Walsh Jesuit senior Cassidy Brown made a commitment to go west to continue his academic and athletic careers at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Brown, who is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, is a catcher.

Brown was named to the All-Ohio Division I first team and the All-North Coast League first team as a junior in 2012 in addition to being selected as Walsh’s co-MVP, a Rawlings All-American and a Max Preps Top 50 Player.

“What a luxury it has been for four years to confidently write Cassidy’s name in the lineup,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said. “A coach could not ask for more out of a young man than what Cassidy has given to Walsh Jesuit baseball for the past four years. Being an elite player only scratches the surface in describing the asset he has been — and still is — for our program.”

Brown, a Hudson resident, started as a freshman on Walsh’s 2010 team that was the Division II state runner-up. He was also invited to participate in USA Baseball 18U National Team Tryouts and the Perfect Game National Showcase this year. As a sophomore in 2011, he was named Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Player of the Year.

“To be a four-year starter in any sport is special, but at the position of catcher it is a remarkable accomplishment,” Kaczmar said. “He has given of himself to better the staff and help those around him. He is one of the rare players that is mature and professional beyond his years who doesn’t have to be told what to do or how to act to make the biggest impact on the program. His approach to the game, to decision-making, and to life is tremendously consistent. He is a good friend and a wonderful person. He will be sorely missed as both a player and a person when he moves on to Loyola Marymount.”

Brooks chooses BW

Former Woodridge standout guard She’Kiera Brooks signed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Baldwin-Wallace University.

Brooks, a 2012 Woodridge graduate, earned the Portage Trail Conference County Division Player of the Year in girls basketball this past season.

“She’Kiera is Woodridge’s all-time leader in assists [592] and steals [470] and finished in the top 12 in scoring with 867 points,” Woodridge coach Chris Esterak said. “She was also special mention All-Ohio, first-team All-District and first-team All-Tri-County Women’s Basketball coaches Association in the 2011-2012 season.”

Brooks was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain. She played a key role in Woodridge’s first undefeated regular season and best record in school history at 22-1. The Bulldogs won their third PTC County championship in school history and won a sectional crown.

Remembering McGurk

A scholarship has been established at Murray State University in memory of the late Thomas McGurk, who was a freshman at the college in Murray, Ky., at the time of his death in October 2010.

McGurk, a Medina High School graduate, was 18 years old and attending Murray State through a baseball scholarship when a traffic accident claimed his life.

His parents, Scott and Brenda McGurk, and his brother, David McGurk, established the scholarship as a way to memorialize Thomas’ determination and spirit by assisting young athletes in obtaining an education at Murray State University.

McGurk was a left-handed pitcher and was known for his character, charm and hard work.

As a 16-year-old, McGurk was driving home one night in Medina when he saw a home on fire. He called 911 and, with a neighbor, broke out a basement window to save five children who had apparently been intentionally locked in the basement of the burning house.

Sherry McClain of MSU said eligible recipients of the Thomas McGurk Memorial Scholarship will be full-time students at the school and members of the university’s baseball team. Preference will be given to applicants from Ohio.

The renewable scholarship may be applied toward books, housing, tuition or fees. The first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2012 semester.

To learn more about the Thomas McGurk Memorial Scholarship and how to make a tax-deductible charitable contribution, contact the office of development at Murray State University at 270-809-3940 or visit the development website at www.murraystate.edu/giving and click on “Meet Our Donors” or “Give Now.”

Coaching openings

Joe Howard said Thursday that Ellet and North received several applications and resumes for their open boys basketball coaching positions.

Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, said the Orangemen and Vikings will each have a coach in place within the next couple of weeks after the interview process plays out.

Mark Fisher coached Ellet for the past two seasons. His coaching contract was not renewed.

He is among the list of candidates for the posted position, Howard said.

Michael Williams coached North for the past four seasons.

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