Sports

Tue
15
Aug

Fair Results

Tobi Wilber - Grand Champion Market Goat

Natalee Bray - Reserve Champion Market Goat

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Tue
08
Aug

Spencer Bayston wins Belleville Midget Nationals

By Bryan Gapinski

Spencer Bayston scored a wire-to-wire winning the 40th annual Belleville Midget Nationals Saturday Night at the Belleville High Banks. Bayston became the thirteenth driver to win the event from the pole position.

Bayston jumped into the lead at the start followed by last year's winner Chad Boat, and Tanner Thorson. Bayston began lapping the tail of the field on the fifth lap, and one lap later held a two-second lead over Boat. Thorson passed Boat for the runner-up position on Lap 8.

With the conclusion of the tenth lap Bayston held a 3.3 second lead over his teammate Thorson. The events first caution appeared on Lap17 when Shane Golobic stopped with a flat tire, erasing Bayston's 4-second lead.

 

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Tue
08
Aug

Boat scores Belleville opening night victory

By Bryan Gapinski

Defending champion Chad Boat captured the 25-lap feature on Friday Night, kicking off the 40th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on the Belleville High Banks. The victory in the USAC National Midget Championship Series event, was his third straight at the track tying the Belleville Nationals record of Stan Fox's three victories during the 1979-80 events.

Holly Shelton led the opening lap while Boat quickly moved from his third place starting position passing Shelton for the lead exiting Turn 4 to complete the second lap. One lap later the caution appeared for a stalled car.

USAC points leader Spencer Bayston took over the second position one lap later. Boat and Bayston pulled away from the field, with Boat leading Bayston by 1.2 seconds at the completion of the tenth lap.

 

Tue
01
Aug

Back on track

Returning champ Boat to test High Banks despite July crash in Lincoln

By Richie Murray

One month after a frightening accident during the USAC National Midget event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, Chad Boat will make his return behind the wheel for a big week of Midget racing in the nation's heartland August 1 in Fairbury, Neb., August 2 in Beloit, Kans. and August 4-5 at Belleville, Kans.

Boat will attempt to become only the fourth driver to win consecutive events hoping to join the short exclusive list which includes: Stan Fox (1979-80), Kasey Kahne (2000-01), and Bryan Clauson (2009- 10).

It was this week and these same three events last year where Chad Boat broke out for his first three career USAC Midget wins in the span of five nights, which has the Phoenix, Ariz. native most eager to return to the track.

 

Tue
25
Jul

Track gears for 40th Midget Nationals

By Bryan Gapinski

Keith Kunz Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian has filed five entries for the 40th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals on August 4-5 at the Belleville High Banks.

The USAC Midget National Championship Series event is of one of midget racing’s crown jewel events.

Clauson-Marshall Racing has filed three entries. Drivers for the team which use Spike Chassis and Stanton SR11 engines are: Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

The Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall led team was formed last fall, and races in the memory of Tim’s son three-time Belleville Midget Nationals Champion Bryan Clauson. Bryan died the following day after last year’s Belleville Midget Nationals from injuries suffered in a crash during the event.

 

Tue
25
Jul

Saluting Summer Ball teams

Back Row (L-R): Kanan Larson, Khloe Koeling, Bennett Lindberg, Warren Langston, Emberlyn Simon, Logan Hause, Landry Nylund, Blade Luedke. Front Row (L-R): Maddy Hanel, Tyler Hause, Kegan Keeling, Aubrey Dunstan, Hudson Lindberg, Karsyn Loring, Jalen Flaven.

 

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Tue
18
Jul

Belleville’s amazing track

New book details the
race history of the
High Banks

The High Banks!, a new book, chronicles the first 87 years of Belleville’s racing history, from the first race in 1910 through 1997.

Beginning on a flat horse track, Belleville’s first auto racing star was Harry White and from there the story is told how this palace came to be, first as a circle in 1926 and then a bowl, when the high banks were fully realized in 1934. From that point on, Belleville became the fastest halfmile dirt track in the world. Much of the story is told by the Hall of Fame team of the late L.A. and Beryl Ward who were longtime reporters for National Speed Sport News. Author Bob Mays, Lincoln, Nebr., coauthored the book with the Wards’ reports.

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Tue
18
Jul

Courtland expands adult recreation

Summer sand volleyball league offers activity for adults

Thanks to the Courtland Fun Day committee, Bryan VanMeter with the City of Courtland, Alsop Sand Co. with the sand donation, Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for hauling the sand, and other volunteers Courtland added a second volleyball court in 2016 to the City Park.

This helped start an adult co-ed sand volleyball league with eight teams last summer.

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Tue
18
Jul

Saluting Summer Ball teams

Front Row (L-R): Grace Baxter, Jersey Klima, Jada Collinger, Harlee Hansen, Hannah Orr. Middle Row (L-R): Zelma Siemsen, Hattie Brzon, Avery Stindt, Carsyn Vizner, Gracia Siemsen, Katlyn Horton. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Shelly Baxter, Jennifer Brzon, Brandon Brzon.

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Tue
11
Jul

State recognition

Republic County named 2A volleyball program of the year

The Republic County High School Volleyball program has been selected as the 2A Program of the Year for 2016-2017 by the Kansas Volleyball Association.

In recognition, the Lady Buffaloes received the 2A Program of the Year plaque at the All- Star Match in June at Lee Arena on the Washburn University Campus in Topeka. The program of the year is selected on the following criteria:

1. Current year record and fi nish

2. Repetitive success

 

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