Singles play powers Wisconsin in Iowa victory

first_imgA familiar story for the Wisconsin men’s tennis team (12-11, 4-7), this season has been to dig out the all-important doubles point but fail to win enough singles matches to earn a team victory. In Friday’s contest with the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-20, 0-10), however, the Badgers were powered by junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Rod Carey to seize four of six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 win.After sealing the doubles point with partner sophomore Fredrik Ask, Bertha worked quickly to earn his seventh singles victory on the season, 6-1, 6-0. The captain dominated his match with a powerful first serve, dropping only a single game and finishing first.Bertha was relentless in his pursuit of a win, putting his team on top early.“The kid was missing a lot, so it was easy to get a rhythm, and once I hopped on him pretty quick, he went away,” Bertha said.Consistently playing at No. 4 and 5 throughout the season, Bertha has adopted the No. 6 position as a comfortable homebase since returning from a back injury. He has won three consecutive matches at the final singles spot.Bertha was winless in Big Ten singles play prior to the injury, but performing well lower in the lineup has helped him gain momentum in the final portion of the season.“It’s been good to get a little confidence,” Bertha said. “(I’m) playing better now, and hopefully I’ll keep improving and keep winning out the rest of the matches.”Carey has conversely been climbing higher in the singles lineup, winning 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 position. The Bahamas native has won his last two matches at that spot, after being catapulted up the lineup from his previous No. 5 station. Carey displayed striking mental toughness in the second set by rebounding from a difficult stretch where he surrendered four consecutive games after leading 4-1. Carey stopped the bleeding by holding his own serve and breaking his opponent’s, winning the final three games of the match.Although he demonstrated a subpar effort in his doubles loss, Carey was able to bounce back by jumping to an early lead in his singles contest.“I think I had a good start; I started off pretty confidently,” Carey said. “I think I did a good job of just getting it going early in the singles, and I think that helped a lot.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has been pleased with the way his lineup has evolved over the course of the season. He was forced to tinker with the lineup due to Bertha’s injury and has given other players opportunities to improve their standing in singles.One player who has taken advantage of his playing time is freshman Quinton Vega. Despite a tough three-set loss at No. 3, Vega has sustained significant improvement since making his move to the third singles spot, in which he owns an even 2-2 record. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was not able to practice or train in the fall season because of lack of certification but lately has shown his ability as an upper-echelon singles player.“Q’s done a great job,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s really starting to play great tennis, he’s really composed, he’s getting mentally tough out there and every time that he’s out there you know he’s going to fight the fight.”Although the conference season has not been as successful as they would have hoped, the Badgers are looking to pounce on any potential opponent they may face in the Big Ten tournament. The recent conference wins could help boost the team’s confidence.Van Emburgh likes the potential of the current lineup from top to bottom in the upcoming conference tournament.“I think the lower part of the lineup right now is really solid for us,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got some high-level potential guys up top of the lineup that really could play with the top players in the conference.”last_img read more

Shaq Helps Stranded Motorist in Gainesville

first_imgThe Diesel stopped to help a motorist who broke down along I-75 in Gainesville.The NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, reportedly has a house in north Florida.Shaq, who is a towering 7 feet tall, was spotted comforting the motorists while and waited for police to arrive.Shaq is also a police officer. He’s previously served as a reserve officer in Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida as well as in LA and Arizona.In 2018 in Los Angeles, Shaq pulled over to assist a man who had just been in a car wreck.last_img read more

Come Grow with the WSU Master Gardeners of Thurston County

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WSU Thurston County ExtensionNext to digging in the dirt, there’s nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. An easy way to increase your gardening knowledge is to join the next Washington State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course. Master Gardener’s is a volunteer service gardening organization, cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973.The WSU Master Gardener training course consists of 20 weeks of indoor and outdoor classroom, online, and hands-on activities. The 2019 training will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays from January 25, 2019 through June 7, 2019.Instructors provide an overview of related subjects and environmentally sound practices including: vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnosis, insects etc.A WSU Master Gardener volunteer gains more than improved gardening skills. The Thurston County WSU Master Gardener volunteer training also focuses on skill building to support volunteers in better serving our community. The fast-paced coursework involves expanding communication skills, team dynamics, problem-solving, project leadership, risk management, technology, and more.“What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to lifelong learning and sharing of accurate gardening information with others. Trainees join more than 200 volunteers who have diverse expertise and interests. As a result volunteers have fun learning from one another while making friendships and a difference in our community,” said Cori Carlton, Program Manager.Upon completion of classroom work, graduates must volunteer 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.Tuition is $300 which covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans are available and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available to those in need.To be considered for a training spot you must complete an application and attend a 1.5 hour pre-orientation session. To see if the program is for you, please join us for a pre-orientation session.Pre-orientations are scheduled at three locations: WSU Thurston County Extension office, Lacey Library, and Tumwater Library. No pre-registration needed.Pre-orientations held at the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia, WA  98503. November 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.November 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.November 27, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.December 8, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.December 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Tumwater Library Community Room at 7023 New Market Street SE, Tumwater, WA  98501.December 3, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Pre-orientation held at the Lacey Library Community Room at 500 College Street SE, Lacey, WA  98503.December 11, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.Course spots are filled on a first come first, served basis. Space is limited so apply today! The last day to apply is December 14, 2018, only if seats are still available. Applications can be downloaded from our website. https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/Non-Volunteer Track: We do have an option for those who are interested in taking the course for professional or personal enrichment but with no desire of volunteering. The cost is $600 and space is limited. Please contact the Program Manager at carltoc@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2162 for further details.last_img read more

