Dave Matthews Band Announces 2019 Fall Dates In Mexico

first_imgDave Matthews Band has announced an upcoming run of 2019 fall tour dates in Mexico, marking the band’s first concert trek in the Central American country since their debut shows south of the border in 2015.Dave Matthews Band will open up the run with a performance at Guadalajara’s Auditorio Telmex on October 3rd, 2019. The seven-piece will then head to Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad De Mexico on October 5th, followed by a show at Monterrey’s Arena Monterrey on October 8th.Dave Matthews Band Releases Charlottesville 2018 Recording For Summer Tour Ticket HoldersAs previously announced, an unreleased live recording of Dave Matthews Band’s Charlottesville show from December 14th, 2018 is now available to download for fans who have purchased tickets to DMB’s upcoming 2019 summer tour. All tickets purchased for DMB’s 2019 Mexican fall tour performances can also be redeemed for a free download of the Charlottesville show.Tickets for the Dave Matthews Band’s newly announced shows in Guadalajara and Mexico City go on sale this Friday, April 26th at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster and Superboletos.com. Monterrey tickets go up for grabs this Saturday, April 27th at 10 a.m. local time via Superboletos.Head to Dave Matthews Band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

Euro economy burdened by pandemic, seen lagging US and China

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European economy shrank by 0.7% in the last three months of 2020 compared with the previous quarter. Businesses across the 19 countries that use the euro as their currency weathered a renewed round of anti-COVID-19 lockdowns somewhat better than expected. For the full year, the eurozone saw a steep decline of 6.8%. The official figures published Tuesday don’t change a subdued outlook for the coming year. The winter wave of coronavirus infections in Europe has meant new restrictions on travel and business activity, The eurozone economy is not expected to fully recover from the pandemic until 2022, well after the U.S. and China.last_img

Sierra Boggess on Exiting School of Rock for Phantom

first_img School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Star Files In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway fave Sierra Boggess is saying farewell to the halls of School of Rock’s prestigious prep school Horace Green to once again step into the Paris Opera House as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera—only this time, she will literally be in Paris. Yes, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Angel of Music is swapping one of his hit shows for another. Before Boggess hears the final bell at School of Rock on August 8, we asked her to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us what she’ll miss about being part of the faculty.How did you feel when you first got this job?So excited to get to originate such a different type of character than I have played before!How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Bittersweet. I’m excited for the next phase but sad to leave this group of people.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Joyful, renewed, inspired.What was the easiest thing about this job?Coming to work! There is so much joy on that stage—it is fun to be around.What was the hardest thing?When any of the kids got too big and had to leave. That sucked.  What was the highlight of your time at this job? The kids. Hands down. Doing a show with this many children and being reminded that joy is our birthright.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? A balance of openness offstage and sternness onstage!What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be sure to take time to enjoy the process.How do you think you’ve grown?I feel inspired and rejuvenated.Why are you leaving?I am about to sing all in French my favorite role of all time, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Paris! What will you miss the most?The people. Always, the people. Sierra Boggess(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Matthew Murphy)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Shows Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Advertisement Emiliano Martinez has attracted attention across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)Villarreal manager Unai Emery is hoping to raid former club Arsenal for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who is undecided over his future at the Emirates.The 28-year-old has been at Arsenal since 2010 but has largely been an understudy or out on loan, playing for six other clubs on short-term deals.However, he was given the chance to play regularly after the coronavirus hiatus, due to an injury to first choice Bernd Leno, and he grabbed it with both hands.The Argentine was in excellent form as Arsenal hit their stride towards the end of the campaign, winning the FA Cup and he remained in goal to win the Community Shield last week, despite Leno being back fit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGunners boss Mikel Arteta now has a big decision to make between keeping faith in Martinez or handing Leno the gloves. It has now reached a situation that neither would be happy to accept the role of understudy to the other, so one is likely to leave before the end of the transfer window.If Leno returns to the starting XI then Emery is keen to take Martinez to Villarreal, reports the Telegraph, where he works with goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia, who was also with Emery and Martinez at Arsenal.Schalke have also been credited with an interest in Martinez, as have Aston Villa so he is not short of options if he decides to bring his long spell in north London to an end.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter his lengthy service to the club, the Telegraph reports that Arsenal may be willing to accept as little as £7m for the goalkeeper, despite still having two years left on his contract.This would only be if Martinez makes it clear he wants to leave, though, as Arsenal would rather keep hold of the impressive stopper and are keen for him to sign a new deal.Arteta wants to keep hold of both ‘keepers and see them compete for the number one spot.‘I’m delighted to have both of them,’ the Spaniard said before the Community Shield. ‘But they both know that on the first day of pre-season, you start again and fight for your place and show us who is the one that deserves the chance to start. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal Bernd Leno suffered a serious knee injury in June (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)‘I don’t want to keep them both happy, I want the one that is not playing to be upset. ‘But upset and then challenge the next player to make him better, or if not, earn his place to do that. It’s not easy to do that. ‘I personally don’t see any different with goalkeepers to full-backs. They know that, I’ve been really clear with them and hopefully they can make each other better and hopefully the team better.’MORE: Paris Saint-Germain submit £30m offer for Arsenal star Hector BellerinMORE: Mesut Ozil sends class message to Arsene Wenger after huge offer to leave ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

