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Foulger victorious over Hogge IV in Summer Nationals at Antioch Speedway, NASCAR’s Wallace: “These drivers are the best”Monday, June 29th, 2015
When Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas comes to town, the intensity of competition goes up a notch at Antioch Speedway. Add North Carolina-based NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, a consummate dirt track driver, and the bar is raised even higher.
Four-time track champ Troy Foulger rose to the occasion, showing the visitors the fast way to the finish line as he won the Antioch Speedway Summer Nationals main event on Saturday night.
Foulger, from Martinez, was not about to let Hogge IV or Wallace rule in the $2500-to-win International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sanctioned modified stock car feature race. He and Hogge IV waged a cat-and-mouse battle for first right up to the fall of the checkered flag.
Cheered on by a full grandstand of fans standing up for the final two laps, Foulger scored a victory for the local racers. Wallace finished 10th.
Foulger came out of the box fast at the start of the IMCA Modified feature, dashing to a straightaway lead ahead of the pack of 18 cars.
That gap was soon erased.
The car of Oakley’s Aaron Crowell stalled in turn four to bring out a caution flag with eight laps to go in the event. That set up the battle between Foulger and Hogge IV.
On the restart, Kellen Chadwick of Oakley and Randy McDaniel of Chico were right behind Foulger and Hogge IV, waiting for a miscue by either driver. There were no mistakes as Foulger and Hogge IV raced side by side to the finish.
“Bobby (Hogge IV) is a great competitor no matter where he races,” Foulger said in victory lane. “I saw the nose of his car along side me quite a few times. What a race! It is such a great feeling to win like this.”
Hogge IV praised his new car and the track.
“This is the best track I’ve raced on in a long time – smooth and fast. We’ve got the new modified set up right,” he said after the race. “Troy (Foulger) just did a great job reading the track. It was a great race.”
McDaniel, Chadwick, and Darrell Hughes of Manteca completed the top five finishers in the 18-car field.
“These drivers are the best,” Wallace said after the race. “It was a thrill racing with them. The competition is top-notch here. This race track is tough and fast.”
Wallace secured his position in the IMCA main event by winning one of two “B-Main” events. After winning, he stood on the door edge of his Las Vegas-based IMCA car to the delight of fans chanting “Earnhardt” – until he sang a song written by John Roberts, his NASCAR Race Day TV show co-host.
Hogge Dominates Late Model Stock Car Event
Hogge IV, considered California’s best dirt tack driver, was untouchable in winning the DIRTcar Late Model Stock car feature event of the Summer Nationals. His commanding lead was never challenged.
“I pride myself in setting up a car to have momentum getting through the turns,” Hogge IV explained. “Getting into the turns deeper and getting up to speed faster coming out of the turns is the key.”
Randy Shafer of Vacaville topped Anthony Restad of Santa Rosa in the battle for second. Ryan
McDaniel of Chico drove Richard Papenhausen’s car to fourth. Jeff Decker of Morgan Hill brought home fifth.
Thomas New Winner IMCA SportMod Event
Darrin Thomas of Atwater raced his car three years without a win until he scored in the IMCA SportMod portion of the Summer Nationals. Thomas was able to out-run IMCA national point leader Fred Ryland of Brentwood, who finished second.
“I haven’t won here since ’93,” Thomas proclaimed in victory lane.
Ryland complimented Thomas.
“He did a great job – I just couldn’t catch him,” Ryland explained.
Jorddon Braaten of Medford, Oregon finished third on his first visit to Antioch Speedway. Matt Haggio of Watsonville and Paul Mulder from Pleasanton were fourth and fifth.
Ryland, Busby Win in Friday Night IMCA Program
The Summer Nationals heated up with special Friday night events at Antioch Speedway. Veteran racer Scott Busby scored $1500, winning his fourth IMCA Modified feature event of the season. He fought off Ryan McDaniel and his dad Randy McDaniel, who finished second and third, respectively. Hogge IV was fourth, and Nick DeCarlo of Martinez finished fifth.
Fred Ryland out-dueled nemesis Keith Brown, of Pittsburg, in the IMCA SportMod main event. The win is Ryland’s fifth at Antioch this season. Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis grabbed third, followed by Braaten and Thomas.
Todd Cooper of Yuba City won the Hobby Stock Feature and David Teves of Concord notched his fourth win of the season in the Dwarf Car division.
Action Returns to Antioch Speedway July 11
The DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car, IMCA SportMod and Northern All Stars Winged 360 Sprint Car divisions headline the July 11 event at Antioch Speedway. The speedway is closed for the 4th of July holiday.
Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, California. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.
