first_img On Tuesday’s final night, the Jamaica’s sprint power was on display with ages 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 girls emphatically sweeping the 200m freestyle relays. It was the first in over a decade that all the girls 200m freestyle relays were swept by one nation. The relay gold rush started with a win by the 11-12 girls team of Paig’e Lewis, Isabella Sierra, Sabrina Lyn and Zaneta Alvaranga, who stormed to victory in a new Carifta and national time of 1:55.77. They bettered the old mark of 1:57.60 set at the 2012 championships. The 13-14 team of Gabrianna Banks, Simone Vale, Brianna Anderson and Emily MacDonald won their relay by more than two seconds in a Carifta and national record 1:50.77. Meanwhile, Nathaniel Thomas crowned himself the fastest 11-12 boy in the Carifta region, earning the lone individual gold medal on the final night. He won the 50 metres freestyle in 26.52 seconds. Thomas’s time put him within striking distance of Jamaican age group star Brad Hamilton’s age group mark of 26.29. The mark was set in 2002. Swim coach Rory Alvaranga has credited preparedness and composure for Jamaica’s 30-medal haul at this year’s 32nd Carifta Swimming Championships, held at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in The Bahamas. Jamaica ended the meet with 12 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals. That surpassed the 25 achieved at last year’s championships in Martinique. Team Jamaica placed sixth overall with 530.50 points. “The medal haul surpassed that of last year, and we are pleased. The first-timers held their composure and delivered big points that we never had over the past two years and we hope to keep this bunch together throughout the various age groups and add some depth with distance swimmers for coming years,” Alvaranga told The Gleaner yesterday. The team is jointly coached by Matthew Campbell and managed by Tastey Blackman. SPRINT POWERlast_img read more

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Golden State Warriors are first in the NBA in so many offensive categories you would think adding another one wouldn’t mean much. This one did.The Warriors had 46 assists, the most by any team in the NBA this season, in a 133-112 romp over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Klay Thompson led Golden State with 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Steph Curry 23, but it was the 46 assists on 55 field goals that had the Warriors talking after the game.“Forty-six assists is insane,” coach Steve Kerr said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“That’s amazing,” added Durant, who was ejected for arguing with 4:52 left. “Everybody came and made plays tonight. We moved well without the ball and kept clicking on all cylinders.”Curry matched Draymond Green with a team-high 10 assists “That’s what we pride ourselves on, ball movement, getting everyone involved,” Curry said. “Everybody gets touches and we help each other in that way because we are all threats.”Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 29 points, Evan Fournier had 22, and Jonathon Simmons 18. The Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 and were playing catchup all night against the defending NBA champion Warriors.“Golden State definitely impresses you with everything they do,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “Their passing, their cutting, their ability to play off each other and their shot-making facilitates all of that stuff.”The Warriors shot 62.5 percent from the field and had so many open looks they didn’t need to be selective about where the shots came from. Golden State hit 12 of 24 from behind the 3-point line and 11 of the 13 players had at least one assist.“I think the guys were embarrassed by the last two games,” Kerr said, referring to an overtime win over the Lakers and a loss to the Sacramento. “If we can just play with that kind of energy, a little better judgment and a little better defense, we’re on to something. This is a good step in the right direction.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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Thompson was 11 of 14 from the field, and Durant 10 of 14.Jordan Bell added 16 points, Green had 12 points to go with his 10 assists and five rebounds, and Omri Casspi 11 for Golden State, which expanded a 13-point lead after Durant was ejected.Orlando also had a good night offensively, making 11 three-pointers and shooting 45.8 percent, but the Magic do not have the firepower to get into a shootout with the Warriors.Golden State backup guard Shaun Livingston was the only one of the 19 players used in the first half not to score.EMERGING STARNot that it needs one, but Golden State may have discovered another emerging star off its bench in rookie Jordan Bell. Kerr promised the second-round pick from Oregon more playing time and he made the most of it, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. “He was great tonight, wonderful energy,” Kerr said. “We’ll keep playing him and continue to help grow.” Bell also had four rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes. “He’s obviously a freak athlete and he has a sixth sense on where to be on defense,” Curry said. “He seemed like he was extremely comfortable out there.”TOUGHNESS QUESTIONEDMagic coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t want to comment on his team’s inability to sustain effort from game to game, but he was willing to talk about the team’s defense, or lack thereof.