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Hiram -  Two schools, separated by over 250 miles, came together in another heartfelt moment on Friday night in Hiram.

The Mount Saint Joseph women’s basketball team, located in Cincinnati, paid a visit to Hiram to cheer on the Terriers against Albion (Mich.).

Mount Saint Joseph had played at Baldwin Wallace earlier in the evening and wanted to support Hiram in its game against Albion (Mich.). In addition, the Lions wanted to pass along a gift of appreciation to the Terriers.

The teams last met on November 2, at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University.

The game, originally scheduled for November 15 at Hiram, was moved up and to Cincinnati to accommodate Mount Saint Joseph freshman Lauren Hill and her wish to play “One Last Game”. Hill has an inoperable tumor.

Hill finished the game with four points as Mount Saint Joseph defeated Hiram. Everyone involved in the contest was deemed a winner.

On Friday, Mount Saint Joseph presented the Terriers with a framed “Play for 22″ shirt, signed by the entire team.

Earlier in the evening, Hill appeared in her second game of the season for the Lions and finished with two points.

Hiram College was honored to participate in such a special game earlier in the month. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lauren, her family and the Mount Saint Joseph community.


Alex Gage had the top scores in the 9:00 Trio league for the second week in a row.  Alex, whose average is now 115, rolled games of 141, 155, and 135 for a nice 431 series.   Sara Barker was 64 pins over average with her 145 game.  There were a number of 9:00 bowlers with good games this week:  Addrianna Conway, 140 (37 pins over average), Brooke Collins, 118 (36 over), Damian Tourville, 107 (34 over), Hunter Turnbaugh, 102 (34 over), Sierra Greathouse, 92 (33 over), Paige Johannsmeier, 103 (31 over), Pete Maldonado, 105 (29 over), Zach Seebacher, 138 (28 over), and Isaac Trickett, 105 (26 over)

In the 11:00 Trio, high game was rolled by Jacob Britton with 193 and high series was rolled by Lauren Sanchez with 522; Lauren also had a 183 game.  Ian Huebner was most over average with his 125 game, 52 pins over his average of 73.  Clark Jackson’s 175 game was 51 over.  David Martin was 37 pins over average with his 189 game, and Billy Potteiger was 41 over with his 187 game.  Other good scores:  Gavin Dunfee, 84 (25 over), and Kaitlin Belknap, 60 (23 over).

In the Scholastic League, Zach Britton shot 612 for the second week in a row, but this time with a very nice 259 game.  Other notable games:  Jaret Doraksi, 199, Nick Toke, 190, Jessica Potteiger 184-529, and Megan Wilfong, 162 (24 over average).

Garrettsville – The Garfield Stadium was a sea of pink Friday night as the G-men football team held a “pink out” night to pay tribute to those who have conquered breast cancer, those who are conquering the disease and those who lost the battle prior to the Mogadore-G-men game.

Earlier in the season, several of the football moms decided that since so many of the players families were touched by the disease, they would pay tribute to those family members. They chose October because it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The group designed a t-shirt and organized the sale of the shirts for the game. The proceeds from the event will be split, with a portion of it going to the Melissa Knight to help with her on-going medical costs as she fights the fight and the remaining portion will go to the junior class. The shirt had a dark pink ribbon on the front laced similar to football lacing that had the slogan “Tackle Cancer” on it. The team sold over 100 pink t-shirts.

Friday night, prior to the game, they honored those who have won the battle, those who are fighting the battle and those who lost the battle by wearing the pink t-shirts and by giving recognition to those family members. The football players then escorted their family member a crossed the field prior to the game.

Those honored were, one year survivors Judy Blewitt, escorted by her grandson, Christopher Blewitt, and Kathie Lutz escorted by her grandson, Kyle Borelli and honorary grandson Christopher Blewitt.   Ante Dejanovic and his dad, Mio honored Ante’s mother and Mio’s wife, Kasenna who lost her battle five years ago. Devin and Dayne Karlovec escorted their grandmother, Rella Hoskins, who is a 30 year survivor, Brad Martin escorted his aunt, Jonnie Manista who just finished chemo, he also honored his grandmother Bonnie Nedelka who lost her battle 14 years ago, Hayden Nichols escorted his grandmother Janet Nichols who is a four year survivor. Chandler Stefanek escorted his grandmother, Pat Stefanek, who is a 20 year survivor, Noah Owens escorted his grandmother, Mary Anne Dunning and lastly, Melissa Knight was escorted by her daughters, Sierra and Alexis Knight, and Dalton Fall. Melissa is currently fighting the disease.

Although the stands and sidelines were a sea of pink, the game was all green as Mogadore defeated the G-Men 49-7.


Another bowling season has begun and the youth bowlers are already making their mark.  There will be some names you recognize and some new names as we begin another year of reporting their Saturday morning scores.

Lauren Sanchez started off the year with a bang!  Lauren had her first 500 series on the first week of bowling, a 526 with games of 179, 191 and 156.  But then on week two she had her first 600 series.  Lauren rolled games of 210, 214, and 183 for a very nice 607 series.  Lauren’s 526 was in the 11:00 Trio League and her 607 was in the Scholastic League.  Lauren is a 7th grader at Garfield Middle School and I’m sure coach Joe Brigham can’t wait for her to get to high school!

David Martin, in his first set for the Saturday 11:00 Trio, rolled 170, 221, and 183 for a very nice 574 series.  Jacob Briton started his year off with a nice 501 series.  Billy Potteiger rolled a 204 game and 473 series.  Other nice games:  Lucas Titschinger, 157, Rayne Burdette, 86, Gavin Dunfee, 95.

Good games bowled by the 9:00 Trio set:  Addrianna Conway, 143, Ryleigh Gough, 129, Alex Gage, 160, Emily Linamen, 130, Pete Maldonado, 105, Brooke Collins, 106, Isaac Trickett, 110, Kelly Stemnock, 137, Sara Barker, 115, and Zachary Seebacher, 110.

In the Scholastic League, nobody topped Lauren’s 607 set, but Nick Toke was close with 206-590.  Other good games:  Zachary Britton, 232, Collin McGurer, 234, and Jaret Doraski, 201-577.

High scores for the PeeWees:  SadieMae Ewell, 108, Cole Thompson, 105 and 104, Mackenzie Thompson, 104, and Angelo Dinardo, 102.

It’s that time again.

School has begun and so have a number of other activities.  Most of them could use some volunteers to keep things moving along and produce the best outcomes for all concerned.

