Mroczkowski edges Van Straten for Outagamie checkers

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz  Tyler Wendt raced from the outside pole to the lead on the opening lap. Mroczkowski came to call just past the midway point to take the lead away from Wendt down low. The duo traded the lead over the next few laps with Mroczkowski racing back to the top spot on lap 15. Aaron Butterbrodt led all 20 laps on his way to his first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature of the season. Evan Staeck chased Butterbrodt all the way to the checkers to earn a solid second place. Mroczkowski moved to the upper groove, which allowed Logan Leary and Van Straten to race three-wide under the leader. As the checkers flew it was a two-horse race of Van Straten and Mrocz­kowski racing to the finish line as the pair came across the stripe in a visual dead heat. Tran­sponder scoring gave the victory to Mroczkowski by a mere .049 seconds. Wendt had his best run of the year to place third. On the final lap Whitman, threw a slider coming into turn one to take the lead. Parker made the crossover back under Whitman to regain the top, holding it all the way to the checkers.  Whitman had to settle for second at the pay window while Josh Long was third.center_img In IMCA Modified action it was Chase Parker taking command of the race early on as point leader Johnny Whitman raced to the runner-up position with a handful of laps remaining. Whitman raced to the back bumper of the leader. Matt Brehmer was once again victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 21) – Josh Mroczkowski took the lead with five laps remaining and went on to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature by inches over Travis Van Straten at Outagamie Speedway Friday night.last_img read more

First they closed the athletic fields…

first_imgThis communiqué is about how sometimes the same message can be misinterpreted and/or perceived based on the sole premise of who the messenger may be. Just a few days ago it hit me hard, really hard that Schenley High, (alma mater God preserve thee) was really gone. I guess, no, I know that I have been in denial because I could not nor will I ever be able to comprehend why one of the foundations of urban education not only in Pittsburgh but in America was deliberately, unceremoniously and frivolously snatched away from future generations of potential students because of the nature of the political powers that be. There are a few reasons that I am concerned not only by the lack of leadership of the Pittsburgh School Board but by quality of these “stewards” of education.“This whole area, [Western Pennsylvania] years ago, was really redneck.” All right folks this was not a partial and misunderstood quote by the one and only Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the “man of the cloth” who almost declawed and removed all of the teeth from President Barack Obama’s first election. This caustic quote was from an experienced and learned legislator, the late Congressman John Murtha who hailed from and represented the area known by some as the “Confederacy” sitting just north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Schenley was a high school that for many years excelled both academically and athletically; well at least until some school board folks allegedly decided that mesothelioma might be in the near future of students, faculty and the general public if habitation at this potentially infected property was continued.Redneck alert…Now I am not promoting this definition of our beloved and sanctified region, but the words of the late congressman were a sorta kinda motivating force for me. When folks come in and gut a school system like a fattened calf after slaughter, it should leave everyone, parents, teachers and the community-at-large in a very “inquisitive” state of mind.Now closing our schools makes a lot of dough for other segments of our society. According to saveourschoolsmarch.org “The average per-pupil cost in Pennsylvania’s urban schools is $8,985; Pennsylvania’s average per-prisoner cost: $31,900.”How many uniforms and pairs of cleats could be purchased if the funding mechanism was reversed? Could some of the funds dispensed to insure the comfort of those who may be incarcerated be utilized to build better schools and to renovate the antiquated ones and the athletic facilities within? This seems to be a far better option than keeping a fresh coat of paint on the cells waiting for student/athletes after they drop out of school or are expelled from athletics because they fail to meet the minimum G.P.A requirements.When ex-Pittsburgh Board of Education Superintendant John Thompson (an African-American) offered balanced proposals in regards to closing schools in various neighborhoods, not just in Black neighborhoods he was driven out of town post, haste. When Mr. Thompson’s successor Mark Roosevelt rode into Pittsburgh at the crack of dusk on his horse “midnight” not wielding a scalpel but a hatchet, he made the students, parents and citizens of Pittsburgh appear as if they were in a hatchet fight and everyone had a tomahawk but them.On March 11, 2012 Eleanor Chute of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, “Without a scorecard, it was nearly impossible for an outsider to tell apart the students from Pittsburgh Perry and Pittsburgh Oliver—two North Side high schools separated by just 2-1/2 miles. Seated around a group of tables in the Perry library, 18 students met to talk about the transition this fall [the fall of 2012] when they will all be from one school: Perry. In an effort to save money and offer more classes, Pittsburgh Public Schools is closing Oliver High School, built in 1924, and assigning the students to Perry, which was built in 1901. Oliver received an addition in 1987 and Perry in 1992. Oliver is among seven city public schools being closed this fall.” Listen everyone, competition builds character, character builds self-esteem and self-esteem builds excellence.The juiced up pep rallies that used to be the highlight of the student-athletes week as Perry prepared to face arch rival Oliver or as Schenley readied it’s troops to face Peabody are no more. First they came for the athletic fields and closed them. Then they came for the schools and closed them.Athletics in high schools are often the only shining star at the end of the bleak pitch black tunnel otherwise known as urban education. As most of you who read my weekly “opinions” well know, I dedicate a couple thousand words per year to this very subject and as long as God gives me strength I will stand up and sit up for those who society perceives have no voice; but I will certainly never stand by nor shut up in regards to the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the athletic programs that have been at the heart and soul of their existence. I will never watch these events with indifference as calloused and corrupt “bean counters” dilute and devalue one of the few positive components that inner city youth have to look forward to as some of them leave dysfunctional homes ducking gunfire, drugs and God only knows what just to get to school. See folks oftentimes it is not the message, it is the messenger.Many young student­-athletes feel that sports and or music is their only way out of the “hood” and when those options are removed without opposition; the budgetary allocations to build more jail cells become a bit more feasible. The Pittsburgh Promise will be very easy to keep because just over 50 percent of the Pittsburgh district schools remain open. It is easier to promise four children $100 per week for their allowance than being committed to passing out a “C-note” to 40 kids? See ya later, alligators…(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

