Jupiter police officers say they need a raise and better benefits to bring them up to speed with other similarly-sized police agencies.Officers say if the town does not agree to draw up a more competitive compensation package, the department could lose 20% of its force by next year.The officers had lots of support at the town council meeting from hundreds of residents wearing blue t-shirts with “Support our Jupiter Police Officers” written across the front. More money, better benefits equal to other agencies. That what police officers are asking for in the Town of Jupiter. .@Thomas_Forester has the full story: https://t.co/KIEcARKrO8 pic.twitter.com/bJ4loICQvY— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) May 22, 2019
Capping off a tough weekend that saw seniors outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams playing their last regular season home game, the Women of Troy swept Arizona on Saturday after taking down Arizona State in four sets Friday night.Senior Night was a little downplayed considering No. 1 USC (24-4, 19-2) will host the first round of the NCAA tournament, but being able to enjoy that plus winning the inaugural Pac-12 regular season championship made for a celebratory weekend for the Women of Troy.“It was a very good week for us; the players are tired, but they really played hard and kept their focus throughout the weekend,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “The seniors appreciated the attention and it worked out perfect for us plus having the football team win, while we were celebrating made it a great weekend to be part of USC.“Saturday’s victory against Arizona was USC’s 19th victory in its last 20 matches and marked the 20th time this season that it won by sweeping its opponent 3-0.In her final home game, Jupiter passed Jennifer Kessy to become USC’s career leader in kills, with .607 on 18 kills to go along with five digs, three blocks and two aces.Bateman turned in another 40-assist performance during USC’s romp against the Wildcats and she quietly sits just 40 assists shy of tying the USC career record held by Janice Mounts. Bateman also connected with Williams for 10 kills without a hitting error versus Arizona.Madison Kingdon and Courtney Karst each finished the match with 10 kills, for the Wildcats (18-11, 10-10).On Friday, the top-ranked Women of Troy took down an upstart Arizona State squad in four sets.Just a night before their last home game, Jupiter, Bateman and Williams showed once again how valuable they are to the team. Led by a match-high 17 kills from Jupiter, which also included nine digs and four blocks, USC had its hands full trying to keep up with a Lady Sun Devils team that had four players with at least 10 kills.Bateman attributed for 53 assists in the match as she outdueled Arizona State’s Shannan McCready, who also put in a strong effort with 48 assists.In the second set, Arizona State took down the Women of Troy thanks to a 4-1 run to end the game, marking just the third time USC has recorded a victory that did not result from a 3-0 score.Sophomore Alexis Olgard registered 20 kills over the weekend, including an error-free match against Arizona, and she continues to emerge as a viable option alongside Williams in the middle.“Olgard is getting her legs now and starting to feel good and its really important for us that she continues to develop,” Haley said. “Once we have two middles who are 6-foot-5 hammering the ball down it becomes really hard for our opponents to handle.”With two weeks to train for a neutral-site match against UCLA, the Women of Troy can rest up and mentally prepare for a deep NCAA tournament run.“We want to keep getting better and stay focused as any improvements we can make give us the best possible chance in this tournament,” Haley said. “For us, it’s the focus that remains the most important thing.”
