Local Toddler Found Safe After Mom Flees During DCF Visit

first_imgA local toddler has been found safe and sound, after his mother fled with him following a visit by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to their home.According to the West Palm Beach Police Department, 24-year-old Jordan Heckelmoser disappeared with her 11-month-old son, Robert “Robbie” Gillis, after officials with DCF showed up at the home to take the child. Police say that DCF is Robbie’s court-ordered guardian.The police report states that Heckelmoser drove away in a rental newer model black Hyundai when officials with the state appeared at her home.An online post from the police department announced Sunday morning that the child has been located, but did not provide additional information.last_img read more

Play of Hughes vital for success

first_imgDerek is a sophomore majoring ineconomics. If you’d like to discuss the future of the Badger basketball teamfurther, you can email him atdzetlin@badgerherald.com. Conference losses are always disappointing. They?reespecially so when your team is ranked in the Top 25 and your opponent isn?t. Thatsaid, the Badgers’ loss to Purdue Saturday was even more heartbreaking, becausehad the game been played on a neutral court, they surely would have had theupper hand over the Boilermakers. However, those that know the rivalry well areaware of the curse that lingers in West Lafayette, Ind. and thus were notshocked at the end result.With the loss, UW moved to 1-31 in its last 32 games inMackey Arena. Vegas knew that; that?s why Wisconsin entered the game as a mereone-point favorite, awfully small for the 11th-ranked team in the nation. So our beloved Badgers are 6-1 in Big Ten play instead of7-0. In the grand scheme of things, it?s really not that big of a deal. Theyonly fell two spots in the national rankings, and with three games againstIndiana and Michigan State remaining (two of which are in the Kohl Center), BoRyan?s squad still has plenty of opportunities to take home the conferencetitle.So should Badger Nation be concerned following Saturday?sdisappointing defeat? Yes. Not because of the subsequent tally in the losscolumn, but because of the way it all unfolded. Wisconsin just didn?t seemworthy of its Top 25 status.Top-caliber teams must be able to play well on the road.Come March, the Badgers can kiss the Kohl Center goodbye. The Big Tentournament will be played in Indianapolis, and obviously the NCAA tournamentgames will be held at neutral sites. In order to make a run come madness time,the Badgers need to perform better under pressure. Wisconsin?s first two losses of the season both came againstteams that play three-guard sets, meaning they like to run-and-gun. Duke?s GregPaulus, Gerald Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson, along with Marquette?s DominicJames, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews, are all terrific athletes who thrivein fast-paced basketball games.In each of those losses ? along with Saturday?s loss toPurdue ? Wisconsin?s opponent was able to control the tempo of the game and attimes force the Badgers out of sync and off their game.On paper, the UW backcourt was simply overmatched againstboth Duke and Marquette. However, the same could be said about their matchupwith Texas, as A.J. Abrams is a deadly shooter and D.J. Augustin is predictedto be selected in the mid-first round of this year?s NBA Draft. So what was different when the Badgers traveled to Austin,Texas, Dec. 28? Oddly enough, this was the one game that sophomore point guardTrevon Hughes ? the Badgers? second leading scorer ? missed because of an ankleinjury.In UW?s three losses, Hughes has committed more turnoversthan assists. However, the actual turnovers aren?t the biggest issue in myopinion; quite frankly, he?s looked simply rattled during each of thesecontests.In the win over the Longhorns, Michael Flowers and JasonBohannon controlled the tempo of the game and produced a combined 2-1 assist-to-turnoverratio in Hughes? absence. Their abilities to remain calm ? along with Flowers?last minute heroics ? ended in a UW upset victory.So do I think the Badgers are better off without Hughesquarterbacking the offense? Absolutely not. Overall this season, Hughes is averaging 13.1 points pergame, has more assists than turnovers, and is second in the Big Ten with twosteals per game. Not bad for a sophomore who saw limited action behind Flowersand standout guard Kammron Taylor last season as a freshman. The truth is, Hughes is a playmaker and has shown moments ofbrilliance at times this season. He?s an exciting player to watch and has anextremely bright future with the cardinal and red. But Badger fans should not currently be concerned with thedistant future at this point. This year?s team has a legitimate shot to do somedamage come tournament time, especially following a devastating second roundexit last season. But these Badgers will only be able to go as far as Hughes isable to take them. Senior forward Brian Butch is the leader of this team.Hughes is the quarterback; he calls the plays and controls the tempo. If thiskid from Queens can remain cool and consistent under pressure, the sky is thelimit for not only him but for the 2007-08 Wisconsin Badgers.Fortunately for Hughes, he has an immediate chance to redeemhimself tomorrow, as the No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers ? a team featuring a backcourtequivalent to those of Duke and Marquette ? come to town. Hughes will have hishands full with freshman phenom Eric Gordon, the Big Ten?s leading scorer. Will he be up to the task? We?ll just have to wait to see. last_img read more

