The 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) was opened on Wednesday evening at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Jamaica. President David Granger is leading Guyana’s delegation at this annual regional forum
You know you’re getting old when your boys of summer start applying for managerial jobs.Give you a for-instance: According to Bleacher Report, former A’s third baseman Eric Chavez is the leading candidate to become manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As we speak, Mike Scioscia is the Angels skipper, but The Athletic assures us his tenure with the team will sunset along with his 10-year contract at season’s end.If you were an A’s fan in the late 1990s and 2000s, you likely recall …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final Ohio Crop Progress Report for 2016 was released on Monday.Harvest is essentially completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 27th . Winter wheat is in good condition. Warm temperatures this fall allowed the majority of produces to finish harvest and complete some tillage and spraying work for next season. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 3 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 45 percent was rated “abnormally dry”.Click here to read the entire report
It’s been just over two months since Google, the New York Times and the Washington Post joined together to experiment with a new way to provide news with Google’s Living Stories. Today, Google has declared the experiment a success and has said that it will offer the project’s functionality to the general public.According to Google, 75% of people who sent feedback regarding the Living Stories project have said that they preferred the format to traditional online news. But maybe that’s the thing – “traditional” online news is just the knee jerk reaction of a previously print-based industry trying to jump on the bandwagon. Trying to keep up with the health care debate by typing those words into Google or even Google News or any number of other search engines is often more a waste of time than anything else.Google’s Living Stories allows media to provide news in a way that lets readers fully explore a story from a central location. They don’t have to scroll down through a page of search results or unrelated articles. Instead, a single page break a story down into four main components: a general summary at the top, a list of filters along the left side, a time-line of important events along the right side and a stream of updates and articles in the center. Living Stories is like a personalized RSS feed reader, but customized to pay attention to just that one story. The story is customized to the user, keeping track of what they have already seen so that it can alert them when new content is available. When we first saw the news delivery system two months ago, we said that we could “imagine other publications employing this kind of system of organization” and now we’re glad to see that this will become a reality. Something to note, however, is that this is not an algorithm-based service provided by Google – the content of a Living Story is completely determined by an editorial team. In a way, it’s just another content management system, but one that is tailored to telling a single story and, from what we’ve seen, telling it well and from a number of angles. Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb is a syndication partner of the NYTimes. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Mark Giongco/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With the controversial trade between Kia and San Miguel getting the greenlight on Friday, the defending Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup champion now has the right to make top overall selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Beermen brass have politely declined to make a comment on who they will pursue at number one, but picking first is certainly a win-win situation for the proud franchise.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Still, it’s going to be a scary sight to see Standhardinger pair up with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo down low, giving the Beermen the deadliest frontcourt combo in the game today.READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft CombineOn the other hand, selecting Kiefer Ravena will further boost San Miguel’s already potent guard rotation as the two-time UAAP MVP will have a chance to learn and thrive with the triumvirate of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter.One of the smartest guards to ever lace up his sneakers, the 24-year-old’s career has been well documented since his days in Ateneo, which earned him slots in several national teams. He had also played in the NBA D-League, before deciding to make the jump to the PBA this year.Whoever is left out of the two will certainly fall into NLEX’s lap with the Road Warriors set to add another foundational player at two.