From the bench to ‘the Tank’

first_imgBefore Frank Kaminsky helped lead Wisconsin to a Final Four, was named the most outstanding player of the West Regional, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection or broke a 48-year old scoring record, he rode the bench.Much like many Wisconsin players before him, Kaminsky had to bide his time behind upperclassmen while developing in Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s system.“You scold to mold. You praise to raise,” Ryan said in a press conference in Anaheim, Calif. during the Sweet 16. “You have to be honest with them. You can’t tell that kid sitting with the remote on the couch eating potato chips bag by bag and telling him he’s the greatest thing that ever lived without kind of mentioning that maybe you ought to get off the couch.”Coming to Wisconsin from Benten Academy in Lisle, Ill. Kaminsky stood at 6-foot-10, still growing into a frame that would eventually top out at 7-feet. A late growth spurt allowed him to play the guard positions in high school where he was able to develop ball-handling skills and a soft touch.Picking up these skills would prove to be key traits in his success later on.“He had passing skills, pretty good foot work, things like that,” Ryan said of what he saw in Kaminsky in high school. “So to get to be 7-feet tall and then still have those skills, that’s helped us.”During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Kaminsky averaged just nine minutes per game while sitting behind forwards like Jon Leuer and Jared Berggren.Learning behind players at his position that received All-Big Ten team selections during their careers at Wisconsin gave Kaminsky a strong foundation to his development as a player.“He had a chance to play behind some other guys that he learned from in Jared Berggren and in a lot of practices with guys like Keaton Nankivil, Jon Leuer who is with Memphis now,” Ryan said. “So he’s had a chance to be around some guys that could help him. He listens.”Heading into the 2013-2014 season, the junior forward looked to be next in line to take over the Wisconsin front court with both Berggren and Ryan Evans leaving vacancies down low for the Badgers.Although he was primed to become the starter and would soon embark on a season that would make a mark on the Wisconsin history books, Kaminsky was still a relative unknown.“I had no idea who Frank was coming in because he was playing behind [Berggren] who was a great player for them,” freshman forward Nigel Hayes said. “But, I knew Frank could shoot the ball and I knew that he was skilled. But Frank is actually a lot better than I was told.”With an opportunity finally presenting itself for Kaminsky to make contributions to the team, he was determined to make the most of it.“I knew that this year there would be an opportunity for me to go out there and play a lot of minutes, and I just wanted to do anything I could to be a big factor on this team,” Kaminsky said.It wouldn’t take long for him to become a “big factor” as he would lead Wisconsin in scoring in a three-point win over UW-Green Bay in the third game of the season, which he followed up with a 43-point performance against North Dakota to put himself in the program’s record book and on the national map.In the 33 games after his record setting performance, Kaminsky has failed to reach double digit scoring or rebounding just seven times.In Wisconsin’s last 13 games, Kaminsky has averaged 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.Ryan attributes his 7-footer’s success to his growth both as a player and a person.“He’s growing into his body, mentally, physically, socially,” Ryan said. “They tell me he’s funnier than he used to be, and his eyes are more wide open now. Last year I thought at times his eyes were closed, then I realized that’s just his eyes. If you see him sitting sometimes you think, oh, look, Frank’s asleep. He’s not asleep. But he’s got that sleepy look. But he’s matured in every aspect because he’s worked hard.”With a top-10 standing in rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage in the Big Ten this season, Kaminsky became a first-team All-Big Ten honoree. He was the only Badger to earn a first-team selection this season.Kaminksy’s versatility has been a big part of why he has been successful this season. With the ability to stretch defenses out to the perimeter and a quick first step to the rim, he presents a mismatch for most opposing teams.“Frank’s the man. I know that some of the guys say that I’m a mismatch nightmare, but Frank is really even a better one in the fact that when he’s guarded by a true seven-footer it’s almost illegal for him to play against them,” Hayes said. “The fact that usually their feet are no where near as good as Frank’s, so when he’s out on the perimeter, if he just puts the ball on the ground it’s always a foul because they can’t slide with him. Inside, with his great footwork, he can get you up off of the ground and score anyway he wants. That’s just Frank being Frank.”But it has been his emergence in the NCAA Tournament that has caught the attention of the country and has even put him in the conversation as a possible NBA prospect.In Wisconsin’s four wins in the tournament, the junior is averaging 18.5 points per game and six rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor.That pales in comparison to his performance in the West Regional final against No.1 seed Arizona, where he scored a game-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds to send Wisconsin to its first Final Four since 2000.Kaminsky’s 28 points was the second-highest scoring total by a Badger in the NCAA Tournament, behind only Michael Finley who scored 36 points in 1994, earning him the Most Outstanding Player award in the West regional.“We always knew Frank had it in him, we just had to get it out of him,” sophomore forward Sam Dekker said. “He’s been carrying us this whole season.”last_img read more

