Quick Hits: May 2018

first_imgNorth: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trailby Scott JurekScott Jurek is one of the world’s most accomplished ultrarunners (fueled entirely by a vegan diet), and in 2015, he attempted to set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Just a week into his run, he sustained a quadriceps muscle tear that nearly shattered his record-setting dreams. But never bet against the champ. Jurek finds a way to push through injury in one of the most demanding and transcendent efforts of his life.Pipeline tree-felling begins in Nelson CountyAtlantic Coast Pipeline construction began in Nelson County last month near Wintergreen Resort, where crews began clearcutting along the 600-mile route. The pipeline also received permission to begin cutting trees along the pipeline route through national forest lands in West Virginia and Virginia.Moonlight MadnessDon’t feel like waking up for another early-morning road race? Toe the starting line of the Moonlight Madness 10K and run trails by the light of the moon. Race begins at 9 p.m. on May 26 at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, W.Va.Nooga’s 11-year-old Climbing ChampA Chattanoogan cemented his claim as one of the nation’s best young climbers in February by winning his class in USA Climbing’s 2018 Bouldering Youth National Championship. Hugo Hoyer, then 10, was one of six members of the High Point Chattanooga team to qualify for the national tournament. He’d finished third in the same competition in 2017 and third at USA Climbing’s Sport & Speed Youth National Championships in 2016 in Kennesaw, Georgia.Hoyer’s parents, both climbers, have encouraged him to climb since his playground days. A couple of years ago, they scouted climbing cities around the country before eventually relocating from Hoyer’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to Chattanooga.New A.T. Hall of FameA new class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be honored this month at a ceremony in Pennsylvania. The eighth class of A.T. hall of famers includes the late photographer George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who lived in Asheville, N.C., in the early twentieth century. Masa’s influential images of the mountains and ardent conservation efforts are credited with helping with the foundation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another regional inductee—Bob Peoples—is the owner of the Kincora Hostel, just off the trail in Hampton, Tenn. In addition to his hiker hospitality, Peoples is also known for his tireless trail maintenance efforts. Along with Masa and Peoples, two more inductees, William Kemsley and Liz Levers will be inducted during the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs on May 4.Runners Find Puppies on Barkley Marathons CourseBack in March, two runners training on the course of the infamous Barkley Marathons, a grueling 100-mile slog in the backcountry of Tennessee’s remote Frozen Head State Park, found an abandoned litter of black lab puppies. According to Runner’s World, Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott were running on a trail when they heard noise in the nearby woods and surprisingly discovered five puppies huddled together trying to stay warm in near-freezing temperatures. After contacting a ranger station, the runners carried the puppies to safety, and the litter was eventually brought to Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. With the pups on his mind, Scott went to the shelter soon after the rescue and decided to adopt one of them. He named him Barkley.Fastest Race in AshevilleFor the past decade, some of the best runners in Asheville have gathered each week for a fast, flat training run along the French Broad River that finishes at the Wedge, an iconic brewery in the River Arts District. This legendary training run has grown into a 10K race on May 5—and it’s not just for fast folks. It’s a kid- and family-friendly event, and all youth runners under 17 get a 40% discount. The race benefits Girls on the Run WNC. Learn more at:ashevillerunningcollective.comRock Stars in VirginiaThe first-ever RockStar VA challenged mountain bikers to tackle 270 miles of dirt or gravel from Harrisonburg (ROCKtown) to Roanoke (STAR City). The multi-day bikepacking event began April 7 and included snow, rain, and sub-freezing temperatures on the first day. Of the 35 registered riders, only 9 finished (one rider was still on the course as of press date). Barry Croker won the trail route in 3 days, 19 hours, and 27 minutes. Croker has been racing mountain bikes since the early 90s and was the first to ride the Massunutten Ring solo. The 40-year-old rider is an active duty Air Force engineer with six children. David Landis took the gravel title in 1 day, 17 hours, and 45 minutes, and Jonathan Hicks and Dustin Welch completed the gravel ride on singlespeeds.last_img read more

