Ila MitchellIla M. Mitchell, age 95, of Wellington, died early Thursday morning, June 16, 2016.Â She was a homemaker and lifelong Wellington resident.Ila M. Mitchell was born on July 21, 1920 in Wellington, KS to William A. Bowman and Coral L. (Rowe) Bowman.Ila married William A. â€œBillâ€ Mitchell on April 27, 1942 in Newkirk, OK.Â He preceded her in death in 1990.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; two brothers, Bert Bowman and Bill Bowman and one sister, Shirley Romig.Survivors include her three nephews, Gary Bowman of Goddard, KS; Larry Bowman and Howard Bowman both of Wellington, KS; several great nieces & nephews; and close friends, Richard Rayl, Debbie Rayl and their family.Graveside Services will be held at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington, KS on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.Â Chaplain Dan Floyd will officiate.In honoring Ilaâ€™s wishes there will be no visitation.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society in lieu of flowers.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
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Leonard Hamilton in the spotlightHe built winning programs at places where it had never (Miami) or rarely (Florida State) been accomplished. He is only 18 wins away from 600. Why is that not respected more? Florida State had a chance at making Hamilton’s first Final Four; instead, the Seminoles were handed a trophy they deserved (they did win the ACC regular season, after all) for a tournament that was not completed.MORE: Missing March Madness: Playing out the full 2020 bracketSeton Hall’s shotThe Pirates did not end the regular season in grand style, losing to Villanova and Creighton as All-American Myles Powell suddenly struggled to find his perimeter touch. There still was the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden to get all of that back in order. I figure the Hall probably would have wound up no better than the doorstep of the Final Four, but I wanted to see Powell get the shot he earned at making the big shots he specialized in delivering.Malachi FlynnI probably would never have gotten the opportunity to see him in person, as San Diego State was likely to be placed in the West Region, opening the tournament in Sacramento. But I loved how Flyn played under pressure in some of the Aztecs’ close games and, we all know, the NCAA Tournament is all about pressure.Rutgers on the bracketNot since 1991 have the Scarlet Knights earned their way into the NCAA Tournament. This year, they did. Their season-ending wins against Maryland and Purdue placed them firmly into every bracket projection considered by the BracketMatrix.com compilation, including Sporting News’. Even if they’d lost their second-round Big Ten Tournament game against Michigan — they were warming up for a noon start when the event was cancelled — the Knights still would have been in. There are varying reasons why I so often have been away from the arena on opening day: travel costs when I was in the newspaper business, joining the old Sporting News Radio crew from 2001-08 to do the all-encompassing programs we called “Tournament Central” and, last year, using the occasion to visit Sporting News headquarters in Charlotte to spend some time around co-workers I rarely see.MORE: How the 1985 NCAA Tournament turned March into MadnessThat was the plan this year, as well: two days in Charlotte, then a drive over to Greensboro to cover (most likely) the adventures of Maryland and Duke.So I will miss the opening round of the NCAA Tournament — the greatest day in sports, because it lasts 48 hours — in the same way as most of you. I would have watched on TV, diverting my attention from one game to another depending on which was most compelling, and which happened to be in a television timeout.This is what I was looking forward to seeing this year, that we never will:Dayton invading IndyAs Bill Self established in a recent conversation with reporters, Kansas had chosen to play in Houston in the event they were the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, which was all but certain. The most likely scenario at that point would have seen Baylor lose at some point in the Big 12 Tournament and either fall down to the edge of the No. 1 seed line or slip to a No. 2. That would have bumped up the Flyers to a No. 1 seed with geographic preference, which would have been the short drive to Indianapolis (over jetting to New York). Dayton’s fans are the most loyal in the game, sticking with their program through difficult seasons and shifting conference affiliations. They were being rewarded with the program’s greatest year in five decades — along with the program’s first National Coach of the Year in Anthony Grant — and thousands would have wanted seats at Lucas Oil Stadium.Ashton Hagans’ returnIt never made sense to me that Hagans received such criticism, just when Kentucky found the rhythm that led to 12 victories over 14 games. I felt bad for him