By Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 13) – T.J. Smith will argue any inference of full moon racing couple with a Friday the 13th after winning his career first Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Smith grabbed the lead at the start with Jim Rhode Ed Lemay, Eric Arneson, Jeremy Christians and Travis Spaulding close behind. Several early cautions kept the field bunched but Smith was able to maintain to lead through a green flag run from laps four to 10.Christains moved into the runner-up spot on lap six with Mike Wedelstadt and Eddie Muenter moving into the top five by lap seven. With the field right behind for the restart, Smith again set the pace and opened a car length lead over Christians as Muenster, Rhode and Wedelstadt moved up to challenge for second.A final caution on lap 17 set up a three-lap dash, with Smith drawing on his past experience to just run his race and drove off with his first career division feature win. Muenster wrestled the second place finish from Christians on the final lap with point leader Sean Jerovetz making a late-race run to fourth over Wedelstadt and Rhode. Other feature winners were John Heinz in his second straight Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature while Steve Schneider picked up his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory on the season.
New coaches, new drills, new season.With the 2006 season still officially 168 days away, the University of Wisconsin football team took its first snaps of the Bret Bielema era as spring practice opened Saturday.”It feels good,” said senior quarterback John Stocco, one of only three returning starters on offense. “We have been just working out for awhile now, and it feels good to get out here and practice. It’s exciting because you see so many younger guys, and we’ve got quite a few holes to fill, and you see them excited.”In the first of 14 practices that will lead up to the Spring Game April 22, UW worked out without pads, but in helmets on both Saturday and Sunday, and began to soak in the tutelage of a revamped coaching staff.As the players took the field for the first time since defeating Auburn 24-10 at the Capital One Bowl in what was Barry Alvarez’s swan song as Badger coach, it quickly was apparent that there was some new management in charge.Using a new timing system where practice is broken up into roughly 22 five-minute periods, the team began the first period with a special teams field goal kicking drill that had become commonplace during the Alvarez tenure.To commence Bielema’s career as head coach, the drill was a little more high octane. Rather than simply kicking two field goals from the left, middle and right side of the hash marks, the team set up for field goals in all three spots right away and ran the drill in a much more rapid-fire format.”We started off practice traditionally with the field goals. … The idea is that we have [one team on each side] so that its just boom, boom, boom, boom and then come together,” Bielema said. “That’s the first thing we do as a team, so it sort of sets the tone for [the] rest of practice.”The drill epitomized a movement of energy through the UW coaching squad and practices. “Energetic” was the word most often used by players when asked to describe the almost all new coaching staff and how they ran practice, very much befitting the style of Bielema.”The coaching staff that we have, they’re young and they bring the same intensity that coach [Bielema] does,” said junior receiver Marcus Randle El. “They bring so much intensity to the team, and it just goes through everything.”Bielema stalked from quarterbacks to receivers to linebackers and every other position group, monitoring practice in his trademark all-red running suit. Uncharacteristically quiet and tranquil, Bielema occasionally offered up advice for players while they stood aside waiting for their next repetition but otherwise was rather reserved.”He comes up and he gives pointers when he feels it’s necessary, but the individual coaches are great,” said senior linebacker Mark Zalewski.”I was trying to be a little conscientious of that, just letting coaches establish themselves and allow them to go about their business without me being there to influence the flow of the drill,” Bielema said. “I was just trying to stay at a distance and kind of look around and watch.”His coaches, on the other hand, were as feisty as Bielema has been in the past.”Big-time high energy,” Bielema said. “Today, I had to put a coach rule in there. I usually have players stay 15 yards back, but today I had to put up cones and say that players and coaches need to be behind that line. They like to get out there and mix it up, and I don’t mind it after the play, just not during.”The main theme of the first two days of spring practice was for players to become accustomed to the new drills, terminology and demands of their new coaches.”I think today was a big learning day for us,” Stocco said. “We want to get used to the drills and know everything that we are doing, but as we go along, we want guys to step up and make plays for us.”For example, one new drill to the UW program is the “chute” drill for defensive linemen, where linemen are forced to stay low when coming out of their stance because of a bar that is above them. The drill was brought in by new defensive line coach Randall McCray, who has already become one of the more recognizable coaches on staff. McCray has already begun to employ his extensive use of a football taped to a hockey stick, to simulate the snapping of the ball.”There’s a few things that are different, a few things that the new coaches are emphasizing, but for the most part, we have been able to keep a good sense of [normalcy],” Zalewski said.After the second day of practice, the players were all eager for the first day of full-contact practice, slated for Monday evening.”Once you get the pads on, it’s a much different, physical game,” Randle El said with a Cheshire cat grin. “And once you get physical, baby, it can get heated. … The linebackers want to hit the running backs, the safeties want to hit the receivers. That’s the way it’s going to be.”
