Field's scoreboard dedicated to Crasi

The family of the late Bill Crasi (1960-2015) wishes to acknowledge his extended family, friends and the Aurora Raptors softball program who were instrumental in financing a new scoreboard at Field 6, the girls varsity softball field.

Additional thanks go to Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and other city officials for seeing the scoreboard project through. A dedication plaque will soon be installed on the wall of the home dugout.

As stated by one of the most devoted coaches to Aurora softball, Sam Petrash, "It was a pleasure to give back to the memory of Bill. He gave so much more to the girls than just softball and other sports.

"The Raptors appreciate everything he gave to the program and we hope that everyone remembers the contributions he made to the community whenever they look to the scoreboard. No matter what the score, we will always know Bill was a winner because of the things he did to help the youth in our community."

Crasi coached softball, baseball, basketball and soccer. According to his colleague Tom Mulvaney, "the word 'dedication' is appropriate, for it was Bill's dedication to coaching that only begins to sum up his commitment to youth sports in the city.

"Other character words that come to mind when describing Coach Crasi are tenacity, leadership and steadfastness. The bottom-line [for a bottom-line guy] is that he was a gifted coach with a special connection to his players.

"I believe I can speak for his friends when I say that his sparring-nature, comradery and infectious laugh are sorely missed. So in a small way, this new scoreboard and dedication plaque will help perpetually kindle our heart-felt and lasting fond memories of our dear friend."

Mulvaney said Crasi's wife Kristine and children Allison, Adrienne, Ava and Dylan would like to thank everyone for contribution to the scoreboard effort.

Sports camps set

at AHS in summer

Local youths are reminded that Aurora High's summer baseball camp is just around the corner. It will be June 12-13 (8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for those entering fourth to sixth grades and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those entering seventh to ninth grades).

Action will take place at Field 5 across the access road from the high school. Registration deadline is June 2 to receive an Aurora baseball camp T-shirt. Cost is $50 per player, with checks made payable to Aurora City School District.

Many other summer sports camps run by high school coaches and players are coming up for Aurora youngsters. The schedule is as follows: girls basketball -- June 5-7 from 6 to 8 p.m.; high school football -- June 5-8 from 7 to 10 a.m.; youth football -- June 6-7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; girls softball -- June 19-23 from 9 a.m. to noon; volleyball -- June 14-16 from 9 a.m. to noon; wrestling -- June 19-22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and golf -- July 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Signup forms are at

Peters 4th; other

distance runs set

In the recent St. Barnabas Bolt Like a Blazer Tech Trek 5K, Aurora resident Johnny Peters placed fourth in the 11-2-year-old male division in 25:17.7.

Several distance runs are coming up this weekend in the Greater Cleveland area. The Stonewall PRIDE Run will be June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Edgewater Park's Upper Shelter.

On June 3 will be the Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K at the Metroparks' Rocky River Reservation, the FAITH Walk at Ellenwood Recreation Center in Bedford and the Westside Catholic Center Pancake Runn on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland.

On June 4 is the Race for the Place at Beachwood Place. For information about the above, visit