Brad James Tags: Roundup Written by December 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballCoach Walker ClassicST. GEORGE, Utah-Isaac Finlinson posted 23 points and the Dixie Flyers handed Manti their first loss of the season with a 69-61 win over the Templars Friday at the Walker Classic on the campus of Dixie State University. Kevin Clark had a game-high 27 points in the loss for the Templars.Region 14SPANISH FORK, Utah-Marcus Kemp’s 14 points led the way as the American Leadership Eagles downed North Sanpete 49-38 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Trevin Morley had 15 points in the loss for the Hawks.DELTA, Utah-Derek Smith netted 24 points as the Delta Rabbits smoked the Union Cougars 73-55 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Jaden Gardner had 22 points in the loss for the Cougars.Region 20TROPIC, Utah-Gavin Hoyt’s 19 points led the way for the Valley Buffaloes in a 49-47 win over the Bryce Valley Mustangs Friday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Treyson Roberts had 14 points to pace the Mustangs in defeat.HILDALE, Utah-The Water Canyon Wildcats edged Milford 56-55 in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday.JUNCTION, Utah-Kelby Jessen amassed 26 points and the Piute Thunderbirds pounded Wayne 61-35 in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday. Schade Torgerson’s 11 points led the Badgers in the loss.Non-RegionNEPHI, Utah-Kollin Robertson posted 16 points as the Juab Wasps stonewalled Carbon 61-38 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Kaleb Nelson had 14 points in the loss for the Dinos.GUNNISON, Utah-Cade Szymanksi netted 17 points and the Kanab Cowboys pounded Gunnison Valley 55-41 in non-region boys basketball action Friday. Braxton Sylvester had 10 points in defeat for the Bulldogs.ST. GEORGE, Utah-Walker Morrison stepped up with 21 points as the Snow Canyon Warriors smacked Richfield 59-42 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Emmitt Hinck had 13 points in the loss for the Wildcats.SALINA, Utah-Brandt Williams led the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the South Sevier Rams gashed North Sevier 76-43 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Burke Mickelsen had 14 points in the loss for the Wolves.BEAVER, Utah-The Beaver Beavers routed Utah Military Camp Williams 56-37 in non-region boys basketball action Friday.Girls BasketballCentral Utah PreviewRICHFIELD, Utah-Passion Reitz posted 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the field for the Richfield Wildcats in a 34-12 rout of Union Friday at the nightcap of Day 1 of the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Jarica Steck added 10 points in the win for the Wildcats, as they improved to 7-3 on the season. Dallie Bastian had 5 points in the loss for the Cougars, who shot only 11.1 percent (3-27) from the field for the gameRICHFIELD, Utah-Sophie Shurtliff netted 12 points on 4-8 shooting as the Enterprise Wolves waxed North Sevier 41-33 Friday during the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Kamree Brunson’s 15 points led the North Sevier Wolves in defeat.RICHFIELD, Utah-The South Sevier Rams used a 15-2 run in overtime to improve to 10-0 on the season in downing Manti 59-46 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center during the Central Utah Preview. Presley Chappell posted 19 points and 12 rebounds on 7-14 from the field and Kenzie Jones added 18 points and 5 boards on 5-10 from the field for the Rams in the win. Kassidy Alder posted 13 points on 6-11 from the field in the loss for the 6-4 Templars.RICHFIELD, Utah-Future University of Utah women’s basketball player Kennady McQueen posted 24 points and the North Summit Braves routed Beaver 57-12 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center during the Central Utah preview. North Summit improved to 8-1 on the season with the win. Avery Brown had 4 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Beavers as they fell to 2-6.RICHFIELD, Utah-Rylee Anderson netted 15 points and 11 rebounds on 6-12 from the field as Kanab pounded Monticello 50-22 at the Sevier Valley Center during the Central Utah Preview Friday. Brooklyn Holt had 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Buckaroos. Kanab improved to 8-2 with the victory.RICHFIELD, Utah-Eliza Swallow posted 17 points on 6-8 from the field as the Millard Eagles clobbered the Duchesne Eagles 68-26 at the Central Utah Preview Friday at the Sevier Valley Center. The Millard Eagles shot 51.1 percent from the field and 63.6 percent behind the arc in improving to 7-3 on the season. Taylee Giles netted 9 points in the loss for the Duchesne Eagles.RICHFIELD, Utah-Makieya Bertuzzi netted 12 points and 8 rebounds on 4-8 from the field as the Emery Spartans pummeled North Sanpete 53-12 Friday at the girls basketball Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. The 5-4 Spartans put the game away with an 18-0 run in the 3rd Quarter. Sarah Oldroyd had 3 points and 6 rebounds in the loss for the 1-9 Hawks.
