Young Farmers

first_imgSeminole County, Georgia, 4-H member Kellee Alday won first place in this year’s Georgia 4-H Watermelon Growing Contest. The 128-pound ‘Carolina Cross’ watermelon she grew landed Alday the win, which was far from her first, but it will be her last.Alday’s at college and will be ineligible to enter next year’s competition, but she left the world of high school 4-H as a watermelon-growing champion. She won first place and a $100 prize with a 108-pound watermelon in 2010. She won second place twice, with a 120-pound watermelon in 2011 and again with a 126-pound watermelon in 2009. She won third place four times, with a 115-pound watermelon in 2016, with a 109-pound watermelon in 2015, with a 103-pound watermelon in 2014 and with a 91-pound watermelon in 2013. In 2012, she won 12th place with a 59-pound watermelon.In this year’s contest, second place and $50 went to Long County, Georgia, 4-H member Andrew Groover for his 121.1-pound melon. Wayne County, Georgia, 4-H member Jack Ogden won the third-place honor and $25 prize for his 86-pound melon.Sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the contest is designed to pique students’ interest in agriculture. “We had 24 entries this year, and we are extremely grateful for the time and effort of all of our participating 4-H’ers,” Michael Rabalais, a Georgia 4-H program specialist and the contest’s coordinator.Growing gigantic, award-winning watermelons takes skill, patience and time, and young gardeners should plan ahead and persevere. “Don’t get discouraged your first time. Keep on going and try your best,” Alday said.Any watermelon variety may be grown, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend the ‘Carolina Cross’ variety.Kellee Alday and her brother, Sammy Alday, grew and entered watermelons into the contest after their father, Ricky Alday’s, encouragement.“I hadn’t grown watermelons since the late ‘80s, but I grew up doing it with my daddy and my granddaddy,” Ricky Alday said. “They grew them all the way back to the ‘50s.”The Alday siblings began by growing “a few hills” of watermelons. Their mother, Gina Alday, served as record-keeper.“It became something we did as a family. Sammy competed for nine years, and he won first in the watermelon contest one time and first in the pumpkin-growing contest twice. He placed in the top five in eight out of the nine years he entered,” Ricky Alday said. “He graduated and went off to college and Kellee kept competing.”Just like large-scale farmers, the young farmers fretted over the weather and associated effects on their crops.“There have been a lot of times we sat out in the garden and prayed over the melons because south Georgia weather is really unpredictable,” she said. “When we had a flood, we panicked. It’s been a crazy road, but it was totally worth it.”Her secret to growing award-winning watermelons is to save the seeds for the next season.  “Sometimes we grew the ‘Carolina Cross’ variety for the contest mixed in with the ‘Crimson Sweets’ for cutting and eating,” she said. “We cut the real big ones and save the seeds out of them. The ones with mold on them, we throw to the livestock.”The cows don’t complain, but humans typically would not enjoy the taste of the award-winning melons.“The big ones are coarse inside, so the meat isn’t good to eat, like a regular eating melon,” said Ricky Alday, who admits he is sad to see the family activity come to an end.“I once grew a 183-pound ‘Carolina Cross,’ but that was years ago. I think I’ve enjoyed (entering the contest) more than the kids,” he said. “My folks always showed me how to grow something to eat. Maybe this will help them decide to have a garden one day and grow their own food.”Georgia 4-H members are now submitting their entries for the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest which is also sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. To enter either contest, a 4-H’er must grow the watermelon or pumpkin, submit a photo of themselves with their melon and have it weighed by their local UGA Extension agent. The pumpkin contest deadline this year is Monday, Oct. 2. Kellee Alday’s 317-pound pumpkin has already been entered.Information about the contests, including photos of the past winners, can be found online at read more

