12Working it out. 2Reuben Stern ’20 (left), Professor Noam Elkies, and James Hotchkiss ’18 discuss beats in classical music in the fourth floor math lounge at the Science Center. 7Freshmen Shelly Tsirulik (from left), May Wang, and Ariella Kahan do homework together. 9Essential chalk! 6Some visit for quiet contemplation. At almost any time of day, you’ll see students working out problem sets, attacking homework, or chilling with headsets in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room.“Many students who work in the math lounge might not know that they are actually at the place the legendary Ahlfors has worked,” says mathematics Professor Oliver Knill. Lars Ahlfors was known for his work in complex analysis. Knill says other famous mathematicians are also linked to the room, including Oscar Zariski, Raoul Bott, and Jean-Pierre Serre.“Who knows, maybe one day, one of the students working there will develop new ideas shaping the next century of mathematics.” 3A math lounge blackboard sports writing dealing with a discrete dynamical system, part of linear algebra. 1The lively Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room is on the fourth floor of the Science Center. 10Zijian Yao, a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics, offers insight to fellow candidate Jeremy Hahn. 4Gray Putnam ’17 (left) and graduate student Lily Yichen Shi work on a physics lab report. 8Kevin Yang ’17 shares a laugh of frustration while trying to solve a problem. 11Timers are ready for challengers. 5Math department welcome parties are held in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room.
The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Friday that Leahy Chief of Staff Ed Pagano will begin work next week as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Liaison.Leahy is the Senate’s second-most-senior member and chairs two major Senate panels, the Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Pagano started his public service career as an attorney in Leahy’s office in 1993 and has headed Leahy’s staff since 2005, managing his offices in Washington and Vermont and overseeing Leahy’s work on the Senate Judiciary, Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and also an alumnus of the Catamounts’ basketball team, where he played power forward from 1981 to 1985 (wearing Number 42). He earned his law degree from Fordham Law School.During his tenure as staff chief Pagano has advised Leahy on the recently enacted Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major reform of the patent system in 60 years; on the hearings and confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and, most recently, on Leahy’s difficult and successful work in securing disaster relief and renovation funds after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged Vermont last August. He previously served as Leahy’s Senior Counsel on the Judiciary Committee, where he focused on economic and criminal justice legislation including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, anti-crime and victims’ assistance programs, Leahy’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership Act, and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. He headed Leahy’s work in drafting the charter for the nation’s first-responder grant program, which Leahy included in the USA PATRIOT Act. Leahy’s all-state minimum grant formula in that charter has brought more than $100 million to Vermont’s first responder firefighters, police and emergency rescue squads in the last four years. He started his public service career as an attorney in Leahy’s office in 1993. Leahy said, ‘Ed is as exemplary and honest and modest a public servant as any I have known. Now he is taking on another big job, with huge challenges, and it is a testament to Ed’s stature and skill set that the President has picked the best person for a tough and vital job.’Source: Leahy’s office 1.13.2012 read more
Set about a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, the Blue RidgeMountains provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Between thearea’s quaint towns, scenic outdoors and warm atmosphere, it’s a favorite amongvisitors. