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first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters defeated The Franklin County 5-0 in Varsity Tennis action.Sarah Wilder broke the all time OA win record tonight.  Her record this year is 13-0.  Her career record is 78-9.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.Congratulations to Sarah from The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI.last_img

first_imgLocal stakeholders urged expansion of the USC Master Plan to include beautification plans for the area west of Vermont Avenue at a meeting for the North Area Neighborhood Development Council on Thursday.Local voices · North Area Neighborhood Development Council safety chair and area representative Leslie Evans addresses concerns of those attending the meeting. – Woodrow Clark | Daily TrojanAbout 15 residents and activists gathered in a multipurpose room at the University Village to hear presentations from the council’s leadership about local issues, ranging from public safety to re-districting.NANDC President Shawn Simons said she was told at USC’s open houses that the university’s plan for beautifying the community would not extend past Vermont Avenue.“When they say we need the community to shop here, they are talking about all of you west of Vermont,” Simons said. “But when they say they are going to do a community beautification, they are not talking about west of Vermont.”Simons, who sits on a Master Plan advisory board and communicates regularly with USC officials, said the university has been fairly receptive.“They seem fairly open to this right now,” Simons said. “We are not asking for a lot.”Simons said that though the Master Plan will likely reap many benefits for the community west of Vermont Avenue, she believes the university should expand its beautification since the school’s influence spans past Vermont.USC currently operates several programs past Vermont Avenue, including a faculty and staff housing program and yellow jacket security patrols, Simons said.Charlene Limenih, a resident two blocks west of Vermont Avenue, said she feels the university’s presence because many students live in the area.“I am definitely for USC looking beyond Vermont,” Limenih said. “They should look at least to Normandie [Avenue] because we have students in that area.”Limenih, who has found whiskey bottles and condoms in her yard after parties, said the school could improve on how they educate off-campus residents about respect and responsibility.“We care about USC,” Limenih said. “It is nice for us … but I want them to look at me as somebody too. We count.”Simons said the Master Plan means USC might improve nearby parks, but the system for allocating funds for this project needs to be improved.“Something we are pushing for is creating a structure for how the community accesses this money and decides to use this money,” Simons said.At the moment, Simons said, USC is communicating with city council member Bernard C. Parks’ office about the needs of the community.“USC is being told by the council district what we want,” Simons said. “It really should be our voice.”Simons encouraged the audience to stay up to date about the process as it progresses in the coming months.“I don’t know that we necessarily have to be freaked out … but we need to be knowledgeable about what’s happening,” Simons said.last_img read more

first_img“We have so much room to grow, and that game showed us what we can do better,” Botkin said. “We can hang with teams like Texas, and we are definitely a top-five team, and we will be at the end of the season.” “We have such a strong freshman class,” Botkin said. “They bring a lot to this team and play an important role for us.” “That game was very eye-opening for us,” Botkin said. “We saw a bunch of things we need to work on like passing and cutting down on the number of errors we make.” USC’s hitting percentage dropped every set in the match. In the first, they hit a solid .290, then dropped to .103 in the fourth. The hitting errors also steadily increased for USC as the match went on.  The Trojans didn’t play their best in the third set, posting a hitting percentage of just .156, but the Bobcats couldn’t capitalize. They hit a dismal .026, helping USC secure the 2-1 lead.  Statistically, the match appeared to be a tight battle. The Longhorns picked up 10 aces to the Trojans’ six, but every other category was nearly split between the two teams, giving Botkin confidence that the team will only improve for the rest of the season. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin serves against UCLA in September of last season. (Daily Trojan file photo) Two freshmen started for USC in the matchup with the Bobcats: middle blocker Madison Horin and defensive specialist Keila Barra. Horin tallied seven kills on 14 attempts along with three blocks. Barra provided a boost to the team with her serving, totaling 2 aces, and played solid defense with six digs and no errors. Barra switched to libero for the fourth set. Texas State battled in the fourth set and got out to an 18-11 lead, but the Trojans refused to give in and settle for a deciding fifth set. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier helped bring the Trojans back into the match with multiple kills to bring USC within three at 20-17. After powerful serves from Botkin propelled the Trojans to a 7-0 run, they eventually won the set 25-23. The team looks prepared to pick up two important wins after a promising first weekend of the regular season.center_img USC was able to reign in its energy and dominated the middle part of the match. The Trojans won the second set 25-15 and carried that momentum into the third by jumping out to a 12-4 lead, eventually finishing the frame 25-17.  Botkin finished second on the team with 10 digs and 12 kills in the match.    USC dropped a tight first set 28-26 against Texas State Friday. The team battled hard in the beginning, not wanting to give up an all-important first set against an unranked team. Texas State had three match point opportunities before finally securing the game.    The No. 15-ranked USC women’s volleyball team traveled to Texas this past weekend, defeating Texas State before falling to No. 4 Texas. To achieve that top-five goal, the Trojans will need to get back in the win column quickly. Defeating No. 12 Kentucky and No. 23 Creighton this week will be crucial to climbing up i the NCAA rankings. “It felt really good for everything to come together, and we were seeing all of our hard work come to life on the court,” Botkin said. “We were over-the-top with the energy,” junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin said. “We just had to bring it back a bit to play our game.”  The box score flipped for the Trojans when they played Texas — after winning the first set, they dropped the next three to lose 3-1.  last_img read more

first_imgThis car left the road at the back of Errigal.There is growing anger at the condition of Donegal’s roads following today’s snowfalls.A number of motorists have had lucky escapes after their vehicles left roads at various locations.This pictures shows a car which skidded off the Back of Errigal road a short time ago. Many claim roads have not been treated.Some motorists have been stuck in their cars for up to two hours after roads became blocked.However Donegal County Council say they are utilizing all of their resources with their 27 gritters and also snow ploughs out on the roads.A spokesman told Donegal Daily that with further snow expected this evening, all gritters will be on standby to treat roads and have asked people to find updates on the council’s facebook page or on twitter. People have taken to social media to express their anger.One poster said “Where the hell are Donegal County Council today? Is there no snow plan for Donegal? It’s a joke.”There are also serious delays in many parts of the county with Meenaroy impassable.Pupils at Ballinamore Secondary School were forced to stay indoors when buses coming towards Letterkenny could not pass over Meenaroy.There are also huge tailbacks on Barnesmore Gap with a number of vehicles including a Blood Transfusion van becoming stuck in heavy snow. Rain is expected to spread to all parts of the county later.However, Met Eireann has warned the country is in for further storms including ice and further falls of snow.Pic from Johnny McGinleyGROWING ANGER AT CONDITION OF DONEGAL’S ROADS AS FURTHER SNOW FORECAST TONIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Back of Errigal roadDonegal County Councilsnowsnow ploughslast_img read more

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