Firestone senior Patrick Schultz has signed to play golf and continue his academic career at Malone University.
Schultz is set to play for Pioneers men’s golf coach Ken Hyland after putting together a standout career at Firestone. He will get partial athletic and academic scholarships to attend Malone, a Division II school.
Schultz was a four-year letter winner in golf for the Falcons and served as a team captain. He was a four-time All-City Series first-team selection and a member of three City Series championship teams in the past three seasons that went undefeated in league play.
“This was obviously the right step,” Schultz said. “Playing high school golf in the city, you dream of winning City Series championships, and you focus on state and things like that.
“It is a privilege to continue my career and play collegiate golf. It feels great to represent Firestone and our golf program. It has been a dream of mine to play on the PGA Tour, and this will be a great experience. I will learn how to travel, grow as a player and compete against collegiate golfers.”
Schultz, who is 6-foot-2 and 150 pounds, has a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average and was a four-time All-City Academic Selection. He was voted Rookie of the Year as a freshman and team MVP, and has been the recipient of the Falcon and Leadership Awards. He plans to study business at Malone.
“Patrick was a four-year starter for our varsity golf program,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said. “He came in freshman year at tryouts at Good Park and got a hole-in-one. You could just tell he was a special player. He loves to play golf. He and his father and his brother, they all love to play golf. He was always a leader.”
Veteran Knights win
Drew Hoisington worked toward success as a baseball player at Walsh Jesuit and the University of Toledo.
Now at age 27, he is finding it as a coach in his first season at Nordonia. The Knights have a 12-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Suburban League with a team that features nine seniors.
“Coming into a situation where you have nine seniors and 17 upperclassmen, they have to buy into what you are preaching,” Hoisington said. “I knew coming in there was talent. I wanted to give them the basics, show them my philosophy and show them I knew what I was talking about.”
Senior right-handers Billy Smith (2-1) and Tyler Alders (2-1) are the aces of Nordonia’s pitching staff. Juniors Nick Armao (3-0), Dave Siegal and Brandon Talion have also been effective along with senior Liam VanBuskirk.
“We knew we would be strong on the mound,” Hoisington said. “I didn’t know we would be this strong at the plate. We are averaging almost eight runs and 12 hits per game.”
Alders, who also plays third base, has a .457 batting average with 10 runs batted in. Smith, a second baseman when not pitching, is batting .359 with 15 runs. Junior infielder Logan Strauss (.448) and senior outfielder Matt McRitchie (.417) are also batting more than .400.
Senior catcher-outfielder Scott Klein (.365, 11 RBI) and sophomore outfielder Alex Alders (.325, 17 RBI) have been consistent run producers.
“We have really have talked to the seniors about how they can be good and do great things if they do buy in,” Hoisington said. “I told the seniors this is your last year and this is my first year here. … My staff and I will do all we can to help. They have reacted very well and given me everything they have got.”
Seniors Ryan Bauer, Nick Piotrowski, Nick Martin and Adam Schreffler have been productive with juniors Logan Schickler and Kevin Chonko.
Nordonia has a .347 team batting average and outscored opponents 118-63.
Hoisington teaches U.S. History to sophomores at Buchtel. He is a graduate of Walsh (2004) and Toledo (2009). He helped Walsh win a Division II state title in 2004 and graduated from Toledo with school records for total bases (393), doubles (53), walks (111) and runs (180).
Hoisington, a Fairlawn resident after growing up in Akron, coached for two seasons at Garfield Heights Trinity and posted a 28-27 record. His brother, Taylor Hoisington, is a Nordonia assistant. Taylor is a 2007 Walsh graduate and was a member of the Warriors’ 2006 Division II state title team.
Nordonia defeated visiting Tallmadge 6-4 Tuesday. The teams were rained out Wednesday and will try to play at Tallmadge at 4:30 p.m. today. Nordonia will host Walsh at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and the teams will meet again at Canal Park in Akron at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Hoisington brothers played for Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar.
Undefeated on the track
The Nordonia boys track and field team is off to a solid start this season under coach Scott Barwidi with a 4-0 dual record and three first places at invitationals.
Junior Jordan Nobles, sophomore Denzel Ward, junior Brandon Truett and senior George Demian are four of the Knights’ top athletes.
The Knights went 7-0 in Suburban League dual meets last year and won the postseason Suburban League title.
Three nominated for game
Three area football players in the 2014 class have been nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The three juniors are St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker, Massillon offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers and Massillon defensive back Marcus Whitfield. They are three of 26 players statewide to be nominated. There are 400 players nominated across the country. The selections will be announced in the fall. The all-star game is set for Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and is expected to be televised live on NBC.
Morrissette earns honor
Twinsburg senior Ashley Morrissette was selected as an All-America honorable mention by MaxPreps.com for the 2012-2013 season.
Morrissette, a Purdue recruit, helped Twinsburg win Division I state titles when she was a sophomore and junior. The Tigers finished as state runner-up this past season.
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