Eckrich tops season championship night feature at Farley

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (Aug. 26) – Casey’s General Stores presented the season championship races Friday at the Farley Speedway with Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models headlining the night’s racing action.The feature was red flagged following an incident in turn two that saw the cars of Ben Seemann and Becky Roth tip over. Seemann rode out a double flip while Roth came to rest on the side with all four wheels off the ground. Both drivers were OK.When the race took the green on the restart, the race went caution-free to the checkered flag. Andy Eckrich took over the top spot from Kip Siems as the race closed in on the 10-lap mark. Eckrich went on to record the win with Ryan Dolan and Jeff Aikey taking second and third.Eckrich stated in victory lane, “We came up here tonight to try some changes for the Yankee. The Yankee is very special to the Eckrich family and we are coming after the win this week.”The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified feature event was packed with racing excitement, much of which was provided by Jeff Larson. Larson was shaking down a new car for Ken Kostenbader and the shake down proved to be a great one as Larson scored the 20-lap win.Larson advanced from the fifth row and fought off several late-race challenges from Mark Schulte. Jed Freiburger ran a strong third.The GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature win and went to Tyler Soppe. Soppe took the checkers ahead of Troy Bauer and Justin Becker.The 39th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic presented by Casey’s General Store will get underway on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and run through Saturday, Sept. 3 with the Saturday night show headlined by the 100-lap main event for Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models.last_img read more

Life in the Past Lane is June 3 at Luxemburg

first_imgLUXEMBURG, Wis. – Several restored and replica race cars will be on display under the grand­stand as part of Luxemburg Speedway’s Life In The Past Lane throwback night presented by Au­gie’s Bar and Grill on Friday, June 3.The night will already be special as the 2016 class of Hall of Fame inductees will be honored dur­ing a ceremony at intermission. They are former IMCA national and track Stock Car champion John Gregorich of Kewaunee and Luxemburg residents Roy Ihlenfeldt (former street stock cham­pion and IMCA Modified driver) and former driver and head groundskeeper at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds Jerry Jonet.To add to the nostalgic buzz a number of restored racers will be on display. They include:Jonet’s own no. 13 1973 Ford Mustang, in the same condition as when it ran its last race at the third-mile, clay oval in 1978.Bucky Wagner’s no. 40 1933 Plymouth Coupe. The car is now owned by Gregg Herrmann.Gene Coleman’s restored no. 40 modified, a car that raced at Luxemburg in the mid-1970’s. The car is now owned by Mike Allard.Ken Markwardt’s restored no. 5 1961 Oldsmobile modified. The car is now owned by Brian Titel.Red BeDell’s replica no. 3 Ford Thunderbird Convertible. The car is owned by Bob Schampers.Al Snellenberger’s replica no. 00 coupe. The car is owned by Bob Schampers.George Giesen’s no. 7 Plymouth Coupe. The car is owned and maintained by Giesen and Bill Foth.Several former drivers will be on hand and some of those who were featured in local author Joe Verdegan’s book “Life In The Past Lane – a history of stock car racing in Northeast Wisconsin from 1950 to 1980.” They will be signing copies of the book which will be on sale.The book signing will take place under the grandstand from 5-7 p.m.A post race party will be held after the races at Augie’s Bar and Grill. The tavern is owned by for­mer local racer Augie Derenne.In addition, Life In The Past Lane night will feature the solo appearance of the dirt late models at the track in 2016. Tom Wagner of Sturgeon Bay will call the action over the P.A. beginning at 7 p.m.To go along with the throwback theme for the night will be slashed admission prices as $5 adult admission will be charged. Seniors will pay $4, with $3 for teenagers and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.“We’re looking to pack the stands that night and make it extra fun for everyone,” said promoter Eric Mahlik. “To throw in the fact you can catch a late model show for a mere $5, that’s a pretty good bargain for the fans.”last_img read more

