BOONE, Iowa – The first champion of the 36th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will be crowned when the Deery Brothers Summer Series headlines the Labor Day show at Boone Speedway.Touring IMCA Late Models race for as much as $3,500 to win and a minimum of $300 to start their Monday, Sept. 3 main event. The winner earns $2,000 plus a bonus of up to $1,500 based on their number of sanctioned starts going into the weekend.Pit gates open at 9 a.m. and racing starts at 2 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 and pit passes are $30. Qualifying races for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods complete the opening day program for Super Nationals.“It’s great to have the Deery Series back on the Labor Day program at Boone,” noted Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “Super Nationals is one of the most anticipated events on the Deery schedule and opening night is the perfect opportunity for us to feature this premier series.”The Deery Series has made 48 previous visits to Boone Speedway, 29 of them coming during Super Nationals. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls has won a record six of those events, including four straight from 2013-2016.Gary Webb of Blue Grass is a four-time Super Nationals champion. Defending champion Todd Cooney of Pleasant Hill also won at Boone in 2006 and 2008.Marshalltown’s Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 489 events in series history, winning at Super Nationals in 1992 and 2005.Aikey leads all drivers with seven career Deery wins at Boone; four-time winners are Webb and Ray Guss Jr., of Milan, Ill., while Cooney and Curt Martin of Independence have both won three times there.The final event of the 2018 Deery Brothers Summer Series is Friday, Sept. 21 as part of the Governor’s Cup program at Davenport Speedway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 389; 2. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 361; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 349; 4. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, 341; 5. Curt Martin, Independence, 332; 6. Nick Marolf, Moscow, 311; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 310; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, and Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, both 301; 10. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 226; 11. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 223; 12. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 215; 13. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, and Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., both 210; 15. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 202; 16. Terry Neal, Ely, and Tim Simpson, Iowa City, both 201; 18. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 179; 19. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 174; 20. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 157
SEVENTEEN-year-old Onasha Rogers professed to have always had a love for running, but it was only a few years ago that she really started to get into it.“Growing up I always loved running; it’s in my blood from my grandfather straight down to my mom and the rest of my family,” Rogers remarked.But it was over the last three years she’s been on a steady line of development that peaked in her 2017 season; more specifically with her winning a silver and a relay bronze at the South American Junior Championships (SAJC) earlier this month.But medalling wasn’t her only achievement at the Junior Championships.The youth athlete ran the fastest she’s ever done in her entire life, clocking a personal best of 11.71 seconds in the Girls’ 100m, which was what landed her the silver medal at SAJC.Her personal best of 24.48 seconds in the 200m was achieved just one week prior, at the Independence meet in May. For the 100m silver she finished behind Brazil’s fastest female junior Lorraine Martins, and just behind compatriot Kenisha Phillips.Since the season started, Roger has been giving Phillips some keen rivalry on the track.With Phillips going unrivalled since she began to gain fame as Guyana’s leading junior female over the past few years, Rogers has begun to raise a few eyebrows.This season was also the year that Rogers made her debut as a national athlete, representing Guyana at the CARIFTA Games. Ending with 12.18 seconds in the 100m and 25.14 seconds in the 200m says that the Mackenzie High School student still has some way to go with her development.But her coach Moses Pantlitz believes in her potential – a potential that he says he’s seen in her since the day she first joined the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) athletics club – the same club that produced CARIFTA junior Boys’ 100m gold medallist, Compton Caesar.“Looking at her age, she had great potential with the right training. (At the beginning) it progressed not the way we were looking for, because at that age they wouldn’t normally come out and train as regularly as you would hope. Sometimes she would just come out two times a week. But I saw the potential in her. It was over the last few years she’s showing a lot of progress.”Rogers has been with CWSS club since 2011, after deciding to do some more training to develop her performance at Nationals, representing Upper Demerara/Kwakwani. She first began representing the District as an Under-10 athlete in 2009, when she ran and won the 100m and 200m races.In 2010 she claimed another gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m. In 2012 she set her first record – 12.40 seconds in the Girls’ Under-14 100m, a record which still stands today.Two years later she set the Girls’ Under-16 100m record at 12.2 seconds, but that was later erased by Kenisha Phillips’ 12 seconds in 2015.It was her consistent performance that drove Rogers to committing even more to her potential in athletics.“After I made Nationals the first year they realised my potential and began pushing me to the next level where I entered a club and started training.When I was 12 years old I travelled to Barbados for a Relay Fair where the exposure taught me a lot more about athletics and that’s where I began to take athletics even more seriously,” she recalled.
