—News release from the HERO Campaign The annual First Plunge is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 2016 at Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.An engaged couple from Morris Plains, N.J. plan to take the plunge, literally, when they celebrate their wedding with a plunge in the ocean on New Year’s Day to promote designated driving.Lindsay Conroy and Mike Feeley of Morris Plains will tie the knot at the Ocean City Yacht Club on New Year’s Eve with 130 friends and family as they watch the ball drop on a giant screen, and take the leap into wedded bliss. “We’re basically combining a New Year’s Eve party with our wedding,” said Conroy, co-owner of KRo Events, an event planning business in New York City.On New Year’s Day, the newlyweds, both runners and health enthusiasts, will take a second leap. They’ll participate in the 5K Boardwalk run at 1 p.m., then join their wedding party for the HERO Plunge at 2 p.m. in the frigid surf next to the Ocean City Music Pier.The plunge benefits the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drunk driving by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. John Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, was killed by a drunk driver in July, 2000 as he was travelling home to South Jersey for his mother’s birthday. “We wanted our wedding to be memorable,” said Conroy, who will be wearing a veil and sparkly dress for the run and plunge. Feeley, a senior financial analyst at Verizon, will be wearing a tuxedo tee shirt. A non-drinker since her days as a high school swimmer, Conroy said the HERO Campaign plunge was the perfect charity to benefit from her wedding. “I’ve always been the designated driver. The HERO Campaign celebrates the role of the designated driver in keeping everyone safe. They’re the true life of the party,” Conroy said. In place of a brunch, the Feeleys will offer their wedding goers bagels, coffee and dry socks for the polar plunge, which hopefully will include more of the current record-setting warm weather. “We’ll all be making New year’s resolutions… Maybe coming back to Ocean City next year for our anniversary will be one of them,” Conroy said.The couple were engaged in Capri, Italy last June and wanted their wedding to be near the ocean. “We travelled up and down the Jersey Shore looking for just the right location. We settled on Ocean City because friends had recommended it and the yacht club was the perfect setting on the water,” Conroy said.For more information about the HERO Campaign and how to register for the HERO Plunge, go to herocampaign.org or email at [email protected]
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For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin volleyball team will be competing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament after sweeping California (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) in its second round matchup Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Field House.This was 12th-seed Wisconsin’s second straight match where they hit for an attack percentage of more than .400 with a .404 clip. No player hit for less than a .333 percentage.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said Wisconsin’s keys to the match were serving tough, the defense kick starting the offense and covering the back row — aspects of the match he said were all strengths for the team.Wisconsin is now lined up to face Florida State Friday in Wisconsin’s 11th appearance in regional action in program history. At this point in the tournament, Sheffield said he’s thrilled for his players to continue with their season.“It’s cool — I don’t know if there’s a better way of saying it,” Sheffield said. “I’m happy for our team. I’m happy Annemarie [Hickey] gets to play some more volleyball. We’re going to go [to Champaign]; we’re going to give it our best shot.”After Wisconsin hit .486 through the first two games of the match, Cal’s growing intensity on defense and serving helped them build a 10-4 lead. Wisconsin was aced twice and had four attack errors in that span. The team totaled only nine errors the entire match.However, a 5-0 run and hard-fought rallies propelled the Badgers to within one point of the Bears at 14-15, and eventually gained their first lead of the set at 21-20. Key kills from junior middle blocker Dominque Thompson and junior outside hitters Deme Morales and Ellen Chapman, who led all players with 14 kills, helped seal the set and the sweep for Wisconsin.Freshman setter Lauren Carlini, who distributed 40 assists, said her attackers were finding a perfect balance with smart and forceful shots.“Everyone’s been taking really aggressive swings this whole weekend,” Carlini said. “I think we’re just getting really good looks too and being smart with the ball.”Senior libero Annemarie Hickey led the Badgers on defense with 18 of the team’s 45 digs. Hickey said she had to adjust to Cal’s deep hitting over the blocks by positioning herself farther back on the court to reach for balls.Cal head coach Rich Feller said the toughest part of Wisconsin’s game was the defense — he said some of Cal’s biggest hits were being picked up by Wisconsin’s back row.If Wisconsin were to defeat Florida State, it would next face a familiar Big Ten foe of either Purdue or 13-seed Illinois.With No. 4 Missouri and No. 5 Florida knocked out in second-round action, Wisconsin is now the highest seeded team in its section of the tournament bracket.Hickey said she has seen a determination in her team so far in the tournament, and against Cal, saw a fire in her teammates that told her they were ready to dominate the match.“We’re playing really hard and we have a lot of belief that our team can go far,” Hickey said. “People say that going into the tournament that they’re nervous and they’re less confident, but that’s not our game plan at all. I can tell when I look into my teammates eyes that we’re all really confident and believe we’re going to win this game.”
Maxx’s Gym hosts its annual Superbowl Classic Squash and Racquetball tournament this weekend.Starting on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday, the event offers games for all skill levels all weekend long, plus food from Boston Pizza on Friday.On Saturday, participants can watch UFC action while enjoying a steak supper.- Advertisement -Sunday’s finals and competition prizes will wrap up in time for the Superbowl, with door prizes, draws for Maxx’s memberships and trips, and the annual chili cook-off.For more information, contact Maxx’s Gym, at 785-FITT.