Crews had set up equipment for dredging to resume at 51st Street on Monday (July 20), but after one test, the hopper dredge pumping sand for the project returned to Norfolk for more repairs.After one test pump on Monday involving mostly water, the hopper dredge that is powering Ocean City’s south end beach replenishment project returned to Norfolk for more repairs.Work crews are consolidating equipment on the beach just north of the 52nd Street entrance on Tuesday (July 21).The engine on the Liberty Island died on May 30 and the ship had been in port for seven weeks as it was replaced. It returned to Ocean City on Monday (July 20) for what was expected to be the restart of work.But the test showed some sort of problem with the repair or the engine. Richard Pearsall, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, said Tuesday that the dredge experienced a mechanical issue with a reduction gearbox. Mechanics in Norfolk will need to evaluate the problem before the Army Corps can provide an estimate on when the repair can be completed and work can resume, Pearsall said.The beach at 51st Street where a brief test of the repaired dredge took place is now groomed and free of equipment on Tuesday (July 21).Work crews on the beach had run pipeline down to 51st Street and set up filter cages in anticipation of the project resuming, but on Tuesday morning, they appear to be pulling equipment back and consolidating it at 52nd Street.Work to rebuild eroded beaches between 37th and 59th streets in Ocean City began April 20 and was expected to be complete by now. But an engine failure on the Liberty Island brought the project to a standstill on May 30.If work had resumed Monday, the project would have been on target to be complete by Sept. 9.The delay pushes the restart of the project deeper into the heart of the summer vacation season in the resort.__________Sign up for free OCNJ Daily news updates by email.__________The hopper dredge is a ship that pumps sand into its hold from an offshore borrow area, then travels closer to Ocean City to hook up with a pipeline that feeds the new sand onto the beach.Crews from the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois have completed work between 37th Street and 47th Street. The current phase of the project started at 55th Street and was moving toward 47th Street when the dredge died at 52nd Street.The final phase of the project will start at 55th Street and move southward to 59th Street.When it’s done, Ocean City will have received approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.5 miles of beach from 37th Street to 59thStreet. The $57 million project includes Strathmere and Sea Isle City, and is funded entirely by the federal government.
Jon Leuer wasted no time going to work this season, hitting three consecutive three-pointers at the outset of the season opener.[/media-credit]After the Wisconsin football team erupted for 83 points last Saturday versus Indiana, there may have been just a little pressure on the men’s basketball team to make sure they weren’t outscored.But after two high-scoring exhibition games, the Badgers prevailed in that regard two nights ago in the season opener, scoring 99 points to Prairie View A&M’s 55. It was Wisconsin’s highest point total since December of 1995.A number of Badgers turned in encouraging performances on offense in that game and they will look to continue their hot hands against visiting North Dakota tonight.Head coach Brian Jones leads the Fighting Sioux into the Kohl Center following a 77-46 season-opening victory against Waldorf College last Friday.The Sioux return three starters from last year’s squad that finished just 8-23 overall and 5-7 in the Great West conference.After losing their top two leading scorers from last year, North Dakota welcomes 6-foot-4 freshman Troy Huff onto the team, who posted 18 points and six rebounds in his debut.And although the Fighting Sioux are still trying to find their footing in Division I basketball – it being just their third season in college basketball’s top flight – the Badgers know well enough not to think of NDU as a push-over.Against Prairie View, the Badgers struggled early to convert on open looks and committed eight turnovers in the first half.That prevented the Badgers from establishing a firm hold on the game, as they led by just 10 at halftime.Wisconsin fine-tuned itself in the second thanks in large part to huge contributions off the bench, as the team improved its field goal percentage by 13.2 percent and three-pointer percentage 18.4 percent by game’s end. Turnovers were cut to four.Head coach Bo Ryan was unenthusiastic of the first half turnovers, but pointed out that they can be fixed before becoming too much of a nuisance.“Four a half is plenty for me,” he said. “What did we have in the first half, eight? Yeah, that’s too many so you got to cut those out. Was it because of pressure? was it because of bad decisions? I know a couple that were just definitely bad decisions on our part and other times it was because of the quickness of the [opponent] or length or things like that.”“We got to get better at ball fakes, we got to get better with our handle – so all things that can be corrected.”Despite starting slow initially in their season-opener, the Badgers feel confident when it comes to scoring, where its potential runs deep into the bench.Even though the reserves saw more time than usual on the court since the game was put away early, Wisconsin’s starting five accounted for just 48 of the 99 points scored.“We’re looking for guys all over that can do that (score), whether its Ryan (Evans) or Rob (Wilson) when he gets healthy, Keaton (Nankivil), we have guys right down the line that can step up and you don’t know who’s going to put up numbers or score points on any given night,” senior forward Jon Leuer said. “That’s definitely one of the strengths of our team and with a lift like that off the bench it helps a lot.”Junior guard/forward Rob Wilson’s status is uncertain for the meeting against North Dakota. Wilson strained his hamstring within his first five minutes of gameplay in Wisconsin’s exhibition opener just over a week ago.One of UW’s brightest revelations from the PVAM game emanated from freshman guard Josh Gasser, who knocked down 21 points to begin his college career.While Ryan believes Gasser will continue to find success, he doesn’t think it will be long before opposing teams begin to zero in on him.“I remember being in the press conference after Jon Leuer hit 24 threes against Michigan – I’m exaggerating – but it seemed like that by the time we were done and, yeah, he was open,” Ryan said. “In every scouting report after that everybody’s got Jon Leuer down as a threat to shoot from the outside so he didn’t get those same kind of looks and people played him a little differently so people are going to look at Josh Gasser [the same way].”Nevertheless, the Badgers appear to have the luxury of a big enough rotation filled with guys who can fill in the scoring gaps.And it’s got junior point guard Jordan Taylor feeling pretty good.“As long as we all stay healthy and just keep working hard I think the sky is the limit for this team, especially when we got guys like that coming off of the woodwork knocking down threes like that,” he said.