that he felt the need to step away from the team for its final regular-season game — which the Wildcats won in a dramatic comeback at Florida— and I was eager to see him rebound in the SEC or NCAA tournaments. MORE: How No. 1 Georgetown escaped being ‘UMBC’d’ by 16-seed PrincetonCould Providence have continued rolling?The Friars won six in a row to close the season, and eight of their last 10, which included four wins over teams projected as consensus top-5 seeds at the Bracket Matrix and five that were expected to be in the field.Steve Forbes’ momentSince he became the head coach at East Tennessee State — after he’d lost his job at Tennessee, after he’d spent time coaching in junior college, and after he’d gotten the chance to join Gregg Marshall on the bench at Wichita State — Forbes has done outstanding work. Each of the five Buccaneers teams he has coached won at least 24 games, and the 2017 edition made it to the NCAAs. But this was by far his best team, with a legitimate shot to win a game or two. The Buccaneers were 30-4. They played Kansas tough on the road and went into LSU and won by double digits. They had a chance. Mercedes-Benz StadiumI covered basketball at the Georgia Dome in the 2001 regional final (Michigan State over Temple), in the 2012 regional final (Kentucky over Baylor) and in the 2002, 2007 and 2013 Final Fours (Maryland, Florida and Louisville were the winners). This would have been my first trip to this new building, which is rather amazing. Looks like it might be awhile before I get there. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a6/9f/ashton-hagans-122819-getty-ftrjpg_14egzt39rxtjl1f555d62upw63.jpg?t=1334961591&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/2e/montez-mathis-jacob-young-031920-getty-ftr_10dunjue6md2d1css0h83exdwp.jpg?t=-210270856&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b9/ae/payton-pritchard-030420-getty-ftr_16dupczrtclrp1n4nxi7schdql.jpg?t=-1494816952&w=500&quality=80 The ball was scheduled to go into the air shortly after noon today. There’s no telling who would have been in that initial game, where it would have been played, who would have been the game officials and whether either team involved would have had a real shot at the championship. They would have been in the NCAA Tournament, though, so they would have had a chance. And that is what has always made this event extraordinary.Like most of you, I would have watched that game on television. I have covered 32 NCAA Tournaments, starting in 1988, but I have watched the first round on TV almost as often as I have been in the arena. One last lap for Payton PritchardHe was a precocious freshman on a Final Four Oregon team. Now he was a legit All-American on a team with a chance to return. He was maybe the last player you’d want to see with the ball if your team was holding a two-point lead with 10 seconds remaining.
That led to an incredible outpouring of charitable donations. According to a report from the Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), Burrow’s speech prompted Athens High School and Ohio University alum Will Drabold to start a fundraiser on Facebook for the Athens County Food Pantry.According to the Times Recorder, the goal of that fundraiser was $1,000. It has now exceeded more than $500,000 in charitable donations since Burrow’s Heisman speech. That has led to an outpouring of support for Burrow and LSU from the state of Ohio, even before No. 2 Ohio State was bounced from the College Football Playoff by No. 3 Clemson.And that in itself is a form of immortality. To date this season, Burrow has completed 371 of 478 passes (77.6 percent) for 5,208 passing yards, 55 touchdowns to six interceptions and a 204.6 quarterback rating. He also added 311 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to those already-impressive totals, earning him the Heisman Trophy by an incredible margin.MORE: Why did Joe Burrow transfer from Ohio State?And even if Burrow can’t lead LSU to a win in Monday’s game, no one can take away the good Burrow did with his Heisman stage.When Burrow was awarded the Heisman on Dec. 14 in New York, he gave an emotional, heartfelt speech that brought national attention to the poverty in Athens and Athens County in Ohio, where Burrow grew up from the age of 9. He also won Mr. Football in the state of Ohio in 2014 at Athens (Ohio) High School.”Coming from southeast Ohio, the poverty rate is almost twice the national average,” Burrow said. “There are so many people there who don’t have a lot, and I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County who go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too.”Joe Burrow’s Heisman speech Quarterback Joe Burrow is on the precipice of college football immortality.The second-year LSU signal-caller is one game away from leading LSU to just the second 15-0 season in modern college football history. And it’s not unfair to say the biggest reason the Tigers are here is because of the incredible season Burrow has had.