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Apple Mountain Resort, located inClarkesville, Georgia, is a perfect spot for families to reconnect whileenjoying everything the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. ( Experience the Blue Ridge Mountains and all that the area has to offer with a getaway at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Apple Mountain Resort. Stay, play and save 25% on your next vacation by calling (833) 263-3563 or visiting hcv.vacations/blueridge. For visitors wanting to keep their exercise routine on trackwhile on vacation, the resort features a fitness center with a sauna, freeweights and a variety of workout equipment. The resort also offers achampionship 18-hole golf course with pro shop. Wonderful views, wide-openfairways and challenging elements make the course great for many differentskill levels. www.holidayinnclubvacations.com Guests do not even need to leave the resort to grab a biteto eat. The Grille, located in theactivity center, is perfect for a quick snack or light meal throughout the day.The Marketplace also has a variety ofgrab-and-go selections, as well as drinks, groceries and convenience items. ( Apple Mountain Resort features spacious villas, along withan assortment of fun-filled amenities, to make it your home-away-from-homewhile on vacation. The lodge-inspired design of the beautifully decorated villasfit the area’s rustic feel perfectly. Comfortable two-bedroom layouts, completewith living rooms, fully equipped kitchens and private patios/balconies, caneasily accommodate a family of six. ( For a more adventurous outdoor activity, head to nearby Sunburst Stables for zip-lining, ATV tours and flyboarding, or hike the Hemlock Falls Trail in Moccasin Creek State Park. ( Families will love heading into town and getting to knowClarkesville, a lively and hospitable small town nestled in the foothills ofthe Blue Ridge Mountains. Named “The Friendliest Town” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Clarkesville prides itself on itswelcoming spirit and rich history. An afternoon could easily be spent walking alongWashington Street in downtown Clarkesville, where numerous shops, artgalleries, cafés and restaurants can be found.( There’s never a shortage of outdoor activities for kids ofall ages to enjoy. An 18-hole mini golf course, 18-hole disc golf course, asparkling pool, playground, life-size checkers board, shuffleboard, basketball,volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoes and horseback rides are all availableon site. For rainy days, the resort’s activity center, arcade and movie theaterwill ensure the fun never stops. read more
American Airlines plans to cut much of its service to London next month from major U.S. airports due to weak demand in the pandemic, the carrier said Sunday.The move comes as coronavirus cases have climbed in both countries and officials instated new restrictions in response to help curb the spread of the virus, driving down demand on what was one of the most profitable and popular international routes pre-pandemic.The carrier won’t operate flights from Charlotte, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow next month. Customers in Chicago and New York can alternatively book on British Airways, American’s trans-Atlantic partner. American will continue to operate cargo-only flights from Chicago and New York and London, “until daily passenger service resumes in January,” a spokeswoman said in statement.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraftNicolas Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images “We’re constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March,” the spokeswoman said. “In an effort to match low demand resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to operate a reduced schedule.”Delta and United didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on their plans.Airlines, including American and British Airways, have been urging officials on both sides of the Atlantic to replace travel restrictions, such as those that bar most Europeans from entering the U.S. and quarantine requirements for Americans entering the U.K., with Covid-19 testing. – Advertisement – read more
Supplementing antivirals?Antiviral medications have been the gold standard for H5N1 treatment, but they are mainly effective when given within 24 to 48 hours of symptom onset, and health officials have voiced concerns about antiviral-resistant strains of H5N1 and seasonal influenza that have surfaced in recent years. Feb 22 NIAID press release As a treatment, if mAb trials are successful in humans, it could be difficult to get the treatment to large groups of people, because it would likely be given intravenously or at least through an injection, he said. “To treat flu in advance would be logistically elaborate and expensiveit’s not as easy as giving a pill.” For seasonal influenza, treatments using mAbs could be used for those who have immune-system impairments, the NIAID said. In a pandemic setting, this group and others at risk, such as first responders, healthcare workers, and those exposed to the virus, could also benefit from mAb prophylaxis or treatment. The findings raise hopes for a universal flu vaccine and shed light on new options for preventing and treating influenza infections, researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday in an early online edition of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Monoclonal antibodieshighly specific