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  • __ Canfield Girl’s Soccer, Volleyball and Tennis Teams Remain Undefeated in the ACC September 24, 2014

    With fall tournament play rapidly approaching, the Canfield High School Girl’s Soccer, Volleyball and Tennis Teams remain undefeated in conference play.  When asked about the success of the girls, Canfield Athletic Director, Greg Cooper, said “we have a bunch of great girls in solid programs.”  He attributed much of the success to the work ethic and attitude of the students, the support of caring and dedicated parents, and a staff of knowledgeable and determined coaches.
    The Canfield Girl’s Soccer Team recently received a 2nd place ranking statewide in Division II by the Ohio Scholastic Coaches Association.  The girls currently have an 8 and 2 record and are working hard each week to maintain their winning record.  Senior Captain Sydney Miller said “we’ve really started to click as a group and have a great shot of making it.”  “We are coming out strong this season after being knocked out in last year’s regional finals” added Senior Captain Bailey Fischer.  The team’s third Senior Captain, Sophia Mancini echoed the sentiments of her co-captains adding gratitude for the support of the dedicated parents.  Collectively, the girl’s cite attitude and “believing” as the key ingredients to the success they have experienced so far this season.  The team has five games remaining, three of which are AAC opponents.
    The Girl’s Volleyball Team boasts a 13-1 record and is also undefeated in the All American Conference.  “We have a great coach and many returning players” said Senior Captain Janie Rafoth.  Her twin sister, and Senior Captain, Rachel Rafoth added “we are looking forward to tournament play and we hope that our hard work will carry us far into the post season.”  Head coach Maria Householder is extremely proud of the players, the Senior leadership this season, and the level of “class” that her team brings to the court.  She, along with her players, is eager to begin post season play.  The team is set for two weeks of road play before finishing the regular season at home against conference rivals Fitch and Howland.
    With a 17-1 record, and no losses in conference play, the Girl’s Tennis Team is also poised for success in post season play.  “We are a young team but we have really bonded and we play well together” said Senior Captain Bri Slemons.  Her enthusiasm is shared by Senior Captains Maria Sturgeon and Emily Ellis.  The girls wrap up their regular season in conference play against Fitch, Poland and Lakeview.

  • __Austintown Alumni Association announces raffle winners September 24, 2014

    Winners of the Austintown Alumni Association’s annual raffle were announced at the Sports Hall of Fame Game on August 29. The first prize winner of $500 cash was Bryan Kloss; the second prize basket worth $300 in local gift cards was won by Brian Calhoun; the third prize $50 dinner for two at Rachel’s Restaurant and a monthly flower arrangement from Unique 4 U Florist was awarded to Shirley Schmidt.
    The Alumni Association uses profits from the raffle to award scholarships to graduating Fitch seniors and to support mini grants for classroom instruction throughout the school system.
    The Association also sells a variety of Alumni shirts, caps, yearbooks up to 1995, and Wendell August Forge ornaments depicting the former and present Fitch buildings. Membership is $10 and open to all Austintown graduates as well as friends of the Austintown Schools. For more information contact alumni president Joann Sulenski at 330-793-1101 or Patti Griffin at 330-793-4799.

  • __Putting Downs First hosts 8th annual Buddy Walk September 24, 2014

    Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for Buddy Walk 2014. 1192 walkers participated in this year’s walk. The Liberty Golden Leopard Marching Band proudly led the walkers around the 1 mile loop. This year’s featured walker was Leslie Wildman of Bristol. Leslie had his own tent set up to showcase all of his achievements, which include bowling, swimming, & baseball, as well as his love for horses & John Cena. The funds raised from this one mile walk stays in the area for programs that are available to families of those touched by Down syndrome. As an incentive for people to participate, PDF gave a billboard photo for the month of October, Down syndrome awareness month, to the team with the highest number of registered walkers. This year the winning team was Team Damon/Colbert’s Care. They had 303 walkers on their team. Walkers were represented by all ages from a year to 94. Last year attendee’s were also encouraged to make a square for the quilt which was proudly displayed at the entrance of the walk.
    Santa Clause made a special appearance to check on all the boys and girls, along with Mother Goose who read stories to the children, also attending was Marine Mike, & a few fairies. Other activities that were enjoyed were face painting, games, and bounce houses, as well as a corn hole tournament. DJ’s Mary O & Jeff spun some tunes. The Fairhaven Drum Circle put on another spectacular performance. Sit Means Sit was there showcasing their skills with their dogs.
    PDF proudly thanks their wonderful sponsors:
    The Review Newspapers, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Perrine’s Auto, IWC, Moose Lodge #186, ILS, United Healthcare, Kohl’s Cares, Petrick Party Rentals, Independent Tree, A to Z Music, Falls Recycling, Scrappers Backers, Eatn’Park, Snyder of Berlin, Schwebel’s, Fairhaven Foundation, Sparkle, Strider Bike, BP Shirt Company, One Click Technology Group, and many more.
    Interested in getting involved? Please contact us at PuttingDowns1st@aol.com. Also visit our website at www.PuttingDownsFirst.org . PDF offers the Lana Eisenbraun Scholarship Program, Volunteer Buddies I-Pad Program, Down syndrome Advocacy & Awareness, Family Fun Days, Mom’s Night Out, & a Birthday Club. Get involved.

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