The Mount Rushmores of Sumner County sports

first_imgMount Rushmore of indelible Friday Night Light moments in Wellington since 1992. 1. WHS Assistant John Gifford in that one-man only skybox on those rickety light poles on the WHS football field in the 1990s.2. The late Kent “Red Dog” Webster as a chain gain member. The sideline was much quieter after his passing.3. Mike and Elaine Brooner – The husband and wife radio team of KWME-KLEY is legendary.4. Ringing the victory bell after a WHS victory. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The popular trend among sports talk blabbers these days is to create what is called Mount Rushmore sports lists. The theory is if you owned this rock and were to chisel a monument much like the four U.S. Presidents in South Dakota, who would be on your “mountain” for a specific sport?For example, the other day, Miami Heat’ Lebron James stated he wanted to be on the Mount Rushmore of NBA Players. He, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Celtic great Bill Russell objected and thought he should be on it.I love debates like this. And it got me thinking about various Mount Rushmore lists on the local sports level.Since I haven’t been shot at lately, I decided to compile a Mount Rushmores of Sumner County Sports. When I started thinking about the list I discovered quickly that I needed to establish perimeters. If I was going to do an all-time Mount Rushmore list of Wellington High School football players, it was going to take a whole heck of a lot more research than I had time for.So I decided since this is my list, I would not include any athletic accomplishments predating 1992. Why? Because that was the year my wife and I moved to Wellington.I didn’t feel I could adequately judge athletes that preceded my presence. Yes, I could go on statistical data, but I didn’t want to do that, because then it would be just a list of reciting old records. Plus, this makes it a lot more fun because most of us can relate to the past 22 years.Secondly, I mixed it up a bit. On a couple of lists I included Wellington athletes with other Sumner County athletes. In others it was strictly a Wellington list.Anyway, here it goes. Remember this is a “best of the best” list and just my opinion. So if I left your or your son/daughter’s name off, don’t take it to personally. It’s all in good fun. Mount Rushmore of WHS wrestlers since 1992. 1. Tim Swartz – who owns the WHS season takedown record of 135 in 2000-01.2. Josh Clark – A state champion in 2002.3. Kody Page – A state champion in 2008.4. Taylan Lamkin – The only two-time state placer since the Decker era in 2013-14.Explanation: Let’s just say, the 1992 stipulation completely changed this list. If I was going to go with an all-time WHS Mount Rushmore wrestling list I’d have names like Josh Gooch, Jonny McCreary, Killer Franks, Val Landes, etc. But I wanted to be consistent with every list here. Now someone out there will point out that Gooch graduated in 1992 which would make him eligible for this list. Yes, that is correct. However, I didn’t arrive in Wellington until the fall of 1992. I never saw Gooch wrestle. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County concession stand food since 1992. 1. Mayfield burgers.2. Concession stand popcorn.3. Snickers candy bar.4. Plastic bottle of Diet Pepsi.Explanation: Mayfield burgers are the best. There is no such thing as bad popcorn. A Snickers candy bar is so beyond any other candy it is not debatable, and Diet Pepsi is a great concession drink because you are having soda pop without the calories. And it isn’t fountain Diet Pepsi which is gross. Mount Rushmore of WHS football players since 1992.1. Billy Conwell – An outstanding linebacker that played on some very talented clubs in the early 1990s.2. Tim Lira – A running back for the Crusaders from 2000 to 2002.3. Jason Burnett – A defensive end, who terrorized opponents for four years in the mid-1990s.4. Taylor Zeka – A quarterback who holds the passing yards during a season and career and led the Crusaders to two state finals.Explanation: This was the toughest list to make. So many could have easily made this list: Shawn McEachern, David Heath, Zane Aguilar and Garrett Brinkmeyer were very high on my list. Conwell and Burnett were easy choices for me because I saw them play in the 1990s and they were just tough as nails defenders. They epitomized what Wellington defense was about in those years. For the other two, I went with the record books. Lira had 4,428 rushing yards in three years a WHS record. The next back was Clift who had 2,944 yards. I can’t ignore that even though Lira is on two other lists in this blog. Zeka had 4,592 yards passing in his high school career. Nate Cornejo had 3,282. Speaking of which, what would have happened had Cornejo been healthy his senior year in football? I’m sure he might have made this Mount Rushmore list as well. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County athletes since 1992.1. Sara Lungren, Caldwell. – an all-Missouri Valley Conference volleyball player for Wichita State in the early 2000s.2. Nate Cornejo, Wellington – drafted as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, in the late 1990s.3. Tim Lira, Wellington – held state records in the 100 and 200 meters in 2003.4. Eric Pauly, Conway Springs -  a linebacker in the late 1990s, who would go on to play for Colorado State Rams and come close to getting drafted in the NFL if it wasn’t for a severe ACL injury.Explanation: Of all the lists I made for this blog, this, interestingly enough, was the easiest to make. These four just rose to the top because they were pro type players in their respective sports. There are so few of those kind of athletes in Sumner County. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County coaches since 1992. 1. John Gifford – assistant Wellington High School football coaches for all of those years until retiring last fall.2. Linn Hibbs – WHS football coach from 1996-2010, who won two state championships, a state runner-up and a slew of games.3. Alan Jamison – head Caldwell basketball coach in the 1990s. He coached Caldwell to several state tournaments.4. David Hughes – head South Haven football and girls basketball coach. He won a state championship in girls basketball and had a state runner-up in football not to mention long playoff/tournament runs in both sports. Oh, and he coaches a successful track program.Explanation: I thought about putting Mark Bliss of Conway Springs in the late 1990s and early 2000s the coach who started the Conway Springs football dynasty. I left him off simply because he wasn’t here for a significant length of time and Conway Springs has sustained that tradition for more than a decade since his departure. Russ Decker of Wellington would have been on the list as Wellington’s wrestling coach, but his greatest time predated 1992. Randy Sawyer of Caldwell, a coach of everything in Caldwell and Wellington; and Brian Aufdengarten, who has had great success in WHS tennis, were also strong considerations. There are a lot of good coaches in Sumner County.center_img Mount Rushmore of WHS spring (and fall) sports players since 1992. 1. Jesse Cornejo – WHS left-handed pitcher in the early 1990s.2. Nate Cornejo – WHS right-handed pitcher in the mid 1990s.3. Tim Lira – Kansas State record holder in the 100 and 200 meters.4. Myles Miller – Two-time Class 4A state champion in golf and state runner-up his senior year.Explanation: I combined the spring and fall non-revenue sports because these sports are more about individual accomplishments, and there was no way I was going to do Mount Rushmores for every sport. Both J’Lynn Ledesma in the high jump and Megan Campbell in the 100 and 200 meters were close to making the list. There are also a few tennis and volleyball players who could have made this list as well. Mount Rushmore of WHS basketball players since 1992.1. Darin Miller – A post player for Wellington who went on to play four years with the Wichita State Shockers.2. Lindsey Davis – A girls basketball player in the early 2000s, who may have a few records at WHS that will never be broken.3. Dani Anderson – A girls basketball shooting guard, who helped lead a Crusader basketball team to the state tournament for the first time in 50 years.4. Luke Byler – A boys basketball player from 1998-2001, who went on to play as a walk-on at Oklahoma State.Explanation: This was a pretty easy list for me to make, because these four stood out above the rest. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County teams since 1992. 1. Any one of the four Conway Springs state championship teams in the early 2000s. (Conway Springs fans need to make the pick)2. Wellington High School state runner-up football team in 2000.3. 1993-1994 Caldwell High School football and basketball teams.4. The 2011 Argonia girls basketball team. Explanation: People will wonder why I listed the 2000 WHS football team over the 2001 and 2002 state championship teams. Hibbs told me that was his most talented team he coached here and would have won the state crown had it not been for a behemoth team out of Fort Scott that year. Some will question why I combined two sports for Caldwell. Because most of those boys were playing both sports that year. They were the same team, playing different sports. That school year the Bluejays were state semifinalists in football and state runner-up in basketball. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County sports facilities since 1992. 1. Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington.2. Worden Park in Wellington.3. Conway Springs football field.4. Mill Street Park (a baseball field in south Wellington which is now defunct but was a great place to watch the little leaguers play ball in the 1990s).Explanation: Really Hibbs-Hooten Field stands alone over all facilities. I would have included the WHS football stadium because of the Friday night atmosphere, but quite frankly that facility has some major issues at the moment. It’s not deserving of any Mount Rushmore status. Mount Rushmore of lists I didn’t do since 1992. 1. SCBL athletes. There have been so many great athletes in Caldwell, South Haven, Oxford and Argonia. I didn’t feel I could make a legitimate list without more research.2. Best Conway Springs football teams. I really wanted to list the top four football teams from that dynasty in the northwest corner of Sumner County since 1998. But no one I spoke to from Conway Springs wanted to touch it.3. Great accomplishments. A list of amazing feats like Conway Springs Tanner Wood rushing for 659 yards in one game. But that’s a list where I would have inevitably forgotten someone doing something really great.4. Cueball sports columns. I’m sure I have many columns that were delightful. But picking four would have been impossible. LOL.last_img read more


first_imgThe following are the Ladies GAA All County League Results Week 1.A number of games were called off due to the weatherDivision 2: St Mary’s Convoy 3-07 Naomh Conaill 1-02. Division 3: South/West & North/East.St Naul’s beat Killybegs.Fanad Gaels beat St Eunan’s B.Glenswilly beat St Mary’s Convoy B. Urris beat MalinDungloe 2-07 Cloughaneely 1-01. LADIES FOOTBALL: LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ladies football resultslast_img read more

Beetle mania grips World Cup

first_imgThe red Beetle carries a large vuvuzelaon its roof. A giant football and pair of sunglassesadorn the white Beetle. The third stretch Beetle in progress.Although just a shell at the moment itwill soon look as vibrant as the other two.(Images: Natalie Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wynand ViljoenNew Electrical Panel Beaters+27 12 800 2548 or +27 83 744 063Janine ErasmusA passion for football and the venerable Volkswagen Beetle has resulted in the creation of a growing fleet of one-of-a-kind stretch Beetles, vibrantly decorated in national colours and football elements.Gallery: Beetle maniaA group of four football fanatics at an unassuming panel-beating shop in the industrial suburb of Lindo Park, east of Pretoria, have turned their enthusiasm for the Beautiful Game into an eye-catching mobile show of support for the home team, Bafana Bafana. The national squad takes on Mexico in the opening game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 June in Johannesburg.Auto electrician Wynand Viljoen, mechanic Chris Neuwenhuizen, and panel beaters Tinashe Zivovo and Wellington Mugocha are the enterprising foursome.As their way of getting involved in the World Cup and adding to the growing buzz around the event, they have channelled their creativity into producing two stretch Beetles so far, with another one in production.Heads turn when these cars are on the road, and fans who wish to turn up at World Cup matches in style may rent them for their grand entrance.“I started building the first one for the fun of it,” said Viljoen, “and it has just taken off. I’ve had enquiries from a number of people, including a local coloured community and the Home Affairs department.”The Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereeniging (Language and Culture Organisation) has also expressed interest, as they have arranged a World Cup song in Afrikaans.Labour of love“It took us about three months to build the first one,” said Mugocha, explaining that the stretch Beetle starts off as two cars that are each reduced by two-thirds and joined to produce the limo-style end result.One Beetle is cut at the windscreen and the other is cut at the rear window post. The two bigger sections are then welded together, providing a blank canvas for lavish football-themed refurbishment.The third stretch Beetle is just a shell at this stage, but once the welding and panel-beating work is finished, it too will emerge as a tribute to football and a testament to automotive skill.The team has not yet decided on a theme for the third car, but are working on some ideas. They hope to build another two or three, according to Mugocha.