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How to watch October’s Orionids meteor shower one of the best of the year – CBS News

After a short hiatus from meteor activity, the annual Orionids meteor shower is back to bring shooting stars to the night sky. It's visible from about October 2 to November 7, as Earth passes through the debris from Halley's Comet, but peaks on October 21.

And it's not the only exciting celestial activity this month October features two full moons, the second of which falls on Halloween, and the closest our planet will be to Mars until 2035.

The Orionids, which light up the night sky every October, is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year, according toNASA.

Orionid meteors are both bright and fast. They travel at about 148,000 miles per hour, or 41 miles per second, into Earth's atmosphere, often leaving behind glowing "trains" of debris in their wake and lasting for several seconds to even minutes.

"The Orionids are also framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, which lend a spectacular backdrop for theses showy meteors," NASA said.

The meteors, which are leftover comet particles and broken asteroids, originate from the comet 1P/Halley, which orbits the sun about once every 76 years. The comet was last spotted in 1986, and won't enter the inner solar system again until 2061.

The comet is named after Edmond Halley, who discovered its 76-year orbit in 1705. Halley believed that three previous comets were all the same one a prediction that proved true when it came back around after his death.

Halley's comet is perhaps the most famous comet of all time, cited for millennia, and even featuring on the Bayeux tapestry, which displays the 1066 Battle of Hastings.

The Orionids get their name from the constellation Orion, which is the point in the sky where they appear to come from. The constellation isn't the source of the meteors, rather, it serves to help skywatchers determine which meteor shower they are viewing. The meteor shower's radiant point is just to the north of Orion's bright star, Betelgeuse.

The Orionids peak around October 21 each year, but are strongly visible in the surrounding nights. They are visible in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres in the hours after midnight.

As always, NASA advises finding an area with little light pollution, and bringing a sleeping bag, since you may be there for a while. To see the meteors, lie flat on your back, with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

While Orion is the meteors' radiant, it is not the only place skywatchers should look to view the shower they are visible throughout the night sky. NASA recommends viewing them from 45 to 90 degrees away from Orion, where they will appear longer and more magnificent.

Within 30 minutes of being outside, your eyes will adapt to the darkness. You can expect to see approximately 20 meteors per hour in moonless skies, but be patient the show will last until dawn!

NASA advises to watch out for prolonged explosions of light when watching the meteor shower this means the meteors have becomefireballs, which are extremely bright.

Mid-October to mid-December is a nearly continuous period of spectacular meteor activity. Following the Orionids, the next major Meteor shower is the Leonids, peaking in mid-November.

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Freddies to hook up with Comets in 1st round of Division VI playoffs – Mount Vernon News

In this file photo, Fredericktown's Steven Tumbleson (10) carries the ball in a Knox Morrow Athletic Conference football game against Highland on Sept. 4, 2020 in Sparta. | Michael Rich/News

FREDERICKTOWN The Fredericktown football team had some familiarity with Marion Elgin as it prepared for its matchup in the first round of the Division VI, Region 23 playoffs on Saturday night in Marion.

As luck has it, the 21st-seeded Freddies and the 12th-seeded Comets just so happened to meet in the only scrimmage before the start of the season for both teams.

Were pretty familiar with each other, Fredericktown football coach Will Hartley said. We have that scrimmage film plus we exchanged three game films. Being as low of a seed as we are, I think its a pretty good matchup for us.

I think if we just keep to fundamentals and work together as a team just power through the night and put four quarters together, theyre a very beatable team, senior Steven Tumbleson said.

Fredericktown was also dealt a piece of bad luck with the injury of senior Jeremiah McKinley, who separated a shoulder early in Fredericktowns 48-9 loss at Centerburg on Oct. 2.

McKinley was second on the team in rushing with 238 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries and second on the team with 44.5 tackles on defense.

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Tumbleson, who leads the Freddies (1-5) in both categories 291 yards and two touchdowns on 74 carries on offense and 51 tackles on defense hopes Fredericktown will be able to carry the load without McKinley.

Me and (McKinley) are kind of a tag team on defense, Tumbleson said. We work together a lot. Its a blow to our offense and defense that hes not in there because hes our starting tackle and running back.

Elgin (4-2) enters the game on a three-game winning streak and has scored more than 30 points in each of their last five games.

I think we match up with them in team speed-wise; size-wise, Hartley said. The things that theyve run, weve seen. They run primarily Wing-T stuff and we havent seen much of (that). But with their spread game, theyre running their quarterback quite with a permitter run thats a lot of the stuff weve seen throughout the year.

The Comets have a three-headed monster in the backfield of Jordan McCormack (48 carries, 379 yards, six touchdowns), Kevin Kline (31 carries, 383 yards, three touchdowns) and Cy Starcher (25 carries, 335 yards, five touchdowns).

McCormack has also thrown for 792 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 32 of 60 passing.

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Cats Claim Commanding Win over Comets, Advancing to Play Euclid – ignatiuswildcats.com

Even with a significant injury list, the Saint Ignatius Wildcats managed to beat the Solon Comets, 42-14, in the opening round of the OHSAA Division I football playoffs on Friday at George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

With the convincing victory, the Cats advance to the Regional Quarterfinal, where they will face off against the Euclid Panthers.

The Wildcats won the coin toss and deferred the ball to the Comets. Solons opening drive went perfectly for the Wildcat defense, as they forced a 3-and-out. The punt then was a moon shot that ended up going for -2 yards, leaving Joe Pfaff and the offense with excellent starting field position for the opening drive.

The opening play for Pfaff was a fumbled snap but the Cats quickly recovered on 3rd and 18. Pfaff threw one of his signature darts to senior wide receiver Colin Wiehn, sending the offense to the Comet 5-yard line. Marty Lenehan then bull-rushed into the endzone for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Cats an early lead, 7-0 after Mangans PAT kick.

The next drive for the Comets was exactly the same as the first, with the Saint Ignatius defensive line holding the Solon offense once again. Pfaff took over once again in Comet territory, and on the second play of the drive, Pfaff cannoned a ball to junior wide receiver Steve Bodamer for a 48-yard touchdown, pushing the Cats lead up to 14-0 with 5:29 to go in the first quarter.

After another quick appearance on the field by the Solon offense, the Comets faked as if they were going for it on 4th and 2 before quarterback Pat McQuaide stepped back and punted the ball. The ball was blocked and ricocheted out of bounds, allowing Pfaff and his offense coming back onto the field.

After a 15-yard gain by Lenehan, Pfaff again found Bodamer, this time with the beautiful play ending at the 1-yard line. Joe Pfaff then used his legs to motor on into the endzone on a QB sneak for another quick score for the Cats. Saint Ignatius led 21-0 with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

With Aidan Hubbard making some crucial tackles for a total of -4 yards on two plays, the Comets went 3-and-out again. The Wildcats ran a few times for little gain, resulting in Mangans first punt of the game. The Solon return man watched the ball as it bounced toward him and clipped his leg. Sean Cook was on the recovery right away, giving the ball back to the Cats in a good spot to get more points early. The recovery and ensuing drive did not lead to any points, as missed field goal resulted due to the wind and narrower college goal posts. Even still, it was a smart, heads-up play by Cook. Its the type of play that can decide ballgames in the playoffs.

The Solon drive that followed can largely be summed up by their star running back Khalil Eichelberger running wild. He either carried or received the ball for three straight plays worth of big gains. The Cats seemed to slow the runaway freight train, forcing a 4th and 5 deep in their own territory. The Comets kept the offense on the field and ended up with points, as a McQuaide connection to Caesar Salerno got the visitors on the board. The Wildcats held a 21-7 advantage with 4:28 to go in the first half.

