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Undefeated Nor Cal championship softball team from Antioch raising funds for trip to Western RegionalsMonday, July 18th, 2016
This very talented Senior Softball team from Antioch is undefeated at this point and has earned a spot in the Western Regionals tournament in Missoula, Montana. The tournament runs from July 21st – July 26th but they need your support to get them there. These 13 girls and three coaches must be there by July 21st. All funds raised will go towards travel, food and lodging for the team.
This team is made up of girls who have played together for years through little league either on the same team or against each other. They have grown not only as team mates but as a family. This tournament means a great deal to each and every one of them as well as to our league as a whole.
This is only the second team to go this far in the last 40 years of softball. Please help support our girls and coaches by clicking here: www.gofundme.com/2ehwdgec. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank You! Go Antioch!
By Don Martin, II
There’s an interesting streak going on in two divisions At Antioch Speedway that continued Saturday night. There have yet to be any repeat winners in either the All Star Series Winged 360 Sprint Cars or A Modified divisions. In the Winged 360 Sprint Car 25 lap feature, it was Brayden McMahan getting the win ahead of point leader Billy Aton. He is now the seventh winner in seven races. Not to be outdone, Brian Cass became the ninth different winner in nine races with his 20 lap A Modified feature victory in front of point leader Carl Berendsen II.
Second ranked Marcus Smith outran his teammate, Dan Gonderman to win his second 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint feature in the Richard Basden owned entry. K.C. Keller made a nice drive from the back and passed Trevor Clymens late to win his second 20 lap B Modified Main Event. Danny Jones held off the challenge of four time winner Guy Ahlwardt to win his second 20 lap Hobby Stock feature. Larry Damitz added to his Limited Late Model point lead with his third 20 lap Main Event win.
The track’s Winged 360 Sprint Car division continues to see different visitors come out every week to keep the car count up. Many younger drivers getting their first Sprint Car laps are making it a point to come race on John M. Soares’s fast three-eighth mile clay oval. This time around, it was 21 year old Brayden McMahan making his 18th start in car #18. With point leader Billy Aton in hot pursuit, McMahan scored an impressive win in 25 lap Main Event. He is now the seventh different winner in seven races. Petaluma visitor Geoff Ensign ran closely behind the lead two cars to the checkered flag. Burt Foland Jr. used his fourth place finish to move into third in the standings as heat winner Dalton Hill rounded out the Top 5. Title contender Art McCarthy took a checkered flag in sixth after earlier winning his heat race. The Main Event had a red flag midway through when young Kaleb Montgomery flipped his car six times. He wasn’t injured in the crash.
The A Modifieds have an amazing streak in progress this season. In nine races, there have been nine different winners. In the latest 20 lap feature, past Hanford and Watsonville champion Brian Cass scored the victory ahead of point leader Carl Berendsen II. Cass also won his heat race. Berendsen is still in search of his first feature win, but he won his heat race earlier in the evening. Josh Combs rebounded from a rough race a week ago with a third place finish as Sean O’Gara and Norm Boeck rounded out the Top 5.
With Jim Perry Jr. struggling in recent weeks, second year racer Marcus Smith has been closing the gap in the Wingless Spec Sprint championship battle. This week, Smith stepped it up even more by driving the Richard Basden owned #20 car to victory ahead of teammate Dan Gonderman. Gonderman drives the car that Smith intended to run before getting the ride in Basden’s car. Last week’s winner Roy Fisher held off Perry to finish third as heat winner Brandon Burd rounded out the Top 5. Fisher was the other heat winner.
In the B Modified division, the championship battle continues to tighten between point leader Al Johnson and Trevor Clymens. Johnson won his heat race earlier in the evening, but Clymens was going for his fourth feature win of the season. Unfortunately, he lost a late race duel with eventual winner K.C. Keller. Watsonville competitor Igor Grandzuk led much of the way before surrendering the lead to Clymens as Keller worked his way from the back. Once Keller got into second, he stalked Clymens on the inside line. The duo ran side by side for several laps before Keller made his winning pass. Clymens settled for second ahead of Shane DeVolder, Grandzuk and Johnson. Lonnie Leonard was the other heat race winner.
Larry Damitz won for the second time in a row and third of the season in the 20 lap Limited Late Model feature. Starting back in the last row, he worked his way to the front and held off fellow Limited Late Model veteran Mike Gustafson for the win. Gustafson also won his heat race. Rookie Kimo Oreta had another solid run in third as Lori Brown and Jim Freethy completed the Top 5. Paul Hanley was the other heat winner.
