Rebels race Saturday at Lincoln County

first_imgThe Rebels opened their 14th consecutive season on April 5 at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., where Jake Martens of Fairview, Okla., picked up the victory. The next night was an event at Dodge City Raceway Park where Luke Cranston of Ness City, Kan., picked up the victory.  Also, the driver who sets fast time during each heat race will receive an extra $50, courtesy of Herbst Towing.  It will be the only appearance of the 2019 season at the speedway and will pay $1,500 to win while just starting the 20-car feature finale pays $200. Tyler Knight is the defending race winner while Darren Berry (2017) and Zach Blurton (2016) have also posted victories atop the Lincoln County Raceway dirt oval during the running of this event.    Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with race action slated for a 7 p.m. start time. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults; kids ages 6-12 are $5. All pit passes are $30.  NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – After nearly one month hiatus, the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing gets back into race action this Saturday, May 4 as they head to Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte for the fourth annual IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Ron Williams/Dick Snoose Myers Memorial.  Questions and inquires on this and all URSS events can be answered by calling series president Rick Salem at 785 475-7010.last_img read more

Counter-attack defense pushes No. 1 Syracuse to 3-1 win over No. 14 Stanford

first_imgLies Lagerweij stepped back and focused on a Stanford player, who tried to step right. She shuffled left quickly, cutting off the Cardinal player. When her opponent tried to dribble left, Lagerweij again was there to force her to make a change. Eventually, her opponent backed up to the corner of the field and tried to center the ball, which bounced off Lagerweij and rolled out of bounds. She got back into position, ready to stop whatever came her way.Lagerweij and the No. 1 Syracuse (6-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defense held No. 14 Stanford (1-4, 0-1 American East) to just one goal in a 3-1 win on Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The win was Syracuse’s third against a ranked opponent this season and second consecutive after the Orange beat No. 18 Boston College on Friday.In all, Syracuse has given up just six goals this season, good for one per game and top 10 in the country as of Sunday evening.The defense helped limit Stanford on offense and was active in moving the ball up field and creating opportunities on offense. Roos Weers surveyed the field after controlling the ball and did a near 270-degree spin before passing the ball up field to a teammate. Lagerweij and the other defensive backs slowly crept up, but maintained a presence behind the midfield line.When SU controlled the ball on offense, its defense was preparing for a counter-attack, getting in position in case Syracuse lost possession. As players moved up to help on offense, others fell back to stop any potential scoring threat by Stanford.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A big focus for us was counter-D. So how our defense sets up when we have the ball,” Lagerweij said. “That was a really big focus for our defense and our No. 1 goal.”And Syracuse was effective at its counter-defense method. The team limited Stanford to just six shots the entire game, five of which landed on goal. The Orange picked apart each Stanford push on offense because SU was in position and waiting. If something went wrong, teammates filled gaps by talking to one another.“If you stand behind our goal and listen to our backs, we are constantly talking to each other, sometimes yelling if necessary,” Lagerweij said.Communication was a major factor for Lagerweij and Weers. They ran up the sidelines and into midfield to play offense often, as the two are SU’s No. 1 and No. 3 leading scorers, respectively. Weers is also SU’s assists leader, with six on the year.By moving up to help on offense, Stanford could easily counter-attack with at least one defensive back missing. Midfielders Serra Degnan and Laura Hurff filled the holes if a defender pushed up like Lagerweij and Weers did multiple times.Throughout the game, Syracuse got “good pressure on the ball,” head coach Ange Bradley said.“We’re gonna continue to grow on that.” Comments Published on September 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cllr. Rosemarie Banks-James Crowned Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church “Mother of the Year 2014/2015”

