Struharik is fourth
CLEVELAND -- Rob Struharik of Boardman finished fourth in the wakeboarding competition at this weekend's Gravity Games in Cleveland.
Australian Mark Kenney took first, winning $23,000. Struharik won $5,000. Wakeboarders were judged in four categories: style, consistency, difficulty and originality.
Local soccer playersin national event
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The national championship qualifying Cleveland Crunch Juniors soccer team will compete in what is equivalent to the Major Youth National Championships.
In its inaugural season, the area select teams in the age groups of boys U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 hope to be the first group to bring a United States Soccer Federation sanctioned national title to Cleveland.
The Cleveland Crunch Juniors will be the first Super Y-League club to qualify all four teams for the finals.
Sam Camens of Austintown will be competing in the U-17 competition as a member of the Internationals, while Carey Antonio of Warren Christian, will compete in U-14 action with Greater Akron Premier.
CANFIELD -- Ryan Sachire, a Canfield native, won his first USTA Professional Circuit singles title this year when he defeated Raven Klasen of South Africa 6-2, 6-2 in the Car City Hyundai USTA Futures the week of July 22.
For that accomplishment, he was named USTA Pro Circuit Player of the Week.
Sachire, 24, posted two upsets in the tournament, surprising No. 3 seed Brandon Hawk of Clyde, Texas, 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round and No. 1 Takahiro Terachi of Japan, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the semifinals.
A week before that event, he teamed with Huntly Montgomery to win the Greater Joplin, Mo., Futures USTA doubles crown.
Football officialsmeeting scheduled
CANFIELD -- The Youngstown District Football Officials Association will hold the state rules interpretation meeting at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Canfield High School.
Schools sponsoring football this fall must send a head or assistant varsity coach or the athletic director or will be ineligible for tournament competition. All Ohio High School Athletic Association officials must attend. Those who fail to attend will be suspended the following season and will be ineligible for postseason games for the current and following seasons.
For details, call Jim Gahagan at 330-507-1050.
Soccer rulesmeeting scheduled
AUSTINTOWN -- The Mahoning Valley Soccer Officials Association will hold its mandatory high school soccer rules interpretation meeting at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Fitch High School. For details, call 330-788-2175.
COLUMBUS -- Ohio State fullback Branden Joe, who is charged with drunken driving, has been suspended for all three weeks of preseason camp and the opening game, the university said Saturday.
Joe, a 20-year-old sophomore, reported for camp Thursday with the upperclassman, whose first practice was Saturday.
On Wednesday, Joe's attorney pleaded innocent to a drunk driving charge on Joe's behalf in Franklin County Municipal Court.
"During the suspension, he's not part of the team at all," spokesman Steve Snapp said Saturday. That means Joe will not attend meetings and was not allowed to be in the team photo shot Friday.
He will miss the season opener against Texas Tech on Aug. 24 but will rejoin the team the following day.
Joe was arrested July 26 after police found him asleep in a car about 3:45 a.m. on a highway ramp near campus. Police said he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
Coach Jim Tressel told The Columbus Dispatch the suspension was not intended to send a message to the team.
"I think you want to do what you think is fair, and you can't use anyone for messages," Tressel said. "I would hope we'd get messages without having to send them."
Meet the Zips
AKRON -- The University of Akron football team will hold its annual "Meet the Team" event on Aug. 18 at the Rubber Bowl. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the event runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Zips open their season at Iowa on Aug. 31.
Ice skating showat Gund Arena
CLEVELAND -- Former Olympic champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton will hold the ice skating show "An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends" on Sept. 21 at Gund Arena.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. For details, call Peggy Barnes Szpatura at (216) 721-1585.
St. Vincent College wants football back
LATROBE, Pa. -- St. Vincent College has played host to the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp for 36 years. When the Steelers leave, so does football.
But the college, located about 50 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, is planning to bring back college football as a varsity sport as early as 2004.
First, the school plans an aggressive fund-raising campaign-- about $9 million is needed -- to help launch the sport. Also, college president Jim Will wants to begin to expand the enrollment from about 1,200 to 2,000 by the end of the decade.
St. Vincent had a nationally recognized program as late as the 1950s and once played in the Tangerine Bowl. Several prominent alumni have been urging administrators to bring back the sport, in part to give the school attention beyond that it receives for having the Steelers on campus for a month every summer.
If football returns, either on the NAIA or NCAA Division III level, the school would play its home games on the large practice field on the campus' lower level, where the Steelers practice. Bleacher seating for as many as 4,000 spectators would be available.
Pittsburgh increasescost of parking fines
PITTSBURGH -- Mayor Tom Murphy says he will sign into law a bill that would quadruple illegal parking fines near Heinz Field from the current $25 to $100.
The City Council passed the bill last month, saying the old fine wasn't a deterrent given the $24 cost of parking for Steelers games and other Heinz field events. That means scofflaws who parked illegally on nearby side streets would pay just $1 more than those in stadium lots.
Murphy spokesman Craig Kwiecinski said the fines are "an appropriate action to respect the neighborhood's ability to limit illegal parking."
But Steelers officials said the plan discriminates against their fans and was meant to placate nearby homeowners who have fought with the team about noise levels and outside signage at the stadium.
Pens sign pick
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday signed college star Matt Murley, one of their top draft picks from three years ago.
Murley, a 22-year-old left wing who starred the last four years for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was the Penguins' second-round pick in 1999.
He had 74 goals and 101 assists in 137 games for RPI, which plays in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
The 22-year-old was named his team's Most Valuable Player last season, with 24 goals and 22 assists in 32 games. His 1.44 points per game average was the fifth highest in the country.
Terms of the deal weren't released.
Lakers broadcasterChick Hearn has brain hemorrhage
LOS ANGELES -- Longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn has probably called his last game, his neurologist said Saturday after performing surgery for brain hemorrhaging.
"If he has a full recovery in terms of his motor functions he will very likely have speech difficulty, so I will foresee that he will have a difficulty to be announcing," the neurologist, Dr. Asher Taban, told reporters outside Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
Vindicator staff/wire reports