Dougherty is an all-star

Patrick Dougherty of Aurora, who has committed to play at Indiana University, will be a member of the Division I-III North team in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association all-star game April 27 at Dayton's Welcome Stadium.

Other players for the Division I-III North team from Chagrin Valley Conference or nearby schools are Sam Coverdale of Kenston, Ben Gedeon of Hudson and Grant Lingafelter of Chagrin Falls. Ron Wright of Hudson is one of the assistant coaches.

Area players on the Division IV-VI North team are Brandon Gency and Dorian Williams of Streetsboro, Corey Jones and Noah Mitchell of Beachwood and Damon Washington of Kirtland.

McVay heading to KSU

Aurora High School senior Jake McVay has verbally committed to attend and play football for Kent State University, not Youngstown State as previously reported, according to AHS grid coach Bob Miahlik.

He also had full-ride offers from YSU, Bowling Green, Akron, Fordham, Findlay, Slippery Rock and Gannon, Mihalik said.

Other AHS seniors who have committed to Division I schools are Patrick Dougherty, Indiana; Zach Quinn, Toledo; and Zach Smierciak, Miami of Ohio.

In 2012, the Greenmen had two full-ride players: Anthony Melchiori at Kent State, who finished 10th in the nation in net punting as a freshman, and Troy Watson at Ohio University.

Trew is in double figures

Aurora High School graduate John Trew scored 12 points and had 8 rebounds in Ohio Dominican's 98-92 loss to Tiffin. He had 10 points and 3 rebounds in a 69-50 loss to Lake Erie and 12 points and 7 rebounds in a 75-72 over over Ashland. He is averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Dominican's record is 4-16.

KSU baseball recognized

The national recognition that last season's Kent State baseball team garnered has carried over to the 2013 diamond edition of the Golden Flashes.

Showing the level of respect for the program and the level of talent it has returning, KSU has been ranked in a variety of preseason polls conducted by a group of media outlets.

The Flashes are ranked No. 19 by College Spots Madness, No. 31 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 34 by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The team also earned votes in he USA Today/ESPN coaches preseason poll and were named one of the 10 teams in the national to watch by Perfect Game.

KSU men split 2 games;

women win first in MAC

Kent State University's men's basketball team beat Eastern Michigan 77-62, snapping a fourgame losing streak last week. It also lost to Northern Illinois 67-65. The Golden Flashes' record heading into this week's action is 12-10 overall and 3-5 in the Mid-American Conference.

Against Northern Illinois, Darren Goodson had 18 points, Kris Brewer had 14, Randal Holt 9 and Chris Evans 7. Against Eastern Michigan, Holt had 17 points, Evans 15, Darren Goodson 12 and Brewer 9.

The KSU women (3-18 overall, 1-7 in the MAC) split, losing to Central Michigan 91-44 and beating Ohio University 57-55.

Against Central Michigan, Tamzin Barroilhet and Heather Bachman each had 10 points.Against OU, Barroilhet had 18, Rachael Mendelsohn 14 and Amber Dunlap 12.

KSU's men play at Western Michigan tonight (Feb. 6) and host Central Michigan on Feb. 9 and Miami on Feb. 13. The women host Western Michigan on Feb. 7 and Northern Illinois on Feb. 10.