By Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (April 22) – Three new IMCA feature winners visited the O’Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane for the first time in the early season on Friday at Salina Speedway. The night was presented by B Strong Running Company of Salina.Of those winners, two were father and son, something that doesn’t happen often at all on the same night.First was Fred Traskowsky, who pulled out to the lead from the front row at the start of the M&H Motors IMCA Northern SportMod feature. He held off a resurgent Tyler Watts to capture his first win of the season. Watts finished second with Chris Humphries and Tim Echevarria rounding out the top four.The final win of the night went to Fred’s son Mike as he raced to his second win in a row in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. Mike had no problem working his way from an eighth place starting position to capture the top prize, with Kelly Pihl, Tony Slothower, and Cody Williams chasing him across the finish line.Defending Long McArthur IMCA Modified Track Champion Mike Petersilie chased down pole-starting Brian Knoell to move past en route to a triumph on the tricky 3/8 mile. Starting eighth, Petersilie’s win propelled him into a tie for the points lead after two races with week one winner Tyler Frye, who finished fourth. Knoell settled for second while Joe Cleveland finished third.Coors Light IMCA Stock Car ace Scot Granzella made his return to Victory Lane as he piloted his no. 91E to a win from fifth place at the start. He got by Craig Miller to capture first, with Craig Miller in tow with second. Scott Miller wound up third with Tanner Portenier fourth.
Syracuse’s Midnight Madness will be featured live on ESPN3 on Friday, Oct. 12, along with highlights and analysis coming on ESPNU, according to an ESPN press release Monday.The event that celebrates the start of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons has included scrimmages and dunk contests in the past. The Orange is coming off a 34-3 season in which it fell to Ohio State in the Elite Eight. SU must replace four key contributors from last season, including starting point guard Scoop Jardine, small forward Kris Joseph, center Fab Melo and sixth man Dion Waiters.The team will play two exhibition games before opening its season against San Diego State in the Battle on the Midway game in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 9. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org
Point totals can be deceiving.USC sophomore star guard Jordan McLaughlin put up just nine points against UCLA at the Galen Center last Thursday, but his command of the floor is improving with every game.In that win over the crosstown rivals — to complete the regular season sweep — McLaughlin continued to look like one of the best at his position in the entire country. He helped USC to its 18th win of the season, an 80-61 rout of the Bruins.McLaughlin’s impressive play has naturally been a major talking point for any USC fans who like to make comparisons. The sophomore is right up there with the best of the best, including Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell.Trimble is consistently lighting it up for the Terps, as he has guided his team to 21 wins by early February. Trimble’s game has few foibles and his vision on the floor is stunning. The silky smooth sophomore has drawn comparisons to Steph Curry. Trimble excels in pick-and-roll situations and is lethal when he attacks the basket, able to dish it off to a big man at the rim.Likewise, Ferrell — a senior leader on a talented Hoosier team — has been one of the most exciting players in all of college basketball this season. Ferrell is unselfish. His passing is exquisite and his work rate is never to be questioned. Ferrell led IU on a 25-0 run to end the first half at Michigan last week, looking borderline unstoppable in the process.McLaughlin missed time last season due to injury, but he has stayed healthy in the 2015-2016 campaign. He has already logged over 700 minutes of game action, playing just over 31 minutes per game. The one-two punch of McLaughlin and junior guard Julian Jacobs has been an absolute handful for USC’s opponents this season.McLaughlin is shooting better than 45 percent from the field and is nearly hitting 42 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. His three-ball has been big for USC this season, but it will be massive for him moving forward.In order to be one of the most feared guards in the NBA, developing a jump shot is essential. Rajon Rondo, Jeff Teague and Kemba Walker are all pro guards who refined their jumpers to take their game to the next level. McLaughlin has nailed 40 3-pointers this season, one less than Maryland’s Trimble and 12 less than Indiana’s Ferrell. The veteran Ferrell has seen his deep ball improve from roughly 30 percent during his freshman year to almost 46 percent during his senior year. McLaughlin is only a sophomore and is enjoying similar success from downtown.McLaughlin’s game is incredibly well-rounded and his skill in pick-and-roll situations is evident. He effortlessly spreads the ball around and always seems to find the open man.With the resurgence of Trojan basketball as a whole, there has unsurprisingly been a return of USC players garnering national attention. For a program that has produced the likes of Taj Gibson, DeMar DeRozan and Nick Young, the rise of McLaughlin has been a welcome sight for the faithful.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs every other Tuesday.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2015 at 11:37 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After converting on 81.3 percent of his field goals last year, sophomore kicker Cole Murphy dipped to 66.7 percent in 2015 after two misses against Virginia Saturday.He pushed a 48-yarder well left in the second quarter and another wide right from 48 yards in the third overtime of Syracuse’s (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 44-38, triple-overtime loss to UVA (2-4, 1-1) at Scott Stadium. It’s the third miss in the last three games for Murphy, who also wears No. 48, but special teams coordinator Tim Daoust didn’t seem too concerned after the loss to the Cavaliers.“He hit the one good off his foot and then pushed it and then that one he didn’t hit cleanly,” Daoust said. “So we’ll go back to the drawing board … and Cole’s a good kicker.”Murphy was one of 30 named to the preseason Lou Groza Award Watch List, the honor given to the country’s top kicker. So far this season, he’s 8-for-12 with a long of 43 yards against then-No. 8 Louisiana State on Sept. 26.Murphy’s 44-yard miss in the second quarter against Rhode Island on Sept. 4 was inconsequential, but a 31-yard shank right before halftime against LSU came back to bite. It sent the Orange into the break trailing by four instead of one, and three Zack Mahoney touchdown passes in the second half couldn’t pull SU within a score late against the Tigers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurphy’s first miss on Saturday came with 11:33 left in the second, when the game was still scoreless. He did connect on a 33-yarder that stretched the Orange’s lead to 24-14 late in the third, but a touchdown and an Ian Frye chip shot sent the game to overtime with two seconds left in regulation.After both teams matched touchdown for touchdown through the first two overtimes, Murphy stepped up for a 48-yarder following Eric Dungey taking a sack for a loss of 6 yards.The attempt drifted wide, opening the doors for Virginia to steal a game once comfortably in Syracuse’s grasp.“Obviously he’s kicking himself for that one,” Daoust said. “We lost, the whole team did, period.” Comments
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