Bikes and wooden mallets may sound like odd bedfellows, but the sport of bike polo is gaining popularity across the U.S. and beyond. There’s even an international federation for bike polo (Pakistan is a member) that’s pushing to get the hybrid sport into the 2012 Olympics—surprising, since most Americans have never even heard of the sport.Imagine the bourgeois game of polo—horses, mallets, striped jerseys, and white pants. Now substitute bikes for horses and chamois for riding pants, and you get bike polo. In spite of its unfamiliarity to most Americans, bike polo has been played in some form or another for more than 100 years. The British army used to play the Indian Maharajas in the early 1900s. The first international bike polo competition was held in 1901 (Ireland beat England 10 to 5). And yet, as a sport, it has managed to stay on the fringe, particularly here in the U.S.“Bike polo is not very organized,” says Bill Matheson, a world champion bike polo player from Aiken, S.C. and the vice president of the Bicycle Polo Association of America. “Equestrian polo players sign up with the polo association and play by the official association rules. With bike polo, it’s different. Everyone who starts a bike polo club makes up their own rules.”Fledgling bike polo leagues are popping up all over the Southeast. Richmond, Va. has a bike polo scene. So do Slatyfork, W.Va., and Asheville, N.C. Bike polo matches have even been known to break out on the lawn of the D.C. Mall.“More people are gravitating towards bikes,” says Minya James, founder of a new bike polo league in Chattanooga, Tenn. “This is another way to reinforce that choice. You’re riding your bike and playing a game. Everyone loves games.”DO IT YOURSELFFive things you need to know to start your own bike polo club:Any bike will work for bike polo, but most players ride singlespeed or fixed gear bikes.Bike polo is a non-contact sport. Right-of-way rules are established to keep the collisions to a minimum.The game is traditionally played on grass, but hardcourt (tennis and basketball courts) is the fastest growing version of the sport.Bike polo is played with four people on a team, moving the ball up and down the field. Each player is allowed three taps of the ball before he/she has to pass or shoot.You score by knocking the ball through the opposing team’s goal posts. There are no goalies, so games are high scoring.Learn more at bikepolo.com
Mabel Deaton, 99 of Milan passed away Saturday September 16, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Mabel was born Sunday March 10, 1918 in Gays Creek, KY, the daughter of Harlan and Elizabeth (Begley) Hacker. She married Joe R. Deaton February 3, 1937 and he preceded her in death August 20, 1991. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church on the Rock Assembly of God. She enjoyed spending time with her family.Mabel is survived by sons: James (Mary) Deaton and Joe Jr. (Sharon) Deaton both of Milan. 7 Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter: Joanie Deaton, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.Funeral services will be at 10AM on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral home with Rev. Roger Dean officiating. Visitation will be Monday 5-7PM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to her church: Church on the Rock Assembly of God. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street PO Box 243, Milan IN 47031, 812-654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family
University of Wisconsin volleyball travels to Texas this weekend for one of the toughest two-game stretches of its season.Away matches at No. 16 Texas A&M University (6-4 overall) and No. 2 University of Texas (8 overall) will test the No. 6 Badgers in every way imaginable. The Aggies and Longhorns will be the fourth and fifth teams ranked inside the top-18, which the Badgers will play only one month into the season.This will be Wisconsin’s (6-1 overall) second straight week on the road after finishing 1-1 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, during which the Badgers suffered their first defeat of the year — to then-No. 11, now No. 8 University of North Carolina. The tight 3-2 defeat ended Wisconsin’s perfect 5-0 start and dropped them from No. 2.Volleyball: Badgers stumble to No. 11 UNC in ACC/Big Ten ChallengeThe Wisconsin women’s volleyball team finished 1-1 this weekend in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 2-3 loss to the Read…Despite the drop, the Badgers are focused on this upcoming stretch and ready to climb back up to the top of the rankings.In the first matchup of the weekend, Wisconsin takes on Texas A&M in College Station Friday night. The Aggies are hungry and still looking for an early, marque non-conference win. A&M has struggled against top-name talent so far this year, with each of their losses coming at the hands of top-16 teams. Wisconsin should match up pretty well against the Aggies, as its has a more experienced and physically imposing net presence.To close out the two-week away stretch, the Badgers head to Austin for a high-powered matchup with Texas. While Wisconsin looks to steal another top-10 road win after beating then-No. 6 Hawaii, the match is more important for the relatively unproven Longhorns, who have no ranked wins this year.Volleyball: Freshman Molly Haggerty shines as Wisconsin rolls to hot startWhile pre-season All-American seniors Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson are the cornerstone for the squad’s initial dominance, freshman Molly Haggerty Read…Texas’ sole loss came in a 0-3 sweep against No. 1 University of Nebraska, and a win on Sunday would cement its top-5 ranking. The two squads seem to be relatively even-matched and the game should make for an absolute battle in all respects.The Badgers are expecting to see the return of freshman outside hitter Molly Haggerty, who was sidelined in last Sunday’s 3-0 win over University of Louisville due to a minor ankle sprain. Sophomore outside hitter Lauryn Gillis also missed time this last weekend, but is less likely to see the court after going down with a mild ankle sprain against North Carolina.The road test will be a significant early indicator as to whether this upstart Wisconsin team is going to last through their brutal schedule.