WATCH: Is this the most decorated house in Laois this Christmas?

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun WATCH: Is this the most decorated house in Laois this Christmas? We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WATCH: Is this the most decorated house in Laois this Christmas? Community WhatsApp Twitter Community center_img Wow. This house in Abbeyleix may have just taken the prize for the most outdoor Christmas decorations in Laois.Snowmen, Santas, light-up trees – Ger and Catherine Stynes’s house has it all.There are even candy canes lining the path to the house, Catherine has certainly thought of every last detail.Lights are spread over the house, porch and even the garden hedge has been included in the masterpiece.There is still plenty of time to deck the halls for the festive season – and your house might even feature on LaoisToday by the end of it!For your house to feature, – you can contact us on Facebook or at [email protected] very much much to Ger and Catherine’s son Adrian for sending this our way.We reckon this one will be very hard to beat!Check out the video below:SEE ALSO – Lucky Laois Today FM winners collect €10,000 cheque Previous articleLaois Republic of Ireland Supporters Club holding table quiz for Cuisle CentreNext articleWATCH: Wild celebrations as Dillon’s Ireland make winning start to World Military Games Qualifiers Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Facebook By Siun Lennon – 5th December 2018 Council Pinterest Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Draft prospects being mocked to Ravens at 26th overall

first_imgDespite the NFL draft being more than two months away, many pundits haven’t wasted time in putting together their mock drafts before commissioner Roger Goodell finally steps to the podium in Chicago and announces the first pick on April 30.The Ravens currently have needs at cornerback, wide receiver, tight end, running back, and safety, so it will be interesting to see which priorities remain in the spring, especially with a very tight salary-cap situation.Below is a look at five players who have recently been mocked to Baltimore with the 26th overall pick in different publications:WR Dorial Green-Beckham (Rob Rang of CBSSports.com) My take: Even if the Ravens are able to re-sign Torrey Smith, taking a wide receiver early in the draft would be wise with Steve Smith turning 36 later this year. There’s no denying that Green-Beckham’s size (6-foot-5 and 225 pounds) and speed are intriguing, but multiple marijuana-related arrests led to his dismissal at Missouri and raise red flags about his maturity and commitment to football. Draft pundits have compared him to A.J. Green, but the 21-year-old will really need to impress during the interview process to make teams comfortable in taking him, especially in the first round.TE Maxx Williams (Mel Kiper of ESPN.com) My take: Should veteran Dennis Pitta attempt to continue his NFL career, the Ravens would still have a need at tight end with Owen Daniels a free agent and 2014 third-round pick Crockett Gillmore not showing enough to indicate he can become a No. 1 option just yet. Williams is regarded as the top tight end in this year’s draft class even though he was part of a run-oriented attack at the University of Minnesota. He has excellent hands and made several highlight catches in his collegiate career, but some experts believe he needs to add strength to become a better blocker despite a 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame.RB Melvin Gordon (Charles Davis of NFL.com) My take: Considering a running back hasn’t been taken in the first round since 2012, the choice of Gordon feels underwhelming after the stout Baltimore offensive line opened running lanes for journeyman Justin Forsett to rush for over 1,250 yards this past season. However, Gordon became the second all-time single-season rusher in FBS history with 2,587 yards in 2014 and played under current Ravens running backs coach Thomas Hammock at Wisconsin, meaning the organization should know him very well. If the Ravens take Gordon, you assume they would have visions of him quickly becoming one of the best backs in the NFL.WR Devin Funchess (Matt Miller of BleacherReport.com) My take: The 6-foot-5, 230-pound former tight end would be a matchup nightmare for most cornerbacks and will use his leaping ability and frame to attack the football, which would give the Ravens the giant weapon inside the red zone that they’ve lacked for years. Funchess is still regarded as raw in terms of route-running ability and needs to develop more consistent hands. Much like Kelvin Benjamin in last year’s draft, the Michigan product is considered a high-risk, high-reward prospect, but he doesn’t carry the off-field baggage of a wide receiver like Green-Beckham.CB Quinten Rollins (Eric Galko of SportingNews.com) My take: Other mock drafts have linked the Ravens to cornerbacks such as Marcus Peters and Jalen Collins, but Rollins would be an intriguing choice considering he played only one year of college football at Miami of Ohio, which is John Harbaugh’s alma mater. The former basketball player had a standout 2014 for the RedHawks, earning MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors with 72 tackles and seven interceptions. The pre-draft process will be critical for the 5-foot-11, 193-pound Rollins with a limited body of work behind him, but his toughness and natural gifts will make teams think upside while he tries to refine his technique.last_img read more

