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The United States Tennis Association has presented the Charles Norman family of Aurora with the Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award for its outstanding contribution to helping grow tennis at the local level.
The award was presented during the USTA's annual meeting March 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Charles Norman is a former Indiana University four-year scholarship player (1978-82) who won multiple USTA Midwest Section titles as a top-level junior in the 1970s. He has remained active in USTA League play since 1996 and plays out of the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls.
His wife Mary has been an active tennis volunteer for many years, and has served as a USTA league captain and player. The Norman children, Irene, 17, and Chas, 15, have been active USTA junior tournament players and have served as volunteer ball persons for the USTA Pro Circuit Ladies Cleveland Open Championships and the National Senior Games in Cleveland.
"The USTA salutes the Norman family for the tremendous impact they have made, not only in the state of Ohio, but on the entire Midwest tennis community," said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive for community tennis-USTA. "The Normans' ongoing efforts on and off the court have helped grow and expand tennis programs throughout the region."
High school grads
playing in college
As of March 30, Aurora High graduate Andy Weber, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, was hitting .293 for the Cavaliers, with 17 hits in 58 at-bats, 20 RBIs and one home run. He is the son of Scott and Barb Weber. Last year, he played in 33 games for the Cavaliers and batted .269 in 93 at-bats.
Meanwhile, a teammate of Weber's at AHS -- Matt Carpenter -- had appeared in five games and had no hits in four at-bats for Ohio State University as of March 30. He is a red-shirt freshman.
Three Aurora students are on the John Carroll University baseball team. Junior Stephen Virost, a graduate of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, is a junior pitcher, who hurled 30.2 innings last year and was 2-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 18.1 innings this year as of March 30.
AHS graduate Carter Semancik, a sophomore, made eight appearances on the mound last year, with 16 innings pitched and a 2.25 ERA. He is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA this year. Devin Bradley also is a sophomore pitcher this year.
Auroran Nick Ely is a sophomore on the Notre Dame College baseball team. As of March 30, he was batting .272 with 7 RBI. Last year, he hit .322 and was named to the all-Mountain East Conference second team.
ABL events slated
Aurora Baseball League members are reminded that Dick's Sporting Goods in the Marketplace at Four Corners will offer a 20 percent discount April 8 to those who present a coupon available on the ABL's website at www.aurorabaseball league.com. Meetings for parents of recreation league players will be April 10 at eighth 6 or 7 p.m. The ABL's opening day will be April 29 with a ceremony at 9 a.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground.
The AHS baseball program will offer a baseball clinic to children in grades 4 to 9 on June 12-13 at Field 5. Students entering grades 4 to 6 will attend from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. those entering grades 7 to 9 will attend the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. session. Participants will receive instruction from local high school coaches and players. Check the ABL website in the future for details on how to register.
Softball will start
Aurora adult spring/summer softball leagues are about ready to commence for 2017. Coed league games are Wednesdays from April 12 to July 12 and men's league games are Fridays from April 14 to July 14.
Pro squads open
The Cleveland Indians' home opener is April 11 at 4:10 p.m. against the Chicago White Sox. The series continues April 12-13, and then the Indians will host the Detroit Tigers from April 14-16 before going on the road against the Minnesota Twins and White Sox.
Meanwhile, the Class AA Akron RubberDucks will open the season April 6 at 6:35 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox, with that series continuing through April 9 and followed by three games against Trenton from April 10-12.
The Class A Lake County Captains open April 6-7 on the road at Dayton and then host Dayton on April 8-9 and Great Lakes from April 10-12.
Check the websites of the three teams for ticket prices, schedules and other information.
Schroeder is tops
The Baldwin Wallace University men's golf team finished fourth at the John Carroll University Invitational at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, as Aurora High grad Scott Schroeder, a senior, led the Jackets with 75-77-152. The Yellow Jackets are back in action April 9-10 when they travel to Etna for the Ohio Athletic Conference Invitational on the Cumberland Trail Golf Course.