Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass Much ado has been made recently about whether college athletes should be compensated for their work.Coaches have voiced their opinions, some in support and others against the idea. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer doesn’t have any opinion, though. In fact, he said he doesn’t deserve to have an opinion yet.That’s something he has to earn as a head coach.“Maybe someday, when I’m respected enough as a head coach,” Shafer said, “I can weigh in on those things a little better.”He said the matter is out of his control and not something he focuses on. Instead, his main concern is helping his team get better every day and practicing what he preaches to his players.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s always going to be issues with how much, how little, all that back and forth,” Shafer said, “but I don’t feel comfortable or have a big opinion on that right now.” Comments
The Forward Madison FC soccer team was announced as the newest professional sports team in Wisconsin May 17. Playing in the U.S. League-League One, this is the first professional soccer team to ever call Madison home.The team will kick-off their inaugural season against the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC April 6. The club’s first home game will take place April 2 against the Greenville Triumph at Breese Stevens Field.The team was founded by the ownership group Big Top Soccer, which includes Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman and Conor Caloia. The group also owns Big Top Baseball and the Madison Mallards, and along with Jim Kacmarcik, the owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks and a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, they will bring a professional soccer team back to Wisconsin for the first time in 15 years.USL-League One is a new league in American soccer, one tier below the USL-Championship League, founded in 2010. The new league will feature ten teams in their inaugural 2019 season, and hopes to have 24 teams for the 2021 season. Most teams are located in markets similar in size to Madison, such as Chattanooga and Richmond.Men’s basketball: Badgers fall 69–74 to in-state rival Marquette in overtimeThe 125th chapter of the I-94 rivalry took place this Saturday, this time in the brand-new Fiserv Forum that is Read…FMFC spokesperson Jason Klein said the team hopes to have a full roster of about 23 players, with four players having officially been announced at this point, including Josiel Nunez (Panama), Don Smart (Jamaica), Danny Tenorio (Ecuador) and Jeff Michaud (Florida). Smart and Michaud both previously played in the USL-Championship League.Klein also said the franchise’s goal is to “cultivate a local audience and community,” specifically with regards to University of Wisconsin students. With the team starting play in late spring and the season going through mid-fall, students from UW will have the opportunity to witness the first professional soccer team ever to play in Madison live and in-person.The franchise is already deeply rooted in UW, with their logo featuring the infamous “Bascom Hill flamingo” from the 1979 prank planted by the Pail & Shovel Party. The team will play their home games at Breese Stevens Field, the home stadium of the UW men’s and women’s soccer teams until the early 1990s.Breese Stevens Field has major renovation plans that are already underway with the season just a few months away. The renovation, which will cost approximately $2.4 million, includes installation of bleacher seating as well as field-side suites. According to the FMFC website, Breese Stevens Field will be the most impressive soccer-specific venue in the entire state of Wisconsin.Wisconsin rugby caps off season with Big Ten ChampionshipThe University of Wisconsin club rugby team has taken the 2018 Big Ten Rugby Championship, their second championship in school Read…It was also announced that there will be an affiliation with Minnesota United FC for the 2019 season, according to a FMFC press release. This agreement will allow for Minnesota to loan players to Madison, and will also set up the potential for an exhibition match between the two teams.Minnesota United Sporting Director Manny Lagos said Minnesota will likely use the agreement to loan talented prospects and starters coming back from injury to Madison.When asked about the hopes and expectations for FMFC in 2019, Klein explained the franchise’s ultimate goal is to win the league. But Klein also wants to integrate the soccer team within the greater Madison community.“The focus is on getting a solid footing, both in the community and in the soccer league.” Klein said.Badger fans love him, but the rest of college basketball? Not so muchIt was only a matter of time before the University of Wisconsin produced yet another player unconditionally loved by Badger Read…Forward Madison FC will hopefully provide new excitement in the Madison community, specifically among UW students.You can purchase season tickets now on the Forward Madison FC website. Single-game tickets will range in price from $16-$45 and will be available in early 2019.As soccer continues to grow among a younger demographic in the U.S., Madison and the urban Midwest just may be a new hotspot for the sport.