Booster groups of every stripe need help in their fund-raising  activities.  Picture yourself hustling hot dogs at a game or topping off a root beer float for sale to a thirsty customer.  Statisticians and scorekeepers are frequently in short supply—the season gets longer with every game gone by and more looming into the winter. The chain gang at football games is NOT made up of elves who live under the bleachers, you know.   Somebody has to help with and/or supervise the clean-up—indoors or outdoors, a mess is a mess.  Tickets must be sold and accounted for.  Merchandise, ditto.  Elementary schools have activities going on all of the time that could use a little adult supervision and contribution…of course, it behooves one to act like an adult and actually be a  desirable role model in addition to counting coupons or putting up pictures, or whatever.  Act responsibly so kids can see how it looks; they get enough of the bad stuff on TV.

Community groups—Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Eagles, Masons& Eastern Stars, church folks, etc.—are always looking for help and support.  New in town?  Show up to make new friends and get all of the latest on what’s happening around and about(The jungle telegraph has direct lines to many of the most active).  Have you a hobby?  Dollars to doughnuts there’ll be someone around who shares your interest, or would, if you’d get out and promote it(I’m still mulling over an offer to take up horseshoes).

There are things to do, places to go, people to see.  In the immortal words of Auntie Mame, “Life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death”.

You could at least try an appetizer.


Photo courtesy The Harlem Ambassadors

Photo courtesy The Harlem Ambassadors

Garrettsville - The fun begins at 7:00 PM on October 25th (doors open 40 minutes before tip-off), when the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors take on the Garrettsville Inspectors (Garfield High School Alumni) in a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of basketball showmanship featuring high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines at Garfield High School Gymnasium.

Bring the whole family to this event and experience laugh-out-loud comedy basketball for a good cause. There will be an opportunity to win an autographed basketball, purchase Harlem Ambassadors souvenirs, meet the Harlem Ambassadors during a free post-game autograph session, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

A limited number of tickets are available for this event, which benefits the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s  #GarrettsvilleStrong fund, and Phase II of the James A. Garfield Stadium Improvement Project.

Advance tickets go on sale Monday, August 18th and may be purchased online at garrettsvillearea.com/tix or at one of many area businesses including: The Villager (8088 Main St); Charles Auto Family (10851 North St); Miller’s Family Restaurant (8045 State St); Garrettsville DQ Grill & Chill (8013 State St); and the James A Garfield School offices when school returns.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – $10; Students (12 & Under) – $7; Seniors – $7; Family 4 Pack (4 Tickets & 2 Bags of Popcorn) – $30. Call 330-527-5761 for ticket information.

Stay up to date by visiting www.garrettsvillearea.com/basketball or by joining the event on Facebook.

Learn more about the Harlem Ambassadors at www.harlemambassadors.com

This event has been brought to you by the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Garfield All Sports Boosters.

Sponsorship Opportunities for this event are available. Call 330-527-5761 to learn more!


Our Garfield Junior High soccer team will be co-ed and be comprised of grades 6 thru 8; open to all communities.  We will be playing other Jr. High teams in Geauga County and the surrounding area so travel is mandatory, skill level is higher than recreation and games will most likely be played on the weekends.  Although we are not considered part of the school district, we will be playing other district school teams and recreation programs.  Expect the fee to play to be about $50.00 per player and team sponsors are welcome.  This is the first step in Garfield establishing a Jr. High soccer program.  Our first practice will be August 7 at Brosius Rd. Field from 6 to 8 PM.  Please contact Bob Finney for more information and any ideas you may have to help grow our program at matrixprints@yahoo.com , txt or FB me.

Sherry Jones and Mayor Rick Patrick prepare to draw the winning ticket.

Sherry Jones and Mayor Rick Patrick prepare to draw the winning ticket.

Garrettsville – Months ago I challenged the James A. Garfield students to take an active part in a fundraising effort to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. Our students accepted the challenge with great fervor, and I am proud to report that the “Challenge Raffle” winner was drawn at noon on Friday, May 30th by Mayor Rick Patrick in the James A. Garfield Board Office.  The winner of the $1,000 grand prize was Stephanie Kristoff. The winning ticket was sold to her by her son, kindergartner AJ Kristoff.

On behalf of the James A. Garfield Schools I would like to congratulate Mrs. Kristoff and thank everyone who sold and purchased tickets for the raffle.  I would also like to thank Mrs. Sherry Jones for organizing this successful effort.  Without her passion, organization and impeccable record-keeping we never would have been able to experience such success.

The final breakdown for the raffle is as follows:

Total Sales:  $28,260.00

Expenses:     $6,041.86

Net Profit:  $22,218.14

It is important to note that $4,173.14 of the expenses went directly back to the kids in the form of t-shirts, gift cards and a skating party at Roller Hutt.  These rewards kept the excitement and motivation going throughout the raffle.

With the funds collected, improvements will be made to the stadium this summer to make play safer for our athletes. As you drive by the stadium you will begin to see the following work taking place:

Phase 1 – Safety of players and fans – Total Cost:  $17,938.57

?  Replace wood posts and ropes with four foot safety fencing ($6,438.57)

?   Install new goal posts ($0 – donated by G-Men Foundation)

?  Stabilize visitor bleachers with a permanent concrete pad ($11,500)

?  Move field away from home bleachers by 10 feet ($0)

The remaining $4,279.57 will be deposited to the JAG All Sports Booster account and used for Phase 2, which will focus on the spectator experience.  The next steps for the project are outlined by the following Phases:

Phase 2 – Spectator seating

?  Purchase safety and ADA compliant aluminum bleachers

?  Construct new press box

Phase 3 – Fan experience

?  Construct new concession booths

?  Construct permanent ADA compliant restrooms

Phase 4 – Scoreboard and track

?  Construction of all-weather track

?  Installation of new field scoreboards

This is just the beginning of the work that needs to be done.  Our athletic facilities are tired and need attention. It is inspiring to see so many individuals working together toward the goal of making them safer and more enjoyable for our students and spectators.

As always, if you have any questions, please call me directly in the office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413).


garrettsville-strong-softball-team-north-akron-winners-softballAkron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising uniform t-shirts by the Villager), and still counting, for the Gville fire fund!! The donations will be made  in the name of Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws to the Garrettsville Strong fund.

Great job ladies!! For a team that never played together before, they had great team chemistry and teamwork, going 5-0 on the weekend. The girls scored on 3 home runs, a grand slam by Autumn “Cali” Belviy, suicide squeeze play, multiple doubles and triples, tons of beautiful bunts. Great job catching by Shelby Mayes, dominating pitching by Angela “Maz” Masiello and Madison “Maddog” VanKirk, an awesome throw from center field by Torrie Gall to almost gun a runner out at first, (Threw it so hard it bent the first baseman’s glove back and it came out), Meg Visocan played every position except catcher including pitcher. Every young lady had a highlight and contributed across the board — can’t even remember them all!  On top of all that, the pitchers and catcher were calling their own games, at 12 yrs old, and did it beautifully!

