Beloved Southern jam rockers Widespread Panic have announced tour dates for 2018! In addition to their previously scheduled sixth annual Panic en la Playa in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and their headlining performances at Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, the Georgia rockers will perform two nights at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL and three nights at the National Harbor Theatre in Washington, DC.Widespread Panic will seemingly continue their trend of only performing multi-night runs in 2018, though it’s possible they’ll diversify their city visits while doing so. Keep an eye out for more WSP dates in 2018!Tickets for the Birmingham shows go on sale December 1 at 10am CT. Tickets for the DC shows go on sale December 8 at 10am ET. Head to the band’s website for more information.Widespread Panic 2018 Tour DatesJan. 26-29: Panic en la Playa Siete | Riviera Maya, MexicoFeb. 16: The BJCC | Birmingham, ALFeb. 17: The BJCC | Birmingham, ALMar. 15: National Harbor Theatre | Washington, DCMar. 16: National Harbor Theatre | Washington, DCMar. 17: National Harbor Theatre | Washington, DCApr. 19-21: Wanee Festival | Live Oak, FL (two shows)[photo by Daniel Ojeda]
Batesville, In. — St. Louis School in Batesville has released the 3rd Quarter Honor Roll students, Congratulations!4th Grade:First Honors: Leo Canessa, Amaia Fullenkamp, Ben Greiwe, Sophia Hohenstein, Ashley Hunter, Jaiden Kuria, Bridget Lohmueller, Olivia Meer, Meg Ritter, Rachel Suttmann, Brady Wonnell, Karsyn WatsonSecond Honors: Felicity Brelage, Jadah Ertel, Jack Freeland, Aiden Greiwe, Isabel Imel, Noah Livers, Brycen Miller, Tyler Reder, Cate Reidy, Cora Roth, Matthew Schrand, Paige WattersThird Honors: Caleb Mohr, Kalli Obermeyer, Katelyn Rahe, Donovan Wesseler5th Grade:First Honors: Lucy Abplanalp, Veronica King, Isabel Raab, Santiago Schutte, Carlee SteinkampSecond Honors: Max Amberger, Ryan Duerstock, Sullivan Hill, Ainsley SipplesThird Honors: Adam Meer, Maria Voegele6th Grade:First Honors: Megan Batta, Maggie Beiser, Sady HIrt, Thomas Lohmueller, Paul Meer, Connor Miles, Ella Moster, Isabel Price, Claire Saner, Lilly Schebler, Catherine Streator, Sadie Wachsmann, Madison Wanstrath, Kate Weber, Hannah Wells, Isabelle WonnellSecond Honors: Jayden Boedicker, Lea Cossentino, Rhea Miller, Martha Tuveson, Cole Rudolf, Abigail WuestefeldThird Honors: Marco Canessa, Wes Hollins, Roman Raab7th Grade:First Honors: Megan Bauer, Audrey Beiser, Sylvia Eckstein, Conner Ertel, Aiden Geers, Mary Hunter, Emma Livers, Luke Meyer, Katie Nobbe, Ryanna Phillips, Megan Raab, Cael Rahe, Summer Ratcliffe, Nathan Reder, Betsy Reidy, Allie Savage, Charlie Schebler, Maddie Schrand, Ella Smith, Evelyn Storms, Jalyn Stenger, Noah Tuveson, Nate Vankirk, Wilson Walmsley, Jackson Wanstrath, Teresa WanstrathSecond Honors: Alec Bunselmeier, Kara Bischoff, Alys Cochran, Olivia Freeland, Haley Geisen, Abe Hollins, Hope Kroen, Matthew Miller, Amanda Narwold, Jaden Peters, Mimi WilderThird Honors: Peyton Ditmer, Ben Fulton, John Meer, Luke Meer, Anna Wanstrath8th Grade:First Honors: Elizabeth Cornett, Regina Gerstbauer, Elizabeth Gigrich, Sophie Hirt, Caleb Lehman, Spencer Mack, Ellie Moorman, Benjamin Moster, Olivia Raab, Abe Streator, Faith Tekulve, Kate Voegele, Alyssa Wanstrath, Emma WeberdingSecond Honors: Ava Allen, Nicole Amberger, Lucas Anderson, Amelia Austin, Adam Laloge, Cody Mohr, Cayden Pohlman, Thomas Raver, Joseph Suttmann, Shelby Weiler, Lilly WonnellThird Honors: Solomon Butz, Charles Peck, Ryan Reder, Chelsea Robertson, Ben Ruter, Blake Tonges
