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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.” 


The Toledo Walleye Coach and Director of Player Personnel Coach Nick Vitucci announced that the team has signed forward Sal Peralta and defenseman Tyler Gotto to contracts for the 2010-11 season.

Peralta, the 27-year-old native of Leamington, Ontario, was acquired by the Walleye on February 20 from Ontario (ECHL). In 17 contests with the Walleye, Peralta collected 19 points (10 goals, nine assists).

Peralta also appeared in 25 games this past year in the ECHL between the Kalamazoo Wings and the Ontario Reign. He collected four goals and 12 assists in those contests. Peralta played five seasons in Canadian College with the University of Western Ontario, with his best season coming in 2007-08 when he scored 18 goals and added 23 assists.

Gotto joins the Walleye after spending four seasons with Niagara University in the CHA (College Hockey America).  Tyler, a 25-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, is coming off his best offensive season, netting 11 goals while adding 14 assists. 


Two years ago the first class was inducted into the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame. Now work has officially begun

Johnny Beaber

to construct a facility to house the hall of fame and other memorabilia associated with “The Track That Action Built.”

On Saturday, July 10, prior to the night’s races at Fremont Speedway, a ground-breaking ceremony for the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame was held. Hall of fame inductees “Gentleman” Johnny Auxter, who raced at the track’s first event 59 years ago, and De Genzman, who won track championships at the track and currently owns a sprint car that competes there weekly, turned the first shovels of dirt for the facility.

The dream of a building at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds became a reality when recently inducted Genzman contributed $10,000 to the building project. Thanks to donations from other hall of fame inductees and from the many loyal Fremont Speedway fans, over $20,000 has been raised in just two years for the project.


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