A local conservation officer is credited with pulling a man out of the water at Brookville Reservoir on Sunday.A local conservation officer is being recognized for his quick actions that potentially saved the life of a boater on the Brookville Reservoir.On Sunday afternoon, Brookville resident Don Vander Muelen and his wife were sailing a small sailboat when he was unexpectedly tossed into the water by a gust of wind. Vander Muelen, who was not wearing a life-jacket, attempted to swim toward his boat but the wind was pushing the boat away from him.Indiana Conservation Officer Travis Wooley spotted Vander Muelen struggling to stay afloat and moved his patrol boat next to him. Vander Muelen was able to be pulled from the water by Wooley without injury.Vander Muelen has responded by writing a letter of appreciation which states, “Our Father’s Day outing could have ended tragically had it not been for Officer Wooley’s quick actions.”DNR Officials are reminding all people who enjoy water activities to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life-jacket at all times. Indiana has recorded 26 open water drownings in 2014 with 11 of those victims being less than 18 years old.
Coming off three straight losses, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team will look to get back to winning ways Thursday night at the Kohl Center, yet faces an offensively explosive Ohio State team led by freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell, the No. 1 recruit in the nation in some rankings, has not disappointed in her first season. She leads the nation in scoring, averaging 25.9 points per game, and also leads the country in three-pointers made (75).“We’re gonna try to just get it out of her hands,” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “Not trapping her or anything, she’s too fast, she’s too quick. A scorer like that? Hard to stop. Let hope she’s off and she’s missing.”This past Sunday, the freshman phenom poured in 37 points, with 31 coming in the second half or overtime period in the Buckeyes’ 79-71 OT win at Purdue. She made four three’s and was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.“We’re gonna mix it up,” Kelsey said of her team’s defensive game plan. “I don’t think we can do one thing the whole game … It’s just identifying where she is and kind of gang-guarding her.“The girl can just flat out score. And she’s left-handed, that’s even worse.”The performance led her to earn her second straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, as well as Big Ten Player of the Week honors. It was the second time this season she’s won both distinctions in the same week, and was the fifth time she’s been named conference Freshman of the Week.Junior Ameryst Alston, who averages 20.8 points per game, joins Mitchell in the backcourt as another formidable scoring threat for the Buckeyes. Freshman forward Alexa Hart leads Ohio State in blocks (3.8 per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game).For Wisconsin, the three junior guards will look to continue to their recent offensive success. Dakota Whyte has scored in double figures in her last six games, while Nicole Bauman and Tessa Cichy both set new career-high point totals in the Badgers 77-71 loss at Michigan State Sunday, with 23 and 15 points, respectively.“It gave me a lot of confidence that I know I can hit my shot,” Bauman said of her career-high day. “My teammates will hit me when I’m open, and vice versa, and just trusting one another, and getting more into the flow of a game, rather than an individual game.”Bauman said it will be important for the Badgers to not fall into shooting dry spells, which allows the opposition to pull away.“There are certain times in the game where we have a lapse, where we just can’t get the ball to go in the hoop,” Bauman said. “Then the other team will get up by like 10 points and then we can’t seem to fight out of that hole.”Whyte said that there is still more room for improvement on the offensive end, however.“It’s somewhat where I want it to be,” Whyte said of her performance this season thus far. “I don’t wanna be a 20-point scorer every game. I’d rather have more assists.”Wisconsin will have to be better than the 60.9 points it averages per game if it wants to have a chance of beating Ohio State, which averages 81.0 points per game. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes have scored 79 points or more in five of their last eight games, while Wisconsin has eclipsed 79 points once the entire season.In the last two games though, Wisconsin has scored 72 and 71 points.“I don’t think that offense is the problem,” Whyte said. “I think that we are capable of scoring, everyone on our team, especially the starters, but I think that defense is something we really need to work on.”Whyte, Cichy and Bauman have seen increases in their scoring numbers from a year ago. Bauman (+6.8), ranks fourth in the Big Ten among most improved scorers, while Cichy (+6.2) and Whyte (+4.2) rank sixth and ninth, respectively.