Dons play regional final at Wausau Newman on SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — Earlier this season the Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a five-set match to Greenwood in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup.On Thursday in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal, the Dons nearly had the same thing happen. However, this time Columbus prevailed.Third-seeded Columbus Catholic won the match 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 12-25, 15-9 to advance to a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wausau Newman.“We went in missing our setter (Jennifer Reigel) tonight, but the whole team stepped up and played some of their best volleyball this season,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “I am proud of how they played tonight.”Natalie Pospyhalla and Abby Baierl stepped in at the setter position and shined for the Dons. Pospyhalla finished with 28 assists, and Baierl had 11 to help set up a majority of the 52 kills accumulated by Columbus in the victory.Kendra Baierl had a team-high 22 kills, Celine Scholin added 13, and Maren Seefluth had nine for the Dons. Seefluth had 33 digs, and Sierra Litwaitis added 25 to lead the Columbus defense.Wausau Newman, the No. 1 seed in the regional, swept Rib Lake 3-0 on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Bezlyk tops Rockets with 21 pointsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterNEILLSVILLE — Neillsville made eight 3-pointers, and it proved too much for Spencer to overcome as the Warriors won 52-42 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division boys basketball game Thursday at Neillsville High School.Neillsville led 28-21 at halftime and outscored the Rockets by three in the second half to preserve the win.Neillsville (6-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt East) was 8 of 25 on 3-pointers while Spencer made just 2 of 15 from long range, providing the difference. The Rockets (2-6, 2-4 Cloverbelt East) were also hurt by free throw shooting, making just 12 of 23 at the charity stripe.Jack Bezlyk scored 21 points on 8 of 18 shooting to lead Spencer. The rest of the Rockets were 6 of 27 from the field.Spencer hosts Colby on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Warriors 52, Rockets 42Spencer 21 21 – 42Neillsville 28 24 – 52SPENCER (42): Jack Bezlyk 8-18 5-9 21, Noah Zastrow 2-11 3-4 7, Collin Nieman 2-6 0-2 6, Lukas Ellefson 0-2 3-4 3, Nate Karau 1-1 1-3 3, Jacob Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Austin Bacon 0-1 0-1 0, Vladimir Rivera 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 14-45. FT: 12-23. 3-pointers: 2-15 (Nieman 2-5, Zastrow 0-1, Ellefson 0-1, Bacon 0-1, Bezlyk 0-6). Rebounds: 44 (Bezlyk 9). Fouls: 20. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-6, 2-4 Cloverbelt East.NEILLSVILLE (52): Isaac Bryan 5-15 3-5 16, Adam Schmidt 6-15 0-0 16, Cody Roman 3-5 4-5 11, Alex King 1-11 2-5 4, Paul Miller 2-2 0-0 4, Noah Henchen 0-2 1-1 1, Logan Matson 0-2 0-0 0, Hunter Hand 0-0 0-0 0, Nic Kuhn 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 17-56. FT: 10-16. 3-pointers: 8-25 (Schmidt 4-7, Bryan 3-6, roman 1-3, Matson 0-1, Kuhn 0-1, King 0-7). Rebounds: 38 (Bryan 6). Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Schmidt, Miller. Record: 6-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt East.
Tigers sweep three doubles matchesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys tennis team wrapped up an undefeated Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet season with a 6-1 victory over Wausau West on Thursday at West High School.Marshfield won all but the No. 1 singles match to finish the WVC season a perfect 5-0. The Tigers will compete at the conference tournament May 18 at Wausau East.Sam Haessly (No. 2 singles), Eric Myklejord (No. 3 singles), and Braedon Corteen (No. 4 singles) all won in straight sets for Marshfield.In doubles, the Tigers’ three teams lost just two games.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield 6, Wausau West 1Singles: 1. Luke Bailey (WW) def. Evan Fait 6-4, 6-2; 2. Sam Haessly (MAR) def. Ben Brown 6-3, 6-1; 3. Eric Myklejord (MAR) def. Luke Halverson 6-0, 6-3; 4. Braedon Corteen (MAR) def. Fenchi Yang 6-3, 6-3.Doubles: 1. Jared Cordova-Derek Reckner (MAR) def. Tate Rauman-Eddie Xiong 6-1, 6-0; 2. John Fay-Will Fay (MAR) def. Wesley Spitzer-Josh Patrick 6-0, 6-0; 3. Luke Kaiser-Calvin Lawler (MAR) def. Nathan Evers-Tyler Marquardt 6-0, 6-1.Records: Marshfield 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau West 1-4 WVC.
