Shane St. Onge doesn’t like to be dramatic, but the truth is, he really could have died that summer day in 2010 when his truck ran off the road while logging and crashed into the forest.“That wreck could have been way worse,” the Glacier High School senior said. “It was just inches from being – I don’t want to say fatal – but way worse. I’m lucky.”The accident caved in the truck’s cab to the degree that responders had to use Jaws of Life to reach St. Onge. He doesn’t remember any of this because of his concussion. But he clearly remembers how he felt when he realized his shattered femur would keep him sidelined for his junior football season. That was an entirely different kind of pain, and it cut to his core.“I couldn’t play and I was captain,” he said.Rather than dwell on his misfortune, St. Onge rehabbed intensely and prepared for wrestling season. Even though his left leg ached and was still weak, adjusting to the presence of a titanium rod, he managed to wrestle his way to a second-place state finish in the Class AA 152-pound division.Entering his senior year, St. Onge was confident for both football and wrestling. His leg had regained its strength and no longer ached. He was ready. And then, suddenly, he was back in the hospital after suffering a large blood clot in his right shoulder.St. Onge recalls that he was lifting weights when he felt a sensation in his shoulder. He ignored it and continued lifting.“Then somebody noticed that my arm was purple and it was huge,” St. Onge said.After an ultrasound determined he had a blood clot, St. Onge was in surgery the following morning to have the clot removed. The official diagnosis was Paget-Schroetter Syndrome, caused in this case, St. Onge was told, by a muscle in his shoulder getting too bulky.Again, his football season was done. And all signs pointed to his wrestling season – his final chance at a state title – being ruined as well. “When the doctor said I wasn’t going to be able to wrestle, gosh, that just tore me apart,” he said. “Everything I was working for these last 12 years just went away.”But he remained unfazed and made sure to take every bit of advice from the doctor to heart, adhering to a regimen of blood thinners, specific dieting and – perhaps the most difficult for the fitness enthusiast – time off from weightlifting.“I couldn’t lift on the blood thinner so I just ran a lot,” he said. “I was on blood thinner for three months. I was supposed to be on it longer but I told them I wanted to wrestle.”And here he is, deep into his senior season, ranked second in the state at 160 pounds and very much in the hunt for his coveted first state title. He still has to regularly take baby aspirin, instead of the blood thinner, along with other precautions, including not bulking up his shoulders. He’s been told there’s a chance the clot could happen again. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Shane St. Onge, right, wrestles with Cooper Sipe during practice at Glacier High School. St. Onge’s ability to recover from two traumatic injuries and be in the hunt for a state title is a testament to his work ethic and attitude, Glacier head wrestling coach Mark Fischer said.“There’s nobody that works harder than him, in season or out,” Fischer said. “He’s always in that weight room and working hard and leading by example. He’s probably one of the best leaders we’ve ever had.”After watching St. Onge battle back to health following his auto accident in 2010, Fischer said there was “a lot of emotion” involved with seeing the young man have to do it all over again this year. It was particularly emotional because it appeared St. Onge was going to miss wrestling as well as football.“Everybody thought for sure that he was absolutely done with wrestling,” Fischer said. “I couldn’t hold it back when I had to talk to his mom after it happened, knowing he was done with football and most likely done with wrestling. It was a huge deal, especially for a kid who works so hard.”“We’re just extremely thankful to have him the last two years,” Fischer added, “because it’s pretty amazing what’s he gone through.”St. Onge maintains a 4.0 GPA, takes six AP classes and is active in the school theater. Also the student body president and reigning homecoming king, he thinks he’ll go into pre-law, likely at the University of Montana. But he obviously has no intentions to rest on his many laurels – he just wants to add to them. The ultimate goal would be to win both an individual and team state title. Glacier finished second last year, while the one wrestler ahead of St. Onge in the individual 160-pound rankings is Billings Senior’s Ben Sulser, who beat him in the 152-pound championship match last year. St. Onge wants to follow through with something he remembers saying to his doctor.“I told him I want to be with the team and lead them to a state championship.”
Charlotte Motor Speedway is set to host its two biggest races of the year … and they’re going to do it with “Flair!” Eight-time WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair – a native of Charlotte, North Carolina – will assume honorary pace car driver duties for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.The WWE royalty will lead a field of NASCAR stars including Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and more before the green flag drops on the iconic event.Flair has won more women’s titles than any superstar in WWE history and is the daughter of 16-time world champion Ric Flair. Flair also became the first female superstar in WWE history to main event a singles match on Raw, SmackDown LIVE and a pay-per-view.RELATED: Buy tickets!FOX will carry the Coca-Cola 600. Additionally, FOX will become the new broadcast home for WWE SmackDown LIVE starting Friday, Oct. 4. Fox Sports 1 will also be the new home of a Tuesday-night WWE studio show which will cover all the happenings in the WWE universe.Prior to the green flag, Coca-Cola 600 ticketholders can also enjoy a FREE pre-race concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick.
