Female athlete of the semester: Ann-Renée Desbiens

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgWisconsin women’s hockey goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens not only had one of the best season in Wisconsin hockey history, but in the collegiate history of the sport.To start, Desbiens is an official NCAA record holder, earning the most shutouts by a goalie during a single season with her 21 goalless outings this year. This number is a record for both men’s and women’s hockey, putting Desbiens above all other collegiate goaltenders.These shutouts helped propel her team to their second-place ranking nationally and first-place ranking within the WCHA. Desbiens’ superb goal-tending allowed the Badgers to begin the season with a nine-game shutout streak, helping build momentum and team confidence.Desbiens also boasted a .960 save percentage on the year, blocking 701 shots she faced at goal. She only allowed 29 goals the entire season, an incredible .76 points per game.The student athlete was also recognized collegiately for her superb goaltending this year by the NCAA when she was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which goes to the best female in hockey. While she didn’t end up taking the award home, there is still no doubt she was not only among the best goalies in the sport, but overall players as well.The star goalie — who not only has the lowest points allowed ratio in the WCHA, but also has one of the highest save percentages in the league — is a favorite for the 2018 Winter Olympics for her native Canada. National competitions are nothing foreign to Desbiens. She competed in the 2015 IIHF World Championships, which helped her team secure the silver that year. She also boasted a 93.1 percentage save record in that the tournament.Now, with one final season left with the Badgers, Desbiens still has plenty of time to keep breaking records and setting new goals for the next generation of goalies to reach, and Badger fans will be happy to have her around for one more season.From the constant shouting of “Ann-Renée is bae” from Badger fans to the creative signs in French, it is clear the Wisconsin home crowd is more than fond of No. 30 in the crease.last_img read more

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Former Southland Administrator Sue Donohoe Honored with WBCA Lifetime Achievement Award

By on May 31, 2020

first_imgPress 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.last_img read more

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Liberian Artist off to Dayton, Ohio for Art Residency

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe Dayton Sister City Committee (DSCC) in conjunction with the Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to host international artist, Patrick Gono, from Monrovia, Liberia, one of Dayton’s six sister cities. Gono will be the first artist-in-residence for the Dayton Society of Artists and will have studio space at the Front Street Building Co. Gono will be in Dayton for the majority of July, 2019 and will have an exhibit of his work in the DSA’s Project Space at their High Street Gallery beginning July 5.Gono is a self-taught artist, inspired early in his childhood by cartoon characters namely from the Marvel and Disney corporations. His passion for art got him in trouble to the point of failing sixth grade, but that would not hold him back for long and he received a double promotion in his eighth year of school. As he grew, he found inspiration in nature and artists that came before him such as Renoir and Rossetti. He won the Value of Biodiversity art competition held at the US Embassy in Monrovia in 2011.Gono now lives in Monrovia, creating hyper-realistic pieces and desires to make a name for Liberia and its people through his art.Artist-in-residence programs give artists the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work. During a residency, artists can explore new locations, different cultures, and experiment with different materials.“Being selected for the artist-in-residence for the DSCC and the DSA is like the final picture of my dream of bringing light to show the colors of peace we need to shine and prosper, to show the power and bond of art, and to help others discover their true potential,” Gono said. When asked about how he felt about the opportunity to be the artist-in-residence he answered, “This is truly a dream come true… As I am the bridge between two cities now, my aim is to make sure my pillars and cables and concrete are solid so as to ensure a lifelong connection between Dayton and Monrovia.”Dayton, through the DSCC, has been a sister city of Monrovia since 1972; however, this relationship has been dormant for over six years. Recently a renewed interest in Monrovia, led by the DSCC Monrovian Chair, Mr. Thomas F. Siafa, Sr., has brought forth the partnership with the Dayton Society of Artists, which led to the artist-in-residency program. Thomas Siafa works for the Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, now doing business as Greater Dayton Premier Management, as a Safety and Compliance Officer. Siafa has resided in the Dayton areas for over twenty-nine years, and for the love of his native land, Liberia, he visits Monrovia frequently on mission trips.While Gono is in Dayton, he will exhibit his work in the High Street Gallery’s Project Space alongside the DSA’s show Crossing Boundaries. Both will open July 5 from 6-9pm. The gallery is open from 12-5pm Friday and Saturday as well as being open on First Fridays from 6-9pm. The gallery is located at 48 High Street in Dayton.Nineteen artists from Monrovia applied for the residency. Friend of the DSCC, Ed Dixon, has compiled some of the artwork of other artists who were not selected, which can be found at https://eadgallery.com/2019/04/21/art-from-our-sister-city-monrovia/.The DSA and DSCC will also be collecting art supplies, which are scarce and more expensive in Liberia than they are in the US, to send back to Monrovia with Gono. To make a donation of supplies to send to Monrovia, folks are asked to kindly contact Amanda Grieve, Gallery Director of the DSA, at 937-228-4532 or by email at [email protected] Dayton Society of Artists has been serving local artists since 1938 and their mission is to connect, support, and educate artists and the community.The mission of the Dayton Sister City Committee is to provide community leadership, promote Dayton internationally, and to increase global awareness of Dayton residents through developing and maintaining active Sister City relationships.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Patrick Gono will be the first artist-in-residence for the Dayton Society of Artists, beginning July 2019.last_img read more

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‘No Country,’ ‘Blood’ make AFI top 10 list

By on December 29, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAmong Globe best-drama nominees were “No Country for Old Men,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s Texas thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin; “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s California oil-boom epic with Daniel Day-Lewis; and “Michael Clayton,” Tony Gilroy’s corporate-lawsuit drama starring George Clooney. The AFI also released a top 10 list of TV shows and movies for 2007, featuring “Dexter,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Longford,” “Mad Men,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The Sopranos,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” “30 Rock” and “Ugly Betty.” The top-10 lists were chosen by two 13-member panels, one each for movies and television. Members included actress Melissa Gilbert, filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan and critics Leonard Maltin, David Ansen and Richard Schickel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crime tale “No Country for Old Men,” the oil saga “There Will Be Blood” and the legal drama “Michael Clayton” were among critical favorites that landed on the American Film Institute’s list of the year’s 10 best movies. Also on AFI’s list released Sunday were the jewel-heist story “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” the stroke-victim tale “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” the road drama “Into the Wild,” the pregnancy comedies “Juno” and “Knocked Up,” the animated rodent comedy “Ratatouille” and the sibling comic drama “The Savages.” Unlike other film honors, the institute does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top-10 choices will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 11. Many of the films on the list picked up Golden Globe nominations last week and are expected to compete for Academy Awards. Nominations come out Jan. 22. last_img read more

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