RIO2016: Iheanacho Doubtful for Dream Team VI

first_imgKelechi Iheanacho’s participation at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been cast in a mist of doubt after it emerged he is expected to resume pre-season with Manchester City rather than join the Nigeria Olympic team.Iheanacho, 19, is in the Nigeria provisional squad for the Games, but his participation is now in doubt, as he will return to England to team up with City for pre-season.“We’re really not sure if he will go to the Olympic Games or not because he is scheduled to return to England for pre-season,” a top source in the player’s circle told AfricanFootball.com. “It will depend on the arrangement the NFF will have with Manchester City which I’m not sure of but I’m sure he will start the pre-season with City,” the source added further.Iheanacho had a breakout season at the Etihad last term, with former manager Manuel Pellegrini having given him opportunities.But with Pep Guardiola coming in as the new City manager, the youngster may need to prove himself all over again and it remains unclear if he will now be released to join the Nigerian squad.He was also not among the players who attended visa interviews at the American embassy in Abuja on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FB : Scouting West Virginia with Keon Lyn

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Keon Lyn is taking Friday’s game personally.The Syracuse cornerback will be lining up against one wide receiver, Ivan McCartney, who played with him when they were seniors at Miramar (Fla.) High School. He’ll be facing two other Miramar products — quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Stedman Bailey — who, although they never played with Lyn, are familiar to the Orange sophomore.Lyn said he and McCartney have been talking about going up against each other since the summer.‘Every day. We’ve been talking about it every day since before the season started,’ Lyn said. ‘We were working out together back at home, so it’s going to be a great game on Friday. I can’t wait for the world to see it.’Smith and Bailey graduated from Miramar a year before Lyn and didn’t play with him, but Lyn said he’s familiar with their games and tendencies. And the Orange may need Lyn’s familiarity to help him make a play against a Mountaineers team that ranks fourth in the nation in passing yards per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Daily Orange talked to Lyn this week about West Virginia’s biggest playmakers and what Syracuse will need to do on defense to limit the Mountaineers’ success through the air.The Daily Orange: How much do you know the tendencies of these players from Miramar and what makes each of them so talented?Keon Lyn: I know everybody, they’re all bringing something different to the table. So it’s about adjusting to their elements. Geno’s a great quarterback, the great receivers, they’re all great. They got all their own attributes in different ways, so it’s going to be fun on Friday, and I just got to bring something different to the table.Coming off the bye week, you guys had some time to correct some things on defense. Now you’re going up against a high-powered passing offense. What’d you guys do to get ready for this type of offense?You just got to look at the elements, and you just got to look at how they make their plays and the great offensive coordinator. They have great playmakers all around the ball, so you just got to attack it straight up, hands up, to be able to make plays on the ball and make turnovers.Did you kind of use that bye week to get back to better health, too?Yeah, we evaluated the hand, it got smaller, we are still evaluating it, anything can happen, it could come off tomorrow, anything can happen. We’re just going to keep evaluating the hand, and it was a good bye week to get some extra film on West Virginia, extra game plan on West Virginia, so I think it will be a better outcome.With Geno Smith, what are his biggest strengths and weaknesses?A lot of quarterbacks, they can’t make plays once their main target’s not open. A lot of quarterbacks fold. He’s able to still create something else if where he’s going is not open. He’s able to move out of the pocket, move around the pocket, throw down the field, throw short. Great accuracy, he’s been like that for a long time. So I told my team what we’re going against, and they know we got a great quarterback with great receivers coming into our house.You played with WVU receiver Ivan McCartney, and Stedman Bailey went to Miramar the year before you. What do they do that makes them great?They’ve been doing it since high school. Their hands are great. (Ivan’s) great down the field. Sted, if the ball is thrown anywhere to him he’s going to catch it, he’s got good body control. They’re good off the line, all of them bring something different to the table and all of them are good in their own way, so it should be good this week.mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on October 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Syracuse’s dominance in possession not enough in 0-0 draw with Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As Tajon Buchanan approached the ball that bounced to his foot, he eyed the Boston College goalie who streaked further and