Where Lifelong Memories Are Made

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Personal Living Where Lifelong Memories Are Made Tom Sawyer Camps have been creating lifelong memories for kids since 1926 By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Friday, April 12, 2013 | 5:55 pm Business Newscenter_img Top of the News Community News Community News HerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. Whoever said that probably never went to summer camp.What defines us as adults is the result of what’s instilled in us when we were kids. Pasadena’s long-reknown Tom Sawyer Camps aims to define future grown-ups with values and ethics by summer camping them with a fun, healthy and grounded programs both kids and parents love.Located at Hahamogna Watershed Park in the northern part of Arroyo Seco, the camp is surrounded by acres of wilderness where kids from 3 to 14 years of age can live out their own Tom Sawyer-inspired adventures.The camp was founded in 1926, and has been owned and operated by Sally and Mike Horner for the past 30 years. Their daughter, Sarah Horner Fish is the camp’s executive director and has been a longtime camper and counselor.The Camps are organized into four camp programs separated by age operating for 10 weeks of summer. There is Pre-Camp for 3-5 year olds, Tom Sawyer/Becky Thatcher Summer Day Camp for elementary-aged campers, Outpost for middle school campers, and TSC too! for kids ages 5 to entering 4th grade.Campers are divided into groups, complete with unique names and secret forts, to create a sense of unity and belonging.Activities available in the camp range from swimming, horseback riding, rock-climbing and windsurfing for older campers, group games, and a host of secret quests and challenges designed to challenge young minds.An accredited member of the American Camp Association since the 1970’s, Tom Sawyer Camps are dedicated to follow safety standards and guidelines, giving parents the peace of mind whenever their kids go off for camp.The camp’s ultimate goal is have campers make new friends, learn to appreciate the great outdoors and build confidence through safe risks.The biggest takeaway for the kids? Memories to last a lifetime.To learn more about Tom Sawyer Camps, visit http://www.tomsawyercamps.com or call (626) 794-1156.Tom Sawyer Camps office is located as 707 West Woodbury Rd., Unit F, Altadena.You can also email at [email protected] Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

WAITING GAME: After a late start to the sport, Nick Mellen has slowly found the balance between aggression and intelligence

