Kimmel falls short of 10th ARCA win at Salem
It appeared that Clarksville native and Borden resident Frank Kimmel was going to collect his 10th ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
But Kimmel lost the lead on Lap 193 after getting slowed down by lapped traffic and then got spun out by eventual race winner Tom Hessert with five laps to go in Turn 1. As a result, Kimmel ended up sixth in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.
The nine-time ARCA champion led the most laps with 90, as he was in the top spot from lap 148-192.
Sellersburg resident Will Kimmel, Frank Kimmel’s nephew, finished third for his highest career finish in the ARCA Racing Series. The younger Kimmel was a lap down late in the race, but managed to get back on the lead lap and battle to the top-five finish.
Spencer Gallagher wound up second, while Kyle Weatherman was fourth. Travis Swaim placed fifth. Henryville resident Jason Basham finished 14th.
Despite not winning at his hometown track on Sunday, Frank Kimmel remains the ARCA points leader as he is 30 points ahead of Mason Mingus.
ARCA’s next race will be Friday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
>>HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ BASKETBALL
New Albany to host Summer HoopFest
New Albany High School will host the New Albany Bulldogs Summer Boys’ Varsity HoopFest on Thursday, June 20.
The event is open to only high school boys’ varsity basketball teams. Each team will have a three-game guarantee. There also will be air-conditioned gymnasiums, regulation wooden floors and a hospitality room for coaches.
Entry fee is $125 per team. Admission fee for spectators is $4.
New Albany boys’ camp registration
The New Albany High School boys’ basketball camp will take place in May and June. The camp is open for boys in grades K-8.
Grades K-1 will meet at Grant Line Elementary School May 17 and May 20-21 from 2:30-4 p.m. each day.
Grades 2-5 will meet at New Albany High School June 3-7 from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Grades 6-8 will meet at NAHS June 3-7 from 1-4 p.m.
Enrollment forms can be picked up at any elementary or middle
school in the New Albany school system. If any questions, call New Albany boys’ basketball coach Jim Shannon at 812-542-8506 ext. 2534.
>>HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
New Washington to have physicals on May 13
New Washington Middle/High School will have sports physicals for the 2013-14 school year from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, May 13 at the school.
Cost is $20 and payment must be made in cash. Physical forms are available in the school’s main office or online at IHSAA.org.
>>MEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS
Two Grenadiers named to All-KIAC team
Indiana University Southeast junior Jimmy Nungester and freshman Trent Wallace were named to the All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team on Saturday.
The Grenadiers defeated St. Louis Pharmacy 5-0 in the KIAC Tournament on Saturday afternoon before falling 5-1 to eventual KIAC champion Asbury University later in the day.
Four IUS players made All-KIAC first team
Indiana University Southeast senior pitcher Elliott Fuller was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and four players were named to the All-KIAC first team on Monday.
Three Grenadiers were named to the All-KIAC second team and three were KIAC Gold Glove Award winners.
Fuller, fellow senior outfielder Mitchell Mattingly, junior infielder Frank Pluskota and junior catcher Louis Helmburg were first-team selections for IUS.
The Grenadiers named to the second team were senior first baseman Justin Hurst, sophomore outfielder Marcus Howard and sophomore pitcher Evan Bickett. Hurst, Howard and Helmburg were Gold Glove award winners.
Fuller pitched 60 2/3 innings over 10 games on the season and finished with a 0.89 earned-run average. He had a 6-2 record and struck out 35 opposing batter on the season. The senior pitcher ranks third in NAIA total earned runs allowed (six) and ERA (0.89).
Kelsey Martin Junior Open
The ninth annual Kelsey Martin Memorial Junior Open, a United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament, will be held June 7-9 at Highland Hills Middle School.
The singles and doubles divisions for both boys and girls will range from ages 10-18.
The costs for the tournament are $30 for singles and $18 per player for doubles teams.
Entry deadline is Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. All players entered by the deadline will receive a tournament T-shirt. Trophies will be presented to winners and runners-up in singles and doubles and to the winners of the consolation matches.
Checks should be made payable to Highland Hills Middle School and can be mailed to Jordan Hamilton at 6304 Meadow View Drive, Georgetown, IN 47122. For more information, contact Hamilton at 502-644-0934.
Information also is available at the USTA website, www.usta.com. The tournament identification is 855300413.
>>YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
FKCC’s League Day Celebration on May 11
The Floyds Knobs Community Club non-profit baseball and softball program will be holding its League Day Celebration on Saturday, May 11. The celebration will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the FKCC, 4032 Weber Lane, Floyds Knobs.
The purpose of the celebration is to raise funds that will help with maintenance and improvements on the ballpark.
The day will consist of games and activities for all ages, specifically the following: home run derby and baserunning contests, inflatables, helmet airbrush art, dunk tank, cupcake wheel, silent auction.
Plus Louisville Bats’ mascot Buddy Bat and the 100.5-FM Radio GenX truck will be there as well.
FKCC supporters who cannot attend the event can make donations to league president Kevin Hensley at 4176 Andrew Dr., Floyds Knobs, IN 47119.