Purses fatter than wallets

first_imgJust why young women at all educational levels in New York and other big cities have fared better than their peers elsewhere is a matter of some debate. But a major reason, experts say, is that women have been graduating from college in larger numbers than men, and that many of those women seem to be gravitating toward major urban areas. In 2005, 53 percent of women in their 20s working in New York were college graduates, compared with only 38 percent of men of that age. And many of those women are not marrying right after college, leaving them freer to focus on building careers, experts said. “Citified college women are more likely to be nonmarried and childless, compared with their suburban sisters, so they can and do devote themselves to their careers,” said Andrew Hacker, a Queens College sociologist and the author of “Mismatch: The Growing Gulf Between Men and Women.” Kelly Kraft, 25, is one of those women. A native of Indiana, she came to New York after graduating from the University of Dayton, got a job in publishing and now works for an advertising agency. “I just felt New York had a lot more exciting opportunities in different industries than Indianapolis,” she said. “In women’s-studies courses you always heard that men were making more money, and it was a disadvantage being a woman,” Kraft said. “It’s great that it’s starting to turn around.” New York may also be more attractive to college-educated women, some experts said, because many jobs in the city pay higher salaries than similar ones elsewhere in the country. “New York is an achievement-based city, and achievement here is based on how well you use your brain, not what you do with your back,” said Mitchell L. Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Drawing even In 1970, all New York women in their 20s made $7,000 less than men, on average, adjusted for inflation. By 2000, they were about even. In 2005, according to an analysis of the latest census results, they were making about $5,000 more: a median wage of $35,653, or 117 percent of the $30,560 reported by men in that age group. Women in their 20s also make more than men in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis and a few other big cities. But only in Dallas do young women’s wages surpass men’s by a larger amount than in New York. In Dallas, women make 120 percent of what men do, although their median wage there, $25,467, was much lower than that of women in New York. Women in their 20s Nationally, women in their 20s made a median income of $25,467, compared with $28,523 for men. Diana Rhoten, a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York, said well-educated women were migrating to urban centers where there are diverse professional opportunities and less gender discrimination than in smaller cities and suburbs. There may also be nonworkplace factors at play, she said. “Previously, female migration patterns were determined primarily by their husband’s educational levels or employment needs, even if both were college-educated,” she said. “Today, highly qualified women are moving for their own professional opportunities and personal interests. It’s no longer an era of power couple migration to, but one of power couple formation in places like New York.” Beveridge based his findings of young women’s earning power on data from the census bureau’s 2005 American Community Survey used to analyze people working at least 35 hours a week, 40 or more weeks a year. It is not clear whether this is the front edge of a trend in which women will gradually move ahead of men in all age groups. Typically, women have fallen further behind men in earnings as they get older. That is because some women stop working altogether, work only part time or encounter a glass ceiling in promotions and raises. But as women enrolled in college and graduate school continue to outnumber men, gender wage gaps among older workers may narrow, too, experts said. Even among New Yorkers in their 30s, women now make as much as men.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Young women in New York and several of the nation’s other largest cities who work full time have forged ahead of men in wages, according to an analysis of recent census data. The shift has occurred in New York since 2000 and even earlier in Los Angeles, Dallas and a few other cities. Economists consider it striking because the wage gap between men and women nationally has narrowed more slowly and has even widened in recent years among one part of that group: college-educated women in their 20s. But in New York, young college-educated women’s wages as a percentage of men’s rose slightly between 2000 and 2005. The analysis was prepared by Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College, who first reported his findings in Gotham Gazette, published online by the Citizens Union Foundation. It shows that all women from 21 to 30 living in New York City and working full time made 117 percent of men’s wages, and even more in Dallas, 120 percent. Nationwide, that group of women made much less: 89 percent of the average full-time pay for men. last_img read more

