Three new head coaches

in the fold for next season

Aurora High School varsity sports will have at least three new head coaches for the 2014-15 school year. At its April 28 meeting, the Board of Education awarded several supplemental contracts to head and assistant coaches.

Taking over the girls soccer head post will be Jerome Shutway (replacing Jason Bibza), while David Munson will head the boys golf program (replacing Gus Mehallis) and Jay Price will head the boys track program (replacing John Kudley).

Continuing as head coaches will be Bob Mehalik, football; John Sheridan, hockey; Chris Gentille, boys soccer; Dania Banc, boys and girls tennis; Dick Bliss, wrestling; Laura Bell-Peters, cross country; James Wallish, boys basketball; Erika Greenberg, girls basketball; Tim Deering, baseball; Rachael Bailes, volleyball; Noah Goodman, girls golf; and Colin Kelly, swimming.

Assistant coaches picked

for Greenmen for 2014-15

The following people were awarded supplemental contracts as assistant coaches for the 2014-15 school year:

John Calcei, Nick Kukarola, Victor Ricketts, Brian Wervey, Jay Price and Adam Hoover, football; Oscar Sarmiento, boys soccer; Erika Greenberg and Mike Brancazio, volleyball; Mark Bugara, Paul Frankmann, Dave Keckan, John Papesh, Mike Lavigna and John Duplay, wrestling.

Tim Baczkowski and Ed Schaefer, boys basketball; William Ritch and Baczkowski, girls basketball; Brancazio, baseball; Sarmiento and Keckan, boys track; Bugara, girls track.

George Snider, boys golf; Heather Bailes, volleyball; Tracy England and Jared Priset, cross country; Marty Verel, girls soccer; Brent Flanik, Kevin Carroll, Joseph Lawrie, Ron Altmann and Doug Vermillion, hockey; England, girls track; and Connie Wells, AHS cheerleading adviser in the fall and winter.

Godales run in Boston race

Aurora's Godale brothers ran in the annual Boston Marathon on April 21. Stephen, 45, turned in a time of 3:03:16 and finished 2,898th overall, while Mark, 43, completed the course in 3:12:41 and finished 4,726th overall.

Melchiori boots two FGs in spring game for Kent State

Aurora High School graduate Anthony Melchiori kicked two field goals in Kent Sate University's spring football game April 26 -- a 37-yarder into a stiff wind and a 53-yarder with the wind at his back.

"The wind was brutal today going away from the scoreboard," Melchiori admitted. "The first field goal and my first punt, I was shocked. I literally ran off the field and couldn't believe the first field goal went in and that first punt got in the air."

Last year the Aurora product handled kickoffs, kicks and punts, and missed three games after suffering a hamstring injury while making a tackle on a kickoff return at Ball State.

The Flashes added kicker Shane Hynes to the 2013 recruiting class, believing he may be able to ease the burden on Melchiori by handling the kicking chores.

"I still want [Melchiori] to concentrate on punting and long field goals. If we can get someone else to be that mid-range guy, I still think that will give him a little bit of (a break)," said head coach Paul Haynes.

But Melchiori has no intention of giving up any of his duties.

"When it comes down to it it's a job, and as of last year and right now it's mine," he said. "Best of luck to [Hynes] when he comes in for camp, but it's my job and I plan to keep it."

Melchiori's hamstring has completely healed, and he seems more comfortable than ever kicking the football.

"This spring I've progressed really well as a kicker," he said. "I kicked those last two games [in 2013] but wasn't at 100 percent. Now my leg's feeling 100 percent, and I've been able to get back to fundamentals and mechanics. I really feel this spring was a huge confidence builder going into the summer and fall camp."

Haynes has confidence in Melchiori. "He's a first round draft choice [kicker/punter] in my opinion," he said.

-- Alan Moff, Record-Courier

Many distance runs slated this weekend in the region

A number of distance runs are coming up this weekend in Northeast Ohio.

