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2 gridders eye colleges

With the help of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, Zach Smierciak's and Patrick Dougherty's life-long dreams of playing football in college will be realized.

Smierciak has committed to Miami University of Ohio and Dougherty to Indiana University, having been given the opportunities and technology by NCSA to be proactive in their recruiting processes.

At AHS, Smierciak has so far posted a 3.82 grade-point average and has been a two-year varsity football starter. Dougherty maintains a 3.28 GPA, is a one-year varsity starter and all-Chagrin Valley Conference pick.

Gold unit drops playoffs

finale to the Solon Blue

Aurora's Gold varsity team fell to the Solon Blue Comets 8-6 in the Scarlet Division finals of the Western Reserve Youth Football League playoffs.

Aurora committed five turnovers, which stifled its offense. Solon scored its only touchdown early in the game after intercepting an Aurora pass. Gold drove to Solon's 15-yard line as the first half was ending, but ran out of time.

Will McGhee scored Gold's only TD on a 70-yard run earlier in the second half. A Mackenzie Wainwright to Colin McNamara pass for the conversion was incomplete.

Coach Shawn McNamara said the team improved tremendously from the first practice to the last game.

Sixth-graders on the teams were McNamara, McGhee, Jordan and Cameron Smith, Tyler Fremont, Blake Miller, Justin Lovell, Luke Miller, Sam Devito, Hunter Cook and Kyle Petersen.

Fifth-graders were Wainwright, John Papesh, Jack Larrance, Alex Hawk, Nathan Ring, Patrick Murray and Ethan Hays.

Other coaches were J.R. Papesh, Phil Quinn, Bob Petersen and Paul McGhee, while Brian McNamara assisted with statistics.

AHS grad Nancy Clossin

runs in many marathons

Aurora High School graduate Nancy Clossin Deskins, the daughter of local residents Earl and Barbara Clossin, competed Oct. 7 with five of her girlfriends in the Chicago Marathon.

Deskins will turn 50 years old on Nov. 24. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1981 and Ohio University in 1985, and participated in track and cross country at both schools.

She said she was influenced to run by then teacher John Kudley, who is still the AHS girls track coach. At one time she held Ohio U.'s record for the 3-mile run.

Deskins lives in Tampa, Fla., with her husband, Chuck, and 16-year-old son Chase. She has run in 10 major marathons, including Boston, Tampa, Cleveland, New York and Los Angeles. She is qualified for next spring's Boston race.

Three compete in runs

In the Halloween Run for Justice 5K, Aurora resident Darryl Mast placed fourth in men 60 and older in 59:49.3.

In the Brecksville Trick or Trot 5K, Serena Wong of Reminderville placed 17th in women 30-39 in 31:45.5, while Mark Muroski of Aurora was fourth in men 50-59 in 32:57.9.

Altman rolls 259 game

Dennis Altman, the head groundskeeper for the city of Aurora, lead last week's play in the Perrin Asphalt bowling league at Kent Lanes with a high game of 259.

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