The GarrettsvilleStrong roster consisted of: Garrettsville Cal’s Gals Angela Vanhorn,  Emma Lawrence, and Chloe Pfile; Garrettsville Hotshots  Gracie Pignaloso, Sarah Shearer and Anna Weaver; Garrettsville –  Madison VanKirk; Crestwood –  Angela Masiello and Torrie Gall;  Crestwood Victory –  Maddy Cline and Alexis Schultz; Outlaws –  Hailey Eckelberry, Autumn Belviy  and Shelby Mayes; Explosive Black – Meg Visocan. Coaches were David Pignaloso, Scott Vanhorn, Tom VanKirk and Dan Masiello.

Thank you to “dugout moms” Becky VanKirk and Tara Vanhorn and special thanks to  Karen Visocan, and daughter Meg, for helping out and more than doubling our donations with some additional fund raising!!

Thanks GYS, Ohio Outlaws Fastpitch, to all who participated, donated, and rooted us on, could not have done it without you!!!


skylanes bowling smart scholarship event

Garrettsville – SkyLane Bowling Alley recently held their 3rd Annual SMART Scholarship Tournament.  All of the Youth bowlers competed on  April 19th for a chance to win $800 in scholarship money.   Collin McGurer was the runaway winner by rolling an all-time 719 series.  Pictured from left to right are Ryan Ambler – 3rd Place ($100), Collin McGurer –Champion ($500),  and Wilson Jackson – Runner-up ($200).


Alex Gage had the top series for the 9:00 Trio with 392; Alex rolled games of 112, 131, and 149.  High game was Paige Collins with 152.  Zach Seebacher had a nice 139 game and 368 series.  Ryleigh Gough was 42 pins over average with her 132 game.  Other nice games:  Emily Linamen, 116 (40 over), Damian Tourville, 96 (35 over), Eric Schaefer, 99 (28 over), and Sara Barker, 100 (27 over).

For the 11:00 Trio, Kassie Fedor topped the leader board with a 200 game and 514 series.  Jacob Britton had  a nice 192 game and 512 series.  Ian Huebner’s 124 game was 51 pins over average.  Adding to the list of good games:  Lauren Sanchez, 183 (50 over), Lucas Titschinger, 165 (35 over), Billy Potteiger, 163 (31 over), Barrett Jackson, 159 (29 over), Peyton Sledz, 92 (28 over), Travis Pennington, 96 (27 over), Wilson Jackson, 134 (26 over), and Clark Jackson, 151 (25 over).

Jake Yeatts had the high series for the Scholastic League with 646; Jake rolled games of 201, 243, and 202.  Collin McGurer rolled 266 his first game and ended up with a 636 series.  Other nice scores:  Olivia Doraksi, 214-597, Bradley Woodrum 213-598, Ryan Ambler 209-614, Jaret Doraski, 204, Noah Shannon, 204, Zach Britton, 201, Jessica Potteiger, 198, Angela Piazza, 193, Billy Potteiger, 186, Danielle Tuttle, 186, and Lauren Sanchez, 182.

Pete Maldonade had the top scores for the PeeWees with games of 121 and 103.  Memphis English shot 103 and Hunter Turnbaugh and Piper Johannsmeier each shot 101.





Garrettsville - It’s getting close to the end of the bowling season and the bowlers just keep getting better!  Collin McGurer shot his first-ever 700 series last Saturday in the Scholastic League.  Collin rolled games of 264, 247 and 205 for an excellent 716 series.   Ryan Ambler’s 266 game gave him a nice 637 series and Jaret Doraski was over 200 all three games with 222, 211 and 203, for a 636 series.  Other good scores:  Bradley Woodrum 235-597, Jessie Potteiger, 202-576, Angela Piazza, 191, Danielle Tuttle, 190, Olivia Doraski, 188, and Joey Ewell, 184.

In the 9:00 Trio, Alex Gage just missed a 400 series; his games of 126, 139 and 130 were good for a 395 series.  Ryleigh Gough continued her hot streak with games of 121, 113, and 125, 92 pins over average for the day.  Some other good scores:  Isaac Trickett, 128 (43 over), Addriana Conway, 112 (35 over), Kyleigh Grandon, 133 (33 over), and Jason Schaefer, 119 (30 over).

For the 11:00 Trio, Kassie Fedor had the high scores with 201-543.  Wilson Jackson was 126 pins over his 107 average with his games of 153, 179, and 115.  Barrett Jackson also bowled well, with games of 162, 150, and 156; Barrett’s average is 129.  Other nice games:  Adam Norris, 169 (37 over), Billy Potteiger, 169 (37 over), Austin Wise, 147 (36 over), and Nathan Phillips, 164 (35 over).

And, as promised, the 11:00 Trio scores from last week:   Clark Jackson was 73 pins over his average with a very nice 198 game.  Other good games:  Kassie Fedor, 201, Ericq Williams, 147 (39 over), Lauren Sanchez, 172 (38 over), Nathan Phillips, 163 (34 over), and Ian Huebner, 105 (31 over).

For the PeeWees, Paige Johannsmeier rolled 114, Hunter Turnbaugh rolled 106, and Piper Johannsmeier shot 100.




Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom - Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline Top - Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso Not pictured - Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry
Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom - Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline Top - Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso Not pictured - Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Pictured above are (left to right): Bottom – Lexi Schultz, Sarah Shearer, Gracie Pignaloso, Angela Vanhorn, Chloe Pfile, Madi VanKirk, Maddy Cline
Top – Coach Dan Masiello, Scott Vanhorn, Meg Visocan, Angela Masiello, Torrie Gall, Anna Jo Weaver, Emma Lawrence, Shelby Mayes, Coach Tom VanKirk, David Pignaloso
Not pictured – Autumn Belviy and Hailey Eckelberry

Garrettsville - We are proud to announce that Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws have put together a team of local 12u and out of town players to raise money for the rebuilding of the businesses lost in the fire in Garrettsville a few weeks ago. We have 7 Garrettsville girls, 4 Crestwood, and 3 out of towner’s joining together for the cause along with local and Outlaw coaches!

There will be a fund raising scrimmage vs Crestwood Heat 14u April 25th @ 6pm at the fields in Shalersville Park on 303 off the 44 exit of the Ohio Turnpike. Feel free to come out and root the girls on. Cash donations or non-perishable food or household items will be accepted at the game. No donation is required to attend.

We will also be taking our “Garrettsville Strong” team to a tournament in Akron May 3-4th. The tournament director has graciously donated a large portion of our tournament fees back to the fund. Each family is donating per player to play in the tournament as well. Our uniform is the fund raising t-shirts offered by the Weekly Villager with the players numbers on the back, so most all donations go directly to the fund.

