Frostbuster finale brings 187 cars to Boone Speedway

first_imgBrandon Schmitt made his trip from Wisconsin worthwhile, leading every lap of the Northern SportMod main.  Hometown driver Jake McBirnie ran second much of the race, but could only follow Schmitt across the finish line the distant runner-up. Third went to Hunter Longnecker.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Eric Stanton; 2. Adam Ayers; 3. Keeran Sampson; 4. Daniel Smith; 5. Tim Gonska; 6. Zach Ankrum; 7. Aaron Shearn; 8. John Watson; 9. Bryce Sommerfeld; 10. Greg Si­dles; 11. Dylan Nelson; 12. Shawn Wirtz; 13. Todd Bass; 14. Tyler Jackson; 15. Nathan Gegner; 16. Nick Foster; 17. Braden Richards; 18. Jeremiah Andrews; 19. Bobby Smith; 20. Zach Hovell; 21. Trevor Holm; 22. Eric Knutson; 23. Aaron Rudolph; 24. Solomon Bennett; 25. Matt Tiernan; 26. Ben Schneiders. Ricky Thornton Jr. topped the IMCA Modified feature, while Tyler Thompson paced the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars. Other winners were Jay Schmidt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Eric Stanton in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Brandon Schmitt in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  Stanton started on the pole and led the Hobby Stock feature from start to finish, pulling away for the easy win. Adam Ayers and Keeran Sampson went second and third, respectively.   Ricky Thornton Jr. had the field covered in winning the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Boone Speedway’s season opening Frostbuster. Thornton, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot, earned $1,000 for the victory. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Stock Cars – 1. Jay Schmidt; 2. Donavon Smith; 3. Devin Smith; 4. Elijah Zevenbergen; 5. Buck Schafroth; 6. Dan Mackenthun; 7. Reid Keller; 8. Mike Coel; 9. David Smith; 10. Rod Richards; 11. Colby Klaassen; 12. Mitch Dowhower; 13. Scott Davis; 14. Bryan Snell; 15. Kevin Opheim; 16. Tom Cannon; 17. Brian Blessington; 18. Robert Stofer; 19. Aaron Karcz; 20. A.J. Zimmerman; 21. Todd Van Eaton; 22. Trent Nolan; 23. Tyler Pickett; 24. Bob Ahrendsen. Forty-seven Stock Cars came to play for a chance at a Frostbuster win.  They also ran a 25-lap feature that was action packed as always in the popular division.  Feature Results He held off the rest of the stout field as Donavon Smith took the runner-up spot and brother Devin Smith came from 12th starting to capture third.  A stout field of 53 Modifieds vied for a Frostbuster crown. Their feature event had to be whittled down to a 24-car starting field for their “A” main. Jimmy Gustin leaped to the lead from his pole starting position, only to have it snatched away by Thornton on lap three. center_img Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Jeff Aikey; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Josh Gilman; 6. Ken Schrader; 7. Kelly Shryock; 8. Jeremy Mills; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Tyler Peterson; 11. Chad Porter; 12. Chris Palsrok; 13. Taylor Musselman; 14. Thor Anderson; 15. Aaron Johnson; 16. Randy Foote; 17. Sean Barragan; 18. Sam Wieben; 19. David Brown; 20. Kyle Borgman; 21. Karl Brewer; 22. Eric Elliott; 23. Dennis Pittman; 24. Trent Loverude.  Buck Schafroth led the opening laps before the fifth-starting Schmidt, also a defending track cham­pion, took command.  By Joyce Eisele From there on, Thornton motored to the win and another Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying $1,000 prize. Gustin held on to finish second, defending IMCA Speedway Motors Super Na­tionals fueled by Casey’s champion Jeff Aikey took third, Kyle Brown finished fourth and Josh Gilman was fifth.  The RaceSaver Sprints found Thompson, last year’s track champion, back in the winner’s circle after leading the 20-lap feature flag to flag. Second went to Mike Houseman and third was Trevor Grossenbacher.  Saturday night, April 13, will be the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing points season opener at Boone Speedway. Sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and IMCA North­ern SportMods will be in action. Hot laps are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:30 p.m. BOONE, Iowa (April 6) – Boone Speedway hosted night two of the 2019 IMCA Frostbuster spe­cials on Saturday night with a 187 race cars competing at Iowa’s Action Track.   Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Thompson; 2. Mike Houseman Jr.; 3. Trevor Grossenbacher; 4. Zach Gla­ser; 5. Nathan Weiler; 6. Chase Weiler; 7. Brandon Bosma; 8. D.J. Palmer; 9. Mark Vanderhei­den; 10. Joel Thorpe; 11. Brian Efkamp; 12. Kaleb Johnson; 13. Mike Moore. Northern SportMods – 1. Brandon Schmitt; 2. Jake McBirnie; 3. Hunter Longnecker; 4. Daniel Fellows; 5. Matthew Looft; 6. Nate Whitehurst; 7. Adam Birck; 8. Cory Rose; 9. Brayton Carter; 10. Cur­tis Veber; 11. Ben Champan; 12. Dusty Masolini; 13. Tom Stark; 14. Tyler Nerud; 15. Cole Magnin; 16. Ronnie Hults; 17. Tom Lathrop; 18. Brandon Tharp; 19. Mary Lenz; 20. Thomas Egen­berger; 21. Doug Smith; 22. Johnathon Logue; 23. Carter VanDenBerg; 24. Tyler Titus.