On Thursday, a parent contacted the Macon County Sheriff’s Department to let them know that their child had overheard another Franklin High School student communicate a threat towards the school during class Thursday. An investigation was initiated at that time. Charges were filed against a Franklin High School student for a threat of mass violence on educational property.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — The Spencer boys basketball team remains unbeaten this season after whipping Loyal 71-42 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday night at Loyal High School.Bobby Pilz had 21 points, and Miles Weber added 13 for the Rockets, who are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cloverbelt East.Cameron Brussow had 12 points to top Loyal (3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East).Spencer led 27-15 at halftime before scoring 44 points in the second half to finish off the victory.Spencer’s next game is Tuesday at home against Neillsville. Neillsville is in first place in the conference with a 4-0 mark (4-1 overall).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 71, Greyhounds 42Spencer 17 10 22 22 – 71Loyal 11 4 13 14 – 42SPENCER (71): Jonny Tomke 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Zastrow 1-1 0-0 2, Nate Mercier 2-3 0-0 4, Calvin Lenz 3-4 0-3 6, Bobby Pilz 9-11 1-2 21, Miles Weber 6-7 1-2 13, Jack Burnett 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Meyers 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Busse 4-7 0-0 8, Mitch Susa 3-12 0-0 7, Dakota Andreae 4-8 0-1 8. FG: 33-56. FT: 2-8. 3-pointers: 3-10 (Pilz 2-3, Susa 1-6, Mecier 0-1). Record: 4-0, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.LOYAL (42): Riley Geiger 4-13 0-0 11, Derrick Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Colton Roehl 2-7 0-0 4, Cameron Brussow 4-12 2-3 12, Ryley Fischer 0-3 2-2 2, Logan Genteman 2-2 0-2 4, Ben Zimmerman 1-2 0-0 3, Tyler Prust 1-5 0-2 2. FG: 16-47. FT: 4-9. 3-pointers: 6-16 (Geiger 3-7, Brussow 2-4, Zimmerman 1-2, Prust 0-2, Roehl 0-1). Record: 3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East.
The Indian contingent to the Montreal Olympics has returned empty-handed, thus establishing a dubious record after nearly half a century of participation. In fact, except for our small athletics team, no other member of the contingent performed creditably or even adequately. Our best bet for a medal till 1972-our hockey,The Indian contingent to the Montreal Olympics has returned empty-handed, thus establishing a dubious record after nearly half a century of participation. In fact, except for our small athletics team, no other member of the contingent performed creditably or even adequately. Our best bet for a medal till 1972-our hockey team proved the biggest disappointment.The track and field foursome in our 26 member contingent did exceptionally well. Sriram Singh, our representative in the 800 metres, ran the race of his life, clipping the Olympic record with a timing of 1:45:86 in the heats. This was also an improvement on his previous best time of 1:47:00. In the final he finished 7th achieving a career-best time of 1:45:77, thus becoming the fourth Indian to enter the final of an Olympic athletic event after Henry Rebello (1948), Milkha Singh (1960) and Gurbachan Singh (1964). His colleague, Hari Chand also bettered his previous best timing of 29:12:00 in the 10,000 metres, when he clocked 28:48:72, but this was not good enough to earn him a place in the final. T. C. Yohanan failed to give off his best due to a recurring foot ailment since the Teheran Asian Games, where he won the long jump event with a performance of 8.07 metres. At Montreal, he failed to reach the qualifying standard of 7.80 metres and finished 16th in a field of 33 contestants. Shivnath Singh, our marathon hope, ran a good race, but his lack of sufficient stamina let him down.In the absence of Dr Kami Singh, the performance of our shooters was positively pathetic. Randhir Singh finished a poor 21st in the Olympic trap shooting. Gurbir Singh Sandhu and Bhim Singh of Kota finished 56th and 67th respectively in the Skeet shooting event. Our boxers, S. K. Rai and C. C. Machiah joined the ranks of the also-rans and the lone weight-lifter, Anil Mondal, failed in each of his attempts. Our illustrious campaign in Olympic hockey which has fetched India seven gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals, fizzled out like a damp squib at Montreal. The performance of our hockey team came as a rude shock. From the elevated pedestal of World Cup Champions, the Indian team was reduced to the indignity of fighting for minor placings after suffering four defeats in a single Olympic tournament. India started well enough, beating Argentina by the convincing margin of 4-0. But the team gave a pathetic display against Holland, losing 1-3. Australia heaped further humiliation on India with an astounding 6-1 victory. Our sadly demolarized team managed to win against lowly Canada and Malaysia but by then the damage had been done.advertisementArgentina’s sensational triumph over Australia earned India a play-off against Australia for the right to enter the semi-final, but India revealed poor appreciation of this opportunity and lost to Australia in the tie-breaker. A dispirited India then lost to W. Germany in the match for deciding minor placings. India finished 7th, after New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Holland, W. Germany and Spain.It is ironical that Ajit Pal’s team, which had won the World Hockey Cup at Kuala Lumpur only last year, has proved a total flop this year. Several theories have been advanced for the poor performance of the Indian hockey team. The suggestion that the Indian team’s performance was due to unfamiliarity with the artificial turf is not valid, as Australia and New Zealand, who reached the final, also had no real experience of astro-turf. However, the decision to retain injured Govinda at the expense of promising Prabhakaran was a glaring mistake for which the officials accompanying the team-Manager R. S. Bhola and Coach Gurbux Singh-are largely to blame. Frequent chopping and changing in the forward-line also affected the rhythm of attack, thus imposing an additional burden on our half-backs. Centre-forward Ajit Singh was the weakest link in the chain. In fact, except Ashok Kumar all our regular forwards gave a below-par performance. Our full-backs, Aslam and Surjit, were easily rattled and in goal our regular keeper, Ashok Dewan, tended to be panicky. It has been reported that the team was riven by internal dissensions and lacked the willpower and the spirit to fight-back-a trait they possessed in plenty last year. Further, the