The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team completed the season undefeated at home Sunday with a 2-1 win over Ohio State University.Apart from the undefeated home record, the win also brought the Badgers to a 10-win regular season, marking the first time UW has accomplished either of these since the 2013 season. The 10-win finish is double the team’s total from last season.Men’s soccer: No. 24 Badgers cruise to a 3-1 win over Western IllinoisThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison’s men’s soccer team came away with a 3-1 victory yesterday evening over visiting Western Read…Sunday’s game against the Buckeyes was also Wisconsin’s Senior Day, and it was a celebration to remember after the Badgers sent off three seniors with a win. Wisconsin fans and teammates celebrated the final regular season performances by senior goalkeeper Casey Beyers, defender Matej Radonic and midfielder Brian Hail.The Badgers have built their offense around a team effort all season, with multiple players scoring goals and spreading the offensive attack across the roster. This was no different on Sunday. Early in the game, UW junior midfielder Enda O’Neill scored his first career goal off of an assist from junior forward Tom Barlow. In the midst of the action, Barlow managed to force the ball free from OSU goalkeeper Parker Siegfried’s grip before dishing it out to O’Neill for the score.The Badgers netted their second goal only minutes before the halftime whistle blew, when sophomore Isaac Schlenker sent a hard shot into the back post off of an assist from junior forward Chris Mueller. As the first half ended, the Badgers walked into halftime with a commanding 2-0 lead.The Buckeyes hit the field for the second half playing as a much improved team with increased aggressiveness and speed. The Badgers were ready for the challenge though, and elevated their own play to match this tone as the two sides went back and forth until the Buckeyes got on the board. In the 85th minute, Ohio State senior forward Yaw Amankwa sent a strike past UW starting goalkeeper Phillip Schilling to cut the Badgers’ lead in half. Despite the late surge by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin battled to a 2-1 victory in the final minutes.This has been quite the season for the Badgers. They were projected to finish seventh in the Big Ten according to the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, but instead finished third after Sunday’s result. UW has also performed well against the toughest talent in the conference with a tie to second-place Indiana University and an overtime loss to University of Maryland on the road.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin holds No. 7 Indiana to 0-0 draw at homeThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team proved their potential once again this year as they battled No. 4 Indiana University into Read…Wisconsin secured the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament as the Badgers host a rematch of Sunday in a battle with the No. 6 seed Buckeyes. Kickoff is slated for next Monday, Nov. 6 at noon in Madison’s McClimon Complex.With a tough defense and a dynamic offense that can strike from anywhere on the field, the Badgers could be a dangerous team in next week’s conference tournament.
Items Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to RBRfirstname.lastname@example.org.This article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Two weeks into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and there hasn’t been one trade by the Nelson Leafs.Instead, the coaching staff is very pleased with the progression of the Green and White despite the fact Nelson, undefeated during the preseason, is 2-2 out of the gates.After posting a couple of wins over Spokane, the Leafs get a chance to see the other three teams in the Murdoch Division, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against Castlegar Rebels.“We have a good balance of players,” said coach Sean Dooley.“The difference between this year and last year is this squad has a very good team environment in the dressing room. Everyone has jelled together . . . there’s no clicks in the dressing room.”“From our veteran guys down to our rookies, everyone is equal,” Dooley added. Now that league governors voted during the off-season to reduce the numer of games during the regular schedule, and not play outside the respective conferences, there’s even more importance for teams to have success within the division.After Castlegar, which exploded for two wins and ten goals last weekend, Nelson takes to the road to face defending Murdoch champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday Fruitvale before facing the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the first time this season, Sunday in the Boundary City.Last season Grand Forks rose from bottom feeders to knocking off Castlegar in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“It’s still early in the season but we like what we’ve been able to recruit this season,” Dooley explained.“We like the work-ethic on the ice now it’s just spending time to getting the systems down.”What’s for sure is the Leafs will come at teams in waves.Dooley said it’s a philosophy both he, head coach Mario DiBella and assistant Isaac Macleod believe in.“That’s the way we want to play this season,” he said.“We want to roll all four lines . . . see all our D-men get into situations against any lines on the opposition. We believe to have a championship team everyone needs to contribute.”ICE CHIPS: Dooley said the coaching staff would continue to juggle the lineup as the Leafs have a few extra players on the roster to start the season. . . . Beaver Valley increased its Murdoch Division lead to three points ahead of both Castlegar and Nelson after blasting Spokane Braves 8-3 Wednesday in Fruitvale. David Nemes, with two goals, and Kyle Hope each had three points to lead the Hawks. Beaver Valley, led in scoring by Hope, Tyler Ghirardosi and Nelson’s Nolan Percival, fired 61 shots at the Spokane net. . . . Nelson fans will see Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena Friday, September 30.