$1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature headlines rich Murray County Fair show

first_imgSLAYTON, Minn. – More money is on the line for all four IMCA divisions running next Friday, Aug. 14 at Murray County Speedway.The county fair program pays the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner $1,000 and is a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.Bonuses of $500 for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner and $250 for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner will be given by Sturdevant’s Auto Supply of Slayton. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner also earns a $250 bonus.Top four finishers in the Hobby Stock feature also will be entered in a drawing for an additional $500.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. The Modified portion of the program is draw/redraw. Completing the card are the MCRA compacts and pickups.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $13 for adults, $8 for kids 11-15 and free for 10 and under. Pit passes are $26. There is no entry fee or charge for car registration.More information is available from promoter Glen Van Eck at 507 220-3511.last_img read more

Breaking the Alabama-Clemson monopoly: Sizing up Michigan’s chances

first_imgSept. 1, 2012vs. No. 2 AlabamaL 41-14
Nov. 24, 2012at No. 4 Ohio StateL 26-21Nov. 30, 2013vs. No. 3 Ohio StateL 42-41Nov. 26, 2016at No. 2 Ohio StateL 30-27Oct. 21, 2017at No. 2 Penn StateL 42-13Nov. 18, 2017at No. 5 WisconsinL 24-10Michigan has lost five more games against top-five teams since facing Alabama, and Harbaugh has yet to break through with that signature victory that lifts the program. This will continue to haunt the program, especially on the road. Michigan does face Penn State and Wisconsin away this year, but neither team will be ranked in the top five.Can Michigan break up Alabama-Clemson?  The Wolverines have not beaten a top-five team since a road win at Notre Dame in 2006. Those are the type of victories Michigan needs to accumulate before we can say it’s ready for Clemson and Alabama, who have quarterbacks who are every bit as good as Dwayne Haskins at the college level.Michigan has an opportunity with Harbaugh in the post-Urban Meyer Big Ten, but it can’t be distracted by the Ohio State shadow against a tough schedule. A potential Playoff matchup with Michigan against Clemson or Alabama would be great for the sport — especially with the prospect of Harbaugh trading barbs with Dabo Swinney or Nick Saban — but we need to see the Wolverines beat Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and win a Big Ten championship for the first time since 2004 before we entertain that thought. Sporting News recently released its 2019 College Football Playoff predictions, and it comes as no surprise that we picked another Alabama-Clemson matchup in the CFP championship game on Jan. 13 in New Orleans.  Can anybody break up the Alabama-Clemson monopoly at the top of college football? Sporting News will take a closer look at some of the top contenders that can do just that. We have already looked at Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma — schools that have combined for six CFP appearances. MORE: Sporting News’ post-spring top 25Today, we’ll take a closer look at the team still looking to break through for that first appearance. Michigan is ranked No. 9 in Sporting News’ post-spring top 25 for 2019. The Wolverines are in their fifth season under Jim Harbaugh and have the eighth-best winning percentage (.731) among Power 5 schools since he arrived in 2015.But none of those wins has come against rival Ohio State, and four losses that are part of a seven-game losing streak to the Buckeyes have added to the consternation in Ann Arbor.Can the Wolverines break through and make a run at the Tigers or the Tide? If they can, they’ll likely have to go through Ohio State first. A closer look:  Why Michigan can break up Alabama-ClemsonNew-look offenseMichigan hired new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who helped Alabama unleash a new kind of offense around Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa in 2018. The belief now is that Harbaugh — who has been criticized for being too conservative — will open it up around second-year starter Shea Patterson and a talented group of receivers that includes Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins. That is Michigan’s best position group, perhaps on the entire roster, and it’s time for Harbaugh to turn Patterson loose. If that happens (we need to see it to believe it), then the Wolverines could emerge as true contenders.Same aggressive defenseDefensive coordinator Don Brown is still bristling about last year’s finish in which the Wolverines gave up 62 points to Ohio State and 41 points to Florida. Those losses dropped Michigan to No. 16 in scoring defense, its lowest ranking under Brown. Rashan Gary, Devin Bush and Chase Winovich are gone for the NFL, but Brown has been able to get results despite heavy turnover before. Khaleke Hudson, Josh Metellus and Lavert Hill are among the key players who return to a unit that should be more than motivated by last season’s late-season failures.A Big Ten breakthroughIt’s psychological at this point. Michigan had 10-1 teams that were good enough to win the Big Ten championship entering the Ohio State game in 2016 and ’18. Those losses and corresponding New Year’s Day Six fallouts ended otherwise solid seasons on a sour note. The Wolverines are 3-1 against Penn State and 2-2 against Michigan State under Harbaugh. Ohio State is the next hurdle, and this team could finally realize its potential with a victory there. Then we can see if they are ready for the big time.MORE: Michigan 2019 lookaheadReasons Michigan won’t break up Alabama-ClemsonMichigan hasn’t proven it can beat Ohio State, so it’s hard to say the Wolverines have enough talent to match up with Alabama and Clemson, who have developed depth through top-10 recruiting for the better part of a decade.The Wolverines have enhanced their talent level under Harbaugh, but the bowl losses to Florida State and Florida — teams Alabama and Clemson have manhandled in recent seasons — have exposed that lack of blue-chip depth.That would be the biggest question if the Wolverines broke through and won the Big Ten championship. It would be the same problem Notre Dame encountered last season.Coach factorHarbaugh is not an overrated coach. He is 8-10 against top 25 teams, but he’s also 30-4 against unranked teams. Michigan avoids the major upsets that dogged Lloyd Carr late and Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.That said, he’s not an underrated coach, either. He has Michigan back in the same position it was in for most of the back half of the Carr era. The Wolverines are good enough to win 10 games almost every season, but it’s those road hiccups that have got tenin the way before Ohio State. That has to be a point of emphasis this season.Still, Harbaugh has to take the next step at some point, and most of that revolves around the Ohio State game. It’s inescapable at this point, especially after the 62-39 loss in Columbus last season.MORE: Ohio State reminds Michigan of its Playoff potentialStat that matters  Michigan thought it was ready for the big stage on Sept. 1, 2012. The Wolverines were coming off an 11-2 campaign in Brady Hoke’s first season and faced Alabama in the season opener. The Crimson Tide offered a reality check in a beatdown Hoke never recovered from.last_img read more