Lenehan then went back to work, as he broke four tackles for a big gain after a great block by Becker. It wasnt enough, though, to add more points before half. Pfaff tried to make a tough pass across his body while on the run that ultimately fell incomplete. Mangan strolled onto the field to attempt a 40+ yard field goal again with the wind blowing right at him, and this one unfortunately missed. The first half concluded then with some drama, as a ball from Eichelberger came loose, but was recovered by Solon. McQuaide then got sacked and Eichelberger took a shot to end the half at 21-7 Cats.

After deferring the ball at the start of the game, the Wildcats offense began the second half as explosive as they had the first half. To no surprise, Lenehan bounced off a few tackles before coming down into Solon territory at the 34-yard line. Pfaff then dished the ball off to Becker for a little screenplay that ended up moving the ball all the way down to the Comet 16-yard line. On third and goal, Lenehan shot into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. On a roll, the Cats led 28-7.

Unfortunately the good vibes for the Cats got put to a halt as a Wildcat defender left the game via stretcher. On behalf of everyone on the SIBN, we wish #48 a speedy recovery. The defense didnt let the loss get to them though, Taliak nearly picked off a ball on 3rd down that forced a Solon punt.

After a tough sack, the Wildcat drive quickly closed as well, and Mangan booted the ball back to Solon. Just like the last drive, Taliak made a great play, this time in the form of a tackle on Eichelberger for a loss of 2. After a big-time scramble from McQuaide, Solon was moving the chains, especially on 4th and 3 with a rocket pass over the top from McQuaide for a big first down. Bennett Adler made his presence known after batted down a pass on a screen, but McQuaide got the better of the defense on the next play, as he made a big pass to move the ball to the Wildcat 1-yard line. Eichelberger then rushed in for an easy 1-yard touchdown to narrow the deficit to 28-14. Solon was then unsuccessful with an onside kick as the ball, so the next kick was their routine kickoff.

Lenehan rushed for three straight plays for over 3 yards before a monster 46-yard run to the Comet 10-yard line. Naturally, Lenehan got the ball on the next play and scored for the 10-yard touchdown, stretching the lead to 35-14 Wildcats.

You gotta read the line and then feel it up to the linebackers, Lenehan says. You need to take it all in at once. We have our reads, the coaches really help us with that. They tell you who to lock in on and it really helped to make it easy.

The next two defensive plays were quite remarkable to watch, as Snyder nearly intercepted a McQuaide pass, and then on the next play, Cole Smith picked the ball off and moved the offense to the opposing 20-yard line.

After a flag for holding, Pfaff found senior wide receiverJonathan McNeilfor a 23-yard touchdown. The Wildcats possessed a commanding 42-14 lead with 7:04 to go in the game.

More quick work by the Saint Ignatius defense led the Comets to punt the ball to the 50-yard line. Jaxon French came in to close the game and handed the ball off to a mix of running backs including Lenehan, Anthony Santagata, and Ryan Waldron. The defense held out the rest of the game, and the Wildcats finished off a 42-14 win.

Looking at the stats, the Wildcats outgained the Comets, 370-260, with an impressive 180 yards on the ground. Lenehan finished the day with 171 yards, his second straight game hitting the century mark.

The offensive line really stepped up opening up holes. They had a great day, says Lenehan. The last couple weeks, theyve been helping me out by opening up big holes and making it really easy for me.

In his first playoff start, Pfaff put on an impressive show, completing 10-of-16 passes for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with a rushing score. The wide receiver corps stepped up, particularly Bodamer with 2 catches for 82 yards, Becker with 3 receptions for 34 yards, Colin Wiehn with 2 hauls for 35 yards, and McNeil with his 23-yard TD catch.

It was amazing, the atmosphere was great. You cant be nervous, Pfaff says. You need to control what you can control. I just went through my reads and kept myself calm. It was awesome. This is a great team win, we needed it. Were moving on, and itll be a good week of football.

The defense also played outstanding, winning the turnover battle, 2-0. Taliak led the defense with an outstanding game with 6.5 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Juniors Chris Aerni and Gavin Berger stepped up with a combined 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. As a whole, the defense tallied 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 4 pass breakups.

Now, the Wildcats will prepare for Euclid. The Panthers defeated Elyria on Friday, 21-0, at Euclid Community Stadium, also the site for next weeks Regional Quarterfinal.

It feels great. We really needed this, says Lenehan. But now were 0-0. We have another week, were 0-0.

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Halley’s Comet, Covid-19, and the history of ‘miracle’ anti-comet rem – Astronomy Magazine

The experts take the floor

Faced with mounting fear, French authorities askedCamille Flammarion, a trustworthy and popular astronomer, to speak to the public. Flammarion considered the possibility that life on Earth might be extinguished should there be a celestial collision with Halleys comet. Should a sufficient quantity of hydrogen in the comets tail be combined with atmospheric oxygen, all animal life could suffocate in just a few moments.

Flammarion considers the event unlikely due to the scarcity of gas in comet tails a fact that would be confirmed later but he admits uncertainty.

We can admit that we ignore what fate has in store for next May. [] The human race would perish in a paroxysm of universal joy, delirium and madness, probably very enchanted with its fate.

Flammarion, as a respectable scientist, recountsall the known elements in his possession: the facts, arguments, and causes, all accompanied by probability. However, the press echoed the most extraordinary part of his words the possible suffocation of all of humanity and passed over its low probability and its supposedly hilarious effect. Thus informed, the general public became understandably terrified of the potentially lethal effects of the comets passage.

When the comet approached in February of that year, spectroscopic observations at theYerkes observatoryin the United States confirmed thepresence of cyanogen in the tail. Scientists detailed what would happen if the Earths orbit and the tails orbit cross paths: the cyanogen will decompose in the upper atmosphere, eliminating any danger of suffocation. Yet their reassuring conclusions went largely unnoticed by the press and the general public.

Following the dissemination of the information of an imminent danger, the reactions were diverse. Some people began to sell all their worldly possessions to take advantage of the short time remaining. Others risked death by alcohol overdose rather than gas intoxication. Others in the United States caulked their windows in a fruitless attempt to prevent the poisonous gas from entering their homes. In France and Italy, others took refuge in churches, the doors of which remained open during that famous night in May 1910. Several tens of thousands of believers gathered to pray in St. Peters Square. A Hungarianpreferred to commit suiciderather than risk being suffocated.

In this context, charlatans seized the opportunity to sell anti-comet pills, based on sugar and quinine, and even an anti-Halleys comet elixir

Of course, not everyone panicked: Flammarion and other astronomers were invited by Gustave Eiffel to the eponymous tower to observe the comet, and many Parisians took the opportunity tofeast and dance all night. To the surprise of some and the disappointment of others, only a small and faint nucleus was visible, if it was visible at all as we now know, Halleys comet is rarely bright when it passes.

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Amherst football: Comets fall in triple overtime to North Royalton – The Morning Journal

Hosting North Royalton in a first-round playoff matchup, Amherst knew it was in for a physical battle. The Comets just didnt expect it to last more than four quarters.

The previously winless Bears found a way to pull-out a 48-45 victory in triple overtime, sending the Comets home for the rest of the playoffs.

After surrendering 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, all hope looked to be lost for Amherst. Especially after a 3-yard touchdown score from Zadan Abuhamdeh.

But the Comets pulled out a miracle with just under 40 seconds remaining.

Quarterback Tyler Brezina narrowly avoided a sack inside his own 10 before finding George Gotsis behind the Bears secondary. The 6-foot-2 quarterback put everything he had into the throw, and Gotsis made the catch, outrunning a safety for an 89-yard touchdown, tying the game at 28-28 with 20 seconds left.

It was a combination of skill, luck and observation from the Comets, who had noticed a tendency in the North Royalton secondary that made the play possible.

At halftime, the guys upstairs saw that the backside safety was cheating over, Gotsis said. So we figured if we did a fake to the right side, I could get past him on a backside post.

Amherst opened the first overtime with another touchdown as Alden Steele scored on a 1-yard run, but the Bears responded.

Again in the second overtime, North Royalton opened with a score, but the Comets responded with a 10-yard toss from Brezina to Torre Weatherspoon.

