Posted by : August 22, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers picked up some key wins in the Van volleyball tournament Aug. 15-16, en route to a Gold bracket victory.
The tournament began with a pool play round, where the 24 teams are seperated into six “pools” of four teams each. The squads in each pool battle each other one time, then are seperated based on results to one of three playoff brackets: Championship, Gold and Silver.
In pool play Mabank defeated Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 and lost to Spring Hill 25-15, 25-15 and Cayuga 25-16, 20-25, 26-28.
Spring Hill, the four-time defending tournament champion, went on to defeat Van to extend their tournament championship record to five years.
The Lady Panthers dominated the Gold bracket on the second day of play, crushing Harmony 25-8, 25-16 and Chapel Hill 23-25, 25-18, 25-11. The Lady Panthers took a load off their chests when they defeated district opponent Crandall in the Gold bracket 20-25, 25-23, 25-21.
“This was our first test against a district opponent,” head coach Stacy Shelton said about the match against Crandall. “It was a huge relief to everybody to beat them. It gives us some early confidence for district play.”
Posted by : August 17, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
The Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE-If it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing.
This is the attitude Eustace senior cross country runner Preston Schwartz comes with to practice every morning. And morning comes early for Eustace cross country runners.
Schwartz, along with the rest of the varsity team, arrive ready to train at 6:25 a.m. When many people are still counting sheep with the sandman, Schwartz has already kicked his routine into full gear. This is one of the numerous reasons the Bulldogs have been so successful. Schwartz doesn’t just understand the price of hard work and dedication; he embraces it.
“I love the constant dedication it requires to be good at cross country,” Schwartz said. “Other sports rely more on physical ability or talent, but cross country is all about the heart. Success in this sport mostly depends on how much the person wants it.”
And Schwartz wants it. The Bulldogs have tasted success, earning a place on the podium in the State Championship meet the past two years. He shows his dedication to his sport and fellow runners by coming to practice twice a day, putting in the extra work to gain and maintain top form and keeping a strict sleep and diet schedule.
“If you’re not sleeping enough, then you won’t run well,” he said. “It’s one of those little things that helps build the big things.”
He can easily run 10 miles a day between the two regular practices– four miles in the morning and 6 after school.
Every Monday the team issues what it calls a “distance challenge,” where the length of the run is amped up to 7-9 miles to push the runner’s limits.
Schwartz’s plans following high school graduation are to attend Texas A&M University, run a marathon and possibly join ROTC.
Schwartz is an Aggie at heart.
“Texas A&M is basically the one and only school I want to attend,” he said. “If I don’t get in, then I’ll go to an affiliate college.”
His reason for liking A&M are the same as his dedication to running.
“I really like tradition and hard work, I think they do that well,” he said. “I’m also thinking about joining ROTC, and they have a rich tradition of cadets there.”
Posted by : August 14, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK—The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio (HAM) Club heard of renewed interest in Nikola Tesla’s “one world” communication system from one of its members, Cory Hine.
About 30 members and more than half a dozen guests met at the Mabank Café Saturday to hear about the Tesla Antenna, capable of transmitting a signal or electricity using the earth’s surface and surrounding atmosphere to any points on the earth’s surface. Tesla first advertised his theory in the early 1900s. He called them stationary terrestrial waves.
Hine referred members to Internet search “Tesla’s Big Mistake” for the full details of the system, while stating Tesla’s theories have been proven by a brilliant eccentric, whose lab and equipment was afterwards confiscated by the government in the 1990s.
“This work has been suppressed since the ’30s,” Hine said.
Tesla is the inventor of the alternating current (AC) electric system that won out over Thomas Edison’s direct current (DC) model. George Westinghouse provided the winning demonstration of the superiority of the Tesla’s polyphase system of alternating-current dynamos, transformers, and motors by lighting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This demonstration was a primary factor in Westinghouse getting the contract to construct the first power generation plant at Niagara Falls, which was named for Tesla and bore his patent numbers. By 1896, electricity generated there powered the city of Buffalo, NY.
Hine explained the basics of the theory using projected diagrams from a computer.
If Tesla had started out from known circuit theory, he would never have pursued the path he did. His conclusions seem to contradict the closed circuit model of electric conduction.
Tesla actually started out with empirical observations that the Earth resonates electromagnetically like a struck bell. The atmosphere and the ionosphere made this possible, acting as a dielectric coating, containing the energy and preventing it from skipping off into space.
In his day Tesla, a Serbian-born and educated American at age 35, represented the epitome of the “mad scientist,” holding demonstrations at home and abroad on the safety of AC by lighting a light-bulb in his mouth and handling what appeared to be lightning in his hands.
The Tesla coil, which he invented in 1891, has been widely used today in radio and television sets and other electronic equipment. When he demonstrated the first radio-signal operated boat, observers described it as having been done by “magic, or telepathy.”
Hine explained how Tesla first postulated that electromagnetic energy could travel transversely back and forth along longitudinal waves through the earth’s surface by means of sending generated signal or energy through a coil of long wire wrapped around a nonconductive pipe. To this was added a primary coil at a 90-degree angle with a mirror apparatus erected at some distance. At each top end is attached a resonating metal ball, like the floatation bulb in a toilet mechanism and a grounding array in the earth. Hine explained that four energy fields are in operation in the setup.
“This could be constructed very cheaply and anyone could do it,” Hine said. He added that he is planning his own prototype of the apparatus in the near future and would report back to the club on his progress.
“This is all proven theory,” Hine said. “The technology and the physics is out there. Everyone is going to want one of these.”
When Tesla was conducting his own experiments with the geo-transmission theory, he received signals which he described as “intelligently controlled,” which some journalist translated to mean signals from other planets, possibly Mars. These reports were ill favored by the scientific community. And in fact, his theory is earthbound, because it is the earth’s surface which takes the place of a wire for transmission of the energy or signal, so it cannot be used to signal beyond the earth’s surface. Tesla postulated that the same mechanism could transmit electrical power to any point on the globe.
Tesla formulated his geo-transmission theory in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he stayed from May 1899 until early 1900. He made what he regarded as his most important discovery— terrestrial stationary waves. By this discovery he proved that the Earth could be used as a conductor and would be as responsive as a tuning fork to electrical vibrations of a certain frequency. He also lighted 200 lamps without wires from a distance of 25 miles (40 kilometers) and created man-made lightning, producing flashes measuring 135 feet (41 metros).
At that same time, Italian Guglielmo Marconi was conducting experiments with sending radio signals. Marconi founded the London-based Marconi Telegraph Company in 1899. Though his original transmission traveled a mere mile and a half, on Dec. 12, 1901, Marconi sent and received the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean, from Cornwall, England, to a military base in Newfoundland. His experiment was significant, as it disproved the dominant belief of the Earth’s curvature affecting transmission. Marconi is credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for all future radio technology.
Online biographies on the Serbian-born inventor said, Tesla quipped that Marconi’s feat was done with 17 Tesla patents. This was the beginning of years of patent battles over radio with Tesla’s patents being upheld in 1903, followed by a reverse decision in favor of Marconi in 1904.
It has been hypothesized that Tesla may have intercepted Marconi’s European experiments in July of 1899—Marconi may have transmitted the letter S (dot/dot/dot) in a naval demonstration, the same three impulses that Tesla hinted at hearing in Colorado—or signals from another experimenter in wireless transmission.