Press Release from WBCAATLANTA – Former Southland Conference administrator Sue Donohoe will receive the 2019 Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment of service to women’s basketball, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.Donohoe spent the better part of three years with the Southland Conference office after initially being appointed an assistant commissioner for the league in 1996. After two years with the conference, she was promoted to an associate commissioner role before accepting a position within the NCAA offices. The Pineville, La. native was also inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.In 2011, Donohoe was named executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a position she held until 2015. Before joining the foundation, she had nearly 12 years of experience working as an administrator at the NCAA national office. She joined the NCAA in 1999 as the director of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and in 2002 she moved into the same position of the men’s championship. The majority of her tenure with the NCAA saw her as vice president of Division I women’s basketball, which began in 2003. She currently serves on the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.She also was assistant women’s coach at Stephen F. Austin State University and a teacher coach at Lake Highlands High School (Richardson, Texas) and Carthage High School (Carthage, Texas). Her start in athletics came as a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech University in 1981.Donohoe will be formally honored during the 2019 WBCA Convention that will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, Florida.“The Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award honors legends who have invested their lives to impact the student-athlete and ultimately elevate the game of women’s basketball. No one is more deserving of it than Sue Donohoe,” said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. “Sue is a servant-leader, former coach, mentor and highly gifted administrator who has demonstrated a profound dedication to our sport. Her talents, wisdom, strength, compassion and vast experience have been built over a lifetime serving the sport, the student-athlete, and all those around her. She is respected and trusted by all. The game is in a better place thanks to Sue’s tireless efforts.”The Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Senda Berenson, who in her role as a physical education instructor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, introduced “basketball” to her female gym students in 1892. Her actions marked the birth of the women’s game, occurring the year following basketball’s invention by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts.The award has been presented annually since 1984 and is sponsored by Jostens, a longtime corporate partner of and the official commemorative awards provider for the WBCA. Until 2006, it was called the Jostens-Berenson Service Award.“Jostens is proud to be a longtime partner of the WBCA on such a prestigious award,” said Chris Poitras, Jostens vice president and COO, college, sports, specialty. “Ms. Donohoe’s service to women’s basketball and the WBCA has been remarkable, and we are honored to recognize her as a very deserving recipient for this incredible achievement.”Visit www.wbca.org/recognize/ to see a list of past recipients.About Jostens Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is owned by Platinum Equity and can be found online at www.jostens.com.About the WBCA Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAl-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a buffet brunch, noon at the Boulders mobile-home park clubhouse, 40701 W. Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-2586 for reservations. Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SATURDAY Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309.
It’s not easy in the daily news business to carve out the time and headspace to work on in-depth pieces. But we know that our long-form stories, which range from painstaking investigations to whimsical adventures, are a big part of what makes The Tico Times stand out among other media in the region.With that, here’s some of our best work in this category during 2015: Related posts:The winners and losers of Costa Rica in 2015 Costa Rica’s biggest crime stories of 2015 4 convicted, 3 acquitted in Jairo Mora murder trial Costa Rican preliminary court misplaces key evidence in Jairo Mora murder trial Barry and Suzye Lawson were married for more than 30 years before his tragic death on April 7, 2015. (Courtesy of Suzye Lawson)Paradise marred: Who killed Barry Lawson?Barry Lawson was a beloved member of the Tamarindo community. He and his wife Suzye owned a popular hotel at Playa Langosta and they ran a nonprofit organization that raised money to provide scholarships and supplies for local schoolchildren. Barry performed with the local theater group and dressed up as Santa Claus for the local kids at Christmastime.On April 1, several men entered the couple’s hotel, tied them up, beat them and demanded they open their safe.The other intruders, an older man giving the orders and another teenage-looking boy, dragged Barry to two safes located in separate closets that collectively contained tens of thousands of dollars.“They knew exactly where to take him,” Suzye Lawson said.Barry refused to open the second safe, in the guest bedroom, which contained $32,000 in cash. The Lawsons had raised most of that money for their Amigos de la Educación nonprofit organization, which gives scholarships to young Costa Rican students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford schooling.Six days later Barry died from injuries sustained in the attack. The crime has never been solved.Adding further injustice and terror, less than eight months after the robbery, Suzye was attacked again by a different trio of men at her bed and breakfast. They beat her badly enough that she was bleeding from the face by the end of the ordeal.