By Dialogo May 07, 2013 In addition to the interdiction successes, the combined efforts of the Belizean government and JTF-B operators identified at least six more target locations for future prosecution by the supported agencies. “Engaging in the drug interdiction mission and working with international agencies is a unique and rewarding experience,” Carroll said. “Being able to fly operations with such an effective end result is why we became pilots. Thanks to this operation, we stopped the transit of $12.5 million worth of marijuana from the Caribbean and Central America into the United States.” JTF-B provided aviation support, on-call casualty evacuation and the Jacob’s ladder familiarization support to 55 Belize Defense Force personnel. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), together with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), assisted Belize authorities in a successful marijuana eradication operation from April 8-11 throughout the northern coast of Belize. The resources and expertise used to work jointly with the Belizean government allowed unprecedented levels of interdiction. “Working with our partners in Belize, we were able to provide support consisting of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Blackhawk with 10 crew members from 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment,” said U.S. Army Capt. Beau Carroll, CH-47 Company commander and Air Mission commander of the Belize counter drug mission. “By integrating air operations, the Belizean government eradicated more illicit crops in 48 hours than in the previous two years combined when interdiction efforts consisted strictly of ground assets.” The operations resulted in 16 fields; 61,000 illicit plants; 330 pounds of compressed marijuana and 22 pounds of marijuana seeds destroyed by the Belizean government, for an initial estimate of $12.5 million. “Jacob’s ladder, or caving ladder operations were used in areas where the landing zone could potentially harm the aircraft,” said Army Staff Sgt. Glen Haynie, Bravo Company Standardization instructor. “It allowed us to get troops up and down without landing and still accomplish the mission.” The successful operation highlighted the ability of JTF-B to conduct and support regional combined and interagency operations while building capacity of regional partner nations to combat drug trafficking in Central America.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 8) – Close finishes in all four feature events highlighted season-opening Frostbuster action Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.Kyle Brown took the early lead and then held off late pressure from his father David and Josh Gilman on his way to the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory.Kyle Brown, who was inches behind Nick Roberts at the completion of the first lap, inherited the lead when Roberts spun a short time later to bring out the caution.Brown took advantage on the restart and built a half-straightaway lead by the time David Brown made his way into second on the sixth of 25 laps. He maintained that advantage until he encountered lapped traffic with 11 laps to go.Traffic was no longer a factor after caution slowed action a final time with four laps remaining. The straightaway Gilman trailed the leader also disappeared.When racing resumed, Kyle Brown held off Gilman by less than a car-length to take the victory with David Brown close behind. Tim Ward raced from 18th starting to fourth.The $1,000 win was Kyle Brown’s third of the season and second in two events during the extended Frostbuster Week.Damon Murty also inherited the early lead in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. Although he started in row three, Murty took over the pole position following a first lap caution that shuffled the lineup.Murty held serve throughout two more stoppages while Donavon Smith worked through the field after starting in the sixth row.Smith pulled alongside Murty as the leaders exiting turn four on the final lap. He surged past Murty at the stripe to steal the victory, his career 99th in the division.Randy Roberts took top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Roberts battled three-wide with early leader Tyler Soppe and Sam Wieben before breaking free on lap eight.Wieben chased Roberts through traffic, but was unable to mount a charge as Roberts held on for victory in the caution-free event.Dustin Elliott was victorious in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock 20-lapper. Elliott battled Nathan Ballard and Benji Irvine before Eric Stanton made a late bid for the lead.Elliott was able to hold on by less than a carlength to take home the win.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 3. David Brown, Kellogg; 4. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 5. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 6. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 7. Scott Davis, Madrid; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 11. Trent Jackson, Marshalltown; 12. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill.; 13. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 14. Mike Mueller, Rosendale, Wis.; 15. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 18. Brandon Brinton, Nevada; 19. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 20. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 21. Josh Foster, Newton; 22. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 23. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 24. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 25. Zach Rawlins, Newton.Stock Cars – 1. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Steve Meyer, Grundy Center; 4. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 5. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 6. Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully; 7. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 8. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 9. Kevin Balmer, Garwin; 10. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo; 11. Curt Balmer, Green Mountain; 12. Cody Frerichs, Howard Lake, Minn.; 13. Jeff Wollam, Marshalltown; 14. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 15. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 16. Ben Walding, Des Moines; 17. Don Vis, Marshalltown; 18. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 19. Trent Murphy, Scranton; 20. Austin Evens, Independence.Hobby Stocks – 1. Dustin Elliott, Marshalltown; 2. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 3. Benji Irvine, Stanley; 4. Derek Hodges, Des Moines; 5. John Watson, Des Moines; 6. Garrett Eilander, Newton; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 8. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 9. Gene Nicklas, Grinnell; 10. Dustin Graham, Boone; 11. Gary Pfantz, State Center; 12. Dustin Filloon, Toledo; 13. Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; 14. Shawn Kuennen, Hazleton; 15. Clint Nelson, Baxter; 16. David Simpson, Ankeny; 17. Randy Byerly, Tipton; 18. Brandon Pitts, Ames; 19. Brian Derry, Boone; 20. Travis Merical, Marshalltown; 21. Kyle Dulin, Brandon; 22. Craig Lovig, Marshalltown; 23. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 24. Tim Barber, Story City; 25. Greg Gilbert, Osceola; 26. Justin Hanson, Hawkeye; 27. Kevin Derry, Indianola; 28. Andy Peck, Newton.Northern SportMods – 1. Randy Roberts, Boone; 2. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 4. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 5. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 6. Zach McKinnon, Hatley, Wis.; 7. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk; 8. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 9. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 12. Cory Rose, Boone; 13. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 14. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 15. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 16. Brandon Spagner, Crete, Neb.; 17. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 18. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 19. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 20. Josh Appel, Mason City; 21. Neil Follett, Conrad; 22. Ryan King, Montour; 23. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 24. Curt Hilmer, Dysart.
