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MENTOR OH- It was a gut-wrencher in the district semifinals for Archbishop Hoban, as they let a late lead slip through their fingers, falling 7-5 to Twinsburg on Tuesday. The score was locked at five apiece in the nail-biting top of the seventh until Kris Kimmel came through with a two-run single that put Twinsburg ahead for good.

Twinsburg was quick off the mark, scoring in the opening frame when Josh Stalnaker grounded out to bring a run home. They widened the gap in the third with Stalnaker smashing a two-run double and Kimmel adding an RBI single to the mix.

Hoban wasn’t down for long though. Michael Ciavolella sparked a comeback with a three-run homer to center in the bottom of the third, electrifying the Knights’ dugout. The game saw-sawed on, with Andrew Karhoff evening things up at four-all in the fifth with a timely single.

Blake Bantum then pushed Hoban ahead 5-4 in the sixth with another RBI single, but their lead was short-lived. The seventh inning saw Twinsburg claw back and then some, with Stalnaker drawing a walk to tie it before Kimmel delivered the decisive blow.

Ryan Hojdar was the winning pitcher for Twinsburg, tossing a solid inning with two strikeouts and keeping Hoban at bay when it mattered most. Noah LaFine took the loss for Hoban, despite a gritty three and a third innings in relief where he surrendered two earned runs.

At the plate, Ciavolella and Karhoff were hot for Hoban, each bagging a couple of hits and Ciavolella driving in three runs. For Twinsburg, the duo of Jaden Dye and Kimmel each notched two hits, with Kimmel and Stalnaker proving particularly lethal, combining for six RBIs.

Twinsburg also shined defensively, playing error-free ball, with Lane Conway getting plenty of action with 14 chances in the field.

With this tough exit, Hoban wraps their season with a respectable 18-6 record, leaving them to ponder what might have been and to regroup for next year.


AKRON OH- Archbishop Hoban sailed past North Rangers 13-3 in the sectional championship, thanks to a massive 10-run rally in the fifth inning. The inning saw Landan Browning and Grady Falkenstein each knocking in runs with singles, Justice Buckner and Blake Bantum smacking doubles, and Michael Ciavolella adding a single of his own to the mix.

The Knights got rolling early with a walk from Andrew Karhoff in the first inning putting them on the board. North Rangers responded in the second, tying it up with a hit from Devin Nix and a walk by Braylon Rolf. They even snagged the lead in the fourth on a balk, but their edge was short-lived.

The Knights tied it back up at three all in the fourth following a costly error by the Rangers. Browning stepped up on the mound to clinch the win for Hoban, throwing a hitless one and one-third innings with two strikeouts. Noah LaFine started off pitching for Hoban, yielding three runs across almost four innings.

At the dish, Hoban was on fire with 11 hits. Falkenstein was particularly clutch, batting in three runs. Ciavolella and Falkenstein each notched two hits. Over in the Rangers’ camp, Nix and Rolf each contributed an RBI, with Nix, Brady Pennza, and Jacob Breen picking up hits.

The Knights now look ahead to the District Semifinals. They’ll play on Tuesday against Twinsburg at 2:00 in Mentor.


Photo credit: Joclyn Nicholas

Ashtabula, OH- Will Anderson’s commanding performance on the mound propelled the St. John Heralds to a resounding 11-0 victory over the Medina Christian Knights in the sectional final of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Thursday. Anderson struck out 11 batters, allowing no hits and no runs over five innings while walking only one batter.

The Heralds wasted no time in asserting their dominance, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After a Knights error, Ryan Williams singled, and Anthony Severino doubled, each scoring a run to give the Heralds an early 2-0 lead.

The offensive onslaught continued in the bottom of the second inning as the Heralds scored five runs on two hits. Brady Cole singled, driving in two runs, Ezra Campbell was struck by a pitch, bringing in another run, Bryson Vennitti was also hit by a pitch, scoring another run, and Aaron Wychock drew a walk, adding another run to the Heralds’ tally.

The Heralds added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Campbell singled, and Severino hit a sacrifice fly, each scoring a run to make the score 9-0.

Tyler Jones took the mound for the Knights but struggled to contain the Heralds’ potent offense. The right-hander allowed six hits and 10 runs (nine earned) over three innings, striking out five and walking three.