first_img Comments Published on February 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44,Comments are closed. UPDATED: Feb. 5, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.The first thing they noticed were his feet.Nick Mellen was working through a series of footwork drills during the summer before his freshman season at West Genesee (New York) High School. His two future coaches, assistant Bob Deegan and head coach Mike Messere, looked on as the rising freshman’s feet rapidly bounced off the dots beneath him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive dots were set up below Mellen in the same shape that would appear on a deck of cards. Players tapped each dot in a given sequence as fast as possible. Deegan watched Mellen blaze through the drill twice before turning to Massere.“This kid is going to be a freshman?” Deegan asked.He was, and he’d only been playing lacrosse for a few months. After picking up the sport as an eighth grader, Mellen started as a freshman for a program that has won 15 state titles since 1981 and usually starts strictly juniors and seniors. He played varsity in lacrosse, football and hockey his freshman year, something Messere, who’s coached at the school for more than 40 years, couldn’t remember happening before. A year later, after his third season playing lacrosse, Mellen committed to Syracuse.It all happened fast. That’s how things went for the first six years of Mellen’s lacrosse career, in which he started 16 of 17 games as a freshman with the Orange. But in the 5-foot-9, 178-pound defenseman’s sophomore season, one when he was tabbed a preseason Inside Lacrosse All-American, everything stopped. His career was put on hold due to an injury to the labrum of his left shoulder. Mellen had surgery in fall 2016, and he medically redshirted that season to fully recover. After spending his whole career trying to catch up mentally while being ahead physically, Mellen was forced to wait. It’s been more than a year and a half since Mellen played in a game, but now he’s healthy again.“Looking back, honestly, I definitely gained something from (being out),” Mellen said. “It made me who I am as a player today, kind of started fire under my belt.”Over the past year and a half Mellen’s had time to sit back and study the game that his high school coaches knew he could excel in, even if he didn’t understand it yet. Deegan addressed Mellen’s lack of experience in a banquet at the end of Mellen’s senior year. He knew the athlete leaving him was one of the best at the high school at the time. But he needed to play more.“Your best days are ahead of you,” he told the Syracuse commit.Three years later, Mellen has positioned himself to achieve the balance coaches have always wanted him to find.• • •As an eighth grader, Mellen became an integral part of the lacrosse team at Camillus Middle School, a school in the West Genesee district, before he learned the game’s intricacies. The rules weren’t important yet anyway, considering Mellen played by his own set.From the start, coaches gave Mellen a long pole and he played long-stick midfielder, where he could utilize his athleticism and avoid the advanced stick work required on the offensive end. He could get beat and recover before the player had time to release a shot, said his former coach at Camillus, Eric Howes. He’d mastered the art of the recovery so well that Howes had to tell his other players not to copy Mellen. They simply weren’t athletic enough to do so.On faceoffs, Mellen played on the wing and his job was simple: Scoop the ground ball and run it down to an attack. In one game, Howes remembered Mellen snatching a ground ball, darting toward the cage to draw a defender and dishing the ball off to an attack for a goal. He did it again and again and again — four or five straight times before the opposing coach called timeout.Mellen’s aggression made him the elite defender he was, but only when he controlled it. In a game against Fayetteville-Manlius in Mellen’s eighth grade season, he ran alone down the sideline. With no defender on him, he dropped the ball. He picked it back up, continuing down the field until the ball hit the turf again. When Mellen dropped the ball a third time, a defender challenged him for the groundball. Mellen trucked him and jogged to the penalty box to serve an unnecessary roughness penalty.Once in the box, Howes turned to Mellen.“You looked more upset because you were dropping the ball and took it out on that poor kid than anything else,” Howes said.“Yeah, that’s pretty much it,” Mellen replied.A year later, Mellen strolled the sideline of a summer tournament in New Jersey with Howes and Deegan. Deegan quizzed Mellen on the rules, specifically how many seconds he had to enter the restraining box after crossing midfield. Mellen guessed 30. The answer was 10.“It was weird,” Mellen said. “I didn’t know what lacrosse was, I never watched many games of lacrosse my entire life. I was always a football and hockey kind of guy. I mean, I don’t know, I guess they kind of showed me the light at a pretty late age, to be honest.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorIn high school, Mellen slowly matured both on and off the field, his coaches said. Deegan and Messere taught him the composure required in defense. The West Genesee defenders completed one drill called “Miyagis,” named after The Karate Kid sensei Mr. Miyagi. The drill teaches players patience and precision with their checks, just as Miyagi teaches Daniel to strike tactically in karate.The drill simulates a defender throwing a check on an opposing player by having a teammate stand with his hands out at the width he would normally hold a stick. The defender then swiftly swings his stick through the gap between the teammates hand, usually in a figure-eight shape.Messere emphasized to his players that they are “surgeons, not woodchoppers.” Early on, Mellen chopped. He remembered his coaches preaching “aggression with intelligence,” meaning players should be aggressive, but think before they strike. It was a lesson Mellen always heard, sometimes followed, and never forgot.As he moved from long-stick midfielder to close defense at the start of his sophomore year, his job became more complex. Often covering the best attack, Mellen was instructed by Deegan not to slide off his man unless he was in certain situations. He was to counter his attack’s top move and force him to use his second or third dodge. He couldn’t run out and attack his opposition anymore, the players were too good. No longer could he succeed on aggression alone.He needed to slow down.