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Archive for April 20th, 2020

Crew SC announces “Columbus Champions” Initiative

Crew SC announces initiative to recognize and highlight individuals who are making a positive impact on the Columbus community;
Eric Mialky, a local school teacher and traveling soccer coach, is the first to be named a “Columbus Champion”

For Immediate Release: April 20, 2020

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced a special “Columbus Champions” initiative to recognize and tell the stories of local individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on the Columbus community. During these challenging times, “Columbus Champions” will be digitally announced bi-weekly and will have their story featured on the Club’s website, ColumbusCrewSC.com in addition to receiving a token of appreciation from the Club.

Supporters are encouraged to nominate someone who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact on the Columbus community as a “Columbus Champion.” Individuals can submit details via the following link: https://bit.ly/2VcJhxl.

“We are excited to announce our ‘Columbus Champions’ initiative as perhaps now more than ever it is important that we take the time to recognize the good work that is being done by members of our community,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We are grateful to those that make an impact here in Central Ohio and we look forward to highlighting and sharing their stories. We know there are countless individuals out there making a difference and hope that supporters will be inspired to nominate those most deserving of recognition.”

Eric Mialky, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Toll Gate Elementary School in Pickerington, Ohio, is Crew SC’s first “Columbus Champion.” In his spare time, Mialky, 46, serves as a traveling soccer coach and organizes soccer camps. A Crew SC supporter and Season Ticket Member since 2002, Mialky regularly coordinates the children who accompany the players entering the field before the match begins. More information about Mialky and why he was chosen as a “Columbus Champion” is available with a full interview at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

As part of MLS Unites, Major League Soccer’s platform that aims to bring the soccer community together during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crew’s website currently features digital programming which includes a Crew Home Workout led by Kelly Roderick, Crew SC’s Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach; The Breakdown, which features TV analyst Jordan Angeli providing analysis on specific plays from Crew matches; weekly food recipes from registered team dietitian Jay Short; and a weekly Kids’ Corner activity book for the children at home, which is downloadable and printable. In addition to this, Crew SC supporters can also catch “Inside The Crew” – the Club’s weekly radio show – on 97.1 The Fan every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2020 campaign is the Crew’s 25th season in MLS and the 21st season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

Website:  ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz | Future Training Facility (2021): OhioHealth Performance Center | New, downtown stadium coming July 2021.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Statement from RRDC President Bobby Rahal on the Passing of Bob Lazier

Bob Lazier at the 2018 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Invitational Pro-Am race photo By Doctorindy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

“Sadly, we lost fellow member Bob Lazier this past week due to complications from Coronavirus. Bob’s energy on and off the track was dynamic, first as one of the key developers of Vail, Colo., and then on race tracks throughout North America. Successful in Formula B in the early ’70s, culminating with Rookie of the Year honors in the 1981 CART Series, Bob was always enthusiastic and supportive of the sport he loved so much.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire Lazier family.”
Bobby Rahal
President, Road Racing Drivers Club
4/20/20
About the RRDC:
The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club’s membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.
In 2011, the FIA launched SAFEisFAST.com, a free online training program offered by the Mark Donohue Foundation and presented by Honda. More than 100 video tutorials taught by over 200 RRDC members and championship drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar, the WEC and IMSA, teach driving techniques, physical preparation, mental acuity, driver safety, car setup and racing sponsorship. New videos are released eight-10 times annually with top drivers regularly answering readers’ questions through “Ask a Pro.” To date, more than 750,000 racers in 174 countries have viewed over six million tutorials.
In 2017 The Mark Donohue Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization, was formed to support the SAFEisFAST.com program and to help ensure its operations. http://www.rrdc.org/mark-donohue-foundation/.
Bobby Rahal is President, John Fergus is Vice President/Treasurer, and Tom Davey is Secretary.
The RRDC presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award, the Mark Donohue Award, and the Bob Akin Award, and supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990. The RRDC also honors icons of the sport at its annual dinner at the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix. Honorees have been Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, George Follmer, Emerson Fittipaldi, Johnny Rutherford and David Hobbs.
Membership in the RRDC is by invitation only. For more information, visit www.rrdc.org.
INFORMATION FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS
RACING RECORD

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1970 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 8 10 Running
Titan Ford Formula Ford 3 2 Running
1971 Road Atlanta March 71B Ford Formula B 1 9 Running
Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 3 3 Running
1972 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 2 1 Running
1973 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 3 9 Running
1976 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 19 6 Retired
1979 Road Atlanta Zink Volkswagen Formula Vee 12 23 Running

