Longtime Beacon Journal Indians beat writer Sheldon Ocker will be among the inductees when the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame holds its annual induction ceremony July 14.
Ocker, who has covered the Indians for 33 years and is a former president of the Baseball Writer’s Association, will receive the Jack Tramonte Award to recognize outstanding contributions to baseball in Akron.
Also being inducted will be Tom Allio of Munroe Falls, Ernie Ash of Brecksville, Scott Barnhouse of Akron, former Aeros standout Todd Betts, Paul Burleson of Tallmadge, Tom Chaboudy of Uniontown, the late Lee Fohl, Dave Fross of Canton, Dan Gates of North Canton, Ty Kovach of Medina, Phil Lo Cascio of Tallmadge, former Aeros standout Jeff Mutis, Ron Reed of Akron, Bruce Serfass of North Royalton, Dave Bryant of Akron (receiving the Glenn “Speed” Bosworth Community Service Award) and Ron Piekarski (receiving the George Popp Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame Service Award).
The ceremony will be held at the Stow Youth Baseball Hall, 4157 Hudson Drive. Social hour with a cash bar begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m..
Banquet tickets are $40 each, and tables will seat eight.
Also in conjunction with the ceremony, the organization will host a reception for the honorees from 5:30-6:30 p.m. before the Aeros game on July 12 at Canal Park. The honorees will also be involved in the First Pitch Ceremonies at about 6:50 p.m. before the game at 7:05 p.m.
There will also be a golf outing at Turkeyfoot Golf Course to host honorees and members on July 13. The event will be nine holes and a cart with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost per person is $40.
Track and field
University of Akron decathlete Quentin Cieslinski is in 15th place with 3,261 points after the first five events of the decathlon in the junior division at the USA Track & Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Cieslinski finished 19th in the 100-meter dash (11.7 seconds), 18th in the long jump (20 feet, 2½ inches), 15th in the shot put (37-10½), ninth in the high jump (6-2¾) and 20th in the 400 (54.08) on Wednesday.
The second five events (110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 1,500 run) will begin at 11 a.m. today.
Brittany Funk will compete in the senior division and Trevor Norris will compete in the junior division for UA.
Norris will compete in the 10,000 meters at 10 p.m. Friday, and Funk will compete in the women’s hammer throw at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Frida Fougberg became the third University of Akron women’s golfer to compete in a professional event over the weekend and only the second to do so while still a student-athlete.
Fougberg tied for 20th in the Delsjo Ladies Open in Sweden and was one of just two amateurs to make the cut.
Fougberg finished with a three-round score of 15-over 228.
Hanna Ek played in a professional tournament in the summer of 2008, and Katie Jenior has made several pro appearances since graduating in 2012.