Dolores M. “Dee” Schwegman, age 60 of Batesville, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health. Born December 3, 1958 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Marcella (Nee: Rennekamp) and Lawrence Schwegman. Dee owned and ran a children’s daycare for 31 years.Family was important to Dee and she dearly loved her nieces, nephew, great niece and great nephews. She enjoyed spending time with them and attending their sporting events. She also liked making crafts for them. Other interests included collecting carousels and for years she and Marilyn were regulars at the St. Louis Bingo on Thursdays. A gifted poet, Dee composed countless poems throughout her life. A portion of one dedicated to her mother will be used on her prayer card.Dee is survived by her sister Marilyn Schwegman of Batesville; niece Sharon (Andy) Eckstein of Sunman, Indiana; nephew Mike (Amanda) Schwegman of Oldenburg; sister-in-law Carol Schwegman of Batesville; great niece Laura Schwegman and great nephews Lawrence Schwegman, Ayden Eckstein and Connor Eckstein. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Louis Schwegman and sister-in-law Mary Schwegman.Visitation is Wednesday, January 2nd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, January 3rd, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. and Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or to the funeral home to help with expenses.
Dino Babers stepped back from the podium where his hands rested, his left now in his pocket and his right motioning to the mass before him.“Close your eyes for me,” he said. “Stay with me.”A sharp cutoff met almost each phrase that followed. A tone gaining edge pierced the silent room, with clicks of cameras replacing the pounding of keyboards and sporadic laughter as the only audible noise. Brief downward thrusts of Babers’ right hand gave emphasis to every part of the picture he painted.A packed Carrier Dome. Deafening noise. A no-huddle offense. Electric feeling.“Open your eyes,” Babers said. “That’s going to be a reality.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s going to be Syracuse football.”In front of a packed auditorium on Monday morning, Babers spoke publicly for the first time as Syracuse’s head coach. He’s the fifth in the past 24 years, a 54-year-old tasked with providing stability to a team that’s lacked it. He brings an enticing offensive pedigree to a group that’s averaged only 22.25 points per game since 2013, almost 15 less than what Babers’ teams averaged during that span.And exactly two weeks after the firing of a head coach who opened up his tenure with similar gusto, Babers momentarily injected optimism into Syracuse football.“Why Syracuse?” Babers asked rhetorically. “Why not Syracuse? … You tell me why not.”Flanked by former SU running back Floyd Little and Director of Athletics Mark Coyle, Babers looked up at a crowd dotted by family members, current and former players, football staff members, other SU head coaches and even a Carrier Dome concessions worker.The group broke into laughter when Babers admitted his nerves after accidentally saying “this is not a destination job for me.” They erupted when Babers confessed his love for movies, claiming he’s likely to be in a theatre when the lights go down. They chuckled when he pledged his loyalty to water because he can’t afford the calories of Hawaiian Punch — he was born in Hawaii — or orange juice, a symbol used by Scott Shafer at his introductory press conference.The event had the feel of a happy-go-lucky meet-and-greet, far from the aura given off by rows of cameras and chunks of significant SU figures.The tension surrounding SU football was nonexistent when Babers began speaking. Syracuse had found its coach, no longer competing on a market that was dwindling by the day. He was now charming a congregation, some of which will play for him, that is looking for a revival.“This is going to take an entire Syracuse nation to get this done,” Babers said. “I can’t see any reason why we can’t be at the top of the (Atlantic Coast Conference).”Babers coached wide receivers under Art Briles at Baylor from 2008-11. For 12 years prior to Babers’ arrival in Waco, Texas and two years into his tenure with the Bears, the team had a losing record. Briles repeatedly told Babers that fans will come, but only if the team wins.In Babers’ last two years, Baylor slowly ascended, finishing with a 10-3 record in 2011. Even at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green, he never began a season with expectations of a division title, he said, but each of the last four seasons resulted in one. Now he’s tasked with pulling Syracuse from similar depths.“I really believe special things are going to happen here,” Babers said. “I really believe that we’re going to start something that people are going to be talking about for a long, long time.”Before Babers was hired, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost was rumored to be the top contender before he took the Central Florida job. Then Chris Ash, the defensive coordinator from defending national champion Ohio State, appeared the favorite, but he reportedly withdrew his name.The sexy names were gone, but Syracuse snatched a coach who’s guided offenses to astronomical numbers with a foundation based in faith.He spoke with conviction about giving fans what they deserve. He promised a brand of football faster than anybody has seen on turf — not mincing words to bring life to a team that lost eight straight games before its season-ending win.“I wanted someone who was innovative and had an exciting brand of football,” Coyle said.Excitement is what Syracuse lacked after missing the postseason and losing its coach.And even if it dissipates as football season creeps farther away, Babers brought it back for now. Comments Published on December 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
She had been away from grand slams for 16 months, but Serena Williams said she felt like “a warrior princess” as she returned to winning ways at the French Open Tuesday.The 36-year-old defeated Czech Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in her first grand slam match since becoming a mom, but it was her eye-catching black catsuit that had tongues wagging.Laughing as she made reference to the fictional nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to superhero Black Panther from Marvel Comics, Williams told reporters: “I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe.”It was comfortable to wear. I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero. I feel like a superhero when I wear it.”Williams hit 13 aces in the match. The skintight outfit also serves a serious purpose, helping the 23-time grand slam champion’s blood circulation after a difficult childbirth.In an opinion piece for CNN in February, the former world No.1 described how she almost died while giving birth to her daughter, Olympia.Williams, who gave birth in September, added: “I had a lot of problems with my blood clots. God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So there is definitely a little functionality to it.”I have been wearing pants a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going.” Williams ‘on the right track’Though she is the most successful female player of the open era, with a ranking of 451 in the world she is not seeded in Roland Garros.Hitting 13 aces and lifting her game when trailing in a first-set tiebreak, the American overcame a player 381 places above her in the rankings in an hour and 45 minutes. Australian Ashleigh Barty awaits her in the second round. In an Instagram post after her victory — her first match on clay since the 2016 French Open final — Williams wrote: “Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!” Williams, who won the 2017 Australian Open in the early stages of pregnancy. told reporters she felt she was “on the right track.””I have been putting a lot of work in on the court, off the court, on the court, on the court, off the court, that’s kind of been my life,” said Williams, who had arrived at the French Open on a two-match losing skid and with no warmup matches on clay.”I have been really enjoying it. Hopefully the results continue to show.”