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Umpires to meet

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Metro Umpire Association will hold an OHSAA baseball/softball meeting Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at the St. Nicholas Activity Center, 3801 Shady Run Rd.

Umpires must attend four meetings to meet state requirements.

For details call John Mang at 330-502-6665.

Free throw champs

SALEM

Two Salem girls will compete in the Great Lakes regional free throw shooting competition.

Kyla Jamison and Kasey Jamison are the daughters of Kevin and Kimberly Jamison.

Kyla made 21 of 25 free throws in the 8-9 girls division and Kasey made 19 of 25 in the girls 10-11-year-old division to qualify.

Kyla is a student at Buckeye Elementary School and Kasey attends Southeast Elementary.

They will compete in a regional tournament in Angola, Indiana on Saturday.

Black Belts, etc. at March Madness

POLAND

Grandmaster David Buker of American Karate Studios of Boardman is hosting his annual March Madness championship on Saturday at Poland Middle School, 47 College St.

Competitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana are expected to attend and complete against the best.

There will be white belt-through-black belt displays of kata, sparring, weapons of all kinds, self-defense, grappling, and chanbara. The youngest competitors will be 4-years-old.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The tournament begins at 10. Registration at the door is $55/$40.

All-OAC honors

AUSTINTOWN

Four players from Mount Union were named to the women’s basketball academic All-OAC team.

Nicole Plant has a 3.89 gpa, Taylor Hartung has earned a 3.65 gpa, Amanda Rose has achieved a 3.94 gpa while Kori Wiedt has a 3.45 gpa playing for the Purple Raiders.

Alumni football

Alumni Football USA is organizing high school alumni football games in Mahoning County to be played June 3-26.

The games are open to all alumni of the respective local schools and the ages of the players will range anywhere from 19 to 49.

Last summer Alumni Football USA organized five games including the Brookfield-Hubbard game.

They are now organizing the following in the area: Austintown-Fitch v. Boardman, Campbell v. Struthers, Poland v. Canfield, Ursuline v. Mooney, West Branch v. Sebring, and Jackson-Milton v. Western Reserve.

Register at www.AlumniFootballUSA.com or call 724-456-3000.

Hermosillo wins Big A feature race

NEW YORK

Hermosillo has won the $46,060 allowance feature at Aqueduct, romping to a 63/4-length victory over even-money favorite African Diamond.

A 7-year-old bred in New Jersey, Hermosillo earned his eighth win in 50 starts. Jorge Chavez was aboard for trainer Joseph Parker on Thursday. The gelding ran the mile and 70 yards in 1:45.97.

Hermosillo paid $15.80, $5.30 and $2.60. African Diamond returned $2.50 and $2.10. Regal Warrior showed at $2.10.

Idaho musher in the lead of the Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Trent Herbst from Ketchum, Idaho, is leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

However, he has not yet completed a mandatory 24-hour rest, whereas other front-runners, including four-time defending champion Lance Mackey and four-time champion Martin Buser had satisfied that 24-hour rest race requirement.

Herbst on Thursday was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in the ghost town of Iditarod, about 534 miles from Anchorage.

Mitch Seavey, the 2004 champion, was withdrawn Thursday after severely injuring his hand while cutting open a bale of straw at the Ophir checkpoint.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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