Photography by three Saint Mary’s seniors will decorate the walls of the Inn at Saint Mary’s even after they graduate from the College on Saturday. Seniors Julie McGrail, Elizabeth Munger and Guadalupe Quintana are the winners of a photography contest hosted by the Inn, and their work will decorate the walls of its guest rooms. The Inn at Saint Mary’s was renovating 11 guest rooms last fall when one of its owners decided to replace the existing photos with new images, general manager Kim Kudelka said. The contest opened in December. The owners of The Inn selected the three students’ photographs from over 150 photos submitted to the contest. The Inn announced the contest winners in March. “At The Inn, we felt that we needed to get back our strong relationship with the College,” Kim Kudelka said. “I have been working here for 10 years, and we all thought it was time to rebuild the relationship. This photo contest was a great way for us to begin.” The new photos capture scenes from the College campus, she said. “The old photos were pretty conservative and dated,” Kudelka said. “The ones that we have chosen bring light to the new rooms, and add more of the Saint Mary’s charm to each room.” Munger said she had already taken pictures of campus when she received the email about entering the photo contest. “My dad takes pictures, and I was given a big, professional camera for my high school graduation, so I also really enjoy taking pictures,” Munger said. “When I received the email, I already knew which pictures I wanted to send in.” Munger’s chosen photo, titled “Reflection on Lake Marian,” depicts Haggar Hall reflected on the lake on the Saint Mary’s campus. During a walk from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s campus, Quintana said she decided to take a snapshot of the trees lining the Avenue. “I just happened to have my camera, a small digital one, and saw a perfect picture to capture of the fall leaves and trees,” Quintana said. “My photo is titled, ‘A Belle’s Walk Home.’” McGrail said she had a folder of photos taken on a walk from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame last spring. “I sent in about five different pictures, and two of them were chosen to be displayed,” McGrail said. “They are titled ‘Spring at Lake Marian’ and ‘Spring at the Grotto.’” The seniors said they were all equally surprised to find out they won the contest. “I was excited because the Inn is so pretty and so many people stay there when they are in town,” Munger said. Quintana said she was surprised the Inn chose her photo out of from 150 submissions. “This was really nice because I am a senior and it is something that I can leave behind at Saint Mary’s,” Quintana said. The Inn honored the winners in April for their achievement. “There was a reception held at The Inn for each of the winners where we were able to see our photos blown up, framed and hanging up in the renovated rooms,” McGrail said. “There is a suite that holds all of the photos that won the contest. It was really amazing to see our work hanging up at The Inn.” So far, the Inn has received tremendous feedback on the new rooms with the new photographs, Kudelka said. “We plan on holding another contest for more photos to be displayed in more renovated rooms,” Kudelka said. “We really want the relationship between The Inn and the College to get back to the way it was.” As they prepare for Commencement on Saturday, the three seniors said they were glad to leave a lasting mark on Saint Mary’s. “This contest was such a great way to have a student’s perspective of their home they have lived in for the past four years,” McGrail said. “It is truly a wonderful collaboration.”
The seventh grade Batesville Bulldogs Basketball team fell to the Columbus Northside Spartans Tuesday night by a score of 42 to 36.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Ean Loichinger with 9 points who was followed by Eli Pierson and Cole Werner with 8 each. Also adding in was Hunter Laudick with 4, Travis Lecher with 3, and Frank Moorman with 2.The seventh grade Dogs are now 9 and 3 on the season.The 8th grade fell to Northside Columbus last night in a thriller 33-32.Batesville was led in scoring by CJ Powell with 8. Mason Barker had a great game on both ends coming back from an ankle injury and added 7. Alex Seifert had a strong 6. Jaden Peetz and Cal Sherwood added 4 and 3. Ethan Brewer and Austin Cornn finished out the scoring with 2.We will be back in action Dec. 27 for a tournament at St. Louis. GO DOGS!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.
