The ladies 9-Holer interclub was hosted by Sylvania Country Club this year and included members of Toledo Country Club, Inverness Country Club, Sylvania
Country Club, Highland Meadows and Stone Oak Country Club. Women who play in their respective club’s nine-hole leagues get together once a summer
to play and have lunch at one of the participating clubs.
It is not uncommon for upcoming generations to follow in their family footsteps, which explains why Sylvania Northview High School student and fourth-generation area racer Austin Nemire recently climbed into an ARCA stock car at Toledo Speedway.
Nemire, who just turned 17 on May 25, made his ARCA national tour debut in the Menards 200 May 22.A big leap forthe bravest among us, Nemire not only had never driven a stock car, he had never shifted a car with a clutch before the big race. The hundreds of people, family, friends and fellow classmates that came out to cheer on their hometown hero were no doubt thrilled when Nemire steered the car home in one piece and in the 15th position, a respectable result for even the polished veterans.
“I was pretty satisfied,” Nemire said. “We found a few problems with the car after the race, which explains why we had some handling issues during the race.
“The shifting came easier than I thought. Actually, 200 laps in the ARCA race felt easier than 50 in the Silver Crown car.”
Nemire also races full time in the USAC Silver Crown Series national tour for 1996 Indy 500 champion team owner Ron Hemelgarn. The much lighter Silver Crown machines have an entirely different feel than the heavier ARCA cars. By comparison, the Silver Crown cars weigh 1,625 pounds next to an ARCA stock car, which weighs 3,300 pounds.
“The (ARCA) car wasn’t turning as well as it needed to. When we got it back to the shop, we found some things wrong, which got the right-front (tire) super hot, and made the car even harder to turn.”
Despite some handling issues, Nemire felt good about his outcome in his first ARCA race.The experience left him hungry for more.
“I learned something every lap. I was laying in bed the other night thinking about the whole thing. I’m ready for another 200 laps. It definitely left me wanting more.I want to do it again, as much as I can.”
There’s a lot more that the soon-to-be senior in high school wants to accomplish in professional racing before all is said and done. In fact, Nemire’s got some mighty big dreams.
“It just depends on which opportunities come my way. If the call came in to run NASCAR, that’s what I’d do. I want to run the Indy 500 one day too; mix between the best of both worlds.”
Nemire, who mostly travels on the USAC national tour, was thrilled to have the opportunity to race in front of his hometown crowd.
“Racing in front of my family and friends was such an incredible feeling. I had so much local support. For them to finally come out and see what I do was awesome. So many people came out to see my first ARCA race. My friends thought it was really cool. They said that it looks harder than they thought it would. They also found out how much work goes into it.”
Not only did throngs of school chums come out to see Nemire do this thing, three generations of Nemires were on hand to take it all in, including his grandfather Jerry Nemire, who is well known in racing circles across the United States. Jerry was a USAC Sprint, Silver Crown and Midget Series standout for decades and won the ARCA Midget Series national championship late in his career. The Nemire family racing brand, however, began with the late Kenny Nemire, who lost his life in an ARCA stock car race on the old Toledo Raceway Park dirt track in 1957. He was only 31.
“I never knew my great-grandfather, but I’ve thought about him a lot.Every time someone asks me about how I got started in racing, it all goes back to him.If not for him,I wouldn’t be racing. Everything started with him. I owe a lot to my great grandfather. I would have loved to have known him.”
The 2016 Lourdes mens’ lacrosse team was invited to the NAIA national tournament after an outstanding season. The team defeated Missouri Baptist 15-9 in the Greenville, S. C. tourney in the opening round May 5 but lost to Davenport 23-11 the next day.
The team then headed to Irvine, Calif., to play in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament on May 9. They defeated Minnesota Duluth on a game winning score by Northview graduate Tanner Jaramillo, 11 to 10.
However, the next day, the team’s season came to an end in a loss at the hands of undefeated St. Thomas, Minn. in the quarterfinals. The final score was 20-14.
