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CANFIELD, OH-  South Range High School has produced numerous student-athletes over the years, but few have captured the hearts of the community quite like Luke Gehring. As a multi-sport athlete and standout baseball player, Luke has shown remarkable leadership and dedication, not just in athletics but also in his personal growth. Recently, Luke joined DJ Yokley for an in-depth conversation on YSN’s “Player Profile” series, sharing insights that go well beyond the baseball field.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Luke’s journey has been playing alongside his brothers Jake and Will. As the middle child, Luke has had a unique vantage point, witnessing both older and younger sibling dynamics. Reflecting on his high school experience, Luke said, “With Jake, it was nice to have him teach me the ropes and understand the experience of playing high school varsity baseball as a youngster.” He added, “I try to be that for Will because he was our starting catcher last year as a freshman. I still wanted to be there for him because it’s scary.”

Luke’s ability to lead has set him apart, even through challenges such as injuries. His leadership style is deeply influenced by his experiences in scouting, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at just 15 years old. “I just had good leaders growing up and saw what it means to be a true leader versus people that claim to be leaders just because they want to be the head of a franchise or face of a team,” Luke explained. “I’d rather be remembered as a good leader and a great person than a great athlete.”

As DJ inquired about the similarities between this year’s team and the successful 2018 South Range team, Luke pointed out the importance of team chemistry. “I’d like to say, out of the last few years, this is probably the closest-knit team that we’ve had in a while,” he noted. Such cohesion, he believes, is crucial as the team gears up for the playoffs.

One of the lighter moments of the interview came when Luke talked about life at the Goering household, including their unique fascination with baseball gloves and cars. “I bought a Camaro last summer and messed it up as a high school boy would with a manual muscle car,” he laughed. Luke’s dream car? “A 1969 Plymouth Superbird with the fins, you know, from the movie ‘Cars.’”

As Luke approaches graduation, he’s already thinking about the legacy he wants to leave behind. “I want people to remember me not just as an athlete but for everything else I’ve done,” he said. “I’d rather them remember the lives that I’ve touched and the kids that I want to succeed because I want those younger kids to succeed. I want to set an example so that when they’re seniors, they can do the same thing.”
Luke Gehring’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance, leadership, and community. As he prepares for the next chapter of his life, one can’t help but feel optimistic about his future.

For now, South Range fans will savor every moment they get to see this exceptional young man in action, both on and off the field.



YOUNGSTOWN, OH-  In a recent interview on the YSN podcast, local meteorologist Andrew DiPaolo provided a behind-the-scenes look at his career, his dedication to the local community, and his love for sports

DiPaolo, known for his work at Channel 21, and StormTracker 21, shared insights into the competitive nature of the meteorology industry. He emphasized the importance of hard work and continuous learning, stressing that people respect those who put in the effort.

The conversation delved into his journey, from participating in speech and debate at Cardinal Mooney to honing his skills in meteorology at Ohio University. DiPaolo also reflected on the influence of his role models, crediting his chief at Channel 21 and a former speech and debate coach for their impact on his career.

The discussion also highlighted DiPaolo’s commitment to the local community, including his support for small businesses and non-profit organizations. The meteorologist, known for his involvement across various community initiatives, spoke about his efforts to use his platform to assist others. Furthermore, as an Eagle Scout, he emphasized the significance of giving back to the community as a core value.

Aside from his meteorological endeavors, DiPaolo’s love for sports shone through during the interview. As a self-proclaimed “huge Browns fan,” he expressed his enthusiasm for the world of sports and his upcoming role as a slam dunk judge at the YSN All-Star Game.

The interview concluded with DiPaolo providing a glimpse into his personal life, touching on the joys and challenges of fatherhood and his wife’s unwavering support. He candidly addressed the privilege and honor he feels in sharing his life with the Mahoning Valley community.

As the conversation wrapped up, it became evident that Andrew DiPaolo’s dedication to his craft and his community has made him a cherished figure in the local spotlight, exemplifying hard work, commitment, and humility.