further from the net. With a swing of his right foot, he lifted a ball that, in its slow descent, sent the Eagles into a panic. Defenders backpedaling picked up their speed. BC goalkeeper Antonio Chavez Borrelli, realizing he misjudged the angle the ball was falling — a shot that would have ended in the back-right corner of the net — turned sideways and started to sprint. As the ball drew closer, SU players stopped to watch.The Orange, after dropping a game on the road to Clemson, were in a position to clinch an ACC home game with a win. The loss to the Tigers snapped a six-game unbeaten streak, a stretch that featured a three-game win streak, a second-half collapse at Louisville, a draw to North Carolina State and a seven-goal domination of St. Bonaventure. So when the ball reached the net, SU could have broken the game open and given itself a spark, and possibly a homestand in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. But Chavez Borrelli got his hand on it, and the two Ryan Raposo attempts that followed. Syracuse, who seemingly dominated in every aspect and made Boston College seem frantic, couldn’t break through.No. 20 Syracuse’s (7-5-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) domination of possession wasn’t enough to top Boston College (4-7-4, 2-5-1) in a 0-0 draw. The Orange, in their regular-season finale, looked crisp with their passes and aggressive with their chances, but SU couldn’t find the goal that would give it the edge. “Disappointed,” Hugo Delhommelle said of the outcome of the game. “Because, once again, I think we were the better team on the field.”The Orange, often in their losses, have found themselves on the opposite side of a decision they feel they deserved. The realization goes as far back as SU’s 2-0 loss to Virginia Sept. 22, Syracuse’s second conference matchup of the season. Though the Orange displayed many positives they still saw Friday — Massimo Ferrin was the “best attacking player on the pitch,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said then, and he took five shots against the Eagles, along with crisp Syracuse passes and appearing to outmatch BC’s talent — the seemingly impenetrable force of the Orange’s ACC foes again was the cause of SU’s undoing. In Syracuse’s best three-game shot producing stretches of the season, the Orange didn’t get a single win.Syracuse didn’t falter by any means, though. It recorded 13 shots in the first half. Delhommelle said when the Orange got on that roll, it didn’t want to stop. Boston College likes to slow the game down, he said, and SU’s only objective was to speed it up. Multiple SU players dove along the sideline simply to keep the ball in bounds and in play. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If everything is going well,” Delhommelle said, ”we don’t want to stop it.”Simultaneously, the Orange played a steady and aggressive game. Though its pursuits of the ball were seemingly erratic, the plays often were perfectly executed to an SU target. On one play, Simon Triantafillou eyed a ball headed to the right sideline.“Get that Simon. Get that Simon!” McIntyre yelled. He did. He knocked the ball seemingly aimless toward the SU goal and slid past the out of bounds line. Instead of creating a Boston College chance, it landed perfectly by the foot of Hendrik Hilpert. “They looked dangerous when the ball turned over,” McIntyre said. “(Just) making sure we’re not getting complacent and getting caught on the counter-attack.”When the Eagles broke into the Orange’s third, they challenged Hilpert, but the same was rarely the case in the middle of the field. Syracuse midfielders, like Delhommelle and Ferrin, made slick moves that elicited “oohs” from the crowd and sent Boston College defenders away from the play. When BC got the ball, it rarely held it. In overtime, Simon Enstrom eyed a teammate from the right flank of the midfield. But his pass was right to the foot of Kamal Miller. “Good pass!” yelled a fan, and the crowd laughed. Enstrom doubled over, as the Orange proceeded to hold onto the ball for a long period after.SU made its due on defense, where Miller stole the ball from an attacking BC player and stopped in his tracks, which sent the Eagles offensive player to the ground. Later in the game, he did it again. “I love when our team attacks,” Miller said. “But attacking doesn’t mean anything if you can’t defend.”The Eagles’ inability to break into SU’s third plagued it on offense and limited its chances, but the Orange didn’t capitalize. Though the Orange isn’t a “possession-based team” — Miller said after SU’s win over Wake Forest that the team “dominated” despite a lack of possession — Miller said the ball moved well (the Orange would make some 30 passes before looking to the goal, Miller said), though it could have been quicker.At the end of the game, Syracuse players dropped to the ground and Boston College similarly dropped to their knees. To both teams, the game was in reach, whether “statistically (Syracuse was) dominant” or not. “We will play worse than we did tonight and we will win soccer games,” McIntyre said. “We deserved a little more out of this game.” Comments Published on October 27, 2018 at 12:40 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Italian Club Punished For Fans’ Racist Chanting.