“Nick had surgical strikes,” Messere said. “He was tough because his aggressiveness,” Messere paused. “(Controlling his aggression) was hard, which was nice because he was one of those players you had to pull back all that time. … It’s easier to coach a kid like that than a kid you have to force and push out there.”As Mellen grew into a lock-off defender, Deegan warned him not to be caught “bird dogging,” a term used often used by lacrosse coaches referring to a defensive player sagging off his man to chase the ball. In practice, Mellen knew his role, but in games, he wanted more. He pushed out toward the ball to try for a play that wasn’t his to make.Before a game against Jamesville-Dewitt during Mellen’s junior or senior year, Deegan warned him not to take his eyes off its star attack. In the first quarter, he didn’t budge. But as the game carried on, Mellen wandered off his man and toward the ball handler, even if it wasn’t his assigned attack. And as Deegan had predicted before the game, when Mellen turned back to locate the attack, he wasn’t there. Instead, he was catching a pass and burying it in the West Genesee cage.Mellen looked to the sideline, where Deegan stood.“Do you believe me now?” Deegan asked his star defender.“He had to go through that,” Deegan said in January. “… He had to go through that happening to him before he realized, man, that can happen that quick.”No matter how much Deegan told Mellen to counter his opposition, the young player still occasionally gave into the instincts that had made him prodigious in the first place.When Mellen was a senior at West Genesee, he played in the Section III title game in the Carrier Dome against Auburn. Ball movement forced Mellen to cover the man with possession as he often did, only this time it wasn’t Auburn’s top attack. So, he hacked, hoping to jar the ball loose. The referee threw a flag. The ball was still in the player’s stick, so he swung again. The referee launched his second flag. Again, Mellen chopped. This time the ball hit the ground, along with a third penalty marker.Mellen shrugged his shoulders in the box as both coaches asked a question everyone involved knew the answer to. He needed the ball by any means necessary.The next day, Deegan and Mellen talked it over. Mellen apologized for his immaturity and called the play “stupid.”Less than a year later, when Mellen knew he would start in Syracuse’s opener as a freshman, he sent a letter to Deegan. He thought back to the “patience with intelligence” phrase his coach had repeated so many times over the years. Deegan taught him the little things, not to exchange words with the opposing attack, but be a gentleman instead.“He grew up a lot,” Deegan said. “Like everybody, it takes you awhile to figure some things out. He figured out this is what I have to do.”In the game, Mellen played with a different demeanor. He led the defense with four caused turnovers. Two came off blocked passes, where he allowed the offense to decide what they would do with the ball before he made a play on it. He countered the attack just as Deegan told him to but didn’t always see him follow through on. On another turnover, he poked the ball out of the attack’s dangling stick. He didn’t scoop the ball immediately.Instead, he tapped the ball around the attack and, this time, he scooped up the ball and carried it into open space.• • •The pain in Mellen’s left shoulder wouldn’t go away. He played the end of his freshman season, and even pressed through the beginning of the fall, with the injury still lingering. He decided on surgery, hoping it would fix the issue and he’d be ready for the spring.Then, spring came. Still, he wasn’t better. Finally, the athlete who had never had an injury of this magnitude conceded. He didn’t want to miss the season, but he understood this was the best decision for his career in the long run. So, he decided to be patient.“It was tough, it was really crappy,” Mellen said. “I came in and my goal was just to, like, take over. My goal was to be the guy … My freshman year going into sophomore year, I was hoping to be that leader on the field. I was hoping to be the guy that guys looked up to on the field, and that was taken away from me.”,Months before Mellen officially redshirted, Syracuse assistant athletic trainer Troy Gerlt forced him to do something Mellen never does: nothing at all. The best thing for Mellen to do, Gerlt said, was lay low and allow his surgical wounds on his left shoulder heal.Once he was cleared for rehab activities, Mellen inched back to full strength. When healing from shoulder surgery, Gerlt said, it’s important to build the small muscles around the shoulder and lats to keep the shoulder intact. Mellen began with simple stretches and bodyweight exercises, some simulated the throwing motion he would need to rebuild into his muscle memory.In one particular exercise, Mellen put both hands out about shoulder width apart and pulled his arms back, a standing row without the weight. He pulled, squeezing his shoulder blades together. The exercise helped build his lats and rotator cuff muscles.He completed that exercise and “millions more,” Mellen said, laughing. From there, he worked his way to the weightroom, where Gerlt watched as Mellen churned toward his old self. Mellen progressed from the body weight rows to rows with a barbell, adding weight as strength increased.The weight used to be the first thing players and coaches noticed when Mellen worked out. Former SU defender Scott Firman remembered Mellen pushing weight on-par with upperclassmen numbers before he ever donned an orange jersey. Mellen said he used to be someone that walked into the gym and “cranked out bench,” not really thinking about the importance of stretching.He starts differently now. Before every workout, he stretches and gets his body loose before working in the exercises that have built his solid frame.That spring, Mellen finally had a stick in his hand. Gerlt noted that he first threw short passes with a traditional lacrosse stick, which can be more than 20 inches shorter than the long pole normally used by defenders and that Mellen has always played with. Practicing with the short stick took unwarranted stress off his shoulder until he was ready for it. Slowly, throughout the spring, the passes got a little longer.Eventually, Mellen worked back to his old drills. He played wall-ball to keep his stick skills up, re-tuned his checks with Miyagis and utilized the ladder to regain the foot speed, which allows him to lock-off the other team’s top attack.Around that time, in early-April and during his rehab, Mellen reached out to Deegan again.“I go through every day thinking about the first practice coming up in the fall,” Mellen wrote. “I can finally suit back up. I believe I wouldn’t have the mindset if it wasn’t for everything you had done for me and said to me and for that I thank you.”Banner photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerCORRECTION: Due to an editing error, Bob Deegan was misnamed in a previous version of this post. The Daily Orange regrets this error.Sponsored bylast_img read more

