Sunman Dearborn Invitational Middle School Track results from (5/7)Girls:Batesville 151Sunman Dearborn 112Greensburg 105Greendale 72South Dearborn 42.5Connersville 37.5Franklin County 34Benjamin Rush 30Shot Put-2 Veronica King (29’)Discus-3 Veronica King (75’2”) 4 Makayla Granger (73’3”)High Jump-4 Carley Pride (4’4”)Long Jump-4 Madelyn Pohlman (14’6.5”)Pole Vault-3 Nadine Davis (6’) 6 Jada Day (6”)100M Hurdles-7 Cora Deputy (19.38)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.35) 3 Elena Kuisel (13.84)200M-2 Nadine Davis (28.70) 3 Elena Kuisel (28.72)400M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (1:03.88) 3 Jenna Honnert (1:07.78)800M-1 Kaylynn Bedel (2:45.36) 5 Kaylie Raver (2:51.65)1600M-1 Ava Hanson (5:47.66) 3 Kaylie Raver (6:10.57)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (54.58)800M Relay-2 BMS Jenna Honnert, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Cora Deputy (2:00.55)1600M Relay-2 BMS Lizzy Nobbe, Jenna Honnert, Ava Hanson, Margaret Wilson (4:44.45)3200M Relay-1 BMS Kaylynn Bedel, Kaylie Raver, Jada Day, Ava Hanson (10:51.89)MADELYN POHLMAN WON THE CONFERENCE MVP!!!!Boys:Sunman Dearborn 126.5Connersville 104Greensburg 103Batesville 86Greendale 64.5Benjamin Rush 48Franklin County 29South Dearborn 20Shot Put-6 Blake Hon (34’11”)Discus-5 Blake Hon (92’8”)Long Jump-2 Will Sherwood (17’6.5”) 5 Seth Pierson (16’11”)110M Hurdles-4 Trenton Kincade (19.07)100M-8 Evan Williamson (12.61)200M-3 Evan Williamson (25.10)400M-2 Will Sherwood (57.83)800M-4 Emi Lopez (2:24.97) 5 Eli Loichinger (2:25.45)1600M-2 Eli Loichinger (5:18.35) 5 Jake Chapman (5:28.36)400M Relay-1 BMS Evan Williamson, Will Sherwood, Trenton Kincade , Seth Pierson (50.30)1600M Relay-3 BMS Will Sherwood, Emi Lopez, Seth Pierson, Otto Hund (4:11.73)3200M Relay-3 BMS Isaac Kramer, Jake Chapman, Emi Lopez, Eli Loichinger (10:10.71)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
Rex Allen Rutter, age 58 passed away early Sunday May 24, 2020 at his home. Rex was born on April 7, 1962 the son of the late Harold and Peggy (Seymour) Rutter in Lancaster, OhioRex entered the work force early and traveled with a local Carnival Ride provider to county fairs and festivals. Over 20 years ago that company set up at the Ripley County Fairgrounds and Rex would meet Carolyn Warner and the two of them were united in marriage on April 7, 2007.They would stay in Osgood and Rex began to work for Aspen Tree Service. They always tried to do a special outing for their anniversary. Rex always tried to support his kids and grandchildren in every event they did. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing.Rex is survived by wife Carolyn, daughter Marlee (Bill) Hannum, sons; David A Smith Jr. and Ryan A. Smith, brothers Terry Rutter, Bob Rutter, Harold Rutter, and John Rutter, sister Theresa Cox, grandchildren Dalton Smith, Violet Hannum, Lily Hannum, Daisy Hannum, and Janie Hannum, along with other grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lavera “Sis” Craiglow.
