Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) BELFAST — Three Ellsworth wrestlers finished as runners-up Saturday at the annual Pine Tree Wrestling League state championships at the Troy Howard Middle School.A team from Dirigo took top honors in the 22-team middle school level competition with 132.5 points and Mountain Valley was second with 116.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Fryeburg with 116, Troy Howard with 100 and Ellsworth with 77. For Ellsworth, runners-up were Robert Banner the 124-pound weight class, Robert Hall in the 190-pound class and Michael Garland in the 240-pound class. Also placing for Ellsworth were Sam Lounder, who was third in the 145-pound class and Dustin Smelley, who was fourth in the 110-pound class. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWinning the second time you play a team in the Big Ten is noeasy task. Wisconsin got its first taste of that this season Tuesday nightagainst Michigan in a back-and-forth conference slugfest.Despite running away with a 16-point victory in the teams?first meeting Jan. 2, the Badgers were given a much bigger fight this time bythe Wolverines and needed a late 3-pointer from forward Marcus Landry to escapewith a 64-61 win.?We just figured there?s going to be a lot of games likethis,? UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?Earlier in the year [the Wolverines]weren?t moving like they?re moving now, and defensively not just in the zone,but the man-to-man ? they have more experience.?Wisconsin withstood 20 Michigan offensive rebounds and a26-point outburst from Wolverine freshman Manny Harris to win the type of gamethat they will need to continue their success.?Those are the games you?re going to have to win,? forwardJoe Krabbenhoft said. ?If you want to get ? I?m not even going to say it,?cause I don?t want to say ?Big Ten championship? or anything like that ? butif you want to get to that level, these are the games you?re going to have towin in the Big Ten.?With Wisconsin up one with just under a minute remaining,Harris drove the ball into the paint guarded by Trevon Hughes. Sinking in thelane to help his backcourt mate, Michael Flowers took a swipe at Harris?dribble and knocked the ball free. After a scrum, Krabbenhoft emerged with theball and called timeout.On the ensuing UW possession, Hughes played off a pick nearthe top of the key and drove toward the baseline. Finding his drive cut off, hepicked up his dribble, turned and found Landry open on the right wing for athree that the junior drilled to extend the lead to four.?I thought Trevon was going to come off the ball screen andshoot it, so I was ready to go to the glass,? Landry said. ?But I seen he keptdriving. ? He picked up his dribble and I was there to release him because hehad nowhere to go.?After having his shot blocked on the previous possession,Landry put the negative out of his mind for the game clincher.?I was kind of down; I couldn?t really get my shot off inthe paint like I wanted to,? Landry said. ?I forgot about it and got the opportunityto shoot the ball, and just shot it.?With Michigan trailing only by one at 40-39 and with theball coming out of a timeout with 14 minutes and 35 seconds remaining, Ryanmade a crucial substitution. In came center Greg Stiemsma, who didn?t play at allthe previous game against Northwestern and played just one minute in the firsthalf after picking up a quick foul and turnover.?I thought there was some stuff around the rim that heneeded to go in there and clean up for us,? Ryan said.The substitution paid instant dividends, as Stiemsmaspearheaded an 11-3 Wisconsin run ? capped by a Michael Flowers rebound andcoast-to-coast spinning layup ? that forced Michigan head coach John Beilein tocall a timeout.On Michigan?s first possession, Stiemsma emphatically turnedaway Epke Udoh?s attempt as the shot clock was winding down ? his first of twoblocks during the run ? and then rebounded the Wolverine?s subsequent miss.After Hughes buried a three to extend UW?s lead to four,Stiemsma stood his ground on the low block and took a charge from abaseline-driving Harris.Stiemsma would add some offense to the mix with a layup inthe paint to make it a six-point UW lead and another block two minutes later.?He came in in the first half and I don?t like saying it,but he had one foul and one turnover,? Krabbenhoft said. ?But then he forgotabout it, he kept playing and kept his head up.?He came in in the second half and had two huge blocks, ahuge layup, just a bunch of energy. That?s what we need from guys like Gregcoming in off the bench.?Wisconsin extended its lead to as many as 10 in the firsthalf, only to see Michigan slowly chip away at the margin and trail by onlyfour at the break. That set the stage for the rest of the back-and-forthaffair.
All or nothing · This year, the annual rivalry game between the Trojans and the Bruins will decide the Pac-12 South champion. The winner will face Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game. – Maya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanIn a game that will determine the Pac-12 South champion, the Trojans will host the rival Bruins in the regular season finale. Both teams are 5-3 in conference while the Bruins have one more non-conference win than the Trojans.USC is coming into the matchup after a 48-28 loss to Oregon that snapped a four-game winning streak, while the No. 22 Bruins are coming off of a win against Utah in Salt Lake City.Both USC and UCLA have no shortage of talent on the roster, but have struggled with consistency all season. The game will likely come down to which quarterback is able to control the game. USC will be led by redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler, a three-year starter who has never beaten UCLA. The Bruins, on the other hand, will be led by true freshman Josh Rosen, who has never played USC.“We’ve got to have a mindset to come in Monday and be ready to go,” Kessler said. “We’re playing to win the South. Guys are going to be excited about that and it’s going to be a great week of preparation, but it definitely hurts with any loss.”Kessler has sophomore JuJu Smith-Schuster in his corner, though he has battled various injuries all season Smith-Schuster has 68 receptions this season for 1,217 yards and 10 touchdowns. Though he is not at 100 percent, he is listed as probable for Saturday’s game.“He’s a warrior. He’ll be fine,” Helton said. “He’s dealt with pain each and every week from Game 5 on. He’s one of those guys that shows up every week and gives it all he’s got.”USC has also greatly utilized the run game under Helton, with the duo of Ronald Jones II and Justin Davis combining for most of USC’s yards on the ground. The Trojans will likely call on the pair a lot on Saturday, as UCLA’s rush defense is ranked No. 84 in the nation.USC’s offense ranks 26th in the nation in points per game, while UCLA comes in at No. 41. On defense, UCLA has allowed 30 points in five of their last eight games. USC’s defense faltered last weekend as well, allowing a season-high 48 points against Oregon.Rosen will lead a UCLA offense that has been without star running back Myles Jack nearly all season after he suffered a season-ending injury. The true freshman has completed 60 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 3,124 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’ll face a USC defense coming off of its worst game all season, allowing nearly 50 points against Oregon.The annual rivalry game is always important, but this year it determines which team will face Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game and compete for a Rose Bowl berth.“Even though it’s for the championship game and we’ve got ourselves to this position, just focus on doing your job would be the biggest thing I could tell our guys,” Helton said.Kick off is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.