Doctors from Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center will conduct a medical mission at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose, Antique on Jan. 30 to 31. The medical mission is intended to benefit the sick indigents of the province. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY She added that aside from the medicalcheckup, major surgeries and dental procedures will also be conducted. “Those who would need surgicaloperation would have to undergo a diagnostic test and pre-operation procedureso they have to visit the ASMGH early,” she said. Integrated Provincial Health OfficerDr. Ric Noel Naciongayo on Monday encouraged indigents who wanted to seekmedical help to visit the ASMGH for free medical assessment on Jan. 30 and 31. SAN JOSE, Antique – IndigentAntiqueños who need medical help are encouraged to have themselves listed atthe Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in this capital town for atwo-day medical mission. The doctors, who will arrive at theASMGH on Jan. 29, are from the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Sta.Cruz, Manila. Meanwhile, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao saidthe medical mission will include around 20 doctors from Manila with variousspecializations on endocrine glands; ears, nose and throat; and ophthalmology. “The IPHO with the ASMGH doctors arenow assisting patients who would like to avail of the medical mission,”Naciongayo said. “Patients will be attended on afirst-come, first-served basis so come early on Jan. 30 to 31,” added Cadiao.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The two-day activity will be aone-time, big-time medical mission,” Cadiao said.
A week after sweeping a pair of traditional Big Ten foes, the Wisconsin volleyball team will head east to face the two newest members of the conference.The No. 16 Badgers (10-4, 2-2) enter Friday’s match against Rutgers (3-13, 0-4) riding a two-game winning streak after starting league play 0-2, and play the first of five road games over the next two weeks against a feisty Scarlet Knights squad.Head coach Kelly Sheffield was pleased with the team’s performance last week.“Coming out of the weekend, I felt like [those were] probably our two best matches as far as our serve receive goes,” Sheffield said. “I think certainly [we’re] happy to see that our passing game continues to make strides.”That passing attack, led by junior setter Lauren Carlini, has excelled in recent weeks due to the surge in performance of outside hitters Kelli Bates and Lauryn Gillis.The two attackers have been playing well the past few matches, both averaging over three kills per set.But it’s been the emergence of redshirt junior Romana Kriskova to the Badgers frontline that has really pushed the Badgers’ attack to full speed.Kriskova had a game-high 15 kills against Illinois last Wednesday and built on that impressive performance against Northwestern with a team-high .350 hitting percentage in addition to her team-best six blocks.Sheffield said Monday that despite Kriskova’s improved performance, she can get even better.“The good thing is she’s put together a few good matches, but there’s a lot more in her game,” Sheffield said. “She’s getting better, but she’s got a way to go from where I think she’s going to end up being for us.”The Badgers will need her presence Friday as they play a Rutgers team desperate to get in the win column.Despite their slow start to conference play, the Scarlet Knights showed improvement in a tough loss at Indiana last week. The Badgers should be particularly weary of senior middle blocker Eden Frazier who is coming off one of her top performances of the season with 11 kills on 22 attempts against the Hoosiers.Sheffield knows with a tough road trip ahead of them, they need to dig down and play some of their best volleyball.“The great ones have something a little bit psychotic that just clicks that says, alright, bring it, and they get excited about that,” Sheffield said. “I see a little bit of that spark coming out from some of our players, and so there’s no better way to fine-tune that than spending a lot of time on the road.”
