Walsh Jesuit junior Nathanael Romans has two high school baseball seasons to play, yet he already has made a decision on his college future.
Romans made an oral commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers at Ohio State University.
Romans, a 5-foot-9 and 175-pound infielder, is the first baseball member of the Walsh Jesuit Class of 2014 to pick his college.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what Nate has accomplished during this time in terms of his commitment to the team, to the game of baseball, and to his family — both at home and at Walsh Jesuit,” Warriors coach Chris Kaczmar said. “He is an extremely talented player who combines slick fielding, a strong arm, and a smooth, powerful left-handed swing. Nate is a tremendous talent now, and I’m even more excited to see what can happen in his future at Ohio State University.”
Romans, who lives in Canton with his parents David and Dorinda Romans, led the Warriors in hitting as a freshman in 2011 with a .438 batting average. He also had two home runs and 19 runs batted in. His first at-bat was a home run, and he was named the Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Freshman of the Year.
He batted .269 as a sophomore with one home run and 16 RBI.
“His OSU commitment comes at a great time as we also recently announced that Nate’s grandfather Jerry Vance, who is courageously battling cancer, will represent our program as our 2013 Showcase for the Cure honoree,” Kaczmar said. “Both of these announcements have genuinely energized our baseball family and I know Mr. Vance is so proud of his grandson as well. Above all, Nate is a fine young man. I am thrilled Nate will be a Buckeye, but even more thrilled we still have him as a part of Walsh Jesuit baseball for two more years.”
Romans has a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average.
The Word Church of Akron partnered with the basketball booster club at North to buy new uniforms for every member of the high school’s varsity boys basketball team.
The Word’s pastor Dr. R.A. Vernon and elders Arnold Jenkins and Michael Harris presented 15 uniforms and pairs of shoes to booster co-president Lorraine Horton and first-year coach Stacie Horton-Carter on Dec. 12.
The church, which rents part of North’s building for its weekly Akron-Canton services and Bible studies, raised the money through tithes and donations. Since it began using the school space in 2010, the church has installed a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, which is available for use by the Akron schools when church is not in session. The church also worked with the schools to develop a mentoring program for North students and families.
“I am excited,” Horton-Carter said. “I want people to understand these kids are not who they think they are. A lot of people see or think North, and they think very negatively. That is not the case here. We are building young men who want to be positive members of society and positive members of their community, and in doing that hopefully these young men will come back one day and want to give back to their community.”
She said many interesting stories have emerged in just seven games.
“I got a text earlier this season on the bus while heading to a game from one of the guys on the back of the bus,” she said. “He mentioned how appreciative he was of what we are doing.
‘‘He said ‘I love you like a mom and I appreciate everything that you are doing for me.’ I told him ‘I love you too, but this is for you. You told me that this is what you wanted and I will help you get there.’ ”
Margheret swims on
Walsh Jesuit swim coach Wally Lutkus continues to be pleased with the performances of senior Danielle Margheret.
Margheret successfully defended the 100-yard breast stroke title at the Viking Invitational meet last weekend at Cleveland State University with a time of 1 minute, 4.42 seconds.
She has won this event three years in a row. She was also involved in Walsh’s second-place 200 medley relay, swimming a 29.43 breast stroke split (1:48.52) and she split a 25.47 in the 50 free in the 200 freestyle relay that placed fourth in the meet (1:39.79).
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