Calvin E. “Butch” Mann, 66

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first_imgCalvin E. “Butch” Mann, 66, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his residence. Born, February 27, 1951 in Muncie, Indiana, he was the son of Jack Norman and Vera Alene (Poindexter) Mann.  Butch graduated in 1969 from Greensburg High School. He served in the Air Force Reserves.  He retired from Cummins in 2016 after 47 years of service.  He farmed and was a partner with his son in the Mann Trucking Co. He was married to Donna J. Kohrman on June 25, 1980 and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Jonathan (Stacey) Mann, Greensburg; two sisters, Camilla Sue Oathout, Greensburg, Lillian June (Buddy) Ryle, Greensburg; three step grandchildren, Brock, Brooklyn, and Austin Adams; his loving dog, Sammy. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerry Lee Mann, Joseph Mann; one sister, Mary Lou Karmon. Family and friends will gather at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home for a rosary service.  Visitation will follow until 6:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   The family will also receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to any of the Decatur County FFA’s. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Balanced scoring leads team to championship

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first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill. ? This wasn’t supposed to happen.Most teams that lose half of their scoring from theprevious year, including a first-team All-American, the program’s leadingscorer and the highest scoring duo in school history, generally don’t come backthe following year and win conference championships outright.But as they proved again Saturday, the Wisconsinbasketball team is not most teams.In earning an undisputed Big Ten title with a 65-52win over Northwestern, Wisconsin turned in a performance that typified how ateam without much big-name star power or a specified go-to player was able towin the Big Ten.?We didn?t get away from what we?ve done,? seniorforward Brian Butch said. ?When we do get away from what we do, we?re not thatgood.?They did it with balanced scoring.Without All-American Alando Tucker and classmateKammron Taylor to lean on, it was an egalitarian offense for UW for most of theseason. The Badgers ? a team that had a five-game stretch earlier in the BigTen season with a different player scoring 20 points or more in each game ? got20 points from Butch, who in the final regular season conference game of hiscareer, also matched a career high with 14 rebounds.But just like it has all season, Wisconsin didn?tjust get scoring from only one place. Two other Badgers besides Butch (JasonBohannon, 15 points; Marcus Landry, 12) broke the 10-point barrier, and afourth player, Joe Krabbenhoft, ended only one point shy of double digits.?That?s the unique thing about this team,? Butchsaid. ?We just don?t have ? and I kind of sound like a broken record when I sayit ? but we just don?t have one guy that you can key on. ? I think thatexplains how we?ve been all year.?They did it with defense.The Badgers entered Saturday?s game allowing thefewest points per game in the nation, just 54.4 every contest, a defense thatgives up nearly four points less than the second-best team in the Big Ten andranks third nationally in defensive efficiency, according to statistician KenPomeroy.That stifling defense was on display again, as theWildcats scored just 52 points on 59 possessions, an average of just over 0.87points every time down the floor.It was that sort of defense that helped alleviatesome of the burden of losing Tucker and Taylor?s scoring and became theidentity of this Badgers team.“On thedefensive end, they were willing to make that commitment to cover, help, pinchand sink,” Ryan said. “This group, defensively, gave themselves anopportunity to be champions in the Big Ten.”They did it withrebounding.Coming into thegame, the Badgers were one of the better rebounding teams in the Big Ten, outreboundingtheir opponents by an average of just over five per game.The same grittytoughness that shaped the defense also came through in the rebounding game, asthe Badgers pulled down as many offensive rebounds (14) as the Wildcats diddefensively.Four Badgersgrabbed five misses or more, as Wisconsin nearly doubled Northwestern?srebounds, winning the battle 38-21.?Their guys arebig, strong guys and we weren?t able to keep them off of the backboard,?Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. ?They were getting very goodposition, and they just sort of overpowered us, I thought.?A lot of that wasdue to Butch. The forward dominated the glass and the undersized Northwesternfront line for his 14 rebounds, but he missed a potential career-high for thatstatistic as several loose balls bounced away from him late in the second half.Balanced scoring,defense and rebounding. That was the successful formula for Wisconsin Saturday,and that was the concoction that won the Big Ten championship, even without asuperstar.?Last year I was soconfident, I would say maybe 90 percent in Alando Tucker and 10 percent in us,?Krabbenhoft said. ?This team is a complete team. I?m just glad to be a part ofit.?last_img read more

Local Schools Pull Together to Raise Funds for Elementary School in Texas

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Wanting to help in anyway they can, some Alpena schools are coming together to help one elementary school hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.Students from Guess Elementary School in Beaumont, Texas will be returning to class with new school supplies thanks to Wilson Elementary, Besser Elementary, Thunder Bay Junior High, and other Alpena schools and community members.“That’s really what Americans are all about, supporting one another because it brings us together, we want to help. This was an avenue way up here in northern Michigan to help support students,” Besser Elementary Principal, Eric Cardwell said.Besides collecting school supplies for Guess Elementary, Alpena schools managed to raise over 800 dollars in only two days with a penny wars challenge, and collect tons of toothpaste and toothbrush with another fundraiser.“One of the things that we’re working on at Thunder Bay Junior High is being ‘better together than we are apart.’ this was one way that we could join together in a different part of our nation to support and help them,” Student Council Advisor, Brenda Rost said.One drop off location includes Wilson Elementary.“We’re a great drop off location, anybody out there…students, parents, grandparents that want to contribute we’re there. If community members want to drop off things to the school they can do that as well,” Wilson Elementary Principa, Lisa Hilberg said.If you would like to get involved with the efforts and donate to Guess Elementary in Texas, please contact any Alpena schools to see if they are helping with the fundraiser.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious “Energy Vampires Live Among Us” Presentation to Help Residents with Cutting Energy CostsNext Operation Holiday Gearing Up For 26th Annual Fundraiserlast_img read more