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14-year-old finds success in oval track kart racing

By Bailey McKarns
FPS Correspondent


Talen Timberlake stands beside the kart he races on weekends at area tracks. The trophies he won for placing third and second in his division the past two years are displayed at left.

For two years now, racing go-karts has been 14-year-old Talen Timberlake’s passion.

The son of Tim and Mikki Timberlake of Carrollton started racing in the summer of 2015 after visiting a go-kart show at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia with his dad. After taking in all the karts at the show, Talen decided it would be an enjoyable hobby to do in his free time.

Talen learned to drive by going out to the tracks with his dad, Tim, and practicing when there weren’t races going on. Shortly after starting, Talen earned the Junior third place champion in 2015 and the Junior runner-up in 2016. He has his sights on winning first place this year.

Racing classes are divided by age, meter and the type of kart. Talen races in the Junior Champion class. He competes every other Saturday at the I70-I77 Speedway track and every other Sunday at the Midvale race track.

Before each competition, Talen and his dad work on the karts together, making sure that they are sound and ready for the track. Talen then must clean the karts and load them into the trailer. Once at the track, his job is to unload the karts, make sure they are fueled up, and get them ready to race. Talen races two types of karts, one with an Animal racing engine and the other with a FlatHead racing engine. He races on an asphalt oval track that is 3/10 of a mile long.

“My favorite thing about racing is meeting a lot of new people and being able to compete with them.” He plans on karting until he can race cars in the next few years.

Talen will be a freshman at Carrollton High School this fall.



Friday night under lights

Carrollton senior Storm Carson races his way through the obstacle course during a Friday Night Lights practice at the Field of Dreams.

Carrollton Coach Philip Mauro said other Friday Night Lights event will be held during pre-season practice.

CPA by day, law student and fighter by night

By Carol McIntire


Ben Childers works in an office as a certified public accountant (CPA) during the day. In the evenings, he attends law school. On occasional weekends, he’s an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter.

Sound like an odd combination?

Even the 28-year-old Carroll County native admits it is.

“It has been a weird path for me,” he said during a recent interview. “I became aware of the sport at the end of high school. I have always had an admiration and respect for fighters. The training they put themselves through is impressive. I have always had a belief that one should be able and willing to protect themselves and loved ones, but I never saw myself as a fighter.”

Childers was a three-sport athlete at Carrollton High School – football, basketball and baseball – graduating in 2007. He suffered a torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) and came down with Bell’s Palsy, so he opted to run marathons during his early college days at Ohio University.

Special Olympians selected to participate in state competition

Special Olympians selected to represent Carroll County at the summer games are shown above. Seated (left to right): Riley Sprague, Karen Bross, Heather Bishop and Jack Hobson. Standing: Cody Conner, Jamie Bell, Mitchell Imhoff, Randy Stacy and Aaron Scott.

Special Olympians selected to represent Carroll County at the summer games are shown above. Seated (left to right): Riley Sprague, Karen Bross, Heather Bishop and Jack Hobson. Standing: Cody Conner, Jamie Bell, Mitchell Imhoff, Randy Stacy and Aaron Scott.

CARROLL COUNTY – Nine athletes will represent Carroll County Special Olympics at the 2017 Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games.

The team includes Cody Conner of Sherrodsville, Jamie Bell of Malvern, Mitchell Imhoff of Carrollton, Randy Stacy of Carrollton, Aaron Scott of Scio, Riley Sprague of Dellroy, Karen Bross of Carrollton, Heather Bishop of Carrollton and Jack Hobson of Carrollton.

The athletes will compete in the 48th Annual Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games, a year-round training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities, June 23-25 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The event will feature competition for more than 2,700 competitors from across the state and includes competition in eleven sports, movie, recreational clinic, and the colorful opening ceremonies, which take place at Jesse Owens Track and Field Stadium June 23.

Special Olympics Ohio serves more than 17,000 citizens with developmental disabilities with an event calendar that includes eight state-level championships and more than 125 local and area events in twenty-three Special Olympics type sports.

For more information about Special Olympics, contact Tomi Moore at 330-704-7264.





NBC, IVC hand out post season honors

Carrollton senior Maddie Dunlap was named the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) runner of the year for girls track when the spring coaches announced their post season teams recently.

Dunlap also earned first team honors as a member of the 3,200-meter run and was a member of the first team 3,200-meter relay team which received first team honors. Other members of the relay team include sophomores Micah Donley and Allison Davis and junior Grace Bartlow. Donley was also named first team in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Sophomore Alivia Bentley was named to the first team in the shot put.

Earning second team honors for Carrollton were Davis in the 800-meter run and Bentley in the discus. Honorable mention was awarded to sophomores Layna Pasiuk and Cindy Lewis.

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