His late-race heroics at Arlington Raceway’s Sibley County Fair special made Dan Mackenthun a $1,500 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner on Wednesday night. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 2) – A driver who’s enjoyed his share of success and then some at Arlington Raceway was back in victory lane following Wednesday’s Sibley County Fair IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Shootout.Nine-time track champion Dan Mackenthun regained the lead from Matt Speckman with two laps left and stayed in front to the $1,500 checkers.Mackenthun had taken the early lead ahead of Jeff Holstein, who stayed with him for several laps before getting too high in the second set of turns and losing several positions.Derek Green, who had enjoyed a big payday of his own Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway, started seventh and moved up quickly to challenge Mackenthun. The two pulled away from the rest of the field and had their own race, trading the top spot several times.By lap 20, Green was in front and had a little distance on Mackenthun. With only three laps left, however, Green stopped with mechanical problems and went to the pit area.When the race restarted, Matt Speckman steppped on the gas and got by Mackenthun. Mackenthun took the lead back on the following lap and came out ahead at the checkers for the $1,500 win.Speckman took second with Luke Sathoff third, Matt Schauer fourth and hard charger Brent Uecker fifth. Uecker had started 19th.Jared Boumeester repeated as the fair special Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner, earning $750. Cory Probst picked up $400 for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory, along with the $100 hard charger prize.Feature results – 1. Dan Mackenthun; 2. Matt Speckman; 3. Luke Sathoff; 4. Matt Schauer; 5. Brent Uecker; 6. Chad Schroeder; 7. Mike Jergens; 8. Dean Cornelius; 9. Taylor Willms; 10. Brad Lange; 11. Jake Bruns; 12. Daniel Eckblad; 13. Kevin LaTour; 14. Kent Willms; 15. Adam Revier; 16. Jason Goddard; 17. Jeff Holstein; 18. Andrew Zimmerman; 19. David Moriarty; 20. Derek Green; 21. Chuck Winter; 22. Ryan Grochow; 23. Shaun Bruns; 24. Kevin DeBaere.
Published on October 7, 2014 at 12:14 am Contact Josh: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Chris Nanco’s goal against St. John’s on Sept. 6 was a quintessential Chris Nanco goal.In four seconds, Nanco went from trailing Red Storm defender Simon Tchoukriel by 5 yards to being two steps ahead of the defender and the ball at his feet after a pass from Emil Ekblom.After Tchoukriel fell to the ground, Nanco slid a precise shot into the bottom-right corner of the net to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.“I’ve always been the player running around the field, no matter what position,” said Nanco, an SU forward. “The speed runs in my family. All my brothers are fast. My sister’s fast … It’s been natural to me. ”Nanco will look to utilize his quickness when the No. 9 Orange (9-1-0, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on Albany (3-3-5, 1-0 America East) at SU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Since he arrived at Syracuse last year, Nanco’s speed has been one of the most prevalent characteristics of any SU player.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith an assist on Ekblom’s game-winning goal to beat Virginia Tech on Saturday in double overtime, Nanco recorded his sixth point of the year, tied for second on the team, and his first since Sept. 16. Nanco flicked an Oyvind Alseth cross onto the head of Ekblom, who redirected it into the net to beat the Hokies in the 104th minute.“As the game goes on, guys get tired, especially with the guys we have and the depth coming off the bench, I get to rest and come back with fresh legs,” Nanco said.Nanco’s first goal of this season, which came in Syracuse’s season-opening victory over Niagara on Aug. 29, was similar to his tally against St. John’s.With SU leading 1-0, Nanco entered the top left of the 18-yard box with a full head of steam and took two quick touches to get around Purple Eagles defender Roberto Fernandez-Andersson, and two more touches to set up a shot that beat goalkeeper Joel Gerberich.“With Chris, it’s about having another gear,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “But it’s not just speed. It’s about taking a chance and knowing when to hit the channels … Chris has that ability to really make life difficult for opposing defenders.”After both of his goals this season, Nanco has made a sprint toward the left corner of the field — a spot on the field Nanco says feels natural for him to create from. After the goal against St. John’s, Nanco ran to the left corner with his arms held wide like a jet plane and after the Niagara goal he busted out a Super Mario-like jump move.“I try to get in certain spots and receive the ball. Mac always talks about getting into goal-scoring opportunities,” Nanco said. “I just try to get into the box because I know the ball is going to end up there somehow.”Last season, Nanco burst onto the scene, scoring four goals in the team’s first 11 games including the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Duke. His chemistry with fellow freshman Alex Halis ignited the Orange in the early stages of the season. The duo started 17 of SU’s 18 games and combined for one-third of the team’s final goal total.Although the spotlight has been on striker Emil Ekblom and freshman Julian Buescher so far this season, McIntyre said he expects more scoring from Nanco down the stretch.And Nanco’s quietly on pace to exceed his statistics from last season. The forward has two goals and two assists through 10 games, and had four goals and one assist in 18 games last year.“He’s creating a disturbance for the other team,” Ekblom said. “Sometimes they really don’t know how to handle it.” Comments
The Wisconsin volleyball team is moving on to the second round of the NCAA tournament after soundly defeating the Milwaukee Panthers in straight sets (25-11, 25-14, 25-15) Friday night at the UW Field House.The 12th-seeded Badgers posted its best hitting percentage of the year by almost .100 percentage points with a .461 attack clip in the team’s second win against the Panthers this season.Even though Wisconsin hasn’t seen post-season action in six seasons, head coach Kelly Sheffield said a grueling conference season in the Big Ten will prepare a team for almost anything.“We just got through a heck of a gauntlet called the Big Ten conference,” Sheffield said. “You come out the other side and it should strengthen you – it should give you confidence. We played like a team that’s been in a lot of big matches.”Wisconsin began the game with a tough test in the first part of game one with the score at 9-8. However, the Badgers rattled off a beastly 8-0 streak and finished the game on a 16-3 run.The Badgers were led offensively by junior outside hitters Ellen Chapman and Deme Morales who contributed 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshly-minted Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Lauren Carlini, had 39 assists on the night and had three kills of her own.Sheffield said the hitters were able to play smart while staying aggressive at the net – Wisconsin committed just four errors in the entire match, and no Badger hit for less than a .300 hitting percentage.Senior libero Annemarie Hickey said the team was so amped up earlier in the day that Sheffield had to remind the players that their match wasn’t in the middle of the afternoon.“Our energy level was actually really high,” Hickey said. “You could just tell that everyone was really excited and just feeding off each other’s energy.”Defensively, the Badgers put up 11 blocks to Milwaukee’s two, and both Hickey and sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Morey scrambled for 10 digs apiece.Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said Milwaukee had to play a near perfect match to overthrow Wisconsin, but the Badgers were so in system that her team was unable to find any sort of rhythm.“They’re pretty hot right now,” Johnson said. “And if they play like that, they’ll keep winning. They were very difficult to defend … they were a lot better than they were Sept. 14 when we played them.”Wisconsin will advance to a second round matchup with California tomorrow night after Cal stomped No. 15 North Carolina 3-0 in round one Friday night.Sheffield said Cal was potentially underrated coming into the tournament because of significant injuries that plagued the team later in the season. Cal had lost five straight matches coming into the tournament, but Sheffield said he is concerned about Cal’s physical presence that not even the biggest Big Ten teams could match up with.However, Sheffield said that while most people think of 2013 as a successful year for Wisconsin already, the players are determined to prove they are deserving of a longer life in the NCAA tournament.“They feel like there’s more to accomplish,” Sheffield said. “There’s hunger – [they’re] not satisfied.”