After losing the win last week on the final lap of the Hobby Stock Main Event, Danny Jones was looking to avoid a repeat in this week’s 20 lapper. Jones held the lead, and it wasn’t long before point leader Guy Ahlwardt managed to make it up to second from the back of pack. This time, however, Jones held on and scored his second feature victory of the season. Ahlwardt settled for second after winning his heat race earlier in the evening. Rob Waldrop finished third ahead of Chris Sorensen and heat winner Michael Cooper.
Racing continues next Saturday night with Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, Limited Late Models, Dwarf Cars, B Modifieds and Hobby Stocks all in action. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
Unofficial Race Results, July 16:
Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Dalton Hill, Art McCarthy, Main Event (20 Laps)-Brayden McMahan, Billy Aton, Geoff Ensign, Burt Foland Jr., Hill, McCarthy, Steven Harris, Monty Ferreira, Tim Burcher, Kaleb Montgomery.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Brian Cass, Carl Berendsen II. Main Event (20 Laps)-Cass, C. Berendsen, Josh Combs, Sean O’Gara, Norm Boeck, Bobby Montalvo, Eric Berendsen, John Bellando Jr., Terry Kaiser (DNS).
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Al Johnson, Lonnie Leonard. Main Event (20 Laps)-K.C. Keller, Trevor Clymens, Shane DeVolder, Igor Grandzuk, Johnson, Anthony Giuliani, Leonard, Brown, Paul Mulder (DNS).
Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 laps)-Brandon Burd, Roy Fisher. Main Event (20 Laps)-Marcus Smith, Dan Gonderman, Fisher, Jim Perry Jr., Burd, Dusty Green, Rick Panfili, Kevin Box, Adam Teves (DNS).
Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Paul Hanley, Mike Gustafson. Main Event (20 Laps)-Larry Damitz, Gustafson, Kimo Oreta, Lori Brown, Jim Freethy, Mark Garner, Billy Garner, Hanley, John Bellando Jr. (DNS)
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Michael Cooper, Guy Ahlwardt. Main Event (20 Laps)-Danny Jones, Ahlwardt, Rob Waldop, Chris Sorensen, Cooper, Jordan Swank, Lindsey Buirch, Anthony Vigna, Cameron Swank, Jason Jennings, Frank Furtado, Mitch Loccicere
By Luke Johnson
Antioch High School’s football team has become a national recruiting hotspot during this offseason as seven returning players have received college offers.
Senior running back Najee Harris has garnered the most attention as the world’s number one recruit according to Rivals and Scout.com. At 6-foot-2, and a lean 228 pounds, he has astonished scouts with his explosive athleticism. Last season, he set numerous school records including rushing for 2,744 yards and scoring 39 touchdowns. The five-star recruit has earned 32 scholarship offers from the top collegiate program, but has been verbally committed to the University of Alabama since April 2015.
The rest of roster with offers goes as followed: seniors cornerback Isaiah Dunn (5), cornerback/wide receiver Antoine Tanner (1), safey/wide receiver Issac Freytes (1), juniors linebacker/running back Omari Harris (4), tight end Iuni Mauga (1) and sophomore wide receiver Gaudie Campbell (2).
“I was relieved that my hard work is starting to pay off. My mom isn’t wasting her money for nothin’,” Tanner said about being offered by Kentucky Christian University.
Assistant head coach Brett Dudley said his relationship with college recruiters has changed drastically in the past two years. At one point, he could not get a college representative to click on a link in an email even if he paid them, but during May, he had 10 to 20 college coaches visiting him on campus each week. Earlier this year, the likes of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Lane Kiffin stepped onto AHS grounds.
Dudley added that the best part about this quantitative amount of exposure is that all levels of college football are giving Antioch their attention. Not everyone on the team is like Najee Harris and built to play in the SEC, but this gives other players the opportunity to play at lower-level colleges and receive a free education.
Several of these offers are coming from the state of Utah with four produced by Brigham Young University (N. Harris, Dunn, Freytes and Campbell) and three by the University of Utah (Harris, Harris and Dunn). Three offers have came from Eastern Washington University (O. Harris, Mauga and Campbell) while two have came from the local, prestigious school of Cal-Berkeley (Harris and Harris).
