Northeast Ohio Huddle: Federal League looking to expand, offers invites to Warren Harding and Massillon


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Some hoops action in the Youngstown area sprinkled with a little bit of the track cinders helps this week’s Northeast roundup as Mother Nature turned baseball and softball action chilly. Toss in some college signing news out of Lakewood and some Brunswick track dominance and you have yourself the start of an interesting week in review in the Northeast.

The Federal League in Stark County, which expanded to include Youngstown-area teams Boardman and Austintown-Fitch in the past several years, is looking to expand.

In a meeting at the beginning of this week, representatives from current Federal League teams Canton GlenOak, Massillon Jackson, North Canton Hoover, Canton McKinley, Uniontown Lake, Massillon Perry and Fitch and Boardman, decided to extend invitations to Warren G. Harding of the Youngstown area as well as Massillon Washington in Stark County. Mentor in Lake County on Lake Erie also expressed interest in joining the league.

A planning committee will next meet on April 21 with a final vote taking place in August. Expansion would start during the 2011-2012 school year and would need to consist of a rotating schedule in sports such as football.


Jimmy Kolb, Sugarcreek Garaway, weightlifting: In a different type of story from the Northeast, Kolb, a senior, recently won the 220-pound weight class at the 26th Annual National Athlete Strength Association High School National weightlifting competition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Kolb, a standout football player and thrower for the Pirates, lifted a combined 1,571 pounds as he squatted 562 pounds, benched 409 and deadlifted 600 pounds in the unequipped division, in which competitors did not have the advantage of power suits or shirts.


Brunswick boys and girls track: Brunswick as a track and field program dominated the team scoring at the Avon Lake Invitational last weekend. The boys won with 128 points to outdistance Sandusky Perkins’ 89 while the girls had 133.33 points to beat out Rocky River’s 76.

The boys won with pure individual and relay dominance as Lorenzo Pace won the 100 and 200 and helped lead the 400 and 800 relays to victory. Those teams also included Chris Moody, Jared Kederbek and Tyler Jindra.

Devon Snack added wins in the 1,600 and 800 and the 3,200 relay team of Drew and Clay Vild, Andrew Kordahl and Ryan Yankovich also won.

The girls dominated by placing several girls in the top three of each event yet they had fewer firsts than their boy counterparts. Selena Pasadyn won the 1,600 and Tanaka Mutit and Emily Kuhn went 1-2 in the 300-meter hurdles. Alex Muller took the 800 and Hillary Perrea won the discus.


Allie to Tar Heels: With the men’s basketball team fresh off its NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, North Carolina will welcome in a Northeast Ohio baseball player as Lakewood St. Edwards’s junior shortstop Stetson Allie, son of St. Ed’s coach Danny Allie, has committed early to the Tar Heels.

Allie helped lead the Eagles to the state championship last year as a sophomore, hitting .450 with seven homers and 37 RBIs while compiling a 3-0 record with four saves. In 15 innings, he struck out 28 batters.

Cardinal Pounding:
Magnolia Sandy Valley, long a small-school softball power in the Eastern District, pounded East Canton recently in a doubleheader. The Cardinals outhit the Wizards 26-4 over the two games that was won by a combined score of 21-1. Pitchers Allysa Lancaster and Alyse Bowling earned wins as Sandy improved to 3-0. They are now 4-0 after a win on Wednesday.

Mahoning-Trumbull Cage Classics:
Mahoning and Trumbull Counties battled each other and split in the Frank Bubba Memorial Classic at Warren Harding last weekend.

The Mahoning girls defeated Trumbull 76-64 as Youngstown Mooney’s Katie Hughes led the way with 19 points. Canfield’s Anokha Padubidri added 12 points and Youngstown Chaney’s Alyssa Sykes had 10.

Jahmara Warfield led Trumbull with 10.

The Trumbull boys responded with a 122-100 domination of Mahoning. Led by Warren G. Harding’s Desmar Jackson and his 26 points to earn MVP status, Trumbull controlled the entire game. Harding teammate Isiaha Henderson added 15 points while Teshawn Letlow of Youngstown Liberty had 18, Tyler Scott of Howland had 14, Newton Falls’ Marcus Fowler added 12 and Liberty’s Floyd Showers and Warren JFK’s Nick Brown had 10.

For Mahoning, Kenny Carter of Youngstown East had 21 points while Ursuline’s Dominique Cole had 17 and Jackson-Milton’s Ben Carlile 13. Youngstown Chaney’s Myke Parker added 12 and Campbell Memorial’s Dorian Jones had 10 points.

