Henry Wolf, Jr.Henry Wolf, Jr., age 90, of South Haven, died Monday morning, January 21, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Â He was a retired farmer and stockman.Henry Wolf, Jr. was born on August 7, 1922 in Portland, KS to Henry Wolf, Sr. and Amy (Fredrickson) Wolf.Henry served in the United States Navy during WWII from September 1942 – December 1945.He married Betty Lee Worley on May 8, 1950 in Wellington, KS.Â They celebrated 45 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on December 12, 1995.Â Henry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.Â He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; one son, Ronald Wolf; two brothers, Carl Wolf and Wallace â€œBudâ€ Wolf; and two sisters, Doris Haines and Anna Mae Rosenberry.Â Survivors include two sons, Steven Wolf and his wife Sandra of Wynnewood, OK and Douglas and his wife Julie Wolf of South Haven, KS; two sisters, Harriet Coulter of Winfield and Lois Jordan of Wichita; seven grandchildren, Â eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.Â Funeral Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in South Haven on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.Â Pastor John Minor will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at Forest Hill Cemetery near Ashton, KS.Â Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. â€“ 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church 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
Davis Bertans is thriving with the Wizards — and making himself a valuable trade, free agency target
During the second half of Tuesday night’s game between the Wizards and Hornets, you could almost sense the panic from Charlotte players every time they transitioned from offense to defense.Where is he? Did he cross halfcourt yet? Put a body on him NOW. How the Wizards handle the next two months will be key. Despite Bertans’ shooting display, the Wizards still lost to the Hornets, and they are likely to continue losing if they maintain the dubious title of league’s worst defense. “It’s great that he’s able to do that, but if we want to win and be in the playoffs and be that type of caliber team, we can’t just depend on DB to make those shots,” Beal said. “But it’s great that he does.”Regardless of where Bertans is doing it by the end of the season, you can bet opposing players will be on high alert. No, it wasn’t two-time All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal, who’s fifth in the league in scoring at 27.4 points per game, sending the Hornets into a frenzy. It was fourth-year forward Davis Bertans, who hadn’t averaged more than six field goal attempts per game prior to this season.Bertans nearly burned down the nets at Spectrum Center, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field and 8-of-12 shooting from the 3-point line (plus two 4-point plays). After Bertans’ sixth bomb from deep, which came two steps off the line with Nicolas Batum right in his grill, Beal had to be resuscitated on the opposite baseline.Rui had to resuscitate Beal after Bertans hit his 6th three 😂 pic.twitter.com/BRYQuImbfb— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) December 11, 2019When Beal thought about the best shooters he has ever played alongside, Bertans jumped to the top of the list.”Let’s see. Probably No. 1, honestly,” Beal said after the game. “I think Trev [Ariza] had a really good year. Martell [Webster] had a good year one year, but in terms of the way he shoots it, he’s No. 1, for sure.”That’s because Bertans’ outburst in Charlotte was no fluke. Through 20-plus games, the “Latvian Laser” is shooting an insane 46.5 percent on 8.6 3-point attempts per game. These aren’t just your standard catch-and-shoot looks with an inept big man losing track of Bertans on the perimeter (though he is the top catch-and-shoot scorer in the league). He is running off screens and firing in the blink of an eye.Of his 198 3-point attempts this season, Bertans has taken 175 less than two seconds after touching the ball, per NBA.com tracking data.Holy schnikes, Bertans. pic.twitter.com/OfI1bosGZb— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 11, 2019″Coming off screens, that’s what I really like to do, and I feel like that’s the best part of my game,” Bertans said. “They’ve been using me that way here, and guys have been looking for me. Making shots helps. The more shots you make, the more plays [there are going to be] for you.”And he’s made a lot of them. Bertans is fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers (92) behind only James Harden (117), Devonte’ Graham (103) and Buddy Hield (94) despite playing far fewer minutes off the bench than those guards. Bertans won’t be confused for Harden any time soon, but opposing teams know exactly how the possession will end if he finds a sliver of space.That gravity can open up the floor for his teammates.Gotta love that Davis Bertans gravity pic.twitter.com/TgoU1taTRJ— Mike Prada. This is the way (@MikePradaSBN) December 9, 2019What separates Bertans from other stretch-4s — and really most shooters, period — is his ability to catch on the move, maintain his balance and rotate his body toward the basket in one fluid motion. “The great big shooters, the wings, they have the knack. It seems like they’re squaring up in midair,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “The Reggie Millers, the Ray Allens, Mark Price — those great shooters, they just have the knack that range is not a factor. Their legs, their mechanics, their angle of entry on the arc is always right at the same level.”He’s one of the best, definitely one of the best shooters.”Bertans believes he’s always had this rare ability at some level, but he elevated it playing in Serbia under Partizan Belgrade coach Dule Vujosevic. A hand in the face is nothing compared to what Bertans encountered overseas.”A great, but crazy coach in Serbia, he put in some ridiculous drills,” Bertans said. “Some other coaches holding some brooms, giving me gardening gloves to wear when I’m shooting, putting an eyepatch on one eye — stuff like that. I’ve seen it all. Sometimes when the defenses are playing a lot closer, it’s just another day that I’ve been through before.”This sudden emergence has helped fuel Washington’s top-five offense, but with the Wizards outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture at 7-16 overall, it also presents some interesting questions about Bertans’ future.When the Wizards acquired Bertans in a trade with the Spurs this past offseason, they knew they had added a good player, but they couldn’t have expected this kind of performance. (Gregg Popovich is probably still fuming over the deal that led to the Marcus Morris debacle of 2019.) Bertans is currently on a bargain contract, earning just $7 million this season, but he will enter free agency in 2020. Any team in the league could use a 6-10 forward who can shoot the lights out, so there will be competition for his services. At 27 years old, Bertans fits nicely with Beal’s timeline (26 years old) and is exactly the kind of player Washington should want next to Beal and John Wall, whenever he returns from injury. He is a floor-spacing shooter, of course, but Bertans is also smart with his off-ball movement, doesn’t swallow up too many possessions and plays decent positional defense despite his athletic limitations. His impact is felt whenever he takes the floor.”I keep saying it, he’s not just a shooter,” Brooks said. “He’s a basketball player, an elite basketball player.”The Wizards could take an alternate route, though, and gauge Bertans’ value on the trade market, particularly if the team continues to slide down the standings prior to the Feb. 6 deadline. Bertans is the type of player who could potentially swing a playoff game with a hot quarter of shooting, so contenders would have no trouble matching that $7 million number in a trade, and Washington could obtain a valuable asset rather than risk losing Bertans to a team willing to overpay next summer.
WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | KickerOf course, so are widely owned D/STs like the Vikings (vs. Packers), Eagles (vs. Cowboys), Saints (vs. Titans), Bears (vs. Chiefs), and Bills (@ Patriots) this week. Even the Rams (@ 49ers) aren’t a sure thing, though it’s tough to sit a D/ST with that much talent and big-play potential. We’ve been proponents of streaming defenses all season, so we’d suggest taking a shot with someone like the Colts or Broncos ahead of even the Rams, but we understand that all owners have different strategies. And, as we see every week, any defense can put up points in any matchup. All it takes is one play — like, say, the Falcons recovering a fumble in the end zone on a kickoff lateral sequence on the last play of the game against the 49ers — for a D/ST to have value.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endGenerally, the numbers and matchups don’t lie, but at this point in the season, it’s important to look at recent stats in addition to overall numbers. Offenses and defenses could be moving in opposite directions, and we’ll highlight below the trends you need to know (coming soon). WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPReminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis! MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWeek 16 Fantasy Defense RankingsMORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder RankTeam1Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jets. Pittsburgh didn’t have a great D/ST showing last Sunday night against Buffalo, but it still managed a sack, two takeaways, and 17 poitns allowed. When that’s the floor against an efficient offense, you know the ceiling is sky high against a shaky offense that allowed two takeaways and a blocked kick just last week. 2Baltimore Ravens @ Browns. Baker Mayfield has thrown at least one INT in each of the past four games, and while he’s taken one or fewer sacks in three of those contests, he’s still struggling overall right now. The Ravens continue to wreak havoc on defense, creating another two takeaways last week and allowing 13.5 points per game over their past six contests. You know they’ll be looking to avenge their worst game of the season, a 40-25 loss to the Browns back in Week 4.3New England Patriots vs. Bills. The Patriots are back to taking advantage of favorable matchups, and while the Bills aren’t exactly “favorable”, at least in terms of silly turnovers, they don’t score a lot and can give up a lot of sacks (10 in Weeks 13 and 14). Pittsburgh’s elite defense managed a pair of takeaways against the Bills last week, and New England should be able to do the same at home this week. When these teams met in Week 4, the Pats had five sacks, four takeaways, a defensive TD, and a blocked kick while allowing just 10 points. We don’t expect that good of a performance, but New England still has a high floor here. 4Indianapolis Colts vs. Panthers. The Panthers won’t name a starting QB until Wednesday, so the Colts are either getting Kyle Allen, who’s turned it over 18 times in the past eight games, or Will Grier, who’s never thrown a pass in the NFL. Either way, you have to like the Colts at home here, especially after totaling seven sacks and six takeaways in Weeks 13 and 14.5Seattle Seahawks vs. Cardinals. The Seahawks D/ST has been a big-play machine lately, creating 16 takeaways and scoring two D/ST touchdowns over its past five games. However, it hasn’t been all good, as it has just one total sack and 25.3 points per game in its past three contests. Arizona had been struggling, turning it over six times and allowing 15 sacks in Weeks 11, 13 and 14, but it broke out of its funk last week, scoring 38 points with no sacks allowed and just one turnover. Overall, the outlook is more good than bad for Seattle, but the floor might be a little lower than you think. 6Denver Broncos vs. Lions. The Broncos have had at least one takeaway in each of the past five games, totaling nine in that span. They’ve also had at least three sacks in four out of five games in that span. David Blough has taken nine sacks and thrown five INTs in his three starts, leading the Lions to just 18 offensive points per game in that span. With this game in Denver, the Broncos are in good position to have a big performance. 7Washington Redskins vs. Giants. We’ve been saying it all year — Washington has done just fine in favorable matchups (of which it hasn’t had many). Against the Giants, Dolphins, Jets, Lions, and Panthers this year, the Redskins have posted at least two takeaways in every game (14 total) and 20 total sacks, including five or more three times. They’ve allowed 21 offensive points per game in those five contests, which isn’t great, but that number is inflated by a 34-point Jets outburst. The Giants continue to struggle regardless of who is under center, with Eli Manning throwing three INTs in Week 15 and Daniel Jones throwing three in Week 13. There’s a relatively high floor and high ceiling for the Redskins here. 8Kansas City @ Bears. The Bears have turned it over five times in the past two games, and Mitchell Trubisky has thrown at least one INT in each of the past five games (seven total). Kansas City has had multiple sacks in each of the past four games and nine total turnovers in that span, all while allowing 11.3 offensive points per game. With this game in prime time, when Trubisky often struggles, the Chiefs are looking like a solid option. 