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EDGEWOOD NAMES KRAY MALE WARRIOR OF THE YEAR

ASHTABULA OH- Edgewood has named Logan Kray as the 2024 Male Warrior of the Year. Kray earned an impressive 10 letters throughout his high school career, excelling in basketball and baseball for four years and also playing golf and football. Logan was not just a sports star; he was also active in the National Honor Society, the Edgewood Student Athletic Council, and the Captain’s Council. With over 100 volunteer hours under his belt, he gave back to his community in a big way. Academically, he crushed it with a 4.4 GPA, earning a spot on the CVC All-Academic team three times and being named Academic All-Ohio by the state Basketball Coaches Association this past winter.

In baseball, Kray was a 4-time 1st Team All-Conference as a first baseman and pitcher, a 2-time Chagrin Valley Conference Player of the Year, and a 2-time All-Ashtabula County Player of the Year. He was named 1st Team All-County first baseman in 2024 and was part of the 2022 CVC championship team, where he earned 2nd Team MVP honors and 1st Team All NE Lakes District honors.

In basketball, he was a 4-time All-CVC Conference selection and Co-MVP this past winter, helping his team win a sectional championship and finish 18-5. Over his four years, he was part of 55 Warrior wins.

In golf, Logan was a member of the CVC Championship team as the #2 golfer, earning 1st Team All Chagrin Valley Conference honors with the 3rd lowest scoring average in the league this past season.

Logan Kray stood out not only for his athletic talent but also for his academic excellence and leadership. He earned numerous awards and the respect of his coaches, leaving a lasting legacy at Edgewood.

EDGEWOOD NAMES VENCILL FEMALE WARRIOR OF THE YEAR

ASHTABULA OH- Edgewood has crowned McKenna Vencill as their 2024 Female Warrior of the Year. McKenna racked up an impressive 12 letters during her high school career. She was a standout in basketball and volleyball for four years, excelled in softball for three years, and even earned a letter in golf.

Beyond the field, McKenna was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Principal’s Advisory Council, the Captains Council, and the Edgewood Athletic Council. She’s dedicated over 95 hours to community service, giving back to future Warriors. Academically, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, earning three CVC All Academic Season honors.

Her senior year was a highlight reel, winning conference titles in golf, basketball (the first in school history), and softball (back-to-back CVC championships). In volleyball, she was a 3-time All CVC League member, 2-time Team MVP, 2-time 1st Team All County recipient, 1st Team All NE Lake District, and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. In basketball, she was a 3-time All CVC League member, earned 1st Team All County honors in her senior year, was the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Player of the Year nominee, and garnered 3rd Team All District honors this past season. In softball, she was a 3-time All CVC member, part of 2 Chagrin Valley Conference League Championships, and earned 1st Team All County and All CVC honors this past spring.

Throughout high school, McKenna balanced the demands of being a top athlete and a stellar student. Her contributions have left a lasting mark on Edgewood High School’s sports landscape.

WARRIORS GRAB SHARE OF TITLE AFTER SPLITTING DOUBLE HEADER WITH BLUE STREAKS

Story contributed by Larry Jennings

In a gripping series of games, the Edgewood Varsity Warriors experienced the full spectrum of baseball’s highs and lows, securing a narrow 1-0 victory in the finish of a game that was delayed by rain from April 17 on Thursday before falling 5-4 to a dramatic comeback by Madison.

Game 1: Paolillo’s Masterclass Leads to Narrow Victory

Lucianna Paolillo finished strong in finishing the delayed game from April, striking out 13 batters and allowing only one hit over eight scoreless innings to lead the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over Madison. Paolillo’s dominant performance was matched by Madison’s Kara Mekulsia, who struck out an impressive 18 batters in a complete-game effort but was ultimately outdueled.

The game’s lone run came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when a defensive miscue by Madison allowed Edgewood to score. Gianna Ianetta was a standout for Edgewood, going 2-for-3, while Mckenna Vencill contributed an RBI single. Edgewood’s defense was flawless, turning a double play and committing no errors, with Natalie Ianetta excelling with 13 defensive chances.

