Monday, September 25

    Lake Catholic focused on competing

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    Lake Catholic enters the 2022 season with five returning starters and a host of younger players ready for action.

    Head coach Brian LeRoy has been impressed with the leadership his veteran players have provided and he’s eager to see what his younger players can accomplish this spring.

    “We are excited with the commitment of the returning and new players,” LeRoy said. “They have been very involved in the offseason program. The older guys are doing a great job leading a talented young group.”

    The Cougars finished 7-15 last spring but eye a turnaround this season.

    “We expect to be competitive every time we take the field led by a strong and deep group of arms,” LeRoy said. “We have a solid group of returning position players and have an opportunity to be led by a group of underclassman arms that have unlimited potential.”

    Senior captains Ryan Levan and Roman Gerbic are projected to start at shortstop and second base, respectively.

    Senior Max Scott will battle with freshman A.J. Trobenter for innings behind the dish, junior Franke Bares is projected to start at first base, and junior Zach Madan and senior Nick Decapua are competing for playing time at third base.

    The Cougars will line up senior Ben Keeper in left field, junior Jason Sztul in center, and juniors Dylan Wimbs and Gage Faraguna in right.

    Senior Jordan Bates will DH.

    Sophomore Mathew Tierno leads a talented pitching rotation that also includes Faraguna, Madan, Decapua, and Keeper.

    LeRoy is confident the Cougars have the talent and depth to find more success this spring, but that all hinges on remaining injury-free.

    “We must stay healthy and come together as a group,” he said.


    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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