranked Badgers (14-2-0, 11-1-0 in WCHA) have enjoyed a fast start, partly due to the emergence of freshmen linemates Tia Hanson and Erika Lawler — the duo are a huge reason why the future is looking bright for UW women’s hockey.Completing the triumvirate on the all-freshman line is WCHA rookie of the week Angie Keseley. The line has proven to be a huge bonus for head coach Mark Johnson’s squad and is producing at a rate he could not have nearly anticipated.We really didn’t have expectations other than the fact we knew they were going to have an opportunity to play,” Johnson said. “Each freshman you deal with is different with the transition from where they played last year to the college game but having all three together on a line makes sense. They seem to get along real well of the ice and that’s part of the reason they’re good on the ice. They communicate and talk to one another and they’re all skilled players.”The trio is not a line that’s going to beat the opposition with their fancy moves or dominating skill; rather they are a hard working line intent on creating quality scoring chances.Lawler, who centers the line, has three goals and seven helpers this season while Hanson and Keseley have added 12 and eight points, respectively, on the year. This past weekend the youngsters combined for four goals and five assists in a thrashing against Bemidji State.”I really enjoy playing on a freshman line, there’s not a lot of pressure and we can just go out (and) do our thing,” Lawler said. “We go out there, work hard every shift and we’ll see how far we can take it.”Keseley had similar words for her linemates.”It’s actually been a great experience,” she said. “Not everyone gets to play on an all-freshman line. We all feed off each other real well and it just works.”The freshman production on offense doesn’t stop with the Lawler line, as the Badgers have also received production from forward Kayla Hagen. Hagen, who hails from Crosslake, Minn., came to Wisconsin after leading the Hibbing Bluejackets to three sectional titles and two runner-up performances at the state championship.In her first season as a Badger, Hagen has benefited from playing alongside senior assistant captain Nikki Burish. Hagen got her only goal of the year against St. Cloud State last month and currently has three points.Defenseman Alycia Matthews represents the only freshman on the blue line. Mathews is a British Columbia native and was a member of the gold-medal winning, under-22 Canadian national team. Skating alongside of her on the national team were current teammates Meaghan Mikkelson, Slusar, Bauer and Hanson. Matthews has good vision on the ice and has four points with a plus-minus rating of plus-four in her young career for the Badgers.”[Matthews] has been battling a few injuries right and just trying to get healthy,” Johnson said. “When she’s in there she’s making plays, doing well and contributing.”Looking for another freshman? Look no further than between the pipes. Redshirt freshman Jess Vetter made her first start of the year last weekend after battling mononucleosis since the start of the season. Vetter made 26 saves in her debut as the Badgers defeated Bemidji State 4-1.Off the ice the freshman class remains close and looks to each other for support and encouragement.”We’re a real close knit group,” Keseley said. “We hang out, get along real well and it’s a really fun class. I’m looking forward to many more years with them.”
Although there is chaos surrounding the Nebraska athletic department, the University of Wisconsin football team is taking off to combat a strong Cornhuskers team for their second away game of the season.There has been a lot of controversy in Nebraska after former Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst was fired last week, apparently for not allowing the Nebraska program for being “competitive enough.” Nebraska is still in search of an AD, and there is a fair amount of chaos surrounding the team right now.Wisconsin football struggles against Northwestern, still squeaks out winUsually, taking a week off bodes well for teams, but the University of Wisconsin football team came back from their Read…Nebraska, despite what the claim seems to be in Lincoln, has been managing to do fairly well for themselves this season, achieving a 3-2 record so far this year. The only two teams that Nebraska has managed to lose against have been Oregon and Northern Illinois.Aside from those two losses, Nebraska has managed to earn wins against Arkansas State, Rutgers and Illinois — even though only one of those games happened in Lincoln. Nebraska has been a solid team this year, despite all of the chaos that is surrounding their team.Nebraska is also coming off of a solid win against Illinois, in which the Cornhuskers managed to down the Illini 28-6. Nebraska is showing signs of improvement and are sure to be a fearsome opponent for the Badgers.Wisconsin is coming off their fourth win of the season, managing to defeat Northwestern by a grand total of 33-24. Wisconsin is undefeated thus far this season, with many already naming the Badgers the West champion in the Big Ten.It is still unknown whether or not the Badgers will be without star tight end Troy Fumagalli Saturday, with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst saying it is likely that Fumagalli will see action against the Cornhuskers. Fumagalli missed his first game in almost two years, his first since gaining the starting position back in 2015.Wisconsin still managed to defeat Northwestern without Fumagalli, but his absence on the field was noticed throughout the game. Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook — who tends to favor Fumagalli as his number one receiver — noticed some missing coverage in the middle of the field during Saturday’s game.Hornibook shows quarterback capabilities against BYU, Badgers grow stronger than everThe University of Wisconsin football team ended their non-conference season in a spectacular fashion against BYU, in large part thanks Read…While Chryst said after Saturday’s game that Fumagalli was almost healthy enough to play, he is still listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s game. After suffering a lower-leg injury almost a week ago, it is likely that Wisconsin will gain their star tight end back by the time they touch ground in Lincoln.Wisconsin and Nebraska take the field Saturday at 7 p.m. Fans who can not head out to Nebraska can catch the game on BTN Plus or listen to it on Badgers Sports Radio.
Salomon Rondon scored the winner just after the hour mark.Midfielder Juan Mata was sent off in the first half of the match.It means they stay three points adrift of the Champions League places in the table.