9San Francisco 49ers vs. Rams. The Rams offense is one of the toughest to handicap. Even when it plays poorly (like last week), it can limit D/STs (like last week), but Jared Goff has also made some critical mistakes that result in big plays. The 49ers seem to be reeling a bit (three sacks, three takeaways in past three games) largely because of brutal matchups and key injuries, but this is still a talented and aggressive defense that is always capable of big plays. Ultimately, this is a low-floor, high-ceiling spot for the 49ers, and you can there’s a good chance you can do better with the Colts or Broncos on the waiver wire. 10Houston Texans @ Buccaneers. The Bucs can’t run, always throw at least one INT, and have receivers dropping like flies. That’s a good recipe for a fantasy D/ST. Unfortunately, the Bucs also score a lot — and Houston has done next to nothing on defense all year — but this is still a good upside spot for the Texans. They’ve had one INT in each of the past three games, so against Jameis Winston, who’s turned it over 24 times in the past nine games, Houston has a good shot at a couple takeaways. 11Los Angeles Rams @ 49ers. Much like their offense, the Rams defense has been all over the place lately. In six of the past eight games (Falcons, Bengals, Steelers, Bears, Cardinals, Seahawks), they’ve held opponents to fewer than 12 offensive points per game, totaling 27 sacks and eight takeaways in those contests. In the other two games (Ravens and Cowboys), they’ve given up 89 offensive points with three sacks and zero takeaways. The 49ers are generally stingy against D/STs, but they have had some major clunkers, turning it over multiple times in six times, including in Week 6 against the Rams. We’ll bet on the talent and include the Rams in our top 12, but the floor is lower than usual and the ceiling isn’t quite as high. 12New York Jets vs. Steelers. The Steelers haven’t committed to a QB for this week, but it will likely be Devlin Hodges again, who threw four INTs last week. The Jets aren’t nearly as good defensively as the Bills, but they’ve shown a knack for big plays, scoring three D/ST touchdowns in their past six games. This is another boom-or-bust option that at least has a good matchup. 13New York Giants @ Redskins. The Giants are usually pretty good at getting two or three sacks and a takeaway, at least in decent matchups, and when they played Washington in Week 4, they allowed just three points while recording three sacks and four INTs, three of which were against Dwayne Haskins in his NFL debut. Haskins has been much better since then, turning it over multiple times in a game just once since then. He has taken a lot of sacks, though (24 in seven games), so the Giants will have a chance for some points. 14Los Angeles Chargers vs. Raiders. We’ve been trying to speak the Chargers D/ST into existence since the preseason, and it’s just not happening. The talent is there, especially with Derwin James back healthy, but they simply don’t produce. They’re in a good spot this week against a spiraling Raiders offense that’s scored just 13.2 offensive points per game and allowed three D/ST TDs over it’s past five contests, but the Chargers are a total boom-or-bust play. 15Cincinnati Bengals @ Dolphins. The Bengals had been better on defense in the four games prior to last week’s Patriots matchup (15 offensive points allowed/game, 11 total sacks, five takeaways), so there’s reason to believe it can take advantage of this favorable matchup. Miami has turned it over just once in each of the past three games, but we know Ryan Fitzpatrick will take chances, giving the Bengals some opportunities. 16Buffalo Bills @ Patriots. The Patriots rarely turn it over, but they were held to just 18.2 offensive points per game in the six games leading up to Week 15. Buffalo has nine takeaways and allowed just 13 points per game over their past four contests, so their floor isn’t bad this week in what should be a low-scoring game against an immobile QB. 17Atlanta Falcons vs. Jaguars18Miami Dolphins vs. Bengals19Tennessee Titans vs. Saints20Carolina Panthers @ Colts21Minnesota Vikings vs. Packers22Oakland Raiders @ Chargers23Green Bay Packers @ Vikings24New Orleans Saints @ Titans25Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Texans26Dallas Cowboys @ Eagles27Chicago Bears vs. Chiefs28Detroit Lions @ Broncos29Jacksonville Jaguars @ Falcons30Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cowboys31Cleveland Browns vs. Ravens32Arizona Cardinals @ Seahawks Fantasy football championship week is finally here. It’s entirely possible that you’ve made your title game and have been streaming D/STs most of the season. If that’s been your strategy, you’re obviously not going to stop now, and our Week 16 fantasy defense rankings point to some interesting waiver wire sleepers. The Colts (vs. Panthers), Broncos (vs. Lions), Jets (vs. Steelers), and Texans (@ Buccaneers) all offer varying degrees of upside and sit fairly high in our rankings. The four defenses in the Giants-Redskins and Bengals-Dolphins games also have favorable matchups on paper, and the Redskins stand out as the top option from that group, but any of them are a gamble.
