Davis receives full ride

to Mississippi Valley St.

Aurora High School cross country coach Laura Bell reported last week that Deja Davis, a senior at AHS, has received a full ride scholarship to Mississippi Valley State to participate in its Division I cross country and track program.

"This is so exciting," said Bell. "I believe that she is the first female [from Aurora] going to a Division I college for both track and cross country.

"This is a huge accomplishment," said Bell. "In only two years, she has accomplished so much, and I believe she is someone we will continue to hear great things about."

At the recent USATF National Youth Championships, Davis placed second in the 3,000-meter run.

"Getting a sports scholarship was something unexpected," Deja said. "Starting my 2013 cross country season I had a motto of 'hard work and dedication,' and it has paid off. Going to college, I plan to study architectural construction management. As far as my college running career, I plan to help my team win championships and go to nationals."

VCA's boys basketball

has a fantastic season

Valley Christian Academy's boys basketball team had a fantastic season, posting a 22-1 record, winning the Andrews Osborne Academy tournament, beating Bethel at Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 24 high-fiving Cleveland Cavs players during halftime that night.

But even more impressive than their stats, according Coach Scott Iannetta, is the way the boys played together.

"The boys set a school record by winning more games than any team before them," said the coach. "This alone was impressive, but was not at all what I will remember about this group.

"Going into the season, Mr. Fisher and I knew we had a good group of players and we'd be a tough team to beat. However, we had no idea how special this group of boys would turn out to be.

"I got to watch a group of boys play together as a unit, and realize the truth that they really 'could accomplish more as a team then they could individually.' As they began to believe, and then trust in each other, they proved to be a team that will go down in school history and that I will never forget.

"It was a blessing to watch this unfold game after game and challenge after challenge as they continued to rise to each occasion. It has been an honor to work with this group of eighth-graders for three years."

Howard has a fine year

Aurora High School graduate Allison Howard finished her freshman season with the East Stroudsburg University women's basketball team with an 11.3 points a game average and 7.1 rebounds a game. She was the second leading scorer and rebounder on the team, and her high game was 25 points. The team ended with a 15-13 overall record and was 9-7 in its conference.

Distance runs planned

A handful of distance runs are slated this weekend in the area.

They include the Glow4Goal 5K at Parkview Pool and Pavilion in Mayfield on April 11 and these on April 12: Fight Like Mike at the Wild Goose in Willoughby, St. Albert's the Great Race at the church in North Royalton and Be Your Own Hero 5K at West Side Community House in Cleveland. For details, visits www.hermescleveland.com.

The Run for Kids also is scheduled April 12 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For details, visit www.hmapromotions.net.