Hood captures top spot

in skating for third time

Jennifer Hood of Aurora took first place in artistic free skate 1-6 event March 2-3 at the Kent Skating for Skills 2013 competition.

She won with her snow whiter routine, placing first over seven other skaters. It is her third consecutive first place win in the artistic event..

She won first place in the same category at the Brooklyn Autumn Skills Competition on Nov. 17, 2012, and the Strongsville Spring Fling Invitational on April 22, 2012.

Hood also skates in other events, but likes the artistic category the best.

She is a member of the Chagrin Valley figure Skating Club and skates at the Pond in Auburn Township. Her coach is Lori Rapposelli, who she's trained with for the past four years.

Hood plans to skate at the Strongsville Spring Fling Invitational Competition on April 13-14 with a new artistic routine.

Howard, Brown honored

Aurora High senior basketball players Allison Howard and Camilla Brown were named special mention all-Inland District selections in Division I by the Associated Press.

Kovalik nabs13th in track

Mount Union College sophomore Alex Kovalik, a graduate of Aurora High School, competed in the heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships over the weekend. He placed 13th with 3,959 points.

KSU's men's basketball

heads into MAC tourney

Kent State University's men's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 68-64 victory over Akron. arlier last week, the squad beat Bowling Green 69-61 to finish 19-12 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-American Conference.

Against BG, KSU was led by Randal Holt with 16 points, Darren Goodson with 12 and Chris Evans and Kris Brewer with 11 each. Against Akron, Goodson had 19 points, Brewer 13, Holt 12 and Evans 11.

The men, who earned a fourth seed, will play either Ball State, Central Michigan or Buffalo on March 14 in the MAC tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. If they win, they would face Akron on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. The finals are March 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, KSU's women's season came to an end with a 3-27 overall and 1-15 MAC records after a regular season finale loss to Bowling Green 51-43 and then a 76-35 setback to BGSU in the MAC tournament. In the first game, Diamon Beckford had 14 points and Trisha Krewson added 8. In the second contest, Tamzin Barroilhet led the Flashes with 12 points and Ashley Evans had 6.

Volleyball coach resigns

Chagrin Valley Conference member Kenston must look for a new volleyball coach after five-year head coach Dan Coughlin resigned last week after taking a third job as a paramedic in the Cleveland area. Last year, the Bombers extended their CVC winning streak to 100 matches and won district and regional titles.