Glacier Pontiac takes Dealership Shootout
Glacier Pontiac came out on top of the first Dealership Shootout drag race Sunday at the Soldotna Municipal Airport. The event at the one-eighth of a mile strip was put on by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions -- Drag Racing Division.
Driver Marc Charlesworth took first place for Glacier Pontiac in a 2001 GMC C2500 heavy duty truck. Glacier Pontiac also took second with driver Seth Thompson in a 2002 GMC Envoy.
Victor Dillon drove Seekins Ford to third place in a 2001 Ford Mustang GT, while Lee Duke piloted Hutchings Chevrolet to fourth place in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck.
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions -- Drag Racing Division also held its final points race of the season Sunday.
Bing Borden took first in the Pro Street class in his 225-inch dragster "Attitude," while Gary Muller was second in a 1966 Ford Cobra, Don Petroze placed third in a 1959 Studebaker Silverhawk and Shawn Hutchings finished fourth in a 1994 Olds Cutlass Supreme.
In the Super Street class, Bill Bushnell and his 1974 Chevrolet Nova took first place, while John Thirlwell was second in a 1968 Chevrolet Impala, Dick Cockroft was third in a 1970 Plymouth Cuda and Scott Walluk was fourth in a 2001 Ford Lightning.
Marty Anderson and his 1992 Chevrolet SS 454 pickup came out on top of the Street class, while Jason Cockroft and his 1969 Chevrolet SS Camaro were second, Jason Keene and his 1991 Ford Mustang GT were third and Jeff Bettis and his 1974 Plymouth Duster placed fourth.
Finally, John Carsner Jr. and his 1996 Arctic Cat Snow-Pro finished first in the Snowmachine/Motorcycle class, while Christina Haeg was second on a 1999 SkiDoo Summit X, Richard Derkevorkian was third on a 1999 Arctic Cat Snow-Pro and George Derkevorkian was fourth on a Arctic Cat Mountain Cat LE.
Gemmell named first-team All-American
Joshua Gemmell, a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School, received an All-American First Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. Gemmell got the award for swimming the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.40 seconds, which is a state high school and Alaska USA Swimming age group record.
Gemmell also received honorable mention from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for his 100-yard freestyle time of 46.73 seconds.
Gemmell also was recognized as the Alaska Male Swimmer of the Year by Alaska Swimming, which is affiliated with USA Swimming. He got the award for two top 16 national age group times -- an eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke and a 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke. These efforts also were new state records. In addition to that, Gemmell was the Northwest Sectional Champion in the 100-yard breaststroke at a spring meet in Seattle. Gemmell also was second in the 200-yard breaststroke at the event.
Gemmell will leave for the Division I swimming program of Arizona State University this month.
Ohio man leads August Halibut Derby
Wayne Weingart of Streetsboro, Ohio, landed a 252.8-pound halibut Thursday to jump into the early lead in the August standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.
Anchorage's Ken Erickson is in second place with the 141.8-pound halibut he landed Friday, while Anchorage's Tom Barkman is in third with the 94.4-pound halibut he hauled in Thursday.
Barkman also is the overall leader in the derby with the 322.8-pound monster he reeled up on July 1.
In other derby news, Sterling's Gary Muller bagged a $1,000 tagged fish on July 30.
Seldovia man races to second in Palmer
Seldovia's Luke Carlough finished second in the Trophy class in drag racing at the Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer Sunday. Carlough was second to Frank Roach of Chugiak.
Kenai's Dexheimer takes State Am
Aaron Dexheimer, who spends the summer in Kenai commercial fishing with his father, won the Alaska State Amateur Championship Sunday at Eagleglen Golf Course in Anchorage. Dexheimer had a four-day total of 306 strokes to beat the runner-up in the tournament by three strokes.
McBride, Goldstein triumph Sterling race
Kyle McBride and Ari Goldstein won the 5-kilometer races Saturday at Sterling Community Day.
McBride, who will be a senior at Soldotna High School, finished the race in 17 minutes, 4 seconds. He defeated Mark Blanning by 18 seconds.
Meanwhile, Goldstein finished in 21:04 to defeat her sister, Rachel Goldstein, by 10 seconds.
Jaerceo Silva finished the 10-kilometer race in 35:49 to lead all the men, while Patricia Weimer won the women's 10-kilometer race in 1:04:00.
Sterling Community Day race
5 kilo meters
12 and under boys -- 1. Matthew Fellman, 29 minutes, 29 seconds; 2. Graham Hanlin, 41:29; 3. Travis Pierce, 56:20.
13 to 20 boys -- 1. Kyle McBride, 17:04; 2. Ben Histand, 17:34; 3. William Keller, 18:07; 4. David Hernandez, 19:03; 5. Joseph Blanchard, 19:09; 6. Evan Haupt, 19:31; 7. Ryan Walton, 20:07; 8. Alex Hundertmark, 20:50; 9. Mark Harro, 21:29; 10. Noah King, 22:48; 11. Colin Hanlin, 25:02.
