3 Emu Court, Sorrento.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMs Fazekas said the home was designed to have a contemporary style with the environment in mind. “It was an older home when we first moved in and there was only so much we could do to change it without completely rebuilding it,” she said. 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.“The house was orange and it needed love. I am a big fan of natural materials and using products that are environmentally friendly. “The materials have a lovely natural shine to it. Paint tends to break away and we wanted a design that would stand the test of time.” 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.The couple said the home had been a retreat for them.“It’s always relaxing having a morning coffee on the patio,” Ms Fazekas said. 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.THIS single-level Sorrento home is packed with impressive features including a pool, spa and wine cellar.Belinda Fazekas and Mark Dolbel own their own solid plastering business Plastacraft and have applied their expertise in surface finishes to their family home. 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.Designed with a resort-style in mind, the 792sq m home at 3 Emu Court was renovated with a mix of natural materials and polished plasters. “We’ve done the house in natural finishes,” Ms Fazekas said. “The exterior has had a sand coat finish and inside are polished plasters.” 3 Emu Court, Sorrento.“The house is really well spaced out too, so even though it’s one level it still has a lot of features.”
As Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s glasses slipped out of her hand and flew into the stands, the lead and the game were almost lost along with them. Luckily, after Kelsey received a technical foul on that play with a little more than a minute remaining – the Badgers recovered and were able to stave off a last second three-point attempt to defeat their in-state rivals Marquette 71-68.Wisconsin (5-3) found itself up by 15 early in the game, but Marquette (4-3) utilized gritty defensive play and hot shooting to diminish the Badger’s lead. However, Arlesia Morse’s 30-foot three-point attempt fell well short at the buzzer, and Wisconsin held on for a hard-earned win – and an important one according to Kelsey.“This is so important for our team because we can build on this,” Kelsey said. “You got to win some of these games to build on them; it’s not good to say we tried hard, we lost. You got to win them.”The big story in the game for the Badgers was the absence of senior guard Taylor Wurtz and freshman guard Dakota Whyte, forcing Wisconsin to go with a six person rotation for almost the entire game. Wurtz was out for the third straight game with a back injury, and Whyte sat out as a precautionary measure because of a sore knee. All five starters logged more than 34 minutes in the game, with sophomore forward AnnMarie Brown the only other playing seeing significant time at 17 minutes of total play.Despite their lack of depth, Wisconsin started the game fast and looked ready to run away with the game early. After Marquette scored the first basket of the game, the Badgers went off on a 15-0 run and proceeded to sink five threes to hold their biggest lead at 21-6.After the game Golden Eagle head coach Terri Mitchell commented on the Badgers’ fast start, along with the atmosphere of the game when Marquette made the game close again.“I give Wisconsin a lot of credit for the way they jumped all over us to start the game. The eight threes they had in the first half, they got in a rhythm, and once we settled and responded it was a chess match,” Terri Mitchell. It was a lot of fun to coach; it’s a lot more fun when you win, but I don’t walk out of here wondering about the hearts of my team.”Allowing the Golden Eagles back into the game was some sloppy play by the Badgers, and a scary moment for Wisconsin. On a fast break, Wisconsin junior forward Cassie Rochel went up for a layup, and following a miss, she landed awkwardly on one of her knees. After a made basket by Marquette, Rochel was tended to by the medical staff and made her way gingerly off the court.Rochel returned to the bench following several minutes in the locker room, and she then appeared back in the game, but in her time gone, the damage was done. Marquette’s 18-2 run came at this point, and Marquette took the lead 24-23. But Wisconsin kept Marquette at bay and promptly took the lead back, with the help of a Nicole Bauman, who came up big for the Badgers, totaling a career high 16 points.Even though Marquette took the lead briefly, as Rochel left the court with her injury, she had confidence in her teammates’ ability.“I think it was more of just shock than anything. My knee buckled when I went up for a layup but walking out of the gym I had no worries,” Rochel said. “The freshmen [and bench players] are ready to step up at any time, and they know that whether I go down or any of the guards go down, the players on the bench are ready to step up whenever they are called upon.”There were few players on the bench to call on in this game, but the players that were called on stepped up to the task. Rochel recorded 10 points, sophomore forward Jacki Gulczynski had 14 and junior guard Morgan Paige had 19 to pace the Badgers.When the Badgers needed it the most up only three with 1:38 remaining, Gulczynski hit a cold-blooded three pointer from the top of the arc, to give the Badgers some breathing room. Following two technical foul free-throws and subsequent three-pointer by Marquette, Wisconsin’s lead was cut to one, but Bauman sank two free-throws with 14 seconds left to secure the Badger win.“Even us being young and inexperienced, it was really, really encouraging to see us being together and really fighting through to get this win,” Paige said.
