Sun Devils Open First Pac-12 Road Trip at Oregon


Good news: The Arizona State Sun Devils (probably? hopefully?) can’t possibly play worse than they did in Wednesday’s loss to the Washington State Cougars. 

ASU was humiliated from start to finish, scoring just 29 points over the course of two halves, including a mere 10 points at halftime. 

The last time Arizona State scored only 10 points in a half was on Feb. 25, 2016, when they trailed Utah 44-10 at halftime.

The 29 total points scored by the Sun Devils was the lowest amount of points Arizona State has scored in the shot-clock era, as we have to travel back nearly 80 full years to see the last time the Sun Devils scored less points in a complete game.



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Greensboro woman hit, killed by SUV at South Holden Road, Vanstory Street intersection


GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A Greensboro woman was hit and killed by an SUV on Saturday, according to a Greensboro Police Department news release.

At 5:01 p.m., Greensboro police responded to the South Holden Road and Vanstory Street intersection when they were told someone was hurt in a crash.

A 29-year-old Greensboro woman was driving a 2018 Toyota Rav 4 north on South Holden Road, approaching the intersection of Vanstory Street.

Yong Qing Tang, 61, of Greensboro, was crossing South Holden Road, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was hit by the Rav 4 in the travel lane.

She was takento the hospital where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed and impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to P3tips.com to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.



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Catamounts Begin Two-Game Road Swing at Winthrop Saturday – Western Carolina University – catamountsports.com



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Top tips for foodies embarking on an NZ road trip


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Stopping often to eat well is a road trip must. Photo / 123rf

One of the best things about any incredible journey by road is punctuating the driving with generously rationed eating breaks, and frequent stops at places that proffer the best local produce. Here are some of my tips for satisfying the taste buds on an Aotearoa roadie.

Caffeine up

A large coffee ordered from the first open cafe we come across is a non-negotiable for the two up front on our family road trips. The back-seaters get hot chocolates with extra marshmallows if the barista is obliging. Within an hour we’re all tasked with keeping an eye out for a public loo of course.
Pro tip: BYO thermally insulated reusable cups and kiss lukewarm sips goodbye.

One of the best things about any road trip is punctuating the driving with generously rationed coffee and eating breaks. Photo / 123rf
One of the best things about any road trip is punctuating the driving with generously rationed coffee and eating breaks. Photo / 123rf

Honesty to goodness

Honesty boxes may not be quite as ubiquitous as they once were, but roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system (paying by cash into a lockbox or increasingly by bank transfer) dot our rural roads. Some areas are particularly abundant – the road to Ōmaha, the back route to Mangawhai from State Highway 1, the route between Waihī and Katikati, stretches through orchard country in Central Otago, and the berry-filled rolling hills of Moutere are some of the most fruitful areas (pun intended) for honesty boxing in my experience. Not only do honesty boxes provide a tasty reason to pull over, they’re a good lesson that business can still operate on faith in human nature.
Pro tip: carry a bottle of water for rinsing fruit and vegetables so you can snack on them on the spot.

Roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system dot our rural roads. Photo / Getty
Roadside produce stalls that operate on an honesty system dot our rural roads. Photo / Getty

Circle the date

Plan ahead, searching the web and local publications to hone in on dates for farmers markets, food and wine festivals, and other food-related happenings in areas you’re travelling to or through. Farmers markets are the best way of connecting to a place by tasting a wide range of foods grown and made there and chatting to those whose livelihood it is. Ditto A&P shows, school fairs, church fairs, and country fairs – all fertile ground for snapping up local goodies. Ticketed events require a little more planning on your behalf, so check and book early so you don’t suffer FOMO.

Pack some helpers

Pack chiller bags and some frozen ice pads (set a calendar reminder to put ice packs in the freezer the day before you set out, and another to take them out, if you’re anything like me). If you’re keen on collecting punnets of berries, local cheeses and charcuterie, or for keeping drinks cool, a chiller bag is super handy. Depending on where you’re staying, you can refreeze the slicker pads as you travel around. Carry a lightweight rug for impromptu picnics, and if you’re a fan of plate over paper, pack a picnicking set and a bottle of soapy water for giving your dishes a clean after eating. Pottles of sauce can be something you feel smug about having thought of when they’re called for to anoint chips, pies, and more: tomato sauce, mayo, sriracha, or whatever your magic sauce needs are.

