Recognizing Potential Stardom

first_imgAs a coach, there is something that you see in an athlete that leads you to believe you are coaching something special.  I’m sure that in the early stages of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky a coach knew that he/she was about to witness the start of a great athletic career.  It was at East Central in their Invitational that Chris Giesting showed that potential.  Taking the baton on a final leg of a 4 x 400m relay he was 50 yards behind the leading team.  Before his lap was finished, he not only caught this runner but passed him.  This was the first time he broke the 50 sec. barrier in the 400m.  Standing on the sideline I knew he was something special.  This year he just missed making our Olympic team.Katie Ledecky is just in the early stages of her career, but she already is 5 for 5 with gold medal swims. She is amazing in the fact that she can swim the freestyle from the 200m to 1500m.  The only time anyone is close to her is the 200m swims.  Otherwise, she not only wins but she annihilates them!  Will she stay around long enough to challenge the incredible feat of Michael Phelps?Michael Phelps, at the age of 31, says this was his last competitive swim.  No one in the world can challenge what he has done in the pool.  His 23 gold medals which is 14 more than his nearest competitor.  If you think this has been easy, just read his autobiography.  Even when you are that good, not everything comes easy.  Goodbye, Michael!last_img read more

Edelbrock rewards claim engine drivers in five IMCA divisions

first_imgTORRANCE, Calif. – IMCA drivers in five divisions competing with claim engines share a wealth of product and product certificate awards to be given by Edelbrock.The Torrance, Calif., company is in its 19th season as an IMCA sponsor. Edelbrock awards go to IMCA Modi­fied, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers.Highest finish­ing claim drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions receive 2975 Victor Jr. intakes.Top drivers in the two Stock Car regions receive Edelbrock 2701, 7121 or 2176 intakes.And the highest finishing claim engine drivers in both Hobby Stock regions and in national Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod points have a choice between 2701 Chevrolet, 7121 Ford or 2176 Chrysler intakes.Second through fifth place claim engine drivers in each Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock region, and in national Northern and Southern SportMod standings all receive $50 product certificates.Twenty-five dollar product certificates go to Modified and Stock Car regional rookies of the year.All Edelbrock awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the fol­lowing week from the IMCA home office.Information about Edelbrock products is available at the website, on Facebook or by call­ing 310 781-2222,“Edelbrock is a leader in the aftermarket engine parts industry and having them renew a program targeting these IMCA drivers is important,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We place a high value on our relationship with Edelbrock and are proud to offer quality intakes as awards for an outstanding season.”last_img read more

Mr. Harold Marshall Peelman

first_imgMr. Harold Marshall Peelman, age 73, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on August 20, 1946 in Milan, Indiana. He was the son of the late, Marshall H. “Mike” and Mary Elizabeth (McAlister) Peelman. He was raised in East Enterprise, Indiana where he attended school. Harold was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Gullion on May 15, 1971 in Vevay, Indiana. Harold was employed for Vevay Concrete and McAlister Excavating for several years. Harold was a volunteer firefighter for the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department and Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department for several years. Harold passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Harold will be missed by his wife, Barbara Jean (Gullion) Peelman of Vevay, IN; his sons, Harold Leon “HL” Gullion and his wife, Bev of Vevay, IN, James Robert Lock of Madison, IN and Verle Lee Lock of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Michael Harold Gullion of Vevay, IN and Jamie Lee Gullion and his wife, Kristie of Vevay, IN; his great-grandchildren, Samantha and Colton Gullion; his brothers, Jerry Peelman and his wife, Debbie of East Enterprise, IN, Robert M. “Bob” Peelman and his wife, Sharon of East Enterprise, IN and Archie Peelman of East Enterprise, IN and his several nieces, nephews and other relatives.He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall H. “Mike” and Mary Elizabeth (McAllister) Peelman and his brothers, Terry Peelman, died February 22, 2014 and Jeffery Lynn “Jeff” Peelman, died April 24, 2014.Services will be held at a later date.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Harold Marshall Peelman Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Lightning Strike at PGA Tour Championship Injures Six People

