Keeper making most of opportunities

first_imgStarting in goal for the UW women’s soccer team her freshman year, Stefani Szczechowski had a 1.21 goals-against average and made 53 saves, leading her to a respectable record of 9-6-2.Two years later, the junior has been relegated to backup duties. But that hasn’t stopped her from practicing 100 percent every day and keeping spirits high on the sidelines during games.For the past three seasons, Szczechowski has been one of most spirited players on the team. Whether it’s leading the cheers from the sidelines or stopping opposing shots, Szczechowski carries with her a gritty persona and a lot of determination that surrounds her team-first philosophy.The Plymouth, Mich., native, Szczechowski was first-team all-state three times at Ladywood High School. When it came time to focus on her college playing career, she felt Wisconsin was the right fit for her.”Both my parents went to Michigan,” Szczechowski said. “I was looking to go there to play soccer, but I also wanted to go to a very good school academically and Wisconsin combined both of those. I was also looking at Dartmouth and Northwestern but Wisconsin was such a great place and a beautiful campus. It is such a great fit here.”In her freshman season at Wisconsin, Szczechowski played in 18 games, starting 16, and recorded a 1.21 GAA and 53 saves. For Szczechowski, her freshman season was personally satisfying, especially since she wasn’t expecting to be on the field much at all.”To my surprise, I ended up starting most of the games [my freshman year],” Szczechowski said. “Before the school year started, the starting goalie had gotten into a scooter accident. So when I came in, I thought I was going to take it easy and have time to learn and grow.”I think freshman year, I really didn’t reach my full potential because I was scared and timid but still played at a decent level.”The standout moment during the 2003 season for Szczechowski and the entire women’s soccer team is when they defeated top-seeded Penn State in the Big Ten tournament in Madison. Szczechowski stopped a career-high nine shots against Penn State and recorded her fourth shutout of the year. However, the biggest moment for her was stopping one of Penn State’s free kicks to allow Wisconsin to escape with the victory.”I think that might be the pinnacle of my soccer career,” Szczechowski said. “I think that was my all-time number of saves in a game and we were packing it in to try and be more defensive. Our goal was hopefully to tie and win in a shootout, which we did.”Szczechowski came up with another big save in the shootout.”You have to sort of read the shooter or guess where they are going. I think I saw her eyes look at the right side and I just went with it. I got a piece of it and kept it out of the net. It was just an awesome feeling for my whole team to run out on the field and pile on me.”During her sophomore season, however, new recruit Lynn Murray provided a new challenge for Szczechowski, as she now had to compete for her job. In the end, Murray won the job and has been Wisconsin’s No. 1 goalie since.While many players may have become bitter and detached from the team, Szczechowski took her new role in stride, making sure to make herself a better player and keep the team’s spirits high.”I knew it was going to be a challenge and that we would both be fighting for the same spot,” Szczechowski said. “I think right away she won out because in the college game, you see a lot more crosses and you need to have a bigger presence in goalie and I think that’s one area she definitely excels in more than me.””My personality type is a team-oriented player. Some people would have a real difficult time and be bitter, while they sit on the bench and frown all the time. I love leading the team in cheers and keeping there spirits high.”For sophomore goalie Lynn Murray, the help and friendship of Szczechowski has really helped her develop as a goalie and has created a special off-the-field friendship.”We both get really competitive and we’re trying to beat each other all the time,” Murray said. “But at the same time, we’re trying to help the other person get to their bests. It’s a really good environment and I am glad I have someone like Szczechowski to push me. We’re each other’s No. 1 competitor and No. 1 cheerleader.” The two netminders are friends off the field as well.”We get along really well and we’ll go places outside of soccer together,” Murray said. “You’re competitive on the field and friends off, and we’re both really supportive of each other.”According to assistant coach Nick Carlin-Voigt, the luxury of having Szczechowski and Murray is an extreme benefit because of the competition between them. By having Murray start in goal and having Szczechowski on the bench, they know that if anything happens, the Badgers have a solid, strong goalie on their bench.”Szczechowski is a joy to work with everyday in training because you know exactly what you are going to get out of her and that’s 100 percent effort,” Carlin-Voigt said. “She’s all about the team and she’s not a selfish player. She always understands her role, no matter what that is, yet, she always wants to be pushed.”last_img read more

