Hudson junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni has given an oral commitment to continue his academic and football careers on scholarship at the University of Toledo.
Guadagni, who is 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, helped guide Hudson to the Division I playoffs last year and a 10-2 overall record. He also held scholarship offers from the University of Akron, Buffalo, Kent State and Western Michigan.
Guadagni finished last season with 22 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns. He completed 148-of-253 passes for 2,029 yards and had 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 913 yards on 147 carries.
“I am very, very happy for him, for his family and for the University of Toledo,” Hudson coach Ron Wright said. “I think it is an excellent choice. That is a very sound football team. Coach [Matt] Campbell does a fine job. I am excited for Mitch. Not many kids get to move on and play college football.”
Several other schools expressed an interest in Guadagni, including Boston College, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Duke, West Virginia, Ivy League schools and Mid-American Conference schools such as Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green.
Senior Nicolette Williams smacked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the host Tallmadge softball team to a 1-0 victory over Green on Tuesday. Blue Devils senior pitcher Kirsten Lightel tossed a shutout and allowed two hits. … Senior Vanessa Scoarste went 4-for-5 Wednesday to guide visiting Medina to a 7-5 victory over Strongsville in nine innings. Scoarste hit a home run, a double and two singles to go along with two runs batted in.
APS sets dates
Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools program manager of interscholastic athletics, announced the following City Series championship dates:
Tennis — Monday, at Hyre Park Courts. Matches will start at 2 p.m. The Ellet, Firestone, Garfield, Kenmore and North boys teams will be competing.
Track and field — May 16, at Ellet High School. The field events start at 4 p.m., running preliminaries start at 5 p.m. and running finals start at 6 p.m. The Buchtel, East, Ellet, Firestone, Garfield, Kenmore and North girls and boys teams will be competing.
Baseball — May 19, at Canal Park. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Ellet and Firestone are currently the top two teams in the regular-season standings.
Softball — May 20, Firestone Stadium. First pitch is to be at 6 p.m. Ellet and Firestone are currently the top two teams in the regular-season standings.
St. V-M commitments
St. Vincent-St. Mary baseball coach Anthony Boarman announced four senior baseball players committed to play college baseball.
The four players are pitcher Corey Whaley (Marietta), catcher Zac George (Ohio Northern), infielder Calvin Miller (Wooster) and outfielder Jeff Dehnke (Walsh).
“These guys have a special place with me,” Boarman said. “Being able to watch them grow and mature in the program, in the classroom, and in life is my favorite part of coaching. I’m confident that they will be very successful on and off the field at the next level. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to coach these four young men.”
Whaley is out this season due to a knee (ACL) injury that was suffered in March. He was a key player the previous three seasons for the Irish, and Boarman said he has “served a crucial role as a leader in the dugout this season.”
Boarman said George has earned three varsity letters and has been the team’s starting catcher since his sophomore year. Miller and Dehnke are both first-year letter winners and have emerged as two of St. V-M’s leading hitters.
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