Copley High School senior Danny Beaton has committed to play baseball at St. Bonaventure University.
Beaton, 18, plays second base for the Indians. He said the Bonnies recruited him as a middle midfielder.
“I definitely thought the coaching staff was awesome when I visited with them,” Beaton said. “The school is great and the baseball field is super nice. It is all turf. Baseball is one of the biggest sports on the campus, and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the program. They have a winning tradition and I am excited to be part of it.”
Beaton, who is 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, will be entering his third season on the Copley varsity baseball team and his second year as a starter. He has a 3.4 grade-point average. He also considered Lake Erie College, Gannon University and Baldwin Wallace University.
“When I visited St. Bonaventure I knew that is where I want to go for baseball,” Beaton said. “Once they assured me of a roster spot, I made my commitment.”
APS sets athletic dates
Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools program manager of interscholastic athletics, said the City Series will host four championship events this month.
The wrestling tournament will be at Ellet on Saturday and start at 10 a.m., the girls and boys bowling tournament will be at Midway Lanes on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m., the girls basketball final will be at Ellet on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and the boys basketball final will be at Kenmore on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Buchtel, Firestone and Kenmore are the favorites in the wrestling event and Ellet has fielded strong teams recently in bowling.
The basketball finals will be interesting with teams jockeying for position in the regular season.
Firestone has the top girls team at 12-5 overall and 10-0 in the league. Kenmore (9-8, 6-3) and Ellet (9-7, 8-3) are in the mix as well, with Kenmore holding a tiebreaker advantage due to the one-point differential between the two teams when they played.
Buchtel has the top boys team at 9-3 overall and 6-0 in the league. Ellet (13-2, 5-2), East (6-7, 6-2) and Firestone (6-8, 4-4) remain in the mix.
Brunswick tops NOC
Brunswick won the 18-team Northeast Ohio Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Garfield Heights with 252.5 points.
Hudson finished fifth with 123 points, and Cuyahoga Falls took seventh with 114 points.
Brunswick’s Brett Thomas (126 pounds) and Nick Kiussis (132) won individual titles.
Hudson featured one champ, Michael Coleman at 160. Austin Wilson (195) and Rudy Ware (220) of Cuyahoga Falls each won a title.
PTC mat happenings
Crestwood won its fourth consecutive Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Waterloo.
The Red Devils scored 211 points and featured three champions: Conner Nemec (132), Jake Zemaitis (138) and Kenny Jackson (195). Nemec is a four-time PTC champion and Zemaitis is a three-time PTC champion.
Norton finished second with 187 points and had three champions: Mike Dyer (170), Johnny Glas (285) and Sean Rutherford (220).
Coventry (186), Rootstown (170.5), Ravenna (154) and Woodridge (136) finished third through sixth in the team standings.
Rootstown was awarded the PTC County Division title and had four champions: Brad Trescott (106), Tony Paolucci (120), Zack Ladich (160) and Travis Linton (182).
The other champions were: Field’s Cory Simpson (113), Kent Roosevelt’s Andrew Wallace (126), Coventry’s Zack Lake (145) and Waterloo’s Josh Horning (152).
Elsewhere on the mat
Aurora hosted and finished second to Lake County Perry at the annual Chagrin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. Aurora’s Jarrod Brezovec (106) and Josh Whitelaw (113) both placed first.