IPE Awards: ATP is Europe’s best pension fund

first_imgAustria APK Pensionskasse / APK Vorsorgekasse Factor InvestingMerseyside Pension Fund Risk Management FRR IrelandAccenture Defined Contribution Pension Plan Multi-Employer/Professional Pension FundAlecta SpainPlan de Pensiones Nestlé Public Pension FundBundespensionskasse ItalyFondo Pensione Laborfonds Silver Awards   SwitzerlandCPEG, Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève Themed Awards  Pension Fund Achievement of the YearAPG GroeiFabriek Outstanding Industry ContributionChristian Böhm ATP was named European Pension Fund of the Year at last night’s IPE Awards dinner in Copenhagen.The top prize was one of six awards scooped by Denmark’s biggest pension fund, including for Long-Term Investment Strategy, another gold award category. The DKK934bn (€105bn) investor was also recognised for its work in emerging markets and innovation.Accepting the main award,Bo Foged (pictured far right above) said, “I didn’t expect to receive this prize, but thank you to the jury and the audience and also the team at ATP who worked really hard this year.” Corporate Pension FundPensions Caixa 30 Passive ManagementFRR BelgiumPensioenfonds KBC Small CountriesAlmenni Pension Fund Country / Regional Awards  Gold Awards   Long-Term Investment StrategyATP Active ManagementFjärde AP-fonden (AP4)  Christian Böhm receives the Outstanding Industry Contribution award from IPE editorial director Liam KennedyThe Outstanding Industry Contribution award went to Christian Böhm, APK Pensionskasse’s chief executive officer.A veteran of the Austrian and European pension fund industry, Böhm has led APK since its foundation in 1989. He is deputy chairman of the Austrian association of pension funds and sits on the board of PensionsEurope.”The ultimate goal for us to achieve is to deliver the best for our beneficiaries. Thank you very much,” he said upon receiving his award.Böhm has engaged on matters such as EIOPA’s pension fund stress tests and the European Commission’s proposed regulation on sustainable investment.APG won Pension Fund Achievement of the Year for its GroeiFabriek (Growth Factory), which is the Dutch investor’s response to the need to innovate. It aims to stimulate the growth of new ideas from within APG and to build an ecosystem of continuous innovation.The 2019 IPE Awards attracted more than 430 entries across 43 categories, with participating investors having €2trn in assets under management. Ninety one judges were involved in assessing entries. Central & Eastern EuropeSwedbank Pension Plan InnovationATP PortugalOcidental Pensões United KingdomPension Protection Fundcenter_img Bronze Awards  The UK’s Merseyside Pension Fund was also a multiple winner, taking home awards for climate-related risk management, credit and alternatives, and factor investing. DenmarkATP and PensionDanmark NetherlandsStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds FranceAG2R La Mondiale European Pension Fund of the YearATP CommoditiesHVB Pension Fund Portfolio Construction & DiversificationSEB Pension och Försäkring Small Pension FundStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds National / Sovereign FundATP Credit & AlternativesMerseyside Pension Fund Climate Related Risk ManagementMerseyside Pension Fund Emerging MarketsATP Germany (bAV)Telekom Pension Fund Real EstateChurch Commissioners for England AlternativesIndustriens Pension Fixed IncomeAlecta Germany (Versorgungswerk)Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe In-house Investment TeamFjärde AP-fonden (AP4) EquitiesBBVA Pensiones V and ERAFP                      Pensions Governance & AdministrationPensions Caixa 30 ESGChurch Commissioners for England Real Assets & InfrastructureBundespensionskasse SwedenSwedish Pensions Agency DC & Hybrid StrategiesAirbuslast_img read more