Evans Adotey to take charge of Medeama

first_imgTechnical Director of Medeama SC Augustine Evans Adotey will take temporal charge of Medeama until a new coach is appointed.The experienced former Ghana female Under-17 coach has been elevated due to his loyalty and experience and will supervise Medeama’sGhana Premier league game against Liberty Professionals and their Caf Confederations Cup game against Mamelodi Sundowns on May 18 at the Essipong Stadium.Adotey was appointed technical director of the club in November 2015.President of the Club Moses Armah Parker confirmed this upon the team’s arrival from South Africa on Monday night to the press.“Our last two league games were handled by Adotey and we won both, he is a good coach and will see to our coming matches.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Barbados beat Jamaica in thriller

first_imgSPANISH TOWN, Jamaica: Defending champions Barbados got their defence off to a winning start at the 2015 CAZOVA Under-19 Boys’ Volleyball Championships with a hard fought 3-1 victory over host country Jamaica at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Thursday. Barbados won 25-22, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22 in a close game against hosts Jamaica. Offensive hitter Brandon Callender with 15 spikes was among the standouts for the defending champions, who were marginally more consistent than the home team, winning 92 points overall to Jamaica’s 89. For Jamaica, middle blocker Javarie James and Jovan Thomas each with eight spikes and Shavar James helped keep Jamaica close, but were unable to get their team over the hump. In the day’s opening encounter, Trinidad and Tobago withstood a stern challenge from newcomers Haiti to prevail 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19. Tyrique Nicolas racked up 15 spikes from 30 attempts, while Rashaun White chipped in with eight as the Trinidadians won a see-saw battle against the Haitians. “We took a little too long to adjust to Haiti’s style and the size of the court,” said winning coach Gideon Dickson, who explained that his team prepared in a much smaller venue to the expansive auditorium, which took some getting used to. Dickson added: “It was good to get the win. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we are thankful nonetheless.” He also lauded a number of his players. “Our captain Rashaun had an outstanding game. Our opposite player Tyrique Nicolas had a good game, but he could have done a little more. The setter, who is really the engine of the team, made too many unforced errors in the first part of the game. He was setting good balls at times, but some of the balls were too tight. So it didn’t give our attackers an opportunity to really go at them.” He believes the team will improve as the tournament progresses. Haitian coach Adolphe Rudolph said the team had problems receiving and attacking, declaring that he had already identified the problems and will make the necessary adjustments for the next game. He said he will also try to motivate the team by reminding the players that they are doing this for their country.last_img read more

