DeBauche something special for Wisconsin

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoDuring the college football season, big-name Badgers like John Stocco, Brian Calhoun, Brandon Williams and others dominate the local headlines with their outstanding play.With Wisconsin starting out 3-0 and knocking on the AP Top-25 door, it’s fine to give these guys credit as they lead the team into conference play.Just don’t forget about Ken DeBauche.Sure, special teams players don’t receive nearly as much attention as the guys scoring or stopping the touchdowns. But DeBauche has certainly helped UW to a fast start, as he has developed into one of the strongest punters in the Big Ten.”I really just like the way he goes about his business. His confidence and just the results he’s given us, have been great,” head coach Barry Alvarez said.Last week, in the Badgers’ 14-5 win over North Carolina, DeBauche averaged 46.7 yards on seven punts, four of them landing inside the Tar Heel 20-yard-line. DeBauche was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the effort.”The recognition is nice, but the confidence I have comes from the way that I played in the game and not so much from the recognition,” DeBauche said.Wisconsin tried some different things against North Carolina with the punting game, which allowed DeBauche to have one of his stronger performances of the season.”We did a lot of directional punting this game, which is a little more difficult,” DeBauche said. “We were backed up, in all sorts of different situations. So overall, when it comes to punts inside the 20, this was my best overall game.”Alvarez, whose Badgers were locked in a field position battle against the Tar Heels, was pleased with how DeBauche dealt with some difficult situations.”I think he manages the ball very well inside our 20,” Alvarez said. “He is extremely confident and very composed. I like the way he competes … when we’re backed up [in our zone].”In the same respect, we’re punting from midfield and he drops four of them inside the 20, and a couple of them inside the 10. It’s very unlikely they’re going to take the ball 90 yards, so he is very valuable in a game like that.”Before the Badgers: When he was younger, DeBauche started out playing wide receiver. It wasn’t until his high school years that he began to focus on his current position.”Punting was just something that I was always good at, but I never really thought that this is what I would be doing,” DeBauche said. “Once I started playing the position in high school, I realized that this was something that I could bring to a higher level.”As DeBauche began to realize his potential, he started to look up to Kevin Stemke, the Badger punter from 1997 to 2000, who many believe to be one of the best ever at Wisconsin. Stemke won the prestigious Ray Guy Award, given to the best collegiate punter, in 2000, the award’s inaugural season.”Stemke was the closest thing I had to a punting idol when I was growing up, because I could relate to him,” DeBauche said. “He came from Green Bay, and he played for the Badgers, so I looked up to him.”Some people, including Alvarez, have spoken of comparisons between Stemke and DeBauche in the recent past.”It’s nice to hear … my name being mentioned with Stemke, it’s definitely humbling,” DeBauche said. “The coincidence is that I met him for the first time on the sideline at the North Carolina game. He complimented me on the game, and that was nice to hear.”Atop the league leaders: DeBauche currently leads all Big Ten punters, averaging 45.4 yards per attempt this season. While he hasn’t gotten arrogant over being at the top, DeBauche has drawn added confidence from the statistics.”It just means that I’m doing my job,” he said. “With punting, you really have to look at the stats, so if my stats are doing well, I guess I’m doing well for the team, and I hope I can stay on top.”With a nationally heralded Michigan team coming to Camp Randall this weekend, DeBauche hasn’t let UW’s past struggles against the Wolverines affect his belief in the Badger’s chances.”It’s a rivalry for us, it’s a big game no matter what the records of the two teams are,” DeBauche said. “I’m excited to be a part of it, to experience the atmosphere and see what it’s like.”Our past games against them don’t really matter to me, it just matters what we do this week, how we prepare, and what happens on Saturday.”last_img read more

