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Betty J. Bohman

first_imgBetty J. Bohman, age 92 of Enochsburg, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus.  Born September 21, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she is the daughter of Ruby (Nee: Sieg) and Harry Bohman.  Betty was a long time secretary and bookkeeper for Wasson’s Department Store as well as cashier for the Fireside Inn at Enochsburg 35 years before retiring in 2012.She is survived by several cousins.  Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27th at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Enochsburg.  Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the St. Catherine of Siena Enochsburg Church Building Fund or Hospice of Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Carter scores big win on Benton County Speedway’s Urbana 5 Race Night

first_imgAfter starting 21st, Brayton Carter raced all the way to the rich Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers Sunday at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Jim Wittke) By Jerry Mackey The headliner of the night was the 25-lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. With the lineup included past national and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s champi­ons, the Urbana 5 committee bolstered the winner’s share of the purse to $1,800. The ex­tra money brought a stout field of 30 SportMod drivers to The Bullring on Sunday night. Brayton Carter had started 21st and steadily worked to the front, taking the lead from Docekal late in the race setting up a thrilling ending. Current national point leader Cody Thompson started 17th, worked into second and threw a slide job at Carter coming to the checkers but was unable to make it stick, allowing Carter to get under the checkers first. His impressive run to the $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers Sunday Benton County Speedway put Kollin Hibdon in victory lane and on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Jim Wittke) The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event became a family affair once again as the Murtys put on another great show for the fans. The Urbana 5 trophy went to Damon Murty as he quickly got to the front and went on to score the win over his son Dallon.   Joe Docekal took the lead from his outside front row start and led for several laps before a series of yellow flags allowed some of the heavy hitters time to work toward the front from deep in the field.  VINTON, Iowa (July 5) – One hundred and forty-seven drivers packed the pit area at the Benton County Speedway Bullring Sunday night for the Urbana 5 Memorial. The very special race night was run in memory of the five youngsters who perished in a tragic traffic accident in April of 2015; the kids were all avid race fans.  Defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region champion Tom Berry Jr. came all the way from the 14th position start to pressure Hibdon late in the race. Hibdon held off Berry by less than a car length at the finish line to earn the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.   “I knew there would be cautions and if I just allowed myself to bide my time that I would be able to get to the front,” Carter said after adding his name to the impressive list of Urbana 5 winners. Thomp­son ran second ahead of Docekal.  The $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature belonged to Kollin Hibdon. While Hibdon led the race flag to flag from his outside front row start, it was anything but an easy win for the teenager from Pahrump, Nev. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks provided another entertaining feature event for the Urbana 5 special. Nathan Ballard fought off multiple challenges by Kaden Reynolds in scoring the hard-fought feature win.   Racing will continue at The Bullring Sunday, July 12 with another program featuring all weekly divisions. Action will get underway at 5 p.m.last_img read more

`Velodrome still at discussion phase’-Director of Sport

first_imgOF the questions asked of sport infrastructure within Guyana, the one frequently asked by the cycling fraternity is: “When will we get a velodrome?” For months there has been chatter concerning a velodrome being built in Guyana to further the advancement of cycling within the country. There has been an overwhelming amount of letters sent to high offices within the country with this theme.In a recent Chronicle Sport article, former national cycling coach and two-time Olympian, Victor Rutherford, had some input in the discussions.“Guyana is the only major country in the Caribbean and South America that doesn’t have a track; Suriname has, Barbados has, Jamaica has, Trinidad and Tobago has at least five. We have the potential for cycling,and history shows that,” Rutherford contended.Rutherford also recounted his days of cycling,which attracted large crowds at the Seawall Bandstand, and his belief that those days can return with the construction of a velodrome.His organisation is the Guyana Cycling Association of North America (GCANA).Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, when asked by Chronicle Sport about the velodrome, stated that talks relating to the velodrome were still at the discussion phase.“The biggest issue at hand right now is (that) of space to house the velodrome, as well as funding for the project.”Jones also added that he was open to discussions with the Guyana Cycling Federation with regard to the velodrome and funding.“Once funding can be identified along with the space, the plans for a velodrome can become a soon reality,” stated Jones.A velodrome is an arena for track cycling which is done indoors.last_img read more

