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Published: Mon, August 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LOCAL

Panezich, Angelofinish in third

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Mahoning Valley athletes finished third with their hammer throws Sunday at the USATF Junior Olympics National Championships.

Nick Panezich of New Middletown had a toss of 173 feet 41/4 inches while Kristen Angelo of Hubbard threw 99-7. Both were competing in 17-18 age divisions.

Card show

CANTON -- A sports card and collectibles show will be held at the Canton Centre Mall on Aug. 5-8.

There will be sports cards, autographs, photos and helmets available. For details call (330) 492-4607.

REGION

3 former Baronsdrafted into NHL

PARMA -- Former Cleveland Barons Tom Fritsche, Nathan Davis and Justin Mercier of the North American Hockey League were taken in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Fritsche was drafted in the second round (47th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche. The Parma native is entering his sophomore year at The Ohio State University.

Fritsche is the second member of the family to be drafted into the NHL. His older brother Dan was drafted in the second round also (46th overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tom Fritsche joined the United States National Development Program following his play with the Barons.

Davis was drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks. The Rocky River native is entering his sophomore season at Miami University. Davis also joined the United States National Development Program after his years in the Barons youth organization.

Mercier was drafted in the sixth round (168th overall) by the Avalanche. The Erie native also is entering his sophomore season at Miami University.

Former Pitt playercharged with murder

CANTON -- A former University of Pittsburgh football player has been charged with killing a teenager outside of a gas station, authorities said.

Police allege that Steven J. Walker, 19, of Canton, shot and killed Michael Cheek, 17, on Friday night. A warrant charging Walker with murder was issued Saturday, according to court documents.

He turned himself in on Sunday and was being held in the Stark County jail on $2 million bond, authorities said.

Lt. James Cole said Walker and Cheek started arguing inside the station, and a witness said Cheek was trying to get to his car when he was shot. He was unconscious when taken to a hospital and died shortly afterward, authorities said.

Walker was dismissed from the Pittsburgh football program in early December 2004 and has not been a student at the school since then, Panthers spokesman E.J. Borghetti said Sunday. Borghetti would not say why Walker was dismissed from the program.

Before he was dismissed, Walker, a defensive back, was on the team for just over four months and did not play in any games, Borghetti said.

Walker started at quarterback for three seasons at Buchtel High School in Akron.

NATION

Auto racing roundup

* BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Bryan Herta has piled up plenty of poles, but on Sunday he picked up his first IndyCar Series victory of the season.

Herta held off three drivers in a scramble to the finish, beating Andretti Green Racing teammate Dan Wheldon by less than a car length on the wide, 2-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway to win the Firestone Indy 400 for his first victory since 2003.

Herta finished with an average speed of 167.197 mph, with Wheldon, the series points leader, second. Tomas Scheckter was third, followed by Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr.

* SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sebastien Bourdais drove an almost perfect race on an imperfect track on Sunday, pulling away at the end to win the San Jose Grand Prix.

The combination of a washboard-like track and looming concrete walls on the narrow downtown street circuit took out half the 18-car field during the 75-minute, timed race Sunday. But Bourdais, the reigning Champ Car World Series champion, managed to avoid the pitfalls and came away with his second win in a row and third of the season.

Paul Tracy, trailing Bourdais in the season standings, did everything he could to catch the 26-year-old Frenchman, but he came up 3.724-seconds -- nearly the entire pit straightaway -- short.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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