New charges filed against Rush County sex offender

first_imgRushville, In. — Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has arrested Joseph E Stevens, 26, of Rushville, following a month-long investigation. The warrant was served at the Rush County Jail where he was incarcerated for unrelated charges.Stevens, a registered sex offender in the State of Indiana, was the target of the investigation following information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The investigation revealed that sometime prior to Steven’s incarceration at the Rush County Jail, he began an inappropriate online relationship with a 15 year old female online via social media. Stevens then traveled to Vigo County where he allegedly met with that same juvenile and had sexual contact with her.Stevens will be charged in Vigo County for sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation. Stevens will remain in the Rush County Jail on local charges until he is extradited to Vigo County for the current pending charges relating to the online investigation.last_img read more

Deeney pens new Watford deal

first_img The 27-year-old scored 21 goals as the Hornets finished second to Bournemouth last season and secure a return to the top flight after an eight-year absence. Deeney, who has been a target for a number of clubs in recent seasons, will now look to prove he can cut it in the Premier League and will go into the first game of the campaign against Everton buoyed by his new contract. Watford striker Troy Deeney has signed a new five-year deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers. Watford wrote on their official Twitter account: ” @T_Deeney has signed a new 5-year contract with us. 5 years with us 2010-2015 – and now 5 more! Troy Deeney: #watfordfc’s No. 9.” His tally last season means former Walsall hitman Deeney has struck at least 20 goals in each of the previous three campaigns. Signed from The Saddlers in 2010, Deeney amassed 81 goals in 220 Championship appearances and will no doubt be pivotal if Watford are to survive in the Premier League under the stewardship of new boss Quique Sanchez Flores. The Pozzo family who own the club are likely to bankroll a number of arrivals before the season begins with the likes of Tottenham midfield duo Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli both heavily linked to the club. Roma full-back Jose Holebas has already joined and it is reported that Allan Nyom of Udinese, another club owned by the Pozzo family, is also closing in on a move to Watford. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News AMAZING – Tim Southee equals THIS batting feat of Sachin Tendulkar in Tests

first_img New Delhi: When it comes to comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Tim Southee in batting, there is absolutely NO comparison. Tendulkar has played 200 Tests and has scored 15921 runs at an average of 54 with 51 centuries. Southee, on the other hand, has played 66 Tests and managed just 1564 runs at an average of just under 18. Tendulkar batted in the middle order while Southee is a tailender. However, in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka which is part of the ongoing World Test Championship, Southee equalled Tendulkar’s feat in stunning fashion. When Southee launched Akila Dananjaya for a six over long off, Southee equalled Tendulkar’s tally of sixes hit in Test cricket. Tendulkar hit 69 sixes in his 200-Test career but what is impressive about Southee is that he has hit 69 sixes in just 66 Tests, which indicates his far superior big-hitting prowess. When it comes to most sixes hit by tailenders in Test cricket, Southee is miles ahead than any cricketer. Southee’s tally of 69 sixes is the most by a tailender and he is one of only two tailenders to hit 50 or more sixes in Tests, the second being former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who hit 57 sixes in 104 Tests.The overall list of sixes hit in Test cricket is headed by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who smashed 107 sixes in 101 Tests. Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, is second on the list having hit 100 sixes in 96 Tests. When one looks at superior sixes versus number of Tests played, only six players make the cut, including Southee. The other players who have hit more sixes in relation to number of matches played, McCullum leads the tally with 107 sixes from 101 games. Gilchrist is second with 100 from 96 Tests followed by New Zealand’s Chris Cairns who hit 87 sixes in 62 Tests. Andrew Flintoff of England hit 82 sixes in 79 Tests while Pakistan’s Misbah ul Haq hit 81 sixes in 75 Tests. Many of Tendulkar’s records in batting might never be broken, but in Galle, Southee has equalled one feat and is on the cusp of breaking at least one record set by what many consider the greatest batsman ever. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Sachin Tendulkar has hit 69 sixes in 200 Tests.Tim Southee has hit 69 sixes in just 66 Tests.Southee has hit the most sixes by any tailender in Test history.last_img read more

