SMC tennis partners with Hannah & Friends for benefit

first_imgThe South Bend Racquet Club hosted local organization Hannah & Friends and the Saint Mary’s tennis team last Saturday for “Serving Up an Ace for Awareness and Compassion,” a fundraiser benefitting children and adults with special needs.Saint Mary’s junior and Hannah & Friends intern Hannah Monte said all proceeds would go to the organization, which former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and their daughter Hannah founded more than ten years ago. “There were about ten tennis courts set-up for the Round Robin match,” Monte said. “Players included for the South Bend Racquet club, people in the community and Hannah & Friends participants. We also had courts open for just children to play around on.”She said the College’s tennis team led warm ups for Hannah & Friends before the tennis match, and this was the first year the two organizations partnered together.Monte also said she was glad to see the College team partner with the organization.“It was great to see two communities that I’m involved in get together for a great cause,” she said.The organization’s assistant director of operations, Saint Mary’s alumna Kayle Sexton, said she came up with the idea of bringing together the organizations because she played on the College’s tennis team for four years. “This event was a great success,” Sexton said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to do it again next year.” Sexton said she was thrilled by the tennis team’s support and ability to lead residents in drills. Saint Mary’s College tennis player senior Margaret Faller said three residents from Hannah & Friends participated in the event.“Other residents from Hannah & Friends joined us to watch the match play, eat snacks and do crafts,” she said. Fellow College tennis player junior Kaitlyn Venters said there were tennis-themed coloring pages non-participating residents could work on while the tournament was going on.  “Before the tournament started we showed participants from Hannah & Friends how the Saint Mary’s team warms up before practicing,” Venters said. “Then we did some drills to help them practice their volleys, backhands and forehands.”Faller said she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of tennis with the residents.“My favorite part of the event was simply being able to spend time with the participants and share with them a sport I’m truly passionate about,” Faller said. “This is definitely an event we would love to be apart of again next year.”Monte said the event combined something the team loves to do with the opportunity to spread the organization’s message.“The event was a major success and definitely something we would like to do in the future,” Monte said, “Through this event we were able to truly encompass Hannah & Friend’s mission, which is creating awareness and compassion.’’According to Sexton, Hannah & Friends’ future events include a barbecue in May and a 5k Run and Fun Walk in June.  Tags: Hannah & Friends, SMC Tennislast_img read more

Heart of Appalachia

first_imgThe Heart of Appalachia is home to rugged mountains, deep gorges and wide valleys. Rooted deep in the heart and soul of the people who call this home is a music based on storytelling.  The rich heritage of mountain, old time, bluegrass and country is the highest form personal expression. The famous song writers and musicians of the past include Dock Boggs, Kate Sturgill, The Jesse Brothers, The Carter Family, The Ralph Stanley Family, Papa Joe Smiddy and many more banjo, fiddle, bass and mandolin players. Ralph Stanley: The Ralph Stanley Museum is opened Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm providing a historical overview of the influences of Dr. Ralph Stanley.  A trip through the museum in a visual and audio experience providing musical influences for early churches, family musicians and an amazing talent for weaving storytelling into a soulful musical technique that reaches the heart of the listener.You can enjoy a truly authentic mountain music experience by visiting the Carter Family Fold, home place of A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter.  June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash were frequent guests on stage.  Every Saturday night the Cater Family Fold opens the barn doors to welcome guests to sing and dance to old and new bands. Visit the A.P. Carter Museum, located next to the stage area in Hiltons, VA.Be sure to visit the historic Country Cabin II in Norton, Virginia, where some of the area’s best pickers and fiddlers play every Saturday night. You can even dance the two-step, clog or flat foot! If you don’t know how, someone’ll teach you! The Country Cabin is the home to the annual Dock Boggs and Kate Sturgill Memorial Festival, the second weekend in September.The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is held at Natural Tunnel State Park near Duffield, Virginia during Labor Day Weekend on Sunday.  This year’s festival will land on September 3 at the Amphitheater in the park.  Papa Joe was a first-rate musician and storyteller. He played banjo with the Reedy Creek Band. Several other fine local musicians round out the Reedy Creek Bluegrass Band. The group performed throughout the U.S. and toured extensively in Canada, and they have produced four CDs.Visitors can find concert dates and information about the music venues located in the western region of Virginia by contacting the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority at  276-762-0011.last_img read more