The game-changing play came in the third overtime, when the Comets just missed a touchdown on a pass attempt from Brezina to Ty Weatherspoon. After a no-gain on third down, Amherst settled for a field goal.

Im proud of our guys coming in and making play after play, Amherst coach Mike Passerrello said. In games like this you just wish both teams could come away with a win.

Minutes later Abuhamdeh found the end zone for the second time on the night sending his team onto the next round.

Were a good enough team that we knew we could come back, and thats exactly what we did, he said. 255 yards would have never happened without every single one of those guys, all of my linemen they blocked their butts off.

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Marionville’s one-two punch has the Comets undefeated and ready to make noise in postseason – News-Leader

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MARIONVILLE Opposing defenses are forced to play a little game of "pick your poison" every week when going up against Marionville.

Either they can try to shut downdynamic sophomore quarterback Wil Carlton or they can do all they can to stop5-foot-5 tailback Dakota Wilson from running all over them.

Try all the defenses want, but so far, nothing has worked.

Marionville (7-0) continued its resurgence with a 48-12 win over Sarcoxie (3-4) on Friday night.The Comets remain unbeaten after two consecutive four-win seasons.

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Dakota Wilson, of Marionville, runs with the ball during the Comets 48-12 win over Sarcoxie in Marionville, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Comets remain undefeated this season.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

The one-two punch of Carlton and Wilson has the Comets back in the state rankings they were ranked No. 8 in the Class 1 rankings this past week. And it appears, as long as they're there, the Comets are here to stay.

"It's amazing having thatgreat of a pair, " Wilson said. "They don't know who to go for and I don't know how to explain it."

It is difficult to explain how Wilson can be so dominant, but his powerlifting resume might do the trick.

Dakota Wilson, of Marionville, runs with the ball during the Comets 48-12 win over Sarcoxie in Marionville, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Comets remain undefeated this season.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

Wilson, listed at 5-foot-5 and 160 pounds, rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. His first score saw him carry what appeared to be most of the Sarcoxie defense the final 10 yards on a 23-yard run.

"I heard everyone yelling that I had the whole team on my back," Wilson said. "I felt a couple but I didn't know how many were on me, to be honest."

The junior ballcarrier is what head coach Paden Grubbs described as one of the pound-for-pound strongest athletes in the state. It's not an overreaction when you learn that he entered a state weightlifting competition last year and squatted over 400 pounds.

"He's a superb athlete," Grubbs said. "He's got great vision for a little back."

Wil Carlton, of Marionville, stiff arms a defender after intercepting the ball during the Comets 48-12 win over Sarcoxie in Marionville, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Comets remain undefeated this season.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

Next to him in the backfield is Carlton who has been putting up some of the best statistics in southwest Missouri as a sophomore.

Carlton did pretty much everything else for the Comets on Friday night. He rushed for 66 yards and a score, he completed 10-of-14 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns and he also picked off two passes on defense.

"He'd probably be good at pretty much anything he wanted to do," Grubbs said. "We're really fortunate to have him on our side."

The duo has Marionville in a position to be good for the next several years. Grubbs said he can feel the excitement in the community as well as in the elementary school and junior high with players excited to be Comets in the future.

Marionville defeated Sarcoxie 48-12 in Marionville, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Comets remain undefeated this season.(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

With Carlton and Wilson leading the way, the Comets should soar for Friday nights for at least the rest of this year and the next. Perhaps they're paving the way for the Comets to be among the state's best for years to come.

"It is (something special)," Grubbs said. "These kids, we talk to them all the time about being humble and just taking it one game at a time. I know it's a cliche but it's a matter of fact.

"It is special though when you hear people talking about it at the elementary and the coffee shops and it's something to be excited about."

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email atwwheeler@news-leader.comor Twitter at@WyattWheeler_NL. He's alsothe co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

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Comets scope in on perfection – KOLR – OzarksFirst.com

MARIONVILLE, Mo. Out in Marionville, the Comets football team is feeling pretty good.

That comes with good reason with their record currently sitting at a perfect 6-0, made even more impressive when compared to last years record of 4-6.

Really the biggest difference for us has just been experience, Marionville Head Coach Paden Grubbs said. We were really young at a lot of important positions last year. We had a lot of new starters as sophomores. Now those sophomores are juniors and as the saying goes our juniors are seniors.

All of us coming together in the weight room, Senior OT/DE Austin White said. Hitting the weight room super hard. I think just the culture of the entire team has just made it a better season for us.

Parker: I think its the dedication coming off a season like that we didnt want to repeat, Senior OT/DE Kelbey Parker said. Hard work in the weight room. It starts here in practice as well. Good practice leads to good games.

The Comets are proving themselves time and time again, most recently with a win over Pierce City, a team who made the regular season undefeated run last year.

Very quality class one team in Pierce City, Grubbs said. We hadnt beaten them since 2014. Then the last two years being back in conference with them theyve dominated us. We talked to the kids all week about to be the best, youve got to beat the best.

It really meant a lot to us, especially not beating them the last four years, Senior LB/TE Kyle Brattin said. Not even scoring a point really. Going out there and once we got that first touchdown we all came together and knew what we could do. We were really excited.

With the win, however, the target on Marionvilles back only grows.

Next to take a shot comes Friday night as a Sarcoxie side thats won its last three games comes to town.

I think it will be a battle, Parker said. They are a decent team. Theyre good, but I think if we keep with them we can pull the win.

We basically want to treat each week like were trying to win a conference championship because thats what were trying to do here, White said.

They remind me a lot of us last year, Grubbs said. Theyre young and theyre starting to learn. Were definitely aware of the potential and the dangers they bring from both offensively and defensively.

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Mustangs, Beavers, Falcons roll to football wins; G’s, Comets fall – Midland Daily News

PINCONNING Meridian spoiled Pinconning's homecoming with a 35-6 win in Jack Pine Conference football on Friday.

The Mustangs got on the board with 3:40 to play in the first quarter when Jake Schultz ran in a 3-yard touchdown. Schultz later added his second TD of the game on a 1-yard run with 11:55 to go in the second quarter.

Brayden Riley punched in a 5-yard touchdown with 9:08 to go in the half, then quarterback Cam Metzger hit Josh Barriger for a 33-yard TD with 1:07 to play. Meridian had a 28-0 lead at the break.

Early in the fourth, Metzger hit Barriger again -- this time for a 14-yard TD -- with 9:47 to play in the game.

The Spartans added a score late and missed the extra point.

Metzger finished 7-of-11 passing for 128 yards and two TDs. Schultz finished the night as the Mustangs' leading rusher with 52 yards on 13 carries and two TDs. Metzger was right behind Schultz with 51 yards on 10 carries.

Barriger was the leading receiver with 54 yards on three receptions and the two TDs. Dane Plichta had 45 yards on one catch.

Josh Nohel was Meridian's leading tackler with 7.5 total tackles (seven solo) including two tackles for loss. Alex Wall added four tackles (three solo).

Meridian kicker Gabe Mutai made all five of his extra point attempts.

"Tonight was great because we were able to get everyone in for a lot of reps," said Mustangs' coach Mike Bilina. "They work their butts off and we were able to reward them by getting them in tonight."

Meridian (3-1, 3-1 JPC) hosts Farwell next Friday.

Beaverton 42, Farwell 0

FARWELL -- Noah Coffey and Cam Mishler each ran for two touchdowns in Beaverton's 42-0 win over Farwell in Jack Pine Conference football on Friday.

Coffey ran for scores of 28 yards and 7 yards while Mishler ran for 36-yard and 3-yard scores for the Beavers, who scored all their points in the first half.

Trent Reed ran for a 60-yard score and Beaverton's other TD came on Mitch Hall's 28-yard interception return.

Reed was 4 of 5 on extra points and Coffey ran in a 2-point conversion.

Reed completed 4 of 4 passes for 81 yards and ran seven times for 111 yards and the TD.