Game 2: Madison’s Comeback Stuns Edgewood

The second game saw the Warriors initially riding high, only to be undone by a late surge from Madison. Edgewood jumped to a 4-0 lead by the third inning, highlighted by Lucianna Paolillo’s RBI double. However, Madison’s resilient comeback in the sixth inning, led by Kara Mekulsia’s two-RBI double, turned the game around.

Despite Paolillo’s strong pitching, striking out nine and allowing no earned runs over seven innings, defensive lapses proved costly as Madison scored five unearned runs to secure a 5-4 victory. Mekulsia’s stellar performance on the mound, allowing four runs on seven hits with 12 strikeouts, and Madison’s error-free defense were pivotal in their comeback.

Offensive and Defensive Highlights

Across both games, Edgewood displayed solid offensive contributions from multiple players. In game 1, Gianna Ianetta and Mckenna Vencill led the charge, while Game 2 saw Natalie Ianetta, Faith Vencill, and Paolillo each contributing key hits and RBIs.

Madison’s consistent performance came from Kara Mekulsia, who not only excelled on the mound but also led the team offensively with key hits and RBIs. Defensive standout Ally Negan anchored Madison’s error-free play with 12 chances in the field.

Season’s End

The end result of these back-to-back contests resulted in the Warriors claiming a share of the title in the Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division, tying with the Perry Pirates, both with a 9 – 3 conference record.  Both the Edgewood Warriors and the Madison Blue Streaks ended their seasons with these games.

WARRIORS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST AVIATORS

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Alliance, OH- The Alliance Aviators secured a 9-6 victory over the Edgewood Warriors in the OHSAA sectional final playoff game on Wednesday, advancing to the next round of the tournament.

The Edgewood Warriors drew first blood in the opening inning when Alex Sperduto’s single brought home a run. However, the Alliance Aviators responded swiftly in the bottom half, with Bo Davis’ single and Lincoln Reese’s sacrifice fly each driving in a run to take a 2-1 lead.

The Aviators extended their advantage in the second inning when Brady White hit into a fielder’s choice, making the score 3-1. Undeterred, the Warriors battled back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the third, courtesy of a walk by Zane Naylor and a hit-by-pitch.

The momentum shifted once again in the bottom of the third, as Michael Blackwell’s line-out scored a run for the Aviators, giving them a 4-3 lead.

DiAngelo Fisk was the winning pitcher for the Aviators, allowing five hits and two runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out one and walking one. Geno Measel took the loss for the Warriors, pitching one inning and surrendering two runs on four hits, with one strikeout.

The Warriors’ offense mustered 10 hits, led by Mason Feather’s three RBIs from the ninth spot in the lineup. Feather went 2-for-4, while Logan Kray, Riley Baldwin, Caleb Johnson, and Feather each collected two hits. The Warriors demonstrated patience at the plate, drawing six walks.

For the Aviators, K’Vaughn Davis, Samuel Gress, and Fisk each had two hits, with Davis, Fisk, and Reese driving in two runs apiece. The Aviators showed exceptional discipline, drawing 11 walks, with Ryan Bruni and Fisk leading the way with two walks each. The Aviators played flawless defense, committing no errors, with Bruni making the most plays with four.

With this hard-fought victory, the Alliance Aviators advance in the OHSAA playoff tournament, while the Edgewood Warriors’ season comes to a close.

