first_img Community News Community News File Photo–Ani Hemelians (7) returns to the Lancers as a forward expected to help the offense in 2015.One thing was clear about the Pasadena City College women’s soccer team last season–offense did not come easy. The Lancers struggled to score goals, especially during the South Coast Conference schedule. As the 2015 season approaches, PCC head coach Reggie Rivas thinks the team should be better in that area while continuing to be a solid defensive unit.“We had injuries to our best offensive players, and really no depth at the forward spots,” Rivas said. “Right now, we have four forwards and several midfielders that we expect will bolster our ability to score. We don’t have the dynamic scorer type, but we expect to see different ladies contribute.”The Lancers return their top two scorer from 2014 in midfielder Rachel Schroeder, who netted five goals and had three assists despite an injury that limited her to 14 contests. Ani Hemelians, a speedy forward, also returns after scoring five goals, including a hat trick in a win over El Camino College-Compton Center.Alexandra Bissell, a forward is back after injuries kept her out of the lineup last year, and sophomore Elena Heuze returns as well. Rivas is excited about the additions of freshmen playmaking midfielder Sandra Ambrosio and incoming forward Alexis Acosta, an All-Rio Hondo League honorable mention as a senior. Ambrosio was an All-CIF Division 7 performer who is both a strong passer with goal-scoring ability.Veteran sophomore midfielder Leila Farazdaghi returns after last playing as a starter on the 2011 PCC team. She is one of the team’s top passers according to Rivas.PCC’s defense should again be the team’s strength with returning sophomore Michelle Morales and redshirt freshman transfer Kelly Youssef, a Pasadena Star-News All-Area honorable mention out of Monrovia High, highlighting the defender corps. All-Pacific League Second Team selection Talar Boshgezenyan (Pasadena High) and Juliana Gurule (Maranatha) are freshmen who should take starting spots to open the year.“Michelle and Kelly are two of our better players period, not just in the backfield,” Rivas said.Another key newcomer is redshirt freshman transfer midfielder Nathalie Feil, who comes to PCC via Cal Poly Pomona. Feil was an All-CIF LA City Division First Team selection who helped Verdugo Hills High win a City Section D-2 title as a senior. Known for her strong defense, she played on four East Valley League champion teams.PCC will try to replace one of the school’s greatest goalies Angelique Ulmer, who graduated after setting the school record for shutouts in a career (13) and is now playing at NCAA DIvision II Eckerd College (Florida). Monica Rogers, a freshman from Temple City HIgh, will start in goal for the Lancers in ’15. Her backup is newcomer Natalie Martin (Rosemead High).Rounding out the Lancers’ roster are sophomore midfielder Melissa Garcia, sophomore defender Margarita Munoz, considered the Lancers’ most improved player, and freshmen in defender/midfielder Jasmin Rodriguez (Pasadena High), midfielders Aubrey Subadya and Jessica Valdovinos (both from Arcadia), and Brazil product Natalia Gomes.Rivas’ coaching staff returns Heidi Strauss as the new associate head coach. The team’s new goalie coach is alumnae Andrea Otero, PCC’s all-time wins leader (23) from 1998-99.“We know we need to play 90 minutes all out every match because our power points system doesn’t give us much margin for error,” Rivas said. “Bottom line is we have to put the ball in the net enough to allow our defense to make a difference.”The team will try to break a 6-match scoreless streak dating back to last October when it opens the ’15 season on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Santa Ana College. 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first_imgLast Updated: 24th October, 2019 22:51 IST Yogeshwar Dutt: 5 Other Indian Athletes Who Entered Politics Yogeshwar Dutt has now joined the growing list of athletes who have chosen the field of politics as their new career option after hanging up their boots. Today we look at other athletes who also tried their hand in politics.Also Read: Kiren Rijiju Tries His Hand At Fishing Adventurous Sport, Takes A DipBabita Phogat FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Written By 11 months ago BJP’s Yogeshwar Dutt on poll debut: ‘Different innings, same honesty’ First Published: 24th October, 2019 22:51 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 10 months ago Haryana elections: Yogeshwar Dutt hopeful, says BJP will get a big win Sports personalities over the years have made a transition from being sportspersons to becoming politicians. The likes of Kirti Azad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Mohammad Azharuddin, Dilip Tirkey, Navjot Singh Sidhu etc. have taken the plunge into politics. The field of politics is emerging to be a new career option for retired athletes and the list of sportspersons who have joined politics after making a successful career in sports is growing. The latest ones to join the bandwagon are Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and hockey star Sandeep Singh. Babita