first_imgItalian Serie A sie Lazio have been punished by the league body after fans made racist chants during Sunday’s 6-1 win over Sassuolo.The racist chants were directed at the Sassuolo duo of Alfred Duncan and Claud AdjapongThe club will have a section of their stadium (Stadio Olimpico) closed for two league games.According to the disciplinary report from the Serie A, “2,000 of the 5,449 occupants” of the Curva Nord stand were found guilty of “chants expressive of racial discrimination”. To this effect,  the Curva Nord stand will be closed for the visit of Cagliari and Udinese on October 22 and November 5 respectively.The November 5 home clash with Udinese was added with the capital club already serving a suspended sentence for the same offence after the Rome derby on April 30.RelatedPossible Serie A Shutdown Looms after Inter Fan’s DeathDecember 28, 2018In “Italy”Italian Serie A Review (Sunday): Napoli Go Three Points Clear As Lazio Maintain Chase With Dominant Win.October 30, 2017In “Europe”FIFPro and UEFA Stand with Koulibaly After Racist Incident in Inter MilanDecember 29, 2018In “Italy”last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Aside the obvious, five players to watch in Egypt

first_imgThe first ever 24 team Africa Cup of Nations kicks off today in Egypt. There will be 552 players at the 32 edition of the tournament representing their respective countries. Beyond the big guns; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Wilfred Zaha, Thomas Partey,  Riyad Mahrez and Hakeem Ziyech, here are five names who Sakyibea Ofori thinks could take this AFCON by storm.NICHOLAS PEPE – IVORY COASTFormer champions Ivory Coast will be expected to do better than 2017 where they suffered a group stage exit. And one player that can help them is Nicholas Pepe.The 25-year-old is one player to look out for in this year’s tournament following his exploits for his club, Lille in the just ended season.He scored a total of 22 goals in 38 matches as Lille finished only behind champions PSG in the league to secure a place in next season’s Champions League group stage. His goal-scoring form has made him a transfer target for European champions Liverpool, Bayern Munich as well as Manchester United. MBABYE DIAGNE – SENEGALIt’s no secret that Senegal mean business in this competition and they have been tipped by many to win the trophy. Their coach, Aliou Cissé, has selected seven attackers led by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. But one player who can be of great help to the team is Mbaye Diagne, who is making a debut appearance.The 27-year-old scored 30 goals in 29 matches in Turkey.  He found the net 20 times for Kasimpasa in the first round of the season before moving to Galatasaray where he bagged 10 goals. His goals helped Galatasaray to a domestic double.A partnership with Sadio Mane could cause a lot of havoc to defences as Senegal look to break the curse of not winning an AFCON trophy. VICTOR WANYAMA – KENYAThis man needs no introduction. His consistency for Tottenham has him earned a place in my list.  Since joining Tottenham in 2016, the Harambee Stars captain has intercepted 217 balls and made 260 clearances making it obvious his ability to disrupt attack from his opponents any time he steps up to it.He also has recovered 976 balls plus won 950 aerial duels, numbers that prove he can man mark any attacker who sets out to score against Kenya. These statistics make him a high powered weapon for Kenya and his potential to light up this competition should not be taken lightly.ODION IGHALO – NIGERIA If there is any player who can bag the goals for Nigeria in Egypt, then it is Odion Ighalo. With seven goals, he finished as top scorer in the qualifiers. The Chinese-based striker scored 21 goals in 28 matches for Changchun Yatai. In February 2019, he moved to Shanghai Shenhua and netted seven goals in nine games before joining Nigeria’s team for the tournament.  With his greatest attribute, scoring goals, he is going to break the hearts of many opponents but win their admiration.ACRHAF HAKIMI – MOROCCOReal Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi, who is currently halfway through a two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, is one to keep an eye out for. His versatility has been one of his key assets so far in his career. The 20-year-old can play on either side of the defence or at centre-back. Coming off the back of an electric World Cup campaign, Hakimi will look to set the African continent ablaze with his marauding overlapping runs on the flanks. He managed 31 appearances for Dortmund last season scoring three goals and registering seven assists.— Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more

Lakers coach Byron Scott: Nick Young “not here with us mentally”