Crusader preview: Both Wellington and Rose Hill are looking for their first win of the season

first_imgSuperintendent: Dr. Mark Whitener 150 Clearwater 43 Wellington 14 180 10 220 10 Rose Hill Friday, Sept. 23 Andale Friday, Oct. 7 165 Aaron Schoemann Michael Billington 12 David Matlock 230 18 Manager: Austin Fink 11 15 Mulvane Caleb Alcorn 77 Friday, Oct. 28 3 280 185 5 Caleb Fowler 150 Drake Alcorn 65 2 Caleb Reichenberger 70 72 155 10 Michael Ledbetter 85 home 10 11 10 Braden Struble 180 50 68 away 11 W. Collegiate Spirit Squad: Taylor, McGothlin, Regan Pourner, 170 190 170 10 11 10 190 2016 Wellington Crusader Football Chloe Easterly, Andi Dry, Kelsi Haydon, 10 Eric Kop Bailey Etter 1 12 240 10 Deyton Araujo 130 Chance Wilson Assistant Principal: John Buckendorff 61 Friday, Sept. 30 Logan Jones 165 12 10 Trayson Probst Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 240 78 84 away 10 Lukas Soria 185 Rose HillW. Collegiate 51 Rose Hill 6Mulvane 40 Rose Hill 20.Roster: 270 10 6 220 190 220 Ian Groom De’ Andre Washington 22 10center_img 11 Athletic Director: Luke Smith Julian Jimenez home Tyler Jimenez Principal: Adam Hatifield 10 Gabe Smith Makenna May, Cassidy Harriger, Lexi Saffell, by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is little doubt that Wellington so desperately needs to win Friday night. Trouble is, Rose Hill has a similar desperation.The Crusaders will travel to Rose Hill in what will be a battle of two winless teams. The Rockets have a tough row to hoe in the future. But it won’t be like Wellington’s murderous trifecta of Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Scott City in simultaneous weeks.Rose Hill comes into the game on an 11-game losing streak. The last time Rose Hill won was in Oct. 30, 2014 when it beat Mulvane 28-22.After a dreadful 2015 in which the Rockets went 0-9 and never played a close game, Rose Hill fell to Wichita Collegiate 41-6 and Mulvane 40-20 last weekend. It has been a precipitous fall for a program that won a state championship in 2011.The Rockets are chomping at the bits for a victory.Both Rose Hill and El Dorado had similar statistics in games against Mulvane. In week one, El Dorado accumulated 238 yards vs. the Cats while the Rockets had 210. They both gave up large chunks of yards to the Cats 343 to 360.So it might be safe to say on a talent level, El Dorado and Rose Hill are similar.Wellington gave up 355 yards against El Dorado. For the Dukes to see any success this season, the defense has to do better.“I was looking at our defense on Saturday, and sometimes we had five sophomores out there playing at the same time,” said first year head coach Zane Aquilar. “That’s a tough way to go.”Wellington showed much improvement on offense. Wellington had 255 yards in offense including 153 yards passing. The passing game appears to be coming along.It isn’t as if Wellington has not been competitive in the first two games. Wellington was down 14-7 against Clearwater in the first half and tied 6-6 against El Dorado. Many would argue that the Crusaders outplayed the Wildcats in the first 24 minutes.But the second half has been problematic for this young squad which has given up 27 and 28 points in the first two games.The Rockets will feature senior quarterback Grant Moore, a two-year starter, who is 8 of 25 for 98 yards so far this season. Rose Hill has two running backs making yardage. J.J. Carney has accumulated 103 yards on 16 attempts for a 6.44 yard per carry average. Bradly McAllister has 91 yards on 24 attempts.Wellington will go into the game with 564 total yards. Cade Phelps is 11 of 40 for 238 yards. Chris Kop and Colton Glover have each accumulated 133 and 120 yards respectively so far. Runs like the 14-yard touchdown run made by Glover on Saturday when he dragged the