“We’re not tough enough at the defensive end,” Vogel said. “We could be tougher, more alert, more physical, compete more … we just got to play tougher than that to beat the champs.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State had a season-high 41 points in the first quarter. … The Warriors have seven straight games with 10 or more 3-pointers. … Andre Iguodala sat out with a sore knee. … Curry passed Jason Kidd for eighth place on the career 3-pointers made list. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 77 straight games, the longest current mark in the NBA.Magic: Orlando has lost 10 straight to the Warriors. … The Magic have averaged 112.2 points in their last five games. … PF Aaron Gordon is 17 of 34 (50 percent) on 3-pointers in his last four game. … SF Terrence Ross is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL.UP NEXTWarriors: Continue six-game trip at Miami on Sunday night. 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first_imgTeachers from several nursery schools are being groomed at a National Early Childhood Education Conference to ensure young learners receive quality schooling.Dr Gloria ThompsonPartnering with the Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association (New York), the Education Ministry commenced the national workshop on Thursday with some 90 persons, and it will run for two days.Speaking to the educators, Dr Gloria Thompson of the Association stated that opportunities for children should be expanded so that they can reach their maximum potential. She said it is evident that mental, physical and social developments are interconnected and can affect a child’s growth.“We can expand early childhood education opportunities upon the lives of all the children that we serve. What happens to and for young children in the first years of life has a lasting impact upon their ability to be productive members of society,” she explained.Throughout the programme, several facilitators will provide techniques to be used in the formal classroom setting. Those techniques will influence cognitive development in young children. Participants will also be briefed on how to identify developmental delays and children who are rapidly progressing.Participants have been urged to use the skills gained during this initiative in the everyday delivery of education to young students.“Forging collaborative partnerships and bonds with likeminded early childhood educators, and strengthening the foundation as well as the future of early childhood education in Guyana (are) very important. I place emphasis on quality, not something that is fragile,” Thompson noted.Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Education Officer Samantha Williams related that the education sector will continue to solicit such collaborations with other agencies, to assist in the delivery of learning techniques.In 2015, Guyana’s Early Childhood Development Project was launched with a World Bank grant totalling US$1.7 million. It was aimed at improving emergent literacy and numeracy outcomes for children at the nursery level and Primary Grade One in hinterland regions and targeted remote riverine areas.The Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association (New York) focuses on bettering health care and education in the Caribbean. Last year, Project Coordinator Quenita Waldrond-Lewis gave an insight into the developments that were observed during a similar worship. It recorded a 91 percentage change in literacy and a 95 percentage change for numeracy in the hinterland schools during the period September 2015 to June 2017.Meanwhile, from September 2016 to June 2018, records show a positive change of 139 per cent in literacy and 133 per cent change in numeracy. These numbers showed improvements in the students’ ability to successfully complete tasks that are essential at their academic level.To modernise teaching spaces, the Education Ministry will be introducing the newly reformed curriculum in schools across the country through a pilot programme. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) studies would also be introduced to primary classes.last_img read more

first_imgCst. Rachel Geense will be participating in her second tour this year, and the public is invited to help welcome her when she arrives in Dawson Creek this Friday on her way to Williams Lake. Acting mayor Bud Powell will be on hand to welcome Geense as she arrives at the Lake View Credit Union at 4 p.m.The public is then welcomed to help Mayor Mike Bernier bid farewell to Geense as she leaves for the rest of the tour from the fire hall at 7 a.m.This year marks the first that the cycling tour – one of four regional fundraisers across the province for the Canadian Cancer Society of British Columbia and the Yukon – will be heading north to south, 800 kilometres from Fort St. John to Williams Lake from Sept. 9 to 15.