McNair places second
Aurora resident Ariel McNair is closing out an outstanding career of golf at Xavier University. She is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School.
In the recent Red Rocks Invitational at Oak Creek Country Club in Sedona, Calif., McNair tied for second place overall (72-70-142) as the Xavier women’s team won the title with 588 strokes.
In 2013, McNair was named a youth golfer of the year by the African American Collegiate and Youth Golfers Hall of Fame, and was selected as an all-American scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for posting a grade-point average above 3.5.

Spikers capture gold
Auroran Sydney McDowell was a member of the Ignite 14A Black volleyball team which won gold at the Ohio Nets tournament March 2 in Parma. The team is based out of Twinsburg.
Other members of the team are Adriana Gildone, Callia Hutchison, Emily Adams, Taylor Gilbert, Mary Marsh, Julia DiPaolo, Cassie Trykoff and Kara Schurman. The coach is Maggie Lombardi.

Competitive balance
plan vote set in Ohio
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s board of directors has unanimously approved a competitive balance proposal that makes modifications on how schools are placed in tournaments in team sports.
The plan, recommended to the board from the 27-member competitive balance committee, is similar to the proposal that member schools defeated last spring.
In addition to the size of a school’s enrollment, new modifying factors may be applied to students on each roster on a sport-by-sport basis that are based on where the student’s parents reside and/or the educational system history of the student. All schools will be subject to the new competitive balance formula, which will be applied to students in the sports of football, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring.
This year’s referendum voting by the 825 high school principals will take place May 1-15. If approved, it is anticipated the proposal will become effective for the 2016-17 school year.
“While the proposal is similar to last year’s, the modified version is the result of a compilation of input from our superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches,” said OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross.
“I believe the competitive balance committee has met its charge in that this proposal is not only reliable but also can be clearly applied and fairly administered for all member schools.”

Running season kicks
off with March events
Moderating temperatures mean the running season is here, and a handful of distance runs are coming up in March.
The Summit Athletic Running Club will sponsor the Shamrock 15K and 5K on March 16 at noon at Woodridge High School in northern Cuyahoga Falls. For details, visit
The 34th annual St. Malachi Church Run is slated for March 15 on the Detroit-Superior bridge in Cleveland. Also slated in March are the Strongsville Super Saturday 5K on March 22, the Charge into Spring on March 29 in Mentor and the Outrun Hunger 5K March 30 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. For details, visit
A St. Patrick’s Day 5K will be March 15 in Louisville, Ohio. For details, visit And on March 30 will be the Strides of March 5K at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. For details, visit

Lacrosse coming up
Jump Start Sports, through the Aurora parks-rec department, will offer a lacrosse story on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from April 16 to May 21 on the fields in front of Aurora High School.  Cost is $70 for residents and $75 for non-residents. All equipment will be provided. No helmets or shoulder pads will be used. Call the parks-rec department at 330-562-4333 for details.

KSU in MAC tourney
Kent State’s men’s basketball team finished the regular season 16-15 (7-11 in the Mid-American Conference and was to play MIami on March 10 in the MAC tournament. A win would advance the Flashes to play either Ohio U. or Ball State tonight (March 12) at the Q in Cleveland.