Alexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftPayroll… it is a task that sneaks up on you, and as soon as you take care of it, it seems like it is time to do it all over again. No matter what the industry or how large the operation, many business owners find it advantageous to rely on an outsourced accountant to cut their payroll. From accounting firms to payroll companies, many options are available to you so you can spend more time working in your business, instead of crunching numbers and cutting checks. This month, we look at the top five reasons to give an outsourced payroll solution a shot: 1. Reliability and security of your financesThe last thing you want, as a business owner, is to be penalized by the IRS. Alleviate those penalty pains and worries by picking up a reliable, fully-trained accountant to handle your small business finances. An outside professional is contractually obligated to be completely liable for the entire undertaking, that way, in the off-chance that something goes awry, the outsourced team will pick up the foul, not you. 2. Cost EfficiencyOutsourced payroll services are perfect for small businesses who don’t have the budget to handle the task in-house. Simply put, why hire a full-time accountant to handle your finances and contribute to rising overhead costs when you could have a team of professionals take care of it for a lower cost? Take a look at how much money goes into the function of your accounting department. If you’re running a smaller operation, the hiring of an dedicated accounting professional may be the most optimal path to take. 3. Professional insightKeeping yourself in charge of payroll duties is a great way of staying in touch with the financial forecast and current standings of the company. However, with a transparent accounting team, you can keep that inside look with the immense added value of years of accounting experience and knowledge on your side. You’re dedicated to your craft. Accountants are dedicated to organizing finances. They’re able to spot problems before they arise and compile the best solutions. They are well-versed on all IRS requirements, withholding rates and regulation changes so you don’t have to be. 4. Financial information protectionWhen it comes to your internal finances, some things are best kept a secret from the competition. Hiring an outsourced accountant eliminates the risk of a disgruntled ex-employees walking out on the company with important information at hand. This circumstance is an unfortunate one, but can be protected against ahead of time. 5. Free up time and energyWhen it comes down to it, the old adage reigns true: time is money. Don’t waste your most precious resources. If you’re working at max capacity, running on all cylinders, your team may be best served with you controlling the direction of the operation. Do your company justice by leading — not sticking behind a desk, stressing over numbers and figures. Leave those tasks to a trained accountant and relieve yourself of the burden.As always, I am here to help. Should you have any questions about securing an outsourced payroll solution, please feel free to contact me. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A multi-year project designed to help Ohio farmers adapt to a changing climate, improve the resiliency of their operations, as well as boost a wide array of ecosystem services from their land, while supporting local communities by producing nutritious food, is officially launching this week with the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land project.The Steering Committee — comprised from a diverse coalition of state agricultural, environmental and food security leaders — aims to construct a strategy and action plan for making Ohio agriculture more sustainable and robust, while enabling the state’s farmland to deliver multiple food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystems services from the land.Solutions from the Land (SfL), a national collaboration led by an acclaimed group of active farm, forestry and conservation leaders, is coordinating the three- to five-year project with the assistance of a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Teaming up with SfL on the initiative will be The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), along with other partners.The initiative builds on multi-stakeholder partnerships that have been developing in the state around water quality, food policy and sustainable agriculture projects, and will bring together innovators through dialogue and planning to improve climate resiliency, and achieve nutrition, energy, environmental, health and economic goals.Taking a holistic, integrated approach to land management, the Steering Committee begins this week to identify, build and nurture the value chains that support the sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystem services, and the delivery of goods and services up the food chain all the way to the most urban consumers.One of the first steps to be undertaken through this project is to directly respond to the challenge of food insecurity, the lack of reliable access to a sufficient amount of food for an active, healthy life for all household members. One in six residents in Ohio struggle with keeping nutritious food on the table, and nearly one in four children face days without adequate, nutritious food. Food assistance can be critical to low-income residents, including the elderly and disabled individuals, who otherwise have to choose between paying for food or paying their utility bills or rent.“The value of good, nutritious food for healthy children, adults, seniors and to communities as a whole cannot be overstated. Food security leads to positive outcomes in brain development, education, health condition, worker productivity and overall well-being,” said Lisa Hamler-Fuggitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and a co-chair of the project. “Ohio is a national leader in agriculture, and Ohio’s farm community time and again has stepped up to assure fresh, Ohio-produced meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and much more are part of the solution to addressing food insecurity in our state.