This past weekend, the North Ridgeville Family Dentistry baseball team competed in the Class HH State Final Four Hot Stove tournament. Although they lost in the first round, it was still an incredible run, and the players will now have a lifetime of memories.

Anytime a team is able to make it to the state tournament, it is amazing, but what the team achieved on their way to the tourney is truly incredible.

The team beat their opponents by large margins throughout the entire season, before Saturday’s loss. They were the team others were definitely afraid to face.

Despite their loss in the state tournament, the kids will never forget the opportunities they had this year. When they’re older, it’s going to be something they’ll be able to tell their children about.

And judging by the success they had this year, there’s going to be a lot more stories they will be able to tell. Their journey is far from over.Head Coach Joe Romito said he’s hoping to keep his team together next year. And who can blame him? He has a star-studded lineup, and the team will definitely go far again next year.

The only way they can top this season, is a state tournament championship. I’m no psychic, but I definitely see them winning it all next year, if they are able to stay together.

It’s never easy to lose a big game, and I’m sure these kids are very upset with themselves, and it will take a while to get over it. However, they have no reason to hang their heads, and they will realize that eventually.

Many kids dream of the day they get to play in the state tournament. Sadly, a lot of players never get to see this dream come true.Of course, the kids would have rather won the state tournament, instead of just playing in it. But they have their whole lives ahead of them, and are already creating memories that will last a lifetime.I hope this team is still together next season so we can all see them win that State Championship together!

3-on-3-basketball tourney

The 11th annual Ranger Summer 3-on-3 Basketball Classic will take place at South Central Park Aug. 14. Register at the Parks and Recreation office prior to the tournament or on site the day of the tournament at 8:45 am. Cost is $60 per team. There will be divisions 12 and under, 13-15 years old and 16-18 years old. For more info or to register, contact the parks and recreation office at 353-0860.

Football P.A. announcers’ clinic Hudson High School will host a football public address announcers’ clinic Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers (NASPAA) will conduct the clinic. The clinic is for P.A. announcers who announce junior high, high school, college and youth football. Information about the clinic and registration may be obtained at

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