Doug Frye awoke quite early Thursday morning, as the varsity football coach at Wapakoneta High School was anxious about being able to return to coaching after a mandated break from school activities following his retirement from teaching. Frye had been away since June 1. He was later rehired by the school district in late June.
Frye said he set his alarm to awake at 4:50 a.m. Thursday in advance of his teamâ€™s morning weightlifting and conditioning session, but his anticipation about returning was overwhelming.
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€” Drew Lament took fifth place in a national decathlon championship meet recently, competing in the Intermediate boys division (ages 15-16) in the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships on July 22-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lament, who was competing unattached at the national meet, will be a sophomore at Waynesfield-Goshen High School for the 2013-14 school year.
His final points total was 5,481, just four points behind the fourth-place finisher and fewer than 200 points behind the champion in the Intermediate standings.
A local diving club is taking shape at the Wapakoneta WaterPark in an effort to increase interest in the event among youth.
The twice-per-week diving instruction sessions are being led by Dylon Webb, who works at the waterpark. Webb, 20, from Wapakoneta, is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School. He will be a junior at the University of Findlay starting next school year.
Webb dove all four years of high school and dove competitively for a brief time during his freshman year at UF. He also coached in Celina the past two years.
Earle Bruceâ€™s passion for football has not waned at the age of 82.
His passion for the game originated at the high school level in the state of Ohio, and that is where he directed it Thursday in one of three visits to the Wapakoneta area, as the former Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach spoke Thursday afternoon to two area high school football teams. He also stopped by The Gardens at Wapakoneta on Walnut Street and at the Cridersville Healthcare Center.
PHOENIX â€” Brian Garman arrived Wednesday in Arizona to begin rehab at the Milwaukee Brewersâ€™ spring training facility in Phoenix, as the Wapakoneta native continues to be on the shelf with an injury.
Garman, a pitcher for the Huntsville Stars, a Double-A minor league baseball team of the Southern League based in Huntsville, Ala., is attempting to nurse himself back to health after suffering a torn labrum earlier this summer. He has been on the disabled list since June 24.
BLUFFTON â€” The Wapakoneta Waves earned three age group titles Saturday upon the conclusion of the two-day Western Ohio Aquatic League championships at Bluffton Community Pool, as Wapakâ€™s 8-and-under boys, 13-14 girls and 13-14 boys each won their respective age groups.
Wapakâ€™s 8-and-under boys were dominant with 394 points, as runner-up Westside finished at 174. Finishing with 386 points, Wapakâ€™s 13-14 girls cruised to a win, with runner-up Sherwood tallying 235 points. Wapakâ€™s 13-14 boys scored 354 points in their win, with Westside scoring 265 for second place.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. â€” MRI results will keep Brian Garman shelved indefinitely, as the testing revealed a slight tear in his labrum.
The Wapakoneta native has been on the disabled list since June 24. He is a relief pitcher for the Double-A Huntsville (Ala.) Stars in minor league baseball, an affiliate of MLBâ€™s Milwaukee Brewers.
â€śMy doctors said the slight labrum tear is not consistent with a pitcherâ€™s injury and that itâ€™s probably an injury from football,â€ť Garman said. â€śThe doctors said they donâ€™t even think (the tear) is the cause of my pain.â€ť
BLUFFTON â€” Caitlyn Rostorfer and Annika Miller, competing as 8-and-under girls in the 25-meter freestyle, were the first two Wapakoneta Waves to take their place on the medal stand Friday, and at the end of the first day of competition, in combined team scores, the Waves were in second place, trailing the Westside by 125.5 points.
The Western Ohio Aquatic League Championship meet will continue today at Bluffton with the remaining four events to be swum before the trophies are handed out.
On Friday, the Waves made strong showings in a number of age groups.