Story by Anya Tikka
Coach: Teresa Colvin
Season Highlight: Senior Alexis Pierce pitched every inning of every game this year.
Coach’s Comments: “It was a tough season, but the girls never gave up. They approached every game with a positive attitude.
“Alexis Pierce will be greatly missed next year. Tomara Bodnaruik has been a force on varsity the past few years and will also be missed as will Andrea McKerrell and Miranda Schwartz.”
Looking Ahead: “I’m looking forward to the kids moving up from the modified program next year,” said Colvin. “I’ll be counting on Seniors Abigail Ellert and Mikaela Balsano to really lead the team next year.”
Coach: JJ Gass
Season Highlight: Beating Seward.
“Brian Hazen played everywhere, team leader in RBI’s, and pitched very well.
Mike Kidney was the leader in batting average.
Brian Grimm developed some power and told me he didn’t know where it came from.
James Haas makes me nervous in center, but always made the play.
Adam Schoch, who hardly saw the field in 10th grade, was a bat we always needed in lineup, lead team in doubles.
Denny McLaillaugh was a great defensive outfielder, and had speed on bases.
Travis Steimle was the life of the team, got everyone going.
Kyle Jacobus had a couple of key hits, struck out Joe Mickelson, the best player in Section IX.
Bryan Wood pitched well, had a few arm problems, but lead the team in pick offs.
Jordan Tice was the second in the team on batting average, 1st in steals.
Matt Bizland was the catcher.
Vinny Riina has great hand and eye coordination.”
Track and Field
Coaches: Frank Schorling and William Kroohs
Assistant Coaches: Don Drewett, Scott Reed (throwing coach), Matt Campanella, Tom Brucher (sprinting and pole vaulting coach)
Record: Both boys’ and girls’ teams were undefeated OCIAA Division V Champions; and Section IX Class D Champions.
Season Highlight: Breanna Brucher finished second in Division 2 in State Championship and seventh in Federation State Championships in pole vault.
Hunter Proscia finished fourth in Division 2 in State Championship and ninth in Federation State Championships Meet in 3000m steeplechase. Hunter’s time qualified him for National Championships.
Coach’s Comments: “The team is going to lose 11 seniors this year: Hunter Proscia, Zak Dilles, Graig Burns, Matt Watts, Anthony Moraggia, Betul Albayrak, Erika Bowring, Breanna Brucher, Christine Connolly, Equsia Edwards, and Kayla Flieger.
“Although this is a big loss, you never know who’s going to step up next year. We worry about it, but each year someone has done it, they start taking it more seriously, start to run over the summer.
Alex Campanella, who is one of the best runners [in the Section] and a senior next year had a stress fracture in his ankle at the end of the winter season, and was out of running for most of the spring on doctor’s orders. He’s back doing build-up work.”
Coach: Robert Bliefernich
Record: 7-6 overall, 7-5 OCIAA.
Season Highlight: Eighth grader David Powers qualifying for the OCIAA, Sectional and State championships.
Coach’s comments: “We opened the season with a very young team two sophomores, two freshman and one eighth grader.
“It was deemed a rebuilding year because two of the six starters had never played on a team before. We scrambled all year to find the fifth and sixth players from our younger ‘modified’ participants.”
Looking ahead: “The future is bright; the entire team returns with experience. Over the summer, they have the opportunity to get lessons from Bob Menges at Swan Lake Golf Course and they get to play all they want as a part of our school’s agreement with Swan Lake. If they work, they will be a better and bigger factor in Section 9.”