Wildfires calmed after amazing response and 42,000 litres of water dropped

first_imgRaging wildfires which caused devastation across West Donegal today are now under control.Firemen, civil defence, Gardai as well as hundreds of locals battled from 8am until this evening to bring the fires at Annangry and Loughanure under control.An Air Corps helicopter dropped more than 42,000 litres of water onto the smouldering gorse o bring the fires under control. Up to 40 members of the Defence Forces from Finner Camp joined the operation at 5pm this evening.Hundreds of locals responded magnificently to the call to support the emergency services.The fire will continue to be monitored overnight with a number of ‘hot-spots’ still under observation.The Defence Forces’ Captain Paddy Molloy says the army and Air Corps are ready to offer further assistance if needed. He said: “As of tonight, operations have been stood down, pending further requests tomorrow to aid the local authorities.”Wildfires calmed after amazing response and 42,000 litres of water dropped was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Air Corpsdonegalfirefiremenwaterlast_img read more

The last time Warriors and Clippers met in playoffs, basketball took a back seat

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLOS ANGELES — There once was a playoff series when Doc Rivers’ main concern did not include finding a way to stop all of the Warriors’ All-Stars.When the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers met in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, Rivers’ primary focus was dealing with the fallout from team owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments on publicly released audio tapes. “I didn’t know what I was …last_img read more

To Sleep, To Dream: To Dream, Perchance, to Learn

first_imgWhen you have learned a complex task, take a nap and dream about it.  A new study shows that dreaming helps consolidate the memory in your mind and helps you perform the task better next time around.    Science Daily reported on research by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  They tested 99 subjects by having them learn a 3D maze.  Some subjects reviewed the task while awake; others were given a 90 minute nap.  A few hours later, the subjects were retested on their ability to work the maze.  Only the subjects who napped and dreamed about the maze performed better – up to 10 times better.    Dr. Robert Strickgold, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and senior author of the study, was surprised and excited about these results.  “What’s got us really excited, is that after nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” he said.  “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.”    Even though subjects reported diverse dreams about the maze, like being lost in a bat cave, or just hearing the background music from the maze, dreaming appeared to be associated with success in the second trial.  Just thinking about the maze while awake did not have the same beneficial effect.  One researcher thought “that the dreams were an outward reflection that the brain had been busy at work on this very task.”  In other words, the dreams don’t cause you to remember the task – they are just indications that the brain is at work consolidating and integrating the information for the next run.  The hippocampus may be solving the details of the maze, while the higher cortical areas may be thinking of how that task applies to other similar complex tasks.  Co-author Dr. Erin Wamsley offered this explanation:“Our [nonconscious] brain works on the things that it deems are most important,” adds Wamsley.  “Every day, we are gathering and encountering tremendous amounts of information and new experiences,”she adds.  “It would seem that our dreams are asking the question, ‘How do I use this information to inform my life?’”Strickgold offered an evolutionary speculation for the apparent unique aspect of brain physiology that allows this integration and consolidation during sleep:“In fact,” says Strickgold, “this may be one of the main goals that led to the evolution of sleep.  If you remain awake [following the test] you perform worse on the subsequent task.  Your memory actually decays, no matter how much you might think about the maze.    “We’re not saying that when you learn something it is dreaming that causes you to remember it,” he adds.  “Rather, it appears that when you have a new experience it sets in motion a series of parallel events that allow the brain to consolidate and process memories.”It appears that just like Phillip Benfey in the 04/23/2010 entry, Dr. Strickgold has just offered a requirement for evolution without a specification for how it could have been fulfilled.  He also begged the question why sleep would evolve as a solution.  In addition, in speaking of “the evolution of” any complex phenomenon, any mention of “one of the main goals” is grounds for disqualification from Darwinism.Sorry to have to keep excusing these Darwinist indiscretions; hope you can pardon the transgressor and move along to the soul of this story, if you will pardon the suggestive term.    Notice Wamsley’s line, “Our [nonconscious] brain works on the things that it deems are most important.”  What is the subject of that sentence?  Is it a piece of meat?  Is it a person?  If it is a person, how can it be you, if you are asleep?  We don’t seem to have much control over our dreams.  Who is doing the deeming during the dreaming of what is most important?  Was Wamsley referring to some ghost in the machine that goes to work when you go to sleep?  These are intriguing questions we may not be equipped to answer.  Similar questions come begging from her line, “It would seem that our dreams are asking the question, ‘How do I use this information to inform my life?’”  Normally we think of sentient beings asking questions, not dreams.    One explanation is to say the brain is like a sophisticated computer.  That way, the brain is not a person, but a physical object, a processing machine.  (How it got programmed, by a designer or by evolution, is another question.)  But that’s a misdirection pretending to be a solution.  Of the many fascinating essays in David Berlinski’s latest book, The Deniable Darwin (see Resource of the Week for 03/13/2010) is his 2004 essay, “On the Origins of the Mind” (pp. 421-441).  He doesn’t provide an answer – he claims all we know so far is “darkness, mystery and magic” about this fundamental question – but his essay is valuable for unmasking the pretensions of evolutionary psychology.    Evolutionists commonly use three similes to naturalize the mind.  They say the brain is like a computer, or a like a secretory organ, or like any other product of natural selection.  Of the first, that the brain is like a computer, Berlinski argued that it suffers from a displacement problem.  “A machine is a material object, a thing, and as such, its capacity to do work is determined by the forces governing its behavior and by its initial conditions,” he said.  “Those initial conditions must themselves be explained, and in the nature of things they cannot be explained by the very device that they serve to explain.”  Trying to simplify the simile by replacing the computer with an abacus, he explained, would do nothing to eliminate the infinite regress.  One still have to explain the human hand, arm, and brain that manipulates the balls of the abacus down the wires with fine muscle control, purpose and intent.  “No chain of causes known to date accommodates the inconvenient fact that, by setting the initial conditions of a simple machine, a human agent brings about a novel, an unexpected, an entirely idiosyncratic distribution of matter.”  The causal chain simply gets pushed back, or displaced, to a point where it can be conveniently ignored.  That’s why the computer analogy is a distraction, not an explanation: “A simile that for its persuasiveness depends on the very process it is intended to explain,” Berlinski chuckled, “cannot be counted a great success.”  Ditto for the other two similes.*    Which leads to the “ordinary, very rich, infinitely moving account of mental life that without hesitation we apply to ourselves.”  Modern secular science disallows mentalistic explanations, even though we use them and take them for granted in everyday “folk psychology” (attributing intentions, reasonings and emotions to one another by visual and auditory cues).  The language of action and intention sounds very soulish.  It is, indeed, the explanation that has endured for thousands of years.  It is intuitive, predictive, and coherent.  When the Darwinian naturalistic detour has remained at square one for 150 years, it seems non-naturalists are being overly magnanimous.  This is especially so when an appeal to an infinite regress is arguably a kind of appeal to supernaturalism.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PMAY funds may be used for flood rehabilitation

