511PA Website Feature to Assist Travelers to Little League World Series

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched a web page, www.511pa.com/LLWS, to provide real-time travel and alternate-route information to assist motorists traveling to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.The new page, hosted through the department’s www.511PA.com traveler information website, is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are provided for: Route 15 south to Route 220 to Market Street; Route 15 north; Interstate 80 east to Route 220 north to Market Street; and I-80 west to Route 15 north.“We’re always looking for opportunities to put our traffic information tools into action for the public,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Providing this real-time information empowers travelers to attend this exciting event using the route that best works for them.”The page includes the average travel time for the primary route as well as one or two alternate routes. Users can see incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras, and traffic speeds on the map. Maps showing traffic trends on each day of the event in the previous three years are also available.In addition to Little League World Series information, motorists can use www.511PA.com to check conditions on nearly 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 511PA Website Feature to Assist Travelers to Little League World Series August 14, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Badgers will miss wizardry of ‘Oz’

first_imgAnd then there was one.With now former assistant coach Mark Osiecki gone, only head coach Mike Eaves remains from the men’s hockey team coaching staff. Well, volunteer goaltending coach Jeff Sanger is still here, but if you want to measure his impact, just look back to the play of UW’s goalies this past season.Just kidding, Jeff.Osiecki was named head coach at Ohio State on Saturday after spending six years as an assistant at Wisconsin. UW’s other assistant, Kevin Patrick, announced in March he was leaving after the season to be head coach of a new United States Hockey League franchise.The coaching departures are another blow to a team that loses seven seniors. That’s not even counting the likely departure of Hobey Baker top-10 finalist Brendan Smith to the pros. Chances are fellow defenseman Cody Goloubef could leave, and although Ryan McDonagh was named sole team captain for the 2010-2011 season, it’s not a guarantee he’s staying.It would be a grave mistake to think the departure of Patrick and now Osiecki are small losses. It’s no discredit to Eaves, but Osiecki might have been the most important coach on the staff.“Oz” was Wisconsin’s defensive whiteboard whiz, working with the team defense and penalty kill units. The combination of Osiecki’s coaching and the pure talent in the defensive corps made the Badgers’ defense arguably the deepest, most skilled group of blueliners in the nation this season.UW slipped to 15th in the nation in team scoring defense after that April 10 debacle, but spent the better part of the year around the top 10 in that category and finished the season allowing an average of 2.58 goals per game.The Badgers finished 11th in penalty killing, with a success rate of 84.9 percent. Although it’s hard to see it from the overall percentage, UW’s penalty kill unit was usually dominant, combining an aggressive forecheck with solid positioning and a thirst for blocking shots. It wasn’t uncommon for the Badgers to outshoot opponents while on the penalty kill, and the unit created five shorthanded goals over the course of the season.But don’t take my word for it. Questions about the team’s penalty kill success usually included something along the lines of, “Oz does a great job getting the team prepared,” as part of the answer. Proof: asked about the penalty kill back on Nov. 3, 2009, Derek Stepan’s response was, “We’ve got a really good penalty kill, and with the help of Coach Oz and video, we can get the job done.” Even Eaves credited Osiecki with the success of the Badgers’ special teams.The same went for any questions about blocking shots or the team’s defense in general. Goloubef’s response after the team’s home series against Minnesota on the topic of shot blocking was, “I think that’s a big thing that coach (Osiecki) stresses is blocking pucks. Every time we block them that’s a slight chance it could have went in our net.”In addition to success at UW, Osiecki won a title with North Dakota as an assistant, coached the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and more recently, was an assistant for Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2010 World Junior Championship.With the aforementioned seven seniors — who were all forwards — leaving, defense will likely need to be a strength for the Badgers come next season. And while Osiecki’s coaching will clearly be missed, it’s the loss of him as a recruiter that could have an even bigger impact.Oz was the recruiting coordinator at UW, and defensemen would come to Madison just as much for Osiecki as for anything else. A former title-winning defenseman with the Badgers in the late ’80s, the Burnsville, Minn. native built his reputation on blocking shots and playing hard-nosed defense.Partially as a result of Osiecki’s recruiting, Wisconsin rode a defensive corps comprised of five first- or second-round draft picks to the national title game. The lone blueliner who wasn’t drafted, freshman John Ramage, will change that this summer, as he’ll likely be a fifth-round pick or so. Part of that was his performance for the U.S. at the WJC, where his inclusion on the team was criticized initially. Osiecki campaigned hard for Ramage to make the team, putting his own reputation on the line by supporting one of his own players. Ramage responded by not taking a single penalty in the tournament and tallying three assists — including John Carlson’s game-winning goal in the title game.This would usually be the space where I suggest potential coaching hires now that there are two vacancies on the staff. But I’m not in any position to speculate on who will eventually replace Osiecki and Patrick — a lack of time and experience in the world of college hockey coaching is one of the deficiencies you face when you’re a student journalist.While I don’t know who will step into the void left by Eaves’ assistants, I hope I’ve made it clear that there will be a void and it will be a big one. The Badgers will be set behind the bench offensively with UW’s career points leader in Eaves, but finding someone to steady the Badgers when they’re in their own zone could be a daunting task.With guys like Stepan and Craig Smith returning, as well as the prospect of McDonagh finishing out his UW career, Wisconsin has enough talent to conceivably fight for another Frozen Four berth next season. But as much as any deficiencies in the 2010-2011 squad will be blamed on the departures of the class of 2010, it might be the adjustments behind the bench that become the biggest factor in the Badgers’ success or failure.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Agree that UW’s assistant coaching vacancies are now the team’s biggest question marks? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Darrin Horn back on familiar ground as new head coach at Northern Kentucky

