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Badgers climb over .500 mark with home victory

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team finished off a flawless weekend at home by defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies 6-1, giving the Badgers, who now sit at 5-4, their first winning record since starting their season 2-0.After dropping its first conference match of the season to Minnesota last weekend, Wisconsin seems to have found its stride, surrendering only one point in its last two matches. The Badgers stole all three doubles matches to secure an early lead. Junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Fredrik Ask bounced back in their match after being broken early in their set, and after tying it up 6-6, the team dominated the tiebreaker with a few key volley winners, winning the match 9-8 (7-1).The victory ended the duo’s two-match losing streak, including an unexpected loss to an unranked UW-Green Bay team Saturday.“We were able to bounce back at one doubles,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “Whenever you’re a ranked team, everybody’s looking to take shots at you … guys are coming after you hard.”Wisconsin continued its success in singles play with sophomore Rod Carey finishing first by soundly beating Roman Turtygin at the No. 3 position (6-3, 6-3) giving him an even 4-4 singles record on the year.A pleasant surprise for Wisconsin was the play of freshman Andy Quirk over the weekend. A strong performance by the Scotsman put the Huskies in a difficult 0-3 hole, forcing them to win the remaining four singles matches to pull off the victory.Quirk also stepped in for sophomore Petr Satral after he was beleaguered by an ankle injury against UW-Green Bay, and the freshman was ecstatic to be given the chance to sneak into the gameday lineup.“I was a little nervous, but I really wanted to prove myself to the team, and I think I did that,” Quirk said. “Hopefully I get another chance to play.”His 6-2, 6-1 victory against UW-GB marks Quirk’s first win since January. In his two matches this season, he has lost a total of three games.Van Emburgh matched Quirk’s excitement with the prospect of a young player providing depth to the team.“I thought he did a great job today,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s the type of player where it’s going to be a nightmare for guys if he’s down low at the five or six position. He grinds guys down. He’s really tough, he’s really competitive … he’s confident he can beat anybody.”Bertha clinched the victory for the Badgers with a 6-4, 6-3 victory with the help of strong serving. Junior transfer Alexander Kostanov – who, after losing his first five singles efforts, has now won two consecutive matches – also won in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-4 finish in the No. 2 singles spot.Solid singles play continued with a three-set effort from Ask. Inconsistent groundstrokes plagued the Oslo, Norway, native in the first set, but he was able to trigger a comeback, winning the next two sets by identical scores of 6-1, 6-1.Ask earned the only Badger win against the Gophers last weekend on the road, and was able to use his opponent’s frustration to his advantage as the match progressed.“I wasn’t feeling too great, but then I started feeling the ball a little better, and I also saw that he was getting tired because the rallies were quite long,” Ask said.He also made a key observation about the strength of his opponent that enabled him to reconsider his game plan.“I started to hit my backhand a little bit more crosscourt down to his one-hander,” Ask said. “And then I had some more openings with my forehand after, because I was playing too much down the line with my backhand to his forehand, because his forehand was quite good.”The weekend wins have put Wisconsin in a solid position heading into the final portion of the non-conference schedule. The Badgers travel to California March 10 to contend with the No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs, where Wisconsin looks to pick up its first road win of the season.Van Emburgh thinks his team has a decent shot at earning its first road victory, despite the sizable challenge of taking down a top-25 squad on the road. “I think the guys have gained a lot of momentum, and should feel really confident on where we are right now in our season,” Van Embugh said. “I think we’re starting to peak at the right time.”last_img read more

“If the competition is over, the first three should go up”

first_imgRare is the footballer who does not know that the least thing now is to return to competition. Fernando Martínez is aware that the fundamental thing now is health, even acknowledging that his is a leisure profession, unlike the health workers who are saving the country during these days. However, the Almería goalkeeper is of the opinion that if the Second Division were not resumed, the first three should go up. “Thebes does not contemplate not finishing this competition. As every year they have to ascend three and it would be fair as the competition has been promoted by the first three. It would be the fairest. I have read that several scenarios are contemplated “, explains the second captain of the Almería team.The Murcian acknowledges that the break came at the worst time for his family in a week in which the UDA would visit La Romareda. “It is a shame that he just caught us after recovering the good feelings against Deportivo. We were going with great enthusiasm to Albacete and now this week we would play a lot going to the meeting in Zaragoza. But now it’s time to be home and it’s time to take care of yourself “, points out a Fernando who flatters the donation of the 1,200,000 euros that the sheik has made for the city of Almería due to the coronavirus crisis. “For me it is incredible. Apart from the economic issue, which is greatly appreciated, to serve as an example for other clubs. Hopefully this is the principle of solidarity for others. It says a lot about the great person he is. There are many people who, being from Spain, have not had the gesture unlike him, Saudi. That money is going to save many lives “, he comments on the matter, also thanking the work being carried out by the different people who are at the foot of the canyon. “We are leisure people. People like soccer a lot and when everything goes well, it fills their lives. But when it comes to health, with many lives at stake, there are many important trades that you might not value. In risky situations there are professions that are putting their lives on the line, “he explains.The former UCAM Murcia is not wet about when they will step on the grass again. “Since the league stopped, the predictions were to train the following week and only two weekends without playing, but we were all aware that this was going to last. It goes on the go, day by day. Now we know that they play two or three more weeks at home. That is the date that we set, but we do not know for sure if that goes for long. That is not the important thing, but that they reduce the number of infections, “he explains before acknowledging that society will now value other aspects.” We are all realizing what is really important in life. We give a lot of importance to the material and now we are aware of what life is, being with family and friends. In these moments of isolation you realize that you miss going out, talking to your neighbor or a stranger, going to a bar … It seems that it has been lived in other times, but it will be another experience. Our children will study it tomorrow in the books, “he concludes.last_img read more

Youth leaders propose teen court plan

first_imgLA MIRADA – Typically, when La Mirada High School students come together in the annual Youth in Government program, they often propose a new city program of some kind. But not this year. This group of 19 youngsters – five of whom were elected as “mock” council members and the other 14 who were staff – decided to look inward and proposed two programs dealing with their own school. They proposed expansion of teen counseling and a new teen court program. The teen court would provide another avenue for disciplinary intervention by having student offenders “sentenced” by their peers. “We wanted to have some kind of program that would target at-risk youth to bring them up to our level,” said junior Sonal Singh, who played the role of city manager. The latter would range from one-hour detention to up to 40 hours of community service. The students also recommended increasing awareness of the services of Straight Talk, a counseling organization, by having representatives on campus more often and publicizing it more. This year’s ideas of a teen court and expanded teen counseling were supported by city and school officials. “They have great possibilities,” said La Mirada High School principal Don Jones, who added that he thought both were quite possible. “These are great programs,” said Mayor Pete Dames said. “I only hope we see these programs before us and the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Singh said teen court would allow some student offenders to be questioned, judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers. She said the goal was to create links between students, teachers and parents, as well as offenders. It would be a “collaborative effort to reduce youth crime and disobedience and encourage offenders to accept responsibility for their action,” she said. Students would be referred to the teen court for minor problems, but not for drugs or weapons violations, Singh said. Student jurors would listen to a student prosecutor and student defense attorney and then, by majority vote, would recommend a sentence. last_img read more