On May 3 are the Ranger K9 5K and Pooch Parade at Edgewater Park, the Walk, Rock & Run at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Sombrero Shuffle at the South Side in Tremont.

On May 4 are the Race to Empower 5K at UCP of Greater Cleveland,the Fleet Feet 5K at Fleet Feet Sports in Pepper Pike and the Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase at Lakewood Park.

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The Medina Schools Foundation RUN.4.FUN will be May 2 at Medina High School and the Run to the Beach Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and 5K will be May 3 at Portage Lakes State Park in New Franklin and Green. For details on those, visit

Area’s pros hit the links
The golf season is under way, and the Northern Ohio PGA has started its schedule of efvents.
In the Kickoff Pro-Pro tourney, Mitch Camp of Walden and Tom Atchison of Congress Lake tied for 12th place at even-par 71, Mark Sierak and Katie Jenior of Barrington tied for 27th at 3-over 74 and Richard Greene of Barrington and Michael Shulas of Salem CC tied for 34th at 77.
In the Holden Pro-Pro Shootout, Sierak and Mark Evans of Mayfield tied for third a 1-under 71, Camp and Atchison tied for 24th at 77 and Jenior and Jason Nussbaum of Congress Lake tied for 28th at 78.
Coming up May 5 will be the Stableford Stroke Play Series 1 tournament at Elyria Country Club. Registration closes May 1.
On May 12, the pros will travel to Firestone Country Club North for the Jani-King Pro-Pro-Team MP qualify, with signup deadline by May 8.
The 29th annual Ohio Senior Open will be May 14-15 at Firestone Country Club West.

Postseason spring sports
in Ohio aren’t too far away
Sectional/district tournament drawings are coming up May 4 for Ohio high school baseball and softball.
In baseball, the Greenmen will compete in the Division I Struthers West Sectional, with other teams being Bedford, Kenston, Maple Heights, Nordonia, Solon and Twinsburg.
After initial round games at home sites, the remaining district games will take place at Bob Cene Park in Struthers.
In softball, Aurora will compete in the Division I Solon East Sectional. Other teams are Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Howland, Kent Roosevelt and Warren Harding.
After initial round games, the remaining district contests will take place at Roxbury Elementary School in Solon.
In track, Aurora will compete in the district meet at Austintown Fitch, while in boys tennis, the Greenmen will compete in district tourney play at Solon Community Park.

Northern Ohio Golf Assn.
gearing up for a new year
The Northern Ohio Golf Association is about ready to kick off its season of tournaments.
The first one will be May 5, a stroke play championship at Sand Ridge Golf Club. The four-ball championship for A, B, C and senior flights will be May 12 at Lake Forest Country Club and May 19 at Tippecanoe Country Club.
The four-ball AA championship will be May 22 at Country Club of Hudson and May 29 at Elyria Country Club, while the Interclub Team Champkonship will be May 27 at Firestone North. A pro-officials outing will be June 10 at Beechmont Country Club.
Barrington Golf Club in Aurora will host the fall four-ball championship on Sept. 22. Barrington and Club Walden are members of the NOGA.

Softball leagues under way
After the first week of play in the Aurora men’s Friday night softball league, standings were: The Flip Side, Wing Warehouse, Performance, Brewster’s Bar and Buffalo Wild Wings, all 2-0; Rush Hour and Ohio State Waterproofing 1-1; and Sons of Pitches, Steel Supply, Doogan’s, DWY Construction and Darko, all 0-2.
After the first week in the Wednesday night coed softball league, standings were: Brugmann Sand-Gravel, Carlton Harley-Davidson, Smith & Oby, The Misfits, Slater & Zurz LLP and Doogan’s, all 2-0; Sirna’s Pizza and Farm, AssuraMed Team 1, Papous, Brewster’s Bar, Rush Hour and Technical Consumer Products, all 0-2.