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Spooker gives Cole IMCA Modified bookend win at Tri-State

Spooker gives Cole IMCA Modified bookend win at Tri-State

first_imgPOCOLA, Okla. (Oct. 17) – The bookend win to Tate Cole’s 2015 campaign came Saturday night in the Tri-State Speedway Spooker finale.Cole started outside the front row, led all 30 laps and went home with $2,000 for taking the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkers.He’d also led the distance in topping the season-opening Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger and had another seven feature wins in 2015 at Pocola.“It was exciting to be able to win another big race. It was just a fun all-around deal,” the new 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “We knew we had a good car but never thought we’d win that many times and both big races.”Running a lane off the bottom, Cole was into heavy lapped traffic just after midway. A handful of cautions interrupted the main event, the last time with five laps left.Cole pulled away again to win by nearly a straightaway over Shannon Reheard.Johnny Bone Jr., 10th starting Nick Lawrence and 14th starting Zane Hunter rounded out the top five.Michael Ables started 15th and ended in sixth.“I was excited to win this race and get my name on next year’s Spooker T-shirt. My wife was hap­pier that I’d won $2,000,” said Cole. “Another thing this win did was give us momentum going into the (Oct. 22-24) $5,000 to win OctoberFest at Outlaw Motor Speedway.”Feature results – 1. Tate Cole; 2. Shannon Reheard; 3. Johnny Bone Jr.; 4. Nick Lawrence; 5. Zane Hunter; 6. Michael Ables; 7. Van Gemmill; 8. Troy Schaberg; 9. Larry Bratti; 10. Ted Bay­outh; 11. Jason Payton; 12. Aaron Scroggins; 13. Shawn Pinkerton; 14. William Gould; 15. Randi Goins; 16. Jake Davis; 17. Lonny Flanagan; 18. Raymond Sambrano.last_img read more

Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

first_img“Our priority is defense,” Pintaric said. “We lost our first game against Santa Barbara because we played poor defense. [We] allowed too many goals overall in the first official four games of the season because of poor defense. So our maximum effort will be to tighten up those issues that showed, and I’m looking forward to [seeing] how the guys will respond to that.” “I believe nothing is changing honestly,” Dasic said. “It is flattering and shows the work that I’ve put in, but I honestly think nothing should change, and I should just keep going and focus on the games, focus on the next win.” After USC broke its 55-game winning streak over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara in a 13-9 loss Sunday, head coach Marko Pintaric stressed the program’s need to refocus on its next ranked opponent. “We know what to focus on, what we should improve on, and definitely our defense,” Dasic said. “On offense, we kind of executed what we were supposed to, and we scored nine goals [against Santa Barbara], which is also good.” Last season’s two wins against Long Beach State came at the end of the season, when the Trojans were able to best the 49ers’ combined 14 points with their total of 27. But with a rare upset loss against Santa Barbara in the back of the players’ minds, the team is taking this opportunity to address its weaknesses.   Long Beach State also participated in the Inland Empire Classic, posting three wins against Whittier College, Concordia University and Air Force as well as one loss against No. 8 Pepperdine University to improve its overall record to 6-2.  The 49ers’ scoring drives are something to keep an eye on, as they have eight players boasting a shot percentage at or above 0.700. Sophomore utilities Matt Morris and Garrett Zaan both collected 7 goals in the tournament, while redshirt senior attacker Austin Stewart racked up an impressive 15 scores. Their performance has not gone unnoticed by USC. Following its 3-1 run at the Inland Empire Classic this past weekend, the No. 5 USC men’s water polo team will look to improve its defensive effort in its first home game of the season against No. 9 Long Beach State Thursday. The Trojans are also expected to continue as an offensive powerhouse after strong appearances last weekend from sophomore two-meter Jake Ehrhardt, junior driver Jacob Mercep and senior driver Marin Dasic. With 26 goals total from the three players across the first four tournament games of the season, it is unlikely that their scoring effort will slow down Thursday. Dasic hit a career milestone by passing the 100 goal mark during the Inland Empire Classic. “We take every game as a test to correct our mistakes and to get the team better,” Pintaric said. “Every game is super serious, as if it’s the most important game of the season.” Dasic also said that while the priority is defense, the team continues to work fiercely on the offensive side in order to outscore Long Beach State’s high-scoring attack. USC will rely on a strong group of goalies to counter the offensive firepower of Long Beach State. Junior Vaios Vlahotasios had an impressive first tournament with 21 saves, while sophomore Nic Porter had eight saves and sophomore Jere Ashby had nine saves in his first appearance as a Trojan. “[We spent] a day and a half watching films, watching to analyze our play over the weekend, to show the good and bad stuff that we did, so we can fix our problems,” Pintaric said. “And [we watched] what Long Beach [State] did the last couple of weeks, so we can make an adjustment and play the best game possible on Thursday.” Sophomore goalie Nic Porter reaches out to defend a shot. Porter was a three-time Newcomer of the Week during his freshman season. (Daily Trojan file photo) USC’s first home game of the season against the Beach begins 5 p.m. Thursday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Julius Randle: from rehab to research to rejuvenated