The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the son of a Jewish war refugee and a Sunderland supporter, said he was struggling to stay loyal to the club and that he found Di Canio’s “self-confessed fascism deeply troubling”. Di Canio refused to confirm or deny whether he was a fascist at a news conference on Tuesday but has previously stated he is “a fascist but not a racist”. Press Association The Dean of Durham has written an open letter to new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio calling on the Italian to publicly renounce fascism or risk being associated with “toxic far-right tendencies”. He has also been pictured giving a fascist salute to Lazio ‘ultras’ and photographed attending the funeral of a leading Italian fascist. In his open letter to Di Canio, the Dean of Durham wrote: “Your appointment raises very difficult questions. You see, I am the child of a Jewish war refugee who got out of Germany and came to Britain just in time. Some of her family and friends perished in the Nazi death camps. So I find your self-confessed fascism deeply troubling. “Fascism was nearly the undoing of the world. It cost millions of innocent lives. Mussolini, who you say has been deeply misunderstood, openly colluded with it. You are said to wear a tattoo DUX which speaks for itself. This all adds up to what I find baffling. “You say that you are not a racist, but it needs great sophistication to understand how fascism and racism are ultimately different. I can promise you that this distinction will be lost on the people of the North East where the British National Party is finding fertile ground in which to sow the seeds of its pernicious and poisonous doctrine. “You did not necessarily know this before you came. But I believe that unless you clearly renounce fascism in all its manifestations, you will be associated with these toxic far-right tendencies we have seen too much of in this region.” Sadgrove said he was “genuinely perplexed” as to why Di Canio had refused to clarify his political beliefs and warned that the club now stands to lose support and respect at home and abroad. He added: “Please tell me that I have misunderstood, or missed some fundamental issue here. I am simply telling you with a heavy heart that it feels hard at the moment to stay loyal.”
A Fernando Amorebieta own goal was followed by strikes from Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez as the Cottagers found themselves 3-0 down at the break. Suarez added his second to make it eight in the league this season and had it not been for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg the scoreline would have been a whole lot worse. Manager Martin Jol insists he remains the man to lift Fulham out of their current slump after a 4-0 defeat against Liverpool increased the pressure on the Dutchman. Fulham are 16th with only 10 points from 11 matches but Jol will defiantly soldier on despite increasing speculation about his position. “I think every manager in every team in the bottom six or seven has to keep fighting,” said the Fulham boss, who admitted he had not spoken to owner Shahid Khan about his future. “At the end of the day, I think we will be fine. We have to suffer during these games. “I think you have to be an expert if you are in the bottom four or five to keep teams up and I don’t think there are a lot of experts. “If you go to Liverpool or Manchester United or all the top teams you have to try not to concede goals. “On the ball we looked okay for the first 20 minutes and then we conceded a goal from a set-piece, then a second from a set-piece and you make it too difficult to get a result. “It’s not acceptable. The only thing I say is you make it too difficult if you concede cheap goals like that against the top teams. “I feel conceding goals from set-pieces, which is the easiest way to defend, is unacceptable. “On the other hand, you see it happening all the time at clubs. “It is a cliche to say you have to show character. You would like to stay in the dressing room but you can’t so you have to go out there and try to do something. “I feel that is what we did but it is not enough to get a result after being 3-0 down.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saw his side bounce back from last week’s defeat at Arsenal, their second of the season, in resounding fashion. “I thought we played very well. Our appetite for the game was outstanding,” he said. “We had a hunger to get the ball and we had more than 30 shots on goal, it was a real dominant performance, very pleasing.” The Reds boss also paid tribute to captain Steven Gerrard who, after being criticised for not being able to influence the game at Arsenal, had a hand in all four goals. “Steven’s delivery is as good as it gets. No-one delivers a ball like Steven Gerrard,” he said. “I felt that the other players were not utilising the quality we had in the team in his delivery and so I asked them to be more aggressive when they attack the ball and to get across their defender. “Every week I tell him where I want him to put the ball and he puts it there. “You saw with two of our goals – the free kick and the corner (for the own goal and Skrtel’s header) – there was incredible quality on his deliveries.” Gerrard was restricted by a hip problem at the Emirates and he was withdrawn after 67 minutes with the game won against Fulham but Rodgers does not think it will be an issue for the forthcoming England internationals. “He obviously has had an issue with his hip,” he said. “Where I can rest him I will and we obviously had enough control of the game to do that. “I think he is obviously a modern, seasoned professional at the top level so where he can get those little breathers it is important to get them. “I haven’t spoken to the medical people but he should be fine.” Press Association
