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Archive for April 5th, 2020

Continuing improvement in Rutgers basketball gives Steve Pikiell 2019-20 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year honors

 

PISCATAWAY – Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell is the recipient of the 2019-20 Jim Phelan Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division I coach. The fourth-year mentor directed the Scarlet Knights to their first national ranking in 41 years, first 20-win regular season in 37 years, and most conference victories in 29 years, this past season.

 

“Steve Pikiell has done an extraordinary job and I’m delighted to see him receive this recognition,” said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. “In four short years he has transformed Rutgers Basketball into a program that compete at the highest level for many years to come. Steve and his team exemplify everything we want Rutgers Athletics to represent.”

Steve Pikiell

 

Posting its first winning season in 14 years, Rutgers (20-11, 11-9) secured the most home regular season wins in the nation (18), while also setting a program record for home victories. The Scarlet Knights tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference, the nation’s top-rated league per Ken Pomeroy, after being selected 12th in the preseason media poll. As a result, RU earned its first opening round bye in a conference tournament in 25 years and was poised to secure its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1991.

Nicknamed the “Trapezoid of Terror,” the RAC hosted a program-record 10 sell-outs, including the final nine games of the regular season. Before the capacity crowds, the Scarlet Knights had four double-digit victories over ranked opponents, including a 20-point win over Seton Hall in the annual Garden State Hardwood Classic, RU largest margin of victory over a ranked foe in program history.

Rated sixth nationally in defensive efficiency and 30th in the final NCAA Net ranking, Rutgers concluded the season as National Team of the Week after wins over No. 9 Maryland and at Purdue.

 

One of 15 coaches on the Naismith Coach of the Year Late 2020 Season Watch List, Pikiell earned his 250th career head-coaching victory in RU’s 64-56 defeat of Minnesota on Jan. 19 at the RAC. Prior to his arrival “On the Banks,” he was a four-time America East Conference Coach of the Year at Stony Brook.

 

The Jim Phelan Award is named in honor of the legendary bow-tied coach who spent his entire career at Mount Saint Mary’s University, leading the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Championship. When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he had amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.

 

For the latest updates on Rutgers Men’s Basketball, follow the Scarlet Knights on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kevin Lorincz; COURTESY RUTGERS ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

NHRA President Glen Cromwell pens a letter to the Fans

 

Glen Cromwell

NHRA President Glen Cromwell shares his message of gratitude to NHRA fans and looking forward to the resumption of NHRA Drag Racing competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

NHRA FAQ’s regarding COVID-19

When will NHRA race again?
We tentatively plan to resume the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on June 5. However, NHRA is closely monitoring the situation and working with federal, state and local public health authorities to determine the best time to resume racing. Our priority is the health and well-being of the global community while getting cars back on the track as soon as possible. Everything is fluid right now and no predictions can be made with any certainty. Revised schedules for other NHRA series will be published soon.

When will the postponed races take place?
Here is the tentative revised schedule for NHRA National Events in 2020. Stay tuned for more information on other NHRA drag racing series.

What specific National Events have been rescheduled at this time?

  • Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. – New date: June 5-7
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas – New date: June 12-14
  • Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. – New date: Aug. 21-23
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn. – New date: Sept. 11-13
  • NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte – New date: Sept. 18-20

All NHRA-sanctioned series events are suspended at this time.  For further questions on event tickets, you may reach out to the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at 800-884-NHRA (6472).

What specific National Events have been canceled at this time?
In the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the following events are canceled for the 2020 season:

  • Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas
  • NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
  • Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.
  • NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
  • NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte

What do I do with tickets I’ve already purchased for a national event that’s been rescheduled or canceled?
Tickets purchased for all rescheduled national events in 2020 can be used at the rescheduled date or towards the same national event in 2021. National Event track policies may vary; please check with individual tracks for more detail.

Tickets purchased for all canceled events:

  • Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas: go to LVMS.com for ticket exchange information
  • NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at Atlanta Dragway or may be exchanged for the 2020 Night Of Fire event at Atlanta Dragway. To exchange tickets or for further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or nto@nhra.com
  • Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at Virginia Motorsports Park. For further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or nto@nhra.com
  • NHRA New England Nationals in Epping: tickets may be used at the 2021 event at New England Dragway. For further inquiries, contact NHRA Ticket Services at 800-884-6472 or nto@nhra.com
  • NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte: go to https://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/nhra-exchange/ for ticket exchange information

Does the suspension apply to all NHRA series?
Yes. The competition suspension includes all NHRA-sanctioned series. Here are the NHRA-sanctioned series affected:

  • Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
  • Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
  • E3 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service
  • Summit Racing Series
  • Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley
  • Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League
  • SamTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown
  • Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series
  • NHRA Jr. Street

Stay tuned for a list of specific events in these categories that have been postponed, rescheduled or canceled.

