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    WRC Softball Preseason Preview


    The Western Reserve Conference is as deep and talented as ever and this spring, the conference championship is up for grabs as there is no prohibitive favorite to win it all.

    In fact, in a recent poll of WRC coaches, four teams are within range of each other near the top of the poll.

    Below are the results of the WRC Preseason Coaches Poll:

    1. Riverside
    2. Chardon
    3. Madison
    4. North
    5. South
    6. Mayfield
    7. Kenston
    8. Brush


    First Team

    • Catcher: Halle Blackford, Madison
    • Catcher: Madison Russo, Chardon
    • First Base: Maddie Hauser, Chardon
    • Second Base: Makenna Matriano, South
    • Shortstop: Brynn Gillen, Mayfield
    • Third Base: Hailie Wilson, North
    • Outfield: Molly Binkiewicz, Riverside
    • Outfield: Jess Dodd, North
    • Outfield: Chloe Wakim, Madison
    • Outfield: Juliana Augusta, North
    • Pitcher: Alyssa Lavdis, Madison
    • Pitcher: Kayla Noerr, Chardon
    • Pitcher: Emily Lamos, Riverside

    Second Team

    • Catcher: Adri George, North
    • Infield: Abby Watson, Riverside
    • Infield: Lindsey Leggett, Chardon
    • Infield: Emili Blackie, Madison
    • Infield: Amanda Kolar, Riverside
    • Infield: Rachel Adams, Kenston
    • Outfield: Katie Ross, Riverside
    • Outfield: Hannah Fender, Kenston
    • Outfield: Ashley Dearden, Mayfield
    • Pitcher: Olivia Augusta, North
    • Pitcher: Grace Fisher, Riverside
    • Pitcher: Emily Kelly, South


    • Alyssa Lavdis, Madison
    • Kayla Noerr, Chardon
    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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