infection-fighting proteins derived from the same cell lineageare being used to treat some cancers and immunologic diseases. Physicians sometimes used a basic form of the therapy during the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918-19, by administering blood products from recovering patients to sick patients. Antibody treatment, also called passive immunotherapy, has been used to prevent infectious diseases such as hepatitis A and B and respiratory syncytial virus infections. The conserved region in the neckrather than the constantly mutating headof the protein could provide a useful and stable new target for vaccine developers, Marasco said, adding, “An important goal is to redirect the immune response of vaccines to this invariable region of the hemagglutinin to try to obtain durable lifelong immunity.” “This is an elegant research finding that holds considerable promise for further development into a medical tool to treat and prevent seasonal as well as pandemic influenza,” Fauci said in the NIAID press release. He added that mAbs could be used along with antivirals to contain an outbreak until a vaccine is available. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the NIAID, told CIDRAP News that he was very pleased with the findings, and though it can be difficult to extrapolate from mouse studies, they represent a very significant advance. He said he hopes the agency will remain involved in the group’s next research steps. Billions of antibodies scannedA team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, scanned billions of mAbs produced in bacteriophages and found 10 that were active against the four major H5N1 virus subtypes, according to a press release from NIAID. Collaborating with a researcher from the CDC’s influenza division, they found that three of the mAbs had broad neutralizing effects when tested in cell cultures and mice against other known influenza A viruses, including H1 seasonal strains and the one that caused the 1918 pandemic. At the same time, the Dana-Farber group worked with researchers at Burnham to visualize the x-ray crystal structure of an mAb that was bound to the H5N1 hemagglutinin. The image shows one arm of the mAb inserted into a genetically stable pocket in the neck of the hemagglutanin protein, which blocks the structural change needed to allow the virus to enter host cells. The antibodies could be frozen and have a fairly long shelf life, Fauci said. He added that mAb therapy typically provides potent protection for the first few weeks but wanes over the next few months. Implications for vaccine developmentWilliam Schaffner, MD, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, told CIDRAP News that the findings might change the way healthcare officials approach seasonal and pandemic flu, but he cautioned that the research is still in the early stages. Sui J, Hwang W, Perez S, et al. Structural and functional bases for broad-spectrum neutralization of avian and human influenza A viruses. Nature Struct Mol Biol 2009 Feb 22; early online publication [Abstract] Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, called the new study a very important scientific development that raises hopes for a universal flu vaccine. He commended NIAID for supporting the study and said several more similarly well-done studies are needed to identify the right vaccine candidates. Schaffner, who is also president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said he sees two implications of the study, one focusing on vaccine development and the other on the development of new antibody treatments. However, he said he’s a little more excited about what the findings mean for the future of vaccines. Feb 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) In a development that could create new tools to prevent and treat seasonal and pandemic influenza, researchers have identified and tested human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can neutralize influenza A viruses, including lethal H5N1 avian influenza. “The holy grail of vaccine research is finding some part of the flu virus code that is conserved among different strains,” he said, adding that if the protein the researchers found is successful in future trials, the method could be used to provide long-lasting immunity against a host of strains. As a result, scientists wouldn’t need to develop a new vaccine every year, and people might need only periodic boosters, as in tetanus immunization, Schaffner said, adding that the prospect of saving money and having a healthier population is very exciting. Wayne Marasco, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber, said in the press release that humans rarely make antibodies to the highly conserved region in the neck of the hemagglutinin protein. “We believe this is because the head of the hemagglutinin protein