Pack all the help you can get, such as chiller bags, frozen ice pads, picnicking sets and containers. Photo / Getty
Pack all the help you can get, such as chiller bags, frozen ice pads, picnicking sets and containers. Photo / Getty

Freeze water

Summer road trips are way better when you’ve popped bottles of water in the freezer the night before, providing you with icy cold water for your journey. Works for juice too of course.

Space saving

If space is at a premium in your boot, carry food and drink in collapsible containers (there are some nifty silicon options around these days). This way they’re only taking up space when they’re feeding and watering you.

Pie time

We all love a roadie pie, but do yourself a favour and do your research – you really don’t want to waste your appetite on an average one. Canvas opinion among friends, social media communities, and trusted sources such as the Bakel’s NZ Pie Awards to help you hone in on which pies are most worthy of consideration along your merry way. The same goes for fish and chips, milkshakes, icecreams, coffee, and other road trip essential eats: a little asking around sets you up for fewer disappointments.

We all love a roadie pie as much as we love a road trip. Photo / Getty
We all love a roadie pie as much as we love a road trip. Photo / Getty

Don’t peak too soon

In 1984’s The Neverending Story, a hungry Sebastian takes one frugal bite from his peanut butter sandwich before setting it aside to dive back into the adventure of the eponymous book. “No, not too much, we still have a long way to go”, he wisely quips. So too do you the road tripper have a long journey before you and – thanks to the many conveniences of the modern world – far too many opportunities beyond a mere sandwich to fill your tum at any given time. If you go hard and go early, you risk spoiling your dinner. And if you’ve planned well, dinner should be something to look forward to on a road trip. So take it slowly, like Seb.

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Best Things To See On An Alleghenies Road Trip


From Erie to the Pocono Mountains, the northern part of Pennsylvania is rural and is sometimes a forgotten area for visitors to the Keystone State. Spanning the northern counties, the drive holds a wealth of exciting attractions and picturesque views you won’t want to miss. It’s a beautiful drive year-round but extraordinarily breathtaking in the fall when leaves are changing. The trip covers approximately 350 miles.

It will take you past several state parks that could be additional stops if you desire. Let’s look at a few of my favorite stops on a road trip from Presque Isle to the Pocono Mountains.

During a Route 6 Trip we were hosted at many of the places mentioned, but all opinions are my own. 

Presque Isle, Erie

Pennsylvania does not border an ocean, but we have our share of lakes. Presque Isle borders Lake Erie and provides plenty of beach area to enjoy some sun, swim, or walk along the lake. There are museums and monuments to explore, as well as a National Natural Landmark, the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Presque Isle State Park is open daily till sunset.

This is a great place to spend a few days as you start or end your drive.

Kane Manor, Kane, Pennsylvania.
Kane Manor (Photo Credit: Robin O’Neal Smith)

Kane, PA

Kane is located in the northwest part of the Keystone state, right on Route 6, near the Allegheny National Forest. It’s a historical town named for Civil War General Thomas L. Kane. In the 1860s, he founded the town and hosted several presidents at his home. 

President Grant was a frequent visitor and helped Gen. Kane plant the trees in the front yard of Kane Manor Inn. The inn is full of historic artifacts, memorabilia, and antique furniture. 

Some “must-see” things in Kane include the McCleery Discovery Center, learning about the Lobo Wolves, and the history of the Inn. Be sure to stop at Jack Bell’s Meat & Poultry for some unique meat and poultry options to take home with you.

When we visited, I was thrilled with the food and drink scene. Be sure to eat at the upscale eatery, Table 105, for a fantastic meal. Next door, find the Logyard Brewing Taproom for some local beer. If wine is your drink of choice, Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Cocktail Lounge has you covered. Texas Hot Lunch/4Sons is an excellent choice for a quick lunch. 

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the tea set at the McCleery Discovery Center that eight presidents drank tea from. 

Kinzua Bridge, PA.
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Kinzua Bridge Skywalk, Mt. Jewett

This skywalk is a must-see when in the area. At one time, the Kinzua Viaduct was the tallest railroad bridge in the world at 301 feet. The bridge was erected in 1882 out of wood and rebuilt in 1900 with steel. 

While making repairs to the bridge in 2003, a tornado whipped through the valley and destroyed it, uprooting 11 of 20 bridge towers. 

The viaduct was reinvented in 2011, turning the part of the bridge still standing into a pedestrian walkway. The skywalk overlooks the remaining debris of bridge remnants that lay on the valley floor where they landed.

The Kinzua Bridge Skywalk provides a fantastic view of the wreckage and the beautiful forest surrounding it. It is a flat, leisurely stroll out the 600 feet of the skywalk.