Julius Randle: from rehab to research to rejuvenated

first_imgX-rays showed Randle had indeed broken his leg. Then Randle mentioned this latest injury was to the same leg that had suffered a bone bruise earlier in training camp after he accidentally knocked into a bed post. “That’s when I really lost it,” said Vitti, who has overseen the Lakers miss a combined 827 games because of injuries the past three seasons.“I felt that it was my fault. Everyone has told me it wasn’t my fault. But I have carried that for a while.”Vitti ranked Randle’s injury as his second-most devastating experience entering his 32nd and final season with the Lakers, the incident paling only to when Magic Johnson announced in 1991 he had tested positive for HIV. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those instances hardly match Vitti’s pleasant memories in treating a team that had won eight NBA championships in 12 Finals appearances. “It wasn’t GV’s fault at all,” said Randle, who also absolved blame on the rest of the Lakers’ trainers. “He wished he could have done more. But there’s nothing else he could have done … I felt bad. I wondered if there’s something else I could have done to warn him. But it was nobody’s fault.”Moving forwardNone of the potential warning signs for Randle’s leg appeared serious. The Lakers found Randle asymptomatic following his bruise, and Randle reported feeling little pain.Though the Lakers determined Randle initially lacked enough calcium to build strong bone density, strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco dismissed that factoring into his injury. DiFrancesco considered Randle’s dietary habits typical of most NBA players. Instead, the Lakers enter the 2015-16 season learning from Randle’s injury. Randle does not face any workload restrictions when training camp starts Sept. 29 in Hawaii. Yet, the Lakers plan to proceed with caution if any setbacks emerge.Lakers coach Byron Scott may also favor starting veteran Brandon Bass at power forward, leading Randle to say, “I’m just going to do what’s best for the team and whatever I can do to help the team win.”Randle “absolutely” believes the time he spent rehabbing, improving his diet and studying the game will compensate for missing his rookie year.“It made me the person I am today,” Randle said. “It gave me perspective on patience and the process in general. I got knocked down and was expecting big things out of myself throughout that season. It didn’t happen that way. So where I do go from here? Where do I prepare myself where I was better before?”Embracing the processRandle’s outlook was not initially positive. His mother, sister and girlfriend initially dealt “with my mood swings and me being down.”It did not take long for Randle to change his demeanor. A brutally honest teammate (Kobe Bryant), a demanding coach (Scott) and a Laker luminary (James Worthy) all emphasized Randle attacking his rehab aggressively, yet patiently.First came several procedures.Randle had surgery on his right leg the morning after his injury, which doctors have said improves and quickens the healing process.Two months later, Randle had surgery on his right foot to replace a screw in his fifth metatarsal, an injury that sidelined him for most of his senior year at Prestonwood Christian High School in Plano, Texas.Randle also had a metal rod inserted in his right tibia, something Vitti said the Lakers forward will have “for the rest of his life” to ensure his leg does not become displaced. “I really admire how he handled the whole thing like a real pro,” Vitti said. “Once he realized it was what it was and there was nothing he could do about it, he adopted the philosophy that ‘I’m going to do everything right.’”It took a while for Randle to progress in his recovery. He started walking without crutches in mid-December. He began weight-bearing exercises in early March.He advanced to half-court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact drills in late May. He completed full-court 5-on-5 full-contact scrimmages in mid-June.Through those monotonous months, Randle narrowed his focus on two things.He watched countless NBA games — from the sideline, in the trainer’s room and at home — before drafting written reports to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.Randle also changed his diet by cutting out sweets in favor of more calcium, leafy greens and grass-fed meats. He mostly relied on the cooked meals Lakers chef Sandra Padilla provides for the team, but also shopped for groceries with DiFrancesco.