first_imgSix people were injured on Saturday when a bolt of lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the PGA Tour championship in Atlanta, according to police.The third round of the season-ending event had been suspended for about half an hour due to stormy weather, and fans were seeking shelter. The lightning strike hit the top of the tree, which is just off the 16th tee, and shattered the bark to the bottom.Atlanta Police spokesman James H. White III says five men and one female juvenile were injured. All of them were taken to hospitals for treatment, and all were alert, conscious and breathing. The championship includes 30 players who are competing for the FedEx Cup and a $15 million prize.Golfer Justin Thomas, who was enjoying a one-shot lead through five holes when play was suspended, says he and players were eating in the clubhouse when “it felt like the entire clubhouse shook” from the thunder.The PGA Tour canceled play for the remainder of Saturday.last_img read more

Wisconsin defenders on the offensive

first_imgADAM SCHORR/Herald photoAt first glance, this year’s stat sheet for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey may look a bit confusing.Leading the team in scoring with 12 points is junior Jamie McBain, a defenseman. Right behind him in second and third are blueliners, sophomores Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh with nine and eight points, respectively.So where has the production from the forwards been?“Sometimes it makes you a little bit frustrated, like, ‘Come on, forwards,’” Smith joked. “But it’s not even like that because the forwards are actually the ones that are feeding us.”Upon closer inspection of the defensive corps UW head coach Mike Eaves has been blessed with, the numbers begin to make more sense.Among the six Badgers who typically see time on defense, five were drafted in the NHL’s first or second round. McDonagh was drafted the highest of the group, taken 12th overall in the 2007 draft by the Montreal Canadians. Smith was taken just 15 picks later in that same draft by Detroit.Jake Gardiner, a freshman from Minnetonka, Minn., was a first rounder in the 2008 draft, going 17th to the Anaheim Ducks. McBain (Carolina Hurricanes) and Goloubef (Columbus Blue Jackets) were both taken in the second round of their respective drafts.With so much professional potential in one locker room, one might think there would be a lot of boasting among the young defensemen, but Smith said that’s not the case.“Sometimes we joke around about it,” he said. “But everybody’s pretty modest about it, and they don’t really talk about it too much.”With the level of talent Wisconsin has at its disposal defensively, Eaves knew it was just a matter of time before they produced.“Our most talented guys — in terms of natural ability — are there,” Eaves said of his defense.It took a few games for the unit to click, as the Badgers allowed 23 goals in their first four games. Over the past two weekends, however, UW has earned its first three wins of the season — allowing just four combined goals in those three victories, including a shutout Saturday against Michigan Tech.“Coming into the season, we knew we were a very offensively talented group,” McBain said. “As of late, I think we’re just keeping it simple. We’re throwing pucks at the net.”Part of what has contributed to the recent success of the defensemen — and the Badgers along with them — has been their ability to convert on the power play. Saturday against the Huskies, Wisconsin scored five of its six goals with the man advantage. McDonagh notched one of those tallies, and Smith assisted on three of the five power play goals.“The power play was doing really well. … I think that was the main thing,” Smith said. “We’ve got [Blake] Geoffrion in front of that net. He screens the goalie and it’s so hard for a goaltender to see the puck. He got a stick on a few of them.”Geoffrion scored twice in Saturday’s 6-0 victory, but was assisted both times by the duo of Smith and McBain, who recognized the forward’s ability to make plays happen.“Blake’s doing a great job in front,” McBain said. “The one-time was working for us Saturday.”It was McBain and Smith that anchored UW’s top line of defense, and the chemistry between the two was evident: four of Wisconsin’s nine goals on the weekend were a direct result of the duo. Aside from assisting on Geoffrion’s two goals, it was Smith’s pass that set up McBain’s third-period goal Saturday, and they both picked up an assist on John Mitchell’s goal Friday night.“As of late, it’s just kind of a confidence in each other,” McBain said. “We’re learning how to read off one another; we’re learning where each other is at, kind of getting a feel for each other’s game. It’s working out for us. I know when the puck’s in his hands, he’s going to do something special with it. He’s going to be looking for me, too.”Of the freshmen defensemen, none has made a bigger impact early on than Gardiner, who already has six points on the season. Gardiner hasn’t always played on the defensive side of the puck, however. The 2008 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year switched from forward to defense as a senior in high school — a move he feels has helped him find his way near the top of the scoring leaders.“I’m pretty much an offensive defenseman,” Gardiner said. “I’m trying to take it down a notch and play more solid defense and be more calm once I get more comfortable.”Gardiner’s natural ability with the puck has even impressed the assistant captain McBain.“He’s just got the ability to skate,” McBain said. “He’s so fast and he’s so agile both ways. You don’t see that a lot of times on defense. When he gets that puck, it’s fun to watch him.”The Badgers finished last season with forwards making up the top four scorers — Kyle Turris, Ben Street, Blake Geoffrion and Michael Davies. Yet, here they are 10 games into the 2008-09 season with Geoffrion as the only forward in the top five.But while they’re having success now, the blueliners know the scoring could easily shift.“I think it’s all going to even out,” Smith said. “The forwards are going to jump up there, for sure. I think we’re going to have one, maybe two, in the top five scoring for defense because we’re so talented.”last_img read more

