The N.C. General Assembly has reappointed the first woman elected principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a Highlands homebuilder to the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.Joyce Conseen Dugan and John R. Lupoli will serve their second consecutive four-year terms on the WCU board, effective July 1.Dugan retired from the Cherokee Central School System in 2011 after a lengthy career that included stints as a teacher’s assistant, teacher, director of federal programs and superintendent. In 1995, she became the first woman elected principal chief, an office she held for four years. After leaving public office, Dugan began working at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, becoming the casino’s director of public, government and community relations.Dugan earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from WCU. She received the university Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 1996 and was placed on the Honor Roll of Peak Performers in the WCU College of Education and Allied Professions.Lupoli is owner and president of Lupoli Construction. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the N.C. Small Town Main Street design committee, and former chair of the N.C. Small Town Main Street economic restructuring committee.Lupoli is an active supporter of Highlands Playhouse and The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts. He was the 2012 recipient of the N.C. Small Town Main Street Award for Design for Highlands’ town square renovation project and a 2011 recipient of a grant from the N.C. Main Street Solutions Fund awarded by the N.C. Department of Commerce.The reappointed trustees and four newly selected board members will be sworn in at the board’s quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 15. The WCU Board of Trustees is composed of 13 members, including eight elected by the UNC Board of Governors, four appointed by the General Assembly, and the university’s Student Government Association president, who serves in an ex-officio capacity.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Confidence can breed success, and after the first half of its WIAA playoff opener on March 6 at Chippewa Falls, the Marshfield boys basketball team had plenty of it.The Tigers got hot from the 3-point line early and went on to knock off Chippewa Falls 57-34, scoring their most points in a game in over a month.Marshfield took that momentum into last Saturday’s Division 1 regional final at Hudson, putting up a season-high 67 points in a 67-61 victory to win its second-straight regional championship. The Tigers (8-16) came back from an eight-point deficit in the second half to pull out the win.Marshfield (8-16) will play Superior (20-4) in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eau Claire North High School. The winner will take on either Stevens Point (23-1) or Neenah (20-4) in a sectional final Saturday night at Wausau West High School.“We shot it well, and I thought we defended the heck out of Chippewa Falls,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We went in knowing it would be tough. They had beat us earlier in the year, but they had lost their last game and weren’t really flying high going into the playoffs.“These kids all season, they haven’t quit and haven’t given up on themselves or on me, and they got a payoff out of it. I was so thrilled they could realize some rewards. They worked hard and prepared hard.”Marshfield struggled offensively for much of the season, scoring 50 points or more only twice in its last nine games.The Tigers were able to turn it around in the two playoff wins and embrace an underdog mentality, something that was the complete opposite of last season when Marshfield was a No. 1 seed and expected to make a run to the sectionals.“Coach gets us prepared every night for who we are going to play, and we’re just playing basketball,” senior guard Caleb Alexander said.Marshfield got big games from different players each night.In the semifinal win over Chippewa Falls, Tanner Boson was 5-for-6 and Alexander was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, scoring 22 and 15 points, respectively.Against Hudson, junior forward Adam Fravert hit for 20 points, and senior reserve guard Jordan Schlinsog scored 15. The Tigers combined to make 17 of 33 3-pointers and shot 57 percent overall.“We changed our offense a little bit, making four guys out to get a little more driving action and kick it out and shoot,” Boson said. “That really helped us. We’ve been doing a lot of shooting drills lately to get our shots up, and we just shot it a lot better.”Marshfield’s roster boasts seven seniors, six of whom have played significant minutes lately. After entering the playoffs on a four-game losing streak—all of which came by three points or less—it was the seniors that banded together to stay positive.“One of my main goals was keeping the guys focused, keeping them strong with the ball and telling these guys to compete, which is what we wanted to do, compete every night,” Alexander said.“Anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boson added. “Nothing is guaranteed. Our coach got us to believe. We’ve been having some good weeks of practice, and those close games, they were motivators for us.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Griesbach pours in 24 points for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — Sammy Griesbach scored 24 points, and Macie Frueh added 13 as the Stratford girls basketball team rolled past Greenwood 61-42 in a nonconference game Thursday at Greenwood High School.The Tigers led 26-18 at halftime and built on their lead from there as they improve to 13-4. Greenwood drops to 2-12.Andie Zuelke added 10 points for Stratford, eight coming in the second half.Stratford is at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 61, Indians 42Stratford 26 35 – 61Greenwood 18 24 – 42STRATFORD (61): Savannah Schillinger 2 3-4 8, Taya Nett 2 0-0 4, Sammy Griesbach 11 2-3 24, Macie Frueh 5 2-4 13, Olivia Burrows 0 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 0 0-2 0, Kaylee Hollatz 1 0-0 2, Andie Zuelke 4 2-2 10. FG: 25. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 2 (Frueh 1, Schillinger 1). Rebounds: 25 (Schillinger 7, Griesbach 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Zuelke. Record: 13-4.GREENWOOD (42): Kassidy Lamovec 2 2-3 6, Kaylee Meyer 2 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Fleischmann 0 0-0 0, Kelly Nielsen 2 3-7 7, Renee Hendrich 1 0-0 2, Kristyn Nigon 1 4-4 6, Ashley Walker 2 0-0 4, Lexi Hinker 1 0-0 2, Kaylee Learman 3 3-4 11. FG: 14. FT: 12-18. 3-pointers: none. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-12.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday said he is ready to fast in jail if he doesn’t get permission to hold his protest elsewhere. Maharashtra state sports department has denied permission to Team Anna for their three-day protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.Team Anna was earlier holding the fast at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ground but due to financial constraints the venue was shifted to Azad Maidan.Also read: Full text of Lokpal BillThe 74-year-old activist plans to sit on a hunger strike from December 27 to December 30 to protest against the government’s Lokpal Bill draft. This is the same time when the bill will be debated in Parliament.The Mumbai Police was in a dilemma over Hazare’s protest as it was unable to limit the number of people participating in the agitation at Azad Maidan to 4,000.Team Anna had once considered Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan as their protest venue but with the city reeling under cold waves, the venue was shifted to Mumbai. Team Anna begins resgistrations for jail bharoTeam Anna has now launched an online campaign for their ‘jail bharo’ agitation from December 30 against government’s Lokpal Bill wherein people can register themselves for the protest.Besides online registration, people can also approach Team Anna through text messages and a missed call service.Those planning to participate in the ‘jail bharo’ agitation can either register through www.jailchalo.com or sent a text message to 575758 or give a missed call to 073031509500.Till now, over 5,500 people have registered for the agitation through online alone with Maharashtra and Delhi topping the list with over 1,000 each volunteers joining hands with Team Anna.advertisement
SRH vs KXIPWelcome to the live coverage of the 39th match of the IPL between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. FULL COVERAGERidign high on brilliant batting performances from Wriddhiman Saha (54 off 26), Manan Vohra (47 off 20) Glenn Maxwell (43 off 22) Punjab once again managed to chase a huge total of 206 runs by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Earlier, after being invited to bat first, Hyderabad’s Naman Ojha’s explosive batting (79 off 36) helped SRH reach 205 but they, as a team failed to defend the total. Saha was declared man of the match. Now Glenn Maxwell coming in to bat after Saha’s departure.7.1 over: Big blow for Punjab, Saha (54 off 26) has been dismissed, stumped by Naman Ojha. Punjab 95/2. 0.2 over: Early jolt to Punjab, Sehwag has been sent back by Bhuvneshwar. Sehwag (4 off 2) c&b Kumar Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag have a tough task ahead. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open Sunrisers bowling attack. After being invited to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to put up a huge total of 205 against the Punjab. Hyderabad’s opening pair Dhawan and Finch gave a steady start and later an explosive innings from Naman Ojha (79 off 36) powered them to a post 200 runs total. Shikhar Dhawan (45 0ff 37) and David Warner (44 of 23) also contributed with their clinical innings. 