With one home football game left on the 2013 schedule, director of game day operations Mike Seamon said Saturday’s Navy game weekend went “incredibly well,” despite the chaos from an influx of visitors to campus. “The Notre Dame-Navy relationship is certainly one of the most special relationships in all of college football, and we think this past weekend was a testament to that,” Seamon said. “Whenever we play Navy at home, we have a very high number of guests visit campus. We see a large number of Notre Dame fans who have a very sincere respect and high level of admiration for the Naval Academy, so they always mark this weekend to visit campus.” Seamon said more than 100,000 people came to campus for the weekend, and one of the highlights was the Blue Angels flyover for the first time this year. “We’ve been working hard with our ROTC programs and the military over the course of the past several months to try to get a flyover for one of our home games,” he said. “The sequester presented a unique challenge to [that]. Thankfully, the Blue Angels were open to coming to the Notre Dame-Navy game to celebrate our special relationship with a flyover. “Two of the six jets were piloted by both a Naval Academy graduate and a Notre Dame graduate. We were grateful that the weather cleared just in time for the flyover and the game.” Friday’s pep rally was the first ever to be held in the Compton Family Ice Arena, Seamon said, and drew a crowd of about 7,000 people. “We decided to take advantage of the hockey team being on the road last weekend and open up the facility to our fans and guests, as many of them had never had the opportunity to visit the new facility,” he said. “We were able to honor and recognize the Blue Angels as part of the rally, [and] we received an overwhelmingly positive response to holding the rally in Compton, as everyone thought it was a loud environment.” The stadium tunnel tour Friday saw a season-high total as well, with 5,190 participants, Seamon said. The Friday luncheon had 1,000 attendees. Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police, said despite the early rain, the day turned out well from his group’s standpoint. “Traffic ran smoothly, and there were no crashes,” Johnson said. “Police made two custodial arrests Saturday. One man was arrested for shoplifting and possession of marijuana, the other for public intoxication.” Johnson said police also issued citations for underage drinking to two local young people who were loitering in campus parking lots during the game. Post-game traffic was more normal than traffic at the previous weekend’s USC game, Seamon said. “Overall, it was another special weekend celebrating the long-standing Notre Dame-Navy relationship,” he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Early entries are in hand from more than 110 drivers for Tuesday’s Harris Clash. George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa Marcus Yarie, Wausau, Wis. Ryan Schilling, Durango, Iowa Robert Wittkopf, Green Bay, Wis. Jayden Larson, Mankato Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa Aaron Benson, Clear Lake, Iowa Tom Berry Jr., Newburg, N.D. Chris VanMil, Barnesville Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, Iowa Jared Nytroe, Brandon, S.D. John Burrow Jr., Denver, Colo. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa More information about the Clash, presented by the TraLo Companies of Owatonna, is available on the www.harrisclash.com and www.deercreekspeedway.com websites, and by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 292-9200. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa Tyler DeBouche, Green Bay, Wis. Josh Appel, Mason City, Iowa Modifieds race for $3,000 to win, plus a $500 bonus if their chassis was built by a Manufacturers’ Cup participant, plus a berth on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Top prize for the Northern SportMods is $1,200. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake, Iowa Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M. IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods headline the 28th annual event at Deer Creek Speedway on Aug. 6. Thirteen states are represented by the list of pre-registered competitors. Todd Stinehart, Waseca Bill Wegner, Armstrong, Iowa Robb Nutt, Armstrong, Iowa Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D. Jeremie Hedrick, Embarrass, Wis. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis. Dylan VanWyk, Oskaloosa, Iowa Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells Thomas Nelson Jr., Aurora, Colo. Rod McDonald, Manchester Ronn Lauritzen, LaPorte City, Iowa New this year is the 10-lap, $1,000 to win Harris Clash Race of Champions open to all former Clash winners and sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. The highest finishing non-qualifier in that race receives a provisional start in the main event. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton, Iowa Aaron Krohn, Slayton Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis. Chad Porter, Madison Lake Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa The Harris Clash will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D. Dan Paplow, Dundee Pre-registered Modified drivers include: Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe Garett Wilson, Carlisle, Iowa Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa Zack Rawlins, Kellogg, Iowa Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz. Austin Schrage, Cresco, Iowa Clint Morehouse, Colona, Ill. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica, Iowa John Albrecht, Glencoe Joshua Moulton, Rush City Mike Kennedy, Madison Lake David Siercks, Princeton Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa Chris Burke, Altoona, Iowa Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie Dan Menk, Franklin Brekken Kleinschmidt, Shawano, Wis. Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill. Austin Wolf, Algona, Iowa And pre-entered Northern SportMod drivers are: Mike Burbridge, Delhi, Iowa Zach Nitsch, Delia, Kan. Michael Wytaske, Hartland Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa Chase Ellingson, Ackley, Iowa Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa Rob Charapata, Green Bay, Wis. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa Zach Davis, Lonsdale Josh Foster, Newton, Iowa Troy Gudmonson, Savage Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan. Jason Bass, Fort Dodge, Iowa J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth, Iowa Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa Sam Wieben, Dysart, Iowa Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wyo. Jason Pansegrau, Toledo, Iowa Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa Aaron Johnson, Brainerd Geoff Jeche, Juneau, Wis. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis. Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa Jeff Carter, Mapleton Tim Bergerson, Eagle Lake Brian Kauffman, Reinbeck, Iowa Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa Joe Docekal, Dysart, Iowa Dallas Nutt, Armstrong, Iowa Tony Wedelstadt, New London, Wis. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward Colby Fett, Sexton, Iowa Jacob Bleess, Chatfield Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa Ben Chapman, Clarence, Iowa Brandon Schmitt, Sun Prairie, Wis. Kelly Henderson, Minot, N.D. Erick Thiesse, Brainerd Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills, Iowa Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo. Dustin Wudstrack, Tigerton, Wis. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Minnesota State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points. Pit gates at Deer Creek open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with the drivers’ meeting and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for students ages 6-15 and $5 for ages five and under. Brandon Williams, Platte City, Mo. Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa Andy Tiernan, Madrid, Iowa Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. This is the second year Deer Creek has hosted the Clash; defending race winners are Cayden Carter in the Modifieds and Jake McBirnie in the SportMods.
