LINCOLN, Neb. – Marshalltown Speedway will be recognized for sanctioning its Modified division with IMCA for 35 consecutive seasons, during the national awards banquet Saturday, Nov. 26 in Lincoln, Neb.In all, 45 sanction awards will be given to 37 different tracks for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 consecutive years of running an IMCA-sanctioned division during weekly race programs.Receiving 30-year awards will be Luxemburg Speedway for Modifieds and Independence Motor Speedway for Late Models.Twenty-five year plaques go to Lincoln County Raceway and Ventura Raceway for Modifieds and Stuart Speedway for Stock Cars.Nodak Speedway and Skyline Raceway Park receive 20-year plaques for Modifieds. Boone Speedway, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Marshalltown, Shelby County Speedway and Stuart Speedway have all sanctioned Hobby Stocks with IMCA for 20 years.Fifteen-year awards will be presented to Barona Speedway and Battle Mountain Raceway for Modifieds, Lexington Raceway for Stock Cars and 281 Speedway and Benton County Speedway for Hobby Stocks.Awards for a decade of sanctioning go to Diamond Mountain Speedway in Utah and Southwest Speedway for Modifieds, Buena Vista Raceway and Luxemburg Speedway for Northern SportMods, Shelby County Speedway for Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts, and Eagle Raceway for Sport Compacts.Five-year plaques go to Millard County Raceway for Modifieds and Farley Speedway for Stock Cars.Seventeen tracks receive awards for sanctioning Northern SportMods or Sport Compacts for five years. Stuart Raceway will be honored for running both divisions since 2012.Northern SportMod plaques go to Bakersfield Speedway, Dubuque Speedway, Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds, Nodak Speedway, Ocean Speedway, Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway, Salina Speedway, Southern Iowa Speedway and Thomas County Speedway.And receiving Sport Compact awards will be Boone County Raceway, Dacotah Speedway, Fairmont Raceway, Lee County Speedway, Lincoln County Raceway, Quincy Raceway and Raceway Park.The banquet will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown Lincoln. Drivers winning championships and rookie of the year awards will honored and sponsor awards will be presented as well that evening.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. An order form was published in the October Inside IMCA newsletter and was also included with congratulatory letters mailed to drivers. A list of names of those attending should accompany each ticket order.Banquet goers should call 866 706-7706 and request the IMCA group rate regarding overnight accommodations.RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 25 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.
In each of the last three years, Belle Sand was a menace for opposing teams. Diving chest first onto the hardwood, Sand sacrificed her body and kept plays alive. As Syracuse’s starting libero, she led the Orange in digs for three-straight years, totaling 1,429 digs from 2014-17.Aside from stats, Sand mentored the underclassmen by working hard and staying persistent on the court, said junior Aliah Bowllan. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Adam: email@example.com | @_adamhillman After Sand’s graduation, SU head coach Leonid Yelin was left looking for a replacement.“We tried to find someone who would play her role in the team, because to replace Belle would be impossible,” Yelin said.But before Syracuse (2-0) played its first two games on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the UConn Invitational, Yelin insisted it was junior libero Aliah Bowllan’s job. The upstate New York native recorded 90 digs last year, seventh on the team, but leads the Orange in digs so far this season with 22.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBowllan started and led the team in digs in both of the invitational games. While Bowllan has played libero since fifth grade, she’s tried to emulate Sand every time she steps on the court.“After watching Belle for two years, I learned what she does and what her tendencies are, and it just made me improve as a player,” Bowllan said.Before Bowllan’s freshman season began, she suffered a serious wrist injury. Bowllan missed the first seven games of the season. While sitting out, she couldn’t use her injured wrist. Instead, Bowllan practiced footwork and conditioning drills — anything that didn’t involve a ball.Yet Bowllan’s relationship with Sand, the only other libero on the team, had a greater impact. Sand helped her with positioning on the court and technique while Bowllan was on the sideline.“There’s a big adjustment going from playing with high schoolers, and playing against girls, to playing against women … Everyone’s just bigger and stronger,” Bowllan said.Over the next two years, Sand mentored Bowllan, and the mutual respect grew. By watching someone who “always knew where to be,” Bowllan began to master the nuances and intricacies of the position.Under the tutelage of Sand, Bowllan improved. Sand was known as one of the hardest workers at SU, and sophomore Ella Saada noted that Bowllan is following suit.This past offseason, Bowllan, Saada and other teammates spent hours in the gym fine-tuning their serves. By repeating her technique over and over, Bowllan has pushed her serve to another level, Saada said.To this day, Bowllan and Sand talk regularly. Before the first match of the 2018 season, Sand had one last piece of advice for Bowllan.“Belle told me to just be ready for anything, especially playing libero,” Bowllan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+