Brayde Keeley had one catch for 48 yards.

On defense, Logan Love had six tackles while Mitch Hall and Kyle Hall each made four stops.

"Another good team effort tonight," coach Aaron Seiser said after his Beavers improved to 3-1 overall and in the JPC. "Our defense gave our offense great field position most of the night and we were able to capitalize.

"Another plus was the amount of experience our young players were able to get in the second half. We have a huge game coming up versus our rival (Gladwin). We must have a great week of practice."

The Beavers host the Flying G's next Friday.

Freeland 21, Swan Valley 14

FREELAND Bryson Huckeby took a 5-yard run into the end zone as time expired in the third quarter to give Freeland a 21-14 win over rival Swan Valley in Tri-Valley Conference Central football Friday.

Huckeby's run was his second TD run of the night. The other was an 83-yarder with 8:17 to play in the second quarter. That run put Freeland up 14-0 after Garrett Pistro had punched in a 4-yard TD run late in the first quarter.

Swan Valley scored late in the first half to cut the Falcon lead to 14-6 at the break.

The Vikings then scored with 4:49 to play in the third to tie the game at 14. Huckeby's run put Freeland ahead for good.

Huckeby finished the night as Freeland's leading rusher with 90 yards on eight carries and the two TDs. He was also 6-of-10 passing for 81 yards. Jacob Kundinger had 48 yards on nine carries.

Kundinger led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack. Cole Wiese had 11 tackles. Nolan Vanloo and CJ Schultz each had 10.

Freeland won the Battle of the Mountain Trophy for the first time in three years with the win.

"Just a little added fuel to the fire with the crosstown rivalry," said Falcons' coach Kevin Townsend. "They've had some special squads come through there.

"Bryson got targeted and that was a momentum swinger; the guys rallied around their leader almost going down. Starting safety Alex Duley rolled his ankle early in the fourth quarter. Carter Suppes had an interception. They (isolated) him on their best receiver, another senior stepping up to the challenge."

Freeland (3-1, 2-0 TVC Central) next travels to Bridgeport on Friday.

Clare 41, Gladwin 30

GLADWIN Gladwin dropped a back-and-forth battle against unbeaten Clare 41-30 in Jack Pine Conference football on Friday.

After the Pioneers took a 7-0 lead, Nick Wheeler hit Aaron Kozlow for a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

After Clare scored again, Wheeler connected with Kaden McDonald for a TD with 12 seconds left in the first half. But a missed two-point conversion left Clare ahead 13-12.

On the ensuing kickoff, Clare returned it 85 yards for a TD to take a 19-12 lead to the break.

With 7:18 to play in the third quarter, Logan Kokotovich carried it in from 15 yards to cut the deficit to 19-18.

Wheeler gave the Flying G's their first lead on a 3-yard run to put Gladwin ahead 24-19 early in the fourth quarter.

Clare scored with 9:35 to play to take a 27-24 lead. But Wheeler connected with McDonald again -- this time on fourth down and from 4 yards out -- to put Gladwin back in front 30-27 with 7:33 to play.

Clare scored twice more within the last 3:30 to take the 11-point victory.

"We allowed too many big plays to happen in the first half," said Flying G's coach Marc Jarstfer. "They came out and received the ball in the second half. We played good defense. We would go down and score, then they would go down and score ...

"Just a good, hard-fought game. Clare has been the team to beat for the better part of two decades. We know they are well-coached and are going to be well-prepared. We just made too many mistakes down the stretch."

No other individual stats were available.

Gladwin (2-2, 2-2 JPC) travels to Beaverton on Friday.

St. Charles 37, Coleman 6

ST. CHARLES -- Coleman's Konner Carbeno had a strong night in the Comets' 37-6 loss to St. Charles in Mid-State Activities Conference football on Friday.

Carbeno had 22 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Conner Schrank added seven carries for 57 yards for Coleman, which trailed 29-6 at halftime.

On defense for the Comets, Jaden Bovee had seven tackles, Schrank made an interception and Ayden Ruhle recovered a St. Charles fumble.

"We came into the game shorthanded and we turned into a MASH unit as the game went on. (Our) young kids got some good reps. We will keep fighting," Coleman coach Chad Klopf said.

The Comets host Montabella next Saturday at noon.

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West in beast mode: Lady Comets top East Carter in sweep – The Independent

OLIVE HILL Barring an upset, Thursday night was not West Carters final match on John Hop Brown Court this season. That wasnt going to stop the Lady Comets from playing like it was the last time with their rivals in town.

West Carter used scoring spurts in the first two sets to gain the advantage and finished off the 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) sweep of East Carter to earn its 14th win of the season.

This group of girls has been playing together for a long time, West Carter coach Christie Tackett said. They communicate well together, and we just work really hard. We have several good, strong and well-skilled players. They have been doing this for a long time. We are strong up front, and I think we have the best setter in the region.

West Carter has five seniors on the roster. Peyton Steagall has made an impact on the program and had the same effect on the opening set, collecting seven kills. Her team ended the frame scoring 11 of the last 13 points to take the early lead.

I think we all make an impact on the team, Steagall said. It really depends on the game and who is doing good at the time.

I think its our hard work and dedication, she added. I believe that is what makes us so good. We are in (the gym) every day and sometimes we come in on Sundays.

Tackett said Steagalls confidence and demeanor on the court and her calming effect off of it helps her lead.

She is a beast, Tackett said. She is a go-getter. She is the always the one that comes up to me when she can tell that Im nervous and says, Dont worry Christie, we got this. Its that senior experience coming through. She showed it tonight. She didnt have any nerves. She said that we are going to get this done and she meant it.

East Carter (7-3) grabbed a 10-8 lead, its first of the match, in Set 2 after an Alexis Thompson kill. The Lady Comets found another offensive punch with five straight points. Rebecca Stevens had three consecutive aces during the surge and West Carter increased its lead to 2-0.

We came out strong and we remembered that earlier game this season, said Tackett, who referred to a 3-2 win over Lady Raiders earlier this year. We played a little relaxed and we didnt want to do that tonight. When you are playing good teams, you never want to relax. They didnt let up. East Carter is a pretty good ball club.

The Lady Raiders kept fighting in the third set. They shrunk the deficit midway through the frame to 15-13 but could get no closer. Steagall punctuated the victory with a final kill. The force of the shot hit the West Carter (14-2) side of the net but found its way over for the point.

We are a scrappy team, but they get so down on themselves, East Carter coach Jennifer Clark said. They set such high expectations for themselves. They get disappointed when they are not doing well. On the other side of it, there was more that I could have done as a coach to prepare them. I think it falls on my shoulders.

Unofficially, Steagall finished with 12 kills for the Lady Comets. Stevens added eight. Madison Adkins dished out 20 assists. Thompson tallied four kills for the Lady Raiders.

The 16th Region Tournament will be held in Olive Hill and West Carter hopes it will see the home court three more times. Steagall believed the Lady Comets performance on Thursday night was a fitting end for their regular season home finale.

Its bittersweet for me, Steagall said. Its sad that its coming to an end, but I wouldnt want to beat anybody else on this court.

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Looking for pieces of Venus? Try the moon – Yale News

A growing body of research suggests the planet Venus may have had an Earth-like environment billions of years ago, with water and a thin atmosphere.

Yet testing such theories is difficult without geological samples to examine. The solution, according to Yale astronomers Samuel Cabot and Gregory Laughlin, may be closer than anyone realized.

Cabot and Laughlin say pieces of Venus perhaps billions of them are likely to have crashed on the moon. A new study explaining the theory has been accepted by the Planetary Science Journal.

The researchers said asteroids and comets slamming into Venus may have dislodged as many as 10 billion rocks and sent them into an orbit that intersected with Earth and Earths moon. Some of these rocks will eventually land on the moon as Venusian meteorites, said Cabot, a Yale graduate student and lead author of the study.

