Powers is named
Aurora High athletic administrator Paul Powers has been selected as the 2017-18 Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors president. He will assume his one-year role at the Aug. 10 board of directors meeting.
Powers is in his ninth year as athletic administrator at Aurora. Prior to that, he was athletic director at Bedford High for 10 years and served in the same capacity at West Geauga from 1993-98.
"I am honored to represent Aurora schools in my new role. I look forward to positively impacting interscholastic athletics as I work with other athletic sdministrators and school officials from across Ohio. Through these collaborative efforts, I hope to support our student athletes and to continue to assist them in building the important life characteristics of sportsmanship, teamwork, respect and responsibility."
He is a 1986 graduate of West Geauga and received his bachelor's degree in sports management from Ohio Northern in 1991. He received his CAA certification from the NIAAA in 1996 and has completed 34 of the 40 leadership training courses.
During his 24-year career, Powers has twice received the OIAAA's distinguished service award, was selected as the 2009 Northeast Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association AD of the year, received the OIAAA Citation Award"in 2012 and was given the State Award of Merit last year.
Powers is in his second year as president of the OIAAA, having served as president of the NEOIAAA from 2009-11. He has served on the NEOIAAA executive board for the past 20 years and has been a member of the OHSAA Northeast District Athletic Board since 2012.
Aurora in D-3, R-9
for football action
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced new regional alignments for football last week. A few weeks ago, it revealed new divisional alignments, which resulted in Aurora High dropping from Division II to Division III because student enrollment was down slightly.
Every two years, the OHSAA revises the divisions, which generally are based on enrollment. But for the first time, "competitive balance" is a factor which is considered in determining division placement.
Starting this fall, the Greenmen will compete in Division III, Region 9 with 26 other schools. Here are the other schools which will vie for the eight postseason spots:
Ashtabula County -- Geneva; Geauga -- Chardon, Kenston and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin; Lake -- Painesville Harvey; Medina -- Buckeye and Cloverleaf; Portage -- Ravenna; Stark -- Alliance, Louisville and Marlington; Summit -- Akron North, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Coventry, Revere, Akron East, Norton, Tallmadge, Akron Buchtel, Springfield and Woodridge; Trumbull -- Warren Howland and Niles McKinley.
New in 2017, all playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights.
"For a few years, we have studied the possibility of moving all playoff games to Friday for the first four rounds," OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg said.
"Due to so many more college football games being played Saturday night, attendance at Saturday playoff games has steadily declined, and more potential playoff sites have said they cannot host games on Saturday.
"We now have enough playoff sites to handle all the games on one night, and the football coaches association was in support of this change, because teams will get to stay on their normal weekly schedule of playing Friday night."
D-II for two sports
Divisions also were announced last week for boys and girls basketball and wrestling for the next two years. The girls basketball team will remain in Division, but the boys hoopsters have dropped to Division II. Wrestling also dropped to Division II. According to the OHSAA's official enrollment figures as of last fall, Aurora had 361 boys and 353 girls in grades 9 to 11.
Aurora resident Paul Bachman placed sixth in the men 50-54 category at the recent West Side Catholic Center 5K. His time was 26:12.1.
More runs are coming up this weekend. On June 17 are the Indy Color Me Fun Run in Independence, Running with a Mission at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, North Olmsted Community Scholarship 5K at Community Park and Run for the Hills at Longwood YMCA in Macedonia.
On June 18 are the Towpath10-10 at the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Valley View, the Woodland 5K at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland and the Dad's Day Run at Shaker Family Center in Shaker Heights. For details, visit www.hermescleveland.com.
Latest on softball
After last week's games, standings in the Aurora Parks and Rec adult coed softball league are:
NPK / Dream Killers 14-0; Holy Crap 12-2; Lakeside Terrace / Camelot Village 11-3; Indians 9-3;, Sneeky Pete 10-4; T Jay's 7-7; Papous Tap & Grill / Blade 2 Blade 7-9; El Camino 6-8; General Title Insurance 5-9; Misfits 4-8; Church in Aurora 3-13; and Kimberly Hruby 0-22.
Since the Kimberly Hruby team has withdrawn from play, its remaining games are forfeited and figured into its record and the records of its past and future opponents.
Standings in the Friday men's league are: Rush Hour 7-1; Junkyard Dogs 6-2; Mantua Corners Bar & Grill 4-2; Trimmin Lawns 5-3; Landmark Property 3-3; Dixon Estates 3-5; Bad News Bears 24; BTFD Fire Department 2-6; and reLink Medical 0-6.
Aurora golf news
In last week's Northern Ohio PGA Stroke Play Series 3 tournament at Chagrin Valley Country Club,Club Walden's Mitch Camp shot 4-over-par 75 (tied for 21st), while Aurora's Gary Trivisonno and Barrington's Mark Sierak shot 76 (tied for 26th) in the regular division. However, they finished out of the golfers sharing purse money. Camp and Trivisonno were 10th and 11th, respectively, in the seniors division.
Registration is available online for the Record-Courier Portage County amateur tournaments, including the regular amateur July 29-30, the senior amateur Aug. 26-27 and the Matt Mishler Junior Amateur on July 24-25.
Visit www.recordpub.com to sign up. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 330-306-9083 or check the Facebook page Golf in the Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs.
Turkey kill higher
Ohio hunters checked in 21,015 wild turkeys during the 2017 spring wild turkey south and north zones hunting seasons and youth turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). In 2016, hunters checked in a total of 17,793 wild turkeys. Portage County hunters bagged 289 wild turkeys, compared to 205 in spring 2016. Tuscarawas County led the state with 674 birds bagged. Coshocton was next at 649 , Ashtabula 648 and Muskingum 612.
Pro games slated;
Indians trail Twins
The Cleveland Indians are finishing up a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight (June 14) and June 15. Tonight's game starts at 7:10, while the June 15 game starts at 12:10 p.m.
The Tribe then goes on the road for three games at Minnesota June 16-18 and four games at Baltimore from June 19-22. They then return to Cleveland for three games against Minnesota and four against the Texas Rangers.
Following June 11 games, the Indians trailed Minnesota by 1 1/2 games in the American League Central Division. New York and Houston led the East and West divisions, respectively, while the leaders in the National League were Washington, Milwaukee and Colorado.
The Class AA Akron RubberDucks are hosting Harrisburg tonight and June 15 at 7:05, and then will host Portland on June 16-17 (night games) and June 18 (afternoon game).
The Class A Lake County Captains are hosting Fort Wayne tonight and June 15 and then go on the road for three games against South Bend, take a three-day hiatus and play at Dayton from June 22-25.