Art activism: Students fundraise for racial justice

first_img“One of my friends nicknamed them acid portraits, so that’s sort of what I’ve been calling them,” Fuesler said. “They’re just really, like, bright and colorful and kind of trippy looking portraits of people.” Coffman, a rising senior majoring in aerospace engineering, captured the energy of these moments on camera. With a click of a button, he photographed protesters on the frontlines, cop cars on fire and youth skateboarding in the street.  With every donation that she gets, Kapoor has been matching it through several contacts and organizations, such as USC Project RISHI, a nonprofit organization that leads initiatives in India and Los Angeles.  “I’m starting to become more comfortable just putting my artwork out for people to see because it’s been received fairly well so far,” Work said. “So I think it’s something that I can keep doing, and even if it’s not for other people, it’s something that I’ll still do for myself.” “I hadn’t sold posters before, but I decided it would be one of the ways in which I would be able to raise a lot of money really fast if I was able to just sell my posters and step out of my comfort zone and raise my voice to garner donations, and it ended up working out pretty well,” Work said.  Fuesler has recently joined #CommissionsForChange and has received a positive response. So far, a lot of her close friends have submitted forms, but Fuesler hopes to expand her art activism and garner more interest. Fuesler, a Latina woman, said she wants to use this moment to uplift the Black community.  As protesters took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless others who have been killed at the hands of law enforcement, Bobby Coffman was there beside them in Los Angeles.  Fuesler has done similar advocacy work before; to help those who experienced stress due to the coronavirus pandemic, she designed a coloring book that doubled as a mood tracker. Now, she is creating stylized portraits for anyone who submits proof of donation to any organization benefiting the Black Lives Matter movement.  Kevin Yin, a rising sophomore majoring in media arts and practice, has also been using his digital art skills to fundraise for racial justice. Yin has been creating commissions in order to aid in the movement as an ally, and he’s no stranger to advocacy work. In high school, Yin created graphics for student groups leading movements such as environmental protests, school walkouts and women’s marches.  “I care a lot about Black Lives Matter, and I don’t really see it as a political issue,” Kapoor said. “I wanted to do more to help towards it. I did the donations [with] what I could for my family [and] with our income and everything, but I wanted to do more.” “That was basically kind of what I based the little project, I would say, off of because you can see the resilience of Black culture even in times of hardship,” Coffman said. “You see these Black youth skating on a burnt-down car while police are shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at people. No matter what, the street will always belong to the people.” Initially, Coffman did not intend to sell the photographs, but after people expressed their interest, he saw the opportunity as a way to raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a law firm that, according to its official website, “seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.” “I incorporate my own style for painting with adding flowers and a lot of nature-y stuff, so a lot of clouds,” Kapoor said. “And I’ve also added henna on a couple of the paintings like the hands since I’m Indian.” “This is a very important movement for the culture, especially right now,” Coffman said. “I just kind of wanted to show everybody else what it is kind of like to be on like the frontlines of a violent protest, I would say, where things are on fire, and there’s definitely tear gas being shot.”  Work was initially hesitant about whether his voice would be heard, but thanks to support from family and friends, he has been able to raise more than $700 for ActBlue, an organization that splits donations between several groups fighting for racial justice. center_img While on-the-ground protesting has been an avenue for many to get involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, Mekhla Kapoor has been unable to do so in fear of spreading the coronavirus to her grandparents. Instead, Kapoor, a rising junior majoring in computational neuroscience, has been using her love of painting to fundraise for the Black Lives Matter movement. Kapoor has never sold her own art on such a large scale before; the magnitude of the moment, however, inspired her to seek out more ways to get involved.  “I think a really important part of being an ally is to understand that this is about something so much bigger than yourself,” Fuesler said. “And that you really need to educate yourself and learn and listen to other people who just haven’t been listened to for so long throughout our history.” (Art courtesy of Kevin Yin) (Photo courtesy of Bobby Coffman) Yin is part of a campaign called #CommissionsForChange, a fundraising project originally started by Stanford University student Amy Lo. The process for getting a commission done involves submitting proof of donation, filling out a form and sending Yin one to three photos that he transforms into digital art.  The film photographer, who began his craft during his sophomore year at USC, wanted to document the experiences protesters had to go through to fight for justice. When taking photographs, he focused on capturing moments that highlighted the energy of the protest, such as protestors going head-to-head with the police while wearing face masks to protect themselves.  Emily Fuesler, a rising senior majoring in art and media arts and practice, also participates in #CommissionsForChange as a way to support the Black community. From a young age, Fuesler found comfort in various forms of art. As she grew older, Fuesler knew this was the career path she wanted to pursue.  “I’ve always sort of [wanted] to use my art to bring change to the world and to bring about escapism and to imagine sort of a better world,” Fuesler said.  (Art courtesy of Emily Fuesler) “Some people call it digital photo edits or photo art, but it’s supposedly like a collage feel,” Yin said. “You take different elements in the photos and you change them with blending layers and then other elements.” Those who donate are able to choose between three different paintings: a cartoon character of the person who did the donation, two people holding hands and the Black Power fist. Kapoor creates the color schemes of the paintings based on the donor’s Instagram feed or their favorite colors.  (Art courtesy of Mekhla Kapoor) Similar to Kapoor, Kendall Work is selling his art for the first time to collect donations. Work, a rising junior majoring in mechanical engineering, takes classes outside of his major at the Roski School of Art and Design and is selling posters of singer-songwriter Solange that he created in a digital design class. last_img read more

