Walsh Jesuit junior Ryan Feltner has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Ohio State University on a baseball scholarship.
Feltner, who is 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, was named an All-North Coast League second-team selection last season and had a .395 batting average, with one home run and 14 runs batted in. He also posted a 5-2 pitching record, allowing only four earned runs and holding opponents to a .186 batting average. He has an ERA of 0.54 and 0.88, respectively for the past two seasons, and was recognized as “WJ Pitcher of the Year” as a sophomore.
“Ryan Feltner is one of the finest, brightest, most mature and sincere young men I have had the good fortune to coach,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said in a news release. “His consistent pursuit of excellence in the classroom and on the field, his sincerity, his loyalty to his teammates and family, and his leadership ability put him in that special place among players who will be remembered more for whom they are and the example they set, than for what they accomplished on the field.”
Feltner, a consensus top 10 college prospect in Ohio, was selected to the 2012 Perfect Game National Underclass Games and was invited to play in the Junior National Game this summer. Feltner also was selected to participate in the Midwest Future Games, and has been recognized as a 2013 “Louisville Slugger” top prospect by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
Feltner, a Hudson resident, intends to major in business at OSU.
— Michael Beaven
Green makes it official
After 64 years as a member of the Suburban League sports program, the Green school board voted unanimously Monday night to switch allegiances for the 2015-16 school year to the Federal League.
Superintendent Jeffrey Miller announced his recommendation a week ago after months of study and discussion among administrators, coaches, parents and others weighing whether to stay with the Suburban League or switch to the Federal League.
Green High School Principal Cindy Brown, who presented an outline of how the recommendation was made, said rivalries already are being formed with neighboring schools North Canton, Lake and Jackson. The other Federal League teams are Perry, Canton McKinley and GlenOak.
The principal said simple geography, transportation costs and students’ time spent on buses to and from away games were important factors in the decision.
“It was a long process, but one worthy of the decision,” Brown said. “It was a recommendation that was very hard to make because we feel that legacy and tradition and we hope to build on that.”
— George W. Davis