by Andrew Stark
Lamb named new Rocky River AD
Jonathan Lamb has been named Rocky River’s new athletics director.
Lamb, who replaces Brandy Clemmer, has been the Ravens’ volleyball coach. The Bowling Green State University (Ohio) graduate has worked closely with Clemmer at sporting events the past two years.
“Mr. Lamb has already laid out his entry plan for the next few weeks as well as his goals for athletics at Rocky River High School,” Principal Brandy Nelson said in a statement. “His core values related to academics, sportsmanship and accountability make him a strong candidate to take our program to the next level.”
Covenant Day hires basketball coaches
Covenant Day has hired Wade Tapp as its boys basketball coach, and Zach Turner takes over the girls program.
Tapp replaces John Whitley and has spent the previous four seasons as the Lions’ boys JV coach. The Charlotte Christian graduate also is the assistant high school principal and a site director for Yes I Can Basketball.
Turner, who replaces Kory Bridges, is new to Covenant Day. Turner, who like Tapp is a former Charlotte Christian player, also played at the University of Tennessee. He’s been an assistant coach at Christian and a head coach at Seymour High in Tennessee.
Mint Hill Army junior team eyeing playoffs
The Mint Hill Junior Legion team has sprinted to an 11-1 record and is eying a run into the Area IV Eastern Division playoffs. The squad features rising ninth- through 11th-graders.
The junior team opened with six consecutive victories and, after falling to division rival Mint Hill Marines, has rebounded for five more wins.
Coach Corey Charzuk, a Butler assistant, said he’s getting contributions from a number of players, noting that rising Butler freshman Dean Looney might be the most talented player on the team.
Butler’s Jalen Cousar and Tyler Wilson have been solid, as has Independence’s Colton Oliver, Rocky River’s Danny Dunning and Covenant Day’s Spencer Hutchinson.
Other members of the team include Butler’s Freddie Clark, Connor Gilbride and Brett Birnberg; Independence’s Brandon Himes, Quintan Alwran and Colton Oliver; Rocky River’s Tim Thompson and Bobby Mahlan; and Charlotte Christian’s Will Griffin.
Mint Hill Army senior team bounces back
The Mint Hill Army senior squad has a 14-5 record and is in good position to make an Area IV Eastern Division playoff push.
Center fielder Chase Gehringer (Butler) leads the Army with a .405 average. He’s also scored 11 runs and has eight stolen bases. Troy Neal (.367, 13 runs, 10 RBIs), Tommy Ollis (team-high 17 RBIs) and Dalton Eisenbath (.353, four home runs and 16 RBIs) have been solid contributors.
Eisenbath and Butler’s Alex Bronkar have two wins apiece on the mound.
The Army is 9-4 in division play and will be the third seed when the playoffs begin July 1.