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On the record: Ohio Legends win championship game

Beacon Journal staff report


The scene at Green Memorial Stadium on Saturday night was picturesque as a Green High School graduate led the AAA semiprofessional Ohio Legends football team to a 35-31 victory over the Columbus Fire to win the Heartland Memorial Trophy Championship game.

Quarterback Billy Cundiff, a graduate of Green High School and Ashland University, led the Legends’ fast-paced, aerial offense, completing 21-of-31 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

Cundiff found former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ryan Travis several times, including a 65-yard strike to grab the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The Fire gained possession with 1:32 remaining. Quarterback Antwan Gibbs struggled to find an open receiver as the Legends’ pass rush forced three errant throws and an interception by U.S. Army combat veteran and safety Aaron Mallette to seal the victory over last year’s league champions.

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• After dropping the first match of the Fullerton Classic 3-0 to Cal State Fullerton on Friday, the Golden Flashes lost again in match two of three, this time to Gardner-Webb 3-1.

The Flashes lost the first set 25-16, the second 25-14, won the third set 25-13 but lost the fourth 25-20.

Bianca Cifaldi let the Flashes in kills with 15. Hannah Herc led in digs with 18 and Aleksandra Nowak led in assists with 34.

The Flashes lost their third and final match of the tournament 3-2 to William & Mary.

• Despite two players tying career highs, the Zips were not able to overcome their mistakes as they fell 3-1 to Milwaukee in the Akron Invitational finale at Rhodes Arena.

Alex Cocklin tied her career high in kills with, 19 and Jill Paluch tied her career high in digs with 23.

However, the Zips had 40 attack errors that were ultimately the difference in the match.

Milwaukee took the first set 25-17, the Zips took set two 26-24 but Milwaukee took the last two sets 25-21, 25-15 to win.


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