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April 4 opener takes Deery Series to Crawford County Speedway

first_imgDENISON, Iowa – More than two decades after its only previous visit, the Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series returns to Crawford County Speedway on Saturday, April 4.Opening night for the IMCA Late Model tour brings the series back to Denison for the first time since July 28 of 1994. Gary Webb of Blue Grass was the winner that evening, earning the second in what became a record four straight feature victories and eventually the first of three career tour championships. The Deery show scheduled last April at Crawford County was rained out. “With the blast of unseasonably mild weather recently, we’re optimistic about the series opener in Denison,” said Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “Once we get that event in we’ll be off and running with what promises to be another outstanding series.”The main event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Also on the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mach-1 Sport Compacts racing for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points. Pit gates at Denison will be open all day on April 4. The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids five and under. Pit passes are $30. More information is available by calling 712 269-6335 and at the www.ccsdirtracing.com website.Defending champion is Justin Kay of Wheatland. Marshalltown’s Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 434 events through the series’ first 28 seasons.The second of 18 Deery dates this season is Saturday, April 11 at West Liberty Raceway.2014 Deery Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheat­land, 675; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 637; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 601; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 587; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 582; 6. Brian Harris, Davenport, 526; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 525; 8. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 522; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley, 498; 10. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 488; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 455; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 434; 13. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 346; 14. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 334; 15. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 298; 16. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 278; 17. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 274; 18. Spencer Diercks, Daven­port, 271; 19. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 269; 20. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 257.last_img read more

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GSC Tournament Berth on the Line for Argonauts

first_imgGSC Tournament Berth on the Line for Argonauts April 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – As the final weekend of the regular season approaches, West Florida is still alive for a berth in next month’s Gulf South Conference Tournament. West Florida (29-22, 9-9 GSC) will be on the road at North Alabama (31-16, 10-7 GSC) and Alabama-Huntsville (39-13, 12-7 GSC) this weekend for their final six games of the regular season.West Florida is currently tied with West Georgia for the fourth and final post-season seed from the GSC East Division. West Georgia will complete their regular season on Friday at West Alabama. West Florida is looking for their 13th consecutive GSC Tournament berth. The Argonauts have never missed the tournament since entering the conference prior to the 1995 season.West Florida is coming off a 2-2 record last weekend against West Georgia and West Alabama. Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) tossed two complete game shutouts for the Argonaut wins: a 2-0 victory over West Georgia, and a 1-0 triumph over West Alabama.North Alabama, who is currently in third place in the GSC East Division, is ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division II South Region poll. The Lions are coming off a double header sweep over Albany State on Monday.West Florida holds a 45-6 advantage in the all-time series, but North Alabama split a four-game regular season series in Pensacola last season. The Lions have not defeated the Argonauts in Florence, Ala. since Apr. 6, 1996.Friday’s double header will be the make-up games for the double header that was rained out in Pensacola on Apr. 1. Even though the double header will be played at North Alabama, West Florida will be the home team on Friday. First pitch of Friday’s double header is set for 5 p.m. CST, while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m. CST. West Florida will finish the season on Sunday at Alabama-HuntsvillePrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Unbeaten GSA boys overcoming inexperience with balance

