Both teams were strong on the mound on Thursday, but Connersville was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday. Riley Zink started the game for Bulldogs, only gave up three hits and struck out six.One bright spot for Batesville was a single by Quinn Werner in the first inning, which did not result in any runs.Huffman was the winning pitcher for Connersville. He lasted four innings, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out one. Ura hrew three innings in relief out of the bullpen. He recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Connersville.Zink took the loss for the Bulldogs. He lasted six innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out six.Brayden Linkel, Quinn Werner, Sam Voegele, and Brayden Linkel each managed one hit each to lead Batesville.The loss results in the Bulldogs being 3-1 on the year and 1-1 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville JV Baseball team got back in the win column Thursday evening when they beat Connersville for the second time this week scoring double didgits in runs. They won by a final score of 16 to 12.The Bulldogs had a multi hit game from Travis Lecher, Nolan Williams, Cole Werner, Lleyton Ratcliffe, Zach Wade, and Jacob Meer each getting two hits. Travis Lecher accounted for the team leader 3 RBI’s in the contest.Nolan Williams got the win in relief. He went a solid 5.1 innings striking out 6 Spartans.The JV Baseball team will be back on the diamond on Saturday with a doubleheader against Union County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.
“I am the first one that wants the team to play well but we have to win competitions. “This team is a young team with lots of years in front of them, but we are trying this season to make some history by winning something.” Mourinho said he felt for his opposite number Garry Monk, who was without three midfielders in Leon Britton, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng and who was forced to play Gylfi Sigurdsson in an unfamiliar deeper role. Swansea also appeared to carry a hangover following the £25million midweek sale of top scorer Wilfried Bony and Monk later apologised for a performance which never recovered from Sigurdsson losing possession inside the first minute for Oscar to open the scoring. “I said sorry to Jose that I couldn’t give him a game today,” Monk said. “It was a horrible performance and the first 45 minutes was our worst of the season. “It’s difficult to make those mistakes continuously and against a Chelsea side like that it magnifies it even more. “We didn’t give fans the performance we wanted and I can only apologise because it’s my team and I take full responsibility for that.” But Monk insisted that Swansea’s heaviest home defeat since a 6-1 thrashing to Wigan in April 1991 would not derail a league campaign which has seen them placed in the top 10 all season. “The good thing is we’re still in a good position and I don’t worry about the long-term because I know the characters in that dressing room,” Monk said. “It’s one performance we have to reflect on and learn from but every time we’ve had a disappointment we’ve reacted straight away and this defeat won’t define our season.” “To score a goal in the first minute makes an immediate difference. To be 4-0 up at half-time is not game over, especially in the Premier League, but it’s a good situation to control and we did that in the second half. “I was on the bench saying they were similar goals in terms of principles as the one we scored against Burnley in the first game of the season. “The team is playing with high quality and has a clear identity of playing. Sometimes teams are good and play well without the clear identity, but all this season we are going in a certain direction and have a certain kind of way to play football.” Chelsea’s win opened up a five-point lead on their nearest challengers Manchester City, who entertain Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but Mourinho felt the victory would not increase the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s chasers. “I don’t think they feel it (pressure),” Mourinho said. “They have to win but they know that. “We don’t feel pressure, we feel responsibility, and for them it’s not a problem. “A team like them with the experience they have – much more than us – it’s not a problem. “I keep saying the same to my players and they have to understand it, there is no history without titles so if we play fantastically well and we don’t win cups in 20 years time no one will remember this team. Jose Mourinho hailed the “perfect game” after his Chelsea side underlined their Barclays Premier League title credentials by sweeping aside Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice in the first half to put Chelsea in cruise control before substitute Andre Schurrle grabbed a fifth goal 11 minutes from time to ensure Swansea suffered their heaviest home defeat for 24 years. “It was a perfect game, everything went in our direction,” Chelsea manager Mourinho said. Press Association read more
