June 24, 2016

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Local Corner: Tennis tournament features a nice mix of talent

WESTFIELD TWP. — The Cloverleaf Open tennis tourna­ment featured something old and something new.

And even the something old was young, as under-13 winner Austin Hannah was the lone repeat champion.

Eight teams competed in doubles, with Seville’s Patrick Sullivan and Medina’s Paul Clark prevailing over rivals Ed Clark of Sharon Center and Ron Paydo of Wadsworth.

Sullivan and Paul Clark lost their first match of the day to Ed Clark and Paydo, but came back to win six matches over two days to secure the doubles crown.

In men’s singles, Wooster’s Connor Bowman went 4-1 and beat defending champion Kasey Walton of Wooster in the finals.

In U-17 singles, Chris John­son downed Jess Sestito for the title.


Competing in the U-54 age group, Medina resident Amro Hassan finished in the top five in the world with a time of 1:00.04 in the 100-meter freestyle at the XIII FINA World Masters Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

Earlier, Hassan won five gold medals in the Egyptian National Swimming Championships in Alexandria, Egypt. Hassan finished first in the 100 butterfly, 50 backstroke, the three-kilometer open swim and was part of winning free and medley relay teams.

Hassan, who swam down an age group in the competition in Egypt, trains at the Medina Community Recreation Center and is a member of the Medina Masters Swim Club.


The U-12 Highland Hornets travel team captured regular­season and tournament titles in the Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association. The team also finished second at the All-Star Village event in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Hornets went 22-2 in league play and finished 37-16-1 overall.

Team members were Austin Mick, Evan Vandeusen, Sam Jakabcic, Thomas Ruth, Brad Kohmann, Yanni Patten, Chris Byers, Zach Filips and Andrew Klafczynski. The coaches were Don Filips, Dan Patten, Mark Byers and Matt Seeman.

• The U-11 Medina Mustangs traveling team completed the season 15-4 and won its tournament championship. Team members were Zachary Hunter, Garett Kiene, Alex Whittaker, Dylan Fultz, Alex Stout, Kyle Dress, Brendan Rigda, Jordan Fultz, Dillon Munoz and Dennis Matson. The coaches were Clyde Fultz, Craig Powell, Matt Kiene and Mark Dress.

Wiffle ball

Perforated Plastic Magazine and Budweiser will host the Ohio State Wiffle Ball Championships on Aug. 21 in Hamilton. Games will be played on the north-end fields at L.J. Smith Field. Cost is $50, with a three-game guarantee. There will be divisions for slowpitch (35 mph and under) and modified pitch (55 mph and under).

Winners receive paid berths to the World Championships in September. Cash prizes and trophies will also be presented.

Teams from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania are eligible. For more information, call (859) 652-9777.


Pinnacle Sports Complex will be hosting a variety of training programs and leagues in the fall.

Baseball, softball, strength and conditioning, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball will be among those included. For more information, call (330) 239-0616.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.