Girls

Here are other girl scholar athletes who were nominated by a coach, teacher, administrator, counselor, athletic director or secretary:

Erika Bell, Manchester, 3.83 GPA, 23 ACT, tennis, softball.

Elise Kohl, Kent Roosevelt, 4.1 GPA, 28 ACT, tennis, swimming.

Paige McGonigal, Coventry, 4.14 GPA, 24 ACT, volleyball, basketball, track and field.

Amanda Milo, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 4.26 GPA, 27 ACT, cross country, track and field.

Katera Motley, Kenmore-Garfield, 3.4465 GPA, volleyball, softball.

Samantha Perrin, Barberton, 3.766 GPA, 23 ACT, cross country, swimming.

Mackenzie Richards, Massillon, 4.309 GPA, 26 ACT, volleyball, softball.

Alexis Shultz, Ellet, 3.7498 GPA, 22 ACT, volleyball, softball.

Juliette Smyers, Lake, 4.0 GPA, cross country and track and field.

Carly Sternberg, Medina, 4.261 GPA, 28 ACT, 1,340 SAT, cross country, track and field.

Madison Stubbendieck, Archbishop Hoban, 4.497 GPA, 25 ACT, golf, lacrosse.

Hannah Teed, Hudson, 4.26 GPA, 29 ACT, cross country, gymnastics, track and field.

Maddie Waggoner, Alliance, 4.17 GPA, 22 ACT, tennis, softball.

Boys

Here are other boy scholar athletes who were nominated by a coach, teacher, administrator, counselor, athletic director or secretary:

Dierre Blash, Buchtel, 3.9 GPA, 26 ACT, football, track and field.

Andrew DePero, Wadsworth, 4.446 GPA, 33 ACT, soccer, tennis.

Colin Gaines, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 3.66 GPA, 26 ACT, soccer, track and field.

Luke Hackenberg, Lake, 4.0 GPA, 32 ACT, cross country, swimming.

Ryan Huber, Archbishop Hoban, 4.023 GPA, 28 ACT, football, lacrosse.

Lucas King, Highland, 4.332 GPA, 32 ACT, football, track and field.

Greg Mailey, Hudson, 4.23 GPA, 33 ACT, football, track and field.

Griffin Malick, Ellet, 3.6717 GPA, 24 ACT, football, baseball.

Christian McCarroll, Barberton, 3.653 GPA, football, track and field.

Zane Patterson, Woodridge, 4.132 GPA, 29 ACT, golf, bowling, baseball.

Samuel Petit, Massillon, 4.194 GPA, 29 ACT, cross country, bowling, tennis.

Isaac Stokes, Kent Roosevelt, 4.0 GPA, 35 ACT, soccer, tennis.

Jake Vetrovsky, Nordonia, 4.276 GPA, 27 ACT, golf, track and field.

Jayson Wagner, Coventry, 4.07 GPA, 29 ACT, football, basketball, baseball.

Van Wallbrown, Manchester, 3.765 GPA, 28 ACT, golf, basketball.

Jacob Yetter, Firestone, 4.06 GPA, 32 ACT, bowling, tennis.

Michael Beaven

JARET PALLOTTA

Jackson

Academics: 4.571 GPA; 28 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Two-year letter winner and two-year starter at quarterback; led Jackson to two Division I playoff appearances; Polar Bears went 7-4, 4-2 in 2016 and 8-3, 5-1 in 2017 to share the Federal League title with Canton McKinley and Perry; completed 173-of-287 passes as a senior for a school-record 2,504 yards and 25 touchdowns; rushed 59 times for 128 yards and four touchdowns as a senior; first team All-Ohio, All-Northeast Ohio Inland District and All-Federal League as a senior; All-NEO Inland Offensive Player of the Year and FL Player of the Year as a senior; team MVP; team captain; Offensive Player of the Game in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game; passed for 2,060 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Basketball: Four-year letter winner on four Jackson teams that shared or won outright Federal League titles; two-year starter at guard; junior on Division I state championship team (28-2); averaged 10.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior; averaged 15.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior on a 19-7 squad that won a Division I district title; all-time leader at Jackson with 372 assists; ninth on Jackson all-time scoring list with 946 career points; first team All-Ohio, All-Northeast Ohio Inland District and All-Federal League as a senior; All-NEO Inland Player of the Year and FL Player of the Year as a senior.

Community: Volunteer at Jackson youth football and basketball camps, and at Hall of Fame special needs football camp; lead freshman mentor for the Jackson freshman mentor program; member of the Jackson High School Federal League Leadership Council; president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; won Don Cockroft Award of Excellence given to male fellowship member who has shown leadership in faith and also at school.

Michael Beaven

Molly Howard

Woodridge

Academics: 4.62 GPA; 33 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Four-year letter winner and four-year Division II state qualifier; junior on Division II state championship team; contributed to three Portage Trail Conference Metro Division team titles; top time in 3.1 miles is 19:04. Basketball: Three-year letter winner; averaged about six points, six rebounds and two assists per game as a senior. Track and field: Four-year letter winner and four-year Division II state qualifier; three-time All-Ohio in the 3,200-meter relay; two-time All-Ohio in the 800; contributed to four Portage Trail Conference Metro Division team titles; won 10 Metro Division championship races, including four as a senior (1,600, 800, 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay); Metro Division Runner of the Year as a senior; holds school record in the 800 with a time of 2:15.70; other top times are 5:14.27 in the 1,600, 9:21.82 in the 3,200 relay and 4:08.06 in the 1,600 relay.

Community: Volunteer at Maplewood Nursing Home in Cuyahoga Falls, at University of Akron youth sports camps at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, at water stops for Summit Athletic Running Club at the Buckeye Half Marathon and the Shamrock Run, and with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; aide at homeless shelter and at soup kitchen in Akron; four-year member of Woodridge marching band as a drummer; piano player.

Michael Beaven

ALLIANCE

Jack Benson (3.493) cross country, swimming, track

Mara Cvelbar (4.106) soccer, swimming, softball

Howard Frazier (4.204) football, track

Phoebe Jackson (4.118) volleyball, softball

Duce Johnson (3.68) football, wrestling

Alexis Kelley (4.121) tennis, softball

Mackenzie Kohl (3.52) tennis, softball

Andrew McMillen (4.106) soccer, tennis

Quardell Quay (3.431) soccer, basketball

Maddie Waggoner (4.172) tennis, softball

Anthony Young (3.658) football, baseball

Kylee Young (3.902) soccer, basketball, softball

ARCHBISHOP HOBAN

Nathan Bauer (3.47) football, track

Faith Benson-Ludle (3.83) golf, track

Benjamin Bisesi (4.01) soccer, track

Anthony Bishop (4.03) cross country, track

Michael Burrington (3.50) soccer, lacrosse

Kourtnee Dallas-Robinson (3.86) basketball, track

Tyler Dillon (3.79) soccer, tennis

Dylan Erks (4.00) golf, baseball

Matthew Fiume (3.79) soccer, track

Garrett Houser (3.44) football, basketball

Jenna Kupcik (3.42) cross country, track

Christopher Mattler (3.74) cross country, track

Abby McAllister (4.22) cross country, track

Kathleen McMahon (3.96) cross country, lacrosse

Ann Redle (4.14) tennis, softball

Nathan Reed (3.50) cross country, track

Nicole Roberts (4.06) volleyball, basketball

Anna Ruscak (4.19) golf, bowling, lacrosse

Jake Saus (3.72) football, basketball

Nicholas Sheldon (4.10) soccer, lacrosse

Jack Skinner (4.52) cross country, track

Megan Sutterluety (3.86) cross country, lacrosse

Chloe Weidrick (4.25) bowling, softball

Lily Zaucha (3.94) volleyball, swimming

BARBERTON

Stephanie Drillien (3.5) volleyball, softball

Alexis Fichter (3.76) cross country, track

Bethany Hrabusa (3.69) volleyball, softball

Jenna Kelley (3.57) soccer, basketball

Tyler Mitchell (3.72) soccer, tennis

Macy Ries (3.58) basketball, softball

Zane Ries (3.56) football, basketball

Farah Soliman (3.64) cross country, swimming

Taylor Stinnett (3.49) volleyball, basketball

Sara Thomas (3.57) soccer, basketball

Keye Thompson (3.4) football, track

BRUNSWICK

Nellie Bykova (3.48) tennis, track

Katie Haynes (4.02) cross country, track

Cole Zamiska (3.44) football, track

CANTON McKINLEY

Tyler MacDonald (4.8) football, wrestling

Emma Reardon (4.8) cross country, track

Alefosio Saipaia (3.8) football, wrestling

Sam Snyder (4.4) football, tennis

Ja’Von King (3.6) football, track

Charles Hall (3.5) football, track

Debora Tessou (4.5) soccer, track

Xavier Smith (3.8) football, track

Kaisha Burch (4.4) track, swimming

Lauren Meredith (3.8) basketball, cross country

Andrew Fraleigh (3.6) tennis, bowling

Lonnie Richardson Parr (3.5) football, track

COPLEY

Katelyn Bartos (4.34) swimming, softball

Morgan Buchanan (4.01) cross country, track

Noah Harper (3.72) cross country, track

Joseph Kenyon (3.89) football, baseball

Matthew Parker (3.92) cross country, track

Brandon Poundstone (3.92) football, baseball

Michael Ruch (4.35) soccer, track

COVENTRY

Glendalynn Bergdorf (4.13) tennis, softball

Noah Berisford (4.02) cross country, track

Raymond Hilbert (3.78) cross country, track

Trenton Leibert (3.53) football, bowling, baseball

Steven Locher (3.97) football, basketball

Dakota Marcin (3.68) football, track

Anna Kimevski (3.93) volleyball, softball

Ashley Rafferty (3.82) soccer, track

Shane Sacher (3.89) bowling, baseball

Ethan Sulek (3.85) soccer, tennis

Samuel Vanadia (3.47) football, basketball

Isabelle Virag (3.83) soccer, track

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Nicole Bechter (4.217) volleyball and track