Marshfield hockey thrives in nonconference games

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield boys hockey team had an up-and-down season, finishing just 1-9 in Wisconsin Valley Conference play, but thriving in nonconference games to finish 11-13 overall.One of those nonconference wins came against Ashland as the Tigers won 4-3 at home on Jan. 6.Marshfield will travel to Ashland for a WIAA boys hockey regional final on Feb. 15 in what is expected to be another tight game for the Tigers.Nick Urban and Isaac Wellens had goals less than 2 minutes apart early in the third period to lift Marshfield to the win as goalkeeper A.J. Trierweiler had 31 saves in goal.“We beat Ashland in a really close game in early January, and I am not surprised that we will see them again in the playoffs,” Marshfield coach Eric Bowman said. “Our teams are very evenly-matched, and we anticipate a close game. They have a very talented top line that works extremely hard to generate high-quality scoring chances.“Special teams will also be important in this game. We both had success on the power play our last game. We need to limit their opportunities on the power play (last game we allowed them six power plays). We cannot play almost an entire period short-handed on the road if we want to get out of Ashland with a win.”Marshfield lost a pair of home games to finish the regular season last week, falling to Rhinelander 4-2 on Feb. 6 and Wausau West 8-4 on Feb. 8.Junior forward, Ryan Krueger continued his solid season for the Tigers, scoring once and assisting on another goal against Rhinelander, and assisting on all four of Marshfield’s goals in the loss to West. Wellens scored twice against West for the Tigers.Despite the ups and downs, Bowman was pleased with the season as the Tigers played with a sophomore goaltender in Trierweiler, and has only one senior, Tyler Spaeth, on the roster.“Overall, we had a good season,” Bowman said. “We had the talent to go above .500 this season, but high school hockey is competitive throughout the state of Wisconsin, and we lost some close games that we needed to win to achieve that goal. We have learned some tough lessons from these games, but our team has responded to adversity that has presented itself and we have a resilient group of hockey players in our locker room.“We have seen a lot of growth from some of our younger players, which could translate into playoff success for our team,” Bowman said. “We like where we are at this point in the season and hope to turn this opportunity into a regional final win against a tough Ashland team.” Click on arrows to view more photos:Paul Lecker photoslast_img read more

Robbery Suspect Critically Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting

first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Utah man suspected in an armed robbery was critically injured after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Police responded to a report of an armed robbery involving a knife at Fiesta Olé, 4098 W. 5415 South, shortly after 1:20 p.m., according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.Police later identified the man who was shot as Kearns resident James Lyle Kuehn, 61. Detectives at the scene were able to quickly identify Kuehn as a possible suspect based on evidence at the scene, and they went to a home near 4270 West and 5700 South about 20 minutes after the reported robbery, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said. Police came across Kuehn, which led to a confrontation and shots were fired, she added. “We do know a weapon was displayed and shots were fired,” Rivera said.A man working nearby, who didn’t want to be identified, said he saw four or five police cars fly down the street toward a house just before shots were fired. “They immediately opened their doors and started running around their cars to the front of the house,” he said. “All of a sudden, pop, pop, pop. Somebody just got shot.” Kuehn was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Rivera said they believed a second person may be in the home. They were able to get inside, but nobody was found in there, police said. Salt Lake police are handling the investigation. Rivera added she didn’t believe the public was in danger.- Sponsor – Court records show Kuehn has a lengthy criminal history in Utah dating back to 1987. Many of the cases involved theft or retail theft. He was charged with retail theft on Sept. 10 in relation to an August incident. A warrant was issued for Kuehn’s arrest Tuesday after he failed to appear in court, according to court records. Kuehn was also charged in two separate misdemeanor drug possession cases this year, as well as obstructing justice in another case.Wednesday’s incident was the third officer-involved shooting in the state in the past week. Diamonte Riviore, 22, died after he was shot by officers in West Jordan on Thursday. Jacob E. Albrethsen, 17, died after he was shot and killed by Orem police on Friday. In both of those cases, police said the individuals approached officers with a knife and police shot them after a Taser wasn’t effective. Fiesta Olé employees declined to talk to the media. The business’s drive-thru was still open after the incident Wednesday afternoon.   [Source: KSL.com] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Space Stacks Summer Schedule with Premieres of Original Hits and New Series

