Lacrosse hits the road for series with Oregon, SDSU

first_imgThe No. 9 women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) is set to play Oregon (7-5, 3-1) and San Diego State (8-4, 2-2) in a road series this weekend.After dropping two straight road contests to Cornell and Stony Brook, the Trojans are coming off of three straight victories over Ohio State (16-7), Fresno State (21-5) and Cal (21-4).The recent win streak comes thanks to a Trojan scoring surge which featured 58 goals scored by 25 different scorers. Two of those scorers, senior Michaela Michael and freshman Kaeli Huff, earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for their step-up play against Cal and Fresno State. After a six-goal performance against Ohio State, Michael took less than 20 minutes to score six goals against Cal and just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance versus Fresno State. In the past two games, the senior netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.Huff, meanwhile, followed in Michael’s footsteps with a five-goal game of her own, adding three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win over Fresno State.Along with Michael and Huff’s play heating up, the Ducks and Aztecs will have to watch out for a Trojan defense that forced 32 turnovers and allowed just 16 goals over the past three games.USC will travel to Eugene, Oregon first to play an Oregon team that has played poorly in recent outings, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going 5-1 in the first six games, the Ducks are 2-4 in their past six, allowing 77 opposing goals to slip through.The Ducks’ primary scoring threats are sophomore attacker Shannon Williams (37 goals, 18 assists) and senior midfielder Bella Pyne (30 goals, 11 assists), while Cambi Cukar acts as Oregon’s primary distributor with 28 assists. Despite playing the same number of games as USC, Oregon has turned the ball over 25 more times and caused 12 fewer turnovers. The Ducks could give the Trojans difficulties not just in the home field advantage, but also in ball movement as Oregon leads the assist battle 83-77 over USC.After tonight’s matchup in Oregon, USC will travel to San Diego on Saturday to play an SDSU team that is 9-2 in its past 11 games.Although the Aztecs have been porous on defense in 2017 (10.7 goals allowed per game), their offense can put the ball in the back of the net with ease (12.75 goals scored).While USC relies on a couple of primary scorers to carry the team, San Diego State has a more balanced attack with six players scoring 13 or more goals this season.With MPSF playoffs just three weeks away, the Trojans have just five games left to cement a national title campaign.last_img read more

State Ag Department taking comments on hemp growing rules

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the department is now taking public comments on the state’s proposed hemp production regulations.Naig says they’ve received a lot of questions already about industrial hemp.  “I think there’s been a real interest looking for additional opportunities and opportunities to diversify,”Naig says. “Hemp really probably has been the top of mine or the crop that’s been getting a lot of focus after the 2018 Farm Bill cleared the way.”The proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp.  “We’ve been working the better part of the last year to get our program ready to launch here so folks can participate in that market in the 2020 growing season,” according to Naig.Comments on the proposes rules will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on January 22nd. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the U.S.D.A. approves the state plan.Naig says hemp isn’t the only crop he sees as an opportunity for ag diversification in 2020. “I’ve also seen just continued interest in local foods. Local and regional foods, food hubs, community supported agriculture — a real interest in consumers knowing more about where their food comes from,” Naig says. “So, we continue to think there’s opportunity there as well.”He says growing food for regional use has a lot things that make it attractive. “The Ag Census actually showed that the number of small farms is increasing dramatically –and it’s a good thing when you look at the opportunity to get into produce and to supply local food — you don’t need significant acres to get started. You don’t need a significant number of acres to make a living and to have a real thriving business,” Naig says.To read Iowa’s proposed hemp administrative rules, go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at: read more

Teachers to get A.V. High bonus

first_imgLANCASTER Teachers could get $2,000 more a year to work at Antelope Valley High School, which has been ordered by state officials to boost its staff of teachers considered “highly qualified.” To receive the annual stipends, teachers who meet the criteria to be considered “highly qualified” under President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act must commit to teaching at Antelope Valley High School for three consecutive years beginning next fall. The incentive is open to instructors who currently teach at Antelope Valley High School or who are willing to transfer to the school from other campuses in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “Each year, we fall short of having enough fully credentialed teachers districtwide, but because of some mandates regarding Antelope Valley High School from the state, we want to make sure everyone is highly qualified,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said. “We want to recruit some of our best internally.” Right now, about 85 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff is considered highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act, meaning they are teaching in the subject in which they majored or minored in college and have either an intern, preliminary or clear teaching credential. Ensuring that 100 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff possess the proper teaching credentials was one of three sanctions announced by the state in March against the school for failing to improve standardized test scores. The state also ordered the school to hire a trustee who will oversee school operations and have the authority to overrule administrators’ decisions, and to ensure that tutoring and other services are accessible to all students who need them. Depending on how many new teachers the district hires and how many of the remaining 15 percent or so of Antelope Valley High teachers finish the process of obtaining the proper credentials, Azevedo estimates that the school will need less than a dozen highly qualified teachers to transfer from other schools. Teachers who transfer will have to be matched up with available openings in their areas of subject expertise, Azevedo said. The district may have to move from Antelope Valley High teachers who do not become fully credentialed in time. “We will have programs to help them make it. We could do involuntary transfers, but we don’t want to do that. We may have to move some teachers, but we want to do that as a last resort,” Azevedo said. To be eligible to receive the stipend, district teachers must have a preliminary or clear credential in their subject area, have a minimum of three years of successful teaching with positive reviews and evaluations, and possess a certificate to teach English-language learners. The incentive program will run for three years beginning next school year. Teachers who enter the program in years two or three would only receive the stipends through the 2008-09 school year. (661) 267-5744 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more