“This initiative will provide a critical boost in momentum to assure we can continue to feed the state’s most vulnerable citizens.”Another challenge to the state’s food security to be addressed by the project is soil degradation caused by erosion, organic matter and nutrient depletion, and elemental imbalance.“The soil is the foundation of our farms. But it is more than that; it is also the foundation of the health of all mankind,” said Joe Hartzler, the other project co-chair, a Wooster dairy farmer and a cofounder of the Agroecosystems Management Program at OSU. “A healthy soil will produce a healthy plant. A healthy plant consumed will produce a healthy animal. A healthy animal consumed will produce healthy people. Like my Dad, Harold Hartzler used to say, ‘All life begins in the soil.’”This week, Steering Committee members will review the project’s goals, objectives and outcomes, as well as discuss and refine their vision, plan of work and timetable. The committee will identify the building blocks that can make up the Ohio Smart Agriculture Action Plan, and discuss the process that will be followed for developing the plan.The committee begins its two-day session with a tour of mission-related operations, including the South Side Roots Café & Market, a local market operated by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to assist local communities to gain access to nutritious food at affordable prices; Franklinton Gardens, a 2.5-acre urban farm that grows 44 different types of fruits and vegetables year-round in environmentally-sustainable ways, and distributes them to community residents at reduced cost; Price Farms Organics, in Delaware County, an Ohio EPA Certified composting facility that sells high quality mulch, topsoil and compost; and the Seminary Hill Farm, a certified organic farm that rests on 5 acres of land on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, outside of Columbus.“The Steering Committee has committed to lofty goals, but members acknowledge the needs of the future are not met by small ambition,” said Fred Yoder, an Ohio grain farmer, a member of the committee and an SfL board member.For additional information, contact Ernie Shea, SfL president and the Ohio Smart Agriculture project coordinator, at 410-952-0123, or via email at EShea@SfLDialogue.net.
Tags:#user-generated content#web “I have no interest in trying to get Wikimedia shut down; that would be unnecessary, and I doubt it would happen as a result of the violation of the statute. But I think and hope it may cause pressure on Wikimedia from law enforcement, politicians, and the general public to eliminate this sort of content. I also hope that Wikimedia will be persuaded, or if necessary forced, to label its “adult” content as such in a consistent and reliable way, so that it can be easily filtered by school system filters.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Jimmy Wales has withdrawn from actively editing, as a “founder,” (ie, under a “Founder’s flag“) Wikipedia, the massive online encyclopedia he helped to create, and its allied and subsidiary websites. (Wales remains the Founder-Member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and has all the same editorial rights as any other of the organization’s volunteer editors. )Last week, Fox News started asking representatives at companies that have donated to the group’s Wikimedia Foundation for comment on their discovery that Wikimedia Commons had a large collection of photographs that could be described as pornography, even as child pornography. On hearing this, Wales apparently began unilaterally to delete images from the group’s servers. This set off a great argument among the encyclopedia’s editors. According to an editor and volunteer at the organization, Wales was not forced out but withdrew as a peace offering to editors who were irked with his decision. Wales said as much in this discussion thread. “In the interest of encouraging this discussion to be about real philosophical/content issues, rather than be about me and how quickly I acted, I’ve just now removed virtually all permissions to actually do things from the “Founder” flag. I even removed my ability to edit semi-protected pages! (I’ve kept permissions related to ‘viewing’ things.)I do not want to be a tyrant or dictator. I do not want us to fight about that kind of thing, as it’s really a distraction from our work.”The widely quoted Fox story was inspired by Larry Sanger, a co-founder currently on the outs with the organization, who reported the hosting of child porn by the organization to the FBI. Wikimedia Commons, the “free media repository” associated with the encyclopedia, pursues a policy of no censorship and of educational emphasis. The presence of sex and drug-related content has been a thread of debate among editors seeking to hew to these policy points. This “kerfuffle” is just the latest and one of the more dramatic expression of this.Mr. Sanger responded to our inquiries by email. “While I did use the term ‘child pornography,’ I was clear in my report to the FBI that what I was reporting were explicit drawings of child sexual abuse–the relevant statute was 18 USC 1466A, I said. I stand by this. I think a lot of people who have dismissed my concerns as being about ‘mere drawings’ that were ‘historic’ have not actually clicked on the thumbnails and looked at the pictures–they truly are disturbing, at least to me. I do think that the statute was designed to be applied to this sort of material. But, of course, that is for the FBI and the courts to decide….“A lot of people have dismissed my motives as insincere and self-interested. As I explain in the first of the above links, I do not think that this controversy has much chance of helping Citizendium or WatchKnow, or me. It has, as I expected, made me unpopular with a lot of Internet geeks. That can’t be helped, I guess.”He refered us to his response on Slashdot regarding his motivations for calling the FBI. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Both UST and UP are now tied in second place behind unbeaten De La Salle (2-0).From an early setback in the first set, the Golden Tigresses showed their fight in the second, displayed their composure come the third, and their resiliency in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUST’s 17-11 lead was dwindled to two, 18-16, in the fourth set after Isa Molde’s through the block kill but the Golden Tigresses remained calm and took a 21-16 lead off of Cherry Rondina’s ace.Molde then featured again in UP’s last gasp with an off-the-block kill to salvage a point for the Lady Maroons and the 24-19 score line but reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini had other plans and sealed the win for UST with two clutch points. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FEU goes 3-0, UST wins 2nd straight US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Diana Carlos led UP with 20 points while Molde had 13 as they played without setter Ayel Estrañero who was said to have suffered from food poisoning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said he took his pre-game inspiration for his team when he attended a mass at the Philippine Army’s General Headquarters at Fort Bonifacio wherein the Army chaplain said in his homily that “you’re more than your mistakes.”“I said to myself that I can apply what our chaplain said in the homily to my team,” said Reyes in Filipino. “You will mistakes but you can do so much more. We really struggled in the first set and they were dwelling on their errors.”“I just reminded them on what they have to do so by the second and third sets we were able to lessen our errors.”UST’s star trio of Alessandrini, Cherry Rondina, and rookie Eya Laure sparked the Golden Tigresses with Season 80’s top freshman leading the way with 22 points.Rondina finished with 18 points for UST while Laure added 17 of her own.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas bounced back and topped University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses suffered an ugly loss to Ateneo in their previous game, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, but redeemed themselves to get to a 2-1 record while stopping the Lady Maroons from getting a third straight winADVERTISEMENT
Ausilio: Dybala would be Inter Milan player if we…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Paulo Dybala could have been a Nerazzurri player.Dybala has emerged as one of the most exciting attackers in the world at Juventus.And Ausilio recalled a meeting with former Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini: “A meeting was organised between the two presidents, Zamparini can confirm it, and I am convinced that if Inter on that occasion at the home of the president of Palermo had more desire and determination to spend more probably Dybala would be an Inter player.”The offer was honestly much lower than what Juventus did. The pair of (Mauro) Icardi-Dybala was intriguing to all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan striker Lukaku: We need to do more for Conteby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku admits they had to fight for their draw with Champions League opponents Slavia Prague.Inter needed a late goal from Nicolo Barella to earn the point.”The first half was very hard for us because Slavia played at such a high tempo and pressed us,” Lukaku said.“In the last 20 minutes we created lots of chances to score, but it wasn’t the perfect game today because we didn’t win.“We have to work hard to improve this season. As a team, we have to work hard every day to do what the Coach wants because we have the ability to do really well, but we need to work hard every day.”On the Derby della Madonnina on Saturday, he added: “We’re a great team and anyone who comes up against Inter knows it will be difficult for them.“We’ll be very well prepared for the game, for sure.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OSU junior safety Malik Hooker (24) carries the ball after an interception during the buckeye spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The grey team beat scarlet 28-17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio State’s three quarterbacks combined to go just 31-of-56, including four interceptions.On a normal day, it would be fair to see that as a negative for the team. But fortunately for OSU coach Urban Meyer, the defense that was stifling his quarterbacks happened to also be his own.While the final score of OSU’s annual intrasquad spring game is largely irrelevant, there are still various measures of value that the coaches and players take away from the scrimmage.A lot of those gains came from the defense of both the Scarlet and Gray teams. And since that side of the ball lost eight starters from last year’s Fiesta-Bowl-winning team, Meyer and his staff have to be pleased. “I will probably watch the film and get sick to my stomach, but, no, what I saw today was the future is bright at Ohio State,” Meyer said. Defensive lineWith Scarlet starting quarterback J.T. Barrett wearing a black no-contact jersey, the Gray defensive line was reverting to its elementary school recess days, playing two-hand touch. Still, it was an impressive performance, as the defense picked up five sacks.Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton had three sacks, while fellow redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones added another. The fifth did not come from a lineman, but from sophomore cornerback Denzel Ward.Not to be outdone, the Scarlet team picked up four sacks of its own, led by two from redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jashon Cornell. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dylan Thompson tacked on another, while the fourth was credited to the team.