21 and over men -- 1. Mark Blanning, 17:22; 2. Eric Mohler, 21:29; 3. Dean Robinson, 23:49; 4. Terry Moxey, 56:25.
12 and under girls -- 1. Mara Mohler, 29:29.
13 to 20 girls -- 1. Ari Goldstein, 21:04; 2. Rachel Goldstein, 21:14; 3. Jessica Weimer, 22:15; 4. Marci Mohler, 22:25; 5. Brandi Denna, 26:25; 6. Tess Caswell, 27:02; 7. Jennifer McCard, 27:10; 8. Danielle Severson, 27:48; 9. Heidi Keller, 27:53; 10. Amanda Boll, 28:07.
21 and over girls -- 1. Kenda Blanning, 22:26; 2. Kaycie Schmelzenbach, 24:35; 3. Dawn Jean King, 27:24; 4. Penny McClain, 27:35; 5. Susan Jones, 30:33; 6. Sherri Caddell, 35:15; 7. Betty Dean, 41:50; 8. Vonnie Hanlin, 56:21.
13 to 20 boys -- 1. Grant Gephardt, 41:03.
21 and over men -- 1. Silva Jaerceo, 35:49; 2. Kent Peterson, 43:52.
21 and over women -- 1. Patricia Weimer, 1:04:00.
Hall of Fame revamps voting
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Hall of Famers will have a much larger say in who joins them in Cooperstown under changes announced Monday aimed at making it harder to enter baseball's shrine.
The revamped process eliminates the closed-door Veterans Committee meetings held since 1953 and gives new Hall of Fame hope to 1,700 players who had failed to receive at least 5 percent of the votes cast by writers.
Those with renewed eligibility include former stars such as Jeff Reardon, Al Oliver, Bill Madlock, Ted Simmons, Lou Whitaker and Larry Bowa.
The changes will likely make it more difficult for Negro League and pre-1900 players to be enshrined and also will make it tougher for players not elected by the baseball writers to be enshrined.
Players not elected by the writers will be considered only once every two years, beginning in 2003, and executives, umpires and managers only once every four years, beginning in 2004. Previously, Hall of Famers could be chosen from both groups every year.
The changes take affect immediately. But, because the new Veterans Committee doesn't vote for two years, there's a chance that no one will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year if the writers fail to select any candidates.
The election process was changed not just because some Hall of Famers complained that less-worthy candidates were being inducted, but because players deserving of consideration were being dropped too soon, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan said.
''At the Hall of Fame dinner (Sunday) night, one of the great players said, 'It's becoming too easy to get into the Hall of Fame,''' said Morgan, vice chairman of the hall's board of directors. ''This came from the players, and it should be more difficult to get into the Hall of Fame.
''We also felt there should be an appeals process for players dropped off. This gives them a second look. They have new hope.''
Bill Mazeroski's name was not mentioned Monday by Morgan or other hall officials, but some Hall of Famers -- including Ted Williams -- were unhappy the fielding whiz was elected this year by the former Veterans Committee headed by Joe L. Brown. The Pittsburgh Pirates' general manager throughout Mazeroski's 17-year Pirates career, Brown will not be on the revamped 90-member Veterans Committee.
Mazeroski, a career .260 hitter, never received a high percentage of votes during his 15 years on the writers ballot and did not begin receiving substantial Veterans Committee consideration until Brown became chairman.
Another change is that all voting -- not just by the writers, but by the expanded Veterans Committee -- will be made public. Previously, a 15-member Veterans Committee elected Hall of Famers in secret meetings in which the balloting was not revealed.
The changes do not affect the annual balloting by more than 500 members of the Baseball Writers of America Association. They do include:
-- The 15-member Veterans Committee composed of five former players, five media members and five former executives will be replaced immediately by a 90-member group made up of the living members of the Hall of Fame (61), the recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers (13), the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters (13) and current Veterans Committee members (3) whose terms have not expired. As a result, two-thirds of the new Veterans Committee will be Hall of Famers.
-- Sixty baseball writers will identify 25 candidates for the players' ballot and 15 for the composite ballot (managers, umpires, executives). The Hall of Fame board of directors also will appoint a screening committee of six Hall of Famers to identify five candidates for the players' ballot.
-- All candidates receiving 75 percent of the vote will be elected, just as in the writers voting.
-- The special ballots for 19th century players and Negro League players were dropped. The 19th century players will be folded into the players ballot that will be drawn up every two years. After a Hall of Fame-sponsored study of black baseball from 1860-1960 is completed, the board of directors will determine how Negro League players will be considered for induction.
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