There are other hiking trails along the old railroad bed from easy to difficult levels. I do not advise the trail under the skywalk unless you are an experienced and in shape hiker.

There is also a gift shop. I would plan a 2-hour visit if only walking to the end of the skywalk. Allow additional time for other hikes.

Pro Tip: If you want a quick, homecooked, and delicious lunch when in the area, be sure to stop at Kaffe Sol in Mt. Jewett. Be sure to have one of their huge cinnamon rolls. 

Allegheny Mountain Arts Gallery.
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Bradford, PA

This is a fun town. Plan to spend the day and check out the Zippo Museum which is full of history. The Marilyn Horne Museum is fascinating. Be sure to visit the Allegheny Mountain Arts Gallery and check out the phenomenal artwork. 

While in town, stop for a casual lunch at the Magic Bean Café. They have hundreds of board games to help entertain you. For dinner, dine at the Bradford Brew Station. We enjoyed a delicious meal and a flight tasting when we visited. 

Eliot Ness Museum.
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Eliot Ness Museum, Coudersport

Remember Al Capone, Elliott Ness is the guy who brought him down. After leaving Chicago, he moved to Coudersport. The Eliot Ness Museum is a history of his life. They have artifacts, documentary films, memorabilia, and more. It is a fun and unique stop. 

Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport

If you are into stargazing, you will want to spend a night in Cherry Springs State Park. It boasts exceptionally dark skies that give you unparalleled viewing pleasure. 

Cherry Springs is rated a Gold Level Park, one of the top dark sky destinations in the world according to the International Dark Sky Association and the best place on Earth for stargazing according to Travel Channel. Be sure to take a sweater or jacket, even in summer, since it gets chilly at night, and take a camp chair or blanket so you can relax and enjoy the view. Plan to spend at least an hour enjoying the stars with visitors from around the globe.

Pro Tip: Get there before dark since it is very black and you will want to find a place to sit before dark. It is darker than you can imagine. 

Lumber Museum, Ulysses, Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Ulysses

History buffs might enjoy stepping back 100 years in time to an era when lumberjacks with giant handheld saws cut the white pine and hemlock every day — working 70 hours a week with hand tools of their trade.

I was very impressed with the museum. It is more about the history of the state and how logging and agriculture were important to our growing state. 

Allow 2 hours or so to visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Be sure to plan ahead and have dinner at the Log Cabin Inn. Our meal there was fantastic and the service equally as wonderful. 

PA Grand Canyon, Wellsboro.
Photo Credit: Visit Potter Tioga County

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Wellsboro

A mile wide from rim to rim, the Pine Creek Gorge, dubbed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, runs approximately 50 miles and plunges 800 feet along most of the gorge. It plunges even deeper to almost 1600 feet near the southern end. 

This natural wonder is one of the most spectacular destinations in Pennsylvania. We viewed it at the Leonard Harrison State Park on the canyon’s eastern boundary.

Accessible viewing platforms are located less than a hundred yards from the parking lot.

I highly recommend making reservations for the horse drawn wagon ride through the gorge with Ole Covered Wagon Inc. You can enjoy the beauty of the area and learn a bit of history. 

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your camera. You will want to take pictures in this area.

Wellsboro Fountain, Wellsboro, PA.
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Wellsboro, PA

Wellsboro is a quaint town full of Victorian homes, gas street lamps, unique shops, hospitality, and excellent bed and breakfasts. 

When visiting, be sure to stop at Pop’s Culture Shoppe to find out about every game imaginable plus things made in Pennsylvania.

Be sure to check out the Wynken, Blinken & Nod Fountain on the Green

A delicious stop is the Highland Chocolate Shop. The candy is handmade and deliciously created by extraordinary employees. 

Little League Museum, Williamsport, PA.
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Little League Museum, Williamsport

Take a side trip down to Williamsport to see the Little League Museum. The museum is designed to test your knowledge, allow you to handle baseball artifacts, and keep you moving. 

Honoring the history of Little League Baseball, the museum will take you on a journey through baseball history and the culture surrounding it. There are lots of interactive exhibits. I would plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours for this visit.

If you are visiting in August, you can even take in the Little League World Series in person. 

Marie Antoinette Lookout, Wyalusing, PA.
Marie Antoinette Lookout (Photo Credit: Robin O’Neal Smith)

French Azilum, Wyalusing

History buffs will enjoy visiting this French Revolution refugee settlement built in 1793. You can also take in marvelous views from the Marie Antoinette Lookout, an overlook giving you a picturesque view of the Susquehanna River, mountains, and the French Azilum. Eight miles southeast of Towanda, this site is one of the prettiest along the winding Susquehanna River. Allow an hour or 2 for this visit; and even more time if you plan to hike along the river nature trail.