The Lakers’ leading scorer seemingly made every shot he took. He made countless baseline jumpers. He fooled opponents with his pump fakes to draw fouls. But it wasn’t enough as the Lakers fell, 117-113, to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center.The man was not Kobe Bryant. Instead, it was Lou Williams who posted a career-high 44 points by going 12 of 25 from the field, 5 of 14 from 3-point range and 15 of 15 from the foul line in 34 minutes.“I was just making shots,” Williams said. “Down the stretch, I made one, made two, get some free throws in and it snowballed from there.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But it did not snowball into Williams taking the last shot. That still fell to Bryant, who went one-on-one against Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Though Bryant found space in the lane, his shot fell short with the Lakers trailing 115-113 with 3.2 seconds left. Afterwards, Lakers coach Byron Scott said it was up to Anthony Brown to inbound to either Bryant or Williams before adding he was “not mad either way.” Brown said he chose Bryant because he was open at the top of the key. And all of the Lakers believed Durant fouled Bryant before he even released the shot. “I did. It’s not a matter of opinion,” said Bryant, who posted 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting, six assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes. “You watch the play. [Durant] hit me right on the forearm at the end of the release. That’s why the ball went short.”Yet, Bryant clarified “it’s part of the game.” Williams thought the same thing about Bryant taking the last shot instead of him. After all, Williams took last-second shots in the Lakers’ season-opening loss to Minnesota and Thursday’s loss in Sacramento.“Obviously Kobe is going down as a Hall of Famer,” Williams said. “He has the confidence in me to take those shots. Some nights he’s going to take those shots. We live with the results either way.” Williams nearly gave the Lakers (8-30) the result they wanted instead of losing their third consecutive game amid Thunder point guard and former UCLA product Russell Westbrook dropping 36 points on 11-of-24 shooting. He scored 12 consecutive points to give the Lakers a 98-97 lead with 6:26 left. He made a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 102-101 edge at the 5:13 mark. He converted on a layup for a 104-101 cushion with 4:18 left. He made six consecutive foul shots by baiting Andre Roberson and Serge Ibaka to foul him along the perimeter. “It seems like every game, he gets somebody” Scott said. “I don’t care how you scout him. He’s going to get you some way or another.”So much that Bryant argued Williams draws fouls better than he does. “My game has changed and evolved over the years from when I first came into the league as I am now. I’m not as athletic as I used to be and I cant play above the rim like I once did when I first came into the league,” said Williams, who then noted an ACL injury he suffered in the 2012-13 season. “I wanted to learn how to draw fouls and how to create contact and use my reputation as a scorer to bait guys into getting those fouls.”Add it all up, and Williams scored 23 of the Lakers’ 28 fourth-quarter points. Not bad for a player who has earned the trust of Scott as the team’s starting shooting guard despite shooting 41 percent from the field all season. “He kept us in the game. He was on fire,” Scott said. “Guys did a real good job of setting screens for him where he can get to a sweet spot. Then when he didn’t make it or had opportunities to run, we were able to find him.”The timing could not have been better for Williams, considering Scott said he would reevaluate his lineup following Friday’s game against the Thunder. That also coincided with Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell posting two points on 1-of-3 shooting and two assists in eight minutes after nursing pain in his right ankle. That happened a night after posting a career-high 27 points. Williams’ theatrics became so pronounced that it initially overshadowed the matchup between Bryant and Durant, who posted 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting in 39 minutes. “It’s always fun. I keep messing with him,” Bryant said, smiling. “I know what plays they’re going to run. I just try to take him out of the play and deny him the ball and force them to figure something else out.”Both Bryant and Durant had their moments against each other. In the second quarter, Bryant tried to get Durant to bite on a pump fake. But Durant swiped the ball away from him. In the third quarter, Bryant went one-on-one against Durant before sinking a right hook shot over him. Later in that period, Bryant drove into the lane over Durant to cut the Thunder’s lead to 75-74 with 4:43 left. Bryant also threw a bounce pass between Durant’s legs to set up Roy Hibbert for n open jumper, something Bryant credited toward playing soccer as a child in Italy.“I learned all the little tricks. Every time I play against him, he picks up some of those things,” Bryant said of Durant. “I had the good fortunate of playing with old guys. I learned a lot of old tricks.”But Durant provided the best trick. But unlike as he has done so many times in the past, Bryant could not carry the Lakers when it mattered. “I just didn’t want him to shoot a 3,” Durant said. “I applied pressure to him and forced him to a tough shot.”And in the Lakers’ eyes, a foul. So much that Scott argued Bryant “was fouled before he even shot the ball.” Yet, after the Lakers lost by 40 points and 35 points earlier this season to the Thunder, Scott told his team he “was proud of the way they’ve been fighting.”“If we continue to play that hard with that type of passion, that type of effort and intensity,” Scott said, “the wins will come.”