Demolition derby brings rugged competition to Jackson County Fair

JACKSON, MI – Twenty seven drivers from across Michigan competed in a USA Demolition Derby event at the Jackson County Fair on Saturday evening. The event featured an AutoCross Race with two classes of front-wheel drive car — modified and stock — as well as a rear wheel drive derby. Kortier says he’s been racing for 10 years, but has been around the racing community his whole life thanks to his father, who also raced. Scroll down to see our 10 favorite photos from Saturday at the USA Demolition Derby, or click into the gallery above to see all 30 photos from the event. Chip Iceman’s car photographed during the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsOfficials talk between races during the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsMinika Weston, mother of four from Hastings, races in the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsOfficials prepare to begin the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsEric Gilbert, from Ypsilanti, races in the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsBob Ames replaces Minika Weston’s tires after her first race during the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsChip Iceman photographed in his car before he heads to the track during the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsTodd Gilbert, from Ypsilanti, races in the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor NewsMinika Weston, mother of four from Hastings, receives a high five during the USA Demolition Derby at the Jackson County Fair at Keeley Park on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.Alyte Katilius | The Ann Arbor News

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Meet the 2021 All-SEC softball teams

It was a successful season for many Southeastern Conference teams and players during the 2021 regular season, and now those standout athletes are being recognized as All-SEC selections. Fourteen players from both the SEC-RED and the SEC-White earned first team honors, and more than a dozen players combined to earn honorable mention recognition between the two divisions. Here are the honorees for each division. (Alie Skowronski/mlive.com) Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsFIRST TEAM(Name, School, Year, Position)Becca Zachrich, Chelsea, Jr., CatcherMya Purdy, Chelsea, So., InfieldAndi Evers, Chelsea, Jr., InfieldEmilee Underwood, Chelsea, So., PitcherSamantha Sutton, Dexter, Sr., PitcherKylee Niswonger, Dexter, Sr., InfieldLivvy Mellifont, Dexter, Sr., InfieldMcKenna Johnson, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr., InfieldPaige Cunningham, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Jr., OutfieldAdrianna Kitchen, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So., CatcherCecelia Thorington, Pinckney, Fr., OutfieldAlli Novick, Pinckney, So., InfieldEmma Newlove, Tecumseh, Junior, CatcherCiara Ernst, Adrian, Fr., OutfieldChelsea's Maggie Olaveson(25) goes after the ball during a game against Dexter at Chelsea High School on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Alie Skowronski/mlive.com) Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsHONORABLE MENTIONLauren Snyder, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr., PitcherMadison Cunningham, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Sr., InfieldJaden Benschoter, Tecumseh, Jr., OutfieldBella Juozapaitis, Tecumseh, Fr., OutfieldMaggie Olaveson, Chelsea, Jr., OutfieldPaige Sayler, Dexter, Jr., PitcherSydney Pease, Pinckney, Jr., PitcherKatelyn Iott, Adrian, So., CatcherHailey Rodriguez, Jackson, Jr., InfieldMORE:Ann Arbor-area baseball, softball regional schedules

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Ann Arbor-area baseball, softball regional schedules

ANN ARBOR – The journey to the state finals continues for multiple Ann Arbor-area baseball and softball teams this week. The baseball regional tournament begins Wednesday with the regional semifinals and concludes with the regional final and the state quarterfinals taking place on Saturday, along with the softball regional semifinals and finals. Here is the remaining postseason schedule for Ann Arbor-area teams. BASEBALLDIVISION 1Pioneer's Donnie Thompson (13) pitches during Pioneer's game against Huron at Saline High School on Saturday, June 5, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsAt SalineWednesday, June 94:30 p.m. – Ann Arbor Pioneer vs. PlymouthSaturday, June 12At Bailey Park in Battle Creek10 a.m. – Pioneer/Plymouth vs. Grand Ledge/Howell12:30 p.m. – Portage Central/Battle Creek Lakeview vs. Walled Lake Northern/Detroit Catholic Central3 p.m. – ChampionshipWinner advances to state semifinals at Michigan State--SOFTBALLDIVISION 1Saline's Grace Munn (21) pitches during Saline's game against Pioneer at Saline High School on Saturday, June 5, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsAt HowellSaturday, June 1210 a.m. – Saline vs. Ypsilanti LincolnNoon – South Lyon vs. Hartland2 p.m. – ChampionshipWinner advances to Novi quarterfinalDIVISION 2Chelsea's Emily McCalla(11), Maggie Olaveson(25), and Nicole Roeser(22) talk as they take the field against Dexter at home on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Alie Skowronski/mlive.com) Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor NewsAt Flat Rock10 a.m. – Garden City vs. New Boston HuronNoon – Flat Rock vs. Chelsea2 p.m. – ChampionshipWinner advances to Novi quarterfinalDIVISION 4At Allen Park CabriniSaturday, June 1210 a.m. – Rochester Hills Lutheran vs. Royal Oak Shrine CatholicNoon – Allen Park Cabrini vs. Whitmore Lake2 p.m. – ChampionshipWinner advances to St. Clair County CC quarterfinal

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