August 29th, 2011
CELINA — Both driver Dan Kanfoush and the Celina Governor’s Cup Regatta returned in top form after a year hiatus.
Kanfoush of Niagra Falls, New York, won his second straight Ohio Governor’s Cup on Sunday, becoming the first driver to win the inboard boat racing event three times.
After a tumultuous year in news about Grand Lake St. Marys and its clean-up, the weekend was all about the boat racing.
CELINA — Thousands of spectators lined Lake Shore Drive in Celina over the weekend for a view of the 2011 World Championships and Governor’s Cup Regatta on Grand Lake St. Marys.
CELINA — The 2011 Governor’s Cup Regatta capped off a summer of successful events held at Grand Lake St. Marys, adding to the recovery of tourism at Grand Lake St. Marys.
The annual event, which was canceled last year because of water quality issues at the lake, was a success this year, bringing excited racers and spectators alike to the area. Co-chair Allen Baskett said the success of the event showed the enthusiasm of the committee and the community for the race.
SIDNEY — D.J. Manning ran around, over and past the Sidney Yellow Jackets and into the Roughrider record books.
Senior tailback D.J. Manning rushed for a St. Marys school-record 366 yards on 32 carries and found the end zone four times in St. Marys’ 41-21 romp over Sidney in the season opener on Friday night at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
Manning, who missed almost all of last season with an injury, returned with the greatest running performance at a school synonymous with great running backs and ground performances.
MINSTER — Despite a slow start in the first half, Minster put up a dominant second-half performance to defeat Ft. Loramie 26-5 in the season opener on Friday night.
NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Cardinals started the 2011 football season impressively in the first quarter, but they couldn’t control the running attack of the Covington Buccaneers and were defeated 43-20.
“Turnovers and we couldn’t stop their fullback hurt us tonight,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “It was plain and simple they had a third and 22 and they ran a fullback dive and picked up 25 yards.”
CELINA — High-speed boats will return to Grand Lake St. Marys today as the 2011 Governor's Cup Regatta take over the region.
After being canceled last year because of poor water quality at Grand Lake St. Marys, the regatta is back in full force. The event, which brings thousands of people into Auglaize and Mercer counties each year, will serve as the 2011 Inboard World Championships as well.
ST. MARYS — Disc golf can now be added to the list of recreational activities available at K.C. Geiger Park, as a new course has been installed and a league has formed.
League founder Nate Metz said disc golf, or Frisbee golf, is similar to golf.
“The goal is to throw your disc from a starting point, which would be your tee pad — just like a tee box — and you have your basket, and the goal is to get your Frisbee in the basket in the least amount of shots as possible,” Metz said, noting that scoring is kept exactly like golf.
ST. MARYS — A local parents’ organization is running a fundraiser for the second time, with residents also given the option to donate what they purchase to help locals in need.
The St. Marys Band Parents Organization is again running its pizza fundraiser, which it debuted earlier this year.
Steve Elshoff believes the St. Marys football team is stronger this season.
The starting senior offensive and defensive tackle knows he is, at least.
Elshoff, one of St. Marys’ 24 seniors on the roster as the 2011 season kicks off on Friday night at Sidney, said he and his teammates are excited to show what all their hard work this offseason means on the field.