team evidently suffered from a complacent attitude to the proceedings after their victory in the World Cup Championship at Kuala Lumpur last year.Today, hockey matches are mostly won by the corner-specialists. Gone are the days when ‘solo’ dashes by super-fast forwards like Harbinder and Balbir could change the trend of the game within a few minutes. Today it is the skill in the conversion of corners and penalty-corners which tilts the scales. Our specialists, Surjit and Aslam, have not proved worthy successors to Prithipal Singh. Holland has found a good successor to Kruize in youthful Litjens who topped the scorers’ list. Spain has Amat and Pakistan Munawar. Only Australian centre-forward Ronald Riley was able to score a few good field goals. Among the others, Ashok Kumar of India, Rashid and Shahnaz of Pakistan, Barry Maister of New Zealand and Browning and Charlesworth of Australia, impressed with their ball control, but not with their shooting ability. It is high time that India, who taught field hockey to the world, should rediscover hockey in the country. Of the 16 players, who represented India at Montreal, only reserve forward Syed Ali, reserve goal-keeper Chhetri and to a lesser extent Ashok Kumar gave glimpses of their talent. We should organize a nation-wide hunt for tapping budding talent at school-level and arrange good coaching and training for them.advertisementIt is also equally important that proper stress is laid on physical fitness and efforts are made to locate good athletes at the university level. Unless sports and track and field events are accorded the priority they deserve, we cannot hope to match the foreign countries in this field. It is indeed a shame for a nation of the size and population of India not to be able to produce any individual medal winner in world-class competition, while much smaller countries from Africa and Europe have produced a number of champions in various events. GDR’s is a case in point.Our athletes have shown their potential. With proper training and encouragement they can attain international status. The setting up of an independent Ministry of Sports would be the obvious panacea in this regard.
New Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) Under attack for stalling Parliament proceedings due to the National Herald case, Congress today accused the government of creating this “perception” against his party. In response, the ruling BJP-led dispensation said if the Congress wants to dispel this impression, then it should ensure that Parliament functions smoothly from Monday. Elaborating the reasons for stalling Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “from the government side, it has been presented that Congress is not allowing Parliament to function due to the National Herald case. I have clarifed twice.” “Neither print media nor TV took note of this. Stalling of Parliament is not related to the National Herald case in court. This is the impression created. I have clarified earlier,” he said. He also mentioned that the Parliament proceedings were stalled for two days due to the dog remark by Union Minister V K Singh. “The proceeding were stalled later for three days and the reasons are different.” The party wanted some action against the concerned minister but no action has yet been taken, he added. Stating that the Monsoon Session too did not function smoothly due to various reasons, Azad said “the last session was washed out due to issues relating to chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhra Pradesh. We wanted action. But action was not taken.” “We wanted some action to be taken against the concerned person. No notice, no action has been taken. …You take action against parties like TMC and NCP,” he added. To this, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Muktar Abbas Naqvi said, “the Leader of Opposition talks about perception been created. But that perception exists. You better set that perception right.” “If you want to dispel the impression that this is not due to the National Herald case, let the House run smoothly from Monday,” he added. PTI LUX ARCadvertisement
Raheem Sterling conceded Manchester City got lucky with his controversial first goal in the 3-1 Premier League win over Watford.Sterling went on to complete a quickfire hat-trick to take the game away from Watford and stretch City’s advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table to four points.But the England winger’s opener provided a major talking point after he was initially flagged offside, only for the officials to award the goal on account of Watford defender Daryl Janmaat playing the ball into Sterling’s shin before it ricocheted into the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The first half was very difficult. It was hard to break them down,” he told BT Sport.”In the second half thing opened up a bit. We had some luck with the first one and then we had a few more chances that we took really well.”In the first half they were really compact. We knew we only had 45 minutes left and we knew we had to go for it and be more aggressive. That’s what we did.”Asked specifically for his views on the opening goal, Sterling added: “I don’t know exactly what it was, but I was praying and hoping that they’d give it to us.”We got that slight fortune and we deserved [the win].”Sterling moved on to 15 Premier League goals this season, the fruits of hard work on the training ground.He was just too good today!@Sure 3-1 #MCIWAT #mancity pic.twitter.com/OPfUTGFdUn— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 9, 2019″Every year I want to improve. This year’s no different. I’m not just trying to score goals but want to help the team as well,” the 24-year-old said, before refusing to be drawn on the balance of power between his old club and current one in the title race, with Liverpool hosting Burnley on Sunday.”To be honest we just take it a game at a time. We know we’ve got strong contenders. We’ve done our part and we recover and go again.”Today was really difficult and it will be a difficult run in.”Anyone know if that 1st goal was offside?— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) March 9, 2019Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster posted on Twitter to mock the decision to award Sterling’s goal, while his boss Javi Gracia was in tongue-biting mode in his own post-match interview.”I think we played very good in the first half – defensively perfect, collectively doing a very good performance,” said the Spaniard. “I think everybody has seen what happened. I never criticise the referees and I’m not going to do it today. [Sterling’s] position and influence, I think is clear.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.