acts as a decoy by constantly undergoing mutation and thereby attracting the immune system to producing antibodies against it, rather than against the pocket in the neck of the protein,” he said. Therapeutic mAbs are more costly to produce than other influenza drugs, but they can be readily manufactured and stockpiled, according to the Dana-Farber press release. In a pandemic, mAbs treatment could be used with antivirals until a vaccine specific to the circulating strain becomes available. However, he said the world still doesn’t have an economic model or the infrastructure to support the widespread use of seasonal influenza vaccine, much less a universal flu vaccine, if early scientific findings lead to a finished product. “There’s no magic bullet unless you have a gun to shoot it from and money to buy the bullets,” Osterholm said. The human mAbs are ready for advanced preclinical testing, and the next step will be to test the antibodies in ferrets, which have sialic acid receptors in their respiratory tracts resembling those in humans, Marasco said. Then researchers will develop a clinical version of one of the mAbs for use in human trials. He said that if mAbs are safe and effective in humans, a licensed product could still be several years away. See also: The new strategy would offer an advantage over current seasonal flu vaccines, which are sometimes ineffective because they don’t match circulating flu strains. Though vaccines developed against the H5N1 vaccine have been promising, none have elicited a broad response in humans to different H5N1 subtypes, according to a Dana-Farber press release on the findings. Feb 22 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute press release read more
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Opposition groups in Kyrgyzstan said they had seized power in the strategically-important Central Asian country on Tuesday after taking control of government buildings in the capital during protests over a parliamentary election.President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said the country, which hosts a Russian air base and a large Canadian-controlled gold mine, was facing an attempted coup d’etat. He ordered security forces not to open fire protesters however.One person was killed and 590 wounded in unrest overnight, the government said. The opposition said it had freed Almazbek Atambayev, a former president jailed on corruption charges, and was already discussing the line-up of a provisional government. Topics : It was not clear what role, if any, Atambayev would receive, and Jeenbekov, the sitting president, showed no immediate signs of relinquishing power.Kyrgyzstan borders China and is a close ally of Russia and has long been a platform for geopolitical competition between Moscow, Washington and Beijing. It has a history of political volatility – two of its presidents have been toppled by revolts in the past 15 years.Burnt out cars littered Bishkek, the capital, on Tuesday morning after protesters took control of the main government building, known as the White House, which briefly caught fire before emergency services put out the blaze.Debris from inside, including government papers, and office furniture, was strewn outside after protesters ransacked parts of it. Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev did not show up for work on Tuesday, a ministry spokesman said, saying that Kursan Asanov, an opposition politician and a former senior security official, had taken over as acting interior minister.Police had been ordered to ensure citizens’ safety and prevent clashes and looting, the same spokesman said.Trouble erupted on Monday after police used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people demonstrating against the results of a parliamentary election on Sunday which they demanded be annulled.Western observers said the election, which appeared to have handed most seats to two establishment parties supporting closer links between the former Soviet republic and Russia, had been marred by vote buying.One of the parties was close to Jeenbekov, the president.Police had broken up one protest late on Monday, but protesters later returned to Bishkek’s central square and broke into the White House, which houses both the president and parliament, local news websites Akipress and 24.kg reported.Protesters then broke into the headquarters of the State Committee on National Security and freed former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was sentenced to a lengthy prison term this year on corruption charges after falling out with Jeenbekov, his successor.Opposition groups took over several more buildings, including the mayor’s office, and appointed their own acting head of national security, acting prosecutor general and a commandant of Bishkek though it was unclear how much actual power they wielded.Protesters also freed several former senior officials jailed under Jeenbekov, including ex-prime minister Sapar Isakov and Atambayev’s former chief of staff Farid Niyazov.Several provincial governors have resigned, according to local media reports which said public rallies had begun on Tuesday in several provincial centres, most of them anti-government.Jeenbekov’s supporters were gathering in the southern city of Osh, the same reports said, where his brother Asylbek Jeenbekov called for unity and order. read more