Veterans of Syracuse defense determined to improve off of disappointing 2011 season

first_imgShamarko Thomas means no disrespect to Chandler Jones when he says Syracuse’s defense is tighter this year. Jones was a first-round pick in the NFL Draft who is now in training camp with the New England Patriots, but the defense he left behind may have improved its chemistry.Five seniors will start on the Orange’s defense, and together, they’ve made sure everyone understands what needs to be done to improve.“I feel like this year, our defense has a bigger bond,” Thomas, Syracuse’s starting strong safety, said. “That’s the key of a great defense, champions, is being brothers and being on the same page. And I feel like that’s going to take us far. “Syracuse’s finished near the bottom of the Big East of nearly every defensive category last season, allowing 28.5 points per game. SU was last in total defense, allowing 386.4 yard per game, and sixth in rushing defense with 128.2 yards allowed per game. The Orange also had the fewest sacks in the Big East, 28.On the surface, nothing about last year’s defensive performances give much encouragement to a better season in 2012. The defense did not improve as the season went on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the unit is placing a collective emphasis on the smaller points that it might have missed last season. Defensive end Deon Goggins also said some of last season’s struggles were because of inexperience.“Honestly, we just had a lot of young guys. We were just young as a team,” Goggins said. “That’s all it was. After last year, going through what we went through, I see the changes in a lot of the young guys that have to step up.”Goggins said the unit took the initiative this spring to continue working after the practices were over, when no coaches were around. They walked through drills, worked one-on-one and continued on their days off.They also left the SU campus and went on trips to build chemistry.Even a small trip to Green Lakes State Park in nearby Fayetteville went a long way toward improving that bond, Goggins said.Marquis Spruill, who’s moving from middle linebacker to outside linebacker, said he remembers that even during his freshman season, SU’s defensive players weren’t as “in sync” as they are now.He was a freshman in 2010, when the unit ranked seventh in the nation in total defense.They hold each other accountable, and compete in everything from lifting in the weight room to seeing who can go the longest without getting tired during drills outside in the sweltering heat.As practices progress, their work intensifies and continues to improve.“As the practices go, it gets better,” Spruill said. “I saw it during the springtime. We came off a bad record. It leaves a sour taste in your mouth. You only want to get better, and that’s what everyone wants to do.”Losing Jones would seemingly be a big hole to fill, but Goggins said it’s not something the defense is concerned about. The defensive end was glad to see Jones go accomplish his dream of reaching the NFL.It also gives someone else on the Syracuse defense a chance to step up.Whether or not the off-the-field improvements carry over to the defense’s performance on the field remains to be seen. For now, at least, the players are optimistic that they’ll make a difference.“I feel like our mentality is just come together,” Thomas said. “Come together and be hungry. If you be hungry and you work hard, it’s all going to come together for you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

O’Hara’s walk-off single propels Syracuse past Boston College after blowing 6-run lead