The Embassy of Israel has today released a statement condemning “antisemitism masquerading at politics”, responding to claims made against the Oxford University Labour Club a statement by Alex Chalmers announcing his resignation as Co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club.Issued by Chargé d’affaires Eitan Na’eh, the statement reads “The Embassy of Israel is appalled by reports of antisemitism, intimidation of Jewish students, and support for terrorism against Israel at the Oxford Labour Club. We would not expect such disgraceful activity from any morally upright person – let alone students at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Antisemitism masquerading as politics is abhorrent. It must be recognised as such and condemned by all.”Chalmers’ resignation and his claims against his former club have already been reported on in the Israeli press, with both Haaretz and Times of Israel picking up on the story.Earlier today, the Oxford University Jewish Society (JSoc) issued a statement on Facebook, saying, “We are horrified at and whole-heartedly condemn anti-Semitic behaviour in all its forms. The comments detailed in JSoc’s statement last night indicate a shocking pattern of hateful and racist behaviour by some Club members, and it’s of the highest priority that this be dealt with swiftly and lastingly.“Labour Students is launching an investigation; we will fully co-operate with this and encourage any of our members to come forward with any information that will assist the process.”OULC has been contacted for comment.
Discipline Delayed For One Officer Accused In Excessive Force ArrestThe Evansville Police Officers accused of using excessive force to arrest an Evansville man appeared before the Police Merit Commission Tuesday afternoon. Officers Mark DeCamps, Marcus Craig and Nick Henderson are all accused of using excessive…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Download (PDF, 254KB)By Donald WittkowskiFor Jen Powell, the disappearance of her son is made even more difficult by the exasperating lack of clues in the case – and the uncertainty of even knowing whether he is dead or alive.John Weisbecker inexplicably vanished on March 11, 2009, from the house he shared with his mother and sister at 205 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. A postal worker saw Weisbecker that morning, but no one else has spotted him since then, police said.As another year passes without any trace of Weisbecker, his mother remains convinced that someone – somewhere – knows something about her son and must come forward to finally give the family closure.“I just keep praying that one day someone will have a conscience and tells us what is going on,” she said in a phone interview Friday on the eighth anniversary of her son’s disappearance.“Even if they do it anonymously, it doesn’t matter. I would just like to know what happened,” she continued.Powell remains heartbroken that her son did not have a chance to fulfill his dream of entering culinary school. Nor did he take part in the family’s milestone events, such as his sister Jordan’s graduation from high school and college and her wedding in 2015.“He never had a life to get started,” Powell said, fighting back tears.Weisbecker, a 2006 Ocean City High School graduate, was 21 years old when he went missing. He was 6-foot-2 with brown hair, a mustache and blue eyes and had numerous tattoos on his torso and arms at the time of his disappearance.Police believe someone else was with Weisbecker at the house. They said there were signs of a struggle inside the home the day he vanished, including overturned furniture. They believe he did not go willingly.Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang acknowledged that authorities do not have any solid clues to pursue and remain baffled about what may have happened to Weisbecker.“I hate to say it, but I don’t believe we are any closer today – and may be further away – than we were eight years ago,” Ang said.Despite the dead ends so far, Ocean City police have been working with investigators from the FBI, New Jersey State Police and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office in hopes of solving what Ang said appears to be a case of foul play.“We haven’t closed the door on this case,” he said. House on 200 block of Asbury Avenue where Weisbecker formerly lived with his family.Ang noted that investigators conducted hundreds of interviews and follow-up interviews. During the course of their investigation, they did not uncover any activity Weisbecker was involved in that would have caused someone to harm him, he added.The 200 block of Asbury Avenue where Weisbecker and his family lived appears to be a well-kept neighborhood of comfortable single-family homes and duplexes. Ang said Weisbecker’s disappearance was all the more shocking because his family was part of a close-knit community.“There is nothing to lead us to believe that people would want to bring harm to him,” Ang said.Powell, 50, who now lives in Weymouth Township, Atlantic County, left the Asbury Avenue house after her daughter graduated from Ocean City High School in 2010.She expressed confidence that authorities will never give up investigating her son’s disappearance, but remains frustrated that no one has disclosed vital information in eight, long years.“I know in my heart that he would not have just left,” she said.Ocean City police turned to a Facebook page last year to begin soliciting tips about Weisbecker’s disappearance. In addition, a $50,000 reward is being offered for information about his whereabouts.Information can be reported to the Ocean City Police Department at (609) 399-9111, the Newark office of the FBI at (973) 792-3000, Cape May County Crime Stoppers at (609) 465-2800 or the Cape May County Major Crimes Unit at (609) 465-1135.