Anxious WPB Residents are Arming Themselves to the Hilt

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Heightened anxiety prompted by the coronavirus this month have prompted a rush to gun stores and a big jump in background checks in Florida.“I think crazy describes it pretty well,” said Alex Shkop, owner of Guns & Range Training Center in West Palm Beach. “Most of the stores don’t have anything left to sell…we’ve been depleting our inventory significantly faster than we can replenish it.” Contact 5 compiled some numbers on the recent surge. Stats from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show a whopping 13,192 background checks were performed in the state of Florida on Friday March 20, making it the single highest performing day for background checks since Jan. 1, 2012.From January 2019 to March 2019 there were 243,994 background checks in Florida. This year, from January to March, there have been 295,498 background checks.“I think this is a wave of first-time buyers. I’m guesstimating, but I would say close to 75 to 80 percent of people were first time buyers,” Shkop told Contact 5 investigator Merris Badcock. “They have never seen a gun. They have never held a gun.”Contact 5 found plenty of first-time gun purchasers standing in line outside Sharp Shooter in West Palm Beach. “This is my very first time, ever in my life,” said Mark Johnson, an orange bandana tied around his face. “If it gets really bad and someone just decides to intrude where I live, I have a wife I love. I have four daughters I love, and they are beautiful. It only makes sense to have some protection.“If you don’t like guns, rethink it like I did. If you’re ignorant about guns and gun laws, read about them. It just might change your thinking, because I learned a lot in the last two days,” Johnson told Contact 5.Johnson joins other “doomsday preppers” who worry what might happen if law enforcement agencies lost patrols to coronavirus, or failed to keep up with a potential increase in crime should the economy tank.March 2020 had the highest average number of daily background checks since 2012 in Florida, with 5,555 on average each day. March 2020 also came in third for the highest number of total background checks in the time frame reviewed by our Contact 5 investigators. December 2015 was the highest and December 2012 was the second highest month for background checks.“I think it’s our primal instinct of survival. From toilet paper to guns: I think people feel they need to do something. I think it is a little bit of an overreaction, but at the same time it makes people feel better that they’ve done something,” said Shkop.Beaches and golf courses to remain open in Palm Beach Countylast_img read more

Trojan falls in qualifying round of Winter Olympics

first_imgUSC’s only winter Olympian in the Sochi games missed her chance to earn a medal on Saturday. Jung-Hwa Seo, a moguls freestyle skier from South Korea who according to her Facebook page is set to graduate from USC in 2014, finished No. 14 in the qualifying run for the women’s mogul event on Saturday.24-year-old Seo almost missed the qualifying round after a bad fall during a practice run on Friday. The Korea Times reported that Seo fell while practicing at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and suffered “concussion-like symptoms.”After putting Seo through several medical tests at a local hospital, doctors cleared her to compete just hours before Saturday’s event.“She suffered a light bruise to her cervical vertebrae,” an official from the Korea Ski Federation told the Korea Times. “However, the injury isn’t severe and she will be able to compete on Saturday.”Seo’s efforts were not enough to get her a medal, as only the top 10 skiers advanced to the next round. Seo finished outside of the top 10, at 14th in the qualifier and 24th overall with a score of 14.16.Seo also competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where she similarly failed to make it past the qualifying round.In Seo’s event, Canadian skier Justine Dufour-Lapointe took home the gold, with sister Chloe winning silver and American Hannah Kearney securing the bronze.Following her event, Seo posted a message on Facebook.“The result is not [what] I was hoping for [over the] last few years but I am satisfied … that I tried and pushed myself … until the end … Thank you [to] everyone who helped me,” Seo wrote on her profile.Though the university has more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any other university in the world, the vast majority of USC Olympians compete in the summer games. Seo is one of only four winter Olympians to have attended USC.Overall, 420 USC alumni have competed in the Olympics since 1904. USC alumni have won 135 gold medals, 88 silver medals and 64 bronze medals, but no USC alum has ever won a medal in the winter games. USC athletes have appeared in the Winter Olympic Games nine different times.If USC were a country, it would rank No. 12 for its number of gold medals. Trojan Olympians have represented 60 countries and competed in 28 different sports.USC set a new school record in the 2012 London Olympics with 25 total medals, including 12 gold medals.last_img read more

Wellington boys baseball team sweeps Kansas City Turner and Ark City; WHS girls track team wins again

first_imgResults are here:http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/35793.htmlFollow us on Twitter. Track: The Wellington girls won the Chaparral Invitational with 180 points Friday.The individual highlights for Wellington at Chaparral: •Jaycee Schettler wins 100 and 200 meters.•Holly Wright wins High jump and 300 hurdles.•Jaedyn Ledesma wins 800 meters.•Cajen Shore wins triple jump and pole vault.•Girls win 4 x 800 meters (Roth, Haydon, Tracy, Treadway).•Girls win 4x 100 (Shore, Schettler, Sober, Wright).On the boys side, Colin Reichenberger won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. For the fourth time in  (Set new school record of 39.75)Brenton Troutman wins the long jump.Boys win 4 x 400 (Gilkey, Troutman, Rusk, Reichenberger) W – Nance    L – King      HR – Dunn, Nance 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R   H   EWHS         0 0 3 3 0 2 1     9   8    1KCT          0 0 0 1 1 0 0     2   5    1 W – Condit    L – Potter      HR – Sobercenter_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team swept two games against Kansas City Turner and Arkansas City Saturday in Kansas City. The Crusader girls track team won another meet in Chaparral. The girls softball triangular at Valley Center has been postponed from tonight to Friday.Boys baseball: The Wellington boys improved their record to 10-8 with a sweep of  Kansas City Turner and Arkansas City, 9-2 and 14-4. Wellington closes out the regular season on Tuesday at home at Sellers Park against Andover at 4 p.m. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R   H   EACHS       0 0 0 1 3 x x     4    5   2WHS        0 2 6 1 5 x x     14  10 1last_img read more