Campbell and Mauga’s offers come under rare circumstances as they have yet to play at the varsity level. Dudley said recruiters are attracted to their potential, and “what they can become.” Both are 15 years old. Campbell is 6-foot-2 with a high vertical and a father whom is 6-foot-6, while Mauga is already 6-foot-2 and 222 pounds.
Players and coaches alike feel that these accolades have boosted the team’s confidence, but it has also put a target on their backs for opponents.
By Don Martin, II
Randy McDaniel won the 30 lap Jerry Hetrick Memorial race for the All Star Series A Modifieds at Antioch Speedway Saturday night. The win paid $2500 and attracted nearly 30 competitors to John M. Soares’s fast 3/8th mile clay oval. McDaniel has won well over 100 Main Events in his decorated racing career, and this ranks up there as one of his biggest victories.
Bobby Hogge IV was doing a great job up front in the A Modified race and held a commanding lead. Hogge might have gotten the win himself if not for being collected in the spin of one of the drivers he was about to lap. McDaniel happily drove to the win and the big pay check that came with it. Friday night Watsonville winner Cody Burke held off recent Antioch winner Darrell Hughes II for the second place finish. Chico Limited Late Model champion Ryan McDaniel and four time Antioch champion Troy Foulger completed the Top 5.
Hogge didn’t go away empty handed. The talented third generation racer charged to his second 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event victory. He now has nearly 70 feature wins in his career at Antioch Speedway. Hogge had to battle current point leader Richard Papenhausen for the win.
Papenhausen grabbed his third second place finish of the season to maintain his point lead as past Antioch champion Andy Obertello grabbed the final podium position in third. Two time Petaluma Late Model champion Paul Guglielmoni finished fourth, while Merced IMCA Modified point leader Bill Egleston made his first Antioch Late Model start in fifth.
Ageless veteran Roy Fisher became the sixth different Wingless Spec Sprint winner in seven races. Fisher had to hold off two time division champion Dan Gonderman to earn the 20 lap victory. Gonderman’s teammate, Marcus Smith, moved into second in the standings on the strength of his third straight third place finish as Steven Grier was fourth. Rookie Adam Teves had his best start of the season as he drove the Lloyd Beard Special to a fifth place finish.
Aaron Crowell, the 2004 Modified champion, emerged with his second 20 lap B Modified Main Event triumph. Crowell was once again behind the wheel of Paul Mulder’s #96 car, and he ran a great race from eighth starting to win ahead of Late Model veteran Joel Hannagan, who was enjoying his best finish yet in the division. Championship hopeful Trevor Clymens gained valuable points on incoming point leader Al Johnson with his third place finish. Johnson suffered a rare DNF back in eighth. Rookie Shane DeVolder has had a string of good finishes lately at several different tracks, and he picked up a fourth place finish ahead of K.C. Keller.
Larry Damitz, who is 87-years-old, hasn’t been seen in the Limited Late Model winner’s circle since the opener, but he came back in a big way with his second 20 lap feature victory. Damitz increased his point lead over Mark Garner, who suffered suspension damage and exited the race early on. The division’s all time win leader and two time champion Mike Gustafson was in the hunt for his second win of the season, but he settled for a respectable second place finish ahead of Jim Freethy and Lori Brown. Rookie Kimo Oreta stayed in the hunt with his fifth place finish and heat win.
The Guy Ahlwardt train kept right on rolling in the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Coming off of back to back wins, the current point leader started back in tenth. The race had an exciting three car battle down the stretch as Alhwardt snatched the win away from leader Danny Jones on the last lap. Ahlwardt now has four wins this season, and this is all happening in his rookie year. Jones settled for second as 2010 champion Chris Sorensen was a strong third. Heat winner Rob Waldrop and Jordan Swank made up the remainder of the Top 5.
Racing continues next Saturday night with Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Wingless Spec Sprints, A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks all in action. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
Race Results, July 9th
DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Bobby Hogge IV, Jeff Decker. Main Event (20 Laps)-Hogge, Richard Papenhausen, Andy Obertello, Paul Guglielmoni, Bill Egleston.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Randy McDaniel, Nick DeCarlo, Bobby Hogge IV, Austin Burke. B Main (12 Laps)-Brian Cass, Tim Balding, Anthony Slaney. Main Event (20 Laps)-Randy McDaniel, Cody Burke, Darrell Hughes II, Ryan McDaniel, Troy Foulger.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Danny Jones, Aaron Crowell. Main Event (20 Laps)-Crowell, Joel Hannagan, Trevor Clymens, Shane DeVolder, K.C. Keller.
Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jim Perry Jr., Marcus Smith. Main Event (20 Laps)-Roy Fisher, Dan Gonderman, Smith, Steven Grier, Adam Teves.
Limited Late Models
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Kimo Oreta. Main Event (20 Laps)-Larry Damitz, Mike Gustafson, Jim Freethy, Lori Brown, Oreta.
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Rob Waldrop, Guy Ahlwardt. Main Event (20 Laps)-Ahlwardt, Danny Jones, Chris Sorensen, Waldrop, Jordan Swank.
By Don Martin, II
After a one week break, racing returns to Antioch Speedway’s fast 3/8 mile clay oval this Saturday night. The $2,500 to win Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race for A Modifieds will headline this program. Also on the card will be the DIRTcar Late Models, Wingless Spec Sprints, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks.
Throughout the 1970′s and into the early 1980′s, Jerry Hetrick was one of the top local drivers in the old Sportsman division. He did not have the budget of the top teams, yet he managed to be competitive and win races. In the mid 1970s, he even set the track record in qualifying. He was ranked in the Top 20 in points every year from 1975-1981, with best seasons of 4th (1975), 5th (1981) and 10th (1977). Back in February of this year, Hetrick passed away. He was 72. Several members of the racing community, including legend J.D. Willis, attended his funeral.
One of the racer’s Jerry competed against was promoter John M. Soares. Soares decided to add a $2,500 to win Memorial Race in Jerry’s honor, and the stage is set for this Saturday night. The buzz is that there will be several top drivers hoping to bring home the big prize money. If that is not enough, there is no extra entry fee for the drivers to come out and race. The cost to enter is the normal rate.
Anytime you put the money up, you know that Bobby Hogge IV will come to town. Hogge is known for coming to the big races and leaving with the big bucks. Throughout his decorated career, Bobby has won three track championships at Antioch Speedway and is #3 on the all time win list behind Willis and Scott Busby. Bobby just may be the driver to beat on Saturday.
However, Kellen Chadwick may have something to say about that. Chadwick recently went up to the Pacific Northwest and scored four wins in a one week period to win the Wild West Modified Series championship. Chadwick is a past Antioch Speedway champion, and he has been known to win the big shows too.
When you put the money on the line, you know that some of the big names will come to town. With four championships and roughly 30 feature wins to his credit at Antioch Speedway alone, Troy Foulger is a serious contender for the big victory. Last season, Troy picked up a pair of $2,500 paychecks with two big wins aboard the Bowers Racing Modified at Antioch Speedway.
The fact that Hogge, Chadwick and Foulger will be in town might be enough to get the attention of the fans, but there are other stars anticipated for this race as well. The last time the A Modifieds raced, five time track champion Scott Busby was picking up one of the biggest wins of his career after a battle with NASCAR veteran Kenny Schrader. Nobody has won more A Modified Main Events in Antioch Speedway history than Busby, but the big prize seems to have eluded him at his home track.
Current point leader and 2014 champion, Carl Berendsen II has hopes of picking up his first career feature win in the division. Consistency has given Berendsen the point lead as the division races into the month of July. Another past champion, Aaron Crowell, hopes to have another motor in his car after he blew a motor in Tulare earlier this year. A Crowell appearance means another tough competitor in the battle for the big win.
Two time reigning Petaluma Speedway champion Nick DeCarlo is anticipated for the show as well. Josh Combs has a feature win at Antioch Speedway this year and will be hoping to pick up the big paycheck this week. There should be a good field of drivers, including Raymond Lindeman, Shawn O’Gara, Bobby Montalvo, Jeff Thomas, Trent Wentworth, Mikey Slaney and John McDougall.
The DIRTcar Late Models could see a couple more cars due to Modified drivers possibly fielding two entries. Two drivers who are actually two car teams are Hogge and Foulger, and Hogge does have feature wins in both Modifieds and Late Models this year at Antioch. Foulger came close as he finished second in both the Late Model and Modified Main Events on the night he brought both cars earlier this year. He was a two time feature winner in Late Models last season.
Of course, two big name drivers waiting for others to come through the gates are point leader Richard Papenhausen and reigning champion Jeff Decker. Both drivers have feature wins this season as does West Coast Late Model champion Clay Daly. You never know who might show up to run Late Models, but Top 5 ranked Chester Kniss and David Newquist are anticipated along with last season’s top rookie Danny Malfatti, Paul Guglielmoni, Terry Kuntz, Mike Hynes and Dennis Souza.
