North Mac claims Macoupin County title – The State Journal-Register

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.

Mount Olive beat Gillespie 58-45 for fifth place.

Tigers reclaim MAC wrestling title – Columbia Daily Tribune

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.

Baseball

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.

University at Buffalo women’s basketball downs reigning MAC champs Toledo – Buffalo News

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.

Video: Apple’s iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro – photo editing comparison (Part 2) – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

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.

Apple iMac Pro and 2013 Mac Pro desktop computers

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.

iMac Pro Lightroom photo import benchmark

Next, we exported the 50 images to JPEG with standard sharpening for displays. The iMac Pro was about 35 percent faster.

Apple iMac Pro photo export benchmarks

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.

Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro Export to DNG benchmarks

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.

Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro Adobe Lightroom Preview benchmarks

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.

Apple iMac Pro Mac Pro open photos benchmark

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.

Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro HDR benchmarks

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.

Apple iMac Pro and Mac Pro photo noise reduction benchmark

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.

Apple 2013 Mac Pro desktop computer

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.

For more info on the iMac Pro, please see our comprehensive review. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the third and fourth installments in this series.

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Road Warriors: CMU Women Improve To 7-0 In MAC – Central Michigan University Chippewas

CMU senior Tinara Moore scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday, sparking the Chippewas to a MAC victory at Akron.


Jan. 20, 2018


Box Score

Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

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.”

MAC selects new trustee – Daily Journal Online

Mineral Area College has announced the selection of Camille Nations of Bismarck to fill the vacancy left following the recent death of long-time trustee Dr. Don VanHerck who first came to the board in 1974 and whose last meeting was in September.
Nations will be sworn in at the Feb. 15 trustees meeting as the Subdistrict 5 representative on the board. She will be joining Subdistrict 1’s Scott Sikes of Fredericktown; Subdistrict 2’s Lisa Umfleet of Bonne Terre; Subdistrict 3’s Jerry Sullivan of Farmington; Subdistrict 4’s Harvey Faircloth of Park Hills; and At Large Trustee Alan Wells.
Full terms last six years on the MAC Board of Trustees.
According to MAC president, Dr. Steve Kurtz, three citizens threw their hats into the ring to fill out VanHerck’s latest term, which began last April. It had been difficult for the trustees to choose a finalist from among the candidates.
“Each of them had so much to offer MAC,” he said. “The board took quite a bit of time to weigh their many qualifications and compare it to where MAC is and where the college is headed in the future. Ms. Nations will make a great addition to the board and we’re looking forward to the experience and perspectives she brings with her.”
Nations attended the community college after graduating from Bismarck High School. She said that being awarded both music and volleyball scholarship was a tremendous benefit in making her college experience more affordable and enriching.
“I’ve used my platform as a music educator — both in the classroom for 20 years and now as a vocal instructor to promote MAC,” she said. “I’ve always felt a calling to encourage and support students who never felt they could attend college due to financial struggles.
“The skills that students need to have a quality life as adults are dependent upon opportunities for affordable education. MAC remains the perfect choice, it was attainable and a great stepping stone for kids who didn’t think that college could ever be in their future. It’s so important that we have a college for that reason.”
Nations said she thrived under the instruction of Michael and Pat O’Brien, two legendary music instructors at the school, earning Music Student of the Year in 1984. She also played volleyball for the late coach JoAnn Owens, gaining a spot on the 1984 All Region Team.
Following her time at MAC, Nations transferred to Southwest Missouri State University and went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1986. She taught music for grades 6-12 in the Central School District for 19 years and retired in 2008.
According to Nations, it was her lifelong “passion for education” that led her to seek the open position on the board.
“The world is rapidly changing and MAC, as a leader in our community, needs to be ready and in position to serve its students, as well as business and industry,” she said. “I want to be a part of that mission.
“I loved Dr. VanHerck — we were friends. I’m intrigued to be part of the board of trustees. Granted, I’ll have a lot to learn, but I’m excited and humbled to get on with the business of keeping our college vital and experience growth and success.”

