Super Tuesday arrives, All-Star voting begins

first_imgTwenty-eight of the 30 IMCA Modified drivers to start the All-Star race, to be held Sept. 6 at Boone Speedway during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, will be elected today. VINTON, Iowa – It’s Super Tuesday and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational voting is underway. “The All-Star Invitational is a fan favorite and one of our most prestigious races. Like the first 15 Invitationals, the 16th annual event will feature many of the best drivers in our Modified division,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “It’s going to be a great race and we look forward to seeing which drivers IMCA fans elect to the starting field.” All ballots will be cast the IMCA Facebook page with the electronic polls open until 9 p.m. CST. Completing the field will be drivers with the top national point total and with the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 29 competing at Super Nationals.  The top three vote recipients from each of the five Modified regions are guaranteed starting spots, with their region of candidacy determined by where they made the majority of their IMCA sanctioned starts. The next 13 drivers with the highest vote totals, regardless of region, become All-Stars.  One hundred and thirty-one drivers are on the ballot. Drivers elected will be notified and announced this week.  The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational pays $1,000 to win. All-Star drivers receive firesuits from Velocita and mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.last_img read more

Arlene Utter, 78, Versailles

first_imgArlene Utter, 78, of Versailles passed away a 3:20am, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Waters of Dillsboro. She was born at Petersburg in Boone County, Kentucky on August 18, 1940 the daughter of Wallace and Ethel Jarman Elza. Survivors include two daughters Sheila (Rob) Young of Aurora, and Chris (Ron) Hutton of Versailles; 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren; one step-sister Kathy (Tom) McKay of Rising Sun. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Pete, Hubert, Jim, and Earl Elza, and her sisters Betty Jean Jackson, Etheleen Elza, Evelyn Mister, and Mary Dee Walston. Arlene was a former dietary employee of the Dillsboro Manor. Funeral services for Arlene will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 11am. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Pause in sports good for athletes mental health development

first_img– players could learn from stars who battled mental health problems By Clifton RossLOCAL athletes should cherish this forced break in action due to the covid-19 outbreak as it is a golden opportunity to replenish one’s mental strength following an action-packed start to 2020.With isolated physical therapy being key for those local athletes whose primary mode of practice and work consist of outdoor sessions, mass gathering, physical contact and social bonding; mental health takes to the forefront of such a lengthy break.In times when gyms are closed, and mass gathering and mass is prohibited; the mental side of things really seem to compliment the physical aspect in the lives of the local pros.Serena WilliamsDue to the worldwide break in outdoor events including sports, athletes globally have been forced to continue their same training and practice regimes within the confines of their homes or living quarters.But outside of training with the boys and hitting the gym, easing the mind of the rigors of a full season of action whether it be cricket, soccer (football), rugby or even golf which is played almost the entire year; is equally crucial.Spending time with loved ones and being indoors is an immense part of healing and staying in the right mental frame of mind for professional atheles.While training relentlessly and packing on gains is a great way to keep one’s game and career in peak shape, having a calm state and peace of mind is more valuable than Godlike musculoskeletal physique.Take for example the number of sportsmen who have been forced to take breaks for their work due to battling mental illness.In cricket a number of famous players both male and female have been forced to take sudden breaks for the game in order to battle their mental health problems.Former England players Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Flintoff, Johnathan Trott and Sarah Taylor have all come out publicly as advocates in the battle against mental health illnesses; after they all at some point in their careers battled it successfully.While Trescothick and Trott, two of England’s batting stalwarts have made intermittent returns to cricket following breaks, they have never been the same since, a true testament to the importance of keeping one’s self fit both mentally and physically.Other international stars such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Tennis star Serena Williams, NBA legend and the logo of the national basketball association, Jerry West are also some of the famous athletes who have battled mental health illnesses.last_img read more

