Mr. Derek Alan Archer, age 31, of Moorefield, Indiana, entered this life on August 22, 1985, in Madison, Indiana, the loving son of, Alan J. Archer and Michelle Lynn (Holder) Wind. He was raised in Moorefield, Indiana where he grew up on the family farm. Derek was a 2004 graduate of the Switzerland County High School in Vevay, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2008 in landscape and horticulture design from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Derek was united in marriage to the love of his life, Trisha Rae Allen. This happy union was blessed with two children, James Hudson and Poppy Louise. Derek and Trisha shared nine loving years of marriage together until he lost his courageous battle with leukemia. Derek was currently employed as a landscape designer for Bella Outdoors in Burlington, Kentucky, for the past two years. He was a former landscape designer for Brentwood Inc. in Alexandria, Kentucky, for eight years. Derek was raised in the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant, Indiana. Derek will be remembered for his love of his adoring children, his family, riding his ATV ranger and raising giant pumpkins every year. Derek will be deeply missed by his loving family and abundance of friends. The past seven weeks, Derek put up a courageous fight with leukemia with his family right beside him cheering him on and praying for him. Derek’s battle ended with his loving family by his side at 6:50 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews, Kentucky. Derek will be deeply missed by his loving wife: Trisha Rae Archer of Moorefield, IN; his son: James Hudson Archer of Moorefield, IN; his daughter: Poppy Louise Archer of Moorefield, IN; his father: Alan J. Archer and his companion: Carlyn Wilburn of Pleasant, IN; his mother: Michelle Wind of Madison, IN; his brother: Adam Archer and his wife: Carly of Moorefield, IN; his nieces and nephews: Halle, Adalyn, Beckham and Jett; his paternal-grandparents: John D. and Mary Leo (Lewis) Archer of Moorefield, IN; his maternal-grandparents: Carol Ann (Lee) Holder Williams and her husband: Milford of Bennington, IN; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Greg and Traci Pavy of Vevay, IN; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Rodney Allen of Ridgeland, SC; his brother-in-law: Tyler Allen and his fiancée: Heather Thomas of Vevay, IN; his maternal grandparents-in-law: James and Sharon Ray of Vevay, IN and his several aunts, uncles, cousins and abundance of friends.He was preceded in death by his maternal-grandfather: Earl Holder, died July 23, 1991; his paternal-great-grandfather: John Kendrick “Ken” Archer, died April 24, 1982; his paternal-great-grandmother: Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer, died June 6, 1999; his maternal-great-grandparents: Robert and Nellie (Puckett) Holder; his maternal-great-grandparents: Charles and Thelma (King) Lee; his paternal-great-grandfather: Clyde A. Lewis, died January 2, 2001 and his paternal-great-grandmother: Leona (Fish) Lewis, died November 16, 1995.Friends may call 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Switzerland County High School, 1020 West Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7:00 pm, by Pastor Chris Clemans at the Switzerland County High School, 1020 West Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Private Graveside Services and Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Caledonia Cemetery, Moorefield, Indiana Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for Derek’s children % Trisha Archer. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Published on November 15, 2018 at 10:11 am Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments During a meal last year, Syracuse players gathered as then-junior outside hitter Mariia Levanova plugged her phone into a speaker and cued up contemporary Russian pop music. With a football game playing in the background, she showed her American teammates Russian pop artists Elka, Gradusy and Vintage. Her teammates were intrigued and started to ask more about Russian culture and language.Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin overheard as Levanova told her teammates “дерьмо,” (der’mo) the Russian word for sh*t.“What are you telling them?” Yelin asked.“They asked me to teach them the word,” Levanova said. “It was funny.”For much of Yelin’s coaching career, he has hosted a Thanksgiving celebration for his team at his house. Players from all different countries come together to share aspects of their culture, from food to music. Syracuse’s (16-7, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) final three games take place over the academic break, when the majority of the SU campus is vacant. In his time at Syracuse, Yelin has hosted his annual Thanksgiving dinner in his downtown Syracuse apartment. He provides his players with a Thanksgiving experience, no matter if they’re American or not.