The water tower at Eighth Street and Haven Avenue. By Donald WittkowskiSome Jersey Shore towns use their water towers as a whimsical canvas to promote themselves or feature their iconic landmarks.In Longport, a huge smiley face peers out over the town on one side of the water tower and the words, “The Best Port: Longport” are inscribed on the other side.Margate’s water tower is adorned with an image of Lucy the Elephant, the gigantic wooden pachyderm that started as a real estate gimmick in 1881 and has since become the town’s signature tourist attraction.Sea Isle’s water tower cheers people up with the sentiment, “Smile … You’re in Sea Isle City.”In Ocean City, though, the water tower that overlooks the main gateway into town is, well, pretty boring. In a business-like tone, it declares, “Welcome: Ocean City, N.J.”Mayor Jay Gillian called it “blah,” while one City Council member described it as “kind of bland.”Those observations were made during a discussion at the June 22 City Council meeting about ways that the water tower might be jazzed up to create a better impression for visitors arriving on the Ninth Street corridor, the city’s primary entryway.Gillian, however, pointed out that the city doesn’t own the water tower, so it simply can’t repaint it. The 132-foot tower, a fixture at Eight Street and Haven Avenue since 1958, belongs to New Jersey American Water Co., the city’s water provider.The side of the water tower that faces the ocean is blank.The mayor noted that the last time the structure was repainted, a decision was made to give the water tower a more traditional, old-fashioned look.“As blah as it might look, people love it,” Gillian said.Denise Venuti Free, a spokeswoman for New Jersey American Water, confirmed that the town agreed to the “Welcome: Ocean City, N.J.” design when the tower was last painted in 2009.She said the spherical tower isn’t scheduled to be repainted and rehabilitated by the water company for the next 10 to 20 years.“At that time, we will be happy to work with the town on a mutually agreeable design, as we do with all of our tanks,” Venuti Free said in an email.But she also said New Jersey American Water would be open to repainting the tower sooner than that if Ocean City would pay the estimated $60,000 to $100,000 cost.“Our policy is that if a town wants to change the logo or design of a tank before we are scheduled to rehabilitate it, the town would need to pay for it,” she said. “The cost of repainting the tank, which includes the significant costs of safety and scaffolding equipment and containment, is estimated to be between $60,000 and $100,000.”New Jersey American Water Co. has posted “No Trespassing” signs on the fence that surrounds the water tower at Eighth Street and Haven Avenue.The discussion about the water tower during last week’s Council meeting began when local resident Kim Davies told city officials that she believes Ocean City is missing out on an opportunity to make a better impression on visitors as they enter town on the Ninth Street corridor. She suggested that the tower should be given a playful new look, perhaps one that would feature flip-flops or some other seashore-themed image.In response to Davies’ comments, Councilwoman Karen Bergman noted that the neighboring towns of Longport and Margate have both dressed up their water towers, so Ocean City should consider doing the same thing.“Ours is kind of bland,” Bergman said. “I would like to see us do something with that.”Councilman Michael DeVlieger proposed having a city contest to generate ideas from the public for repainting the water tower.“It’s a neat canvas to work with,” DeVlieger said.
