June 30, 2016

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Local Corner: Middle school grid teams win titles

There was virtually no stopping the Highland Middle School football team this season. And there was absolutely no stopping the seventh-grade team from Medina’s Claggett Middle School.

Highland captured its second straight Suburban League championship by defeating Tallmadge 30-6 in its season finale. The Hornets finished 6-1 and went undefeated at home for the second straight year.

The Level 4 team from Pinnacle Gymnastics competed at the Elite All-Star Classic. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Highland was coached by Steve Cika, Charles Franchetti and Don Filips.

Members of the team, the largest in school history, included Alex Baker, Nathan Baranowski, Lucas Blueter, Chris Burnside, Mason Carriero, Anthony Castelli, Wyatt Chagin, Anthony Chesnick, Carson Ciesinski, Manny Delacerna, Jacob Domo, Mickey Doyle, Kyle Duale, Zach Filips, Chuck Frederick, Mitchell Hutchings, Chris Iorio, Sam Jenkins, Adam Johnson, Michael Joyce, Danny Justic, Josh Kedzior, Brendan Killeen, Austin Kluk, Brad Kohrmann and Brandon Linder.

The rest of the squad consisted of Tyler Loomis, Kevin Love, Jake Mall, Matt Mangano, Kody Mann, Jonah Marsh, Shane May, Hunter Meacham, Adam Nagy, Michael Oriti, Hunter Rinard, Michael Ross, Mitchell Ross, Anthony Sanfillippo, Jacob Scavuzzo, Britain Simpson, Lucas Siwik, Easton Skinner, Ben Smith, Adam Spiros, Scott Staten, Dillan Stutz, Ethan Suran, Taran Treb, Jack Vandenberg, Jimmy Wagner, Christian Wallings, Joe Wiencek, Alex Wyszkowski, Ethan Yuran, Victor Zamlen and Tyler Zelinski.

Claggett defeated Medina rival A.I. Root 14-0 to conclude its perfect season.

Team members were Nate Bonnell, Dillon Brauser, Niko Crucis, John Curtis, Jim Daw, Alex Defraine, Jonathan Fletcher, Jaret French, Brad Gargiulo, Mike Hans, Nick Hoptry, Jared Keith, Briggs Krause, Jacob Leonardi, Seth Mattox, Chris Machovina, Jack Milliken, Bryce Moran, Trace Peterson, Latrell Phillips, Joe Shamatta, Ryan Seabrook, Sam Turk, Jacob Wenzinger, Alex Whitaker and Jacob Wickey.

The coaches were Dave Wyemura, Chad Toocheck and Matt Gainer.


The Level 5 and 6 teams from Medina Gymnastics Academy competed at the Judges Cup. In Level 5, Ellie Robertson placed in two events and the all-around, while Lea Schroth was first on the uneven parallel bars and third on vault and in the all-around. Sadie Palmer Wilcox was first on bars and floor exercise in her age group and placed in all other events, while Madeline Alexander, McKinley Kerans and Meghan Deighton competed. In Level 6, Avery Kasian was first on floor, second all-around, third on bars and fifth on vault.

• Pinnacle Gymnastics competed at the Elite All-Star Classic at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby. The pre-poptional-platinum team got standout performances from Bailey Small, Miranda Peck, Britttany Hill and Lucille Buckholz, while the prep optional-gold squad was led by Julia Atienza, Gabrijela Odak and Nicole Pryatel.

Level 6 placers were Megan Merrill, Abigail Olszak, Isabella Teper, McKenzi Whitehead, Katie Otter, Maya Hamsher and Lian Pickens, while Tara Grabowski, Kaila Oberhaus, Alyssa Whitehead and Natalie Wright competed. Level 5 placers were Sarah Bach and Clair Page, with Nicole Allen, Alexis Barton, Nicole Dancsak, Teagan Johnston, Kaylie Kenne, Victoria Kinsey, Cassidy Korduba, Sarah Lowe, Kaitlyn Phillips, Marissa Pudelski, Erin Rioux, Madison Tama and Reagan Waddell competing.

In Level 4, Bailey Tessena, Leanna Freund, Caitlyn Kogus, Isabella Mazzocco, Kaley Micklich and Aubrey Tama placed, while Brenna Bandura, Katherine Boyce, Amanda Carter, Keah Grieco, Madelyn McDaniel, Delaney Nolan, Dana Rabung and Madelyne Singer took part. Alayna Tessena placed in Level 3 and Kaetlyn Doty, Hailey Hicks, Sophia Scavuzzo and Lauren Vincek competed.


Buckeye Junior High eighth-grader Colin Theis finished third in the Gold Division I race at the Ohio middle school state championship, finishing in a personal-record 10:59.8 for the two-mile race. For the season, Theis had eight first-place finishes, one second-place run and one third. He also helped the Bucks to the Patriot Athletic Conference championship. Other team members were Vincent King, David Grayzanic, Cam Kennedy, Matt Shook, Sam Petek, John Franz and Jared Bartter.

• Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers and Westfield Insurance Company are sponsoring the second annual Turkey Burner Family Wellness Run on Thanksgiving morning at Hinckley Reservation. The event will feature a 5-kilometer run at 9 a.m. and a family turkey hunt at 8:30. Runners can register in advance for $20 at active.com or pay $25 the day of the race. Awards will be given in each age group. The turkey hunt will cost $20 per family. For more information, call (330) 952-0342.


The under-8 Pink Pirates were division champs at a tournament in Hinckley Township. Samantha Bergman, Skylar Hall, Lily Ivey, Jordyn Gross, Natalie Lapeus, Bridget Mowery, Rebecca Naylor, Kaydence Oney, Samantha Stiffler and Madison Zaccaro made up the team, which was coached by Scott Mowery, Tom Gross and Chris Stiffler.


Brian Zook had a perfect game in the Jo Jo’s Sports Bar League at AMF Medina Lanes, while Joey Lupica had a 764 series. The following week, Dave Botson had a 269 game and Jerome Tinney rolled a 268. In the Mixed Couples League, Dawn Salata had 247-620 and Pat Noble had 262-731, while Shelley Mahnke had a 242 game in the Plan B Photography League.

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

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