Scholpp beats the odds and returns to racing

first_imgKody ScholppBOONE, Iowa – Fifty-odd phone call calls and 20 or so texts followed Kody Scholpp’s run to the checkers in Wednesday night’s first Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The Estevan, Sask., driver earned his career second berth in the Saturday night main event at Boone Speedway. He’d been the first Canadian to qualify for the Modified show and finished sev­enth in 2013.“It seems like I ran second forever and my tires went away. I had to work just to hold on to sev­enth,” said Scholpp, who made sure four new Hoosiers were on the car this time around. “Win­ning (the qualifier) was awesome. I was smiling every time around the track I was so happy.”His very large racing family was smiling right along with him: Scholpp had sustained injuries includ­ing a broken neck and back in a January, 2014 motor vehicle accident and doctors weren’t sure that he’d walk again, let alone survive.He was hospitalized for 42 days, about a third of that time in a medically induced coma.“A lot of people prayed for me. That’s the only reason I’m here. My dad (Chris) came in before work every morning to help me learn how to walk again,” Scholpp said. “I raced a Stock Car in the Da­kota Tour. Boone last year was my first time in a Modified.”In his eighth Modified season, Scholpp raced this season at Estevan Motor Speedway, and at Williston and Mandan in North Dakota.Mike Hagen, the winner of the second qualifier, is a friend and frequent on-track foe.“The North Dakota racing community was pretty pumped Wednesday night,” said Scholpp. “A lot of them will be driving to Boone for the race on Saturday.”*Mike Hagen won the Thursday afternoon best two of three game of Rochambeau with fellow qualify­ing feature winner Kody Scholpp.At stake was the pole start in Saturday’s main event, plus a wealth of contingency awards.Lining up behind that pair on the inside row, in positions also determined by rock-paper-scissors, will be Josh Most, Dylan Smith, Chris Abelson, Corey Dripps, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Jason Beau­lieu.last_img read more

USC reports lower abuse than nation

first_imgStudents are taking action to curb the amount of abuse and sexual violence that occurs on the USC campus.Though the importance of maintaining healthy relationships is promoted every year at USC nationally college statistics point to an increasing trend in sexual violence.Forty-three percent of college women experience violence and abusive dating behavior, according to the 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll.Violence and abusive dating includes sexual assault behavior, a sexual act committed without consent.USC has an average of 15 sexual assaults per semester, according to the USC Center for Men & Women, which handles student-against-student gender-based discrimination.Danielle Lancon, director of the USC Center for Women & Men, said USC’s annual dating and assault rate remains relatively stable.“We normally maintain the same amount of dating violence or assaults here every year,” Lancon said. “Hook-ups are obviously not reported but as always they are a large part of any university.”The poll also revealed that, of women who engage in a hook-up during their time at college, 14 percent will need a friend to remind them what happened, 49 percent will never see the partner again and 16 percent will say they felt pressured into the sexual encounter.USC Men CARE, an organization devoted to stopping sexual violence on campus, provides a place for men to come together through workshops, service programs and sharing personal experiences. Men CARE also works with the Greek system to educate its members.“We speak to a lot of the fraternities and have different workshops where we’ll discuss certain situations, such as dating violence and consent,” said Todd Henneman, program director of Men CARE.Fifty-eight percent of college students said they did not know how to help a victim of dating abuse, according to the poll.Henneman said an important aspect of handling a situation where dating violence or an unintentional hook-up is anticipated is the way you approach the male or female involved in the situation.“To speak up on something more subtle that separates the two if they be at a party or gathering is important,” Henneman said. “You can go up and tell the guy you need him to help you with something. This can help settle the situation without being controversial.”Men CARE advises USC students on various ways to ask for consent. They also share reactions felt by survivors of sexual violence and discuss how to be supportive when a friend is the victim of sexual violence.“If you are stuck in a situation of dating violence, it’s one thing to go through it yourself, but we have a support system here for students and hopefully they will be able to take advantage of it,” Henneman said.last_img read more

