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CANFIELD, OH- South Range’s baseball team has long been a force to reckon with in high school sports, and Coach Jim Hanek is a significant reason why. With the 2024 season well underway, Coach Hanek shared his thoughts on what constitutes a successful season, the development of young talents, and his coaching philosophy on the first episode of SOUTH RANGE BASEBALL COACH’S CORNER with DJ Yokley.

For Coach Hanek, the team’s recent trip to Myrtle Beach wasn’t merely about wins and losses, though they returned with an impressive 4-1 record. He elaborated, “Wins and losses, yes. I mean, it’s… Those are important, but… the team building, the camaraderie that you get from a trip like that… it just really brings the team closer together.” The importance of team cohesion can often be undervalued, but for teams aiming for the top, it’s clear that Hanek considers it essential.

Fostering a winning culture isn’t just about celebrating victories on the field—it’s also about appreciating the lighter moments. Coach Hanek described the team’s traditional Rios night vividly, recounting moments of lighthearted competition: “There were a few kids that… tried to out eat each other. It didn’t end very well late in the evening,” he chuckled, noting even he had to pass up dessert to focus on the “main course” of the night.

When asked about cultivating standout players like senior Tyler Wardle, Coach Hanek’s pride was evident. “He’s worked hard. I mean, he continues to work hard… and I think he’s a, he’s strong in his faith, you know? And I admire him for the fact… I think that strong faith base he has… that calms him,” he shared, stressing the significance of personal development alongside athletic prowess. For Hanek, inspiring athletes to be well rounded, responsible adults is a key aspect of his coaching duties.

Coach Hanek is also known for his analytical approach to the game, digging deep into data to make informed decisions. Yet he acknowledges the role of intuition. “A lot of… in-game decisions… you just kind of see how the game’s evolving… it’s a mix,” Hanek explained. There’s a dance between following the statistics and trusting one’s instincts that Hanek seems to have mastered over his coaching tenure.

Reflecting on the pressures of winning state championships, Coach Hanek offered perspective: “I think if you’re judged solely on that and you’re looking at that as the ultimate goal and nothing else matters, I think you’re missing a lot.” He emphasized the journey over the destination, the growth of players over wins, and the broader impact a coach can have on young lives.

As South Range’s baseball season progresses, the community will be watching Coach Jim Hanek, not just for his strategic play-calling but for the way he continues to mold a group of young athletes into a tight-knit team poised for success both on and off the diamond. His depth of experience, blended with his thoughtful approach to coaching, makes each game a learning opportunity for his players and a master class for everyone watching. Keep an eye on the Raiders this season as they implement the lessons from Myrtle Beach under the steady guidance of a coach who truly understands the heart of baseball.




MYRTLE BEACH, SC-In a nail-biting showdown on Thursday night, both South Range Varsity Raiders and Abbeville Varsity Panthers showcased their pitching prowess, but it was the Raiders who emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 win.

Konnor Brogan took the mound for the South Range Raiders and delivered an exceptional performance, recording an impressive 21 outs throughout the game. Despite facing tough opposition, Brogan remained composed under pressure, stifling the Panthers’ offense with his precise pitching.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the seventh inning when Tyler Wardle came through in the clutch, smashing a crucial single that drove in the game-winning run for the Raiders, breaking the scoreless tie.

Brogan’s stellar pitching earned him the win for the South Range as he held the Panthers to just four hits and zero runs over seven innings, while striking out seven batters and issuing five walks. On the opposing side, Thomas Booth suffered the loss for the Abbeville Varsity Panthers, surrendering one run on six hits over two innings.

Hunter Overholt kicked off the game on the mound for the Panthers, delivering an impressive performance with 10 strikeouts over five innings, but ultimately falling short as the Raiders capitalized on their opportunities late in the game.

Offensively, the Raiders managed to amass nine hits, with Jake Shumate and Andrew Brian leading the charge with two hits each. Wardle’s game-winning RBI proved to be the decisive moment in the game, highlighting the Raiders’ ability to capitalize on key scoring opportunities.

Defensively, the Raiders were flawless, committing no errors in the field, with Will Gehring showcasing his defensive prowess with the most chances at eight.

