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Djokovic beats Tsonga to reach quarterfinals
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Monday, June 30, 2014 8:00 PM


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LONDON — Novak Djokovic's sore left arm prompted a grimace on Monday. It was a minor blip on the way to another victory at Wimbledon.

The top-seeded Serbian beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 11th straight time to advance to the quarterfinals at the All England Club with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory.

Compton, Koepka among those headed to British Open
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Monday, June 30, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


BETHESDA, Md. — Erik Compton's runner-up finish in the U.S. Open should be enough to get him into the next major championship.

With only two weeks remaining in British Open qualifying, there will not be enough players to fill the 156-man field at Royal Liverpool. The R&A then turns to an alternate list that is almost certain to accommodate Compton, the 2-time heart transplant recipient who is having his best year.

Lichtensteiger keeps giving back to home town
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:05 PM
Jefferson’s Bryce Lindeman speaks with current Washington Redskin offensive lineman and Camp Director Kory Lichtensteiger after Saturday’s football camp at the Crestview Athletic Complex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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CONVOY — Never forget where you came from.

That is one of the reasons that Convoy-area native and current Washington Redskins offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger enjoys returning to his hometown area and host a football camp for aspiring high school players at the Crestview Athletic Complex.

“When you make it to the Division I level and then to the National Football League, it’s easy to forget how you got there, especially when you come from a small town like here,” he began. “I would not have gotten to this point without the support I had from my family from the beginning: when I first started playing football, then every transition from grade school to high school, then to college and the pros. It took a lot of hard work and support to reach that dream of playing in the NFL. It’s nice I can come back and give back to the community; I really enjoy it.

“It’s almost like the movie ‘Field of Dreams’; if we have it, they will come. It’s something special.”

There is another reason as well for the 2003 Crestview High School graduate.

“This is the second year we had this camp (third year overall) that I have had college coaches and others here to help give instruction and give them access to players, to talk with them in a less stressful situation and let them know they’re looking at them. Heck, I was able to bring my strength coach from the Redskins today,” he explained. “The first year, it was just me and one or two others and we really didn’t know what we were doing. It’s become a lot more organized and I feel a lot better for these players; they get more instruction.

“I feel this is an underestimated recruiting area, especially since we don’t have a really big city in the area; I found that out when I was first being recruited. It also gives youngsters who are thinking about college football the chance to get access to college coaches and get on these schools’ radar.”

With approximately 92 players attending the third-year camp — approximately 30 more than last year — things are looking up for many of these hopefuls.

“What I and the staff saw today was a bunch of kids working hard and competing well. They become fast friends and hopefully we will see some of these kids go on to the next level when it is their time,” he said.

For the 6-2, 296-pound, 7th-year NFL player, that meant attending Bowling Green State University (graduating in 2008), being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2008 and playing there for one season before being waived and claimed briefly by the Minnesota Vikings.

The Redskins signed him in January, 2010, and he currently is under a 5-year free-agent deal signed in March of 2013.

With a new coaching staff in place in our nation’s capital — led by head man Jay Gruden and offensive line coach Chris Foerster — coming off a 3-13 season, he hopes things will be changing for the better.

“It’s been a crazy year. They are moving me to center from guard; I have played it before in college,” he explained. “Still, it’s a change in getting used to making the line calls and angles and everything. We’ve been through all our OTAs and mini-camps and I feel a lot more comfortable now. When you think about it, it’s only one step over from guard, where I’ve started the last four years, so it really isn’t that much different. You have to work well with your linemates anyway. They have told me I am the number 1, which means it’s my job to lose. That gives me a lot of confidence.

“Our pre-season camp opens July 22nd, so I have a month off. It goes quickly and you still have to stay in shape.”

He did speak briefly about the ongoing controversy about the name of the Redskins.

“We don’t talk about it much among ourselves; we try to stay focused about what we’re doing on the field. We’re aware of it but stay out of it,” he added.

Lancers, Cougars, Knights advance in ACME
Written by Daniel Joseph   
Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:04 PM


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CONVOY — When a long day of ACME District 5 summer baseball tourney action was complete Sunday night at the Crestview Athletic Complex, three teams had moved on and two were eliminated.

In game 1, Van Wert shut out Jefferson 13-0 in five innings.

In the middle game, Crestview bested St. John’s 9-5.

In the nightcap, Lincolnview stayed alive with a 6-5 triumph over Jefferson.

In the opener, it was all Cougars.

Following a leadoff error to begin the bottom of the first, Wildcat starter Josh Teman walked two batters to load the bases with just one out. Josh Braun grounded out but Justice Tussing came in to score the game’s first run. The Cougars then scored six more runs on five hits, all coming with two outs in the inning.

