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Ripley County, In. — Mary Brown, a double major in junior elementary education and special education at Ball State University Milan, Indiana, is in Florida until March 2 to research manatees, seahorses and sea turtles for the Conservation Tales, a series of books for children grades 3-5 that features an endangered, threatened or vulnerable species or groups of species.Brown’s role on the diverse team of 12 students includes helping write the books at the correct reading levels and both developing and representing the characters accurately.The project is one of the university’s immersive learning projects. These efforts bring together interdisciplinary, student-driven teams guided by faculty mentors to create high-impact learning experiences. Through immersive learning, students earn credit for working collaboratively with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges.The team is led by Ball State biologist and author of the series Tom McConnell and art professor Barbara Giorgio-Booher. Books about warblers, bats and salamanders are already part of the series, and this research trip will result in three new books about manatees, seahorses and sea turtles. The series was created by McConnell to help students grades 3-5 understand endangered animals and the importance of protecting these species.“The collaboration across majors is by far the best experience. I am learning more about art and what truly goes into creating a book than I ever thought that I would,” Brown said. “If not for this class, I would never have been able to collaborate with such talented individuals” To learn more about the Conservation Tales project click here.
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Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 780; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 761; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 749; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 725; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 711; 9. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 10. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 672; 11. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 663; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 662; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 661; 14. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 630; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 620; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 614; 17. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 605; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 601; 19. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 582; 20. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 548.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 793; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 766; 3. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 763; 4. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 744; 5. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 741; 6. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 711; 7. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 710; 8. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 698; 9. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 696; 10. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 695; 11. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 693; 12. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., and Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., both 685; 14. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 681; 15. Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., and Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, both 678; 17. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 676; 18. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 675; 19. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 673; 20. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 671.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,179; 3. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,175; 4. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 5. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,125; 7. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,113; 8. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,111; 9. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,110; 10. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,106; 11. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,104; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,102; 13. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,101; 14. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,097; 15. Norman Chesmore, Rowley, Iowa, 1,092; 16. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,091; 17. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,076; 18. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,074; 19. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,073; 20. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,061.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,179; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,169; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,165; 5. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 1,149; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,147; 7. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,143; 8. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,142; 9. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,139; 10. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,129; 11. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,114; 12. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,109; 13. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,096; 14. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 1,094; 15. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,092; 16. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,086; 17. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 1,082; 18. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 1,078; 19. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,072; 20. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., 1,032.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,179; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,158; 3. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,147; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,105; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,073; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,013; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 999; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 938; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 913; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 892; 12. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 838; 13. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 834; 14. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 833; 15. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 799; 16. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 795; 17. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 771; 18. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, and Edward Grmela Jr., Hewitt, Texas, both 764; 20. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 756.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,189; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,176; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,175; 4. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,171; 5. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,167; 6. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,166; 7. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., and Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., both 1,153; 9. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,149; 10. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,146; 11. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, and Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, both 1,145; 13. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., 1,137; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,133; 15. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,122; 16. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, and Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, both 1,115; 18. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,111; 19. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 1,107; 20. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 1,101.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. 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SUPER SENIORS: Oklahoma State has relied heavily on its seniors. Cameron McGriff, Lindy Waters III, Isaac Likekele and Thomas Dziagwa have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 61 percent of all Cowboys points over the team’s last five games.BIG 12 BOOST: The Bears have allowed only 55.9 points per game to Big 12 opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 60.3 per game they gave up to non-conference foes.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Likekele has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Oklahoma State field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 12 field goals and 19 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Baylor has won its last 10 home games, scoring an average of 71 points while giving up 54.5.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Bears have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Cowboys. Baylor has an assist on 46 of 75 field goals (61.3 percent) across its previous three outings while Oklahoma State has assists on 38 of 69 field goals (55.1 percent) during its past three games. Oklahoma St. looks to knock off No. 1 Baylor Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOklahoma State (11-11, 1-8) vs. No. 1 Baylor (20-1, 9-0)Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Baylor looks to give Oklahoma State its 11th straight loss against ranked opponents. Oklahoma State’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 19 LSU Tigers 90-77 on Nov. 25, 2018. Baylor is coming off a 73-67 win at Kansas State on Monday. February 7, 2020 DID YOU KNOW: The Baylor defense has allowed only 58.4 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Bears fifth among Division I teams. The Oklahoma State offense has averaged 67 points through 22 games (ranked 253rd, nationally).___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Jamie Mackie is relishing the prospect of playing for QPR at Old Trafford – and is determined to make sure he visits there again next season.Rangers are massive underdogs for today’s game against Manchester United but would take a big step towards Premier League safety if they were to pull off an upset.And Mackie declared: “This is massive for me. I’ve never played there before, so to be going there is just great.AdChoices广告“United have top players in every position, so it’s a great chance to pit yourself against the best players.“I love playing in the Premier League, but now I have seven games left to make sure I am there next season too. I don’t just want one year there.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Hughes urges QPR to recreate spirit of ’92Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith thoughts of last year’s disappointing 51-48 loss to Northwestern in the distant past, the Wisconsin Badgers look to earn their second straight Big Ten victory this Saturday against the Wildcats.After two road games in as many weekends, Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against visiting Northwestern (2-3, 0-1), hoping for its first home conference win of the season.”It’s our house, and our fans,” UW wide receiver Luke Swan said. “It’s definitely something that we look forward to, coming back here.””It’s always nice to come back home to the friendly confines of Camp Randall,” safety Joe Stellmacher added.Friendly confines? The Wildcats may soon beg to differ.As Northwestern’s record indicates, things have hardly been easy sledding for the team so far this season. The Wildcats’ biggest setback, however, happened earlier this year, with the untimely death of head coach Randy Walker, who suffered a heart attack in June.”It’s always sad for that to happen to anybody,” UW safety Roderick Rogers said. “I know that’s very emotional for that team. That’s a sad situation.””He went at too young of an age,” Stellmacher added. “Very tragic, but you have the new coach coming in. He’s doing a heck of a job right now.”Walker’s replacement, Pat Fitzgerald, is the youngest coach in Division I-A, at just 31 years old.Northwestern’s game against Penn State last weekend saw Fitzgerald face off against the nation’s oldest coach, the 79-year-old, seemingly ageless wonder, Joe Paterno.The opposite will be true Saturday. