‘Greensburg Power of the Past’ starts tomorrow

first_imgCopyright Kenneth Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.Greensburg, In. — For the 29th consecutive year the Greensburg Power of the Past Reunion will fill the Decatur County Fairgrounds. Four days of demonstrations, contests, flea markets, toy shows and the consignment auction begin Thursday, August 16.The featured brands, and featured lawn equipment at the event this year are Oliver and Case, the hit-and-miss engine of the show will be the Maytag and the featured steam engine is the Case.The consignment auction begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 19.Decatur County native and performer from WRBI Night earlier this year, Dustin Huff will perform on the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. on Saturday.Admission is $5-per day, kids 12 and under are free.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis: Badgers fall to Princeton before dominating Green Bay, IUPUI in tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season to Princeton (4-1) before bouncing back Saturday, winning a doubleheader against Green Bay (1-2) and IUPUI (1-5). The Princeton Tigers came out strong Jan. 31 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Despite the undefeated Badger duo Jesper Freimuth and Leonard Soha thrashing Justin Barki and Thomas Bosancic 6–3, Princeton ultimately took the doubles point.The singles score didn’t look much better for the Badgers — Princeton chalked up five more points — but there are some tales numbers can’t tell. Wisconsin’s Gabriel Huber made Karl Poling fight for his win, forcing their set to a third game tie-breaker before falling. Wisconsin’s Robert Krill then stopped what otherwise would’ve been a Princeton sweep, demolishing Bill Duo 6–4, 6–4—a welcome salve for the Badgers first loss of the season as Princeton won 6–1.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin falls to Minnesota in first round of Big Ten tournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (10-12, 4-7 Big Ten) fell in the first round of the Big Ten Read…If Friday belonged to Princeton, Saturday was all for Wisconsin. Soha and Freimuth opened the Feb. 1 doubleheader by destroying Green Bay’s Teddy Razafindratsima and Kentaro Mizushima 6–1. Chase Colton and Jared Pratt clinched the Badgers doubles point when they dispatched George Botha and Dipin Wadhwa 6–4. Singles play continued the fireworks as sophomore Martim Vilela won his singles debut 7–6, 6–2 against Razafindratsima as Huber, Colton and Krill all won their games without dropping a set.The Badgers used IUPUI’s weird trident logo as a fork Saturday night, eating their opponents alive 7–0. Soha and Freimuth tacked another win onto their doubles record (5-0) by handily beating IUPUI’s Reed Plunkett and Michael Koch 6–0. Colton and Pratt gave the Badgers the doubles point when they defeated Nicholas Moody and Alex Jochim 6–2. Daniel Nuzhny initiated the Badger’s singles sweep by beating Reed Plunkett 6–0, 6–0. Colton, Huber, Soha, Krill and Robin Parts racked up five more points, all beating their opponents in consecutive sets.The Badgers have their next match Thursday Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. They will take on their in-state rivals —Marquette — at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.last_img read more

A look at the 2018 Dodgers, position by position

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error STARTING PITCHINGThe Dodgers arrived in Arizona knowing who would fill out their five-man starting rotation and nothing has changed. They will open the season with Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu. It is a solid group that reflects the Dodgers’ new-age approach to handling starting pitching – all five spent time on the DL last year … and all five made at least 24 starts. The Dodgers used the 10-day DL as a rest stop for their starting pitchers. The Dodgers starting pitcher had more than the standard four days’ rest in 115 of their 162 regular-season games last season and were also asked to go three times through a lineup less often than most other teams, working 885 innings total last year (17th in the majors). It worked – their collective 3.39 ERA was the lowest in the majors. The difference this year is the lack of experience in the group backing them up. Top prospect Walker Buehler is the “X-factor.” He is expected to join the rotation at some point during the season and could be a dynamic force when he does.RELIEF PITCHINGThe loss of Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson to free agency was supposed to be offset by the signing of “conversion candidate” Tom Koehler (primarily a starting pitcher during his career), the acquisition of Scott Alexander and the return of Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore from injuries. Of that group, only Alexander will be in the bullpen on Opening Day. With a week to go in spring training, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged last week that the bullpen picture is still “a little fuzzy.” President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman doesn’t seem worried. “It’s similar to the last couple years,” Friedman said recently. “Standing here in spring training, we didn’t really know who was going to pitch meaningful innings for us – but we knew we had enough options and interesting guys with compelling upside stories that we’d figure it out.”INFIELDThe three infield All-Stars – back-to-back Rookies of the Year Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger and third baseman Justin Turner – represent the heart of the Dodgers’ lineup. They will have to get by without Turner for at least the first month of the season after he suffered a fractured wrist in the final week of Cactus League action. Logan Forsythe will move to third base, leaving second base to a time-share arrangement among Kike’ Hernandez, Chase Utley and Austin Barnes. It weakens the lineup significantly and the Dodgers cannot afford to lose any of the key trio (we’re looking at you, Seager’s elbow) for big chunks of time during the season.OUTFIELDWhen the Dodgers acquired Matt Kemp as the take-back in a salary-dump trade with the Atlanta Braves in December, no one should have been thinking the Dodgers just acquired their Opening Day cleanup hitter. But that might be the case. The Dodgers were unable to move Kemp’s contract (they tried) and he reported in good shape (physically and, from all appearances, mentally). The injury to Turner now means Kemp will likely move into a prominent spot in the batting order – just like old times – behind Chris Taylor, Seager and Bellinger. The new old Dodger will probably be spelled frequently in left field. The rest of the outfield features last year’s reclamation projects – Taylor (labeled a “4-A” player until his breakthrough season) and Yasiel Puig (the perennial problem child demoted and all but discarded in 2016) – focused on proving last year was not a fluke. CATCHINGThe postseason seemed to signal a change in the Dodgers’ catching hierarchy. Young Austin Barnes started 13 of the 15 games over Yasmani Grandal, who led the majors in passed balls (16) and slumped offensively late in the season. But that seems forgotten in the spring. Grandal has had a strong Cactus League showing while Barnes reported with a sore arm and got off to a slow start. Grandal will again get the majority of the playing time as he tries to prove worthy of a big contract (he is eligible for free agency next winter). Regardless, the Dodgers insist they have an “elite” catching combo based on the combined offense and pitch-framing skills of the Grandal-Barnes duo.BENCHVersatility is prized by the Dodgers’ front office and multi-position players dot the roster. That makes for an unconventional bench. Hernandez is a “super-utility” player who will get frequent starts (primarily against left-handed pitching). A fourth outfielder like Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles or an extra infielder like Utley will also see plenty of platoon action. Kyle Farmer made a strong bid for inclusion this spring.MANAGERThe Dodgers have won 195 games in Roberts’ first two seasons as manager – the most for any manager since Earl Weaver won 217 games in his first two seasons with the Orioles (1969-70). They reached the NLCS the first year and then the World Series last fall (for the first time in 29 years). Roberts’ unflagging energy, upbeat attitude and willingness to embrace (and not be overwhelmed by) the input of the Dodgers’ push-the-envelope analytics department make him an ideal 21st century manager.last_img read more