Tuesday, April 15, 2014

USAC embarks on 53rd season at Eldora

ROSSBURG – With 185 completed events and 71 different winners, Eldora Speedway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) enters its 53rd consecutive year of association on the venerable .500-mile clay oval this Saturday evening (April 19), with the annual Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic for ‘traditional’ non-winged Sprint Cars and some interesting statistics.

Of the 71 different winners, 39 have repeated their Eldora wins at least one-time, and four of them remain active in USAC racing. Ironically those four account for 12 wins out of the past 16 USAC National Sprint Car Series events at Eldora; to shut out drivers aspiring to either increase their presence on the win list or etch their name into the Eldora archives.

Veteran Tracy Hines sits second on the all-time win list and has been the most prolific of the quartet by capturing five of his nine Eldora wins during this time span, a period in which Robert Ballou has scored his three USAC wins. Jerry Coons, Jr. picked up two of his three wins during this interval with current USAC point leader Dave Darland notching one win to increase his total to four.

Now retired from active racing, Levi Jones was in that 16-race mix that includes Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson and most recently Chris Windom as first-time USAC winners at Eldora.

Darland, Hines, Coons Jr., Ballou and Windom are expected to be competing Saturday in anticipation of increasing their win count and extending the momentum of repeat winners. Their opposition will be a bevy of drivers seeking their first USAC checkered flag at the historic Rossburg, OH speed plant.

Atop that list are the four drivers that follow Darland in the current USAC point ranking, including two-time defending champion Bryan Clauson. Clauson’s resume shows two USAC Silver Crown victories at Eldora but none in the division that he has dominated in over the past two years. That fact, plus, by his standards, a disappointing fourth-place ranking will be the fuel behind his drive Saturday.

Justin Grant (2nd), Chase Stockon (3rd) and Brady Bacon (5th) also continue their chase towards the USAC National championship Saturday winless in Eldora competition; a fact they hope to change. Hines enters the fray seventh in the point chase, while Ballou is ninth and Coons, Jr. sixteenth.

Completing the tripleheader program Saturday evening will be the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Eldora Stock Cars, with a 7:30 p.m. race starting time. Tickets for Saturday night or any of the other events on Eldora’s exciting menu may be purchased by going to the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the track office during normal business hours (937) 338-3815. Additionally, race fans and race teams can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and view video highlights at YouTube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. Mobile device users can access the Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which is available for download via iTunes and Google Play.

Pierce and Mevert complete Illinois sweep at Eldora

ROSSBURG – At only 17 years of age, second generation driver Bobby Pierce used Saturday’s UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals win to propel him into his second century of Late Model wins. Joining the Oakwood, IL speedster on Eldora’s coveted stage to celebrate win number 101 was fellow Prairie State hotshoe Matt Mevert who earlier in the night captured the Modified leg of the doubleheader on a night presented by Allstar Performance. For both them, this marked their first-ever Eldora wins.

With frost still emerging as a tell-tale reminder of the brutal winter, and winds gusting at 30 MPH, the track proved itself to be tricky while remaining lightning fast. Pierce’s run to the front found the teams running steadily in the 16.0 second range around the .500-mile mile clay oval.

Dogged determination and commanding restarts played key ingredients for Pierce, who was greeted in victory lane by the man who had captured this event 21 years ago in 1993, Bob Pierce. Bobby had no recollection of that ceremony as he hadn’t even been born yet.

By virtue of his second Heat race win, Pierce started on the outside pole of the 24-car, $5,000 to win 25-lap chase, with Heat one winner Dona Marcoullier inside of him on the pole. As the green flag dropped, Pierce took it right to the limit by running full throttle within inches of Eldora’s oft-intimidating concrete walls and stealing top spot away from Marcoullier.

Several minor caution periods slowed the pace and with the double-file restart rule, it would put the entire field back within the shadows of Pierce. His restart approach let the field know that at 17 he was already a veteran in his own right. He would choose the outside lane and when the green flag was unfurled to resume racing, he would shoot off of turn 4 right down in front of the field to shut off their momentum.