first_imgAdvertisement The incredibly popular competition series FACE OFF returns with fresh faces, Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by all-new series COSPLAY MELEE at 10 p.m. ET, where cosplayers compete to create the most unique characters, costumes, and backstory.Also premiering exclusively on Space this summer is the 13-episode, one-hour long grindhouse cinema-inspired series, BLOOD DRIVE, (Wednesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET). The series follows Arthur Baily (Alan Ritchson, BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE), a cop pulled into a twisted world of a cross-country death race with no way out. He struggles with staying on the right side of the law while falling in love with Grace (Christina Ochoa, ANIMAL KINGDOM).Summer on Space would not be complete without a Sharknado. SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING takes viewers by storm, Sunday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ET. In SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, with North America still reeling from the last disaster, the rest of the world braces for a global Sharknado. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his family must put a stop to the phenomenon, before Earth is obliterated. Cameos include Fabio, Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho, Tony Hawk, Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Kattan, and Clay Aiken..Catch-up is available on all the above programs on Space.ca, Space GO, and via On Demand partners. Season 1 and 2 of KILLJOYS are also available on CraveTV.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit Space.ca to confirm local broadcast times.New Summer Programming on Space Includes:DARK MATTER Season 3Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, after two-episode premiere on June 9 at 8 p.m.Following Season 2’s explosive finale, the scattered survivors of EOS-7 battle to regroup amidst the backdrop of corporate war. Ryo Ishida, now emperor of Zairon, makes an enemy of his former allies while the past comes back to haunt the crew of the Raza.WYNONNA EARP Season 2Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning June 9Wynonna and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost Triangle. In the premiere episode “Steel Bars and Stone Walls” the consequences of Waverly’s (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) actions affect the whole team.ORPHAN BLACK Season 5Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 10In the season opener, “The Few Who Dare”, a wounded Sarah, desperate to rescue Cosima, get off the island and reunite with her family, journeys into the island’s interior, only to discover a mysterious village – the beating heart of the Neolution agenda. Meanwhile, a recovering Cosima reunites with Delphine and begins investigating the secrets of the Island under the watchful eye of Rachel who is now firmly in charge at the right-hand of the 170-year-old founder of Neolution, P.T. Westmorland. Back home, Neolution’s hunt for Helena, puts the screws to Alison and Donnie.FACE OFF Season 12Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning June 13This season, the competition series explores the world of special effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. Each episode concludes with a contestant being sent home by a panel of expert and celebrity judges.COSPLAY MELEE Series PremiereTuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning June 13)This inventive competition series, the world’s most creative cosplayers face off against each other in an intense battle to determine who can craft the most original costumes and characters. Each episode features four new cosplayers who are tasked with creating their own unique characters with elaborate costumes and backstories. The contestants must then perform their characters in front of a panel of judges featuring elite cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp and film costume creator, Christian Beckman (Tron: Legacy). At the end of each episode, the winning cosplayer takes home $10,000. In the premiere episode “A Night at the Space Opera”, the cosplayers must create an original character inspired by their favorite space operas.BLOOD DRIVE Series PremiereWednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning June 14BLOOD DRIVE follows Arthur Baily (Alan Ritchson) a cop pulled into a twisted world of a cross-country death race with no way out. He struggles with staying on the right side of the law while falling in love with Grace (Christina Ochoa). Ultimately, their mission is to bring vengeance on the shadowy corporation behind the death race. But the closer they get to the finish line, the closer they are to the blood-stained fury that awaits them.KILLJOYS Season 3Friday at 8 p.m. ET, beginning June 30 Sustaining serious personal losses, our trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System, as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle. In the season opener “Boondoggie”, Dutch and D’avin with the help of an obnoxious black market dealer, are on the hunt for a weapon that will draw out the Hullen, and Johnny receives and SOS from Clara leading him into the underground world of Hackmonds.SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMINGSunday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ETIn SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, the mission gets personal for Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid) when their young son gets trapped in a traveling ‘nado and transported all over the world. From London to Rio, Tokyo, Rome, Amsterdam and beyond, our globetrotting heroes will seek assistance from a highly-skilled squad of royals, scholars and Olympians, enlisting famous faces from news, entertainment, and sports in their most epic battle yet. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter TORONTO (June 5, 2017) – This summer, clones, bounty hunters, time-travellers, grindhouse car races, demon protectors, and of course, a tornado of sharks, capture a gripping line-up of brand new series and returning fan-favourites beginning June 9, only on Space.“As Space approaches its 20th anniversary in October, we’re celebrating by delivering the hottest genre programs to a passionate and loyal fan base,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “From Space’s thought-provoking thriller ORPHAN BLACK to BLOOD DRIVE and SHARKNADO, Space’s summer schedule promises to be out of this world.”New seasons of Canadian smash-hit thrillers DARK MATTER and WYNNONA EARP debut Friday, June 9 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET respectively, followed the next night by ORPHAN BLACK, which makes its much anticipated final season premiere on Saturday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET. Also on June 10, Space serves up a hardy DOCTOR WHO marathon, with an encore broadcast of the first eight episodes of Season 10, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. On June 30, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS joins DARK MATTER and WYNNONA EARP for a killer Friday night line-up with the Season 3 premiere at 8 p.m. ET. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Does A Close Daytona 500 Finish Mean Parity Has Come To Nascar

