Things are going to get exciting this weekend as the University of Wisconsin welcomes the Michigan Wolverines to Madison in for a Big Ten battle.The Badgers (10-0) are the Big Ten West champions for the 2017 season, punching their tickets to Indianapolis after their victory last week against Iowa. Michigan (8-2), on the other hand, is still hoping to claim a Big Test East title, and a win against Wisconsin would certainly do the trick.There is a lot on the line for the Wolverines this weekend, because the Big Ten East race is incredibly close right now. While Ohio State might be in the lead, Michigan could still find themselves facing Wisconsin in Indy if they play perfectly against the Badgers.Football: Wisconsin struggles against Hawkeyes, injuries continue to plague teamThe University of Wisconsin football team might have won Saturday afternoon, but their victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes was fleeting. Read…Not only would Michigan have to get a win this weekend, but they would also have to secure a victory next weekend as they take on Ohio State. As if that wasn’t enough, Michigan will also have to rely on Penn State and Michigan State both getting losses sometime in the next two weeks.Michigan will be fighting for their lives Saturday, and with College Gameday in town, the Wolverines are sure to put on quite the show. It will be up to Wisconsin to prove that they can handle one of the best teams in the East, and that they truly are the best team in the Big Ten.The Wisconsin defense is ready for this challenge there’s no doubt about that. Wisconsin managed to hold Iowa to just 66 yards last week, resulting in zero touchdowns for the Hawkeyes.Iowa proved to be quite a challenge for the Wisconsin offense, as quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three interceptions against the Hawkeyes, resulting in two touchdowns for Iowa. Hornibrook has been rather interception-prone this season, throwing a grand total of 12 since week one.Wisconsin football: The best coaches to have led the BadgersCoaching a Division I football team is a task many people are not qualified to do. In the history of Read…Against Iowa, these missteps were inconvenient at worst, but the Badgers managed to bounce back. Against Michigan, those mistakes could be the difference between a victory and the first UW loss of the season.While Wisconsin’s defense is currently No.1 in the nation, the Wolverines are not that far behind, currently sitting at No.3. While the Michigan defense is worse at rushing defense than Wisconsin (No. 9 to No.1 respectively), they are better than the Badgers at passing defense, sitting at the No.2 spot compared to Wisconsin’s No. 7.The Badgers and the Wolverines are just about equal for time of possession, and neither one is considered to have a better offense than other teams in the Big Ten, like Ohio. This game might purely come down to which defense can make bigger plays, and which offense can minimize those opportunities.One Century of Camp Randall: A Brief HistoryToday, Camp Randall Stadium can hold upwards of 80,000 football fans at capacity after a long journey of innovation, renovation Read…This game will be a great challenge for Wisconsin, and will surely help the only undefeated team in the Big Ten gain some confidence as they get ready to close out their regular season. If Wisconsin can do what it does best, and play the caliber of football that they are capable of playing, this weekend should end in another Badger victory.Kickoff happens at 11 a.m., with the matchup also being televised on FOX. As fans might know, College Gameday will be setting up on Bascom hill, with fun pregame celebrations occurring throughout the morning.
It rained and then it poured – but England’s leading seniors put on an impressive display of dogged determination in the first match play round of their national championship. The English senior women’s amateur is something of a magnet for bad weather – and the greenstaff put in sterling work to keep the greens playable (pictured bottom). The players, meanwhile, were stoic. “You’ve just got to get on with it,” was the steady response as they returned, cold and dripping wet, to the South Staffordshire clubhouse. “I haven’t played in a good weather one yet!” said former champion Julie Brown of Trentham (pictured top), who nevertheless had a successful outing, losing just one hole and winning her game 5/4. Tomorrow she plays fellow international Lindsey Shaw (Chevin, Derbyshire). Brown is one of two Staffordshire players through to the second round, alongside the host club’s Annette Deeley – who is living the dream. Three years ago she was recovering from breast cancer and major surgery when Brown – a good friend – told her that this championship was due to be played at her home club. “That was the catalyst, that kept me going. I’m playing here because I can and it’s been a fantastic experience,” she said. Today she knocked out former British champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex) and tomorrow she faces another past winner of the British title, Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey). Top seed Caroline Berry and defending champion Cath Rawthore (pictured left) will be pitted against each other in an intriguing all-Cheshire second round clash. Berry (Bromborough) was taken to the last hole by English senior captain Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey) but a birdie on the 17th – her third there in consecutive rounds – had given her a crucial advantage. Rawthore (Sale) sped away in her game and was six up at the turn, but her opponent, Jane Sly (Mill Ride, Berkshire), pulled her back with a pair of birdies and the match went to the 15th. Two more past champions are safely through to the next round. The 2015 winner, Helen Lowe, (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) will take on Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), who was an England international in the early 90s and is making her debut in senior golf. The 2013 champion, Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) birdied the last to take her place against Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex), a past winner of the English senior stroke play title. Housman in turn came through a good tussle with last year’s runner-up, Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire). Another international, Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), improvised with her rescue club to avoid fat chip shots and it paid off with a 3/2 win. She plays Sandy Catford (Wath, Yorkshire) who was another fast starter today. She was five up at the turn before Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham, Berkshire) fought back and took the match to the 16th. “It was a really good, feisty second nine,” said Catford. Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury, Devon), mounted a successful fightback after dropping three behind in her game. “I had a struggle and a big hook – and changed my grip over the last few holes and managed to win,” she said after her 2up win. She will play Nicola Tebbutt (Carlisle, Cumbria). Tomorrow’s line-up is completed by English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) and Julia Gallagher (Woburn, Bedfordshire) who won through on the 19th today. In the second flight, for over 60s, the top seed Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire), was toppled by the 16th qualifier, Sue Penfold (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire), who won 1up. She now plays Sue Westall (Copt Heath, Warwickshire). Click here for Flight one scores for the Wendy Taylor Salver Click here for Flight Two scores for the Ann Howard Trophy Images © Leaderboard Photography 17 May 2017 Winning in the rain at senior championship
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaPig Listening in a Story Place by Nancy Thorne-Chambers. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia“Pig Listening in a Story Place” Wins Peoples’ Choice Award. Official voting results are in for the 6th annual Percival Plinth Project People’s Choice Award. A record 631 people participated in the public vote.This year’s People’s Choice Award goes to Pig Listening in a Story Place by Nancy Thorne-Chambers. Voters for Pig Listening in a Story Place spoke to it being “well-executed”, and “expertly done”, as well as appreciating its “whimsical” quality. More than a few recommended permanent placement near the library or a local playground where children and families gather.Honorable mentions were Pendant Mandala by Kenneth Hall with glasswork by Kathleen Heidenreich, and Old Man of the Sea by Sandra Hays.Be sure to visit the 2018 sculptures currently on display on Percival Landing now through summer of 2019; as well as the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner; Aqueous by Cyrra Robinson currently on display in front of City Hall. In the summer 2019 get ready to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award once again.About the Percival Plinth Sculpture ProjectThe Percival Plinth Sculpture Project is an annual sculpture exhibition displayed on the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing. During the month of July community members and visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The sculpture with the most votes is awarded the People’s Choice Sculpture Award and added to the City’s permanent art collection. Winning sculptures are displayed in front of city hall for one year before being placed at a permanent location.For additional information visit: www.olympiawa.gov/plinth