04-20-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Season recap seven races in

 Easter weekend brought about baskets, bunnies, and beautiful weather but no NASCAR race. The teams in both the Monster Energy and Xfinity series had the weekend off.

The teams and drivers are officially seven races into the new season, and six different winners have been crowned. Brad Keselowski won the second and sixth races of the year in Atlanta and Martinsville, respectively.

Kurt Busch started off the year by winning the Daytona 500. Martin Truex Jr. turned up aces in Las Vegas, while Kyle Larson notched his first place finish in Fontana, California.  Ryan Newman tallied his win in Phoenix. Jimmie Johnson, the winner of seven Cup championships, was the latest victor. He nabbed the checkered flag in Texas.

Larson leads the driver standings with 315 points. Chase Elliott is 17 behind Larson in second place.

Truex Jr. holds steady in third place and is just23 points behind Elliott. Even with two wins under his buckle, Keselowski is in fourth place in the driver standings with 274 points. He is nipping at Truex Jr.’s heels. Joey Logano completes the top five; he is 72 points behind the leader Larson.

Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.

Johnson is in 11th place and is 125 points out of first.  Other notable placements are Newman (13th), Kurt Busch (15th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20th), Matt Kenseth (22nd), Danica Patrick (29th), David Ragan (33rd), and Elliott Sadler (43rd).

Everyone is raring to go this weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series restarts at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. The 266.5-mile sprint car event was won by Carl Edwards in 2016 and 2014. He is still looking for his first win this season. Did the Easter Bunny hide it here? Find out Sunday.

South Bend Cubs announce college scholarships for student-athletes

 The South Bend Cubs recently announced they are accepting applications from eligible area high school softball and baseball players for the team’s 2017 scholarships. Completed applications for the $5,000 scholarships will be accepted April 10 through May 31, the press release noted.

To review the full set of rules, application, and eligibility requirements, visit southbendcubsperformancecenter.com.

“These scholarships are a significant way to show our support of future leaders and the game we all love at the same time,” Andrew T. Berlin, chairman and owner of the South Bend Cubs, explained. “They’re not just for current athletes who will go on to play on varsity teams in college. They are for any high school senior athlete who intends to continue his or her education full-time after high school – whether they continue competing at the varsity level or not.”

One rule of eligibility requires the applicants must live in one of the 11 counties surrounding Four Wind Fields in South Bend. Up to five scholarships will be awarded.

Coloma hosts Bangor and Hartford track stars

 Coloma hosted a track and field meet Wednesday, April 12 with athletes from Bangor and Hartford in attendance.