Second annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic serves-off on August 11,Next Thursday (August 11th) Burlington’s will be hosting the second annual Woody Classic ‘ a local tennis match and celebration open to the public. As a neat throw-back to the 70’s and 80’s, competitors are required to use wooden racquets and dress in retro-style athletic gear. In addition, the event will culminate with a ‘Sunday Bash’ where families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the food and free activities while cheering on the finalists (who are competing for prizes valued at more than $4,500).  WHAT:                 Tennis athletes and fans are invited to dust-off their headbands and travel back to the era of John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg’s classic rivalry by participating in the second annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic ‘ a local tennis competition requiring athletes to use wooden racquets and show off their retro-style sportswear in honor of the heyday of 1970’s and 1980’s tennis.                                 The four-day competitive tennis match will culminate with a ‘Sunday Bash,’ where food, beverages and family activities will be available for athletes and spectators throughout the day as finalists compete. During the bash, more than $4,500 in prizes will be awarded to top competitors ‘ and additional awards will be given to best male and female athlete who replicate the “Classic White” tennis outfits from the 70’s and 80’s. Athletes can register for singles and doubles categories for both men and women.  Spectators are encouraged to cheer-on athletes throughout the competition – cow bells and noise makers will be provided! For more information, and to register by midnight on August 8th, visit is external). WHO:                   The 2nd Annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic is sponsored by the Burlington Tennis Club and, the Burlington-based global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry WHEN:                 Registration: Now until August 8thCompetition: August 11 ‘ 14, 2011 (visit is external) for info)Sunday Bash, semi and final matches: August 14 (all day)Awards Ceremony: August 14 (all day) WHERE:               Burlington Tennis Club12 East TerraceSouth Burlington, VT 05403(802) 863-3439                                Click for Map WHY:                    The event is hosted by in memory of Dan Bonfigli, a local tennis athlete whose unrealized dream was to create a competition like the Woody Classic ‘ where retro-era tennis was celebrated in a fun and friendly competition. ‘Last year was so much fun, we just had to do it again,’ said Mark Bonfigli, CEO and founder of, and brother of Dan Bonfigli. ‘We’re all looking forward to another year of friendly competition, family fun and outrageous throwbacks to the 70’s and 80’s era of tennis.’last_img read more

Anstead sworn in as chief justice

first_img July 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Anstead sworn in as chief justice Associate Editor Harry Lee Anstead — the youngest of six children raised by a single mom in Jacksonville’s Brentwood housing project — promised to put children first during his two-year term as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.In a packed courtroom July 2, 64-year-old Anstead became the 50th chief justice during the state’s fourth “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony attended by a who’s who list of Florida’s brightest shining legal stars, a dozen former law clerks, Anstead’s extended family, his children, and the smiling woman he described as “my MVP and wife of 39 exciting years, Sue.”Chesterfield Smith, who turns 85 this month and is the senior living past president of The Florida Bar, waved his hands like a fire-and-brimstone preacher when he announced in a booming voice: “We here today – all of us today – believe that you are going to be one of the great chief justices in Florida’s history!”Before the attention turned to Anstead – known as the father of the modern professionalism movement among judges, lawyers, and law schools in Florida, and for consistently receiving the highest ratings in statewide polls – Ninth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry and chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, paid tribute to outgoing Chief Justice Charles Wells.“The book of Luke tells us for unto whom much is given, much is required. You have given us so much, Chief Justice Wells,” Perry said. “As a leader, sometimes you had to stand alone. As a leader, sometimes you had the courage to make very tough decisions. You also had the compassion to listen to the needs of others.”On behalf of the Ninth Judicial Circuit judges, Perry presented Wells with a huge yard-wide plaque, joking, “We hope you’ll find space among the Gator paraphernalia.”At 97, the most senior former Chief Justice Richard W. Ervin was helped from a wheelchair to the podium to administer the oath of office.First, Anstead prompted a standing ovation when he paused to recognize Ervin as “one of the greatest justices who ever served the state of Florida.”In characteristic self-effacing style, Ervin thanked Anstead for the kind words and said with a grin, “I wish I deserved it.”While Anstead prepared to change seats with Wells and sit in the most honorable