first_imgThe phrase “basketball reasons” might mean something else besides the nixed Chris Paul deal.It could also explain why Lakers coach Byron Scott placed Nick Young on the inactive roster for Sunday’s loss to Boston. “It has nothing to do with the chemistry,” Scott said. “It has everything to do with just basketball.”Scott said he has not determined Young’s status when the Lakers (16-60) play the Clippers (48-28) in a designated road game Tuesday at Staples Center. Scott stressed Young’s recent absence had nothing to do with avoiding any problems with rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, who secretly recorded a video that was inadvertently posted showing Young admitting he had cheated on fiancee Iggy Azalea. Instead, Scott believed Young is “not here with us mentally.” He watched Sunday’s game in the locker room instead of on the bench. It has not helped Young has averaged 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent clip.“It was strictly a basketball decision,” Scott said. “I know how he’s feeling right now. He’s not really here with us.”Young looked joyful during Monday’s practice. He completed shooting drills with teammate Metta World Peace. Young also smiled when he played basketball with two fans through Door of Hope, which provides housing for the less fortunate. Those images contrasted the anxiety and anger Young has felt in recent days.Before the video became public, Young already faced a reduced role. He missed the past 11 games, including two the Lakers attributed to a stomach bug. Scott still credited Young for “doing what he’s asked to do.” “His shooting has not been what it has been,” Scott said. “The situation last week didn’t help. We all as coaches, players and everybody feel for him.”Big nominationThe Hall of Fame induction for Shaquille O’Neal seemed as inevitable as what happened whenever he stepped on the court. “There was nothing you could do when he wanted to come out, play and dominate a game,” said Scott, who coached the Nets when O’Neal led the Lakers to a four-game sweep in the 2002 NBA Finals. “That’s what Hall of Famers are, guys who can straight up dominate a game.”Despite O’Neal winning four NBA titles and ranking fifth on the league’s all-time scoring list, Scott wondered if he wrote an incomplete resume.“If he had Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar’s] attitude, he would probably kill somebody. He would’ve really dominated,” said Scott, who played with Abdul-Jabbar in the Showtime Era and with O’Neal in the 1996-97 season. “He was the most playful guy I had ever been around.“That’s probably why he didn’t kill anybody.”Tribute planned?Scott expressed optimism Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday against the Clippers. There, the Clippers will honor him in some fashion, though Scott chuckled at the idea. “That will be fun,” Scott said. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”A reporter then joked the Clippers’ tribute should include Bryant spurning them in free agency in 2004.“People live and forget,” Scott said. “They’ll forget about that maybe.”Injury updateLakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. will miss Tuesday’s game as part of the team’s efforts to preserve his sore right knee on back-to-backs.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Nuggets sign Jamal Murray to 5-year extension

first_img Kevin Durant free agency: Star signing with Nets weeks after potential career-changing injury Given Nikola Jokic agreed to a five-year max contract worth $148 million last offseason, both Murray and the Serbian big man will be under contract through at least 2022.Murray, 22, was selected seventh overall by Denver in 2016. He’s coming off the best season of his career so far after averaging 18.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds on 43.7 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc in 32.6 minutes per game. D’Angelo Russell free agency rumors: Warriors unexpectedly acquire guard in sign-and-trade with Nets Klay Thompson free agency rumors: Warriors, star agree to 5-year, $190M max contract Denver has locked up Jamal Murray.The Nuggets signed the fourth-year guard to a five-year maximum contract extension, the team announced. Murray’s agent, Mike George, told The Athletic the deal is worth $170 million This will make Jamal Murray the highest paid Canadian athlete ever ($170M/5 years), topping the $148M/5-year deal that Andrew Wiggins signed in 2017. https://t.co/cXCMQQCEbg— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 1, 2019Murray was set to become a restricted free agent next summer and is scheduled to make about $4.4 million in 2019-20. He is the latest John Calipari-coached player to cash in on a major payday after Derrick Rose, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker also inked contracts worth more than $100 million. Related News FOR THE LONG HAULWe’ve signed Jamal Murray to a five-year contract extension. ✍️#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/xKQnqIqzxE— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 24, 2019According to TSN, the deal makes Murray the highest-paid Canadian athlete ever.last_img read more

