Reinforcements energize Ducks

first_imgBarch, who had already received a fighting major earlier in the game, picked a fight with the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Pronger, who knocked him over with a few well-placed punches to the delight of the crowd. Pronger sat out the first part of the second period with the five-minute penalty, but the knockdown of Barch announced his presence with authority. “I’m not sure what he was thinking,” Pronger said of Barch. “He was trying to listen to the ref and he was looking at me. I said, `Don’t look at me. If you want to go, go ahead.”‘ The Ducks threw down nicely on the offensive end, clustering two two-goal spurts to gain momentum and eventually kill the Stars’. Their first two goals came 26 seconds apart midway through the first period, as a McDonald wrister beat Dallas goalie Marty Turco with 10:27 left. Dustin Penner followed up with his 17th goal of the season at the 10:01 mark. Both goals were set up by hustle plays, as Chris Kunitz pokechecked the puck from the Dallas defense at the blue line before feeding McDonald, while Todd Marchant outfought Sergei Zubov for a loose puck in front of the Dallas goal before leaving it for Penner. “We came out really intense and focused,” McDonald said. “We haven’t had starts like that in a while, so to come out and play the first 20 minutes that hard was a good feeling. We gained a lot of momentum from that.” The Stars (29-19-2) thought they had the momentum after Lehtinen was interfered with by Beauchemin on an open scoring chance and knocked in the ensuing penalty shot. But the Ducks followed with the last two goals in a 63-second span. McDonald notched the first with 10:46 left on a bad-angle wrist shot from the right face-off circle, while Teemu Selanne poked his 31st goal of the season under Turco’s legs with 9:43 to go. Dallas’ frustration of falling 10 points behind the Ducks in the Pacific Division and 0-3-1 in the season series was echoed by Turco. “Obviously it’s disappointing,” Turco said. “There was a chance to come back in the third and that’s disappointing in itself.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks started the post-break schedule much like they began the pre-break portion, using physical defense and rapid-fire scoring to overwhelm the Dallas Stars, 4-1, at the Honda Center. All-star Andy McDonald had his second two-goal game of the season to pace the Ducks (31-12-8), scoring their first and third goals. But it was the return of the two defenders and Giguere that seemed to energize the Ducks, who limped into the all-star break with a 2-6-2 record in the 10 games before it. “We haven’t had those guys for a while, and it was great to see them back on the ice,” McDonald said. “Whenever you have guys like that come back, it really gives your team a spark.” Beauchemin and Giguere, who have been out of action 11 games dating back to Dec. 29, contributed nicely on the stat sheet in their returns. Beauchemin, who was out with a lacerated spleen, registered an assist and logged 29:41 of ice time to lead the team. Giguere, who suffered a groin strain, turned away 30 of 31 shots, giving up a goal on a Jere Lehtinen penalty shot with 12:14 left in the third period. “I was a little nervous to get back out there, but it felt good,” Giguere said. “I got my legs under me after a while and that helped me relax a bit. It was fun to be back.” Pronger, although he didn’t register a point, might have given the largest jolt of energy. Out nine games after breaking his foot at Minnesota on Dec. 31, Pronger played nearly 27 minutes (26:43) and got the 17,331 fans at the Honda Center rocking by throwing down with Dallas rookie forward Krys Barch at the end of the first period. center_img ANAHEIM – The Ducks’ first game after the all-star break Sunday saw the return of defensemen Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin, along with goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, from injury. It also might have seen the Ducks re-establish themselves as the NHL’s team to beat. last_img

D.C. Everest sweeps singles, edge Marshfield girls tennis

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – D.C. Everest swept the four singles matches and remained unbeaten in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, edging Marshfield 4-3 in a dual match Tuesday at Boson Courts.Marshfield won all three doubles matches but couldn’t break through in singles in its home finale.Olivia Haessly and Emily Serchen won at No. 1 doubles, Martha Kupfer and Jenny Madden did not lose a game at No. 2, and Autumn Packard and Krishna Patel swept two sets at No. 3 for Marshfield.The Tigers dropped two tight matches in singles. Ashley Schultz lost to Kenzie Bradley at No. 2, 7-6, 7-5, and Hanah Gadke took Carmen Gennermann to three sets at No. 3, but fell 7-6, 4-6, 6-1.Marshfield (3-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference) wraps up its conference dual meet schedule Thursday at Wausau East.D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 3Singles: 1. Gabi Kitchell (DC) def. Lara Prebble 6-1, 6-0; 2. Kenzie Bradley (DC) def. Ashley Schultz 7-6 (5), 7-5; 3. Carmen Gennermann (DC) def. Hanah Gadke 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1; 4. Nicole Williams (DC) def. Maggie Schreiner 6-2, 6-4.Doubles: 1. Olivia Haessly-Emily Serchen (M) def. Emily Adams-Kristin Holue 6-3, 6-1; 2. Martha Kupfer-Jenny Madden (M) def. Taylor Melk-Kaylee Heiting 6-0, 6-0; 3. Autumn Packard-Krishna Patel (M) def. Ryanne Wolfe-Megan Ninnemann 6-2, 6-1.Records: D.C. Everest 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 3-2 WVC.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of  MarshfieldAreaSports.com).last_img read more

