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Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 15th December

first_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ By admin – December 15, 2016 Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill resigns from Fianna Fáil after ethics breachNext articleTeam Donegal Oil call out for novice Cyclists & Crew to join them to enter a team in the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race admin NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 15th December WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Google+ A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/FarmingDec15th2016.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NewsPlayback Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Icy roads shut down Wisconsin interstate, major storm to hit central US

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Light rain is falling on frozen roads in Wisconsin Thursday morning, creating extremely dangerous driving conditions and closing an interstate. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is urging people to stay off the roads from Tomah to La Crosse. The La Crosse police said there are “reports of multiple traffic lights struck and knocked down in the city.” “If you do not have to drive please stay off the roads,” the police tweeted.Meanwhile, a major storm is forming in the central U.S., threatening to bring tornadoes and flooding to the south and heavy snow to the north. On Friday afternoon and night, tornadoes and damaging winds are possible in Dallas, Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston, even stretching to Jackson, Mississippi.Further north, flash flooding is expected from Oklahoma to Michigan. Flood watches have been issued for nine states. By Saturday afternoon and evening, severe weather with a threat for tornadoes and damaging winds will move east into New Orleans; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta and Tallahassee, Florida.Further north, heavy rain will hit the Ohio Valley.Heavy snow could develop from Missouri to near Chicago and into Michigan. Some areas could see as much as 4 to 6 inches of rain, and flash flooding could be a significant threat. Some areas from northern Oklahoma to Michigan could see snow ranging from 6 to 12 inches. A foot of snow is expected from Wisconsin to Michigan, with lower amounts in Oklahoma and Iowa.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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7 ways your attempts to save money can backfire

first_imgYou’re doing your best to spend less and save more — at least, you think so. You try to be smart with your purchases, live frugally and put money into savings each month.But what if all the effort you’re putting into cutting costs and trying to set aside cash for the future isn’t paying off the way you hoped? Here are seven ways your attempts to save money could be backfiring.1. You Spend Too Much Time Trying to Find the Best DealWhen my family was planning a trip to the beach this summer, my husband spent weeks searching for the best deal on a vacation rental property. However, every time he found a condo or beach house that fit our needs and was reasonably priced, he continued to look for an even better bargain instead of making the purchase. In the meantime, the most affordable properties were being booked by other buyers. We ended up paying a few hundred dollars more for a place that wasn’t as desirable as the cheaper, better ones located earlier in the search.Of course, it’s always smart to compare prices when making a purchase. But sometimes spending too much time trying to find the best deal will cause you to miss out on a pretty good one. Further, many consumers become so focused on deal-hunting that they lose revenue they could have earned working. continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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BLOG: Skyrocketing Property Taxes Are Due to a Lack of Education Funding