first_imgBLUE HILL — They’re at it again.Winning games is hardly a surprise for the George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team, which entered the year looking to continue a remarkable run that’s included three state titles, 15 tournament wins, 83 overall victories and just six losses over the previous four years. Even as years change and players come and go, the Eagles always seem to put forth a winning team.After the 2018-19 season, the GSA boys were looking at perhaps a bit more uncertainly than usual with six seniors from the Eagles’ Northern Maine runner-up team set to graduate. With Andrew Szwez, GSA’s top scorer and rebounder a year ago, transferring to Bangor High School over the summer, the Eagles were set to have one returning starter, senior Caden Mattson, and a very young bench.“We lost a lot of players,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said. “We had one starter back in Caden, and some of the other kids we have had played minutes last year — some, but not a ton.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNone of that has mattered this year for GSA, which is once again a championship-caliber team with the tournament just a month away. A squad that might have had questions of inexperience entering the season is instead in-sync and firing on all cylinders as it tears through Class C North.With seven games remaining, GSA is 11-0 and has its sights set on another deep run in the postseason. Eight of the Eagles’ 11 wins have come by 20 points or more, and only one team, Deer Isle-Stonington, has come within single digits.“It’s been trial by fire because we’re all are kind of new to it besides me, but we’ve really figured it out,” Mattson said. “We’re really close, and it’s a team effort whether we’re on the court or off the court.”GSA’s Austin Snow looks to pass against Lee Academy’s Ethen Allard during a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. The Eagles have won by 20 points or more in eight of their 11 games. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn Mattson and Milos Sujica, the Eagles have two top-notch defenders and 3-point shooters; in David Gadsby, they have one of the region’s quickest players and a consistent scorer; in Michael Moon, Teague Smallidge and Austin Snow, they have another set of capable shooters who can provide more options if opponents key in on Gadsby, Mattson or both.On any given night, any of those six players can provide the bulk of the scoring for the Eagles. In one game, GSA’s 83-41 win at Bucksport on Dec. 17, all six players finished in double figures.How, exactly, can opponents even defend against GSA’s array of threats?“You’re going to have to ask them; I’m not even sure,” Gadsby said. “We’re very confident in each other, so if somebody is playing good defense on one of us, we know we have a brotherhood of guys who can take over the game.”This GSA team, Carter believes, differs from past squads in that it lacks the superstar power the Eagles’ Gold Ball-winning units from 2016-18 had. Yet that has allowed GSA to throw a few more wrinkles into its game plans, and the team’s communication has turned that into positive results.“We look for each other more than any of the other teams I’ve coached recently because we know we don’t have that superstar that we’ve had in the past,” Carter said. “We’re so unselfish, and we just pass to the open guy and pass and cut. Everybody is just as happy to make the passes as they are to score the points.”That concept was on display Friday night as 10 different players scored in GSA’s 69-37 win over Bucksport. Mattson (19 points) and Gadsby (17 points) led the way offensively for the Eagles, whose effort at the other end of the floor paved the way for a blowout win over a Bucksport team it led 45-10 at halftime.“We rebounded really well, and all of us played really good help-side D,” Mattson said. “It was just a total team effort from everybody.”GSA, which beat Sumner (2-8) 70-44 on Monday and will play on the road against Lee Academy (1-7) tomorrow, Jan. 15, will host Searsport Friday, Jan. 17. The Eagles will then host Calais on Monday, Jan. 20. All three games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tip-offs.This season has been an interesting one in the Class C North ranks with the top three teams, Central Aroostook, Dexter and GSA, not scheduled to face one another at any point in the regular season. Elsewhere, reigning regional champion Houlton won’t be in the field this year after moving up to Class B.For Carter, though, there is no use in fretting about whom his team might or might not play; the Eagles are focused on playing their game, and if the results from both this season and years past are to be believed that strategy should suit this group just fine.“When you get to the tournament, you look for tendencies in teams, but you need to do what you do best,” Carter said. “We’re going to work and make some adjustments if we need to, but we’re confident in what we do, and I think we’ll be fine if we keep doing that.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

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Clippers underscore need for confidence, on and off the court

