Rockets hit six free throws in extra periodBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Spencer girls basketball team and coach Brian Abel knew they had to bear down defensively in order to have a chance against Marshfield Columbus Catholic.About six weeks after suffering a 32-point loss to the Dons, Spencer survived a late collapse and defeated Columbus 51-49 in overtime Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus won at Spencer 55-23 on Nov. 22, but this time around the Rockets were ready to combat the Dons’ offensive attack.Spencer exclusively used a 2-3 zone to bottle up the middle and force the Dons to shoot from the outside.Spencer’s relentless pressure forced Columbus into taking a number of shots from the outside, and despite giving up a huge number of offensive rebounds, the Rockets kept up their intensity and did not give in.The Dons shot just 21 percent (17 of 80) from the field and were 4 of 29 from 3-point range in the loss.“They were awesome on the defensive end tonight,” Abel said. “The one thing we have to work on is boxing out. We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, and other teams are going to exploit that. The ball pressure was huge. We sat in the zone and handled our responsibilities for the most part and played really well defensively.”Spencer jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Columbus fought back and led 24-23 at halftime behind 13 points from senior guard Baylie Neider.The Rockets started the second half with another big run, scoring the first eight points to take back the lead.Spencer (7-6, 5-5 Cloverbelt Conference East Division) was able to maintain its advantage on the defensive end, forcing the Dons to miss their first 18 shots from the floor in the second half.Columbus Catholic’s Marissa Immerfall goes up for a shot as she is surrounded by Spencer defense during Thursday’s game at Columbus Catholic High School.Back-to-back baskets by Hailey Roehl and Kendra Baierl ended the skid and brought Columbus (8-6, 5-5 Cloverbelt East) to within four at 34-30.Courtney Buss hit a pair of 3-pointers to up Spencer’s lead to 40-32 with 6:09 before the Dons mounted a comeback.Spencer made just 3 of 8 free throws in a three-minute stretch, and a 3-pointer from Morgan Albrecht cut Spencer’s advantage to 43-40 with 43 seconds left.Buss made a layup after the Rockets broke the Dons’ full-court press before a flurry of events evened up the game.Marissa Immerfall scored off a rebound and was fouled with 16.9 seconds left. She missed the free throw, but Natalie Pospyhalla was able to grab an offensive rebound, scored, and was fouled. Pospyhalla made the free throw to tie the game with 15.2 seconds to go.Spencer was unable to score at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.In the extra four-minute period, Spencer did not attempt a field goal but did not have to.The Rockets made 6 of 10 free throws and held Columbus to 1-for-7 shooting in the OT. Spencer never trailed and held off a last-second 3-point attempt to hang on for the victory.“We had to fall back on our three seniors (Buss, Liz Endreas, and Jessica Becker),” Abel said. “They were all in the game and have the most experience. Those three seniors have a lot of experience, and the other girls fed off that. There were still some rookie mistakes, I’d say, but that’s going to happen when you play young girls.”Columbus held a 57-40 rebounding advantage and forced 23 turnovers but overcame its poor overall shooting.Both teams shot below 50 percent from the free throw line. Columbus made only 11 of 23, and Spencer was 12 of 27, but the Rockets made enough in the overtime to provide the final difference.Buss had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Lexi Baehr had 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the second half for Spencer.Neider topped Columbus with 15 points, and Immerfall had 17 rebounds in the loss.Both teams return to action Tuesday. Columbus Catholic will be at Granton, and Spencer will host Owen-Withee in Cloverbelt East contests.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 51, Dons 49 (OT)Spencer 24 21 6 – 51Columbus Catholic 23 22 4 – 49SPENCER (51): Courtney Buss 5-9 6-8 19, Kaily Northup 0-2 1-3 1, Lexi Baehr 6-13 3-6 15, Liz Endreas 1-7 0-2 2, Shaelee Neitzel 1-3 0-0 2, Sabrina Vircks 3-6 0-2 6, McKenna Brecht 0-3 0-0 0, Jessica Becker 2-5 2-6 6. FG: 18-48. FT: 12-27. 3-pointers: 3-5 (Buss 3-4, Baehr 0-1). Rebounds: 40 (Baehr 8, Buss 7, Vircks 7). Turnovers: 23. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Baehr, Vircks. Record: 7-6, 5-5 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (49): Morgan Albrecht 4-22 0-0 9, Hailey Roehl 1-5 2-2 4, Baylie Neider 5-17 2-4 15, Maren Seefluth 1-7 3-8 5, Kendra Baierl 2-12 0-1 4, Natalie Pospyhalla 1-8 2-5 4, Zoe Stratman 0-0 0-0 0, Marissa Immerfall 3-9 2-3 8. FG: 17-80. FT: 11-23. 3-pointers: 4-29 (Neider 3-10, Albrecht 1-14, Pospyhalla 0-4, Seefluth 0-1). Rebounds: 57 (Immerfall 17). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Neider. Record: 8-6, 5-5 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