first_imgSyracuse trailed by two, and Nicole D’Argento was one out away from handing Boston College a doubleheader sweep.Then Corinne Ozanne walked. Jasmine Watson doubled to cut the Eagles’ lead to one run. Julie Wambold fended off a loss by fouling off two pitches with two strikes, and would later score the game-winning run when Sydney O’Hara slapped a single to centerfield — her teammates pouring from the dugout as she crossed home plate. The Orange’s demeanor was listless as it watched four different hitters fall behind with two outs and two strikes. But then it found itself in an exuberant walk-off celebration, uncharacteristic for a squad that SU head coach Leigh Ross said typically acts like it knows its going to win. But this one was different.“We fought so hard to come back and it was kind of that back-and-forth game and that huge hit at the end,” Ross said. “It was kind of nice that they showed that much emotion.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO’Hara’s game-winner clinched a 13-12 win over Boston College (23-18, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) in the second game of a doubleheader at SU Softball Stadium before 87 fans on Wednesday. The Orange (19-19, 10-8) lost to the Eagles 2-0 in game one, but battled back after blowing a six-run lead in game two to win in dramatic fashion.“Our team just stayed calm, I guess,” Wambold said. “We didn’t panic, we knew it was going to happen and we knew we were going to win. So that’s what we were thinking.”The Orange exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 9-3 lead. Then Boston College scored eight unanswered runs over the next three innings — against Christina Clermont, Lindsey Larkin and O’Hara — to swing the score to 11-9.Syracuse entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 12-10 after Boston College added an insurance run in the top of the frame, and D’Argento got two quick outs and needed just one more to cement the sweep of SU. Then Ozanne walked and Watson doubled to right center to cut BC’s lead to one. Riley Johnson pinch ran for Watson and Wambold came to bat with the game on the line. “I just had to stay calm,” Wambold said. “I wasn’t really nervous. My heart rate was going up, but nothing but that.”Wambold wasn’t fazed and she orchestrated one of the most important at-bats of the game, fouling off two pitches before getting one she could work with. “Right from the very start, her swing, the timing was right there,” Ross said. “Whenever you foul something off hard back, you know that your timing is right on and I think that was the big thing for her.”Wambold finally singled up the middle, and Johnson crossed the plate and tied the game 12-12. Just like that, everything that had transpired — the Orange blowing a six-run lead when it seemed to have the game wrapped up — was an afterthought and SU was on the upswing. O’Hara, who had pitched in both games of the doubleheader and would collect a win in game two, came to the plate with a tailored approach and Wambold standing on second — 120 feet separating the Orange from a momentum-shifting, come-from-behind win. “I know that if I hit the ball hard and on the ground, I would get her in, so that was my main focus,” O’Hara said. “No pop-ups or line drives because it would have been the third out.”On a 1-2 pitch, the freshman singled up the middle and Ross waved Wambold past third base and across home plate. And although it was the Orange’s first win this season after trailing through six innings, Ross said that the team has been resilient all year.It just finally showed. “They have this spirit, never say die,” Ross said. “Let’s give it a shot. There’s still outs left, so as long as we’ve got an out left, we’re still in this game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2014 at 1:38 am Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about St. Bonaventure

first_imgSyracuse (10-1) welcomes St. Bonaventure (9-2) to the Carrier Dome for the second of four home contests to close out the Orange’s month of December. The Orange has won four straight since its loss to Kansas in Miami, but the Bonnies enter with a six-game win streak of their own. Here’s what you need to know about the Bonnies:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 24-3.Last time they played: St. Bonaventure visited SU two years ago and appeared to be on its way out with a victory, until a second-half comeback gave SU a 79-66 win. Jaylen Adams, then a sophomore and now among one of the nation’s best guards, scored 16 for the Bonnies. The only remaining player SU has from that game is Frank Howard, who as a freshman played nine minutes and registered just two assists. Michael Gbinije led the Orange with 23 points.The St. Bonaventure report: Had they been healthy from the get-go, this could be an undefeated Bonnies team entering this game. But Adams sprained his ankle in a preseason exhibition and did not play until Dec. 2. Before he returned, head coach Mark Schmidt’s team lost its season opener at home to Niagara and fell to Jamie Dixon’s TCU team in the championship game of an early-season tournament in Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Adams came back, though, the Bonnies have won all five of their games. In that span, Adams and fellow starting guard Matt Mobley, a duo Syracuse redshirt forward Matthew Moyer said on Tuesday could be the best backcourt in the country, have combined to average nearly 36 points per game, nine assists and shoot 39 percent from behind the arc. No Atlantic 10 team shoots it better from deep than the Bonnies, who knock threes down at a 38.4 percent clip.Kenpom ranks the Bonnies as college basketball’s 60th-best team. Syracuse currently sits at 52. And the early results from both teams haven’t been all that different. Both have beaten Maryland and Buffalo, and both shoot about 45 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure averages 77 points per game while the Orange go for 74. This is not a given nonconference win for SU.St. Bonaventure boasts the nation’s 13th best turnover margin at +5.4 and allows 66 points per game. On offense, they spend a lot of time at the stripe, averaging 26.3 free throws per game.How Syracuse beats St. Bonaventure: As Moyer alluded earlier in the week, stopping St. Bonaventure starts with containing Adams and Mobley. They account for roughly 34 percent of SBU’s scoring and shoot efficiently from three, something visiting teams have been able to hurt the Orange with recently. If SU can contain those guards, continue to make its free throws as it did against Buffalo and use its offensive rebounding as a strong suit against a Bonnies team that can go with a smaller five at times, it should be in a position to win.Stat to know: ZeroIn 10 tries, St. Bonaventure has never won a game in the Dome.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 68 percent chance to win Friday night. For comparison, SU had an 83 percent chance to beat Buffalo on Tuesday.Player to watch: Jaylen Adams, Guard, No. 3Adams, maybe the best player in the A-10, is likely still settling into his senior season after missing the Bonnies first six games, but he is the team’s most dangerous offensive threat. Averaging 20.6 points and 6.5 assists per game (good for sixth-best in the country) as a junior landed him on the Bob Cousy Award watch list before this season. The award goes to the nation’s best point guard.Not that St. Bonaventure is as good as Kansas, because it isn’t, but don’t be surprised if Adams and Mobley team up to torment SU’s zone with the lite version of what the Jayhawks’ Devonte’ Graham and Lagerald Vick did to it earlier this month. Comments Published on December 22, 2017 at 9:54 am Contact: | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