The Heralds collected nine hits in the game, with Cole and AJ Henslee each contributing two hits. Cole, Severino, and Campbell each drove in two runs, while Anderson showcased his baserunning prowess, stealing two bases. The Heralds swiped four bases in total and did not commit a single error in the field, with Kyle Hejduk handling a team-high 11 chances.

With their dominant performance, the Heralds will move on to face the McDonald Blue Devils in the District Semifinals of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Tuesday at Cuyahoga Community College, with first pitch scheduled for 2 pm.


Walsh showed up and showed out on Monday, steamrolling over Hoban with a whopping 16-1 victory in the district semifinal. They made it clear they were not messing around, dominating right from the start.

Taylor Gerring gave Hoban a glimmer of hope with a solo homer right out of the gate, but that turned out to be the only highlight for them. Walsh quickly snuffed out any momentum Hoban might have gained, exploding for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning to firmly take control of the game.

With this tough loss, Hoban wraps up their season at an even 12-13.


AKRON, OH- It all came down to the wire on Monday as the Hoban Knights fell to St. Edwards 4-3, with the game clincher hitting the gap for a double in the nail-biting bottom of the seventh, breaking the tie.

Hoban snagged the lead early with a run scoring off a wild pitch. St. Edwards responded in the second, tying it up when #26 knocked a clean single.

The Knights nudged ahead in the third thanks to Andrew Karhoff’s RBI single, then padded their lead to 3-1. But St. Edwards wasn’t done. They rallied back in the sixth, tying the game once again through a clutch hit by Karlo Hepp and a sacrifice fly by Drew Mahle.

In a duel of the bullpens, Brandon Florjancic from St. Edwards came out on top, tossing two solid innings, keeping Hoban at bay while striking out three. Karhoff, despite his efforts at the plate, took the loss for Hoban after surrendering the decisive run in his 1.1 innings of work.

On the mound to start, Breyan Stewart put up a valiant effort for Hoban, letting through just three runs across five innings, while Henry Slaboy for St. Edwards matched the intensity with a nine-strikeout performance.

At the dish, Karhoff and Grady Falkenstein were the sparks for Hoban, with Falkenstein going 2-for-3 to lead the Knights. St. Edwards had a spread effort from their lineup, but it was Dan Tome and Karlo Hepp picking up a pair of hits each, contributing crucially to the scoreboard.

In a game clean on errors but high on drama, St. Edwards managed to keep their composure and execute when it counted, leaving Hoban to reflect on a heartbreaker. The battle was intense, the swings big, and the drama typical of a showdown that could have gone either way right up until that final double flew into the outfield.


By Ty Bartell 

AKRON OH- In the confines of Canal Park, home of The Rubberducks, The Archbishop Hoban Knights and The St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish took The Holy War to the diamond on Friday night. Emerging victorious 4-3, The Knights scored off a key error by The Irish in the bottom of the fifth to gain their 15th win of the season.

With Hoban as the home team, Noah LaFine started on the mound for The Knights while Connor Christie opposed him, toeing the rubber for The Fighting Irish. Sending the opposition down in order with a pair of strikeouts, LaFine pitched a clean top of the first. In the bottom half of the opening inning, The Knights scored three runs highlighted with an opening single from Will Givens and an RBI-triple from Michael Ciavolella and concluding with a fielder’s choice RBI from Grady Falkenstein.

The second inning went scoreless for both teams before St. Vincent-St. Mary struck for three runs of their own in the top of the third. After Matthew Engelhart reached on an opening error, The Irish belted three consecutive base hits by Max Milkovich, Zack Kurkey and Daniel Krabill with Krabill bringing in a run on an RBI-single. Rylan Hurley would gain an RBI when LaFine walked a run in. Following that, Tyler Stone would hit the game tying single to knot the contest up at three runs a piece in the third.
A scoreless fourth would commence before an eventful fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, The Fighting Irish would load the bases and chase Hoban starting pitcher Noah LaFine with one out. Andrew Karhoff took the mound in relief and his first pitch ended up being an all-star level sliding catch in center field by Grady Falkenstien to gain the second out! Karhoff would fan Ashton Tamzarian with the bases loaded to keep the game tied. The Knights would get the first

two aboard in the bottom of the fifth with a walk to Will Givens and a single from Michael Ciavolella. The Irish would work a fielder’s choice to get the lead runner and keep runners at first and second with one out. Next batter up, Landon Browning, would hit a double-play ball to second base; however, the relay throw back to first would end up wide, allowing Hoban to score the go ahead run off the error.
With The Knights leading 4-3, Andrew Karhoff pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning to get the win on the mound and gain the victory for Hoban over their Akron rival.

