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Some dreams are ‘better’ than others
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 PM

Metcalfe's Musings

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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This is a story that you really — really — REALLY — hope to end up in a good way.

I refer to Sylvania native Jeremy Bigelow.

He is a 30-year-old former high school hockey and football player.

He has a great attitude, trying at attain his dreams and goals.

Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Who of us doesn’t have a dream/vision/hope/desire/deepest longing of the heart/etc. that we are chasing?

The difference with this one is this: his desire is simply to walk again.

 
Panthers pound away at Wildcats
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:07 PM
Jefferson senior Tyler Rice follows through on the swing for a base hit in the fifth inning Friday night at Paulding. (Photo Submitted)

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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PAULDING — It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon/evening for a baseball game.

Unfortunately for head coach Doug Geary and the Jefferson baseball crew, they had one of those games against Paulding.

The Panthers put together an 18-hit attack and grabbed a 13-3 6-inning Northwest Conference triumph at Keysor Athletic Complex in Paulding.

The game was originally slated for Thursday but was moved up due to a scheduling conflict.

The Wildcats (4-3, 0-1) got on board first in the top of the first against Paulding starter and winner Garod Harder (1-0; 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 bases-on-balls, 1 strikeout; 78 pitches, 50 for strikes). Jace Stockwell slapped a single to left, advanced on a wild pitch and a 1-out Ross Thompson (2-for-3) single to left, with the batter taking second on the throw home, then scored on an Austin Jettinghoff fly ball to right. Thompson, now at third, touched the dish on a single to center by Hunter Binkley for a 2-0 edge.

 
Local Roundup
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Friday, April 11, 2014 8:06 PM

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Panthers hold off Lady Jeffcats

PAULDING — Paulding built an 8-3 lead after five innings and then held off a spirited Jefferson rally for an 8-6 Northwest Conference fast-pitch softball victory on a brilliant Friday evening in Paulding.

Claire Thompson took the loss on the mound for the Lady Wildcats (0-7, 0-1 NWC) and had three singles at the plate. She threw six frames, yielding eight hits, eight runs, one free pass, one strikeout and one hit batter.

Kristen Schilt had three hits for Paulding (1-4, 1-1 NWC), including a triple and double. Brooke Combs had two singles.

Schilt also got the win with 5 1/3 innings, ceding eight hits, six runs, walking two, fanning six and hitting one batter. Emily Farr got the save, finishing the game with one hit and three strikeouts.

The game was moved up from Thursday.

 
Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.

Almirola’s teammate, Marcos Ambrose, was fourth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch.

Points leader Jeff Gordon, a 7-time Darlington winner, will start ninth, with Denny Hamlin rounding out the top 10.

Almirola finished first in the second of three rounds of qualifying and set a track record of 184.145 mph, shattering Kurt Busch’s mark of 181.918 set last May when the Southern 500 was held on Mother’s Day weekend. It’s the sixth time in eight races this season the qualifying record fell.

But Harvick used a higher line in the final segment to lead the field.

 
Bubba keeps it simple and builds a 3-shot lead
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Friday, April 11, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of “Bubba golf,” producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a 3-shot lead over John Senden.

There’s nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.

“It’s not science here,” Watson said. “It’s try to hit the greens. And if you’re hitting the greens, that means you’re obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that’s all I’m trying to do is just hit the greens … maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That’s what I’ve done the last two days and it’s worked out so far.”

Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.

 
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