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Published: Sat, February 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Fund raiser

LISBON -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbiana County will hold a fund raiser, "Bowl For Kids' Sake" Sunday at Salem Hunt Club and Lisbon Holiday Lanes from 1 p.m. until 4.

"Bowl For Kids Sake" is a fund raiser created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of American and raises funds to support the local Big Brothers Sisters agencies.

Pizza Hut is sponsoring this year's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbiana event.

All participants receive a sponsor sheet and get pledges per pin. Teams may be formed and will consist of two or four bowlers.

A commemorative PizzaHut/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbiana County T-Shirt will be given to each bowler who raises $40.00 or more.

To register a team or for further information call Walt Stefanish at (330) 424-0653.

Bishoff honored

GRANVILLE -- Denison University senior Brian Bishoff of Howland was honored at the 44th National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Awards banquet at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe in Columbus.

Bishoff's selection marked the sixth consecutive year that a Denison student-athlete attended the prestigious event.

He capped off an outstanding senior season by earning an All-North Coast Athletic Conference honorable mention for his play at cornerback.

As a defensive back, Bishop notched 66 career tackles, three interceptions, nine pass breakups and returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.

An economics major, he will graduate in May.

Frankle helps ONU

ADA -- Ohio Northern University's Nick Frankle, a Canfield native, won three individual titles and was on two championship relay teams as the Polar Bears top off their Ohio Athletic Conference regular season Tri-Champions winning the OAC championships.

Frankle took the 100-meter breaststroke in 59.44 seconds, the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.75 and the 1650 freestyle in 17:18.41.

He was a member of the winning 400-medlay (3:36.88) and 200-medlay (1:39.60) relay teams.

Boardman track

KENT -- Michelle Bistrica, Genna Higbee, Cecilia Velazquez and Alix Yetter of Boardman High School placed second in the 3200-meter relay in 11 minutes, 04.33 seconds at the Kent State University Indoor track and field meet.

Bistrica finished seventh in 800 meters (2:38.82).

Autumn Parrish of the Spartans was second in the long jump (15 feet, 8 3/4 inches) and she was eight in the 55-meter dash (7.89 seconds), with Carrie Zorman seventh (7.80) and Higbee made the finals (10.39).

Brooke Katzman finished third in the shot put (37-4 1/2) and Janet Beraduce was ninth (30-6). Candace Golubic was third in the high jump (4-10) and Joanna Kayser was eighth (4-6).

Cecilia Velazquez finished fifth in 200 meters (20.08). Carrie Mavrikis was seventh in the pole vault (7-6).

Volleyball champs

CLEVELAND -- Thunder Volleyball Club's Team Thunder 14s won the gold in the gold bracket division at the Cleveland State University JO tournament.

Members of the team are Michelle Basista, Amanda Biblis, Jessie Dillon, Chelsea Guerrier, Megan Ramsey, Taylor Toothman, Liza Wood and Kaitlin Fiffick and coach Dana Fellows.

REGION

Browns add coach

CLEVELAND -- Mel Tucker, an Ohio State assistant coach the past four seasons, joined the Cleveland Browns on Friday as defensive backs coach.

Tucker, a Cleveland native, is the latest addition to new coach Romeo Crennel's staff. Tucker coached the Buckeyes' defensive backs, serving as a co-defensive coordinator for Jim Tressel last season.

"Coaching at Ohio State has been an unbelievable experience and I will always have a special place in my heart for the Buckeyes and our national championship team," Tucker said. "To have the opportunity to work with Romeo Crennel is one I could not pass up."

Tucker played at Cleveland Heights High School and earned four letters at Wisconsin. Before coaching at OSU, he spent two years at Miami of Ohio and one at LSU under Nick Saban, now with the Dolphins.

NATION

Martin sets IROCrecord with win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Martin became the winningest driver in IROC history, moving past the late Dale Earnhardt and Al Unser Jr. by taking the season-opening race Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Martin earned his 12th International Race of Champions victory by passing fellow NASCAR Nextel Cup star Matt Kenseth on a restart with four laps remaining. Then Martin held off Martin Truex Jr. over the final laps and beat him to the finish line by a half-car length.

Hamilton wins wild truck race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bobby Hamilton was standing on pit road and Jimmy Spencer was celebrating in Victory Lane.

Then they switched positions.

Hamilton was awarded a victory in the wreck-filled Florida Dodge Dealers 250 on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway after Spencer initially took the checkered flag and drove into the winner's circle.

It was the perfect ending for a wild race that included countless lead changes, several major crashes and two flipping trucks.

Hamilton took the lead after a restart with one lap to go, but Spencer was back in front when an eight-truck wreck started.

Vindicator staff/wire reports




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