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    North’s Alyssa McPeek accomplished a goal when she announced her verbal commitment to play softball at John Carroll University.

    “It’s one of the most exciting feelings in the world to be able to lock in the opportunity to play at the college level,” McPeek said. “Knowing I get another four years after this season is a huge deal to me, and I’m super grateful.”

    McPeek, who missed the 2023 season with an injury, enters her senior season having her future secured.

    She chose John Carroll after visiting the campus, meeting the coaches and current players, and determined the university offered everything she was looking for.

    “Besides the awesome coaching staff and players, walking around John Carroll was an amazing experience,” she said. “The beautiful campus and the student life were things that really stood out to me, and it ultimately felt like home.”

    John Carroll head coach Alex Lagesse recruited McPeek as a catcher, but she also could help out in several other positions.

    Lagesse, who led the Blue Streaks to a 17-17 record in her first season at the school last spring, has worked hard to recruit the Northeast Ohio area, and McPeek is excited to become a part of the program.

    “Coach Lagesse has done an amazing job getting all the recruits and herself involved in the team chat,” McPeek said. “She’s done a great job of helping all of us bond. In terms of the current players, I’ve had the chance to talk to a few of the players during one of their practices, and every girl was extremely friendly and welcoming. I’m really excited to get to know everyone.”

    McPeek, who will major in exercise science, is eager to become a Blue Streak, but first, she has some unfinished business with her Ranger teammates.

    “Obviously, getting my junior season taken away from me was a huge deal,” she said. “It was really hard for me to be on the sidelines all season long, so this year I’m just extremely excited to be back and ready to go. My ultimate goal is for this year to be our best, most successful season as a team.”


    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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