Saturday, May 27

    North’s Maya Buongiovanni wins district title

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    North’s Maya Buongiovanni extended her season at least another week when she won the discus district title and placed third in the shot put at the Division I District meet at Riverside on Friday.

    With two top-four finishes at the district meet, Buongiovanni now will throw in both events at the Austintown Fitch Regional on Wednesday and Friday.

    “It was really cool,” Buongiovanni said of qualifying for the regional meet in two events. “I just started last year, so I wasn’t expecting to go and all of my coaches were like, ‘You have to believe in yourself.’ I was really excited.”

    Buongiovanni won the district title in the discus with a best throw of 116 feet, six inches to beat Riverside standout Sam Volpe by four feet, four inches.

    “It was really exciting because I know Sam Volpe, and she’s super good so I was not expecting to beat her,” Buongiovanni said. “I was only hoping to get into the top four, that was my goal. To win it, that was so exciting and it’s like all of the work I put into it is paying off.”

    Buongiovanni threw the shot put 34 feet, four inches to place third in the event.

    She’s eager to see what she can accomplish in both events at the regional meet.

    “At practice, I’m going to keep going how it was and try not to get in my head,” she said. “I have nothing to lose. I’m a senior and I don’t know what track in college looks for me yet, but I have nothing to use, so I’m just going to throw it as best as I can.”

    Also scoring for the Rangers at the district meet were Connor Sartain, who placed fifth in the pole vault (11-6) and Ella Zappola, who was fifth in the high jump (4-8). Lacee Beringer finished in eighth place in the discus with a top throw of 87-7.


    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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