Dodgers get boost from Alex Wood, who eyes playoff role

first_imgThe Dodgers have been three teams this year. One coming, one here, one going.The endless clubhouse traffic can make some players yearn for name tags.Alex Wood found a way to stand out. In fact, there’s no doubt he’s Employee Of The Week.The 24-year-old lefty took the mound Wednesday night, after the Dodgers and Colorado played into Wednesday morning. The Dodgers used 11 pitchers in that one. Thanks to Wood, none of them had to pitch the next game. His eight innings went by in a heartbeat, He needed only 78 pitches, gave up no runs, and handed it over to Kenley Jansen in the ninth.That’s known as rising to the moment. It augurs well for the postseason. Wood and Anderson will be the candidates to pitch behind Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. There is no guarantee both will get the chance, because Don Mattingly has not hesitated to use Kershaw with three days’ rest and presumably would do the same with Greinke.But Wood provides one more option.“And the only thing I wanted to do was bounce back from the game before,” Wood said. That was an unsightly 12-4 loss in Arizona in which Wood got only five outs. Remove that, and Wood has given up three runs in 26 and two-thirds innings, and is 4-4 with a 3.83 trade since Atlanta traded him here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “That was a long, long time between games,” he said. “But I didn’t worry about the pitches as much as the innings. You don’t want to go have to throw 100 pitches in five innings, but the next morning I was probably just as sore as I was in any start.”Wood is the 16th Dodgers starting pitcher of 2015. The Dodgers, going into Greinke’s start against Pittsburgh on Friday, were 38-20 when either Cy Young Award candidate starts, which means they were 46-41 at all other times.Greinke can opt out of his contract this winter. So Wood is not just here to super-glue the rotation for this season. He could be another part of a roster remodel that involves Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Jose Peraza and, eventually, pitchers Jose Deleon and Julio Urias. The people who run the Dodgers have more money than anybody else, but they’re no different. They want a more controllable, cost-certain team that, conveniently, would also be younger and more athletic.Wood’s curveball has inproved since he learned a knuckle grip from Craig Kimbrel, the ex-closer for the Braves, and he uses a delivery that isn’t teachable. There are mechanically smooth pitchers who are derisively known as “beauty contest winners,” because even though they throw hard, they’re easily seen.No danger of that with Wood.“I always thought the important thing was repeating what you do,” Wood said. “It’s always good to have a little funny-ness to what you’re doing. It’s not how it looks, it’s how you get there.”Wood also knows the dregs of a pitcher’s life, the early-morning rehab sessions, with a target date that seems a million weeks away.At 18, he was pitching for Charlotte’s Ardrey Kell High in a 4-A playoff game against North Davidson. He threw a pitch and his elbow immediately asked for a vacation. He walked off the mound, one week before the state championship game, two weeks before the major league draft.“It came out of nowhere,” Wood said. “I guess I was naive. I looked at it like, well, it’s going to be a year or a year and a half before I pitch again, so let’s get in there and have the Tommy John surgery and knock out this rehab as soon as possible.”Georgia had already offered a scholarship and stood by it, giving Wood a redshirt freshman year. He was good enough to get picked in the second round by the Braves and pitched only 26 minor leagues games, with a 1.68 ERA, before promotion.In Charlotte, Wood heard quite a bit about a pair of brothers from nearby Concord.“I was between them in school,” Wood said. “But everybody knew how good Kyle Seager was. It was hard to believe there would be a player from that area like him. Then Corey came along.”Kyle is playing third base in Seattle and Corey is a .426 hitter in his first few major league weeks here.As Alex Wood demonstrated Wednesday, even baseball time can fly.last_img read more

Shane Shields hired as Wellington’s new city manager for $96,000 annual salary plus perks

