July 24, 2016

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Local Corner: Heartbeats rope honors in Lone Star State

Thirty-one members of the Heartbeats traveled deep into the heart of Texas to compete in the U.S. National Jump Rope Championships in Galveston, with the club’s small group show team capturing the Grand National Championship.

Team show is a group routine choreographed to music during which jumpers must perform certain required elements.

The under-9 Medina Swarm qualified for the Lorain County Hot Stove H League Regional Tournament. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The under-9 Medina Swarm qualified for the Lorain County Hot Stove H League Regional Tournament. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Individuals who placed at the event were Ryan Timura (10th in male freestyle), Lexi Cohen (7th in female freestyle), Autumn Berry and Cohen (7th in female pairs freestyle), Sydney Katz, Tony Klein and Kayle Timura (9th in double Dutch single freestyle), Berry, Sarah Nelson, Jenn Steigerwald and Ryan Timura (3rd in double Dutch pairs freestyle) and Cohen, Grace Huang, Katz and Kayle Timura (5th in female double Dutch pairs freestyle).

Seven-hundred jumpers representing 58 teams from across the country competed in the event at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Also taking part for the Heartbeats were Allie Awad, Grace Berry, Amy Bettinger, Phebe Crouch, Kassidy D’Annolfo, Hayley Demchak, Jenny Evans, Caitlin Gordon, Ashley Gough, Stephanie Hannah, Jessica Huang, Julia Karas, Kara Kern, Olivia Kern, Tony Klein, Russell Klein, Klaire Morgenstern, Becca Padolewski, Morgan Parker, Jacob Parsons, Jessica Risdon, Jacob Tomcko and Aaron Walls.
The Heartbeats, founded in 1992, are a coed team of elementary through college-age students from Northeast Ohio based out of Pinnacle Sports Complex. For more information, call (440) 572-3292.


The Medina Sharks went on a 12-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 124-12, to qualify for the Lorain County Hot Stove H League championship, where they beat Vermilion 11-3. Team members were Tyler Dillon, Griffin Hager, Max Sejka, Matt Eller, Ross Ferraro, Dylan Radabaugh, Tyler Shadle, Kyp Ross, Ricky Ulshafer, Danny Beebe and Brendan LaFaire. The coaches were Bill Beebe, Chris LaFaire, Kyp Ross, Frank Hager and Mike Sejka.

• The under-9 Medina Swarm went 19-4 and earned the top seed for the Lorain County Hot Stove H League Regional Tournament. Team members are Jacob Ambrosetti, Jackson Nielsen, Spencer Aylward, Nicholas Epplen, Trevin Shranko, Eddie Hoegler, Tristan Wright, David Haberkorn, Ryan Gillespie, Ellis Johanson, Sean Kennedy and Ryan Knapp. The coaches are Mike Johanson, Ed Hoegler, Larry Aylward, Brian Epplen and Kevin Wright.

Vinny Brucchieri’s two-out, two-run single gave the Home Team a 15-14 victory over the Away Team in the Brunswick Senior Babe Ruth League All-Star Game. Also participating were Home Run Derby winner Ryan Szczepaniak, Phil Alfano, Matt Kaminski, Mark Fontana, Alex Cratty, Vince Senauskas, T.J. Magivor, Steve Moran, Mitch Modie, Mike Blanton, Kyle Drope, Andrew Bugel, Shane Cameron, Jordan Knack, David Beattie, Alex Baier, Alex Cherni, Jason Cook, Steve Fielding, Jake May, Jake Nagel, Greg O’Dell, Nick Radjukovic, Zack Beck, Mike Blanton, Andrew Bugel, Shane Cameron, Taylor Cameron, Kyle Drope, Landon Foerst, Jordan Knack, Tyler Oehlstrom and Vincent Senauskas.


The U-9 Medina Classics girls teams finished first and second at the Kick It 3v3 Tournament in North Olmsted. Next up is the regional tournament in Buffalo, where the teams will attempt to qualify for the World Championships at Disney World in January 2012. Team members are Miriam Szijarto, Ellyson Heine, Marion Blakemore, Peyton Felton, Madelyn Ebert, Mackenzie Morrison, Sarah McKee and Anneliese Woods. The coaches are Jon Felton, George Morrison and Laszlo Szijarto.

• The U-10 Challenger Crew Juniors Gold team captured the U-11 title at Kick It, going undefeated in seven matches. The U-10 White team placed third in the U-10 division. Both teams advanced to regionals, to be held in Cincinnati on July 30-31. Members of the Gold team are Jordan Taylor, Ariella Pitty, Jessica Sheldon, Mallorie Rohrbach and Hattie Person. Members of the White squad are Emily Dente, Nicole Szokai, Baylor Fortune, Brianna Florjancic and Kacey Pagano. The teams are coached by Matt Safar and Kellyn Flanagan.

• Registration deadline for the Highland Youth Soccer League, which is open to players 4 to 14, is July 30. For more information, visit highland-soccer.org.


The U-10 Westfield Blizzards went 12-0 in the regular season and 3-0 to capture the Cloverleaf Girls Softball Association Tournament. Team members were Olivia McMaster, Aubree Melcher, Destinee Hall, Clarah Hughes, Camryn Werner, Jamie Briggs, Taylor Rudolph, Sierra Hall, Ayla Bartow, Maddie Boltz, Jenna Oliver, Clare Polack and Emily Henn.


Still Here Basketball Inc. has achieved status as a non-profit organization certified by the state of Ohio. Still Here began in the 1990s as a group of male basketball enthusiasts between the age of 30 and 70. Several hundred players are now involved at all age levels. The group actively raises money for charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society. A golf outing will be held Aug. 20 at Rawiga Country Club and a 3-on-3 tournament is planned for the fall. For more information, email stillherebasketball@gmail.com or visit stillhereblogspot.com.


The Century Cycles Night Ride will be held on the Towpath Trail on July 23. For more information, call (330) 657-2209.

Roller derby

The Cleveland Firestarters, part of an all-female, junior, flat-track derby league, are hosting a number of upcoming events. For more information, visit clevelandfirestarters.com.

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.