Press Association Arsenal reclaimed top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a goalless draw at Stoke on an afternoon when both goalkeepers earned the plaudits. His heroics were then emulated by a man 11 years his senior as Petr Cech kept out Joselu and Bojan Krkic in quick succession before saving with his feet from the former late on to record the 172nd Premier League clean sheet of his career. The Gunners were without German midfielder Ozil, the man leading the Premier League in assists, due to a foot injury while Alexis Sanchez was not included either despite nearing a return from a hamstring problem. Ozil posted a picture on Twitter of him watching the game from a sofa and it was clear his team-mates were missing his guile in the opening 45 minutes in Staffordshire. And while Stoke are a far different proposition from the Tony Pulis sides which used to cause the Gunners such problems, there was also little evidence of the attacking verve that had dismantled both Manchester clubs and Chelsea here this term. The only early glimpse of their creativity came 20 minutes in when Marko Arnautovic’s flick around the corner was blasted wide by Ibrahim Afellay. Moments later Joel Campbell’s incisive pass at the other end set Giroud through one-on-one and Butland rushed out and made himself big to block the Frenchman’s left-footed try. Joe Hart’s England deputy was needed again before the interval to help Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shaped shot over the crossbar, with the Southampton academy graduate seeing a shot from the resulting corner diverted wide by an unsuspecting Laurent Koscielny. The two sides entered the break on level terms, after Stoke had been 3-0 ahead at the same point in last season’s fixture, and only another fine Butland save prevented Arsenal from taking the lead 66 seconds after the restart. The Gunners needed just a point to nudge back ahead of Manchester City and Leicester at a stadium where they have only won once in the Premier League era, and they were attempting to break their Britannia Stadium hoodoo without injured playmaker Mesut Ozil. Only the brilliance of Stoke keeper Jack Butland stopped them entering the half-time interval ahead as he spread himself to thwart Olivier Giroud in a one-on-one situation. From Aaron Ramsey’s corner Giroud lost Ryan Shawcross and guided his header down towards the near post only to see Butland get across and frustrate him once more. Referee Craig Pawson was keeping his cards in his pocket in an increasingly scrappy game, and he remained unmoved for half-hearted penalty shouts against Philipp Wollscheid on Giroud and Theo Walcott. Butland’s counterpart Cech then came to the fore with a brilliant double save as Arnautovic led a four-on-three break from Stoke’s midfield. The Austrian fed Joselu, who cut on to his right foot, took aim from the edge of the box and forced Cech into a terrific one-handed save, with the 33-year-old then springing back up to prevent Bojan from squeezing the rebound in at the near post. The Potters nearly mustered a late winner when Jonathan Walters’ header from a corner was cleared off the line by Ramsey before Cech stopped Joselu once more, this time with an outstretched leg. TWEET OF THE MATCH “#Goalkeepers showing their class tonight, @PetrCech @JackButland_One” – former Arsenal and England keeper David Seaman knows a thing or two about the art and enjoyed what he saw ( https://twitter.com/thedavidseaman/status/688774986484576256). PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 8 Glen Johnson: 6 Ryan Shawcross: 7 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Glenn Whelan: 7 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Jonathan Walters: 6 Bojan Krkic: 5 Marko Arnautovic: 5 Joselu: 8 Subs: Mame Diouf: 7 Charlie Adam: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 8 Hector Bellerin: 6 Laurent Koscielny: 7 Per Mertesacker: 7 Nacho Monreal: 6 Aaron Ramsey: 6 Mathieu Flamini: 6 Joel Campbell: 6 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 Theo Walcott: 5 Olivier Giroud: 6 Subs Alex Iwobi: 5 Calum Chambers: 5 STAR MAN Jack Butland. Arsenal counterpart Petr Cech ran him very close in the end, but it was the Stoke and England goalkeeper – not for the first time this season – who produced the real stand-out performance. Made three key saves, twice denying Olivier Giroud either side of keeping out an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Cech saves from Joselu. Having done a great job of containing Arsenal, Stoke almost stole a victory in the closing seconds of the game – but after Aaron Ramsey cleared off the line from Jonathan Walters, Cech stuck out a vital foot to block Joselu’s rebound effort. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This really has been a bogey ground for Arsenal over the years, so while possibly frustrated that his side could not make the most of their chances, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will surely be content enough with a point that takes them back to the top of the Premier League. Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be delighted to have seen his men once again cause problems for high-profile opponents. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke fans booing Ramsey. Abuse directed towards Wenger from the Britannia Stadium stands might be understandable to a degree given some of his comments, but the grief Ramsey gets at this ground is not. It relates to an incident in which the Arsenal midfielder suffered a horrific broken leg – and that incident was six years ago. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v STOKE, Premier League, Saturday January 23. ARSENAL v Chelsea, Premier League, Sunday January 24. The goalkeepers were the focus of the post-match discussion and Hughes told Sky Sports 1: “They had to make key saves, but that’s why you have top-class keepers. “Cech’s been a top-class keeper for many years and we’ve all seen the potential of Jack – I think he’ll be at the stature of Cech in the future.” Cech said: “We did well in the first half and had the chance to score but Jack made a good save. “The second half the momentum shifted a little, they had some chances but he made another good save from the (Giroud) header. “I was pleased with my contribution, in the second half I managed to keep it 0-0. “We could have won, we could have lost so we’ll take the point. We were coming here hearing we were going to lose again, but we showed we can compete and we’ll take the point and move on. We’re in the position we wanted to be.” Butland said of his first-half save from Arsenal’s frontman: “Giroud got in a good position and you’ve got to assess whether you can make the ground up and make the block. I thought I could impact his decision and thankfully I got a block on it. “The second one, at the start of the second half, you’re not wanting to lose that momentum.” On his opposite number, he added: “His record speaks for itself but what impressed me was that in the first half he had no saves to make, but in the second half when they came under pressure he was there when they needed him. “It’s not just the saves, it’s how you relieve the pressure on your defence.” read more
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, ( CMC) – A familiar batting meltdown thwarted West Indies A’s pursuit of a modest total and sent them crashing to a disappointing 65-run loss to India A, in the opening 50-over clash here Thursday.Chasing 191 for victory at Coolidge Cricket Ground, the hosts collapsed for 125 in the 36th over with left-hander Jonathan Carter hitting a defiant unbeaten 41 and Rovman Powell hammering a breezy 41.They were the only specialist batsmen to reach double figures and only two of three overall. Windies A were slumping at 30 for four in the 10th over before recovering to reach 95 without further loss.And they looked to be regaining their composure when a second collapse followed, with the last six wickets falling for 30 runs.West Indies A were hurt by the outstanding left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed who claimed three for 16 while left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-16), leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2-32) and 19-year-old off-spinner Washington Sundar (2-37) chipped in with two wickets each.Captain Roston Chase had earlier snatched four for 19 with his steady off-spin as India also found the going difficult and were dismissed for 190 with seven balls remaining in the innings.Shreyas Iyer, batting at number three, top-scored with 77 in a knock requiring 107 deliveries and including eight fours and a six.He put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Hanuma Vihari (34) to dig his side out of trouble at 22 for three in the eighth over.Fast bowler Akeem Jordan, who took three for 43, was behind West Indies A’s strong start, removing Ruturaj Gaikwad (3) and captain Manish Pandey (4) cheaply.Vihari had faced 63 balls and counted four fours in the rebuilding effort when he played back to one that turned and was bowled by Cornwall in the 31st over.Chase then ran through the lower order as India A lost their last six wickets for 56 runs.Any hopes West Indies A harboured of an uncomplicated victory were then ruined with a clatter of early wickets. With only three runs on the board, Sunil Ambris shuffled across to the