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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Sherry Willis · 212 weeks ago Such a nicely written and tear-jerker of a story. Jeff was a special guy and would do anything to help anyone. So glad that Jason followed through with this project for Jeff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Local · 212 weeks ago What a great story! Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Shannon Coleman · 212 weeks ago Absolutely Beautiful Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 212 weeks ago Wow…that is the most awesome story…and what a true friend you are…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Zach Witham · 212 weeks ago That’s awesome! Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Cathy · 212 weeks ago Love this!!! I remember Jeff and I remember when he bought that car. It was so amazing to see Jason finally finish it. I cried like a baby when I saw it at the parade…. Way to go Jason!!! Jeff would be so very very proud!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Mary Tucker · 212 weeks ago Omg what a touching story! The perfect way to memorialive your friend! It is not very often that you find a friendship like this! It is truly a once in a lifetime kind! Tracy thank you for sharing this wonderful story! With all the bad in the world these days we need these kind of stories of friendship, devotion and love! Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ed Bauler · 212 weeks ago I knew Jeff in high school as an accounting student. He was a fabulous young man and friend. This was an awesome and touching story. Thanks for writing it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 212 weeks ago Very nice article, makes you proud to be from Wellington. And yes, a 72 Nova was not much for power (due to federal regulations) but it is in high demands for car buffs. If one would look at the 72’s older brothers the Nova’s were very much in the top rankings in the muscle car era. With the start in 1962 the Chevy II came with a 6 cylinder with 120 HP with some people ordered 4 cylinders. If the Nova emblem was there you were in the high dollar car. But thru the years they started to turn into factory muscle cars. You could order a 283 engine but in the 66-67 Chevy II you could order the 350 HP 327 engine. From 1966 to 1970 the Chevy II 327/350 HP and up to the 1969 Yenko’s 427 425 HP Nova’s (0-60 mph in under 4 seconds or 0 to 120 in 10 seconds) were running and beating some of the best of the best muscle cars. Then in 70 the Yenko’s were toned down a little with a LT1/Z28 350-powered Nova. It was a COPO, Some say that Yenko should of never built the 69 Yenko’s, to dangerous they say. But he did and now it’s history. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Janette Moser · 212 weeks ago WOW!! LOVE this story…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Jason Meslin last week in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Thereâ€™s an old saying a man is lucky to have one true friend. While the definition of true friendship varies from person to person, Jason Meslin knows he had a true friend in Jeff Bevan.So last weekend when Meslin put his newly refurbished 1972 Chevy Nova in the 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival parade â€” it was more than paying tribute to a long lost friend.It was about finishing unfinished projects.It was about closure.It has been almost 18 years since Jason lost his best friend to a tragic car accident in Amarillo, Texas. But on a warm steamy Friday night during one of Wellingtonâ€™s biggest parades ever, Jeff might as well have been sitting with him in the passenger seat.Meslin, a 1993 Wellington High School graduate and now a sales director in Naperville, Ill., loaded a Nova on a trailer and hauled it from Michigan to Kansas. He then took the Nova to the Argonia Cemetery to visit Bevanâ€™s grave, before driving that evening in the parade – showing off his bright silver J72. The Nova was then part of the Festival car show the next day. And then he and the Nova returned home.â€œPeople ask me what am I going to do with the Nova now,â€ Meslin said. â€œAnd I tell them, â€˜I really donâ€™t know.â€™ This has always been about the journey.â€This was about finishing a project, Bevan never had the opportunity to finish himself.Jeff Bevan (left) and Jason Meslin hiking the Grand Canyon during spring break in the spring of 1994.A childhood friendship For Jason and Jeff, one could say this was a storybook small-town friendship. The two were inseparable. They played together, they worked together, they spent time outdoors together, they partied together. For a stint, Bevan even lived with the Meslin family on Edgewood drive.â€œJeff always valued his friendships,â€ said Jerry Meslin, Jasonâ€™s dad, who still lives on Edgemore Drive in Wellington. â€œSo he would go the distance to help you. He was more than a friend, he was part of our family.â€Both were members of the Class of 1993. After graduation, Meslin would go on to Pittsburg State University. Bevan, on the other hand, stayed home.Jeff BevanBevan was a rare combination of being that cool guy on campus and being one heck of a mechanic.â€œHe just got it,â€ Jason said. â€œHe knew everything there was to know about the mechanics of a car. He could fix anything.â€And soon, Bevan was hired on at Federal Tire in downtown Wellington. Grant Anderson, the owner of the tire shop at the time, quickly discovered he had something here. Everyone was soon taking their broken down vehicle to Goodyear Auto not just to change a flat tire.Subsequently, Jason became the financially challenged college student. Jeff would not blink an eye and give him money to help his friend with college expenses.Soon Meslin would graduate with a bachelorâ€™s degree at Pittsburg State and would land a job in Chicago. He would return to Wellington occasionally to see his good friend, and, of course, his family.Seeing its day, the 1972 Nova.In 1994, Jeff purchased a 1972 Chevy Nova from Ryan Smith of Wellington. The Nova, a drab gray 8-cylinder car, had seen its day. Smith said he had purchased it from Pete Hatcher – a fellow wrestler, and was glad to sell it to someone else.