While the NASCAR crews were able to wait out the rain to complete the K&N Mobile 150 race, the local action set for the opening night racing was washed out. The make-up date at Mobile International Speedway is Saturday, April 16.

The original lineup returns, with cars in the Bombers, Sportsman and Pro-Trucks divisions. As a special attraction, motorcycles will take part in the “Two-Wheel Monsters of Mayhem” event.

“Mobile is the fastest track we race on and we are pumped about coming back,” motorcycle racer Rob McClendon of Pensacola said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been to Mobile and we are expecting a big turnout and a great show.”

Tickets purchased for the Friday night schedule on March 11 are still good for these races. For those needing tickets, the cost is $10, while the first 200 children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. For more information call 251-343-2929.

“We thought the motorcycles would add a little more excitement to the mix,” MIS promoter Tommy Praytor said. “If you have never seen them at MIS, they are something to watch. The metal boots clanging on the grounds in the turns, sparks flying everywhere. It’s awesome.”

Big success for shoe drive
Almost 2,000 pairs of shoes found new homes thanks to the latest Many More Miles Campaign. The 13th annual event, sponsored by Baldwin Bone & Joint, collected gently used athletic shoes for the homeless outreach programs at Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries.

The latest campaign concluded at the Azalea Trail Run on March 19. The total count of donations from Mobile and Baldwin counties came to 1,899 pairs of shoes.

(Photo | Submitted) Dr. John Todd and Rachael Hartman of Baldwin Bone & Joint display the mountain of shoes collected during the 2016 Many More Miles Campaign. The 1,899 pairs of shoes were donated to the outreach programs of Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries.

(Photo | Submitted) Dr. John Todd and Rachael Hartman of Baldwin Bone & Joint display the mountain of shoes collected during the 2016 Many More Miles Campaign. The 1,899 pairs of shoes were donated to the outreach programs of Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries.

Schools competed to raise money for their physical education programs. Dixon Elementary came in first, collecting 804 pairs of shoes for a $300 prize. Fairhope Intermediate was second and Spanish Fort Elementary was third.

Other sponsors include the YMCA branches in Mobile and Baldwin counties, the Port City Pacers, McCoy Outdoor Co., Dr. Glenn Glass and the USA Student Recreation Center. Although this campaign is over, shoes may be donated throughout the year at McCoy Outdoor on Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile.

Tennis, anyone?
Registration for local U.S. Tennis Association leagues is now taking place. The organization offers several programs through the year that vary by gender, age and skill level.

Formats include singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Teams and leagues are set up by ability, helping to ensure matches will be competitive.
The USTA points out that besides being social and fun, the health benefits of tennis include increased burning of calories, reduction in blood pressure and reduced stress. These benefits can play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.

To learn more about the leagues, contact Jeanie Harrell at maltjh@outlook.com or 251-661-2099. For more information, you may also visit www.usta.com/league.

Special event for special people
The annual Mobile Area Special Olympics track and field event is Friday, April 8. The largest Special Olympics competition in Alabama will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Approximately 360 special needs athletes will represent 43 Mobile area schools. The track events include relays, runs, walks and wheelchair races. The field events will be running and standing long jump, shot put, plus javelin, softball and tennis throws.

The 2016 Gold Medal state basketball team will be recognized at the opening ceremonies. For more information call 261-509-5056 or send an email to MobileCoSpecialOlympics@gmail.com.

College honors
● Two players for the University of Mobile earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics honorable mention All-American honors in basketball. Junior guard Starla Daggan averaged 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Junior guard Kali Koenig averaged 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

● UM’s Jonina Brinson was recently named the NAIA Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. She won the long jump at the Emory Invitational with a jump of 5.91 meters and finished fourth in the triple jump with a 11.60-meter try. During the indoor track season, Brinson won the national long jump title and was an All-American in the triple jump and 60-meter dash.

She was not the only star for the Rams at the Emory event. The Southern States Athletic Conference named James Faison the men’s outdoor track athlete of the week (first in 200-meter dash in 21.97 seconds, sixth in 400-meter dash in 49.19 seconds, seventh in 4×400 relay). Lentz Similien was the men’s outdoor field athlete of the week (third in triple jump at 14.43 meters and 23rd in the high jump). Brinson was the women’s field event selection.

● Patrick Rohr of the University of South Alabama was chosen the Sun Belt Conference men’s track student-athlete of the week. At the John Mitchell Alabama Relays, he was second in the 1,500 meters with a career-best 3:49.75 (16th best nationally). Rohr came back to finish 10th in the 800-meter run in 1:53.49 (among the top 50 nationally).

● Devin Brown of USA has been wrapping up the awards. After pitching a perfect game against Louisiana-Monroe, the Mobile native was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Co-Pitcher of the Week. She followed that effort with a complete-game win over Southern Miss.

The sophomore right-hander followed that by being named SBC pitcher of the week for the third time this season after going 2-0 with a save and 30 strikeouts in 16 shutout innings. She missed her second perfect game by allowing one walk.

Nationally, Brown is third in strikeouts (176), strikeouts per seven innings (11.7) and shutouts (7). She is 10th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.84).

● Spring Hill College softball has picked up several honors. First baseman Madeline Burchell was the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week, going 16-for-22 as the Badgers went 7-0. Right-hander Danielle Clark was pitcher of the week as she went 3-0, including a no-hitter.