BCEF announces 2019 scholarships

first_imgCaleb RaabBatesville, In. —The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 scholarships to Batesville High School (BHS) graduates. These scholarship awards total $18,500, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the family of BHS alumnus Sgt. Chad Keith, who was killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a new scholarship was established this year. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Caleb Raab.The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from money donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with post-secondary expenses. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following BHS graduates: Hope Flaspohler, Monica Gerstbauer, and Grace Lamping.BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship. Fritsch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing post-secondary study. This year’s recipients included Ashlyn Czerniak, Daniel Gutzwiller, and Trey Heidlage.The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.  More information about BCEF may be found online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or by calling Wilson at (812) 934-2194.Ashlyn CzerniakGrace LampingTrey HeidlageHope FlaspohlerDaniel GutzwillerMonica Gerstbauerlast_img read more

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Hoosiers rebounding prowess concern for Badgers

first_imgWhile Taylor Wurtz paces the Badgers, sophomore Morgan Paige will need to score if the team hopes to have a consistent offensive output in both halves.[/media-credit]It’s been a rough stretch of games for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.Losers of five straight and struggling with consistency, the Badgers (8-18, 4-10) will find themselves paired with another struggling team Thursday night as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14) in Bloomington, Ind.Despite their winless conference record and current 14-game losing streak, the Hoosiers have battled opponents like Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern down to the wire.While the Hoosiers look like the doormat of the conference record wise, the team has a surprising amount of competitiveness. Indiana is currently the Big Ten’s third best rebounding team, averaging 42 rebounds a game despite losing their best rebounder, senior double-double threat Georgie Jones, to a season-ending ACL tear.This could pose a danger to Wisconsin, a team that has struggled to contain and box out opponents on the boards throughout the season.“If I’m [Indiana] and I’m looking at tape and seeing that in certain games we’ve given up 21 and 23 offensive rebounds, I’d say ‘Hey, last game at home, everybody rebounds,’” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “I’d be saying they aren’t going to box you out because we haven’t proven we can. Until you prove it, why would they not attack us”?Besides being outrebounded in every game during their five-game losing streak, the Badgers have given up a combined 69 offensive rebounds in that span, good for an average of almost 14 a game.It’s no mystery that the Badgers fate against the Hoosiers will be tied to the battle of the boards.“They’re a good rebounding team, they don’t have just a good rebounder, they have a good rebounding team,” senior forward Anya Covington said. “So we all have to box out, and we’ve been lacking in that area. It all comes down to discipline, but I know we can do that and box out.”The Badgers will also need consistent offensive production from their guards. While junior guard Taylor Wurtz’s offensive dominance has been well documented, the rest of the conference has caught on. Opponents’ best defenders have flustered Wurtz or double-teamed the star guard in the second half of the conference season, leading to Wisconsin’s struggles in maintaining a consistent scoring output.If the Badgers want to play the spoilers on the Hoosiers’ Senior Night at Assembly Hall, guards like Morgan Paige will have to step up like she did Sunday against Nebraska. Leading the team with 15 points in a losing effort, Paige showed her ability to do it all for Wisconsin, scoring on jump shots as well as on the drive.“My percentage is really high, and the scouting report for other teams probably says contest hard and make her put the ball on the ground,” Paige said. “I think as soon as I hit an outside shot, they came out harder on me. My favorite thing is to put the ball on the ground. I love to use pump-fakes, so when I get to go straight line to the basket for wide-open layups it’s always a great opportunity for us.”The Badgers will need everything Paige can muster Thursday night, as the matchup against the Hoosiers will feature the two worst scoring offenses in the Big Ten. While the Badgers have shown glimpses of offensive greatness against the conference – highlighted by a 79 point outburst against Iowa on Feb. 2 – the Badgers have only mustered on average 59.2 points per game this season.For Kelsey, the Badgers just need someone to step up during crunch time to help give the team some consistency on the offensive end.“This is not a group that’s used to having close games,” Kelsey said. “None of them have had to do that in their careers here. They’ve never been put in those situations where someone has to be the closer.“I mean, who is that? We have a hard time sometimes, identifying one. Taylor can close, but when she gets double-teamed who else? … It’s hard to not have that veteran experience of someone that’s been in that situation before.”last_img read more

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Nigeria team rewarded after 30-year wait

first_imgThe Nigeria squad that won the first Fifa Under-16 World championship have been rewarded after a 30-year wait.New Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has made good on a promise to reward the players after the 1985 tournament when he was the military head of state.Nduka Ugbade, captain of the team who beat West Germany 2-0 in the final in Beijing, told BBC Sport: “I have finally received my money.”I am extremely delighted that our president has fulfilled his promise.”Buhari had promised the players a house, stock in the central bank and a scholarship and other incentives after their success but soon after he was ousted by another military regime and the country’s government never fulfilled his pledges.Following Buhari’s election as president last year he announced in January a 2m naira ($10,000; £7,000) reward for each of the players and 1.5m for the officials. “He’s truly a man of his word and on behalf of myself and the team I say a big ‘thank you’ to our president,” added Ugbade.”I would also like to thank the sports ministry, Alhassan Yakmut of the sports commission, the Nigerian Football Federation, both local and international media, and everyone involved in this great story.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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