LIMA — Dominic Guarnieri won the match-play battle of St. Marys natives and University of Findlay grads to capture the Dr Pepper Championship golf title at Hawthorne Hills in Lima on Sunday.
Guarnieri, a former St. Marys standout and Roughrider varsity golf coach, defeated former St. Marys state qualifier and University of Findlay golfer Michael Schmitmeyer 4 and 3 in the championship match.
Guarnieri birdied three straight holes to start the back nine to earn his second Dr. Pepper title and his first in five years.
CELINA — Jarrett Taylor singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give St. Marys a 5-4 win over St. Henry in the first game on Saturday and Celina scored three runs with two outs and edged St. Marys 4-2 in the nightcap, as the St. Marys ACME baseball team split a pair of games in the round robin tournament at Celina’s Montgomery Field.
St. Marys finished the two-day round robin tournament 2-1.
Isaac Fitzgerald earned the win on the mound for St. Marys in relief.
ST. MARYS — Aside from a failed early wooden bat experiment, Wapakoneta has continued its success into the summer.
“They tried them in batting practice in the spring and they thought they might want to try them in the game,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said, with a chuckle. “Well, they broke $200 worth of bats last night in Elida. They just fractured them. So we’re slowly but surely starting to go back to metal.”
Whatever the material, Wapak’s baseball team can swing those bats.
ROSSBURG — If it has an engine, Kyle Busch has a good shot at getting it across the finish line first.
Busch is comfortable in any kind of race car, making his win at Eldora Speedway in the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday night a natural extension of a strong five-year run at the rural Ohio dirt track.
COLUMBUS — Not every victory need be accompanied by a rise to the top of the podium at the state track meet.
Sometimes the consistency of a three-year run of excellence like the one Kayla Wuebker completed on Friday or the perseverance to get back to the state meet and excel after a disappointing hiatus like Wapakoneta’s Megan Hayzlett displayed are achievement enough.