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Sports Wire-Aug. 17

Published: August 17, 2016 1:00 AM

Jake McVay seeking

to overcome injuries

Aurora High grad Jake McVay is listed No. 2 at the "Apache" position, a hybrid linebacker / safety, behind converted cornerback Najee Murray for the Kent State football team.

McVay, a redshirt junior, saw his first action for the Flashes last season.

"Jake's a smart guy. He's physical," said head coach Paul Haynes. "We always show him his highlight tape from high school and say 'Jake, we need that guy again.' He's very talented. He's just got to get the confidence that he can do it on this level, and he can."

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Injuries have kept McVay from establishing himself at the collegiate level.

"He's been in the mix, then an injury knocks him out for a few weeks and he falls off," said Haynes. "Hopefully, he stays healthy and takes care of his body so he can stay in the mix."

-- Alan Moff, Record-Courier

Local golf pros qualify

Aurora pro golfers Gary Trivisonno and Mitch Camp qualified last week for the National Senior PGA championship from the Northern Ohio PGA section.

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Trivisonno placed second behind Gary Robison with a 36-hole score of 4-under-par 138, while Camp was third at 140.

The top four professionals qualified to play in the Senior PGA National Championship in November at the PGA Golf Club in Florida. Tom Atchison was the fourth qualifier.

Several in area runs

Three Aurorans competed in the Twins Day 5K for Melanoma Education Initiative. Jake Terbeck placed 168th overall in 33:55.9, Mark Muroski was in 169th place in 34:10 and Nancy Smith was 214th in 44:15.5.

In the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland 10K, local results were: Katelyn Yarmus, 33rd in women 25-29 (1:01:21.8); Jessica Halda of Reminderville, 14th in women 30-34 (57:41.1); Jim Stepanek, sixth in men 50-54 (48:35.9) and Julia Riley, ninth in women 50-54 (59:16.5).

In the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland 5K, results were: Christian Heller, 24th in men 40-44 (34:37.2); Doug Brainard, sixth in men 45-49 (27:32.2) and Phil Chalmers, 22nd in men 50-54 (33:47).

AHS girls place third

Aurora High's girls golf team placed third out of six teams in the Suburban League American Conference's preseason tournament at Barberton Brookside.

Highland won the conference with 313, followed by Kent Roosevelt at 328 and Aurora at 373. Greenmen scores were: Kenzi Myers 86, Brittany Griffen 90, Gia Leone 92, Skyler Banbury 105 and Carolyn Hurley 118.

Local pros in tourney

A handful of local pros competed Aug. 8 in the Northern Ohio PGA Pro-Pro-Pro Shamble at Westbrook Country Club.

Club Walden's Mitch Camp, Aurora's Gary Trivisonno and Mike Pickett fired a 9-under-par 135 to earn $375. They were 11 strokes behind the winning threesome.

Meanwhile, Barrington's Katie Jenior teamed with Nick Gustin and Joe Meglen to shoot 3-under-par 141, but they finished out of the money.

Distance runs slated

Distance runs continue in the area this weekend as the summer winds down.

On Aug. 20 are the following events: Church on the Square 5K at the First Congregational Church of Twinsburg, Cleveland 5K Rugger Run at the Brecksville Reservation, UH-Parma Medical Center 5K on Powers Boulevard in Parma and Run for the Arts at Brookside High in Sheffield Village.

Coming up on Aug. 21 are the Edna House Recovery Race at Edgewater Park in Cleveland and the Believe in Dreams 5K in Memory of Stacy DiJulius at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora.

For details about the above, visit www.hermescleveland.com. For more information about Believe in Dreams, visit www.believeindreams.org.

Also coming up Aug. 21 are the Bellefaire JCB Biathlon in Shaker Heights and the Eaton-Euclid 5K in Euclid. For details, visit www.hmapromotions.net.

Autumn softball starts

The parks and recreation department's fall men's adult softball league is under way, with games being played on Tuesday evenings at Sunny Lake Park.

Here are the standings after the first week of play: OEM/Miller, Christmas Ale Club and T.L. Service Center 2-0, Junk Yard Dogs 1-0, Darko and Landmark Property Service 1-1, Great Lakes Valet 00-1 and Andy Radcliff, Rovisys and Chesterland Barflies 0-2.

Here are the first week standings for the coed league:

Dream Killers and Holy Crap 2-0, Lakeside Terrace/Camelot Village and Jay's Collision 1-0, Carlton Yarnell Chipping, Goonies, Justine Bodine and Tri-County Power Tool 0-0, Pipeline Inspspection Services and Doogan's 0-1, Indians and Cleats and Cleats and Cleavage 0-2.

Two locals ace holes

Two local golfers managed holes-in-one at Raccoon Hill Golf Course recently. Kathy Ganzhorn of Aurora had an ace on the 78-yard 12th hole, while Barrington Golf Club member Dominic D'Amore aced the 160-yard second hole.

McHugh is in Amateur

Auroran Tyler McHugh is playing this week at the 2016 U.S. Amateur golf tournament in Bloomfield, Mich. He earned a qualifying spot along with two of his Kent State University teammates by shooting a 136 at a qualifier in Avon.

Here's what his coach at KSU -- Herb Page -- says:

"Tyler was a good, solid high school player, but probably wasn't ready for our program. He just wasn't comfortable [at Wright State University] so he came back home, went to school here for a year or two, then he's in my office asking if he can come out for the team.

"He played 18 rounds for us last year and had some great rounds, but was a little inconsistent. Now he's a senior and wow, he's a great player. He's a great putter, and when he gets his putter going he's as good as anybody we've got."

Senior golfers sought

Registration remains open until Aug. 24 for the 46th annual Senior Portage County Amateur golf tournament, but the entry fee has risen to $90.

The event will run Aug. 27-28 at Oak Knolls in Kent and Windmill Lakes in Ravenna. For information, email golffam2@gmail.com or call 330-206-9083.

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