Badger goaltender making impact off field

first_imgOn the field, Michele Dalton led the way for Wisconsin by posting 11 shutouts on the year. Off the field, she’s been a leading member in the effort to combat local hunger.[/media-credit]Every year, a new batch of prospective college students face the task of writing an essay as part of their application. Often times universities pose a question similar to the effect of “How can you influence the community here at X University”?For student athletes, the expectation of impacting the community may be a bit lower than the average student, as they are bound by scholarship to spend sufficient amounts of time training and performing on the field when out of class.But that is not congruent with what redshirt junior goaltender Michele Dalton, of the UW women’s soccer team, has in mind for the student-athletes of Wisconsin.Dalton, who led her team to a third place finish in the Big Ten – earning a second team All-Big Ten selection in the process – is the founder of the Red and White Hunger Fight, the largest campus-wide food drive in the University of Wisconsin’s history. After three years, the RWHF has collected a grand total of 6.5 tons of food to support local residents during the Thanksgiving holiday and is backed by 21 of UW’s sports teams, over 75 student organizations and numerous other institutions in the area.“I think it’s astounding. I think at times we get caught up in looking at athletes as just athletes and not student-athletes and how they help the community,” women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think she should be highly commended for the time she spends to help other people. It’s truly an amazing thing and it affects Madison, Wisconsin, the women’s soccer team, and the athletic department.”“One person can make a difference and I think Michele is showing that.”After coordinating a food drive for a class at her high school in Mt. Prospect, Ill., Dalton came to UW in her freshman year surprised to not find an official campus food drive other than the one organized during homecoming.Dalton wanted to do something similar at UW and began contacting various organizations in the area to begin something she hopes can one day become one of the school’s biggest traditions.That first year, in 2007, was a humble beginning, but it did not deter her efforts, which saw the RWHF launch in 2008.“I met with some people and pretty much everyone I talked to called me an idiot and (said) that I was crazy,” Dalton said. “I really had no clue [what I was getting into].”One of the first people Dalton spoke with was Anne Whisner of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, a meeting which Dalton refers to as “striking gold” as the two still remain close friends to this day.The two worked together to forge collaborations with the Homecoming Food Drive, the Community Action Coalition, WISPIRG, the athletic department and many others to set the food drive in motion for November of 2008.“Those are the kinds of phone calls I like to get,” CAC Food and Gardens Division Manager Chris Brockel said of Dalton’s invite. “For as big as the campus is, sometimes students don’t get involved in their community as much as you’d like to see so it was really heartening to see that.”According to Brockel, the RWHF has served as a valuable community service as the recession calls for more households to donate to.“We’ve gone from, a couple years ago, 85,000 household visits to, probably this year, 125,000 – not something we’d like to see,” he said.The RWHF mode of operation consists of athletes and student volunteers dropping off grocery bags at the doors of houses all over Madison, which are to be collected after seven days, hopefully full of donations.In their inaugural year, the RWHF collected four tons of food, according to Whisner, and with such a positive intake in its first year Dalton can’t help but imagine seeing the program continue to grow into a true campus-wide effort and tradition someday.“I sort of wanted a ‘If you’re coming to UW, you’re doing the Red and White Hunger Fight around Thanksgiving’ type of mentality,” Dalton said. ” We’re a long ways from that but each year we get more people involved.”Wisconsin fell to Marquette in penalty kicks on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament while tomorrow the RWHF will conclude its collection of donations as volunteers will gather at Ogg Hall to help pack boxes of food for its recipients.For a goalie, there’s always extra pressure to perform since their mistakes are easier to notice than any other position. Still though, Dalton has been able to juggle the soccer season with that of the RWHF and schoolwork over the past three years.“I keep them all completely separate,” Dalton said. “When I’m on the field I’m in the moment and I’m playing for my teammates.”As her redshirt junior season ends, Dalton has already begun to concentrate on the RWHF’s long-term sustainability after she graduates. The program is already transitioning into another chapter, as is Dalton, who hopes to continue her humanitarian efforts after school.“I’d really actually like to work for the Red Cross and coordinate disaster relief efforts overseas or something like that,” she said. “Using my leadership ability to continue helping people will definitely always be a part of my life.”last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-61 victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Published on March 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ In a season full of buzzer-beaters, court-stormings and harrowing wins in the Carrier Dome, Saturday’s game was none of the above. Syracuse (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) demolished Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10), 90-61, in the Orange’s largest margin of victory in conference play. Andrew White led all scorers with 40 points, capping off a dominant offensive game from the hosts.Here are three reactions to the game.A much-needed winSyracuse and Georgia Tech both entered the regular-season finale with teetering NCAA Tournament chances. Both teams have struggled on the road and both have pulled off surprising upsets at home. With such similar resumes, Saturday’s win was important for the Orange’s resume.Now SU can look toward next week’s ACC tournament with a bit more comfort, facing far less pressure to win a game outside of the Carrier Dome. It remains to be seen who Syracuse’s opponent will be, but Saturday’s win ensured SU earns a first-round bye and will begin the conference tournament on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhite outIn what could be his final game in the Carrier Dome, White strung together a career-best day against the Yellow Jackets. The fifth-year senior poured in a career-high 40 points, putting an exclamation point on what’s been a dominant offensive season for the sharpshooter. He made 8-of-9 3-point attempts and contributed mightily to a game where SU shot 62.5 percent behind the arc.As Georgia Tech started to chip in to SU’s lead, White was instrumental in a 21-2 second-half run that put the game away. The 6-foot-7 guard buried four 3-pointers en route to scoring 17 of the Orange’s 21 points during that stretch.Georgia Tech’s best chance to stop White was to stop him from shooting. In the midst of his second-half rampage, the Yellow Jackets blatantly fouled White behind the arc, drawing a couple of claps and a wry smile from head coach Jim Boeheim. White made all three of his free throws.It should be no surprise that White keyed a Syracuse win. He’s done it all year, but never as much as he did on Saturday.Jump startAfter taking more than five minutes to make a field goal in its game last weekend against Louisville, Syracuse wasted no time against Georgia Tech. Freshman forward Taurean Thompson buried a long jumper on SU’s first possession, and the Orange proceeded to open an early nine-point lead by making its first five baskets. Freshman guard Tyus Battle poured in three 3-pointers, laying the foundation of his 22-point game.The hot start fueled Syracuse to a 16-point first-half lead, spearheaded by Battle’s 13 points in the opening 20 minutes. The early cushion was vital as SU’s defense started to wear down. The Yellow Jackets scored the last four points of the half before going on a 9-0 run out of halftime to close the Orange’s lead to three. Commentslast_img read more

