It became apparent when we were scheduling Coaches Corner for the winter months that there are no women coaching high school varsity basketball in this area except for Coach Marlow at Rushville. I was wondering what the reason for this might be.I am sure one of the reasons is the time factor. Coaching basketball is now a 12-month a year job. A lot of ladies with young children do not have the time (or want to take the time) to fulfill this commitment, unless there is a stay-at-home dad. I do not think that Melissa Marlow of Rushville is married which gives her the additional time.I hope that another reason is not that school boards are reluctant to hire ladies to fill this job. In the past, coaches like Cinda Lee Brown (Rushville), Donna Hoeing and Connie Dickman (Batesville) were very successful as head coaches. It will be interesting to see if in the near future more ladies fill these jobs.
Freshman defensive tackle Ethan Hemer had six tackles against the Hawkeyes in his first start. The walk-on has given UW much-needed depth at the DT position.[/media-credit]A quick glance at Ethan Hemer’s stats in the box score from Wisconsin’s recent win over Iowa would reveal an above-average six tackles. This would satisfy most who knew he was filling in for the injured Jordan Kohout at defensive tackle.The more important note, which one wouldn’t see in the neat, concise statistic columns, is that this performance came from a redshirt freshman in his first career start as a Badger.For Hemer, however, his play was just a matter of handling his assignments for the team.“You watch enough film. You do enough reps in practice. I felt very confident going in. I felt our coaches had us really well prepared for me to be in that position,” Hemer said.That his starting debut came in a hostile environment against a ranked team seemed almost irrelevant to Hemer.“I kind of treated it like every other game. You go into it and for that first snap you’re thinking about [the fact that it’s your first start], but then after that it just becomes like any other game,” Hemer said.Although Hemer had not started a game before he got the call against Iowa, he did have the opportunity to acclimate last season, in which he was awarded defensive scout team player of the year while redshirting.But a good number of players, if placed in Hemer’s shoes after high school, would likely choose a different path.Hemer had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), South Dakota and Illinois State, among other schools. Instead of accepting a chance to attend a post-secondary institution for free, however, he opted to walk-on for the Badgers.“I figured it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…I came here just to give it a shot and see what happens,” Hemer said.Despite his confidence and poise, Hemer admitted he didn’t expect to be presented with an opportunity like this so early in his college football career.“Honestly, I feel very blessed to be where I’m at. A lot of it is coaching… My technique has improved so much. [I’m] Just getting used to everything and growing as a player,” Hemer said.Hemer has drawn praise from his coach and fellow defensive linemen for his performance and progression.“He did a nice job production-wise. He showed how much his fundamentals have improved, and I’m happy with his first start,” defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said.“We weren’t surprised by the way he played…He’s a talented player and he’s fundamentally sound,” added redshirt junior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym.Defensive tackle Jordan Kohout, who was forced to watch Hemer start in his place from the sidelines, also lauded Hemer for his capabilities.“He’s very slippery in his pass rush… He brings a lot of strength to the defensive line to help us win,” Kohout said.Kohout acknowledged Hemer’s performance but explained it was reflective of the Wisconsin defensive line in general. A wealth of talent is readily available; many players, although they don’t currently start, are fully capable of contributing when needed.Kohout himself is a redshirt freshman who has started in every game besides the Iowa contest. True freshman Beau Allen is another young player who has seen considerable game action.“The thing about our defensive line is we have a lot of guys that are able to play and can start and do a good job if they’re asked to do so. [Ethan] works hard and does a good job just like any other starter we have,” Kohout said.And while Hemer made his first major contribution to the D-line starting and playing well against Iowa, Partridge believes Hemer is just scratching the surface of his potential.“He’ll continue to compete for a starting role through his career here; I think he has a bright future,” Partridge said. “He’s got a lot of football ahead of him but I’m really proud of how far he’s come in the year he’s been here.”
GAA: St Michael’s are hoping the experience and knowledge of Declan Bonner can give them the edge as they look to claim their first ever Donegal SFC title.Bonner was last week ratified as the new Donegal U21 manager having led the Donegal minors to the All-Ireland final last season.Bonner also guided Gaoth Dobhair to their last Donegal SFC success in 2006 and has had a decorated career as both a player and manager. He will assist the St Michael’s coaching staff for the remainder of the season as they look to finally get their hands on the elusive Donegal SFC title.Eddie Harkin’s side were narrowly defeated in the 2011 decider in a match in which they were the better side for large periods.A stunning goal from Michael Murphy swung the gave in favour of Gary McDaid’s side and they took the title.While last season a late, late score from Conor Gibbons squeezed St Eunan’s into the final by the minimum in what was the described by many as the best game of the entire Donegal SFC last season. St Michael’s are desperate to land that Donegal SFC title and many feel they should have won a couple of titles at this stage given the quality in their ranks.Colm McFadden, Christy Toye, Martin McElhinney have all been massive players for Donegal in recent seasons.While Daniel McLaughlin, Peter Witherow and Mark Anthony McGinley have also featured for Donegal.Add in the experience and quality of Brian McLaughlin, Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher and Andrew Kelly and it’s easy to see why many feel this is the year St Michael’s can finally get over the line.St Michael’s blitzed their way past Cloughaneely and Four Masters and were convincing winners in both games. They struggled against a stubborn Glenfin side but having already secured qualification probably lacked the same intensity and hunger as the previous two games.They face Malin at O’Donnell Park on Sunday afternoon and it is a potential banana skin for Harkin’s charges.Malin produced a stunning win to defeat Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon and that result sent them into the last eight of the Donegal SFC.After a difficult start to the season Liam Bradley’s side have improved drastically and have earned some excellent wins in the league which have given themselves a fighting chance of avoiding relegation. But it was their win and performance against Gaoth Dobhair that really stood and Malin won’t fear anyone and will relish the underdog tag again this Sunday.They famously dumped St Eunan’s out of the Donegal SFC in 2013 at the quarter-final stage, a sensational performance seen them win by an incredible EIGHT points.Malin will be confident they can produce another shock win on Sunday, but St Michael’s are ravenously hungry for that elusive Donegal SFC title and should have too much quality for Liam Bradley’s side on Sunday.Verdict – ST MICHAEL’SST MICHAEL’S HOPING BONNER INFLUENCE CAN LEAD THEM TO FIRST EVER DONEGAL SFC TITLE was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:Donegal SFCGAAnewsSport