Madison Davis (3.771) cross country, basketball, track

Sara Hiland (3.947) soccer, gymnastics

Michael Hoedt (4.22) basketball and baseball

Alexis Howard (4.378) volleyball, swimming

Kayla Huffman (4.027) cross country, basketball, track

Jordan Johnson (3.76) tennis, softball

Jack Kramer (3.455) swimming, basketball

Bronson Luksza (3.643) cross country, track

Hannah Merten (3.589) volleyball, basketball

Victoria Rogers (4.455) soccer, softball

Kathryn Rozsa 93.827) swimming, track

Megan Sawyer (4.056) soccer, swimming

Jacquelyn Shields (4.398) volleyball, track

Payton Veto (3.62) cross country, swimming, track

Jay Wilson (4.309) cross country and track

CVCA

Kylie Aiken (3.81) volleyball, lacrosse

Sara Collins (3.47) cross country, track

Daniel Griffith (3.7) hockey, lacrosse

Hudson Hall (4.25) soccer, basketball

Kaitlyn Judge (4.51) soccer, basketball

Rachel Lyda (3.47) cross country, track

Elijah Payne (3.5) football, basketball

Lance Rybka (4.0) soccer, basketball

Alexandra Samsonas (4.16) cross country, lacrosse

Josh Thacker (4.09) basketball, baseball

Ben Watterson (4.18) football, basketball

EAST

Kaitlin Hill (4.1) bowling, softball

Trey Kaeka (3.8) cross country, baseball

Mailin Starkey (4.0) cross country, softball

ELLET

Sophie Struhsaker (3.6745) track, soccer

FIELD

Dillon Kuntzman (3.80) track cross country

Brenna Mastran (3.81) track, volleyball

Emma Parsons (3.86) soccer, basketball

Justis Rose (3.70) track, cross country

Erika Scott (3.45) cross country, track

Jared Stanley (3.42) cross country, track

Tanner Voiers (3.58) baseball, basketball, golf

FIRESTONE

Molly Chelovitz (4.33) tennis, swimming

Camden Davis (3.72) soccer, track

Claire Moritz (4.37) soccer, track, cross country, bowling

Jacob Weber (3.69) soccer, bowling, baseball

Jacob Yetter (4.06) bowling, tennis

GLENOAK

Taylor Ann Brightman (4.0) cross country, track

Evelyn Cramer (3.7) volleyball, softball

Zach Curiale (3.4) football, track

Katie Dean (3.8) swimming, track

Matthew Elsfelder (3.8) cross country, track

Devin Fleming (3.5) football, track

Ryan Haymaker (3.8) soccer, tennis

Alex Oaks (3.4) football, basketball

Sydni Porter (3.8) cross country, track

Madison Rekstis (3.8) swimming, track, volleyball

Michael Rekstis (3.7) football, track

Tate Rhoads (3.6) football, track

Sam Santavicca (4.0) cross country, swimming

Steven Shalenberger (4.0) golf, tennis

Austin Wydra (3.7) cross country, track

Cameron Wydra (3.4) cross country, track

GREEN

Jesse Allen (3.462) football, baseball

Emily Andrego (3.579) volleyball, softball

Carly Anenson (4.2) cross country, track

Luke Booth (3.499) football, lacrosse

Nicholas Chapman (4.317) football, baseball

Abigail Crouse (3.481) volleyball, lacrosse

Alex Dodd (3.982) football, track

Chase Hedrick (3.621) bowling, track

Matthew Hippich (4.214) soccer, swimming, tennis

Elise Hooker (4.16) cross country, track

Kimberly Kramer (3.451) cross country, track

Devin Limerick (3.595) football, basketball

Erika Lovell (4.064) soccer, basketball

Cameron Macesich (4.453) cross country, track

Thiago Nardi-Velazquez (3.428) football, soccer

Adam Moresea (4.622) soccer, swimming, tennis

Stanton Olson (3.8) football, track

Corey Oswald (4.081) football, basketball

Kaleigh Renninger 4.243) cross country, swimming, track

Elizabeth Rickman (4.48) swimming, softball

Jacob Veney (4.641) football, track

Joshua Wiggins (3.483) cross country, tennis

HIGHLAND

Ryan Acks (3.75) football, basketball

Alexander Borla (4.09) cross country, track

Annamarie DiGiacobbe (4.20) cross country, track

Matt Erba (4.11) soccer, tennis

Ryan Frederick (3.56) football, basketball

Ethan Gerding (4.21) football, track

Evan Kasulones (3.47) football, track

Lucas King (4.33) football, track

Emily Lyon (3.76) basketball, track

Jeremy Miedler (3.66) soccer, tennis

Evan Shelton (4.20) football, soccer

Gus Thonnings (3.79) football, track

Hannah Webb (4.53) soccer, track

Simon Welton (3.52) cross country, track

HUDSON

Kalli Barrett (4.4) gymnastics, track

Samuel Bashian (3.5) cross country, track

Alex Beegle (3.6) swimming, lacrosse

Jill Bevan (4.2) gymnastics, track

Stephen Bianconi (4.2) football, baseball

Taylor Brest (3.4) cross country, softball

Cameron Bujaucius (4.2) cross country, track

Patrick Burdett (4.2) football, lacrosse

Lorenza Chiarappa (3.7) volleyball, basketball

Angelo Donatelli (3.5) football, lacrosse

Adam Dunne (3.8) football, lacrosse

Julianne Elbin (3.7) swimming, softball

Chase Gasser (4.0) football, wrestling

John Good (3.9) cross country, track

Ashley Gorze (3.4) cross country, track

Joe Graf (3.4) wrestling, lacrosse

Connor Gynn (3.7) soccer, basketball

Eric Halford (3.4) cross country, track

Elizabeth Hinkle (4.3) cross country, basketball, lacrosse

Alex Jackson (3.9) football, baseball

Samuel Karman (3.7) bowling, tennis

Olivia Liljestrand (4.0) cross country, track

Greg Mailey (4.2) football, track

Jack Nord (3.6) football, wrestling

Abigail Petty (4.4) gymnastics, track

Zack Rickey (3.6) cross country, track

Anthony Rightnour (3.9) football, lacrosse

Matt Rudy (3.7) football, lacrosse

Daniel Saxon (3.6) football, lacrosse

Hannah Teed (4.3) cross country, gymnastics

David Tullett (4.2) soccer, tennis

Grace Turner (4.5) cross country, track

Chloe Wells (4.1) cross country, track

Dawson Wervey (3.5) football, track

Amanda Whitman (4.3) cross country, track

Erin Williams (4.2) cross country, track

Madison Zammataro (4.1) cross country, track

JACKSON

Nick Adolph (3.543) soccer, track

Gabrielle Bachtel (5.8) cross country, track

Patrick Baker (4.9) cross country, track

Zach Beaulieu (4.3) football, track

John Brady (3.72) cross country, swimming

Ethan Burns (5.5) cross country, track

Luke Dye 3.822) football, track

Anthony Engler (3.886) football, track

Josh Fehlman (4.3) football, swimming

Julianne Hodge (3.771) volleyball, track

Brenden Hunter (4.546) cross country, track

Josh McCallum (4.005) cross country, track

Grant McClain (3.898) cross country, tennis

Grant Miller (3.859) football, baseball

Annie Nunley (3.567) cross country, track

Carson Potere (4.302) soccer, lacrosse

Emma Reed (3.767) soccer, track

Nick Regas (5.3) cross country, track

Madison Ryan (3.79) basketball, lacrosse

Nick Shatrich (3.624) football, basketball, baseball

Molly Sutton (5.0) cross country, track

Wesley Walsh (3.9) cross country, track

Shira Weiner (5.0) cross country, swimming, track

Tate West (4.772) cross country, track

Andrew Zittel (5.2) cross country, track

KENT ROOSEVELT

Maggie Ferrara (3.73) field hockey, lacrosse

Kayla Fischer (3.74) soccer, basketball

Elizabeth Hartung (3.75) soccer, lacrosse

Barbara Hickin (3.87) cross country, bowling, lacrosse

Nathan Jones (3.80) football, track

Sam Madden (3.68) football, track

Alva Mao (3.73) swimming, tennis

Rebekah May (3.51) field hockey, lacrosse

Cole McDougal (3.80) football, track

Tyler McKown (3.48) soccer, basketball, volleyball

Jackson Roberts (3.98) cross country, lacrosse

Sam Smith (3.76) soccer, volleyball

Korrin Spurlock (3.52) cross country, track

Kelsey Titko (3.88) volleyball, softball

Jordan Welch (3.60) football, ice hockey

Maria Young (4.0) soccer, softball

LAKE

Alexandra Berrios (3.6311) cross country, tennis, swimming, track

Jeremy Brady (3.9189) soccer, basketball, baseball

Andrea Dixon (3.9088) cross country, swimming, track

Amanda Dixon (3.8996) cross country, swimming, track

Joseph Drinkwater (3.9656) swimming, track

Michael Gillespie (3.716) football, swimming

Irene Kotyk (3.5592) soccer, cross country

Thad Ochs (3,5706) swimming, tennis

Elizabeth Romigh (3.7352) soccer, swimming, track

Jaron Smith (3.8877) cross country, tennis

Jonathan Vercuski (3.9681) cross country, swimming, track

Drake Wartman (3.9187) cross country, track

Tate Testa (3.967) soccer, lacrosse

MANCHESTER

Nick Beans (3.40) football, basketball

Erika Bell (3.81) tennis, softball

Jordan Campbell (3.71) basketball, track

MASSILLON

Alex Berbari (3.519) soccer, tennis

Kayleigh Calandros (3.816) gymnastics, swimming

Spencer Compan (4.095) tennis, cross country

Hannah Gifford (3.667) volleyball, track

Gia Hatheway (4.189) golf, soccer

Reece Turley (3.945) track, tennis, swimming, volleyball

MEDINA

Sam Herman (3.552) football, basketball

Elizabeth Judy (4.065) cross country, track

Marlaina Kurt (4.096) cross country, track

Alex Loeper (3.998) cross country, track

Noah McKee (4.037) cross country, track

Zach Robertson (3.546) cross country, track

J.T. Scoarste (3.422) football, baseball

Adam Smith (3.517) football, track

Alex Stamper (3.696) cross country, track

Jake Wickert (4.015) cross country, track

MOGADORE

Kyle Ferguson (3.56) football, baseball

Preslie Halliwill (4.25) volleyball, basketball, track

Erika Johnson (3.75) volleyball, basketball

Dale Jones (3.56) football, track

Nathan Keren (4.44) cross country, track

Michael Miller (3.56) football, wrestling

Nate Shannon (3.56) football, basketball, baseball

Cassie Westfall (3.75) volleyball, softball

NORDONIA

Kayla Buck (4.337) cross country, softball

Matt Gerhart (4.102) cross country, diving

Spencer Harp (3.527) basketball, tennis

Carmen Light (3.739) soccer, cross country, track

Kendra Lippincott (3.592) cross country, track

Caroline Lohn (4.452) cross country, track

Daniel Moore (3.464) cross country, track

Jasmon Scott (3.824) soccer, track

Amanda Westbrooks (4.136) cross country, swimming

Jason Zaborszki (3.9) golf, tennis

NORTH

Chandra Gajmer (3.64) soccer, tennis

Da’Keyla Humphrey (3.40) volleyball, track

Lachu Khadka (3.42) soccer, track

Shylah Meadows (3.60) volleyball, basketball, softball

Tree Paw (3.77) volleyball, bowling, tennis

Heaven Perry (3.52) cross country, track

Juan Rodriguez (3.44) soccer, track

Sadiq Sheikhmeeri (3.41) soccer, football, wrestling, track

NORTON

Bret Baker (3.4) golf, wrestling, baseball

Jordan Bird (4.0) basketball, softball

Katie Guist (3.71) volleyball, track

Natalie Klutts (3.81) volleyball, track

Lauren Lucas (3.42) basketball, softball

Abbey Murawski (3.70) volleyball, basketball

Haley Preston (3.91) volleyball, basketball, softball

Hunter Rockhold (3.82) cross country, golf, track

Sarah Shearer (3.86) volleyball, basketball, softball

OUR LADY OF THE ELMS

Toni Chinchar, soccer, basketball, softball

Renee Coffman, soccer, track

Audrey Holcomb, soccer, basketball, softball

Natalie Kirk, tennis, softball

Rachael Saepic, volleyball, track

Emma Speyer, soccer, softball

Molly Thomas, soccer, basketball

REVERE

Michael Amentini (3.6) wrestling, baseball

Jack Baker (3.9) football, wrestling

Jeremy Bonafini (3.7) swimming, track

Jack Bollinger (3.9) cross country, track

Andrew Boyazis (4.1) football, lacrosse

Joe Hathaway (3.6) football, track

Conor Head (3.6) football, track

Niko Kapolis (3.9) soccer, track

Zack Kasson (3.8) soccer, lacrosse

Madison Lanford (4.0) soccer, softball

Salwa Najjar (3.5) basketball, track

Ramon Pardo (3.8) cross country, track

Abby Ray (4.1) soccer, lacrosse

Makena Ray (4.2) soccer, lacrosse

Phillip Scherbakov (3.7) swimming, lacrosse

Julia Schwertner (3.6) basketball, track

Camille Volk (4.4) swimming, track

Ian Weiland (4.4) wrestling, track

Audric Wertz (4.4) soccer, baseball

ROOTSTOWN

Emily Drago (4.30) volleyball, track

Sam DiTirro (4.08) cross country, track

Kyle Borbely (3.88) cross country, track

Nathan Moore (3.78) football, basketball

Cameron Miller (3.58) football, baseball

Adam Helmling (3.55) football, basketball

Caleb Kaut (3.50) football, basketball

Kamryn Smith (3.42) cross country, softball

ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY

Matthew Ball (3.537) golf, baseball

Jacob Connery (3.675) football, baseball

Loic Djomani (4.129) soccer, football

Cameron Ervin (3.595) football, lacrosse

Sara Foster (3.891) cross country, basketball, track

Nathan Gorbach (4.192) cross country, lacrosse

Jordan Jennings (3.532) soccer, baseball

Helena Krejsa (3.682) cross country, track

Tyler Lattea (3.461) football, baseball

Leah Lisle (3.652) cross country, track

Sarah Minear (3.987) basketball, track

Jared Musci (4.106) golf, wrestling