WARRIORS ROLL PAST MUSTANGS

Photo Credit: Annie Grace Photography
Story contributed by Larry Jennings
In an impressive display of offense, the Edgewood Varsity Warriors grabbed a 10-0 victory over Grand Valley on Tuesday, fueled by a standout performance from sophmore Addison Lamson. Lamson proved to be the driving force behind Edgewood’s commanding win, delivering a sensational display at the plate with four RBIs on two hits, including a pivotal single in both the third and fourth innings that propelled the Warriors to victory.
The game kicked off with Grand Valley putting baserunners on in each of the first three innings, but Lucianna Paolillo managed to get out of trouble both with strikeouts, and great defensive plays by her teammates, including an amazing diving catch by catcher Natalie Ianetta on a bunt pop up in front of home plate. Likewise, Mustangs starting pitcher Natilly Hostetler also got herself out of trouble in the first two innings by way of strikeouts and outstanding defense.  The Warriors struck first in the bottom of the third inning when they loaded the bases with two outs, and Lamson laced a single to right, scoring 2 runs, breaking the scoring deadlock.
On the mound, Lucianna Paolillo showcased her pitching prowess, stifling Grand Valley’s lineup with her precision and command. The right-handed hurler dazzled spectators with her performance, surrendering just four hits and no runs over five innings while striking out an impressive eight batters and issuing only three walks.
Grand Valley’s pitching struggled to contain Edgewood’s potent offense, as Natilly Hostetler endured a challenging outing on the mound. Despite their efforts, the Warriors’ relentless hitting barrage proved too much to handle, with Lamson leading the charge alongside her teammates.
The Mustangs challenged again in the fourth inning, gaining bases on two walks, but Paolillo ended up striking out the side.
Mckenna Vencill, Addison Lamson, and Avery Vencill each contributed two hits to Edgewood’s offensive onslaught, showcasing the team’s depth and firepower at the plate. Makenna Rhodes displayed patience and discipline, drawing two walks, while the Warriors collectively demonstrated a keen eye, accumulating six walks throughout the game to keep the pressure on Grand Valley’s pitching staff.
In addition to their offensive prowess, Edgewood’s defensive efforts were equally impressive, highlighted by a well-executed double play that stifled any potential threats from Grand Valley.
Despite a commendable effort from Grand Valley’s Karli Cunningham, who notched three hits in three at-bats, the Warriors’ dominance remained unyielding, securing a resounding victory.
It was senior night at Edgewood High School and the Lady Warriors honored seniors Makenna Vencill and Julianna Gregory before the game. With their sights set on further success, the Edgewood Varsity Warriors will look to carry their momentum into their next matchup as they prepare to defend their home turf against Madison on Thursday.  This will be a continuation of a previous game that was tied at zero when rain struck, and then a second game.  There are Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division implications that will be decided on that day.  With Lamson leading the charge and the team firing on all cylinders, the Warriors are poised to continue their winning ways and cement their status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of high school softball.

WARRIORS ERASE EARLY DEFICIT TO ADVANCE TO DISTRICTS

BELOIT OH- West Branch staged a massive comeback, overturning a four-run deficit to defeat Edgewood 11-6 in a thrilling game on Saturday.

Edgewood initially took control in the second inning, sparked by Carly Kray’s RBI single and Natalie Lanetta’s three-run triple. But West Branch wasn’t down for long; they turned the tables in the third inning, blasting five runs on six hits to snatch a 5-4 lead, highlighted by Mati Hawk’s two-run double.

The lead seesawed again when Edgewood edged ahead 6-5 in the fifth, thanks to Gianna Lanetta’s RBI single and another run off Kray’s line out. Yet again, West Branch flipped the script in the bottom of the frame. Libbie Davis doubled home two runs and Josie Milliken tripled in another to make it 8-6.

Addi Craven then sealed the deal for West Branch with a three-run homer in the sixth, bringing the score to its final 11-6.

Klary McKay clinched the win on the mound for West Branch, enduring seven innings where she surrendered six runs on seven hits, but countered with seven strikeouts. Lucianna Paolillo took the hit for Edgewood, giving up all 11 runs across six innings of work.

At the bat, West Branch amassed 13 hits. Craven led the charge with three RBIs, while Sara Schmidt, Milliken, Ellie Tucker, and Hawk each added two hits to the mix. McKay and the team showed great discipline, drawing five walks in total.

