LaCrosse is king of the ring at Oshkosh

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 26) – Benji LaCrosse clinched King of the Ring honors with his Friday Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.The third leg of King of the Ring saw Marcus Yarie and LaCrosse tied for the series lead.  Both won their heat races, and started the main event in row two.It was LaCrosse who made the early move and took the lead after the opening lap with Dan Roedl, Yarie, Jeremy Christians, Tim Robbins and Brian Drexler behind.  LaCrosse hooked mid­way up the track and Roedl was running the outside line.  The rest of the field was bunched two and three-wide behind.Yarie moved up to second on lap four and was just behind the leader. A lone caution appeared on lap nine with LaCrosse and Yarie still leading the way. Roedl was holding third while Tim Lemi­rande was the quickest car in the field having moved from his 16th starting spot into fourth for the restart.With the green flag out for the balance of the 30-lapper, it was flat-out throughout the field with LaCrosse and Yarie showing the way. By lap 20, the leaders had pulled away a bit with Lemi­rande running in third.LaCrosse was running in lapped traffic while keeping Yarie at bay. That changed on lap 21 when Yarie pulled off the track and into the infield after a belt broke on his car.All that was left for LaCrosse to do was continue to work traffic and he not only won his second race of the series and third of the season, but clinched the King of the Ring tile by completing the contest well ahead of Lemirande. Mike Mullen was third.Forty-seven Modifieds vied at Oshkosh.last_img read more

Junior League baseball: Ellsworth claims District 1 title

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth edged the Acadians 5-4 on Monday, July 20, for the District 1 Junior League baseball championship at Ellsworth High School.Ellsworth won its last five games over five days. The team will represent District 1 this weekend in the state tournament at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.Matt Burnett and Will Colson pitched for Ellsworth. Ellsworth scored three runs in the second inning and two in the third. The Acadians scored three in the third and one in the fifth.For Ellsworth, Percy Zentz had two singles and two RBIs; Sam Horne and Tyler Mitchell each had a single and an RBI; and Jared Hamilton and Will Colson each singled.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Acadians, Liam Sullivan had two singles and two RBS, Nick Corson had a single and an RBI; and Andrew Kennedy singled. Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Latest Posts Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Biolast_img read more

Commentary

first_imgWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It’s been said that No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan have separated themselves so far away from the rest of the league that their conference is now being referred to “the Big Two and the Little Nine,” and it’s not the first time this euphemism has been used.Well, Badger fans may argue, why isn’t it the Big Three and Little Eight? Or Big Four and Little Seven, to throw Iowa in there (despite two straight losses)?Are Ohio State and Michigan that much better than Wisconsin? The rankings may suggest so, but look at the stats; Wisconsin has scored more points than any other team in the Big Ten, and the defense is second-best in the conference, playing airtight for the majority of the season.Yes, the Badgers’ schedule has been softer than a pillow factory, but for the most part, UW plays the same cellar-dwellers as Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have registered huge wins over No. 5 Texas and No. 10 Notre Dame, respectively, while Wisconsin’s last win over Purdue should be considered its toughest of 2006 to this point. But those are each individual games; the season is two-thirds of the way finished, things even out.So, again, are Ohio State and Michigan that much better than Wisconsin? For the time being, well, yes — for one simple reason.As good as the Badgers have looked at times, there is still one more piece of the puzzle missing: eliminating costly mistakes.For sure, when a team runs the ball like UW has with P.J. Hill, maintains steady play from quarterback John Stocco, gets spot contributions in the passing game from Travis Beckum, Paul Hubbard et al, and plays defense the way it has, said team is bound to beat most of its opponents, as the Badgers have done. But if Wisconsin were to play Ohio State tomorrow or get a rematch with Michigan (which would be quite an interesting Round 2), the lack of mistake-free play would likely haunt the Badgers in the end.One mark of a great team is when the opponent commits a dumb penalty, or fumbles away a ball that shouldn’t be fumbled, or gives up any sort of slack, that team makes the opponent pay. Ohio State and Michigan have done just that, along with other programs in the top 10 around the country. And yes, the Badgers have done the same in certain situations as well.But the point is that Wisconsin just hasn’t played these types of teams. When John Stocco threw just his third interception of the season at Purdue, trying to dump the ball off but instead getting picked by Ryan Baker, the Boilermakers couldn’t do anything with it. For that matter, Wisconsin opponents have scored just 30 points off turnovers in eight games this season. The only team to hit double-digits in this category is Western Illinois, back when the Badgers were really struggling.It goes without saying that the Badger defense, stout as it has been, would have much more trouble fighting off Troy Smith or Chad Henne in good field position after a turnover.With dropped balls earlier in the year, some missed tackles here and there, and a season-long headache for UW head coach Bret Bielema on special teams, it’s clear that Wisconsin has not played perfect ball, or even close to it, and the players and coaches would be the first to tell you this.It’s become a common theme after ballgames, when Bielema speaks about his team or when Stocco talks about the offense that the constant answer is, “We still haven’t performed to our full potential,” or, “There’s still a lot we can clean up.” Certainly, it’s encouraging to know Wisconsin can still play better, even while riding the four-game winning streak. But with a young ball club comes inexperience, and with inexperience comes bad mistakes that — luckily for the Badgers — haven’t come back to haunt Bielema’s club yet.But bear in mind, in two weeks comes a home game against floundering yet dangerous Penn State, which won the Big Ten title last year. The next week brings a trip to Kinnick Stadium and a date with Iowa, which could potentially be Wisconsin’s chance to claim third place in the conference — or even second, if Michigan suffers a surprising setback to Northwestern or at Indiana.Neither Penn State nor Iowa, frankly, are nearly as likely to allow Wisconsin off the hook with bad errors as previous competitors have been.So what’s the good news for the Badgers? Bielema seems to have a fantastic hold on his players and their mental attitude right now. Nothing against former coaching great Barry Alvarez, but if that “inevitable midseason bad loss” is going to happen in 2006, it’s up to Illinois, next week at Camp Randall.And unless the Fighting Illini somehow take greater advantage of UW’s mistakes than the past four competitors have, it’s going to be a fifth-straight victory for the Badgers.But Wisconsin, sadly, won’t be placed in conversation along with OSU or UM until the mistakes are cleaned up. Then maybe, just maybe, “the Big Three” would make a little more sense.last_img read more

