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Multiple Teams · North opens conference play with 5-2 win over Kenston


EASTLAKE—Pitching, defense and clutch hitting helped North open Western Reserve Conference play with a 5-2 win over visiting Kenston on Wednesday.

Jake Arrison allowed just five hits, one earned run and struck out two in going the distance and the Rangers came up with big plays on offense and defense in the win.

“It was a great win,” said North coach Kyle Stahlberg. “These guys were pumped for this game and they came out from the very beginning super focused. It looked like every pitch at the beginning, they were out there to win it. I loved it. I love the intensity. That’s what we’ve been preaching to these guys and they bought into it.”

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Kenston opened the game with a leadoff single but Trent Russo prevented the Bombers from scoring a run with his diving catch in right field.

That play only increased the Rangers’ intensity.

“Those are huge,” Stahlberg said of extra effort plays. “Not only does that do the obvious, save a run, but a play like that, guys get pumped and get behind that stuff. That play for morale, as well as saving runs, is huge. Then we had the big next couple of innings. I can’t speak enough to that.”

North went on to score all five of its runs in the next two innings.

Charlie Finucan started the scoring with a two out single in the bottom of the first. He stole second and scored when Brad Burrows reached on an error.

Brian Stergar opened the second with a single that kicked off a four-run rally. He moved to third on Russo’s bunt single. A throwing error put the runners on second and third with no outs.

Kenny Streb then reached on an error that scored both runs to push the North lead to 3-0. Streb stole second and moved to third on Finucan’s second straight single and scored on a ground out.

Finucan, who finished 2-for-3, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. He stole home when Burrows caught got in a rundown between first and second.

The Rangers finished with five runs on five hits.

“That’s pretty good,” Stahlberg said. “We threw a couple other things in there to try and take a couple extra bags and get a couple extra runs and it worked out. We practice a lot of that stuff in the gym and I was glad to see it translate into today and they executed on what we called very well. I can’t be any happier than that.”

The lead was enough for Arrison, who pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh.

“Pitching with a lead is really comfortable,” Arrison said. “It takes a lot of pressure off of you so you just relax out there and throw strikes and let your defense work. It was huge to get a win against these guys actually after last year, they swept us pretty good, so it was a good feeling to come out here in the first conference game and get a W.”

Click here to read the rest of this game story, which includes a photo gallery and video interview with Jake Arrison.


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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · North outslugs Kenston


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EASTLAKE—North’s 10-8 win over visiting Kenston on Wednesday didn’t come easily.

The two teams combined for 18 runs, 22 hits, including nine extra base hits, and the Bombers left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh of the Western Reserve Conference opener for both teams.

“We kind of liked innings one and two but we kind of let teams come back in but we’re going to give all the credit to Kenston,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “That is a very good hitting team right now and we were very fortunate to walk away with that victory.”

Kenston got off to a fast start when leadoff hitter Brooklyn Mack tripled to left field and scored on Jaime Carpenter’s single.

North responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning when Kiara Jeffrey led off with a single and stole second. Mikaela Fording stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a full count home run to left center to give the Rangers a brief 2-1 lead.

Back-to-back walks to Mackenzie Lamont and Maria D’Amico and a single by Angela judge loaded the bases for the Bombers. Mack, who finished 3-for-5, hit a one out double that scored two runs.

North used some clutch hitting in the second to take the lead for good.

Lexi Genter led off with a double and scored on a two out single by Alyssa Moses to tie it at 3-3. Kristen Peace then doubled home Jeffrey, who had reached on an error, and Moses to give the Rangers a 5-3 advantage.

Easton SoftballFording then singled to put runners on first and third and Alyssa Robinson hit a two-out, three-run home run to push the North lead to 8-3.

“A-Rob hit that ball probably 240 feet there, a three-run shot, which kind of opened it up and we had a couple base hits here and there and next thing you know it’s 8-3,” Palermo said.

Robinson finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three batted in.

“The pitcher threw me an inside pitch, I believe it was a fastball,” she said. “I saw it and turned on it. The ball hit the sweet spot on the bat and took off to left field. At first I didn’t know I hit it over. After I rounded first I saw the left fielder with her hands up.”

North added another run in the fifth when Katie Rosin reached on an error and moved to second on Ely Miller’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a fly out. Rosin stole home to make it 9-3.

The Bombers didn’t go quietly.

D’Amico singled to open the sixth and Judge drew a walk. Santina Scafidi was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.

Mack singled home one run and Allie Valocchi knocked in two more to pull Kenston to win 9-6.

