Governor Jim Douglas today announced his full support for both the Future’s Plan concept and the specific recommendations of the Department of Mental Health. The Governor also announced a funding plan that will allow these new facilities to open starting in 2012 and fully close the Vermont State Hospital by 2014. The Governor proposes to appropriate any future extension of enhanced Medicaid matching funds (also known as FMAP) to fulfilling the plans outlined in the Future Group report.“Even in difficult financial times,” said Governor Douglas, “good ideas can move forward and be funded in a fiscally responsible manner. It is fortuitous that the estimated amount of one-time enhanced ARRA funding matches up squarely with the need for one-time funding to build the Futures Plan.”Since 2005, the Futures Group and successive citizen committees, established by the Legislature, have considered alternatives to the physically and functionally obsolete Vermont State Hospital. The Department of Mental Health recommends a community based model that includes a state operated 15-Bed Secure Residential Recovery Program in Waterbury and forty-five (45) new intensive inpatient beds with 12 at Rutland Regional Medical Center and another 33 adjacent to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in White River Junction in collaboration with Dartmouth Medical School. The estimated design and construction costs of this Plan are $61.4 million.The Future’s Plan is fully consistent with the Future Group’s recommendation that the new model-of-care address the concepts of integration of mental health with general health care, be based on the best practices, and reflect Vermont’s longstanding commitment to community-based care. A full description of the Futures Plan is attached.For months, there has been discussion in Washington about extending enhanced FMAP for six additional months from January 2011 through June 2011. President Obama included this in his recent budget recommendation and the House of Representatives included it in the Jobs bill passed late last year. If approved by Congress, this enhanced funding will bring between $55.5 million and $62 million in one-time ARRA funding to Vermont. The Governor’s FY2011 Recommended Budget did not include this possible funding.In his Budget Address in January, the Governor stated:“I am not counting on additional federal assistance in my budget. But even if new aid does eventually come our way, we must recognize that federal recovery funds will not flow forever, nor should they. We must take responsibility for our own programs and begin to step down our funding levels gradually and responsibly. By starting now the difficult process of realigning human services spending within currently available resources, we will spare programs from devastating cuts when the federal spigot is inevitably turned off.”“Any additional funds from Washington must be used to transition to a more effective, efficient and affordable state government, while investing in one-time efforts to create jobs and grow our tax base.”“By using these enhanced one-time federal funds for a very important one-time human service need serving our most severely mentally ill neighbors, we can move quickly to honor our commitment to the mental health community,” said Governor Douglas. “This approach leaves the State more flexibility to fund important investments through the Capital Bill in future years including information technology improvements and deferred maintenance on state buildings. But most importantly, it means that Vermonters can receive intensive psychiatric care in state-of-the-art community and inpatient programs. ”Source: Governor’s office. 2.18.2010
El Niño? La Niña? Yes, there will be snow. Guaranteed. The legendary snowmaking crew at Snowshoe has been busy during the fall to install over 160 brand new, state-of-the-art snow guns, also known as Happiness Generators. Half of these bad boys are the infamous Titan 2.0’s – the most powerful machines in all of North America. Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to have been the head of engineering on this model.Why did Snowshoe invest in more, bigger, and stronger snow guns?Three words: You, the planet, and more you. Yes, not only does the new lineup use far less electricity to make much more pow pow (5,000,000kwh less to be exact), it allows Snowshoe to open terrain up earlier, keep it open longer, and give it a quick once-over in-between whenever necessary. Consider that a little touch up around the neck line to keep things looking great and skiing great.Where exactly will you notice these new improvements?The entire Snowshoe Basin side is now covered from head-to-toe, but more importantly, the infamous runs on the Western Territory will now be able to live up to their full potential. Both Shay’s Revenge and the Jean-Claude Killy designed Cupp Run, the black diamond gems in Snowshoe’s crown, are now destined to open earlier in the season, and stay in tip-top shape more consistently than ever before.One more time?Mother Nature, Snowshoe’s got your back.As for the rest of us: There will be snow. Lots and lots of it.About Snowshoe Mountain:This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. And enough variety to keep things interesting from first chair to last.
