Community Sports Briefs (April 7)

Bushue to open season with Lexington on Thursday

Houston Astros prospect and South Central High School graduate Tanner Bushue will open the 2011 season with the Class A Lexington Legends on Thursday.

Lexington opens the season with eight straight home games, the first four against Charleston and the last four against Hagarstown. Bryce Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in last season's Major League draft, plays for Hagarstown.

In 25 starts, Bushue was 7-8 with a 4.11 earned run average for the Legends last season.

He struck out 114 batters in 133 2/3 innings.

The Legends are part of the Southern Atlantic League, and play their games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky.

Fayette County Speedway schedules giveaways for children on Friday

Children attending the races at Fayette County Speedway on Friday will have the chance to win prizes.

Gates for the racing, which will feature Crate Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets and Team Cars, will open at 5 p.m.

Giveaways for children ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 will feature top prizes of bikes. There will also be nickel races for each age group.

Admission prices are $10 for those 13 and older, $5 for children ages 8-12 with a paid adult and children under 7 are admitted free.

For more information on the event, contact Charlie Depew at 322-8105 or 347-2327. The track office can be reached at 427-3966.

The speedway's e-mail address is [email protected]

Sign-up for youth baseball and softball leagues ends on Saturday

Sign-up for youth baseball and softball leagues for children ages 5 to 14 ends on Saturday at the Fayette County YMCA.

On Saturday, staff will be on hand until 5 p.m. to handle sign-ups.

Nine different leagues are offered, and registration forms can be picked up at the YMCA or printed from

The YMCA will provide tops for all leagues.

The following leagues are available:
•5-and-under T-ball
•6-and-under Colt
•8-and-under Pinto baseball
•8-and-under Pinto softball
•10-and-under Mustang baseball
•10-and-under Mustang softball
•12-and-under Bronco baseball
•12-and-under Bronco softball
•14-and-under Pony

St. Elmo Hero wins at Woodbine to keep winning streak alive at 25

St. Elmo Hero, a 5-year-old gelding named for a late St. Elmo man, won his 25th straight start at the Woodbine racetrack in Canada on Saturday.

The horse, which was bred by Carl Becker of Altamont, has become one of the most-watched horses among harness-racing fans.

At Woodbine, which is located in Toronto, Ontario, St. Elmo Hero won his race in 1:51.1. The horse had not raced in five weeks because of an infection.

His career winnings total $216,950.

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