Skeeter Beater

first_img In the time-honored tradition of long-haul truckers and cheapskates road tripping across the United States, the backseat of my car has long served as an ad hoc bed for covert slumber away from home and on an adventure. Pull over, crack the windows, grab a fleece jacket for your pillow, and goodnight.Employed carefully — and legally — sleeping in a car makes a lot of sense for a quick night’s rest at a mountain trailhead before a climb or in a campground when you pull in too late to erect a tent. Drive a truck or a van and you can unfurl pads and blankets in back to convert your Ford into a makeshift motorhome.Timco Industries LLC of St. Louis Mo., makes a product to “turn your vehicle into a tent in seconds.” Essentially square sheets of netting with magnets stitched on the edges, the Skeeter Beater window screens attach on a car’s exterior to create instant screened window openings.Made of polyester no see-um mesh, the Skeeter Beaters can keep out mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs.In my test, the magnets snapped tight to the car’s metal and held the screen in place with no gaps. Strong wind might move the Skeeter Beaters, though in a windy setting gnats and mosquitoes — not to mention in-car ventilation — won’t be an issue.In the past, lack of ventilation often hampered my nights sleeping in a car on reclined bucket seats. But with the Skeeter Beaters air flows freely through the mesh-covered open windows, granting easy warm-weather slumber.Since they attach around the windows on the edge of a door, you can go in and out of a vehicle without removing the screens.The company ( sells the Skeeter Beater for about $30 a pair. They come in several colors and eight sizes to fit dozens of vehicles, from a Chevy Suburban to a Ford Focus.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at read more

Mountain Mama: Marathon Training is Getting Real

first_imgWith Month Two of Marathon Training Behind Her, Mountain Mama is learning a lot about running, but even more about life.Some people would prefer electric shock therapy than be alone with their own thoughts. At least that’s what the findings of a study published in Science found.I can relate. Faced with the prospect of going solo on my first double digit long run, I searched for someone to run with, paying a babysitter to squeeze a run in Thursday evening, finishing with a headlamp. Ten miles alone seemed so long, all alone in the woods, left alone with my thoughts. But it turned out that no matter how much I tried to avoid thinking, running that long presented quiet pockets that I couldn’t avoid.My first ten-miler started off pleasantly enough. We walked to warm-up before trotting onto a trail with dips and swerves. I’d had a long week at work, and enjoyed the distraction of hearing about my friend’s new running shoes and life updates.I was still in an optimistic frame of mind when the single-track stopped in front of an old road. My friend turned to me and causally asked, “Have you ever been on North Boundary before?”“Nope.” I was already economizing on words, mentally struggling with the run. I was tired and couldn’t imagine how I’d actually finish ten miles.He must have picked up on my need to be distracted because, usually a man of few words, he carried on a one-sided conversation for the next ten minutes uphill.“It’s not so bad, is it? A long uphill, but the slope is gentle,” he said in a cheery voice that only served to make me feel worse. Because it was bad for me, I was struggling with that unending hill. The top of every switchback hid the next ascent, the canopy overhead giving me false hope that we were about to crest the mountain.I could only manage an “uh huh.” Then I was back in the prison of my mind, which turned to all my friends who had recently told me of their travel plans. One was in Hawaii as I huffed and puffed up the mountain. Others had told me about winter trips to whitewater kayak in Ecuador and complete yoga teacher certification programs in Bali. With my bank account balance hovering dangerously around zero, any extra money was going to replace my fifteen-year-old hot water heater. Heck, I wasn’t even going to Gauley Fest (like every other friend in the Southeast who kept posting on Facebook about packing) or the Feather Fest (like all my California friends who were excited to escape the smoke from fires for a weekend). Everyone was living a Big Life, going to exotic places and having amazing experiences. Except for me. My life felt small and mundane and full of ascents.My friend pulled me out of this pit of misery pointing to the view on our right, where the canopy gave way to blue-tinted mountains lining the horizon, like waves stretching into infinity. The late evening sun backlit the mountains, making them look dreamy and soft, enshrined with a magical blue halo.“Wow!” I said, really meaning it. I kept my eyes glued to the right, anticipating every gap in the trees to watch the setting sun. The trail climbed upward and we trotted along. My stomach rumbled from my decision to drink a late afternoon latte and two snack sized Snickers. My feet still felt weighted and my body sluggish. But my mind felt different.We ran in silence, taking in the beauty that existed a few minutes from our backdoors. I inhaled into the hill, pulling one foot after another up, up, up. I breathed in the beauty of the mountains and felt my resistance to the long run soften.Finally the top of the mountain came into view. My feet felt lighter, my pace quickened at the prospect of summiting. We stood there for a minute, gulping in air along with the view. I swelled with the abundance of being able to run with a friend surrounded by the mountains and the woods. I beamed down at my legs who had taken me there to that moment.But the sun was setting and we weren’t halfway home so we turned down a steep single-track and leaned down the mountain. My feet danced with the terrain, waltzing with roots, rocks, and ruts. I flirted with gravity, pushing my torso forward and daring my feet to keep pace when it occurred to me that I was going somewhere.I was running down the mountain, chasing the last of the waning sun. And I realized that focusing on what was right in front of me was pretty exciting. I didn’t have to go halfway around the world for an adventure or to live the kind of big life I dreamed of. I’d been putting so much energy into everyone else’s lives and the extraordinary things they were doing that I was missing out on my own.I let go of my pathetic bank account balance at mile 5, the office bullshit at mile 6, my parenting woes at mile 7, and my epic love failures at mile 8. After that, it was all I could do to see the last two miles of trail.A few stars guided us as we cooled down, my mind quieter and less frazzled. Endorphins flooded me. We high-fived, congratulating each other on a great run. I chugged water that tasted like heaven in my mouth.The big lesson I’ve learned from month two of marathon training has nothing to do with warming up, negative splits, hydration, or the right gear. I’m learning how to run when I don’t feel like running. I remind myself that I chose to run this race and it’s a luxury to have the time to focus on doing something so good for my mind and body. Marathon training has taught me to stop comparing myself to everyone else. I’m living the hell out of the life I have.last_img read more

