Spencer boys basketball one step closer to Cloverbelt East title with win over Owen-Withee

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The beat goes on for the Spencer boys basketball team.Mitch Susa scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Spencer made nine of 14 shots from 3-point range to down Owen-Withee 64-41 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Tuesday night at Spencer High School.The Rockets won their 10th-straight game to improve to 15-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the Cloverbelt East. Spencer holds a three-game lead in the conference standings with four games remaining.The game was tight through the first quarter with Spencer taking a 13-12 lead after a late 3-pointer by Bobby Pilz.The Rockets used that momentum to their advantage, scoring the first six points of the second quarter and going on a 16-6 run overall during the first five minutes to open up an 11-point lead.Back-to-back baskets from Susa capped the run. Owen-Withee responded with a pair of free throws before Ryan Busse scored for the Rockets, and Spencer maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.“I thought the last couple of games we were sloppy offensively,” Spencer coach Randy Reckner said. “They gave us a lot of pressure with trapping, and we did a great job of handling that.”Spencer held Owen-Withee scoreless for the first 5:19 of the third quarter, pushing the lead to 17 after a Pilz 3-pointer.Owen-Withee (9-8, 7-5 Cloverbelt East) went without a basket over the first 4:25 of the fourth quarter as Spencer kept up its relentless pressure and took the lead to as much as 24. Spencer made nine of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter and was an impressive 17 of 20 for the game.Nate Mercier added 14 points, and Pilz finished with 13 as both made three 3-pointers in the victory.“We knew they would use a 1-2-2 trap, and we prepped for it,” Reckner said. “Bobby, Nate, and Mitch did a really good job handling it on top. I’ve got a lot of experience here, and it’s nice to see them talking on the floor and letting everyone know where everybody is.”Junior Calvin Lenz came off the bench and added 10 points and four rebounds for the Rockets. Lenz has been a key component for Spencer all season.“Calvin is a quarterback, and he knows how to lead the team,” Reckner said. “He talks so well, and everybody on the team knows it and hears him. We had a couple young kids in there, and he had them going to the right spots. He’s playing so well for us, and he’s doing it in a role coming off the bench.”Spencer plays at Neillsville on Thursday. With a victory, the Rockets would clinch at least a share of the Cloverbelt East championship.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 64, Blackhawks 41Owen-Withee 12 14 7 8 – 41Spencer 13 23 17 11 – 64OWEN-WITHEE (41): Austin Milliren 4-8 0-0 11, A.J. Ovyn 2-5 4-4 8, Kolton Kaduce 3-5 0-0 7, Bryce Niemi 1-5 4-4 7, Will Maki 2-3 1-2 5, Preston Shelton 0-3 3-4 3, John Schmelzer 0-2 0-0 0, Hayden Houts 0-0 0-0 0, Adam Shakal 0-3 0-0 0, Colton Booth 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Marlin Pogodzinski 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 12-35. FT: 12-14. 3-pointers: 5-14 (Milliren 3-4, Kaduce 1-2, Niemi 1-2, Ovyn 0-1, Shelton 0-1, Schmelzer 0-1, Shakal 0-3). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-8, 7-5 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.SPENCER (64): Mitch Susa 4-10 6-7 15, Nate Mercier 4-6 3-4 14, Bobby Pilz 5-12 0-1 13, Calvin Lenz 3-7 2-2 10, Ryan Busse 1-2 2-2 4, Noah Zastrow 0-0 2-2 2, Aaron Pankratz 1-1 0-0 2, Miles Weber 0-3 2-2 2, Dakota Andreae 1-2 0-0 2, Jonathan Tomke 0-0 0-0, Jack Burnett 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Meyers 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Bezlyk 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 19-43. FT: 17-20. 3-pointers: 9-14 (Mercier 3-3, Pilz 3-4, Lenz 2-2, Susa 1-5). Rebounds: 31 (Susa 10). Assists: 12 (Lenz 4). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 15-1, 12-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.last_img read more

