Some of the faces were different, but the effort and the outcome was the same as the Central Lakes College Raiders extended their winning streak to 11 with a 34-6 season-opening win over Fond du Lac Saturday in Brainerd. The Raiders accumulated 541 total yards of offense and their defense held Fond du Lac to 227 total yards. ”We executed very well,” said sophomore quarterback Andrew Johnson. “We came out and ran the ball, which was what we wanted to do and mixed it in with the pass. We had a good balance and we hit the big plays.
Aug. 23, 2012, seems like a long time ago. On that night, the Central Lakes College Raiders lost their opening game to Northland 30-28 on a last-second field goal. They also lost Taz Seibert, their top running back, to injury in the game. That is also the last time CLC lost a game as the Raiders went on a 10-game winning streak to finish the 2012 campaign as MCAC state champions with a 10-1 record.
BARROWS — Saturday night was track championship night at North Central Speedway, and the end of an incredible racing season for Shane Sabraski. Driving the 7A car, Sabraski took points titles in the Midwest Modified, Super Stock, and A-Modified classes, and also claimed a win in the A-Modified feature.
On Oct. 27, 2012, the Northern Division champion Central Lakes College Raiders, with a record of 13-1, faced Northland as their only barricade in the way of a return to the NJCAA Division III national tournament. It was not meant to be as Northland turned away CLC in a three-game sweep and moved on to the nationals at Rochester. The loss was a crushing one for the Raiders. Head coach Jane Peterson, entering her 23rd season with a 507-226 record, believes the loss is a strong motivator for her and the returning sophomores.
Two old buddies battled in the Pro Stock finals in the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway Sunday with one coming away with his first career win at the track at age 55. Mike Edwards came to BIR sitting in first place in the Countdown to the Championship, but had never qualified for a finals run at BIR. That changed after his win over Vincent Nobile in the semifinals put him up against his old friend V Gaines in the finals.
BARROWS — Shane Sabraski grabbed the top spot in three features on the next to last Saturday of the points season at North Central Speedway on Saturday night. Sabraski won the Midwest Modified, A-Modified and Super Stock feature events and also secured his position at the top of the points race in all three classes. Sabraski has the A-Modified and Super Stock race all but locked up, and has a four point edge over Danny Vang heading into next week’s regular season conclusion.
Spencer Massey can add the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway as a notch to his win 2013 win belt, while Clay Millican has to wonder when his time is going to come. Massey picked up his fourth win of the season with an elapsed time of 3.811, and a speed of 322.11 mph. That was just enough to overcome Millican who ran a 3.856 at a speed of 320.66. Massey picked up his first career win in Top Fuel at BIR.
The Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway represent moving weekend for the Funny Car drivers in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. With just one racing weekend left, the Labor Day event at Indianapolis, only Matt Hagan has clinched a spot in the 10-car field that will compete for the championship over the last six weeks of the season.
BARROWS — The Mod 4 feature event Saturday at North Central Speedway was a family affair as Rob Vanmil and his dad Corry ran in the first and second spots for the majority of the feature event, with Rob getting the win. “It’s always fun racing my dad and I got a good lead there and just was able to walk away with the win,” said Rob Vanmil. “The track was good and tacky and very racy but with a few bumps in it, but that is to be expected at a race track.”
For any baseball fan, Cooperstown, N.Y. is on the must visit list. Cooperstown is recognized as the town where baseball was born, and is also home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Cooperstown Dreams Park website proclaims its mission is to “serve, preserve, and protect baseball as it was meant to be played.” Throughout the summer, the fields host 12-and-under tournaments with 104 teams competitory in the week long competition. With all those games, many umpires are needed.