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Published: Sat, July 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Zanic honored

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Van Zanic, Geneva College sports information director was honored by the NAIA with the first-place prize for his 2001 football game day program.

Geneva's game day program received top billing from the NAIA for the first time under Zanic.

Speedwayhas fireworks

HARTFORD -- Fans hoping to watch the fireworks display at Sharon Speedway last Saturday will be treated to an even more spectacular show following the on-track activities tonight.

Fans who bring their general admission ticket stubs from June 29 will receive $2 off the adult admission price and $1 off the child admission for tonight's events.

On-track fireworks will continue this week as Ron Smoker and Ed Lynch Jr. each try for their sixth consecutive win. Lynch may have his hands full as Sharon hosts a Sprint Car Challenge that will pit Sharon regulars against those from nearby MercerRaceway.

Smoker had to work a little harder to claim his fifth win last week. An accident in his heat race forced the V-8 Modified driver to reach the feature by way of the consolation race. Starting 17th in the feature, Smoker consistently picked off car by car to take the lead on lap 13 and hold on for the win. To clinch his sixth victory, Smoker will have to contend with Jim Dandy Jr., who finished a close second last week, and Sharon veteran driver and track co-owner Lou Blaney, who finished third.

The E-Modified and Pure Stock divisions will complete the racing card. Prior to the racing events drivers in the Sprint division will be on-hand to sign autographs.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate. Reserved seats cost $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 12-15 and $2 for children ages 3-11. General admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12-15 and free for children younger than 12. Coolers less than 14 inches are permitted. Fans may call (330) 772-5481 or visit www.sharonspeedway.com for more information and directions.

Oldtimersset meeting

STRUTHERS -- The Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers Association has a busy schedule this month.

First, the association will conduct its meeting on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Holiday Bowl. A golf outing is set for July 17 at Tanglewood for members only. For reservations, contact Nick Granitto at 782-6520.

A picnic is scheduled for July 24 at St. John's picnic grounds off Villa Maria Road.

West Sidesignups set

YOUNGSTOWN -- The West Side Patriots will hold signups for players and cheerleaders today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kirkmere School.

Children ages 6-12 are eligible. Cost is $55 for one child, $65 for two children in a family and $75 for three or more.

Call (330) 793-6410 for more information.

REGION

Aeros lose

ERIE, Pa. -- Jorge Sequea's seventh-inning RBI single lifted the Erie SeaWolves to a 3-2 victory over the Akron Aeros in the Eastern League on Friday.

The win against the Southern Division leader snapped a five-game losing streak for the SeaWolves.

Erie starter Tom Farmer allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one, improving his record to 6-8.

Akron starter Jason Stanford struck out a season-high 12 batters, but his record drops to 5-4. Two of the three runs against Stanford were unearned.

Akron took a 2-0 lead on solo home runs by Ryan Church and Jhonny Peralta.

In the fifth inning, Max St. Pierre drew a walk and went to third on Rod Lindsey's double. Both runners scored when Akron first baseman Billy Munoz dropped the throw on a routine ground ball to third by Sequea.

Lindsey singled in the seventh, stole second and scored on Sequea's two-out single up the middle.

Erie's Homera Rivera pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save.

NATION

Nemechek wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joe Nemechek won the first-ever Busch Series night race at Daytona, blocking Greg Biffle over a two-lap shootout Friday after a 16-car accident halted the race.

Nemechek, who became the first Busch driver to win from the pole at Daytona International Speedway since 1975, went almost unchallenged after the 17-minute stoppage of the Stacker2/GNC Live Well 250.

Biffle only attempted a pass coming out of the final turn, but Nemechek blocked Biffle's look down low on the track and repeated it when Biffle went high.

Staff/wire report




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