• Turner should survive multiple gunshot wounds
• LaRosa’s male MVP finalists announced
• News-Sun names Baseball Player of the Year
• Poland Pitcher named to USA Softball team
• Basketball’s Aaron Craft ready to be Buckeye
Pulling through: Youngstown Ursuline High School defensive end Jamel Turner suffered multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning. The 18-year-old was upgraded to critical but stable condition yesterday morning according to the Columbus Dispatch. Turner would have been expected to start summer quarter classes today.
One of a Kind: Poland High School sophomore Erin Gabriel has been named to the 17-member USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team. She is the first Ohio player ever to achieve such status. Gabrial led Poland to the D-II state final despite throwing with a broken arm during the postseason. Yeah, that’s right a broken arm.
Got pizza? Six male athletes in the Greater-Cincinnati area have been named finalists for LaRosa’s High School MVP of the Year Award. Among them are several high-profile stars including Winton Woods football and basketball player Dominique Brown and Lakota West football and basketball player Jordan Hicks. Click for the full list.
Sluggers R Us: Springfield High School senior Jordan Moore earns the 2010 News-Sun All-Area Baseball Player of the Year award. For good reason, too. Moore hit .620 with 9 doubles, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases; he also threw a no-hitter during his senior year. His swing got a lot of coaching during the offseason: “It wasn’t horrible, but there were a lot of changes I could make to it,” he says. Moore batted .488 as a junior.
The Big 33: The annual clash between Ohio and Pennsylvania’s high school senior football stars wasn’t lacking excitement. Prince-Tyson Gulley’s (Akron Garfield) 53-yard catch and run set up the winning touchdown in Ohio’s 18-15 win. The Garfield running back will join the Syracuse roster in the fall. See IndeOnline for Massillon’s Myers role in Ohio’s Big 33 rally.
Moving on: Liberty-Benton’s Aaron Craft packed his bags and left for Columbus this weekend. The basketball star starts classes at Ohio State today. He’s starting early so he can get a jump on working out with his new Buckeye teammates. He’ll share the court with Upper Sandusky’s Jon Diebler and Libbey’s William Buford.