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf Press Secretary February 25, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img BLOG: Skyrocketing Property Taxes Are Due to a Lack of Education Funding Budget News,  Education,  The Blog Massive cuts at the state level and a lack of real investment in education is not only hurting school districts across Pennsylvania, but also having a devastating impact on middle-class families and seniors who can no longer afford to pay for the Republican property tax increases that have been passed down to local communities over the past several years.That is why Governor Wolf has been fighting since day one to secure historic increases in education funding at all levels, including K through 12 education.During his budget address, Governor Wolf said: “In the last year alone, 83 school districts increased property taxes above the index because Harrisburg didn’t produce a responsible budget… [and] another 175 school districts are contemplating additional tax increases this year – for the same reason…”The Post-Gazette last week rated this “mostly true” and the head of the Education Policy and Leadership Center said of Governor Wolf’s speech, “[The] overall message was absolutely correct.”Source: Post-GazetteAfter years of reckless Republican budgets that drastically cut education, were unbalanced, and created a multi-billion dollar deficit, school districts were forced to raise property taxes on hardworking middle-class families and seniors. And without the governor’s proposed historic investment in education, districts that are still reeling will once again be forced to raise property taxes even higher to make up for the state’s lack of investment.Despite this reality, some in the Republican Party argue that property tax increases are a result of pensions. However, this claim is categorically untrue.In fact, there is no form of pension reform that will provide the state or any district immediate budget relief after years of underfunding the system, which resulted in tens of billions of dollars of debt.This also ignores the reality of what happened when the previous governor and the Republican-controlled legislature made devastating cuts to education totaling $1 billion.After Governor Corbett was inaugurated in 2011, schools began to plan for the coming 2011-12 school year, not anticipating there would be massive budget cuts.Governor Corbett’s budget cuts passed in late June of 2011 – after many schools had passed their 2011 budgets.For the 2012 school year, they had to account for the new appropriations and cuts to education.These were cuts directly to classrooms, charter school reimbursements, and the educational assistance program. Devastating funding cuts were made to basic education funding and Accountability Block Grants – all of which went into the classroom.To make up for those cuts, districts had three options: cut programs, layoff educators, or increase property taxes. Given the Republican refusal to compromise with the governor’s proposal that would fix the deficit and increase funding to education, school districts are once again facing huge cuts and they will have no choice but to raise property taxes even higher.The Republican tax plan would quite simply result in billions of dollars in property tax hikes.last_img read more

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Pogba belongs to Man Utd, not Mino, insists Solskjaer

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola that it is the club who will decide the French World Cup winner’s future. Pogba’s long-time representative has been at loggerheads with the United hierarchy in recent years and angered the Red Devils once more this week by casting fresh doubt on where Pogba will be next season. He’s ours: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) does not want Paul Pogba (left) to leave the club Raiola revealed on Thursday that he has already had discussions with Juventus sporting director Pavel Nedved about a possible return to the Italian champions from where Pogba re-joined United for a £89m ($116 million) fee in the summer of 2016. And Raiola also made it clear that if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, Pogba will want to move to satisfy his ambitions. But Solskjaer still sees Pogba – who has 18 months left on his contract – as a key part of his future plans. “I’ve not spoken to Mino that is for sure. And, no, I haven’t sat down and told Paul to tell Mino what he should say. Paul is our player and not Mino’s.” Pogba, 27 next month, has made only eight appearances for United in an injury-ravaged season. He will be missing again when United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday as he makes his way back from ankle surgery. But Solskjaer insists Pogba is not dragging out his return and is desperate to help United achieve Champions League football, either via the Premier League or by winning the Europa League. “As a player the last thing you want to be is injured and not be able to contribute to your team. Paul’s a footballer and he wants to play football,” added Solskjaer. “As a player, I was injured for a long, long time myself so I know what it is like. It’s a difficult period in your career but it is part and parcel of being a player. You are always running the risk of being injured. Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much “He knows that he has to work hard now to get back to his best because he has been out for so long. It’s a challenge for him to get back to his best.” United have been offered a lifeline in their quest to return to the Champions League next season with Manchester City’s potential two-season ban from European competition meaning fifth in the Premier League could be enough to qualify. Solskjaer’s men are languishing in ninth, but can move to within two points of fifth with a third victory over Chelsea this season. As well as Pogba, Marcus Rashford will also be absent for another few weeks, placing a heavy burden on deadline-day loan signing Odion Ighalo to score the goals that can haul United up the table. Ighalo has had a far from ideal start to his United career. The Nigerian joined up with the United squad for the first time on Sunday after a two-week precautionary quarantine following his arrival from Shanghai Shenua. However, Solskjaer has dangled the carrot of a permanent move to Ighalo’s boyhood club should be impress between now and the end of the season. Read Also: Juventus plot £125m package to re-sign sign Pogba with Ramsey, Rabiot included “It’s a loan but when you are in the door here and if you impress it gives you a chance,” said Solskjaer. “That is exactly the same for anyone who signs, if it is permanent or a loan. “If you impress as a player and as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there is a chance that we will look at extending things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Nowitzki says LeBron can catch Kareem

