AHS tennis squad
finishes its season
Veteran Aurora High boys tennis head coach Dania Banc knew it would be a challenging post season with a strong tournament at Shaker Heights.
The Greenmen competed in the Division I sectional May 10-11. Junior Dan French reached the third round of grueling singles play in bracket C before falling to second seed and sectional champion Paul Gota of University School, 6-1, 6-0.
In bracket B of singles action, Aurora sophomore Pranav Jayakumar lost in the first round to Willoughby South's Josh Grzincic.
Aurora's Andrew Sobodosh, a junior with experience, was upended 6-0, 6-0 in first round action of bracket D to Solon's Luke Qin, who reached the quarterfinals.
In doubles action, junior Alec Besinger and junior Steven Cravens lost 6-1, 6-0 in the first round in bracket B to Shaker's tandem of Mathieu Girard and Gavin Miller.
Sophomore Ricky John and freshman Izzy Zuckett competed in doubles play in bracket C and lost in the second round to South's duo of Frank Fauceglia and Jon Luck.
News about runs
Reminderville resident David Silverman placed ninth (25:31.8) in men 30-34 in the recent Race to Empower 5K. Other local results were: Katelyn Yarmus, second (25:00.3) in women 25-29; and Lauren Revock, 15th (53:06.5) in women 30-34. Meanwhile, in the Diversity Center's Walk, Rock and Run, Brendan Lewis placed 40th (37:50.9) in men 20-29.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is this weekend in downtown Cleveland. The 5K and 8K races will be May 20 at Public Square and the 10K, half-marathon and marathon will be May 21 at Quicken Loans Arena. For details, visit www.clevelandmarathon.com.
Other runs coming up May 20 are the St. John Neumann 5K at the church in Strongsville and the St. Barnabas Bolt Like A Blazer Tech Trek at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Northfield. For details, visit www.hermescleveland.com.
After the first few weeks of action in the city's parks and recreation adult softball leagues, standings are as follows:
Coed -- NPK-Dream Killers and Holy Crap 6-0, Lakeside Terrace-Camelot Village and Indians 4-2, T Jay's 3-1, El Camino 2-2, Papous Tap & Grill-Blade 2 Blade and Sneeky Pete 3-3, Misfits 2-4, General Title Insurance 1-5 and Church in Aurora and Kimberly Hruby 0-6.
Friday night men -- Landmark Property and Mantua Corners Bar & Grille 2-0; Rush Hour, Bad News Bears and Trimmin Lawns 3-1; Dixon Estates 2-2; Junk Yard Dogs 1-3; BTFD Fire Dept. and reLink Medical 0-4.
Junior golf slated
The Northern Ohio PGA has started its series of junior tournaments leading toward the Junior PGA Sectional Championship on June 19-20 at Shady Hollow in Massillon and the Kenny Novak Championship on July 26-27 at Club Walden in Aurora.
Coming up this month are qualifiers at Wooster Country Club on May 20, Riceland Golf Club near Orrville on May 27 and the Country Club at Hudson on May 30. Other qualifiers for the Junior PGA are in the first half of June and others for the Novak are in June and July.
For additional information and to register online, visit www.thenorthernohiopga.com.
Amateur golf set
Registration online is available at www.recordpub.com for the series of four amateur tournaments hosted by the Record-Courier.
Other information is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 330-306-9083 or visiting the Facebook page "Golf in the Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs."
The events are: 87th Portage County Amateur on July 29-30 at Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush, 47th Portage County Senior Amateur on Aug. 26-27 at Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush, 10th annual Matt Mishler Junior Portage Amateur on July 24-25 at Windmill Lakes and Sunny Hill and third Kids Amateur on May 23 at Sunny Hill.
KSU softball unit
heading to NCAA
Kent State University's softball team captured the Mid-American Conference tournament title over the weekend, winning the final game 3-0 over Ohio University.
The Golden Flashes (32-26) thus advance to the NCAA tournament and will face Baylor in its opening game May 19 in Waco, Tex.
Ronnie Ladines capped arguably the most dominant overall performance by an individual in MAC tournament history by tossing a 3-hit shutout and ripping a 2-run homer in her team's third triumph of the day that gave the Golden Flashes their first MAC tourney crown since 2008.
Being named MAC tournament MVP was a mere formality after Ladines batted .529 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles and 7 RBI while compiling a 1.06 ERA in 33 innings with 34 strikeouts.
"How much did she want it? Just guts," said second-year KSU head coach Eric Oakley. "Four home runs and four wins, has anybody had a stat line like that in this tournament ever? The kid wanted it so bad. She just took it to another level."
Ladines' desire was tested to the hilt on May 13, when fourth-seeded KSU was forced to win three consecutive games after losing 2-0 to the No. 2 seed Bobcats.
KSU also beat Northern Illinois 9-3 and Ohio 1-0 in the other games.
"Our seniors promised that this is going to be the year we do not cry at Firestone Stadium," said Ladines. "I think we've accomplished that. It was just an all-around team effort."
Baseball camp set
Aurora High's 2017 baseball camp will be June 12-13 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for those entering fourth to six grades and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those entering seventh to ninth grades at Field 5 across from the high school.
Registration is due by June 2. to receive a T-shirt.
Cost is $50 per player and checks should be made out to the Aurora school district.
For more information, visit www.aurorabaseballleague.com.