A longtime Central Texas coach is calling it a career.

Midway softball coach Ed Trochim is retiring after a coaching career of 30-plus years. Trochim has served as the Pantherettes’ head coach for the past four years, tallying a 100-37 overall record with a 51-7 mark in district play and a pair of district titles.

Prior to taking over as head coach for the 2016 season, Trochim was a Midway assistant coach. He has also coached at University and Waco High, making him the rare coach to make stops at all three of the Greater Waco area’s biggest schools.

Trochim was just Midway’s third head coach in its history, following the much-decorated Sherry Rogers and Michelle Edwards.

With a long tradition of success that includes state championships in 1998 and 2010, Midway figures to attract plenty of candidates to follow Trochim.

Lady Bears pick up pledge from 8th grader

The national champion Baylor women’s basketball program picked up its second commitment this week on Wednesday.

Samantha “Sammie” Wagner, a 6-foot-1 eighth grader from San Antonio, announced her commitment to the Lady Bears via Twitter. She’ll graduate high school in 2023.

“I’ve dreamed of this day since the first (time) I walked on campus at six years old,” Wagner wrote. “I can’t even express how grateful I am to all the coaches who have recruited me over the last few years. With that being said, I’d like to thank God and my family first, along with my finest family and friends for supporting me in my commitment to play basketball for Baylor University.”

Baylor doubles duo keeps NCAA run going

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s on to the NCAA quarterfinals for Baylor’s Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah.

The Bears’ No. 1-ranked doubles team kept their NCAA run going with a straight-sets win over Auburn’s 38th-ranked Brandon Laubser and Tad Maclean, 7-6(5), 6-1.

The win guarantees All-America recognition for Lah and Bendeck, who improved to 28-6 on the year and 15-3 against ranked foes. They’ll move on to Thursday’s quarterfinals to face the winner of Northwestern’s Simen Bratholm and Nick Brookes and Mississippi State’s Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini.

NASCAR strikes $2B deal with ISC

NASCAR announced the $2 billion purchase of International Speedway Corp. on Wednesday, an aggressive move to gain control of key racetracks and set itself up for sweeping changes that could save America’s most popular racing series.

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

ISC owns 12 tracks that host NASCAR races, including Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Its holdings stretch from New York to California , and ISC is one of two major facilities companies that host NASCAR races, along with Speedway Motorsports Inc.

Stewart, Gibbs elected to NASCAR Hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will be inducted alongside his former car owner Joe Gibbs and teammate Bobby Labonte. Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson rounded out the Class of 2020.

Stewart won Cup Series championships in 2002 and 2005 racing for Gibbs after Labonte won one in 2000.

“I guess this couldn’t be any better for me to go in with those two guys. I’m thrilled I can ride their coattails,” Gibbs said.

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation.

A meeting of the FIFA Council in March authorized Infantino to work with Qatar on seeing if it was feasible to use at least one more country in the region to accommodate an additional 16 matches and present a proposal at meetings in June.

Michigan hires Howard as basketball coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan.

The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines.

“As a ‘Michigan Man’ I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level,” Howard said. “We will continue to develop young men on the court, in the classroom and in the community that our fan base will continue to be proud of.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, in his first major move in three years in charge of the department, is giving the Miami Heat assistant coach his first shot at being a head coach other than during the NBA’s summer league.

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