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Late pass gives Schoknecht edge to Larson, Shryock tops IMCA Modified main at Arlington

first_imgAlso the tour winner at Jackson Motorplex on Sept. 20, Ostermann made it two straight with Billy Johnson and Brandon Allen close behind. Sport Compacts – 1. Alex Dostal; 2. Roberto Esqueda; 3. Jerry Coopman; 4. Alan Lahr; 5. Dan Kastner; 6. Justin Dose; 7. Gavin Maass; 8. Scott Porter; 9. Dylan Braunworth; 10. Tim Senne; 11. Broc Braunworth; 12. Moriah Callahan; 13. Levi Selly; 14. David Marshall; 15. Emily Senne; 16. Corey Black; 17. Reilly McCabe. Random draw winners were Bjerkeset and Dalton Magers. Modifieds – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Trent Loverude; 3. Dan Menk; 4. Clint Hatlestad; 5. Ryan Bjerkeset; 6. Cole Anderson; 7. Mark Noble; 8. Chad Porter; 9. Tyler Limoges; 10. Jeff Feaster; 11. Dalton Magers; 12. Rick Nelson; 13. Jerry Wren; 14. Joe Roberts; 15. Aaron McVenes; 16. Josh Larsen; 17. Matt Olson; 18. Nick Steinhaus.  When the white flag came out, Jeff Larson stepped on the pedal and got around Mackenthun on the backstretch to take the checkered flag and the top check. Mackenthun took second ahead of Kelly Shryock, who passed Dustin Larson on the last lap. John Oliver Jr. rounded out the top five.  Paplow fended off an array of challenges before winning ahead of Jeff Carter and Tim Bergerson. Random draws went to Eric Bassett and Chris Neisen. The hard charger went to Jeremy Brown for passing 15 cars. Jeff Larson was the $5,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner at Arlington Raceway’s season-ending Scott Schoknecht Shootout. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Longest tow money of $300 went to Colorado’s Angel Munoz. The hard charger was Jeff Lyon, who passed 13 cars. Random $500 draws went to Chad Schroeder, Kevin LaTour, lap one leader Shaun Bruns and Matt Speckman. Other feature winners were Javen Ostermann in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Cory Probst in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Dan Paplow in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Alex Dostal in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  Shyrock got quite a lead on Trent Loverude to sew up first place but second place was worth $1,500 and there was a battle to the end. Loverude won that with Dan Menk taking third and Clint Hatlestad fourth ahead of Ryan Bjerkeset. Sprint Cars – 1. Javen Ostermann; 2. Billy Johnson; 3. Brandon Allen; 4. Brett Allen; 5. Michael Stien; 6. Brett Geldner;   7. Jeremy Schultz; 8. Bruce Allen; 9. Jesse Cripe; 10. Zach Glaser; 11. Paul Konakowitz; 12. Nolan Herd.    Probst raced from seventh starting to repeat at the Schoknecht Hobby Stock winner, ahead of Dave Johnson and Brad Becker. Hobby Stocks – 1. Cory Probst; 2. Dave Johnson; 3. Brad Becker; 4. John Rebstock; 5. Luke Trebelhorn; 6. Tim Gonska; 7. Nate Manderfield; 8. Jed Trebelhorn; 9. Scott Koep; 10. Clayton Lommen; 11. Ben Reierson; 12. Alyssa White; 13. Chase Peterson; 14. Joe Regner; 15. Sarah Moriarty; 16. Ashelyn Moriarty; 17. Edward Dostal; 18. Jordan Robinson; 19. Riley Gruenhagen; 20. Colton Burke; 21. Tyler Boyda; 22. Patrick Oestreich; 23. Nathan Gegner; 24. Brandon Bombardo.  The rest of the 30-lap race went caution free with the lead pair battling back and forth as Larson had to contend with brother Dustin, who had moved up from his ninth place start. Larson led 11 early circuits before the seventh starting Dan Mackenthun found the extra bite on the bottom and buzzed by for the front spot.  Feature Results Northern SportMods – 1. Dan Paplow; 2. Jeff Carter; 3. Tim Bergerson; 4. Eric Larson; 5. Chris Plamann; 6. Eric Bassett; 7. Jeremy Brown; 8. Jeff Lloyd; 9. Tom Malchow Jr.; 10. Jason Schroeder; 11. John Albrecht; 12. Zach Schultz; 13. J.J. Reimer; 14. Tiffany Maus; 15. John Young; 16. Dean Cornelius; 17. Jim Horejsi; 18. Chris Neisen; 19. David Siercks; 20. Kenneth Dallman Jr.; 21. Mike Steensma; 22. Anthony Dallman; 23. Mike Kennedy.  Shryock did double-duty, leading all 20 laps of the Saturday night IMCA Modified main to earn $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.  His $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at the Schoknecht Shootout put Kelly Shryock on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Stock Cars – 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Dan Mackenthun; 3. Kelly Shryock; 4. Dustin Larson; 5. John Oliver Jr.; 6. Taylor Willms; 7. Shaun Bruns; 8. Chad Schroeder; 9. Brent Uecker; 10. Tim Pessek; 11. Matthew Schauer; 12. Elijah Zevenbergen; 13. Zachary Foesch; 14. Jeff Lyon; 15. Angel Munoz; 16. Kevin LaTour; 17. Dan Eckblad; 18. Andrew Lokenvitz; 19. Andrew Zimmerman; 20. Joe Pommerer; 21. Ryan Grochow; 22. Dean Cornelius; 23. Charlie Rustman; 24. Paul Wenzlaff; 25. Josh Larsen; 26. Jessie Johnson; 27. Matt Speckman. The winged feature doubled as a Sprint Series of Minnesota event and Ostermann owned the track, leading from start to finish. ARLINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 28) – His last-lap pass to regain the lead took Jeff Larson to the $5,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at Arlington Raceway’s Scott Schoknecht Shootout. Dostal got a big lead late in outrunning Robert Esquida and Jerry Coopman in the 4-cylinder clash.last_img read more

