Why to watch Wisconsin’s spring football game

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team will hold its annual spring game at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday at 3 p.m. And while at times a spring game can come off as a glorified practice, there are plenty of good reasons to tune in to the Big Ten Network or see the revamped Badgers for yourself this weekend.Questions at QuarterbackThe quarterback position has been a storyline since Gary Andersen came to Madison and continues to be a question mark heading into his second season at the helm. Joel Stave started every game for the Badgers under center as a sophomore last season, but did nothing to solidify his starting position for the 2014 season. And now, with Stave shut down for the remainder of spring with a right shoulder injury, the door is open for someone else to throw their name in the mix. Run-and-gun quarterbacks Tanner McCevoy and D.J. Gillins will have a chance to show off what they have to Wisconsin fans for the first time and big-armed sophomore Bart Houston will fight to keep his hopes of tossing the pigskin for Wisconsin alive.Holes to plug on defenseUnder first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Wisconsin’s defense ranked seventh nationally in total defense allowing 305 yards per game and sixth in scoring defense allowing just 16.3 points per game. But Aranda’s group will have to replace more than 300 total tackles with players like Chris Borland, Dezmen Southward and Beau Allen graduating. Position battles at inside linebacker where twin brothers are looking to start together and openings at safety will make for some interesting developments Saturday.Blistering BackfieldWisconsin’s running backs are going through a change of the guard with last season’s starting running back James White graduating and running backs’ coach Thomas Hammock leaving for a position with the Baltimore Ravens. The keys have been handed to Thomas Brown, who joins Wisconsin’s staff from Marshall University. Brown will have Melvin Gordon, who broke out in his sophomore campaign last year, and sophomore Corey Clement, who is poised for a breakout year. It is yet to be seen how the coaching change will affect Wisconsin’s strongest position group.Dance-OffIf the game isn’t enough for you, then watching grown men in pads and a helmet in a dancing competition with UW students should do the trick. For the second consecutive year, Wisconsin is giving its students the chance to dance for a chance to win season tickets for the coming season. If the moves are anything like last season, it should make for some good fun.Good causeAll of the proceeds raised by the spring game will be donated to a UW-Madison School of Education fund dedicated to improving student literacy. For $5 you can catch up on the development of the football team and pitch in for a good cause.last_img read more

Steve Rowan, 54, Wellington: Dec. 17, 1959 – April 8, 2014

first_imgSteve RowanSteve Rowan, 54, of Wellington, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 9 a.m., until 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Steve was born December 17, 1959 the son of Eugene and Dorothy (Bunch) Rowan in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1977 and was a Wichita State University Graduate. Steve was a pharmaceutical sales rep working for GlaxcoSmithKline, he enjoyed his work. Steve’s hobbies included, golfing and Wichita State Sports. Steve also enjoyed watching both of his children’s sporting activities.Steve is survived by his mother, Dorothy Rowan of Wellington; a son, Samuel Rowan of Ellicott City, MD and a daughter, Gabrielle Rowan of Ellicott City, MD; aunts, Lela Fowler of Blackwell, OK, Betty Day of Braman, OK, and his uncle, Alan Rowan of Wichita, KS; cousins, Fred Fowler of Houston, Texas, Rick Rowan of Oklahoma City, Okla., Dwight Rowan of Wellington, Craig Day of Braman, OK, and Mindy Evans of Clearwater.He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Rowan in 1994.last_img read more

Redlands dominates Norco in first round of playoffs

first_imgREDLANDS – It wasn’t really a walk in the park for the Redlands girls water polo team. It was more like a leisurely swim in the lake. “We were able to play a lot of different people and work on some things,” Redlands coach Matt Fry said. “But we didn’t get exactly what we wanted. We weren’t executing our front-court offense. All of our goals were coming in transition.” Brooke Vessey led Redlands (21-7) with six goals, Sharon Dyer had five, Doris Tran four and Emily Haws three. Also chipping in for the Terriers were Danielle Adams, Ariel Lovett and Carly Miller with two goals each and Stacey Triche with one. Celestina Hudson scored Norco’s only goal. It was going to be a tough challenge for Norco regardless of the situation, but things really didn’t fall into place for the Cougars under sunny skies at Redlands East Valley High School. To begin with, coach Cindy Robinson was attending a funeral and could not make the match, assistant coach Charlie Holderman said. Also, the Cougars were elevated from D6 to D5 just last year and have just one returning senior, Bethie Conlan, on their roster. The Terriers overwhelmed Norco 25-1 on Thursday in a CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff opener. As far as the Terriers were concerned, it was a decent tune-up, one to work on a few fundamentals and strategies before the real challenges arise. center_img “It was a tough match,” Holderman said. “Redlands is really good. I think they’re going to do well in CIF.” The Terriers are ranked third in CIF, behind Murrieta Valley and Corona Santiago. The Citrus Belt League champs have played Santiago twice, splitting the matches. “I think we have a good shot at making the finals,” Fry said. Redlands will play the winner of Thursday’s Temescal Canyon vs. Montclair match on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. DIVISION III Chino Hills 6, Downey 5 Amy Moore and Bryce Winton each scored two goals as the Huskies (26-5) slipped past the Cougars in the first round. Chino Hills advances to the second round for the first time since 2004. Senior Nicole Concialdi had seven saves in the victory for Chino Hills, which plays host to Arlington on Tuesday at Ayala. 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