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Kiefer Ravena impresses in PBA Draft CombineBut the draft is more than just Standhardinger and Ravena as the succeeding teams picking in the first round will still have a chance to nab a bluechip prospect in the 44-man pool.Amateur standouts Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, Fil-Am prospects Robbie Herndon, Davon Potts, and Julian Sargent, as well as collegiate studs Lervin Flores and Rey Nambatac are all touted to be selected early in the draft.Blackwater will pick third, followed by Phoenix at four, Alaska at five, and GlobalPort at six.READ: Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX The rest of the first round will be as follows: Rain or Shine, Phoenix, Star, TNT, Ginebra, and TNT once more.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on Sunday at Robinsons’ Place Manila in Ermita. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger has been the prospective number one pick since the list of the applicants has been released and he is indeed worthy of his hype.READ: Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA DraftFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing out of nowhere, the Fil-German forward has proven himself in his stints with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, emerging as one of the hottest prospects in the amateur ranks thanks to his no nonsense game and deceivingly fast footwork.The downside, however, is Standhardinger’s obligations with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League which would keep out of the PBA until April just in time for the second conference.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement This hit comedy, hailed “the Canadian Lady Bird,” has been lauded by audiences and critics alike, earning an award for Best Comedy Feature Film and an Audience Award, as well as receiving rave reviews. It follows a socially inept, home-schooled dropout (Daniel Doheny) who enrols in public school to chase after a one-legged dream-girl (Siobhan Williams), and his mom/best friend (Judy Greer), who teaches him his teenage rebellion while learning to let him go. From writers and CFC alumni Kyle Rideout (director) and Josh Epstein(producer), ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL is a unique film in CFC’s history because it came to the CFC through our Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, where it received instrumental support in the script’s development, and then it went on to be developed and produced through CFC Features.Learn more HERE.2. RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS (2013)This critically acclaimed feature provides a gritty, hard look at the residential school system in Canada through the story of a 15-year-old girl who lives on the fictional Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation in the year 1976. The film was developed and financed through CFC Features and was written/directed by alumnus Jeff Barnaby, produced by alumni John Christou and Aisling Chin-Yee, and stars Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, who would later become a resident in our CBC Actors Conservatory. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and went on to be selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten features of 2013.Learn more HERE.3. CUBE (1997)CUBE came to life in CFC Features with alumni Vincenzo Natali (writer/director), André Bijelic and Graeme Manson (writers), and Mehra Meh and Betty Orr (producers). This low-budget psychological thriller follows a group of strangers who wake to find they are trapped in an enigmatic and deadly cube and they have to solve the puzzle of the cube’s maze in order to survive. The film was so popular that it developed a cult following, spawned two sequels (Cube 2: Hypercube in 2002 and Cube Zero in 2004), and is said to have inspired other one-room thrillers like Saw.Learn more HERE.4. RUDE (1995)RUDE was created through CFC Features and alumni Clement Virgo (writer/director), and Damon D’Oliveiraand Karen A. King (producers). This groundbreaking drama is a pioneering look at race, masculinity, sexuality, love and loss in a Black community living in the inner city and was the first Black-written, -directed and -produced feature film in Canada. RUDE premiered to great acclaim at Cannes in 1995 as an Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard Programme. It also helped solidify the ongoing collaboration between D’Oliveira and Virgo, whose production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, has created a compelling body of high-impact work.