Kent with Pro Youth Baseball Charity CEO and former MLB 1st round pick Ray Young in Las Vegas.A Batesville High School freshman recently traveled to Las Vegas for a good cause.Ryan Kent, 14, of Batesville was invited to attend the Pro Youth Baseball Charity Foundation dinner as a featured speaker on Nov. 16.The Batesville freshman is the host for the online radio program “Ball Cards.” The weekly show features current sports news as well as information for memorabilia and card collectors.Kent received an invitation from charity CEO Ray Young to speak at the dinner after the producer of his radio show submitted an application on Kent’s behalf.The dinner was one event held by the charity that helps mentor underprivileged children into overall success in life.“There were about 50 to 60 people there,” Kent recalled. “Just the status of some of the people there, it was a humbling experience just for where I come from.”He spoke in front of former major league baseball players, including former Reds player Eric Davis, as well as children from across the United States.Although just 14 years of age, Kent used his own ambitions to inspire children he spoke to at the charity dinner.“Just kind of show the kids that maybe don’t have the best chance in some people’s eyes, that they can do good things in life and dream big.”While he remains busy with school and homework, he is also career focused. If you have the opportunity to meet the Batesville freshman, he is quick to lend you a business card or email a resume.He is targeting a career in sports journalism after high school and college. Until then, Kent will continue making connections in the industry while inspiring others to dream big.Read more about Ryan Kent here.
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Summer workouts and practices kicked-off last week, and we are almost two months away from Week 1 of the season! Also, for those who live in the Indianapolis area, we will be scrimmaging at Zionsiville HS on Monday, June 26th at 6 pm as well at Beech Grove HS on Monday, July 11th at 6 pm. For those in the Muncie area, we will be playing at Delta HS on Thursday, July 13th at 6 pm. All the scrimmages are free and you are welcome to come watch the Bulldogs in action!Alumni Football DinnerThe dinner will be at the Knights of Columbus in Batesville. The event will begin at 6 pm with a Happy Hour with drinks then dinner will follow at 7 pm.Izzy’s Catering will be catering the event. The meal will include a tri-tips carving station, baked potatoe, vegetable, salad, and rolls.*There will also be beer provided and a cash bar.**The event is only for anyone 21 years of age or older.$50 per ticket, $90 for two tickets, and $320 for a reserved table of 8. Contact the following people to order your tickets for the dinner: Liz Kellerman (812) 212-1737. Bob Weiler (812) 212-3087. Evan Ulery (765) 860-4411. 2nd Alumni Football GameThe alumni football game will be part of the second Baatesville Football Kick-Off. The alumni game will cap off the day of football under the lights with a 7 pm kick-off. The itinerary of the event is listed below.9 am – Football Lift-a-Thon Fundraiser.*money raised will help fund additional training equipment and practice equipment .11 am – 2pm = Batesville Youth League Scrimmages.5 pm = High School Scrimmage.7 pm = Alumni Football Game.FundraisingThe alumni dinner and lift-a-thon are two events designed to raise money for the Batesville football program. The program is striving to raise $20,000 to fund a variety of items that are listed below.Hi-Pod Endzone Camera Stand = $5000The end zone camera stand would allow us to film games and practices from the end zone view, which is a far better angle in teaching our players. The ability to film at this angle will enhance our player development.Hudl Sideline = $900This will allow on the field replay to IPADs that would be used during a game. This technology would enhance communication with players and coaching. The technology is used by many of our competitors and conference members with great reviews. https://www.hudl.com/products/sideline 2 Shadowman Tackling Dummy’s = $2000The Shawdowman help eliminate a lot of unnecessary contact during a practice to help preserve the body of our players as well as cut down on concussions. The shadowman are also more game-like in tackling drills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFqyUkhHhWE&authuser=0 5 man sled = $6000Training Equipment = $1000-$2000Ropes, Prowlers, Sleds, and Harnesses.Practice Equipment = $2000.Half Rounds, Hand Shields, Pop Up Dummy’s, Lineman Chute.Weight Room Football Record Board = $1000.Football Stat Record Board = $1500.All of us involved with the Batesville football program thank the continuos support of our alumni and the Batesville community. We hope to see at the alumni dinner and alumni game!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Evan Ulrey.
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Cottage Grove Speedway gets back to racing this Saturday, May 9 with Springfield Chamber of Commerce/Pepsi Family Night.Pepsi Family Night means fans who purchase a family pass (consisting of two adults and up to four youths) for $30 will receive complimentary small sodas courtesy of Pepsi.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will return for their third show of the season. Jesse Williamson won the first race on April 4 while Braedon Hand was victorious last week.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gate opens at 4 p.m. and racing begins at approximately 6:45 p.m.