After 10 seasons that included 305 total victories, 31 NCAA Tournament wins, nine NCAA appearances, seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and an NCAA championship that ended a 13-year drought for the Kentucky Wildcats — so much of this achieved by 25 players who spent a single one-and-done season in Lexington — John Calipari tells us “there was no master plan” for this college basketball revolution.There was an ideal, though, that he wanted to pursue. “I knew we were going to make the program — and I said it at the press conference — it was going to be a players-first program,” Calipari told Sporting News. “We were going to make decisions based on them and their needs. And it’s not just about the name on the front. It’ll be about the name on the back. That’s how we’re going to do this.”MORE: Sporting News’ college basketball All-Decade teamThat’s the kind of sacrilege Calipari invited into college basketball, which is one reason he is not terribly popular, which is one reason the NBA draft’s age-limit rule came into disrepute. (Seriously, who was complaining when it got Thad Matta and Ohio State to the 2007 NCAA title game?) And it’s why selecting him as SN’s college basketball Coach of the Decade surely will not be met with universal acclaim.Villanova’s Jay Wright (2016, 2018) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (2010, 2015) both won multiple championships in the 2010s. Why not them? Indeed, why not? Either would have been a deserving choice. They are extraordinary coaches.No one defined the 2010s in the same way as Calipari, though, nor achieved the same degree of consistent excellence. Calipari won more NCAA Tournament games this decade than all but five other active coaches did in their entire careers, or 18 coaches in the game’s history. He avoided sub-.500 seasons and first-round NCAA defeats. Kentucky was a single basket away from two more Final Four appearances.Six times during the decade, Kentucky had the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, so perhaps the Wildcats should have been expected to achieve great things. Recruiting is a huge part of what makes a great coach, though. And the number of one-and-done players to roll through Kentucky made it imperative to land elite talent every single year. The Wildcats also were challenged, though, to form successful teams almost from scratch on an annual basis.In the 2009-10 season, Kentucky reached the Elite Eight before losing to West Virginia. After the season, four freshmen departed the program and became first-round draft choices: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. And the following year, the Wildcats reached the Final Four. And after losing freshman point guard Brandon Knight from that team to the draft, the 2011-12 Wildcats won the NCAA championship.“What I’m basically saying is, in the short term, there was no design,” Calipari told SN. “As it unfolded, I said, ‘We’re about these kids, and we’ll deal with what’s left. And then that’s what we do every year.”Calipari’s flexibility and patience allowed him to manage this even in the most daunting circumstances. The 2012-13 season had been ruined by Nerlens Noel’s season-ending injury and the Wildcats missed the NCAAs. The Wildcats struggled to find a winning formula the next season, losing a home game in late February 2014 to fall to 21-7, following that up with losses against Arkansas and South Carolina, and then a 19-point blowout at No. 1 Florida. Even with a national title just two years earlier, Calipari’s use of one-and-done players was nationally vilified. That team wound up playing in the NCAA title game.MORE: Jalen Brunson is the college basketball Athlete of the DecadeIt was a pivotal point for Calipari’s approach. There were fewer complaints about it, and there were more people attempting the same. Duke shifted to join the fight for potential one-and-done prospects it identifies as ideal candidates for the Blue Devils program, and beat out UK for the No. 1 class four times between 2014 and 2018. The Blue Devils also won a national title and reached two Elite Eights with the products of that approach.“There were two points. One point was in 2012 winning the national title, which put everyone on their heels a bit because we did it with three freshmen, and two sophomores,” Calipari said. “And then in 2014, you remember it was March before that team came together. It was March. So that did help (change the perception).“But the other thing that helped was now we have a bunch of guys staying for 2015 and now I have too many guys. I could have told those guys to leave, which is the old way of doing it: ‘You leave because we don’t need you anymore and you stay because we need you.’ I don’t do it that way. The kids make the choice here.”Calipari said the platoon system that resulted that year, which produced 38 consecutive victories and a Final Four appearance, did lead some who recruited against Kentucky to suggest to prospects that it might not be so appealing for an NBA lottery prospect to average 23 minutes a game. But he still has been able to attract such players as PJ Washington, Jamal Murray, Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox since. The recruiting class he has lined up for 2020 is ranked No. 1.But that group is about the next decade — this is about the 2010s. This is about All-Americans John Wall, Anthony Davis, Willie Cauley-Stein and Tyler Ulis.This is about how Calipari was able to get three players who ranked outside the top 25 in their high school classes — Eric Bledsoe, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tyler Herro — into the NBA Draft’s first round after a single season. It’s about how 24 of the 25 players who left after a single year completed their spring semester of academic work — making liars of those who claimed most one-and-done players were only taking a few fall classes and then splitting — earning APR awards from the NCAA for five years running and maintaining access to the lifetime scholarships Kentucky has promised to those who follow through on that promise.It’s about how he impacted a very significant segment of college basketball history. Each year, he starts over with a new group of players. And, pretty much without exception, he ends with a team capable of challenging for the title.“The reality of it is, it takes us time,” Calipari said. “It’s hard. It’s hard on the staff. And the best thing I can tell you is when you have an administration that accepts what we’re doing and why, that knows that we care about kids, and that it’s working for everybody involved.”