County Chief Paul S. Skill, president of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association, issued a statement on behalf of the association urging people to use precautions while enjoying the holiday weekend.“The July Fourth holiday is always an exciting time, especially here in Cape May County. With the unfortunate COVID-19 limitations placed on businesses and events because of the danger of getting infected or infecting our fellow residents and visitors, the crowds of people may have fewer places to go to, or the locations may have much more limited capacities,” Skill noted in a press release.He pointed out, “Governor (Phil) Murphy recently rescinded the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks in other states and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and outdoor restaurants in New Jersey.”Skill added that the governor made his decision to rescind indoor dining because it has been determined that most of the spike in infections in other states came as a result of the opening of indoor restaurants and bars.“No one wants to see the situation in New Jersey get to the point where the governor orders the closure of outdoor dining or possibly other activities,” he said.“As president of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association, I can assure you that the law enforcement departments in Cape May County can more than handle the challenge of the influx of summer visitors we have every year,” Skill said.He continued, “With more people come more problems; whether they are auto accidents, disorderly people or theft. With the additional challenge of enforcing COVID restrictions and the health risks posed to our officers when having to engage with the public, the Association is asking all of our restaurant, bar and business owners and our residents and visitors to do their part in making sure everyone complies with the COVID-19 restrictions.”He urged the public to follow all social distancing protocols and wear masks whenever possible “so all that you bring home from your holiday celebration are fond memories.”“The Chiefs of Police Association wishes all of you a safe, healthy and fun Fourth of July,” he said. Whether they’re enjoying the holiday on the beach or somewhere else, people are urged by the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association to have a safe Fourth of July.
Five Saint Mary’s biology alumnae discussed their careers in healthcare in a panel Thursday evening to answer current biology students’ questions and share the alumnae’s experiences in medical school.Dr. Anne Dudley, class of 2004, is now a pediatrician after attending Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dudley said she is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or a doctor who uses her hands to treat patients.“The main philosophy is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that structure and function work together for healing,” Dudley said. “We learn how to use our hands to treat patients instead of only doing testing.”Krystal Holtcamp, class of 2012, will be graduating as a Physician’s Assistant (PA) from the University of Toledo in December. Holtcamp, who was Saint Mary’s co-valedictorian in 2012, said she was familiar with the profession because of her dad’s experience.“I came into Saint Mary’s thinking I wanted to go to medical school but wasn’t sure,” Holtcamp said. “My dad is a PA, [and had] been for 40 years … so I knew what the profession was. A PA is a midlevel provider. We can diagnose, treat, give therapies but will always be under the supervision of a primary care doctor.”Holtcamp said she knew she wanted to be a PA after completing many job shadows.“I shadowed a lot, that’s how I decided,” Holtcamp said. “I shadowed a lot of female physicians and asked them their opinion if they could do it all over again what would they do, would they stay in the type of practice they were in, and how their family life was because that was really important to me.”Michelle Smith, class of 2011, is now a physical therapist at a clinic after graduating from Central Michigan University in May.“I work in [an] outpatient clinic,” Smith said. “My clinic is more of lower functioning patients, like traumatic brain injury, stroke and elderly patients. We have pediatrics, but I don’t work with them.”Val Gillis, class of 2003, is now a Physician’s Assistant after graduating from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She later got a job at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she is a PA for urology and works with infertility patients.“Urology, much to my mother’s dismay, is what I love and I’ve been doing it for nine years now,” Gillis said. “I ended up getting involved with the guy who does all infertility, and you’re thinking, well, urology and fertility, well, 50 percent of infertility is male infertility, so that’s sort of what we do. A subset of that that I do, that I am very passionate about, is I do fertility preservation for cancer patients, which is my favorite thing about my job. The youngest we’ve seen is a 13-year-old boy who was about to get chemotherapy and then up to 70-year-old men.”Class of 2008 alumna Beth Belock is now a veterinarian after graduating from Michigan State University’s veterinary school. Belock said Saint Mary’s prepared her for graduate school better than Michigan State’s pre-veterinary undergraduate program did.“Saint Mary’s prepared me very, very well for vet school,” Belock said. “Getting into that first year, you have a lot of basic science classes to get started with and even the people who had gone to Michigan State as the pre-vet program, in some instances, I felt that I was more prepared than some of my classmates. They were asking me questions about stuff, so I was like, ‘Yes, this isn’t even technically a pre-vet program, but I am definitely doing very well with these courses.’”Holtcamp said attending a liberal arts school puts an applicant ahead with regards to medical school applications and acceptances. It is much more interesting that the applicant didn’t just take biology classes, she said.