Greensburg, IN—The 46th annual Tom Swain showmanship contest was held last night at the Decatur County 4-H Fair. The grand champion recipient was two-time winner Sara Hasselbring and the reserve grand champion went to Hope Barker.Sara shows swine regularly but during the contest, they also show sheep, goat, beef, and dairy. Hope entered the contest from the sheep contest.Tonight at the Decatur county 4-h fair is the livestock auction at 5 pm.
Published on February 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm Syracuse goalie Jenesica Drinkwater encountered a roadblock as she began preparing for the final postseason run of her career this week — missing practice Monday and Tuesday with a stomach virus.But Drinkwater is not going to let her final opportunity at a Conference Hockey America championship slip away by missing SU’s upcoming weekend series against Lindenwood.“It sucks being sick but with the big games coming up, I’m not going to let my team down,” Drinkwater said. “I’m going to do whatever I can to keep them in the game.”Drinkwater has played every single game during the second half of the regular season, and has provided stability and toughness to the goalie position. She leads the Orange (18-13-3, 9-8-3 CHA) into the first round of the CHA playoffs against the Tigers (5-24-3, 5-13-2), which will be a three-game series at Tennity Ice Pavilion this weekend. Head coach Paul Flanagan gave the nod to Drinkwater when Kallie Billadeau sustained an injury in December, and has not looked back. Drinkwater could potentially play three consecutive days this weekend — Flanagan said there is no other option.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Her confidence should be really high. She’s been playing as well as she has ever played,” he added. ”Drinkwater has known for a while that she has been the go-to goalie, and she is accepting that.”Flanagan shows faith in Drinkwater because she has experience playing in the postseason. Her most notable postseason performance was when she saved a career-high 38 shots against conference foe Mercyhurst during the CHA semifinals in 2012.Drinkwater’s prior experience in the playoffs allows her to stay calm and focus on her normal routine as she prepares for Lindenwood.“Personally, I just try to take it as another game,” Drinkwater said. “At the same time, it’s a big game. I’m going to come out and keep them from the back of the net.”The defense in front of her, compiled of veterans who also possess playoff experience, is confident in Drinkwater’s ability to handle the goaltending duties for the entire postseason. Defender Caitlin Roach has seen the way Drinkwater preps her body before and after games, and that makes her very confident in the goalie’s ability to stay fresh throughout the playoffs. “I think she takes care of herself really well after games,” Roach said. “If she didn’t go and do that I think she would be fatigued throughout the weekend, but that isn’t a concern.”Since becoming the lone goalie in 2014, she hasn’t received much rest, if any at all. But that’s not a concern, as she has allowed an average of fewer than two goals per game. “I’m going to give it all I have. I’m not going to think about getting fatigued,” Drinkwater said. “I’ve trained really hard over these last four years.”Flanagan believes that the team’s focus does not need to be on Drinkwater, but instead on the lack of scoring from her teammates. SU’s offense stalled last week against Rochester Institute of Technology, when the Orange scored two goals combined in the last two games. But Syracuse will need to give Drinkwater just a little support, as she has a record of 10-5-1 since becoming the full-time starter. “It’s a bonus for us that she has been playing down the stretch. We would be going back and forth (at goalie) if Billadeau was still here,” Flanagan said. “But we don’t have that decision. “It makes it easy for us since Drink is back there and hopefully she continues to stay healthy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb If not for his second foul of the half, Rakeem Christmas could’ve had his double-double by the break.Instead, the big man had to wait for the second half to record it. He finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s (2-0) 65-47 win over Hampton (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. It was a promising follow-up for Christmas, who dropped a career-high 21 points to go with nine boards in SU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Friday.“He’s playing like a beast.” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s playing like Rak. That’s how he is. Whenever he gets position, we’ve just got to keep finding him and he’s got to go to work.”But the 6-foot-9 senior also committed four fouls for the second straight game, a trend that could pose trouble down the road for the Orange, whose backup big men are thin and inexperienced.Sophomore Chinonso Obokoh only made his SU debut on Friday night, Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is a sophomore walk-on and the injured DaJuan Coleman’s season is in jeopardy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut head coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in freshman forward Chris McCullough’s ability to patrol the middle of the 2-3 zone. He said he also expects opposing offenses to target Christmas to attack the Orange’s depth.“He’s not alone. He’s fine,” Boeheim said. “He’ll have some foul problems and he’s learned how to play in those situations and I think he’ll be fine. But big guys do, from time to time, have foul situations and Chris is capable of going in there and playing.“I’m sure people will try to do that.”Christmas’ first foul came 63 seconds into the game as he got tangled up with Hampton’s Dwight Meikle at the elbow.But then he showed off his scoring talent, accounting for eight of the Orange’s first 13 points. Then his passing out of the post by finding sophomore forward B.J. Johnson for a 3.Still, the physicality that the Pirates presented got Christmas in some trouble, as he hacked Meikle once more at the 3:06 mark and had to sit the rest of the half. He committed two fouls within just over four minutes of each other in the second half and had to take a two-minute break.“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Christmas said.Cooney and Christmas both mentioned the big man’s role in the offense as the focal point. Through two games, Christmas has impressed with his improved touch around the rim.But he has yet to exhibit the caution he’ll need to to ensure he stays around the rim and not on the Orange’s bench.“Rak’s physical and I guess the only way to compete with Rak is to try to be physical as well,” forward Michael Gbinije said. “We had depth today, we got some people to step up and Rak still played great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+