Sean O’Brien (4.099) cross country, track

Peter Rybka (3.478) soccer, tennis

Andrew Schmitt (3.672) cross country, track

Scott Walter (3.845) football, basketball, baseball

SPRINGFIELD

Eden Amador-Gorby (3.71) cross country, track

Brody Carper (3.89) football, basketball

Tyler Dawson (3.82) football, basketball

Megan O’Quinn (4.04) volleyball, softball

Camden Paolucci (4.23) cross country, track

Sydney Robinson (3.74) golf, bowling

Rachel Rodenbucher (3.71) soccer, basketball

Paul Stubbs (3.91) football, baseball

Lauren Thompson (3.48) golf, basketball

STRONGSVILLE

Sarah Castle (4.0) cross country, track

Shaun Csire (4.0) basketball, football

Shane Healey (3.4) cross country, track

Jared Housum (3.4) cross country, track

Ryan Keating (3.5) football, lacrosse

Jocelyn Knauss (4.0) cross country, track

Ariana Moran (3.7) cross country, track

Hannah Ogrean (4.0) track, swimming

Ross Pavlik (4.0) hockey, lacrosse

Antonia Puzzitiello (4.0) golf, lacrosse

Brian Wyler (4.0) cross country, track

STOW

Hayden Bartels (3.538) football, track

Andrew Decker (3.62) cross country, track

Ethan Fretag (3.5) golf, basketball

Shelby Gluth (4.0) cross country, track

Hanna Ingram (3.633) tennis, softball

Connor Jenkins (4.564) cross country, track

Benjamin Johnson-Bowers (3.877) swimming, volleyball

Madison Merlene (3.913) soccer, track

Theresa Parr (4.246) soccer, basketball

Sophia Perez (3.529) cross country, track

Rachel Sommer (3.431) soccer, track

Nyigel Spann (4.564) soccer, track

Stutz (3.907) golf, basketball

Emma Workman (4.154) soccer, lacrosse

TALLMADGE

Matthew Kieke (3.95) football, track

Jake Rensel (3.49) basketball, baseball

Sydney Schertzinger (3.928) volleyball, track

Jerome Walsh (4.277) soccer, track

TWINSBURG

Chad Abrams (3.98) cross country, swimming, track

Ethan Bernhard (4.53) cross country, baseball

Brandon Callow (4.29) football, wrestling

Kelsey Dunn (3.76) volleyball, track

Alyssa McKenzie (4.13) cross country, swimming

Nathan Moeliono (4.51) soccer, tennis

Jason Stahlman (4.63) soccer, baseball

Peter Weiss (3.73) cross country, track

WADSWORTH

Joseph Chamier (3.652) cross country, track

Adam Darwich (4.405) swimming, track

Hannah Daulbaugh (4.209) gymnastics, track

Jacob Daulbaugh (3.987) football, lacrosse

Andrew Depero (4.446) soccer, tennis

Clayton Egleston (4.435) football, baseball

Lindsey Leatherman (4.329) swimming, track

Austin Gabel (3.522) cross country, track

Robert Gairing (4.145) cross country, track

Kelsey Garner (3.905) tennis, lacrosse

Emily Heckler (4.309) cross country, track

Katelyn Hibinger (4.202) soccer, lacrosse

Andrew Jariga (4.43) swimming, track

Jacob Justice (4.208) football, wrestling

Austin Manix (3.812) swimming, baseball

Clayton McComas (3.575) football, wrestling

Dylan Miller (4.208) football, wrestling

Nicholas Miller (3.798) cross country, track

Nathan Murach (3.846) cross country, lacrosse

Rachel Osterhouse (3.928) cross country, track

Ashley Quinn (4.045) cross country, track, lacrosse

Cameron Riggenbach (3.544) football, wrestling

Andrew Robinson (4.061) soccer, track

Josiah Sovine (3.728) soccer, track

Christopher Suarez (4.056) football, wrestling

Gabriel Szalay (3.792) cross country, track

Austin Webb (4.044) cross country, baseball

Stacy Witschey (3.791) volleyball, swimming

Abigail Zembas (4.109) soccer, swimming, track

WALSH JESUIT

Hannah Bouchy (4.24) basketball, track

Michaela Brown (4.22) cross country, track

Lincoln Chiller (4.25) wrestling, football

Benjamin Connolly (4.36) soccer, track

Dominic DiPietro (4.18) football, wrestling

Christian Franczek (3.98) soccer, football

Ian Gorman (3.55) bowling, golf

Gary Gottschalk (3.68) football, wrestling

Gavin Gronkowski (4.20) cross country, track

Paul Harris (4.32) bowling, golf

Megan Hissong (4.19) tennis, lacrosse

Samir Jain (3.94) cross country, track

Easton Kindall (3.72) baseball, hockey

Gabriel Kornick (4.29) track, soccer

Adam Lenz (3.74) swimming, cross country

Samantha Malone (4.22) cross country, track

Samuel McCarty (4.28) volleyball, wrestling

Mitch McGreal (4.23) cross country, track

Bryn Reimer (4.48) cross country, track

Bryanna Renuart (4.01) swimming, cross country

Cole Rico (3.91) soccer, track

William Schmidt (3.87) football, wrestling

Aydan Shepard (4.25) lacrosse, soccer

Nicholas Tucci (4.18) cross country, track

Michael Walko (4.11) football, track

WOODRIDGE

Sophia DeBord (3.778) softball, basketball

Kevin Dickson (3.55) cross country, track

Julianna Dryer (4.053) cross country, track

Austin Hindley (4.147) wrestling, football

Molly Howard (4.176) cross country, basketball, track

Kendra Kearns (3.841) golf, basketball

Emily Mally (3.515) basketball, soccer

David Massey (3.778) wrestling, baseball

Zane Patterson (4.14) golf, bowling, baseball

Noah Perrin (4.14) cross country, track

Leo Ramsey (3.516) cross country, track

Walter Sterling (4.1) soccer, tennis

Devin Vanyo (4.185) soccer, tennis

John Willett (3.809) cross country, track

Girls finalists

ELIANA BURLOTOS

Revere

Academics: 4.42 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Four-year letter winner; four-year Suburban League Scholar Athlete; personal best time for 3.1 miles is 21.45; SL American Conference honorable mention. Lacrosse: Four-year letter winner as a midfielder; scored 85 goals as a senior and 272 goals in career; had 12 assists as a senior and 34 assists in career; led Revere (16-4) to a Division II district title and a regional final as a senior captain; All-Ohio first-team selection as a sophomore and senior; three-time All-District first team selection; Academic All-American and Academic All-Ohio.

Community: Volunteer at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank; organized a Kick-It for Cancer kickball event at Revere with proceeds going towards pediatric cancer research; worker at Alzheimer’s care facility as a dietary aide; volunteer on Mission Trip in Browning, Mon.; Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society member; Advanced Placement Environmental Science Student of the Year.

KATRINA ETEROVICH

Nordonia

Academics: 4.41 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Two-year letter winner; two-year Suburban League Scholar Athlete; senior co-captain. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; won SLNC 300-meter hurdles title in 45.90 seconds and the Division I district 300-meter hurdles title in 45.95 seconds as a senior; Division I state qualifier in the 300 hurdles and the 800 relay as a senior; Division I district and regional champion in the 1,600 relay as a sophomore; that Knights 1,600 relay placed fourth in the state meet in 2016; a three-year Division I regional qualifier in four different events; top times are 16.37 in the 100 hurdles, 45.56 in the 300 hurdles, 3:51.71 in the 1,600 relay and 1:41.81 in the 800 relay; best long jump is 16-9½.

Community: Baked cookies for the Emergency Assistance Center and for church to send to United States Military service people; a peer tutor; gymnastics teacher at the Riverfront YMCA in Cuyahoga Falls; contributed to SafetyTown and painted walls inside Nordonia school buildings; recipient of the Principal’s Award and the “N” Award.

CHLOE FALCONER

Jackson

Academics: 4.28 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Soccer: Four-year letter winner as goalkeeper; All-Federal League first-team selection; All-Northeast Ohio District selection; contributed to four Federal League championships and four Division I district titles; team captain and MVP as a senior with 13 shutouts on a 17-3-2 squad that won a regional title and made a state semifinal appearance; nine shutouts as a junior. Basketball: Three-year letter winner; center; All-Federal League second team selection. Lacrosse: Three-year letter winner; defender; contributed as a junior to a team that won a Division I regional title and finished as state runner-up and as a senior on a squad that was a regional finalist.

Community: Contributed to a National Service Project by making blankets for patients at Mercy Medical Center; worker on projects for Adopt a Family and Teacher Appreciation Week; church volunteer; youth basketball camp instructor; volunteer at Breakfast for Santa for needy families and at the Unity in Our Community pancake breakfast; OHSAA Scholar Athlete recipient.

SARA FOSTER

St. Vincent-St. Mary

Academics: 3.97 GPA; 24 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Four-year letter winner; best time for 3.1 miles is 20:52. Basketball: Two-year letter winner; senior contributor on a team that won a Division II district championship and finished as a regional finalist. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; won five Division II district championships and finished runner-up seven times; won three Division II regional titles and finished runner-up once; four-year Division II state qualifier in a total of eight events; as a freshman, contributed to the 1,600-meter relay that won a state title in 3:55.63 and was on the fifth place 3,200 relay (9:38.36); finished fifth at the state meet in the 300 hurdles (44.57) as a sophomore; finished second at the state meet as a junior (43.02) and senior (43.03) in the 300 hurdles; top time in the 300 hurdles is 42.89 as a senior at the regional meet; four-time Academic All-Ohio.

Community: Volunteer with the All-Star Training Club and the Ronald McDonald House in Akron; Peer Ministry participant; Irish Athletes for Christ and Irish Spirit Squad; member of Spanish Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

SARA JOHNSON

Tallmadge

Academics: 3.99 GPA; 25 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Earned 12 varsity letters, four apiece in soccer, basketball and track and field. Soccer: Led Tallmadge with 12 goals and 12 assists as a senior; received first-team accolades in the Suburban League American Conference, All-District and All-Ohio. Basketball: Named Tallmadge Defensive Player of the Year; tabbed for the SLAC second team. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; SLAC first-team selection; Division I state qualifier in the long jump as a junior and finished 11th (17-1¼); Division II state qualifier in the 800-meter relay as a senior and finished 14th (1:47.11).

LINDSEY LEATHERMAN

Wadsworth

Academics: 4.34 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Three-year letter winner; Division I regional qualifier as a freshman; All-Suburban League first team as a freshman; top time for 3.1 miles 18:47; Swimming: One-year letter winner; competed in the 100-yard freestyle, 50 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle relay. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; All-Suburban League first team twice; Division I regional qualifier as a freshman in the 3,200 and as a junior in the 3,200 relay. Lacrosse: One-year letter winner as a midfielder.

Community: Volunteer at the Salvation Army preparing and serving food; volunteer at Girls on the Run empowering girls to run and have a positive outlook on life; a Student Ambassador at Wadsworth; Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference representative.

CLAIRE MORITZ

Firestone

Academics: 4.45 GPA; 31 ACT, 1,440 SAT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Soccer: Four-year letter winner; led the Falcons to four City Series titles in a row; senior tri-captain; three-time Offensive MVP; outright MVP as a senior; All-District second-team as a junior and senior; City Series Player of the Year as a junior; totaled 50 goals and 30 assists in four seasons. Cross country: Three-year letter winner; City Series individual champion as a freshman (20:44) and sophomore (20:46). Bowling: Three-year letter winner. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; led Falcons to a City Series team title as a senior by placing first in the 800-meters (2:26.31), 1,600 (5:38.96) and the 3,200 relay (10:40.63); won nine City Series championship races.

Community: Volunteer with Urban Vision and at One of a Kind Pet Rescue; volunteer yoga, soccer and cross country instructor in Summit Metro Parks; recipient of the U.S. Navy Academic-Athletic Award; Key Club member.

