The No. 11 in the East baseball program will forever belong to Marine Cpl. Derek A. Wyatt.
East retired No. 11 in Wyatt’s honor on Wednesday before a game against Alliance on Derek Wyatt Field at Reservoir Park.
Wyatt died at age 25 on Dec. 6, 2010, in combat in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from East High School and was a standout baseball player.
“His wife [Kait], son [Michael], parents and most of his teammates from the 2004 City Series championship team were in attendance,” East baseball coach Chuck Rusinek said. “We have a plaque in the shape of home plate hanging on the backstop.”
A huge rock at Reservoir Park also commemorates Wyatt, who was a second baseman for East.
“I coached against him in 2004,” Rusinek said. “I was coaching at North and we met East in the City championship. … Going against him, he was the type of kid you hated to play, but after the game you wish you had 10 of them.”
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic called Wyatt “an all-American kid” at a memorial service after his death in 2010.
Janus commits to Marietta
Kent Roosevelt senior Zachary Janus has committed to continue his academic and baseball careers at Marietta College.
Janus, 18, is 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds.
“I chose to attend Marietta because of the petroleum engineering major,” Janus said. “I became interested in that major, toured the campus and liked it. The baseball coach happened to see me at a showcase this past summer and was recruiting me to be a pitcher for the Marietta Pioneer baseball team. It was a win-win situation. I am excited to be attending such a great school.”
Janus is in his third year starting for Roosevelt and serves as a captain. He pitches and also plays third base and shortstop. He has a .421 batting average this season and a 2.93 ERA. His ERA last year was 2.30.
Janus also played wide receiver in football. He was a two-year varsity letter winner in football and was a co-captain for the Rough Riders.
He received an honorable mention for the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division as a junior baseball player and was a second-team All-PTC Metro selection as a senior football player.
Lake hires DeGeorge
Lake High School announced the hiring of Dan DeGeorge as its new football coach.
DeGeorge replaces Jeff Durbin, who stepped down after last season.
DeGeorge served as offensive coordinator on Durbin’s staff.
Jackson to hire coach
Jackson High School is expected to name Anthony Butch its next varsity girls basketball coach.
Butch will be recommended at the Board of Education meeting on May 21.
He has been the junior varsity coach for two years after coaching the freshmen for a year and a middle school coach for a year.
Butch has been a teacher in the district for the past six years and has 10 years of basketball coaching experience at Jackson, Springfield, Warren JFK and Minerva.
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