Brina Splingaire, a 2005 graduate of Fenwick, is continuing to excel in the sport of drag racing.

The 21-year-old Purdue University senior won the Super Gas class at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Midwest Nationals and the National Open.

Splingaire, who has been racing since she was 8 years old, is in fourth place in the Super Gas standings.

The former Friar is preparing for her second trip to the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals to begin next week in Indianapolis, Ind.

Oak Parkers compete at karate championships

Eleven Oak Park boys and girls competed at the U.S. National Karate Federation Championship in Houston, Texas.

The competitors included J.T, Sandoval, Sobhan Sandovol, Amanda Diana, Alex Diana, Allison Watts, Michael Watts, Elora Jaggi, Dominick Matigian, Mateos Matigian, Carly Swanson and Tyler Swanson.

The group, which trains through the Park District of Oak Park and Illinois Shotokan Karate Club at Longfellow Center, brought home a total of 10 medals, including gold in the 10 year-old advanced division.

Sandovol, 11, won gold in both the Kata and Kumite events of the beginner division, while Swanson, 10, won gold in Kumite of the advanced division. Swanson also won bronze in Kata.

Injury forces Fields to bench

Fenwick graduate Caleb Fields dislocated his shoulder on a check swing and has returned to Pirates camp in Florida to rehab.

Fields said in an e-mail that he is unsure whether he will return to action this season. Fields went 1-for-32 (.032) in 12 games for the Hickory, North Carolina CrawDads.

Spanos struggles at plate

Single A Jupiter’s Vasili Spanos went 4-for-23 (.174) with three RBIs in six games last week, dropping his average to .266.

Spanos, who graduated from OPRF High School in 1999, struck out eight times on the week, but he had a game-winning two-run double in the 11th inning of the Hammerheads’ 7-5 win over Vero Beach on Aug. 13.

-Compiled by Brad Spencer and Daniel Heim

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