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Paul Brown Stadium is getting a new UBU Sports, Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system for the upcoming Cincinnati Bengals season, thanks to Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf Center, which installed the turf.

Maumee Bay Turf Center is owned by former Clay athlete and Clay and Northwood coach Brad Morrison and partner P.J. Kapfhammer, Morrison e-mailed The Press in April that this is something his company is very proud of.

Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, joined rank with the Superdome and the Metrodome this week as a facility boasting the new UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system for the 2012 NFL season.  This marks UBU Sports’ 5th NFL-affiliated installation since the company's inception in 2009.  The Bengals will play their first regular season home game on the new surface on September 16, 2012, against the Cleveland Browns.PBStadium2

“We spent a great deal of time studying the different products out there and UBU was the clear choice for us”, said Bob Bedinghaus, director of business development for the Bengals. “While our decision was driven primarily by the product they offered, it was also based on the individuals representing UBU.  From the CEO to the installers, they were professional, straightforward and had a genuine concern for our installation.”

Named in honor of the man who brought the Bengals to Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium is the only football stadium to make the list of “America’s Favorite 150 buildings and structures” according to a Harris Interactive Survey.  Built in 2000, the steel structure, which seats 65,535 people, is considered one of the most futuristic and unique stadiums in the league.

“We are honored to be part of this historic franchise and their state of the art stadium,” said Mark Nicholls, CEO of UBU Sports.  “Paul Brown Stadium is a beautiful facility and the downtown skyline of Cincinnati in the backdrop provides a great atmosphere for a game.  We are delighted to have our turf system be the playing surface of choice."

The UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system installed in Paul Brown Stadium features UBU Sports' exclusive Harmony Fiber, a trusted and durable component currently used in synthetic turf systems for football leagues ranging from pee-wee to professional ranks.  The new playing surface displays an inlaid Bengals center logo and end-zone logos.

Established in 2009, UBU Sports continues to be an innovator in the synthetic turf industry.  UBU Sports believes that the field is an extension of the athlete and that their fields should help athletes be the best that they can be.  By incorporating science and technology within each surface, UBU Sports is ground gear for athletes.


Pitcher of Week
Oregon native and Trine University pitcher Jake Rightnowar has been named Michigan-Indiana Athletic Associatin Conference Pitcher of the Week. 

Rightnowar had back-to-back complete games in helping the Trine Thunder to a second place finish and a spot in the MIAA Conference tournament.  His most recent on May 3 was a two hit, four strikeout, no walks shutout of MIAA Conference regular season champ and No. 8 ranked Adrian.

In his start prior to blanking Adrian, Rightnowar threw a three-hitter vs. Kalamazoo where he surrendered just one run over seven innings, striking out five and again walking none on just 69 pitches. He was to make his next start last Thursday in the conference tournament.

A 2009 graduate of Toledo Christian, Rightnowar was the TAAC Player of the Year in 2009.


Sports Announcements
The First Annual Tom Pickerel Open, a fundraiser for Genoa High School athletics, will be June 9 at Chippewa Golf Course. A shotgun start begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $65 and includes luncheon. Contact Mike Thomas at 419-855-7741, ext. 21105 or msthomas@genoaschools.com.

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Clay High is seeking a varsity cheerleading advisor. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and resume to Mike Donnelly, Athletic Director, at mdonnelly@oregoncs.org or Clay High School, 5665 Seaman Road, Oregon, OH 43616. Applications will be accepted until position is full.

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The Genoa Little League will be holding a U10 baseball tournament June 13-17 and U12 and U14 tournaments June 27-July 1. All tournaments are $175 per team plus umpire fees. There is a three-game guarantee. Contact Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398 or visit www.leaguelineup.com/genoa.

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Eastwood is holding a volleyball skills camp in the high school gymnasium July 12-14. Next fall’s fifth-sixth grade class clinics will be from 10-11:45 a.m. and seventh-eighth grade clinic will be from 12:15-2 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes a t-shirt. Registration forms are available at the high school and middle school offices.

 

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