During the school year that just wrapped up, Columbian readers have been able to follow the exploits of lots of successful students.Some of their accomplishments came in the classroom, and some were achieved in a wide range of competitions.But the students tended to share some characteristics, and often followed similar paths to success.The to-do list for one championship team might serve as an example — with a notable exception.• Talent? Check.• Instruction? Check.• Hard work? Check.• Ammunition? Czech.That would be the Junior Air Force ROTC air rifle squad at Battle Ground High School. The BGHS sharpshooters and their counterparts at Prairie High were able to overcome a pellet problem on their paths to success.According to a Battle Ground district newsletter, there were local concerns about possible health hazards posed by lead ammunition in indoor shooting ranges, so the two teams shut down their practices in March 2010. ROTC instructors looked for an alternative, and practice finally resumed in October with nonlead pellets.Despite missing a lot of practice, Battle Ground went on to win the precision class this year in the national championships, where Prairie High’s riflemen also excelled.The pellets, made of tin and bismuth, are manufactured in the Czech Republic.Strictly businessAnother topic that combines health and the possibility of projectiles came to our attention. A man was talking about his diagnostics business for a piece on local employers.His company creates technology that tests saliva to diagnose medical conditions. His products can check a wide range of physical indicators, all without the use of needles.
Costa Rica women’s football star Raquel Rodríguez, who plays collegiately for Penn State, helped the Nittany Lions win their first ever national championship on Sunday with a beautiful goal in the 1-0 win over Duke. In the 72nd minute of the women’s College Cup final, Rodríguez spun the ball around a Duke defender and made a falling shot past the goalkeeper to give Penn State a 1-0 lead that it would not relinquish. The 22-year-old senior who plays for the women’s “La Sele” made history for the national team this past June when she scored Costa Rica’s first ever World Cup goal in a 1-1 tie against Spain in the group stages.“I think every goal’s special,” Rodríguez told NCAA.com after the game. “I can tell you right now, I was dreaming to score in the final. It’s the most important thing right now. The World Cup was great, but right now, this was all I was thinking of. I couldn’t be more grateful and happier. It’s another dream come true.”In a testament to her versatility, Rodríguez plays defense for the Nittany Lions but forward for Costa Rica. That experience on offense showed on Sunday’s final with her winning goal that capped off Penn State’s brilliant 22-3-2 campaign that included a Big Ten conference championship.The Tica star is one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded each year to the top collegiate players in women’s and men’s football. The top three finalists will be announced on Friday during the men’s College Cup semifinals. As of this writing, Rodríguez is in third place in the fan vote. Facebook Comments ICYMI: Penn State wins first NCAA #CollegeCup title with goal from Raquel Rodriguez –> https://t.co/arwRCflzrX pic.twitter.com/ufxJqSvlN8— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) December 7, 2015 [ESPN Video] espnW Highlights of the Night: In soccer, Raquel Rodriguez scores the only goal in Penn … https://t.co/m8LnIXrZmo #PennSt— Penn State Football (@BR_NittanyLions) December 7, 2015 Related posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. Random Photo of the Month: Ethiopians watch Costa Rica’s La Sele get beat by Spain VIDEO: Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope brawls with security guard at Panama football stadium