UW must fix season-long mistakes

first_imgOne goal. One save. One win.That’s how close the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team came to making the NCAA tournament this season.So while Mike Eaves’ team watches the playoffs from home as just the first team to miss the field of 16, they can point to a handful of chances that slipped away.Perhaps no one game or loss is more glaring than the Jan. 3 matchup against Northern Michigan. The Badgers hosted the Wildcats for a weekend series at the Kohl Center, but dropped the first game to a then 3-12-3 team by a final of 3-2. Perhaps the surprise of losing to a team they should have easily beaten on paper caused Saturday’s result for the Badgers.Up by three goals in the third period of the series’ second game, Wisconsin appeared on its way to a split. But in a span of under nine minutes, the three-goal lead was gone, and the teams were headed to overtime.It was Jared Brown’s goal with 50 seconds to play in the third period that tied things up, and Phil Fox provided the game-winner 2:01 into the extra session.The sweep was tough to stomach for the Badgers at the time. Little did they know how much the third-period collapse would hurt them in the long run.There were plenty of similar examples throughout the year. Take the Feb. 20 game against Denver. UW again held a third period lead, but again was able to seal the game. This time, however, DU’s Joe Colborne scored the tying goal with just 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation.Those 14.4 seconds were the difference between a trip to the NCAA tournament and a nice weekend in Madison for Eaves and his squad.Notice a trend? It continued in Mankato, Minn., the following weekend when the Badgers traveled to face the Minnesota State Mavericks. In Friday’s game, UW held a 3-2 lead entering the third (MSU’s Trevor Bruess cut the lead to one with 19 seconds to play in the second period). And just like they had done all season, the Badgers let another late-game lead slip away, eventually losing 4-3 in overtime.The following evening, it happened again. Wisconsin clawed back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, thanks to two power play goals by junior forward Michael Davies. But it wouldn’t be a Badger game if a third-period lead didn’t magically disappear. They settled for a 3-3 tie.If there was one problem that plagued this team all season, it’s a pretty obvious one: the inability to close out games.So where does UW go from here? Well, Eaves will have a few holes to fill next season, most notably in the net. Goaltender Shane Connelly finished his senior season with a 2.51 goals against average and a .913 save percentage while posting a 19-14-4 record.Much like his career at Wisconsin, his senior year had its ups and downs. Certainly, Connelly would like to forget the season’s start. He gave up five goals in the team’s opener against Boston College — a 5-4 loss — and six the next Friday against Denver — a 6-5 loss. Those two games were part of the team’s 0-6-1 start to the season — a hole that eventually proved a bit too deep to climb out of.Following each of those first two losses, sophomore backup goalie Scott Gudmandson saw action in the net. In fact, half of his appearances all season came in the first two weekends. Gudmandson’s only other start was a 6-0 shutout win over Michigan Tech in early November.It’s tough to get a read on Gudmandson from the little ice time he saw in two seasons (he played in just six games as a freshman). Nonetheless, the starting job will likely be his to lose next year.Connelly did have moments of brilliance, however. Perhaps his best weekend came in Minneapolis, as the Badgers swept the rival Minnesota Golden Gophers at Mariucci Arena. Connelly was a big reason for the sweep, stopping 76 shots on the weekend in 3-2 and 5-4 victories.Connelly won’t be the only player leaving UW. Senior forward Tom Gorowsky is another departure for the Badgers. Gorowsky’s story is an interesting one. Through his first three years in Madison, the former Mr. Hockey in the state of Minnesota played just 67 games — averaging just over 22 a season.But as a senior, Gorowsky finally received regular ice time — missing just four of UW’s 40 games all year — and was third on the team in scoring with 30 points.They say hindsight is 20/20, but had Gorowsky seen the same minutes between his freshman and junior seasons, how much better could those teams have been?This is also that time of year when we’ll start to see players leaving school for the NHL. Last season, freshman phenom Kyle Turris was the only Badger to jump early. This year, though, Wisconsin might not be so fortunate as to lose just one.Jamie McBain, a second-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes — is the obvious candidate to turn pro. The junior defenseman led the team in scoring, and was named the WCHA’s Player of the Year — as well as a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.Wisconsin could potentially lose one or two more blueliners besides McBain. Sophomores Ryan McDonagh and Cody Goloubef had productive seasons and like McBain were early draft picks (McDonagh in the first round by Montreal, Goloubef in the second by Columbus).On offense, a few players come to mind as well. John Mitchell’s name has been tossed around as a potential early departure. Although he’s undrafted, Mitchell’s size (6-foot-5, 222 pounds) and newfound scoring ability (15 goals and 11 assists this year) make him appealing to pro teams.Junior co-captain Blake Geoffrion and freshman standout Derek Stepan are two more to watch, although both could benefit from another year (or maybe two, in Stepan’s case) in Madison.Many of the pieces will be in place for next season. Two big questions remain to be answered: How will Scott Gudmandson fare as the new goalie, and can this Badger team learn from its mistakes and finally be able to play with a lead?last_img read more