TESSA PITCOVICH

Stow

Academics: 4.37 GPA; 31 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Four-year letter winner; three-time All-Suburban League National Conference selection; two-time Division I state qualifier; placed 10th at district meet, 25th in regional meet and 66th at the state meet as a junior; finished fourth at district meet, 11th in regional meet and 46th at the state meet as a senior. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; two-time All-Suburban League National Conference selection; fifth in the 1,600 SLNC; second at district and ninth in the 3,200 at regional.

Community: Parish School Religion Sunday School preschool teacher; three-year attendee and two-year presenter at the Stow Leadership Retreat; Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference representative; Chairwoman for Bulldog Bags volunteering effort; a freshman mentor.

KALEIGH RENNINGER

Green

Academics: 4.3 GPA; 27 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: Four-year letter winner; a Division I state qualifier as a freshman; All-Suburban League first team as a freshman; top time for 3.1 miles is 19:50, which is in the top 10 all-time at Green. Swimming: One-year letter winner; competed in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; Division I regional qualifier as a sophomore in the 800; regional qualifier as a sophomore and senior in the 3,200-meter relay.

Community: Volunteer coach for Summit Athletic Running Club; youth group leader in church; Distinguished Scholar.

LESLIE SAWYER

Cuyahoga Falls

Academics: 4.54 GPA; 25 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Soccer: Four-year letter winner; All-Suburban League first team as a junior striker; totaled 23 goals and 42 assists in four years. Basketball: Two-year letter winner as a guard and forward. Track and field: One-year letter winner as a freshman; contributed to school record in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:45.92.

Community: Volunteer at Haven of Rest in Akron, on United Methodist Committee on Relief, at the Akron Marathon, with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities, at Akron Children’s Hospital Tree Festival, at the Heart of the City Trunk or Treat in Akron, at the Rake and Run and with youth soccer programs within Cuyahoga Falls; contributed to church mission trip in Frakes, Ky.; youth group leader in church; OHSAA Scholar Athlete recipient.

Boys finalists

ZACH BOYD

Tallmadge

Academics: 4.27 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: One-year letter winner; Basketball: Three-year letter winner and two-year captain; All-Suburban League American Conference second team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior. Baseball: Four-year letter winner; junior starter on 2017 Division II state championship team and a senior starter on the 2018 Division II state semifinalist team (19-11); 6-2 pitching record as a junior with a 2.01 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 61⅓ innings; 5-3 record as a senior with a 2.54 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 52⅓ innings; had a .360 batting average with 25 RBI and 31 runs as a junior; batted .297 with 27 RBI and 32 runs as a senior; first team All-Suburban League American Conference as a junior and senior; second team as a sophomore; junior and senior captain.

Community: Volunteer with the Tallmadge Recreation Center, Tallmadge Little League, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Hope Lodge in Cleveland and Petco in Brimfield; High School Leaders in Action and Too Good for Drugs participant at Tallmadge.

ZACH DILAURO

Springfield

Academics: 4.11 GPA; 28 ACT

Athletics: Football: Four-year letter winner as a linebacker and running back; as a senior, had 51 solo tackles and assisted on 79 tackles, had 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble; first-team selection in both the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division and in the Northeast Ohio Inland District Division III as a junior and senior; All-Ohio choice as a junior and senior. Track and field: Two-year letter winner; Division I regional qualifier as a senior in the shot put. Baseball: One-year letter winner as a sophomore on a Division II sectional championship team.

Community: Volunteer at the Refuge of Hope Homeless Shelter, at the Rock the Docks Community Festival, at Super Kids Special Needs Race at Derby Downs, at the Young Elementary School Field Day and for the Vince Mealy Memorial Baseball Tournament; contributed to the School Landscape Volunteer Day; Presidential Award of Excellence; U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.

CHARLIE FINK

Revere

Academics: 4.21 GPA; 30 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Soccer: Four-year letter winner as a goalkeeper; junior starter on Revere’s team Division II state runner-up team (16-4-3) in 2016; made a career-high 16 saves in state title game; 13 shutouts as a junior; totaled nine shutouts as a senior starter on a Division I district finalist squad (13-3-3); first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior; first team All-Suburban League American Conference as a junior and senior; finished career with 206 saves. Baseball: Three-year letter winner as a pitcher; helped Minutemen win Division II district title as a senior in 2018; first team All-Suburban League American Conference selection; made 30 pitching appearances combined as a junior and senior totaling 93 strikeouts and a 3.23 ERA.

Community: Volunteer at Richfield community days; instructor at Revere youth soccer camps and youth baseball camps; Toys for Tots volunteer; Project Pride aide in pickup of trash in the community; member of the Revere Athletic Leadership group.

HOWARD FRAZIER

Alliance

Academics: 4.22 GPA; 34 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Four-year letter winner; first team All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference as a junior and senior; first team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District Division III selection as a senior and second team All-NEO Inland District Division III as a junior; NBC champion and Division III playoff participant in 2017; as a junior, completed 101-of-170 passes for 1,546 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed 107 times for 649 yards and seven touchdowns; as a senior, completed 78-of-124 for 1,050 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed 97 times for 581 yards and six touchdowns; averaged 41 yards per punt and snagged two interceptions as a senior. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; first team All-NBC four years; four-year regional qualifier — Division II as a freshman and Division I as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Community: Volunteer at Alliance Community Pantry and youth sports camps; peer tutor; Academic Challenge national qualifier; school newspaper sports editor; published writer in It’s My Alliance magazine; member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Rotary Youth Leadership Academy; Shakespeare at the Castle performer.

EVAN KOCH

Stow

Academics: 4.49 GPA; 31 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Cross country: One-year letter winner; top 3.1-mile time is 19:58. Bowling: Three-year letter winner; Division I state qualifier as a sophomore and senior; averaged 200 per game; compiled a high game of 266. Track and field: Three-year letter winner; two-time Suburban League Scholar Athlete; top times are 19.7 in the 110-meter hurdles and 49.7 in the 300 hurdles.

Community: Volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital, at Haven of Rest Ministries in Akron and with Girls on the Run in Stow.

GAVIN MONTGOMERY

Medina

Academics: 4.43 GPA; 34 ACT; 1,450 SAT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Two-year letter winner as a quarterback, special teams player and holder on kicks; senior captain; limited to one game as a senior because of injury; finished career with 750 passing yards, nine touchdowns and a 52.1 percentage completion rate. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; senior tri-captain; Division I state qualifier in the 400-meter relay and the 800-meter relay as a senior; All-Greater Cleveland Conference in three events; Greater Cleveland Conference champion in the 200 as a junior; Division I district champion in the 200, 400 relay and 800 relay as a senior; contributed to a school-record sprint medley relay time of 1:34.39 as a senior.

Community: Volunteer with Helping Us Develop Dedication Leadership and Enthusiasm, a program designed mentor grade-school students about not using drugs or alcohol; youth football camp coach; participant in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee; physics and chemistry tutor; volunteer with a church a food pantry.

ROBERT READ II

Cuyahoga Falls

Academics: 4.62 GPA; 32 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Swimming: Four-year letter winner; top times are 5:37.88 in the 500-yard freestyle, 1:08.9 in the 100 butterfly, 4:04.78 in the 400 freestyle relay and 59.3 in the 100 freestyle; Most Improved Swimmer as a freshman and Coach’s Award as a junior; senior captain. Tennis: Three-year letter winner; Coach’s Award as a senior; senior captain.

Community: Volunteer at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and at multiple soup kitchens in Ohio; worked within Mission Trips to Michigan, West Virginia, New York and Tennessee; President of Student Council, Class of 2018 Executive Committee and the Science Olympiad organizations; Eagle Scout within Boy Scouts of America; member of Drug Free Club of America; Summit County Rotary Scholar.

JACOB VENEY

Green

Academics: 4.67 GPA; 35 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Three-year letter winner and a three-year starter as an offensive lineman; Green’s Rookie of the Year as a sophomore; senior captain; All-Federal League honorable mention as a junior and senior. Track and field: Two-year letter winner as a shot put competitor; top shot put result is 39-6.

Community: Volunteer at Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and at Salvation Army; organized talent show at school with proceeds going to the March of Dimes; volunteer with Kiwanis group events; member of Science Club and Key Club.

SCOTT WALTER

St. Vincent-St. Mary

Academics: 3.9 GPA; 24 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Three-year letter winner on three Division III playoff teams that combined to compile a 28-11 record; two-year captain; free safety, wide receiver and punt returner; reached Division III state semifinals as a senior; first team All-Northeast Inland district and first-team All-Ohio as a senior; St. V-M’s all-time leader in career interceptions (15) and second in school history in total tackles (343); totaled 75 receptions the past two years for 827 yards and two touchdowns. Basketball: Four-year letter winner as a guard; helped Irish win Division II state championships during junior and senior seasons, and to a Division II state runner-up as a sophomore; averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior starter and captain; totaled 580 points, 238 rebounds, 226 assists and 142 steals in four years as team posted a 98-18 record; first-team All-Northeast Inland district and second-team All-Ohio as a senior. Baseball: One-year letter winner.

Community: Volunteer at Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, at Haven of Rest Ministries and at All-Star Training Club; alter server at St. Sebastian.

ANDREW WHITE

GlenOak

Academics: 4.5 GPA; 27 ACT; National Honor Society

Athletics: Football: Three-year letter winner; All-Federal League second team as a junior and senior as a tight end-defensive end; participated on GlenOak’s Division I playoff teams as a sophomore and junior. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; Division I state champion in the discus throw as a junior (182-2) and senior (194-9); helped Golden Eagles finish fourth in the Division I state meet in the 400-meter relay in a time of 42.13 seconds as a senior; Federal League champion in the discus as a sophomore, junior and senior, and in the 400 relay as a senior.

Community: Volunteer at the GlenOak Community Mulch Day, office aide at GlenOak; math tutor; intern for Sen. Rob Portman.

— Michael Beaven

The state football finals are coming back to Canton.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s board of trustees voted 9-0 on Thursday to authorize the OHSAA executive director’s office to finalize the contract with Visit Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to host the 2018 football state championships. The games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

The specific dates and game times for the state championship in Canton games will be announced after the state semifinals, Nov. 23 and 24.

“We don’t have a signed contract, but we have the authority to move forward,” OHSAA spokesman Tim Stried said of returning to Canton.

Although the 2017 finals were a success from an attendance standpoint — the seven games drew nearly 6,000 more fans than they did in Columbus in 2016 — the OHSAA did have some concerns, specifically in regard to parking and ticket sales/distribution. OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross met with Canton officials in January and the sides have had an ongoing dialogue since.

“Dr. Ross felt good that those issues that we addressed were going to be resolved for 2018,” Stried said. “We’re far enough along now that when we presented some of the details to the board [Thursday], they agreed that we could finish the contract.”

The 2019 and 2020 football finals are expected to move back to Columbus, which hosted them from 2014-16.

“We do not have any contracts signed for 2019 or 2020,” Stried said. “We’re anticipating that [a return to Columbus] but nothing is for sure. We don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”

Stark County hosted the finals every year from 1990-2013 and Canton will push to stay in the championship rotation. Previously, the Stark County games were split between Canton’s Fawcett Stadium and Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. However, the OHSAA prefers to keep the games at one site. If Canton stays in the rotation, all the games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

In other news, the OHSAA will return to Saturday nights for several divisions during the playoffs after playing solely on Friday nights in the first four rounds in 2017. In November, playoff games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will be played on Fridays, and Division IV, V and VII playoff games will be played on Saturdays.

In addition, all playoff games will kick off at 7 p.m. Previously, Friday playoff games kicked off at 7:30 p.m.

“We still have good attendance throughout the playoffs, but the overall total attendance dropped in 2017 when we moved all the games to Fridays,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA director of officiating and sport management and the OHSAA’s football administrator. “Some parts of the state liked staying away from Saturdays for playoff games, but we also received quite a bit of feedback, mainly from the smaller schools, that they hoped we would return to having games on Saturdays, too, so their communities could see two games per weekend instead of one.”

Although overall football playoff attendance in Ohio dropped by 34,106 last fall, attendance for the seven state finals was up significantly from 2016.

The 2017 games drew 61,312 — the fourth-highest total in Ohio history behind 2001 (65,663) and 2002 (65,584) in Stark County and 2015 in Columbus (62,089).

The 2016 finals in Columbus drew 55,421.