Junior running back Bradie Ewing has made the switch to fullback to help pave the way for the powerful Wisconsin running game.[/media-credit]One starred at halfback in high school. The other takes half of his practice snaps at guard on the offensive line.Meet Bradie Ewing and Ryan Groy, the 2010 fullback duo for the Wisconsin football team.Ewing, a native of Richland Center weighs in at 234 lbs. – or to put it another way, 21 lbs. less than running back John Clay’s listed weight – ran for over 3,000 yards in high school, scored 41 touchdowns and was named First-Team All-State his senior year. Now he smashes headlong into linebackers on a daily basis, buried not in just short-yardage piles but obscurity.Groy tips the scales at 307 lbs, was named the Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year as an offensive lineman in his final high school season and has to bring two jerseys to game days – No. 79 in case he gets in at guard and No. 47 for his fullback duties.Their respective stories couldn’t be more different, save one defining similar characteristic: They both just wanted to get on the field.“A week before the first game, they put me in the formation [at fullback],” Groy said. “I didn’t know if I was doing scout, or what I was doing. And then we started running plays, and I was like ‘Am I a fullback? Yeah. Well, OK.’”“It got me on the field, so I wasn’t complaining.The death of the fullback position has been a long time coming. Gone are the glory days of Jim Taylor and 1,000 yard rushing seasons.Between spread offenses, shotgun formations and the proliferation of single back schemes, true fullbacks have little place in the college game, and more importantly, almost no place in the heart of an elite high school athlete. You cannot recruit what doesn’t exist.But the Badgers, with their old-school power running game, still have a need for a fullback. So they go looking in-house.Last season it was senior tight end Mickey Turner taking most of the snaps in front of the running back, with tight ends Garrett Graham and Lance Kendricks sharing the load as well. This season, Ewing and Groy man the role.Neither played a down of fullback in high school, but it hardly matters now. They are on the field in front of 80,000 weekly. The fact that most fans couldn’t pick them out of a lineup is naught but an amusing anecdote.“It is just awesome to help the team win,” Ewing said.Against Austin Peay last Saturday, Ewing scored the first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard plunge up the middle on a play the Badgers call “belly.” Ewing added another score later on a three-yard swing reception.It was a short return to his days in high school as the featured playmaker before settling back into his role of leading blocker for Wisconsin’s current playmakers.“Anytime when you are a fullback, going from being a running back to a blocking fullback, it is cool to get the ball back in your hands,” Ewing said.The transition from halfback to fullback is probably more difficult mentally then physically. Glory seekers need not apply. Ewing often rehashes a phrase somewhere along the lines of “anything to help the team win” in his answers – a response he must believe to enjoy his job at fullback.“Without a doubt,” running back coach John Settle responded when asked if transitioning from halfback to fullback was more difficult mentally then physically. “But guys here know it is a team sport and they understand that they have a job to do. He approaches it with the right mindset.“The thing I am most pleased with is how much his blocking has improved drastically. I think he feels good about where he is. He is playing with a confidence now you like to see as a coach.”For Groy the short transition has been the other way around, more difficult learning the ins-and-outs of fullback then adjusting to a new role.Still taking half his practice snaps at guard and half at fullback, Groy says he believes his play has been up and down as the lead blocker. On one play he might be out in front, cutting a linebacker against Arizona State to lead to John Clay’s rushing touchdown, but against San Jose State he was partially responsible for a fumble after bumping into quarterback Scott Tolzien.“I didn’t even know going into fullback that my steps were important,” Groy said with a laugh. “I just stepped towards the play and hit. I guess I learned the hard way.”Besides giving Wisconsin a mix of personnel for their opponents to study – they super creatively call the package “Big” when Groy comes in – the fullback duo keep each other rested.Settle believes the roles on the team for Ewing and Groy have an uplifting effect on the rest of the roster as well. Their hard work in practice has paid off with playing time.“I think the players feed off of that,” Settle said. “I think they like to see guys on the field who otherwise might not get a chance to play.”Or maybe this is all overblown and Groy and Ewing just like hitting people.“He is a big dude, I’m not that bad. We both like getting in there and smacking skulls with some people,” Ewing said.