The Northview Athletic Boosters will hold its 24th annual Golf Outing on May 28 at the Legacy Golf Club, in Ottawa Lake, Mich.
The shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. for the 18- hole, four-person scramble for those 21 years and older. The awards banquet following golf is planned for 6 p.m. Prizes include an automobile, vacation or golf clubs for a hole in-one.
The cost is $100 for individuals and $400 for a team. All fees include golf, cart, range balls, lunch, games dinner and a golf towel.
Two sponsorships are available: the Wildcat Corporate Sponsor is $550, which includes a two-hole sponsorship and a four-golfer team; and the Junior Cat Sponsor, a one-hole sponsorship.
Make checks payable to the Northview Athletic Boosters and mail to Jim Gill, 8260 Doyle Dr., Sylvania, Ohio 43560 or call 419/340-7034 for more information.
More than 400 Special Olympic athletes from Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Defiance, Erie, Sandusky, Henry, Williams, Ottawa and Paulding counties will compete in the annual Area IV competition on Saturday, May 7, at Sylvania Southview High School. Admission is free and opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.
Athletes will compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability. Track and field events range from races for wheelchair users to race-walking and running events, shot put, softball throw, and standing long jump. There will also be competition in volleyball, cycling and bocce.
This is a qualification meet for the state summer games in Columbus June 24 to 26.
The games have been named in honor of Jennifer Adams, the late coordinator of Special Olympics in Lucas County. Adams coordinated recreation for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 25 years. She also served as the Special Olympics regional director. She died in 2006.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For more information contact: Kelley Watson at 419/380-5109 or Lon Mitchell at 419/380-4048.
Challenger Sports is bringing young soccer players an up close and personal opportunity to experience soccer, the sport closest to Britain’s heart. Continuing over 20 years of success as the most popular soccer camp in the U. S. and Canada, Challenger will hold one of its highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” in Sylvania.
Challenger Sports has teamed up with Sylvania YMCA/JCC to host the week-long “British Soccer Camp” July 11-15 at Sylvania YMCA/JCC, 6465 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
The camp runs Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of the Challenger elite team of 1,200 British soccer coaches.
There will be an innovative daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices and daily tournament play,which will enhance technical skill. Challenger Sports also uses soccer to teach respect,responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.
In addition, the Camp World Cup, brings both friendly competition and cultural variety to each day. The daily tournament gives campers the chance to represent a world cup team, with extra points being awarded for them making up chants, wearing the team colors of their chosen country, creating flags, and learning as much as they can about their chosen countries culture.
Each camper will receive a free camp Tee shirt, a free ball, a free soccer poster and a personalized skills evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online with Challenger at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine British soccer replica jersey. Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line at www.challengersports.com.
Two Northview students earned recognition in the Chuck Ealey Foundation 2016 Undefeated Spirit Scholarships on April 10 at The University of Toledo’s Driscoll Alumni Center. The awards are given in two areas: athletic and non-athletics. Mitchell Lyons won the top honors, earning a $500 scholarship. Blake Oates was one of four students earning a $125 scholarship. Ten other scholarships were presented to athlete scholars.
Through his Undefeated Spirit Foundation, former University of Toledo and CFL football star Chuck Ealey gave back to the community by providing 15 scholarships ranging from $125 to $500 to area high school seniors. Ten athletes – five football players and five girls’ basketball/softball players – were selected as finalists based on the following criteria:
1) An undefeated spirit-inspiring drive and leadership with their teammates, campus, community and or youth;
2) Strong family values with strong family support – encouraging and supporting parent/family structure behind the athlete;
3) Strong focus on education and community/campus involvement – good grades and extracurricular activities.
Ealey also partnered with Leadership Toledo to encourage all area high school seniors to share with him their “Undefeated Spirit” stories through a 500-word essay contest. In 2016, over 70 students from more than 14 area high schools entered the “Undefeated Spirit” essay contest.