Welcome back Hoover baseball fans!  The Willoughby South Rebels invade Dick Miller Field for the 2020 season opener on Saturday, March 28th.  The Vikings start Federal League action at home on Tuesday, March 31st versus McKinley and travel to Munson Stadium the following evening to face the Bulldogs.  The first week of the season concludes on Saturday, April 4th with a road game at Wadsworth.  Every pitch of every inning during the 2020 season can be followed on via the GC Plus Community Pass (Hoover Vikings Varsity).  Game recaps, full statistics and electronic scrapbook will be available on (North Canton Hoover Varsity Baseball).

2020 Varsity Roster – The opening day roster is expected to include:  Connor Ashby (Jr), Owen Blackledge (Jr), Andrew Coblentz (Jr), Logan Corbit (Sr), Allen Diaz (Jr), Mike Ferrito (Jr), Brendan Frank (Jr), Ricky Freeman (Soph), Gus Holben (Jr), Nick Presutto (Sr), Harrison Repp (Jr), Sam Roach (Sr), Nate Schuster (Sr), Jaideep Seth (Sr), Gavin Timms (Jr), Nick Vardavas (Soph) and Griffin Wieck (Sr).  Connor Mayle (Sr) and Ben Mohler (Sr) will start the season sidelined with injuries.  A big void during the entire 2020 season will be the absence of senior Jamison Ellis due to injury.  Ellis tossed 30.2 innings last season, recording a 3-1 record with a 1.83 ERA.  In addition to Ellis, only Ashby, Blackledge, Diaz, Mayle, Presutto, Roach and Wieck saw varsity action in 2019.

Coaching Staff – Coach Bryan Ashby’s varsity staff will include assistant coaches Josh Runner and Jeff Sarbaugh along with volunteer assistant Will Haueter.  Kyle Young will lead the Junior Varsity squad and be assisted by Eric Sarbaugh.  Mark Miller returns as Freshman coach with Jon Lucas as his assistant.

Additional All-Ohioan – Thanks to a note from Robert Furbee, I am pleased to announce the addition of 1970 graduate Howard Furbee to the list of Hoover baseball All-Ohio recipients.  Furbee was a three-year starting shortstop for Don Hertler, Sr. and played in the 1970 Senior All Star Series.  The 1970 Hoover team was both Federal League and District champions.  Furbee would go on to letter in 1974 for the Kent State baseball team.

With Deepest Sympathy – Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of 1963 Hoover graduate Lee Snyder who passed away February 7th.  Snyder played for the Vikings from 1960-1963 and most recently resided in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

Brother Helping Brother – For the brief period of time, a storybook ending was being written in game one of a doubleheader against Canton South on April 30, 2011.  Austin Feinberg’s ground-out RBI scored his older brother Chad to help the Vikings take a 13-12 lead in the 6th inning.  However, Canton South would stop the presses with three runs in the top half of the 7th on two walks and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded.

Stark County Connection – Left-handed pitcher Mike Barr defeated the Vikings 5-3 on April 3, 1968 with 11 strikeouts while playing for Lehman High School.  Barr went on to play college basketball at Duquesne and then played several seasons of professional basketball in both the ABA and NBA.  Meanwhile Hoover grad Dick Snyder was still pursuing his career in the NBA.  During the 1976-1977 season, one year removed from Miracle of Richfield, Barr was playing for the Kansas City Kings and Snyder was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  During that season, the two Stark County natives played in the same game on four occasions.


As always, Go Vikings!

Craig Haueter (,  (330) 936-1695