first_imgIt seems like yesterday; but 27 unbroken years have passed and, again, history, as it is always the case, has repeated itself. Cllr. Rosemarie Banks-James has stepped in the same shoes her mother — Mother Mary Jane Brisbane-Banks — stepped in those many years ago. And guess where? In the same church: Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church on Camp Johnson Road.Cllr. James, the sister of Associate Supreme Court Justice Phillip A. Z. Banks, III, was crowned Eliza Turner’s Mother of the Year on May 11, 2014, in observance of that Church’s annual Mothers’ Day program, held under the auspices of the Women Missionary Society (WMS).The Daily Observer’s Women Desk had an exclusive interview with Cllr. James, a well-seasoned and an astute lawyer:Daily Observer (DO): Mother Rosemarie Banks-James, congratulations and thanks for allowing the Daily Observer to interview you.Mother/Cllr. James: You are welcome and thanks for the compliments.DO: You were recently crowned Mother of the Year; tell us your feeling.Mother James: I was so happy. It was like history repeating itself. I said to the church on that day, I am very, very happy because my mother was made Mother of the Year in this same church.DO: How many years ago?Cllr. James: About 27, 28 years ago and now I am being made Mother of the Year. At that time, we were all happy because we were all around.DO: These days, churches just make people Mother of the Year, Father of the Year, Brother of the Year and so forth, because of what the person has, was that the same in your case?Mother James: No. I have worked in that church from baby. We grew up in that church. We attended Sunday School, we climbed the ladder gradually in the church and held different positions in different organizations in the church. So I have worked hard. Yeah, they love me because I know how to help the church make money and I do give cheerfully.DO: Mother James, growing up as a young woman in the church and looking at today’s young women in Liberia, what piece of advice can you give them?Cllr. James: I tell them like I tell my children. As soon as they tell me that they have a problem, I always tell them go to church… (laughs)DO: You think the solution is in the church?Mother James: It gives peace of mind and sometimes when you hear the sermon, you forget about your problems. It helps you to find solution to your problems. You are sitting there and worrying about your problems when you can take them to the Lord in prayer. That’s what we were taught. From small, we were taught to pray and about the church. A lot of the young women are not going to church, but I thank God that we can encourage few of them to go to church. They say, ‘I can’t find a good husband…’ I tell them you are not going to find a good husband on the streets. Go to church and you are going to find whatever you are looking for—peace of mind.DO: This question might be biased among your girls, which one of them you wish that that person continues the history by becoming the next Mother of the Year?Mother James: (Laughs) Let me tell you among my five children, my oldest girl, Fatuma, she’s a lover of church…DO: So you want her to continue the history?Mother James: Yes, she loves church; she sings in the choir in the church in the States. She has three boys and a girl, who along with she and her husband, go to church every Sunday. She doesn’t miss a Sunday. She is more than me.DO: Mother James, as a seasoned lawyer in the court, you should take a tough face there, do you take you motherly instinct there, too?Mother James: All the time…(laughs)DO: And does it play on your judgment?Mother James: A lot, because when I try to explain to people, I relate it to everyday life out there—as a woman, as a mother, sometimes when I see the young people misbehaving, I tell them the things I didn’t take from my children, I am not going to take them from you. You have to act this way. I go to the court and I say to the lawyers, and as a teacher in my profession, I tell some of the lawyers, hey I didn’t train you this way, they get back to themselves because they feel that they have missed the law in front of their professor.DO: By making you Mother of the Year, what does the church expect from you?Mother James: Let me tell you what I did this year for my church. I made them take two projects: They needed a projector, I donated that to the church. But we have been trying to finish the front part of the church. That part is the Pastor’s office. We have been dragging this work for a very long time. So, I told the Missionary that we have to do something about it. So if we raise some money, we can start by saying we will do the window or door and this will help the church. To get this done, I invited a lot of friends and relatives to come and help me raise some money for this project. The Missionaries are so happy from that day, they are still thanking me.DO: There have been many Mothers of the Year in the Church, your tenure is now, what legacy you wish to leave when you turn the crown over to another mother?Mother James: You know the song one of my adopted daughters—Grace Martins Yonway—who sang before I spoke says: If I can help somebody as I pass this way or as I go along, then my living won’t be vain. You don’t need to praise me now. I have told people when I left from here during the war and found myself along with my family in the States, I got a teaching job. I was in America with my children and didn’t need to help anybody but I took so many young people there and put them in the college. Most of them have graduated and are back, some of them are still there in the States. So, I feel good about it. If I can help somebody as I pass this way, my living won’t be vain, that is my legacy.DO: Looking at Liberia, what can you tell young people today in Liberia?Mother James: Be focused, learn, get an education. Never think work is too hard because we work until we get old. Young people these days don’t want to work. They always say government should create jobs for them but the jobs that government creates they are not interested in them. So, they need the education to get the jobs that they want. This is what the young people need to do. Don’t jump from the bottom to the top because when you fall, there would be nothing to hold you. So, let the young people get an education first before asking for jobs.About Mother Rosemarie Banks-JamesShe is the seventh child of Philip A. Z. Banks, I, and Mary Jane Brisbane. She is a strong advocate for the rights of women and children. She has held several positions not only in Eliza Turner but at the Liberia Annual Conference level of the 14th Episcopal District. Mother James served as a Steward, YPD Director of the WMS, Chairman, Finance Committee, Trustee of the Liberian Annual Conference and Legal Counsel for the 14th Episcopal District AME Church among others. She holds a BA degree in Political Science and History, LL.B and LL.M degrees in Law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, UL and McGill University respectively. She is a former Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, former Professor of Law/Legal Studies and Criminal Justice, Morris Brown College and American Intercontinental University, USA. Mother James has for over 30 years advocated for the rights of women and children and is a founding member of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Women Initiative and Women Development Association of Liberia and is presently the founder/President of Women Care International, an organization she established while in the US. She is on the Editorial Board of Liberia Law Experts and has contributed to the compilation, editing and publishing of Volumes 1-4 of 1LCLR and Volumes 1-41 of LLR. Mother James is married to Cllr. Emmanuel B. James and they have five children and eight grandchildren. She also has several adopted children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more