Jake Fromm has been under a spotlight for much of life, and it’ll only amplify now as he heads into the NFL as a draft prospect.The former Georgia quarterback made a name for himself in college football, but he was a star even before then. Fromm started to turn heads as a young teenager in the 2011 Little League World Series. His team came within two games of the championship match as Fromm excelled. View this post on Instagram Fast forward to high school, and Fromm was starting to make a name for himself in football. He was a star quarterback at Houston County High School in Georgia, and was even a featured player in the series “QB1: Beyond the Lights” which can be viewed on Netflix.He then committed to play at Georgia, where he’d end up starting as a freshman. In three seasons, Fromm led the Bulldogs to three bowl appearances, including a Rose Bowl win in 2018. After a successful three years, Fromm skipped his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.Below, you can get to know more about the quarterback who hopes to have a successful NFL career.Jake Fromm Little League World SeriesWe mentioned before Fromm’s team came within two games of the 2011 Little League World Series championship, but there’s more to the story. According to AL.com, Fromm was extremely good as a young baseball player in the tournament. He hit three home runs with eight RBIs, and also struck out 11 batters. Jake Fromm State Farm?The former Georiga QB has nothing directly to do with the famous State Farm commercial, but he has joked about it. His Twitter name currently reads “JakefromStateFromm” and his pinned tweet is a reference to the ad.When it’s the fourth quarter but your clients are calling about their insurance #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kmskBBHg0Y— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) September 29, 2017He even talked about the similarities in an interview with NFL Network.“It kind of started off in high school when the whole ‘Jake from State Farm’ commercials were coming out. And my name being so similar, it was just easy. Made it my Twitter handle and kind of ran with it. Posted a picture in college, and who would’ve thought being a 16, 17-year-old kid that we’d be here now? But we are. So now, I’m ‘Jake Fromm State Farm.’ I’m the real deal now. Excited to be here.”Jake Fromm mom, girlfriend and family Love you momma ❤️A post shared by Jake Fromm (@jake_fromm11) on Oct 30, 2017 at 4:52pm PDTFromm’s mom is Lee Fromm, and she’s very supportive of her son’s football career. She participated in his pregame Dawg Walk and the two are very connected.“Probably the thing I love most about my mom is just her heart. It’s just so big,” Fromm said in a Mother’s Day special tribute. “She loves everyone. She loves her family. Everything she does is just so loving, and you can tell just how amazing she is. No doubt. She’s definitely the anchor of my family.”As for his love life, Fromm is dating Caroline Ostman. She played volleyball for Georgia and the two have been together for several years. View this post on Instagram Happy Valentine’s Day Babe ❤️A post shared by Jake Fromm (@jake_fromm11) on Feb 14, 2020 at 1:59pm PST View this post on Instagram So sweet watching this one do what he loves. Our kind of luck= the Lord’s Unconditional Care & Knowledge❤️A post shared by Caroline Barrett Ostman (@carolineostman) on Sep 24, 2019 at 3:14pm PDTJake Fromm college statsYearGCmpAttPctYdsTDInt*20171518129162.22615247*20181420730767.42761306*20191423438560.82860245In three years at Georgia, Fromm made the Bulldogs a top tier team competing in the tough SEC. He won SEC Freshman of the Year in 2017, and was a Rose Bowl champion in 2018. He wasn’t much of a scrambler, finishing with negative rushing yards in each of his final two seasons.Jake Fromm NFL Combine results40-yard DashBench PressVertical JumpBroad Jump5.01sN/A30.0 inches111.0 inchesBeyond the combine drills, Fromm also made headlines for his NFL Combine measurements. Most notably his 8 7/8 inch hand size, which is below the 9-inch hand size threshold many scouts look for. He had the smallest hand size of any NFL Draft prospect in 2020.“It’s an eighth of an inch away from being the desired nine inches,” Fromm said about his hand size. “These are the same hands that went to three SEC Championships, a Rose Bowl, a national championship…”
Bryant’s moves — in particular his turnaround jumper — were evolutions of what Jordan perfected.”What you get from me is from him,” Bryant said in the documentary. “I don’t get five championships here without him. He guided me so much.””I don’t get five championships here without him.”#TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/RLcN0gmDrv— ESPN (@espn) May 4, 2020Bryant was given a written tribute by producers at the beginning of the fifth episode. Sure enough, Kobe Bryant, the rising star from the West, would push Michael Jordan throughout the contest in an effort that set his legacy in motion. Bryant would model his game after Jordan and strive to become the type of figure his predecessor grew into through ruthless intensity. Their relationship was that of an older brother and younger brother, equal parts competitive and close-knit.”The Last Dance” detailed dynamics between Jordan and Bryant. Producers filmed and put together the full episodes with Bryant before he died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and they reportedly left everything intact.”That little Laker boy’s gonna take everybody one-on-one.”MJ knew what Kobe was about before the 1998 All-Star Game even started. #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/mm8XlShwwI— ESPN (@espn) May 4, 2020MORE: Kobe was the one player MJ said could beat himJordan’s final season with the Bulls came in 1998, aligning with Bryant’s first All-Star appearance. That created an easy torch-passing narrative from the Bulls legend to the new Lakers star.Once Jordan returned from retirement in 2001, Bryant was a three-time All-Star and two-time champion, well on his way to his own Hall of Fame arc. Michael Jordan and his fellow Eastern Conference All-Stars sat in the locker room before the 1998 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden discussing the teenager who had already made a significant impression on the NBA.”That little Lakers boy is gonna take everyone one-on-one,” Jordan mused to his teammates in footage shared in the fifth episode of “The Last Dance” documentary series on Sunday.
