Eagles Have Four Named All-GLVC FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana freshman forward Eric Ramirez (Vincennes, Indiana) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference at the GLVC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Awards Banquet Thursday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ramirez becomes the first USI men’s soccer player to be named Freshman of the Year since Kyle Penick in 2002.Ramirez, despite missing the last two matches due to injury, leads the Eagles in scoring with 21 points on a USI freshman-best and team-high 10 goals and one assist. He broke the USI freshman record for goals that was set by Eric Schoenstein when he posted nine in USI’s 1988 run to the GLVC championship.Joining Ramirez in earning first-team All-GLVC honors was junior goalkeeper Adam Zehme (Orland Park, Illinois). Zehme has had a career season in 2016, posting career-highs in wins (13), saves (68), and shutouts (7). The junior goalkeeper, who has a 0.85 goals against average (GAA) this fall, moved into the USI top four all-time with 12 career shutouts.Senior defender Michael Sass (New Palestine, Indiana) and junior midfielder Kyle Richardville (Vincennes, Indiana) were named to the second-team All-GLVC. Sass has helped lead the Eagles’ defense to a 0.85 team GAA, while posting three points on one goal and one assist.Richardville, who has missed the last three matches with an injury, has been the igniter of the USI offense this fall and follows Ramirez in the scoring column with 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Richardville’s seven goals and five assists also rank second on the Eagles.The third-seeded Eagles, who are ranked 20th nationally, continue GLVC Tournament action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) when they play seventh-seeded University of Indianapolis at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The GLVC Championship game is slated for 2 p.m. (CST) Sunday at Carroll Stadium, featuring the winner of the USI-UIndy contest against the winner of match between top-seeded Rockhurst University and fifth-seeded Quincy University.
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaSince her unusual start in a Petri dish, KC has matured into a very normal cow. And on the last day of 2005, she routinely gave birth to Moonshine, her second calf.“KC has done just like every other cow out there and produced a calf within 12 to 13 months of her last calf,” said Steve Stice, the University of Georgia scientist who directed the team of scientists who cloned KC. “Moonshine and Sunshine (KC’s firstborn) were both normal pregnancies and were delivered without assistance, which is important to commercial cow-calf operations that will be using cloning to improve the quality, diseases resistance and productivity of their herds.”KC is different from other cloned cows because she is the first to be cloned from kidney cells taken from a frozen side of beef. The others have been formed from living animals, Stice said.“Right now there are probably a lot of cloned cows out there having calves,” he said, “which is a good thing because it proves cloned cows do have normal offspring.”The public is still wary of cloned cows. Around the time Moonshine’s sister, Sunshine, was born in December 2004, polls indicated that nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers opposed cloning animals, including livestock.Stice hopes that will eventually change.“The Food and Drug Administration has still not given their approval on cloned animals entering the food chain,” he said. “They have the data they need to give the clearance but other issues may be slowing this down. Once the FDA acts, I think it will mark the beginning of wider acceptance of cloned animals.”Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar and one of the world’s top cloning experts. He conducted the cloning research with the biotechnology firm ProLinia Inc., which was later bought by ViaGen Inc.Since cattle were first domesticated, farmers have been trying to improve their herds through selective breeding. Cloning can speed up the process by allowing scientists to make exact copies of the desired animals and their traits.According to UGA agricultural specialist Joseph Durham, Moonshine came into the world weighing 70 pounds. And although KC did all the work, various animal and dairy science faculty members got to name the new calf. “We did a survey of the animal and dairy science department,” Stice said, “and Moonshine came up on several suggestions.” They decided to move away from the disco theme that started when Sunshine was named after the rhythm and blues group, KC and the Sunshine Band. But Stice recalls that Boogie Shoes, a hit song from the band, was one of the names suggested.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Division One side Okwahu United with the able assistance of their club President Brian Acheampong have acquired a new bus ahead of the upcoming Division One season.The Kwahu side under their club President have embarked on a journey to restructuring the club in line with modrern standards.Parts of the restructuring includes improved player salaries, professional and attrctive branding and renovation works at the Nkawkaw Stadium which is ongoing.The latest addition is the acquisition of a new bus to aid their transportation to and from match venues.The Kwahu side have gone 10 seasons without Premier League soccer after being relegated in the 2005/2006 finishing 14th on 32 points.Okwahu begin their search for promotion with a game against Accra Great Olympics at the Aquinas Park View pictures of the newly acquired bus below –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Glen Laing, football coach at St Jago High School, says good student-athletes are easier to coach. Laing, who guided St Jago to the Super Cup and Walker Cup semi-finals last season, is challenging his colleagues to emphasise academics with their charges. Speaking days before St Jago started their 2016 campaign with a 3-0 away win over Campion College, Laing lamented the current state of Jamaican football. “What’s happening in Jamaican football is just a travesty right now,” he said. “If we have more coaches who are serious about the youngsters not only playing, but learning, because if they are learning in the schools, it’s easier to coach them.” Continuing on the education theme, he explained: “So we are emphasising on them learning, so when they come to the football, it’s easier for them to understand the tactical play that we want them to put out on the field.” In a reflection of the recent success of Germany at the World Cup and the Olympics, he concluded: “You’re just hoping that our guys can learn good in the schools, so when we have them on the field and show them some of those plays, it will just be automatic.” St Jago will be back in action against Calabar High School tomorrow. The match will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, Spanish Town, with kick off set for 3.30 p.m.