â€œWhatever little money I had in those day, went to that car,â€ Smith said.Not that a 1972 Chevy Nova in general is an auto that car enthusiasts covet.In its infancy in the 1960s, Novas were GMâ€™s muscle car. But by 1972, that title had gone to Camaroes and Corvettes. Novas werenâ€™t economy cars either. Basically, by the 1970s, they were cars that GM sold because they had sold them before.One would argue, Novas typified what was wrong with the American auto industry in the 1970s. The Nova was neither robust, luxurious or economical. But it kept the mechanics busy in the repair shop.Still Bevan wanted the Nova to tinker with and rebuild into something better, Meslin saidThat fateful night Eventually, Bevan decided he needed more money and decided to become a railroader for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. In late 1998, he moved to Amarillo and started his training to be an engineer at the conductor school.Meslin says he remembers the last conversations with Jeff well. Bevan had been there for six weeks already, but was feeling insecure with his employment at BNSF. He didnâ€™t know if he could get on full-time.Jason had told Jeff repeatedly that if it didnâ€™t work out at BNSF, he could live with him in Illinois.â€œI figured it was time for me to give back to him, instead of him giving to me,â€ Meslin said.Then came the Class of 1993 five-year reunion that was to be held at the American Legion on Dec. 19. Meslin was excited. This was a chance for him and Bevan to party together with old friends. But there was one snag.Bevan was still in Amarillo.So while his old classmates were busy getting reacquainted he was two states away. But the evening was not a total loss for Jeff. He had himself a date. And at 12:53 a.m. on Sunday after the date was over, Bevan was driving home in a 1989 Honda Civic.A 26-year-old Amarillo woman was driving a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass when she disregarded a stop light and hit Bevanâ€™s Honda on the passengerâ€™s side, causing both vehicles to slide through the intersection and onto the southeast curb, before hitting a light pole. Bevan was killed instantly.The woman was drunk, three times over the legal limit.So while the Class of 1993 was still partying in Wellington in the wee Sunday morning hours, unbeknownst to them one of their classmates had just lost his life.Jason said his mother woke him up the next morning to deliver the devastating news.Bevan was buried on Christmas eve at the First United Church in Wellington. Jason Meslin, his best friend, was a casket bearer.The sitting NovaPeople grieve in different ways. For Jason, it was a process of plunging into his work as a plastic engineer salesman. He also got married. This was also a time when he moved constantly.From time-to-time, Meslin would return home to visit old friends, including Jeffâ€™s dad who was living on a farm outside of Argonia.Jason could not help but notice the decaying dilapidated gray 1972 Nova sitting there.Meslin said it bothered him, and he didnâ€™t know why, but he felt the need to buy it. He still wasnâ€™t earning a lot of money, but he decided around 2003 he was going to purchase it.He asked his good friend and former employer Tim Nance what it was worth, and he was told the fair price would be $1,500. It was soon his possession.Meslin still didnâ€™t immediately give the car attention. He moved it to his sister Juleeâ€™s house, where it sat for another year.Finally, Meslin decided to take this rusty bucket of bolts and paid to have it hauled to Michigan.â€œI decided I was going to finish the job,â€ Meslin said.There are a lot of things Jeff and Jason had in common. Mechanics wasnâ€™t one of them. Jason had never worked on a car. But he decided he was going to start learning how.â€œMy goal was simple: I was going to start from the front and work my way to the back,â€ Meslin said. â€œI bought myself a 1972 Chevy Nova manual and go at it.â€And then came the second tier of the story – a 10-year obsession that required the help of many people from those he knew to those who were simply curious Facebook observers.â€œThe Nova Projectâ€ â€” as Meslin would coin it â€” started in earnest when his in-laws gave him a tool set and work bench. An air compressor would follow.He also started to post his progress on Facebook.â€œFor some reason it resonated with people,â€ Meslin said. â€œNot sure if it was because people like seeing others restore old cars, or the reason why i was doing it. But so many people were very interested in the project.â€Jason also found people to help him on things that would be over his head. He had a friend help him with an electrical system. He got a sweet deal from a couple of up-and-coming body shop trainees, who redid the chassis.â€œIt got to the point that was all I was thinking about,â€ Meslin said. â€œI started to learn that a car it is just not a car, but a convergence of different mechanical systems put together.â€Luckily, his job required him being home quite a bit. And it was to the point he was eating, drinking, living Nova. Whatever spare moment he had, was devoted to the Nova.But there were delays. Meslin and his wife Rebecca had two kids. Jason put the Nova aside to devote his time to the two boys during their wee early years. The family also moved to New Jersey for a stint, separating Jason from his car. There were times when people he entrusted to work on the car, would not follow through.But finally in 2015, the Nova was complete. The car was no longer a Nova, but an exhibition. The car contain a TCI Streetfighter transmission, a custom-built differential, custom driveshaft, a new fuel injected system, Pioneer speaking system, leather upholstered Procar sets, all decked with a coat of silver bullet BMW urethane paint.Meslin then used Corvette font lettering to name his car â€œJ72â€ J – for Jeff; 72 – the year the car was made.Nova may have been an unaspiring new car in 1972, but this 2015 J72 version is anything but.Jason estimated he spent an excess of $70,000 rebuilding the Nova. That didnâ€™t include his time.Still, when the car was ready to leave the shop in Michigan, Meslin turned on the engine and noticed almost immediately there was a knocking. And sure enough the oil pump was going out. Before his death, Jeff had rebuilt the engine. But it was now shot.â€œSo I had a decision to make,â€ Jason said. â€œEither I would have to rebuild the 307 V8 engine, or I would need to go big. I thought about what Jeff would do, and he would go big.â€So the Nova was getting a 383 ZZ engine – bigger than it ever was. Not only was this Nova red-hot to look at it, but it was going to fly.Last week The Nova rolled out of the shop for good on May 16, 2016.Meslin didnâ€™t want to drive it down.â€œIt doesnâ€™t get very good gas mileage,â€ he said. â€œAnd, you know, it is a long trip.â€But once Jason made it into Wellington last week, he had one thing to do. Go to the cemetery where Jeff had laid to rest.He drove the Nova into the quiet Argonia Cemetery and parked it near the gravestone. He said he was nearly speechless when he got out of the car. But he felt the spirit of Jeff and he looked up in the sky and mutteredâ€¦â€œNow itâ€™s done.â€Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
