Games are called off

As it does every spring, the weather has affected several Aurora High sports events this season.

The baseball team has seen four of its five scheduled Saturday doubleheaders go down the drain because of rain and/or wet field conditions. Those games were to be against Ravenna, Chardon, Eastlake North and Green.

Non-league weekday baseball games against Avon and Crestwood were canceled, plus a contest against Shaker Heights was suspended by rain after three innings.

Some of the teams that the AHS softball team could not play because of weather are Wadsworth, Strongsville and Mayfield. The Kenston Relays track meet, in which the Greenmen were to compete, also was called off.

Tennis squad fourth

in Suburban tourney

Aurora High's varsity boys tennis team managed a fourth-place finish in last week's Suburban League American Conference tournament. Copley won the event, followed by Revere and Highland. Behind Aurora were Kent Roosevelt, Barton and Tallmadge.

In the league's overall standings for the season, AHS also was fourth. "It was where we thought we would be," said coach Dania Banc.

Andrew Sobodosh lost in the consolation round 6-2, 6-3 to a Highland player at third singles to finish fourth. Steven Cravens and Alec Besinger and PranavJayakumar and Izzy Zuckett also lost in the consolation round in doubles to finish fourth.

A consolation match for third place at second singles between Aurora's Dan French and Kent Rosevelt's Roosevelt's Grant Jones didn't finish because of rain. French upended the eventual league champion in the first round. Aurora's Brad Kennis placed fifth at first singles.

Aurora is scheduled to complete the regular season May 3 to 5 with matches at Brunswick, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Beachwood before starting sectional play May 9-13 at Shaker Heights.

"The powerhouses in our sectional are University School, Solon and Kenston," said Banc.

Local diver excels

Harmon School eighth-grader Victoria Blechschmid competed in the 2017 USA Diving Junior Region 8 Championships in Iowa City Iowa on April 21-23. The top 15 advanced to zone competition.

She competes in the 14- and 15-year-old category. She placed fifth in platform with a score of 212.75, 11th in 3 meter springboard with a score of 252.25 and 15th in 1 meter springboard with a score of 228.1.

She will compete in the USA Diving national zone competition in Brown Deer Wisconsin in June. She dives for the American Flyers Diving Club.

Piazza takes second;

more runsare slated

Auroran Maria Piazza teamed with Bay Village resident Jon Demko to finish second in the coed competition in the two-person 5-mile team race on April 22 in Cleveland. It was part of the Cleveland 10-Miler. Their combined time was 1:24:44.64.

More distance runs are scheduled for this weekend as the season gets into high gear in Northeast Ohio.

Runs on May 6 include the un/Walk for Home 5K at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Suburban Health Consortium 5K at Veterans Memorial Park in Brooklyn and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio's Rock & Run at the Rock and Roll Hall of ame in Cleveland.

Runs on May 7 are the Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Ambulance Chase at Lakewood Park , University Hospitals event at Leadership Lorain County in Elyria and the Race to Empower at UCP of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland. For details on the above, visit

Also coming up are the St. Dominic's Dash on May 6 in Shaker Heights and Home Run 5K in Pepper Pike. For deails, visit

2 locals are all-stars

Two Aurora High gridders were chosen to play in the 2017 North-South Classic April 29 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. They are Bubba Arslanian (linebakcer) and Holden Semancik (offensive lineman), who are headed to the University of Akron and Butler, respectively. They were on the Divisions I-III North team, which lost to the South 38-34.

Schroeder is tops

Baldwin Wallace University men's golf senior Scott Schroeder, a graduate of Aurora High, shot a school record and career best 65 on day two of the three-day Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at River Greens near West Lafayette. In the other rounds, Schroeder shot 73 and 78 for a team best 216 total. BW placed fifth out of eight teams.

Sierak ties for 3rd

Barrington golf pro Mark Sierak teamed up with Mark Evans of Mayfield Sand Ridge Club to tie for third at 2-under-par 70 in the Northern Ohio PGA's recent Holden Pro-Pro Shootout at Avon Oaks Country Club.