100 street construction to start Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Construction on 100 street from 114a avenue and the East Bypass Road will start Monday.The work is part of the final phase of improvements for 100 street from 110 avenue to the East Bypass Road.  The road will be upgraded to four lanes along with new street lights, storm sewer upgrades, multi-use trail and new traffic signals.The work on 100 street started in 2017 and was broken up into three phases, with the first two phases completed in 2017.- Advertisement -During construction, 100 Street between 114A Avenue and the East Bypass Road, the multi-use trail along 100 Street between 114A Avenue and the East Bypass Road, the connection between the East and West Bypass trails, and the parking lot near the East Bypass Road will be closed.The following detour routes will be in place for the duration of construction:From north of the City: take the East Bypass Road to 93 Street and then to 112 AvenueFrom east of 100 Street: take 98 Street to 112 AvenueFrom west of 100 Street: take 102 Street to 112 AvenueCouncil awarded the tender for the project to Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. for $5,826,567.60.Advertisement This map shows the detour routes while construction is under way – City of Fort St. Johnlast_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 4

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Workers prepare fruit salad packs for export to the UK. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Workers prepare fruit salad packs for export to the UK. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Workers prepare fruit salad packs for export to the UK. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 4: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

UCT in world top 100 subject ranking

first_img10 May 2013South Africa’s University of Cape Town was ranked in the top 100 of universities around the world for eight of its subject areas, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, released on Wednesday.It ranked 32 for education and training, and was also included in the top 100 for earth and marine sciences, politics, psychology, law and legal studies, history and archaeology, geography and English language and literature.“Regarded as one of Africa’s leading universities, UCT’s consistent performance in world ranking systems speaks to the university’s commitment to quality research as well as first-rate higher education,” UCT said in a statement.The latest QS World University Ranking by subject is the third edition of the study and evaluated 2 858 universities around the world, ranking 678 of these.Nineteen of UCT’S subjects were included in the 30-subject ranking, with agriculture, civil engineering and politics being rated for the first time.“The methodology of the QS survey relies heavily on a global survey of what academics and employers think of a particular university,” said UCT’s deputy vice chancellor, Danie Visser.“It is most pleasing that UCT has registered sufficiently internationally to be placed in the top 100 in no fewer than eight areas and in the top 200 in 19 different areas.”QS Surveys also look at citations per faculty, staff-student ratio and the degree of internationalisation by the proportion of international students and faculty.“Since UCT’s research impact is above the world average in many areas and because we have a very good proportion of international students, these indicators would tend to boost our scores,” Visser said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Marines, manufacturing and hogs: An unlikely career path for the Swine Manager of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2007, Bruce King hated going to work.He made good money in the manufacturing sector, and he wasn’t really looking for a different job, but he wasn’t really not looking either.“I hated Sunday nights because I knew I had to go to work the next morning. I felt trapped there,” King said of his manufacturing job in Mansfield.He had grown up helping on area farms some in the summer during high school. After high school he served in the Marine Corps before working at the factory for 15 years. He lived with his family in Lucas, just east of Mansfield and he certainly had never considered a career in the field of agriculture, until a want ad for a sow unit manager at nearby Oberholtzer Hog Corporation caught his attention.“I called about the ad and when I went to the farm I realized right away that was where I belonged,” King said. “I liked the environment and the type of people that were there. It wasn’t a cutthroat work environment. I realized very quickly that everybody’s job is important in agriculture. I liked the teamwork and the camaraderie. That is probably from my military past. Then the hogs kinds of grew on me. I found that I did have a passion for working with these animals that I never realized I had. I like scratching their ears. I find it therapeutic.”King admits he knew nothing about hogs when he started the job.“Before I saw that ad for the job, I didn’t even know that this job existed. I thought pork came from Kroger and I didn’t know anything about commercial farms,” he said. “I don’t think anyone ever really knew that I didn’t know anything about hogs. But, from the military I learned leadership and people followed me. Things were slowing down at the time of year that I started and that helped me learn. I spent a lot of time just studying the hog industry and how it worked inside and out. I studied what it took to make a successful hog farm. I was able to absorb the knowledge quickly. Maybe it is because I enjoyed it.”The farm is owned by Kenny Oberholtzer and there is a sow unit, gilt developer and three finishing barns contracting hogs for the Hord Livestock Company.“Kenny has a vast knowledge of hogs and working with the Hords was great. Their management team is the best there is,” King said. “They do a lot of vet visits and working with the vets regularly was a tremendous asset as well. As far as the wellness of the animals, you either get it or you don’t. I just seemed to notice some of the details that other people would overlook. It was a lot of trial and error at first.”The job was a huge change for King and though it was easy to leave the factory, it was not so easy to leave the paycheck.