Last night, the bike club took part in another long-lap Cactus Trials Mountain Bike race, and once again a familiar name was the first to cross the finish line.Stephen Ferris placed first in the race, completing the long-lap with a time of 27 minutes and 51 seconds. Pat Ferris finished second with a time of 32:03 and George Gamble placed third at 38:06.The bike club will hold its next race tonight, as members will race in another Toony Cross, beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the club’s official website.
Noah Clinton has taken to YouTube to share his fantastic experience at this year’s Liquid Therapy AS Open.Noah, who has autism, is a huge fan of Liquid Therapy and has been attending classes for the past 3-4 years.Liquid Therapy provides a supported environment that allows individuals of all abilities to experience the fun and benefits of water therapy. Established in 2011, they provide young people with the opportunity to experience surfing, who may have difficulties in mainstream classes.The award-winning foundation has its base in Donegal’s surfing hub, Bundoran, and it runs solely off of donations.On the 17th of September, they hosted a surfing festival to finish off the surfing season on a high.Noah Clinton (9) from Manorcunningham, was one of the participants at the AS Open, and video blogged his fantastic day. Noah and his sisters Amelia (7) and Olivia (3) all have autism, and enjoy the one-on-one sessions with Liquid Therapy volunteers.Their mum, Clara, told Donegal Daily that this year’s AS Open was an incredible experience for the whole family.“Families from across Ireland came to Rossnowlagh to attend the AS Open, it was open to anyone who had taken part in Liquid Therapy sessions throughout the summer.“It was a great day out for everyone, and all of the children got a medal at the end.”The Liquid Therapy classes are run by volunteers and Clara says that the lessons are invaluable. “All three of the children enjoy it, and it gives me peace of mind to know that the sessions are one-on-one.“It can be hard to send them to things that won’t be one-on-one incase they get lost in the crowd, so it’s great to know there is someone looking after them.”Noah and Amelia have been taking part in surfing lessons for the last 3 or 4 summers, with little sister Olivia giving it a shot this summer!“Olivia had her first go at Liquid Therapy, and it went really well!” “The water does something for them, it’s always been a kind of therapy for them, ever since they were babies. They’re in their element when they’re in the water. Noah absolutely loves it and goes as far in as he can and jumps over the waves. It’s a very calming activity and allows them to get involved.“I’m very proud and delighted with them all, it was so nice to see smiles on all of their faces.”“Tom Losey is fantastic, he does everything and organises every bit of it. He’s a really great guy. The lessons are all free and they work from donations. Everything is provided such as the wetsuits and surfboards.”Noah’s fantastic filmmaking skills came in handy during the day, as he video blogged the entire event.“Noah loves YouTube and would like to become a YouTuber. He loves video bloggers DanTDM and Nathaniel Bandy, he also loves anything Nintendo related.”Noah has been running his own YouTube Channel for a little over a year, with the screen name ‘Firetwomp 69’ and puts a lot of work into his many fantastic videos.To learn more about Liquid Therapy, you can visit www.liquidtherapy.ieWatch: Noah (9) captures Liquid Therapy Surf Festival with fantastic vlog was last modified: September 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:liquid therapy