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE CINEPLEX ENTERTAINMENT FILM PROGRAMThe Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is CFC’s signature and longest-running program. It champions original voices, entrepreneurism and collaboration and helps residents develop and package original content for the global entertainment market. This is evidenced in the number of films that have been developed through this program – see some examples below:5. UN TRADUCTOR (2018)Un Traductor, the feature directorial debut of alumnus Sebastián Barriuso (co-director/producer) and written and produced by fellow alumna Lindsay Gossling, saw its World Premiere in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film was developed at the CFC in 2013, when Barriuso and Gossling were residents in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers’ Lab and Writers’ Lab, respectively. The film, which was shot on location in Havana, Cuba, is based on the true story of Sebastián and Rodrigo Barriuso’s father, a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana (played by Rodrigo Santoro), who is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they’re sent to Cuba for medical treatment.Learn more HERE.6. NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2017)This feature directorial debut from alumna Kathleen Hepburn, adapted from the short film of the same name, was also developed through the program’s Writers’ Lab. In addition, it features the work of alumni Evan Crowe (associate producer), Lori Lozinski (executive producer), Simone Smith (editor), Ben Fox (music) and Liz Cairns (production designer). Never Steady, Never Still is a tender and heartbreaking story of a mother with physical disabilities and her discontented son – each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease. The film was praised by audiences and critics (including a NNNN rating from NOW Magazine), and picked up 10 awards over the course of its festival run.Learn more HERE.7. MARY GOES ROUND (2017)The debut feature from writer/director Molly McGlynn was developed in the 2015 Writers’ Lab (and was later recommended by the CFC for the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program). McGlynn collaborated with several other alumni on the film: Matt Code (producer), Aeschylus Poulos (executive producer), Christine Armstrong and Bryan Atkinson (editors), Dillon Baldassero and Casey Manierka-Quaile (music), and Bruce Novakowski (actor). Mary Goes Round follows a substance abuse counsellor who gets arrested for a DUI and returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls to learn that her estranged father is dying of cancer. It was one of the most buzzed about homegrown films at TIFF ’17 and received critical acclaim (including a NNNN rating from NOW Magazine) and earned McGlynn a spot in Playback’s 2017 5 2 Watch.Learn more HERE.8. CLOSET MONSTER (2015)The script for alumnus Stephen Dunn’s debut feature, Closet Monster, was revised throughout his residency in the Directors’ Lab in 2012. The film went on to become a huge hit at TIFF ’15, winning the award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and was hailed by critics, including The Hollywood Reporter, which named it “an accomplished, courageously strange debut;” Variety, which called it “an original spin on the teenage coming-out dramedy;” and the National Post, which dubbed it “a truly unique coming out story, not to mention a highly original Canadian film.” The film also features the work of alumni Todor Kobakov (music) and Bryan Atkinson (editing).Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGESince the launch of our Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, the CFC has really upped the ante on Canadian comedy. To date, this program has accelerated 10 features and launched them into the global marketplace, including ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (as mentioned above), as well as these hit comedies:9. THE NEW ROMANTIC (2018)The latest feature developed through the exchange, The New Romantic saw its World Premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW 2018, where it received special recognition for first feature. The film is from CFC alumni Carly Stone (writer/director), Kyle Mann (writer/producer), Christine Armstrong (editor) and also features music by the Slaight Family Music Lab alumnus Matthew O’Halloran. It has received rave reviews and significant attention for its bold female characters and for spotlighting a certain type of female protagonist. The pic centres on Blake, a young woman who, frustrated with a lack of chivalry among guys her own age, turns to life as a “sugar baby” – dating an older man and receiving gifts in return.Learn more HERE.10. DON’T TALK TO IRENE (2017)Don’t Talk to Irene, from CFC alumni Pat Mills (writer/director), Alyson Richards and Michael MacMillan(producers), is the story of an overweight teenage girl who follows her passion for cheerleading and signs up for a talent-search reality show in order to prove that “physical perfection” isn’t everything. It made its World Premiere at TIFF ’17 before continuing on a successful festival run, winning the 2017 Comedy Vanguard Feature award and the Audience Award from the Austin Film Festival.Learn more HERE.11. BIG NEWS FROM GRAND ROCK (2014)This crowd-pleasing screwball comedy, the first feature from alumnus Daniel Perlmutter (writer/director), with alumni Michael McNamara and Judy Holm as producers, follows small-town journalist Leonard Crane who starts making up stories to save his job, but gets in trouble when one of his fabricated news pieces turns out to be true. The film was wildly popular with audiences, playing packed theatres across Canada with additional screenings being added.