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Jun. 13, 2013 @ 12:22 AM

HHS' Tubert captures district title in tennis

CINCINNATI -- Fresh off of winning the West Virginia Class AAA singles and doubles championships for Huntington High, Hunter Tubert has added another title, winning the boys 18's 2013 United States Tennis Association District championship.

Tubert, who will be a junior at Huntington High in the fall, knocked off Ohio high school state champion Asher Hirsh in the final at Queen City Racquet Club in Cincinnati earlier this week.

The 16-year-old was down 3-5 in the first set before forcing a tie-break, which he easily won 7-1. Tubert and Hirsh were tied at two games each in the second set, before Tubert, the No. 8 seed, took control for a 6-2 win to clinch the championship.

Tubert next plays at the Midwest Closed Championship in Indianapolis later this month.

Midland players make sofftball all-star game

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Midland players Jenny Brumfield, Morgan Zerkle and Morgan Kelley were selected for the North-South All-Star Softball games scheduled Thursday at Buffalo High School.

Two seven-inning games and a five-inning contest are set for Thursday at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children younger than 12 get in free. Skill competitions beginning at 10:30 a.m. are a home run derby, fastest arm contest, sprints, accuracy throwing and bunting.

Other players for the South include Jessie Watts from Wayne; Nicole Pierson and Linzie Reynolds from Hurricane; Morgan Hutchison and Amanda Salmons from Lincoln Co.; Megan Davis of Point Pleasant; Talya Berry and Hannah Wooten from Chapmanville; and Summer Sword from Man.

Dirt car accident kills NASCAR's Leffler

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. -- NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.

The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

Bridgeport Speedway is a 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

Leffler finished last Sunday at Pocono in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.

From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

Leffler's last full NASCAR season was 2011, when he ran the entire Nationwide schedule for Turner Motorsports. He finished sixth in the standings that season and hadn't had a steady NASCAR ride since.

He had been racing sprint car events most of this year, including Wednesday night's race, which promised a $7,000 prize to the winner.

Leffler is survived by son Charlie Dean.

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