In five straight games, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has not given up more than one goal per game.This strong defensive streak could be credited to outstanding play from goalkeeper Ann-Renée Desbiens, or to a complete team effort on the defensive side that has improved throughout the season.Although the outings have been impressive, the coming weeks could prove difficult for this Badger squad. This week’s opponent, Minnesota Duluth, has two players in the top ten in scoring in the WCHA, Zoe Hickel and Ashleigh Brykaliuk, who are tied for ninth with 28 points apiece. Wisconsin hasn’t faced such individual scoring threats since it played Minnesota, which has four such players in the league top 10.“I think I found a way to stay focused and in the game, even in games when you don’t receive as many shots,” Desbiens said. “So just make sure you communicate with the defense and do the little things that is going to keep you motivated and focused.”The La Malbaie, Quebec, native had the opportunity to play and travel with Team Canada over winter break.Desbiens and the rest of the Canadian squad played games in Germany against other top national teams, and she received advice from new coaches, who helped her from getting into bad practice habits.“I think it was a lot about habits. It was good to have different people there to give you different advice,” Desbiens said. “So I think just being with them and making sure I get good habits in practice and push hard every single time and follow my rebounds are all little things you don’t really think about doing when you practice so often here.”With the majority of the defense composed of younger players, and Katarina Zgraja being the only player with more than two years of experience, Desbiens has taken on a key role as a leader on the defensive side in only her sophomore season.After filling in for eight straight games a season ago for the injured Alex Rigsby, Desbiens has now taken over the reins as the leader of the Wisconsin defense this season. As the season goes on and the young team gains more experience and better chemistry, the defensive pairing has helped UW turn up the defensive intensity.That defensive poise has helped UW hold 13 of its last 16 opponents to one goal or fewer since Nov. 13, allowing an average of 0.81 goals per game.“We are really confident playing with her behind us,” sophomore defenseman Jenny Ryan said of Desbiens. “I think her confidence with us as a defensive core has grown really well. I think she feels more confident in us to get the puck away, so she can do more of her job and we can do more of our job.”The trust that has built up throughout the season will be necessary, as Wisconsin’s opponents become tougher come playoff time.“I think overall as a team, as we keep practicing together, we get to know each other better, so we know how each other react, so it’s really a team effort,” Desbiens said. “So as the season goes on, we really got better.”It helps that the Wisconsin offense at many points this season has played well enough to prevent opposing teams from even entering into the UW defensive zone.The Badgers currently lead the country in shots on goal per game, and with how much it controls possession, Wisconsin hasn’t allowed opponents many scoring opportunities. The team has allowed just 19.3 shots on goal per game, the second-lowest mark in the country.Despite the large discrepancy in scoring opportunities, Wisconsin can continue to improve on getting the defense to help create more offensive chances for their goal scorers.“I think we just need to focus on making simple, smart plays and not doing too much,” Ryan said. “We need to make good first breakout passes so we can make it easy for our offense to get up. And we need to keep our gaps tight so that we can protect our zone and jump in the rush when we can.”Getting its defense to lead to offense could help in close games down the stretch. Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said he continues to find things for the team to work on to make each player better, which makes for a more complete team.“I think as you wind the season down, and we’re sort of in that phase right now where you have six games left and then you have the postseason upon you,” Johnson said. “You try to hone in on a lot of little things, obviously [defense] being one, and just the awareness of every situation, every part of the game.”