Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! The season opener is right around the corner on March 23rd at Willoughby South.
As a result of evaluation/tryout week, the following were named to the 2019 varsity squad – Brendan Auman (Sr), Sam
Bucher (Sr), Hudson Davis (Sr), Jamison Ellis (Jr), Nick Friedl (Sr), Gabe Galeano (Sr), Drew Johnson (Jr), Markos
Kantzos (Sr), Alex Ledger (Sr), Mitch Maurer (Sr), Connor Mayle (Jr), Nick Presutto (Jr), Josh Salinas (Sr), Elliot
Tornow (Soph), Brody Ware (Sr), Griffin Wieck (Jr) and Cody Wilson (Sr). Once Hoover’s basketball season has
concluded, Connor Ashby (Soph) will go through the evaluation/tryout process and is expected to be added to the varsity
And So It Began – The Don Hertler, Sr. coaching era began on Wednesday, April 21, 1954 with an 8-1 victory over
Manchester at Memorial Stadium. Bud Wise and Gary Storch were the offensive heroes that day. Wise went three-for-
three with a home run, triple and single. Storch added a triple and double in three at bats. The Vikings used four pitchers
with Bud Zimmer, the starter, earning the win.
Duty Called – Coach Mel Long was absent from Jason Siegmund’s no-hitter at Timken on May 14, 1991 but he had a
valid excuse. North Canton’s Memorial Stadium was hosting post-season tournament action and Long as tournament
director stayed back to oversee the McKinley vs. Springfield game that afternoon.
New Hoover HOF Members – Hoover baseball alumni Rick DeBlander (1964-1966) and Tom McDonald (1968) were
named to the Hoover High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The induction dinner will be held on Saturday, September
14th. DeBlander, now deceased, was a second baseman for Hoover. He went on to letter two seasons at Wittenberg
University and was named to the Greater Stark County Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 2000. McDonald was a
member of the 1968 Hoover team who made it to the District Finals and finished 16-5 on the season.
2019 Post Season News – The OHSAA Board of Directors recently voted to move the state baseball tournament this
season to Akron’s Canal Park (June 7-9). Huntington Park in Columbus was not available due to conflicts with the
Clippers’ 2019 home schedule. The high school baseball season is a week longer than it has been previously. The field
for the Division I Canton Sectional/District will be: Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Canton McKinley, Dover, Green,
GlenOak, Hoover, Jackson, Lake, New Philadelphia, Perry and Massillon Washington. Sectional play will be at higher
seed home sites and District play at Canton’s Thurman Munson Stadium.
Hoover Baseball Access – All fans of Hoover baseball will enjoy several opportunities to follow all the 2019 game action
if they cannot get to see the Vikings play in person. Play-by-play action of every Vikings game can be viewed on
GameChanger ( by searching for Hoover Vikings Varsity. In addition, post-game stories will be filed via the
Hoover High School athletic website ( and MaxPreps under Hoover Baseball (North Canton, OH).
Also in the works is adding some game action photos and video.
PA Announcer Steps Down – Hoover’s PA announcer at Dick Miller Field last season, Larry Snyder, has elected not to
return this season due to personal and health reasons. We thank Larry for his contributions to Hoover home games last
As always, Go Vikings!
Craig Haueter ( ), (330) 936-1695