Which Indian cricketer has the most lit social media?

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@shikhardofficial)Advertisement gv8e7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsix2bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9fk7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1diwgWould you ever consider trying this?😱8v4l92Can your students do this? 🌚uy8Roller skating! Powered by Firework When not smashing huge sixes, bowling out vital opposition or performing acrobatic fielding on the pitch, the stars of the Indian cricket team know the way to keep their fans entertained with the use of social media. Over the years, the number of social media users in the country have grown abruptly, and with so the audience the cricketers of the country have to amuse when staying off the pitch, along with the captain Virat Kohli recently becoming the first Indian user to hit 50 million followers on Instagram. From trolling fellow team members, recording workout session to uploading creative re-enactment of dances or movie scenes, the players come up with some of the most hilarious and amazing ideas. One questions you may think- which Team India icon has the most ‘lit’ content on social media? Well the answer is- Yuzvendra Chahal.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@shikhardofficial)Yes, Yuzvendra Chahal. India’s superstar limited overs bowler is very active all across his social media accounts, and posts some of the most fascinating and hysterical content for his huge follower count. The player has 1.3 million followers on Twitter, 2.6 million on Instagram and over 96 thousand followers on FaceBook, where he is comparatively less active.Often making headlines for his out of the box posts on Twitter or Instagram, the spinner creates very exciting themes for his posts, which becomes viral among his fan base all the time.Advertisement Chahal has an account on the video sharing app Tik Tok, where he often makes videos along with his fellow team members and shares them on Twitter.Recently, Chahal recreated a famous scene from the Bollywood comedy movie ‘Dhol’, along with superstar opener Rohit Sharma and young bowler Khaleel Ahmed.Advertisement “Off field performance on point” – was another post Chahal tweeted that took the social media by storm. The cricketer was seen dancing with squad mates Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, and the fourth person whp hid his face, but fans went on arguing him to be either Rohit Sharma or Rishabh Pant.Chahal is also famous for being a fitness freak, often posting his shirtless photos on his Instagram account, flaunting his six pack abs. Recently, a group photo of the shirtless Indian team, including Shikhar Dhawan, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer along with Chahal, grabbed the netizens’ attention.Chahal is often seen doing funny stuff in the gym. Recently the player uploaded a video where he was hilariously mimicking iconic MMA fighter Connor McGregor.However, Chahal also regularly shares of his devotion to fitness and workout.His social media is also full with selfies with his teammates, and Chahal even coined the term ‘Kul-Cha’ whenever he posts a picture together with Kuldeep YadavChahal is also an avid lover of animals. He often advocates for animal rights and wildlife conservation, as his supporters are always amazed at his humane nature towards the wordless.The cricketer has several dogs as pets, and he isn’t shy on how much he loves and cares for them.The Royal Challengers Bangalore star also recently got a puppy named ‘Scotty’ which he shared on Twitter.Before cricket, Chahal was a professional Chess player, and represented India at the World Youth Chess Championship. Although giving up on chess due to lack of sponsors, he still continues to enjoy a board of chess anywhere, even in a flight.The under-12 National Chess Champion also advocates to learn the game, and also released a motivation video on Instagram on how Chess is still helping him even in his cricketing career.Since his international debut in 2016, Chahal has earned 40 ODI and 37 T20 caps for the Men in Blue. The leg break bowler picked up three wickets in the T20 series and six wickets in the ODI series against New Zealand last month.Check out Yuzvendra Chahal on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Also read-Chahal points out Dhoni’s seat in team bus and reveals that it still remains unoccupied Advertisementlast_img read more