Drew Charlson’s first race at Daytona International Speedway was everything he could ask for.
In his first race at Daytona and in his second career ARCA start, the 19-year old New Bremen resident finished runner-up to eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 last weekend.
“To come here and finish second to one of the best racers ever at Daytona is simply a dream come true,” Charlson said.
CANTON — A pair of area swimmers took to the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton on Thursday for state competition.
Jared Deubler, a St. Marys sophomore, competed in the preliminary in the boys Division II OHSAA swimming and diving championships on Thursday.
Deubler, making his second trip to state in his two seasons at St. Marys, finished 22nd in the boys 100 yard backstroke event. Deubler finished with a 56.25-second time. Deubler qualified for the state meet with a 56.02-second time.
MARIETTA — Scott Schnelle helped lift the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears into the Ohio Athletic Conference semifinals with a big second half on Tuesday night.
Schnelle, an Ohio Northern senior and New Bremen grad, either scored or got an assist on 23 straight ONU points in the second half at one point. Schnelle finished the game with a team-high 19 points with six rebounds and four assists.
COLDWATER — The four teams left in the Division IV girls sectional bracket at Coldwater have a combined record of 64-18, and all four teams received votes at some point this season in the Associated Press’ state poll.
That makes for a fun Saturday night at The Palace.
New Knoxville jumped out to an early lead against New Bremen and maintained a double-digit distance in a 51-32 victory in the second game on Tuesday night.
Fort Recovery was state-ranked much of the season and got just the third seed at Coldwater. They’ll face St. Henry, the fifth-seeded team in the sectional despite losing six games by three points or less, tonight at 6:15 p.m.