third ball of the innings from seamer Deepak Chahar and was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw to one sliding down leg.Left-handed opener John Campbelle followed in the fourth over, missing a pull at Khaleel Ahmed and playing on for four while Shane Dowrich nicked one that left him to be caught at the wicket for nine off the bowler’s next over.When Chase was also squared up by Khaleel Ahmed and caught at the wicket for seven in the 10th over, Windies A were in dire straits.But Carter and Powell came to their rescue, posting 65 for the fifth wicket to put the contest back into the balance.While Carter exercised caution in a 98-ball knock that included a single boundary, Powell was more cavalier, striking three fours and two sixes in a 40-ball cameo.However, once Powell slashed at one tossed up by Rahul Chahar and was taken at first slip on the second attempt by Vihari, the Windies A resistance ceased.The second match of the series is scheduled for the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Sunday.INDIAR Gaikwad c Pierre b Jordan 3S Gill c Chase b Shepherd 10S Iyer run out 77*M Pandey b Jordan 4H Vihari b Cornwall 34+I Kishan c Chase b Jordan 16Axar Patel c Powell b Chase 17W Sundar not out 10D Chahar lbw b Chase 0R Chahar c Powell b Chase 8Khaleel Ahmed c Jordan b Chase 9Extras (lb1, w1) 2TOTAL (all out, 48.5 overs) 190Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-18, 3-22, 4-117, 5-134, 6-153, 7-167, 8-167, 9-177, 10-190.Bowling: Shepherd 7-1-13-1, Jordan 10-1-43-3, Powell 3-0-16-0, Reifer 6-1-30-0, Cornwall 10-0-41-1, Pierre 6-0-27-0, Chase 6.5-0-19-4.WEST INDIES AJ Campbell b Khaleel Ahmed 4S Ambris lbw b D Chahar 0+S Dowrich c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 9*R Chase c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 7J Carter not out 41R Powell c Vihari b R Chahar 41R Reifer b Sundar 1R Cornwall c Khaleel Ahmed b R Chahar 0R Shepherd c Pandey b Sundar 1K Pierre c wkp Kishan b A Patel 1A Jordan lbw b Axar Patel 0Extras (lb1, w4, nb4) 9TOTAL (all out 125, 35.5 overs) 125Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-13, 3-18, 4-30, 5-95, 6-96, 7-97, 8-102, 9-125, 10-125.Bowling: D Chahar 5-0-23-1, Khaleel Ahmed 8-1-6-3, R Chahar 7-0-32-2, Axar Patel 5.5-0-16-2, Sundar 10-1-37-2. read more
Trevon Hughes and the Wisconsin Badgers hope to knock off their third straight ACC squad tonight.[/media-credit]Wisconsin basketball senior guard Jason Bohannon assured reporters Monday after practice that while the Duke game Wednesday night will be a great competition, in the end, it is just another game on the schedule.Yeah, right.In hosting the Blue Devils as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge — an event the Big Ten conference has lost every year since its inception in 1999 — the Badgers get the chance to score a major nonconference win, along with gaining a little revenge from the last time these two teams met.Facing off at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the aforementioned challenge in 2007, the Badgers left Duke with an embarrassing 82-58 loss — by far their largest deficit in any defeat that season.Still, UW head coach Bo Ryan refused to acknowledge how the past could affect his team Wednesday night.“You know, I really haven’t looked at that one that much because this is a different team,” he said. “We got into a foul trouble. [Duke] shot lights out. … You look at, and you can’t; if you overreact to one game or underplay a game, it’s probably not very good for the overall psyche of your players.”At the very least, senior point guard Trevon Hughes conceded he was looking forward to the rematch with one of the ACC’s perennial top two teams.“I was surprised, I didn’t think we would get Duke again, playing them two years ago,” Hughes said. “I’m glad we did — I need to redeem myself. The guys that are here, we lost at their place and we feel like we owe them something.”Coming in as the No. 6 team in the nation, the Blue Devils have already scored strong wins over Arizona State and, most recently, then-No. 13 Connecticut in the NIT Season Tip-Off last weekend.Holding opponents to an average of 58.2 points per game, Duke boasts its usual sound defense.Usually known as an extreme ball pressure team, however, this version of the Blue Devils relies less on quickness and more on length into bothering their opponents for tough shots.“Well, they do a lot of different,” Ryan said. “They can extend if they want, or they can give a lot of help. So we prepare for everything. We prepare for zone. We’re not going to go into a game not running in our practices, which is all you can do — a little bit of everything.”Much like the Badgers, the Blue Devils boast a starting five all capable of going off on any given night, and utilize a balanced attack that has four players averaging double digits in points.A beneficiary of multiple options on the wings and down low, 6-foot-5-inch point guard Jon Scheyer has racked up an impressive 31 assists compared to only three turnovers through six games.After winning the battle against Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez last Wednesday, Hughes will most likely draw the task of limiting Scheyer’s effectiveness.