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(Updated, Friday 9 p.m.) Wellington USD 353 will have 6 new teachers when students return to school Aug. 23
(Updated information on Tim Lira biography is below).by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington school district has six new teachers this year for kindergarten through 12th grade.Â As the new school year approaches, several new faces will be seen within the district.Chelsea Urban – Spanish – Wellington High School Chelsea UrbanChelsea Urban, of Mayfield, will begin the year as the new Spanish teacher at Wellington High School.She is a Wellington High School graduate, and earned her Bachelor of Art in Spanish from K-State in 2011. In 2013, she earned her Masters in Second Language Acquisition/Spanish from K-State.Urban taught Spanish for three years at K-State while earning her graduate degree, then moved to Spain, where she taught English at three different high schools in Santiago de Compostela and Jerez de la Frontera. She also helped teach math, science, history and music classes in English while in Spain. She just moved back to the United States in June.“It’s an opportunity to share my passion for languages and traveling all around the world,” Urban said.Traci Hawks – 8th Grade Algebra & Pre-Algebra – Wellington Middle SchoolTraci HawksTraci Hawks, of Wellington, will be the new 8th grade Algebra and Pre-Algebra teacher at the Wellington Middle School.Hawks graduated with the class of 1992 at Wellington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Math Education from Friends University in 1995, and her Masters in Education from Baker University in 2016.She and her husband, Dr. Steve Hawks, reside in Wellington and have four daughters.Hawks student taught at Wichita Northwest High. She previously taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Applied Math and Integrated Math at Des Moines North High, Iowa; West Union High School, Ohio; Maize High School and Wellington High School.“I really love getting to know students and helping them recognize and fulfill their potential,” Hawks said. “I truly enjoy the challenge of explaining math for all studentsCecily Jamison – 3rd Grade – Eisenhower Elementary SchoolCecily JamisonCecily Jamison, of Caldwell, will begin teaching third grade at Eisenhower Elementary School this school year.She is a Caldwell High School graduate and earned her elementary education degree from Oklahoma State University in December 2014. She previously taught first grade in Perkins, Okla., and Reading Remediation and first grade in Hennessey, Okla.“I love sharing my enthusiasm for learning, and inspiring students to achieve not only academically, but personally as well,” Jamison said.Kaitlin Buck – 5th Grade – Lincoln Elementary SchoolKaitlin BuckKaitlin Buck, of Wellington, will be the new fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. She was raised in Mayfield and attended grades K-12 in Wellington.She is a Wellington High School graduate, and attended Butler Community College, where she was on the dance team, and Wichita State University.In May 2015, Buck graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.She and Tyler Buck have been married for five years and have two daughters, Tegan, four, a student at Wee Too Preschool, and Raina, who will be two in September.Buck student taught at Eisenhower Elementary with Pam Renn during the 2014-2015 school year. Last year she taught third grade at Nelson Elementary School in Haysville.“What I like the most about teaching is being able to watch the children learn and grow,” Buck said. “Watching a child take what I have taught them and actually being able to apply it in real life is so amazing to witness. I also really enjoy getting to make relationships with the youth of the community.”Amy O’Connor – 5th Grade – Eisenhower Elementary SchoolAmy O’ConnorAmy O’Connor, of Wichita, will begin the school year as the new fifth grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School.She grew up in the south and southeastern United States, as her father was an Air Force pilot, so they moved often.O’Connor earned her Bachelor in Business Administration and Marketing from Emporia State University in 1989; Bachelor in Education from Newman University in 1991; Master in Management from Friends University in 2001; Master in School Leadership in 2006, also from Friends University; and received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, in 2007.She is married to John Buckendorff, the Assistant Principal at Wellington High School. They have three children: Connor Rankin, age 25, U.S. Air Force; Colby Rankin, 21, pre-med student at Wichita State University; and Katherine Rankin, 18, pre-law student at Butler Community College.O’Connor began teaching in 1991 at Wichita Public Schools, and student taught at College Hill Elementary in 1990. She taught 4th grade at School of the Magdalen in Wichita for five years; 6th grade in Maize; was a full-time business professor at Southwestern College for three years; business and technology at Goddard High School for seven years; taught 5th-7th science, technology and math curriculum with KS STARBASE for three years. She continues to teach evening business and school leadership courses for Baker University, where she has taught for the past ten years, and also online and evening courses at Butler Community College.What she likes most about teaching is “Watching the growth and development of my students over the year and motivating students to want to learn; while being able to impact their lives,” O’Connor said.Tim Lira – Elementary Physical EducationTim LiraTim Lira is a 2003 Wellington High School graduate who will be teaching Kindergarten and first grade physical education for Lincoln, Kennedy and Eisenhower schools.Lira received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University.He was a student teacher at Mulvane before coming back to his hometown. USD 353 is his first full-time teaching experience.“I like the idea of helping children develop the physical skills needed for their future,” Lira said.