Baseball team looks forward to spring season

Boy’s Baseball is swinging right into their 2015 season. The Bulldog’s have an entirely new coaching staff this year.

“Our new coach was a great choice; he really brings great ideas where we need it. The sky’s the limit,” senior Parker Henderson said.

Aaron Debord is the head Varsity coach. He is a 2005 graduate of Woodridge High School and a varsity letterman in baseball and cross country. He went to The University of Akron and majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Debord was previously the head varsity coach of Akron-Firestone High School.

The boys kicked off the season on Feb. 23 with tryout week and will continue practicing until their first home game against Field High School on March 19.

“I am looking forward to a great season. I really think we are going to surprise some people this year. Our new coach has brought an intense, hard working attitude that everyone is accepting and buying into,” junior Owen Fankhauser said.

This season, the Bulldogs hope to start rebuilding the tradition of winning through their hard work and attention to small detail.

The Bulldogs have nine seniors this year. They are Parker Henderson, Gino DeMarino, Tyler Hallam, Randy Smith, Andrew Groves, Brian Soldierson, Jake Lapchynski, Justin George and Nathan Allen.

“We have a great group of kids that we expect to push each other on a daily basis,” coach Debord said.

Two members of the senior class will continue their baseball careers at the NCAA level. Gino DeMarino and Parker Henderson have already signed letters of intent to their universities.

DeMarino will be attending Cleary University in Howell, Michigan and Henderson will attend Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Both seniors, who look to have a big season for the Bulldogs this spring, feel they will receive a great education and have an opportunity to compete for playing time this fall.

“Our number one goal this season is to win the NOC with it being our last year in it,” coach Debord said.

The Bulldog’s have a very tough schedule this season. They take on the defending D1 state champions, Jackson High School, on April 3, along with many other talented teams. In mid-April, the boys take on their rivals, Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson.

“I am looking forward to playing our toughest rivals because I feel like we are going to give them a good game this year,” senior Tyler Hallam said.

As the boys continue to push each other, they grow and get better everyday.

“We are focused on working hard and playing to the best of our abilities. If on a day to day basis we can outwork our opponents and continue to believe in our process, then the wins will take care of themselves,” coach Debord said.

Debord is extremely excited for what this season will bring the team.

Coach Debord said, “The kids have shown an incredible willingness to learn and work hard. We can tell they want to get better and are preparing to win like they never have before.”

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