Beirán and Rabaseda, the only world champions on the list of 17 for the first European ‘window’

first_imgTyson Pérez, Rubén Guerrero and Ehigiator, great news from the first listThe first two meetings of Spain will be against Romania (outside) and Poland (home) Rabaseda, the most represented with 32 matches in the selection, will be the captain of this first ‘window’ that includes two players who have never played with the absolute, Osas Ehigitor (Montakit Fuenlabrada) and Tyson Pérez (Morabanc Andorra), both with experience in the lower categories of the national team.The World Cups Beirán and Rabaseda, together with the Unicaja players Jaime Fernández, who was in the final preselection for China, and Darío Brizuela, are called to lead this team, which also highlights the return six years after Dani Díez, who has played seven friendly with the national team, but that has not yet debuted in the official game, as well as the aforementioned debutants and Rubén Guerrero.The selection will begin its concentration on Monday 17 at noon in Guadalajara, in whose Multipurpose Pavilion Aguas Vivas will conduct its first three training sessions before flying on Wednesday 19 heading to Romania. After the match in Cluj Napoca, the team will return early Friday morning and arrive at noon in Zaragoza, where on Sunday 23 will face Poland as the closing of this first ‘window’, as detailed by the FEB.For this first pre-Eurobasket rally, Scariolo will have a technical team consisting of Luis Guil, Joaquín Prado, Jorge Lorenzo, Manolo Aller, Alberto Lorenzo (assistant coaches), Enrique Salinas, Javier Bello (physical trainers), Carlos Salas (doctor) , José Antonio Fernández, Jordan Sospedra (physiotherapists), Alberto Pérez (delegate) and David Ortega (utillero).LIST OF CALLEDBASES: Rodrigo San Miguel (Casademont Zaragoza), Carlos Alocén (Casademont Zaragoza) and Alberto Díaz (Unicaja).EXTERIORS: Javier Beirán (Herbalife Gran Canaria), Xavi Rabaseda (Herbalife Gran Canaria), Darío Brizuela (Unicaja), Jaime Fernández (Unicaja), Johathan Barreiro (Casademont Zaragoza), Dani Díez (Iberostar Tenerife), Santi Yusta (Ibertostar Tenerife) and Xabi López-Arostegui (Joventut).INTERIORS: Sebas Saiz (Shibuya Sunrockers), Víctor Arteaga (Movistar Students), Osas Ehigitor (Montakit Fuenlabrada), Rubén Guerrero (Unicaja), Nacho Llovet (Morabanc Andorra), Tyson Pérez (Morabanc Andorra). Spanish basketball coach Sergio Scariolo announced on Tuesday the list of 17 players called for the first ‘window’ of qualification for Eurobasket 2021, where Javi Beirán and Xabi Rabaseda are the only world champions and where debutants Osas Ehigitor appear and Tyson Pérez.The Spanish basketball team will open its way to the next European championship at home in Cluj Napoca, where it will be measured with Romania (Thursday, February 20, 17.00 Spanish time), and later in Zaragoza against Poland (Sunday 23, 18.00).As happened in the qualifying phase for the World Cup, Scariolo, who has ruled out his presence in the NBA’s ‘All Star’ to prepare this ‘window’ with guarantees, will not be able to count on players from the US league or the Euroleague . Thus, all the summoned belong to Spanish clubs that do not dispute the maximum European competition except Sebas Saiz, who plays in the Japanese Shibuya Sunrockers.last_img read more