The Latest: Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe tests positive for virus

first_imgThe University of Michigan and Michigan State have announced has positive COVID-19 tests.Michigan says 121 tests were conducted those days on athletes, coaches and staff with four positives. To date, the athletic department has reported 635 tests with eight positives. All the positive tests have been on athletes.Michigan State announced it conducted testing on 38 athletes Monday, with three positives. None of the three people had taken part in workouts in the last two weeks. Three additional athletes will need to quarantine for 14 days, since they are roommates of the positive individuals. There were also 27 athletic department staff members who were tested July 13, with one person testing positive. The school said the staff member does not work with the programs back on campus and had no exposure to athletes.___Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19. July 17, 2020 The league announced the decision Friday, saying the athletes will remain in good standing with their team. SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on the issue based on a recommendation of the league’s athletic directors.The SEC hasn’t announced plans for football and other fall sports yet. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester.___USA Diving has canceled the junior world trials after deciding not to send a team to the FINA world championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The organization cited four reasons for making its decision — the health and safety of coaches and athletes, the inability to adequately train because of closed facilities, international travel restrictions and other national federations already announcing they wouldn’t compete. The Indianapolis event replaces Morrison on the schedule and will host its third consecutive event with limited spectators, from Aug. 6-9. Qualifying will be broadcast by FS1 with the final round of eliminations airing on FOX. Indy also is scheduled to hold the U.S. Nationals in early September.The family that owns Bandimere Speedway in Morrison issued a statement saying it was “dedicated” to finding a new date later this season. Brainerd International Speedway owner Kristi Copham offered similar sentiments in her statement.“We are disappointed that we have to postpone our event,” she said. “But we hope that, by working closely with state and local authorities and NHRA, we can find a way to put on a nationals race later this season, especially for our fans, who deserve to enjoy a great weekend of NHRA drag racing. We appreciate everyone’s patience – our fans, vendors, staff and race teams — as we try to work through the issues that would allow us to hold the event, and we’re continuing to work hard on it every day.”The rest of the current schedule will remain unchanged, NHRA President Glen Cromwell said.___ The Royals will use the stadium of the independent minor league Kansas City T-Bones, which is located across the state line in Kansas, as their secondary training site as the start of baseball’s abbreviated regular season approaches.The T-Bones are not playing this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. That made their small but modern stadium near Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County the perfect choice for Royals players to work out when they are not with the team.The Royals also will use Kauffman Stadium as workout space when the team is playing on the road.___The NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competitions, including football, through Nov. 30. Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller, who had been out the last two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, returned to the club Friday following a pair of negative tests. He immediately hit the field for a 30-pitch bullpen session and had no issues.Keller was the Royals’ starter opening day last year. Danny Duffy will take the ball in next Friday night’s opener in Cleveland.“I’m feeling great now,” Keller said. “This morning I was cleared about 8:30, so that was probably one of the best phone calls I’ve had. I felt like I got called up to the big leagues or something. It was nuts.”Earlier in the day, Royals prospects Nick Dini and Daniel Tillo tested positive for the virus. They are now quarantined. The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected. The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. ___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated. Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week.Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined.Coach Tom Allen said earlier this summer that he would mix up the workout groups in an attempt to prevent the spread of the illness. He wanted to keep roommates in the same groups while splitting up position groups to avoid losing too many players.School officials say the pause will not impact voluntary workouts for other teams on campus. Players in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey are all participating in voluntary workouts in Bloomington.___ The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___ Associated Press “With the virus, you’re never sure,” Budenholzer said Friday. “There are certainly things that you have to kind of clear and cover, but the opener, if it’s two weeks away, then I think most medical, most things and research would say he is going to be available.’’The Bucks, who have an NBA-leading 53-12 record, face the Boston Celtics on July 31 in their first game since the pandemic-imposed hiatus began in mid-March.Budenholzer added that the Bucks will “prepare without him and welcome him with open arms when he does come.’’The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive, but was asymptomatic.___ The league, which has teams in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska, said schools will be able to make individual decisions on organized practice activities, but no outside competition will be permitted.The GNAC said it intends to make a decision on competitions beyond Nov. 30 by mid-October. The league also said it’s exploring options for fall sports to have a season, including the possibility of playing in the spring.___The NHRA has revised its schedule yet again, postponing its next two stops until further notice while adding a fourth race in the Indianapolis area.Series officials announced that the events scheduled for Morrison. Colorado, on Aug. 7-9 and Brainerd, Minnesota, on Aug. 14-16 will not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our athletes, coaches, and parents but it is our duty to always protect the safety of our membership and do our part to protect the safety of our international diving community,” USA Diving explained in a news release.The championships are scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 6 in Kiev, Ukraine___Ball State athletic department officials are looking to fill three open dates on the school’s football schedule after losing its third non-conference game.The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Maine in the Sept. 3 season-opener — before the Black Bears and the Colonial Athletic Association announced they had suspended the fall sports season. Ball State’s road trips to Indiana and Michigan were canceled last week when the Big Ten opted to conduct a league-only schedule, a move that reportedly will cost the Mid-American Conference school almost $1.7 million in guaranteed money.If replacement teams cannot be lined up, the Cardinals would now open the season by hosting Wyoming on Sept. 26. Ball State still has eight league games on the schedule, too.___ Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June.Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season. ___Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self isolation.Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.None of the 28 staff members who have been on campus to support voluntary workouts have tested positive while on campus.___ The Latest: Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe tests positive for virus Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Rocky Mountain High friendship