O’Loughlin says “no pressure” on Under 21 team

first_imgMeanwhile Dublin Under 21 manager Dessie Farrell has stuck with the same fifteen that beat Kildare in the Leinster Final for his side’s clash with Tipp. Throw-in on Saturday is at four o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with John Kennedy Motors, Main Toyota Dealer, Clonmel. Under 21 Tipp selector Michael O’Loughlin says there’s no pressure on his players ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday.The Premier County will take on Dublin in O’Connor Park inTullamore and will be looking to reach their first ever Under 21 All-Ireland final. O’Loughlin says the players are just really looking forward to the game.last_img

How britbet is bringing innovation to pool betting

first_img Share Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Share SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 Related Articles HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Aiming to bring some much needed innovation to the pool betting landscape, britbet recently unveiled a plethora of new pool betting markets, as it looks to grow the value and target market of pool betting. We spoke to David Williams, the Director of Communications at britbet who detailed the importance of britbet’s fresh approach to pool betting, as well as how it can elevate the overall value of horse racing as a betting product. SBC: How important is it that britbet is taking a fresh approach to Pool betting?David Williams: Every element of the betting landscape has experienced high levels of innovation in recent years with the exception of the pool betting environment. We are firmly of the view that it is crying out for innovation around products, bet types and the interaction of customers with britbet on-course and online. We’re confident that a combination of fresh thinking, innovative products and technologies will help to promote our partnership approach to pool betting which is by racing, for racing. Our 55 partner racecourses are incentivised to promote pool betting to their racing audiences and with their significant reach they can amplify an approach which we know will resonate with customers who care as much about the sport as we do. SBC: Can detail further the different bet types you’re offering to pool betting players?Whilst there will be some reassuring familiarity around some of the key bet types currently in the marketplace, we are augmenting that range with some exciting new bet types that – in time – we hope to prove really popular. Our First Four and First Five correct-order bet types are new to UK audiences but will frequently carry some really big pool guarantees which will appeal to customers who wish to have a crack at life-changing returns. Some of the innovations we are introducing around our multi-leg bets which will include exciting aspects such as Cash Out and syndicate opportunities – are genuine firsts for the industry and we are working on ways to generate the levels of excitement we believe they warrant. The significant pool guarantees that we are promising will help to ensure that specific customers and groups of customers are rewarded with effective rates that are very competitive and better than existing industry norms.SBC: With the new bets you’re introducing into pool betting, what type of market are you looking to open pool betting up to?As we motor towards our July launch we are firmly focusing on the 5 million+ customers who will come into contact with britbet in our first year. For a start-up operation we have that enormous advantage of potential customer-base and we are determined to get that right. We know we have infrequent racegoers who might only visit their local course once a year and for those customers we will promise a welcoming and elevated level of service, the opportunity of FreePlay options and some easy-to-access betting opportunities. For the more regular racegoer we know that our “by racing, for racing” positioning will resonate with their love of the sport and its sustainability, but we also know that our success will be even greater if our products and our value proposition is pitched correctly.For sports bettors, the innovations we bring, such as Cash Out, will align pool betting with many of their other products, especially football, and we hope to prove to this audience that pool betting can be relevant, appealing and exciting. We have an enormous range of potential customers and will target each of them with focused marketing and comms efforts.SBC: How much can innovation in pool betting help to elevate the value of horse racing as a betting product?We’re in no doubt that pool betting is ripe for growth. It is the most significant aspect of the racing betting ecosystem that has been under-exposed and we are keen to correct them with our energy, vision and innovation. We’re also wide awake to the reality that – culturally in the UK, at least – fixed-odds and guaranteed returns are the starting point for the majority of race-going customers, so the challenge is not insignificant. We need to get the education piece right and it will take time to bring the scale of customers over that we aspire to, but that is a challenge we are relishing, and with a cocktail of exciting products and a very clearly defined message that britbet supports the racing industry, we are hopeful of making the right kind of difference.”SBC: How much can innovation in pool betting benefit the retail betting market?As we move towards launch, the retail betting market is not a core priority for britbet and we are focusing much more so on the opportunities we have through our partnership model with the 55 racecourses and the customers it will bring our way. Over time, we will look to engage with enthusiastic operators who value the racecourse-led partnership that sustains the britbet brand and believe that our products and innovations will ultimately prove appealing to a wide range of potential B2B partners.last_img read more