South Range will wrap up their trip to the south and welcome St Johns on Friday at 1:30 on YSN.


MYRTLE BEACH, SC- In a tightly contested matchup, the South Range Raiders edged out Kendall with a narrow 1-0 victory on Monday, thanks to an early offensive spark. The Raiders seized the lead in the second inning when Tyson Tarajack blasted a solo home run to left field, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Pitching was on full display from both sides, with the Raiders’ hurlers recording a total of 11 strikeouts, while Kendall’s pitchers managed an impressive 13 strikeouts.

Julian Tranovich took the mound first for the Raiders, delivering a stellar performance. The right-handed pitcher tossed a complete game, surrendering just three hits and keeping Kendall off the scoreboard for the duration of the contest.

Nick Cole started on the mound for Kendall, pitching admirably with four hits allowed and only one run conceded over six innings, tallying an impressive 13 strikeouts.

Tarajack provided the offensive highlight for the Raiders, driving in the lone run of the game. Meanwhile, leadoff hitter Tyler Wardle led the charge with a solid two hits in three at-bats.

For Kendall, Colby Hughes, Vinny Dangelo, and Sam Conte each contributed with one hit apiece, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raiders’ pitching and defensive prowess.

Looking ahead, the South Range Varsity Raiders are set to face Floyd Central in their next matchup on Tuesday, aiming to carry the momentum from their hard-fought victory.



Roth Brothers snagged a late lead and defeated Prospects 10-4 on Friday.  Roth was down 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning when Dylan Casey singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

Roth secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the seventh inning.  Casey, John Cambert, Logan Baxter, Brendan Ray, and Tyler Wardle all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

Prospects got things moving in the first inning.  Cobey Airwikie  grounded out, scoring one run.

CJ Frasco led the Roth to victory on the mound. He allowed two hits and zero runs over five and a third innings, striking out eight.

Caleb Hadley toed the rubber for Prospects. He surrendered seven runs on ten hits over six and a third innings, striking out four.  

Roth tallied 13 hits in the game.  Ray, Cambert, Ben Wilcox, and Wardle each collected multiple hits.  Wardle, Wilcox, Cambert, and Ray each collected two hits to lead Roth.

Michael Condoleon led Prospects with three hits in three at bats.  



An early lead helped Roth Brothers defeat Avalanche 14-2 on Sunday.  Roth scored on a double by Dylan Casey, an error, and a groundout by Brendan Ray in the first inning.

Roth Brothers notched seven runs in the fourth inning.  CJ Frasco, Andrew Kali, PJ Scott, Dustin Smith, Ben Wilcox, and  John Cambert each drove in runs during the inning.

Ray was the winning pitcher for Roth Brothers. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on zero hits and striking out five.  Gabe Saunders threw two and a third innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Zach Livosky was on the pitcher’s mound for Avalanche. He lasted two innings, allowing six hits and seven runs while striking out two.  Anthony Roper and Hunter Stelter entered the game as relief, throwing one inning and one inning respectively.

Roth Brothers tallied 11 hits.  Tyler Wardle and Kali each racked up multiple hits.  Kali and Wardle all had two hits to lead.

Santino Piccirilli went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Avalanche.

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Creekside Fitness fell behind early and couldn’t come back in an 11-2 loss to Roth Brothers on Monday.  Roth Brothers scored on a walk by Logan Baxter, a walk by Andrew Kali, and a walk by Tyler Wardle in the first inning.

 Creekside Fitness struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Roth Brothers, giving up 11 runs.

Roth Brothers fired up the offense in the first inning, when Logan Baxter drew a walk, scoring one run.

Roth Brothers scored five runs in the fifth inning.  The big inning came thanks to walks by PJ Scott, Gabe Saunders, and CJ Frasco, a single by Ben Wilcox, and a fielder’s choice by Dylan Casey.

Baxter was the winning pitcher for Roth Brothers. He lasted four innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out two and walking one.

Tyson Tarajack took the loss for   Creekside. He surrendered three runs on two hits over one inning, striking out three.

Tyler Mikulin, Tj Richey, and Jacob Werner each collected one hit to lead   Creekside.

Wilcox went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Roth Brothers in hits. 

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