World Series

first_imgIt is November, and I guess the World Series is over.  I lost interest when the Reds lost the wild-card game.  I still advocate playing the season games in a 2-week shorter period of time.  The old timers could play double headers, and they weren’t even making $100,000 a year.  It seems if you make $4 million you have to have more time off.  This pushes the season into late October, and in some years, even into the first of November.  A 2-week shorter season would give 2 weeks of September for playoffs thus eliminating the one game farce that we have now.  This would allow at least a 2 out of 3 first round elimination.  If the Player Association refuses this shorter season, then cut 10 games off of the 162.  I think you will notice that the TV ratings keep going down the further into football season it goes.  I haven’t even mentioned what TV does to this whole system.  That, of course, is a story all by itself.last_img read more

UW in thin air for opener

first_imgAfter two tune-up exhibition games, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team will finally get to test its young team as the Badgers travel to the thin air of Colorado to take on the Air Force Falcons.”It’s not only our first road game but our first official game,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “I treated these exhibition games like normal games. The difference is that we’re on the road. This one goes in the record book, and we’re hoping we can get off to a great start.”The 19-point, come-from-behind win against UW-Steven’s Point and the 50-point rout of Winona State in exhibition gave Stone and her squad some early signs of how this young team will gel together, as well as what needs to be improved.”I’d say right now we need to concentrate on two main areas,” Stone said. “One is rebounding, [doing] a better job on clearing the glass and getting better position on the boards. The other is free-throw shooting. Our first two exhibition games, we only shot 62 percent. That’s something we need to do a better job of.”Friday’s contest will mark the first time the Badgers have faced the Falcons, who finished the preseason 1-1, and will be the first road game for Wisconsin’s seven freshmen.”Obviously going on the first away game, there’s going to be some jitters for them, but eventually they’ll get through them,” junior guard Jolene Anderson said. “I think they took their [nervousness] out early by playing on the Kohl Center floor. I think they’re more calm.””I think having a couple games — even though they were exhibition — under our belt is going to help us with our jitters a lot just because we’ve played in front of people, and we’ve played against different opponents,” sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson said. “I think we’re a lot more prepared because of the exhibition games.”While the team’s main objective on the trip is to come back to Madison with its first regular season win of the year, the Badgers will also get the opportunity to do a little sightseeing as well.”We have three words that we use a lot this year, and [those are] ‘fun,’ ‘focus’ and ‘freedom,'” Stone said. “We’ll have some fun on the trip. We’ll tour the Air Force Academy. It has a tremendous history and reputation. The focus part certainly will come when we lace them up and go on that court, and when we practice hard and prepare for a great team. The freedom [means having] freedom to play. You’re going to learn from your mistakes. We need to grow.””It’s going to be really exciting because for the eight new people, it’s their first road trip,” Gibson said. “Air Force has a lot of history. Everyone’s excited to go there.”Since the Air Force Academy is located more than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the change in altitude will definitely be a factor in Friday’s game, but the team hopes it will not present itself as a distraction.”We’ve just got to go there [and not] worry about the altitude,” Anderson said. “Obviously, that’s everybody’s main concern, but if you go up there thinking like that, then it’s going to affect you. We just have to go in there and play our game, and hopefully we’ll come out with a W.”On the defensive side of the ball, the Badgers hope to carry over their strong play from the first two exhibition games. In the team’s game against Winona State, they were able to force 34 turnovers while limiting the Warriors to just 15 first-half points.”Defensively, I think that’s certainly the bread and butter right now,” Stone said. “It’s something that we’re going to have to continue to buy into and understand, that your best offense is your best defense. To take the turnovers, if we can turn those into points, capitalize on those turnovers, that’s what we’re looking for as well. I really like the energy we came out with on Sunday, and we need to make sure that we can try to revisit that on Friday.”Though young, Stone and her players feel ready for the regular season’s tip-off against Air Force.”Right now, I love this team,” Stone said. “I think they’re terrific young women, and they’re fun to be around. Hopefully, this will be the start of a great season ahead.”last_img read more