USC, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arkansas, Michigan State and our own Wisconsin Badgers. The list could go on and on of teams that have underperformed this season. Some have just not played well and others have had their road to a national title game decimated by upset losses.This story line of fallen teams has dominated our attention so far this college football season.But there have been a few emerging surprises as well. Three teams that were given little or no attention in the preseason have broken into the ranks of the top 10. Stanford, Kansas State and Notre Dame have surprised the nation with outstanding performances in the first four weeks of the season and deserve a closer look for bowl game potential.The Fighting Irish are 4-0 for the first time since 2002. The traditional powerhouse is making a comeback to the spotlight with a No. 10 AP ranking entering Week 5. What is most impressive about this start is the caliber of teams Notre Dame has already beaten. After thumping Navy in their season opener 50-10, the Fighting Irish narrowly escaped Purdue with a last- second field goal, by far their shakiest performance. The past two weeks have been a stomping on the state of Michigan, with Notre Dame beating No. 10 Michigan State on the road and handing No. 18 Michigan a 13-6 loss last weekend.Defense is where Notre Dame shines. The Irish forced six turnovers against the Wolverines Saturday, including four interceptions of Denard Robinson. The defensive line was a key contributor, but most impressive was Manti Te’o. The linebacker recorded eight tackles and two interceptions for the Fighting Irish, as his presence on the field continues to elevate the Irish defense to one of the best in the nation.Offensively is where the questions still remain. Although head coach Brian Kelly has repeatedly said there is no quarterback controversy in South Bend, the fact remains Notre Dame has two quarterbacks that are sharing time. Kelly was right to bench sophomore Everett Golson for the second half in favor of veteran Tommy Rees on Saturday.While this back-and-forth game is working for the Irish at the moment, I have doubts it will continue to be successful down the road. Kelly needs to decide on who is his man in the next few weeks because the schedule does not get any easier and the team needs consistency to get itself through it.Notre Dame has one of the toughest sets of opponents in college football this year. No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 13 USC and No. 8 Stanford are all teams the Irish will have to beat, with the Cardinal headed to South Bend in just three weeks. If the Irish can get past these teams and not stumble in other games along the way, they could very well find themselves in a BCS bowl game. I doubt this pretty of a season will happen, but it still remains a big surprise there is even a possibility.Of all teams that could ruin things for Notre Dame, the most intriguing is Stanford. Graduating Andrew Luck left a key hole in the Cardinal offense entering the season. Junior quarterback Josh Nunes is no Luck, but if you can outplay USC quarterback Matt Barkley, you’re probably doing just fine.Running back Stepfan Taylor gives the Cardinal a balanced offensive attack; he has scored a touchdown in every game for the Cardinal as their main offensive weapon. Since entering the season ranked No. 21, Stanford has seen its stock rise meteorically to No. 8, quite the surprise for a team that lost its best player to the NFL draft in the offseason.Coming off a bye week, the Cardinal will head north to play the Washington Huskies Thursday night in what should be a great Pac-12 matchup. I don’t think anyone gave this team a realistic shot at a bowl game this year without Luck, but with arguably its toughest game already a success story, why not? The Pac-12 has suddenly turned into a heated conference battle fans should be eager to watch play out.Other surprising conference battles? Look no further than the Kansas State Wildcats’ win over Oklahoma on the road.Yes, a team that was given little respect going into the season with no ranking knocked Oklahoma down. I honored head coach Bill Snyder with Coach of the Week, but as the season sits, I proclaim him Coach of the Year so far in this young season.The Wildcats finished second in the Big 12 last year, returned 18 starters and yet were ranked sixth in the conference to start the season. On a mission to prove their worth to the college football elite, they have done just that. The Wildcats slowly crept their way up the Top 25 rankings with solid performances against Missouri State, Miami (Fla.), North Texas and then struck hard with the upset over the Sooners on Saturday. Now suddenly they are the No. 7 team in the nation, causing many people to ask if this Wildcat team is the real deal.Playing in a very competitive Big 12 that is now up for anyone’s taking, Kansas State has already beaten its supposed biggest threat. If the Wildcats can beat Oklahoma on the road, there is no question the four other currently ranked teams remaining on their schedule are in for tough games.Quarterback Collin Klein leads the KSU offense and has mustered up talk as a potential Heisman candidate if his performances can continue. He is backed by a defense that forced Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones to make mistakes all night long, including two turnovers that turned into Kansas State touchdowns. Sounds like the real deal to me.With surprise and success being the theme, I must make a note about the Gophers. Hold your groans.As a Minnesotan who grew up in a home that worships the Gophers, I can’t help but be pleased to see the program improving. Don’t get me wrong, I have happily traded family tradition and converted to the superior side, cheering twice as loudly when Minnesota comes to Camp Randall. Yet after going 3-9 in 2011, Minnesota brought the Big Ten down. Second-year coach Jerry Kill has started to turn things around with a 4-0 start to the season, and with the Big Ten lacking overall strength right now, the Gophers are looking in good shape to make a run in conference play.However, the Gophers are going to do what Minnesota teams do best: Choke.In a season boasting surprisingly competitive teams, that should still prove to be a given.Happy now? Follow Caroline on Twitter
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A child was injured during a Friday morning house fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said people were inside the home when the fire began, near Southwest 108th Avenue and 216th Street. Police said a child was hurt and airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center.Officials did not comment on the child’s condition.An investigation into what started the fire has begun.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.