“They have a point guard that is really a ‘two’ guard and he can really stroke it,” Hughes said. “Before Connecticut, I don’t believe he had any turnovers (Editor’s note: he had one), so you know he is going to take care of the ball.“That is tremendous; a shooting guard might win the national point guard of the year.”Having already beaten one ACC foe in Maryland, and holding on for a classic ugly-but-strong win over Arizona in the Maui Invitational last week, Wisconsin feels the trip to Hawaii helped prepare them for a challenge like Duke in a way no game tape and practice ever could.Playing three games in three nights, the Badgers were mentally and physically tested to help prepare them for the challenge of a top 10 team.“We learned a lot as a team,” Bohannon said. “We did a lot of back-cutting, a lot of good things away from the ball. We got the ball in the post and we stuck with our game plan during games. … Oftentimes when we stray from the game plan that is when we lost games, and we didn’t.” read more
Photo © – Tipp FM It was his first tournament since pulling out of the US Masters with injury – McIlroy says his resilience is incredible. Rory McIlroy says there’s no sign of Dustin Johnson’s gap at the top of the world golf rankings narrowing.He leads McIlroy by nearly five points, with the five players below them separated by just over half a point.Johnson narrowly missed out on a fifth straight win at the weekend.
The new Archbishop of Trinidad and Tobago born Bishop Charles Jason Gordon, of the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados, has been named as the 13th Archbishop of Port-of-Spain.News of the appointment was made on Thursday of this week by Pope Francis 1.Replaces Archbishop HarrisBishop Gordon, 58, has replaced Archbishop Joseph Harris, who submitted his letter of resignation to the Pope on that Bishop’s 75th birthday earlier this year.He is the third Trinidadian to lead that country’s local Catholic Church following Archbishop Harris and the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin.Gordon was consecrated Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown(St Vincent and the Grenadines) on September 21, 2011, a week after Archbishop Joseph Harris was ordained Co-adjutor Archbishop of Port of Spain. Responsibility for the Diocese of Kingstown was later reassigned in 2016 with the ordination of Bishop Gerard County.The new Archbishop of Port-of-Spain was ordained a diocesan priest in March 1991 at the age of 32.Earlier this year, Bishop Gordon was elected Vice President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the regional body of Catholic bishops for the English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean territories. read more
HunterBryant15.1884th TannerMeyer6.0917thYESPR JessicaWalker8.1761stPR WyleeStone12.5777thPR McKennaJones11.5011thYES WyattEldridge6.1724thPR Next 7th & 8th Grade meet will be the PIONEER LEAGUE at 3:30 p.m TylerBrown9.2810thYES RaeawnaNutt14.5140th AryannaBooth8.3967thPR DanielAtkinson12.0167th JohnLong12.1171st 8th Grade Boys 1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. Tyler Brown will be one of the featured runners at Tuesday’s Pioneer League Cross Country meet in Wellington.Sumner Newscow report â€” The Wellington Middle School will be hosting the Pioneer League Cross Country meet Tuesday afternoon at Hargis Creek Watershed. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. There will be four races with seventh and eighth grade boys and girls.Ark City, Clearwater, Mulvane, El Dorado, Winfield and Wellington will be at the event.Wellington results of the Tuesday meet at Wartick Farm in El Dorado are as follows: 8th Grade Girls 1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. 7th Grade Girls 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. AbbeyTredway6.4517thYESPR Here at the Hargis Creek Watershed on Tuesday, October 13th MEET:El DoradoÂ Date:10/6/15Where:Wartick Farm MichaelaAdkins7.3943rdPR 7th Grade BoysÂ 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. QuinnMcCue10.5448th TrinityMason7.5248thPR Follow us on Twitter. Wellington Middle School Cross Country 2015 AveryBarker12.1516thYES Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments read more