first_imgLOS ANGELES — From the front office to the backcourt, the conversation kept coming back to confidence Monday, when the Clippers played the Atlanta Hawks and came up short 123-118.Before the game, Gillian Zucker, the NBA’s only female president of business operations, addressed about 50 people gathered on Staple Center’s outside terrace. It was the first event of the Clippers’ new monthly series they’re calling career coaching meet-ups, which will highlight women within the organization.When the topic of career challenges arose, Zucker answered with, well, hard-earned self-assurance.“Confidence is probably an issue for everyone,” said Zucker, who was joined by Andee Olson, director of partnerships at Bumble, the dating and networking app behind the sponsorship patch on the Clippers’ jerseys. The discussion was moderated by Prime Ticket’s Jaime Maggio. Peer support, Zucker said earlier in the evening, matters.“I’ve had a lot of those experiences where you walk into this room and you think, ‘Wow, how did I get here?’ ” she said. “But after you get to know the people who are there, you really get to a place where suddenly you feel, ‘I belong here and I’m comfortable.’“Getting over that crisis of confidence, I think it takes strong people around you, people who support you and believe in you. So who your friends are really matters, who you have around you that helps push you forward, who your colleagues are, if they believe in you, they make a big difference.”While reticently acknowledging Bradley’s struggles, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has remained his steadfast supporter – to the chagrin of many of the team’s fans not shy about expressing their displeasure on social media. Still, Rivers has continuously started Bradley and defended the 28-year-old guard, whom he previously coached in Boston.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “We don’t run a lot of the stuff that he ran in Boston, which helped him be a better offensive player, so, unfortunately, a lot of his shots are just catch-and-shoot shots, which don’t really favor him in some ways,” Rivers said earlier this month.“But as far as being a pro, he’s been absolutely amazing. What he’s done for us defensively, his talk, his teaching, in practice trying to teach guys how to get through screens, Avery’s value right now – as (assistant coach) Rex (Kalamian) termed – is ‘unstatable.’ That’s not a word, but it’s a word in our vocabulary now, and that’s Avery’s value to us.”Zucker might relate.“Along the way, there were a lot of tough times, a lot of obstacles, there were a lot of times where I thought, ‘You know, is this ever going to happen for me?’ ” she said. “But it’s something I wanted so much. … I feel like everybody’s got that in them, something that they’re so passionate about, that if they stay determined, if they tell people what they want so others can help them, that they have a little patience around it, you too can have this opportunity like I do to be living your dream life.”OH, CANADAThe NBA announced Monday that Clippers rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was among the players selected by NBA assistant coaches to the World Team for the 2019 Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars at NBA All-Star Weekend. The game featuring first- and second-year standouts will be Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. PT at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.The 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Gilgeous-Alexander – a native of Hamilton, Ontario – has appeared in all 51 games and started 42 for the Clippers. The 20-year-old leads all rookies on teams with a record above .500 in both scoring (9.9 points) and minutes (26.1) per game. He’s also averaging 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and just more than one steal per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.In NBA history, only Larry Bird and Kyrie Irving have matched Gilgeous-Alexander’s production as a rookie in points, rebounds, assists and shooting splits. He’s also on pace to become the only Canadian rookie in league history to average at least 9.9 points and 2.9 assists. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “It’s not gender-related,” Zucker added. “I think all of us at some times feel, ‘Wow, I don’t know if I’m up for this, I don’t know if I’m smart enough, I don’t know if I’m fast enough, I don’t know if I’m good enough.’ I just think that’s a human condition.”Postgame, in the Clippers’ locker room, starting guard Avery Bradley answered a question about the recent uptick in his shooting percentage from the floor: “It feels good, I just have to continue to be confident. This league is built off of confidence, so whatever opportunities I get, I have to make the most of it.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.For his career, Bradley is a 43.5 percent shooter from the field and a 36.4 percent 3-point shooter. But for most of this season, he’s struggled offensively, making just 38.8 percent of his shots overall and 34.4 percent from behind the arc – which rank as the worst and second-worst rates of his career, respectively, beside his rookie season in 2010-11.Lately, however, Bradley has been better: In the past 10 games, he’s shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range, and scoring 11 points per game – after averaging just 7.5 points per contest in his first 35 outings.“My teammates are finding me,” Bradley said. “(You have to) be ready to make plays for your team.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

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CHAMPAGNE FLOWS AS AOIFE SAYS YES!

first_imgThere was huge excitement in Letterkenny’s Cottage Bar over the weekend following a surprise engagement.Champagne flowed as Aoife McGonigle celebrated her engagement to Shane McGlade.Aoife, the daughter of the very young looking Martin and Theresa McGonigle, got the shock of her life recently went Shane went down on bended knee. He picked the very romantic setting of the Trevi Fountain in Rome as the backdrop to the romantic gesture.And of course Aoife said yes!The happy couple were surrounded by family and friends including Aoife’s aunt Tricia and uncle Packie McGinley as they toasted the engagement.There was just one downside to the evening though. Aunt Tricia still cant decide if she is going to wear a hat or not!Plenty of time before that small detail.Congratulations to all from Donegaldaily.com.   CHAMPAGNE FLOWS AS AOIFE SAYS YES! was last modified: February 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aoife McGonigleengagementShane McGladeThe Cottage Barlast_img read more