Covington plays just 15.1 minutes per game for the Badgers, but coaches and teammates know how valuable she is to UW’s success.[/media-credit]When a player has served as a captain in two of her three years of play, it becomes clear that the player is a respected team leader.Such is the case with Wisconsin women’s basketball forward Anya Covington, who has seen extra playing time recently in the absence of senior Tara Steinbauer. Although not usually the first name in the box score, Covington, who has acted as a captain during both her sophomore and junior years, is the epitome of a leader both on and off the hardwood.“She’s always been a leader, she’s a natural born leader,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “She is really living the life of a leader … confident, mature. You think about people that have grown into maturation, she’s had it. She’s coming into her own as a basketball player, but as a human being, she’s special.”Although Covington has certainly made an impact on the court, her achievements off the court are equally impressive. A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Student-Athletes Equally Supporting others and a representative on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee, it comes as no surprise that the junior has been voted a captain by her teammates two of her first three years.It is difficult to find a better example of a well-rounded and active student-athlete than Covington, but the Edwardsville, Ill. native has always felt comfortable in the spotlight.“I just have a heart for student-athletes and our issues that we’re going through, and just furthering our opportunities,” Covington said. “I’ve been doing it since middle school, and all these committees and boards and stuff, so it’s just natural to do it now.”Covington manages to handle all these activities not as a player who rides the bench, but rather one who serves a key role for the Badgers. Appearing in every game this season, the forward has been the third and often used post option behind seniors Lin Zastrow and Steinbauer all year.However, since Steinbauer suffered a career-ending ACL tear in the closing weeks of the season, Covington has started Wisconsin’s last two games. Forced to fill Steinbauer’s tremendous presence on the court during the most important weeks of the season, Covington’s play in the Big Ten Tournament could play a crucial role in the team’s success. “Anya’s done a really good job stepping in, and we really need her to step in big time now,” Stone said. “We’re planning on playing four games in four days, and her ability to step in and help out and stay fresh and stay out of foul trouble is going to be huge for us.”A physical player who known for her strong presence in the paint, Covington’s ability to collect rebounds may be the most valuable aspect of her game. Co-leading the Badgers in rebounds in a tough loss of Ohio State Sunday, the junior averages just under four rebounds per game in only 15.1 minutes per contest.With three career double-doubles, including one this season, Covington has proved that she has the ability on both sides of the glass to be a reliable post player. Earning valuable experience in her first two years, coaches and players insist that there is no better player to step in for Steinbauer at this crucial point in the season.“She’s been here for the last three years ready to play,” senior guard Emily Neal said. “…It was really sad for Tara, but it’s a great opportunity for Anya to come in, and she was definitely ready for it.”The junior forward could probably serve a starting role for other Big Ten teams, but UW’s depth and talent at the forward positions have kept Covington coming off the bench. Averaging 4.1 points per game this season and 5.1 points per game last season, Covington’s scoring has been restrained by her playing time.Shooting nearly 50 percent from the field over her career, the junior doesn’t look at herself as a backup to Zastrow and Steinbauer. In a way that exudes the team-first approach of the Badgers, Covington sees herself as working together with the senior standouts rather than acting as a backup to them.“I was told my freshman year I had to come here and pay my dues, so I mean that’s basically what’s going on,” Covington said. “It’s [Zastrow and Steinbauer’s] senior year, one of them goes down, I just step in. I don’t look at it as playing under their shadow. We’ve been playing together for the past three years, and it’s been fun.”Wisconsin’s three leading scorers this year in Zastrow, Steinbauer and Alyssa Karel are all seniors, but there is no question who will primarily fill the void left by those players. Equipped with the character and confidence that every coach looks in their players, no word seems to better describe Covington than “leader.”“It’s going to be tough next year with Lin and Tara both gone, but at the same time [Covington] has shown that she’s ready to step up,” Neal said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe greenhouse at Alpena High School was a popular attraction today during the AHS plant sale fundraiser.Agriscience students and FFA members sold plants to help support future agriscience projects. ,The students planted seeds just before spring break to prepare for this big plant sale.If you get a chance to check out the greenhouse you’ll notice a variety of plants and veggies such as; tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and more!This special agriscience course at Alpena High School is one of a kind in Northeast Michigan and it gives passionate farmers the right tools to begin their careers.“there’s not many schools around here that have this opportunity, we just got this greenhouse a couple of years ago and its helps people understand a better way of agriscience and what goes into making what happens”If you missed your chance today and you’re still interested in buying these beautiful plants and flowers be sure to head to the greenhouse at Alpena High School tomorrow from 9am until noonOne of these plants could even be a great gift for your mom! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Sheriff addresses numerous bomb threats at Thunder Bay Junior HighNext ‘Flights of Imagination’ gets vandalized, again
