“I think especially when it’s songs that everyone knows and we’re all singing at the same time, we’re all a community, and it feels cool to be a part of that,” she said. “It was awesome to have a game on my birthday,” she said. “And it was really fun to share my birthday with Angela. We called every touchdown a birthday touchdown for us and I got to go up for 28 push-ups.” “There were definitely still some sloppy plays, but there is always room for improvement,” she said. “I think the team definitely pulled themselves back together after being shaken up by USC last week and started playing like it was our game, not someone else’s. It was great to see us converting on third downs and driving the ball well.” “It was more toned-down,” Sullivan said. “I was worried that it would take away from the band, and I like the tradition that we have, but I think they did a better job this time.” “I thought they did a really good job with it this weekend. ‘Crazy Train’ was fun, but it got played a little too much [at the USC game],” he said. “I thought they did a great job of mixing it up this weekend. It got everyone pumped.” Andruszkiewicz said she thought the game went very well overall. “It was pretty much a perfect game for me because it was my 20th birthday,” Ryck said. “My family was here — my parents and my sister and a few friends.” “It was pretty much a perfect game for me because it was my 20th birthday,” Ryck said. “My family was here — my parents and my sister and a few friends.” Winning was a great birthday present, Andruszkiewicz said. “It was awesome to have a game on my birthday,” she said. “And it was really fun to share my birthday with Angela. We called every touchdown a birthday touchdown for us and I got to go up for 28 push-ups.” Junior Joe Thomas said the Oct. 23 loss to USC lowered his expectations for the season but did not make him especially concerned about Saturday’s game against Navy. For junior Angela Ryck and sophomore Eily Andruszkiewicz, Notre Dame’s 56-14 victory over Navy was particularly special because it was also their birthdays. Thomas said he was pleased the Irish scored so many points but thinks the team still needs to improve. “I think we needed this game against a not very legitimate offense,” Thomas said. “I would have been a lot more concerned if they weren’t an option offense that I know we can stop.” Andruszkiewicz said she thought the game went very well overall.well.”stop.”vulnerable.”pumped.”time.”Rague said she liked the music a lot. “I’ve always thought the key to success in a football team is having a steady quarterback, and we still haven’t made a decision there,” he said. “We’re a solid chunk through the season and I think that’s what’s holding us back. The quarterback is the leader on the field and if we feel like the quarterback could be pulled at any time, everyone feels more vulnerable.” Junior Kelly Sullivan said she wasn’t sure if she liked the music but thought it was better than it was at the USC game. The music played over the loudspeakers was a nice touch, Thomas said. Sophomore Lisa Rague said she liked the music a lot. Winning was a great birthday present, Andruszkiewicz said.
Earl L. Laker 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 23, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born January 27, 1940 in Friendship, IN, son of the late Ernest Laker and Laura (Thomas) Laker.He worked as a Central Office Technician for United Telephone Company of Indiana, retiring after over 45 1/2 years of service.He was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church of Aurora, where he also served as a trustee for many years and assisted in the planning and renovation of the new addition. He furthered his service to his community at the Friendship and Dillsboro Fire Departments. He ran a sideline business, Laker Sales and Service, which dealt in commercial two-way radios. In his younger years, he was a talented musician and played in a band at various events. He enjoyed dancing with his beloved wife and also enjoyed socializing and making new friends. He did not know a stranger. He had a subtle sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke. He was passionate about his work in communications and leaves behind a legacy of integrity and adherence to the highest of moral values. He had a true servant’s heart and always put others first. He loved people and they very dearly loved him.Earl is survived by his loving spouse of almost 58 years Gayla M. (Thayer) Laker, two sons, Jeff (Diane) Laker of Madison, IN, Jerry (Melissa) Laker of Dillsboro, IN; four Granddaughters, Stacie (Tyson) Skinner of Madison, IN, Courtney Laker of Noblesville, IN, Kelsey (Boyd “Dickie”) Smith, Britney Laker; five great-grandchildren, Van Skinner, Zane Skinner, Maylie Skinner, Asher Andres, Emmanuel Palaguachi.He was preceded in death by his parents, aunt, Irene Jacobs, and cousins, Glenn Jacobs, and Lendo Laker.Family and friends will be received Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 220 Mechanic St., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church at 2:00 pm following the visitation with Pastor Edward Davis officiating.Internment will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Farmers Retreat, IN.Contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Aurora or to the local Fire and EMS Departments. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com