Senior forward Leah Pruitt has scored 10 goals in 2018, matching her total goal tally in 2016 and 2017 combined. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The USC women’s soccer team finished the season perfect at home, tallying a combined 10 goals against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Sunday.The Trojans carried their strengths of Thursday’s 5-0 victory over Oregon State into their performance against Oregon on Sunday to notch another 5-0 win in one of the team’s best performances of the season so far, which saw freshman forward Penelope Hocking posted her first hat trick.The scoring started early as Hocking recorded the first goal from a chip five minutes into the game. She followed that up with another goal 15 minutes later. Just one minute later, redshirt sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo netted a goal with a weak-footed volley from the top of the box. The game appeared to be locked up after the Trojans were up 3-0, 22 minutes into the game.The second half was much like the first. Hocking claimed her hat trick early on in the second half by scoring on a cross from redshirt junior forward Natalie Jacobs. The play started as DeMelo found Jacobs making a run out wide and connected a beautifully weighted ball to Jacobs, who later kept her composure to find Hocking on the end of the cross. Redshirt sophomore forward Samantha Bruder put the game to bed as she scored the fifth goal of the game off a pass by sophomore Arlie Jones. “I really wanted the hat trick, and I saw the keeper and I saw that show was coming near post, so I knew the only way that I was going to score was to get it over her head,” Hocking said. “It’s nice that not only [head] coach [Keidane] McAlpine trusts me, but also everyone on the team trusts me too that I can put the ball in the back of the net. That helps a lot, that faith and motivation to just do good for my team, it just makes everything better.”In most games this season, Hocking has had to come off the bench as opposed to starting, but her performance lately made McAlpine give her the nod, and she did not disappoint. Despite her role, Hocking leads the team in goals this season, with 12 after the hat trick. “[Hocking] had such a good performance on Thursday, you could tell that she’s getting into form,” McAlpine said. “But more importantly, you can tell that our front players are starting to click and they are finding each other and looking for each other better. The movement into the gaps behind, even though they are small, they are finding them quicker and sharper which is putting them in good places, so nothing but quality touches for them today.”On Thursday afternoon, the Women of Troy took on Oregon State. Going into the game, the No. 2-ranked Trojans were the favorites as the Beavers had only won two games all season. The game ended up being as lopsided as it was on paper — a 5-0 rout for USC.The scoring started early as senior forward Leah Pruitt put one past the keeper off an assist from sophomore forward Tara McKeown. Just eight minutes later, the roles reversed as McKeown got her name on the scoresheet via an assist by Pruitt. At halftime, the Trojans led 2-0.Just starting the second half, Hocking scored her first goal of the day, this time assisted by DeMelo. Three minutes later, Pruitt scored a rocket from 25 yards out from the goal to make the game 4-0 after 49 minutes of play. Hocking closed the game and scored her second on the day to take the scoreline to 5-0 in favor of the Trojans with 30 minutes left in the game.“I thought it was a very good performance,” McAlpine said. “The challenge to them today was to put more shots on frame, to give us better chances to score goals. And today, we still got our 20 shots, but we put more on frame which equals more goals, which I thought was fantastic.”The Trojans now sit with a 14-1-1 overall record for the season with three games left. First, the Trojans will travel to face Colorado squad on Thursday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Following that, the Women of Troy will head to Salt Lake City to play Utah on Sunday at 11 a.m.
So who is the mystery celebrity guest who has been signed up to turn on Letterkenny’s Christmas lights?So who will turn on Letterkenny’s Christmas lights?On Friday, November 28th, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Shop LK will be lighting up Letterkenny for Christmas. There will be music, hot drinks, mulled wine, mince pies and that’s even before Santa arrives.And this year there is the added novelty that a well-known national personality has agreed to help get the town into the festive atmosphere. This year Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal Authority Michael McBride is once again asking a young person from a local school to turn on the switch and we are delighted to announce that we also have a celebrity guest.The lucky winner of the School Art Competition “Christmas in Letterkenny” will join Councillor Michael McBride, and our mystery celebrity at the Market Square to turn on the lights.As well as helping to turn on the lights the winner and runner up will all receive a prize and there will be spot prizes available on the night.Councillor McBride remarked; “The turning on of the Christmas lights is a lovely family event and I look forward to turning them on with the competition winner. Judging by last year’s event there will be a great Christmas atmosphere on the night and I hope we manage to spread lots of Christmas cheer!” Last year’s event was a huge success in Letterkenny.From 5.30pm selected businesses around the town will be staying open a little later and giving out sweets, hot chocolate, mulled wine, and other Christmas treats. Some businesses will have stalls outside with goodies to keep you warm. The Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band will be playing at the Courthouse and at the band stand during the evening.The official switch on is at 7.00pm and shortly after that Santa will be arriving at the Market Square on Main Street.Gerard Grant President of the Chamber commented; “The turning on of the lights is a really magical event and we want to share the moment with as many Letterkenny people as possible. We hope to kick start the Christmas season with a wonderful night of Christmas cheer and goodwill.”The Letterkenny Chamber urges everyone to come down and share in the fun of a festive night. For more information check out the ShopLK website www.shoplk.ie or the ShopLK Facebook page www.facebook.com/shoplk . MYSTERY CELEBRITY GUEST TO TURN ON LETTERKENNY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celebrityChristmas lightsLetterkenny Chamber