- Advertisement -The Cops for Cancer events are in support of cancer research and support services, including a summer recreation program called Camp Goodtimes in Mission for children and youth diagnosed with cancer and their families. Tour de North is currently ranked number one in funds raised for the 2011 Cops for Cancer Ride, and participants have set a goal of raising $62,500.To donate or to find out more about the Cops for Cancer Tour de North, go online to www.copsforcancer.bc.ca.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has vowed to put up a Soccer Academy in the region after Kapenguria Heroes braved to win the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys title over Gor Mahia Youth. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo says the county is a haven of sports talent, putting off those who wrongly perceive the Rift Valley region as a cattle rustling hotbed.Lonyangapuo, who set aside five hours on Monday to honour Kapenguria Heroes at his office for winning the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament Boys title, vowed to construct a state of the art soccer academy in the county that will be ready before 2022. “There are those who say West Pokot residents are cattle rustlers, but we have now changed it. We have removed the word cattle and replaced it with soccer, so we are now soccer rustlers, athletics rustlers and academic rustlers,” Lonyangapuo beamed while rewarding the Kapenguria Heroes and Tartar Girls for their efforts at the tournament.West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo receiving the trophies. Photo/GERALD ANDERSON“We will put up a soccer academy that will be funded by the County Government to be able to identify talent within our region and be able to produce players who will play in the national team, so keep on working hard,” Lonyangapuo told the players.“There are many people in Kenya including some here they are asking themselves can anything good come out of West Pokot? But the grace of God was upon us and we beat all the teams and reached the final.Kapenguria Heroes defied all odds to lift the title after upsetting favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties and pocket the Sh1mn prize kitty.Kapenguria Heroes showcasing the trophies after beating Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to lift the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys title. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONOn top of that, the boys also earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for a week-long training and mentorship programme with the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom brand ambassador, Victor Wanyama.The County boss has also challenged the boys to go out to London and show they did not win the tournament by fluke, but are indeed as good as they look.“Gor Mahia gave birth to Gor Youth who fainted on Sunday as we beat them. They were shocked so we want to show them that we also have talent in soccer,” Lonyangapuo stated.Kapenguria Heroes players. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThings however did not go well for their girls Tartar who were edged out 4-3 in post-match penalties by Nyanza representatives Plateau Queens, but were nonetheless rewarded by the Governor for their efforts.They were both rewarded with Sh100, 000 in cash and promised breakfast meeting with Deputy President, William Ruto and Lunch with his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta in April.Kapenguria Heroes produced three best players; South Sudanese striker David Majak, Fredrick Krop and goalkeeper Brian Lumumba who have all joined Kenyan Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz.West Pokot prides to have produced great sports personalities including three-time World Half Marathon champion, the legendary Tegla Loroupe.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.It’s day one of the Aintree Grand National meeting and there’s some top horses on show, including Annie Power, Cue Card and Djakadam.The chase for Champions League glory is also hotting up after the first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals were completed on Wednesday.Manchester City secured an impressive 2-2 draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last eight tie and the Premier League side are now just 8/11 to qualify for the semi-finals.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hart, which plays Mission Viejo tonight, is 5-3 against Orange County opponents since coach Mike Herrington took over in 1989. Two of the losses were to Mission Viejo (in 2002 and 2004), and the other was 38-35 playoff loss in 1990 to Esperanza of Anaheim. SPOTLIGHT Hobbled by a recurring ankle injury most of the season, Hart running back Delano Howell finally appears in top form. The sophomore rushed for 136 yards, with a 23-yard touchdown, in a 21-19 quarterfinal victory last week over Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga. Howell has rushed for 686 yards (5.5 avg.) and nine TDs, and he has nine receptions. “All of sudden, Delano’s ankle finally healed, and everything went off without a hitch,” coach Mike Herrington said. “We’re hoping he can be a key player for us again against Mission Viejo.” HE SAID “We don’t change a whole lot, so it’s easy to prepare for us.” – Canyon coach Harry Welch, on Saturday’s rematch against Valencia. DID YOU KNOW? OFFBEAT While preparing to kick an extra-point