S. Allen Counter has again successfully nominated the host of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and Ceremonies. It was announced Sept. 30 that Denzel Washington was selected to host this prestigious event in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10. Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith hosted the 2009 event in Oslo when President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. Counter is director of the Harvard Foundation and clinical professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.Upon receiving word of his selection, Washington said, “I am honored to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Concert this year and participate in this historic and momentous event to help spread the message of global peace.”The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced on Oct. 8. For more information on the event, visit the Nobel website.
By Rachel Kersey/Inter-American Air Forces Academy May 29, 2020 In March 2020, when the United States started shelter-in-place orders due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), which forges international friendship and security cooperation through education and training, coordinated for all of their international students to return to their home countries. Despite relocations, IAAFA began distance learning courses facilitated by videoconferencing software and IAAFA’s Alpha Class of 2020 graduated May 15 via a virtual graduation ceremony.“The current crisis gives IAAFA an opportunity to grow, develop new ways of teaching, and implement tools to enhance partner nations’ interoperability with the United States well into the future,” said U.S. Air Force Major Eduardo Barajas, director of Operations for the 837th Training Squadron and chief operations officer for IAAFA Distance Learning. “These efforts reassure our partners that IAAFA, despite the current pandemic crisis, is open for business.”The cohort consists of 30 students in Mexico and Colombia and well as students from other nations throughout Central and South America.“Colombia and Mexico are IAAFA’s biggest customers and long enduring partners,” Maj. Barajas said. “IAAFA is able to teach students from these countries thanks to the Classroom of the Future and Distance Learning capabilities. COVID-19 didn’t stop them from getting to graduate today.”Some of the courses taught were International Logistics, Basic Instructor Course, Cyber Security, and Cyber Network. Students in this Alpha Cycle were able to participate in this virtual graduation from anywhere in the world. Alpha Cycle was the beta test for the Bravo Cycle, which will occur from June 1 to August 28 via distance learning.The academy sees its adaptation as the beginning of a new era, inaugurating a long-term international distance learning capability.“By maintaining a strong partnership with our allies in Latin America, IAAFA’s efforts to provide distance learning to partner nations will continue to make IAAFA the partner of choice for security cooperation programs,” said Maj. Barajas.
December 1, 2005 Regular News Bill gives prosecutors the last say in all cases Bill gives prosecutors the last say in all cases Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A law that would rewrite a criminal procedural rule that has given the defense the last say in some cases for more than 150 years has cleared a Florida House panel.The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 8-0 November 9 to pass out HB 147, sponsored by Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, the committee’s chair, during one of the legislature’s interim committee weeks.If it passes both chambers by a two-thirds vote, it would replace part of Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.250. That rule provides in cases where the defense calls only the defendant to testify and no other witnesses that the defense attorney gets the first closing argument, and then a rebuttal after the prosecution makes its closing argument. In other cases where the defense calls other witnesses, the prosecution gets the first and last closing arguments.The bill provides that in all criminal cases, the state attorney gets the first closing argument, the defense lawyer may reply, and the prosecutor may offer a rebuttal to the defense attorney’s closing. The issue is also now pending before the Florida Supreme Court as part of a package of proposed rule amendments.Kravitz said it was time for Florida to change which side gets the last say to conform with how it is done in 47 other states, the federal courts, and the District of Columbia.This is the third year Kravitz has sponsored the measure. An identical bill – SB 658 by Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville — has been filed in the Senate.“Since the state has the burden of proof, then it is my feeling that we should have the last shot at the jury,” Kravitz said.Rep. Marcelo Llorente, R-Miami, voted in favor of the bill, but expressed separation of powers concerns and said he is retaining “the right to change my mind” when the bill is heard again at the House Justice Council.