Yarie, Arneson cash in at Outagamie Speedway

first_imgVan Straten stayed close but had to settle for second, Chas Van Ooyen was third, Jeremy Chris­tians took fourth and point leader Josh Mroczkoski rounded out the top five. The contest ran cau­tion-free.    SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 21) – Mark Schuenemann paced the opening laps of the $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature Friday at Outagamie Speedway before defending track champion Mar­cus Yarie came to call.  By Edward Anschutz  Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Yarie won the green to checkered contest ahead of Schuenemann, Mike Mullen, Brian Mullen and Jerry Wilinski.   Yarie took the lead from Schuenemann and set sail, going unchallenged for his first local feature win of the season and pocketing the $1,000 payday.  Former national champion Travis Van Straten raced to the lead on lap one of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. After starting in row five, Eric Arneson worked to the runner-up position by lap five using the top groove.  Arneson set his sights on Van Straten, pulling even with him on lap eight. A lap later, Arneson took the lead and never looked back, earning his first feature win of the season.  Jayden Schmidt took the lead from John Rothmund on lap eight of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and never looked back, scoring a clean sweep on the night with his first feature win of the season. Rothmund had to settle for second, point leader Cody Schroeder was third, Cole Magnin was fourth and Ryan Schmidt had his best run of the season to place fifth.    Jake Peters made a last-lap pass on Brian Johnson to score his first-ever mach-1 Sport Compact fea­ture victory.last_img read more

Israel defeats Bosnia 3-0 in UEFA qualifying match

first_img(Source: Jewishnews) In front of a crowd of some 30,000 fans, Israel defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday night in the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying group B soccer match.A lively start to the match saw both sides fashion out chances. Miralem Pianic was the first player to have an attempt on goal, though his free-kick was comfortably dealt with by Ofir Marciano in the Israeli goal.Israel’s star of the first two games was Tal Ben Haim II and midway through the half, he began to test the Bosnians with several incisive runs down the left-flank. His first effort resulted in a shot which Asmir Begovic in the visitors goal, pawed out from just inside his near post, before another jinxing run ended with a more wayward effort clearing the bar. He went even closer, striking the outside of the post with Begovic in no man’s land after Omer Damari had rounded him and played the ball back to the midfielder.Bosnia should though have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Senad Lulic somehow failed to convert an inviting deep cross, and the Bosnians then began to enjoy their best spell of the match, Zoran Kyrzic forcing Marciano into two fine stops. Eran Zahavi replied at the other end with a fiercely-driven 20-yard effort which Begovic did well to parry out.Israel didn’t though have to wait long to take the lead and their opening goal arrived in the 36th minute. Zahavi touched the ball to Gil Vermouth on the edge of the box, and the Hapoel Tel Aviv midfielder was allowed to turn on the edge of the box before firing in a shot, which aided by a slight deflection off Emir Spahic, fizzed its way past Begovic.The Bosnians made a double-substitution at the break, but things took a further turn for the worse for them within two minutes of the restart. Damari was sent scampering clear, only for Toni Sunjic to bundle the striker over on the edge of the box. And while the resulting free-kick came to nothing, the Israelis were nevertheless in total control of the game.With the man advantage, flowing with confidence, and Bosnia needing to find a way back into the game, Israel held back and looked to counter, one such move resulting in four men pouring forward against two defenders, though Vermouth’s strike was superbly tipped over the bar.Another such attack saw Bibras Natcho play in the marauding full-back Eyal Meshhumar, but Begovic raced quickly off his line to smother his effort. However, they weren’t going to keep on missing chances and when Zahavi was put clean through in the 70th minute, he made no mistake as he effortlessly slotted the ball past Begovic to claim his third goal for his country.last_img read more