Robinson singled and scored on Genter’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to give the Rangers an insurance run.

“Being back at the plate for North is a great feeling,” Robinson said. “As a hitter, I want to put the ball in play. I’m glad that I’m getting back into the swing of things and making solid contact to help my team.”

The Bombers put a scare in the Rangers with a two-run seventh, aided by a pair of North errors, but Robinson pitched out of a bases loaded jam to close out the victory.

She struck out seven in the win.

“Our seniors need to kind of step up a little bit, and I’m going to throw them under the bus, but they need to lead this team,” Palermo said. “When your pitcher makes a very good pitch she expects them to get them out. We’re going to work on that the next couple of days and see what happens.”

Click here to read the rest of this game story, which includes a photo gallery.


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Rangers News · 4/5 Schedule with Changes


JV and Varsity Baseball games vs. Kenston will now both be HOME at 4:30pm.  Freshmen baseball is cancelled.

JV and Varsity Softball games vs. Kenston have been changed to HOME and will play at approximately 5:15pm.
Track will compete at South at 4:30pm.
Boys tennis will compete at Kenston at 4:30pm.

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Multiple Teams · Finucan, Arrison paces Rangers in win over Hopewell


North left Myrtle Beach with a 3-3 record thanks to an 11-6 win over Hopewell (Huntersville, N.C.) on Thursday.

The Rangers had nine hits and got another dominating pitching performance from Jake Arrison, who struck out 11 in six innings to pick up his second win of the Spring Break trip.

“Our offense came out swinging against a hard-throwing lefty who had a tricky slider,” said North coach Kyle Stahlberg. “We got on the board quick and the momentum was in our favor from the get-go; you could feel that on the field. The guys were aggressive on fastballs and really did a great job hitting the ball where it was pitched and not trying to do too much. “

 

North scored five first inning runs on three hits, a walk and an error.

Arrison started the rally when he drew a one out walk. He scored on Charlie Finucan’s single. Chase Axelrod then singled and Brad Burrows reached on an error that scored Finucan to make it 2-0.

Tyler Nagorski’s two out, two RBI triple made it 4-0. He scored on Jack Piascik’s single.

Hopewell got one run back on a leadoff double and a two out single in the bottom of the first but Arrison held the Titans scoreless until the fifth.

By then the Rangers had a commanding lead.

“Jake secured his second victory this season and did so with a commanding fastball,” Stahlberg said. “He came out and looked like he was throwing harder than usual. At first he was having a difficult time locating his secondary pitches, but with his velocity and command Jake is a threat in multiple ways on the mound.”

Arrison left Myrtle Beach with a 2-0 record and 14 strike outs in 13 innings and an ERA of 2.154.

North added three runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the seventh.

Burrows started the fifth inning rally with a one out single. Brian Stergar then walked and Burrows scored on a passed ball. Nagorski walked to put runners on first and second with one out and Piascik singled. Stergar scored on a wild pitch and Nagorski stole home.

Nagorski and Piascik opened the seventh with back-to-back walks. Trent Russo laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third and Kenny Streb singled home Nagorski to make it 9-3. Arrison and Finucan both reached on errors to push North’s lead to 10-3 with the bases loaded. Axelrod reached on an error that scored Streb.

Axelrod pitched the seventh to close out the win for the Rangers.

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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · North wins a pair


North closed out its Myrtle Beach Spring Break trip with a pair of wins on Thursday.

The Rangers beat Harlan County (Baxter, Ky.), 6-3, and Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 4-1, to improve to 3-4 overall. North won three of its last four games.

 

“After losing three straight games, I think the reality of all the simple mistakes we made set in and we all agreed to get it together and pick up our attitudes and our performances, not for ourselves but for the team as a whole,” said senior third baseman Kristen Peace, who finished the trip with seven hits, five runs batted in and .389 batting average. “Our team is very close to begin with, so this trip to Myrtle was a great chance to make even more memories with some of my best friends. It was great to get in some games in beautiful weather to see what is to come for the rest of our season back home.”

Peace was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the win over Harlan County.

“Looking back on the game, I did have a solid day at the plate,” she said. “I’m proud of myself for my performance, but there’s always room for improvement.”

Mikaela Fording and Alyssa Moses also had a pair of hits for the Rangers in that game and Hannah HarrisKiara JeffreyAlyssa RobinsonVal Arnold and Lexie Genter also reached base safely in the win.

Robinson went the distance in the circle. She allowed nine hits and just two earned runs.

Genter pitched a complete game gem to pick up the win against Upper St. Clair.

