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GOLF: Trojans take 2nd in quad

August 12, 2011

CELINA — The Botkins Trojans varsity boys golf team finished a close second in a quad match Thursday at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club in Celina.
Botkins turned in a team score of 178, just one stroke behind winner Mississinawa Valley’s 177.
Fort Recovery was third at 187 and Houston fourth with a 218.
Adam Bornhorst led Botkins with a 38. Connor Bornhorst carded a 44. Seth Hanna turned in a 47. And Cory Kies rounded out the Trojans’ scoring with a 49.
The Trojans return to action Tuesday morning at 8:30 at New Bremen.

GOLF: 'Cats edge Wapak for county title

August 11, 2011

Six teams — five golfers each — and 18 holes.
And one stroke.
That’s the margin that separated the top three teams in the Auglaize County varsity boys golf tournament Wednesday at a soggy Wapakoneta Country Club.
The Minster Wildcats took the title after tying the Wapakoneta Redskins with matching team scores of 345. Under the tie-breaker rules, the match is then decided by the scores of the No. 5 golfers on each team.
Minster’s Xavier Francis turned in an 89 while Wapak’s Josh Apple carded a 96, handing the win to Minster.

GOLF: Wapak girls 6th at Celina

August 10, 2011

CELINA — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls golf team opened its 2011 season by finishing 6th in the 12-team Celina Invitational on Tuesday at The Fox’s Den in Celina.
Wapak compiled a team score of 412. The Shawnee Indians won the event with a 337.
Sophomore Shelby Kohler fired a 94 to lead the way for the Redskins. Senior Courtney Knippen was right behind with a 95.
Junior Hannah Smith carded a 101 and sophomore Bryly Beaman turned in a 122 to round out the scoring for Wapakoneta.

GOLF: Redskins open boys golf season

August 9, 2011

PIQUA — The Wapakoneta Redskins boys golf team opened its 2011 season at the 25th Anniversary Homan Invitational Tournament on Monday in Piqua.
Wapak placed 14th out of the 18 teams competing.
Minster placed first with a 318, followed by Troy at 323 and Sidney Lehman with a 324. Lehman’s Ben Theiman took medalist honors with a 71.
The Redskins are trying to rebuild after losing four of five golfers from 2010 to graduation.
“I was pleased how we played,” Wapak coach Ken Wayman said. “We had four golfers that are underclassman that never played the course.”

RACING: Hendrick wins WRP Hewitt Classic

August 9, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Fortville, Indiana’s Jonathan Hendrick used his outside front row starting spot to grab the Jack Hewitt Classic win for the second straight year Saturday night at Waynesfield raceway Park.
Hendrick held off Justin Grant, who earlier in the evening set the new track record for the Non-Wing Sprint Cars at Waynesfield with a time of 11.827 seconds.
Matt Westfall, the 2009 Jack Hewitt Classic winner, came home third.
Rod Henning, of Middletown, picked up the win in the Mini-Sprintafter getting by Nick Daugherty on lap 9 of the 15 lap affair. Daugherty would finish 2nd.

NTPA tractor pull draws crowd

August 8, 2011

The Auglaize County Fair showcased the National Tractor Pulling Association’s Moon City Nationals in front of a packed crowd on Saturday night.
Drivers from around the country along with local drivers competed.
Ryan Salenbein of Maybee, Michigan won the Super Farm Tractor division with a full pull of 301.005 feet with Never Satisfied. David Whitney of St. Marys took ninth in Ground Force with a 300.495 foot pull. Jeff VanGelder of Begelow, Michigan took second (300.275). Scot MIller of Spencerville finished 17th (291.105) and Todd Schneider of Wapakoneta finished 18th (290.465).

Event Calendar

August 5, 2011

Baseball
RED CROSS FUNDRAISER: The American Red Cross is selling tickets for a Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres game Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:10 p.m.
The purchase of the ticket enters you into a raffle to throw out the first pitch at that game. Tickets are $25 each or four for $90. All proceeds go to The American Red Cross.
Call Adam at 567-356-1501 to order tickets.

Golf
OUTING: The Jason Kline Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sept. 17 at the Wapakoneta Country Club.

Derby cars getting harder to find, more expensive

August 5, 2011

For decades, demolition derbies have been the last hurrah for countless cars.
A quick look at the math — 88 counties in Ohio, 88 county fairs: that’s a lot of demolition and a lot of cars.
And that’s just Ohio.
Then in the wake of the oil crisis of the 1970’s Detroit stopped building cars like tanks.
The shelf life for derby cars is, obviously, very short. Even for the one’s built like tanks.
For the hard-core derbiast, finding the perfect derby car is getting more and more difficult.

Drivers deal with danger on the track

August 4, 2011

Any sport involving speed has an inherent risk of danger to it.
Throw in large, powerful, and almost completely unpredictable live animals and you take it to another level.
Fair goers taking in the harness racing program Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fair saw first-hand how quickly things can go wrong.
As a field of five horses lined up behind the gate for the start of the fourth race in the program, the outside horse, Kel Forever, reared up.
The 3-year-old colt fell over, dumping the sulky and driver Trent Bates, of Celina, to the track.

Working with 'athletes' keeps Lewis coming back

August 3, 2011

Barb Lewis has done pretty much all of it in her more-than 35 years in the horse business.
Lewis, of Upper Sandusky, has trained, jockeyed and now owns her own stable.
She had two horses entered in Tuesday night’s eight-race program at the Auglaize County Fair. Mad Hatter finished third in the first-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot. And Jesse’s Legend matched that result in the second-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot.

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