Teamwork, Fairplay Build Students’ Capacity in Sports

first_imgThe principal of Dawah Ummah High School on 17th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia Mr. Ishmailla A. Sheriff says honesty, teamwork, fair play, and respect for others are benefits for playing sports.Speaking at a program making the 3rd anniversary of the school’s separate sports team called the Yellow House, at the campus of the Muslim Congress High School on Mechlin Street, Wednesday he said physical education is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical, social and emotional health. “The benefits of sports reach beyond the impact on the physical well-being of athletes and their value cannot be underestimated,” he said.Principal Sheriff said one of the essential components of quality education is sports and said sport programs do not just promote physical activity, but also correlate to improve academic performance under specific conditions.Sports, he said can also, under right conditions, provide health options to deviant behaviors such as drug abuse, violence and crime. “Physical education and sports have an educational impact and this shows the positive relationship between involving in physical activity and psychosocial development,” Mr. Sheriff told the students.He noted that these learning aspects highlight the impact on physical education in terms of the physical and health aspects of a child and his development. He noted that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that focuses mostly on the positive effects of sports on the physical health, growth and development of athletes. He went further to narrate that physical education and sport also build good healthy habits that encourage lifelong participation in physical activities. “This extends the impact of physical education beyond the school and highlights the potential impact of physical education on public health,” he said. Principal Sheriff then encouraged the students and the administration of the school to expand its sports programs with extensive focus on the development of technical skills. He called on the secretariat and school board to compliment the endeavor of the administration as the case may be.He noted that “the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now using sports and play programmes to encourage young people, particularly girls and young women to attend school within the refugee camp across the world.”UNICEF, he said, has a strong focus on using sports to campaign for girls’ education as well as promoting education through events and awareness campaigns. Sports based programs; Mr. Sheriff told the students, have been proven to improve the learning performances of children and young people, encouraging school attendance and the desire to succeed academically, whilst majority research into the health and development impacts of sports has been conducted in developed countries. Meanwhile, the programme was characterized with the presentation the house king queen and other colorful performance by the students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Baldonnel family recognized for a century of farming

first_img“It is a real pleasure to present this Century Farm Award to a pioneer Peace region farm family,” he said in a release.“Congratulations to the Birley family on their accomplishments and I wish them all the best as they continue their proud farming tradition in our area.” Farming ain’t always easy in the north, but one North Peace family is being honoured for keeping at it for 100 years.The Birley Farm has been bestowed with a Century Farm Award today, an award that celebrates British Columbia’s agricultural history.“The Birley family is proud to have continued to farm in this area for four generations, especially since farming in the North has always been a challenge,” Sandra Gunn, one of the farm’s three owners, is quoted as saying in a press release.“We believe that now, more than ever, farmers must unite to ensure the longevity of food security, particularly in the Northeast.- Advertisement -“We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating a long tradition of agriculture here in the Peace region,” she said.Kenneth Birley first broke his Baldonnel land in 1914 after moving to Canada from Australia, and choosing a homestead on a plateau above the Peace River valley.He kept at it for years before handing the reigns over to his son, K. Douglas Birley, who expanded the farm, and ran a successful operation mixed with cattle, grain, and hay, according to the province.Advertisement Today, the original Birley homestead land is owned by Sally Birley, Susan Birley and Sandra Gunn.Richard Birley purchased the surrounding land from Douglas Birley in the 1980s, and continues to own it today.The farm earned official organic certified status in 1989, and Richard Birley is also a founding member of the Peace River Organic Producer’s Association, as well as being active in the Certified Organic Associations of BC.Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm presented the Birley’s with their award.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kim offers icy reception at landmark Korean summit