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE SHORT DRAMATIC FILM PROGRAMWhile this program is currently on hiatus as its being redesigned, it’s known for launching exciting and original voices and concepts into the global marketplace and producing high-quality short films – 173 to date! Here are some of the titles that have come out of this program:12. STILL (2014)This affecting short is from alumni team Slater Jewell-Kemker (co-writer/director), Kaveh Mohebbi (co-writer), Courtenay Bainbridge (producer), Maureen Grant (editor), Matthew O’Halloran (music) and stars Actors Conservatory alumni Emily Piggford and Giacomo Gianniotti. In STILL, Sadie (Piggford) is lost in an isolated forest with her abusive boyfriend Jake (Gianniotti). After he falls through the ice of a river and drowns, Sadie discovers duplicates of both herself and Jake, giving her a chance to change their fate and get the love she’s always wanted. The film premiered at TIFF ’14 and went on to be included in Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. STILL also earned Jewell-Kemker a spot on CBC News’ list of young Canadian filmmakers to watch at TIFF 2014, and on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Canada list, which highlighted the 15 hottest talents under 35.Learn more HERE.13. FROST (2012)This CFC short, from CFC alumni Jeremy Ball (writer/director), Lauren Grant (producer) and Richard Mandin(editor), tells the story of a young arctic hunter’s search for food beyond the perimeter of her ancestral hunting grounds as she longs for her father’s recognition as a capable disciple. FROST was the first CFC short to be shot in HD. It was done entirely on a studio soundstage with a green screen and snow blankets for all snowscapes, using 80 visual effects completed by five different companies. The film saw its World Premiere at TIFF ‘12 and went on to win the Grand Jury Award for Best Canadian Short (Dramatic) at the 2012 Edmonton International Film Festival.Learn more HERE.14. SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR (2002)This acclaimed CFC short, from alumni Charles Officer (director), Tamai Kobayashi (writer), Kate Kung and Sandy Reimer (producers), and Ian Gardner (editor), weaves together the thoughts and memories of four African-Canadian women after gun violence claims the lives of two young men, and is often referenced for its contributions to Black Canadian filmmaking in the 21st century. Officer (and his films like SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR) is referenced in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora [3 volumes]: Origins, Experiences, and Culture as being a filmmaker who “ … continue[s] to challenge mainstream Canadian cinema through their wilful rearticulations of African Canadian identities within the changing landscape of contemporary Canadian Culture.” SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR was also included in TIFF’s Black Star Retrospective in November/December 2017, which celebrated Black excellence on screen.Learn more HERE.15. EVELYN THE CUTEST EVIL DEAD GIRL (2002)Long before he went on to collaborate with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on films like San Andreas and Rampage, alumnus Brad Peyton wrote and directed this darkly twisted comedy about a lonely dead girl who tries to bring herself back to life in order to make new friends (produced by alumnus Jim Mauro, edited by alumna Kathy Weinkauf and starring alumna Nadia Litz).Learn more HERE.16. ELEVATED (1996)Before Natali brought us one-room horror flick CUBE, he co-wrote and directed the CFC short film ELEVATED. Co-written by alumna Karen Walton and produced by alumni Steve Hoban and Vanessa C. Laufer, this horror-thriller tells the story of a routine elevator ride that becomes a living hell for its three trapped passengers.Learn more HERE.THROUGH THE TELEFILM CANADA TALENT TO WATCH PROGRAMFormerly the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program, CFC is an affiliate member of this initiative, and recommends and supports one low-budget feature project from CFC alumni annually to Telefilm Canada for production. Some of the productions it has supported and helped develop through this initiative include:17. THE LOCKPICKER (2016)This feature directorial debut from alumnus Randall Okita (produced by alumni Chris Agoston and Robert Fisher, edited by alumni Jonathan Eagan and Mike Reisacher, with music by alumni Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos of Menalon) follows the story of a teen thief who fantasizes about getting out of town after the death of a friend. It won the 2017 John Dunning Discovery Award (Canadian Screen Award), presented for the best micro-budget film of the year.Learn more HERE. The CFC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, we are introducing a “30 things” series on our website – four stories that share 30 facts, memories, insights and/or pieces of information about the CFC, inspired by occurrences in our 30-year history. In the first piece to kick off the series, learn about some of the groundbreaking, award-winning and flat out awesome film, television, interactive and VR productions that CFC has had a hand in making in its 30 years.Since our inception, the CFC has continually generated world-class content for the global marketplace. We’ve helped develop, finance and/or produce several productions that have enriched Canada and the world’s cultural and entertainment landscapes. Here’s a look at some of those productions and the programs that they were developed through.THROUGH CFC FEATURESOne of the CFC’s oldest and longest-running programs, CFC Features has executive produced 23 films and supported the development of more than 50 films. Subsequently, it has also helped launch the careers of several CFC alumni, such as prolific film and television creators Holly Dale, Steve Hoban, Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Charles Officer and Vincenzo Natali. Here are just a few of the features CFC has helped develop through this program:1. ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (2017) Login/Register With:
