Q&A with ASU: Behind enemy lines

first_imgRedshirt sophomore receiver Tyler Vaughns scored two touchdowns against ASU last year on Oct. 28. (Daily Trojan file photo)With Saturday’s face-off quickly approaching, the Daily Trojan got an inside look at ASU’s tactics through a conversation with State Press football beat writer Jacob Rosenfarb.Daily Trojan: Do you think that Arizona State’s 4-3 record is an accurate reflection of their performance thus far?Jacob Rosenfarb: While a 3-4 record isn’t ideal after seven games, it’s relatively indicative of the Sun Devils’ performance. If a few plays go different in each of Arizona State’s four one-score losses, they are looking at a very different season, but overall this is a pretty average football team. DT: Who are the players on each side of the ball for the Sun Devils that USC fans should look out for?JR: On the offensive side, Arizona State possesses a high-caliber group of wide receivers highlighted by junior N’Keal Harry. Standing at 6-foot-4 with breakaway speed, Harry is one of the more electric players in the conference and will likely see his name called in the first round of this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. Defensively, the Sun Devils feature a number of intriguing starters, one of whom is true freshman linebacker Merlin Robertson. Thrown in the fire since week one, Robertson has played with a poise typically reserved for players three years his senior. Look for him to make an impact up the middle in the run game, then shift to the edge come third down to rush the passer. DT: The Sun Devils are winless on the road. What makes road games such a struggle for them, and do you expect this loss streak to continue against the Trojans?JR: Arizona State’s 0-3 record on the road is disappointing, but much of that has to do with the opponent rather than the Sun Devils’ performance. Washington, Colorado and San Diego State are all at worst equal in talent level to Arizona State, and in the Huskies’ and Buffs’ cases, significantly more talented.While crucial mistakes cost the Sun Devils chances in each of their road losses this season, it’s still a stretch to imagine they pull all three out. DT: All of ASU’s losses have come by 7 points, and they are 1-4 in one-possession games. Why do the Sun Devils have issues in close contests?JR: I don’t believe Arizona State has problems in close games per say, they are just the type of team to play in a lot of them. Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins is one of the least turnover-prone quarterbacks in the country, only throwing two interceptions to his 11 touchdowns. But, the defense has struggled at taking away the ball, only registering seven turnovers all season. Almost every game the Sun Devils have played this season have come down to ball control and time of possession, and that’s how they find themselves at 3-4. DT: Which team will walk away with the win?JR: As concerning as the Trojans’ quarterback situation currently looks, I don’t believe the Sun Devils have the ability to capitalize, so I’m picking a USC victory. Like all of Arizona State’s games this season, I anticipate another close matchup but ultimately I believe the Trojans will come away with the victory, 28-21.last_img read more

Suspended prison sentence for woman accused of taking over $50K from Forest City business

first_imgFOREST CITY — It’s a suspended prison sentence for a Titonka woman who embezzled over $50,000 from a Forest City business.50-year-old Amy Richter was originally charged with one count of first-degree theft and two counts of forgery after a criminal complaint accused her of taking more than $51,000 from Eddy’s Glass and Door by using company credit cards, house charge accounts, payroll claim advances and company checking accounts to purchase goods and services for her personal use.Richter as part of a plea agreement pleaded guilty to the first-degree theft charge, with the two forgery counts being dismissed.She was sentenced on Tuesday by District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt to a suspended 10-year prison sentence and placed on five years probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the business.last_img read more

Lacey Hosts Ethnic Celebration

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of Lacey The community is invited to celebrate and experience the sights, sounds, and cultures from around the world at Lacey’s Ethnic Celebration on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Center. The free event features entertainment, displays, and activities that provide an opportunity to share and learn about a wide variety of cultures.Three stages showcase dancers, drummers, and bands throughout the day. Tears of Joy Theatre, based out of Portland, Oregon, will offer a special live performance of “Coyote Tales” at 3 p.m. The piece is a compilation of two hilarious stories performed with puppets, masks, and costumes inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American art. The Celebration also includes over 50 booths, including food and craft vendors, resource booths, and hands-on children’s activities. Live demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day in the Worthington Center, including topics like Origami, Drums of West Africa, and Bonsai, as well as a few food demonstrations. The Passport Activity for children is back again this year. The first 500 kids to complete their passport by visiting various “countries” at the event will receive a prize! Kids can pick up their Passports in the Pavilion lobby, while supplies last.A festival of music, dance, food, and crafts, the Ethnic Celebration showcases our region’s global talent.A variety of groups and businesses help make the Ethnic Celebration possible including Saint Martin’s University, Lacey Collision, Olympia Federal Savings, Molina Healthcare, Showcase Magazine, and 94.5 ROXY.For a complete schedule of events, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us. For more information, please call the Lacey Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.last_img read more