Pendleton girls don’t miss a beat as indoor season begins
The University of Michigan women's track and field team picked up three victories at the Penn State Northeast Challenge on Jan. 17, winning the 20-pound weight throw, shot put and 4x800-meter relay at the Ashenfelter III Track.
The Pendleton sisters from Woodmore helped the Wolverines achieve a sweep in the 20-pound weight throw.
The Wolverines swept the top three spots in the event, led by Ashley Greer's (Ann Arbor Pioneer) first-place throw of 17.3 meters (56-9¼). Sisters Erin Pendleton and Emily Pendleton took second and third, with Erin throwing 17.28 meters (56-8½) for runner-up and Emily recording a third-place throw of 17.05 meters (55-11¼).
Emily has already had quite a career at Michigan. After graduating from Woodmore in 2007, she earned First Team All-Big Ten in last year’s outdoor season.
Emily finished in ninth place in the discus throw at NCAA Championships with a top throw of 160-11 (49.06m) and had a career-best throw of 180-8 (55.06m) in the discus at the NCAA Mideast Regional, automatically qualifying her for the NCAA Championships.
Emily won the Big Ten championship in the discus (170-2, 51.88m) and took 13th in the shot put (42-6¾, 12.97m). She finished sixth in the hammer throw (169-6, 51.67m).
At Woodmore, Emily won state championships in the discus all four years (2004-07), plus placed fourth in the state in the shot put her junior year and second her senior year. She was a Nike national champ in the discus in 2006 and 2007.
As a prep athlete, Emily had the furthest throw in the discus in the nation 183-3 (2006-07). In the discus, she was a world Junior Pan-American Team Champion (2007), Junior Nationals champion (2006-07), qualified for World Junior Team (2006), a Junior Olympic National Champion (2006), and Junior Olympic National Champion Intermediate (2005).
Erin graduated from Woodmore in 2009. In high school, she was a two-time state champion in discus (2008, 2009), two-time indoor state champion in shot put and weight throw (2008, 2009), third in the shot as a senior (2009), and fourth in the shot in 2008. Erin was runner-up in the discus to her older sister in 2007, but Erin set an all-time Ohio sophomore record in discus (154-10). She finished in fourth place in the state discus as a freshman (2006)
Erin is a two-time USA Today All-American and Track and Field News All-American in discus. In 2009, Erin won the discus throw at the Midwest Meet of Champions. She was runner-up at both the Junior Nationals and Nike Outdoor Nationals in discus, third place in the discus at the Pan American Championships, and was ranked third in the nation in discus.
Emily and Erin are the daughters of Mike and Laura Pendleton. Mike is involved as a coach with the Woodmore track team.
The Northwest Ohio Knights semi-pro football team announced its annual player combine Jan. 30 at the Maumee Sports Mall in the Steve Mix Center at 1630 Market Place, Maumee. Registration begins at 7 p.m. and the combine will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The NWO Knights are recruiting players for their 2010 summer league semi-pro football organization. The NWO Knights are a non-profit organization and the players are not compensated.
Semi-pro football has been around the Toledo area for over 25 years. In the off season, the Northwest Ohio Raiders (Fremont area) merged with the NWO Knights (Toledo). The team will keep the Knights name while taking on the Raiders colors: black, royal, and gold. Tommy and Tiffany Turner (former Raiders owners) remain involved with Knights organization co-owners Dave and Carey Calabrese.
Dave Calabrese, who is also head coach, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) last year. The NWO Knights have been supporters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in past years, and Tiffany Turner says, “The 2010 Knights team is dedicated to making this a championship year for Dave.”
The NWO Knights were champions in 2008 in the Great Lakes Football League and made it to the second round playoffs in 2009 with the United States Football Association, America’s fastest rising semi-pro league. The USFA consists of 34 teams from six states and is set up just like the NFL.
All local athletes are welcome to tryout. The cost is $25 for the combine fee and a Knights t-shirt or $35 for the combine fee, a Knights t-shirt, and Knights mesh shorts. The combine will consist of a majority of drills from the bench press to the 40-yard dash and more. Call Turner at 419-855-4441 or 419-392-4704
The Lake basketball programs will hold spaghetti dinner fundraisers Jan. 29 (girls game vs. Otsego, 6 p.m. start) and Feb. 26 (boys vs. Genoa, 6 p.m.) from 4:30-7 p.m. Take-out is available. Dinner tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 8-years-old. Tickets can be purchased from any high school basketball player, and proceeds are shared by both the boys and girls programs.
Lake Baseball Association registration for ages 8 to 14 can be made at www.leaguelineup.com/lake-baseball. Deadline to signup is Feb. 5.
The Ohio Rippers baseball team will hold tryouts for U10 recreation and U11 travel boys’ teams Jan. 30 and Feb. 5. Call Scott Hornyak at 419-304-1727 or Jeff Dunsmore at 419-693-1895.