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, 36, is the second-youngest after Fitzgerald.The Badgers hope to launch a solid running game on offense against a Wildcats defense that has given up an average of more than 130 yards per game on the ground.Northwestern will have its hands full with P.J. Hill, who has rushed for 598 yards and eight touchdowns so far and is the Big Ten’s second-highest rusher behind Michigan’s Mike Hart.”I think we just have the same game plan every week,” offensive lineman Kraig Urbik said. “Come out and be physical, try to run the ball, establish the running game.”Swan feels that getting the running game going will help open up the pass, which proved very successful last Saturday as the Badgers attacked the Indiana defense for 52 points.”Definitely being physical is a first,” he said. “We look to be physical all the time, and then just really stretch the field and get the passing game going like we did last weekend to continue the success we’ve had.”Defensively, Wisconsin’s main focus will be on running back Tyrell Sutton. Last year as a freshman, Sutton lit up the Badger defense for 244 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. One of those carries, a 62-yard touchdown, eventually proved to be the game winner.The defensive unit has certainly learned its lesson from a year ago and goes into Saturday’s game prepared for the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Sutton.”Everyone has to know their assignment, be in their gaps,” Stellmacher said. “He’s a very strong and fast running back, and if guys are out of their gaps and not knowing their assignments, he’s going to exploit that. He’s going to hit the seam, and he’s certainly got the speed to go the distance.”With a much-improved defensive secondary from a year ago, Wisconsin hopes to continue its strong play at cornerback and safety, which has resulted in the top-ranked pass defense in the Big Ten.”I think guys are playing with more confidence,” Stellmacher said. “Pass defense is a total team effort. Our front seven, our D-line and linebackers, have really been getting some pressure on the quarterback. The more pressure you can get on the quarterback, the harder it is for him to make throws.”Slated to line up behind center for Northwestern will be redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Brewer. Brewer is filling in for the injured Mike Kafka, who is also a redshirt freshman. Kafka is listed as questionable after sustaining a leg injury two weeks ago and sitting out last week’s contest at Penn State.While the young quarterbacking duo may lack experience, they make up for it in athletic ability and speed.”They’re good quarterbacks,” defensive lineman Nick Hayden said. “They both like to run the ball.””They’ve got a lot of ability,” Rogers added. “We don’t take their [inexperience] as a weakness. We just need to be prepared to stop whoever’s out on the field.”Stellmacher also sees Brewer and Kafka as young quarterbacks able to make an impact.”They’ll pull it down, and they’re not sliding when they’re out there,” he said. “They’ll try to run you over, and they’re fast. We gotta try to contain the quarterback and running game as best we can.”With the home crowd on their side this weekend, Wisconsin looks to build off last week’s thumping of the Hoosiers with another win at Camp Randall.The keys to another victory? Simple, says Rogers.”Stop big plays and tackle,” Rogers said. “When we do that, things go well for us.”
Drew Allen and Greg Paulus are similar, but different. Both were first-year starting quarterbacks for first-year Syracuse head coaches. Both transfers.Though by appearance they are quite different — one a 6-foot-5 Texan, the other a 6-foot-1 former all-conference point guard — Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said he views them in similar lights.“You kind of look at it as he’s an older freshman in your system,” Shafer said on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday.Shafer’s comparison served as an asterisk for his assessment of Allen. He said that coming into training camp, he had to look at Allen not as a senior, but as someone almost entirely new to the playbook.Even Allen’s 16-for-37, 189-yard, two-interception stat line in the Orange’s 23-17 loss to Penn State on Saturday had to be absorbed with the understanding that it was his first start in five years, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The thing I was most pleased with was that he never really was flustered on the sideline,” Shafer said. “I thought he had good control and command. He kept working toward making the next play go. We had a few dropped balls, a couple missed routes from the supporting cast, but liked the way he worked positively through those situations.”It wasn’t quite as sharp as Paulus’ SU debut in which he went 19-for-31 for 167 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception in an overtime loss to Minnesota, but Paulus finished his 2009 gridiron experiment with more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (13) in his first year playing football since high school.Allen was good enough to earn a scholarship from Oklahoma, where he backed up two of the best college quarterbacks in recent memory in Landry Jones and Sam Bradford.Now he has a chance to redeem himself after a shaky debut with a road game against No. 19 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday.“I’m looking forward to seeing him get his second start this week,” Shafer said.H-backs roles to expand against NorthwesternAshton Broyld and Brisly Estime are X-factors for the Orange. They play an undefined position that lines up all over the offensive side of the ball designed to provide equal parts versatility and unpredictability.But Saturday against Penn State, Broyld, a sophomore, lined up exclusively in the slot. Only once did he run anywhere but forward — taking a pitch from Allen for a 3-yard gain on SU’s first drive.Estime, a freshman, only saw the field for one play. He dropped a swing pass coming out of the backfield.“(Estime) kind of wanted to take Football 101, pass it, get an ‘A’ in the class and move forward to Football 201,” Shafer said. “And that’s kind of where I see Ashton.”Shafer said both of their roles will expand gradually this season. Broyld, who played in the backfield for the Orange regularly last year, said Tuesday he misses playing running back.Both Shafer and Broyld did agree that the consistent reps he’s getting in the slot have been beneficial. While Shafer said on Saturday that Broyld did misread some routes, he was Allen’s most targeted receiver and finished with a team-high four catches for 46 yards.Regarding Estime, Shafer said he’ll slowly be integrated into the offense.“Gradual process means a little bit more and I think he’s ready for that,” Shafer said.Tough Big Ten start provides pros, cons for OrangeMost Division-I teams warm up for the season with cupcakes in the early weeks. Syracuse, however, elected for tougher slate starters in a pair of favored Big Ten teams: Penn State and Northwestern.“A lot of teams in the country will start off with some warm-up games and there’s benefits to that,” Shafer said, “but on the flip side a lot of us are starting off against foes that are pretty doggone good. And that’s what our schedule says.”So far, it hasn’t worked well for SU. The Nittany Lions beat the Orange on Saturday and the Wildcats looked impressive in a 44-30 victory against California.Said Shafer: “You can’t really have 20-20 hindsight when you’re doing all the scheduling.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1
Published on January 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Rakeem Christmas stood at the only spot on the floor where he wasn’t winning, the reason Syracuse wasn’t — the foul line.With 3.4 seconds remaining, the Orange trailed Miami by three. Christmas pushed up his first free throw off the right side of the rim. It rolled around the back of the iron, past the backboard and back at him from the left. He intentionally missed the second. SU had been reduced to fouling and hoping when it could have been getting fouled and icing its sternest test of the Atlantic Coast Conference season so far.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim only glanced at the game’s final shot — a desperate Trevor Cooney attempt at an and-one 3. His Orange (14-6, 5-2 ACC) had lost to Miami, 66-62, despite outplaying the Hurricanes (14-5, 4-2) on Saturday in crucial areas of the court and for long stretches of the game.But when SU stepped to the free-throw line, its battles in the low post didn’t matter. Cooney’s clutch shooting was irrelevant when the 30,677 in attendance in the Carrier Dome hushed themselves. Despite a pair of 10-point deficits, Syracuse dragged itself to within 15 feet of taking control against Miami only to miss 11 of the 19 free throws.“Free throws are gimme buckets,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said. “We just got to make them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut they didn’t.The home crowd reached its highest volume of the season when a Cooney 3 from the top of they key closed Miami’s lead to 49-46 with 8:29 remaining. Twenty-seven game seconds later, Michael Gbinije snagged a rebound, drew Omar Sherman’s fourth and UM’s ninth foul of the half and missed the front end of a one-and-one.With 6:44 remaining and SU down by four, Cooney could leap into a crowd including Tonye Jekiri, come away with the ball and absorb a knock on the head from the 7-foot Miami center that put the Orange in the double bonus. But he couldn’t prevent his first free throw from rimming out.Syracuse was shooting two and down by four when Gbinije’s first free throw bounced off the back rim with 1:17 to play. It was the last of his misses on the 2-for-6 free throw shooting day for the junior forward.“We missed 11 free throws and it was a three-point game,” he said. “You know the math.”Christmas had bullied Jekiri and Sherman to the basket. Tyler Roberson chipped in 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Orange had stopped Miami’s shooters from dominating the game.In the Syracuse locker room after the game, Gbinije held a phone with a white piece of paper taped on the back. It read “What do you want? How are you going to make sure it happens?”The SU fans that set a record for on-campus attendance this season wanted a win. All their team had to do was make free throws to make sure it happened.Yet with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, Christmas was forced to miss intentionally for SU to even have a chance. He took his customary four dribbles, spun the ball in his hands and threw the ball off the front of the rim and into Miami’s hands.The Carrier Dome crowd begged to celebrate a Cooney 3. It erupted for three of them.It wanted to cheer a thunderous Christmas dunk, and it got to. It also wanted a win. It got a performance worthy of one from a team that could have made one happen.Instead, a game in which the Carrier Dome crowd rose to its loudest shrills of the campaign, ended with groans and resigned handshakes.“Overall this game was one thing,” Boeheim said. “That’s all it was, nothing else. We make some free throws, we win the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+