Dave Brown won the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, co-sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series, at Susquehanna Speedway. (Photo by Erika Palmai Wagner)By Erika Palmai WagnerYORK HAVEN, Pa. (May 20) – Dave Brown took the checkered flag Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway, for the ninth time in his Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series career.Tyler Reeser, Cale Reigle, Darren Miller and Kyle Ganoe completed the top five in the first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event co-sanctioned this season by MASS and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series.Reigle took control from the start and led the first 11 of 20 circuits. Brown started fourth and advanced quickly, using the very top of the race track.By halfway, Reigle caught up to lapped traffic, with Brown lurking closely behind. Brown stayed in the ultra-high groove to take the lead away the next time around. Reeser also made the most of the top line and took over second on the last lap.“With most of the field leaving the top side open, it was less patience and more of a hammer-down mindset that I was thinking when getting around the slower cars,” Brown said. “I just knew the top was the fast way around and I wasn’t going to move down to try and pass any lapped cars, just in case there was someone close behind.”Brown was one of 16 MASS regulars who made the haul to the Central Pennsylvania speedway. Entries totaled 34.On Sunday, May 28, the Engler Machine and Tool-sponsored Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will make the first of four appearances at Grandview Speedway.Feature results – 1. Dave Brown; 2. Tyler Reeser; 3. Cale Reigle; 4. Darren Miller. 5. Kyle Ganoe; 6. Colby Dice; 7. Austin Bishop; 8. Kyle Craker; 9. Stefanie Carberry; 10. Ken Duke Jr.; 11. Scott Ellerman; 12. Dave Grube; 13. Billy Ney; 14. Tommy Carberry; 15. Rick Stief; 16. Jeff Geiges; 17. Tim Tanner Jr.; 18. Brendon Poff; 19. Scott Frack; 20; Nick Sweigart; 21. Stephanie Dodson; 22. Jay Krout; 23. Cody Hackenberry; 24. Alex Potosky.
Comments Ten days of waiting.That’s what the Syracuse women’s basketball team would be saddled with if it loses to Seton Hall on Friday. Ten days full of anxiety, question marks and overall powerlessness as the days inch closer to Selection Monday and the Orange’s NCAA tournament fate.But Kayla Alexander said she won’t let that idea cross her mind.‘Devastating,’ she said of that potential waiting period. ‘That’d be the worst feeling ever. I’m not even going to think about that.’SU (21-8, 9-7 Big East) will hope to avoid that outcome Friday at 2 p.m. when it takes on the 16th-seeded Pirates (8-21, 1-15) in the first round of the Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn. It represents a crucial game for the No. 9-seeded Orange, as a bad defeat could ultimately relegate Syracuse to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament for the third straight season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA win gives SU a chance to knock off eighth-seeded Georgetown (21-9, 9-7) on Saturday at noon and potentially set up a rematch with top-seeded Connecticut at 2 p.m. Sunday.Much of SU’s success this weekend falls heavily on the sophomore Alexander’s shoulders. On Thursday, she was named to the All-Big East first team. And since a home loss to DePaul on Feb. 8, in which the center scored just four points, head coach Quentin Hillsman has made post play the focal point of the Orange offense. And Hillsman said Alexander and junior forward Iasia Hemingway will continue to carry Syracuse in the conference tournament.‘Absolutely it’s going to be the same thing straight through this thing,’ Hillsman said. ‘They’re our two highest percentage shooting starters, so we’re going to continue to put the ball in their hands and let them make plays.’Alexander had a streaky regular season, dominating opponents one game and becoming a forgotten factor in the next. She leads Syracuse in scoring with 14.4 points per contest but failed to hit a field goal in just nine minutes of action when the Orange beat Seton Hall 75-50 on Jan. 8.But in SU’s recent five-game winning streak, which ended Monday in a loss to UConn, Alexander and her frontcourt partner Hemingway powered the team’s offense. Alexander tallied 19.2 points per game in that pivotal stretch, while the junior forward Hemingway averaged 12.2 points.‘They’re rolling,’ senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘They’re carrying the team. They’re opening up a lot of things for us on the perimeter. … Definitely we’re emphasizing getting the ball in the paint and just letting Kayla just go to work and do the things she needs to do to score the basketball.’The duo started rolling when SU desperately needed wins to improve its NCAA tournament resume. After the loss to DePaul, the Orange had just 16 wins and was 4-6 in the Big East.But Syracuse turned to its frontcourt for wins over conference bottom-feeders Villanova, Providence and Cincinnati and added back-to-back wins over Louisville and St. John’s, now the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds this weekend, respectively.The strategy for the Orange has been relatively simple. Hemingway gets the ball near the free-throw line, where she has the option to drive, kick the ball back out to a guard or dump it down to Alexander in the post. If she chooses the latter, Alexander has one job: get the ball up to the rim.The sophomore center has just one assist through 29 games this year, so she has adhered to her coach’s instructions. Hillsman said it would be a big concern for an opposing coach knowing Alexander will shoot every time she gets the ball inside.‘If I’m coaching against a post player,’ he said, ‘and she’s a 6-foot-4 kid, she shoots in the high 50 percents, you know she’s going to shoot it every time and then you know the team’s going to go rebound it, I think it’s a scary thing. We tell her to get it up on the rim because we feel good about it.’Syracuse is 4-5 when Alexander fails to reach double-digit points. The sophomore still feels her team has something to prove in the Big East tournament. A loss to Seton Hall would be devastating. But a win or two could seal SU’s berth in the field of 64.‘We’ve just got to go out there, play hard, prove that we believe we’re good enough and strong enough to play in the NCAA tournament,’ Alexander said. ‘And to go out there and get some wins and prove to ourselves that we’re able to play at the next level.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm