Nancy Ellen Southard, age 77

first_imgNancy Ellen Southard, age 77 of Pflugerville, TX, formerly of Lawrenceburg, IN passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, IN. Born March 10, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH she is the daughter of the late Andrew & Dorothy (Yates) Kirk. She was a graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, OH.Nancy is survived by her daughter Tara Dye of Pflugerville, TX and her son Bruce W. Williams Jr. of Pflugerville, TX. She will also be missed by her stepsons Tim, Danny, Matthew & Nathan Southard, stepdaughter Sheryl Schaffer, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and siblings Leona Hoff of Manchester, IN; Andrea Jo Abdon of Largo, FL; Vicki Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN and Andrew “Nip” Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward H. Southard and stepson Mark Southard.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Ellen Southard. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

UW coaches provide ‘Miracle on Ice’

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoPerhaps the most overlooked aspect of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s success is its renowned coaching staff. The scorers get to rack up the points, the defenders rack up the blocked shots, the goaltenders rack up the saves and wins. And head coach Mark Johnson, on the other hand, gets to provide quotes in addition to many other responsibilities. Johnson is the man who gets to make the final decision, using his experience and instinct to put the best team as possible on the ice while making sure his team is ready to play.As a player for the Badgers, Johnson was the first Badger to win WCHA Rookie of the Year during the 1977 season when Wisconsin won the National Championship. He went on to record 256 points in just three seasons and his 125 goals still stand as a UW record. However, his most memorable accomplishment might be the “Miracle On Ice” during the 1980 Olympics, during which he recorded two goals against the Soviet Union en route to the United States winning the gold medal. Johnson went on to a successful career in the NHL, recording 508 points in 699 games for four different teams.Johnson came back to UW in 1996, when he became an assistant coach for the men’s team. He was named the women’s hockey head coach before the 2002-03 season. Johnson led the team to their first WCHA title and national championship last season, and was rewarded by being named coach of the year.Johnson is responsible for the women’s hockey program becoming one of the elite programs in the nation. Since taking over the women’s hockey team, he has compiled an impressive record of 120 wins, 27 losses and 11 ties, including this season’s 11-0-1 record.”I think the coaching staff is something that goes unnoticed,” senior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “You really can’t say anything bad about [the coaches]; they come every day and put a lot of time in … I can’t really say enough about our coaches.”The most telling statistic about Johnson’s influence is that the Badgers have set a new record for wins every year he has coached. Last year the Badgers recorded 36 wins, which tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season. Perhaps his most challenging task is keeping his team motivated. While the Badgers are currently riding a 24-game unbeaten streak, Johnson has to be sure they’re prepared and ready to play every weekend. “Johnson is a very experienced person,” Slusar said. “The good thing about him is that he brings a good attitude every day. He’s ready to go and he knows when it’s time to do certain things — when we need to work hard and when we don’t need to work so hard. I think he really recognizes our situation, like if we’re tired he knows what we need to be doing.”Despite Johnson’s strong résumé, the influence of the assistant coaches cannot be overlooked. Tracy Cornell has been an assistant coach with the team since 1999 when the women’s hockey program first started, while Dan Koch started coaching at Wisconsin in 2001. Both have been instrumental in mentoring and recruiting players, building the women’s hockey program into the elite program it is today.”I think with a coaching staff like this, any player in the game could do really well,” freshman forward Meaghan Duggan said. “They’re really good with one-on-one stuff; they come right up to you and tell you what you need to work on.””They bring a positive attitude, [and] that goes a long way, because when I come to the rink I want to have fun,” Slusar said. “And every day I have fun and am having a good time, whether it’s practice or a game, whether we’re winning or losing.”last_img read more

Syracuse drops to No. 13 in final NFHCA rankings before NCAA tournament

first_imgAfter a loss to No. 5 Louisville in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, Syracuse fell one spot in the weekly NFHCA/Penn Monto Division I Coaches Poll from 12 to 13. Five days after beating the Cardinals by one goal in the season finale, the Orange crashed out of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The No. 13 Orange (12-6, 3-3 ACC) sit four spots behind No. 9 Princeton, who SU faces in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday in Storrs, Connecticut. SU is ranked No. 10 in RPI and has beaten three top-five teams – Louisville, Duke and Connecticut. Those three wins proved enough to earn SU a spot in Connecticut’s quarter of the bracket. If Syracuse defeats the Tigers on Thursday, it’ll rematch the Huskies, if the hosts can get past the winner of Fairfield and American. The last matchup between the former Big East rivals came down to penalty strokes, even though UConn outshot the Orange by 16. Freshman Sarah Sinck stopped every shot, diving from post-to-post to keep SU in the game. In total, she made 11 saves, including six across both overtimes. Now, SU might have to face the Huskies again on the same field. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Local internet costs still unclear for fiber optic cable project

first_imgThis summer, Quintillion will lay undersea fiber optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome. The project is scheduled to bring high-speed internet to western Alaska by March of 2017, but local providers won’t say how much it will cost for residents in the Bering Strait Region.Quintillion will start laying cable in June and finish construction in early September, according to spokesperson Tim Woolston. He said local customers should have faster internet by early 2017. Image: Quintillion.“No, I’m sorry. I can’t really speak to timelines or pricing or anything like that. I just don’t have any information that I can share at this time,” said Celine Kaplan, a marketing manager for TelAlaska, the company that will bring high-speed internet to Nome using Quintillion’s infrastructure.Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said she’s not surprised that TelAlaska and other local providers are so tight-lipped about pricing.“In a highly competitive market, which this will now become, too soon and you lose your competitive advantage,” she said.Pierce was in Nome Thursday night to share the construction schedule with the public. Right now, she said local providers are probably focusing on bigger, commercial customers like schools and businesses. She said individuals and families should start hearing sales pitches in October, when high-speed internet is just six months away.In the meantime, Pierce said Quintillion will charge 50 to 70 percent less than other backhaul providers without fiber optics. That means local carriers will save significantly on wholesale. She said they’ll have a few options when passing those savings on to customers.“They can dramatically improve their service packages,” she said. “Maybe they’ve only got a one-megabit-per-second service, and now they can provide a 25-megabit-per-second service. Or they might reduce the cost of service on the one-megabit-per-second.”Quintillion staff will visit Nome again in May or June to deliver another public update on the project. They’ll also stop in Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright, and Barrow, where the company is also laying cable.last_img read more