How can I tell if my staff is keeping their business continuity plan up-to-date?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re like most credit unions, you’ve worked hard to get your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan into shape this past year. If you are an Ongoing Operations client, you’ve also updated your business impact analysis (BIA) and probably had a tabletop exercise. But what happens after the “formal” activities are over?How can you tell if your staff remains engaged in BCP planning?For the most part, if you are still relying on a paper plan it will be pretty tough for you to measure your staff’s participation in the planning process. Outside of the normal “sign in” sheets you might compile during regularly scheduled DR/BCP related activities (fire drills, shelter-in-place drills, tabletop, etc.) there really isn’t a way to see if the plan is being kept up-to-date.However, if you have an online plan (like CURecover) there are many ways to measure your staff’s activities (and as a result be able to demonstrate activity during an NCUA Audit):Check the web stats on your portal – One of the reasons we love SharePoint as our development platform is the built-in reporting functionality known as Web Analytics. Web analytics data is available at the site collection level and the individual site level. Key performance indicators that you can use are: continue reading »last_img read more

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal move

first_imgPartey has a £45m release clause (Picture: Getty)Partey has a release clause of £45million which Arsenal could trigger at any time but they must be convinced that the midfielder wants to make the move.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat may be a formality though as the Telegraph claim the Ghanaian has told friends that he wants to move to the Emirates this summer.Partey, 26, is keen on proving himself in the Premier League after five years in the Spanish capital.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe make-up of any deal is unclear and Arsenal could trigger Partey’s release clause before agreeing a fee for Lacazette but what’s clear is that Arteta believes he needs a strong midfield to compete for top four places.Granit Xhaka wanted to leave in January and could be allowed to do so this summer, while Lucas Torreira has been frozen out and has attracted interest from AC Milan.MORE: How Sir Alex Ferguson was convinced to sign Henrik Larsson at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 8:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Comment Thomas Partey wants to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Thomas Partey has told friends he wants to join the Gunners this summer and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Atletico Madrid.The Ghanaian has been identified by Mikel Arteta as a priority target this summer, with the Spaniard keen on adding greater defensive cover in his central midfield.Arsenal have long searched for a defensive midfielder after Arsene Wenger neglected the role in his later years at the Emirates but Arteta was set to have a limited budget this summer before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The pandemic is set to further impact Arsenal’s finances but Arteta remains hopeful that a deal can be done and knows that Atletico are interested in Alexandre Lacazette, who he’s willing to part with. ADVERTISEMENT Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal move Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