By David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products will be back in action Friday, May 5 as the tour makes the first of two appearances of the season at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker.This event will be race three on the 2017 SSO schedule with Joe Wood Jr. of Oklahoma City picking up the victory this past Friday night in Wichita Falls, Texas, while Texan Chad Koch picked up the season-opening victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in late March.The SSO visited the quarter-mile red-clay oval in Meeker last year with Jake Martens and Andy Shouse picking up victories. Shouse’s lone SSO victory last year helped propel him to the inaugural series championship, as well as the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national crown.Shouse, Martens and Wood are just a couple of the close to 25 drivers expected to compete Friday at Red Dirt Raceway.Touring regulars also expected include Cody Whitworth, Shayla Waddell, Mike Scott, Jerry Jumper, Gary Owens, Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Brandon Long and Sterling Hoff. A strong cast of rookie of the year candidates include Tanner Conn, Josh Toho, Justin Fisk, Dillon Laden and Stan Constant.Koch, who won the season opener, lost a motor late last Friday night and hopes to have one ready to make the trip from his Wichita Falls home.Gates open at 6 p.m. with race time slated for 8 p.m. Grandstand tickets are $10 while children ten and under are admitted for free.
He went on: “When you know someone you can know what they are going to do, but he’s still a very difficult player to train against and he scores so many goals in training. “It’s like with Messi: everyone says he is going to cut inside all the time and you know he is going to do this but you can’t stop him from cutting inside and scoring goals. With Luis it’s the same (but) of course there are some differences between the two players.” Suarez, with 28 goals in the current campaign, has become Liverpool’s focal point and Enrique knows how much he offers the side. “Luis is a great all-round striker but it’s not just about the goals, it’s about what he gives to the team – it’s about his personality and his attitude,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “He’s the same in training as what you see in games. He gives 100 per cent all the time. He never misses training and, touch wood, he has not been injured so far. “Everyone wants to win – my character is that I don’t like to lose at anything – but with Luis when he loses the ball he knows exactly how to press again. “It’s amazing, of course, how he scores goals and some of the goals he has scored have been incredible.” The Uruguay international is the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer with 21, two ahead of Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, but goals are not his only talent. Even when he was not scoring so regularly, the 26-year-old still posed a significant threat with his close skills and direct running. Enrique has experienced the South American’s trickery in training, and said: “I tell [Luis] all the time that he always does the same thing – he tries to do nutmegs. It’s always ‘megs, ‘megs, ‘megs and you just know he is going to do it but you can’t stop him.” Press Association Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has likened team-mate Luis Suarez to four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi when it comes to his ability to go past people.
As a result, Keane wants Martinez and O’Neill to meet. Everton have Europa League commitments this season and Keane knows of the difficulties of staying fresh from his own career, but he hopes Martinez understands the importance of international football. He said: “There has to be, I think, some sort of sit-down conversation and say, ‘listen, I think Martin’s been more than good enough here, particularly the friendlies, but these are big qualifying matches now’. “Roberto Martinez has to look after his club and he is probably thinking they have European games. Roberto, I don’t think, has ever played senior level at international level and maybe he doesn’t appreciate how big it is for us and how big the games are for us. “We talk about the manager here and the manager there, but there’s a player in between all that – and I can speak from experience, he’s under lots of pressure too. There is a guarantee that when the player turns up [for internationals] they are getting phone calls left, right and centre from their 15 physios at the club. “You’re also hoping the player can make the decision and say, ‘I’ll give it a go’ or whatever it might be.” Roy Keane was involved in a row with journalists after being asked if he was becoming a distraction from the Republic of Ireland cause. Press Association Having been asked about the publicity surrounding Celtic’s approach for him at the start of the season, his recently-updated biography and the hotel incident, Keane replied: “You think I’ve got to justify all that to you? And you all sit there and think I’ve got to answer everything. “Who the hell do you think you are? I’ve got to answer to you? I answer to the FAI (Football Association of Ireland) and Martin, and if we don’t get the results, I’ll be gone and you won’t lose a minute’s sleep, so don’t worry about distractions. “You are the ones who write about distractions.” O’Neill had admitted in his pre-match press conference at Celtic Park that the incident at the team hotel, when the FAI called the Gardai at Keane’s request, had been a minor distraction. No arrest nor complaint was made, b ut when it was put to Keane that it had been a distraction because people were talking about it, he replied: “Talking about what? Talking about something you don’t have a clue about. And everyone writing lies, the usual nonsense, ‘this happened’ and ‘that happened’.” Those exchanges came after Keane had taken Everton boss Roberto Martinez to task over his handling of injuries to key Ireland players Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy, who both missed last month’s qualifiers with McCarthy also sitting out this time around after reporting with a hamstring problem. Keane told the Daily Mail: “I worry that he [McCarthy] is under lots of pressure, particularly from Everton’s point of view, because every time there is an international match it does seem to be Seamus and James under lots of pressure. They’re turning up or they mightn’t turn up, or they’re struggling. “You always get the impression from Everton that Seamus and James are both barely able to walk, that type of thing. So when they actually turn up and they are walking through the reception, ‘Praise the Lord, it’s a miracle’.” Keane, Martin O’Neill’s assistant, spoke to the media at the team hotel in Portmarnock on Sunday morning and initially played a straight bat to questions about an incident in which he was allegedly involved at the same venue in the run-up to Friday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland. However, when the daily print journalists got their chance, the mood changed.