【解説アリ】Mac買うなら今がチャンス!整備済製品に大量のMacが追加されたぞ – かみあぷ

お世辞にも安い商品とは言えないMac、数年は使い続けるワケで機能面から言っても妥当な価格設定ではあるのですが、ポンっと簡単に買える商品ではありませんね。

そんなMacを安く買える「整備済製品」がAppleに大量追加されていたので、この商品が一体何なのかの説明も踏まえつつご紹介したいと思います。

整備済製品って何?

Appleは不定期にMacやiPad、iPodやApple TVの「整備済製品」を専用のページに追加・公開しています。

この「整備済製品」とは、店頭に展示していたものや返品されたもの、初期不良商品をAppleが修理調整し、新品水準並みの品質テストをクリアしたいわゆる「新古品」的な商品ですね。

メリットは単純にある程度安く買える事で、商品によりますが最大15%ほど定価より安く買える事。

例えば昨年6月に発売された「13インチMacbook Pro」なら、定価から23,760円引き(15%OFF)された120,800円で購入できてしまいます。

もちろんデメリットもあり、完全な新品ではない事、海外から発送される場合がある事、梱包が通常と異なる簡易版である事といった点が挙げられるでしょう。

ただ通常値引きがされる事のないMacを割引価格で手に入れられる事、保証サービスなどは新品を購入した時と同様である事を考えれば、メリットの方が大きいようにも思います。

そんな「整備済製品」のMacが記事執筆時点で47個も掲載されており、早い者勝ちな点から考えてもMac購入を考えている人にとってはチャンスと言えるでしょう。

商品ラインナップを見てみたい方、実際に購入を検討している方はコチラのリンクから「整備済製品」ページにアクセスしてみてください。

まとめ

筆者は年末にMacでトラブルがあり、その時覗いた時は数台しかなくスペックの問題で諦めて修理したのですが、47個もあると探してたスペックのものもあって買ってしまいそうです。

商品は注文確定次第どんどん減ってしまうので、Macの購入を考えている方はお早めに!

▶︎:Mac整備済製品

Minecraftで関数使ったプログラミングに挑戦!

Hour of Codeで学ぶプログラミング基礎の基礎
第24回

エージェントへの命令作りをとおしてプログラミングを学ぶ

2018年01月20日 17時30分更新

文● 小野哲生 編集●吉田ヒロ

 今回は、前回に引き続きエージェントへの命令作りを通してプログラミングを学ぶ「Hero’s Journey」コースを紹介します。

パズル7:エージェントを動かして橋を作りダイヤのピッケルまでたどり着く

 レベル7では、ダイヤモンドもダイヤのシャベルも水に隔てられて行くことができません。エージェントが橋を作るプログラムを作っていきましょう。

 すでに3マスぶんの橋を作るプログラムが用意されています。まずはダイヤモンドを取りに行きたいので「右にまがる」を「くりかえし3回 やること」の下につなぎます。

 その下に「前にすすむ」をつなぎます。

 エージェントの向きを変えたいので「右にまがる」をつなぎます。

 エージェントはダイヤのピッケルの方を向いていますが3マスぶんの橋が足りません。「くりかえし5回 やること」をつないで回数を3回に変更します。

 用意されていたプログラムでは、前に進んだ後に樫の木の板を置きました。ここではエージェントのいるマスでも置く必要がありますので「置く 樫の木の板」を繰り返しブロック内に追加します。

 樫の木の板を置いたら前進して橋を延長しましょう。「前にすすむ」を繰り返しブロック内の「置く 樫の木の板」の下に追加します。

 完成したら「実行」ボタンをタップしましょう。エージェントがダイヤモンドのあるところで向きを変えて対岸まで橋を作り、ダイヤモンドを取りに行けるようになりました。矢印ボタンでAlexを操作してダイヤモンドを取ってダイヤのピッケルまで行きましょう。