Ayoze Perez joins Leicester from Newcastle

first_imgLosing Perez is a further blow to the Magpies after former boss Rafael Benitez left the club following the end of his contract, joining Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.Perez scored 48 goals in 195 games for the Magpies after joining from Tenerife in 2014.The 25-year-old was Newcastle’s top scorer last season, with 13 goals.“I think Ayoze will be a wonderful addition to the squad,” said Leicester boss Rodgers. “He’s quick, has a good eye for goal and he’s experienced in the Premier League too.“I think he’s a player who will excite our supporters, and his style is one that I believe complements the options and quality that we already have here at the club.”Share on: WhatsApp Ayoze Perez. photo via @LCFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Leicester on Thursday completed the signing of Ayoze Perez from fellow Premier League side Newcastle for a reported fee of £30 million ($38 million).The Spanish forward has signed a four-year contract at the King Power Stadium to become Brendan Rodgers’ second summer capture.Rodgers had been looking for a versatile forward and the Foxes reportedly triggered Perez’s release clause.“I’m very happy and very pleased. I’m very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can’t wait to get started,” Perez told LCFC TV.“The club want to keep growing as much as they can and that’s something I like. I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable about the decision to come here.”The former Premier League champions are also determined to keep Harry Maguire, with Manchester United having made a reported offer of £70 million offer for the England defender.last_img read more

Steward of the Year regional winners are announced

first_img The four regional winners and the finalists for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year 2015, have been announced. They are: Midlands – Phil and Louise Maxwell of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire North – Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire South East – Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk South West – Fiona Snook of Wareham Golf Club, Dorset The competition, now in its ninth year, is run jointly by England Golf and Fuller’s and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. The national winner will be announced at a celebration lunch at The Counting House, an historic Fuller’s pub in London, on Thursday, 11 February 2016. Whoever wins the title of London Pride Steward of the Year will receive a weekend break in London, complete with accommodation for two nights in a Fuller’s Central London Hotel. They will also win advertising space in the local press to promote their golf club. Club members, visitors and golf club managers put forward nominations for the 2015 title. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards – three from each region – by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2014 Steward of the Year, Samantha Hudson. The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally and the regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. The 12 regional finalists were: Midlands Phil and Louise Maxwell – Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire Sam Read – Nuneaton Golf Club, Warwickshire Stephen Riley – The Leicestershire Golf Club, Leicestershire North Will Gill – Otley Golf Club, Yorkshire Kirsty Glaister – Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire Simon and Karen Ward – Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire South East Michael Clark – Hankley Common Golf Club, Surrey Matt Palmer – Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, Sussex Steve Warren – Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk South West Kevin and Emma Brown – Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset Amanda Goodyear – Looe Golf Club, Cornwall Fiona Snook – Wareham Golf Club, Dorset 29 Jan 2016 Steward of the Year regional winners are announced last_img read more

Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example

first_img The next adventure for Alice Hewson in her blossoming professional career will come – appropriately enough – via the newly-announced Rose Series.However, Hewson will always make time to talk about her amateur golfing roots.The 22-year-old is one of England Golf’s most recent success stories and last week gladly accepted Performance Director Nigel Edwards’ invitation to host an interactive Q&A session for national team players and coaches.“England Golf gave me so many opportunities to travel the world and develop my game that I’m happy to pass on my experiences to the next group of players coming through,”  confirmed Hewson.Her story was one which held the attention of her appreciative online audience.Having bid farewell to the amateur ranks by winning the European Ladies at Parkstone Golf Club last August, Hewson made an incredible start to life on the Ladies’ European Tour in March by winning the South African Open in her first event as a pro (pictured below).On the back of a stellar amateur career which also saw her play in a winning Curtis Cup team and help England to back-to-back European team titles, it was further confirmation that Hewson is one of world golf’s rising stars.Her competitive season tees off again on 18 June with the first of the seven tournaments that have been sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.The Rose Series is a huge boost to the women’s game hit hard by the interruption to the season caused by the COVID-19 outbreak just days after Hewson’s win in Cape Town.And for Hewson it’s a chance to write more chapters in her story which she was only too happy to recount for players and coaches last week.“I signed off my amateur career by winning the European Ladies and then to start my time as a pro by winning as a rookie was amazing”, admitted the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club.“It actually didn’t feel too bad in South Africa coming down the stretch as I had no pressure on me to win.“I had been in Abu Dhabi the week before for an event that was eventually cancelled but I was in and around many of the tour players and got to know them so I was comfortable in my surroundings.“I think the experiences I enjoyed with England in team events and winning individual events also helped me cope and made sure I had no negative thoughts.”During her Q&A, Hewson recounted her experiences of college life at Clemson University in South Carolina and reinforced her view that an amateur golf career running parallel to a sound education was a smart move.She also reflected on her years as an England player which helped her develop life skills and ease the transition from amateur to pro circuit as well as the obvious technical benefits of working with renowned coaches such as Steve Robinson and Rob Watts.Hewson added: “I’m passionate about education and was happy to give my thoughts on the college scene in America and how balancing this with an amateur career can be beneficial.“You never know what lies ahead – a player may get injured, you may fall out of love with the game. You need that back-up.“As well as the educational side the golfing opportunities are also incredible and it’s the best of both worlds.”Lockdown has allowed Hewson to take a breath and continue to work on her game.There have been coaching classes via Facetime, yoga sessions and a chance to work on some minor improvements to her game and nip any bad habits in the bud.“I’ve enjoyed the time at home as I decided to turn a negative into a positive by working on different aspects of my game,” she added.“Now I can’t wait to get started again in the Rose Series at Brokenhurst Manor. It was brilliant of Justin and his wife to invest in and support the women’s game.“I’ll now look to balance my schedule for the year as I also have rights on the Symetra Tour in the US.“I’d like to try and win in the US and build towards a full year in 2021.” Tags: alice hewson 9 Jun 2020 Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img:10—I still find no humor in young children being abused and certainly a lot still remains to be seen regarding the allegations against former Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine who was fired on Monday. Clearly where there’s smoke there’s fire! And when your wife says she knew something was up … well let’s just say it doesn’t look good for ya!! Hold up, wait a minute … then you find out your old lady was getting busy with your hook-up too. It’s ugly and it’s nasty, just nasty!:09—You know I turn my column in every week before kick-off and I usually hit it on the head. So this you can take to the bank … Steelers handle the Chiefs big time, 21-10. Take it to the bank I said and deposit it!:08—C’mon Indy Colts, Payton Manning can’t be that valuable and Lord knows he doesn’t play defense. Win a game will ya!:07—Old School Fellas do yourselves a favor and dig up or tune in to a great cowboy shoot-em up classic. “Rio Bravo” still holds up as one of the all time greats. But for right now here’s your movie review for the week. Go see Tower Heist starring Eddie Murphy. It’s a good movie, you’ll like it. I give it 3 basketballs:06—John Elway you sold out your starting quarterback Tim Tebow. Shut up mmaaannn! You got nerve, it took you 40 years to win a title and you had great teams around you. But you want Tebow to do it overnight. C’mon man!:05—Hats off to Clairton High School. They win another WPIAL football title and go undefeated in the process. Clairton ain’t lost a game since 1920 or something. “Go Bears!!!” and congratulations to North Allegheny, Montour and Kevin Cameron’s Aliquippa squad for advancing upstate.:04—By the way, in case you didn’t hear the Champions Enterprises team fed 80 plus senior citizens for Thanksgiving this past week over at the Gable Ridge Homes in Wilkinsburg. Here’s a turkey leg to the management, Rev. Rocky Topek and family, Dennis Briggs and family, and Team Champion for a job well done and keeping the memory of the Late Great Rev. Bishop Councilman Duane A. Darkins alive. “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!”:03—Speaking of food, and I was … pay attention you new Penn Hills residents … (oops, sorry my bad!) when’s the last time you had a “Dirty O” … Original’s hot dog down in Oakland? Man they still hit the spot. Go do it … go ahead do it … and remember how good it was back in the day!:02—Don’t ask me why. I just don’t like Green Bay and I can’t stand Aaron Rogers. They’re just too cocky for me. (Yea like the Steelers ain’t.) Anyway I hope they get beat, I hope they don’t go undefeated and I hope we see them again! I am just saying … you know we gave them that Super Bowl!!:01—If you don’t have “RED GEAR” now for the Champions First Friday—Christmas Par-Tay / Red Par-Tay you might be out of luck. People are calling me asking me where they can get their red hook-up. I don’t know mmmaaannn!!! But I know this. The First Big Holiday Par-Tay is on. Friday, Dec. 2—The Club in Monroeville—$10 at the door donation benefits Toys for Tots aka Toys for Champions—Everybody’s wearing red—Prizes for Best Dressed Single & Couple—Vendors in the house with Christmas gifts you can buy—cash bar—cash kitchen—free parking—Special guest The Pittsburgh Cheyney University Alumni Chapter, if you went there, be there! (Call Tammy Maltby for information 412-378-6009) and very special guest basketball legend B.B. Flenory. (That’s right I said legend. You try scoring 81 points in a game!)“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00—It’s here and if you don’t have a ticket now you may not get one. The 36th Annual Willie Pops Stargell MVP Awards Banquet—Monday, Dec. 5—LeMont Restaurant Mt. Washington—$65 covers everything. Special guest KDKA’s Kimberly Gill—Guest speaker Rich Fitzgerald, new Allegheny County Executive—Keynote speaker Chuck Sanders—The Fabulous Diamond Models—And honoring the great Sam Clancy, J.R. Holden, Reggie Mitchell, Clarence Hopson, Ashley Battle and others—Call The Champions for information 412-628-4856.~ Game Over ~last_img read more