British ships often harassed Spanish galleons, which ferried long-forgotten peoples to Latin America, including enslaved Filipinos and former Jews. Juan Esteban Rodríguez, a graduate student in population genetics at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) in Irapuato, Mexico, initially planned to study a recent thread in the global tapestry that is Mexican ancestry. Starting in the 19th century, many Chinese immigrants moved to Mexico to construct railroads in the country's northern states. Growing up near the U.S. border, Rodríguez knew this history well, and he wanted to see whether he could identify the Chinese immigrants' genetic contribution to the modern Mexican population.But when he searched a database of 500 Mexican genomes—initially assembled for biomedical studies—and sought genetic variants more common in Asian populations, he found a surprise. Some people from northern Mexico did have significant Asian ancestry, but they weren't the only ones. Rodríguez discovered that about one-third of the people sampled in Guerrero, the Pacific coastal state that lies nearly 2000 kilometers south of the U.S. border, also had up to 10% Asian ancestry, significantly more than most Mexicans. And when he compared their genomes to those of people in Asia today, he found that they were most closely related to populations from the Philippines and Indonesia.Rodríguez and his adviser, Andrés Moreno-Estrada, a population geneticist at LANGEBIO, turned to the historical record to figure out who these people's ancestors might be. They learned from historians who study ship manifests and other trade documents that during the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish galleons sailed between Manila and the port of Acapulco in Guerrero, carrying goods and people, including enslaved Asians. Although historians knew of this transpacific slave trade, the origins of its victims were lost. Once they landed in Mexico, they were all recorded as "chinos"—Chinese, says Moreno-Estrada, who will present the work this weekend at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) annual meeting here. "We're uncovering these hidden stories of slavery and people who lost their identities when they disembarked in a whole new country."Other researchers study the legacy of another marginalized group in colonial Mexico: Africans. Tens of thousands of enslaved and free Africans lived in Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries, outnumbering Europeans, and today almost all Mexicans carry about 4% African ancestry. The percentage is much higher in some communities, says geneticist María Ávila-Arcos of the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research in Juriquilla, Mexico. She found that in Afro-descendent communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca, many of which remain isolated, people had about 26% African ancestry, most of it from West Africa.Other data also suggest a strong African presence in colonial Mexico. Bioarchaeologist Corey Ragsdale of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and his colleagues examined skeletons for dental and cranial traits that tend to be more common among Africans. They estimated that 20% to 40% of the people buried in cemeteries in Mexico City between the 16th and 18th centuries had some African ancestry, as they will present this weekend at the AAPA meeting. "It could be that Africans played as much of a role in developing population structure, and in fact developing the [Spanish] empire, as Europeans did," Ragsdale says.Ávila-Arcos hopes to use genetic data to trace the ancestors of those in her study back to specific West African groups or regions. She's also found significant Asian ancestry in some of her volunteers, likely an echo of communities once formed by enslaved Africans and Asians on the Pacific coast.Some Europeans carried hidden histories with them to colonial Latin America. A preprint recently posted on the bioRxiv server used genetic data from more than 6500 people born in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru to tease apart how specific Native American groups and multiple populations from the Iberian peninsula contributed to modern genomes. "It's undoubtedly the most comprehensive genetic analysis of Latin American populations to date," Ávila-Arcos says. (The authors declined to comment because the paper has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.) One striking finding was that genetic variants common in the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, and especially in Sephardic Jews, show up all over Latin America, in nearly a quarter of the individuals sampled.The authors, led by geneticists Andrés Ruiz-Linares of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Garrett Hellenthal of University College London, trace a significant portion of this ancestry to conversos, or Jews who converted to Christianity in 1492, when Spain expelled those who refused to do so. Conversos were prohibited from migrating to the Spanish colonies, though a few are known to have made the trip anyway. But widespread Sephardic ancestry in Latin America implies that migration was much more common than records suggest.For Ragsdale, the work serves as a reminder that even migrations scientists think are well understood can contain surprises. "The way we think about colonization is simplified," Ragsdale says. "We're missing a lot of subtleties here." Latin America’s lost histories revealed in modern DNA By Lizzie WadeApr. 