Natalie Lanetta stood out for Edgewood, batting in three runs and going 2-for-4 for the day.

With this victory, West Branch is pumped and ready for the district semifinals against Aurora this Tuesday at Jefferson High School, with the first pitch slated for 2:00 PM.

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WARRIORS ROLL BY RAVENS IN SECTIONAL

Story contributed by Larry Jennings
Ashtabula, OH- In a commanding display of baseball prowess, the Edgewood Warriors soared to victory against the Ravenna Ravens with an emphatic 8-2 win on Monday, igniting cheers from the home crowd gathered at Walter C. Higgins Field at Edgewood Senior High School.  This would be the last game Edgewood’s seniors would play on their home field.
The spotlight shone brightly on Logan Kray, who delivered a masterclass in hitting, going 3 for 4 at the plate with two crucial doubles and a single, propelling the Warriors to victory. Kray’s offensive onslaught set the tone for Edgewood’s dominant performance, leaving the Ravens struggling to contain his potent bat.  Kray also stole 3 bases in the contest.
The Warriors wasted no time asserting their dominance, jumping out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kray’s double to left field ignited the Edgewood offense, scoring Aidan Hernandez, who had led off the game with a single. Timely hits from Alex Sperduto, Austin Fell, and Drew Hlavtur drove in runs and put the Warriors ahead 4 – 0 after one inning of play..
Edgewood continued to pile on the runs in the second inning, with Kray once again at the center of the action. After Tony Hall tripled, Kray singeld to drive him in, and then Sperduto’s double extended the Warriors’ lead and showcased the team’s offensive depth and firepower.
On the mound, Alex Sperduto delivered a stellar performance, stifling the Ravens’ offense with his precise pitching. Sperduto’s dominance was evident as he allowed only two hits and zero runs over three innings, while striking out five batters and walking just one. The Ravens struggled to find their footing against Sperduto’s formidable arsenal, failing to mount any significant offensive threats.  Middle relief was provided by Geno Measel, who pitched 2-2/3 innings, giving up no earned runs.  And then Riley Baldwin pitched 1-1/3 innings of shutout ball to close out the game.
Despite a valiant effort from Ravenna’s James Evans, who took the mound for the Ravens, the Warriors’ relentless offensive onslaught proved too much to handle.
At the plate, Edgewood showcased their hitting prowess, amassing an impressive 12 hits throughout the game. Sperduto emerged as a standout performer, driving in three runs and providing crucial hits in key moments. Tony Hall, Aidan Hernandez, and Baldwin also contributed multiple hits to the Warriors’ offensive barrage, highlighting the team’s depth and versatility.
Despite a resilient effort from Ravenna’s Rylan Eldredge and Matthew Fuller, who each collected two hits for the Ravens, Edgewood’s dominant performance proved insurmountable.
As the final out was recorded and the cheers of victory echoed across the field, the Edgewood Warriors celebrated a well-deserved triumph, propelled by Logan Kray’s stellar performance and a collective display of talent and determination. With this impressive win under their belts, the Warriors look poised to continue their winning ways as they march forward in pursuit of greatness on the baseball diamond.
Edgewood will travel to Alliance to take on the Aviators on Wednesday in the next round of the OHSAA playoffs

WARRIORS WIN IN WILD NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS

Perry, OH- In a thrilling night game played under the lights, the Edgewood Warriors and Perry Pirates clashed in an intense battle that saw momentum swings, extra innings, and a high-scoring affair. Despite facing a daunting 14-4 deficit at one point, the Edgewood Warriors rallied to secure a dramatic 19-18 victory over the Perry Pirates. The game featured its share of dramatics, with each team hitting long flies that bounced over the outfield fence for ground-rule doubles that initially looked like potential home runs. Errors also proved costly for both sides, directly accounting for multiple runs in the high-scoring affair.