Talking BynumNick Young hasn’t followed Andrew Bynum’s lone season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also said he wasn’t aware that Cleveland suspended Bynum indefinitely Saturday for undisclosed conduct detrimental to the team.But the mere mention of Bynum’s name prompted Young to laugh as he recalled their lone season together last year with the Philadelphia 76ers, a year that featured Bynum sitting out the entire time because of lingering knee issues.“He just does his own thing,” Young told this newspaper. “Bynum is going to be Bynum no matter where he goes. He doesn’t care what people say or think about him.” Young mentioned Bynum’s eccentric hairstyles and worsening his left knee injury while going bowling in the middle of the season. Still, Young argued that Bynum received unfair criticism from Sixers fans who believed that he didn’t show enough interest in overcoming his injury.“He’s hurt. He’s somebody who has been playing games with bad knees,” Young said. “He’s trying to get back each game. In Philly, they’re tough. They were on Bynum everywhere he walked.”Bynum helped the Lakers to two NBA championships through seven seasons before being traded in 2012 to Philadelphia in a four-team, 12-player deal that brought them Dwight Howard. “He tried to get back, but he wasn’t right last year,” Young said of Bynum. “It was probably good for him to sit out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Within a week, the Lakers went from having too many frontcourt players for coach Mike D’Antoni to juggle to suddenly having very little at all.Both centers Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman are considered game-time decisions when the Lakers (13-17) host the Philadelphia 76ers (8-20) tonight at Staples Center.Kaman suffered a moderate sprain in his left ankle in the final minute of the Lakers’ 105-103 loss Friday to the Utah Jazz. Gasol sat out two of the past four games because of an upper respiratory infection. D’Antoni said neither of them practiced on Saturday.Gasol hasn’t spoken to reporters since a visit with an eye, nose and throat specialist on Thursday showed his respiratory illness worsened. Kaman didn’t talk on Saturday, either, but he appeared downtrodden about both his injury and sitting in 13 of the Lakers’ 30 games. “I have no approach,” Kaman said Friday after posting 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ loss to Utah. “I get shuffled around so when it’s my turn, I try to take advantage of the opportiunities I’m given and it’s not easy.”D’Antoni offered some encouraging words about Kaman’s health.“It’s pretty favorable,” D’Antoni said. “He feels better about it. The swelling’s not too bad.”If neither Gasol or Kaman play, Jordan Hill will likely start along with Shawne Williams. Robert Sacre would likely receive significant minutes off the bench. Both Hill and Sacre stayed after practice on Saturday working on post drills with Lakers player development coach Larry Lewis.“You just have to stay mentally prepared,” Sacre said. “Obviously it’s tough. You never know when you’re going to go in. But you have to make sure you’re ready to go. When your name is called, you have to be prepared.”
This just in, but Kyle Busch isn’t the best at making friends on the race track.After Sunday’s results at Watkins Glen International, William Byron and Bubba Wallace aren’t about to become pals with the No. 18. MORE: Watch NASCAR live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Busch’s day got off to a poor start on Lap 2, when he dove to the inside of Byron, but ended up spinning out in the process. Busch lost track position but managed to recover in Stage 1, all the way back to having a chance to pass Byron for fourth.When Busch approached the No. 24, he made contact and sent Byron flying through the grass infield. Byron’s crew chief Chad Knaus wasn’t pleased.”If I see the 18 come back here without you knocking the f**k out of him, we’re going to have a problem” – Chad Knaus#NASCAR #GoBowlingAtTheGlen @WGI @WilliamByron radio saying front nose damage— Tom Bowles From Frontstretch.com (@NASCARBowles) August 4, 2019During the final laps of Stage 1, @WilliamByron mowed the lawn through the chicane!#GoBowlingAtTheGlen | @WGI pic.twitter.com/BzqqxNf3wW— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, [email protected] ➡️ @KyleBusch pic.twitter.com/GRgmVxRmbM— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019When asked for comment about the incident after the race, Busch told the NBC broadcast, “You saw what happened.”Busch’s beef with other drivers continued on Lap 39 when he drew contact with Bubba Wallace, sending Wallace crashing into the wall. “I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is,” Wallace said. “That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me….I won’t put up with no shit. So I flat out wrecked his ass back.”On Lap 62, Wallace had his revenge, very clearly intentionally spinning out Busch.Bubba vs. Rowdy! 😱@BubbaWallace and @KyleBusch go after it on the frontstretch at @WGI! pic.twitter.com/8djEHlAMlh— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 4, 2019″I guess we’re even,” Wallace said. “We’ll see.“Following the race, Wallace’s team was more than happy despite the damage to the No. 43 as he shared fist bumps with his crew. “That’s what happens when you get run over,” said Wallace. “You just pay him back. So I won’t be like, ‘Oh, it’s Kyle Busch, he didn’t mean to.’“F— him.”Despite Busch’s inability to make friends, his 11th-place finish moved him into first in the Cup Series standings.