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Scott shoots low numbers at Eastern Star

first_imgYou are reminded when you get here of what a fine facility this is.  The clubhouse is imposing and the book-in was very easy.  One of the things I particularly like is that you can see the restaurant from the balcony and thus see where your friends are.  Many courses have the restaurant upstairs with a fine view of the course, but I do like this configuration.Tuesday’s top four with one of Bert’s finest.Soon on the first tee we were reminded of how scenic the course could be and how difficult.  After deciding that most players wanted to play off the easier yellow tees, ‘The Committee’, or ‘Organiser’ decided the day should be played off the white tees; after all it made me feel better and ensured the scores would be low.So off we went and it was soon apparent the greens were newly sanded and not in top condition.  It was also windy and the rough was really difficult to get out of.  You get the picture, really tough day out, mind it is always a ‘pleasure’ to be deflated by a golf course.  I wondered how the rest were getting on.Back at Bert’s and in the results it was noted that apart from one ‘spoilsport’ all the players were given a bit of a lesson.  But you always get one!In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the one player who beat the course and won was Max Scott with 39 points, and an even gross 72.  Then we came to those who put a smile of satisfaction on my face, all the rest.  Second was Mashi Kaneta with 32 points and in a count back on 30 points in third was Mike Gaussa ahead of John Binns in fourth.So to the B Flight, and who knows I may be there shortly, and the winner was Jack Robertson with 34 points ahead of a count back on 31 points that saw Pauline Elphick in second and Brian Gabe in third.  In fourth was Don Carmody.Mind, does not say much for the ‘Organiser’ when his name is not even mentioned!This is a course that deserves respect; we even had a really low handicapper who had 5 points on the back nine.  Let the greens settle down and it will be well worth a visit, play well here and you will leave with a feeling of accomplishment.Near Pins:  David Nicholson, Bob Watson, Mark West, Max Scott.Long Putts:  John Harrison, Joel Flor. PSC golf from Tropical Bert’sTuesday, Feb. 12, Eastern Star – StablefordWe had not been here for some time, but on the back of some good reports and of course a special deal, we decided to nip down there and give it a go.  The latest news we had was that the greens had been sanded and thus were not at their best.  So with a full number of players and of course our discount vouchers it was off to Eastern Star. last_img read more

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Irish eyes smiling at Diana Seniors

