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Mike Lewis celebrated his first Late Models feature win of the season Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.

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Lewis celebrates first win

SOUTH BUXTON – Mike Lewis celebrated his first Late Models feature win of the season Saturday night at South Buxton Raceway.

Lewis has battled car issues all season, so he was jubilant after taking the checkered flag.

“We’re in victory lane, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” he said in a statement. “… It takes a lot to get these cars ready every week. I want to thank my crew.”

Dale Glassford was second and Jason Haskell was third.

Clayton Smith won the Modifieds feature after starting in the fifth position. He fought off a challenge by Jim Dale Jr., who had to be towed from the track after a caution and placed 11th.

Darryl Hoekstra was second and Joe Brousseau was third.

Steve Shaw won his second consecutive Thunderstocks feature. Mark Fawcett was second and Jim Lampman was third.

Trevor Jones won the Mini Mods feature. Andrew Pfahler was second and Marshall Hereygers was third.


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“It was a tough race,” Jones said. “Even though I started at the front, I still worked for it.”

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Hogg, Canada place fourth

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Brady Hogg of Thamesville helped Canada to a fourth-place finish at the World Baseball Softball Confederation junior men’s softball championship.

Hogg batted .316 with six hits in 19 at-bats. He was one of Canada’s leading hitters with two homers, two doubles, eight RBIs, six runs and four walks.

He had a .435 on-base percentage and .737 slugging percentage for a 1.172 OPS.

Canada was eliminated with a 5-2 loss to New Zealand in the playoffs Saturday. Hogg was 0-for-3.

Hogg was 1-for-3 with an RBI single, one run and one walk in a 6-4 win over Argentina earlier Saturday.

Canada began the playoffs with a 2-0 loss to Australia on Friday. Hogg was 0-for-3.

Canada reached the playoffs by winning its pool with a 5-0 record.

Australia beat Japan 6-1 in the gold-medal game Sunday.

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Pegg wins gold medal

ST. CATHARINES – Four Chatham-Kent athletes won medals at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario track and field championships on the weekend.

Emma Pegg won gold in the midget girls’ 800 metres in 2:16.38 and silver in the 1,200 metres in 3:44.10.

Alison Stephens won silver in the youth girls’ discus with 36.11 metres and bronze in the hammer throw with 45.99 metres. She was also 10th in the shot put with 11.10 metres.

Will McCracken won silver in the midget boys’ triple jump with 12.00 metres.


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Payton Sabourin won bronze in the youth girls’ 400-metre hurdles in 1:06.40. She was fifth in the 400 metres in 59.71 seconds.

Jaden Wilson was fifth in the midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles in 14.68 seconds and fifth in the 200-metre hurdles in 27.21 seconds.

Kyra Vellinga was seventh in the midget girls’ 200-metre hurdles in 29.71 seconds, 10th in the 200 metres in 26.77 seconds and 10th in the 300 metres in 42.91 seconds.

Jeff Carey was eighth in the midget boys’ 100 metres in 12.44 seconds and 12th in the 200 metres in 25.65 seconds.

Pegg, Stephens and Sabourin attend Chatham-Kent Secondary School, Carey and McCracken go to Ursuline, Wilson attends McGregor and Vellinga goes to Chatham Christian.

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Milestone win at Dresden

DRESDEN – Brittany Kennedy posted her first career win as a driver Sunday at Dresden Raceway.

She drove 13-year-old trotter Winzel, which has been with Kennedy’s family since 2008, to victory in the fifth race in 2:00.3.

“It feels pretty amazing and it feels even better to win with Winzel, he’s pretty special to me,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Donnie Rankin drove Gd Cruise For Gold to its fourth straight win and also guided On The Take to its fifth win in six starts. He finished with three wins.

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Chatham FC advances

Reece Cowan scored twice for Chatham FC in a 4-1 home win over the South Huron Rush in a Division 2 Cup quarter-final Friday in the London & Area Women’s Soccer League.

Alissa Burd and Julia Moretto also scored for Chatham FC, which led 3-0 at halftime.

Chatham FC will face Ilderton in a Cup semifinal. The date hasn’t been set.

Chatham FC will host the London West End Blues at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Clair College’s Thames Campus in a Second Division match.

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