Â Lira knows a little bit about physical fitness. For years he held the Kansas State track record in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. He broke the records on the big stage at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University on a warm May afternoon in 2003. Those were two Class 4A records Lira held for eight and 11 years. Kansas State University bound football player Morgan Burns broke the 100 4A record in 2011 when he was running for Wichita Trinity. Then in 2014, Colin Coleman of Perry Lecompton broke the 4A record in the 200.Lira is also an assistant football coach for the Wellington Crusader high school team.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Becca Sue · 208 weeks ago Just out of curiosity, why does the write up about the first five teachers include their education and background, but the last teacher only tells about some records he held? Do you not have to possess a teaching degree to teach physical education? Or at least a physical education degree? Report Reply 3 replies · active 208 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Becca Sue · 208 weeks ago thanks for updating with his information. I’m sure he worked just as hard to earn his degrees as the others. He deserves the recognition for his academic accomplishments as well. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Daniel Farley · 208 weeks ago Becca Sue, I read in the article he went to Emporia State. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 208 weeks ago That’s what the update was at 9pm on Friday. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 208 weeks ago Great to see so many young people returning to the area! Hope every educator and student has a great year! Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Chris Carter · 208 weeks ago Wishing you all many years of success in our community! Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wow · 208 weeks ago I want to enroll in 5th grade now Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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The 49ers’ subdued public attitude toward the Packers shifted following their NFC championship game rematch Sunday, when the team shut down Rodgers again to claim a 37-20 victory. This time, the mood was more brash. Rodgers, now eliminated, did not need to be feared. The team was free to talk up its performance and its superiority over Green Bay.”We took our starters out in the fourth quarter of that (first) game,” Sherman said. “They were trying to hype themselves up like, ‘Man we’re gonna be ready this time.’ You weren’t ready the first time, and that was in front of the whole country. That was a Sunday night game, it wasn’t like it was just a middle-of-the-day 1 o’clock game.” Added defensive lineman Solomon Thomas: “We know how to beat the biggest teams.”IYER: How 49ers built Super Bowl team in three yearsCoordinator Robert Saleh’s defense not only continued its domination of Rodgers, but also its ownership of opponents around the NFL. It held Rodgers to 64 passing yards in the first half one week after keeping Kirk Cousins muted in the NFC divisional round. It recorded three sacks and three takeaways. Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga compared the smothering group to the Seahawks’ peak defense in 2013.San Francisco’s pass rush will be a primary focus in the build-up to the Super Bowl matchup with Kansas City in two weeks. It feels ready for that attention. After dismantling Rodgers, confidence is high enough that it does not believe its opponent matters.”It’s very simple,” said defensive end Dee Ford. “Play together, we dominate.”Rodgers appeared out of sorts from the opening drive, when he failed to convert third-and-3 from near midfield. Usually able to limit mistakes, he committed several critical errors. He botched a snap. He threw two interceptions. He circled backward in the pocket in his trademark style but uncharacteristically could not evade pass-rushers.SUPER BOWL ODDSChiefs open as slight favoriteThe California native dropped to 2-6 all time in the playoffs against NFC West teams and 0-3 against the 49ers.”He’s a different quarterback when he’s under duress,” said defensive end Nick Bosa. “It changes the game.”While Rodgers helped the Packers keep the final score respectable by leading three second-half scoring drives, his success came mostly when the 49ers sagged off in coverage to protect their large lead. And his night concluded as it began: with disappointment.After finding a rhythm with top receiver Davante Adams late in the contest, Rodgers targeted Adams with a desperate downfield heave with under two minutes remaining. Sherman, who had been beaten deep once by Adams earlier in the half, intercepted the throw to seal the contest. Not needing to advance the ball, Sherman lay down like a snow angel, his arms and legs spread wide. Teammates mobbed him as a defeated Rodgers walked off for the final time this season.MORE: Darrelle Revis says Sherman scared of getting beat in man coverageRodgers said afterward that the gap between his team and the 49ers was not as wide as it seemed, but the distance between them sure felt significant Sunday.”They’re, right now, the gold standard of the NFC,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “They were better, faster and more physical than us tonight.” SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After holding Aaron Rodgers to 104 passing yards in a 29-point win over the Packers on Nov. 24, the sometimes-braggadocious 49ers defense did not gloat.Members of San Francisco’s secondary instead took caution with their words. Each postgame quote that night involved praise of Rodgers — even in the responses to questions intended to draw out boasts. When safety Jimmy Ward was asked about a full-stretch pass breakup, he said “it was just classic Aaron Rodgers scrambling, throwing it deep with great accuracy” and that he had simply been in the right place to force an incompletion. Cornerback Richard Sherman said, “Whenever you play a Hall of Famer like that, you never know,” and warned about overconfidence against someone of that caliber. San Francisco now heads to Miami, where it will face the Chiefs on Feb. 2. The 49ers last appeared in a Super Bowl in the 2012 season. They last won it in the 1994 season with Steve Young under center.Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes will almost certainly get the cautious public treatment the team gave Rodgers. Mahomes is shaping up to be one of the best passers of his generation, and at 24, he might be more advanced than Rodgers was at his age.Conquer the Chiefs, though, and this group will no longer have anything left to be reserved about. The Super Bowl represents the final check on the team’s simmering bravado.