COLUMBUS: If the Division I boys discus competition was supposed to be intimidating, GlenOak’s Andrew White wasn’t showing his competition anything Saturday.

Outside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to defend his crown, White left his opponents with a lasting memory by beating them with a throw of 194-9.

“I just went into it with the mentality that I was just calm,” White said. “I was going to act like it was another meet. I didn’t want to be too stressed out. At the end of the day, I wanted to stay focused.”

In the end, it was just like any other meet as White’s best was 12-8 better than runner-up Michael Shoaf of Rocky River.

In fact, White’s second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-best throws would have beaten the competition.

Except for a foul on his fourth attempt, the Wake Forest signee was locked in on another title and no one was going to take it away from him.

“I’ve had just an incredible time with all my teammates and my coaches over the last four years,” White said. “I’ve been blessed to come to this meet the past three years and represent my team, my friends and family. I’m just so grateful that Wake Forest is giving me the opportunity to continue my athletic career. I’m just so excited for what’s to come.”

The win came early as White’s first toss went 193 feet to not only set the mark, but to leave a little message to the rest of the field.

“It felt pretty good, especially to set the tone for everybody else, as well as myself,” White said. “I’m glad I got that on my first one. … I always go in with the mentality that I have to win the day no matter what that takes.”

Eagle eyes

GlenOak finished 10th in the team standings, pushed by a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter relay by White, Michael Contrucci, Nucci Smith and Tate Rhoads (42.13) and a fifth-place finish in the 800 relay by Smith, Rhoads, Contrucci and Dean Sarris (1:28.34).

Jumping new heights

Canton McKinley’s Charles Hall left his mark in Columbus in the Division I long jump before heading off to Malone College. Coming into Jesse Owens Stadium, there were six athletes with better results than the senior based on last week’s regionals.

When the state meet was over, only Centerville’s Yariel Soto (24-2¾) jumped better as Hall set a personal record at 24-1¼.

“This means a lot to me because it’s my senior year and my final chance to prove myself at what I do,” Hall said. “Last week, having all those jumps better than me, I just knew that I really had to bring it. I had a lot of competition and didn’t slack.”

That it took Soto’s final jump to leap into the lead would have upset some, but Hall took it all in stride.

“I did my best,” Hall said. “I can’t be mad at him. The only thing I can be mad at is myself because I kept fouling, but that is a great competitor. He’s a great guy with a great personality and I wish him luck next year.”

Top of the crop

There were plenty of top-five performances in the area.

In Division I, Strongsville’s Emilia Lesniak finished third in the high jump (5-8) and was joined by teammates Drew Robinson (fourth, discus, 131-6) and Erin Sievers (tied for fourth, pole vault, 11-6) among the best.

In Division II, Ravenna’s Azsah Bradley finished third in the 100 (12.04) and 200 (24.82). The junior joined Jatia Caples, Jasmine Poole and Juliana Lambert to finish third in the 400 relay (49.03).

Orrville’s Mikayla Carpenter finished fourth in the shot put (40-5¼).

The Red Riders weren’t done as Alex Eby won the pole vault (12-8) with teammate Karlie Lax finishing fifth (11-8).

Evan Heller of Wooster finished third in the 800 seated division (2:25.88).

COLUMBUS: Nordonia’s 1,600-meter relay team reached the Division I state tournament because of Faith, Lizzy, Aja and Carmen.

Experience put the Knights in the running for a state title.

Seniors Faith Banks, Lizzy Gurko, Aja DuVall and Carmen Licht returned their entire relay team from last season to Jesse Owens Stadium on Friday and now will look to better their third-place finish from 2017.

“Coming in here seeded first showed us, ‘OK, we actually have a lot of potential this year,’ ” Gurko said. “Even if it’s runner-up, it’s still moving up and showing we have a lot of potential.”

With Banks and Licht coming into their third meet in the same relay, the familiarity of running in the state capital taught Nordonia it’s not so much about first-day honors as much as it is second-day showings.

While the Knights wanted to make sure they qualified for the final, they didn’t need to blow the doors off in the preliminaries to win.

Nordonia will come into the final heat behind Gahanna Lincoln, Thomas Worthington and Twinsburg on Saturday, but it will do so knowing experience is on its side.

“Since all four of us were here last year, I think as we moved through indoor and outdoor it helped to have a team that has bonded together,” said Licht, who will also run in the 800 meters on Saturday. “We know how each other runs. It makes it a little less pressure because you’re running with people that have experience.”

That really helps the psyche in a meet where .001 could be the difference between racing and watching in the stands.

“I know that I’m running with the three best girls I could possibly be running with,” said DuVall, who also qualified in the 200. “They’re all going to bring 100 percent, so I know at the end of the day we’ll do the best we can. That’s all that matters.”

For racers like Banks, who has five top-five finishes at state, it’s another chance to add to a growing legacy.

Banks also qualified as an individual in the 400 with the second-fastest time, so the opportunity to stand above the rest is the driving force on the last day of her high school career.

“It’s crazy to know we’re that good,” Banks said. “Last year showed we can do anything.”

Cool runnings

Last year, weather in the mid-80s wreaked havoc on the state track meet. This year, a pretty decent rainstorm caused a delay. The suspension started at 4:25 p.m. with the heavy stuff coming through 20 minutes later.

The 110-minute delay cooled things down 12 degrees on the track, which was a welcome change to the state champion Wadsworth 3,200 relay team of Josiah Sovine, Nick Miller, Kai Wagner and Gabe Szalay.

Running in their third 3,200 relay at state, Szalay and Miller are no strangers to Jessie Owens Stadium, so they know just what the searing heat can do to a competitor.

“We were worried because two years ago we had to wait through a long rain delay, but this year it was just about keeping the other guys calm,” Szalay said. “They’re new to it this year, but with the weather dropping down, it was nice and easy. It wasn’t hot. We’re sweating, but this was the best outcome.”

It was also the best time in the nation with the quartet running a 7:39.05 to beat the rest of the field by more than five seconds.

“This definitely beats all the state meets weather-wise because the past couple years it’s been almost 90 degrees and humid and hot,” Miller said. “It’s so hard to breathe when it’s muggy. That rain delay cooled things down. The track was a little wet, but when you’re running behind people you get a nice kick-up of water. Overall, it was perfect running weather conditions.”

Five spot

There were some strong finishes in the area as the 1,600 relay team of Patrick White, Alex Phillip, Sean O’Brien and Matthew Sollenberger stood fifth on the podium for St. Vincent-St. Mary in Division II. Woodridge joined the Fighting Irish in fifth as Libby Howard, Anastasia Bakuhn, Jenna Kaiser and Molly Howard bested 13 teams to stand among the elite. In Division III, Rootstown’s Logan Carpenter finished fifth in the discus.

2018 state track and field scouting report

When: Friday and Saturday Where: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus

Schedule: A full schedule can be found at http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Track-Field/2018/StateSchedule.pdf and a full state qualifier list with heat/flight assignments and results can be found at http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/tf/2018/index.htm.

AKRON-AREA BOYS STATE QUALIFIERS

Boys

Division I

Brecksville: Jack Barchet, Jr., 3,200 relay; Nick Bosley, Sr., 300 hurdles; Anthony Camerieri, Sr., 3,200 relay; John Jesser, Jr., 3,200 relay; Justin Long, Sr., 3,200 relay; Tanner Watson, Jr., discus, shot put

Brunswick: Ben Mewhinney, Jr., 400 relay; Josh Peppers, Sr., 400 relay; Sam Raiff, Jr., 400 relay; Cole Zamiska, Sr., 400 relay

Canton McKinley: Xavier Black, Fr., 1,600 relay; Charles Hall, Sr., 400, 1,600 relay, long jump; Dorian Henderson, Sr., 1,600 relay; Clayton Tabler, Jr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay

Copley: Noah Harper, Sr., 800

Firestone: Kevon Louis, Sr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

GlenOak: Michael Contrucci, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay, 200; Tate Rhoads, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay; Dean Sarris, Jr., 800 relay; Nucci Smith, Jr., 800 relay, 400 relay; Andrew White, Sr., 400 relay, discus

Green: Alex Dodd, Sr., pole vault

Highland: Ellijah Fragnoli, Jr., 110 hurdles

Hudson: Adam Beucler, Jr., 3,200; Eric Halford, Sr., 1,600; Lucas Lay, Jr., 800; Evan Manley, Jr., 1,600

Jackson: Evan Akers, Jr., 3,200 relay; Patrick Baker, Sr., 3,200 relay; Ronny Brookes, Sr., 3,200 relay; Max Critchfield, Sr., pole vault; Nick Regas, Sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600

Kent Roosevelt: Ryan Grant, Sr., 400

Lake: Ray Shawn Brooks, Sr., 800 relay; Joey Drinkwater, Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Corey Harder, Sr., 1,600 relay; Tye Hunt, Jr., 800 relay, 200, 1,600 relay; Seth Protsman, Soph., 800 relay; Jake Widmer, Jr., 1,600 relay

Medina: Harry Custer, Soph., 1,600 relay; Lavelle Hull, Soph., 800 relay; 400 relay; Christopher Kelly, Jr., 1,600 relay; Michael Kelly, Soph., 1,600 relay; Anthony Lebada, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay; Gavin Montgomery, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay; Demetrius Shannon, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay 1,600 relay; Alex Stamper, Sr., 3,200; Thomas Supan, Sr., discus, shot put

Strongsville: Riley Anderson, Jr., 800 relay, 400, 1,600 relay; Joe Gillette, Jr., 800 relay, long jump; Taylor Griffin, Jr., 800 relay; Mitchell Hoerig, Sr., 1,600 relay; Jack Malczewski, Jr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Jack Mott, Jr., 800, 1,600 relay

Twinsburg: Ryan Adkins, Jr., 1,600; Etaijen Easter, Jr., high jump, long jump; Brad Yates, Jr., pole vault.

Wadsworth: Nick Miller, Sr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600 relay; Andrew Robinson, Sr., 1,600 relay; Josiah Sovine, Sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay; Gabe Szalay, Sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 1,600 relay; Kai Wagner, Jr., 3,200 relay

Walsh Jesuit: Garrett Clark, Sr., 800 relay, 400, 1,600 relay; Gabe Kornick, Sr., 1,600 relay; Ben Miller, Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Nathaniel Ondracek, Jr., 1,600 relay; Cole Rico, Sr., 800 relay; John Sitarz, Jr. 800 relay

Wooster: Lonnie Harper, Jr., high jump

Division II

Buchtel: Traequan Gavin, Soph., 800 relay; Julian Grimes, Fr., 800 relay; Robert Jones, Fr., 800 relay; Kirkland Robins, Jr., 800 relay, 400

Chippewa: Steve Hennis, Jr., 3,200

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Sam Bush, Sr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600 relay; Colin Gaines, Sr., 3,200 relay, 1600, 1,600 relay; Justin Luiza, Soph., 800 relay; Jake Malovasic, Jr., 3,200 relay; Jay Patsch, Jr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Daniel Ripple, Jr., 3,200 relay; Jonathan Solomon, Sr., 800 relay, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay; Tre Tucker, Jr.,100, 800 relay, 200, long jump

Northwest: Austin Bilinovich, Sr., 400 relay; Nick Casto, Sr., long jump; Luke Fennel, Jr., 400 relay; Isaiah Grossnickle, Soph., 400 relay; Dionysus Morris-Evans, Sr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Bryon Norment, Jr., 400 relay

Orrville: Tommy Hayes, Sr., 100

Ravenna: Denoah Wright, Sr., 110 hurdles

Springfield: Aric Parks, Sr., 110 hurdles

St. Vincent-St. Mary: Jaylen Burton, Soph., discus; Marquel Cook, Soph., Sean O’Brien, Sr., 3,200 relay; Alex Phillip, Jr., 3,200 relay; Matthew Sollenberger, Jr., 3,200 relay; Patrick White, Sr., 3,200 relay; Leonard Younger, Sr., 200

Tallmadge: Matt Kieke, Sr., shot put

Woodridge: Zach Conroy, Sr., 1,600 relay; Marvin Montgomery Jr., Soph., 1,600 relay; Noah Perrin, Sr., 3,200; De’Andre Smith, Sr., 1,600 relay; Dijon White, Sr., 1,600 relay

Division III

Mogadore: Connor Kerr, Jr., 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

Rootstown: Logan Carpenter, Jr., discus

Seated Division

GlenOak: Brandon Hiser, Sr., 400, 800

Tallmadge: Brennan Heavilin, Soph., shot put

Wooster: Evan Heller, Soph., 100, 400, 800

Girls

Division I

Archbishop Hoban: K’Maira Carson, Sr., shot put

Aurora: Corinne Henderson, Jr., pole vault; Brianna Rawlings, Fr., long jump

Brecksville: Krista Okeafor, Soph., discus

Brunswick: Emily Bardwell, Soph., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200; Hailey Borges, Jr., 3,200 relay, 800; Nellie Bykova, Sr., 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay; Ashli Holden, Soph., 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay; Katrine Kidal, Jr., long jump; Angelina Lotarski, Soph., pole vault; Rachel Mancini, Jr., 400, 1,600 relay; Nyree Mushanagzhiki, Sr., 100 hurdles; Maddy Neitzel, Sr., 1,600 relay; Alyssa Wolf, Jr., 3,200 relay, 3,200

Canton McKinley: Dejah Tabler, Sr., 400

Copley: Katherine Davis, Jr., 300 hurdles; Lauren Taylor, Jr., 100

Cuyahoga Falls: Jacquelyn Shields, Sr., long jump

Firestone: Jordan Baith, Soph., discus, shot put.

