GIRARD — North Mac High School edged Piasa Southwestern 48-44 and won its third title in six years at the Macoupin County Tournament on Saturday.
The win over the Birds was huge. North Mac (9-8) not only took down the 2017 Macoupin County champion, but it knocked off a team with a 14-6 record. The icing on the cake was Zayne Langellier and Sam Mount being named to the five-player all-tournament team.
North Mac won its fourth title in the last eight years in the tournament.
In the third-place game, Staunton held off Carlinville 40-39. The Bulldogs’ Brady Kinder received all-tourney honors.
Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith remembers the disappointment he felt after Missouri finished second in last season’s Mid-American Conference regular-season standings.
Before the No. 3 Tigers took on No. 17 Central Michigan on Friday, the coach wanted his wrestlers to remember it, too.
“I reminded the team of the feeling last year after we didn’t win the dual title, how much of a letdown that was and how much it hurt,” Smith said in a statement. “We didn’t want that to happen again.”
Smith got his wish. Missouri stormed to a 29-6 victory over the Chippewas, clinching the MAC regular-season title. The Tigers have outscored conference opponents 217-31 in dual meets this season.
Redshirt junior Grant Leeth highlighted Missouri’s victory, beating Justin Oliver with a late takedown. Oliver is ranked No. 3 nationally in the 149-pound weight class, and Leeth pounded his chest as he marched off the mat.
“It was a tough match that came down to the end, but Grant found a way to win the match,” Smith said.
Redshirt sophomore Jaydin Eierman also defeated a top-10 opponent, knocking off No. 10 Mason Smith.
The Tigers have a huge dual meet coming up Saturday. They’ll take on No. 5 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.
Swimming and diving
The Missouri men and women defeated Missouri State on Saturday in Springfield. The women won 146-88, and the men came out on top 138-98.
Sophomore Nick Alexander won the 200-yard individual medley and 200 backstroke, and junior Kyle Goodwin took first in both diving events. On the women’s side, senior Sharli Brady won the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly. She also finished second in the 500 freestyle.
Missouri senior and U.S. National Team member Hannah Stevens did not compete. The team has not announced why. Senior All-American Kira Zubar also did not swim at the meet.
Former Tigers standout Austin Tribby will join coach Steve Bieser’s staff as a graduate manager.
Tribby is ranked fifth in Missouri history with 91 pitching appearances, and the left-hander was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2016. He will be returning to Columbia with plans to earn his master’s degree.
“He is going to be a great guy to have around as our pitchers can really lean on him for advice and mentorship,” Bieser said in a statement.
Track and field
Missouri junior Valeria Kostiuk finished second in the high jump Friday at the Vanderbilt Invitational, matching her season best jump by clearing 5 feet, 8¾ inches. Fellow Tiger Karissa Roman finished third in the same event, which featured 26 competitors.
Kostiuk competed at Butler Community College in her first two seasons, winning the 2017 NJCAA indoor national title in the high jump.
Redshirt senior Megan Cunningham also had a strong meet, finishing third in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 19.07 seconds. The time was the fifth fastest in program history.
The University at Buffalo to march out to its best start in its women’s basketball history.
Eighteen games into the season, the Bulls are 15-3 and 6-1 in the Mid-American Conference. They’ve won four straight after defeating the defending MAC champion Toledo, 87-69, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
UB is on pace for a fifth straight winning season and a winning record in conference play for the fourth time in five seasons. The Bulls are top 30 in RPI and a serious contender to win the MAC Tournament at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena in March.
But there’s still a long way to go before the team is ready to think about that.
“We’re happy but never satisfied,” UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. “I like what we have right now. I like the energy, the camaraderie we have. I really love that we can have fun but we can lock into our focus very quickly.”
The team’s camaraderie was on display postgame with guards Stephanie Reid and Cierra Dillard, who both had games to remember against Toledo. Reid notched 10 assists, totaling five more than she needed to break the UB for career assists. Dillard, in her first year at UB after transferring from UMass, scored a career-high 30 points.
Neither hyped up their achievements. Instead, they pushed the focus to others.
“It’s really just a big credit to my teammates, my coaches and everybody that’s helped me along the way,” Reid said. “You can’t do assists without your teammates. … It’s a great personal achievement, but it’s part of the team.”
“It comes easy when you have the team we have,” said Dillard, who is averaging 15.1 points per game. “You have to stop Stephanie, you have to stop Kat (Katherine Ups), you have to stop Summer (Hemphill), you have to stop Cassie (Oursler) and our bench is so deep. It’s hard to stop us when we’re clicking.”
While the Bulls were able to clear their bench in the 18-point victory Saturday, the Rockets gave them a fright in the second half.
UB looked in control at the end of the second quarter, ending with a 9-0 run to go into the locker room with a 40-27 lead. Toledo slowly chipped away in the third, getting it as close as 51-47 with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. The Bulls responded with three baskets and a pair of free throws, but held only an eight-point lead at the start of the fourth.
“I saw us losing ourselves and looking at the opponent,” Legette-Jack said. “When you start noticing the opponent that’s coming behind you and keep looking back you lose sight of what’s going forward. We just kind of had a timeout and said, ‘Remember, our focus is about us. It’s not about them. It’s about our story.’”
The Bulls had another run in them. UB scored 28 points in the fourth, the most scored in a quarter by either team Saturday. After hitting the first two baskets of the fourth, the Bulls kept ahead by at least nine points the rest of the way. UB extended the Rockets’ deficit to as high as 19.
Dillard scored 11 in the fourth, surpassing the 20-point mark for the third consecutive game.
“Our home crowd was unbelievable,” Dillard said. “They were really behind us. We never felt like we were really down. We never felt like we were in trouble because of our home crowd. … In that third quarter, when it got like the MAC Conference is, it got tough, they came through and we came through.”
