13th Memorial VB Tourney raises $4,500; Sunbury’s Kiss My Ace wins Rec Division
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Janet Lehman said this year’s 13th Annual Memorial Volleyball Tournament, held on Wednesday, July 4, was the hottest tournament ever with teams playing in 100-degree temperatures.
Each year the tournament is held on or near Independence Day in memory of Corey Lehman and Steve Morgenstern and in honor of Erin Smith, with tournament proceeds going towards a memorial scholarship fund.
“We had 23 total teams this year — five in the Recreational Division, 10 in the BB Division and eight in the Open Division,” Lehman said. “Erin Smith started the tournament by serving a volleyball over the net. Erin looks great and is improving every time we see her.”
The First Place winners of the Recreational Division was “Kiss My Ace” from Sunbury. Team members were Anthony Zarcone, Joe Swysgood, Johnny Cannell, Kelsey Zimmerman, Jordan Zak and Jamie Zak.
The Rec Division Second Place team was “Old Shoes”, also from Sunbury. Team members were John Weithman, Missy Weithman, Kim Mason, Mark Mason, Samantha Zuber and Shayla Pierce.
The First Place winner in the BB Division was “Dream Team” from Central Ohio. Team members were Miles Denovchek, Chris Powless, Marinda Roderick, Amanda Wagner, Evan Amstutz, Cory O’Brien and Josh Mason.
The BB Division Second Place winner was “Out Of Bounds” from Central Ohio. Team Members were Kim Doran, Julia Gillum-Galilei, Bill Wilson, Brian Washburn, Rich Johnson and Regina Frederick James.
“I’d Hit That” from Central Ohio won the Open Division. Team members were Shannen Rook, Jeni Kipker, Dave Dowden, Scott Thomas, Marcus Imawalle and Brian Lemaster.
Central Ohio’s “Patriot Act” took home Second Place in the Open Division. Team members were Jay Blistan, Kevin Johnson, Abbey Loy, Katie Hoeper, Justin Wong and Daniel Quintana.
This year’s scholarship recipients, Grant Beam, Tyler Beam and Emma Swysgood who received $1,000 each, were present for the tournament.
“It was another great tournament,” Lehman said. “Besides playing a volleyball tournament, we had a Silent Auction too. All together we made $4,500, our best money making tournament so far.
“Thanks to all the tournament participants, volunteers and donors,” Lehman added. “We could not have had such a successful Memorial Volleyball Tournament without you. We’re looking forward to next year.”