MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Aug. 11) – It was a fun night away from the track as fans and race teams gathered at Quaker Steak and Lube in Mechanicsburg for an evening of fun and friendship.Matt Miller from the Beer Hill Gang hosted the event, which donates a percentage of food sales to the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series along with raffle items provided by teams and supporters.Scott Ellerman and Jaremi Hanson had their cars on display as restaurant patrons had the opportunity to see cars up close. Several drivers were also on hand along with volunteers from the series. Dave Stewart, “the commissioner” of the Beer Hill Gang was on hand as well.A total of $1,161 was raised through the raffle and auction while the food percentage will be forwarded by the restaurant. The Beer Hill Gang has already promised to round out to $1,500 which was our goal.Money from the fundraiser pays positions $1,000 each to Pennsylvania Sprint Series drivers in positions15-30 in 2017 points $100 each.In addition to the money raised for the point fund, an additional $200 was added to the Beer Hill Cup fund via shirt sales as only a few shirts remain. The total anticipated fund for the Beer Hill Cup will round out to $2,600 which will net the winner $775, with $650 for second, $520 for third, $390 for fourth and $260 for fifth.Frontrunners Darren Miller and Scott Ellerman along with contender and current points leader Zach Newlin were on hand and discussed the excitement going into next week with Jake Waters. The interview, along with others, is on the PASS Facebook page.
Sophomore setter Jenna Adams returns a ball for the Trojans in a game against Utah at the Galen Center. Photo by Tucker Judkins | Daily TrojanThe No. 14 women’s volleyball team hits the road for two of its final three regular-season road matchups at No. 4 Stanford and Cal on Wednesday and Friday. USC (20-7, 12-4 Pac-12) is coming off a five-match win streak, tying its longest of the season. The first time the Trojans met the Golden Bears (13-14, 4-12 Pac-12), USC won in four sets. Two days later, when they played the Cardinal (22-3, 15-1 Pac-12), Stanford won in four sets. For Stanford, a win against the Trojans would mean that Stanford would clinch its first Pac-12 title since 2014. Sitting at 12-4, USC has a one match hold over Washington for second place. If the Trojans beat the Cardinal, USC could have a chance to tie for the title if it wins out its season. To give the Cardinal their second conference loss of the season, USC will need to rely upon sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier. This past week, Lanier was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and the AVCA National Player of the Week. It’s Lanier’s third conference award and her first AVCA National award, and USC’s 10th in program history. Lanier picked up 38 kills while hitting .319 and averaging 4.22 kills per set in the team’s four-set win over then-ranked No. 15 Utah and five-set win over then-ranked No. 25 Colorado. Other than Lanier, USC continues to depend on senior opposite Brittany Abercrombie. The senior put up 27 kills this past weekend. Freshman outside hitter Brooke Botkin put up 24 kills while hitting .256. Senior opposite Niki Withers put up 21 kills while hitting .304. The team’s balanced attack helped to push the Trojans over the Utes and Buffaloes this past weekend. To try and top the Cardinal, they’ll need a continued presence from the four pin-hitters. For the Cardinal, USC will need to limit sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Plummer. Against the Washington schools, Plummer put up 48 kills while hitting .329. She is the Cardinal’s go-to offensive weapon. While it could be tough to limit Plummer, USC could focus on making an impact at the net against the rest of Stanford’s hitters, similar to what the Huskies did in their four-set win over the Cardinal — their first of the season — just a week ago. To top the Golden Bears, the Trojans will need to shut down senior outside hitter Antzela Dempi. The senior hit 29 kills against the Washington schools. She also put up four service aces. The last time the two teams faced each other, Dempi put up 12 kills. With four regular-season matches to go, the Women of Troy should be able to hit their stride as they prep for the NCAA Tournament. After the matches against Stanford and Cal, USC heads out to Oregon to face the Ducks before hosting UCLA for its final regular match of the season. At Maples Pavilion on Wednesday, the Cardinal and the Troajns will celebrate Equality Night, where they will celebrate inclusion and diversity in sports. First serve will be at 7 p.m. On Friday, the Women of Troy play the Golden Bears at 6 p.m.
ESPN reported Payton took a test Monday and received his results Thursday after not feeling well Sunday. He does not have a fever or a cough but is experiencing fatigue. He will be quarantined at home through the weekend. The report notes Payton is “upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery.”Payton, 56, has served as New Orleans’ coach since 2006.MORE: Tracking coronavirus cases in sports”This is not just about social distancing,” Payton told ESPN. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”The concern with Louisiana is the amount of people that come in and out of this area after Mardi Gras season. This is an area that doctors are concerned about. So our parents, and those that are more susceptible to this virus, deserve everyone doing their best to combat it.”There are hundreds of people right now in tough predicaments, fighting for their lives. Let’s be part of the solution, not the problem. We can easily help reduce the numbers of those impacted. We have to do our best to beat this and I know we can.” Sean Payton has tested positive for the coronavirus, making the Saints coach the first person in the NFL known to have contracted the virus.How and when Payton became infected with COVID-19 is unclear. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/33/72/sean-payton-123019-getty-ftr_1t14njb3soy2c136rfugx5bp3i.jpg?t=1466738607&w=500&quality=80 Payton confirmed his quarantine status in a tweet Thursday afternoon. Appreciate the well wishes. I’m feeling better and fortunate to not have any of the respiratory symptoms. 4 more days at home.#BEATCovid pic.twitter.com/vvjbnqoeZx— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) March 19, 2020NFL offseason programs have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and new guidelines were introduced around the free agency period that began Wednesday.Teams have been told to close their facilities to players, other than those undergoing medically supervised rehab, for the next two weeks.”Based on the most recent guidance provided by leading health officials, and in consultation with the NFLPA and both our and the union’s medical advisors, we believe this is the appropriate way to protect the health of our players, staff, and our communities,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We will continue to make decisions based on the best advice from medical and public health experts and will be prepared to make further modifications as needed.”
MASON CITY —Concerns are rising in Iowa the COVID-19 pandemic is allowing child abuse to go unreported while making it more challenging for people trying to get out of abusive households.Mary Ingham is executive director of Crisis Intervention Services, which serves 15 north-central Iowa counties.She says more people are reaching out through email and texts because they’re unable to get away from an abusive family member.Ingham says, “Two months ago, most people could find a time that they could be alone, when their partner is gone or maybe they’re running errands, and people just aren’t moving like that anymore.”Ingham says Iowans should regularly check in with friends and family members to make sure they’re safe. They can contact victim services programs to find support and safe housing.Since the pandemic forced schools to close, child abuse reports have fallen, but advocates fear it could mean some abuse is being overlooked.Ingham encourages everyone to keep in contact with their neighbors and report any suspicious activity to authorities.A report from the state ombudsman’s office in April found child abuse reports to the Department of Human Services fell more than 16% from February to March — when schools across the state closed.