The game began with the Edgewood Warriors surging to an early 4-run lead in the first inning, capitalizing on hits by Logan Kray, Zane Naylor, Caleb Johnson, and Drew Hlavtur. However, the Perry Pirates quickly responded in the bottom of the inning, erupting for nine runs to take a 9-4 lead, highlighted by Jason Pentek’s timely single.

Undeterred, the Edgewood Warriors fought back, scoring six runs in the third inning to tie the game at 14 apiece. A series of errors and timely hits fueled their comeback, setting the stage for a thrilling contest.

The game continued to see-saw as both teams exchanged runs, with errors proving costly for both sides. In the top of the ninth inning, the Edgewood Warriors capitalized on a Perry Pirates error and a clutch single by Alex Sperduto to regain the lead.

On the mound, Geno Measel emerged as the winning pitcher for the Edgewood Warriors, delivering a solid performance over two and two-thirds innings. Austin Fell provided crucial relief, pitching four and one-third innings and holding off the Perry Pirates’ offense. For the Perry Pirates, Kyle Rhineberger took the loss despite a valiant effort on the mound.

Offensively, the Edgewood Warriors amassed 17 hits, with Sperduto and Naylor leading the charge with two RBIs each. Mason Feather, Tony Hall, Aidan Hernandez, Kray, and Hlavtur also made significant contributions with multiple hits.

Meanwhile, the Perry Pirates showcased their offensive skill with 13 hits, led by Cade Henderson’s four RBIs and Luke Sivon’s four hits. Trent Taylor provided additional support with two hits.

Despite the intense battle, both teams displayed resilience and determination, setting the stage for an exciting postseason. The Edgewood Warriors will next face the Ravenna Ravens in the opening round of the OHSAA playoff tournament, while the Perry Pirates await the winner of the Champion Golden Flashes vs Campbell Memorial Red Devils game in their playoff journey.

WARRIORS SWAT THE HORNETS

Story contributed by Larry Jennings

Ashtabula, OH- In a late season clash of softball titans, the Edgewood Warriors showcased their skill and grit on the diamond, clinching a hard-earned victory against Kirtland with a final score of 9-5 in a Wednesday showdown that left fans buzzing with excitement.

The game unfolded as a tense affair, with both teams locked in a scoreless stalemate until the bottom of the second inning, when Faith Vencill ignited the Edgewood offense with a clutch single to right field, driving in McKenna Rhodes, who had reached base earlier with a walk.
As the game progressed, Edgewood continued to assert their dominance, with Rhodes playing a starring role once again in the bottom of the fourth. Her single, coupled with impressive base running that saw her steal both second and third base, set the stage for Avery Vencill to deliver a pivotal RBI single to extend Edgewood’s lead.
But the Warriors weren’t done yet. Gianna Ianetta’s sharp ground ball to third base drove in two more runs, with Avery Vencill and Addison Lamson crossing home plate to bolster Edgewood’s advantage. Lucianna Paolillo added to the onslaught with a timely single to center field, driving in Ianetta and Faith Vencill, propelling Edgewood to a commanding 7-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning.
However, Kirtland refused to go down without a fight, mounting a spirited comeback bid in the top of the fifth. Gianna Difranco’s single to left field sparked the rally, driving in Carly Difranco, followed by Maggie Kothura’s double to center field that plated Addison Fleming and Gianna Difranco, cutting Edgewood’s lead to 7-3.
Despite Kirtland’s resurgence, Edgewood maintained their composure, responding with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Faith Vencill’s run on a ground out and Natalie Ianetta’s RBI single extended Edgewood’s lead to 9-3, putting the game seemingly out of reach.
Although Kirtland managed to tack on two more runs in the top of the seventh, Edgewood’s Makenna Vencill stood firm on the mound, striking out the final batter to seal the victory for her team.
The stat sheet reflected Edgewood’s dominance, with the Warriors tallying 10 hits compared to Kirtland’s 6. Faith Vencill emerged as a standout performer, going a perfect 2 for 2 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI, while Addison Lampson contributed two hits of her own along with a run scored and an RBI.
On the pitching front, Makenna Vencill earned the win for Edgewood, showcasing her skill with five strikeouts over three innings of work, while Lucianna Paolillo delivered a solid start, tallying six strikeouts over four innings.
Graci Mastrangelo displayed resilience on the mound for Kirtland, pitching the entire game despite the tough outing.
Coach Randy Vencill when asked about his upcoming match with West Branch was stated  “We’ll have have to play some small-ball and we’re going to have to execute, as they are a very good team.”  Also acknowledging that they still have a showdown next week against Madison, that will decide the CVC Lake Division title.
With this impressive victory under their belts, the Edgewood Warriors took their record to 14 – 3, and reaffirmed their status as a force to be reckoned with in the world of high school softball, leaving their opponents in awe and their fans cheering for more.  The Warriors will take on the 14 – 6 West Branch Warriors on Thursday in the second round of the OHSAA state division II tournament.  Kirtland’s next scheduled game is at Berkshire on Friday, when they take on the Badgers.