“We’re capable,” Kelsey said. “We just have to play some defense.”Who: Ohio State vs. WisconsinWhere: The Kohl Center, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 8 p.m.TV: Big Ten Network (BTN) with Eric Collins and Sherry TillRadio: The Mic 92.1 with Jon AriasLast Time: Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 82-71 on Feb. 2, 2014.All-time series: Ohio State leads 47-17, including a 17-12 mark in Madison. The Buckeyes have won 21 of the last 23 meetings dating back to 2001.WisconsinProbable Starters: G Dakota Whyte (10.4 points per game), G Nicole Bauman (12.9 ppg), G Tessa Cichy (8.0 ppg), F Jacki Gulczynski (9.1 ppg), F Cassie Rochel (6.1 ppg)Key Reserves: G/F AnnMarie Brown, G Cayla McMorris, F Malayna JohnsonKey Injury: Michala Johnson (torn ACL)Ohio StateProbable Starters: G Kelsey Mitchell (25.9 ppg), G Cait Craft (7.9 ppg), G Ameryst Alston (20.8 ppg), G Asia Doss (5.6 ppg), F Alexa Hart (10.5 ppg)Key Reserve: G Shayla Cooper (10.4 ppg)
Speaking of Jordan, he appeared to have another shot at getting on the Western Conference All-Star team when New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (shoulder sprain) pulled out Wednesday. But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver quickly replaced Davis with Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki.A reporter also wanted to know from Rivers pregame how the Clippers can remain competitive without Griffin. Not looking ahead to what’s in front of them is paramount, the coach said.“Whenever, as a coach I’ve had injuries to key guys, you turn the games into individual contests,” Rivers said. “You don’t look at a big picture. You let everybody else do that. Wherever I’ve been, you have injuries and everyone’s forecasting, ‘What’s going to happen?’ And I’m looking at the next game and it’ll be that simple for us, too.”Spencer Hawes, actually the backup post, started for power forward Griffin for the third consecutive game. He said beforehand it will be up to every player on the team to pick up the slack.“Obviously, no one person is going to replace what he does,” Hawes said, “but we all kind of have to bring that much more to the table as long as he’s on the mend.”The Clippers, who began the night in sixth-place in the conference standings, will have just 15 games left in the regular season once this 14-game stretch has been completed.Notes >> Griffin was on hand in street clothes, his right arm in a sling. Griffin and Paul were presented their All-Star game jerseys before the game at center court. Obviously, Griffin won’t be playing. … The Clippers outrebounded the Rockets 49-41. Matt Barnes had nine rebounds to go with his 10 points. … Chris Paul had 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, but five of the Clippers’ 15 turnovers. DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 24 points and 19 rebounds, and J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford scored 20 apiece. The Rockets, who were without post Dwight Howard (knee), got 22 points from Corey Brewer and 21 from Josh Smith off the bench. All-Star guard James Harden was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. The Rockets were just 9 of 45 (20 percent) from 3-point range.Houston tried to get back into it starting with 4:15 left in the game by repeatedly fouling the poor free-throw-shooting Jordan (40.8 percent before Wednesday) when the Clippers had the ball, but the Rockets couldn’t make enough shots for that plan to bear fruit. Jordan made 12 of 26 free throws overall, 6 of 14 over a two-minute period until the fouling stopped with just under 2 1/2 minutes left and the Clippers up 108-95. The Clippers were ahead by 10 points when the hack-a-DJ began.Rivers afterward was asked if that tactic has become a rallying point for his team.“I don’t know what it’s become, I just know it’s a hard thing to go through from a coaching standpoint and I’m sure for D.J., too,” he said. “We actually gained points during that, so we were happy.” Wednesday marked the first in a stretch of 14 games that could go a long way in determining where the Clippers might be seeded in the Western Conference playoffs. Ten of the games will be against conference foes and only one of those 10 will be against a team not already in the postseason mix — meaning the top eight — and that’s Oklahoma City, which is knocking on the door in ninth.There is a strong possibility that Blake Griffin, arguably the Clippers’ best player, will miss all 14 after having right elbow surgery Monday. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, also president of basketball operations, was queried before tipoff against the Houston Rockets as to whether he is actively pursuing any players to help offset the loss of Griffin, who’s expected out a good month. He answered in the affirmative, but with a disclaimer.“Yeah, I mean, it’s my job; I have to, so I’m always looking,” said Rivers, whose team did well to defeat the Rockets 110-95 before 19,060 at Staples Center. “I’m not going to get pressured into making a bad decision because Blake’s out, though.”The Clippers (35-19), who led just 80-79 after three quarters, remained sixth in the conference standings. Houston (36-17) is now tied for third with Portland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error