Cabot said catastrophic impacts such as these only happen every hundred million years or so and occurred more frequently billions of years ago.

The moon offers safe keeping for these ancient rocks, Cabot said. Anything from Venus that landed on Earth is probably buried very deep, due to geological activity. These rocks would be much better preserved on the moon.

Many scientists believe that Venus might have had an Earth-like atmosphere as recently as 700 million years ago. After that, Venus experienced a runaway greenhouse effect and developed its current climate. The Venusian atmosphere is so thick today that no rocks could possibly escape after an impact with an asteroid or comet, Cabot said.

Laughlin and Cabot cited two factors supporting their theory. The first is that asteroids hitting Venus are usually going faster than those that hit Earth, launching even more material. The second is that a huge fraction of the ejected material from Venus would have come close to Earth and the moon.

There is a commensurability between the orbits of Venus and Earth that provides a ready route for rocks blasted off Venus to travel to Earths vicinity, said Laughlin, who is professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Yale. The moons gravity then aids in sweeping up some of these Venusian arrivals.

Upcoming missions to the moon could give Cabot and Laughlin their answer soon. The researchers said NASAsArtemis programis the perfect opportunity to collect and analyze unprecedented amounts of lunar soil.

Laughlin said there are several standard chemical analyses that can pinpoint the origin of moon rocks, including any that came from Venus. Different ratios of specific elements and isotopes offer a kind of fingerprint for each planet in the solar system.

An ancient fragment of Venus would contain a wealth of information, Laughlin said. Venus history is closely tied to important topics in planetary science, including the past influx of asteroids and comets, atmospheric histories of the inner planets, and the abundance of liquid water.

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Comets, Longhorns to square off in Dickson – Daily Ardmoreite

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For the first time since 2017, the Dickson and Lone Grove high school football teams will battle on the gridiron in a district matchup.

However, the squads arent strangers just16 miles separates the two and the Longhorns have won 11 of the past 16 meetings dating back to 2004, with the Comets tallying a victory in 2018.

Lone Grove has played (Dickson) forever either being in the district or non-district, said Longhorns head coach Brad OSteen. Its kind of a rivalry game, being that were so close and everything. This is a big game for both teams.

Thats especially the case as each squad is coming off a district loss. Lone Grove dropped a 28-8 setbackto Kingston last week, while the Comets fell 48-7 to Plainview.

The Longhorns (3-2 overall, 1-1 District 3A-2) sit in a four-way tie for second place with Pauls Valley, Plainview and Madill, while Dickson (0-5, 0-2) isstill looking for its first win of 2020.

However, the Comets have the same mentality after a loss as they would following a victory.

We always call it a 24-hour rule, said Dickson head coach Steve Day. Whether you win or lose, you get 24 hours to move on from it. Even if youre 5-0, its the 24-hour rule. You act like youre 0-0 and competing to win the next game. Thats kind of been our motto or our thought process since Ive been here. Whether you win or lose, you move on from it.

Meanwhile, Lone Grove is likely using the same strategy afterits two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Kingston, which is tied for first in the district with Sulphur at 2-0.

The Longhorns trailed the Redskins 7-0 at halftime, but the momentum shifted in the wrong direction during thesecond half.

We caught some breaks in the first half as far as on defense, OSteen said. As far as defensively, we couldnt execute and didnt capitalize on some things. We should have been up 14-7 at halftime. (Kingston) came out and turned it up in the second half and we didnt. We have to learn from that and get better.

The Comets also know they have some areas to improve on, as they struggled to get much going offensively against Plainview.

We go through all of our goals each week for offense, defense and special teams and kind of review it as a team to see which ones we hit and which ones we didnt, and why wedid and didn't hit those goals,"Day said. We try to point out positives and the kids knew it there werent a whole lot of positives with that game.

However, that doesnt mean Dickson doesnt have stars that can make a difference. Johnny Smith and Jzavionn Bennett have caused problems for many teams and Lone Grove knows it.

They have some guys who can play, they have some good athletes, OSteen said of the Comets. This is more about us trying to get better. Obviously, we have to take care of our business against those guys. During a week like this, you just have to go get better, learn from your mistakes and not let them happen again.

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In a first, scientists discover comet having own northern lights – India Today

The Rosetta mission of the European Space Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has discovered a comet which has its own "far-ultraviolet aurora".

The comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - Chury for short - is one of a kind as it is for the time that an ultraviolet aurora has been detected on a celestial object that is not a moon or planet.

According to the space agency: "It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon."

Launched in 2004, Rosetta is the space exploration's most travelled comet hunter. It orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) from August 2014 "until its dramatic end-of-mission comet landing" in September 2016.

According to Nasa, the data reveal that 67P/C-G's emissions are auroral. The findings were published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

"Electrons streaming out in the solar wind - the stream of charged particles flowing out from the Sun - interact with the gas in the comet's coma, breaking apart water and other molecules. The resulting atoms give off a distinctive far-ultraviolet light. Invisible to the naked eye, far-ultraviolet has the shortest wavelengths of radiation in the ultraviolet spectrum," Nasa said.

The space agency further said that "exploring the emission of 67P/C-G will enable scientists to learn how the particles in the solar wind change over time, something that is crucial for understanding space weather throughout the solar system".

According to Nasa, the northern or southern lights, also called aurora, are "generated when electrically charged particles, speeding from the Sun hit the upper atmosphere to create colourful shimmers of green, white, and red". However, this is the case on Earth.

Elsewhere in the solar system, Jupiter and some of its moons, as well as other planets like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even Mars - all have showcased their own version of northern lights. "But the phenomena had yet to be documented in comets," Nasa said.

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Blue Hawks to face completely new Comet team in home opener – The Dickinson Press

The Comets brought in an astonishing number of new players for this year's team with 88 newcomers.

They also have a new head coach in Rocky Larson who was the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin-River Falls last season.

Mayville State is 0-1 after playing a shootout last week, falling 50-40 to Waldorf, while the Blue Hawks are looking to go to 2-0 after beating Dakota State a week ago.

Last fall, Dickinson State downed the Comets twice winning 79-14 and 63-13, but Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton believes this year Mayville State will pose a much bigger challenge.

We look at every week as an opportunity. We dont look back whether that is a team we beat or lost to. We talk about how each week is an opportunity for us to get better, Stanton said. All our kids have to do if they have any misconceptions about Mayville is to look at the tape and the speed they have. They are obviously a different team than last year. If you look at the Waldorf score against them last year, it was similar to ours, and then they played a 10 point game last week.

The Comets are led by senior quarterback, Creighton Pfau, who has unique ties to Dickinson and Stanton.

Pfaus father, Pete, played for Dickinson State in the 1980s and was the free safety in 1987, while Stanton was the strong safety.

He was also a standout at Trinity High in Dickinson before moving on to play for the Blue Hawks.

As for the younger Pfau, he started off his career by playing basketball for the Comets, but transitioned to football and had an excellent week last week versus the Warriors.

He threw for over 350 yards, and freshman Elijah Roundree from Georgia was his favorite target.

Roundtree set a school record with 213 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns.

Stanton said that including Roundtree, they are deep at wide receiver and tight end.

We have to be aware of all of those guys and keep the ball in front of us, Stanton said. We have to limit the big play. We didnt do a great job of that last week... But we have to go up and win some jump balls.

As for Dickinson State, Drew Boedecker is making his second start at quarterback.

He went 14-19 last week passing, but he did throw one interception and failed to fall on the ball after a bad snap.

Turnovers are something that the Blue Hawks have been working on all week because in addition to Boedeckers interception, they lost four fumbles last week.

It is something we have to work on. We need to remind the guys on the importance of taking care of the ball, Stanton said. It would be different if it was the same guy, then he probably wouldnt be playing this week.

As for the Comets defense, they will do a lot of different things in what Stanton says is an unorthodox defense.

They will have defensive linemen all over the place, and at times, their linemen will stand up on the line of scrimmage, then drop back into coverage.