They are two points from the safety line and boss Nigel Pearson insisted their belief has never wavered. He said: “The dressing room always had belief in itself – what’s important is, when results are not going your way, you stay in contact and that’s what we’ve been about until we can make changes. “We’re in the January window now and whether we can add to the squad significantly remains be seen but the point is I never doubted our ability. “It’s nice to be talking on the back of decent results.” Striker Andrej Kramaric watched the win ahead of completing what is expected to be a club-record deal from Croatian side Rijeka once he obtains a work permit. “We’ve got to get over the line with that deal – it’s not prudent to talk too much about that. It’s difficult to obtain a work permit,” Pearson said. “He’s a young man who we’ve followed for a long time, he’s not a rabbit out of a hat – and he will add to what we already have here. “That’s what we’re about – adding to the squad – we’re not about replacing what we have.” The only blot was James’ red card after his foul on Clark and, after the pair squared up to each other, they had to be separated as they went down the tunnel. “I’m not prepared to make any comments on it. I will wait to see the report,” Pearson added. Villa went down 1-0 at resurgent Leicester and have won just twice in their last 17 Barclays Premier League games. Paul Konchesky’s winner sunk the visitors who had Ciaran Clark sent off in injury time, following Matty James’ dismissal after the pair clashed. Press Association It was Villa’s fourth red card in their last seven outings and came after the visiting fans chanted “We want Lambert out” for a second game in a row. But with Villa 13th and three points above the drop zone, Lambert insisted he will come out fighting. He said: “It is a great club and has a great fanbase. You have to take it and come through it. There are only two ways you will go, sink or swim, and I am certainly not going roll over. “They pay a lot of money to come and watch and I don’t want Aston Villa to keep doing what they are doing. “I think more importantly it’s the game, rather than people aiming things at myself. It’s the game and we didn’t do enough in the last third.” And Lambert felt Clark left referee Michael Oliver with little choice but dismiss him after he squared up to James following the Leicester man’s poor tackle. He said: “It was a bad challenge initially, Ciaran’s run in to help Jores (Okore). Ciaran has not helped himself as he was on a yellow card. I think the fracas was nothing.” The Foxes are still bottom but are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions and are just five points from 12th place in a congested table. Defiant Paul Lambert vowed not to “roll over” after Aston Villa fans again called for his head.
MICHAEL Alphonso, Samuel Ince-Carvalhal and Kirsten Gomes were among Wednesday night’s top performers as Guyana Squash Association (GSA)/Farfan & Mendes Junior Skill Level tournament spiked off at the Georgetown Club Courts. The final event of the year on the calendar saw Category ‘A’, being led by Alphonso, battle a brave Gianni Carpenter for a straight three-set win.Alphonso pulled away for the 11-8 win. He then dominated the second with the skill that gave him the Under-15 Caribbean title. Carpenter came back fighting in the third although he was only able to secure 8 points again as Alphonso took his first win of 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.In the other Category ‘A’ bout, Ince-Carvalhal battled the talented Nicholas Verwey and after a crushing first-game defeat, he found himself 9-4 down in the second before clinching it 11-9. After winning a set 13-11, Ince wrapped up procedings to take the match 5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9. The only girl in the advanced Category B Gomes defeated Lucas Jonas in four games. The Caribbean U-15 Girls champion Gomes kept a much improved Jonas deep in the back corners to secure a confident first night win 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.Results of the matches played on Wednesday were as follows.Category ASamuel Ince-Carvalhal defeated Nicholas Verwey 5-11, 11-9. 13-11, 11-9.Michael Alphonso beat Gianni Carpenter 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.Category BKirsten Gomes defeated Lucas Jonas 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9.Mohryan Baksh trounced Ethan Jonas 11-3, 11-4, 11-4.Category CLouis DaSilva crushed Joshua Verwey 11-7, 11-1, 11-3.Shiloh Asregado whipped Lajuan Munroe 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.Category DBeau Fernandes beat Lucas Persaud 11-3, 4-11, 11-7. 11-5.Teija Edwards overcame Rayad Boyce 11-8, 11-9, 11-9.Category ESafirah Summer bettered Kaden Pynaendy 11-8, 9-11, 11-9.Category FAbhinav Singh defeated Rylee Rodrigues 11-8, 11-7.Brenno DaSilva thrashed William Escarragga 11-6, 11-6.Bradley Walton defeated Demetri Lowe 11-9, 11-7.Category GSolomon Ince-Carvalhal prevailed over Jnae Singh 11-6, 8-11, 11-8.Tiana Gomes trounced Mya Dean 11-2, 11-1.Nandishraj Singh got the better of Kassie Walcott 11-3, 11-9.
