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Local golfers among leaders in junior event


Ken Keller of Boardman and Cole Christman of Canfield tied for third place in the boys 13-15 age division, just three strokes off the pace, Thursday in a Northern Ohio PGA Junior Golf event at Big Met Golf Course.

Keller and Christman both shot 76. Paul Harris of Ravenna won the division with a 73. Zachary Jacobson of Poland shot 85.

In the boys 16-19 age group, Donavan Ray of Warren also was three strokes off the pace, finishing eighth with a 76. Eric Rohrabaugh of Cortland shot a 79.

In the girls 16-19 division, Michele Whiteleather of Canfield was seventyh with an 86 and Angelica Maggio of Warren shot 91.

Mercer Raceway has fireworks on Saturday


Fireworks will be part of the program Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. The racing program will consist of the six usual Saturday night divisions. The fireworks after the racing is finished are courtesy of Pizza Joe’s.

Veterans with proper identification and all scouts in uniform will be admitted free of charge. Gates open at 4 p.m., practice starts at 6:30, and racing will begin at 7.

Five YSU golfers played in Ohio Open


Five Youngstown State men’s golfers took part this week in the 93rd Minute Men Ohio Open Championship at the Westfield Country Club.

The trio of senior Bryan Yeo and juniors Brandon Pluchinsky and D.J. Holub made the cut for participation in the tournament’s final round. Yeo finished tied for 36th place with a 54-hole total of 214 (+2). Pluchinsky carded a 216 (+4) three-round total to capture a share of 49th place. Holub carded a three-round total score of 218 (+6).

Sophomore Thomas Lydic and redshirt freshman Justin Hallapy also participated in the Ohio Open, both missing the cut for the final round of play.

Youngstown State women golfers honored


Freshman Mia Barchetti and juniors Aislynn Merling and Allison Mitzel (Poland) of the Youngstown State University women’s golf team were recognized as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, the organization announced.

The trio was selected out of 664 women’s collegiate Division I, II and III golfers for the 2013-14 academic year.

Sabathia has setback with injured knee


CC Sabathia’s return to the New York Yankees has been set back because of swelling in his injured right knee. Sabathia woke up Thursday with the problem, a day after making his second rehabilitation start.

Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia was sent for an MRI and the organization was conferring with doctors about the next step. The Yankees were aiming for his return soon after the All-Star break.

Sabathia was hit hard for Double-A Trenton Wednesday, giving up five hits, five runs and one walk while striking out two in 3 2-3 innings against Portland. Girardi said Sabathia’s velocity was fine, but this was a discouraging development for the 33-year-old who has been out nearly two months with a degenerative cartilage problem.

Couples withdraws from US Senior Open


Fred Couples withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday because of a back injury, and Craig Stadler and Graham Marsh also pulled out of the event next week at Oak Tree National. Couples, second in the 2010 tournament, was replaced by John Harris, the first alternate from the Byron, Minn., sectional qualifier.

Stadler also cited a back injury, and Marsh, the Australian who won the 1997 U.S. Senior, pulled out because of an undisclosed injury. Stadler was replaced by David Ishii, and Marsh’s spot went to Bruce Vaughan.

Staff reports/Associated Press

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