first_imgLATEST STORIES “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”Abdul-Jabbar scored a total of 38,387 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJames finished with 35 points against the San Antonio Spurs to pass Nowitzki for sixth place on the all-time scoring list Saturday and became the game’s active overall points leader. He needed 21 points to surpass Nowitzki and now has a total of 31,202 points. James recorded his 21st point on a 17-foot jumper from the right side with 7:51 left in the third quarter of a 110-106 loss to the Spurs.  Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jazz rout Davis-less Pelicans Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal He also passed Shaquille O’Neal for sixth on the all-time field goals list in the third quarter. In his 19-year career, O’Neal finished with 11,330.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 24: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 24, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 131-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPGerman NBA star Dirk Nowitzki says he sees no reason why LeBron James can’t finish up as the greatest scorer in NBA history.“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Nowitzki told American sports broadcaster ESPN. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Photos: Injury bug bites Stephen Curry and other Warriors in game against Suns

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery and video on your mobile device.When it rains, it pours.The Golden State Warriors started the season with several injuries to key players including big men Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein. The team’s situation got a whole lot worse after all-star guard Stephen Curry broke his left hand in a play during the third quarter against Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes. Curry ended up landing on his two hands and then Baynes fell on his left …last_img read more

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Proteas fall short in World T20

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Afridi played the pivotal innings for the Pakistanis, cracking 51 off 34 balls, in a total of 149 for 4. Shoab Malik weighed in with 34 off 39, while Kamran Akmal struck a quick-fire 23 off only 12 balls at the top of the order. “These formidable achievements will stand them in good stead as they move on to the meet the next challenges. CSA has every faith in them to continue to be rated as one of the world’s best cricket teams in all forms of the game. He added that Pakistan played their best game, and singled out Shahid Afridi’s contribution with bat and ball. Afridi’s bowling especially, said Smith, made all the difference in the game. He destroyed England with a haul of 3 for 15 in 3.5 overs and was even more devastating against the West Indies, knocking over 4 for 13 in his four overs. Handed a tough test, he aced it. AB de Villiers was the third highest run scorer in the event and Graeme Smith was eleventh on the list. T20 recordCricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola commented: “We must remember that the Proteas have set a world record of seven consecutive T20 international victories. They are also number one in the world at 50-over cricket, and they have just completed their best-ever season in test cricket. NewcomersIt should be remembered, too, that Van der Merwe, like Parnell , is a relative newcomer to the international stage. With players like these emerging, South Africa has the talent and the toughness to become an even better team. They need to do it soon, however, with stars like Kallis, now 33, and Gibbs, 35, closer to the end than the beginning of their careers. Opening bowlersThe South African opening bowling pair, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell, were excellent, capturing nine wickets each. Both Van der Merwe and Parnell returned economy rates of less than six runs an over – the standard for excellent in the T20 game – while Johan Botha and Dale Steyn were not far above the mark. The Proteas have the ability to prove they are number one. Yet, despite all the successes between major ICC tournament, that recognition will be given only once they have won one of those major titles. “It’s a very, very disappointing result,” said Smith after the match. “One runs out of words to say when you don’t get over the finishing line.” South Africa’s challenge in the ICC World Twenty 20 came to a halt in the semi-finals at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England on Thursday, as Graeme Smith and company fell to Pakistan by seven runs. It was a bitterly disappointing result for a team that, up until that point, looked like the best side in the tournament. Afridi undermined the South African batting effort, capturing 2 for 16 in his four overs and removing the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers for five and one respectively. He was an easy choice for man of the match.center_img 19 June 2009 ResultsDuring the tournament South Africa thrashed Scotland by 130 runs, edged New Zealand by one run, cruised to a seven-wicket win over England, won by 20 runs against the West Indies, and defeated defending champions India by 12 runs. Some will, no doubt, trot out the by now familiar choker’s tag, but the facts presented by Majola make for impressive reading. After a record number of wins in succession, the law of averages was against the Proteas. While the Proteas have enjoyed a sustained run of success in all forms of the game in recent times, one area in which they have trailed is in the toss – one wonders just how much more successful they could have been with luck at the spin of the coin – and so it proved on Thursday as Pakistan’s Younis Khan won the toss and elected to bat. The impact of an individualIn the 20 overs per side game, individuals have a far greater opportunity to swing the result of a match than in 50 overs a side matches or test matches; the effects of strong individual efforts are dissipated the longer a contest lasts. Unfortunately for South Africa, Afridi fired in their semi-final showdown, and his contribution proved to be the difference between the sides. It looked, at one stage, as if Pakistan might reach 170, but excellent bowling at the death by Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell halted their momentum. Despite yet another disappointing exit from a big International Cricket Council event, a look at the bigger picture reveals that it was a very good tournament for South Africa, and it underlined the fact that the Proteas have become the best all-round team in the game in all forms of cricket. Kallis, who was controversially left out of the South African team for the inaugural World Twenty20 two years ago, proved his worth by leading all run scorers in the tournament, totalling 238. He also achieved the highest average – 59.50 – for those players who scored at least 100 runs. South African replySouth Africa, in their reply, managed 142 for 5 in their 20 overs. Jacques Kallis top scored with 64 off 54 deliveries, while JP Duminy finished unbeaten on 44 off 39 balls, but there was little other support. Among the bowlers, Roelof van der Merwe picked up 10 wickets, tied with Shahid Afridi and Ajantha Mendis, and trailing only Lasith Malinga on 11 and Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal on 12. The emergence of Parnell was particularly significant. The 19-year-old, in his first major tournament, showed that he has what it takes to make a lasting impact on the game. Displaying the temperament of a veteran, he was superb opening the innings with the new ball and just as good finishing an innings.last_img read more

