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first_imgThe rising stars of Ski Racing in the SoutheastThe Southeast is known for its access to outdoor adventures, from hiking the Appalachian Trail and climbing in the New River Gorge to paddling the Narrows of the Green River and biking the Great Allegheny Passage. But it’s not a region necessarily known for its competitive ski racing.“The weather is a real roller coaster ride in the Southeast as far as temperature,” said Chris Shepard, a coach for the Wintergreen Race Team. “For ski racing, you need a surface that is cold and is frozen. We don’t always have that because of the temperature fluctuations that we see in our region. So we might have really good, solid snow on a Wednesday, and then by Saturday when it’s training day, it can be a little bit slushy. That’s an inconsistency you wished you didn’t have if you were trying to train ski racers all the time.”Skiers in the Southeast also have to contend with significantly smaller mountains and shorter runs.“You ski and then you’re on the lift,” Shepard said. “If you go out West, you can ski and ski and ski and ski and ski and ski and then get on the lift.”But since Shepard took over the Wintergreen Resort ski team in 1997, the program has grown from 18 kids to 150 kids participating on the race team, the development team, and the free ride team.Families from as far away as D.C. and Virginia Beach make the trek to the mountains every weekend for instruction and competitions.“Ski racing, especially in the Southeast, is truly a family sport,” Shepard said. “Folks who get into it have to be pretty passionate about it because most of them are driving a bit to get to the resorts.”Nicole Weiss and her husband, David, have been big skiers their entire lives. They started their three boys on the slopes at a young age, not long after they were able to balance and walk on their own. When they moved their family of five from Michigan to Virginia, they feared their dreams of having a skiing family would never be a reality.Then the Weiss family discovered Wintergreen, about 45 minutes from their home in Charlottesville, Va. After meeting Shepard at a parents’ meeting and hearing him speak, Nicole Weiss said she knew this was the program for her boys.“The coaches are really what makes a huge difference,” she said. “If you’re in this program to develop an Olympic ski racer, then he’s on your side and he’s going to help you do that. If you’re there to have fun, he’s also there to do that too. That’s really what has kept us here.”Braeden, 13, Cooper, 11, and Dalton, 10, each spent two years with the development team before moving up to the race team.“Everybody thinks their kid is a great skier if they can point their skis down and bomb down the hill a million miles an hour,” Weiss said. “The development team actually teaches them that just being out of control and skiing fast is not the way to develop into a racer. They slow them down and it drives the kids crazy.”The whole Weiss family gets involved with the racing. Nicole works with the Wintergreen Boosters, a group that fundraises to help purchase equipment and subsidize the coaching staff. David is on the ski patrol, and his skills as an orthopedic surgeon have come in handy a few times.And every year, the three boys look forward to the new race season.“When it stops being 75 degrees and it cools off a little bit, I start seeing them pulling their boots out and trying their skis and seeing how they’ve grown,” Weiss said. “And it’s just an assumption that winter is for ski racing, even though it’s Virginia.”The boys race through the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA), a division of U.S. Ski and Snowboard encompassing North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The organization supports nine ski resorts’ teams, including Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Winterplace Ski Resort, Bryce Resort, Massanutten Resort, Wintergreen Resort, Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort, and Sugar Mountain Resort.Racers, ages six to 18, compete in a series of weekend competitions from the end of December through February. Kids can choose to only participate in events in one state to help cut down on some of the travel. Adults also have an opportunity to compete with the Masters Alpine Program.Everyone then comes together for the SARA Championships at the end of February and beginning of March. Top finishers are invited to larger events held in the Northeast.“I, along with some of the other coaches, went up to New Hampshire for some postseason racing and we’re up there competing against kids that get to ski eight or nine months a year,” said Steve Howard, a coach for the Timberline Race Team. “Here, we ski three months a year. We do okay in spite of all that.”Howard grew up racing in Virginia, eventually as a member of the Virginia Tech ski team. He moved out West for a number of years before moving back to his home state to have a family.“Skiing in the Southeast leaves a lot to be desired after you’ve lived in Park City and spent years in Colorado and Utah,” he said. “But it is still skiing and it’s a good place to learn. If you can do it here, you can do it anywhere.”Howard got involved as a coach when both of his kids starting skiing with the Timberline Race Team. For the last eight years, he and his children have commuted from their home in Floyd, Va. to the West Virginian ski resort to train.“For me, it’s a four to four and a half hour drive one way, every weekend,” Howard said. “We spend a lot of time on the road.”But the drive is a necessary part of the sport as they try to squeeze the most out of the short ski season.“The month of February [2018], it didn’t go below freezing and so you lose all of the snow, you have poor conditions,” Howard said. “We, unfortunately, ski a lot in the rain, which is never any fun, but it’s what we have to do. Last year we had a number of races cancelled because of the weather. Sometimes we’re scraping enough snow together to make a racecourse… All in all, everybody’s in it for the love of the sport and trying to pass that on to the next generation.”last_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright to Spread Awareness of “It’s On Us” Campaign Against Sexual Assault (Round-up)

