Tigers drop to 6-3 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — D.C. Everest scored three times in the top of the first inning, and it proved to be enough as the Evergreens topped Marshfield 5-1 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield scored once in the bottom of the first inning and had plenty of other chances to make it closer but could not convert.The Tigers had two runners on in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings but could not muster another run against D.C. Everest pitcher Miranda Gajewski.Two dropped pop-ups in the bottom of the seventh kept Marshfield alive before Everest was finally able to record the final out. Gajewski finished with seven strikeouts and scattered six hits in the complete-game effort.“She’s (Gajewski) been great all four of our years,” Marshfield coach Dan Costa said. “I’m biased because I think (Megan) Donahue is the best pitcher in the league, but if Donahue’s not, (Gajewski) is. She throws hard, has a good changeup, spins it well off the plate, and they do a good job mixing it up inside and outside.”Kaitlyn Konrardy had a double for the Tigers, who fall to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 11-8 and 8-2 in conference play.Marshfield will play at the Escanaba (Mich.) Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 5, Tigers 1D.C. Everest 300 000 2 – 5Marshfield 100 000 0 – 1WP: Miranda Gajewski. LP: Megan Donahue.Top hitters: DC, Rachel Plautz 2×4, 2 runs; Miranda Ostrowski 1×3, 2 RBIs. M, Kaitlyn Konrardy 2B.Records: D.C. Everest 11-8, 8-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 10-4, 6-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
13 November 2009This week marked the 20th anniversary of the unification of Germany, an event that symbolises some extraordinary parallels between the hosts of the 2006 and 2010 editions of the World Cup.When Germany and South Africa slugged it out for the rights to host the tournament in 2006, they both used two of the most momentous events of the 20th century – the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of apartheid – as campaigning tools. And these two momentous events are inextricably interlinked. While East Germany provided military training and weapons to liberation movements in southern Africa, West Germany had established extensive trade ties in the region. The fall of the Berlin Wall, which ended the Cold War and East-West rivalries, also played a significant role in the collapse of apartheid.Less than three months after the wall fell, former President FW De Klerk announced the lifting of a state of emergency and the unbanning of the ANC, SA Communist Party and other bodies which paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela.Both countries had undergone extraordinary revolutions and both countries staked their claim to hosting the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet.Closest vote in Fifa historyThese were issues that no doubt played on the minds of Fifa’s executive committee members when they voted in Zurich on July 7, 2000. It was the closest ballot in the governing body’s history with one (disputed) vote costing post-apartheid South Africa the rights to host the tournament.Acknowledging that without the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification a year later the tournament would not have taken place in Germany, the organising committee announced that the 2006 Final Draw would be held in Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany which was part of the old communist bloc.“We want to demonstrate that the 2006 World Cup is taking place in a different country from the 1974 World Cup,” said legendary German player, coach and administrator Franz Beckenbauer.Land of IdeasIt marked the start of an extraordinary social revolution that saw the country transformed by one mega sporting event. The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative used the opportunity to improve the economy, attract international investment and produce a safe, profitable and spectacular tournament.The hosts may not have made it to the final but, at the end of the day, it didn’t seem to matter. Images of millions of football-loving supporters, draped in black, red and gold were flashed around the world. Germany, it seemed, had momentarily transcended its troubled legacy and liberated itself.The bitter controversy over the disputed vote for the rights to host 2006 was now long forgotten. As part of their peace offerings, the victors of that battle pledged to assist South Africa with its preparations for 2010.As a result, some of the world’s finest stadium designers, structural engineers, security experts and other authorities set their sights on modifying and improving Germany’s 2006 model.Lesssons of 2006As South Africa, prepares to host the word in just seven months, it would do well to heed the lessons of 2006. As the country continues to grapple with its post-apartheid social problems, it cannot lose sight of the enormous hurdles it has already cleared.This week, 2010 Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan told tourist leaders in London that winning the rights to host the 2010 World Cup might have been a bigger moment than the end of apartheid: “I think it was almost a second liberation for us, it was a huge moment of joy … the second affirmation of the worth of our country.”Either way, the 2010 World Cup presents us with our best chance of creating a model of unification to resolve many of the social problems facing us.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010
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APTN National NewsBed bugs have crept into the North.Some people are concerned that the little pests may become a bigger problem.APTN National news reporter Curtis Mandeville has more.