Northeast Ohio Huddle: Canal Fulton Northwest passes a levy, will keep athletics


Northeast Ohio Huddle

With a new levy helping to keep
sports afloat, Canal Fulton Northwest is now looking for a league to
play in
after taking itself out of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference when it
was at
risk of dropping sports. Northwest had failed to pass 10 straight levies…

With a new levy helping to keep
sports afloat, Canal Fulton Northwest is now looking for a league to play in
after taking itself out of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference when it was at
risk of dropping sports.

In a story printed in the Canton Repository, it was reported that there was a
passage of a 1 percent earned income tax to help the district. Even with
pay-to-play fees in place, the school will keep its athletic programs and play
as an independent.

“We’re looking for a home,” Northwest Athletic Director Gary Woods said in the
article. “The letters to area leagues have already been sent out.”

After 10 failures of its levy, the Indians withdrew from the NBC after 22
years. It has since been replaced by Salem.

Woods said Northwest also sent letters of interest to the East Central Ohio
League and All-American Conference. The ECOL consists of Eastern Ohio teams
such as Dover, New Philadelphia, Zanesville, Steubenville and Marietta. The AAC
has 15 teams, including new schools Jefferson Area and Austintown-Fitch.


Mindy Meredith, Hudson Softball:
Meredith tossed her fourth no-hitter of the
year last week as her team beat Tallmadge 5-0 in the Prebis Memorial Softball
Classic at LaGrange (Keystone).

Meredith is 13-1 on the year and had 16 strikeouts in the game, including nine
straight at one time.

To get her 13th win, Meredith had to beat Hudson 4-2 recently.


Warren Champion Softball:
Champion remains undefeated at 20-0 after several big
wins last week. In a doubleheader sweep of Cortland Lakeview, they gave coach
Cheryl Weaver her 200th and 201st wins of her 11-year career.

Champion won 6-0 and 11-1 over Lakeview as Lindsey Swipas improved to 9-0 on
the mound and Morgan White improved to 8-0. The duo had only allowed 16 total
runs in 20 games leading up to those victories.

Champion added on a 15-2 win over Campbell Memorial in which White and
Mackenzie Kiser had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs each. Taylor Petersal had
a double and three RBIs.


Masterful Myers:
Cuyahoga Falls’ Amber Myers threw a no-hitter with 10
strikeouts in her team’s 2-0 victory over Lorain Midview. Myers also
cracked  solo home run.

Jammin’ Jones:
Gnadenhutten Indian Valley senior Sean Jones was a second-place
finisher in the 800 of last year’s Division II state track and field meet. This
year, he’s right on target. But for the non-team scoring Tuscarawas County
Classic, Jones decided to scrap the 800 to focus on the school record in the
400. He calmly connected on a 49.8, record-setting win in the event to go with
his high jump win (6 feet) and 4-by-400 win (3:26.6).

Homer Happy:
Garfield Heights and its baseball team pounded Midpark 14-4 as the
team got a pair of players with two homers each and two others with a home run

Dan Ward, an Ohio University recruit, smacked two homers to give him seven for
the year and he also struck out 13 batters. Teammate Nick Bowling also had two
homers and Adam Barto and Paul Birk added one each.

In New Philadelphia’s 15-5 win over Carrollton, the Quakers hit four home runs,
including two with three RBIs by Kyle Widder and one each by Logan Kimble
(grand slam) and John Stephenson (who added two singles and four RBIs).

Phila had 17 hits.

Indian Valley connected on five home runs in a 12-11 win over Zoarville
Tuscarawas Valley. Matt Wheeler connected on two homers with a double and two
singles while Johnny Iacobucci, Kyle Lehigh and Tanner Eckstein swung on one

Berry Good:
Walsh Jesuit’s Ryan Berry smacked his eighth homer of the year, a
grand slam, in a 12-4 win over St. Ignatius. He finished with five RBIs.

Braggin’ On Boros:
Elyria’s Kristen Boros tossed a 9-strikeout no-hitter and
had a home run in a 4-0 shutout of Akron Hoban in the Prebis Memorial Softball
Classic in LaGrange.

Manly Miller:
Warren G. Harding’s Jordan Miller drove in 12 runs in three wins
over the weekend in Marietta.

Harding beat Marietta 14-1 as Miller had three hits and four runs batted in. In
a 12-1 win over Federal Hocking, he had four RBIs and in a 10-4 victory over
Zane Trace, he drove in four more runs.

Mashin’ Metzger:
Strasburg softball player Nick Metzger was RBI Happy recently.
In a 11-10 loss to Smithville, Metzger tallied a single and triple with a grand
slam and five RBIs. In a 17-10 loss to Berlin Hiland, Metzger had a pair of
singles and a homer with five more RBIs.

No-No Chislow:
Lutheran West pitcher Justin Chislow tossed a no-hitter with
nine strikeouts in his team’s 15-0, 5-inning victory recently.