Syracuse advances to NCAA tournament final with 3-1 win over Connecticut

first_img Published on November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Syracuse wasted no time Friday in forcing Connecticut to play a game in which it couldn’t keep up.Two minutes in, the Orange’s attack forced a penalty corner. Alma Fenne gathered the errant insertion two yards behind the arc, looked left and right before winding up. Her shot from the top of the circle found the wooden backing at the bottom of the goal. It gave Syracuse a quick 1-0 advantage.“We came right at ‘em,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “… (Coming out fast) was a major point of emphasis for us in our team prep to … control the momentum.”The aggressive play at the outset allowed the Orange to dictate tempo, forcing Connecticut out of its comfort zone. Bradley focused on starting strong, she said, because she knows UConn likes to score early. She learned in SU’s 1-0 loss in the 2014 national championship that after scoring, UConn gained control and dropped back in stifling defense.But Connecticut never got the chance to drop back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree-hundred and fifty two days after its national title hopes were shattered by the Huskies, this time it was Syracuse (20-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) ousting previously undefeated Connecticut (22-1, 5-0 Big East), 3-1, in the do-or-die tournament and advance to the national championship game.“I didn’t care who we played,” said Fenne, who did not play in last season’s NCAA tournament  loss. “… (But) I can imagine some of the girls have a very good feeling (by beating UConn).”Though SU gained an early 1-0 advantage, it didn’t pack down in a Connecticut-style defense. The Orange remained on the offensive, using one of its backs to push up the field. Zoe Wilson rushed forward on offense all afternoon, distributing to the midfielders and seeding far passes up to forwards.The push paid off when forward Emma Russell corralled a long, lofted pass from midfielder Laura Hurff. Russell dribbled in on the left side and poked the ball past Connecticut goalie Nina Klein 20 minutes into the first half.“We played the ball forward into our midfield and forward line and let them do the pretty work,” Wilson said.Down 2-0, the Huskies pushed harder, attempting longer passes and rushes without a number advantage. Backs Lies Lagerweij, Roos Weers and Wilson played tight defense or aggressively stepped up to intercept passes.The Huskies struggled to counter SU’s back line. Connecticut scored its only goal on a penalty stroke. In four second-half penalty corners, SU goalkeeper Jess Jecko made lunging saves on two and her defenders blocked the other pair of shots.After Wilson stopped UConn’s shot on its third second-half corner, she made a long-hit up the sideline to Russell.Russell dribbled up the field with Fenne on her right side. Russell feinted a drive toward the left side of the goal and Klein dove forward — just as Syracuse expected. The Orange had seen the tendency in film study throughout the week and used Klein’s aggressiveness against herself. After coaxing her out of position, Russell slid a pass to Fenne, who scored her second goal with 10 minutes remaining.The speed at which Syracuse advanced the ball, a facet of SU’s game Bradley said it honed in ACC play throughout the season, was another difference which led to the win.“(Connecticut hasn’t) played that kind of speed in their schedule throughout the season,” Bradley said.The aggression Friday was one of SU’s focuses heading into the NCAA tournament. Bradley and multiple players said it was an unenergetic first frame that chalked up SU’s loss in the ACC championship game.In the postgame press conference, Fenne sat red-cheeked and smiling, her two goals the difference on the afternoon.“(Connecticut put) really hard pressure on us,” Fenne said. “But we were able to play out of it.“… I don’t care who we play in the finals. We’re going to get the national championship here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more