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos Points
1977 United States
TRE
United States
MIL
Canada
MOS
United States
PIR
7
19th 60
1980 United States
MIL
United States
POC
United States
MDO
2
United States
MIN1
United States
MIN2
United States
ONT
13th 160

CART

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1981 Fletcher Racing Penske PC-7 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) PHX
12
MIL
13
ATL1
17
ATL2
9
MIS
Ret
RIV
5
MIS2
13
WGL
4
9th 92
March 81C MIL2
Ret
MEX
4
PHX2
13

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Entrant
1981 Penske PC-7 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) 13 19 Fletcher Racing
1982 Eagle 80 Ford Cosworth DFX V8 (t/c) DNQ Wysard Racing

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Judy Stropus; COURTESY RRDC COMMUNICATIONS

Arkansas Women’s Basketball adds graduate transfer Destiny Slocum from Oregon State

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Women’s Basketball and Head Coach Mike Neighbors announced the signing of Graduate Transfer Destiny Slocum Monday, April 20. The former Oregon State standout will finish out her collegiate eligibility on the Hill as a Razorback. She will be immediately eligible as a grad student.

 

“She’s one of US,” Neighbors said. “Hopefully, we have earned your trust the last three seasons. So, trust us when we say that she is the perfect fit in our locker room, for our city, for our state and for the SEC. Our recruiting relationship has had more twists and turns than the Pig Trail between Ozark, Brashears and Huntsville, but we’ve never lost that connection. The circumstances never aligned for us to coach her. Not until now. We have seen her play the maximum number of games the NCAA permits and can say to our fans with certainty that y’all have every reason to be excited. Over the next eight months, we can tell the stories about every twist and turn, but for now, let’s just welcome our newest Razorback to the Arkansas family.”

 

The Razorbacks are adding an absolute weapon at lead guard in Slocum, who, in her two years at Oregon State, averaged 15.2 points per game, 4.6 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game, while shooting at a 45.2 percent clip from the field and 36.8 percent from deep. As a result of her stellar play, the Meridian, Idaho, product racked up plenty of accolades as a Beaver, being named a WBCA All-American Honorable Mention in both of her seasons in Corvallis, while also being named All-Pac-12 twice over. On top of it all, Slocum was named a Lieberman Finalist, the award given to the best point guard in women’s college hoops, during her redshirt sophomore season. She made the top 10 for the Lieberman Award this past season.

 

Slocum’s stats were anything but hollow, though, as she helped lead Oregon State to a combined 49-17 record during her time there, including a run to the Sweet 16 during the 2018-19 season. Oregon State finished the 2019-20 season at 23-9 and ranked 14th in the AP Poll.

 

Before her time at Oregon State, Slocum was a freshman sensation at Maryland, where she was named the WBCA National Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.5 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds during her lone season in College Park. Additionally, Slocum was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year by both the media and the coaches, while also garnering Second-Team All-Big Ten Honors. Maryland was a force during Slocum’s lone season there, as the Terrapins finished the season 32-3, falling in the Sweet 16 to Oregon.

 

Slocum was a highly touted recruit coming out of Mountain View High School, as she was a McDonald’s All-American, a WBCA High School All-American, while also taking part in the Jordan Brand Classic. Slocum was named Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year during both her junior and senior seasons, seasons in which she led her Mavericks to back-to-back 5A state titles.

 

Slocum will be joining a veteran-laden team on the Hill next season, as the Hogs will return three fifth-year players, in Chelsea Dungee, Amber Ramirez and Jailyn Mason, as well as seniors Taylah Thomas, Macy Weaver and Grayce Spangler.

 

Slocum Honors

2x WBCA All-American Honorable Mention (2019, 2020)

AP All-American Honorable Mention (2019)

2x All-Pac-12 (2019, 2020)

Lieberman Award Finalist (2019)

Lieberman Award Top-10 (2020)

2x Naismith Award Watch List (2019, 2020)

Wooden Award Watch List (2019)

Wade Award Watch List (2019)

WBCA National Freshman of the Year (2017)

Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2017)

Second Team All-Big Ten (2017)

Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2017)

Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2017)

McDonald’s All-American (2016)

Jordan Brand Classic All-American (2016)

2x Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year (2015, 2016)

FIBA World Championship Gold Medalist (2015)

 

For more information about Arkansas Women’s Basketball, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @RazorbackWBB and on Facebook at Facebook.com/RazorbackWBB. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, “Kickin’ It In The Neighborhood” for an inside look at the Razorback women’s basketball program and check out The Neighborhood podcasts at CoachNeighbors.com.

