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Posts published in “Day: March 26, 2009

Parade, Pageant, First Pitch: Baseball season returns to Highlands, Crosby

HIGHLANDS, CROSBY – Opening Day, this Saturday, the boys and girls of Spring take the fields to enjoy the sports of baseball, and softball.

The Crosby Sports Association begins ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. with the first pitch at 10:00 a.m. March 28 at 6800 Miller-Wilson, Harris County Sports Complex. There will be barbecue available at the full concessions. Games begin at Noon.

The Highlands Little League and Highlands Sports Association are having a parade at 10:00 a.m. down Main Street. The Highlands Little League will then begin their opening day celebrations immediately following their parade at the all Little League Fields. Judge Ed Emmott is to be Parade Marshal. The parade will run from B.P. Hopper Primary South down Main St. to St. Jude’s Thaddius Catholic Church. Following the parade, barbecue sales begin at the North end of Highlands.

The Highlands Little League Queens Contest begins at 6:00 p.m.

Highlands Sports Association is to have their Opening Day on April 4 will full concessions at the Harris County Park beside the Highlands Junior School on Wallisville at 10:00 a.m.

Crosby Sports Association is holding their parade on April 4 at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Crosby High School, North on First Street to Kernohan, West, then turning again at FM 2100 and returning South to Crosby High School. Concluding the parade, players and family then should return to the fields at 6800 Miller-Wilson for a Fun Day and Picture Taking day. Barbecue will be sold on Opening Day, March 28 and on April 4 Fun Day – Picture Day. Crosby made the move to explore relieving the traffic problems that had grown when having both Picture Taking Day and Opening day at the same park at the same time. And to give kids a change to experience having fun outside of baseball and softball together.

Highlands and Crosby both salute the volunteers that made these events possible and remember, “Any kid would rather be stealing second base.”

Who’s preyin’ on who?

Sometimes my ole cuz up Montana way sends items of interest about that part of the world. The latest was a newspaper article out of the BILLINGS GAZETTE regarding the use of birds of prey to rid starlings from one of the refineries.

As an admirer of birds, this article struck my fancy.

A refinery in Billings hired a company out of California which uses trained owls, hawks and falcons to rid the massive number of starlings.

In 19 days, the starlings were reduced from about 50,000 to about 50 using 12 different birds of prey.

Don’t go getting all huffy about that as the company does not want to hurt the birds, but simply gives them a fright to go someplace else.

They let the birds of prey out in the afternoon and evening to scare away the unwanted birds.

The article had some interesting facts that you may be interested in:

A hawk’s eyesight is eight times better than a human’s, allowing it to see a rabbit up a mile away.

A European eagle owl can see a hundred times more better than a person and is able to spot a mouse by starlight a football field away… yes more better.

Owl’s claws can exert a thousand pounds per inch compared to a human’s ninety pounds per inch.

An owl’s hearing is so good; it can detect a rat 2 feet under the snow or grass.

They say the birds will stay away until they go back south in the fall.

Sort of like me this past weekend with the Mrs. and grandyoungan looking at a potential fishing hole.

We went up to Liberty County to the Trinity River Wildlife Refuge to check out a fishing spot. The spot off the pier was so-so. I walked down the trail to another pond on the other side and down a bit while the girls went exploring the butterfly trail.

On down a ways this one little pond looked just right and down there I went. Water on both sides and possibly some fish in the one on the left. Eye balling the water and banks I gandered upon a rather large gator as it was eyeing balling me big time.

Like those birds leaving the refinery, you can have this place!

Lone Star 100 brings racers, crowds to Battleground

HIGHLANDS – Mike Wallings, owner of Battleground Speedway says he could not be more thrilled with the crowd and the racing quality exhibited on his track last Friday and Saturday.

He has invited back everyone that held on to their Saturday tickets to come see next Saturday’s action for free.

Shannon Babb rode the outside of the track to a $20,100 victory in Saturday night’s inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Lone Star 100’ at Battleground Speedway. He then kissed and rode Hondo – a 1,300-pound Texas Longhorn – in Victory Lane.

Babb, 35, of Moweaqua, Ill., celebrated his hard-fought triumph in style, donning a cowboy hat and climbing on the back of the brown-and-white steer that was brought in from a local ranch to lend a Texas accent to the post-race ceremonies. He responded to the cheers of the three-eighths-mile track’s near-capacity crowd with a wave of his hat.

Babb drove his heart out before meeting up with Hondo, taming the outside groove to score his first victory since starting his own team this season with the help of Sheltra Motorsports, Petroff Towing and Donley Trucking. He inherited the lead when defending WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., slowed with a flat right-rear tire on lap 40 and held off repeated challenges from Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, en route to the checkered flag.

The lead changed six times among four drivers and stretched over an hour in length from nine caution flags, Babb steered his Dargie-powered Rocket car across the finish line 1.285 seconds ahead of Lanigan, who rallied from the rear of the field after pitting for a new tire on his Fusion Energy Rocket.

Birkhofer nosed in front of Babb to lead laps 56 and 71, but he couldn’t complete a pass and settled for third place in his Birkhofer-Mars Chassis.

Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., finished fourth in his Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket after climbing as high as second from the 15th starting spot. With Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., who entered the Lone Star 100 as the WoO LMS points leader, finishing 23rd after he spun off turn two on lap 17 and was clipped by several cars, Richards moved to the top of the standings after four events.

Babb, who started third, flashed his vintage cushion-pounding form in rolling to his first WoO LMS triumph since July 18, 2008, at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. Babb found that the extreme outside of the high-banked track was prime real estate for him following a lap-36 incident involving polesitter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.

Birkhofer, 37, became Babb’s toughest challenger. After slipping as far back as eighth from the fourth starting spot, Birkhofer moved back to second on lap 53 and made several attempts to run the inside lane past Babb.

Race Results Lone Star 100
1. (3) Shannon Babb/100 $20,100
2.(6)Darrell Lanigan/100 $10,600
3. (4) Brian Birkhofer/100 $6,050
4. (15) Josh Richards/100 $5,500
5. (10) Chub Frank/100 $4,500
6. (14) Tim Fuller/100 $3,500
7. (12) Clint Smith/100 $3,250
8. (23) Shane Clanton/100 $3,000
9. (16) Ray Moore/100 $2,800
10. (11) Brady Smith/100 $2,200
11. (13) Al Purkey/99 $1,900
12. (21) Jordan Bland/99 $1,800
13. (17) Russell King/98 $1,950
14. (24) Dustin Hapka/95 $1,650
15. (5) Chris Wall/68 $1,600
16. (2) Jimmy Mars/65 $1,580
17. (20) Duke Whiseant/51 $1,560
18. (19) Robbie Stuart/47 $1,540
19. (1) Rick Eckert/42 $2,020
20. (9) Howard Willis/40 $1,500
21. (8) Vic Coffey/36 $2,000
22. (18) Kevin Sitton/30 $1,500
23. (7) Steve Francis/17 $2,100
24. (22) James Ward/16 $1,500