first_imgAmerican League first baseman Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, tags out National League’s Andrew McCutchen, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at first base during the fifth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night.Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.The A’s bearded collection of shaggy misfits and stars is looking for the franchise’s first World Series title in 25 years. Sensing an opportunity, general manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4.The blockbuster trade created an awkward scene at the All-Star game, where Samardzija was introduced with the NL reserves and then joined his new teammates in the AL dugout.“I’m really excited to just put all this to rest now and the sideshow that’s happened right in the middle of all this,” Samardzija said. “It was a great opportunity to get to know these guys more. I flew out here with them. I’m excited.”There will be no such problem for any other players on the move this month.Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, San Diego closer Huston Street and New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece that could pay off into October.“I guess there’s a possibility for anything, but at this point I love playing in Philadelphia,” said Utley, who could veto any deal.Jeter was warmly greeted everywhere he went this week, and the Yankee captain contributed two hits to the AL All-Star win. Any chance of his final season ending in the playoffs likely depends on the return of rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka, who is out with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. He is going through a six-week rehab program but season-ending surgery is an option. Michael Pineda also could return from a back injury to New York’s battered rotation.The Bronx is one of many spots where health is an issue for the stretch run.The recovery of Reds sluggers Joey Votto (strained muscle above left knee) and Brandon Phillips (left thumb) and indispensable Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right thumb) could affect the bunched NL Central. The Pirates could get starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (tight lat muscle) in the first few weeks after the break.“We know what we’re capable of doing, and we’re going to play like we’ve been there before, like we’ve done it before,” said slugger Andrew McCutchen, hoping to lead Pittsburgh back to the playoffs for the second straight year. “That’s what we’ve got to look forward to.”The strained right quadriceps of Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and ailing back of Detroit’s Victor Martinez also bears watching. Atlanta, which is battling Washington for the top spot in the NL East, could get a lift from the return of Evan Gattis after the catcher was sidelined by a bulging disk in his back.Beyond the standings, the races for the individual honors will come into focus.Trout could add the AL MVP award to his one from the All-Star game, especially if the Angels can run down the A’s in the competitive AL West. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is among the favorites for the NL award, but he could be hurt by the Rockies’ poor play.The NL Cy Young Award features an interesting duel between Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.Trying for a repeat, Kershaw had a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week and carried a 1.78 ERA into the break. But Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 138 innings, compared to 96 1-3 for Kershaw, who missed all of April with a back problem.White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, the overwhelming favorite for AL Rookie of the Year with Tanaka on the shelf, could become baseball’s first rookie home run king since Mark McGwire with the Athletics in 1987.“He’s continuing to make adjustments with what other teams are trying to do to him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said last month, “and when he hits it on the barrel it goes a long way.”___AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell and Ronald Blum in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenaplast_img read more

