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Brandon Martin has been so close to finding Fremont Speedway’s victory lane over his 10-year 410 sprint car driving career, but it just didn’t come to be.

That all changed for the Attica driver July 10 as he took the lead with 10 laps to go and picked his way through traffic for the win.

Fremont’s Paul Weaver dominated the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, winning the make-up feature that was rained out last month, and then scoring the victory in the night’s regular feature event. Weaver, a two-time track champion, has now won three features in 2010 to take his career total to 28 at “The Track That Action Built,” good for 12th on the all-time win list.

Wayne, Ohio’s John Brooks waged a tremendous battle throughout the E-mod feature with Bill Keeler before edging him for his second win of the year at Fremont.

Martin started third in the 410 sprint feature and moved into second on lap three. He caught Lee Jacobs by lap six with Dustin Daggett and Craig Mintz right on their tails. Jacobs would hit lapped traffic by lap 11 as Martin continued to pull along side of him on the bottom of turns three and four. By lap 17, the crowd was on their feet watching a three-car battle for the lead with Jacobs, Martin and Mintz putting on a show. With 10 laps to go, Martin made his move, driving high in turn four to pass Jacobs for the lead. Martin would pick his way through traffic and take the checkered over Mintz, Lee Jacobs, Dale Blaney and Dean Jacobs.


Manager Larry Parrish became the all-time winningest manager in Toledo professional baseball history July 6 as the Mud Hens defeated Columbus, 9-4.  The win was No. 541 for Parrish, passing Cal Ermer (manager for Toledo 1978-85).

On July 24, Parrish will be recognized as such in a pre-game ceremony prior to the game versus Buffalo.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the pre-game presentation scheduled for approximately 6:40 p.m.

Also, the team will recognize hitting coach Leon “Bull” Durham and athletic trainer Matt Rankin for their dedication and service to the team as both are celebrating their 10th season with Toledo.

Parrish is in his seventh season as Mud Hens manager.  The 56-year-old led the club to Governors’ Cup championships in 2005 and 2006 and was named the 2005 Sporting News Manager of the Year.  Parrish has guided the Hens to a 541-522 record (.509) since 2003 and currently ranks second in Toledo history in games managed at 1,063 (Ermer – 1,115).


Two local students from Kim's Taekwondo Academy placed in the AAU National Taekwondo Championships June 28 through July 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., including one that won Gold.

Angel Whiteman of Genoa and Tre Mettie of Graytown qualified for Nationals by winning age-group gold, silver or bronze medals on May 1 at the AAU Ohio State Championships in Columbus. Both local competitors are trained by Kim's Academy owner/instructor Master Saemter Kim.

Whiteman, 18, who took silver in patterns at the Ohio State Championships, is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. She has been training for nearly 13 years.

Mettie, 11, won gold medals in both sparring and patterns at the Ohio State Championships. The fifth-grader said he was “happy and surprised” he won two Golds. Both were even more pleased to place in Florida.

Whiteman started TDK when she was seven and it has been almost 12 years since. She started at a different school before arriving at Kim’s in October 2009 because her father, who passed away earlier that same month, wanted her to train at a WTF school, and she says she wanted to honor him.


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