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Chris Snee knows things change through the years of a National Football League career.
“I’m into my seventh year, I’m getting to feel the aches and pains,” Snee said last week before swelling in his knee reached the point where it kept him off the practice field and was expected to keep him out of Monday’s exhibition opener for the New York Giants against the New York Jets.
Snee, the starting right guard for the Giants for the past 82 straight regular-season camps, entered camp intent on helping get the team back where it belongs.
“We’re eager to put last year behind us,” the Montrose graduate said in a telephone interview. “We definitely did some things wrong.”
The 2007 Giants won the Super Bowl. The team returned to the playoffs the following season when Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward became the fourth pair of National Football League teammates to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season while helping the Giants lead the NFL and set team records in rushing yards per game (157.4) and carry (5.0).
Last year, the Giants went just 8-8.
“The offense was still able to run, but we didn’t dominate the way we had in the past,” Snee said. “We had too many turnovers.”
The offensive line consistently has been one of the biggest parts of the team’s successes in recent years. Keeping that unit intact has been part of keeping the team strong from year to year, but injuries throughout the line have been an issue at training camp in Albany, N.Y.
Snee has been identified as one of the leaders, adding first-team All-Pro honors and a trip to the Pro Bowl as an individual to the team success of being a Super Bowl champion.
“I love to go to the Pro Bowl, that’s an honor,” Snee said. “I love to accomplish those things, but the number-one priority is to get back to the playoffs and win another championship.”
Snee said the team arrived in Albany with the necessary attitude.
“We’re a hungry team,” he said. “There’s still a lot to be done in camp.”
WEEK IN REVIEW
When Marywood University needed a field hockey coach just days before the start of practice, the Pacers turned to Elk Lake graduate and former Lock Haven University player Megan Bullock.
Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Marywood director of athletics and recreation, made the announcement. Bullock moves up from assistant coach to replace Carla Chiampi, who recently resigned after three seasons.
“It kind of falls into place nicely for me,” said Bullock, who works as a dental technician in Wyoming. “Last year was kind of a trial run to see if I could balance coaching with work.”
Bullock helped Lock Haven win four straight regular-season titles in the Division I Northeast Conference from 2004-2007 and back-to-back NEC Tournament titles in her junior and senior seasons.
After her playing career, Bullock remained with the Lady Eagles as a volunteer coach, contributing to another NEC Tournament championship in 2008. She has been a coach and counselor at East Coast Field Hockey Camp in Estella since 2004.
She said a similar college playing background and philosophy to Chiampi means the team will not have to undergo any major tactical changes.
“I think the main thing I want to focus on is getting out and recruiting locally,” Bullock said. “We get some local kids to come and see our facilities, but if we can get out and show up and they see our faces more, that should help.”
Marywood went 4-4 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference in 2009, qualifying for the playoffs as the fifth seed before finishing 8-9 overall.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Blue Ridge hosts Carbondale Thursday at 2 p.m. in a high school golf match that will open the fall sports season for county schools.
Golf has its most prestigious preseason tournament Monday and Tuesday with the Jackman Tournament at Scranton Municipal Golf Course. The girls play Monday and the boys play Tuesday.
TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at RobbyTR@aol.com.
Happy Harvick Gets Third Win
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kevin Harvick powered past Denny Hamlin late in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Carfax 400 to capture his third win of the season.
“This has been a very bad track for us,” said Harvick. “We had a good car in practice, and a lot of work by the team got us here. The car just kept getting better and better. It was fun being able to pass and beat all those other guys.”
Hamlin’s runner-up finish moved him up from sixth to third in Chase points.
Kevin Harvick, winner of Sunday's Michigan Cup race.
Furnished by NASCAR.
“This team needed to get back in the swing of things,” said Hamlin. “The 29-car was stroking down the backstretch, no way I could keep up with him. We’ve just got to continue fixing little things as they happen to get back into our real form.”
Carl Edwards finished third, followed by Greg Biffle, who led the most laps.
“It was a pretty good race for us,” said Biffle. “I got a weird set of tires about midway of the race, and after adjusting, we never got the car back to where it was.”
Matt Kenseth was the fifth-place finisher, followed by Tony Stewart, Juan Montoya, Martin Truex, Elliott Sadler, and Joey Logano.
Logano’s car got loose early in the race and slid up the track into the No. 39 driven by Ryan Newman. After the race ended, Newman was seen talking with Logano, and then giving him a shove.
“I was just taken out,” said Newman. “That’s all it was.”
Mark Martin got into several minor accidents during the race. He finished 28th and dropped from 12th to 13th in points.
“I don’t know what happened to our car a couple times,” said Martin. “I was a little aggressive, and got into some scrapes. We might go down, but we’re going down swinging.”
