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WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Germany’s Kerber upsets Serena in quarterfinals


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MASON, OHIO — In every tennis tournament, there will be upsets.

On Friday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, there was one in the women’s quarterfinals.

Angelique Kerber (photo by robbiesaurus, Mario Zamic via wikipedia commons)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the 5th seed, took Serena Williams out of her game, winning 6-4, 6-4 in the day’s first action.

Williams has had a fantastic 2012 season, with a 19-match winning streak, 36 wins in her last 37 matches and has won titles in Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford and Olympics.

But on Friday, Kerber had an answer for everything Serena sent her way.

Serena Williams ( photo)

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Kayla Peterson, West Liberty-Salem High School Volleyball

Kayla Peterson

People often send me information on which high school student-athletes to interview for radio and the website. I usually end up with over 150 or so for potential interviews.

With the help of my wife, we try to pick out the most interesting. This time we picked a volleyball player because I have not done very many interviews on the sport or with many players who play the sport in my 30-plus years as a broadcaster/reporter.

We chose Kayla Peterson, senior of the West Liberty-Salem Tigers Volleyball team. I had been told since she was a freshman, that she is an excellent interview. I found out, she is outstanding!

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Kayla not only concluded a successful career for the Tigers, but a successful senior season. She recorded 526 assists, 188 kills, 74 aces, 272 digs as the team’s setter and outside hitter. Also in 2010, she was selected Ohio Heritage Conference Player of the Year, Division III District 9 Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-Ohio honors.

West Liberty-Salem High School

With all of those great stats and accolades, Division I College Volleyball coaches would be calling. I’m sure they did, but Kayla said that she did not want to go to a big school. She was looking at a program that had a good team, had solid academics and teammates who get along and have fun, and a school and town that is small like West Liberty, Ohio.

Kayla has chosen Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. The Battlers are an NCAA Division II  liberal arts

(courtesy of Alderson-Broaddus College)

school with 800 students, which is affiliated with American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

The Rural school, nicknamed the Battlers, was established in 1871 with the motto of “Learning to Succeed, Learning to Serve.”

The athletics teams nickname of the “Battlers” which is derived from the 1861 Battle of Philippi. Their colors are blue and gold and they compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which includes: Bluefield State, Charleston, Concord University, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan University and Wheeling Jesuit University; all told, a 15-school conference.

(courtesy of WVIAC)

Alderson-Broaddus has several notable alumni:

* Lt. General John E. Jackson, President of Fork Union Military Academy.

* Richard F. Wilson, President of Illinois Wesleyan University.

* Major General Jessica L. Wright, first woman Adjunct General of Pennsylvania National Guard. The second woman to hold this position in the United States.

* Ed Schrock, United States Congressman, a Republican from Virginia, 2001-2005.

Kayla says that she’ll be a setter in college and is looking forward to being in a role that has been trained to do.

The Alderson-Broaddus finished tied for third in the WVIAC at 23-14 overall, 11-3 in the league. The Lady Battlers were 8-2 at home, 7-5 away, 8-7 on neutral courts. The kingpin of the conference is Wheeling Jesuit at 33-5 overall, 14-0 in the league; Fairmont State finished second at 20-10 overall, 12-2 in the WVIAC and Charleston at 19-10 overall and 11-3 in the WVIAC.

Kayla Peterson is pleased with her decision and she should be a good fit as Alderson-Broaddus drives for the WVIAC Volleball championship in the years to come.

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Crew signs forward Tom Heinemann

Tom Heinemann newest Crew member (Charleston Battery photo)

The Columbus Crew has been busy trying to firm up their roster as training camp is about to begin for 2011.

The team now has 17 players under contract as former minor league forward Tom Heinemann agreed to play for the Crew.

The 6-foot-4 Heinemann scored 14 goals for third-division champion Charleston and second-division runner-up Carolina last season.

The native of St. Louis, Missouri, spent the 2009 preseason with the Crew, but did not make the roster.

The 23-year-old, started for Charleston in a 3-0 loss to the Crew in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal in July.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 30, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday, December 30, the 364th day of 2010. There is one day left in the year.


* On December 30, 1860, 10 days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the U.S. Arsenal in Charleston, completing a takeover of all federal property in the city except Fort Sumpter.

* In 1813, the British burned Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.

* In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy 45,000 square miles from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

* In 1936, the United Auto Workers union launched it first “sit-down” strike, at the Fisher Body Plant number 1 in Flint, Michigan.

* In 1940, California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.

* In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

* In 2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein hand been hanged; victims of his three decades of autocratic rule took to the streets in celebration.


Today show co-host Meredith Vieira is 57 today (photo by Daniel Flather via Wikipedia Commons)

Today Show co-host Matt Lauer is 53 today. He is pictured with Russian president Vladimir Putin. (photo permission is from via Wikipedia Commons)

75 SANDY KOUFAX, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher who attended the University of Cincinnati.

65 DAVY JONES, singer from the group, The Monkees.

57 MEREDITH VIEIRA, Today show co-host with Matt Lauer.

54 SUZY BOGGUSS, country singer.

53 MATT LAUER, Today show co-host with Meredith Viera and Ohio University graduate.

49 SEAN HANNITY, controversial radio-TV talk show commentator.

35 TIGER WOODS, PGA Tour golfer.

32 TYRESE GIBSON, singer-actor.

30 ELIZA DUSHKU, actress who played on the TV show Tru Calling where she played medical student Tru Davies.

30 TIM LOPEZ, rock musician of the group Plain White T’s.