Sara A. Slayback

first_imgSara Ann Slayback, 29, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Saturday November 2, 2019.She was born February 27, 1990 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of Timothy and Suzanne (West) Slayback.Sara was currently working for Conduent Insurance, and worked for Panama Pete’s in Aurora for 10 years.Sara had a passion for animals, PAWS and PETA were very important to her. She loved dogs and rescued many of them. She enjoyed going out to eat and loved time with her family, especially her nephew.Sara is survived by her parents, Tim and Sue; sisters, Kristina Slayback of Rising Sun, IN, Jessica West of Western Hills, OH; nephew, Carl “Jaxon” Frazier, nieces, Kiah and Emily Childress; grandfather, Robert (Kumchae) West of Carlsbad, CA; grandmother, Sandra West of Western Hills, OH; several, aunts, uncles, friends and cousins.Sara was preceded in death by her nephew, Noah Lawrence.Friends will be received Thursday, November 7, 2019, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Friday at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Andersen readying team for Axe game

first_imgAfter a dominant win at home over the Hoosiers, Gary Andersen talked about the excitement shared by the No. 19 Wisconsin football team as they prep for No. 25 Minnesota in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.“First of all, I’m excited for the opportunity to get to this big rivalry,” head coach Gary Andersen said at his weekly Monday press conference. “I know the kids are excited about it.”The Golden Gophers are 8-2 (4-2 Big Ten) and are riding a four-game winning streak entering the game and will have plenty of energy after a bye week this past weekend.“Rivalries that have gone on for this long have so many stories behind them and so many moments behind them,” Andersen said. “It’s what’s great about college football in my opinion.”Andersen also expressed the importance of this rivalry, especially in giving the younger players the opportunity to learn what the Wisconsin-Minnesota battle truly entails. Per UW tradition, during the week leading up to the border battle, Andersen said assistant coach Henry Mason will give a presentation on the history of the rivalry.“As we all know in rivalries like this, it’s a one-game championship, and it’s three hours and whatever minutes it takes to get it done. The young kids need to understand the tradition, how it is, how important it is for the kids on this football team, how important it is for all of the Badgers,” he said. “It matters, and they need to learn quickly what it’s all about.”The Badgers have won Paul Bunyan’s axe the last nine years, but the all-time series record narrowly favors the Gophers at 58-56-8.  Heading into Saturday, both teams are nationally ranked and boast 8-2 overall records, giving this matchup all of the makings for an intense rivalry game.Wisconsin enters the game after a domineering 51-3 victory over Indiana last weekend.“It was a very solid game all the way across. Very proud of the kids after I watched the tape, very proud of the coaches,” Andersen said.  “Offense, defense, special teams all contributed.  They all needed to be able to contribute in that game, and the kids were all excited, had a lot of juice, a lot of energy, a lot of passion for the game. [It was] another terrific crowd and it was another terrific day to be a badger.”Senior running back James White took the first play from scrimmage for a 93-yard score and the Badgers never looked back, tallying 20 points in the first quarter alone.  White led the way with a career-high 205 rushing yards and a touchdown. Andersen expressed his awe in White’s ability to make tacklers miss.“He has a unique ability,” Andersen said.  “Those guys aren’t getting a finger on James, so obviously he does a tremendous job of setting up, with distance left on the defender and him on what’s going to take place.”Junior running back Melvin Gordon also contributed 146 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and freshman running back Corey Clement got into the mix adding 108 yards and two scores as well.“I’ve been around some talented young backs,” Andersen said.  “But Corey’s mental ability to be able to handle it through summer, through camp, through the early games where he was getting a lot of carries and playing and scoring touchdowns, gaining yards. And going through the middle of the season where some games he didn’t even get a snap.“And then to walk in there last game and do what he did, and be prepared as he is. So he’s the full package.”The Badgers also got rushing yards from a different source in redshirt senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis only had two carries for 27 yards on the season prior to Saturday’s game, but ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns on three carries Saturday.last_img read more

Men’s tennis falls to No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus

first_img“[Bulis and Smith did an] exceptional job, [we are] very proud of them,” Masi said. “Unfortunately, we just came up short.” USC turns its focus to Tuesday’s match against Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and the ITA National Team Indoor Tournament, also set in Madison, Friday through Monday. The No. 1 USC men’s tennis team traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 2 Ohio State Sunday, falling 4-2 to the Buckeyes in a tightly contested matchup. The Buckeyes started off strong, winning two of their three doubles matches against USC. Ohio State’s partnership of No. 70 sophomore James Trotter and freshman Justin Boulais narrowly beat the team of Bulis and Holt 7-6 in a tiebreaker. Additionally, No. 31 redshirt senior Kyle Seelig and No. 22 freshman Cannon Kingsley also beat the Trojans’ pair of Dostanic and Frye, 6-4.  Masi attributed some of the issues the Trojans faced in Columbus to the fact that the matches were played indoors. USC has tended to play better on outdoor courts like those at David X. Marks Tennis Stadium, the Trojans’ home courts.  Down 0-1, the Trojans tried to bounce back in singles play with Cukierman set to face off against Kingsley. However, the nation’s top player was upset by the freshman Buckeye, losing in straight sets 6-4 and 6-2. Building off the surprising win, No. 19 junior John McNally defeated Holt in 6-3 and 6-4 sets. It was Holt’s first loss of the season as the senior entered the weekend at 11-0 in doubles play and 7-0 in singles play on the season. Smith kept the Trojans alive by knocking off Seelig in a tough match, winning 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4. Masi also praised Smith for his work against the ranked opponent. “Riley obviously coming back from a set behind … winning in three sets — that was awesome,” Masi said. However, the Trojans’ comeback attempt fell short there. Dostanic fell to Trotter 6-4, 6-7 (4) and 6-2 win to put USC away. Senior Riley Smith was one of two Trojans to win their match at Ohio State. Smith defeated Ohio State redshirt senior Kyle Seelig. (Daily Trojan file photo) USC brought their top players to the contest: No. 1 junior Daniel Cukierman, No. 15 sophomore Mor Bulis, No. 24 senior Brandon Holt, No. 33 senior Riley Smith, No. 65 freshman Stefan Dostanic, No. 69 freshman Ryder Jackson and sophomore Bradley Frye.  Ohio State was coming off a big win against then-No.1 Texas Feb. 1 and now looked to challenge the Trojans on their home courts.  However, USC fought back. First, Bulis was able to win easily against Boulais in two straight 6-2 sets. Head coach Brett Masi applauded Bulis’ impressive performance.  Despite the disappointing outcome and USC likely losing its top seed, Masi had some positive takeaways from the weekend. Overall, he was impressed by both Bulis and Smith and their contributions to the team effort. “They struggled with the [climate] elements — I think everybody did,” Masi said about the indoor setting. “It is just getting used to the elements of playing in different environments. Like indoors, as opposed to playing outdoors, is just a different type of tennis, and [we] got to get acclimated to it.” “Mor did a really good job in his singles match,” Masi said. “[He] played a great match, beating [Boulais], two in two [sets].”  last_img read more