“I would encourage the people who testified today to provide the data to support that this is a matter of substance as opposed to procedure, according to how the other states and the [federal] courts are doing it,” Llorente said. “This is a matter that concerns me a great deal—-the separation of powers issue. It came before the legislature last year and had great debate on this matter. I will look forward to hearing more about this issue at the next stop.”Kravitz cited the case of a rape victim who testified in support of the bill last session as evidence for changing the rule. The women said her attacker, whom she did not know, was able to get personal information about her from her pretrial deposition and then claim they had a relationship, and her rape claim was in retaliation for his ending it.“In [the defense’s] closing argument to the jury, they made it sound like it was somewhat consensual because he knew all about her,” Kravitz said. “And [the state] obviously did not have a chance to rebut and so the last thing the jury heard was the defendant, so he was acquitted.”One of the defense attorneys in the case, Christopher Brown, however, has said having the last say played no role in the outcome.Paula Saunders, representing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, spoke in opposition saying the rule has been a vested procedural right in Florida since 1853 and the only reason she’s heard for changing the rule is “that somewhere, sometime, someone felt they lost a case” because the defense got the final closing argument.“Well, I’d like to think all criminal defense lawyers have such brilliant oratory skills that we won our cases based solely on our closing arguments, but the truth is the cases are won and lost on the strengths or weaknesses of the evidence, on the credibility of the witnesses, on failures in investigations,” Saunders said. “There are a host of factors that go into winning and losing cases, not just the closing arguments of counsel.”Saunders said if the rule is changed, defense lawyers will no longer have an incentive to not put on marginal witnesses or exhibits or recall state witnesses, which will result in extending trials and clogging up already overcrowded dockets.Sixth Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, representing the Florida Public Defender Association, said the rule is set up now to level the playing field.“I would submit to you when a jury walks into a criminal courtroom — even though we all learned in civics class the defendant is presumed innocent — when a jury sits down and looks at a defendant they don’t usually say, ‘What is this falsely accused person doing in this courtroom?’” Dillinger said. “They usually say, ‘What did he do?’ or ‘What is he charged with?’ That is a tremendous benefit the government has and tremendous burden for the defense to overcome in terms of presumption of innocence.”He said allowing the defense to go last in these cases protects the citizens against the immense power and resources of the state.However, Buddy Jacobs, general counsel for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said times have changed significantly since 1853 and the “playing field” is much more level now, noting the state spends a great deal on providing counsel to indigent defendants, and private defense lawyers are highly skilled.Jacobs also noted the Third DCA in Diaz v. State urged the Supreme Court to “revisit the wisdom” of the provision.“This is something that needs to change,” Jacobs said. “It is good for victims in Florida, and it certainly is good for the system.”Kravitz said he can appreciate the opponents’ arguments because the way the rule works now benefits their clients “and that’s their job.“But when the status quo is unfair, then in my opinion it is time to change and this has became a defense tactic. . . and. . . a fairness issue,” Kravitz said. “If the people have the burden of proof, then the people should have the last shot at the jury.”
COLESVILLE (WBNG) — Beldon Hill Golf Club is one of many golf courses across New York state that remains open for business. Yesterday, Onondaga County announced the closure of all golf courses, leaving Belden Hills employees uncertain of its future. “The importance right now is to give the people the opportunity to escape, where they’re outside, breathing the fresh air and we’ve been busy,” said Goerlich. For now, Belden Hill has the green light to keep the links open. On a day like today with beautiful spring weather, Belden Hill’s owners estimated about 100 people came to the course throughout the day. Goerlich said the course will continue to follow CDC, state and federal guidelines to ensure the public’s safety while using the course. Although golf may not be considered an essential business, ten days ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would allow for courses to remain open, as long as new rules were put in place. “You can’t blame people for operating with an abundance of caution. But it’s discouraging,” said Goerlich. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Belden Hill has implemented a number of changes to ensure the safety of the public. Superintendent Bobby Goerlich said people have been embracing the opportunity to get outside and golf while new measures have been taken. “We find people are very grateful to have this opportunity. Wwwwwe’re hoping it continues for them,” said Goerlich. “We set up the golf cart completely. Put the scorecard on the cart, put the pencils out there, all of our help is wearing gloves. We want to minimize your reaching and touching in the cup. We don’t want you touching the flag, we’ve turned the cups upside down,” said Goerlich.