Red-hot Wellington Heat to play El Dorado before city fireworks show on the 4th

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — What can be more American than baseball and fireworks? Well, maybe nothing. Sumner County residents will have the opportunity to celebrate both July 4 evening with a home Wellington Heat baseball game and a fireworks show to follow.The festivities begin when the Wellington Heat battle their heated rival the El Dorado Broncos starting at 6:30 p.m. at Sellers Park, not 7 p.m. as was previously reported. That will follow with the annual fireworks show at the same location. For those not going to the baseball game, the football stadium will open at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will be shot off at 9th Street Park at the end of the baseball game and at dusk.It will be a great evening for family entertainment.Residents who have not seen the Wellington Heat in action yet, may want to do so. The Heat are hot. They are currently 24-3 and 17-3 in the Jayhawk League.They are firmly in first place in the Jayhawk League with a four-game lead over the Derby Twins who are 12-6. The Hays Larks are 12-9. Wellington was 5-2 over the past 10 days. After its 9-8 victory against the Liberal Bee Jays on June 22, Wellington beat the El Dorado Broncos 5-3 before losing to Derby 4-3 for its second loss of the season.Wellington then won 2-out-of-3 against Dodge City. Like the Liberal contest, the Heat lost the first game of the three-game series, 6-0. After a rainout, Wellington played a double-header on Sunday and came away with two one-run wins: a 5-4 and 2-1 victory to improve its record to 23-2.This week Wellington beat El Dorado again 8-4, before losing to Derby against 4-2.Wellington will host the Kansas Cannons tonight in a non-league contest at 7:05 p.m.That will set up the big battle with El Dorado – a key Jayhawk game and a huge night of patriotism capped by the annual city fireworks show.••••••Updated Jayhawk Standings thru July 3, 2014: 1. Wellington Heat 17-3 (24-3 overall)2. Derby Twins 12-6 (16-7 overall)3. Hays Larks 12-9 (15-9 overall)4. Liberal Bee Jays 7-12 (13-12 overall)5. El Dorado Broncos 6-13 (9-13 overall)6. Dodge City A’s 5-16 (6- 17 overall)••••••Updated Kansas Heat schedule:  7/3/147:05 PMKansas Cannons a title=”Sumner Newscow twitter account” href=”” target=”_blank”>Follow us on Twitter. 6/6/147:05 [email protected] Dodge City AthleticsWellington 2 Dodge City 17-0 5/31/147:05 PMDenver CougarsWellington 11 Cougers 22-0 7/7/147:05 [email protected] El Dorado Broncos 6/5/147:05 PMEl Dorado BroncosRained out – to play July 166-0 6/26/147:05 [email protected] Derby TwinsWellington 4 Derby 321-1 6/22/147:05 PMLiberal Bee JaysWellington 9 Liberal 819-1 7/26/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls 6/7/147:05 [email protected] Dodge City AthleticsWellington 10 Dodge City 38-0 6/3/147:05 PMDenver CougarsWellington 11 Cougers 25-0 7/15/147:05 PMHays Larks 6/13/147:05 [email protected] Hays LarksWellington 11 Hays 013-0 6/9/147:05 PMTulsa BravesWellington 8 Tulsa 410-0 7/9/147:05 PMDerby Twins 6/17/147:05 PMEl Dorado BroncosWellington 4 El Dorado 316-0 6/1/147:05 PMKansas CannonsWellington 9 Kansas Cannons 73-0 6/24/147:05 PMDerby TwinsRained out 6/20/147:05 PMLiberal Bee JaysLiberal 3 Wellington 218-0 6/12/147:05 PMDerby TwinsWellington 2 Derby 112-0 6/10/147:05 [email protected] Derby TwinsWellington 6 Derby 511-0 7/10/1412:00 [email protected] Kansas Cannons 6/19/147:05 [email protected] El Dorado BroncosWellington 4 El Dorado 3 (14 innings)18-0 6/30/147:05 PMKansas Cougars 7/14/147:05 PMHays Larkscenter_img 6/14/147:05 [email protected] Hays LarksWellington 3 Hays 214-0 6/29/147:05 PMDodge City AthleticsWellington 2 Dodge City 123-2 6/8/147:05 [email protected] Dodge City AthleticsWellington 10 Dodge City 49-0 7/1/147:05 [email protected] El Dorado BroncosWellington 8 El Dorado 424-2 7/2/147:05 [email protected] Derby TwinsDerby 4 Wellington 224-3 6/28/147:05 PMDodge City AthleticsWellington 5 Dodge City 422-2 7/4/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncos 6/15/147:05 [email protected] Hays LarksWellington 14 El Dorado 015-0 6/25/147:05 [email protected] El Dorado BroncosWellington 5 El Dorado 320-1 5/30/147:05 PMDenver CougarsWelllington 16 Cougars 01-0 7/8/147:05 PMValley Center Diamond Dawgs 6/21/147:05 PMLiberal Bee JaysWellington 2 Liberal 118-1 7/20/147:05 [email protected] Liberal Bee Jays 6/27/147:05 PMDodge City AthleticsDodge City 6 Wellington 021-2 7/13/147:05 PMHays Larks 7/23/147:05 PMDerby Twins 7/18/147:05 [email protected] Liberal Bee Jays 7/16/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncos 7/19/147:05 [email protected] Liberal Bee Jays 7/5/147:05 [email protected] Derby Twins 7/25/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls 7/6/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls 6/18/147:05 PMNewton RebelsWellington 8 Newton 117-0 6/2/147:00 PMValley Center Diamond DawgsWellington 7 Valley Center 64-0last_img read more