Calvert County Times April 20, 2017 - Page 7

Thursday, April 20, 2017 The Calvert County Times Sports 7 Williams Hits Pay Dirt in Potomac Limited Late Models Roberson Doubles in RUSH Crates Veteran David Williams scored a flag to flag feature win in last Friday nights 20- lap Limited Late Model headliner at Po- tomac Speedway. The win for Williams, aboard his Sommey and Ruth Ann Lacey owned Rocket XR-1 no.45, was his 42nd career win in the division and his overall 94th at Potomac.  Rookie Mark Bailey and Williams earned front row starting spots for the start of the event with Williams booming into the race lead as the field went into turn one. Williams had the field covered from that point on as he would cruise to a relatively easy win over eventual runner- up Kerry King. “I knew we had to take advantage of starting up front tonight.” Williams stated in victory lane. “The cars are so equal and the drivers have all gotten so good that when you get a chance with a good starting spot you have to capitalize on it.” Former track champion Tyler Em- ory was third with Billy Tucker and Rich Marks rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Kyle Lear and David Williams.  Defending track champion Logan Rob- erson wired the field for his second win of the young season in the companion 20-lap RUSH Crate Late Model main. Roberson, like David Williams in the Limited feature, darted off the front row and would pace all 20-circuits to post his 7th career Potomac feature win. “We finally got lucky with the pill draw tonight.” Said Roberson after the race. «We don›t get to start on the front row very often, but we had a great car to- night and again thanks to mom and dad for all they do for this team.» Ben Bowie, Matt Tarbox, Jeff Pilkerton and Jamie Sut- phin trailed Roberson at the finish. Heats went to Tarbox and Sutphin. In support class action Jeremy Pilkerton scored his first career Street Stock win in the divisions 16-lap feature, Buddy Duna- gan drove the race of his career to post his first-ever division win in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main with defending track cham- pion Savannah Windsor scoring her third win of the season, on her 16th birthday, in the 15-lap U-Car feature. Limited Late Model feature finish 1. David Williams 2. Kerry King 3. Ty- ler Emory 4. Billy Tucker 5. Rich Marks 6. Jonny Oliver 7. Mark Bailey 8. Kyle Lear 9. Scott Wilson 10. James Marshall 11. Deuce Wright (DNS) RUSH Crate Late Model feature finish 1. Logan Roberson 2. Ben Bowie 3. Matt Tarbox 4. Jeff Pilkerton 5. Jamie Sut- phin 6. Darren Alvey 7. Chuck Bowie 8. Brent Bordeaux 9. Megan Mann 10. Rich Culver 11. Ryan Clement 12. Darin Hen- derson (DNS) Street Stock feature finish 1. Jeremy Pilkerton 2. Ed Pope 3. Mike Latham 4. Walt Homberg 5. Mike Raleigh 6. Scooter Jones Hobby Stock feature finish 1. Buddy Dunagan 2. Sam Archer 3. Jerry Deason 4. Sam Raley 5. Hilton Pic- keral 6. Dave Adams 7. Tommy Randall 8. Robbie Kramer 9. Mason Hanson 10. Pete Stallings 11. James Rainey 12. Ray Bucci 13. Matt Randall 14. Mikey Latham 15. Luke Lukinic 16. Jonathan Knott U-Car feature finish 1. Savannah Windsor 2. Jamie Marks 3. Dominic King 4. Kyle Randall 5. Dominic Silvious 6. Leon Stover 7. Stephen Suite 8. Ryan Quade 9. Ben Pirner 10. Micheal Leigh By Doug Watson Rockfish Season Now Open The state’s spring rockfish season be- gan Saturday, April 15, and anglers of all experience levels are invited to set out for the Chesapeake Bay from the shores of Calvert County. Home to the bay’s larg- est charter boat fleet, Calvert County’s experienced boat captains are standing by to help fishing enthusiasts reel in “the big one.” Also known as rock, striped bass and stripers, the rockfish is Maryland’s of- ficial state fish and is widely known for its size and fighting ability. The rock can grow as long as 6 feet and weigh as much as 125 pounds. The record for a striped bass stands at 67 pounds, 8 ounces for a fish caught off Bloody Point in 1995. Are you ready to break some records? Last year, a 47.2 pounds rockfish earned John Weber Jr., the Maryland Saltwater Sport- fishing Association Spring Tournament’s $75,193 purse. The 2017 trophy season runs through May 15. Anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring 35 inches or larg- er. Learn more about Calvert County’s charter boat opportunities, or where to launch your own boat, by visiting www. choosecalvert.com/water. For more