Marcoullier remained in contention as the field approached lapped traffic, but behind them Ryan VanderVeen, Brian Ruhlman, Jeep VanWormer and Duane Chamberlain were engaging in a see-saw battle for positioning among the top five. VanderVeen and VanWormer eventually fell victim to crashes which allowed Ruhlman and Chamberlain to take on their own battle while Matt Miller soon entered the scene.

Through it all, Pierce remained undaunted and charged to his second feature win of the weekend. Saturday’s win came at the expense of Chamberlain, Ruhlman, Marcoullier and Miller who completed the top five.

Ruhlman was trying to salvage a disappointing run in the Modified A-feature just moments before, where he appeared to be locked into the $5,000 victory.

His pole starting position was to his liking and he made the most of it by enduring three attempts by the 32-car field to get under green flag conditions and opened nearly a straightaway lead over the field. Devin Gilpin was the first to try and reel him in, but had his hands full fending off Mevert and Jonathan Taylor and host of others including Eldora stalwarts Jeff Babcock and Jerry Bowersock.

Ruhlman’s vast Eldora experience played right into his hand to make it look like the balance of the 31 cars were merely racing to determine an order behind him. Yet Mevert and Taylor had other thoughts, with Mevert learning the Eldora track more and more with every lap.

A rare lap 16 miscue by Ruhlman and near-collision with the concrete wall was all Mevert needed to not only knock on the door, but walk right in. As he rallied to regain his composure, Taylor took advantage to advance forward as well.

The slight contact was enough to drop Ruhlman somewhat off the pace being enjoyed by Mevert and Taylor, and found team mates Matt Westfall and Jeff Babcock now looking towards the checkered flag. Mevert wasn’t about to be denied and took advantage of a long green-flag run in the closing stages to score the win. Taylor, Westfall and Babock waged a battle to the end and finished in that order, while Chad Kinder slid up into fifth.

Eldora’s entry into its 61st season of racing will be followed by an invasion of the USAC National Sprint Car series this Saturday night (April 19) along with the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Eldora Stock Cars.

Tickets for that event, or any of the other events on Eldora’s exciting menu may be purchased by going to the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the track office during normal business hours (937) 338-3815. Additionally, race fans and race teams can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and view video highlights at YouTube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. Mobile device users can access the Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which is available for download via iTunes and Goggle Play.

Matt Mevert (L) joins Bobby Pierce (R) in victory lane following UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals presented by Allstar Performance. Mike Campbell photo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bradford Jr/Sr. High School Athelticts – week of April 14

Monday, April 14

* JH Track @ Arcanum, 4:30 p.m.

* Varsity Baseball vs. Houston, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball vs. Houston, 5 p.m.

* JH Softball vs. Milton, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15

* HS Track @ Milton, 4:30 p.m.

* Varsity Baseball @ Franklin Monroe, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball @ Franklin Monroe, 5 p.m.

* JV Baseball vs. Franklin Monroe, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball @ National Trail, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

* Varsity Softball @ St Henry, 5 p.m. (Rescheduled From 4/7)

* JV Softball @ St Henry, 5 p.m. (Rescheduled From 4/7)

* JH Softball @ Milton, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17

* JH Track @ Troy (Miami County Meet), 4:30 p.m.

* Varsity Baseball vs. Mississinawa Valley, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball vs. Mississinawa Valley, 5 p.m.

* JV Baseball @ Mississinawa Valley, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball vs. Tri County North, 5 p.m.

Friday, April 18

* JV Baseball @ St Henry, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball Vs. Fort Loramie, 5 p.m.

* JH Softball vs. Covington, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

* HS Track @ Minster Invitational, 9 a.m.

* Varsity Baseball (DH) vs. Troy Christian, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

* Bradford Varsity Softball Tournament, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

* JV Baseball (DH) @ Troy Christian, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

* JH Softball (DH) vs. Newton, noon (at Football Field)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maria Macy Golf Outing

GREENVILLE – The ninth annual Maria M. Macy Scholarship Foundation Golf Outing will be held May 10, at Beechwood Golf Course, Arcanum. The outing will start with lunch at noon followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start, concluding with awards and recognition of sponsors.

Maria Macy, a 1993 graduate of Arcanum High School, lost her life in a car accident in February 2002. To honor Maria’s memory, a scholarship fund was established. All proceeds from the golf outing will benefit the annual scholarship to be awarded to a deserving Arcanum High School graduate that exemplifies the academic achievements and community involvement that Macy demonstrated in her life.

To participate in the outing, or to donate to the Maria M. Macy Scholarship Fund, contact Matt Macy at: macyma@earlham.edu.

Bowling Results from April 7


Monday, April 7, 2014

Bowling Results - April 3


Bradford JH/HS Athletics - Week of April 7

Monday, April 7

* Varsity Softball @ St Henry, 5 p.m.

*JV Softball @ St Henry, 5 p.m.

* JH Softball Vs. Milton, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8

* HS Track @ Milton, 4:30 p.m.

* Varsity Baseball @ Twin Valley South, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball @ Twin Valley South, 5 p.m.

* JV Baseball Vs. Twin Valley South, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball @ Versailles, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9

* JH Track @ Covington, 4:30 p.m.

* JH Softball @ Milton, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 10

* Varsity Baseball Vs. Arcanum, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball Vs. Arcanum, 5 p.m.

* JV Baseball @ Arcanum, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball @ Arcanum, 5 p.m.

* JH Softball @ Covington, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 11

* Varsity Baseball Vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.

* Varsity Softball Vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.

* JV Baseball @ Riverside, 5 p.m.

* JV Softball @ Riverside, 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

* HS Track @ Anna, 9 a.m.

* JH Track @ Ft Loramie, 9:30 a.m.

* JH Softball (DH) @ Versailles, noon

Athletic Department Information:

* Updated Spring Schedules Are On The Schools Athletic Website

* Concession Stand Help Is Needed All Spring Long, Please Contact Jim Wysong Or Teresa Patty To Schedule

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 31 Bowling Results


Monday, March 31, 2014

Eldora Speedway Named “My Favorite Track”

ROSSBURG – Officials from SPEED SPORT Magazine and NationalSpeedSportNews.com, America’s trusted motorsports authority since 1934, recently announced their readers have voted Eldora Speedway as ‘My Favorite Track’ for the third consecutive year.

The .500-mile clay oval, owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, garnered 19.4 percent of the vote outdistancing Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway’s 10.6 percent share. A total of 274 tracks received votes in the online contest that boasted participation by nearly five-times more individual fans than the 2013 contest. Eldora bested Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2013 and 2012 voting.

“Whenever someone visits Eldora for the first time, their initial comments are about the number of campers and the size of the crowd — and they still have yet to see cars on the track,” said Eldora Speedway General Manager Roger Slack. “Our dedicated and loyal fans are as much a part of the Eldora experience as the breathtaking action on the high banks and that is why this award carries such significance to everyone here — because it is the fans who continue to vote Eldora Speedway as their favorite track in the country.”

SPEED SPORT and the National Speedway Directory will present the "My Favorite Tracks" award later this year.

The Top 10

1. Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio

2. Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa

3. Oswego Speedway, Oswego, N.Y.

4. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

5. Salina Highbanks Speedway, Salina, Okla.

6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind.

7. Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

8. Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo, Ind.

9. Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind.

10. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario

Bowling Results - March 27


Bradford High School Athletic Schedule - March 31 - April 5

March 31
Varsity Baseball vs. New Bremen, 5 p.m.
Varsity Softball vs. New Bremen, 5 p.m.
JV Softball @ New Bremen, 5 p.m.
JHSB @ Milton, 5:30 p.m.

