January 29, 2009
January 28, 2009
Kelsey Wyss [Luers] picked up the loose ball in a scrambled mess, threw the pass to teammate Brierra Young, and the sophomore drove to the basket for the potential game-winning score. But her layup was contested, the ball rolled around the rim and fell to the ground, and time expired as Norwell held on to beat Bishop Luers 51-50 in overtime.
Tuesday evening's game between the Knights - Class 3A No. 2 Norwell and 2A No. 5 Bishop Luers - had everything fans should've expected out of two of the area's best teams.
"Wow, it was a good game," Bishop Luers coach Greg Friend said. "Our kids fought hard, but give Norwell a lot of credit. They got the job done when they needed to. It came down to that last-second shot. We did our best."
Norwell overcame a 20-9 second quarter deficit and finally took the lead with a shot from Norwell sophomore Amanda McAfee scored on a turn-around jumper as time expired in the third quarter to give her team its first lead of the game, 30-29
Norwell moves to 15-1 on the season with a 12 game winning streak. Their only loss being to 4A #7 ranked Jay County back on Thanksgiving. Luers falls to 13-5 on their season, having lost to 4A Penn, 4A Fort Wayne South, 4A South Bend Washington and 2A Heritage Christian.
January 27, 2009
Norwell Principal Greg Mohler asked the board to wait until Friday to decide whether or not to renew his contract. But that didn't stop over 100 students and parents from coming out and speaking on his behalf.
Students and parents showed up Tuesday night looking for answers....Newschannel 15 asked the tough question. Why would Principal Mohler be let go, but we couldn't get the answer.
"Well that would be a personnel matter, and I'm not at liberty to discuss anything that's personnel related," said Northern Wells Superintendent Dr. Scott Mills.
It sounds like this meeting was a pretty one-sided affair, as these things always are, because neither the school board nor the superintendent are about to discuss personnel matters in a public forum. Employers all across the country are in the same boat... if you speak ill about any aspect of an employee's performance, you get sued... if you say nothing, you get hated by those who don't have all the facts. These types of School Board vs. Students showdowns over teacher/administrator contracts are just a fact of life in our litigious society, made all the worse by the passions of young adults.
In the end, though, the news media and students and parents all focus on Superintendent Mills and the School Board -- asking them why questions no employer can answer... neither the media, nor the kids seem to realize that Principal Mohler knows why this action is being taken and he's fully free to discuss it. If he's unwilling to discuss why his contract might be terminated, that says something.
From NewsChannel 21: Are Big Changes in store for Norwell?
Personally, I think the Emergency Broadcast System should sound the air-raid sirens each time Congress makes a new law... that would do more to protect my children than a camera click.
January 26, 2009
Of course with coverage like this (from the LA Times), I can understand why they don't advertise:
The Miss America contest is stupid and dated and we crowned a new winner in Vegas on Saturday night.
One of the big surprises to me the last couple of years has been the relocation of the Miss America pageant to Vegas. Why would you bring this antiquated event -- an Atlantic City tradition that had seemingly run its course there -- to Vegas? Vegas aspires not only to be hipper than Atlantic City, but also wants to be a city with a relevance to the 21st century. Miss America is even sexist in a dated way...
I see, however, that the the Vegas writer for the LA Times is covering the event (why write about it, if it's all so "stupid?"). I guess Miss Stam's platform of Community Service and being the goodwill ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network is tainted now because of how she was chosen for those positions. The writer calls the event 'sexist,' but the word doesn't apply, does it... sexism is discriminating against someone because of their gender... just how is that happening in the Miss America pageant? No, the writer is upset because the women are winning and losing based in large part upon their looks -- that is not sexist.
Leave it to the Los Angeles Times to say that a contest based on looks is sexist -- God knows, Hollywood isn't like that... it's open and welcoming to all women, who are generally cast in movies based on the quality of their acting skills and the content of their characters -- not on their looks.
Yeah right. Congratulations, Miss Stam and Seymour, IN!
January 25, 2009
Despite being Australian citizens and having valid visas to enter the US, the family members claim they were singled out because of their cultural background, having immigrated from Bangladesh four years ago.