Trojans net road victory over UC Santa Barbara

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked Trojans dove back into Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Sunday and defeated No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 16-10.USC (20-1, 2-0 MPSF) pushes their current winning streak to double digits, now standing at 10 games, with the win.Lead the way · Senior two-meter Connor Virjee posted a team-high five goals in the Trojans’ 16-10 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. – Chris Roman | Daily Trojan The Trojans got off to a hot start against the Gauchos, netting three consecutive goals to begin the game before UCSB got its first goal early in the first quarter. It was a high-scoring opening frame, as the two teams added three more goals apiece before the Trojans took a 6-4 lead into the second.UCSB (15-6, 2-2 MPSF) was able to keep up with the top-ranked Trojans through two quarters, down 9-7 at halftime, but USC’s defense kicked in during the second half, when they limited the Gauchos to only three goals. The Trojans recorded seven goals in the half, with four of those coming in the final quarter of play.USC head coach Jovan Vavic attested this defensive improvement to the way the Gauchos’ pool is designed.“It’s the only pool in the conference with a shallow end and in the second half,” Vavic said, “we played defense in the deep end, so offensive players weren’t able to push off the bottom of the pool to gain an advantage.”Senior goalie James Clark anchored the stout USC defense, with eight saves on the day for the Trojans.Senior two-meter Connor Virjee did not waste any of his chances to score on offense, tallying five goals on the day, many of them coming during 6-on-5 chances.“Connor really had a good shooting day for us, especially from the outside in our man-up situations,” Vavic said.USC converted nine out of its 12 extra-man opportunities on the day, and this paved the way for even more Trojan players to score.Three USC players recorded hat tricks — Virjee, redshirt junior driver Rex Butler and junior driver Kostas Genidounias. Senior utility player Mace Rapsey also netted two goals.Senior driver Nikola Vavic, the Trojans’ all-time leading goal scorer, had a quiet day with only one goal, but coach Vavic pointed out that he contributed in other ways.“Nikola played a large role on offense for us,” Vavic said. “He was drawing a number of ejections, as well as being a facilitator for his teammates, getting assists.”The team will look to continue its 10-game winning streak up north against another conference opponent in Pacific. The teams play on Saturday, Nov. 2 with game time set for noon. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24last_img read more