GREG DIXON/Herald photoOn Sunday, Wisconsin will have one final opportunity to accomplish something it has not been able to do since October 2006: win a Big Ten game. Although the Badgers have been on the brink of breaking their winless streak several times this year, they have not come away from a Big Ten match victorious.Their final Big Ten game of the season, against Penn State, will provide the best chance all year for Wisconsin to earn a win.The Nittany Lions, like the Badgers, have also struggled in the Big Ten this year, recording a 1-2 record in the conference. Unlike the Badgers, however, the Nittany Lions have also struggled out of conference as well, en route to a 4-8-2 overall record.Despite Penn State’s struggles this season, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman has stressed the importance of treating the game as any other.“We’re going to have to be very good defensively,” Rohrman said. “Individually they’ve got some very good players that can punish teams.”Leading the offense for Penn State is sophomore Treavor Gelsinger, who has six goals this season. Their offense has shown flashes of their potential this season, especially in the Lions’ lone Big Ten win this season against Ohio State. Three first half goals by the Nittany Lions paved the way to a 3-2 victory over then No. 17 Ohio State.To keep up with Penn State’s offense, Wisconsin will have to score early against goalie Liam Fitzwater, who hasn’t recorded a shutout since Sept. 19. Although the Badgers have had some trouble finding the back of the net early in games, senior forward Victor Diaz erased all concerns about the offense with his performance Monday against UW-Green Bay. Just 41 seconds into the contest, Diaz gave the Badgers a lead they kept the entire game. Diaz’s goal was the quickest lead in Rohrman’s tenure at Wisconsin.“You start out winning from the first minute, and it builds up your self confidence,” Diaz said. “We’ve just got to start from the first minute put pressure on them and do our best.”The last match between these two teams last year was a high-scoring affair, ending in a 3-3 draw after two overtimes.“That was an unbelievable game,” Rohrman said. “In some ways, I kind of think Sunday will be like that too because of the way they press attack and go forward. … It’s always exciting to play these types of teams because they are very competitive. It’s going to be a great game.”In addition to avoiding last place in the Big Ten, Sunday’s match at the McClimon Soccer Complex holds extra importance for the Badgers, who will be celebrating Senior Day. Along with Diaz, seniors Andy Miller, Kenny Dix and Zack Lambo will be playing in their last collegiate contest. For Diaz, Sunday’s ceremony will probably be a memorable one.“I’ve had such a good time here at Wisconsin,” Diaz said. “There’s great chemistry on the team; I’m going to miss it a lot.”Rohrman, who is in his seventh season coaching the Badgers, feels equally strong about his core of leaders this year.“They’re four quality people and four quality players,” Rohrman said. “Doing things above and beyond what we’ve asked the too, they’ve been terrific leaders, and in my opinion, great ambassadors of the game and of the university.”
27 Jun 2014 ISPS Handa European Masters invites for English players Two leading players on the LET Access Series will tee off at the high-profile ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire from 3-6 July – thanks to England Golf.Leicestershire’s Kym Larratt, who is returning to form after a shoulder injury, and Devon’s Emma Tayler, who is playing her first season as a professional, have both had invitations passed to them by England Golf as part of a strategy to support former amateurs.They are the leading English players on the Access Series order of merit, with Emma currently in 10th place and Kym in 14th.The ISPA Ladies European Masters is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the Ladies European Tour schedule and Kym (pictured top, image LET) remarked: “It’s absolutely fantastic of England Golf to help support us pros, it really means a lot.“The Buckinghamshire is such a great course and this is such a big event that any girl, especially the Brits, would love to play in it. To get the opportunity when you are not on the main tour is wonderful.”The 26-year-old from Leicestershire is also playing in the LET Ladies Italian Open, which starts today, and is hoping the two events will help to springboard her return to the main tour.Kym turned pro in 2010 and, after a good start on the LET, suffered a shoulder injury and lost her card after three seasons. She has played instead on the Access Series and, after a good winter off when she worked hard on her game, says: “I’ve got my confidence back, I’m playing better golf and I’m enjoying it again.”Emma Tayler, 27, is playing her first professional season and loving the life: “It’s the best thing I have ever done – and it’s done wonders for my golf! I have time to practice and I’m becoming more of a complete golfer.”So far she’s made every cut on the LET Access Series and she’s had top 10 finishes in her last two events. The ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters will be the biggest tournament she’s ever played in and she’s excited about the challenge.“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to play with some of the best players from Europe and around the world. I’ll be able to put myself against them and see how I fare. I’m really looking forward to it.”For more information about the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters click here. As well as featuring many of the world’s top women professionals, the event includes fun entertainment for all the family in a festival-like atmosphere. Visitor activities include free golf lessons – and a visit by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke for a Q&A session on Thursday, 3 July.