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View Poll Results: Who will win the Suburban League American?
Aurora 4 22.22%
Barberton 1 5.56%
Copley 1 5.56%
Highland 2 11.11%
Kent Roosevelt 1 5.56%
Revere 1 5.56%
Tallmadge 8 44.44%
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Old 02-19-17, 11:10 PM
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Suburban League American 2017

What are your expectations for the 2017 season? Can Copley repeat? What team is most likely to overtake them?

Last Season's Standings Through 5/20/16:
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Team			SL	Overall	RS	(Avg)	RA	(Avg)
Copley (Copley)		(10-2)	(16-6)	133	(6.0)	62	(2.8)
Highland (Medina)	(8-4)	(18-9)	144	(5.3)	108	(4.0)
Tallmadge (Tallmadge)	(8-4)	(14-13)	124	(4.6)	138	(5.1)
Aurora (Aurora)		(7-5)	(14-11)	160	(6.4)	118	(4.7)
Roosevelt (Kent)	(5-7)	(13-13)	142	(5.5)	123	(4.7)
Barberton (Barberton)	(2-10)	(8-13)	102	(4.9)	145	(6.9)
Revere (Richfield)	(2-10)	(6-23)	92	(3.2)	176	(6.1)
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Old 02-20-17, 10:40 AM
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What are your expectations for the 2017 season? Can Copley repeat? What team is most likely to overtake them?

Last Season's Standings Through 5/20/16:
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Team			SL	Overall	RS	(Avg)	RA	(Avg)
Copley (Copley)		(10-2)	(16-6)	133	(6.0)	62	(2.8)
Highland (Medina)	(8-4)	(18-9)	144	(5.3)	108	(4.0)
Tallmadge (Tallmadge)	(8-4)	(14-13)	124	(4.6)	138	(5.1)
Aurora (Aurora)		(7-5)	(14-11)	160	(6.4)	118	(4.7)
Roosevelt (Kent)	(5-7)	(13-13)	142	(5.5)	123	(4.7)
Barberton (Barberton)	(2-10)	(8-13)	102	(4.9)	145	(6.9)
Revere (Richfield)	(2-10)	(6-23)	92	(3.2)	176	(6.1)
IMO, I do not see Copley duplicating last year's season. They lost quite a few seniors, so will be interested to see how they backfill some of those key players lost to graduation. They should be competitive.

Also look to see Highland, Tallmadge, and Aurora all compete for the top spot in the SL American this year. Each of these teams have quite a few starters returning, so it will be tough for Copley to duplicate a repeat.

I'd be curious as to numbers each program has attending tryouts this season?
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Old 02-21-17, 12:16 PM
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Should be a more competitive season than last year. I believe Tallmadge has a solid core returning, with some experienced starting pitching, and a nice lineup. Last year they had a hole to fill behind the plate after Noel graduated, and unless they shore up that piece of their infield this season, that could be a big weakness. Highland will be very talented, yet young. Big spots to fill behind the plate and on the mound, plus Highland always seems hesitant to play talented underclassmen for some reason, which may keep a few of these young kids from contributing early. Copley graduated about 7-8 seniors from last year, but only 3 of them were everyday starters. They will be replaced by a strong junior class group. Copley only returns 2 seniors, one being a two time captain and 4 year starter. What Copley does have is the best pitcher in the league, Tyler Hayes. Solid D1 recruit since sophomore year, who can and dominate any one team on any given day. Aurora will be a year older, with a stud behind the plate, and some pitching returning. Consistency was a big problem for Aurora last season, as they had some bad stretches with multiple error games. Not having that one dominate pitcher will also be a challenge. Other than that, Barberton will be challenged to play close to 500 baseball. New coach, little pitching, tough schedule. Revere made some strides last year, and should be improved. Kent should be interesting also. They do return some experience pitching, plus they no doubt could score some runs last year, and return a good nucleus of those bats this season. Whether they have the everyday lineup to compete for the league title, especially behind the plate, will be the big question.
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Old 02-21-17, 01:17 PM
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Not the strongest league top to bottom but I like Tallmadge to win it this year. I think Copley will finish a close second.
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Old 02-22-17, 07:51 AM
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Should be a more competitive season than last year. I believe Tallmadge has a solid core returning, with some experienced starting pitching, and a nice lineup. Last year they had a hole to fill behind the plate after Noel graduated, and unless they shore up that piece of their infield this season, that could be a big weakness. Highland will be very talented, yet young. Big spots to fill behind the plate and on the mound, plus Highland always seems hesitant to play talented underclassmen for some reason, which may keep a few of these young kids from contributing early. Copley graduated about 7-8 seniors from last year, but only 3 of them were everyday starters. They will be replaced by a strong junior class group. Copley only returns 2 seniors, one being a two time captain and 4 year starter. What Copley does have is the best pitcher in the league, Tyler Hayes. Solid D1 recruit since sophomore year, who can and dominate any one team on any given day. Aurora will be a year older, with a stud behind the plate, and some pitching returning. Consistency was a big problem for Aurora last season, as they had some bad stretches with multiple error games. Not having that one dominate pitcher will also be a challenge. Other than that, Barberton will be challenged to play close to 500 baseball. New coach, little pitching, tough schedule. Revere made some strides last year, and should be improved. Kent should be interesting also. They do return some experience pitching, plus they no doubt could score some runs last year, and return a good nucleus of those bats this season. Whether they have the everyday lineup to compete for the league title, especially behind the plate, will be the big question.
Will be interesting to see with the new pitch rules in high school this year, how Copley uses Hayes. I know on a few times last year former Copley coach was criticized on his use of Hayes on short days rest with the number of pitches he had thrown a few days before. Also, Copley has a new coach this year, so will be curious to see how the team responds.