WARRIORS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN OVER FALCONS

Story by Larry Jennings
Jefferson, OH- In a clash that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Edgewood and Jefferson battled it out on the diamond, delivering a rollercoaster of emotions and a flurry of runs. The scoreboard flickered like a faulty light as the two teams showcased their offensive prowess, ultimately culminating in a dramatic finish that left spectators breathless, with Edgewood holding on for a thrilling 15 – 13 win.  Logan Kray drove in five runs on three hits to lead Edgewood, while Tony Hall drove in three and scored three runs.  Zane Naylor also had a 3 for 4 night, scoring one and batting in one.
The game kicked off with Logan Kray of Edgewood setting the tone in the top of the first inning, drilling a single to center field, driving in Tony Hall and Aiden Hernandez. But Jefferson quickly answered in the bottom of the inning as Logan Saksa smashed a double to right field with the bases loaded, notching three crucial runs.
As the innings progressed, both teams traded blows like heavyweight contenders. Tate Hudson’s single to right field in the bottom of the second inning extended Jefferson’s lead, only for Jefferson’s Logan Padgett to capitalize on an error in the third, narrowing the gap.
However, it was the fourth inning that truly ignited the fireworks. Geno Measel and Logan Kray spearheaded Edgewood’s comeback, each contributing RBIs before Zane Naylor’s single tied the game at six apiece. But Jefferson wasn’t ready to cede ground just yet. Toby Dixon’s run on a wild pitch followed by Hudson’s clutch hit to center field restored their lead at 8-6 by the end of the fourth.
Edgewood refused to be outdone, mounting another offensive surge in the top of the fifth. Tony Hall’s timely double brought in two runs, paving the way for Kray to drive in another with his single, propelling Edgewood ahead 9-8. However, Jefferson’s resilience shone through once more as Padgett’s run on a groundout leveled the score.
The seesaw battle continued into the sixth inning, with Edgewood exploding for six runs. Highlighted by timely hits and costly errors from Jefferson, Edgewood surged ahead 15-9, putting the game seemingly out of reach. But Jefferson wasn’t ready to concede defeat, mounting a valiant comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth. Luke Lambert’s double to center field sparked hope as they closed the deficit to 15-13 by the end of the inning.
With the game hanging in the balance, both teams entered the final inning with everything on the line. Jefferson fought tooth and nail, with Michael Rifle’s double to left field offering a glimmer of hope. However, Edgewood’s Logan Kray slammed the door shut, securing the save and sealing a hard-fought 15-13 victory for his team.
In a contest defined by offensive firepower and unwavering determination, Edgewood emerged victorious, showcasing their resilience and tenacity in the face of adversity. While Jefferson may have fallen short, their never-say-die attitude ensures that they’ll be back with a vengeance in the battles to come.  Edgewood’s next opponent will be against Perry at the Pirates’ home field, in a night game, while Jefferson travels to Berkshire on Thursday.