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Page 7- Thursday, July 16, 2009 7: .... "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" i i The Sundance Times Local racer earns a spot at National Championship Motocross Race at Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN Gracie Van Horn just made her dream come true. The eleven year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 28 th an- nual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur nation- al Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Gracie took over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions. "The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn's is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in," "says Event Director Tim Cotter. =A win at the Amateur Nationals can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career." Most of America's top professional m oto- crossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath have won AMA Amateur na- tional Championships at Loretta Lynn's. The race is so prestigious that last year teenaged stars such as New York's Jus- tin Barcia, South Carolina's P.J. Larsen, Pennsylvania's Darryn Durhman and Texas's Blake Wharton were awarded pro contracts after the race. Gracie, who attends Sundance Junior High School, has been riding since she was eight years old. Sponsors such as Rice KTM, No-Tot, Factory Backing, FMF and Renthal help her to stay competitively ac- tive in the sport by giving Graeie discounts for parts, protective riding gear, bike backgrounds and numbers. Motocross is a very dangerous and expensive sport. It requires dependable and durable equip- ment whether she is riding in a race or just Out practicing. Safety is such an importt part of this sport, mentally and physically she has to always be at the top of her game. She has won over one hundred races in the last three years and competes nearly every weekend in the summer and also races arena cross in the winter. Graeie along with her family will make the long journey to Tennessee the first week in August. The race is run from Aug. 1-8. Gracie is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. She first went to Boise, ID for the area qualifier where she earned a first place trophy and a spot in the regional qualifier in Washougal, WA. Gracie and her family then traveled to Washougal in June and from there she brought home three 1 st place finishes, which guaranteed her a chance to race the most prestigious race of them all, the national championship race at Loretta Lynn'sl Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women, and classes for both stock and modified bikes. Graeie will be riding in the girl's class, age 11-15 years old on a KTM 105. The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn's Ranch and Campground in Hurri- cane Mills, TN. The course contains a va- riety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. Most riders attend the event with the help of their families, friends and by local support, in hopes that they can achieve the dream of a lifetime. Best Of luck to Gracie from all of us in Sundance, Wyomingt About the Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships Produced by MX Sports, Inc., the Air Nautiques/AMA National Motocross Championships is the world's largest amateur motocross race. Hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, TN, the event is the premier amateur moto- cross race in the world. Approximately 25,000 racers attempt to qualify in 33 classes for the 1,386 available gates at the finals. The National event, christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", is held the first week of August annually. As proof of the significance of winning an AMA Amateur National Champion- ship title, most of today's top motocross and Supercross starts, including Ricky Carmichael, James Steward, and Ryan ViUopoto, won championships at Loretta Lynn's. For more information, please visit www,mxsports.com. Gracie Van Horn with her motocross trophies. Local students appear on Wyoming Coaches Association All Star rosters Crook County students will represent their respec- tive Teams from the North or South in the annual Wyoming Coaches Association All Star Games to be held in Casper on Saturday, July 25. A committee of high school coaches has se- lected the top ten players from the northern half of the state and the top ten players from the southern half of the state who will be squaring offagainst one another in this event. Hayden Johnston of Sun- dance is on the North Boys Basketball roster. Team coach is Allen VonEye and assistant coaches are Matt Conzelman and Ryan Alley. Scottlin Lenz of Sundance is on the Men's Golf team. The games will be played in conjunction with the Wyoming Coaches Association annual Coaching Clinic, Hall of Fame Banquet and All Star Week. Events include Golf, Volleyball and Girls and Boys Basketball. Practices for the event begin on Wednesday, July 22, with the games to be played at Casper College T-Bird gym. The Volley: ball game will begin at 2 p.m., followed by Girls Basketball at approximately 4 p.m. and Boys Basketball at approximately 6 p.m. Golf All Star competition will be held at the Casper Golf Courses throughout the week. This All Star Week was origi- nated to recognize the best seniors in their individual sport and allow them to compete in a highly honored event. School Board position open By Evo.Ba Schelling Crook County residents interested in serving on the school board are invited to submit a letter of interest to Ken Rathbun, chairman of the Crook County School District Board of Trustees. Letters must be received on or before Thursday, July 23, 2009. All letters of interest will be considered by the trustees. The successful applicant will replace at-large trustee Jim Pan- nell who recently vacated the position. Board policy states that a board member cannot apply for a job with the school district while still seated on the board. According to Pannell, he has applied for the VoAg teaching position at Sundance High School. =I loved being on the school board, it was a great experience." But, adds Pannell, =I would like to get back in to teaching." PanneU taught school two years before returning to ranching. Interested persons may send a letter of interest to Ken Ruth- bun, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Crook County School Dis- trict #1; PO Box 830; Sundance, Wyoming 82729. Maupin named to School of Mines Dean's List Charles Maupin, a mechanical engineering student from Hu: let-t, was named to the Dean's List at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for the spring 2009 semester. The School of Mines is an engineering and science university in Rapid City, S.D. More than 400 students qualified for the Dean's List. To qualify for the Dean's List, undergraduate students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for the semester, carry 12 or more credit hours and not have any =F" or "Incomplete" grades. SOUTHERN BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA ABSOLUTE REAL ESTATE AUCTION FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009 - 1:00 PM MDT LocoW..d 7 mi. south of Cur, SO on Hyw. 315 in a very scenic and popular area. 12 spoctoculer, scenic reddenlial/rereolionul tin(Is ronge from .39 to 12.15 acres, all feotudng terliie mandows, mature limber and scenic rock ontcroppings. Perfect for horses! Beover Creek & Mkkelson hikino/nildng trail anin many. Terms: Absolute Auction, selling without minimum or reserve! 20% down, 7.5% interest seller finandn0 ofhrndl Brokers represent seller. Auctioneers Note: You simply will nut lind this quofily of residenliol ooeages ovoilable anywhere. The lime could never be better to invest in Block Hills Iondl See phntos, map, dutoils on www.sdowdiem.com- Coil 605-673-2629 for into BRADEENAUCTIONS * 605..673-2629 * CUSTER, SD UW announces spring semester graduates The University of Wyoming awarded degrees to the following students from Crook County at the completion of the 2009 spring semester. Jordan Ray Steele of Aladdin earned a certificate. Daniela Marinho Ribeiro of Alva earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Cassie L. Snook of Hulett earned a certificate. Justine M. Patton and Amanda Suzanne Quiroz of Moorcroft each earned a Bachelor of Arts. Also from Moorcroft, Alisa Somova earned a Bachelor of Science and Mark Steven VerBurg earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree. Laura C. Reinhold of Sundance earned a Bachelor of Science. For more information about the University of Wyoming, view the Web page at: www.uwyo. edu. Sports Physicals & Camp Physicals SPECIAL RATES From June 8- July 31 Only 4t Sports Physical. $20.00 at the time of service, $25.00 if we are required to bill. Sports Physical & Camp Physical: $30.00 at the time of service, $35.00 if we are required to bill. 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