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July 22nd, 2011
GARDNER, Kan. (AP) â€” High school football coaches are always eager for fall practice to start, and that rings especially true in small towns all across the Midwest, where every store closes up and every light is turned off except for those at the stadium on a Friday night.
Some coaches are even more anxious to get started this season.
Take a quick perusal of the top of the time sheets from the 13-14 and 15-over age divisions at the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships last weekend at Wapakoneta WaterPark and youâ€™re likely to see some familiar names.
You will also see some names that you will likely be hearing a lot in the near future.
Fans of Wapakoneta swimming should be used to hearing names such as Fleagle and Kantner.
Now they can add Miller, Sammons and Sutton to that list.
The Wapakoneta Waves 11-12 year-olds left their mark on the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships last weekend at Wapakoneta WaterPark.
They were the Wavesâ€™ only age division to take top honors in both the boys and girls standings.
The 11-12 girls dominated, scoring 393 points to just 278 for the second-place Sherwood Sharks. Nine different girls medaled with four of them garnering four or more medals.
In fact, the 11-12 girls accounted for 17 percent of the combined team score for the Waves. They score more points than any other age division for the Waves.
For some of the youngest members of the Wapakoneta Waves swimming team, the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships over the past weekend were their first taste of a major competition.
And they didnâ€™t disappoint.
Wapak finished second overall in the competition to perennial power Westside Wave.
By individual age group, the 8-under boys placed fourth and the 9-10 boys took second. The girls were seventh in the 8-under and fourth in 9-10.
Beating a path to the medal stand on Friday and Saturday were Justin Fleagle and Nate Metzger as both won five medals over the two-day meet.
WOAL Championships by Age Division
Boys 8-Under Scores
Westside Wave 199
Shawnee CC Tide 193
Ada/Lost Creek Gators 161
WAPAK WAVES 158
Sherwood Sharks 152
Van Wert Marlins 88
Kenton Stingrays 79
Bluffton Sardines 38
Girls 8-Under Scores
Westside Wave 281
Ada/Lost Creek Gators 227
Sherwood Sharks 201
Van Wert Marlins 123
Shawnee CC Tide 111
Bluffton Sardines 93
WAPAK WAVES 84
Kenton Stingrays 67
Boys 9-10 Scores
Westside Wave 338
WAPAK WAVES 252
Ada/Lost Creek Gators 224
Sherwood Sharks 216
Van Wert Marlins 137
Shawnee CC Tide 68
Bluffton Sardines 10
Donny Schatz and Tyler Walker came away with the big hardware after the World of Outlaws Sprint Series trip into Northwest Ohio.
Schatz pulled out the win in the Brad Doty Classic on Wednesday at Limaland Motorsports Park in Allentown, and Walker took advantage of Sammy Swindell’s last-turn misfortune to claim the $50,000 winner’s purse in the Kings Royal on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg.
The Wapakoneta Waves finished second to powerhouse Westside at the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships on Saturday at Wapakoneta Waterpark.
Westside entered the second day of the competition with a narrow lead over Wapak and stretched that lead to take the title by a 2,503-2,296.5 margin.
The Sherwood Sharks were third with 2,102.5 points.
Josh Fleagle had a big day for the Waves in the 15-over division.
He snapped his own meet record in the 100-meter freestyle, posting a time of 50.69. He then established another meet record with a 30.14 in the 50 breaststroke.
ST. HENRY â€” Minster starting pitcher Austin Knapke had no tomorrow in the best-of-three series to decide a district ACME champion.
Knapkeâ€™s pitching and some timely hits have Minster in prime position for a state berth.
Ryan Hoying hit a two-run home run and Knapke frustrated Cavalier batters for six innings in the Wildcatsâ€™ 3-1 win over Coldwater in the first game of the ACME district championship series on Thursday night.
Knapke, along younger brother Andrew who started at second base on Thursday, are unavailable for tonightâ€™s action because of a family wedding.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” OhioÂ Stateâ€™s players say they are resigned to make the best of the schoolâ€™s self-imposed penalties, no matter how hurt or angry some may feel.
â€śThereâ€™s nothing we can really do about that,â€ť offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts said after a conditioning workout this week. â€śThe university decided to make that call. Weâ€™ve got to accept it.â€ť
ST. HENRY â€” For four innings Tuesday night, Wapakoneta pitcher Brandon Miller was virtually flawless.
Unfortunately for Wapak, Minster ended that in a big way in the fifth inning.
Minster pounded out five straight hits to erase a 2-0 deficit and pull out a 3-2 win in the ACME baseball Auglaize County district final at the Wally Post Athletic Complex in St. Henry.
Wapak ended its season with a 20-4 record.
Miller had held Minster to just one hit and one walk through the first four innings.
But Minster had him figured out in the fifth.