5th-grader competes at Junior Olympics
William Moore-Oats, an incoming fifth-grader at Mt. Comfort Elementary, will compete today in the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympics.
The 10-year-old is one of a few Indiana participants to run in the event at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Moore-Oats will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and long-jump competitions for 9- and 10-year-olds.
His first event is schedule to begin at 1:45 p.m. The competition can be seen live online at usatf.tv.
During the USATF Chick-Fil-A Youth Meet at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, he won silver in the 200. He also placed third in the long lump. He qualified for the regional competition in Valparaiso in the 100 and the long jump and also received a silver medal in the 200.
Moore-Oats placed a consistent fifth place in all three events at the USATF regional competition in Illinois. The top-five finishers advance to the Junior Olympics.
William’s mother, Tonya Moore-Oats, stated, “He knew exactly what he needed to do to qualify; he knew how to compete. My goal for him in the Junior Olympics is just to achieve a new personal best.”
Moore-Oats is planning on playing travel basketball and running track for Mt. Vernon Middle School next year. Currently, he is in his first year running track for Indiana Storm Track & Field.
Fever hosting bowling tourney fundraiser
The Indiana Fever players and coaching staff are serving up strikes today at the franchise’s annual bowling tournament fundraiser.
The tournament benefits the Be YOUnique Fund, a grant fund of the Indiana Pacers Foundation that assists organizations that serve young women and girls.
Fever sponsors, season-ticket holders, fans and local sports celebrities will be treated to a night of bowling fun, pizza, autographs and a silent auction that includes unique memorabilia courtesy of the Fever, others teams and items of interest.
The 2014 tournament event raised nearly $15,000.
The event is at Pinheads in Fishers, 13825 Britton Park Road, and begins with registration at 6 p.m. Bowling will start at 7 p.m.
Sherwin-Williams joins IndyCar in partnership
INDIANAPOLIS — This week, Sherwin-Williams was announced as the Official Paint and Finishing Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.
The company will have branding integrated into IMS during its spotlight events in the Month of May, including the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis; as well as inclusion from a paint and finishing perspective, in Project 100, the collaboration between the Indiana state government and the Indiana Motorsports Commission creating a $100 million bond issue to raise money for improvements to IMS.
Full-time teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series have the opportunity to use paint and finishing products under terms of the agreement. Sherwin-Williams also will offer unique customer experiences to enhance business-to-business programs.
Nationals trade for All-Star closer Papelbon
MIAMI — The Philadelphia Phillies have traded All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals announced the deal Tuesday in Miami, where they opened a series against the Marlins. Papelbon is Philadelphia’s career saves leader with 123 and is 17 for 17 in save chances this season.
Papelbon also is Boston’s saves leader with 219.
The Phillies will receive Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta for Papelbon.
As part of the trade, Papelbon’s $13 million option for 2016 becomes a guaranteed $11 million salary.
The 34-year-old right-hander had said he wouldn’t accept a trade unless he would remain a closer, which means the Nationals will likely move Brownsburg’s Drew Storen into a setup role.
Storen is 29 for 31 in save opportunities for the NL East-leading Nationals this season.
The Phillies are a major league-worst 37-63. They signed Papelbon to a $50 million, four-year deal in November 2011.