North Ridgeville freshman Grace Kingery was named an All-Ohio Division I Special Mention after a standout first varsity season in which she averaged 16.1 points per game.

Between March 29-31, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced its annual selections for the girls All-Ohio basketball teams, with West Life coverage area athletes receiving recognition.

Rollout of the boys All-Ohio teams began on Monday and the lists weren’t available at press time.

In Division I, Olmsted Falls sophomore Paige Kohler (12.1 points per game) was named to the Third Team. North Ridgeville freshman Grace Kingery (16.1 ppg) and Avon junior Abby Liber (14.0 ppg) were named Special Mention. Honorable Mentions included Magnificat senior Clare Chambers and Olmsted Falls senior Lauren Galaska.

In Division II, Rocky River freshman Ava Patti (11.5 ppg), who served as a leading reserve for the Pirates this season, was named an Honorable Mention.

College commitments

Now in possession of eight school records after her senior season, North Ridgeville’s Madison Groppe announced she will continue her swimming career at Ashland University next year.

Avon senior Morgan Klein announced on March 27 that she will continue her track and field career at the University of Mount Union.

Milestones for Longhorns

A pair of Lutheran West athletes made some history last week. In baseball, pitcher Daniel Hrusovsky fired a no-hitter in his first varsity start March 31, helping the Longhorns to an 11-0 win over Brooklyn in five innings.

Hrusovsky struck out 12 of the 17 batters he faced and walked two. The Longhorn lineup opened up their big lead with a six-run third inning.

On the track, junior Evelyn Albers set a school record with a successful 5-foot, 4-inch high jump during a tri-meet on March 30. The Longhorns girls team finished first with 66 points, beating Lutheran East (31) and Clearview (12).

Rangers gain steam

Since a 1-0 opening day loss at home to Elyria Catholic, the North Ridgeville baseball team has been on a roll of sorts, rattling off three wins in a row.

On March 29, they beat Keystone 6-5, then knocked off Brookside, 13-2, the next afternoon. On April 3, they edged Elyria, 3-2.

Noah Grendzynski earned the win on the mound for the Rangers (3-1) after four innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on just one hit, walked four and struck out four. Reliever Dan Yonts gave up a run in the top of the sixth but held on to record the long save, striking out six along the way.

Gavin Padgett led the offense with a 3-for-3 day and also drove in a run. The Rangers will travel to Olmsted Falls today for a 4:45 p.m. start, then return home Thursday to host Avon Lake at 4:45 p.m. Columbia Station will visit the Rangers on Saturday for an 11 a.m. start.

Musall, Cardinals sweep Blue Streaks

The Brookside softball team took both games of a doubleheader over Magnificat April 3, by scores of 4-0 and 12-2.

Leah Musall was dominant, tossing a no-hitter in the first game of the day. In seven innings, she didn’t walk a batter and struck out 18 of the 22 batters. She threw 94 pitches–66 for strikes–and her lone blemish was a pitch that got away and hit Makenna Maxey in the bottom of the fourth.

The Cardinals (3-1) pounded out 10 hits and took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Ashlee Aliff led the way with a 4-4 day, including 3 RBI.

In the second game, the Cardinals scored nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings and rolled to the 12-2 victory. Four players recorded multi-hit games, including cleanup hitter Lindsey Nader, who went 4-4 with a double and 2 RBI while also earning the pitching win. Lexi Bartlome went 1-3 with 3 RBI.

The Cardinals will spend the end of this week on the road, traveling to Keystone on Thursday for a 5 p.m. game, then head to Lodi Cloverleaf on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The Blue Streaks (0-2) will host Twinsburg on Thursday at 5 p.m., Cornerstone Christian Academy on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Oberlin on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. All games will be played at Elmwood Park.

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