"They treated us like terrorists," Mr Rabbi said. "We are Australian citizens. Why did they have to keep us in a detention centre? Why did they have to lock up my kids?"
If such action by the United States is upsetting to you, you might consider reading Doctorow's book, "Little Brother," which is a fictionalized account of how treating people that way can end up backfiring on the US. I read "Little Brother in one sitting -- couldn't put it down. If you like modern technology, you'll enjoy the read and have lots to think about.
January 24, 2009
For the Knights, Jenelle Wilson scored a game-high 22, and. Rupright (13) and Vogel (10) combined for 23 on the low blocks.
Kylie Dial chipped in with 11, and felt the void created by the absence of the player she's been playing basketball with forever. [Haley Chaney]
January 23, 2009
January 20, 2009
Need more help? The child on the man's knee is wearing a white hat which is shading the child's face. The shade across the child's face creates the impression of the eyebrow of Jesus....
On Sunday, she swept the 100 backstroke (1:02.25) and the 200 backstroke (2:14.14) before finishing the day with a first place in the 200 IM (2:15.41).
January 19, 2009
It was a bittersweet night, however, as it was the first game in a long time without Haley Chaney on the floor. Chaney returned to the court this year even after a terrible car accident in the off season left her susceptible to further (and possibly worse) injury while playing ball. After being injured in the Carroll game, Haley decided to stay on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Update: Norwell Senior Ends Basketball Comeback
Interesting... the graphs show new record high and record low temperatures across the United States by year... lots of high temperature records were set in the thirties, fifties and nineties but almost none in the last 10 years. And many low records were set in the seventies and eighties, but almost none in the last 10 years... so even though the news is full of global warming excitement -- our weather has been quite uneventful... not record-breaking hot, not record-breaking cold.
How can such an uneventful decade result in so much hype? Here's more information.
January 16, 2009
January 14, 2009
Ross Mathews (JV) only played two seconds in Norwell's game at DeKalb Monday night, but in those two seconds, he became the hero of the night, nailing a three from the right wing at the buzzer to give the Knights an amazing 46-44 comeback victory against their Northeast Hoosier Conference rival.Nice!
With two seconds remaining in the game, Norwell (4-6, 1-1) called a time-out to set-up an inbounds play underneath DeKalb's basket. It was then that Mathews checked into the game for the first time.
"I felt like, at that point, we didn't have anybody who was shooting the ball well, and Ross has been shooting well all year on JV, so we put him in," said head coach Doug Hicks.
On the inbounds, freshman Kyle Fillman got it to Mathews on the wing. He dribbled to his right once before getting off his shot just before the buzzer.
He hit nothing but net, sending the entire Norwell bench (along with Hicks) rushing the court to mob him at halfcourt.
January 13, 2009
January 12, 2009
The Norwell boys, however, lost their 4th straight, this time to Carroll 46-57 and fell to 3-6 on the season.
It seems we hardly remember the Quebec blackout during the magnetic superstorm of 1989... how many people even had cell phones in 1989?
You can read a free scientific report about the risks we face here... just scroll down to the Table of Contents and start reading...
January 8, 2009
The Norwell Girls are now 11-1, sitting atop the Northeast Hoosier Conference with an 8 game winning streak.
The unranked Norwell boys team scored only 13 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined against Wayne, having been held to under 40 points the second game in a row. They are now 3-5 on the season but haven't yet started conference play.
January 5, 2009
In the first game, Norwell trailed 30-23 at halftime and 44-32 after three quarters, but hit six of eight free throws in the fourth quarter to outscore the Pilgrims 19-7 and force overtime.
Then in the extra session Norwell hit four of six free throws to outscore Plymouth 9-3. Norwell hit 23 of 29 free-throw attempts, and Plymouth hit 17 of 29.
After Plymouth's Lyzz Smith made a lay-up with 0.6 seconds remaining to give Plymouth a 51-49 lead, junior Kylie Dial uncorked a long baseball pass down court to sophomore Amanda McAfee, who out-jumped two Plymouth defenders to catch the ball, then turned and fired just inside the three point line, hitting nothing but net and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Way to go, girls!