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The softball program at Clay is recognized statewide — similar to what the

                     Eryn Simon

baseball program established decades ago.

Let’s face it — Clay is a good school for diamond sports.

It was evident when Owens Community College coach Duane Latham stopped by the high school to help the softball players celebrate its defense of a City League championship and two seniors that will be playing for the Express next spring.

“It’s not only the quality of you guys as individuals, but the character of you guys compared to other programs that stand out,” Latham told the Clay girls, who were gathered for cake and soft drinks.

“I’m telling you it’s day and night and that’s based on the quality of the program that you guys display. You guys are A-plus in my book,” Latham continued.

“When we go out there looking, these are some of the things we look forward to in finding who will play — it’s not just what you do on the playing field. Success isn’t always represented in wins or losses but how you represent yourselves.”


Fifteen more inches.

That's all Emily Pendleton needed in order to advance to the discus finals on June

      Emily Pendleton

9 at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Pendleton and her sister, Erin, both state discus champions at Woodmore High School, qualified to the NCAA Championships for the University of Michigan. Emily, a junior, qualified for the third year in a row while Erin, a freshman, was making her first appearance.

Not only did the Pendleton sisters have to battle 46 other competitors, they had to deal with rainy and cool conditions at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

“It poured down rain for all of the warmups and it started to drizzle when we competed,” Emily said. “I was completely soaked when I threw. I can handle it, but when the circle is wet I don't get the power and the velocity in the disc.”

Emily competed in the first flight, recording a toss of 165-8 feet (50.51 meters) on her first attempt. Her next two attempts were not as far and she finished third in her flight.


If Alyssa Shimel is on top of her game, she just may find herself playing alongside a


              Alyssa Shimel

pair of professional golfers she admires at the 26th Annual Jamie Farr LPGA Owens Corning Classic July 1-4 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

“I like Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome,” said Shimel, a 2010 graduate of Eastwood High School. “I just like their swings and how far they can hit it, around 270 or 280 yards. I hit around 260.”

Shimel, 18, has been attending the Jamie Farr Classic with her father, Jeff, since she was 5 or 6 years old. Later this month she will have an opportunity to qualify for the Classic pending her performance in a tourney qualifier June 28 at Sylvania Country Club.

“It definitely would be a great experience,” Shimel said. “I played in the Ohio Open last August in Kettering, and that was open to professionals and amateurs, but not the big-name pros. People with their (pro) cards were there, which was kind of neat because you get to compare your game with professionals. I finished 10th and I was the low amateur for the tournament.



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