GlenOak: Renée Walton, Jr., discus

Highland: Annamarie DiGiacobbe, Sr., 3,200 relay; Jhoni Ervin, Fr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Kaylie Kenne, Jr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3200; Emily Lyon, Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Madelynn Madison, Fr., 3,200 relay; Amanda Orban, Soph., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Alexa Sposit, Sr., 800 relay, 1,600 relay; Kaelin Stahl, Sr., pole vault; Marley Wylie, Fr., 3,200 relay

Hudson: Emily Akin, Sr., 3,200 relay, 800; Kalli Barrett, Soph., 3,200 relay; Brenna Beucler, Fr., 3,200 relay; Cameron Bujaucius, Sr., 3,200 relay; Tori Shriver, Sr., 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Molly Stecker, Soph., high jump

Nordonia: Faith Banks, Sr., 800 relay, 400, 1,600 relay; Aja DuVall, Sr., 800 relay, 200, 1,600 relay; Katrina Eterovich, Sr., 800 relay, 300H; Lizzy Gurko, Sr., 1,600 relay; Carmen Licht, Sr., 800 relay, 800, 1,600 relay

Massillon Washington: Lauren Brown, Soph., 400 relay; Juanita Gray, Sr., 100, 400 relay; Aniya Lowery, Sr., 400 relay, 300 hurdles; Maria Welch, Jr. 100 hurdles, 400 relay

Medina: Haley Anspach, Soph., 800 relay, 400 relay; Jessica Campbell, Soph., 3,200 relay; Angela Dobson, Jr., 400, 1,600 relay; Carmela Henning, Jr., 3,200 relay; Juliette Keller, Soph.; 3,200 relay, 1600, 1,600 relay; Alli Pankow, Jr. 800 relay, 400 relay, Aliese Pedro, Jr., 800 relay 400 relay; Abby Smith, Soph., 800 relay, 400 relay; Katie Smith, Jr., 1,600 relay; Ava Tenaglia, Soph., 3,200 relay, 1,600 relay

Perry: Madelyn Bartolone, Sr., 1,600

Strongsville: Karson Cobb, Soph., 100, 400 relay, 200; McKenzie Greene, Sr., 100 hurdles; Emilia Lesniak, Jr., high jump; Drew Robinson, Sr., 400 relay, discus; Lorissa Schwab, Soph., 400 relay; Erin Sievers, Jr., 400 relay, pole vault

Twinsburg: Nya Bussey, Jr., 100, 400 relay, 200, 1,600 relay; Camari Griffin, Sr., 800 relay, 400 relay, 1,600 relay; Brionna McDonald, Jr., 400 relay; Mariah Myles, Jr., 800 relay 1,600 relay; Nia Robinson, Jr., 800 relay, 400, 1,600 relay; Alyssa Willis, Soph., 800 relay, 400 relay

Wadsworth: Laney Correll, Fr., 3,200 relay; Payton Grigsby, Sr., 3,200 relay; Emily Kurtz, Soph. 3,200 relay; Hailey Montgomery, Sr., shot put; Sami Shaffer, Soph., 3,200 relay

Division II

Buchtel: Dana Beasley, Jr., 1,600 relay; London Green, Jr., 800 relay, 400 relay; Nevaeh Lewis, Fr.,100, 800 relay, 400 relay, 1,600 relay; Dyamond Myers, Jr., 800 relay, 400 relay, 200, 1,600 relay; Da’Veonna Nash,. Fr., 1,600 relay; Drew Oliver, Soph., 800 relay, 400 relay

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Imani Long, Sr., 1,600 relay; Rachel Lyda, Sr., 1,600 relay; Amanda Milo, Sr., 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay; Amber Robinson. Jr., 1,600 relay

Field: Cortney Currey, Jr., discus; Buzz Kline, Soph., shot put

Northwest: Keely Fightmaster, Jr., 100

Orrville: Mikayla Carpenter, Jr., shot put; Alex Eby, Sr., 100 hurdles, pole vault; Sedona Goodard, Soph., 10, 800 relay, 400, 1,600 relay; Maya Hamsher, Soph., 800, 1,600 relay; Daysia Hargrave, Fr., 800 relay, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay; Chloe Johnson, Jr., 1,600 relay; Karlie Lax, Jr., pole vault; Ashley Stiffler, Jr., 800 relay; Alexis Tillison, Sr., 800 relay

Ravenna: Azsah Bradley, Jr., 100, 400 relay, 200; Jatia Caples, Sr., 400 relay; Juliana Lambert, Fr., 400 relay; Jasmine Pooler, Soph., 400 relay

Streetsboro: Bre Davis, Soph., 800 relay; Taylor Ivory, Fr., 800 relay; Erika Richards, Fr., 800 relay; Victoria Wagner, Soph., 800 relay

St. Vincent-St. Mary: Emily Bame, Fr., 3,200 relay; Aminah Claxton, Soph., 800 relay, 400; Sara Foster, Sr., 100 hurdles, 800 relay, 300 hurdles; Theresa Hagey, Fr., 3,200 relay; Leah Lisle, Sr., 3,200 relay, 3,200; Olivia Mathis, Fr., 800 relay; Diane Metzler, Fr., 800 relay; Sophia Williams, Jr., shot put; Nina Zraik, Jr., 3,200 relay

Tallmadge: Maddie Arnold, Fr., 800 relay; Ravyn Edge, Soph., 1,600; Sara Johnson, Sr., 800 relay; Mabinty Kromah, Soph., 800 relay; Lauren Moses, Jr., pole vault; Madison Tasich, Sr., 800 relay

Woodridge: Anastasia Bakuhn, Fr., 3,200 relay; Libby Howard, Soph., 3,200 relay; Molly Howard, Sr., 3,200 relay, 800; Jenna Kaiser, Jr., 3,200 relay

Division III

Mogadore: Hope Murphy, Soph., 800

Rootstown: Paige Cremeans, Fr., 400 relay; Emily Drago, Sr., 400 relay; Meaghan Hahn, Sr., 400 relay; Alexis Washington, Fr., 400 relay

Seated Division

Northwest: Airabella Stewart, Fr., 100, 400

It is the middle of the week and Lane Field in Akron is bustling with activity.

Buchtel, Firestone and St. Vincent-St. Mary track and field athletes are training at a facility that all three teams call home, even though all three traveled to get there.

There is band music within earshot coming from the Miller South Visual & Performing Arts building, which is situated on a hill nearby.

On this hot Wednesday, the best of the best from the Griffins, Falcons and Irish are preparing for the state track and field championship meets at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

The “friendly rivals” will be in uniform Friday and Saturday in Columbus.

Buchtel is in its 11th consecutive season using Lane Field, St. V-M has used the venue on and off since the 1990s and Firestone is in its third consecutive season there.

Griffins boys coach William Graham said Buchtel and Firestone start practice around 4 p.m. when St. V-M is wrapping up its session.

“We will take lanes 1-2-3-4 and they [Firestone] will take 5-6-7-8, and then we will run practice,” Graham said. “You don’t think it will work, but it works out very well. We all know each other, so from a coaching standpoint there is that common courtesy of understanding that we are all trying to get to that one goal.”

That “one goal” is to get to Columbus and win.

“We have always gotten along well,” said Falcons coach Tim Carroll.

“The coaches know each other and the kids know each other. Everybody just shows up everyday to work hard and have fun. We share the track and stay out of each other’s way. When it comes to tournament time and this time of the year, it is always nice to see the team’s competing. Whether it is our kids or the other team’s kids, it is nice to see the athletes and coaches putting in the hard work.”

Columbus-bound

Firestone has two state qualifiers in Division I this year — senior boy Kevon Louis and sophomore girl Jordan Baith.

“This has been fun for me,” Louis said. “It’s been cool running alongside guys from Buchtel and St. V. Everybody wants to go out there and see what everybody has got.”

Louis won the Austintown Fitch regional title in the 300-meter hurdles in 38.50 seconds and was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.72. Baith won the regional discus title (140-9) and was fourth in the shot put (38-1¾).

Buchtel won two girls relays in the Austintown Division II regional — the 800 in 1:41.73 and the 1,600 in 4:00.10. Freshman Nevaeh Lewis, junior London Green, sophomore Drew Oliver and junior Dyamond Myers joined together on the 800 relay, and the 1,600 relay featured Lewis, junior Dana Beasley, Myers and freshman Da’Veonna Nash. Lewis and Myers are both entered in four events this weekend.

“This is pretty cool because we are all friends outside the track and on the track,” Green said. “We stay out of each other’s way and we cheer each other on.”

Buchtel’s boys who qualified for the Division II state meet are junior Kirkland Robins, sophomore Traequan Gavin and freshmen Julian Grimes and Robert Jones.

“This is a good environment because you get to see other athletes and other teams that you go against in the City Series, at district, at regional and at state,” Robins said. “We get to see our competition and it is a wonderful environment that I am in. I always cheer for all of these athletes. I always gotta show love. We are in the same city.”

St. V-M advanced nine girls to the Division II state meet — freshmen Emily Bame, Theresa Hagey, Olivia Mathis and Diane Metzler, sophomore Aminah Claxton, juniors Sophia Williams and Nina Zraik and seniors Sara Foster and Leah Lisle.

“We all practice on the same track and we do a good job of focusing on our practice,” Claxton said. “Whenever we are at track meets together I always cheer for them.”

The Irish have seven boys qualified for the Division II state meet — sophomores Jaylen Burton and Marquel Cook, juniors Alex Philips and Matthew Sollenberger, and seniors Sean O’Brien, Patrick White and Leonard Younger.

Absolute humility

St. V-M coach Dan Lancianese said he has been coaching at Lane Field since 1982.

“Miller South’s Lane Field as we know it now was the home of South High School track and field,” Lancianese said. “My first sprint coaching job was at Kenmore and we picked up all of the sprinters from old South when the school closed.

“I love that place. After 1982, I started building my All-Star Training Club [with Special Olympic athletes] and I also started formulating an AAU and USAT&F youth program. I started coaching youth track, I did that from 1983-1993.”

Lancianese added St. V-M girls and boys track and field coach to his workload in 1993. Lancianese said former Buchtel coaches John Scott and Bill Heideman were “great to work alongside” in the past, and he enjoys working besides the current Griffins and Falcons coaches.

“We not only share a track, we also share coaches,” Lancianese said with a laugh. “George Aronhalt is my long jump and high jump coach who is also the long jump and high jump coach for Firestone. George is a great guy. We stumbled across each other because we train at Miller South.

“Tim Carroll is a great guy. He is classy about it. … There is absolute humility from coach Carroll and his staff at Firestone, and coach [Billy] Graham and coach [Orlando] Green and their staff at Buchtel. We stay out of each other’s way, and what is really cool we share equipment, too — be it starting blocks, hurdles, shot puts or discuses.