The much anticipated visit by NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace is here, and Richard Papenhausen of Chico feels he is ready to show the national celebrity the short way around Antioch Speedway.
Papenhausen, who has dominated the DIRTcar Late Model Stock Car division at Antioch Speedway, is confident he can handle a challenge from Wallace, one of the most versatile and well experienced dirt track drivers in the country. They will meet on Saturday, in the Antioch Speedway Summer Nationals.
“I’m ready for him,” Papenhausen said after his Saturday night, June 20th win at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds‘ 3/8-mile clay oval. “He will be tough, but I raced him before – most recently in Arizona. I know what I need to do to beat him.”
Papenhausen and his crew have been working on perfecting their cars for the big race on Saturday night (June 27), which will be big in both purse money and prestige.
“I’m excited to be racing in the Late Model Stock Car division again,” Wallace said. “It is where I started.”
Wallace won the 2005 “Prelude to the Dream”, a major late model stock car race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Since then, his daytime NASCAR duties and his traveling Fox-TV show have enabled Wallace to race at night, honing his skills at dirt tracks in every state.
“Whenever I go to a track like Antioch Speedway, the words of (the late) Dale Earnhardt echo in my head,” Wallace said. “He said ‘Herman (Wallace’s Nickname), there are thousands of great drivers across North America. Most of them haven’t had the breaks we had to get to NASCAR – but they are as good or even better drivers then we are.’ No truer words have been spoken.”
Wallace raced his IMCA modified on Friday night and will do so again, Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. He will do double duty on Saturday, hopping into the Late Model Stock Car after racing his IMCA modified. Racing starts at 7 p.m. on both nights.
Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, California. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.
Antioch’s Jason Agopian to represent the U.S. on volleyball team at the World University Games in South Korea, in JulySaturday, June 27th, 2015
By Allen Paytons
Collegiate volleyball player, Jason Agopian, of Antioch is heading to South Korea on Sunday to play on the U.S. men’s volleyball team during the World University Games in July. He is one of 12 players selected from across the country. He and two of his teammates of U.C. Irvine are on the team.
There are three levels of teams that represent that United States at sporting competitions, Agopian explained.
“There’s the U.S. Olympic national team,” he said. “Those are the top dogs. The Panamerican Games team. Those guys are the number two. And then there’s the World University Games team, the next level down.”
The international competition includes a Winter Games, Summer Games and World Championships. This year’s Summer Games will be held in Gwangju, South Korea, and includes collegiate athletes on various teams, chosen from around the country. It will last from July 2 -11.
“It’s pretty cool,” Agopian shared. “There’s an opening ceremony. It looks very much like the Olympics.”
Contacted in May, Agopian “was asked to play for this team to represent the USA at the World University Games made up of collegiate athletes from across the country,” he added.
For those who want to watch him and the USA team play, the games will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.
In addition being part of the U.S. men’s volleyball team for the World University Games, Agopian was also selected Second Team All American by Volleyball Magazine, this year, in which he was a red shirt junior. He’ll play one more year, as a senior.
In addition, he was selected First Team for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, of which UCI Men’s Volleyball team is a member.
Agopian was also part of UCI’s 2013 Men’s Volleyball team that won the National Championship.
A 2011 graduate of Deer Valley High School where he also played on the volleyball team, the 6-foot, 7-inch tall Agopian is majoring in Psychology and Social Behavior. But he said he’s considering a career in physical therapy, which will require additional education.
There are 12 players on the team heading to the games. Agopian plays middle blocker. When he rotates to the back row, a player called the libero, who has a different colored jersey, comes in off the sidelines and takes Agopian’s place. Then when the libero rotates to the front, Agopian returns and takes the libero’s place.
He leaves for Southern California, on Saturday, where he and the rest of the team will meet up for the first time and practice. They will then fly to South Korea on Sunday night.
But, before he leaves on Sunday, Agopian will be the subject of a photo shoot to become the face of UCI Sports for the upcoming school year. His photo will show up in marketing for the school, mainly on campus and possibly on buses.
Agopian is the son of Robin and the late Antioch City Councilman Gary Agopian.
Good luck to Jason and the USA Men’s Volleyball Team!
PITTSBURG – Kites will fly this Sunday in Pittsburg at the City’s inaugural kiteboarding event! The City, together with its new watersports shop, The Kite Bar, will host the Launch the Launch RampKiteboarding Competition from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Riverview Park.
“This is just one step in our long-term vision to turn Riverview Park into an elite kiteboarding hub and training center,” said Garrett Evans, Assistant City Manager. “We also hope to expose our residents to our waterfront, and encourage them to try their hand at stand up paddling, kiteboarding, kayaking, and more.”