 

– ArkansasRazorbacks.com || On Twitter @ArkRazorbacks || Facebook.com/ArkansasRazorbacks –

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Mario Bravante; COURTESY ARKANSAS COMMUNICATIONS

Dayton Flyers point guard Jalen Crutcher to test NBA Draft evaluation process

 

Jalen Crutcher drives through St. Louis defenders (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)

Junior Point Guard Will Retain His Eligibility Throughout The Process

 

MEMPHIS – University of Dayton junior point guard Jalen Crutcher announced recently that he was submitting his name for the NBA draft.  The Memphis native made the announcement on social media, stating that he will preserve his college eligibility while going through the evaluation process.

A three-year starter, Crutcher was First Team All-Atlantic 10 this season.  Sports Illustrated ranked him 34th in its ranking of the Top 50 players of the 2019-20 college basketball season.  He was also First Team All-District 4 as voted on by the members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  During the year, he became the first UD player to be named a back-to-back conference player of the week.

Crutcher led Dayton in minutes (33.7), assists (4.9) three-pointers (2.4 per game), 3-pt. FG% (.468, 147-314) and FT% (.869, 86-99), and was second in scoring (15.1).  In Atlantic 10 Conference games, he was the only player in the top seven of the guard-oriented stat categories — scoring (7th), assists (7th), 3-pt. FG’s (5th), 3-pt % (4th), FT% (3rd) and A/T ratio (1st).

He is currently 36th in career scoring at UD with 1,170 points, and ninth with 470 career assists.  Crutcher is third at UD in career assists per game (5.0) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18).

With Crutcher at point guard, Dayton went 29-2 this year, setting UD’s record for wins in a season despite not having the benefit of post-season play.  The Flyers earned a No. 3 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.  After being picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s preseason poll, UD was the first team to go 18-0 in the conference in 35 years.

The last time a Dayton player entered the draft and retained his eligibility in the process was a year ago, when All-American Obi Toppin did so.  (Toppin entered the draft again recently, but signed with an agent, ending his college career.)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

UD Flyers star Obi Toppin to forego final two years and enter NBA Draft

Obi Toppin with a rebound against Davidson (courtesy Dayton Athletics)

UD Star Looks To Be The 49th Flyer To Be Drafted

DAYTON – University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Obi Toppin announced recently that he is signing with an agent and entering the NBA draft.  He made the announcement via Twitter (otoppin1), adding “Thank you Flyer Nation.  Love you always.”

Toppin is Dayton’s first consensus All-American and has already been named the Men’s College Player of the Year by the Associated Press, USBWA, The Athletic, USA Today, CBSsports.com, NBC Sports and Rivals.  Sports Illustrated announced its Top 50 College Basketball Players for the 2019-20 season last week, and Toppin’s uniform number matched his ranking – “1.”

Toppin is looking to become the fourth Flyer to be an NBA first round draft pick, following in the footsteps of John Horan in 1955 to the Ft. Wayne Pistons, and the Paxsons – Jim the father in 1956 to the Minneapolis Lakers and Jim the son in 1979 to the Portland Trailblazers.  The elder Jim Paxson was the third overall pick in the 1956 draft.

Toppin finished the year averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, and shooting .633 (245-387) from the field, .390 (32-82) from 3-pt. range and .702 (99-141) from the line.  According to Synergy Basketball, Toppin led the nation with 1.20 points per possession while he was on the floor.

He was the only player in the country who averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot over 60% from the field.  He also had the best field goal percentage in the last five years of any Division I player who averaged 20 points a game.

One of the most efficient players in the nation, Toppin averaged 20.0 points a game, while taking just 12.5 field goal attempts per game.  Despite not strictly playing in the post, his 167 “close-in” 2-pt. FG’s were 30 more than anyone else in the nation.

Toppin led the A-10 in FG% (.633, 245-387), and was second in scoring (20.0).  He was the only player in the conference to be listed in both the top ten in FG% and 3-pt. FG% (8th, .390, 32-82).  He was also fifth nationally in field goal percentage, even though he took more than double the number of three-pointers the rest of the top 10 combined.

The athletic high Flyer also led the nation in dunks (107).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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