Separate figures from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) showed that the median pension fund return for the first quarter was 3.9%. The PIPS survey covered a large sample of pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.Bellavista said: “Euro-zone government paper made the lowest return, but even this was [up by] 1% in just three months, while euro-zone corporates got returns in the area of 2%. Non-euro-zone assets, especially those in US dollars, benefited from the dollar’s appreciation, so their returns were in the area of 3% for government bonds and 5% for corporates.”Higher risk fixed income assets in high yield and emerging markets gained 8-10% in just three months, he added.Meanwhile, Bellavista said, the most popular alternative assets among Spanish corporate pension funds – hedge funds, commodities, real estate and private equity – also contributed positively during the quarter.Allocation changesInverco’s figures showed that, for Spanish pension funds as a whole, the average fixed income allocation fell slightly to 47.6% of portfolios, while equities rose to 35.3%, as at end-March 2019.The allocation to Spanish government bonds continued to fall, but at 22.5% of pension fund portfolios it was still the biggest single component, with a further 14.7% in domestic corporate bonds. The average allocation to domestic securities at end-March 2019 remained stable at 53.8% of portfolios on average.The allocation to non-domestic equities reached 22.2%.According to the PIPS survey of pension funds, the total fixed income allocation was 53%, split between 37% in euro assets and 16% non-euro assets. Equity assets remained stable at around 35%, with an almost 50-50 split between euro and non-euro assets.Around 12% of total assets was allocated to real estate, hedge funds, private equity and cash.“Both equity and fixed income European assets are making lower returns than non-European assets at present,” said Bellavista. “Those funds with more diversification and a lower percentage of assets invested in Europe are getting better results.”Inverco said that, at the end of March, total assets under management for the Spanish occupational pensions sector stood at €34.8bn, a fall of 1.1% over the past year. The number of participants in the occupational system remained static at just under 2m. Spanish occupational pension funds bounced back to return 2.18% for the 12 months to 31 March 2019, recovering all losses incurred in the latter part of 2018, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (Inverco).The return compared with a 3.2% loss for calendar 2018, and a positive 0.5% for the 12 months to 31 March 2018.The first-quarter figures brought the average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds to 2.7% for the three years to end-March 2019, and 3% for the five-year period.Xavier Bellavista, principal at Mercer, said: “Most fixed income assets enjoyed exceptional returns in Q1 2019. Yields relaxed as expectations of further interest rate hikes by the central banks diminished, and allowed fixed income assets to enjoy additional capital appreciation.” read more
KENNEDALE, Texas (March 1) – Glen Hibbard checked out on everybody before taking the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified checkers Saturday at Kennedale Speedway Park.Hibbard started the Spring Kick-Off main event from outside row one and led all 20 circuits to take the $600 victory and career-first Texas Lone Star Series win.“We hit the set up dead on,” said Hibbard, who piloted a new Phoenix Race Chassis across the stripe. A couple restarts and lapped traffic didn’t slow Hibbard much as he won comfortably ahead of Jeff Emerson, Keith White, J.P. Dowell and Chris Elliott. Also winning tour features were defending champion Gabe Tucker in the Southwest Racing Specialties Southern SportMod Lone Star Series main and Kirk Martin in the Wild Child Race Cars Stock Car headliner.Tucker wheeled the same Express car he won the 2013 Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national title in to his first triumph of the new season.He started seventh, was running at the front by midway and held off Justin Cass and Jake Upchurch following restarts with six and then four laps left.