By Dialogo November 21, 2011 BUENOS AIRES — The United States and Argentina have signed a long-anticipated Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Outer Space. The bilateral treaty, signed Oct. 25, updates a 1991 framework agreement that was extended until 1996, when it expired. Scientists in both countries welcomed the accord, which lays out guidelines and procedures to be applied to present and future cooperation in areas of common interest like Earth monitoring and exploration. The signing follows on the heels of the successful joint launch of an Argentine satellite June 10 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. That marked the fourth satellite launched by Argentina’s National Commission on Space Activity (known by its Spanish acronym, CONAE), together with NASA. Since the 1990s, the two countries have collaborated in the development and launch of Argentina’s SAC-series satellites, which gather data on natural resources, human activity and climate. “Cooperation between NASA and CONAE extends back more than 20 years, when in the 1980s we began preparing for the 1996 launch of SAC-B, which was then followed — out of order — by SAC-A in 1998 and SAC-C in 2000,” said Fernando Hisas, manager of CONAE´s SAC-D-Aquarius program. “Both parties benefit have benefited from SAC satellite collaboration, with CONAE gaining insight and capacity-building and NASA gaining an economically viable alternative to produce and operate satellites with its Aquarius technology,” he said. Hisas explained that the two satellites are now out of commission, but SAC-C is still in orbit collecting data. “SAC-C has been in orbit for 11 years and is still providing data. Its expected life span was five years so its longevity has made it a total success. We are squeezing the last drops out of it now, so to speak.” The latest SAC-D satellite — like the first SAC-C launched in 2000 — was built by the state run Rio Negro based technology company INVAP. Like its predecessor, the satellite’s primary instrument, Aquarius, was built and operated by NASA. SAC-C was focused on collecting data related to the Earth’s surface. SAC-D is more geared toward oceanic properties, though it has special instruments suitable for land studies as well. SAC-D is designed to provide monthly global measurements of sea water salinity variation at the ocean´s surface, which will lead to better understanding of water cycles and their effect on global warming. It will also be able to identify hot spots on the Earth’s surface to create fire risk mapping, as well as measure soil moisture for early warnings of flooding and other natural disasters. “This is the first time in history that we can produce an image of salinity levels around the world,” Hisas said. “Before, we had to rely on piecemeal measures taken by boats. This is a huge value-add for the scientific community and furthers our understanding of water density and movement, both important variables in climate change.” The recently launched satellite has produced its first map of global ocean salinity since becoming operational Aug. 25. The map, which can be seen on NASA’s website, is a composite of the first two and a half weeks of data. “What today is largely a scientific or environmental issue could become a global security threat if we don’t take measures today to slow climate change,” Hisas responded when asked about the strategic nature of this cooperative endeavor. Argentina has advanced in aerospace research and development over the past decade, thanks in large part to its cooperation with the United States. The Kirchner governments, in particular, have promoted the expansion of the strategic sector. “Few presidents have shown so much interest in science as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, as quoted by Argentine news agency Telam. “For men of science to come across government leaders with such determination to apply science for the wellbeing of their people is always a source of inspiration.” In 2005, the late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner signed a decree declaring space technology advancement a state policy and a national priority. Subsequently, Argentina’s National Space Plan 2004-15 earmarked about $240 million for investments in science and technology, with the idea of working toward the development of a South American Space Agency along with Brazil. Like Argentina, Brazil has yet to launch its own satellites. It has suffered a number of setbacks, with its third failed launch attempt in August 2003 producing a massive explosion and killing 21 people, including many distinguished space scientists. “The United States is to Argentina’s space program what China is to Brazil’s,” said CONAE’s Hisas. “Brazil has already launched three of its satellites from China and has another two pending.” The U.S. collaboration with Argentina does not exclude third parties. Brazil participated in both the SAC-C and SAC-D preparations by providing facilities for environmental testing before launch. France and Italy also contributed instruments to both projects, turning them into multilateral endeavors. Argentina’s space cooperation with the United States has led to the development of its own satellite and radar production capabilities. INVAP now manufactures its own earth-observation satellites — SAOCOM 1A and 1B — which will be equipped to survey Argentine farmland. CONAE is leading the effort, and has contracted the private U.S. company SpaceX to launch the first satellite in 2014. INVAP’s experience with CONAE has prepared it to develop its own surveillance radars, one of which is the country’s first 3D radar. It was commissioned by the national government to support its Escudo Norte [North Shield] operation, which is focused on controlling aircraft entering and leaving Argentina’s northern frontiers with Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia — where drug trafficking is on the rise. Hisas said these spinoff projects will help generate even more satellite business for Argentina, noting that “there is always more security for a nation when it controls the production of such technologies, rather than operating foreign equipment by following an instruction manual.” This partnership between Argentina and the United States of America is very interesting with respect to the technological development of 3D radars, and it could and should bring benefits of scale.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. OWEGO (WBNG) — Beginning Friday, a fair food drive-thru feast is coming to the Tioga County Fairgrounds. Organizers say the fair drive is on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The drive-thru will be held at the fairgrounds on Main Street in Owego. Food at the drive-thru includes: sausage, fried dough, nachos, cotton candy, turkey legs and more.