“The red one has a number of improvements on the white one, so our third car will be the best yet.”Proudly South AfricanFans need not worry about their safety – each car is completely road-worthy, and has received the green light from the licensing department.The first vehicle off the production line was the white model, which is topped with a huge fibreglass football. On the right-hand side of the car, just under the ball, sits a huge pair of flashy sunglasses, similar to the oversized accessories seen on makarapas – colourful modified hard hats worn at football matches. The lenses of the glasses are fully functional windows.The red Beetle carries a giant vuvuzela – the plastic African trumpet that either excites or irritates – just above the sunroof. The 4m-long instrument is wired to the sound system, an installation of teeth-jarring power, and is also used as the hooter. A standard-sized vuvuzela can fit onto the lower end, amplifying the sound.Inside, each has room for six people to sit in comfort. In addition to the driver and passenger seats, the white car has two double seats facing each other, while the red car’s seats are arranged conventionally, all facing forward.Both interiors are decked out in a football and vuvuzela theme, though with different colour schemes. Central locking and power windows have also been installed.The national flag and the words “Bafana Bafana” are prominent features of the exteriors. Both cars are powered by the trusty 1 600cc Beetle engine, which has seen thousands of Beetles around the world clock up vast mileage.Dedicated fansBafana Bafana’s inconsistent performances of late have not fazed the four colleagues at all, nor shaken their faith in the home side, despite some negative comments from members of the community.The foursome is convinced that South African football fans are set to be pleasantly surprised by their team’s World Cup performance.“We are 150% behind football and Bafana Bafana,” Mugocha said.last_img read more

ShiftLeft Raises $20 Million to Ensure Security Keeps Pace with Accelerating Software

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#ShiftLeft Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at The movement of software into the cloud has enabled developers to release new features at a staggering pace. But, all this change has created a fundamental security problem: How do you secure software that’s no longer monolithic and instead consists of hundreds of microservices that are updated multiple times daily?This is a challenge that organizations continue to struggle with – just look at the attacks sustained by Equifax and Yahoo, or pick any of the of hundreds of publicly reported data breaches involving California citizens’ personal information here. Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse. Not only does Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report list web application attacks as the leading source of breaches in 2018, but according to another recent report, the number of web application attacks, particularly vulnerabilities related to injection (such as SQL, command, object, etc.), increased by 23 percent last year (with more than half of those vulnerabilities providing a public exploit available to hackers).Recognizing this growing issue, investors are betting big on solutions that can help developers better secure code, and offer customized security for every version of every application in the DevOps cycle. In fact, application-specific cloud security startup ShiftLeft today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series B funding round led by Thomvest Ventures.“The unprecedented growth of software and data within the enterprise over the last decade makes protecting applications and data extremely critical. The team at ShiftLeft is ameliorating a serious pain point for application developers and CISOs by automating code security in a way that’s never been done before,” said Umesh Padval, venture partner at Thomvest Ventures. “The company’s industry-leading solution has set a new standard for how development teams integrate security seamlessly into the CI/CD process and for automated code analysis. The net result is that applications are far more secure during the development to production processes. Who wouldn’t want to invest in that?”This new ShiftLeft round also includes new investor SineWave Ventures, along with participation from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures and Mayfield, bringing the total company investment to $30 million. As the speed of software development continues to outpace traditional application security approaches, ShiftLeft plans to use its new funding to drive broader adoption of its code-informed runtime protection solution.