Women’s water polo finds success but cannot close

first_imgDespite winning each of their first 10 matches, USC women’s water polo lost for the first time this season. Falling 9-3 to No. 1 Stanford in the championship match of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, the Women of Troy found a disappointing end to what was an otherwise strong showing for the squad.Sophomore driver Kelsey McIntosh has scored 14 goals in the 2018 season, the third most on the Trojans’ squad. Daily Trojan file photo.“By the end, recovery played a huge role,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We were definitely worn out.”To start out the tournament, action was business as usual for USC. After dismantling No. 18 San Jose State by a 17-1 margin on Friday, the Trojans were off and running. Against the Spartans, nine different players found the back of the net, six managed to score twice, and two (drivers freshman Paige Hauschild and sophomore Denise Mammolito) notched hat tricks. As a team, USC opened up the match with a massive 16-0 run only conceding a late goal in the final seven minutes of play.On Saturday, USC faced a tough pair of opponents standing between them and a shot at winning a third consecutive Barbara Kalbus title. In the first match of the day, the Trojans took down No. 6 Arizona State 8-6 in a hard fought, back-and-forth affair. Taking a 5-5 tie into the fourth period, USC stepped up when it mattered most, striking three more times to secure the victory before the Sun Devils could find any footing. Senior utility player Annika Jensen became the third Trojan to pick up a hat trick over the course of two games while Hauschild netted her fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.Moving on to the semi-finals, No. 2 Cal. represented the toughest test the Women of Troy had faced thus far in the 2018 season. Early in the match, the Golden Bears were proving just why they are such a difficult squad to overcome. California came out firing, pinning down USC 3-1 within the first few minutes of the game. The Trojan defense tightened up in the second period and by halftime, the score was knotted up 3-3.Continuing momentum off a strong end to the half, junior goaltender Amanda Longan dominated the final half of play. In a career-best performance of 18 saves, Longan repelled shot after shot from the dangerous Cal team. Her performance completely shut down Cal for yet another period in the third, allowing USC to take a 5-3 lead into the fourth off goals from senior drivers Brianna Daboub and Jensen. Despite conceding their 2-goal lead, USC found a late spark as Jensen completed her second consecutive hat trick with a clutch score that came with just 18 seconds left in regulation time. “[Jensen] stepped up and that’s what you do as a senior,” Vavic said. “I’m excited to see what she can do.”All that remained for USC to secure a third-straight title was a championship match against No. 1 Stanford. As it turned out, the Trojans’ long stretch of success would finally come to an end. After turning in a number of dominant offensive performances throughout the early season and the first few matches of the tournament, the goal scoring faltered Sunday against Stanford as the Women of Troy fell 9-3 to the Cardinal.Despite failures to convert on key chances early in the match, USC was down only 3-2 in the second period. At this point, the floodgates opened and Stanford managed to score four consecutive goals until a last-minute score from Trojan freshman driver Verica Bakoc closed the Trojans’ deficit to 7-3 heading into the half. While this margin is certainly within striking range, USC was unable to close the gap as the Cardinal completely shut down the Trojans’ attack for the remainder of the game to take home the title.Looking ahead, the squad will have a few weeks off before taking on No. 7 UC Irvine on March 7.last_img read more

DraftKings Week 13 Monday Night Showdown: Picks, advice for Seahawks vs. Vikings NFL DFS

first_imgWe needed to get one more Seattle pass-catcher in this construction (you could play a kicker if you so prefer). Hollister’s price has dropped a bit from a few weeks ago, which wouldn’t have happened if Wilson hit him on an easy touchdown a week ago. So, we’ll take the perceived drop in performance at value.FLEX: WR Olabisi Johnson, Vikings ($2,600)Adam Thielen’s already been ruled out for Monday night, so Johnson is a bargain as the No. 2 Vikings WR for at least another week. DraftKings Showdown Picks: Seahawks vs. VikingsCAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks ($14,400)We’re not really sure why Lockett is priced lower than Stefon Diggs, but the Lockett connection with Russell Wilson is too good to ignore in this single-game slate. There’s so much floor for Lockett with his shorter receptions, and he has a shot to get over the top a few times, too.FLEX: RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($11,800)With a Seahawks-heavy lineup construction, we had to make a call between Cook and Kirk Cousins. It didn’t make sense to play Cousins without having room for Diggs, so we’ll take the basically automatic 20 quality touches from Cook. FLEX: QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks ($10,800)Wilson is in the MVP conversation for a reason, and it would be silly not to stack him when we use his top receiver as our captain.FLEX: RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks ($5,400)Penny might be popular at this price, although the remaining uncertainty around his new role might keep him from being hammered too hard. No one else at this price has the chance for 12-15 touches. FLEX: TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks ($4,800) Seahawks vs. Vikings pits two teams near the top of the NFC against each other on Monday Night Football. Adam Thielen’s already been ruled out, but most of the other stars look like solid options in NFL DFS action. Our DraftKings Showdown lineup takes a Seattle-heavy approach, counting on Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett to deliver in tournaments for us. The Lockett-Wilson stack is supplemented by Rashaad Penny and Jacob Hollister, while we’re still able to fit Dalvin Cook along with Olabisi Johnson at a value with Thielen out.last_img read more

