Coventry senior basketball player Jimmy Holmgren has committed to attend Mount Union to continue his career.
Holmgren, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound guard, played three years on the Comets’ varsity and was a two-year starter.
“I am real excited about going to Mount Union,” Holmgren said. “I was either going to go to Geneva College [in Beaver Falls, Pa.] or Mount. If I would have gone to Geneva, I would have probably gotten a lot more playing time, but it is farther away and Mount has a better team. I am planning to work hard and hopefully get some playing time as a freshman.”
Holmgren helped Coventry to a 12-11 record in 2012-13 and to a 15-9 mark in 2013-14.
The Comets reached the Division II district semifinals this year, their first district appearance since 1991, according to coach Lynn Wess.
Wess is confident Holmgren can contribute for Mount Union coach Mike Fuline.
“Jimmy averaged around 11 points [per game] as a junior and 13.9 points as a senior,” Wess said. “A lot of teams keyed on him this year. It was a little tougher at times with top defenders on him. He has a lot of potential and he is an excellent shooter from long distance. To play in the Division III level, he will need to get stronger and improve his ball-handling.”
Holmgren has a 3.7 grade-point average.
Baseball rankings check
The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association has Walsh Jesuit No. 1 in its latest Division I state rankings.
Walsh Jesuit is ranked No. 6 in the nation in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 50 rankings.
Hudson is sixth in the Division I state poll, Jackson is seventh and Wadsworth is 16th.
In the Division II state poll, Woodridge is No. 5.
Canton Central Catholic and Tuslaw are ranked seventh and tied for 13th, respectively, in the Division III state poll.
St. Thomas Aquinas checks in at No. 10 in the Division IV state poll.
Softball rankings check
The Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association released its state rankings and North Canton Hoover is No. 2 behind Lebanon in Division I.
Hoover has won three Division I state titles in a row.
Brecksville is fourth in Division I and Walsh is ninth.
Tallmadge is No. 10 in the Division II poll and Windham is No. 8 in the Division IV poll.
Tennis rankings check
Jackson and Copley are the only ranked tennis teams in the latest Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state poll.
Jackson is No. 7 in Division I and Copley is No. 9.
The Jackson boys tennis team recently won its second consecutive Federal League tournament title at the Harvard Courts at Weis Park in Canton.
The Polar Bears completed an unbeaten season in the Federal League by placing first in all five flights of the tournament. Sophomores Joey Thomas, Jake Zalenski and Anthony Kanam won first, second and third singles, respectively. Junior Mark Dickerhoof and senior Mark Spencer won in first doubles, and senior Michael Metzger and sophomore Wesley Piekarski won in second doubles.
Jackson scored 35 points in the tournament. North Canton Hoover finished second with 29 points and Perry was third with 22 points.
Track and field meets
There will be several track and field meets this weekend where individuals and teams will be crowned league/conference champions.
Here is a breakdown:
• The Northeast Ohio Conference was scheduled to hold meets for its Lake, River and Valley Divisions Wednesday.
• The Portage Trail Conference Metro and County Divisions were scheduled to start Wednesday and finish Friday.
• The Suburban League is scheduled to be contested today and Saturday.
• The Patriot Athletic Conference started Tuesday and is scheduled to conclude today.
• Friday will also feature the following meets: the Akron City Series, the Federal League, the Northeastern Buckeye Conference, the Ohio Cardinal Conference, the PAC-7 and the Wayne County Athletic League.
The North Coast League held its league championship meet last week. The Walsh Jesuit girls and the Mentor Lake Catholic boys won Blue Division team titles. The St. Thomas Aquinas girls and the Garfield Heights Trinity boys won White Division team titles.
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