The Garrettsville business community has always generously supported the softball ladies and we felt we needed to do something to give back for all the years of support!

Special thanks to Warren Wolff, president of the Ohio Outlaws and Adam Acord, head coach of Outlaws Silver 12u for their support in this effort, along with coach Chris of the Crestwood Heat. Several local girls play for the Outlaws and other travel softball organizations and its fitting we could collaborate Recreational and Travel players and just play some softball.

The link listed below provides info on the early bird pre-season tournament in Akron http://www.thesoftballzone.com/vb3/other-tournaments-friendlies-scrimmages/56571-2nd-annual-north-akron-warmup.html

youth-soccer-auburn-townshipAuburn Twp. – If your child could use an intensive week of soccer skills training in a friendly, professional atmosphere, with the added bonus of daily Team Talks for instruction in life-enriching Biblical principles, they will love Ambassadors Soccer Camp 9am-3pm, July 22-26 (Tuesday-Saturday) at Friendship Alliance Church in Auburn Township.

Ambassadors Soccer Camps are designed to give developing players (ages 6-14) the opportunity to learn basic and advanced skills in a positive, encouraging environment. Both technical and tactical instruction is given at individual and group levels, focusing on control, passing, heading, dribbling, shooting and defending.

Small-sided games and age-related competitions round out the daily program. The week concludes with individual skill competitions and the highly-anticipated ‘World Cup’ tournament and family picnic.

The coaching staff is comprised of experienced players and coaches — some local and others who play soccer for their countries. International coaches typically represent Holland, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and/or Northern Ireland.

Online registration is available at www.ambassadorssoccercamps.com. The fee through May 31 is $130; $155 thereafter. Each camper receives an Ambassadors soccer ball, T-shirt, certificate of completion, workbook, plus special awards and prizes.

The headquarters for Ambassadors Football is located in Twinsburg. It can be contacted at (330) 963-6599.

Friendship Alliance Church has been hosting Ambassadors Soccer Camp for 15 years and has become a summertime favorite for hundreds of area youth. The church is located at 19126 Ravenna Road (State Route 44), 2.5 miles north of State Route 82 and 2.5 miles south of State Route 422. The church can be reached at (440) 834-0955 or at admin@FAC-OH.org.


Paige Collins topped the scoreboard March 29 with a 147 game and 404 series.  Kyleigh Grandon was 46 pins over average with her 145 game.  Other nice games:  Brooke Collins, 108 (36 over), Emily Linamen, 111 (36 over), Adrianna Conway, 110 (35 over), Taylor Cressman, 99 (35 over), Sara Barker, 104 (34 over), and Ryleigh Gough, 121 (34 over).

In the 11:00 Trio, Nathan Phillips rolled the high game of 174.  Ericq Williams had a very good day.  Ericq averages 106 but was well over with games of 149, 117, and 143, giving him a 409 series.  Other good games:  Travis Pennington, 106 (40 over) and Billy Potteiger, 168 (35 over).

Top game for the PeeWees belonged to Pete Maldonade with 118.  Milo English rolled games of 108 and 102.  Other good games were rolled by Sarah Almashy with 104, Piper Johannsmeier with 102, and Sierra Foy with 101.

For the Scholastic League, Angela Piazza had the top game with a 221.  Angela also added games of 191 and 164 for a nice 576 series.  Cameron King had a nice 219 game.  Jessica Potteiger rolled 216 game and 586 series, high series for the day.

On April 4 Paige Collins once again had the top scores for the 9:00 Trio with a 158 game and 406 series.  Sara Barker was 105 pins over average for the day with a 318 series.  Sara averages 71 and rolled games of 103, 120, and 95.  Other nice games:  Adrianna Conway, 120 (45 over), Zach Seebacher, 132 (37 over), Ryleigh Gough, 121 (33 over), Damian Tourville, 91 (31 over), and Ryan Lance, 109 (27 over).

Jacob Britton had the top score for the 11:00 Trio with 175.  Adam Norris was right behind with 171.  Other good games:  Travis Pennington, 107 (40 over), Barrett Jackson, 164 (36 over), Austin Sledz, 148 (34 over), Clark Jackson, 156 (31 over), and Chris Titschinger, 109 (27 over).

Jolson French had the high game for the Scholastic League with 243.  Jessica Potteiger hit the 600 mark with her 214 game and 614 series.  Jaret Doraski shot 203.

Hunter Turnbaugh rolled games of 103 and 119 for the PeeWees.  Piper Johannsmeier rolled 115 and Paige Johannsmeier had 111.


Alex Gage and Paige Collins topped the score board for the 9:00 Trio on March 22.  They each shot games of 154.  Alex also rolled a nice 414 series.  Isaac Trickett was 46 pins over average with his 130 game.  Kyle Lance was over his 75 average all three games, rolling games of 110, 114, and 84 for a very nice 308 series.  Other good games:  Brooke Collins, 102 (30 over), Damian Tourville, 87 (28 over), and Kelly Stemnock, 110 (25 over).

In the 11:00 Trio, Nathan Phillips had the high game of 191 (64 pins over his 127 average).  Billy Potteiger was 57 pins over average with his 189 game.  Other nice games:  Lauren Sanchez, 185 (52 over), Barrett Jackson, 179 (52 over), Clark Jackson, 175 (51 over), Travis Pennington, 102 (36 over), Kassie Fedor, 189 (33 over), Wilson Jackson, 139 (33 over), and Austin Sledz, 144 (30 over).

High game for the Scholastic League was a 244 by Jaret Doraski.  Jaret had a 635 series.  Ryan Ambler was extremely consistent with games of 214, 214 and 212, for a 640 series.  Other good games were rolled by Jake Yeatts, 233, Jolson French, 203, and Olivia Doraski, 201.

Sarah Almashy had the top game for the PeeWees with 124.  Paige Johannsmeier rolled two games of 106.


Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Sports Boosters held the first ever “Love the Dress” prom dress sale at the high school on Sunday April 6, 2014. The sports boosters were able to collect new and nearly new dresses and then resold them at a fraction of the price they originally sold for, making prom more affordable for many. All the dresses were in a variety of colors and sizes with prices starting at $5 but were no higher than $50.

Ryleigh Gough had the high game and series on March 15 in the 9:00 Trio League.  Ryleigh’s average is 85 and she rolled games of 121, 151, and 115 for a very nice 387 series, 132 pins over average for the day.  Kyleigh Grandon was 43 pins over average with her 142 game.  Other nice games:  Zach Seebacher, 129 (35 over), Adrianna Conway, 106 (32 over), Taylor Cressman, 92 (29 over), and Brooke Collins, 96 (25 over).