first_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant PennLive: Gov. Tom Wolf, Villanova Coach Jay Wright team up to address sexual assault in Pennsylvania“We need to treat sexual assault in Pennsylvania as the big, serious problem it is. We are not going to put up with it anymore, anywhere…” [Governor] Wolf said. “Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is in clear violation of that civil right.”CBS Philly: Jay Wright Joins Gov. Wolf In Fight Against Campus Sexual ViolenceVillanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright was introduced by Governor Wolf, who pointed to the Stanford case, in which a student received a sentence of just six months after being convicted of sexual assault, as the need for the “It’s On Us” campaign to stop trivializing sexual violence.FOX 43: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright for “It’s On Us” Pledge“As we all know, a man in a high-profile assault case at Stanford University was recently found guilty of rape but received as his sentence only six months in county jail with probation. Meanwhile, his victim will have to live the rest of her life with the feeling of violation and danger that he caused,” said Governor Wolf. “These kinds of leniencies send a message to the community that we are not serious about preventing sexual assault. These kinds of leniencies are unacceptable. ‘It’s On Us PA’ is delivering that message across the commonwealth.”ABC 6: Villanova pledges to help fight sexual assaultVillanova University is the first college to sign on for a new program designed to increase awareness of sexual violence on college campuses. The “It’s On Us” initiative was announced by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday.PA Homepage: Governor, Villanova join forces “It’s on Us PA”A statewide campaign aimed at combating sexual assault in schools and on college campuses is underway. Governor Tom Wolf and Jay Wright, head coach of the NCAA National Championship Villanova Basketball team, discussed the importance of the effort.ABC 27: Colleges react to Governor Wolf’s sexual assault awareness campaignThe “It’s On Us” pledge by Governor Wolf is a personal commitment to help keep students safe from sexual assault on campus. It’s also a promise to not be a bystander, but a part of the solution. York College has taken the commitment very seriously.PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Gov Wolf states Pennsylvania to take a stance against sexual assaultToday Gov. Wolf and Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright came together for an “It’s on us” press conference where they discussed the importance of taking a stand against sexual assault on college campuses SHARE Email Facebook Twitter It’s On Us PA,  Round-Up,  The Blog On Wednesday, Governor Wolf and Villanova Men’s Basketball coach Jay Wright held a press conference to discuss the “It’s On Us” campaign and urge Pennsylvanians to stop sexual assault on college campuses. The national “It’s On Us Campaign” was launched by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2014. Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign of its own.“Pennsylvania must take a stand against sexual assault, and that’s what the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign is all about. We, as a commonwealth, must make clear that sexual assault is completely unacceptable and goes against our ideals as Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “I am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world of what committed citizens can do to make our world better. It is truly on all of us to accomplish this goal.”“It’s On Us PA” is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. The campaign encourages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents, as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities, to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.“At Villanova University, love and respect are essential to the life of our community. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe and caring community and prevent sexual violence,” said Villanova Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright. “This means that we step up and step in during the moments that matter. It’s on us, Nova Nation!”Since the campaign was launched in January, over 800 people – including representation from nearly 200 schools across Pennsylvania – have taken the pledge and signed on to the campaign.Take a look at the additional coverage below Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright to Spread Awareness of “It’s On Us” Campaign Against Sexual Assault (Round-up) June 10, 2016last_img read more

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Bulldogs Battle Tigers In Soccer

first_imgBatesville traveled to Lawrenceburg for a conference match losing 2-1 on Thursday Evening. The game started off with fast goal when the Bulldogs gave away a penalty kick. The first goal started off with less than 2 minutes played, but the Bulldogs answered back with a quick goal one minute later. Miles Bowser received the ball with a quick turn and played a through ball to Michael Ripperger, who dribbled and placed the ball into the net. The remaining game went on with a high level of intensity and physicality. The teams went into overtime and in the second half Lawrenceburg received their second penalty shot with 1 minute 17 seconds remaining. Batesville lost 2-1 against Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Batesville Bulldogs travelled to Lawrenceburg Thursday evening for their first junior varsity soccer match of the season. The Bulldogs would eventually come away as 2-1 victors.Lawrenceburg, however, would be the first ones on the score sheet. The first half ended 0-0, but it didn’t take long for Lawrenceburg to find the back of the net.Only 8 minutes into the second half, the Batesville keeper gathered the ball and threw it to a Batesville midfielder just shy of midfield. Lawrenceburg quickly closed down the Batesville player, stole the ball, and played a through ball to his teammate. The Lawrenceburg counter attack was quick enough that the Batesville keeper hadn’t even had time to get back into position, thus allowing the Lawrenceburg player to pass the ball into the goal to make the game 1-0. With only 10 minutes remaining in the game, Batesville striker Eli Pierson was able to pounce on a mistake by the Lawrenceburg defense, take a couple touches clear of the defense, and dink the ball around the keeper to tie the game up. Then with only 1 minute remaining in the game, Ryan Reder played a ball into the middle to Eli Pierson who was able to turn and take a touch around the defender. Seeing the keeper off his line a bit, Pierson decided to have a go and the ball found the back of the net after a nice chip from about 30 yards out. The game would end 2-1 after a good effort from both teams and two very nicely taken goals from Eli Pierson.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Garret Price.last_img read more