Drivers need to remember winter driving skills with storm approaching

first_imgMASON CITY — With a winter storm approaching our area, those traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday are being advised to be cautious when heading out on the road. Trooper Tom Williams of the Iowa State Patrol’s Mason City post says if you do plan to travel, pack away a winter survival kit in case something happens.  “Things that are important to have in a vehicle include an ice scraper, cell phone and charger, blankets, gloves, hats, an extra coat, water, non-perishable food items, a shovel, kitty litter for traction, a set of jumper cables, any needed medication, and a tow strap.” Williams says if you do get stranded, don’t leave your vehicle.  “Call 911 immediately and give your location. Stay in your vehicle, that’s your shelter, don’t try to walk for help. If it’s at night, keep your dome light on if possible. Make sure your exhaust pipe is clear from snow. Run your engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill, so you can conserve gas. I’ll just re-emphasize, don’t delay in calling 911. If we have a severe snowstorm, law enforcement is going to be extremely busy. If the news or weather forecast says travel not advised, that’s exactly what it means.”Williams says at any time this winter, be well prepared for your trip.  “Watch the weather report prior to your trip. If you know it’s going to be bad weather, leave early, allow yourself extra time to get your destination. Get plenty of rest the night before. Slow down to increase the control of your vehicle. You are required by law to maintain control at all times.  Allow at least five seconds of following distance from the vehicle that’s in front of you. Make sure all your lights are working, that you have good wiper blades and washer fluids, make sure that you have a good set of snow tires on.” Williams says don’t think you are always more safe with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.  “Those of you who have four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicles, that does not improve you’re breaking ability. It allows for excellent traction, but it does not improve your ability to stop in emergency situations.”You can check out road conditions 24 hours a day online at 511ia.org.last_img read more

Thursday December 19th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes are looking at ways to honor former coach Hayden Fry in next week’s Holiday Bowl as well as next season. Fry led Iowa to three Big Ten championships and three Rose Bowls in two decades as head coach.Ferentz joined Fry’s staff prior to the magical 1981 season that resulted in a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.Ferentz says Fry’s turnaround at Iowa is one of the greatest accomplishments in college football.Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long says Hayden Fry was the same on the practice field as he was in public. Long was the Heisman trophy runner-up after the 85′ season that saw the Hawkeyes spend five weeks as the nation’s top ranked team and they finished with a record of 10-2.In a 2017 interview with KGRN Long talked about his first meeting with Fry after being picked up at the Cedar Rapids Airport.Fry died on Tuesday at the age of 90. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 34 points and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped their 13-game losing streak with a 107-99 road win against the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and Lonzo Ball added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench for New Orleans, which was coming off a 108-101 overtime loss at home to Brooklyn a night earlier. Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota lost its seventh straight game after shooting 38% from the field. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 27 points. TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake wrestling at Webster City with Algona — 7:00 CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson says improvement on defense will help the Panthers take another step. UNI is 10-1 and returns to action on Sunday by hosting Marshall.With a win on Sunday the Panthers would finish non-conference play with a record of 11-1.Marshall is 4-6 and will be at home on Thursday night against Eastern Kentucky.Jacobson says Marshall is aggressive on both ends of the court. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns missed the Timberwolves’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left knee sprain. Coach Ryan Saunders called Towns “day-to-day” with the injury. Minnesota hasn’t played since a 124-117 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 13 when Towns had 39 points and 12 rebounds in 35:15. In the fourth quarter, Towns went down hard after a missed dunk attempt while being guarded by Montrezl Harrell.last_img read more