From Mahogany to Gold:
Cleveland Rhodes sprinter Mahogany Jones dominated action again, this time at the F.E. Cope Girls’ Invitational at Salem. Jones won the 100 in 12.27 seconds and then beat second place in the 200-meter dash by 1.74 seconds with her 25.22 finish. She also led the 400 relay to a winning time of 51.84 seconds. Jackson and Austintown-Fitch tied for the team title with 78 points apiece.

Pierce-ing Dominance:
Solon’s Chadd Pierce helped lead his track team to a victory in the Twinsburg Invitational. Solon had 170 points to easily beat Twinsburg’s 145 while on the girls’ side, Brecksville-Broadview Heights edged out Solon 111-110.

Pierce set new meet records in winning the 110 hurdles (14.38) and pole vault (14 feet) while winning the 300 hurdles as well.

Krafty Karissa:
Dalton senior Karissa Dalessandro had a dominating performance at the Fairless Falcon Invitational last weekend. Dalessandro won the 100 hurdles and moments later, took the 100-meter dash title as well. She claimed a third triumph when she easily outdistanced the field in the 300 hurdles. Louisville’s girls and Orrville’s boys each claimed team titles.

Powerful Preppers:
University School, a Division II power in Northeast Ohio boys’ tennis, defeated Division I power Hudson 4-1. Seth Udelson won at No. 1 singles while Nick Smedira took No. 2 singles. Ayush Kedia and Billy Lennon claimed No. 1 doubles as well.

Perfect Ladd:
After eight years, Wadsworth got its first perfect pitching game as junior Stacey Ladd led the Grizzlies to a 2-0 win over Revere. Ladd struck out 12 of the 21 hitters she faced.

Victorious Vincis:
Sisters Hannah and Sarah Vinci of Tuscarawas Central Catholic each won a game in a doubleheader with St. Thomas Aquinas. Hannah, a junior, struck out 12 in her team’s 10-2 win. Sarah, a freshman, won the second game 13-3 and tossed a 2-hitter.

Hot Southern Starts:
On the same day, in Southern Spring Trip softball roadtrips, Lodi Cloverleaf’s Lauren Yelling and Walsh Jesuit’s Molly McNamara went a combined 12-for-12 at the plate.

Yelling’s squad beat Iola-Scandivia, Wisconsin 8-0 in its first game of the Wide World of Sports in Orlando and then beat Allentown, New Jersey 14-13. Yelling went 6-for-6 with three homers and seven RBIs.

She went on to collect five more hits the next day as her team swept Port Chester, New York 9-3 and 11-8.

McNamara’s team beat South County, Virginia 3-0 and lost to Manning Academy of South Carolina 7-3 in the Grand Strand Classic in Myrtle Beach. McNamara went 6-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs.

Rallying Tornadoes:
Dover trailed rival Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 10-2 entering the top of the seventh inning recently but scored 12 runs to lead 14-10 and then held on for a 14-12 victory. Ian Drapcho had three hits for the Tornadoes in the win. Dover is 5-0 on the season after beating Claymont 8-0 on Wednesday.


West Holmes Track Invitational, 9 a.m., West Holmes High School, Millersburg: A wide array of teams travel to Amish Country to compete in what is one of the nicest track facilities in the state not at a Division I school. Teams featured include Eastern District teams Uhrichsville Claymont, Coshocton, Dover, Garaway, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, New Philadelphia, River View, Sandy Valley and Tuscarawas Valley, as well as Wayne County’s Apple Creek Waynedale, Ashland’s Mapleton and Stark County powers Massillon Jackson and Massillon Tuslaw.

New Philadelphia and North Royalton at Canton Central Catholic baseball, starting at 10:30 a.m.: Defending Division III state champion Central Catholic of Stark County welcomes teams from Tuscarawas (Phila) and Cuyahoga (North Royalton) to its friendly confines. What a great variety of Northeast teams.

Medina Relays, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.:
Big schools converge on Medina High School to compete. Last year’s girls’ champion was Wadsworth with host Medina taking second. Boys’ team champion was Medina with North Canton Hoover taking second.

Lakeview Relays, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.:
Small schools abound with some of the top competition in Northeastern Ohio competing. Lakeview was the girls’ team champion with Mantua Crestwood taking second. On the boys’ side, Crestwood was the 2008 team champion with Ashtabula Edgewood placing second.

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