The Southwestern Conference released its all-league awards last week for the spring season, with numerous West Life coverage area athletes garnering attention.
For baseball, Amherst’s Caleb McGee and Avon Lake’s Andrew Means were named Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Local First-Team pitchers included Ryan Starr of Avon and Perry Miller of Avon Lake. First Team position players included Troy Sudbrook of Avon, Nick Gorczyca and Aidan Grabowski of Avon Lake and Jacob Flesher of North Ridgeville. Second Team pitchers included Andrew Siler (Avon), Kevin McKinley and Dominic Poltrone (Avon Lake), while position players Karl Wearsch (Avon), Gage Duesler and David Phillips (Avon Lake) and Michael Stenger (Westlake) also made the cut.
Honorable Mentions included Jacob Siegert and Landin Wescott (Avon), Nick Kemer and Jack Warren (Avon Lake), David Chalkwater and Gannon Graf (North Olmsted), Jake Boynar and Noah Grendzynski (North Ridgeville) and Aidan Keir and Zach Regas (Westlake).
In softball, Amherst’s Cassidy Kettleman was named SWC Player of the year, while Coach of the Year honors were split between Amherst’s Lacey Reichert and North Ridgeville’s Mike Mease.
The First Team included North Ridgeville pitcher Katie Barnhart and position players Jessie Dean and Amanda Demmerle (Avon), Mallory McClellan (Avon Lake), Jenna Jaffee, Emily Lime and Rachel Mease (North Ridgeville). Second Team pitchers were Kayla Dykin (Avon) and Autumn Behlke (North Ridgeville), while position players included Lis Berki (Avon), Allison Peachman and Kaylee Kuwalu (Avon Lake), Sara Gilley (North Olmsted), Daylan Baker (North Ridgeville) and Chloe Howlett (Westlake).
Honorable Mentions included Taylor Graham and Elaina Rodriguez (Avon), Kiley Boutin (Avon Lake), Izzy D’Alessandro (North Olmsted), Leah Vandrasik and Gianna Vazquez (North Ridgeville) and Jessica Bernath and Sydney Schons (Westlake).
In girls track and field, Avon’s Molly Radcliffe was named the SWC’s Most Valuable Field Athlete, Berea-Midpark’s Faith Kingsley the Most Valuable Track Athlete and Westlake’s Travis Haselswerdt the Coach of the Year.
The First Team, compiled by event, included the Westlake 4x800-meter relay team of Ellie Irwin, Stephanie Nivellini, Sydney and Sarah Peer, Sophia Kontak (Westlake) in the 100-meter dash, Gemma Kilgore (North Ridgeville) in the 400, Sarah Peer in the 800, Gaby Enourato (Avon) in the 200, Nivellini in the 3,200, the North Ridgeville 4x400 relay team of Kilgore, Reilly Elbert, Kylie Cope and Ruby Mitchell, Radcliffe in the shot put and discus and Veronica Waugaman (North Ridgeville) in the pole vault.
The Second Team included Sarah Peer in the 1,600, the Avon 4x100 relay team of Morgan Klein, Alexis Titas, Anna Fitch and Sarai Kittelberger, Sarah Colman (Westlake) in the 400, Emma Hennessey (Westlake) in the 300 hurdles, Emma Knick (Avon Lake) in the 200, Irwin in the 3,200, the Avon 4x400 relay team of Klein, Lia Sadd, Juliet Goodelle and Ally Rennette, Julia Houser (Westlake) in discus and Brooke Lumpkin (Avon Lake) in shot put. Honorable Mentions included Kayle Maxey and Liz White (Avon), Bree Lumpkin and Elizabeth Manly (Avon Lake), Rosie Rivera and Sierra Simon (North Olmsted), Sarah Miller and Madelyn Palcic (North Ridgeville) and Macy Brennan and Madison Shami (Westlake).
Austin Norris of Westlake and Jett Wieber of Avon shared the SWC’s boys Most Valuable Track Athlete award, Avon’s Evan Schakel was named Most Valuable Field Athlete and Eagles head man Scott Lanham was named Coach of the Year. The First Team included Avon’s 4x800 relay team of Wieber, Nate Ferguson, Ryan Hammerschmidt and Cole Emerine, Daniel Park (Westlake) in the 110 hurdles, Colin Kaufmann (Avon) in the 100, Avon’s 4x200 team of Kaufmann, Cole Roberts, Tim Conwell and Alex Heinrich, Avon’s 4x100 team of Roberts, Kaufmann, Conwell and Joe Weatherspoon, Norris in the 300 hurdles 200 and high jump, Wieber in the 800, Avon’s 4x400 team of Wieber, Ferguson, Heinrich and Johnny Love, Schakel in discus, Luke Hamilton (Avon) in shot put and Hunter Maxey (Avon) in pole vault.
Making the Second Team were Norris in the 110 hurdles, Jared Kelley (North Olmsted) in the 100, Wieber in the 1,600, Avon Lake’s 4x100 team of Jake DePaul, Jon Brausch, Ryan Kemer and Brady Starck, Heinrich in the 400, Brausch in the 300 hurdles, Kaufmann in the 200, Hamilton in discus, Adonis Shelby (Westlake) in the long jump and Schakel in shot put. Honorable Mentions included Ryan Urban and Mike Yeager (Avon), Cole Patton and Seth Wimmer (Avon Lake), Bobby Perkins and Ryan Sanborn (North Olmsted), Matt Bowman and Tayo McLaughlin (North Ridgeville) and David Daniel and Joe Del Priore (Westlake).
The Lorain County League issued its end-of-season awards recently, with Brookside athletes making the lists.
In baseball, Mason Besserer and Carter Vilevac made the First and Second Teams, respectively, while Jose DeLeon was an Honorable Mention. Keystone’s Nathan Archer and Firelands’ Dan Ransom were named the Player and Coach of the Year.
Shoaf sets Irish record
Michael Shoaf, a Rocky River High School graduate and current sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, recently punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Competing in the shot put at the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 26, Shoaf reached a top distance of just over 62 feet, qualifying him for the national meet and also setting the school record.
Shoaf ranks as one of the top track and field athletes in Rocky River High’s history. In 2018, he won the Division I state shot put title with a top distance of 62 feet, 7 inches, recorded on his second attempt. In the same meet, held annually on the Ohio State University campus, he finished second in the discus, his top throw of 182-1 breaking the school record he’d set earlier in the season.
He is the first Pirate boys state champion in any event since 1982, and only the second since 1929.
On May 25, a trio of Fairview High School athletes took part in a ceremonial Letter of Intent signing for their respective universities of choice.
Declan Jewitt will continue his football career at Otterbein University, while Nolan Krumhansl will attend the same school to run cross country. Olivia Miller will head to Tiffin University to play tennis and Sarah Verburg will attend Bowling Green State University for dance.