middle seat of the seven–justice bench, Marshal Wilson Barnes gave a mischievous wink to the chuckling audience when he first put Justice Peggy Quince’s name plate in front of Anstead.Then, as he has announced hundreds of times before — but with that one important updated phrase — Barnes cried out: “Hear ye, hear ye. The Supreme Court of the great state of Florida is now in session, the honorable Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead presiding. All who have cause to plead, draw near, give attention, and it shall be heard. God save these United States and the great state of Florida, and this honorable court.”With his first official act as the newest chief justice, Anstead took the gavel from Wells, rapped it three times, and said, “Please be seated.”Anstead used a very personal story about September 11 to launch into his goals as chief justice. He recalled how he was in a conference room listening to then Bar President Terry Russell, when a judicial assistant knocked on the door with word that a plane had crashed into one of New York’s twin towers. Anstead excused himself, rushed up a flight of stairs to his office and tried to reach his daughter, Laura, at her law firm in Manhattan, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. A son also lives and works in Manhattan and a third child often visits Manhattan from nearby Connecticut.During the 20-minute wait before his daughter finally returned the call to assure him they were all OK, Anstead said, “I can tell you a father’s heart was in fear in those minutes.” And that following Thanksgiving, shared together as a family with his wife and five children, was the most thankful ever.Anstead said he shared that story “to sadly observe what we all know too well. That is, unlike my children, unlike our children who are dearly loved, there are thousands of children in Florida who have no one to care for them in the way that I care about my children.“They must rely on us for that care. Imagine, if you will, a society that truly does put its children first. And in doing so, shouldn’t we first identify children that need immediate help and address their needs and save them from a lost life?” Anstead asked. “Well, believe it or not, we have such an identification system here in the state of Florida. And we call it the juvenile court. Florida’s judicial system should consider itself enormously privileged to have society place its most troubled children. . . in our juvenile courts.“I can assure you that during my term as chief justice, I will be calling on every judge, lawyer, and citizen in Florida to join me in accepting that responsibility of putting children first in our communities and in our courts.”Anstead said the September 11 tragedy is also a time of reference for a huge challenge Florida’s trial courts face as a constitutional amendment passed in 1998 mandates that by July 1, 2004, substantial funding will shift from the local to state level.“Clearly, these next two sessions of the legislature will determine the future of our trial courts,” Anstead said.It’s easy to take America’s values for granted, he said, when things are going well. But since September 11, he said, “We’ve been reminded once again that the price of liberty is constant vigilance.”He spoke specifically of the American values of the rule of law and an independent judiciary, and how fully funding the courts are of paramount importance.“Surely, the most effective way for us to educate about the rule of law throughout the world is by example. That example, quite simply, is reached by an adequate and accessible state trial court system,” Anstead said.“Just as I call upon all of you to protect Florida’s children, I also call upon you to protect Florida’s court system in this time of transition. . . and to proudly maintain the rule of law. What a tragedy is would be if, while we are spreading the rule of law abroad, we would neglect it at home.”Chesterfield Smith said the “point of highest decision” — the most troubling challenge overcome by great leadership and courage — for Anstead will be funding the state courts.“As you very well know, you already face an unprecedented point of decision. It is not of international or national proportion. But it has the potential to create a state constitutional crisis of the most serious kind, and it threatens the independence of the judiciary,” Smith said.“That fundamental change in the financing of our justice system, ultimately, in my opinion, generally will be highly beneficial. However, it also can become a serious detriment to the courts, unless all independent state branches of government work together in harmony.”As Smith recounted, “Occasionally, a ruling of this court was not to the legislature’s liking, and the legislature, too, has sometimes responded by changing the law and to overrule this court, first by escalating their rhetoric about eliminating the court’s authority to regulate the legal profession.“Dadgum that!”And the audience broke into chuckles at Smith’s forceful homespun denouncement.“With so much at stake, one branch of government simply must not wield power as to thwart the effective performance of our coequal and independent branch of state government,” Smith continued.But the former Bar president and former ABA president ended on an optimistic note when he said: “I do believe that our governor and our legislature will rise to meet and join you and your legal colleagues on the road to reform, both the constitutional rights of our children and on the financial equality of our state court system. It will be a major tragedy for Florida’s children if the three branches of government do not come together to solve the pending funding crisis of our state court system, and to deny you, as our chief justice, to make children your first priority.” Anstead sworn in as chief justicelast_img read more

