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Eustace grad heading to nationals
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A Eustace High School graduate has earned a spot in the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 28th annual Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee ranch.
Jeremy Huddleston is hoping a strong showing at the race series Aug. 2-7 will help him springboard to the professional motocross ranks.
The son of Huddleston Paint & Body owners Karen and Mike Huddleston, Jeremy, 18, has been racing dirt bikes since he was 4.
“His dad is an expert rider – it’s just in the blood,” mom Karen noted.
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Courtesy Photo/Karen Huddleston
Jeremy Huddleston holds a No. 1 “plate” from the Texas Lone Star racing series – one of two he’s won in that series – as he poses next to a number of other trophies he’s won over the past few years. He’s hoping a good showing at the national championships will propel him into the pro motocross ranks.

A November, 2008, EHS graduate, Jeremy was a multi-sport athlete in high school, participating in football, cross country and track, where he ran the 1600 and 3200 races.
He is one of just 1,386 riders to win qualifying positions, out of more than 20,000 riders competing in 10 regions across the country.
“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” event director Tim Cotter noted. “A win at the Amateur Nationals can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
“If he places in the top 10, he’ll be picked up by a factory ride,” Karen said.
Most of America’s top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s.
The race is so prestigious that last year, teenaged stars such as New York’s Justin Barcia, South Carolina’s P.J. Larsen, Pennsylvania’s Darryn Durhman and Texas’ Blake Wharton were awarded pro contracts after the race.
Huddleston Paint & Body, SMS Racing, family and friends are helping Jeremy pay his way to the races. He has won numerous races in the last 12 years, and trains five days a week.
A B-class (intermediate) rider, Jeremy rides KTM bikes (both 250cc and 450cc), and has won Texas state championship “plates” in two different racing series – the Lone Star series (twice) and the Texas State series.
Jeremy decided to pursue a professional motocross career early on, around age 12, Karen said.
“His idol is Jeremy McGrath,” Karen said. “He wants to become another Jeremy McGrath, and go farther. A lot of people are already calling him J-Mac.”
Dad Mike, mom Karen and his brother Ben (an incoming junior at EHS) will accompany Jeremy to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., for the race series.
Jeremy has entered in two different classes (the maximum allowed), and there are three 30-minute (plus two laps) races in each class, Karen explained.
Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as 4, all the way up to a Senior division for riders 45 and older. There are also classes for women, and classes for both stock and modified bikes.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.
The National event, christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation,” is held the first week of August annually.
As proof of the significance of winning an AMA Amateur National Championship title, most of today’s top motocross and Supercross stars, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto, won championships at Loretta Lynn’s.
The National Championship is an outdoor event. Karen said Jeremy prefers indoor events – the tight tracks are technically more difficult – “but the outdoor (events) pay better.”


Avoid Lyme disease through tick control
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, children are playing soccer or baseball, and families are spending more time outdoors.
Weekend visits to favorite parks, lakes or other grassy, wooded areas occur more frequently. But be careful – all of these activities put outdoor lovers at risk for the tick-borne illness called Lyme disease.
First identified in the United States in 1975 in Lyme, Conn., Lyme disease (LD) is a multi-stage, multi-system infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium, most commonly transmitted by a tick bite. In most of the United States, the deer tick is most likely to carry LD.
While ticks are a year-round problem, April through October is considered tick season, with ticks being very active in the spring and early summer. In Texas, there are 11 public health regions, and LD has been reported in all of them.
Fortunately, there are precautions to reduce the risk.
According to Jackie Costello, R.N., M.S.N., assistant professor in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing, the foremost priority is to be aware if you are in an area where deer ticks are prevalent.
When outdoors, deer ticks attach easily to skin, so wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and long pants, Costello said. It may also help to wear light colors that will allow you to detect ticks easier.
“Keep children and pets from wandering in areas with tall grasses and weeds,” Costello said. “Inspect them carefully should they be exposed to these areas.
“Tick-proof your own backyard by clearing brush and leaves,” she added. “Yards well maintained and exposed to sunlight aid in keeping ticks away.
“Using tick repellent, such as DEET, or tick-killing products also may be valuable,” she said. “Be cautious when using such products on children, and make sure to read product labels carefully and follow instructions.”
Costello also recommends inspecting your clothes and skin, because ticks remain on the skin for hours before attaching.
Develop a habit of checking areas most common for tick bites, such as the armpits, behind the knees, beltline, groin and scalp. Taking a bath or shower after outdoor activities may assist in early detection and removal, too.
“The disease can linger even if you have no symptoms, so if you feel there is a chance you or a family member has been exposed, contact your health care provider,” Costello said.


Getting stronger every day
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Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey

Kemp High School junior James Forrest grimaces as he squats five times, while classmate Mitchell Pinion spots him, during summer workouts Wednesday at the old high school weight room. The weight room is opened three times a day for athletes to work out.


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