“You can take this all the way back to the legend John Scott. When you have got a guy like John Scott setting the stage for you everything else takes care of itself.”

Buchtel started coming to Lane Field under Scott when its original high school was being torn down and its new high school was being built. The new school opened in 2012.

“It is an honor to be able to coach with all the coaches here, and for us to be able to work together shows other schools that you can work together without their being any issue or any problem as long as you communicate,” said Griffins girls coach Orlando Green.

Firestone left its track after the 2013 season when construction was ongoing on its new high school. The Falcons trained at UA for two years before moving to Lane Field. The original Firestone has since been torn down and the new high school opened in 2016.

“Our new track and was paved and we should be able to practice on it soon,” Carroll said. “We are raising money for an all-weather surface. We are working on getting a rubberized surface on top of the asphalt track that we have now.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or [email protected]. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.

Archbishop Hoban is headed back to Capital University for the second year in a row to compete for a Division II boys volleyball state championship.

Hoban finished state runner-up last year in the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association Division II state tournament to Kettering Archbishop Alter.

The Knights defeated Dublin Scioto three sets to one in a state semifinal a year ago and then lost to Alter 3-2 in the final to finish with a 21-5 record.

Coach Jeremy Leyden knows all about the recent past, and is excited for a return trip to Capital with a squad that is 15-7.

Hoban will meet Alter once again at 5 p.m. Saturday in a state semifinal, with Cincinnati La Salle playing Columbus St. Charles at 6:45 p.m. in the other semifinal. The winners will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hoban is led by its six seniors — Jack Bahmer, Jeremy Leyden Jr., Michael Davies, Kyle Hrabusa, Tom Galvin and Eddie Strah.

Leyden Sr. said Hoban also receives solid play this season drom juniors Kyle Kubus, Ryan Henry, Josh Jones and Johnny Lawrence, and sophomores Tommy Radabaugh, Connor Grandon, Jon Owen and Tommy Bee.

“We are on the younger side with contributions coming from seniors, juniors and sophomores,” Leyden Sr. said. “We entered the season a little bit inexperienced, but this is a very talented group.

“We are coming into this and going up against Alter, who is the No. 1 seed, and they have won the state championship six out of the past seven years. They are very good.”

Hoban enters the state tournament with six wins in a row, including a regional semifinal win over Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (3-0) and a regional final win over Walsh Jesuit (3-2). The Knights ended the regular season with wins over Brecksville, Lakewood St. Edward, Brunswick and Medina.

“We played a very tough VA-SJ team and then we played a very talented Walsh Jesuit team,” said Leyden Sr., a 46-year-old Cuyahoga Falls resident who graduated from Walsh Jesuit (1990), Syracuse University (1994) and the University of Akron (2002).

“Those wins qualified us for the state tournament.”

Seven of Hoban’s top nine players from last season were seniors who graduated, including Austin Gerwig, Lance Talmage, Carson Miller, Dominic Didado, Henry Schwendler, Brandon Eckman and Conner Maloy.

Gerwig was named the Division II North Region Player of the Year and the State Player of Year in 2017. He played his freshman year at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and recently transferred to play on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team.

“We lost a lot from last year,” Leyden Sr. “We entered this season with six seniors, but only two [Bahmer and Leyden Jr.] had played varsity before. This is a new experience for a lot of these guys.”

Leyden Jr. is a setter and a Mount Union men’s volleyball recruit. He was named the Division II North Region Player of the Year and is a first-team All-Ohio selection. Bahmer, a middle hitter, earned Division II honorable mention All-Ohio honors.

Jackson, a Division I state quarterfinalist, was among Hoban’s regular-season foes. The Knights and Polar Bears split two matches.

The bright sun finally appeared Saturday afternoon, just as it was setting on Woodridge’s fortunes.

A game played almost entirely in gloomy, sometimes rainy, conditions marked the end of Woodridge’s remarkable postseason run as West Branch defeated the Bulldogs 7-1 in the Akron Division II softball regional final.

A three-run second inning put Woodridge (15-11) into a hole out of which it couldn’t climb. And sunshine and blue skies did arrive before the Bulldogs failed to score in the seventh, ending their state title dreams.

Woodridge, which beat Northwest 8-3 in Wednesday’s semifinal round, still has yet to reach the state tournament, but made it to within one win of that goal for the first time. The Warriors also reached the 2012 regional semis.

“You never want to lose,” Bulldogs coach Dan Schneider said. “[It was] probably the most emotional I’ve gotten the whole time. I was pretty wound up all night. I didn’t sleep much. It was exciting. We all want to go farther. That’s why we’re here.”

Sage Jenkins, one of five seniors on the team, will play for Otterbein University next year. She reflected on her season and career.

“I’m so proud of us,” she said, wiping away a tear. “Last year, by the end of the year, we all wanted to be done. But this year, it’s so hard to be done now, just because of how much we’ve grown together.

“Obviously I didn’t want it to end but I’m really happy we went as far as we did.”

Schneider saluted the senior class, epitomized by Jenkins, the starting catcher all four years she was on the team.

“Her and her senior teammates are a big reason we are where we are,” Schneider said. “Especially Sage. She takes more grief from us than anybody. We expect more out of her than anybody. It wasn’t always easy for her to realize we wanted the best out of her.

“But I think she showed us that she’s given us her best. We’re going to miss her for sure. Iron woman. Hasn’t missed a game behind the plate for us in four years.”

The other seniors, all starters, are first baseman Sydney Shaheen, second baseman Cassie Riebau, third baseman Emily Mally and right fielder Sophia DeBord.

West Branch (26-3) will make its first state tournament appearance, playing the Clinton Massie-Jonathan Alder winner at 10 a.m. Thursday in a state semifinal at Firestone Stadium.

“This is our fourth time to regionals but first time to state,” said Warriors coach Sis Woods, who started the program and is now in her 32nd year. “I’m just so happy for the girls. They’ve worked so hard for this. They believe in each other.”

The Warriors scored three times with two outs in the second, just as some rain started to fall, yielding mostly light sprinkles for a few innings that didn’t appear to affect play.

Destany Blake walked against Caitlin Raid (15-8), Riley Mesler was hit by a pitch and Hannah Sprague singled in Blake. Freshman Jordan Anderson doubled off the fence in left center to score two more.

Winning pitcher Kylie Coffelt walked leading off the West Branch third and came around to score on Peyton Alazaus’ sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

Woodridge got its lone run in the fourth, and had a good chance for more. Shaheen drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Raid’s single to left to make it 4-1.

Bella McBride, who went 2-for-3, reached on an infield hit, but Coffelt got the third out to strand both runners.

The Warriors only had two more base runners — a leadoff walk by Hayley Roenigk in the fifth and leadoff double by McBride in the seventh.

Blake’s run-scoring double and Mesler’s RBI single sparked a three-run fifth inning for West Branch, making it 7-1.

Coffelt (13-1), a senior right-hander who has committed to play softball at Duke, went four innings, allowing two hits and one run, walking two and striking out eight. Senior right-hander Kelsey Byers, who beat Lake County Perry 3-1 in the regional semifinal, went three innings, striking out nine.

“We don’t have that luxury,” Schneider said, referring to West Branch’s two ace pitchers. “We have other pitchers who can help us, but in a game like this, we’re going to ride Cait all the way.”

The postseason run Perry’s softball team has been writing this month has been must-read, must-see entertainment, but the latest chapter might be the best yet.

The Panthers’ Akron Division I regional final with Willoughby South on Saturday morning was earmarked as a pitchers’ duel.

Games aren’t played on paper, however, and Perry proved it by beating the Rebels 14-0.

The Panthers (23-5) advanced to the fourth state semifinal in school history and first since 2010 — when they won it all.

They will face 2016 state runner-up Teays Valley (24-3) at Firestone Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s crazy,” Perry catcher Missy Holzopfel said. “Our intensity is insane. We just knew if they’d score, we needed to come back with hits because our offense is what wins the game.”

South (24-8) didn’t hit.

Perry most certainly did.

What looked like a great matchup between Missouri recruit Riley Frizell (15-4) for South and University of Tennessee-Martin pledge Payton Gottshall (15-2) for Perry turned into batting practice for the Panthers.

Perry torched Frizell for 17 hits — nine of them for extra bases — and eight earned runs.

Virtually everyone got in on the act as Riley Lesh (two singles, double, RBI), Maddie Snyder (single, double, run), Gottshall (single, double, home run, three RBI), Alycia Cunningham (two doubles, RBI), Holzopfel (single, double, triple, three RBI) and Gia Durieux (two singles, double, two RBI) paced the offense.

“We’ve played really good talent all year long,” Panthers coach Scott Daugherty said. “We started the season 3-3 and four of the first six pitchers we faced are All-Ohio. We’ve seen good pitching before, so that part we’ve been through. We knew she was throwing a lot of offspeed stuff and was staying away from batters. As the game went on, the plan started to come to us a little better.”

In a scene that has become commonplace for Perry, Gottshall did what she’s always done this postseason in notching her fifth playoff win.

The junior has yet to be scored on and has thrown three one-hitters and two two-hitters during that stretch.

Against the Rebels, she was on fire after the first.

Mya Matriano opened things with a blooping single over third base and Gottshall loaded the bases with two walks, but she got out of it.

The right-hander only walked two more the rest of the way and sent down the final 13 in a row to notch yet another one-hitter.

“She has gone through 32 postseason innings without giving up a run,” Daugherty said of Gottshall, who has struck out 176 and has a 0.78 ERA in 108 innings this season. “She’s just a special kid. She’s kind of our emotional leader at times. Obviously, we feel confident [with her] on the mound.”

In playoff wins over Massillon, Hoover, Louisville, Brunswick and South, Gottshall has been the centerpiece for a Panthers team that has outscored the opposition 49-0.

“I knew I had to really bring it on for my team,” Gottshall said. “I knew I had to focus in. I always want to be there for them and get them going.”

The next step with Teays Valley should be interesting. The Vikings came back from near elimination against Olentangy for a 9-5 win by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a two-run deficit.

“We always try to make our opponent do things they don’t want to do,” Daugherty said. “We play very aggressive, especially offensively. If they can make 21 outs and some of them are high-pressure outs, that will be that.”

Division I

Austintown Fitch

Firestone senior Kevon Louis won the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.50 and placed fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.72 to qualify for the state track tournament next weekend in Columbus.

McKinley’s Clayton Tabler finished third in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles, and McKinley’s Charles Hall won the 400 and finished second in the long jump to lead the Tigers and advance to the state meet.

Hudson’s Evan Manley won the boys 1,600 meters and teammate Eric Halford placed fourth in the event to advance. Also qualifying for the Explorer girls were Tori Shriver (300 hurdles) and the 3,200 relay team of Cameron Bujaucius, Kalli Barrett, Brenna Beucler and Emily Akin.

GlenOak’s Michael Contrucci placed third in the 200 and was also a part of the 400 and 800 relay teams that advanced to state. Nucci Smith, Tate Rhoads, Andrew White and Dean Sarris were also members of those relay teams.

Firestone’s Jordan Baith won the girls discus with a toss of 140-09, with Brecksville’s Krista Okeafor in second and GlenOak’s Renee Walton in fourth. Baith also finished fourth in the girls shot put.

Division I

Amherst

The Highland girls 800 relay team of Amanda Orban, Alexa Sposit, Emily Lyon and Jhoni Ervin placed first to advance to state. The same four runners placed second in the 800 relay, and the 3,200 relay team of Annamarie Digiacobbe, Madelynn Madison, Marley Wylie and Kaylie Kenne finished second to advance.

Highland’s Kenne was third in the 1,600 and the 3,200, Highland’s Kaelin Stahl finished third in the pole vault and Wadsworth’s Hailey Montgomery was second in the shot put.

Wadsworth’s 3,200 relay team of Josiah Sovine, Nick Miller, Kai Wagner and Gabe Szalay placed first to advance, along with the 800 relay team of Andrew Robinson, Szalay, Miller and Sovine. Szalay also was second in the 1,600.

Division III

Perry

Rootstown’s Logan Carpenter placed first in the discus with a throw of 156-0 to advance.