Spencer baseball blasts Gilman

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Spencer scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning and rolled past Gilman 19-5 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Gilman High School.Nate Neumann earned the win, striking out six in a five-inning effort. The game ended via the 10-run rule.Mitch Susa smacked a home run, and Jonny Tomke and Jake Meyers each had three hits and four RBIs for the Rockets (7-2 overall, 5-1 Cloverbelt East). Gilman is now 0-4 in the conference.Spencer hosts Auburndale for a nonconference doubleheader on Saturday.Rockets 19, Pirates 5Spencer (13)01 50 – 19 18 1Gilman 401 00 – 5 7 2WP: Nate Neumann. LP: Chase Rosemeyer.SO: Neumann 6.Top hitters: S, Mitch Susa 1B, HR; Jonny Tomke 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Jake Meyers 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Calvin Lenz 1B, 2B; Hunter Luepke 2 hits; Neumann 2 hits.Records: Spencer 7-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt East; Gilman 0-4 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Columbus Catholic soccer secures conference title with win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran

first_imgDons now 17-1 overallBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored twice to help the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team to a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Friday at Griese Park.The victory clinches the Mid-State Soccer Conference championship for the Dons, who improve to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the conference. Columbus wraps up its regular-season schedule with a nonconference game at home Monday and its conference finale Thursday at Tri-County.Torbey, Charles Payant, and Ryan Dieringer scored in the first half, and Torbey, Tyler Fuerlinger, and Evan Dieringer added goals in the second half for the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 6, Wolves 1Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0 1 – 1Columbus Catholic 3 3 – 6First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey, 20:59; 2. CC, Charles Payant, 26:02; 3. CC, Ryan Dieringer, 34:58.Second half: 4. CC, Torbey (Nick Malovrh), 49:45; 5. CC, Tyler Fuerlinger (R. Dieringer), 50:29; 6. CC, Evan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 70:48; 7. WVL, Connor Schubring, 79:52.Total shots: WVL 6; CC 30.Shots on goal: WVL 3; CC 20.Corner kicks: WVL 3; CC 9.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 3-8, 3-6 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Marshfield Columbus Catholic 17-1, 11-0 MSSC.last_img read more

Leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation; when is enough…enough?

first_imgUnquestionably, when it come to tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the biggest issues affecting the workplace and accommodating disabled employees is providing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Anecdotally, a question that plagues most employers is just how much leave is enough?We know that an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. But, what about when an employee takes one leave, after another, after another.When is enough enough?* * *The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals offered some guidance recently in Santandreu v. Miami Dade County. When an employee is uncertain about the duration of his condition, a leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation:In the instant case, Santandreu never demonstrated that he would be able to return to work within a reasonable time. Santandreu had already taken several leaves of absence, received a total of fifteen months of leave, and still had no way of knowing when his doctor would allow him to resume full-time work. Even at the time of trial, Santandreu and his doctors attested that he still had not received medical clearance showing that he was able to work. Because Santandreu was unable to show that he would be able to perform the essential functions of the job anytime in the reasonably immediate future, his request for additional leave was not a request for a reasonable accommodation. This case is helpful to a point. Most employers faced with leave requests (as an ADA accommodation) are given an initial date certain (or estimated date) for the employee to return. There are times when that date will need to be pushed back. In Santandreau, enough was enough after about 17 months and four requests for extensions. Depending on the resources of your business, maybe the line could have been drawn sooner. Or maybe more leave would have been reasonable. What I’m saying is, Santandreau notwithstanding, there is no bright-line rule on time off. Except that: (1) indefinite leave is unreasonable; and (2) if your leave employee handbook quantifies a maximum amount of leave (e.g., no employee may take more than 12 consecutive weeks off), you’re asking for trouble — because rigidity is anathema to the interactive dialogue and individualized assessment that the ADA requires when determining reasonable accommodations. Instead, focus on open communication and good documentation. These are the hallmarks of reasonableness that a jury will understand if your ADA defenses are tested. More importantly, these are the attributes of good companies that will, hopefully, avoid lawsuits altogether and promote a happy workplace.last_img read more