“I worked third shift at the factory. I would get off at 6 a.m. and go to the sow unit and work until 1 or so and then I would go home and sleep. I did that for three months to make sure it was what I wanted to do,” he said. “It was a big jump to leave my factory job. I went from a job where you stamp your product and made something that was a final outcome you knew right then to something that is longer term and you can’t see the end result for months.”Soon enough, he was hooked and poured all of his effort into his new job, using the skills he learned in manufacturing and the military to maximize productivity, efficiency and animal care, though there was plenty to learn.“Coming from manufacturing, I saw that this job was just a different type of manufacturing. You have to do the right things to get the right product in the end — it is just a delayed gratification for seeing the end product,” he said. “The challenges sometimes felt like I was climbing a mountain. You have to wrap your mind around the idea that what you do now will impact the next four months. That was huge.”King knew from the start that his success would be closely tied to the people around him and he took great care in hiring employees.“Employee retention can be a challenge and it was my goal to hire people based on what I knew about them. I found people who I knew from my neighborhood. No one that has been added to the team since I have been there has any agricultural background,” King said. “I look at their personality to see what traits they have and then see where they will fit. If people are attentive, I put them in farrowing because they are more caring and kind. Then you teach them farrowing. For gestation, I look for the more assertive personalities. You don’t want to put that meek person in the pen giving shots. You put people in a position according to their strengths. It became very apparent that personality traits were more important than experience. In fact, not having any experience made it easier for us to teach them our way of doing things and they didn’t have any existing bad habits.”With a good team in place, success has followed.“We do not cut corners. We never stop trying to be better,” King said. “I realized it was not about what I did, it was about getting the right people in the right jobs. I didn’t have to know everything about hogs. I just had to know enough to make everyone really good at what they did. If you can build a strong team than everything else comes easier. If you have the right people doing the right jobs the numbers take care of themselves.”Three years after King started, the farm expanded to 2,500 sows and production numbers have dramatically improved since then. The success on his farm led to King being named the 2016 Swine Manager of the Year by the Ohio Pork Council. He is being recognized at the Ohio Pork Congress this week.“We started going in shifts 24/7 in 2014 and it has really helped. The 24/7 is by far the most valuable thing we have done,” he said. “We were able to get more pigs out the door than we ever have — 80,459 went out the door last year. That is a good number. It is up from 77,062 in 2013. It was a great year.”The farm also saw lower numbers of stillborn pigs at 5.59% three years ago to 2.93% in 2015. The farm averaged 30.47 pigs weaned per sow in 2015 with a pre-wean mortality dropping from 11% to 8.47% in three years.“That is a huge difference,” King said. “The focus of that 24/7 was in farrowing. Constant care is where the money is at. We get those pigs towel dried. The quicker they dry the sooner they will nurse and get that colostrum, and the more likely they are to survive. And yes, those towels wreck a washing machine.”King is very proud of (but never satisfied with) his numbers.“We focus on the numbers a lot. We have an incentives program based on production and that really drives the workers to do better. I put the numbers up and we talk about them and we are always working to improve. If we have a bad week, we look at why that happened and see what happened to identify the problem,” King said. “We look at patterns. We focus on the numbers and we are goal oriented.”And as much as he enjoys working with the animals, he takes even greater interest in the crop of townies he has helped turn into farmers.“I hand picked the employees I hired and it has been a good move to do that. Some started while they were in high school or right after high school,” he said. “The people who do the work every day are the reason I have been successful. Sometimes the guy who power washes every day will come to you with the best idea. I work with guys who do the right things every day and don’t cut corners. Those are the people who need to be recognized for their work day in and day out. I feel like we have some of the finest people you can find anywhere.”The whole experience has turned King and the other farm employees into uniquely positioned advocates for agriculture.“I like educating people about the facts of hog farming. They all want to know how hog farms are really run. I like to share that part about it,” he said. “Since I started at the hog farm and hired all of these young guys from Lucas, the whole community now understands more about hog farming and what really happens on a farm. These animals are well taken acre of. They live better than some people do. I wish we had more opportunities to educate people on the positive side of commercial farms. I would invite anyone to walk through with me. “And, at the end of the day, King has a job that he is passionate about and dedicated to doing better tomorrow.“I love being there. The time goes quickly and there is no other job I have had when the time goes by too quickly. Part of me is envious of the people who grew up on farms, but I don’t think that I would be as good at my job now if I didn’t come from the other side of the fence,” he said. “’Well how did you end up with a job like that?’ is the most common question I get. Being where I am now was probably the furthest thing from my mind 10 years ago. It is crazy that a want ad would change the direction of my life and allow me to improve other people lives by introducing them to agriculture. And now, I don’t hate going to work.”last_img read more