Hoban (15-4) will now host The Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Marauders out of Buffalo, New York on Saturday, May 11th with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Meanwhile, #2 St. Vincent-St. Mary (16-9) will look to end their slump in the Sectional Final of the OHSAA tournament where they will entertain the winner of #31 Cleveland Lincoln West at #29 Cleveland Garrett Morgan on Wednesday, May 15th with a 5 p.m. first pitch.

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AKRON OH- Hoban softball showcased their offensive firepower on Tuesday night, lighting up the scoreboard in a commanding 17-6 win over St. Joes Academy. From the first pitch to the final out, Hoban was firing on all cylinders, leaving no doubt about who controlled the game.

Leading the charge was Taylor Gerring, who had a stellar performance at the plate. Gerring went 3-for-3 with a home run, driving in four runs and scoring three times herself. Her power hitting set the tone for the Knights’ explosive offense.

Gracelyn Schultz also made her presence felt, contributing both with her bat and her arm. At the plate, Schultz went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and drew a walk, while on the mound, she pitched four solid innings, allowing six hits and striking out three batters.

Elli Weigand and Nevaeh Peters added to the offensive onslaught, each collecting three hits and driving in runs to keep the scoreboard ticking. Alivia Havanas also had a strong showing, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and crossing the plate twice.

Despite a few runs allowed, Hoban’s pitching held firm, with Schultz leading the charge. She battled through four innings, keeping St. Joes Academy hitters off balance and allowing her team to maintain control of the game.


AKRON, OH- The St. Ignatius Wildcats really turned up the heat in their 7-1 win over the Archbishop Hoban Knights this Tuesday. The game started with Hoban taking an early lead thanks to Michael Ciavolella, who knocked one out of the park in the first inning for a solo homer.

But come the fifth inning, St. Ignatius flipped the script. Neal Bartone was the hero of the hour with a clutch two-run double that sparked a total of five runs in the inning, propelling the Wildcats to a commanding 5-1 lead.

Joe Conrad came in as relief pitcher for St. Ignatius and absolutely shut things down. He pitched three solid innings, giving up just one hit and striking out three, really keeping the Knights at bay. On the flip side, James Haupt, pitching in relief for Hoban, ended up taking the loss after he gave up a couple of runs over just a bit more than an inning.

Taylor Belza was the main man at the plate for St. Ignatius, driving in three runs and picking up a hit in three at-bats. Marcus Tekancic also did his part, leading the team with two hits and setting the pace from the leadoff spot.

Both teams were on point defensively, not giving up any errors. Belza was all over the field, making eight plays, while Blake Bantum got his hands on the ball seven times for Hoban.

Looking ahead, the Knights are hoping to shake this one off when they head to Walsh Jesuit this Thursday. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are riding high after today’s solid performance and are looking to keep that momentum going.


MASSILLON OH- Hoban faced a tough challenge on Tuesday as they stumbled against Perry, falling 12-2 in a game where the Panthers’ early offensive explosion proved to be the difference-maker.

Perry’s bats came alive in the second inning, scoring 6 runs to take a commanding lead that the Knights couldn’t overcome. Despite Hoban’s efforts to chip away at the deficit, they were unable to mount a comeback.

Offensively, Hoban managed to tally a few hits, with Taylor Gerring driving in a run and scoring one herself. Nevaeh Peters and Madison Shenigo each contributed with a hit as well, while Thea Miktarian reached base with a walk and scored a run.



AKRON OH- In a highly anticipated primetime matchup, Hoban softball emerged victorious with a 4-1 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Hoban’s offense came alive, with Taylor Gerring leading the charge by going 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored. Nevaeh Peters and Mya Akers also contributed with two hits each, driving in a run apiece. Giulia Scaglione added to the offensive effort, going 1-for-2 with one RBI, one walk, and one run scored.

In the circle, Gracelyn Schultz delivered a stellar performance, pitching a complete game. Schultz allowed just six hits and one earned run while striking out five St. Vincent-St. Mary batters.