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Striders excel in summer opener

STEUBENVILLE – Six members of the Warren Striders Track Club performed well in their 2014 summer track opener held at the Big Red track on June 14. The Striders collected seven medals (one gold, three silver, three bronze) and 10 ribbons for their fourth- and sixth-place finishes.

The Striders were led by Madeline Scott, who won the girls 11-12 division discus and placed second and fourth in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

Nathan Scott was the club’s top performer for the boys, collecting runner-up honors in the shot and discus in the boys 13-14 age division.

The Striders’ top six finishers were as follows:

Boys 4-6: Aiden Catlin, fourth, 50, 100; sixth, softball throw; Jordan Heckathorn, third, softball throw; sixth, 100, 200;

Boys 13-14: Nathan Scott, second, shot, discus;

Girls 11-12: Madeline Scott, first, discus; second, 100, 4th, 200;

Girls 13-14: Audrey Masters, third, 1600, 800; Gabrielle Blake, sixth, 100, 200, 400.

Local coach wins Senior Olympics

WESTERVILLE – Jack Thornton Jr. captured the men’s 50-meter dash championship, following participation in the Central Ohio Senior Olympic Games, held at the Westerville South High School track on June 14.

Thornton, who is the program director and coach of the Warren Striders Track Club and also serves as the boys and girls track coach at John F. Kennedy High School, collected runner-up honors in the long jump and garnered the bronze medal in the 1,500 race-walk in the men’s 65-69 age division.

Thornton, who has competed in four previous Nationals (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), is looking to qualify for the National Senior Games in Minnesota in 2015.

TOP-Soccer back in Cortland

The 11th season of TOPSoccer for special needs children will be held again in Cortland.

The season begins Aug. 3 and concludes Sept. 28. The league plays each Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the old Cortland Elementary School soccer field on Pearl Street.

There are three divisions for play, which include children in wheelchairs, those requiring assistive devices and those who are unable to participate in the typical recreational soccer league.

The $25 includes shirt, socks, ball (for new players) along with practice time and soccer games with experienced coaches and referees.

Any questions, call Melissa at 330-984-6620 or send an email to ptmelissam@gmail.com.

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Mims-Manoa annual camp begins Monday

The 20th annual Mims-Manoa Football Camp starts Monday and runs through Wednesday at Warren G. Harding High School. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration can be done at the Buena Vista Cafe and Sports Bar or the day of the camp from 8 to 8:15 a.m.

The camp is for kids in third through 12th grades and costs $25, which includes lunch, a T-shirt and a team photo. Numerous guest speakers will be in attendance.

Soccer Vision camp to be held this week

The Soccer Vision Academy Youth Summer Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 and will be held at Stevens Park in Niles.

Participants can registers at soccervisionacademy.com or the morning of the camp.

Liberty holding ‘Local Legend’ football camp

Liberty High School is hosting the inaugrual Liberty Local Legend youth camp from 9 a.m. to noon on June 26 and 27 at the high school.

Former Leopards now in the NFL, such as Bradley Fletcher and Fitzgerald Toussaint, are scheduled to attend, along with other former area standouts Sidney Glover, Michael Zordich, Darrell Johnson, Dan “Boom” Herron, Dale Peterman, Nate Burney, Jamaine Cook and Bryant Youngblood, among others.

Call Kevin Cylar at 330-503-9517 for more information.

Manningham to hold camp on June 20 at Harding

The Mario Manningham Pro Football Camp and Life Skills Session will take place at Warren G. Harding High School.

The character and life skills session takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for those ages 14 to 18.

The football camp is 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for ages 7 to 13 and 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 14 to 18.

Bring your application to the character and life skills session or the football camp. Register the day of the event. Arrive by 8:30 a.m. for the morning sessions and 11:30 a.m. for the afternoon football camp.

For more information, call Marion Manningham at 330-397-3788.

Gysegem receives academic honors at Clarion

Clarion junior swimmer Emilee Gysegem was named a Capital One second-team Academic All-American in the At-Large category. The women’s at-large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, golf, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, and water polo.

The Lakeview graduate compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA and is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Sports Management. She was honored with the PSAC Champion Scholar Award at the 2014 PSAC championships. A three-time Clarion and PSAC Scholar Athlete and the current President of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), she is the daughter of Lisa and Toby Gysegem.

In the pool at the 2014, PSAC’s Gysegem placed second in the 400 IM (4:27.69), fourth in the 200 IM (2:05.73), 10th in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 breaststroke, while helping three relays including the third place 200 medley relay, fourth place 400 medley relay and the eighth place 400 free relay.

Lakeview’s McDivitt to play volleyball at Capital

BEXLEY – Caitlin McDivitt, a senior at Lakeview High School, will join the Capital University volleyball program this fall.

Capital is set to welcome 13 first-year student-athletes, including one transfer, to campus as members of the Crusaders, coach Pam Briggs announced.

McDivitt was a first-team All-American Conference selection this season and a first-teal All-County volleyball selection.

John F. Kennedy tennis wins Diocese League

The John F. Kennedy tennis team finished in first place and won the 2014 Diocese of Youngstown League.

First-team league honors were awarded to: John Nader (JFK), Tyler Cole (JFK), Caelan Phillips (JFK), Billy Phillips (JFK), Les Horvath (Ursuline), Rich Hill (Cardinal Mooney), Andrew Stille (Mooney), Alec Bird (Cleveland Central Catholic), Mason Daily (CCC), Michael Murphy (CCC) and Josh Reyes (St. Thomas Aquinas).

Honorable mention honors were awarded to: Jack Higham (CM), Brandon Schmetterer (Urs), Donte Rossi (Urs) and Daniel LaPolla (JFK).

Area tennis tournaments upcoming in Warren

The AVI Classic will be June 23 through 29 at Packard Park. The Panera Bread tournament is July 16 through 20 at Packard Park, and the Gary Dieter Memorial is Aug. 5 through 10.

For more information, call Jerry Cannon at 330-385-6141 or 330-383-0348, or Zach McDivitt at 330-307-1148.

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TOPSoccer to start in August in Cortland

The 11th season of TOPSoccer for special needs children will be held against in Cortland.

The season begins on Aug. 3 and conclude on Sept. 28. The league plays each Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the old Cortland Elementary School soccer field on Pearl Street.

There are three divisions for play, which include children in wheelchairs, those requiring assistive devices and those that are unable to participate in the typical recreational soccer league.

The $25 includes shirt, socks, ball (for new players) along with practice time and soccer games with experienced coaches and referees.

Any questions, call Melissa at 330-984-6620 or send an email to ptmelissam@gmail.com.

Area tennis tourneys coming this summer

The Seven Seventeen Credit Union Tennis Tournament, which is in memory of Keith Vens, is Wednesday through Sunday, June 8.

In addition, the AVI Classic will be June 23 through 29 at Packard Park. The Panera Bread tournament is July 16 through 20 at Packard Park, and the Gary Dieter Memorial is Aug. 5 through 10.

For more information, call Jerry Cannon at 330-385-6141 or 330-383-0348, or Zach McDivitt at 330-307-1148.

Lakeview’s McDivitt to play volleyball at Capital

BEXLEY – Caitlin McDivitt, a senior at Lakeview High School, will join the Capital University volleyball program as a student-athlete this fall.

Capital is set to welcome 13 first-year student-athletes, including one transfer, to campus as members of the Crusaders, coach Pam Briggs announced.

McDivitt was a first-team All-American Conference selection this season and a first-teal All-County volleyball selection.