Initial reports indicated the right, rear passenger-side tire of a westbound vehicle blew out. The driver, Sloan Nettnay, 23, of Orange, lost control of the vehicle, his car struck the concrete divider and overturned.Nettnay was not injured, Troopers said.At 7:47 a.m., Vidor police responded to an overturned 18-wheeler at the intersection of Sargant and Sarver streets in that city. Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 was also at the scene. Police Chief Rod Carroll said the 18-wheeler had rerouted itself because of traffic backup on I-10 related to the earlier accident at Mile Marker 857.The driver attempted to take Highway 90 to avoid interstate traffic, was forced by road construction to take a different route and and slid into a ditch while making a right turn.There were no injuries.Davis said around 10 a.m., a westbound passenger vehicle on I-10 slowed for traffic near Mile Marker 857 and a second vehicle collided with it from behind. Staff reportLaw enforcement agencies in Southeast Texas handled at least three traffic wrecks of note early Wednesday, all in the vicinity of Mile Marker 857 on Interstate 10.Sgt. Stephanie Davis, Texas Department of Public Safety, said Troopers responded to a one-vehicle collision near Mile Marker 857 on Interstate 10 around 6 a.m. The driver in the front vehicle, Jamie Utley, 50, of Vidor was taken to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries. The second driver, Mallory Green, 18, of Vidor, was not injured.Green was cited for failure to control speed, Troopers said.
The chairman of the steering group overseeing the launch of the road traffic accident (RTA) claims portal has played down concerns from claimant lawyers that insurers are using a loophole to delay paying claims. Claimant solicitors have alleged that insurers are deliberately selecting an option to say that they are investigating claims under the terms of the uninsured drivers agreement, in order to buy time before paying claims. Under the portal system, if insurers say they are investigating a claim following receipt of a claim notification form, they are given 30 days to respond to the claim, rather than the standard 15 days. Claimant solicitors said insurers were apparently choosing to investigate in far higher numbers than before the portal was introduced, and claimed they are abusing the system in order to delay paying claims. But Tim Wallis, independent chairman of the RTA portal project steering group, denied that this is the case. He said insurers on the project steering group said the problem arose because their claims handling staff were unfamiliar with the new system, but they have now been educated accordingly. ‘I understand that the claimant side is now happy with the insurers, and I am not aware of any complaints being made since the issue was raised,’ Wallis said. Introduced as part of Ministry of Justice reforms to speed up RTA claims between £1,000 and £10,000 and reduce their cost, the portal is intended to act as a secure electronic data exchange for claims. The RTA portal has been dogged by technical problems following its launch on 30 April. The steering group said this week that more than 1,800 law firms and nearly all insurer brands are connected to the portal, and around 113,000 claims notification forms have been created since the launch. Wallis said: ‘We recognise that the teething problems were really quite acute for some people, and we are really very sorry about this. But as time goes by, we will put in the resource to try and resolve any other problems.’
Other members of the squad of head coach Ian Macariola are Alvea Claudette Alvero, Gwen Banas, Annikha Cabasac, Nicolei Galvan, Kathleen Kate Tan, and Charlene Tayapad.“We know it will be tough. We will be facing the best teams in the country. But the girls have extra motivation dahil dala namin ang pangalan ng Bacolod City,” said assistant coach Biboy Calamba.Aside from volleyball, other Bacolod City bets in the event are athletics players Klyde Montalbo, Ralph Joshua Bangoy, Antonette Jay Aguillon, Ara Rahbea Delotavo and Stephany Ray Malate, and Arnie Suravilla in chess.PRIMES CUP UPDATESanta Clarita International High School Primes split their two matches in the U-15 category of the Primes Cup 2018 Season 2 Basketball Tournament over the weekend at the Santa Clarita Gym in Iloilo City.Led by Prince Nayr Magarse, Chino Palis and Michael Tuala, Primes cruised to a 51-37 victory over the Jibao-An squad. The team, however, was unable to do it two in a row following a 36-60 loss to the University of San Agustin.In the other U-15 match, Jalandoni National High School scored a wire-to-wire 55-35 victory over the struggling Assumption-Passi Iloilo but lost the next day to Integros B, 54-56.CenterPhil Montessori Silver Knights tallied its fourth consecutive win in the U-18 division following a 92-45 domination over Iloilo City National High School. Lester Valn Paraico top-scored with 15 points.Iloilo National High School, meanwhile, scored an 86-45 domination over La Paz National High School, and Iloilo Doctors College romped past Sacred Heart squad, 57-50.In the U-12 category, Fritz Robles scored nine points as Santa Clarita International School scored a 33-32 win over Hijas. On the other hand, the University of San Agustin edged Pavia, 51-38./PN AFTER capturing back-to-back championships recently, Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts are now gearing up for the girls volleyball event of Batang Pinoy 2018 – National Championship which starts on Sept. 17 in Baguio City.Jose Montalbo, Tay Tung’s vice president for sports, said the Thunderbolts are determined to continue its winning ways after recently ruling the 2018 Milo Little Olympics Visayas leg and Rebisco U-18 girls volleyball Western Visayas Finals.“The girls are pumped up to take their third straight championship,” Montalbo told the Buzzer Beater. “These players have been together for a long time so the chemistry is already there.”Spearheading the squad are veterans Shane Carmona and Alyssa Bertolano, who were named MVPs in the Rebisco and Milo tournaments, respectively; Rhean Almendralejo, Kiesha Bedonia and Katherine Shane Cortez.