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McNair places second

Aurora resident Ariel McNair is closing out an outstanding career of golf at Xavier University. She is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School.

In the recent Red Rocks Invitational at Oak Creek Country Club in Sedona, Calif., McNair tied for second place overall (72-70-142) as the Xavier women's team won the title with 588 strokes.

In 2013, McNair was named a youth golfer of the year by the African American Collegiate and Youth Golfers Hall of Fame, and was selected as an all-American scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association for posting a grade-point average above 3.5.

Spikers capture gold

Auroran Sydney McDowell was a member of the Ignite 14A Black volleyball team which won gold at the Ohio Nets tournament March 2 in Parma. The team is based out of Twinsburg.

Other members of the team are Adriana Gildone, Callia Hutchison, Emily Adams, Taylor Gilbert, Mary Marsh, Julia DiPaolo, Cassie Trykoff and Kara Schurman. The coach is Maggie Lombardi.

Mylott most improved

Aurora resident Joey Mylott was given the most improved player award for the Western Reserve Academy boys basketball team. A junior, he scored in double figures five times this season. Junior Patrick Mylott also was a member of the team.

Schroeder shoots 85

The Baldwin-Wallace College men's golf team finished first out of five teams in the Spring Break Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Contributing to the effort was Aurora High School graduate Scott Schroeder, who carded an 85. The Yellow Jackets' next action will be March 29-30 at the Muskingum University Spring Invitational.

Competitive balance

plan vote set in Ohio

The Ohio High School Athletic Association's board of directors has unanimously approved a competitive balance proposal that makes modifications on how schools are placed in tournaments in team sports.

The plan, recommended to the board from the 27-member competitive balance committee, is similar to the proposal that member schools defeated last spring.

In addition to the size of a school's enrollment, new modifying factors may be applied to students on each roster on a sport-by-sport basis that are based on where the student's parents reside and/or the educational system history of the student. All schools will be subject to the new competitive balance formula, which will be applied to students in the sports of football, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring.

This year's referendum voting by the 825 high school principals will take place May 1-15. If approved, it is anticipated the proposal will become effective for the 2016-17 school year.

"While the proposal is similar to last year's, the modified version is the result of a compilation of input from our superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches," said OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross.

"I believe the competitive balance committee has met its charge in that this proposal is not only reliable but also can be clearly applied and fairly administered for all member schools."

Clinic with Captains

planned 4 Saturdays

An Aurora community baseball clinic with the Captains Baseball Academy is being offered in April at the Aurora indoor training facility.

The dates are April 5, 12, 19 and 26, with 8-to-11-year-olds gathering from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and 12-to-15-year-olds from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Cost is $49, and each participant will receive one game day ticket voucher valid for a 2014 Lake County Captains game or Aurora Baseball Day at Classic Park.

Hitting, defense, pitching and catching will be covered, with professional instructors who have college and professional baseball experience.

Information is available on the Aurora Baseball League's website at www.aurorabaseballleague.com/LMS/league.php.

Online ABL registrations can be completed until March 31. Ronda Lovell is president of the ABL this year, while Doug Baldwin is treasurer and Amy Papesh is secretary.

Running season starts

Moderating temperatures mean the running season is here, and a handful of distance runs are coming up.

Slated in March are the Strongsville Super Saturday 5K on March 22, the Charge into Spring on March 29 in Mentor and the Outrun Hunger 5K March 30 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. For details, visit www.hermescleveland.com.

And on March 30 will be the Srides of March 5K at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. For details, visit www.hmapromotions.net.

Thomas is at Ashland

Tyler Thomas of Aurora is an outfielder on the men's baseball team at Ashland University. He is majoring in nursing, is the son of Robert and Mary Thomas and is a 2013 graduate of Aurora High School.

Lacrosse coming up

Jump Start Sports, through the Aurora parks-rec department, will offer lacrosse training on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from April 16 to May 21 on the fields in front of Aurora High School. Cost is $70 for residents and $75 for non-residents. All equipment will be provided. No helmets or shoulder pads will be used. Call the Aurora Parks-Rec Department at 330-562-4333 for details.

State boys basketball tourney set; girls over

Four Northeast Ohio boys basketball teams are in the state tournament this week, while no Northeast Ohio girls teams claimed state championships last weekend.

St. Edward (24-2) faces Cleveland East Tech (24-3) in Division I boys semifinals March 21 at 5:15 p.m. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-9) meets Columbus Waterson (25-2) in Division II on March 20 at 2 p.m. and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (21-7) battles Columbus Ready (21-5) in Division III on March 21 at 1:45 a.m.

State champs in this year's girls tourney were: Cincinnati Princton in Division I, West Holmes in Division II, Columbus Africentric in Division III and Reedsville Eastern in Division IV.

Hiram grid benefit set

The Hiram Gridiron Club will host a fundraiser to benefit the Hiram College football team on March 29, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 7.

A show featuring the Diamond Project, one of the nation's top Neil Diamond tribute bands, will begin at 8. Tickets are $40 for one and $75 for a couple, and can be purchased through EVENTBRITE or by calling Connie Wells at 330-995-0942.

3 in youth mat event

Three Harmon School wrestlers competed in the OAC junior high school state wrestling tournament recently at the Covelli Center in Youngstown.

While none of them placed in the top eight, all won matches and finished among the top 20 wrestlers in the state in their weight classes.

Kyle Petersen went 3-2 at 74 pounds, Jack Gorman was 3-2 at 90 pounds and Colin McNamara went 2-2 at 154.

5 matmen go to state;

Willingham wins title

Over the past weekend, five Junior Aurora Wrestlers (JAWS) competed in the OAC grade school state wrestling tournament in Youngstown.

To compete, each wrestler had to place in the top four at a qualifying district. This resulted in 32 wrestlers from across the state of Ohio in each weight class.

Matthew Hart competed in the 7-8-year-old, 70-pound class. It was his first year of wrestling. He went 2-2 for the weekend and made a lot of people take notice of his excellent wrestling skills, according to coach Shawn McNamara.

Jeffrey Burger wrestled in the 9-10-year-old, 85 pound class. He went 1-2 and gained valuable experience in a big tournament environment.

Anthony Sagaris competed in the 11-12-year-old, 65 pound class. He was JAWs' most improved wrestler this year and he battled hard being the young one in the weight class.

Shane Cheatham competed in the 9-10-year-old, 68 pound class and Nic Willingham competed in the 9-10-year-old, 65-pound and class were both finalists.

Cheatham advanced to the finals by winning 13-0, 5-2, pin (2:45) and 2-1. In the finals, he lost 2-0 to a wrestler who had pinned him earlier in the year and was runnerup

Willingham advanced to the finals by winning by pin (2:46), 7-0, 9-0 and 6-1. In the finals he won 7-4 to become champion.

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