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Driving with Colleen event approaching

SPRINGFIELD — The fourth annual charity golfing event, “Driving with Colleen,” is will be held at 2 p.m. June 28, 2015 at Locust Hills Golf Course in Springfield.The event will cost $60 and includes a dinner.

All proceeds from “Driving with Colleen” will be donated to Circle of Victory, an amazing foundation that provides financial help to cancer patients who live in Greene County, Ohio.

Colleen Cain started this event while battling cancer herself to help other cancer patients. Unfortunately Colleen lost her battle last November. Over the past several years Colleen has raised over $10,000 for Circle of Victory.

To register, sponsor or donate, or for more information, please visit www.drivingwithcolleen.org.


Former Raider Makes World Cup Team

Former Wright State women’s soccer player Ini Umotong has been named to the 23-player Nigerian 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup team. The tournament will be played June 6-July 5 in Canada.

“It’s an incredible feeling to know I’ll be representing Nigeria at a World Cup,” Umotong said. “It still feels like a dream, one I’ll be trying to make last for as long as possible this summer. This really is the biggest thing I’ve done so far in my life.”

Nigeria will play in Group D of the FIFA World Cup along with the United States, Sweden and Australia. Nigeria’s first action was June 8 where they tied Sweden 3-3. They play Australia June 12 and the US on June 16. Most games will air on the Fox Network.

“I am very proud of Ini and all that she has accomplished in making the final roster for her National Team,” WSU head coach Patrick Ferguson said. “We look forward to seeing her do well and represent Wright State University. It speaks very highly of our program that we have recently had a player return from Holland after playing professionally for three years there. Also, we currently have a former player playing professionally in the highest league in Germany. And now we have a former player participating in the World Cup.”

Nigeria secured its ticket to Canada 2015 by winning its seventh African Women’s Championship in Namibia in October, winning all five matches they played and beating Cameroon 2-0. Umotong will wear number 11.

The 21-year-old Umotong, who grew up in Birmingham, England, played for the Raiders during the 2012 and 2013 seasons when she scored 11 goals and notched two assists in 38 games with 90 shots. She was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2012.


Dragons pitcher wins award

DAYTON — Dayton Dragons pitcher Tyler Mahle has been selected as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. Mahle pitched at Clinton on Wednesday, June 3. He pitched seven innings, striking out eight batters while giving up only two hits and a walk.

Mahle, 20, was the Cincinnati Reds seventh round draft pick in 2013 out of Westminster (Cal.) High School. Entering his start Monday night, he was 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the year. He has nine walks and 62 strikeouts in 11 starts covering 65 innings. He has also been selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game in Peoria, Illinois.

Dragons help host Home Run for Life

DAYTON — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons will host 11-year-old Austin Hamilton during the unique “Home Run for Life” program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 when the Dragons play the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fifth Third Field.

The Anthem Home Run for Life program provides children in the Dayton region a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they battle serious medical conditions. Each honoree gets to take a symbolic home run lap around the bases of Fifth Third Field during a sold-out Dragons home game while the crowd provides a standing ovation.