is fighting the Haryana elections from the Dadri Assembly constituency after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on August 12. She is making her debut in the political akhara and has said to a leading media daily that the decision to enter politics was her own as she grew up in a family connected with the field, making her interested in taking it up.Also Read: Indian Army Soldier Bags Gold At Abu Dhabi Open Regatta 2019Vijender SinghKnown for his swag and hard punches inside the boxing ring, the Olympic medalist made his debut bout in the political ring during the Lok Sabha Elections. The Bhiwani boxer joined the Indian National Congress to fight from South Delhi constituency. Vijender had quit competitive boxing and joined the professional circuit.Also Read: Irving Scores 50 But Misses Last Shot, Wolves Top Nets In OTRajyavardhan Singh RathoreRathore made his debut in politics in the year 2013 after joining the Bhartiya Janata Party. So far, he has had a successful career,, having served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India till May 2019. In the sports field, the retired Colonel has won 25 international medals at various championships for Double Trap Shooting, including a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the Men’s Double Trap event.Also Read: 76ers Top Celtics 107-93 In 1st Battle Of East FavoritesNafisa AliNafisa Ali contested the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections unsuccessfully from South Kolkata. On 5 April 2009, she contested the Lok Sabha Elections from Lucknow on a Samajwadi Party ticket. Outside politics, Ali was West Bengal’s swimming sensation in the early seventies and a national swimming champion in 1974. She was also a jockey for a while at the Calcutta Gymkhana in 1979.Also Read: UFC: Conor McGregor Has Been Named As The Richest Fighter Of UFCBhaichung BhutiaThe former captain of the Indian football team first tried his hand in politics in 2014, contesting the LS elections from the Darjeeling constituency on a Trinamool Congress ticket, only to lose the contest. The 43-year-old ventured into politics for the second time contesting the assembly elections in 2016, again on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the Siliguri assembly seat but failed to score.In April 2018, the former striker announced that he was launching a political party, the Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) and said his party would fight the “corrupt regime of Pawan Chamling”, then the longest-serving Chief Minister in the country. 11 months ago Yogeshwar Dutt joins BJP, in talks to contest Haryana Assembly polls 10 months ago Haryana: Yogeshwar Dutt casts his vote, says he’s ready to serve India Suraj Alva 10 months ago Haryana polls: Former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh casts vote LIVE TVlast_img read more

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first_imgIf you thought aircraft flying to and from Australia are getting more crowded, you were right.New government statistics released on Monday show airlines filled more seats on planes flying to and from Australia in 2015-16 as passenger traffic grew by a healthy 7 per cent compared to the previous year.The statistics show the increase in demand, fuelled by lows air fares that are cutting airline yields, was greater than the 6.1 per cent increase in seats, pushing overall seat utilisation from 79 per cent in 2014-15 to 79.7 per cent last financial year.The increase came as seven airlines started or restarted international services to or from Australia to bring the total number of carriers servicing the country to 59, including five dedicated freight operators.International passenger traffic increased by almost  2.4 million in 2015-16 to 36.2 million after growing over the decade from a 2005-6 base of 21.1 million.At the same time, the mix of the most popular airlines changed markedly over the decade, according to the Bureau of transport and Regional Economics.In the latest year, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.9 per cent followed by Jetstar with 9.5 per cent, Emirates with 9.1 per cent, Singapore Airlines with 8.4 per cent and Air New Zealand with 7.1 per cent. Compared to 2005-06, Qantas Airways’ share has decreased by 11.6 percentage points, Jetstar’s had increased by 8.6 points and  Emirates’  was up by 2.6 percentage points.Falls were seen by Singapore Airlines (down 2.6 percentage points) and  Air New Zealand (1.8 points) while new entrants in the top 10 since 2005-06 included AirAsia X (3.4 per cent) Etihad (3.1 per cent) and China Southern (2.8 per cent).The market share of Australian designated airlines was 29.4 per cent, down from about a third a five years ago, while the share of low-cost carriers rose  from 16.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 17.5 per cent in 2015-16.