By RICK NOLAND
Assistant Sports Editor
The Medina Makos have performed swimmingly over the summer.
Anthony Petruzzi won three events at the Parkview Summer Sizzler, with Graham Burnell and Joey Reilman also capturing gold medals.
Krysta Halupnik, Lizzy Kato, Kennedy Kerr, Lauren Muchewicz, Olivia Muchewicz, Sara Reilman, Zach Reilman and Justin Ridings posted top-10 finishes.
At the Lake Erie Long Course Championships, top point producers were Jacob Scavuzzo (28), Joey Reilman (27) and Burnell (25), while top-eight finishes were turned in by Samantha Petruzzi, Arianna Soika and Zach Reilman.
Abby Draiss, Maddy Draiss, Edwina Gomez, Dehvan Mixon, Anthony Petruzzi and Ridings notched personal bests.
The Makos wrapped up their season by finishing second at the Mid-Ohio Swim League Championships.
Posting top-eight finishes were Graham Burnell, Morgan Burnell, Emily Chou, Max Chou, Angela Como, Jenna French, Gomez, Josh Jones, Taylor Jones, Julia Kato, Kerr, Jake Knapp, Delaney McRitchie, Maddy Miller, Lauren Muchewicz, Olivia Muchewicz, Anthony Petruzzi, Samantha Petruzzi, Joey Reilman, Sara Reilman, Zach Reilman, Ridings, Scavuzzo, Nick Sheldon, Soika, Kayla Stewart, Andrea Sturnicolo, Tim Varrelmann, Jacob Vogelgesang, Megan Vogelgesang, Alex Warner, Erin Winchester and Carolyn Yurkoski.
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BASKETBALL: Still Here routed Pinnacle Blue 96-78 in the championship game of the 26-and-over menâ€™s league at Pinnacle Sports Complex. Tony Stockman, Brian Malinowski, Jeff Stuart, Rick Noland, Brett High and Kurt Miller all scored at least 12 points for the winners, with Mark Bruner providing excellent defense. Rob Wininger led Pinnacle Blueâ€™s attack. Other members of Still Here, which jumped to a 20-point halftime lead, were Rock Supan, Ben Chojnacki, Ken Kuhajda, Jon Steward, John Takacs and Bob Campbell. â€¦ The Stockman Basketball Fall League will be held on Sundays at Medina High School from Sept. 28 through Nov. 2. One league will be for fifth- and sixth-graders, another for those in the seventh and eighth grades. The camp is open to boys and girls. Each game will be preceded by a 40-minute drill session designed to enhance individual skills. The camp will be run by Medina graduate and former Ohio State star Tony Stockman, called â€œthe greatest player in Medina basketball historyâ€ by Bees coach Jody Peters, Adrian Stockman, who played for the Bees before going on to star at Winthrop College, and Lana (Stockman) Bell, another former Medina High standout who is now coaching at the high school level. For those interested in registering, a booth will be set up Friday at Medinaâ€™s home football game against Hudson. For more information, call Tony Stockman at 330-321-8503.
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TRACK AND FIELD: Medinaâ€™s Anthony Young, 14, finished fifth in the triple jump at the AAU National Championships at Eastern Michigan University while competing for the West Akron Track Club. His leap of 39 feet, 8Â¼ inches exceeded his personal best by more than 10 inches. Young also qualified for the semifinals in the 100-meter dash at nationals after winning gold medals in the 100, 200 and triple jump at the regional meet. Natalie Zidd finished seventh in the nation in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.79. She won the event at the regional level. Sarah Pack, 11, finished 28th in the nation in the 1,500 in 5:43.19. She was 35th in the 800 in 2:46.50. Hunter Heaton was ninth in the 3,000 meters in 9:20.92 and 12th in the 1,500 in 4:12.28. Other Medina County athletes who participated at the national meet were Sam Guinta, David Maynard, Jessica Grant and Samantha Zidd.
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MBYF: Medina Bees Youth Football will host its third annual Kickoff Classic on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Medina Community Recreation Center fields. Teams from as far away as Canada are expected to compete. Families are invited to attend the carnival-like atmosphere, which will feature games, prizes, a dunk tank and music. Approximately 5,000 people are expected to stop by over the two-day event, which has received sponsorship from Automation Tool & Die, Centerpointe Chiropractic, the Cleveland Gladiators, Dickâ€™s Sports Goods, Gally Printing Inc., the Ohio Realty Advisors, Ohio Restaurant, Summa, Pat Catanâ€™s Crafts, Quest Diagnostics, Verizon and Vermeer.
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MCRC: The Medina Community Recreation Center is planning a number of fall leagues. Menâ€™s flag football games will be played on Sunday mornings from Sept. 7 through Nov. 2. All teams must have at least four MCRC members. Entry fee is $200 if the team is sponsored by a member and $250 for a non-member. Registration deadline is Aug. 31. A coed volleyball league will play on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18. Four team members must belong to the MCRC. Cost is $225 for a member team and $275 if registered by a non-member. A $25 discount is available if registered by Aug. 31. The 30-and-over menâ€™s basketball league will play on Monday evenings and the 18-and-over league will play on Thursdays. As in the other leagues, at least four team members must belong to the MCRC. Costs are $325 for a member team and $375 for a non-member squad. A $25 discount is available if registered by Aug. 31. For more information, call Maureen Dowell at 330-721-6935.
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BASEBALL: Highland Hornets summer baseball teams will hold a series of tryouts for the 2009 season. Under-10 tryouts will be Aug. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pinnacle Sports and Sept. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the youth field. Under-11 tryouts will be Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Sports and Sept. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the youth field. Call Don Filips at 330-321-5670 for more information. The U-13 Highland team that plays in the Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association will hold tryouts at Hinckleyâ€™s Kobak Field at 6 p.m. Saturday and Monday. Players need only attend one session. For more information, call Mike Clark at 330-239-4391.
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SOFTBALL: The Highland U-18 fastpitch team will hold tryouts at Granger Elementary at 3 p.m. on Sept. 7 and at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13. For more information, call Bill Nemeth at 330-239-6644.
Noland may be reached at email@example.com or 330-721-4061.