Nigeria Defeats Ghana to Win AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Cup

first_imgSpeaking after the game, IFSS President, Sunil Lalvani said he was satisfied with the quality displayed by both teams.He insisted that the federation would used the Nigerian event as the yardstick for the African tournament to be hosted by Ghana next March.“It was a very competitive game between Nigeria and Ghana. It was a very fantastic game. When Nigeria lost 3-2 to Ghana in the first game I expected Nigeria to fight back and they did just that. Nigeria played with confidence and dominated the encounter,” Lalvani noted.In his own reaction, The Group General Manager, AfriGlobal, Maneesh Garg, heaped praises on both teams for the quality of para-soccer displayed.“I have never seen this kind of energy exhibited by these players in my life. They played well and gave everything to the game. AfriGlobal is very proud to be associated with this sport and will continue to do our best to make it great,” Garg said.The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Aliu Mohammed hinted that the tournament was going to be an annual event with more countries participating in it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria at the weekend defeated Ghana 8-1 in the AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Fiesta at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The competition, which was organised by International Federation for Skate Soccer (IFSS) and co-sponsored by AfriGlobal Group and Binatone, was well attended by the fans.Nigeria came back from one goal down to beat their arch rivals in the returned leg on Saturday. Ghana won the first leg 3-2 in Ghana.last_img read more

Paco Jémez will participate in the gatherings organized by the RFFM

first_imgThe coaching school of the Royal Football Federation of Madrid (RFFM) He has taken advantage of this time of confinement due to the coronavirus to launch a formative action, over twelve days, in which he will alternate gatherings and master classes with the protagonists from their respective houses. The colloquium next Thursday, April 9 will have a marked rayista presence, since the participation of coach Paco Jémez has been announced.For this appointment called ‘Coaches of the Second Division of Madrid’, Paco will be accompanied by an ex from the Strip, the new coach of Fuenlabrada, José Ramón Sandoval; in addition to Fran Fernández Y Luis Miguel Ramis. This gathering will be moderated by Petón and will start at 7:00 p.m.. All those who want to follow it from their homes can do so through the Federation’s YouTube channel (RFFM TV), since will be broadcast live by streaming. During these days Different perspectives will be addressed such as soccer psychology, learning and tactical-technical evolution, physical preparation … Everything, of course, from the coaches’ prism. Hence the presence of Madrid soccer veterans such as Paco Salguero or players who, after hanging up their boots, went to the bench. This Sunday 5, also at 5:00 pm, Alfredo Santaelena and Quique Estebaranz will share their experiences, along with two ex-Rayos, Juan Sabas and Vivar Dorado.last_img read more

A Review of Gbagba

first_imgRobtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book Gbagba is populated with characters bound to the changing meanings of ethics in post-war Liberia. The story touches on the role of traditional values to transform social thinking.When the young twins Sundaygar and Sundaymah leave the countryside to visit their aunt in the capital Monrovia, the collusion of adults in everyday corrupt practices—robbery, bribery, fraud, vigilantism—collides with the children’s strong moral sense of right and wrong.Immediately after the children arrive in the city, a thief “in dirty clothes” snatches their suitcases in broad daylight. The description of the robber tells us that that the man is poor and desperate. But the idea that it is greed rather than dehumanizing poverty triggering the man’s thievery incites the threat of mob justice. Equally disturbing to the children, an “angry crowd made a circle around the rogue like they wanted to harm him.”The twins later observe their aunt’s driver bribing a police officer. Their aunt’s indifference during this encounter stands in stark contrast to the twins’ sharp perception of the unfair advantage that takes place after the transaction.“Corruption” is a new word the twins hear on the radio and look up in a dictionary. The twins interpret it to mean gbagba, the word they know in Bassa – their first language. For all of the grim statistics about rampant corruption, gbagba translated simply means bad behavior. With the simple, uncomplicated logic of children, the twins know that “lying, cheating, and stealing” are wrong. The book offers an educational message about social taboos in rural and urban spaces of public and private life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth Leader Wants Empowerment