Coming off two dominating first-place finishes at both the Big Ten Championships and the Great Lakes Regional, the No. 1 UW men’s cross country team looks to end its three-year run as runner-up and win the title for the first time in 20 years when it races Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.Led by senior Simon Bairu, last year’s national champion and three-time Big Ten title winner, the Badgers are desperate for a national title.”I think the team as a whole is incredibly hungry for this championship,” junior Chris Solinsky said. “I think I speak for everyone on the team saying that we’re going to do whatever we can to get the job done and go in there with the right mindset to hopefully accomplish our main goal, which is to win the title.”Winning it all will be no small task, even for these Big Ten-record-setting Badgers. There are several teams with a legitimate shot at the championship — Arkansas, defending champion Colorado, Arizona and Notre Dame, among others, could all make bids to keep the Badgers from the title.”There’s always a handful of teams that will be vying for that national title,” head coach Jerry Schumacher said. “I think right now, when you look at it, Colorado, the defending national champion, looks very, very strong. Arkansas looks outstanding. The University of Arizona looks to be very, very good.And then there will be another team that will surprise us and really run well that day that’ll be in the mix up there. There’s a handful of teams that can win, and it’s really going to come down to who manages the day the best and who gets the job done that day.”Arkansas, with talent and experience similar to Wisconsin’s, has one of the best chances of beating out the Badgers for the title Monday.Leading the Razorbacks’ contingent are senior Josphat Boit, third-place finisher at the regional championship, who was selected SEC Athlete of the Year; senior Josh Robles; and second-place finisher, junior Peter Kosgei.The Razorbacks went undefeated in seven meets this year en route to claiming their 32nd consecutive SEC cross-country title and 16th consecutive South Central Regional championship.The defending champion Buffaloes take a team to Terre Haute that swept its regional meet last weekend and has won a team or individual NCAA title in each of the past five years, including an individual win in 2002 by Jorge Torres and last year’s championship, both of which took place on the same course in Terre Haute.”Colorado ran a great race last year and their patience paid big dividends at the end of the day,” Schumacher said.Running for the Buffaloes is one-two punch senior Bret Schoolmester and junior Billy Nelson, along with seniors Austin Baille and Payton Batliner and sophomores Stephen Pifer, Pete Janson and James Strang.For No. 4 Arizona, junior Robert Cheseret leads the charge, searching for the trifecta after winning the conference and regional titles. Finishing behind Cheseret in both the Pac-10 Championships and Western Regional, Obed Mutanya is one of the other six runners competing for the Wildcats Monday.Paving the way for Stanford’s contingent of runners is junior Neftalem Aria and senior Brett Gotcher.Notre Dame looks to end on a strong note after a disappointing 11th-place finish last year, sending Kurt Benninger — who has emerged as a legitimate national title contender — and seniors Sean O’Donnell, Tim Moore and Kaleb Van Ort.Despite facing competitive teams, possible unfavorable weather conditions and three consecutive runner-up finishes, Solinsky and company have stepped it up and are ready to go, confident that they can in fact reach the next level.”We will try to put together the best strategy that will allow us to compete at the highest level on Monday,” Schumacher said. “I think we are going to be a contending team, and I know the guys are really excited and I’m excited, and I think we’re ready to go down there and see what happens.”Though no guarantee, many believe Wisconsin is a heavy favorite to bring home the title.”Not to put too much pressure on Jerry, but really, you don’t ever want to say they’re a lock, but I can say it,” women’s cross country coach Jim Stintzi said. “You can quote me on that.”
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