Since early 2013 the City has been working with the local Kiteboard community to make this a reality. This week Pittsburg put the finishing touches on its new non-motorized watercraft launch ramp at Riverview Park, and last week, The Kite Bar, the city’s new water/wind sports shop opened its doors. “We’re thrilled to see the action and enthusiasm around kiteboarding, and we’re excited to bring a new sport and adventure to our community. We always knew wind would be an asset to us, but we never knew it would evolve into something as exciting as this,” says Pittsburg Mayor Pete Longmire.
Sunday’s event will feature Big Air, Freestyle, and Slalom competitions with elite kite boarders from the Bay Area and beyond. Spectators can expect near-constant kiteboarding action from 10am-4pm. Free Stand Up Paddle Board trials will be available to the public throughout the day in The Kite Bar’s 15 foot demonstration pool. There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new ramp, a demonstration by Kymera Body Boards, and delicious BBQ available for purchase. Event attendance for spectators is free. Competitors can register at www.thekitebar.com.
DATE: Sunday, June 28, 2015
LOCATION: Riverview Park, Riverview Park Drive, Pittsburg, CA, 94565
PARKING: Street Parking on Bayside Drive, Marina Boulevard, and Herb White Way
MORE INFO: www.thekitebar.com
CONTACT: Alexandra Endress |City of Pittsburg Waterfront Development email@example.com |(925) 252-4968
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Big Air Competition
12:30 PM – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
12:45 PM – Kymera Bodyboard Demonstration
1:00 PM – Freestyle and Slalom Competitions
5:00 PM – Awards Ceremony
*Subject to change depending on wind conditions
By Luke Johnson
Isaiah Foskey, an eighth grader at Holy Rosary Catholic School, was offered a football scholarship from University of Kansas on Thursday, May 21.
“I didn’t believe it at first,” his father Terry Foskey said. “I thought he might have been too young, but as I researched on Google, I’ve seen people even younger than that who have received offers. This whole ordeal is new to me. My wife and I are really excited about it.”
Isaiah stands at six feet, two inches and weighs in at a chiseled 190 pounds at only 14 years of age. On top of that, he is able to squat three reps of 275 pounds.
When he attended school the day following his offer, fellow students took pictures with and flexed their arms to mimic the photo attached to this article that trended on social media. They also pretended to hold a microphone up to his mouth and interview him as if they were members of the press.
Foskey last played for East County Youth Football at tight end and defensive end, where he collected nine touchdown receptions and caused seven forced fumbles in 12 games according to him and his father. In high school, he plans to play for De La Salle in Concord, which has arguably the most illustrious high school football program in the country.
When asked where this scholarship offer ranks among Foskey’s other accomplishments in sports, he deferred to an academic achievement and said this compares to a certificate he received for having a GPA above 3.5.
“When I go to De La Salle I just wanna keep my grades up and play well in football,” Foskey said.
Foskey does not have to accept the offer from KU right away. He actually has to wait until February of his senior year, in 2019 to sign his letter of intent to whichever college he chooses.
By Felicia D. Purcell, Bay Area Sports Reporter
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
That’s the scripture from Philippians 4:13 that Steph Curry has written on his shoes and one that’s on his Twitter page which also, in part reads: “Father, Son, Brother, Warrior and Wildcat” for all of his 2.4 million followers to see.
Curry, the 6-foot-3, 185 pound point guard for the Golden State Warriors, isn’t afraid to share his faith and he’s a young man who stayed the course in his life. He sends a signal up and giving credit to God, with his index finger in the air, after each basket he makes. When he knew he wanted to marry his wife, he prayed about it in his closet. Now he’s a World Champion and when asked during a TV interview following Tuesday night’s championship-winning game to what he gave the credit, Curry replied, “I give glory to God.”
After a dream record of 67-15 and only two losses at home during the regular season Curry is filled with his Faith along with other teammates like James McAdoo, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli.
Curry’s faith was challenged when he wasn’t heavily courted out of high school, when people said mean things to him for being the son of former NBA All-Star, Dell Curry and when his first two years were riddled with ankle injuries.
He was a lightweight, scrawny and had a horrible shot when he was younger but his faith got him through. He had supportive parents and a cool grandma who even served as his game announcer when he was a toddler playing with his Fisher-Price basketball set.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, faith is a noun that means: (1) Belief and trust in and loyalty to God or (2) Something that is believed especially with a strong conviction.
His Under Armour slogan is ‘Charged by Belief’ which isn’t surprising. Curry was raised in North Carolina part of what’s known as the Bible Belt of the south, where a church is on every corner and worship music is played on the radio, daily.