The man with more wins than anybody else in Wingless Spec Sprint history is gunning for his second division championship. That would be Jim Perry Jr., who has recorded two feature wins so far this year. Jim was in the hunt for a third win last time out when mechanical problems hit. Perry is being chased in the standings right now by Rick Panfili and Marcus Smith. Smith has driven the Richard Basden owned entry to one feature win this year, while division original Panfili is still looking for his first career win. He has two career best second place finishes this year.
Jimmy Perry III has won many Main Events and is third on the all time win list. Jimmy was a multi time winner last year, but his luck so far this year has been anything but good. There are some hard chargers in the points battle this year as car count has grown just a little bit. Racers to keep an eye on this week include Roy Fisher, Alan Miranda, James East, Brandon Burd, Shannon Newton, rookie Adam Teves and the winner last time, NFL alumnus Jeremy Newberry.
The B Modified division has been led for several weeks by the consistent Al Johnson. Though he leads the standings, Johnson has yet to get a feature win. He has three second place finishes and is using his consistency to withstand the challenge of three time winner Trevor Clymens. Clymens missed a race, but he is slowly chipping away at the Johnson lead.
The busy schedule has affected the car count just a little bit, and Fred Ryland’s decision not to defend his championship has meant chances have increased for new winners. A few weeks ago, K.C. Keller added his name to the list and is one of the Top 5 drivers in the standings. Shane DeVolder has finished as high as second this year and could be a winner as well. You also have to consider double division racer Danny Jones, who is also Top 5 ranked.
Word out of the Pearce Racing Team is that Brian Pearce is getting a new car together for a return to the speedway soon. Drivers to watch for this week include Randy Brown, Chuck Golden, Paul Mulder and Ron Brown.
In The Limited Late Model division, Larry Damitz is the reigning champion and winner of four of the last five championships. However, he isn’t dominating the way he has in the past. In fact, the driver with the most wins right now in the class is two time winner Mark Garner. Garner, point leader Damitz and Kino Oreta are locked in a close battle for the championship. Oreta has yet to join the other two on the winner’s list, but it could happen at any time.
Top 5 ranked Jim Freethy and the division’s all time win leader, Mike Gustafson, are also on the winner’s list, but past champion Lori Brown appears to be closing in on her first win in a while. The steady John Evans is anticipated this week along with Calvin Lewis and John Keith.
An amazing Hobby Stock rookie season continues for Guy Ahlwardt. Last time out, he charged from tenth starting to take the lead from 2010 champion Chris Sorensen for his third win of the season. He has had such a good start that he has a comfortable point lead. Behind him in second is one time feature winner Danny Jones. Jones had some bad luck earlier in the season drop him back just a bit.
Cameron Swank is in the hunt and is also a driver to watch as he goes for his first career feature win. There are a few drivers who have raced for a while at the speedway and have yet to win, and drivers who could get it done soon are Natalie Perry, Michael Cooper and Robert Niven.
The Hobby Stock division is stacked with talent, and car count is approaching 20 on race night. Other drivers you need to keep an eye on include Jason Jennings, last year’s top rookie Jordan Swank, Frank Furtado, Lindsey Buirch, Sorensen and Jessica Jones.
The Jerry Hetrick Memorial $2,500 to win A Modified Main Event headlines the six division show, but there will be some great racing in the DIRTcar Late Models, Wingless Spec Sprints, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks as well. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
All Star Series – Antioch Speedway
Carl Berendsen II 294
Scott Busby 265
Ray Lindeman 231
Trent Wentworth 230
Sean O’Gara 204
DIRTcar Late Model
Richard Papenhausen 210
Jeff Decker 200
Chester Kniss 166
David Newquist 139
Dennis Souza 126
Wingless Spec Sprint
Jim Perry Jr. 256
Rick Panfili 206
Marcus Smith 204
James East 202
Shannon Newton 196
Al Johnson 462
Trevor Clymens 434
Shane DeVolder 408
Danny Jones 370
K.C. Keller 280
Limited Late Model
Larry Damitz 252
Mark Garner 246
Kimo Oreta 240
John Evans 214
Jim Freethy 182
Guy Ahlwardt 354
Danny Jones 273
Michael Cooper 258
Cameron Swank 252
Natalie Perry 251