whole El Dorado team into the end zone will help this Friday.Joe Ybarra, a sophomore receiver, has four catches for 90 yards. That didn’t include his interception last week. De’Andre Washington, another sophomore, appears to getting his footing with three catches for 70 yards, including a big catch late in the second half vs. the Cats.Aguilar said at this juncture it is about the boys believing in themselves. He is confident that if Wellington competes at the level its capable of, the Crusaders will be victorious Friday night.Wellington-Rose Hill game at a glance:Wellington (0-2) at Rose Hill (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young and Jamie Cornejo, play-by-play, KLEY, 1130-AM and 100.3-FM. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow.Game night weather: Forecasters are calling for 20 percent rain during kickoff and that percentage increases to 35 percent before the conclusion. Bring your umbrella nevertheless.Series history: Wellington holds a 14-3 winning history against Rose Hill.Rose Hill (14-3)1981 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61982 – Wellington 37 Rose Hill 71987 – Wellington 35 Rose Hill 121988 – Wellington 26 Rose Hill 161994 – Wellington 48 Rose Hill 161995 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61996 – Wellington 40 Rose Hill 01997 – Wellington 30 Rose Hill 02000 – Wellington 56 Rose Hill 02001 – Wellington 38 Rose Hill 132004 – Wellington 28 Rose Hill 202005 – Wellington 20 Rose Hill 352006 – Wellington 6 Rose Hill 21 bi-district.2008 – Wellington 14 Rose Hill 132009 – Wellington 15 Rose Hill 212014 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 212015 – Wellington 44 Rose Hill 20Game’s significance: With Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Scott City looming, this will be a very big game for the Crusaders.Injury situation: Lukas Soria is out for six weeks. The rest of the team has normal bumps and bruises.•••••Competing schedules: 11 10 140 150 10 El Dorado 34 Wellington 18 215 16 160 12 190 Cade Phelps Chase Pfalzgraf 10 Matthew Mason 21 160 Tatum Witham, Tori Winger, Kayla Billington 12 Jack Walton 60 180 140 Head Coach: Zane Aguilar 12 Brayden Higgenbotham 42 10 Joe Ybarra Varsity Football (all games 7 p.m.) 10 Chris Kop Assistant Superintendent: Brad Morris Scott City home 33 Dylan Goodman Cody Metz WELLINGTON Sponsor: Katie Franke Dylan Ferguson away 165 Nic Reyes 170 Ulysses 160 11 8 Rick Phelps, Tim Lira, Nick Wellington, Ryan Elder Friday, Oct. 21 Chi Barton 135 Assisntant Coaches: Tony Ybarra, Ross Foley, John McComb, 25 Tyler Murray Winfield Conner Burnett 12 Colton Glover 12 12 165 53 51 160 12 79 62 Jason Jeffrey Friday, Oct. 14 Braiden Buresh 63 11 11 220 71 11 Friday, Sept. 16 7 24 66 4 away 10 54 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Fire District 6 receives grant for smoke alarms

first_imgHazel Dell – Clark County Fire District 6 has received a $20,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase 1,000 smoke detectors.For at least 20 years, Fire District 6 has given away and helped to install smoke detectors to about 67,000 people living in the fire district, the agency reported.Smoke detectors have shown to save lives, however, not everyone can afford the right number of detectors in their house, the fire agency said in a press release.To support the smoke detector program, the agency relies on grants and donations.Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation aims to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations.Residents who live within the fire district and who need a smoke detector or help with installation are asked to contact Clark County Fire District 6 at 360-576-1195 or contact the Public Education Coordinator Dave Schmitke at [email protected]last_img read more