Topics : To roll out contact tracing, Indonesia has been relying on community health center (Puskesmas) workers, sometimes with the help of volunteers and village leaders.There are 9,993 Puskesmas in the country, according to 2018 health ministry data, with some of their workers now juggling between serving patients and monitoring the condition of confirmed and suspected cases in self-imposed isolation in their respective areas.The Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention, Lies Dwi, said obstacles they were facing included an unwillingness of some COVID-19 patients to provide a contact history due to a lack of trust. Others told the health workers they had trouble recalling their activities over the preceding 14 days, especially given the high mobility of urbanites, Lies said.There was also stigma surrounding COVID-19 that could possibly prompt fears of expulsion from their communities, Lies said, in addition to instances of incomplete or incorrect contact data. Breaking the chain of transmission is key to containing the COVID-19 outbreak, but in Indonesia, contact tracing remains weak due to problems ranging from an insufficient number of tracers to people’s reluctance to open up to these workers.Six months into the epidemic, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said earlier this month that the country’s contact-tracing ability was still poor. He said the government was working on tracing a minimum of 30 contacts per confirmed case.Contact tracing means identifying the contact history of confirmed, probable or suspected cases by interviewing the patients in order to test and quarantine those having been in contact with them as soon as possible. Jakarta tested an average of six contacts per confirmed case in July, even though, according to Lies, the number of contacts traced was higher.”COVID-19 is not replacing other illnesses. […] The burden [on Puskesmas] has become bigger. To break transmission chains as soon as possible, we need more workers to trace contacts, and it’s not enough just to rely on Puskesmas workers,” Lies told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. “Volunteers have indeed been very helpful.”Jakarta has deployed between 40 and 60 workers from each of its 44 district-level Puskesmas to conduct COVID-19 tests, trace contacts and analyze data, she said, adding that it had also recruited between two and three community helpers for each Puskesmas.She said that not all contacts would have to be tested or go into quarantine for 14 days. The decision, she said, was rather based on a priority scale in regard to the risk borne by the contacts — whether they were close contacts or had higher risks.The Health Ministry’s latest COVID-19 protocol, issued following the World Health Organization’s newest guidelines, define close contacts as people having a contact history with confirmed or probable cases and those having face-to-face interaction with these cases within at least 15 minutes or with physical touch.The protocols deem contact-tracing capacity adequate when more than 80 percent of new cases’ close contacts are identified and quarantined within 72 hours of the cases being confirmed, and for them to be monitored for 14 days since their last contact.Reuters reported last week that unpublished data from the COVID-19 task force it had reviewed showed only 53.7 percent of people identified as confirmed or suspected carriers of the disease were subjected to contact tracing by June 6.Read also: Testing disparity hinders fight against coronavirusTwo university students recruited as community helpers to trace contacts from late July to mid-August in Surabaya, East Java, another COVID-19 epicenter in the country, told the Post recently that they had faced similar obstacles.Out of economic concerns and stigma many also refused to be tested and to go into self-imposed quarantine even as the Surabaya administration promised them free meals. The absence of enforcement left tracers with no option but to let them go, the volunteer said.”For tracing, we’d need very detailed data, but there were people who had doubts […] They’re afraid that I’d misuse the data,” said Anggara Widyartanto, one of the community helpers assigned to a Puskesmas in one of the city’s hardest-hit areas.Anggara said he managed to trace an average of three contacts per case. Another volunteer assigned to a different Puskesmas, who requested anonymity, said the target in his Puskesmas at that time was 14 contacts per case, but the reality was that he, most of the time, could only reach the closest contacts — family members and their neighbors.They said that, at the time, for contacts to be swab-tested or go into quarantine, some would first be tested using the rapid antibody tests, which experts have strongly opposed for diagnostic purposes.Read also: Rights groups ask for transparency in COVID-19 contact tracingEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa previously said in June that the tracing ratio in Surabaya was 2.8. The province’s COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for updated data.”There were also times in which the Health Agency only notified us a week, or even nine days, after the cases were confirmed positive. We then had to rush to trace and isolate them, because there were only several days left before their isolation period was up,” one of the volunteers said. “I’m talking about cases tested by companies or by people on their own.”The volunteers also highlighted the need for the city administration to continue recruiting community helpers, as Puskesmas workers had also been overwhelmed, with some workers themselves testing positive and going into self-imposed quarantine.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said regional leaders had not paid much attention to Puskesmas and contact-tracing efforts, when massive tracing and isolation should have been the ultimate means of epidemic control.With only around 30 percent of cases hospitalized and the remaining in self-imposed isolation, more resources should have been given to Puskesmas to contain sources of transmission.The monitoring of people in self-imposed quarantine remained weak, she said, adding that, given people’s mobility, especially in Greater Jakarta, tracing would necessitate cooperation across regions.”One of the indicators of good contact tracing is when more than 80 percent of the cases have their sources known, who are then contained,” she said.