An unidentified woman died Saturday night after driving into the intracoastal waterway in Boynton Beach.According to Boynton Beach Police, the victim was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee east on the Casa Loma Boulevard, along the intracoastal waterway.Her vehicle continued going eastbound on Casa Loma until she made a sharp right turn approximately 40 feet west of the Two Georges building. From there, the vehicle jumped the curb and went into the intracoastal waterway.A bystander attempted to rescue the driver as the vehicle was sinking. However, once the vehicle was fully submerged and the door was opened, the car quickly sank to the bottom, and the driver did not escape.She was pulled from the submerged vehicle by Boynton Beach Police and Boynton Beach Fire Rescue crews. and transported to Bethesda Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Sunny Surjabally or Traffic Homicide Investigator Lawrence Rini at (561) 742-6853.This is a developing story. read more
“To watch that happen, to see eyes meet from across the room and these kids take the initiative to ask for a dance, it’s really thrilling. And for us it’s what this dance is all about,” Dickens added.Continuing the Disney theme, the attendees welcomed Arendelle royalty to the dance floor – special guests Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, characters from “Frozen” – who led the group in a sing-along of hits like “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”“My favorite parts of the night are being with friends and enjoying the company of Elsa and Anna,” said Lindsey Keune, 30, of Ocean Township. “This organization is so remarkable for putting this dance together for us. It’s so much fun.”The dancers eventually broke for dinner, as patrons lined up for a buffet of pasta, chicken, veggies, pizza and more, all of which was donated by Hazlet establishments Giuseppe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant and Nic’s Hometown Tavern. Hair and makeup services were donated by Kevin Kelly Salon in Union Beach and rental of the hall was provided free of charge by the Red Bank Elks Lodge.“Anything we can do to help people, we will,” said Mike Barry, Red Bank Elks Lodge special needs chairman. “If we can offer these kids and their parents a place to relax and have fun, and get away from the tribulations in their life, we’re happy to do it. There’s nothing more rewarding for us than helping people and seeing the smiles on their faces.”RAINE Foundation President Anthony Petruzzi praised the community that came together in support of this Spring Fling. “Our volunteer staff does an incredible job organizing this event, but it wouldn’t be able to happen without our community partners,” said Petruzzi, a teacher and head varsity football coach at Raritan High School. “They’re such giving people, who are always willing to back our initiatives. With their help, we hope this is an event that we can continue to do each year.”This article was first published in the May 3-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. RED BANK – Allie Resch, 30, is known by her family as someone who never has a bad day.So when she seemed a little down, her aunt, Patti Dickens, investigated.“She was complaining a little bit to me and this is a girl who does not complain,” Dickens said of her niece, a member of the special needs community. “She was telling me that she and her friends never have anything to do in the winter and she just wanted to see her friends more.”Dickens brought the dilemma to the RAINE Foundation, which she helped found and serves the people of the Bayshore. Together they decided to host a dance for Allie and her peers. Last year it was on St. Patrick’s Day. But this year they welcomed guests to a “Spring Fling” on Friday night. More than 130 children and young adults came to the Red Bank Elks Club to let loose and have a great time. Bowman has been honored by the New Jersey State Legislature with a special commendation for his work with the special needs community, as well as for being a man of “strong character and outstanding determination.”Bowman kept the energy up in the room with rocking selections from the Rolling Stones and The Kinks, but it was when he turned the lights down low for “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” that couples in the room got close; and those who hadn’t ventured out to Red Bank with a date mustered the courage to ask a partner to dance. “Tonight is so much fun,” Resch said that night, with the music playing in the background. “I love my Aunt Patti because she hosted this dance for me and my friends and we all had a great time.”The tunes were supplied by DJ Jay “The Danceman” Bowman of Middletown, who delighted the revelers by leading them in choreographed movements to party-time anthems like the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit, “Uptown Funk,” and the classic “Born to Hand Jive” from “Grease.” By Chris Rotolo | Photos by Bart Lentini| read more