Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Rabbit Festival a big success despite bad weather. by: – May 3, 2011 Share 15 Views no discussions Share Share Dominicans braved the rain on Sunday to attend what organizers say was successful National Rabbit Festival.Events Coordinator for the annual event Jeffers Parillon said the committee will be meeting on Thursday for a post mortem on the activity.He said however despite bad weather conditions, the pubic patronized the event.“We had a lot rain but the festival went well. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves. While we didn’t make money, we proved what we knew that it is beneficial to the people of the community,” he said.Parillon said the committee will be meeting on Thursday and a decision could be taken about the possibility to host the event twice a year.Dominica Vibes News
By Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. (Aug. 24) – Todd Dart inherited the lead of the IMCA Modified feature on lap eight and went on to score his second feature win of the season at Thunderhill Raceway Saturday evening.Greg Gretz jumped to the lead, outpacing James Tebon on the opening lap. Gretz held the top spot, running the cushion as Dart worked low. Just before the midway contest, Gretz suffered mechanical issues, handing the lead over to Dart.A pit crew challenge was issued and right after midway, all the drivers headed to pit lane where they had to change one tire. Each driver pitched in $20 for whoever had the fastest stop and that honor went to Billy LeMieux’s crew. As the race restarted, Dart checked out, going unchallenged the remainder of the contest. By placing second, Tebon earned enough points to clinch his second Modified championship a week early. LeMieux, Scott Ratajczak and Gretz completed the top five. Other feature winners were Shawn Havel, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars; Andy Ratajczak, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod; Scott Boulanger, IMCA Hobby Stock; and Billy LeMieux, Street Stock. Havel kept his title hopes alive with his fourth win of the season. David Reinhardt paced the field early on, working to a huge lead. With everyone working the low line, Havel went to the cushion racing to second and he began reeling in the leader.On lap seven, Havel took the lead and never looked back. For the second week in a row Jamie Suchocki took second, Scott Reinhardt was third, point leader Dave Bouche was fourth and John Anschutz was fifth. Bouche leads Havel by 12 points heading into championship night. Ratajczak lead all 15 laps to earn his second feature win of the season in the Northern SportMods. Jarred VanLaanen took second, Bernie Reinhardt padded his point lead with third, Cody Rass was fourth and Randy LeMieux Jr. was fifth. Reinhardt holds a three point edge over LeMieux and VanLaanen is still in the hunt five marks back.In Hobby Stock action it was Boulanger with another dominating performance, taking his eighth win of the season. Joe Hegnet, Derek Moede, Eric Micolichek and Bill Hayes completed the top five. Boulanger holds a three point lead over Moede. The bartenders’ race winner was Luke Ebel. Powder Puff winners were Megan Anschutz and Danelle Ferron. Only one more night remains at Thunderhill and champions will be crowned Saturday, Aug. 31. The “Trick or Treat” themed night will be sponsored by Floors by Josh.
Sophomore forward Michael Mersch has complimented the 10 points Mark Zengerle has scored the past five games, scoring eight points of his own with four assists and four goals in that span.[/media-credit]Just three weeks ago, the sun was setting quite early on the 2011-12 Wisconsin men’s hockey season. The Badgers had just dropped their fifth straight game, falling nearly to the bottom of the WCHA cellar with just lowly Alaska Anchorage dangling below them.After being eliminated from top six contention in the WCHA standings for a first round home playoff series, Wisconsin begrudgingly extended its losing streak to five games, at the hands of Denver in the Kohl Center and hit rock bottom. But apparently new life can be found in the eleventh hour for a team that never quit despite a series of hard-fought battles that failed to yield the positive results the Badgers had been searching for.“A month ago we were still trying to get home ice,” sophomore forward Michael Mersch said. “I think it was St. Cloud that things kind of fell apart, but we picked ourselves up from them, we realized we were going to have to go on the road and those road wins against Bemidji [State] and Minnesota helped us become a more confident team.”Suddenly, UW reeled off four consecutive victories, a game two win against Denver and three straight road games with a sweep over Bemidji State and a game one victory at No. 5 Minnesota, before Minnesota rallied in the third period of game two to halt Wisconsin’s streak Saturday.“I would argue that we played some good hockey before we had that big game against Denver,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “Everything came together by us scoring five goals and timely goals, but we played well in Mankato [against St. Cloud State]; we could have won both games. We played competitive up at North Dakota and then Denver at home, and Friday we weren’t very good, but Saturday [we won 5-2]. We have been doing good things for a while, and it came together that Saturday against Denver and we’ve been able to carry that on.”With the drastic change in results, the level of confidence Wisconsin is portraying increased dramatically. Immediately after the fifth consecutive loss, the players appeared to be as low as they had all season. For a team that started the season 1-8-1 on the road, a road playoff series was the last thing the Badgers were looking forward to. Now, they can’t wait.“The confidence plays a big factor,” Mersch said. “When we played Denver at home we kind of got a feel for them and what they play like. The win we had against them Saturday night was a big confidence boost for us.”Sophomore center Mark Zengerle lead the Badgers in points this season and also has been the primary catalyst during Wisconsin’s last five games, tallying 10 points on two goals and eight assists over that stretch.But it hasn’t been all about one or two individuals. Seventeen different players have scored points over the recent impressive streak.“We’re a pretty close team, and I think everyone has just been playing their part and wanting to win,” Zengerle said. “You get down to the end of the season and start looking and there is no, ‘Oh well. We’ve got next weekend.’ You are playing for your season and playing for your life out there.”Mersch too has put together a remarkable string of games, scoring eight points, second-most to Zengerle over that time, and says that working on the power play with Zengerle has helped boost the level of his game.“I think our power play is finding its niche, and I have been playing with Zengerle a little bit, so that obviously helps because he is a point getter and he produces offense,” Mersch said. “Things are just coming together at the right time and not just for me individually. Tyler [Barnes] has a great weekend in Minnesota, Mark almost has 50 points this year, obviously Justin [Schultz] is contributing and has been all season, but things are just starting to come together, and we’re getting some goals and points from our back line guys.The Badgers have said all season long that they felt like the team was a lot better than their record indicated. As the WCHA playoffs begin Friday, perhaps Wisconsin’s opening round matchup, Denver, and others will start to recognize that and fear a potential series with the Badgers.“We have talked since day one about being a championship caliber team,” Eaves said. “Now, there are certain elements that those championship-caliber teams have and we have been pushing for that all year. We’re closer to that now. Are we there? Only if we go on an unbelievable run, but that is why you play the game. That is what makes basketball crazy in March, you get the Cinderella teams, and we certainly fall in that category right now.”