against Valencia last week, Chino Hills was so concerned about Rickie Crouch (who has blocked five kicks this season), that a blocker was sent in motion from the right side to the left to double-team Crouch. The plan worked on Crouch, but Valencia’s Shane Vareen rushed in undisturbed from the abandoned right side to easily block the kick. OFF THE CHART Entering Saturday’s Canyon-Valencia matchup, the series is tied 5-5, but Canyon has won four of the past five meetings: 1996 – Canyon 34, Valencia 14 1997 – Valencia 34, Canyon 13 1998 – Valencia 12, Canyon 9 1999 – Valencia 47, Canyon 20 2000 – Valencia 21, Canyon 13 2001 – Canyon 26, Valencia 21 2002 – Canyon 20, Valencia 14 2003 – Canyon 52, Valencia 45 2004 – Valencia 42, Canyon 14 2005 – Canyon 49, Valencia 21 NUMBERS GAME 504 Valencia’s average yardage per game in two playoff games. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. II SEMIFINALS HART (10-2) vs. MISSION VIEJO (12-0) at College of the Canyons, tonight, 7:30 Player to watch: Chane Moline, RB, Mission Viejo. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is among the nation’s top players, but he hasn’t been used as frequently as last season, when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Moline this year has 1,034 yards and 25 TDs, one on a 96-yard run last week. “We’ve got to gang tackle him,” Hart coach Mike Herrington said. Outlook: Mission Viejo is Hart’s archrival after eliminating the Indians from the playoffs in 2002 and 2004, and this year the Diablos, ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today, are as strong as they’ve ever been. Hart is a heavy underdog, and it will take a near-perfect performance – and perhaps a few lucky breaks – to pull off an upset against a team that has won 67 of its past 68 games. “Mission Viejo is just strong at every position. There are no weaknesses,” Herrington said. “But anything is possible. We’re going to show up, and we’re going to play hard and see what happens.” Mission Viejo’s one loss since 2000 was a 25-7 defeat to Hart in the 2003 Div. II championship at Home Depot Center. Hart’s Tyler Lyon has passed for 1,732 yards and 12 TDs and scored seven TDs in nine games. Troy Yudin (57 catches, 11 TDs) and James Wheeler (46 receptions, one TD) are among four starters with 25 or more receptions. Yudin is questionable because of an ankle injury. Hart’s top defensive players are LBs Patrick Sarkissian (115 tackles), Chris Hickok and Griffin Cannon, DL Wilfred Aka and DBs Wheeler, Anthony Luna, Brandon Arndt and Adam Reyes. Mission Viejo’s R.J. Tolman has passed for 1,706 yards, and TE Konrad Reuland is among the nation’s top recruits. VALENCIA (9-3) at CANYON (11-1), Saturday, 7 p.m. Player to watch: Austin Civita, QB, Canyon. Civita (2,192 yards, 20 TDs) has been hot. In two playoff victories, he’s completed 69 percent of his passes for 507 yards and seven TDs, and he’s scored a TD. “Austin has been doing really well the whole season,” WR Richie Wirthlin said. “He’s got a mellow head on the field, he knows what he needs to do, and he does it. He’s a great leader.” Outlook: Canyon defeated Valencia by 28 points a month ago, but there’s a lot more on the line tonight. This game could be closer because Valencia continues to move around players on defense – JV call-up Michael Lien is starting at LB in place of Travis Quesada, who has switched to DL – and Valencia QB Michael Herrick is coming off a career-best 441 yards and four TDs last week. Canyon’s top player is RB J.J. DiLuigi, who scored five TDs against Valencia in the first meeting. The junior has rushed for 100 or more yards in seven consecutive games and set school single-season records for yardage (1,707) and TDs (39). Canyon also has a solid defense led by DLs Garrett Leary and Ben Armbruster, LBs Tyler Hawkins and Matt Brown, and DBs Randy Rigg, Michael Montano and Wirthlin. Canyon is bidding for its first championship appearance since 1988 after winning three successive titles from 1983 to 1985. Herrick, California’s all-time career yardage leader, has passed for 3,575 yards and 18 TDs after totaling 4,065 yards as a junior and 3,167 as a sophomore. Shane Vereen, a fast junior, leads Valencia in rushing (1,624 yards), receiving (47 catches, 5 TDs) and scoring (33 TDs). “Our kids are playing well right now, which is really good to see,” Valencia coach Larry Muir said. “We just need to find the right combination up front on defense.” DIVISION II PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND Mission Viejo 56, Saugus 0 Chino 42, Alta Loma 0 Los Osos 35, El Toro 14 Hart 32, Glendora 27 Chino Hills 34, Rancho Cucamonga 27 Valencia 61, Trabuco Hills 42 San Clemente 27, Upland 7 Canyon 49, Damien 21 QUARTERFINALS Mission Viejo 35, Chino 12 Hart 21, Los Osos 19 Valencia 51, Chino 34 Canyon 28, San Clemente 21 Note: Div. II championship at Home Depot Center in Carson on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgChelsea trail in the Europa League last-16 first leg after Raul Rusescu’s 35th-minute penalty.Steaua Bucharest, who are 12 points clear at the top of their domestic league, made a confident start in the Romanian capital and Alexandru Chipciu sent an early effort wide.The Blues stood firm and went close when Branislav Ivanovic headed a Frank Lampard corner wide.But they were soon on the back foot again and Ryan Bertrand impeded Rusescu, who converted the resulting spot-kick.Chelsea responded strongly and Steaua keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu produced saves to deny Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres shortly before the break.Interim manager Rafael Benitez made five changes to the Chelsea side, with John Terry, Torres, Benayoun, John Obi Mikel and Bertrand drafted in.