HOOVER BASEBALL NEWSLETTER – MAY 2020
Welcome back Hoover baseball fans! Unfortunately on April 20th, the OHSAA notified the member schools that the
2020 season had finally succumbed at the hands of the ongoing COVID-19 virus. The season had been delayed on two
occasions previously starting on March 13th. This marks the first interruption of high school sports in Ohio since the
World War II era. This season cancellation delivers a particularly difficult life lesson to the seniors. We recognize and
thank Logan Corbit, Jamison Ellis, Connor Mayle, Ben Mohler, Nick Presutto, Sam Roach, Nate Schuster, Jaideep Seth
and Griffin Wieck for their dedication and commitment to the Hoover baseball program despite a senior season lost.
Former Mayor Remembered – Former North Canton Mayor R.B. (Peg) Evans (1950-1958) was a native of then-named
New Berlin in 1884. Evans embarked on a 10-year professional minor league baseball career from 1908 to 1917. He was
drafted by both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. Evans was named to the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame in
1960. He retired with 51 years of service with the Hoover Company and died in 1969.
College Commitments – Congratulations to the following Vikings on their commitments to further their baseball careers
at the college level – Connor Ashby (Kent State), Connor Mayle (John Carroll) and Nick Presutto (Mount Union). Tyler
Drabick (2016) will be a graduate transfer at Lipscomb University after spending the past four years at Kent State.
Ohio Coaches Survey – A total of 438 Ohio high school baseball coaches recently participated in a survey covering
various topics. During the school closure, the coaches were asked how they were in contact with their team. The top
three modes of communication were text messaging, social media and emails. Other communication was done via phone
calls, Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts. Nearly forty percent of the coaches participating in the survey are not teachers
in their school district. There were pages of comments pertaining to how various school districts were handling coaching
stipends and the outcomes varied widely. Cost savings identified included buses, bus drivers, umpires, facility rental,
baseballs, field maintenance supplies and facility/equipment maintenance. There was a long laundry list of off-the-field
duties a baseball coach performs over a calendar year, many not readily realized by parents and fans. They include off
season individual instruction, weight training, scheduling three teams, OHSAA and school paperwork and documentation,
certification requirements, practice plans, communications and meetings with players and parents, ordering equipment and
uniforms, fundraising and booster club activities and field preparation.
What A Week – During April of the 2008 season, Jeff Meek was recognized by the Repository for quite a weekly
performance. Meek went 9-for-22 (.409 average) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, eight runs scored and 13 RBIs.
2020 Hoover Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees – Five of the 2020 inductees have ties to Hoover baseball history. Phil
Birney (1955-1958), Don Hertler, Jr. (1979-1981), Jeff Hite was both a player (1976-1978) and head coach (2005-2018),
Mel Long head coach (1985-2004) and Paul Paparone (1959-1960) will be announced at halftime of the home football
game on Friday, September 11th at Memorial Stadium. The induction dinner and program will be held the following
night at Hoover High School. Tickets and more information will be available in the Hoover High School Athletic Office
at the beginning of August. Congratulations to the new inductees from the Hoover baseball family!
As always, Go Vikings!
Craig Haueter (firstname.lastname@example.org), (330) 936-1695