“We couldn’t be more pleased with the level of support and interest we’ve received from our investors. This funding will help us expand our product portfolio and language coverage to hasten the widespread adoption of automated and customized application security for every software release,” said Manish Gupta, CEO and co-founder of ShiftLeft. “The fact that there was so much competition to get into this round is indicative of how much pent up demand there is in the market for new approaches to application security.”Founded in 2016, ShiftLeft has created a great deal of buzz in the market with its unique ability to identify and prioritize code vulnerabilities, root out false-positives and enable developers and application security teams with the level of analytics needed to secure the enterprise. Just recently, the company was named a finalist in RSA’s Innovation Sandbox (the winner will be announced during the conference in early March). Unlike traditional application security approaches that are focused on external threats and rely on manual efforts to triage inaccurate alerts, ShiftLeft is the first to use code analysis to deeply understand application vulnerabilities, and create a virtual security perimeter to detect and protect every application version against malicious or unauthorized activity targeted at those vulnerabilities.As the company works toward its aggressive growth goals, ShiftLeft has also assembled a new advisory board of prominent security and development experts, including Bob Flores (former CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency), Craig Rosen (CISO of AppDynamics), Yonatan Ryabinski (chief enterprise architect at Vanguard), Shahar Ben Hador (CIO of Exabeam), Aaron McKeown (head of security engineering and architecture at Xero), and Manish Arya (CTO of Tavant).“Finding creative ways to limit exposure to security risks and threats was a major focus throughout my career,” said Flores. “Today, the speed of software development demands an intelligent platform like ShiftLeft that can truly automate code security with software assurance and persistnt runtime monitoring. I’m thrilled to be an advisor to Manish and his team, and am excited to watch the company’s inventive approach to application security change the way software is developed and managed.”ShiftLeft has also expanded its executive team with several key hires, including Jim Sortino as the new vice president of worldwide sales. He previously held executive roles at Trend Micro and Dome9 Security (acquired by Checkpoint). What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

AIIMS New Delhi recruiting 96 Assistant Professors

first_imgAll India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has invited job applications for the post of Assistant Professors on regular basis. Interested and eligible candidates are required to apply online before August 14, 2014.Vacancy details:Assistant Professor: 96 postsDepartment-Wise Post DistributionDepartment: Anatomy — Electron Microscope for Nanotechnology and 3D Tomography (Anatomy): 1 postDepartment: Biophysics: 2 postsDepartment: Biochemistry: 2 postsDepartment: C.T.V.S.: 2 postsDepartment: Centre for Community Medicine: 2 posts                                  Department: Emergency Medicine: 4 postsDepartment: Endocrinology & Metabolism: 1 postDepartment: E.N.T.: 4 postsDepartment: Gastroenterology & HNU: 2 postsDepartment: Hospital Administration: 7 postsDepartment: Medicine: 5 postDepartment: Neurosurgery: 7 postsDepartment: Neuro-Anaesthesiology: 1 postDepartment: Nephrology: 1 postDepartment: Nuclear Medicine: 1 postDepartment: N.D.D.T.C. – Psychiatry: 2 postsDepartment: Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Anaesthesia (ART): 1 postDepartment: Orthopaedics: 1 postDepartment: Pathology: 1 postDepartment: Pediatrics: 7 postsDepartment: Pharmacology: 2 postsDepartment: Physiology: 4 postsDepartment: Radio-Diagnosis: 4 postsDepartment: Dr. R.P. Centre: 2 postsDepartment: Surgical Disciplines — Surgery: 5 postsDepartment: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar IRCH: 9 postsDepartment: Centre for Dental: 15 postsDepartment: Urology — Renal Transplantation: 1 postEligibility criteria:Interested candidates can have a look at the detailed eligibility criteria on the official website of AIIMS, New Delhi: or The age of the candidates should not be more than 50 years.Application fees: Candidates have to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 500 (Rs 100 for SC/ ST candidates).How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates are required to apply online through the AIIMS website: or www.aiims.eduThe candidates are also required to send a printout of the duly filled application form and send it along with a cover letter which will appear on screen after online submission of application, and attested copies of required certificates/ documents to: The Chief Administrative Officer, Administrative Block, I Floor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110 029Important dates:advertisementLast date to apply online: August 14, 2014Last date for receipt of applications at AIIMS, ND: August 29, 2014last_img read more