County tractor pullers

NORTH GEORGETOWN – The Columbiana County Antique Tractor Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Georgetown Fire Hall.

The next antique tractor pull will be held at 5 p.m. July 19 at Mile Branch Grange, 495 Knox School Road. There is no admission fee for the public. There is bleacher seating and a concession stand. For more information, call (330) 310-5413 or (330) 814-7245.

Lisbon all-star tournament

LISBON – The Lisbon Baseball/Softball Association will be hold an 8-under coach pitch, 10-under and 12-under boys all-star tournament beginning July 11.

The draw will be held at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Dickey Complex. For more info, contact David Tolson at (330) 606-3201 or

Junior tennis league starts

EAST LIVERPOOL – Any junior high through high school students interested in playing in Thompson Park Junior Tennis League should contact contact Jub at (304) 374-2100 or Cami at (330) 383-1450.

Indoor youth flag football

SALEM – The fall indoor youth flag football and cheerleading season will be held Aug. 4 to Nov. 1 at the Center Circle.

Grade divisions (co-ed) include 1-3 and 4-6. Register by July 22 by calling (330) 332-5885.

Cost for flag Football is $65, while cheerleading is $75 if a new uniform is needed and $45 if you will be using a used uniform.

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 16 for anyone interested in coaching or refereeing.

3-on-3 basketball

SALEM – The Salem Community Center is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on July 26. Cost is $55 per team if registered through July 8 and $65 after that. Age groups (co-ed) are grades 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12 and ages 18-34 and 35 and up.

For more information, call (330) 332-5885.

Hoppel’s Rodeo

WEST POINT – More than 150 participants are entered in Hoppel’s Arena Championship Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fireworks will be featured for the first time after Friday’s show, which is Veteran’s Night.

Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Advance tickets are $10. Veterans will be admitted free Friday with the proper ID.

Hoppel’s Arena is located along Route 518 south of Lisbon.

Ex-Phantom with Montreal

YOUNGSTOWN – The Montreal Canadiens have signed former Phantoms forward Jiri Sekac to a two-year NHL contract.

ekac skated with the Phantoms from 2009-2011, tallying 20 goals and 36 assists over 96 career games. He led the team in scoring during the 2010-11 season, amassing 45 points.

The 22-year-old spent the past three seasons playing professionally in his home country of the Czech Republic with Lev Prague, a team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He ranked second on the team in scoring this past season with 28 points over 47 games.

Sekac joins Andrej Sustr (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Scott Mayfield (New York Islanders) as the only former Phantoms to sign NHL contracts since the organization joined the United States Hockey League prior to the 2009-10 season.

Wheelchair taken in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) – A Paralympic track athlete from the Phoenix area who races in a $5,000 wheelchair says someone stole the custom-built ride while he was visiting relatives near Cincinnati.

WLWT-TV reports Erik Hightower’s racing chair disappeared from a truck that was parked outside a hospital east of downtown Cincinnati. He was visiting family in Bethel after racing in Indianapolis over the weekend.

He says he’s praying the wheelchair will be returned but isn’t interested in pressing charges.

Hightower compares the wheelchair to a high-end bicycle and says it was specially designed for him. He says it would only have value to someone else if they sold it as scrap.