The key for the Blue Hawks offense will be to be patient.

Due to having a new coaching staff and so many new players, one week of film isnt enough for Stanton and his staff to gather enough information to see the Comets tendencies.

They will have to adapt on the fly this week and base play calls off personnel on the field and base formations.

The hope for Dickinson State is that they can handle their business to move to 2-0.

It is really hard to tell with them. You dont get enough tendencies on film after just one game. They have a bunch of new guys and especially with them having only played Waldorf who plays a lot of press man coverage. Since they didnt face a lot of the same coverages as us (last week), we will get different route combinations.

The hope for Dickinson State is that they can handle the uncertainty of the Comets and move to 2-0.

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Scientist: Early ID, warnings will defend against comets – The Daily Advance

An astrophysicist offered the Elizabeth City Rotary Club this week a sobering account of the potential for a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet.

Malcolm LeCompte of Comet Research Group spoke to the club about the potential damage to earth from the impact of a near-earth object, or NEO, striking the earth.

Tim Witwer, the clubs president, also is associated with Comet Research Group.

LeCompte said Comet Research Group is focused on early identification and warning as well as hazard mitigation.

Were trying to save the planet, LeCompte said.

LeCompte explained that the solar system is less stable and more dangerous than had been long thought. In one generation the perception of the solar system changed from the safe old solar system pre-1970 to the new and dangerous solar system during the 1970s and later, he said.

The older notion of the safe solar system stressed nine predictably stable planets and asteroid belt objects located safely between Mars and Jupiter.

That change in perception resulted mainly from the discovery of much larger numbers of near-earth asteroids and also the observation of dwarf planets, which are large bodies in the outer solar system.

LeCompte said more than 20,000 NEOs have been identified.

An NEO roughly the size of Washington, D.C., would cause global-scale destruction, LeCompte said.

A smaller NEO, roughly the size of the National Mall, would still devastate most nations, he said.

Although much of the attention is often given to asteroids, comets are far more dangerous, LeCompte said. Comets are unguided missiles, he said.

Comets are characterized by high speed and a low density but potentially high mass, according to LeCompte.

The dinosaurs were likely wiped out by an asteroid about 30 million years ago, LeCompte said.

Even objects that never strike the earth can wreak extreme havoc, LeCompte explained.

As an example he cited the 2013 event at Chelyabinsk in Central Russia in which the explosion of a meteor miles above the earth caused damage on the ground and injured more than 1,000 people.

The 1908 Tunguska Event in Siberia also was caused by an explosion in the air. LeCompte said its important to note that the object exploded miles above the earths surface but still caused massive damage on the ground.

LeCompte holds a doctorate in astrophysical, planetary and atmospheric sciences from the University of Colorado. From 2004-14 he was professor of math and computer science at Elizabeth City State University.

Since 2015 LeCompte has been co-director of Comet Research Group.

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Young Comets winless, but they’re learning on the job – Press Publications Inc.

Just because a team is struggling to find wins doesnt mean that the season is not successful. Genoa second-year volleyball coach Christianna Bialorucki is experiencing that right now. After finishing 2-21 last year, including 1-13 in the Northern Buckeye Conference, the Comets are winless in nine matches so far. As a matter of fact, they have only won two of 29 games so far one against Delta and the other against NBC foe Otsego, having been shut out in the other seven matches. Of course, it does not help that Lake is ranked 17th in the first Division III state coaches poll, and that was one of the three game sweeps. I think our competition is great. Lake, Eastwood, and Otsego all have long standing great programs, Bialorucki said. They produce great athletes and overall well skilled volleyball players. Woodmore, Elmwood, and Rossford are younger but they have a great defensive specialist mentality. Bialorucki had seven letter winners returning, including key players in middle hitter Kaity Truman, outside hitter/defensive specialist Sydney MacDonald, setter/right side hitter/DS Sam DeVerna, OH/DS Alisah Bailey. Of the four, all but DaVerna are juniors and returning letter winners, which is why it may take another year before they can even talk about becoming contenders, plus they are learning some new roles, too. Bailey leads the team with 37 kills and MacDonald follows with 34, DaVerna has a team-leading 26 aces and assists (45). They have the height, the power, and the skill to put the ball away, Bialorucki said. Sam DeVerna has never set for Genoa before but she's really stepped up. She has a lot of volleyball knowledge and she uses it on the court appropriately. On the defensive side, Truman and Bailey are joined by junior Brittney Diekman, who has a knack for digging out potential kills. Truman has a team-leading 43 blocks. She's tiny but mighty. She's fast on her feet and can really read the hitter and ball, Bialorucki said. If you think that is not enough to make the future look bright, a couple freshmen make the outlook even better. Lillian Frias has got the right height and the right attitude. She's got a ton of power and her timing is impeccable, Bialorucki said. Lilly Papocchia is currently being trained as a setter/hitter and she's really taken on the quarterback role. All in all, its a work in progress, says the Genoa coach. We have some great serves and our blocking and defense has really stepped up this year. We strive to be an all-out effort, all-the-time team, Bialorucki said. She says the biggest concern her team has to get over is serving and receiving serves. It was a struggle last year and it's a struggle now. We know the fundamentals but we can be a little slow on our feet, Bialorucki said. The only three seniors are Sam DaVerna, defensive specialist Olivia DaVerna and right side hitter Macenzy Haley. Olivia DaVerna has a team-leading 98 digs, followed by MacDonald (81) and Sam DaVerna (65). Other juniors contributing are right side hitter Lauren Novotney, settet/defensive specialist Lauren Martin and lone sophomore is right side and outside hitter Marin Butler.

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Comets aim to get back on winning track – Midland Daily News

Front row: Alec Baker, Josh Kipp, Bryce Middleton, Matthew Federico. Second row: Dylan Crandall, Dylan Penny, Bo Carbeno, Max Marovich. Third row: Ty Klopf, Richard Sapp, Ayden Ruhle, Conner Schrank, Jack Wiggins Fourth row: Jaden Bovee, Ty Murray, Konner Carbeno, Dawson Haller. Fifth row: Jack Gates, Carson DeJongh, Kaden Boyer, Kris Haney, Isaiah Biers, Shane Cole. Sixth row: Mason Tucker, Sam Bovee, Brooke Falor, Vance Sysak, Jackson Harsh, Marlon Garcia.

Front row: Alec Baker, Josh Kipp, Bryce Middleton, Matthew Federico. Second row: Dylan Crandall, Dylan Penny, Bo Carbeno, Max Marovich. Third row: Ty Klopf, Richard Sapp, Ayden Ruhle, Conner Schrank, Jack

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Front row: Alec Baker, Josh Kipp, Bryce Middleton, Matthew Federico. Second row: Dylan Crandall, Dylan Penny, Bo Carbeno, Max Marovich. Third row: Ty Klopf, Richard Sapp, Ayden Ruhle, Conner Schrank, Jack Wiggins Fourth row: Jaden Bovee, Ty Murray, Konner Carbeno, Dawson Haller. Fifth row: Jack Gates, Carson DeJongh, Kaden Boyer, Kris Haney, Isaiah Biers, Shane Cole. Sixth row: Mason Tucker, Sam Bovee, Brooke Falor, Vance Sysak, Jackson Harsh, Marlon Garcia.

Front row: Alec Baker, Josh Kipp, Bryce Middleton, Matthew Federico. Second row: Dylan Crandall, Dylan Penny, Bo Carbeno, Max Marovich. Third row: Ty Klopf, Richard Sapp, Ayden Ruhle, Conner Schrank, Jack

Comets aim to get back on winning track

Seeking its first winning football season in six years, Coleman has a favorable schedule in this abbreviated season with four of its six games at home, including four of the last five after this Friday's opener at Breckenridge.