The St Louis Cardinals 7th grade basketball team opened their season at home last night against the Eagles of Jac-Cen-Del.The Cardinals played tough defense from the opening tip creating turnovers which led to points and were able to take a lead at halftime 18 – 8. But the Eagles came out strong after intermission to draw within 1 point 18 -17. The Cardinals, near the end of the third quarter, were able to get key baskets from Lleyton Ratcliffe and Andrew Oesterling to take a 22-17 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were able to outscore the Eagles 13 – 9 and finished the game with a 35 – 26 Cardinal victory.The Cardinals played great defense and were able to control the boards for most of the game. Defensively the team was led by Sam Voegele with the scoring coming from Oesterling, Ratcliff, Wil Freeland and Voegele.The Cardinals next game is Monday, November 9th, against St Mary’s of Greensburg. The game starts at 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis Cardinals opened their 8th grade boys basketball season against the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles Thursday night. However it was the Eagles coming away with the win by a final score of 29 to 27.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring with 8 points, followed by Jacob Deutsch with 7 points and Eli Tuveson with 6. Johnathan Deal and Evan Vogelsang rounded out thescoring. Zach Harmeyer had a solid game but did not score.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.
By Ryan Clark IMPERIAL, Calif. – What Lance Mari considered a mediocre year would be a successful one by the standards of many drivers. The Imperial, Calif., veteran earned three wins en route to a third place finish in the final standings at Cocopah Speedway, a mere 13 points short of earning his second straight track championship. He was also the winner of October’s Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite Contest for non-fendered divisions. The honor earns him a mini-mod door courtesy of Sybesma. “We built a new car,” said Mari, “and when it’s on, it’s real good. When it’s not, it’s a struggle. I think we’re at the end of the struggles with it.” Mari, who runs MRT Race Cars, has built his own cars since the mid-2000s. “The newer designed car seems like it wants to work, it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” he explained. Along with the weekly battles at Cocopah, Mari did his fair share of traveling by following the Winter Challenge Series in Arizona and Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour in North Dakota and Saskatchewan. “We ran the Dakota Tour for the second year,” Mari said of his travels. He also hit the Hogan Memorial at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa after the Dakota Tour. “We didn’t run very well in Vinton and just called the trip early. We wanted to go to the Harris Clash, but plans didn’t work out,” he explained. Mari, who runs a fabrication business and pump business, typically limits his travels toward the end of the season, but made the trip to Boone Speedway for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s for the first time in his career. “Jason Noll runs one of our cars and he was in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational so we decided to go, too,” Mari said of his trip to Super Nationals. Although his first trip to Boone didn’t result in the success he was hoping, Mari hopes to make a return trip in the future. “I think we’ll be back, it just depends on work,” he said. Despite what he said was a mediocre season for himself, Mari was proud of the accomplishments of his team’s drivers. “We don’t turn out a lot of cars like some manufacturers do, but our drivers earned over 22 wins in MRT Race Cars,” he stated. Mari’s crew consists of parents Aaron and Lynette Mari, wife Sandie, children Sonny and Summer, plus Chris Toth. Sponsors include MRT Race Cars, Axis Metal Design and SBS Suspensions, all of Imperial; Mari Brothers Farms of Merino, Colo.; Lucky 7 Wraps & Graphics of Sacramento, Klien Engines of Phoenix, Ariz., and Schaeffer’s Racing Oil of St. Louis, Mo.
In Division 1 leaders Clonmel are away to Cobh Pirates, Kilfeacle travel to face Galbally and Clanwilliam are on the road too – St Senan’s are their opponents.Thurles are at home to Youghal in Division 2 and Fethard go to the Rebel County to meet Douglas-Carrigaline in Division 3.
