Kent St.'s Melchiori is one of 25

punters on Ray Guy watch list

Kent State junior Anthony Melchiori of Aurora was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List last week. Given annually to the nation's best punter, the award will be presented live on Dec. 11 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

One of 25 players on the watch list, Melchiori earned All-Mid-American Conference second team honors last season. He averaged 44.5 yards on 35 punts and placed 14 boots inside the 20-yard line. Later in the season, he missed action with an injury.

Making an appearance on the Ray Guy Watch List for a third straight season, Melchiori's 43.2 career average ranks first in program history.

Recently named to Phil Steele's preseason All-MAC team and Athlon's projected All-MAC team, Melchiori also served as the Flashes' starting kicker last season. He made nine field goals, went 20 for 20 on extra point attempts and recorded 13 touchbacks on kickoffs.

KSU tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now. Call 330-672-2244. Season ticketholders will get the opportunity to purchase tickets to Kent State's game at Ohio State on Sept. 13. The Golden Flashes open the season Aug. 30 at home against MAC East rival Ohio University.

Aurora's Kovalik makes debut

in the Frontier Baseball League

Aurora resident John Kovalik has signed a professional baseball contract to pitch for the Frontier Greys, a travelling team in the East Division of the independent Frontier League. It is based in Sauget, Ill.

Kovalik is a 2010 graduate of Aurora High School and a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University, where in 2014 he served as co-captain of the baseball squad and led the team in ERA.

During his collegiate career, Kovalik was a two-time all-conference selection and a one-time all-Atlantic region selection.

He made his Greys debut on July 5, pitching one scoreless inning of relief against the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon.

3 Aurora linksters in qualifier

In a Kenny Novak qualifier July 7 at Silver Lake Country Club, Asia Lerner of Aurora tied for 15th place in girls 16-19 with a 32-over-par 104. In the boys 13-15 division, John Burns of Aurora tied for 20th at 19-over-par 90, while Michael Avalon finished 38th at 45-over-par 116.

Mitch Camp second in tourney

In the Northern Ohio PGA's Stroke Play Series 5 tournament July 7 at Chagrin Valley Country Club, Walden's Mitch Camp placed second with an even-par 71 in the senior division and pocketed $450. In the regular division, Barrington's Mark Sierak tied for 33rd at 6-over-par 77 and Barrington's Katie Jenior tied for 57th at 82.