The Ride to Rhodes experience

first_img26 June 2009On Saturday, 20 June 2009, the town of Rhodes, located in the southern Drakensberg in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, welcomed a group of tired but exhilarated Freedom Challenge cyclists after a 500-kilometre ride that started in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal a week before.The Ride to Rhodes is an annual six-day race that takes adrenalin-seekers on a rugged but awesomely beautiful mountain biking trail from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes.The day the cyclists arrived in Rhodes was wintry, with snow on the mountain; the local pub’s roaring fire was a happy welcome to the battered and bruised but happy group of men and women. All dressed in their bright red Freedom Challenge jerseys, they laughed together as they shared stories of their recent adventure.Experience of a lifetimeTwo of the older adventurers, Gavin Greig and Rodney Milford, had an experience of a lifetime.At one point, on the ride from Centocow to Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, they fell far behind and by midnight, after 19 hours of cycling, with the temperature having dropped to minus-three, they just couldn’t go on.A tiny mud hut presented itself, and they knocked on the door. It was opened warily by a nervous lady, but when she saw their plight she welcomed them into her tiny home.Two children were sleeping in the kitchen and she in her bedroom. She immediately made them tea and went to sleep with her children in the kitchen, giving up her bed for the tired and weary men. They were overcome by her generosity, and collapsed into bed and slept until morning.They woke to the smell of mealiepap (maize porridge) that she had made for their breakfast. It was an act of incredible kindness, and one has to wonder how many would, without question, allow two complete strangers into their home at midnight and give up their bed for them!Chatting in the pub after finishing the ride, Milford said: “The fast pace of today’s city life means we don’t take enough time to be truly human. That old woman’s act of kindness really affected me, because I know how rarely such generosity occurs in our ‘normal’ lives.”Stunning sceneryThe Freedom Challenge trail takes the cyclists off-road through some of the most stunning scenery one can see anywhere, never mind in South Africa. The route includes a quick stop at the Centocow Mission Station.Founded in 1892 by the Trappist monk Abbot Francis Pfanner, Centocow treated the famed watercolour artist Gerard Bhengu for tuberculosis when he was a young boy. Dr Max Kohler, who practiced at Centocow from 1925 to 1935, was responsible for discovering Bhengu and encouraging him to paint.While the Ride to Rhodes route is 500 kilometres in distance, it is a particularly testing 500 kilometres, with many tortuous climbs that seem never-ending, winding up and up on slippery tracks and stony dirt roads. However, the fantastic views at the top of each mountain are more than reward for the huge effort and determination needed to ascend each challenging peak.The highest pass in South AfricaNaude’s Nek, the final climb before Rhodes, is without doubt the ultimate mountain climb for cyclists. As the highest pass in South Africa, the ride up is precarious, as is speeding down the dirt road on the other side that winds its way into Rhodes.The vast views are indescribably beautiful, but the riders must keep their eyes on the trail or face potentially disastrous consequences.The challenge is, at times, enough to make cause many a gut check, but afterwards those who have conquered it speak about the “soul” of the ride. It’s more than just a race – it’s a journey into South Africa, its far-flung places and people, as well a unique personal challenge.Carine Reyneke, a business analyst and first-time rider in the Ride to Rhodes, commented afterwards: “It’s the people, the craziness of us all, and coming together for a short period of time to experience something few cyclists ever have the opportunity to share. I will definitely be back again.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Is it Too Late for Foursquare Competitors? SCVNGR Hopes Not, Launches New Apps