New Orleans has a sneaky good defense that should keep Atlanta out of the end zone at times, and Koo has been locked in since his signing and will get to kick from the comforts of indoors, too.FLEX: WR Tre’Quan Smith, Saints ($3,000)Smith has played more than Ted Ginn Jr. in two straight weeks and benefited with a touchdown catch in Week 12, so we’ll bet on that usage continuing and being a part of a big offensive day for the Saints. MORE THURSDAY FANTASY: FanDuel lineup | DraftKings lineup | Start/SitDraftKings Showdown Picks: Lions vs. BearsCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): RB Bo Scarbrough, Lions ($11,100)The Bears’ defense will scare people off of Scarbrough here, but Chicago has been just league average against the run and we’re looking at 15-plus touches for a bruising back in Scarbrough. The hope is that Bo is lower owned than a player with his floor and ceiling should be. Players like David Montgomery and Kenny Golladay might be more popular captain picks at slightly higher pricing.FLEX: QB Mitchell Trubisky, Bears ($9,800)This is a battle of two quarterbacks who accumulate ugly fantasy points, but in a game that’s so hard to predict which team will look more beautiful of the two uglies, we’re gonna use both. Trubisky runs less and throws more than Jeff Driskel, but he still brings both elements enough to feel like he can put up points even if there’s a turnover or two involved.FLEX: QB Jeff Driskel, Lions ($9,000)Driskel’s 63 rushing yards in Week 12 have me swooning over the difference in his perceived value versus real fantasy value. There’s a great floor here, and if he limits turnovers and lucks into a few touchdowns, there’s a pretty darn good ceiling, too. Just monitor his injury status, as he’s questionable early in the week.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPFLEX: WR Kenny Golladay, Lions ($8,800)There’s no Lions receiver with huge upside with Driskel, but he hasn’t stopped trying Golladay deep a couple times a game. Golladay is also the most likely to accumulate via short volume, too, if Detroit decides to go that route.FLEX: RB David Montgomery, Bears ($8,600)The Lions allow more DK points to running backs than any other team and make a good case for Montgomery as the captain. The rookie wall may be close, though, as Montgomery hasn’t looked great in recent weeks with Matt Nagy’s play calling not helping. We still gotta go after this great matchup, though.FLEX: TE Logan Thomas, Lions ($1,600)Thomas has as good of a touchdown chance as anyone priced this low. The alternative lineup construction here is to pay down from either Golladay or Montgomery to use one of the D/STs in this spot instead of Thomas (if you feel especially strongly that this will be a blowout in one direction, that could be the way to go).Note: If Driskel’s hamstring injury gets worse and the Lions are forced to turn to David Blough at QB, I’d remove Driskel and Golladay and insert Allen Robinson and Marvin Jones.WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerDraftKings Showdown Lineup: Cowboys vs. BillsCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR Michael Gallup, Cowboys ($12,000)With Tre’Davious White doing his thing on Amari Cooper (who’s also been dealing with injuries), Gallup might be Dallas’ best option through the air. He’s only the seventh-highest priced possibility as captain, which feels like value for a player who had nine catches for 148 yards two weeks ago.FLEX: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys ($11,200)Whether you think he’s really that good or not, the Cowboys just continue to give Zeke the ball on the ground, through the air, and in the red zone. There’s not a lot of desirable plays in the intermediate pricing, so there’s no harm in just using such a high-volume piece of this game.FLEX: QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys ($10,800)Using both Dak and Zeke hopefully gets us involvement in every Dallas touchdown in a game that the home team is favored to win. And stacking Prescott with Gallup gives potential for a huge day if we hit right on our captain pick.FLEX: QB Josh Allen, Bills ($10,600)Allen has cut down on turnovers immensely, still has the high floor thanks to his rushing, and also loves to sling it all around the field. The one luxury we couldn’t have in this lineup was Devin Singletary, so we’ll be on Allen and a couple of his secondary passing options keeping this one close (or at least piling up numbers in garbage time).MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFLEX: TE Dawson Knox, Bills ($4,400)The Cowboys are a bottom-10 defense at defending tight ends, and Knox finally has made this starter’s job his own again. It might mean something like five targets, one or two athletic plays down the field and a chance to grab a touchdown. That’ll play at this price.FLEX: WR Isaiah McKenzie, Bills ($1,000)Cowboys’ third WR Randall Cobb is priced at $7,600, yet McKenzie, who has made himself into Buffalo’s third wideout, is priced at $1K. He’s still used in the gadget situations that could set him up for big plays, but he’s also up to about three-quarters of snaps in recent weeks and six targets in Week 12, so there’s an easy route to return both small and huge value here.