Butler Matt Clement dug into his big league background to explain this quarterfinal loss. You tip your hat to a guy when he hits a good pitch, Clement said Saturday after Mt. Lebanon 51 42 victory over Butler in the PIAA Class AAAA basketball playoffs. The major league pitcher turned coach would tipped his hat toward Mt. Lebanon Luke Hagy and Evan Eaton, whose shots ended a playoff run that helped rejuvenated Butler (17 11). Eaton led with 17 points, and Hagy added two key 3 pointers that gave the Blue Devils an early lead they never lost. They didn shoot well because of poor defense, Clement said. They just shot really well. Mt. Lebanon (26 3) returns to the state semifinals Wednesday for the second time in three seasons, again to face Penn Wood, the ninth place team from District 1. When they met in 2009, Mt. Lebanon lost, 79 58. It going to be a nice rematch, said Paul Lang, who scored 13 points. With 4:27 left in the fourth quarter, Butler trailed, 34 32, after Cody Herald basket and foul shot. It was part of a 9 0 run that had Butler again pushing toward its first lead. But each time Butler got close, Mt. Lebanon pulled away. The Blue Devils scored 10 of the next 13 points, including four by Eaton to stretch the lead back to nine. Evan was just fantastic, Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David said. His takes to the rim I thought were the difference in this game. It happened again minutes later, when Butler strung together five straight points. With 1:19 left, Butler trailed, 45 40. But Mt. Lebanon scored seven of the game final nine points. They made their little runs, but we didn let that affect us, Lang said. They brought it close, but we stayed poised. Backup guard Christopher Bendel was invaluable for Mt. Lebanon in the fourth quarter, making 7 of 8 free throws. Bobby Swartwout scored 20 points for Butler, the third place team from the WPIAL. The Tornado found a spark in these state playoffs, winning three straight games and toppling district champions Erie Cathedral Prep (District 10) and Allderdice (City League). The Blue Devils led the entire game but never by much. Their largest first half lead was five points, and it reached double digits just once in the second half. At halftime, Mt. Lebanon led, 21 19. The Blue Devils began the second half with a 6 0 run that became a 13 4 run, stretching that lead to 11 points. Butler had won its other playoff games with similar third quarter runs. If you look at our script in any playoff game this year, we really come out in the third quarter hot, Clement said. We were reeling right there. We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information. 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I am hyper aware that there is nothing between my naked foot and the possibility of putting 190 pounds of pressure directly onto something sharp. I'm nervous and find myself asking the question: why did I think this was a good idea? A number of recent studies have shown barefoot runners have better form, particularly in the way their feet hit the ground, than their sneaker wearing counterparts. According to a Harvard study barefoot runners are much less likely to heel strike, and instead are more likely to land naturally on the balls of their feet. Other studies have shown barefoot running to strengthen foot and leg muscles that are neglected when runners wear strong, stabilized running shoes. While that point is a contentious one, especially consider running shoes are a $20 billion business, there seems to be widespread consensus that a little barefoot running in a great addition to your training. Little more than a rubber slip on for your foot with a thin strip of padding on the sole, the Five Fingers feels more like a thick second layer of skin than a shoe. They are so light and flexible you can bend them in half, and as I leave my building wearing them, I am left with the feeling that I forgot to put something on. I take off running at a slower than usual pace, completely obsessed with my form and how I am landing. I am landing correctly, and using short strides, and I keep thinking, "Am I doing this naturally? Or am I overthinking this?" But mostly I am thinking, "Is everyone staring at my feet?" By kilometre three, when Free Energy's "Bang Pop" is candycoating my ears, I have completely forgotten what's on my feet. I am "in the zone" so to speak, and it's not until I hit a hard gravel trail 10 minutes later that I miss running sneakers. While hard dirt trails prove to be no problem, gravel trails are best skipped in the Five Fingers. You feel each rock quite memorably, and momentum is lost to a series of zig zags and slow downs as you search for the least painful path forward. I had intended to only run five kilometres, but I was feeling so pleased with the Five Fingers initially, I decided to test their worth over a longer distance. My form is noticeably better, my back is straighter, my head is up and my strides are quick. I end up doing about 12 kilometres with little problem, minus a bad blister forming on one of my big toes. My feet don't ache and my calves feel fine. Toronto's sidewalks prove to be as polite as its citizens, and glass or debris were no issue. A little online research suggests the main problem with the Five Fingers is that they break down easily, which at $85, is a bit disappointing. But my short experience with them has turned me into a believer. While I would hardly trade in my running sneakers permanently, a shorter run or two a week in the Five Fingers is certainly recommendable to even beginner runners. It is a tad ridiculous to review my own feet, I realize. But think about the last time you did any non beach activity in bare feet, especially running. I've chickened out a little from my initial plan to run on the sidewalks barefoot and have instead decided to find a park to do hill and wind sprints. Running uphill, I do notice that my strides are quicker and my balance is much better than when doing this in sneakers. My heels are only grazing the ground, and I am getting better speed as a result. While the ground is hard, it's not something noticeable, except for the odd pebble. When wearing running sneakers, it can often be difficult to assess your foot strikes and form. Running barefoot allows you to feel exactly where you are hitting the ground on your feet and how your foot muscles respond to it. There is also the added incentive to add more short strides which a recent study says prevents injury rather than to lengthen strides when trying to speed up. While wearing sneakers, I have the tendency to try to push hard off my feet when I am trying to sprint. While barefoot, I added more strides and was a more efficient runner for it. In conclusion: It's beneficial and it's free. If you're a semi serious runner doing interval training, ditch the shoes on the grass or the beach and try it out. The second version of Nike's well regarded running sneaker, this lightweight shoe feature's the company's dynamic support system, which provides a lot of pronation control. Comfortable, although they don't breathe as well as my Nike Pegasus' do, these running shoes are great for longer runs. 