All seven first-inning runs were charged to Teman, who was relieved by Jace Stockwell during the rough opening frame.

Stockwell struggled to begin the second as the first five batters came around to score. The Cougars took advantage of four walks in the inning by getting some key hits. Gavin Gardner and Caleb Fetzer each had 2-run doubles during the second.

Jefferson struggled to get any offensive production against right-handed pitcher Caleb Jenkins. Jenkins allowed just two hits on the day and walked one while also hitting a batter.

Several of the Cougars contributed to the offensive surge, whether it be runs scored, hits or RBIs. Fetzer, Gardner, Joe Lisa and Ryan McCracken each contributed two RBIs on the day.

The Cougars have scored 27 runs in the ACME tournament so far and are yet to allow a single run. They will face St. Marys at 4 p.m. today at Crestview.

In the second game, with both teams facing elimination, the Knights stayed alive with a 9-5 win over St. John’s.

Crestview jumped in front with a run in the second, then added two more in the third. Those runs came without benefit of a hit.

The Blue Jay offense didn’t come alive until late in the game but they did manage a run in each of the fourth and fifth frames. St. John’s took advantage of control problems by the Knights’ hurlers, as the Jays racked up five walks in the two innings combined, plus benefitted from a pair of Knight errors.

Crestview scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, all coming after they had two outs in the inning. After a leadoff single by Jacob Lippi, the next two batters struck out with Lippi still stuck on first. Two singles and an error later, the Knights found themselves on top 6-1.

The Knights’ offense wasn’t satisfied yet, though, as it scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Preston Geradot walked to begin the inning against Blue Jay pitcher Josh Warnecke, stole second base and advanced to third on an error. Jon Krouse then stepped to the plate and lined a single up the middle, scoring Geradot. Three batters, Dalton Johnson added an RBI single before Nate Owens followed with one of his own to give Crestview a commanding 9-2 lead. St. John’s picked up three runs in the seventh, thanks to a trio of Crestview errors, but the Jays were eliminated from the turnament.

Knight starter Jordan Roop allowed just one hit but did walk five in his 3 1/3 innings pitched. Mitchell Rickard relieved Roop and also only allowed one hit in his outing.

Crestview crushes Lincolnview, falls to Roughriders
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Sunday, June 29, 2014 8:03 PM
Lincolnview’s Dalton Schmersal looks to lay down a bunt against Crestview Saturday. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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CONVOY - It rained steadily during Saturday afternoon’s ACME tournament game between Crestview and Lincolnview. The Lancers probably wished it had rained even harder because they took a 14-0, no-hit, run-rule pounding at the hands of the Knights, who, it seemed, could do no wrong.

The win advanced Crestview (5-6) to an immediate winners’-bracket contest with St. Marys Memorial, which they lost 5-2. Lincolnview (2-4) dropped into a Sunday elimination game.

In game 1, Crestview was the “visiting team” and immediately jumped on Lancer starter Jalen Roberts for two runs. Third baseman Jordan Miller and second baseman Zach Simerman led off with identical doubles to deep left to make it 1-0. Simerman then advanced to third and to home on consecutive bouncers to short by center fielder Colby Clifton and first baseman Jordan Roop — 2-0, Knights, after a half inning.

Lancer shortstop Austin Leeth led off the bottom of the first with a walk off of Crestview lefty Jon Krouse. However, the Knights’ veteran catcher, Nate Owens, promptly gunned Leeth down on an attempted steal of second and not another Lancer would reach base in the game.

The Knights added an unearned run in the second to lead 3-0, then batted around in the fourth (six runs, four earned) and again in the fifth (five runs, two earned) to complete the run-rule rout.

Krouse was masterful in his four innings, striking out six and walking one to get the win. Simerman pitched the fifth and last inning, striking out one and walking nobody.

For the Lancers, Roberts took the loss, yielding nine runs, six earned, while walking six and striking out one in 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Leeth finished it up, giving up five runs, two earned, walking one and fanning one. Lincolnview committed seven errors.

Simerman led Knight hitters with three hits, including a double, in three trips, scoring one run and driving in three. Miller had two hits — a double and a triple — in three at-bats, scoring three times and driving in a run. First baseman Jordan Roop went 1-for-4, scoring twice, and driving in three. The other Crestview hits came from Clifton, rightfielder Justin Overmyer, pinch-hitter Nick Jellison and shortstop Mitchell Rickard.

In game 2, Crestview took a 1-0 first-inning lead on top-seeded St. Marys. Then the rains came, halting play for an hour and 17 minutes. When the game resumed, it was all Roughriders, who claimed a 5-2 win to move forward in the winner’s bracket.