Borg van der Velde earns ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors

first_img Published on October 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Borg van der Velde earned Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after shutting out No. 24 Pacific on Saturday, 3-0.The shutout gave No. 12 Syracuse (12-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) its 11th shutout of the season, tying the program record previously achieved in 1993. The freshman keeper from Ede, Netherlands, has started all 17 games the Orange has played.The shutout last weekend required four saves from van der Velde. Syracuse also shut out Pacific on Aug. 27, 3-0, a game in which van der Velde had three saves.SU plays next on Thursday against No. 9 Louisville at the ACC Tournament, which Louisville hosts at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The match begins at 4 p.m. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Football bounces back with easy win over Oregon State

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanOn Saturday, No. 14 USC jumped back into the win column after last week’s loss to Washington State, as it defeated Oregon State 38-10 on Saturday at the Coliseum.“A good win for our football team — any Pac-12 win is,” head coach Clay Helton said. “[We’re] 1-0 on the week, 5-1 on the season, and looking at the game without watching the film yet, I really felt like our defense did an amazing job.”While it was an all-around strong performance for the Trojans on both sides of the ball, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold was unable to depart from his recent turnover-prone play. In the first quarter, he fumbled the ball on his own 23-yard line in a play eerily similar to last week’s fumble against Washington State.Then with three minutes left in the first half, Darnold threw his ninth interception of the year, failing to see a linebacker float to the ball in coverage. He almost gave up the ball again in the second half, fumbling on his own 21-yard line, but redshirt junior left tackle Toa Lobendahn recovered it on the one-yard line, narrowly avoiding a safety. Darnold had thrown nine interceptions all of last season.“I think honestly, I’m stopping the offense a little bit right now with the way I’m turning the ball over,” Darnold said. “I’ve just got to be better.”Outside of the turnovers, Darnold looked accurate and poised for the most part behind an offensive line reshaped due to injuries. On the game, he threw for 316 yards, completing 23 of 35 passes. However, one Oregon State player was less than impressed with the sophomore quarterback’s game.“Nothing special,” Oregon State cornerback Kyle White said. “He’s a normal Pac-12 quarterback. I didn’t see anything special. He made his throws, made his reads. He fumbled twice. He had one picked off, should’ve been three. He’s OK.”The Trojans started off fast and furious in their return to the Coliseum after two weeks on the road. Their first drive, which featured a balanced attack between run and pass, was punctuated by a 37-yard touchdown strike from Darnold to redshirt freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns over the middle. Minutes into the game, Darnold completed his longest pass since Week 3 against Texas. Vaughns finished with five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.The Trojans’ fast start was not limited to the offensive side of ball. Immediately following the touchdown drive, Oregon State quarterback Darrell Garretson threw an interception to a leaping sophomore cornerback Jack Jones, placing USC deep in enemy territory. Junior running back Ronald Jones II scored on a four-yard option a few plays later, giving his team an early 14-0 advantage. With the touchdown, Jones has scored in 12 consecutive games that he’s played in. While more emphasis was placed on the passing game, Jones still turned in a solid day at the office. He finished with 79 yards, averaging over six yards a carry.“I’ve been practicing with those guys all week,” Jones said about the reshuffled offensive line. “I felt comfortable trusting the guys and the reads.”The home team would exit the first half with a 21-3 lead, with USC’s third touchdown coming on a 16-yard touchdown catch by junior receiver Deontay Burnett early in the second quarter. Celebrating his 20th birthday on Saturday, Burnett scored his team-leading sixth receiving touchdown of the year.The Trojans’ offensive momentum continued into the second half. After Oregon State was forced to punt, the team efficiently drove 91 yards in just over three minutes, scoring a touchdown when Darnold found freshman tight end Josh Falo wide open on a wheel route for 30 yards. It was both Falo’s first career touchdown and first career reception.Freshman placekicker Chase McGrath added a 29-yard field goal with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter on what would be Darnold’s final drive of the game. In backup redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Fink’s first career drive, he burst open for a 51-yard touchdown run on a read option play. After the freshman’s dynamic rush, USC fans were treated to another special moment, as blind redshirt sophomore long snapper Jake Olson once again came onto the field to snap for the extra point. As the crowd roared, Olson delivered a perfect snap.“Credit to old Matty Fink,” Helton said. “Matt did a wonderful job getting in there and making the most of his opportunity. I’d like to thank coach [Gary] Andersen for the class he showed for allowing us to get Jake in to perform his craft.”The Trojan defense turned in a dominant performance on Saturday afternoon. In addition to Jones’ early interception, redshirt sophomore Christian Rector came up with an important fumble recovery in the third quarter, just as the Beavers were making a push for the end zone. The defensive lineman has shown a knack for finding the football; he has two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles on the season.“This guy [Rector] is becoming a superstar in the last four games,” Helton said. “[He] continues to show up in big ways as we enter the month of October here.”Overall, the defense gave up one touchdown on the afternoon, when Oregon State running back Atavis Pierce ran it in from six yards out in the fourth quarter.“I think we played pretty well,” senior safety and team captain Chris Hawkins said. “The score says we played well, the stats say we played well. I think we can get a lot better. I’m not satisfied, but I think it was a good win for us.”last_img read more

