St. Leon, IN—On February 29, members from the East Central FFA Chapter traveled to South Decatur High School to compete in the District 12 FFA Leadership Contests. Contests varied from several categories of demonstrations, multiple public speaking events, quiz bowl, and reciting the FFA creed. Members were evaluated and scored by several judges while they competed in their event. The EC FFA proudly brought home six 1st place winners, two 2nd place winners, and five 3rd place winners.Members who placed first will advance onto the state competition in June at Purdue University during the Indiana FFA State Convention.
Former Tipp hurler Conor O’ Brien thinks Jason Forde has a great case for getting his one match suspension overturned.Forde was originally handed a two match ban but it was halved on appeal – and the offence lessened to ‘contributing to a melee.’The Silvermines club man’s appeal hearing is expected to be heard early this week, before Tipp’s opening round of the Munster Championship against Cork next weekend. Conor O’ Brien says he hopes Forde will be good to go for Sunday.
Yes, but neither do they have Fighting Irish football in the ACC.MORE: Chaotic teams worth your attention ahead of NCAAsND coach Mike Brey would tell you those two items are very closely connected. In a postgame rant that did not last long but did give reporters something about which to write, Brey suggested the Irish get a rough whistle in ACC basketball because their football team is not a full member of the conference.That might not go over so well in the ACC offices.He questioned two officiating decisions that went against his team: a non-foul call when Juwan Durham stole the ball and converted a layup with 17 seconds left, and a traveling call against Rex Pflueger with 2:31 remaining.”Sometimes we’re treated — we’re treated by the officials — like we haven’t brought football as a full member but yet we get a full share of the ACC Network TV (revenue),” Brey told reporters following ND’s 85-84 loss in Tallahassee. “Are you kidding me?”[An official] T’s up our bench from across the court cause he’s pissed off at us? I’m frustrated, man.”Notre Dame joined the ACC in 2012 as the Big East began to collapse, after pondering an offer from the Big 12. The Irish retained their indepence in football but did agree to play a minumum number of games against ACC members each year. ND’s devotion to remaining independent in football even as the rest of the college universe began to join conferences led the school to spurn an opportunity to join the Big Ten, to miss the chance to rescue the Big East when it had been serving its athletic department thoroughly and now, at least according to the basketball coach, to being treated as a half-baked member of its current conference.Saturday’s loss dropped Notre Dame to 11-8 overall, 2-6 in the ACC.Brey made sure to be his usual magnanimous self, offering “a tip of the cap” to Florida State, mentioning that FSU coach Leonard Hamilton is a friend, even going so far as to say the Seminoles “could win it.” Whether he meant the ACC or the NCAA championship, it was intended as a compliment. It was impossible to ascertain which he meant, because he said it as he headed out the door after an oratory that lasted less than a minute. Notre Dame trailed Florida State by a field goal and a safety when the Fighting Irish bench was hit with a technical foul that ultimately supplied the margin of victory for the Seminoles in an ACC game Saturday.Wait, they do not have technical fouls in football. “You’ve got to be kidding me, man,” Brey said as he stood from his chair, waving his arms in frustration. “Come on, man, we’re in the league, too! We’re in the league, too, now! Come on, John Gaffney! God!”Gaffney was one of the three officials who worked the game. He is the 18th-ranked official in NCAA Division I basketball, according to KenPom.com.He would not rank that high on Brey’s list, obviously.