first_imgAmy Bladow and Katie Lorenzen will not play their last match at the Field House Friday, but will also begin to go their separate ways after a strong friendship at Wisconsin.The only two Colorado natives on UW’s team — Bladow from Monument and Lorenzen from Pagosa Springs, nearly a five-hour drive apart — have created quite the bond in their four years of Badger volleyball.”We’ve gotten closer and closer over the years,” Lorenzen said. “But Colorado just has a little bit to do with it.”The two didn’t know each other in high school, and Lorenzen was on campus one year before Bladow, redshirting her first season, but the two instantly clicked when Bladow arrived to Madison in 2003.”Right when I came in my freshman year, we started peppering together,” Bladow said of the warm-up drill “pepper.” “I think that was the beginning of our friendship.””We were so terrible,” Lorenzen joked. “We would go through like 20 balls; now we’ve cut it down to about 10.”Four years later, Bladow and Lorenzen know their time is almost up.”Just to think about it, it’s like, ‘Wow, my career’s almost over,'” Bladow said. “I never thought I’d get here.”While the two, along with outside hitter Maria Carlini, will be honored Friday on Senior Night, they each took two separate paths to where they are today.After redshirting in 2002, Lorenzen has been a steady backup for the Badgers. Even though she’s only started nine matches over her career, Lorenzen has been a reliable option off the bench for Jackie Simpson, pushing Simpson to the national status she’s reached and subbing for her on off-nights.”Katie Lorenzen is in a position where she hasn’t been on the court as much as we’d like, and as much as she’s probably like, too,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “But she’s been a great captain this year and just great as far as helping the younger players off the court more.”As for Bladow, it’s been an up-and-down ride.After starting for much of her freshman season, Bladow took a back seat her sophomore and junior campaigns. Now in her senior year, she’s starting once again and has made a big difference on the net alongside fellow middle-blocker Taylor Reineke, averaging 1.21 blocks per game.”Bladow has been an interesting player her whole career,” Waite said. “She came in and started, and then she sat for a couple years and really changed her whole work ethic and attitude coming into this year, and now she’s contributing and brings huge energy to the team.”But one thing Bladow and Lorenzen have both experienced as Badgers is success. Since 2003, the two seniors have made the NCAA tournament every year, reaching the Elite Eight the past two seasons.Along the way, Bladow and Lorenzen have experienced some big wins, such as coming back from a 25-29 deficit to beat No. 3 Hawaii in the 2004 tournament, as well as defeating top-ranked teams such as Minnesota and Penn State in front of the Field House crowd, one of the largest in the nation.However, all the success and victories won’t be what Bladow and Lorenzen remember the most.”I think more than anything that I’m going to take away from it is just the memories,” Bladow said. “Yeah, we’ve had some amazing wins, and it’s been a great four years here, but it’s all about the memories.”Experiences such as having the team stay over at her parent’s house in Monument, Colo., two years ago and watching them all try to ride horses.”I mean Maria (Carlini) on a horse? Come on, now that’s pretty funny,” Bladow said.Nevertheless, Bladow and Lorenzen say their best memory is yet to come, as they are both hoping to end this season on a high note by reaching the Final Four.”There’s no other way to end it,” Lorenzen said.last_img read more