Steamtown And Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton, PA.
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Steamtown And Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton, PA

Steamtown is a National Historic Site that keeps the history of steam trains alive. Enjoy a railroad museum and a ride on a train pulled by a steam locomotive. They have a variety of excursions and tours under normal conditions. The park grounds and some displays are open, but unfortunately, due to COVID, all tours and excursion train rides are still on hold. 

Across the street and sharing the same parking area is the Electric City Trolley Museum. They have trolley rides that are currently operating. 

Rosemont Inn in Montrose, PA.
Rosemont Inn (Photo Credit: Robin O’Neal Smith)

Montrose, PA

Another quaint small town, Montrose is full of character. We stayed at the Rosemont Inn that is a destination unto itself. It is gorgeous. Two highlights of the town you won’t want to miss include Chocolates by Leopold, where they make the chocolate and other treats following “old world” recipes, and The Inn at Montrose for your evening meal. 

Poconos 

The beautiful Pocono Mountains offer various activities, from outdoor water recreation, camping, hiking, and ziplining to casinos, waterparks, and luxury resorts.

Learn about the fantastic things to do in the Poconos. Check out some of the best places to stay for the mature traveler in the Poconos. The Pocono Mountains are a great place to spend several days as you start or end your beautiful Alleghany road trip. 

During these times, when we seem to be getting back to nature and the great outdoors, a trip across the state from Erie to the Poconos is the perfect answer to your desire to travel.

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IUPUI HITS THE ROAD TO FACE CONFERENCE FOE


DETROIT, Mich. – After forfeiting the first two conference games of the season due to Covid-19 implications, the IUPUI women’s basketball team will travel to Detroit, Michigan to take on Horizon League competitor, Detroit Mercy on Thursday (Dec. 2) at 7:00 p.m.
 
The Jaguars enter the game after an 80-47 victory over Butler on Sunday at the Jungle. Sophomore transfer Rachel Kent led the Jags with 16 points, all from behind the arc to help the Jags tie the IUPUI record of three’s made in a game with 16. Red-shirt senior Destiny Perkins followed with 12 points and four assists. Other starters, Natalie Andersen added 11 points with three three-pointers, Madison Wise scored three points with six assists and Macee Williams added eight points and three assists.
 
Head coach Austin Parkinson‘s team finished the 2020-21 season with a conference record of 11-3 and fell to Wright State in the Horizon League championship game. IUPUI looks for redemption this season and was voted atop the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Preseason Polls for 2021.
 
IUPUI will face the Titans for their first conference matchup besides the two forfeited games. Detroit Mercy enters the game 0-2 in conference play and 0-6 overall after losing to Akron, 67-60 on Monday. Sophomore Irene Murua leads the Titans, averaging 10 points per game and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor. Murua also leads the team in rebounds with 6.8 per game.

The Jags are 6-0 against the Titans and last faced them on Feb. 6, 2020, when IUPUI defeated Detroit Mercy 95-54. Thursday’s game at Detroit Mercy will be aired on ESPN+ with tip off at 7 p.m.



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Spartans Kick Off Three-Game Road Trip at Saint Mary’s


SAN JOSE, Calif.   San José State women’s basketball is back out on the road this week. The Spartans kick off their road trip 40 miles north in Moraga for a date with Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening, November 30. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m. at UCU Pavilion and a livestream will be available on the West Coast Conference (WCC) Network. 

Opening Tip

  • San José State is second the Mountain West in free throw percentage, shooting .796 from the charity stripe
  • Cydni Lewis’s 8.83 rebounds per game is good for fourth in the conference and second the league in defensive rebounds (7.67 pg)
  • Lewis currently leads the Spartans in scoring with 12.5 ppg and rebounding


Last Time Out

  • The Spartans notched a 62-49 win over Academy of Art at home on Wednesday night
  • Stephanie Torres scored a career high 12 points 
  • San José State’s offense sparked in the third quarter, outscoring the Urban Knights 22-14
  • The Spartans outrebounded AoA 42-33

Scouting Report: The Gaels

  • Taycee Wedin leads Saint Mary’s scoring with 15.5 ppg
  • Ali Bamberger leads on the glass with 8.7 rpg and 13.2 ppg
  • The Gaels are averaging .269 from behind the arc this season
  • Head Coach Paul Thomas enters his 16th season at the helm

The History
The Spartans are 2-10 all-time against Saint Mary’s. The two last met on December 3, 2016 where the Gaels came out with an 85-64 victory. Saint Mary’s shot 60-percent from the field and scored 26 of their 28 two-point buckets in the paint in the contest.

