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Huntington native Tackett wins Barbasol PBA Tour Finals Sunday

Huntington native EJ Tackett holds the championship trophy he won at the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals on Sunday, July 21, at Red Rock Lanes, in Las Vegas, NV. He won the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Jakob Butturff in the title match.
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Huntington native EJ Tackett won the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, defeating Jakob Butturff, 2-1, on Sunday, July 21, at Red Rock Lanes, in Las Vegas, NV.

Butturff kicked off the championship match with a 247-225 victory. Tackett, however, responded with a 238-220 triumph in the second game to force a ninth and 10th-frame roll-off. In the roll-off, he toppled 45 pins to 26 for Butturff to win the tournament.

The victory marked the second of Tackett’s career at the PBA Tour Finals. It was also his first triumph of the 2019 season.

Registration open for PAL football leagues

Registration is open for the Contact Football and Flag Football leagues at the Police Athletic League, in Huntington.

There is a cost to participate in either league, which can be reduced by selling fund-raiser items.

The Contact Football league is open to children ages 9 to 12 years old as of Sept. 1. The minimum weight to participate is 65 pounds. Practices will begin the week of Aug. 19.

Roanoke man gets honor from Columbus softball

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Jarrod Eliot

Jarrod “Rod” Eliot, of Roanoke, recently was inducted into the Columbus Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Eliot helped with the building of Columbus’ four-field county stadium.

He became involved with the league when he owned the Ponderosa Steak House and sponsored many softball teams.

YMCA, Faith Community Church to offer fall rec soccer league

Lightning team member Joshua Lippe (in the yellow shirt at left) battles players from the Storm team (in purple shirts from left) Lillian Blair, Gracie Briggs and Noah Alwine in the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA fall soccer league. Registration for the upcoming season is open now until Aug. 11.
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Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is partnering with Faith Community Church of God again this fall to offer a Huntington United Fall Rec Soccer League.

The goal of this league is to provide instruction to assist in the development of soccer skills. Three age divisions are offered for the fall league, including 7U, 10U and 14U.

Kids registering for 7U should be 5, 6 and 7 years old and must not turn 8 before Sept. 1. Those in the 10U division are 8, 9 and 10 years old not turning 11 before Sept. 1. Athletes in the 14U division cannot turn 15 before Sept. 1.

Home run hitters


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August VandenTop (left) defeated Collin Vaillancourt in the championship round of the Roanoke Youth Sports Home Run Derby, held recently on Kendall A. Dennis Memorial Field, in Roanoke Park.

Coaches Pitch champs


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Encore Sotheby’s recently won the Roanoke Youth Sports Coaches Pitch Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Caysen Sorg, Cohen Sorg, Keegan Reid, Brysen Reid and Annabell Garcia; (middle row from left) Palmer Wilkinson, Justin Garcia, Izaya Kwarteng, Jackson Ruefer, Hadley Toll and Malaki Kwarteng; and (back row from left) Head Coach Brittney Garcia, Assistant Coach Adam Garcia and Joelle Ruefer.

Tops in Sandlot Minors


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RealtorParker.com recently won the Roanoke Youth Sports Sandlot Minors Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Ryan Keezer, Riley Wilson, Nolan Mangan, Nolan Smith, Griffin Castle, Cole Ellet and Emmit Brown; and (back row from left) Coach Adam Vaillancourt, Griffin Vaillancourt, Luke Metzler, Ethan Louvar, Cooper Fingerle, Bryce Louvar and Coach Scott Mangan.

United Way Sprint Triathlon set for Saturday, Aug. 10

The United Way of Huntington County will hold the 12th annual United Way Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Registration is available online until Aug. 7. Only registrations before July 23 are guaranteed a shirt. 

There is a cost to enter a team. Team registration is available even if a team hasn’t yet been finalized. When registering fill out TBD for team member names. The United Way will contact registrants closer to the date of the event to get team member information.