Sell the team? With this guide, now you can get what you want.On Wednesday night, more Knicks fans were thrown out of Madison Square Garden for supposedly chanting “Sell the team.” One fan even claims he was “interrogated” while exiting, per the Daily News’ Stefan Bondy. Because of your newfound friendship, Dolan will definitely listen to your manipulative overtures to sell the team. And now that you’re a billionaire, you can buy the team for any price.Then Dolan will be off, disappearing into the world of music euphoria while you helm one of the most recognizable sports franchises in the world.That’s it, Knick fans. That’s all you gotta do. Just keep me updated after your second or third billion. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5e/cc/james-dolan-ftr-071917jpg_1no7ugopuvea41ader3fjjnbug.jpg?t=1530752997&w=500&quality=80 A group of at least four young men were escorted from their seats by MSG security for yelling “Sell the team” late in the Knicks loss tonight. Group of security escorted them into elevator out of arena.”It’s not like we’re coming back here anytime soon,” one of the men yelled.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) March 5, 2020MORE: Charles Oakley reacts to Knicks’ treatment of Spike LeeThis isn’t the first time this season fans have been tossed for chanting something so absolutely disgusting, damning and downright disgraceful. We’re certain many egos were bruised in the spewing of such vile statements.From last night, Garden crowd briefly picks up a “Sell the Team” chant. As a result, a few fans were then held in MSG hallways by security and a police officer for questioning. pic.twitter.com/amuzrWyh2q— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 5, 2020For the diehard fans who still want Dolan to sell the team despite its vast improvement over last year’s squad — the 2019-20 Knicks are already two whole wins better than last season’s 17-win team — here’s an easy, step-by-step guide that you’ll want to follow.1. Stop telling James Dolan to sell the Knicks.People are wasting hard-earned money by attending Knicks games and then not even getting the opportunity to watch the full 48 minutes of losing, so maybe it’s best to leave the chants at home.The more Dolan hears detractors scream “Sell the team,” the less likely he’ll be to sell it. This is almost certainly a fact. Clearly, Dolan is a stubborn guy. You don’t ruin one of basketball’s best markets by not being stubborn, after all.Please, stop telling James Dolan to sell the team. He does not like that very much. Please be nicer to him.2. Stop going to Knicks games.This is the second key, Knicks fans. Save your money. It’ll come in handy for the next step, too.We know, New Yorkers love their basketball. They love their Knicks like the Garden loves starting beefs with celebrities and former players. The Knicks have sucked for the better part of two decades, and the Garden still sells out on a regular basis.But the first step in sending Dolan a message is to stop going to the games. Avoid the Garden like it still has little Godzilla hatchlings in that wonderful 1998 “Godzilla” movie.People who are trying to head home from Penn Station on game nights would appreciate that very much, as well. 3. Become a mega-billionaire.The next step on this easy-peasy how-to guide is to make more money than Gates, Jobs and anyone else who’s recognizable by one name.We’re talking more money than Cher here. More money than The Rock after “Fast and Furious.” What are you doing reading this? You should be out trying to invent the next sliced bread.Besides, with all of the money saved by not going to games, you’ll already be three-quarters of the way there. So just keep going. Don’t be afraid to empty out the 401k to open that coffee shop you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t be afraid to take on Amazon. This is your best option. This is the way.4. Start going to James Dolan’s concerts.Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Start going to JD & The Straight Shot concerts.Buy VIP tickets to his shows. Buy JD & The Straight Shot merchandise. Go to meet-and-greets and autograph signings. Listen to every album 15 times through. Become a groupie. Convince Dolan he’s good at something in his life.Billionaires get to where they are by being told nice things all the time, right? If Dolan starts believing he’s good at something other than running a professional NBA franchise, he’ll likely go all-in on being a bona fide musician. By the time you’re at the 18,000th show, Dolan will notice you, one of his four fans.5. Buy the Knicks yourself!At this point, Dolan has seen the light. His come-to-Jesus moment is you seeing you in the crowd, singing along with every lyric to his hit song “Glide.”Dolan will surely want to sell the team to you, a lifelong JD & The Straight Shot fan and freshly minted mega-billionaire. You lock eyes with him. He gives you that signature warm, inviting Dolan look, and … Congratulations! You’re now best friends with James Dolan.
Student-athletes would not be able to reference trademarks or other intellectual property from the school they attend in any endorsement or sponsorship under the proposal. That could keep “NCAA Football” from being released in the future due to the prevalent use of school logos, uniforms and other properties in the title. Plus, the lack of a player union makes group licensing unfeasible, the NCAA said in a news conference Wednesday.”It was the group’s conclusion that group licenses, which would combine school trademarks with student-athlete NIL in products like video games, replica jerseys and trading card collections are unworkable in college sports,” said Val Ackerman, a leading member of the NCAA working group and the commissioner of the Big East, “largely because of the absence of a collective bargaining agency to manage the terms of group NIL use on behalf of the student-athletes.”The NCAA has confirmed this report, saying endeavors such as video games are “unworkable in college sports.” https://t.co/QyrbPhZrfH— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) April 29, 2020Jim Cavale, the CEO of INFLCR, a company expected to help athletes easily find brand partnerships under new rules, said that while the working group’s recommendations to the board could be amended in the coming months, its current construction is clear about the future of college football video games. He has participated in conversations with NCAA, school and conference officials about the future of student-athlete sponsorships and is familiar with their thinking.”Right now, group licensing is not a part of the plan,” Cavale told Sporting News. “That would prevent the video game concept from coming back.”MORE: 2021 NFL Mock Draft The popular “NCAA Football” video game series is unlikely to return even if the NCAA allows college athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses (NIL) in 2021.A working group of athletic directors and conference officials suggested NIL rules to the NCAA Board of Governors on Tuesday that could be voted into effect as early as next January, but the recommendations prevent EA Sports or any other developer from producing a college football game. This week’s recommendations are the first public signal of what NCAA-approved NIL rules could look like, and they put down a marker for future discussion.College sports leaders remain embroiled in debate over whether student-athletes and schools should be able to team up to seek business deals rather than be barred from mentioning one another. For now, though, it appears administrators who prefer an isolated system have the upper hand, striking a blow to hopes of “NCAA Football” coming back and shrinking the overall scope of potential NIL gains.The NCAA holds annual meetings in January in which it votes on major legislation, but it could theoretically institute NIL rules at any point in the first half of 2021.