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Julius Peppers Admits Posted Transcript Is His

Chicago Bears star defense lineman Julius Peppers confirmed it was his North Carolina academic transcript that was posted on the school’s website and displayed a 1.8 GPA But he insists there was “no academic fraud” with it.“I can assure everyone that there is no academic fraud as it relates to my college transcript,” Peppers said in the statement. “I took every course with qualified members of the UNC faculty and I earned every grade whether it was good or bad.“I was never given unapproved assistance or preferential treatment in terms of my academic career because I was a student-athlete. I was also never deemed ineligible to compete on any of the football or basketball teams.”Peppers said the exposure of his transcript has not been a pleasant experience.“This week has been an upsetting and challenging week for me, as one of my most private academic documents appeared on the university’s website for public examination,” Peppers said. “I’m terribly disappointed in the fact that my privacy has been violated, as well as frustrated with whoever negligently and carelessly committed such a flagrant error.”The school never confirmed the authenticity of the transcript, which lists Peppers’ name at the top, but has said it is investigating how the document wound up on the website. School officials removed the link and have said they can’t discuss confidential student information covered by federal privacy laws.The link showed Peppers received some of his highest grades in classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM). A school investigation has since found fraud and poor oversight in 54 AFAM classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011, with football players making up more than a third of the enrollments and student-athletes making up 58% of the overall enrollments in those suspect classes.Nine of the 10 classes in which Peppers earned a B-+, B or B- that could’ve helped ensure his eligibility came in the AFAM department where he was majoring, according to the transcript. Three were listed as independent study classes, another problem area cited in the school’s probe for a lack of supervision of work — often a research paper — performed by students.The transcript lists a 1.824 GPA, beginning with classes during the summer of 1998 and finishing in the fall of 2001 during Peppers’ last year on the football field for the Tar Heels. The link lacked grades for five classes in summer and fall 2001 terms.The transcript could raise the possibility that the AFAM troubles go back much further than the four-year focus of the investigation, though the school’s report in May acknowledged the misconduct could reach before 2007.Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Thursday that former Gov. Jim Martin will lead a newly created panel to address issues stemming from the internal investigation. read more