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Leaders of the two Koreas opened formal talks today at the first summit between the divided countries in seven years, following a chilly reception for the South Korean president from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and Kim began meeting about 9:30 a.m., South Korean pool reports said, after the opening day of the summit Tuesday when the two had no contact besides a 12-minute welcoming ceremony in which they barely exchanged words. This week’s summit is only the second time leaders of the North and South have met since the Korean Peninsula was divided after World War II. On Tuesday, despite rapturous cheers from hundreds of thousands of North Koreans as Roh arrived, Kim was reserved. The words “I’m glad to meet you” were apparently the only ones he uttered during the brief welcoming ceremony that launched the three-day summit. Kim did not hold more meetings with Roh on Tuesday. Instead he let his deputy, the country’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, deal with the South Koreans for the rest of the day. They held talks and the North hosted a banquet where Roh offered a toast to Kim Jong Il’s health. The North Korean leader’s apparent snub contrasted with a friendly reception the North’s leader gave to Roh’s predecessor, Kim Dae-jung, at the first-ever summit in 2000. During an airport reception at that time, Kim Jong Il greeted his South Korean counterpart with smiles and clasped both his hands tightly in an emotional moment that softened the North Korean strongman’s image to South Koreans and the world. In the first summit, the two leaders also rode together in a limousine to central Pyongyang and held about a half-hour of talks on the first day. This time, it was unclear what made Kim appear less enthusiastic about the summit in what could be an ominous sign for two rounds of official talks between the two leaders scheduled for today. The White House said it hoped the talks would contribute to peace and security. “Ultimately, it needs to lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said Tuesday. A top North Korean diplomat said the summit will open up new possibilities for “peace, co-prosperity and the reunification” of the Korean Peninsula. “Nothing is more urgent and important than the reunification of our nation, (which) has been living for more than half a century with the sufferings of territorial division imposed by outside forces,” Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Choe Su Hon told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Kim had already seized a dominant position in the talks by only agreeing to a summit in the North, going back on a promise in 2000 to pay a return visit to the South. Roh has said he wants to use this week’s summit to start a genuine peace process with North Korea instead of the current reconciliation track, which has seen halting progress in reducing military tension on the Cold War’s last frontier. The two Koreas remain technically at war since a 1953 cease-fire ended the Korean War, despite seven years of warming ties. Roh has not given any specifics about what he will propose or seek, prompting criticism from conservatives at home that the summit is an ego trip for the South Korean leader to establish a legacy for his unpopular administration, which ends in February. Both Roh and Kim also hope to keep the surging conservatives from winning South Korea’s December presidential election. They hold a commanding lead in opinion polls. The main opposition Grand National Party is more skeptical of relations with the North, insisting that aid be conditional on nuclear disarmament and reforms in the country’s centralized economy. Roh’s eager embrace of the North has also caused friction with Seoul’s ally Washington, which wants improvement in relations between the Koreas to only follow progress in the North scaling back its nuclear ambitions. “Even if we do not reach an agreement in many areas, it would still be a meaningful achievement to narrow the gap in understanding and to enhance confidence in each other,” Roh said of the summit.last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘The flip-chart went flying at half-time!’ New boss Sherwood has fired up Aston Villa, Given tells talkSPORT

first_imgTim Sherwood has breathed life into Aston Villa Football Club since his arrival as manager, veteran goalkeeper Shay Given has told talkSPORT.Sherwood claimed his first three points as Villans boss in Tuesday’s Premier League derby victory over West Brom, and made it back-to-back wins over their local rivals in their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Villa Park on Saturday.Fans were made to sit through a turgid opening half, but Villa looked a different team after the break, with goals from Fabian Delph and on-loan winger Scott Sinclair booking a sem-final trip to Wembley Stadium.And glovesman Given credited his former Blackburn captain with the team’s transformation, revealing that the Villa squad are responding to his passion in the dressing room.“He wasn’t too happy at half-time,” he told Stan on Call Collymore.“The flip-chart went flying in the dressing room and I think you saw our reaction in the second-half, we were much better and caused West Brom a lot of problems.“But that’s what he’s there to do. He’s given us a rollicking when we’ve needed it and that’s probably the first time he’s really let go. I think a few of the lads were a bit shocked, but it got the reaction we needed.“I know Tim from our Blackburn days. We were players together and he was a leader then as the captain, he captained Blackburn to the Premier League title, and he’s very much the same.“He’s so positive on the training ground, so positive in the stadium and the players are responding to that.“Bobby Robson is one of the best man-managers I’ve ever worked with, he knew how to get the best out of players, and that’s one of Tim’s biggest traits too.“He speaks to people on a man-to-man level as well, he takes players aside, he puts his arm around them and he knows if players need a rollicking or a pick-me-up.“Tim has spotted that from day one, and today at half-time you could see the fire in his belly, and you could see a few of the lads thinking, ‘he’s up for this’.”Tuesday’s victory, the club’s first in 14 league games, lifted Aston Villa out of the drop zone, but their battle for safety has only just started.The Villans face a trip to fellow strugglers Sunderland in their next Premier League outing, but Given believes the prospect of fighting for a squad place at Wembley will only help the side in their relegation dogfight.The Irishman added:  “It’s a massive scrap at the bottom and we’ve got a huge game coming up against Sunderland, but I think something that will help is that we’ve all got a trip to Wembley in the back of our minds.“Tim has said how he will pick players on how they train and their work during the week, and everyone is going to want to be a part of that team, so I think that can only help us in the Premier League as well.“Victories like that breed confidence. The lads are all singing and dancing in there and we’ve got to keep that feeling in the camp for the rest of the season.”last_img read more