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Dysert triumphs in hammer

BEREA — Baldwin Wallace University senior Zak Dysert won the NCAA Division III national championship in the hammer throw at the SPIRE Institute on May 25.

Dysert topped the 19-thrower with a toss of 203-feet-5 1/2. St. Thomas (Minn.) senior Eric Holst was second at 202-5. Dysert’s winning toss came on his sixth and final throw when he jumped from fourth place.

He becomes the fourth Yellow Jacket in school history to capture an individual national title in track and field and the first since 2014. He also was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

Dysert –a graduate of Fort Cherry High School in McDonald, Pa. — is the son of Russ and Karen Dysert of Bulger, Pa., and the grandson of Mickey and Bill Graham and Bill Graham of East Liverpool and Dane and Jodee Dysert of Wellsville.

Former Potter football coach dies

AUSTINTOWN — Former East Liverpool coach and current Austintown Fitch head football coach Phil Annarella was found dead in his home Saturday.

A family member reportedly checked on him at his Niles home after Annarella did not show up as a volunteer at a Special Olympics event in Austintown Saturday.

Annarella had a career coaching record of 246-146-1 during his career than spanned five decades.

A 1966 graduate of Union High School in New Castle, Pa., Annarella began his coaching career in 1970 in East Liverpool. He served as an assistant for six years before accepting the head coaching position at Youngstown Rayen.

He moved onto Warren Western Reserve, where he was defensive coordinator for three years and became head coach in 1981. In 1990, he was named head coach of newly-consolidated Warren Harding High School. From 1988-91, his teams went 40-5 with three playoff appearances and a Division I state championship in 1990.

He also coached at Hickory (Pa.) and Niles before being named head coach at Austintown Fitch in 2007.

McIlroy moves into share of lead

ANCASTER, Ontario (AP) — Rory McIlroy added the Canadian Open to his schedule as a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Now he has a chance to add another national championship to his already impressive tally.

The Northern Irishman shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead after three rounds at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

“I think the best preparation for tournaments ahead is to get yourself into contention and feel the heat of battle, and going down the stretch hitting the shots when you need to,” McIlroy said. “If you can do that then I don’t think there is anything else in the game that will give you more confidence than that.”

Seeking his second victory of the season, McIlroy surged into a tie with Webb Simpson (67) and Matt Kuchar (69) at 13-under 197. McIlroy’s round was tied for best on the day with Jonathan Byrd, who was tied for ninth at 8 under. Kuchar, who also shared the second-round lead, has a shot at his career-best third victory of the season.

Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the event since 1954, was one shot back after a 67. Shane Lowry (66) and Brandt Snedeker (69) were also 12 under.

McIlroy won The Players Championship in March but has not seriously contended since. A victory would be his fifth in a national open, following the U.S. Open (2011), Australian Open (2013), British Open (2014) and Irish Open (2016). McIroy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) as part of his national-championship tally.

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