Carter practices with Orange, speaks to media for 1st time since suspension

first_imgDelone Carter admitted it Tuesday night.Was there ever any doubt?Did Delone always know this day would come?AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘No.’At some point there was doubt for Carter. But following his first practice Tuesday as a reinstated member of the Syracuse football team, there wasn’t any for the senior running back when describing his initial reaction to his reinstatement to the university. He’s ready to move on. Again. ‘My time was served,’ Carter said. ‘And that’s it.’After a four-month long suspension, Carter was finally back with his teammates Tuesday in the Carrier Dome at 4:30 p.m. for the team’s second practice of the season. Carter shared reps with the first team during the afternoon practice and said he was an ‘eight out of 10’ on a physical level. But SU head coach Doug Marrone would not name him as the starter at running back for the Orange’s first game at Akron on Sept. 4, which also happens to be a return to Carter’s hometown.At least, not yet.‘I have not put a place on the depth chart yet,’ Marrone said. ‘… (Carter) was in there (with the first team) today. But obviously in a very limited role.’Marrone announced Carter’s reinstatement Monday at the team’s annual media day in the Carrier Dome after receiving a call from Carter’s father, Robert White.Even with the open competition at running back, Carter described his feelings about rejoining the team almost as succinctly as he summed up his reaction to his reinstatement.‘(It’s) like giving me candy,’ Carter said. ‘I’ve been away from it for so long.’The senior spoke to the media for the first time since his reinstatement — and since his suspension on April 14, Tuesday night. After he arrived outside of Manley Field House — stepping out of a black SUV, holding his helmet and wearing a pair of white tube socks — Carter read a folded-over prepared statement to the assembled media.Carter is accused of punching a fellow Syracuse student in a snowball-throwing incident on Feb. 27. His trial in Syracuse City Court is pending and was postponed Aug. 2. Carter would not comment on the trial, referring to it as a personal matter. Marrone announced Monday that Carter will not serve a suspension or be further disciplined.‘I regret what happened and I learned a lot from it,’ Carter said. ‘It matured me a lot.’Carter’s full statement read: ‘I’d just like to say I’m grateful and thankful for the opportunity to come back to Syracuse to get a degree, to rejoin my teammates, and as far as what happened, that is a personal matter, and I’d like to put it behind me. Any questions about playing time will be handled by Coach Marrone.’The senior arrived Tuesday afternoon after traveling from his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He arrived in time for the Orange’s practice and even caught some of his teammates off guard.Delone was back. But it took two looks to realize it.‘At first I walked in and saw a couple of players,’ Carter said. ‘They really didn’t know that it was me, and they took a double-take. Like, ‘Delone!’ It was a good welcome.’But it was hardly a welcome from long-forgotten teammates, and long-forgotten friends. Tuesday served as an in-person reunion for Carter – SU’s leading rusher last season with 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns – after remaining in contact with teammates all summer.The contact was constant. And for Carter – who was home in Akron all summer ‘spending time with my son and working out’ – perhaps his most comprehensive contact came via a cell phone photo message.After a summer workout, Orange linebacker Derrell Smith sent Carter a photo of the SU offensive linemen and defensive linemen wearing Carter’s signature water weight-shedding ‘ab-trimmer’ waistband.For Carter, back in Akron, it brought a moment of amusement –– and visual connection.It was a connection that was explicitly communicated from Syracuse cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson during Carter’s first true play from scrimmage Tuesday.Carter split wide, and while running down the field opposite Merkerson, the cornerback said three words. It was trash talk from Merkerson, but trash talk that exemplifies where SU is as of Carter’s return Tuesday.‘I got you!’ Merkerson screamed.After four months, the Syracuse football team finally has Carter back.Even if it came after waiting for months while Carter spent that time yearning for that all-too-familiar candy.And even if the guys who now got him are just a bunch of Barneys wearing his ab gear. After a solemn summer, Carter can now dabble in humor.Said Carter: ‘It was funny watching Big Barneys walking around with (Carter’s ab-trimmer). It was funny for me.’aolivero@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on August 9, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

