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.
Posted by : August 10, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jared Wingfield discussed some of the intricacies of the Panther’s upcoming football schedule including looking outside the immediate area for pre-season training and a new competitive district schedule. Most striking is the absence of Cedar Creek Lake area school Malakoff. Replacing Malakoff this pre-season is Whitney.
“We are already playing a lot of local teams,” Wingfield said. “We will be facing Canton (Sept. 5), Eustace (Sept. 12) and Kemp (Sept. 19) all in the pre-season. We want to put the boys in front of some kids they don’t know. Additionally, Whitney is a small-town on a lake, much like Mabank, and I think there will be many similarities between our players. It’s a good way to start off the season.”
Mabank plays Whitney Aug. 29 on the road.
It’s also worth noting that Mabank’s last pre-season game of the year is against Teague, a smaller 3-A school that the Panthers landed as its homecoming game Sept. 26. A hopefull homecoming win, followed with a bye week Oct. 3 could give Mabank the momentum and rest it needs to compete in 4-A District 8.
The Panthers begin their District 8 schedule Oct. 10 in Wills Point. The next week, they host last years District Champion Athens Oct. 17. Wills Point finished last season with just three wins (3-8), including a close 41-36 shoot-out victory over Mabank.
Athens lost many key seniors following its perfect 10-0 regular season in 2013. They also suffered a blow by losing its offensive coordinator.
“Athens will be a little down this year, but they should still field a very good team,” Wingfield said.
On Oct. 24 the Panthers travel to Van to face the always tough Vandals, a team that is just two seasons removed from the district championship in 2012. They finished 2013 with a 4-7 record after sustaining heavy injuries early in the season.
Mabank will face a new district opponent when they travel to Kaufman Oct. 31. Mabank faced the Lions last year during the pre-season, when Kaufman won 55-7. Kaufman went on to become the 3-A District 14 champions with an 8-4 record. They have since lost their head coach and will need to retool to contend this year in a new district.
The Panthers last game of the year comes at home Nov. 7 against Crandall. The Pirates finished last year with a 5-6 record.
In other news,
The Panthers finished its last day of practice without pads Thursday at Panther Stadium. Wingfield said that when the pads come on, the best players rise to the top.
“Starting Friday we’ll get to see the kids that separate themselves as the most physical of the bunch,” Wingfield said. “Anybody can go through the mechanical motions without pads, but when the player needs to make contact and actually tackle a guy, things can change quickly.”
Players will have opportunities to make an impression on their peers and coaching staff soon. The Panthers host the their first scrimmage of the year next Friday, Aug. 15 at home against Scurry Rosser at 7 p.m.
Wingfield said he will be picking up his newly adopted four-year-old Ukrainian daughter from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Aug. 8. It is the Wingfield’s second adoption.