Are all tracks across the country closed and not allowed to run any events?
Please check with individual tracks to learn about their plans for events other than those related to NHRA series.
Here is a full list of NHRA member tracks: https://www.nhra.com/member-track-locator

Are local events still happening at NHRA member tracks?
Please check with individual tracks to learn about their plans for events other than those related to NHRA series.

Which NHRA-owned tracks are a part of the suspension?
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.

How are NHRA employees handling COVID-19?
NHRA is recommending all employees work remotely. Our headquarters building in Glendora, Calif. is closed following the statewide Stay-Home order issued by California Governor Newsom.

Will I get a refund on my NHRA.tv event pass?
Your NHRA.tv event pass will still be valid for the event which was postponed. For our year-long subscribers, NHRA.tv is a great way to catch up on NHRA races from years past and re-watch some of your favorite moments.

How will this affect the Countdown to the Championship?
Due to the new condensed schedule for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA will not reset points after the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Points will count throughout the season without a Countdown.

Why is the Mello Yello series only running for two days instead of three on several events?
Competition timelines have been condensed due to a number of economic and logistical factors that have come into play as we rework the schedule. However, plenty of exciting racing action will still be happening every day of the event including many of NHRA’s specialty categories and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

I bought a full ticket expecting to see the MYDRS run all three days. Will I get a refund?
Please contact the track from which your tickets were purchased to learn about your options.

Will Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle run at all of the rescheduled events?
Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will compete in a schedule similar to what they were intended to run prior to the revision. Pro Stock will compete in 16 races total and the schedule for Pro Stock Motorcycle consists of 14 races in 2020.

How many qualifying passes will competitors in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories get for two-day events?
Drivers will make two qualifying passes on Saturday before competing in eliminations on Sunday.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHRA announces revised 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule

GLENDORA, Calif. – In consideration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials announced today revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions November 13-15 at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
The revised schedule will consist of 19 total events, with 17 of those events being contested when the series resumes in June. Six of these events will be condensed to two-day competition schedules for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes due to economic and logistical factors. As a result of the compressed schedule points will not be reset after the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. NHRA has held two make-up dates on the calendar in case there are further delays.
Tentative schedule announcements for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series, Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series and Samtech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series will be announced soon. All NHRA-sanctioned drag racing series competition is still suspended until further notice.
June 5-7
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals PSC/PSM Gainesville, Fla.
June 12-14
*Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals PSC/PSM Houston
June 19-21
*NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals PSC/PSM Bristol, Tenn.
June 26-28
*Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals PSC/PSM Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12
Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago
July 17-19
Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals PSM Denver
July 24-26
NHRA Sonoma Nationals PSC/PSM Sonoma, Calif.
July 31-Aug. 2
*NHRA Northwest Nationals PSC/PSM Seattle
Aug. 13-16
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23
*Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals PSC Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 3-7
NHRA U.S. Nationals PSC/PSM Indianapolis
Sept. 11-13
*Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals PSC/PSM Reading, Pa.
Sept. 18-20
NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals PSC/PSM Charlotte
Sept. 25-27
Make Up Date If Needed Gainesville, Fla.
Oct. 2-4
AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals PSC/PSM St. Louis
Oct. 9-11
Make Up Date If Needed Houston
Oct. 15-18
AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals PSC/PSM Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Dodge NHRA Nationals PSC/PSM Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15
Auto Club NHRA Finals PSC/PSM Pomona, Calif.
*Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and Sunday only
PSC = Pro Stock will be contested at this event
PSM = Pro Stock Motorcycle will be contested at this event

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

OHSAA announces cancellation of all Winter Sports Tournaments

 

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director

 

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Winter tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey will not be completed

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place.

 

The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open.

 

Earlier Thursday, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass and his staff communicated with the schools that were still competing in those winter tournaments to announce the decision.

 

“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said Snodgrass. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campus are shut down until mid to late summer.

 

“We are already planning for ways that these student-athletes will be honored at next year’s state tournament,” said Snodgrass.

 

The 16 schools that qualified for the girls basketball state tournament and the four teams that qualified for the ice hockey state tournament will all receive state tournament programs. The 672 student-athletes who qualified for the wrestling state tournament will all receive a program, certificate and their weigh-in card.

 

These four winter state tournaments and a few events during World War 2 (1941-45) are the only sports cancellations in the history of the OHSAA, which was founded in 1907.

 

No state champions will be listed for these four sports in 2020. The OHSAA does not use state polls from the media or coaches associations to determine state champions.

 

A reminder that OHSAA coaches can communicate electronically with their student-athletes, but no practices, scrimmages or contests of any kind are permitted until further notice.

 

On March 13, Snodgrass sent this memo to member schools: https://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ohsaa-winter-and-spring-sports-update

 

More information regarding spring sports will be provided when available.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA COMMUNICATIONS

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