Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! This month it is a privilege to profile 1983 graduate Brent Jones. He played Junior
Varsity for Mel Long and Varsity for Gordie Knisely during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. Jones considered Knisely his
mentor on and off the field—teaching baseball strategies and techniques, teaching science in the classroom and also
making sure things were good at home for his players and students. Jones fondly recalls Knisely’s love for throwing
batting practice and mixing in an occasional curveball to keep everyone on their toes.
During his playing career, Jones was both a starting pitcher and reliever. He can recall Knisely regularly telling Jones,
“Jonesy stay loose, I may need you out of the pen today.” His Hoover career highlights included beating McKinley twice
in 1982 getting Knisely to 200 career wins and the tournament run during the 1983 season earning a spot in the District
Finals. Jones prided himself on being a control pitcher and enjoyed pitching behind the hitting support led by Paul
Jeremiah and Gregg Fouts his senior season. Unfortunately for Jones, an arm injury during tryouts at the University of
Akron ended his playing career.
Jones has enjoyed a successful sales career over the past 28 plus years with Hamilton Parker, the largest brick and
construction company in Columbus, Ohio. Family includes wife, Cheryl, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia and
son, Andrew, currently serving in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Hobbies include watching the Ohio
State Buckeyes, all Cleveland sports teams, Columbus Blue Jackets hockey along with going boating, golfing and
traveling. Jones will always consider it a privilege and honor to play for Coach Knisely and the Hoover baseball team.
Unsung Heroes – The 2013 Hoover Vikings baseball team finished the season 22-8, won the Federal League and were
crowned District Champions. Three seniors on that team were examples of perseverance, waiting their turn and great
teammates—Brad Harcourt, Ben Thomas and Aaron Kohl. Harcourt and Kohl did not earn a varsity roster spot until that
season and Thomas had only 13 varsity at bats in 2012. During the 2013 season, Harcourt batted .357 and anchored the
right field spot playing impressive defense. Thomas was the regular first baseman and led the team with seven sacrifice
hits. Kohl was a reserve outfielder batting .273 and pitched in relief. There is no debating that the 2013 team would not
have achieved such successes without the presence and contributions of Harcourt, Thomas and Kohl.
2019 Schedule – March 23 @Willoughby South; March 25-28@Myrtle Beach, SC; April 2 @Perry; April 3 vs. Perry;
April 4 @Jackson; April 6 vs. Wadsworth; April 9 vs. Green; April 10 @Green; April 12 @St.Ignatius; April 13 vs.
Akron SVSM; April 15 vs. Canfield; April 18 vs. Jackson; April 20 vs. Hudson (at GlenOak); April 23 vs. Lake; April 24
@Lake; April 27 vs. Massillon; April 29 @Louisville; April 30 vs. GlenOak; May 1 @GlenOak; May 3 vs. Marlington;
May 4 @Akron Hoban; May 6 vs. Louisville; May 7 @McKinley; May 8 vs. McKinley; Sectionals May 11-18; Districts
May 20-24; Regionals May 30-31; State Tournament June 6-8.
With Deepest Sympathy – The Vikings baseball family mourns the passing of Marvin Kaufman on September 28th at
the age of 91. Kaufman was a member of the 1945 team. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War and
retired from the Hoover Company after 42 years in the maintenance department.
As always, Go Vikings!
Craig Haueter ( ), (330) 936-1695