Holder backs batsmen to negate Afghan spin threat

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder says West Indies are bracing for the anticipated trial by spin against Afghanistan  but has backed his batting group to negate the threat when the one-off inaugural Test bowls off here Wednesday.(Tuesday night Caribbean time)West Indies batsmen had their hands full in the preceding white-ball series as the likes of wily leg-spinning captain Rashid Khan and off-spinners Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman put their immense qualities on show.“Afghanistan will be no pushovers especially in these conditions which they are familiar with. I expect they will play plenty spinners,” Holder said.“It will be up to our batsmen to negotiate their spinners and do it well… they have some really good spinners, but I believe we have the quality to do that. Our bowling unit has done well over the last three to four years – arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. Hopefully our bowling attack can continue.”West Indies were forced to share the white-ball series, making a clean sweep of the three-match One-Day International series before losing the Twenty20 rubber 2-1.The upcoming Test will the sixth and final one for West Indies this year and Holder said his side was highly motivated to come away with a victory.They beat England 2-1 in a three-Test series at the start of the year before going down 2-0 to India recently.“We are really up for this, we really want to win this match and we really want to end the series with a win and end the year on a high, where Test cricket is concerned,” Holder pointed out.“I don’t think we play another Test match until we tour England next year. Having started the year with a series win, it would be fitting to end the year with a series win.”Conditions will play a key role in the contest at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium, the venue for every match in the series so far.The surface there has provided plenty encouragement  for the slower bowlers and West Indies spinners Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall finished with nine wickets between them in the three-day tour match which ended in a draw earlier this week.However, Holder said he believed his seam attack still possessed the ability to get assistance from the flat track.“In the Caribbean you get more bounce than we have seen in the surfaces here, even though we have noticed the pace of the pitches back home has slowed down a bit,” he noted.“For me the skill level of our bowlers is what has really done it for us. We have Kemar Roach, who has been tremendous and who is approaching 200 Test wickets, and we’ve also seen great improvement and commitment from Shannon Gabriel, who even though he’s not here, has been good for us.”He continued: “They have earned success mainly due to their tremendous skills, rather than due to pace. In this day and age, you have to be skillful with the ball. We also have spinners who are eager to get going in these conditions because, as we all have noticed, the conditions will favor the slow bowlers.“Overall, it will be a good challenge and I’m looking forward to the start of it.”last_img read more

TRACK : One-track mind: Lewis escapes tough upbringing, graduates from SU to achieve lifelong goal