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) drives to the hoop during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAs the sunset fell on the Charleston Harbor in South Carolina in November 2012, the rays radiating into the faces of the Ohio State and Notre Dame women’s basketball players during the Carrier Classic, then-freshman guard Ameryst Alston lined up on the charity stripe for the first time in her collegiate career.After a couple of warmup dribbles to get a feel of the leather ball, Alston hit nothing but nylon to score her first point sporting the scarlet and gray.The first-year player would finish the game only scoring three points in the 21 minutes that she played, but, as the season progressed, Alston created a name for herself in the Buckeye rotation. Eventually, she would become one of the more pivotal players in the program’s history.Fast forward three years, 12 weeks and three days, and there was just under 1:30 to play in the third quarter in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The No. 7 ranked Buckeyes were leading the Iowa Hawkeyes at their home gym, 76-59. As the clock ticked down, Alston, now a senior, made a stutter-step move from the right wing toward the basket, dribbling to the opposite side of the cylinder, where she pulled up and connected on a short jumper. Usually, a late-game score to put a team up 19 points like Alston’s would be nothing but a trifling tally on a box score. Except that pull-up jumper was not usual — it was historic. With the make, Alston surpassed the 2,000-point scoring mark, making her only the sixth OSU women’s basketball player to achieve the milestone. Instead of cracking an immediate smile and having play stop to send the ball over to the bench to celebrate an archival moment of her career, Alston did what she had done after scoring all the other 1,998 points over the past four years: hustle down to the other end of the court to play defense.That is just who Alston is: a selfless player who is obsessed with earning team accomplishments instead of impressive individual accolades. “I’m really close with her, and I didn’t even know she was close to 2,000 points,” senior guard and four-year teammate Cait Craft said. “She never spoke about it, and even when she scored her 1,000th, I had no idea it was coming.”Alston was solely a role player when she came onto the scene in Columbus. It wasn’t necessarily her fault, though, as it was just because of all the talent that the Buckeyes had at the time, including Tayler Hill (who Alston just passed on the scoring list) and Amber Stokes, both of whom would go on to sign professional contracts.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAt the time, Jim Foster was at the helm of the OSU program, but he would be relieved from the position for a lack of postseason victories.The program then turned to former Washington coach Kevin McGuff in April 2013 for guidance.Upon arrival in Ohio’s capital city, McGuff said he was comforted by the fact that he was inheriting a talent like Alston, who was only going to be heading into her sophomore year.“When I got here I was obviously excited to have her in the program,” McGuff said. “I knew she could be a big piece of (OSU) kind of rebuilding the program, and she has certainly been that.”In McGuff’s first year as coach, Alston had a remarkable sophomore campaign, receiving a first-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and the media. She scored 19 points per game and also led the team with 112 total assists. Coming into her junior year, the Buckeyes were able to pick up a couple of premier recruits and transfers, including McDonald’s All-American and the nation’s leading high school scorer in 2014-15, Kelsey Mitchell. The influx of improving talent might have created a feeling of anxiety for a player who wanted to be the face of a program. For Alston, this was not so. “She was our main scorer and our go-to person our sophomore year, and then last year we had a bunch of young talent come in, and that never really bothered her,” Craft said. “It wasn’t just all on her anymore. There were other people to help her, but she took it in stride and she understood that was what was best for the team.”As a junior, Alston finished the year with 694 points, averaging 19.8 points per game and earning another All-Big Ten selection. She helped the Buckeyes become runner-ups in the Big Ten tournament before leading them to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where OSU would eventually fall to North Carolina by one basket. Now Alston, who is one of the two seniors on the team, has progressively become a vocal leader, as well as a leader by example, which she said is something she grew into over her four years in Columbus. “Being vocal is not something that I came in here with,” Alston said. “Now, I’m just trying to help give direction.” OSU is currently 21-4 and 13-1 in conference play, and it is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. Even with all the success the Buckeyes are having and scoring her 2,000th point, there are still goals that Alston and her squad have with four games left in the regular season. And those start with cashing in on the promising postseason future OSU looks to have.