June 27, 2016

Partly sunny

College notes: Elaina Lanson set for national stage

As a high school athlete at Wadsworth, Elaina Lanson was one of the top swimmers in Ohio.

Now in her second year competing for Georgia Southern University, the former Gazette MVP will test her skills against some of the best in the world at the prestigious AT&T Winter Nationals.

Elaina Lanson

Lanson will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles this weekend in a meet held at the University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The 5-foot-11 Lanson holds the Georgia Southern school records in the 100 free (50.38) and as a leg on the 400 medley and 400 free relays.

A live webcast will be on available on usaswimming.org.

Men’s basketball

Senior Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) scored 21 points as Hiram outlasted Mount Union
93-84. Sheppard also had three assists, while teammate Chris Zurowski (Medina) added 11 points and eight boards. Sheppard had 11 points later in the week in a 68-52 loss to Denison.

l Tyler Peters (Medina) netted a game-high 24 points and dished out eight assists as Wheaton College defeated the University of Chicago 64-52.

l Baldwin Wallace forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 18 points and ripped down nine rebounds in a 78-76 win over Case Western Reserve. Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) chipped in 15 points. Earlier in the week, Payne and Krakowiak had 14 and 12 points, respectively, in win over Allegheny.

l Josh Kipfer (Wadsworth) had two rebounds and a basket as Wooster won its North Coast Athletic Conference opener over Oberlin 74-66.

Women’s basketball

Sophomore Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) had 16 points, which included a 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range, as Ashland crushed Urbana 105-72. Woods and teammate Lindsay Tenyak combined for 21 points later in the week as the Eagles downed Mercyhurst 81-51.

l Kara Long (Wadsworth) scored six points and had four rebounds as Shawnee State downed Rio Grande 76-61.


Addy Ferguson (Cloverleaf) and her Ohio teammates will compete in Akron at the Zippy Invitational, which starts today. Ferguson is off to a fast start to her freshman season, which has included a handful of first-place performances in the 100 butterfly and as a leg on the 200 medley, 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays.


Junior safety Heath Eby (Cloverleaf) had nine tackles, but they weren’t enough as Wittenberg fell to Hobart 35-10 in the second round of the Division III playoffs. The Tigers ended the season 10-2 and were playing a national quarterfinal game for the first time in school history.

l Harvard senior Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) was named to the All-New England team by the New England Football Writers’ Association. The tight end led the Ivy League with eight touchdown catches and finished with 52 receptions for 706 yards.

Men’s soccer

No. 5 Ohio Northern will make its first appearance in the Final Four today when it takes on No. 7 Williams (Mass.) in San Antonio. Senior midfielder Chris Matejka (Cloverleaf) and senior defender Craig Sumner (Brunswick resident/Padua) have helped the Polar Bears during their 17-match win streak.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.