Gonci aids Eagles
West Branch graduate Jake Gonci was a part of the undefeated football team at Ashland University this fall.
The Eagles finished the regular season 11-0 and ranked fourth in the nation in Division II.
Ashland dropped a 33-28 playoff decision to West Texas A&M.
Gonci, a 6-foot-4, 249-pound sophomore tight end, was named to the Great Lakes Interscholastic Athletic Conference All-Academic Excellence team in 2011 as a sports management major.
As a senior at West Branch Gonci had 23 catches for 250 yards and was a team captain.
Boardman’s Durkin earns coaching honor
Florida assistant D.J. Durkin, a Boardman High graduate, was named the Football Scoop special teams coordinator of the year.
Florida ranked seventh nationally in net punting (40.7 per kick), allowing just three returns longer than 20 yards and none longer than 30.
On kickoffs, the Gators surrendered just two returns of more than 30 yards and none longer than 40. They ranked 15th nationally with an average of 18.5 yards per return. The Gators were 12th in punt returns (13.8 per return with a TD). Florida’s punter and kicker both earned first team all-Southeastern Conference and the Gators blocked four kicks.
Moonlight bowling Dec. 29 at Bell-Wick
The Hubbard Bowling Boosters organization is sponsoring a moonlight bowling event at Bell-Wick Bowl on Dec. 29, starting at 10 p.m.
The event, comprising three games of scotch doubles, is $20 per couple. Raffles will be held.
Call 330-534-1179 for reservations. Proceeds will benefit the Hubbard Bowling Boosters.
Standohar, Beechy named top golfers
Evan Standohar of Girard and Logan Beechy of Newton Falls were named AAC National Division golf players of the year.
Standohar, a junior, was the AAC Conference 14-match regular-season scoring average leader and the post-season overall AAC tournament medalist, shooting an even-par 72.
Beechy, a senior, was runner-up in AAC regular-season scoring average and runner-up at the post-season AAC tournament.
Beechy qualified for the state tournament, a first in Newton Falls High School history, where he finished 34 out of 72 golfers.
Men In Progress basketball league
Today at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m., Friday Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. basketball tryouts will be held at the Buckeye Elks Youth Center on the city’s north side.
Young adults ages 13-25 can tryout for a $20 fee that covers the entry cost and a t-shirt.
For more information call Ray Marrow 330-707-6177.
Miller in action
Tom Miller of Mineral Ridge will serve as a judge for the WBO lightweight championship of the world on December 15 at London’s Excel Arena.
The fight will pit defending champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) of Coatbridge, Scotland against challenger Jose Ocampo (17-5-1, 12 KOs) of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Maryland-Georgetown meet in showdown
The Georgetown men’s soccer team has already managed one first by making the NCAA soccer College Cup.
Now, the third-seeded Hoyas are aiming for another big milestone when they meet neighboring traditional power No. 2 Maryland — which has won all 28 previous countable meetings — today in the semifinal match between two schools located about 12 miles apart.
The winner of that Washington, D.C.-area matchup faces either No. 8 seed Creighton (17-3-3) or No. 16 Indiana (14-5-3) for the championship on Sunday.
Vindicator staff/wire reports