first_imgPlaying as the No. 12 seed against a 28-4 Drake team that was seeded No. 5, WKU trailed by a point with 5.7 seconds left and the ball at the opposite baseline. Horn and his staff drew up a play in which the ball was inbounded to speedy point guard Tyrone Brazelton, who then raced the up the right side of the court with shooter Ty Rogers trailing behind him. When Brazelton approached the 3-point line and several defenders closed on him, he dropped the ball behind him and Rogers nailed an open 3-pointer for the win.It was exactly the play Villanova used eight years later to defeat North Carolina in the 2016 championship game, with Wildcats point guard Ryan Arcidiacono dropping the ball to power forward Kris Jenkins. NKU, the reigning champion of the Horizon League, is expecting that getting Horn back in his home state will revive the excellence he demonstrated as head coach at Western.As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Horn will replace John Brannen, who led the Norse to two NCAA Tournaments and two Horizon regular-season titles in three seasons on the job before moving across the bridge to become head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats.MORE: Cincy hires Brannen to replace CroninHorn has not been a head coach since 2012, when he was dismissed by South Carolina after four seasons of declining results. Although he recruited and developed two NBA players at WKU — guard Courtney Lee, who has spent 11 years in the league, and forward Jeremy Evans, who played seven years — Horn and his South Carolina staff were not successful in recruiting enough SEC-level talent to succeed.Horn then spent time working as a broadcast analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network and made his home in Lexington during that time. He pursued the NKU job when it came open in 2015. That did not work out for him, but he did get the chance to return to the bench as associate head coach at Texas under Shaka Smart. The Longhorns have reached two NCAA Tournaments in Smart’s four seasons and won the 2019 NIT.Per NKU’s release, Darrin Horn on being selected head coach: “It’s a thrill for me to be named the head coach at Northern Kentucky. It was a job I’ve had my eye on for a while now. There is great momentum and energy surrounding both the basketball program and University.”— Don Owen (@dontribunesport) April 24, 2019Horn compiled a 111-48 record in five seasons as Western’s head coach and twice finished first in the Sun Belt Conference. His 2008 team compiled a 16-2 record in league play and a 29-7 overall mark and won its first-round NCAA Tournament game on a play that became one of the event’s most celebrated buzzer-beaters — and ultimately formed the framework for an even more familiar shot. As the new head coach of the Northern Kentucky Norse, Darrin Horn is returning to his home, the place where he has done his finest work in the game of basketball.He was a star player at state runner-up Tates Creek High in 1991. He was a four-year regular at Western Kentucky and started as a sophomore for a team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1993. He was the Hilltoppers’ head coach from 2003-08, compiling four 20-win seasons and taking the program back to the Sweet 16 in 2008.last_img read more

DONEGAL LADS JOIN THE TARTAN ARMY AT CELTIC PARK!

first_imgThese Donegal fans living in Glasgow braved the wrath of the Tartan Army by burying themselves amongst the partisan Scottish support during tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier between the two teams.Sean O’Donnell, Noel Forker, Gavin Gavigan and Daniel Sweeney proudly wore their Ireland jerseys despite getting tickets for the Scotland end for the crunch qualifier at Celtic Park tonight.Sean O’Donnell sent us in the snap this evening with the following caption, “We’re getting plenty of flak from the ‘bigots’ behind us but we don’t care, COYBIG! The four lads are all originally from the Rosses but emigrated to Glasgow in search of employment.With just 3,000 tickets allocated to Irish fans, the lads knew they’d have to go through the SFA to get tickets, even though they inevitably came in for flak.O’Donnell said, “They gave us plenty of flak, but the ‘smelly socks’ messed up their own national anthem at the start, we had a good laugh at them about that.However, unfortunately for the lads they would cop more flak as Scotland went on to win the match following a stunning goal by Shaun Maloney with just fifteen minutes left to play. However, we salute their bravery, but unfortunately the Tartan Army had the final laugh on a miserable night for Ireland.DONEGAL LADS JOIN THE TARTAN ARMY AT CELTIC PARK! was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more