Former cornerback Jack Jones arrested on two felony charges

first_imgFormer USC cornerback Jack Jones was arrested by Ventura County Police Friday on two felony charges — commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime — after police say he attempted to break into a Santa Paulo Panda Express at 3 a.m. He was booked in the Ventura County Jail with a bail of $20,000. Jones is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.The arrest comes after Jones was declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season following spring camp. Jones sat out of camp to focus on his studies but failed to meet the mark. Last Tuesday, he confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he would leave USC to take courses at a junior college in attempt to regain his eligibility for 2019. Jones was considered a defensive asset for the Trojans in the 2017 season. He touted 40 tackles and a team-best four interceptions in the 14 games he played. Jones was expected to remain the starting cornerback for the upcoming 2018 season prior to his dismissal.Jones was rated the No. 10 cornerback in the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN. Jones’ dismissal was a significant loss to the USC defense, which retained a solid group of starters from the 2017 season.last_img read more

Drew Brees calls Chargers’ decision to pick new QB ‘worst mistake ever’, says ex-coach

first_img Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US New Orleans Saints’ veteran Drew Brees has been one of the most iconic quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. However, the 40-year old football star endured some tough times at the San Diego Chargers. In a recent interview with’s Albert Breer, Chargers’ former quarterback coach Brian Schottenheimer revealed how Drew Brees rose from nothing to become one of the most successful players in the league since his debut in 2001.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr throws helmet in anger, argues with Browns coach Freddie KitchensDrew Bees named as a finalist in the NFL 100 all-time team COMMENT Last Updated: 27th December, 2019 23:29 IST Drew Brees Calls Chargers’ Decision To Pick New QB ‘worst Mistake Ever’, Says Ex-coach San Diego Chargers coach Brian Schottenheimer revealed that former player Drew Brees called the team’s decision to bring in a new QB as ‘worst decision ever’. Also Read | Lamar Jackson responds to Tom Brady’s challenge on Twitter, says NFL legend’s still got it SUBSCRIBE TO US Daniel Arambur First Published: 27th December, 2019 23:29 IST Also Read | NFL bans Denver Broncos player Kareem Jackson for DUI, speedingSeattle Seahawks’ Brian Schottenheimer reveals an interesting story of former quarterback Drew Brees WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr to join Pittsburgh Steelers? NFL trade rumours around Browns starDrew Brees is in his 18th season in the NFL. He has definitely shown that he still has it in him to perform at the highest level. Former Chargers quarterbacks coach – Brian Schottenheimer – revealed how the decision to acquire a quarterback in the 2004 draft spurred Drew Brees to push harder and win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year that season. Brees went on to record 27 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in 2004. It won him massive recognition and sent him to his first career Pro Bowl. Also Read | NFL rumours: Antonio Brown drawing interest from several teams despite rape allegationsDrew Brees just can’t stop praising teammate Michael Thomaslast_img read more