first_imgThe final Diana Senior and Ladies Open for the year had 51 players at Pattaya Country Club on Thursday November 25.  It was a busy day with our friends from Café Kronborg following our 14 groups.The course continues to improve and with the dry season here, there was lots of run on the ball which produced some excellent scores.  All the drink stops have been completely re-furbished making it a pleasure to stop for a quick one!December winners John Conolly, Tom Breslin and Chant “Moon” Schwulera with the tournament organizer, Nigel Cannon, left. In the Ladies comp our good friend Chant “Moon” Schwulera (H/cap 11) was in top spot with 34 points.  It was the same score for the runner up Noi Saraprakhon (25) who just made second spot over Brit-Marie Wimmersted (20), also with 34 points, with the count-back going to the front 9 (back 6)!There was a big Irish group with us today providing the winners in both of the Men’s divisions.In the Seniors it was a new face – John Conolly (20) with a fine 41 points taking the honours.  Ake Ovegren (27) was runner-up with 39 points.Returnee Irishman – and good friend of the Diana Seniors – Tom Breslin (23) was the winner in the Super Seniors with 41 points, followed by Werner Schwarz (17) with 39 points.  All scores are submitted to Pattaya Sports Club.Near Pins went to Ake Ovegren, Willy Hindsjo, Pimusa Tonkhoksoong and Werner Schwarz, while the long putts were sunk by Bo Temmell and Britt-Marie WimmerstedtBefore announcing the winners Diana Seniors Organizer Nigel Cannon took the opportunity to thank all players for their support during the year.  He particularly thanked Alan Pearce who had checked the cards and worked out the results every month.  Appreciation was made of the staff at PCC for their help and friendliness throughout.Nigel also stated that The Diana Group would continue with the Seniors and Ladies monthly open throughout 2011 – with some minor changes.The next Diana Seniors and Ladies open is on Thursday, January 27 at Pattaya Country Club with a tee time of 0900.  Sign-up sheets will be at Diana Green Bottle on 2nd Road and the Diana Driving Range from early January.last_img read more

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Brackett bows out with back-to-back wins