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img The timetable attached to Shamel Lewis was five months – or less.People from his hometown of Riverhead, Long Island, questioned if he’d last even that long at Syracuse. With every heart-wrenching experience Lewis went through growing up and his troubles as a teenager, lasting even a semester at SU would be a miracle.‘It was a timeline. It was like a time capsule. They all had times on me when I would fail,’ Lewis said. ‘… And I knew people had expectations and said, ‘You would never succeed, you’re incompetent, you’re not adequate, you will just fail.”Those people were wrong. Lewis has been at Syracuse for five years and will graduate with a degree in sociology Sunday.It’s a day many in his situation never see. Lewis lived in multiple homes and endured a childhood surrounded by violence and drugs. Stability is rarely a word Lewis uses to describe his life. Survival is one he’d find more appropriate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSurvival got him to this point: running for the Syracuse track and field team. With sports and a strong pillar of support backing him along the way, Lewis has defied the odds, which were overwhelmingly stacked against him.His journey is one his hometown thought would never unfold. Lewis had every reason to fail, but ultimately, he triumphed.‘You could talk to my former teachers and they would be like, ‘How the hell did you get to Syracuse University? When did you change?” Lewis said. ‘That’s all I heard. When did this happen? How? It was just like a mystery man. It’s so crazy.’***Jill Tapper was in her first year teaching in a contained classroom for kids with emotionally disturbed classifications in 1999. A 10-year-old Lewis was among her first students.Tapper remembers the school psychologist warning her that the students in her classroom would go nowhere in life.‘You know five years down the road all these kids would be in jail,’ Tapper recalls being told. ‘That’s where this is going.’‘No, no. That’ll never happen,’ Tapper responded. ‘They’ll see the light.’But Lewis did little to back up his teacher’s claim. By third grade, he had a probation officer.When Lewis played football in seventh grade, the coach kicked him off the team for behavioral problems.No one wanted to deal with him.‘Thinking back now I have no idea why I did that,’ Lewis said. ‘…Why was that me? What made me do all of that?’One answer to Lewis’ inability to control himself was the place he went home to every day. Some days, it would be different from the last.His father was absent his entire life. His mother, Patricia, battled demons that derailed her life. When he was 8, he witnessed her getting high off crack cocaine. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, she wasn’t capable of caring for Lewis and his two older siblings.By age 5, he was living with foster parent Betty Trent. It was a new home, but still unstable.He once witnessed a shooting within the Trent household because of a family conflict. The victim lived, but Lewis never forgot the blood spattered on the floor.‘It’s a rusty smell,’ Lewis said. ‘Even to today, I can still remember it.’And the violence was even imposed on Lewis at times. When he misbehaved, he was beaten with a belt or a switch.‘From age 5 up,’ Lewis said, ‘it was a long struggle there.’The struggle carried over to school, where Tapper endured tough times with Lewis. Still, he was one of the only ones in his class to go on to do better things.‘I’d have to probably say the only one who came out of there unscathed is him,’ Tapper said.***Lewis survived with the help of his ‘peeps’ – his support system of people who kept an eye out for him.Tapper was one of those people. So were his football and track coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. And the families of Michelle Nadue and Cindy Reiter, who took him in during high school.By high school, Lewis was fed up with his living situation with the Trents, so he packed up the little he had and moved in with a friend’s family, the Reiters. Throughout the next four years, Lewis lived in about three or four different homes.‘It was like jumping all around,’ Lewis said.Lewis would go over to the Reiters’ for dinner a couple of days a week. Then a few more, and before Cindy Reiter knew it, Lewis was like one of her three other sons.Coinciding with his steadier lifestyle, Lewis excelled in athletics.Loverde, who coached and taught him in high school, urged him to play football. Loverde knew he’d succeed and hoped it would keep him out of trouble.‘I used to use this term with him: ‘Shamel, remember you can be a different branch. You don’t have to be on the same tree,” Loverde said. ”You can start planting your own tree and grow a branch.”Lewis started competing in track his junior year and dominated immediately. He was the Suffolk County champion in the 100- and 200-meter events in both the winter and spring seasons his junior and senior years.Lewis finally stayed off the streets.‘I could be home selling drugs right now, staying wherever they accept me,’ Lewis said. ‘Just getting by, and is that the life I wanted?’ Lewis said. ‘That’s a life I feared.’It was a life his older brother, Alexander Diaz, embraced.Diaz has spent the last six years at Upstate Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Franklin County, N.Y. He was convicted of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony.Lewis had a different mindset. Before he reached high school, he knew he wanted to go college. Loverde said Lewis could have succumbed to negative influences around him, but he chose to fight through the adversity.‘That’s one of the things that makes him so special,’ Loverde said.***After one semester at Syracuse, Lewis almost blew it. For the first time, Lewis was forced to do work on his own without the special accommodations he received in high school.‘It was a culture shock,’ Lewis said. ‘All the kids around me are brilliant. They’re all smart, 3.0, 4.0 in high school, dean’s list. That wasn’t really me.’It showed in Lewis’ low GPA, which got him kicked out of SU after his first semester. His only shot at returning was an appeal letter detailing his life story.That emotionally charged letter got him readmitted to SU and gave him another chance. He hasn’t disappointed since.There have been frustrations along the way in his track career, where he has struggled to find his form. He once considered quitting and trying out for the SU lacrosse team.Lewis stayed the course, though, and while he never quite reached his full potential, his contributions go beyond the starting blocks and finish line.‘He’s certainly someone who’s helped us build our program and our group,’ SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said. ‘Any sprinters or hurdlers younger than Shamel, he’s had a hand recruiting them.’***Lewis doesn’t hesitate to answer when asked a simple question: With every obstacle he has encountered, if he could, would he change anything?‘I wouldn’t take even a second back,’ Lewis said. ‘Even the worst moments because I believe by taking one thing back, I wouldn’t be the person I’d be right now.’The person Lewis will be Sunday is a graduate of Syracuse University. He’ll be a five-year track athlete with plenty to be proud of.For an athlete who came from despair, the opportunities for the future are endless. But Lewis still knows doubters will probably remain.He has come to take it in stride. The timestamp for his failure and the tags attached to him have long expired.His story is still unfolding, but he knows he has already defied the odds.‘Who would have thought Shamel Lewis going to Syracuse University would be graduating?’ Lewis said. ‘No one.‘And it’s just a story for the people back home because no one would have thought.’[email protected]last_img read more

