TEAM SCORESShelbyville 110, Batesville Bulldogs 65 UP NEXTThe Batesville Bulldogs swim team will be competing at the EIAC Championship meet on Saturday, January 11, hosted at Connersville High School. Meet starts on Friday with the diving competition with the swimming portion beginning at 10:00 am Saturday Morning Callie Main, Paige Oldham, Liz Loichinger, Gwen Margin — 200 Freestyle Relay (1:58.77) The Batesville High School Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams traveled to Shelbyville High School to take on the Golden Bears in dual meet action on January 9. Shelbyville 132, Batesville Lady Bulldogs 50 NOTABLESSenior Gwen Martin finished with a second-place finish in the 200 Freestyle.Soph. Lilly Wonnell finished with a second-place finish in the 200 IM.Fr. Will Johnson finished with 2 second-place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 Fly. Paige Oldham finished with 2 second-place finishes in the 50 and 100 Freestyle events.Sean Callahan rounded out a 1-2-3 finish for the Bulldogs in the 100 Fly.Ethan Brewer helped the Bulldogs take a 1-2 finish in the 100 Back. BULLDOG WINNERSSean Callahan — 50 Free (24.03)Ben Moster — 100 Fly (1:02.17); 100 Back (1:07.44) Meet Results are available via SwimCloud: https://www.swimcloud.com/results/168253/Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.
There is something very different about Jenny Hois’ tennis game these days.It isn’t her sharp backhands down the line. It isn’t her tenacious defense, covering every inch of the baseline as if she were a professional like Kim Clijsters or Gael Monfils. In fact, it isn’t anything tangible at all.For Hois, the difference is her teammates.Growing up in Downers Grove, a Southwest suburb of Chicago, Hois, now a freshman on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, primarily focused on United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments as her young career progressed.Success in the USTA and building national rankings depend solely on the performance of an individual player, meaning that before Wisconsin, Hois didn’t receive the valuable support of a tennis team.But playing with her Badger teammates has brought Hois’ game up to a new level.“Now I have something to play for other than myself,” Hois said. “Whenever I’m out on the court and there’s something that I’m doubting or I’m just not feeling it, that’s where the team comes through and they push me. I’ve gotten through so many matches already just because they’re behind me, and I am fighting for them.”The team aspect couldn’t have come at a better time for the freshman, as, according to Hois, when she came to Wisconsin she wasn’t playing her best tennis. After almost a full fall and spring season, however, she now believes she is.Hois began her Badger career with four straight singles losses, but following the brief losing streak, broke off seven straight wins to turn the season around.The freshman continued to improve, and head coach Brian Fleishman eventually moved her from No. 3 singles to No. 2 and then finally to No. 1 in late March, overtaking fellow freshman Nicky Stracar in the process.“During the recruiting process I did tell her that I was expecting her to come in and be a program changer,” Fleishman said. “I didn’t know to what level because I hate putting freshman in those top positions, but she’s earned it.At the top singles spot for Wisconsin, Hois has aggregated a record of 3-3. Earlier in the season the freshman went 7-2 at No. 2 and 3-0 at No. 3.Last week Hois took out Michigan State’s Amy Barton, who was then ranked 121st in the country, in three sets (6-0, 3-6, 6-1), which marked her biggest win for Wisconsin to date.Two weeks prior to that match, the freshman pushed North Carolina State’s 24th ranked Sanaa Bhambri to the brink in their first set, losing it 5-7, and eventually losing 5-7, 2-6.Hois has also struggled against some of the top players in the Big Ten, like No. 7 Denise Muresan from Michigan and Maria Mosolova of Northwestern, but she believes she is gaining invaluable experience from playing competitors of their caliber.“I figured out exactly what I needed to improve on,” Hois said. “Just what they did better than I did. Pretty much, it was just keeping the balls in the court. They made more balls than I did, and that’s what the good players do.”According to her coaches and teammates, Hois already does a good job of keeping balls in play and making her opponents make extra shots.To Fleishman’s dismay, Hois believes the best part of her game is hitting the bounce overhead (sorry coach). But Jessica Seyferth, her senior teammate who plays No. 5 singles, knows that it’s Hois’ defense and fitness that gives her the edge over many players.“She’s a very athletic player, and she’s fun to watch. I would say watching her, she can get to any ball,” Seyferth said.Tracking down the ball on the baseline isn’t the only aspect of her game at which the freshman excels.Hois, a natural righty, is armed with a solid serve and return game, as well as a backhand she can surprise opponents with by ripping it over the highest point of the net, down the line.“Along with that speed, it’s a good combination. She’s kind of got a little bit of everything,” Fleishman said.Hois has aspirations of earning All-Big Ten and All-American honors before her career at Wisconsin is over, but she knows she still has much to improve upon if she is going to realize any of those goals.The freshman believes that she needs to work on imposing her will on the court and going out and dictating play from the outset of each match.According to her coach, she must improve her decision making and her shot selection on the court. He’s confident that those things will eventually come with more experience.And at No. 1 singles as a freshman, there’s a good chance Hois is going to get all the experience she can handle.
Story updated to reflect that Ghana will face Tunisia in the next round Ghana’s Black Stars have secured a place in the next round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations after a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday.Goals from Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey helped the Stars remain unbeaten in the tournament and finish top of Group F.Despite being widely expected to be a walkover for the Black Stars, the match with Burkina Faso was anything but, at least in the first half as Guinea-Bissau started as the better side.Thomas Partey, who has struggled all tournament, yet again found himself in a bit of bother as he gave the ball away in the middle of the pitch and was beaten for pace.Joseph Aidoo made a clumsy tackle on the onrushing Guinean in the box but the referee waved away the penalty appeals.With the Black Stars struggling to keep the ball early on, the Guineans threatened and almost took the lead as Brito e Silva’s powerful bending shot was pushed onto the bar by Richard Ofori.Having survived the early scares, the Black Stars grew into the half and created a number of good chances, the best falling to Jordan Ayew who put through on goal and hit the post.The rebound from Andre Ayew was blocked by the Guinean defence.Some good work from Samuel Owusu down the right saw him work in a good cross which found Kwabena Owusu unmarked in the box but he headed wide.Thomas Partey then had a long-range drive scrambled out by the keeper as the Black Stars ended the half strongly.It must have been some team talk from Kwesi Appiah at half-time as the Black Stars came out firing.Jordan Ayew ran onto a long pass forward, beat his marker easily and bent a delightful finish into the top corner.He almost got on the end of another long pass but was adjudged to have fouled the defender this time.Guinea-Bissau almost equalised but a shot from outside the box hit the post.They hit the woodwork again direct from a corner before Mendes’ effort was palmed away by the impressive Richard Ofori.Ghana then secured all three points and with it, qualification, as Andre Ayew played in Baba Rahman, whose cutback was turned home by Partey.Jordan Ayew hit the post again for good measure with Guinea-Bissau failing to threaten for the rest of the game, exiting the tournament without a goal.With Cameroon and Benin drawing 0-0 in the other game in the group, the Black Stars topped the group having scored more goals than the Indomitable Lions.Ghana avoid an all West African meeting with Nigeria and will now face Tunisia who were runners-up of Group E while Cameroon go on to have a showdown with the Super Eagles.