first_imgThe State government is likely to use funds from the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) to construct over one lakh homes destroyed in the floods. The State had set a target of constructing 19.4 lakh houses by 2022 under the PMAY – Housing for All (Urban/Rural) programme, but is likely to divert focus to rebuild nearly 1.4 lakh homes, both kuccha and pukka, that have suffered damages in Kolhapur and Sangli. “We are still assessing the damage but it is estimated that 23,000 homes have been completely destroyed while others have been partially damaged. The government will use its machinery but will have to take up rebuilding under the group housing projects. There is no alternative but to channelise funding for PMAY from other central schemes,” said an official. The decision to use the schemes until funding arrives from the Centre came up for discussion during the Cabinet meet on Tuesday. The Cabinet decided to pay ₹16,602 as compensation for destruction to a pukka home while approving ₹5,200 for partial damages. Meanwhile, ₹4,000 will be compensated for a hutment. Political parties have demanded that housing relief be released without red tape. “We have requested the government to release this compensation to people who do not have a roof over their heads without any panchnama or major documentation. The government should consider they have lost a home which is as good as losing everything,” Nationalist Congress Party legislator Suresh Dhas, who presented his demand to the State relief and rehabilitation department, said. Senior officials said the Cabinet has approved ₹222 crore for rebuilding homes and may eventually have to tap into schemes such as Ramai Awas Yojna and Shabri Gharkul Yojna. “We are looking at various options and exploring the possibility of using these schemes. A decision will be taken soon,” relief and rehabilitation secretary Kishor Nimbalkar, said.last_img read more