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council named Shane Shields city manager at its meeting Tuesday after a 20 minute executive session to talk over details of the contract. Shields has been finance director for many years, and has served as the interim city manager since Roy Eckert was dismissed a few months ago.Shane ShieldsAfter the executive session the four council members in attendance all voted for hiring Shields. Mayor Shelley Hansel only votes if there is a tie. Vince Wetta and Kip Etter were not there.The contract was released to the media after the vote was taken. Shields is to receive $3,698 bi-weekly as compensation, which works out to about $96,000 per year. Eckert was making $108,000.The contract will be renewed on its anniversary date for two years unless either he or the council gives 60 days notice that it does not intend to do so. Sixty days notice is also required for resignation or termination.The contract includes a $500 per month car allowance, and the employee is responsible for all maintenance on the vehicle and will own the vehicle. After six months he will get a performance review and could get a raise, and reviews will be held yearly after that time.The contract also provides for a $100 per month stipend for a cell phone with internet access.According to the agreement the council may vote to terminate him, and the employee may resign if his duties are changed by the council in a way he does not find acceptable.A severance package of six months of base salary is included if he is terminated without cause.  Health benefits such as insurance will continue for six months. If he were to be terminated for “cause,” meaning for legal reasons within city policies, the city would not have to give a severance package.The agreement became effective immediately.The council had considered hiring the league of municipalities to run a search for a new city manager, and was set to approve that agreement at its Aug. 2 meeting. Some council members had seemed reluctant to do so, and at least three members voiced support for Shields at previous work sessions. Some wanted to go ahead and do the search anyway, even though almost everyone said they believed Shields would emerge as the top candidate anyway.Council member Vince Wetta surprised council members at the Aug. 2 meeting by making a motion to hire Shields instead of doing the candidate search, and that motion passed by a 4-2 margin.That was the meeting where Kip Etter left abruptly after saying he “was resigning.”  Etter came to the meeting Tuesday, but was asked to step down by the Mayor, who said he had resigned. The council took no action on the resignation, but Etter left and the meeting resumed.Hiring a new city manager had been discussed at several work sessions and regular meetings. There was no discussion at the meeting Tuesday.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 208 weeks ago I don’t disagree with the hiring of Shane Shields at all, but do not believe it was handled properly. Once again, his contract was not part of the agenda for the Tuesday meeting, and the contract was not available for review by the public prior to voting. That’s not transparency in government, and is why so many think these deals are made behind closed doors. It’s an easy fix, and someone should have the courage to do so. The public deserves better. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Jackqualine A · 208 weeks ago City Manager contracts are an Executive Session item. City Manager Evaluation is an Executive Session item. Issues involving non-elected personal are always done in an Executive Session. We never knew about Carl Meyers, Gus Collins or Roy Eckert until after it was discussed in Executive Sessions. Thar is the State of Kansas. . Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 208 weeks ago Negotiations of those contracts are items that can, and should be, handled in executive session. The approval of such a contract is not the same. The resolution approving the employment agreement for Roy Eckert was part of the October 21st, 2014 agenda, with supporting documents provided prior to the meeting for review. That wasn’t the case here. Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Agenda Is Mute Now · 207 weeks ago SuCo Pride-Thank you for making an excellent point. Apparently Jackqualine A didn’t look backwards before to see form of standard was established on proper placement of agenda items. It is likely hiring of Carl Meyers, Gus Collins, and Roy Eckert were handled as resolutions on employment agreements listed as agenda items. Seems a mute point to actually follow Roberts Rules of Order pertaining to meetings with new mayor and certain council members. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Ti Ekanes Ston Polemo Thanassi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The award-winning Greek tragicomedy, Ti Ekanes Ston Polemo Thanassi? (What Did You Do in the War, Thanassi?), 1971, directed by Dinos Katsouridis, will be screened as part of the July-December 2014 repertoire of the Greek Film Society of Brisbane.In this award-winning Greek movie, Thanassis becomes an unwitting hero of the Resistance during the German occupation of World War II Greece. As the film begins, Thanassis has hunkered down to do his factory job and avoid calling the attention of the Gestapo to himself. However, he is swept up in their net anyway. In prison, he is put in with a group of prominent members of the Resistance.When: Tuesday 21 October at 7.45 pm Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone St South Brisbane For further information, visit or contact 0417 640 686; 0407 758 730 or info@greekfilmsociety.comlast_img read more