Cordes collects Modified checkers at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (June 7) – Troy Cordes returned to familiar territory Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified veteran earned his first win of the season on the quarter-mile to bring his career wins total to 103. Forty-seven of those victories have come in weekly racing in Vinton, which leads all drivers in the division at the speedway.Zach Less took the lead from Jerry Dedrick following a lap four restart and then pulled to a straightaway lead while Cordes was mired in traffic.Cordes was able to work his way into third by the time the caution flag waved again with four laps to go.When racing resumed, Cordes raced the top groove to the lead to drive to the win ahead of Less and point leader Kyle Brown.With the win, Cordes has now earned at least one Modified victory in each of the last 14 seasons in Vinton – the longest such streak in division history at the speedway.Another all-time leader in wins on the quarter-mile, Damon Murty earned his 72nd Vinton win in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.Murty also ran the top groove to steal the lead after just one lap. He survived a pair of stoppages to take the win ahead of Nathan Wood and Justin Stander.Murty has now won at least four Stock Car features in Vinton in each of the last 11 seasons.IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Nathan Ballard drove to his fourth win of the season in that 15-lap feature.Ballard passed race-long leader Bill Bonnett on the final circuit to take the victory ahead of Bonnett and Justin Wacha.Tony Olson raced to his second straight local win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.After using multiple grooves to race into third from a fifth row start, Olson swept to the outside of Kyle Bentley to take the lead for good on the fifth of 16 laps.Olson took the checkers ahead of Curt Hilmer and Austin Kaplan.last_img read more


Former Brookville resident joins Columbus Police Department

first_imgCaleb GrammanColumbus, In. — Brookville resident, Caleb Gramman, 22, was one of three new officers sworn in to the Columbus Police Department. Gramman graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a participant in the Henry County Sheriff’s Department intership program and Indiana National Guard member since 2017.Gramman will immediately begin three weeks of training and orientation at the Columbus Police Department.last_img


Gross: Marrone deserving of NFL interest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With seven NFL head coaches being fired on Monday, Doug Marrone’s name has been linked to several of the openings. According to reports, the Syracuse head coach is interviewing with two teams and is on the radar of at least one other.Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said in a statement that the interest of NFL teams in Marrone is a reflection on his coaching ability.“I think it is the ultimate compliment to Doug’s coaching abilities that his name is being mentioned in NFL circles,” Gross said in the statement. “None of us should be surprised by the attention given his experience and success.”On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Marrone would interview with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills this week. The Browns fired Pat Shurmur on Monday while the Bills fired their head coach Chan Gailey.The Philadelphia Inquirer then reported Wednesday that the Eagles, who fired long-time head coach Andy Reid, also have Marrone on their radar.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to ESPN, Marrone had an interview scheduled with Cleveland on Thursday. Marrone has some stiff competition for the job. Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed Wednesday, and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will interview with the Browns Friday.Marrone is coming off of the Orange’s win over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl last weekend. After four seasons at Syracuse, Marrone has a record of 25-25. He also led the Orange to a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Kansas State in 2010.Before taking the job at SU, Marrone was an assistant coach in the NFL for seven seasons. He was the offensive line coach with the New York Jets from 2002 to 2005, and was then the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2009.He is highly regarded by NFL coaches and officials. Several, including New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, said Marrone would one day be a head coach in the NFL. Marrone has also reportedly been given endorsements by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and long-time NFL head coach Bill Parcells. Comments Published on January 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more


Five questions: Wisconsin vs. Miami

first_imgFollowing a disappointing performance against No. 3 Alabama to open the season, the Wisconsin football team will head back home to Camp Randall to take on Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Here are five questions Wisconsin hopes to have answered as they look to rebound from defeat.1. Is Stave here to stay?Despite the loss, fifth-year senior quarterback Joel Stave was as impressive as he has ever been in the season-opener against Alabama, completing 26 of his 39 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, consistently making quick, efficient passes to a total of eight different receivers.Stave’s 39 passes, however, were uncharacteristically high for a traditional Wisconsin offense that in the past has made its mark as a ground and pound attack. But, after a groin injury sidelined junior running back Corey Clement for a majority of Saturday’s matchup with the Crimson Tide, Stave was forced to throw a high volume of passes.Now, while the quarterback may not throw as many passes this upcoming game, it is possible he tests his range against a weaker opponent in Miami (Ohio).The Badgers remained conservative for the most part with their short passing game, but given that redshirt senior receiver Alex Erickson and junior receiver Robert Wheelwright both have the potential to serve as deep threats in the passing game, Stave may look to see if his accuracy has the potential to reach greater lengths.2. Can McEvoy bounce back from Week 1 and prove his worth at WR?Redshirt senior Tanner McEvoy was listed as the No. 2 wide receiver going into the meeting with the Crimson Tide — his first on-field time as a receiver. But, an unimpressive showing from the former safety and quarterback, as he finished with zero catches, is leaving some major question marks surrounding McEvoy’s role in the offense.There were times Saturday where McEvoy looked lost and uncomfortable as a wide receiver and his route running was not very crisp throughout the game. While Wisconsin coaches are unlikely to give up on the McEvoy experiment after just one week against one of the best defenses in the country, there is a real possibility that his position as a receiver is reconsidered should he fail to impress against a lesser opponent in Miami (Ohio).3. How much will Caputo and Clement be able to play?If fifth-year senior Michael Caputo had it his way, he would have never left the field after suffering from a concussion Saturday against Alabama, as the safety is the anchor of the Wisconsin defense both as a player and a leader.However, after going through the concussion protocol, head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday that Caputo has been cleared to play. While nothing is official until the second-team All-Big Ten performer takes the field this weekend, it is an encouraging sign for the Badger defense that there appears to be no lingering effects.On the other side of the ball, Clement, who is dealing with a groin injury, said Tuesday he felt 75 percent healthy and has every intention of playing Saturday. Whether Clement has limited time on the field is still up in the air, but assuming the running back is as healthy as he claims to be, expect a full workload from the junior, unless UW builds up a large lead.4. Can the linebackers keep bringing the heat?Senior Joe Schobert and redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards lead not only the UW linebackers, but the entire defense in their losing effort to Alabama, combining for nearly a third of the team’s total tackles.This was expected out of Schobert — who had a team-high 13 tackles — as he had high expectations coming into the season, but Edwards exceeded expectations with his 12 tackles and ability to breakthrough Alabama’s offense front with relative ease.With the team’s seemingly toughest task out of the way, it appears as though the linebackers’ production will only increase as the season goes on and could ultimately make this Wisconsin defense one to be feared for the second season in a row.Fellow outside linebacker Vince Biegel didn’t have as impressive of a showing on paper against the Crimson Tide, as he only recorded five total tackles, but he still serves as the emotional leader of the defense and will find a way to make his mark as he looks to build on his 2014 second team All-Big Ten season.5. Can the offensive line continue to grow together?The offensive line, as is, has played together as a unit for only a few weeks, and the lack of a running game against Alabama showed they still have some work to do and chemistry to build between them.They will likely see Saturday as a prime opportunity to work on creating bigger holes for the team’s running backs to run through and giving Stave time in the pocket to make the throws he needs to make.It is also possible that the UW coaches decide to do some more shuffling of the starting line, as Chryst hinted at the idea that redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi could get more playing time with the Badger front five. Regardless of who is out there, improvements will need to be made, especially if Wisconsin wants to get their rushing attack back on track.last_img read more