This weekend's Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival performance will feature a debut performance of Spinning Plates, from Neos Dance Theatre, which explores the journey we take when falling in love, from joy and commitment to pain and regret.
"Spinning Plates is about love, marriage, each person's past and issues and the journey they, and we, decide to take with another person," said Neos Dance Theater artistic director Robert Wesner. "I'm exploring the ugly, the joy, the pain, the regret, the commitment, the first touch, the whole thing. It's inspired by the love between two people and have dedicated this work to my sister and her new husband."
The performance takes place Aug. 9 and 10 and Firestone Park.
Akron Racers Charities are teaming up with Akron Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network to brighten the lives of youth who are suffering from illness in the Akron community.
The Racers will collect new coloring books, crayons, markers, card games and similar items July 29 through 31 at Firestone Stadium. All proceeds from the event go toward the patients of Akron Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.
According to the Children’s Miracle Network website, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital every minute. Donations to these hospitals work to improve the lives of children through funding research, training and uncompensated care. Akron Children’s Hospital is one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and works to bring “high quality care” to infants, children, teens, burn victims of all ages and adults with congenital, genetic and maternal/fetal conditions.
As we step into the hottest days of summer so far, the city is encouraging residents with no air conditioning or fans to seek shelter and stay cool.
Akron will provide cold water and extend hours of operation in some of its Community Centers for those that need to get out of the heat. Residents may cool off by visiting the following Community Centers through Friday this week:
1. Patterson Park – (through Thursday - July 18) 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday (July 19) noon to 5 p.m.
2. Ellet – (through Thursday) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday (July 19) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3. Lawton – (through Thursday) 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday (July 19) 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Summit Lake – (through Friday) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5. Firestone – (through Thursday) 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday (July 19) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Racers fell short of sweeping a five-game series against the NJ/NY Comets yesterday. It was a pitching showdown between Racers veteran Lisa Norris and Comets rookie Olivia Galati in the final game of the series. Norris and Galati each pitched seven scoreless innings, only giving up eight hits and three walks between both pitchers. Neither team could put runs on the board in seven innings, leading to an eighth-inning battle for the win.
The Comets posed a threat in the second inning. After Norris struck out Dorian Shaw at the plate she walked Brittany Lindley to first base. Kelsi Weseman was hit by a pitch and advanced to first pushing Lindley to second. A fielder’s choice put Weseman out at second from Courtney Liddle’s single, and Lindley stopped at third base. Amy Hooks stepped to the plate with Lindley in scoring position, but second baseman Tess Sito caught Hooks’ line drive, ceasing the threat.
The Akron Racers started a new streak last nigth after dropping seven in a row, stringing together back-to-back victories over the NY/NJ Comets. The Racers beat the Comets, 11-0, and Akron started the game with a strong first inning; the team scored four runs on four hits and batted through the order. Racers pitcher Ivy Renfroe had an excellent game and threw a three-hit complete game shutout.
Renfroe went over the century mark, throwing 111 pitches, while walking three and striking out seven in seven innings.
Racers rookie Brigette Del Ponte who fillied in for Kelly Montalvo at third base, manned the hot corner like a seasoned pro. In the fourth inning, she snagged a bouncing grounder in short stop territory and made the throw to first to get the second out of the inning. On the very next ball, Del Ponte displayed her arm strength when she caught the ball but dropped it.
Akron Racers President/GM Joey Arrietta announced the signing of Georgia standout and Ohio native, Tess Sito. The Akron Racers went the local route in the National Pro Fastpitch League Senior Draft in April when they used their 16th overall selection to grab the Georgia utility specialis.
Sito was a star player at nearby Elyria High School where she earned Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in the State of Ohio in 2008 and 2009. She was the only player in Ohio High School softball history to earn the award for consecutive seasons.
“I have watched Tess literally grow up on the diamond," said Arriettta. "I am thrilled to provide her with the opportunity to play before her family and friends in Northeast Ohio."
Firestone Stadium will play host to the Little League World Series Central Regional Aug. 4 through 8.
Round one began at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 with Escanaba LL playing Melrose Park LL at the Stadium field for the American League and Columbia Softball LL playing Sturgeon Bay LL on the Pony field for the National League. The championship game will take place Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. with the winners of the Semi-Final games facing off. All pins and pennants will be awarded after the championship game.
With bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nicole Pauly (.316) executed at the plate for Akron with a line-drive single, scoring the go ahead and winning run for the Racers to defeat the Carolina Diamonds 3-2.
After a 1-1 tie in the first inning, a two-and-a-half inning long scoreless streak was broken in the fourth inning when Racers short stop Aja Paculba blasted an (.279) RBI single.
The Diamonds' designated player Rachel Folden (.405) tied the score back up to 2-2 in the sixth inning with another RBI single shortly after.
The Akron Racers (11-17) claimed victory over the USSSA Florida Pride (16-11) Sunday after Aja Paculba (.305) hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Racers and extra inning victory, 4-2.
The Racers made their first mark in the second inning when Nicole Trimboli (.258) hit a double, bringing Kaylyn Castillo home for a run. The run was the first time all series the Racers scored first. Paculba followed that with a single also bringing in an RBI putting the score at 2-0.
The Pride quickly answered back in the third inning with two runs on three hits. Florida Pride’s Jessica Mendoza ended the inning when she tried to steal third, putting herself in a pickle against Racers’ third baseman Kelley Montalvo, second baseman Nicole Pauly and short stop Aja Paculba. It took four throws back and forth for the out.