Women’s golf travels to New Orleans for Allstate Sugar Bowl

first_imgAfter two back-to-back tournaments to start spring play, the women’s golf team will head to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The team will look to bounce back from a rough start to the season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 3–5. In last season’s Sugar Bowl, the women managed to place second to a solid team in No. 18 Florida. This season, however, the Trojans are considerably stronger and should be favorites heading into Sunday’s matchup.   Last week, several players competed in an individual event at the Battle of the Rock.  Among them, sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany came up with her first career title after finishing four under. Abdulghany has not been in the starting lineup for the past few tournaments but has shown promise when given the opportunity to perform in events.   Although the team as a whole struggled, Silverstein noted that sophomore Jennifer Chang played extraordinarily. Chang ended up with her best round of the season on the final day and finished the tournament tied for fourth.   “We will get some different weather and different grass, so we have to drive it well because the course has small greens,” Silverstein said. “We played there last year, and this golf course suits our style.” “We were a little disappointed not to win and we had to deal with some pretty nasty conditions, so it took a little time to get back into the flow,” head coach Justin Silverstein said.   In the tournament, the team got off to a sluggish start and had to battle back from behind. USC finished at a solid third place, but as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, the Women of Troy cannot afford to get outplayed by lower ranked opponents if they want to maintain their top spot. However, the Northrop Grumman Challenge was filled with elite level teams, including Pac-12 rivals and highly-ranked opponents in Stanford, Arizona and UCLA, as well as No. 2 Texas.   At the Sugar Bowl this weekend, the Trojans will look to tighten their grasp on their top rank against another tough field. Going down south will be both a change of scenery and competition, as they will face more colleges from the Southeast as opposed to their normal slate of West Coast opponents.   At the end of the day, the teams they face may not only be USC’s biggest competition for a Pac-12 title, but also for an NCAA championship. Heading into the weekend as the No. 1 team, the Trojans have to remember that every tournament is key in proving that they deserve the top spot. They will kick off the Allstate Sugar Bowl Feb. 17 in New Orleans.last_img read more

Alpena City Council approves 1-percent administration fee on tax bills

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Alpena City Municipal Council approved a 1-percent administration fee on all property taxes collected in the city on Tuesday night.The resolution was unanimously passed by city council. All of the money collected by the fee is designated to assessing. The city usually pays for assessing, collecting, and appeals and review costs through the general fund.City Manager Greg Sundin looks at the 1-percent fee as a way for the city to gain some compensation.“These fees are restricted in use and cannot be used for other city purposes outside of those directly related to the preparation and collection of property taxes,” said Sundin. “It is estimated that the fee from both summer and winter taxes will generate at least $90,000 to $95,000.”That $90,000 to $95,000 will go toward administrative costs in the clerks office, toward the contracted assessor, and anything related to the assessing and the collection of property taxes, both real and personal. General funds can now be used for other projects or lowering the budget deficit.“Past councils have elected not to impose this fee, not wanting to add this cost to the taxpayer’s bill,” said Sundin. “As budgets continue to tighten, I believe we no longer have the luxury to forgo. This is an additional revenue source available to us.”Due to a state statute, governing bodies that perform assessing as well as tax collection services can charge this fee. Currently, all townships in the county, outside of Sanborn and Wilson, assess the 1-percent fee.Fees will be attached to things like water and utility bills. Sundin used the example of paying with a credit card at the clerk’s office.“Whatever the tax bill is, so if it’s $1,000 in the summer, it is added on to that,” said Sundin. “It will be 1-percent of that $1,000, or in this case, it would be $10 that is added on to the bill.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena City Council, City Council, City Manager, Clerk’s Office, Contracted City Assessor, General Fund, Property TaxContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena high school students preview films from upcoming international film festivalNext Photo of the Day for Tuesday, January 23last_img read more

FAVORED DANZING CANDY AIRS BY 5 ¾ LENGTHS IN $58,000 ALLOWANCE FEATURE; SISE-TRAINED SOPH BY TWIRLING CANDY GETS MILE IN 1:36.73

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016)–Favored Danzing Candy made short work of eight rivals and established himself as a serious Derby contender in taking Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature by 5 ¾ lengths while covering a flat mile under Mike Smith in 1:36.73.Breaking from post position six, Danzing Candy, who is conditioned by Cliff Sise, was hustled to a contending position by Smith, made the lead approaching the three quarter pole and then opened up on his competition turning for home, winning in-hand in only his third career start.“I like him a lot,” said Smith when asked if he thought his mount was a top-tier Derby hopeful. “Once he starts (breaking) better, then we can place him and then I think he’ll really be nice. He doesn’t have to be in front. I’m having to kind of use him there early and it puts him on the lead, but I don’t really want to be there.“The first time I won on him (maiden win going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26), I told Cliff ‘This might be the one that takes us that way.’ So far, I can’t say anything different today than I did then, other than today was even more impressive.”Off at even money, Danzing Candy paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80.A dark bay or brown colt by Twirling Candy, Danzing Candy was bred in Kentucky by Halo Farms and is owned by Halo Farms, Bashor and Bashor. Triple Crown nominated, Danzing Candy picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $68,650.“He ran good,” said Sise. “We’re staying home here at Santa Anita with him. He seems to like this track. The San Felipe (Grade II, $400,000 at 1 1/16 miles March 12), would be next. He’s so smooth. And, when someone comes up to him, he just takes off again.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, French Getaway was last into and around the first turn and made a steady late run to finish second, a head better than Semper Fortis. The third choice in the wagering at 6-1, French Getaway paid $5.40 and $3.60.Semper Fortis, who broke from the far outside with Mario Gutierrez, was caught four-wide throughout and just missed the place in a big effort as he finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Shred the Rules. Off at 29-1, Semper Fortis paid $7.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.14, 46.60, 1:11.10 and 1:23.66.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. GRADE II SAN FELIPE STAKES ON MARCH 12 IS NEXT ON ROAD TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBYlast_img read more