“We are just taking it one game at a time,” Alston said. “The goal is to win every game and to hopefully get a Big Ten championship.”As Alston continues to be one of the Buckeyes’ go-to scorers this season, she will continue to rise on the all-time scoring list in OSU basketball history. With 2,032 points and counting to her name, only three players are above her. Of the trio, Jessica Davenport’s third-place position with 2,303 points is the only one in jeopardy. Even so, the humble Alston never truly had a passion to score 2,000 points in her collegiate career. Her prerogative was always staying focused on her mission of the team winning games. “(Scoring 2,000 points is) actually not something I think about … It just kind of comes with it,” Alston said. “This year has been very special in terms of our success as a team. It’s always great, and fun, when you’re winning.”The next chance for Alston and her team to keep winning is set for Thursday, as OSU is scheduled to take on Nebraska at 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Freshman forward Maddy Humphrey (23) chases the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Grant Miller / Copy ChiefOhio State field hockey has earned the right to face top-seeded and No. 2 Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament after sneaking into the bracket because of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana.In Maryland’s first season as a Big Ten member, the Terrapins dominated the conference. Maryland (16-2, 7-1) finished the season on an 11-game winning streak, including seven against intraconference foes to finish as the Big Ten regular season champions.Before Maryland took the reins of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes (6-11, 1-7) and Terrapins squared off Oct. 3 in College Park, Md., in a game where OSU kept the score tied for 25 minutes before the flood-gates opened. The Terrapins scored four unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and ultimately defeated OSU in shutout fashion, 6-0.OSU is going to try to make changes personnel-wise to match Maryland’s versatility, senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner said.“I think we’re gonna have to maybe mix our lines together,” Wagner said. “Say maybe a midfielder switch with an offender if the offender is tired. We need to layer our fitness and rotate around.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest problem in the first matchup was Maryland’s ability to build a rhythm and keep pressure on freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro.“We need to be able to break (their momentum) and you need to be able to possess the ball to do that,” Wilkinson said. “We’ll work on being able to keep possession in small spaces. And again, being able to get some production out of our attacks.”Maryland took home four Big Ten postseason awards. Senior midfielder Maxine Fluharty was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference’s best team with 15 goals on the season.Sarah Sprink, a junior defender from Neuss, Germany, received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, while freshman forward Moira Putsch took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year after tallying 11 goals and six assists in her rookie campaign.Maryland coach Missy Meharg was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for her team’s nation-leading 3.23 scoring margin.Despite her 12 goals and 32 points overall, OSU midfielder Maddy Humphrey fell short in freshman of the year voting and did not make first or second team honors in the conference.Humphrey said she was proud of her work ethic and added her awards snub will motivate her to work even harder in the future.“I worked really hard this season and my stats are among the top stats in the Big Ten, so yes, I do believe I deserved a spot,” Humphrey said in an email. “Unfortunately, I am young and a new face so I just have to work even harder to be recognized.”Junior forward Peanut Johnson was named second-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season despite Humphrey leading the team in points with 32 compared to 27 for Johnson.OSU and Maryland are set to face off at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday at 10 a.m. The winner is scheduled take on the winner of fourth-seeded Penn State and fifth-seeded Michigan State in the semifinal round Friday at 1 p.m
