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  Moschella Terlesky Golf Invitational At The Lake Club Sept 21:   September 17, 2020 Edition  
     The 5th annual Christine Moschella Terlesky/Lake Club Girls Golf High School Invitational, hosted by Boardman High School, will take place on Monday, September 21 at The Lake Club. 16 teams are entered including Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Canton GlenOak, Green, Howland, and Massillon Jackson in Division I.
      In Division 2, the teams are Champion, Columbiana, Hubbard, Lakeview, Cardinal Mooney, Niles McKinley, Poland, Struthers and Ursuline. Play begins with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
      Christine is a former history teacher and girls golf coach, and assistant coach in basketball and track at Boardman High School. She attended Boardman High School where she was an All Steel Valley basketball player, and went on to play at Akron, as well as Youngstown State University.
      Over seven years ago, she was suddenly diagnosed with ALS and the battle began. She had to retire from teaching and coaching and had three young children to raise with her husband, Brian. Throughout her battle, Christine has become an inspiration to many in the community, and across the state.
      Five years ago Denise and Dan Gorski, both former Boardman High School teachers and coaches, met with Ed Muransky, owner and president of the Lake Club; as well as Chris Sammartino, chief operating officer; and director of golf Don Confoey to discuss hosting the invitational event and naming it in honor of Christine---for her contributions and dedication to women’s sports in this area and, in particular women’s golf.
      “The tournament has been receiving more and more statewide recognition and there is a waiting list to get into it,” Denise Gorski stated, adding “that is a tribute to Ed and Chris Muransky and the entire Lake Club staff as they run a first class operation and have made this tournament such a special event.
      “From the beginning Ed made it a two-day event with a practice round the day before the actual tournament. An awards banquet took place after the tournament that included a dinner that was spectacular, including food stations. Steve Cocca from Cocca’s Pizza and Shelly LaBerto from Chick-fil-A Tiffany Square Plaza have been annual supporting sponsors by donating dinner after the practice round and lunch on the day of the tournament.
      “But this year obviously due to the pandemic, some things have to be adjusted for the safety of everyone.”
      Local teams have performed very well at the tournament. Canfield won the Division I tournament in 2017, Boardman was second to Green in 2016, and Poland was second to Canton GlenOak in 2018. In Division 2, Poland won in 2016, Beaver Local in 2017, and Cardinal Mooney has won the past two years.
      Individually, former Spartan golfer Jacinta Pikunas (now at the Univeristy oif Akron) and GlenOak’s Jessica Hahn hold the Division I tournament record shooting a score of 69. Canfield’s former golfer Gillian Cerimele is fourth on that list shooting 72 in 2017. And Christine Terlesky’s niece Jenna Vivo (now with Youngstown State lady links team) is tenth on that list shooting a 77 in 2017. In Division 2, Jackie Adler from Hubbard has the Division 2 tournament record shooting a 79 last year. Cardinal Mooney’s Jayne Bernard and Alyssa Rapp are second on the list, shooting 80 and 82 respectively last year.
      All participating teams pay an entrance fee to compete. But the tournament also serves as a fundraiser for the Terlesky family as their incredible medical bills continue to mount. Sponsorships are available at $500 (Gold Level), $250 (Silver Level), and $100 (Bronze Level). All sponsors are recognized the day of the tournament on Monday, September 21.
      If interested in being a sponsor, contact Denise Gorski at
      Gorski summarized the event by saying “Christine was able to come to the first year of the tournament and gave such an inspiring speech to the golfers on fighting adversity and taking every day as a positive day. The next two years she was not feeling well and could not attend.
      “Last year, I and many others were overwhelmed when her husband Brian brought her into the banquet. We all knew how physically hard this was for her and yet she wanted to come meet the girls again that she met years earlier.
      “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we talked about her story and introduced her with her family. It took her well over a week to recover from going out and she hadn’t been out in months
      “The girls from 16 different high schools asked to have a picture taken with her outside. You can see Christine at the top of the steps with her family and Spartan golfers near her. It was truly a very emotional night for everyone.”
      Christine Terlesky still has the ability to communicate, and does so often on Facebook.
      Some recent posts detail what she deals with on a daily basis---
      “If I can live without spewing hate, knocking
      on death’s door, so can everyone else”
      “We have all been put through the ringer, and yet so many of you dropped what they were doing to help me. I’m so humbled I wish I could repay you all.
      “I’ll be honest with all of you, ALS has recently thoroughly has kicked my butt. From the paralysis to the breathing machine. To waking up drowning in my own phlegm. The pain that would come and go is constant. Add to that the isolation, I haven’t been very pleasant.
      “I fear this one thing will break me... I lost the ability to eat. It’s been 3, months, lost around sixty pounds, but who cares? ALS takes the ability to swallow, so I can’t even drink a coke without choking. I am living in the homemade Italian food mecca in the US, best kept secret in the country plus my mom who was trained by my Grandma who would’ve made Gordon Ramsey cry, is a fantastic cook. yes, this will be the thing that breaks me. My husband caught me looking at pics of food on the Internet. He said I looked at food the same way a 13yr old boy sneaks looking at porn. He’s looking into getting food sites blocked.
      “Oh well, if this has taught me anything is to enjoy and savor things and as much as I love food, I miss people so much more. The anger on facebook is out of control with some, and I have to wonder who are you really angry with??
      If I can live without spewing hate, knocking on death’s door, so can everyone else. Seriously though, for some people on here, therapy might be a good idea.
      “I am paralyzed. I have a feeding tube and a catheter... I am desperate for some relief... I wouldn’t be asking you for help if I wasn’t having this much pain I am dealing with. I just want the pain to stop for a short time”
      I am asking for help. As most of you know I have ALS. As my body deteriorates, my muscles are atrophied, but also freezing in pain. I need a masseuse willing to come to my house to massage and stretch.
      I realize some people are uncomfortable around disabled. So they would have to know that I am paralyzed. I have a feeding tube and a catheter. I have recently lost a lot of weight but still have some muscle left. I am desperate for some relief. My insurance doesn’t cover this, but I am willing to pay,. I also have to stay on my bed for the massage. I also have to keep my oxygen mask on the entirety of it, I also need the masseuse to wear a mask, and to top it off I can barely speak.
      I wouldn’t be asking you for help if I wasn’t having this much pain I am dealing with. I just want the pain to stop for a short time. And I like. Aromatherapy but not a requirement. I know this sounds terrible but I promise I am a nice person.
      Thank you everyone for all the support and generosity.
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