Bartz is best at Shawano

first_imgSHAWANO, Wis. (April 27) – Jordan Bartz raced her way to victory lane on opening night Satur­day at Shawano Speedway.  Bartz led the rest of the way for the victory. Bryce Clements raced his way to second, while Magnin battled back from the tail of the field to finish the race in third.  Jordan Bartz scored the season-opening Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory Saturday at Shawano Speedway. Teagan Wudstrack and Bartz swapped the lead back and forth multiple times over the next two laps before Bartz ultimately established herself in the point position.  By Scott Owen  Cole Magnin led the first two laps of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature before losing the handle and bringing out the caution flag. Magnin restarted at the tail of the field.  Benji LaCrosse led every lap of the IMCA Modified feature while Jeremy Christians regained the lead late in the race to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event.last_img read more

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Freshman Franklin gives glimpse into the future with strong showing in loss to N.C. State

first_imgZaire Franklin doesn’t hide his Philadelphia roots. He frequently wears a fitted Phillies hat, tries to catch every Eagles game and rattles off North Philadelphia cross streets like he’s reciting the alphabet.But when the Eagles played the Colts on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 15, Franklin wasn’t watching. He was trying to get his homework done so he could get enough sleep for a 6 a.m. linebackers meeting.“I saw the Eagles won,” SU linebackers coach Clark Lea said to him, while smiling, on Monday morning.“I was happy he knew they played and that I had to miss it,” Franklin said. “Because when you’re in the mix, it’s not like being a normal freshman. You don’t get to ease in, you just have to go fast and learn as you do it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a lot of ways, the freshman linebacker hasn’t had a chance to mature as a college athlete. But that didn’t stop Franklin from giving Syracuse (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) a look into the future in its 24-17 loss to N.C. State (5-4, 1-4) on Saturday. Rotating with sophomore Marqez Hodge at middle linebacker for crucial chunks of time, Franklin recorded eight total tackles — the second most on the team — a tackle for loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Wolfpack.And with Syracuse needing to win its last three games for bowl eligibility, Franklin showed he’s capable of filling the holes the Orange will have in the middle of its defense going into next year. That’s when starting outside linebackers Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis — as well as Josh Kirkland and the injured Luke Arciniega — will run out of eligibility, leaving Franklin as one of the top young options for an evolving linebacking corps.“We talk about it all the time, Parris (Bennett), me and the rest of the guys,” Franklin said of the spots that will be open next year. “You look around the linebackers room and you see four people leaving and you know it’s your time to step it up.”When Franklin took his official visit last January, Syracuse was coming off a Texas Bowl victory and Lynch was his host. The two were riding the South Campus bus and Franklin was scrolling through Twitter on his phone. He saw that Lynch — who currently leads Syracuse with 73 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks — had made the All-ACC bowl team and excitedly asked Lynch about it. “He didn’t even know,” Franklin said. “I was all excited to tell him and he didn’t have a clue it even happened. So from there on I was thinking I’m just going to follow Cam and if Cam does it, I’m going to do it.”It’s Franklin’s soak-it-all-up mindset that Lea, Lynch and graduate assistant and former SU linebacker Siriki Diabate all praised him for. From the start of training camp, Lea had Franklin learn the inside and outside linebacker spots in the Orange’s base 4-3 set and said that he came in asking questions and wanting to do extra film sessions whenever he could. Franklin’s currently settled in at middle linebacker while playing a lot on special teams, but said he won’t be confined to one spot moving forward. Lea, who chuckles but expresses confidence when thinking about the makeup of his unit next season, transitioned Hodge into the center of the defense this season and said that Franklin has the ability to put himself on a similar track.“He’s got a natural knack for the game and the next thing for him is just demanding the attention of his teammates,” Lea said. “No matter if you’re playing the middle or not, you have to be able to talk and that will come with time. He still has some time.”Diabate playfully says that he sings too much Drake and needs to cool it with the love songs. After a Tuesday practice two weeks ago, Franklin pulled Lea aside and asked his coach how to deal with being away from family for so long. He likes Syracuse, but says he never wants to go this long without a Wawa hoagie ever again. There’s still a freshman side to Franklin. But after getting his first career sack against Wake Forest and finding himself on the field in crunch time at Clemson a week later, Franklin showed he can handle the fast track with his breakout performance against N.C. State.“I was so proud of him,” Lynch said of Franklin’s game on Saturday. “ … He’s a sharp young man and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll do with this program.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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Late Quaresma Header Lifts Portugal over Croatia

first_imgStar midfielder Luka Modric returned from injury for a matchup with his Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, but both he and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic struggled to sparkle as they had earlier in the tournament. It was another Real Madrid player who had the best chance of the first-half when Pepe nodded Raphael Guerreiro’s dangerous free-kick over.Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s hero with the winning goal against Spain, but he pulled their best chance of the opening 45 minutes into the side-netting from a narrow angle.Croatia upped the pace at the start of the second period having enjoyed a day’s more rest than Portugal and Marcelo Brozovic should have done better when he blazed over from a quickly taken corner.Santos looked to inject some life into the Portugal midfield by introducing wonderkid Renato Sanches and the 18-year-old, who Bayern Munich paid Benfica €35 million for last month, nearly made an instant impact. After a lovely series of one-twos with Nani, Sanches took aim from the edge of the area only to drag his weak shot wide.Domagoj Vida headed a great chance wide for Croatia from Rakitic’s fine cross as the game began to come to life in the final quarter. Nani then had strong claims for a penalty waived away by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo when he appeared to be kicked in the chest by Ivan Strinic as he burst into the box.However, unlike so often at Euro 2016, there was no late drama as both sides settled for the stalemate to take the game into extra-time. Croatian boss Ante Cacic replaced ineffectual Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic with Nikola Kalinic, but the Fiorentina forward fired the only chance of the opening period of extra time wildly wide.Vida had another golden chance when he headed wide with the Portuguese goal gaping after Rui Patricio failed to collect Brozovic’s corner seven minutes from time. However, Patricio made himself a hero seconds later when he turned Ivan Perisic’s header onto the post.And Portugal then snatched their first victory of the tournament at the death as Subasic’s reflex save to keep out Ronaldo went unrewarded as Quaresma jubilantly nodded the ball in to the gaping net.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ricardo Quaresma headed Portugal into the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 three minutes before the end of extra-time to break Croatian hearts with the only goal in Lens. Ronaldo was denied matching Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in European championship finals by a fine save from Danijel Subasic, but the ball fell kindly to Quaresma to head into an empty net. He sprinted to the corner flag where he was mobbed by his teammates.Portugal will face Poland in the quarterfinals in Marseille on Thursday after the Poles beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.Ronaldo had been kept extremely quiet for the vast majority of the game as the dull encounter became the first match in European championship history where neither team managed a shot on target during the regulation 90 minutes.Portugal were the only side to progress to the last 16 despite not winning any of their three group games and coach Fernando Santos took an extremely cautious approach.Ronaldo did not even touch the ball in the Croatia box during the first-half, but Portugal were doing enough to limit a Croatia side that had thrilled in beating defending champions Spain 2-1 in midweek to precious few chances.last_img read more

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