I learned how to drive a skid steer when a bored friend of mine decided he needed to build a pump track.That’s what happens when landscapers realize they own heavy equipment during a recession, have piles of dirt and a little extra time. Lucky for me, my friend also just started loving bikes. What a dilemma.All he wanted was somebody to tell him where to put the piles of dirt. I was so excited by the mounds of dirt, a field full of large rock tables and logs of all sizes to drop into our fantasy track. The first thing I wanted was a seven-foot berm. “We’ll work from here!” I shouted in glee. It was like Disney World sponsored by Case. My kids picnicked in the excavator, climbed all over the bulldozer, and took turns sitting in my lap to drive the skid steer – as if I knew what I was doing. Jeff shouted instructions to me from across the way: “The left handle moves you forward and backward! The right one moves the bucket!”That’s it?! I acted brave and climbed into the machine, snapping the bar down snugly across my lap in case I found myself upside down at any point. The engine easily cranked as everyone stopped to watch what might happen, comic book thought bubbles blossoming above their heads. Mostly I wanted my kids to know that their mom can do ANYTHING. It keeps them aware when they’re being bad.I jerked the thing forward and laughed at how I felt more like R2D2 than Sigourney Weaver.“Pack this dirt down as I dump it, and move some of this dirt over to the berm!” Jeff shouted.I was amazed that he thought this was such a simple possibility. Only my girlfriend watching knew I was in above my head and shouted encouraging words and advice from the sidelines. I drove over to the dirt pile and began my version of scooping, which was more like jamming the bucket into the ground and tilting the machine backwards. Oops. I managed to pick up a bit of dirt and drove over to the berm to dump it. I could have carried more in my arms. Then I couldn’t back the thing out without spinning around or crashing into the excavator. Jeff threw me a quizzical look and I just laughed, not knowing which part was most humorous. He then sent me to another pile to practice scooping.We drew patterns in the dirt of what the finished track would look like, including a rock table off the side of the berm that allows you to ride across the field and drop into the track. For a week he worked on it, gleaning advice from various friends until at last it was ridable.The initial hump leading in has to be perfectly hit or none of the whoopdiewhoops work. The last hump before the berm is so tall that it requires good speed on the five humps leading up to it. With the right speed, the berm can be run high and fast, looping the return into fits of giggles. More will be added, but for now it’s a great warm-up for Kitsuma, just across the highway. Like anything worthwhile, it will take practice before nailing it, and I’m certain I’ll get better at the skid steer before it’s done.
ORONO — All five Hancock County indoor track teams headed to the University of Maine for the second consecutive weekend Saturday to compete in the season’s third Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meet.Like previous meets, this edition was divided into two sessions. Ellsworth, Bucksport and Sumner participated in the first, and Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy took part in the second.Ellsworth had an excellent day on the girls’ side with a third-place finish. Freshman Margo Kenyon finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 38.59 seconds, and the Eagles edged Bucksport, Mattanawcook Academy, Hermon, Sumner and Bangor Christian.In the boys’ meet, Ellsworth placed fourth, Bucksport took sixth and Sumner finished eighth. Matt Shea finished second in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:57.91.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe GSA and MDI girls’ teams placed fifth and sixth, respectively. GSA used a four-person team consisting of Grace Broughton, Susanna Jakub, Mary Brenna Catus and Eliza Broughton to win the 1,600-meter sprint medley.MDI’s boys’ team placed fourth behind Hampden Academy, Brewer and Old Town. The Trojans placed first in the 4-by-400-meter relay.The teams will return to UMaine in the coming days. MDI and GSA will compete at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and Ellsworth (10 a.m.) and Bucksport and Sumner (2:30 p.m.) will compete the following day.
TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Maryland — 6:45 AMES, Iowa (AP) – Devon Dotson had 20 points and six assists, David McCormack added 16 points and seven rebounds, and No. 3 Kansas routed Iowa State 79-53 on Wednesday night.The Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) closed the first half with a 21-3 run to take a 20-point lead. Kansas shot 52% from the field while limiting the Cyclones (7-7, 0-2) to 34%.Ochai Agbaji added 16 points for the Jayhawks. They handed Iowa State its most-lopsided loss in the series since an 89-66 setback Feb. 12, 2011, in Lawrence.The Jayhawks made 10 of 19 3-pointers, with Agbaji hitting 4 of 5.Kansas held star Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton to five points – 12 below his average. Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones with 12 points. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye women have two ranked foes at home this week beginning with tonight’s game against 16th ranked Maryland. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder calls it an opportunity for her team.Bluder expects the Terrapins to be ready to play.You can hear the Iowa-Maryland game tonight on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at about 6:45. MASON CITY — The NIACC basketball teams swept Little Priest Tribal College in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference basketball play last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com:== Sophomore Autam Mendez scored 26 points with 15 rebounds, eight assists and five steals to lead 6th-ranked NIACC to a 112-35 win over Little Priest. Mendez was 8 of 22 from the field, including five 3-point goals. She was also 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. It was Mendez’s third double-double of season and 11th of her career. Also for the Lady Trojans, Allie Negen scored 20 points, Sierra Morrow scored 18 points, Sydney Wetlaufer scored 14 points and Shinaana Secody scored 12 points.== Wendell Matthews scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift the 4th-ranked NIACC men to a 111-72 victory over Little Priest. It was Matthew’s sixth double-double of the season and 14th of his career. Matthews was 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 9 from the free-throw line. The Trojans also received double-doubles from sophomore point guard Quentin Hardrict and sophomore forward Chandler Dean. Hardrict scored 17 points and dished out a season-high 11 assists. It was Hardrict’s first double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Dean scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It was Dean’s first career double-double.Both NIACC teams travel to DMACC on Saturday. You can hear the doubleheader starting at 1 o’clock on KGLO and kgloam.com MASON CITY —The NIACC wrestling team remains ranked second in the third NJCAA wrestling rankings of the season. The Trojans have held down the #2 spot in each of the rankings so far this year, with Western Wyoming being top-ranked. North Idaho is third, Iowa Western is fourth, followed by Clackamas College of Oregon. From the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, Ellsworth and Iowa Central are tied for ninth while Iowa Lakes is ranked 20th. NIACC has seven wrestlers ranked:133 — Brock Luthens, 2nd141 — Hunter Luke, 2nd149 — Tony Mendoza, 2nd157 — Kendall Sandifer, 6th165 — Christian Minto, 4th197 — Holt Truax, 9th285 — Zach Santee, 2ndNIACC wrestles at the Central College Invitational on Saturday in Pella.
It wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals.A prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in a mock World Cup tournament at a prison in Huaral, Peru, on May 15, 2018 © AFP / CRIS BOURONCLEAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.– High security –Inmates play soccer © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again.“For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom as anticipation of Peru’s first appearance at World Cup finals in 36 years reached fever pitch © AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDESLIMA, Peru, Jun 2 – It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.