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Oct. 9-10) – Brad Pounds and Kyle Heckman both had first- and second-place finishes to show for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified outings at Bakersfield Speedway’s 30th annual Budweiser Nationals.Pounds led all 40 laps on Friday while Heckman gained the lead midway through Saturday’s main event. Both features paid $1,500 to win.Newly-crowned 2015 and now four-time track champion Pounds worked his way around front row starters Derek Nance and Carla Laney for the early lead on opening night.The seventh starting Heckman moved up into the second spot by lap 15 but was unable to put up a major challenge on Pounds. Bobby Hogge IV, Troy Foulger and Collen Winebarger rounded out the top five.The same pair contested for the Modified win on Saturday night as well.Ethan Dotson led the first lap from the front row before John Piker escaped unhurt from a flip in turn one. Dotson led pole starter Heckman before a yellow on lap 19, then pulled into the infield and out of the race prior to the restart.Pounds had transferred into the feature through a “B” and started 13th but was on the move towards the front. He was running second by lap 30 and on the white flag lap moved alongside Heckman to challenge for the win.The pair rubbed hard coming down to the checkers with Heckman winning by a bumper’s length over Pounds with Roger Holder and Hogge trailing. Fifth was Kyle Yeack.Pounds’ win put him on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Heckman was already vote eligible, having won the Mike Moser Classic at Bakersfield in August.Following his track championship season, Nick Spainhoward put his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod into the lead on the opening round and led every circuit for a $1,500 Saturday win of his own.At the halfway mark, Spainhoward led Ricky Childress Jr. as the pair pulled away. Spainhoward, using the ultrahigh groove, held off Childress’ lower groove challenges to win the over Childress and Gary Dutton.Oct. 9 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brad Pounds; 2. Kyle Heckman; 3. Bobby Hogge IV; 4. Troy Foulger; 5. Collen Winebarger; 6. Roger Holder; 7. Levi Kiefer; 8. Ethan Dotson; 9. Robby Sawyer; 10. Jake Gallardo; 11. Daylan Coffey; 12. Ryan Daves; 13. Clay Daly; 14. Mike Kirby; 15. Steve Noland; 16. John Piker; 17. Carla Laney; 18. Derek Nance; 19. Billy Wormsbecker; 20. Bryan Clark; 21. Logan Drake; 22. Chett Reeves.Oct. 10 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Heckman; 2. Pounds; 3. Holder; 4. Hogge; 5. Kyle Yeack; 6. Kiefer; 7. Foulger; 8. Darrell Hughes II; 9. Kirby; 10. Sawyer; 11. Tom Malcolm; 12. Daly; 13. Nick DeCarlo; 14. Noland; 15. Chad Reichenbach; 16. Coffey; 17. Dotson; 18. Winebarger; 19. Bill Bartels; 20. Daves; 21. Bill Egleston; 22. Piker.Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward; 2. Ricky Childress Jr.; 3. Jay Marks; 4. Michael Johnson; 5. Nick Sylvester; 6. James Cecil; 7. Billy Simkins; 8. Kevin Johnson; 9. Michael Black; 10. Austin Frye; 11. Brenda Kirby; 12. Rocky Caudle; 13. Brylon Holder; 14. Brian Cooper; 15. Tim Cecil; 16. Matt Mayo; 17. Traci Childress; 18. Brian Baker; 19. Paul Harrison; 20. Chris McKellar; 21. Jared Schweitzer; 22. Wayne Dotson.