She allowed just three hits, one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings.

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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Hot bats lead Rangers to first win


North’s Myrtle Beach spring break trip got off to a rocky start with three straight losses but the Rangers finally broke into the win column on Tuesday with an 8-5 victory over IC Catholic Prep (Elmhurst, Ill.).

The win was a big one as IC Catholic Prep had won the last three IHSA regional tournaments heading into the 2017 season.

“This was probably one of the better teams of the ones we played,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “We weren’t ready on Saturday but this team had won regionals three years in a row so this was a pretty good win for us. I’m happy.”

Val Arnold led the Rangers on offense.

She finished the game 4-for-4 with four singles, a run scored and a run batted in.

“I have been getting more and more comfortable at the plate every game, with our coach Tom (Braddock) as a great hitting coach, he can pick out our weaknesses and he does a good job helping fix our swings a lot. I feel like getting some hits today helped my confidence in my swing and I am going to feel a lot more comfortable at the plate.”

Mikaela Fording was 3-for-4 and Kiara JeffreyKristen PeaceAlyssa RobinsonLexy Genter and Ely Miller all had one hit for the Rangers, who didn’t let the slow start affect their performance.

“It’s very important not to hang our heads after the three losses because we know our potential and we knew we were better than we have been performing the last three games,” Arnold said. “It was very important to play hard and get a victory this game for a confidence boost.”

IC Catholic Prep took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two out double and a single. The Knights added three more runs in the top of the third to push their lead to 4-0.

The Rangers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning when Fording hit a two out single, Peace drew the first of her two walks and Robinson hit a triple to right center but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

“We were down a couple with two outs and she comes through with a gapper to right center,” Palermo said. “I got her thrown out at home but it took a perfect throw from deep right center to get her out.”

The Rangers took a 5-4 lead in the fourth.

Genter and Arnold hit back-to-back singles to start the rally. Sam Szoradi hit a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position and Miller drew a walk to load the bases.

Jeffrey then hit a two-out triple to give the Rangers a 5-4 lead.

It didn’t last long as the Knights tied it with a run in the top of the fifth but the Rangers scored three in the bottom of the sixth to seal it.

“The hitting came around,” Palermo said. “We’ve been hitting the ball well but today it was very timely.”

Miller singled to start North’s sixth inning rally and Hannah Harris pushed her to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Jeffrey then drew a walk and Fording singled to load the bases.

Peace’s second walk of the game gave the Rangers a 6-5 lead.

“That was big and we even talked to Kristen after because she’s not a big ball taker,” Palermo said. “She doesn’t like it but she took two walks today including the one that put us up 6-5. We had a couple more clutch hits here and there and next thing you know it was 8-5 and Alyssa Robinson shut them down.”

Genter walked and Arnold singled in the inning.

Robinson, who allowed four earned runs and struck out six in seven innings, retired the Knights in order in the seventh. Robinson allowed just seven hits and one walk while throwing first pitch strikes to 21 of the 30 batters she faced.

The Rangers return to action on Wednesday with an 11:00 a.m. game against Harlan County out of Tennessee.


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Multiple Teams · North’s Ally Lako to close out high school career in News Herald Classic


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MARCH 31, 2017

North senior Ally Lako has always dribbled to the beat of her own drummer.

From her neon pink basketball shoes to the purple hair she sported during the 2017 Ohio Varsity Senior Shootout last weekend at Ursuline College, Lako has always been a bit different.

It’s no wonder she’ll close out her high school basketball career in an unusual way.

Lako will play high school basketball for the final time on Saturday in the News Herald Classic at Lakeland Community College, in the very gym where she’ll play her college ball.

“I think it’s sad but exciting because high school basketball is over,” Lako said. “But, a new chapter of my life is starting.”

Lako, who scored 651 points with 181 assists, 121 steals and 82 made 3-pointers in her four years at North, signed a National Letter of Intent with Lakeland on March 22.

“It’s an awesome experience because I know not many girls get the chance to play at the next level,” Lako said. “Lakeland is close to home so I can live and home and I will be saving a lot of money and I want to become an X-ray technician and they have that program at Lakeland.”

In addition, she’ll have the continued support of her dad, Brian.

“It was important to stay close because my dad is one of my biggest supporters, so I know he wanted me to stay close,” Lako said.

Lako, who switched from shooting guard to point guard as a senior, developed into a solid overall player and team leader.