Golden oldie Pizarro out to spoil Bayern’s double dreams

first_imgIn a Bundesliga career spanning two decades, the 40-year-old made over 300 appearances for Bayern and is in his fourth spell at Bremen.Bayern recently offered him a job as club ambassador after his playing career, but with a place in the German Cup final at stake on Wednesday, there is no question where Pizarro’s loyalties lie this week.“If I come off the bench, it won’t be easy for Bayern,” said the ageing striker last week.“I texted a few of the Bayern guys after the draw. They know it won’t be easy, and I think they would have preferred different opponent.”The game is the second of two back-to-back clashes between the teams. Bremen showed how tough an opponent they can be in a hard-fought Bundesliga game in Munich on Saturday.Ten-man Werder were eventually sunk by a late Niklas Suele goal, but Pizarro said that the cup tie in Bremen would be “a completely different story”.“We will pick ourselves up. When it is 11 against 11 in our own stadium, we will show that we are able to score goals,” he said on Saturday.Bremen will also be hoping to count on Pizarro’s German Cup pedigree on Wednesday.The Peruvian has appeared in eight German Cup finals, more than any other player in history. He has won the competition five times with Bayern and once with Bremen in 2009.He also lost two finals with Bremen, both against Bayern, in 2000 and 2010.Pizarro admitted that he is itching to experience one more final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.“I try to tell the players who have never played in a Berlin final how amazing it is,” he said last week.“I tell them almost every day how special it is in Berlin, in order to prepare them for Wednesday.”Pizarro may make a rare start for Bremen on Wednesday, after first-choice striker and captain Max Kruse picked up a knock to his thigh during Saturday’s league defeat.Bayern, meanwhile, are hoping that Mats Hummels and James Rodriguez will return to full fitness in time for the cup clash.– Leipzig eye first ever final –Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick is hoping to emulate his cup success with Schalke in 2011 this season © AFP / INA FASSBENDERThe other semi-final pits Bremen’s traditional rivals Hamburg against Bundesliga high-fliers RB Leipzig on Tuesday.Fallen giants Hamburg are chasing their first cup final since 1987, while Leipzig are making a first semi-final appearance in their ten-year history.In-form Leipzig all but secured Champions League qualification with a 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, and are looking to crown an impressive season by reaching the cup final.“Everyone at the club is burning to get into the final,” said coach Ralf Rangnick, who won the cup as Schalke boss back in 2011.“We are going to give everything in Hamburg on Tuesday.For Hamburg, meanwhile, the cup semi-final provides a welcome respite from an increasingly nerve-shattering promotion race in the second tier.Hamburg remain on course for automatic promotion, but have not won in five league games, and are second with three other clubs hot on their heels as they bid to return to the Bundesliga next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bremen’s Claudio Pizarro will be reunited with former team mates when his side host Bayern in the German Cup semi-final on Wednesday © AFP / Guenter SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Apr 22 – Werder Bremen’s Peruvian veteran Claudio Pizarro hopes to ruin Bayern Munich’s dreams of a domestic double when he faces his old club in the German Cup semi-final this week.Pizarro is an icon at both Bayern and Bremen, having scored over 100 goals for each club, and is chasing a record ninth appearance in the German Cup final when the two teams meet in Bremen on Wednesday.last_img read more

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