Chad Holladay raced to his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win when the 30th annual IMCA Late Model tour concluded Saturday at West Liberty Raceway. (Photo by Mike Ruefer)WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Sept. 24) – Chad Holladay won his first Deery Brothers Summer Series feature while Tyler Bruening became a first-time IMCA Late Model tour champion Saturday night at West Liberty Raceway.Holladay raced from the 15th starting spot to win the 50-lap finale for the 30th annual series, leading the last 28 circuits en route to the $2,500 Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 payday.“We had a good car, obviously. I was able to run the cushion where no one else was and found some bite on (turn) four. The cautions helped and we had a little bit of luck. It was a little bit of everything tonight,” he said. “A Deery Series win is something we’ve always wanted and we’ve come close a couple times. We’re hoping to pick up at the same place we left off next year.”Bruening made his charge toward the front from 21st starting and finished sixth. He’d gone into the day just a single point ahead of Jeff Aikey in the race for the series crown but the anticipated last-race drama disappeared when Aikey couldn’t make the call for the main event due to engine issues.Andy Eckrich, Matt Ryan, Joel Callahan and Chris Horn finished second through fifth, respectively.Jeremiah Hurst led early from the pole before Ryan settled in for a 14-lap turn up front. Callahan took over for six circuits. Holladay made the most of the higher line once he got in front and pulled away from the pack.The regular season track champion at West Liberty, Holladay’s previous best Deery Series finish came with a third place run on Sept. 3 at Farley Speedway.Callahan also topped the $2,500 to-win 50-lapper for pay only and $1,000 to-win Iron Man Challenge. He won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing as well.Top 10 drivers in point standings for the second half of the series will receive checks totaling $9,325 during the IMCA national awards banquet in November. Bruening’s share will be $2,500.The complete Liberty 100 program was held on Saturday after Friday’s scheduled program was postponed due to wet track conditions.Feature results – 1. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 4. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 5. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls; 10. Kevin Kile, West Liberty; 11. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 12. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 13. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 14. Corey Zeitner, Omaha, Neb.; 15. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 16. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 17. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 18. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 19. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 20. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 21. Jay Chenoweth, Wapello; 22. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 23. Rob Toland, Davenport; 24. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls.Ironman Challenge – 1. Callahan; 2. Holladay; 3. Bruening; 4. Guss; 5. Carter; 6. Dolan; 7. Fitzpatrick; 8. Ryan; 9. DeFrance; 10. Aikey; 11. Kay; 12. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 13. Toland; 14. Neal; 15. Zrostlik.Pay only feature – 1. Callahan; 2. Carter; 3. Neal; 4. Horn; 5. Zrostlik; 6. Denny Eckrich; 7. Hurst; 8. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 9. Tharp; 10. Fitzpatrick; 11. Dolan; 12. Marty Scheckel, Long Grove; 13. Zeitner; 14. Holladay; 15. Kile; 16. Hinrichs; 17. DeFrance; 18. Ryan; 19. Boyse; 20. Andy Eckrich; 21. Mike Zemo Jr., Davenport; 22. Kay.
Facebook Twitter Google+ As the new year starts to settle in, Syracuse has one goal for the home stretch of conference play: Secure a first-round bye in the College Hockey America tournament.Despite starting the season 0-4-2 in nonconference play, the Orange appears to be turning its season around after one of the worst starts in program history.With a recent weekend sweep of CHA foe Penn State under its belt, Syracuse (7-10-5, 6-2-2 CHA) is positioned to lock up a first-round bye and finish what could have been a disappointing season with a CHA title run. After winning a three-overtime thriller in last year’s semifinal game, only to lose in the title game the next day, the SU upperclassmen hope for another chance to get back.“We’ve been in five championship games in eight years,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Very much so unfinished business.”SU now places second in the CHA with 14 points, only three points behind No. 7 Robert Morris. Right below Syracuse is Penn State (nine points), but thanks to a strong weekend series, the Orange has pulled away from the Nittany Lions in the conference standings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith only 10 conference games remaining — and a home weekend series with Robert Morris looming — the Orange could move into position to be the No. 1 overall seed. But in the end, the first-round bye is the most pivotal component.“If you don’t get that bye, you’ve got to win three games in three days,” Flanagan said. “Just taking one game out of the equation, just physiologically, and even mentally, that’s a huge boost.”“That one less game really makes a difference,” junior forward Steph Grossi said.In early December, a tie against Rochester Institute of Technology, which only has four wins, had Flanagan saying: “It was an awful hockey game. Brutal. Just brutal.” A 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Cornell last week showed the Orange is far from polished.“The RIT game, I feel like that’s a point we just let get away,” Flanagan said. “That shouldn’t have happened.”But for upperclassmen, the opportunity to finally break through and win the CHA tournament is here.Last year, Syracuse was in the same position. After a rough first half of the season — it entered Winter Break with an 8-11-2 overall record — the Orange managed to put together a strong second half, one that saw it rattle off eight straight wins to finish the season before falling to Mercyhurst in the CHA title game.To get there this year, Syracuse will need to play the way it did against Penn State last weekend. Over the course of two games, the Orange piled up 71 shots to the Nittany Lions’ 32, saw goals from five different players and outscored PSU 7-2, picking up a pair pivotal conference wins.“We started off pretty well with a first league weekend with Penn State,” senior forward Emily Costales said, “so hopefully going into Lindenwood we have the momentum. Flying down there, getting our business done and keeping it rolling.”If Syracuse can replicate last year’s hot streak, the first round bye is all but certain. And for right now, it is SU’s to lose.“There’s that fire in there,” Grossi said. “We need to win this year. It’s not OK if we don’t.” Comments Published on January 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham
Nick Entin | Daily Trojan The Spirit of Troy Marching Band was led onto the field before the game by the drum major who started things off in his usual fashion — a sword in the ground.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers catches a ball. Rogers finished the game with two catches and 45 yards.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Junior defensive back John Plattenburg makes a tackle against Alabama on a kickoff return.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne scrambles for a 17-yard gain in the first quarter on Saturday.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett tries to avoid a tackle on one of his four catches. He had 26 yards.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Sophomore tailback Ronald Jones II makes a break up the field. Jones was the Trojans leading rusher with 46 yards on seven carries.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne scans the field looking for a receiver. Browne was 14-19 with 101 yards and one interception.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Sophomore tailback Ronald Jones II was the Trojans leading rusher. He had 46 yards.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Sophomore tailback Aca’Cedric Ware gets wrapped up by the Alabama defense. Ware earned 22 yards on six carries.Nick Entin | Daily Trojan Sophomore tailback Dominic Davis ran for five yards on two carries Saturday against the Alabama Crimson Tide.