The Bulls have a full week to prepare for their next outing, a Saturday afternoon battle with Eastern Michigan at Alumni Arena.
In the second part of our series, we put Apple’s $5,000 iMac Pro to the test against one of the most popular configurations of the Mac Pro to see how much of a performance difference you can expect when editing photos. We’ll also explore the upgradability of both systems.
In our last video, we looked at a variety of benchmarks and talked about specs. If you missed it you can watch part 1 here. In this video, we’ll be comparing the two Macs in a photo editing environment using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Plus, we’ll also talk about upgradability.
Testing Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, we imported 50 42-megapixel RAW images. On lower end machines, like our 13-inch MacBook Pro, these high-resolution RAW images can really be a drag. Both the Mac Pro and the iMac Pro handled them in a reasonable amount of time. With that said, the iMac Pro was nearly 60% faster.
Next, we exported the 50 images to JPEG with standard sharpening for displays. The iMac Pro was about 35 percent faster.
We then tested converting the 50 42-megapixel RAW images to DNG files. In that scenario, the iMac Pro was about 15 percent faster, taking 58 seconds to complete the task.
To finish off the test, we generated 1:1 previews for all 50 images. The iMac Pro finished in 57 seconds, just over 35 percent faster than the Late 2013 Mac Pro.
During standard photo editing, the iMac Pro did seem a bit snappier, especially when zooming in on a high resolution image, or applying noise reduction. With that said, its not a big difference, and the iMac Pro still has a short amount of UI lag that Lightroom is known for.
We ran multiple tests in the latest release of Photoshop, with the most difficult being a nine-shot 42-megapixel RAW bracketed sequence for HDR.
While the iMac Pro did open the high resolution images almost 60% quicker, our cylindrical Mac Pro created the HDR image 38 seconds faster. If you’re constantly merging a lot of high megapixel RAW images, this difference could be worth staying with your Mac Pro, or choosing a higher end iMac Pro, like a 10-core model.
We also ran a series of less demanding filters and corrections and there was practically no real world difference.
When applying noise reduction to a 42-megapixel RAW file shot at 12,800 ISO, meaning it had a ton of noise, the iMac Pro came in almost 60% faster.
If you don’t edit a lot of images, these speed improvements may not mean a lot to you, but if you’re working with very high resolution RAW images, like the new 100MP Phase One, or if you’re a photographer that processes thousands of RAW files, the speed improvements are gladly accepted.
Now onto upgradability. The iMac Pro features a fully sealed design, meaning you can’t access the memory slots or anything else. With that said, the only major component that isn’t upgradable is the graphics card, which is mated to the motherboard.
On the other hand, the Mac Pro does have graphics cards that are socketed, so in theory they could have been upgradeable, but since Apple never released upgrade options, it’s a moot point.
For other upgrades, the Mac Pro’s metal casing comes off quite easily by first using the switch to unlock it and then simply lifting it off. This reveals the RAM slots and SSDs, which can easily be upgraded. The CPU is also socketed, but swapping it out requires a whole teardown of the machine, thus voiding the warranty.
The same is true for the iMac Pro —users can upgrade the processor, RAM and SSDs, but you’ll need to separate the glued display from the chassis. This will void your warranty if you do it yourself. You can also take the iMac Pro to an Apple Store or a certified service center to have it taken apart, but upgrades offered by Apple are limited to RAM only.
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AKRON, Ohio – A long week, two hard-fought victories, and now a well-deserved break.
Tinara Moore scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday as the Central Michigan women’s basketball team downed pesky Akron, 95-86, in a Mid-American Conference game at the Zips’ Rhodes Arena.
The win capped a week for the Chippewas that began with a three-point grind-it-out win on Wednesday at Northern Illinois, and it lifted CMU to 15-3, 7-0 MAC. The Chippewas play host to rival Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 27 (1 p.m.).
CMU got all they could handle from both the Huskies and the Zips, the latter of which is winless (0-7) in MAC play. But getting an opponent’s best shot is something the Chippewas – the preseason league favorite and the last remaining unbeaten team in conference play – have gotten accustomed to.
“Give our kids a lot of credit for the responding against an NIU team on Wednesday and then we got a great effort out of Akron,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “Talk about a target and we’re getting everybody’s best game. We’re just happy to be home. We picked up two road wins and now we’re happy that we have a break and then we have Western coming in.”
Moore, a senior forward, recorded her eighth double-double of the season. She hit seven of her 10 field goal attempts, including three of four from 3-point range. The three triples is a career high.
Reyna Frost added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Chippewas, Presley Hudson had 17 points and tied her season-high with nine assists – against just two turnovers – and Micaela Kelly finished with 14 points.
The Chippewas made 52.2 percent of their field goal attempts and finished 14 of 34 from 3-point range. The 14 triples tied their season high.
Frost made two 3-pointers as she and Moore, who team to form the league’s best frontcourt duo, finished five of seven from beyond the arc.
“Think about what that does to the other team,” Guevara said. “They score on the block, they score from the high post, and now they’re both making threes.”
Shaunay Edmonds scored 21 points to lead Akron, which is 6-12 overall.
The Chippewas led for all but 37 seconds of the game, but was never able to pull out to a comfortable lead and put away the Zips. CMU led by 16 points with just over six minutes to play, but Akron drew to within five, 83-78, with under 3 minutes remaining.
The Chippewas went on a 7-2 spurt capped by a Hudson jumper with 1:00 left to restore the lead to double digits, 90-80. The Zips never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
“Defensively we need to do a better job,” Guevara said. “They average 64 points a game. This is where we have to do a better job mentally. It’s not about the team we’re playing, it’s about us.”