EXTRA INNINGS: All-Star voting push has gone overboard
Clear the deck!
But it’s not a cannonball that’s comin’.
It’s yet another volley from the Pirates’ ill-advised barrage to get center fielder Andrew McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker elected to this year’s stuff-the-ballot-box exercise known as All-Star game voting.
District 10 All-Region baseball teams
The following are the District 10 All-Region teams for baseball. The list is released by the Erie Times-News. Softball will be released next.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Murdick gets 1st win; Lynch rolls at Mercer
THE WEATHER was questionable all around the region last Friday and eventually led to every track to the east raining out. Lernerville decided to go on with their program despite heavy afternoon thunderstorms. Another band of rain split them early evening before conditions cleared for their annual fireworks night, which always draws a big crowd.
It was good to be a number 10 in the Sprint Cars and Super Late Models as both Carl Bowser and Alex Ferree won their third features of the year. It’s not often Sprint Car drivers win two straight at Lernerville in recent years since the departure of Ed Lynch Jr. on the weekly circuit. Once you win a feature, you start 10th.
Fawn Miller wins national javelin crown
Very few high school athletes get the opportunity to go to Division I schools and even fewer excel on that national stage, but University of Florida junior track and field star Fawn Miller has done just that.
Miller, who was crowned PIAA champion twice during her high school days at Lakeview High in Stoneboro, won the javelin title on Wednesday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Auto Racers for Kids at Mercer
ON FRIDAY I headed west to Attica (OH) Raceway Park for the third time this season. The “410” Sprint Cars, “305” Sprint Cars, and Trucks were on the card one week after Dale Blaney picked up a popular $10,000 win with the World of Outlaw Sprints.
Friday’s “410” main belonged to Craig Mintz. The Gibsonburg, Ohio drew the pole position and led all 30 laps of the feature for his second win of the season. Three cautions and lapped traffic were all that slowed Mintz from his 11th career win. With the All Stars not in action, former Attica standout Chad Kemenah, who is in his first season of not chasing the World of Outlaws in several years, was on hand and had a solid second place run.
EXTRA INNINGS: Polanco arrival marks wild start to June for Buccos
CAN THE REST of June come close to matching the wild events of the first nine days of the month for the Pittsburgh Pirates?
ä Ace pitcher Gerrit Cole is diagnosed with “shoulder fatigue” and lands on the disabled list.
ä In a breakout all-star season, Neil Walker joins Cole on the disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Big wins for McClellan, Lynch, Dietrich
LAST FRIDAY, I headed to Freedom Speedway in Delevan, New York for the first time in many years. Freedom is located about 40 miles southwest of Buffalo and has reopened this year under new promoter Troy Shuknecht after being closed for the past two and half years. The Shuknecht Family is working hard to get Freedom back on the radar after a rocky past decade.
Campbell wins state title
SHIPPENSBURG — The gold medal won by Slippery Rock’s Emily Campbell in the discus event highlighted the outstanding performances of Allied News area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University.
Following are daily reports concerning all Mercer County area athletes at state, compiled by The Herald and Allied News Assistant Sports Editor Ed Farrell:
EXTRA INNINGS: Love him or hate him - Pedro is Pedro
BACK IN THE 1970s when ABC created “Monday Night Football,” the network introduced a lawyer named Howard Cosell to its team of announcers. During the 14 years Howard blustered his way through games, he was often named America’s most popular football announcer. He was also often named America’s least popular football announcer.
Love him. Hate him. Sometimes both … at the same time.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans can identify. Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez can amaze with his prestigious blasts out of any part of any ballpark in the major leagues.
D-10 TRACK NOTEBOOK: Slippery Rock's impressive rally led to AAA title
SLIPPERY ROCK High’s boys track and field program never had won a district championship before Saturday; now the Rockets could be ready to roll to others in the near future.
A stable stocked with middle-distance and distance standouts staked Slippery Rock to the District 10 Class AAA team title at Harbor Creek High’s Paul J. Weitz Stadium.
Brady Kadlubek, Josh Jones, Mark Cessar and Shane Kirkwood fueled the Rockets’ rally to a 91-80 win over runner-up Cathedral Prep.
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