LACI showcases impact of USC in local community

first_imgLos Angeles Community Impact, a pro bono student consulting organization, held its Spring 2016 Showcase on Wednesday in the Radisson Hotel.Two members of the LACI team gave presentations of their work done over the past 10 weeks. Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs of LA’s BEST, a nonprofit organization for students ages 5-12, Belma Johnson also gave an address during the event.The current LACI President, Ling Zeng, a junior majoring in business administration, opened the showcase by congratulating the nine student teams working with nine different non-profit organizations over the past semester.“LACI has had the chance to work alongside homeless centers, arts advocacy platforms, educational programs and many more organizations,” Zeng said. “We’re hoping to make a difference, one project, one semester at a time.”Johnson then delivered the keynote speech about the importance of leading a balanced life during the late twenties, advice that he said is particularly important for LACI volunteers. He mentioned the issue of “crossing the 27 bridge,” a reference to helping people navigate the crucial time between 24 and 29, and the defining effect that these few years can have on a person’s life.“Alexander the Great ruled the world at age 27. JD Rockefeller began building his Standard Oil empire at age 27,” Johnson said. “Kurt Cobain shot himself in the head at age 27. Aristotle began writing his great trilogy at age 27.”Johnson also used the metaphor of the Greek gods Dionysus and Apollo to represent the choice between hedonism and pragmatism that young adults will encounter. Johnson said that LACI members embodied the best of both realms.“The people who are going to follow me on stage … are the Apollonian-Dionysian dream team.” Johnson said. “Everyone in LACI is smart and focused and well-connected [and] talented. But they’re also generous and caring [and] socially ambitious, [like] Apollo and Dionysus.”Two of the nine LACI student teams presented for about 15 minutes each on their projects for the semester. The first team showcased their work with LA’s BEST, the after-school program that Johnson runs, which was created to address “an alarming rise in the lack of adequate adult supervision of children during the critical hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.,” according to the program’s website.The consulting team working alongside LA’s BEST consisted of sophomore public policy and development and economics/mathematics major Aditi Ramesh, sophomore business administration major Chase Hainsworth, freshman business administration major Kali De Cambra and freshman global health and applied mathematics major Lauren Phillips. As part of their consultations with the program, the LACI team suggested that LA’s BEST incorporate mental health treatment for K-12 students in the LAUSD area.“LA’s BEST was created to address the alarming rise in lack of after-school supervision,” Ramesh said. “It had three main facets: communication, activities and nutrition. While they’ve never attempted a mental health project before, we wanted to add this component to their current curriculum.”The second team worked alongside Getting Out by Going In, a group dedicated to providing materials and arranging programs within California prisons to create a more positive prison culture. Kim Nguyen, Ryan Ochoa, Yash Kamath and Raquel Buscaino formed the student consulting team that worked to set appropriate prices for GOGI products and figure out efficient methods of delivering the product.“We looked at a couple of different avenues of research [to help GOGI],” Ochoa said. “We actually went out to prisons and surveyed about a hundred prisoners.”As Zeng finished her term as president of LACI, she thanked LACI members for their dedication and spoke about her personal achievements during her time in the organization.“It’s been incredible,” Zeng said. “I joined two-and-a-half years ago, and the amount of growth I’ve seen from myself and my ability to connect with the community has been phenomenal. I think above everything, LACI has provided that real-world tangible experience that my classes haven’t had the chance to do yet.”last_img read more

Redshirt freshman Mary Rahal emerging on Syracuse midfield

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 12, 2017 at 10:48 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu A few minutes into Saturday’s game, Syracuse midfielder Mary Rahal found herself handling the ball about 20 yards from the goal. She dodged a Boston College defender and looked to swing a pass to Nicole Levy beside the net. But the Eagles’ defense already smothered Levy.With the defense concentrated away from the net, a lane to the goal opened up in front of Rahal’s eyes. The redshirt freshman sprinted directly on goal and fired to the back of the net.One career shot, one career goal.“She understood what was happening,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We talked about that situation, and she took it, got the opportunity and played with a lot of confidence after that.”The No. 7 Orange (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) coasted to an 18-8 victory over No. 17 Boston College on Saturday in the Carrier Dome behind three goals and two assists from the young midfielder. After redshirting, Rahal is now a part of SU’s freshmen contingent looking to fill in the holes Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana left in the Orange offense.Scoring the Orange’s first goal on Saturday “definitely was” a strong way to dispel nerves, Rahal said. She hadn’t expected to have the impact she did on the Orange’s first game of the 2017 season.“I was actually really nervous,” Rahal said. “I didn’t know how I was going to play this first game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Rahal’s game-opening goal began an 8-0 run that lasted nearly 10 minutes, she wasn’t the only Orange newcomer to step up in Saturday’s game. True freshman Emily Hawryschuk scored four goals on as many shots. Levy said before the season that the team is young and shouldn’t be judged on what they lost, but the talent added.The duo of Rahal and Hawryschuk nearly combined for more goals than the entire Eagles’ offense, a stark contrast to the silent roles many freshmen are expected to play on college teams. Four Orange starters made their debuts Saturday and, while all weren’t as successful as Rahal and Hawryschuk, Gait said newcomers will provide much of the Orange’s offense.“There’s going to be players who step up and have opportunities to have great games,” Gait said. “And it could be different next week.” Commentslast_img read more

Local Girl Scouts Earn Patches for Unique Community Service

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Girl Scouts of Alpena are hard at work continuing to fundraiser for Camp Woodland brick by brick. Right now the camp is in need of a new roof, space for more activities, and a new accessible bathroom.Wanting to help, and support, one local business decided to donate over 1,000 bricks worth $1,500. Crow Memorial’s Manager, Mary Haverty said donating bricks to the scouts could be a way for someone to remember a loved one.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local Business Helps Girl Scouts With Camp Woodlands FundraiserNext Habitat for Humanity Helps Locals Move Into New Homelast_img read more