Army vows not to abuse anti-terror law

first_imgThe 3ID urged the public to give the law a chance, pointing out that the measure’s aim is to protect the country from terrorist attacks. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based in Jamindan, Capiz assured Western Visayans its soldiers won’t abuse the Anti-Terrorism Law. “We vow to keep the law from the abuse of soldiers. If there are abuses, our camps and headquarters are open to bring our erring soldiers before the court of law,” said Army Major Cenon Pancito III, 3ID spokesperson. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the anti-terrorism bill into law recently. Human rights advocates warned it could be abused to quell legitimate dissent. People have nothing to fear, he added, but only terrorists and their supporters. Among others, the new law allows for terrorism suspects to be detained without a warrant and prolongs the period of time they can be detained without being charged in court. Major Cenon Pancito III “Help our campaign of preserving peace. We know that others have apprehension but we won’t forget the intention of the law – to protect Filipinos from chaos and fear,” said Pancito. Rights groups and activists say the new law is designed to give police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent./PNlast_img read more

Batesville vs. New Castle Girls Swimming

first_img200 Freestyle Relay posts 3rd fastest time in school history!Gutzwiller breaks  2 Freshman school records! Varsity Event Winners: Emily Gutzwiller: 100 Fly, 100 Breast.Freshman school records in both events; Taylor Villani 200 Free-Freshman school record, 100 Free, 200 Freestyle Relay (Eliz. Weiler, Villani, Gutzwiller, Hall)JV Event Winners:  Lydia Olsen  50 Yard Freestyle.Lady Bulldogs are 2-1.  Next Meet;  Tuesday (12-13) @ Connersville (vs Connersville/Rushville).Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene. New Castle Girls Defeated Batesville 109-74.last_img

Beat writers unanimously, though not comfortably, pick Syracuse to beat Oakland

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-0) is a team built on defense going against Oakland (2-1), a team built on prolific offense, on Monday night in the Carrier Dome. The two team’s disparate styles worry some beat writers that the offense could get hot and overwhelm Syracuse’s defense, but at least one beat writer stuck with the prediction of a blowout victory. On Saturday night, both teams’ last games, the Orange beat Texas Southern and the Grizzlies lost to Toledo, which SU plays on Wednesday night in the Dome.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the game.Matthew Gutierrez (3-0)CruiserSyracuse 74, Oakland 55The Orange will improve to 4-0 with only Toledo left before SU plays more formidable opposition in Maryland, Kansas and Connecticut consecutively. On Monday night Oakland will be without its best player, forward Jalen Hayes, who is serving a suspension. He averaged 15.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a year ago, but his absence means Oakland has no chance of staying within double-digits on the road against Syracuse.Tomer Langer (3-0)Still GoldenSyracuse 83, Oakland 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPer Kenpom.com, Oakland is the toughest team Syracuse has played so far, as it’s the only team ranked inside the Top 100. But, Oakland just lost to a team that SU will play on Wednesday, Toledo, that’s ranked outside the top 150. Both teams are playing Monday night after having played Saturday, except OU had to travel to Syracuse. On top of that, the Orange has a big height advantage, as the Golden Grizzlies’ tallest active player is 6-foot-9. OU can score, but I think there are enough factors here that should tip the scale in SU’s favor.Sam Fortier (3-0)Oakland is in Rochester, MichiganSyracuse 81, Oakland 70This school is in Michigan and not California and that should tell you everything you need to know about this team’s prospects in the Carrier Dome. A lot of things aren’t as they seem with the Grizzlies. Yes, it’s the best team Syracuse will have faced this year, according to Kenpom.com, but it will still be without one of its best players, the suspended Jalen Hayes. Yes, it has two dynamic gunners who can fill up the basket, but those totals have come in three games against teams with no better than the 156th-best defense in the country. The Orange is ranked 70th there, and with its length and discipline it overwhelms the hot-shooting Grizzlies. Comments Published on November 20, 2017 at 12:34 amlast_img read more