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgTwo people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined.MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-DE BOERDe Boer out as Atlanta United coach after dismal restartATLANTA (AP) — Frank de Boer is out as coach of Atlanta United. July 24, 2020 Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. Ryun said that one of the greatest honors of his life was to represent the country and “wear the stars and stripes on my chest while racing in the ’60s and ‘70s.”OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHOBen Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, diesUNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Blue Jays to play in Buffalo minor league park UNDATED (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins had previously said that if team could not find a major league park, Buffalo would be their most likely site for home games.The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. The state of Pennsylvania nixed a deal to play in Pittsburgh with COVID-19 cases on the rise there. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. The team said the first scheduled home series, against the Washington Nationals on July 29 and 30, will take place on the road to accommodate necessary infrastructure modifications at Sahlen Field to meet Major League Baseball playing standards and COVID-19 safety requirements. The abbreviated season got started Thursday night in Washington, where the Yankees beat the defending World Series champs 4-1 in a game cut short by rain. The Dodgers began their campaign by scoring seven times over their final two at-bats to thump the San Francisco Giants 8-1 in Los Angeles. The Texas Rangers will officially open Globe Life Field, their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. And they’ll do it with the same starting pitcher from the finale in the old stadium across the street. Lance Lynn faces the Colorado Rockies in his first opening day, getting the nod ahead of returning All-Star lefty Mike Minor and Corey Kluber, the two-time AL Cy Young winner acquired in a December trade from Cleveland. Lynn, who had 246 strikeouts last season, sent the Rangers out of the old stadium with a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees. A few spectators will be allowed, including the parents and fiancee of Rockies rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard, who grew up 10-15 minutes from the Rangers ballparks. The Houston Astros begin their season at home against the Seattle Mariners. The franchise spent the offseason dealing with the sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Dusty Baker was hired to replace Hinch. Baker is hoping to leave the scandal behind, calling it old news. It remains to be seen if the rest of baseball agrees. In Houston’s final summer camp tuneup, three of its stars — José Altuve, Alex Bregman and George Springer — were hit by pitches in a game at Kansas City. Longtime San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to make his first start with Arizona when the Diamondbacks visit the San Diego Padres. The big left-hander signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason after spending 11 years in San Francisco. He helped the Giants win three World Series titles and he was the 2014 World Series MVP.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULESeason begins for 26 more teamsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball’s season begins for 26 more teams Friday. And more of them will be a part of baseball’s postseason after MLB and the players’ union agreed Thursday to an expanded playoff structure that includes 16 teams instead of the usual 10. The Blue Jays’ first game in Buffalo will be either on July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies or on Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins. In other MLB news:— Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27, Major League Baseball and the players’ association said Friday. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. The 10 positive tests in the past week were among 10,939 monitoring samples, a rate of 0.05%. There have been 29 positives among 28,888 monitoring samples, a rate of 0.1%, of which 22 positives were for players. Twenty-eight teams have had a positive test for an individual required to undergo testing.— The Atlanta Braves are without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at the New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. Snitker said he did not know what the symptoms were. He hoped the two just had “a bad cold” and not the coronavirus. Snitker said the team is being careful because “we’ve had guys test negative and the next day they test positive.” Alex Jackson will start in the opener at catcher.— The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs also announced left-hander Burl Carraway, the team’s second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft, will join their group of players at their auxiliary site. The 31-year-old Dietrich, who also can play left field, opted out of his contract with Cincinnati and was released on Monday. — The Chicago Bears canceled season ticket packages on Friday because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. He said the Bears “continue to work closely” with city and state officials as well as public health experts. Season ticket holders can get refunds for this year or have their payments credited toward 2021.— Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added. F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1. The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date. The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe.— Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble. In a statement released by the team, Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms including headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste, and shortness of breath. Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream open the season on Sunday against Dallas. Atlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.— More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. The letter recommends delaying any decision on fall championships to allow more conferences to make their own decisions regarding regular-season play. It also encouraged the board to have a plan in place to address the college basketball season.— A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. James Calder chairs a government committee on the return of elite sports in England. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. But he is hopeful the twice weekly testing on players next season can be reduced. The next Premier League season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23. AP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for playersUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has offered opt-out guidelines to players who don’t want to participate in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus, according to people with knowledge of the offer. The people tell The Associated Press that players who decide they want to opt out would have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they would receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend wasn’t specified. One person said the players’ union negotiators have agreed to the plan, but the 32 team player representatives must vote on it. Should the plan be approved, it would eliminate one major obstacle to a full opening of training camps next week.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:center_img RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOMTrump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman RyunWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has presented one of the nation’s highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun (RY’-uhn), a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Ryun was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Trump presented Ryun with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony Friday at the White House. In announcing the award, the White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history.As a 17-year-old junior, Ryun became the first high school athlete to break the 4-minute barrier when he ran it in 3 minutes and 59 seconds. That year, he went on to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1966, the year he smashed the world record in the mile at 3:51.3. He graced the cover of the magazine seven times — all before the age of 25. Associated Press Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. Taylor has hired a merchant bank, The Raine Group, to broker talks. He said earlier this week that there are multiple groups interested.The Timberwolves have a lease at the city-owned Target Center that lasts through 2035. A $140 million renovation project on the arena was finished in 2017. ACC-NOTRE DAMEAP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. After a dismal performance in the MLS Is Back tournament, the team announced Friday that it had mutually agreed to part with de Boer, who nearly guided the team to the MLS Cup championship game a season ago.It was another short coaching stint for the former Dutch national team star, who previously was let go by Inter Milan in Italy’s Serie A in 2016 and Crystal Palace in England’s Premier League in 2017.De Boer endured an up-and-down campaign in his first year with Atlanta, but the team won both the Campeones Cup and U.S. Open Cup before making a strong run at defending its MLS Cup title. United lost at home to Toronto in the Eastern Conference final.United won its first two games this season before play was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the opener was marred when 2018 league MVP Josef Martinez, one of the league’s most dynamic scorers, went down with a knee injury that will likely keep him out for the rest of 2020. When play resumed with the tournament in central Florida, Atlanta United lost all three of its group games by 1-0 scores.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly. Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Update on the latest sports — A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%. That is down slightly from 28.5% last year, 29% in 2018 and a record 29.8% in 2017. Total players born outside the 50 states topped the previous high of 259 in 2017. Dominican players were 10.6% of the big leagues, down from 11.6% last year and the record 11.7% in 2007, when there were 99 of 849. Players came from 20 countries and territories, matching last year and one shy of the high in 2018. San Francisco shortstop Mauricio Dubón became the first Honduran to make an opening-day roster.NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALEAP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy WolvesMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. last_img read more

