The Batesville High School freshman basketball team improved to 2-0 on their season with a 33-21 win over Rising Sun.The Bulldogs never trailed in the game with their ability to pass and attack Rising Sun’s 2-3 zone. The dogs were lead in scoring by Gus Cooper with 8 points and Cooper Williams with 6.The dogs have back to back games on the road Monday and Tuesday nights at South Decatur and South Dearborn.Score by quarter:BHS: 12 17 21 33RSHS: 5 9 17 21Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.
It feels good to be home for Wisconsin’s volleyball team.After three weeks on the road, the Badgers return to the Field House for a weekend set against Michigan State and No. 24 Michigan.Wisconsin opened the Big Ten season on the road last weekend by sweeping both Illinois and Northwestern, extending its Big Ten winning streak to six straight matches. The team’s last conference loss came to No. 17 Minnesota on Nov. 12, 2005.With one year under new head coach Cathy George’s belt, the Michigan State Spartans look poised to make some noise in the conference this year.”Michigan State on Friday is a team who has not been in the top 25 this year, but I think they should be actually,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “Cathy George is a second-year [head coach], and she did a great job at Western Michigan.”George ranks as one of the top 50 for all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history with a 377-242 career record, but she is looking to make her mark at a big-time school such as Michigan State.Waite believes she’s already begun turning the Spartans’ program around in her short time there.”She had a transfer come in, a senior setter, Allison Ianni, who was playing at Pacific, but she’s actually from [Michigan],” Waite said of George. “That just fit in perfectly for what she needed, so they’re going to be really, really tough.”Junior outside hitter Katie Johnson will be the player to watch for, though. The preseason Big Ten team selection leads the team with 5.08 kills per game, good for second in the conference. Not too far behind her at 4.44 kills per game is junior outside hitter Ashley Schatzle.The Badgers already know first-hand how tough George’s Spartan team can be.Last year, Michigan State took Wisconsin to five games in East Lansing, but it was Michigan who provided the upset the following night, and the Wolverines are much improved this year.”Michigan’s always been about halfway in the Big Ten,” senior floor captain Maria Carlini said. “But now they’re off to a good start and they’re a strong team.”Heading into the Big Ten season, Michigan was undefeated, but the Wolverines opened conference play with a pair of heartbreaking five-game losses — one to No. 11 Purdue and the other to an Indiana team that caught many by surprise.”[Michigan] took a loss to Indiana at home over the weekend, which really surprised us, so I’m sure they’re going to be ready to go for this weekend,” Waite said.Even though the Wolverines are undefeated on the road so far this year, they play Friday night in a tough Minnesota environment where they haven’t won a match since 1997, before heading to Madison Saturday where they haven’t won since 1992.Michigan may not be as well-balanced as Michigan State in its scoring, but there’s no question who the Wolverines’ go-to hitter is.”They bring in Katie Bruzdzinski … she’s their go-to hitter,” Waite said. “But it’s a pretty dynamic team.”While Michigan’s scoring numbers may not stand out, its digging may be one of the best in the conference. The Wolverines’ leader in digs per game has come from an uncommon position — the setter, Stesha Selsky. The junior leads the team with 4.44 digs per game and had two of her best games last weekend, posting 29 digs against Indiana and 27 against Purdue.With a pair of matches back at the Field House, in front of hometown fans, the Badgers are primed to continue their Big Ten season in undefeated fashion.”Nothing beats playing at home,” sophomore outside hitter Audra Jeffers said.
The Rockets have been lacking depth lately, and they hope the return of Brandon Knight can help fix this problem. The eighth-year guard hasn’t played since he tore his ACL last July, but reports say he could be nearing his debut for the Rockets. According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Knight went through his first full practice since 2017 on Wednesday. NBA trade rumors: Rockets ‘primarily focused’ on acquiring a wing player Rockets guard Brandon Knight went through a full-team practice today for the first time since his 2017 knee injury. Said, “I feel like I’m nearing the end (of the rehab process.” (More on Knight’s comeback coming tomorrow.)— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 5, 2018Knight was traded from Phoenix to Houston this past offseason. He’s a scoring guard who will be expected to lighten the offensive workloads of James Harden and Chris Paul. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists for his NBA career.The Rockets were one game away from the NBA Finals last season, but they’re currently 13th in the Western Conference. Knight’s integration into Mike D’Antoni’s system could be the kind of push they need to get back in the hunt. Related News Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni concerned about lack of depth
Independence Day will go on without a “splash” this year in at least one South Florida county. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on Friday closing all county beaches beginning July 3.A restriction of any gatherings and parades of more than 50 people is also part of that emergency order. The mayor says he made the decision after speaking to the county’s public health experts.“As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk,” the mayor said in a statement.He continued, “I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives.”