Former Mount Vernon High School pitcher Madi Drabick, who completed her sophomore year at Ohio Wesleyan this month, is still going strong as she heads into summer. In June, she will be stepping into the circle in Italy, representing her country as a member of the U.S. team in a sports and education opportunity called American International Sports Teams (AIST).
The sixth-seeded Highland Scots and the ninth-seeded Granville Blue Aces came to Knox County to battle for a berth in the OHSAA Baseball Division II Central District Final. The Blue Aces, lifted by a 6-run second inning and some timely hitting throughout, ended the Scots’ season, winning 10-6, in their District semifinal matchup Tuesday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
It was a dream that the No. 3-seeded Utica Redskins had since the end of last season — Beat the Cardington Pirates. The top-seeded Pirates put an abrupt end to the Redskins’ season in 2018, but for a while, it looked like 2019 was Utica’s turn to shine.
They remember the cheering crowds and the adulation of family and friends on Mount Vernon High School football Fridays and those humid spring afternoons on the baseball field, wearing the orange and black. Four years later, a pair of former Yellow Jackets’ athletes are still making noise on the field.