KBR lands PMC deal for ADNOC’s Dalma, Hail & Ghasha projects

first_imgEngineering and construction services firm KBR has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract by Occidental for management of two projects offshore Abu Dhabi.KBR said on Tuesday that the contract was awarded to the company by Occidental on behalf of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).As agreed in the contract, the U.S. company will manage the front end engineering and design services (FEED) phase of the Dalma gas field development and the detailed design and surveys phase of the Hail & Ghasha Islands project.Under the terms of the deal, KBR will provide project management consultancy services. This work is expected to be performed over 24 months, with an option to extend for another 12 months.ADNOC is undertaking a project for the development of the Dalma Gas Field in line with its objective to deliver a more sustainable and economical gas supply. The oilfield is located to the west of Abu Dhabi’s offshore territory between Dalma Island and the maritime border with Qatar.On the other hand, the Hail & Ghasha Project, one of the largest sour gas fields projects that ADNOC is developing, is a project forecast to produce about 1 billion cubic feet of sour gas per day. The infrastructure requirements for the Hail & Ghasha offshore project include a minimum of eleven offshore artificial islands to be designed and constructed.According to ADNOC, the company is working towards a potential $20 billion investment to develop the Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr, and Shuwaihat fields, which could produce 1.2 billion standard cubic feet per day (bscfd) of gas.Jay Ibrahim, KBR president for EMEA, said: “KBR is pleased with the opportunity to continue our sustained relationship with ADNOC by providing our expertise, best practices and knowledge in project management to oversee ADNOC’s field production activities in Abu Dhabi.”KBR added that the revenue associated with this project was undisclosed and would be booked into the backlog of unfilled orders for KBR’s E&C business segment in the second half of 2017.last_img read more

Ophir: SE Asia assets deliver ahead of expectations

first_imgFurthermore, the company said that during the year it continued to make progress towards “rationalizing” the wider frontier exploration portfolio.Capital expenditure is expected to be approximately $150 million assuming various farm-outs are closed successfully.“A series of commercial agreements are under negotiation which, if successful, will reduce forecast exploration spend significantly in 2019 as well as reduce the future exploration commitment spend from its current level,” Ophir said.“The majority of the spending for 2019 (approximately $110 million) is development and production expenditure focused on growing our production and cash flow, including both Bualuang and Madura (Meliwis development). The balance of spend is provided for exploration, predominantly exploration commitments as the company manages its exit from its deep water portfolio. The company is seeking to reduce those commitments further where possible,” the company said.As for the abovementioned relocation, Ophir on Tuesday said that the move would yield “further significant costs savings during the coming year.”Ophir briefly mentioned the Block R in E. Guinea which it recently lost after years of delays with Fortuna FLNG development there.The CEO said: “As we announced on 5 January, the Block R license in Equatorial Guinea has not been extended.  We are in negotiations to rationalize parts of our frontier exploration portfolio with the potential to not only bring in cash, but also importantly reduce our future exploration capital commitments and further improve our liquidity position.  We remain mindful of the potential value of our gas assets in Tanzania, notwithstanding the uncertainty over timing for their development.”In its  Operations and Trading Update on Tuesday, Ophir did not provide any update on the status of its dealings with Medco. To remind, the company’s board on Monday rejected Medco’s potential bid of 48.5 pence a share as not good enough.Offshore Energy Today Staff London-based oil explorer Ophir Energy is planning to move its corporate functions from London to Southeast Asia as its assets in the region have delivered above expectations.Ophir, which plans to complete the move by September 2019, on Tuesday said South East Asian including fields it had bought from Santos last year, would help it generate “significant free cashflow.”The company, pursued as a takeover target by Indonesia’s Medco, said the acquisition of interests in the Madura and Sampang PSCs (Indonesia) and Block 12W (Vietnam) from Santos for $205 million materially increased production and cash flow. These assets, Ophir said, have performed better than expected with the assets returning cash flow of approximately $110 million in full-year 2018, representing approximately half the initial purchase price.Alan Booth, Interim CEO of Ophir, said: “With the successful integration of the Santos South East Asian assets, Ophir has significantly strengthened its production and development portfolio. We are now well positioned to generate significant free cash flow going forward. Our underlying business and balance sheet remain robust.Booth said:”…We are building a company with increasing cash generation and declining risk capital expenditure. Our future investment decisions will continue to focus on maximizing returns to shareholders.“Ophir said its daily production in 2018 averaged 29,700 boepd, 8% ahead of guidance with Madura, Sampang and Block 12W contributing 18,000 boepd.Despite the higher than expected production, looking ahead, Ophir expects daily production for 2019 to be in line with previous guidance at 25,000 boepd.Rationalizing exploration portfolio to lower capexlast_img read more

