5-year IMCA sponsor Dynamic Drivelines gives new Junior National Champ, Lady Eagle awards

first_imgThe five-year sponsor presents a free driveshaft to the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod or Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod driver winning either coveted crown. Gift certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received. All other Dynamic Drivelines awards will be presented during the national banquet. DES MOINES, Iowa – New awards for Junior National Champion and top Lady Eagle drivers will be given this season by Dynamic Drivelines. Information about drive shafts and other Dynamic Driveline products is availa­ble by calling 515 720-8994, at www.dynamicdrivelines.com and on Facebook.  “Dynamic Drivelines has always been eager to try new things and with the announcement of our Junior National Champion and expanded Lady Eagle programs this year they jumped at the chance to support new drivers,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We are fortunate to have great partners like them.”center_img “We are grateful to continue to partner with IMCA and appreciate the opportunity to support the Junior National and Lady Eagle programs,” said Dynamic Drivelines owner Mike Bennett. “Over the last five years we have gravitated to programs like the Rookie of the Year and now the Junior National Champion that recognize those that are just starting in racing. Building those relationships early creates a unique opportunity to partner with a driver as they grow within our sport.”   The Des Moines, Iowa, manufacturer also gives steel drive shafts to national Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod rookies of the year, and a carbon fiber drive shaft to the na­tional Late Model rookie of the year. And designated place finishers at 80 Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod special events each receive $50 gift certificates.last_img read more

Emma Polaski’s prep school experience pays off as she makes college hockey transition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm Contact Isaiah: [email protected] Not only did Emma Polaski’s first collegiate goal come against No. 1 Wisconsin, but it was also the result of a frenzy on the rink.First, Syracuse forced a Badgers turnover inside the UW blue line. Then, the puck made its way to the stick of defender Amanda Backebo, who quickly slid it to forward Victoria Klimek, who subsequently rocketed it to Polaski. All the freshman had to do was tap it in.“It was a great moment,” Polaski said, “and I’ll remember that for the rest of my career.”Polaski’s goal occurred early on in a stop-and-go first season for the Morristown, New Jersey, native. SU head coach Paul Flanagan has plucked her in and out of the lineup, making it difficult for her to develop a rhythm. Nonetheless, Flanagan is confident in Polaski’s burgeoning skillset.“She’s someone who has to continue to work,” Flanagan said. “She’s a strong girl, has real good stick skills, shoots the puck well. I see her being a big part of what we’re trying to do offensively.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan is confident that score was the first of many for Polaski, but he’s cautious to not heap too much praise on his freshman forward. He knows there are more goals to come for the freshman, but he doesn’t want to jinx it.“For her to build off that is the main thing,” Flanagan said. “Just get some confidence.”Polaski, who attended prep school before her arrival on campus, has experienced a smoother transition to the ins and outs of college life than some of her peers.Prep school offers a similar experience to that of college, Polaski said. Her previous school, The Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School, had a rigorous hockey program where players played and trained daily, just like SU does. The intensity is greater, but the structure is similar.Senior captain Stephanie Grossi plays the same position as Polaski, and has seen the progression of her freshman counterpart first hand.“She’s a really good player,” Grossi said. “She has a lot of strength, a really good shot and works incredibly hard and has a good attitude. I think she can go really far in this program and help lead it in the future. She has a lot of potential for sure.”Flanagan understands that his freshman not only needs to adjust to the improved competition, but also navigate the uncharted aspects of life that come with transitioning from prep school to college.Polaski is still learning, Flanagan said, but all the freshmen are. But in particular, he’s expecting big things from his freshman forward.“We expect her to be a real core part of our program moving forward,” Flanagan said. Commentslast_img read more

State Ag Department taking comments on hemp growing rules

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the department is now taking public comments on the state’s proposed hemp production regulations.Naig says they’ve received a lot of questions already about industrial hemp.  “I think there’s been a real interest looking for additional opportunities and opportunities to diversify,”Naig says. “Hemp really probably has been the top of mine or the crop that’s been getting a lot of focus after the 2018 Farm Bill cleared the way.”The proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp.  “We’ve been working the better part of the last year to get our program ready to launch here so folks can participate in that market in the 2020 growing season,” according to Naig.Comments on the proposes rules will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on January 22nd. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the U.S.D.A. approves the state plan.Naig says hemp isn’t the only crop he sees as an opportunity for ag diversification in 2020. “I’ve also seen just continued interest in local foods. Local and regional foods, food hubs, community supported agriculture — a real interest in consumers knowing more about where their food comes from,” Naig says. “So, we continue to think there’s opportunity there as well.”He says growing food for regional use has a lot things that make it attractive. “The Ag Census actually showed that the number of small farms is increasing dramatically –and it’s a good thing when you look at the opportunity to get into produce and to supply local food — you don’t need significant acres to get started. You don’t need a significant number of acres to make a living and to have a real thriving business,” Naig says.To read Iowa’s proposed hemp administrative rules, go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at: https://iowaagriculture.gov/.last_img read more