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDraftKings Showdown Advice: Saints vs. FalconsCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR Michael Thomas, Saints ($17,400)The last time Thomas wasn’t targeted double-digit times was Week 4. He’s the best player in this game and the most likely to score the most points. Even a bad game by his standards will put him near the top of the leaderboard. It’s a lot to play him as captain and basically requires us to bail on any belief in Atlanta, but it’s probably worth it.FLEX: QB Drew Brees, Saints ($10,800)There’s noo reason to play Thomas as captain and not couple him with Brees. Atlanta’s secondary is one of the worst in football, too, so this doesn’t seem like it can go wrong.FLEX: RB Alvin Kamara, Saints ($10,200)Kamara should thrive alongside our other Saints as another weapon in the passing game who can also be explosive on the ground. The Falcons don’t really have anything to play for, so we’re all-in on New Orleans here.FLEX: WR Russell Gage, Falcons ($4,600)Gage saw 10 targets a week ago and should continue to see strong possession work with Austin Hooper (knee) banged up. Thanks to DK’s PPR scoring, Gage has a very solid floor in a game Atlanta will probably trail in.FLEX: K Younghoe Koo, Falcons ($3,800) Thanksgiving football provides us with three DraftKings Showdown NFL DFS contests to partake in, one for each of Lions vs. Bears, Cowboys vs. Bills and Saints vs. Falcons. That means that even if the first game doesn’t go how you want, you’ll have an opportunity to cash in some GPP tournaments for the second and third game. After all, you can never have enough football and daily fantasy football to go with your turkey and pie.We take three slightly different approaches with our captains. Our early-game captain is our only RB, Bo Scarbrough. In game two, we try Dallas’ No. 2 WR, Michael Gallup. And in the nightcap, we go with the best player available, Michael Thomas. You could also captain quarterbacks or deeper value plays, if that’s what makes sense in your lineup construction, or even defenses in an early game that could get ugly.
MORE: Best high school players SN has ever seenWhether it’s parents openly disagreeing — or hindering — their kid’s college decision or players literally fabricating their entire recruitment, National Signing Day is not without its weird stories.Here are some of the more wilder signing day moments from the last 10-plus years:Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State, 2008)Following a highly anticipated recruitment, the five-star quarterback held a news conference on National Signing Day to announce his decision: That he didn’t have one. Pryor would wait until March 19 to announce his commitment to Ohio State over Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.Kevin Hart (Cal/Missouri Western State, 2008)Hart held a news conference at Nevada Fernley High School to announce that he would play his college football at Cal. One problem: Hart made up his entire recruitment, a bizarre story that made national news. Hart later signed with Division II Missouri Western State in 2012.MORE: Alabama’s 2020 class faces more pressureCyrus Kouandjio (Alabama/Auburn, 2011)Kouandjio, a five-star offensive lineman with offers from several big-time schools, including Auburn and Alabama, announced his decision to attend Auburn on ESPNU. However, he never signed the letter of intent; reports suggested he was second-guessing his decision later in the day. He eventually reversed field, joining his older brother Arie at Alabama a few days later.Landon Collins (Alabama/LSU, 2012)Collins announced his decision at the Under Armour All-America Bowl with his family in tow. The Geismar, La., native picked Alabama over LSU, saying “Roll Tide Roll” while his mother displayed her displeasure at the decision. “I feel like LSU is a better place for him to be. LSU Tigers, No. 1. Go Tigers,” she said during the announcement.Alex Collins (Arkansas, 2013)Collins, a four-star running back from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to Arkansas over in-state schools. His mother refused to sign the letter of intent and took it with her out of the high school. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema sent another letter, however, which Collins’ father signed the following day.Jacob Copeland (Alabama/Florida/Tennessee, 2018)Jacob Copeland committed to Florida on ESPNU, and his mother — who wore a Tennessee hat and Alabama sweatshirt — exited stage left quickly. That scene unfolded quickly and was about as bizarre as you would expect. Copeland’s mother later returned, but it was just the latest weird story to come out of National Signing Day.Bru McCoy (USC/Texas, 2019)Bru McCoy, a five-star athlete from Santa Ana, Calif., became USC’s highest-rated 2019 recruit when he signed his National Letter of Intent during December’s early signing period. Once on campus, however, McCoy reportedly became disenchanted with the program: USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury ended his brief stint as offensive coordinator to take over as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and McCoy reportedly noticed Trojans going through the motions during his two weeks of practice with the team. It didn’t take long for McCoy to enter into the NCAA’s transfer portal. USC released him from his letter of intent and he ended up signing with Texas on National Signing Day (after he had already enrolled there). McCoy’s story only got weirder once he eventually transferred back to USC after suffering from homesickness.George Pickens (Auburn/Georgia, 2019)George Pickens, the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama in the 2019 class, was considered a heavy Auburn lean heading into National Signing Day. It came as a shock, then, when Georgia swooped in seemingly from out of nowhere to nab the five-star wide receiver. It left Auburn fans and players noticeably shocked, but two Auburn players — defensive lineman Coynis Miller and receiver Anthony Schwartz — took it a step further, suggesting on Twitter that Georgia had paid for Pickens’ commitment.The tweets have since been deleted, but that’s what screengrabs are for. That also doesn’t change the fact this was a weird occurrence made even weirder by the fact it came from active players.Let’s check in on how Auburn players are taking the George Pickens news… pic.twitter.com/Icyq9Hp0Rk— Connor O’Gara (@cjogara) February 6, 2019Zachary Evans (2020, Georgia)Evans couldn’t sign an NLI on signing day because he already signed one with Georgia before being released of that commitment. Evans had previously announced he signed with Georgia at the All-American game. It’s been part of a long-winded recruitment process for a five-star running back who did not play with his team in the state championship game because he broke a team rule about cell phone usage.MORE: Where will Zachary Evans sign?Detraveon Brown (2020, Ole Miss, North Texas)Brown (Northwood, Shreveport, La.) broke down in tears while doing interviews after announcing he would play for Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. The only problem with that? A LOI to Ole Miss did not exist. Ole Miss did not list Brown among its signees, and it turns out he signed a fake letter-of-intent.It’s a weird story, but at least it had a good ending for Brown. He signed with North Texas on Thursday.Jordan Burch (2020, South Carolina)Burch, one of the nation’s best defensive ends and a high school teammate of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s son, appeared committed to the Gamecocks during the early signing period.Burch, however, decided to wait until National Signing Day so he could sign with his teammates. National Signing Day is generally considered a momentous occasion for college football’s next crop of recruits.That said, it does have a history of awkward moments, and it seems one or two arise with each new recruiting cycle. This year, there were three that caught our attention. But did he send the NLI? He told one reporter “yes” and one reporter “no,” and his mother denied that he sent in the letter. What’s the holdup? Burch’s mother is still not on board with him going to South Carolina, and LSU remains in the hunt for the recruit.When asked what was going on, Muschamp said, “I don’t know. You’d have to ask them.”UPDATE: Burch did send the NLI at some point, because South Carolina put out this video the day after Signing Day.Jordan Burch is officially a Gamecock!#GarnetGang20 pic.twitter.com/dv4OnLNpwC— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) February 7, 2020
By The Nelson Daily SportsBarring a complete collapse, the Portland State Vikings appear to be heading to the NCAA Regionals.The Vikings, led by sophomore Britney Yada, shot a combined two-round score of 590 to take a 10-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, finishing the day with a round of 287, have four of the five players on the team — Yada, Kalyn Dodge, Alexia Brown and L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Lauren Taylor — in the top ten.“They were a little calmer and felt more at ease on the course today (than yesterday),” said Viking Coach Kathleen Takaishi on the university website.“They had a bad day yesterday. That is their first bad day in five or six rounds, so it happens.”After ballooning to a 79 during round one, Taylor, heading out on the course first, set the tone for the rest of the team. The pride of Granite Pointe birdied four holes in a row from the third through the sixth. Taylor finished the front nine at two-under par and the day with a one-over-par 73 on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort course.Firing a 4-under-par 68, Yada tops the individual leader board with a four shot lead over Ashli Helstrom of Montana.“I told them we shot our average yesterday (303) and that isn’t a bad thing,” said Takaishi. “They just needed to learn from their mistakes, maybe play holes differently that they struggled on.”The Vikings can wrap up the Big Sky Championship Wednesday when the players take to the course for the final round of the 54-hole tournament.The NCAA West Regional is May [email protected]