in- formation, contact the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Economic De- velopment at 410-535-4583 or via email at info@ecalvert.com. The NBA’s Conscience By the end of this madness, half of you will pump your fists in air or slap the table in passionate agreement. The other half will condemn me a crusty old curmudgeon wailing ancient values from his porch, half a bottle of poison in one hand and a ciga- rette in the other. You’ll be both be right, at least figu- ratively; neither will be wrong, at least not totally. In the ninth edition of this column, way back in April 2008, I reflected on a recent television interview with Cal Ripken Jr. The conversation with the Baltimore legend covered his entire Hall of Fame career with a predictable focus on that unimaginable streak of 2,632 consecutive games played. Ripken, in typical self-deprecating fashion, attributed the accomplishment to nothing more than applying his dad’s blue-collar work ethic and being prepared to perform every single day. Okay, Cal. Translated for mere mortals, you only play in 2,632 consecutive games if you possess an uncompromising commitment to your craft and a competitive fire that’s perpetu- ally ablaze. Ripken’s record is unbreakable. It isn’t just the odds of a human playing that many consecutive games. It’s that it doesn’t even occur to today’s players to try. In MLB and the NBA, we are in the era of mental health breaks or general main- tenance days off. In a little slump? Sore ankle? Balky shoulder? Take a day. Better yet, take two. Further, the best NBA teams routinely sit stars during the regular season – Spurs, Cavaliers – and the NBA’s worst, without even a modest disguise, sit players to tank games and improve draft stock. With the long regular seasons in these sports, the strategy is understandable. And in the NBA, the playoffs last for months – literally. But I also hate it - to my core. It cheats fans, makes a mockery of athletic competition and, in my mind, reduces the players who tap out. Where’s the overrid- ing competitive fire? The pride in knowing that you’re only as good as your last game played – or not played? I’m not going to call this generation soft. I’ll leave it at…differ- ent (and quietly lament the travesty). There’s a ray of light in this laissez-faire, I-need-a-day-for-me and participation tro- phy era. An athletic assassin. An ultimate competitor. A man who eradicated “sub- mit” from his vocabulary. In its greatest gospel of rock, “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppel in, mystics and rumored purveyors of black magic, may have eluded to this great athletic force of the future when Rob- ert Plant murmured, “…when I look to the west” and “In a tree by the brook”. West. Brook. Westbrook. Oklahoma City Thun- der guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is, in a word, ferocious. In a league where players often “compete” at a casual, too-cool-for-school pace, West- brook attacks the game, every game. No one plays a midseason contest in Minneso- ta or Milwaukee on a sleepy Tuesday night like Russell Westbrook. Noooooooobody. Does his game have flaws? Does he get out of control sometimes? Dominate the basketball too much? Yes. But his effort and desire to win cannot be doubted. When the clock expires Westbrook wants his op- ponent’s beating heart in his hand and he’s prepared to spill his last drop of blood for ultimate victory. I respect that. It’s how it’s supposed to be at the highest levels of ath- letic competition. And I also respect that after Kevin Du- rant, his long-time running mate, bolted OKC to form another manufactured super- team, Westbrook didn’t throw a fit or la- ment his personal misfortune. Instead, the dude averaged a triple-double and turned in one of the best statistical seasons…ever. In a perfect world Westbrook, the NBA’s conscience, would guilt his peers into giving more consistent effort. But alas, he’s but one man against a now deeply in- grained culture. At a personal level though, maybe he’s the extra foot in the backside we need when our motivation wavers. It’s the “What would Russell do?” challenge or, simply, the one-time “What would Cal do?” challenge by another name. Hopefully that question, that standard, still resonates. And hopefully this has been more refreshing sermon than antiquated lunacy from an aging sports fan in his rocking chair. 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