April 1
Spring Pictures - HS Softball 3:15 p.m.; JH Softball, 4:15 p.
HS Track @ Milton, 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Baseball @ Springfield Northwester, 5 p.m.
JV Baseball vs. St. Henry, 5 p.m.
JV Softball @ Parkway, 5 p.m.
April 2
No games scheduled
April 3
HS Girls Track @ Versailles, 4:30 p.m. (rescheduled from 3/29)
JH Track @ Arcanum, 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Baseball vs. New Knoxville, 5 p.m.
Varsity Softball @ Coldwater, 5 p.m.
JV Softball vs. Tippecanoe, 5 p.m.
JH Softball vs. Covington, 5:30 p.m.
April 4
Varsity Baseball vs. Fairlawn, 5 p.m.
Varsity Softball vs. Fairlawn, 5 p.m.
JH Softball @ Newton Tournament, TBD
April 5
HS Boys Track @ Versailles, 9 a.m.
Varsity Baseball (DH) vs. Marion Local, 11 a.m.
Varsity Softball (DH) vs. Marion Local, 11 a.m.
JV Baseball (DH) @ Marion Local, 11 p.m.
JV Softball (DH) @ Marion Local, 11 a.m.
JH Softball @ Newton, TBD


Updated spring schedules are on the school's athletic website. Concession stand help is needed all spring. Contact Jim Wysong or Teresa Patty to schedule.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Arcanum summer swim team sign-ups

ARCANUM - The Arcanum Swim Team, Team Stingray, will be holding sign-ups in the Arcanum High School Cafetorium on April 12 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. and April 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Team stingray is a community-based recreational team open to all Darke county children, with an emphasis on having fun, learning and refining swim techniques, individual accomplishment and team spirit. They will be selling Arcanum pool season passes at the time of sign-ups if interested. The season runs from the beginning of June to the end of July. Practices are Monday through Friday starting at 7:00 p.m. The swim meets are held on weeknights or Saturday mornings and include events for kickboard-assisted swimmers to high school state qualifiers.

Payment will be due at the time of registration. Swimmers will have the opportunity to try on and order swim suits and learn more about the program. For more information about registration fees, visit the website. They have their fees, information about Arcanum season pool passes, as well as contact information for questions. The team website is www.arcanumswimteam.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bohman comes close to 300

VERSAILLES – Aaron Bohman, a mens’ league bowler at McBo’s Bowling Lanes had a 299 game, leaving the seven pin on his 12th ball. He bowled the 299 during a Monday Night League on Jan. 20.

His games for the night were 210-299-248 for a 757 series. Aaron has bowled a 300 already back in 2012 and on that night rolled the current McBo’s Lanes highest series record with an 828 series. Aaron has added to the family of 300’s. Aaron’s grandpa, Orville, uncle, Kevin, and dad, Keith, have also had 300 games in their bowling careers.

OSU Scholarship Golf Outing set

GREENVILLE – The 18th annual OSU Scholarship Golf Outing will be held June 16 at Turtle Creek Golf Course. Profits from this event have been used to provide scholarships to graduating, Darke County high school seniors who plan to attend The Ohio State University.

The format will once again be a four-person team, handicapped scramble. Individual golfers are also encouraged to enter to make up or help fill out a team. The golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. with cash prizes awarded to the winning teams. Other games and contests are available throughout the day.

This outing is open to the public. Entry forms are now available. Contact Dennis Baker at Second National Bank, 547-2550, for registration information or email baker.5@osu.edu.

Committee chairmen are Marv Stammen and Ron Puterbaugh with Rodney Oda, “Tot” Heinrichs and Jean McLear also assisting.

Bowling Results - March 24


Monday, March 24, 2014

Bowling Results - March 20


Bowling Results - March 17


Bowling Results - March 13


Bowling Results - March 10


Bradford HS Athletics - The Week of March 24-29

BRADFORD - This week in athletics at Bradford High School:
March 24
* Varsity Softball and Baseball Scrimmage at Northridge, 5 p.m.
March 25
* Varsity Softball Tri-Scrimmage at Milton Union, 5 p.m.
March 26
* Spring Pictures - JH and HS Track, 3:30 p.m.
* Spring Pictures - HS Baseball, 4 p.m.
* Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7 p.m.
March 27
* Spring Pictures - HS Softball, 3:15 p.m.
* Varsity Softball Scrimmage vs. Bellbrook, 5 p.m. (rescheduled from 3/17)
March 28
* Varsity Baseball Scrimmage at St. Mary's, 5 p.m.
March 29
* HS Girls Track at Versailles, 9 a.m.

 
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