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Monday, January 29,1996 SPOTLIGHT Stingrays recognize Daniel Moore The Salina YMCA Stingrays recognized Daniel Moore as December/January swimmer of the month. Daniel is being recognized for his hard work and improved swimming times. Daniel qualified in four unnnc events for the MUUHt Division 2 races. Daniel's teammates recognize him as a positive asset to the team for his lively personality and his ability to keep his teammates laughing. ORGANIZATIONS Cardinal 4-H holds last 1995 meetings The November meeting of the Cardinal 4-H Club was held Nov. 13,1995 at Ell-Saline Jr.-Sr. High School. Reports of officers were given. Leaders reminded us about the Achievement Banquet, Gavel Games, and getting in our enrollment cards. Laura Kincaid reported on the carnival and pizza sales committees. We recognized November birthdays, including: Matt Kincaid, Stephanie Wittman, and Pam Schneider. Laura Kincaid gave a talk on Forestry and Jenny Brockway talked about her cat Cocoa. Smells of Christmas were in the air on Dec. 3,1995 as the Cardinal 4-H Club met at Happy Corner Grade School for a Christmas pot-luck dinner. After everyone's tummy was full, the meeting was called to order. Committees reporting were: Pizza Sales — Abby White gave the wrap-up. Salvation Army Bell Ringing — Kathy White reminded those who signed up when to be there on Dec. 9. Fun Night — Kristie Schneider and Mary Diehl told us we will have a Sock Hop and the calling committee will contact us later with de- CONTINUED TO PAGE 2 DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Bradley Carlson, 7, who has been motodross racing competitively for a year, now holds 12 trophies and Is ranked 9th in the state. The Dirt-Bike Kid 7-year-old lives to ride the dirt track on his motorcycle By LILLIAN ZIER The Salina Journal B lond-haired mighty mite Bradley Carlson likes basketball, baseball and football — especially football. But is it his favorite sport? "No!" the 7-year-old Salina boy is quick to answer. His favorite is motocross, a form of motorcycle racing on dirt tracks that include a variety of hills, banks and other obstacles aimed at challenging riders. Bradley ended 1995, his first year of racing, ranked ninth out of 35 Peewee motocross riders in the state. He has been riding since age 4. The Peewee class is for ages 4 to 8, and Bradley's parents, Brad and Lisa Carlson, are hoping this will be a breakthrough year. "He hasn't got a first yet," Lisa said. "We're hoping this year will be the year." Bradley's best finish in 1995 was third place Sept. 16 in Wichita. He placed fourth and fifth in several other races. Riders earn points for each race they finish. At the end of the season, they are ranked by cumulative points. "Brad and I always told him, 'Do the best you can and just finish the race,'" his mother said. While it's a sport the Schilling Elementary second- grader loves, it doesn't come cheap. The small bikes to fit his young body cost $1,300 to $2,100. His gear includes boots that cost $159 on sale, pants for $109, a jersey and a pair of gloves with a price tag of $29. He has outgrown his helmet and is saving for a new one that will cost $99. "We bought him everything else, but he's saving for the helmet and we're almost there," Lisa said. He earns $5 for each 'A' he gets on his spelling tests. "We told him he's got to keep his grades up or no riding," Mom said. Entry fees for races range from $15 to $25. Travel expenses to places such as Stockton, Marion, Hillsboro, Great Bend, Wichita, Inman and Wamego also add up. To help with expenses, the family has found sponsors including W-D Trucking of Salina and Serene Photography. Competing also means practice. When the weather is nice, Bradley and his dad go to Kanopolis to ride on weekends. Lisa Carlson said the boy needs to ride at least eight hours a week to be competitive. Eventually, the Carlsons hope to send Bradley to mo- tocross school, which costs $400 for a two-day one-on-one session with a professional rider. "You can only learn so much from your parents," Lisa said. "The rest you learn from somebody else and your mistakes." If he continues to improve, he could hit the pro circuit at age 16 or 17. However, it will be Bradley's decision whether to keep riding. "When he tells us, 'I don't want to do it anymore,' that will be be it," Lisa said.