Cut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100 A Great One

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayFans at the Grays Harbor Raceway were treated to an awesome night of racing on Saturday June 8th.  The 3/8-mile clay oval facility had a large car count on hand in the pit area that produced some wonderful action on the track.  The headline event was the Cut Rate Auto Parts 100 for the Street Stock division which had them compete in a marathon one-hundred lap feature.  Other classes on hand included the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, and Hornets.Walking away with the cool $650.00 check at the end of the Cut Rate Auto Parts 100 was defending track champion Jason Tole.  The Hoquiam driver showed the field the way for ninety-eight total laps.  Tole, who originally planned on taking the night off, would take the lead on lap three getting past the Sam’s Auto Repair/Desperado Express #40 Camaro of Mike Knox from Tacoma.As Tole would pace the field several cautions would occur a total including a total of eleven taking place by race’s end.  After the fourth caution happened yellow flag laps started to be counted up until lap ninety.  After the fuel stop at the midway point it started to become a race of attrition as drivers pushed their machines to the limit.Lapped traffic came into play especially with only a couple of laps to go and it looked like Brian Harding of Oakville was going to make the pass.  The Northwest Mountain Winery/Wilcox & Flegel Petroleum Supply #28 Camaro would briefly seize the top spot only to give it right back due to a caution on lap ninety-four.  Tole would retain the lead and hold off the contenders to put his Western Washington Construction/Crowell Brothers Automotive #34 Camaro into victory lane for the third straight race in Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stock division.“I planned on hanging out in the stands tonight but I kind of got guilted into racing tonight,” an extremely happy Jason Tole would say in victory lane, “I had all kinds of game plans going into this race but once the green flag came out I was just focused on getting to the front and staying there.  I got to thank Larry DeMoss from Cut Rate Auto Parts for doing putting up the money, this is awesome.”Fellow Hoquiam driver Jack Parshall would finish a respectable second place in his Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #9 entry followed by Brian Harding in third.  The #43 Mustang of Aberdeen native Shane Kerrigan was fourth while crossing the line in fifth was Brian Izzi from Lacey piloting the Eddie’s Automotive/Fusion Graphix #17 Camaro.  Earlier in the evening Eddie Blood of Olympia set fast time of the night at 18.913 seconds driving the #97 Malibu sponsored by Eddie’s Automotive/Fusion Graphix.Reece Goetz of Snohomish was out for a nice Saturday night drive in the 360 Sprint main event.  Starting on the pole position Goetz would put his Great Western Transport/Speedmart Inc./Elma Lanes #9R Eagle mount into the lead on the initial start.  As the feature had a long green flag run Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam closed up the gap between him and Goetz and would start to put pressure on the leader.As the laps winded down Van Dam continued to look for a way around Goetz but Goetz held the preferred line.  In the closing laps Van Dam tried to make the pass for the lead but was unable to get around Goetz. Van Dam would have to defend second as J.J. Hickle made a bonsai move to the bottom with only a little left in the race.  The opportunity gave Goetz a chance to have some breathing room which was enough for him to go on and cruise to the win.  For Goetz it was his second win of the season making him the first driver to win more than once in the 360 Sprints.J.J. Hickle would capture second in the Meyer Electric/Kitsap Powdercoating #3 XXX followed by the Kovash Logging/Johanson Excavating #33V A.R.T. of Henry Van Dam in third.  Finishing in the fourth position was Jay Cole from Shelton in his Our Community Credit Union/Bulldog Trailers #0J XXX while fifth went to the Shark Racing Engines/LAW Motorsports #33 of Everett’s Colton Heath driving for car owners Alan Larson and Kelly Welch.Setting fast time of the night was Mill Creek native Cam Smith in the Dave Smith Motorsports/Powdercoating Inc./Nelson Texturing #17 Maxim with a time of 14.761 seconds.  