STATEWIDE — Despite what appeared to be high interest in this year’s presidential race, Secretary of State Connie Lawson says only 38-percent of Indiana voters showed up at the polls for the May primary.That’s lower than the 40-percent who showed up during the last truly competitive primary in 2008.
To considerably less fanfare, Steve Nash posted 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and five assists in 20 minutes in his first game since aggravating his hamstring on April 8, 2014. That marked one of many instances nerve irritation in his back and hamstrings kept him out last season for all but 15 games.“It met my expectations,” Nash said. “I expect to get through it. I also know it’s something I can’t really control. All I can control is the work I put in to prepare, train and recover. Hopefully that’s enough.”It sure was against Denver as Lakers coach Byron Scott stayed firm on his minutes with Bryant and Nash, neither of whom played in the fourth quarter. Before that, plenty of the focus centered on Bryant for obvious reasons. His presence even sparking a familiar “M-V-P” chant when he stepped to the free-throw line in the third quarter.This marked his first appearance in an NBA game since injuring his left knee in Memphis on Dec. 17, 2013. The injury happened a mere six games into his initial recovery from a left Achilles tendon injury that entailed eight months of rehab. The injury sparked plenty of debate on whether Bryant could write the last chapter of a legacy that already entails five NBA championships and a fourth-place standing on the league’s scoring list. On Monday, Bryant provided an encouraging rebuttal.“It looks like he’ll round into a pretty decent ball player here,” Nash deadpanned.Bryant may not have offered much explosiveness. But Bryant hit plenty of step-back jumpers mostly in the post and along the elbows. He thrived in those areas mostly under Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and it appears Scott’s system will heavily feature Bryant in those same spots. More importantly, both Scott and Bryant believe that strategy will conserve his energy.“It keeps him fresher,” Scott said. “He’s not running all over the place. He’s not running from the hash mark all the way down to the baseline. He’s in a pretty nice confined area that he can really work. He feels that way as well. The one thing he said tonight is that he felt fantastic and didn’t feel tired.”Bryant felt that way despite participating in Scott’s training camp that puts a heavy emphasis on running.“We’re not close to being tired,” Bryant said. “We did so much conditioning that we felt we could run all day.”Injury updateThe Lakers’ string of injuries from last season have carried over into training camp.The Lakers estimate Nick Young will stay sidelined for eight weeks after having surgery Monday to treat a torn ligament in his right thumb. Lakers forward Wesley Johnson also suffered a patellar tendon strain in left knee against Denver after posting nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in 24 minutes. The Lakers plan to re-evaluate Johnson on Tuesday and will likely have limitations in practice, but both Johnson and Scott downplayed the injury.“There’s nothing that can stop him from playing,” Scott said.Still, the Lakers are already thin at small forward with injuries to Ryan Kelly (strained left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (back spasms).“On offense, we’ll find a way to score,” Johnson said. “We’ll definitely miss Nick and hope he gets back. But our main thing is stopping people on defense.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The return came amid a backdrop of noise usually only reserved for Lakers playoff games.Kobe Bryant’s fadeaway jumpers and pinpoint passes sparked screams. Bryant’s airball elicited startled reactions. Bryant’s hustle for a loose ball that entailed nearly crashing into a courtside fan wearing his jersey prompted both gasps and applause.Under normal circumstances, this game meant nothing.The Lakers’ 98-95 victory Monday against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center represented the first of eight preseason games the team will use to sort out roster combinations. Under Bryant’s circumstances, this game meant everything.Bryant’s 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, five assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes against Denver provided one of perhaps many rebuttals on anyone skeptical he could return successfully after an injured left knee kept him sidelined for the past 10 months.“I felt like I could do anything I wanted,” Bryant said. “This is the healthiest I’ve been in a couple of years.”So much that a spry Bryant chased a loose ball in the first quarter and nearly took out a Lakers fan. “I was more worried about the fan sitting there,” Bryant said. “I didn’t want to run him over.”
The South East Prairie Thunder looked like a contender on Thursday afternoon, as they dispatched the Clarenville Caribous from the Allan Cup.- Advertisement -The afternoon quarterfinal started with a bang, as the teams combined for a whopping five goals in the first seven minutes. But, when the smoke had cleared, it was the Prairie Thunder with a 3-2 lead. Last year’s Allan Cup runners-up proved the first team to regain control of its emotion, as the Prairie Thunder stuck to the game plan, and did an effective job of neutralizing the Caribous’ speed.Midway through the second period, Mike Martens added his second goal of the game, and what would become the game-winner, as the Prairie Thunder stifled the Caribous’ powerplays, and showed their experience and poise.Nick Fuher, Travis Cornelson, Tim Plett, Tim Krymusa, and Cory Baldwin also scored for the Prairie Thunder, while Justin Harris picked up the win in goal.For the third straight game, Jason Churchill was under seige in the Clarenville goal, as he faced 60 shots in the game – Clarenville’s third game against a powerhouse roster in less than 72 hours.Advertisement By Jon Zacks Click here to listen to a post-game interview with Matt Sales and South East’s Mike Martens. [asset|aid=2808|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=18376fc4dfa9b6c3418ff48203bb35eb-Martens – post_1_Pub.mp3] The Prairie Thunder will await the result of Thursday evening’s Powell River vs. Bentley quarterfinal, to see who they play in Friday’s semi finals.
Volunteers ranged from skilled electricians and plumbers to children with garden shovels eager to help. After learning of the recently widowed Janet Lamping and her four daughters, ages 9, 16, 27, and 29, through Whittier police Sgt. Kent Miller, church leaders looked into the situation decided to help, said Stringer. “She was in great need,” Stringer said, “She had been practically living at the hospital for 6 months before Tom’s death.” Lamping had intended to do many of the projects, as he was planning on retiring in less than two years at the time he was diagnosed with cancer and rapidly became desperately ill, said Janet Lamping. First on Lamping’s unfulfilled to-do list was to replace broken lighting fixtures in the living room, said Janet Lamping. “I wish he could have seen them,” she tearfully added as she watched workers put the finishing touches on the new fixtures. • Photo Gallery: Gone Serving DIAMOND BAR – Dozens of volunteers brought paintbrushes and power tools to the home Whittier police Sgt. Tom Lamping’s family over the weekend to make the repairs and home improvements Lamping was unable to complete before he died in March at age 51. The massive two-day renovation was carried out by parishioners of the Whittier Area Community Church as part of their second annual “Serve Weekend.” Active and retired Whittier police officers also joined the project, according to project leader and general contractor Sonny Stringer. Some of the work was begun two weeks ago. The entire interior of the home was painted, landscaping was done, new lights and appliances were installed, and a bathroom completely remodeled in the most ambitious of 102 projects targeted at serving the community being carried out over the weekend by about 1,200 church members, Stringer said. “It’s such a blessing being allowed all this,” said Janet Lamping, adding that she was “exuberant” to see how grateful the community was to her husband. “Tom dedicated his life to serving others. He would give and give and give,” she said. Now it’s time for a little payback, said Stringer. Janet Lamping said the outpouring of support has raised her spirits, particularly following a burglary Thursday in which thieves stole some of Lamping’s firearms, jewelry he had given to his wife and money, she said. “I was scared to be here for a while,” she said, “but now the love is back.” Generous donations made the project possible, said Stinger. Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and the Whittier Police Officer’s Association made monetary donations, and Whittier-based Uptown Flooring donated all the materials and labor needed to remodel the master bathroom, he added. Other projects taken on as part of WACC’s “Serve Weekend” included helping at retirement homes, painting classrooms and sending mailings to U.S. soldiers deployed overseas, Stinger said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!