Sembcorp Marine disappointed by low order intake. Expects tough 2H 2019

first_imgProviding his take on the state of the offshore and marine industry so far this year, Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO – Sembcorp Marine: “The offshore and marine industry continued to gradually recover. Global capex spend for offshore exploration and production activities continued to improve, especially for production facilities. Offshore drilling activities have also gradually improved. Overall, the industry remained at its initial stage of cycle recovery, with long orders development period and competition remained intense.”Sembcorp Marine, which earlier this month delivered the world’s largest SSCV vessel – Sleipnir – said its main priority is building up the order book.Also, while Sembcorp has traditionally been seen as a rig and platform builder, most of its orders this year came from other sectors, including construction of a 12,000-cubic-metre (cbm) LNG bunker vessel as well as repair and modernization work on 13 cruise ships.“With insufficient new orders secured in the last few quarters, the company is expecting the losses for the second half to be higher than the first half,” CEO“We have been actively responding to an increasing pipeline of tenders and inquiries for various engineering solutions and projects related to the production and gas value chain segments, as well as in specialized shipbuilding projects. We are also participating in front end engineering design (FEEDs) and pre-FEEDs requested by potential customers. We remain hopeful for securing new orders in the foreseeable quarters,” the CEO said.Despite the hopes and optimism, the CEO also acknowledged the challenges ahead.He said: “Overall, challenges in the offshore and marine sector persist and it will take some time before we see a sustained recovery in new orders, while competition remains intense and margins compressed. With insufficient new orders secured in the last few quarters, the company is expecting the losses for the second half to be higher than the first half, with the full-year losses projected to be similar in range to last year’s losses.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Singapore’s vessel and rig builder Sembcorp Marine reported a net loss of $9.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, citing continued low overall business volume, and posting a disappointing order intake in the first half of the year.Illustration: Sembcorp MarineWhile posting a quarterly loss, this is an improvement compared to a loss of $56,5 million in the second quarter of 2018. The company’s turnover in the second quarter fell to $731 million down from $1,67 billion a year ago.Sembcorp said Tuesday its turnover had decreased predominantly due to lower revenue recognition from rigs and floaters and offshore platform projects, mitigated by higher repair and upgrade revenue.Also, for the first half of the year, the company added $175 million in new orders, the amount Sembcorp Marine described as disappointing.Sembcorp Marine blamed the disappointing order intake on a tender cancellation arising from changes in project ownership, and delays in final investment decisions for several projects.The company’s net order book at the end of the first half of the year was $5.2 billion. However, excluding the seven Sete drillships (which have been classified as projects in a suspended state,) the company’s net order book stands at $2.1 billion.Source: Sembcorp MarineOrderbook the main prioritylast_img read more