Kassie Fedor once again topped the score sheets for the 11:00 Trio with a 184 game and 517 series.  Lauren Sanchez rolled 171, 39 pins over her average.  Travis Pennington was 38 pins over average with his 103 game.  Travis also just missed his 300 series with a 299; he was 104 pins over for series.  Other good games were rolled by Adam Norris, 164 (34 over) and Wilson Jackson, 136 (31 over).

Zach Britton had the high game for the Scholastic League with 255.  But it was his younger brother Jacob who rolled the high series of 603, his first 600 series.  Jacob had games of 204, 201, and 198.  Billy Potteiger rolled his first 200 game, a 207.  He also had a 548 series, 128 pins over average for the day.  Billy is only 10 but is already averaging 140 in the Scholastic League.  Jessica Potteiger rolled a nice 245 game and 593 series (although little brother Billy beat her the last game when she rolled 200).  Other nice scores:  Ryan Ambler 236-593, Nick Toke 228-599, Noah Shannon, 212, Emma Dockery, 209, Jake Yeatts, 207, Cameron King, 201, and Danielle Tuttle, 192.

Good games by the PeeWees:  Memphis English, 109, Gage Vetrono, 99, and Sierra Foy, 90.


“This Is How We Roll”


Boys Basketball

Anthony Workman – 1st Team

Nick Jurcevic – 2nd Team

Mason Butler – Honorable Mention


Girls Basketball

Grayson Rose – 1st Team

Madisson Geddes – 2nd Team

Lauren Jones – Honorable Mention

Alicia Witte – Honorable Mention


Boys Bowling

Jaret Doraski – 1st Team

Colin McGurer – 1st Team

Zach Britton – 2nd Team

Zack Hoffmann – 2nd Team

Keddy Conway – Honorable Mention

Ethan Hoffmann – Honorable Mention


Girls Bowling

Olivia Doraski – Player of the Year

Jessie Potteiger – 1st Team

Brittany Thompson – 1st Team

Danielle Tuttle – 1st Team

Alaina Thompson – 2nd Team

Anna Brigham – 2nd Team

Kim Wampler – Honorable Mention

Erica King – Honorable Mention



Noah Heim – Honorable Mention

Ben Gibson – Honorable Mention


Now that the high school bowling season is over, the Scholastic League has started back up.  This year it’s a doubles format, made up of not only high school students, but also a number of other bowlers who are hoping to bowl on the high school team in the future.  There are also quite a few bowlers who are bowling in the 1:00 Scholastic League in addition to the 11:00 Trio because they just can’t get enough of bowling.

Emma Dockery had the high game last week with 235.  Emma also had a nice 595 series.  High series belonged to Bradley Woodrum with 231-619.  Jaret Doraski and Zach Britton each tossed 225 games.  Other good games:  Ryan Ambler, 210, Jolson French, 205, Collin McGurer, 203, Nick Toke, 201, and Angela Piazza, 189.

Alex Gage’s average keeps going up, and he keeps bowling over average.  Alex was over average all three games and had the high game and series with 147-388.  Isaac Trickett continued his string of high games with a 57-over 141 game.  Isaac was also over average all three games and shot a nice 332 series.  Other good games:  Kyleigh Grandon, 141 (42 over), Adrianna Conway, 116 (42 over), Taylor Cressman, 98 (36 over), Emily Linamen, 105 (32 over), and Ryleigh Gough, 115 (30 over).

Kassie Fedor’s 174 game and 424 series were high for the 11:00 Trio.  Clark Jackson was 29 pins over average with his 152 game and Austin Wise was 24 over with 134.

Sierra Greathouse was the only one of the PeeWees this week to hit 100, and she hit 100 on the nose.


Adrianna Conway had the high game in the 9:00 Trio League last week with 144, doubling her average of 72.  Adriana was also over average her other two games with 85 and 84, giving her a 313 series.  The top series belonged to Alex Gage with 364; Alex had a 140 game as well.  Other good games were rolled by Isaac Tricket, 128 (46 over average), Zach Seebacher, 130 (37 over), and Ryleigh Gough, 114 (30 over).

The top bowler in the 11:00 Trio was Kassie Fedor with a 178 game and 512 series.  Lucas Titschinger rolled a 176 game, 46 pins over his average.  Ian Huebner was 43 pins over his average with a nice 116 game.  Austin Sledz was 31 pins over average with his 144 game; Austin also added games of 127 and 142 for a 413 series.  Other nice games:  Lauren Sanchez, 161 (30 over), Travis Pennington, 92 (30 over), Gavin Dunfee, 70 (29 over), Chris Titschinger, 109 (27 over), and Peyton Sledz, 90 (27 over).

For the PeeWees, Milo English had the top game of 106.   Pete Maldonade rolled games of 101 and 105.  Gage Vetrono had a 102 game and Joshua Neu rolled 100.


Last week Paige Collins had the high game in the 9:00 Trio League with 149.  Alex Gage had high series of 383.  Alex has been on a hot streak lately, and was over his 100 average all three games with 125, 139, and 119.  Alex wasn’t the only bowler to be over average all three games.  In fact, there were five others.  Ryleigh Gough was most over for the day with her games of 127, 98, and 115, for a 340 series.  Ryleigh was 94 pins over her 82 average for the day.  Isaac Tricket was 51 pins over average with his 132 game and added games of 106 and 91, for a nice 329 series, 86 pins over average.  Taylor Cressman, with an average of 59, rolled games of 68, 96, and 95, putting her at 82 over for the day.  Adrianna Conway was 77 over with games of 100, 89, and 101.  Damian Tourville bowled 91, 66, and 87, and was 73 pins over his 57 average.  Zach Seebacher also had a nice game with a 34-over 126 game.
Noah Hoffmann tossed the high game for the 11:00 Trio League with a 196.  Noah added games of 137 and 174 for an excellent 507 series, also high for the day.  Adam Norris rolled a nice 174 game, 43 pins over his average.  Other good games:  Billy Potteiger, 165 (34 over), Lucas Titschinger, 161 (31 over), Ian Huebner, 102 (29 over), and Lauren Sanchez, 152 (21 over).

Paige Johannsmeier had the high game for the PeeWees last week with 124.  Paige also added a 100 game giving her a 224 series.  Piper Johannsmeier had a nice 101 game.

As we enjoy the competition and exhilaration of the Winter Olympics, cheering on the talented men and women of our US Olympic team, it’s hard to imagine that things haven’t always been so equal for male and female athletes. For example, after the 1964 Olympics, swimmer Donna de Varona, who had won gold medals, could not obtain a college swimming scholarship, because for women, they did not exist. And in elementary schools through high schools across this country, the situation was not much different.

