Norman up for Athlete of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Grace Norman, of Jamestown, has been named a national finalist for Female Athlete of the Year, but the United States Olympic Committee, it was announced Oct. 17.
Norman is one of five national finalists for Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year. She hasn’t lost an international paratriathlon competition since March, 2016. Recently, the Cedarville University student-athlete successfully defended her paratriathlon world title at the International Triathlon Union-sanctioned world paratriathlon championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The United States Olympic Committee announced the 26 finalists for the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year, which recognize the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes year-round. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes and teams at TeamUSA.org/Awards through midnight Monday, Oct. 30.
Athletes and teams considered for Best of the Year were finalists for Best of the Month honors, dating back to the fall of 2016 and coinciding with the sport calendar. A USOC nominating committee then selected the top-five finalists in the individual categories and top three in the team categories to advance to the voting round.
Online fan voting at TeamUSA.org/Awards accounts for 50 percent of the final tally, while members of the Olympic and Paralympic family – including an esteemed panel of Olympic and Paralympic journalists – account for the other 50 percent.
The six award winners will be announced during the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year, to be held Nov. 29 at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. NBC will provide coverage of the awards show from 3-4 p.m. ET on Dec. 23.
Fairborn girls win tourney opener
FAIRBORN — Lauren Thomas scored a school-record six goals as Fairborn bounced Piqua from the Division I girls high school soccer tournament with a 7-2 win, Oct. 16. In addition to the single-game record, Thomas also set a career record with her eighth hat trick. Fairborn’s other goal came from Karen Floyd. Three assists came from Aubree Duncan, while Abby Knaub and Abbi Newell each had one. Jenna Diehl made six saves in goal, while Brooke Mullins made a pair. Fairborn visits top-seeded Springboro at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the next round.
Carroll boys win GCL CC
RIVERSIDE — The Carroll High School boys team won the Greater Catholic League Coed Division cross country title for the seventh straight year, and 11th out of the last 12, on Oct. 14 — and were nearly perfect in doing so. Carroll had the top three placers along with Nos. 6 and 7 for 19 points. Badin was second with 43 points. A perfect score is 15.
GCL Runner of the Year Karl Grossman was first, followed by Grant Arnold (second), Sam Janson (third), Spencer Valentine (sixth), and Jason Dong (seventh). All five earned first team All-GCL honors. Carroll’s Daniel Kilby ran 10th to earn second team All-GCL honors.
The Carroll girls (53 points) ran second to Alter, which had 41 points.
The Patriots had four in the top 15: Paige Wright (third), Trinity Raber (seventh), Ellie Erich (10th), and Cecilia Leopold (14th). Wright and Raber were first team All-GCL, while Erich and Leopold were named to the second team.
Beginner archery clinic
BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek Parks Department is offering a Beginner Archery Clinic, Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Wartinger Park Barn. The adult clinic is from 10 a.m to noon, and the family clinic (age 10 and up) is from 1-3 p.m. Youth age 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.
This clinic is appropriate for beginner archers with little to no experience. A certified archery instructor will teach participants safe archery procedures, basic equipment use, and the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. Time to practice will be provided. Equipment will be provided by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Cost is $7, $10 for a pair of residents, $12 non-residents. Call 937-427-5514 for more information.
Bucs in Flyin’ to the Hoop
DAYTON — Xenia High will be among the area and national teams participating in the annual Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational basketball showcase event.
The Buccaneers are scheduled to play Olentangy Liberty at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at James S. Trent Arena, in Kettering.
Ticket information and a complete listing of the scheduled games can be found at flyintothehoop.com.
Jump Start basketball offered
BEAVERCREEK — City of Beavercreek Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Jump Start Sports is offering a basketball program for children. Jump Start Basketball is an instructional and recreational basketball program designed for children in Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten, and grades 1-2. The goal of this program is to pique each child’s curiosity, to get kids excited about playing basketball and to teach good basic fundamentals at the same time.
The workshop will be held, Nov. 6 through Dec. 11. Times for Little Hoops Stars – pre-kindergarten (minium age 4), from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Hoop Stars – Grades 1-2 are 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Shaw Elementary, 3560 Kemp Road. Cost is $70, $80 for non-residents. For more information call 937-427-5514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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