Maverick Challenge Hosted At Oldenburg Academy

first_img(Bottom row, from left) Cora Weisenbach, student; Taylor Reed, student; Peter Weisbrod, student. (Top Row) Melissa Tucker, Batesville Chamber; Shelly Lunsford, FCCF; Isiah Frey, student; Daniel Mullen, student; Josh Hollingsworth, student; Luke Hamoor, student; Johnathon Maple, teacher.Several Oldenburg students participated in the Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition sponsored by Eco15, Franklin County Community Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Oldenburg Academy.Community judges adjudicated the 12 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin County.Oldenburg Academy Business Teacher Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “This is such an awesome opportunity – I am so proud of our students and their hard work with this competition.”Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experienced professional judges. The winning groups were as follows:Third place winner, which received $200, was LED’D, a LED light attachment for mailboxes that makes it easy for owners of homes, farms and businesses to make their property distinct and easily identifiable, invented by seniors Isaiah Frey and Cora Weisenbach.Second place winner receiving $300 was Got Your Back, Bro, a complete gift-giving and reminder service, specifically designed for men started by seniors Luke Hammoor, Josh Hollingsworth and Peter Weisbrod.First place winner received $500 and went to NewsMapp, a news application that allows users to access news content based on recommendations from other users and geographic preferences, started by seniors Daniel Mullen and Taylor Reed.Anyone interested in getting involved with the 2014 Maverick Challenge can contact Jonathon Maple at .The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and has been a growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.Oldenburg Academy.last_img read more

Badgers raise Final Four banner, take down Northern Kentucky

first_imgFor just the second time in the history of the Kohl Center, a Final Four banner was raised into the rafters.Before the third-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team took to the floor for their regular-season opener against Northern Kentucky Friday night, the 2014 Final Four banner was raised into the rafters and last year’s team was given their Final Four rings in a pregame ceremony.“The hype is good, the people are talking about us, it’s cool, it’s fun but at some point you have to turn the page from last year,” junior forward Sam Dekker said of the ceremony. “I think after that, everyone came back down to earth and it’s always good to get back on the court against a different opponent in a game that matters now standings-wise.”Once they came back down to earth after the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony, No. 3 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) showed the 17,279 in attendance at the Kohl Center why they’re a top-five team, disposing of Northern Kentucky 62-31 Friday night.Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky started the 2014-15 season right where he left off last season, chipping in his first double-double of the year with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dekker added 15 points for UW while sophomore forward Nigel Hayes hauled in 10 rebounds of his own.The UW defense was in mid-season form Friday night, holding Northern Kentucky to only 26.4 percent shooting (14-for-53) from the floor and 12.5 percent shooting (2-for-16) from beyond the arc. No player from NKU scored in double figures with Daniel Camps leading the way for the Norse with eight points. The Badgers dominated the glass as well Friday night, outrebounding NKU 42-28.“I think we did really well defensively tonight,” Kaminsky said. “Holding an opponent to 31 points is pretty good. We had a little slip-up at the end; we wanted to hold it to under 30 but it’s a good start and hopefully we can build on it.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was well prepared for the Norse offensive attack Friday night, recognizing their quickness and their ability to attack the basket. Shutting down Northern Kentucky’s dribble-drive was key to the Badgers equaling the fewest points they have given up while under the direction of Ryan.“We know the strength that [Northern Kentucky] brought in here with their quickness off the dribble-drives and their throw backs and things like that; they’re pretty effective with that,” Ryan said. “So I thought that defensively Vitto [Brown] and Nigel [Hayes] and the other guys…they did a good job of moving their feet and shutting off the driving lanes.”Both teams came out slow the first five minutes of the game before the Badgers went on an 18-4 run to take an 18-8 lead over Northern Kentucky with 9:05 left in the first half. UW would take a 27-15 lead at halftime, holding NKU to 28 percent shooting (7-for-25) in the half. Kaminsky led all scorers with 10 points while he and Hayes each added seven rebounds for the Badgers. Wisconsin also had assists on eight of their 11 field goals with Kaminsky leading the way with three.In the second half the Badgers started on an 18-6 run with senior guard Traevon Jackson scoring seven of his nine points during the run while Dekker added five points of his own. At this point the Badgers had opened up a 46-21 lead over NKU and were well on their way to their 17th-straight home-opening win.Returning four of their five starters from last season, the cohesiveness of the Badgers was on display Friday night as well. UW finished the game with 13 assists on 23 field goals with Kaminsky leading the way with four.“Returning so many people from last year’s team we have an understanding on how to play with each other already…building on last year,” Kaminsky said. “Everyone knows everyone’s strengths so we just try to play to that.”Following the win, the Badgers will have a short turnaround as they take on Chattanooga Sunday at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.last_img read more