Agree Aurora showed some inconsistency last year, but they have some talent in their junior class and are led by a few good seniors. Rumor has it, former coach that stepped away last year from helping will be back this year, which may provide some stability.

Tallmadge shored up the catcher position last year toward end of the season with an underclassmen securing the position and he did a great job defensively. Hard to replace the defense, bat, and leadership of a Matt Noel. But the kid did a very good job for an underclassmen. As he matures and gets bigger/stronger he will be one of top catchers in SL in year's to come. They return a number of 2 year starters since freshmen year, so they have the experience, talent, and the arm depth on the mound. Could be a break out year for this team.

Highland will be interesting this year. You hit the nail on the head that the coach is notorious for not giving underclassmen to many chances as he is committed to his upperclassmen. But this year, Highland has a talented junior class. While you mention Hayes as being top pitcher in league, don't be surprised if two of Highland's juniors challenge him for that title. They both have been throwing mid to upper 80's early this year, with good offspeed stuff. I think this team will be much better than some might expect this year.

As for Barberton, Kent, Revere.....not really sure what to expect from them this year. I would assume much the same as we have seen the last few years.
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Old 02-27-17, 12:00 AM
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I missed that Copley coach isn't there any more. Did I hear he's AD? And did he then step down as baseball coach? So, who's the new baseball coach?


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Old 02-27-17, 09:25 AM
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Yes, he is AD and believed he stepped down because of it. Assistant Coach from last year is now HC I have heard.
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Old 02-27-17, 10:32 AM
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Ray Fantozzi new Copley head coach. Interesting, he was former coach (Chupa) head coach in high school. Chupa hired him as his top assistant after he got Copley job 7 years ago. Apparently school rules wouldn't allow Chupa to have both AD and baseball head coach. Fantozzi has many years of experience as high school head coach, plus he's coach with Diamond Boys travel organization. So far transition has been pretty smooth with a predominately junior/senior roster.
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Old 03-07-17, 04:19 PM
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Any updates on rosters this year? Anyone not playing that was expected. New move-ins?

How many schools are fielding a Freshmen team this year? Seems to be a downward trend for Freshmen teams across the state.
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Old 03-07-17, 05:07 PM
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Copley varsity roster consists of 2 seniors, 12 juniors, one sophomore. Return 6 starters, plus 9 or 10 with varsity experience. Big freshman turnout. Enough to field a freshman team, plus more than a few freshman will play jv. But I'm sure varsity roster could change somewhat as season progresses, just like most squads.
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Old 03-07-17, 05:47 PM
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Copley varsity roster consists of 2 seniors
Tallmadge has one. Are there any teams in the league with a large Senior class?
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Old 03-08-17, 09:21 AM
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Interesting situation with seemingly so few seniors now coming out to play their last year of high school baseball. Certainly could be multiple reasons, but in Copley, the majority of the seniors who apparently elected not to return for their last year, have received college opportunities in other sports, mainly soccer and football. Their priority obviously has changed to train for their college sport, rather than play high school baseball.
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Old 03-08-17, 12:38 PM
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Interesting situation with seemingly so few seniors now coming out to play their last year of high school baseball. Certainly could be multiple reasons, but in Copley, the majority of the seniors who apparently elected not to return for their last year, have received college opportunities in other sports, mainly soccer and football. Their priority obviously has changed to train for their college sport, rather than play high school baseball.
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This is becoming an ever increasing trend in high school sports. I am seeing fewer and fewer multi sport athletes quit other sports to focus on one sport that they intend to pursue at the next level. Sadly enough the day of the multi sport athlete is becoming obsolete. I wish it weren't the case because many schools are suffering from lack of participation numbers and the ability to compete because of it. The larger public open enrollment schools seem to be fine but the smaller non open enrollment schools that have little to choose from really get hit hard with talent when this happens across multiple sports.
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Old 03-10-17, 03:49 PM
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The worst part about it is that baseball scholarships only make a dent in the total tuition. Unlike other sports, baseball usually splits up their scholarships so even those that are on scholarship are still paying a significant chunk of money to play at a school.