Irwin said: ” Back in my day you had to be mentally strong but even more so nowadays because you are in a goldfish bowl. “When you are a player here you know someone is after your place, whether it is a young lad or someone being linked in the papers, and you have to be mentally strong to handle that as well. “There is more social media nowadays and the players are even more in a goldfish bowl than even in my days, but that is part of life. “You are privileged not just to be professional footballers but playing for a club like this and they know it as well.” Irwin was speaking alongside former United team-mate Bryan Robson at a press conference to promote a Manchester United Legends match against a Bayern Munich team on June 14. Robson has been impressed by Rooney’s performances of late, with the goal against Spurs taking his tally to five in the last six matches. “I think Wayne has been one of our most consistent players this season,” added Robson. “The reason he hasn’t been scoring so many goals is the manager (Louis van Gaal) decided to play him in midfield and he did a good job in there for the club at that time but now he has moved forward he has been scoring a few more goals again. The Sun published footage at the weekend of Rooney apparently being knocked out in a sparring session with former United team-mate Phil Bardsley in the kitchen of his Cheshire mansion. The England forward then performed a light-hearted re-enactment of the incident after scoring for United against Tottenham on Sunday and after the match admitted his surprise that something which had happened in the privacy of his own home had become public knowledge. “That is a good sign heading into the important part of the season when it all matters.” They do not come any more important for United than their next game against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers’ side are the form team of the Barclays Premier League having taken 33 points from the last 39 available in an unbeaten run stretching back to their defeat to United in mid-December. Liverpool are only two points behind fourth-placed United and Sunday’s game is being billed as the chance for the Merseysiders to claim the initiative in the race for Champions League qualification but Robson believes the opposite is also true. “It is going to make it a hard run-in for Liverpool if we can go to Anfield and win the game and that is how positive the players have to be,” Robson told Press Association Sport. “They have to be on the front foot thinking ‘If we win this game it will make it more difficult for Liverpool’. “I am sure it will be highly competitive and played at a real fast pace but it is one for players to look forward to these challenges. “No disrespect to the other teams but the history and rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool has gone on since the ’60s and that is why the fixture is very important to both sets of fans and players. “When you look back at United they haven’t been playing fluent football but apart from the slip-up against Southampton we have been in pretty good form ourselves and we haven’t been beaten too many times in the league.” Technology has placed Premier League stars like Wayne Rooney under a greater scrutiny than their predecessors ever experienced, admits former Manchester United full-back Denis Irwin. Press Association
Associated Press Temple looks to sweep ECU FEARLESS FRESHMEN: East Carolina’s Jayden Gardner, Tristen Newton and Brandon Suggs have combined to account for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 58 percent of all Pirates points over the last five games.QUALITY QUINTON: Quinton Rose has connected on 25.8 percent of the 97 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 18 over the last five games. He’s also made 78.1 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 75: East Carolina is 0-9 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 10-8 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.PERFECT WHEN: Temple is a perfect 8-0 when it holds an opponent to 62 points or fewer. The Owls are 6-12 when opponents score more than 62.DID YOU KNOW: Temple is ranked second among AAC teams with an average of 72.1 possessions per game. The uptempo Owls have raised that total to 76.2 possessions per game over their last five games.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTemple (14-12, 6-7) vs. East Carolina (10-17, 4-10)Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, North Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: East Carolina seeks revenge on Temple after dropping the first matchup in Philadelphia. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 1, when the Owls outshot East Carolina from the field 48.9 percent to 39.3 percent and made six more 3-pointers en route to the 76-64 victory. February 21, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially. The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary.___ Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.”___ The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season.The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns. That left the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season.League president and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov says “we consider that no one has the right to take on responsibility for people’s lives and health.”It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.”___ Associated Press March 25, 2020 ___Athletics Australia has canceled its national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed.Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, “means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.”The Australian government has imposed strict travel bans, and is urging people to stay at home. Bars, cafes, cinemas and restaurants have been closed, and social events are being curbed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no more than five people should attend weddings — including the marrying couple — and no more than 10 people should attend funerals. The Latest: Spanish soccer federation to help small clubs
… Future Stars and Kingston showdown a blockbusterTHE dreaded segment of any tournament has arrived where teams who lose usually go home and start early preparations for another competition.However, the street phenomenon labelled the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition is offering tonight’s losers a reprieve which will come in the form of having another opportunity to play for cash, $60 000 to be exact in a winner-take-all mini segment of the real deal.Tonight will mark the start of the business phase of the tournament and the venue is the spacious National Cultural Centre tarmac on Hadfield Street.Headlining the night’s fixtures will be the final game of the night between defending champions Sparta Boss and Norton Street.The reigning title-holders have not looked their lethal best, but experience sometimes count and they’re the superior team in this regard.Gregory Richardson, Cleon Forrester, Eusi Phillips are all players with a vast amount of experience in this format and their skills and familiarity in this format should be enough to engineer a win.Delon Williams was the lone scorer in Norton Street’s only win which came against Tucville and he will be called upon to orchestrate another victory.The Kingston versus Future Stars matchup is definitely a blockbuster encounter, with the latter slowly but surely earning the sobriquet of being the ‘young darlings’ among the fans.They’ve been playing cracking football, but the Kingston team are a crafty side with loads of experience so they have to be taken seriously.They topped their group, playing unbeaten with the likes of Nigel Denny and Sherwin Vincent in their lineup.However, Akeemo Anthony, Jermin Junor and Jamal Cozier are no jokes and have formed themselves into one of the most feared teams to encounter at any stage of the competition.The Upsetters and Queen Street of Tiger Bay clash is another game that is sure to provide end-to-end action and to predict the outcome is quite difficult.In the curtain-raiser, the ‘Gold is Money’ side face newcomers GTI Ballers who everyone will agree have been ‘balling’, but it might be a case of a bridge too far to cross.The West Ruimveldt side have been progressing smoothly without much fanfare, but everyone knows they are a formidable unit to deal with.Randolph Wagner is a prolific goalscorer and he is expected to lead the charge for victory, while GTI Ballers have shown a never-say-die attitude which is commendable for first-timers.Leopold Street versus Ol Skool Ballers is a must see, especially with the latter being the only Albouystown side left to defend the community.This could very well be the game of the night since Leopold Street, led by Okanie Fraser, Omallo Williams and company, are among the favourites to win the tournament outright.However, Roy Cassou has been a one-man army and he is capable of doing serious damage to any defence with his skills.The night is full of action-packed matchups and has the potential to be the biggest and exciting to date.The winning team will receive $500 000, a trophy and an automatic berth in the national playoffs, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $250 000, $200 000 and $100 000 along with trophies.Colours Boutique on Robb Street is also on board the event.Round of 16 fixturesWest Front Road vs GTI Ballers – 19:00hrsUpsetters vs Queen Street Tiger Bay – 19:30hrsRising Stars vs North Ruimveldt – 20:00hrsKingston vs Future Stars – 20:30hrsCalifornia Square vs Trap Squad – 21:00hrsLeopold Street vs Ol Skool Ballers – 21:30hrsBent Street vs North East La Penitence – 22:00hrsSparta Boss vs Norton Street – 22:30hrs