On February 1. Alex Gage had the high series for the 9:00 Trio League.  Alex rolled a 140 game and 368 series.  Teammate Zach Seebacher had a 132 game, 40 pins over his average.  Taylor Cressman was most over average for the day.  Taylor was over her 57 average all three games with games of 100, 85, and 79, for a 264 series, 93 pins over average.  Other good games:  Damian Tourville, 85 (29 over), Adrianna Conway, 96 (25 over), and Isaac Trickett, 105 (25 over).

For the 11:00 Trio, Clark Jackson was 84 pins over average when he rolled a 206 game.  Clark’s 453 series was high for the day as well.  Austin Sledz had a 169 game, 57 pins over average.  Other nice scores:  Lucas Titschinger, 166 (36 over), Travis Pennington, 95 (35 over), Adam Norris, 155 (25 over), and Gavin Dunfee, 61 (25 over).
Alex Gage topped the 9:00 Trio League again on February 8 with a 154 game and 378 series.  Sara Barker’s 101 game was 32 pins over average.
Noah Hoffman had the high game in the 11:00 Trio League with 189, 60 pins over his average of 129.  Clark Jackson continued his hot streak with a 176 game, 53 pins over average.  Other good games:  Lauren Sanchez, 164 (34 over), Gavin Dunfee, 70 (31 over), Wilson Jackson, 134 (29 over), and Alex Carter, 112 (27 over)
Last week’s top PeeWee score was 119, bowled by Dawson Carter.  Pete Maldonade rolled a nice 109 game.  Milo English shot two games over 100 – 102 and 107, while Memphis English rolled 102.

Mantua –  In his report to the School Board, Superintendent David Toth shared that first grade teacher Natalie Harr was one of only two Ohio educators to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science this year. Harr will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, which administers the program. She is currently on professional leave from the District as she serves as a 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Star of the 9:00 League on January 25 was Ryleigh Gough.  Ryleigh was over her 81 average all three games, with 118, 120, and 92, for a 330 series, which was high for the day.  Zach Seebacher rolled the high game of 135, 43 pins over his average of 92.  Emily Linamen was 48 over average with her 118 game.  Emily was also over average her other two games – 90 and 82 – to put her at 80 pins over for the day.  Damian Tourville was over average all three games too and was 92 pins over for the day with his scores of 88, 93, and 76.  Other good scores:  Kyleigh Grandon, 133 (33 over), Taylor Cressman, 87 (30 over), and Sara Barker, 95 (26 over).

The prior week, Paige Collins was the star with a 172 game and 380 series.  Paige’s sister Brooke Collins rolled a nice 105 game, 34 over average.  Isaac Trickett was 31 over average with his 110 game.

For the 11:00 Trio, Kassie Fedor was high scorer with a 202 game and 518 series.  Noah Hoffman also had a great day.  He rolled a very nice 197 game, 70 pins over his average of 127.  Noah was also over average his other two games, with 155 and 134, for an excellent 486 series.  Other good games were rolled by Lauren Sanchez with 172 (42 pins over average), and Adam Norris with 158 (27 over).

On January 18 the top score was rolled by Billy Potteiger with a nice 177 game.  Other good scores:  Wilson Jackson, 144 (40 over), Lucas Titschinger, 168 (38 over), Ian Huebner, 109 (37 over), and Alex Carter, 116 (32 over).

Good scores bowled in the last couple of weeks by the PeeWees:  Paige Johannsmeier, 128, Milo English, 103, Hunter Turnbaugh, 97, Memphis English, 96, and Sierra Greathouse, 96.


Garrettsville – As you may be aware, the James A. Garfield Local Schools were recently awarded a $5 Million grant to construct an addition on the elementary to create a centralized campus and update our technology.  While this is exciting and will shape the education of kids for years to come, this is just the beginning!  Since grant dollars cannot be used to address other issues like our athletic fields or stadium, we have brought many groups together over the past two months and have everyone’s efforts pointed in the same direction.  Through a concentrated fundraising campaign we will update our athletic facilities in phases without having to raise taxes in our community.

Mantua – Nine Crestwood-area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 were named Local and District Champions of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to complete at the Regional level.  Mantua Council # 3766 sponsored the local competition at Crestwood Middle School on Jan 15th and the District level at Aurora High on Jan 19th.  All youngsters ages 10-14 were eligible to participate.

Mantua – “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle…” is a quote you will see displayed throughout Crestwood Middle School.

Eighth grade Crestwood Middle School Wrestler, Tom Carson, acted in the very spirit of this quote showing the finest character and integrity during a wrestling tournament at West Geauga the weekend of January 11th, 2014.

Jacob Britton started off the new year with a 184 game and 506 series; both were high for the day for the 11:00 Trio.  Lauren Sanchez rolled a nice 179 game.  Clark Jackson was 54 pins over average with his 175 game.  Other good scores:  Wilson Jackson, 148 (45 over), Ian Huebner, 109 (37 over), Ericq Williams, 137 (32 over), and Peyton Sledz, 88 (26 over).

bowlingThe week of January 11, the top game was bowled by Billy Potteiger with a nice 188.  High series belonged to Kassie Fedor with 170-477.  Alex Carter’s 138 game was 56 pins over average.  Other good games:  Lauren Sanchez, 170 (41 over), Austin Wise, 132 (22 over), and Noah Hoffmann, 148 (22 over).

For the 9:00 shift, Alex Gage rolled the high game of 131, 36 pins over his average of 95.  Top series was rolled by Paige Collins with 343; Paige’s high game was 123.  Isaac Trickett’s 113 game was 34 pins over average.  Other nice games:  Emily Linamen, 95 (25 over), Brooke Collins, 93 (23 over), Taylor Cressman, 78 (23 over), and Ryleigh Gough, 104 (23 over).

The following week, Alex Gage had a career day.  Alex rolled games of 117, 154, and 124 on his way to a very nice 395 series, 107 pins over average for the day.  Damian Tourville was 31 pins over average with his 84 game.  Paige Collins was 23 over with her 134 game.

Milo English started off the new year with scores of 107 and 129.  Other good scores over the past two weeks for the PeeWees:  Paige Johannsmeier, 112, Hunter Turnbaugh, 108Pete Maldonade, 104, and Memphis English, 104.


Garrettsville – This past weekend J.A. Garfield High School junior Edie Svonavec turned in big performances at two indoor track meets.
On Saturday she established a new meet record at the Jerome Field Open at Akron University in the shot put with a throw of 43’7″. She followed up that performance on Sunday by not only winning the shot put at the Youngstown State High School Open in the shot put, but also breaking the meet and facility record with a throw of 43’9.5″. Her throw currently is not only the best in the state of Ohio by over 4 feet but also ranks her among top throwers across the U.S.

Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through local, district, regional, state and possibly international competition levels.  Our 2013 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

Billy Potteiger had the high series the week of November 23.  Billy rolled 187 and 186 and ended up with a 520 series, his first 500.  Noah Hoffmann started out with the first 6 strikes and ended up with a 236, 113 pins over his average of 123.  Noah also shot his first 500 series, with a 515.  There were a number of other high scores – Kassie Fedor rolled 202; Lucas Titschinger was 63 pins over average with his 189 game; Lauren Sanchez rolled a 187 for 59 pins over average.  Nathan Phillips was 50 pins over average with his 178 game.  Austin Sledz rolled a 147, 36 pins over his average, and Wilson Jackson was 31 pins over with his 133 game.

In the 9:00 Trio, Ryleigh Gough was 36 pins over average with a 114 game.  Ryleigh also had a 105 her last game.  Ryleigh’s average is 78, so she was well over for the day.  Brooke Collins was 35 over with her 99 game.  Damian Tourville was also 35 over with a game of 85.

The top game for the bumper bowlers was by Memphis English with 106.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the face of a bowler who has just shot his or her first 200 game – and I got to see it twice last week.  In his second game, Adam Norris rolled 200 on the nose.  It was obvious from the look on Adam’s face that he hadn’t realized quite how well he was bowling!  Adam was also over his 126 average the other two games, and had a nice 462 series.

Barrett Jackson didn’t look quite as surprised, but he certainly looked just as happy when he rolled a 206 his last game.  Barrett has been bowling for several years now, and his average is up to 132.  Congratulations to Adam and Barrett on breaking the 200 mark for the first time.

There were a number of other good games bowled last week.  Lauren Sanchez was 53 pins over her average with a nice 179 game.  Austin Sledz was 43 over average with his 152 game.  Austin was over average all three games, in fact, and his 406 series was 79 pins over.  Other nice games:  Lucas Titschinger, 160 (36 over), Clark Jackson, 156 (35 over), Wilson Jackson, 133 (32 over), Billy Potteiger, 154 (29 over), Sybri Shaffer 96 (28 over), Nathan Phillips, 155 (27 over), and Logan Flack, 119 (25 over).

In the 9:00 Trio League, Ryan Lance had a nice 106 his last game, 36 pins over his average.  Emily Linamen was 33 over with her 102 game.  And Damian Tourville was 21 pins over average with a game of 70.

Paige Johannsmeier had the top game for the PeeWees with 109.  Other bumper bowlers topping the century mark were Jesse Neu with 102, and Dawson Carter and Pete Maldonade with 101 each.


Isaac Trickett rolled a 122 game last week, 49 pins over his average of 73.  Isaac was over average his other two games as well, with scores of 80 and 103, putting him 86 pins over average for the day.  Paige Collins continued her hot streak with a 157 game and 396 series.  Alex Gage rolled a nice 137 game, 47 pins over his average.  Good games were also rolled by Kelly Stamnock, 127 (38 pins over), Kyleigh Grandon, 130 (35 over), Zach Seebacher, 123 (32 over), Tori Lopez, 104 (31 over), Damian Tourville, 77 (29 over), and Adrianna Conway, 96 (24 over).

Talk about consistent – Kassie Fedor rolled 180, 179, and 181 on her way to a nice 540 series.  Austin Sledz had a 148 game, 40 pins over his 108 average.  Other nice games:  Lauren Sanchez, 154 (30 over), Travis Pennington, 73 (26 over), Logan Flack, 118 (25 over), Barrett Jackson, 156 (24 over), and Alex Carter, 101 (24 over).

For the PeeWees, Memphis English had the top game of 105.  Two other bowlers hit the 100 mark as well – Gage Vetrono with a 103 and Hunter Turnbaugh with a 101.


Windham – On October 26, 2013 the Bombers Junior Varsity Youth League Football Team was playing in the game of their young lives.  The team assembled at the Ed Liddle Field in Windham in front of a packed crowd and was ready to play the “Super Bowl” Game of the Portage Trail Conference Youth League. The game was scheduled to be played under the lights at dusk.

Garfield Boys Soccer Team has dominated their opponents all season and the past two  weeks were no different. The boys have kept their winning streak going by defeating Streetsboro 8-0. The group played as a team, with the scoring being spread out. Four players managed to score goals for the G-Men. They were Ante Dejanovic, who scored four goals and had one assist, Travis Gorby scored two and had two assists, Noah Reider scored one goal and had three assists and Kyle Heim with a goal. Mason Maddox also had one assist that helped the G-Men chalk up another victory.

The G-Men took on Ravenna later in the week and defeated them as well with a score of 3-1. Scoring goals for the G-Men were Ante Dejanovic two and Travis Gorby one. They were assisted by Noah Reider, Mason Maddox and Sean Tannehill.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the boys traveled to Woodridge and kept their streak alive, by winning 2-1 over the Bulldogs.  Goals were scored by Ante Dejanovic and Noah Reider. Reider was also credited with an assist.  Garfield Goal Keeper Nick Crawford had eight saves on the day

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, the boys were on the road again and traveled to Southeast High School. The game was a white-knuckle game as both teams fought hard and in the end, the G-Men took a 1-0 lead on an Isaac Cumberledge goal. This was the only goal of the game, giving the G-Men the win and keeping the streak alive. The G-Men have a 9-0 record and are 5-0 in the Portage Trail Conference (PTC).

The Lady G-Men played host to Streetsboro and were not gracious hosts, as the Lady G-Men held Streetsboro to zero goals. Garfield’s Goal Keeper Taylor Brown had seven saves. The Lady G-Men took 11 shots at the goal, with goals scored by Erin Shea and Meghan Kenesky. Abby Woolard was credited with the assists.

The Lady G-Men also played host to the Ravenna Ravens and were far more accomodating with Ravenna than they were with Streetsboro. Ravenna defeated the Lady G-Men by a score 3-1. The only goal scored was by Alicia Witte with Megan Kenesky assisting. The Lady G-Men goal keepers, Taylor Brown saved four and Emma Harvey was credited with two saves. Ravenna took eight shots on the goal, while Garfield only had six.

The Lady G-Men also travelled to Woodridge on Tuesday September 10th and suffered a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs. Madison Geddes scored the only goal for the Lady G-Men. Garfield had only four shots on the goal and Goal Keeper Taylor Brown had two saves.

On September 12th, the Lady G-Men had another rough game as they traveled to Southeast to face the Lady Pirates. In the end, the Lady Pirates finished on top, 2-0, giving the Lady G-Men their third straight loss. The Lady G-Men have an over all record of 4-5 and 2-3 in the PTC.

