The ORVC Weekly Report for September 23rd-28th.Volleyball: Karli Long-Southwestern and Eve Galbreath-Switzerland County.Girls Cross Country: Kinzie Scott-Rising Sun and Jenna Hughes-Jac-Cen-Del.Boys Cross Country: Austin Allen-South Ripley and Chris Kissel-Jac-Cen-Del.Soccer: Jake Uhlmansiek-Rising Sun.ORVC Report (September 23-28)Submitted by ORVC Correspondent Travis Calvert.
No stranger to victory lane at Boone Speedway, Doug Smith won the Wednesday qualifying feature for Northern SportMods. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – The 2016 Northern SportMod champion begins his drive for a bookend IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s trophy from the outside of the front row Saturday night.Doug Smith reeled in longtime leader Chad Briese on the 18th of 25 laps and edged away from the rest of the field for the Wednesday qualifying feature victory.Briese held on for second. Lining up behind the front pair in the big show will be third through eighth place finishers Alec Fett, 15th starting Daniel Fellows, 25th starting Anthony Kobus, J.J. Baumli, Ethan Braaksma and Brandon Dale. Tony Olson was disqualified from a transfer spot for illegal valve springs.Also the runner-up in 2013, Smith will make his career seventh Saturday night start. The other seven Wednesday qualifiers all are in the big dance for the first time.Qualifying feature results – 1. Doug Smith, Lake City; 2. Chad Briese, Albion, Neb.; 3. Alec fett, Thompson; 4. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk; 5. Anthony Kobus, David City, Neb.; 6. J.J. Baumli, Lathrop, Mo.; 7. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 8. Brandon Dale, Arbela, Mo.; 9. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 10. Rodger Peck, Minneapolis, Kan.; 11. Ron Hults, Centennial, Colo.; 12. Tyler Inman, Altoona; 13. Timothy Warner, Malone; 14. Cody Schroeder, Manitowoc, Wis.; 15. Kent Haugland, Wesley; 16. Robert Draper, Valparaiso, Neb.; 17. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 18. Chris Wright, Chillicothe, Mo.; 19. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo.; 20. Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo.; 21. Brandon Tharp, Vinton; 22. Trent Brink, Bussey; 23. Jake Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn.; 24. Shawn Albers, Wellsburg; 25. Andy Voigt, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 26. Cody Brill, Harrisonville, Mo.
Ian Nepomniachtchi, the Russian Grandmaster who was also in with a faint chance, lost his chance to challenge Carlsen for the title as he lost in 35 moves to US Champion Samuel Shankland, who had earlier resigned from a drawn position in his previous game against Holland’s Anish Giri. The decision to resign from a position which was deemed a draw by a majority of experts prompted Giri to describe it as the American having an ‘hallucination.’Giri, on the other hand, drew in 31 moves against Teimour Radjabov but he remains the only player who can effectively dethrone Carlsen for the Tata Steel title, trailing by just half a point heading into the final round.The final round will be played on Sunday and Anand’s campaign will end against fellow Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi. The title will be decided when Carlsen takes on Giri, with their rivalry dominating the chess landscape. Giri has drawn 16, lost one and won one encounter against Carlsen but their rivalry exploded on Twitter in 2018, when Carlsen said Giri had to win a title in order to be taken seriously. Anish Giri has won one and lost one game against Magnus Carlsen.Viswanathan Anand will take on Vidit Gujrathi in the last round.Carlsen will be aiming to win the Tata Steel title for the fifth time. New Delhi: Magnus Carlsen closed in on the Tata Steel Chess tournament with a win over Poland’s over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in 71 moves on Saturday while former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s chances of securing the top spot effectively ended when he was held to a draw in 41 moves by Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren. On the penultimate day of the tournament in Lieden, Anand had to secure a win in order to stay in contention and hope for Carlsen to lose or draw the match against Duda but the reigning world champion showed his class and came out on top after the Polish GM made a blunder on pawn h6 and this resulted in him losing his queen to come under immense pressure.Although Carlsen also lost his queen a couple of moves later, Duda employed a solid defensive line but missed out on some key moments yet again to give Carlsen a big win. With Carlsen winning, the onus was on Anand to win against Ding. Playing with black, Anand was put under pressure but he held his line and managed to reverse the position. Both players attacked and had their winning moments but the players agreed to a draw. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
MORE: Will the NHL ever return to the Olympics?The motivation behind the team’s decision has yet to be revealed but draws reason for concern considering the 13-year veteran’s success and the unusual permission granted to continue practicing with the team. Kovalchuk, 36, was notably scratched last March by then-interim head coach Willie Desjardins, too. It is worth noting that his numbers are front-loaded with six points coming in the first four games of the season.Regardless, for a struggling team to abruptly halt a veteran’s season no matter when the production came makes for an interesting look at what is going on in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings have the worst record in the NHL at 5-11-1 and are looking for a plan to gain some momentum.That plan may not include Ilya Kovalchuk, who was reportedly told he would be held out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. “There is word this afternoon that LA has informed Ilya Kovalchuk he will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on Twitter Tuesday. “He is welcome to practice with the club, but he will not be playing. Obviously, more details as they occur.”MORE: Don Cherry on firing: ‘I don’t regret a thing'”Kings have indeed been trying to move Kovalchuk recently,” read a tweet from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, “and I’m told his agent is assisting in trying to facilitate a trade.”Kovalchuk has three goals and six assists through 17 games this season until Tuesday’s contest against the Minnesota Wild, which he will be scratched for. He is the fourth most productive player on the squad in terms of points while seeing significantly less on-ice time than those ahead of him on that list.Through the first 17 games of the season, the Kings’ point leaders are as follows: Anze Kopitar (16), Dustin Brown (10), Drew Doughty (10) and Kovalchuk (9). Those players have earned 20:20, 19:01 and 25:03 TOI compared to Kovalchuk’s 15:25 (11th on the team).