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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

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Stuart Brubaker showed a stout field of 410 c.i. sprint cars even teams with very little funding can win.

The Gibsonburg driver took the lead on lap 11 of the 30-lap feature and powered to the victory on opening night at Attica Raceway Park Friday on Whiteford Kenworth, Construction Equipment & Supply, Merrill Lynch Night.

 Brubaker, a former 305 c.i. sprint track champion at Attica and the track's 410 rookie of the year in 2012, got close to a win a few weeks ago at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio before settling for second. Friday at Attica he used a restart on lap 11, executing a perfect slider to take the lead and then picked his way through lapped traffic late for his sixth career Callie's Performance Products 410 Sprints Division win at "Ohio's Finest Racing" venue.

JoAnn Gordon was charged with the task of starting up a softball program at Lourdes University back in 2011.

Seven years later, Gordon is still the head coach of the Gray Wolves, an NAIA program, and for the first time ever her squad has a .500 record after its first 22 games.

Four local players – seniors Brooke Gallaher from Clay and Samantha Shirling from Eastwood, and freshmen Syd Behlmer from Lake and Shylee Schmeltz from Gibsonburg – have been big contributors this season. The Wolves, who compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, had an 11-11 record through Tuesday, including a 3-1 mark in the WHAC.

 Cardinal Stritch softball seniors Erika Berg, Jen Crosley and Lexi Hood have one thing in common. They’ve all played in a program that is currently on its fourth head varsity coach in four years.

New coach Tony Esposito, however, said he doesn’t plan on going anywhere after just one season. He is, after all, sort of a Stritch lifer. His wife and their four kids all attended Cardinal Stritch, and one of his daughters, Rachel, is his assistant coach.

Esposito has been charged with turning around a program that once used to be a dominant force in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. Esposito coached the Cardinals’ junior varsity team for six years, and he coached the jayvee baseball squad for two years.




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