Blue Wave to hold sign-ups
FOLLANSBEE - Follansbee Blue Wave Youth Football will be hold registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 28 at the trailer at the practice field north of Rite-Aid.
The organization consists of three teams - ages 7-8 weighing under 110 pounds, ages 9-10 weighing under 125 pounds and ages 11-12 weighing under 150 pounds.
There is also a program for 6-year-olds to sign-up on a strictly instructional basis. The fee is $65.
For information, contact Brad Anderson at (304) 604-3290 or look up Follansbee Blue Wave Youth Football on Facebook.
Golf tournament open to sign-ups
CAMBRIDGE - The annual Salt Fork Junior Invitational will be held July 7 at Salt Fork State Park Golf Course with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun. The cost is $30 per person ($20 for those with Salt Fork golf memberships).
Awards will go to the top three finishers in the boys divisions (17-18, 15-16, 13-14) and top two in girls divisions (16-18, 13-15).
Make checks payable to Meadowbrook Golf Boosters. Mail to Mel Pesuit, 613 Avon Drive, Cambridge, OH 43725. Deadline is July 2.
For information, contact Pesuit at (740) 260-9360 or (740) 439-6600.
FUS to host tennis tournament
STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville will host the Father Michael Scanlan Tennis Tournament July 18-20 at Belleview Park.
The tournament began in the 1980s as a public event. Eventually it became an intramural tournament for students only, before coming to an end. Scanlan was heavily involved in athletics during his tenure as FUS from 1974-2000. He often played tennis with the students. He retired in 2011 and moved to the Third Order Regular motherhouse in Loretto, Pa.
"Father Mike had many deep ties to the people of the Ohio Valley, and he loved athletic competition and playing tennis, his favorite sport," Barons Athletic Director Chris Ledyard. said "In bringing back this tournament, we are honoring Father Mike and the long of tradition of Franciscan athletics in our community."
The tournament will have men's and women's brackets, men's and women's doubles, mixed doubles, and a junior bracket for players under 18. Cost is $20 per person or per doubles team. Concessions will be provided each day. Participants will receive a T-shirt and one complimentary meal.
Road Runner Elite wins again
ZANESVILLE - The Road Runner Elite 18U travel softball team won its second tournament in a row, claiming the championship of the Ambush on the River.
In the winners' bracket final, Indian Creek's Paige Geanangel earned the 7-2 victory over the Madness, also going 3-for-3 at the plate and smashing her second home run of the tournament. Facing M.C. Madness in the championship game, Logan Paul scattered three hits to get the 6-2 victory for the Elite, who earned a bid to the ASA National Tournament in Alabama.
After two tournaments, Geanangel is 3-1 with two saves, striking out 29 and has an ERA of 1.44. Paul is 3-0 with a save, 25 strikeouts and an 0.45 ERA. Geanangel is hitting .538 with six RBIs and two home runs. Steubenville Catholic Central graduate Micca Mirabella is hitting .391 with two doubles, an RBI, has stolen 13 bases and scored 15 runs.
JKYSC registration open
WINTERSVILLE - Registration for fall soccer at JKYSC is open until June 30. Registration is open to all boys and girls between ages 4-14. Recreational and travel programs are available. Visit www.jkysc.com for information and registration.
All-Star game rules to be in place
CINCINNATI - The city of Cincinnati is letting merchandise vendors know that when Major League Baseball's All-Star game comes to town next year, they're out.
Most of the regular vendors who set up on streets around Great American Ball Park for Cincinnati Reds games will be exiled from a large "clean zone" section of the riverfront area. That's part of the city's deal to land baseball's annual star player showcase while allowing MLB exclusive rights including MLB merchandise sales during All-Star game-related activities.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in Wednesday's editions that the city sent letters to some 50 vendors who will be affected July 9-15, 2015. The city explains in the letter that it wants to give vendors plenty of time to make plans, and offers help in relocating to areas where their sales will be allowed.
"The city of Cincinnati recognized that the inability to sell merchandise and tickets and similar items during this event is not what vendors may have wanted to occur," the letter states.
Cincinnati spokesman Rocky Merz said the city values the role of the vendors, but must "balance the work done by the vendors, the requirements of MLB and the safety of our visitors."
The American Civil Liberties Union in Minnesota recently dropped a legal challenge to the regulations after the city of Minneapolis scaled back restrictions around the site of this year's game.
Charles Samuelson, the state ACLU's executive director, said the rights group remains concerned about the clean zones, which it sees as restricting free speech.
"Here's what the people of Cincinnati need to ask: Is it proper to give control of First Amendment activities for a period of time to a group of businesspeople?" Samuelson asked.
City council members will hear comments on the restrictions next week.
From staff and wire reports