Sophomore Taylor Wurtz could bury Minnesota after shooting 4-of-7 from the arc against Michigan.[/media-credit]As the conference season gets underway for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (9-9), the Badgers have finally started to play some more familiar foes.Thursday, UW will face Minnesota for the second time in the last two weeks, just a couple games after the Badgers played Purdue twice in the same amount of time. Although this may seem like an obvious advantage, the team must remember that the Golden Gophers also have a good idea of how Wisconsin will approach the game.“The advantage is it’s fresh in your mind, you have a scouting report and you have a good idea of what they’re going to do,” Stone said at a Monday press conference. “The fact is they have a good idea what you’re going to do. And now we’re on the road, so it will be that much more difficult.”Despite a recent loss to Michigan, the Badgers have still gotten off to a solid 4-2 start in Big Ten play and realize they need to finish the season strong if they hope to bring home a conference title or qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Taking downMinnesota on the road will be no easy task, and the fact that Wisconsin’s opponent is coming off a bye week will only make things more difficult.Although road games always present a challenge, Stone recognizes that if the Badgers want to make a postseason run, they will have to reel off some tough victories away from the Kohl Center.“As a coach, you try not to make [road games] different, but it is different,” Stone said. “You can’t hide that. It’s different. You’re not at home anymore. But we’ve got to find a way and be a little tougher on the road.”The Gophers are currently winless in conference play, but Stone emphasized that their record is not changing the way Wisconsin prepares for this game. Minnesota has been in a position to win several close Big Ten games this year but has never managed to come out on top.“They’ve got good size inside that will be an imposing force for Lin Zastrow, and they need a good-sized player against Lin ,” Stone noted. “We’re not looking at the record. We know that they’re much better than their record shows, and at their place you can’t look at that record at all.”Another component of the game UW will try to regain when they travel to Williams Arena is defense, something that has been the primary focus of the team all year. Following a couple strong defensive performances to open conference play, Wisconsin surrendered 75 points to Michigan Sunday.“Tomorrow in practice, we’ll go back to some core drills,” Stone said. “Our players know it. They know we didn’t play well defensively, and that’s who we are. I expect a great response on Thursday.”Success in the two upcoming games against Minnesota and Illinois could certainly depend on the play of guard Taylor Wurtz. The sophomore kept UW in the game against the Wolverines, hitting 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc in the loss.Wurtz, who has continued to improve over the year, led Wisconsin with 14 points and once again showed the coaching staff how important her performance is to this team.“I continue to encourage her to shoot the ball,” Stone said. “That’s her role on our team. She’s got to score the ball and rebound for us, and she’s been doing a great job. Last night, her second half was huge in our comeback.”If the Badgers plan to close out the season in an impressive manner, they will have to continue to limit their turnovers. An area of the game Wisconsin struggled with early in the year, they have vastly improved their ability to take care of the ball and have averaged just over 13 turnovers per game in Big Ten competition.“Our turnovers have a direct effect on our defense,” Stone said. “If we turn it over, there’s nothing we can do in transition defense when they’re getting a run out. Our defense relies on our offense taking care of the ball.”
2017 has been particularly kind to the University of Wisconsin softball team.Even though the season is only six games in, the Badgers have already managed to accomplish something no other Wisconsin team has done in their 22 years of program history: start a season 6-0.The Badgers have kicked off 2017 undefeated through a six-game winning streak, which included two victories last Thursday in Tampa against the University of South Florida Bulls and the Binghamton University Bearcats.Coming off their impressive showing at the Uni-Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last weekend, Wisconsin (6-0) continued their success by knocking off the No. 20 Bulls (3-2) in the first game of a double-header.With the help of another stellar pitching performance by freshman Kaitlyn Menz and some timely hitting in extra innings, the Badgers were able to fend off USF with a score of 3-1 after the game went into extras tied at zero.Softball: 4-0 Badgers look to remain undefeated against USFThe University of Wisconsin Badgers softball team started their season in the best way possible. It began in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Read…Menz, who improved to 4-0 on the season, showed poise early by working out of three jams. These jams featured two baserunners with two outs in the first three innings while Wisconsin could not get rolling at the plate.The pitcher’s duel continued all the way into the eighth inning. After a fielder’s choice forced out the lead runner at home, Sara Novak came up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Novak then sent a pitch up the middle for a two-RBI