"Right now, the expectations for the guys themselves are pretty high," 12th-year Comets' coach Chad Klopf said. "Theyve had really good practices. Our team culture and family atmosphere have been really strong. Our offense has looked really good the last few weeks. Were pretty excited to see how it all comes together Friday night. The number one thing is letting them play and getting them some normalcy in their lives."

Coleman's new quarterback is junior Ty Klopf (5-11, 143), the coach's son, who was a starting receiver last year on varsity and played junior varsity QB two years ago.

Chad Klopf, who noted that offensive coordinator Luke Mastee chose the starting quarterback, said Ty has a strong knowledge of the game and has had a recent growth spurt and added some arm strength.

Meanwhile, junior Conner Schrank (5-10, 186) will split time between running back and wide receiver and will be joined in the backfield by junior Konner Carbeno (6-0, 201).

Junior Jaden Bovee (5-8, 148) is a returning starter at wideout, a position which will also feature sophomore Ty Murray (5-8, 145), junior Ayden Ruhle (5-10, 170) and senior Dylan Crandall (5-7, 152).

Up front, the Comets have three returning starting offensive linemen in junior left guard Richard Sapp (6-0, 222), junior center Max Marovich (5-9, 271) and senior right tackle Josh Kipp (6-3, 300).

Senior left tackle Bo Carbeno (6-3, 266), Klopf noted, hadnt played football since his freshman year.

"He's a huge addition for us," Klopf said. "I think his senior year came around and his buddies were talking to him (about coming out for football again). He bought into everything we were doing. He's been a big bright spot for us."

Meanwhile, senior right guard Bryce Middleton (6-2, 285) is poised for a comeback season after an injury limited his playing time the past two years.

"He started getting healthy last year during wrestling season," Klopf said. "Hes been a tremendous leader for us this year. Hes been able to hold everybody together."

Senior Matthew Federico (5-10, 231), who started at all three positions on the line last year, will be the first lineman off the bench, Klopf said.

On the defensive line, Kipp and Marovich will likely be the tackles, with Federico at one end and Bo Carbeno and sophomore Dawson Haller (5-11, 213) rotating at the other end position.

Sapp and Middleton will be the middle linebackers, and Konner Carbeno and Schrank will be outside backers.

Senior Dylan Penny, Murray, Wiggins and Ruhle are vying for positions in the secondary, and Bovee will play free safety.

On special teams, Federico will kick extra points, Bo Carbeno will kick off and Middleton will be the punter.

Coleman adds St. Charles to its schedule as a new member of the Mid-State Activities Conference, replacing Merrill, which went to eight-man football.

Klopf said Coleman will play eight-man football at the junior varsity level this year.

"We want to give those kids some playing time. It's hurt our program the last few years not being able to play enough JV games," he said.

COLEMAN'S SCHEDULE

Sept. 18 - at Breckenridge

Sept. 25 - CARSON CITY-CRYSTAL

Oct. 2 - SAUGATUCK

Oct. 9 - at St. Charles

Oct. 17 (Saturday) - MONTABELLA

Oct. 22 (Thursday) - VALLEY LUTHERAN

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Week of Sept. 16 | County Life | yourgv.com – YourGV.com

10 YEARS AGO | 2010

Halifax County is in line to receive $1,572,136 in additional federal aid for the school system from the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. As a whole, the 5th District will receive approximately $23.8 million from the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, a full paid-for package of aid to states, according to a release from the 5th District Congressional office. Funds are designed to support elementary and secondary teachers, school-level administrator and other essential school level staff salaries and related costs, the release states.

South Boston Town Council got doses of good and sobering news at its biannual retreat over the weekend at Berry Hill Conference Center. Town finance officer Erie Scott said in his estimation the town is in pretty good shape compared to other towns and cities, despite the recent economic downturn. A review of FY 2009-2010 revealed the Cash Operating Fund grew from $2,523,817 to $3,077,369, with total revenues 104.9% of the budget goal, Scott reported, with a program for collection of delinquent real estate taxes and the DMS Stop Program as a means of collecting delinquent personal property taxes responsible for much of that increase.

Injured Halifax County High School running back Dominic Henderson had to watch from the sidelines while the Comets played their first two games of the season. Henderson returned to the Comets lineup in Friday nights annual border clash with Person (N.C.) High School. His season debut was a big one. The Comets junior scored a touchdown and ran for 103 yards on 32 carries to help lead the Comets to a 14-9 win over the Rockets n Roxboro, North Carolina.

20 YEARS AGO | 2000

Halifax County School Board members and other school and construction officials broke ground yesterday for renovation and expansion work at Clays Mill Elementary School. The Clays Mill work will cost $1.9 million and is expected to be completed by next summer. Other work going on simultaneously includes additions and renovations at Scottsburg and Sydnor Jennings Elementary Schools at a cost of $3.3 million and $3 millions respectively. Trustee Allen Gravitt; superintendent Dennis Witt; trustees Mac McDowell, G.C. Ratliff and Wanda McDowell; supervisor Tom West; Trustees Patty Nelson, Steve Anderson, Carl Furches and Jason Parker; supervisor Dickie Abbott and Robert W. Lee participated in a groundbreaking ceremony.

Since she was 8 years old, Katherine Williams Austin has been joyfully careening through the woods aboard her favorite steed. It is an abiding love. Now, the Halifax native has sealed a bid to complete individually in the three-day combined driving event during the U.S.-hosted World Championships in October. Twenty-two countries will compete at Hamilton Farms in Gladstone, New Jersey, headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team.

It has been a fun past few days for the Halifax County High School gridders. For the first time this season and for the first time in a while, the Comets have had the opportunity to relish the sweet taste of victory. The 35-6 win, the teams first win of the season and the second career win for the Comets head coach James Hodges, was a much needed morale booster. It came just in time. The Comets, who will be in the middle of a three-game road trip, will travel south of the border Friday night to face the Person High School Rockets.

40 YEARS AGO | 1980

Last Christmas, Union Ruritan Club members surprised Ethel P. Perkins when they named her the first woman honorary member of the club. Perkins was honored for her many hours of service to the club. She is one of the most dedicated people we have in our club, and she is the only honorary woman member. She works from sunup to sundown, and she has never missed a stew, Union Ruritan Club President Irvin Oakes explained yesterday. The 70-year-old great grandmother who has been helping the Union Ruritans with various club projects for the past eight years recalled her special of moment of recognition from club members with pride as she took a brief respite from her chores Saturday.

Governor John N. Dalton Saturday urged the Small Business Administration to declare 29 additional Virginia counties as drought disaster areas, among them Halifax County. The requested, if granted, would enable farmers to apply for low-interest loans in order to tide them over until their next cash crop was harvested. According to Daltons request, the total crop loss in those localities already exceeds $131 million. Halifax County has already been designated as a disaster area by the Farmers Home Administration.

This was probably the most rewarding coaching experience ever! Those were the words from H.C.A. volleyball coach Joe Farnitano after his kiddie korps upset Vance Academy on Thursday. Starting a squad, which included four sixth graders and two eighth graders, the Patriettes jumped off to a 13-3 lead and rolled to a two game sweep, 15-5; 15-8. We just played our game good services and keep the mistakes to a minimum. This was reflected in the stats: Mary Tucker Thrift nine serves, nine points; Mary Susan Llyod 13 serves, 10 points; Winnie Evans 10 serves, six points; Kelly Long four serves and two points; Millie Bennett six serves, three points.