18.1 over: Davind Warner looking for second but was stopped by Ojha and it’s a run out…David Warner’s (44 off 23) innings comes to an end.18.0 over: Hyderabad 157/2. Naman Ojha (48 off 28) and David Warner (41 off 22) on crease11.1 over: Rishi Dhawan to Shikhar Dhawan….and it’s a wicket…Dhawan caught by Shivam Sharma. Hyderabad losing its second wicket.advertisement10.0 over: Hyderabad 72/1, Shikhar Dhawan (42) and Naman Ojha (3) on crease.8.1 over: Shivam Sharma inflicts the first blow to Hyderabad…Aaron Finch (20 off 23) is going back to pavilion after being bowled out. Thus Hyderabad loses first wicket. 7.5 over: Akshar Patel has been very economical so far and Shikhar Dhawan has punished him with a six.5.0 over: Hyderabad 49/0 with their opening pair- Shikhar Dhawan (27 off 19) and Aaron Finch (16 off 13) firm on crease.0.6 over: End of the first over and Hyderabad 6/0.Hyderabad openers- Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch on the crease to lead charge. Sandeep Sharma will open Punjab’s bowling attack. Punjab have brought in Manan Vohra and Shivam Sharma into the playing XI. Hyderabad team is unchanged.Toss: KXIP elected to field after winning the toss.Team Profiles:Sunrisers Hyderabad:The last year’s surprise package, Sunrisers Hyderabad, took the IPL by storm after a spectacular fourth rank finish in 2013. The team is led by Team India’s star batsman Shikhar Dhawan while Tom Moody has been appointed as their head coach.The team, who spent Rs 59 crore, was amongst the big spenders in IPL Auction this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad splurged a whopping Rs 5.5 crore for David Warner and Rs 4 crore for Aaron Finch to strengthen their batting-order.Their skipper Shikhar Dhawan brings the much-needed fire-power up in the team’s batting-order. And his partnerships with Warner and Finch will only boost their chances of chasing or posting big totals this season.South African speedster Dale Steyn will lead their bowling attack alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma with the new ball. In the spin department, Sunrisers will count on the in-form Amit Mishra who will be supported by Parveez Rasool and Karan Sharma.In Darren Sammy, Moises Henriques, Irfan Pathan and Jason Holder, Sunrisers Hyderabad boasts of quality all-rounders capable of turning the game around for the team.Kings XI Punjab:In a desperate bid to yield some positive results this season, Kings XI splashed it all to secure some of the biggest names in limited-overs cricket during the IPL Auction this year.Kings XI skipper George Bailey, Virender Sehwag and Shaun Marsh are amongst the mainstays of the team’s batting line-up, while all-rounders Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson are capable of moulding their game in accordance to the situation. Don’t forget the swashbuckling David Miller, who was the star performer for Punjab in 2012.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson will lead the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab alongside Sandeep Sharma, Thisara Perera and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Punjab also secured the services of vastly experienced Murali Karthik to spearhead their spin-bowling attack.With the addition of South Africa’s young seamer Beuran Hendricks in the squad, Kings XI can use extra pace to rattle their opponents this season.Five key players from Sunrisers Hyderabad:David Warner: The ‘pocket dynamite’ is currently in the form of his life following a spectacular show against England and South Africa recently. His ability to launch the ball back into the stands at will makes him one the most dangerous opening batsman in limited over cricket. He is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a National team without playing first-class cricket. Warner also became the first cricketer to record centuries in back to back T20 matches. His batting prowess makes him a T20 specialist with over 1200 runs to his name in the shortest version of the game. The explosive southpaw is touted to be one of the most influential players for Hyderabad this season.advertisementDale Steyn: The world’s no. 1 Test and second-ranked ODI bowler has been the backbone of South Africa’s bowling attack over the years now. The South African speedster swings the ball away from the right-hander and at a fair clip. Rarely do opposition openers line up to take the attack to the fiery pacer. Steyn thus is quite economical and as a strike bowler he is the go to man for his captain in need of wickets. In 2013 IPL, he took 19 wickets in 17 games at an economy rate of just over 5 and a half to bolster Sunrisers Hyderabad against their competitors. His ability to bowl with pinpoint accuracy and fierce pace makes him a batsman’s worst nightmare. With 46 wickets to his name, Steyn boasts of 4/9 as his best bowling figures in T20 internationals. The South African Steyn-gun comes to the party more often than not and will be a key player for Sunrisers in the tournament.Shikhar Dhawan: The southpaw from Delhi has got to be a