By RICK NOLAND
Assistant Sports Editor
MEDINA â€” The 2008 Meadows Turkey Bowl has already gobbled up its team captains.
The flag football event, held in Mike Meadowsâ€™ backyard on Thanksgiving morning for the past 19 years, raised more than $16,000 for St. Vincent DePaul Charities last year.
The 2008 proceedings will actually begin the night before Thanksgiving at Weymouth Country Club, where teams are picked by four captains in an auction format designed to raise money.
This year, the captains will be four star contributors to the charitable event â€” the T&T Mortgage brother tandem of Tim and Terry Blascak, Bill Doraty of Bill Doraty Kia, Dave Stumpf of Stumpf Construction and local entrepreneur Erin Cureton.
â€œWe were looking for more than just guys who appreciate our turkey bowl history,â€ said John Cassidy, who headed the selection committee. â€œ(We wanted) community leaders who could help raise money.â€
The Blascaks have played in just six turkey bowls, but have donated more than $8,000. Doraty has been a fixture at the event for more than 10 years, while Stumpf not only contributes monetarily, but also by lining the fields. Cureton, who captained the championship team last year, has helped raise more than $4,000 over the last two years.
â€œWe have about five slots open for new participants,â€ event co-founder Tom Judson said. â€œThat means you need to be over 40 years old and have a waist size over 40 inches.â€
Applications are being accepted at meadowsturkeybowl.com. Individuals or businesses seeking to donate â€” $100 contributors get a commemorative jersey â€” should call Meadows at 330-721-6865.
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FOOTBALL: Austin Peak, Ryan Wehrmeyer, R.J. Siskovic, John Garner, Henry Jackson and DeShaun Phillips scored touchdowns as the Medina Stallions defeated the Strongsville Mustangs 46-0 in Medina Bees Youth Football varsity action. Ryan Soldano, Dylan Nau, Logan Barna, Nathan Paul, Andrew Armstrong and Matthew Burke also contributed. The Medina Rampage downed the Brecksville Gold Bees 12-0, with Jordan Bybee scoring two TDs and Zak DiPerna, Mathew Brown, Jacob Burik, Michael Carter, T.J. Milam, Garrett Turner and Tim Jenkins adding solid efforts. Spencer Langager, Jordan Raiber, Zeke Martin and Sam Theis led the Medina Storm to a 40-0 victory over the Brunswick Browns, while the Medina Broncos upended the Brunswick Falcons 28-0 behind A.J. Hoptry, Mike Kaminski, Jake Gargiulo, Connor Varney, Tyler King, Jack Jividen, Ian Crawley and Stephen Serafin. The Medina Predators blanked the North Royalton Raiders 36-0, with Michael Nanosky, Tyler Morgan, Alex Mutnansky, Dominique Jackson, Reid Brocklehurst, Alex Reinhart, Andrew Reis, Michael Scheckel, Josh Goff and Tyler Carson leading the way. In junior varsity action, Michael Zufra and Nate Bonnell scored TDs and Brett Hutkay added a conversion run as the Medina Predators shut out the North Royalton Rams 16-0. The Brecksville Red Bees edged the Medina Broncos 8-6, while Austin Provost, Collin Winters, Alex Buchtinec and Zach Woodrum shined as the Medina Hawks edged the Medina Stallions 7-0. The Medina Storm got two touchdowns from Jonathan Williams and one from Nate Keirn en route to a 19-7 victory over the Brecksville Gold Bees. The Medina Grizzlies blanked the Brecksville White Bees 21-0, with Bryce Fink, Sean Kerns, Nik Pelligrino, Alec Uttech and Joe Garapic leading the way. Andrew Maxwell, Joe Kerrigan and Mike Urban found the end zone as the Medina Panthers shut out the Brooklyn Hurricanes 26-0. Chris Machovina and Patrick Cassidy led the defense. Jayson Blankenship, Drew Hall, Jacob Taylor, Darrin Bybee, Julius Harris, Zach Brenner, Eric Hammer and Owen Harris led the Medina Rampage to a 27-6 win over the North Royalton Bears. In bantam action, Colin Szumski scored three TDs to lead the Dawgz to a 20-0 win over the Sharks. Kyle Szumski also played well. The Bisons downed the Crush 20-6 behind two 50-yard TDs by Bailey Sydenstricker. Jamison Van Drei scored on a 60-yard run. In other action, the Eagles beat the Wildcats 22-0 and the Cobras blanked the Knights 14-0.
