PBA Hubbard Open supporter Killian dies

PBA Hubbard Open supporter Killian dies


Ron Killian, who was instrumental in the success of the PBA Hubbard Open at Bell-Wick Bowl since its inception eight years ago, will have calling hours today at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Killian died earlier this week.

“He was interested in helping kids and his community,” said Jim Bryant, a Hubbard Open co-host along with Bell-Wick proprietor Francis Zitnik.

“Jim made all the signage and awards and also filled the role of welcoming the bowlers with whatever they needed,” Bryant added. “Ron used his business connections as owner of Ron’s Sign Shop to raise sponsorship money in order to host the Hubbard Open. Without his passion and commitment to Hubbard, I sincerely doubt that the tournament would be nearly as successful.”

Killian also coached the Hubbard High boys bowling team.

Calling hours today are 3 p.m. to 7.

UFC star Matt Brown to conduct seminar


UFC star Matt “The Immortal” Brown will hold an interactive seminar Thursday, May 17 at Mi Gym Fitness Center, owned by Kelly Pavlik.

“It’s gonna be great to have Matt here, to demonstrate some skills and techniques, offer advice and see some local talent,” Pavlik said.

An Ohio native, Brown is the ISCF welterweight champion, and specializes in Muai thai, and boxing, with a brown belt in jujitsu under Carlos Carvalho and Carlson Gracie.

“Can’t wait to meet everyone, and show all my best techniques to you guys,” Brown said.

Mi Gym Fitness Center is located at 144 E. Park Ave., Columbiana.

Brown’s seminar is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 on May 17.

Prices are $50 for adults and $40 for kids. Tickets are available at www.migymfc.com. Call 330-518-4139 for more information.


An information box in the Thursday, May 10 edition contained the wrong dates for Games 3 and 4 of the Clark Cup Final between the Youngstown Phantoms and Fargo Force.

Game 3 is Friday, May 18 and Game 4 (if necessary) will be played Saturday, May 19 at Covelli Centre in Youngstown. Games 1 and 2 are this weekend in Fargo, N.D.

Reds promote Nick Krall to GM

The Cincinnati Reds have promoted Nick Krall to general manager, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild.

Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee the baseball operations department. Krall has been part of the Reds organization for 16 years, starting as director of the team’s advance scouting preparation.

Williams moved into the GM role after Walt Jocketty retired following the 2016 season.

Palmeiro signs with Cleburne Railroaders


Rafael Palmeiro knows there are people who think he is too old and has lost his mind in wanting to make a major league comeback at the age of 53.

Nearly 13 years after his MLB career ended under a cloud because of testing positive for a banned steroid, Palmeiro has joined the independent Cleburne Railroaders as a teammate with his 28-year-old son.

Palmeiro signed with the independent American Association team after not getting a non-roster invite from an MLB team during spring training. He said Thursday his goal is to get back to the big leagues, and that is the only reason is he playing again. The slugger had 3,000 hits and 500 home runs but was shunned by Hall of Fame voters and dropped off the ballot.

Palmeiro has never denied testing positive in 2005, but has said he never intentionally took any banned substances and that a tainted vitamin shot caused his failed test.

Staff/Wire reports

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