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first_imgWESTFIELD, Pa. – Funeral services for long-time IMCA Modified driver Sean Lias are at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Olney Funeral Home in Ulysses, Pa.Lias, 49, of Westfield, died Saturday, Aug. 22.One of the most successful drivers in IMCA history, Lias was tied for third on the Modified career wins list with 231.He was an eight-time regional champion from 1998-2006, won 11 track championships, two Empire State Series titles and four state crowns, two in New York and two in Pennsylvania.“Sean was an important part of the racing community,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “We send our condolences to his family and will remember him in our prayers.”Friends may call from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Ulysses Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Spalding Foundation for injured race car drivers at www.spaldingfoundation.org.Survivors include his wife Billiejo; parents Ronald and Patricia; a sister, Lori Murray; two uncles, two aunts and numerous cousins.last_img read more


first_img Published on January 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Syracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) will fly to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night. Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner and Orange head coach Jim Boeheim both went on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference.Here are three things they said about the matchup.Fill it upWhile Pastner did eventually praise Syracuse’s defense — which ranks second in the ACC in points allowed and field goal percentage allowed, only behind No. 2 Virginia — the first thing he mentioned was the Orange offense.“They can really score the ball,” Pastner said. “(Tyus) Battle, he can flat out fill it up, he’s averaging 19 a game in the ACC. Frank Howard, he’s averaging 15.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBattle and Howard are top 15 scorers in the ACC, as Syracuse is just one of four teams to have multiple players in the top 15. But as a team, SU is in the bottom four of the ACC standings, averaging just 70 points per game, and its 42.8 field goal percentage is the second-worst in the conference.Block partyPastner pointed out that both teams play similarly on defense. The Yellow Jackets and the Orange use mostly zone, and they have big-men to protect the paint.“Ben Lammers has 19 blocked shots. (Paschal Chukwu) has 22 in eight games,” Pastner said. “Obviously both of us play zone, and we rely on some of those shot-blocking opportunities.”Syracuse and Georgia Tech are in the top five of the ACC in blocks per game. SU is second with 6.1 while GT is fifth with 5.3.Back to full strengthSyracuse and Georgia Tech share another similarity in their lack of depth. The Orange ranks last in the country with bench players only getting 19.8 percent of minutes per Kenpom.com. Georgia Tech is 220th in the country at 30.5 percent.But both SU and GT had issues this year dealing with players missing games. Bourama Sidibe missed two ACC games and averaged just seven minutes through the first seven games. GT’s Josh Okogie was suspended by the NCAA for six games and also missed additional time with an injury.Okogie has since returned to become the leading scorer for GT, while Sidibe unexpectedly played 31 minutes on Saturday against Pittsburgh and had a career-high 18 points and 16 rebounds.“They weren’t the same team earlier, they didn’t have the players,” Boeheim said. “… Now they’re healthy and I thought they played great in a couple of their losses.”Boeheim added that he doesn’t know how Sidibe is feeling after playing all those minutes on Saturday, because the team had a day off yesterday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgA 1-0 loss at the hands of the Minnesota-Crookston Eagles effectively ended the hockey playing careers of three Northland College skaters on February 13, 2005.Two of those players were seniors, and the third, a sophomore.Nate LaPoint had played in 49 of a possible 53 games in his two seasons with the Lumberjacks, but after the loss to Minnesota-Crookston, LaPoint decided it was time to move onto other endeavors.“It always comes a time in someone’s career when they don’t want to play hockey anymore,” LaPoint said of his decision to transfer. “It was just that time for me where I still wanted to be a part of it, but I didn’t want to have to play competitively.”Now, 10 years later, although he’s no longer on the ice, LaPoint is very much a part of the game of hockey, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s equipment manager.It started at the University of North Dakota, where he consulted men’s hockey assistant coach Brad Berry, who set LaPoint up with a job in the team’s equipment room helping out equipment manager Pat Swanson.LaPoint began his duties as a way to stay involved with the game, even though he had never so much as watched someone sharpen a pair of skates. He began to learn the tricks of the trade from Swanson, including sharpening blades, repairing equipment and even sewing, among other duties.By his second year, LaPoint learned that his newfound passion could be more than just a hobby.