“It was good to get the win but we didn’t do anything wild to celebrate,” Tucker said. “We checked the nuts and bolts and went over the car to get ready for the next race.”Cass, Upchurch, Jon White Jr. and Alex Hickham rounded out top five. Planning an ambitious 2014 season, Martin started fifth and reeled in long-time leader Tucker with a lap and a half left to prevail in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. “I was racing against the best of the South. It was very exciting for me to win that race,” said Martin, powered by a new motor package provide by Tanglewood Oil Field Services. “We changed our setup on our (2012) Medieval Chassis and it was the best, fastest car we’ve ever had.”Tucker, Jay Bransom, Matt Guillaume and Jeremy Carter completed the top five.After an early spin, Chad Wilson took home the $800 IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car win.Wilson started eighth and was quickly into second before spinning. He got moving again before the yellow flew for an incident elsewhere on the track, got his spot back and led the last 15 of 20 laps.Working traffic on the high side, he put some distance on his nearest challengers following a restart with three to go. Jeff Day, Josh Hawkins, John Ricketts and Claud Estes followed at the finish.“It was a pretty cool night for us,” Wilson said. “My dad passed away a year ago this weekend. This was pretty special for all of us.”Sunday’s Lone Star Series program was lost to inclement weather. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Glen Hibbard; 2. Jeff Emerson; 3. Keith White; 4. J.P. Dowell; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Josh McGaha; 7. Chris Bragg; 8. Jay Bransom; 9. Matt Martin; 10. Justin Radcliff; 11. Chad Melton; 12. Dean Abbey; 13. Kevin Rutherford; 14. Ronnie Welborn; 15. Ben Ketteman; 16. Thomas Walp; 17. Tommy Williams; 18. Marvin Skinner; 19. Robert McKinney; 20. Travis Mosley; 21. Don Chamblee; 22. David Cook; 23. Jack Sartain; 24. Chase Allen; 25. Richard Walp; 26. Jeremy Willis. Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. Justin Cass; 3. Jake Upchurch; 4. Jon White Jr.; 5. Alex Hickham; 6. Michael Martin; 7. Brad Shirley; 8. Cory Williams; 9. Allen Montgomery; 10. Jeff Reynolds; 11. Jarrett Roberts; 12. Justin Long; 13. Jeffrey Abbey; 14. Jay Coone; 15. Chris Grusendorf; 16. Jacob Pirkle; 17. Randy Doyle; 18. Justin Shaw; 19. Preston Manka; 20. James Skinner; 21. Bobby Ortega; 22. Wes Cummings; 23. Duain Pritchett; 24. G.W. Egbert IV.Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin; 2. Gabe Tucker; 3. Jay Bransom; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Jeremy Carter; 6. Colby Deming; 7. Tyler Muirhead; 8. Kevin Sustaire; 9. Levi Hodges; 10. Michael Sheen; 11. Doogie Hauser; 12. Jason Batt; 13. Steven Orebaugh; 14. Billy Wade; 15. Randy Martin; 16. Roman Garcia; 17. Mart Wampler; 18. Thomas Schmidt; 19. Damon Hammond; 20. Duain Pritchett; 21. Tristan Carman; 22. David Bissonnette; 23. Bob Staiert; 24. Brandon Williams; 25. Willie Cook; 26. Adam Schwarz. Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Jeff Day; 3. Josh Hawkins; 4. John Ricketts; 5. Claud Estes; 6. Jeb Sessums; 7. Justin Fifield; 8. Michelle Melton; 9. Logan Scherb; 10. Jeff Emerson; 11. Scott Petersen; 12. Shawn Mize; 13. Colby Estes; 14. Chipper Wood; 15. Marcus Thomas; 16. Regan Hawkins; 17. Elizabeth Richardson; 18. Shane Redline; 19. Tony Dowd; 20. Ryan Hall; 21. Bobby Ruffin; 22. Chase Brewer; 23. Kyle Jones; 24. Justin Melton; 25. Anton Hernandez. read more
The Varsity Lady Cats fell to Hagertown in 3 sets. 25-17, 25-15, 25-7Kelaey Vail had 1 ace serve and 2 digs. Rachel Bischoff lead the team with 3 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Charlotte Barrett, Rae Ertel and Anna Sacksteder each had 1 kill. Makyah Richardson had 2 blocks, 1 dig and 1 assist. Audrey Reister had 2 assists. Kelly Layton had 1 assist. Jalynn Rogers had 3 digs.‘We are still trying to find our momentum. The girls played well the first 2 sets and by the 3rd one, I’m not sure what actually happened. We are a talented team and we just need to get in sync and get rowdy. We ate playing are very somber pace. Volleyball needs enthusiasm and excitement along with talent. We will get there, just need to light the fire.’ Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.We are on the road to EIAC Connersville Sat. Aug.24th. JV start time is 11am. Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats. WE ARE FC!!!Our junior varsity fell short to Hagerstown losing in two sets. 25-12, 25-13The girls put up a great fight playing hard until the end. Alex Gillman and Josie Rolfes played strong defense at the net with blocks and touches. We had good passes and serving all around as well.I have high hopes as our team travels to EIAC opponent Connersville this Saturday. Go Cats!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen. read more