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The Press Box for September 18

September 18, 2019
Tyler Star News

Something new will be happening this year as Kayak and Paddleboard racing competition will take place. The Regatta committee in cooperation with EcoVapurz and Mountainside Outfitters have joined forces to add this initial event which is scheduled for Sunday September 29. The point to point casual competition is participant friendly and open to everyone at least 18 years old. There will be three age divisions: 18 - 35, 36 to 49, and 50 and up. The entry fee is $15 per person and each entry receives a VIP band for Sunday afternoon hospitality on the RegattaFest grounds.

Registration will be held at the marina in downtown New Martinsville (plenty of parking) between 9 and 10 a.m., with the first boats launched by 10:15 a.m. The course, an approximate 20 minute run, starts from the launch ramp at the marina, runs to the mouth of the creek, then turns right hand up the Ohio River around a course/turn buoy above the city docks then back down to the checkered flag finish at the takeoff point on the RegattaFest grounds. This is a times race, and the top three finishers in each age group will race a trophy-dash sprint on a triangular course on the Ohio River for te trophy (one in each age division) and, of course bragging rights.

This years racing promises to be extra exciting as the APBA sanctioned North American Championships will take place. It will feature powerboat racing at one of its highest levels. There will be something for everyone to enjoy including good music, the kids zone, casual games, exhibits, vendors and great food. It all happens in downtown New Martinsville, at Fireman's Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Since the beginning in 1938, New Martinsville has been a well-known powerboat mecca for this part of the country. Come out and support one of the greatest and most exciting events in racing you'll find anywhere in the world.

Paden City has a nice veteran club who as of this writing is 6-0. They have two of the premier players in class A with junior Hope Weber a strong talented front row hitter and net player.

Weber was the OVAC Class A player of the year as a freshman and had an outstanding season as a sophomore as the team captured their second straight OVAC title. Along with Weber is her junior teammate Mallory Yeater a three year starter who is having a breakout season and in a match against Beallsville passed the 1,000 assist mark. As a setter she has great location and gets the ball where it needs to be. She is also an all-around player who serves very well and strong. Last week she served up 20 straight points with 8-Aces in a match with Hundred. Look for these two juniors to lead the Cat's to there third OVAC title.



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