“I didn’t know I could do it as a job at first,” LaPoint said. “It was something I thought was kind of fun to do on the side while I was getting my school work done.”While he finished his school work, LaPoint worked as an assistant equipment manager under Swanson for all four years for the UND men’s program and continued to do more and more as his time progressed, including learning the business aspects of the job and traveling with the team on road trips.When his time at UND was up, instead of getting a career in his field of study, he pursued a job as an equipment manager and moved from one WCHA powerhouse in Grand Forks, N.D. to another in Madison.“I wanted to be a meteorologist. That’s what I was going to school for,” LaPoint said. “I ended up falling in love with what I do here on the equipment side of things.”Now in his fifth season with Wisconsin, LaPoint tends to the everyday equipment needs of the Badgers players, but his duties go beyond the title of equipment manager, assistant coach Gary Shuchuk said.“He’s more than that,” Shuchuk said. “He works his ass off.”But LaPoint doesn’t take care of the team as a whole as much as he caters to the 26 different players and each one of their individual personalities and needs, whether it’s how they like their skates sharpened or how they want their pads to fit.“This generation of hockey players is pretty needy, and they need certain things in certain ways,” Shuchuk said. “He never bitches about anything.”Erik Brown/The Badger HeraldWhile LaPoint’s job includes a lot of equipment maintenance, like the sharpening of skates, altering of pads and stitching up socks and uniforms, it also includes some more complex aspects, like the purchasing of equipment from goaltender pads to new sticks and maintaining relationships with the equipment suppliers, Reebok and CCM.There are also the less glamorous parts.“Laundry is a constant of my life. I fold a lot of towels,” LaPoint said with a laugh.However, his less than favorite part of the job doesn’t diminish the hard work and long hours of work LaPoint puts in on the job. On road trips, he’ll typically pack all the equipment Wednesday after practice for a series that starts Friday, arriving earlier than the team so it’s ready when the players arrive.Between the equipment duties, laundry and maintaining a clean locker room with a group of college-aged guys, LaPoint spends a lot more time at the rink than just 40 hours per week.“It would drive me nuts if I had to deal with that all the time; he does it,” Shuchuk said. “He gives the guys a hard time ribbing-wise, but he’s a true professional. We’re lucky to have a guy like that. He cares about the program. He cares about the kids.”Erik Brown/The Badger HeraldDuring games, LaPoint occupies the bench and takes care of any equipment issues that may arise, including a few weekends ago when he had to re-stitch a uniform by hand between the second and third periods after it got sliced up the back with a pair of skates waiting to be sharpened. But unless he’s scampering to the locker room to fix a problem during a stoppage in play in the middle of a period, he’s someone who won’t draw much attention to himself. But even though eyes might not be watching him readily, there’s a group of about 30 guys who rely on LaPoint to come through for them day-in and day-out and game-in and game-out.“I always tell people they’re probably the most important guy you want to be with,” Shuchuk said. “They’re the guy that holds the key to the stick room, the tape, the stuff that you need. You got to treat those guys with respect.”LaPoint might not be back on the ice playing anytime soon, but you’ll probably be able to find him somewhere nearby.Erik Brown/The Badger Herald“You never really end playing hockey,” LaPoint said. “It’s always in your life somehow, especially with what I’m doing now.”And although he might have left hockey to pursue school, he won’t be leaving hockey or his post anytime soon.“Not right now,” LaPoint said. “This is pretty good.”last_img read more


Watch Tesla Model X P100D Accelerate To 60 In Almost 3 Seconds Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 1, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Video Description via on AutoTopNL on YouTube:Tesla Model X P100D 2019 vs 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo ACCELERATION & AUTOBAHN POV by AutoTopNLUK: Auto-Top is an honest and pure car filming and testing company. We’re not interested in eco & green (unless it’s like, really superfast). Screaming exhausts, whining superchargers and blowing turbo’s is what we want to hear! We review all sorts of performance cars. In the different playlists you can enjoy exhaust sounds, acceleration tests (0-100, 0-200) with launch control, onboard cams and the revving sound of each car. Exotic cars, hothatches, power sedans. We have it all! These SUVs are off to the races.It’s welcoming to see a Tesla Model X P100D strutting its stuff. Although we do share the crazy acceleration of the Model X from time to time, its sibling – the Tesla Model S P100D – tends to dominate our drag strip coverage. Of course, that was until the all-new Tesla Model 3 Performance arrived. Nonetheless, a race featuring an all-electric SUV and one of the top performing electrified SUVs is pretty sweet to see.Tesla Model X Acceleration: Watch Tesla Model X P100D Smoke Chevy Corvette Z06 Porsche Cayenne Turbo:4.8 V8 BiTurbo550 HP/770 NM0-100: 4.1 seconds286 km/hTesla Model X P100D:All-electric powertrain612 HP0-100: 3.1 seconds250 km/h Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch Tesla Model X P100D Race Ford Mustang GT In Alaska read more