NPFL: Rivers Utd Aiming to Return to Winning Ways against ABS…

first_imgFemi Solaja with agency reportRivers United will face ABS FC in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game this afternoon in Port Harcourt.United have underwhelmed this season and need a win against the newly-promoted side to get their campaign back on track.ABS FC come into the game on the back of a 0-2 reverse to Abia Warriors in Umuahia last Sunday and will be looking to bounce back with a positive result in Port Harcourt.Technical adviser of ABS, Henry Makinwa knows there is a need to produce a positive response particularly as ABS have yet to win in their last five NPFL matches. “My expectations are that we are going to win; we want to win. “Our ambition is to win all games if it’s possible. “Tomorrow (Thursday) is one of the games and we are going to give our best to win the game,” he told the club’s official website, United are also desperate for a win and Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, is eager to see his side return to winning ways against plucky opposition.“We are really preparing for the game (against ABS because) at this stage we need good results.“We need to win, especially at home; our position on the log is low and we really need to get these three points to start moving up. “I know ABS is a very strong, young and energetic team; they have a lot of youthful players and can cause an upset on Thursday. “We have to work very hard and not take them for granted. “We have to work hard, put our acts together and secure all three points against ABS; that’s our mission now,” Eguma said.Meanwhile, there is happier news from the infirmary for Rivers United as right back Chigozie Ihunda is nearing a return to action following a long-term injury.Ihunda injured his left knee in United’s 1-0 win over Warri Wolves in an NPFL game decided at the Warri City Stadium on May 8, 2016.The versatile footballer subsequently underwent keyhole and open surgeries in Delhi, India, on December 26, 2016 to repair the damage.He was given a timeline of six months for return to active competition and his recovery is already ahead of schedule, according to Head of the Rivers United FC medical unit, Dr Chukwuemeka Agi.“Ihunda has been undergoing physiotherapy and is already walking without the aid of crutches.“We expect him to be back in action by June this year but it could be earlier depending on how things progress,” he said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more