Mark Mittiga is set to graduate from one Walsh and attend another Walsh soon.
Mittiga, a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School, made an oral commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Walsh University. He will play for Cavaliers coach Tim Mead on the school’s NCAA Division II baseball team.
“Without hesitation, I can say that Mark Mittiga is one of the most kind, mature and sincere young men I have had the good fortune to coach,” Walsh Jesuit baseball coach Chris Kaczmar said. “He comes from a genuinely good family, and he will always reside in that special place among players, who will be remembered more for who they are, and the example they set, than for anything relating to baseball.”
Mittiga, a Green resident, is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher. He helped Walsh to a co-North Coast League Conference title in 2012. He was also named 2011 Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference second-team and helped lead the Warriors to a Division II state runner-up finish in 2010 and to national rankings in 2010 and 2011.
“He has a tremendous amount of potential on the mound,” Kaczmar said. “He is a pleasure to watch pitch, and he is a fierce competitor. Overall, he is a true friend and a fine talent who will be missed a great deal, and I am very proud that he will be moving on to the next level.”
Mittiga has a 3.0 grade-point average and intends to major in business or sports management at Walsh University. He also played shooting guard for Warriors basketball coach John Norris.
Griffin set to join brother
Jackson senior Miles Griffin has made a commitment to play basketball at the University of Mount Union.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Griffin, as he joins older brother Stevie Griffin on the Purple Raiders’ basketball team that is coached by Mike Fuline, who completed his second season at Mount Union after coaching at Jackson and guiding the 2009-2010 Polar Bears to the Division I state boys basketball title.
Miles Griffin helped Jackson win Federal League boys basketball titles when he was a sophomore and junior, but a knee injury ended his senior season after five games. He had surgery in February, and Jackson coach Tim Debevec is confident he will be healthy to play as a college freshman.
Miles Griffin averaged 14.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a junior. The rebound and assist averages led the team.
Stevie Griffin started as a sophomore this past season for Mount Union and averaged 12.1 points. The Purple Raiders reached the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title game for the first time since 2004. Freshman Jarrett Ruffin of Nordonia also played a key role on the team and earned the OAC Freshman of the Year honor.
Softball galore Part I
The Akron Racers Foundation is set to host three large softball tournaments in the next three weekends.
The first event is the Ohio Invitational. It is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Firestone Stadium and the adjacent Pony Field in Akron and at Logan Fields in Coventry.
Area schools North Canton Hoover, Manchester, Archbishop Hoban, Perry, Highland, Jackson, Springfield, Field and Coventry are part of the 20-team field that is divided into five pools. Each pool has four teams, and all 20 teams are scheduled to play three games.
Smithville senior pitcher Jenna Kendall put her name in the school record books during a 1-0 victory over Rittman last week. Kendall pitched a no-hitter and struck out a school-record 18 batters in the win.