“Ally has come a long way in four years,” said North coach Paul Force. “It’s been fun to help her mature as a player and person. As much as we will miss her leadership and ability, we are excited and confident the she is ready to move on successfully to the college level if she continues to put in the work and effort that she did for us here at North.”

Lako isn’t sure what position she’ll fill for Lakeland but she has the ability to play either point or shooting guard and has the tenacity to be a solid contributor on the defensive end of the court.

“She brings a good mix of offensive and defensive skills to the table,” Force said. “She can handle the ball, pass well, shoot, attack the basket and impact the game on the defensive end. It will be fun to see how her game develops at the college level.”

Lako’s four years went by quickly and she leaves behind some advice for her former teammates at North.

“Show up to everything you can because it will be gone before you know it,” she said. “You’re going to wish you would have put just a little more work in.”

Lako will suit up on Saturday for the Red team, coached by Perry’s Brindi Kandel.

The News Herald Classic is scheduled to tip off at 11:00 a.m. with the boys game scheduled for 1:00 p.m.Tickets are $5.

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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Rangers eye WRC title


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 25, 2017

North graduated just one senior and with a projected starting lineup that includes seven seniors the Rangers hope to have a say in who wins the Western Reserve Conference championship this spring.

“We talked about having a very experienced team but we want to kind of fly under the radar,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “We know all about the Riley Frizells at South, the Alyssa Roses (at Madison) and Riverside and what they bring. We’re just trying to handle our business and stay right in the seat of the WRC from beginning to end.”

Groupon Summer DealsThe Rangers open their season on Saturday with a doubleheader in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

North uses the annual spring break trip to get in a handful of games before opening the conference season. The time together also helps the team come together as one extended family.

“I always try to organize Myrtle Beach where we’re doing stuff and I just realized that they just want to be there and be together as a group and kind of grow,” Palermo said. “The games are great because that’s where you get to see who does what. They know these are real games but they also know this is an audition for when we come back from Myrtle we go right into conference games. They know this is a precursor for the season.”

Palermo is confident the Rangers have the offensive power and consistency to compete with the best teams in the WRC this season. He’s also cautiously optimistic about his pitching staff, the only position affected by graduation.

“Our offense is going to be something that hopefully keeps us in games because the pitching depth right now isn’t as good as it’s been in the past,” he said. “We still have three very solid pitchers we’ll be able to throw out there and hopefully they can keep us in games.”

North’s power comes from senior third baseman Kristen Peace and junior catcher Mikaela Fording in the three-four hole of the lineup. Both earned first team All-WRC honors last season.

“I still think we have a pretty potent offense with Kristen Peace batting third and Mikaela Fording at four,” Palermo said. “Those two combined had close to 60 RBIs in the middle of that lineup and five home runs.”

Fording’s experience behind the dish is a boost to the North defense.

“I’ve done this seven years and this is probably one of the hardest working girls I’ve had during the season, off season, she just brings knowledge and power and leadership to the team that we need,” Palermo said. “That’s one of her huge strengths she’s going to bring to the table.”

Peace, a Notre Dame College commitment, is a four-year starter.

“She can do everything,” Palermo said. “She has a cannon for an arm and hits the ball a mile.”

Rounding out the North infield are seniors Alyssa RobinsonKatie Rosin and Dana Turchon.

Robinson will pitch and play shortstop, Rosin will start at second base and Turchon replaces junior Samantha Pirosko, who was named all-conference last spring but isn’t playing softball this year.

“Alyssa had a rough year injury-wise last year but she is another person that could fly under the radar,” Palermo said. “Katie hasn’t played a ton but she’s another vocal leader that’s going to be in the middle of the defense.”

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Rangers News · All Teams Schedule: Week of April 3 – April 9


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Eastlake North High School, April 3 – April 9

MONDAY

April 03, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

April 04, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
vs. Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Softball
vs. Kenston High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

April 05, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Softball
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Track
SOUTH H.S.
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Girls Varsity Track
SOUTH H.S.
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Kenston High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

April 06, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
MADISON H.S.
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

April 07, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Lake Catholic H.S.
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Lake Catholic H.S.
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
@ Lake Catholic H.S.
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

April 08, 2017

9:00 AM Boys Varsity Track
Hilltopper Invitational
SCHEDULE
9:00 AM Girls Varsity Track
Hilltopper Invitational
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
vs. Cleveland Hgts. H.S.
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Cleveland Hgts. H.S.
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Mentor H.S.
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Girls Junior Varsity Softball
vs. Mentor H.S.
SCHEDULE
11:00 AM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Cleveland Hgts. H.S.
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

April 09, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!