I thought of how proud I was of this young, black man as I saw him lift the Larry O’Brien trophy Tuesday night, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the Warriors in 40-years.
As I watched him raise his MVP trophy in May, I thought about how far Curry, now 27, had come. I thought about how he kept his composure when everyone counted him out, when Monta Ellis was traded away, and how he apologized for calling me ma’am when I corrected him.
At a time when so many black men are being gunned down in the streets, Curry is a breath of fresh air. He has a beautiful wife, named Ayesha, who has her own YouTube cooking show, Little Lights Of Mine (www.ayeshacurry.com), where she whips up delicious meals, as her husband willingly awaits to taste his wife’s savory creations. They laugh, rap and dance in the clips, live in Orinda, have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who has become a star in her own right, at post-game press conferences and another baby girl on the way in July. Life couldn’t be sweeter for Steph Curry or his season more ordered or ordained.
I thought about how he’s one of the many black men who have done things in an order that the media does not portray: education, career, marriage, family.
During All-Star weekend in New York, this past February, Curry stopped a group of African-American teens and bought them all a pair of his Curry Ones. Just because.
Over the past six-years I’ve watched him patiently deal with questions meant to get under his skin and he’s kept his poise. While he didn’t come from the streets, Curry isn’t blind to the world around him and makes it his job to give back.
“That’s just the type of person he is,” said Davidson teammate Bryant Barr who was with Curry when he visited the White House, earlier this year to speak on Malaria in Africa, and who is also the godfather to Riley.
As part of its support of the Kia NBA MVP Award, Kia Motors America donated a 2016 Kia Sorento LX CUV to the East Oakland Youth Development Center, on behalf of Curry when he received MVP honors in early May.
“It’s very important to give back,” said Curry at the time who said it’s important for athletes to explore outside of their bubble and impact the life of others. “Four wheels can do a lot of good.”
As he got into the meat of his MVP speech, Curry broke down what he applies in his life and on the court: faith, passion, drive, and will.
“I wanted to use this opportunity to shed light on who I am and what drives me to play the way that I do,” he said. “I do a little sign on the court every time I make a shot or good pass, and I pound my chest and point to the sky, and that symbolizes that I have a heart for God. Something my mom and I came up with in college, and I do it every time I step on the floor as a reminder of who I’m playing for.”
Curry also took the time to thank each and every one of his 14 teammates, as well as the equipment manager and security.
He is the first player to win the MVP honor in the team’s history since they moved west. The last time was in 1960 while the Warriors were in Philadelphia and the player was someone named Wilt Chamberlain. Not bad company at all.
“People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that is because of my Lord and Savior,” Curry shared. “So, I can’t say that enough.”
According to a 2014 article in Decision magazine,
“In a column in 2013 for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes website, Steph wrote that he loves to point people toward ‘the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in Heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.’
Steph grew up a church kid, but points to a youth service when he was 13 as the time when he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.
‘It was a big decision that my parents couldn’t make for me,’ he said. ‘It’s been a great walk since then. He means everything to me.’”
Another way he lives out his faith and gives back is through his Stephen Curry Foundation. His website, www.stephcurry30.com lists the charities Curry supports, including Nothing But Nets, which fights Malaria throughout the world, as well as the charity golf tournaments his foundation holds and he supports.
For all of the Charles Barkley-types who said a jump shooting team could never win a World Championship, in the words of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx in the Curry One TV commercial, “fall back.”
By Allen Payton
The Golden State Warriors did it! They won the NBA championship for the first time since 1975, by defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at their home, by a score of 105-97 Tuesday night. Andre Iguodala was awarded the MVP award for the series, after scoring 25 points during Game 6, helping the Dubs to beat the Cavs four games to two.
The championship parade and rally will be held in Oakland beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. Following is the information from the Warriors website:
Parade To Start At 10:00 A.M. At Broadway & 11th With Rally To Follow at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
“The Golden State Warriors and the City of Oakland will host a parade and rally to honor the 2014-15 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Friday, June 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade will begin on Broadway at 11th Street, turning right on Grand Avenue, and right on Harrison to Lakeside Drive, ending on Oak and proceeding to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center for the Rally.
Fans can begin to line up for the Rally as early as 5:00 a.m. at Lakeshore and 12th Street.
BART will run extra trains through Oakland all day and will modify routes to accommodate parade and rally attendants. Pay close attention to signage and BART employee directions.
Details about taking AC Transit to the parade festivities, including information about bus detours in downtown Oakland, are available online at www.actransit.org.”