Tournament sites noted
for AHS winter athletics
Aurora's girls and boys basketball teams will return to Akron Ellet and Solon high schools, respectively, for their Division I sectional and district tournaments.
The Ellet tourney will include 12 teams, including defending Division I state champion Twinsburg and powerhouses Walsh Jesuit and Hudson. The tournament draw will take place Feb. 3. Sectional games will start the week of Feb. 11 and district games the week of Feb. 25.
The Solon boys tournament also will feature 12 teams, including St. Ignatius, Kenston and Cleveland Heights. The tourney draw will take place Feb. 10 . Sectional contests begin the week of Feb. 18 and district contests the week of March 4.
Meanwhile in wrestling, Aurora again will compete at the Walsh Jesuit Division II sectional with schools such as Walsh, Tallmadge, Streetsboro and Orange. The sectional tourney will run Feb. 15-16.
The Greenmen will compete in the hockey district tourney ament at Kent State University's Ice Arena, while the swimming teams will compete at Ocasek Natatorium in Akron. Aurora's boys are in Division II and the girls are in Division I.
Fellenstein has top series
Aurora Parks Coordinator Bill Fellenstein recently rolled the high series of 701 in the Perrin Asphalt bowling league at Kent Lanes.
Free throw contest nears
Knights of Columbus Council 14186 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Aurora is hosting its annual free throw competition Jan. 20 in Aurora High School's auxiliary gym.
Registration and practice will be open from 1:30 to 2 p.m. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are welcome to participate. The competition will begin at 2 p.m. and there will be separate categories for each age bracket and each gender. There is no fee. For information, call Herb Gieseler at 330-562-7266.
KSU men hoopsters are
9-5; women stand 2-11
Kent State University's men's basketball squad (9-5) extended its winning streak to four games, defeating Fairmont State 77-75 and Cleveland Sate 72-55.
Against Fairmount State, KSU's Chris Evans had a career-high 27 points, followed by Kris Brewer with 11 and Randal Holt with 10. Against CSU, Brewer and Holt each had 17 points and Evans added 11.
Meanwhile, the KSU women (2-11) fell to Robert Morris 60-51 and beat Bethune-Cookman 73-55.
Against Robert Morris, Trisha Krewson had 12 points and Amber Dunlap added 11. Against Bethune-Cookman, Krewson had 22 points, Dunlap 16, Rachel Mendelsohn 14 and Tamzin Barroilhet 11.
KSU enters Mid-American Conference play this week. The men host Toledo tonight (Jan. 9) and play at Ball State and Buffalo on Jan. 12 and 16, respectively. The women travel to Bowling Green on Jan. 10 and Akron on Jan. 13 and host Buffalo on Jan. 16.
Umpires class planned
The Portage County Umpires Association will host an OHSAA baseball umpire class starting in February. It runs for five weeks and meets twice a week. It is required for the OHSAA exam. Interested candidates should call Dave O'Donnell at 330-274-8607.
Softball clinic on Jan. 12
The Aurora Raptors softball group will conduct a free clinic Jan. 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. in Aurora High School's auxiliary gymn. It will feature Micaela Minner, AHS varsity softball coach, high school players and Raptors coaches.
Non-high school players from last year who are ages 8 to 15 can participate, and those interested in joining a Raptors team in 2013 are encouraged to attend. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deer kill is down in Ohio
Ohio wildlife officials report hunters in Portage County have killed about 2,000 so far in the 2012-13 season, while 190,000 deer have been killed by hunters statewide. Both tallies represent decreases from 2011.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife released the latest numbers Jan. 2, showing Portage hunters killed 1,991 deer in the first 95 days of the season, down 4.2 percent from last year.
The records show 190,725 deer were bagged statewide -- a decrease of 11.1 percent from 2011 -- including 86,964 during the week-long gun season and 14,365 during the additional gun weekend in December.