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Texas Tech receiver moonlights as minor league outfielder

first_img Published on August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Bradley Marquez has no offseason.While most Texas Tech players spend their summers taking classes and training for the grueling Big 12 competition, the wide receiver Marquez trades in his shoulder pads and helmet for a bat and glove, and heads up to Kingsport, Tenn., to play baseball for the Kingsport Mets of the Rookie Appalachian League.For the last two summers, Marquez has moonlighted as a left fielder in the New York Mets organization.He was already committed to the Red Raiders when the Mets selected him in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Unable to decide between the stardom of playing big-time college football or entering the uncertain and tumultuous path toward the Major Leagues, Marquez chose both.“I was young, just coming out of high school, not really knowing exactly what my future held,” Marquez said. “At that time I didn’t know what my calling was, whether it’d be baseball or football. I love both sports. They’re two different games, but I do them both. I wasn’t ready to choose.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the option remained open for Marquez to play baseball at TTU, he chose to tackle the professional ranks. The Mets organization would pay for his scholarship, and he would be committed to them from basically the day school ended up until the beginning of Texas Tech training camp each year.The Mets also rewarded him with a $350,000 signing bonus, but the contract stipulated that he would lose $250,000 if he didn’t commit himself to the Mets full time by Sept. 15, 2013.When the date for him to report to football training camp came this summer, Marquez packed up and returned to Lubbock, Texas, for his junior year.“It was something that weighed on me a lot,” Marquez said. “My family and me discussed some things. I hope it all works out for me. Obviously you don’t know that right now.”It had been working out for Marquez until he suffered a season-ending right knee injury midway through his sophomore season.In his freshman season, he caught 25 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, while developing into one of the team’s best kick returners. Before injuring his knee as a sophomore, he hauled in 16 receptions for 172 yards in six games.In Kingsport, the outfielder struggled early this season, but hit .306 with four doubles in his last 19 games. Kingsport manager José Leger said that even with the continued improvement, he believed that Marquez never had any intention of becoming a Met full-time following the 2013 season.“He was excited about the progress he had, but he really had his mind made up before he started the year with us,” Leger said. “I think it was a decision he was going to make no matter how well he was doing. That’s my feeling.”So the balancing act continues for Marquez. He said he has every intention of continuing his baseball career next summer, a decision that will force him to once again miss off-season training at Texas Tech. As a result he has to take an additional six credit hours during the football season.At Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas, playing two sports and getting his work done was not nearly as difficult for Marquez. Odessa football coach Ron King said that he took care of his business in the classroom and excelled at both baseball and football.And though King said he believes Marquez will be a more-than-capable professional athlete in whichever sport he chooses, he also thinks it might be in his best interest to make a selection.“Would I think it’d fit him if he just picked one sport over the other and applied to it? Well, yes, I do,” King said. “He’ll spend more time, he’ll have more training. But that’s his decision.”While some may infer that his decision to decline the signing bonus is an indication of his commitment toward a career in football, Marquez was adamant about his loyalty to the Mets.“I’m still playing baseball regardless,” Marquez said. “I’m still part of the organization. I just don’t get that other amount of money. It’s still doing both.”As it was the case when he was first drafted by the Mets coming out of high school, Marquez is still not ready to make a decision.“Obviously it’s a hard (decision), and maybe others would do differently,” Marquez said, “but it’s just the way that it is, and the wayI’m going to approach everything for the future.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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