Division I

Jackson’s Danny Thomas and Brecksville’s Aaron Yeh each lost in the quarterfinals of the Division I state boys tennis tournament on Friday in Mason.

Thomas lost 6-2, 6-3 to Canfield’s Tim Cianciola and Yeh lost to Mason’s Niraj Komatineni 6-2, 6-2.

Cianciola will play New Albany’s Robert Cash in a semifinal match on Saturday.

Brunswick’s Adam Slomski lost to Perrysburg’s Ben Wieder in first-round action.

The Walsh Jesuit doubles team of David Kendrick and Ben Cors lost 6-0, 6-0 in a first-round match to New Albany’s Devin Boyer and Nathan Jose.

When: Friday and Saturday.

Where: Lindner Family Tennis Stadium in Mason. If it rains, the event will move to Cincinnati and compete indoors at two facilities: Five Seasons Family Sports Club and The Club at Harper’s Point.

Schedule: Competition begins both days at 9 a.m. with Division I and Division II singles matches. Double teams in both divisions will follow.

AREA DIVISION I QUALIFIERS

Singles: Aaron Yeh, Brecksville, Sr.; Danny Thomas, Jackson, Sr.; Adam Slomski, Brunswick, Sr.

Doubles: David Kendrick, Sr., and Ben Cors, Fr., of Walsh Jesuit.

Coaches: Dan Reynolds of Brecksville, Michael Canterbury of Brunswick, Louis Thomas of Jackson and Rocco Cona of Walsh Jesuit.

Notebook: No area player advanced to the Division II state tournament. Yeh, Thomas and Slomski finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the Division I singles district tournament last week at Springside Racquet & Fitness Club in Akron to punch their ticket to Mason. Kendrick and Cors received a nod to the state tournament after finishing fourth in the Division I doubles district tournament. Tim Cianciola of Canfield won the singles district title, and Chas Norman and Charlie Joranko of University School won the doubles district crown. Two weeks ago, Yeh and Slomski went 1-2 in the singles sectional at Medina, Kendrick and Cors teamed up to win a doubles sectional title at Medina, and Thomas finished second to Cianciola in the singles sectional at Canton.

Michael Beaven

The big inning was very good for Woodridge once again Wednesday.

Just as in their district title victory last Friday, the Bulldogs jumped all over an opponent early and kept the pressure on thereafter.

And now they find themselves one win from their first state tournament berth with an 8-3 win over Northwest in an Akron Division II regional semifinal at Firestone Stadium.

A six-run third inning did the trick this time. That erased a 1-0 deficit and enabled Woodridge (15-10) to withstand a spirited comeback by the Indians.

Five runs in the first inning carried the Bulldogs to a 6-3 district title win over Crestwood.

Woodridge will face West Branch, a 3-1 winner over Lake County Perry earlier Wednesday, for the regional title at noon Saturday.

“The good part today is we actually got a couple insurance [runs] on the end to make it a little easier on Cait,” said Woodridge coach Dan Schneider.

Junior right-hander Caitlin Raid (15-7) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. She allowed two runs in the fifth, trimming the lead to 6-3, but limited the damage. And she ended with two scoreless innings, allowing only a single in the sixth.

“It helps when you have a good team to back you up,” said Raid. “We’ve come together as a team. I’m not nervous to throw the ball anywhere because I know I’ve got a good team behind me.”

And she took her coach’s words of advice to heart when things got tough.

“I wish she wouldn’t get into that,” Schneider said. “She hurts herself occasionally. She comes to the dugout, I said ‘Did you hear me?’ ‘Yeah, I heard you. I know, throw it, don’t steer it.’ That’s our way of telling her she’s overthinking.”

Raid allowed eight hits, walking two and striking out two and enjoyed the early run support.

“It definitely helps relieve the pressure,” she said.

The Bulldogs had two hits and took advantage of four walks in the third. Hayley Roenigk and Megan Stanfield both walked and Brayden Wigal singled to center to load the bases with no outs.

Emily Mally smacked a two-run single to right center and Sydney Shaheen followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1, though Northwest center fielder Lauren Michel raced in to make a sparkling diving catch.

“My coach always says just get a line drive, find a hole,” said Mally, one of five seniors on the roster. “Just get a base hit, don’t think anything big.”

Sage Jenkins drilled a long drive that curled barely foul past the left-field foul pole before drawing a walk, and Raid’s squeeze bunt scored Mally. The Bulldogs scored two more on an infield error and it was 6-1.

“I think the bottom of the order really came through,” said Jenkins, who went 2-for-3 with the walk. “Starting us off being really patient and walking and the top of the order was able to move them over. Once we start hitting we’re very hard to stop.”

In the fifth, Woodridge loaded the bases with three consecutive one-out singles by Jenkins, Raid and Bella McBride. With two outs, Roenigk beat out a swinging bunt to third for a 7-3 lead. Wigal led off the sixth with a single, scoring on Shaheen’s single to right for the final run.

Northwest (17-5) enjoyed a brief lead when Jordan Miller — one of only two seniors for the Indians — led off the second with a triple and scored on Maddie Kurz’ squeeze bunt.

Miller’s single, the third of the fifth inning, drove in one run and Kurz’ second squeeze bunt made it 6-3. Northwest junior right-hander Jensen Miller (12-4) started and pitched into the sixth.

“Give Woodridge all the credit in the world,” Northwest coach Megan Levengood said. “We had a bad inning. When we had a momentary mental breakdown they capitalized. In the same position, the balls weren’t falling for us today. We couldn’t drive the runs in.

“I”m proud of these girls. I’m proud of the heart that they’ve played with all year long.”

The Perry softball team has heard about the state championship that assistant coach Jayla Saibene won as a player for the Panthers in 2010.

After Wednesday’s win over Brunswick, Perry is just three victories away from giving the school its second title.

Payton Gottshall threw a one-hitter and the Panthers knocked around three Blue Devils pitchers to win 11-0 in five innings in a Division I Akron regional semifinal.

Their prize is Willoughby South (24-7), which beat Canfield 4-2. The regional final will be played Saturday at noon.

“We always look up to that 2010 team,” Gottshall said. “We want our own banner out back on our fence. We want that experience to say we were state champs.”

The way Perry (22-5) is headed, it might not be a bad idea to jump on the bandwagon.

“I’ve watched that state final game multiple times,” Panthers third baseman Alycia Cunningham said. “They have it recorded. It was a good game [Perry beat Grove City 10-0]. I want to do the same thing to live up to that legacy.”

The Panthers got out early to help Gottshall settle in.

A top of the first inning that included a swinging bunt single and two Blue Devils errors added up to a 6-0 lead to put Brunswick on its collective heels early.

Gottshall sent the Blue Devils down in order and Cunningham hit a home run in the second in a game that had a black and gold hue to it.

“Our goal is to put a lot of pressure on the other team,” Perry coach Scott Daugherty said. “Being able to do that early, I felt like we were able to set the tone and now Brunswick was forced to play a kind of game they hadn’t had to play all year.

“To put up six runs and have a pitcher like Payton Gottshall, I mean, with Payton on the mound, we’ve never given up more than four runs in a game.”

Gottshall (14-2) was incredible against Brunswick, which came in batting a collective .399. The junior was perfect through the first 4⅔ innings before allowing a single that shortstop Rylee Pireu just missed.

She finished with eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.

“She’s incredible,” Brunswick shortstop Gabbi Campbell said of Gottshall. “She deserves to go to the state championship and get a ‘W.’ I mean, she’s the best pitcher we’ve seen all year.

“Our conference is good, but the pitching is not. It’s nothing compared to that. It was hard for us to time her up and it showed.”

Gotshall’s performance is just more of the same as she hasn’t allowed a run yet in postseason wins over Massillon, Hoover, Louisville and Brunswick.

In that stretch she has two one-hitters and two two-hitters.

“I definitely want to keep pushing, keep going,” Gottshall said. “I know they have my back. I have their back. That motivates me more.”

The Panthers shift their attention to South, which won its first regional game in school history.

“We have to come with the same energy we did today,” Cunningham said. “We have to have high energy and focus on hitting that first pitch. We have to have each other’s back.”

MASSILLON: The Manchester softball team gave defending state champion Warren Champion quite a battle through five innings Wednesday.

Then came the sixth inning, when the Flashes scored four runs to separate from the Panthers and earn a 5-1 win in a Division III regional semifinal at Massillon High School.

The abrupt ending was disappointing for Manchester, but several Panthers spectators could be overheard saying, ‘Great season, girls’ as players prepared to head home.

Coach Jim Morehart agreed as he reflected on how seniors Alex Craig, Erika Bell, Trudie Christy, Josie Michel and Olivia Carder led the Panthers to an 18-8 season.

“These girls battled,” Morehart said. “We had good senior leadership all year. They averaged over 10 runs a game for the season. Champion is good. They shut us down.”

Champion (28-0) will meet Independence in a regional final at noon Saturday at Massillon. Independence topped Waterloo 9-3 in Wednesday’s opening game.

Senior Megan Turner gave Champion a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to left field.

Manchester’s Craig tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run to left-center field.

Champion took control with the aforementioned four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Cassidy Shaffer smacked a solo home run to right-center field to lead off the inning and make it 2-1. Four batters later, sophomore Sophie Howell hit a single that scored junior Abby White and then sophomore Allison Smith followed with a two-run home to left-center. Smith’s homer also scored sophomore Savannah Dodrill, who entered the game to run for Howell.

Craig nearly hit another home run with a runner on base in the top of the seventh, but Champion freshman center fielder Emma Gumont jumped up in the air and made a leaping catch at the fence for the second out of the inning.

Howell then struck out the final batter of the inning to end the game. Howell, a right-hander, pitched a complete game and limited Manchester to two hits — one each by Craig and Christy. Howell struck out 13, and went 3-for-3 with three singles.

“She threw high heat,” Morehart said of Howell. “We were not laying off of it early in the game and towards the end we were laying off of it a little better, but it is tough when you don’t see that heat all year and then you see it here.

“They are good. There is a reason they are undefeated.”

Champion coach Cheryl Weaver said Howell and Smith are co-aces with 14-0 records.

“My girls fought and they wanted this game bad,” Weaver said.

“We knew once the game started and we were putting the ball in play that we were going to find the gaps. … Manchester was battling up there at bat, but they were swinging at a lot of Sophie’s rise balls and that helps. You have to give them credit because they had a great season too.”

Manchester is set to return five starters next season — current juniors Hailey Doll, Maddie McVaney and Megan Toth, sophomore Emily Rucker and freshman Maggie Kusmits.

“We have a nice nucleus coming back, but this was a special bunch,” Morehart said.

“This senior class — they just scored runs in bunches and hit the ball well. You know, this is a rough way for it to end for them.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or [email protected]. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.

Track & field

Orrville Division II District

Senior Alex Eby led the host Red Riders to a girls district title just 13 points ahead of second-place Norwayne. Eby won the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Teammate Karlie Lax advanced to the Lexington Regional by finishing second in the pole vault at 11 feet to Eby’s 12-foot final height.

In the girls distance events, Maya Hamsher of Orrville won the 800-meter run, Mackenzie McCarty from Manchester took the 1,600 and Ashley Kish of Chippewa won the 3,200.

Lakeview Division II District

Ravenna was fourth overall in the boys meet in the Cortland Lakeview Division II district meet. Denoah Wright won the 110 hurdles to advance to next week’s Austintown Fitch regional. Wright also took the 200 crown. His teammate Gianni Giarrano also qualified for two regional events, the 1,600 and the 3,200 runs.

Azsah Bradley won the girls 100 and 200 runs for the Ravens. Ravenna’s Jasmine Pooler was third in the 100 to advance.

Streetsboro’s Bre Davis, Erika Richards, Victoria Wagner and Taylor Ivory won the 800 relay. Ivory, a freshman, went on to win the 400-meter dash and was second in the 200. The Rockets were fourth overall in the girls team standings.

Salem Division II District

The host Quakers took both the boys and girls team titles. Northwest was second in the boys standings.

The Indians’ Dion Morris won the 300 hurdles and Austin Bilinovich moves on to the Austintown Regional, qualifying in the 100 and 200 dashes.