Norwayne senior Kaleb Harris made an oral commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers on a football scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, according to reports.
Harris, who is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, has helped Norwayne reach the Division IV state playoffs in each of the past two seasons, including winning the state championship in 2011 and being a state semifinalist in 2012. He has made his mark as a speedy defensive back and wide receiver.
According to reports, Cincinnati, Marshall, Western Michigan, Toledo, Kent State, Akron and Buffalo all offered Harris a scholarship. Harris could play outside linebacker at UC.
He also has played basketball at Norwayne and competed in the Division II state track and field meet.
Harris’ teammate, senior Trevahn Beery, recently committed to play football on scholarship at Western Michigan.
Norwayne has won the past two Wayne County Athletic League titles in football.
Walsh names Salata as AD
Walsh Jesuit High School named Barbara Salata as its new athletic director.
Salata replaces Grant Conzaman, who recently announced he would be retiring at the end of June after a long tenure as the school’s AD.
Salata has 25 years of experience serving in athletic administration and as an English teacher for several Northeast Ohio schools. She spent the past eight years as the athletic director and an English teacher for Elyria Catholic High School. She also served as the associate athletic director and then AD for Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and as an English teacher for eight years and as athletic director and English teacher for Cleveland Central Catholic for 10 years.
“We are very excited that Barb has accepted the offer for the athletic director position,” Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle said in a news release. “Barb’s extensive athletic administrative background and wonderful personality fit so well with the school’s mission. I am confident she will continue the outstanding athletic programs we have established at Walsh Jesuit.”
Salata was named the 2010 Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year for Northeast Ohio, and is a two-time recipient of the Scholastic Recognition Award from the North Coast League. Salata is also the 2003-04 recipient of the John Payton Athletic Director of the Year Award from the Catholic Athletic Administrators and received the Cleveland Baseball Federation John Peyton Memorial Award in 2002.
Fortner fund starts
The late Richard “Dick” Fortner was known for rebuilding high school football programs and left a legacy in the Akron area after his coaching career that spanned three decades. Losing programs were turned into winners and many of the young men who played at Randolph, Stow, Kenmore and North high schools were impacted in a profound way by playing for Fortner.
With his passing in November of 2012, the family has set up a fund in his name to benefit area football programs. The first donation from the fund has been awarded to the Kenmore High School football boosters to support coach Jason Knapp as he takes over the program in his first head coaching assignment.
“We are happy to have the donation and it will help us provide much-needed equipment for our program,” Knapp said in a news release. “We certainly want to continue to bring the Kenmore football program back to the glory days experienced during Coach Fortner’s tenure, and this will help us progress toward that goal.”
Anyone interested in making a donation to the Richard “Dick” Fortner Memorial fund to benefit area football programs may do so at any First Merit Bank location.
Vaudrin signs with Geneva
Chaese Vaudrin, a 2103 Lake High School graduate, signed with Geneva College in Pennsylvania to play basketball.
Vaudrin helped Lake basketball win its first Federal League championship during the 2012-13 season. The Blue Streaks finished with 21 wins.
Vaudrin earned first-team honors in the Federal League and was a third-team selection in the Division I Northeast Inland District. He was the team’s captain and was selected Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the season.
Vaudrin was also selected as the OHSAA Archie Griffin Award winner for sportsmanship. He was the assists leader and second-leading scorer for the Blue Streaks.
“Chaese has been a dynamic player for the our basketball program,” Lake coach Tom McBride said. “He has displayed great leadership skills along with his excellent basketball knowledge.”
Mount Union adds four
Four area 2013 high school graduates have committed to attend the University of Mount Union and participate in athletics.
Green’s Joshua Pritchard will compete on the men’s basketball team and plans to study business.
Pritchard, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound center, was a Division I All-Northeast Ohio Inland District selection who also earned All-Suburban League honors after averaging 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Lake’s Nick Gingo will play on the men’s golf team. Gingo was a Division I All-District and All-Federal League selection. He plans to study accounting.
Lake’s Kate Baker will compete on the women’s soccer team. Baker was an All-Federal League pick and plans to study middle childhood education.
Sandy Valley’s Ben Lehotay will compete on the cross country and track and field teams.
Lehotay was a Division II All-Ohio cross country honoree and a Division II state track and field qualifier in the 3,200 meters. He plans to study computer science.
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