May 05, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Priority to Combat Opioid Abuse by Hosting Roundtable at Governor’s Residence (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor’s Residence, Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf continued his state tour of roundtable discussions focused on discussing the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The event, held at the Governor’s Residence, was attended by members of the Governor’s cabinet, local officials, law enforcement, health care professionals, emergency responders, and stakeholders. These statewide roundtables being hosted by the Governor are opportunities for the attendees to discuss collaborative efforts to combat the crisis.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “The community leaders here today work diligently every day to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis. This panel is an opportunity to discuss how we can work more collaboratively with the folks on the ground of this crisis.”The Governor and his administration hope that these roundtable discussions will lead to a larger bi-partisan conversation between state and local officials on how best to confront opioid abuse in Pennsylvania.“The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose,” Governor Wolf said. “With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Take a look at additional coverage of the roundtables and the Governor’s efforts below:PennLive: Wolf pledges to lead US in fighting painkiller-heroin crisis: here’s how[Governor] Wolf said the crisis crosses all political, economic and geographic lines, and that should “galvanize” bi-partisan political will toward solutions. While much more needs to be done, experts on Wednesday said Pennsylvania has already taken a national lead…Yet much more is needed, said Wolf and others.The Times: Gov. Wolf hosts opioid discussion, plans to tour the state“We have a chance, I think, to really do something to address this issue,” [Governor] Wolf said…”It is a real medical problem. It is a medical epidemic, and we need to treat it as that,” said Wolf, assuring a room full of advocates and professionals that his administration understands the severity of the problem and the need for intervention and funding.Observer-Reporter: Wolf leads roundtable meetings to discuss heroin, opioid epidemicBipartisanship in Harrisburg is about as rare as a Bigfoot sighting, but Gov. Tom Wolf says he has found common ground with Republican colleagues on at least one issue – recognition that the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is at a crisis point, and the need to alleviate it is urgent…“There seems to be a broad recognition that this is a problem, and there is the political will to do something about it.” [said Governor Wolf]Altoona Mirror: Wolf seeks to stem drug abuse“This is a problem throughout Pennsylvania, not just one corner,” [Governor] Wolf said. “Every segment of the population is facing this.”… In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses – most from heroin and opium-based medication – including 21 in Blair County and 37 in Cambria County, according to the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association. “We lose too many lives,” Wolf said.Fox 43: Gov. Tom Wolf Addresses Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic“People need to recognize this because it’s happening to people next door,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It’s happening to people in their families. It’s happening all over Pennsylvania. Every segment of the population is affected by this. And so, we have a chance, I think, to really do something, to address this issue.”WTAJ: Governor pushes for more action in fighting opioid epidemicThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that opioid overdoses killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. In Pennsylvania, deaths are a fraction of that number, but it’s increasing quickly. The state Coroners Association found nearly 2,500 people died in PA from opioid overdoses in 2014. Governor Wolf and health experts all said they expect those numbers to increase in the 2015 report.CBS 21: Wolf meets with police, healthcare professionals to discuss heroin crisis[Governor Wolf] met with police and healthcare professionals Wednesday to talk about how the state will move forward. Wolf says the state should start treating the issue as an addiction, rather than criminalizing people with prescription drug addiction. While trying to combat the issue, Wolf hopes Democrats and Republicans can come together as part of a larger conversation. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant
Wisconsin defensive end Brendan Kelly has three sacks – two of which came Saturday at Michigan State – and two forced fumbles in seven games this year.[/media-credit]If Brendan Kelly could trade in his two fourth quarter sacks of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins for a win, he would.In Wisconsin’s heartbreaking 37-31 loss Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., the redshirt junior defensive end was in Cousins’ face all game, sacking him twice for 19 yards and forcing a fumble on the second.But despite his outstanding game, luck just swung toward the opposite sideline as Cousin’s last-second Hail Mary reached the end zone and was deflected into the hands of Keith Nichol for a game-clinching touchdown.“I would trade the game in right to give up those statistics and get a ‘W’,” Kelly said. “I can’t say it feels that great. I wish I could walk away and say that I picked a pass off and ran it back for a touchdown and won the game for us. Winning is what we want to do; that’s what I love doing.”Ever since he stepped in for the injured David Gilbert, Kelly has been winning – albeit on a personal level.In the week leading up to the intensely anticipated Big Ten conference opener against Nebraska, Gilbert broke his foot during practice, opening the door for Kelly to get the start.Fellow starting defensive end Louis Nzegwu has noticed the seamless transition from Gilbert to Kelly.“He’s that type of guy that’s always waiting for his opportunity,” Nzegwu said. “The second that David got hurt, he was there, prepared to take his spot. … Everybody gets hurt; you don’t know when your last play is, and BK just filled in that role like he was there, starting the whole entire year.“BK is one of those guys that’s always prepared. He’s always working, always willing to get better. I was excited when he finally got his chance to play, and he’s really filling that role in for David.”While Kelly had the opportunity to fill in for a injured teammate this season, he knows what it is like to be on the other side of the situation.Last season, Kelly was forced to redshirt due to a groin injury he suffered in 2009. For most of that year, no one was able to identify the cause of the injury – much less figure out how to fix it. Three surgeries later, Kelly was finally on the road to rehab and a chance at getting on the field again. But for a period of time, he thought his career was over.“Realistically, I was mad,” Kelly said. “I was frustrated with myself, I was frustrated with my body. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t healing the way it should have been, why it wasn’t being fixed, why people didn’t know, couldn’t get answers. But the one constant: I never gave up. I always kept fighting even if I questioned myself. I always kept fighting. … I’m a football player. I knew in my heart that I was meant to play football.”Despite being forced to sit out for over an entire season, Kelly used his time off the field to watch film and familiarize himself with more schemes and defensive looks.Instead of spending hours in practice, he not only rehabbed and made himself stronger; he gained a higher intelligence of the game, making him an all-around stronger player.“He really had two years off from football because of his injuries,” defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said. “But he studied film through that whole injury process, and I’m excited about the improvement in his technique, and he’s starting to make some plays because of it.”“I think it helped greatly,” Kelly said. “Just to recognize different formations, different plays and definitely staying in tune with the defense and what they’re doing. A lot of guys get hurt and they go off by themselves and try to tackle that injury by themselves, but I said, ‘You know, I want to be a part of the team, whatever team we’re playing.’ If we’re playing TCU in the Rose Bowl, I’m going to prepare like I’m going to be starting in the Rose Bowl, and I’m going to watch that much film.’”So far, it has paid off. In Wisconsin’s first seven games, Kelly has 22 tackles, three sacks for 25 yards, two forced fumbles and one pass deflected. He has only started three games, but he has already made an undeniable impact on the field. And it all comes as no surprise to Partridge.“I think the things I got were some of the things that, quite honestly, I expected,” Partridge said. “His work ethic really is second to none. He’s a student of the game.”But last year, Kelly thought for a time he would never get the chance to don a Wisconsin jersey again. To him, this year is simply a blessing.“It’s definitely a blessing,” Kelly said. “The only person I can credit that with is God. There was a period there when I thought my game, my career as a football player was over. … I stepped in as a starter and it’s just a blessing. I just can’t be any happier about it.”
