Karen Wright & Zoi DelucioCanaan, In. — Two Canaan Community Academy have been recognized in the 28th Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript (print) category, while students in grades three through eight compete in the cursive category. All students write the required sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on the shape, size, spacing and slant of their letters.First-grade teacher, Karen Wright was recognized, receiving an etched glass diamond. Her student, Zoi Delucio is the state level manuscript winner. She was presented with a medal commending her manuscript handwriting. Fourth-grade teacher, Angie Hutchinson, was recognized too. She also received an etched glass diamond award. Her student Kaylee Seebauer, is the state level cursive writing winner. She received a medal commending her cursive writing.Angie HutchinsonKaylee SeebauerThis is the fifth consecutive year that Canaan Cougars have been recognized as state-level winners.“Students who have legible handwriting gain lifelong advantages in their daily school work, on standardized tests, and throughout their high school, college and career experiences,” said Zaner-Bloser President Lisa Carmona. “Since we started this contest 28 years ago, the number of participants from schools across America has increased. That great response shows that teachers and their students recognize the advantages handwriting has on their overall academic success.”State level winners in each grade move on to the national competition, where they vie for the chance to be named the Grand National Champion.
Pat Fahy believes Morning Assembly rates the one to beat in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday. Press Association A Grade One-winning novice hurdler at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, the six-year-old secured his second victory from as many starts over fences when getting the better of Don Cossack in a Punchestown thriller last month. Don Cossack gave the form a boost by winning the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on his next start and with Ruby Walsh available to keep the ride on Morning Assembly, Fahy feels everything is in his stable star’s favour this weekend. “Everything is looking good. He’s been fine since his last run, we’ve had no setbacks and we’ve got Ruby on our side again,” said Fahy. “We’re looking forward to going back over three miles with him and he seems to handle all sorts of ground. “I didn’t think he’d have the toe on better ground, but he showed he did in Punchestown the last day. “He’s a Grade One winner over hurdles and if he could go and do the same over fences, that would be great. “Looking at his form with Don Cossack, you’d say he’s probably the one to beat, but the fences are there to be jumped and he is still a baby as far as chasing goes. “As long as he and Ruby both come back safe, we’ll have a good day.” Dessie Hughes is confident of a bold show from Bright New Dawn, a narrow winner on his chasing debut at Punchestown earlier this month. Hughes said: “I’m looking forward to running him. He’s in good shape and it will be a good test, but he’s a good stayer and hopefully he’ll run a big race.” Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough and Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Rio also feature in a seven-strong field.
In the face of complete chaos and uncertainty, perhaps no collegiate sports program is better equipped to handle the cancellation of a fall season quite like the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team.In 2019, Badger volleyball reached their second national championship under Head Coach Kelly Sheffield, and their third in the program’s 46-year run. Ultimately, the Badgers fell to Stanford in the final, but with a lot of returning talent and a core group of seniors, these women were poised to come back stronger than ever this fall.In fact, according to way-too-early power rankings after the conclusion of the 2019 season, the Badgers were ranked No. 1 ahead of the 2020 campaign. While the official volleyball rankings never surfaced before this fall season was canceled, it was safe to assume the Badgers would be a team to beat — maybe the team to beat.UW Athletics: Catching up with your favorite Badgers in professional sportsOver the years, many of Wisconsin’s athletes have moved on to productive careers in professional sports. With so many prominent Read…One might assume the cancellation of the fall season would mess with the mojo of such a touted team. While the sour taste of championship defeat may linger in the mouths of many returning players, the fire and the hunger brought on by that defeat could be exhausted during a long drought without play and a future full of unknowns as to when play could resume.As it turns out, these assumptions couldn’t be more wrong. From the moment the decision was handed down by the Big Ten Conference, the Badger volleyball team was clear about how it would deal with the matter.“We were expecting the decision,” Coach Sheffield said. “It just added clarity to move forward, and to do it together. We immediately called a meeting in the Field House, I saw a lot of head nods as I was telling them. And then a couple players spoke up and said, ‘Hey this doesn’t change anything, we still have great things to accomplish. Let’s stay together and stay positive.’ There was a lot of leadership and passion in the moment. We were ready to move forward right away.”Hilley vs Carlini: Comparing two of the greatest Wisconsin settersLauren Carlini and Sindey Hilley have both been bringing a lot of attention to the University of Wisconsin volleyball program Read…For All-American setter and UW senior Sydney Hilley, this is an opportunity to be optimistic and continue the desire to get better. “Even though we were disappointed we didn’t get to play this fall, we can make up for missed practices from the spring now,” Hilley said. “We can train with each other and be that much more prepared for when the season does finally happen.”The squad wasted no time taking this mentality into practice. The first practice following the decision to cancel the fall season was one of the most energetic and cutthroat he had ever been a part of, Coach Sheffield said.“They just went at each other for two hours,” Coach Sheffield said. “They have motivation coming out of all their pores.”That practice is by no means an exhaustion of pent up energy and frustration but a tangible spark which speaks to the makeup of the team moving forward during this time of limbo. Men’s Basketball: NCAA announces four potential start dates for 2020 seasonFirst reported on Aug. 27 by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, the NCAA is looking at four potential start dates for Read…There is no question the 2020 Wisconsin volleyball team possesses immense talent and potential to achieve wonderful things on the court, but performance and talent are only a couple of the necessary ingredients. Hilley notes that their chemistry throughout the entire roster is proof of their willingness to persevere through this patch of uncertainty and that it’s never been stronger than right now. “Our entire program has done a really good job,” Hilley said. “Our captains did a great job making sure we stayed in the loop. Our coaches have also been very involved. We had a book club meeting where we could just talk about things not related to pandemic or volleyball and a documentary club where we all got together. Also coaches would call to check-in. All of our teammates and coaches genuinely care about everyone, so we have been able to stay connected throughout this whole thing.”Beyond the strengthening of team chemistry, Coach Sheffield’s players have picked up a mindset which could not have been born without the current circumstances.“They bought into the concept of discipline yourselves so nobody else has to,” Coach Sheffield said. “In the world of COVID, you have to discipline yourself if your goal is to stay healthy and keep the people around you healthy. You have to lead a disciplined life, make disciplined choices. I’ve been really impressed by the lifestyle they have chosen to live. Living in the unknown can be really tough. I think they have flown with that really well. They have just been really mature.”As Coach Sheffield’s team continues to move forward toward an uncertain future, he and his players remain disciplined and unfazed by these rare circumstances. These circumstances have only made them stronger. Whether it’s this winter, spring or next fall, we will see this unit ready to take the court at some point. We just aren’t sure anyone else in the country could possibly be ready for them.