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said the figures indicated Australia’s reputation as a safe and attractive international destination would continue to grow.Chester said the Australian Government was  committed to supporting the growing demand , pointing to a $A181 million concessional loan to help fund a  new runway in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as well as decisions to grant regional gateway status to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Melbourne’s Avalon Airport and Canberra Airport. “The Government also recently introduced a more flexible policy for air services negotiations with our bilateral partners,’’ he said in a statement. “This in turn is delivering clear benefits to local export businesses, our tourism industry, and the broader economy.’’ Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo  said the government was prioritising the negotiation of bilateral air services agreements to ensure we have the aviation capacity necessary to meet the Tourism 2020 goal of $A140 billion in overnight visitor expenditure by the year 2020.This included tripling the gateway capacity between Australia and China, which saw spending by Chinese tourists surge 27 per cent in the last 12 months to reach $A8.9 billion.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2020 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center.The day’s events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the OCA PAC silent auction, and the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test for youth at 9:00 a.m. This contest, along with the Youth Quiz Bowl, is part of the new Stockmanship Division of the BEST program, which is open only to OCA BEST participants ages 8 to 21 (as of Jan. 1, 2020). The registration deadline for Youth Quiz Bowl is Dec. 27, 2019 at The Annual Meeting will serve as one of the locations available to take the Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test, and the scores from the test will count toward the overall Stockmanship Awards that will be awarded at the OCA BEST Banquet on May 2, 2020. A Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session will follow at 10:00 a.m.The Opening Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and features speaker Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. Mark will share his outlook for the future of the beef industry and relate his vision to Gardiner’s daily ranch operations and future goals. At the same time, the Youth Luncheon will be open to Cattlemen’s Challenge & Youth Quiz Bowl participants. Following the luncheon, the Youth Quiz Bowl will begin at 1:00 p.m., also part of the new Stockmanship Division. OCA’s Annual Meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and features guest speaker Ethan Lane, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Youth Quiz Bowl awards will be presented during the OCA Annual Meeting.During the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) Annual Meeting at 3:30 p.m., the 2019 scholarships will be presented and the OCF business meeting will be conducted. OCA’s awards banquet will start at 6:00 p.m., highlighting six industry leaders and families and the outstanding county association. The event concludes with the Cattlemen’s Social following the banquet, featuring a PAC live auction with a great lineup of items.Hotel rooms in the block are available until Dec. 20, 2019 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (north of Columbus off of US Route 23). Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $129 (includes breakfast for 2 people per room). Call: 614-880-4300 to reserve a room.The registration deadline for the Annual Meeting and Banquet is January 3, 2020. Visit to register online. OCA’s Annual Meeting is free to attend however the breakout sessions and evening’s events are ticketed with a price of $100 for one OCA member full-day registration, $45 for the luncheon and registration only and $60 for banquet and registration. A child’s banquet meal can also be purchased for $15. For non-member registration information, visit the OCA website or contact the OCA office. For sponsorship opportunities, call: 614-873-6736.last_img read more

first_imgIn the early stages of starting a business, most owners are focused on growth — growing a customer base, increasing revenue, and bringing on more employees to perform various functions. Growth is certainly important, and it can get a business off the ground. But there comes a time when a business will outgrow its processes and things will start to slip through the cracks.Growth can take a business from one customer to 100, but to get from 100 to 100,000, you’ll need to scale. Growth depends on individual decisions made in the moment, but scaling is built on predictable, repeatable processes designed with efficiency in mind. If you have strong processes, you can hire a new employee, provide instructions on how to perform a task, and get consistent results within days instead of months.Processes built with the intention to scale have efficiency at their core, and they eliminate bottlenecks whenever possible. Consider how easy it is to manually enter shipping information for your first 12 customers. That process will quickly spiral out of control when you have hundreds of orders coming in. The time and energy wasted on performing this manual process will prevent you from working on other parts of your business; before you know it, a seemingly innocuous procedure has dire consequences.Even the biggest