Westlake Tennis Repeats:
Westlake repeated as Southwestern Conference Tennis
Tournament champs with a 37-33 edging of Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

Colton Buffington defended his title at first singles while teammate Jason
Wiseman won at second singles. The first doubles tandem of Brian Gottfried and
Avai Ramachandran also won.

Perfect Vinci:
In Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s 10-0, 5-inning softball win
over Malvern, TCC pitcher Hannah Vinci threw a perfect game as Natalie Davis
and Anna Martinelli pounded a homer each for the Saints.

Badger-ing the Opponent:
Kinsman Badger beat Ashtabula Saints John & Paul
17-0 in a softball game in which Badger got a no-hitter with seven K’s from
pitcher Alecia Hughes, who also had three hits and three RBIs. She was an error
and a walk away from a perfect game.

ECOL Reversal:
The same night that Uhrichsville Claymont was winning the East
Central Ohio League softball title with a 2-1 win over Dover, the Dover
baseball team was no-hitting Claymont for its outright league title.

The Mustang ladies had just two league losses and clinched the outright title
as Jordan Smith struck out seven.

On the baseball side of things, Dover is undefeated in ECOL play and beat
Claymont 5-0 as Ian Drapcho tossed a no-hitter to run his unearned innings
streak to 45.

Drapcho missed a perfect game by just an error he made himself while covering
first base. He is 6-0 on the year with two no-hitters.

Mashing Mayle: Christina Mayle of Malvern drove in 11 runs in her team’s 11-1,
16-6 doubleheader sweep of Lake Center Christian.

Mayle had a grand slam and three hits with seven runs batted in in her team’s
first game win. She had a single and double in the second contest with four

Crushin’ Clark: Strasburg senior Carly Clark smashed her 10th home run of the
year in a 9-0 win over Berlin Hiland and she also struck out 10 and allowed two
hits in the pitching victory.

Mark One For Markiewicz: Garfield Heights baseball gave coach Dennis Markiewicz
his 200th career victory in a 13-1 win over Normandy. Markiewicz began coaching
in 1994.

Battlin’ Burch: Hiland sophomore Luke Burch was hot at the plate of a 17-10 win
over Strasburg. He had three singles, a double and a triple.

Long Ball Longo: Mayfield’s Lee Longo belted three homers in his team’s 11-10
loss to Stow.

Revenge for Tigers: Strasburg, the defending Division IV state champion
softball team from Tuscarawas County, fell to county and Inter-Valley
Conference rival Tuscarawas Central Catholic early in the season 2-1 but the
second time around, the Tigers were ready for revenge and they got it.

Strasburg recently beat the Saints 4-1 as pitcher Kasey Gerber struck out 13.
Strasburg was ranked No. 2 in the state and TCC third when the teams met.

Super Lakeview:  Cortland Lakeview pounded Badger 26-0 as they got 27
hits. Leading the way were Anthony Franco and A.J. Hrusovsky with a 4-for-4
effort each . Hruvsovsky had four RBIs. Kevin Arnold added seven RBIs.

Nitro Nites: Erika Nites of Warren Howland smashed five hits, including four
doubles, with three RBIs in a 14-4 win over Lisbon Beaver Local.

Happy Harbarger: Rachel Harbarger of Akron Manchester tossed a perfect game
with 14 strikeouts in her team’s 9-0 victory over Cuyahoga Valley Christian


Remaining Track Invitationals: The Bob Valentine Invitational at Hillsdale
starts at 4:30 p.m. tonight. The Brush Invitational in Lyndhurst runs at 4 p.m.
tonight and the Dwight Schar Invitational at Creston Norwayne runs at 4 p.m.

The Euclid Relays is at 3:30 tonight while the Jackson Twilight Invitational is
at 5 p.m. in Massillon. Mayfield’s Invitational is at 4 p.m. as well.

On Saturday, the Woodridge Wrap-Up, Ashtabula County and East Canton Hornet
Relays take place.

Sectional Tennis Tournaments: In Division I in the Northeast, there are four
sectional sites in Weis Park in Stark County, Solon Community Park,
Lyndhurst-Brush High and Oberlin College. In Division II, the sectionals are at
Orrville, Brush, Tri-City Park in Rocky River and Boardman Youngstown Tennis

Possible, New Philadelphia vs. Indian Valley, Division II sectional
championship at Zanesville High School, May 12, 6 p.m.: New Philadelphia is a
defending Division II district champion in the Eastern District and Indian
Valley moved up after winning the Division III state title last year. Both
teams  have heavy hitters and solid pitching.

Woodridge Stars of Track in Peninsula, Monday, 9 a.m.: Some of the top track
stars from around Portage and Summit Counties meet in this meet.

League meets: With respective district meets only a week away, various leagues
are competing this week. From the All-America Conference in Mahoning County to
the Chagrin Valley Conference and its three divisions (Chagrin at Kenston,
Metro at Independence and Valley at Kirtland), to the East Central Ohio League
meet at Byesville Meadowbrook, teams are competing for league pride.

The Northeast Ohio Conference consists of many different divisions while an
always-exciting meet is the Senate Jesse Owens Track Championships at
Collinwood in Cleveland on May 11 at 3 p.m.




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