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… SCVNGR, one of the up-and-coming startups in the “check-in” application category has been on a roll lately. It has almost 500,000 users, is on track for reaching one million users by year-end, has integrated with Facebook Places, has launched a self-serve platform and has established partnerships with 1,000 businesses including Warner Bros., Sony, NatGeo, ZipCar, Journeys, Hot Topic, NE Patriots, Boston Celtics, NY Times, Boston Globe, and several universities. There are also 12,000 locations offering rewards to the app’s users. Today, SCVNGR is launching updated versions of its mobile applications for iPhone and Android, in hopes of enticing even more users to sign up.SCVNGR 3.5The new release, SCVNGR 3.5, is much more social. Users can now comment on their friends’ check-ins and activity or even just dole out a “plus one” (+1), common Web shorthand for “I agree.” Another new feature is the “social map,” which, like it sounds, maps your friends’ check-ins on a map. The activity streams feature has also been updated, aggregating check-ins, pictures, badges, challenges and rewards into the stream together.Finally, the updated version of SVNGR is better highlighting where you can find real-world rewards, one of the primary reasons users download and play apps like these. In the Places section, for example, businesses offering rewards display “REWARD” next to their entry. And a “Rewards Nearby” feature within the “Rewards” section will help you scout out deals. Meanwhile, the “My Rewards” feature lets you track your progress on achieving various rewards, which are given out after a certain number of points are reached. But Can Anyone Beat Foursquare? SCVNGR, a Google-backed venture, launched to consumers in May of this year under the direction of Seth Priebatsch, its 21-year-old CEO. Priebatsch created his first startup at the age of 12, and later launched SCVNGR as a college freshman. He’s now on “leave-of-absence” from Princeton, managing a team of 60 at SCVNGR, a company whose most popular demographic is 17-31 year olds. As Foursquare is now doing with its university program and college-themed badges, SCVNGR is heavily involved in college outreach, working with over 350+ universities, offering ways to entice users to explore their campus.Of course, SCVNGR still trails behind location-based startup Foursquare in terms of user base. As of yesterday, Foursquare just hit the 4-million user mark, which prompted blogger Om Malik to note that reaching a million users for a service is the hardest. “Once you get those, the rest is gravy,” he said. But SCVNGR may soon join the million user club, if its growth trend continues – it’s signing up about 5,000 users per day right now. However, compared to Foursquare’s 20,000 users per day, it’s still going to lag far behind. Whether or not SCVNGR, or any check-in service for that matter, can catch up with Foursquare’s lead at this point is debatable. Have you played SCVNGR? Tell us what you think in the comments. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Google Advisor Wants to Help You Find a Better Bank

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Google has been offering users a mortgage comparison tool for a couple of years and has slowly added new financial products to that comparison tool as well, including credit cards, CDs, and banking account information. But these tools have never been showcased by Google, until now with the launch of a new site called Google Advisor. The site rolls all these different search and comparison tools into one place so you can examine providers side-by-side. Looking for a checking account with no monthly fees? Looking for a credit card that offers frequent flyer miles? Looking for a low-interest mortgage? These are the sorts of questions the new site can help users answer.According to Google, this special tool will help users find the information they want more quickly as it allows them to control the sorts of offers they’re looking for, with search results that are updated in real time. Google will of course make some money when users are referred to certain providers, but it insists that banks and lenders are not paying to have their search results rank highly. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Finance#Google#web Next to medical data, financial information is probably some of the data people are most sensitive about. Google insists it will protect the privacy of those using the site. Google Account information won’t be shared, and phone numbers will only be shared with lenders if users allow it. Currently Google Advisor is only available in the U.S., and while the offering isn’t as robust as other financial services available (such as Mint.com), the site is an indication Google may roll out more features in this area. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pregnant woman’s weird request to Beckham

first_imgFormer Spice girl Victoria Beckham was reportedly left stunned when a pregnant woman asked her footballer husband David to rub her stomach in a bid to encourage her unborn child to develop athletics skills.The 35-year-old soccer ace was asked by a mystery lady if he would mind performing the unusual act when the pair were in an elevator together at a New York hotel, reported the National Enquirer.”This woman boarded the elevator, saw David, got all delirious and then – acting like Victoria wasn’t even there – leaned over and said, ‘I’m pregnant… Could you rub my stomach so that maybe my unborn child will become a famous athlete like you?’,” said a source.”Before her man could answer, Victoria snapped, ‘You have got to be kidding! Do you know how many times women like you try that line? And look at you – I doubt you’re even pregnant,” the source added.The woman didn’t get her wish as the couple left the lift without her request being granted.Victoria, is currently believed to be trying to put on weight in an effort to get pregnant with a fourth child for her and David, with who she already has Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven and Cruz, five.last_img read more