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first_imgWesley Warren (left) was champion of the Charger Chassis Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)FAIRFIELD, Texas – Wesley Warren saw a lot of the Texas countryside during his drive to the Charger Chassis Southern Region championship.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock pilot from Fairfield won nine features, plus 281 Speedway track and Allstar Performance State honors in his third season in the division.“We set goals of winning the region and state this year and we did it,” said Warren. “It was a lot of work so we have a pretty good feeling of accomplishment.”While nearly half his starts came an hour away at Waco’s Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Warren also logged a dozen 4-1/2 hour trips to Abilene Speedway, while Cotton Bowl Speedway and 281 are both about 2-1/2 hours from home.He was a three-time winner at 281, at Abilene and at Cotton Bowl, and posted 10 top-five finishes at HO’T. His first checkers at Stephenville, on March 26, came in his first race at 281 since total­ing a street stock there during the 2013 season.“I like the Hobby Stocks – they’re a challenge to drive and they’re a lot of fun, plus the competition is unreal,” said Warren, who towed with an open trailer to race frequently with the likes of Jeremy Oliver and regional rookie of the year Larry Underwood.“Jeremy has helped with setup and my driving skills,” he said. “Jeremy sharing his knowledge is the best thing I could have.”Warren finished 10th in the Saturday night Prelude at Boone Speedway and was third in IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s non-qualifier point standings.“I didn’t know if we stood a chance at Boone,” he admitted, “but the competition was awesome and it turned out to be a pretty good trip.”Largely self-funded, Warren is a pipeline operator by occupation and worked a rotating shift every other weekend. He credited his coworkers with filling in on some of the Friday and Saturday nights he went racing.“I’m going to stay in a Hobby Stock next season,” said Warren, one of the division’s biggest backers in the Lone Star State. “I want to help it grow in Texas.”Starts: 41Wins: 9Additional Top Fives: 18HIS CREW: Wife Jessica and children Mason and Haley.HIS SPONSORS: The Cowboy Hypnotist – his father Don – of Weatherford; Hammock Racing Chassis and James Hammock Jr. and Wicked Fast Transmissions, both of Lorena; and Oliver Motorsports of Robinson.last_img read more

first_img“My son is my best competition. The tables have turned and now I’m learning from him,” said Hunt, especially proud to see Mitchell race his way into the Big Dance two years ago. “I’m going to give it my best this week. I know we’re going to be up against the best of the best . We’re going to see what happens.” A Michigan driver who made a long-awaited return to victory lane last weekend hopes to see his new streak continue this week at Boone Speedway. Jerry Hunt Jerry Hunt earned the IMCA Modified win at Thunderbird Raceway over the weekend, along with $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. He made the tow to Super Nationals with son Mitchell, a third generation driver who was elected to start the upcoming version of that race.  Hunt was retired for more than three years before getting back on the track during the Fourth of July Weekend in a GRT by S & S Motorsports ride bought from Shawn Bearce.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball is preparing to play the last two matches of its regular season this week, the first against No. 8 UCLA at the Galen Center.The Trojans (19-2, 18-2) split a two-match series against Hawai’i over the weekend, dropping the first match in five sets and winning the second in a sweep.Crosstown rivals · The last time UCLA and USC faced off this season, senior opposite Murphy Troy finished the game with 26 kills at a rate of .512. The top-ranked Trojans will now look to defeat the rival No. 8 Bruins at home this week. – Carlos Acenas | Daily Trojan “That was a wake-up call for us,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We were reminded that we can’t win just by showing up.”This week, the Trojans will take on a Bruin team that has been one of men’s volleyball’s traditional powerhouses throughout coach Al Scates’ 49-year tenure.Recent success, however, suggests a power shift in the entire sport. When presented with the idea though, Ferguson brushed that idea off.“Whatever happened before Thursday night doesn’t matter,” he said with a laugh.When the Trojans and Bruins last played at the end of January, senior opposite Murphy Troy finished with 26 kills earned at an exceptional .512 rate.“I think we just ended up with some favorable matchups,” Troy said. “Our offense has evened out more, so I don’t expect to have that kind of stat line after this match.”UCLA features a strong pair of middle blockers, junior Weston Dunlap and junior Thomas Amberg. Dunlap is second in the conference in attacking efficiency. Freshman outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga has also emerged as a stabilizing force for the Bruins.“If Quiroga can stabilize their passing, we can have some trouble with their quick attack,” Ferguson said.But the top-ranked Trojans are not letting today’s rivalry matchup distract them from the task at hand,“It’s more about finishing the season off strong than anything else,” said senior outside hitter Tri Bourne. “We just need to take care of it.”This will not be the last time USC and UCLA face off.Although it is the last time they will see each other in the regular season, the two are currently set to meet again in one week in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.The tournament is scheduled to begin April 23 at 7 p.m. at Galen Center.