Top-15 Chase contenders after 23 of 26 races: 1. Harvick-3400, 2. J. Gordon-3107, 3. Hamlin-3047, 4. Stewart-3020, 5. Johnson-3014, 6. Edwards-2986, 7. Burton-2986, 8. Kyle Busch-2975, 9. Kenseth-2961, 10. Kurt Busch-2935, 11. Biffle-2913, 12. Bowyer-2755, 13. Martin-2720, 14. Newman-2652, 15. McMurray-2650
Note: Only the top-12 drivers will qualify for the 10-race Chase.
KESELOWSKI TAKES NATIONWIDE RACE
Brad Keselowski won the CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday in dominating fashion.
“This one was even harder,” Keselowski said. “We lost our clutch and ruined the burnout.”
He took the lead on a late-race restart with only eight laps to go, and pulled away.
With his win in 2009, Keselowski became the first driver in MIS history to win back-to-back Nationwide Series races at MIS.
It was the fourth Nationwide victory of the season and 10th of his career for Keselowski, who holds a dominant lead in the series points standings.
Edwards took second by inches over Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Justin Allgaier was fourth in a second Penske Dodge, while Edwards’ teammate Paul Menard was fifth.
Danica Patrick finished 27th in her first appearance at MIS since 2007.
“It was really hard to drive in the beginning,” she said. “It was just really, really loose. I don’t know why. It never felt that loose in practice. … It took some significant adjustments to get it back in the ballpark where I could actually maintain pace.
“I’m really disappointed overall.”
Her next scheduled NASCAR event will be September 25 at Dover.
It was the second race for NASCAR's new Nationwide car, which made its debut at Daytona in July.
Top-10 points leaders after 23 of 35: 1. Keselowski-3904, 2. Edwards-3357, 3. Kyle Busch-3201, 4. Allgaier-3059, 5. Harvick-2908, 6. Menard-2892, 7. S. Wallace-2735, 8. Bayne-2571, 9. Gaughan-2497, 10. Leffler-2450
BODINE WINS, INCREASES POINT LEAD
Todd Bodine got his second consecutive Truck series win in Saturday night’s Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway.
“We’ve got it going on,” Bodine said. “[We're] fast every week. I wasn’t on a Sunday drive; I knew I had to go with Timmy behind me. He was tough.”
Timothy Peters, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, and rookie Austin Dillon completed the top-five.
Bodine has a 231 point lead over Aric Almirola with 10 races left in the season.
Top-10 points leaders: 1. Bodine-2383, 2. Almirola-2152, 3. Peters-2136, 4. Sauter-2115, 5. Dillon-2060, 6. Hornaday-2045, 7. Carfaton-2044, 8. Skinner-1951, 9. Starr-1900, 10. White-1788
ROUSH BACK AT THE TRACK
NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was at the Michigan track Friday, having permanently lost vision in his left eye, but otherwise feeling lucky to have survived.
Roush, who crashed his jet just over two weeks ago while trying to land at an air show in Wisconsin, said he ruptured his left eyeball in the crash and doesn't expect to ever be able to see out of it again. "Everything will come back, except for the eye," he told reporters at Michigan International Speedway. Roush then joked that he uses his right eye to examine spark plugs anyway.
“It was basically a landing accident, based on a conflict in airspace with another airplane, After I'd been given clearance to land at Oshkosh, Wisconsin,” continued Roush.
Roush said he was not comfortable with the traffic when he was instructed to land.
“I was put in conflict with the flight plan of another airplane close to the ground, and I was unable to address the conflict and keep the airplane flying,” Roush said. “I ground-looped the airplane.”
“I think it’s very likely that I’ll be able to fly. I’ve got to get recovered. I have to go through my recovery. Wiley Post was a one-eyed pilot, and there’s no restriction. Maybe if you’re an airline pilot you can’t have one eye. There’s not a reason I can’t fly with one eye.”
In addition to his eye injury, Roush said he broke his jaw, sustained a compression fracture in his back and hurt his left cheek.
Three of his drivers are in the hunt for this year’s Chase for the Championship.
Carl Edwards is sixth, followed by Matt Kenseth (ninth) and Greg Biffle (11th).
Weekend Racing: With only three races to go before the Chase begins, the Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Series’ will be at the .54-mile Bristol Speedway.
Wed., Aug. 18, Camping World Trucks, race 16 of 25; Starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET; TV: Speed.
Fri., Aug. 20, Nationwide Series, race 24 of 35; Starting time: 7 p.m. ET; TV: ESPN.
Sat., Aug. 21, Sprint Cup Irwin Tools 500, race 24 of 36; Starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET; TV: ABC.
Racing Trivia Question: Richard Petty leads all drivers with 200 career Cup wins. Who has the second most wins?
Last Week’s Question: Ken Schrader continues to race in the Truck series at the age of 55. What year did he win the Sprint Cup rookie of the year? Answer. He earned rookie of the year honors in 1985.
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Wyatt Brozonis, age 8, recently caught a 22 inch bass weighing in at 6.5 lbs. Brozonis made the catch at his family's pond near his home in Clifford.
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