Wisconsin senior forward Blayre Turnbull continued her hot streak Friday with two goals to lead the women’s hockey team to a 2-0 shutout of Ohio State in Columbus.Turnbull scored a hat trick in their previous series against Minnesota Duluth and now has five goals in the past two weeks.“Well, I think after our last game where she scored a hat trick, she left the rink a little more confident,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said of Turnbull. “Certainly that confidence showed tonight as she scored the first goal and then scored a real nice power play goal in the second period.“Hopefully it’ll continue, I think she’s been pretty consistent all year. There’s some times she was getting some chances but the puck just wasn’t going in, but she stuck with it, had a big weekend last weekend against Minnesota Duluth, which has certainly carried over to tonight’s game against Ohio State.”The first period of Friday’s game against OSU ended scoreless, with the Buckeyes outshooting the Badgers 8-6 before the Nova Scotia native Turnbull found the back of the net early in the second period, just 97 seconds into the frame.Turnbull’s second goal of the game came with about three minutes remaining in the second period to extend the Badger lead to 2-0.Turnbull’s second goal came on the power-play, something that proved to be a big factor in the Minnesota Duluth series as well, as she scored all three of her goals against UMD on the power-play.Wisconsin senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped all 24 shots she faced as she earned her 12th shutout of the season, which ranks second in the country and second in program history for a single season.SaturdayWisconsin’s eight-game losing streak was snapped in game two of the series against Ohio States as the Badgers efforts fell just short in Columbus Saturday afternoon, 4-3.The Buckeyes, still fighting for postseason contention, were coming off a 2-0 loss to the Badgers on Friday. Wisconsin (23-5-4, 18-5-3 WCHA) meanwhile, looked for a ninth straight win to ride out the season, but their efforts could not provide the outcome they looked for despite scoring three goals against the Buckeyes Saturday.While the team does not need the win, and the one loss will not dramatically, if at all, change their ranking, as Johnson said, if the team does not put out their best efforts, then the dangers of complacency may set in.Ohio State opened scoring in the first period after breaking out on an odd-skater rush, but the lead was only held for the remainder of the period. Wisconsin tied on a Courtney Burke goal almost six minutes into the second period, but the Badgers, again, gave up a goal in quick succession on an Ohio State power-play six minutes later.Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Melissa Channell scored off a slapshot from the left point three minutes later to quickly take away an Ohio State lead and tie the game at two.However, once the third period came around, the Buckeyes made the most of their chances, converting twice to open up a two-goal lead, capitalizing on two Wisconsin mistakes, one while shorthanded.Wisconsin’s last effort came just too late, as Annie Pankowski tallied her 16th goal of the season with 1:30 left, leading to a dramatic finish as the Badgers peppered the Buckeye’s net with shots. But Ohio State’s Stacy Danczek stood firm and denied all opportunities of a late tying-goal.Next week Wisconsin will look finish out the season strong at home against St. Cloud State in their final series before the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Puck drop is at 3 p.m. Friday.
Three years ago, Syracuse’s four current seniors — Gabriela Knutson, Masha Tritou, Libi Mesh and Dina Hegab — traveled to Gainesville, Florida and played in the program’s first NCAA tournament match. Knutson, Mesh and Hegab all won their singles matches as SU overcame a lost doubles point to defeat Georgia State 4-3.This year, they’ll have the opportunity for one more tournament trip, now their third in four years. In Monday night’s NCAA tournament selection show, No. 31 Syracuse (13-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) earned a spot in Stanford’s region and plays No. 40 Wisconsin (18-5, 9-2 Big 10) in a first-round matchup on Saturday at noon.Syracuse started off its 2019 campaign with four straight wins, including two in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend against then-No. 9 Michigan and Purdue to clinch the Orange’s first berth in the National Indoor Team Championship in team history. That next week, SU rose to No. 10, its highest ranking ever.But then the inconsistency that plagued the Orange the rest of its season kicked in. SU lost the next four matches, before rebounding to take the following four.Syracuse hasn’t won a doubles point in its last 10 matches — a streak lasting more than a month — and last week head coach Younes Limam split up then-No. 84 Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Treshcheva, childhood friends from Russia. Overall, SU has won only nine doubles points this season, three in ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, the Orange find themselves in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four seasons under Limam. Last year, the Orange lost to Wichita State 4-1 in the first round after Knutson said it would be “embarrassing” if they lost.Wisconsin is led by No. 80 Sara Castellano and No. 123 Lexi Keberle in singles. The Badgers don’t have any ranked doubles pairings.“I think the most important is to make the NCAA and the second goal is probably to show the higher results in ACC championship,” junior transfer Guzal Yusupova said in March. “And then going forward to play NCAA in good shape.”Last Thursday, the Orange practiced outside at the Skytop Tennis Complex for the first time this season. In a few days, they’ll travel more than 2,800 miles to the Taube Tennis Center. Comments Published on April 29, 2019 at 6:48 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+