Take Note – Great Promotional Items Stick Around

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: TAGS Awards & SpecialtiesSeveral years back we decided that when we ordered logo items for our Williams Group Marketing + Design business, from our own promotional team, we would be careful to make sure the item was something worth keeping.  In keeping with the Williams Group brand, even promotional items should convey quality, care and creativity.With this in mind, when we sponsored a chamber luncheon, all 200-plus people in attendance received a really nice, uniquely styled notebook with our logo front and center.I knew we had a hit right away because there were NONE left at the end of the lunch.  Every single person took theirs with them.  Furthermore, for months afterward, individuals who attended the lunch went out of their way to tell me how they use their notebook.   Some used them for work, but many used them for personal needs, such as keeping track of their workouts or diet plans.  One person shared she even used hers as a diary!Ever since that experience, we have continued to order items for ourselves that we believe will stick around and support our brand.  Cool notebooks work well for us, but even when we are choosing less expensive items, we make sure the item has a high perceived value.  Our recent pen orders, for instance, have been uniquely styled, heavy writing instruments that write smoothly…the kind of pens people are careful not to lose.  Even a relatively inexpensive pen, if done right, can work to enhance your brand the right way.At TAGS Awards & Specialties, ask us about how we can support your brand image with promotional items.  Or visit our specialties website at http://www.promotional-logo-items.com.last_img read more

UPDATE: Daytime Weekend Ramp Closure Scheduled in Tumwater Rescheduled

first_imgDeschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound US 101 will close.Drivers will detour via Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound I-5. Advanced information of state highway work in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report.Original Release:Northbound Interstate 5 drivers heading to west Olympia and other locations along US 101 will want to plan additional time to reach their destinations this weekend.The northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 will close from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, to allow for extensive vegetation management work. Drivers will detour via the northbound I-5 exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard and return by southbound I-5.Advanced information of highway roadwork in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report. Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimancenter_img Facebook74Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Expected inclement weather has Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews rescheduling extensive vegetation work that had been scheduled to occur this weekend. Weather permitting, the work will now occur over the weekend of March 2-3.Revised schedule:7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.Northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 (Exit 104) will close.Drivers will detour via Exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard.last_img read more