Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDartmouth (7-13, 0-5) vs. Yale (16-5, 4-1)John J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, Connecticut; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Yale looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Dartmouth. In its last eight wins against the Big Green, Yale has won by an average of 12 points. Dartmouth’s last win in the series came on March 7, 2015, a 59-58 victory. SENIOR STUDS: Dartmouth’s Chris Knight, James Foye and Ian Sistare have collectively accounted for 45 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 50 percent of all Big Green points over the last five games.DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Bulldogs have scored 79.8 points per game across five conference games, an improvement from the 72.6 per game they managed against non-conference competition.ACCURATE ATKINSON: In 21 appearances this season, Yale’s Paul Atkinson has shot 64 percent.COLD SPELL: Dartmouth has lost its last six road games, scoring 58.2 points, while allowing 67 per game.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bulldogs have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Big Green. Yale has 64 assists on 93 field goals (68.8 percent) across its previous three outings while Dartmouth has assists on 26 of 64 field goals (40.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Yale is ranked first among Ivy League teams with an average of 77 points per game. The Bulldogs have averaged 83.6 points per game over their last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Yale looks to extend streak vs Dartmouth February 8, 2020
Vanacore, as mentioned earlier, is a top-rated television composer and the man behind the music for such successful shows as “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Joe Millionaire,” “Nanny 911,” “Big Brother,” “The Contender” and “American Chopper.” In fact, Vanacore has been dubbed by television music insiders as “The King of Reality” and he humbly accepts his role in creating this new genre of music. Neumann has traveled the world singing for big bands, presidents (inaugurals for Presidents Reagan and Nixon), the Governor’s Ball at the Emmy Awards, at Disneyland and for movies and television shows. She recorded and released a CD of her own titled, “This is My Lucky Day.” Indeed, that is what Neumann was thinking when she got word Vanacore’s recording of the Blessed Kateri Children’s Choir was the one chosen for the new show. The “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” song can be heard throughout the broadcast, (look for the credits at the end of the show) and has even received some air time on the radio. Eleven-year-old choir singer Sidney Haefs, a fifth-grader at Mountainview Elementary, was thrilled with the experience and says she wants to pursue singing as a career. “I think we all did a good job, and we thank David and Madeline for the opportunity,” Sidney said. It must be noted here, that while only nine of Neumann’s choir students perform the theme song, the choir, in its entirety performs at many outside events, such as the Westfield Mall, Lombardi Ranch, and the Saugus High School Christmas Boutique. In addition to Haefs, other choir members who recorded the song include, Reilly Anspaugh, Hahna Brubaker, Giulia Faretta, Carley and Krista Fredrickson, Korinna Gee, Angie Meza and Emily Vanacore. The choir’s achievement is particularly meaningful, because it coincides with the commencement of construction on a new 1,000-seat church. Up to now, Mass has been held in a 10-year-old multipurpose room, and the choir has had to rehearse and perform in less than optimum conditions. When the producers of Fox Television’s breakout hit “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” went about casting voices for the show’s theme song, did they choose a) members of the Vienna Boys Choir b) children from the Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Children’s Choir in Santa Clarita or c) Hollywood cartoon voice-over actors who specialize in children’s voices. If you selected b, you may be smarter than a fifth-grader! Here’s what happened. Blessed Kateri’s choir accompanist, David Vanacore, a musician whose repertoire includes a number of television shows, came up with a catchy tune he felt would capture the fun and spirit of a fifth-grader. Step two. He asked longtime cohort and parish choir director, Madeline Vergari Neumann, to help him record the composition. To that end, Neumann gathered up three sixth-graders, five fifth-graders and one fourth-grader for the task. The nine students gathered and sang like songbirds at Vanacore’s recording studio, and three hours later, Vanacore was ready to submit his demo. But he still had to wait a couple of weeks to see if his rendition was chosen, because other composers had submitted music and lyrics as well. Says Neumann, “I told the kids no matter what happens, this is a great experience for them to be in a recording studio and this is something you will always remember. We never thought they would pick us, but they did!” Both Vanacore and Neumann are accomplished musical professionals who give generously of their talents by providing the liturgical accompaniment for the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Nevertheless, “It has been so rewarding for me to work with all the children that have come through the choirs in the past eight years,” Neumann said. Adding, “I remember when I was their age, a choir director had such an influence on me that I knew that music and singing was going to be my profession for life. After recording two CDs with our choirs, `Christmas Time Is Here’ and `Walking By Faith,’ and personal appearances with the kids and now this TV show, it has been a wonderful experience that these kids will never forget, whether they decide to make music their life or not. I have had so many talented kids in my choir over the years, that it will be interesting to see what each of them do in their lives.” She also praised Vanacore. “Working with David has been such a pleasure that I feel lucky that he ended up at Blessed Kateri Church. There is such a musical connection that I feel blessed. I also appreciate all the freedom I have been given by the church to create a music program that can grow for you years to come. God has been looking down on us!” Vanacore shares Neumann’s sentiments. “Having this show be such a big success for me is sharing it with the kids in the choir and with Madeline. The theme has been submitted for an Emmy, so keep your fingers crossed…and say your prayers.” And come what may, these talented choir members will never forget the following verse: Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? `Cuz there’s gonna be a test later. Teacher, teacher, now we’re back in school. Are you smarter than you used to be? Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Teacher, teacher, now we’re back in school. Are you smart enough for the fifth grade? Madeline Vergari Neumann is the choir director at Blessed Kateri Takewitha Catholic Church in Valencia. She posted this story May 1 on the Santa Clarita hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!