The next game will be September 26, 2013 at Streetsboro. The boys and girls rotate who has the first game. The boys will play at 5pm on Thursday and the girls play at 7 pm.


Garrettsville - Twentysome of the areas local youth just finished three days of bowling instruction at the 5th Annual Youth Bowling Camp at Skylanes.

The campers were taught bowling fundamentals which included etiquette, 4 & 5 step approach, and spare shooting.

Youth League sign-ups will be the next two Saturdays Aug. 24 & 31st from 10am to 1:00pm.  Youth bowlers will be able to bowl for free from 10am to 5:00pm on these days.

Windham –  The Brick by Brick Scholarship Committee will hold their annual fundraiser dinner this Saturday August 10, 2013 at Windham High School. Each year, the committee searches for the just the right person or group to honor at the dinner. The past honorees have been authors, local business people, Windham graduates who were/are superintendents, corporate clothing executive, musician, coaches, distinguished athletic teams, athletic directors, state troopers and more.  This year they have chosen to honor the district’s four baseball teams that went to the final four of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Tournaments. The teams are from the years 1961, 2001, 2002, 2006.

First Row:   Callie Pfile, Ashley Kaiser, Ashlyn Geddes, Brenna Tabor Second Row:  Coach Larry Geddes, Coach Bruce Jones, Lauren Jones, Grayson Rose, Nina Jurcevic, Mariah Coulter, Payton Pooler, Coach Jeff Tabor, Taylor Brown, Coach Matt Coulter   Not Pictured:  Alyssa Smetak

First Row: Callie Pfile, Ashley Kaiser, Ashlyn Geddes, Brenna Tabor
Second Row: Coach Larry Geddes, Coach Bruce Jones, Lauren Jones, Grayson Rose, Nina Jurcevic, Mariah Coulter, Payton Pooler, Coach Jeff Tabor, Taylor Brown, Coach Matt Coulter Not Pictured: Alyssa Smetak

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville JAGS won their third OGSO state title over the July 27th  weekend in Champion.  They defeated South Amherst Firelands (10-0), Amherst Vipers (6-0) and Mogadore Wildcats (10-1).  The JAGS finish off a stellar OGSO run where their record is 89-3 since 2009.

Mantua – At the June School Board meeting, outgoing Crestwood All Sports Booster President Debbie Stephens presented a check to the School Board in the amount of $25,000 to cover part of the cost of resurfacing the track at Jack Lambert Stadium. The money was raised over the past seven years through participant registration charges, gate fees and concession sales from the Don Faix Memorial Invitational and the Red Devil Relays.
The donation is part of a partnership between the Board of Education and the All-Sports Boosters, and will finance more than half the cost of improvements to the track, freeing up District funds for other projects. Ms. Stephens presented the check to retiring Superintendent Joe Iacano, new Superintendent David Toth, Board Member Debbie Soltisz, and Athletic Director Steve Matheos.
In other sports-related news, five student athletes competed in the State Track Tournament. The 4 X 800 meter relay team of Tori Chiller, Marissa Midgley, Maddie Sorrick and Abby Soltisz finished sixth in State, while Abby Soltisz finished thirteenth in State for the 3200-meter race. Matt Monroe finished eighth in State for discus.
In addition, the following Crestwood Spring athletes received All Portage Trail Conference (PTC) recognition:

Baseball – Second Team Ryan Fedor and  Josh Hampton

Softball – First Team Sally Hoffman; Second Team Alex McKinley, Jenna Head and Bailee Kodash;
Honorable Mention Reanna Szarka and Jenna Kodash

Boys Track – First Team Matt Monroe, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, Jacob Klock-Horner, Dylan Kager, Traven Stephens, Justin Spurlock, Austin Usher; Second Team Justin Spurlock, Dylan Kager, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, Derek Fenrich, Damon Daugherty, Brendan Fannin; Honorable Mention  Marcus Weatherbee and Logan Little

Girls Track – First Team Courtney Berish, Tori Chiller, Hayley Zigman, Taylor Rector, Marissa Midgley    and  Abby Soltisz;     Second Team Tori Chiller, Madeleine Sorrick, Marissa Midgley, Abby Soltisz and Challis Roberts; Honorable Mention Brittany Donell and Alaina Nuti

Boys Tennis – First Team Justin Vaughan and  Sebastian Geiger;  Honorable Mention Andrew Shahan and George Monroe

James A. Garfield Middle School track team went to the Ohio State Finals on May 26th and did great considering we don’t even have a track to run on. They practice in the school parking lot! Lauren Jones finished 1st in state and set a new track record in discus with a throw of 114’ 9” and 3rd in shot put with a throw of 40’ 5”. Cole Dean placed 4th in shot put with a throw of 42’ 6”. In long jump, Anthony DeNigris placed 2nd at his 7th grade level and Seth Morgan placed 9th. The last event was the 4×4 that was run by Kyle Borrelli, Anthony DeNigris, Dalton Michaels and Seth Morgan. They placed third with a time of 3:54. Earlier in the season the 4×4 team beat a track record at Woodridge and a school record that was set almost 20 years ago. It was a huge year for them! Coaches for the team are Craig and Lori Morgan (running events) and Bruce Jones (field events).

Trinity and Angel Williamson, students at James A. Garfield Elementary and Middle Schools respectively, have qualified for the AAU, (Amateur Athletic Union), Junior Olympic Games to be held in Detroit, Michigan in July 2013.  Angel is qualified in Black Belt Poomsae boys age 13-14 and Trinity is qualified in Black Belt Sparring girls age 10-11.  Both Angel and Trinity are second degree black belts and hold ATU, American Taekwondo United, National titles.  Angel is the 2012 National Bronze Medalist in Black Belt Poomsae Boys age 11-12 and Trinity is the 2012 National Sparring Champion Girls age 9-10.  Angel and Trinity will be joined by the 7 team members Taniya Desousa, Zachary Jackson, Nicholas Anderson, Joshua Saxton, Alyssa and Mathew Haines and Team Captain Clarence Noronha.  Clarence is also defending past national and Junior Olympic titles.  Clarence was the 2009 AAU National Bronze Medalist in Sparring and the 2009 Junior Olympic Silver Medalist also in Sparring. The team will be under the instruction of Grand Master Won K. Chun.  The athletes are responsible for all of their own expenses and therefore will be holding several fundraisers.  A local fundraiser is being held at Skylane Bowling.  Scotch Doubles will be held Sunday June 9th at 1:00pm.  Tickets are $40.00/couple and include 3 games of bowling, pizza, beer, pop or coffee.  There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50.  For more information contact Christine Williamson, SMATC Parents Organization cchiap2@yahoo.com 330-842-7722