Ohio State senior forward C.J. Jackson (3) looks toward the shot clock against Indiana junior forward Devonte Green (11) in the Buckeyes’ matchup against the Hoosiers in the Big Ten tournament on March 14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorCHICAGO — Ohio State’s recipe for success against Indiana was simple: to force turnovers with an aggressive defense and take advantage of Indiana’s mistakes with baskets on the other end. But late in the second half, Indiana found a game plan of its own, a game plan that hadn’t worked for the majority of the contest. With 7:10 to go in the game, Indiana junior guard Devonte Green hit a 3, igniting a 13-0 run for the Hoosiers. Indiana, adding a 7-0 run late in the half, cut Ohio State’s lead down to four with a 26-9 run and shooting 58.3 percent from deep in the second half after making 4-of-15 from 3 in the first half.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he knew his team’s lead would be cut down, that it would end up being much closer. And his message to the Buckeyes during time outs was simple.“We just kept telling our guys, ‘just get one stop. Make one play and we will see what happens,’” Holtmann said.With 34 seconds left, that play happened. Ohio State redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods hit a layup while trying to draw a foul, giving Ohio State the five-point lead and the eventual 79-75 victory against Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday.“This league is so tough night in and night out. You [can] get beat by anybody if you don’t bring your A-game,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “This win is definitely a good win for us.”After playing 34 minutes in each of his past two games, Woods became one of the main factors to Ohio State’s success, finishing the game with a team-high 18 points, making 9-of-13 from the field, including all five attempts in the first half.While the first half seemingly belonged to Woods, Jackson and Kaleb Wesson took over the Ohio State offense in the second.Jackson scored 15 of his 17 points, making 50 percent from the field in 19 minutes played in the second half.“Our seniors played like seniors,” Holtmann said. “That’s why we won.”But Ohio State also saw it’s leading scorer return to the lineup. Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson returned to the starting lineup after serving a suspension for a violation of team rules.In his first game back, Holtmann said he did not think he saw a lot of rust from Wesson. The sophomore forward recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds, a career high.“My teammates were making it a big deal in the beginning of the game like ‘we are glad to have you back and we will get you the ball to get you back in your rhythm,” Wesson said.With 12:32 to play in the game, the sophomore forward recorded a steal in the paint and saw Jackson open. Wesson threw a leading pass to the senior guard across the length of the court, finishing with the layup under the basket.This kind of play proved to be a major component of Thursday’s win.In the first half, Ohio State thrived defensively, recording eight steals, including two by Jackson, junior forward Andre Wesson and Woods. The Buckeyes took advantage, recording 17 points off of turnovers compared to Indiana’s two in the half. Ohio State finished with 24 points off turnovers, adding four steals in the second half.“We didn’t play perfect by no means, but I think everybody took it upon themselves to be as solid as they could throughout the whole entire game,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said. “Whenever everybody is doing their role at a high level, I mean you saw it. We can be pretty good.”Forcing Indiana to make 2-of-15 from the field to start the game, offense continued to not come easy for the Hoosiers in the first half, finishing the half making 30 percent from the field. Coming into the game shooting 31 percent from 3, No. 324 in the country, Indiana was forced to try and score from deep by the Ohio State defense, attempting 15 3s in the first half and connecting on four. The Hoosiers began to connect on the deep ball in the second half, shooting 7-of-12 from 3 to help spark the run toward the end of the game, including 8-of-10 made attempts by Green on the game.Ohio State, specifically freshman guard Luther Muhammad, found his groove midway through the second half. With 10:46 to go in the game, Muhammad hit his first 3, giving Ohio State the 13-point lead, a lead that would soon expand, igniting a 10-0 run capped off by his second 3 of the day. Muhammad scored all six of his points in that run.After what many thought would be a game that determined the NCAA Tournament hopes for both teams, Holtmann said he thinks Ohio State is in a good position moving forward.“I certainly feel like our body of work speaks for itself,” Holtmann said. “Obviously, Kaleb makes a difference for sure. We saw that, I think as much defensively as offensively, but we have some high level wins. That’s a really good team that we played that was playing exceptionally well.”Ohio State will move on to take on Michigan State, the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, at 12:30 p.m. Friday.