With the HR Technology Conference (#HRTechConf) just around the corner, we’re inviting our Next Official Bloggers to offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the profession today — and their predictions for the future.The following is a Q & A with Next Official Blogger Sharlyn Lauby:Q: What area of human resources profession (recruiting, OD/training, comp/benefits, employee relations, etc.) do you see technology affecting the most in the next 5 years? SL: A lot of great technology options currently exist in recruiting, training, recognition, etc. I think some of the individual health and wellness applications currently on the market will start to offer enterprise solutions. Employees will be able to support each other in staying healthy.I also believe we will see some employee relations technology solutions. I see the need as we become a workforce of working anywhere, anytime. But I must admit it will have to be designed carefully, so we don’t lose the “relationship” part. Q: Employees are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access their employers’ HR services. How will employees’ evolving expectations affect an organization’s HR technology regarding access and security?SL: You’re absolutely right – employees expect to manage certain aspects of their career using their mobile devices. When we can use our phones and tablets to have conversations with family on the other side of the globe, buy just about anything we want, and store valuable documents, then we expect our mobile devices to be acceptable for more things at work.But with that comes responsibility. Anyone today using a mobile device needs to learn basic technology etiquette. They need to understand what secure and unsecure networks are and how to develop a good password. For some people, this will sound very basic but there are lots of people who don’t follow sound technology security practices. HR departments should include in onboarding a technology etiquette and essentials program. Q: Technology is enabling HR to look at how their strategy affects organizational performance, in addition to HR-specific problems. To what extent are today’s HR professionals able to step outside the box that has traditionally defined their role?SL: I believe HR pros can and should take a holistic approach to technology and the organization. It will be difficult to develop any kind of strategy operating in a silo.HR professionals have the opportunity to be the champions of experimentation. One of the things I’ve discovered over the past few years, during the Great Recession and the rise in social media, is that we can learn a lot by just trying new things. We can help our organizations see the value in being an effective adopter of new ideas and concepts. Q: What steps can an HR professional take to begin to incorporate mobile technology into their talent management strategies?SL: HR professionals have to understand what technology is available today. You don’t have to own it all or use it all. But human resources need to know what’s available and decide if it has potential. If we don’t stay on top of what’s available, we run the risk of being left behind. Technology moves much too quickly. Q: What’s your HR technology trend prediction for 2015?SL: We haven’t seen the full potential of wearables yet. Whether it’s watches, bands, glasses, etc., wearables are becoming a part of our lives and the data we can get from them is amazing. Now can we use these devices to help us at work? I can’t wait to see what happens.
While most of IT spending growth are relatively flat, Gartner predicts that over the next four years that spending on cloud computing will more than double. So it’s a bit surprising to see that there’s another IT market segment that is easily keeping pace with cloud computing: the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) market.A survey by research firm Companies and Markets found that last year the SOA market grew at a rate of 38 percent, now topping $5.5 billion, up from around $4 billion in 2010. The SOA market is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 11.5 percent over each of the next couple of years.Actually, much of the growth in the SOA market can be attributed to cloud computing. SOA frameworks are being deployed into the cloud to provide a base for the cloud infrastructure and SOA is also being used as middleware for connecting applications in data centers. SOA has enabled businesses to build more flexible system. It also increasingly being used as the backbone for mobile applications and marketing analytics.The report found that IBM is the lead vendor in the SOA market, particularly aided by sales of IBM WebSphere.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, says Cuba has been and continues to be “a most valued and highly respected brother on the Latin American and Caribbean landscape and beyond”. He praised Cuba’s invaluable assistance and co-operation towards developing countries, despite the country’s difficulties and challenges. The Minister was speaking at a reception to mark Cuba’s National Day, held on January 16 at the Cuban Ambassador’s residence in Kingston. Senator Nicholson said that Jamaica owes a debt of gratitude for the continuous support rendered to the country by Cuba in the fields of education, health, agriculture and culture. Meanwhile, Cuba’s Ambassador, Yuri Gala Lopez, said his country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to increase to 3.7 per cent in 2013. “Despite the tensions associated with the global economic and financial crisis and other external challenges, the Cuban economy was expected to close in 2012 with a 3.1 per cent growth of its Gross Domestic Product. For 2013, Cuba foresees a 3.7 GDP growth,” Ambassador Gala said. The Ambassador said Cuba is gradually recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October. He pointed out that Cuba continues to enjoy diplomatic relations with over 180 countries, and that “we keep receiving the moral support of many governments and peoples of the world in our denunciation of the five decade-old blockade.” The Ambassador informed the large gathering that Cuba will assume chairmanship of the 33-country Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) at a CELAC-European Union summit in Chile at the end of this month. The function was also attended by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson; and members of the Diplomatic Corps.