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Lampard, Mikel; Benayoun, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Mata, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill, Azpilicueta.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers Josh and Lynne Schultz put more than eggs in their basket.They put greens, sweet corn, cabbages, carrots, eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes in it, too – to name just a few.Then they sell them directly to consumers through farmers markets and their own community supported agriculture program, or CSA.The Schultzes run Schultz Valley Farms in Lancaster in southeast Ohio, a 200-acre family farm that yields a virtual smorgasbord. Not just fresh vegetables but beef, oats, herbs, baked goods and maple syrup are some of its wares.“Josh and Lynne Shultz are amazing young producers,” said Jerry Iles, agriculture and natural resources educator with Ohio State University Extension’s Fairfield County office, also in Lancaster. “They have three young children, work off-farm jobs, and grow and sell a huge variety of products.“Their farm shows how diversified a direct marketing operation has to be to generate enough income to sustain a family business.”A tour of the farm on June 14 will feature its big range of products. Called the Diversified Vegetable Farm Tour, it’s from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 424 Zion Road SE in Lancaster, about 40 miles southeast of Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public.“I think what visitors will learn is the real time commitment and dedication it takes to manage a year-round, highly diversified farming operation,” said Iles, who’s organizing the tour as part of the statewide Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Six groups, including OSU Extension’s Sustainable Agriculture Team, are co-presenting the series. Iles is a member of the team.The tour will be part of another series, too: Fairfield County’s Local Foods Farm Tour Series, which also involves Iles as its coordinator.​High tunnelsIles said one of the keys for the Schultzes is using the structures called high tunnels. Also called hoop houses, they shelter crops, extend the growing season, and in doing so boost the farm’s production and income. The tour will show them in use.The Schultzes also direct-market freezer beef from their own cattle, eggs from their own chickens, maple syrup from trees on their farm, and cottage foods they’ve made themselves including candies, jams and jellies.In the end, Iles said he hopes touring the farm will “provide visitors with a great understanding of what it takes to grow and market a tremendous variety of farm products to consumers.”Registering for the event in advance is suggested. To register, call OSU Extension’s Fairfield County office at 740-652-7260 or email Kelly Scott in the office at scott.1863@osu.edu.The Schultzes have a website at schultzvalleyfarms.com. Details on the two farm tour series are at policy.oeffa.org/farmtours and go.osu.edu/2016FairfieldFarmTours.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) welcomes John Torres, CAE, as director of government and industry affairs. In this role Torres will oversee legislative activities for the organization on a statewide basis, including the coordination of legislative and regulatory actions.“Advocating for good policy is a fundamental reason our organization exists,” said Tadd Nicholson, the executive director of OCW. “John brings an extensive background in farm organizations, a great network and a diverse set of experiences that are sure to benefit Ohio Corn & Wheat.”Prior to joining OCW, Torres served for five years as the director of leadership development for American Farm Bureau Federation. He served the organization by working to assess the organizational development needs of state and county Farm Bureaus. Torres began his Farm Bureau career in 2006 as an organization director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Torres is an active volunteer. He served as a committee member for the Ohio State College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences capital campaign advisory committee, has been a volunteer mentor for Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs Washington Academic Internship Program and holds a seat on the FarmHouse International Fraternity executive board of directors.Torres grew up on a northwest Ohio grain farm, and was actively involved in agriculture participating in4-H and FFA. In addition, he also holds the American FFA Degree.A graduate of The Ohio State University, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and majored in agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in agricultural education.He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.last_img read more