Girard’s Mark Waid commits to Fordham
Girard quarterback Mark Waid has committed to Fordham to continue his football career, the junior announced via Twitter on Tuesday night.
This past fall, Waid threw for 3,506 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,129 yards and 19 TDs. Girard went 10-2 with Waid being named the All-Northeast Inland District and All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year honors. He was the Vindicator’s Football Offensive Player of the Year.
East’s Ransom to join Penn State Shenango
East’s Larry Ransom is in the first signing class in some years at Penn State Shenango.
Ransom committed Tuesday to play college basketball for the revived Nittany Lions, who haven’t played since the mid-1990s.
Penn State Shenango is coached by former Youngstown State basketball player and assistant coach Andre Smith.
YSU’s Bridis, Floyd among HL honorees
Seven members of the Youngstown State baseball team have garnered postseason Horizon League honors. The conference announced its all-league teams and special award winners Tuesday, the day before play begins in the Horizon League Baseball Championship.
Senior center fielder Trey Bridis was named First-Team All-Horizon League while junior left-hander Collin Floyd, sophomore right fielder Blaze Glenn and freshman shortstop Jeff Wehler were each named Second-Team All-Horizon League. Wehler, outfielder Lucas Nasonti, first baseman Nick LaBrasca and reliever Jakob Brustoski were voted to the All-Freshman Team.
Salem’s Strader wins three events in Indiana
Salem resident Randy Strader took first place in three events and second in another this past weekend at the Indiana State Senior Games. The 75-year-old won the horseshoes, shot put and javelin and took second in the discus. He qualified for the national senior games for the 10th time. Nationals will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July, 2019.
Ohio Blast win 10-U softball tournament
The Ohio Blast 10-U fastpitch softball team went undefeated in the 2018 Force Frenzy tournament in Rootstown.
They were led offensively by Giada Pauline (8 for 13, 11 RBIs), Taylor Dado (6 for 10, nine RBIs), Anna Aey (6 for 10, five RBIs) and Zoey Lindner (5 for 10, five RBIs).
Defensively, they were led in pitching by Heidi Bartels (2-0 with 0 walks, 88 total pitches) and Kaylee Shultz (2-0 with 13 strikeouts). Aubrey Ragone had five unassisted putouts and five assisted outs at first base in the championship game.
Simmons, Mitchell headline rookie team
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.
The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 first-team votes) and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen (76) rounded out the first team.
The second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix forward Josh Jackson.
Danica Patrick receives life-size Lego statue
When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she’ll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image.
“I think that it is a really unique and cool memory to have. Does anyone else have a Lego portrait, and full life-size?” she said Tuesday in Times Square when the statue, in full race suit, was revealed.