Earning the victories in heat race action were Colton Heath and Jay Cole.The Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds were in full force as they were competing for an enhanced purse of $750.00 to win courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars.  Hometown driver Josh Muller was the car to beat in his PBM Trucking/Eager Beaver Dirtworks/DVO Custom Guitars #3M Skyrocket.  Muller drove a distinct line the whole race primarily working the bottom groove of the track.Both Mark Carrell and Scott Miller were quick and at one point each of them had a chance to get by Muller but Muller would shut the door on them on each occasion.  In the late stages Joe German from Wishkah put his name in the hat for the win by moving into second place with only a few laps to go.    German tried his best to get his Wishkah Iron Works/Ozman Services Inc. #75X Skyrocket into the lead but Muller would hold on.  Josh Muller became the fourth different winner in five Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified features so far in 2013.“The bottom was definitely smooth,” commented Josh Muller, “I was just focused on hitting my marks and staying out in front.  I got to thank all my sponsors and crew for helping me out.”Joe German would finish in the runner-up position while Redmond, Oregon’s Mark Carrell was third in his Mark’s Auto Body/Gray’s Automotive #27 GRT by Phillips entry.  The Blue Bear Park/Barbie’s Restaurant #26 Shaw of Shelton driver Scott Miller was fourth followed by Tom Sweatman from Cosmopolis in fifth in the Sweatman Trucking/D&D Dyno/MASCO Petroleum #11 Shaw.  Earlier in the evening Josh Muller and Scott Miller were heat race winners.The Hornet division saw Brian Norton take care of business in his Free Junk Removal #43.  The Tacoma native took the lead early in the race and ran away with it to earn his second straight victory of the season.  Norton also becomes the first Hornet driver to win more than one feature this year.“Once I got ahead it was clean sailing,” said Brian Norton, “this ties us for the same amount of wins as I got last year so it feels good.”The Kerrigan & Sons Trucking #17 of Aberdeen’s Willie Wright was second followed by the #19 of Ryan Williams in third.  The Free Junk Removal/Eddie’s Automotive #75 of Chad Norton from Tenino crossed the line fourth and completing the top five was Amanda Allery of Elma in her I-5 Auto & Truck/Loopez Inc. #37X.  Chad Norton and Amanda Allery would win their respected heat races earlier in the night.The Grays Harbor Raceway will be back in action this Saturday June 15th.  The Wild Wild West Modified Shootout will kick their speedweek series off at GHR as the local Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified stars will defend their home track from the several travelling teams.  360 Sprints, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets will all be on the card.  For more information log on towww.graysharbrorraceway.com.Race SummaryCut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100Saturday June 8th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington360 Sprints11 EntriesFast Time: Cam Smith, 14.761Heat Race Winners: Colton Heath (1), Jay Cole (2)A-Feature: 1. Reece Goetz, 2. J.J. Hickle, 3. Henry Van Dam, 4. Jay Cole, 5. Colton Heath, 6. Tyler Anderson, 7. Cam Smith, 8. Jeff Dunlap, 9. Mike Romig, 10. Brent Hoover, 11. Jason ReedShipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds15 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Josh Muller (1), Scott Miller (2)A-Feature: 1. Josh Muller, 2. Joe German, 3. Mark Carrell, 4. Scott Miller, 5. Tom Sweatman, 6. Del Schnitzer, 7. Zack Simpson, 8. Carl Larson, 9. Kris Asche, 10. Rayun McMichael, 11. Kevin Keller, 12. Alan Muncheow, 13. Jeff Foster, 14. Scott Westley, 15. Will TaylorCut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks24 EntriesFast Time: Eddie Blood, 18.913A-Feature: 1. Jason Tole, 2. Jack Parshall, 3. Brian Harding, 4. Shane Kerrigan, 5. Brian Izzi, 6. Eddie Blood, 7. Cory Sweatman, 8. Ryan Haney, 9. Austin Kerrigan, 10. Matt Babcock, 11. Matt Bramer, 12. Mike Clingen, 13. Chip Haney, 14. Kelly Fugate, 15. Don Briggs, 16. Will Madison, 17. Tim Phillips, 18. Mike Knox, 19. Greg Watkins, 20. Ross Watkins, 21. Doug Brewster, 22. Andy Schmidt, 23. Josh Cherry, 24. Tom HeckerHornetes13 EntriesHeat Race Winners: Chad Norton (1), Amanda Allery (2)A-Feature: 1. Brian Norton, 2. Willie Wright, 3. Ryan Williams, 4. Chad Norton, 5. Amanda Allery, 6. Jeff Daniel, 7. Jeserae Norton, 8. Tom Hecker Jr., 9. Chris Pugsley, 10. Michael Brewster, 11. Peggy Harding, 12. Jason Valentine, DNS Jeremy Nortonlast_img read more