Debutants deliver as Windes wins

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) – West Indies recovered from a batting collapse to mount a clinical bowling effort, and beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in their opening game of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Sent in at the Harare Sports Club, West Indies were well poised at 172 for four in the 42nd over before losing their last six wickets for 55 runs, to be all out for a disappointing 227 off 49.2 overs.Left-hander Jonathan Carter top-scored with 54 on his 29th birth anniversary while wicketkeeper Shai Hope stroked 47 and fellow debutant Rovman Powell, a typically enterprising 44 off just 29 balls.In reply, Sri Lanka slumped to 16 for three in the sixth over, recovered to reach 139 for six in the 26th before crumbling to 165 all out off 43.1 overs – losing their last four wickets for 26 runs.The architects of Sri Lanka’s demise were fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (3-31) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-46) who picked up three wickets apiece, while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed two for 16 from eight superb overs.Sachith Pathirana, batting at number eight, top-scored with 45 from 40 balls while Shehan Jayasuriya made 31 and Niroshan Dickwella, 28.With the victory, West Indies moved to the top of the table on five points, ahead on net run rate of Sri Lanka also on five points, with Zimbabwe yet to register a point.The Caribbean side’s start was less than impressive, however, as they lost both openers Johnson Charles (2) and Kraigg Brathwaite (14) cheaply to stumble to 27 for two in the tenth over.Charles was taken at third man off seamer Suranga Lakmal essaying a big hit in the fourth over and Brathwaite was unfortunately run-out by Nuwan Kulasekara’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end as he went through for a quick single.Hope and Carter then featured in key partnerships which put the West Indies innings back on track. The right-handed Hope first added 49 for the third wicket with the left-handed Evin Lewis, whose 27 came from 50 balls and included a single four.When Lewis was caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana in the 24th over, Hope put on a further 53 or the fourth wicket with Carter, to take West Indies past triple figures.Hope faced 81 deliveries and struck four fours and a six while the left-handed Carter’s second ODI half-century came from 62 balls and included two fours and two sixes.Hope had just cleared the ropes at long on with slow medium Asela Gunaratne and was eyeing a half-century when he was deceived and bowled four deliveries later by the same bowler, at 129 for four in the 35th over.Carter and Powell kept the momentum going in a busy 43-run, fifth-wicket stand off 41 deliveries, with Carter reaching his landmark in the 41st over with a couple to fine leg.He perished in the next over when he flicked seamer Kulasekara into the lap of deep square leg and it was left to Powell to blast two fours and three sixes, to get West Indies up to a competitive total.Man-of-the-Match Holder then struck early for West Indies, having Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind off an inside edge for three at seven for one in the fourth over.Kusal Perera fell in the next over for four via run-out with one run added, failing to beat Charles’ throw to the non-striker’s end from square leg, as he advanced down for a single.When Holder induced a drive from Kusal Mendis and had the right-hander caught high at second slip by Nurse for four, Sri Lanka were declining quickly.Dickwella revived the innings briefly in a 35-run, fourth-wicket stand with Upul Tharanga (12) before guiding a short ball from Gabriel to Sulieman Benn at third man, and his dismissal triggered another slide which saw three wickets tumble for 28 runs.Tottering on 79 for six in the 26th over, Sri Lanka regained their balance thanks to Pathirana and Jayasuriya who posted 60 for the seventh wicket.Pathirana was the aggressor, hammering five fours and two sixes and once he holed out to Lewis at long-off off Nurse in the 38th over, the innings collapsed.WEST INDIES inningsJ. Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2K. Brathwaite run-out 14E. Lewis c wkp. Dickwella b Pathirana 27S. Hope b Gunaratne 47J. Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54R. Powell c wkp. Dickwella b Pradeep 44C. Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14J. Holder run-out 2A. Nurse not out 5S. Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7S. Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0Extras: (lb-6, w-5) 11Total. (all out; 49.2 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-27, 3-76), 4-129, 5-172, 6-209), 7-214, 8-215, 9-226.Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w-3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w-2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1.SRI LANKA inningsD. de Silva c wkp. Hope b Holder 3K. Perera run-out 4N. Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4U. Tharanga c & b Nurse 12A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18S. Jayasuriya c Powell b C. Brathwaite 31S. Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45N. Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16S. Lakmal b Gabriel 0N. Pradeep not out 0Extras: (w-4) 4Total (all out; 43.1 overs) 165Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-8, 3-16, 4-51, 5-64, 6-79, 7-139, 8-151, 9-160.Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w-2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w-1), C. Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w-1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0.Points: West Indies 5, Sri Lanka 0.Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Sisters share unique bond despite different journeys to Wisconsin program

first_imgMichala and Malayna Johnson are not your typical college sisters. The two have been pillars of the Wisconsin women’s basketball program for the last three seasons and have been integral parts of head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s rebuilding process.Though they both play on the same team, their journeys to Madison could not have been more different.Malayna Johnson was the under-the-radar recruit. A late bloomer in the basketball world, the 6-foot-4 junior from Illinois, not wanting to be in her sister’s shadow, did not play basketball at an early age and only started once she felt comfortable in her own skin.“When I was younger, I didn’t want to play at all because I didn’t want to be like Michala,” Malayna said. “I didn’t want people to think ‘they are the same, they are twins.’ I just wanted to be my own individual.”After stepping out of her sister’s shadow she committed to the Badgers.Michala, the older sister and current sixth-year senior for the Badgers, was a top-rated recruit and after playing her first two seasons at UConn, a desire for more playing time lead her to return to the Midwest. Though the opportunity to play with her sister for the Badgers intrigued her, she had to verify she was not overstepping any boundaries.“I wanted a fresh start and to be closer to home,” Michala said. “My sister ended up signing here and I asked if I could play with her. I told her this could be your school and I could go somewhere else but [Malayna] said ‘no come play with me’ and my family was okay with it and wanted us to play together.”The two sisters took the court together during the 2013-14 season that saw Michala lead the team in scoring while Malayna was relegated to the bench in a crowded front court.Malayna, determined to use her sophomore season as an opportunity to finally team up with her sister and create a dynamic duo, was unable to step out of her sister’s shadow when tragedy struck.Six games into the 2014-15 season, Michala suffered her third ACL injury. Now with a hole to fill in the middle, the team counted on Malayna for big minutes and she was a key contributor for last year’s Wisconsin team.After finishing a grueling recovery process and receiving a sixth-year of eligibility, Michala was ready to join her sister in an on-court family reunion.But yet another issue arose, and as fate would have it. Malayna tore her ACL late last September as the team was preparing to start this season.“My sister has been with me since day one,” Michala said. “She has seen it all and seen me go through it and come back. Now that she is hurt, it’s different. This is her first injury. So I’ve been there for her, I’ve been helping her through the whole process because I know she helped me.”Once again, due to injury, the sisters were unable to compete on the court. But despite her injury the two have used their adversity to push each other during the recovery process.The two use their sisterly-bond to overcome the obstacles they’ve faced.“She always tells me to just take it one day at a time,” Malayna added. “Think about how far I have come since the surgery. She has been a really big help and has been motivating me every step of the way.”Head coach Bobbie Kelsey knows how difficult it has been for the sisters the past two seasons.“It is sad because you want to see them play together for a full year,” Kelsey said. “They can feed off one another and both do some things that we really need. It is unfortunate that they didn’t get to play with each other on the court.”As this season comes to a close and perhaps the final opportunity to play with each other passes, Malayna said she feels there may be an opportunity in the future to finally team up on the court with her big sister.This past summer, Michala received a pleasant surprise when she was notified she had been drafted to the WNBA.Now with her big sister off to the pros, Malayna has a clear goal in mind.“I would love to go to the WNBA,” Malayna said. “It wasn’t something I really thought about until Michala got drafted, but it is very exciting now because I just want to follow in her footsteps.”Though she originally did everything to avoid her sister’s shadow, Badger fans everywhere should be rooting for the two to one day reunite on the court.last_img read more