Rough start for Nelson 2 at Bantam House Tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson 2 got off to a rough start at the West Kootenay Bantam House Playoff Tournament falling to Rossland/Trail 10-2 Thursday at the Civic Arena.Nelson 2 took the early 1-0 lead but Rossland/Trail roared back to score the next seven goals en route to the lopsided victory.The game was the opening contest for the four-day tourney.Clubs from Castlegar, Beaver Valley, Kaslo, Midway, Grand Forks and Rossland/Trail joins two teams from Nelson Minor Hockey. Nelson 1 opens the tournament against Rossland/Trail 2 Friday at 6 p.m. in the Civic Centre.The remaining games for Nelson 1 are Saturday at 9:45 a.m. against Grand Forks and 1:15 p.m. Saturday against Castlegar 2.Meanwhile Nelson 2 plays Castlegar 1 Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Beaver Valley at noon.The top two teams in each of the two pools advances to Sunday’s semi finals.The final goes at 1:15 p.m. in the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

Bombers outlast Wildcats as High School Hoop season tips off

first_imgIt was a tale of two games, but the L.V. Rogers Bombers still prevailed over district rivals Mount Sentinel Wildcats in High School Senior Boy’s Basketball action Tuesday in South Slocan.The Bombers held off a late charge by the Wildcats to score a 74-64 victory as the High School Basketball season kicked off its exhibition season. LVR hit the ground running, using full-court pressure to build a 25-11 advantage after one period.However, the Wildcats kept pecking away at the lead, cutting the margin to 42-27 at recess and 49-46 after three quarters.Mount Sentinel even held a 57-54 advantage before the Bombers went on a 10-0 run to restore the lead en route to the narrow victory.LVR small forward Alan Jin led all scores with 22 points. Dylan Dixon had 12 while Leo Weiss added 10 and Brock Dixon eight.Brandon Sookeroff led the Cats with 21 points while Aaron Abrosimoff added 17 and Kai Miller 11.The Wildcats are back in action Friday when Mount Sentinel hosts the first Senior Boy’s Basketball tournament of the season. Action concludes Saturday.last_img read more

Smith ready to make his mark at Wembley

first_imgHarrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith will get another chance to showcase his talent when he fights at Wembley Arena this Saturday.The 20-year-old was originally due to appear at the same venue on 16 March, as were West Londoners George Groves, Gary Corcoran and Steve O’Meara, but the show was called off.It means this weekend’s bout – Smith’s sixth in the professional ranks – will be his first of 2013.Following a number of changes of opponent, Yorkshire-based 34-year-old Gavin Reid is currently the man he is scheduled to face.“I’ve just got to deal with whoever’s put in front of me. I’m an exciting fighter and I’ll beat whoever I come up against,” Smith told West London Sport.“Because of the postponement, it’s probably 18 weeks since I’ve known about this fight, so I’ve been in top shape for a while.“Training seems to have gone really well and I feel in the best shape I’ve been in.O’Meara is also on the Wembley show.“I’ve got a new strength and conditioning coach, Mark Alcock, to work on that side of things and it’s had an effect.”Smith made a blistering start to his pro career last year and is already being touted as a future contender for major titles.And he already has a growing fan base – more than 350 of his supporters will be at Wembley.But for the time being he is focused on learning his trade while extending his unbeaten record.He said: “I’m already quite high in the British rankings.“I’d love to fight for a title soon and if an opportunity comes up we’ll of course look at it, but there’s no need to rush as I’m only 20.“At the moment I’m just dealing with this fight coming up and the aim is always to win and look good.“I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get in there on Saturday.”O’Meara and Wembley welterweight Corcoran will also be on Saturday’s bill, which is headlined by Nathan Cleverly’s world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.The unbeaten Corcoran will face Mark McKray, while West Drayton’s O’Meara takes on Chas Symonds.It will be the Shepherd’s Bush-born O’Meara’s first fight since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth light-middleweight title in December.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