12, 2018 , 2:00 PM Este artículo está disponible en español.AUSTIN—If you walked the cobblestone streets and bustling markets of 16th and 17th century Mexico City, you would see people born all over the world: Spanish settlers on their way to mass at the cathedral built atop Aztec ruins. Indigenous people from around the Americas, including soldiers who had joined the Spanish cause. Africans, both enslaved and free, some of whom had been among the first conquistadors. Asians, who traveled to Mexico on Spanish galleons, some by choice and some in bondage. All these populations met and mingled for the first time in colonial Latin America.Historical documents describe this cultural mixture, but now international teams of researchers are enriching our view by analyzing the genomes of people today. Aided by sophisticated statistics and worldwide genetic databases, they can tease apart ancestry and population mixing with more nuance than ever before. The results, reported at a meeting here this week and in a preprint, tell stories of Latin America that have been largely forgotten or were never recorded in historical documents. 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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version has received an unofficial price cut of a whopping Rs 5,000 in India, bringing the price of the phone down to Rs 65,900. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ was, well until now, retailing for Rs 70,900. It was originally launched at a price of Rs 74,900. This is not all that surprising though since the company is now gearing to launch its recently unveiled Galaxy Note 8 in the country -- sometime in mid-September -- and the phone is likely to cost Rs 70,000+. Now that the Galaxy S8+ costs below Rs 70,000 we can safely assume that the Galaxy Note 8 would cost more than Rs 70,000 upon arrival in India. The new price cut is limited to the Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. To recall, Samsung Galaxy S8+ (6GB RAM/128GB) was initially launched at a price tag of Rs 74,900. Soon after which the South Korean company decided to reduce the price of the smartphone by Rs 4,000. Now the phone gets a price cut of Rs 5,000. This means that 6GB variant of the Galaxy S8+ gets a total price cut of Rs 9,000. After the price drop, the smartphone is currently available at Rs 65,900 in India.The Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage version was launched in India only in July, and getting a total price cut of Rs 9,00 is obviously a big deal. Well, the reason behind these frequent price cuts is obviously the coming of Galaxy Note 8. Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes in two variants. One variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the other version comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. The only differences between the two phones are the RAM and storage set-up. Other specs are identical.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ review: Cutting the edge and doing it in styleThe India variants of the smartphone are powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 chip, while the US version comes with the latest processor by Qualcomm - Snapdragon 835. The Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 1440x2960 pixels. The 128GB variant comes with 6GB of RAM. The storage can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.The Galaxy S8+ comes with two camera sensors of 12-megapixel at the back which comes along with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. While on the front, the smartphones sports an 8-megapixel front camera which comes along with autofocus and an f/1.7 aperture. The smartphone also comes with iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. It further supports wireless charging, and is backed by a 3500mAh battery.Meanwhile, the South Korean smartphone maker finally unveiled the much rumoured Galaxy Note 8 in the New York City. The company will reportedly bring this Note 7 successor to the Indian stores sometime around the second week of September. The phablet globally be available for buying from September at a price tag of $930, which roughly comes around - Rs 59,561. The key features of the phablet include -- 6.3-inch infinity display, dual cameras at the back, Snapdragon 835 and Bixby assistant.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung's new Note a complete package