“I liked our defensive line,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt sophomore) Mike Hill, Dre’Mont Jones were all over the field today. Jashon Cornell played well.”On a throwing-heavy day, the line also did its part preventing big gains on the ground. Combined, the sides rushed for 129 yards.“I think they’re talented, very eager, we have an excellent D-line coach, and the good thing, they’re allowed to spend time with our players now in the summer,” Meyer said.A highlight in the game came from Scarlet linebacker Jerome Baker, who made an acrobatic, one-handed interception. But despite the gravity-defying athleticism, the sophomore was quick to give the credit to the line in front of him.“Our D-line did their job, and I came up with the pick,” he said.Linebackers Sixty-six percent of the Buckeyes’ starting linebackers from a season ago have bid farewell to the program, opening gaping holes on the depth chart for young players to fill. It just so happened that one of those players looking to fill that spot, Baker, made one of the game’s most electrifying plays, as far as spring games go. Baker’s one-handed snag might have caught OSU fans unfamiliar with the Cleveland native off-guard, but it didn’t shock some of his teammates. “I wasn’t too surprised,” said junior Dante Booker, a fellow linebacker. “I’ve seen him do it before in practice. He’s just an athlete.”Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley is another player who will see his workload increase drastically this fall. The 6-foot-2 Worley nearly started two seasons ago, but Meyer opted to start then-redshirt freshman Darron Lee. The rest, of course, is history. Yet Worley was quiet on Saturday, tallying just one tackle. Booker, on the other hand, had an impressive day. He was active throughout the scrimmage, registering seven tackles, four of which were solo. Right now, the linebackers on the roster have the necessary tools, but they’re inexperienced. Barring injury, McMillan will be a mainstay. Other than that, there are players that need to prove themselves. “We’ve got a lot of young guys in the mix,” Booker said. “We have them in the rotation so I feel like they got experience playing in the stadium. We’ll continue working in the summer.” SecondaryBesides the aforementioned Baker interception, the defenses combined to come up with three more: two by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and another by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.With OSU’s two starters at cornerback from last season away from the field on Saturday — redshirt junior Gareon Conley is recovering from an injury and Eli Apple entered the NFL draft — Lattimore said he saw the scrimmage as a chance for the young corners to make a name for themselves.“We’re replacing some pretty good players,” Lattimore said. “But we still can play. We still can be right there with them, I feel like. But we still have a long way to go, you know, they had experience. But I feel like we’re just as good as players they were.” In addition to his two interceptions, Hooker led all players with 10 tackles. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, a national spring game record, Lattimore said coming up big in a game like that means a lot regardless of if the stats are soon washed from the record books.“It’s great, no matter if it’s practice,” he said. “You’ve got to go at it the same way, whether it’s practice or a game. It’s just exciting to have teammates go crazy when you make a play. I love that.” The completion of the spring game also marks the end of spring practice. With a summer of work ahead of them, the Buckeyes are excited about the progress they have made with their lineup of 16 new starters, but they acknowledged that a lot of work still has to be done.“We’re young. We’ve just constantly got to get better. Every position has to get better,” Baker said. “We’re young, inexperienced, but we’re very talented.”The regular season for OSU is set to begin on Sept. 3 with a matchup against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe South Florida women’s basketball team gave No. 13 Ohio State a hint of what was to come for the rest of the Sunday afternoon’s game in the first quarter. The Bulls jumped out to a 31-13 lead by the end of the opening quarter behind 18 points from junior guard Kitija Laksa.The Buckeyes pulled back within 12 points at the beginning of the third quarter, but could not complete a comeback and fell 84-65 to South Florida to end their four-game win streak. Ohio State has lost four of its past eight games.Laksa made 15-of-27 shots, including 8-of-13 3-pointers, and scored 41 points, nearly half of her team’s points. Maria Jespersen aided her, dropping 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Just two players scored more than eight points, despite South Florida scoring 84 points. Senior guard Laia Flores added 11 assists.South Florida shot 46 percent from the field, compared to Ohio State’s 42 percent shooting. The Bulls did most of their damage from beyond the 3-point line and on second-chance opportunities.The made 11-of-22 3-pointers, while the Buckeyes shot 6-for-20 from 3-point range. The Bulls outrebounded Ohio State 46-26 and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds. South Florida had 17 second-chance points. No Buckeye had more than six rebounds, including redshirt forward Stephanie Mavunga, who averages a double-double.Mavunga kept Ohio State in the game offensively, though. She went 13-for-16 from the field, scoring 28 points. Mavunga also blocked four shots.No other Ohio State player managed to deal much damage offensively. The rest of the road team shot 13-for-45 and scored a combined 37 points. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell scored 19 points, but hit just 6-of-15 shots and went 2-for-8 from beyond the arc. For the first time this season, redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper scored less than 10 points. She had five points on 2-of-10 shooting.South Florida held a 19-13 assist advantage. Ohio State turned the ball over just six times, but forced the Bulls into 11 turnovers.