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Nordonia senior Alex Alders commits to play baseball at Wright State

By Michael Beaven Published: June 2, 2015

Nordonia senior Alex Alders has committed to play baseball at Wright State University.

"Wright State is a perfect fit for Alex to continue his baseball career," Nordonia coach Drew Hoisington said. "The way he plays the game fits the way they approach the game. Alex is a special player and I look forward to seeing him grow as a player and thrive as a Raider."

Alders has been a three-sport standout athlete at Nordonia, playing football for coach Jeff Fox, basketball for coach Matt Cash and baseball for Hoisington.

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Baseball: Aurora tops Jackson 3-0 in Division I regional final

By Michael Beaven Published: May 30, 2015

Aurora 3, Jackson 0 – Ben Stawicki and Andy Weber both had multiple hits, and Adam Long and Carter Semancik combined to pitch a shutout as the Greenmen (22-5) defeated the Polar Bears (23-7) on Friday night in a Division I regional final at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton.

The victory propels Aurora into a Division I state semifinal game against Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (29-3), who defeated Mason 7-4 Friday in a regional final.

Aurora and Moeller will play at 1 p.m. Thursday at Huntington Park in Columbus. Cleveland St. Ignatius (26-5) and Westerville Central (24-4) will meet in the other state semifinal at 10 a.m. The state final is set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Aurora coach Michael Brancazio said Stawicki, a sophomore, went 3-for-4 at bat against Jackson, and Weber, a senior who is a Virginia recruit, went 2-for-3.

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Softball: Three home runs allow Barberton to defeat Stow 8-5

By Michael Beaven Published: May 22, 2015

A home run in the sixth inning and two home runs in the seventh inning helped host Barberton defeat Stow 8-5 Thursday in a Division I district semifinal softball game.

Macy Ries hit a three-run home run to tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. Riley Ries delivered a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Magics the lead and Kayla Rorrer followed with a solo home run to conclude the scoring.

“Without a doubt that was our best comeback of the season,” Barberton coach Steve Kaisk said. “It was one of those games where at the end when I was speaking to the girls I was at a loss for words. I am very proud of the way they fought back.”

Barberton will meet Walsh Jesuit in a district final at Barberton at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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Baseball: Four-run fifth inning leads Woodridge to 7-3 win over St. V-M

By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2015

Woodridge’s baseball team put together a four-run bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday to defeat St. Vincent-St. Mary 7-3 in a Division II district semifinal at Canal Park.

Bulldogs coach Dennis Dever said sophomore Jake Margroff and senior Christian Owens both finished with two hits. Owens batted in three runs and Margroff scored twice.

Mike Seminatore (7-3) pitched a complete game and earned the win for Woodridge (19-10), which overcame a 3-0 deficit to St. V-M (16-13).

Woodridge will meet Tallmadge in a district final at 2 p.m. today at the University of Akron.

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Baseball: Tallmadge lays down two squeeze bunts to beat Chagrin Falls 7-6

By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2015

Tallmadge’s baseball team defeated Chagrin Falls 7-6 Wednesday in a Division II district semifinal at Canal Park following two perfect squeeze bunts.

Blue Devils coach Kenny Linn called for both plays that worked. Junior Ben Pratt’s bunt scored freshman Scott Seeker in the third inning and junior Tyler Duben’s bunt scored senior Bill Woods in the sixth inning.

Tallmadge (13-14) led 7-2 going into the bottom of the sixth and held on to win after Chagrin Falls (21-8) scored four runs in the inning.

Woods (5-4) earned the win. Seeker, Pratt and freshman Jared Burick each had two hits. Burick, Pratt and freshman Seth Gergely all batted in a run.

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By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2015

Michael Peters of CVCA signs to play basketball at BW

By Michael Beaven Published: May 19, 2015

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Michael Peters has signed with Baldwin Wallace University to continue his academic and basketball careers.

Peters helped CVCA win a Division II district championship in 2013, and finish as district runner-up in 2014 and 2015. He was named to the Associated Press All-Ohio Division II Third Team as a senior and an All-Ohio Special Mention selection as a junior. He also earned earned All-Northeast Ohio Inland District First Team honors as a senior and junior and was an All-NEO Inland District Special Mention as a sophomore.

Peters, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, averaged 20.4 points per game and 5.7 rebounds as a senior and was named the PAC-7 Player of the Year. He finished his career with 1,376 points, which is No. 2 in CVCA school history. 

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Hoban junior Jonah Morris commits to Michigan State for football

By Michael Beaven Published: May 12, 2015

Archbishop Hoban junior Jonah Morris announced on his Twitter account that he has orally committed to play football at Michigan State University.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and for more on this developing story.

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Nordonia plans to hire Kirk Culler to be boys basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: May 12, 2015

Nordonia is planning to hire Kirk Culler to be its boys basketball coach.

Knights Athletic Director Rob Eckenrode said Tuesday that Culler will be recommended to the Nordonia Hills City Schools Board of Education at a Board meeting on May 18.

Culler is a 1990 Stow High School graduate who played basketball for coach Dave Close. He was a starter on the Bulldogs 1989-1990 team that reached a Division I state semifinal after winning sectional, district and regional titles.

Culler served as an assistant coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius for the past seven years. He was previously the head coach at Eastlake North and Lakewood.

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Hoban selects Joe Beyer as Athletic Director, Michael Del Medico moves to new position within school

By Michael Beaven Published: May 11, 2015

Archbishop Hoban High School announced Monday that Joseph Beyer has accepted the position of Athletic Director, effective July 1.

Beyer takes on this role as Michael J. Del Medico, currently Executive Director of Advancement and Athletics, assumes a full-time focus at Hoban as Vice President of Advancement and Planning.

Beyer has served as Coordinator of Athletic Operations for Hoban since May 2014. He earned a bachelor of science in education degree in sport and leisure studies, with a coaching specialization, and a master’s degree in sport and exercise management, both from Ohio State University. He has 11 years of experience working in athletic management at the collegiate level and 10 years of experience working OHSAA championships and high school events. He also has served as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Akron in the area of sport management.

“As evidenced from his past year with us, Joe is a gifted administrator who genuinely embraces our Holy Cross mission and values,” Hoban President Dr. Todd R. Sweda said. “We look forward to his continuing the athletic program’s positive trajectory, especially as we anxiously await the construction of our state-of-the-art health and fitness center this fall.”

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