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Justin Thomas was used to pitching in Northwest Ohio, but not on a stage quite this big.

Thomas, a 2002 Clay High School graduate, threw two scoreless innings in relief and struck out four Mud Hens in the Indianapolis Indians' 7-3 loss on May 15 at Fifth Third Field.

“A lot of my family was there,” Thomas said. “My dad (Steve) and my two uncles, my wife (Theresa) and some of her family, and my mom (Jackie) and the majority of her family that lives in town were there. A lot of my high school buddies were there, too. It was pretty cool.”

                        Justin Thomas

The Indians will be back in Toledo on Aug. 18-20, but frankly, Thomas would rather be somewhere else.

The 6-3, 215-pound left-hander has already pitched at the major-league level this season, and he hopes to be back there as soon as possible.

Thomas, 26, spent the last two seasons with Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. Tacoma is the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, who decided to take Thomas off their 40-man roster last November.


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Senior Kaysie Brittenham


For eight members of Lake High School's girls’ basketball team, the timing couldn't have been better. Three weeks earlier a tornado destroyed the field house they were used to playing in.

The Flyers' girls’ and boys’ basketball teams know they will be playing their 2010-11 home games at Owens Community College, but it won't be the same as playing in their own gym.

“Every time I go past the school, I still can't believe it,” upcoming junior Hannah Cox said. “Every time you go past it, it's devastating to see. Our home court is where we win, and it's sad to know we're not going to be playing there ever again. On the plus side, Owens is really close so it won't be too bad. We've had shootouts there.”

Senior Kaysie Brittenham, an All-Suburban Lakes League standout who plans to play basketball in college, said she's disappointed she won't get to play at Lake her senior year.


One Clay and one Eastwood graduate were among 24 Owens Community College student-athletes who have received Academic All-Conference honors by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) in recognition of their scholarly achievements for the 2009-10 academic year.

They are Michael Romano (biomedical electronics), a Clay grad (baseball) with a 3.3 grade point average, and Alyssa LaVoy (biology), an Eastwood grad (women’s volleyball) with a 4.0 GPA. Joining them is Brooks Gradner (pre-business administration), a Bowling Green High School graduate (men’s golf) with a 3.67 GPA. Brook’s father is Randy Gardner, an Eastwood grad now serving in the state legislature.

“Owens Community College is extremely proud of these student-athletes who have demonstrated both hard work and exceptional commitment to academic achievement,” said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. “Their success as scholars is a positive reflection on each athletic program and the dedication shown toward educational values.” 


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