Joey Logano won yesterday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in the first official event of the NASCAR season. As heard on WEBO, Logano was in third to start the final lap, but was able to capitalize after Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski made contact in front of him. The race was postponed by rain on Saturday. Also yesterday, Chase Elliott qualified on the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified second. The rest of the lineup will be set in qualifying races Thursday live on WEBO.
NASCAR begins Speedweeks 2017 tomorrow night live on WEBO with the Advance Auto Parts Clash under the lights of Daytona International Speedway. Seventeen Monster Energy Cup Series drivers will compete in the non-points event. Denny Hamlin won last year’s race. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 7pm. The front row of the Daytona 500 will be set Sunday in pole qualifying, and the rest of the field will be set in special races next Thursday before the Great American Race next Sunday. Every Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series race will be heard live on WEBO this season.
It was a good night for Waverly basketball, as both the girls and boys won IAC Large School Championships. The girls blitzed Whitney Point for a 20-3 lead to begin the game and carried that momentum to a 71-39 victory and the program’s first IAC title since 2013. The boys repeated as IAC champs with a 60-40 win over Trumansburg. The victory was their 19th in a row, setting a new school record. Both the girls and boys will host sectional games next Friday.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will be back in action Sunday, as the Orange travel to Georgia Tech for a nighttime game. Syracuse has lost two straight after posting a five-game win streak. IMG coverage will begin at 5:30pm on WEBO.
Major leaguers open spring training in Florida and Arizona this week. It’s not likely to be warm and sunny in the Southern Tier but the upcoming baseball and softball seasons are still on the minds of local players and coaches. Owego Little League is getting ready for the season with registration on the organization’s new website at www.owegolittleleague.com … click on registration in the menu area. New this season is a spring training program from 1030 am to noon Sundays at OFA by registration for players ages 9 to 12. Registration is also open for the annual coaches and players clinic. This event for players ages 8 to 13 is scheduled from 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday.
Waverly and Elmira Notre Dame split their two regular season meetings this year, but the rubber match was all Waverly as the Wolverines dismissed the Crusaders 69-49 in a boys basketball divisional tiebreaker last night. Waverly opened the game on a 22-8 run and didn’t look back as they avenged their only loss of the season, a double-OT thriller in December. Since that loss, they have reeled off 18 straight wins to tie a school record, and will look for 19 when they play Trumansburg tomorrow at TC3 for the IAC Large School Championship.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team had their five-game winning streak snapped at Pitt on Sunday, falling to the Panthers 80-75. They have a chance to get back to their winning ways tonight, as the Orange host Louisville from the Carrier Dome live on WEBO. IMG coverage will begin at 6pm.
Waverly and Elmira Notre Dame will play each other tomorrow for the chance to advance to the IAC championship. The game was originally scheduled for tonight, but postponed to tomorrow at 6pm. Waverly’s Hunter Bodine set a new Section 4 record Friday with 11 3-pointers as the Wolverines defeated Chenango Forks. The senior ended up with a school-record 45 points in the game.
Syracuse took down 9th-ranked Virginia 66-62 Saturday at the Carrier Dome. As heard on WEBO, Tyus Battle and Andrew White each scored 23 points to lead the Orange to their second win over a top-10 team in one week. It was also the 1,000th win during the tenure of coach Jim Boeheim. Syracuse will play at Clemson Tuesday.
In sports, John Gillon had a career night for Syracuse as the Orange rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat North Carolina State 100-93 in overtime. As heard on WEBO, Gillon scored 43 points, the first Syracuse player to reach that milestone since Gerry McNamara in 2004, and drained a new program record 9 3-pointers. No shot was bigger than the 3 to force OT. Andrew White took over the extra period, scoring 9 points to lead the Orange to victory. They host Virginia Saturday at 12pm.