first_imgThe General Coordinator of Better Future Initiative Amos N. Tubor, Jr., has called on the government and humanitarian agencies to provide empowerment for Liberian youths to make a difference.He spoke during a one-day clean-up campaign in New Kru Town that involved nearly 100 youth members of BFI. He said young Liberians deserve support to direct their energies to do productive work for the country.The members, comprising both men and women from age 16 and above, converged last Saturday, starting from the Duala Market and moved on to the New Kru Town Police Depot and concluded the campaign at the Redemption Hospital.“Our clean-up campaign is a self-initiative,” Tubor told journalists, “and we are thankful to get support from the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC).”He said LCCBC accepted his group’s proposal and provided materials, including 20 wheelbarrows, 24 shovels, 200 pieces of nose masks, 50 sets of PPEs, among others, for the campaign.He said the zeal that characterized the exercise is an indication that with proper and adequate support, Liberian youths can do things for their own communities.He said the exercise: Health and Sanitation Project is one of five projects under the BFI.“We have members in communities across the city who are prepared to join us to work for our people,” Tubor said. “All we need is material support.”The cleaning project coordinator, Samuel Browne, told the Daily Observer that among other exercises of BFI, are training residents on first aid, motivating youth in providing voluntary health services, health tips to communities and cleaning communities and drainages, among others.Madam Esther Doe of Duala expressed gratitude to members of the BFI and appealed for materials and other supports for the organization to help the young people.“I am happy to see young people coming to clean our market,” she said.Another marketer, who identified herself only as Elizabeth, said, “The children are doing well, helping to clean our market.”At the Police Depot in New Kru Town, officers expressed appreciation for BFI’s self initiative and appealed for support to enable the young people continue their work.At the Redemption Hospital, nurses and visitors commended BFI, congratulated LCCBC for supporting such productive work and urged LCCBC to increase its support to BFI.The BFI is a non-governmental organization involved in community work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D. Twe Last Wall Standing

first_imgThe remaining but partial wall that stands between the Atlantic Ocean and the D. Twe Memorial High School building in New Kru Town may not be able to withstand the pounding of the wind and ocean waves if nothing is done to halt it, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.Some residents interviewed over the Christmas weekend are worried about the worsening situation.Many said though the erosion has stopped, there is constant attack of high winds that affect the remaining partial wall that stands between the ocean and the school building.“You can see that several fishermen have come here to use the space near the wall as their staging ground for fishing,” said a resident who did not want to be identified. “This indicates the seriousness of the situation.”He said it was reported that the Ministry of Education is investing in the reconstruction of the D. Twe High School wall, which he suggested should include a barrier to prevent the Atlantic Ocean from raging havoc on the wall and eventually reaching the school building.“We cannot afford to lose the only public high school on Bushrod Island, and so we are hoping that the Ministry of Education can speed up efforts now that we are in the dry season,” he said.He said the urgency of the matter should press Ministry of Education officials to rush to “get the business done, and on time.”“Unless the government makes haste, we will gradually move into other months that may see the arrival of the rainy season and we would not have achieved anything,” he said.Another female resident of Colonel West community said it was unfortunate that the destruction unleashed by the relentless ocean was not stopped on time.“It takes many years of erosion for a whole area to be swept away,” she said, asking, “how did it happen that no one cared to have prevented the erosion five years ago?”She said the Ministry of Education should inform the community about what it plans to do now to prevent further erosion and rebuild the wall.“We want to know so that we can say that this time around something good can come from what officials have said to rebuild the school,” she said.Ministry of Education officials contacted confirmed to the Daily Observer that plans are underway to get the walls of the school rebuilt as well as constructing a barricade to stop the ocean from advancing to the school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four-goal hero Aguero salutes De Bruyne

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero is relishing playing alongside the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Sergio Aguero was the four-goal hero of Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Leicester, but the Argentina striker was quick to praise Kevin De Bruyne for his contribution to the rout.Aguero demolished Leicester in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday as the Premier League leaders moved another step closer to the title. Aguero’s third haul of three goals or more this season took his total for the campaign to 28 and his overall City tally to 197.But as impressive as Aguero was, City again owed a lot to Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, who created his side’s opening three goals in another outstanding display.“Luckily Kevin De Bruyne is playing for us and helping us to score,” said Aguero, who with 143 Premier League strikes is now only three short of moving into the competition’s top 10.“I am very lucky because most of the goals come from his assists – I just have to hit the ball. I am happy for him as well. He is a great player and any team in the world would love to have him.”It was the perfect way for City to sign off from Premier League action for the month, with Pep Guardiola’s side having Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup commitments in the next fortnight.With a League Cup final date against Arsenal looming at the end of the month, Aguero says City are focused on silverware rather than individual plaudits.“The goals are very important because they help the team to win,” Aguero said.“But I think we are very close to achieving important things. That is why I am very happy, personally and for the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more