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Brands like Wonderboard or Durock come in thicknesses of 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8" which allow you to try to match up finished floor heights to adjoining flooring so that you don't have a significant elevation difference between them. Measure your flooring area for width and length checking to see if you have a room that is out of square. You do not want to end up with small cuts of tile at the edges of the room. If you are using 12" tiles and your room is 11'2" you do not want 11 full tiles and a row of 2" tiles. Instead, use one full tile less, 10 full tiles, which would leave a 7" tile on each edge. Do the same for the length of the room. You only have to cut your tiles so they get within 1/2" of the walls because the base trim and shoe will cover the perimeter. This can help with walls slightly out of square. Next you want to section off the floor into four quadrants by using a chalk line and snapping two lines at right angles to each other. Using the 11'2" wall, at one end measure 5'7" (half the distance) from the wall to the center of the room and make a mark on the floor. Then do the same at the other end of the same wall. Holding the chalk line tautly across the two marks, snap the line so that you have a chalk line parallel to the wall 5'7" away. Let's say the adjoining wall is 13'9", which would give you 13 full tiles and 4 1/2" cuts at both sides. A more professional look would be to use 12 full tiles and have 10 1/2" tiles at the edges. You would then make two marks from that wall 6'10 1/2" away and snap the other line. You now have split the floor up into four sections. Decide what size grout joints you want to have between the tiles. It is a good idea to use plastic spacers that will keep your grout joints consistent. Mix half of a 5 gal. pail with thinset mortar to the consistency of peanut butter. Follow the bag of mortar's instructions for which size notched trowel to use, but for most tiles a 3/8" square notch is good. Starting at one of the corners in the middle of the room, start spreading the mortar out so that you come right up to the chalk line, but not covering it so that you can see the line to get the edge of the tiles perfectly along it. Spread the mortar so that you can work 2 rows of tiles at a time from the middle of the room down along the line towards the wall, using your spacers as you go. When you get to the wall, start back to the middle with two rows. When you get to a wall and you are nearing a corner, you want to fill up to the corner and work your way backward to the middle so you don't get stuck having to walk on newly set tiles. Renting or buying a wet saw is much easier than using a tile board that scores and snaps the tiles because the saw can make "L" shaped or other irregular shaped cuts that almost always come up. Before you start, take a tile and set it on the floor next to each door casing and jamb and make a pencil mark across the top of the tile onto the wood trim. Using a jamb saw (or other tool like a hand mitre saw) cut away the bottoms of the jambs and casings so that the tiles will slide under and you won't have to cut your tiles to fit around them. Keep a bucket of water and sponge handy to wipe away excess mortar from the tops of the tiles and your hands. You do not want to have to scrape it off later when it's dry. Keep a screwdriver or putty knife handy to scrape out excess mortar that can build up too high in the grout joints when you are mushing the tiles in. This mortar will show through your grout later and is not fun digging out and replacing with grout when dry. Be sure to set each tile firmly, tapping the corners and middle of the tiles with the palm of your hand or a rubber mallet for a good bond. Whenever you have mortar on the floor that has been setting for more than 10 minutes or so, maybe because you have to make another batch, or there are a few inches extra past some of the tiles you have laid, take a putty knife or the flat edge of the trowel and scrape it off the floor and mix it back into the bucket. The mortar will start to dry on the very surface and impede its bonding ability to the tile surface. After letting your tile job set for 24 hours, it is time to grout. Mix your grout in one pail and have another pail of water and sponge at the ready. Starting from one corner of the room, take the wet sponge and wipe down the tiles in an area within your reach. This will make the grout much easier to pull across the tile surface. Take the grout float, plop down a few piles of grout and start pulling the grout across the tile with the grout float at almost a 90 degree angle, scraping it across the tiles surface and pushing it into the grout joints. It is best to pull the grout at angles across the joints. Once you have done an area that you can easily reach, grab the water bucket and start wiping the excess grout off the surface of the tile, rinsing the sponge often. When you have all the excess grout off the tiles, gently wipe the sponge in the same direction as the joints to smooth them off, taking care not to press down too hard pulling the grout out. Slide your buckets back and move to a new spot working your way across the floor towards a door. Floor tiles usually have grout joints that are 3/16" or larger and thus need a sanded grout (grout with sand added) to hold it together from cracking. Wall tiles are usually spaced at 1/8" and use a non sanded grout so as not to scratch their shiny, glazed surface. Wall tiles are usually applied using an adhesive or tile mastic that is premixed. Wall tiles also have various trim pieces that are rounded off, called bullnose tile, to finish them off because they don't have a base trim covering their edges. A finishing touch would be to applya grout sealer to the grout after it has had time to cure to seal it and make it easier to clean after years of use. 136064 120 Jordan 3 Fire Red Retro 2013 Women Size Yes, I have been experiencing wrist pain for a while now during this pregnancy. I did not have carpal tunnel prior to pregnancy that I am aware of. Ice is the only thing that seems to help, and it only helps a little. I am also having difficulty with my hands as well. I seemed to have lost alot of strength in them. My wrists started hurting me the last few months of my last pregnancy, around Sept 07 (so a little over a year ago). After I had DD they got so bad I wasn't even able to change her diaper at times or even pick her up, let alone do other things around the house or at work. 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