With a three-hour TV show on NFL Network, the NFL will release a full, 17-week schedule that features the 2020 season-opener on Sept. 10 and Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7. Teams and fans will have to accept that schedule with the presumption that it will be modified over the summer as the league receives more clarity on the viability of its season.”At some point,” a top NFL team executive told King, “we’re going to have start accepting inequalities. What happens when teams in four states are told, ‘You can’t have training camp?’ Do those teams not have camp? Do they travel to a state that allows a gathering of 100 or so people to work?”Time will tell, but the way it looks now, there’s no way all states are going to be under equal rules by the summer.” The league announced Monday that all 2020 games will be scheduled to play in the United States “under consistent protocols focused on the well-being of players, personnel and fans.” While the specific matchups and dates for the NFL’s 2020 international games had not been set, the Jaguars were slated to host two London games at Wembly Stadium. The Dolphins and Falcons were to host one London game each, presumably both at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Cardinals were to host a game in Mexico City.NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings & more for 2020NFL update on 2020 season schedule.— NFL UK (@NFLUK) May 4, 2020These coronavirus-related challenges are why the NFL waited a few extra weeks to release its schedule this year. NBC Sports’ Peter King suspects the league was “making multiple schedules, in the case of a reduction to 14 or 12 or 10 games per team,” but that “even a 16-game schedule could have major changes.”Marc Ganis, a sports business consultant who is plugged in with top NFL officials, told King he is “very confident of a 16-game season with a Super Bowl in February. … I didn’t say I was confident in 16 games with a bye, or what week in February the Super Bowl would be, or if every team will play eight games in their home stadiums, or whether there will be fans at every game.”There’s more information that’s needed before we have these answers. Teams are just going to have be flexible.” A complete, 256-game NFL schedule for 2020 is difficult enough to craft in a normal year when a global pandemic isn’t casting a shadow of doubt over how much of the schedule can actually be played — and over where games can actually be played.This year, the NFL’s international series is casualty in the creation of the schedule, which the NFL plans to release Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
FOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries has announced plans to shift production of diesel motorhome manufacturing from its Junction City, Oregon plant back to its manufacturing campus in Forest City.Company spokesman Chad Reese says the transition consolidates and centralizes the company’s diesel motorhome business to a single location. “A lot of it involves inefficiency — the ability we think to build more efficiently from a design, production and other things, all those diesel pusher products. We can certainly build a diesel a high quality product in Oregon, but as we look at this and the strategy for the future, we believe that we can become a better diesel pusher supplier by facilitating here out of Forest City,” according to Reese.The move is already underway. He says they will continue the move into the fourth quarter of 2019, which will take them into the fall. Expenses are related to the move are expected to negatively impact both the third and fourth quarter fiscal earnings per share by an estimated two cents per share. However, in 2020, it is expected to generate an incremental income benefit of nearly four million dollars leading into 2021.The Oregon facility currently employs 250 workers and that will be trimmed to 30 people who will work in an aftermarket and R-V parts support facility. The Forest City Winnebago plant is expected to add 175 positions to the assembly side by the end of 2020. “As business changes, you know that could go up,” Reese says, “But obviously those are the numbers that we think are accurate and evaluate where we are going to be at that point.”Reese says the company is very proud to move the diesel motorhome manufacturing back to Forest City. “Forest City is our home base…we started here, so we have a rich tradition of can do and entrepreneurial spirit here. And with that, it’s going to be exciting to have a little bit more activity here as we continue to grow our company. And I think that is exciting for all of us,” Reese says.The diesel motorhomes involved are known as Class A, and are roughly the size of a bus.
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MASON CITY — Mason City officials say a hotel flag has been identified for the proposed hotel that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in an October 11th letter addressed to city officials, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House director of development Christina Wells says they are excited about the proposed franchise of a Hyatt Place hotel being developed by the city and Gatehouse Capital LLC. “We did receive the letter from Hyatt identifying the Hyatt Place fee and application has been submitted. They’ve been working very closely with Gatehouse, so we continue to move forward on that front.” Burnett says the city will update the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s board of directors on Friday about the status of the River City Renaissance project. “The IEDA presentation will happen this Friday, at which point David Ratchie will present on behalf of Gatehouse, I will be there to present on behalf of the city, and we will continue to update them on all the things that we’ve been talking about over the last few months. It’s been awhile since we’ve provided an update to IEDA besides just the staff, and so that’ll give us a good opportunity to give them an update on what’s going on.”Burnett says Gatehouse representatives will be in Mason City to update the council about the progress of the project at their November 5th meeting.