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s always an open invitation to my house,” Yelin said. “Some kids have nowhere to go.”The tradition began when Yelin was the head coach at Louisville. Yelin is an Uzbekistani immigrant, so he makes sure to recruit at least a few European players every year, he said. On one Thanksgiving in the mid 1990s, Yelin decided to show them how Americans experienced the holiday. For Americans with nowhere to celebrate, he provided them a home for the night.When Yelin retired from Louisville and was hired at Syracuse, it continued.Every year, Yelin hosts “seven or eight” players for dinner, Levanova said. His wife, Yelena, does the majority of the cooking. She prepares traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing, as well as pelmeni: a Russian dumpling filled with minced meat (pork, lamb, beef, fish or chicken) and mushrooms.Last year, Levanova and the seven others arrived at Yelin’s apartment early. They worked with Yelena to prepare the turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, cornbread and baklava: a European and Asian delicacy layered with nuts, syrup and honey.Yelin’s annual Thanksgiving gathering is more than just a holiday to Levanova. A native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, she doesn’t really care about Thanksgiving. In fact, she only started celebrating it three years ago. Many players who went in 2016, Valelly said, hadn’t experienced it before. But to Levanova, it’s about spending time with her teammates.“We always see each other on the court,” Levanova said. “Coming back and to have dinner, it’s much more relaxing.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Together, the pitcher and catcher on a baseball field are said to comprise the “battery.” Their working dynamic powers a club pitch after pitch. A year ago, the Dodgers’ battery took longer than usual to recharge.Yasmani Grandal was new to the team. A.J. Ellis was adapting to a new routine as the backup catcher, and his intel could help Grandal only so much. Starting pitchers Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, and more than half of the bullpen were new to the organization when camp commenced.Flash forward to Tuesday, when Ellis had the suddenly rare opportunity to catch two pitchers he’d never caught before: Kenta Maeda and Jose De Leon. Maeda spent last year in Japan. De Leon, in his first big league camp, is one of 27 pitchers (out of 35) who spent all or part of last year in the organization. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Compare that to 2015, when camp broke with 14 new pitchers out of 31 total. For a catcher, that degree of turnover makes life difficult.“It’s more about learning the best way to sequence somebody,” Ellis said. “For example, Chris Hatcher. Seeing him a year ago, not really knowing how devastating his split-finger fastball was going to be, and the way that pitch developed especially the end of the year when he became a dominant set-up man — that learning curve doesn’t exist for me anymore. I’ve already passed that part up.”Grandal was leaning back in a folding chair at his locker stall, looking more relaxed than a sloth on Sunday as he scanned the familiar name plates in the clubhouse.“I know what it is to come in every year not knowing who’s coming in,” he said. “I did that for three years in San Diego.”In Hatcher’s case, the effect was hard to miss. He had a 6.38 earned-run average in the first half of last season and a 1.31 ERA in the second half. This was the exception, not the rule, though maybe the benefits of familiarity between a catcher and pitcher deserve an occasional reminder. The question of who will catch on a given night will also carry over into 2016. Shortly after the Dodgers acquired Grandal from the Padres, then-manager Don Mattingly spoke to Grandal and Ellis about what to expect each night. With no coaxing, all three men agreed that a platoon based primarily on matchup splits was the best way to go.For the most part, the plan worked. Dodgers catchers compiled a .751 OPS last season, third in the National League and a quantum leap forward from the year prior. New manager Dave Roberts is on board with the same plan. Five days after pitchers and catchers officially reported, the manager hasn’t met with Grandal or Ellis to discuss playing time yet.“I think if there was going to be a conversation,” Grandal said, “we already would have had it.”AlsoDodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu reported only normal soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder one day after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session. His next bullpen session is Friday, and Ryu said he expects to throw 25 to 30 fastballs again. … Maeda, De Leon, Julio Urias, Alex Wood, Scott Kazmir and Brandon Beachy all threw bullpen sessions Tuesday. … Grandal said his left shoulder is 100 percent and he will be cleared to bat from both sides of the plate in Cactus League games. Grandal had surgery on the shoulder in October.
Fans react to Turner home run. Ball kept going and going and… @OCRegSports @InsideSoCalSpts pic.twitter.com/hA5x7o2oWa— Jonathan Khamis (@JonathanKhamis) October 25, 2017 It’s nothing personal, JT does this to everybody. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/nBOgZ9Sxsi— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 25, 2017 “We need some runs.” “OK.” –@redturn2 pic.twitter.com/TvCUYYhQHp— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 25, 2017 — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 25, 2017 Breathe, Keuchel pic.twitter.com/XZ0cOGWgbB— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) October 25, 2017 Turner’s 26 postseason RBI tied Duke Snider for the most in #Dodgers postseason history. He has 14 RBIs this postseason, a team record. https://t.co/HkLVueFRPt JUSTIN TURNER DELIVERS2-run homer off of Keuchel gives the Dodgers a 3-1 lead https://t.co/uVRQ6ZzNZF pic.twitter.com/uA4GSWRhWK— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 25, 2017 taylor and turner. turner and taylor. 2 reclamation projects are their key guys (and take heart mets fans, taylor was never a met). 3-1 LA— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 25, 2017 Justin Turner strikes again! The slugger gives the Dodgers a 3-1 lead in World Series Game 1. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error