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Sports Spotlight: Nathan Weeks Marysville Football RB

Every week during the high school football season on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM in Bellefontaine, we try to feature a football player, whether it be high school, college, the NFL, the Hall of Fame or from coaching.

One of the players we featured during the 2009 season was senior Nathan Weeks from Marysville High School.

Nathan Weeks had to earn his way onto the varsity team in 2007 by playing on the offensive line. Then in 2008, he became the Monarchs workhorse at Fullback, gaining 982 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns to lead Marysville to the state playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Monarchs were 7-4, 4-3 which tied for fourth in the tough Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division which includes: Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Olentangy,Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central,Westerville North and Westerville South. They ended up being a Division I Regional Quarterfinalist.

In 2009 Marysville finished at  3-7, 2-5 in the division. They beat Marion Harding, 39-6; Westerville Central, 27-7 and Westerville North, 37-7.

A throwback Fullback to the days of yesteryear, Weeks is a bruising Fullback who at 6’2, 230 pounds simply punishes tacklers.

A state semifinalist wrestler, who can squat 400 pounds, was voted captain by his teammates for 2009 football season.

Nathaniel Owen Weeks is the son of Scott and Loretta Weeks.

SOUNDS FROM THE FIELD

44 332 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing offensive line in 2007. 44 334 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing fullback and being physical44 335 Nathan Weeks Marysville on 2008 and triple option.     44 336 Nathan Weeks Marysville fullback in triple option and College. Marysville Monarchs    (MHS)

NASCAR WEEK 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway February 28

The 2010 Nascar season moves into week three this Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Sprint Cup Shelby American on Fox-TV.

This is one of the circuits biggest tracks with a seating capacity of 142,000. The race will go 267 laps (400.5 miles). Mark Martin won the first race at Las Vegas on March 1, 1998. His average speed of 146.554 mph remains the race record.

Last season, in the Shelby 427, Kyle Busch and Clint Boyer duked it out for the final 58 laps, with Busch holding on in the final two restarts to claim the win.

The speedway’s recent $35 million upgrade increased the banking and moved pit road closer to the grandstands. The wide racing surface is fast and driver-friendly.

No driver has won the Las Vegas Cup from the pole. Jeff  Burton is the only driver with multiple wins at the track in a Cup and a Nationwide Series car. As far as owners go, Jack Rousch (6) and Rick Hendrick (4) have accounted for 10 wins in the 12 Cup races held at Las Vegas.

This year’s Co-Grand Marshall’s will be Carroll Shelby and Kim Kardashian will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines.”!

Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)

Ohio State’s Prahalis named in Lieberman Award Final Eight

From OSU and wire reports

Sophomore Samantha Prahalis has been named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball.

The other final nominees include: Alison Lacey of Iowa State, Nadirah McKenith of St. John’s, DePaul’s Sam Quigley, Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley, Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson, Jasmine Thomas of Duke and Courtney Vanedsloot from Gonzaga.

An All-American and Big Ten player of the year candidate, Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with 8 assists per game. She ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.5 ppg in conference play and has nine games with 20 or more points. The native of Commack, N.Y., scored a career-high 32 points in the win at No. 19 Michigan State January 9, earning Big Ten player of the week honors, an award she has won a team-high four times this season.  Samantha is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16 points and 8 assists per game. Recently, she made a school- record 48 straight free throws, which was the second-best mark all-time in the Big Ten and fifth-longest in NCAA history.

The Nancy Lieberman Award committee announces the final nominees for the 11th Annual Award. The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are for floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that resembled the Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.

Sportswriters from across the country determines the final nominee list. They will select three finalists and one winner from this list at the beginning of August 2010. That announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend, April 4-6, 2010.

This year’s award will be presented at a noon luncheon at The Detroit Athletic Club on April 21, 2010 in Detroit.

Samantha Prahalis (OSU)

Miami Hurricanes start spring practice to improve on 9-4 record

It has been several weeks now since the University of Miami football team was upset in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando by number 24 Wisconsin.

The 2010 spring football practices have started for The “Canes” as fourth year head coach Randy Shannon is trying to get his team back to the days of national championship caliber, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001.

Spring practice will also get Miami ready for their non-conference schedule of Florida A & M on Sept. 2, at Ohio State on Sept. 11, At Pittsburgh on Sept. 23 and South Florida on Nov. 27.

The Hurricanes other mission is to find the number 2 QB behind starter Jacory Harris. Harris has a hand injury and will participate in some non-throwing drills. The candidates for the backup spot includes: A.J. Highsmith and incoming freshman Stephen Morris.

Coach Shannon says that Highsmith, who played in just three games in 2009, entered camp with a slight dege on Morris, who enrolled last month after graduating from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami.

In other College Football News

The Alabama Crimson Tide has been picked to win back-to-back national championships, early odds are suggesting. The Birmingham News is reporting at 7-2 odds, Nick Saban’s team are the heavy favorites to win the 2010 national title.

The other top contenders include: Ohio State 13-2, Boise State 12-1, Oregon 12-1, Texas 14-1, Nebraska 15-1, USC 15-1, Florida 16-1, Virginia Tech 17-1, Oklahoma 18-1, TCU 18-1, Iowa 20-1, LSU 25-1, Miami 25-1 and Penn State 25-1.

Miami Hurricanes (UM)

Led by Nick Sales, Defiance College rolls in Heartland Conference

Barberton O., native Nick Sales has been one of the leaders for the Defiance College Yellow Jackets this season. He leads the team with 374 points or 15 ppg as a senior forward in Sports Management.

Defiance plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with Anderson, Hanover, Manchester, Transylvania, Franklin, Mt. St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman and arch-rival Bluffton.

The past three games, Sales has led the Yellow Jackets to wins over Bluffton, 70-60 last Wednesday, 73-60 over Franklin on Saturday and Tuesday February 23 another win over Franklin, 92-78 in the conference tournament.

The Bluffton game marked the final regular season home contest for Defiance College’s six-man senior group, as Sales,  Mike Floyd,

Nick Sales Defiance (DC)

Eric Stolly, Nate Conley, Josh Stuckey and Heath Armstrong improved to 73-31 during their four years at the northwest Ohio school.

Seles now has over 1,300 points for his career and became the fifth player in DC history with at least 1,200 points and 800 rebounds in a career. The Yellow Jackets are 21-5 overall, 11-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Defiance has advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals on Friday at 6 p.m. vs. number 2 seed Hanover.

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