Later this Week

San José State will travel to San Diego and Los Angeles this weekend for back-to-back contests against UC San Diego and UCLA.

The Details

Spartans vs. UCSD Tritons

Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

La Jolla, Calif.

ESPN+ 

Spartans vs. UCLA Bruins

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

Los Angeles, Calif.

UCLA livestream



Follow along with the Spartans women’s basketball program all season on social media for news, player highlights, game information and more: @SanJoseStateWBB on Twitter and @sjsuwbb on Instagram

 

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Racers Hit The Road Again; Travel To UE Tuesday


Women’s Basketball | 11/28/2021 5:34:00 PM

Date (Time): Nov. 30 (6 p.m.)
Opponent: Evansville
Site (Venue): Evansville, Ind. (Meeks Family Fieldhouse)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Jeremy Rose; Analyst: Raegan Blackburn)
TV: ESPN+ (PxP: Cole Carter; Analyst: Donovan Schultz; Sideline: Arthur Hurst)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com
Twitter In Game: @RacersWBB
MUR Record (Streak): 5-1 (Won 4)
UE Record (Streak): 4-1 (Won 1)
MSU Last Game: W 66-40 vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 27, 2021; Murray, Ky.)
UE Last Game: W 84-71 at Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 24, 2021; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
All-Time Series vs. UE (Streak): MSU leads 22-15 (Won 2)
All-Time Series in Murray (Streak): MSU leads 12-6 (Won 1)
First Meeting: W 46-41 (Feb. 26, 1972; Murray, Ky.)
Last Meeting: W 84-61(Dec. 1, 2020; Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Win: W 114-46 (Feb. 10, 1981; Murray, Ky.)
Largest MSU Loss: L 46-78 (Dec. 20, 2011; Evansville, Ind.)
Last Five vs. UE: 3-2 (WWWLL)
Next Game: Dec. 4 at Samford (2 p.m.)
Next Home Game: Dec. 14 vs. North Alabama (5 p.m.)

The Game

The Murray State women’s basketball team hits the highway again Tuesday for the first of two road games beginning at Evansville. Tip-off from the Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Indiana is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Series At A Glance

Tuesday will be the 39th meeting between the Racers and the Purple Aces, with Murray State leading the all-time series, 23-15. MSU has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams and also lead the series in Evansville, 10-9.

Scouting The Purple Aces

Evansville is also off to a hot start to the season and will enter Tuesday’s matchup at 4-1 after an 84-71 win at Purdue Fort Wayne Wednesday. The Purple Aces are currently averaging 77.4 points on 44.5-percent shooting with 39.8 rebounds per game, while their opponents average 64.8 points on 34.6-percent shooting with 44.2 rebounds per game.

Evansville currently has four players that average double-digits including two that are averaging 20-plus points per game. Je’Niya Davis and Abby Feit currently score 24.5 and 21.6 points per game, while Myia Clark and A’Niah Griffin follow at 11.0 and 10.3 points, respectively. In addition, Feit also leads Evansville on the glass at 9.8 rebounds per game.

A Win Would…

A win Tuesday would give head coach Rechelle Turner the 60th win of her career and allow her to pass Dew Drop Rowlett to become the 4th winningest coach in program history. She would also become the second fastest Racer coach to reach 60 wins, doing so in 124 games. The only former Racer coach who reached 60 wins faster was Bud Childers, who did it in 113 games.

Cleaning The Glass

Murray State currently ranks second in the nation in defensive rebounds per game with 34.7 defensive boards per game, while Nebraska leads at 36.3.

En Fuego

Shooting 50.0-percent from the floor against Alabama A&M, Murray State has now shot 50-percent or better in five of six games this season and are 4-1 in those contests.

Double Trouble

Katelyn Young recorded her third double-double of the season against Alabama A&M, and second in a row, with 25 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, she was nearly perfect from the floor going 10-for-11 in the game, as well as 5-for-7 from the line.

Large In The Margins

With a 26-point win Saturday, each of Murray State’s five victories have come by 20 or more points. In the five wins, Murray State’s average margin of victory has been 30.0 with no wins coming by less than 23 points.

Flying Out of The Gates

Moving to 5-1 on the year with the win Saturday, the Racers are now off to their best start in over 30 years. The last time MSU started the season 5-1 or better was the 1988-89 season, when it opened the season at 6-0.



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