Unfortunately for NCAA DI baseball, they carry 35 players on a team and only have 11.7 scholarships to divvy up to the top players.
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Old 03-10-17, 05:56 PM
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That's why the academic achievements, and subsequent monies available for academic success, far outweigh the relative pittance of baseball scholarship money available from most colleges. Lesson learned, do the research, find the schools that have the most academic monies, plus a healthy endowement fund, and a quality baseball program. In our case, my son was able to garner 4 times as much academic money than the relative small amount of baseball scholarship money the college offered him. Bottom line, keep those grades up, and the final benefit will be well worth it.
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See I have to disagree at the high school level that most kids pick 1 sport to specialize. While I believe that is the popular reason to use, it is nothing more than a cover for the real reasons. IMO kids quit playing sports in high school for other interests that become more important to them than the sport they chose to quit, quit because of lack of playing time, quit because of a coach, or the sport is no longer fun for them (or burnout).

I think RAP makes a great observation, a large portion of kids who talk about playing at next level and get the chance, exit that sport after a year at the next level.
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Old 03-11-17, 12:15 PM
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See I have to disagree at the high school level that most kids pick 1 sport to specialize. While I believe that is the popular reason to use, it is nothing more than a cover for the real reasons. IMO kids quit playing sports in high school for other interests that become more important to them than the sport they chose to quit, quit because of lack of playing time, quit because of a coach, or the sport is no longer fun for them (or burnout).

I think RAP makes a great observation, a large portion of kids who talk about playing at next level and get the chance, exit that sport after a year at the next level.
Some truth here too. I know of several seniors a couple years ago, that quit baseball their senior year for those very reasons. 4 of them in all. Ranging from playing time to coach issues. Only one of them played another sport (football). The other 3 did not play a sport at all their senior year (correct me if I'm wrong). I do think other interests (girls) and burnout do play a major role too.
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Old 03-12-17, 01:31 PM
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Just added a poll to this thread for who will be the SLA Champion this season...
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Old 03-15-17, 10:35 AM
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Any Aurora backers out there have any updates on the injury to Bubba Arslanian during the state wrestling championships? Understand he possibly injured a knee, resulting in him defaulting the remaining matches in Columbus. If or how that may effect his baseball playing status could be a huge issue for Aurora baseball. Hers's hoping the injury, if true, isn't serious enough to keep him off the diamond for any extended period of time.

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Any Aurora backers out there have any updates on the injury to Bubba Arslanian during the state wrestling championships? Understand he possibly injured a knee, resulting in him defaulting the remaining matches in Columbus. If or how that may effect his baseball playing status could be a huge issue for Aurora baseball. Hers's hoping the injury, if true, isn't serious enough to keep him off the diamond for any extended period of time.
Bubba is a fine catcher, but hopefully someone else can catch and Bubba can DH for a while if rest is needed.

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Old 03-15-17, 04:49 PM
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That would be a tough loss for Aurora. Hopefully it's not too serious and he can be back on the diamond before the regular season starts.
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Old 03-25-17, 09:15 PM
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Games today:

Tallmadge 6, Lake 5
Tallmadge 6, Ellet 2

Any other SLA games?
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Old 03-26-17, 07:02 AM
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Games today:

Tallmadge 6, Lake 5
Tallmadge 6, Ellet 2

Any other SLA games?
Was Lake a reg season game or a scrimmage?
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Cuyahoga Falls

Man, what has happened to Cuyahoga Falls baseball, and their sports programs in general? Doesn't seem that long ago when the Black Tigers were a baseball power. Maybe I'm showing my age, but seems like the program has drastically fallen on hard times recently. If any team from the SLN should be moved out, its them. I seriously doubt they could even compete in the SLA's smaller division.
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Man, what has happened to Cuyahoga Falls baseball, and their sports programs in general? Doesn't seem that long ago when the Black Tigers were a baseball power. Maybe I'm showing my age, but seems like the program has drastically fallen on hard times recently. If any team from the SLN should be moved out, its them. I seriously doubt they could even compete in the SLA's smaller division.
I remember that as well, but give this new coaching staff time. I think Falls has been picked by Walsh and/or Woodridge of some of their local talent. Change won't happen over night, but I talked to a dad whose son is a freshman there, and he said several kids chose CF instead of Woodridge this class. He also said the game vs Revere was good until the 7th. Said the kids just haven't learned how to finish games.

I think most of their staff is from Hoban's old staff, that wasn't asked back by their new coach. If that's true, the Falls will learn how to stay with teams pretty quickly. The old Hoban staff was an excellent group.
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Was Lake a reg season game or a scrimmage?
Regular season.
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Old 03-27-17, 10:23 AM
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Regular season.
2 nice wins...Lake and Ellet. Are they down this year, or does Tallmadge have a good looking team this year?
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2 nice wins...Lake and Ellet. Are they down this year, or does Tallmadge have a good looking team this year?
Not real sure as it's early but it looks to be a good looking team. Ellet should win the Akron City Series and really wasn't a threat during the game. I believe they had two hits and Tallmadge subbed in the 5th inning to get almost everyone an at-bat.

Lake also looks to be decent. They were 13-11 last year from the tough Federal League and knocked off Hoover in the playoffs. They have at least a few starters back this season. Obviously a much closer game that could have gone either way.
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Revere 14, Cuyahoga Falls 3
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