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 23, 2016),1Note for you Hot Takedown diehards: We’ll be posting the podcast to the site on Wednesdays from now on, but the pod will continue to be released on Tuesday evenings. we ask why Canadian hockey teams have failed to win the Stanley Cup for the past 20-odd years and whether that makes them unlucky or just bad, we make our first foray into the world of Nascar and wonder why Daytona 500 finishes are only getting closer, and we explain how Anthony Davis’s 59/20 game was a throwback to another era of the NBA. Plus a significant digit on Rachel Banham, the Big Ten basketball player ripping up the college game.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:In 2013, Nate Silver looked into why Canadian hockey teams were in the midst of a Stanley Cup drought.Neil Paine wrote about championship droughts, and how they’re sometimes not as bad as they seem.David Smith on why Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the most likely driver to win the Daytona 500.If you’re looking for a motorsports analytics fix, here is Smith’s Motorsports Analytics website.Paine put Anthony Davis’s great game in historical context.Zach Lowe asked whether the Golden State Warriors should sign Kevin Durant.The Warriors should give the ball to Steph Curry more, according to Ben Morris.Significant Digit: 2. That’s the number of 50-point games Minnesota’s Rachel Banham has produced this month.CORRECTION (Feb. 24, 2:53 p.m.): Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the driver predicted by David Smith to win the Daytona 500. It was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. not David Earnhardt Jr. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

OSU mens soccer heads to Kentucky for battle of redhot teams

OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) during a game against Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is prepared to head back on the road to battle an equally hot team Wednesday night, as the Buckeyes await a showdown with Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.Just like the Scarlet and Gray, which stands at 6-4-2 overall, the Wildcats are on a five-game winning streak, which makes OSU senior defender Liam Doyle expect a high-powered matchup.“Kentucky’s a good team. They move the ball and they have willing runners,” Doyle said. “I think they’re very similar to us, which makes it such a good matchup.”The Buckeyes are aware of the Wildcats’ style of playing and know well what the team has to do to take out Kentucky: defend.“We’re a very strong defensive team,” senior midfielder Zach Mason said. “First and foremost, we try to make it very difficult for the opposition and when you do that to some very good opponents, they tend to get frustrated and open themselves up.”Mason said the team will take every opportunity given to it to try to grab a win in any way possible.Doyle also said that if the team continues to do what it is currently doing, it could beat anyone.“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re just going to continue to do what we do,” Mason said.The opposing teamThe Wildcats are entering Wednesday’s match coming off a 4-1 victory over Evansville, extending their winning streak to five games and overall record to 7-2-1.Sophomore forward Stefan Stojkovic leads the team with five goals and one assist on the season, followed by junior midfielder Napo Matsoso with four goals and five assists and freshman forward Xahne Reid with three goals and four assists.Senior goalkeeper Callum Irving has played all but 11 minutes of the season and has a goals-against average of 0.78, with 22 saves overall.Froschauer repeats Big Ten honorsOSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.Froschauer is coming off a season-high seven-save performance against Indiana on Saturday night, which was the fourth shutout of his career. Froschauer is tied for third in the Big Ten with a total of 39 saves.“I’ve had the luxury to step in here to be playing in front of some great goalkeepers,” Mason said. “I think that’s huge for team morale and team mentality knowing that we can rely on someone to save us when we need them.”What’s next?The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to face Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Team clown has Buckeyes eyeing regular season title