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Coaching kept finding Ohio State womens volleyballs Geoff Carlston

Coach Geoff Carlston scans the court during a match against Kentucky on Dec. 6 in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern reporterLong before the Ohio State women’s volleyball team took the court against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, coach Geoff Carlston stood at a crossroads.He played college club volleyball at Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. But it wasn’t until an injury to a finger while playing for the Golden Gophers that Carlston got interested in coaching.“I tore ligaments in my finger and so while I was out, I got asked to coach,” Carlston said. “I was 19 and I was coaching an 18 and under team. And I just had a great time with it.”But even at that point, Carlston still didn’t know he wanted to be a coach.After going on a cross-country road trip for a year, Carlston returned to Minnesota to coach at Hopkins High School.After a two-year run at Hopkins, he served another two years in the Peace Corps.He had considered playing volleyball professionally, but couldn’t pass up the chance at one of his dreams.“I had this opportunity and I had always wanted to go into the Peace Corps,” Carlston said.And while he was volunteering, volleyball still found him.“I got asked to coach the (men’s and women’s) national teams in Belize and that was awesome,” he said. “I got to travel all over the Middle East, working with both men’s and women’s teams.”Carlston said that he has always loved traveling and that “the idea of doing good and going and serving in another country, I really wanted to go somewhere where I could throw myself at the country.”While overseas, he said he also helped members in youth gangs and helped teach sign language.With all the work that he had done at the time, Carlston had thought about teaching and getting his doctorate degree. But an opportunity to return to his alma mater was something he couldn’t turn down.“I got a hold of Mike Hebert, who had just gotten offered the job at Minnesota and he was a Peace Corps guy back in the ‘60s,” he said. “And I said ‘hey I’m coming back and I’d love to volunteer or doing something with your program.’”Carlston became a student assistant coach while he completed his master’s degree in social work at Minnesota. At the same time, he was the head coach of the Minnesota One Junior Olympics club.After two years of being a student assistant coach, he got his first collegiate head coaching job at Concordia-St. Paul, where he stayed for three seasons. In that time, he learned how to be a successful coach with limited funds.“When I took that job, they had never won a Division II match,” he said. “And I was making $17,500 a year. I was the intramural director and I had $4,000 to pay my assistants.“But I loved it because we built that from scratch, like I had to do everything. I was the trainer, I was the marketer, I was everything, except I didn’t drive the bus.”From there, he went on to Ohio University to coach the Bobcats from 2003-07, and would finish first in the Mid-American Conference in every season, with NCAA tournament appearances in all five of his years in charge. He also took the Bobcats to the sweet 16 in 2005.After the 2007 season, he became the Buckeyes’ coach. In his tenure, the Buckeyes have made the postseason in five of seven seasons.“I would never say I had a master plan, I just followed my bliss,” he said.One thing that has allowed Carlston to be such a successful coach is his relationship with players.“I want to connect with my players,” he said.Carlston has multiple meetings with each of his players every season. He said that academics and family issues are things that he cares about, and the things that come up in those meetings.“He does a really good job with allowing us to experience the little things in life,” senior setter Taylor Sherwin said. “Yeah, volleyball is the main focus, but he wants us to experience things. Like when we travel, going to do stuff, instead of being in the hotel all day.”Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she and Carlston are very similar.“We’re both very super competitive and I think I connect with Geoff on a personal level, not only just having him as my coach, but he’s a friend,” Sandbothe said. “He cares about us outside of volleyball.”Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell, who is from The Woodlands, Texas, said Carlston is a big reason why she chose to attend OSU.“I wouldn’t be up here, there’s quite a bit of a life change,” Mitchell said. “But it’s opened up doors of opportunity. Working in the athletic department with internships and things like that.”With his 2014 Buckeyes back in the sweet 16 after upsetting Kentucky on Saturday, Carlston’s life could have been completely different.“But coaching kept finding me,” he said. read more

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