Elijah Zevenbergen was the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at Arlington Raceway’s Joe Voss Memorial. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 27) – Elijah Zevenbergen led from start to finish to pick up the $1,000 winner’s check at Arlington Raceway’s Joe Voss Memorial for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars Saturday night.Zevenbergen had strong challenges, first from Chad Schroeder and then from Derek Green.Green suffered a flat tire and went into the work area on the red flag that waved after Adam Revier got too high on the backstretch, went over the cushion lost control barrel rolled several times down the track.Revier was OK but his car was damaged. After that restart, the race was all Zevenbergen. Matt Speckman worked behind him but had to settle for second ahead of Dean Cornelius.Green made his way back up to fourth. Wisconsin traveler Shawn Wagner finished fifth, earning the hard charger bonus plus a new front bumper by passing 12 cars.The Stock Cars also raced a “tough guy” challenge in memory of Voss with the top 10 cars from the feature racing 10 laps. The car scored last on each lap had to leave the track. The winner was Green of Granada, who had started seventh. He picked up $500 from Pro Haulers for the win.Team Porter Corner celebrated a pair of wins as father Chad and daughter Kyren won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and Mach-1 Sport Compact features.Michael Stien motored to the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers and Eric Bassett repeated as the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner. Cory Probst collected another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win.Feature results – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Matt Speckman; 3. Dean Cornelius; 4. Derek Green; 5. Shawn Wagner; 6. Brent Uecker; 7. Matthew Schauer; 8. Jeff Holstein; 9. David Moriarty; 10. Kevin LaTour; 11. Chuck Winter; 12. Ryan Grochow; 13. Pete Alexander; 14. Dan Mackenthun; 15. Travis Schurmann; 16. Chad Schroeder; 17. Adam Revier; 18. Shaun Bruns.
Comments Published on February 21, 2019 at 12:43 am Contact Michael: email@example.com | @MikeJMcCleary Kiara Lewis couldn’t believe it was happening again. After a four-point outing against Georgia Tech on Jan. 20, in which her 0-of-4 shooting performance contributed to a 23.9 percent day for Syracuse, she hopped on a conference call with five of her relatives who tried to convince her to stay patient.She was a former “all-everything” player in high school, Lewis’ uncle, Bryant, said, but went to Ohio State and averaged just nine minutes a game. Her off-ball role led to little opportunity within the offense, little opportunity to do what she does best. And now it was happening again at Syracuse. Ever since the seventh grade, she was a coveted college basketball prospect. She controlled the game. She scored from all points of the floor and pushed the pace to expedite her offensive advances.Before she chose Ohio State, Bryant remembered Lewis told her father, Gary, that she didn’t want that anymore. Toward the end of her high school career, she started to give the ball to her teammates and let them take the ball up the court. In 2013, her espnW HoopGurlz scouting report labeled her a “lead-guard,” but by her junior season she was declared a “combo-guard.” Perhaps this was the route she was best suited to take. Perhaps she would benefit from a year as an understudy, she said.Two years later, many around Lewis scoffed. After a limited role in one year at Ohio State, Lewis joined Syracuse and was forced to sit out for a season due to NCAA transfer rules. Now with the No. 18 Orange (19-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast), she provides a steady scoring hand as both a second point guard and off-ball specialist for SU.But her adjustment to her role has taken time, something that not many, especially Lewis, expected. To do so, she had to get back to playing the way she always has.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Being able to play multiple positions, that’s something that can bring a different style or talent to the game,” Lewis said.After Syracuse’s win over North Dakota in Lewis’ first career game at SU, the similarities between her and current-SU starting point guard Tiana Mangakahia were clear. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman was the first to make the comparison. While Lewis provided a scoring punch Mangakahia didn’t in that game, he lauded the low turnover totals from each guard. He called the two players “one unit” and said for the first time they could see a lot of time on the court together.The immediacy of increased touches at SU were enough to keep Lewis invested during the early part of the season, but Gary said the comparison proved to be difficult later. Even for short stretches, Lewis’ playing time and scoring stalled. Coaches at Syracuse would point out to her when she was taking a bad shot or forcing a play. She never understood why, Gary said. At Ohio State, in a similar role beside star point guard Kelsey Mitchell, Lewis associated playing off the ball with not being involved, Gary said. At Syracuse, she misinterpreted many of SU’s early expectations as the same.So, following her worst game of the season, she called for help. On the call were, Gary, her mother, Kadijat, Bryant and Darren Johnson, a friend of Gary’s and a pastor.Johnson read aloud Proverbs 3: 4-5:“Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man / Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”With that, Lewis reached an epiphany, she said. To sulk over something she cannot control does her no good. Gary said the obsession with her role took her mind off from what she does best: score. There’s no use comparing her to Mangakahia because she’s not Mangakahia. They play different games, and Lewis just needed to get back to hers.“Either you know how to play,” Johnson said, “or you freaking don’t.”Lewis looked for places where she can freely score. Gary noticed that Mangakahia goes to the ball immediately after a rebound. Lewis just needed to run up the sideline, she and Mangakahia said. Lewis scored 16 points the next game and was one of the only Orange players who could find her shot.Gary told her to she needed to take 2,000 shots. And she did. Her and Gary, who watch film three or four times a week, diagnosed problems that created openings in defenses. She started to notice when the shots she took were forced, and she looked to correct it.As her shots started to fall, SU ran V-cut plays to free her on the elbow and curls to free her in the corners. As the games progressed, her decision-making off the ball improved and she, once again, became a consistent scoring threat as a quasi-shooting guard in SU’s two-point guard lineup.In the week leading up to a matchup with Duke, Gary noticed that the Blue Devils have a tendency to bite on the pick and roll. With Mangakahia handling the ball up top, the bottom of the defense would be free.“They always leave that corner open,” Gary said to Lewis.After a tough shooting half for SU, Lewis was open in the corner, but a Duke player who switched late tumbled into her. Lewis drained it anyway. She converted on a free throw, and the next play down the floor, hit another 3 from the same spot. Her old friend from AAU, Faith Suggs, was late in a rotation out towards Lewis. Gary laughed. Suggs’ father, Shafer Suggs, sent a text to Gary.“Faith knows better to leaving (Lewis) open,” Shafer said.Gary responded with three laughing emojis.“I know you need that identity,” Shafer responded. “We coming back to spank ass.“She played great !! (sic) Tell her congrats.”Since the Duke win, Lewis has felt at ease. She’s happy at SU, Gary said, and now she understands the full potential of what she can do. It’s just what she’s always done.“Everyone wants to have the ball,” Lewis said, “and (playing off the ball is) what’s going to separate you from the next person.” Facebook Twitter Google+