hit, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead.Wisconsin was able to tack on one more run on a sac bunt by Brooke Wyderski. Menz surrendered one unearned run in the bottom frame, but did not budge getting a double play and a ground out to end the game — giving the Badgers their second extra-innings win and first over a ranked team this season.The following game against Binghamton (0-1) had the looks of another close match, but Wisconsin’s offense came alive in the final two innings, producing seven runs and forcing the mercy rule in a 9-1 victory. Kirsten Stevens got the start for the second game and kept the trend of solid pitching going, striking out 10 and scattering four hits and one run over the course of six innings.Despite only collecting two hits, the Badgers held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth when the game became one-sided with the help of some fielding blunders by Binghamton.Wisconsin had Kelsey Jenkins on first with two outs when Chloe Miller singled with an error by the left fielder advancing both runners one base, setting the stage for Wyderski. The junior knocked in both runners with a base hit to center, giving the Badgers a 4-1 lead. Novak added another run with a single, extending her hit streak to six games.Wisconsin put the nail in the coffin the following inning, courtesy of a three-run homer by Stephanie Lombardo, increasing the score to 8-1. A Jenkin RBI single made the score 9-1, which triggered the mercy rule and secured the win for the Badgers.Softball: Wisconsin kicks off 2017 schedule undefeatedThe University of Wisconsin softball team kicked off their season in just about the best fashion possible. Wisconsin played four Read…The Badgers winning ways continued thanks to contributions from the offense and pitching. Wisconsin has outscored their opponents 35-10 while their top two pitchers, Menz and Stevens, combine for a record of 6-0 and average a .45 ERA.Following the wins, Wisconsin left for Clearwater, Florida, to compete in the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invitational. UW improved to 7-0 against St. Joseph’s University Hawks, lost their first match of the season to No. 14 James Madison University Dukes (3-1), but rebounded to take down the Hofstra University Pride.Wisconsin took on St. Joseph’s in the first game of a double header on Saturday and were able to extend their best start in program history to a record of 7-0. The first runs of the game came in the third innings when good baserunning by Brianna Flugaur. The junior pinch ran for Stephanie Lombardo after a leadoff single, stole second, advanced to third on an error and eventually game home to score on a wild pitch. Later that inning, Brooke Wyderski doubled home Chloe Miller making the score 2-0.Angela Morrow got the start and delivered a quality start part 3.1 innings allowing two earned runs. The Hawks came back to tie the game in the fourth courtesy of a Sarah Ostazewski homer and evened the score at two after a Raelynn Genovese RBI double.In the bottom half of the frame, it was Wisconsin’s turn to answer. Heather Rudnicki pinch ran for Melanie Cross after Cross doubled down the left field line. A sacrifice bunt sent Rudnicki to third who then came home to regain the lead on a fielder’s choice making the score 3-2. Mariah Watts held the Hawks scoreless for the rest of the game giving the Badgers the win.Scheduled to play immediately after, Wisconsin’s game against James Madison went through a lengthy rain delay. The Dukes got to Kaitlyn Menz early scoring three runs in the first with three RBI singles and tacked on another run in the fourth inning increasing the deficit to 4-0. Menz pitched the complete game with four earned runs.The Badgers could not find an answer for James Madison pitcher, Megan Good. In danger of being victims of a perfect game, Wisconsin did not collect their first baserunner until the top of the sixth when Flugaur reached on an infield single to third with two outs.The next morning, the Badgers took the field against Hofstra. This time around, Wisconsin’s bats were the ones making noise early. Miller got the Badgers on the board with an RBI single and Wyderski added the exclamation point for the inning with a three-run homer making the scored 4-0.In the bottom of the third, leading 4-1, Wyderski delivered again this time with a two-run home run. Wyderksi finished with five RBIs in the game. Another run in the fourth inning gave Wisconsin a 7-1 advantage.Hofstra began chipping away at the lead in the sixth inning with a two out bases clearing double that made the score 7-4. The Pride loaded the bases up again in the top of the seventh. Watts got a groundout to first for the second out which brought home another run making the score 7-5. With the tying run on second base, Watts ended the game with another groundout giving Wisconsin the win.Wisconsin now continues their tour in Florida heading to Fort Meyers for the Sheraton Invitational from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26. The Badgers will play five games facing the Florida International University Panthers, the Boston College Eagles, the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, the Hofstra University Pride and the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.