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    VASJ softball looks to continue to make strides in 2015


    Villa Angela-St. Joseph softball coach Ron Fabo has a young team with a great work ethic and he hopes the youthful exuberance coupled with some key senior leadership will have the Vikings competitive this spring.

    "This year we have a very young team," Fabo said. "Only four returning starters (three seniors and a junior), a returning junior and another junior who is in her first year playing. Seven incoming freshmen complete the 13-player roster."

    Senior co-captains Shea Smith and Shelby Smith will lead the team. Shea Smith will be playing first base this season after playing third base last year and anchor the middle of the batting order. Shelby Smith has become the primary pitcher this season and the results after the first few games are very promising. Shelby's dedication and effort in the gym during preseason have really paid off.

    "Shelby has turned a position of uncertainty into a position of strength," Fabo said.

    Senior Toni Beuck and junior Aysia Kemp will share shortstop and centerfield duties. Three freshmen are being counted on to play key positions: Elizabeth Smith is the catcher, Rhianna Tadiello will play second base, and Alexis Whitsette will play third base.

    "Every player on the team will be expected to make important contributions during the season," Fabo said. "The coaching staff is looking forward to continued improvement throughout the season as the team gains experience and confidence. The work ethic and attitude has been outstanding-the best that I have seen in my eight years with the program."

    Three home games at Euclid and a doubleheader at Kirtland highlight the schedule for the week of April 13-April 18 for VASJ.

    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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