Written by January 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Returns To Action Against Idaho Tags: SUU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday and Saturday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball (7-1, 2-0 in Big Sky Conference) returns to action by hosting the Idaho Vandals (0-7, 0-4 in Big Sky play).The Thunderbirds, who went 5-1 in non-conference play, posted their best record in non-league competition in their Division I history (1988-89-present).SUU scores 84.6 points per game, ranking the Thunderbirds 22nd nationally in scoring offense. Defensively, the Thunderbirds surrender 67.4 points per contest. This ranks SUU 114th nationally in scoring defense.Junior guard Tevian Jones (18.1 points per game) is the Thunderbirds’ leading scorer.Also scoring in double figures on-average for SUU are junior forward Maizen Fausett (13.9 points per game) who is the Thunderbirds’ leader in rebounds (6.8 boards per game), senior guard John Knight III (12.9 points per game and the squad’s leader in assists  and steals ) and senior guard Dre Marin (10.3 points per game).The Thunderbirds’ blocked shots leader is Croatian national, redshirt senior forward/center Ivan Madunic, who has 8 blocks.SUU is coached by fifth-year head coach Todd Simon, who is 60-79 (.432) at the helm of the program.Idaho scores 60 points per game, tying the Vandals for 326th nationally in scoring offense with Fairfield, Washington and IUPUI.The Vandals give up 75.3 points per contest, ranking Idaho 258th nationally in scoring defense.Idaho’s leading scorer is senior forward Scott Blakney, who scores 12.7 points per game.The only other Vandal to score in double figures is sophomore guard Gabe Quinnett, who scores 10.7 points per contest.Freshman forward Tanner Christensen is the Vandals’ leader on the glass, posting 4.4 rebounds per contest. Christensen’s 4 blocks also lead Idaho.Australian national, freshman guard Hunter-Jack Madden, leads Idaho in assists (18) and is tied for the team lead in steals (6) with senior guards Damen Thacker and Chance Garvin.Idaho is coached by Zac Claus, who is 8-31 (.205) in his second season.The Thunderbirds lead the all-time series 15-11.In news released from the athletic department Wednesday, attendance at these games will be limited to a player’s pass list.Announcements concerning future plans of the SUU athletic department will be made at a later date. Brad James
By Brian Neal Drive For 5 is presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple Seven Trucking, Triple R Performance Engines, KQ92 and Big Country 103.1. Andy Eckrich picked up the July 17 Shottenkirk Parts Express Drive For 5 IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature win at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. The victory paid $1,000. (Photo by MF Photography) Second night Drive For 5 winner Nick Marolf was fourth while Mark Burgtorf, winner of the first Drive For 5 feature, came from 13th to finish fifth. DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 17) – The third installment of the Shottenkirk Parts Express Drive For 5 resulted in a third different $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature winner Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Andy Eckrich saw his drive to the checkers slowed by just a single caution, topping the 25-lapper ahead of Denny Woodworth and Dustin Griffin. Eckrich and Woodworth drew front row starts, with Eckrich taking the early lead over Woodworth and Griffin. Eckrich jumped back out front following the restart, with Woodworth and Griffin glued to his back bumper. He went on to lead the final 10 laps to score his first win of the season at Donnellson. The team cars of Woodworth and Griffin tried to keep pace with Eckrich over the first half of the race but the leader steadily began to pull away from both. The only thing to slow Eckrich down was the only caution of the race, on lap 15. Feature results – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Denny Woodworth; 3. Dustin Griffin; 4. Nick Marolf; 5. Mark Burgtorf; Tommy Elston; 7. Jay Johnson; 8. Matt Strassheim; 9. Darin Weisinger Jr.; 10. Ray Raker; 11. Darin Duffy; 12. Sam Halstead; 13. Andy Nezworski; 14. Ron Boyse.
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Jupiter police have arrested the 18-year old son of former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney after they said he spray-painted “B.L.M.” on the sign at Trump National Golf Club.“B.L.M” is abbreviation for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.Thomas Joseph J. Rooney was booked into the county jail early Tuesday. According to the arrest report, Rooney told Jupiter police he did it “because of unequal treatment in the justice system.”He faces one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief causing property damage of $200 or less, according to court records.Rooney is scheduled to appear in Palm Beach County court for a July 29 arraignment.