“I have to sell the place because I’m just too tired to do this anymore,” she said following the second attack.Tico Times reporter Michael Krumholtz chronicled the events that led to Barry’s death and efforts by the community and local authorities to improve security in the popular tourist destination. Read the full story here. Shark fins seized off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. (Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry)Shark fin scandal in Costa Rica has Solís administration on the defensiveBarely nine months after taking office, President Luis Guillermo Solís became public enemy No. 1 for Costa Rican conservationists after his administration OK’d a shipment of hammerhead shark fins for export to Hong Kong.Conservationists are questioning the approval of those exports, which they say is a step backwards from previous progress on shark conservation. And it’s not just conservationists. The Solís administration faces widespread criticism for what many see as a fundamental betrayal of the country’s public environmental principles.The incident eventually led to Solís’ nomination for “Shark Enemy of the Year” from conservation group Sharkproject International. Tico Times Editor-in-Chief David Boddiger dug through documents and grilled public officials to learn how and why the shark fin shipment was allowed, and what it means for Costa Rica’s environmental reputation. Read the full story here. The Colorado cycling team watched the local news as rescuers searched for Mark Lyons. (Courtesy Ben Hobgood)Missing: A Colorado cyclist’s 30 shoeless hours in a Costa Rica jungleColorado cyclist Mark Lyons was looking for a fun adventure when he decided to participate with a group of cycling friends in Costa Rica’s grueling Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike race, which traverses the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. But his adventure went offtrack less than halfway in to the first day of the three-day race when he slipped during a river crossing.As the current swept and swirled, Mark fought constantly to get himself back into the right position. He went under for long amounts of time, managing to pop up just long enough to catch a breath before being pulled down again. Though his ordeal would last another 30 hours, this was his darkest moment.“Am I really going to die in a river in Costa Rica?” he thought.Through interviews with Lyons, members of his cycling team and race organizers, Managing Editor Jill Replogle chronicled the cyclist’s emotionally and physically charged survival story. You can read it here. A mural on the wall at the Génesis Foundation in Alajuelita. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe silent killings of San José’s new psychopathIn the 1980s San José was terrorized by a serial killer who earned the nickname El Psicópata for his brutal methods and targeting of women and couples on dates. This year a new serial killer began to roam the city’s streets — but this psychopath is getting much less attention.One less addict. One less prostitute. One less thief.It doesn’t take long to count the reasons why so many people in the city either aren’t aware, or just don’t care, that an at-large killer has strangled the life out of eight women.Reporter Michael Krumholtz went to the San José slums where this latest serial killer has claimed most of his victims. He spoke with friends and family of the victims and with an investigator who has spent his career trying to understand the mind of a psychopath. Read the full story here. A newly hatched green sea turtle struggles over a hill of sand before it reaches the ocean. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe L.A.S.T. standLess than two months after seven defendants were acquitted in the brutal murder of turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, dedicated turtle defenders were out again on Caribbean beaches, potentially facing the very same poachers who killed their comrade. But the good guys’ presence had dwindled.For years L.A.S.T.’s Pacuare Program was able to save hundreds of the beach’s turtles each season, but a growing sense of insecurity spurred by Mora’s murder led to a drastic decline in the number of volunteers in 2014.Although volunteer numbers have fallen, the number of poachers has not, and the future of Pacuare’s turtles relies on the program’s ability to attract more conservationists to the rescue.Tico Times reporter Lindsay Fendt spent several days with turtle conservationists and residents of Pacuare to try and understand the tension that led to Mora’s murder and what the future holds for turtle conservation in the region. Read the full story here. Kelly Mason, founder of Pave the Road. Courtesy of Pave the RoadThe Road-Builder of MontezumaKelly Mason went from working on Hollywood sets to working on paving the Nicoya Peninsula’s asthma-causing dirt roads.“I started by planning to make a documentary,” she recalls. “I wanted to put these politicians on camera and ask them about the roads.”Bit by bit, Mason is still making that documentary, and she plans to complete and release a feature film sometime in 2016. Yet Mason can no longer hide behind the camera, because she has gradually found herself leading the effort.Mason started a nonprofit organization called Pave the Road, which has since teamed up with a slew of high-profile sponsors. And they’ve won their first victory: seven area schools will have the road that passes by them paved using recycled plastic. Read the full story here.Thanks for supporting us this year and we’ll see you in 2016 with more great stories! Facebook Comments