 これでパズル7をクリアできました。コードを表示して今回作ったプログラムを見てみましょう。moveForward( ); と placeBlock( “planksOak” ); の順番が、最初の繰り返しと2つ目の繰り返しで異なります。前進してから置くのか置いてから前進するのか、少しの違いですが、まったく異なる結果になります。「次へ」をタップしてレベル8に進みましょう。




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LOCAL ROUNDUP: MU wrestling claims MAC regular season title – Columbia Missourian

The No. 3 Missouri wrestling team defeated No. 17 Central Michigan 29-6 to secure the MAC regular season dual championship on Friday night.
The victory improved the Tigers’ record to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in conference competition, securing the title with one conference meet left in Missouri’s schedule.
This is the team’s third MAC title since joining the conference in 2012. Overall this season, MU has outscored MAC opponents 217-31.

The Tigers next meet will be Jan. 27 at Oklahoma State.

MU track & field begins Vanderbilt Invitational

Valeria Kostiuk and Karissa Roman finished second and third in the women’s high jump, respectively, to lead Missouri on Day 1 of the Vanderbilt Invitational at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility in Nashville, Tenn.
In other notable performances for the Tigers, Patrick Kunza finished sixth in the men’s weight throw, Maya Cody and Ellyn Atkinson came in eighth in the women’s 200-meter and 5000-meter, respectively, and Landon Cuskelly finished ninth in the men’s high jump.
The meet will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Rock Bridge boys basketball wins invitational

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team defeated Park Hill South 72-71 in overtime to claim the North Kansas Invitational on Friday night.
Isiaih Mosley led the Bruins with 18 points, while Jamonta Black scored 17, Drew Boswell registered 14 and Noah Patrick hit 10 in an even performance.
The Bruins are back in action against East High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kansas City.

Hickman boys fall to St. Joseph Central

The Hickman boys basketball team came up short in the seventh-place playoff of the C.W. Stessman Invitational, losing 54-46 on Friday.
Jarvis Jennings was the top scorer for the Kewpies with 16 points.
Hickman returns to the court to face Parkway South at 6:20 p.m. Saturday in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena.

Tolton drops home game

Tolton boys basketball fell to a 79-55 defeat at the hands of Sikeston on Friday night.
The Trailblazers next play in a local contest against Battle at 7:55 p.m. Saturday in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena.

Battle drops road game

Like their opponents on Saturday, the Spartans boys basketball team dropped their game on Friday night, losing 65-47 on the road to Smith-Cotton.
Battle is back in action on Saturday against Tolton.

Office for Mac is adding real-time collaborative editing – The Verge

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac has been updated to version 16.9 with new features for its suite of programs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. The update includes real-time collaborative editing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Multiple people can work on a document at the same time, and thumbnails in the corner of the window show who else is also working on that same document with you. You can also track and identify who is making changes by following the flag icons that appear.

Another new feature for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is automatic cloud saves for documents, worksheets, and presentations, which Microsoft says sync in seconds. There’s also a version history function that lets you see the changes and access earlier versions of a document. In addition to these features, users can now quickly access your most regularly used sites and groups via the Open menu.

Excel now has more charts, functions, and better support for PivotTable charts. Formulas you enter into your spreadsheet will also update faster through multi-threaded calculation when values are changed. PowerPoint gets an option to trim and remove unwanted content from the beginning or end of an audio or video clip, a QuickStarter function that creates a presentation with various designs, and an outline of talking points for your topic. You can use your mouse as a laser pointer, too.

Finally, Outlook now allows you to use swipe gestures to organize your inbox. Just swipe left with two fingers across your touchpad to archive, or right to delete. Outlook also now supports Google Calendar and Contacts. Microsoft launched Office 2016 for Mac in 2015 and since then has undergone regular feature and security updates. Microsoft previously launched an Office 365 toolbar for macOS last year.