“This is just the 21st match of the season to us,” Ferguson said. “We’ll temper the emotional stuff. That will hopefully come at the end of May.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter Syracuse (5-2) managed an eight-point win over Cornell, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim noticed one recurring issue that was spurred by the Big Red’s defense.“We didn’t seem to be in sync,” Boeheim said. “I think their match-up (zone) hurt us a little bit. We saw that a bit against Oregon. That bothered us a bit tonight.”The defensive principles that Cornell used to hold Syracuse to 63 points were part of their match-up zone. Coach’s Clipboard defines a match-up zone as a “combination defense,” which puts together concepts of zone and man-to-man.It’s not the first time the Orange played that type of defense, as Oregon’s scheme, which Oshae Brissett called a “weird zone,” held Syracuse to 65 points on Nov. 16.Here’s a look at three plays that show what defensive principles limited Syracuse on Saturday night. Videos all via ESPN.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlay one: About 15 minutes to go in the first halfThe first obvious match-up zone principle above comes on Tyus Battle’s (25) entry pass to 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe (34) at the high post. Cornell guard Matt Morgan (10) comes sprinting over from the right wing, as he’s the closest in the vicinity. When Sidibe turns around, the 6-foot-2 Morgan is all over him.That leads to an ongoing rotation of the match-up defense, with Jimmy Boeheim (3) closing out on Frank Howard (23) and Josh Warren (22) rotating to the corner, cutting down any possible open shots created by Morgan’s movement.Elijah Hughes (33) attempts a behind-the-back dribble, left to right, that could’ve beat the defender Sidibe partially screened off. But because of the match-up defense, Jimmy slides across on a switch toward Hughes, who’s forced to pass out top.When the broadcast camera moves to a tighter shot, it shows Cornell’s Steven Julian (33) paying no mind to the high-low movement of SU and just waiting for Brissett (11) to reach his area.With defensive slides attempting to cut off penetration, Syracuse only gets a half-look at the rim from Brissett since no dribble-driver became fully clear. Sidibe cleans up on the glass, but the Orange didn’t get any defense-shifting action inside because of Cornell’s match-up switches.Play 2: 1:52 to go in the first halfWhen Marek Dolezaj (21) comes to set a screen, Cornell’s Terrance McBride (11) sprints over before the pick to make the match-up switch onto Howard. On the ball swing to Brissett and his ensuing drive, all five Big Red defenders shift right near the paint with eyes on Brissett, ready to slide off and help if needed. So, he dishes to Battle in the right corner.When Battle catches, two Cornell defenders believe they’re in his area, so they both close out. With better secondary passers on the floor, Syracuse would have a potential advantage off the double team, but the Orange don’t take advantage of an open man. Instead, Hughes (33) just shifts right into the same area as Brissett, allowing one Big Red player to match-up with two SU players at once.Battle bails the Orange out with a spin move and bucket. But the off-ball motion that led to congestion in an area where a player could’ve been open, and the lack of willingness to pass out of an overzealous double closeout show how this possession could’ve come up empty for the Orange.Play 3: 13:13 to go in the second halfSyracuse has remained reliant on pick-and-roll action this season after it was the Orange’s go-to play last season. Here, the match-up zone stifles three attempts at creating driving lanes.First, it’s Howard (23) going right off a Dolezaj screen, but Jack Gordon (32) pops right out to meet him. Howard passes it out, letting Battle explore a move right off a Paschal Chukwu screen. But Morgan slides right into possession and Battle’s explosive first step has no chance to go anywhere.Finally, it’s Howard again, this time going left off a Brissett screen. But Jimmy, previously matched up with Brissett, has switched off to await Howard near the free-throw line. Then, off the kickout, Jimmy recovers back to Brissett, who traveled after rushing his feet. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2018 at 11:08 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThis time the ITA boss has his hands full as his son is expected to compete in the competition.“Kalada is fit and ready but I have so much on my hands. I expect a great tournament,” Kienka said.The team even with eight teams comprising eight players each was concluded at the weekend in the competition which started on Wednesday in Lagos.Chairman of the Tennis section of Ikoyi Club, Abimbola Okubena, said all was set for the singles category of the competition.“We are all set for this because we have been preparing in the past few months for the event. The scoring system and modalities are clear to the participants.“Many of us are looking forward to the veterans and super veterans categories where club members will compete for honours,” Okubena said. The annual tournament ends on Saturday June 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Singles event of the annual Ikoyi Club Tennis Tournament sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc begins today at Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Kalada Kienka, is expected to lead other top professionals in search of glory in the standard tournament of the singles. There are other top contenders as the competition gets tougher in both the male and female cadre.Incidentally, Kalada’s father, Godwin Kienka, the Director of International Tennis Academy, emerged winner in one of the singles category only two years ago.last_img read more