In its final home meet of the season, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team delivered an exuberant performance Sunday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to compete with one of the best teams in the country.Illinois, which came in as the third-ranked team in the U.S., proved to be too much for the young Badgers to handle. The Illini took all points in a shortened meet, ultimately triumphant by a score of 4-0.“I thought we did a really good job in doubles today,” UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “We played with great energy and enthusiasm, so I was excited to see that.”Freshmen Josef Dodridge and Jose Maria Martin De Oliva Carranza performed valiantly to open doubles play, as the No. 76 pairing in the country facing the No. 60 pairing of Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski of Illinois.After taking the first game in all three of the doubles matches, the Badgers rallied to force point-for-point play in first and third doubles. Dodridge and Carranza narrowly lost by a margin of 8-5 while Lamar Remy and his partner John Zordani fell by the same score in their match.“I thought we were really competitive in doubles and in a couple of singles spots,” Van Emburgh said. “We left a couple of matches on the court, and guys were fighting and competing in those spots. To give credit to Illinois, this is probably one of their best teams in 10 years, and they’re playing some great tennis right now.”From then on, the charging Illini continued to hold off a Wisconsin team that tried to keep up.Jakhongir Jalalov, Dodridge and Carranza each could not finish their singles matches resulting in DNFs for all three, in matches already squarely in Illinois’ favor.Illinois followed up its doubles domination by sweeping the Badgers in singles play, winning all six matches and deflating a Wisconsin team that had hung around against a very talented Fighting Illini squad.Of the singles matches that ran through to completion, the closest one was the No. 3 singles match between Illinois’ Kopinski and Wisconsin’s Alexander Kokorev.Kopinski disposed of Kokorev relatively easily in the first set by a score of 6-1, but then Kokorev responded in set two. The second set was almost equal the entire way, and required a tie-breaker to eventually decide it.Even the tie-breaker went down to the wire, but Kokorev couldn’t muster enough to take down Kopinski, as he fell 7-5 in the tie-breaker and 7-6 in the second set. That was the closest the Badgers would come in singles to a set victory though, as they lost the other singles matches in straight sets.Not only are the Illini the No. 3 ranked team in Division I play, but they boast some of the best individual players in the nation as well. Sophomore Hiltzik currently sits as the No. 23 ranked player in America and was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school.Hiltzik was the No. 1 player in the 2012 recruiting class and a 5-star, Blue Chip prospect. Coupled with the No. 56 Kopinski and No. 57 Aleks Vukic, Illinois’ rounded out line-up boasted too much strength for Wisconsin to handle, culminating in the lopsided match points-wise.The loss pushed Wisconsin to 7-17 overall with just a 3-8 record in Big Ten play. However, the Badgers are looking at this season as a building block, and a very important one at that. With the Big Ten tournament approaching and five freshmen on the roster, these matches serve as learning experiences according to Van Emburgh.“The guys are playing hard and looking to improve, and with the Big Ten Tournament next weekend, hopefully we can win some matches and look to stay competitive,” Van Emburgh said.The final match of the home season also served as Senior Day for the lone Wisconsin senior Michael Sinha. But in the sixth singles match, Illinois’ Blake Bazarnik beat Sinha decisively, 6-1, 6-2.Wisconsin looks to wrap up a difficult season this weekend in the Big Ten Tournament at Illinois, which starts this Thursday.
Esports historian, talk-show host and established analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields has been announced as an ambassador for esports fantasy and betting operator ESP. In their words ESP plans to use this partnership to ‘reinforce their presence in the esports industry as the go-to destination for esports fantasy and betting’. Thorin is of course a well known figure in esports, making this something of a coup for ESP.Thorin said of this new partnership: “I am very excited to work with ESP moving forward. There are many shady betting sites trying to enter the esports space. However, ESP is nothing like that. They make sure everything is done by the book, ethically, and they care about the safety of the users. ESP’s product is very well cut, and I am looking forward to using it myself.”ESP has established some significant partnerships prior to this arrangement. After the company’s launch in 2015, ESP partnered up with Na’Vi, Vexed Gaming, and StatsHelix. In 2016, ESP partnered with CS:GO team Flipsid3 Tactics. These partnerships saw numerous focused promotions aimed at fans of the organisations. To its credit, ESP has managed to survive where other fantasy esports operators have fallen; we’ve seen real money operators Vulcun and AlphaDraft shut down their real money options in the past eighteen months. DraftKings continue to offer fantasy esports but only in League of Legends option for now. To accompany this partnership, ESP stated in its press release that it will be loading the site up with ‘more promotions than ever before’. Scott Burton, the CEO of ESP, commented: “We have been talking to Thorin for a while now, and I am ecstatic to have him officially representing ESP. Not only do I find Thorin to be a great person to work with, but I am also a huge fan of his content. I can’t wait to see what Thorin and his influence in the esports scene can do for ESP.” Carlo Scappaticci, Chief Marketing Officer at ESP added: “To celebrate our collaboration with Thorin, ESP are offering a huge number of giveaways and fantasy pools to all customers, new and old. Thorin will provide his trademark Thoughts and Reflections on Youtube for esports events that are happening around these epic promotions.”Thorin will attend a wealth of events throughout the year under the ESP brand, the first of which will be the CS:GO PGL Minor during June 15 to 18. You can catch ESP CEO Scott Burton speaking at the Betting on Esports Conference in London in September (13-15) on the potential for, and pitfalls in, DFS in esports. Esports Insider says: The signing of Thorin as an ambassador should help give ESP a serious boost in terms of exposure. It should also help to legitimise regulated esports gambling, particularly amongst CS:GO and League fans. ESP reportedly has a number of plans to expand its offering in the near future too, so we’re excited to see what they announce. Disclaimer: As a part of SBC we are helping to run the Betting on Esports Conference