AMA Pro Racing kicks off its 2010 West Coast season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana next weekend with the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge.
The SuperBike final is scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. and is 21 laps/50 miles.
The SuperBike final on Sunday, March 28 is at 4 p.m. and is the same length.
For more information, call (800) 944-7223 or log onto www.autoclubspeedway.com.
SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE men’s basketball coach Quincy Brewer has been named both California Coach of the Year as well as Foothill Conference Coach of the Year.
This is after Brewer guided the Wolverines to their second straight conference title and the first undefeated conference record in school history at 14-0.
Brewer coached the most dominant offense in the state, ranking in the top three for the entire season and finishing first at the close of the regular season by averaging 88 points per game. SBVC spent more time as the number one team in the state this season than any other team.
SBVC advanced to the state semifinals vs. the City College of San Francisco, Unfortunately, the season ended at the hands of the Rams, 72-68. SBVC finished the season with a 31-3 overall record.
ONTARIO REIGN DEFENSEMAN DAVID WALKER might not be a household name around the world of hockey, but he is having another strong ECHL year and was named a captain of the recent ECHL All-Star Game.
The Bridgewater, Nova Scotia native is in his sixth pro season after playing hockey in college in Halifax, Nova Scotia. While he has never played in an NHL game, he said he has no regrets about his pro hockey career.
“I love the game,” the 30-year-old Walker said. “You don’t really do it for money, and at my age you don’t do it to make the NHL.”
He said he will be hanging up his skates soon.
“It’s better than an office job, but that day is going to come really soon,” Walker said. “I’m just enjoying the last little bit I have left in my body.”
Walker added he doesn’t mind having become an ECHL mainstay.
“Any athlete wants to play at the highest level, but I’ve become realistic,” said Walker, who is 6 feet, 195 pounds. “The best players don’t always make it. But I like being here in Ontario as being the end of the road. The reality of being called up is slim to none. There’s not many years left after this. I’m understanding in knowing I can’t chase it. Physically, you can’t do it anymore.”
Walker has a double major is history and political science. He added being a captain at the ASG was a great thrill.
“That’s one of the biggest accomplishments and being named captain was great,” he said. “Anytime you get an honor to be in the starting lineup by your peers is wonderful.”
And what about coaching in the future?
“If the right opportunity comes up to be in coaching, I’d love to get into it, but it would have to be a big fit for my wife and myself.”
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GET MARRIED, why not try first intermission of an Ontario Reign game at Citizens Business Bank Arena? That’s what a local couple did a few weekends back.
They got married on the ice, complete with an officiant and a crowd of 6,000 watching. And according to Evan Flagg, senior account executive with the Reign, a lot goes into planning those few minutes.
“We were doing it as part of a bridal expo,” Flagg said. “We had everyone out there, from florists to DJs to clergy to wedding planners. The crowning event was the wedding itself, which took place during the first intermission. We ran an ad (on the Internet). That couple was a mini-plan holder.”
And how long did they have to say their nuptials?
“They had a six-minute window,” Flagg said. “They were probably on the ice four and a half minutes. They did an excellent job. They zoomed in and zoomed out. It was special for our fans to be a part of.”
(Shel Segal is a freelance writer based in Arcadia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)