household name by now, thanks to his aggressive batting and twirled moustache. The Indian opener has notched up an average of 41.77 with over 1500 runs including five tons and five half-centuries in ODIs. With an arsenal of traditional strokes and a cover drive that can liven up a dull crowd, Dhawan is just the guy you need to threaten the opposition. With over 300 runs in a mere 10 games, Dhawan was the top-scorer for Hyderabad in the IPL last season. As Hyderabad readies the ship to embark on another high-impact journey this season, their skipper Dhawan will be expected to set the heart racing for their fans once again in the IPL.Amit Mishra: The 30-year-old leg-break bowler from Delhi, Amit Mishra, is a wicket-taking yet economical bowler in the shortest version of cricket. He was impressive in IPL 2008 when he picked up a hat-trick while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. Mishra was the highest wicket-taker for now-defunct Deccan Chargers with 19 wickets in 14 matches in 2012. He was also the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in 17 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad last season. His team will be happy with his superlative performance for India in World T20 and will be hoping he continues his good run in IPL this year.Aaron Finch: The 27-year-old Victoria batsman has turned into a specialist in limited overs cricket for Australia in the recent years. With over 500 runs in T20 internationals, Finch is more than capable of stealing the game away from the opposition. His ability to strike the ball hard and long makes him a consistent run-getter for his team. His knock of 156 runs against England in 2013 witnessed 14 magnanimous sixes. He also slammed 456 runs for the now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL last season. Finch will be crucial in accelerating the innings in dire situations for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.advertisementFive key players from Kings XI Punjab:Mitchell Johnson: The 32-year-old speedster has literally turned into a weapon of mass destruction for Australia, as far as the game of cricket is concerned. With 24 wickets in 17 games, the left-arm seamer was the key in Mumbai Indians triumph in IPL last season. His ability to extract late swing at a ferocious pace makes him one of the most effective bowlers in the world today. His frightening pace and malevolent demeanour has earned him 38 scalps in 30 T20 internationals. Apart from his bowling skills, Johnson is more than just a handy batsman with the ability to clear the fence whenever required. In the format where quick wickets are bound to make an impact almost immediately, Johnson is a must-have weapon in your armory.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Thisara Perera: The 24-year-old Sri Lankan has turned into one of the most prolific all-rounders in limited-overs cricket lately. His aggressive batting style and ability to pick crucial wickets make him a crucial player for the Lankans. Perera was sensational in his 2013 IPL season after he slammed 233 runs and notched up 19 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a mere 16 games. He is also the only fourth Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs – a feat that came against Pakistan in 2012. With over 300 runs and 22 wickets in T20 internationals, Perera is likely to be one of the impact players for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.George Bailey: The 31-year-old Australian batsman will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. With over 1400 runs in T20 internationals alongside 12 ODI fifties and two centuries, Bailey is one of the most bankable cricketers in modern-day cricket. The Tasmanian cricketer is an exquisite striker of the ball and capable of employing big shots to change the match within a few overs. His presence in the team will undoubtedly strengthen the middle-order for Kings XI Punjab.
Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring a late goal for Man Utd against ChelseaRobin van Persie rescued Manchester United with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with leader Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The Netherlands striker rammed home a loose ball from 10 meters to make amends for his error that helped Chelsea take the lead in the 53rd minute through veteran striker Didier Drogba.Drogba met a corner from Cesc Fabregas with a towering header that should have been kept out by Van Persie, who was supposed to be guarding the near post.Chelsea looked like seeing the game out until right back Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in stoppage time for picking up a second booking for a foul on Angel Di Maria. United scored from the resulting free kick, with Van Persie pouncing after Marouane Fellaini’s header was parried out by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea’s lead has been cut to four points by surprising Southampton but Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten team is now six points ahead of third-place Manchester City, arguably its biggest rival for the title.Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Chelsea against Man UtdStill this was an opportunity lost by Chelsea, which threw away two points in Manchester like it did a month ago a month ago when conceding late in a 1-1 at City.”Is it a good result? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said. “Was it a good performance? Yes.”advertisementUnited stayed 10 points behind Chelsea but is showing great fighting spirit under Louis van Gaal, having also scored late in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.”I’ve said to the players we could have won,” Van Gaal said. “And when you can do that again the best team in this league at this moment it is a good sign.”I am pleased that they are fighting to the end.”A draw was arguably a fair result in a match that pitted two of world football’s best tacticians in Mourinho and Van Gaal, who mentored the Portuguese coach during their time together at Barcelona from 1997-2000.They shared a warm embrace before kickoff for their first head-to-head meeting since the 2010 Champions League final. On that occasion, Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich for a win for the pupil over his master.Four years on, they are widely regarded as two of the most wily, respected managers around and it was always likely to be a tight, tactical affair at Old Trafford. That was how it turned out.Robin van Persie scored in the fourth minute of the stoppage time to deny ChelseaThe first half ebbed and flowed with each goalkeeper having only one genuine save to make. Courtois spread himself well to deny Van Persie, who had run onto a through-ball from the lively Adnan Januzaj in the 23rd minute as United made the faster start.At the other end, Drogba – starting a league game for the first time in his second spell at Chelsea with top scorer Diego Costa and Loic Remy unavailable – drove a shot at goal from Oscar’s cut-back but it was kept out by the feet of David de Gea.De Gea did even better to deny a low shot from Eden Hazard at the start of the second half after the winger dribbled through the heart of the United defense. However, the goalkeeper wasn’t helped by the defending from the resulting corner.Drogba drifted to the near post and leapt above the diminutive Rafael de Silva to meet an inswinging cross from Fabregas with a header that flew between Van Persie and the near post. Van Persie had left his position on the post, only to belatedly retreat and was off-balance when the ball went past him.The Dutchman made up for it with his late intervention in the final scheduled minute of injury time.”It was not our best performance. That’s a pity, because at this moment you have to show yourself against the better teams,” Van Gaal said. “But we have created more chances than Chelsea.”
(The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.)The Canadian PressTORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died.In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.“What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed?” Micheline Knapaysweet said. “I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.”Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-care building and a man fled.“There was an interaction between the man and officers, and one of the officers discharged a firearm,” the unit said in a statement. “The man was struck. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”His death prompted scores of people to attend a vigil – among them Timmins Mayor Steve Black – and denunciation from Indigenous leaders.Joey Knapaysweet was from the James Bay community of Fort Albany – more than an hour’s flight from Timmins. He had gone to Timmins to “seek help in dreams for betterment of his life,” according to his mother’s statement.His mother also released two photographs, including the last one of them together just before he left home.“I cannot sleep at nights, I need answers,” she said. “This is my son, my child.”The family asked for privacy, saying they were not yet ready to speak directly to the media.Black, who urged calm after what he said was a rare shooting, has acknowledged that relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the city took a hit.Knapaysweet died the same weekend as Agnes Sutherland, an ailing 62-year-old also from Fort Albany, who had been in police custody after an incident at a shelter. The Special Investigations Unit is looking into her death as well.The deaths, along with the acquittal last week of white farmer Gerald Stanley in Saskatchewan in the 2016 killing of a young Cree man, Coulten Boushie, have cast a harsh spotlight in recent weeks on attitudes toward Indigenous people.The Stanley verdict sparked protests across the country along with condemnation from the federal justice minister, with critics calling the justice system biased against Indigenous people.