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Nov. 12, Burapha – StablefordNot surprisingly, our field here at Burapha to play the A and B courses was reduced somewhat to 24 players, as the weather looked decidedly dicey with heavy rain overnight and thunderstorms and rain in Pattaya before leaving for Burapha. We were greeted by overcast skies and some light rain prior to tee off but the day just got better with no rain after the first hole and just overcast skies which made great weather for golf.  The marshalls had decided that no carts were allowed on the fairways so we had ‘lift, clean and place’ through the green but the course was in great condition and none of the fairways showed any damage and were hard underfoot and had been cut making them perfect to play off.  Only the bunkers were wet and unfortunately the balls tended to plug but that’s the rub of the green.  The greens were in great condition and were a great pace and consistent throughout.Wednesday podium placers: Paul Bourke (left), Jim Peachey and Greg Hill.Two divisions plus the ‘2’s and the overall winner for the day, and winner of Division 1 was Bernie Stafford with 39 points off his 14 handicap.  Bernie is becoming a Burapha specialist as he also won the division the previous week and it’s great to see him continue his good form.  Other good scores went to Keith Allen (Div A runner-up) with 36 points off his 14 handicap; Greg Hill also had 36 points off his 16 handicap and was the winner in Division 2 from Paul Pedelty with 35 points.Only three ‘2’s and they went to Keith Allen on A3, Paul Pedelty on A6 and Shane Crane (birthday boy) on B3.Div A (0-14)1st Bernie Stafford (14) 39pts2nd Keith Allen (14) 36pts3rd John O’Keefe (14) 33ptsDiv B (15+)1st Greg Hill (16) 36pts2nd Paul Pedelty (15) 35pts3rd Ivan Plunkett (23) 32ptsTuesday, Nov. 13, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordWell, our third visit here since the refurbished back nine opened and it is with some regret that the Outback will be discontinuing their visits to this course.  The local members no longer wish to play on Tuesdays, preferring the three day strategy of Mon, Weds & Fridays and we (the Outback) do not consider the course in good enough condition to take tourists to, particularly at the green fees PCC think they can charge.  The future of the course is also unclear with rumours about that they may have to close the whole course at the beginning of next low season; we shall see but keep our options open.In the meantime, Khao Kheow has been moved to Tuesday to take Pattaya C.C.’s place.The win today went to Seesa (Mam) with a fine 37pts off a 28 h’cap with the Turnip in second with 35; third place was filled by John Kittilsen beating both David & Geoff on count back, all on 33.Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came from Chad, who had an absolute shocker for 19pts but he bagged the only ‘2’!1st Phompinmon Seesa (28) 37pts2nd Dennis Persson (19) 35pts3rd Jon Kittilsen (19) 33ptsWednesday, Nov. 14, Siam Plantation A & B – Stableford11 Players for Siam Plantation but with such an early start it was understandable and some got caught in traffic on the way and had to hit off later.  It was a great day for golf with no rain, a light breeze and overcast conditions.  The course was again in superb condition and we again got to play Sugar Cane first followed by Tapioca, great layout and a good test of golf.Only one division plus the ‘2’s and Jim Brackett showed a liking for the course with a great score of 38 points off his 6 handicap, with Stephen Mann having 37 points off his 8 handicap and Peter LeNoury taking third place with 35 points off his 11 handicap.Only one ‘2’ and that went to Stephen Mann on the Tapioca 7th.1st Jim Brackett (6) 38pts2nd Stephen Mann (8) 37pts3rd Peter LeNoury (11) 35ptsWednesday, Nov. 14, Pattana C & A – StablefordAn excellent turnout of 21 golfers showed up today to play at Pattana; a few less than expected though as we lost three guys who ended up at Greenwood.  We teed-off 20 minutes early and once again we had the course to ourselves until the last few holes on A.The course has improved immensely since we last played here in October and at the very reasonable green fee rate together with a 100 baht discount for 20 players makes this a good alternative Wednesday once a month, as staff are pleasant and the facilities are excellent.Welcome to Derek Stephenson and also to Mod who we haven’t seen for a very long time and well played to Bourkie for his fine 39pts off the shorter yellow tees; maybe the whites next time!  Jim Peachey at long last found himself on the podium with 36 and they took the first and second places of Div A respectively.Div B went to Greg Hill with 38pts, which follows his good round at Burapha on Monday; second in this Div was Barry Copestake on 37.Sadly we say good bye to Stuart Tinkler & Ken Davidson and mates and we look forward to seeing you all next time, safe journey back.There were five ‘2’s from Jim Peachey & Barry Copestake (hole C2), Derek Stephenson (hole C7), Ken Davidson on hole C12 and Greg Hill on hole 17.Div A (0-15)1st Paul Bourke (10) 39pts2nd Jim Peachey (12) 36pts3rd Derek Stephenson (13) 34ptsDiv B (16+)1st Greg Hill (16) 38pts2nd Barry Copestake (16) 37pts3rd Chris Thompson (24) 36ptsFriday, Nov. 16, Green Valley – Stableford41 players went to Green Valley for our Friday competition on an overcast, cool day with a light breeze, just a great day for golf.  Thanks to Suzi, all players managed to get off the tee on time and all groups were finished in just over 4 hours, which was very good but the pace of play was stop/start especially on the back nine.The course continues to improve and was very heavily booked which just goes to show how popular this course is becoming; but some of the greens need a little bit of TLC but overall the course was in good condition.Just a couple of additional points from Suzi; we did have a ‘no show’ today which does make life difficult for the organisers, so please try to let us know as early as possible if you can’t make it and secondly there was a case of somebody hitting up on the group in front, so two things: a) please don’t do it and b) all the caddies in your group are banned from working for one day if you do.So to the scores – some good ones from players in all divisions and in Div A if you didn’t break par then you weren’t in the winners’ circle.  Jim Brackett, who returned to the States the next day, finished on a high with another win today (38pts) to follow his Weds win at Plantation, so well done Jim and have a good flight back.  In second place was Ian Heddle, who found his form at last with a fine 37 playing off 5 to beat Peter LeNoury on count back.In Div B, the honours went to one of the Irish contingent, Liam O’Keefe (38pts) beating Murray Hart (35) and four guys all on 33pts, headed by Pete Stonebridge; and Div C was a good result for playing partners Clint & Chris as they shared the top two spots both with 39pts, with Clint getting the nod.There were three ‘2’s from Capt’ Steve (4th), Suzi Lawton & Murray Hart (both on the 9th).Div A (0-13)1st Jim Brackett (6) 38pts2nd Ian Heddle (5) 37pts3rd Peter LeNoury (11) 37ptsDiv B (14-18)1st Liam O’Keefe (14) 38pts2nd Murray Hart (14) 35pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15) 33ptsDiv C (19+)1st Clint Pingree (31) 39pts2nd Chris Thompson (24) 39pts3rd Michael Kelleher (28) 36ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 087 941 2474.last_img read more