Dodgers select hard-throwing high school right-hander J.T. Ginn with first-round pick

first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Two things are true about pitching in the major leagues these days – velocity is king and Tommy John surgery is not much more than a minor inconvenience.The Dodgers took a pitcher that fit each category on the first day of the MLB draft Monday.With their first-round pick (30th overall), the Dodgers took Mississippi high school right-hander J.T. Ginn who is considered to have the best fastball in this year’s draft. In the second round (68th overall), they took West Virginia right-hander Michael Grove who didn’t pitch at all this spring after undergoing Tommy John surgery following his sophomore season a year ago.Ginn struck out 78 in 39-1/3 innings for Brandon High near Jackson, Miss., this season while walking just nine. He had a 0.36 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .073 average with a fastball that touched 99 mph and was described by Dodgers director of amateur scouting as “premium velocity with great movement.”center_img Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In Grove’s case, the Dodgers were not put off by his elbow surgery because area scout Jonah Rosenthal had seen Grove pitch enough as a freshman and sophomore to evaluate him, according to Gasparino.Before his injury, Grove threw in the mid-90s with an excellent slider. Gasparino described him as “a physical right-hander” and said his recovery from the surgery has gone well.Buehler had Tommy John surgery within weeks of being the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2015. Left-hander Caleb Ferguson had the surgery as a high school senior but was taken by the Dodgers (under then-GM Ned Colletti and scouting director Logan White) in the 38th round of the 2014 draft. Ross Stripling had the elbow surgery in 2014.Related Articles Over his last three years of high school, Ginn was 15-2 with a 1.02 ERA and a no-hitter during his senior season.Ginn was also a powerful hitter, batting .419 with six doubles, a triple and nine home runs this spring. He hit 16 home runs as a junior, second nationally among prep players.Listed at 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds – but more likely only 6 foot – there is concern that Ginn doesn’t have the frame to hold up as a starting pitcher and might eventually be converted into a reliever. Current Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler, a first-round pick in 2015, is listed at 6-2 and 175 pounds and Gasparino dismissed the pre-draft analysis as “misinformation” based on Ginn having pitched in relief early in the high school season.Gasparino said Ginn has cleaned up his delivery so he is less of a “max-effort” pitcher, further convincing the Dodgers he can develop as a starter in the mode of Toronto’s Marcus Stroman or Houston’s Lance McCullers – “one of those 6-foot righties that really have premium stuff.”Gasparino acknowledged that Ginn could still end up as “a good one-inning reliever” eventually but “that’s so far out of our goal for him.” All three will start games for the Dodgers this week.“We definitely take it seriously,” Gasparino said. “But we have confidence in our player development and medical staff’s ability to get them back. … The Walker Buehler example is a good one and we hope to repeat that with Michael Grove.”Ginn is the first pitcher the Dodgers have taken with their first pick since Buehler but the 13th in the past 16 years. A year ago, they didn’t take a high school player until the fourth round, going with college players for nine of their first 10 picks and 18 of their first 20.The bonus slot value for the 30th pick is $2,275,800. The Dodgers only have 10 picks in this year’s draft and the lowest total bonus money in MLB (approximately $5.3 million).The draft continues Tuesday (rounds 3-10) and Wednesday (rounds 11-40).UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 3-1, 1.68 ERA) at Pirates (RHP Joe Musgrove, 2-0, 0.64 ERA), Tuesday, 4:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more