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Briefs: Ross wins in Cincy

The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals season is over, but April Ross and Jennifer Kessy continue to win pro tournaments on the sand.

Ross, a former Newport Harbor High star, and Kessy captured the women’s title at the Cincinnati Players Championship Sunday.

When the AVP folded last month there was still a desire to put on a Labor Day weekend tournament at recently completed Hahana Beach Sports Complex in Columbia Township. The prize money was lowered for the event. Ross and Kessy reportedly shared $10,000, as opposed to the usual $20,000 for winning an AVP event.

Ross and Kessy defeated Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the final, 21-18, 21-12. Ross and Kessy were the best women’s AVP team all year, winning four of the six tournaments they played.


Tying for third were Misty May-Treanor, also of Newport Harbor, and Nicole Branagh and Angie Akers and Tyra Turner after the duos lost to Davis/Johnson Jordan and Kessy/Ross in the semifinals, respectively.

This could have been the last tournament of May-Treanor’s career, as she has openly considered retirement, according to Universal Sports.

May-Treanor had played with Kerri Walsh, winning two Olympic gold medals. Walsh made her first pro appearance since giving birth to her second child in May. She lost the only two matches she played with partner Brook Hanson and tied for seventh.

— From staff reports


Tim Toone signed to Lions practice squad

Tim Toone, known as Mr. Irrelevant XXXV, posted a disappointing message on his Facebook page Saturday morning.

“I was released today. Thank you for all of your support!” was the message after the Detroit Lions cut the 255th and dead-last selection of the NFL draft.

But Toone, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver out of Weber State, returned on Facebook Sunday with better news.

“I signed to the Lions practice squad,” he wrote.

Toone was one of seven players signed to the Lions’ practice squad. He was the only 2010 selection the Lions did not keep on their active roster.

Toone left Weber State as the all-time leader in pass receptions (206), receiving yards (3,607) and touchdown catches (29).

— From staff reports


Mesa alumni match

The Costa Mesa High girls’ volleyball program will be having an alumni match Friday at 5 p.m.

For alumni interested in competing or attending, contact Debbie Krohnfeldt at

— From staff reports