By Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 5) – Oliver Monson won his fifth Mach-1 Sport Compact feature of the season at Kossuth County Speedway to highlight a big night of dirt track racing on Thursday in front of a nice crowd that concluded with the city’s fireworks show.Monson grabbed the lead immediately and led the whole way in a race that went green, white, checkered.Seth Eischeid had his best run of the summer to capture second as Alex Dostal was third.Mike Van Genderen reeled Ryan Ruter in the late stages to win the IMCA Modified feature and Derek Green became the sixth different winner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Matt Looft motored to local win number three in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Brandon Nielsen was the fourth and final different driver to lead the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.The night finished with 16 Modified and Northern SportMod drivers competing for $1,000 in Round 13 of the Dirt Dominator with Tad Reutzel, Kelly Shryock, Mat Hollerich and Ben Schultze reaching the semi-finals.Shryock edged Reutzel in the first semi-final before Hollerich topped Schultze in the second semi-final to set up the finals as Shyrock defeated Hollerich to grab the first place prize winnings.
The Lakers are shutting down two of their young stars for the remainder of the regular season as playoff hopes have faded and troubling medical realities have come to light.The Lakers learned Friday that Brandon Ingram, has a blood clot in his arm that will keep him out for the remainder of the season, the team announced Saturday morning. Multiple media reports have also suggested Lonzo Ball, who has been out since Jan. 19 with a Grade 3 ankle sprain, will not play for the rest of the season after it was determined he was not close to returning to the court.Of the two health updates, Ingram’s was more grimly received. The second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft had missed the past two games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing by the team’s medical staff Friday, which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his right arm – a potentially serious medical condition if left untreated.The Lakers first reported that Ingram was feeling soreness Monday after morning shootatound. The issue caused the medical staff to hold him out against the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets this week. Coach Luke Walton told reporters Wednesday that Ingram was feeling pain when he lifted his right arm above his head. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton declined to answer several questions about Ingram’s condition, including how he was taking the news.“I’m not getting into any of that about Brandon right now,” he said prior to the Lakers’ Saturday game against the Boston Celtics. “I’m just finding out a lot of it myself. All I’m going to say on him right now is that he’s out for the rest of the season.”The setback comes just as Ingram was hitting a career-best stride on the court, averaging 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3 apg in his third professional season. While the Lakers have struggled for much of the past two months, Ingram rose above the difficult circumstances, averaging 24 points on 53.4 percent shooting and emerging as a legitimate complementary piece to LeBron James.The Lakers have not yet determined what treatment Ingram will undergo for his condition, and are still in the information-gathering stage. DVT is commonly treated with blood thinners, which would require a player to sit out.The decision to keep Ball out is one that the Lakers have been shifting toward lately: On Friday, Walton cast doubt that Ball might make a return for any of the 16 remaining games. While Walton didn’t officially confirm Ball would not play for the rest of the year, he suggested again Saturday that the second overall pick in the 2017 Draft wasn’t close to suiting up again. “From what I can tell — from my eye test, not being a doctor — he’s not doing basketball stuff yet,” he said. “So we’ll see.”“In their official stance, the Lakers said Ball’s ankle would be re-evaluated in two weeks and had been cleared for non-contact basketball activities. But Walton had suggested in the days leading up to the reports that the Lakers could reach a point that it would be more valuable to sit Ball to keep him healthy for the off-season.”Ball similarly was going through a strong stretch when he was injured, helping the Lakers, seemingly preparing to help the team turn a corner after a multitude of struggles without James, who was missing with a groin injury. Ball ended up with 9.9 ppg, 5.4 apg and 5.3 rpg in 47 games in his sophomore effort. He consistently drew praise as one of the Lakers’ best on-ball defenders: The Lakers’ defensive rating rose from 105.3 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court to 110 when he was off.The Lakers have been roiled by medical setbacks throughout the season, missing James, Ingram, Ball, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler for long stretches. Kyle Kuzma also missed Saturday’s start, his second straight game since rolling his right ankle on Monday.Six-and-a-half games out in the playoff standings as of Saturday morning, the Lakers have embraced a policy of safeguarding their stars from overuse and injury with the postseason now out of reach. The team recently acknowledged it is monitoring James’ minutes and possibly could sit him out for the second game of back-to-backs.It’s not the first time this year Ingram has been sidelined – he missed four games at the beginning of the year for his role in a brawl with the Houston Rockets in the Lakers’ home opener. He later missed seven games with a sprained ankle in December.Ball’s injury was his first this year, but it’s the second season that Ball has finished with less than 55 games played. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error