Durand Cup prize money gets massive hike

first_imgSome of the big names in Indian football may not be participating in the 124th edition of the Durand Cup, but the world’s third oldest tournament will see a major hike in prize money.While the total budget has gone up from last year’s Rs 43 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore, the champion team would receive Rs 20 lakh, a rise of Rs 15 lakh from last year. The runners-up will get Rs 10 lakh and the third placed team Rs 500,000.The main round matches, which starts on October 4, will be held under the floodlights and will be telecasted on DD Sports. The final will be held on October 15.”We will conduct the main round matches under the floodlights to attract a larger number of spectators,” Manvender Singh, chairman of Durand Football Tournament Society and GOC Delhi Area, said on Monday. All the matches will be held at the Ambedkar Stadium.The main round will have nine clubs along with two teams progressing from the qualifiers and Army Red, the champion team from the Services. The 12 clubs will be divided into four groups with one containing three teams.Though clubs like Dempo, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are not competing, the tournament will see defending champions Prayag United (earlier Chirag United), I-League champions Salgaocar, and Churchill Brothers vying for the top honours.Another team to watch out for will be United Sikkim, co-owned by former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia. Other major clubs that will take part are Pune FC and Mohammedan Sporting.Pune FC, who will be playing EPL side Blackburn Rovers on October 7 at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, have their first match against ONGC on October 5.advertisement”We have requested the organisers to schedule our matches after October 7. But we don’t know if that will be possible now. We will have to sort out the issue in the next few days,” Pune FC coach Dereck Pereira told MAIL TODAY.The first match of the main round will be between Prayag United and a qualifying team.Bhawanipur FC winBhawanipur FC defeated Army Green 3-1 in a qualifying round match on Monday. Douglas De Silva, Satyajit Bose and Rahul Mistry scored for Bhawanipur while Deepak Srestha was the lone scorer for Army Green. In another match, Border Security Force defeated J&K Bank 4-3.Tuesday’s matches: Army Junior vs CRPF (1.30 pm); Indian Navy vs Punjab Police (3.30pm).last_img read more

London Olympics: Jawal-Diju lose opening match to Indonesia’s Ahmad-Natsir

first_imgIndia’s badminton campaign in the Olympics was off to a disappointing start as the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju went down in straight games to Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in their opening group match.Jwala and Diju lost 16-21 12-21 in just 25 minutes at the Wembley Arena.In a lopsided contest, Jwala and Diju failed to be in the lead even once in the entire duration of the Group C encounter.The Indians will now be up against the Danish combination of Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in their next match on Sunday.The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.last_img read more

Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph

first_imgSelected others22. Iran (+7), 27. Japan (+23), 38. South Korea (+15), 55. Qatar (+38)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Facing former team Blackwater not just another game for Paul Zamar Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Meanwhile, Japan’s run in the same competition has seen them shoot up to 27th, a rise of 23 positions.Belgium remains first in an unchanged top 10, just in front of world champions France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRanking, February 71. Belgium, 2. France, 3. Brazil, 4. Croatia, 5. England, 6. Portugal, 7. Uruguay, 8. Switzerland, 9. Spain, 10. Denmark (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2019 Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez is thrown in the air as his team celebrates their win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. – Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar has climbed a huge 38 places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, reaching their highest position in more than quarter of a century on the back of their victorious Asian Cup campaign.The Gulf state, who will host the World Cup in 2022, is now ranked 55th — just ahead of Cameroon and Egypt — after beating Japan 3-1 in last week’s final in the United Arab Emirates. It is their highest ranking since 1993.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

SANDAG executive director announces retirement after report claims inaccuracies in revenue projections

first_img Posted: August 8, 2017 SANDAG executive director announces retirement after report claims inaccuracies in revenue projections SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The executive director of SANDAG — Gary Gallegos — has decided to retire. This comes after a scathing report on his administrative team making seriously mistaken projections on the revenue generated by a failed Measure A. The report found that his team knew of the inaccurate projections, failed to come forward quickly, and failed to be transparent about the half cent sales tax projections.Now he is retiring, claiming with the investigation concluded, his work is done.”I apologize for not announcing the news sooner – I wanted to discuss the announcement with board leadership. I was able to do that today,” Gallegos said.Gallegos has overseen SANDAG for 16 years. His retirement will occur before the year ends.  August 8, 2017center_img , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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