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BASKETBALL: John Stolarski (13 points), Oneal Osorio (12) and Dan Pincombe (11) led a balanced scoring attack as Newblood downed Phishbowl 60-51 in the 18-and-over menâ€™s league at the Medina Community Recreation Center. Cory Wigley had 12 points for Phishbowl and John Brajkovich added 11. Drogellâ€™s Landscape Design ripped the Eagles 57-34 behind 23 points from Evan Goslee and 10 from Brian Drogell, while Frontcourt edged J-Team 69-62 behind 27 points from Danny Kelly, 22 from Brian Evan and 12 from Erick Miller. Joe Zweifel (22), Alex Gory (17) and John Gory (14) led J-Team. In the 30-and-over league, Otis Elevator got 13 points from Jeremy Metzger, 11 each from Chad Wiese and Joe Campbell and 10 from Steve Muhleman en route to a 53-43 victory over Moâ€™s Misfits, which got 14 points from Brett Morlock and 12 from Todd Zufra. Johnny Malloyâ€™s beat Still Here 92-68, with Rob Wininger (30), Ray Weaver (20), Roger Evans (13) and Greg Thompson (11) scoring in double figures. Brett High (23), Jon Steward (22) and Kevin Yelinek (10) paced Still Here. Westfield Bank edged the Shockers 53-47, with Jeff Stuart (19) and Craig Bohl (13) leading the scoring parade. The Shockers got a game-high 22 points from K.C. Gillespie. Newman got 18 points from Mike Linard and 12 from Mike Hulthen en route to a 54-35 win over OMF, which was led by John Uhlirâ€™s 13 points.
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BOWLING: Eric Rodriguez rolled a perfect game in the Mixed Classic Trio League at AMF Medina Lanes. Rodriguez also had a 767 series, while Chuck Lupica III rolled a 725 and Mike Saunders shot 708. Rick Brezovar had a 288 game. Dee Thomas had a 214 game and 544 series to lead the way in the Thomas Properties League. Linda Nowell was close behind with a 543 series. Matt Getz had 279-729 to lead all bowlers in the Jo Joâ€™s Sports Bar League. Todd Daubenmire rolled a 267 game, with Jason Blankenship right behind at 266. Pat Noble had a 717 series. â€¦ At Dick Hoover Lanes, Curt Frate had 278-781 to pace all bowlers in the Scully Jaxx League. Steve Maryo (769), Gary Lash Jr. (743), Dave Kriak (700) and Shawn Caspio (700) also had big nights.
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SOCCER: Rebekah Smith had two goals and Allison Evans added another as the under-12 Brunswick Arsenal defeated Midview 3-2 in Brunswick Travel Soccer action. Brooke Kenney and Paige Salisbury played well in goal. The U-11 Arsenal fell 6-1 to Westlake, with Meghan Williams scoring a goal and Kasi Safko playing well. The U-9 Brunswick Attack downed North Olmsted 3-1, with Madeline Mihacevich scoring twice and Kristen Zima once. Katherine Ferretti and Rachel Barnes played well between the pipes. In boys action, the U-10 Arsenal downed Fairview Park behind three goals by Jacob Nagy and single tallies by Jaret Cooper, Connor Daly and Benjamin Nemchik. Nicholas Barbopoulos, Jared Pflaum, Luke Steinkamp and Alexander Bruder also played well.
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ROWING: Mark Shupe, a fitness instructor at the Medina Community Recreation Center and Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center, has been selected by the Western Reserve Rowing Association to compete for the menâ€™s eight masters crew at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Oct. 18. The Head of the Charles is the largest weekend rowing event in the world. More than 8,000 rowers from 17 countries will compete.
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RUNNING: A fun run and 5- and 10-kilometer races were held Sunday at Fox Meadows Country Club to raise money for Michelleâ€™s Leading Star Foundation. The foundation was established by the family of Michelle Sanderbeck, who was killed in a car accident as a teenager, to deliver the message that safe driving begins at home, behind the wheel and in the school systems.
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WRESTLING: Cloverleaf Youth Wrestling, Inc., will hold registration from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lodi Library and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chatham Township Community Center.Â Wrestlers must be in the first through sixth grade. Cost is $60, with practices to be held at Cloverleaf Middle School. For more information, call Dave Gangle at 330-769-2754.
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BRUNSWICK REC: The Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center is now home to the South West Aquatic Team (SWAT). For more information on the program, call Liz Hastings at 440-260-7639. â€¦ Registration has begun for a youth basketball league for those in fourth through eighth grade. For more information, call 330-273-8000.
Noland may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-721-4061.