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Trump Tweets about Congresswomen, Says “Go Back” Home

first_imgPresident Trump on Sunday tweeted about several progressive Democratic congresswomen who have opposed his immigration policies, without naming the women.A group of women last week condemned the reported conditions of border detention facilities. They include: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley are natural-born U.S. citizens, while Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. She became a citizen in 2000, at age 17.The President tweeted: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi soon responded: Pelosi, who is a California Democrat, and the four freshman lawmakers referenced in Trump’s tweets, have been involved in a dispute for several weeks, although Pelosi recently called for unity among House Democrats.last_img read more

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Port of Olympia Offers Free Tours of the Working Waterfront

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaWith the return of spring, the Port of Olympia will be resuming its popular marine terminal tour program in downtown Olympia. Tours, which are free to all, offer the opportunity to see and learn about the workings of Thurston County’s international shipping terminal.In addition to observing cargo operations, including the mobile harbor crane, log loaders and other equipment, visitors will learn about the various ways Thurston County is connected with the global trade network, and the role the Port plays in moving a wide range of goods to their final destination. Over 10,000 individuals have toured the Port of Olympia’s working waterfront over the past decade.Tour participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of the economic impact the Port has in our community as well as working knowledge of the Swantown Marina & Boatworks, Olympia Regional Airport and the Port’s Real Estate Development program.Tour DetailsReservations Required.  Space is limited. Reserve at http://www.portolympia.com/98/Port-Tours.Photo ID Required for 17+. Due to Federal regulations, the secured Marine Terminal requires photo identification for everyone over 17 years of age.Location and Duration. The outdoor walking tours begin at Port offices, 626 Columbia Street NW STE 1-B (Olympics Room) in Olympia. Tours last approximately two hours.Attire.  Because tours are outdoors, participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.Children of all ages are welcome.  Tours are stroller and wheelchair accessible.A vessel in port is not guaranteed.2018 Tour ScheduleThursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 p.m.School and Group ToursIn addition to the monthly scheduled tours, the Port also welcomes tour groups from schools or other organizations. School and group tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation grants are available for Thurston County schools upon request.To schedule your group tour, or if you have questions, please contact Brianna Baker at [email protected] or by calling 360-528-8013.last_img read more

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Harbhajan Singh reveals stunning details about ‘champion’ players being allegedly forced out of the…

first_imgAdvertisement 3vvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5tbnuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b8zbruWould you ever consider trying this?😱cCan your students do this? 🌚wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Harbhajan Singh was present at the Agenda AajTak 2019 in New Delhi, where he revealed some shocking details about the 2011 World Cup team players and the dirty politics that are at play behind closed doors. The India team’s off-spinner did not mince his words when he revealed legendary players who played a crucial role in taking India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, were all sidelined for new players by the India team selectors like VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.Advertisement “I don’t know what was the agenda of leaving us all aside. It was like your work is done now you can leave. We have to make a new team. Why do you need a new team? You need it when the team has not won. We won the World Cup and you should take the team forward,” he said.Advertisement He further added how they were all dropped without any proper reason and many players like VVS Laxman retired soon after India won the World Cup. The India team management fails to respect experienced and senior players and is only in a rush to bring in new talents and fresh faces to the field.“You can’t have too many youth and young players and expect them to win the World Cup. These things have been happening in Indian cricket and it continues till date. You need to change these things because the Champions who made India win, should be respected. But this is not the case in India.”Advertisement Harbhajan went on to add, how he, Yuvraj and Gambhir could have played in the next world but they were all dropped from the team. He found the decision ludicrous, “Many players from the 2011 World Cup could have played the next World Cup. Like Me and Yuvi, Gambhir, certainly we could have played the next world cup but we were dropped. ”In the 2015 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Gautam Gambhir were snubbed by the then team management head Sandeep Patil. The 2015 world cup team only contained four players from the previous World Cup team – Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, and Virat Kohli.England cricketer Danielle Wyatt trolls Yuzvendra Chahal for being smaller than her! Mary Kom will not compete against Nikhat Zareen in boxing league but Olympics trial bout still on for December 27  Advertisementlast_img read more

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