Riverview Middle School opens gym for football players for fall

Riverview Middle School, in Huntington, is offering voluntary open-gym sessions for boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade who plan on playing football at the school in the upcoming season.

Football skills and fundamentals will be taught during the sessions.

To participate in these sessions, students are required to have a physical turned in to Coach Claude Weese by the first session on Monday, July 15. Weese will begin accepting physicals at 4 p.m. that day, at the pavilion located next to the school’s practice field.

Paul Scholarship Fund announces recipients


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The Steve and Peggy Paul Memorial Scholarship Fund board has announced awards of scholarships to local students pursuing post-secondary education.

Awardees are Elizabeth Allred, Josi Barscz, Zoie Brooks, Haley Burnau, Dane Fife, Wade Kingrey, Karmen Koch, Madeleine Laymon, Miranda Smart and Makayala Snodderly.

This year’s recipients received $500 each to go towards their continuing education in their chosen fields.

Etna Acres Golf Course is host to Little City Junior Golf Tour June 21

Etna Acres Golf Course, in rural Andrews, hosted the Little City Junior Golf Tour on June 21.

In the boys’ junior high division, which was a nine-hole competition, Tyson Baer took first place with a score of 41. Easton Shaw placed second with a 49 while Tristan Hoffman claimed third with a 52.

In the girls’ high school division, which was 18 holes, Samantha Kissell captured first place with a score of 86. Audrey Koetter was runner up with an 87, followed by Bella Carrillo, with a 99, and Annie Cole, with a 100.

Lions, Vike girls’ soccer squad team up for third annual clinic

The Huntington North High School girls’ soccer team and Roanoke Lions Club recently partnered up to hold their third annual Lions/Vikings Soccer Clinic. The Lions Club donated $2,000 in registration fees to the Lady Vikings. Pictured are (front row from left) Huntington North soccer players Alyssa Brinkman, Autumn Anderson, Bella Bercik and Lara Steele; Huntington North Head Coach Jeremy Steele; soccer player Daphnee Landrum; Lions Club members Lynn Nicholson and Sara Perkins; soccer players Katie Melcher and Maddie Husband; and Huntington North Assistant Coach Ashley Feemster. Also pictured are children who participated in the clinic, which was held at Roanoke Park.
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The Roanoke Lions Club and Huntington North High School girls’ soccer team recently held their third annual Lions/Vikings Soccer Clinic.

The clinic, held at Roanoke Park, served as a fund-raiser for the soccer team. The Lady Vikings received $2,000 in registration fees.

Around 90 children attended the clinic and received instruction from Huntington North’s coaches and players.

After the clinic, children had the option of visiting Seminary Church for lunch and vacation Bible school activities.

Dribble drill


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Participants in the Forester Basketball Camp dribble around players from the Huntington University men’s basketball team during a drill at the camp on Monday, June 17, in Platt Arena. The camp, which concludes today, Thursday, June 20, saw children in kindergarten through ninth grade learn basketball fundamentals from the men’s basketball team’s coaches and players.

Open gym at RMS for fall football prospects

Riverview Middle School, in Huntington, is offering voluntary open-gym sessions for boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade who plan on playing football at the school in the upcoming season.

Football skills and fundamentals will be taught during the sessions.

To participate in these sessions, students are required to have a physical turned in to Coach Claude Weese by the first session, July 15. Weese will begin accepting physicals at 4 p.m. that day, at the pavilion located next to the school’s practice field.

Etna Acres outing raises hospital funds

Etna Acres Golf Course recently hosted a Children’s Shriners Hospital outing.

Twenty-two teams participated in the event, raising a record $2,215 for the hospital.

In the women’s portion of the event, individual winners were Rebecca Hostetler, Mia Hurford, Carol Clabaugh and Anita Smith.

In the men’s portion of the event, individual winners were Ron Kipfer, Brian Gottschalk and Alan Targgart.

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