Kupcho, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, had a back-nine surge comparable to any Masters champion.She trailed by two strokes with six holes to play against close friend and Arkansas Razorback Maria Fassi. Kupcho aimed for the green on the par-5 13th and eventually eagled the hole. She carded consecutive birdies on 15 and 16, while Fassi bogeyed 16, to take a two-stroke lead.Kupcho finished her round with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to close out a round of 5-under 67 and a four-shot victory.She was five under through the final six holes.“It was a lot of fun to play out there with Maria Fassi. We’re definitely great friends and it was a great time,” Kupcho said, via Golfweek.com. “There’s no other person I’d like to walk 18 holes at Augusta with than Maria.”Incredible finish! Jennifer Kupcho goes five under through the final six holes to win the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.#ANWAgolf pic.twitter.com/Eztbs59tZT— Augusta National Women’s Amateur (@anwagolf) April 6, 2019The event, which had crowds similar to Sunday at a major, was announced a year ago at a course that has famously shut out women, and people of color, for the better part of its existence. Augusta National didn’t have a female member until 2012 and now, seven years later, held its first-ever event for women.University of Virginia senior Anna Redding also made history over the weekend by hitting the first shot in competition by a woman in the 85-year history of the club. “I was shaking, I can tell you that,” Redding said, via Golf.com. “I’ve never seen this many people out on a golf course. I haven’t been to the Masters, so this is as many people as there’s ever been. This is way more that’s ever watched me hit a golf shot. … My goodness, there was a lot of pressure but it was so fun, just to have this opportunity to hit a golf shot at Augusta, in competition, was enough. And to be the first, it means a lot.”Kupcho and Fassi were the only two players in the field to have already qualified for the LPGA Tour. They deferred their LPGA cards until after the NCAA Championship. Jennifer Kupcho made history Saturday.The Wake Forest senior won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur and became the first woman to hoist a trophy at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste The organics collection programs in Thurston County have gone through several changes over the past few years. This left many residents and businesses confused about what can go in their organics collection bins. To clear things up, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay recently adopted the same list of acceptable items. So now, no matter where you live or work, or who picks up your organics, the items you can put in your bin are the same. These items fall into three basic groups:Food scraps are one category of organics that can be collected curbside. The full list has been recently updated.Yard and wood waste including grass, branches, leaves, plant waste, and clean lumber scraps.Food waste and plate scrapings including fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, eggs, meat, bones, seafood, and shells.Un-coated food-soiled paper and shredded paper including paper napkins, towels, coffee filters, and pizza boxes. Shredded paper should be put in a paper bag.Building a more Resilient Organics Collection SystemDuring the last five years, the number of communities in the Northwest that collect yard and food waste to be composted grew dramatically. This huge amount of additional material caused an increase in contamination and odor problems at some composting facilities. As a result, some of these facilities shut down or put restrictions on the kinds of materials they would accept. Recently, these major changes in the composting industry started to create challenges for local organics collection programs, especially for schools and businesses.“To ensure the long-term success of our organics collection programs, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and LeMay worked together to find new and more diverse outlets for our materials” said Thurston County Solid Waste Reduction Specialist Peter Guttchen. “This more decentralized and resilient system will help us sustain and grow our organics programs as the composting industry in our region and across the nation changes and matures.”Currently about 60% of the organics delivered to the WARC are hauled to Silver Springs Organics near Rainier to be composted into high quality products. About 35% of the material is burned in industrial furnaces or is directly land-applied as mulch on area farms. The remaining 5% is trucked to composting facilities in Eastern WA and in Snohomish County. These facilities are designed to safely compost the organics from restaurants, schools, and other places that generate a lot of food-soiled paper and food waste.For more informationTo download and print a list of what you can put in your organics bin to post on your fridge at home or in your business, click here. Also, watch your mailbox. A detailed chart of acceptable organics will be included in Talking Trash which will be delivered to every Thurston County household in November. You’ll also find lists of what can go in your recycling and organics bins in LeMay’s upcoming utility bill inserts. Information about the City of Olympia’s recycling and collection services can be found here.