Kofi Kingston loses WWE title in 9 seconds

first_imgAfter a highly anticipated debut of the WWE SmackDown, WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston lost his championship title to Brock Lesnar after a bout that lasted nine seconds.Kofi Kingston who had held the WWE Championship title since WrestleMania 35 and successfully defended it against the likes of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Randy Orton, was immediately pinned by Lesnar after being hit with a single F-5.  After the match, Rey Mysterio made a surprise entrance alongside Cain Velasquez – the former UFC star who knocked out Lesnar at UFC 121 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2010. Many WWE fans were heartbroken for Kingston, who saw his epic WWE title reign end in the briefest of squash matches.last_img read more

Dodgers don’t seem to have room for top pitching prospect Dustin May

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I mean yeah,” Gonsolin said when asked if it would be a disappointment to open the season in Triple-A after getting an extended audition in the majors last season. “You know, I would love to be a big-league starter, get my first Opening Day and start every fifth day and all that stuff. But with all that being said, I know that there’s a lot of good pitchers on this staff and our rotation is very deep at this point.“If they see me long term as a starter, it might be better off to start in Triple-A. But with that being said, I’d like get my big-league time and you know help the ballclub. … I just want to help the team out and you can’t help the team out in Triple-A.”Both May and Gonsolin are likely to be up with the Dodgers at some point during the season. The Dodgers have used an average of 12.3 starting pitchers per season during their run of seven consecutive National League West titles.LEFTY LEANINGRoberts said Caleb Ferguson is being treated as a reliever this spring. In the past, Ferguson was treated as a starter then shortened into a relief role.Last year, Ferguson’s 44 relief appearances were the most by a Dodgers left-hander. Roberts indicated it will be a three-way competition among Ferguson, Scott Alexander and Adam Kolarek for left-handed roles in the bullpen.With the new three-batter minimum rule, any left-hander in the bullpen will be expected to face both right- and left-handed hitters.“With Alexander and Ferguson throughout their careers, they are kind of neutral as far as the splits and Adam, not as much,” Roberts said. “But what he did against left handers last year, we’re giving him the opportunity to see if that upshoot plays against right-handed hitters. We’ve got some tough decisions to make. You’re not gonna to carry all three of them. Time will tell.”ALSOMookie Betts is scheduled to make his spring Dodgers debut in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch. The game will be televised on SportsNet LA. … Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw to hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday. Because of the rain, that was pushed back until Sunday. Tony Gonsolin is in “the same bucket” as far as being viewed as a starter, Roberts said. But Gonsolin’s pitch mix, age (25, three years older than May) and experience pitching in relief (he spent his first two professional seasons as a reliever) make him more of a consideration for a bullpen role. But the winter acquisitions of Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol seem to have closed the bullpen gate on May and Gonsolin.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season GLENDALE, Ariz. — Barring injuries that change the makeup of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, it looks like top prospect Dustin May will be opening the 2020 season in the minor leagues.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday May was not being evaluated for a bullpen role to start the season. With the starting rotation essentially set — Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Julio Urias and Alex Wood — May’s ticket to Oklahoma City seems punched.“I don’t see the bullpen role out of camp,” Roberts said. “Anything can happen. Things can change. But obviously we view him as a starter. He pitched out of the ‘pen last year when he got called up — and made some starts. But I think right now we’re going to continue to build him up as a starter.“I just don’t see it making a whole lot of sense to, as a young player, put him in the ‘pen out of camp.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img May said he arrived in camp prepared for “whatever was needed … or wanted.” As of Saturday morning, May said the Dodgers’ decision-makers had not spoken to him about his role as a starter or reliever. The 22-year-old right-hander has been limited over the past week after feeling tightness in his left side following a throwing session.“It’s out of my hands,” he said about the prospect of opening the season in Triple-A. “If they don’t want me up here in that role (relief), I can’t change that.”May made his big-league debut last season, appearing in 14 games for the Dodgers — four starts and 10 relief appearances. He made the postseason roster and pitched out of the bullpen twice.The potential was obvious. In his four starts, May was 1-2 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 17-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Out of the bullpen, he was clearly out of his element and erratic at times. He had a 5.11 ERA in 12 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.“We understand that he’s done some really good things for us,” Roberts said. “And right now, things can change as far as health. So, we’re just encouraging Dustin to control what he can control and right now that’s get healthy and get on the mound and build up that pitch count.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Skiers of ‘Striža’ were successful at the competition of RS

first_imgLast weekend, Open Giant Slalom and Slalom Tournament of RS were held on the Jahorina Mountain In organisation of Ski Federation of BiH and Ski Federation of RS, reports FENA.From 230 participants from BiH, Serbia and Montenegro, skiers of the Ski club ‘Striž’ from Tomislavgrad made a significant result. In categories of older skiers, Iva Gačić won the first place in giant slalom and Marina Mandušić won second, while Petra Šola won the first place in the youngest category.Iva Gačić also won the first place in slalom.last_img read more