“It’s tough in the beginning,” Randle said. “But when you figure out what you want to do and how you can become the best version of yourself after you make that change and get into the routine, it becomes part of your life.” The Lakers have preached for players to practice moderation with their diet instead of going cold turkey.That helped Randle lose about 20 pounds in fat, while gaining 10 pounds in muscle. He went from weighing about 265 pounds with 14 percent body fat last year to weighing between 250 and 255 pounds at about 10 percent body fat prior to Summer League in mid-July.Since then, Randle has dropped to about 245 pounds at slightly less than 10 percent body fat. “I’m very happy with where we’re at right now,” said DiFrancesco, who plans to teach Randle how to cook healthy meals. “But there’s still going to be progress.”Patience testedAfter countless scrimmages and weight-training sessions, Randle would still approach DiFrancesco with an eager expression on his face. “He eats up workouts and looks at me like, ‘What’s next?’” DiFrancesco said.But Vitti forced Randle to pump the brakes.Although they considered Randle fully healthy, the Lakers listened to Vitti’s recommendation for summer league: Play Randle in the low 20-minute range and sit him for back-to-back contests.Randle averaged 11.5 points on only 39.5 percent shooting and four rebounds, appearing rusty and often forced his way into traffic. “‘I know you’re frustrated with the minute restriction and how hard it is to get into a rhythm,” Vitti quoted a text message he sent Randle. “‘Don’t focus on it too much. Don’t force it. Slow down and let the game come to you. Once it does, then you can turn up the speed and be under control. You’ll be fine. Someday this will be a distant memory. Trust me on this.’” Randle has changed his mindset two months later. “He was the good parent that had to hold me back,” Randle said. “He did what was best for me.”Under close watchRandle has spent the past two months scrimmaging and working out at the Lakers’ facility twice every weekday, but he has not cleared the final hurdle.The Lakers will reduce Randle’s training camp workload if they sense it could compromise his ability to enter the 2015-16 season on Oct. 28 fully healthy. They will monitor Randle’s pain level. They will study how Randle responds to sudden stops and twists, two areas Vitti argued has largely contributed to the influx of injuries in the NBA in recent seasons.With DiFrancesco noting Randle “plays at a very violent pace” as a bruising post player and playmaker, the Lakers’ training staff will also calculate Randle’s loads and intensity. They will multiply Randle’s average speed, distance and body weight to measure his load. They will divide that number by Randle’s minutes played to measure his intensity.
If Randle’s intensity decreases at any point, the Lakers may reduce his regimen. The challenge will be Randle accepting the constant monitoring after feeling constrained during summer league.“I’m sure I’m going to feel the same way,” Randle said. “But I know in the back of my head, it is the right thing.”And yet…“If he needs to be angry at somebody, then it can be me. But this is the right way to handle it,” Vitti said. “It takes somebody like me to protect him from himself.” Vitti said he no longer feels he failed to do that for Randle last season, saying he has since “come to grips” with Randle’s injury after numerous Lakers doctors and outside medical experts absolved him of any wrongdoing.Meanwhile, Randle has relished the journey he has traveled even if it forced him to go from player to spectator. “It made me who I am,” Randle said of his injury. “It made me appreciate and love the game even more.”center_img The anxiety swept over Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti as he attended to Julius Randle. “I broke my leg,” Randle shouted in pain as he lay on the court just 14 minutes into his NBA rookie season.Vitti soon held Randle’s fractured tibia in his right leg with both hands before the paramedics arrived with splints.Randle was immobilized and taken on a stretcher to a nearby hospital, an image that foretold the Lakers’ injury-riddled 2014-15 season that led to their worst record in the franchise’s 67-year-old history. “I was in a fog,” Vitti recalled of that moment nearly 11 months ago. “You start thinking, ‘What did I do wrong? What did we do wrong?’”last_img read more

McHappy Day comes to Fort St John May 8

McHappy Day comes to Fort St John May 8

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, May 8, is McHappy Day at McDonald’s locations across Canada and right here in Fort St. John.The goal of McHappy Day is to raise funds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and local children’s charities, such as the Child Development Centre.Community Relations Representative, Joanne Kitney, says it’s easy to donate as $1.00 from every purchase of a Big Mac, Happy Meal or Hot McCafe beverage will go towards charity.- Advertisement -Kitney also says merchandise will be on sale as part of the McHappy Day Fundraiser.“To donate, the easiest way is to come in and buy a Big Mac, a Happy Meal, or a hot McCafe Specialty beverage. $1.00 from those goes directly to support. We’ll also have merchandise on hand during the day that will be for sale. But the easiest way is to buy a Big Mac.”According to Kitney, last year they were able to raise $4,300 to go towards the CDC, with $8,600 towards the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities.Advertisement Kitney says the goal for this year is to raise more than last year’s amount raised.McHappy Day will be taking place tomorrow at McDonald’s during regular operating hours.For more information, you can visit the McDonald’s Canada website.last_img read more