North boys basketball coach Stacie Carter and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed Jonathan Carter II into the world at 2:59 a.m. Saturday.
Carter coached host North to a 68-63 victory over Ellet just hours earlier on Friday night.
“I was in labor the whole game Friday night, but I held on and didn’t let the guys know,” Carter said. “They might have known something was up because I felt different.
“We got home after the game and called the score in and went to the hospital.”
Jonathan Carter II weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long at Summa Akron City Hospital. Stacie Carter said she completed phoning in the box score to the Akron Beacon Journal at 10:59 Friday night.
“I knew it was different than any of the other pains and uncomfortableness I had felt,” Carter said. “I figured they would give me fluids, make sure everything was OK and send me home. It didn’t work out like that.”
Senior Damon Bowman led the Vikings over the Orangemen with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Trarell Balknight (16 points), junior Edward Harris (14 points) and senior Marcus Robbins (eight points) were also key scorers.
“It was a pretty unique situation,” North Athletic Director Carrie Stewart said. “It was a very intense game. Every win is a big win for us. We all knew she was getting close and we had planned for it. The whole evening was pretty intense. We won the JV game by 1 point (61-60) and the varsity game was close.”
Carter, a graduate of Buchtel High School and the University of Akron, was scheduled to go into the hospital Jan. 18. She has three other children: Shaia (18), Sydney (14), Joelle (3).
Assistant coaches Danyelle Love and Kevin Strickland will coach North against host Buchtel tonight and against host Kenmore on Friday.
Carter hopes to return to the team on Jan. 22 against visiting Firestone, but she is unsure if she will actively coach that game.
“I will play it by ear,” Carter said. “I plan to return for the Firestone game at home. It will be hard for me to sit there and watch, but I will definitely be on the bench. The guys are excited. They have been able to come visit me.”
Warriors top Knights
Walsh Jesuit defeated Archbishop Hoban 75-62 in a girls basketball game Saturday night to stay undefeated in the North Coast League.
Sophomore Lilli Piper scored 23 points for the Warriors (10-2, 5-0) and senior Jessa Gilberto scored 20 points.
“That was a big win for us,” Walsh coach Pete Zaccari said. “We are an inexperienced team. I think we got a lot of confidence from the way we played the fourth quarter. I am very proud of the girls. Hoban is a good team and they are well coached.”
Senior Sophia Simone scored 14 points for Walsh and sophomore Anna Hall added nine points.
Seniors Alessandra Dickos (20 points) and Meghan Donohue (17 points) paced the Knights (9-2, 4-1).
“It was a fun game to watch,” Zaccari said. “It was close, but in the last four minutes we pulled away. There was a lot of intensity in the game.”
Touchdown Club honors
The 71st annual Touchdown Club Fall Sports Banquet took place Monday at Guy’s Party Centre.
Here are the Players of the Year:
Football — Ben Gedeon, Hudson; and Zach Smierciak, Aurora.
Volleyball — Mary Grace Kelly, Walsh Jesuit; Kyra Coundourides, Walsh Jesuit; and Alana Woodward, Southeast.
Boys soccer — Brandon Taylor, Revere.
Girls soccer — Sandra Yu, Walsh Jesuit.
Boys cross country — Mick Iacofano, St. Vincent-St. Mary; and Brian Brennan, Walsh Jesuit.
Girls cross country — Rachel Iacofano, St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Boys golf — Chase Johnson, Walsh Jesuit.
Girls golf — Jessica Porvasnik, Highland.
Tennis — Singles: Katelyn Hissong, Walsh Jesuit. Doubles: Grace Lu and Natalie Arcoria, Hudson; Anne-Marie Kurtz and Gina Constanzo, Walsh Jesuit; and Bea Konstan and Maddie Haskell, CVCA
Coaches of the Year:
Football — Dan Boarman, St. Vincent-St. Mary; Joe Yost, Ellet; Matt Adorni, Mogadore; and Bob Mihalik, Aurora.
Volleyball — Missy Sturm, Walsh Jesuit; and Mike Chaffee, Windham.
Boys soccer — Chris Gentille, Aurora; and Jon Taylor, CVCA.
Girls soccer — Dino McIntyre, Walsh Jesuit.
Boys cross country — Jeff Howard, Woodridge.
Girls cross country — Dan Lancianese, St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Boys golf — Joe Denton, Walsh Jesuit.
Girls golf — Mary Becker, Highland.
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