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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.

FOOTBALL: Two-a-days kick off

August 2, 2011

The Wapakoneta Redskins football team took to the practice field Monday for the first official day of coaching. The Redskins open the varsity football season Aug. 26 at Harmon Field against Bellefontaine.

2011 Wapakoneta Varsity Football Schedule
Friday, Aug. 12 -- vs. Findlay, 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 19 -- vs. Minster/Triad, 6 p.m. (scrimmage)
Friday, Aug. 26 -- vs. Bellefontaine, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2 -- vs. Elida, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9 -- at Bath, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Celina, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23 -- at Defiance, 7:30 p.m.

Browns rookie WR Little has opportunity

August 1, 2011

BEREA (AP) — Two days into training camp, rookie Greg Little has moved up the Cleveland Browns’ depth chart.
The wide receiver made the most of getting the opportunity Sunday under new coach Pat Shurmur while three key receivers sat out.
Josh Cribbs missed the second half of drills, his left knee wrapped in ice. Mohamed Massaquoi still had his right foot in a cast. Tight end Ben Watson watched after sustaining a concussion Saturday.
Shurmur said it all means that Little will get a chance in the new West Coast offense.

Fickell thrust into spotlight

July 29, 2011

CHICAGO — Every day presents a new challenge for Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell.
Thursday’s big surprise was facing a swarm of media members — he was expecting just to give a speech at a luncheon. After all, this was his first time here.
But questions keep coming and he had to react.

NFL: Horn reports to Colts camp

July 28, 2011

It turns out this isn’t the first time the Colts have expressed interest in Joe Horn.
It is, however, the first time Joe Horn has accepted their offer.
“Funny story — the Baltimore Colts invited my grandpa Joe (Horn) to training camp back in the ’60s,” the younger Joe Horn said Wednesday from the now Indianapolis Colts practice facility in Indianapolis. “But he decided not to go.”
The younger Joe Horn wasn’t about to do that when the Colts contacted his agent on Tuesday and offered him a free agent contract.

FOOTBALL: 7-on-7's a summer sneak peek

July 27, 2011

Ah, the traditional sounds of summer.
The “whap” of a ball smacking a mitt coming from the baseball diamond.
The squeals of delight emanating from the WaterPark.
And the barking of football coaches echoing through Harmon Field.
Wait, what?
In the era of year-round sports, 7-on-7 football scrimmages in July have become a necessary evil to anyone who wants to still be playing in November.
“Whether I like it or not — because I came from a couple different eras here — it has become very important,” Wapakoneta Redskins coach Doug Frye said after a 7-on-7 Saturday.

LOCAL RACING: Hannagan wins Run for the Rabbit

July 26, 2011

ALLENTOWN — California native Randy Hannagan became the eighth different winner of the Engine Pro NRA Sprint Invader’s Run for the Rabbit on Friday night at Limaland Motorsports Park.
The event honors the late Limaland Motorsports Park racer Travis “Rabbit” Miller.
Hannagan entered the 25-lap feature as the NRA point’s leader with two wins including last Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. He started on the front row, alongside J.R. Stewart, and led flag-to-flag for the win.

FOOTBALL: Practice dates set

July 25, 2011

Practice dates have been set for the Wapakoneta Redskins football teams.
Junior High football practice starts Monday, Aug. 1. Players are to meet at the Middle School at 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions call Tom Hunter at (419) 738-8292.
Freshman practice also starts Monday, Aug. 1. Players should meet near the weight room at 10:30 a.m. Any questions, contact Adam Friemering at friead@wapak.org.

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