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Auroran Mylott earns

WRA's 'coaches award

Aurora resident Daniel Mylott, a student at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, has been given the coaches award for the 2013 WRA cross country team.

"Daniel is a bright, talent and hard-working young man who was among our top five runners in every meet -- an almost impossible task for a freshman on a highly competitive team," said coach Jim Fraser.

"In his final meet of the season on a soft and wet course at Walsh Jesuit High School, he clocked our second fastest time. For someone as young as he is, Daniel is a mature and efficient runner."

Two other Aurorans were on the 2013 WRA cross country team and will return next year -- Joseph Mylott and Patrick Mylott.

The Pioneers posted a record of 79-12 this fall and earned six top three finishes out of seven meets.

"We can be good next year," said Fraser. "If the returning members of the team run over the summer, we can start next season performing as well as we did at the end of this season."

Softball umps sought

There is a shortage of umpires for high school fastpitch softball in Summit County. The Summit Umpires Association is expected to sponsor a class for those interested in becoming fastpitch softball umpires at the high school level.

The class is scheduled to begin at the end of January. The new umpires that complete the course will be able to work high school games in the spring. This class is required for Ohio School Athletic Association certification as a fastpitch softball umpire.

The course is a total of 25 hours. For details, contact Jim Palmeri at 330-688-2649 or jamesjpalmeri@aol.com or Jim Heid at 330-686-1506 or jheid8@hotmail.com.

Rahill claims honors

Kevin Rahill, a graduate of Aurora High School, was one of eight Ohio Northern University football players named to the all-Ohio Athletic Conference academic list for 2013. He is a junior and a reserve kicker for the Polar Bears.

Deer season rolls on

Ohio's deer gun season is under way until Dec. 8. Archery season runs through Feb. 2, 2014, and muzzleloader season is Jan. 4-7, 2014. Complete details are available at www.wildohio.com.

Meanwhile, 6,645 white-tailed deer were checked in during the state's two-day youth gun season recently. That was down from 9,178 in 2012. Counties checking in the most deer were: Coshocton 248, Tuscarawas 220, Muskingum 212, Holmes 196 and Knox 189. Portage hunters checked in 31, compared to 122 in 2012.

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