The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team (13-4-1, 7-2-0) has received a lift this season — on and off the field — from a self-proclaimed “clown.” Junior forward Paige Maxwell leads the Buckeyes in goals and points, with nine and 19, respectively. Maxwell said her self-confidence and personality have translated into on-field success this season. “I pretty much keep a loose attitude,” Maxwell said. “I’m loud, sometimes obnoxious, but there’s a goofy side to me, and that’s how I deal with things. I’m kind of the clown of the team.” A native of Medina, Ohio, Maxwell credited her team for allowing her to bring out her jokester mentality. “I’m comfortable in my own skin,” Maxwell said. “When I’m in a comfortable environment, just my personality shines even more because I feel comfortable. Life’s funny, it can’t be taken too seriously.” Maxwell’s career at OSU got off to a fast start as she led the Buckeyes in goals her freshman season, with eight, and was selected as the team’s offensive MVP. A knee injury set Maxwell back her sophomore season — she started only eight games for OSU but still led the team in goals, with six. “Last year, I was really hurt and I was in a lot of pain, so my place last year was coming off the bench, and I’d try to do what I could,” Maxwell said. “This year I definitely think I add a different attribute to the team. I’m older, so everything comes with more experience and just especially the time, with this being my third year here, you keep learning things.” Of Maxwell’s nine goals this season, four have been game-winning scores, including overtime goals against Penn State and Northwestern. Maxwell’s ability to find the back of the net at the right times this season has been crucial for a Buckeye team looking to earn at least a share of its first Big Ten title in program history. OSU coach Lori Walker said Maxwell’s personality has played a role in the forward’s clutch performances. “Paige is the kind of player who was built to have responsibility on the field,” Walker said. “We know she’s got a pretty positive attitude about everything. Her outlook on life is pretty upbeat, and so it takes a lot to rattle her confidence. If she misses one shot, we know it’s not going to roll over into the next. She’s pretty consistent in that way.” Chance to clinch The Buckeyes missed an opportunity to clinch a share of the conference title when they dropped a 1-0 decision to Indiana (6-11-1, 2-7-0) on Sunday. They play Friday against Michigan State (9-5-4, 3-3-3). A win over the Spartans would clinch OSU at least a share of the Big Ten title and potentially an outright title, should Penn State (9-8-1, 7-2-0) suffer a loss or earn a draw against Michigan (10-3-4, 5-2-2) on Sunday. If both OSU and Penn State lose or draw this weekend, Wisconsin (10-4-4, 7-1-2) would earn the conference crown. Walker said she’s trying to keep her team focused on beating Michigan State. “We were a little unfocused last week, and that was the sense that we had with the Indiana game, … that we were kind of looking ahead to things,” Walker said. “I think they learned their lesson. All we’re worried about right now is each day, and playing good soccer is our No. 1 priority, and just our work rate has gotten us to where we are.” read more

Mens Volleyball No 14 Ohio State fights injuries ahead of matches against

Then-sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the final set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterWhen the No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team steps onto the court in St. John Arena this weekend, it will look significantly different than it has this season. The Buckeyes (3-4, 0-1 MIVA) will take on Saint Francis University (4-3) and Lincoln Memorial University (5-2) without their top two setters — freshman Luke Lentin and senior Sanil Thomas — and the nation’s top scorer: sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes. Thomas and Lentin join junior setter Andrew Hillman, who hasn’t played this season after he sustained an injury during fall training, ensuring the Buckeyes will need to be creative in order to fill the setter position moving forward. Head coach Pete Hanson said junior libero Chase Moothart and freshman libero Parker Mikesch are two players who will fill some gaps for the Buckeyes. “You don’t need a whole lot out of everybody, you need a little bit from each guy,” Hanson said. “We’re just kind of that team right now because we’ve got some young guys playing.” Hanson said having older players on the court will help Ohio State play as a cohesive unit. One of the oldest players on the court, redshirt senior libero Aaron Samarin, said he tries to take ownership of his role as a leader with the new faces on the court. “[I] try to make them feel more comfortable,” Samarin said. “I know they have a lot of energy, and I think if we try to control that and focus it more on comfort and confidence in their play, then we’ll see a lot of positives.” On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a Saint Francis team coming off a 3-1 victory against McKendree. The Red Flash are led by redshirt freshman outside hitter Michael Fischer, who has tallied 102 kills and four aces. The Buckeyes have only lost one of the 34 meetings between the Red Flash since 1993. On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Lincoln Memorial, which beat Queens in straight sets in their last match. Junior opposite hitter and setter Evan Cory leads the Railsplitters with 94 kills, 33 digs and 20 aces. This will be the first meeting between Lincoln Memorial and Ohio State in the two teams’ histories. Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss will return to the court this weekend after a two-week absence due to a concussion suffered in practice. “It’s been a long two weeks,” Devilbiss said. “It’s tough to see the guys go out there without you each match.” Hanson said he’s looking forward to having Devilbiss back this weekend. “Reese is a real steadying influence for us,“ Hanson said. “He’s the key to our passing and quite frankly, that was a part of our game that really went south on us.” Ohio State takes on Saint Francis at 7 p.m. on Friday and Lincoln Memorial at 8 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more