corporations in existence today began as startups, and they didn’t grow to their current size by working proportionally harder. Instead, their founders created smart processes with scaling in mind. For today’s business owners, that frequently means turning to tech.1. Build a strong foundation for hiring new help.In a business’s early stages, hiring is an exciting prospect. You’ve grown to the point where you can afford to bring on full-time employees, and you can’t wait to pick from all the talented individuals who can help your business reach the next level. Then, you realize that hiring means wading through a sea of underqualified applicants to find the right person, only to realize that you can’t afford him or her.As you grow further and the pace of hiring increases, the situation only gets worse. You start hiring less qualified employees, and without the time to train them thoroughly, their output doesn’t reach important benchmarks.To prevent these issues, rely on tools like eSkill, which allows you to create customizable tests that can assess job requirements in a slew of fields such as IT, HR, and sales. Or use Applied, a blind recruitment platform that times candidate assessments and anonymizes applications to help you avoid bias. It also allows you to batch applications to better compare potential hires.These tools and others will improve your ability to assess candidates before they ever interview. By only spending time talking to the most promising candidates, you can make the hiring process more efficient, no matter how big your company gets.2. Capitalize on clean data with strong organizational processes.AI techniques can allow organizations around the globe to tap into $3.5 trillion to $5.8 trillion of additional value, according to research from McKinsey. Data informs decision-making in almost every industry, but the effectiveness of solutions like AI or analytics are entirely dependent on the availability and quality of data.“We tell organizations time and time again, your analytics are only as good as your data,” says Vince Dawkins, president and CEO of Enertia Software. “Applying data implementation processes that help maintain data integrity and ensure optimal reporting capabilities may appear minimal upon inception, but once a business has grown, minimal can quickly change to thousands upon thousands of lines of data.”Clean data changes everything. Move integral datasets to the forefront so they’re highly visible. Hint: You can train your software to use metadata to sort all of your data, ensuring the most frequently used and most important datasets remain top of mind. Also, store the most important data in the cloud so it’s easily accessible from anywhere. Automate data management by using smart software to observe data usage patterns over time.3. Implement production processes that can keep up.Consider Apple’s iPhone 8. In 2017, the company experienced production glitches that threatened to delay shipping of its latest version, and the company’s stock price fell as a result. This setback doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect on the largest company in the world, but similar shipping delays could be far more detrimental to a small- or medium-sized company that doesn’t have Apple’s brand power or reputation to back it up. Before attempting to scale, you must have production processes in place that can easily handle significant increases in demand. That means getting rid of manual processes across the board and replacing them with automated systems that reduce the amount of human work required.Tesla took this approach with its Model 3, which had experienced production delays of its own. The company had automated 95 percent of production as of June 2018. The company had even automated quality control during production, using 47 robots to scan vehicle bodies along the production line. By allowing the same number of employees to accomplish more work, automated production processes increase profitability.Scaling isn’t easy, but once you implement scalable processes, you can focus on increasing demand for your product or service without wondering whether your startup can handle it. Focus on simplicity, and keep customer needs at the core. If you can check both of those boxes for each scalable process, you’re on the right track. Tags:#automation#business scaling#company growth#company scaling#data processing#Entrepreneur#operations#processes#Production#scaling#startup How to Get Started in China and Have Success Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

