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Ohio State’s Clark earns Big 10 Freshman of the Week honors




It is the first honor of her career

COLUMBUS, Ohio After helping the Ohio State softball team to a 3-1 opening weekend, rookie designated player Avery Clark received the first accolade of her Buckeye career as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday.


Avery Clark

Clark came out swinging during her first weekend in Scarlet and Gray with a .545 batting average, .818 slugging clip and .615 on-base percentage through four games at the Carolina Classic. She also tallied six hits, drove in three runs and hit above .500 in three outings.


In the opener against No. 19/21 South Carolina, she went 2-for-3 at the plate. The Prospect, Ohio, native stepped up her offense the following day on the first home run of her career, a two-run shot that put the Buckeyes ahead for good in their 13-5 win over North Dakota State. She also slugged 1.250 and had five total bases versus the Bison. Clark was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk in Ohio State’s 10-inning walk-off 5-4 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday.


Clark was part of an Ohio State offense that outscored its opponents by a 25-12 margin. As a team, the Buckeyes batted .344 with 45 hits, 23 RBI, six stolen bases and five home runs.




Big 10 Conference Weekly Softball Awards

Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Fighting Illini’s Sydney Sickles, Huskers’ Tristen Edwards and Buckeyes’ Avery Clark are first Big Ten weekly honorees of the season


Player of the Week

Tristen Edwards

OF – Sr. – Murrieta, Calif. – Vista Murrieta – Major: Management

• Batted .438 with four home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored, as well as a .550 on-base percentage and a 1.313 slugging percentage last week, helping Nebraska open with three wins in five games at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.

• Hit home runs in four of the Huskers’ five tournament games, moving into a tie for sixth in school history with 35 career home runs

• Had at least one hit and one run scored in all five tournament games as Nebraska averaged 8.8 runs per game during the event

• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2018 and 2019)

• Earns her fourth career Player of the Week honor

• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Tristen Edwards (Feb. 18, 2019)


Pitcher of the Week

Sydney Sickels, Illinois

RHP – So. – Indianola, Iowa – Indianola – Major: Kinesiology

• Factored into all four of Illinois’ wins at last weekend’s NFCA Leadoff Classic, going 2-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA, striking out 14 while walking just three in 15.2 innings pitched

• Recorded a complete-game two-hit shutout over No. 23 Auburn in the tournament finale on Sunday

• Picked up four-out saves in both Illinois wins on Feb. 8 against No. 21 Ole Miss and South Alabama

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Bella Loya (Feb. 25, 2019)


Freshman of the Week

Avery Clark, Ohio State

DP – Fr. – Prospect, Ohio – North Union – Major: Undeclared

• Batted .545 with a .615 on-base percentage and .818 slugging percentage, plus a home run and three RBI last weekend, helping the Buckeyes take three of four games at the Carolina Classic in Columbia, S.C.

• Hit a two-run home run to put OSU ahead to stay in its Feb. 8 win over North Dakota State

• Also had two hits against No. 19/21 South Carolina on Feb. 7 and in Sunday’s 10-inning win over UNCG

• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Coffman (Feb. 25, 2019)


2020 Big Ten Players of the Week

Feb. 10

PL: Tristen Edwards, Sr., NEB

P: Sydney Sickels, So., ILL

F: Avery Clark, OSU






Carlos Olivera leaves NFL’s Jaguars for American Athletic Conference digital media post

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today the hiring of Carlos Olivera at the American Athletic Conference as director of social media and digital communications. Olivera joins The American following six years working with the Jacksonville Jaguars, most recently as the organization’s manager of digital media.


“We are extremely pleased to welcome Carlos to our social media and digital team at the American Athletic Conference,” Aresco said. “He brings a strong overall background and a creative social media skill set to our conference. His ability to create engaging and unique content will increase our fan engagement and be of great value in helping us tell The American’s story of achievement and success.”

Carlos Olivera (courtesy Jacksonville Jaguars photo)


A 2011 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism, Olivera served as digital media coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014-16, following two years working at ESPN as a stats analyst (2012-14). He was elevated to the position of social media manager in Jacksonville in 2016 and then named manager of digital media in 2017. During his first year in that position, the Jaguars ranked first in the NFL in growth of visitors, site visits and page views across all its social media platforms.



NHRA announces new sponsorships for Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Classes through 2022



GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2020) – NHRA announced today that Vortech Superchargers, which specializes in superchargers systems geared toward performance enthusiasts, will sponsor the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes through 2022.
The Top Dragster and Top Sportsman categories are for racers with a quick elapsed time. The qualified field includes 32, 48 or 64 entries. Eliminations are run using the traditional bracket format, featuring a full three-amber Christmas tree. The breakout rules are enforced.
“Vortech Superchargers is thrilled to be a part of the NHRA, and for the opportunity to showcase our products at the highest levels of drag racing competition,” said Jimmy Martz, Vortech Superchargers Sales & Marketing Director. “After winning the NHRA National Top Dragster Championship in 2019, it was natural for Vortech to sponsor the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster class. Vortech Superchargers has been the most trusted brand in Supercharging for over 30 years, and we are looking forward to continuing the legacy and expanding our reach into the highest level of racing, the NHRA. Everyone knows that the NHRA is the top level of competition in drag racing, so it only makes sense that, Vortech Superchargers, be here on this stage showing what our products can do. Customers all over the country have been amazed by the power and reliability Vortech Superchargers brings to the table. We are honored to showcase all of our products to the wide range of fans associated with the NHRA.”
Drivers in the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories typically run in the sub-six second range at more than 200 mph.
“We are pleased to welcome Vortech Superchargers to the NHRA family,” said Brad Gerber, VP and Chief Development Officer for NHRA. “They have supported several NHRA racers throughout the years and we look forward to bringing them on board as a title sponsor for the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster series.”
Vortech Superchargers also sponsors a wide range of drivers in various categories, including the Top Dragster class.
Founded in 1990, Vortech Engineering, Inc. engineers efficient, technologically advanced air management solutions for automotive, marine, industrial, aeronautical, and motorsports applications. Since our inception, Vortech has been at the forefront of centrifugal compressor design and automotive accessory technology, with wide range of supercharging systems for all manner of cars and trucks, as well as fuel system components, air bypass components, and charge cooler upgrades. From daily driven street cars to 3,500 horsepower drag racers; Industrial airplane wing de-icers to nearly 8,000 horsepower quad-engine top speed boats, Vortech has the superchargers available to get the job done, with efficiency and reliability that is unmatched throughout the industry. See the complete line of Vortech Street and Racing products at
About NHRA
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark NHRA Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.



Daily Almanac for Friday, February 14, 2020: Happy St. Valentine’s Day!




Although a Christian bishop named Valentine was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 271, there is nothing in this legend to account for the custom of choosing a sweetheart on this day.By the early 1600s, handmade valentines were customarily sent from admirers to sweethearts. About 1800 the first commercial cards appeared. Cards were usually sent anonymously. As early as 1822, an English official reported having to hire extra postal workers on this day. In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, started selling quality valentines so popular that she was called “Mother of the American Valentine.”


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