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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Spring Sports Update...and 'Prayers for Rem'

Another school year is winding down and with it, the spring sports season. Tourney draws were held last weekend for baseball and softball, conference tourney for tennis was yesterday and this week for track.

Read below for a brief update on each....and for an update on longtime Orrville teacher/coach Rick Remenaric who is battling some pretty serious health issues.
It's been quite an up-and-down season for baseball.  They've done well against non-conference opponents, but have struggled in OCC play, currently sitting in 7th place with a 5-7 league record and 12-9 overall.  They've dropped 3 of their last 4 conference games, were shut out in all 3, but have pounded non-league teams like Barberton, Willard & Northwestern in the last few weeks as well.  Speaks to the strength of the OCC, but still is disappointing considering the amount of returning talent on this year's team.

They close out conference play this week against Wooster and then begin tourney play.  They received the #4 seed in the Creston district and will face the winner of the St. Thomas Aquinas/Waynedale game. Full district bracket is here.

Also an up-and-down season for the softball team after an OCC championship last season.  They're 12-9 on the year and 6-6 in OCC play.  One milestone was this past week as the Riders beat Dover 2-1.  It was coach Craig Johnson's 100th win as head coach.  Really an accomplishment when you consider that a good year is winning 15 games.  100 wins means a few things...he's been consistent and produces winning teams.  The girls seem to enjoy playing for him too.

The softball team opens tourney play at home on the 16th against Dalton.  Full bracket here.

The tennis team has a 7-7 dual meet record and 3-3 in the OCC (we don't play Wooster for some reason).  They finished 4th yesterday at the OCC tournament, won by always.
Sectional tournament is this week at the College of Wooster.

This has really been an excellent year for both girls and boys track teams.  The boys are undefeated in duals/tri meets and the girls' only loss was to West Holmes.  Both have won or finished 2nd in every invite up until this past weekends Jackson meet, which is used as more of a training meet for our athletes against D-1 level talent as a way to begin preparing for OCC's and distrcits/regionals.

This Friday, Red Rider Stadium will be the host for the OCC championships, which both boys and girls should be one of the favorites to win.  The conference meet was originally scheduled to be held at Wooster, but was changed to Orrville due to the deteriorating condition of Wooster's track surface.
With the recent renovations to the stadium (new track/turf), it's become a really beautiful facility for track meets.  And it's been used plenty, hosting a junior high meet, a freshman/sophomore meet as well as 2 varsity this week's OCC meet.

There's some real impressive talent on both squads and I wouldn't be surprised to see either team bring home the OCC title and continue building momentum to the post-season.  There's real potential for both teams to make noise on a regional level...and the more kids you can send to Columbus, the better chances are for a strong performance there.  We've always had strong track talent, but this is one of those rare years that there's depth across most events that help with team scoring.

School Sports Site
If you've noticed the links I've been sharing have been coming from the school's website...can't be happier that results and news is starting to appear on a school site.  As my time to dedicate to this site becomes harder and harder to come by, it's nice that there's a resource at the school that is keeping everyone updated.  Whoever is doing it...keep up the good work.  Here's the page in case you want to bookmark it.

Coach Rem
Many of you are aware, but some of my out-of-town readers may not be...longtime Orrville Phys. Ed. teacher & former OHS baseball coach Rick Remenaric was recently diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.  He's in the middle of an intensive chemotherapy treatment and his family is keeping everyone updated via a website (  This past week they posted an awesome picture...

... that's Coach Rem with the jersey he wore during his coaching days, signed by the current OHS baseball team.  What a great gesture by Coach Marshall and the Rider baseball team.  I'm sure it brought a smile to Rem's face.  Keep him & his family in your prayers and check the website for updates as he keeps up the fight.

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