first_imgPakistan cricket authorities had refused to accept ICC report and voiced concern over the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) proposal for overhauling the sport in the troubled country on Wednesday.Indo-Pak semi final match during World CupThe Pakistan Task Team (PTT), set up by the ICC, presented a report at an ICC meeting last month with 63 recommendations including changes to the style of governance and reviving matches with India.Ijaz Butt, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said his organisation had identified discrepancies in the report. “A few discrepancies can be identified in the report, which PCB has rectified and sent to the ICC in a hope it’s taken in a positive spirit,” said a PCB release quoting Butt.The PCB statement said it considers the report to be a scholarly exercise that has not made substantial steps to restart international cricket in Pakistan and urged the ICC and PTT to work on the resumption of games with India.Whereas the Indian government issued favourable statements regarding the resumption of cricket, the Indian board is still waiting formal signal from its government. “We feel PTT and ICC can play a lead role in ensuring that all bilateral commitments are honoured by India,” the release said.With inputs from Agencies.last_img read more

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

OSU sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) tries to defend the ball from California freshman forward Janaye Sakkas (20) during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito /Copy ChiefThe women of the Ohio State field hockey team are set to compete in their final regular-season game this weekend before the Big Ten tournament begins.It’s no surprise that the pressure will be on as OSU (9-8, 4-3) goes head to head against its rival, No. 11 Michigan (14-3, 6-1), on Saturday.The Big Ten tournament consists of eight out of nine conference teams competing over the course of three days. OSU is currently tied for fourth place with Indiana.A victory against the Wolverines would keep OSU secure with a winning season overall, and sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey said she sees the game as a last chance to bring 100 percent of the team’s hard work to the field.“Goals for Michigan are to be at full strength for the first game in a long time,” Humphrey said. “We’ve had at least one starter out (due to injury) for the last eight games, so I’m excited for all of the us to be back on the field playing together and playing hard against them.”OSU’s last victory against Michigan was in 2011 when the Buckeyes came out on top 2-1. This year, the Wolverines are led by Shannon Scavelli with nine goals, three assists and 21 points followed by Lauren Thomas with eight goals, four assists and 20 points. The team is coming off a 5-0 shutout win against Michigan State.With the competition and rivalry fresh in her mind, senior forward Peanut Johnson said she plans to put it all on the line Saturday to ensure one last victory in her final collegiate regular-season contest.“For me personally, I will do whatever it takes to get the team win,” Johnson said. “Being my last regular-season game ever, I want to leave it all out there.”OSU enters the game with three of the top quality players in the Big Ten in Johnson, Humphrey and sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro. Looking past individual successes, however, Johnson said she believes every single player on the team is a vital component in the grand scheme of things.“Oftentimes a goal is scored as the result of our incredible defense making a save, getting possession and clearing it out of our circle, distributing it up to our (midfielders), who fight for position and feed it to the forwards,” Johnson said. “It’s also the girls that may not get to play often, but practice with us every day and push us and support us through thick and thin. We win and lose as a team, and I think that is the most important thing.”Humphrey, who stands at fourth place in Big Ten standings in total points (29), agreed, adding that the team’s support has improved her personal season.“(Looking forward) I want to continue to stay healthy, work with my team hard in practice and encourage each other to play at our best abilities for every game and practice in the near future. Our team is very united this year and it has shaped me into a better player.”OSU and Michigan are set to finish out the regular season at 1 p.m. on Saturday.Johnson selected for NFHCA Senior All-Star GameJohnson, OSU’s top scorer, is one of 38 seniors from Division 1 teams nationwide to be selected to compete in Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game. With 72 career games and 93 total points under her belt, Johnson’s biggest game was on senior day last Sunday against California when she racked up a career-high seven points through a hat trick and an assist.Johnson said that playing in the game with fellow seniors from around the country is the perfect way to wrap up her field hockey career.“I am so thrilled and honored to be selected to play this year,” Johnson said. “Having this opportunity to play one last time with these incredible athletes is truly an honor.”OSU vs. Michigan: Five-year history11/2/14: Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)10/20/13: Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (OT) (Columbus, Ohio)11/1/12: Michigan 1, Ohio State 0 (Iowa City, Iowa)10/14/12: Michigan 3, Ohio State 1 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)9/23/11: Ohio State 2, Michigan 1 (Columbus, Ohio)After the WolverinesAfter Saturday’s tilt against Michigan, OSU will have a few days off before the Big Ten tournament begins on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. The Buckeyes’ opponent has yet to be determined. read more