“Saint Mary’s has so many opportunities, like study abroad,” Holtcamp said. “Do something that you think you will really enjoy and talk about. And school-wise, you will be so prepared. Most [medical schools] have had some Saint Mary’s students, so it’s known that science-wise, you will be so well prepared that they’ll know academic-wise you’ll be prepared. So just show how great, personality-wise, Saint Mary’s girls are.”Belock said it is important to have experience with people skills when applying to veterinarian school.“As much as you think you’re going in to deal with animals, there’s always a person at the end of that leash that you have to deal with,” Belock said.Gillis said being well-rounded is a big factor when applying to medical school.“You’re going to be having awkward conversations if you want to do medicine, and it’s going to be awkward and you can’t blush,” Gillis said. “You have to be able to relate and communicate.”Tags: alumnae panel, Beth Belock, biology, Dr. Anne Dudley, Healthcare, Krystal Holtcamp, Michelle Smith
With transformative legal topics becoming more and more prevalent in our country and world, the Notre Dame LGBT Law Forum and Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES) brought in experts to address these issues. On Tuesday, the two University student groups, along with the Hispanic, Black and Asian Law Students Associations, hosted a “lunch and learn” on legal issues affecting the transgender community.The panel was moderated by Caitlin Canahai, vice president of LGBT Law Forum. The panelists included Carolyn Wald of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Kara Ingelhart of Lambda Legal and Noah Lewis of Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. All three lawyers work in LGBT law and have worked on cases from educational rights to restroom usage to cases pertaining to HIV or surgeries being covered by Medicare. In addition, Lewis was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School and to speak at Notre Dame Law School.Canahai began with a question about what the panelists think the most prevalent issues are in the country and world’s current legal and political environment. Both Ingelhart and Wald touched on the federal pushback that is arising and emphasized the importance of state and local laws to counter that pushback.Lewis highlighted the ability of our society to spur change in our legal system.“We are kind of seeing [the law] start to go backwards,” Lewis said. “However, I do feel more optimistic because the difference between now and the ’70s is that so many more trans people have come out and have been able to connect with one another and once you change society, it’s hard to go back, even if the law does.”Housing discrimination is one important issue to the transgender community, and is not just noticeable in apartment or home purchasing, but is also widespread in homeless shelters, mental health facilities, assisted living residences and prisons. All of the lawyers mentioned recent or current cases that involve mistreatment or misplacement of transgender prisoners.Wald discussed the impact societal changes have on the legal world. She brought attention to the work the American Civil Liberties Union does for the LGBTQ community through lobbying in Congress and collaborating with other groups on the ground.“You’re never going to get away from the importance of public opinion and public understanding,” Wald said.All of the attorneys present made it clear that the influence society has on changes in the legal system does not just stop at lawyers themselves. They stressed the fact that this event was open to the public and it is the greater community that needs to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community in order to bring about change.Tags: LGBT Law Forum, Trangender Resource Education and Enrichment Services, Transgender rights
Tickets are now on sale to see Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert and more in Signature Theatre’s Big Love off-Broadway. Directed by Tina Landau, the modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Danaids is written by Charles Mee and will play a limited engagement February 3 through March 15. Opening night is set for February 23. Related Shows Additional cast members include Emmanuel Brown, Lynn Cohen, Ellen Harvey, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Christopher Innvar, Preston Sadleir, Stacey Sargeant, Nathaniel Stampley and Libby Winters. View Comments Big Love In Big Love, fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Mayhem ensues, complete with flight suit-clad grooms, women throwing themselves to the ground and occasional pop songs. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015
Star Files View Comments Daveed Diggs(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Daveed Diggs Daveed Diggs certainly isn’t throwing away his shot! The Tony winner, who recently departed gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton, has been tapped for the third season of ABC’s Black-ish. Variety reports that he’ll appear as Rainbow Johnson’s brother, Johan.Johan will be a laid-back hipster type, who is obsessed with his hair and a couple of trips he’s taken to France (we know he can do the accent!). Diggs’ character is set to make his debut early in the third season, which goes into production shortly. The series is scheduled to make its bow on ABC on September 21.As we previously reported, other projects on Diggs’ horizon include HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy and the movie Wonder opposite Julia Roberts.