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Comet of the Week: 2I/Borisov I/2019 Q4 – RocketSTEM

Comet 2I/Borisov during its passage through the inner solar system, 2019-20. Image taken with the 8.1-meter Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii on November 12, 2019. The bright spiral galaxy is LEDA 1168242. Courtesy NSFs National Optical- Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/NSF/AURA/Gemini Observatory.Perihelion: 2019 August 8.55, q = 2.007 AU

According to our present understanding of how the solar system formed and evolved, all the various comets, including those passing through the inner solar system as well as those in the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud, are the leftovers from the planet formation process. Over the lifetime of the solar system, various processes, including gravitational perturbations by the planets (especially Jupiter) as well as gravitational influences by stars passing near or through the Oort Cloud, have ejected many comets from the solar system into interstellar space. If, as would seem logical to suspect, the same processes operate in other planetary systems as well, we would accordingly expect interstellar space to contain many, perhaps large numbers of, comets that have been ejected from their original planetary systems. The existence, or non-existence, of such objects, along with the frequency with which we might encounter them, would then tell us much about how valid our understanding might be and about the number of planetary systems in the Galaxy and how the formation processes operate there, and physical studies of any interstellar comets that might pass through the solar system would tell us much about how conditions in other planetary systems are similar to and/or different from the conditions within ours.

The detection of comets arriving from interstellar space has thus been of very high interest to astronomers. Ever since their importance was realized there had been no confirmed detections of any such objects, until October 2017 when the Pan-STARRS program in Hawaii detected the object now known as 1I/Oumuamua. The true physical nature of this object was never able to be determined; although it did not exhibit any overt cometary activity, it did exhibit some circumstantial evidence of such. Its story is the subject of a future Special Topics presentation.

Two years later the second interstellar object passed through the inner solar system, and this one was clearly a comet. It was discovered on the morning of August 30, 2019, by an amateur astronomer in the Crimea, Gennady Borisov, who over the past several years has carried out a moderately successful CCD-based search program for comets at small elongations from the sun. This particular comet, his 8th overall comet discovery, and which he made with a recently-completed 65-cm telescope that he had built himself, was an 18th-magnitude object at an elongation of 38 degrees and located a few degrees east-northeast of the twin stars Castor and Pollux in Gemini. As orbital calculations were performed over the next couple of weeks its interstellar nature quickly became quite obvious, as it was found to be traveling on a strongly hyperbolic orbit with an eccentricity of 3.4. Meanwhile, astronomers with the Zwicky Transient Facility program in California were able to identify some pre-discovery images of the comet to as far back as December 13, 2018, at which time its heliocentric distance was 7.9 AU.

Comet Borisov brightened fairly rapidly as it approached perihelion, being at 16th magnitude in early October and then reaching a peak brightness of magnitude 14.5 around the time of its closest approach to Earth (1.94 AU) in late December, remaining in the morning sky throughout that time. By early 2020 it had begun fading and, traveling southward, entered southern circumpolar skies in early February, where it remains at this time. Theoretically, the comet may still be detectable with very large telescopes, although the most recent observations that I am aware of were obtained in early July with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers began making physical observations of Comet Borisov early on, and for the most part, it has behaved more-or-less like a solar-system comet would behave. Its overall chemical composition is also somewhat similar to those of ordinary solar-system comets, although there are some subtle differences, one of these being an unusually high ratio of carbon monoxide to water rare, although not unheard-of, in solar-system comets. This suggests that Comet Borisov formed in an unusually low-temperature environment, perhaps at a large distance from its parent star, and/or that the parent star was a low-temperature object such as an M dwarf (which constitute roughly 75% of all stars in the Galaxy).

Studies with the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that Comet Borisovs nucleus is roughly 400 to 1000 meters in diameter. In late March the comet exhibited a brief flare in brightness and Hubble images showed the existence of an accompanying fragment, which led to some initial speculation that the comet might be breaking up. This fragment was apparently quite small, however, and although Hubble images from July still show it, the comet itself appears to remain intact.

An examination of Comet Borisovs trajectory prior to its entering the solar system indicates that it came from near the plane of our Galaxy, in Cassiopeia not far from the location of the Double Cluster in Perseus. One early study suggested that roughly one million years ago the comet passed 5.7 light-years from the double-star system Kruger 60 (HD 239960) in Cepheus currently located 13.2 light-years away, but approaching the solar system although this miss distance seems too large to be a plausible origin point. A more recent study has identified several other stars that the comet would have passed close to with the (astronomically) recent past, the closest of these being a miss of just 0.22 light-year (14,000 AU) from the star Ross 573 a 10th-magnitude star in Eridanus, and currently about 70 light-years away roughly 910,000 years ago. (Incidentally, both components of Kruger 60, as well as Ross 573, are M dwarf stars.) A lot of uncertainties still remain, however, and it is rather likely that we will never conclusively determine Comet Borisovs point of origin. Meanwhile, it will depart the solar system in the direction of the constellation Telescopium somewhat to the south of Sagittarius which is also in the plane of our Galaxy. One can only speculate as to what Comet Borisov might encounter in the future during its almost endless journey through the depths of interstellar space.

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Amherst at Midview football: Comets dominate in all three phases to top Middies – The Morning Journal

Its awfully important to have momentum on your side in a football game.

Midview learned that the hard way in its 43-21 loss to Southwestern Conference opponent Amherst on its home turf.

The momentum swung between the Middies and Comets several times, but no single swing was as important as Amhersts last one before halftime, an interception that led to a 30-yard touchdown heave from quarterback Tyler Brezina to Ty Weatherspoon that put the Comets up 10 heading into the break.

Weatherspoon put up an impressive first half statline, gathering six catches for 160 yards and the touchdown.

Today we were just trying to spread the ball out a little more, because last week we couldnt with all the rain, Weatherspoon said. We wanted to make sure we could prove to the conference that we have a passing game and not just a running game. And I think we did that today.

For the second straight week, Amhersts defense shut down the opposing offense, limiting the Middies to 14 offensive points. Contributions from seniors Alden Steele and Lavell Gibson gave the Midview running game fits.

It was a team win, Amherst coach Mike Passerrello said. Offense, defense and special teams. We didnt come out to play, and Midview gave us fits in that first half. We needed to find a way to respond, and we did.

Steele added two special teams touchdowns to his final line as well, taking a kickoff 99 yards in the first quarter and a punt 51 yards in the fourth.

Hes a huge weapon, Passerrello said. It doesnt matter where you put him, the other team is going to have to account for him.

The first of the returners scores came after the Middies took their first lead of the game, on a strip sack. The first of many backbreaking miscues by a young Midview team, led by a new head coach.

I think that was probably the big story. There were key situations where we were getting ourselves into the game, and it could have gone either way, Coach Luke Beal said. But their guys made plays, and ours didnt. We didnt rise to the challenge when we had opportunities.

Midview retook the lead shortly after the Amherst kickoff return on a two-yard toss from junior quarterback Ethan Surdock to tight end Preston Botos. But a Brezina touchdown throw to Casey Hamrick from 12-yards out in the second quarter put the Comets up for good.

Now 2-0, Amherst moves on to a meeting with Berea-Midpark on Sept. 11, before an important conference test against Avon Lake on Sept. 18.

Midview faces those Shoremen in its next game Sept. 11, as it looks to find its footing in the rough-and-tumble SWC under Beal.

Were going to get better, but it doesnt get any easier, Beal said. Its a great football conference, and were going to have to slug it out week after week. There are still a lot of things that we have to work on fundamentally.

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Comets: Facts about the icy cosmic bodies you didnt know – News Landed

1. A comet has four components.

It has a nucleus, a coma, a dust tail, and an ion tail.

This is because they are composed mostly of ice, rock, gas, and dust. A comets nucleus is made of ice and can be as small as a few meters across to giant boulders a few kilometers across.

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These areas of space are way out in the solar system, far away from the Sun. The Oort cloud is so far away we have never even seen it!

Most take less than two hundred years to do so, and others travel much slower, potentially taking millions of years to complete an orbit.

As a comet gets closer to the Sun, it begins to experience heat. That causes some of its ices to sublimate. It turns the gas in the comet into a halo around it. The halo is known as the comets coma.

Its orbit makes it visible from Earth every 76 years. It was named after the British astronomer Edmond Halley.

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Scientists believe that there be up to one billion comets in our solar system.

A great comet is one that is bright enough to be visible from Earth without the need for a telescope. Approximately one great comet happens every ten years.

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