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Powers joins OHSAA
directors for 2 years
Aurora schools Athletic Director-Facilities Coordinator Paul Powers began his two-year term on the Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors Aug. 4, when the board gathered in Columbus for its first meeting of the 2016-17 school year.
Powers will serve as the Class AA representative on the state board, representing the Northeast District. The OHSAA is the governing body of high school and junior high sports in Ohio.
Powers is a 1986 graduate of West Geauga High School, and has been an athletic administrator for the past 23 years.
Before coming to Aurora in 2008, he spent 10 years as director of athletics / student activities and special events for the Bedford schools. He started his career in athletic administration in 1993 as the athletic director / community education director at West Geauga.
Powers earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Ohio Northern University. In 2006, he became a certified athletic administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and has successfully completed 34 of the 39 professional development training courses offered through NIAAA.
Besides his daily duties, in which he oversees 71 teams in 23 sports and coordinates the scheduling of five buildings, Powers has been active in many professional organizations.
He is president of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and has been active with the OIAAA executive committee for the past six years in various officer positions.
He also has been a member of the Northeast District OIAAA for the past 21 years, served as that association's president from 2009-11 and is a longtime OHSAA tournament manager.
Powers has been elected to the Northeast District Athletic Board twice, and is the NEDAB's officiating chair. He is married to Kathi, who is superintendent of Twinsburg city schools.
Race results reported
In the recent Race for Home, Tekisha Ruffin of Aurora placed 21st in the women 35-39 division in 1:03:18.
In the Solon Home Days 5K, results involving local runners were: Jose Nunez, seventh (27:44.8), and Luis Nunez, eighth (27:48.5) in men 14-under; Deepthi Madhu, ninth (33:44.9) in women 30-34; Jayachandran Srinivasan, 11th (32:39.7) in men 35-39; Anil Prabhakaran, sixth (32:13.2) in men 40-44; Doug Brainard, ninth (29:14.4) in men 45-49; and Somanathan Nair, fourth (48:22) in men 70-older.
Distance runs slated
More distance runs are coming up in the region this weekend.
On Aug. 13 are the Patrick Joyce Scholarship Fund 5K at West Park Station in Cleveland, the Glenville Heritage Run at Garden View Hills Park in Cleveland, the Summer Scurry at Independence Public Square and the North Ridgeville Lions Club 5K. On Aug. 14 is the Run Through History at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. For details, visit www.hermescleveland.com.
Also on Aug. 13 is the Maple Heights Education Foundation 5K. For details, visit www.hmapromotions.net.
Aurora pair competes
In the Northern Ohio Golf Association's stroke play series 1 tournament at Firestone Country Club's West course, Doug Hauenstein of Aurora shot 3-over-par 73, 2 strokes off the winner's pace, in flight 1 seniors, while Ed Taber shot 81.
The next NOGA event is a two-man scramble Aug. 15 at Silver Lake Country Club. A member play day will be Aug. 16 at Centerbury Golf Club in Beachwood.
McHugh, Armour win
Kent State University golfer Tyler McHugh of Aurora shot his best-ever score of 65 and teamed with Mike Armour of Stow for a score of 63 to win the Akron District Golf Association Lazor two-man better ball tournament in July at Rawiga near Seville. They finished 2 strokes better than the next twosome.
Asian Sun news told
Members of the Asian Sun Martial Arts competition team brought home a school record-setting 15 medals from the Amateur Athletic Union National Championships held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Asian Sun students competed in the elite tournament. Their ages range from 6 to 44.
Gold medals also went to Ryan Bell, 41, and his daughter Maclaine, 6, of the Aurora school, while taking second place was Del Adkins of the Aurora school.
Others from the Aurora school who competed are Virginia Adams, Elan Stephens and Josh Johnson.
Grandmaster Ryan Andrachik is owner of the Asian Sun schools, of which there are nine in Northeast Ohio. He is a Hudson native, seventh-degree black belt and father of four children.
15U team set in 2017
The Aurora Baseball League will offer a 15U team for the 2017 season and tryouts for the team are slated for Aug. 21 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Field 5.
The tryouts will be conducted by an independent evaluator, and players will be assessed on specific positions. The team will not interfere with high school varsity or JVs action and will start after the high school season ends.
The age cutoff is May 1; thus players must be 15 or younger as of April 30. Roster invitations will be sent via email by Aug. 28. For further information, call ABL travel director Lou Genovese at 216-224-6387 or visit www.aurorabaseballleague.com/
Hoops attendance up
At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Ohio High School Athletic Association's board of directors learned that paid attendance for the 2016 state boys basketball tournament was 114,402, up 16,418 from 2015. Total attendance was 128,871.
The board set the wrestling dual team state tourney for Feb. 12 at St. John Arena in Columbus.
As for the status of the competitive balance initiative, schools have been given deadlines of Sept. 13 to have soccer and volleyball rosters entered and Sept. 19 for football. The data will be used when divisional assignments are made for the 2017 season.
Opening games near
The opening regular season contest for the Aurora High varsity boys soccer team will be Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. at Kenston, with the opener for the girls soccer squad right afterward at 7 at Kenston.
The Greenmen varsity girls tennis squad opens the regular season Aug. 16 against Nordonia at the Barrington courts, while the volleyball team opens Aug. 25 with a non-league match at home against Mentor.
Indians back in town
The Cleveland Indians will kick off an 11-game homestand on Aug. 11. There will be four games against the Los Angeles Angels through Aug. 14, a game against the Rex Sox on Aug. 15, three games against the White Sox Aug. 16-18 and three games against the Toronto Blue Jays Aug. 19-21. Starting off this week, the Tribe held a two-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division.
Baseball games slated
The Class AA minor league Akron RubberDucks are playing home games at Canal Park through Aug. Games against Hartford are scheduled for tonight (Aug. 10) and Aug. 11 at 7:05 p.m., then Aug. 12-14 against Portland. The Friday and Saturday games start at 7:05 p.m. and the Sunday contest at 2:05 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Class A Lake County Captains minor league team are on the road until Aug. 15, when they return to Eastlake for a four-game series against West Michigan. All are 7 p.m. starts except for Aug. 17, when the contest begins at 1 p.m. The team plays at Classic Park.
Youth football readied
As the 2016 youth football season gets under way, Aurora Youth Football Association teams will have photographs taken Aug. 20 at the practice fields west of Veteran Stadium.
The first weekend of games are Aug. 27-28. In addition to Aurora, teams in the Western Reserve Yough Football League represent the following communities: Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, Hudson, Kenston, Mayfield, Nordonia, Solon, Streetsboro, Twinsburg and Woodridge.
The last time an Aurora team won a WRYFL title was 2012, when Aurora Green claimed the Varsity Gray division championship.