McKinleyville High grad John Jaso hits for the cycle in Pirates’ win over the Cubs

first_imgPITTSBURGH >> Coming around second base in the seventh inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, John Jaso stumbled.Then, he went for it.Ninety feet later, Jaso was safe at third base with a triple to become the first player to hit a cycle in the 16-year history of PNC Park.The triple off reliever Pedro Strop clinched the Pirates’ first cycle since 2004. The last Pirate to hit for the cycle was Daryle Ward on May 26, 2004, in St. Louis. The last …last_img

In AB we distrust: Ex-Steeler, Stephen A. debate his NFL worthiness

first_imgFor the time being, Antonio Brown has picked up his ball and gone home. He is a college student now, having (presumably) put away childish things.But the noise carries on. On a recent broadcast of ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Clark parsed Brown’s current station in life and whether it is likely we will see him in an NFL uniform again.Mr. Smith, you have the floor.“I give him credit for this,” Smith said. “He clearly doesn’t discriminate. He’s attacked everybody. Attacked …last_img

New centre to foster science careers

first_imgA lecture building at NWU’s Mafikeng campus. Prof Dan Kgwadi said the new science centre will benefit communities of North West. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phenyo Mogkothu Communications Officer North West University +27 18 389 2276 or +27 76 689 9250RELATED ARTICLES • Giant leap for science in Ethiopia• First university for Mpumalanga • Budget big on education, jobs • Science university for BotswanaBongani NkosiA new science centre that recently opened at the North West University’s (NWU) Mafikeng campus is meant to benefit the community as much as it does the institution’s students.“It serves the major purpose of bringing the community into the university,” said NWU Mafikeng campus rector Prof Dan Kgwadi during an interview in the North West province’s capital city. “It’s a bridge between the community and the university.”NWU’s Mafikeng campus is located in Mmabatho unit 6, a middle-class community surrounded by many townships and villages.NWU is aiming to attract primary and high school learners, their teachers and the general community. According to the institution, some of the advantages for communities include access to NWU’s infrastructure and specialist information on science and technology, and advice on career opportunities in the discipline of science.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor officially opened the centre on 30 August. It’s equipped with new science, engineering and technology instrumentation funded by the department to the tune of R500 000 (US$67 000).The North West Department of Education, local municipalities, Mafikeng FET and Department of Science and Technology all collaborated with NWU for the creation of the R1.6-million ($200 000) science centre. Previously the closest science centre in the North West province was over 200 km from Mafikeng, according to the university.Learners from the province are welcome to use the centre for their science projects. “It’s more to promote science in disadvantaged communities,” Kgwadi said. “We hope that interest will be inculcated in the young ones to pursue careers in science.”The centre is expected to host about 75 000 learners each year.Every community member is welcome in the centre, said Kgwadi. “Parents can also bring their children to visit the centre – by so doing they promote interest in science.”To raise awareness, the university is organising trips to the centre for learners from surrounding areas. Kgwadi said they are currently making arrangements with a local chief to bus in learners from his village. Four other villages will also visit soon.The North West Department of Education is planning to bring in about 300 learners, a visit that should have already happened but has been disrupted by the ongoing public teachers’ strike.“We’ll continue to invite learners,” said Kgwadi.No more once-off science weeksPreviously the university used to host science weeks. However, the advantage now is that learners in the province will be exposed to the field of study permanently, Kgwadi noted. “This centre ensures that we do not just host a week of science, but that people can come at any time to find out more.”The national science department organises science weeks in August every year.During the centre’s opening ceremony Pandor said funding science centres like that of NWU is another way of enticing young South Africans to discover science.“In fact, we believe science centres have a crucial role to play in strengthening grassroots science awareness campaigns,” she said. “This is particularly important for provinces such as the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga. They do not have the benefit of housing some of our country’s leading universities and research facilities, unlike Gauteng and the Western Cape, for example.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 42 | Biodiesel, NFU Policy and A Mess of Corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast Dale Minyo gives his takeaway from last week’s National Biodiesel Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas and you’ll hear his conversation with Wade Thorson from Benchmark Biodiesel. Matt Reese shares what was address at this year’s Ohio Farmers Union Annual Meeting with Joe Logan and Rob Larew and Ty Higgins posts his visit with Sam Sutherly, the owner of the grain bin that busted in New Carlisle, Ohio last week.last_img