Mason Rudolph vs. J.W. Walsh: Who’s Better in Short-Yardage Situations?

first_imgDuring Monday’s media availability, head coach Mike Gundy was asked about former Cowboy and current TCU graduate assistant J.W. Walsh and how his presence benefited Mason Rudolph.“The fewer hits that all of the guys that play this position take, the better off whoever’s team they play for is going to be, in my opinion,” said Gundy. “J.W. was able to take a lot of physical contact off of Mason last year because of all of the third-and-short and goal line plays that he was in.”“Now we’ve adjusted to our offense to where we’re not a very good third-and-short team and we’re a pretty average goal line team, but we’ve made a few changes and Mason has been included in that. You’ve seen him run the ball. He wants to run the ball more. I’m not really excited about him running the ball more, but when you get into a condensed area on the field numbers play a huge role in trying to score.”Protecting Mason Rudolph has been a concern. That’s for sure. Though pretty elusive in the pocket in his own right,  Rudolph doesn’t have the wheels that Walsh did. This has also affected the amount of sacks Rudolph has taken.In the above quote, Mike Gundy said, “Now we’ve adjusted to our offense to where we’re not a very good third-and-short team and we’re a pretty average goal line team…”.After I heard this I wanted to look up just how bad the Cowboys have been on third-and-short this year and I was pretty surprised with what I found. The numbers below show Oklahoma State’s rushing attempts in third-down-and-short situations. Short is defined as 1-3 yards to go.3rdteamavgOn rushing attempts on third down and short, the Cowboys actually lead the Big 12, averaging 7.62 yards per carry. That stat surprised me. What surprised me more is how much better this year’s team is than past year’s teams. They are 14/21 (66 percent) on third and shorts so far this year on the ground and were just 13/29 (45 percent) last year.It seems Gundy’s concerns are actually a little misplaced here.The best rusher from third-and-short (1-3 yards to go)? Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has five rushes in this range for an average of 7.6 per carry (Childs does have one attempt for 19 yards).On passing attempts at the same down and yardage, the Cowboys are 60 percent (9/15). That’s down from last year’s 68.8 percent (11/16) and 2014’s surprising 100 percent (12/12).But between the two quarterbacks, who was more efficient in these passing downs? Let’s take a look.walsh3rdpassrudolphpass3rdWhile Walsh was the short-yardage specialist, Mason Rudolph has been more effective when passing in those downs. And this year, he’s been very effective on the run, as well.So while it may not seem like it from a personnel standpoint, this offense with Rudolph is actually pretty effective in short-yardage situations. OSU is converting third and shorts at a 61 percent clip against 47 percent last year. They still have some room for improvement in the red-zone, though. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Bedlam Hype Video: Time To Crown a Big 12 Champion

first_imgThis is good. I’ll leave you with this for tonight. I cam out of my seat on the Tre Flowers hit, by the way. Bedlam tomorrow. Let’s ride.Also if you need to get more hyped (for some reason), here is some fuel. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more