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Table tennis tournament awards 252,000 baht in prizes

first_imgPattaya-area youths won 252,000 baht in prizes at the Pattaya Table Tennis Open.Former MP Poramet Ngampichet, Pattaya Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and Sanga Kijsamrej, advisor to the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association, handed out prizes at the Sept. 29 tournament at the Eastern National Indoor Stadium. Capt. Tirawit Khumbangli, secretary of the table tennis organizing committee, said the tournament was organized to develop sportsmanship in youths and encourage exercise.Ronakit Eaksingh, deputy mayor of Pattaya along with city councilors present trophies and prizes to the winners in the 7 different categories. Teams of two competed, with 210 teams taking part in total.  First place in each category earned 30,000 baht, second place took 15,000 baht and third place won 8,000 baht.The winners by category were:  Mens (all ages) – 1. Military 2. Pattaya A 3. Central Club F; Men/Women (all ages) – 1. Military 2. Pattaya A 3. Central Club C; Men Under 30 – 1. Baan Poothairung A 2. Baan Poothairung B 3. Pattaya 304; Men/Women Under 30 – 1. Ping Pong Acame 2. Wanmarinam Pattaya 304 3. Wanmarinam Pattaya 303; Men Combined Under 90 – 1. Pattaya 901 2. Pattaya 906 3 Pattaya 904; Singles Under 12 – 1. Sitisak Nuchanadee 2. Chareonchai Desriburapakul 3. Napat Thammatikom; Singles Under 10 – 1. Wanchart Phitakkulsiri 2. Panyapran Atsathit 3. Sitisak Nuchanadee.A team member of Pattaya A attempts a backhand passing shot during a qualifying round.last_img read more

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Charter Lite

first_imgWhen two of the organizations that have most doggedly resisted the charter school movement in public education – the LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles – propose to set up a pseudo-charter of their own, the move ought to arouse suspicion. Fed up with the state of affairs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers and parents at Parkman Middle School in Woodland Hills wanted to break away and form their own charter. But the district has fought the petition, and now, joining forces with UTLA, it hopes to do an end-run around the entire process. Instead of making Parkman a charter, LAUSD and UTLA brass propose making it a “waiver” school. Although short on specifics, the idea is to keep Parkman under the control of the LAUSD – and with a UTLA-represented staff – but extend it some of the autonomy enjoyed by charter schools. Union and district officials make no secret that what they do at Parkman might provide the model for how to extinguish the charter movement and block Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plans for taking over the LAUSD. And that ought to make anyone concerned about the future of public education in Los Angeles nervous. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 If what the union and district are proposing is to undermine public enthusiasm for charters by coming up with something even better, well then, by all means, let’s see what they have to offer. That’s the sort of innovation charters are supposed to foster. But given that both organizations have spent decades fighting reform, it seems they may have something more nefarious up their sleeves, namely, thwarting charters through a combination of bureaucratic obstruction and smoke-and-mirrors PR. That’s what seems to be happening at Parkman. First the bureaucracy thwarts the school’s charter application, and then the LAUSD-UTLA tandem try to defuse the issue with some vague promises of Charter Lite. Here, try this, they say – all the benefits of charter education, with none of the burdensome bureaucratic hassles. If either organization had any track record of supporting real education reform, the idea would have a lot more credibility. Likewise, if district officials truly believe more autonomy is good for schools, they could extend it to schools throughout the district – not just Parkman – and it could do it now. All genuine reforms that offer hope that kids will get a better education are welcome. And who knows, maybe “waiver schools” will be the next great innovation in public education. So let’s see what the LAUSD and UTLA have to offer – more of the same, or a bold initiative everyone can support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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