Batesville, In. — A recent analysis of Indiana high schools done by U.S. News & World Report ranks three area schools in the top 50. Southwestern Shelby Schools hit the list at #27, Batesville High School is at #41 and Shelbyville High School is #47 on the list.The full list and study information is here.
The University of Wisconsin softball team will have little time to regroup from its disappointing weekend against Michigan State, as North Dakota State rolls into town Monday for a doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 3 p.m..The Badgers will look to recover from their current tailspin, during which they have lost eight of their last nine, against a team that is in a free fall of its own, as North Dakota State has lost 11 of its past 14.The Bison are playing their first season in Division-I, after making the jump from Division-II, where they were one of the top teams in the country. North Dakota State is very much a mystery because of its new status, as it is currently one of only seven independent teams with no conference affiliation. While the Bison search for a conference to join (most likely the Big Sky, whom they are in negotiations with) they have played admirably, accumulating a record of 17-20, despite playing a grueling schedule.North Dakota State, while at the same time trying to adjust to the level of play in D-I, has scheduled some of the top teams in the country, including No. 15 Missouri, No. 23 Iowa and formerly ranked Nebraska. The true strength of the schedule lies in the locations, however. The Bison will play only three series at home all season, amounting to six games of their 55 game schedule.North Dakota State will continue its tour of the American Midwest with the trip to Madison, bringing with it one of the top fielding crews in the country. North Dakota has posted a fielding percentage of .971, while committing only 29 errors, both among the nation’s best.Conversely, Wisconsin has a fielding percentage of only .945 and has committed an alarming 59 errors, both second worst in the Big Ten.“We have to field the ball,” head coach Karen Gallagher said. “You obviously give up a little defense sometimes if a player carries a good bat, but you hope that people step up their games. You can anticipate, plan and have high expectations, but the players have to perform [defensively]. They need to be focused and on their game.”The Bison have also been effective on the mound, maintaining a 2.25 team ERA this season. Wisconsin will likely see Allison Bakke, who has started 21 games this season, completing an impressive 15. She has compiled an 8-13 record to go along with an ERA of 2.45, while limiting opponents to a batting average of only .234. Junior right-hander Amber Garrett has not seen as much time this season (with just under 58 innings pitched), but has posted the most impressive pitching stats on the team. Garrett has an ERA of only 1.21 and, opponents have hit just .194 against her.The Bison have struggled offensively, however, as they do not have an everyday player hitting .300, and are batting just .239 as a team. The most dangerous player in the lineup is Lynnae Foshag, who is hitting .281 with three home runs (the Bison have hit only four all season) and 15 RBI. North Dakota State does possess quality speed, having stolen 53 bases this season, while being caught only 13 times.Wisconsin is not particularly worried about the strengths and weaknesses of North Dakota State, and are much more concerned with its own weaknesses and trying to correct them.“We are just too Jeckyl and Hyde right now,” Gallagher said. “We just need some consistency. We are hoping we can turn things around a little bit. It is a new day on Monday, and we have been though this enough. We have to be tired of riding the roller coaster and just start going out there and kicking butt.”
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer formally charged Marcus Peters, born in 1989, of Arkansas City with three felony counts and one misdemeanor stemming from the shooting which occurred at 221 E. Olive Road in Oxford Sunday evening.Peters has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, a level 7 felony with presumed imprisonment; criminal threat, a level 9 felony; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor. He is to have an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sumner County District Court in Wellington. His appearance bond is set at $50,000.Peters is accused of firing a .22 semiautomatic pistol four to seven times during a family backyard barbecue at 8 p.m. on Sunday. According to the Sumner County District Court Complaint, an altercation occurred between Marcus Peters and his girlfriend Brittany Purkey and brother Joseph Peters. Nine people were said to be at the barbecue during the time of the shooting, according to Oxford Police Chief Kirk Ives.No one was hurt during the shooting incident.According to the complaint filed on July 1, Marcus is being charged for firing a handgun at the direction of Purkey and Joseph during an argument about whether M. Peters was too drunk to drive safely. He is also being charged with attempting to impair an Oxford City Patrol car window in which he allegedly tried to kick out. He also threatened a Sumner County Sheriff deputy by saying he was going to â€œheadbutt the fâ€” out of you.â€In the complaint affidavit, Oxford police officer Shawn Luck was dispatched to report of shots fired near Jeremy Witteâ€™s residents at 203 E. Olive in Oxford. A woman called the police to report someone tried to force his way into the house but the Witte shut and locked the door.Another call came in saying a shirtless man was walking down the street with a gun firing it. Lux responded and apprehended Peters who was walking without a shirt on and was obviously intoxicated, the complaint said.Lux detained him in the back of the patrol car and preceded to 221 E. Olive to further investigate the call of shots fired. Marcus then kicked out the patrol car window allegedly. He was transferred to Sheriff Deputy Corleyâ€™s custody where he made the threat.Lux proceeded to interview Joseph Peters, who stated he was having a family barbecue when his brother Marcus became upset. In the complaint affidavit, J. Peters said Marcus had too much to drink and tried to drive away in his pickup but other family members would not let him.Marcus allegedly walked away while the family tried to remove a tire from his vehicle. Joseph left to look for Marcus then got a call from his girlfriend Purkey who stated Marcus had returned and was shooting a handgun. He returned and Marcus shot at him but he was able to get the hand gun from him and give it to his mother Connie Greenwood.Lux recovered the handgun from Greenwood. Purkey provided a written statement that said Marcus had been drinking and tried to leave so she took the tire off his truck. Marcus shot at her then Joe tackled him. Marcus shot again and they fought before the police officers showed up. A witness said she watched Marcus shoot at her sister which scared her and she screamed and went inside.According to Ives, Peters was on probation for various crimes in Cowley County and was not supposed to be in Sumner County according to the stipulations of the probation agreement.Ives said he estimated Marcus had been living with his brother for about two weeks before Sundayâ€™s shooting incident.Follow us on Twitter.