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St. John's favored to win TRAC, Perrsyburg could nab NLL title

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    St. John’s Jesuit will be led by returning senior starters, from left, Pete Burkett, Alex Gum, Jacek Czerwinski, Collin Korte, and Nolan Silberhorn.

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    Perrysburg players include, from left, Mark Delas, A.J. Stockwell, Nick Fleming, Gus Dimmerling, Zach Honsberger, Bobby Borger, Kaleb Mahler, and Seth Durham.

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    Scyler Glass, top, John Harris, right, and Jacob Cannon were part of Start's first City League championship since 1998. The Spartans are stocked with returning talent, which includes nine letter winners.

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    Lake's baseball team returns a lot of experience in players, from left, Jace Vancena, Cody Witt, Connor Bowen, Anthony Pratt, Nick Walsh, Joel Densic, and Brad Ackerman. Vancena will play at the University of Michigan.

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    Cardinal Stritch will rely heavily on four returning starters: From left, Robert Johnson, Brooks Gasser, Jacob Empie, and Austin Wlodarz. The Cardinals finished 12-13 last year, including 10-2 in conference play.

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St. John’s Jesuit will be led by returning senior starters, from left, Pete Burkett, Alex Gum, Jacek Czerwinski, Collin Korte, and Nolan Silberhorn.

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St. John's baseball favored to win the TRAC

St. John’s Jesuit (19-10, 5-5), with seven returning starters back, is favored to win the Three Rivers Athletic Conference baseball championship this season. READ MORE.

Pitching could lead Perrysburg to NLL title

Defending champion Perrysburg will be led by senior pitchers Mark Delas and A.J. Stockwell, making the Yellow Jackets the preseason pick to repeat. Southview is picked to finish a close second, followed by Springfield and Anthony Wayne in the NLL coaches poll. READ MORE.

Start baseball looks to defend City League title

Start finally struck it rich a year ago after three straight seasons of losing in the City League championship. The fourth season brought forth a CL title after the Spartans topped Bowsher in the title game. The long-awaited breakthrough — Start hadn’t won a City League championship since 1998 — has the Spartans in position to try and defend their title. READ MORE.

Lake baseball expected to win NBC

Lake (15-10, 9-4) has eight starters back from a team that finished tied for second. The Flyers are led by senior pitcher Jayce Vancena, who will play at the University of Michigan. For those reasons Lake, which won the previous two league titles, is the preseason favorite to win the NBC with five first-place votes. READ MORE.

Cardinal Stritch baseball tabbed to win TAAC

Cardinal Stritch (12-13, 10-2 TAAC) and third-year coach Craig Meinzer picked up only two of the seven first-place votes in a preseason poll of conference coaches.But the Cardinals topped Ottawa Hills 42-37 in total voting points to be targeted as the projected champion. READ MORE.

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