Some Wheat Festival contest entries are due Friday

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It’s that time again, when downtown Wellington comes alive for the 116th annual Kansas Wheat Festival! The annual event will be held July 6-10, with many activities, contests and entertainment planned.The first event will be the Baby and Toddler Contest, sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab. The event will take place Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the facility and pre-registration is required. The theme is “I am SUPER!”. Age categories for boys and girls are: 6 months-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-3 years old. Late entries will not be allowed to participate, and all entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place boy and girl. Entry fee is $10, and the deadline is July 5 at 3 p.m.The Kansas Wheat Festival Baker’s Bonanza will be held Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Sumner County Farm Bureau and The River. Following the contest, a Baker’s Bonanza Bake Sale will take place at the Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, at noon.At 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, a horseshoe tournament will take place at Seller’s Park. Sponsors are The Dore Bar & Grill and Colby Zeka Insurance Agency.The Harvest Prince and Princess coronation will take place Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. during the Picnic in the Park at Seller’s Park. Children must be between 4-8 years old, and there are no exceptions to this. Registration must be turned into the Chamber office by this Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.Following the coronation Wednesday, the variety show will begin at 7 p.m. in Seller’s Park, with required pre-registration. The event is sponsored by Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio and Wedgewood Apartments.The Mayor Cookie Jar Contest, sponsored by the City of Wellington, will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Seller’s Park. Public voting for best cookie and best jar will be held and winners will be recognized.On Thursday, July 8, the Cow Chip Throw will be held at 6 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Washington. Following the Cow Chip Throw, the Bed Races will be held at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center. The winning team will receive the coveted bed pan trophy.The Wellington Lions/Rotary Tricycle Race will begin at 7 p.m. in Seller’s Park on Thursday. The event is sponsored by Strategic Financial Concepts Inc.Sidewalk chalking will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the Methodist Church, with registration and check-in at 9:15 a.m. Age categories are: 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12 years. Winners will be announced at 10:30 a.m. A Kansas Wheat Festival button is required to compete. Chalk will be provided.At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Perplexing Puzzle Contest will be held at Brookdale of Wellington, 500 N. Plum. Pre-registration is required, with a limit of 10 teams.The third annual Donut Eating Contest will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of S. Washington, and is sponsored by the Daylight Donut Shop. The contest is open to participants age 6 and older. Entry forms are available at the Chamber, Daylight Donut Shop, or online.At 7 p.m. Friday, a Paper Airplane Contest will take place in Memorial Auditorium, and is sponsored by Kansas Gas Service. Entry forms will be printed in the NotiFlyer.The Tot Trot will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, for kids ages 5-12, and is sponsored by Wellington PTA.The Wheat Festival Parade, with a theme of “From Wheat to Wings,” will take place at 8 p.m. Friday in downtown Wellington. The parade sponsor is GKN Aerospace. Entries are being taken until Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m. for those wishing to participate in the parade.On Saturday, July 8, the SSB Wheat Run will be held. The 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be start at C and Harvey, behind the Security State Bank, sponsor of the event.The Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Seller’s Park. Food and concessions will also be available.From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, the 33rd Annual Wheat Festival Antique Rod & Classic Car Show will be held in Seller’s Park. The event is sponsored by Koehn Motors and Wellington Auto and Machine.The 40th annual Slowpitch Softball Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rock Island Fields, sponsored by Walmart. Pre-registration is required.At noon, the Kid’s Pedal Power Tractor Pull will be held, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at Seller’s Park. The event is sponsored by KLEY-KWME, Eagle Exteriors and Automart.A ping pong tournament will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Recreation Center. It is sponsored by the Sumner County Young Professionals.The Hillside Baptist Church and First Baptist Church are sponsoring a Gospel Sing on Saturday, from 3-5:30 p.m. It will take place at the First Baptist Church, 201 W. Lincoln. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Deadline to register is July 6th at 5 p.m.On Sunday, July 10, at 9 a.m., the Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament will be held at McKinley Park, sponsored by Security First Title.The 40th Annual Softball Tournament will continue if there are enough teams left to keep playing, at Rock Island Fields, at 10 a.m.Stay tuned for additional details about other Wheat Festival events!Most contest entries and fees are due this Friday, July 1 for Wheat Fest contests. Registration forms are available in the lobby of the Memorial Auditorium, or online at www.wellingtonkschamber.com and must be turned into the Chamber of Commerce office located on the second floor of the building. An official Kansas Wheat Festival button is required to be worn during contests.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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